Idaho Falls signing

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Name Idaho Falls signing
Date
Date July 21, 2018
Location
Location Iona, ID
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Entries 65
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Mistborn be able to push and pull on a Shardblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's an excellent question. The answer is, it would be very hard. In Mistborn, anything that's pushing on certain metals, particularly infused metals, gets progressively harder the more Investiture they've got in them. And Shardblades tend to be very highly Invested; they'd be very difficult to push on. If you got the right Allomancer, they could push on it. But I would say, in most cases, no.

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kurvyyn [PENDING REVIEW]

Sja-anat tries to convince Shallan she is not her enemy and tells her, "Ask my son." Is the son that she's referring to, is that Pattern?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Sja-anat is referring to--I'll try not to give too many spoilers on this--if you look through the books for a spren that does not seem to belong to Honor or Cultivation, but is bonding a Radiant, that is where you want to look for Sja-anat's influence.

kurvyyn [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it Glys?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Windrunner's Investiture be able to be used in space?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Windrunner's Investiture be able to be used in space? In fact, yes. Windrunners would be particularly handy in space because they can control pressure as well as move around and things. So if you were going to pick an order of Knight Radiant, and you wanted to go be an astronaut, Windrunner would be the best choice.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Adolin and his sword that wants to kind of wake up a little bit. Most of the Knights Radiant have some sort of break in their mind, mental <a little> problem. Where Adolin appears to be the person in Stormlight that's most comfortable with himself. Is that going to cause a problem, or is maybe the fact that he, at least in his mind, murdered Sadeas, going to help bring that to fruition or give us a way towards something like that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's, first off, say I'm not going to repeat this one because it's super spoilery. So let's try to talk around the spoilers.

In the Stormlight Archive, there is a tradition among the Knights Radiant that certain traumas and/or psychological handicaps are effective in drawing the attention of a spren. I haven't actually said if that is true or if that's [just] a tradition of theirs. But there is a tradition among the Knights Radiant. that they have noticed something consistent.

Does it mean that you have to in order to be a Knight Radiant? Well, there is somebody that I would call extremely psychologically well-adjusted, that by the end of the third book is well on the way to Knighthood.

There is something going on there, they are noticing something true. But it might not be as exclusionary as they think it is.

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Dearius [PENDING REVIEW]

I was just wondering if the metal used to make a fabrial matters like if it's *inaudible* or something?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Repeating* Does the metal used to make a fabrial matter?

A little bit. Not as much as things like this do on Scadrial, but there is some influence there. We'll get into those rules eventually.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Inaudible question*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Repeating* Why do the Shin look different to the Rosharan significant <face>?

Because the Shin have spent a long time being very xenophobic. They haven't intermixed very much. When the original event happened, that I'm not going to say because of spoilers, different people settled in different places, and the Shin in particular just have been very xenophobic.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why does Lift need stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Lift went to see the Nightwatcher, and got a Blessing and a Curse in that she can metabolize food to turn into stormlight, but she can't use regular stormlight. And there is something else, as well.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So they have the same surges or different surges for Cultivation?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She uses the same surges, but they are powered differently.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if Lopen and Wayne ever met.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think they would get along fantastically.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would a Cryptic deal with computers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Cryptics would love computers. Loooovvvveee computers. They would have a blast. They might be offended that the computer isn't talking back to them, because they would think the computer's a pattern and should just be talking to them. But otherwise they would find them really cool.

I'm sad, there was a really good sequence in Oathbringer that had to get cut out for timing reasons where Pattern talked about how famous he was, that hopefully I will be able to release as a deleted scene or something.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will Shallan and Wit have a good mentor relationship.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, they will. It will continue as you have seen it in the books so far.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My question is not really a question, it's more of a theory. How Odium keeps the Fused around is more if he has them tied to his essence, so it's like he's essentially fishing them out of the Spiritual Realm and since their minds are left behind in the Cognitive Realm and their minds are *inaudible* damaged, because their spirits are separated and it just pulls them back.

I'm 100% convinced Nightblood did kill the thunderclast, because Nightblood consumes all investiture, that's something I asked you back at Barnes and Noble a couple years ago, during Christmas and you said your soul is investiture. So my thought is, that thunderclast isn't coming back any time soon.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You are correct on that one.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When I saw that, my thought was, "Yep, It's dead." Other people were like, "I don't know, will it come back?" Nope.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll tell you this. They have not run into something like this before, and there will be ramifications of what happened there.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That is fun to know.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you are used to death having no consequence, and suddenly your friend vanishes forever...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah I, know I already thought of that. They're going to fight over Nightblood.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmm.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Out of the named Shards, which of them, like of the [Vessels?], if one of them were hunting you down, which one would scare you the most? You [don't] have to say the name of the character, just the name of the Shard.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So we're talking about considering the Vessels as well?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I.. *hesitantly* would probably go with Odium, looking at his track record. He has the track record to back it up.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are half-shards made with Radiant spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! Good question!

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kurvyyn [PENDING REVIEW]

If Dalinar actually brought Honor back together to summon the perpendicularity, and Odium said he Ascended. Dalinar did he actually hold the Shard Honor and is he now considered a Sliver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! They are really waiting on this one. Let's just say, he is not Honor currently. But of course, you knew that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With the gemstones, we know that the hue seems to matter more than the rarity. Is that somehow tying in to the colors for Warbreaker, and how that stuff works?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is tying in. Color will be a recurring theme, much as metal will be a recurring theme, as you see different magic systems work. In this case, the color has an affect on the spren and getting a spren trapped in it.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So just the color itself?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah the color is the important part. When I was researching Stormlight, I determined that color had to be the point. Because a lot of the gemstones I'm using are molecularly identical.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So that was the best way to differentiate?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So this was the best way to differentiate. But I had already had this as part of the cosmere, that color and the way people perceive color and things like, that were part of it. But getting ten different gemstones that were molecularly different proved to be very difficult and not worth it. If you look, so many of them are just basically the same gemstone with a few impurities. Their crystalline structure is the same.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Using Hemalurgy, could you steal the boon from the Old Magic?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, from the Nightwatcher? This is theoretically possible.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would that take the defect with it as well?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitantly* Yes. Though it's also theoretically possible to split them apart, that would be a lot harder. Getting the boon, if you knew what you were doing, would not be that difficult.

Now, what Cultivation would do to you when she found out that had happened is another thing entirely. Because those are willful grants of investiture.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Similar to Endowment's with the Returned?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, things like that. When you get a Shard involved and the Shard has..  power to... Same thing like...it's on a much grander scale what's happening with the spren bond, right?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When Hemalurgy does spread, most Shards will not be happy about this, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is correct.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If I remember correctly, [Calamity] was sent to destroy the world?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kind of, yes. He was sent to make it destroy itself. Apocalypse Guard ties into that, with further explanations, if I can ever get the thing to work.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So it's part of the same...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Continuity, yes. She is from the same dimension Megan sees into, the main character is.

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Valhalla [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you talked about a weapon made by the enemies of Adonalsium, and you said it doesn't exist in it's original form. Do any remnants of it still exist in the Physical Realm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Valhalla [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we seen any of those remnants on-screen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*pause* RAFO.

In current continuity (and people would know this), Hoid's immortality comes from this. People who have read Dragonsteel know that.

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Valhalla [PENDING REVIEW]

Ruin and Odium, they both talked about their passion, and it was italicized both times. Would any other Shards talk about passion in that same italicized way?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes they would.

Valhalla [PENDING REVIEW]

Would any of them not talk about it that way?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes they would. Excellent, good questions.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've read the Mistborn. What's the best way to get the full effect? My brother, I'm introduced him to the Cosmere. We both got into it through, when you finished Robert Jordan's series.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Full effect of the Cosmere. Do you guys have a non-spoilerific, "Things to watch for"?

coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

There probably is.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Maybe go on the 17thShard, which is the forum, and say, do you guys have a non-spoiler "Things to watch for" to see the Cosmere connections in action.

Watch for Hoid, obviously. Watch for... people use the wrong words. Like if you ever see anyone in a Stormlight book who accidentally uses soil or coin or things that are just not Stormlight stuff. That is usually a translation error because they're using magical means to translate into the language and they are saying a word and the magic is translating it.

Like, if you just learned the language, you wouldn't make that mistake. That's a pretty big hint that the person is non-native. Watch for the myths and legends that people tell about various places and peoples. It's all just behind the scenes stuff right now. There's nothing that you're going to miss, you're going to be like "Oh no, I don't understand!" The things that are overt connections are meant to be woven into the stories well enough that you wouldn't have to have the intros, ahd the ones that are not are just Easter eggs for now.

Except for things like Arcanum Unbounded, which is presuming you are Cosmere aware.

 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many of the Stormlight Archive, how many are you planning?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are two sets of five. The first five will come to a climax, and the second five are going to take place ten years later. Some of the cast will be the same. It's the same series but some of the cast will change. For instance, Lift is being seeded as a main character for that series. She'll be grown up, so she won't be quite-- She'll still be Lift, but she may not be quite as teenagery. She's a very special individual.

Renarin will be one of the main character in that series. Jasnah will be. And Taln and Ash, who are both Heralds that we barely see on screen in the current ones, they'll be main characters.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In Hero of Ages, I have a room that is both looking at the sunset, and looking north, in different scenes. In one scene, someone walks in, they can see the sunset, and in another scene, they see the army, that's to the north, through the window? And they were like, "Ahhhh!"

So I said, "Oh! Let's make it a corner room, and put two windows." So there's a solution, but it was not...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But it wasn't intended that way.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it possible for people to be Mistborn in another world other than the one that...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is not possible for them to be born Mistborn, but a Mistborn can travel to one of those worlds. And you could theoretically create one out of Hemalurgy on another world. You would need to bring people, right? But you could actually do it. Nothing would prevent you, other than the horrific, gruesome nature of it.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

*Written down* Cracks in the Spiritweb can be filled with investiture, granting powers. Are the Drab on Nalthis considered damaged enough for this process?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are something else entirely. So that, in world, they would say no, something else has happened.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you tell us the name of one of the Shards we have not yet seen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I cannot. I'm sorry. I get asked that enough that they'd all be done. If I gave you one, I get asked at the next con, and all of them would be gone. Plus, I sometimes tweak them before I canonize them. The actual word I'm going to use. The intent usually stays the same but I tweak which word I'm going to use.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I meant the actual name. Like, how Honor was Tanavast.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No...I won't do that either. But I will give you a RAFO card!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any other Investiture-sucking creatures?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are creatures that feed on Investiture other than the larkin, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they on the other worlds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are some on other planets, not every planet has one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are the Aimians, am I saying that right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they native to Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. They are enigmatic, even on Roshar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With Way of Kings...with Azure, where did she appear at the end of Warbreaker? Because I know it's Vivenna, but did the name appear, because when I first read it, it sounded familiar.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No... She is commonly associated with that color, but it's not like she was known by that name.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Oathbringer we have an example of a different form of magic on Roshar, like when Hoid uses Breaths to perform...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Hoid has used both Breaths and Allomancy on screen in the Stormlight books.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is this made possible through the Connection of Shadesmar and the Cognitive Realm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you can bring almost all the magic to any other planet, no problem. The only one that there's a problem with is AonDor but that has specifically to do with the way the AonDor works.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So hypothetically, could you see someone from Roshar become a Mistborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That would require Hemalurgy. Could happen. A lot of times, where you were born, with a lot of these magics, is having a big influence on your spiritual make up. But it would require Hemalurgy, or there are ways to get around it. You could become mechanically a Mistborn. That's probably not a phrase we want to canonize. You could use, for instance, some of the tools in Era 2.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Kelsier going to be a part of Era 2—the rest of it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You will see a little bit, but he is not a main a part of those stories.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you going to do a Mistborn: Secret History part 2 to talk about what Kelsier's doing during...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Likely, but not 100% promise. It's kinda my time frame. A lot of the stuff that's happening right now is foreshadowing for Era 3 where Kelsier will have a much bigger role. Era 3, the 1980's one. So we'll see when I'm writing those if I need a Secret History to catch us up.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Can the Nightwatcher turn you into a different species, or like a spren or a seon?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is possible for the Nightwatcher to change your species, yes.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

If the Nightwatcher was asked to bond a person with a spren, would you just kidnap a spren and force a bond, would she create a spren...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Nightwatcher is unlikely to force a spren to bond.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When will you do the next Stormlight book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I divide my time between half Stormlight and half other things. So, I'm about a year into my 18 month break. I'll start Stormlight 4 on January 1st.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You know how the Cosmere all ends, right? Does anyone else know?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No one else knows right now. But I am slowly filling out that outline in my notes so that they'll have it in case something unfortunate happens to me.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So in Oathbringer we start seeing cases of Shadesmar and worldhoppers. As the series progresses, are you going to kind of like gear it into more of like, world meeting world, like almost leading up to like Dragonsteel type events?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right, that is kind of the goal. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Like long story goal.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not really... People imagine it being Avengers-ish. It's not really that. It's more like the way these worlds interact is the story that I want to tell. So they will slowly come mashing together.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Warbreaker 2, is that near-future?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Distant future.

Footnote: The Questioner appears to be asking about when the Warbreaker 2 novel will be released, not where it will fall in the timeline.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Question about Elantris real quick. In your [Arcanum] Unbound[ed], they show up. Is this post or pre Elantris. Because they're so well organized in that one.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, that is post Elantris. But, the Ire weathered the [Reod].

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh they come back. And they remember everything.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They were not on Sel when the [Reod] happened.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

One question I've been thinking about a lot, and that is the black bladed sword. Is there just one sword, or is there one for each world, that [works with?] different...like Shard powers, or is it just one sword that can work with all?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

[Nightblood] is something special. A long time ago, some people from the Warbreaker world came to Roshar, saw Shardblades, thought, "We can do this," went home and tried to make one. And that is Nightblood. And it went horribly horribly wrong. And so they didn't make any more, except now, Azure's sword is somewhat related. But that is the origin of Nightblood. Trying to make a Shardblade out of a different magic system.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With the King's Wit, when Hoid left, was there ever a new Wit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Hoid has been erratic enough that they knew he would be back. If he had been gone long enough they probably would have gotten around to getting a new Wit, but they just never did.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the Shaod actually random, or is it more of a chosen thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we met the people that Hoid is working for?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am not going to confirm or deny that Hoid is working for anyone. Nice try! And people who think Hoid is working for them might not be right.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Even though--with the end of Elantris bit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sometimes people pay Hoid to do things. And he doesn't do them. Or he does them his own way. The thing that happens in Oathbringer with him and the innkeeper, that is a really common occurrence with Hoid. There are times where he has actually worked for someone. There are times where they thought he has. And there are times where something entirely different has occurred. So, I'm not going to confirm or deny.

Footnote: The Questioner is referring to the bonus scene at the end of the Elantris 10th Anniversary Edition.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we going to find out in the next few Stormlight books about axial interconnection?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Modern Mistborn (Not Wax&Wayne 4 I'm afraid) will delve into this.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a person who could use stormlight went to the world of Mistborn, would they still have the same strength? Would the distance from the god depend on it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The only one that the distance matters is Elantris because of the power being trapped in the cognitive realm makes distance important. The thing is, you would need to get stormlight.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Or like Mistborn, they would have the same type of strength?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's a lot easier for Allomancers to move between planets than the others just because it's harder to get stormlight because it runs out. It's harder to get the sand unless you can find some kinetic investiture to recharge it. I would say the easiest to travel is Mistborn. Sandmaster is probably second easiest, then it gets a little hard from there. I guess, it depends, you can just carry the Breath with you. That works just fine. Getting new Breath, though... There's a lot of different variables going on there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Talenal's Honorblade, is it still on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is still on Roshar, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The only question I have is how soon are we going to be expecting to interact with Urithiru?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a big question on the minds of the characters and it will be a major theme of the next book. Whether or not it'll actually happen or not

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would win in a fight between a sandling and a chasmfiend?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Where are they?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I don't know.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That matters a whole lot.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That really does.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep. That's the answer. Where are they? They would both probably win in their native environments.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Megan were ugly, would David have cared? Would he have still figured out the problem?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm not sure. David's a little shallow at times. That's a question you'd have to ask him. And he might require a little soul searching on his part. David is probably one of the more earnest but more shallow people that I've ever written about. There aren't a lot of us that aren't terribly shallow early in our lives and we kind of learn that lesson as we grow.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

If you use chromium with Feruchemy, would that mean misfortune to your opponents? If you were playing Monopoly and you needed them to roll like a four to...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hands RAFO card*

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I designed a shirt with the Windrunner symbol online, and they wouldn't let me because they said a game had the rights to that.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Any of our symbols, the copyright is to the company. You are free to print off shirts for yourself and friends, we have no problem with that. Anything that contains artwork from our series, we don't let you sell. You can do it for your friends.

Or you can design something that doesn't use any of the artwork, and then we don't care. If you want to do something with the artwork and you think it's really cool, if you can convince Isaac, my assistant, that it's cool enough, there's a chance we'll just license it, and at that point, you get, I think, 15% off the top, and we'll sell it on the website.

That's the line we came down on. We want people to make stuff for themselves, but we don't want people selling stuff that has the artwork. If you're just making for yourself, I don't care.

We actually have a fanart policy that officially says you can do that. So if you can point the company and say, Hey this is for personal use only, I'm not going to sell it, here is the fanart policy from Brandon's website that says it's okay, then maybe they'll let you do it.

If that doesn't work, try a different place. Know that you aren't running afoul of anything on us. We even drew it up with a lawyer saying this is legal, you can do this for yourself.

 

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Vivenna's Blade have a name and if so what?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. It's intentionally not mentioned. Not an accident.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Have you ever thought about doing like a Cosmere cookbook? Different recipes from different planets.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would totally do this if I knew someone who was a good chef. If fans can come up with recipes, I could totally see us doing something like that.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's true. We could make a cookbook.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

He wrote the foreword for Oathbringer, didn't he?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he did.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you mentioned in your Q&A about how you're usually writing one [book] and revising another. Where are you at in the process right now?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am writing the sequel to Skyward, I am outlining Stormlight 4, and I am revising Secret Project that I can't talk about that's a secret project. The one that was on my website. We had a progress bar for it, but I haven't said what it is. There are many, many theories online about that one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My question is can you spike to or from spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO, right now.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Footnote: This was answered here.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Those short stories on Threnody and First of the Sun, will we have full books for those?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Unlikely. Threnody yes. It's likely that you'll see a Threnody book. That's not a one hundred percent promise though. A Threnody book would not be about Silence or anything. Threnody's been a place I've wanted to do a book about for many years. And there's a group that's important later in the Cosmere that it'd be nice to have had a book about. But this comes down to where does my time end up getting spent? Sixth of the Dusk it's unlikely.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will we at least get more short fiction about it then?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is possible, but no promises.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there Awakened objects on Scadrial because it talks like, "Hello, do any of your metal objects talk to you?" Or is that just you having fun with the broadsheets cause the broadsheets may not be a hundred percent true?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The broadsheets are definitely not one hundred percent true, but we didn't put anything in there that didn't have a reason. So that is a RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know I don't have a lot of di-Shardic worlds to deal with, but I notice a pattern on Scadrial of metals*inaudible*, kind of a focus *inaudible* of magic. And with Roshar, it's gemstones, it tends to be. Is that determined by the Shardworld or the Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's kind of one and the same.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have there been Mistborn, and other people from other books, with powers in Stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. Captain Demoux. You've seen Captain Demoux. You've seen, of course, Wit. He used Allomancy in one of the books. There are others. There is a Terriswoman running around. Those are the big ones. There are others, but they're much smaller...

There's Felt, but he doesn't count.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I would like to know more about Wit. What is he?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wit was born on the planet where all of this started. Long ago, in the early history of the Cosmere. Certain things that happened there made him immortal. A bunch of the people who were involved in this became what we call Shards of Adonalsium. They took up deific power. He did not, but he is one of the only other people who was around during that time who's still around.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So does he get a flashback book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He gets an entire series which is where all of this happens, in the beginning. That should be a trilogy right now. We'll see. I'm going to write it after Stormlight is done.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did Harmony change the laws of Feruchemy and Allomancy just so that people wouldn't want to do Hemalurgy by making it possible to get those powers otherwise, or was that already...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, that wasn't the purpose. It was already built in.

I made the call. I didn't built that Sazed did it, but it's a little bit of a retcon, breaking Feruchemy into its separate powers. I felt that would just be a more interesting narrative.

So, the behind-the-scenes answer is, I just broke those apart. My rationale for myself in-world was that now that the bloodlines were spreading out more, this was a natural effect of the bloodlines mixing.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Makes sense. Just Sazed didn't want people looking at Hemalurgy so I figured maybe he retconned it a little bit just so [you?] wouldn't.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That isn't the answer I came up with. But it sounds rational. I want to be careful not to have too much Sazed retconning going on. But at the same time, it is kind of a retcon, so maybe I should have.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm really curious about Ryshadium. Is there something bigger about them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not super-huge. They are non-native species who have started to form spren bonds like native species do. So, a symbiotic bond with a spren has started happening. Ryshadium are horses that have done that, basically. You could say that humans have done the same thing. Non-native species that have started to form spren bonds. The Ryshadium are the only other non-native species that that has started happening. Like the chasmfiends have a symbiotic relationship with the spren that they have, the Ryshadium have a spren.

It's not as visible, but it is there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the timeline looking on the next Mistborn book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uhhhh, indeterminate. It's going to depend on how Skyward 2 goes and whether I use [The Lost Metal] as a break in the middle of Stormlight or if I do it right before Stormlight 4. It shouldn't be too long.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You said the The Rithmatist is a little ways out, the sequel.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do mean to keep meaning to get to it sooner than I have. It's one of the-- It's the one that's been the most difficult to figure out how to do the sequel. I'm confident-- Let me get Alcatraz [6: The Worldspire], which-- it should be done pretty soon here, cleared off my plate. The last book of that one is-- had significant progress on it lately. Once that's done I'll look at Rithmatist, which is the other thing that's been dangling over my head.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What book would come first in this timeline?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've written them roughly chronologically so far, though Dragonsteel will take place first, which I haven't released yet. White Sand is chronologically (the graphic novel) before the other Cosmere books.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Rock and the Horneaters—what culture did you... Did you find any real-life inspiration?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. So they're a little bit of a mashup between Hawaiians, Scotsmen, and Russians.

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