Legion Release Party

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Pending review
Name Legion Release Party
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Date Sept. 19, 2018
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Location Orem, UT
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Entries 133
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Has Kelsier done any worldhopping?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kelsier is bound to Scadrial the same way that a spren is bound to Roshar, because of the level of Investiture and the type and the way it happened. It is possible to get offworld but he does not know what it is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I think the Ghostbloods and the Set are related?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that; but I will give you a card.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the thing you're most excited about doing for Stormlight 4?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've got a really cool thing set up for Wit's epilogue that I've been planning to do for a long time. So the Wit soliloquy at the end is going to be a little extra special.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Stormlight with the way the Radiant's armor works, is it going to be similar to in Aether of Night where it grows? Or do they summon it like the Shardblades?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmmm, someone's read Aether of Night! RAFO! You should find out before too much longer. I've been working very hard to keep that mechanism hidden until we can have some things like this happen on screen. But it's getting increasingly hard.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

On Threnody, the Shades, their eyes turn red when they get really mad. Is that the same thing as with the Voidbringers and all the other ones?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a subtheme in the Cosmere of the redness and it's supposed to be intentional.

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

So it is the same thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's the same theme. But I do not mean to imply that it's the same Shard.

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

But it's the same effect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. I'm doing it intentionally. Red eyes specifically are meant to mean something but I use it a few other ways [the same way?].

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Taln, did he give in to the torture around the events of Way of Kings?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm going to have to look at the...So he should have given in to events in the current version of the book right before...Let's just say around Way of Kings. I'm not going to canonize that, though. In the version of Way of Kings that I wrote in 2002, he'd been around for a few years before he showed up in the narrative. And in the current outline, I don't have that be the case, but I haven't written his book yet. So for canon, but it's a Word of Brandon canon, I'm going to say, he's only been around for a couple of months before he shows up at the city.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

And then the final question. At the beginning of Words of Radiance, the assassin Liss, is she Chana?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Evil laugh* I will RAFO that. Sorry!

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Does a region's cultural identity ever have anything to do with their Spiritual DNA?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

So, like, people expect Alethi to be tall, so they are more likely to be tall?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, what you're saying like that? No. Not that part. You're saying like, how someone...does ex...I don't have it working like that right now. That would take more... I will say no on that. Yes, but no.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

How many times did a Herald break and let the Fused return to Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, so how many Desolations were there, total?

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Between the Oathpact and Aharietiam?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not as many as people say there are.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

More than fifty, less than fifty?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would guess offhand more than fifteen, but not much more. That's the sort of thing I just have to look at the timeline on. You're catching me flat-footed on that one. I would have to go look. Not as many as they think, but more than fifteen.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

More than fifteen? Okay, because I actually asked more than fifty.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh you asked more than fifty. More than fifteen, less than fifty.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

The Fused were looking for something at the palace at Kholinar at the end. Were they looking for Hoid's Cryptic?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes they were. Good question! Did people think they were looking for the black gemstone? That would be the other big guess. But they were looking for the Cryptic.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What inspired the idea of the lenses from Alcatraz?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Alcatraz books really did come from me wanting stupid things that I do to be superpowers--and I've always worn glasses, and even when my friends got Lasik or contacts or something, I was like, "Bah, I like glasses, I like how they look; I want to wear my glasses!"

So I wanted glasses to be cool. And so I made a whole bunch of magical pairs of glasses. There is really...If you're questioning anything in Alcatraz, and saying, "Why did you do this," the answer is almost always, "Because I wanted something dumb I do to be cool."

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PrinceDusty [PENDING REVIEW]

At the Pixel Project event, you talked about a further extent of Cultivation's magic than just the boon and bane? Are there any people alive at the end of Oathbringer who are influenced by that magic?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Lift. Well, I guess that's a boon, isn't it? Yes, there are. But nobody on screen that has Cultivation magic, other than boons or curses from the Nightwatcher. Yes, there is such a thing, no, there's no one else on screen. But what Lift does is a hint.

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PrinceDusty [PENDING REVIEW]

You've talked about some of the correlation between Aviar abilities and Allomantic abilities. Are there any Aviar abilities that are not related to Allomancy, or what are some other abilities that we might see?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that, mostly because I want to be free to pick and choose from my list as I canonize them. A lot of Aviar abilities are Cognitive type stuff, just from the way I built them so I can separate the magics. The whole Seeker/coppercloud thing, a lot of Aviar abilities are going to be riffs on that, or they're going to be riffs on glimpsing the Spiritual a little bit. And you see a lot of that in Allomancy. There are abilities that they have that you won't see in Allomancy.

The trick is Allomany is so broad. I built the main magic systems to be able to get a little bit of everything. You see the same thing in Stormlight. So seeing Aviar abilities that you haven't seen some version of it in Mistborn or Stormlight, it's going to be... Mistborn and Stormlight touch on all different parts of the magic system on purpose. But I think you will eventually see some that don't. But they're all going to work on the Cosmere magic, so you can say they're all related.

PrinceDusty [PENDING REVIEW]

Where might we see them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Aviar are known in the Cosmere but are very, very rare. But as you move forward in the future, perhaps you'll see them more often.

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Jozomby [PENDING REVIEW]

I’m wondering about the idea that you can block emotional Allomancy with an aluminum lined hat.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yup.

Jozomby [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay.  So I’m wondering how much aluminum is required.  So like, an aluminum colander, versus an aluminum headband, versus…

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right.  Alright.  So, I’ll be honest with you.  The idea of a tinfoil hat was so intriguing to me, basically, that I made sure this was part of the magic system.  I say it has to be tinfoil, at least. Thicker is probably better, the way these things work. I’ll try not to do spoilers.  When Hoid lets somebody use aluminum to block signals, he was going with something that you would be able to bend a little bit by pulling on it, but wouldn’t be able to fold it down.  I’d put a bare minimum, if you want to be extra sure, on that, but lining your hat with tinfoil is viable. Particularly in the later eras of Mistborn, when some of the powers are decreasing.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I wanted to know one of your favorite foods.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Popcorn is probably... I don't know if that counts because it's a snack?

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Sparkle Hearts [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you Soulcast hair?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, if you can cut it with a Shardb...You can Soulcast even the body. Hair is much easier. While it's attached, it's going to be harder. Easier than Soulcasting a body, if you have the skill to just soulcast the hair.

While it's attached, treat it more like a body than you would not a body, but easier than a body.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Was the wall around Elantris soulcast?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ah, good question! It was not soulcast. Excellent question.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

*Inaudible* find out later, maybe?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Their own magic was involved in the creation of Elantris. The local magic was involved.

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Ethour [PENDING REVIEW]

If you fed a lerasium bead to an Aviar, would it become an Allomancer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, wow, what a great question! RAFO!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything you can tell me about Maya that wouldn't be a [RAFO].

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh wow, not a lot, let me think. You will see her again in Book 4. That's not a RAFO!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Szeth ever get to figure out Nightblood's name, or does he just always call Nightblood, "Sword-nimi?"

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO too!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Vivenna/Azure's sword have a name?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Asterisk*.

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Jozomby [PENDING REVIEW]

At the time of the Recreance, were there any Bondsmiths?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is a plot point. You are supposed to be asking that question.

Jozomby [PENDING REVIEW]

I was mostly trying to find out if the Sibling was bonded, and if the break in the bond is what caused the Sibling to go into slumber

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say this is a RAFO with the promise that I intend to answer the question relatively quickly.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's say a Bloodsealer got his hands on a Dakhor monk's bones. Could it still access the Dor. *Inaudible* Could they even be reanimated, and could they still be useful?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a really good question. So the bones are a conduit, much like Allomantic metal is. Allomantic metals are pretty easy to affect Investitures. I would say getting a-hold of a Dakhor monk's bones, likely, would work. Likely, they're not going to resist too much. But, I'm going to say harder to access the magic than you'd think, but easier than with regular bones.

So I'm going to give you a yes.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

You said that every rational being in the Cosmere who knows about Nightblood is terrified of him. Does that include Vessels?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are Vessels who are scared, yes. That does include Vessels. Terrified might be a strong term, but yes.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

Nightblood is the most ridiculously over-invested thing in the Cosmere, second only to the Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

Was this true from the moment of his creation, or did it grow in power over time.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Grew in power over time. Kind of answers a question that people have been wondering. But, yes.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

One of the Letters in Oathbringer suggests that the Shards had a pact to all go their separate ways. And some of them held to it and some of them didn't?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

Out of all of them, how is it possible that one of the ones that didn't is the one whose nature is to obsessively keep your word at all costs?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He would argue that he kept his word.

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, so loophole.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He wouldn't even call it a loophole.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be possible for an inanimate object that was invested to the point of sentience Ascend to Shardhood?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

To become a Vessel of Adonalsium, or become a Shard through...? This is a tricky question because the power left alone will become sapient. And at that point, the distinction between being a Shard and a Vessel is fine but still extant. And I would say the power could not become a Vessel in the same way because it's defined as something different. But it is possible for the power to be left alone and to gain sapience on its own.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The example we were thinking of was Sel. It was stated in Arcanum that the landscape itself was invested to the point of.. Could the planet of Sel be the Vessel of Devotion?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

At this point, it's playing semantics, and I would say no. But there are people in-Cosmere that would argue that the semantic distinction is irrelevant and that it is the same.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I notice that the two most complicated Investiture systems that we know of, those being Hemalurgy and Forging, are both the Investitures of Shards whose names have a generally negative connotation. Is there any correlation?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say that is not an intentional correlation.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That is just a coincidence?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did the idea for Girl Who Stood Up come from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Girl Who Looked Up grew out of my love of folklore and fairytale. And the various incarnations of Pandora myths all around the world, in different societies, presented differently, would be my guess at the inspiration there.

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Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

You said before that if a human ate an Aviar worm, it would not doing anything, right? Someone's tried that? What would happen if a baby...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Still wouldn't work. The gut flora is too different. And they're not part of the symbiotic life cycle there. That system has evolved to the symbiosis that it has, and humans are too new to trying to make that work.

Humans are not new on the planet, but they are not part of that system.

Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

Could they be trained into it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Training wouldn't work

Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

Not like training, but through generations.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Through generations, that would be theoretically possible.

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Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

So we know that there are Siah Aimian/human hybrids like the Natanans. Do Dysian Aimian hybrids exist and if not, could they?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Makes face* I don't think the biology is compatible.

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Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

Trell's been Investing in Scadrial, he's interacting there. Is he doing anything or will he do anything to influence a new magic system there... How much would a Shard have to do to get to that point?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you think you'll ever be asked to finish Patrick Rothfuss's series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, um... so no. And I would probably say no. My writing style is too different from his. I don't know if I can do the lyrical style that he does. If I were to try it I'd probably figure it out but it would take multiple years of practice and then it would delay the book even more. I am sure Pat will be able to release his book and we don't have to worry about that. Now, whether certain other authors will release theirs, I don't know, but I'm-- If I were a betting man I would put good money on Pat having his book out in the next decade.

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Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

So, in the scene where Kelsier has all the metal around him, and he's Pushing and Pulling on [parts of the metal that are] not center of mass, is that something more along the lines of savantism, or is it just Rule of Cool?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No no, that I was pushing toward... I wouldn't call Kelsier a savant, but I would say that there were certainly steps toward that, and it's something I actually wanted people who were really skilled with the magic to be able to do.

Podman36 [PENDING REVIEW]

So it's not Rule of Cool.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would not call that one Rule of Cool, I would say that I want that to actually be part of the magic, that I wanted there to be some level, particularly in Pushing and Pulling, of skill that lets you deviate from the normal. And I've tried to show in other places that people who are really skilled can do some different things like that, particularly with Pushing and Pulling, both on emotions and on metals. So no, not Rule of Cool there, I do occasionally do Rule of Cool stuff, but I wouldn't call that one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's your favorite book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is also kind of a hard one for writers, right? Or maybe not just for writers, maybe just for... my type of person, I'm sure a lot of you are like this, where it's like, my favorite book changes and varies, and so I kind of have some go-to answers, because they stayed my favorite book for a while. The book that got me into science-fiction/fantasy was Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly and I often mention that. My favorite Wheel of Time book was book four, I often mention that. My favorite Terry Pratchett book is probably Going Postal, my favorite classic is Les Miserable, so that often comes up. What have I read recently that I really liked? It's now been over a year, but I really liked Jane Yolen's work, and she recently released a short story collection that I really liked. I recently finished Roshani Chokshi book, The Star-Touched Queen, which I really liked. Robert Jackson Bennett is good... I like a lot of different things I read.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

 Do you think you'll ever store stormlight in a metalmind?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

On Threnody is there more than one metal that affects Shades?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Technically a RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So I have a weird type of amputation where they reattached my foot back onto my leg sort of like a *inaudible*. Would stormlight healing be able to heal that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A lot of it is going to depend on your perspective on it. But I would say yes, in most cases it would be able to.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So it would grow the leg back to how it normally was?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would take a little work, but it would. But your perception is going to influence it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Hoid fit a Lightweaver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I think he does most fit it. He's OG Lightweaver. He was Lightweaving before it was cool.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It was not cool?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He got in trouble for it a lot of times, early on. I'm mostly making a joke about that.

He was Lightweaving back before Adonalsium was Shattered.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Cosmere, as space becomes more developed...*inaudible* outer space.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's an interesting question that I've had to ponder. Would the space race happen more slowly because there's an alternative, or would it happen more quickly because you know other planets are inhabited. I'm not going to answer what I came up with, because it's a plot point in the books. So I'll give you a RAFO card, but that's the question to ask yourself.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That wasn't my question! My question was, in the Cognitive Realm, with the gap between planets...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh! Will the gap between planets get larger as more people travel in between it. So, barring things like space stations, there's going to be so few minds in between, that I don't expect space to become larger because of that.

I don't expect it to be a factor, except--barring--there will be possibilities of certain regions popping up.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Shallan's Lightweaving. How does she make those physical? Is it light becoming matter?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I'm not going to answer this one either, so you get another RAFO card. But I'll tell you which way to think. Here, energy and matter are basically the same thing. Investiture, energy, and matter are the same thing in the Cosmere.

In our world, when we touch, we are touching energy, right? We are not actually touching. The atoms are repelling each other or whatever. I'm not a physicist. I'm sorry, physicists!

Contact is a weird, weird thing. Keep in mind, investiture is another state of matter and energy in the Cosmere. It's not really that hard to extrapolate along.

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

What's Hoid's favorite flavor of pie?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He likes to be surprised!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you still plan to write Wax and Wayne four?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I've got time, probably, to work on one more project this year, cause Skyward 2 is almost done. I'm still not 100% sure what it'll be. It's probably gonna be Skyward 3 cause it'll be super nice to just have that locked up and done. If that's the case, then Wax and Wayne 4 will probably be written in between parts of Stormlight 4, as I'm writing it, as I need breaks. If I can manage the way I take my breaks, that might be helpful for us getting the book out. One of the things I've learned to do is to take my breaks as novellas, which is why you see a lot more novellas from me than standalone novels across the last five to ten years. And that's because I realized as I was doing breaks as novels that, number one it took a lot longer, particularly in revision, and number two it ended up promising sequels, because I am incapable of finishing a novel without promising sequels, apparently. But I am capable of finishing shorter works without promising sequels. If I can get that, I really do want to get Wax and Wayne 4 done in a reasonable amount of time, but we'll see.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Disregarding personal preferences, what Order of the Knights Radiant do you think you would best fit as?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, man. I've been asked this one, and it's really hard. What order of Knight Radiant would I best fit as. It's difficult, right? Because, number one, there are a lot of orders, and you can kind of see yourself going in different ways. And number two, there's kind of like the, what is it realistically?

Like, when I sort myself into a Harry Potter house (which is much easier, cause there's not as many), I always have to kind of grudgingly put myself in Slytherin. Because, though a lot of my fellow writers are Ravenclaws, I'm not about the study; I'm about the accomplishment, right? Like, I write books in part because I'm like, "I want to accomplish this thing," and it's ambition, but it's also just "I want to do this thing." So for that reason I don't know that I can put myself in any kind of the scholarly focused order of the Knight Radiant, realistically, because I don't think that I would really actually fit there, even though that would be the natural place to start putting writers.

I often wonder, maybe Lightweaver, but the problem is I don't lie to myself, I don't think, right? But I am really good at fooling myself when I want to. Like, when I don't want to deal with something, I'm very good at, like, "I'm putting this on the shelf and I'll deal with it later," which is a very Lightweaver thing. Maybe Lightweaver, but... So, we'll go with that one today, but I think I've answered that question four different ways.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

So if a steel compounder became an Edgedancer... 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, here we go. [Audience laughs]

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

If a steel compounder became an Edgedancer, how fast could they go?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

[Dramatic sigh] They could go quite fast. They are not going to ever reach superhero levels of bending reality for speed. So, I will say quick, but not that quick. We aren't outracing an atom bomb, as the Flash periodically does. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have you published any books that were in the Cosmere that you pulled out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, The Rithmatist is the most obvious example. The Rithmatist started in the cosmere, and the magic is still very cosmere. And if I were going to have had one in the cosmere, it would have been Rithmatist, because of the way the magic works. I eventually decided I just did not want to canonize that Earth is in any way, shape, or form related to the cosmere and I pulled it out, and I'm glad I did that, but the magic still has a lot of cosmere remnants to it. Steelheart was never in the cosmere.

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

Would Hoid, Amaram, and Rashek be flute buddies or would they try to kill each other?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Sigh, long pause* I'm going to err on, "Kill each other."

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

Connection on Scadrial. If you tried to use it in a neutral zone?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A neutral zone between nations? I will RAFO that, it is something I have considered.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we just going to see Szeth kill a lot of people in the next book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Szeth has some better influences than he's had in a long while. He did have some good influences early on. But it's been a long time since he has had as good influences as he now has. I wouldn't count Nightblood as one of those. But at the same time, he's had worse influences than Nightblood.

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Wyndlerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Queen Aesudan, when we see her in Kholinar, seems to have some knowledge of Gavilar's doings and his plans. And given Gavilar's propensity for trying to marry his children to members of secret societies, as seen with Jasnah and Amaram, was Queen Aesudan a member or affiliate of the Sons of Honor?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you age while in the Cognitive Realm? Because unless Nalthians have a super long lifespan, or she is Returned, roughly 222 years...

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

322 years.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

322 years, seems a long time for Vivenna to have been alive.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You do age in the Cognitive Realm...Asterisk*.

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ShadowBlaze [PENDING REVIEW]

If a gold Ferring got electrocuted, would he get paralyzed and/or heal and [react normally]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So he gets electrocuted. You're asking does Cosmere healing prevent you from being stunned by a taser?

Huh, what a good question. I'm going to say, and I could contradict this, so this is Word of Brandon canon until I contradict it, you could still stun them with electrical stimulation of muscles, because it's not doing any harm and it's just how muscles normally work. So I think that's a good workaround.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

When Nightblood created, was Endowment involved in any way more than normal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Good question, you qualified that the right way! I would say yes, but maybe not to the extent you're thinking.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Normal being using Endowment's Investiture to Awaken. There's something special.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say, there is something special.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Could the entire city of Newcago in the Reckoner's world act as a giant steel metalmind?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sure! Yes. That'd be awesome.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Mistborn, as the Eras are going on, the powers get diluted because of people passing down the bloodlines. Once we reach the Third and Fourth Era, the powers are going to be--won't they be a lot weaker, and not very useful?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They will become weaker, but there's a maximum level of dilution... There's a maximum level that you can reach pretty quickly, if you're only counting the northern continent. Because of the limited number of progenitors.

So, Era 3 we're not going to have a problem. And they're also trying to figure out ways around this.

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ShadowBlaze [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a kandra react to electrical shock differently than a human would?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but not that much differently. It's going to depend on the kandra and if they have enough control over their bodies. A kandra that's expecting it, for instance. But a kandra that's not expecting it I think would respond like a human [being?] would.

ShadowBlaze [PENDING REVIEW]

Could it be an effective revealing method?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm going to RAFO that the same way I've been RAFOing the question of whether they actually go down on the DNA level. So the whole point behind *inaudible* the kandra was, a blood test under Era 1 technology would not identify one. I'm going to have to decide in Era 3, I'm going to have to canonize whether, you get that under a microscope, if you can tell. And what about Era 4 you just do genetic testing, can you tell. And I don't know how I'm going to need that to go yet. And I don't know how realistic it is? And I don't know if I want to deal with the ramifications, like with human/kandra hybrids.

Right now, the way I have it, they fundamentally build their DNA in such a way, they could even have children. But I don't know if I'm going to keep that or not.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Aluminum eventually is going to become more cheap to produce. Is everybody just going to have resistance to..

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is definitely something that's going to affect the future. But do also remember that as the powers become more accessible to people who weren't born with them, you have both more resistance to them and more widespread use of them, Which is going to change how things act out.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Has [Tarah's] dad been onscreen in the books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Do we know his name?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering what your thought process was when you were deciding to make the powers less powerful as the Mistborn Eras...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I was looking for ways to tell different stories and not repeat myself. So I like it when there's change in the magic, either our understanding of it, or the way it's working. To force me as a writer to approach it from different directions.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But won't it die out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It won't die out. Well, it could if...There's a maximum amount of dissolution it can have, based on the progenitors of Era 2. And we're getting close to that. It's once they start intermingling with Southern Scadrial or off-planet that you have to worry about that. But you won't have to worry about that for Era 3. Maybe by Era 4 you might have to worry about it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Kaladin going to get a romance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! Kaladin isn't the best with romance. I will take the implicit question, "Will he have a successful romance?" and that's your RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Returned be made from stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

How would you count the Heralds?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I haven't read much, so I don't really know what you're talking about.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Stormlight books, there is a set of people who are constantly reborn, into full sized grown bodies that are being created for them. Would you count that as being Returned?

Or do you count Returned...What's your definition, right? You can create something that is Returned-like. But your definition of what is Returned and what is not, is going to be involved in that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if you had a favorite religion that you created on Scadrial?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The cheeky answer is Trell's, but that's not actually true. I don't think I do. I'd have to go look at them all and say, "This is my favorite." So I'll give you the non-cheeky answer, which is that I don't think I do. If I had a list in front of me and thought about it, I could probably pick a favorite.

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tiabwwtws [PENDING REVIEW]

Kelsier went and touched Hoid, and then he [Kelsier] got hurt. Can you tell us anything about that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Could I tell you? Yes. Will I tell you? RAAFFOO card!

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chasmfriend [PENDING REVIEW]

Was the black sphere that Gavilar gave to Eshonai, did it contain the same thing that he gave to Szeth?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes! A question I can answer about the black sphere.

chasmfriend [PENDING REVIEW]

So same contents?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In one of the prologues to the first book, the assassination of Gavilar, mentions--I don't have the characters name--mentions his bodyguard or the head of his bodyguard being one of the greatest swordsmen in the realm, right? And then we get into Words of Radiance, which has such emphasis on duels. I kept waiting for this guy to come in again. I don't know if Szeth killed him in the assassination?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A conscious decision on my part. I'm going to RAFO it, but not for any good reason. Just a little reason, I might make reference to it, I might not.

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TearablePuns [PENDING REVIEW]

If you attempted to use Hemalurgy on a gold compounder, would they survive?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that. There are certain things...follow the lead of the books as they explain this more and more. It's an excellent question that you should be asking, but I'm not going to answer right now.

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TearablePuns [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a person compounding Luck defeat a Mistborn burning atium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitantly* Yes. That is theoretically possible. I would say the emphasis on, "Could there?" But it is plausible that that could get around it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Nightblood was in the Cognitive Realm, what damage would he do to...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If he were actually there? I thought you were going to go with the obvious one of, "What does he look like?" But I'll RAFO both of them.

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Zas678 [PENDING REVIEW]

Pattern doesn't have vocal cords, and yet he makes sounds in the Physical Realm. Is this due to Realmatics of him projecting into the Cognitive Realm and connecting that way, or does he make physical sound?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He makes physical sound.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

So the vibrations that he makes?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You could record the vibrations that Pattern and Syl...You could record the patterns that these spren make on a recording device.

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Walin [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Feruchemists tell whose metal-mind it is, when it's not their own, based on the Identity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is theoretically possible, but they can't tell just as a rule. Like, just automatically.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What can you tell us about food in Arelon? Is there a specific Earth culture that it resembles? Because in Elantris, we only really see cooking an eating when it's Kiin's cooking. And he kind of has a mishmash.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I was looking at Renaissance Europe, maybe Spanish...with the coastline...Let's go with Spanish-esque. So some olives, something close to a paella. I would imagine it being somewhere along those likes, probably. The problem is I don't really know what they ate in Renaissance Spain. I only know what they eat in Spain right now. But I was looking at it like a Renaissance Mediterranean for Arelon when I was building it.

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little wilson [PENDING REVIEW]

If Vin were alive, would she recognize the Sovereign's facial features?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that. Do you mean the statue or the actual...Did you mean the statue?

Sunbird [PENDING REVIEW]

I think we mean the actual Sovereign.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You mean if they met the person that the statue...I'll RAFO both of them. But someone making a statue...like if you met Homer, would he look like his statue? Is a different question also. But I'll RAFO that. But there will be answers forthcoming.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Cognitive Realm, would they be the Berenstein or Berenstain Bears?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Excellent question, The Mandela effect and the Cognitive Realm. Depends on if the authors are still alive, will influence it. But the way the Cosmere works, I'm going to go with the way most people say it. So Berenstain Bears, probably. That would override.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a wrench is constantly used to hit things, would it consider itself a hammer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm not sure if it could phrase, "Hammer." But yes.

There's a little linguistic hoop-jumping here. When Shallan talks to the stick and it says, "I am a stick," what is it doing? It's conveying the idea, "I am this thing." It would convey, "I am a thing that looks like this used to hits things." You could argue a brain might interpret that as hammer. I think you would get, "I'm a wrench that hits things!"

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So the difference between the White Sand novel and the White Sand graphic novels, what was the thought behind changing Ais's gender?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There were a couple thoughts. The main one was, I just thought the character was more interesting. A lot of my early books, you'll notice I did a thing where I'm like "I want to make sure that I'm doing the female character really well." And you can see the problem in that sentence, and that is really how I approached it, I'd say "Well I want to make sure I do the female character really well." And I think I did do the female character pretty well in some of those early books. But you'll see a consistency to them, and this is just coming aware of your biases.

Now, there is nothing wrong with writing a book intentionally and saying, "You know what? Because of the way I want to write this book in this world, I'm going to make the cast almost all one gender or the other. It's when you're doing it consistently on accident, that there's a problem. And I had to kind of sit down and say, "Did I do this because I thought it was best for the character, or did I do this because I love Inspector Javert and I just wanna have to have Inspector Javert in my book?" And that's where the character came from, quite obviously.

And I sat down and said, "If I were going to build this character from the ground up to be my own character and I were trying to throw away all biases, what would be the best for the character?" And Ais being female was not a "I need more women in the book," it was more of, "If I'm throwing away these biases and building the characters, what works the best?" and I just really liked how that character came out when I was rebuilding. Yeah, anyway, we'll go with that.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

So if the skaa on Scadrial had gone out in the mists more often, would they have had a longer lifespan?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitant* The skaa lifespans are more related to their status in life than genetic predisposition. Going in the mists probably would not have changed that.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

I didn't think of it that way, I thought of it more from a, "Oh, people on Roshar have a longer lifespan because of Investiture." Because the mists are Invested.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitant* Technically yes, but I think it's going to be pretty miniscule. Technically yes.

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Walin [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had a metal plate, and you inscribed into it--with a living Shardblade--the description of a spren, so it's kind of like an Aon for a spren, in a way; if you had an Elsecaller in the Cognitive Realm force Stormlight through the bead for that plate, would it act as a fabrial for that spren? So like, if you drew a spren, like a flamespren onto a metal plate, so you'd make a heat fabrial?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So you're trying to trap the spren in the [plate]?

Walin [PENDING REVIEW]

There's not spren, it's just a drawing of a spren.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So you're trying to Invest a drawing of a spren, and turn that Investiture into an actual spren, and make it work...I don't think this is going to work. I can see an argument that it would; I would err on "I don't think this is gonna work." But, you know, stranger things have happened, right?

Walin [PENDING REVIEW]

My purpose for that question was asking whether Sel is the only one that can have Cognitive Investing--er, the one that's best at doing Cognitive Investing.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it is definitely best; it is nothing to do with the Shards themselves, and everything to do with what happened to them.

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Walin [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Nightblood contain any of Ruin's Investiture? Like, not atium, but...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, technically; and I'm not wiggling around that, because technically, location in the Cosmere and who belongs to what gets really weird, right? Because Ruin's Investiture is everywhere--but I'm not talking that way. I'm talking the way you actually mean it. 

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GreenRover [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you Soulcast things into plastic? Like, from the oil Essence?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you could. You could Soulcast things to plastic. You'd need to work with the magic, but you could.

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GreenRover [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Feruchemists tell whose metalmind it is, based on Identity, even if they can't tap it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not by rule, but it is possible.

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GreenRover [PENDING REVIEW]

During the storm that Kaladin was in with Shallan in book 2; those two massive walkers we saw--are those Parshendi, Unmade, or spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Spren, with the caveat that might not mean they aren't Unmade, because that's not an either-or.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who is Midius?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You're getting a RAFO card. There's no way for me to answer that even in the slightest without giving away spoilers.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How is Luck used?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Luck you mean like, Fortune? That is also a RAFO, because I'm saving it for future books. There are clues in the books.

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Kaladin related to Aesudan?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but it's not a close relation. A very complex system of things, but yes.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

I was just wondering why he knew her...the melody she was humming.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, he did. That is not because they're related.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

So it's something else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's something else. I thought that was a sideways question about Kaladin's mom.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

It kinda was, I thought maybe she hummed that and so that's why he recognized it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, good question.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Does a person have to die before they can become a Cognitive Shadow?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Depending on your definition of dying?

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

The physical body dies.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

And is [a Cognitive Shadow] a copy of the Cognitive or Spiritual Aspect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So this is a matter of some debate in the Cosmere. Philosophical questions. By definition, you have to be ripped out of the body and persist. That's part of the definition.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Would stormlight healing, Progression, or Feruchemical gold healing count as some of the ways that a transgender person could change their body to match their identity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Those would work. In fact, that's kind of the main way that you would make that happen. Injections of Investiture making the body match the Spiritual and Cognitive.

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Sparkle Hearts [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we going to get a story about what happened to Vivenna between Warbreaker and Oathbringer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Whether I write that as a story or not, I'm not sure. But it will come out.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

In Oathbringer, my one big issue with Oathbringer was Amaram's turn. I'm curious why you chose to not hint more at his turn. It felt a little bit out of nowhere. What were your thoughts on Amaram?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Which turn are you talking about?

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

When he turns to Odium's side and he's like, "Okay, now I'm going to consume an Unmade."

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I feel like Amaram was a slow and steady descent. But you didn't get to see viewpoints from him as he was doing it. And what he did to Kaladin was worse than anything he did in Oathbringer, in my mind.

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Why did you choose not to give him viewpoints.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Too many characters. To many people to give viewpoints to. It was kicked around. I kicked it around for a while. There just wasn't enough.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Given a situation where they have perfect knowledge of Hemalurgy--everything is known. Is it possible they could use a Shard-scalpel and spike to carefully...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

To excise without killing somebody? The real damage is to the soul...

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm imagining taking out toxic sort of things.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You've seen Vasher do something similar, so it's not off books that that's possible.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

If Kaladin created a kid while he had not summoned Syl in a while. Then he made another kid right after he summoned Syl, would they have different colored eyes?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wow! I'll RAFO that for now.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be possible to make Hemalurgic dental fillings? If there were a mad-scientist dentist?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've thought about this. I think that would be possible, but for Hemalurgy to really work I need it to...it doesn't actually have to be touching the blood, despite what they think. But I think your average dental filling is not going deep enough...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Root canal!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Continues* But yeah, you could make it work.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a question that's asked most often?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, "When's the sequel to X" is number one. Followed by what you would think are the standards. "Who's your favorite character," "What's your favorite book." Those style questions take up easily the top 20. Not at a signing like this at BYU full of Sharders, but at Comic Con, every second question is probably "When is this coming out, are you working on a sequel to this."

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay so, also in Oathbringer, did Wit really speak into Shallan's mind when she was confronting the Heart of the Revel--is that what happened??

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Eh, RAFO.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Can't you tell me if that's what he did? If that was him?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*teasing sound* Come on. I won't even tell you. You would have gotten similar RAFOs - that does not indicate any yes or no - about stuff in Mistborn that I eventually came around to.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have you ever written something else that you pulled into the cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I don't do that very often. In fact, I'm trying to think of one that was outside the cosmere that pulled into it, and I can't think of one. I have pushed stories out of the cosmere very frequently. And the reason I do this is because I don't want to be setting things in the cosmere just because of the cosmere. I want to be setting things in the cosmere because they work and advance the story of the cosmere in a way I want it to be. And I want to be sure that I'm not just saying "Well, we'll shove this in the cosmere." So I very frequently try things out in the cosmere, and then pull them back. One of the main reasons I pull them back is I don't want any connection to Earth in the cosmere. So if a book needs a connection to Earth, or for some reason I like how the connection to Earth works, I will pull it out of the cosmere. The only thing I can think of that was out and went in was Dark One. But then it went out again.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What technology that you have heard of recently in real life has inspired fantasy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There's gotta be something in Skyward, right? Maybe?

Obviously, the Legion stories are, all three of them, inspired by real-world technology that I read something interesting about, and then go and write a story about. The first one, taking pictures of the past with a camera, not a real-world technology, but I was reading about photography and things like that. The second one, storing data inside of human cells, that's a real thing that lots of people are trying to do that, it's very interesting. And I didn't want to do a story about that, because I thought other people would do stories about that, so I did a story where someone storied data in a body and then lost it. And the third one is directly inspired by my kids love of their VR.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You mentioned that you thought Rithmatist was gonna in the Cosmere. Did you have a Shard in mind?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Very early on, I did. But I won't tell you who it was. It it not a Shard we've seen. If I ever do write Rithmatist 2, you might be able to piece it together. Though I'm, in revisions of the outline, really trying to push it away from where it was originally, so it will have a distinctive feel of its own. So I'm trying to write out some of the cosmere elements. But this is one of those things that, if I write it out too much, it just won't match with the first book. So I have to be okay with some of the sort of cosmere relationships.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Calamity, Calamity's part of a mysterious group or civilization, really weird motives, we don't find out much about them. Was that <pointed, in any way,> part of the plot from the start?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It was.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have a plan to explain that civilization?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will someday  explain that. At the very least, if I just have to sit down and write an essay on it, to give the closure. Yes, I will. And I do apologize for that. Apocalypse Guard was going to delve into this, but then the book got cancelled. By me.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If his name wasn't Stephen Leeds, what would it be? Did you have an alternate name?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, I didn't have an alternate name. If I were naming it now, I would think of something that works really well as a one-word title, because Legion is just too fraught with too many other different properties. And the name Leeds works okay, but not great. It's not as good, and so I would need a name like that, that works as a last name, but also works as a title. Like, when they did Castle. That works really well as both a title and as a name. And so it needs something along those lines. Monk was another good one. Like, this genre tends to do that. And so I wasn't thinking of Leeds. I was thinking of Leeds as a small internal pun, because he's the middle management of his own brain. But I don't think it works as well as its own in a  title. So it would still probably be Stephen, but I would find another word there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering, where did you get the idea for <crystals>?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It came from the crystal sword, and just grew out of that. Most of the things in the Alcatraz books, I start with an idea, and then I grow it outward. Which is the reverse process of how I normally write books, where it's where I outline and then build according to the outline. The Alcatraz books are me practicing the other style of writing, which we call discovery writing. Because I think writers need to know how to do both.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is your favorite kind of Lens?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would like to be able to speak all languages. So the Lens of Rashid, I would say, because that would be really cool.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you think when the Alcatraz series is done, you can make a short story where they have a Smedry family reunion?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ooh, what a great idea. I'll have to think about that. I like that idea a lot. If I write it, you can take credit for it, if I forget to credit you.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Secret History, Fuzz mentions having buried something. That's the atium, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I was just thinking, if it's something of greater import, I'll just leave it to that it's not the atium. But it's something else, I think. But, I was just thinking, if he wanted to hide something, he could build a planet around it? Because he built a planet. I'm guessing, if I asked a question about that...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You would get RAFOd. Excellent question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The natural sarcasm in Wit, is that just purely natural? Or do you have inspiration for all of those sarcastic comments?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I often, if I have to write a lot of the character, will look for a similar humor style, and see if I can channel it. If I'm writing Wit, for instance, I'll go to somebody more biting. Some modern comedians, or occasionally Oscar Wilde. If I'm writing Shallan, I'll try to look for something softer and more wordplay-ish, like Jane Austen. And just kind of read a bunch of it, and try to get the feel. It just depends. If I'm writing Lopen, I will try to look for the kind of uplifting humor, self-effacing style. Like, I just kind of have a different style for each type, and I try to find a person or writing in the real world that has that type of humor and try to use it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you decide what perspective you put it in? First person, third person?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A lot of it depends on the number of viewpoints I'm gonna have for a book. It's a pretty easy thing, but if I'm gonna have one viewpoint, I'll put it almost always in first. Not always, but almost always, because I can use the tools. Genre influences it also. First person's more prevalent in YA than it is in adult. And kind of, like, what tone do I want for it? Like, the first person book I'll do in the Cosmere, I probably won't do one until I do Hoid's book. Because he's the storyteller telling you the story. And the other ones, I want to be trustworthy, like the narration of which, even if a specific viewpoint is untrustworthy, the narration is trustworthy.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you think you'd have more creativity with ironpulling?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, you do. I really want to do something with ironpulling as a main character to show all the creativity, and stuff. But, I just feel like it'd be easier. There's so much metal around, bouncing off of stuff would be so much fun.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we seen Adolin at his prime yet, at his best?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would guess... that depends on your point of view.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would you have someone do what you did for Robert Jordan?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. I would be one of the biggest hypocrites in the universe if I didn't, I think. And earlier in my career, I said the books just weren't... there hadn't been enough of them. But I'm getting to the point where I think that they could be. There's still so many to write. But I would at least have someone finish four and five of Stormlight if I got hit by a car, and four of the Wax and Wayne books. Whether it would be reasonable to have someone finish the entire Cosmere, I don't know. But at least the ones I haven't finished of main sequences, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the concept of the King's Wit inspired by Shakespear's Twelfth Night?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, a lot of Shakespear's fools. But the fool in Twelfth Night, and the fool (for a different reason) in King Lear, both are inspirations. And I think you would find that as a blanket truth for a lot of us writers. I haven't asked Robin Hobb this, but I'm willing to bet that there's some Shakespear's fool characters in that. Twelfth Night is my favorite of his fools. In fact, in the very first versions that I wrote of him, he was way more jester-like than he ended up being in the published version of the Cosmere. But if anyone reads Dragonsteel, the one at BYU, he'll feel even more like a jester.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does it get harder, or does it get easier, to write the Stormlight Archive books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Stormlight Archives get progressively harder. The more to keep track of, the more difficult. Each one's been a little harder than the one before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have [Stormlight] Four and Five <plotted out> already?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, but the outlines are such a mess. I mean, you could do it, you could take those outlines. But by February, they'll be in really good shape. Because now at this point, what's happened is, as I've written the books, I've moved things. And so, the outlines got to be bigger and bigger messes as I moved things around. But after I outline Four, Five by nature kind of reorganizes itself, because all the pieces that get left over, I have to make sure fit before I can write Four. So our outline should be in really good shape come February. Right now, they're a mess.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had to pick three topics to learn and you have an aspect like Stephen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Great question. I would love to have an interpreter with me who can interpret all languages. Maybe... because there's no one aspect who does all of that. It might be too big of an aspect. But I would love to be able to go on tour and be able to do that. So that would be definitely number one. Probably a writer, to look over my shoulder and improve my books. Speed up the editing process, and things like that. And then I would pick something probably like physics or chemistry. Something I know a little bit about, enough to know that I really don't know what I'm doing. Because I have to rely sometimes on Peter and people on physics questions and things like that, and it would be nice to just have it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Back closer to the release of Rithmatist, you were talking about it being two to three books. Is it pretty much two books now?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's still three books in the outline. But if I can make that second book have a satisfying ending, so that it doesn't have a cliffhanger like the first one, I will be very much more happy. Even though the outline's still for three books. But, I just have to... getting Legion cleared off my list is a big step forward. Getting Alcatraz off my list would be another big step forward. Rithmatist is the most popular of those three. But it's also the one that I had the most trouble getting the sequel done with. But things are looking better and better as I clear other things off my list.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Will you ever consider writing more in the Legion world?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, if I do any more Legion, they will be television scripts or audio originals. This is it for the books. But it's a springboard.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Technically, Marsh shows up onscreen. I guess he's not technically... I guess you would have to argue whether or not he counts.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the most RAFOd question that you're asked?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

These days, it's about probably the sphere that Gavilar gave Szeth. That's probably the most commonly RAFOd one. But I'm not 100% sure. No, no, it's names of Shards that I haven't named yet. That's gotta be it.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

I was re-reading the original Mistborn trilogy, and I was struck by how devoutly Demoux believes in the divine nature of Kelsier.  And I just had to wonder, what must it have been like for him when he later became a Worldhopper and got a peek behind the curtain?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that's a very interesting aspect of his character, for specifically that reason, and I am going to write about it and explore it more deeply at a later point.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Legion Release Party
Date
Date Sept. 19, 2018
Location
Location Orem, UT
Entries
Entries 133
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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