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    Questioner

    If people from Scadrial were to colonize, like, Nalthis, and not intermarry with the people there, would their children continue to have the Scadrial Investiture, or would they have the Nalthis Investiture? In the sense that, is it genetic, or is it planetary?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Scadrial is more genetic.

    Questioner

    Than Nalthis, where they have the Breaths?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    So, would their children continue to--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Their children would continue, for a while, to have Scadrian Investiture.

    Questioner

    For a while. Could you say, like, how many generations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I cannot.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, November is the National Writer's month. Have you ever participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have!

    Questioner

    Awesome! How did that go?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It went pretty well. I'm a pretty compulsive writer, so-- I don't do it as much anymore, 'cause I'm almost always on tour during it or something. But during the early days when I was trying to break in, I did it all the time. I actually wrote a big chunk of the first draft of Way of Kings in 2002, in NaNoWriMo.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    When people ask you who your favorite character is, you say they're all your children. And I always have the same thought: even Amaram?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, let's say, my favorites are all of the viewpoint characters who are not slimeballs... Yeah, he's definitely one of the exceptions to that.

    Questioner

    What other exceptions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I don't know. I'd have to think about it.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    In Way of Kings, the Death Rattles, it say that the person who said it reported seeing strange dreams during the highstorms for the past two years. What do you have to say about that, I guess?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Highstorms. You often see strange things during the highstorms.

    Bystander

    That's not a real answer.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It totally is a real answer! That person saw some weird stuff. Weird stuff happens. Dalinar sees weird things walking along throwing rocks at people, so. Who knows.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    If you were gonna pick a thing to be, like, an Edgedancer, or a Windrunner, what would you be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably a Bondsmith is what's natural to me. If I could pick any, I'd probably be Windrunner, but I don't think I'd fit Windrunner.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Do koloss have hair?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...It depends on the form. Some do, some don't. But, in general, they do. But it's not-- Here's the thing, it's not quite hair. They're not mammalian.

    Questioner

    What are they if they're not mammalian?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are their own-- uh, yeah.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    How does rewriting the Spiritual aspect work?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...So, it has ramifications through the other two Realms. It can happen. You've seen it happen.

    Questioner

    That's what happens with kandra, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, to an extent, yes.

    Questioner

    With the koloss?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, both of them. Hemalurgy is, like, sticking a piece of someone's spirit to another person's spirit and creating a Frankenstein's monster of spirits.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Would you care if I took what we have on, like, Aonic, and sort of rolled it into a conlang?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that'd be fine. Aonic is the one that, like, in some ways the least useful.

    Questioner

    It has the most words that I've found for it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you're interested in conlangs, go talk to Peter, and maybe we'll sic you on something. Maybe we can get you working on something officially. I've tried to get Peter to do something... Go talk to him. Talk nerd stuff with him.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    What is the most fully-developed you've made any of the languages in the books? Or do you just come up with the sounds and just sort of stop?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on which ones. Like, the further we go in the books, the more developed they become. Peter is a linguist, was a linguistics major, so I lean on him heavily for some of these things. Korean gets used all the time. Because I speak Korean and did my mission in Korea...

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    What was your opinion of the Blackthorn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What about it? What do you mean?

    Questioner

    Like, in general, people call him a monster, when I ask, ask around. I think he's a badass.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He totally was a badass. He was also not morally centered.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    How do you write a good follower? Like, you have a lot of good leaders. But what are some good attributes of followers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think that a good follower is willing to-- perform... Knowing that we all wear different hats, and not everyone can call the shots every time, and being willing to be the person that trusts someone else to call the shots.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Once upon a time I asked you about the magic system as described in Elantris and The Emperor's Soul, how in The Emperor's Soul [Shai] describes it as, she talks about the Spiritual Realm as the, like, the wall wanting to be beautiful. And how in Elantris they describe the Dor as what makes a river want to flow. And I assumed that meant that they were connected. But according to that [Arcanum Unbounded] it says that the Investiture is housed in the Cognitive Realm and how unlike most of the other magic systems its magic comes from the Cognitive. And so now I am confused.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, they are related but there's an overarching theory, er, kind of philosophy of what Investiture is and it imbuing things with desires that in our world may not actually have desires. And that is connected. The fact that the Dor is the Cognitive Realm is not the way it's supposed to be. That is a prob-- well, in some ways it's a feature, but it's also very much a bug.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    I got my ears pierced recently and it got me thinking about Vin's earring. It's a Hemalurgic spike, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm.

    Questioner

    And the Inquisitors don't have to worry about infection or anything with their eye spikes. So when Vin got her ear pierced as a baby, she also didn't have to worry about infection?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably.

    Questioner

    That is an awesome gig!

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...It comes with some terrible side effects, but it is a pretty nice gig.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Music on Roshar... How, why is it important, I mean more a why--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Why music? Music, the Rhythms you are speaking about specifically, or what?

    Questioner

    ...There seems to be a lot that connects to music, with like the Dawnsingers, there's lots of people hearing the Rhythms--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It all comes from the Rhythms. That's all kind of interconnected.

    Questioner

    So they kind of hear where the Rhythms are originally coming from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not saying that.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Could there be a colorblind Awakener and-- would they be able to do anything or--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would be a harder life for them. It would be a more serious disability there than it is here but it is not completely ending their opportunity.

    Questioner

    ...Once they get to the certain amount of Breaths or whatever, would that reverse the colorblindness? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not necessarily. But it might have some interesting effects.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, we were having a discussion about the term Soulcaster. The term Soulcaster is either, it's a person or it's a thing, and it's not always clear what it is. So when Sigzil is theorizing that the Parshendi needed-- they had Soulcasters, that's why they needed gemhearts, was he referring to the item?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was referring to the item. That's what he was trying to get.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    I read the earlier version of The Way of Kings. When did Kaladin get depressed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was when I realized he was the main character and the least-- the least a character, right? And so, it was when I sat down and asked myself, what went wrong with it? And the main thing of the things I came up was that Kaladin wasn't real. And so I started looking at what would make him real. And depression doesn't make more real, but it's an outgrowth of him making the other decision, what happened with his brother, he had PTSD, and all of this stuff. It grew out of that.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    The Lopen's cousins? Is there any significance to them, or are they just--

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they're just, like, his cousins and his distant cousins. He just is somebody who knows everyone and is related to half the Herdazians around. There's no secret, they just really are.

    Questioner

    When they show up, ever time, I'm like, there's gotta be something with these guys.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're a tight-knit group, those Herdazians.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    What did Lopen do to get on a bridge crew?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lopen? Someone just thought he was annoying. Lopen, he's like the only person in Bridge Four who's, like, not a criminal. It's just like, "Oh, that stupid Herdazian, send him to a bridge crew, get him away." He's legitimately, like-- all of them have deep, dark, tragic pasts, but not The Lopen.

    Questioner

    Is he one of your friends?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No...

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Are you ever planning to sell someone the rights to a Steelheart video game, 'cause let me tell you, that would be so unbelievably--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would totally do that. 

    Questioner

    I can't think of any developers that could do it though, at least not right now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Everything's going to... "you have to be AAA or you have to be mobile game".

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Kogiopsis

    I noticed in my reread that Kaladin had ten escape attempts in five months, and those are Vorin holy numbers. Is there any particular significance to that or is that an accident?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Is there any particular significance to that? No.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    *reading* So did Renarin have an antagonist organization like--

    FeatherWriter

    In [The Way of Kings] Prime.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, 'cause Renarin created the Diagram in Prime... Taravangian was in Prime but under a different name, but yes, Taravangian was there but he was a different-- he was similar. So we'll write that: "Taravangian".

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    How do Windrunners rotate as they are moving through the air, since a force on their center of mass can't be rotation.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah but wind resistance can. Same with [how] skydivers work. 

    Questioner

    Okay, so they kind of instinctively do it, or learn.

    Brandon Sanderson

    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.