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    Brandon Sanderson

    Chapter Twenty-One

    The truth is that yes, indeed, Cett caught Breeze in bed with his daughter. In Breeze's defense, she kind of snuck in herself while he was sleeping and snuggled up to him. However, that wasn't why Cett chased Breeze out of the camp. You'll find out more about that later.

    I couldn't resist throwing in the ending of the last chapter, mixed with the beginning of this one. Ham's wisecrack about Cett catching Breeze with his daughter was just too good to not make true. The thing is, Breeze is always so controlled and self-important that it's good to throw him out of his element every once in a while.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    I think Tindwyl has a lot of good points in her training. Some people rebel against the things she says, but I think that she has a good idea of what makes a leader. Or, at least, one kind of leader.

    The problem is, that isn't the only kind of leader that works. Still, in my mind, she knows that she HAS to be like that in order to react against Elend's frivolousness.

    The Well of Ascension Annotations ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    We get to see a bit of depth from both Breeze and Tindwyl in this chapter. As I said earlier, I can't really spend the time to round out everyone on the crew, so I have to pick carefully. Breeze is one of my favorites, so I decided to work a bit with him in this book. As you'll find out later in the book (when we get a few Breeze viewpoints) he's actually a full-blooded nobleman. It's not really that important to the story; it's just part of who he is.

    Breeze has made a life and a reputation out of hiding his feelings behind his attitude. I likes looking like a scoundrel–not only does it let him get away with a lot of random things, but it also keeps people from poking too far into his past. There are a lot of skaa thieves who would react very poorly if they discovered that Breeze wasn't really one of them, but a nobleman who was forced to seek refuge in the underground.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Also, we get to see here that Zane already has his fingers on Vin's emotions. She's beginning to question and doubt. This, however, isn't a quick change–you should realize that all of these questions were already there inside of her. Not only is she a teenage girl, and living during an emotionally volatile part of her life, but she grew up learning to distrust and fear betrayal. Though she's getting better, the old worries are all still there, and even a little bit of scratching at them reveals them again.

    She never really had to confront these things. Falling in with the crew, learning to trust, was actually easy in the last book. Kelsier was there to make everything work out all right, and Vin was always underneath the watchful care of Sazed.

    This book is about making her face these things directly.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Chapter Twenty

    Elend is already progressing nicely as a king. There's a lot more time passing in here than I'm showing–lots of training and lessons. One of my worries is that Elend will develop too quickly. However, considering the situation he's in, I suspect that he knows he has to either adapt quickly or be destroyed. A few tense months can really change a person a lot.

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    Questioner

    At the beginning of Steelheart you say that it was a year after Calamity when people started getting powers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    At the beginning of Firefight, at the end of the prologue, people started screaming. Why?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Peter [Ahlstrom, Brandon's assistant] asked me the same question. And so, the rise of Calamity, number one, was really weird. And number two, there was weirdness with that night [?], associated with the rise of Calamity, that was not the start of the Epics.

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    Questioner

    I noticed, in The Alloy of Law, Marsh refers to-- when he is talking to Marasi he says that Wax is doing his brother’s work. I was wondering, is that referring to Harmony or Kelsier?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That’s referring to Kelsier in that quote, in his opinion at the moment. I don’t know if I agree with it. He feels that Wax is protecting the people, the little people, which was Kelsier’s work in his... opinion of Kelsier, which is a little lofty.

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    Questioner

    If Feruchemists can store warmth, and you can Compound if you have the dual... Could they harm themselves by drawing too much warmth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Could they draw it out of their body and therefore kill themselves by freezing themselves?

    Questioner

    Either way. Either that, or burn and Compound too much...

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is harder to do that you think it [is], because built into Feruchemy is the natural body's resistance to the things you're doing, but it is possible.

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    Questioner

    If you were a Leecher, could you destroy a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm going to RAFO that for now, let's just say that it would be incredibly difficult if it were possible, and I'm not going to even say if it is. But that kind of power... 

    Questioner

    Let's just say they were burning duralumin as well.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's just say that the Investiture in a Shardblade is much greater than your average Allomancer, but... This type of thing is not unheard of in the Cosmere. The larkin, the Leechers, and Nightblood all have a similar sort of thing going on. Destroying a Shardblade would be really hard. And Investiture resists other forms of Investiture, so.

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    Questioner

    The guards that are used on the Shardblades, that people are able to work with them safely, are those made of aluminum?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [...] This is an excellent question that is well asked, and people are thinking along the right lines. I haven't answered 100%, but people are thinking the right way.

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    Questioner

    So, in Elantris, the earthquake that [???], was that [caused? counterplayed?] by Shards, by some powers...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I haven't really dug into that, but the number one thing people assume is that it was the shattering of Dominion and Devotion, which is not the case. They were broken much earlier. The Splintering [of them] happened much earlier.

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    Questioner

    The ten Surges on Roshar, I think you've said are basically a different set of laws of physics.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner

    Are those laws of physics consistent throughout the Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, to an extent. You would consider, like - it's kind of weird because I based them on the idea of the fundamental forces, but this is kind of like a human construction. You could say that physics is pure and natural, but we're still putting things in boxes. And the scientists on Roshar would, for instance, consider being able to travel between the Cognitive and Physical Realms as a force, the thing that pulls people back and forth between that, as a fundamental force. I don't know if it would fit our definition of a fundamental force.

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    Questioner

    The Rithmatist 2 kind of took a... <stage to the background with everything>. Do you have any idea when that's gonna be...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We're getting close. We're getting close. I will do it most likely between Stormlight 3 and 4, somewhere. I can't promise where, but it's getting really close. I'm going to start reading the first book to my son very soon; he's nine now. And once I read it out loud with him I will be ready to write the second. I'll be back in the world.

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    Questioner

    What's the penalty for killing a highprince, like Adolin did to Sadeas?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Official law is kind of confusing, because before the unification of Alethkar back into a kingdom, killing a highprince was like killing the monarch of another country. So if you did it on the field of battle it's fine. If you assassinate them it's considered a bad-- a mark of dishonor. But, what's gonna happen? I mean, your own people are gonna probably be like, "Okay, you killed the other highprince. You shouldn't have done that." But, you know... the enemy... *laughing* But now that there's a kingdom, those sort of laws are different. So it's going to cause a legal conundrum. Does that make sense?

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    Questioner

    When Wax's uncle gets blown up and [the Faceless Immortal] says "you will serve us in another realm", is that a [truth] ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wait wait, who says that?

    Questioner

    With Suit, the end of Bands of Mourning? He gets blown up...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh right, right...So, yeah, that is not specifically answered on purpose. That is meant to be more ambiguous, it may not even be a true statement.

    Questioner

    So their deity doesn't pick which souls...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not saying yes or no, I'm just saying, don't take what they say as law, as the actual state of things. It may just be a belief on their part.

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    Questioner

    The world of Sixth of the Dusk [First of the Sun], is it going to make another appearance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will likely make another appearance, I am unlikely to do another story there just because I have too many things to do sequels too, but if you keep your eyes open, you can see...

    Questioner

    Is Hoid related?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see some more.

    Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing ()
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    Questioner

    In the new novella for the Stormlight Archive. <Edgedancer.>

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm?

    Questioner

    When she gets the cart over the edge of the ledge, it mentions that there was black sand on the ground? Was that Hoid, or...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was not Hoid.

    Questioner

    Was that due to what she did, or...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was Wyndle.

    Questioner

    Okay, he left black sand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, his, uh-- he decayed into dust. 

    Questioner

    Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so...

    Questioner

    Okay. Wondering if it was related to White Sand.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's something going on there. But no, it is not the white-- it is not sand. I should be careful about use the word sand, particularly black sand. But I was just thinking of Wyndle with that one. 

    Questioner

    Okay, okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a false positive on the cosmere connection.

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    Questioner

    Is Khriss a reliable narrator?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Khriss is reliable. She doesn't know everything, so there are some things that she doesn't quite get right. But she usually will acknowledge, "I'm not sure about this." Okay?

    Questioner

    Okay, cool.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can trust Khriss as much as you can trust most experts in their field.

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    Questioner

    The Cognitive and the Physical Realms...do they stay connected to the Shardworld for the character they're related to, or can you go back and forth - like in Secret History, when he passes off of Scadrial and to the outskirts, within I guess the Cognitive Realm, is that something they could do with other Shardworlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Questioner

    Did something happen to Demoux between Mistborn and Stormlight to turn him into a jerk, or am I misinterpreting his actions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is not a jerk, but he is not...

    Questioner

    As pure as he is in Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. He's a little more idealistic than pure, how about that?

    Questioner

    Are we going to hear that story?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. [...] I'm toying with some stuff in Secret History 2, it'll get into some of this.

    Questioner

    Is there going to be more Secret History?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They have to go into the cracks between other books, but not...I am planning to do more right now, I'm not opposed to having more like that happen.

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    heridfel

    There are different kinds of spren that bond with people and it appears they’re based on a concept. Is it possible to have a concept which would make a Nahel bond that gives two Surges that don’t align to one of the Radiant orders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, uh...this is a theoretical possibility that has not happened yet.

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    taveren

    If someone goes to every planet and get Invested from every Shard, if he was Invested enough would he become a new Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That’s an excellent question that I’m not going to answer.

    taveren

    And I am assuming you will not answer if anyone is trying to do that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yup, I am not going to answer. Sorry. That's too deeply related to things that are happening in the Cosmere and I don’t want to dig into for a little while yet.

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    Questioner

    Why is Dalinar very strict of Adolin but not with Renarin and Elhokar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a little bit - I would say a slight flaw on Dalinar's part, he's too hard on Adolin. But that's because Adolin is in line for the throne, and he's the eldest son, and the heir, and all of that stuff. I would say that Dalinar's a little too lax in some ways, a little too strict in others.

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    Questioner

    Do they have a concept of alcoholism in Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Does Dalinar’s family have it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That will be answered in the next book, but you should definitely be asking that question.

    Stormlight Three Update #6 ()
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    Argent

    When you say that the Returned are cognitive shadows, are they shadows of the people they were pre-death? In other words, is Lightsong Llarimar's cognitive shadow stapled to his body with a Divine Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they are. (The evidence in the books is Lightsong obtaining some of the memories his pre-death soul had.)

    Stormlight Three Update #6 ()
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    The_Immortal_Shogun

    Is there some reason why the characters in the cover don't seem to reflect the Hawaiian esque description you seem to have in your head. For Kaladin for example

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Basically, I was too intimidated by being able to work with Michael Whelan to be picky.

    It goes a little further than that. The original cover was closer in skin tone and features to what I'd imagined. (Remember, I view the Alethi as kind of Asian Hawaiian hybrids.) However, the pose and overall look of the figure wasn't great.

    I chose not to say anything, because I love Mr. Whelan's work, and was simply thrilled to be working with him. Plus, I liked the cover quite a bit, even if something was slightly off with the figure. Well, Mr. Whelan obviously saw what I had, and over the next few months we got a string of revisions from him.

    By the time he'd settled on the current one (which was the best of the ones he'd sent) I didn't want to bother him with redesigning Kaladin yet again.

    We're still trying to get this right. In working with Dan Dos Santos to do the clothing portraits in the second book, I kept having trouble describing to him what to use. I think he got much closer to the look of the Alethi, but I don't feel we're there yet.

    Third cover is shaping up nicely, and we're being careful to nudge Mr. Whelan toward a more Alethi look.

    Stormlight Three Update #6 ()
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    Argent

    I've been listening to this year's Writing Excuses, and in one of the more recent episodes you had a romance author (whose name I can't recall right now), and the topic of how popular the romance genre is, and how good some of its authors are came up. I don't think I've ever read a romance novel, but I wondered whether you can recommend one that might appeal to your readers? I am curious to see what makes those books so popular, but I don't want to just pick something from the bookstore's shelf...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I might start with something in-between, like Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince. It's shelved in fantasy, but has some strong romance roots. (The author has even written a romance novel or two.)

    Mary's own Shades of Milk and Honey is a romance novel that is shelved in fantasy as well.

    As for straight up romance, let me think about it. Most of what I enjoy is hybrid.

    Stormlight Three Update #6 ()
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    montywoodpeg

    Would you or [Peter] consider joining the reddit Cosmere Discord for a kind of AMA or even just a visit to chat? I can certainly understand if you wanted to maintain control over dialogue than what live text (or audio) chat could provide, but I can't help thinking it would make for a great form of interaction with an audience of dedicated fans. There's non-cosmere sections available to just discuss books in general, for what it's worth.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not opposed to this sort of thing.