The effects of trellium on the bendalloy? Those are going to RAFO'd
They are. I'm sorry. These are the sorts of things the future series will be dealing with.
The effects of trellium on the bendalloy? Those are going to RAFO'd
They are. I'm sorry. These are the sorts of things the future series will be dealing with.
Will we ever see anything else of Shai?
Yes, someday-- You may not see another novella of the same style but you will at least see her in books somewhere.
Can you tell me the name of Dalinar's wife?
Well… I can but I'm not going to, because it's not that big a deal but it is something for him in the books. I would just rather you read it in the books, but you will find out.
Will it be in the third book?
Well in the flashbacks he doesn't have that issue so when you see her from his viewpoint in the flashbacks he can say her name and he can hear it. So the flashbacks involve him meeting her and things like that, so you'll know her name then. And it's not like some big secret like "Oh her name--" but I would rather you just read it there.
How do koloss breed with humans, because you say in Alloy of Law that one of the--
What happens is the koloss breed with each other and a koloss-blooded is the result, because a koloss needs the Hemalurgic spikes to make them full koloss. So if two koloss breed you get a koloss-blooded, which is basically a human with some weird genetics in them and if they choose to go through the transformation to full koloss they will become one.
So you initially said that you had started the first third [of Shadows of Self] and then you took a break for two years.
I kind of get the feeling that in the first third The Set was supposed to be the Big Bad villain of the second book and then you massaged it into the kandra. Is that the case or--
No the kandra was always planned as the second book villain. When I sat down to do the outline of the three, that is when I decided-- So yeah it was the kandra. The big change is that Marasi wasn't working at all, that's probably one of the reasons I stopped it. I had to rebuild her from the get go in that one, and she works much better in the revision. I was pushing her in the first draft more toward lawyer/attorney stuff and it just wasn't working, it's not where she wanted to go.
Not to bring up Rithmatist, do you think it is just going to be the two books or--
I plotted it at three, so it is probably going to be The Rithmatist, The Aztlanian, and then I-- The Nebraskian? But I have to find some goofy thing so it's not necessarily Nebraskan...
So are any characters, like Vasher, going to be in any of your other books?
Well, Vasher is in Words of Radiance.
Yeah, I knew he was in Words of Radiance. Is he going to show up more in that? Have more importance?
He is not going to have a huge role, he'll have a little one. Normally I try to confine people who are interfering in other series to their own series, if that makes sense?
I just notice that in the newer Mistborns that some of the older Mistborns, on the metals, aren't there a couple metals that are missing?
Yes. There are. They didn't quite understand the-- all things, just like we don't understand all science, and as the series progresses you will see that table become even more intricate as it becomes more and more scientific.
So this series is a step modernized? I've only read the original.
This one is a step modernized, still all the magic and stuff, but it's kind of mixing gunslinging and Allomancy. There's going to be another series that's going to be 1980's level technology where you'll really see things start to modernize, and then there's a science fiction series. Eventually.
If you were to place yourself in the... what Knight Radiant-- what Radiant Order would you be?
It's a hard question.
Yeah that is a hard question. I probably naturally, I think the best fit would be Lightweaver but it could be Bondsmith depending on what mood I'm in. You'll have to read that one… Dalinar becomes one at the end.
We don't know much about them yet. What do they do? There's only three though, right?
Right now? There's-- yeah. But there's also Lift, who's an Edgedancer--
No, I mean three Bondsmiths.
Oh, yeah. There aren't very many, ever.
How hard is it to write about the death of a character? Like when you wrote about Kelsier, and Vin had to go through the aftermath--
It's, to me, pretty hard. The thing is, it's harder for me in the planning because by the time I reach it in the books I'm usually well-prepped for it because I'm an outliner so I know before I start. It's not like in the moment. Once in awhile, I'll have to go and rebuild the outline, y'know, this person has to not make it but usually I know it very early on. But it can be hard, for sure. But it helps like, that I know their whole life, you know what I mean? I don't just get the glimpse of the story, I know everything about them. And you do know that there are hints of Kelsier in Book 3 Mistborn, he was around doing some stuff.
Prior to Words of Radiance, when did Wit last get a hug?
It had been a long time.
Does the Everstorm deposit crem? If so, is it the same as highstorm crem?
I asked for something about Kaladin.
Kaladin has known multiple Lightweavers.
In Shallan's drawings during the course of The Way of Kings, she sees multiple Cryptics. Were there other Cryptics accompanying Pattern in those drawings?
Were they approving of Pattern's choices.
Yes. The Cryptics are much like what is happening with Lift, where there is more of a conscious effort on their part. As opposed to what is happening with Syl or Jasnah where there is hesitance. What the Cryptics are driven to do is in part because of what a few of their members have been experimenting with.
Vasher uses Awakening in a very interesting way, off-stage, to modify the memories of the girl he rescues. Can Hemalurgy do the same thing if used carefully?
*long pause* No, I don't really think that it can. Nobody has asked that before, but just looking at the way the magics work, I don't think that is something that Hemalurgy is capable of doing.
Have you considered publishing the rules for Tarachin?
...I have not, but it's possible.
Can a skilled Smoker choose what they mask?
No one's figured that out yet.
Can a Seeker, standing outside a Coppercloud, that is between them and another Allomancer, can he sense the person standing on the other side of the Coppercloud?
Yes, but he might get some interference.
Would you sense the cloud itself, like "Hey, there's a cloud between me and what I'm looking at"?
If you know what you're doing, you might be able to say something is interfering, but you wouldn't be able to determine what. There are multiple things that could cause that, for instance-- Most of them are only-- That they would be able to-- Yeah, there are multiple things that could cause that. Like, for instance--
Are spren equally visible to native Rosharans and worldhoppers?
Are they equally visible-- It is cognitive things that pull them out, not the native investiture of the people who live on Roshar.
In Mistborn, Vin had a set of sapphire jewelry. If Demoux had brought those to Roshar, would they be infused by a highstorm?
Are gems in those mined or exclusively from gemhearts?
Some are mined. Mining is not easy on Roshar.
There's been some discussion about spheres, on Roshar. Are they made by glassblowing or by Soulcasting?
They can be made either way.
When you do get around to giving us Hoid's story is it going to be like Ender's Shadow type of thing where you're filling in the gaps?
You know I know that stuff, but I don't plan to do it that way. I plan to do his backstory more as his own story because while I really like Ender's Shadow, most of the things like that I haven't enjoyed as much. Plus, it would take me books and books and books to do it. We'll see. I haven't closed the door on that idea, but I'm not planning on it right now. There are parallel things like that I am planning to write, but it's not Hoid.
Apparently that’s the southern continent, are we going to see the northern continent?
What, on Roshar? Roshar is only-- it is a pangaea. On Scadrial, you've got a lot more going on-- That's the Mistborn world. So you will see multiple different continents there.
Lines of Vigor, do they behave like light waves?
So a higher frequency means it’s better at penetrating, lower frequency transfers energy and moves stuff?
Nice, I didn't know that one.
So, when they bounce off Lines of Forbiddance, do they follow laws of reflection?
They should always reflect at the same angle. Think of, like, a pool table.
If a Line of Vigor is moving from concrete onto asphalt, is it changing?
It's going to act like light transferring to a new medium.
So it refracts?
It's going to-- Yeah, it's going to refract.
So it changes speed as it moves?
Yep. So you get a different wavelength, or whatever, once transfers onto a new medium.
If you use different circle centers rather than the orthocenter, you cando 9-point conic constructions and make 9-point ellipses?
Is that valid?
I would say yes, that could be valid.
Wasn't there a rule about ellipses being a little--
Yes, they are a little less strong.
--they're weak because the long sides are weaker than the short sides.
Yeah, but this would work. There's not much reason to use it because the other is naturally-- has a stronger integrity than this, but you could theoretically do that. The defenses that make use of an ellipse make use of the strengths of an ellipse already. But yeah that would be possible.
With an ellipse you are asking for your opponent to flank you and come at you from the sides. And then if he pushes your circle out you're in trouble.
So when you have multiple points, that are like a point where there are multiple things, could you bind multiple things to that point?
Um yes, and you can always bind multiple things to a point--
Oh you can always bind--
So you can bind a chalkling and a circle to the same point?
Yeah, but it's going to make it weaker, so you don't usually want to do it. 'Cause you are better off to just stick circle on and get multiple points on of that...
But if it had multiple ones, would that make it less bad to join two?
So it doesn't--
It doesn't. Good question!
So, 9-point circles are important... You can get all the different point placements as special cases of the nine point circles.
You can also get 5 point; is that valid Rithmatically?
Yeah, that would work.
8-point they haven't done very much experimentation with.
But you could!
But you could, yeah.
We got a RAFO ticket so--
Did you actually get a card? Those are so cool. I've only gotten one, and I've been working for this man for five years.
You have to ask more questions
I basically have to hit him at a signing and then I'm not supposed to be taking them from the fans.
Right. The thing is, he can have the answers he wants.
I get some. You RAFO'd me once.
I RAFO'd you once.
I actually think that's how I got the card. 'Cause I did it and you were like "No."
If you had to be stranded on an island with Patrick Rothfuss forever, who would drive the other one more mad?
That's a pretty good one.
It is a pretty good one. I don't know who'd crack first. We're both kind of quirky guys, we both have our writer's egos. I would just fear for a third person trapped with us. *laughter* We'd just go to our separate sides of the island and write books for each other.
You'll just yell at each other about where is your next book. "I finished mine, where's yours!"
It's in the sand over here, where's yours...
...the giant South American glyphs.
Yeah that is super RAFO.
*in response to a discussion about RAFOs* There was the one about what painspren look like.
Yeah, what do painspren look like on the Cognitive Realm.
That's a RAFO.
That's a RAFO because it is actually relevant to future stories.
It'll be important.
Not that it's a big deal, but I got to hold some stuff back.
She wanted to know, the safehand, is it always the left hand or is it--
That's what I thought, she thought it was just the non-dominant hand.
Nope, it is the-- So it's rough on lefties. But remember, most non-nobles they just wear a glove, so it's not such a big deal for them. It's when you're noble and left handed that you kind of have a problem.
What’s the hardest power you've created to find a balance for?
Hardest power to create a balance for? I'd say first is Wheel of Time, but I didn't create that... Hardest to balance… They've all been fairly easy so far. My guess is that it will end up being Stormlight just because I am doing so many books in that world, and I'm not resetting characters as much as I am in Mistborn, that I'm going to have to be careful about power creep... That's an excellent question.
And are there established trade routes between Epic-controlled areas?
Are they patrolled by Epics?
Umm, yes to an extent. For the most part you know that if you hit an Epic's trade caravan you're all dead, y'know? So they don't have to worry about it that much. But some are patrolled. Not by the Epics, but by their people.
What do painspren look like in the Cognitive Realm?
That's a RAFO.
In the book [The Way of Kings] you discuss that if you were to lose a piece of Shardplate you have to regrow the part back, or else someone takes it and tries to regrow the entire plate. One thing that has been bugging me for a while now is if you were to take a small piece of the armor, such as a glove, and fuel it with Stormlight to regrow the whole armor, does it retain the original armor? Like does it retain how it looked before, the glove?
So it just transfers over.
Yeah, and the original glove will disintegrate.
Was all of your work on Firefight, is that based on the Butterfly effect?
It is a little bit, definitely.
There's a huge movement in the genre, almost away from heroic, truly good figures and it seems to me like a lot of your books are kind of, there is some darkness in them but you are holding really tight to the light… What do you think about the idea of the true heroic character and where they're going?
I think that people can be truly heroic and I'm happy that the genre has lots of room for different types of storytelling, but the books I'm most interested in are the ones that are people still trying to do what is right, and so that's what I want to write about.
I've been watching some of the videos online and you say writing-- ideas are cheap, and they are, you can get ideas pretty easy, but how in the world do you get-- I can get the beginning and figure out an end but how do you do get all the stuff in the middle?
So if you've got your end, try and say what things, try to get a brainstorming session where you write with bullet points underneath it what things will help me earn this ending so that it feels-- that it has the emotion that I want. And try to brainstorm five or six things and make those waypoints along the way, if that makes sense, between-- Where it's not just one point and two points, it's five points, "I'm going to hit this one, this one, and this one" and if you can come up with four or five interesting things to happen through the end of your book that you can earn that way you're going to have a sequence of like twenty touchstones that can each form a chapter or a couple of chapters that you can work on to get to that ending.
Why did, when Alcatraz got his father's soul back, why did he poof back wearing his suit? Since when you get turned into one they're incinerated, your clothes are gone. Why does he have his?
Why did he have his? Because he was prepared for this. He was ready and he had done something so it wouldn't go that way.
Are going to do anything else in that world [of Dreamer]
Probably not. She [Charlaine Harris] wanted me to write a horror story, and I'd never written one before so I said, "All right, what is the most frightening thing I can think of?" The most frightening thing I could think of was the kids who play Xbox having power over real people’s lives, and that’s where that story came from.
As a physicist I appreciate you being so consistent with your magic systems.
It is something I try very hard to do, though I do recognize that we do bend a lot of rules. When we were doing the time-based one in this [The Alloy of Law], I'm like, "Oh, boy, redshifts. Oh, no, conservation of energy." We had to do some bending to make it so that the radiation from the light passing out of the time bubble wasn't deadly.
I was deployed in Afghanistan when I read The Way of Kings. And I was wondering how do you put yourself in the mind of a soldier? Because it was very--
I have a good friend and I asked them when I interviewed them and that was a big help to me.
When they got to the Shattered Plains it felt like I was reading a story about myself--
Reading about how the rank structure, that was really-- It wasn't quite the same but--
I've got a good friend. His name is actually Skar--he's the bridgeman Skar, I put him in the book because he helped me so much--who is in the army. He had lots of advice for me on how to make everything work.
So [Edmund] is Conflux, and you say the Epics are supposed to turn evil. How come [Edmund] hasn't turned evil yet?
Well they think it is because Edmund is a Gifter and isn't using his powers directly. That's their philosophy on it. Whether that is true or not remains yet to be seen.
Do you think any of your characters have ever been influenced by people you know in real life?
Yeah, it happens. It definitely does happen. Sarene, from Elantris is based on somebody. Most of Bridge Four is friends of mine, most of the lesser Bridge Four members. Not the main ones, but like Skar is a friend of mine, Drehy is a friend of mine, Peet is a friend of mine.
So I was going to say-- What about, what's his name?
No, not the core group. Not Lopen or--
None of those guys.
But everyone else is like a cameo of my friends that I stuck in Bridge Four and, y'know, then mutilate in horrible ways.
I am doing a GURPS rpg right now where my character is a lawyer and I'm in law school. And I was wondering if you have ever considered having a character in the books who is a lawyer?
An attorney? There is a story I've wanted to tell forever... I'll never do it. But it's one of those ideas. I wanted to do a story where aliens come down and decide that throughout human history possession of land indicates ownership, by our historical record. We have to convince them in court that that's not the way we do things. They just want to annex the planet. "Look at the Americans. You just took this land and said it's yours. So we want to do that to your planet." And have a science fiction story that is a legal battle about why they can't take over our planet.
How do you pronounce Jasnah?
I say Jasnah. But you may say whatever you want.
And then is it Szeth?
The "s" is more silent than the "z" but it is sort of sub-vocalized. Szeth.
In the drawings, who is Nazh?
He is kind of like a cosmere special agent, who gathers things for the person who is writing the Ars Arcanum.
Have you thought of titles for the rest of The Stormlight Archive?
No, I only named the first five when I was doing my outline. They were Stones Unhallowed, Oathbringer, and I don't like the other name so I'm not going to mention it.