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    General Signed Books 2018 ()
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    MiToRo94

    Since all matter and energy are Investiture in different forms, and the magic of Investiture depends on the shard it is most closely connected to, could it be theoretically possible for Lift to burn food on Scadrial to have the powers of a Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This wouldn’t happen naturally - she would still get surgebinding powers, even on Scadrial.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is the Cosmere, the thread connecting several of your series, something that came from the beginning, or something that kind of grew?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    What a great question! So the Cosmere, which is the thread connects a lot of my books together. All of my epic fantasies are connected in this world called the Cosmere. Was that from the beginning, or was it something that grew?

    So I had, I often point to the fact that I had those years not getting published as a big advantage, because while I was working on those books, I didn't write the first ones as a connected shared universe. It was after I had done a number of them, that I'm like, "Hey, there's something here! There's a thread that I can weave together." But by the time I got published, I knew all of that right?

    And so, like when I wrote Mistborn, which was my, the first book I wrote knowing it would get published. Elantris was my first published, it was number 6 in those years. I sat down specifically with Mistborn and built the Cosmere, using some of these unpublished books as the history of what had happened. So from the get-go of reading it, it was all interconnected. Elantris got retrofitted a little bit, to fit in with this. From Mistborn is where it all kind of starts working together and things like that.

    I was inspired to do this by authors I had read who did this really well, that I liked. Stephen King did it. Michael Moorcock did it. It really kind of blew my mind when Asimov connected the robots and the Foundation books. Of course, you know, comics have been doing it forever. But when I saw authors doing it is what made me really excited. I would count those as inspiration.

     

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If you would spontaneously, prematurely die, any author you would consider ideal for finishing your work?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I usually pick Brian McClellan. Just because he's my student and I wanna be mean to him. I've warned him, I haven't asked him if he'd do it, I just warn him. I tell people that he'll do it. And he's like, "Oh. *grumble*" We're good friends. But Brian would actually be a really good match. Properly outlined, Brian is one of the better writers out there.

    Second Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I love that caveat.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Brian is uh, Brian can go off. He knows this but, uh, yeah.

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    Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

    Previously you were asked if Hoid could have been using the Lerasium to alloy with other metals to change his spirit web, and you answered it was technically possible. Does that mean you’re finally admitting that Hoid did not digest the bead?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I am not admitting that. It was possible for him to do that, but he did not.

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    Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

    We know that Hoid was offered a Shard and turned it down. Was he offered a specific Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    He was. There is one of the Shards that he would've... yeah.

    Paladin Brewer [PENDING REVIEW]

    Would he have been the 17th person or did someone take his place?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    No. Someone took his place.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is there anywhere on Scadrial that has a a region that they pronounce it "Kelsier" (ˈkɛlsiəɹ)?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That they would say "Kelsier?" Sure, I bet there are some that would say "Kelsier."

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Would it be possible to Awaken *inaudible*?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Probably not. I kind of imagine that happening. Awaken is the wrong term for it. I would say "No, because Awaken is the wrong term for it." But Investiture could potentially create something weird out of that.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I noticed during Oathbringer, is there a symbolism between the color red? Because I noticed that red is mentioned many times. Is it tied directly to the Thrill?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    When I am using red specifically for spren and eye color, I'm doing it intentionally. It means something. I'm not gonna tell you what it means yet.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Azure's cloth was red, and Adolin picked up a red <glass sphere>.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Some of that is going to be coincidence. But the color of the thing that is going to Scadrial is not coincidence.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What happens if there was a Feruchemist who was an Elantrian? Could they store Elantrian abilities into a nicrosil metalmind?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm RAFOing most of the stuff, but that one's a RAFO just because I am leaving nicrosil Feruchemy far away until I get there. I'm basically RAFOing everything about Investiture and Connection metalminds.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I heard you talk about the Vorin languages have a vowel shift.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm kind of bad at vowel shifts, but it does have a vowel shift. You'll see Kalak being called Kelek, things like this. And I try to stay consistent with it, but I've also not been as rigorous with it as I maybe should be. Peter always points out little errors I've made. So it's a vowel shift that has some inconsistencies, how about that. But of course, real-world vowels shifts have it.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You need to publish something only about the conlang.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Only about the linguistics? Yeah, having an assistant who has a degree in linguistics is really handy. Peter's been of very big use, particularly on Stormlight, because I didn't have him before those books. I just kind of had to muddle through it. And now I've got him. I'll call him up and say, "Pronounce this; pronounce this." There are lots of names in Stormlight that I can't pronounce that he can. The Arabic /q/, he can do, and I can't. Which we use a lot in some of the names over in Azir, and stuff like that.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What do you think of Moash?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I am very curious what the fan reactions have been. I anticipated it. Moash exists to represent a different direction than a character with some of the same motivations as Kaladin could go.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Did you actually go through a horseback riding orientation for that scene in Words of Radiance, because that is literally how it works.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I have done it before in my life, and I was drawing on that. I did have to go get some horse experts, because I got some things wrong. That's kind of a little bit how my first experience riding horses went. I have a cousin who rode show horses when she was younger.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Why didn't we get to see Dalinar meet Gallant in Oathbringer in the flashbacks?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I planned that for a different flashback. I intentionally didn't put that one in, because it didn't fit the rest of the narrative that I was telling. But I will do that eventually.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is it after he arrives at the Shattered Plains?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I will RAFO that for now, because I'd have to go look exactly at the timeline where I'm slipping it in.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    But it's around that time?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah, it's more recent than most of the things that you're reading about. Let's say, the person that Dalinar has been through most of his life would not end up with him. I will get into it. I realize that that was a hole that is not in the story, and it's an intentional one. But I eventually worked in the flashbacks with Kaladin in the last book, I found a little extra place for them. I'll try to find some of those for Dalinar.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is chasmfiend meat edible? If so, are people harvesting it once a chasmfiend is dead?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It is edible, and yes, perhaps it has not been exploited as much as it should have been, if that makes sense. But yes, it could be eaten.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is Lhan from the [Way of Kings Prime] reading the same one from Book 2?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, that is the same Brother Lhan. I knew he wasn't going to get to have a big part in the books once I moved Taln so far off. So I gave him a nice cameo with his own interlude so that at least he would be in the books. Because in that version, he basically wandered around, following Taln, complaining for the entire book.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What is the inspiration for the Parshendi?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    There are a lot of different inspirations. One is wanting to build out of the setting a species that interacted with the setting and had a symbiotic relationship with the setting. The other was the idea of a people whose caste system, you could change castes and physically change into other castes of the system. So something like the hives you see, where you can switch from worker to various different tasks. I liked the cultural aspects of what that did.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What's your Smedry talent?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I usually say "being long-winded." But the truth is, when I wrote the books, I kind of did all the stuff that I do as the first powers. So I'm habitually late, bad at dancing, good at breaking. But if you actually go "What's the core one," probably being long-winded. I can say things that could be said in one word, in seventeen instead.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I have a quick question about the uniforms in Skyward. Is there a specific color for Skyward flight?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Not for Skyward flight. They are all using the same jumpsuits, and things like this. By the second book, they probably will have... once they get ahead of it a little bit, they can do things like painting the ships. But in this book, really, you're basically wearing a jumpsuit...

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    It's blue, it's unceremonial.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Mhm.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I did have a question about Doomslug and M-Bot, where they came from?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Those are questions that will be answered, I promise.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Are they connected?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's what we call a RAFO, Read And Find Out. You will find out; I'm not gonna tell you know. You'll find out some of those answers in the next book.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How do you approach creating scenes? Do you create how you want the scene to play out, and then make the magic system? Or do you make the magic system work first?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Usually, I do magic system first. The way scenes, I construct, is usually I have big goals in my story. For instance, in Mistborn, Vin is going to learn to train all the powers of Mistborn. By the end, I want her to be fairly competent. So then I have that goal, and I write down, "What are scenes that can move me toward that goal?" In that outline, it would be: she trains with Ham in one scene, she trains with Marsh in another scene, she trains with Breeze in another scene. What else can I make those scenes do to move character and stuff, to try to pack more into those scenes. But I'll construct those scenes as goals towards the ending.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    It kind of felt like you let Adolin off the hook for murder.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I would say no, I didn't. There will be more implications there, but what you've gotta understand is, Adolin does not view what he did as murder. His dad is uncertain if it is. And his dad is the ultimate judge of legality. There will be far-reaching implications of this, but kind of the way a society like that works, if you didn't get caught and you are the son of the king, then you get a little... you know what I mean?

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is it yet to be resolved?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yet to have the full extent of its implications, how about that? I would say that you are perfectly right if you were to say he did something morally wrong. There are many who would agree with you; there are many who would disagree with you. And that disagreement is part of what the story is about.

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    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Someday, once I'm sure everything that it would spoil has been released, I will release [Way of Kings Prime] so you can read it. You can probably see that, if you read Stormlight, a chunk of the book belonging to Taln moved to Szeth, instead, who was a character in the first book but had a slightly different plot. Eventually, we will get to the whole story, though.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What' your inspiration for Wayne?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Wayne had a lot of inspirations. Obviously, there's some Mat Cauthon going on when I do Wayne, particularly the way that Mat would see the world differently from the that way he would act. The original inspiration for Wayne was a character who changed personalities based on which hat he wore. He was actually the lead in a Mistborn story I was writing, and he didn't work well without someone to play off of. Some characters work way better when they are surrounded by more normal people. Not gonna say anything about things like the Minion movie (which my children loved), but it's very hard to tell a story about everyone being crazy instead of having a framework of someone to keep it going in the right direction. So that was a big inspiration for Wayne.

    The other big inspiration for Wayne was something I noticed about human nature, where I wanted to tell a story about a character who had some really deep... Wayne should bother you. Like the way he treats Steris. And the way he treats Ranette. And the way he treats some of the people in his life should really bother you. And one of my goals with Wayne was to tell a story that mimics what I see in real life, where there are people I know and I love who also have this way about them that you realize they aren't quite... grown-up's the wrong term. Like, all of us are the heroes in our own group of friends. We're all the hero of our story. We each have different things we're working on. And some of them are classic good storytelling things, like "I'm gonna learn to be more bold." Which is totally me. Totally something I need to work on. But some of them are "I treat people who are in my inner circle really poorly, especially if they're trying to get into my inner circle. And then when you're in my inner circle, I have a dysfunctional relationship with you a lot of time." And I thought I could only really do that with a character that you loved while you were really annoyed by them, because otherwise I feel like the character wouldn't work. Maybe I could do it a different way, but I really wanted to dig into that in these new Mistborn books, and Wayne was my vehicle for doing this.

    Some kind of nebulous sort of writerly things going on there.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I like Mistborn: Secret History. Is there going to be a Mistborn: Secret History 2?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I hope to be able to write one. But this comes back to the "Let's make sure I'm getting the things that I have promised sequels to moving at a reasonable rate before I do side projects like that." So, I'd like to do one, but I'm not promising one.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What do you feel about people who take your books and are really inspired by them and taking them as their life motto? For the example, the Stormlight mantra "Life before death"?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I am honored. Absolutely. The things that I am putting in the books are things I'm passionate about, things I'm thinking about, things that I think are relevant. I am completely honored. And I guess it would depend on whose motto you take. But absolutely honored, I think it's awesome.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    lupicorn

    I had a question about what it means to swear the Ideal of Law. Several fans have told me it means to define the law, in the Nixon, "when the president does it, that means it is not illegal," sort of way. I interpret it as becoming the embodiment of the law such that they can't willingly violate any law without breaking their oaths.

    Do either of these interpretations hit the mark? Nale seems to follow the law more so than most and that doesn't just seem like a personal preference.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that both of these interpretations could work for a given skybreaker, which is why there is disagreement among the order itself. Perception is a big part of the oaths.

    I wouldn't want to squish this discussion by offering too much on one side or the other, as this is exactly where I want the conversation to be going right now.

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    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    Lift and Hoid disagree on bacon. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    Is this because food on Roshar is usually either Spicy (male) or Sweet (female), so salty bacon would just taste wrong to Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    She just doesn't like the taste, please don't think too much into it.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What does M-Bot have against Doomslug and Rig?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    M-Bot treats Rig kind of like you might treat a doctor. Even though he's good for you, you may not enjoy having someone poke around at you.

    With Doomslug, it isn't that he has a lot against Doomslug. Doomslug just isn't a good conversationalist. She does a lot of repeating back at you what you say. So getting trapped only with Doomslug would be...

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Can the second book have Doomslug with a bow?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    In a bow? I will try to get Doomslug a bow.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Could a skilled Awakener Awaken a gemheart?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

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

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    But it'll do a thing?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It'll do a thing.