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FanX 2018 ()
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The other Surgebinder in Amaram's army. Was it Tien?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Tien was a Surgebinder and was in Amaram's army. So yes. <pause> And [he] was a Lightweaver.

Skype Q&A ()
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LadyLameness [PENDING REVIEW]

You've said that Tien was beginning to bond a Cryptic before he died – did he use Surgebinding before he died, even unconsciously? If yes, did we ever see it on screen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was far enough along to start having some of the-- let's just say he was far enough along to have sworn at least one oath.

The Great American Read: Other Worlds with Brandon Sanderson ()
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Stormlight, with Kaladin and his brother Tien, is there a connection or a reason why, whenever his brother finds a rock, that keeps coming up several times?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. So, there's a couple themes going on here. One is just the subtle theme that Tien tends to find beauty in things that Kaladin finds dull. That's, of course, kind of the metaphor. But Tien also was a budding Lightweaver, and he saw color and light a little bit differently than other people did. And he has the same general effect that you'll see Shallan having on people, which is how the Lightweaver views you influences a little bit more how your mood is, and things like that. And there is a magical element to that, as well. There's both a metaphoric reason and an in-world reason.

Skyward Atlanta signing ()
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything more significant to Tien's obsession with rocks? Or is that just an example of him being a unique kid?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a little bit to the way he's seeing color in mundane things. It's less the rock, and more the things about the world he finds interesting. So I'm going to say it's the second. It's an aspect of who he is; the rock itself is not the important thing.

Oathbringer San Diego signing ()
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Tien's interest in rocks. Is that just because he likes rocks, or is there something to it?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Not really. There'll be some metaphorical relationships that I'm underpinning it with, but really the answer is, no, he just really likes rocks.