Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]
Is Hoid's real name Cephandrius?
Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]
No, but it is one of his earliest aliases.
Is Hoid's real name Cephandrius?
No, but it is one of his earliest aliases.
At the present who is Odium more afraid of? Harmony, Dalinar or Hoid?
Harmony. Odium is extremely confident that he can out-smart Hoid
If you could have any two characters cross over from different series, which ones would they be?
Well, you will be seeing that as it happens, right? Because Stormlight and Mistborn are in the same universe, so you will see. If it were not limited to the Cosmere, then I'd be very interested in seeing Moiraine from the Wheel of Time 5.
Who is Vin modeled after? Is she modeled after a real person?
She was not. I don't think there was a specific model for Vin.
Tell me Rand went to the Wise Women.
I believe he did. Absolutely. Now Robert Jordan did not say for sure. He just wrote what he wrote. But if I have any influence over it, yes.
At Emerald City Comic Con earlier this year, you stated that Singer gemhearts are a "milky white" color, and looked like bone/bone marrow. You also said they were related to something in Dragonsteel. Having read the sample chapters of The Liar of Partinel a while back, I couldn't help but be reminded of the skullmoss, which is a bone-white color. Are the Singer gemhearts related to the fainlife in any meaningful or important way?
Yeah they are very similar to Tamu Keks.
So Kaladin's in charge of the Windrunners, right?
Is Lift in charge of the Edgedancers?
You'll have to see in the next book. Lift is the first Edgedancer they've found. Lift is not so good at being in charge of anything. So I wouldn't [probably?] say the first one discovered has to be in charge. Different orders of the Knights Radiant lend themselves to different styles of organization. Like, some of them are a lot more disorganized than the Windrunners, who you'll see have a very militaristic organization to them.
Have we seen Wayne in any other series besides Era 2?
No, you haven't. Good question!
I feel like you're the kind of person who sneaks little details all over the place. Do you have a favorite that you've ever snuck in somewhere?
Oh yeah. Most definitely, the first line of The Final Empire. I have never been able to, so far, pull off as long a con as the first line of the first book being the climax of the third book. I do have some other long cons going, but they haven't paid off yet.
If you ever get the [go?] for a movie or TV show, who do you want to pick as Kaladin?
Kaladin is a hard one to cast. Because all of the Alethi are going to be hard to cast, because they're basically half Japanese/half Arab. So I'm not sure. I've been thinking for Dalinar lately, the guy who plays Drax the Destroyer. He's half Filipino and he has just the right look for Dalinar. You gotta look at him not in his make up for Guardians of the Galaxy [inaudible]. Get a little silvering hair on him. That's my latest casting choice. But I do not have a Kaladin.
Just a minor request: Kaladin have some semblance of long term happiness? I know he struggles with depression and PTSD, but just a little bit of... as happy as someone struggling with that can be?
I think you can be very happy when you're struggling with those things. There, obviously, are things you have to learn and things you have to work with, but it is, I think, totally possible that he could. Whether or not I'll do it...I'll take that as a request.
I just got done with Elantris the other day. Are all of the planets--is Shadesmar the same place? Can you access all planets from Shadesmar?
You can walk through Shadesmar between the planets. Yes. A little bit of bending of space/time in that, but yes.
How do you think Elend would deal being on Roshar with the fact that men can't read?
Oh man, he would have so much trouble with that. He'd have huge problems. Though he wouldn't look Alethi to them, they'd be like, "Oh the Shin do weird things."
The Nightwatcher is described as having an amorphous, vague, humanoid form of dark green mist with a smooth, defined face. This is similar to how the mistpren are described (faces like porcelain masks and bodies of swirling fog). Did the Nightwatcher serve as the progenitor of the mistspren similar to how Honor, and later the Stormfather, were progenitors of honorspren like Syl.
One more time.
Did the Nightwatcher serve as the progenitor of the mistspren similar to how Honor, and later the Stormfather, were the progenitors of the honorspren like Syl.
Are you talking about author inspirations or in-world?
No, not in-world. And out of world, it's the reverse. Mist spirits came before. I ended up doing--
Oh...mistspren. So you're saying the ones in Shadesmar. You're using terms for things..because I haven't given you other terms.
They are named mistpren in the books.
Yeah. So ask me one more time.
Did the Nightwatcher serve as the progenitor of the mistspren similar to how Honor and later the Stormfather were the progenitors of the honorspren like Syl.
Okay, I see what you're asking now. I was thinking mist spirit the whole time. We'll RAFO that.
I'm still upset that mistpren is not the Truthwatcher spren. *inaudible* They're like the only ones that didn't fit.
Yeah, okay. I can see why you would be annoyed by that.
So far during the Stormlight Archive we've seen that the spren bond appears to have some distinct advantages (i.e. armor, more efficient Stormlight consumption, access to a variety of weapons) over what Tanavast via the Oathpact provided the Heralds. With the exception of Nale, and the fact that the Heralds had no need for Stormlight, can you please tell me one way in which a Herald had a distinct advantage over a level 5 Radiant of their corresponding order?
Rebirth. (After seeing what must have been a crestfallen look on my face he added) The Heralds had access to raw levels of power that no Radiant could obtain.
What was your inspiration for kandra?
So, I knew that I wanted to do a shapeshifter, but I worried about the whole... The first idea was that you take the bones of the person you killed, sort of thing. I worried that that would be too... I wanted a limitation on that. So I'm like, "Well, what if they can't kill people?" and I kind of extrapolated from there. But the first idea was that idea of you can become someone if you can get their bones first.
How long is the [Skyward] series going to be?
Skyward is a trilogy. And I usually write--you'll find my style for a trilogy is the first one stands very well on its own, and the second two will have more cliff-hangery sorts of things.
If a Thaylen and Alethi had a child, how would their eyebrows look?
Their eyebrows would probably have streaks of white. You would just see according to the situation how bushy and long their eyebrows got. The color would breed kind of half-way true.
I loved writing Steris. Part of the fun was, I wrote her in Alloy of Law knowing that a lot of people were going to have an opinion of Steris they would have to change over time, and I liked watching fans come to that realization.
We are doing more graphic novels. Now that I've experimented once, we've got some sweet stuff on the way that we should be announcing later this month.
*Inaudible*<how long it had been like that><...or just a weird thing>
I was so excited to be able to do that.
How long were you sitting on that secret?
I've sat on that secret since the first book. I don't know if you've read Arcanum Unbounded and the scene in there, but I was building in all these little things, it was a lot fun. But it took me forever to get that book written.
What is the weirdest thing you've ever been given at a signing?
All the normal things: license plates, swords, armor, pens, lots of pens. Weirdest thing... I need to write these things down when I get them. Sculptures, stickers, I would ask my wife. I'm going to go with license plates, that is pretty odd. They got two, put one on their car and gave one to me.
*Inaudible* one of the things I'm *inaudible* is writing multiple perspectives. So how do you go about that *inaudible*?
I think really distinctive viewpoints is a big part of it, particularly in the third-limited. It's much easier in the first to distinguish them in some ways, though it's harder *inaudible*. But in third limited you want to make sure your viewpoints are really distinctive. I always ask myself the question, "How would they describe a cup of water?" Would they see that as if they are thirsty, or how would they describe that thing.
Third limited gets away with a sort of more general voice of the narrator a little bit, to kind of lean on that *inaudible* focus on descriptions and voice and thoughts of the characters.
For the Stormlight series, I feel like there will be things I don't really fully get *inaudible* keep all that straight?
I use a program called Wikipad, which is a personal wiki. I just do a lot of outlining in a wiki, as if it were *inaudible* only on my computer. I have the ability to--now I can hire continuity editors. So it gets better and better the further I go along.
Is Adolin going to be [an Edgedancer?]
That's a RAFO.
What is your favorite magic system you've read?
I really like Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner books. Probably the best magic system is either Brian McClellan's, I really love Patrick Rothfuss'. Probably the best three are those, as far as magic systems.
Do you know when we're going to get Nightblood?
I don't know for sure. Your best bet at Nightblood is after Stormlight 5. I'll take a little bit longer break than normal between 5 and 6 because there are two five-book arcs, and I'm really hoping to squeeze Nightblood in there.
The reveal at the end of The Bands of Mourning was just the biggest surprise ever. I held off reading Secret History. When I read Secret History, it feels like reading Hero of Ages all over again. It was so great. *Inaudible* Kelsier, what it's going to mean.
You'll see, next book. RAFO card.
How did you know that Stormlight and Mistborn were going to be the focus [of the cosmere]?
I did a lot of writing and figured out the <inaudible> exploration. And I had an advantage in that I had written all these books before, and I was able to go back and say, <inaudible> right from the beginning, there's something special about that.
I was able to look back at say, Mistborn, which had a tight magic systems that really worked, my best magic system. I know this has the best magic magic system, if I can match a plot that makes it a good book, I can make that magic system kind of the spine of what I'm doing.
*Inaudible* So I got lucky on that. In some ways, not publishing for a long time was the luckiest thing that could have happened to me.
This book seemed a little sadder, I thought Kaladin would reach the next level.
Yeah, he's still got some things to work out.
I was surprised that Elhokar *inaudible, disavowing/disemboweling?*
At least, in this draft, it wasn't Dalinar that *inaudible* [in the original version]. That didn't work.
Are we ever going to get Hoid's story?
Does Rock, not Rock, [Roial?] make it to one of the books.
Read and Find Out
But Hoid's coming?
Hoid's backstory is coming. It's gonna be a while, but you will get it.
Do you write like you're running out of time?
I am, I've gotta get the cosmere finished, and I've only got thirty years left to get that out.
I was wondering what is your favorite book size to write?
That's really hard to answer, I like different books for different reasons. The big ones are more satisfying, but a lot of the shorter ones can be funner. So, probably Bands of Mourning, from the Mistborn series is my favorite for the fun. But the Stormlight books are more satisfying.
Can you sleep through a highstorm?
Some people can. I probably wouldn't be able to.
So it's not impossible.
It's not impossible. The guys in Bridge Four? They can sleep through anything.