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    Questioner

    How could I be a better beta reader? Because I suck at giving feedback.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's just practice. And try not to fix things, try to just give your responses to them.

    Questioner

    Like how I felt about certain things?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, you don't have to tell them how to fix it, you just have to say, "I was bored here." "I was not empathizing with this character." "This line was really great." That sort of stuff.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, you know, on Scadrial, once metal is burned, it returns to the ecosystem, because matter is not created or destroyed. Does color do the same thing on Nalthis? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're gonna make me try to decide-- does color have, um-- I'll have to think about it...

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    Where can I find the rules to the game of Michim?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, probably nowhere. I would have to do some more work.

    Questioner 1

    ...I tried really hard to extrapolate the rules.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know, that's what I'm saying. Probably nowhere, because-- the rules-- we'd have to look in my notes, to see if I even have them in there.

    Questioner 2

    Did you actually invent a game, just to put it in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, enough rules-- I don't know if it would pass playing-rigor.

    Questioner 1

    How can you guess the ones your opponent has hidden if it's a game of skill, not chance? I can't understand!

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I have to fudge these things, just in case it doesn't actually play, I don't have time to, like, playtest for a year. But we can work on it and see if me can make it work. If you beg at me with an email, we can try that.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Does the Almighty and the Heralds have anything to do with the bigger cosmere gods and deities?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    The Heralds, as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Not as much, but a little bit. They do. 

    Questioner

    Does that mean that the Almighty is able to worldhop as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, the Almighty is Honor, and he is one of the Shards of Adonalsium, so he didn't originate on Roshar.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    I'm wondering how worldhoppers are able to understand languages on different worlds.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, because I knew I was doing this whole thing, I made it fairly easy to use Connection to start speaking other languages, like you see in the Mistborn books happening. That's a pretty common thing with the various magic systems, one of the easiest things to get going. Some just learn the language. It does happen. But, for instance, Hoid isn't learning the language, which is why you see him making goofs, like when he says "coin" instead of "sphere." Because, like, that doesn't happen really, if you learn the other language. There's not really the word for coin. But the magic is trying to interpret the thing that he says, and it just comes out as a word that's not in their language, really. And you'll see worldhoppers making that mistake. You'll see them using words like "dirt" and stuff like that, and that's just a clue they're using magical means.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, I had a question about the 16 in Mistborn versus 10 [in Stormlight], there's a big discussion on the 17th Shard about it...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's more-- It's not random. 

    Questioner

    ... So is there a method to the madness?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a method to the madness, but it may not be as important as some people think it is.

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    Questioner

    So, I'm intrigued by aluminum, especially the fact that it can only be found by Soulcasting on Roshar. So, how was it discovered in the first place?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Did I say you can only get it through Soulcasting?

    Questioner

    In the Shallan flashbacks, she has the pendant.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Don't take what she says at 100% truth.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Mason Wheeler

    Harmonium is ettmetal... Its chemicals properties are sort of analogous to cesium. It explodes in contact with water. People are made out of water. You try to spike someone, you try to swallow it, you try to wear it as jewelry, it will not end well. Why in the world would he pick something so inharmonious?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He didn't pick it. It's unstable because of the two halves of him not meshing well.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Mason Wheeler

    So, because the world is flat in Shadesmar, if there's a place where you can't cross, so if a Radiant was on a ship, they'd have trouble getting across, because their spren would be stuck behind that line of discontinuity. Is the Origin of Storms located on that line?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, good question.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Who do you think would win, an atium misting, or Kaladin with Syl?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The atium misting, as long as they have enough atium, is probably got an advantage, but Kaladin can fly. So, I would bet on Kaladin, meaning he flies up high, waits 'til they run out of atium, then gets them.

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    Joyblu

    So, I just had a question about the name Hoid. I've gone through all these [Aons], with the "OID," I know he really cares about how it's spelled. Is there anything you can give me the "O" and the "I" and the "D"? The only ones that have the "O" and the "I" are these two right here. Am I onto anything here, or is that just a coincidence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, those are just a coincidence.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Ethour

    Would a Shardfork be effective in combat?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Depends on who has it. I think-- There were war tridents that were used, historically, but I'm gonna say that, on average, a sword's a better choice. But, I mean-- Lift isn't hot on hurting people, even when she's fighting them, so it's kind of a weird thing.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, I'm about to read the last four books of Wheel of Time, and I know in your interview with Deseret News is that no one has asked you about something big, world-shattering. What should I be thinking of while I read these books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can't give you even a clue, because I've been sworn to secrecy by team Jordan. I made it up, but they said "We can't tell people this." So, this is something I added to the books, it's not something that was in the notes. So there, you learned something about it.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Where is the status, or will it ever happen on the pizza necromancer book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Death by Pizza's floating. Really I can only start new things if it's directly for my contract for Tor or for my contract [with Random House] until I clear off a few things, so I'm not letting myself do that one. I considered slotting it in when I did Skyward, but Skyward was the one I ended up doing. So, that one's, basically-- I'm not gonna do it until at least I get Rithmatist and Alcatraz done.

    Questioner

    Well, I'm excited. It sounds fun.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a load of fun.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    What's the deal with Hoid and instant noodles?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...He likes his ramen, right? Like any sane person, he likes his instant noodles. Nothing more than that.

    Questioner

    ...Has he ever had instant noodles?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he's had instant noodles before. They have them on Taldain, yeah.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    If Soulcast blood is human blood, does that mean Soulcast meat is people meat?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    But that doesn't necessarily mean that, like-- when it has a blood type, and things like that-- I don't know enough about blood. I didn't mean to imply it's human blood. I'm just saying, it has all the attributes of blood, and it could be ascribed to something specific. That's where my mind was going. If they were asking, "Is this human blood?" No, that's not necessarily-- some of it is. Soulcast meat is definitely not. Soulcast blood, probably is most of the time. But it is-- there are, like, certain derivations of it that happen. It's more complicated, in other words, than what I-- than a simple answer can give. So, is Soulcast blood human blood? You could use it for blood transfusions, most if it, unless, in certain instances, you couldn't. Like, it's more-- Those sorts of questions, I have to circumlocute them so much.

    Let's just put it this way. You can eat-- The meat is not human meat, but the blood can be used for blood transfusions. Is that enough? Yeah, we'll go with that.

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    CaptainRyan

    *written* Could a Shard refuse to "fuel" a magic user? E.g. Could Preservation have refused to "fuel" Ham's pewter? (Please, for the question, assume Preservation is whole and undamaged.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    *written* No, but he could have interfered.

    *spoken* So, the answer is "no, he couldn't." Like, if you just had the Allomancy going, like--

    CaptainRyan

    They can't shut you off?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can't shut you off, but they can interfere with you using it. They could do other things. But, like, the magic, it would be like saying, "I refuse to let gravity work on this person."

    CaptainRyan

    But couldn't a Shard-- Technically, they can control forces--

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they can't, but they can interfere with it, does that make sense? ...Gravity is not gone, but this person is being interfered with and their relationship to these sorts of things.

    CaptainRyan

    Kind of like if I throw your pen in the air, gravity's not gone, but I've interfered with something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, exactly. And you can, like, twist the gravity, so it's pointing... But the laws of natures, burning is, like, a law of nature, and things like that. And they can circumvent, and they can twist, and they can bend, but the laws of nature are still the laws of nature.

    CaptainRyan

    They can't just cut it off?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    With your awesome art people, have you thought about doing kids' books, like 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade level?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've considered it, but I haven't practiced that very much, and it is a different skill. I'm not confident in being able to do that myself. But it's on my radar, since I have kids that age.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, I was curious if the Alethi were always-- like, if there was a time where there wasn't a segregation between lighteyes and darkeyes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that did exist.

    Questioner

    ...How did the separation occur?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are some clues in [Oathbringer] and in the last book. It has to do with Knights Radiant and Surgebinding and things like that. It's a part RAFO. It's pretty guessable. There's nothing--

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Can a kandra have a human kid, if they're in a--

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...So, their DNA would-- I've answered this both ways, I think, on the internet, as I go back on forth on whether I want DNA testing to be able to catch a kandra or not. I've erred on the side of, their DNA isn't human, and so they would not be compatible, but I've gone the other direction some of the time when people have asked this question. So, I guess the answer is, I have not fully decided for myself yet.

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    Questioner

    So, the Shardfork. A very versatile, Shard-whatever. Would it be possible to do, like, a Shardrock, or something, that would go in a catapult?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it has more variety than people would think, but it isn't limitless, what they can become. But that would totally be possible.

    Questioner

    And what would a Shardrock do if it hits you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, bean them on the head and be really strong. If you can get into the spirit, if you can start getting past the skin and stuff, you can do some serious damage.

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    Questioner

    So, in Edgedancer, there's a spot where they're going through all the weird things going on in the city, and they're talking about some spren that only shows up if she dumps water out. Is that significant, or is that a crazy person? ...The spren that shows up every morning if she leaves water out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is true.

    Questioner

    Okay, she's is not crazy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She's not-- Okay.

    Questioner

    Are the spren intelligent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sapient spren, no. But she may have the cause and effect mixed up. She may not have the cause and effect correct. She might have correlation and causation mixed up.