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    Skyward Seattle signing ()
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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What do you feel about people who take your books and are really inspired by them and taking them as their life motto? For the example, the Stormlight mantra "Life before death"?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I am honored. Absolutely. The things that I am putting in the books are things I'm passionate about, things I'm thinking about, things that I think are relevant. I am completely honored. And I guess it would depend on whose motto you take. But absolutely honored, I think it's awesome.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
    #52 Copy

    lupicorn

    I had a question about what it means to swear the Ideal of Law. Several fans have told me it means to define the law, in the Nixon, "when the president does it, that means it is not illegal," sort of way. I interpret it as becoming the embodiment of the law such that they can't willingly violate any law without breaking their oaths.

    Do either of these interpretations hit the mark? Nale seems to follow the law more so than most and that doesn't just seem like a personal preference.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that both of these interpretations could work for a given skybreaker, which is why there is disagreement among the order itself. Perception is a big part of the oaths.

    I wouldn't want to squish this discussion by offering too much on one side or the other, as this is exactly where I want the conversation to be going right now.

    Oathbringer Leeds signing ()
    #55 Copy

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    Lift and Hoid disagree on bacon. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    Is this because food on Roshar is usually either Spicy (male) or Sweet (female), so salty bacon would just taste wrong to Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] (paraphrased)

    She just doesn't like the taste, please don't think too much into it.

    Skyward Houston signing ()
    #57 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What does M-Bot have against Doomslug and Rig?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    M-Bot treats Rig kind of like you might treat a doctor. Even though he's good for you, you may not enjoy having someone poke around at you.

    With Doomslug, it isn't that he has a lot against Doomslug. Doomslug just isn't a good conversationalist. She does a lot of repeating back at you what you say. So getting trapped only with Doomslug would be...

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Can the second book have Doomslug with a bow?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    In a bow? I will try to get Doomslug a bow.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #60 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Could a skilled Awakener Awaken a gemheart?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, but you got to remember, some of these things like metal and gemstones and things do not Awaken well. Technically yes, it may not do the thing that you want it to do.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    But it'll do a thing?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It'll do a thing.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #64 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Would you be able to cure addiction with Forgery?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    You could temporarily mask the symptoms of it, but I wouldn't call it being cured. If you did something like the Emperor where you're constantly getting it renewed, the big danger is, since you haven't solved the problem at its core, falling back into it. But it's theoretically possible you could cover up the symptoms and have someone pull out of it that way.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #66 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is there anything about the Stonewards that you can share that's not a RAFO? I know they're coming later.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    They are coming later, so not really. They were more of the Knights Radiant front line troops, as opposed to the Windrunners who were scouts. But you probably already knew that.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #70 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Where do the lines point, exactly, when burning steel or iron?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Generally, right toward your center.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    On the objects?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Oh, the objects. Center of mass, unless you are starting to get really good at it, whereupon you'll be able to see a sort of spectrum that you can pull on and yank on.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #71 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If someone had a Hemalurgic spike and they burned aluminum, would the negation of...am I going to get RAFO'd?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    You're asking if it would destroy the Hemalurgic power? Burning aluminum at that point would not destroy the Hemalurgic power. It would pull the investiture through whatever you're doing. It would blank your power, but it wouldn't destroy you being an Allomancer with the spike.

    I actually considered this in building it and that would be too easy a way to remove Inquisitors, particularly if there were dissension between them.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #72 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I have a theory that Hoid is actually, perhaps not the good guy *inaudible*? I think he's going to be the big bad guy.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hoid would, perhaps, agree with you. He says [that] to Dalinar very clearly.

    Skyward Atlanta signing ()
    #75 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    In the Stormlight Archive, is there any on screen appearances of dragons in any form?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    RAFO. Sorry.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Dragons can be shapeshifters, correct *inaudible*?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    They can, yes.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Do they only have a humanoid form they can appear as, or can they appear as [non-humans?]?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Depends.

    Skyward San Francisco signing ()
    #80 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How about something related to Emperor's Soul?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I had a really good idea for a sequel earlier this year, but I don't know if I'll ever do it. I don't want to Lucas it. I don't want to take something that works so well on its own, and then make something that makes it not work as well on its own. I might do it, I might not.

    Skyward San Francisco signing ()
    #81 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You've written a lot of novels and talked a lot about form. Are you interested or excited about any new formats of writing that you might take in the future?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I would like to try my hand at video games. I play a lot of games. I am really interested in the way that video games tell stories in ways not like books. I generally (though I can enjoy those games) don't like the stories of games that try to do it like a book. So I like things like Dark Souls, that does its worldbuilding and storytelling in a way very different from the way that a book does its storytelling. Or even something like Infamous, where they make you run across to do something, and while you're doing it someone calls you on the phone and gives you an infodump. That's really interesting to me.

    So I would like to try my hand at it at some point. My first attempt, which was getting a Mistborn videogame going, did not work out. But I have not given up. I have no news on that, but let's just say I have not given up on finding a way to worm my way into video games. And you see me doing this periodically. The Infinity Blade books were me wanting to work with video game storytellers to try and figure out how this format works better. And you'll see me doing more of this in the future.

    Skyward San Francisco signing ()
    #82 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Do you have any places where you put worldbuilding material out in public?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Once in a while. I put up the outline for Steelheart once the series was done. I usually keep things close to the heart if there are things that have not yet been finished. The dramatist in me does not want the spoilers to get out there. (Even though studies have all said that if you have spoilers, you generally enjoy a story more than if you haven't. I am incapable of believing those numbers, and doggedly dislike spoilers.) There are some that I'll release, and you can look on my website where I talk about some of this stuff. The Steelheart outline's floating around out there somewhere, and it has a bunch of the worldbuilding elements for that in it. And I'll do more of this as I finish up series and release them.

    Skyward release party ()
    #83 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm planning a game for Mistborn roleplaying. What are your thoughts on an obligator, an Oracle obligator Misting who (and this is pure theorycrafting on my end) can, burning the alloy of atium and cadmium, put himself into a stasis to last into Alloy of Law era, realize "Where has my Lord gone?"

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I think that's a great story. I don't know if it would work 100% in canon, but in a roleplaying game, that sounds feasible and great.

    Skyward release party ()
    #84 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Are you ever scared someone's going to ask you a question you don't want to answer?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Scared, no. But the thing that worries me is I flub some of the questions 'cause I'm just not paying attention. I get into the groove of signing and they hit me with something. And I usually flub one or two a night, where I'm just not paying attention. Or I think they ask something, and I'm thinking they asked something they didn't. Those are the ones I don't like. I don't fear them, but I'm like, "Argh." They only happen once a night. But it happens consistently.

    Skyward release party ()
    #85 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If you write down a measurement of a firespren, it locks into that. If you write down a measurement that's not true, will that still work? Can you just write down the measurements of a firespren and quadruple its size?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Let me just say this. Human perception of spren has an intrinsic effect on how they act, react, and interface with the world.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So if I were to take a picture of a firespren, increase the brightness on my phone by 5000, and then write down that recording, the firespren would multiply brightness by 5000?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I didn't say that. I said, "Human perception of spren influences their behavior and their form."

    Skyward release party ()
    #86 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm an illustrator. I know a couple illustrators in the area have worked with you on some illustrations. So how does that work? I know usually the art director is the only one who has a say in the art.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Isaac is my art director. We have enough influence with the publisher that we hire out everything except the cover, and we say, "You're just putting this in." I pay for it. I started that on my second book, after they didn't pay my illustrator on the first book, because they forgot and lost the check. And it took them, like, eight months to get another check. I'm like, "I'm just gonna pay for this. So I make sure my illustrator gets paid." And from then on, I've just done that. When you're paying for it, the publisher lets you do a whole bunch of stuff.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #91 Copy

    Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

    The namesake of the Nahel bond. Was that a person, or is just a name?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It's a word in original Alethi as I was working on it. Actually, the original didn't use "bond." Bond was implied by it. The word meant, "connection to the divine." It's gotten larger since then.

    Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

    So when Vasher takes a similar name, he's trying to imply that meaning?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #92 Copy

    Dragon13 [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hesina received a letter from her family talking about new fabrials. Is she related perhaps to someone like Navani?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    See, there's too much wiggle room in that. Yes. But. Not probably as closely as your question is implying.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #96 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What happens to god metals when a Shard is Splintered?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    God metals are unaffected.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    And atium and lerasium stayed unaffected when they merged?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Lerasium and atium that existed before were unaffected.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #97 Copy

    Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

    When the Everstorm passes over Kholinar in Oathbringer. That is when Ashertmarn appears, that's when they start reporting, "Hey there's a darkness around the palace." Did the Everstorm bring Ashertmarn there? Or did it kind of awaken or unleash it?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    A little of both.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #98 Copy

    Dragon13 [PENDING REVIEW]

    When Hoid met Kaladin, he said he came chasing an old acquaintance, ended up spending most of his time hiding from him instead. Is he referring to Rayse or Odium? Or someone else.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes. (Not the someone else. He was referring to him.)

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #100 Copy

    Eric [PENDING REVIEW]

    One of Kaladin's early chasm duties, he examines a very distinctive knife with a figure at the center of the hilt, nicely carved with a man of fine armor. How similar is this knife to the one Moash used?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    RAFO.