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#1

barrens chat

In Oathbringer, Dalinar thinks to himself “He couldn’t write to them of course, but he could flip the reed on and off to send signals, an old generals trick for when you lacked a scribe.” But I thought Spanreeds were a relatively new invention? Thoughts?

Peter Ahlstrom

"old" is relative.

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#2

Chaim

I understand that although Shadesmar is a Rosharan term, Brandon sometimes uses it generically to refer to the cognitive realm. But I would not have expected Khriss to do the same (AU, Drominad system). Is that a mistake or deliberate?

Peter Ahlstrom

As far as I know, it is not a Rosharan term.

Chaim

My understanding came from several WoB, such as https://wob.coppermind.net/events/221-words-of-radiance-omaha-signing/#e7199 … and https://wob.coppermind.net/events/225-words-of-radiance-san-diego-signing/#e5814 … . While obviously not canon, can you clarify with Brandon?

Peter Ahlstrom

Eh, well the first quote actually answers the question. Whatever word people use throughout the Cosmere, Brandon translates it as Shadesmar in the books. I still think the word is widely used though.

Chaim

I think that in the first quote when he says “these books” he is referring to Stormlight. Hence the reference to Wit, whose words are translated to Rosharan and Cognitive Realm is thus translated to Shadesmar. Have you found Shadesmar anywhere else in the Cosmere?

Peter Ahlstrom

Well, clearly Khriss calls it that too. :)

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#3

JRB

I’m trying to understand why you made Kaladin such a coward....and I’m coming up short. Why?

Brandon Sanderson

I wouldn't call him a coward. I'd call him a guy with severe PTSD who is having a rough time working through it.

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#5

Strm

Could you feruchemically store in someone else's earring while you are both touching it?

Peter Ahlstrom

I think you could, but only you would be able to use what you stored in it.

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#6

Benjamin Gilyot

Does corn exist in the cosmere?

Peter Ahlstrom

Yes, on at least one planet.

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#7

Lucas Raines

Have you thought about writing an actual Way of Kings, by Nohadon. I personally would love to read that.

Brandon Sanderson

I have considered it, but only briefly. It feels like a ton of work.

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#8

Marina Pimentel

In what type of glassware did Wayne serve the Blue Sunset to Milan? Asking for reasons.

Brandon Sanderson

I imagined like a tall cordial glass, without much of a base on it.

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#9

Alvaro Lopez

Why Odium is stronger and worst evil than Ruin?

Brandon Sanderson

One reason is that Ruin had a person in control of it who, for many years, fought against the impulse to destroy--and in the end, channeled it toward entropy and decay, necessary elements of the universe. Odium represents something else entirely.

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#10

Jeff Swarts

WOR, why can no one hear/see Sylphrena but they can see Pattern?

Brandon Sanderson

Different spren have different properties. They talk about this in the series at some point, I believe.

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#11

Pelham TP

sadly I am currently suffering with toothache. However as the waves of pain fluctuate through my jaw I am reminded of the two blind men discussion with Hoid and Shallan. I understand the beauty of pain receding. I wondered if you endured a similar experience when you were writing that passage.

Brandon Sanderson

Similar, yes, but scenes like that are always part my experience, part my extrapolation of what the character might have experienced.

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#12

Benjamin Akpojaro

PLEASEE tell me you're already in talks to turn the Stormlight Archive into a big screen fantasy extravaganza??!!

Brandon Sanderson

These days, I'm pretty sure small screen is more likely, considering the size of the books. But we're trying.

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#13

Jack Eaton

Can hemalurgy steal a nahel bond? And if so, would that bond be unbreakable for as long as the spike was implanted.

Brandon Sanderson

This is a very dangerous and frightening thing in the cosmere, but it is possible--and the implications of it are something I intend to cover eventually in the books.

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#14

Dean Cook

Finished Era 2 of Mistborn again, I really can't get enough of Wayne and Wax. Will this 'secret project' effect the timeline of Book 4?

Brandon Sanderson

It shouldn't, but it depends on how long it takes. (I'm almost done with it, though.)

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#15

Stormborn125

are the knights radiants powers/spren derived from both honor and cultivation? as it seems each order has a has a power of nature e.g. light gravity etc

if yes, what powers would odium give the knights radiants, if he where force to empower them? and would there be any additional oaths they would need to swear to use these powers?

everything in the books is alluding to damnation and the tranquiline halls being one and the same. is this true or is it more separate countries in the same land mass? and what is the general landscape of this alternate dimension?

Brandon Sanderson

These questions stray into RAFO type territory, which I try not to delve too deeply into on twitter. (Because of the short space I have to reply.) But there are some hints in the links @sandersonarmy included...

Footnote: The links were to Arcanum, the Coppermind, and the 17th Shard.
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#17

Charles Smith

I always pictured Skullmoss looking a bit like the ash on these logs - would you say it’s an accurate comparison?

Brandon Sanderson

That is pretty close.

Footnote: The questioner attached a picture of mostly-burnt logs in a campfire.
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#18

HistoryMonster

the tumblr side of the fandom is wondering what kind of steel (carbon steel, stainless steel, weathering steel, etc) Chicago was transformed into by Steelheart in that book...is this known? (We were wondering if "the Bean" was changed...sorry).

Peter Ahlstrom

Good question. I don’t know.

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#19

Overlord Jebus

is there a word for baby chulls and if not, can it be chulldren?

Brandon Sanderson

The baby form is a chull cremling. Sorry...

Craig

Hold on. Are you saying that when we see cremlings, they are at least some of the time immature forms of other creatures? Or is it just a broadly used term?

Peter Ahlstrom

Some of the time they are!

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#20

Cady McKinnon

[Dark One], IMHO, has "secret project" written all over it. Anyone care to confirm?

Peter Ahlstrom

It’s not the secret project. Brandon talked about this with Dark One in his State of the Sanderson in December, but not with specifics.

Secret project is a lot less exciting, for me.

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