I read somewhere that Chaol's last name was supposed to be Wyrdrael(Rael is an old hebrew/biblical boy name,meaning "Lord of the light"),but Sarah had to change it.I thought that if it was important,Sarah wouldn't replace it with a random one.But then I found out that in Ancient Egypt, the West was considered to be the portal to the netherworld, and is the cardinal direction regarded in connection with death, though not always with a negative connotation.
Yeah. That was his original last name. I have read some of the original books and that is accurate. And I have no idea where westfall came from but you’re correct in that the “west” is often associated with death. That’s not unique to ancient Egypt thought. West was often associated with dead because that’s the direction in which the sun sets. So often east is associated with life or rebirth. Although not always. But she totally could have used west as a reference or allusion to death or the underworld or something of that nature. Wouldn’t it be horrible if his name was one big foreshadow of his death? West (death) fall (to tumble). LOL. IDK WHY IM LAUGHING AT THIS IDEA but wouldn’t it just fucking SUCK?! If Chaol dies by falling into the Hellas realm, or damn even off the western facing side of a cliff? Added angst if it’s at sunset? 💀💔🗑