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    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    What would happen if you used lerasium as a spike for Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh lerasium as a spike for Hemalurgy? Um lerasium as a spike for Hemalurgy--

    Questioner 1

    Would it work or would it just not work?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No I mean it would work--

    Questioner 1

    If you were to place a lerasium spike would you transform into a full Mistborn as opposed to--

    Questioner 2

    Well it can also steal powers, not just grant them, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, right. The thing about it is you're trying to Invest something that is already very Invested, which always has weird effects. So while you could do it, it would be a gross waste of the potential. It's like using a nuclear bomb as a paperweight. It is functional but--

    Questioner 1

    Does that mean it would be hard, for example, to make Nightblood stick something? Because--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes it would be very hard to make Nightblood stick to something. The amount of Investiture in Nightblood is--

    Bystander

    Astronomical?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Larger than most things you've seen. So Pushing on Nightblood, really hard.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    So Hoid it seems, you've indicated, he has actually used the bead of lerasium he got.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm, there are guesses along those lines. And those guesses would be supported by evidence from the books.

    Questioner

    That he drank something that gave him an advantage, things like that. But anyway does he also have Feruchemical abilities, and if so how would he have gotten them? Aside from Hemalurgy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You really think I'm going to answer that one? *laughter* Big old RAFO.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    Are you not really willing to comment much on Hoid, should I leave that alone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can ask, but you're generally not going to get much on Hoid.

    Questioner

    Is his longevity tied to any particular Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid's?

    Questioner

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say no.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    Okay I had a question for you about that. You make a point about talking about that in your books but we know that air resistance and other things has an effect--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Air resistance does.

    Questioner

    --for instance a feather and a bowling ball dropped from the top of the Empire State Building are not going to hit the ground at the same time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right.

    Questioner

    Even though when in a vacuum they would.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    ...In the books Wax is affecting his weight a lot.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But he's also still wearing clothing, so he's never going to get light enough that-- Like Sazed getting light enough to drift down was pretty hard for him, you'll see how much work he had to go through. Wax could get that light but he's going to have guns and his metal belt and his mistcoat and things like that. And so when Wax is talking you're just going to assume that he's talking in his general experience. Air resistance does matter but that's not how he perceives it.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    clyguy

    If Wax were to go to Roshar, and--he's a Skimmer, right? So he can change his weight--if he got Lashed in a different direction if he Stored his weight would that nullify some of the Lashing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, you're going to make me think through this. *laughter* So Wax actually changes mass. And the Lashing only affects gravitational pull. So the answer is no because different things with different masses fall at the same speed.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    So could somebody using maybe a duralumin Push or Pull, or just a strong Allomancer, take control of a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The more heavily Invested something is, the most-- the more <release?> other forms of Investiture? But as we have proof in Mistborn you can Push and Pull on metalminds, you can Push and Pull on even a spike that’s inside of somebody. If you have the strength. So it's kind of pushing against the strength of the Investiture.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    Are you ever going to release the other 16 alloys with the god metals? Did you decide?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe.

    Questioner 2

    Are you not releasing them because you're still trying to-- you don't want to pin yourself down just in case?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's part that, but part I know. The more I release, the more distracting it is from the stories and it also prevents me from using them in the stories as reveals.

    Shadows of Self Portland signing ()
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    Questioner

    What got you reading and then later on writing? And also how do you get a child to love to read?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, so what got me reading and what *inaudible* me fall in love with reading and-- initially-- and I'll do the second question in a minute.

    So originally I became a reader because of an eighth grade English teacher who handed me the book Dragonsbane. <Any> eighth grade English teachers here? Middle grade English teachers? You guys are awesome. They-- she's actually an *inaudible* professor. I'm still in touch with her. She made a reader out of me by refusing to let me not, you know? I was of age to be reading these books, but I was reading stuff I'd loved in second grade. And she just lovingly got me reading other things.

    How do you do that? Well for me it worked giving me the right book. I'm working on this with my seven year old right now. Who i want to be reading Harry Potter with, but he wants to be reading Fly Guy, which is about a boy with a pet fly. *crowd laughs* And so we read what he wants. And I figure if I can get excited about what he loves, and read it with them, that that will work rather than trying to get him to love what I love.

    Questioner

    *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it's hard. I dunno. Ask-- don't ask me. Ask literature people, because I had to have it done to me. So I'm not even sure what happened. But it was like, I read that Dragonsbane, and I came back to my teacher, I'm like, "I can't believe people write books like that." And she's like, "There's a whole genre." *crowd laughs*

    Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    Who is the Willshaper?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, of the group of the ten...

    Questioner

    Have we met the Willshaper?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You have met the Willshaper. 

    Questioner

    Is it Moash?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO.

    Questioner

    Ok. But it was a good guess?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Do you want me to write RAFO in this? You got RAFO'd.

    Questioner

    Thanks.

    Brandon Sanderson

    People are really interested in the Willshapers. Has this been a topic of conversation?

    Other person

    *inaudible*...17th Shard. *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, right. The Dustbringer is harder to figure out, I feel like the Willshaper will be a little more obvious once it happens. The Dustbringer is going to be hard.

    Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    What happens if you burn duralumin while Compounding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Duralumin while Compounding. So, what duralumin does is it burns out of all of your metal in one burst. So it doesn't necessarily gain you power, it makes it all happen at the same time. The same thing would happen.

    Questioner

    Could you turn into a baby?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, you could totally turn into a baby. That is within the power of using that, doing <health wrong>, yeah you could totally... You'd be really dangerous.

    Questioner

    But it wouldn't really do much?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh it would have explosive... it does things really fast. That's what it does. Yes you could achieve very powerful sudden effects through that. It'd be scary. Controlling it can be dangerous, regardless of which metal you use.

    Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    So if I understand correctly, every Shard has three different states in which it manifests physically in the world, liquid, gaseous and solid. So my question is, Harmony's holding two Shards, is there any bleedover that would make like...harmonium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the newspaper pages, one of the essays is on "Does Harmony have a metal?". So this is a question they are asking in-world, that they think should probably be, and if you look around you see strange metals appearing, including one that is highly unstable. Or highly reactive is what I would say, not unstable, because it's not radioactive but it is...yeah, so.

    Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    So there's only one Honorspren that got power, and does that mean that no more can get out and are there only *inaudible* Cryptic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Syl disobeyed what she was supposed to do. However, at the same time, she blazed a trail so there might be others. The Cryptics, on the other hand, they are totally fine with what's happening but Pattern was the one who was nominated, he lobbied for it, to go and be the guinea pig. So the Cryptics are totally all over doing this, they are eager for more. But a lot of them think it is a death sentence, but they're weird, they don't mind it that much.

    Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    Why do female*inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, there are several answers to this. The Alethi would say it is because it is the only way to be modest. But that's not the real answer. The writerly answer, which is also not the real answer, is that I grew fascinated by interesting social taboos by traveling to other countries where, for instance in many countries showing the bottom of your feet to people is insulting, and stuff like that. But the actual answer is that, you saw the events after the Recreance when the Knights Radiant abandoned their shards and, at that point, some people in power realized that if they could eliminate women from picking up the shards then it was twice as likely that they would get one. And so they started popularizing a work, an essay by a woman who had talked about feminine arts were one-handed, painting and things like this, and masculine arts were two-handed, breaking rocks and fighting and stuff like this, and they popularized that and some of the women who were involved in this seized writing, in this division, as a feminine thing. So there were both men and women involved in this sort of split that was kind of a conscious attempt to struggle power, or struggle the power in different ways, and that became not just a thing that people talked about, but an actual feature in the society moving forward.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    So how much Investiture does Vasher keep on him in Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ummm, enough. *laughter*

    Questioner 2

    To be fair I think the hivemind has said that since he can feed off of Stormlight, that’s not really an issue.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But he also has certain levels of Heightening, so you can guess what minimums he has.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    clyguy

    Someone else brought up the point, can blood be Awakened?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Anything can be Awakened.

    clyguy

    If you make a human-shaped mold and you poured blood into it and you Awakened it, would you have a Terminator T-1000 style blood-golem that could recombine?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, heh, well Awakening liquid is possible but I don't think it would work the way you want it to.

    Questioner 2

    If you had enough of a cloud in one place, could you Awaken a cloud?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, you could Awaken anything. It's probably not going to work the way you want it to. There is a reason why they Awaken the things that they do. For instance if you want to make a transforming golem, you would be much better off with something thicker.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    I've also heard rumor that there's a chronology? <On the cosmere?>

    Brandon Sanderson

    On my computer, yes.

    Questioner

    No, that was going to be in [Arcanum Unbounded] or *inaudible*.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, not a chronology. Not a timeline. I've been preparing one that eventually I'm going to release. But I don't think I'm *inaudible*. I did consider it, but...

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    Is there a way for any of the Shards to circumvent the Cognitive Realm and resurrect somebody?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...So, resurrection in the cosmere is-- depends on if-- where your mind is, and the status of your body, and whether your mind and soul have kind of combined and passed on. If you get to them before that happens, then you can re-attach the soul to the body. And you see that happening in Warbreaker quite often.

    Bystanders

    The Returned.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Returned, yeah. You just gotta get the soul before it passes on. Once it passes on nobody knows where it goes.

    clyguy

    Now Harmony tells Spook that Kelsier and Vin say hi. So is he able to reach into wherever they are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He doesn't say that they say hi, he says--

    Bystanders

    They're doing well.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're doing well.

    clyguy

    Can he see them or communicate with them at all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has interacted with them at some point.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    The man that gives Nightblood to Szeth at the end of Words of Radiance, I don't understand who he is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Oh Nale, oh you mean Nale. Nale's one of the Heralds.

    Questioner

    But I thought that those guys left? At the be-- In the prequel, at the beginning of The Way of Kings.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They abandoned their swords and went about the world, but did not return to the place where they were supposed to go, which was off-world.

    Questioner

    So they just die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They did not die.

    Questioner

    So they're all still out there?  Somewhere in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It can be assumed that they are all still out there unless some of them died since then. It was 4,000 years ago.

    Questioner

    But the one guy that stayed, went crazy because--

    Brandon Sanderson

    The one guy they abandoned was left in their version of hell, and the rest of them were supposed to return and didn't.

    Questioner

    Every day?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Every time they die they're supposed to go back. Or every time the war is over. You are asking good questions, they're questions that will make more sense as the book progresses.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    So the other thing I don't understand is in Hero of Ages when Harmony dies. How they became--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Harmony didn't die, you mean--

    Questioner

    The man.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you're talking about the person who was holding the power of Preservation.

    Questioner

    Yeah, how did those people become that in the first place?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a book I'm going to write eventually called Dragonsteel, that deals with how that came about.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    In The Way of Kings, when Hoid is talking to Kaladin and he says his name is Hoid, he said that he took the name from someone else.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did.

    Questioner 1

    So why is he Hoid in everything else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid is not his original name.

    Questioner 1

    So...

    Questioner 2

    Does he still go by his original name ever?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know if you've ever seen his original name.

    Questioner 2

    I've read your Master's thesis [Dragonsteel Prime].

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, he doesn't go by the name that is in there very often but there are people who know him by that name.

    Questioner 1

    What is his original name?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well he's assuming that the name he is using in there is actually his original name. He's using the name Cephandrius. Which you're assuming is his original.

    Questioner 2

    Closer to the truth than Hoid is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is closer to the truth...

    Questioner 2

    Cephandrius is closer to his original name than Hoid, it's an earlier alias.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well Hoid was one of his very first aliases.

    Questioner 2

    So I stand corrected.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But, Cephandrius is more him.

    Questioner 2

    Does he still go by his nickname he got.

    Brandon Sanderson

    To some people, Topaz.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Cephandrius Maxtori.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    So I’m a big Terry Pratchett fan, and my dad, he got a Ankh-Morpork city map.  Do you have any large maps--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Large scale maps?

    Isaac Stewart

    You know we have-- I actually have that same Ankh-Morpork map and I'm like "We gotta do something like this" but it's-- that’s down the road because that is so detailed.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The thing that I would like to do would be a cosmere star chart, that’s large scale, but we have to get a little further, introduce you to a few more planets before we can do that.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Questioner

    So that scene in Warbreaker when Hoid is doing the storytelling with sand, was he doing--

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is indeed some sand in there.

    Jasonioan

    Is it sand mastery though?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There may indeed be, not everything he's doing is sand mastery, but there may indeed be some things involved in that.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    And we changed Hoid's appearance, in the White Sand.

    Questioner

    I couldn't even find him.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He's just, as I remember it--it's been a long time--I think he's just one of the cases Ais mentions talking about.

    Questioner

    Oh yeah, he's in the letter, no that’s someone else.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No he's just one of the people Ais' been chasing. There's just this one case that is mysterious to him. Like remember a lot of the early Hoid things were really obscure mentions.

    Shadows of Self release party ()
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    Jasonioan

    What is the Shard on White Sand? Because we've both read White Sand.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Shard-- So what the Shard is doing is, the Shard is the Sand God. But I didn't bring it out much, there's only one Shard on the planet. And the Shard actually kind of resides in the atmosphere and stuff like that but we decided to bring the Shard out a little bit more in the comic book so when you read that you'll be able to find a little more.

    Jasonioan

    Does it take effect in the Darkside?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it does.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    How... Where would be the... How are you expecting to sell "Screenshot"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Snapshot?

    Questioner

    Yes, Snapshot. That one.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am expecting to do a limited edition and ebook simultaneous. Steve Diamond, who does...  *unintelligible* bookstore guy. He's local, you guys know Steve Diamond. He wants to start up a company doing that, and I told him he could have Snapshot if he did. And so it will probably be like that. He'll do it-- a nice little really-- I just don't expect that our company is ever going to do leatherbounds of any of the short fiction with-- except the possibility for Emperor's Soul. So yeah, that's the plan right then. If that happens it's next Spring's novella release. 

    Questioner

    Okay. Just can't go six months without publishing a new book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Eh. Next year's gonna be something, because right now it's only Snapshot and Stormlight 3. I haven't--

    Questioner

    "Only." *group laughs*

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    So I've got a question about the Selians in Secret History.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Questioner

    It seems... It seems pretty clear that they're Selians. Or people from...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    ...the planet Sel. Is that the right term? Selian? I don't know...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um... *sigh* I get this one mixed up. Peter knows. I know I've called them Selish before, but I think we went with Selian because it sounded too much like "selfish". But we did canonize it, and it probably is in the essays, I think. But Peter knows the canon term.

    Questioner

    Okay. What era are they from? Are they from like the... are they from the... the original...

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are old! [very drawn out "old"]

    Questioner

    Were they part of the society that built Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, someone asked me this coming through the line, and I RAFO'd them. But they are old.

    Questioner

    They are old.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are oldold people. Here's the thing. You give me the opportunity to wiggle around, because I could say, "No," if anyone has joined them since then.

    Questioner

    It's true.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does that make sense? 

    Questioner

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not canonizing anything right now, but that question is so wiggle-aroundable. And I took the opportunity not to wiggle around it and just tell you they are old

    Questioner

    They are old. Got it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The organization is old. And some of the people that you meet there are very old.

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

    Were the epigraphs meant to be in order? If so, reading them all straight through it seems Sazed keeps going off on tangents, seems more stream of consciousness than we're used to seeing from Sazed...

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are in order, but there are large gaps of text left out. So you're not getting the whole thing, just the 'good parts' versions. That's why it feels jumpy.

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

    In one of the bumps, Sazed mentions a discussion between Vin and Ruin in which Vin asks Ruin why she was chosen to release him from the Well. Did this discussion occur in the in-between afterlife where Vin, Elend, Kelsier, etc., were, or did it occur off-screen while Vin and Ruin were busy stopping each other from affecting the world?

    Dalenthas

    I was fairly sure she asked it while she was a prisoner of Yomen, but I could be wrong.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, as has been pointed out, that's in the text—unless I cut it during editing for pacing issues. If I did, the conversation still happened, but it just didn't get shown on