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    next191

    One of the few criticisms of Rhythm of War is that more and more Stormlight Cosmere lore is getting pretty complicated, and it's harder and harder to follow along without understanding the whole Cosmere. Will this trend continue? Will we need a degree in cosmere-ism to read Stormlight Ten?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I try to write these scenes such that, if you want to let your eyes glaze over and read kind of to the end of them, generally people summarize "this is what we need to do." This sort of stuff, honestly, goes back to Elantris. This sort of stuff is going to show up in a lot of the Cosmere books. It is a fundamental tenet of how I'm creating the Cosmere. Rhythm of War was definitely the pendulum further along toward that aspect, with Navani being a main character, than a lot of them will be. But if we do write Khriss stories, you're gonna get a lot in the Khriss stories. All I will say is: don't interpret it as increasing in complexity the more the books are written. Interpret it as: as we get to characters that that is relevant to, their sections are going to involve more of that than others.

    I see it increasing in all, a little bit, as we move along, but it really depends on who the characters are, what they're talking about, and things like this. My hope is that no, you do not need to. My hope is that you can (if it really is not your thing) skim those scenes, get an explanation at the end, and still know "okay, we need to do this thing." What I don't want it to be is just technobabble, also, that does not fit into the structure and worldbuilding. It is a fine line to walk, and I would accept... I think that criticism is valid of Rhythm of War, but it's one of those sort of things, like the first book having a steep learning curve, that is an aspect of the story that I'm trying to tell.

    I hope not. I hope you will not need one. This is something I am aware of, and we will see. If it gets to be way too much, I think fans will let me know, and beta readers will then pick up on that and start warning me "maybe this is too much, Brandon." We'll see.

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    Questioner

    Are there any other actors that you currently have in your mind-canon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    People have really converted me to Lance Reddick for Sazed. That was not in my head, but the fans have been persistent, and now it's hard to imagine anyone else.

    I really don't have a lot of other people, though. I have never been one who does a lot of fan-casting, even for my own books or for other things, because I believe in the power of... like, there are casting directors. Really good casting directors are amazing. I would not have imagine anyone who ended up doing the new Star Trek movies, but that cast was just so good and so perfect. I like seeing that; people are experts in this. Like, the Lord of the Rings films. People are really good; it's their entire job to figure out how to match actors to roles. And actors, turns out, are really good at being different types of people.

    Other than The Rock as Rock, which obviously is too perfect.

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    Questioner

    Any update on the White Sand omnibus?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know if we have an update. The publisher came through with their plan, and I know that Isaac is making the final, last tweaks he can before it goes to press. So, we are very close, and it is coming. I think you guys are really gonna like it. Isaac has slaved over this to try to bring it more in-line with cosmere continuity and the way that we wanted the visuals to work. And White Sand was a learning experience; the White Sand omnibus is much more of a canon experience. It's almost like, the original White Sands, you supported us in an alpha version of it.

    I have no specific update, but I know it's really close.

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    Mistradiant

    Any teasing for The Lost Metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Did we record me reading the prologue of that? It's on the YouTube channel. There will be another reading of this happening at the Cytonic release, in some form or another, another reading from Wax and Wayne. The trick is finding ones that aren't spoilery to read.

    Wax and Wayne Four will be of particular interest to people who enjoy the variety of magics and cultures in the cosmere, not just Scadrial.

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    dIvorrap

    What does Dalinar's name mean? Like how Kaladin means "born unto eternity."

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's gonna have to be something that I would need top open on my laptop and double-check, because I need to make sure it fits with continuity; I'm opening up the wiki that Karen has stamped. People ask me this a lot, and I keep forgetting to canonize it for people. We will get you an answer on that one.

    Karen Ahlstrom

    We know that "nar" means "like unto," but not much more.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, so I have not canonized that yet, for her. Well, I will do that (because I know what it means), and we'll get it in the wiki and make sure it's not replacing another word that is already canonized as another sound, and then we'll get that out to people.

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    Ironeyes52

    What noble houses were Kel and Marsh born into? What's their surname?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can't canonize that, yet. I've got it somewhere. Let's RAFO that, for now. That's the sort of thing that I need to run past continuity, make sure that I haven't contradicted it in later books. We should release that, though. It does make sense that people would want to know.

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    Questioner

    I imagine living Shardblades represent the people they're bonded with. If the person changed over time, would the design of the Shardblade change? For example, with holiness being symmetrical, and somebody was holy, that's gonna be symmetrical. If they became unholy, would their Blade become unsymmetrical?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's gonna depend on their perceptions of themselves and their spren's perceptions of them. But yes, it can change over time.

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    Questioner

    In The Stormlight Archive, will there ever be a point where we'll get to know what all of the different Orders are and all their abilities?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Is that gonna be the fifth book? Or is that gonna be at the very end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It'll be at the very end. Basically, to preserve some of the excitement and discovery, you'll notice me just kind of cutting away before some of those powers get used, and things. Just so when the books about those people happen, I am more able to explore it on the page and have more fun with it.

    Questioner

    Is it gonna be like, after the fifth book, is gonna end those main characters and you're gonna show the next generation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not next generation. It's the same characters throughout them all, but the back five will have different flashback sequences. So, the back five will have flashbacks from Lift, Renarin, Jasnah, Taln, and Ash. Characters from the first five are still gonna be the main characters. But, like you didn't get, in this one, any Jasnah flashbacks; Jasnah's flashbacks are in the back five, and they'll be kind of *inaudible*.

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    Ben McSweeney

    The bottom glyph is the sigil for Ardent Benabe (Beneba?).

    The rest of the translation is close enough, I think. I also took this (as well as the cutaway for Urithiru) to be an opportunity to semi-subtly include the numbering glyphs 1-10... as such, we can also see that the total length is ~30 [feet].

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    drzjj

    I noticed some interesting things during my re read of Oathbringer after Rhythm of War and I am not sure if they are mistakes or not.

    First thing is voices in Dalinar's head. In previous books he could hear Honor's voice (assuming this is indeed Honor) only in visions.

    Because obviously Honor is dead and cannot talk to Dalinar for real. In Oathbringer Dalinar suddenly starts to hear this voice even outside of the visions and it's not the Stormfather.

    Second thing is warm light that comes from a place beyond. Dalinar always says this light comes from a distant place, but in the final scene of Oathbringer (Dalinar rejects Odium) he can feel this light inside of himself.

    So the question is: is this a mistake or was it done intentionally?

    And the last thing I notice - Dalinar exhibits aspects of all three shards and he's been literally touched by all of them. Is it important?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The first one is intentional. Read into that what you will. Though I don't know if you're completely interpreting it right.

    This second one is also intentional, and you are reading it correctly.

    And yes, Dalinar exhibiting aspects of all three aspects of all three shards is important.

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    #1 Talenel Fan

    So one thing I was wondering about the slug genders, do you know what gender Boomslug is? Boomslug is always described as “it” in the book as far as I can tell, while the others are referred to as “he” or “she” at one point or another.

    LadyLameness

    From what I can tell the characters basically guess/label the slugs as they see fit. I think FM thinks about how Spensa calls Doomslug she but it seemed to be an arbitrary call on Spensa’s part ... I don’t know how close the slugs are to real slugs, but irl slugs are actually hermaphrodites.

    Janci Patterson

    They are making it up.

    Slug sexuality is not canon, but in my mind they are hermaphroditic, like banana slugs.

    Which means they would all be both genders, technically.

    Janci Patterson

    Boomslug is tagged male at some point, but I don't remember when.

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    BurningDuck_DK

    In Danish "herr" means "mister", though it's almost always shortened to hr. and "frue" means "missus".There's a slight caveat though, since "herr" is a honorific, while "frue" is a noun. The noun version of "herr" would be "herre", and the honorific version of "frue" would be "fru".

    It would be interesting to know, if the names were intentionally taken from Danish, or if it's a very fitting coincidence.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    I'm not aware that it was intentional.

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    animalia555

    There seems to be a lot of influence from Taoism/Daoism in Mistborn. Is this deliberate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it is. I really like philosophy. I really like world philosophy. I really like religion. I really like the intersections between religion and philosophy that you get in Taoism. These sorts of things you'll see popping up all over the place. It is kind of interesting, because a lot of the cultures of Mistborn are more European-influenced, but a lot of the philosophy is a little more Taoist. But in Stormlight, a lot of the cultures are a little bit more Asian-influenced, but the philosophy that's popping up is a little bit more European, a lot of the time. And that's just because it matched the narratives and what the characters, I thought, would actually be interested in talking about. Though there is the whole Shintoism influence on the worldbuilding of Stormlight, as well. Anyway, yes there is definitely some Taosim sneaking around thorough Mistborn, and that is intentional.

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    Elijah Stormblessed

    Does anyone other than Lift use "starving" as a swear word or did she make it up?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Heh, she made it up. That is just Lift being Lift. There are a lot of things in these books that are just Lift things and that's one of them.

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    Questioner

    Have you ever thought about making the Steelheart series a graphic novel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, we thought about it for a while. And then what we eventually decided is that we wanted to focus our graphic novel efforts on things that hadn't been published yet. There is actually a mini graphic novel of Mitosis, the short story, but that's the only one. That was when we were experimenting with it. It's not impossible that someday we will.

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    Steeldancer

    This is hypothetical, it probably wouldn't actually happen. If a Knight Radiant goes to Nalthis, dies, gets Returned...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It could happen.

    Steeldancer

    Would they retain their spren bond?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably not, would be my guess. I've never had that question before, but I'm gonna say no.

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    Questioner 1

    Why the number four, for Bridge Four? Is there a reason for...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nope, it just is what appealed to me. There is no greater significance, other than I wanted to do it, and it just felt right.

    Questioner 2

    We always wondered if it was because it's like bad luck in Asia.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is bad luck, but I didn't pick it for that reason specifically.

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    Questioner

    We want to know if Adolin is the hottest character.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If Adolin's the hottest character in the entire...?

    Questioner

    In the cosmere.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know, Blushweaver's pretty hot. Adolin's pretty hot.

    Questioner

    I thought you might go with a Returned.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But the Returned are supernaturally hot, and Adolin is only naturally hot.

    Questioner

    With a Returned it's almost unfair.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is unfair. If you're gonna go without any magical enhancements, Adolin's gonna be up there. He's got personality hotness and physical hotness, so yeah.

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    Questioner

    Could a coppermind be able to memorize physical memory?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ooh, never been asked that before. I am going to RAFO that, but in an "I need to think about it more" sort of way, cause I have actually never been asked that. My gut instinct says no, but maybe. I'm gonna have to really ponder on physical memory and the cosmere, and how that all works. Good question. Not often I get stumped by one like that.

    Footnote: Brandon has answered "no" to this question before: https://wob.coppermind.net/events/367-skyward-release-party/#e11670
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    Questioner

    Are there any plans to revisit Threnody or some of the other worlds that were mentioned in Arcanum Unbounded?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I have a novel on Threnody I want to write, and I have a short story and a novel I want to write on First of the Sun. We'll see if I can get to any of those.

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    Questioner

    Is Thaidakar a Cognitive Shadow?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes he is. Have you finished Rhythm of War?

    Questioner

    I have, yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So you know who Thaidakar is, right?

    Questioner

    No. Does it say in the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but it calls him... It's Kelsier. They call him the Lord of Scars, someone else confirmed it, it's Kelsier.

    Questioner

    The "Lord of Scars" thing is what had us thinking, but we weren't sure if it was true.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is Kelsier. He's been doing some stuff.

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    Questioner

    Shallan has two spren. I assume the Shardblade she is using in Words of Radiance is Pattern. But had she sworn the Third Ideal at that point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will get this whole timeline explained for you. It's really intricate, though.

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    Questioner

    When you were writing Elantris and you introduced Hoid, did you already have planned for him to be what he is now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid started appearing in books I was reading when I was fifteen; I would imagine him in other people's books. By then, I already had this character in my head that had been worldhopping between Anne McCaffrey's books, and David Eddings' books, and all those things. So I did know what I was gonna be doing. I didn't know where it would all go. I didn't have the whole cosmere built, but I did have him. He was my first D&D character. I'm being recorded; I don't even know if they know that, that I used Topaz (is what he was called back then) as my first D&D character. He's in my first book that I tried writing when I was fourteen.

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    Questioner

    If you were in a Rithmatic battle, what would your defense be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would probably be a Knight or Shardbearer, even though it's a little harder... I don't know if you were talking about chalklings, or which defense I would use?

    Questioner

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know. See, I name them all after my friends, so... I'd probably pick the Eskridge defense. That makes me pick one of my friends over another, but you know.

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    Questioner

    Is it possible to turn Breaths into... how does Awakening work on Roshar and Shadesmar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can still use it normally, as you would expect it, as the magic works. People are trying to figure out how to turn one type of Investiture into another, and it it is harder than it seems. They haven't cracked it yet.

    Questioner

    So they always have to bring their own form of Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Returned can feed off of other Investiture, just like Nightblood can. One of the reasons to move to Roshar is: it's easier to get Stormlight than it is Breaths.

    Questioner

    That makes sense why Zahel, then.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That explains Zahel, right.

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    Questioner

    How did Nale bring Szeth back to life?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Szeth's spirit had not moved onto the Beyond. It was basically Rosharan CPR. He repaired the body, and Szeth was not dead dead. His heart had stopped, but when his body came back together, it started beating again.

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    Questioner

    Is Khriss going to make her appearance on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So far, she's had Nazh do that, but she is in Shadesmar, or has been in Shadesmar at various points. So it's entirely possible. She lets Nazh do the hard jobs.

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    Questioner

    Could a mindblade break a Shardblade? Could a mindblade stop a Shardblade, or would a Shardblade stop a mindblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think that a Shardblade would stop a mindblade. And whether the mindblade could stop the Shardblade or not would depend on the power of the cytonic and how strong their mind is.

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    Questioner

    Are we going to learn the similarities between the two people, the surgeon's first words when they were born... <Demid> and Taravangian? The cord around their neck?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll just say, I didn't intend that to be something you look at and say, "Oh, it's the same!" What I mean that to mean is bad medical care. All three of my children would have died in childbirth if we didn't have modern medical care. My first one had the cord around his neck. The doctors have told us they would all be dead. I just think that's very common in a society like this. The things going on with Roshar is, Rosharans are innately tougher because of their Investiture, so they're more likely to survive traumatic experiences. It's not meant to say you should be looking for any other connection in something like that.

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    Questioner

    In the Arcanum Unbounded, it says that a Rosharan foot is longer than cosmere standard. How does that compare to an Earth foot?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Longer. Kaladin is almost seven feet tall, by our measurements. We've got a height comparison, Shallan is about six feet tall. She thinks she's short. Compared to us, she'd be on the taller end. That's why if you notice people from around the cosmere that show up, they're often mentioned as short. Not Hoid, who's able to use magical means to change how he's perceived, but someone like Felt, and stuff like that.

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    Questioner

    Would a Shardblade be able to hurt Steelheart?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I think it would.

    Questioner

    If the person feared him, would they still be able to hurt him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Even if they didn't fear him, if you mashed Steelheart into the cosmere--which it's not, but if you did, the Steelheart magics would all have to work on the cosmere magics, which means that a Shardblade could hurt him. If you had a Shardblade, you could hurt someone even if you didn't know their weakness. That would be a way it would have to work. Now, if you were to mash them all into Steelheart's universe, then maybe not.

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    Questioner

    Can Leechers leech on other types of Investiture across the cosmere? And how do people power their powers on worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Scadrians can use metal from other worlds. The metal is considered a facilitator, a key for reaching the Spiritual Realm, and distance doesn't matter for the Spiritual Realm. All of the Allomantic powers, Leechers in particular, they do have an influence with the other magic systems. Even as simple as a Shardblade would be very difficult, near impossible to push or pull, because of the level of Investiture it has. Copperclouds have some interesting ramifications, as well as Seekers have interesting ramifications, and Leechers would work on other magic systems as well. It is a little tricky how it interfaces sometimes, but it'll generally do what you're expecting it to do.

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    Steeldancer

    A while back, you mentioned that if certain circumstances hadn't happened on Taldain, that Taldainians... the people on Taldain probably would've been the first to space. Which interests me greatly, because they don't really have a magic system that is very conducive to faster than light travel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I didn't say--did I say FTL?

    Steeldancer

    You didn't, that's true, but that doesn't change my question. So my question is, is there a method, other than Allomantic ways and Surgebinding ways, for faster than light, that could be achieved on any minor Shardworld, as long as they have access to Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there is, but it depends on if you could get in Shadesmar. You could travel FTL in the Physical Realm through Shadesmar. Basically, just take a spaceship in Shadesmar and travel between Shardpools and you've achieved FTL. Because travel through Shadesmar, you could walk between planets in Shadesmar. So anyone who can get in and out of Shadesmar reliably can FTL. Ways in and out of Shadesmar are very rare, which is extremely limiting, but it is possible.