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    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    zuriel45

    1)Would it be possible to invest a metal such as bendalloy so that it's "active" and create a time bubble? 2)Would an invested object creating a bubble move about the bubble like Wayne does inside his? Or would the bubble move with the invested object? 3)Wayne implies that it takes a couple seconds between dropping a time bubble and creating a new one. Is this a biologically related limit, or magically related limit? 4)Would more powerful allomancy/investment increase the size of the bubble, or change the time differential?

    My theory is that if someone created a large bubble that sped up time inside of it (so time outside seems slower) You would cross the bubble faster than light would cross the same difference outside of it. Of course the journey would take the same time inside as it would without the bubble which would mean the need for a generation ship. To compensate someone could then create a smaller pocket of slowed down time (cadmium) which would cancel the sped up time and create a normal time flow. This would allow living humans to experience the same flow of time as someone on scardial itself while the ship still travels are FTL speeds. If the bubbles traveled with the ship then there wouldn't be any additional strain the structure. If the bubbles couldn't travel with the ship but if the time it takes to create a new bubble could be overcome you could theoretically turn on/off the bubble maker at a very high frequency to allow the bubble to be re centered with the traveling ship.

    So I'm curious if my theory is feasible?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You've got some serious RAFOS in there, I'm afraid, but let's see what I can answer.

    First, I'd love to have your contact info through my website for running calculations. We've got some people, like Eric, who know their stuff--but having more physicists to help out is important when I start figuring things like red shift and what not.

    As for the other questions, I'm digging out answers for you, where i can. Might take me a little longer, though.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    Windrunner

    As you've stated that the magic of First of the Sun is natural and independent of any particular Shard, what is the nature of the pool on Patji? Is it also a natural manifestation of magic, a perpendicularity, or simply a pool like any other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a natural manifestation, but on a much smaller scale than you might find on other worlds.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    Windrunner

    Threnody and Scadrial are both noted as having unusally bright patches of stars in their skies. Are these two planets near to one another?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are both seeing the same thing, yes.

    Windrunner

    Does this mean that Threnody and Scadrial are part of the same system, or are these bright patches visible from other worlds as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Visible from other worlds as well. The cosmere is a relatively small place (on a galactic scale, that is.) We'll publish the star map when that becomes relevant in a decade or so.

    Footnote: It took approximately a year and a half to publish the star map.
    Sources: Reddit
    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    i_am_a_watermelon1

    I've heard somewhere that you already have a backstory for Hoid written, but you're waiting to release it as it would reveal too much about the Cosmere universe... is this true?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, this is true.

    i_am_a_watermelon1

    Do you ever plan on bringing different realms together?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes I do.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    lightylantern

    I'm pretty interested in the integration of magic and sport, like in Harry Potter and The Legend of Korra. Will we be seeing any allomantic sports in the second Mistborn trilogy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably the third. Scadrial is behind on a couple of things, technologically, and they've been very practically minded lately. I have some hints of professional sports in the Era Two books, but they're slight.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    lightylantern

    In The Hero of Ages, Demoux gets together with a woman named Aslydin. He's then seen on Roshar in The Way of Kings. Knowing how loyal Demoux is, he wouldn't just leave Aslydin behind like that. Is she connected to his reasons for becoming a member of the Seventeenth Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aslydin is in the Seventeeth Shard, and had her own work to be about. I've given subtle clues about her before, but the ethnicity of the name should strike you.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    lightylantern

    I'm fairly invested in the pairings of The Stormlight Archive, with my favourite being Jasnah/Szeth. Do either of these two have any romance planned in their future?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am purposefully vague about upcoming romantic pairings in my books, because most of the characters would not want to be defined by their romantic inclinations--and at the top of that list is Jasnah. So I'll remain quiet on this one for now. Sorry.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    potterhead42

    On Scadrial, humans were created as a result of the deal between Preservation and Ruin. But what about the rest of the humans on the other worlds of the Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's split. Some predate the shattering; others were created. The humans that existed before were always a model, which is why they're so similar to one another.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    potterhead42

    You recently changed up the text of Elantris and Words of Radiance. Do you feel like you need to change something about the Mistborn trilogy? I think it's perfect

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've expressed that my one regret with Mistborn is the climax of Book One, where I think I bring in drawing upon the mists too early in the series without enough foreshadowing. That said, I'm not planning to revise it, even if we do a 10th anniversary edition like with Elantris. The problems with Elantris created continuity issues; the problem with Mistborn is more of an artistic choice, making it similar to the problem in WoR. The difference here is that I'm still working on Stormlight, so it is considered to be an open book in my head--while Mistborn is done, and it's time to leave it alone.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    mooglefrooglian

    You've said previously that the molecular structure of metals serve to act sort of like the Aons in AonDor. Why, then, can mists power Allomancy? Shouldn't the metals themselves be the things causing the powers? And if metals don't cause the effect, how can a non-Feruchemist burn a metalmind that has been 'unlocked' through identity tricks and get a boost of an attribute without Feruchemist sDNA?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I was trying to figure out how to answer this, and then I realized while driving to get a hair cut that you were regarding this wrong in a fundamental way. Remember, the source of power for Allomancy is EXTERNAL while the source for Feruchemy is INTERNAL. This is a fundamental difference discussed in the series.

    When you burn metals, you're drawing power from another place. When you tap a metalmind, you are drawing power that the person has created--a battery developed by themselves, so to speak.

    So I think that's going to answer the source of your confusion.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    WeiryWriter

    Does hair that is still attached to a person's head get cut if a Shardblade passes through it? If not, if that person had the Royal Locks could they change the color of the hair "below" the cut?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, hair gets cut. It counts as dead in my mind--but not to someone who has the Royal Locks. They could only change below, as you state, and wouldn't get their hair chopped off. (I'm not 100% sure on this, but I Think I've mentioned in Stormlight before that you can cut things like shells on living animals with a Shardblade, but then it doesn't cut the flesh.)

    WeiryWriter

    With the Royal Locks, the individual would be able to change the color in the bit between the cut and the scalp? (In my original question I had meant "below" to mean the bit between the cut and the end whereas your answer uses it the opposite, I think?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Distance between scalp and cut, yes you can change that. Otherwise every time you got a haircut, you wouldn't be able to change the hair. Maybe I don't get your question.

    WeiryWriter

    So just for clarity's sake is the following correct:

    Let's say Siri's hair is two feet long. A shardblade passes through the hair exactly in the middle ("dividing" the hair into two one-foot sections). In your previous answer you said that while usually the shardblade would just sever the hair (leaving only a foot attached to the head) with the Royal locks the entire two feet would remain attached but only the foot on the "head" side of the cut would be able to change color.

    Thank you, I just want to make sure there is zero doubt in what is actually going on.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did misinterpret your original question. As a shardblade cut is likely to be wider than a piece of hair, I doubt you could cut the royal locks lengthwise.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    WeiryWriter

    What if the Throne of Idris passed to someone who was not the child of the monarch? Like if they were the niece or nephew of the previous monarch. Their parent would not have passed on the Royal Locks to them, but if they gained the throne would they spontaneously manifest the Royal Locks? Would their children if they were born before?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This will be discussed in the Warbreaker sequel, most likely.

    GenCon 2017 ()
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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    If I wanted to Hemalurgically acquire a power from First of the Sun, which metal would the spike need to be?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    This is going to be pretty complicated, but several metals would work.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Would it involve Connection between the person being spiked and the bird?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Well it would be even harder than on Roshar, where you need to somehow spike the spren and also the Radiant. You would need to spike the bird and steal the power, but also spike the person and steal Connection.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    Are all hordelings cremlings and vise versa?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cremling is a synonym in Roshar for both, insect and small crustation, right? And so you would see one and you would see that's a little crayfish. Cremling is not an exact term if that makes sense. It's like bug. The word "bug" people can use to mean a lot of different things.[...] So, yes, they look like cremlings, because they've been bred to look like cremlings, so they will not be noticed on Roshar, but there are hordelings that do not look like cremlings. But they would still be called a cremling by the people on Roshar. The occasional people (?) used the word insect, 'cause that word does exist on Roshar. Usually make refers to like little flying bugs that you only find in the very far west of Roshar near the mountains, but yeah.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    Does creating unsealed metalmind involve Feruchemical duralumin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (hesitating)...Yes. I will write it all out for you eventually. I want to get at least one more book done, then you find out exactly why and how.

    Questioner

    Because I was pretty confused about the Investiture and Spiritweb...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here is the reason I'm kind of hesitant of this, [why not you just RAFO this one right now], but it is not a RAFO, because it is like it's a secret. I want to write it out exactly how it happens, because I have it in my notes in bullet points and it's complicated, right? Cause I want some of the things in the magic system as be as complicated as for instance explaining how a computer works right now. You can do it, but you know...I want the magic to start getting that technical if that makes sense. When you say "involve", right, that's a big word. Why just don't you let me, after lost metal...if I haven't released it, you have permission to come to me and say: "Brandon, you said you would release this, you haven't yet [...]" and I will give to you the bullet point flowchart of how you build the unkeyed metalminds.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Hoid was once offered a Shard, but he refused it, right?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Was it right after the Shattering?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes. It was during the events. I wouldn't necessarily say "right after", it was during this process. I would say this is a RAFO before I finish writing at that time. (Not sure if I understood the last sentence right, but I think that's what he said)

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    And who took this Shard instead?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    In Warbreaker: the magic system is really visual, and when heightened people are around, the colours get really saturated and I was wondering about blind people or colour blind people. How can they percieve the effects of Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Their minds would interpret it in a way that works for them. Their brain would come up with some way to interpret the sensory they're getting. And so the colour blind... The colours are still going to saturate, but saturate in a way that they can tell. Not being colour blind it is really hard for me to describe. But I read about it, and at least that's the rule I have for myself in the head. For an actual blind person this is going to be a magic system that's harder to use. Just having a disability, unfortunatly. But it also gives perfect pitch, and I think that partially their auditory senses would compensate to a degree, but it's going to be a harder magic system to use. I'm sure they could find a way to work around it.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    (...) like Hoid saying he got his life as words on a page.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It can be taken both ways, but it is actually literal. I'm not sure how much I can say about this, but... Let's say that it's referencing where he got his nickname/pseudonym.

    Questioner

    I thought he maybe stole a character from a book and (hid himself? indistinctive...)

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is something like that. People think it's like a big wink breaking the 4th wall, but at the time I was just looking back at his past and wanted something I could say that is esoteric and referenced his past.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    There's a scene where you can see from the perspective of Nan Balat, Shallan's brother, where he's maiming an insect. It's described as soothing his aches. Is that in any way related to how Kaladin feels depressed and down during the Weeping even in his early childhood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What's happening to Nan Balat is magically enhanced. What's happening to Kaladin is mostly just chemical depression. Be he is really too young to be diagnosed with depression during some of these events, but he's got the seeds in there. So Kaladin is not magically depressed. Kaladin is just legitimatly a person with depression. Nan Balat... What's up with him is... ah... being exaggerated by certain forces moving in on Roshar. (last bit is a bit indistinctive)

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    You said that there were some things in the Cosmere that happened accidentally. What was one of them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shard pools is a good example. So when I started writing Elantris I knew I would have these concentrations of power. But I didn't know how I'm going to use them exactly. Like what's the connection... This was way at the beginning. By the time I had Mistborn, I knew all this. I knew I had a well of power there. What does it do? Shardpools are a good example of writing into the story and figuring out how the magic works bei actually playing with it.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    You have this technical approach to Allomantic powers. But Feruchemy seems to me very different. So it's not very logical that you can store up health. What is health?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well. I feel that it is. But it has its own definitions. In the Cosmere perception - I don't know if you know...

    Questioner

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    ... it really affects... It's kind of more like a concept of heallth. The idea of your body's ability to recuperate quickly. The magic system translates to your body's ability to match your spiritual self. When that is depleted, your body in the Cosmere starts to stray (? a bit indistinctive in the recording). Foreign things can get into it, diseases get into you, and your spirit can get a little more corrupted. Your body getting corrupted, your spirit's not getting corrupted. You get it, and it makes you extra connected to your spiritual sense. Your body moves to match it closely and better.

    Questioner

    So the same about speed and ...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Those are a little different. But each has their little behind the scenes explanation for myself. The problem is... The physics of it is very Cosmere-physics for Feruchemy, whereas for Allomancy it's a lot more out world physics with a different power source. We're changing that. But the physics do work for me. But obviously it's magic, so I'm breaking them anyway.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    Glys, Renarin's Spren, is he a Cultivation Spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    Questioner

    Could you say that he is equally bonded to a different entitiy/to a different Shard like Sylphrena is bonded to Honor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're asking... Is his like the windspren?

    Questioner

    I mean allegion to his aspect.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Are you still talking about Glys?

    Questioner

    Yes. Sylphrena is like 100% of Honor. Is Glys like 100% anything?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    When Adolin snapped, I noticed your wording. Those... The term snapping...

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Good question. He did not gain Allomantic abilities.

    Questioner

    Well - Spren bonding abilities...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well no. That was not used magically.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    Could you spike a hordeling?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Spike means getting something out, spike means get(ting?) something in? I think that both is viable. I think you can, yeah.

    Questioner

    If you would spike something in, would the whole Aimian get maybe an Allomantic ability?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mostly, this would probably change the hordeling. And they may lose contact to it. It could fiddle with the Connection to the point that they can no longer link. That's gonna be my answer right now, that spiking a hordeling would separate it from the group mind.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    You recently compared the Aon Dor to a programming language of some sorts. Could you actually go one step further and build something like a curcuit board?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The difficultiy with all of that is that you have got to remember that the magic as they understand it right now only works based on Elantrian intention and activation. There were basically these sorts of things, but the switch has to be flipped by an Elantrian. Those things existed in Elantris.

    Questioner

    It's just that I think that Elantris itself could be some sort of a really big circuit board.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That may be a little too far for what Elantris is, but there are places in Elantris which are just what you are describing.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    I think I am one of the few people who really like Elhokar. He's a king who actually asks a lowly Darkeyes two times how to be a good ruler. What's your opinion on him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think Elhokar is maligned by a lot of people. He was put in a hard situation, inheriting from a really great king and having a really domineering uncle. He is a little arrogant, a little full of himself, but thats natural for his position. And I am very fond of Elhokar.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    The visions Dalinar gets in WoK always struck me as odd - you don't just look at the past, you are able to act within this experience. Now we know that Gavilar was also on the way to being a Bondsmith - was he acting in a different way? Were the visions only basically the same but different in the end depending on the personal reactions? Is this something like a test?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did see the same visions. They were the same thing. But... I will say that his reaction to them were very different from Dalinar's reactions to them. Anyway it was difficult for the Stormfather without a bond to determine/to tell the difference between very easily. When Spren are bonded, they gain a lot more ability to understand the world around then, so you'll find out soon more stuff about this in the third book.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    At the end of “Alloy of Law” Marsh tells Marasi he is giving the diary to Wax because “.. he does my brother's work”. At this time it was a reminder of Kelsier, but with Secret History and the third book out why does Marsh think we need someone to do his brother's work? Isn't Kelsier doing that himself?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well. (laughs) Marsh is of multiple minds on what's happening with Kelsier at this time. When he's referencing his brother's work, he's specifically tells Marasi speaking to the lore of the Survivor. Like he's specifically talking to somebody, and he does believe this. He may not think that Kelsier is doing Kelsier's work anymore. But that depends on... You will see interaction between Marsh and Kelsier in the future.