Orem Signing

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Name Orem Signing
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Date March 16, 2019
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Location Orem, UT
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#4 Copy

Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

Is there any requirement for how [a Bloodseal] is made, like location, like where the seal comes from?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, there is some tradition tied to it, and that tradition is steeped in fact, but not all the traditions are necessary, if that makes sense. So they have more baggage to it than it actually needs, but some of the baggage has... Like the type of bone you're using, where you get the bone, and the location, and stuff is relevant, but some of the other things they put on it are not and also, it's not one hundred percent necessary.

Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

So they think it might be necessary, but it's actually not?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, yes.

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Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

How does [Bloodsealing] actually work with [the skeletals]? Does it trap something inside the bones like a Command?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it works very similar to making Lifeless. Slight variations, but you are basically animating the bones by using Investiture that doesn't actually belong to them and tricking them into thinking that it does for a little bit of time and making it think it's alive again. And the fact that it's bones is really important for that, for Bloodsealing. But it's working in a similar way. The distinction is that with Lifeless you are actually using part of their own soul, right? And with Bloodsealing you're not.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does the M in M-bot actually stand for anything?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He says it stands for Mushroom-bot. Spensa thinks it stands for Massacre-bot. Let's just say they have a difference of opinion on that. It's not going to get answered. She started calling him that and he was like, "Oh Mushroom-bot! Mushroom-bot sounds right!"

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can Hemalurgy be used to steal other...like, the Stormlight...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It could. It's very complicated, particularly with surgebinding, because the bond with the spren is a voluntary thing. So, you could steal the power, but you would also be stealing the sprenbond which the spren then has autonomy over. So, it might not turn out really well for you. It might not turn out well for anyone involved. Much easier to steal things where there isn't an autonomous being involved in your gaining of the magical powers.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When in the books do you think is Hoid's most genuine moment?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

When Shallan hugs him... maybe. You get him out of sorts there. He doesn't quite know what to do. I don't know if that counts as genuine. He often would consider himself as being very genuine. But you rarely catch him with his guard down.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You mentioned binge-watching a show, what shows do you like to binge-watch?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right now my wife and I are watching The Good Place. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is [Hoid] ever actually what he's actually like in any of the books? I thought Way of Kings would be it, but I'm not sure.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wit is very similar to the real Hoid. He's worked a long time to build a place for himself where he can kinda be himself. I mean, when you see his book from his viewpoint, he'll feel very like Wit from Stormlight.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How would the city of Boston change over time in the Cognitive Realm, because its harbors have been constantly filled in with dirt?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Right, right, right. It will change to match, but there will be a time lapse, right? They'll be lagging behind. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you could dump it full of dirt, and then it might take like five or ten years before it actually appears as land.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that's exactly about how it would go.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Hoid's hair color naturally white?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, now.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Now? Does he have a counterpart who has black hair somewhere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With aluminum resisting Shardblades, could you plate Shardplate with aluminum and have extra resistance, or would that be too thin to really even do anything?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This would probably not be very effective. Maybe in modern times, you could, but honestly you'd be better off just building aluminum armor for someone else. It's not gonna add too much to the Shardplate and to what the Shardplate's already doing and it might just interfere too much with what you're trying to do anyway. It would be worth experimenting with, but I don't think it's gonna end up doing too much.

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Wyndlerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

You've mentioned in the past aluminum savants being able to somewhat heal their spiritweb, healing them of the cracks, sort of healing them of Allomancy. Could a chromium savant do this to other people, kind of like in the Avatar [The Last Airbender] finale where he seals bending?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will say RAFO, but I will say you're theorizing along correct directions.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are you going to make another Warbreaker book?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Someday I will. It probably won't happen until after Stormlight 5 is out, because I want to keep those Stormlight books moving along.  But once Stormlight 5 is out, Ill take a little breather from Stormlight before doing number six to do some things. Maybe like this.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Allomancy a recessive or dominant gene?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It doesn't work according to Physical genetics, it works according to Spiritual genetics, and they don't work exactly the same way.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Hoid's Lightweaving produce light?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*After a very long pause* He has used different types of Lightweaving, or he has access to different types of Lightweaving.

Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Does the Yolish Lightweaving produce light?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yolish Lightweaving could produce light.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

My thought is, you know how the Stormfather in Oathbringer says he's not able, or he's never seen Dalinar be able to create the bridge. Does that mean Honor could be reborn?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, there are things standing in the way, but cosmereologically, it is fully possible that another person could become Honor. The Vessel that was holding Honor before is gone. Though the Stormfather is kind of his Cognitive Shadow at this point, in a way. But the power, something else could be done with it. Or it could remain in the state it is now. Your answer is yes, but there are some hindrances along the way.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Would a primate be turned into a koloss if the spikes were placed in the correct bindpoints?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Something like a koloss, but you would not call it a koloss.

Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Would they lose intelligence or gain, if they were?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You could do it either way.

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Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Are lighteyes or darkeyes dominant?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Um... Depends.

Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, and how do mixes work?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Different things can happen, but on Roshar, heterochromia is usually indication of a mixed parentage.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Skyward the title or the series title and is Claim the Stars is the book title?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, Skyward is the series title and the book title. Like I should have done with Mistborn because we had Final Empire in the first book, and people got so confused because, "Is this the last book? It says The Final." This time I didn't give a subtitle to the first book. It was just too confusing when I did it the first time.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I heard rumors for a collectible card game, possibly, for the Cosmere?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's possible. The guys who did the Mistborn RPG are really interested in doing one, so we'll see. It's just in the discussion stages right now. There's not even contracts for it or anything.

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Wyndlerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

Hoid, he already has his Cryptic by Era 2, if I'm correct on the timeline. So have we seen him using his new fancy Lightweaving in action? Has he spoken his fifth Truth?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I will RAFO that for now. I'll RAFO both of those. Those are two separate things, but I will RAFO them. You have seen Hoid Lightweaving, but whether you have seen him use his fancy new Lightweaving... we'll leave that off for now. Let's just say that he knows that certain uses of Investiture are easier to detect than others, and if you don't want to be seen, there are certain things you don't do.

#38 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does M-Bot follow the Three Laws of Robotics?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

M-Bot does not follow the Three Laws of Robotics.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does he follow his own set of laws?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

#39 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You've previously said that Nightblood is the most powerful non-Shardic being in the Cosmere. Is he more powerful than the Unmade or Stormfather in terms of raw Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Raw Investiture? Here's the thing, when you say powerful, it can mean lots of different things. More raw Investiture than the Stormfather... probably not. Than the Unmade, probably. I would have to look, I don't have the numbers on this. But the Stormfather is very restricted in what he can do.

#40 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How are the Warbreaker leatherbounds coming?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They're looking great! Oh man, the artists loved Warbreaker, for obvious reasons. We're getting the best art for any of the leatherbounds we've ever gotten, for Warbreaker. It is gorgeous!

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Nalthis essay?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What's that? Oh, the Warbreaker leatherbound essay. Yeah, I should put that in, shouldn't I. We'll see.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many shots would it take for Wax using his gun to break a section of Shardplate?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Depends on the gun... Okay, so Vindication. He could probably... depends on the bullet, cause he's got several styles. But let's just say two or three. There's an argument he could do it with one, with the right shot, the right bullet, in the right moment.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When Kaladin and Shallan and the others are in Shadesmar, it talks about broams of Stormlight. How do they measure that? Because you could have partially depleted spheres.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

A broam's worth of Stormlight is just a full sphere. Newly infused. Behind the scenes, there are actual units of measurement for Investiture that a broam would correlate with, but you would need to be measuring that using instruments that measure Investiture that they don't quite have on Roshar yet. They could make them, but they don't quite have them yet. They're close.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why does Hoid seem to like the Kholins so much?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He thinks highly of several members of the family. And he also likes to stick near people who are able to cause change in the world in which they are involved. He is very, very interested in a specific member of the Kholin family.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I was wondering, what would happen if you Steelpushed or Ironpulled on liquid metal?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It would work a lot like ferrofluid works. You'd be able to push or pull on it. It would just respond in a fluid way.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When Mizzy becomes an Epic, what's her Epic power?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I very carefully didn't mention that because I wanted the freedom for when I actually wrote the books. Right now I have it in my head involving detonations, but I don't want to actually canonize that because if I write the book I want to have the freedom to take it where I want to.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any Knights Radiant who broke their oaths in the Recreance that are still around in present day Stormlight time?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. Oh, that broke their oaths. You anticipated me. RAFO.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

But there are still ones around who haven't?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Nale. That's my loophole there. That's who I was thinking of. But you said that did break their oaths, so you anticipated me on that one.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Question about marriage. Is there, on Roshar, something to show that a woman is married? Like here we have our ring finger, do they have something?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, they don't have the same sort of cultural thing that we have on that.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

What about, what's the planet name with Siri, Vivenna, Warbreaker, is there anything in that one?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Depending on the culture, there are several.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

In order to have a Breath, do you have to be native to Nalthis?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not to be given Breaths, but people who are not native to Nalthis are not born with that Investiture.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

So, you have to be born on that planet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There are exceptions. Most of the time.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

If both your parents were Nalthians, and they moved off planet, and they had a child that was born on a different planet—

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is possible for that child to have a Breath, but it would not continue too long. But yes, that child would probably have a Breath, depending...

Joyblu [PENDING REVIEW]

If both of his parents had Breaths.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Mmmhmm.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Could a non-native [Nalthian] be able to be Returned?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that is possible.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

So someone who was born without a Breath and came to Nalthis could possibly be Returned?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Possibly could be Returned. Yes. That's not very likely.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

So they could get a Divine Breath, even though never...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They could be given a Divine Breath, yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Of all the women that you've written, do you have one that was really fun to write?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

In Wheel of Time, my favorite probably was writing Nynaeve at the ending. I had a lot of fun with her in the end. In my own, I would probably say Spensa was the most fun to write.

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OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Do Mistborn have resonances?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*Hesitantly* Everybody does, but they're not as pronounced.

OrangeJedi [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that because they just have so many powers?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

On the back of The Way of Kings, it says "I long for the days before the Last Desolation." Who's I?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is one of the Sleepless. You have not...

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

And it ends in "One of them will destroy us." Okay. And I have it we don't know who the Sleepless is yet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You know who the Sleepless... You don't know which one. It is not the one that you have met officially. I mean, you've met a couple of Sleepless, but it is not the one that Lift hung out with. He's a little odd, even for a Sleepless.

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treegrass [PENDING REVIEW]

How long does it take to summon an Honorblade? Is it ten heartbeats or instant?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Honorblades, as far as anyone knows is ten sec- ten heartbeats. If you were to ask Szeth how long it would take, he would say ten heartbeats.

treegrass [PENDING REVIEW]

But they're not?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I am not saying that. I am saying if you ask Szeth, if you ask the current bearer of Jezrien's Blade, they would all say it takes ten heartbeats.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

What about for the Heralds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO there.

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JoyBlu's Friend [PENDING REVIEW]

I want to ask Brandon if he plans to write how Adolin feels next to Shallan, as we never get Adolin's viewpoint when it comes to their relationship. I thought it was missed.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Tell them that I do plan to do some of that.

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JoyBlu's Friend [PENDING REVIEW]

Many of my questions have to do with the Dalinar-Adolin relationship because I love families and I find this particular relationship very strained. I wish to know stuff like what Dalinar really feels for Adolin, as I find he treats him more like a tool than a son. Or whether or not we've seen the end of the Adolin murdered Sadeas narrative arc, as no character really had the time to react to it yet.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You have not seen the end of that arc. Dalinar loves his son but has trouble treating anyone as anything other than tools.

JoyBlu's Friend [PENDING REVIEW]

What are Brandon's thoughts on the relationship? I'd also die to hear Brandon speak about what to expect for Adolin within book 4 in terms of length, scope—

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO! RAFO!

JoyBlu's Friend [PENDING REVIEW]

—as I just wished to give Brandon comment on the fact that some readers were disappointed with the outcome of this narrative arc.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO, RAFO.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Does a "Truthless" equate to a "liar"?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You could make that, but it's not the exact same thing. You're gonna have to wait till Szeth's book to really get what that means.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, A larkin and an aviar. Could you tell us how they're related - are they a bit similar? Other than that they both fly.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I would not call them terribly similar. A larkin is a specific type of creature that feeds off of Investiture. And there are some other things like that in the Cosmere. But aviar don't do that. Aviar have a symbiosis with an Invested entity. Aviar are more like, they're kind of weird because they fulfill both the role of a spren, but also the person that's bonding the spren. They're an intermediary.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay. And larkins don't have feathers, right?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Larkins do not have feathers. They look like little... They look like wasps.

JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

Like wasps? That little?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No, not that size, but that's the look of them. They're in the picture in the front of Way of Kings, the magic map. If we have Way of Kings here... We can grab it for you. If you go to my website for the art for Way of Kings, look up "Way of Kings art archive" on my website. It's not the cover, it's on the magic, the double eye symbol of the Knights Radiant in the inside cover flap. There's a pair of larkin there.

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JoyBlu [PENDING REVIEW]

At the end of Oathbringer, Hoid is there, and he uses the Breath to talk to the doll, and he gives the doll to *inaudible* someone named Cob and Kheni. So, is Kheni a Parshman?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have an update on when the Hemalurgy table's gonna be available on the website?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I do not. That's really Isaac, you bug him and poke him. Whenever he decides to release it. He's kinda just in charge of that. Karen's around, I don't know if she knows.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Orem Signing
Date
Date March 16, 2019
Location
Location Orem, UT
Entries
Entries 70
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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