Oathbringer Houston signing

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Name Oathbringer Houston signing
Date
Date Nov. 18, 2017
Location
Location Houston, TX
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Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Murder by the Book
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Entries 88
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Out of the Cosmere, you have your whole plan, I'm assuming you have in your brain or written down... When do you finalize, like, whenever you're writing. Is it all finalized then?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...The books become the canon. Even the wiki is not canon. Until I write it into the books, it's not canon. For instance, you can go find Oaths of various orders of Knights Radiant in there, but I don't canonize those until I write the books, because I usually tweak some of the words. By the way, sometimes people ask me "Can you write an Oath of a Knights Radiant that we haven't seen yet?" in a book, and I always say no. Number one, like, if at the release party I got asked that, like, 8 times; we'd be out of Oaths by now. That's the same reason why I won't tell you the names of Shards that I haven't canonized, or their intents, or things like that. Until I get to it in the books, it's not canon. Because I need that flexibility going forward as I'm putting the whole thing together, to get all the puzzle pieces to fit.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...[Skyward] is teen, 'cause it's in my Reckoners line, and it's a story I've been playing with for some four years now, and I built an outline, and it's kind of like a cross between How to Train your Dragon and Top Gun, with starfighters. A girl finds an old broken-down starship with a really screwy AI that she thinks she can get up and running. In the meantime, she gets into starfighter school and is learning to be a pilot, and there's all kinds of mysteries and things about the nature of really what's happening with the planet why they're being attacked, and things like that. It's a whole lot of fun.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

White Sand 2?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is coming. It's not December, it's February. Amazon jumped the gun. That wasn't us, deciding on a date... It's February.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Secret History the Shard shows a relatively well-written foresight. Did Adonalsium have a more of a *inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Adonalsium was-- I would say, yes. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did it have plans for after it's own--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was actually going to ask where you came up with the idea of Hoid?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid is inspired by my desire to tell a story that spans other stories. I would say the origins of that are probably Asimov, when he made the Robots books and the Foundation books tie together. Something like that. Maybe Michael Moorcock, he had a similar sort of cross-world thing. I was reading both of them a lot right when I started coming up with that. So I would say, that's the origin of it. Stephen King has done it, but I didn't know he'd done it. I hadn't been reading him as much.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if there was a connection between when we meet Preservation in Secret History, and the way he is, and the Stormfather. Like, is he dead yet, in Secret History?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a similarity, but-- Dying for a Shard takes a long time, in a lot of cases. So, it's similar. But the Stormfather is something different, *inaudible* remnants left over after the god died. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So is he dead?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Honor is dead, yes. But, at the same time, the Stormfather is kind of his Cognitive Shadow. So-- what does "dead" mean?

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if we're gonna be seeing more Axies?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

More Axies the Collector? Yes. Just a little bit more.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's your favorite Oath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably the first one.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Favorite Order?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Bondsmith.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Nalthians seem to do a really good job of passing as Rosharan. Are they just better as disguising themselves, or do they naturally look like residents of Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Nalthians have some innate abilities that allow that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The hair, of course.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not just the hair.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you confirm the identity of Azure.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I can.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it Vivenna?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why so many characters from Warbreaker [in Stormlight]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

'Cause Warbreaker is a prequel to Stormlight. I wrote Stormlight first, and then I actually went and wrote Warbreaker about Kaladin's swordmaster, but then that version of Stormlight didn't get published, and this one did, but they're very interconnected to me.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How much is a stone-weight on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh... that is actually a question for Peter. I actually, often, will just write in brackets "this much," and he comes up with the weights and measures, because I can never be consistent in my first drafts. So, yeah, you ask Peter, he can get that for you. I do the same thing with spheres, right? I'm like, "This costs roughly 100 bucks in our world," and he'll go "All right, fine" and go look up all the things. I used to keep it all in the first book, but since then I just let him do it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a specific mineral deposit around the Purelake? Is there a sacred enclave?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did all the characters learn about the different magic systems?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, it really depends on the character, and the situation, and things like that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did the first person discover, like--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, Mistborn powers? Ruin and Preservation, in that case, were actively cultivating the society, particularly Preservation. Some of it comes through that. Some of it comes through, if you have the Investiture, part of you kinda knows about it. But it takes experience, so you have to know the right things, and stuff. I'll get into it more eventually.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you write books this long? Like, mental dedication to do that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, it's all about breaking it down into something smaller, building it up as an outline. I couldn't do something this big without an outline. It's about step-by-step, right. Start with scene, go to chapter, go to sequence, go to book. It does take practice. Oh, yes, milestones are really, really helpful.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Unity is capital. Is there a reason for that.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*hands over a RAFO card*

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The quote that Dalinar says at the end [of Oathbringer]. "I am Unity." Is that something that happened specifically because Honor is dead, and, for all these different reasons, that was able to happen? Also Odium said that he had Ascended. He wasn't supposed to Ascend, but he did...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am totally RAFOing all that stuff; I knew people were gonna ask about it. You're just gonna have to wait and find out.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering, how many pieces of different Shards does Hoid have to collect before he is considered Ascended?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know that's even a little bit false, uh-- not begging the question. Whichever logic fallacy is assuming that he could. Or, you are assuming that he could. Who knows if it's even possible, or anything like that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is your beverage of choice?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, ice water. Yep, really is. I really just like me a good-- lots of ice. Like, a big cup filled to the top with ice, and then you fill up water in it. Best stuff.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many of your epiphanies happened at the gym?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Quite a number, actually. At the gym or in the shower, you put things together, for whatever reason.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You have all these magic systems within the cosmere, <Allomancy and Feruchemy> and all that, and now they're starting to come together into one body. Do you ever worry that you're gonna treat that character where, like, they're drawing from so many systems that they're almost, like, the ultimate *inaudible*, like, they're drawing from five different magic systems and just don't *inaudible* anymore?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, having done The Wheel of Time, where Rand was basically a deity, I'm not quite as worried about that as I was. I don't know if that'll ever even get to that point. And it turned out that that was just fine. The thing about it is, stories always happen in the intersection of what characters can't do. And there's always something you can't do. Unless you become, like, all-powerful, all-omnipotent. So, I'm not that worried about it. I have to keep an eye on it, but I'm not that worried about it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The world that White Sand takes part in, there were things that are kind of irked me about the book. It's that on Dayside most of the characters were light-skinned and on Darkside most of the characters were dark-skinned and evolutionarily that's backwards. Is there a reason for that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes there is. Intentional.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And are we gonna read and find out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll see if I get around to it, but yes.

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm building Plate. I would like it to be Radiant. What's the finish? Is it different from standard Plate or is it--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you-- like, they often paint theirs. But say it's going to be straight unpainted it's like dull slate grey steel--

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

And it doesn't vary order to order?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Well, I mean, if it's actual Radiant Plate it does-- But what you've got is-- Yeah, it glows and it has things, too.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So who do you think Shallan's favorite real world artist would be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She is a classicist so-- I don't know-- Probably someone really, really classic like da Vinci or, you know, or even Michelangelo.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where they do interesting light studies...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, where they're looking right at the musculature and things like that. That would be my guess.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we seen the lady in the mask-- who's like related to the Ghostbloods--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Iyatil?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we seen her in another book, by any chance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, you have not.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm wondering, I've read White Sand, if we're gonna see Khrissala's *inaudible*?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, yes. Probably yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do koloss breed? It doesn't make any sense to us?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So... A child born to a koloss and a koloss, or a koloss and anybody else, is what we call a koloss blooded. They don't become a full koloss until they undergo the ritual and are spiked.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay. But also they didn't have the gender parts.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They do have gender parts.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So I have a question about Savants. Could you only get there by flaring, or if you burn it for a long period of time or like duralumin--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you can get there other ways.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there gonna be any more Arcanum Unbounded-- like collections of short stories?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. I'll release short stories and every, you know, decade or so I'll collect them all into a collection.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who would win in a fight? Lift, or Wayne?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have trouble imagining why they would fight, but it's gonna depend on situation and who gets the upper hand.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Death came for your soul, and he said you could keep it if you beat him in a game of your choice, what would you pick?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, probably just a coin flip. Because I'm gonna bet he's better than me at anything that doesn't base on random chance. So, I would choose something like that, just completely random chance.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if you could tell me anything about Longshadow?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I cannot.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

No quirks, personality traits, favorite kind of shirt?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know Peter has talked about it on-- he hinted something on one of your posts on Reddit. I obviously can't say anything, but-- Stormlight Archive tabletop RPG?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't-- we are working on that. Yeah, there is one in the works. We aren't gonna do a lot of talk about it until we make sure that it's prototyped, that it's going well, that the deals are all in business... But it is in the works. We had a really good experience releasing a board game for Mistborn, and this is someone else, but since it worked out so well doing it once, it's a realm we're willing to continue playing in.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

About the end of Elantris. When Hoid is speaking with the dark seon? I was wondering, like, what is that relationship there? Is he, like, working with them, or for them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

More alongside each other.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that something we're gonna see more of in the future?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hemalurgy directly tied to Ruin, or is that something we can expect to see other--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is directly tied to Ruin, but you can also expect to see it elsewhere.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the Dawnchant native to Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Yeah. Dawnchant is what they were speaking when humans came over. It is their language. It is the Dawnsingers' language. So yeah, that is native to Roshar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm just curious about Steelrunners. I have to ask, assuming they have physical limitations?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They do. We can't go Speed Force on this sort of thing. Wind resistance is still a thing, and stuff like that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Bodily, their bodies--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. So, most magic in the cosmere will strengthen your body to let you use the magic to an extent, but-- Yeah, there's some pretty strong limitations.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had a steel/steel Twinborn racing a pewter/steel, would you say that the pure steel, or the pewter burning to enhance their body-- in a short race?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Who would win? Probably pewter then, at that point. I would have to have Peter-- I wouldn't do it myself, make Peter run the math, and see what he comes up with. Those are the sort of things I go to him with.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a theory that each one of the Shards is related to a certain number. Preservation really likes 16, Honor likes 10, and Odium likes 9. Am I onto something?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you say what would happen if Lift swallowed a gemstone trapping an Unmade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Uh, hahaha. Uh, I'll RAFO that, but that's not that there's something there, it's just that I'm RAFOing that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was-- There was something going on in the shadows. 'Cause the King mentioned seeing shadows out of the corner of his eye when Kaladin wasn't around.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That should be answered in Oathbringer. If it's not, ask me next time and I'll explain, but it is in there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, when a Shardbearer, they get caught off guard, or, like, they're trying to throw their Shardblade, you know that it <quickly poofs> But yet, they can give it someone else, and it doesn't poof. I was just wondering how that works.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mental control. It's kind of in-- it's a control thing. Some people-- I mean, you have to practice it, and things like that.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, it takes some kind of mental control to give to someone and allow them to use it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But it's something they have to practice at, it's not just a--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmhmm.

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Cosmere Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If two Shardpools were described the same exact color, like emerald, would that mean anything significant? Like, the Investiture is from the exact same source?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not necessarily. Not necessarily.

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Cosmere Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Kredik Shaw. Lots of towers, some are simply nothing more than lots of metal that sounds like Hemalurgy on the land. Is that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is meant to evoke Hemalurgy, but it is not actually Hemalurgic.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any society on Roshar that actually would run the center of technology?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not yet. Not yet.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Among the Knights Radiant, is there an equivalent for our engineers? Like, normal engineers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Equivalent to engineers? Yes-- Not 100% one-to-one, but yes.

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Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

Out of all the Shards, why does Odium go for Devotion and Dominion?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He targets people with two kinds of ideas. Number one, he can argue they're breaking the rules they set out. And two, people he thinks are a good match for him, or a challenge, or a danger.

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Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

Was it necessary that Adonalsium split into sixteen Shards, or was it happenstance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that one.

Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

Would the number or intents have been different, if there were more or less people?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's all wrapped up in that RAFO. Let's say it's conceivable that the split could have happened in different ways.

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Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

Why does Shallan call her father's maps strange? Are they not Rosharan?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No... They are Rosharan.

Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

So, why are they strange?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um-- This-- There is not really something for you-- There's not anything there.

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Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

In Words of Radiance, Shallan's necklace, in her flashback where she saved her brother, was made out of aluminum. Not counting Oathbringer, is that the only time we've seen aluminum on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

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Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Were there always slaveform parshmen between Desolations, or did that only happen after the False Desolation?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That, I believe only happened after the False Desolation. I have gone back and forth on that, but I think I can canonize it there. You do have to check with Peter. We had a big conversation about this a few years ago. But I'm pretty sure slaveform is a creation of the Last Desolation.

Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Of the Last? Or the False one? ...Because, in the epigraphs, they're talking about how that one Unmade was getting in on them--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. Oh, the False? No no no...

Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, it was done in the Last Desolation, but it was undone somewhat in the False Desolation, and that's what we saw in the...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, no no no-- yeah, it is False. It is False Desolation.

Peter Ahlstrom [PENDING REVIEW]

Slaveform happened at the False Desolation.

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Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

The letters in [Oathbringer]. Are they all three from Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...Yes.

Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the first one, is that one we know? Is that one we've seen yet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are all ones you have seen.

Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

They are all ones we have seen.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Or at least you know.

Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have seen or know of.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Pagerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Nightblood like the Tzai Blows... from Dragonsteel, where he pulverizes a Spiritual aspect, and it has a result on the Physical? Is that what he does, popping into smoke?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he is attacking directly at the spirit.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Elantris, we talked briefly about Shuden and ChayShan... and I was wondering if you had based that on a particular martial arts?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's just Tai Chi was my origin for that. It's pretty obvious, but yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When it comes to regeneration, what's the limit-- when Lift resurrected Gawx, was he actually dead?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He wasn't dead.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you can't actually bring the dead back from the dead.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you could bring someone back with CPR, you can bring them back with-- does that make sense?

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How can everyone tap nicrosil without being a nicrosil Ferring? Is that a Read And Find Out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's kind of a Read And Find Out.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I assume the next book, probably?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll dig into that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I wanted to ask about the Returned and the Fused. I haven't gotten all the way through [Oathbringer]... With the Spiritual Realm, is it very similar for how they don't return, versus the Returned coming back and the Fused staying?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, there is a similarity there, for sure.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it related at all... So, a thunderclast. Is it similar to Awakening?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kinda, but a little further out. You'll figure out-- that one's explained pretty well in [Oathrbinger].

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Cadmium [PENDING REVIEW]

With Nightblood. Was the sheath part of its construction when he was Awakened? Or was that kinda afterward?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The sheath is not part of its construction. Good question.

Cadmium [PENDING REVIEW]

So... when the intent was placed on it, was the sheath there?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So-- The sheath was not relevant to that. The sheath was not part of the original Awakening, and it's not part of the intent or anything like that. I'm not saying it wasn't there ready for it, but it is not part of the sword. In the same way.

Cadmium [PENDING REVIEW]

So, at some point we'll figure out why it learned to stop once its in the sheath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, kind of. It's a function of the sheath.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

We know, especially in Oathbringer, that Surges can work differently for different Orders, but we've also seen the Skybreakers and [Windrunners] with flight, and the Truthwatchers and [Edgedancers], they both can do Regrowth, so is there some way that those actually work differently?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Each of them works a little differently for each Order. There are slight variations, but they are each drawing upon the same source concept.

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Vulcronos [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Book Four still planned to be Eshonai's viewpoint?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Vulcronos [PENDING REVIEW]

And, would she have been a Willshaper?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She would be the same Order as her sister.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Sixth of the Dusk? Who are the people from the sky? Is that an R.A.F.O.?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is. Someone you've seen before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were to draw a Line of Forbiddance on a portable chalkboard, could you actually knock somebody overside the head?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It wouldn't knock them over the head, because it kinda has the magnetic repulsion sort of thing, but we will get into moving things as we go further in the series.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the most important thing about writing a villain.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In my opinion, relatability. You have to see the evil in them being the evil in you, and the things that are-- See that they have something that makes them human, makes them redeemable...

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How was Shallan able to bond with Pattern before she was broken?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She was open to him even before she went through a lot of that turmoil

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought everybody had to be broken in order to--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, that's their philosophy in-world. But I'm not going to say whether it's correct or wrong. I will imply that there are other means as well.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The advanced civilization mentioned in Sixth of the Dusk. When will we see them again? And will they be interacting with Scadrial and the Stormlight Archive series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's gonna be a while before you see them make-- before you find out who they are and have them interact, because that's way in the future of the other books. But you will find out.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Stormfather, has he bonded with anyone else besides Dalinar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In the past? Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Elhokar had finished saying those words, what Order would he have been?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Lightweaver.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a nicrosil Ferring and Misting Twinborn burned a mountain of nicrosil, would he become Harmony?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A mountain?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, like, he burned literally tons--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, he would not. It wouldn't work that way.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had aluminum or silver, could someone using Gravitation or Adhesion, could they throw that? Or would they be unable to infuse it with Stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, they would be unable to.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Soother be able to affect a Listener attuning a Rhythm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I think they would be able to.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...Would it dampen Odium's effect on them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Potentially, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Edgedancer, when Wyndle is talking to Lift, and he says the Ring chose him? Is that a council in Shadesmar? Or is that, like, one entity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*hands over a RAFO card*

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pfranklin51 [PENDING REVIEW]

Nale mentions that he's the only Herald that ends up joining his Order of Radiants, eventually. Are there any Radiants that joined other Orders?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, good question.

Footnote: The questioner meant to ask if any Heralds had joined other Orders. Brandon may or may not have inferred that.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There's a lot of situations where people hear voices or see visions, stuff like that. What would be the effect, if somebody had something like mental condition like schizophrenia or multiple personality? Because you talk about-- Because a lot of the magic is about their will, you know?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Schizophrenia in the cosmere is going to-- So, anytime you're seeing the future, and things like that, you're kinda glimpsing into the Spiritual Realm. That's why it happens so often, because the magic systems are the way they work, are coming down from the Spiritual Realm. Schizophrenia will make you more open to that, so you are more likely to actually see the future. But you won't be able to tell it from the things your mind is making up, which is gonna be really dangerous.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, what if you had, like, one personality wanna do one thing, and another one trying to do something else, would it cancel each other out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not necessarily. I mean, we're going a little that direction with Shallan, anyway. You'll see.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In fact, in the origin of The Stormlight Archive, the first Surgebinding things I did, every order of the Knights Radiant was going to be able to Soulcast. Be able to change things from one to another. It was just, you would be locked into the element that was associated with your order of Knight Radiant, you could turn that into anything else you wanted to. That was one of my original pitches. I eventually moved away from that, a lot of the Orders were just feeling too similar in what they did, but that core concept is still there in Stormlight, and Soulcasting as a concept is there because the series is about change.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Oathbringer Houston signing
Date
Date Nov. 18, 2017
Location
Location Houston, TX
Tour
Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Murder by the Book
Entries
Entries 88
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