If a female Smedry marries, will her husband and kids have Talents?
If a female Smedry marries, will her husband and kids have Talents?
Are there other colors of "Doomslugs"?
There is slight variation
So does a Bloodseal have to be carved from bone?
Doesn't have to be, but usually is for various reasons.
Is there any requirement for how [a Bloodseal] is made, like location, like where the seal comes from?
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.
So they think it might be necessary, but it's actually not?
Does the Bloodseal have to be made with the blood of whoever it's sealing?
How does [Bloodsealing] actually work with [the skeletals]? Does it trap something inside the bones like a Command?
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.
Does a Bloodsealer need to restamp the bones [of a skeletal] every twenty-four hours?
They do need to maintain the seals in the same way, it's not necessarily every twenty-four hours.
Would animal bones work [for a skeletal]?
Animal bones can work and have been used before. They don't like them as much for various reasons. They're worse at following certain commands.
Does the M in M-bot actually stand for anything?
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!"
Can Hemalurgy be used to steal other...like, the Stormlight...
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.
With aluminum and Mistborn, I know that it makes the metals and stuff all go away, but if someone has toxic metal, would that also make it go away?
It has to be Allomantically relevant.
When in the books do you think is Hoid's most genuine moment?
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.
You mentioned binge-watching a show, what shows do you like to binge-watch?
Right now my wife and I are watching The Good Place.
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.
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.
Would Nightblood view Nale as evil?
*Long pause* Probably not.
Could an analog computer be made using fabrials?
How would the city of Boston change over time in the Cognitive Realm, because its harbors have been constantly filled in with dirt?
Right, right, right. It will change to match, but there will be a time lapse, right? They'll be lagging behind.
So, you could dump it full of dirt, and then it might take like five or ten years before it actually appears as land.
Yeah, that's exactly about how it would go.
Is Hoid's hair color naturally white?
Now? Does he have a counterpart who has black hair somewhere?
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?
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.
Could you create a nuclear bomb using the Surge of Division?
Not Division, but there are cosmere powers that are built around splitting atoms.
Was Mare a kandra?
Good question. No, she was not.
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?
I will say RAFO, but I will say you're theorizing along correct directions.
Are you going to make another Warbreaker book?
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.
Is Allomancy a recessive or dominant gene?
It doesn't work according to Physical genetics, it works according to Spiritual genetics, and they don't work exactly the same way.
Is there going to be a development with Jerkface and Spensa in the next book?
Their relationship will progress, but I won't tell you which direction.
What would happen if Nightblood was swung at a gold compounder?
What do you think would happen?
They would survive. Maybe.
Hmmm, I will RAFO it.
Does Hoid's Lightweaving produce light?
*After a very long pause* He has used different types of Lightweaving, or he has access to different types of Lightweaving.
Does the Yolish Lightweaving produce light?
Yolish Lightweaving could produce light.
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?
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.
Would a primate be turned into a koloss if the spikes were placed in the correct bindpoints?
Something like a koloss, but you would not call it a koloss.
Would they lose intelligence or gain, if they were?
You could do it either way.
Does Allomancy's lineage play a factor in which kind of Misting they are?
Could a Twinborn with Feruchemical zinc and Allomantic atium beat an atium Misting in a fight because of the enhanced mental capacity?
Are lighteyes or darkeyes dominant?
Okay, and how do mixes work?
Different things can happen, but on Roshar, heterochromia is usually indication of a mixed parentage.
Is Skyward the title or the series title and is Claim the Stars is the book title?
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.
I heard rumors for a collectible card game, possibly, for the Cosmere?
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.
Along the lines of chromium, according to the new Hemalurgy table, they "might steal destiny." Is destiny Fortune, or is it something new?
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?
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.
Have we seen Voidbinding in action?
I'll RAFO that also.
Does M-Bot follow the Three Laws of Robotics?
M-Bot does not follow the Three Laws of Robotics.
Does he follow his own set of laws?
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?
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.
How are the Warbreaker leatherbounds coming?
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!
The Nalthis essay?
What's that? Oh, the Warbreaker leatherbound essay. Yeah, I should put that in, shouldn't I. We'll see.
You've said before Hoid has had many love interests throughout his life. Does he have a bunch of distant descendants running around the cosmere?
How many different worlds of the cosmere has Nightblood been to in total? By which I mean, been present in the Physical Realm of that world.
More than two.
How many shots would it take for Wax using his gun to break a section of Shardplate?
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.
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.
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.
Why does Hoid seem to like the Kholins so much?
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.
I was wondering, what would happen if you Steelpushed or Ironpulled on liquid metal?
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.
When Mizzy becomes an Epic, what's her Epic power?
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.
Are there any Knights Radiant who broke their oaths in the Recreance that are still around in present day Stormlight time?
Yes. Oh, that broke their oaths. You anticipated me. RAFO.
But there are still ones around who haven't?
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.
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?
No, they don't have the same sort of cultural thing that we have on that.
What about, what's the planet name with Siri, Vivenna, Warbreaker, is there anything in that one?
Depending on the culture, there are several.
If a kandra imitated an Aviar and went and got the parasite, would it be able to mimic the powers?
In order to have a Breath, do you have to be native to Nalthis?
Not to be given Breaths, but people who are not native to Nalthis are not born with that Investiture.
So, you have to be born on that planet?
There are exceptions. Most of the time.
If both your parents were Nalthians, and they moved off planet, and they had a child that was born on a different planet—
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...
If both of his parents had Breaths.
Could a non-native be able to be Returned?
Yes, that is possible.
So someone who was born without a Breath and came to Nalthis could possibly be Returned?
Possibly could be Returned. Yes. That's not very likely.
So they could get a Divine Breath, even though never...
They could be given a Divine Breath, yes.
Are the Reshi Islands animals or spren?
The greatshells are animals. The actual Islands are islands.
Of all the women that you've written, do you have one that was really fun to write?
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.
Can you capture Preservation’s mist in a sphere?
This is plausible.
Do Mistborn have resonances?
*Hesitantly* Everybody does, but they're not as pronounced.
Is that because they just have so many powers?
[Does] Siri from Warbreaker sound anything like [Apple's] Siri?
No. I had it before the phone.
Did Doomslug come with the ship or the cave?
You will have an answer to that in book 2. So that's a RAFO, with a promise.
On the back of The Way of Kings, it says "I long for the days before the Last Desolation." Who's I?
That is one of the Sleepless. You have not...
And it ends in "One of them will destroy us." Okay. And I have it we don't know who the Sleepless is yet?
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.
How long does it take to summon an Honorblade? Is it ten heartbeats or instant?
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.
But they're not?
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.
What about for the Heralds?
You should write a book about Rock.
I am planning a novella about Rock. So I do plan to do one, let's see if I can squeeze it in but I do plan to give him his own novella.
How many personalities does the Legion guy [Stephen Leeds] have?
There's a number in the last one. It's like 54, something like that? Yeah.
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.
Tell them that I do plan to do some of that.
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.
You have not seen the end of that arc. Dalinar loves his son but has trouble treating anyone as anything other than tools.
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—
—as I just wished to give Brandon comment on the fact that some readers were disappointed with the outcome of this narrative arc.
Does a "Truthless" equate to a "liar"?
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.
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.
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.
Okay. And larkins don't have feathers, right?
Larkins do not have feathers. They look like little... They look like wasps.
Like wasps? That little?
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.
If Kelsier and Moash/Vyre meet, what will happen? What god will they kill together?
*evil laugh* RAFO. *crowd laughter*
At the end of Oathbringer, Hoid is there, and he uses the Breath to talk to the doll, and he gives the doll to K-whoever - he gives it to someone named Cob and Kheni. So, is Kheni a Parshman?
I'll RAFO that.
Do you have an update on when the Hemalurgy table's gonna be available on the website?
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.
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