You mentioned friday night in Seattle Allomacy has “FTL” built into it, any more hints you can share on how that would work
It involves where the lost energy from thermodynamic issues goes in certain Allomantic interactions
Is the recipient of the letter in Way of Kings also in Dragonsteel?
Yes. (Good question.)
If so would it be the person that Topaz gets mad at?
RAFO on the second one. I’ve already given you too much! :)
Will some of the loose ends in The Alloy of Law be tied up?
All of them will, but some are foreshadowing for the second main-line Mistborn trilogy.
your side characters often have physical infirmities. Can you explain why?
I feel that often, fiction tends to gloss over or ignore people like Clubs. So I find myself sticking them in.
i messaged earlier regarding #alloyoflaw appendix narrator, unaware of today’s torchat. maybe you can respond in the chat?
I haven’t been telling people the name of the appendix author. It is either Hoid or one of the 17th sharders. #torchat
The Almighty’s original name was Tanavast, yes/no?
Yes and no. The concept of the “Almighty” in Roshar has a lot of meanings, many of them wrong.
But the person who held the Shard Honor was originally named Tanavast?
Yes. You wiggled it out of me. That was the name of the original holder of the Shard Honor.
So Aona is a synonym for love, hmm? Is Charity the correct Shard name?
Not quite. I’m trying to remember what the guesses were for the other Shard on Sel. I may have dismissed them too quickly.
How about Mercy for Aona, then? The guesses for Skai’s Shard include Devotion, Obedience, and Order
Okay, I was right, then. Ha There’s something very ironic in all of this.
was reading the Liar sample chapters again today. Really want this book to come out… any idea when/if it will show up?
It’s a long way off. I’m displeased with some of the aspects of it mid-to-late in the book.
Is Roshar *broken* in some way? Shards, storms, Spren—everything there seems very fragmented.
Roshar is broken in some way. You are on to something there.
Do allomantic pushes and pulls apply forces only to an allomancer’s center of gravity?
Yes, they do.
Why is Sazed “unfortunately” the hero of ages? Why by depressed about it? He became a god and gets to see Vin etc.
He did not want the responsibility, and so he regards it that way.
whatever happened to the flute that Wit/Hoid gave Kaladin, why do I think it’s going to be insanely important in book 2?
Kaladin still has it
Did you intentionally make Kredik Shaw resemble hemalurgic spikes coming from Luthadel?
Yes, I did. The modern symbols of the metals (Spikes piercing skin) are also done intentionally.
is Sazed important? >.< as in is he (Sazed) as important as, say, Hoid?
Sazed is both more important and less important than Hoid. It depends on who you talk to and which story you’re in.
Can you paralyze somebody’s individual fingers with a Shardblade, I mean theoretically, they’re a bit big to actually do it
If Vivenna travelled to Scadrial, could she awaken stuff there? Could Vin burn allomantic metals on Nalthis?
RAFO, I’m afraid. Note that at least one of the magics—AonDor—is directly influenced by location.
Noticing similaritys between Fabrials/Radiants and Lenses/Smedrys… comments?
Well, being a Smedry is hereditary while being a Radiant is not. Lenses can only be used by Occulators, Fabrials by anyone.
So, there are bound to be similarities, but I see them as being very different.
How do the Shin get Stomlight, if the storms are broken up by the mountains before reaching Shinovar?
An excellent question that you should be asking. (So…RAFO.) Note that they don’t use it as extensively as outlanders do.
Also note that though the storms aren’t as strong there, they do still reach Shin lands, to an extent.
my question was Aona/Skai Shards shattering the event we saw the aftermath of in Elantris? Or a further final apocalypse?
The events in Elantris happened many years before The Way of Kings. That’s all I’ve said for now.
But I thought the monks of Dakhor and the ChayShin(?) were all AonDor related? The energy familiars are related to Skai?
What the Dakhor did accessed the Dor, but it was not AonDor—they weren’t using Aons, but different symbols.
Do you have any plans to do cross over stories? I would love to see Stormlight v Mistborn fight
The Cosmere cycle is 32-36 books total. There might be something like that in there.
Other than Hoid?
It has been discovered that Way of Kings has several characters from other worlds in it. One has a Dula accent.
Does Frost make any incognito appearences in any other books other than Dragonsteel? If so Book/chapter?
He does not appear on screen in any published books, though he is referenced. He has a non-Interference policy.
Is this reference you are referring to in TWoK in form of a letter or does it show up elsewhere?
Ati is very obviously (atium) Ruin, Aona and Sel clearly refer to Elantris though I don’t know who/what Skai is (Wyrn?)
There is a group mentioned at the end of Elantris which has something to do with Skai.
regarding “bumps” in TWoK, did the events referred to in the Part 2 bumps already occur in your other novels?
So far, the books have been chronological. Alloy of Law is a little out of order, happening before KINGS.
Have you decided which future book Adolin character will be the focus of Stormlight series? Book 3-4 He is the best character
We shall see. Talking too much about which characters get which books risks spoiling who survives long enough to get a book.
Any way we could ever read Harmony's Words of Founding in total?
Wait. You sold the rights for TV before it was published?
Yes. I actually wrote a proposal for the TV series, sent that out first, then wrote this to prove it would work.
We have conflicting reports on chronology. Is this link right, or is this link right?
The second. I revised my placement of KINGS relative to HERO after realizing a behind-the-scenes conflict.
ALLOY had to happen after KINGS for Cosmere reasons. I had two timelines arguing, and in plotting Stormlight 2, I fixed this.
Quick question to help me settle a debate. Could Allomancy affect a Shardplate/blade?
No. Investiture interferes with most magics.
Wait, are Mistborn and Stormlight Archive somehow connected?
Multiple people from Mistborn appeared in The Way of Kings.
So, do you have a final scene in mind like RJ did that you’re working toward?
I do indeed!
What would happen if a Mistborn ingested the metal of a Shardblade/Plate?
A Shardblade is Invested. A Mistborn isn't likely to have a tie to that type of Investiture. So probably nothing would happen…
When you will write a book with a deaf character?
Original draft of The Way of Kings had Taravangian as a deaf man, but I felt I did it poorly.
I have a second story I'm planning with a deaf protagonist, but I need to do more research.
Are there any female Shardbearers? Or would they be considered immodest for not covering their safehands?
Eshonai, who is Parshendi, is female. (You saw her fight Dalinar in Book One.) There are others. (One is in the WoR prologue, for example.) It is easy to hide that you have a Shardblade. Historically there were many more than there are currently.
Do you ever write cosmere stories NOT intended for publication, i.e. just for fun, sans meticulous planning?
I have written a few.
Will there be a Stormlight book with Parshendi flashbacks?
I want to #AskBrandon if Jasnah’s second Surge is Electromagnetism or Light?
Great question! It is not one of those.
How long did it take you to develop the idea / world of The Stormlight Archive?
I wrote down the first ideas 1993. Kept working on the world through college. First draft done 2002.
I have a question about copper. Wouldn't a coppercloud also end up hiding their enemy's allomancy?
That is one of the dangers of using one.
If you cut a plant with a Shardblade, does it die like an animal, or cut like an inanimate object?
Shardblades would treat plants as they would an animal, not cutting them, but severing the soul.
Would it be correct to view pre-Shattered Adonalsium as either a perfect God or perfect power of creation?
That would be one way of viewing things. Depends on your perspective.
So basically, RAFO??
Not TOTALLY a RAFO. More a “That works. But some would not agree.”
Are spren alive? Can splinters be alive?
Is “Cryptics” the canon name for the spren Shallan draws? Should we use that instead of symbolhead/truthspren?
Yes, you may call the symbolheads “Cryptics” which is what they call themselves.
Will Marsh continue to shadow the Mistborn series?
Yes that character will continue to play a role in the future of Mistborn.
Would burning atium and duralumin together grant view of single far future or widespread of everyone's near future?
I haven't answered specifically what happens, but there is a hint at the end of Hero of Ages.
So, does every Stormlight book begin with the sound of drums playing?
The first five books will all offer a different perspective on the same night.
Is the plan still for all books in the series to be named after in-world books?
So, I have to wait until book three to get Szeth’s book?
Yes, Szeth is 3. Eshonai (she is the Parshendi Shardbearer) is probably 4. Dalinar rounds out the first five.
Will all shardholders from all the worlds/realms eventually meet in one "place"?
They have been in the same place before. Many are dead now, though.
How many pages of notes do you have on your own universe?
I’m only around 1,000-2,000 or so, at this point. (I guess I’m slacking.)
If a live Elantrian entered the pool outside of the city, could they also use it to travel to the Cognitive Realm?
Let’s just say that the characters in the book do not fully understand the pool or its power.
How many shards has Hoid received powers from, whether taken, stolen, given, etc?
Well, he has a bead of lerasium.