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    Questioner

    So I wanted to know if the asteroid belts around some planets are because of Splintering of a Shard there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, one more time. If the what?

    Questioner

    Asteroids belts around some planets.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Are caused by the Splintering of Shards? So the Splintering of Shards has had cosmological effects; you should not assume that most asteroid belts are caused by the Splintering of a Shard.

    Questioner

    Yeah, you know most of the planets, I think all of the planets where the Shards were Splintered have asteroid belts. So is it like the physical manifestation of the Splintering?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You should not assume that all planets that have that are the result of a Splintering of a Shard but the Splintering of a Shard can have such an effect.

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    Questioner

    So, the establishing of the Knights Radiant followed up the Surgebinders. So I had a question about Renarin - Is he closer to the modern day Radiants power-wise, or the pre-Knights Radiant Surgebinders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Renarin?

    Questioner

    Because he's weird right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he is weird. Is he closer to pre-Knights Radiant Surgebinders or to modern Knights Radiant? I'd say closer to modern Knights Radiant, is what I would say... but it's a tough call.

    Footnote: The questioner seems to be distinguishing between the formal establishment of the Knights Radiant by Ishar, and Spren-based, Honorblade-copied Surgebinding before then.
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    Questioner

    How behind on word goal are you right now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have like 28 working days left before the end of the year and I would have to write 5,000 words a day of each of those so I'm somewhat behind. I'm about right now somewhere around 15,000 words behind. When I get back from this tour I'll be somewhere around 35,000 words behind so I'll have to try to catch that up. We'll see, we'll see if I do it.

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    Questioner

    *translated* In Feruchemy, if someone's existence is being in--stored in it, is it as a whole?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is little pieces of Investiture filtered through their mind and their soul. *waiting for translator* You could say it's a little piece of them, but it's not the whole them.

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    Snoxcatko

    Roshar--it's obviously, it is or it seems to be in the Southern Hemisphere. Is there something else in the world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are no other continents. It's not completely--it is Southern Hemisphere--but I think we inch up above the equator, don't we?

    Isaac Stewart

    Just a bit, just the islands. They kinda curve over the equator.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are no other continents but there might be other smaller landmasses.

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    Snoxcatko

    At the end of Words of Radiance, when Hoid met Jasnah, he said he wasn't scared of the Shardblade at all. Is that just because he has enough Investiture to heal himself or is there something else going on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's multiple reasons but you're theorizing along the right terms.

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    Snoxcatko

    Can people from another world like Scadrial or Sel become a Knight Radiant.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Snoxcatko

    Is there some like special conditions in world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nope. You just have to be chosen by the spren. So because the spren are involved then the requirements are a little different for Roshar. But to became an Awakener, you just need to get the Breath so you could pick it up on Nalthis also pretty easily.

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    Questioner

    Is the Stormlight Archive 4 release looking good, is it going to release next year?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's looking pretty good. It depends, I wrote a little bit, worked on it here in Prague. I have to get a couple extra days snuck in, we'll see. You're going to have to watch, it will come down right to the last few days I think so we'll see. It's still possible, it's looking good but I can't promise.

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    Questioner

    My friends would like to know if you can Awaken liquids?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is almost impossible.

    Questioner

    Almost impossible?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Almost impossible, but not fully impossible, but basically impossible. Particularly if you're talking about just a liquid, not in a container, anything like that. Technically, you can kind of Awaken a dead animal, which will have some liquid in it and stuff. But if you just want to Awaken like--

    Questioner

    A bowl of water?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A bowl of water, almost impossible.

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    Oversleep

    Ire and their fortress on Scadrial. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Oversleep

    Is it still there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it should be, yes.

    Oversleep

    Sazed is aware of it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Oversleep

    Okay, do they have on other planets?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They have outposts but you will rarely find something as highly well constructed as that.

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    Oversleep

    So you have said previously that you could categorize metals in Feruchemy like 8 Physical, 4 Cognitive, and 4 Spiritual. But the Hemalurgy chart says they are Hybrid <Feruchemy> metals so...

    Brandon Sanderson

    So they are what?

    Oversleep

    The Hybrid metals.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, remember that all of these categorizations are by in-world philosophers doing their best to come up so you can decide how you want to categorize them, alright.

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    Questioner

    Can you tell me anything about the Elsecallers we don't know yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They should be able to get back out of Shadesmar without having to find a perpendicularity, but Jasnah doesn't know how to do it yet. She should be able to do that, she just hasn't figured it out.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    eyeswulf

    I wanted to ask about the process of creating in world symbology, specifically the Allomantic/Feruchemical/Hemalurgical symbols in Mistborn and the Radiant Orders in Stormlight.

    Edit 1: I see you've answered some of these already. I know you just recently showed us the Hemalurgy. Symbols, so insight into that would be oh so cool.

    Isaac Stewart

    Hemalurgy stole their symbols from Allomancy. But in the early books, we go back in time with the symbols. First showing Allomantic symbols, then showing in Well of Ascension the symbols as they were used maybe in Terris at some point, and then we see the proto-symbols from before the Lord Ruler, and at that point, they look a lot more organic. Over time they morphed to what we see now. From the symbols in Well of Ascension, the Feruchemical symbols developed separately, but still look related to Allomantic symbols due to their similar roots. The more angular style is due to the influence of the Terris people on their development. In my mind, their visual aesthetic is punctuated with hard angles and triangles.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    ArgentSun

    When Nazh tells Kelsier that becoming a Cognitive Shadow is an "important rite" with "requirements and traditions", is he speaking as a Threnodite (in the context of Shades), or as a worldhopper who has seen more of the Cosmere?

    Isaac Stewart

    I suspect I know the answer here but would need to get confirmation.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Windrunner4thIdeal

    How big do you envision the eye spikes on Inquisitors? I always imagine them as massive, sticking a good five centimetres out each side and not having a nail-esque overhang at the front.

    Isaac Stewart

    You can imagine them however you'd like, but I do imagine them sticking out the back of the head and the front. I suspect some Inquisitors have nail overhangs like railroad spikes, but others may not.

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    Aether-Wind

    What's your favourite Cosmere character, and why?

    Isaac Stewart

    Nazh, because he's basically a grumpy Scotsman with a penchant for finding very-hard-to-find things.

    Aether-Wind

    Well, now I'm looking forward to seeing more of him.

    Do you know when (if ever) he'll end up having more of a screen (page?) presence?

    Isaac Stewart

    Thanks! We will see more of Nazh, if everything goes as planned. I hope you will enjoy!

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Swahhillie

    Have you gotten to depict or seen depictions of the summoning of Shardplate? Do you think it looks different per Order of KR or is it universal?

    Isaac Stewart

    This question is way too spoilery. :) I'm going to have to give out my equivalent of a RAFO, which is probably a Now Isaac Can't Say, or a NIX. :)

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    CentralIncisor

    How do such big dissimilarities in covers compared to things in novels happen? For example in Way of Kings, Dalinar has a red cloak when his colors are blue and Wayne is carrying a shotgun on the cover of the Mistborn book even though a huge part of his character is that he refuses to use guns. I love the artwork btw. Keep up the good work!

    Isaac Stewart

    We try to catch these things, but for The Way of Kings, if the sky is going to be a blue storm, then a blue cloak isn't going to stand out on it, so a red cloak makes way more sense and looks better. Even if the detail is off, it still gets across the epicness of the books. Book covers are supposed to give the feel of the books, not necessarily get every little detail correct. We try. And things like Wayne's gun slips through now and then. But even then, the cover to Alloy is a pretty good representation of what you get in the book.

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    Oudeis16

    Broadsheets of Bands of Mourning: How canon should we take the arcana in the Ghastly Gondola?

    Isaac Stewart

    As far as taking it as canon, it's about as canonical as the Allomancer Jak pieces. They're in-world fiction, so the characters are the narrators and are going to write things in a way that is entertaining but not necessarily how the magic actually works in certain instances.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    AutonomousJoy

    Will there be a map of all the countries around the Inner Sea in the Warbreaker Leatherbound? It would be cool to see the distribution of the Tears of Edgli on the map!

    Isaac Stewart

    There won't be a map of this in the Warbreaker leatherbound, but if there's ever a sequel, that's the likely place we'll put this.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    DoritoJH

    I wanted to know, of all the different worlds that Brandon has created, what is your personal favorite to depict (in maps, symbology, or art) and why?

    Isaac Stewart

    There's a soft place in my heart for Threnody, though we haven't seen much of yet. It also has my favorite of the symbols of the Cosmere so far. I love that the rules of the Forests of Hell are imbedded in the symbology of it. Great question!

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Joe_does_Calculus

    Is there (or will there ever be) a key or something for the written color language/alphabet in Warbreaker? I have just started the book but it seems like it could lead to some cool fanart stuff with how it's described.

    Isaac Stewart

    We tried a few things to develop the color language/alphabet (Artisan script) for Warbreaker, but partway through, we realized that none of us here are of the correct Heightening to be able to read the script were we even able to develop it. (One has to be able to distinguish between colors in a way that we ordinary humans can't physically do.) However, if you look closely at the upcoming Warbreaker leatherbound you might find hints at how un-Heightened people in T'Telir and Idris might read and write.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    thaistro

    When you drew the soul stamp symbol, did you draw what looked cool, then adapt a map to it (if one exists), or draw a map first, then make the stamp?

    Isaac Stewart

    It's been long enough ago that I can't remember which came first on that one. There is a map, however, and I have used it in creating soul stamps. (We probably won't see the map until Brandon returns to Sel, however.)

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Aurora_Fatalis

    Can you shed some insight on the more esoteric design decisions, such as the map of Roshar being based on a fractal, in particular a slice of the Julia set of some seemingly-random 4-dimensional function? How do things like this come to pass? Are designs like this mandates from Brandon? Do you ask mathematicians for something obscure to hide in the map? Is fractal theory the hobby of someone on the team?

    Isaac Stewart

    This is what Brandon has said concerning Roshar and the Julia Set. He handed the picture to me and said, "Can you turn this into a giant continent?" and I said, "Yes." The process of defining the coastlines, mountains, and islands was quite fun after that.

    Araedox

    How did the Roshar map being a Julia Set affect the process of creating it?

    Isaac Stewart

    It really was no different than other maps I've made. I usually am seeing maps everywhere I go: guacamole remnants on lids, stains on restroom floors (ew!!), and random stains in the road or the way a brick wall crumbles. I like these fractal-like images and save pictures for future maps. So I just took the Julia Set and looked at it and said, "okay, now it's a real continent, where are the rivers, how does the coastline go, where are the islands, etc."

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    WeiryWriter

    Brandon mentions in the postscript for "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" in Arcanum Unbounded that we still don't know Nazh's name. Peter has since confirmed that "Nazrilof" is his surname and that Brandon was referring to his given name. Since Nazh is from Threnody my theory is that Nazh has some super embarrassing/convoluted Puritan given name, which is why he goes by a pseudonym derived from his surname. Would you mind revealing his full name, or at the very least tell me if I'm on the right track?

    Isaac Stewart

    Your ideas are sound.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Aether-Wind

    Given how much Sanderson tend to world build, and how integral for the WBing art seems to be for the Stormlight Archive series, how much influence do you have on the process?

    Are there any examples of your input changing the WBing in a substantial way?

    Isaac Stewart

    I have quite a bit of influence in the process. I've answered some of this in other questions above, but one way I can think of is in the names found on the Alethkar map. We wanted to fill out the land, so Brandon gave me license to place and name a lot of the cities and features on that map, which I then showed him. He tweaked a few of the names, and then we called it good. In book three, the city Rathalas becomes important to a character's backstory. I placed and named that city (named after one of my children), so it was a lot of fun to then see Brandon later use that city for a pivotal point in a character's story.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    PaleoCrafter

    I've a got a question about the Steel Alphabet and its use on Scadrial: here on Earth we've got people who are obsessed about beautiful typography, neat fonts and ligatures included.

    Is that something you ever thought about doing for the Steel Alphabet? You've told us before that you've got further designs for new variants like a handwritten form up your sleeve, which of course makes we wonder whether Scadrian typography nerds will get their share, too.

    (btw, any chance we could get a sneak peek of those designs? :P)

    Isaac Stewart

    This is a fun one!

    When we were working on The Alloy of Law, we tried a few different typefaces for the Steel Alphabet. I don't know if we'll use any of these variations in the future, but we might. As for the handwritten form, here's a sneak peek. Neither of these images are canonized, so they're apocryphal at this point and maybe a tiny bit spoilery.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    ArgentSun

    Hemalurgy table on the website when?

    Isaac Stewart

    The Hemalurgic Table almost didn't make it into the leatherbound of The Hero of Ages. As such, I feel that the version I did add is sort of a prototype to a much cooler, much better, probably a littler-bloodier version of the table that will be done for the art print. When the art for that art print is done, then we'll post a better version of the art. I don't want a high-res image of the prototype version floating around the internet, if that makes sense. It's on my list of things to do, and I suspect I'll get around to it in the next year or so. Thanks for asking!

    ArgentSun

    OOOooo, interesting, I didn't think the changes would be that substantial.

    Isaac Stewart

    I think the changes will be mainly in the art.

    Phantine

    since Peter mentioned it's in-universe, I hope your bloodier version gives more clues about who is operating this gruesome hemalurgy lab

    Isaac Stewart

    Hmm...that's a good question. :)

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    ArgentSun

    The images of the Warbreaker leatherbound you posted on Instagram include a circular symbol around the 'W' of the title - would this be "the Nalthis symbol" in the same way we see symbols for other worlds in Arcanum Unbounded, or is that just for style?

    Isaac Stewart

    Good question! What you're seeing around the W of the title is a halo that the artist Jian Guo used around the Returned when I asked him to design the dropcaps for this edition. I pulled the halos from his drawings and used them as a design element in the text.

    The symbol for Nalthis is finished, however, and is on the spine of the leatherbound. We'll reveal this bit of art very, very soon.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Oudeis16

    How many spoilers do you generally get for unreleased things? Do you have access to the DS Wiki? Do you try to not find out things and only ask questions about things that are required for the art, or do you find out what you can?

    Can you tell us a thing you knew long before it was released, which has since been released, that the fans were going crazy over wondering or were stunned to learn?

    Isaac Stewart

    I normally get as many spoilers as I want for unreleased things. In order to work on the books and do it right, I need to know as much as I can. I still have to rely on Peter and Karen to check the details, because I often forget things, so their work is as vital to the art as it is to the continuity of the text. I do have access to the Wiki, and I use it often in looking up details, especially when sending art briefs to other artists we're working with.

    As for the second question: At Nasfic in 2005, which I believe was in SeaTac, Washington, Brandon and I shared a hotel room. I remember discussing Mistborn with him, which I'd recently agreed to do the maps for. I'd already read the first book, I think, and was partway through reading the second book at this point. I don't think he had started writing The Hero of Ages yet, though. He looked up from whatever he was doing and said, "Isaac, I don't think Vin and Elend are going to survive the last the book. What do you think?" At the time, I was floored, and I remember contending for their survival. But now, almost fifteen years later, I'm struck by how right his decision was to end Book 3 that way. It's just a better, more poignant ending. And I love those books, and Vin and Elend, so much more because of the sacrifice they made to save Scadrial. True heroes, both of them.

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    potentialPizza

    Who are your favorite characters in the Cosmere?

    Isaac Stewart

    Dalinar, Nazh, Khriss, Hoid, [Nicki] Savage, Vin, Kaladin, Vasher, and Baon, exactly in that order. :) But honestly, I love them all. Brandon has created such a wonderful universe of characters, and I pinch myself every day that I get to assist in the workings of these worlds.

    Araedox

    Even Moash?

    Isaac Stewart

    Moash has become a great tragic character, in my opinion. Yes, people love to hate him, but that still makes a great character. And it's the tragedy of his choices that pulls the emotions from us.

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    ArchKaen

    Will we eventually be getting accurate maps of Sel, Nalthis, or Threnody? And will we get prints of all of the known maps?

    Isaac Stewart

    We've already got a good portion of Sel mapped out, and I can't wait to show it to everyone when the time is right. I suspect we'll also see Nalthis, or a portion of it, when we do the sequel to Warbreaker. We'll also likely see more of Threnody mapped out when we delve into Nazh's backstory, or when we get the other book(s) Brandon has mentioned about that planet.

    I hope we will get prints of all the known maps! I'll do my best to make it so.

    ArchKaen

    Will the Sel map be around the release of the second Elantris book?

    Isaac Stewart

    I suspect that is around when we would release a Sel map, yes.

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    dgrath23

    Which Radiant Order do you most identify with?

    Isaac Stewart

    I identify with bits and pieces of most of the Orders. My gut reaction is to say Dustbringers because I love their glyph. :) But I identify with their relationship to responsibility, learning to keep the passion and rage at bay because that is the responsible thing to do. On the other side of the coin, I might identify more with the Edgedancers like Lift, who focus on helping and caring for other people, because that's also a huge part of my personality.

    All that said, I took the unofficial test, and it says I'm a Bondsmith.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    escapadistfiction

    I have a question about how you interpret clothing and costume descriptions.

    The example that comes to mind is Sazed's robe from Mistborn, described as made of "overlapping V designs" or "colorful V shaped patterns". I envisioned the Vs as being very wide and coming all the way across the front of the robe, but my husband thought they would be more like small, overlapping scales. Very different looks!

    Has that ever happened between you and Mr Sanderson, and if so, how do you resolve it? Have you ever interpreted a description in a way that surprised him but he liked better than his initial intent?

    Isaac Stewart

    Good question! My interpretation of Sazed's clothing is probably influenced by cosplay and fan art, so I've always pictured it like this or this. That said, however you want to picture it (or however your husband wants to picture it) is fine. You're the director of the book you're reading. You're the set designer, the cinematography, and the production designer. So I don't really think there's a right or wrong way to envision something like this. Both designs you describe could be visually stunning.

    Quite often I'll show something to Brandon and he'll say something like, "That fits the description, but that's not what I had in mind," and then we'll refine what he's been imagining. Other times he'll say the same thing and add "But I like this better, so let's go with it." The classic case of this happening was when he was writing the Mistborn books. I drew some little Inquisitors and mentioned that I thought it would be cool if the Allomantic symbol for the metal representing the Allomantic power they had as a misting pre-Inquistor was also a red tattoo on their Inquisitor face tattoos. (That was a mouthful.) Anyway, Brandon liked that idea and added it to the descriptions in the books.

    Isaac Stewart r/Stormlight_Archive AMA ()
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    Wubdor

    Hi Isaac, I asked this on Twitter but can't hurt asking here too! Is there any chance of the Taldain map print coming out for purchase? I'd love to add it to the collection!(Bonus question: and perhaps a Nalthis map too?😇)(Bonus bonus question: and what about Threnody and First of the Sun?👀)

    Isaac Stewart

    1) I'm currently making revisions to the Taldain map since I was never satisfied with how I'd painted it. (It was the first physical map I'd made in quite some time.) When that's done, we'll offer it as a small print on the store again.

    2) We contemplated doing a Nalthis map for the 10th anniversary leatherbound of Warbreaker, however we realized that we need more information. This map is likely to happen whenever there's a sequel to that book. That said, I just finished getting approval on the map of the Nalthian star system, so expect to see that soon.

    3) We'll likely create maps for Threnody and First of the Sun at some point, but I don't think it'll be any time soon.