Idaho Falls signing

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Name Idaho Falls signing
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Date Dec. 29, 2018
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Location Idaho Falls, ID
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Bookstore Barnes & Noble
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MiToRo94 [PENDING REVIEW]

When Dalinar first goes to meet the Nightwatcher and he sees Cultivation as well, presumably.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He does.

MiToRo94 [PENDING REVIEW]

They are surrounded by a green mist. So is that mist comparable to Preservation's mist on Scadrial? Would that be like "Cultivationlight?"

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is in the same sort of vein. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering about the pictures in the cover of this [Oathbringer]. Are they specific characters in the book, or just art?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are the Heralds. I went to some artists and said, "Do me your rendition of something that would be on the Sistine Chapel in-world for the Heralds," so that's four of the ten. So that is what we ended up with.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was intrigued ever since I saw your State of the Sanderson about Death Without Pizza.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's good. I'm one chapter, or no I guess it's like 3 chapters. I'm one day's work away from finishing my revision, to then kick it back to Peter. I'm really, really excited how it's turning out. He knows his metal culture really well, and one of the tricks has been integrating that without making it feel jokey and things like that. I'm very pleased with how it's going.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What kind of metal influences were you going for?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Peter really likes the lyrical metal like that, like Dreamtheater. I don't know my subgenres very well, but Apocalyptica gets a mention, that's one I knew, Dragonforce gets a mention, I knew them. But I guess Dragonforce is the same subgenre. My job is worldbuilding and plot, and his job is character voice and making sure all of that works. I'm fascinated by it all.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So is he more in the editing process, or is he an official co-writer?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He's a co-writer! I came up with the plot and the worldbuilding, I sent it to him, he wrote the whole first draft. Now I'm doing the next draft and then I'm kicking it back to him to do another pass and make sure the voice still matches, and then we'll take it out to publishers.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What's the character's name?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The main character's name is Jack Solomon.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

We know that Hoid took a bead of lerasium, but it never specifically says that he consumed it.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, he did.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Alright, so he is a Mistborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I'll go ahead and canonize that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Besides Hoid, are we ever going to see people with powers from multiple worlds? Like, a Pewterarm Stoneward?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This is inevitable, but I don't think you should be expecting it soon. But it is absolutely an inevitability that this will become part of the story.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When's Hoid's birthday?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have not said when Hoid's birthday is. Because it's on Yolen, I don't even know if the days will line up, when we finally get there, to our world.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If an Inquisitor went to Roshar, would they be a lighteyes or darkeyes?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

If an Inquisitor went to Roshar, they would probably be like someone who has heterochromia, one eye of each, meaning people don't know what to do with them and are very awkward with trying to figure out how to treat them. The society breaks down a little bit when you run into anything that ruins their perfect system. Which is not so perfect, obviously.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there a combination of two Surges that you don't normally see, that'd be fun to write about.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh yeah. It was actually a tough decision to make myself put them in the groupings that I did. Because my brain naturally wants to say, "What about this, what about this?"

What would be really interesting, you could do really cool things as a Stoneward with manipulating matter and changing it and stuff, and then burning things into it with...which ever power that is... [Division].

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm drawing a blank too.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I should know. Well, I should know. But I always go look at the list. The Dustbringer power. But I think you could do really interesting sculpture type stuff with that. With the burning, you could add color to the things, to an extent. Like grayscale? But it's not really something that's built into the magic.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Trell, who is he? Or if you're not going to reveal that, when will you?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's going to take a little while to dig into that. It's going to need Mistborn Era 3, is all the Trell stuff.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But I want more Wayne! Wayne is amazing!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I know! We've got one more book of Wayne. Wax and Wayne 4, we still got a book of Wayne. And then in Era 3, you'll be able to read the comic books in-world based on Wayne. So that'll be a part of it as well. You'll get a little touch of Wayne in there as well.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are birds native to Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Birds are not native to Roshar.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Did they come over with the initial humans?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They did. The humans brought them over, along with a lot of other beasts. Like, horses aren't native to Roshar either. You can tell pretty easily the non-native things. Like, Roshar doesn't have any grapes. So the word wine got genericized in the same the way that the word chicken did. You'll see bunches of that. Like the way weather works. Roshar does not have weather patterns like Ashyn did. They're used to seasons. Suddenly, the words for the seasons, all these weird things that you may have been wondering through the first couple of books, you're like, "Oh I see why they just call hard alcohol a wine," or, "I see why they call everything a chicken." It's kind of related to this.

 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I read Skyward, like, two weeks ago, I finished it in two nights. It was honestly one of my favourite books I've ever read, and I can't wait to see where it goes. 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Thank you! Book two is done. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm excited to see what... I need to read, uh, about the "Defense of Elysium"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, yeah, Defending Elysium, it's free on my website. It'll tie in in ways that you'll find interesting. One of my very first short stories.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm super, super excited to see it. I loved the whole idea of when they're peering into the skies, it's like they're looking back with hatred. It's awesome.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we ever gonna see more names for specific types of Twinborns?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I intend to do more of those as the Eras progress. There are so many to name that I don't know that I'll ever release a chart of all of them, and partially I don't want to canonize names because I might decide something sounds cooler for when I actually use that person's powers in a book.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we ever gonna see a Twinborn who has Feruchemical Iron and Allomantic Pewter, and he's pretty much... sort of like how Ham was training Vin about how to use her body, and we just gonna see this amazing martial artist on a massive scale?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is totally possible. I'm not gonna promise any given combination, cause the... I've changed several times the powersets of characters while I'm planning, so.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you ever gonna make an official quiz that sorts people into Knights, Knights Radiant? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I'm less likely to do a quiz and more likely to do a list of... kind of attributes and traits and requirements. I feel that some people are more likely to be able to sort themselves than a quiz sorting them. Granted, it does depend on the spren also, so there are two parties in this. And so, you don't have absolute influence over which order you might end up in. But it is possible to be viable as a candidate for multiple orders and it also is going to depend on the spren.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Darksiders have almost as advanced technology as second Era Scadrians.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But then we see Darksiders in The Secret... in Mistborn: The Secret History. So are they gonna be the first spacefarers, are they gonna get there before Scadrians?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So... where it is right now is that certain things have happened to Taldain that have isolated it and cut it off.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah... a little bit in Arcanum Unbounded talked about that.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

And some... they're under... going through some difficult times, let's say. So, I will RAFO whether or not they're going to make it first to make it to space, but let's just say they were well on target to making it first before certain events happened.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does the Fourth Ideal of Knights Radiant for Windrunners go something like "I will forgive myself for those I've failed to protect"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will... put you on the record for having guessed that, but you won't find the answer until a Windrunner is capable of figuring it out. 

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Questioner 1 [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna see more of the girl from The Emperor's Soul

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Uhm... you will probably see at least a cameo from Shai. But I do have a second story outlined now, but I don't know when I have time or would have time to write it, so we will see if I can make that happen or not.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Will we have a full-fledged story on the other part of Elantris, that Shai is on?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I think it's likely, but I can't promise it. But it's equally likely right now that we will... I will outline a new graphic novel series, as that I will just do a story, but I can't one hundred percent promise.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, who's your favourite Planeswalker or like... color of mana to play?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Can I say my own Planeswalker? 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That's because you did write... 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did! If you throw Davriel out, because obviously I'm gonna pick my own, let's see, who is my favorite? Ashiok is probably my favorite, just because they have such an interesting look to them and I like the powerset, that's the way I like to play, and there's so much mystery about Ashiok, so Ashiok. If we're talking about one that's actually had a story written about them, I really love how they handled Urza, just because you'd expect Urza to be very Gandalf-y and wise, and he was kind of, you know, that black side to Urza was really cool to me. And so... yeah, there you go.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've seen a lot of forum posts about the mistcloaks themselves. What is the standard wear underneath those? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So there isn't a lot of standardization, because Mistborn are rare and each Mistborn commissions their own cloak. Most of the time, I think you're going to find that they would wear a buttoning shirt with short sleeves. Probably something dark would be my guess, probably a dark gray. But it just really depends on the person.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay. I was thinking about working up a Mistborn cosplay...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

My theme for clothing other than the miscloaks was a look a little of... Dickensian London was my inspiration, so.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In White Sand 2, you changed the artist. 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that was... we didn't want to do that, I actually hate doing that, but it was with... keeping, meeting deadlines and things we were having trouble with the old artist, and so we just needed to make the switch so that we could get the books out. And that's the thing I like the least about comics industry, artists changing, it's really... yeah. But it is something that had to happen, so we made the call. We do intend that the sec- now this artist will do the book three, so we shouldn't change again, but, yeah.

With the Dark One comic, which we're working on right now, one of the things I've said up front is we need an artist to make sure that we don't ever change, because I really don't like doing that, I like the same visual style. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's like an actor doing this huge thing...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, yeah, and then you get a new actor, it's like... who?

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You always come up with new ideas for books, when you have so many to write as is, that you've recently started to go from saying things like, "Whenever I get to this book," like the Threnody novel, to, "If I ever get to it." Would you ever let another author write for Cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is possible. Isaac, my art director and long friend for, you know, fifteen years, who's been collaborating on the visual style of Mistborn, really wants to write a Mistborn novel set on one of the Southern Continent places off by itself and I'm intrigued by this idea, 'cause he's somebody I've worked with for so long. So we might see how that happens. So far I haven't been willing to collaborate on any Cosmere stuff, but it's p-... I could see it happening.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have a question about the epilogue in The Way of Kings. You have Wit give this interesting, kind of philosophical... sermon-thing on novelty. I wonder, what do you think about what he's saying, do you...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Usually those little things that Wit will do, he does one at the end of each book, are things I've thought about. I don't always one hundred percent agree with Wit. He tends to hyperbolize in order to make a point, but I do think it's really interesting that novelty is so important to us, that even if you did something independently, but come up with it after someone else, then it's not considered as great an art, right? Which is really, really, really interesting if you think about it. And I love that idea, and I like talking about that sort of thing, so these... All of Wit's little monologues - there's one, like I've said, at the end of each book - is something I think about, but he goes off in his own direction sometimes.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've used that little monologue in some philosophy class that I've in, such as philosophy of art.  

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did take a... I took a lot of philosophy classes, if you can't tell, during my undergraduate years. I was quite fond of philosophy. Though the philosophers were all really needed to learn how to write. Man, those guys just, I mean, paragraphs like this that don't really even say anything. I love the ideas, but man, they could use editors. But, yeah, I enjoyed my philosophy classes, and I really liked philosophy of art in particular, it's very interesting to me. The whole Oscar Wilde's intro to Dorian Gray is my favorite speech on art, that all art is, by necessity, useless. Stuff like that really, really gets me going.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Moash killed a god? One of the Heralds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He did. One of the Heralds. And trapped his soul so he couldn't be reborn.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That's what it is. Trapped his soul, didn't actually kill him?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's killed him...It was like, extra killed. The Heralds are bound to a cycle of rebirth that happens...that they wanted to make sure didn't happen that time.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Do larkins have gemhearts?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. You can assume that Rosharan creatures have some sort of gemheart, generally. That is not 100% but you can assume it's a thing they'll have. But I'll RAFO specifics.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there types of Investiture that the larkin can't consume?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, I would say that there are, but it's going to depend on the state they're in. Pure Investiture, a larkin is always going to probably be able to grab, but lots of people can get pure Investiture. Kinetic Investiture they're are gonna have a good chance at being able to grab, but they can't get everything.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

How many kings have had a Wit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is common for a king to have a Wit.

coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

Has Hoid been more than just Elhokar and Jasnah's Wit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has been. Most Wits, historically, were a little more fool-like, more court-jestery. Wit does not think highly of that. But there have been others in the past that were more like what he would think what a Wit should be.

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coltonx9 [PENDING REVIEW]

How are the floating cities in Ashyn held aloft?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

By local magic. I can tell you onwards, because I'm not saving any secrets here.

One of the diseases gives this power. The reason it's called The Silence Divine is right now, the way I've devised it, is this power also causes hearing loss. So you have this virus that does this weird thing, but also gives you the power. And so there's a conclave of them, a chorus of them that keep the cities aloft. And that's why the book, if or when I write it, I guess it can't be a virus in this case. Whatever disease they have, someone develops pennicillin and can potentially cause the city to come crashing down. That was the premise for me, but that means it needs to be a bacteria, not a virus but it needs to be a bacteria that stays with you long, so I have to work out exactly I would make these diseases work.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My question was about Hemalurgy. There was a disagreement on the last Shardcast. When spiking a Mistborn to charge a Hemalurgic spike, does it matter how the Mistborn is killed or is what power is stolen based only on the metal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So you want to place the spike in a specific place.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the donor. In the recipient, not the donor.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In the recipient. And you want to use the specific metal and so basically if you aren't precise about how you spike, you risk taking the wrong thing within the same family. Some of those, that's not as big a deal, but for some it is kind of a big deal. And so you want to be very precise, you'll get something, but if you're not placing the spike in the right place and going into the right place, then you risk it.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You risk stealing the wrong thing.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. Now if you're going off of somebody who's not a Mistborn, you can be a little more flexible, but you still have the danger that you're not going to end up stealing the power, you're going to steal something else. So, precision is advisable, how about that?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. Because the question was kind of specifically about, like, we know that atium spikes can kill, can steal pretty much any power.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. You want to be super precise with your atium spike.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, part of the question was like, exactly, if you just killed a Mistborn, you stab a Mistborn in the heart with an atium spike, and you're not placing it immediately...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What do you end up with? You are rolling the dice, let's say. Not as big a roll of the dice as you might think, but you still are.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid like, would you say he's generally well known in Silverlight? Most people know who he is?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Yes, I would say he is fairly well known in Silverlight. If you went to your average person in Silverlight and said, "Do you know this guy?" odds are they would know. There are some people who wouldn't, but odds are they would.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

And then when you place the spike on the recipient, if you like tore that spike out again and put it in someone else, you're not going to be able to get more than one power out of it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. No, and if you place the spike in the wrong place, then you're going to end up with  interference and things like this where the spike might just not work the way you want it to. Taking a spike and putting it in the wrong place in someone is not going to make them have a different power, in other words.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Dalinar Unity because he's the combination of all three Shards, through the Thrill, the boon and curse, and the Stormfather?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, I'm leaving that as a RAFO, Read and Find Out, but that's a very good theory.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So at the end of Sixth of the Dusk, there's those people that travel in space.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, the Ones Above.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are those people from Silverlight?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have not revealed where they're from, but they are from a place you have seen before.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Dalinar Ascends, right? Like, right then, there.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I have RAFO'd that. Whether he is Ascending or not is RAFO.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, because I know he kind of mentions from that, I don't know how to say his name but the older guy who has the Diagram...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Taravangian, yeah. Whether that deserves to be a capital "A" or not is a matter of argument. It can be disputed.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I guess my main question would just be Dalinar's now able to pull Stormlight and give it to people now.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He definitely can. That is a Bondsmith power, so.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a Bondsmith power, okay.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is specifically a Bondsmith power.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Because my roommate was saying well, the Stormfather was surprised he could do that or was the Stormfather surprised that he was able to fuel *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He was surprised by what was happening to Dalinar as a whole.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh okay, that's what I thought because I was like, because I felt like the Stormlight, that would be a Bondsmith power.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Let's say that the Stormfather and Odium were seeing something in Dalinar that, perhaps, the average person watching even who is knowledgeable about Surges would not completely understand. But he will be able to use that power and Bondsmiths in the past have used that same power.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid references a place where, there's a presumption in the question, presumably he thinks he might be able to restore something he's lost. As of Oathbringer has he visited that place?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*hesitantly* Visited the place?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Visited the pace he thought he could restore?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I won't say a hundred percent if it's a place.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where did he hear about it from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Hear about what? Give me the exact line, if you would.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I can look it up for you. "Besides, I've heard of a place... it doesn't matter, I don't care."

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, so he has visited that place he is referencing, but the place is not what he wants to restore.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Thanks for the clarification. Who did he hear about it from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would Dalinar or Kaladin like Kelsier?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I think both would have their issues with Kelsier.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Cause he's more of a rogue.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would really depend on what situation they were in. But I think Dalinar would not approve of his methods. And I think Kaladin would empathize with him, but at the end would not approve either. To Kaladin he would probably represent the things that Kaladin kind of wishes he would do, but is too moral to do. And that would be a dangerous thing for Kaladin.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Before you started on all of your books, did you already have an idea of how they all came together or was it a sort of...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did by the time I was writing Mistborn. But the thing you have to know about my career is that I wrote thirteen novels before I sold one. So, in a lot of those early novels I had no idea what I was doing, that's how authors are. By the time I wrote Mistborn, which was book number fourteen, it was the second book published, but I really had an idea of what I was doing then. Elantris had to be retrofitted a bit to fit into it, because Elantris had been written when I was still figuring things out, but by Mistborn the whole thing was coming together and I had quite a good idea of what I wanted to do.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I thought there was only going to be four books but then I heard you saying it was going to be ten, so...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's going to be ten but two sets of five. So book five will give you an ending.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The end of the Voidbringers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well... you'll have to see how it goes, but it's kind of the main arc that I've set up for this series.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, are all of the characters, Kaladin, Shallan and Dalinar, are they going to be in the second series?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There will be, those who survive will be in the second one and still kind of be main characters even though they won't get flashback sequences. But it's going to be ten years later, so it's going to be something a little different. But don't expect their character arcs to be complete even if the kind of plot setup that I've started will be.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid, Yolen, are you working on Dragonsteel?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Working on, is kind of vague term for me knowing I'm going to write it someday, but it comes after the Stormlight Archive.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I have so many questions about Hoid, I'm always googling it, I know people are asking you, but...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I came up with a really great idea, finally. For years--so the first story I, okay not the very first story, because the very first story I wrote is Dragonsteel right? So, the first Hoid story I ever wrote, I was seventeen and I wrote a story about Hoid on a planet, trying to figure out how the magic works, to investigate it, to see he wanted to bring it back and use it in his larger plot. 

There, seventeen years old, the Cosmere didn't really exist then. But the idea of a guy who went to different planets and investigated their magic and tried to figure out how it works, was. I wrote a whole chapter of him trying to work out how this magic worked on this planet. I had it in the back of my head and I actually just came up with an idea of how to use that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Aether, is that how you say the book? Aether of Night? Is that going to get published at some point?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will probably bring that into the mainline Cosmere. Right now, it's not in continuity because I've changed enough things about the way that Shards work, and things like that. The Aethers themselves are in continuity. Mraize has Aether, some bits of Aether, in his little collection. They are in continuity somewhere, but I haven't dropped them into the actual continuity.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How long do you think the Stormlight Archive is going to go on for?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Stormlight Archive is two sets of five. Built around the idea of ten Orders of Knights Radiant. And each book will kind of focus on one order a little bit, gives me some structure to it. You can see how I'm doing that already.

And then each book gets a different flashback character, who gets their flashback sequence. Book 4 is Eshonai, book 5 is Szeth. Then in-world, that's going to bring us to an ending. We're going to break for a little while, like ten years in-world. Probably not ten years in our world.

Then we'll come back and the characters for those will be Lift, and Renarin, and Ash, and Taln, and Jasnah. Probably not in that order though, well maybe that order. And we'll do five more, focusing on five different Orders of Radiant. Though characters from the first five will of course be in the back five.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

So this is going to take twenty years to finish?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's going to take about twenty years, yep. But you can at least know that book 5 will bring you to one ending.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Things will kind of resolve a little?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah. We'll have some good resolutions there. It's an interesting structure for me, as an author. Part of what I love about these books is how, when I write each given book, I plot the novel itself as a trilogy. So you can see three books compressed into one, with a short story collection for the interludes. So there's really four novels, is how I plot them. But I write them in a way that they're all meant to be read as one. Normally, you can't count on someone reading a trilogy all together as one, which lets me do cool things. But then I have the five book arc and then the ten book mega-arc. It's structurally really cool to write, but man, it makes it kind of hard. I've signed myself up for something pretty difficult with these.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When either Rashek or a Twinborn like Miles, how does he fuel his metalminds? Does he have to actually burn the gold in order to fuel them? Because, I feel like there's a paragraph in here where you kind of explained it, but I feel like you didn't actually say that you had to burn more gold in order to fill a metalmind. Is that how that works?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. You can cross the streams and use one to power the other. But you are using the metal to power your Feruchemy instead of your own--You're using, basically, the power that's coming through the metal.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So you do have to be burning one the whole time? Sounds good, good to know. So you could just infinitely fill it, basically? As you burn, you just use it to fill it and it just gets *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep. You are burning a metalmind that you've already filled, right? That's the key there. You fill a metalmind, then you burn that, and what that does is it keys the metalmind to the Feruchemy instead. Which normally no one can do because you could *inaudible*. But if you can do both, you fill a metalmind, you burn that metalmind, what comes out of it is Feruchemical power instead. And you then are filling the metalmind with more.

So Allomancy is fueled by the power of the Shard. So what you're doing is you're powering your Feruchemy with the power of the Shard, instead of your own body. Using their Investiture instead of yours. Which is very dangerous.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you cameo'ing as a 17th repository or character, worldhopper, in any of your books?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know, I haven't really wanted to do that, I'm not sure why. If we did movies, I would want cameos. But I haven't cameo'd myself in the books. I was tempted more in Wheel of Time than in my own books. But, I think since we already have this connection thing happening with Hoid and stuff, I don't want to imply I am Hoid or something like this, if that makes sense. Clive Cussler did that, it was always fun to find him in the book. I don't know, it's never been something that I wanted to do.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There's just kind of a Where's Waldo for him.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

When I first started this, I wanted Hoid to be a real thing, so I was putting this in. I feel like if I started doing cameos for me also, one would be silly and one would not be, and it'd kind of confuse everything.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Skybreakers, are they from the old Radi-- the old Shard?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, they've still been around. Not all of them. They aren't still alive-- The ones back then are not still alive, but they have an unbroken chain. The only Order that has that. They're the only one that hasn't abandoned their Oaths.

Event details
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Pending review
Name Idaho Falls signing
Date
Date Dec. 29, 2018
Location
Location Idaho Falls, ID
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Bookstore Barnes & Noble
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