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    Calamity Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner

    All right, gibberish. Hoid speaks gibberish. He says he cuts off words and splices them back together. Gibberish can be spliced to Shardblade. Which is interesting. Is a Shardblade a cut up concept, or a thought created by the original...

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Shardblade...

    Questioner

    Is a spren, but the original idea it was based off of. Is it a concept made real?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you could say that. They're really just pieces of Honor's soul.

    Footnote: "Balderdash" is the anagram of Shardblade that Hoid uses.
    Manchester signing ()
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    Questioner

    I wanted to ask, at the beginning you mentioned that you had twelve books written before your first book was published, can you tell us, or are you allowed to tell us how many have actually been published?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I can actually go down the list for you. It is somewhat interesting, I think, for people. My very first book was a book called White Sand, and it was basically kind of a Dune rip-off. Your first book is always  a rip-off, right, of somebody, as a new writer? And that doesn't count the one in high school, which was a SUPER rip-off, like a major rip-off, it was basically a Tad Williams meets Dragonlance. Full blown with elves and things-- Yeah it was totally--

    White Sand is the first one I finished, and I actually then went and wrote a science fiction book called Star's End.  And then I wrote the second half of White Sand, because I just stopped and said "This is long enough to be a novel" and then I wrote the rest of it and called that book two, that's actually the only sequel in there I wrote. And then I wrote a comedy, where a lot of the thesis of that comedy came out in Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians ten years later, so that one's kind of half been published. White Sand and Star's End are not any good, they have not been published. And then I wrote something called The Sixth Incarnation of Pandora, which was really weird and sci-fi-y and stuff, and that one hasn't been published because it's really bad too. And then book number six was Elantris which was pretty good. Book number 7 was Dragonsteel, which became my honor's thesis as an undergraduate and half of that book ended up in the contemporary Way of Kings, the Bridge Four sequence was all from Dragonsteel and I ripped that out when I re-did Way of Kings.

    After that was a re-write of White Sand, with better writing nowadays, and that one we're turning into a graphic novel, that one's good enough to read-- The biggest problem it has is its a little too bloated.  The story-- It's like 300,000 words with 150,000 words of story. And so we are going to condense it-- into a graphic novel, so you will eventually see that one. The next one was called Aether of Night, that one didn't get published, it's really two decent books that don't work well together, like one half is a Shakespearean farce about a guy who takes his brother's place on the throne, they're twins, it's mistaken identify, yadda yadda; the other half is this dark brutal war book with an invasion going on, and the two halves never really translate well. People read this and they're like, that chapter is hilarious and fun, and OH MY GOODNESS, and yeah, so-- Maybe someday I'll do something with that.

    After that I wrote a book named Mythwalker which became Warbreaker. I ripped out the good parts of that and wrote Warbreaker later on. Then I wrote a book called Final Empire, which is not Mistborn: The Final Empire, because then I wrote a book called Mistborn, and neither of those books were working very well. And then I wrote a book called Way of Kings and then I sold Elantris and I said "I want to take these two books that weren't working very well, and I think if I combine them--" because Mistborn had a cool magic system and the Final Empire had this whole thing about the Hero who failed and the Dark Lord took over and mixing these too ideas turned into a great book and that became Mistborn: The Final Empire.

    And basically everything from then I've published, Warbreaker came next which was a re-write of Mythwalker. The Way of Kings, the one you hold, is a complete rebuild, I started from scratch, and added the Bridge Four sequence from Dragonsteel and some of these things... The only good one in there, that wasn't published, is White Sand I think, and I think it is going to make a really nice graphic novel because the story is really solid, the characters are really solid. I just wasn't a good enough writer to know how to condense where I needed to.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9457 Copy

    Lurcher

    I have a question on the recording, since that's mine. To clarify, we need to send it to Peter? The transcripts, or the audio?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The transcripts.

    Lurcher

    Of all three days?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Only the things you're going to post, they're gonna cut out almost all of this. Run it by him. There's a question I'm trying to remember where I flubbed yesterday. I can't even remember what the question was. A lot of times, you're sitting here, and you're just, like, brain dead as people are coming through, and they say something and you're like "Yeah, uh-huh."' And then, you're like, "Wait, no. That's not even the question they asked." I'm pretty sure I got the important words right, but send it through him. It's a practice that I want to get in the habit of doing.

    And he sometimes will have all these things all in the notes, so he gets them, and can add them to make sure they're in the notes, for continuity and stuff.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9459 Copy

    Questioner

    Why did you make Adolin kill someone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Adolin's on the edge. He was just really frustrated with this guy who tried to murder his dad multiple times. Adolin demanded that it happen. It wasn't me forcing it to.

    Questioner

    Because I was reading that during my creative writing course. Everybody in there was wondering why I was so mad...

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can slap him around sometime, if you want. But he made the call himself.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9460 Copy

    Lurcher

    Reading Mistborn: Secret History, Kelsier sees fauna and flora in the Cognitive Realm. How does that work, are there people thinking about...

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll see, there's actual... there's an actual ecosystem in Shadesmar.

    Lurcher

    Even if people aren't really--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Well, think about it this way. The places people are thinking about will create landscape that this stuff can grow on. Where they're not thinking about it, there's just not going to be anything there, so nothing is going to grow.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9462 Copy

    Lurcher

    Can you burn a metal wrapped in another metal, if both are Allomantic? Like, the inner metal, could you just burn that before?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, you're gonna have to work your way through the outer one.

    Lurcher

    And what if it was a non-Allomantic metal? The same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's gonna depend on how thick it is, and stuff. But I would say, if you wrap it in a non-Allomantic metal, that's not good for getting to the metal. It's viable, but it just depends on how thick it is, and things like that. Like, sometimes things have been plated to keep the access to the metal off, but usually you would want to do that in aluminum, to make sure.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9463 Copy

    Lurcher

    What would have happened if the Lord Ruler survived to take the power from the Well? Would he have tried to fixed Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    By that point in the Lord Ruler's life, he probably would not have. He would like the world where it is, and he was not 100% cognizant of how far he had fallen from his original ideas. So, it would not have been, I think, a good thing. It may have been not as bad as the disaster that followed, in fact I know it would not have been, but in the end, Scadrial needed to go through that eventually. So it would have just delayed that.

    Lurcher

    So, would he just kind of use up the power? Held it, and let it--

    Brandon Sanderson

    He would have done something with it. Maybe with the Southern Continent or something. But he wouldn't have fixed anything, he probably would have made things a little worse.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9465 Copy

    Lurcher

    In the battle of the Tower, Eshonai is fighting Dalinar, Dalinar removes his helm, and she recognizes him. She acts like she wants to speak with him. Possibly to negotiate. If Kaladin hadn't shown up and saved him, what would have happened?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's a chance they would have worked it out. Not a really good one, but there's a chance.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9466 Copy

    Questioner

    What inspired the sword stances in The Way of Kings? Windstance and stonestance--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it was old-school, what they call-- the old books that you would see-- sword training guides. Where you would see a guy in a stance, and then go like this, and things. I just thought they were really interesting, and I developed the stances around that.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9468 Copy

    Questioner

    So, you have this [Mistborn] trilogy, and then you have the trilogy coming after, and then--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Another trilogy.

    Questioner

    Another trilogy. Is there any sort of date or time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. The Wax & Wayne books will finish very soon. I'm working on the last one of those. So those two will be complete. Then it might be a little before I jump to a 1980s level.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9469 Copy

    Questioner

    So, I loved your Shadows for Silence story. It was just so creepy, and I like how you included the family history aspect of the name. Do you think you'll write another story in that world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will.

    Questioner

    I am so excited! It was really cool to see you write a more creepier story than your other books. I really liked that change.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is gonna be nice and creepy.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9470 Copy

    Questioner

    I am assuming in the next [Elantris] book, you plan on addressing... the bad guy of Fjordell?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wyrn? The next book will take place in Fjordell. It focuses mostly on Kiin's family, that's Sarene's uncle. They are the main characters in that one.

    Questioner

    Do you plan on keeping most of those characters? Like Raoden, Galladon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see of them, but it's kind of more of an Anne McCaffrey style sequel. In this one, new main characters, with the old ones a little more in the background.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9473 Copy

    Questioner

    I'm curious. Are any of those rare metals from Mistborn on any other world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, not those exact metals, unless they've been taken off-world. But there are other metals like them that you could find.

    Questioner

    So they could have Allomantic lore?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They theoretically could...

    Let's just say it's not a coincidence that you find Investiture manifesting as metal on other places. Such as Shardblades, as well.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9475 Copy

    Questioner

    Vasher is called the first Returned. Was he actually the first?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is not the very first person to Return. The lore surrounding Vasher and the first Returned and things like that is not strict on the world. Meaning, it's been many, many years.

    Footnote: The questioner appears to have conflated Vo, the First Returned, with Vasher.
    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    Do you purposefully take ideas from the Book of Mormon and turn them inside out, on their head, so no one knows where you got the ideas from? Like when you have Kelsier saying, in this moment, and he defeats the Lord Ruler, just in Ruler's capital city, and like how in the Book of Mormon when the La-āmanites, besieged Zaraellmə-ī, because no one else can see it coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I don't intentionally take, usually, from the Book of Mormon. There's a lot of unconscious things coming out. The only thing you can say is that I based The Way of Kings a little bit on King Benjamin's speech.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9481 Copy

    Questioner

    My friend is mad at you about the last of the Librarians series.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, well, it's not the last. Because, tell them to look at the page at the very end end, some people missed, another character-- Alcatraz wrote the last one, another character refused to let be the ending. She is going to write an actual last book. There's a last page hidden in there.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    With the Kaladin soundtrack, how similar is that going to be to other studios, like Two Steps from Hell, audiomachine?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hopefully fairly similar. Two Steps from Hell tends to go a little harder than I think most of this album is going to be. I love it, but every one of them is, like, trailer music. That's what Two Steps from Hell is, right? And I think you'll find a few more quieter pieces on the Kaladin album, but that's what we're shooting for, a symphonic album like that.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    How long until the next Rithmatist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, that's the slow one. Stormlight 3 taking as long as it has, that's what it has slowed down. I keep saying it's only gonna be a couple years, but-- I don't know, honestly...

    My goal is to start closing up some of theses series in the next couple of years, so I'm hoping to finish off the Legion trilogy and Wax & Wayne next year, and just start closing some things off.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    Do you already know how The Stormlight Archive is going to end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do!

    Questioner

    Do you have all the details in mind, or do you just kind of have a general idea and you figure it out as you go?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I'm a planner. I tend to like having a pretty detailed plan. For something like The Stormlight Archive, that generally kind of boils down to: the next book has a five page plan, the book after that has a three page plan, the book after that a two page plan, one page, one page, and the last book we go back to a five page plan. So there is lots of wiggle room in one of these outlines, but at the same time, I've got touchstones and things I know I'm writing toward.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    Does Wayne ever get married? Does he ever feel redeemed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...I'm not gonna answer that one for you. That's a definite RAFO. Boy, it-- You'll have to see. Getting Wayne into a committed relationship with someone else who wants to be in that relationship would be a big first step. And let's just hope he can someday do that.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9488 Copy

    Questioner

    I want to know if Kelsier and Hoid will ever get along?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They, uh-- that's a RAFO, but I wouldn't hold my breath. There are mashing of egos that just don't mesh well going on there.

    Questioner

    How long will Kelsier's story go?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kelsier's story has some more stages to it. I'm gonna RAFO that... But the stuff that's happening right now is set up for a later story with him.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
    #9491 Copy

    Questioner

    I was just wondering if a Shard's intent can change over time without changing holders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Without changing holders? The holder can have a slight effect on how the-- a big effect on how the intent is interpreted, but what the intent is stays the same. So it's gonna be filtered. The way it manifests can change, and you'll see that happening, but it is the same intent. When it was broken off, it took a certain thing with it.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    Is Scadrial losing mass when people burn metals?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, technically it is, but Investiture is another dimension to matter.

    Questioner

    So it doesn't lose mass, it becomes Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It becomes Investiture... Basically, when you go into the cosmere, we've got matter, we've got energy here. You've got matter, energy, and Investiture there, and you can get things out of Investiture back into matter, and stuff like that. There's always energy, there's entropy, there's always diffusement... it's basically, add to the laws of thermodynamics a third item, and that's how we word it.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    After Kaladin challenges Amaram, and he gets thrown into prison, are those incarcerationspren that he gets stuck with?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I'm being recorded, so I have to know if I want to canonize this. Yes. There's nothing more to it than that, I'm just not sure if I've been asked that question straight-up before. I just want to make sure that I've got the name right.

    Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner

    You know how Wax has control of his Steelpushes? Well, if someone has an Ironpull ability, can get practiced enough to, in the Wax & Wayne era, swing through downtown Elendel Spiderman-like with controlled Ironpulls?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've actually thought about that, and I went away from it, just because of Spiderman. I have to be really careful that I just don't go Spiderman-y. But I would say it's an in-world possibility that someone could do that, and it wouldn't be that hard if you've got the buildings. The trick is, most downtowns are not tall enough, and I would say in Elendel even now, there aren't enough skyscrapers that you could really go full-on Spiderman. But if you could, if you were, like, downtown Manhattan, you could do it.