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    InsaneScotsman

    On First of The Sun do Silverlight have a permanent outpost on the cognitive side or is it still too dangerous to hang around

    Lastly any cool tidbits about First of The Sun or its people would be awesome, worldhoppers or the like

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is actually a RAFO too--it would be relevant if I write a sequel to Sixth of the Dusk. The opening sequence would involve an expedition into shadesmar...

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    Kyrroti

    What’s the likelihood of Elantris or Warbreaker being narrated by Michael Kramer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not good, I'm afraid, as we've already done two versions of Warbreaker and the current Elantris reader is generally liked for the book.

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    Secondskrull

    Way of Kings epigraph:

    "Three of sixteen ruled, but now the Broken One reigns (Odium)"

    Words of Radiance back cover:

    "The Bondsmith (Dalinar), born in blood and death, striving to rebuild what was destroyed."

    Am I onto something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

    Phantine

    Actually, I have a question for /u/mistborn about that bit. The epigraphs were dictated, and honor's shattered pieces are in the highstorm. Is it "the broken one reigns", or "the broken one rains"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is reigns. (Though that is a cool possible interpretation.)

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    Enasor

    1) Will the truth of how Evi really died matter to Dalinar's sons? In other words, is it reasonable to expect Adolin, most notably, will react negatively given he believes his father would have never burned the Rift?

    2) Dalinar claims he could forgive Adolin for not being the man he thought he was. Is it reasonable to expect this is easier said than done?

    Brandon Sanderson

    1) It would be reasonable to expect that many people (Adolin foremost among them) will react negatively to the truth--which is indeed contained in Dalinar's book.

    2) Yes, I would say that's a reasonable expectation as well.

    Skyward Pre-Release AMA ()
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    Pagerunner

    Do you have a working title for Stormlight Four? Have you chosen the interlude character yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Interlude character is Eshonai. I've had several working titles over the years, but one that stuck around a wile was The Song of Changes. I'm unlikely to keep this, as it was never meant to be a final title.

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    muh_vehicles

    Did Lightday exist before humans arrived at Roshar exactly as it is now, a day without rain in the middle of every other Weeping?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hm. I'll RAFO this, as I might flashback to this time in the second half of the Stormlight archive.

    Skyward Pre-Release AMA ()
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    hajsenberg

    When Spin heard Jerkface talking after she left DDF I thought he would be defending her. Something like "even though we hate each other, she's part of the flight and her place is with the rest".

    Brandon Sanderson

    Jorgen is pretty new to this situation too, remember. He's never had to deal with something quite like this before.

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    beer_in_an_esky

    1) Is Ashyn still operating on a sickness-based magic, as indicated in the readings you've done previously? Or are you not ready to canonise that?

    2) Assuming it is, was the use of Investiture on Ashyn always sickness-based?

    3) If someone who is sick on Ashyn leaves while still unwell, would they still have powers? How about any people they infect on the new world?

    1) Ashyn still has that magic, though I've gone a lot of directions on how I want the culture to feel, so I souldn't consider that canon yet.

    2) No.

    3) The powers come directly via the micro-organisms, similar to other symbiotic relationships in the cosmere.

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    JKOustin

    I was rereading W&W books recently and noticed something interesting.

    In "Shadows of Self", when Sazed/Harmony is talking with Wax, he feels warmth.

    Wax felt a warmth, a fire, as if the inside of the carriage were heating to incredible temperatures

    The voice vanished. The temperature returned to normal. Wax leaned back, sweating, feeling drained.

    That makes me think about our favorite Bondsmith who experiences something familiar. Is it a coincidence? No, I don't mean Sazed specifically, but perhaps this happens when Shard (any Shard) tries to communicate with people? In the case of Dalinar it could be Cultivation or another big splinter of Honor.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This parallelism is intentional, but that's all I will say for now.

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    RayW2

    What is the most powerful Radiant Order? Bondsmith?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Power" is related to situation, perception, and need. A Bondsmith can probably draw the most raw investiture, depending on the situation--but comparisons like this ignore the heart of the matter. I don't look at people in the cosmere as having a "power level," because I don't consider it to be a good measure of the way the stories will play out.

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    LerasiumMistborn

    Dalinar is my absolute favorite character in any book now. During previous AMA someone asked you about character’s mental health and you wrote that Dalinar has had PTSD, alcoholism and “a few other things”. Can you explain what these “other things” are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    All right, so with Dalinar, I wouldn't suggest looking for some broad categorization--like, I think there would be an instinct by some people to diagnose him with Antisocial PD during his youth. He certainly has some hallmarks (the lack of empathy, the aggression, and the and willingness to put responsibility for his actions onto someone else.)

    But I think more, with Dalinar, it wasn't some grand schema to diagnose--but a lot of little problems, like most of us have, that were unhealthy ways of seeing the world. Some of this relates to his mix of jealousy/devotion related to his brother, both of which emotions were unhealthy at times. But also his bloodlust in combat, which wasn't just the Thrill--but a real enjoyment of fighting, and a willingness to ignore consequences to others for that.

    These are still all issues he has, though he's worked through many--but the knowledge that losing control was so bad for him in the past has led him to what I'd call his current biggest challenge, which is the need to be in control at all times. (To the point that he doesn't completely trust others to see something get done, despite what he claims.)

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    LerasiumMistborn

    You said Bondsmiths can boost other Radiants powers. That moment when Dalinar helped Shallan a create a map. Can he do it with all Radiants? And this “boost” is always different with each Order?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, and yes.

    Skyward Pre-Release AMA ()
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    BusinessCress

    Do you have a character who is very special for you in a personal way? The one closest to your heart?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably Dalinar. He is one of the first I ever developed, and existed (in a proto-form) in the very first novel I started writing.

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    XMikethetrikeX

    Can we have a bit of new trivia on szeth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm sorry, but I prefer to avoid answering questions like this--because if I answer them, I get asked them more. And random trivia questions are really, REALLY hard to answer because I have to remember what I've said before, be careful not to spoil books, etc. My mind just doesn't work in a way that is good for giving answers like this.

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    XMikethetrikeX

    If ruin had split into 2 shards, would one, zero or both of those shards have been capable of making atium? Does this change depending on how it splits?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not necessarily. And it would change depending on how things split.

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    kakarotoks

    How much do you usually work? Do you do about 40 hours/week, and never work on weekends or do you spend most of your time working (work = research, outlining, writing, doing conferences/book tours, etc.. but doesn't include thoughts that pop in your mind at random times during the day/night). Do you consider this as a 'regular job' (one that you are obviously passionate about) and you take the time to have hobbies/family time, and vacations, or is it your passion, your life, and you spend as much time as you can doing it

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's sometimes hard to measure, because the touring aspect of my job is very different from the day-to-day. And there are years when I spent 1/3 of my time touring. But the day to day is about 40 hours a week right now. It used to be more, but with kids and a family, I've pulled back somewhat to get a better balance, and to make sure I'm reading other people's work so that I keep an eye on what they're doing.

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    kakarotoks

    As for Skyward, You said before that you got stuck because you weren't liking it, then you finally figured out how to fix it, will you write a blog post after release about how it was before and what needed to be changed to make it fit your standard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Did I say that about Skyward? I got stuck on Apocalypse Guard, and pulled it for that reason. I don't believe I had any big issues with Skyward that weren't up to standards, just normal revision issues. The biggest hurdle came long before writing the book, as I was trying to figure out ways to approach this plot archetype in a way that wouldn't simply be a rehash of what people have done before.

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    kakarotoks

    In Bands of Mourning, the Connection medallion is filled with "Blank Connection" and Marasi can't understand Allik when she puts it on, but how do you fill the medallion with Blank Connection in the first place? And could Allik fill the medallion with his own Connection so that when Marasi taps that non-blank Connection, she would understand him ? Or even better, if instead of tapping Connection, Marasi decided to fill the medallion with her own Connection, would she become 'blank' herself then get auto-connected to local land? If yes, then why would Allik need to tap Connection when using the medallion instead of just filling it, becoming blank and understanding her? Or would that make him not connected to anything and unable to understand anyone ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    All right, so I want to be very careful on this. I typed out my response, but I've sent it to Peter to double-check to get another set of eyes on it. Once we get into mechanisms like this, we're digging into the cosmere-equivalent of computers or complex circuits. I need to make sure another person is double-checking my work.

    As a side note for the Sharders reading this, when I dodge these types of questions in physical Q&As, this is kind of the reason. It took me a good thirty minutes to dig into the mechanisms I've written out, re-read to reconfirm to myself I have the methods right, then write it out. And I still have to send it to Peter, just because there are a lot of complex nuances here.

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    Use_the_Falchion

    Do you have a writing/reading soundtrack that feels like it shouldn’t work but it does for you? Or do you ever give books (be t yours or others) theme songs?

    I don't often choose theme songs, but I find that Daft Punk works for me as writing music, even when it really probably shouldn't.

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    NotOJebus

    Okay so Brandon, I've gotta ask, Rigs last name is McAffrey. I thought, oh haha, nice McAffrey reference.

    Then I got thinking.

    So Skyward is a story about a girl and her starship (dragon) who join a group to help defend their planet, which is made up of seperate caverns (Holds) after humanity crashed (colonised) their world, and who has to defend said peoples from an enemy that periodically comes from the sky called the Krell (Thread).

    Let's just assume the world takes place in the DE universe and that Spensa and Co will eventually work out how to psychically teleport and... Brandon... Is Skyward just a sci fi retelling of the Dragonriders of Pern...

    Brandon Sanderson

    The White Dragon (along with Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen) are direct inspirations for Skyward. And Rodge's last name is a nod to Anne McCaffrey.

    I wouldn't say it's only a sci-fi retelling of these stories. But the plot archetype that inspired me is the "boy and his dragon" story. (Including Eregon and How to train your Dragon as well.) I've always wanted to do a story like this, but wanted to find a way to put my own spin (heh heh) on the story.

    You'll see how they diverge as the story progresses. But much as Mistborn was inspired by heist stories, this one was inspired by dragon egg stories.

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    DammyJerry

    Also, I noticed that Dalinar fits well enough with the Hero of Ages prophecy. Lines like "The Hero of Ages was the person who united others, who brought them together" and so on. So I wanted to ask if there is a coincidence or not? Or that's a RAFO?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    DammyJerry

    Does Dalinar know about Adonalsium? Stormfather dropped the term during one of their talks, so did he tell Dalinar the whole story of Shattering and Shards? Also, does he understand what exactly he did when summoned perpendicularity or not? Does he understand what’s going on with him now (that he’s connected with Honor’s remnants)? Does he even know what “Shard” mean?

    I guess, the question is “How Cosmere-aware Dalinar is?”

    Brandon Sanderson

    As of Oathbringer, Dalinar isn't specifically aware of the larger Cosmere story--though he would numerous "Aha" moments if it were explained to him, as pieces of what he does know would fall into place. The Stormfather isn't particularly interested in the larger story, however, and that's one reason.

    Jasnah is a different story...

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    Govir

    In the Mistborn series, when you were writing the prophecies, did you start with the "non-corrupted" versions and then corrupt them, or vice versa (or something else)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I started (as is my usual process) with the end in mind, and outlined backward. In this case, that meant constructing the final version of the prophesies first.

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    Govir

    An actual Skyward question: Were you inspired by the anime Gurren Lagann at all for this? That anime starts out with humans living in caves and being attacked in order to keep their population down. The cave dwelling and constant attacks is the only connection so far that I see (the rest of the anime gets pretty crazy and I don't think you'd go that far).

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm afraid I haven't seen Gurren Lagann, which is probably an oversight--a lot of people talk about it being great.

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    WritesGeekyStuff

    1) What is the name for a Tineye/Archivist Twinborn?

    2) How would copper compounding work for a double copper Twinborn? Would you relive the memories stored in the Burnt copperminds extra vividly?

    Brandon Sanderson

    1) I'm not ready to open the floodgates for giving names to each twinborn combination yet. So RAFO.

    2) Another RAFO here. I'll delve into these ideas when/if I do this combination in a book series.

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    WritesGeekyStuff

    How much of Defiant has been colonised by humans? Do the caverns cover the entire world, or are they restricted to only a small area around Alta?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're seeing the most populated part of the world. There are some little enclaves all over the planet (which is smaller than earth) but most everything is congregated near where the original fleet landed. (Note that the Defiant was the name of the flagship they crashed on, not the planet's name.)