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    Arlin

    You have a Twinborn. It doesn't matter what Allomancer he'd be. The aluminum Ferring. They've stored up a lot of aluminum before all this happens. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, aluminum was really hard to come by.

    Arlin

    I know. Theoretically, and they've filled it up and then they become a savant.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hard to do without being a [Compounder].

    Arlin

    I'm saying Twinborn in the other metal they become a savant. Then they tapped the aluminum.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. I could see that having some very weird effects.

    Arlin

    Basically my thought is, is it a toggle switch?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So I'm going to RAFO that for now. You're theorizing around really cool lines, but I'm not going to answer it yet because I have plans for what I'm going to want to do and I don't want reveal it yet.

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    Questioner

    I was reading Starsight and then I remembered you wrote the novelette Defending Elysium a while ago.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did.

    Questioner

    So when you wrote that, were you expecting to make a series based off it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I had plans for where it would go with the series. It did not involve Spensa in them. It involved some of the evolutions that ended up in this book. Particularly early in my career, everything I wrote, I planned, if it was th thing that took off, where it would go with it if I were doing sequels. So I had a whole bunch of ideas but it's been 15, almost 20 years since I wrote that. So when I sat down to do Starsight, there were something that were from those original plans and some things that weren't.

    Questioner

    With Jason, he was blind and stuff?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner

    Is Spensa going to develop those powers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So what I've been kind of doing is, I'm kind of taking a lot of the different powers that Jason had and I'm kind of moving them into specialties that different people could have. So you could theorize that someone could learn them all but more likely you're going to see people specializing.

    Questioner

    So, like her grandmother has like the sensing power.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm. Just read the new book and see what happens there.

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    Questioner

    You describe the mistcloak as being a hundred tassels from the shoulder down and yet there are pockets.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.  You could put a pockets right up in there and plus different people have different designs on their mistcloaks. It's not modern era. They're not mass produced. You go and you get yours made how you want it to be. A lot of people put there's down here when they're actually making them and trying them on. They find it works better.

    Footnote: Mistcloaks are traditionally dozens of thick ribbons rather than a hundred small ones.
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    Questioner

    So on the cover for Alloy of Law, is it Wayne standing next to Wax?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes and Wayne has a gun. So, we saw that. We didn't think it was worth changing. We recognize that that's the way it is but it's mostly just because the covers aren't meant to be an illustration of the book; they're meant to be evoking the feeling of the book and we liked the feeling of the book. We didn't want to have to go back to do reshoots because that's an actually photography shoot. All of those books, he has actors dress up and do the shoots and then Photoshops it.

    It wasn't bad enough to make us say, "Ooh you have to go reshoot this whole thing." But Wayne has just not realized he's holding a gun yet and dropped it. Someone handed it to him and he's like, "What? Oh!" but they got the shot right before.

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    Questioner

    What if you had a Twinborn who had atium for both and he burned atium that was stored?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I'll RAFO that. I believe I've RAFO'd that in the past so I'll RAFO it again. 

    Footnote: It was revealed in Era 1 that Feruchemical atium stores youth. Compounding atium was what gave The Lord Ruler his longevity. Brandon may have thought the question was about compounding aluminum, for which we do not know the effects.
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    Questioner

    What philosophies do you feel like inspired you the most? Philosophies, or mysticisms, religions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I like a lot of different things. You'll see a lot of things in Way of Kings of Pantheism. You see all the old Greek dudes. You'll see some Cartesian stuff. It's kind of everything. You'll see a lot of Shinto. Yeah, probably the most has been Shinto or actually more of the kind of Buddhist and Jainism sort of idea. 

    Questioner

    You know, Taravangian I feel like is embodiment of compassion versus seeing the world for what it really is. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Right. And then there's the whole Utilitarianism versus altruism and I just find all of that stuff fascinating. I don't know if there's any one. Shinto, that idea of animism, the idea of everything having a soul, is probably... Yeah.

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    Questioner

    Do you have the endings of all of your books already pre-planned or does that kind of evolve as you go along?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have the ending of Stormlight 10. I have the ending of the Mistborn series. But I don't have all the endings of all books.

    The main core line of the Cosmere, I do have, but those are subject to change as I go. I don't necessarily have the ending of the Threnody book. Like, that I would have to outline and sit down.

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    Questioner

    Phenax, which Shard do you think he is most like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    God of Deception. I don't know. I'd have to think about that. I'm not 100% sure. It might be one I haven't revealed yet which...

    Questioner

    Obviously that's the whole RAFO deal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Phenax is an interesting character in the lore. I like all of their gods of the underworld that they do.

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    Questioner

    So the Parshendi Rhythms. They talk a lot about them as like music. So do you imagine them as rhythms where they talk like this or is their a melodic quality to it? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is what they're doing. There's not very much melodic quality to it. They set songs to the Rhythms. The way I have it in the books, in my mind, and the canon, is there is Connection between them and the songs of Roshar. That they can pick up a Rhythm when there's actually not enough of it, even in a sentence, because of the intent of the Rhythm and what the other person's hearing. So they can hear a Rhythm even if it's only a couple words being said, that you couldn't learn, if you were just a human listening. No matter how good you were. Some you wouldn't be able to pick up because there is not enough information there. 

    Questioner

    So they're just like kind of complex rhythmic things that you could write out musically.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could. You definitely could write them out.

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    Questioner

    What was the thing you that you researched for your books that you were most interested in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ooh. That's a great question. Probably alchemy, because I find that fascinating that they believed like almost science but not. I loved that sort of stuff. 

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    Sparkle

    In Stormlight Archive, how are they paying for the wars before the one on the Great Plains? How was Dalinar funding his armies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Usually they have an almost feudal system on Roshar where the city lord's in charge of collecting taxes and sending them in but a lot of the taxes from out around are going to be goods. It's going to be basically feeding the armies and things like that. The people who are living in like Hearthstone and stuff like that aren't paying any taxes other than in grain. But in the cities, they are and you can also see the more important the lighteyes, the better of a city they will get with a higher population because they get a percentage of those taxes. Like Roshone doesn't really get anything. He's basically taking care of someone else's lands.

    Sparkle

    Now is that like on a property tax basis or is it more of a sales tax?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More of an income tax.

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    Questioner

    If you could do a fourth Allomantic [Metallic Arts] magic system. Have you thought about that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I actually hadn't even thought about it. You'd think I would have but I haven't. Those three interlock so well. I'd have to think about it. I really don't know that I have one. I'm sure I could come up with something but I'll put that in the back of my brain. They interlock so well that I've never even considered what I'd do for a fourth.

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    Questioner

    What character have you written that you felt is most inspired by your own personality?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My mom says it's Alcatraz, my middle grade series, is most like me so I trust her. Other than that, it's hard for me to say. You have to go to my friends and things. I feel like ever character's part of me and every character's not. Stephen Leeds, from the Legion series, has a lot of writer-ish stuff in it. Particularly the last of the three if you've ever read that one. That was kind of a very personal book and it was getting into kind of the way... So maybe Stephen Leeds as a middle manager. I feel like a person who's controlling all of these characters. Rather than this person having the adventures, I'm keeping them organized.

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    Questioner

    So we were trying to guess what your next book's title would be for this series. If you were to stick with alliteration, it could be Solbound.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a pretty good idea. I actually had the next one being the Aztlánian because Aztlán is the mythical home—like the heaven—of the Aztec people, but I don't know if I'll go with that or not.

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    Questioner

    I have a bit of a problem with the first Desolation timeline. I'm wondering how old were the Heralds when they became Heralds.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The age that you would see them as when you met them. They basically are the age they look. When they became Heralds, they are the age that they appeared.

    Questioner

    So they were like in their younger middle age?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some of them. I mean Ishar is older.

    Questioner

    So that means that the entire timeline of the first Desolation happened within a single lifetime?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of the ancient chronologies are wrong and you won't get the actual answers until the Heralds themselves explain it in their flashback sequences in the back five. 

    Questioner

    You've said that the Heralds came over from Ashyn. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Okay. How old were they then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Younger than they were when they became Heralds.

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    Questioner

    What's the longest you've spent revising a single sentence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Usually, the longest I spend revising single sentences would be the keteks in Stormlight, which are the poems I write that go along with it. I'm not so good at poetry so it takes a lot longer for me to get poetry right. Followed by humor scenes. Witty lines, and things like that, take a long time for me to actually write.

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    Questioner

    Will you write a novella on Silverlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someday I want to, but I can't promise it. It's if it fits in. I've got a really good, nice Silverlight story that I want to tell, but whether I can get to it... There are just so many things competing, and the only things I will commit to are the core Cosmere stories.

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    Questioner

    Are you doing any more novels for White Sand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can read the prose version that this was based on—that I wrote—just by getting it from us. Someday, I'll probably do some prose for these short stories, but right now, they are going to be graphic novels. In fact, we'll do a sequel series—now that we know what we're doing—that is designed specifically to be a graphic novel. That's our goal there.

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    Questioner

    Will we see more of Rysn in the Stormlight Archive books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. I plan to... She never becomes a main character. I plan to have an interlude with Rysn every time.

    Questioner

    She won't be out of the interludes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, she won't be, but I might write a novella with her. Like I did with Lift.

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    Questioner

    I was just kind of wondering how long the art process takes like would Alcatraz be out next year?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The art places is really going to depend on how long Hayley takes. It's probably going to take at least a year. I think the earliest you would see it would be around the time we release the next Stormlight book. That would be my guess.

    Isaac Stewart

    With the latest maybe May of 2021. Yeah. Like mid-2021.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's going to depend on her schedule for doing the art now that we have the book. You could give it to her, if you haven't already, to read. 

    Isaac Stewart

    Yeah. I talked to her about it today.

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    Questioner

    I gotta ask, are you going to give us any sort of backstory prior to Dragonsteel coming out? Of Hoid?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will get little snippets here and there but really it's when you get his story that you are going to get the fully story of Adonalsium shattering. I have to leave it at snippets until then, because anything I give you is as a snippet now is canonizing something that I'm going to write later on. So I have to leave it at the stuff I know is going to be in there. 

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    Aradanftw

    Let's say you wanted to be the Mistborn equivalent of a Surgebinder, having all ten Surges, would the best way to do that to bond at least five Honorblades or can you bond more than one spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could bond five Honorblades. That'd be the easiest way by far. Because convincing multiple spren to bond you is going to be really tough, so by far the easiest way is just to get... you'd actually need all ten Honor... No, you'd need five Honorblades for the five... Yeah.

    Aradanftw

    You'd have to get the right ones.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'd have to get the right ones and then you'd have all ten. 

    Aradanftw

    And then, there's nothing wrong with bonding five individual Blades? You don't have to have five arms?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You do not have to have five arms. You could bond five Blades if you wanted to.

    Aradanftw

    Really cool. Thank you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Particularly Honorblades. 

    Aradanftw

    They're special.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Barnes&Noble YA Podcast ()
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    Barnes&Noble

    Do you have, for Starsight and Skyward, aesthetic touchstones that you bring to these different books? Or does it just all sort of emerge from the storytelling as you get into your characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do, and it depends. Sometimes, as I'm working on the book, I develop those. Sometimes it's ahead of time.

    My cultural touchstone for Skyward was me saying, "All right. These people are in just this terrible situation. And they are constantly being fought by this unknown enemy. What kind of society would grow out of this?" And I pushed it towards a little bit of an authoritarian, martial dictatorship. Using, actually, North Korea as one of the touchstones, and some of the Axis powers as touchstones. And a little bit, in places, of communist propaganda, and things like that. Some of the visual touchstones was Italian futurism, and things like this, just to kind of give this same sort of feel that I was looking for. If you read the book, there's just little hints of it here and there. You're gonna see cubist designs in the architecture, and you're gonna see the paintings and things they describe have this sort of Italian futurist feel to it. There's a little post-Art Nouveau. You've probably seen the art style. It's, like, ships flying into the air leaving lines of red and yellow light in the sky, and very very almost Art Deco-ish feel. These were my visual touchstones for myself. Just because the society, I thought, this might be the closest thing that we have on our planet to how I feel this would really arise with the military being completely in control and lots of people being lost in battle but them needing to keep morale up, and things like this.

    Barnes&Noble

    So this whole aesthetic of speed and force and martial unity and finding themes of, there is a particular beauty to those kinds of things. There's art that reflects it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's also this kind of, "Desperate times call for desperate measures." And one of the things Spensa butts up against in the books is, "Have we gone too far on this? Have we become so focused on this that we're losing track of what it means to be human? But, at the same time, is this what kept us alive? Maybe the fact that we can even think about being human exists because of how extreme our society had to become." And these are really interesting questions that are fun for writers to deal with. Part of the reason that I write sci-fi and fantasy is it allows me to pluck some of these things from our world, separate them from some of the cultural baggage, and try and approach them and talk about them in story form. So I can just explore what it might feel like and how some of these questions might be explored, potentially, by us in the future.

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    Aradanftw

    If you were to use Hemalurgy on a Surgebinder, would it steal the Surge or the actual spren bond?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's going to steal the spren bond, but you've got to remember the spren has power over that bond. So what you're doing is (1) incredibly evil, even more evil, but (2) you may not end up with what you want, because that spren has free will in most cases. You may go through all this trouble and then they may break the bond, and you would be left without it. So you would need something else to force them to be unable to break the bond, which would be even more evil, but it is possible in Hemalurgy.

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    R'Shara

    The two paintings--The Battle of Twilight Falls, and the one that Kaladin sees in Shadesmar. Are they the same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe that they are, but I could have...When I wrote the original scene, I intended them to be, but I might have changed something later on. They would be by the same artist. You can say yes, unless I changed something. There was something I was thinking of changing. I'd have to go back and look at them side by side.

    R'Shara

    But they sounded different. One has black in it, that the other one doesn't.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The thing is, that artist, and people seeing it, I intend them to each see something different in the paintings they see. But I don't know that I actually decided to make that the same painting. But the same artist.

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    R'Shara

    Are the delvers, are they new since Jason's time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They existed, but Jason didn't know about them.

    R'Shara

    Ohh, because we couldn't find any trace of them...

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's no trace of them. They were basically added in when I was doing Skyward. It was my evolution of where I wanted to take the whole thing.

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    Questioner

    If a Mistborn were to burn a metal that's been Forged by a Soulstamp, is there a different *inaudible*?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So they Forged it from one metal into another metal?

    Questioner

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So once they started to burn it, it would break the Forgery and it would turn back into its original metal. So you'd have just the briefest moment of getting what it said it was and then it would go back to the other and then if you were a Misting of the wrong type, you would get no more from it.

    Questioner

    What about Feruchemy or Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Feruchemy and Hemalurgy. You would have a lot of trouble Investing it because it's already Invested. So you would run into troubles right away trying to Invest it, because it's already got all the Investiture messing with it. You could theoretically make it happen, but it would take enough work and conniving that it just wouldn't be worth it.

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    R'Shara

    In Defending Elysium, you had a guy in a white room with the communications. Then Spensa sees the delver in a white room...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is an intentional harkening of the same idea.

    R'Shara

    Are they closely connected?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wouldn't say closely, but I would say moderately.

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    Questioner

    Do you actually have a potted plant named Count Dooku??

    Brandon Sanderson

    I used to but the joke was it was actually not in a pot; it was in a glass jar.

    Questioner

    Was it an air plant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. It had water but it was like one of those air plants. That was the joke. They were supposed to put the picture in the original ones of Count Dooku, my plant, and they refused with that picture as the picture of me. So the joke didn't work. And then by the time we did the new ones, I didn't have Count Dooku anymore. Count Dooku had died. So we just put in a regular potted plant but that was supposed to be the joke that you would be like "wait a minute, that's not a potted plant." But Scholastic, they wouldn't deal with it. They didn't want me to be that goofy.

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    LittleMas42

    Does Intent reflect on the Spiritual or Cognitive aspects of Intent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Intent can influence that, but it's going to be very much based on the specific instances. I'm not sure exactly what specific instance you're talking about but it can.

    LittleMas42

    Like the Elantrians, when they're drawing Aons and their Intent to draw an Aon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Their Intent to draw an Aon is really important and in the same way your Intent to Awaken is really important, and in the same way there are some things in Roshar where your Intent is really important to what you're doing also.

    LittleMas42

    And does that reflect like how Shallan can see, "I am a stick" by touching the bead in the Cognitive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Is that by Intent? Not exactly the same mechanism going on right there.

    Miscellaneous 2019 ()
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    Steven Bohls

    The most exciting project I'm working on right now. I discussed before getting to know Brandon Sanderson, and we ended up becoming really good friends. And he has a book series, the Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity. And he was approached a little while ago by Audible. They saw a lot of success with those books on Audible and wanted him to write a spinoff series for it. But he's got a lot on his plate right now, and he actually asked me to pick it up for him. It's been really exciting.

    He's been fairly hands-off, which has been both good and bad. I wish I had a little bit more direction, but it's also been nice to have full autonomy. He just kind of said, "Take it where you want." Right now, we have this spinoff series of a different team of Reckoners set in that Steelheart world. But we decided just a few weeks ago that we wanted to consolidate these books when we go to print and kinda change them a little bit to actually be Book Four and continue the series. Four, Five, and Six, and stuff. It'll hopefully mash together these two different Reckoners teams.

    It's pretty exciting. They have kind of a demanding schedule for these three novellas, but it'll be shorter books for Audible. But once we can go to print (Audible's gonna hold the rights on them for two years, and then we get to go to his press, Delacorte), that's when it'll be released as Book Four.

    Take Me Away

    That's a really interest project to be taking over and moving new direction at the same time.

    Steven Bohls

    It's tricky because, when he approached me about the project, he said, "Okay. We want this to be a series that people don't have to have read any of the Reckoners books before, and they can just pick it up fresh. But we also want it to be satisfying to everyone who's read it before. And also we want it to be three independent books that are following a new team. And also we want it to be a sequel." So it was super intimidating. I kept telling myself, "Okay, I can do that." And then it got more involved and more involved, trying to simultaneously make it a sequel as well as a spinoff has been a little bit challenging.

    So far it's going really well. I'm almost done with the first one in the spinoff trilogy.

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    Questioner

    If they made a movie out of Mistborn, if they were making it rated R, would you have a say to that? Would it bother you? What would you do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would have a say over some and I could get it in contracts for some. It depends on the contract. There are some we've had were we don't have that in the contract. I'm not powerful enough to get that in a lot of things but the more powerful we get, the more we can get things like that to be able to say no. Mostly, we try to pick people that we don't think would do that but the end of the day, no movie people give authors say over their movies because a movie costs 200 million dollars to make and it's just... Basically, when you sign rights away, you just have to see what they do. I would prefer that they not.

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    Mason Wheeler

    Double Eye of the Almighty, is that just symbolism or does Tanavast have weird pupils?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is symbolism. But if you were to see Tanavast and you were on Roshar, he would manifest with weird pupils at that point.

    Mason Wheeler

    Reflection of how people believe? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. But the actual Tanavast before, he did not have weird pupils.

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    Questioner

    I know you served a mission in Korea. So, how much of a Korean influence...

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's a bunch.

    Questioner

    I noticed in Mistborn, I think of some Korean influence. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. In Elantris, the idea of the language is based on the relationship between Korean and Chinese. So, it's not the sounds or anything, it's the idea of there being the Chinese characters that have Korean back... you know you can write them in Korean or in Chinese. All of that stuff. The Chinese characters, the Korean grammar around them, and stuff like that, it was a big influence on me designing that writing system.

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    Questioner

    For the light-lances, where do they get their power from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They come from the same sort of place that everything's getting their power. You know, little micro-engines that are basically fantasy-ish. They're super advanced hyper-engines. I think I worked something out where they using <inaudible> in some way. They're like Brandon's versions of Asimov watches with atomic power. They're just fantastically far-future power sources. Otherwise, we couldn't make any of this work. Like, the whole shell around Detritus and stuff. We needed a cheap and powerful energy source.

    Questioner

    Exactly. They're just like little bitty things.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're basically fantasy novels with spaceships.

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    Questioner

    Any advice for integrating realistic battle tactics with a magic system when writing a book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Boy, it's tough. It depends on how much the magic going to get used and if you can find a real-world analogue or not. If you can find a real-world analogue, it can be handy to be like, "this magic is basically like adding an air force, let's see how that happens." If you can't find a real-world analogue, and it's very common, enough that it'll shape-change battle, then you need to make the sure the battlefield, you're controlling it and make it about the magic, so that no one can say "oh, you got the tactics wrong" because you're controlling it and you're controlling the narrative. 

    Questioner

    Basically make the magic the more important part?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. There's lots of ways to do this but that's a good way to do that. That would be my recommendation.

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    Questioner

    Have you taken out any insurance policies to make sure we get to the 10th book of Stormlight, Brandon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't if any insurance policy could do that other than making good outlines and making sure that somebody is tasked to do it, in case. I always used to say it's not far enough along but at this point, we're getting far enough along that we would want to have someone finish them.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Can there be an Allomancer who's allergic to their metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I have a lot of allergies myself, so I sympathize with you.

    It's like being an Alethi highlady who is left-handed, or being an Allomancer who's allergic to your metal, these are really painful things that the culture and society and magic system is not built well to deal with that highlight certain problems that people do have. And it totally can happen, and it sucks.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    You've started to put more of an emphasis on Identity, which is a cosmere concept. Why did you do that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    These are things that are gonna need to make sense to the reader by the time that we get to Era 3 and 4. And so I'm using Era 2 as a kind of, ease-you-in to this idea. And that Identity is a cosmere concept is very much tied to the way the magics work behind the scenes.

    So when you read Era 1, when you read Stormlight, the first five-book arc, when you read Elantris, you read those books, you're looking at kind of just the effects of the magic. But the underlying principles are more being shown in Wabreaker and in Era 2, where I'm starting to try to get you to understand the fundamental principles that make the magic systems work. So when we get to Era 3 and we start to need that understanding to really extrapolate how the magic's working, you'll be there on the same page with me, is my hope.

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    Questioner

    You mentioned earlier that the Mistborn magic system is basically a Periodic Table of Elements. How would that affect the study of science in creating the whole Periodic Table?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you can see what's happening on Scadrial, even in Era 2, they have a disproportionate amount of understanding and study of metallurgy, and they are not nearly as good at other things. So it's affected where they spend their focus and their research. Like, they don't have the radio, when they kind of should. They had to get it from some other places, the idea of that technology. So really, what's happening there is, I'm trying to keep it close ('cause Scadrial is an Earth analogue), but at the same time show what they're stronger at and what they're weaker at. It has influenced the way they approached science in some interesting ways.

    We won't find out a lot more until Era 3, where one of the characters is more interested in the science. Because the characters in Era 2 are mostly interested in shooting people and perhaps creating interesting mixed drinks. And finding lost coins. (Steris.)