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Emerald City Comic Con 2018 ()
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Questioner

What was your inspiration for Steelheart's weakness...

Brandon Sanderson

Without spoiling Steelheart, the inspiration for the weakness was a direct outgrowth of who I saw him as a character before he gained powers. Kind of the bully sort of person given a little bit of power, exercises all kinds of terrible, just really mean to people with just a small amount of power. That character was really fascinating to me, the person who really doesn't have any authority, but still what little bit you give them they misuse. And I grew out of that, that idea. So, I kind of wanted to connect--slight spoilers for the series--but I kind of wanted the weaknesses to connect to the personalities of the characters in interesting ways, so it was a natural outgrowth there.

Calamity Philadelphia signing ()
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Questioner

In the alternate reality, where David’s father is still alive, is there another Steelheart?

Brandon Sanderson

Nope.

Questioner

Was there ever another Steelheart?

Brandon Sanderson

Nope.

Questioner

He is the only Steelheart.

Brandon Sanderson

Yeah.

Questioner

So who killed David, <Deathpoint>?

Brandon Sanderson

So...

Questioner

Was there never a bank scene?

Brandon Sanderson

No, there was a bank scene. And yeah.

Questioner

There was a bank scene, and it was Deathpoint. Okay.

Footnote: It says either "Deathpoint" or "that point", audio is obscured.
Steelheart Chicago signing ()
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Argent (paraphrased)

Did David get Steelheart's absolutely correct, or was it just close enough to allow him to destroy Steelheart?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

It was absolutely correct. This is something David and Reckoners will actually discuss in Firefight. The second book will reveal much more about the Epics' weaknesses, and you will find out that there is actually a pattern to them, even though everyone thinks it's random.

Argent (paraphrased)

Are weaknesses somehow related to things, events, or phenomena the Epics feared, or hated, or disliked before they turned Epic?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

RAFO, second book. This is the exact question people - and David - are asking in the second book. Good question though.

General Twitter 2018 ()
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HistoryMonster

The tumblr side of the fandom is wondering what kind of steel (carbon steel, stainless steel, weathering steel, etc) Chicago was transformed into by Steelheart in that book...is this known? (We were wondering if "the Bean" was changed...sorry).

Peter Ahlstrom

Good question. I don't know.

Firefight Atlanta signing ()
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Questioner

I had one that you were going to answer when I came?

Brandon Sanderson

Oh yeah. So, he secretly feared people who weren't intimidated by him. Remember he was a night watchman before. And anyone who didn't respect his authority, that was his secret fear. He wanted everyone to obey him and when no one was afraid of him he lost his powers.