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    unknown

    I was wondering how Talenel'Elin is able to speak perfect Alethi without much of an accent at all. I believe Dalinar thought that it was a Northern Alethi accent. He is able to speak perfect Alethi after coming back from Damnation being seemingly isolated for 4500 years. Knowing what we know about language development in the real world over time, wouldn't the Alethi language change as well as to be almost incomprehensible?

    If he is not isolated, I supposed that would venture into RAFO territory.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The language has indeed changed drastically.

    So...RAFO.

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    SydneySedai

    Say an awakener wanted to cheat in a card game and strolled in with an awakened hat, which is promply placed on a hat rack behind their opponent.

    Assuming the awakener knows the rules of the game, would a command like "be as my eyes and signal when I should fold" let the hat tip someone off, or would they need a more general command like "be as my eyes and signal a flush"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is hard because the skill of the Awakener is a factor, as are other elements that aren't entirely understood. For sake of discussion, I'd say the second one is a whole lot more reasonable.

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    ParadoxicalWims

    Could the Heralds be considered the splinters or would it be the Honourblades they once held? Or perhaps are they something else entirely?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO, more because I don't want to dig into the nature of the Heralds until the second five books, and would rather not have people's eyes on them too much right now.

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    i_do_stuff

    And since I love him, I have to sneak an Axies the Collector question in - what kindled his interest in spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Axies belongs to a race who, being extremely long lived, tend to dedicate themselves to some kind of task to keep themselves from going strange. (Well, more strange.) Spren tickled his fancy.

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    Titan_Arum

    If a coinshot were to drop a gold coin of size X or an iron coin of the same size X, would the coin with more mass (the gold coin), under normal circumstances, allow the coinshot to vertically push themselves higher than they could with the coin with less mass (the iron coin)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mass is indeed a factor in anchors.

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    Titan_Arum

    In TWoK, Dalinar mentions that back home Reshi border encroachments grow increasingly bold...according to the map of Roshar, no Reshi islands are directly adjacent to Alethkar. Is this encroachment simply due to Tai-na migrating into Alethi waters and skirmishing with Alethi boats? Or are the Reshi actually sending raiding parties to the mainland?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Alethi have a long history of skirmishing with the Reshi islands just to the north and northeast of Alethkar. (And at various points, they've just considered Herdaz to be an Alethi province.) The fertile fishing up there makes for some coveted seas.

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    L0lbert

    My question is however, is Kelsier influenced by Ruin in some way? Does he have any metal in him? The parts that got me thinking is how he is the one who suggested to Vin that she should keep her earrings in. Futhermore he has a strong urge to kill and destroy, though that is mainly limited to nobility and it is meant to help overthrow the empire. Lasltly there was someone in the last book (I'm afraid I can't remember who right now) who said that Lord Penrod (who at the time was contolled by Ruin) used housewars to destroy the city, which is the exact thing Kelsier did also. I'm sorry if my answer has an obvious answer, or if I've overlooked something, but these points got me to strongly belive that Kelsier was influenced by Ruin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No metal in Kelsier, though good question. However, he was trained by a man touched by Ruin, and has a certain natural inclination toward destruction and killing. That's all him.

    I've said before that Kelsier, in another story or time, might have become something far more terrible. That's what makes him interesting to me as a character.

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    Ansalem1

    Hypothetically, if all of the Listeners were to go extinct would the Rhythms still exist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    WeiryWriter

    Are there any other species in the cosmere that also interact with the Rhythms like the listeners do? (Though not necessarily in the same way?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    EarthRester

    In Warbreaker, the closer an inanimate object is to a humanoid shape, the easier it is to awaken it.

    Hypothetically, say a race of sentient quadrupedal canines had access to BioChromatic Breath. Would they have an easier time awakening objects if they were closer to a canine shape, or is the rule still that it needs to be more humanoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Closer to canine.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    Betaflame

    I primarily listen to the books, so my spelling and visual imaging might be a bit off. But, the food that Lopen likes, choutta, is that kind of like a Runza?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kinda, kinda not.

    They eat flatbread in Roshar--the bread doesn't rise. So in that respect, it's more like a burrito. Only, they roll it more like a cone, and they fill it with chunks of meat covered in gravy. The flavor is going to be more runza like than burrito like, but it's kind of like a pita filled with meatballs.

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    SageOfTheWise

    In Allomancy, normal metals are simply a tool that channels Allomancer's already existing Connection to the power of Preservation, which is why non-Allomancers don't get powers from digesting metal. But if I understand it correctly, god metals are an exception, since they are a form of a Shard's power, burning them directly uses the power stored within.

    If I have this right, how come a normal person can burn lerasium, but not atium? Or could they, and no ones thought to try? But if that was true why are there atium Mistings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Suffice it to say that what people both in the books and out think about the god metals has some holes in it.

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    JediofChrist

    In Alloy, there are those who use both Allomancy and Feruchemy. However, I recall Sazed in The Hero of Ages stating that he believed he was the last surviving Feruchemist (I think he may have said "Keeper"?). Was he incorrect in his assumption of being the last Feruchemist (based on the fact that people use Feruchemy in Alloy) or could Feruchemy have been recessive in some Terris people?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was most certainly recessive. But the specific way Sazed speaks there is important.

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    ArsenoPyrite

    Is the act of taking up a shard parallel to the act of Awakening? In broad strokes awakening gives a piece of a soul for power along with a purpose or compulsion. So, say, when someone takes up Ruin, are they operating on the same principle, taking a fragment of Adolnasium's 'soul' along with the command "ruin things"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could make this parallel, and argue it to many of the cosmere-aware scholars in the books, and they'd find themselves nodding.

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    The_Honor_Spren

    Should I even care about the flute? If Sadeas had it, would that mean it has become part of Amaram's collection?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not a big deal, but that doesn't stop fans from caring. So I can't say whether you should or not. :)

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    SageOfTheWise

    Is there a reason why Rashek left a nugget of Lerasium at the Well of Ascension?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He left several. It was, in his opinion, one of the best kept secrets and best protected locations in his empire.

    Phantine

    Were there originally 16 of them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    An excellent guess.

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    ArsenoPyrite

    Of the few 'evil' magic systems we've seen, two of the most prominent, Fjordell glyphs and stormform both involve growing nigh-inpenetrable bones under the surface of the skin. Are these pointing to some similar fell influence, or is it just a cool thing for bad people to do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is mostly coincidence.

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    ParadoxicalWims

    I remember reading a WoB about which of your characters you'd invite to dinner (of which Hoid and Kelsier were two) and you said the both of them have a bit of a problem with each other. Is it anything major and when did this problem happen? (Have they also seen each other again now Kelsier's a cognitive shadow?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Big RAFO.

    /r/books AMA 2015 ()
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    Phantine

    Would a lifeless Koloss still be super strong?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You see, what is happening to create a koloss is a human soul is taken, sliced up, and sutured back together--with the spikes being the "stitches" that holds it all together. That's a problem, since the various forms of investiture don't play very well together. In Awakening, you're basically giving something a counterfeit soul. (But without the skill or knowledge of something like an Essence Mark.)

    This means that in investing the corpse of the koloss, you have troubles. It's going to want to snap back to the original human shape and strength. If you COULD overcome this, then yes, it would be stronger.

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    FirstSelector

    When Kalak sees the ring of Honorblades in the Prelude, he describes them as "flowing in design, inscribed with glyphs and patterns." However, in the main text we encounter two (presumed) blades - Jezrien's and Talenel's, neither of which were included in Kalak's original accounting. The first is explicitly depicted as being devoid of ornamentation, and the second is ambiguous. Were all ten original Honorblades ornamented and inscribed, and if so, what causes the change?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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    FirstSelector

    You have claimed that the Shardworlds had their names prior to the settlement of people and Shards. However, Ruin and Preservation created Scadrial (presumably post-Shattering). Where, then, did that planet get its name, and how did the rest of the cosmere learn of it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    While many of them were named, not all of them were. And the presence of a Shard warps Shadesmar much as large objects warp the physical realm (gravitation.) So if you know how to look, it's not hard to find them.

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    Tellingdwar

    Regarding the classification of magics as end-positive/neutral/negative, is it correct that:

    End-positive Investiture requires extreme emotional, physical, or cognitive distress to manifest. For example, snapping into an Allomancer or the process of becoming a Surgebinder.

    End-neutral Investiture is inherent: gained by heredity, Connection with a particular region, or through mechanical means.

    End-negative Investiture requires sacrifice. For example, Hemalurgy or Dakhor teleportation.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not ready to answer this--though you should know that connection with a particular region is happening on Sel for reasons unrelated to this line of inquiry.

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    RenegadeShroom

    So, I'm sure you're familiar with the phrase 'sick burn' and what it means. Assuming for a moment that it became a phrase on Roshar that fell into widespread use for a long enough time, could the phrase become strongly associated enough with the idea of fire that it actually has an effect on when flamespren can manifest? Could insulting someone harshly enough draw flamespren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Unlikely, because when people say "sick burn" fire doesn't appear in their imagination--they're not personifying fire. Just like the name Smith doesn't bring to mind a blacksmith unless one thinks about it specifically, sick burn has taken on its own meaning.

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    Overlord Jebus

    The Knights Radiants have access to two Surges each, are the two Surges completely seperate or can they be combined together? Something like maybe allowing a Lightweaver to create a solid illusion by combining their Illumination Surge and their Soulcasting?

    Essentially, do each of the Orders have a special talent only they can do that isn't available to any other Order?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they do, but it's not always directly obvious in a straightforward way, such as your example.

    Overlord Jebus

    Would the lashing system be an example of this? Full lashings apppear to be mostly Adhesion and and the basic lashing seems to be mostly Gravitational, does this mean Bondsmiths will be able do full lashings and Skybreakers can use partial and basic lashings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    18th_Shard

    Does a Herald using an Honorblade consume the same "dangerous" amounts of Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Honorblades are less efficient; this doesn't change when a Herald uses them. (But they have other advantages.)

    uchoo786

    Are Honorblades closer in power to Nightblood than they are to Shardblades made from Spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hard to say. They're all similar, but at the same time, very different. And in a way, Nightblood is what you might call a "Third Generation" blade.

    uchoo786

    Ah gotcha. And in this analogy, Honorblades would be 1st gen and Sprenblades would be 2nd gen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Yourigath

    We have seen some Hoid-related groups on the diferent worlds of the Cosmere...

    Worldbringers on Scadrial, Worldsingers on Roshar, Enefel on Sel (this one is a wild guess)

    Is there a Hoid-related group on Nalthis? Maybe the Five Scholars are part of it? (That would explain the Shardblade/Nightblood thing you've been talking lately)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid did not found the Five Scholars.

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    ParadoxicalWims

    So on theoryland there are a couple of WoBs regarding Selish Shadesmar and the ones that stuck out to me were how Rosharan Shadesmar is aligned with Roshar georaphically (and in turn, the other planets are too) and with the name of Sel's shadesmar expanse.

    So my question/assumption is...Given the above geographical alignment and sometimes inverse nature of Shadesmar, is the Expanse of the Broken Sky Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not going to confirm what any of these are, I'm afraid. (At least not yet.) You are free to theorize as you wish.