Were the Starfarers in Sixth of the Dusk from a world we've seen?
Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)
Yes. Good question.
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Were the Starfarers in Sixth of the Dusk from a world we've seen?
Yes. Good question.
I noticed a very similar fire-starting tool in both Sixth of the Dusk and also in [Shadows for Silence in the] Forests of Hell.
Is that any-- I know they have two levers you push together and they spark.
Is that any kind of random--
So I did intend there to be a connection there but it is not a connection that is supposed to be super meaningful. It's just that somebody figured something out, and Sixth of the Dusk is many years later. We have them in our world too. I did it deliberately because I wrote those stories so close together. I was like "Oh this technology has gotten around because the Ones Above have started visiting." But I don't think they're of a technology level that they couldn't have discovered it on their own maybe, so it's not supposed to be some big reveal.
Now that Bands of Mourning came out, and the Southern Scadrians. In Sixth of the Dusk, the people who show up, is that them? Because it sounds like the same technology...
…I've not announced it yet. But a lot of people are assuming that it was.
Well that's something, it's better than Read And Find Out. Thank you.
It is kind of a Read And Find Out though so if you want a card you can have one.
In Sixth of the Dusk, the advanced society that's trying to take advantage, have we seen them before?
They've been referenced elsewhere
We have met the [Ones Above] in Sixth of Dusk.
Did the Ones Above seek out First of the Sun specifically? Or did they stumble upon it mostly by chance?
So, here's the thing. You can see in Shadesmar where planets with intelligent life on them are. So, on one hand, you can stumble across them. But on the other hand, you're gonna know which planets, which systems, and where the intelligent life is. Specifically, First of the Sun has this weird thing where it's got kind of a Shardpool but no Shard in attendance. Getting there, they knew it was there, but couldn't get through; and so visited it in the Physical Realm intentionally. So they didn't stumble upon it, but it was originally stumbled upon in Shadesmar, if that makes sense.
In Sixth of the Dusk, are the Ones Above Scadrians who invented faster-than-light travel?
You know, I haven't-- I danced around answering that one, just because I don't quite want to get into it yet. I like the Ones Above being somewhat mysterious. But I have said it is someone you know, right? It is part of the cosmere in the very future. So you're not going to be surprised, because there's a limited number of options. But I haven't said-- 'cause I might do more in that world, and I just want to leave them mysterious for now.
Hey, thanks for doing this! Are the Ones Above from Sixth of the Dusk the Scadrians at the time of the 3rd trilogy?
I haven't answered this so far, except to say, "They are from a planet you know about." Scadrial is a good guess.
At the end of Sixth of the Dusk, were those Mistborn space-opera-people that showed up at the end?
Not gonna say. [...] A lot of people have theorized that, but I have remained closed-lipped.
In Sixth of the Dusk, it feels like it's a crossover...
That is true.
So is it a planet that we've seen before, or...
Yes. Well, you have seen the people they are calling the "Ones Above".
And you're not going to tell any more?
When will we know?
Yeah, fifteen years maybe? Hopefully it won't take me that long, but I only just finished the outlines for Era 3 Mistborn, which is now what we're calling the 1980s, so I haven't even at the moment got the sketches of the sci-fi one, I don't have the outlines and things. So in other words, we aren't to the science fiction era; we're a ways off from that.
Could you compare the Ones Above's technology with your idea of Scadrial Era 4?
So could the people be related? Could Scadrial be the origin for the Ones Above?
Yes, they are definitely related
The visitors in the Sixth of the Dusk, do I know who they are?
I haven’t answered this for sure, but I have told people that it takes place in the future and is related to the rest of the cosmere…
Do we know how soon we’ll find out?
It’s a little ways off.
Were the aliens in Sixth of the Dusk from [Scadrial]?
All I've said is that they're from a planet you've seen/heard of before.
So. Mistborn in Space. Sixth of Dusk...
Lot of people are wondering about that and I'm not answering that.
By the time of Sixth of the Dusk, are the Ones Above undisputably the most technologically advanced society in the cosmere?
No, they aren't. There has been some concurrent development, and a lot of sharing technology--to the point that you could make an argument for several societies being equal, though some better in specific areas.
So who are the people of the sky?
From Sixth of the Dusk? The Ones Above. That I have not answered yet, but there are lots of good theories online about who it might be. But I'll give you a RAFO card.
The advanced civilization mentioned in Sixth of the Dusk. When will we see them again? And will they be interacting with Scadrial and the Stormlight Archive series?
It's gonna be a while before you see them make-- before you find out who they are and have them interact, because that's way in the future of the other books. But you will find out.
So, because we have Worldhoppers like Hoid, Khriss, and Nazh, and I think that I've heard that era 4 will be more science fiction.
Yes, era 4 is science fiction.
So, will we ever have a chance to see characters from one world in the cosmere go to another world in the cosmere?
So, there's a couple of things that I need to explain to you guys in this one. First is that Mistborn, I pitched to my editor, way at the beginning, as a series where a fantasy world slowly became a science fiction world. So we would pass through a modern era, where things are like our world, and then we pass on to a science fiction era, because I'd never seen that done before. I'd never seen someone take epic fantasy and then build from the events in the epic fantasy, like religions and philosophies, and then tell another story set in a more modern and contemporary world. And then in the science fiction one, the magic will become the means by which space travel is possible. So we're in the middle of that. Wax and Wayne is an interim, I'm calling it era 2. There's an era 3 which is 1980s, cold war, spy thriller Mistborn. Then there is an era four, which is science fiction, unless I slip in a cyberpunk, near-future science fiction, which I might do. So there might be five, we'll see. I've warned people of that. The last Mistborn series, whichever era it ends up being, is the last thing of the cosmere chronologically. So, it's a long ways off. All the other series have to finish before I can do that.
The other thing that people have to understand is that all of these worlds are connected in something we call the cosmere. It is mostly, right now, just easter eggs. It's important to me that people don't go, "I can't read Mistborn until I've read Elantris," or whatever. No, each series is about that series. There's easter eggs connecting them but you don't need to know it. It's just fun to find out; you can find it all out after the fact.
Are we going to see people traveling between the planets? Yes, you will see space travel between the planets. You have seen it already. One of the stories in the anthology comes from that era, but it's on a planet that doesn't yet have space travel. Sixth of the Dusk takes place chronologically near-end of the cosmere sequence. So yes, you have seen it, and you will see more of it. In Sixth of the Dusk, there are ones they call the Ones Above who have visited and these are people from a planet that you have seen, I won't tell you who, who are visiting.
I know it’s a RAFO but, are the Ones Above [Scadrians]?
I just wanted to make sure.
So, in Sixth of the Dusk? Who are the people from the sky? Is that an R.A.F.O.?
It is. Someone you've seen before.
Are the Ones Above from a planet or organization that we have seen in your other books?
Yes, they are. Good question.
Have we seen the Ones Above before they gained space flight and when does Sixth of Dusk take place cosmere timeline wise?
Yes,+it is the most "future" you have seen.
So at the end of Sixth of the Dusk, there's those people that travel in space.
Yes, the Ones Above.
Are those people from Silverlight?
I have not revealed where they're from, but they are from a place you have seen before.
In Sixth of the Dusk, and where that fits in the timeline, are the visitors from anywhere we've seen before?
You have seen people from that place before.
And if I were to speculate more on which one, you'd say...
Then I would say RAFO.
Are the Ones Above in Sixth of the Dusk Third Era Scadrians?
I haven't revealed that. That's a good guess, though.
What is the home planet of the Ones Above (from Sixth of the Dusk)?
They are from a planet you have seen before.