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?
"Old" is relative.
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?
As far as I know, it is not a Rosharan term.
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?
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.
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?
Well, clearly Khriss calls it that too. :)
Could you Feruchemically store in someone else's earring while you are both touching it?
I think you could, but only you would be able to use what you stored in it.
We've seen that it's possible to bond multiple Shardblades, what about multiple spren?
Does corn exist in the cosmere?
Yes, on at least one planet.
I’'m trying to understand why you made Kaladin such a coward....and I'm coming up short. Why?
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.
In what type of glassware did Wayne serve the Blue Sunset to MeLaan? Asking for reasons.
I imagined like a tall cordial glass, without much of a base on it.
Have you thought about writing an actual Way of Kings, by Nohadon. I personally would love to read that.
I have considered it, but only briefly. It feels like a ton of work.
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).
Good question. I don't know.
is there a word for baby chulls and if not, can it be chulldren?
The baby form is a chull cremling. Sorry...
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?
Some of the time they are!
Excuse me [Mr. Sanderson], I’m just reading Words of Radiance & something struck me. Is Bridge Four’s salute anything like the Wakandan salute from Black Panther?
Very close. It isn't done across the chest though, but with the hands held out.
WOR, why can no one hear/see Sylphrena but they can see Pattern?
Different spren have different properties. They talk about this in the series at some point, I believe.
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.
Similar, yes, but scenes like that are always part my experience, part my extrapolation of what the character might have experienced.
PLEASE tell me you're already in talks to turn The Stormlight Archive into a big screen fantasy extravaganza??!!
These days, I'm pretty sure small screen is more likely, considering the size of the books. But we're trying.
Can Hemalurgy steal a Nahel bond? And if so, would that bond be unbreakable for as long as the spike was implanted.
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.
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?
It shouldn't, but it depends on how long it takes. (I'm almost done with it, though.)
Are the Knights Radiant's 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 forced 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 landmass? And what is the general landscape of this alternate dimension?
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...
Dr Richard Hussey
I want to see some [Brandon Sanderson Lego] in this world. How do we get this to happen, people?
I'd be on board for sure!
I always pictured Skullmoss looking a bit like the ash on these logs - would you say it's an accurate comparison?
That is pretty close.
Why Odium is stronger and worst evil than Ruin?
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.
[Dark One], IMHO, has "secret project" written all over it. Anyone care to confirm?
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.
Quick question about an obscure (mentioned once) name in my copy of Way of Kings: Nelda is one of the people that died on Kaladin (wok 67), is this maybe the same person as Nalma?
Yep, it's supposed to be fixed
Which universe is [Skyward]?
It IS connected to something else Brandon has written. You'll figure it out when you read it.
Oh, by the way, are we talking about a new series or a standalone [for Skyward]? :)
A trilogy like The Reckoners was.
Can't wait to get my hands on that new Roshar map! Any chance there's going to be more, not yet released world maps? (i.e. Elendel, Threnody, Nalthis, First of the Sun) I wanna frame them all! Also, having Cognitive Realm versions of them would be sick!
Glad you like the maps! We've talked about creating a poster of Elendel, so I suspect you'll see that at some point. As for the others, we'll continue to map them as Brandon explores them, so I think there's a good chance of eventually seeing a lot of the places you mentioned.
Just finished and turned in the sequel to Skyward, so huzzah! Next on my list is to get some revisions done on a few smaller projects. In January, it will be time for Stormlight 4. (I do promise to find time for the last Wax and Wayne book somewhere too.)
If a piece of normal metal is in a box of aluminium can the piece of normal metal be sensed by a Lurcher/Coinshot?
Just finished Oathbringer (ahhhhhhsogood) and decided to do a Warbreaker reread. Was super happy to discover that the e-book edition had your annotations. Any chance others will get an update based on existing annotations (e.g., Elantris, Mistborn)?
That’s not planned for the other books.
Are all currency-grade gems cut gemstones? Or are chips literal chips and splinters that are essentially uncut?
They're all cut gemstones.
You guys want to try [foil maps] for the other worlds too in the future?
There's a chance of this. We'll see how these go.
Has there been any discussion about making the Allomantic Table print with the foiling process from the Roshar map?
We haven't discussed this. But maybe that's something we could do down the road once the Hemalurgic Table has been released.
Any in-world significance to the new symbols for E and U [on the Badali Mistborn rings]? (Tin/Pewter with dots moved) Or is that just creative liberty to give each English letter a unique symbol for the jewelry?
From the beginning, I built the symbols to also be an alphabet. Moving the dot to create a different vowels sound is something I borrowed from baybayin: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1b/9c/6f/1b9c6f22fce5589c1d3dfc62bfc1d4b2.jpg … Also planned from the beginning over ten years ago. The rings are the first chance to use it. :)
I just finished an ARC of Skyward. Is the world connected to Defending Elysium? There are some vague similarities between the two.
The connection is probably as you think.
Hey, Brandon told me to ask you this: Which ear did Vin have her earring in?
Will we ever get the symbols of Austre?
Possibly. It really depends on Brandon's plans for Nalthis and what he decides to focus on should there be a sequel.
is Mag # just a scifi way to say Mach #? If not, what does it mean?
Mag is about 300 miles per hour.
Are the boosters airbreathing or rocket boosters? If rocket, what fuel do they use?
This might be explained in book 2. But I think it's something very sci-fi rather than propellant-based. They're not airbreathing, for sure.
I am interested to know the concept behind the cosmere symbol in [Arcanum Unbounded].
This came about after about a dozen or two other sketches, some more complex, some less. Some more laden with meaning; some less. We wanted something simple and evocative of the cosmology. There IS some symbolism here; see the 16 points on the inner star....
The thoughts are the 16 points are Adonalsium, the 3 shapes around are the 3 realms. The other is that the symbol is meant to represent the movement of the shards throughout the cosmere.
Each point you mention is something I considered when designing the symbol and intentionally built into it. Glad people are seeing it!