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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.

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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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    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]

    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'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'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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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What happened to Rand? He's not dead?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    So Robert Jordan wrote everything from Rand stumbling out of Shayol Ghul until the ending, with the exception of the Perrin scenes, which I added to that epilogue. Harriet says--his wife--says he sat laughing to himself as he wrote the scene with the pipe, but he did not tell her what it means.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Pipe?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    The pipe where he-- he lit the pipe just by thinking about it. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's also something-- he's using the Tel'aran'rhiod power to light it in the real world?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I do not know. Now, I have my theories. I think that because Rand touched the Pattern directly, when he was doing what he was doing, that he now has influence over the Pattern. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So he can change and manipulate things? But he's-

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's what I think, but Robert Jordan didn't say, and he did write those scenes himself before he passed away. So, I wrote the actual Last Battle-

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    All of it? That was so epic.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes. So he took over-- where he left was right when Rand stumbles out. The Last Battle chunk before that was me. He wrote Mat in the Tower of Ghenjei... He wrote most of Egwene in The Gathering Storm, and then little snippets of Egwene all the way through. Perrin was almost one hundred percent me; he didn't leave much on Perrin. With Rand, he wrote little chunks here and there...

    So I do not know. Now, I can tell you that there in the notes that when the balefire streams, when they crossed, intertwined [Rand's] soul with Moridin's soul. And one thing that his assistant said is that the [soul] that wanted to live found the body that was going to live, and the [soul] that wanted to die found the body that was dying. And that's what happened.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    They swapped bodies because he had this thing-- Why didn't he go in and say "hey everybody?" ...He didn't want to be with his family and friends anymore?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I think he probably came back-- He just needed a break. I'm pretty sure that he eventually let them know, but he just needed a little time. So, but I don't know for sure.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I thought it was super cool, going in, the chase between Slayer and Perrin.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I had a lot of fun with that scene.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    ...Also, you told me last time I saw you, that Tel'aran'rhiod is basically-- Is that kind of where you got the idea of the parallel universe in the other books?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah, Shadesmar. Shadesmar you can tie directly back to my love of Tel'aran'rhiod. It's kind of mixed with that in my love of some ancient Greek philosophy things that are not that important, but yeah.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was wondering if there was ever a time where you wanted to write but you were too afraid to, or if you've always just been writing?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    No, as a teenager particularly, I was very nervous about my writing. I would hide my writing from my family. I was so embarrassed of the idea that they might find it and read it, and things like that. Early on, I didn't ever show my work to people. I wasn't scared of writing, but I was scared of letting anyone see it. As I got older, I got around that. I got over that, but it was kind of hard.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Alcatraz! Sounded as though there was gonna another book. Probably not by Alcatraz himself?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, by Bastille. I've written half of it. After I wrote about half of it, I realized I wanted a little help with the voice from a friend of mine who's very good at voice. So I've been letting her look at it and offer some tweaks and suggestions. Just 'cause I want it to feel like Bastille, but it felt too much like Alcatraz when I wrote it. Like I said, it's about halfway done, 25,000 words are done and good. We just need to tweak the voice. It's probably gonna be called "Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians." It will give the real ending, not the ending Alcatraz thinks it should have.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You should write a book about Rock.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    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.

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    Questioner [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.

    Questioner [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 [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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    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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    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]

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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.

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    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.

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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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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]

    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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    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.