Oathbringer Chicago signing

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Name
Pending review
Name Oathbringer Chicago signing
Date
Date Nov. 21, 2017
Location
Location Naperville, IL
Tour
Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Community Christian Church (hosted by Anderson's Bookshop)
Entries
Entries 63
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My fiance and I have been reading through the books, I introduced them to her, she's been reading them in Mandarin. And, so, our question is about what level of enforcement/authority you guys have at Dragonsteel for things like translations, because the atium in the Taiwanese/Mandarin version of the book is translated as "sky gold." Which loses the connection to Ati.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it does a little bit.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How does-- has that changed, since you started?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It has changed since we started, definitely. We try to involve-- Those were translated by Lucy, right? We try to stay really in contact with our translators and offer them as much as possible. Who translated that one? ...Oh, no, that's not Lucy, that's-- he contacts us, too, he writes to us. And, we do our best. But sometime we just don't make people aware of things early enough for them to be relevant. Like, they start, they get a book out, and then they're like "Oh, no, this need to be related." We try, and our translators try, and usually are really good at contacting us, but things slip through. I've worked with both of the Chinese translators quite a bit, actually; Peter does most of that. But if there are things that we get wrong, we love to hear about it, we pass along to translators-- the Chinese translator is a big fan of the cosmere. And sought out the project actively to work on it. So... if there are translation issues, just write to us.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, most of your magic systems are limited to only a slight portion of the population. Is that a conscious decision? Are there any that are open to anybody?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Certainly, the Warbreaker magic is open to everybody, and that's part of what I was doing, was I wanted to contrast the other ones. And this is just because it makes for good storytelling, honestly. And when I do this, I'm doing it too much, I go the other way. That's why Sixth of the Dusk is open to everyone, that's why different things are done differently in the magics. But, really, when I'm working on the books, I'm like, "Well, we need something dramatic and cool." And I would argue that at least some of them, such as in Stormlight Archive, those are open to anybody if you can convince a spren. And you're sincere, right? And I like going that direction. Certainly, the kind of old standby of "you're born with it" is really easy. It's really, what we call in Sci-Fi/Fantasy "grokkable." You can instantly, kind of, get it. You're like, "All right, this is just like a talent. Some people are born with different talents. Makes sense." It doesn't take a lot of explanation, you don't have to worldbuild a ton up front. Where something like Stormlight, you gotta send a lot of worldbuilding words to explain how it happens, why it happens, things like that. But the trade-off is, it's in many ways more satisfying if you do it the other way. So, I do try to balance those. But sometimes those short-hands are very handy.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Forgery?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Forgery is a Selish magic system, so it is birth-based, tied to location.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you come up with the David analogies and the metaphors?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, man, this is so much harder than you think it is. For those who haven't read them, the main character is really, really bad at similes. And where it came from is, there's actually a contest every year, where people intentionally try to write bad similes, and submit them. And every year it comes out and makes me laugh. Just-- I love it. And I started writing Reckoners, and-- Normally, you read this things as an author, to watch out for things to not accidentally do. If you read the bad metaphors, you can be like, "Oh, this is why you don't want to do this. You don't want people laughing." You get aware of this sort of thing. It's very good for you as a writer to watch. And, lo and behold, I'm writing a book series, and I wrote a metaphor, and I looked at it, and I'm like "That is really bad." And you do this as an author sometimes, and sometimes they slip in the books, you just write it and they're really bad. And I went to delete it and I'm like, "What if I ran with that?" This is because I tend to discovery-write my characters. So, I outline a lot for my settings, and I outline a lot of my plots, and then I go freewrite who these characters are, and then usually I have to do a lot of rebuilding of my plot after I figure out who's who. And in the Reckoners, I just ran with that, I did the whole sequence, I did the whole first chapter like that, and I'm like, "This is really fun." And then I locked myself into it, and it got so hard. Being bad on purpose is, like, ridiculously difficult. But it was also part of the fun. I would save them up, I'd be walking on the street, I'd think of something, and I'd be like "Ooh, how do I make that bad?" And I'd spend the next fifteen to twenty minutes writing a really bad metaphor. And sticking it in my pocket, because they all have to be bad in different ways. If they're all bad in the same way, then that's not any fun, you get used to it. So they all have to be bad in different ways, too. So, yeah, it was harder than I thought, but it was a blast.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

...At some point in the novel, there is a character who gets a certain, shall we say, powerup that falls in-line with many things that he, or she, already has. Is there, from an Investiture standpoint, is there a Compounding effect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, there will be. *laughter* If we're talking about the same individual.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone on Scadrial were to get a tattoo, could they use the metal in the tattoo for the Metallic Arts? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically, yeah, that should work. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

From what we've seen so far, most of the Ideals of the Orders of the Knights Radiant have been in line with the Divine Attributes ascribed to them. Did the Divine Attributes come from the Ideals of the Knights Radiant? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

These two are heavily interconnected. And the Divine Attributes, like the Double Eye at the front, are more philosophy than they are strict, you know part of-- Rather than capital-T Truth revealed. And so a lot of social structures were built out of the things going on. So the answer is yes. Not 100% yes, but certainly those sorts of things are extrapolations that people were making, as opposed to core concepts of the magic. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With Alloy of Law, with Wayne, how do you come up with that character? *laughter* And those things that he says? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, yeah, Wayne's one of those characters. So, there are certain standards to which I hold almost all of my characters in my books. Wayne isn't one of them. He gets away with more.

So, where'd Wayne come from? The original concept for Wayne was, when I was working on the Mistborn books-- For those who don't know, I originally pitched Mistborn to my editor, Moshe, as a trilogy of trilogies: Past, Present, Future. Epic fantasy trilogy, urban fantasy trilogy, science fiction trilogy, set in the same world, with advancing technology in which the magic becomes the foundation for space travel. And the original idea that the epic fantasy trilogy becomes the foundation of myth and religion in the modern day trilogy. So, I told him all this, and he said, "Wow. You're ambitious." This was after he had read Elantris and was trying to figure out what else to buy from me.

And so, as I was working on The Stormlight Archive, I realized I wanted something from the Mistborn world to balance Stormlight, because Stormlight books are big and involved and take, like, years of writing to get done, and I didn't want to be alternating thick, long, books in two series, I kinda wanted to have a shorter, more fast-paced series to balance out the bigger, longer series. And so, the first thing I started doing, the first idea for Wayne, was a person whose personality changed based on hats he put on. And he was actually originally a hat maker. And I wrote, like, three pages of this, and he was just too kooky. He was great, but I was pouring too much into him. I needed: number one, to kinda pull back on the concept in that original; and number two, I needed multiple characters around him. By the way, he was riding around on a talking horse at that point, because he was a kandra.

Yeah, it was a really weird scene. It was wacky. And that's when I said, "All right, I'm gonna sit down and write an actual novel, not just exploratory scenes." And that's where I built Wax and Wayne, and kind of, the play off of each other, and things like that. So, they kind of grew out of each other, and out of that first scene that I wrote. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

[In Secret History] there was a key scene with a character named Drifter. And, uh, that was the first time that I felt like there was a sense of malevolence with this character. And I was curious if that's something that I should state with that punch? Or was this just a particular thing? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say yes. Drifter is an ancient entity who has very, very many sides and that is accurately one of them. That said, in that particular scene, there are certain personalities that play off of each other poorly, in real life and in books, and you happened to catch one that-- Drifter and this character do not-- Let's just say they rub each other the wrong way. But I would definitely say that is an aspect of his personality. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Sixth of the Dusk, are the Ones Above Scadrians who invented faster-than-light travel? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I haven't-- I danced around answering that one, just because I don't quite want to get into it yet. I like the Ones Above being somewhat mysterious. But I have said it is someone you know, right? It is part of the cosmere in the very future. So you're not going to be surprised, because there's a limited number of options. But I haven't said-- 'cause I might do more in that world, and I just want to leave them mysterious for now. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Oathbringer, the way that Veil and others are treated as separate people themselves. Is there any similarity between that and Feruchemical Identity? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh… Yes, but it's pretty tenuous. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Allomancy, most of the metals are in pairs, they're equal and opposite, pushing and pulling, Rioting, Soothing, that kind of thing. The god metals have always-- lerasium and atium, have always struck me as kind of unbalanced in a way. Like, lerasium gives you the power to use all these metals, plus atium being one of them. Is there a reason for that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, there is, and it kinda has to do with Snapping and some of the fundamental rules of the Mistborn world and the fact that people have Preservation and Ruin inside of them and all these sorts of things. So, the answer is yes.

Partially, narratively, I built that in partially just 'cause I wanted atium to seem odd in the placement, right, when people got to it it's like "What? Why is this one-- This one doesn't match the others. This doesn't really work." When I was building Mistborn, one of the big things I wanted was this idea of a periodic table that was, kind of a flawed construct, that, as you read the books, you came to understand better and better. And that was something I executed-- I don't think I executed that 100% right, but I'm pleased with the general concept and how it plays out. And so I wanted atium to stick out like a sore thumb.

The other thing is, I knew I needed some good foreshadowing for Fortune, for people being able to kinda see the future or versions of the future, for the whole cosmere to work. And, so, I built in atium specifically to do those things. And I built in lerasium to have, kind of, the ultimate sort of benevolent endowment sort of thing. (Not Endowment the Shard, you know what I mean.) But I also wanted to show these two magics were intrinsically tied together on Scadrial because the way that humankind was created. We're getting into some deep stuff, I'll just leave it there. But that was what was going through my mind as I was building those things all out. 

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Kurkistan [PENDING REVIEW]

When time bubbles overlap, is it multiplicative or additive? *laughter*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...It should be a-- whew.

Kurkistan [PENDING REVIEW]

Should I ask Peter?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah ask Peter. We talked it all over. I'm gonna get the wrong one. I think it's additive, in fact I'm pretty sure it's additive. But let's ask Peter.

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you tell us about Transportation? Is it like gates from Wheel of Time

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, Elsecalling? No. But-- but yes. 

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

*laughter* I meant, like, the whole-- Just the Surge?

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Does it go to the Cognitive Realm, is that all it does? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is the power by which they created the Oathgates... So, there is a little more to it than that. But yes, it's basically-- yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's this sword's *points at replica of Jezrien's Honorblade* name? Do you have-- have you named Szeth's blade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Various people have named the swords various things. I just-- I'm not going to canonize it right now, but it's had many names over the years...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you give me one of them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...I mean-- just "the Assassin's Blade."

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Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there Aviar who grant Physical abilities?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Technically, yes. 

Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

'Cause we’ve seen Spiritual, we've seen Cognitive...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, there are. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

From a certain series of books about a prison, by this one author, we learn that authors love to torture their audience. How many nights did you stay up giggling and cackling to yourself with glee over all of the things that happen in Oathbringer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is why I'm an insomniac, right? You're all gonna be miserable. A little fun thing here, when the book was going along, I thought "Maybe I should cut it after Part 3." I gave it to Karen, who's my continuity editor, and she said "If you cut it here, I will strangle you. The fans will not get a chance to do it, because I will do it."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Glys. Is that a full name? Or is that a nickname like Syl?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, Glys is a full name.

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Zmann966 [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in Oathbringer, we see the Surge of Adhesion used in an interesting way, Spiritual Adhesion. Do all the Surges have non-Physical manifestations like that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

All the Surges do, slightly, in fact, but none of them, I would say, are as Spiritual as that. 

Zmann966 [PENDING REVIEW]

What about like, Shallan in Words of Radiance with her mercenaries? So, like, a Spiritual Transformation? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wouldn't say Transformation, she is seeing a little bit, glimpsing a little bit, does that make sense? 

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Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

Are foci a cosmere-wide phenomenon, or are they kinda just a construction of people? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Elaborate. 

Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

A lot of people think that every magic system has foci? Is that true? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. But, I think people are finding structure in-worlds that-- how should I say this. So, in some ways, some of these questions (this isn't just this one, but in general), you can ask something like "Do alien species fit into phylum and families and things like this." Well, yes, because we come up with the definitions. Right? So, a lot of these questions, like "Do they all have?" Well, yes, because human beings have come up with definitions to define these things and lump them together under definitions... There's a lot of things with the cosmere magic... is yes, because human beings have put that weight on it. It doesn't make it less true, but, at the same time it's not like, 1+1=2 is gonna exist whether or not humankind is there to define it, whether or not something fits into a genus or a species, whether these magic systems are related. Those are human constructions that are noticing real things. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How does it feel being one of the primary fantasy authors with jealousy of your peers, even those who have written longer than you, because of your efficiency and your worldbuilding? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It feels really weird. It feels really weird. It feels really great. We just got the sales numbers in for the third book, and they're pretty crazy. 

Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

You doing OK? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm doing okay. We tripled the second book. *crowd woos* That was already #1 on the New York Times. Now that was #1 in, like, a January or a Febuary or something like that. We don't know if we'll even beat Lee Child or not tomorrow, but it's looking pretty good. It's pretty crazy. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Nale has the pale patch on his skin. Might be a scar, might be something else. The question I have is, if it's something else, which I'm assuming it is, do all of the Heralds have something like that? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you've told us that Vasher had knowledge about Shardblades before he created Nightblood...

...Can you tell us if Nightblood was created before the Recreance? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'd have to go look at the notes... I don't think-- No, he was not. No. Definitely no.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if you could take, whether capture or talk into a Radiant spren from Roshar that was no longer bonded to a Radiant, from Roshar to Nalthis, could you bond that spren to an awakened object? Could you take a spren from Roshar and either force it to or talk it into bonding an awakened object on Nalthis? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh boy. That'd be really hard. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Frostlands, is there snow or frost on the ground only because it's cold? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, there's nothing magical or special there. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were to choose a magic system between personalized magic, where each person has their own custom ability, versus one which is an overall thing with branches, which one would you think better? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, depends on the story you're trying to tell. They can both be really advantageous. They have their advantages and disadvantages. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But you personally, which one do you like better.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The branching. 

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Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's talk about Renarin, and Voidbinding. So, with that page we talked about, Renarin Voidbinds. I asked about visions, you pointed to Voidbinding chart, he Voidbinds. Is that using Stormlight to power abilities different from the Surgebindings we've seen?  

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. 

Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that what voidbinding is? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, but close. You're on the right track. We are gonna get into that, I'm not gonna tell you what the chart means, and things like that. But yeah, something really weird is happening there. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, there are ten orders of the Knights Radiant, ten spren, ten Surges. And there are a lot of parallels with the Fused. Do they-- Are there ten Voidspren, that match up to ten--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO, but there wouldn't be ten. 

Crowd [PENDING REVIEW]

There'd be nine.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How are Shallan's Lightweavings related to the screams that Szeth hears?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In that they are slightly attached to the Spiritual Realm. 

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Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

Syl's status as the Ancient Daughter. Does that make her Nahel bond with Kaladin different from other Windrunner's Nahel bonds? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in the last battle, Jasnah has some pretty interesting armor. Does she already have her Shardplate? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Jasnah has the same shape appear around her as when she first appears out of Shadesmar at the end of that-- At the end of the second book, when she appears out of Shadesmar, she has the same shape appear around her as she does in the last battle, but we never see her do anything (this is about Transportation) And we saw people flying away beforehand. Can you-- Does Transportation allow you to push other people. Similar to Lashings, but kinda differently. I'm just wondering if you can use it on other people, basically? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You can, but it's not what you’re thinking. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, what we see at the end, with the Unmade, and it seems like Jezrien, getting trapped in gems. Is that basically possible, because, they have been, particularly in the case of the Heralds, infused with so much Investiture that they're basically being trapped in the gems instead of Stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They're not human anymore, yeah. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who's your favorite literary critic? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh boy. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Not even favorite, but who do you *inaudible* 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I don't know, I read a ton of it. I don't know if I can break down a name for you on a dime like that.

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Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

What did Ivory mean by the Skybreakers living in death? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ivory likes contradictions, they fascinate him. And he is saying that they live in death in that they kill a lot. It's a philosophical sort of thing. He's making an Ivory observation, it's not something you're supposed to take as a pronouncement of nature or reality. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Kaladin shipped with anyone? *laughter*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

...I think basically Kaladin's shipped with everybody. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, with the story that Shallan told with the girl in the red scarf? Is that relevant at all? Or is it just unimportant? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. That's very relevant. 

Footnote: The story in question is "The Girl Who Looked Up".
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The capital 'u' in Unity at the end of Oathbringer, is that important?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The meteorite metal that they talk about that blocks Shards, is that aluminum?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, so-- yes.

Footnote: Referencing OB Ch 100, "There are legends of metal that can block a Shardblade. A metal that falls from the sky. Silver, but somehow lighter." It is a point of contention, however, whether or not aluminum can actually block a Shardblade.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can I ask you real quick: Where Warbreaker falls in Stormlight Achive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Warbreaker is before Stormlight Archive. Vasher, before Warbreaker, had been to Roshar.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, that's what I needed to know. Nightblood.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Nightblood was patterned off of things that Vasher and the others saw on Roshar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Has stormwater tasted metallic always?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Even pre-Shattering?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Even pre-Shattering it would get a metallic taste, that's the crem. So. That is an indication of Investiture and things. But it was there-- it was in place first, before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will we have to wait until the end of Stormlight Archive to learn about Hoid.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh yeeees.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So like a dozen years.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. You'll get little bits and pieces, but you won't get the whole thing until I do his trilogy, which is the next thing after Stormlight.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So my dog's name is Vin. I was wondering if there was any sort of story behind that name and how you thought of it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wine in French. Because building the whole region off of French-sounding names—Kelsier and Demoux and things like that. And I just really like... the sound of it. I know it's kind of like a guy's name, but I just really like the sound of it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Tranquiline Halls: are they real?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are—well they're a real place... They are actually the planet that's referenced [in Oathbringer]. But whether mythologically they're real or not that's more a debate for scholars.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it common knowledge in the cosmere—and on Scadrial—that Ironeyes and the Survivor are brothers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Pause* Kind of yes. Yes. I would say yes that is common knowledge.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Honorblades: Can they actually be bound? ...Can you bind to an Honorblade or not?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeees you can, but it's not exactly the same thing.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not exactly the same thing as a regular Shardblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah... In some ways they're more powerful in some ways they're a prototype, if that makes sense.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I actually wanted to get a tattoo of the Truthwatcher symbol. Are there any-- are there narrative reasons you would go against that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uhh, no.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they-- would they be an order that's about using knowledge to help people?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could I get an Ideal if possible?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Of them? I can't do 'em because I don't want to canonize them yet, I have to do that when I actually write the books.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But it is broadly speaking knowledge and help?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Matrim [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid gets his tooth knocked out while in Kholinar. He prompts somebody else to help him with that. Is that because he has issues hurting not only other people but himself?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep.

Matrim [PENDING REVIEW]

And then he considers healing that at a later point in time. Which magic system does he consider using to heal that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A magic system that predates-- predates any of the others.

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Zmann966 [PENDING REVIEW]

There is an expensive steel chain in the shops in Celebrant. Is there anything significant about that.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hands over a RAFO card* That is such a big RAFO. Super-big RAFO.

Footnote: OB chapter 102, described as "a long thin silvery chain", not steel
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Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

The last Unmade, the one that's hypothesized to Dai-Gonarthis. It looks suspiciously to me like Cusicesh, because of the feeling of being drained, because it's a large spren-- Is there something to that or is the feeling just because Cusicesh is a large spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm gonna RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna see Hoid on any other planet with his new little friend?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh that's a RAFO.

Footnote: The questioner is referring to Hoid's Cryptic from the OB epilogue
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I want to know if we're ever gonna get to see Hoid and Jasnah and the journey back at the ends of Words of Radiance, 'cause I was so hyped to read that and then they didn't interact at all.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will promise you some interaction in book four but I won't promise you a flashback...

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Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

The singer forms of power: Do they utilize fabrial magic?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um, no. Similar—they're based on the same kind of foundation—but no.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There's an ardent in Way of Kings who's like described as short and he's at a party and he uses the word "soil". Do we know who he is, is he Nazh?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is specifically a worldhopper. I don't think I've revealed who he is. But I'm still gonna RAFO just in case that is somebody.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So I have a question about surges. So in this book they use this very Spiritual Adhesion. Do all of the surges have applications in each of the different realms?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

To an extent yes, but some of them are more focused on it than others, on different levels.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you think we'll get to see Shallan worldhop onto Nalthis?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. RAFO. Such a big RAFO. Enormous RAFOs!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In this world, assuming that [Roshar] is as old as it appears to be, wouldn't it be that the creatures that have gemhearts in them, as they die their body would rot away but leaving the gemstone? So wouldn't fossil beds exist with layers of gemstones in them from the passing of the ages?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that's why-- yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That's how they mine them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They do mine them. What you've got to remember is, in my opinion these things are going to collect in certain ways in certain places.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Densities and stuff.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. But yeah. Because there's no tectonic activity on Roshar, so.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Just the buildup of crem over time slowly covers things.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmhmm.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Oathbringer Chicago signing
Date
Date Nov. 21, 2017
Location
Location Naperville, IL
Tour
Tour Oathbringer
Bookstore
Bookstore Community Christian Church (hosted by Anderson's Bookshop)
Entries
Entries 63
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