Skyward release party

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Pending review
Name Skyward release party
Date
Date Nov. 6, 2018
Location
Location Orem, UT
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Tour Skyward
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Bookstore Barnes & Noble
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Entries 113
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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

What happens when you flare copper?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What happens when you flare copper? Various different things can happen when you flare copper. I'll RAFO that for now. [...] I'll delve into that more, I don't want to delve into it too much right now, you'll find out, probably in Era 3, some of the things that can happen with copper.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You pulled Apocalypse Guard, will it ever come back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I sat down with Apocalypse Guard and looked it over and since I couldn't decide what was wrong with it, I actually gave it to Dan Wells, who's a friend of mine, and I said, "Dan, can you figure out what's wrong with this?" We broke in together, we've been in writing groups together for a long time, and he read through it and he's like, "Yeah, I've got some ideas." So I actually, you know, wanted to work with him, so he actually jumped in to try and do a draft of it himself, and he fixed a lot of the problems, but he didn't fix the biggest problem, which is that the worldbuilding doesn't work.

Which is a really weird thing for a Brandon Sanderson book, but it's part of the reason we can't release it. I can't release a book with bad worldbuilding. I just can't. So while he fixed the characters, I still need to fix the worldbuilding. If I can, we will release it. If I can't, I'm sure even if I don't ever release it, I'll find a way to put it on my website or something like that. So you would be able to read it, and if we do release it, I'll make sure to release it in the failed version too for those who are interested so you can compare. So I think it's really illustrative to see how a professional fails.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a bracelet created by Navani be used to detect emotional Allomancy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is possible.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

How many spren would it take to make a Shardtrebuchet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A Shardtrebuchet? Oh, trebuchet memes. But it could be done with one spren if it were the right spren.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You said in a previous question and answer that there was Cultivationlight, possibly. Since Lift is aligned to Cultivation, does she actually use Stomlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a RAFO. You know I'm staying away from this.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Both Tien and Kaladin are Radiant, you talked about how that wasn't hereditary, and how that was more because of where they were with association. Was it because they were associated with the same person, or the same place?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Connection influences spren.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Right, but was the Connection to a person that they were around?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Connection to people.

JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

So not necessarily the place where they were?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right.

Joyblu [PENDING REVIEW]

Because my way of thinking it might be with the people is because, like with the Purelake on the Cognitive Realm there would be more spren hanging out there because that was more land, right; so if you spent more time on that you would have more spren around you. So if you're closer to more water, you're closer to more spren.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is not an irrelevant observation.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid and Vasher/Zahel, they haven't been seen on screen together. Have they been together? Have they met?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they aware they are both worldhoppers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wouldn't necessarily go that far.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

So on Ashyn, was the magic system always diseased based?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That was the diseased based magic.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, before-

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that. It isn't exactly the same as it was.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid and Vasher, can they recognize each other?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on what Hoid looks like at the moment. He is very good at making himself unrecognizable.

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Where you *inaudible* Hoid as a Lightweaver in Era 2?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid was a Lightweaver in Dragonsteel.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

I mean a spren Lightweaver. Unless the timeline's still, really--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Meaning was I planning for him to become a Lightweaver?

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Before Era 2 since we thought Era 2 was going to be Era 3.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

 Hoid has never quite stopped being a Lightweaver. He is very happy to be fully empowered with things.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that mean he was not fully a Lightweaver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You will find out someday. His magic was not fully functional, but he was Lightweaving in Way of Kings

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

But then [Hoid] has to have a flute [to lightweave], I don't think he had to have the flute? He thought he had to have help [lightweaving], so he found other things instead of spren. Is that right Brandon?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Makes RAFO face*

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

A long time ago, where you said that Pailiah was the elderly ardent in Kharbranth that Shallan saw, is that right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes? If you say I said that, then I did.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that mean it is still true?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say there is a Herald in close proximity to Taravangian.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

It was in a signed book but we never got a picture of it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a Herald in close proximity to Taravangian. I'm not being sneaky about that.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there more than one?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There have been in the past, but there is only one that you would call influencing him right now. But there have been others in the past.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

How old is Taravangian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Taravangian is in his 80's, I believe. He is not immortal, he has not lived an extra long time. He might be 70's local time.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

How many kids does he have? If he has all these granddaughters running around.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has a number of children, but I have not defined it.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Were they all with the same wife?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. That, I have defined.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Were they all by a wife?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A better question. RAFO.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Was he as much of a stud as Spook?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You see, in a few places, Shards that can read people's minds, or send thoughts to people's minds. What, in other settings, would be called telepathy. Do we have, in any Shardworlds, a magic system where ordinary people have telepathy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I've actually designed one that I think is interesting, whether I will make that work or not, I'm not sure. But there is a very interesting world, one that i have right now in the Cosmere, that we will see. I try not to canonize these things till I actually write the story. As happened with Silence Divine, where people have been for six years, "When are you going to write this story?" Because I wrote one chapter of it.

But yes, I do have something that works that way.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Who is going to be the antagonist for Stormlight Archive 4?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I can't answer that without giving spoilers, so you get a RAFO.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I have never read this to anyone before. In fact no one has seen it in ten years. It is not canon, but it is where Taln as a character started. If you're not familiar, Taln is the crazy guy that shows up at the end of Way of Kings. And here is how his first scene went in the original Way of Kings.

 

Taln awoke from a dream of agony and screams. Two things occurred to him immediately. First, as a Herald, he should not need to sleep. Second, as a Herald, he definitely shouldn't dream.

He frowned, sitting up. The last few days were a blur in his mind. He had come to the city, and he remembered his arrival and his bursting in on some sort of feast or party. Beyond that, the Sign hadn't worked.

Taln hissed in surprise, thrusting forward his hand, trying to manifest the Nahel bond within him. Nothing happened. What of his other powers?

He analyzed his surroundings with a quick glance. He was in a long rectangular chamber set with beds along both walls. The room was set with stone pillars and the windows were shaped with triangular peaks. In fact, the architecture had a great number of angles and lines. He was probably in the Alethi section of the city.

Many of the beds were occupied with the lame and the sick. And the men tending them wore undyed tan robes, some with the glyph Ele, the mark of the priesthood. There were two long doors leading out of the room and the windows provided an alternative exit. They looked wide enough to be broken with relative ease. A table would probably do it.

There was a small chair beside his bed, and a chest with amber knobs. He reached out, blessing his fortune. He had the sourcestone of Stonewarding. He touched the amber, seeking to draw upon its power, and again, nothing happened. Taln withdrew his fingers, frowning. Something was very, very wrong.

Why won't my Stonewarding work, he thought with frustration. And the Sign. I need information.

He scanned the room again. His mind was far less fuzzy than it had been. Images, places, and thoughts were all becoming more clear. There were only two monasteries in this section of the city, unless new ones had been constructed. Lighthome and Mercyhome, of which Lighthome was a female monastery.

One of the attendants noticed Taln was awake, and the man waved over an older monk. The elderly man regarded Taln with a displeased expression, whispering to his companion in a voice most men probably wouldn't have been able to overhear. But Taln was not most men.

"Where's Brother Lhan?" the elder monk hissed. "He should be here!"

"I'll fetch him," the other monk promised, bowing his head in deference, then rushing off.

The older man cleared his face of displeasure, smiling reassuringly toward Taln. He had a large nose and grizzled features and his hands were callused.

"I see you finally awoke from your slumber, traveler."

"Yes, holy one," Taln replied, still bothered by the fact that he had fallen asleep in the first place. "Thank you for caring for me." He flexed his arm, testing his muscles against their extended immobility. "It seems I've been out of sorts these last few days. How long was I asleep?"

"Four days, off and on," the senior monk explained. "You were awake for much of the time, but you seemed unable to focus."

Four days. Taln shook his head. Yet he could feel the weakness in his mind, the whispers at the edges of his sanity. It was getting worse each return. Perhaps that was the reason for his apparent slumber.

"I must say, traveler, you seem far more lucid than you were when we first brought you."

"I feel far more lucid, holy one," Taln said with a smile. He raised his sheet, noticing he was still naked. Hopefully the monks would loan him some clothing, though he doubted anyone was going to give him a weapon any time soon.

"Tell me, traveler, what do you remember of yourself?"

Taln raised an eyebrow. "Are you asking if I still think that I am a Herald?"

"In not so many words."

"My problems of the last few days were not related to my identity, holy one," Taln said. "I am a Herald. I will not lie to you. That would do us both a disservice."

"I see," the monk said, his disappointment apparent.

"However," Taln continued, "I don't expect you to believe me. The Sign did, after all, fail. I'll have to solve that problem before I can move on to other items. For now, let's suffice to say that I was a traveler in need of your assistance and you provided it. The Almighty bless you for that."

The monk smiled, glancing to the side as another brown robed form, looking a little disheveled, entered from the north hallway. "You're welcome to stay with us as long as you need, friend," the elderly monk said, gesturing toward the newcomer. "Brother Lhan has been assigned to care for you. He will travel with you and make certain you are acquainted with the city."

In other words, he'll make certain I don't get in trouble, Taln thought, smiling and nodding his head as the elder monk backed away to care for other patients. Taln was pleased to note that this Brother Lhan was carrying a folded pile of clothing for him. Lhan was a younger man, probably in his early twenties. A bit on the pudgy side, with an unconcerned oval of a face.

Lhan blinked tiredly as he approached, and his left cheek was still imprinted with the lines of whatever he had been lying on before they woke him. Lhan yawned as he pulled a stool up beside Taln's bed, resting the clothing on the floor in front of him.

"Greetings traveler. Welcome to the glorious Mercyhome monastery."

"Thank you," Taln said, reaching immediately for the clothing. "I assume these are for me?"

Lhan nodded, yawning again.

"I'm sorry they woke you," Taln said, picking through the clothing.

Lhan shrugged. "It's my own fault, I really should get a better place to hide."

Taln raised an eyebrow at the comment as he examined the clothing. The cut was unfamiliar to him, though fashion changes between returns were normal. The trousers were loose through the legs and ended in wide triangular cuffs halfway down the calf. The shirt was equally loose, probably intended to be worn tucked into the pants and tied with a sash. There were undergarments as well.

The most important article, however, was the thick brown cloak. A piece of Rosharan fashion that would never change. Cloaks were necessary even in the summer to ward off highstorm rains. All the clothing had been crafted from <shanaw>, a plant whose bark was stringy and fluffy enough to be spun. It made for rough fabric. Fortunately all of the cloak had been treated in such a way to make it soft to the touch. Taln nodded in satisfaction.

"Brother Lhan," Taln said, "Please run and fetch me some thread and a needle."

"Excuse me?" the monk asked.

"You and I are in a forced relationship,"Taln said. "Your superiors obviously expect you to keep me from causing serious trouble. If you want my cooperation in this, you'll want to make yourself useful."

Lhan raised an eyebrow. "How very economical of you."

Taln sighed, regarding the man. "I'm not trying to be difficult, Lhan, I'm just trying to save the world. A needle and some thread would be very helpful."

Lhan rolled his eyes, rising from his stool. "All right."

"Oh and bring me some rocks," Taln added. "Small ones, maybe half the size of your fist."

"Rocks?" Lhan asked.

"Yes, rocks. This is Roshar. Last time I checked, which admittedly was several centuries ago, they were fairly prevalent here."

"Rocks," Lhan mumbled again as he walked off.

Taln was dressed by the time Lhan returned. He accepted the thread, needle and rocks from the monk, and began sowing the flap of the hem of his cloak.

The monk sat down, regarding Taln with curiosity.

"The second thing I'll need from you, Brother Lhan, is information," Taln said, pulling the thread tight.

"Ask away."

"What year is it?"

"Tenth Epoch, 980," Lhan replied.

Taln paused, needle halfway through his stitch. "980?"

"Yeah," the monk said. "Not that I've seen the daylight for the last ten years or so, but at least that's what they tell me what year it is."

980. Nearly a thousand years since the last return. That's a long time. Something must have happened to the <cofen> That was the old name for the voidbringers]. They had never waited that long between returns before. "What happened to the epoch kingdoms?" Taln asked

Lhan didn't respond immediately. "You're kidding, right?"

"Pretend I'm not."

"They fell, right after the beginning of the tenth epoch."

Taln closed his eyes, sighing to himself. He hoped it wasn't true but.. "What about Alethkar," he said. "It obviously still exists."

"Well a lot of the kingdom is just a name," Lhan explained. "It's always a good idea to use one of the old names when you found a kingdom. Makes you seem more legitimate."

"Which ones still stand then, even if only in name?"

"Alethkar, of course." the monk said, "And as the king told you, we've expanded a bit over the last few years. Thaylenah still stands, by itself on that island over there. So its borders stay pretty stable. Vedenar is now called Jah Keved, though it's ruled by three Veden houses with a figurehead as its leader."

"That's it?"

"Well Shinovar is still there. But no one really pays much attention to them. The rest is gone. Kingdoms sometimes try to claim their names, but mostly they're uninhabited. Especially <Rianat>. There's enough bandits over there to form their own kingdom."

Taln nodded. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but... "Vorinism is still strong, I assume?" Taln noted, reaching for the rocks that Lhan had brought him.

"Always will be, Almighty willing," Lhan said in a beautiful monotone, his piousness weakened slightly by the extended yawn he made in the middle of the sentence.

"If the Vorin religion is still in power, " Taln said, "How is it that no one takes my claim to be a Herald seriously? Have you forgotten about the cycle of returns, the coming of the cofen? The religion was founded to prepare for such things."

"Well, we've kind of had to change our focus during the last epoch. You did, after all, promise that you weren't coming back any more."

"What?!" Taln froze, glancing up.

"At the end of the last return," Lhan explained. "The Heralds disappeared and said they weren't coming back. That the cycle of returns was through and the cofen had been defeated."

"That's not possible."

Lhan raised an eyebrow.

"I wouldn't be here if the cycle of returns were over." Taln explained. "Trust me. Which of the Heralds proclaimed this?"

"Well I'm not sure. It didn't become the official doctrine until about the fifth century, I think."

"Why so long?"

"You're kind of asking the wrong monk, actually. Actually, the wrong monastery. The order of Ishar contains all the history experts. This all happened a thousand years ago."

"But it's your theological heritage!" Taln said.

"So the senior monks are fond of telling me."

Taln stood, putting on the cloak.

"You sewed rocks into your hem. How very odd of you."

Taln spun, turning a few times to judge the motion of the cloak. Then he turned to the side in a quick motion, pulling the garment off with a smooth gesture. He nodded to himself, putting it back on. "For weight." Taln explained "A weighted cloak is more easy to position in battle and more easy to remove quickly." You could also use it as a surprise weapon, though he didn't offer that bit of explanation.

"Oh," Lhan said.

"What did you think I was doing?" Taln asked with amusement, sitting down on the bed without removing the cloak.

"I wasn't sure," Lhan replied. "I figured you were confused. You are, after all, crazy."

"You're not a very subtle one, are you, Brother Lhan?"

"I make up for it in sheer laziness," Lhan replied. "What are you doing now?"

"Pockets," Taln said, getting out of the cloak again. "Do you mind if I cut up this blanket?"

Lhan shrugged. "It's the kind of thing they expect crazy people to do, so I guess it's okay. But you'll have to tear it. I'm certainly not giving you a knife."

Taln frowned but did as requested. "You seem surprisingly flippant with regard to my supposed lunacy. Aren't you afraid I'll become violent?"

"You're not the violent type. I've seen your type come through the monastery a lot. I also know you can't be talked out of who you think you are. My job is simply to make certain you don't accidentally hurt yourself or anyone else, especially not me."

"You have experience with my type, then?" Taln asked.

"I tend to get the more undesirable assignments"

"I wonder why." He fell silent as he worked, turning his thoughts to a topic he'd been avoiding. What was he going to do? Normally he had the other Heralds to decide the plan. But he appeared to be the only one who'd reached the city. He needed to find the others and that required one thing. His sword. It had been taken from him. He remembered that night of the feast only vaguely.

"My sword..." he said.

"That was confiscated," Lhand said. "You didn't exactly make a good impression on the king. Enduring perhaps, but definitely not good."

"There was a woman," Taln said. "She saved my life."

"Lady Jasnah" Lhan agreed. "The king's sister. Don't assume she protected you out of fondness. Lady Jasnah is about as compassionate as a sleeping chull. Even her breathing is politically motivated. No one's certain why she pled for you, but most think it was some kind of stunt."

"Either way, I owe her my life," Taln said. The loss of his weapon was troubling. With it, he could sense the location of the other Heralds. It would be the easiest and fastest way to find them. Assuming, of course, he thought, that the Blade's power still worked.

Taln paused. A feeling of dread struck him. Stonewarding didn't work, and he couldn't manifest the bond. If he'd lost the sword as well...

The window light turned red. Taln gasped, feeling dizzy. An expression of concern actually crossed the monk's face.

"Are you all right?" Lhan asked.

The monk burst into flames. The windows melted. Bloodred fire ripped up the sides of the building, pooling at the top and bearing down on Taln with its heat. Smoke rose from the suddenly ignited beds, curling ominously, bringing with it screams, sudden, formless screams, that came from the far edge of the room.

Taln looked up. Fire roared and something moved within it, something dark. The screams mounted, pulsing in his ears, searing him, flaying him.

"What's wrong?" Lhan asked, still in flames, his flesh melting from his face.

Taln closed his eyes, grabbing the sides of his bed, pushing the screams away. He shivered, exhaling a long, demanding sigh. When he opened his eyes, the room had returned to normal. He sat for a few minutes, breathing deeply.

"I'm fine," Taln finally said, forcing himself to stand up and look at his new cloak. It had one large pocket and two smaller ones, and a small ribbon at the back to hold a hidden dagger, if he ever managed to get his hands on one.

"I assume I'm allowed to leave the monastery?"

"So long as you take me with you," Lhan said, "but.."

Taln raised an eyebrow.

"You're kind of expected to go work in the royal mines, "Lhan explained. "To help pay for your keep."

"No one is going to force me?" Taln clarified.

"Well, no."

"Good," Taln said. "We're leaving."

"Umm...Where are we going?"

"To get some information."

"Oh, you mean my wealth of accumulated wisdom isn't good enough for you?"

Taln turned, eyeing the monk with a suffering eye, then waved for him to follow.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was the inspiration for Sazed's spiritual turmoil?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He came from several ideas. One idea was the missionary for all religions. Which was that the cool concept, that originated his story, was someone who tried to fit a religion to someone like you fit shoes to somebody. "Let's find the right one to fit them." When I was developing that character and working on it in the outlining process, and after I tried a few scenes and knew that I liked who he was, the question that followed up is, "What does he really believe?" As I developed the character, I settled on "He doesn't know," because that's not what he does, he tried to suit to other people. I knew that the story had to put him in a crisis of deciding what does he actually believe, and what is his belief system, because that is who he is. The inspiration of that was simply growing out of who the character was as I saw this character, and trying to create a crisis that would force him down that path, to make the hard decisions.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Will we ever find out more about vessel of Ruin?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. I will eventually write Dragonsteel, which is Hoid's backstory; you will find out about all the various Vessels of the Shards of Adonalsium then. It is a little ways off; I'm going to finish all of Stormlight before I do that. It will be the the next thing after Stormlight 10.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When will you clear up the things at the end of Bands of Mourning?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is mostly setup for Era 3 of Mistborn. You can find some answers in Arcanum Unbounded; if you haven't read that, I would recommend that. If you get the the end of Bands of Mourning and you're like "huuuuh?" there are some answers in Arcanum Unbounded, but mostly I'm doing stuff that is Era 3 of Mistborn, which will be written after Stormlight 5. There will be a Wax & Wayne 4. Wax & Wayne 4 will touch on these, but it's not the central theme of the Wax & Wayne books; it's the central theme of Era 3.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were a Smedry, what would your talent be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I base most of the talents of the people in the Alcatraz Books off dumb things that I do. So I am famously bad at dancing. Famously. So I would definitely have that one. I am always late; that came from me. (Though really, secretly, it came from my mom; 'cause she is even more late that I am.) Most everything thing in there is me. But I would say probably "bad at dancing", that would probably be my best, because I am just really bad at dancing. It's not even in a funny way, it's just in a boring way.

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KING [PENDING REVIEW]

What would it take for a member of the Seventeenth Shard Shard to convert over to a member of the Ghostbloods? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, the Ghostbloods would actively recruit from them. So, I think it would not be terribly difficult. It 's gonna depend on which kind of Seventeenth Sharder. Because there are a lot of non-field-agent Seventeenth Sharders, which would be less interesting. Field agents, they would actively recruit. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have any updates on the Dark One TV series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's got an interesting history. Dark One is one I've been working on for a long time, and I actually wrote out a big pitch for it when I pitched Apocalypse Guard to Random House, and I said, "Here's one of the other ideas I'm gonna write someday." They're like, "Woo. We'll keep this in our binder." And that binder made its way to their TV department, who read the pitch and was like, "We have to have this!" and came to me and said "Can we buy this?" I'm like, "Well, I haven't written the books yet." They're like, "We don't care. We want this pitch." And the pitch, the idea is that a young man in our world, a knight shows up to assassinate him, and he finds out that there's kind of a Narnia-esque fantasy world that his father visited when he was a kid and screwed up, and they are super mad. And they have prophecies that this kid is gonna be the next Dark One, and so they're gonna assassinate him before the whole epic-fantasy-thing can happen, and the Dark One tries to conquer the world. They're just gonna take him out first. And so it's kind of this twisting the story on its head idea. And it's a really fun pitch.

So they bought it from me. I expanded it to a 30-page outline, sent it to them. I can't tell you who they got, but they've got somebody very big attached to it, which I'm very excited about, someone who I was excited about that my assistant Peter just about fell over dead when he heard the person attached. And we should be flying out to do pitches to studios and places early part of next year. We wanted to be doing it now, but I have a book launch, and they want me there with them.

It's going really well. It's been a wonderful experience. I'm very hopeful with that, I think it will be a very interesting story if it happens.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What made you want to write Skyward?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Skyward is a weird book in that it is a science fiction book based on a fantasy idea. Some of my favorite books when I was growing up were stories about a boy who finds a dragon egg or a dragon, and raises the dragon and then flies on the dragon, all sorts of fun stuff happens. And I've always wanted to do one of these stories. One of the very first books I ever read in fantasy was Dragonsblood by Jane Yolen, which I just reread so I could write a little review of it. And it's great. One of my favorite books of all time is The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey. And you'll find some Anne McCaffrey references in this book, you won't have to look that hard. But the idea was I wanted to do one of these books, but I never felt like I could give a good spin to it. And it is when I combined it with some other worldbuilding I had done in a science fiction universe and changed it from "a boy and his dragon" to "a girl and her spaceship" that the story really started to connect, because the worldbuilding that I had built for this galactic science fiction really clicked with this story. And that was kind of the breakthrough that I made, was combining these two things together.

So, Skyward came from me wanting to write a story about a dragon. It just turns out the dragon is a spaceship with a really weird AI.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have it planned out to a final ending?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do. It's interesting how the outlines work. The further you get in a given series, the middle books have the least, and the last books have the most. It's the same for the Cosmere. Last books of Era 4 have a lot more than the first book of Era 4 does.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a point where you foresee basically ending the Cosmere and moving away from writing the Cosmere, start doing prequels?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The fact that I will probably not finish this until, like, my 60s if we're lucky. I feel like that point, I could do more jumping around, but that will be an endpoint. I like things to end. So I won't write off doing some other things in the Cosmere, but that will be an endpoint.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There are honorspren and cultivationspren on Roshar. The other spren that are tied to orders of Knights Radiant, do they have any relationships with any other Shards?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are all going to be a mix of the Shards on Roshar. Some weight a little further one direction or the other. They are not off-world Shards. Good question.

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Slowswift [PENDING REVIEW]

How do the spren in Shadesmar feel about fabrials? Are they mad that people are trapping spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's say there's a wide variety of emotions, but the general response would not be favorable.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If Vin had not killed the Lord Ruler. I would think that the Lord Ruler would take up the Well of Ascension a year later. Would he have just fixed the world to be what it was pre-...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think there are various theories of where this could have gone. Some, it would have been okay. I think that assuming things would turn out the way the Lord Ruler thought he was capable of doing would be assuming a lot, for what his state was at the time that he was *inaudible*. It is possible that things would have gotten much much worse. I'll just say that. I'm not gonna canonize either way, but I think there's a good argument in both directions.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Breath be taken or withdrawn from a sentient object that's not a person?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Mistborn Era 3. Are you going to make a steel twinborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's a very dangerous combination. Let's just say that certain elements in-world are very very interested in finding and/or making them.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What happens if you eat an aviar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Normal things happen; you would not gain the powers. You would be a cruel person because aviar are not of animal intelligence. You would not gain the powers

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Ethour [PENDING REVIEW]

Would an aviar be capable of a spren bond?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What they do is the same thing, by cosmere terms. It is not as powerful; because of that it is easier to shift between people. What you gain is not as strong, but you also gain flexibility. But it would be, cosmerologically, considered the same thing.

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Ethour [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be capable for a non-human to become an Elantrian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, this is theoretically possible. It wouldn't be that hard, the ways you are thinking of it happening would probably work.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is [Hemalurgy] going to introduced in other worlds and has Hoid ever used it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It will be introduced in other worlds; but RAFO on the other one.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

I dressed up as Kokerlii from Sixth of Dusk. I want to know, red and green are in the book are these [rainbow-colored array of feathers] appropriate, or not?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kokerlii I had not imagined as fully rainbow colored.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

So red and green, were there other colors?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I was imaging red on green.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

What about the green aviar? If I wanted to make a green aviar costume? Green and white?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes that would work.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it just those two colors? Are there different shades of green?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are aviar that are like this *gestures to JoyBlu's costume*, full parrot. Totally legit. But There are a lot of breeds of aviar.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

*inaudible* What would be the best <pattern>?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Solid colored feathers *inaudible*

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

What would your name be in Sixth of Dusk?

JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

What time of the day were you born?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is not always that way. I would be, probably, First of the Early Morning.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

As I was reading about nightmaws, I thought that nightmaws were like dinosaurs. Is that...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but they are feathered.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Like a pterodactyl?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

More like a giant...

JoyBlu's Daughter [PENDING REVIEW]

Chicken!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Giant chicken. We're looking at a giant evil bird.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you confirm that Shallan is the biological child of her dad, Lin Davar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*evil laugh* Should I confirm that? Yeah, I'll confirm that, she is.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

If a coppercloud was near an Awakener, would they dampen the effect of the colors being deepened around them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I haven't thought about that. Yes. That one is a tenuous yes, though, I would have to think about it.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

In several instances of the highstorms, several characters mention seeing large creatures walking in the highstorms; they don't seem to be super fazed by this. Do they know these creatures exist, is it part of their lore?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. But you've got to also remember that people who are out in highstorms, they expect it to be... they expect to see odd things. When you're out in a highstorm, it does not phase you in the same way that if you go to a horror movie, you expect something horrific to happen.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Do they have a name for said creatures?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are names in various parts of the lore, but there is no one name.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you give us one of them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

At the end of Oathbringer there is an agreement between Odium and Taravangian.

"If you help me, I will save your family.  Anyone within two generations of you."

Taravangian says "Not enough."

"Then we have no deal"

And so then they go on and they make the deal that says "The city itself, and any humans who have been born into it, along with their spouses."

Was the grandchildren included in that? -- or was it meant to be ambiguous?

 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Depends on where they were born.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

And then, Grandchildren. There are three listed of Taravangian's: Gvori, Karavangia, and Ruli.  There is also the one that Shallan drew the picture of which I think is a different one.  Is that right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*nods head in agreement*

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

So far we have four granddaughters.  Karavangia is obviously named after her grandfather, Right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*nods head in agreement*

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Does he have more grandchildren named after him?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*shakes head no*

Why are you asking?

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering if Tarah was somehow related to Taravangian.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Good question, no.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Kids in Stormlight; we have Oroden, we have Gavinor, we have Sah’s daughter Vai, we have Taravangian’s grandkids, plus the little orphan that Kheni and Cob have. How old are these kids going to be at the end of Stormlight 10?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

In a previous question you said that when Pattern talks he makes vibrations in the air that can be picked up by a recorder. When Syl talks to just Kaladin, and is only appearing to just Kaladin, could that audio be recorded?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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JoyBlu's Daughter [PENDING REVIEW]

How long is Bastille's hair?

JoyBlue [PENDING REVIEW]

In one drawing it was long and in another it was shorter.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Brandon points to just below his shoulder*

 

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Szeth, when he writes when Gavilar dies, what language was that written in?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That was written in Alethi.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did Szeth learn Alethi?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has been living among them for a long time, and Alethi was also part of his training.

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you coppermind muscle memory?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question, I've haven't ever been asked that before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if Hoid held Nightblood?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uh, Hoid would not do that. Hoid would stay very far away.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Not even hold it??

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He would stay really far away. There are very few things in the Cosmere that Hoid is afraid of, and Nightblood is one of them.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought he'd be afraid of the blade end.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So let's just say if very very very few things in the Cosmere had a chance of destroying you, you wouldn't even pick one up. You'd try to be in a different room entirely.

R'Shara and Sunbird [PENDING REVIEW]

*Whispering about Nightblood being able to destroy Hoid*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I didn't say, I said theoretically. I said "had a chance of", I did not confirm. Hoid doesn't know. But there's a chance, and so he is not going to risk that.

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a limit to hordeling size? Like what the size of one is?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Should I be worried about whitespines being a hordeling?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are not a hordeling.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

So what's the size limit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Fist-sized is about how big they get.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

And how many can you have? For one.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Lots. More than you have seen on screen.

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Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

So Hoid has some sort of magical compulsion that doesn't allow him to hurt people.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is correct.

Stormlightning [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any other involuntary compulsions he has that would stop him from doing things he's like to? "Involuntary compulsions" being the kicker there.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would Hoid be able to harm a Herald or a cognitive shadow?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um, so, he is curious about this too. I don't know if I should canonize this. Let's say: odds are, no. Cosmere scholars would guess no.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Jezrien: he was killed with this little thing. Was it made specifically custom to him? Would it have killed anybody else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a metalmind be made into a sentient object?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's already got Investiture in it? Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Coppermind be Awakened?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is possible.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With the memories already in it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is going to be harder because those memories are going to be keyed to someone else, who, by nature, would not be the individual that it was made into. You would have to key those memories to who the metalmind was becoming. There would be an extra step in there; It wouldn't just naturally be that way. We're talking wild, wild, these are possible, but far out, stuff. Possible, but there is an extra step in there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would a kandra without a body look like?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A kandra without a body is kind of a blob. It's a pile of muscles. It looks pretty gross.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You know how the BioChromatic Breaths is like more soul? If you were to get hit by a Shardblade while having several of them, could you take more hits before you lose the soul from your body?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO this. Good Question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

At the last signing event, I was asking about a Shard[blade] and paint, if it disappears, comes back, what happens? You said the paint never disappeared with it. But you seemed intrigued by other possibilities, and then I thought of some too. One of them would be a foundry, showing people how to make weapons, you put your Shard in the sand, make a sword in there, dismiss it, fill it with your molten metal, stuff like that sounded like...interesting ideas.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I like that, I like that a lot.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

She wanted me to ask you if Soulcasters end up in Shadesmar when they *inaudible*?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not necessarily.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And at the planet they crashed on [Detritus] have Earth gravity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, it is basically Earth gravity. Within reasonable comparisons. Same with air density.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Would you be willing to share the failed process that Hoid used to attempt to become an Elantrian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

During his conversation with Shallan, Wit said that, "Failure is the mark of a life well lived," and Imm glad that you shared that because this question has been on my mind a lot, and he says, "And in turn the the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone." Is there anything Hoid has failed at that we haven't seen on screen that you would be willing to share?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are certain people he thought he was going to be able to help who ended up not surviving.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid is not capable of hurting anyone, but in Way of Kings we see him wearing a side-sword, is that simply for show?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's just for show. He is going to do that again in the next book. It's symbolic.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Wit states, "Some men as they age, grow wiser. I am not one of those, for wisdom and I have always been at cross-purpose, and I have yet to learn the tongue in which she speaks." Is Hoid referring to wisdom as a concept?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Sly smile* RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What do Shardblade Cryptics look like? They can't really have crossed out eyes. Would their pattern-

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You mean like a deadeye?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It will be noticeable, but it won't be the same as the eyes. Let's just say their algorithm is messed up.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Of all of your characters, were some of them based off of people that are part of your life?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Definitely.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And are there any of your characters that you wish were real?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh yeah, I'd have fun chatting with some of them. I would like to chat with Sazed, that would be a lot of fun. A lot of the side characters are based off of friends; not a lot of main characters. The most main character that's based on a friend is Skar, who is based off of my friend Skar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the Ghostblood's name related to their heritage?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kind of.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So it is not because of their blood *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Nightblood a spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are some who would define Nightblood as a spren. I would not. I would define Nightblood as something else.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the vision that Dalinar of the Recreance; is that how it actually happened?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You can assume that even though it was a recreation, that it is accurate.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

How long ago was the Recreance?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

4500 years.

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

No, that was Aharietiam?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, the Recreance!

R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

2,000 or more?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Around. I've got the timeline, I'd have to pull it up and look.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Are the Death Rattles always about the future, or can they be about the past?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are not always exclusively about the future, but they are not generally going to be about the past either.

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R'Shara [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you Awaken in total darkness; no light whatsoever?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is possible.

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Sunbird [PENDING REVIEW]

How old, in years, was Calamity during the events of the book, Calamity. Roughly.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Roughly 11 years old.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm curious, you mentioned at the Legion Release that the Fused were after the spren that Hoid bonded. Was there a specific reason why they wanted that spren? Or was it just because the *inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will say they would have done that for another spren in that situation.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Any other spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not any other spren; but there wasn't something uniquely identifying about that spren that they were hunting.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

They wouldn't have done it for any spren, but there were other spren they had done it for?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you know off the top of your head what the rate of decay is from a Leecher's touch.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, not off the top of my head, I'm sorry.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the people on Ashyn know about Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Some do.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How effective would a Leecher be at draining Breath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They could be fairly effective.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How significant would the difference be between Breath and stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That, I'll RAFO for now, because we're actually getting the actual numbers. We have certain people working on a project for that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering a little bit about the kandra and they're made by Hemalurgic spikes. I was wondering if their Blessing comes from the effect that the Hemalurgic spike steals?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Mrall is the assistant to Taravangian. He's described as Thaylen but he's bald and no eyebrows. Does he lack hair everywhere else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He does not completely lack hair, but mostly.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

His comments about how it's easy for him to turn off his emotions are a little bit eye raising.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They should be!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What has Kelsier been doing all this time?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has been engaging in wily subterfuge and machinations. You'll get some clues in Wax & Wayne 4, but it won't really come out until Era 3.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a group on Taldain that's tied to Autonomy? Directly, like working for Autonomy? I'm after sand mages versus...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say yes. Though there is some wiggle room in that question, I would say yes. I wouldn't canonize it. I would call it Word of Brandon canonized. Until it appears in the books, it's not super canon.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Stormlight, when you hold it, gives a sense of immediate urgency or movement. Does Voidlight have a similar emotional impact?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it the same as the urgency, or is it something different?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Something different.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. Good question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering what kind of aviation research you did for [Skyward].

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Fighter pilots. I did my best off of YouTube and researching. I still got it way wrong. Fortunately, I had a couple of long-suffering fighter pilots I did some phone calls with, who were able to set me straight. The final version, I think the only thing that I wish I would have changed is, I learned more about ejection seats and the way to eject, after the book had gone in. The things you need to do.

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the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

I feel like knowing both basic and advanced studies of Realmatic Theory are key to understanding not just how the magic works, but how the very nature of the cosmere works. We already have some of the fundamentals, including:

- The three realms- Shard aspects, knowing that they were made with intent, but the form they building blocks of much of the cosmere- Connection to a Shard is necessary to access its Investiture- I have a bit of an analogy where Identity and Connection work similar to an access badge to a building

Is there a more advanced concept of Realmatic Theory we don't have yet that you'd be willing to share?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I could buy that.

the.fulgid [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a more advanced concept of Realmatic Theory we don't have yet that you'd be willing to share?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Too hard to say, something like that, what we don't know. So no, I will RAFO that. I apologize. I will put them in the book when they are developed, and I can explain them in the way that I feel is appropriate.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

A lot of authors say that a lot of their writing comes from personal experiences. For Warbreaker, do you have any personal experiences that led to...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did write it on my *inaudible*, so that may play into the whole marriage, all that stuff. I'll go with that one. There's a weird one. As I was working on Mistborn, my editor said, "Wow, Elantris and Mistborn both take place in pretty dark and grimy worlds. Do something more colorful next time." And so I'm like, "All right, I can do colorful."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Warbreaker. Any modifications to it to fit it better to Stormlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, I think that the connections are where I want them to be. We will do, when we do the tenth anniversary leatherbound, we do small continuity error changes and typos, but there shouldn't be any major changes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was just thinking because of the whole Breath, the colors, and the Stormlight, I'm assuming...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is where I want it to be right now, in those relationships.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The magic systems. How much do you have to research, and how much can people just believe?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It really depends on the situation. Like, for instance, Skyward. I was doing actual fighter pilot stuff. I researched, wrote it, and it was wrong. And my fighter pilot alpha readers were like, "This is gonna kick out anyone who's a fighter pilot. You need to get this right." That sort of stuff, you can't fudge. But something like the Shattered Plains, where it's a combat situation no one in our world has ever been in before, I feel like I can control and say "This is what they would do because of the way their traditions are." So even if there might be an absolute better way to do something, I can make it reasonable. So, there's both. It depends on what's gonna kick people out of the story, and things like that.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How can you make someone fall in love with a character? <Make them interesting?>

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Those are both very different things. A couple quick tips. Relatable problem, even if it's not the main problem of the book. Making a character want something and not be able to have it is always instantly relatable to us. Making someone really capable and competent is another way. One of the reasons Indiana Jones works is we see how good he is at what he does, we are instantly intrigued by that as people. A good question, a good book question, can also work. Like, "Why would the character be doing this thing? It seems so odd." But likeable and interesting are very different things.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I want Megan to have a novella.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's possible. Most likely, Mizzy will get a story, if I do another Reckoners. She would be the next most likely. But I can see doing a Megan story.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

For the interior art [for leatherbounds], do you find the artists, do your publishers find the artists?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends. A lot of these are covers. And in those cases, I picked my favorites. Otherwise, Isaac commissions where we have holes. The Miranda piece here. He and Peter are the ones, these are kind of their babies, putting together the leatherbounds. So I give them leeway to kind of do what they want. He commissions the endpages, and things like that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

David's similes or metaphors. Was Megan correcting them as to be metaphors intentional from the start? Or is that something that afterwards, lots of people had been complaining?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I was aware they would complain. But their complaining did prompt me to make sure I mentioned it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have to sometimes reread a novel or a series when you're making a sequel to that series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I do. In fact, I'm gearing up to reread all the Stormlight books so I can write the next one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are Mat and Perrin bound to the Wheel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say yes, but I'm not the ultimate authority on that, so it's possible what Robert Jordan would say would be different. I would say yes because we have Odin myths and things like that that are obviously Mat myths.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I read something that said you wish there'd been more between Mat and Padan Fain, in the end.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wish I had done more. I feel like that's one of the things that I, a little bit, dropped the ball on. It was a little too brief. That's one of those things that, if I had a little more time and got more reader response in beta reads, I might have picked up on.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

<What's going on> with Hoid's soul He's spiritually blind. Shardblades can't hurt him. Is it because his soul is not with him currently?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

After Stormlight, Wit was far and away my favorite characters. One of my friends came to me and heard I really liked Wit, and he's like, "Oh yeah. His name is Hoid, he's a worldhopper, he's in a ton of cosmere books. So I went and read a bunch of the other cosmere related books. Why's he so different? Like, in Mistborn, he shows up as a beggar/informant for half a page?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So there's a couple reasons for this. One is, there are certain books where he is a character and other books where I'm just writing him as a cameo. Most of the books I'm just doing a cameo for him. Stormlight's where you see the most of him until he gets his own book.

The other reason was, at the beginning, I wasn't sure how much people would be interested in behind-the-scenes stuff, and so I was very sparing with it in the early books. You won't see a lot of him until Warbreaker, and even then he's only in a chapter. Even in Wax and Wayne books, you only see glimpses of him. There will be other books he'll be a bigger part in, but if you like Wit, Stormlight's your jam.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

When Sazed gives Vin a little bit of pewter that doesn't really have a charge in it, and she isn't able to use that power. What would happen if he gave her a full metalmind and she tried to burn it for Allomantic power.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think I cover that in the book somewhere, don't I?

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

I looked around for it and couldn't find it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I know for sure I've answered it to fan questions before. So go ask. If I haven't, you can come back and ask me, but I'm pretty sure we have answers on that.

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Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

When a Feruchemist stores the charge in *inaudible*. Where is that going? Is that going in molecules, is that going into the Spiritual essence of the metal, is it sort of Cognitive, what is that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is charging it in...in cosmere terms, more on the Spiritual level, but there are connections to the Physical as well. It's not 100% on the Spiritual.

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not changing the molecular structure?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is not going to change the molecular structure. If you brought that metal to Earth, somehow, and tested it, you wouldn't be able to tell any difference. Because we just don't have that element.

Steeldancer [PENDING REVIEW]

You can't test for Investiture on Earth

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. In the cosmere, you can.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What do kandra look like in the Cognitive Realm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. But it will be answered eventually.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does every Shard of divinities *inaudible* metal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They all have at least one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Secret History, you talked about Kelsier being attuned to Ruin, more to Ruin than to [Preservation]. How come Vin isn't that way.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have to say this very carefully. She is, for reasons I'm not going to explain at the moment, and she isn't, at the same time.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any Sleepless spies on other planets?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Sleepless are not confined to Roshar.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Me making a book about someone is not a promise they'll live until that book. So the fact that Jasnah gets book ten does not mean necessarily mean Jasnah survives until book ten.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How did Nightblood get from Warbreaker to Oathbringer.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was carried.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! He was carried by someone.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What book will you have to read to find out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You will find out eventually. Nightblood, the sequel to Warbreaker will include some, Stormlight books will also include some.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you play those [Blizzard games]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. They tried to get me to write for them. Back before Overwatch became Overwatch, when it was their next MMO game, Titan, they brought me in and were trying to convince me. And they were good books, but I just could not spare the time.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Mistborn Era 1, they don't...Aluminum in real life can only really be refined through the use of electricity

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You can actually get it before that. For instance, Napoleon had a set of aluminum dinnerware that he gave to the really fancy guests. If you weren't fancy enough, you got the gold. So they could get it in elemental form without electrolysis or whatever the process is. You could get it, but you couldn't make it. It was extremely rare till the modern era.

They have started to figure out that process in Mistborn, and it soon is going to become really common.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Once aluminum is dirt cheap like it is--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That changes the world a whole bunch!

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the gold blade that Odium has, his equivalent of an Honorblade?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not quite.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Prologue to Way of Kings when Szeth kills Gavilar, Gavilar says, "Tell Thaidakar he's too late." What's Thaidakar too late for.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Evil laugh* RAFO. You'll find out. It's coming, not too far away.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does stormlight drain faster in a vacuum?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Good question, I haven't been asked that before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did the game developers for the Witcher franchise get back to you?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They never did. I didn't expect them to, though. I was not calling them out. I was specifically just saying that if somebody asked me, I would. It's not like I was...I was trying to bury that. It went way bigger than I wanted to. But I think they already knew. I have made it clear to them I'd enjoy working with them.

Event details
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Pending review
Name Skyward release party
Date
Date Nov. 6, 2018
Location
Location Orem, UT
Tour
Tour Skyward
Bookstore
Bookstore Barnes & Noble
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