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    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    *reading a personalization request* Did Kelsier fill copperminds for reasons other than to share knowledge? Did he want to forget certain memories?

    *written* Yes. Yes.

    Those may not be causally related. You asked two separate questions and got two separate answers.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    *reading a personalization request* In the concept of an unreliable narrator, there is a...scope of unreliability. One can be limited by perspective, another can be unreliable with intent. Could you...examine the second type in the Cosmere? Who would be a good example?

    Hoid can be very intentionally misleading. The thing is, there aren't many first person viewpoints in the Cosmere stories so if its ever from someone's actual viewpoint-- Like Kelsier is a little unreliable in his viewpoint in that he doesn't go into his plan, which is technically unreliable narrator and it technically is by intent, but it's more like, he's like "I can't think about this" and stuff, but is also him lying to the reader a little bit. Does that make sense? Kelsier is probably the best example of unreliable narrator.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Is the Felt question the one that you got away with?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, that really is-- Felt really is Felt. He's been around, let's just say.

    Questioner

    Are there more places I should look for him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Eeehhhh, there are more places you could look for him, whether you find him or not is a matter of…

    Questioner

    I'm going to guess that he's going by a different name in other places.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Things that he s-- There are things that he said in Mistborn which are relevant in minor ways... These are not huge big things, when you read them you'll be like "Oh, interesting".

    Footnote: The questioner is referring to these exchanges from the RAFOlypmics event the previous day.
    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I was wondering if the size of a piece of metal determines the amount of Feruchemical charge that can be stored in it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    So how does that scale, like, in terms of the volume or mass of the metal or...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It-- So I've talked about this before, I'm trying to remember exactly what I've told people-- It does not scale as logically as you think it does. How about that? It's more like certain thresholds. You can have a-- You can store a Hemalurgic or Feruchemical charge even in very small pieces of metal, but larger pieces of metal will let you get more.

    Questioner

    So it's kind of like there are different classes of sizes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, kind of like that.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    What is Syl's favorite form? What is her favorite form?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Syl is kind-- kind of ephemeral. Meaning she has a peculiar little personality and her favorites change quite often. I would say, she probably likes being the human-form the most, because she gets the best reaction from the people she's interacting with. But that wouldn't always have been the case, because she is responding to how people are perceiving her.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Are we ever going to get an official Cosmere timeline?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, we will eventually. We're really close to being able to release it, I'm not sure when we will. Um, the real trick is-- Like now that we're locking down White Sand, that's kind of like the last wild card because the novel version wasn't canon. So it's like where do we make sure this is, and stuff like that. So yeah we should be, once White Sand is out I think, everything we can lock down. The trick is, like if I release it there are certain-- like where is Sixth of the Dusk exactly? It's not something I want because that's got spoilers.

    Questioner

    ..It is actually canon that Era Two [of Mistborn]takes place between the first half and the second half of [The Stormlight Archive]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well I haven't written the second half of Stormlight so that--

    Questioner

    But does it take place after the first half?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes it takes place sometime after the first half, but it depends on how long I break and things like that, whether they overlap, maybe it takes place after 7, maybe it takes place after 5, maybe it takes place after-- Like we'll see when I get there how many years, because the timing on those is a little more tight.

    Questioner

    So they're more interweaved with those, those are closer to the same time period.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are much closer to the same time period than other things, which is why I have to be dodgy on those ones, mostly just because they are on a similar timeline.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Have Hoid and Sazed, since he became Harmony, had a conversation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um… yes, that has happened.

    Questioner

    Was it meaningful?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, Hoid considers everything meaningful.

    Questioner

    Of course he does. Would Sazed consider it meaningful?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, Sazed considers every individual important.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I currently have a pet theory--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yeah? What is it?

    Questioner

    That... there's a-- That there was-- Whatever the fourth Shard that Odium [Splintered]-- People-- The people who founded Threnody were--

    Brandon Sanderson

    So you should read Khriss' introductions to the worlds in the Cosmere Collection.

    Footnote: The essay for Threnody in Arcanum Unbounded did reveal that Ambition, the "fourth" Shard Odium Splintered was dealt a grievous wound in the Threnodite system, and it's Investiture has had an effect on the planet and it's inhabitants.
    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Can you clarify what the structure you are planning on, is going to be for Dragonsteel is? Like for some reason I have it in my head that it's seven?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah it was originally, way back when, seven. I've-- Right now I've cut so much out of that and stuck it in other books, I'm only at three. So we'll see.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Has Wax seen the influence of a Shard other than Preservation, Ruin, Harmony--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    --i.e., like Autonomy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has seen the influence of another Shard.

    Questioner

    Might that Shard be Autonomy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It might!

    Ben McSweeney

    *giggles*

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    *after reading a personalization request* Expansion of the soul, what do you mean by that?

    Questioner

    There was something in Secret History...it had to do with Kelsier expanding his soul. And then Hoid also says something about it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So what do you mean by "Does worldhopping involve the expansion of a soul">?

    Questioner

    Well Hoid... kind of was like...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm just trying to get you to be a little more specific. But I'm going to say "Sometimes".

    Ben McSweeney

    That was the whole point. You get a "Maaaaybe".

    Brandon Sanderson

    You get a Sometimes.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Does Hoid learn languages magically or is he just a gifted linguist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is learning them magically. He does-- He's decent with languages but he needs to be able speak as if he were a local in order to pass the way he does. And no matter how gifted you are, doing that, particularly for multiple tongues, is-- Yeah.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Ted

    Does Lift's metabolic waste include crem?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *laughs* ...That's an excellent question. I'm not going to-- I'm not going to answer that one but it's an excellent question.

    Ted

    Wow, you're RAFO'ing that? I was at least expecting a laugh

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm RAFO'ing y-- You got a laugh. I didn't say RAFO, I said I'm not going to answer that, which can be considered two different answers.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Ted

    What happened to the Ministries?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Ministries, being a legacy of the time of the Lord Ruler's rule, there are trappings of them left but they don't use any of the same names or anything like that.

    Ben McSweeney

    Can't have the old labeling.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. I mean-- There are cities you can go to where there are more echoes of that sort of thing.

    Ted

    Yeah because New Seran made me think of that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. I mean there are cities you can go that have more echoes of that but in Elendel you can barely even find the trappings anymore-- but you can find some of them. But You won't go in there and find, like, the Ministry of this-or-that. Because it was run by Kelsier's crew, most of that did not make the transition. Though there were notable Obligators who made it through and so they have left their mark. You have to search for it though.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Ted

    What happened in the Cognitive Realm during the Catacendre?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um… *sighs* So, um... Have you read Secret History?

    Ted

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are in the Cognitive Realm for the Catacendre in Secret History, that's some things that happened. Saying what happened there is like saying "what happened on Earth in 19--"

    Ted

    Well I was thinking more like what you couldn't see on-screen, if you would comment on that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    "What you see is what you get for that one." Is what I'm going to say of it.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    *reading a personalization request* Specifically what Khriss knows about the red haze around Scadrial and if she was trying to clue Wax in on the situation.

    I can't tell you what Khriss knows about the red haze. Definitely not. She knows too much and I-- ...I can say "She knows too much".

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    I wanted to know what your stance on gods were, if you were trying-- If you had a meta-message about God.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If I what?

    Questioner

    If you had a meta-message about God.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not really. What I'm fascinated by ends up in the books and I'm fascinated by religion. But even in something like The Stormlight Archive, I don't want there necessarily even be a definitive answer? There are god... lowercase "g" gods. Whether there is a capital "G" God is still, in my opinion, left to the interpretation of various people. I'm not necessarily trying to say anything specific, I'm trying to say what the different characters say. Does that make sense? Jasnah doesn't speak my belief, but neither does Dalinar. But they speak their belief, and I try to respect their belief the best I can. So it's more like trying to be true to the different characters.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    The next tattoo I'm going to get will be the Oaths from the Windrunners, because they are a huge part of my life. And I was just wondering if you'd be able to give me one of them? There's two more, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are more Oaths.

    Questioner

    Or if you could tell me which books they're going to come out in, so I can plan on--

    Brandon Sanderson

    So that's a huge spoiler, and they're recording me right now. So I can, maybe, if you promise you're not going to share this on the internet... So I can give you Oath #3. That'll be it for a while

    Questioner

    Okay, that's fine. I appreciate it...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's the wording as I have it in my head right now. I might not use the exact words, but that's okay because the Oaths are concepts and each person who speaks them will speak them slightly differently. Like you will see in future books people speaking Oaths you have seen before, they'll be slightly reworded to match their personality. But that's the concept. You might be able to see that it's a very important thing.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Can spren be put back together, through Bondsmiths rejoined, as Shards can be joined and combined?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, um… so what do you mean by spren put back together?

    Questioner

    Could a Bondsmith combine spren in the way that Shards can be combined?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, so the answer is they can be combined. Whether the Bondsmith is a method or not I won't say, but spren can be combined.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    When will we find out what the Nightwatcher looks like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um… well, Dalinar, in the past, met the Nightwatcher. Dalinar's third book is getting flashback sequences to his past experiences. You can postulate that one of those important past experiences might be a visit to the Nightwatcher.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    As the Cosmere gets a lot bigger, what is your biggest worry going forward writing the books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Going forward, my biggest worry is making sure that I do things like get The Stormlight Archive done as a solid, complete whole, rather than letting it become... like, too distracted about the Cosmere. Like, I'm not worried about that for Mistborn, but I'm worried about that for Stormlight. Stormlight needs to be a self-contained whole, it needs to be a self-contained epic, and I have to be really careful not to-- in the later books in particular-- let it turn into the Avengers, something like that. So that's my biggest worry right now, is that I will let too much of that seep in. I'm being very careful about it.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Does Hemalurgy require intent to steal the stuff? Or could somebody in theory just stab through in the exact-- I understand the chances are extremely slim, it's like accupuncture ...happen by accident?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here's the thing, you've seen it happen without the intent of the person holding the spike.

    Questioner

    But I think it's commonly accepted that Ruin was sort of manipulating some-- I'm specifically taking the Spook example off the table, I'm just saying, someone by accident stab - whoops! stab - whoops! and have a power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Again, Ruin was involved in that. Every spike-- spiking that you saw had Ruin's intent behind it. I'm not going to answer your question, RAFO. You tried, you got me to admit that I was trying to wiggle around it, and I will tell you, today I wiggled around one question that none of you saw me wiggle around, really well, today. Today. I'm not going to tell you which one it is but there is one here that you all thought, you're all like "woo!" but you didn't realize you'd given me so much wiggle room.

    Moderator

    So about that space station.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not that one.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    This is just from our discussion earlier. So Taravangian… He asks for two things. The capacity to stop what is coming and the capacity to save humankind. And then he gets this weird thing to happen. Is the intelligence and empathy thing because both of those things can't come true at the same time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's an excellent question. RAFO!

    Moderator

    Let me ask a parallel to that. Are those-- Does the Nightwatcher perceive those as the same boon or two parallel boons?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO!

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    If Lift ate something that had like, gold leaf on it, 'cause some foods like-- She would be turning that gold leaf into Investiture or Stormlight, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If it is giving-- So the gold leaf would probably pass through her system.

    Questioner

    So she wouldn't be...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm, yes, that things that she eats that she can metabolize, she can turn into Stormlight.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    You called Nightblood a miscrea-- a misformed Shardblade.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Shardblade created with a different magic system.

    Questioner

    Is that an intentional creation or mimicry? Or--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is intentional.

    Moderator

    Intentional on the part of the person who made Nightblood…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    So I've got to say, I love [Shadows Beneath] and I was wondering if you were doing any more projects like that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, [Shadows Beneath], are we doing any more projects like that. Getting all four of us together to do something is tough. We have talked about doing one where we each write a story in someone else's world and I think that would be the most likely that you would see, like I write a John Cleaver story, and Dan writes a Stormlight story, and Mary writes a Schlock Mercenary story, something like that, but we don't have any immediate plans to do another [Shadows Beneath] where we brainstorm something on air like we did.

    Questioner

    Would that story be canon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would the story be canon? No, the story would not be canon. Most likely not. I mean, it's possible.

    Footnote: During the actual exchange they refer to the Altered Perceptions anthology, but from context Brandon is actually talking about the Shadows Beneath anthology.
    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Will iron mined-- created and mined on Roshar work to power Allomancy on Scadrial? This is a clarification from earlier session.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, hehe… Okay, so what do you want to have happen, talk to me. Explain to me--

    Questioner

    …Iron is iron, does it have the same effect if it will be iron that was created on Roshar--

    Brandon Sanderosn

    Oh, I see what you're saying.

    Questioner

    --power Allomancy on Scadrial--

    Brandon Sanderson

    The metals are themselves-- and I've said this before, I think, but-- the metals themselves-- where you get it is not relevant.

    Moderator

    So if say Wit is drinking flakes on Roshar, then those flakes could be Roshar-derived.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    My question's about Secret History, specifically it's kind of a two-parter. The first part's easier to answer. Is it relevant that the glowing substance that Hoid puts on his oar is very similarly described as the same stuff that the Ire drink, the glowing--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that is relevant.

    Questioner

    And does it have to do with Connection.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah… *sighs* Yes, but not the way you're thinking. That's a "I'm wiggling out of..." Yes, it has to do with Connection, but so does a dog. Cause a dog is Connected to things. *laughs in the audience* You said "does it have to do with"! The answer is yes.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Someone who has Breath Investiture, can they give Breath to somebody who doesn't, so like somebody from Scadrial, or--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Would the Scadrian be able to use it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. You have seen people from off-planet who have Breath before.

    Moderator

    Or, indeed, perfect pitch?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhuh. *laughter* And are making use of it in a variety of ways.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    In Bands of Mourning you got more into the Connection element and gave us some hints there. During a previous seminar a question came up on how that relates to your Physical, Cognitive, and Spiritual Realm. I guess, we've talked about if people were to go different places it seems from the hints you've given in your books that there's a Physical aspect to Connection as far as where people are when they use the Connection as well as there's some ideal with… in the Secret History that we've got, when Kelsier was, when he wasn't Connected enough to Preservation. So can you give us anything more--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I just gave you a ton in Secret History! So much! I gave you a lot in Secret History to philosophize upon, this is very relevant to a lot of the things that happen in the cosmere.

    Questioner

    I guess, specifically, does someone have to have both-- with Connection, are there more than one elements that people would have to have to have Connection to provide avenue to power from a different area.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, um… there are multiple things that could help with it, yes. There are certain things that you can Connect through to make one strong Connection would be enough for a variety of magics, yeah.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    In The Emperor's Soul… you indicate sort of the opposite of the kandra in regards to… Soulstamps can be made with bone and are considered the lesser, with crystal is the highest. With kandras, if their true bodies are crystal, they are considered weak. Bones are considered strong.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ehhh… I'm gonna stop you right there, just because that's gonna depend on the kandra, and their age, and how they feel about it. There are plenty of kandra, I think MeLaan would argue against that and be like "No! Non-bone true bodies are way better! Look, I can take my hands off and stab people with the swords underneath. This is super better!" Whereas TenSoon would be like, "That's not…" It's a little bit like when I was in Korea, and people are like "Things made out of concrete just feel worse! It's bad for the kibun to always be surrounded by concrete. Wood is better for you." I… think there are people who would disagree with that, I think there are people who would totally agree with that.

    Questioner

    My question. If you were to combine a Soulstamp of a crystal, with a kandra true body of a crystal, would they have additional powers that could compete with regards to Mistborn. If it compounds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Alright, so if you took the crystal that they're making Soulstamps out of and you gave it to a kandra, and they used it for bones, generally the kandra are not drawing any sort of extra Investiture or power from the bones, they're making-- they're using. That's-- Though TenSoon would argue that I'm wrong. *general laughter*

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    So we've seen three different cultures of people on Scadrial. Is Harmony involved… well, we can probably assume there's probably more cultures, but there are…

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are more, yes.

    Questioner

    Is Harmony involved in all of them, or is he-- Does he pretty much keep his attention on the main one.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Harmony considers himself the god of all of them.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Will we ever see an entire map of how the different planets are spaced out in the Physical--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, yeah, the Cosmere collection will have a star chart of the cosmere.

    Moderator

    A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cosmere, if you will…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Now, you've got to remember that at the point that this comes out-- The collection's been interesting for a couple of reasons. For one reason, the collection's coming out before Sixth of the Dusk happens in the cosmere, right? And so Khriss gives an introduction to each world, so you'll find her introduction to First of the Sun to be a very interesting introduction that doesn't know things that you know because of that. In addition, the star chart is a star chart created by people who are not spacefaring, right? And so it is a star chart more along the lines of-- It may not be one hundred percent to scale and things like that, like they've been able to figure out a lot of things by using the Cognitive Realm, so they'd be like "alright, here's the relationship", but it will be a while before you get what feels like a Star Trek star chart. Your star chart you're gonna get in this is a fantasy star chart, which will give you the relative positions and things like that, but it's not gonna be like you can measure exactly, which we do have! But I'm not gonna give you yet. *audience laughs*

    Moderator

    Are you referring to Arcanum Unbound?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Arcanum Unbounded, yeah.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Is there going to be a map of a recommended reading order or is it…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, yeah, that's a great question, is there gonna be a recommended reading order. So I've started building a guide similar to the one that they put in the back of Terry Pratchett's books in the US. I don't find that guide incredibly helpful, so I'd want to create one that is helpful, that is basically like what we put on the front page where we list all the books saying "if this intimidates you, turn to this page", and then I'll have kind of a discussion of what the varied series are, and what the entry points are and what-- just kind of like a "what is the style of this book". Like if I can say, you know, if you're really interested, if you're, um, you know, Warbreaker, if you want a standalone, a little bit more romance, a little bit more kind of humor and things like that-- Warbreaker. If you're like "I would love something superaction-oriented that has lots of explosions", then Steelheart, right? And if you're like "I like swimming in the deep end. I want to jump in feet first and see how deep it goes", then we send you to Stormlight, right? And I want to have these introductions at the end and kind of give a sort of mention of "A lot of these are connected, you don't need to read them in any specific--", stuff like that. And we're gonna try and get that starting in books, in the near future.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    KalynaAnne

    We've kind of circled around the issue, but Professor Layton has talked about conics in general. Are we going to see hyperbolic lines and parabolas *audio obscured*

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, there is discussion of that in my notes, we'll see if I can get to it. It's more-- The cultural stuff for book two is more important to me right now, I'm not sure how far I will advance Rithmatics in the next book or not, but we will do some kind of origin stuff and fundamentals in the next one.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    With Awakening, given that you know the correct command word, could you potentially give anything to the other person, using Awakening?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Using Awakening, it has to be related to the fundamental aspects of Investiture.

    Bystander

    Which are…?

    Questioner

    How would we find what those are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    …How would you find what those are? Spend a lot of time researching the cosmere, have some conversations with Khriss, and come up with some theories! …There's a bunch of them written in the books and indicated, so yes.

    JordanCon 2016 ()
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    Questioner

    Obviously the world covers different planets, but most people on all the individual planets don't know about the other planets. Is there a planet within the cosmere where worldhopping is common knowledge?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Is there a planet in the cosmere where worldhopping is common knowledge. Um… it's not a planet.

    Bystander

    It's a space station? *laughter* That's no moon!

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's not as far off as people laughing think that it is. *laughter* It's not a space station, it's not that futuristic, but there is a place in the cosmere where a lot of worldhoppers have settled, is where Iyatil is from, even though her ethnicity is not from there.

    Moderator

    Clarifying question… Is that place in the Physical Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *laughs* RAFO!