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    #101 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm planning a game for Mistborn roleplaying. What are your thoughts on an obligator, an Oracle obligator Misting who (and this is pure theorycrafting on my end) can, burning the alloy of atium and cadmium, put himself into a stasis to last into Alloy of Law era, realize "Where has my Lord gone?"

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I think that's a great story. I don't know if it would work 100% in canon, but in a roleplaying game, that sounds feasible and great.

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    #102 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Are you ever scared someone's going to ask you a question you don't want to answer?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Scared, no. But the thing that worries me is I flub some of the questions 'cause I'm just not paying attention. I get into the groove of signing and they hit me with something. And I usually flub one or two a night, where I'm just not paying attention. Or I think they ask something, and I'm thinking they asked something they didn't. Those are the ones I don't like. I don't fear them, but I'm like, "Argh." They only happen once a night. But it happens consistently.

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    #103 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If you write down a measurement of a firespren, it locks into that. If you write down a measurement that's not true, will that still work? Can you just write down the measurements of a firespren and quadruple its size?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Let me just say this. Human perception of spren has an intrinsic effect on how they act, react, and interface with the world.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So if I were to take a picture of a firespren, increase the brightness on my phone by 5000, and then write down that recording, the firespren would multiply brightness by 5000?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I didn't say that. I said, "Human perception of spren influences their behavior and their form."

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    #104 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm an illustrator. I know a couple illustrators in the area have worked with you on some illustrations. So how does that work? I know usually the art director is the only one who has a say in the art.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Isaac is my art director. We have enough influence with the publisher that we hire out everything except the cover, and we say, "You're just putting this in." I pay for it. I started that on my second book, after they didn't pay my illustrator on the first book, because they forgot and lost the check. And it took them, like, eight months to get another check. I'm like, "I'm just gonna pay for this. So I make sure my illustrator gets paid." And from then on, I've just done that. When you're paying for it, the publisher lets you do a whole bunch of stuff.

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    #109 Copy

    Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

    The namesake of the Nahel bond. Was that a person, or is just a name?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It's a word in original Alethi as I was working on it. Actually, the original didn't use "bond." Bond was implied by it. The word meant, "connection to the divine." It's gotten larger since then.

    Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

    So when Vasher takes a similar name, he's trying to imply that meaning?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

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    #110 Copy

    Dragon13 [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hesina received a letter from her family talking about new fabrials. Is she related perhaps to someone like Navani?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    See, there's too much wiggle room in that. Yes. But. Not probably as closely as your question is implying.

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    #114 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What happens to god metals when a Shard is Splintered?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    God metals are unaffected.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    And atium and lerasium stayed unaffected when they merged?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Lerasium and atium that existed before were unaffected.

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    #115 Copy

    Argent [PENDING REVIEW]

    When the Everstorm passes over Kholinar in Oathbringer. That is when Ashertmarn appears, that's when they start reporting, "Hey there's a darkness around the palace." Did the Everstorm bring Ashertmarn there? Or did it kind of awaken or unleash it?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    A little of both.

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    #116 Copy

    Dragon13 [PENDING REVIEW]

    When Hoid met Kaladin, he said he came chasing an old acquaintance, ended up spending most of his time hiding from him instead. Is he referring to Rayse or Odium? Or someone else.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes. (Not the someone else. He was referring to him.)

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    #118 Copy

    Eric [PENDING REVIEW]

    One of Kaladin's early chasm duties, he examines a very distinctive knife with a figure at the center of the hilt, nicely carved with a man of fine armor. How similar is this knife to the one Moash used?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    RAFO.

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    #119 Copy

    Alex [PENDING REVIEW]

    Was Hoid at any point the Dark One in any world?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Not the Dark One as defined by the series The Dark One. There are definitely legends of him that are darker than perhaps his lighthearted appearance might imply.

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    #120 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Someone had asked you a question about Marsh being a worldhopper, and you mentioned that there was nothing about his Investiture that would prevent him from going off-world. Which implies that there are other people who their Investiture would prevent?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Kelsier. I don't count him as going off-world, despite him getting very close.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is there anyone living on Scadrial who that would also apply to?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    As a default, no. I can't say 100% whether there's nobody. But as a default, that wouldn't prevent people. Not in the same way that you would have trouble getting off-world with a spren bond.

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    #122 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was wondering if there's any correlation between the spren in the Axies interlude in the Way of Kings with his faces, and what Shallan does in Oathbringer when she's going through the faces telling them it doesn't hurt? 'Cause it said the refugees saw her nature as a spren, and I made a connection there. Is it a coincidence?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I will call that mostly coincidence.

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    #123 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    The Ghostblood that's from the southern part of Scadrial. Does that mean she can use the Mistborn metals?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    She was not born there. Iyatil is from somewhere else. She has a Mistborn heritage, Scadrian heritage. Whether she's an Allomancer or not, I will RAFO. It is possible that someone with her lineage could.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So she doesn't have to be born on...?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    No.

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    #124 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    On my reread of Reckoners, I remembered it being really kitschy and light-hearted, but the prologue of the first book is really dark. Is the rest of the book so light-hearted because it is David trying to make the best of a really crappy situation, or is it because it's Young Adult?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah. It's also partially, I wrote the prologue, stepped away, came back, and wrote the rest. One of the things I regret about the books is that... I was telling a story about assassinating superheroes. So I thought it was going to go darker than it did, once I found David's voice. So if I could go back, I might take out the baby skeleton. I couldn't cut it because it's such a great image, but I should have. My biggest regret with that series is the tonal mismatch. It's this thing where I'm like, "That would be the best book for, like, a fourteen-year-old to read of mine, except the prologue which involves dissolving babies."

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    #126 Copy

    ILuvHats [PENDING REVIEW]

    I have a question about the Sleepless. So you have confirmed that distance does matter. Is there a limit or a factor affecting how many hordelings they control?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

    ILuvHats [PENDING REVIEW]

    Can you elaborate?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    No, but there is an upper limit on both mass and number.

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    #129 Copy

    Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

    People tend to hear a lot of voices on Roshar in their heads. And I've noticed that a lot of people either have been confirmed to be in contact with Unmade or show a lot of signs of that. Is there a correlation there?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

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    #130 Copy

    Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

    You've said that, AI in the Cosmere, creating one is kind of like having a child realmatically. Would that extend to most sapient creations?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

    Blightsong [PENDING REVIEW]

    So could a created spren from a Returned inherit Royal Locks? Within a reasonable possibility?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    *ahhing in a very curious manner* You could make this happen, but I don't think it would happen naturally.

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    #131 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Was Roshar equally Invested by Cultivation and Honor originally?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How 'bout now, since he's been...?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    The Investiture is all still there. It is not all accessible. So, at this point, I'd say it's a point of disputation. It would be worth arguing either way. I will say at this point, no, it's not equal anymore. But definitions of where the power is and what it counts as is ambiguous.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So Cultivation has more active Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, I would say yes. Well, but she's been very coy. I'm gonna leave it at that.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #133 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So, Shardblades are modeled after honorblades. Are honorblades modeled after something else?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    The honorblades were provided for the Heralds. The person doing the providing was aware of certain things. So, yes, but not really. I can answer a "yes," but it's more like a big asterisk.

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    #134 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    With Shards, are they any limits? What can't they do? Besides being opposed by another Shard and their own intent?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It varies a lot. It varies based on experience and situation. They are not omnipotent, though the power is infinite. So that is the weird part that you get into. So, they are limited partially by their own limitations, and also the limitations imposed upon them by the situations they're in.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is there anything universal about all of them?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    They all have bits of them in all of the cosmere, so that's universal. They are all bounded more by themselves than by the power itself.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #137 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    You know how the whole group goes into Shadesmar. What would happen if they accidentally eat a bead, and then leave Shadesmar?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That would not be good for them.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Would they just explode with whatever the object was?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's not exactly how it works. Fortunately. But I wouldn't recommend ingesting any beads.

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    #138 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    When Shallan asked Jasnah about the Soulcasting with the jam, was Jasnah intentionally trying to reverse-assassinate Kabsal?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    RAFO, but more I just need to make sure I look at the details before I can answer that one.

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    #139 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    In which part of your process do you start designing [maps]?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    In the old days, it was during the prewriting phrase, before I got into it. Now that I have Isaac, I can generally just write the book, give it to Isaac, and say, "All right, here's what I was imagining. Give me some iterations on this." And he's very good at that. It depends on the book. For Stormlight, I gave him a map and said, "Here's what it looks like." But for Skyward, I'm like, "Feels like this. It's, like, this distance. Come up with something."

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    #140 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How do the Heralds come back? How do they a physical body?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That system will be explained in the coming books, so that is a RAFO. I'm gonna dig into it pretty deeply. It's relevant for multiple reasons.

    In the original version, Taln ended up in someone else, like they would get a body from someone else, which was part of fueling the "Is he crazy, is he not," because people were like, "I recognize this guy!" I don't use that system anymore.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's what I was wondering, because the Fused...

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    They use something kind of more like the Fused in the original draft, it's not that process anymore.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Is that gonna give us lead-ins to how it worked with Kelsier?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Maybe. Maybe. You shall see.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #141 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    When did you first really realize who the Lord Ruler was, if he was good or bad? Because I feel like you turned him into a good guy.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    He is complicated. I started with that concept in mind. In fact, I had written a different book that had used the same concept that had not turned out, and I kind of recombined it into Mistborn. So I went into it knowing he was this complex character.

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    #143 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    In The Way of Kings, how did Lopen get in and out of the chasms with only one arm?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    So, he had a little help. And he can do it. Getting down and up... I've actually seen people, looking online. You can climb a ladder. It's not easy. It's better if you have some help. But you can get up and down.

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    #144 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Just give me a worldbuilding quirk, some weird quirk of a world. Something you haven't written or don't intend to write.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Something I don't intend to write but I someday will. Crab people.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #145 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    As far as Hemalurgy, when you it's done to somebody, would that create a new Resonance?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It's possible that it could. Though I'm gonna say, most of the time, no. Lots of things are possible, but I'll give you a "mostly no" on that one.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What about savantism? Is that possible with Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes, it is.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #146 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Were you gonna do anything with the Stormlight Archives with an RPG?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I would like to. We'll have to see. We want to support the Mistborn RPG while it's out, we don't want to abandon it. But once we feel like we've done that one the way we want to, you might see a Stormlight.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I need to get a hold of that, because I would almost be worried about, if you have a Mistborn character, especially in Era One, it would be too overpowered.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    They made it work. The game is less combat-focused. There's social influence and gathering resources influence and combat influence separate, so you can have a duel of words where you attack someone's social influence that can be as valuable as attacking them on the streets at night. So because those two elements are so useful, what you end up having is, you can balance characters who don't even have Allomancy with characters who are Mistborns or with Mistings, things like that.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was more thinking something like Twinborn, that you can almost balance that without getting any Mistborn.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    The problem with Twinborn is, you get the right combinations, it's kind of OP. But it's a storytelling based system.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #147 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How much creative control does Graphic Audio give you?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Graphic Audio, I give them pretty much free reign. I like what they've done. So with Graphic Audio, I generally don't even cast the people or anything. I just say, "Do your thing."

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #148 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Do the Heralds know about AonDor?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I would say, conceptually, a few of them do, but not in specific detail.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    'Cause Ash's name is a combination of Transformation, Beauty, and Light. I didn't know if that was a coincidence, or...

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    There are some non-coincidences in the linguistics that people have started to pick up on, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the people who have those names know about the origins of their names.

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    #149 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    This is purely hypothetical, but if Dalinar was to become the Vessel for multiple Shards, would he have had more difficulty with Preservation separately if Harmony was involved? Because that's the only of the Shards I can't see him holding onto particularly well.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hmm. I can say yes on that. I think that's a good theory.

    Skyward Chicago signing ()
    #150 Copy

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If Hoid encountered a larkin, would anything happen?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hoid is aware of larkin.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So he's avoiding them?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I'm just gonna say he's aware of them.