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    General Twitter 2014 ()
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    Argent

    Can either one of you, pretty please, tell us if Alethi was inspired by the Elian Script?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It was not. The inspiration for the shapes was an EKG readout.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He might be speaking of the Thalyen script, which looks more like the Elian script than Alethi does.

    Argent

    Right. I was thinking Alethi glyphpairs, which seem to share some ideas with Thaylen letters.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The glyphpairs are more Chinese influenced. But Isaac will have to answer on Thaylen.

    Isaac Stewart

    Late to this conversation (forgot password!) Similarities to any Earth scripts is coincidental.

    Argent

    I was thinking more conceptually, less visually. Just trying to crack the writing system :)

    Isaac Stewart

    Thaylen and Alethi are related kinda in the same way Korean hanja and Chinese chars are related.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Do you mean hangul? Since hanja and Chinese characters are pretty much the same thing.

    Isaac Stewart

    I defer to Peter on this one. :) And add a small RAFO, which looks a lot like 'rafo.'

    Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing ()
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    AndrewHB

    I wondered if I could follow up to that Machiavelli question. Would Elsecallers be a-- one of those other, uh-- one of those...

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, yeah. Elsecallers are fairly compatible. Like, Elsecallers feel like the journey is... the journey is the entire species, right? And that the journey is the destination. *inaudible*

    Manchester signing ()
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    BlackYeti

    Because you've talked about alloying the god metals with other ones-- I was wondering whether you would be able to melt them down as you would with normal metals.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you could distill the god metal: you could distill it out of the mist, that's theoretically possible.

    Manchester signing ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    White Sand, being my first book, even though I re-wrote it... doesn't sometimes follow as much rigor with the worldbuilding scientifically as things like Roshar. When we-- If I were to ever write books in it, I would beef that up. But for right now, since the actual y'know-- I haven't actually released any of the books, I don't feel bad that some of it is a little more vague.

    Manchester signing ()
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    BlackYeti

    The other thing is about the atmospheric composition, since-- Well on Earth we've got plants which supplies us with oxygen, which can't really exist on a planet like that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right. They can-- The plants on the other side grow really well, they're just adapted to UV. And they grow with the UV. And so a lot of the oxygen is happening there, and, of course, in the oceans.

    BlackYeti

    *audio obscured*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, a lot of algae from the oceans, which is helping out. Oxygen content is pretty solid there. I mean, it's not Roshar which is high-oxygen.

    General Reddit 2017 ()
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    RoboChrist

    Did Kelsier really hear Preservation's voice telling him to Survive when he was in the pits of Hathsin? Or was it Ruin pretending to be Preservation?

    If it was Preservation, does that mean Kelsier died in the pits? Or were there special circumstances that allowed Kelsier to hear Preservation's voice without dying?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Special things often happen in the cosmere when someone is very close to death, or undergoing intense pain (either physical or emotional.) Barriers between the realms weaken.

    I can confirm that the Kelsier who left the pits was not a Cognitive Shadow.

    Phantine

    Could he have become a Shadow using the pits if he died immediately after snapping?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Possibly.

    Manchester signing ()
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    BlackYeti

    How did you get the temperature differential between the two halves of the planet such that life could survive on both sides and travel between them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, yeah. We've got a couple things going on here that are helping with it. The thing about Darkside is-- And I've had to run this through my physicists, and they're all kind of "Ehhh", so we're still working on the physics-- But the idea is there is a light source over there, but it works like a black light. And so, there's warmth, and there's radiation, and that's why people over there are dark-skinned. They've actually adapted to this radiation, there's a lot of UV and things like that. But there is-- It works like a black light. So for a Daysider going over, it's all-- it feels dark and dim, but it's more twilight-ish than it is completely dark, if that makes sense. And with that and with... jet-streams and stuff we were able to kind of justify it mostly. I mean, it's still going to be colder on the other side and things. But I didn't want it to be like snowing and things like that, all the time over there. And so we kind of had to do some jumping through hoops astrologically to make it work.

    General Reddit 2011 ()
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    gunslingers

    The number 10 seems to be a recurring theme in this world. Are the "ten fools" the antithesis of the ten orders of the knights radiant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, ten is a number of mythological import in the world. The Ten Fools are, essentially, the opposites of the Ten Heralds--who each represented an ideal. (Those ideals were later adopted by the orders of Knights Radiant, so yes, there is a connection--but there's a step between them.)

    General Reddit 2012 ()
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    kilomtrs

    So in the trilogy, we see that when someone has a Hemalurgic spike implanted in them, they can hear Ruin talking to them, both as a vision and in their head. However, we learn in the Hero of Ages that Ruin cannot hear a person's thoughts no matter how much under Ruin's influence they are.

    In Alloy of Law, we see that Wax (and other Pathians) uses an earring to "pray" to Harmony, and we see that Harmony can hear his thoughts and respond.

    So I guess this leads to three questions: How does Harmony hear the thoughts of Wax, when it's explicitly pointed put that Ruin cannot?

    Are the earrings that the Pathians use Hemalurgically charged, as otherwise they would be of no use to Ruin, and therefore Harmony?

    Or did Harmony completely change how that aspect of Hemalugy works?

    Brandon Sanderson

    How this all works dates back to the original design of the magic system.

    I wanted Ruin and Preservation to be complementary opposites, like many things in the Mistborn world. Allomancy, for example, has Pushes and Pulls were are less "negate one another" opposites, but instead two sides to the same proverbial coin.

    Ruin is invasive. The power is more "Yell" than "Listen." The philosopher would probably have some interesting things to say about the masculine symbolism of Hemalurgy and its spikes.

    Ruin can insert thoughts. That power, however, can't HEAR the reactions. It's about invasion.

    Preservation, however, is the opposite. Preservation listens, Preservation protects. (Perhaps to a fault--if there were no Ruin, there would be no change to the world, and life could not exist.) Because of this, Preservation can hear what is inside people's minds. It cannot, however, INSERT thoughts. (This is important to the plot of Hero of Ages.)

    Harmony is both, the two complementary opposites combined. And so, he inserts thoughts with Ruin and still uses Hemalurgy. He can also listen.

    Yes, Wax's earring is Invested. (Or, in other terms, it's a Hemalurgic spike.)

    bettse

    Doesn't that imply it was shoved through someone's heart at one point (ala Steel Inquisitor creation process)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, the metal would have to have been part of a spike that at one point was used to kill someone and rip off a piece of their soul.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    midwestredditor

    How are there kandra and koloss? Kandra especially, since they did their "mass suicide" thing at the end of the original trilogy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The nice thing about the kandra for me in the narrative was that, though removing their spikes turns them feral, you can always stick those spikes back in. TenSoon feared that this was the end of his people, and it could have been, if those spikes hadn't gone back in quickly. As it was, there were costs. Time spent without spikes causes a kandra's memories to deteriorate, and some that were left a relatively long time were essentially reborn as new people. But the race survived, even if it is unlikely that their numbers will be added to.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Did TenSoon survive, then (as the TenSoon who experienced growth under Vin)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, though he did lose some things.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Questioner

    So the number 16 is important on Scadrial, on pg 245, Wax is trying to find out where Miles is going to be next and he writes down the number "35.17" I couldn't help but notice that the 3+5+1+7=16, was that intentional or am I seeing things that aren't really there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I slip it in here and there for fun, but it isn't actually important. It is fun when people notice it, though.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Darkless

    I have my own theory but I thought I should ask, if the koloss reproduce through Hemalurgic spike's how can there be half koloss in Alloy of Law.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am holding this answer back for future books, I'm afraid. I have said some things, but the full truth is still subject to debate. I will answer this eventually in the books.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Cheese_Ninja

    One question, two parts: If a double nicrosil Twinborn started Compounding and storing Investiture in a nicrosilmind, could they do something cool by tapping a whole huge bunch at once? And since Scadrialians have both Ruin and Preservation in them, could they store both those qualities in a one nicrosilmind, or would it require two different ones?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. All things regarding Investiture (particularly in regards to Feruchemy) are instant RAFOs at this point, I'm afraid. I've got to save SOME things for future books.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    zas678

    TenSoon wonders, and I wonder too- How can kandra think and be sentient without brains? Doesn't the body need a physical coordinator to relay between the Physical and Cognitive realm? Or do the spikes do a good enough job with that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I imagine kandra having a non-centralized nervous system, with brain power spread through their bodies. Well, non-centralized is probably the wrong way to say it. They have lobes of thought and memory attached to muscles here and there, and don't have a single 'brain.' They certainly have brain-like material, though.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    zas678

    A little safer question- Why did you not have Waxillium fall for Marasi? Why stick with the contract with Steris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Marasi, as she was in Alloy of Law, was just plain wrong for Wax. As I write books, I allow my characters to grow more free-form (while my setting and plot are outlined in detail.) In writing the book, I felt that a Marasi hook-up at the end would not only be wrong for the character, but wrong for the story. If I do direct sequels (which I probably will) perhaps things will change.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    zas678

    How long before [The Way of Kings] is Alloy of Law? I heard somewhere that it's a hundred years, but I don't think that's right.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I intended them to be happening roughly close to one another, with [The Way of Kings] slightly before.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    zas678

    Is it significant that Miles said that the "men of gold and red" would come and rule. Is there a connection between this and the "gold and red" cigar box that Miles keeps The Suit's comings and goings on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is all very significant.

    corwin01

    Are those men of red and gold of any relation to the priests in the red and gold robes in Warbreaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I really have to RAFO this one. (Sorry.)

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Ace_of_Face

    Not really a question, but the one thing that disappointed me was that you didn't come up with new slang names for Allomancers! After three hundred years, do you really think they would still be calling steel Mistings "Coinshots"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I toyed with this one, but decided that I would keep them the same for a few reasons. First off, I felt that certain things in-world would hamper some linguistic diversity. (Having the books Sazed left behind as a guide to Allomanc and history, everyone living in a small geographic area, the semi-religious nature of Allomancy making people look at it in traditional ways.) So, while I advanced the slang of the world, some of the terms I decided to leave the same.

    Another reason for this came when I was writing the book. At first, I experimented with greater linguistic diversity--I even tried a vowel shift, as I figured three hundred years might be enough for that. In the end, I pulled back. I was already worried that this book not feel "Mistborn" enough, and so I wanted some direct ties back to the original series. Fiddling too much with the language while changing the setting and characters so drastically felt like a mistake to me.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Ace_of_Face

    Who wrote the "Ars Arcanum"? Since the writer obviously had knowledge of the cosmere I assumed that it was you making an editorial note, but then I thought that it could be Hoid (who was suspiciously absent) or Sazed or any Shardbearer... Does that make sense at all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Ars Arcanum is written in-cosmere by someone, but I don't want to saw who yet.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Ace_of_Face

    How was Sazed/Harmony able to communicate with Waxillium near the end of the book? During the original trilogy, Ruin could occasionally implant thoughts into people's minds, but he couldn't just listen in whenever he felt like it. Is Harmony just way more powerful?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is interesting discussion about this one below, which I like to see. I thought this might spark some discussion. Remember that human beings were given more of Preservation than Ruin during their creation, which led to Preservation eventually being overwhelmed by Ruin. That was the bargain; people would be of Preservation at their core, but in turn Ruin got to claim the world once Preservation wound down.

    Another factor to consider here is that Wax was given a special earring designed for communication with a being that he actually worships.

    /r/Fantasy_Bookclub Alloy of Law Q&A ()
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    Shocksrage

    The Alloy of Law left me wanting more books in the universe right away. Any hints as to when we might get to see the next trilogy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My current plan is to hold out on the second trilogy until I've reached a breaking point in The Stormlight Archive. (So after book five.) My reasoning is that the second trilogy is very involved, and I'm not certain if I want two thick-booked series going at once. There is a good chance I'll return and do another shorter book, like this one, in the world before then. Either about Wax, or perhaps a quick glimpse of the southern continent.