Is Glys a normal Truthwatcher spren?
You'd have to read the book, it's a RAFO.
Is Glys a normal Truthwatcher spren?
You'd have to read the book, it's a RAFO.
Can you tell me what the Truthwatcher spren are called, like do they have a name? I know it's not in Oathbringer.
Yeah, I'm not gonna canonize that yet. There're things I am still thinking about.
How do Windrunners rotate as they are moving through the air, since a force on their center of mass can't be rotation.
Yeah but wind resistance can. Same with [how] skydivers work.
Okay, so they kind of instinctively do it, or learn.
Yeah. You learn but-- you put your fingers out you go spinning around the right way. Kaladin gets better at this and you'll see some direct references to that in [Oathbringer] where he's talking about some of these ideas.
I have it cutting right now, but I don't know if I can have it actually completely cut because we slide it through the rock and things like that, right? So it's gotta be that, like, atomizing a little bit into Investiture or something like that. Because I use it in a way that they just-- but there's not really friction on it, so mathematically I'd probably have to say that something is vanishing... I don't want it to but I probably have to.
Yeah, I was just sitting there, thinking about Dalinar getting that trench. That would be difficult.
RAFO. RAFO for you, sir.
The spren on the other side of the Oathgate in Shadesmar... One is an inkspren-- I am guessing, no? Because there are two spren that grant the Transportation Surge so that would make the other a Willshaper spren?
Was Bloody Tan performing like Lessie?
Was Nightblood black before being awakened by Shashara?
*written* Was Shashara known to wear red scarves?
*spoken* Good question. Good question
What did you get Matt?
Shashara was not known to wear red scarves.
A friend of mine wanted me to ask: Was the cataclysm that rocked Ashyn and forced its inhabitants into the flying cities Investiture-based, and if it was was it Shardic in nature?
The same cataclysm that the-- did you finish [Oathbringer]?
The same cataclysm that they were fleeing, that they caused, is the one that forced people into the skies...
Could you create an artificial perpendicularity on demand?
This is theoretically possible.
Can you describe what Shadesmar looks like on either Nalthis or Sel.
Yeah. On Sel? Looks like a big old storm that will destroy you. More than a storm, it's like a big pressurized-- it's like plasma, almost. It is really dangerous. Really dangerous. That 'cause the Dor is hanging out there.
So, when Cenn dies, and he says "The Black Piper in the night, he holds us in the palm, playing a tune no man can hear." Is that a reference to Hoid?
No. Good question!
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I did. I considered-- When I started, I'm like, "Brandon Sanderson's a boring name, I should do a cooler name." And my editor and my agent prevailed upon me that, no, it was not a boring name, it was just fine. That was the big decision point.
So, you post enough on Reddit. But you get by with not always getting noticed, and you can actually post stuff kind of like normally, like a person. How long do you think that will last until, you like-- like, if you get a movie or a TV deal...
People miss when Arnold [Schwarzenegger] posts on Reddit. People just aren't used to reading usernames. And I know, if they're miss Arnold, they're always gonna miss me.
Did you have an inspiration for the Talents, in Alcatraz?
Stupid things that myself or my family do.
You actually mentioned at a signing I went to last year that the Rithmatist magic was going to be, like a cosmere thing, but you pulled it out. What about it wasn't working?
It wasn't the magic, it was the setting. I decided I didn't want Earth in the cosmere, even a alternate version of it. The magic still kind of works very cosmere-y.
Are there a finite number of types of spren, or can new ones be created?
New ones can be created.
If someone created another Awakened sword, just like Nightblood, with the same process, and then brought it to fight Nightblood the same way, would they destroy each other?
In Rithmatist, they talk about it's random to be chosen as a Rithmatist, but Melody says that everyone in her family has been chosen. Is it random? Or...
It is not random.
Where did you get your inspiration for Kaladin's and Tien's relationship?
It grew naturally out of Kaladin's, kind of-- who he is and what's wrong with him.
From a writer's perspective, in Words of Radiance: explosive things, lots of things happening at the end of that book. As a writer when you're writing that, which of those did you think would hit a fan the hardest? Like, biggest gut punch, or like, shocking moment.
I dunno... Probably when Kaladin finally says the Ideal.
Me and my wife reading it, it was-- Adolin just shocked my wife.
Oh, yeah, that's the one. Yeah, you're right. That's the most shocking one...
Multiple Investiture? Possible? Have we already seen it?
Yes. And yes. Well, you've seen it, but you wouldn't be able to know.
With that, is the planet they're on that matters?
For most of the magics, no.
Okay. Since there *inaudible*.
Among other things, yes.
How many times has Vasher been to Roshar as of Oathbringer?
Uh... RAFO, but at least twice?
Taldain. Are you ever gonna write any more novels set on there?
I would say 50-50 chance.
I know you can have Shardblades be basically whatever you want. Can they ever be, like, a regular proportioned sword?
So people can just use them as normal?
I know Dragonsteel is going to have, like, [Hoid] as a main character in the series, or at least a more prominent character. Is there any other book series that are planned that are gonna have him as a more prominent figure?
And are those gonna come before or after?
...Is there anything in [Hoid]'s past that he regrets that he did? An action that he made that he, like, regrets.
We have a Nicroburst Twinborn, who burns his old stored metal. What happens?
So, if we switch to Scadrial, and I had lined the inside of my hat with aluminum, I'm protecting myself from emotional Allomancy. What if I was able to use emotional Allomancy? Would that block me?
So, it's going to interfere a little bit. But the issue with that is, a lot of Allomancy is coming from center and going to head. So, you're probably still gonna be okay with the helmet... So, I'm gonna say, you don't want a lot of aluminum around you, but you could probably still make it work.
So, I noticed in the books that they like to paint their Shardplate, most of them do, with one notable exception. The Shardplate isn't dismissed, so I imagine, when it's broken, they have to repaint it after they've regrown it?
So, if I painted a Shardblade and then dismissed it, would I have used paint in the shape of a Shard to sell?
Uh-- it would come back without the paint.
So, the paint would go away with it, but not come back?
I've never been asked this before, let me think about it. I think the paint would get left behind.
So I would have used paint in the shape of a Shard?
Yeah, you would, yeah.
So, you could mold a Shard?
You could mold a Shard, yeah, you could totally do that. Yeah... I haven't been asked that before but that's my answer right now, because-- yeah.
If the books contradict then the books contradict.
Yeah but I don't think they will. So yeah, you can-- I mean, it could come up.
Is Honor still alive?
Honor? Honor's dead.
What about Tanavast?
So, um, you can assume that there is no funny business going on there.
What's with Kaladin being special with his oaths that he explodes with power every time he says it?
That is a function of Windrunners being very close to Bondsmiths, which has certain effects.
Would other Windrunners also do that, as well?
As far as the Oaths go, for Orders of the Knights Radiant that have Oaths that are, like, set, like Windrunners and Bondsmiths, do they have to be spoken in a specific order, or is it just as the--
They have to be spoken in a specific order. But the Oath can vary depending on the individual's own interpretation and feeling about it.
So, spren can just manifest themselves to different people. Can they choose whether or not to manifest themselves to other spren? Does it depend on the kind of spren?
So, depends on the kind of spren. You'll get some hints of that in the third book. Or you probably have already, if you read the preview chapters.
I read the preview chapters, but, like, the way Syl acted, is that, like, something that she's able to hide from them?
She was not able to hide from that spren.
How soon until we found out why Vasher and the sword got split up?
Oh why they got split up. Not this book [Oathbringer]. But soon-ish.
Is there any undiscovered planets in the cosmere?
Are you planning on doing more graphic novels, outside of the White Sand series?
Well, there's a couple of things here. Like, we don't want to do another one 'til White Sand is done. They come to us and said, "We wanna do more!" because White Sand sold so well. We're like "No, you finish what you have, then we'll look at doing it." So, we're exploring other options, but we won't start any until what we've started is finished. I really wanna do the story I had for Mistborn, the video game, as a graphic novel with Ben McSweeney.
Any plans for a Mistborn, or just Cosmere, collectible card game?
Um, yes. Asterisk. It's a hard thing to get going. It would probably be more like a deck building game than a CCG, just 'cause we would sell a box set of something you could draft or something like that, rather than trying to go the whole CCG route.
Signed cover art? Print of the cover art?
...Yes, we should be doing that. That's more a Michael [Whelan] question, for the cover art, and a question for the various artists. But for, what we really want to do with the endpages is do, like, a calendar, that's like a Rosharan/18-month-Earth/10-month-Rosharan calendar. We're gonna try that. But they have prints and things, and signed prints, and stuff like that.
Could a Windrunner in Shardplate travel to other planets?
Uh, theoretically possible. Take a long time.
Yes, it would. 'Cause he wouldn't need to breathe, if he's got enough Stormlight.
Yeah, well, I mean, they can control pressure, so. You'd need oxygen scrubbers, but they can also, so... you can create a ball of air around yourself with their power anyway, so--
Was the Trust in [Hero of Ages] a perpendicularity?
So... No. Asterisk.
Does Nightblood annihilate Investiture?
Investiture cannot be created or destroyed. It can only change forms. But, anything more than that is a RAFO.
What would happen if you alloyed a metal with atium and lerasium?
So, you've seen some of that. It would be a further extrapolation on that concept.
Similar to how Lightweavers have, kind of really good memories. Do the Skybreakers have any special abilities for telling guilty and innocent people apart?
No. Good question.
Is Slowswift an Allomancer?
No. Slowswift is a cameo for Grandpa Tolkien.
Is Re-Shephir related at all to the Midnight Essence in Aether of Night?
Yes. It's me, like-- Related in that Aether of Night isn't canon, and I really liked how that worked in the cosmere, and I ported it to this instead. So that's like--
So you're not gonna write Aether of Night?
Aether of Night, I might eventually write, but the Mid--
It may be different?
Someone on the forum I'm on wanted me to ask you about citrus fruits during Vin's time.
Citrus fruits during Vin's time because of the lack of flowers, and things like that? Their fruits were not our fruits. Let's say that.
Were they close to, like, Rosharan, like bulb fruit?
Yeah, there were definitely some bulb fruits. But any actual citruses, I don't think that there were.
You know Hoid's Letter, that's in The Way of Kings? It's given to a dragon, right?
He calls him an old reptile.
Is he immortal?
Functionally, meaning he doesn't age, but he could be killed.
And he's a he, not a she?
It is a he.
I was wondering about the Steel Ministry's stance on sexuality.
If you're paying them, they don't really care.
That sounds like a Steel Ministry thing.
Could Lift's food ability be taken by Hemalurgic spike?