What is it about Kaladin's personality or *inaudible* that would make it so hard for him to *inaudible*.
That is a RAFO, that you will have some explanation next book.
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What is it about Kaladin's personality or *inaudible* that would make it so hard for him to *inaudible*.
That is a RAFO, that you will have some explanation next book.
Alcatraz, the Dark Talent. How far ahead did you decide that specific ending? I know you always knew it was gonna end up at the altar, but at what point did you decide Attica's fate?
That was right at the beginning. I was using some mythology, and things like this, and that was the big part. So, if you go back and look, I knew Alcatraz, when I wrote the first book, before I outlined the rest of them, something terrible happened. Something actually terrible happened, which is why he refuses to accept... 'cause he failed in some major way. It had to be a real and kind of awful thing in order to justify the way he is. Because otherwise, you're just like, "You're an idiot." And this turns him into something that had really traumatic, and so you could understand it. And I was worried about that being in a kids book, but I'm like, "It says what it has to be." I knew it was infiltrate the <library>, altar, Attica. But I didn't know all the details, just like I usually don't for the Alcatraz books. Those are supposed to be improv.
Can emotional Allomancy or Feruchemy affect animals, or not-humans? Is it only if they're spiked?
So, emotional Allomancy requries a certain level of <Investiturance>. So, the closer to being sapient something is, the more that emotional Allomancy could have an effect on it.
You said Cultivation is doing a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. So my theory is that she's completely responsible for the Diagram.
First of all, on the [Arcanum Unbounded] endpapers, what's the position of... Where is it from? What's the reference point?
My friend asked (and I was there with him asking my own question) Brandon and Isaac at the Provo release where the perspective on the end papers is from – Brandon confirmed that it was from Silverlight, after checking with Isaac. There was some wonkiness in the response though – Isaac said something like as it was “imagined” from Silverlight, and I tried to get clarification for what that meant (is that because Silverlight is mobile?), but stayed pretty vague (got the impression he was maybe saying there was some sort of artistic license taken?). I consider it confirmed that it is from the perspective of Silverlight, but that that there is more going on there.
Reference point in this, I believe, is Silverlight. But it's not how they would exactly see them all. But it is done by someone from Silverlight. Right, Isaac? This is done by someone from Silverlight? And that's gonna be kind of our reference point, but they are imagining a place... right?
They're imagining a place where the constellations would look like this. There iss an actual place where it looks that way. *talking over one another*
Is that because Silverlight is mobile? Or is that because...
You say "imagine." I just wondered what "imagine" means.
I'm saying, I'm not sure-- *to Isaac* Did you set that from Silverlight?
No, no. It is set from a point in the cosmere itself.
So that they can say they can see all of them in one--
So, that is an actual night sky somewhere in the cosmere.
Okay, okay. Yeah. I now know what he's talking about.
There's actually, there's a planet in the habitable zone *inaudible* [1:33]
*Inaudible* How long will we have to wait for Arcanum 2?
A long time, I'm afraid. I don't want to write it until I have Stormlight 10 done, so it's a long ways off.
You will. And you'll definitely get some bits and pieces.
If you took a Parshendi... And they were born outside Roshar and never visited Roshar in their lives, would they hear the Rhythms beyond Roshar?
Would they hear the Rhythms beyond Roshar... If you took one that was not born on Roshar, would they feel the Rhythms off-Roshar or just Rhythms in general?
Rhythms in general.
Yes, they would sense them.
Even beyond Roshar?
What they are sensing... it's something that pervades the Cosmere but on Roshar has specific way of manifesting.
Is it the same thing that Soothers and Rioters are using?
Now you're straying into RAFO territory with your question/good question...
Demoux. Him, also being in the Interlude. How is that one...
He is part of a group called the Seventeenth Shard. [They] are cosmere-aware and travel around the planets and have a kind of pact of non-intervention. Which they aren't doing a very good job on, because they brought the common cold to Roshar.
How did he actually find out about this?
I will give you [a RAFO card], because I will answer about the Seventeenth Shard eventually.
The Seventeenth Shard will have a big role to play in future books.
Is Hoid part of the...?
Hoid is not part of the Seventeenth Shard. They're trying to chase him down.
Are we going to see more of Marsh? *Inaudible*
Yes. You will see more of him.
<Does Jasnah know about Adonalsium?>
No, she is not specifically cosmere-aware.
Was Lopen ever actually a slave or did he just see a slave wagon walking by and was like, "Hey, can I join you guys?"
I'll get to his story eventually. But he did not spend a long time in a bad situation like some of the others did.
*inaudible* One of the people just would walk up and it's like, "Hey, can I join you guys?"
It didn't happen quite like that but it is a little bit goofy.
How many bridge runs did Kaladin make in the Way of Kings?
How many what? Bridge runs, oh boy. Fewer than he thought, but still a lot. Several dozen. He would have said hundreds but it wasn’t hundreds.
<Why AonDor is not used around Shardpool? Was it a cultural thing or...?>
There are more than cultural reasons.
<Do you read other writer's books?>
I do, I try very hard to keep up on what other people writing. I feel that it will make me a better writer as I can learn from them.
Yes that is common.
Will there be a what spren?
Oh, yeah yeah yeah. So most of the spren are involved in either-- are kind of involved in all three. And so it's mostly Honor and Cultivation. But some lean one direction or the other: you'll see that lifespren will pop up more commonly around Wyndle then they will around <Sylphrena>.
<Could you tell me something about the Shard that is hiding>?
That is a pretty big spoiler. I can give you a RAFO card. Yes, the Shard that wants to hide, let's just say, they are quite intelligent in their decision to not get caught.
I am fascinated by religion, and I am religious myself, so I like exploring the ways that human beings interact with religion.
*reading a personalization request* Name a Shard not--
Preservation... from the alternate [Well of Ascension] ending.
Oh! Oh, oh, oh, oh! What do you mean by that?
I thought that those four were-- the four mist-people--
Oh the four mist-people that's-- Oh... *sighs* I gotta RAFO that, right?
Well it's not canon technically.
No it's not canon... Okay I just have to dig back deep... But there's stuff--
There's a star, just remember the star.
"Endowment was there*"
Will we ever see such things as... in the future Mistborn books... the unkeyed metalminds, will we see something like people donating <brothers>?
[From notes and Polish clarification: Can unkeyed gold metalminds be used in hospitals? That people would just turn them in so others can heal?]
You're likely to see such things in this. Not a RAFO. <It takes> figuring it out, <they didn't figure it> out yet.
It's possible, they didn't figure it out yet.
<>?[Oversleep's notes: Allomantic/metallic air conditioning - metal which would work like air conditioning]
Yes, I do think it could be useful. That's a RAFO. You'll see application of Allomancy like that.
To make an Hemalurgic Spike you don't need "external Investiture".
(this answer was about my theory about the need of Ruin's Investiture to create Spikes...but I have to re-listen the question and the actual answer...it was quite confusing.)
The "substance" who compose Shardworlds's Cognitive Realm has not yet a Canon name, Essence would be nice but it may be confusing with the Vorin's Essences therefore he have to make a better choice.
The "perks" ("secondary effect born with interaction between powers") also has not a 100% sure name, but the main one at the moment is resonances....We will discovered a lot of the in the third trilogy where the Scientific Method would be applied to the magic.
Is there a specific ear that Vin's earring goes in?
Yes, and we've canonized that, but I can't remember which one it is. If you look online, we have posted it to the fans, and they've put it in the wiki.
At the end of the first Mistborn trilogy it's really significant that 1/16th of the soldiers who got really sick are now atium Mistings.
So were there-- were 1/16th of the rest of them just *inaudible* just not significant?
Yes. Sixteen that he-- when Preservation set that all up. He, number one, was not all there. But he was trying to create sixteen as a symbol to say, "Hey, catch this. I've given you a clue-- uh-- help." And so it was devised specifically for that. "*inaudible* Something's going on here."
But we know that there's more than sixteen metals. Wh--
Did he bump one of the other types then to make it sixteen?
No, no, they would have been Mistings of other types as well.
Okay. Do you have in your head *inaudible*?
Yes, that's right. It would probably have been one of the metals that was difficult to get at that level of technology. It would have been chromium - chromium would be hard gather at that time. Actually, no, it would have been aluminum. *about a minute later, while signing someone else's book* Hold on, there's a caveat to that last answer. Let me finish signing this and expand on that. *pause* So, it would still have been aluminum, but not for the reason your thinking. It would have been aluminum, but there's an asterisk next to that answer.
Hard to get chromium.
I've been thinking about--
Oh no! He bumped aluminum. Yeah, he bumped aluminum. Sorry I had to-- I changed my mind.
*a moment later*
Okay, Chad? I have a <qualification> for you. I'll do this and then we'll...
*a moment later*
On the sixteen or the *inaudible*...
The sixteen. So the answer is "yes," but it's not something-- it's not what you're thinking it is.
Alright, there's an asterisk on it, okay? There's an asterisk on it, it's not what you're thinking. Uh, you're making-- you're making assumptions.
With the-- You're talking about the breaking of Elantris? Who says it was after?
Well I assumed it was before...
...Who says it was before or after? The real answer to that is some are from before, some are from after. That's the actual answer. I was being cheeky but you caught me because I misread the question. They are not all the same age.
Let's see... *reading written question aloud* "Can you tell me anything new about the force that opposed Adonalsium?"
*writes* "I would count groups of people as a force."
Okay? So, I'm not saying that that's what it is, but when people ask that question and leave a lot of wiggle room... because I would count groups of people as a force that opposed him. So, I have not confirmed it's a group or anything like that. The question has a lot of wiggle room.
Is Hoid an avatar from Autonomy?
No. Good question. He is independent.
He's human, but he's more than human? He's changed from all the places he's been?
Even before that he's not exactly one hundred percent human anymore. But he's his own agent. He's not an avatar of somebody.
I asked for info about Hoid's silver sword.
It is not Invested but it has personal value to him.
Any chance of any new Wheel of Time materials?
Not likely... not definitive, it's up to Harriet. I'm worried that he wouldn't want us to do anymore.
<Yeah, that's the thing>
And so, I have told her that I don't think I would want to do anymore, but if Harriet came out and said "I really feel we should do the prequels", then they could happen, I think it's very unlikely, but...
The prequels were <written> by Jordan?
Yes, he did, he has a little bit about them, not very much but a little bit. He did want them to come out sometime, so it’s possible.
So, zinc increases the speed of your thought. So, if he did that, he would spend eternity in a moment. And that would be, actually, a bad thing. That would basically make him look brain-dead to everyone else. So, he did occasionally speed up his thought, but that only gets you so far. It doesn't actually... like, speed of thought... you're still the same person. It feels like everything else is slowing down around you, but you don't move any faster. So, anyway. Zinc is not capable of doing that, at least, not in the way that you're hoping for it to be.
This became a question, I thought this had been answered, but kandra can't produce kandra children.
Well, yes they can. You get them some spikes.
Can the kandra produce human children with consumed parts?
You know, I saw a big thread about this on Reddit and chose not to participate, despite being asked to.
I thought she said that you did, so…
I gave vague and unuseful answers, and so I'm going to give the same to you. RAFO.
Do you have any idea how <>?
No, it's really hard. It's very hard because Kaladin would look half Asian, half Arab to us, and so matching the ethnicity of the Alethi is very difficult. So I'm not sure with who they will end up getting but it's a very difficult ethnicity to match.
I'm doing video game design, and I'm curious: what are your thoughts on constructing interesting stories, because we're kind of getting to a point where video games are able to tell... like, people are getting used to, basically, interactivity being a medium <with which> to tell a story. I'm curious, from having spent some time developing your craft, how to link that in with being forced to have the 'main character' <do that more often sorts>?
Yeah, I think there are so many cool <different ways> of people who are doing it, but I'm not sure I can point out and say "This is the right way." I know that my favorite stories from video games tend to be ones where they force you to experience the story without forcing you to stop the game. Things like in inFAMOUS where you're riding from position to position, you're on the phone with people. Or things like Dark Souls, where you kinda just reveal it all around you. I don't like the games where they stop. And play a cutscene.
Where it takes you out of the game, and it's like, 'movie time.'
Yeah. I think there's <a way beyond doing that>. I also really like it when something about the form of the game enhances the story. Like how <Braid> was with <the guy who could rewind time to move stuff back>, stuff like that. There’s all sorts of cool things happening, VR’s only going to make that more interesting.
<> <and then he flies away, end of scene> <Lift eating pancakes> <>?
Yes. That's intentional. There's more to that story, but I'm cutting around it a little bit because I don't want to spoil Oathbringer, where we really dig into the ramifications of that change. I didn't want-- Because I wouldn't-- that would raise so many questions, so I did cut around that idea and leave it out of the end of Edgedancer intentionally. So, next book will answer that.
<Will there be more from Nalthis/Elantris?>
Someday, it's a long ways off. But there'll be more.
So, Anna [Polish translator of most of Brandon's books] actually wrote to us and asked questions and I let Peter who's my editor assistant and continuity editor. So, they talk a lot about <how things correct>
<... Peter... lightning>
Did you ever feel trapped by the magic system you <write/create>, for example you want to change something but you can't because of scenario you set up something in other way?
Yes, all the time and it’s good for me. It forces me to state my rules and forces their characters to stay to their rules, so it’s very good for my writing but happens all the time.
Is Kelsier going to appear again?
It is very likely.
So I can expect this?
Yes, you can.
*inaudible* when you are going to publish or finish writing Era 3 Mistborn *inaudible* <Do you know how long they will be?>
I have very good outline for Era 3. Three books. It will be a little bit longer than Era 2 books. It will be this length *points to probably Era One books*. But yes, I’m not planning to write those until Stormlight 5 is written.
<What was the most fun scene to write?>
The most fun... It’s probably one of Wayne things, from Era 2 Mistborn, maybe the one where he goes to the bar - the church of the common man <>. It's in the Shadows of Self.
Magic for me - in my books - is anything that breaks the fundamental laws of our physics. So new physics in another world... <>
With Warbreaker and Stormlight Archive, Vasher and Zahel. *inaudible*
He went to Roshar because he knew ahead of time, that you could get Stormlight, and how easy it was. So he made his way there because he was tired of sucking peoples' souls to stay alive.
How did he know?
He, as part of a group of scholars, stumbled upon the nature of worldhopping long ago.
Could he the same group of scholars as Jasnah?
No, it's a group of scholars on Nalthis who were studying magic, Investiture, and stumbled upon the means by which you transition into the Cognitive Realm. So, he actually had experience with Shardbldes before, and that was part of how he built... well, he was part of it, but really...
So, is Nightblood kind of like a Shardblade? Is a Shardblade?
Nightblood is an attempt to make a Shardblade using a different magic. And it turned out poorly.
Speaking of Nightblood, how did that transition from Nalthis?
I have not answered that yet. Eventually, you will find out how they ended up on Roshar.
<Where do your inspiration comes from?>
It's very different based on the book. Is there a specific... like, ask me a specific *inaudible*.
Way of Kings.
First idea was Dalinar which is: brother of king who... the king gets assassinated and the nephew is a bad king and where does that leave you? The second idea was storms shaping the world. Spren were based on Shinto Kami, the Shinto religion. Kaladin was based on the conflict between a surgeon learning *inaudible*. Different ideas for different things.
If I have Investiture in me from one place, does it change how it is if I travel between worlds?
No, it will stay. In most cases.
When you write a book, do you start from the first page and go page by page or-?
Good question. I do. I write straight through, I outline backward. So I start my outlines at the end-
When you have an idea about something in the middle, you-
-add it to my outline. I don't write it yet, because for me my characters are on journey and if I don’t write chronologically, I don’t how the characters' emotional states would be when I get to that scene.
Lore question. Did <which gem> *inaudible* get swapped?
Ha ha. RAFO. Sorry. Good question.
In Secret History the Shard shows a relatively well-written foresight. Did Adonalsium have a more of a *inaudible*
Adonalsium was-- I would say, yes.
Did it have plans for after it's own--
That's a RAFO...
You mentioned that Adolin was supposed to be killed in the... *inaudible*
Yeah, he was supposed to, I mean the original outline had, not the original... The outline for the 2002 version, he died in. He never died in the outline for the 2010 version. By then, I had reworked *inaudible*. But he did-- I'll eventually release The Way of Kings Prime, and you'll be able to see. Both Adolin and Elhokar died in that one. Yeah, the confrontation between Dalinar and Elhokar *inaudible*, Dalinar has to kill him to better the country. It's a really <unlikely thing> for Dalinar. I went a different direction in the published version. Those are two of the big things. Navani's not in the books at all. There are a whole bunch of things that I changed... Yeah, Dalinar killed Elhokar *inaudible*.
How did... Adolin die, then?
Adolin died in a highstorm, I'm pretty sure. He got caught in the wrong time. Like, Adolin was not as big a character. Renarin was always the big character. So, things went wrong, and Renarin's brother got... so.
Are you going to write something about Hoid?
I am. He'll have his own series, but it's a long ways off. Gonna warn you right here, right now.
What is the current plan for the Stormlight Archive *inaudible* what we do *inaudible*
Yes. Oh, that's one of those hard ones.
Can you tell us where we - that the Queen's arc, in the question of *inaudible*? Not that I wouldn't read the section on the Herald--
Nah, that's fine. Nonono, it'll have an arc. The first five are about Dalinar, Kaladin, Shallan, Szeth, and Eshonai in an arc, and then the back five will be about Jasnah, Taln with *inaudible* and stuff like this. So, I mean, some of the same characters from the first five will be characters and still have viewpoints and things, but it's kind of a shift in focus.
I was wondering if there was a connection between when we meet Preservation in Secret History, and the way he is, and the Stormfather. Like, is he dead yet, in Secret History?
There is a similarity, but-- Dying for a Shard takes a long time, in a lot of cases. So, it's similar. But the Stormfather is something different, *inaudible* remnants left over after the god died.
So is he dead?
Honor is dead, yes. But, at the same time, the Stormfather is kind of his Cognitive Shadow. So-- what does "dead" mean?