Skyward Atlanta signing

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Name
Pending review
Name Skyward Atlanta signing
Date
Date Nov. 17, 2018
Location
Location Cumming, GA
Tour
Tour Skyward
Bookstore
Bookstore Barnes & Noble
Entries
Entries 33
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#1 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything more significant to Tien's obsession with rocks? Or is that just an example of him being a unique kid?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is a little bit to the way he's seeing color in mundane things. It's less the rock, and more the things about the world he finds interesting. So I'm going to say it's the second. It's an aspect of who he is; the rock itself is not the important thing.

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Kenzal [PENDING REVIEW]

Would it make an Allomancer sick if they tried to burn pure silver?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

As it stands right now, nothing would happen, because they would know if it did. Good question. Silver has some interesting properties, but on Scadrial they are largely undiscovered.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you find it harder to write from a male or female's point of view?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is harder to write… the more different someone is from me, the more difficult they are to write. Gender is only one part of that, however, and so some characters who are very like me, but maybe… maybe a woman, would be easier to write than someone who is very different from me but is a guy. But that's all part of it.

Early in my career, before I got published, I was actually really bad at this; but the main thing I learned from that era of my writing was that I was writing people to a role in the story. It wasn't that I was bad a writing women, it was that I was writing all women as the love interest. Which resulted in bad story telling and flat characters. And if you start to be able to learn: treat each character they are the protagonist of their own story, treat each character like they see themselves, not as a bit part, but as the story themselves; and start to explore who they are rather than putting them in a role in the story, your characters will get better all around.

#4 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Back to the callsigns. Did you come up with Jorgen's name first, or did you come up with his callsign first?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The callsign was first. And then the name followed out of some of the linguistics I was using. Yeah, the callsign was first.

#5 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Was Drephrast at the Shattering, and if so, did he play a part in it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Those are RAFOs.

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Jofwu [PENDING REVIEW]

Roshar's moons, do they have special spren associated with them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we going to learn any more about Syl's past, and her former Radiant?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, you will indeed learn more about Syl's past. And her former Radiant.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if you burned an Awakened metal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that for now. It's very, very rare in the cosmere. Something interesting would happen. We'll RAFO that.

#9 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Has Mraize ever Ascended?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. So it's not a yes or no. It's a yes or no or other.

#10 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Odium know about Glys?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Who? Oh, Glys. Yes...he does. But.

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Sciencetor2 [PENDING REVIEW]

The gems on Roshar, are they the same as the gems you and me know, or are they a byproduct of Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

For the most part they are the same as the gems we know, which will ask the question, "Since most of them are chemically identical, other than color, what differentiates them?" and in the Cosmere, color is very important, so I'll just leave you at that, but most of them are going to be gems like we have. If you took a ruby from our world to Roshar, it could be Invested by the highstorm.

Sciencetor2 [PENDING REVIEW]

And Spren?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We will RAFO that for now.

#12 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What does Doomslug eat?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Doomslug eats mushrooms, among other things. I don't want to say anything more...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know, I was trying to find something that wouldn't be RAFO'd

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah that's actually shockingly relevant of a question, so... Hmm!

#13 Copy

Sciencetor2 [PENDING REVIEW]

I am subscribed to the, "Doomslug is the hyperdrive," theory. Can you confirm or deny?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I cannot confirm or deny.

#14 Copy

Sciencetor2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Can the gems on Roshar store other types of Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Skyward, is M-Bot actually sentient or just really well programmed?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would call him sentient.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You think so? You do imply a little bit but...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do. But I have built into the world an explanation for why that might be.

#16 Copy

Jofwu [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the Tranquiline Halls and Damnation--do the Vorins associate them with the planets that they actually are related to?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They don't.

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Jofwu [PENDING REVIEW]

The ten gas giants, are they associated in any way with the Essences, the Heralds or the Knights Radiant other than culturally?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Only culturally.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the Stormlight Archive, is there any on screen appearances of dragons in any form?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. Sorry.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Dragons can be shapeshifters, correct *inaudible*?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They can, yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do they only have a humanoid form they can appear as, or can they appear as [non-humans?]?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Depends.

#19 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The rock that Vin has in the beginning of Mistborn--black obsidian. What was that? Was that *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That was a memento from an earlier part of her life.

#20 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Hoid get a Mistborn power?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He already has them.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Is he a Misting or a full Mistborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If you watch really closely, you'll see him use them.

#21 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a theory that Hoid is actually, perhaps not the good guy *inaudible*? I think he's going to be the big bad guy.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid would, perhaps, agree with you. He says [that] to Dalinar very clearly.

#22 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone had a Hemalurgic spike and they burned aluminum, would the negation of...am I going to get RAFO'd?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You're asking if it would destroy the Hemalurgic power? Burning aluminum at that point would not destroy the Hemalurgic power. It would pull the investiture through whatever you're doing. It would blank your power, but it wouldn't destroy you being an Allomancer with the spike.

I actually considered this in building it and that would be too easy a way to remove Inquisitors, particularly if there were dissension between them.

#23 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where do the lines point, exactly, when burning steel or iron?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Generally, right toward your center.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

On the objects?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, the objects. Center of mass, unless you are starting to get really good at it, whereupon you'll be able to see a sort of spectrum that you can pull on and yank on.

#25 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When M-bot is telling Spensa and Rig about how much is written on *inaudible* craziness, was he misleading them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did we see any possible Phone Company?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You haven't seen them yet, but they are still around.

#27 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there anything about the Stonewards that you can share that's not a RAFO? I know they're coming later.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are coming later, so not really. They were more of the Knights Radiant front line troops, as opposed to the Windrunners who were scouts. But you probably already knew that.

#28 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a Mistborn see the atium shadow of someone wearing Shardplate?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, they would be able to. Good question, but they would indeed be able to.

#29 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would you be able to cure addiction with Forgery?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You could temporarily mask the symptoms of it, but I wouldn't call it being cured. If you did something like the Emperor where you're constantly getting it renewed, the big danger is, since you haven't solved the problem at its core, falling back into it. But it's theoretically possible you could cover up the symptoms and have someone pull out of it that way.

#30 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can the Storm Striders move when a highstorm is not passing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. Can is a strong term. They do not, how's that?

#31 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Reshi Island greatshells, are they born in the ocean?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. In the ocean may be an extreme term for it.

#32 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Fleet going to make a come back?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Fleet is probably going to remain in lore.

#33 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a skilled Awakener Awaken a gemheart?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, but you got to remember, some of these things like metal and gemstones and things do not Awaken well. Technically yes, it may not do the thing that you want it to do.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But it'll do a thing?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It'll do a thing.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Skyward Atlanta signing
Date
Date Nov. 17, 2018
Location
Location Cumming, GA
Tour
Tour Skyward
Bookstore
Bookstore Barnes & Noble
Entries
Entries 33
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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