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    Snipexe [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is Allomancy a recessive or dominant gene?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It doesn't work according to Physical genetics, it works according to Spiritual genetics, and they don't work exactly the same way.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Are you going to make another Warbreaker book?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Someday I will. It probably won't happen until after Stormlight 5 is out, because I want to keep those Stormlight books moving along.  But once Stormlight 5 is out, Ill take a little breather from Stormlight before doing number six to do some things. Maybe like this.

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    Wyndlerunner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You've mentioned in the past aluminum savants being able to somewhat heal their spiritweb, healing them of the cracks, sort of healing them of Allomancy. Could a chromium savant do this to other people, kind of like in the Avatar [The Last Airbender] finale where he seals bending?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I will say RAFO, but I will say you're theorizing along correct directions.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    With aluminum resisting Shardblades, could you plate Shardplate with aluminum and have extra resistance, or would that be too thin to really even do anything?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    This would probably not be very effective. Maybe in modern times, you could, but honestly you'd be better off just building aluminum armor for someone else. It's not gonna add too much to the Shardplate and to what the Shardplate's already doing and it might just interfere too much with what you're trying to do anyway. It would be worth experimenting with, but I don't think it's gonna end up doing too much.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is Hoid's hair color naturally white?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, now.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Now? Does he have a counterpart who has black hair somewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    RAFO.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How would the city of Boston change over time in the Cognitive Realm, because its harbors have been constantly filled in with dirt?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Right, right, right. It will change to match, but there will be a time lapse, right? They'll be lagging behind. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So, you could dump it full of dirt, and then it might take like five or ten years before it actually appears as land.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah, that's exactly about how it would go.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is [Hoid] ever actually what he's actually like in any of the books? I thought Way of Kings would be it, but I'm not sure.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Wit is very similar to the real Hoid. He's worked a long time to build a place for himself where he can kinda be himself. I mean, when you see his book from his viewpoint, he'll feel very like Wit from Stormlight.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You mentioned binge-watching a show, what shows do you like to binge-watch?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Right now my wife and I are watching The Good Place. 

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    When in the books do you think is Hoid's most genuine moment?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    When Shallan hugs him... maybe. You get him out of sorts there. He doesn't quite know what to do. I don't know if that counts as genuine. He often would consider himself as being very genuine. But you rarely catch him with his guard down.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Can Hemalurgy be used to steal other...like, the Stormlight...

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It could. It's very complicated, particularly with surgebinding, because the bond with the spren is a voluntary thing. So, you could steal the power, but you would also be stealing the sprenbond which the spren then has autonomy over. So, it might not turn out really well for you. It might not turn out well for anyone involved. Much easier to steal things where there isn't an autonomous being involved in your gaining of the magical powers.

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    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Does the M in M-bot actually stand for anything?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    He says it stands for Mushroom-bot. Spensa thinks it stands for Massacre-bot. Let's just say they have a difference of opinion on that. It's not going to get answered. She started calling him that and he was like, "Oh Mushroom-bot! Mushroom-bot sounds right!"

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    Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

    How does [Bloodsealing] actually work with [the skeletals]? Does it trap something inside the bones like a Command?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah, it works very similar to making Lifeless. Slight variations, but you are basically animating the bones by using Investiture that doesn't actually belong to them and tricking them into thinking that it does for a little bit of time and making it think it's alive again. And the fact that it's bones is really important for that, for Bloodsealing. But it's working in a similar way. The distinction is that with Lifeless you are actually using part of their own soul, right? And with Bloodsealing you're not.

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    Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is there any requirement for how [a Bloodseal] is made, like location, like where the seal comes from?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, there is some tradition tied to it, and that tradition is steeped in fact, but not all the traditions are necessary, if that makes sense. So they have more baggage to it than it actually needs, but some of the baggage has... Like the type of bone you're using, where you get the bone, and the location, and stuff is relevant, but some of the other things they put on it are not and also, it's not one hundred percent necessary.

    Bluebar [PENDING REVIEW]

    So they think it might be necessary, but it's actually not?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, yes.

    Children of the Nameless Reddit AMA ()
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    huriel19

    Maybe it's something that you cannot answer or confirm, but do you consider that the Raven man or the Chain veil are some kind of Entity?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I came up with the Entities on my own, but I was aware of some of the similarities between this story and Liliana's story when writing it. I toyed with using some more direct connections, then decided to back out of them for various reasons.

    Children of the Nameless Reddit AMA ()
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    Gadmond

    Since you knew you were writing for Magic the Gathering, did you ever think about what kind of abilities a hypothetical Davriel planeswalker card (Spoilers: or Tacenda planeswalker card) would have?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Davriel would, I hope, have the ability to exile a card from a player's hand, then at some point in the future play that card using black mana.

    Tacenda would be tougher. Emotional manipulation is hard to capture in MTG, other than as threaten effects. But I'd want something that could mimic this.

    Children of the Nameless Reddit AMA ()
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    EndlessKng

    I know you were instructed to not be as concerned with replicating game mechanics, but were there any particular cards or concepts that inspired you as you worked?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rage Thrower shows up in a quite obvious moment, and I imagine the dismissal spell that Davriel uses to be Silent Departure. (My interpretation of a blue unsummon effect, as opposed to an actual creature destroying spell.) There are a few other things, like the "summon equipment" spell he learns.

    Children of the Nameless Reddit AMA ()
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    NPDgames

    What plane would you LEAST want to set a story on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hmmm. You know, I hadn't even thought of that. I don't really think any of the settings are bad, and most are quite good. Probably something like the Arabian Nights plane, as I think there would be a lot of problems with trying to do a story like that--not the least of which being Wizards probably hating the idea.

    Children of the Nameless Reddit AMA ()
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    mbue

    I understand that your novella will stand very well on its own, but I'm sure there will be references to existing lore. Could you point out any existing MtG novels that would particularly increase our understanding and enjoyment of some details in yours?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Davriel is partially a contrast to Liliana, a main-line character who also has had dealings with demons (but has done it much differently...) and who is a necromancer (exactly of the sort Davriel would hate.) I think reading about her might make for a fun contrast. She's heavily involved in the previous Innistrad story, which you might enjoy if you liked this one. You can find it on Wizards site: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/shadows-over-innistrad-story

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Nixeris

    [image of Pathian symbol concepts]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're right in that I don't have an official version; I haven't had Isaac take the time to do one yet. (I tend to keep him busy with loads of things.) I'd say these are very nice, and along the lines of what I was considering--but I don't have a full decision on what I want yet. We might have to wait a little longer for a canon answer, but I do think these are close to what I'll eventually want.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    G_Morgan

    I hope they do something like cycle the colors. Was kind of disappointed when they went with a different color for the second book. If they alternate blue/red though it would be cool.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    The colors were meant to match the Radiant order of each flashback character.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    Peter Ahlstrom

    The first three [Stormlight] books are a continuous narrative, but it's now looking like there will be an in-world gap between books 3 and 4, similar to the year that was skipped between each book in the Mistborn trilogy.

    Drathus

    Even with that, isn't the plan for SA for it to be two related five-book arcs with more of a major gap in between?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Yep. Previously I thought that would be the only timeline gap, but Brandon has leaned more toward this new gap while writing Oathbringer.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    Peter Ahlstrom

    Rights to the Reckoners books do not include the entire multiverse. (Which I have argued could also be construed to include the Alcatraz books and The Rithmatist!)

    WeiryWriter

    I'd be curious to hear your argument for that. Is it just that a true quantum multiverse would contain all possible iterations (even weird and wacky ones like Alcatraz and Rithmatist) or is there some underlying mechanical commonality we don't necessarily know about?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It's only because the plans for this as-yet-unnamed multiverse all involve different versions of Earth in some type of crisis. And that description fits both The Rithmatist and the Alcatraz books.

    Brandon does plan some of these Earths to be pretty wacky.

    WeiryWriter

    Since you mention its namelessness, will it actually get a name at some point?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It would surprise me if it didn't get a name eventually.

    vim_vs_emacs

    Had never heard about this, but this fits so well! Is this the first time you're confirming it? Or is there WoB on this as well?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    What I said above was that I have argued for this to be the case. It doesn't mean that Brandon agrees.

    General Reddit 2016 ()
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    Phantine

    I believe /u/peterahlstrom mentioned that Mistings can only detect sufficiently close versions of their metal, and burning non-Allomantic stuff is a Mistborn-only risk.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    I don't remember saying that, though it sounds reasonable.

    Except I don't know what happens when you start involving god metals. How important is the alloy percentage then?

    General Reddit 2016 ()
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    sheesania

    Shallan's comment in Words of Radiance that she's "five foot six inches" jerks me out of the story every time, particularly because I'm used to the metric system. I understand in my head how Sanderson is translating for the readers whatever Rosharan measures she actually used...but it's still jarring whenever I actually come across it while reading.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Measuring by foot was extremely common in our world. Many European countries had their own standard foot. It just makes sense that humans would measure by feet.

    The Vorin foot probably has 10 inches.

    General Reddit 2016 ()
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    Phantine

    By the way, if all noble-era Allomancers got some fight training, does that mean a lot of Coinshots and Lurchers got really fat, so they had more weight for their pushes?

    Or would that be like, too blatant a clue that someone was an Allomancer?

    ... I'm now thinking of a scheme where a non-Allomancer noble member has to get super fat in a month so his house can bluff that they have more Coinshots than they do.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Hah, good question. I don't think that's what happens. After all, many of them hide what they are in order to keep opponents guessing. If it were too obvious, that wouldn't work.

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    sheesania

    The question is, WHAT woman [is on the cover of Arcanum Unbounded]?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It's Khriss, some years after White Sand. Perhaps around the time she wrote the planetary system essays that are included in the book.

    General Reddit 2016 ()
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    emailanimal

    There was a dispute between /u/mistborn and /u/PeterAhlstrom, and last we have heard, the latter, claiming that Hoid was indeed somewhere in the Shadows for Silence, had the upper hand.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Now I'm siding with Brandon on this. I think that's the final answer. :)

    emailanimal

    What you are basically saying is that some people quietly sitting in the corners of various bars, pubs, inns and taverns in Brandon's books are not mysterious nearly immortal worldhoppers... (-:

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Or they might be different mysterious worldhoppers than the one you're looking for.

    General Reddit 2016 ()
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    Alphaetus_Prime

    In Alloy of Law, Wayne says he read a book with talking rabbits, which is referenced again in Bands of Mourning. I'm all but certain this is a reference to Watership Down. In Bands of Mourning there's a bit where Wayne says he read a book where seven convicts stole a spaceship or something, and it's clearly a reference, but I'm not sure what it's a reference to. Does anyone know? Preliminary Google searches turned up only a TV show called Blake's 7, which seems unlikely to be the reference, since it's not actually a book.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Both of these are references to books that exist on Scadrial, not our world. Watership Down is not the only book (even in our world) from the point of view of rabbits. (Don't forget Rabbit Hill!)

    AstroZombieDC

    I believe you when you say that there are books about talking rabbits on Scadrial, but at one point in the Wax & Wayne books, they make a reference to talking rabbits, and then the word "fiver" is used. Fiver is one of the characters in Watership Down. Brandon is definitely using a play on words to reference a classic novel from our world.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Oh yeah. I forgot the fiver thing. Nevertheless, it could be a complete coincidence, because talking like that is consistent with Wayne's character. :)