Warsaw signing

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Date March 18, 2017
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Location Warsaw, Poland
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Questioner

[Question unclear]

Brandon Sanderson

Ooh! Good question! So, Legion is a lot of fun, and it's very weird. What happened is, I really do think, as a writer, I have all these weird voices in my head who are telling me to do different things.

One day, I was talking to a friend of mine who writes a lot of psychological horror, and I was talking about schizophrenia, and I said, "Hey, what if all those voices helped you out instead of drove you crazy?" And he said, "That doesn't sound like a horror story. That sounds like a fantasy story, you should write that." So I did.

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Questioner

What was the very most fun writing Legion? Was it like to [unclear] like creating each of the new aspects, or was it thinking up the twists, or maybe thinking up crazy stuff like a hallucination with a hallucination?

Brandon Sanderson

Right, so the most fun for Legion... I don't know if I can say specifically what was the most fun, there were a lot of things which I'll go into. One thing that was really fun to me was this idea of coming up with a detective who was themselves more of a middle manager than a hero. A lot of detectives or people are these action stars, these Tom Cruise types, and I instead wanted this guy to just be a manager who kept all these other crazy hallucinations targeted on the right thing. But I also wanted the Legion stories to have some sort of science fiction element to them. Because I always point out: "Why not have some sci-fi or fantasy?" They always make a story better to me. So I’d say the idea that first made me want to write the Legion story was the idea of a camera that could take pictures in the past.

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Questioner

What would happen if an Allomancer burned Awakened metal?

Brandon Sanderson

Oh boy, we start right with the really hard ones. So, it would be very difficult to do, and other than that it's going to depend on who the Breaths are keyed to with Identity.

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Questioner

In The Emperor’s Soul, Forgery allows you to Forge your soul to create a different past. My question is, would on Scadrial burning gold in a controlled way allow you to do something like that?

Brandon Sanderson

Wow, you guys are good. So, they are similar but different. I would say that no, gold is not gonna do this exact thing. They're working from the same fundamental roots, but gold is a lot more bounded in what it can accomplish.

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Questioner

If Hemalurgy can be used to transfer Investiture regardless of the planet, is someone gathering pieces of different Investitures the way Hoid got, for example, the Lerasium bead?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes.

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Questioner

If someone out of Roshar knows the Immortal Words, and he's, for example, a kandra, can he become a Knight?

Brandon Sanderson

So, becoming a Knight Radiant is up to the spren, right? Saying the Ideals, swearing the Oaths, these sorts of things, you have to convince a piece of sapient Investiture that you deserve it, and that's the main thing.

Questioner

And the kandra?

Brandon Sanderson

So, the kandra would have to lots of fast talking, and there are a few more difficulties involved, but this is theoretically possible. For instance, taking some pieces of Investiture offworld are difficult.

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Oversleep

Okay, so if we spiked a Listener with Feruchemical Nicrosil, could he store that spren and lose their form, and then bond another spren and then switch them?

Brandon Sanderson

I'm gonna give you your third RAFO, because he's already got two. In part, because I don't wanna give spoilers for Oathbringer, and this answer could spoil some little bits of that.

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Questioner

With the genre becoming more mainstream with stuff like Game of Thrones opening the door, or like American Gods, which of your particular series, including Wheel of Time, would you like to see converted to big or small screen?

Brandon Sanderson

This is good question. A lot of people wonder the answer to this one, so I'm glad you asked it. It'll prevent me from having to answer it seven times or 70 times going through this line. As a basis for the question, we have sold the rights to almost everything. Hollywood is very good at buying properties, and very bad at actually doing anything with them. I sold Mistborn for the first time in like 2006. We're now on our third company who has bought the rights to Mistborn. But if I could pick anything, I would have Stormlight done as a Netflix Original Series. So, if your uncles are the Duffer brothers, have them call me. I should say that Stormlight is currently in development as a feature film. The screenplay has been turned in and it’s huge. So, we'll see if it can be cut down to feature length. If it can't, we will explore television shows, but the people who bought it want to try to make a feature film.

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Questioner

Are there, in the Cosmere, any gas giants inhabited by people or other sentient beings?

Brandon Sanderson

Actually on the gas giant?

Questioner

Or in their atmosphere.

Brandon Sanderson

In the actual atmosphere of the gas giant? I do not have any currently planned. There are gas giants with satellites.

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Questioner

How was it to do The Wheel of Time, how was it to finish the words of a giant?

Brandon Sanderson

It was scary. For those who don’t know the story, I did not apply to finish The Wheel of Time. I got a phone call out of the blue one day from Robert Jordan's widow, and what she said was exactly, I got her on the phone and she said, "I was wondering if you'd be willing to finish my husband's series." I was not expecting this at all, so I replied, "Arrrgggahhhhh." Seriously, I could barely speak. That night, I wrote her an email that said, "Dear Harriet, I promise I'm not an idiot." I was just so surprised, but I was also extremely honored. She asked me because she knew I had read all the books since I was young man, and I had this moment where I realized, if I screw this up, it is a big deal! But if I turn it down, and someone else screws it up, it’s a bigger deal. So, I said yes, because I figured, if he couldn’t do it, I at last wanted it in the hands of someone I knew cared.

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Rasarr

Is Khriss on Roshar during The Stormlight Archive?

Brandon Sanderson

Khriss is... RAFO.

Questioner 2

I'll follow up on that: Does that mean she's in Shadesmar?

Brandon Sanderson

Ehhhh... There's some trickiness with answering that.

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Questioner

OK, so I haven’t read all of those books, but, judging by the books that I've read, one married couple is particularly important to you. Is it true?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, I would say. This is in part because I think that stories ignore family a little too much. Too often, I feel that stories that I've read either ignore the family by making someone just an orphan with no family or ending the story when the heart stuff starts, such as being a couple.

Questioner

What does that have to do with Legion?

Brandon Sanderson

Oh, Stephen Leeds. Stephen Leeds has a very, very large family, he just makes most of them up.

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Questioner

Thank you for finishing The Wheel of Time. How do you think it influenced your writing style? Did you adjust your writing style through The Wheel of Time to the original writing style of Robert Jordan?

Brandon Sanderson

What an excellent question! So, when I first started working on The Wheel of Time, I tried to imitate his voice exactly, and it came off like parody. So, instead, I backed off on trying to imitate every word and instead I tried to match the character voices as best as I could, and this ended up working a lot better. I often say, it’s like the same actors, but a new director. It had huge effect on my writing as well. I had to lift heavy weights, so to speak, and I feel like I came out of The Wheel of Time being much better at juggling a lot of different smaller viewpoints and combining them into a whole.

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Questioner

*inaudible*[from notes: Why didn't Harmony change Southerners on Scadrial?]

Brandon Sanderson

That is a RAFO. Good question.

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Questioner

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson

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>

Translator

<... Peter... lightning>

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Questioner

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?

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

Is Kelsier going to appear again?

Brandon Sanderson

It is very likely.

Questioner

So I can expect this?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, you can.

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Questioner

*inaudible* when you are going to publish or finish writing Era 3 Mistborn *inaudible* <Do you know how long they will be?>

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

<>?

Brandon Sanderson

One of them is White Sand which is now a Graphic Novel. If you ever want to read - in English - you can get the <prime/previous> version. I'm not going to release it. <> think it's good enough.

Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

<I have read that and it's possible I'll read that.>

<>

Yes, <> every couple of years <just to get updated>

Questioner

<><want to write this>

Brandon Sanderson

Once in a while it's happening. But I'm always able to change my idea to <get> something different <to get to do> what I want to do.

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Questioner

<What was the most fun scene to write?>

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

Magic for me - in my books - is anything that breaks the fundamental laws of our physics. So new physics in another world... <>

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Questioner

On Oathbringer cover, Jasnah seems to be in the air, flying, but she never had flying ability before...

Brandon Sanderson

She is not flying, that's more artistic liberty on Michael's part.

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Questioner

<Could a Seeker detect a Shardbearer? For example, could Vin detect Adolin's Shardblade?>

Brandon Sanderson

That detects Kinetic Investiture, Investiture that's being used actively, so in the summoning process, you'd probably get a blip on that, but not just looking at someone and <saying>.

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Questioner

If you took a Parshendi... And they were born outside Roshar and never visited Roshar in their lives, would they hear the Rhythms <>?

Brandon Sanderson

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?

Questioner

Rhythms in general.

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, they would sense <them>.

Questioner

<> beyond Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson

What they are sensing... it's something that permeates the Cosmere but on Roshar has specific way of <>

Questioner

<is it the same thing that Soothers and Rioters are using?>

Brandon Sanderson

Now you're straying into RAFO territory <with your question/good question>...

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Questioner/Translator

In Secret History Kelsier was <> some kind of <>. Is it some<> to Forgery?

[Oversleep's notes: Question about Kelsier changing his backpack in M:SH and if that’s similar to Forgery/beginning of Forgery on Scadrial]

Brandon Sanderson

No, there is something else going on... that we'll see, come to understand <>

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Questioner/Translator

<Where do your inspiration comes from?>

Brandon Sanderson

It's very different based on the book. Is there a specific... like, ask me a specific *inaudible*.

Questioner/Translator

Way of Kings.

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner/Translator

When you write short stories, do you write them separately, or they just come <alone/along> when you are writing longer books <>?

Brandon Sanderson

Usually I’m working on a book and I have a great idea for a short story and I force myself to put it off until book is done. I tried writing a short story on plane right here and it’s awful, it's so bad I don’t think I will let anyone ever see it.

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Questioner

When you write a book, do you start <from first page till the end>?

Brandon Sanderson

Good question. I write straight through, I outline backward. So I start my outlines...

Questioner

When you have an idea about something in the middle, you...

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

Are you going to write some <of> Hoid's books?

Brandon Sanderson

I am. He'll have his own series, but it's a long ways off. Gonna warn you right here, right now.

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Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

Yes. That's one of the hard ones.

Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

That's fine. In the <> arc, first five are about Dalinar, Kaladin, Shallan, Szeth and Eshonai. In <arc> <> And back one would be about Jasnah, Taln <> and stuff like this. So, some <are same> characters from the first five books <> <be characters>, still have viewpoints and things but it's having a shift in <>.

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Questioner

<>?

Brandon Sanderson

Retire? RETIRE?! <I would> never! I will stop writing when they find me dead in my office and my face's on keyboard and I type word "k" seven thousand times.

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Questioner

<>? 

Brandon Sanderson

Hoid is the King's Wit! That's who he is! Among other things.

Translator

Sometimes a coachman.

Brandon Sanderson

<Pregnant? Yes. Sometimes a coachman.>

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Questioner

<How do you develop/create names?>

Brandon Sanderson

It depends on the book. Usually I develop the language and sounds that are going to be used in the language and then I try to build names out of it, but sometimes there is trick like in Alethi with symmetrical names and I focus a little more on that.

So it just depends on the book.

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Questioner/Translator

<> Elantris be created <> Aon <> place?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, but it would have be very different but it’s possible that something like that can be created somewhere else.

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Questioner

<groups>

Brandon Sanderson

You have asked me a hard question.

Questioner

So what's next for Szeth-son-son-Vallano?

Brandon Sanderson

*laughter* <question>

Footnote: it's trash I think but I'm not sure what is being said here so I'll let other Arcanists decide
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Mestiv

Can you tell something about Vax? Shardworld?

Brandon Sanderson

No, I can't tell you anything about that. But I can give you a card [RAFO] for not telling you anything about Vax; they're very interested in Vax, everybody's interested in Vax.

But I stayed very close-lipped on Vax.

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Questioner

Are you going to write books in <> order <>

Brandon Sanderson

I have an ending planned. It's possible I will get everything written and then write things in-between. But right now I'm pushing right toward the planned ending.

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Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

A long <night> I'm afraid <> Stormlight 10 done. It's a long ways off.

Questioner

<>

Brandon Sanderson

You will. <>

Footnote: based on Oversleep's notes, it's possible the question was about conflux book.
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Questioner

<> <and then he flies away, end of scene> <Lift eating pancakes> <>?

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

<Will there be more from Nalthis/Elantris?>

Brandon Sanderson

Someday, it's a long ways off. But there'll be more.

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Questioner

How many bridge runs <did Kaladin make>?

Brandon Sanderson

Fewer than he thought, still a lot, several dozens.  He would have said hundreds but it wasn’t hundreds.

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Questioner

<Do you read other writer's books?>

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson

Yes that is common.

 

Questioner

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson

 Will there be a what spren?

Questioner

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson

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>.

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Questioner

<Could you tell me something about the Shard that is hiding>?

Brandon Sanderson

That is a pretty good spoiler, I'm giving you a RAFO card. <high> Let's just say they are quite intelligent in their decision to not be caught.

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Questioner

<>?

Brandon Sanderson

I am fascinated by religion, and I am religious myself, so I like exploring the ways that human beings interact with religion.

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Questioner

<Did the man Lift met is Hoid>?

Brandon Sanderson

It is Hoid.

<In book three>. <>.

No, that's not Hoid. She references having <talked to> him but that's not someone she meets <> She mentions him but it's not specifically him

 

(from my notes:

In Edgedancer lift reference talking to Hoid but he doesn’t show up himself there. She met him, she talks about him but he doesn't appear in Edgedancer.)

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Questioner

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?]

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Questioner

You often write about difference between poor and very rich. And the poor pretending to be rich. Why?

Brandon Sanderson

We look for stories about great conflict, and I think that class conflict is a really interesting conflict and what is it mean, why we put people in boxes and stuff like that, very interesting.

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Questioner

<>?[Oversleep's notes: Allomantic/metallic air conditioning - metal which would work like air conditioning]

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, I do think it could be useful. That's a RAFO. You'll see application of Allomancy like that.

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Questioner

Do you have any idea how <>?

Brandon Sanderson

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.

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Strumienpola (paraphrased)

Can you slatrify sand into other liquids?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

*thinks a moment* I admit that slatrification is one aspect of Sand Mastery I'm the least fond of, because it doesn't mesh well with the rest of Cosmere magic. The comicbook writers are working with my original script, with very minor changes, but if we ever release White Sand in print - which we might do - I might end up changing it. So - I won't answer that, because I'm not yet sure if slatifying into water is possible. *laughs* You can think of the comic as sort of in-universe story about those characters, then.

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

About slatrification, he said that if he ever writes the novel, he'll make slatrification an in-world legend.

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Strumienpola (paraphrased)

Why don't Daysiders have darker skin?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

It's just how genetics on Taldain have played out. They should be darker-skinned, but there's always some randomness to genetics, so this is just how they played out in this case.

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Oversleep (paraphrased)

Allomantic strength. There are stronger Allomancers, they can burn metals faster, right?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Yes, they can also squeeze more power out of it. They can use it more efficiently.

Oversleep (paraphrased)

So there is some loss of power along the way? How do savants work into that?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Savants can use it way more efficiently. They are more Connected to the Shard. Closer to Spiritual Realm.

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Oversleep (paraphrased)

I asked whether we could call the Bands of Mourning the Survivor's Spearhead and whether it did have all 16 basic metal metalminds.

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

He hesitated a little but eventually said yes, there were all 16 metalminds.

Oversleep (paraphrased)

I asked whether Marasi tapped all of them, because she would tap Kelsier's Identity and memories.

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

He said intentions are important and she didn't tap all of them.

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Oversleep (paraphrased)

I asked about Radiant Surgebinder who would tap his Connection to the spren and would he be able to summon Shardblade even at First Ideal?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

He said it's possible but spren wouldn't like it. IIRC he said something about increasing flow of power (???)

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Oversleep (paraphrased)

Back in Mistborn Marsh said that there is a pattern for higher metals. So that would mean that atium and gold would share a pattern but they're not really part of the same quadrant...

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Humans see patterns everywhere, that's it.

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Kanrei

Is "Stormlight Archive" reference to any in-world or in-Cosmere place or item?

Brandon Sanderson

No, it just archive of ten books which all have titles based on inworld books, but no Archive or something like that on world.

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Kanrei (paraphrased)

Will there be love triangle between Adolin, Shallan and Kaladin?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Not really a love triangle, more like confusion of teenagers about fact who they are attracted to.

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Oversleep (paraphrased)

People with mixed Investiture, coming from different Shards, with heritage from different worlds. Will we see them and how would they interact with magic systems?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

You have already seen them. How they're gonna... it depends on the magic system.

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Strumienpola (paraphrased)

Were Yolen dead gods some kind of pre-Adonalsium shards?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

RAFO on Yolen... but no. Before the Shattering there were no Shards, so these gods are something different.

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Questioner (paraphrased)

What would happen if Allomancer was also an Awakener and Awakened metal he'd burn?”

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

If he did that, he’d get allomantic power and also get back the Breaths used in Awakening the metal.

Event details
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Name Warsaw signing
Date
Date March 18, 2017
Location
Location Warsaw, Poland
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