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    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 

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

    In an annotation from book one, it is mentioned that The Lord Ruler needed all three magic systems in order to do what he did. I always assumed that it meant his Hemalurgy enhanced his Allomancy. Did Marsh get a double power, or is the Feruchemy-Allomancy combo enough? (a sidebar to this question is whether or not stacking abilities is possible through Hemalurgy)

    Brandon Sanderson

    He used Hemalurgy to pull off his most dramatic effects. Marsh didn't need them, but it makes things much easier.

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

    A modern world update for a future Mistborn trilogy probably wouldn't involve as much metal, unless Mistings were rare, which apparently will not be the case. I'm thinking more like plastics, ceramics, fiberglass, and silicon. I mean for cars and guns and all that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes and no. For the rich, this would be an option. But much like using metal weapons in the Mistborn world, it isn't always an option for everyone. You will see both.

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

    Lemme guess, the "Mistborn" following Vin was actually Ruin, since Elend never actually saw him, and he disappeared every time Vin got close?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. 

    Qarlin

    Why did Ruin give off Allomantic Pulses? Because Preservation did and they're two sides of the same coin? Allomancy is of Preservation, so I figured that's why he did...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Manifestation of the awesome power he held, mixed with Vin's increased ability to sense these things. Allomantic pulses are like a ripple of sound in the fabric of creation itself—the power of creation being used, creating a drum beat to those attuned to it. Ruin created a similar beat when his consciousness was near.

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

    Who were Ruin and Preservation? I mean, when they died, they had bodies, like Vin. And you went as far as to describe their hair color (Red and Black, respectively). Preservation even had a prominent nose. Why describe their dead bodies, if they weren't at one time mortals themselves? They created humans, but were at one time human themselves?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (Sorry.)

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    Does Wit go to-- uh... what's that one place in The Way of Kings... The one place they go to, aft... The end of the book. Uh, I can't remember it now. *someone suggests something* The city they go to at the very end.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Of Way of Kings?

    Questioner 1

    Not Way of Kings, uh...

    Questioner 2

    Words of Radiance.

    Questioner 1

    Words of Radiance, yes. Does Wit go there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Radiance. Urithiru?

    Questioner 1

    Urithiru! Does Wit go to Urithiru?

    Brandon Sanderson

    By the time that a certain somebody at the end shows up there. Wit is no longer with her, and nobody knows where he went.

    Questioner 3

    Oh, he disappeared again! *others comment*

    Brandon Sanderson

    He tends to do that. What's that? So Wit has been lost. He will show up at some point in the book... But yes, he will at least have the Epilogue.

    Footnote: The book Brandon is referring to at the end is Oathbringer.
    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    What's your stance on fanfiction?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I approve of fanfiction. *brief interruption* I think that there are many pros in the field who started in fanfiction, so it can be a springboard to professional writing. Most painters don't start by-- with their own style. They start by imitating a style. I also take the oppos-- the other stance of, if you just do it because it's fun, there's nothing wrong with that either. I'm unlikely to read the fanfiction set in my worlds, but it is also perfectly okay to do.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    Couldn't think of any [questions], but I would just like to say that I would like to punch Kelsier in the face now, so... *group laughs*

    Brandon Sanderson

    He usually deserves getting punched in the face. *group laughs* If you were to meet Kelsier on the street, you can guess he has something that he's done that makes him deserve to be punched that day. *group laughs*

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    *reading a question from a friend* He asks you, "How a dead Splinter [Sliver] can interact with the physical world," and the follow up, "What could they do?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    A dead Splinter... So something like a dead...

    Questioner

    Someone who's held the power and let go of it, so someone like... someone like...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone like the Lord Ruler.

    Questioner

    Yeah, Lord Ruler or Vin or <someone like that>.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, so... How could they interact with the world?

    Questioner

    Yeah, the physical world.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So they would have some of the same problems that Kelsier had. But would have slightly more advantages than him. So for instance, speaking to the mad is something they could probably do. 

    Questioner

    Because Kelsier can't do that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    What's that?

    Questioner

    Because Kelsier can't?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He can't?

    Questioner

    He can?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, in Secret History he's able to speak to them. He has a lot of trouble getting through, but he can. So yeah. So I-- read Secret History and... *stutters* <a bunch> of the same answers. But they would be slightly more Invested than Kelsier was... No, but then he... yeah... They'd be about roughly the same.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    Does Odium actually present a real threat to Harmony, because he-- *interrupted*

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Harmony is vastly more powerful than Odium.

    Questioner

    Yeah. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Elend was vastly more powerful than Vin. Who would win in a fight?

    Questioner

    Vin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, there's your answer.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    You know how in, uh... the God King was engaged to Siri?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner 1

    And she went to his room few times?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner 1

    Will there be something like that in the second book? Or will you be avoiding that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There will be a romance in the next book between different characters. Slightly different. The outline right now it's-- the romance is a married couple who, for political purposes act like they hate each other.

    Questioner 1

    Okay.

    Questioner 2

    *laughs* That's awesome.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But yes.

    Questioner 1

    But what I mean is there will be any-- like-- there won't be anything, like, prostrating or whatever...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably not... Um, I mean...

    Questioner 1

    Because if you avoid it I'll love to read the book. *laughs* I had a hard time recommending Warbreaker to others because of that. I mean, it's not a big criticism or anything, it's just more uncomfortable.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I understand that completely. It was a book about a wedding night. And I felt there were certain things that were appropriate for that book that may not have been appropriate for others.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    So the orb thing in a Secret History, that he breaks?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, mhm.

    Questioner 1

    How does that work? Like is it-- is Connection a Shard and it has the essence of Connection in it? Or...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *sighs* It is more complicated than that.

    Questioner 1

    Okay.

    Questioner 2

    <In> email then. *questioners laugh*

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO, without being a RAFO.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner

    In Memory of Light, how Lan didn't die.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner

    And you were surprised that fewer people were discussing how you could interpret Rand's actions as bending the Pattern to make it that he did not die.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner

    And I'm trying to-- You mentioned that there were certain real world homages that you were trying to make because of this...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Questioner

    I couldn't remember what those were.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, Lazarus.

    Questioner

    Well, okay. But like something like with K-- like King Arthur or something like that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's-- yes, there are... *interrupted*

    Questioner

    But I don't remember what that was.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are... the Fisher King.

    Questioner

    Fisher King?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, Google the Fisher King if you want to read about that. There's a lot of him... I mean, there's also Hindu and Muslim symbolism that I cribbed from, so to speak. The thing about Lan is I... if you press me, I would probably say he didn't die. But the parallelism of Rand in book 3 trying to raise from the dead and not being able to, and Rand in the last book with him there--

    Questioner

    This man *inaudible*.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Um, you can make the argument that, and you know, we'll never know if he did or didn't. I think it is... I made it intentionally ambiguous. Brandon the reader, you press me, I'll say, "Eh, he probably didn't." But there is parallelism there, and it is intentional.

    White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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    Questioner 1

    We asked about Bloody Tan. He burned... What is it that he <stole>?

    Questioner 2

    Bandalloy.

    Questioner 1

    Bendalloy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So... "Does he burn bendalloy?" is your question? 

    Questioner 1

    Mhm.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um... So... Which version of Bloody Tan?

    Questioner 1

    Oh!

    Questioner 2

    The non-Paalm version.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner 2

    Alloy of Law version.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, so the... Right... Okay, see, I have to kind of ask. He is not burning bendalloy any place you see, I don't believe. Why do you ask if he burns bendalloy?

    Questioner 2

    He mentions that he stole or was involved in steeling a shipment of bendalloy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. He steals this because it's worth money. I did-- *interrupted*

    Questioner 1

    Oh, and he's-- wait, which one is-- Is that what makes you fast?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that's the one that-- *interrupted*

    Questioner 1

    And that he moves Lessie so fast.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but then a time bubble would have to be used in that, and-- Oh, you mean for... No, yeah, then a time bubble would be involved and the whole bullet thing wouldn't work. He's not using the time bubble there. 

    Questioner 1

    Okay, that makes sense.

    Brandon Sanderson

    'Cause if he put up a time bubble he would be moving super fast. But Wax would have known that a time bubble was-- had been thrown up. So good question, but no. I don't believe... Yeah, he wasn't an Allomancer. He stole that because it's money. I can say that with 100% surety. I just have to look through and make sure, "Okay, I'm not-- I didn't do anything in the notes."