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    Leinton (paraphrased)

    Can Breath be used to power Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    They are very similar Investitures, and most of the magics can be powered with the other magics if you are capable of making that happen.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    What would happen to the Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    The Breath would be consumed in the same way that Stormlight is. A renewing resource, much like atium is.

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    Leinton (paraphrased)

    If Endowment were killed, would the Returned still come?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Somebody needs to hold the magic. If no one holds the magic, the magic will start to gain sentience. Interesting and bizarre things happen then, so I would say yes, but with the caveat that with whoever picks up the power or what happens with the power could end up changing that.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    What kind of changes do Slivers go through after letting go of a Shard's power?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It leaves them, imagine it like a balloon that has been deflated.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Okay, so would Rashek still have had powers?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He would have had some residual effects. But it also works the soul in weird ways, like a balloon that has been deflated.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    For the people you have coming back in the Stormlight Archive--how do you pick who makes the cut?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It just depends on where I feel like going, the interludes are complete freedom for me.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    When are we first getting a look at the cosmere coming together?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    The third Mistborn trilogy is going to involve--it's the first one I planned to do a lot with. I doubt I will do much in the second Mistborn trilogy, more than I probably have done [so far]. It's fun for me, so I'll keep including things in. You'll notice that Hoid is a bigger part of the Stormlight than previous ones, but I still don't want it to come to the forefront quite yet.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    For the Dangerous Women story, are you going to write anything again in that world?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    That world will show up again. Silence probably won't, but the world itself, yes. It's called Threnody, it is one of the Cosmere worlds. There's not a Shard there but there are interesting things happening. There's actually been a character in other books who's from Threnody. It will eventually be clear who that is, but they have shown up in many previous Sanderson novels.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Would that be Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Hoid is not from Threnody. Good question though. Hoid is from Yolen.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    You very clearly make rules for the wine in this world, like the different colors and different alcohol content. I was wondering what the inspiration for that is, and also what some of them are actually made from, because it doesn't seem like grapes.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It's not grapes, it's a local fruit. So we would not probably call it wine, we would probably call it something else. And it's based on my desire to do funky things with world building in every way I can. The color is a cultural thing.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    For a Windrunner, if he had enough heating fabrials and enough Stormlight, how high up could he get?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    You could exit orbit. Windrunners, remember they're gravitation and pressure. So if he knew what he was doing, we have actually factored how long it would take to get to the various moons.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    It seems like a movie adaptation would have just constant spren everywhere?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    That's why I made it so that not every use of the emotion causes them-so it wouldn't get too crazy even when I'm writing them.  And what's happening is the spren exist on the Cognitive plane, on Shadesmar, so they have to be attracted, they have to be nearby enough to flock to you, so it depends on how common the spren is.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    What about Kaladin getting sliced with the Shardblade and then being able to rejuvenate?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    That is a clue for what is going on with Szeth and his understanding of Shardblades and the Shardblade he has.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Which is an Honorblade, right?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I can't say, but Szeth says in Book One you can't heal a Shardblade wound with Stormlight. There are other very big but subtle discrepancies between what Szeth does and what Kaladin does.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    What you can tell me about Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    That is the word for someone or something which has gained a portion of the magic of Adonalsium, so the original whatever-it-is. Like a Shardblade is an Invested object, and people if they draw in the Stormlight, they're drawing in the magic--they're Invested.

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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Will we see more of Szeth’s backstory, including how he became a Truthless?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    That, you will have to wait for his flashback sequences in a future book. Each character gets a set of flashback sequences. I'm not going to promise that the characters live to the book where their flashback sequences are. You might have a character die and then get their flashbacks the next book to get more information on them. This will be Shallan's flashback, then the next book will be Szeth's flashback, then Eshonai, then Dalinar.

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    DefiantBurrito (paraphrased)

    Can you tell me what Wit put in his drink in Shallan's flashback scene?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It was something that you or I would probably not want to eat in our world, but that Wit got some benefit from eating...

    DefiantBurrito (paraphrased)

    Something we've seen in the Mistborn books, perhaps?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    [sounding pleased] Yes, perhaps like something you've seen in Mistborn.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    Who is Susebron's mom?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um... Oh, I have this... *sighs* So, the thing about it is... You read it, you know, in the book, it's not terribly relevant. And so...

    Questioner

    Mhm. But I'm a mom! *laughs*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, but you're a mom. So it's-- I mean, I have it in the notes, but it's nobody you'd know in the books.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    Do you know the part in Wheel of Time when Mat is-- seems to be trapped in his *inaudible* ways before he meets Verin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    In the town? I always think, when I read-- Every time I feel like-- Is it a <tone> war?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is, yeah.

    Questioner

    Writing the characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner

    And is there any correlation between that and Legion and you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yeah, most definitely. Legion is... You know, I'm-- I don't actually hear voices or see things. But there is this sort of part of you that becomes a different person all the time. I can see if I were more unhinged I'd be like that or like Shallan.

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    Questioner

    And in Wheel of Time...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner

    Do we know what Moiraine's three questions or requests were to the Finn folk?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes... You're going to have to ask Maria. They're in the notes. I'm not going to quote them right. I thought that I already gave people that answer.

    Questioner

    I may have not been *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    But you can go to Theoryland and see, but I thought that we answered that. 

    Questioner

    Okay. *interrupted*

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so I'm not going to say anything now, because I might-- I mean it's been forever. I might contradict myself.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    If the Liveborns are just brains in a jar, how... How do they procreate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So they-- the Wode believes it's important. They will then use methods of... gene--

    Questioner

    Biochemical?

    Brandon Sanderson

    --biochemical... 

    Questioner

    Okay. But the brain has to generate that signal in order to do it, or...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They believe that they need the people to meet. It is a cultural thing and not a physical limitation.

    Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide ()
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    Vegasdev

    The other lake in Alendi's bumps?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A manifestation of Ruin's gathered consciousness, much like the dark mists in book two. The lake was still around in Vin's era, but had been moved under ground. (Note that the Well is a very similar manifestation. You've also seen one other manifestation like this....)

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Such as...this?

    The "lake" was barely ten feet deep—more like a pool. Its water was a crystalline blue, and Raoden could see no inlets or outlets.

    If that's what you're hinting at...I never thought of the connection before! I just kept thinking of Aether of Night, and never thought of this pool at all.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Both are accurate, but the first is what I meant, as most people here don't have access to Aether.

    Chaos

    I'm also thinking that the Dor in Elantris is another Shard of Adonalsium. Certainly in the Elantris world, where the Dor came from is rather ambiguous, which I expected it would be. Of course, if other Shards of Adonalsium do exist, the Dor could have come from that source.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO from here on the other Shards of Adonalsium, as it would be better for me not to give spoilers. Please feel free to speculate. Readers have met four shards other than Ruin and Preservation.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Have we met these four by name, or just by influence? I can't think of a name that would go with the one that the Elantris lake is a manifestation of.

    Hoid could be one? I know nothing his purpose other than that he shows up in lots of different books, sometimes begging and sometimes telling stories. Since most of these series happen on different planets (though two of them may happen on the same planet as each other), I'm assuming he has mad planet-hopping skills.

    ...Nightblood...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ookla, I'm going to be tight lipped on this, as I don't want to give things away for future books. But I'll tell you this:

    You've interacted with two directly.One is a tough call. You've never met the Shard itself, but you've seen its power.The other one you have not met directly, but have seen its influence.

    Chaos

    I thought Nightblood was explained sufficiently for my tastes in Warbreaker, so I doubt that it is a Shard, but I've been plenty wrong before. Also, I don't know if Hoid could even be a Shard. Certainly he has mean planet-hopping skills, but I don't know what purpose a celestial storyteller would have in this universe. He doesn't really have the same kind of power as Ruin or Preservation did, so normally I would rule him out right off the bat. But it is possible that these Shards come in many shapes, not just in the near-deific quantity Ruin or Preservation had. I think it's a bit of a stretch to say Hoid is a Shard... but, then again, I don't have any ideas for what those four other Shards are.

    Maybe Hoid is just a traveler trying to find remnants of Adonalsium and stories about them. He doesn't need to be a shard, I suppose.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is slightly a tangent, but here is a relevant chunk from the Warbreaker Annotations. As this won't be posted for months, I'll put it here as a sneak preview.

    Chapter Thirty-Two

    This whole scene came about because I wanted an interesting way to delve into the history. Siri needed to hear it, and I felt that many readers would want to know it. However, that threatened to put me into the realm of the dreaded info dump.

    And so I brought in the big guns. This cameo is so obvious (or, at least, someday it will be) that I almost didn’t use the name Hoid for the character, as I felt it would be too obvious. The first draft had him using one of his other favorite pseudonyms. However, in the end, I decided that too many people would be confused (or, at least, even more confused) if I didn’t use the same name. So here it is. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about. . .well, let’s just say that there’s a lot more to this random appearance than you might think.

    Chaos

    Brandon, I believe in one of Sazed's epigraphs, he actually called it "Adonasium" rather than what you are referring to here, which is "Adonalsium". I'm thinking that's just a typo, right?

    I don't suppose you could tell us which book series of yours will tell us more about Adonalsium, would you? You know, just so us theorizers on the forum know when to properly theorize about these things...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, I guess this means that the proofreaders did not add the "L" when I marked the error on the manuscript.(sigh). Yes, the correct spelling is Adonalsium. I will try to get this fixed for the paperback, but I've been trying to get that blasted steel/iron error in the back of book one fixed for two years now. . .

    If it helps, Sazed would probably under-pronounce the "L" as that letter, like in Tindwyl's name, is said very softly in Terris.

    As for your other question, you will have to wait and see. Now, you could search my old books for clues, but I would caution against this. While there are hints in these, they are not yet canon. Just as I changed how things were presented in the Mistborn books during editing, I would have fixed a lot in these books during revision. Beyond that, reading them would give big spoilers for books yet to be released. White SandDragonsteel, and Way of Kings in particular are going to be published some day for almost certain. (Though in very different forms). Aether of Nightshould be safe, as should Final Empire prime and Mistborn prime, though of those three, only Aether is worth reading, and then only barely. (It is still pretty bad).

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    Questioner

    What did Leras do to Kel right when he died that made him stay? That prevented him from going on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right when he died?

    Questioner

    Right, because he starts to go-- slip into the Beyond, and then Leras keeps him there.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Read that again closely.

    Questioner

    He did something. He shoves him into the pool right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, yes. You just answered it.

    Questioner

    Okay, but I wasn't sure...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Questioner

    ...if it was specifically what Leras did? Or if that's something only [Vessels] can do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So it's the pool and not Leras that is important there.

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    Questioner

    In Mistborn: Secret History... The Ire--are they Elantrians?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are.

    Questioner

    They are.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner

    And how-- what is their history with Ruin and the other [Vessels]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, these are some very old people, who are cosmere-aware.

    Questioner

    Are they... that wasn't mine... Do they predate the Elantrian story?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I haven't answered that, and people have asked it. So I'll RAFO that.

    Questioner

    Oh, great.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But let's just say they're very old, and the Shardpool in Elantris, if you go back and read about the lore surrounding it in the book Elantris, you will see that they were aware of what was happening with it before the fall of Elantris.

    Questioner

    Did they-- were they affected by the cataclysm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a RAFO!

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    I really like how you have different fingernails. *inaudible* Because I barely noticed, rereading for Stormlight, you've got the He--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Herdazians. 

    Questioner

    Herdazians.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's because Herdazians are-- have Parshendi blood. Parshmen blood. They're one of the halv-- they're one of the mixed breeds. Horneaters *inaudible* too.

    Questioner

    Horneaters, um.. they're not *inaudible* with Parshendi are they?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they are.

    Questioner

    That's where they get the red hair then.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's where they get the red hair. And they actually can-- they call them Horneaters because they eat shell, and they actually can metabolize it which humans can't. Yeah. They've actually got, actually-- they've actually got different teeth than humans have.

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    Questioner

    How do people live on the Darkside [of Taldain]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh!

    Questioner

    Because like... how to plants grow...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Darkside has a really weird thing going on. *brief interruption* So, Darkside is full of life. UV light comes through. In fact, on Darkside-- it's very interesting-- basically my concept for Darkside is everything's under a blacklight. So...

    Questioner

    So it's like the scorpions you see in the--?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So actually people's fingernails, eyes, and hair glow on Darkside. And a lot of plant life glows, and things like this.

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    Questioner

    *inaudible*...Count Dooku?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did. Count Dooku was given to me by *inaudible*, a writer from my... The joke about him is he was not actually potted, he was the plant that you put in a jar and the roots go down, so we joked about a potted plant writing my books and I wanted to put a picture of a plant that wasn't actually potted, but then the publisher wouldn't do it. I wanted to put a picture of Count Dooku but they wouldn't do that.

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    Questioner

    'inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's a lot of divisions in the lighteyes. The lighteyes are basically...there's as many of them as there are darkeyes and the lower ranks of lighteyes are basically peasants, like you would look at them and say, but they're not quite, they're like Roman citizens, not all the Roman citizens were wealthy, things like this. And so all of them, their lives would be fairly familiar to you. The higher you go on the rankings, the less likely they are to care for their own children.

    Questioner

    *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll see a very young child in the next book and I think at least one baby. But it's not a baby of relevance to any of the main characters.

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    Questioner

    So I just finished rereading Mistborn, and I really liked reading the annotations with it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Huh.

    Questioner

    Are you planning on doing those anymore with like The Way of Kings and stuff *interrupted*?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *sighs* So here's the problem. I used to do those when I did the copyedit, which was really boring. Peter does the copyedits now. So I don't have to do them anymore.

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    Questioner

    Do we see Hoid in this [White Sand Volume 1]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. *inaudible*

    Questioner

    Aw! Is he Hoid though or is he hidden?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He's hidden, but the further the book progresses the more obvious it will be that it's him.

    Questioner

    Cool.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know if he's done the obvious things yet. I can't remember where this one cut off. I'll have to go back and look because you won't be the only one who asks that.

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    Questioner

    I was just wondering--I'm a big Hoid fan--and I was just wondering if he's in this [White Sand Volume 1] and if I will recognize him as Hoid.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is, yes. So...

    Questioner

    And is that how he actually looks, or is that just like...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nah, that-- it-- he disguises himself a little bit, but in this book he doesn't have to go to magical extremes. So if you is wearing a wig or something it's still kind of how he looks. I don't think we even disguised him at all. We did change it from how he was originally, because he had such a small part. I'm like, people like him more. So we beefed up his part.

    Footnote: Brandon is likely referring to Hoid's role in the full series of the graphic novel rather than Volume 1 in particular.
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    Questioner

    The Herald of War at the end of Way of Kings-- I assume he had an Honorblade with him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Okay... So when Dalinar had the sword that he gave up...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    ...for the Stormfather it actually cried, which it typically happens if there's spren in the sword, which means that was not an Honorblade, correct?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, and if you look they're described differently!

    Questioner

    Which means somebody else has the sword, correct?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The sword was switched out!

    Questioner

    Probably by Wit. I'm not going to ask you for spoilers, but...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wit does not have the sword.

    Questioner

    No!?

    Brandon Sanderson

    But... I can't-- I dunno if I've told people whether or not he at one point had the sword... But he does not have the sword now.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    I guess... At what point or which book will Sixth of the Dusk eventually tie in to?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So... Heh...

    Questioner

    And if that is unanswerable, then how many years until that book comes out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not unanswerable, but it's a ways off. The problem is that's a weird planet, and visiting it from Shadesmar is-- it just-- in the Cosmere Collection I'll talk about that, okay? It's a weird planet, and getting to it is interesting. 

    Questioner

    Okay...

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's no Shard in residence, but there's a Shardpool. But it's on... one of the most dangerous places... that exists. And so, let's just say it's not going to be relevant until you can regularly travel there somehow that doesn't involve popping up into a giant death trap.

    Questioner

    Okay, follow-up question though. How many people have tried to pop up, only to find out it was a death trap?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Go ahead and read what Khriss has to say about it.

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    Questioner

    Did you have like-- I love Wayne because to me he has a little British background.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. *brief interruption* Yes, Wayne-- If you heard Wayne he would sound... I mean, he's not straight up cockney, but you're gonna be like, "Oh, that's one of my mates."

    Questioner

    Cause there's a lot of, like, words in there. I'm like, "He knows, he knows.."

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yep, yeah. I get a lot of that touring in the UK. Heading over there. I'm like, "Oh, they use this word all the time. Oh, they use this word. Oh...Okay. Things are 'brilliant.'"