Oathbringer release party

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Name Oathbringer release party
Date
Date Nov. 13, 2017
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Location Provo, UT
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Bookstore BYU Bookstore
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Which is your favorite of the Ten Fools, and why?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh-- I don't know. I honestly don't know.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you give me a name of one of them, then?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That I haven't named yet? Those are in the notes, I have to look those things up. I don't know. We're gonna do a Ten Fools painting for the next one, maybe. We were gonna do it for this one. I'm not sure who my favorite is. I'd have to sit and think about it, perhaps more time than we have right now. It's going to depend on Isaac's sketches of them and things like that. Maybe, uh, Jezrien's fool. Probably Jezrien's fool.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the name of that one?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't remember. Like I said, I have 'em in a list. I have to go look at the notes and look them up every time. I don't use them, like, I just write--

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Not like the Heralds, that you're using all the time. They're just the Ten Fools.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right, I just use, even when I'm writing, I'm like "Jezrien's Fool," and then I go look up the name of it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So now that Lopen has his arm, are there any good two-armed Herdazian jokes?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He's working on them. In a scene, you will see him working on two-armed Herdazian jokes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Lift, she used a Shardfork. If you could use a regular item, and it be a Shard item, what would choose?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Shardpen, obviously!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does anybody every ask you to, like, write them? Like, people ask someone to draw them, but does anybody ask you to write them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, an artist asked me to write something for them. Yeah, I've actually had some artists say, "What if I painted a picture, and then you wrote a story for it." Which I think would be a really cool idea, we just have to wait for the right time to do that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, how much time-- personal reading time to do you spend on different types of things: research versus classic versus other fantasy type--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say, boy-- most of my reading is fantasy. My reading for other things is eclectic; it's like, when I find something I'm interested in. I would say, of that, it's like, half just reading whatever I feel like reading and then taking notes, and half reading for research. But, I do a lot of audio books, and I do a lot of podcasts, I can do them while I'm signing books, and things. So, some of my reading recently has been like, Hardcore History, which is a podcast. Stuff like that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, how many hours do you actually spend. Obviously, when you write, and you're signing, I understand that.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Always, when I'm signing, I try to listen to, like, a book, or something like that. And then, I try to get in, like, an hour every night. I don't always get it, but that's what I try to do.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you come up with names that sound awesome?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's harder than it sounds, no pun intended... If you wanna know how to name things, find the podcast where we answer that on Writing Excuses, we go into in depth, that'll help you out. But basically I'm looking for, like, lists of baby names from languages that I don't speak, and trying to play with those names until I find something that sounds good.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a limit to what the spren can become, like we've seen them become a blade or a spear or a shield, can they become, like-- I've heard hints of a bow and arrow. Can they become a sword and a shield or just one main thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um, it is more expansive than people guess it is, but it is limited.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How much do you plot books? How much do you plan out what happens before you start writing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am a plotter. I am very naturally-- I do a lot of extensive plotting. So, I would say I have, like, 90% of it before I start most books, thought I knock out like, 10% or 20% while I'm writing and change it if something better comes along. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you go chapter by chapter, or do you kinda just--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's more like an outline of, like, "Here's my goal. And here are ways to achieve it." I do a whole lecture on it in the BYU lectures, if you're interested,  that are on YouTube.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, a Radiant's blade. When it takes other forms, does it take on any different properties? So, like, if Kaladin beat someone with the butt of his Sylspear, would it still do something in regards to the soul?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Would he still hit the soul? That is theoretically possible to make happen. It requires a lot of work. That is theoretically possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

We were wondering about Nightblood, if he's sort of out-of-place on Roshar? 'Cause he's sort of the opposite of change, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He is supposed to be really out of place. He is a messed-up, messed-up... sword thing.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid. Did he have a family, and if he did, does he miss them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO, because Dragonsteel, the book I'm eventually gonna write, is his backstory.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would you be able to write the... Second Ideal of the Truthwatchers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...It's a RAFO. There's a lot of stuff about the Truthwatchers in [Oathbringer], that's gonna make it complicated to do that, okay? ...Yeah, it's really complicated, and those are things I'm not gonna probably canonize for another couple of books, for reasons that will be very clear by the end of this book.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we going to see a clash between Nightblood and a Shardblade anytime soon?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who is Rock, of your friends?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Rock is one of the ones that isn't. The core of Bridge Four isn't, yeah, Rock, and Teft, and Moash, and Lopen. Those aren't-- It's all the ones that aren't the main characters, except for Skar, I just named after my friends.

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Ace0003 [PENDING REVIEW]

[Can you write] something interesting about the Seventeeth Shard? ...Or how about this, a character that's in the Seventeenth Shard that we don't know about?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*spoken* ...I can do that--

*written* So... Iyatil was once in the 17th Shard...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What kind of spren is Hoid's favorite?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He is quite fond of Patterns.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm curious to know if there are any books-- any stories or scripture in the Book of Mormon that have particularly inspired your writing, that you like.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, King Benjamin's speech is the thing that I can point to most specifically as influencing me on my views of leadership, specifically in The Stormlight Archive.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did you get the idea for the gemhearts.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I wanted-- in the books, I wanted there to be an economic component to the magic, like, something that was based on the money in the world. And I knew I wanted to use the gemstones, but I also knew they would be used up really quickly by the magic, with Soulcasting. So, I built something into the creatures of the world, so that we could renew the gemstones, so they wouldn't all just be gone after a few hundred years.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many Breaths would it take to infuse a gemstone?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Gemstones would be not that hard to infuse with Breaths. Like, you can get one glowing pretty well with one Breath... Depends on the size of the gemstone, obviously.

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TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you Invest... Could you use a nicrosil metalmind to Invest the sort of Investiture enough that you could open a Perpendicularity up to the Cognitive Realm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I'll just say it this way. Enough concentrated Investiture in one point is going to pierce the Realms, no matter what form it takes. 

TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

...So, it doesn't have to be a nicrosil metalmind.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. 

TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay... But it could be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. That is theoretically possible. 

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TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it possible to make a perpendicularity large enough that you can move large groups of people through?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Or a spaceship?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna find out more about spiritwebs, like, how they work?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that's a little ways off, though.

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TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

...I know that a lot of [Dragonsteel] is not canon anymore? How much of it, like, percentage-wise, I don't need specifics. 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say that all... I consider almost all the worldbuilding to be canon, but the characters to not be.

TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

So, anything about Topaz, does that not stand?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Doesn't really stand. The whole thing with the gods, and stuff like that, is really in flux.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Hoid says he couldn't use the Pits anymore, but couldn't he have used the Trust, with a lot of atium all together? Would that have not formed a Perpendicularity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. There's a reason for that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Dalinar's visions are the memories of Honor, correct?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Yes, they are things specifically created by Honor...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that mean that the Recreance happened before Honor's death... since Dalinar sees it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. But Honor's death, like Preservation's death, is a protracted event.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Edgedancer, there's a spot where they're going through all the weird things going on in the city, and they're talking about some spren that only shows up if she dumps water out. Is that significant, or is that a crazy person? ...The spren that shows up every morning if she leaves water out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is true.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, she's is not crazy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She's not-- Okay.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are the spren intelligent?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sapient spren, no. But she may have the cause and effect mixed up. She may not have the cause and effect correct. She might have correlation and causation mixed up.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, the Shardfork. A very versatile, Shard-whatever. Would it be possible to do, like, a Shardrock, or something, that would go in a catapult?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it has more variety than people would think, but it isn't limitless, what they can become. But that would totally be possible.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And what would a Shardrock do if it hits you?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, bean them on the head and be really strong. If you can get into the spirit, if you can start getting past the skin and stuff, you can do some serious damage.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is looking into the Spiritual Realm the only way to look into the future?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Any looking into the future involves looking at spiritwebs, probability, and stuff like that. So, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is this new book in the cosmere, or is it just a shoot-off?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Which one, Skyward? Skyward is not cosmere.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a kandra have a human kid, if they're in a--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...So, their DNA would-- I've answered this both ways, I think, on the internet, as I go back on forth on whether I want DNA testing to be able to catch a kandra or not. I've erred on the side of, their DNA isn't human, and so they would not be compatible, but I've gone the other direction some of the time when people have asked this question. So, I guess the answer is, I have not fully decided for myself yet.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Soulforged bones be Awakened?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Soulforged bones be Awakened? So, Soulcast bones be awakened? Once the Soulcasting is done, it is no longer Invested, and it would act as the normal item. A Forged item will act as Invested, and will resist any manipulation. Differences between the magics.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I was curious if the Alethi were always-- like, if there was a time where there wasn't a segregation between lighteyes and darkeyes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that did exist.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...How did the separation occur?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are some clues in [Oathbringer] and in the last book. It has to do with Knights Radiant and Surgebinding and things like that. It's a part RAFO. It's pretty guessable. There's nothing--

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When Shallan reached out to the Midnight Mother, would it have mattered if she used the right hand?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would not have mattered. Good question!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if a Type 4 BioChromatic entity like Nightblood was created with a different Command, would it still draw in or feed off of somebody's Breath when they drew it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is possible to create one that wouldn't. But it is a dangerous thing to do.

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ninch [PENDING REVIEW]

 The oath spren, how are they still alive? If all the other spren died when they broke their oaths? RAFO?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it's a RAFO. But you do have some pretty good answers in [Oathbringer]. So by the time you finish this you should have a pretty-- you should-- yeah.

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ninch [PENDING REVIEW]

Nightblood. If the person using him, the Investiture they put into him to use him. Does that make Nightblood more powerful, does he gain that Investiture? Or is it all expended back into the--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is actually a RAFO. People in-world are trying to figure that out, so it is a good question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm just curious to know if you're gonna see a change in how they treat the spren in [Oathbringer]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Yes. There's a slight shift happening.

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RippleGylf [PENDING REVIEW]

In The Rithmatist, in that world, do they ever use Rithmatics for practical purposes? I can easily see using Lines of Forbiddance for children to just draw a line on the wall, and like--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They should do it more than they do. But there are people using it, chalklings included.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, is it possible for a spren to get more Investiture? And if it does, will it kinda level up into a higher form of spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's possible. That is totally possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With your awesome art people, have you thought about doing kids' books, like 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade level?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've considered it, but I haven't practiced that very much, and it is a different skill. I'm not confident in being able to do that myself. But it's on my radar, since I have kids that age.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did Jasnah's body die, and she made a new one?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, she actually transferred her body to the other side... I actually even wrote the scene where it happened, but I didn't end put it any books... That's what Elsecallers do, is they teleport. That's one of their things.

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CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* Could a Shard refuse to "fuel" a magic user? E.g. Could Preservation have refused to "fuel" Ham's pewter? (Please, for the question, assume Preservation is whole and undamaged.)

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* No, but he could have interfered.

*spoken* So, the answer is "no, he couldn't." Like, if you just had the Allomancy going, like--

CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

They can't shut you off?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They can't shut you off, but they can interfere with you using it. They could do other things. But, like, the magic, it would be like saying, "I refuse to let gravity work on this person."

CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

But couldn't a Shard-- Technically, they can control forces--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, they can't, but they can interfere with it, does that make sense? ...Gravity is not gone, but this person is being interfered with and their relationship to these sorts of things.

CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

Kind of like if I throw your pen in the air, gravity's not gone, but I've interfered with something.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, exactly. And you can, like, twist the gravity, so it's pointing... But the laws of natures, burning is, like, a law of nature, and things like that. And they can circumvent, and they can twist, and they can bend, but the laws of nature are still the laws of nature.

CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

They can't just cut it off?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Soulcast blood is human blood, does that mean Soulcast meat is people meat?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that, like-- when it has a blood type, and things like that-- I don't know enough about blood. I didn't mean to imply it's human blood. I'm just saying, it has all the attributes of blood, and it could be ascribed to something specific. That's where my mind was going. If they were asking, "Is this human blood?" No, that's not necessarily-- some of it is. Soulcast meat is definitely not. Soulcast blood, probably is most of the time. But it is-- there are, like, certain derivations of it that happen. It's more complicated, in other words, than what I-- than a simple answer can give. So, is Soulcast blood human blood? You could use it for blood transfusions, most if it, unless, in certain instances, you couldn't. Like, it's more-- Those sorts of questions, I have to circumlocute them so much.

Let's just put it this way. You can eat-- The meat is not human meat, but the blood can be used for blood transfusions. Is that enough? Yeah, we'll go with that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the deal with Hoid and instant noodles?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...He likes his ramen, right? Like any sane person, he likes his instant noodles. Nothing more than that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...Has he ever had instant noodles?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, he's had instant noodles before. They have them on Taldain, yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Hoid have a favorite color?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably black, maybe silver.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where is the status, or will it ever happen on the pizza necromancer book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Death by Pizza's floating. Really I can only start new things if it's directly for my contract for Tor or for my contract [with Random House] until I clear off a few things, so I'm not letting myself do that one. I considered slotting it in when I did Skyward, but Skyward was the one I ended up doing. So, that one's, basically-- I'm not gonna do it until at least I get Rithmatist and Alcatraz done.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, I'm excited. It sounds fun.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a load of fun.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I'm about to read the last four books of Wheel of Time, and I know in your interview with Deseret News is that no one has asked you about something big, world-shattering. What should I be thinking of while I read these books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't give you even a clue, because I've been sworn to secrecy by team Jordan. I made it up, but they said "We can't tell people this." So, this is something I added to the books, it's not something that was in the notes. So there, you learned something about it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How the crap did Zahel end up on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Partially walked there, partially took a vehicle.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Kaladin obviously draws Stormlight from a pouch, all the time... If the pouch was coated in, say aluminum, would he still be able to draw the Stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

What about if it was coated in silver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he probably still could.

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ShadowBlaze [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it possible to have a stormblessed Mistborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...What do you mean by stormblessed? Do you mean Radiant?

ShadowBlaze [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. It is possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything preventing the listeners, or Parshendi, from picking up a sword of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Historically, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, it's not something that *inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Something was preventing them. You phrased that well.

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Ethour [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Shardfork be effective in combat?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Depends on who has it. I think-- There were war tridents that were used, historically, but I'm gonna say that, on average, a sword's a better choice. But, I mean-- Lift isn't hot on hurting people, even when she's fighting them, so it's kind of a weird thing.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can plants have Hemalurgic properties?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...As I have it in the notes right now, no. I could change that, but for right now, no. There's just not a way to get it to work, right now.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a Parshendi form a bond with an intoxicationspren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically possible, yes.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it look ugly?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It may not be the best idea they ever had.

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JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* What Aviar power does Mraize's green chicken grant?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* RAFO!

*spoken* But it is an Aviar, so it does have one.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* Has Vasher (or any of the alias he goes by) ever fathered a biological child? (before or after he returned)

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* RAFO

*spoken* That's also a RAFO, sorry.

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JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* What color eyes do Siri and Vivenna have?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* It can vary

*spoken* So this, I'd have to go look in my notes, but it can vary...

JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

In the book, there's the one time they talk about it being darkeyes, but I wasn't sure if it was makeup because it was right after the fight with *inaudible* or if it was makeup eyes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll have to look in my notes. But it can vary.

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Joyblu [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I just had a question about the name Hoid. I've gone through all these [Aons], with the "OID," I know he really cares about how it's spelled. Is there anything you can give me the "O" and the "I" and the "D"? The only ones that have the "O" and the "I" are these two right here. Am I onto anything here, or is that just a coincidence?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, those are just a coincidence.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who do you think would win, an atium misting, or Kaladin with Syl?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The atium misting, as long as they have enough atium, is probably got an advantage, but Kaladin can fly. So, I would bet on Kaladin, meaning he flies up high, waits 'til they run out of atium, then gets them.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

If the Parshendi are listeners, would it be proper to call the Aimians watchers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are those who would call them that, but because that is used in the Marvel world so extensively, I would not use it, probably.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

So, because the world is flat in Shadesmar, if there's a place where you can't cross, so if a Radiant was on a ship, they'd have trouble getting across, because their spren would be stuck behind that line of discontinuity. Is the Origin of Storms located on that line?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, good question.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

Harmonium is ettmetal... Its chemicals properties are sort of analogous to cesium. It explodes in contact with water. People are made out of water. You try to spike someone, you try to swallow it, you try to wear it as jewelry, it will not end well. Why in the world would he pick something so inharmonious?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He didn't pick it. It's unstable because of the two halves of him not meshing well.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there some relation between Investiture and magnetism? It seems like aluminum is always screwing things up, and that's the first thing that came to mind.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are slight relationships between them, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I'm intrigued by aluminum, especially the fact that it can only be found by Soulcasting on Roshar. So, how was it discovered in the first place?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Did I say you can only get it through Soulcasting?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Shallan flashbacks, she has the pendant.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Don't take what she says at 100% truth.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I had a question about the 16 in Mistborn versus 10 [in Stormlight], there's a big discussion on the 17th Shard about it...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's more-- It's not random. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

... So is there a method to the madness?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a method to the madness, but it may not be as important as some people think it is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm wondering how worldhoppers are able to understand languages on different worlds.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, because I knew I was doing this whole thing, I made it fairly easy to use Connection to start speaking other languages, like you see in the Mistborn books happening. That's a pretty common thing with the various magic systems, one of the easiest things to get going. Some just learn the language. It does happen. But, for instance, Hoid isn't learning the language, which is why you see him making goofs, like when he says "coin" instead of "sphere." Because, like, that doesn't happen really, if you learn the other language. There's not really the word for coin. But the magic is trying to interpret the thing that he says, and it just comes out as a word that's not in their language, really. And you'll see worldhoppers making that mistake. You'll see them using words like "dirt" and stuff like that, and that's just a clue they're using magical means.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does the Almighty and the Heralds have anything to do with the bigger cosmere gods and deities?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Heralds, as well?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Not as much, but a little bit. They do. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that mean that the Almighty is able to worldhop as well?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, the Almighty is Honor, and he is one of the Shards of Adonalsium, so he didn't originate on Roshar.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Does the size-- Let's say you have a really big Aon, and you had it pretty far away from Elantris, does the size of the Aon allow it to be more powerful?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

To an extent, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had a bendalloy Hemalurgic spike...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That will be in the Hemalurgic table, which we will be releasing, hopefully, next year.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the [BYU] IT Capstone [project], the Rithmatist game-- where is that in everything?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I went and played it, it was really cool. I don't know what else will happen with it

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Where can I find the rules to the game of Michim?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, probably nowhere. I would have to do some more work.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

...I tried really hard to extrapolate the rules.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I know, that's what I'm saying. Probably nowhere, because-- the rules-- we'd have to look in my notes, to see if I even have them in there.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Did you actually invent a game, just to put it in?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, enough rules-- I don't know if it would pass playing-rigor.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

How can you guess the ones your opponent has hidden if it's a game of skill, not chance? I can't understand!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I have to fudge these things, just in case it doesn't actually play, I don't have time to, like, playtest for a year. But we can work on it and see if me can make it work. If you beg at me with an email, we can try that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Someone on the forum I'm on wanted me to ask you about citrus fruits during Vin's time.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Citrus fruits during Vin's time because of the lack of flowers, and things like that? Their fruits were not our fruits. Let's say that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Were they close to, like, Rosharan, like bulb fruit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, there were definitely some bulb fruits. But any actual citruses, I don't think that there were.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Re-Shephir related at all to the Midnight Essence in Aether of Night?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. It's me, like-- Related in that Aether of Night isn't canon, and I really liked how that worked in the cosmere, and I ported it to this instead. So that's like--

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So you're not gonna write Aether of Night?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Aether of Night, I might eventually write, but the Mid--

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It may be different?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Slowswift an Allomancer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Slowswift is a cameo for Grandpa Tolkien.

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

Similar to how Lightweavers have, kind of really good memories. Do the Skybreakers have any special abilities for telling guilty and innocent people apart?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if you alloyed a metal with atium and lerasium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you've seen some of that. It would be a further extrapolation on that concept.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Nightblood annihilate Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Investiture cannot be created or destroyed. It can only change forms. But, anything more than that is a RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you create an artificial perpendicularity on demand?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is theoretically possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a Windrunner in Shardplate travel to other planets?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, theoretically possible. Take a long time.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it would. 'Cause he wouldn't need to breathe, if he's got enough Stormlight.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, well, I mean, they can control pressure, so. You'd need oxygen scrubbers, but they can also, so... you can create a ball of air around yourself with their power anyway, so--

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Signed cover art? Print of the cover art?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Yes, we should be doing that. That's more a Michael [Whelan] question, for the cover art, and a question for the various artists. But for, what we really want to do with the endpages is do, like, a calendar, that's like a Rosharan/18-month-Earth/10-month-Rosharan calendar. We're gonna try that. But they have prints and things, and signed prints, and stuff like that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Any plans for a Mistborn, or just Cosmere, collectible card game?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um, yes. Asterisk. It's a hard thing to get going. It would probably be more like a deck building game than a CCG, just 'cause we would sell a box set of something you could draft or something like that, rather than trying to go the whole CCG route.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you planning on doing more graphic novels, outside of the White Sand series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, there's a couple of things here. Like, we don't want to do another one 'til White Sand is done. They come to us and said, "We wanna do more!" because White Sand sold so well. We're like "No, you finish what you have, then we'll look at doing it." So, we're exploring other options, but we won't start any until what we've started is finished. I really wanna do the story I had for Mistborn, the video game, as a graphic novel with Ben McSweeney.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How soon until we found out why Vasher and the sword got split up?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh why they got split up. Not this book [Oathbringer]. But soon-ish.

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

So, spren can just manifest themselves to different people. Can they choose whether or not to manifest themselves to other spren? Does it depend on the kind of spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, depends on the kind of spren. You'll get some hints of that in the third book. Or you probably have already, if you read the preview chapters.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

I read the preview chapters, but, like, the way Syl acted, is that, like, something that she's able to hide from them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She was not able to hide from that spren.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

As far as the Oaths go, for Orders of the Knights Radiant that have Oaths that are, like, set, like Windrunners and Bondsmiths, do they have to be spoken in a specific order, or is it just as the--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They have to be spoken in a specific order. But the Oath can vary depending on the individual's own interpretation and feeling about it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's with Kaladin being special with his oaths that he explodes with power every time he says it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a function of Windrunners being very close to Bondsmiths, which has certain effects.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would other Windrunners also do that, as well?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Honor still alive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Honor? Honor's dead.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What about Tanavast?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, um, you can assume that there is no funny business going on there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I noticed in the books that they like to paint their Shardplate, most of them do, with one notable exception. The Shardplate isn't dismissed, so I imagine, when it's broken, they have to repaint it after they've regrown it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if I painted a Shardblade and then dismissed it, would I have used paint in the shape of a Shard to sell?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh-- it would come back without the paint.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, the paint would go away with it, but not come back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've never been asked this before, let me think about it. I think the paint would get left behind.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So I would have used paint in the shape of a Shard?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you would, yeah.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you could mold a Shard?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You could mold a Shard, yeah, you could totally do that. Yeah... I haven't been asked that before but that's my answer right now, because-- yeah.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If the books contradict then the books contradict.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah but I don't think they will. So yeah, you can-- I mean, it could come up.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if we switch to Scadrial, and I had lined the inside of my hat with aluminum, I'm protecting myself from emotional Allomancy. What if I was able to use emotional Allomancy? Would that block me?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, it's going to interfere a little bit. But the issue with that is, a lot of Allomancy is coming from center and going to head. So, you're probably still gonna be okay with the helmet... So, I'm gonna say, you don't want a lot of aluminum around you, but you could probably still make it work.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...Is there anything in [Hoid]'s past that he regrets that he did? An action that he made that he, like, regrets.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know Dragonsteel is going to have, like, [Hoid] as a main character in the series, or at least a more prominent character. Is there any other book series that are planned that are gonna have him as a more prominent figure?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And are those gonna come before or after?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

After.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know you can have Shardblades be basically whatever you want. Can they ever be, like, a regular proportioned sword?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So people can just use them as normal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Taldain. Are you ever gonna write any more novels set on there?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say 50-50 chance.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Multiple Investiture? Possible? Have we already seen it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. And yes. Well, you've seen it, but you wouldn't be able to know.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With that, is the planet they're on that matters?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

For most of the magics, no.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay. Since there *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Among other things, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

From a writer's perspective, in Words of Radiance: explosive things, lots of things happening at the end of that book. As a writer when you're writing that, which of those did you think would hit a fan the hardest? Like, biggest gut punch, or like, shocking moment.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I dunno... Probably when Kaladin finally says the Ideal.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Me and my wife reading it, it was-- Adolin just shocked my wife.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, yeah, that's the one. Yeah, you're right. That's the most shocking one...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you know, on Scadrial, once metal is burned, it returns to the ecosystem, because matter is not created or destroyed. Does color do the same thing on Nalthis? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You're gonna make me try to decide-- does color have, um-- I'll have to think about it...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did you get your inspiration for Kaladin's and Tien's relationship?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It grew naturally out of Kaladin's, kind of-- who he is and what's wrong with him.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Rithmatist, they talk about it's random to be chosen as a Rithmatist, but Melody says that everyone in her family has been chosen. Is it random? Or...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is not random.

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AllomancerSam [PENDING REVIEW]

You actually mentioned at a signing I went to last year that the Rithmatist magic was going to be, like a cosmere thing, but you pulled it out. What about it wasn't working?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It wasn't the magic, it was the setting. I decided I didn't want Earth in the cosmere, even a alternate version of it. The magic still kind of works very cosmere-y.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you post enough on Reddit. But you get by with not always getting noticed, and you can actually post stuff kind of like normally, like a person. How long do you think that will last until, you like-- like, if you get a movie or a TV deal...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

People miss when Arnold [Schwarzenegger] posts on Reddit. People just aren't used to reading usernames. And I know, if they're miss Arnold, they're always gonna miss me.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did. I considered-- When I started, I'm like, "Brandon Sanderson's a boring name, I should do a cooler name." And my editor and my agent prevailed upon me that, no, it was not a boring name, it was just fine. That was the big decision point.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, when Cenn dies, and he says "The Black Piper in the night, he holds us in the palm, playing a tune no man can hear." Is that a reference to Hoid?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you describe what Shadesmar looks like on either Nalthis or Sel.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. On Sel? Looks like a big old storm that will destroy you. More than a storm, it's like a big pressurized-- it's like plasma, almost. It is really dangerous. Really dangerous. That 'cause the Dor is hanging out there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What did Lopen do to get on a bridge crew?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Lopen? Someone just thought he was annoying. Lopen, he's like the only person in Bridge Four who's, like, not a criminal. It's just like, "Oh, that stupid Herdazian, send him to a bridge crew, get him away." He's legitimately, like-- all of them have deep, dark, tragic pasts, but not The Lopen.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is he one of your friends?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Lopen's cousins? Is there any significance to them, or are they just--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, they're just, like, his cousins and his distant cousins. He just is somebody who knows everyone and is related to half the Herdazians around. There's no secret, they just really are.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When they show up, ever time, I'm like, there's gotta be something with these guys.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They're a tight-knit group, those Herdazians.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I read the earlier version of The Way of Kings. When did Kaladin get depressed?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That was when I realized he was the main character and the least-- the least a character, right? And so, it was when I sat down and asked myself, what went wrong with it? And the main thing of the things I came up was that Kaladin wasn't real. And so I started looking at what would make him real. And depression doesn't make more real, but it's an outgrowth of him making the other decision, what happened with his brother, he had PTSD, and all of this stuff. It grew out of that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you write a good follower? Like, you have a lot of good leaders. But what are some good attributes of followers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think that a good follower is willing to-- perform... Knowing that we all wear different hats, and not everyone can call the shots every time, and being willing to be the person that trusts someone else to call the shots.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have a cameo, or a character that represents you?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do not. They're all a piece of me... Every character is me in one way, and every character is not me in other ways.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was your opinion of the Blackthorn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What about it? What do you mean?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like, in general, people call him a monster, when I ask, ask around. I think he's a badass.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He totally was a badass. He was also not morally centered.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, would Allomancy work if the metals were a suppository?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is theoretically possible, but gross... There's nothing special about the stomach. It's kinda getting it into your spirit, and things.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What are your plans for the third Mistborn trilogy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

1980s level technology... little bit of a, "how nerd culture works" in Mistborn world, on Scadrial. Lots of fun stuff. Allomancer taskforces and SWAT teams.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What new series are you planning for the cosmere? Do you have any?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I really wanna do at least a book set on the same world as Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is the most fully-developed you've made any of the languages in the books? Or do you just come up with the sounds and just sort of stop?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on which ones. Like, the further we go in the books, the more developed they become. Peter is a linguist, was a linguistics major, so I lean on him heavily for some of these things. Korean gets used all the time. Because I speak Korean and did my mission in Korea...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would you care if I took what we have on, like, Aonic, and sort of rolled it into a conlang?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that'd be fine. Aonic is the one that, like, in some ways the least useful.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It has the most words that I've found for it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you're interested in conlangs, go talk to Peter, and maybe we'll sic you on something. Maybe we can get you working on something officially. I've tried to get Peter to do something... Go talk to him. Talk nerd stuff with him.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I had a question regarding the sixteen Shards... If they are, or when they are reformed to Adonalsium, will it have to be one person holding all sixteen Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO. I'm gonna RAFO that partially because there's not even-- who knows if it can all be recombined.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Renarin. Is there anything special about him, like regarding him being able to see the future, or, like, Rock not being able to see his spren? So he's different than other Truthwatchers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Read [Oathbringer]. Then come back and ask.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Warbreaker, Awakened items have to emulate humans. Why is that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's a matter of perception on the people using the magic. And there are ramifications on the fact that the Shards themselves were all once humanoid.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you tell me why Jasnah wanted to potentially assassinate her sister-in-law, the queen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She felt that the queen was seeking to usurp power, for one thing, and was reckless for another. And so Jasnah was worried about the safety of the throne.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How does rewriting the Spiritual aspect work?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...So, it has ramifications through the other two Realms. It can happen. You've seen it happen.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That's what happens with kandra, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, to an extent, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With the koloss?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, both of them. Hemalurgy is, like, sticking a piece of someone's spirit to another person's spirit and creating a Frankenstein's monster of spirits.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Any clues on where we see Hemalurgy elsewhere in the cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, we'll RAFO that for now.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do koloss have hair?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...It depends on the form. Some do, some don't. But, in general, they do. But it's not-- Here's the thing, it's not quite hair. They're not mammalian.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What are they if they're not mammalian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are their own-- uh, yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were gonna pick a thing to be, like, an Edgedancer, or a Windrunner, what would you be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably a Bondsmith is what's natural to me. If I could pick any, I'd probably be Windrunner, but I don't think I'd fit Windrunner.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would Nightblood react to Hoid?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Nightblood would probably try to be very friendly to Hoid, and then-- But Nightblood tries to be friendly to everybody. He's a very friendly, uh, demonic terrible sword that sucks your soul.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Way of Kings, the Death Rattles, it say that the person who said it reported seeing strange dreams during the highstorms for the past two years. What do you have to say about that, I guess?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Highstorms. You often see strange things during the highstorms.

Bystander [PENDING REVIEW]

That's not a real answer.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It totally is a real answer! That person saw some weird stuff. Weird stuff happens. Dalinar sees weird things walking along throwing rocks at people, so. Who knows.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When people ask you who your favorite character is, you say they're all your children. And I always have the same thought: even Amaram?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, let's say, my favorites are all of the viewpoint characters who are not slimeballs... Yeah, he's definitely one of the exceptions to that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What other exceptions?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, I don't know. I'd have to think about it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, November is the National Writer's month. Have you ever participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have!

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Awesome! How did that go?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It went pretty well. I'm a pretty compulsive writer, so-- I don't do it as much anymore, 'cause I'm almost always on tour during it or something. But during the early days when I was trying to break in, I did it all the time. I actually wrote a big chunk of the first draft of Way of Kings in 2002, in NaNoWriMo.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The respect for lighteyes seems to come from Radiants and their-- Is there a reason that the Makabaki and Iriali don't seem to care as much.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. That will become a little more evident as the books progress.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If people from Scadrial were to colonize, like, Nalthis, and not intermarry with the people there, would their children continue to have the Scadrial Investiture, or would they have the Nalthis Investiture? In the sense that, is it genetic, or is it planetary?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Scadrial is more genetic.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Than Nalthis, where they have the Breaths?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, would their children continue to--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Their children would continue, for a while, to have Scadrian Investiture.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

For a while. Could you say, like, how many generations?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I cannot.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

[Question written down, unknown]

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They can communicate with each other. So, there's at least one answer-- with the spren-- Yeah, but it's not-- you don't really communicate with spren in the same way.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can they get, like, Odium- or Cultivation- or Honor-oriented spren to kinda animate them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, that's not quite how it works.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The intelligence in the eye of the chasmfiend, I was wondering. Or on the santhid rescuing her.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's more, like, does a flower communicate with a bee. That's a similar sort of thing we're looking at here.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If an Elantrian has a child, is that child an Elantrian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not necessarily.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...Like, two Elantrians have a child, it's possible that it's just a normal human?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...It is indeed.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you build Aons or something similar to Aons off of the natural landforms on Roshar, like the Dawncities and the other cities that are sort of symmetrical?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Elantrian magic system, the Selish magic systems, are the ones that don't work very well-- don't interact very well with other worlds... Other ones are a lot more easy to interact between worlds.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

An Elantrian, can they use an unkeyed nicrosilmind to-- as a substitute for the Dor?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...This is theoretically possible. Again, the Selish magic systems do not play well with the other magics, but that is theoretically possible to make happen.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, we know that things can be Soulcast into aluminum. But can aluminum itself be Soulcast into something else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It resists all forms of Investiture trying to change it to things.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had a Shardblade, what would it look like?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hm... it would have lots of glyphs on it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid somebody I should be rooting for?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Depends on-- Depends... There's a big, uh, "depends" attached to that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that something we're gonna see in Stormlight Archive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You will see some of it in Stormlight. It's not the main place you're gonna see it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it fair to say that Honor is focused on the past, and Cultivation is focused on the future? Or nostalgia.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Nope, not fair to say that. But it is an interesting theory. They would disagree with you, but you could make the argument.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

As you look at the Double Eye, is there a pattern for Honor and Cultivation's disparate influences on each Surge or Order?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are philosophers who think that there are, but-- it is more straightforward than those philosophers think it is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a significant connection between Stormlight and spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is the extent of that, I guess? Is that a Read And Find Out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

We see, in Secret History, all the people going Beyond after they die. Do all the victims go there? Or just people? Just sentients? Would a Ryshadium go the Beyond, if it died.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um-- Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What about, like, a rockbud, or a chasmfiend?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um, that, you're gonna have to ask the philosophers about. Because, if it happens, it happens really fast, so they have trouble spotting it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

 I envision the Bondsmiths as, like, walking catapult. Is that viable, or is it different?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You'll have to wait and see. We'll RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could the mantle of Herald be passed to another person. Could they--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Read And Find Out, I'm afraid.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The amount of Heralds that we have seen so far. Two? I had thought Wit was one.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wit is not one, but you've seen Ash, you've seen Taln, you've seen Jezrien and Kalak in the prelude, you've seen Nale. Yeah, he was chasing Lift, among other things. You've heard of several others, but the others are going to start getting more and more obscure from there. I don't think there's any others.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it a coincidence that, when Michael Kramer was reading... Stormlight Archive and Wax&Wayne, Wayne sounds curiously like Lopen.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's a cute coincidence. Lopen would have a very different accent from Wayne.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does [the Ishikk interlude in Way of Kings] indicate that White Sand, Mistborn Era 1, and Elantris all take place in about the same period of time? Or are worldhoppers also timehoppers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Some of them are also timehoppers. They're not as close as you would think.

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Brightlord Maelstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

Quesion about Selish magic systems. So, you've described, in the past, the Dor in the Cognitive Realm as being almost like magma. Is that just in consistency, or also does that also include in its temperature?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, it's more temperature than consistency. Plasma-ish is maybe even a better way of putting it.

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Brightlord Maelstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were to somehow use a receptacle to gather some part of the Dor, say there was a way of doing that. And you were to do one on both extremes of the planet. Would it be the same thing?

...Say, you have a container than can contain part of this plasma? ...Theoretically? You do that, taking one part of the planet, say Elantris, seal it up. And then you were to take another one, and fill it up in MaiPon and compare them, would it be the same Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it would.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you ever gonna write a pregnant woman in your books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I kinda got my fill of it in Wheel of Time. Because Elayne, which is such-- there's just so much pregnancy. So, like-- I've actually thought about this before, and I think, I just read those books so many times I'm like--

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You're just full of it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. But that's not a good reason! But I'm pretty sure that's my reason.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Roshar... Is that the whole world, just kinda flattened out? Or is there something on the other side?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There's something on the other side, but mostly just empty ocean.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Mostly just empty ocean? Something else? RAFO?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There's your card!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a kandra imitating a human have a child with the human?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I kinda go back and forth on this. So-- 'Cause I think about it, then I tweak the magic, and I think "no this isn't possible," and then I go back, and I'm like, "but..." So it kinda comes down to a lot of things, such as, would I want a DNA test to be able to determine if a kandra is real or not. And I haven't canonized that yet, so your answer is, Read And Find Out, once I decide. I go back and forth on that one so much.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Secret History, Nazh briefly mentioned that there's requirements or conditions to become a Cognitive Shadow. Can you tell us one of those?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, lots of Investiture. Is one way. As a certain person discovered.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If that person were to not have entered Preservation's pool, it still would have given the same result?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If they had not, they would be gone.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I wasn't clear. If they had done a different pool, not Preservation's.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, if they had been able to Invest themselves heavily, then they could have stuck around, yes. That wasn't Preservation's pool, that was more a function of--dipping themselves, pulling an Achilles inside of a Shardpool when you are dead, turned out to work. It's not the only way, not everyone on... Threnody, for instance, is heavily Invested.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Mistborn burn any physical form of Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Well-- possible with work, but naturally, no.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My favorite character is Nazh... I just want anything about him, even if he's just his favorite food.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Isaac. Give us a favorite food...

Isaac Stewart [PENDING REVIEW]

So, he likes, and Brandon will have to confirm this, but he likes a plant-- fried-- it would be considered an eggplant almost.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Fried eggplant. We're good on that.

Isaac Stewart [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not-- It looks like an eggplant, it's native to Threnody.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Once upon a time I asked you about the magic system as described in Elantris and The Emperor's Soul, how in The Emperor's Soul [Shai] describes it as, she talks about the Spiritual Realm as the, like, the wall wanting to be beautiful. And how in Elantris they describe the Dor as what makes a river want to flow. And I assumed that meant that they were connected. But according to that [Arcanum Unbounded] it says that the Investiture is housed in the Cognitive Realm and how unlike most of the other magic systems its magic comes from the Cognitive. And so now I am confused.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, they are related but there's an overarching theory, er, kind of philosophy of what Investiture is and it imbuing things with desires that in our world may not actually have desires. And that is connected. The fact that the Dor is the Cognitive Realm is not the way it's supposed to be. That is a prob-- well, in some ways it's a feature, but it's also very much a bug.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I got my ears pierced recently and it got me thinking about Vin's earring. It's a Hemalurgic spike, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmhmm.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And the Inquisitors don't have to worry about infection or anything with their eye spikes. So when Vin got her ear pierced as a baby, she also didn't have to worry about infection?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That is an awesome gig!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...It comes with some terrible side effects, but it is a pretty nice gig.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Music on Roshar... How, why is it important, I mean more a why--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Why music? Music, the Rhythms you are speaking about specifically, or what?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...There seems to be a lot that connects to music, with like the Dawnsingers, there's lots of people hearing the Rhythms--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It all comes from the Rhythms. That's all kind of interconnected.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So they kind of hear where the Rhythms are originally coming from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm not saying that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many spren does it take to form a full suit of Shardplate?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's making assumptions that we're gonna RAFO. Nice try!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could there be a colorblind Awakener and-- would they be able to do anything or--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would be a harder life for them. It would be a more serious disability there than it is here but it is not completely ending their opportunity.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...Once they get to the certain amount of Breaths or whatever, would that reverse the colorblindness? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not necessarily. But it might have some interesting effects.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My question is, also Vivasher is my favorite ship, so I'm just wondering if he misses her... I'm wondering if Vasher misses Vivenna.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I'm wondering if Rysn gets a book.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Rysn does not get a book, but she might get a novella.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there even the babiest tiniest little bitty babiest chance of Syl and Kaladin ever being able to be together?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That would take a lot.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But itty bitty babiest chance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Itty bitty babiest chance? Sure.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How is it that Szeth is so comfortable up in Urithiru, being out there and everyone else is weirded out by it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He is a weird dude.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, we were having a discussion about the term Soulcaster. The term Soulcaster is either, it's a person or it's a thing, and it's not always clear what it is. So when Sigzil is theorizing that the Parshendi needed-- they had Soulcasters, that's why they needed gemhearts, was he referring to the item?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was referring to the item. That's what he was trying to get.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've read a little bit of Oathbringer and I've been wondering-- is Oroden going to play a bigger role in future installments [of Stormlight]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Possibly.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it kind of a RAFO?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is kind of a RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the chapter about the Wandersail, when Hoid is telling the story, is he using Lightweaving?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is not completely natural what you are seeing.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the smoke in any way related to Rosharan magic systems?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In any way related, yes? I'm good at wiggling out of these. It's a part RAFO, it's not completely natural. I'll leave it at that. I can't say too much, otherwise I'll give away all my secrets.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Shardblades, they're dead spren, but Syl came back. Is there any way for Shardblades, the spren who are Shardblades, to come back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmm... You'll have to read and find out.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Shardshield or Shardhammer affect the world around them? Can they Captain America someone in half?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you awaken a Shardblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you Awaken a Shardblade? A Shardblade would already be defined as Awakened, by the magic systems.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And what about the Plate?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Plate would already be defined as probably too heavily Invested to Awaken because it already is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you ever planning to sell someone the rights to a Steelheart video game, 'cause let me tell you, that would be so unbelievably--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would totally do that. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't think of any developers that could do it though, at least not right now.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Everything's going to... "you have to be AAA or you have to be mobile game".

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How could I be a better beta reader? Because I suck at giving feedback.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's just practice. And try not to fix things, try to just give your responses to them.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like how I felt about certain things?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you don't have to tell them how to fix it, you just have to say, "I was bored here." "I was not empathizing with this character." "This line was really great." That sort of stuff.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do Shardblades cut as well as like an ideal wedge in a perfect world or better than that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say better than. Because they can cut the spirit, too. The soul.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

After a highstorm does the Stormfather always appear regardless if someone's watching or not?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes

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Brightlord Maelstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

You've said that we should really be asking questions about the Dor. Do you mind just volunteering a nugget or--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, no, it came out in Arcanum Unbounded, all the stuff I was talking about.

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Brightlord Maelstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

Would there be a way that is reasonably feasible to use Aon Tia to teleport off-world?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically yes.

Brightlord Maelstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

...Would there be a way to create it where instead of teleporting you directly there, it opens a portal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll go ahead and start RAFOing at this point.

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LadyKnightRadiant [PENDING REVIEW]

So you're really good at ending books, especially like post-climax resolution that I feel is always my real weak point. I always find that I tend to write things that end up sounding really, really cheesy. I feel like you have, like, perfected the, like, decent resolution that's not horrifically cheesy. I was wondering if you have like any tips on how to end things properly.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's all about promises, right, and I've talked about this a lot. Like, what-- remember that the ending, if you've earned it-- Cheesiness is based on whether the reader is on board with you or not-- Cheesiness is not like this intrinsic property of a scene. Cheesiness is, are they on board? Do they want this? Have you done a good job with this? So if you get people on board-- yeah.

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Kogiopsis [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the person Kalak speaks to in the prelude of The Way of Kings the real Jezrien?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Kogiopsis [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any parallels between the fish in the Purelake and the Aviar in Sixth of the Dusk?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Kogiopsis [PENDING REVIEW]

I noticed in my reread that Kaladin had ten escape attempts in five months, and those are Vorin holy numbers. Is there any particular significance to that or is that an accident?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any particular significance to that? No.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*reading* So did Renarin have an antagonist organization like--

FeatherWriter [PENDING REVIEW]

In [The Way of Kings] Prime.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right, 'cause Renarin created the Diagram in Prime... Taravangian was in Prime but under a different name, but yes, Taravangian was there but he was a different-- he was similar. So we'll write that: "Taravangian".

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FeatherWriter [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Glys a normal Truthwatcher spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You'd have to read the book, it's a RAFO.

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FeatherWriter [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you tell me what the Truthwatcher spren are called, like do they have a name? I know it's not in Oathbringer.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I'm not gonna canonize that yet. There're things I am still thinking about.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do Windrunners rotate as they are moving through the air, since a force on their center of mass can't be rotation.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah but wind resistance can. Same with [how] skydivers work. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, so they kind of instinctively do it, or learn.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. You learn but-- you put your fingers out you go spinning around the right way. Kaladin gets better at this and you'll see some direct references to that in [Oathbringer] where he's talking about some of these ideas.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have it cutting right now, but I don't know if I can have it actually completely cut because we slide it through the rock and things like that, right? So it's gotta be that, like, atomizing a little bit into Investiture or something like that. Because I use it in a way that they just-- but there's not really friction on it, so mathematically I'd probably have to say that something is vanishing... I don't want it to but I probably have to.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I was just sitting there, thinking about Dalinar getting that trench. That would be difficult.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. RAFO for you, sir.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Was it relevant that Ruin mentioned Passion to Vin?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could Lift's food ability be taken by Hemalurgic spike?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically yes.

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Comatose [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* Was Shashara known to wear red scarves?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*written* Nope.

*spoken* Good question. Good question

Ravi [PENDING REVIEW]

What did you get Matt?

Comatose [PENDING REVIEW]

Shashara was not known to wear red scarves.

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Comatose [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering about the Steel Ministry's stance on sexuality.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you're paying them, they don't really care.

Comatose [PENDING REVIEW]

That sounds like a Steel Ministry thing.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yup.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The spren on the other side of the Oathgate in Shadesmar... One is an inkspren-- I am guessing, no? Because there are two spren that grant the Transportation Surge so that would make the other a Willshaper spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would a mistwraith bond with a spren? Would he use a gemheart, oaths, or songs like the listeners?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Brandon motions for Joel to hold up the RAFO sign*

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TheFulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Where do gemstones come from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Gemstones on Roshar are mostly coming from gemhearts. And, I remembered to stick in some mentions of this in Oathbringer, 'cause a lot of people have been asking about this. It's not something-- like, the daily ranching of animals for their gemhearts is not something that we bring up a lot, but there is some limited mining operations on Roshar as well, you've just gotta get through the crem.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone is attacked by a Hemalurgist, could they be healed with Regrowth?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if they were attacked by a Hemalurgist, then yes. If Hemalurgy were done to them, then it's a much more difficult thing, and that's gonna depend on a lot of factors.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did you get the idea for a chasmfiend?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This actually a pretty good one. So, what has happening with the Stormlight books is-- Originally, the Shattered Plains were not in Stormlight. If you didn't know about this, Stormlight started without the Shattered Plains. And when I came back to the series to write it after kind of failing at that 2002 version and wanting to try again, I hired a concept artist to do sketches of characters and settings for me. His name was Ben McSweeney... Ben is the person I eventually hired to do a lot of the artwork, because he had done all this great concept art. And one of the things he did is, he drew a giant brain coral, 'cause I said, "Give me corals, things that you would normally find underwater in a coral reef, but above ground, and this is where we're gonna start our big brainstorming," and he did this giant one that people were walking through the cracks, and there was a little crustacean monster in there. And I'm like, "Oh, that looks like the Shattered Plains. Hey, the Shattered Plains! Why didn't I think of that? They work really well!" 'Cause they had originally been in Dragonsteel, they hadn't really worked there. So, I brought the Shattered Plains over, and the original inspiration for a chasmfiend was that little beastie. It looked more like a crayfish, that he had stuck in one of these grooves. That's where chasmfiends came from.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you plan to write any more books in the Steelheart universe?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...There's a big story here. So, the book that I started writing right after finishing Oathbringer in June was called The Apocalypse Guard. This is in the same universe as the Reckoners. And I wrote the whole book, and there were some things wrong with it, as happens sometimes with books. And so I thought, "Eh, I'll send it to my editor, and see what my editor at Random House thinks." She read it, she got back, she's like, "I like some things about it, but it's got these problems." I'm like, "Oh, those are the same problems I thought it had; that's not a good sign." So I got on and I brainstormed, and said "What do you think we should do?" She's like, "Well, maybe this or this." I spent, like, two weeks working on a really in-depth revision document. And I revised about 20% of the book following this document and it was worse. It didn't fix the problem. And so I'm like, "I need more time on this book. This book is not working. I'm sure I can fix it eventually." Like I told you, I stopped writing The Stormlight Archive in 2002. So, I pulled that book and set it aside. And I actually, I sent it to Dan Wells, actually, 'cause he's one of the best writers I know. And I'm like, "Dan! Something's broken. Can you tell me what's broken?" I'm waiting to see what Dan has to say on that, but for now, that's where Secret Project [Skyward] came from, 'cause I'm like, "Well, I don't feel good releasing Apocalypse Guard next year, I have to fix it first, it's just not good enough." So, I pulled out an outline for something else... and I said, "Well, I'm gonna write this right now, 'cause I feel like I can write this, and it's gonna work." So, I started writing this.

The answer is, yes, there will be more books, and there will even be, if I get around to it, a book about Mizzy as a protagonist, if I can find-- Like, I have to get The Apocalypse Guard working first.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

A lot of people probably ask you how to write better. Do you have any advice for people who want to read better?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What an interesting question. So I don't know if you can read the wrong way? Upside down, if it works for you, man. One of my speeches previous year, the little things I get up, where I go professor on you. One of those things was where I talked about "there is no wrong way to read my books." And you have the power as a reader, I feel, to have, like, line-item veto. If I describe a certain person a certain way, and you're like, "Nope." You are allowed to change that in your version of the book. I have a good friend, he's still in my writing group, actually, he's Leyten from Bridge Four. 'Cause all my friends ended up in Bridge Four. Except for Dan, who I killed horribly in the Mistborn books. He survived the first time. I let him survive, and then he died. All of my friends ended up in Bridge Four. So Leyten, he was reading The Wheel of Time back when he was a teenager, and we got to the part where Thom Merrilin has a mustache. Have you read these books? He's a guy that has this really awesome mustache. And Alan's said, "Nope. No mustache. He doesn't match my--" When he told me this, I was horrified! I'm like, "That is, like, a central feature of what Thom Merrilin looks like, he has a big, drooping mustache!" Alan's like, "Nope. Not in my version." And I'm okay with that, when you do that on my book. You can pronounce the names the way you want. You can-- like, I give you a script, and you direct it. And you can change whatever you want in your head.So, I don't know if there's a right or a wrong way to read, if that makes sense.

I did take a speed-reading class for, like, three days. No, it was just, like, one day, where they started teaching how to speed-read. And I realized, when I was speed-reading, I was missing kind of the music of the writing for me. Like, one of the tactics of speed-reading is to stop hearing it in your head, the sounds while you're reading. Which is great for getting through something fast, but I was like, "No! This doesn't work. It makes the books-- less musical?" if that makes any sense. And so I immediately dropped out of that class. But that was for me, I need to savor the story a little bit more. If you want to speed-read it, and that works for you, go. It's an interesting question that I just basically refused to answer, I'm sorry.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

By and large, I love your characters. I really dislike Eshonai. Really dislike her. Is there a character that you really dislike writing? Or, if you don't dislike them, is it hard to find their voice.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Cadsuane. Sorry, Wheel of Time fans, but Cadsuane, you're not my real mom. Moiraine is my real mom. I tried to do my best with Cadsuane that I could. So, I would say-- of my own characters, they're all like my children, and I love my children all equally. *gives Joel a side hug* The same thing with my characters. When I'm writing someone, they're my favorite. I wouldn't say so, but on The Wheel of Time, definitely. Cadsuane, she can go eat a brick.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have you ever read a book that has made you cried? Or made you so frustrated that you wanted to throw the book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not that hard to make me emotional in a book. I'm normally a very even-keeled guy, but a really great story told really well can really get to me. It's part of why I wanted to be a writer. I've got a very even temperament. I wake up most days, just kinda feeling the same I did the day before. So, if there's, like, bipolar or things like this, I'm like the opposite. I'm, like, if you vary, like, people vary from a 0 and a 100, I'm, like, at a 75 all the time. Which can be really cool, except when everyone else is, like, super excited, and they all go to, like, 90 and 100, and I'm like, "Yay? That's cool. I'm happy too!" But a good story, that gets me, right? That can really get me. So, a lot of my favorite stories-- Anne McCaffrey was really good at doing this for me. But Terry Pratchett, right? They're comedies? If I mention that I like something, it's probably stirred powerful emotions in me.

What have I wanted to throw across the room? I'm sorry, I know that some of you really like this, but-- and I'm sure they're really good books if you're in the right mindset, but-- this is gonna date me a little. There was a sequel series to the Willow movie, which was written. And Chris Claremont is a great writer, right? I think this is the X-Men Chris Claremont. I don't blame Chris. [George] Lucas was involved. Strike that from the record. But I loved Willow. When I was a kid, I'm like, "A fantasy movie that doesn't suck! Yes! Nothing against you Beastmaster, but, you know, a fantasy movie that doesn't suck, and Warwick Davis was awesome, I love that movie!" And then the books came out, and in the first one, you're like, "Yeah, all those people you loved? They're dead." That's how, like, the prologue goes! And the character whose life they saved in the movie, and things like that--spoilers, it's been like thirty years--is, like, a spoiled brat, and everyone's personality changed. That's probably the book I'm the most, like, throw-against-the-wall-ish. I'm like, "No, don't kill all my favorite characters!" Here's a clue for ya: if people love a whole bunch of stuff, don't start the sequel with, "Yeah, all that stuff you loved? We're just gonna..." Don't Aliens 3 your movie. Don't do that to your books. It's okay to have loss, but don't have all the people you love die in between stories. Bad idea.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have the Heralds lost Connection and Identity? And, if so, can Regrowth heal it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Brandon motions for Joel to hold up the RAFO sign*

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Soulcast blood? Does it have Rh factor? Or, does it match anyone's DNA?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, the answers are to that, "Yes."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Hoid was not afraid of a Shardblade? Would he be afraid of Nightblood?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Every rational person *laughter* who has ever existed in the cosmere is afraid of Nightblood, or should be. Hoid isn't always rational, but yes, he is afraid of him.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you worried, because of the length of the Stormlight Archive books, that the movies will not be able to encompass them fully?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What a well-stated way to say that... So, movies. Hollywood. Bless them, they try. No, seriously, like, there are a lot of really creative people who really are passionate about books in Hollywood, just none of them have any money? I'm exaggerating, strike that from the record. But we've sold the rights to people that we trust. Otherwise, we wouldn't sell them. It's always a gamble. We're never sure if it's gonna work. Like, even people who are really well-intentioned. The Golden Compass movie is a great example of this. Really good intentions. Everything about that movie should have worked: great actors, great design. And the movie was boring. And, it's like everybody tried really hard, and it just didn't work. And I know how that feels. I tried really hard on Apocalypse Guard, and it didn't work. And, so, yes, I am totally worried about that. But the thing about it is, if I don't risk that, then I can't ever have a good movie, 'cause I'll never have a movie.

Now, would we rather Stormlight be a television show? Probably. And I think the chances-- So, what I've been saying is, let's just hope that the other fantasy television shows do well. Let's hope the new Lord of the Rings one does really well. Let's hope that Pat Rothfuss's show goes really, really well. If a bunch of these things get made, and they're good, it improves our chances, and things like that. I've constantly said, I would rather a television show. But, you know, I wouldn't have thought that the Lord of the Rings films could be adapted as well as they were. And they worked. So, who knows. I'm willing to roll those dice, and see what we end up with.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why do you decide to do more series like Apocalypse Guard or the Secret Project [Skyward] when you still have so many more unfinished sequels?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a good question. No, it is totally legit. *laughter* So, I did finish Legion. I did that. So, those who are looking for that, that will come out next year. Why do I do it this way? Well, most of the time, it's because I try a book, and it doesn't work. Rithmatist fans probably know, I tried to write Rithmatist 2, I built an outline, I started writing it, and the book didn't work. I wasn't-- the outline was wrong on that one. I got, like, three chapters in, and I'm like, "Nope. This book is broken." And it was mostly due to my lack of research into the proper things to do the book the right way. And because Rithmatist and Alcatraz, which you'll get Alcatraz 6 eventually, those are the two that are looming most; those are side projects. Those are things that I do for fun. They have to slot in between my main projects, if that makes any sense. Like, I have to do them when there's time from other projects. So, for instance, I couldn't go to Random House and say, "I'm gonna do Rithmatist 2 sequel," because Rithmatist is not their series. It belongs to Tor. So, if I wanna do more with Random House, I have to do something that works for them. And that's kind of the long and short of it.

I mean, I will get around to things like Warbreaker and Elantris sequels. *cheers* But the thing about those is, those are sequels to the worlds, not necessarily sequels to the characters. I won't promise you that the same characters will appear in them. Some of them will. But it's the idea that those are standalone books that I plan to do more in the world, and the time isn't right in the cosmere to do those. For something like Rithmatist, that's more pressing, because I'm like "that promises a sequel with the same characters". But I have to find out how to write it first. And, for various reasons, a Rithmatist sequel is really tricky to pull off. So, that's kinda the answer to it. Sometimes, I also just need a break to do whatever my mind wants to do. It's not a very satisfying answer, but it is the way my brain works. But you can know that if it's, like, one of the main line things that I've got contracts for, that I won't be doing that to you on. So, Stormlight will be pretty regular, Mistborn will be pretty regular. But some of the side projects, it's just when it's right it's right.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Secret History, Fuzz mentions a weapon that he buried? Is that the atium, or is that something else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*hums* Go ahead Joel. *Joel holds up RAFO sign*

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In correlation to art. Leonardo DaVinci has the Mona Lisa. Michelangelo has the Sistine Chapel. Have you created-- Do you feel you've created your Mona Lisa, or is that something you're still working on?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Number one, I do not belong mentioned in the same breath. Let's establish that. I actually got to see the Sistine Chapel last year, and wow. You think you know it, because you've like, seen the pictures. It's not the same.

So, have I? That's not for me to decide. That is actually for readers and history to decide. Most entertainment is ephemeral. Most of what we release will go out there, it'll make peoples' lives better--I hope--it'll be fun, you'll all like it, but then it vanishes, and a new generation of artists create new things for that generation. And that's fine. Right? Like, I'm not chasing Voldemort's immortality in that way. But, maybe I'll create a Dune, right? Or an Ender's Game, or something that is larger than the author by orders of magnitude, and becomes an enduring part of the pop cultural landscape. Maybe. But that's not the sort of thing I think you can set out to do. It's like a combination of all kinds of factors come into these things hitting at the right time and working in the way that certain films and books do, like Harry Potter did. You know, ask me that in 100 years, and we'll see. It's a good question to think about. But it's not a good question for me, necessarily, to answer for myself.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I talked a bit about it, in the Write About Dragons lectures at BYU, I just had the idea. I realized that a lot of my favorite stories were kind of like these boy-with-a-dragon-egg stories, right? One of my favorite stories of all time is Dragon's Blood, by Jane Yolen. Just, absolutely amazing book. And I thought, that's the kind of story I like, but it's been done to death. But then I thought, hey, I can do a different version of that. So, this story, basic premise is How To Train Your Dragon, but instead it's a girl who finds a spaceship, and goes to Top Gun school. So, it's like a mashup between Top Gun and Ender's Game and How To Train Your Dragon with an old broken down spaceship with a really weird personality. And I'm going to read you the prologue of this, which happens when the main character is rather young.

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CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW]

Did Odium intentionally cause direct harm to the inhabitants of Sel or was his sole focus taking down Devotion and Dominion? (Context: I'd like to know if Odium cares/has any interest in mortals or if he only has designs/plans for Shards)

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It was all side effect. He is focused on Shards... But he does have secondary interest in mortals.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

You know the principle where someone who has two powers actually has three powers, because of resonance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Yeah?

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

How does this apply to Harmony, who has two entire Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

RAFO.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

It seems like the Diagram Cult derives their entire moral authority for the atrocities they commit from the notion that "this is a very, very smart plan."

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Basically, yeah.

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

And they're filling in the gaps with information gleaned from Death Rattles, despite knowing full well that they're coming from one of Odium's Unmade spren. This seams very, very dumb. Have they ever considered the possibility that they could be being fed disinformation?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Yes, but they figure that the benefits of having access to someone who can see the future outweigh that risk. And even if they are being deliberately given bad information, knowing what subjects they're being misinformed about tells them something useful.

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CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

If Lift touched a "dead" Shardblade would her experience be different than other proto-Radiants/Radiants?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Yes. Slightly different.

CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Would you please expound on that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

No. *grins*

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CaptainRyan [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Are city Oathgates only capable of teleporting to Uruthiru or can they send people to any of the other Oathgates? E.g. Can you travel directly from the Oathgate in Stormseat to the Oathgate in Kholinar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

For now, they are only to Uruthiru.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

Would it be possible for an Allomancer with multiple personalities to have different Allomantic powers with each personality?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

No, good question.

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Name Oathbringer release party
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Date Nov. 13, 2017
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Location Provo, UT
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