Professor Clover said it best. “There is absolutely no historical mystery that we cannot solve!!” That is, if Oda offers us enough clues to piece it together. Like the books of Ohara, some treasures are submerged in an underwater resting place from where they may never be salvaged.
As revealed in chapter 392, the inside of Ohara’s Tree of Knowledge features an impressive globe. It seems to match the still unnamed world of One Piece that holds each of us in a weekly orbit. Although this panel from the manga is probably well known to most of you, it is the seven mesmerizing moons around which this theory will revolve. It is time to attempt to solve this historical mystery.
Claim 1: The missing moons are responsible for the current geography of the World of One Piece.
The moon is an important feature that Oda has carefully included throughout the story. From being included as part of the casual background scenery to being used to chronicle the passage of time, or even direct influence on characters like the Minks and Captain Kuro, the moon is always the same. Despite its changing phases, none of the other moons featured in the Library of Ohara’s Tree of Knowledge have been spotted in the story’s skies. There is always only one moon.
The six lost lunar bodies likely still linger on the surface of a now changed World of One Piece. This theory attempts to provide evidence for the most likely way each made its impact. While this may feel like wild speculation from time to time, please remain with an open mind until all evidence has been presented.
Two of the larger moons impacted opposite sides of the planet, creating the Red Line. As the two craters pressed into the planet from their opposing positions, the land surrounding the impact pushed up to create the massive barren wall that now encircles the globe. The melt created by the intense heat of the collision coated the landform in igneous rock and produced the unnatural crimson color.
From another perspective, the Red Line certainly looks very much like a great crater where the ejecta from the immense impacts pushed up the nearly impassable wall. If the map were viewed from the other side, the image would be the same with the North and West Blue within the great impact crater.
Three of the remaining moons also fell (or were brought down) to the blue planet. One moon was shown with a secondary moon in its orbit, and there was a smaller moon to the lower-left. Due to their lower mass, they broke apart when entering the atmosphere of the planet, leaving a litter of uniquely magnetic islands throughout the Grand Line.
Many moons and planets exhibit a unique magnetic field called a magnetosphere. Oda has proven to be consistently inaccurate with his application of science within the One Piece world (think Kaku’s ushi ushi no mi model kirin or how Gear 3rd ignores the law of conservation of mass). With only a general understanding of magnetism, it is possible that a person would believe that moons with a magnetic field would retain their magnetic properties when broken apart. After all, that is what happens when a bar magnet or another permanent magnet is broken. Unique north and south poles are established with each chunk. If you apply this smeared science to the One Piece World, you can now understand the origin of how the log pose works with islands in the Grand Line. Each of the islands that interact with the log pose are not native to the World of One Piece, but islands that were originally part of the planet (i.e. Punk Hazard or those encountered in East Blue) have no unique magnetic field.
There is one piece of evidence against this part of the theory. The globe in Ohara already had both the Red Line and an island-strewn Grand Line. How can this be explained? Possibly, the Scholars of Ohara had discovered the existence of the seven moons but didn’t realize their world would have looked different while they were still in orbit. Therefore, the globe depicted their current understanding.
Claim 2: The inhabitants of the missing moons are now residents of the World of One Piece.
Since this is part of my theory has been thoroughly presented by other theorists beforehand, I will list a couple for you to enjoy. In the meantime, I will present the most important information to support the flow of this theory.
Fairies of One Piece @Dave
Most One Piece Races Came from the 6+ Different Moons @MainManMagellan
As explained by Jinbe in chapter 889, “When those of the Mink tribe stare directly into an unclouded full moon, it is said that deeply buried memories of a feral past are awakened.” If the moon is linked to memories of their past, theories claiming that minks are from the moon are more likely. It has even been recalled by other theorists that the Enel cover story featured Mink-like space pirates.
Any number of humanoid tribes featured in One Piece so far may have very well come from one of the downed moons. From the large creature in the background of the image (above) and the two crocodile-like people to the left and right, we should anticipate the existence of “Lizardmen”, yet to be fully revealed and hailing from a moon as well. Thanks to Enel’s voyage to “Fairy Vearth”, we know that the Birkans came from the lone moon that still lingers in the sky. By the other panels from “Enel’s Great Space Operations”, the Shandorians and Skypians (other winged sub-races) could have also come from that same moon.
Who would have inhabited the other moons? Currently in the adventure, there are 10 distinct races of people that the Strawhats have encountered. In addition to humans and those already mentioned (minkmen and winged people), they have found and befriended all of the following: Fish-Men/Merfolk, Giants, Dwarves, Long-Arms, Long-Legs, and Three-Eyes. Only the Snake-Necks have yet to ally themselves with Monkey D. Luffy in some way.
There is no way of knowing without much speculation which tribes beyond the Minks and winged people have been on the moons. Yet, Oda does tend to establish patterns connecting events of the past to the current storyline. Seeing as they all cooperate before a “D” like Luffy, it is probable that they were all also allies of the Ancient Kingdom that fell during the Void Century.
Claim 3: One of the six missing moons may not have hit into the planet.
It is important to chase a brief tangent to mention one of the strangest panels in the entirety of One Piece. It shows the Fire Tank Pirates being lifted up toward an enormous unidentified flying object. (UFO - What else can it be called?) With these strange protruding craters, it appears to be very similar to the upper-right moon in the original picture from Ohara’s library.
Whatever force cast the other moons down to the planet may have knocked this moon out of orbit, causing it to wander as a rogue moon. However, it is more likely being controlled or held by the culprits who caused the other moons to fall. It may even be their original home.
It isn’t much of a stretch to believe theories that claim the Celestial Dragons (Tenryuubito) are from space beyond the One Piece Planet. These spacesuit wearing overlords even have the word “celestial” in their name, meaning “from space”. Since it is the only other one not destroyed, it can be assumed that the Celestial Dragons originate from the large moon with which Capone Bege came into contact.
Claim 4: The series will not conclude without restoring the unity that existed before the moons were brought down.
As stated by Rob Lucci in chapter 907, “The Celestial Dragons are the gods who created this world. To put it simply, the ones living here are the kings of the lower world.”
The flag of the world government is clearly meant to represent the four Blues connected to the central rule of the Celestial Dragons. That said, it could simultaneously present the blatant truth that these “creators” of the current world are the ones truly responsible for the missing moons. Visualize the central circle as the planet and each of the lines as the path the moons (four outer circles) each followed. By pulling them down to the planet, they won the war during the void century while forever changing the face of the planet.
An important question of “How?” remains. To keep as far from speculation as possible, we will consider any mentioned force that could possibly redirect these moons.
(1) Devil Fruits: Admiral Fujitora’s gravity ability does allow him to bring meteors crashing to the planet at will. However, he has yet to demonstrate whether something of the magnitude of a moon is within the grasp of his power.
(2) Ancient Weapons: With Poseidon, one has been found with sway over sea kings. With Pluton, one has been proposed with the ability to destroy islands. Only Uranus remains, and one could suspect that it would hold power over the remaining skies. Therefore, it is possible that it could have power to bring down moons. However, these were wielded by the Ancient Kingdom. The Celestial Dragons would have needed to pull from a different power.
(3) Celestial Power: It has been proposed that the mysterious moon that caught Capone belongs to the Celestial Dragons. Some great power had to exist to allow these puppet rulers to overpower the massive firepower and united forces of the Ancient Kingdom. If they did possess the power to direct their own moon from its orbit, they could very likely weaponize the same technology to bring down the lunar homes of their enemies.
After the dust settled from the unexpected victory of the Celestial Dragons, the various races of people formerly allied to the Ancient Kingdom were left in a tragic position. Not only did they fall victim to discrimination, they had no true home. Races like the Fish-Men and Merfolk were forced to retreat far beneath the ocean surface where they would dream of returning to the sun. The other races have been reduced to servitude (Dwarves), nomadic lifestyles (Minkmen of Zou), in-fighting (Long-Arms and Long-Legs), and near extinction (Three-Eyes).
Each time these people encounter Monkey D. Luffy, the future Pirate King, the liberation begins. The Celestial Dragons will fall, leaving a great impact on the history of the World of One Piece. Although the moons will not return to the sky, the people will be free to pursue their dreams of the coming Utopia.
In SBS Volume 59, Oda is asked to reveal the inner thoughts of the Strawhats. He takes the request one step further and includes his own mind among the images. In the end, it seems, Oda (who represents himself routinely with the fish icon below) aims to also achieve his dream for the World of One Piece… The world will be ONE; the world will have PEACE. The One Piece will include “World Peace”.