Skyward Seattle signing

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Name Skyward Seattle signing
Date
Date Nov. 10, 2018
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Location Seattle, WA
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Tour Skyward
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Bookstore University Book Store
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Entries 115
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Shallan's Ward [PENDING REVIEW]

While Sazed holds Preservation and Ruin, could his intent change from Harmony to Discord?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is possible

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MarShadow [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a maximum amount of Investiture Nightblood can take? So like if he were to be thrown into-

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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MarShadow [PENDING REVIEW]

What new statement can you give us about the cosmere that would give us a bunch to speculate on?

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm not sure if there's something new I can say. Um... I think rampant speculation about the Threnody novel would be cool. So, you have seen a hint in the books about the Threnody novel that no one has asked me if this is the thing.

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Ark1002 [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there special effects if someone's born in the Cognitive Realm, or conceived or lives?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will say yes, there are. They may not be large or overt, but there is a difference. Excellent question!

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Furamirionind [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it possible to splinter a spren?

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. That is theoretically possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Nightblood going to out Vasher or Vivenna on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Nightblood going to out them?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Nightblood, you can never quite tell what Nightblood is going to do. And so I'd say there's a high likelyhood that if that opportunity came, that he would do so.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

How much Investiture is located in the planet-like object in the Threnody system named Purity?

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

*Chuckles* RAFO.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were to SoulForge a car to say, that car had parked in a different space in parking lot what would happen, would it just disappear, if there were no other spots?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, so you SoulForge the whole parking lot..

coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

No, just SoulForge a car, in the parking lot to say it parked somewhere else.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That sort of temporal thing is probably not going to be something you can make work very easily with SoulForging. You could rewrite this car so it had parked in that spot yesterday, but it's not going to change where it is, most cases. I think you might be able to contrive something that would work out, but that's normally not going to work. You can cause paradoxes with this sort of magic, that I have worked my best to make just not work.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

What would Elhokar's 5th Truth be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, Elhokar's last Truth? He would have had to have been on a long journey before he could even get to that. I'm going to RAFO that now, because I think it would tell you too much about the way I'm thinking for the way the Truths work. I could probably tell you that now, but I will choose not to. Let's just say it would involve kind of a journey that starts kind of...negative is the wrong term. Being more aware of himself and then coming to a deeper awareness of himself that is perhaps not...that leaves him in a good place.

coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you tell me what his First Truth would have been?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would have been to admit the thing that he knows, which is that he's a bad king.

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LizBusby [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Cosmere dragons breathe fire?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. They can fly. *inaudible*

LizBusby [PENDING REVIEW]

Because Frost doesn't sound very fiery to me. It sounds icy.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmhmm. *significant look* RAFO on that. You won't even find that in Dragonsteel, the old one, if you read it. It doesn't say.

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Shallan's Ward [PENDING REVIEW]

Will casinos ever get big on Scadrial, because of chromium Feruchemy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say that Era 3 is going to have lots of fun with a world that has magic like that accessible to people.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How does the destructor blast for a Poco not destroy its own shield

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In Skyward, I have the shields work directionally, the same way a lot of science fiction does. Like you could fly out of a hangar bay that has a shield on it, but you can't fly back into it unless they change the frequency and stuff like that. That's how things are working for me. They will let things not come in but will let things go out. It's Sci-Fi technology that's kind of an old stand-by for how shields work and I just kind of rely on that one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Skyward, do you think it's a very science fiction or science fantasy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Skyward science fiction or science fantasy?

I generally separate the plot archetypes in my head from the genre *inaudible*. A lot of times people have plot archetypes that are science fiction. I do a lot of science fiction plot archetypes with fantasy settings.

That's what Elantris is, right? The plot archetype is about information and researching information and coming to a scientific understanding of something that happened in the past so you can use it to fix the future; science fiction plot archetype fantasy setting for Elantris.

Skyward's backwards, right? It's the fantasy plot archetype. It is the the coming of age struggle against society through use of a fantastical boon to prove yourself? Very classic fantasy thing but you have it in science fiction. So I don't know that I look at these things the same way. Like, Stormlight the Bridge Four sequence is an underdog sports story with fantasy trappings. That's the plot archetype.

As a writer, where I would shelve? I would shelve it in science fiction because the trappings are usually. And because of that. I would shelve Star Wars as science fiction, even though Star Wars is very much mystical, fantastical plot archetypes going on. Shelve it with where the genre trappings are, that's just for our sanity right? So we can know what box to put things in. Just for ease of discussing it. Nothing ever matches either genre trapping or plot archetype. It's just there for us to be able to have the framework to talk about it. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Were humans the first sentient race in the cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Tied. So technically, it depends on what you count, if you count tied for first as first.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is a chull able to receive some form of Investiture? I'm thinking of Scadrial. Would it have the presence of mind to be able to use the abilities?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not as it is right now. But you can see in the way that Ryshadium are working that we have animals that are reaching beyond-animal intelligence. Aviar are the same way. And it is possible to assume that you could get to the point where you could use such powers. But none of them are there yet. But the Aviar kind of use their powers, so I guess some of them are. So, yes, I will say that's possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you shine a red light on a white wall, could you use the color from that to Awaken?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ooh, good question! I would say you would end up leeching the color out of the lightbulb that you were shining through.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there currently any Shards, besides Harmony, that are not held by their original Vessel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So Lift gets her awesomeness from food. Is that a Lift thing or is that an Edgedancer thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a Lift thing. She is a very specific thing, and what she is will come out more, as the series progresses. It's not just a little one-off, there is actually something more behind it, but it is not an Edgedancer thing.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was starting to think that maybe there was something that Cultivation's people had their own kind of Heralds, that had their own <alternative> energy so...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's going to probably take until Lift's book to start to dig into it too much, but it isn't that far off, 3 books.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

*Questioner laughs*

Only 3 books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, she is 6th.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Bavadin a dragon? Was she originally a dragon?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does aluminum negate magic systems in all the...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not exactly, but has very weird, interesting effects in all places.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the Sibling a Singer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Sibling is not, good question.

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Can people not from Roshar bond with spren and get the Shardplate and whatnot?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You have seen someone not from Roshar bond a spren. You have seen that much happen.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

We know for sure that Hoid is a Lightweaver.

Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Do we know that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid has bonded a spren.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Khriss and Jasnah, are they ever gonna meet, because I feel like they'd be the ultimate power couple.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They would get along smashingly, is what I feel. I won't say if they're ever going to meet or not, but I do feel that they would get along.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did Spook ever leave Scadrial? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Was Felt cosmere-aware during Era 1?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Was he directly involved in the interplanetary trade through the Pits?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was involved. Whether directly is the right term or not I will not say.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

And is he part of the Seventeenth Shard?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has been a member of various different groups and had various different motivations over the years. I would not put him, right now, as a member of the Seventeenth Shard.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

As in, like, Stormlight Archive...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

As of Stormlight Archive Era: Not a member of the Seventeenth Shard. Obviously--well, I won't go any further on that.

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Odium seems to have a bad track record when it comes to killing Shards. He was wounded versus Ambition, and he's trapped on Roshar. Yet, he's credited in killing Devotion and Dominion. My question is: was Autonomy significantly involved and would Odium have been able to do it on his own and still be okay to--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. It is dangerous to attack a Shard with one Shard. Let's say that. And a wise Shard would try to avoid that confrontation unless there are specific reasons they think they would have an advantage.

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Did the Five Scholars ever speak directly with Endowment in a way that they would remember?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*thinking noises* I'll RAFO that.

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RandyD [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Shard just smite someone? Like, "Boom, you're dead," and they die?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Shards can do this, depending on where they are. For instance, Odium can't, but Endowment could.

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RandyD [PENDING REVIEW]

We've seen, let's say, Ruin and Preservation talking to people--they have limitations on that. Do other Shards share these limitations?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

All Shards have some interesting limitations that we will get into as we go.

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RandyD [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Shard just--like, say someone is using their magic system--can they stop the power from them being able to use it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, that's a bit like stopping the laws of physics. So, while they can circumvent laws of physics and things like that, but if you wanted to stop someone from using magic, smiting them would be the efficient way of making that happen, if you are capable of it in the system.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Khriss know the intents of the sixteen Shards at the time of the essays?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

At the time of the essays, Khriss would... Yes, Khriss would know all sixteen intents.

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

If the Ire had managed to get Preservation, what would Ruin's reaction have been to that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*chuckles* What would Ruin have thought about that? I don't think Ruin would have been a fan.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Would he have been able to deal with it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Deal with it? I can see potentials where he both could and couldn't deal with it. I don't think the Ire were one hundred percent prepared for what they were trying to do. How about that?

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I was hoping to get a confirmation on Mraize's age?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'd probably... Well, what did I say before?

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Not sure, I was just asking the question.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay good, I didn't think that I had confirmed this. I'm going to RAFO it.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

Like, is he older than a normal person?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'd RAFO it, yeah. Let's say though, that, though he has been off-world, he himself is a Rosharan.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

A Roshar native?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

The lighthouse guy was Ire? In Oathbringer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

And he was the same Elantrian that they put in the Shardpool at the end of--

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he is the same person.

Khyrindor [PENDING REVIEW]

And was he Ire before...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was not before then.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How can they breathe in Shadesmar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Shadesmar has air!

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Shallan's Ward [PENDING REVIEW]

My other question was, has Hoid ever or would Hoid ever dress in drag?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, and he has.

Shallan's Ward [PENDING REVIEW]

Eric's going to love that answer.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Multiple times!

Footnote: The Eric referenced here is Chaos, one of the administrators of the 17th Shard.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a Hemalurgist uses Hemalurgy <on> someone who uses Stormlight what happens?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, if a Hemalurgist uses Hemalurgy on someone who what, who's using Stormlight?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Or can use Stormlight if they get power.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You can steal powers like that, but the spren bond makes it really weird. It wouldn't work exactly like stealing some of the other powers.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do puns work with the *inaudible*

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

How do what work?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Puns, because they're speaking different languages?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, yeah, the books are in translation; you have to imagine I am the translator, and what I am doing is, I am searching for something in our language that best replicates what they said in their language. That is the same thing for things like Veristitalian and stuff like that that uses Latin in our world. That's indicating it's using a similar older language in their world to build the thing. So you have to understand Wit doesn't actually say that exact pun, he says something that is a pun that I translate into English into a similar pun.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Adolin's sword in Oathbringer, its name is Maya, which I think is cool cause that's my name, but is that going to become more important?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is what we call a Read And Find out. No promises, I can't say either way. Can't give you spoilers.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have a single name that you use to refer to all the singers, and the listeners, and the Parshmen: that entire species?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I usually use listener, but that's a cultural thing. So, I don't right now.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I keep struggling with what to call them as a species, and eeehhh are they all singers? I mean they aren't really all singers.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We'll settle on something eventually.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, but we don't have anything right now.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Dysian Aimians are one of the most fantastic things in any fantasy, it's such a cool idea and I love your approach to philosophy in your books. So my question is, is the name Dysian Aimian a nod to Deisan, the state of being described by Martin Heidegger in Being and Time?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I mean, I've read that, so it's possible it was in the back of my head—

Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Because Deisan being is in a qualitive state of being aware. I mean it's kind of new agey, kind of dumb, and it's a really bad book really dull—

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, OK. So I wouldn't say it's intentional, if it is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was Paalm doing during Era 1?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will answer that someday, so I'm going to RAFO it for now.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

If a Dysian Aimian had the Elsecaller honorblade, could just a single cremling transition to the Cognitive Realm? 'Cause I think I've heard that a person couldn't just transition a single part of their body.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They could transition a single cremling, but as it works right now, they would probably lose contact with the host and would become broken-off and no longer part of the hive. It's not truly a hive. But it would be like of your finger got cut off and sent to... something like that. It would start acting independently.

Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

So would you have to have the preponderance of the Dysian Aimian transition to the Cognitive Realm? And the ones that stayed in the Physical Realm would be cut off?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. It would be bad for half-and-half to go. Let's say that, one thing that they would love to be able to do is to have a little more versatility there. Let's just say that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would a man-made island show up in Shadesmar? Would it just show up?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would show up usually as a regular island, depending on how long it's been there, and how people think of it, and stuff like that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Urithiru originally from Roshar, or did it come from somewhere else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ah, great question! It was built on Roshar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Because of Glys's corrupted nature as a spren of Sja-anat, does that mean that Renarin's swearing different ideals than the mainstream Truthwatcher ideals?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um... I'll RAFO that for now. But there will definitely be some differences.

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The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the reason Renarin's name is greyed out due to a conflict of Fortune with Odium, similar to [an electrum] user fighting an atium...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

So were the Dawncities, the ones based on cymatic patterns, created using a supercharged combinations of the surges of cohesion and illumination?Using cohesion to make the ground liquid and using illumination to create the frequency.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You are theorizing in the right direction.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Shallan's truth, "It's okay that I can be happy?"

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm going to dig into that, but this is a big part of it. Let me RAFO that because I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to express it as it goes along, but that sentiment is a huge part of what's going on with Shallan.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was expecting her to manifest Shardplate in the middle of her wedding because she had spoken such a core truth of her identity.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say that I'm being very careful about how I show off the first manifestations of Shardplate for narrative reasons.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The lighteyes-- Do their eyes actually glow or is it just blue or green?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. It's a very pale blue or green though. You can tell pretty easily looking at them who's lighteyed and who's dark. They don't glow. So--

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It's otherworldly?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Some of them would look-- You would say otherworldly, but not impossibly. You can find people on Earth who have eyes the shade that they are. Not all of them, right? Because some of them are yellows and things like that that we don't have. But if you looked at them and they were here, you might wonder if they were wearing contacts but it wouldn't be unusual to find out they weren't.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Felt's allegiance has changed at various times during... yeah, we'll just say that. His allegiance has changed over the years. There are times he's been a rogue agent.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Luthadel guard in The Final Empire, the garrison leader, his name is Bevadon, which sounds suspiciously like Bavadin. 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It does. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any connection there?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The way Sazed describes the people group [of Trell] in the first time he explains it and later on in Hero of Ages seems fairly different. Is that because of different perspective on religion, or how the religion is?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's just say that is intentional.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything you can tell us about where the Listeners are? From Narak, after they...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. They are still kind of in the area. They have made their way out through the chasms, out onto some floodplains on the other side.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Connection be inherited?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Technically, yes. Maybe not how you're thinking, but yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So the scene at the end of Oathbringer, when Odium is confronting Taravangian and he uses futuresight to expand upon the Diagram, we have this blacked out section with Renarin's name linked to it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that because Renarin's abilities interfere with Odium's futuresight similar to how electrum interferes with atium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Any time that someone else is seeing the future in the cosmere, it's going to have ripples against your ability. Like they are-- you can't-- It's the same sort of thing that if... someone who has access to atium is going to mess up anyone else's futuresight in any way, because once you use that it's going to cause you to act differently, which then-- And remember futuresight is not very good in the cosmere anyway. But yeah, it's just gonna mess things up.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Can modern-day Felt get his hands on atium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He would know how to try going about it, he would not be able to get ahold of it right now. It's not something he can just pop off. He would have some ideas on how to go about it. I doubt he could pull it off.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Returned look different in Shadesmar than a normal person?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They would.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Metal in the Mistborn world, is it renewable somehow? Because when you burn it, it just goes away and then it *inaudible* Can it run out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The way that atium gets back into the system is a bit of a hint. Atium grows out of crystals, and that is being distilled. Let's just say Investiture is changing into matter as atium is being made.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you had a huge block of metal, a single block of metal that's big enough to build a city on, would that *inaudible* a single piece?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It depends on how people think of it. The perception of the people in the Physical Realm has a big effect on how things appear. And also the effect of how people see it on that side shapes it over time as well.

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Force Paradox [PENDING REVIEW]

Do any of the Shards regret becoming one?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. I would say yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Silence Divine, are you allowed to talk about when it's going to happen in the timeline?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is late Stormlight Archive era. I image it being around book 8.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So it was after the Dawnchant was written.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. But it since it hasn't been written yet, the timeline is not canon for that yet.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the past, you've said that kandra have size limitations. They can't just lop off a chunk and make a squirrel or anything like that. If a kandra was in full human form, somehow consumed and absorbed an aviar, kept it fully attached to their shoulder, it wouldn't be able to fly off but it was still attached to them, they're one contiguous body, could they get the abilities of that aviar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, good question. They're just replicating the body, they're not replicating the soul.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You've made it clear that on Sel, all magic requires both location and shape to be dependent. But we also know Elantrians are consistently being renewed by AonDor. Is that because Elantrians' bodies have been changed a certain way or is that due to a large Aon Rao?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a little bit of ... more about the way they have been changed than about the *inaudible*.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that a spiritweb based or is that body change *inaudible* to the Dhakor monks?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a mix of both.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yesteel from Warbreaker. At the time of Oathbringer, is he still at large?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO, I'm afraid. I will let you know the fates of all Five Scholars, probably, in Nightblood, the book, when I write it. The ones you don't know already. Well, if I write Nightblood.

Of the cosmere books, it's probably the most in jeopardy, other than maybe the Threnody novel.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The people on Scadrial have innate Investiture from Preservation. If someone from another planet, say Roshar, were to get Allomancy, from Hemalurgy or Feruchemy, would that person have to have Stormlight as well as the metal in order to do their...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, good question. They would just need the metal if you were Hemalurgically getting the ability. Remember, Hemalurgy is basically ripping off a piece of someone else's soul and stapling it to yours. Short circuiting the soul, so to speak. All the pieces of the soul you would need, it is giving you. It has dangerous ramifications, but you wouldn't need Stormlight also.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the original Knights Radiant, when they had squires, were all of the squires destined for bonding spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Many stayed squires forever and that was okay.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Elantris, there's the three ways that AonDor's manifested. Through the Aons, through the Dhakor, through the ChaySan. With Emerpror's Soul, there's two major ones that we see with the Forging and Bloodsealing. *Inaudible* in Mistbon where there's one that's positive, one that's neutral, one that's negative. Where does the third one fit in on the Emperor's Soul side?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Emperor's Soul, there are way more. It's not a split of the three.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Steris and Marasi. Did you plan the love interest to be [Steris] from the beginning?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did. Very beginning is a weird thing as an author to explain. Because the very beginning of that story, Wax didn't exist, it was only Wayne. Then I built Wax in, then I started building Wax's back history. Then I started building Marasi. Then I started building [right?] By the time that the outline for the four books was done, but even before that when I was just writing the first one, I knew what I was doing, there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Allomancy is a conversion from matter to energy. Is it inherently an unreplacable resource or is there a process by which it's replaced *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a process by which it is replaced.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does bronze detect Investiture or only Allomancy?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Investiture. It can be used for other things. But like most detection methods, it doesn't look for wells of power, it looks for power that's being used, generally. You get enough power together, and bronze will be able to find it no matter what.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone from, say, Roshar, traveled to the world of Warbreaker, do they have Breath?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, they do not. And if someone from the Warbreaker world leaves, they will still have their Breath. They would not register as being a Drab for people who are looking. They would register as Option C. Particularly someone from Roshar, who is from a primary Shardworld, is slightly Invested.

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The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Theoretically, if Sel became a Shard...the biggest limiter on Shards is the Vessel's mind, would that be more limiting or less limiting?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If the Dor were itself to become a Shard combining Devotion and Dominion, and were to pick up a Vessel? Because they're still Shards, they just don't have a Vessel.

The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

So the land couldn't be Vessel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The land itself? Of Arelon or of...?

The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Of Sel.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The land of Sel would not count as a Vessel. You would say in terminology right now that Dominion and Devotion do not have Vessels in the same way that other Shards do.

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The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid's inability to hurt others due to an enhanced version of the effect that makes Szeth and Wayne hear voices?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that likely or unlikely?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm just going to RAFO that entirely because it plays into things from Dragonsteel.

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The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Gaz's other eye the same color?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Gaz's eye that was put out? I'll RAFO that. That's a good question!

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The Young Pyromancer [PENDING REVIEW]

If you built a computer and you programmed it to view the world in a certain way, would that affect the world, like, Cognitive aspect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not unless the computer starts to become self-aware.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What if it was an Awakened computer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If the computer were becoming self-aware, then it would act like any other sapient entity.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

At the end of the book, Jasnah was chosen to be the next queen?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

She will choose to be called a queen and make them do that. So she is queen and it's going to be very fun to write Jasnah the queen.

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Shallan's Ward [PENDING REVIEW]

Could Soulcasting be used for cosmetic surgery?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes...*sigh* Boy. *Hesitantly* Yes, but give it a very shaky yes. Indicate that Brandon is wincing a little bit about that one.

Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Could you give a brass nose like Tycho Brahe?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That, definitely, you could do.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Cultivation's Investiture distributed by the crem cycle?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

The magical fish in the Purelake, is their magic part of the Old Magic paradigm?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The magical fish are not of Honor. Not of Honor not in a bad way, but there's something else going on there.

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Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Can a Shard have more than one [perpendicularity]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Hoiditthroughthegrapevine [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Cultivation have another [perpendicularity] in the Purelake?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the Dustbringers have a propensity toward evilness?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would not call them evil, but certain members of the Knights Radiant would say they're on the edge, and did not get along with them. Let's just  say Skybreakers have not gotten along with Dustbringers, even though they are very near each other in a lot of ways.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you feel about Moash as a character? How the fandom receives him?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am not surprised by how the fandom receives him. I wish it weren't a [Game of Thrones] meme that became our meme, but that's how memes go, right? I will say, brace yourself.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What do you feel about people who take your books and are really inspired by them and taking them as their life motto? For the example, the Stormlight mantra "Life before death"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am honored. Absolutely. The things that I am putting in the books are things I'm passionate about, things I'm thinking about, things that I think are relevant. I am completely honored. And I guess it would depend on whose motto you take. But absolutely honored, I think it's awesome.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I like Mistborn: Secret History. Is there going to be a Mistborn: Secret History 2?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I hope to be able to write one. But this comes back to the "Let's make sure I'm getting the things that I have promised sequels to moving at a reasonable rate before I do side projects like that." So, I'd like to do one, but I'm not promising one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What' your inspiration for Wayne?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wayne had a lot of inspirations. Obviously, there's some Mat Cauthon going on when I do Wayne, particularly the way that Mat would see the world differently from the that way he would act. The original inspiration for Wayne was a character who changed personalities based on which hat he wore. He was actually the lead in a Mistborn story I was writing, and he didn't work well without someone to play off of. Some characters work way better when they are surrounded by more normal people. Not gonna say anything about things like the Minion movie (which my children loved), but it's very hard to tell a story about everyone being crazy instead of having a framework of someone to keep it going in the right direction. So that was a big inspiration for Wayne.

The other big inspiration for Wayne was something I noticed about human nature, where I wanted to tell a story about a character who had some really deep... Wayne should bother you. Like the way he treats Steris. And the way he treats Ranette. And the way he treats some of the people in his life should really bother you. And one of my goals with Wayne was to tell a story that mimics what I see in real life, where there are people I know and I love who also have this way about them that you realize they aren't quite... grown-up's the wrong term. Like, all of us are the heroes in our own group of friends. We're all the hero of our story. We each have different things we're working on. And some of them are classic good storytelling things, like "I'm gonna learn to be more bold." Which is totally me. Totally something I need to work on. But some of them are "I treat people who are in my inner circle really poorly, especially if they're trying to get into my inner circle. And then when you're in my inner circle, I have a dysfunctional relationship with you a lot of time." And I thought I could only really do that with a character that you loved while you were really annoyed by them, because otherwise I feel like the character wouldn't work. Maybe I could do it a different way, but I really wanted to dig into that in these new Mistborn books, and Wayne was my vehicle for doing this.

Some kind of nebulous sort of writerly things going on there.

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Someday, once I'm sure everything that it would spoil has been released, I will release [Way of Kings Prime] so you can read it. You can probably see that, if you read Stormlight, a chunk of the book belonging to Taln moved to Szeth, instead, who was a character in the first book but had a slightly different plot. Eventually, we will get to the whole story, though.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It kind of felt like you let Adolin off the hook for murder.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would say no, I didn't. There will be more implications there, but what you've gotta understand is, Adolin does not view what he did as murder. His dad is uncertain if it is. And his dad is the ultimate judge of legality. There will be far-reaching implications of this, but kind of the way a society like that works, if you didn't get caught and you are the son of the king, then you get a little... you know what I mean?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it yet to be resolved?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yet to have the full extent of its implications, how about that? I would say that you are perfectly right if you were to say he did something morally wrong. There are many who would agree with you; there are many who would disagree with you. And that disagreement is part of what the story is about.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How do you approach creating scenes? Do you create how you want the scene to play out, and then make the magic system? Or do you make the magic system work first?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Usually, I do magic system first. The way scenes, I construct, is usually I have big goals in my story. For instance, in Mistborn, Vin is going to learn to train all the powers of Mistborn. By the end, I want her to be fairly competent. So then I have that goal, and I write down, "What are scenes that can move me toward that goal?" In that outline, it would be: she trains with Ham in one scene, she trains with Marsh in another scene, she trains with Breeze in another scene. What else can I make those scenes do to move character and stuff, to try to pack more into those scenes. But I'll construct those scenes as goals towards the ending.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Bendalloy and cadmium, is that going to be a part of FTL travel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is involved. It's involved in multiple ways, ones that people have figured out, and ones that they have not.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would Hoid's callsign be?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He'd probably go with Dust. He likes that. It depends on the mood he's in. Sometimes he might pick something a little ruder, just to make someone have to say it.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I did have a question about Doomslug and M-Bot, where they came from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Those are questions that will be answered, I promise.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they connected?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's what we call a RAFO, Read And Find Out. You will find out; I'm not gonna tell you know. You'll find out some of those answers in the next book.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a quick question about the uniforms in Skyward. Is there a specific color for Skyward flight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not for Skyward flight. They are all using the same jumpsuits, and things like this. By the second book, they probably will have... once they get ahead of it a little bit, they can do things like painting the ships. But in this book, really, you're basically wearing a jumpsuit...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It's blue, it's unceremonial.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mhm.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's your Smedry talent?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I usually say "being long-winded." But the truth is, when I wrote the books, I kind of did all the stuff that I do as the first powers. So I'm habitually late, bad at dancing, good at breaking. But if you actually go "What's the core one," probably being long-winded. I can say things that could be said in one word, in seventeen instead.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What is the inspiration for the Parshendi?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are a lot of different inspirations. One is wanting to build out of the setting a species that interacted with the setting and had a symbiotic relationship with the setting. The other was the idea of a people whose caste system, you could change castes and physically change into other castes of the system. So something like the hives you see, where you can switch from worker to various different tasks. I liked the cultural aspects of what that did.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Adolin has this connection with Maya. Does that have anything to do with why spren are not pursuing him as a Radiant?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What about Doomslug? What's up with Doomslug?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Doomslug will be answered pretty soon. Doomslug is relevant.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Lhan from the [Way of Kings Prime] reading the same one from Book 2?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is the same Brother Lhan. I knew he wasn't going to get to have a big part in the books once I moved Taln so far off. So I gave him a nice cameo with his own interlude so that at least he would be in the books. Because in that version, he basically wandered around, following Taln, complaining for the entire book.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is chasmfiend meat edible? If so, are people harvesting it once a chasmfiend is dead?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is edible, and yes, perhaps it has not been exploited as much as it should have been, if that makes sense. But yes, it could be eaten.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why didn't we get to see Dalinar meet Gallant in Oathbringer in the flashbacks?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I planned that for a different flashback. I intentionally didn't put that one in, because it didn't fit the rest of the narrative that I was telling. But I will do that eventually.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it after he arrives at the Shattered Plains?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that for now, because I'd have to go look exactly at the timeline where I'm slipping it in.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But it's around that time?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's more recent than most of the things that you're reading about. Let's say, the person that Dalinar has been through most of his life would not end up with him. I will get into it. I realize that that was a hole that is not in the story, and it's an intentional one. But I eventually worked in the flashbacks with Kaladin in the last book, I found a little extra place for them. I'll try to find some of those for Dalinar.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Have we ever seen the spren that are in a relationship with Ryshadium on the page at any point?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think you have, but I can't 100% say. I think you have.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did you actually go through a horseback riding orientation for that scene in Words of Radiance, because that is literally how it works.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have done it before in my life, and I was drawing on that. I did have to go get some horse experts, because I got some things wrong. That's kind of a little bit how my first experience riding horses went. I have a cousin who rode show horses when she was younger.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What do you think of Moash?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am very curious what the fan reactions have been. I anticipated it. Moash exists to represent a different direction than a character with some of the same motivations as Kaladin could go.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I heard you talk about the Vorin languages have a vowel shift.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm kind of bad at vowel shifts, but it does have a vowel shift. You'll see Kalak being called Kelek, things like this. And I try to stay consistent with it, but I've also not been as rigorous with it as I maybe should be. Peter always points out little errors I've made. So it's a vowel shift that has some inconsistencies, how about that. But of course, real-world vowels shifts have it.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You need to publish something only about the conlang.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Only about the linguistics? Yeah, having an assistant who has a degree in linguistics is really handy. Peter's been of very big use, particularly on Stormlight, because I didn't have him before those books. I just kind of had to muddle through it. And now I've got him. I'll call him up and say, "Pronounce this; pronounce this." There are lots of names in Stormlight that I can't pronounce that he can. The Arabic /q/, he can do, and I can't. Which we use a lot in some of the names over in Azir, and stuff like that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be possible for someone to store Stormlight in a nicrosil metalmind?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that for now, but you're thinking the way I want you to be thinking.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Vyre's knife that killed Jezrien, did it have to be a sapphire to kill Jezrien because of the Ten Essences? Or could any other gemstone work?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that one.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a Feruchemist, by tapping a duralumin metalmind on Sel in Arelon, be able to become an Elantrian? Or would it have to first fill an aluminum metalmind...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What happens if there was a Feruchemist who was an Elantrian? Could they store Elantrian abilities into a nicrosil metalmind?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm RAFOing most of the stuff, but that one's a RAFO just because I am leaving nicrosil Feruchemy far away until I get there. I'm basically RAFOing everything about Investiture and Connection metalminds.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I noticed during Oathbringer, is there a symbolism between the color red? Because I noticed that red is mentioned many times. Is it tied directly to the Thrill?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

When I am using red specifically for spren and eye color, I'm doing it intentionally. It means something. I'm not gonna tell you what it means yet.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Azure's cloth was red, and Adolin picked up a red <glass sphere>.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Some of that is going to be coincidence. But the color of the thing that is going to Scadrial is not coincidence.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it be possible to Awaken a microbe, like a bacterium?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Probably not. I could imagine that happening. Awaken is the wrong term for it. I would say "No, because Awaken is the wrong term for it." But Investiture could potentially create something weird out of that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Hemalurgist be able to take a Hemalurgic spike and take someone's spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is not gonna work exactly the same way it would work otherwise, but it is possible. But it's gonna have some weird side effects.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if a Bloodmaker somehow burned stored <renewal>?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anywhere on Scadrial that has a a region that they pronounce it "Kelsier" (ˈkɛlsiəɹ)?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That they would say "Kelsier?" Sure, I bet there are some that would say "Kelsier."

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