Oathbringer Portland signing

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Oathbringer Portland signing
Date
Date Nov. 16, 2017
Location
Location Beaverton, OR
Tour
Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Powell's Books
Entries
Entries 42
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#2 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a kandra were a Parshendi, would he be able to take the forms?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Forms? The actual-- To an extent, yes. To an extent, yes, but part of that is the spren bond. You're not gonna get everything. You could look like one, but there'll be certain things you won't be able to do, even with the Form. You couldn't take a form of power... You could pass.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there historical figures that were inspirations for Elhokar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Dalinar is based very slightly on Subutai, the great Mongol general. Elhokar, no one specific. I thought of him when I was a kid, when I was, like, fourteen, I wanted to do a story about a weak king and his uncle who's a really strong figure, and that interplay, and that's where he came from.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know that Dalinar's story is definitely one you were looking forward to, but of the remaining Stormlight Archive books, whose story are you looking the most forward to?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Umm... Taln's.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

For Jasnah, it seems like maybe a couple times it's been hinted that maybe she prefers women *inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just have you Read on And Find Out on that one. There is-- Her book isn't 'til, like-- at the earliest, Book Eight. So, we've got a long ways to go before we're digging into Jasnah some more.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Syl asks Kaladin if he had <problems> *inaudible*. Is that just a phrase she picked up? Or is it something connected *inaudible*?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um... there is nothing special you're supposed to read into that other than Syl personality and interactions and stuff.

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

The drawers with the infused gemstones. Is that the Stormlight Archive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. That is not the Stormlight Archive.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a Stormlight Archive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. But... it means the books. The archive of books that are all named after in-world books. The Archive is a pun on archived collection of books.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would all the different powers, or magic. Would they all work on the other--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Almost all of them will. AonDor, and the ones from Sel, are very hard to get to work elsewhere, because of certain things, but others are much easier. For instance, if you can get Breaths to another world, you can just use them, you don't need to do anything special.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How big are the beads from Shadesmar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Bean-size, not as big as spheres.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Spheres are the size of your thumbnail, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Spheres are a little bigger than that. They're like a big marble. Not quite as big as a shooter.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the Warbreaker sequel gonna have Susebron and Siri?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's Vivenna and Vasher. And new characters. You'll get an update in it, if I ever do it, what's going on, but it won't be focused on them.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Title of the next Stormlight book? I have decided I'm not gonna answer that yet. Still working on it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Nightblood was to be used by a Scadrian, would that person have to be an Investiture ferring?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, you could be burning any metal, and Nightblood would co-opt it and feed off that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Cultivation *inaudible* Nightwatcher?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, but good question, they are separate and you'll find out in [Oathbringer], kind of, in what ways.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Glyphpairs, or glyphs, for the specific Surges. Are they supposed to be slightly different? Or are they perfectly symmetrical?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on who paints them and how. Most of them are supposed to be symmetrical.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Because I got the Progression tattoo, and my tattoo artist noticed that it was slightly different on both sides, where there was a curve instead of having a square. And he said, is it not supposed to be perfectly squared off? Because then it would be--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Some people draw them that way, depends on what they're writing, and things like that. So, I would ask Isaac. Write an email to [email protected] and ask him about it, because he designs all those. I just give him general directions, he's the one that can actually write them.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Herdazian, is there no personal pronoun, and that's why Lopen always refers to himself as "The Lopen"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, that is his personal thing. In Rock's language, most nouns are gendered, masculine, which is why you always see him flipping-- screwing that up. But Lopen, just his thing. Just his thing.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if you were planning on doing another collaboration with your fellow podcasters, like you did with--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Shadows Beneath? Yes, there will be something more like that eventually.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid seems to know things that are not explained. He'll show up places, when the Herald showed up, or when Jasnah comes back. Is that something that's just not been explained yet? Or is that something that's a part of some magic system that we've heard about? Or is that something different?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, so, he has access to things that other people do not. It is explainable, but it has not been explained yet. He can be places he needs to be, but if you watch, he doesn't always know why he needs to be there. He's really good at covering that part up. But he does-- he knows he needs to be somewhere, and so he gets there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a Threnody Shade survive on another world?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically, yes. But they are highly Invested, and leaving a world where you're highly Invested behind when you have that Investiture is difficult, as Kelsier discovered, and as most spren discover.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes or no: will the Stick ever come back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Stick? The Stick is omnipresent in all books, but I think the Stick has had so much screentime already that it would be distracting from other characters.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How exactly do you make kandra blessings using Hemalurgy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that for now. Even they don't quite know, right? They were provided by the Lord Ruler for them, and they didn't create them themselves. So, we'll RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why pancakes?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

My kids love pancakes, I thought Lift would really like pancakes. And pancakes are pretty universal, like, most cultures come up with a pancake-type thing. Now they aren't always the sweet pancakes, fluffy ones that we imagine. But, like, almost every culture, pancakes are a thing. Some weird batter with stuff in it you pour onto a hot skillet.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I just have been noticing this, and it's not exclusive to any author, it's just this kind of theme that simply tires me. Main characters, they die, and then they come back to life. or they just don't die. And it makes it so much less exciting for me. So, I wanted to ask you what you think about that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, here's the thing. Because fiction isn't real, death is meaningless in fiction. The only real things in fiction are the emotions we make you feel, and different stories try to do that in different ways with different themes. For instance, I don't think Lord of the Rings is ruined by the fact that Gandalf has a resurrection, because of the emotions you feel, and then the other emotions you feel, and things like this-- and there's something universal about it. And so, I don't think I'm as big on it as that, because deaths-- maybe it's because I'm a writer, everything feels arbitrary in books, except the emotion that I put upon it, if that makes sense? And I always find that what the characters are going through is the more interesting than an abrupt end, but I guess that's just kinda me.

If you say that, then books can't have resurrection as a theme, or rebirth, which is, like, one of the most interesting themes in existence. But everyone has different tastes, there's no wrong. Not liking it is not wrong. I mean, plot armor also has this thing where we tend to not kill characters arbitrarily, we tend to do it at dramatic moments, and things like this, because the story is better that way, right? And there are some people, like George Martin, who just try to throw this out the window, to tell a different story by doing that. But, of course, resurrection is a huge theme in those books.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I want to ask you a question about Pattern. Could you speak to anything about where your idea for...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wanted different spren to look drastically different. And, as I was building-- Like, I wanted a lot of the spren of a lot of the Orders of Knights Radiant to kind of have an internal, natural conflict. Like, that's one of the division lines between a spren that's not sapient, and spren that is. For instance, Windrunner, honorspren, right? Honor is about rigidity in a lot of ways, and Syl is the embodiment of a lot of the opposite of that. And Pattern, who is so interested in lies, is a mathematical fractal-- a mathematical equation. This sort of thing, like naming the inkspren Ivory is just-- I want that internal, natural contrast to be part of them. And Pattern, I really wanted a spren that wasn't just another ball of light. 'Cause Syl is basically a ball of light. And a lot of the others are basically balls of light. And I'm like, I need something that's different, I want something that looks different, that feels different. That's where I went.

#27 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna see more of Alcatraz?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably not until after Stormlight Five.

#28 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did you design the mistcloak cloaks?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Because it looks cool, obviously!

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It is highly impractical!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not if you're Mistborn! The only trouble we really had is stepping on the tassels. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And getting tangled up in them.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, a lot of the tassels, a lot of the ones for mistcloaks we've made, use thicker material in them, and they lie straighter, and they don't tangle nearly as much. As long as you don't make them too long, 'cause if you do, you step on them, particularly on stairs... We've got some costume persons that work-- you'll find, if you use a thicker, stronger material-- yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

A friend of mine wanted me to ask: Was the cataclysm that rocked Ashyn and forced its inhabitants into the flying cities Investiture-based, and if it was was it Shardic in nature?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The same cataclysm that the-- did you finish [Oathbringer]?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The same cataclysm that they were fleeing, that they caused, is the one that forced people into the skies...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Lopen's children inherit Alethkar, because he was king for just a brief minute?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They'd have a claim. I don't think the Alethi would pay attention to it... But he was legitimately king for a brief moment.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do states of matter affect how things look in the Cognitive and Spiritual Realms?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, generally, how people perceive something is very important to the reflection in the Cognitive Realm, and so the physical state of matter is going to be involved in that, but generally, it flows the other direction from the Spiritual Realm.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the forms of Investiture that we've seen, Stormlight, metals, Shardpools, do the fact that those happen in general the same types of states of matter, all physical, solid, is kinda going to be like metal for Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that is generally the way it will be.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the metal that Bleeder was associated with and had, is the Shard associated with that metal the same entity that's calling itself Trell?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the entity now calling itself Trell, was-- is Trell the real Trell that was worshiped by the Trelagists?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Calderis [PENDING REVIEW]

Biochromatic Breath. The reason that it avoids Snapping, is that because it's so heavily in the Physical Realm, or is there something more to that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Something more.

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Calderis [PENDING REVIEW]

Fabrials. With the spren, when they're trapped in the gemstones, can each individual spren type only do one Surge, or is the way that they're bound in the gemstone, like, gem type and color, does that have an effect on how it works?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmhmm. It does.

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ShadowSgt [PENDING REVIEW]

The history of Nightblood, we know that it's created by knowledge of the Shardblades. Would you say that Vasher's first trip to Roshar coincided with a certain individual that tried to take over all of Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You're talking about Sadees?

ShadowSgt [PENDING REVIEW]

The Sunmaker?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...I'd have to look at the timeline, but it was not-- it is not something I have present in my mind. It could have overlapped. So, it might overlap, but there's not a cause-and-effect there.

ShadowSgt [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Sunmaker and Vasher are sep--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Are not the same people, good question. Sunmaker is legitimately Dalinar's ancestor.

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ShadowSgt [PENDING REVIEW]

Taravangian. When he made the Diagram he said it was "his brightest day". Would you say that he was more towards the Cognitive realm or more towards the Spiritual realm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Spiritual.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did you come up with Shardpools and travel between the worlds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...So, what happened is (close as I can remember; it's been a long time now), close as I can remember, I wrote Elantris in, like, 1998 or 1999, and I, at that point, didn't really have the cosmere in place. I knew I wanted to do some sort of grand epic, I knew I wanted to do some sort of thing, but I just wrote that book-- Elantris is mostly a discovery-written book, rather than an outlined book. And I wrote this book, and that's when I started a lot of these ideas. I stepped away from it, and I started writing a book called Dragonsteel, which was Hoid's origin story. And then I kinda got into the dark age where I was trying to be George R.R. Martin for a while. And then when I came out of that, I wrote The Way of Kings [Prime]. And during those days, I was really looking for these tying agents. When I put the first Shardpool in, I had-- I'm just like "Here's a well of power. I don't know what this does." I was discovery-writing the book. By the time I sold Mistborn and Elantris, I sold those two in a deal in 2003, that's when I'm like, "All right, now I'm gonna do this for real." I've had all this trial run-- I'd written thirteen novels at this point, and I'd sold #6 and #14, Mistborn not being written yet... So, I sat down with Elantris, and I built out the cosmere, and I built out these things, like "Why do I have this pool of power? What am I gonna do with the pool of power in the next book? I want this to be a theme." And I started building out the cosmere from there. So, part of it was organic, part of it was by design.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Could an Awakened toupee be commanded to act like real hair?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Totally! Absolutely, yes!

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be convincing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be convincing? Yeah, I think that it would be. It depends.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on the number of breaths?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it depends on factors, but I totally think that could be very convincing. Yes, yes, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could it also be given enough breath to command "Protect me?"

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it could. That would be really weird. But yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What does chull meat taste like? Surf, turf, or both?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would go both on that. Definitely both. A little bit of each.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Oathbringer Portland signing
Date
Date Nov. 16, 2017
Location
Location Beaverton, OR
Tour
Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Powell's Books
Entries
Entries 42
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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