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    RoughMedicine

    That WoB left me confused. If there was intermingling between Humans and Listeners "long ago", meaning before the shattering, does this mean we had Humans in Roshar before the destruction of Ashyn?

    The end of OB makes it seem like there weren't any humans in Roshar before, doesn't it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The way I phrased this is confusing, I'm afraid. I'm pretty sure I was trying to explain that "humans and parshmen" predate the shattering. Horneaters and the herdazians do not. I certainly could have been more clear.

    Footnote: Referencing this WoB: https://wob.coppermind.net/events/188-general-reddit-2015/#e3922
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    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    mraize7

    Can there be a perpendicularity of Odium in Roshar? Or can it only be in Braize? ?

    I think the perpendicularity has to be in Braize, but my doubt is in the fact that Odium influences Roshar. If it is not necessary to be "physically" on the planet, shouldn't there be one of Trell also in Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rafo is the answer here, I'm afraid.

    dce42

    Would Odium be pleased if an unsheathed Nightblood was thrown/left in his perpendicularity?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No he would not.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    CenaTheRedeemer

    I don’t suppose this [medieval scribes scribbling complaints in the margins of books] is where you got the idea for the unspoken commentary in women’s script?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This was actually talked about a lot in one of the books on the history of reading and literature I read during my senior course in folklore in college. So it was certainly in the back of my mind when designing the under text.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    danimalod

    In TWOK, Shallan is abruptly introduced to Shadesmar, the Cognitive Realm, when she accidentally Soulcasts for the first time.

    In Words of Radiance, Jasnah explains that Shadesmar is always around us, but we just can't perceive it while in the Physical Realm.

    I think the "safehand" is hand is a beautiful metaphor for this duality of existance (or is it a triality? can anyone access the Spiritual Realm?).

    Safehands are mentioned many times throughout TWOK and Sanderson never really gets into why there is a safehand (IIRC). But so much talk about safehands in the book sets up this idea, in the background, that we aren't allowed to see everything - and that even though we can't see something, doesn't mean it's not there. Just because a hand is covered in a sleeve, doesn't mean we can't see it. Just because we can't see Shadesmar, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    Was using safehands as a metaphor/foreshadowing of Sahdesmar a thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am very aware of duality, opposites, and symmetry as themes on Roshar--but I was not thinking specifically of this with safehands. That said, I think OP is discovering real themes in the series, and I like this discussion.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    bridgefourandsyl

    Elend and Dalinar's storylines kinda remind me of the book The Prince by Machiavelli, with their struggles of being a good rulers/leaders. And generally, I think that his books are dealing with the question, what it takes to keep power vs. being a good ruler.

    I read somewhere that Sanderson somewhat has a background in philosophy, so does anyone actually know if his books are indeed partially influenced by The Prince?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have read it, and yes, you will find it sprinkled all over. (As well as contrasting and complimentary philosophies.)

    bridgefourandsyl

    Thank you for answering! Would be interesting to know what other philosophies are in your books. I'm generally very interested in philosophy but unfortunately, there was only a beginners calls at my university.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are a lot of them that pop up here and there, some I've read about, others I've merged, some little ones here and there that didn't come from one place--but instead grew out of the worldbuilding. But one that people tend to not have read a lot about, but which I've always found interesting, is Pantheism/Panentheism (two different, but related ideas.) You'll find elements of both in the cosmere. That might be a fun one to do some reading upon, if you're looking for a place to go. And, of course, there's the phaedrus--though you're probably already familiar with that. Kant and Descartes show up...but then, basically everybody does here and there.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    gurgelblaster

    As a follow-up: I've been curious for a while (since discovering The Truth about Taimandred, really) about how often RAFO means "This is a mystery I'm unwilling to divulge before the book is out" versus "I haven't decided yet" versus "I've decided, but I might change my mind", in rough proportions?

    Also, any other categories of RAFO that you feel does not at all fit into the above?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hm. I'd say that category number one is the largest. Category three is also very common. There aren't a lot of category twos, but it does happen. I think that for RJ, those weightings were different, as he was more of a discovery writer than I am. (As I consider...the #3 you mention might be bigger than #1.)

    One very big one for me is that I often don't want to roll out things I have decided because that will lead people to ask questions about things I am still making up my mind on. Or it will lead them to figure out things that I'd still rather use as a major plot point in a future book.

    psychomanexe

    Do you ever worry that you might run across a fan extrapolation on a theory that sounds really good, so you might be tempted to either borrow it, or maybe force yourself to go in a different direction?

    I could see it causing the same problems that giving prescriptive advice to a discovery writer halfway through the book might.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It isn't something I worry about terribly, for the reason you point out. That said, GRRM (who is more of a discovery writer) has talked about how he doesn't worry about it too much either.

    I think in both cases, it's about trusting your instincts as a writer--but also, being flexible. Sometimes, I DO let myself be influenced by things my readers say. This is part of the alpha and beta reading process, as often times, you'll be seeding things by instinct into a story that you don't fully solidify until someone comments on it.

    So I don't worry about this; I just try to tell the best story I can.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Jamester86

    Is Odium using the same means (or closely related) to [Splinter] Shards that was used on Adonalsium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm afraid I have to RAFO this, as I don't want to talk too much about the Shattering until I write that book. (Sorry.)

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Reverse_Tim

    So I goddamn loved Shadows of Self, to me it was the best in the series and showed what Mistborn could achieve when you combine what makes it unique with a different genre.

    But part of the synopsis on the back in retrospect really bothered me, namely: "All the clues suggest the killer is a rogue kandra - a secretive, almost mythical figure who acts from the shadows - called Bleeder..."

    Now yeah it's not that big compared to the reveal at the end of the book, but the reveal that the main suspect is a kandra called Bleeder, doesn't occur until over 100 pages into the book. So by knowing this ahead of time, it removes a lot of the intrigue of the early chapters.

    Did this bother anyone else when they read Shadows of Self? I've advised people reading the series in future not to read the synopsis

    Brandon Sanderson

    If I had my way, all of the summaries we got would be in world documents like the prologue to Elantris or the things the Sleepless write for the Stormlight books. Marketing material is almost always terrible in this way--the one for Hero of Ages I recall spoiling a big twist.

    They don't let me write these, usually, and complain/change them if I do write something to go there. Or they reluctantly put it on the hardcover on the back, but still write their own "flap copy" summaries. Then they leave what I wrote off the paperbacks. It's frustrating.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Phantine

    Since kandra (mostly) stopped eating human bodies after era 1, does that mean they all have a subtle tell, since the only human bodies they learned to copy were the ones the Lord Ruler modded to be able to breathe ash?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know what, I think you'd be right.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    JKOustin

    Does your son know that he has a namesake, Dalinar, in Stormlight books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He does know it. Though he thinks Dalinar is said Dallin R, as in he has a middle name that starts with R. He asks a lot what Dallin R is like, as he finds it quite amusing that there's a person with his name in a book.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    DammyJerry

    Brandon, if you don't mind, I always wanted to ask this:

    If Dalinar knew the story of Adonalsium (well, I hope he will, eventually) would he be like -- Yes, this is the true God I'm looking for, or more like -- if Adonalsium died then he was never a God (same what he thinks about Honor)?

    I, like others, also root for Dalinar gaining knowledge about the greater cosmere. Our man deserves it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    To answer this, I'd probably have to give more Dragonsteel spoilers than I want to give.

    DammyJerry

    That's fair. Thank you, Brandon.

    I have not read Dragonsteel (if we are talking about that old version of the book). Hope you will dig into these things in the future novels, especially with Dalinar :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I promise that answers to questions like these are very much on my mind, and are things I do plan to eventually address in one way or another.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    uchoo786

    So it is said that the Lord Ruler created the nobility out of the people who supported him in his rise to power, making them taller, stronger etc.

    But how does that make sense? Wasn’t his rise to power after he ascended and used up the power at the Well of Ascension, so how exactly did he change human physiology after the fact?

    Unless I’ve gotten it wrong and I’m misunderstanding what happened, this timeline doesn’t fit.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are a lot of myths about things the Lord Ruler did that aren't accurate. Most of what is said about the skaa and nobility by characters should be taken with a grain of salt.

    uchoo786

    Ah gotcha, thanks for the reply! I guess I gave it more weight because Sazed speaks about the difference as fact in the HoA epigraphs.

    Thanks for the clarification!

    Brandon Sanderson

    The LR did distribute beads to some people, essentially creating major noble families with access to Allomancy. So there is truth behind what people are saying. They have just taken it too far.

    Phantine

    Just to clarify, this is the sazed thing he's talking about

    The Balance. Is it real? We've almost forgotten this little bit of lore. Skaa used to talk about it, before the Collapse. Philosophers discussed it a great deal in the third and fourth centuries, but by Kelsier's time, it was mostly a forgotten topic. But it was real. There was a physiological difference between skaa and nobility. When the Lord Ruler altered mankind to make them more capable of dealing with ash, he changed other things as well. Some groups of people—the noblemen—were created to be less fertile, but taller, stronger, and more intelligent. Others—the skaa—were made to be shorter, hardier, and to have many children. The changes were slight, however, and after a thousand years of interbreeding, the differences had largely been erased.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sorry, I don't think I read the topic closely enough. The issue here is that OP is, I believe, conflating the people the LR changed and the ones he gave beads to. The changes are real, but not nearly as important as people in world theorized about over the years. (At least when one talks about northern continent people.) What Sazed says here, however, is factual. (Though he doesn't know the LR's intentions, only what he did.)

    uchoo786

    To clarify, I meant to ask how did he decide who to make nobles and who to make skaa? From what I remember he made his supporters the nobility, which would imply that he made the changes in the balance after he had already used up the power. Right? Or am I misunderstanding and the nobility have nothing to do with who his supporters were?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He didn't have supporters at that point, not really. He did have people he liked, and groups of people he wanted to advantage--and other goals as well. But he was mostly a guy from the backwaters who didn't know a ton about world politics.

    The people he liked later on were the ones he made Allomancers, and they became the most important noble houses. It's possible I didn't make this very clear in the text, though. It was a bit tricky to decide what I wanted to make clear and what I didn't.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    I have never said I don't let my religion influence my writing. That would be madness.

    What I say is that I am looking to create a great story--I'm not seeking to put in a specific moral through fiction, though I don't think it's wrong to do so. (I respect both Lewis and Pullman who made different choices.)

    My religion deeply influences who I am, and that will absolutely reflect in the story. However, these are the sorts of things that are generally easier to pick out from the outside, as for me, I'm not seeing them a lot of times--as I'm focused on character, plot, setting.

    klikwize

    I've noticed you sometimes include criticism of religion in your works, whether through characters dialog/beliefs or through actions of religious organizations, are most of these deliberate or do they grow naturally out of world building (or both)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are an effect of me trying to get into the character's head and legitimately put forth a criticism I think they would make. As a religious person, though, I personally think that the miss-use of religion can be an absolutely terrible thing. I think it's something the atheists and I would agree on 100%.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Esc777

    From what I understand, Sanderson (a long-time MtG fan) wrote the novel entirely of his own volition, using only the pieces of MtG lore he deemed necessary, with entirely new characters he created, and then approached WotC and said "Hey, I wrote this, do you want to publish it?"

    That sounds unbelievable. Very few people just do work like that for free. I think something about that story is exaggerated.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It...well, it actually did happen. Kind of like /u/StrictlyFilthyCasual said (though not quite) and it is a kind of weird thing that I did that was terrible in a business sense. I wanted to do it anyway.

    Basically, for years I've thought, "If I were going to write a MTG story, what would it be?" The answer was what became Children of the Nameless. I basically had it, and the characters, plotted in my head. When Wizards came to me, they wanted to hire me to write one of their stories.

    I knew, right out, they wouldn't be able to afford what it would actually cost me to write a story for them. In fact, I suspected it would be orders of magnitude different. So, I counter offered and said, "Look, I have this cool story I want to write. It's in one of your worlds. I'll do it for free, as a gift to MTG and the community, but you have to let me do my own thing."

    They were on board. I realize, doing something for free for a huge corporation is...well, kind of dumb. But I didn't decide to become a writer because I have good business sense... I just wanted to do my thing, and have it be a real part of MTG lore and get to have a card designed based on my character.

    Leman12345

    I knew, right out, they wouldn't be able to afford what it would actually cost me to write a story for them. In fact, I suspected it would be orders of magnitude different.

    Does this mean its unlikely we'll see you write full length magic novels? :( Children was so good.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's unlikely, I'm afraid. There's a chance I'll do another story about Dav, but it wouldn't be longer than what I've done already--and it wouldn't be anytime soon. One difficult reality is that I have promised a lot of things to those following my cosmere novels, and anything I write that isn't on one of those projects needs to be looked at skeptically on my part, if only for the purpose of keeping my promises. So it's less a matter of money, and more a matter of time.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    How are you able to create so many worlds without them getting repetitive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, I worry about that a lot. Repeating yourself is like an author's greatest fear. I don't know that there is anything specific I do to keep... other than being aware that that is a danger. I really like creating worlds and I really try to use a little bit of a different inspiration each time, and sometimes my outlines look a little too similar, so I just kinda don't write that book, if that makes sense. Really, what you're seeing is "I'll build four or five different planets or worlds or ideas and only write one of them" these days. Yeah, it is a real concern - it's not something that I even know if I have fixed yet.

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    sv15249

    You said, there will be a timeskip between two parts of Stormlight. But will we have more timeskips between five books of each part? For example, between book 3 and book 4, or 4 and 5. Or between 6 and 7? I ask this, because in first Mistborn trilogy we had year long timeskips between each book. Wonder, will we have it in SA?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Plan is for book four to take place a year after book three, so there will be some smaller timeskips too--but the biggest is between five and six.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Taldain, are you going to do something with Darkside?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, we are actually... now that we have more experience with graphic novels, we are gonna do probably a Darkside-- three more graphic novels that are gonna be kind of like more focused on Khriss.

    Questioner

    Will there be a prose for that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There will probably not be a prose for it. I will probably do Taldain novels in the future but I can't promise them. For right now we are just gonna do the graphic novels. They take a lot less time from me. And we are gonna see it how it works out. There are certain things we like and certain things we don't like, and mostly it's our fault, right? Not getting across some of the worldbuilding to the artists and things like that. We are gaining a lot of experience. But I don't plan on a prose Darkside novel anytime soon.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    One a scale of 1 to Daenerys how <careful> can I to be able to name our firstborn child due in March Kaladin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kaladin, you would probably be safe naming your kid Kaladin. You should not expect any Daenerys level stuff. 

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Can Hemalurgy be used to steal [Surgebinding]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, technically, but since there are spren involved it's not gonna work the same way. It is possible but not gonna be nearly as effective, how about that? Basically since the spren can break the bond in certain instances, you can get it and then immediately lose it.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I know that normally Davriel, when he steals a spell, he can only hold it for a short period of time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    As long as he doesn't use it, he can hold it longer. The first time he uses it, it starts to fade.

    Questioner

    OK, because he may have stolen a particularly powerful spell from a certain...

    Brandon Sanderson

    An Elderspell. Yeah, it won't be a couple days. He can hold onto those for longer.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Someone had asked you about a magic system that you liked, that you thought would never get published. I just can't remember what it was, it was so detailed.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Did I talk about the disease magic one? That's one of the ones that I have that I'm just not sure if I can work out, if I can learn enough about immunology. For a planet where, when you catch a disease, you get a magical talent. Because the bacteria and viruses have evolved to try to keep people alive while they're infecting them. So you can fly while you have the common cold. And when you get over it, you can't anymore. That's the one, I still am never sure if I'm gonna be able to do it or not.

    Questioner

    I'm sure there's enough people in the community that can help you out.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can, they can. There's just a problem I have to crack for the story that I came up with, that just might not work at all, with that magic system.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    How much does your theology, like your theological background, makes it into...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's rarely intentional. But you can find it all over the place kind of unintentional in there. More it's like what I find heroic influences it, right? I find faith and optimism heroic, so you'll find that sort of thing in my books, and things like that. Makes me very fascinated by religion, if you can't tell.

    And reading books where people include someone LDS who doesn't well represent what I believe, has made me hyper-conscious to make sure I don't do that to other people, if that makes sense. That's why you find Kaladin's agnostic, Jasnah's atheist, Navani's like orthodox, and Dalinar's kind of more of a reformist. You kind of find all four quadrants of religious thinking and everything in between, it's just me being fascinated by this.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    If a Mistborn is Pushing and Pulling on metal at the same time, would it stay suspended in midair?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So most likely not. You could make it happen. Because there's no friction holding it in place, even the slightest change would zip it off in one direction, if you're not perfectly 100% balanced.

    Questioner

    Wouldn't it be affected by gravity? If you're Pushing and Pulling at the same time, there's still that downward force.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is still that downward force but if you're able to do that, you're able to modulate your Push so that you Push slightly harder on the bottom. Does that make sense? You could do it, the real experts can do it, they can vary how much they're Pushing. But the big problem is the lack of friction. That lack of friction--normally if you're holding a coin with two fingers, it's not going to move. But with no friction, you tap it, it's just going to zip away.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Will we ever see Vin come back out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, we will not, I'm sorry.

    Questioner

    I've always wanted - it's like, we got to the good part it's like - we just don't know what happened in there so...

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you read Mistborn: Secret History, which is a sort of parallel novel to these *gestures to Mistborn books* you will see a brief glimpse of Vin in that, because it's at the same time as these, and it may give you a little bit more closure.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Is the Threnody novel--is the perpendicularity in a specific place or does it have to do with a set of circumstances?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Threnody does not have a perpendicularity.

    Questioner

    The way to travel...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The way to travel on there has specifically to do with the fact that a Shard was killed nearby.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Would a Seeker know if something's endowed with Breath or if someone was holding it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Seekers have a lot of trouble with just detecting investiture that isn't being used in some way. They could catch Stormlight that you've breathed in, because it's starting to do stuff. If just something has Stormlight, like a gemstone or something like that...

    Questioner

    I meant from Warbreaker. If you'd endowed like, a large thing with that, could you see that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, something with Breath, could they find that with a Seeker. That's right. There are theoretical applications of this, but I would say your average Seeker, no. There is a way to get there but if you just took a Seeker from - and said do you - they would not be able to do that.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    sciencetor2

    I was the one with the weird alcohol question. I'm a brewer so I was trying to complete the article I wrote--I wrote the article on the [Coppermind].

    Brandon Sanderson

    So really, you're going to have to give me advice. What would you think?

    sciencetor2

    Basically, if they have distillation apparatus? Because they've replaced a lot of technology with Stormlight technology

    Brandon Sanderson

    They do have distillation apparatus.

    sciencetor2

    Okay. Then anything above 20% alcohol has to be a distilled spirit. Anything below has to be a brewed spirit.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, brewed. So a wine can be brewed? You call wine a brewed spirit?

    sciencetor2

    Technically, you call it fermented, but I'd say brewing process. Otherwise it's a distillation apparatus, and you have to actually distill it and boil off the alcohol.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That I know about. But the actual terminology...What we don't see a lot of in the Stormlight Archive is a beer. The hops, the fermented, the bubbles. You just don't see that. What you see is things we would call a wine, and things we would call a hard alcohol. A spirit, I guess. That spectrum is, to most people there, one spectrum. They do use grains for making things like a Horneater White. So that's probably going to be as close to a..

    sciencetor2

    Everclear?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, there you go. Yeah.

    sciencetor2

    Pink, by the way, doesn't have any alcohol according to the chart?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah it's just juice. Just a squeezed juice, I actually kind of imagine that one. And the next one is they squeeze the juice and ferment it. And then at some point during that line, I guess it would be at the 20% mark, they start distilling, and some of them are going to be grains that they made and stuff like that.

    So you can take that all as canon now, and you can write it.

    sciencetor2

    So it's juice, not tea? Because it said tea in the little chart? It said, "I've had tea stronger than this."

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yeah. It's not a tea. "I've had tea stronger than this" is just a joke that it doesn't have any alcohol in it. It is a juice.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I  never understood why Vin couldn't hold the Ruin Shard.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I could see a world where Vin maybe could have done it. But the trajectory she was on was opposed to it. Vin could have understood and become it. But what are the things that are keeping her? Vin, I don't think accepts, number one, that decay has to happen. She's experienced it a lot. But there's that piece inside her that doesn't want that to happen, doesn't want things to change, does not want people to leave her. I think that would be--if you read through, that's the soul, sort of, center event is, "Don't leave me, don't go away, don't change." And this is diametrically opposed to Ruin. People focus on the fact that she's good at killing and she is. But that heart, that soul...Ruin is more about things changing and decaying, than even about destroying.

    Questioner

    And I guess that's the reason why she can hold Preservation very easily?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Could someone use a [seon] or skaze to build a fabrial and what would that do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on how you define fabrial. If you define fabrial as trapping a sapient Splinter in a gemstone--I guess they don't all have to be sapient--they can all--flamespren and stuff like that--so if you define it as capturing a spren in a gemstone, could you capture a seon in a gemstone, and I would say, yes. The fabrial--what it will do is going to depend on a whole lot of factors--how you build fabrials even sometimes have to do with... Some of the fabrials don't care as much what the Splinter piece is. Obviously a heating fabrial or something like that does. Other ones, it's not as related.

    So I would say what the power of the Aon in the seon is, would influence what kind of fabrial you could make from it. Good question, excellent question, I've never been asked it before.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I know Hemalurgy [has to go to mix and match powers], would it be possible to use Feruchemy for Connection to hack into multiple Knights Radiant, kind of act as a Squire to more than one at the same time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Great question! I think you could make this work. I think it would take a little bit of legwork, but I think what you're wanting to do could indeed work. More likely in that case though, you could probably be a Squire to multiple Orders. *Hesitantly* Yeah...I think that would work, but I don't think it's the easiest way to do what you want to do. I think there are easier ways.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Do you think Roshar will invent waffle technology?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Waffle technology, I think they will... definitely. There may be a little work left to go.

    Questioner

    Will it be in Lift's time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *laughs* Yes, probably Lift's time. Yes, she would enjoy some waffles.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    So, I was curious about Hoid and how he is sending letters to a dragon, while he is on Roshar and the dragon is elsewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So, there is a courier service you can hire in the cosmere.

    Questioner

    So, it's like a Pony Express and that on the...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Not everything he's doing is going via that, but it is a thing that exists.

    Questioner

    Like, in the Cognitive Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, they have to go through Shadesmar. So... you can hire a very specialized group to get things where they're supposed to go.

    DragonCon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I heard a quote that talked about a Shard we haven’t seen yet that only wants to be left alone.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    I have a guess but you’ll probably give me a read and find out.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I probably will but you can go on record.

    Questioner

    Isolation, I guess.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are officially on record. I will give you your RAFO card.

    Questioner

    *Laughing* Thank you, very much.

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    Questioner

    What is the First Ideal of the Elsecallers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The First Ideal of all the... all of the Orders is the same. She's actually asking what the Second Ideal is and the answer is actually a RAFO, which means "Read and find out". I will reveal that... when... eventually.

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    Questioner

    Do you draw your own maps?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I used to and then have someone who know what they're doing redraw them. Now that I have... *other person interjecting* Yeah, like this Elantris map, I did a sketch of and then handed it to the artist and then the artist did a version. Now we have an Isaac version.

    Questioner

    Did you draw it before or after you designed what the city was made for?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, yeah, I designed all... I'm an outliner, so I kind of had all of that in mind.

    Questioner

    You knew beforehand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Beforehand, yeah. Nowadays, I just write and then Isaac reads it and then says, "How's this look?" and gives me a map and I say, "That looks pretty good!"

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    Questioner

    Is physical travel between the worlds possible outside of...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, if you can get to Shadesmar, you can do it, but you can also do it... you could do it just... if you had FTL or if you were willing to just take a long, long time. If you had the means, you could. The cosmere is a dwarf galaxy, it's like a hundred star galaxy. I imagine it being a real place, but our world is not part of it, so.

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    tallakahath

    So, on Nalthis, in the Warbreaker universe, when the color's pulled out of something, is that a physical or chemical change or is that a perceptual change?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is actually a physical change, but the spirit of the thing is changing, and it's filtering through to the Physical Realm.

    tallakahath

    So, if I do that on a carrot, I can break beta carotin? If I do that on a piece of metal, I can reduce it and charge my battery that way?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Potentially, yeah! Yeah, that would work, you're changing it's Spiritual nature.