Can Shardplate be Soulcast?
Shardplate could be Soulcast, but anything Invested is very difficult to Soulcast and it would essentially destroy it. Which would be one of the few ways to destroy Shardplate.
Can Shardplate be Soulcast?
Shardplate could be Soulcast, but anything Invested is very difficult to Soulcast and it would essentially destroy it. Which would be one of the few ways to destroy Shardplate.
Would you tell me the intent of Bavadin's Shard?
Hmm… Are we ready to release that?
I don't know-- well we haven't-- We haven't written it into the scripts yet, but we've only done so many of the scripts so-- I don't know if that would be better place for us to reveal it or not...
If you're confident that you like what we're doing with it then we can release it now.
Great. Well we had that big discussion and it sounded like that’s what we wanted to do.
Okay, we're going to have Isaac write it. He's in charge of White Sand now. And you can choose whether to share this with people or not because it's not on the recording.
Oh it isn't?
No, I talked around it on purpose.
What is something that we don't know about Bavadin?
Somebody asked that already too… Those are both things that you will find out eventually and I'm holding those answers close to my heart right now...
So can I assume that any question about Bavadin is going to be a RAFO?
It depends on how specific it is. Like "I just want to know something more" is almost always going to be a RAFO on any question nowadays. Something asks very specifics has a better chance.
I was curious, what would happen if a full Mistborn burned lerasium? What would the Allomantic powers be?
Oohh, excellent, excellent question. So, I have not revealed what lerasium does if you already have Investiture. So, the answer to that is a RAFO. We've actually had like three people ask that tonight, so there must have been a discussion on the Sh-- the forums about it and I didn't answer them, so I can't answer you.
What was that plot point you were talking about where you had to change it?
Kaladin kept the blade and plate in the original version of The Way of Kings.
So I know the last Alloy of Law was a standalone book, not part of the next trilogy. Is this book [Shadows of Self] the start of the next trilogy?
Yeah. This is not the start of the actual, official next-- Like-- So, I'm calling these books all Era 2, I moved the next books to Era 3, but this is the start of a trilogy about Wax and Wayne.
Is that why they're kind of shorter?
Yeah. Well they're kind of shorter because I wanted something to balance Stormlight that was-- So like Stormlight you have to keep track of all these characters and they have this continuing storyline that is so deep that it's-- you kind of have to re-read each in the series each time. I did not want you to have track that in another series, any of my other series. That's why both Steelheart and Mistborn now you will see the self-contained stories, where certain things-- it's a trilogy, but it's keep track of one, or two, characters, not keep track of an entire thing. And then there's an arc and done, an arc and done, an arc and done. That is intentional. So, you might see Stormlight stories more that length when I go back to... Scadrial for longer stories.
So there's still going to be another trilogy that's more modern and then a sci-fi one?
Yes there's still going to be a modern trilogy and a sci-fi trilogy.
Are are they any other continents on Roshar?
Roshar is, I haven't said that there's anything else out there, but I have said it's Pangea, meaning if there's anything else out there, they are small. They are not of a similar scope and size. Now on Scadrial, there is other stuff going on. And I've told people that for years, and years, and years. So, you may find some other stuff going on there. For years, you know, the southern continent was populated on Scadrial during the Final Empire era, even. It was just impossible to reach because the heat, the poles were the only habitable places on that planet, and so anything in between, you just couldn't deal with it. The Final Empire was on the North Pole.
It seems to be more apparent that different abilities are granted depending on the design of one's Spiritweb. Is the design of a Spiritweb, and the abilities it grants, limited to a specific Shardworld or are the designs universal across the cosmere? For example could someone from Roshar go to Scadrial and have Hemalurgy done on them and have it work?
Yeah, yeah, some of the magics are more regionally-locked than others. Hemalurgy will work on any planet. But, for instance, you'll notice that Elantrians have trouble even going to the next nation over. There's a specific reason for that. Most of the magics transcend location.
My question, in regards to Dragonsteel, is: Is there a possibility that somebody with the ability of microkinesis can see the spiritweb and alter it according to their will?
This is, this is totally possible. But you have to remember this is pre-Shattering of Adonalsium. Dragonsteel is the story of the Shattering of Adonalsium... the whole book is before, the whole series... So there are lots of things going on there that are-- like you will-- yeah. But it’s not canon yet.
How do you start a new book?
I start with an outline. I like very detailed outlines, and I like to know where I'm going before I start. If I don't have an ending in mind I'm in trouble. So, I will often spend a lot of time imagining that I'm *inaudible*, you know, walking on the treadmill or going for a walk or something, and getting through my head just what I would imagine being the cool scenes from this book. What are the scenes that people are going to want to read, that are going to make it all come together. And then I build those into my outline. And I usually outline backward, start with those cool scenes, and then I write my book forward.
Safehands: Where did, that-- like why? Is there like a cultural *inaudible*?
There is a culture-- Now the actual answer to that is because different cultures have really different mores, and if you go around our world you will find places where, for instance, showing the bottom of your foot-- where the bottom of your foot is offensive, or where showing certain parts of your anatomy is not offensive that it is here. And that is very common, it's part of what it means to be human.
Now if you want to trace back in Rosharan time, there is actually a moment that you can point at and say "this is where it started" and it started right after the Recreance where all these Shardblades and Shardplate were suddenly out there everywhere, and certain people in power wanted to make sure that half the population didn't have access to them, and so they started emphasizing a certain philosophy book that had been written by a woman that said "feminine arts were one-handed, masculine arts were two-handed".
And because of this it became culturally ingrained, which then-- basically it was a misogynistic ploy to keep the women from having the Shardblades, and then in that a certain movement of the women seized writing, and that's when men stopped writing. It's kind of a reciprocation on it. But that's kind of where it went, but it's become much bigger than that, if that makes any sense.
What do you do if you safehand is your dominant hand?
If you are darkeyed it's not a problem, you just wear a glove. If you are lighteyed then you learn to write with your non-dominant hand, which is a problem.
Does metal on Scadrial hold Investiture the same way gems do on Roshar?
Will there be more romantic sub-plots? I really enjoyed the section with Shallan and Kabsal.
There will be more romantic subplots. There will definitely be. If you watch there will be a lot more. I am a fan of romance.
Before Preservation locked up Ruin, or whatever, or if Ruin had won. Would atium exist?
...There are timelines where there would be no atium.
...So if Harmony exists, does atium exist?
Atium does not exist because there is no Ati. Well there is atium left over from before, but--
So it was only part of Ati's body and not part of Harmony's body.
There is no atium, there is no Preservation any longer, there is no Ati.
So does harmonium exist?
...There's no Leras and there's no Ati, there's no Ruin--
Does harmonium exist then?
How old were you when you started writing?
I was fifteen when I started writing my first book. It wasn't very good. I had to practice a long time before they started getting good.
Miscellaneous questions about safehands. So the women are described playing instruments, are they just instruments they can play with one hand?
Yes, often feminine arts are one-handed arts, but you got to remember that one, a lot of the darkeyes will wear a glove instead, and number two, the safehands of some of the more utilitarian dresses are built with something like an oven-mitt glove on them, underneath, so you can grab things and stuff. So Shallan, she can grab her sketchbook with it and draw. But yes, feminine arts are supposed to be one-handed, so they would, y'know, try to play these it would be one-handed.
How does a bridge crew set a bridge down across a chasm in front of them?
So... I may have to act this out.
*Proceeds to act it out, no video available*
I am Kaladin, running at the front of the bridge, right? Now there's a chasm there. I'm going to step out to the side and grab the poles to the side, and lower the front bridge down. Then these guys are going to lower theirs down while I run around to the back and grab the poles on the side, which extend out. And we're going to get several ranks and then we're going to shove together.
We're waited on this side, remember, we've got the weights that roll to one side or the other. So it's weighted on this side, so we get it over and then plot it down. We're looking for a place where we're a little bit above-- with the paths, alright? And then we go to the other side, your reposition the weights or the poles or whatever it is on the thing so that it's heavier on this side and then get everyone and then you pull it back across and then you can lift it.
Okay, great, thank you very much.
Now also keep in mind a couple of things: 0.7 Earth gravity, a very important aspect for actually making this bridge weight work for carrying it; and it is a soulcast wood. The only way to get the numbers to work if you've got engineers, the weight-- you actually have to realize that we've got a wood that is slightly stronger, yet lighter, than what-- it's like a-- Peter came up, it's like a balsa, there's a soulcast wood that is really a great wood for this sort of thing.
That doesn't mean it's light, it's still a really heavy book
A really heavy bridge.
Will Joel become a Rithmatist?
Oh that's totally a RAFO. Here's your RAFO.
Are the Unmade the analogs to Heralds?
There is certainly something similar going on there. Be aware that it's not a one-to-one correlation, that they're not exactly the same. For instance: Many of the- the Unmade are referenced by Taravangian in this, and he uses a phrase for them, and that is correct, that's what they are.
That's one thing we haven't done in these books, is sports teams! In the newspaper! The Hazekillers!
They don't have professional sports on Scadrial.
Oh they don't? I didn't know that.
It's actually a plot point.
[My friend] thought Hoid is Compounding Luck.
That is an interesting question and they are a smart person.
Can lerasium be regrown like atium, like in a Pits of Hathsin, just for the lerasium, or no?
Lerasium did not have a Pits of Hathsin analogue... Not anymore, Leras is dead.
Will we find out what Shardplate is?
Yes, but that's not next book.
Feverstone Keep, is that part of Stormseat?
Ummm. I haven’t told people where that is, have I?
I don’'t think so.
I don't believe that it is.
I have read White Sand and Aether of Night, and I don't know why they're not published because I loved both of them.
White Sand is not published because I don't feel that for one, Kenton has the depth of character that I like to have nowadays. He's more an old school character of mine where he just isn't, personality wise, doesn't have quite enough. Beyond that I feel that White Sand as a narrative meanders a little too much. I feel if I cut back about a thousand words and fix him, we would have a good book. Aether is not published because I feel that I wrote two different books and didn't blend them together very well. There is the kind of farcical, Shakespearean, switched places, silliness, and it's fun, but it's like a mistaken identity almost sort of stuff and romance and things like that mixed with these dark things are coming out of the shard pool and destroying the world. And those two stories never meshed together well enough for me to want to publish them.
So would you say it would take one more revision?
White Sand one more revision. I'm not sure what I could do with Aether of Night because those two just don't work together. White Sand we are trying to do as a graphic novel.
Are you going to release more Laws of Magic?
Maybe. The three that I have are really solid. I'll have to see if there's anything else I would want to write. It partially is while I learn. There's kind of two unofficial laws right: Law 0 which is err on the side of a process, and then there's a law about trying to make everything interconnected. But that kind of blends into the three, right? So I'm not sure if I need a new law for that one or not.
Where in Roshar do Ryshadiums come from?
That's a RAFO. I will answer it soon.
Will we find out in Stormlight 3?
Would Dalinar make it so they couldn't retreat to make it more a challenge or would he just--
He will follow good tactics when it's time for good tactics. He won't lose a battle because he wants a better challenge. In an individual sense he will seek the best challenge for himself on the battlefield.
I don't think Marsh would get along too well with Hoid, but are they ever going to hang out?
*pause* Are they ever going to hang out?
Are they ever going to meet?
Are they ever going to meet. It is likely that if they both survive for many more books that they would, but I can't promise it.
*long pause* Why do you want to know? ...Tell me why you want to know.
Because she's important to Kaladin and Kaladin's important to me?
Okay, that's a decent answer. She-- um. Ehhhh. She was someone Kaladin cared for deeply in a romantic way.
Since a computer monitor, the monitor itself isn't metal, could Ruin read something on that and change that. Could you essentially have a conversation with Ruin by typing something on your monitor and having him change it and respond to that?
Yeah. I think that could work.
Are we ever going to get a list of Wayne's Twinborn names?
Heh, what do you mean? The--
He claims to have all the Twinborns memorized?
Are we going to have a list of that anywhere sometime?
Yeah I think I let the RPG go wild with naming them, and-- I haven't named them all, I'll be honest with you. I name the ones that I need when I need them.
Have we met any of the champions in The Stormlight Archive yet?
Have you met any of the champions in The Stormlight Archive yet. Yee-- You have-- Um, I'm not going to answer that one.
If you were to Hemalurgically give a fallen Elantrian Feruchemic gold, would they be able to store Health?
A fallen Elantrian store Health-- And you gave them a Hemalurgic spike-- That’s a good question, I would think-- *long pause* You know I think they would not be able to, that’s an excellent question.
Would it suddenly store up the moment they were restored?
No, it would not suddenly recover everything. Unless you wanted to channel-- You could do some goofy things but it would kinda ruin their connection to the Dor. But I don’t think it would suddenly-- Y’know. You might be able to do something where you steal it away from them, that could possibly happen. If they were spiked while they were full Elantrian you could probably get more out of them than your average person.
Can you burn or Feruchemically fill molten metal? Assuming, you know, that was something you wanted to do.
Yes, you should be able to but that would be very nasty.
Would it affect the Investiture?
Yeah, it would affect the Investiture.
So weather in Shadesmar, do highstorms manifest there?
Do highstorms manifest? There is some representation of highstorms.
Would they be glass beads that just--
Are we going to get a star chart when we get to the sci-fi--
Yes, we will do a star chart… Isaac is working on how to design those.
Did a lot of the life on land from Roshar come from the sea? Because they all have shells. Or is that just the highstorm?
That’s just the highstorms. Good question actually. I mean I would say that evolutionary, certain traits that vanished on Earth did not vanish on Roshar because of the highstorms. But also things evolved independently similar attributes because of the storms. So it's a yes and a no.
What can you tell us about Vax right now?
So we know Hoid likes to collect trinkets, or magics, from various worlds, right? If he had the option to, would he choose to have access to every magic system in the cosmere, or are there some he would rather avoid?
*laughs* Um. He-- Let's just say Hoid is not good at avoiding things that are bad for him.
I asked about the Evil on Threnody.
Is it a Splinter?
That's a big RAFO.
Are we going to find out if the earring gives him [Wax] any other Hemalurgic powers?
I mean, I might eventually dig into it a bit. The thing is, it's so weak that--
It's probably not--
Yeah... I assume that people are thinking this is a gun on the mantle, so I will have to deal with it.
My theory currently on Spiritwebs is that they are-- when they exist on the Spiritual Realm a person exists as nodes connected between concepts, Physical makeup, and whatnot, that’s what makes up your Spiritual DNA.
Is there a different set of nodes for each person or do they all kind of share?
You're kind of imagining it the wrong way, each person is a node.
Is the Thrill related to the Parshendi magic?
The Thrill is related indirectly.
Are we going to get Gavilar's book?
We are not going to get a book from Gavilar, with a flashback sequence from Gavilar, but we will continue to see viewpoints from what happened that night [of his assassination] and we are likely to get one from him, eventually.
My question is, I think it was probably in the chapter annotations for the original Mistborn trilogy. You brought up that all of the events thus far were in the north pole of Scadrial--
Yep, they were.
So where there events going on at the same time in the south pole?
Yes, there were.
And will we be seeing those in the next trilogy?
You will find out about them eventually. By the time we hit the 1980's level technology the world will be a little more explored.
So that will be like-- You are still planning on the three--
I'm now planning on four because this [Era 2] has turned into a sequence.
This has turned into a trilogy.
Yeah... So you will find this stuff out eventually. And you have already seen people from Southern Scadrial before... At least one..
Nightblood. He just showed up at the end of The Stormlight Archive--
--the last one. So, is there a place that's a connection between all of the universes?
Yes, there is.
And it's been reached in The Stormlight Archive?
Okay, so I'm guessing you don't know about all of this but there are characters from Elantris that are in Mistborn--
Yes. Like Hoid.
--and all of this stuff. I would say one of the things is that Roshar is a little bit easier to get to than some of the others, but it's not that it has been breached there so much as it's a little bit easier to get to.
Yes, I'm assuming it has something to do with the Cognitive Realm but then objects going through the Cognitive Realm is kind of tripping me.
Hehe… *long pause* There are places in the Cognitive Realm that are somewhat nexus-like, like you're talking about. Yes there are places like that. ...So Roshar might actually be the easiest place to get to in the cosmere, like from planet to planet. Sel is probably the hardest, right now. For a long time Taldain was very hard, but not anymore.
So is it the same thing with the Parshendi, are there other races that can do similar things and Invest creatures like that themselves?
Um, ye-- In the cosmere, yes there are other things that do that but they're pretty rare, whereas things like seons and spren are actually only medium rare. They're some kind of medium common.
[Spren] are used to Invest a lot of things, fabrials, they turn into Shardblades. Are we ever going to see something similar with the seons, from Sel?
Yeah, they are basically the same thing. They're a little more formalized, a little more structured but they are basically the exact same thing so yes. Some of the things you see spren doing seons are capable of, some things that seons do spren will be capable of.
You've pretty much implied yes [to bonding more than one spren].
I did not say yes.
You implied. <What about> more than one type of spren? Different types of spren?
Let's see what happens. This is not impossible.
Is her [Shallan's] father affected by Odium?