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    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    Another “physics” question: We have the Surges of Cohesion and Tension. And I'm really not sure what the difference is in that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll see when I do this. It's a RAFO. And I play with them anyway a little differently in each order anyway. So what they do... I'll let you figure it out.

    Questioner

    It's just like when you enhance the tension of a water surface... (..)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Surface tension is what you're talking about. I'm gonna RAFO. But you're theorizing in correct directions.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    The Division Surge: does it actually split atoms or does it split the bonds of molecules?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It splits the bonds of molecules, it does not split atoms.

    Questioner

    That would be completely overpowered.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have done an atom splitting magic originally in Dragonsteel. And wooow it was overpowered. So really, this is fiddling... You'll see what it does when I use it, but we'll not be splitting atoms. We're not creating nuclear reactio... or fission, so.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    I'm looking for a Nightblood drawing for a tattoo but i can't find any official artwork.

    Brandon Sanderson

    We don't have any official artwork. Ben McSweeny may have made some sketches of his own, so if you contact him on reddit he is 'Inkthinker'. He does a lot of the sketchbook pages. If you look in this for the one who did Shallan's sketchbook he might have one that he's done on his own, tell him he can send it to you if he has one, I think he might have one but we don't have an official yet.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    How would - just really generally - the Ghostbloods react if they found or met Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (laughs) They... Some people among them know of him.

    Questioner

    So they know he's around.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some of them do, not everybody. But they are aware of his existence. At least in lore, they don't always... Not all of them have connected the King's Wit to this person's lore, does that make sense? So what would they know? They'd probably want to get him and interrogate him. They would want to know what he knows, but he is really slippery and it's hard to get out of him what he knows.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    I was wondering if the Chasmfiends have... like their own Gemhearts...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    It's probably not a coincidence that emeralds that can hold most of the Stormlight. So are Chasmfiends, do they take energy from Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, yes, yes, yes. That's part.

    Questioner

    So there is a huge energy source there, they can supply it with eating so...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is actually most beneficial during their metamorphisis, as you'll notice that the chrysalises are not as big as they get, and so yeah. They depend on the Stormlight and they depend on the Spren that they are bonded to keep them from crushing themselves. So Chasmfiends couldn't exist off world for multiple reasons.

    Questioner

    I'm guessing that for Chasmfiends the absorption of Stormlight is different because there is a whole shell thing that is thick.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yup, yup.

    Leipzig Book Fair ()
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    Questioner

    I was wondering: Stormlight doesn't cross walls, because people put their spheres outside. But it crosses the glass of the spheres. Is that material dependent or...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's thickness dependent. In the third book there's actually a little place where it's mentioned. Some people put it right inside a little, kind of thin rock portion and the Stormlight can still reach it. So I did that quite intentionally.

    Sofia signing ()
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    Questioner

    So, is she [Rysn] going to get a novella maybe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rysn is probably not going to get a novella but Rysn is a character who's going to have a nice novelette in each story, in the interludes. Maybe not quite to novelette length on each of them but she, in each of the first five books you will get a scene from Rysn.

    Questioner

    I think she's a very interesting character because in a way she epitomizes what you just said about being exposed to different cultures and--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, that's kind of her thing, is she goes and visits the different cultures of Roshar.

    Questioner

    And then we get to visit them too. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. She's got a potted plant, she's got some grass actually, there's some grass that doesn't respond to the storm. So she's one of my favorites, I intend her to be in each of the interludes and have her own kind of little story running through the books.

    Questioner

    So now we know, when you think about--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Absolutely, there is a Rysn point of view in Oathbringer.

    Sofia signing ()
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    Questioner

    Do any of the worldhoppers that we've met so far-- Do they all just use this sort of perpendicularity to travel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perpendicularity is the primary way to get between planets.

    Questioner

    But are we going to get a conventional inter-planetary travel, like based on Allomancy maybe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You have seen conventional inter-planetary travel in Arcanum Unbounded, in the story Sixth of the Dusk, which takes place many hundreds of years after most of the stories in the cosmere. So yes. 

    Questioner

    Ok so that's where it's--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah there's actually space travel involved in that story but not from the main characters, they just reference them, but yes.

    Sofia signing ()
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    dragonssleepinfire

    In Words of Radiance--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes?

    dragonssleepinfire

    After Eshonai bonds the stormspren, she starts hearing this screaming voice in her head.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes?

    dragonssleepinfire

    Is that her voice?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, um… It is a combination of her voice and something that is happening with Roshar, and at the end of the next book you'll get a big clue.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    What does antiseptic look like in the Cognitive and would it frighten away any rotspren or grinders there?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Mmm… no it would look like a bead unfortunately. You could manifest it, like how you see Kelsier doing with stuff but really… no. Maybe if you got some antiseptic in [into the Cognitive Realm], the rotspren might recognize it but just the soul of it, no.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Did the person Sigzil tried to kill actually die, and then afterward become not dead?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    We'll RAFO that, mostly because I intend to dig into Sigzil's past more.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Ok so you're probably going to RAFO who it was?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yeah… mmhmm… but we do get a Sigzil viewpoint in this next book so…

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Good! I like Sigzil.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Was Ivory watching when Shallan was in Jasnah's bathing chamber and that whole swap thing kind of went down… what did he relay to Jasnah…?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Umm… he would've been there… but I don't have an answer for that, mostly because I haven't considered it.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Is there any Spiritual or Cognitive effect on the subject of Shallan's memory collecting?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Well… …

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Simply from taking the memory, not from the consequences of seeing the pictures or anything.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Right… no, I would say no, but there is a sliiiiight Spiritual Connection happening. So, so… but it doesn't really have an effect on the person.  I mean, you could say, you could make the argument that any slight Connection like that does have one. But I don't want you to read that much into it. So the answer is yes, with an asterisk of no.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Further on in that… do different gemstones hold a different flavor, or different "frequency" of Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Umm…. Nnnnnnnnooooooo… But kind of? Here's the thing: So with the gemstones on Roshar… scientifically some of these gemstones are just really close to one another. Like chemical formula and whatever. But, their cognitive selves and their spiritual selves are gonna be very different because of human perception, right? (sure) And so, the answer is both a no and a yes because of that. So people's perception has sort of changed how the magic works, to an extent… but it's the same amount of investiture, just with slightly different flavorings.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Right, so… is it easier for a Soulcaster to turn rock into smoke with a smokestone as opposed to a ruby?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    So… Soulcasting… is gonna really depend on whether you're using a soulcaster.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    First is for a Soulcaster, second is for a Surgebinder.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    A Surgebinder is far less constrained than someone using a device accessing surges, right? A Knight Radiant is far less constrained than somebody using a mechanical means of accessing magic, and I would include Honorblades as a mechanical means of accessing a surge.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Cool! So with the whole Jasnah scene, she inhales Stormlight, for using Soulcasting. So how is it the Soulcaster appears to glow more fiercely instead of growing dimmer in that scene?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Um… heh heh heh… So… this is perception on Shallan's part, watching and kind of resonating with the Soulcasting, and some weird things are happening that she sees, and not necessarily anyone else is seeing.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    I love that! Alright… Also, did Taravangian recognize that Jasnah was not Soulcasting traditionally? Like was it the hand sinking into the rock that gave it away?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Taravangian knew and already suspected.

    Supanova 2017 - Sydney ()
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    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Ok. Um… did Taravangian arrange for his granddaughter to be trapped, so he could see Jasnah soulcasting?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Um he used an opportunity, that he could've gotten to through… in a multitude of ways, in order to… check on some things. But it is his granddaughter and she really was in danger.

    Darkness (paraphrased)

    Yep, he really did seem concerned.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes.

    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I have a question about progression of powers for the Knights Radiant. So we see with Kaladin that it seems that there's a definitive border to the Ideals and how you gain them, I guess? It would be hard to touch on the third without having learned the second. Would that-- Is that the same for all of the Orders? Like the Willshapers are much more varied and individualistic, could they go through a different order and if so would that affect how they express their Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, the Oaths are very individualized. In fact you'll get a lot more of this as you see different people, even within the same Order, swearing Oaths. And you'll see how it works, even with a given Order there is individuality to them. So I'm going to give you a RAFO, you can have a card.

    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I'm a creative myself but not really so much an authorial type but a systems designer type. And that's actually what attracted me to your books first, is that their systems are so... meticulous is not the right word. They're so hard.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, hard magic.

    Questioner

    And I'm not going to ask you to go over Sanderson's Laws but they add up to this magical materialism almost, which I think works really well with your storytelling. Do you have any particular method for meshing together the rules that you create for a system and creating a balance that allows you to tell a compelling story with it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's an excellent question because this is a really interesting give and take. Everything needs to be done in service to the story and the danger of these systems is doing the same sort of thing that an outline does to a story. Too rigid of an outline means you just don't have a good story in a lot of cases. Too rigid of a magic system can actually make certain stories just not work. And I don't think this is the only way you have to do it. For me, this is a lot of the fun but I have to let myself bend.

    A good example of this, alright? I wanted to do speed bubbles... But one of the powers is these speed bubbles, right? You can slow down or speed up time around you in a bubble, right? So what I do is I say "Okay if we can do this, science-y people--" I go to my science-y people, that's the official term, I said "What's this going to do?" And they're like "Yeah, red shift. You're going to irradiate everybody." I'm like "Oh, right." *laughter* "Right, irradiating the room. A flashlight becomes a laser beam." Like stuff like this, I have-- What I do-- The difference between me and a science fiction writer is I say "I still want speed bubbles, so we will build into the magic system why the red shift doesn't happen and I will go with that. I will make a rule for it and I'll be consistent but I can make up a rule." And that is something I will recommend to fantasists versus science fiction writers is this thing. Remember the story is king. Be consistent once you've done something but go ahead and give yourself the wiggle room to build something that's going to become-- be for great storytelling. And that balance between being consistent and telling a great story is where you want to be.

    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    You've mentioned in the last couple of afterwords that you get interesting results when you mix types of Investiture.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Twinborn and Surgebinders on Roshar. Can you mix a form of magic with a source of Investiture? Can say Vasher use Stormlight in place of Breaths or would that require tampering via Hemalurgy or something like that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Most of them require tampering. Some of them are a little bit easier than others. It depends on really what you mean. For instance, white sand can be charged in the presence of any Investiture right? It's just-- But that's not really using the magic, it's just charging it with other Investiture. But, you know, it would be very easy, for instance, if you can get yourself Invested-- Like, for instance, it'd be very easy to use Breaths to fuel Windrunning right? Because the oath and the bond and things like that are going to make it pretty easy. However fueling Allomancy with something else is going to be a lot harder. So it really depends on the magic. It's the sort of thing that there will be lots of science in the books dedicated to making happen in the future and you will find some of the processes these work easier than other ones.

    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    As an Asha'man Warder, I have to ask, would you consider going back to The Wheel of Time and writing a book about the Trolloc Wars?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, remember that part about a piece of art being done? Sometimes that is painful. In fact it-- it hurts that there are certain characters I've said "Their story's done. I don't think I should touch this again." We put on top of that, I don't believe Robert Jordan would want me to do more. Now I have to say that very timidly because it's entirely possible that Harriet or one of her heirs and descendants will decide that there should be more Wheel of Time books. And I'm not going to be one who gets up and "No you shouldn't be doing that!" Right? That's not my choice. And I want more Wheel of Time like anyone else wants more Wheel of Time but my personal decision has been that I think Robert Jordan was uncomfortable with the idea of my writing in his world, even though he asked it do be done. And if I--particularly with the prominence I have--spent more time in The Wheel of Time I risk The Wheel of Time becoming more associated with me than Robert Jordan. And I think that would be a very bad thing. And so the current answer is "No, I--" Well, yes I would consider it. I'd consider it a lot, and the answer is no. I don't think it would be appropriate for me to do more Wheel of Time for a multitude of reasons.

    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    He's asking if a larkin is capable of pushing Stormlight into someone as well as drawing it out.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ahhh, that's an excellent question. They actually feed on Investiture. Like some other people and things that you've seen. *laughter*

    Questioner

    So is that a yes or no?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is more of a no than a yes. *laughter*

    Questioner

    So that's highly unlikely that that's how Szeth was resurrected.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is correct... You did see how Szeth came back foreshadowed earlier in the books. So if you watch for it, the means by which that happens is in there.

    Questioner

    How early? *laughter*

    Footnote: Szeth is resurrected by of a fabrial manipulating Progression, which can be seen in one of Dalinar's visions in The Way of Kings.
    DragonCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    So with your Cosmere books. I started reading with Mistborn, and I got through the trilogy, all three books-- I read really fast, so I was done with all three of them in under a week. And so I went looking for some of your other books, and I think I came on The Way of Kings and I started noticing there were little bits of connections because it's not really apparent--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    --that they're connected until you start looking into it. And of course then I go online and figure out there's this whole wikipedia--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Then you went down the rabbit hole. *laughter*

    Questioner

    Then I went down the rabbit hole and then I go "Oh look, all of these worlds are interconnected. And there are these characters who are supposed to be Worldhoppers or something." I could not figure out where the origin of where you learn these people are actually from the other series.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So where did people learn this. So first I'm going to give the caveat, if this daunts you, don't worry it's all cameos right now. You don't have to read the books in a certain order-- Well you should read the series in order, but you don't have to read the series in a certain order. You're not missing out on something, you can read the books and if you don't see it, it's okay. It's meant to be cameos... It's supposed to be very subtle.

    However, where they're getting it is Hoid is almost always mentioned by name. That was the first clue to people. Once in a while he doesn't use his name, in each series at least he's mentioned his name. And people started connecting that name. And I will usually give little tells where they Galladon in The Way of Kings because he spoke in Dula, and so they caught the same words that he used, even though he spoke another language. Some of the words were words he used in Elantris. They were like "Oh." So there's always going to be some connection there.

    Watch for people who use the wrong words. For instance if someone says in The Stormlight Archive, if someone uses the word "coin", they're probably using magical means to translate and they're thinking "coin" when they mean "money" or "sphere" and they don't use coins on Roshar. And so you'll have people make mistakes like that in-world, and they'll talk about things the wrong way. And that'll be part of the way you can connect who doesn't belong there. I intend it to be very subtle however. I think in The Way of Kings Hoid is the only one who uses "coin" and things like that. If you watch out for stuff like that--

    But here's the thing about it, at the same time I learned from Robert Jordan fandom that fans will theorize about everything. *laughter* And I realized-- I had to make a decision pretty early on. And this decision-- Some authors do it one way, others do it another, I decided I had to be okay if the fans guessed what I was doing. Because if I put the foreshadowing in then it's going to be a mark of respect if people figure it out. And so if you're one of these people who dig in deeply, you will figure out some of things that are going on and they won't be surprises when the book comes along. And I think that's okay for the fans that are doing that. I will warn you, I'm not going to change what's happening, just 'cause you figure it out. So if you don't want massive spoilers you shouldn't necessarily hang out to much, because they are going to get it right. I will put in the foreshadowing so that it is possible to guess what's going to be happening and things like that. Because if I don't it won't feel like the book is fulfilling, if that makes any sense.

    That's just a little warning to you guys. But so far there are some things they haven't figured out yet that I think they're going to soon, but they haven't quite yet.