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    Blightsong

    Are foci a cosmere-wide phenomenon, or are they kinda just a construction of people? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Elaborate. 

    Blightsong

    A lot of people think that every magic system has foci? Is that true? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. But, I think people are finding structure in-worlds that-- how should I say this. So, in some ways, some of these questions (this isn't just this one, but in general), you can ask something like "Do alien species fit into phylum and families and things like this." Well, yes, because we come up with the definitions. Right? So, a lot of these questions, like "Do they all have?" Well, yes, because human beings have come up with definitions to define these things and lump them together under definitions... There's a lot of things with the cosmere magic... is yes, because human beings have put that weight on it. It doesn't make it less true, but, at the same time it's not like, 1+1=2 is gonna exist whether or not humankind is there to define it, whether or not something fits into a genus or a species, whether these magic systems are related. Those are human constructions that are noticing real things. 

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    Zmann966

    So, in Oathbringer, we see the Surge of Adhesion used in an interesting way, Spiritual Adhesion. Do all the Surges have non-Physical manifestations like that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    All the Surges do, slightly, in fact, but none of them, I would say, are as Spiritual as that. 

    Zmann966

    What about like, Shallan in Words of Radiance with her mercenaries? So, like, a Spiritual Transformation? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wouldn't say Transformation, she is seeing a little bit, glimpsing a little bit, does that make sense? 

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    Questioner

    From a certain series of books about a prison, by this one author, we learn that authors love to torture their audience. How many nights did you stay up giggling and cackling to yourself with glee over all of the things that happen in Oathbringer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is why I'm an insomniac, right? You're all gonna be miserable. A little fun thing here, when the book was going along, I thought "Maybe I should cut it after Part 3." I gave it to Karen, who's my continuity editor, and she said "If you cut it here, I will strangle you. The fans will not get a chance to do it, because I will do it."

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    Questioner 1

    Can you tell us about Transportation? Is it like gates from Wheel of Time

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, Elsecalling? No. But-- but yes. 

    Questioner 1

    *laughter* I meant, like, the whole-- Just the Surge?

    Questioner 2

    Does it go to the Cognitive Realm, is that all it does? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is the power by which they created the Oathgates... So, there is a little more to it than that. But yes, it's basically-- yeah.

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    DavidB

    Also, it seems to me like it would be more internally consistent if Awakened objects consumed Breath, to make all of these Breath-consuming powers in the last few chapters fit in better. So for example, if Vasher Awakened a shirt and left it Awakened and doing stuff for a day, then he might be down one-seventh of a breath when he took it back at the end of the day. (Of course, that mechanic requires it to be possible to transfer or Awaken with portions of a Breath, and if you could do that, then using the "putting the Breaths you don't want to transfer into a cloth until after the transfer" thing, you could feed the Returned by taking a tiny fraction of all the Halladren's breaths, instead of taking some people's entire Breaths and turning them into Drabs.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hum. I like that suggestion, actually. I think I'll use it. Though, what I'll do is say that if you leave the breath in for too long, one of them vanishes. If you can get them back quickly enough, however, there is no loss. That gives a bit of a better explanation of why there aren't a lot of awakened objects doing things all over the place. True, using the breath to make them would be initially expensive--but if you got a magic object that never winds down, then that might be worth the expense.

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    Questioner

    I was wondering if there was a connection between when we meet Preservation in Secret History, and the way he is, and the Stormfather. Like, is he dead yet, in Secret History?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a similarity, but-- Dying for a Shard takes a long time, in a lot of cases. So, it's similar. But the Stormfather is something different, *inaudible* remnants left over after the god died. 

    Questioner

    So is he dead?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Honor is dead, yes. But, at the same time, the Stormfather is kind of his Cognitive Shadow. So-- what does "dead" mean?

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    Questioner

    I was actually going to ask where you came up with the idea of Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid is inspired by my desire to tell a story that spans other stories. I would say the origins of that are probably Asimov, when he made the Robots books and the Foundation books tie together. Something like that. Maybe Michael Moorcock, he had a similar sort of cross-world thing. I was reading both of them a lot right when I started coming up with that. So I would say, that's the origin of it. Stephen King has done it, but I didn't know he'd done it. I hadn't been reading him as much.

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    Questioner

    Someone told me that after the signing last night you said that Soulcast blood has DNA... The question is who?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a good question. That's a RAFO. So, here's... the premises I'm working on. Soulcast blood can be used for transfusion, alright? I'm not saying much more than that. At least I'm not canonizing much more than that right now. And as my understanding, it has blood type, it has-- things. When someone asked me tonight "does that mean it's human blood?" Well, that depends on the definition.

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    Questioner

    There's a lot of situations where people hear voices or see visions, stuff like that. What would be the effect, if somebody had something like mental condition like schizophrenia or multiple personality? Because you talk about-- Because a lot of the magic is about their will, you know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Schizophrenia in the cosmere is going to-- So, anytime you're seeing the future, and things like that, you're kinda glimpsing into the Spiritual Realm. That's why it happens so often, because the magic systems are the way they work, are coming down from the Spiritual Realm. Schizophrenia will make you more open to that, so you are more likely to actually see the future. But you won't be able to tell it from the things your mind is making up, which is gonna be really dangerous.

    Questioner

    So, what if you had, like, one personality wanna do one thing, and another one trying to do something else, would it cancel each other out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not necessarily. I mean, we're going a little that direction with Shallan, anyway. You'll see.

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    Questioner

    The advanced civilization mentioned in Sixth of the Dusk. When will we see them again? And will they be interacting with Scadrial and the Stormlight Archive series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's gonna be a while before you see them make-- before you find out who they are and have them interact, because that's way in the future of the other books. But you will find out.

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    Questioner

    How was Shallan able to bond with Pattern before she was broken?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She was open to him even before she went through a lot of that turmoil

    Questioner

    I thought everybody had to be broken in order to--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, that's their philosophy in-world. But I'm not going to say whether it's correct or wrong. I will imply that there are other means as well.

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    Questioner

    If you were to draw a Line of Forbiddance on a portable chalkboard, could you actually knock somebody overside the head?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It wouldn't knock them over the head, because it kinda has the magnetic repulsion sort of thing, but we will get into moving things as we go further in the series.

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    Questioner

    We know, especially in Oathbringer, that Surges can work differently for different Orders, but we've also seen the Skybreakers and [Windrunners] with flight, and the Truthwatchers and [Edgedancers], they both can do Regrowth, so is there some way that those actually work differently?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Each of them works a little differently for each Order. There are slight variations, but they are each drawing upon the same source concept.

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    Cadmium

    With Nightblood. Was the sheath part of its construction when he was Awakened? Or was that kinda afterward?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The sheath is not part of its construction. Good question.

    Cadmium

    So... when the intent was placed on it, was the sheath there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So-- The sheath was not relevant to that. The sheath was not part of the original Awakening, and it's not part of the intent or anything like that. I'm not saying it wasn't there ready for it, but it is not part of the sword. In the same way.

    Cadmium

    So, at some point we'll figure out why it learned to stop once its in the sheath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, kind of. It's a function of the sheath.

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    Questioner

    I wanted to ask about the Returned and the Fused. I haven't gotten all the way through [Oathbringer]... With the Spiritual Realm, is it very similar for how they don't return, versus the Returned coming back and the Fused staying?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, there is a similarity there, for sure.

    Questioner

    Is it related at all... So, a thunderclast. Is it similar to Awakening?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kinda, but a little further out. You'll figure out-- that one's explained pretty well in [Oathrbinger].

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    Questioner

    When it comes to regeneration, what's the limit-- when Lift resurrected Gawx, was he actually dead?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wasn't dead.

    Questioner

    So, you can't actually bring the dead back from the dead.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you could bring someone back with CPR, you can bring them back with-- does that make sense?

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    Pagerunner

    The letters in [Oathbringer]. Are they all three from Shards?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Yes.

    Pagerunner

    Is the first one, is that one we know? Is that one we've seen yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are all ones you have seen.

    Pagerunner

    They are all ones we have seen.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Or at least you know.

    Pagerunner

    Have seen or know of.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

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    Pagerunner

    Were there always slaveform parshmen between Desolations, or did that only happen after the False Desolation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, I believe only happened after the False Desolation. I have gone back and forth on that, but I think I can canonize it there. You do have to check with Peter. We had a big conversation about this a few years ago. But I'm pretty sure slaveform is a creation of the Last Desolation.

    Pagerunner

    Of the Last? Or the False one? ...Because, in the epigraphs, they're talking about how that one Unmade was getting in on them--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Oh, the False? No no no...

    Pagerunner

    So, it was done in the Last Desolation, but it was undone somewhat in the False Desolation, and that's what we saw in the...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, no no no-- yeah, it is False. It is False Desolation.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Slaveform happened at the False Desolation.