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    JoyBlu

    Szeth Son-Son. When did his name change from Son to Son-Son.

    Brandon Sanderson

    When he was made Truthless.

    JoyBlu

    Do we know the time of when he was made Truthless? How long has he been Truthless since the [Prologue]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know, but I'm not confident enough, because I rely on Karen so much to fact check my numbers.

    JoyBlu

    Is it like a couple of years or a lot of years. Recent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say recent, but that's also subjective and relative.

    JoyBlu

    Because if he's lived a thousand years, then a hundred years could...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but he hasn't lived a thousand years.

    JoyBlu

    So, he's lived about thirty years...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm.

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    JoyBlu

    An epoch, is that a standardized set of time or relative?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is not a standardized set of time.

    JoyBlu

    So it could be variable like, when dad gets home from work til when leaves from work.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, that's not going to be one, but yeah... The epochs were way better defined in the original Way of Kings. I let them be more squishy.

    JoyBlu

    In the original Way of Kings, like a first edition?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, in the Prime, that I read from.

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    Questioner

    God-King versus God-King. Susebron versus Rashek, who comes out on top?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rashek, probably.

    Questioner

    By a lot or a little?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, here's the thing. I think Susebron is at the disadvantage in almost every situation.

    Questioner

    Okay. How so?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rashek has been alive longer. Rashek knows what he's doing. Rashek has martial training. Rashek has killed a lot of people, Susebron never has. Fewer scruples. His magic is way more combat-oriented. He can get out of range a lot easier. He has power emotional Allomancy, which Susebron would *inaudible*.

    Granted, he's got so much investiture, he may be able to shrug that off. But still, I would put Rashek at the advantage.

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    Questioner

    How do puns work with all-

    Brandon Sanderson

    How do what work?

    Questioner

    Puns, because they're speaking different languages?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, yeah, the books are in translation; you have to imagine I am the translator, and what I am doing is, I am searching for something in our language that best replicates what they said in their language. That is the same thing for things like Veristitalian and stuff like that that uses Latin in our world. That's indicating it's using a similar older language in their world to build the thing. So you have to understand Wit doesn't actually say that exact pun, he says something that is a pun that I translate into English into a similar pun.

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    Questioner

    On Roshar, if a Herald were to die, to not-really-come-back die, would it possible for someone to take up the mantle of that Herald?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're gonna need to read and find out, because this is the first time that happened was at the end of Oathbringer.

    Questioner

    Because he is dead--

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is dead dead.

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    Khyrindor

    The lighthouse guy was Ire? In Oathbringer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Khyrindor

    And he was the same Elantrian that they put in the Shardpool at the end of--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, he is the same person.

    Khyrindor

    And was he Ire before--

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was not before then.

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    Khyrindor

    So, I was hoping to get a confirmation on Mraize's age?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'd probably-- Well, what did I say before?

    Khyrindor

    Not sure, I was just asking the question.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay good, I didn't think that I had confirmed this. I'm going to RAFO it.

    Khyrindor

    Like, is he older than a normal person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO it, yeah. Let's say though, that, though he has been off-world, he himself is a Rosharan.

    Khyrindor

    A Roshar native?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

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    Khyrindor

    If the Ire had managed to get Preservation, what would Ruin's reaction have been to that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *chuckles* What would Ruin have thought about that? I don't think Ruin would have been a fan.

    Khyrindor

    Would he have been able to deal with it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Deal with it? I can see potentials where he both could and couldn't deal with it. I do not-- I don't think the Ire were one hundred percent prepared for what they were trying to do. How about that?

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    RandyD

    Can a Shard just--like, say someone is using their magic system--can they stop the power from them being able to use it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, that's a bit like stopping the laws of physics. So, while they can circumvent laws of physics and things like that, but if you wanted to stop someone from using magic, smiting them would be the efficient way of making that happen, if you are capable of it in the system.

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    RandyD

    We've seen, let's say, Ruin and Preservation talking to people--they have limitations on that. Do other Shards share these limitations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are limitations-- All Shards have some interesting limitations that we will get into as we go.

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    Khyrindor

    Odium seems to have a bad track record when it comes to killing Shards. He was wounded versus Ambition, and he's trapped on Roshar. Yet, he's credited in killing Devotion and Dominion. My question is: was Autonomy significantly involved and would Odium have been able to do it on his own and still be okay to--

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. It is dangerous to attack a Shard with one Shard. Let's say that. And a wise Shard would try to avoid that confrontation unless there are specific reasons they think they would have an advantage.

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    Khyrindor

    Was Felt cosmere-aware during Era 1?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Khyrindor

    Was he directly involved in the interplanetary trade through the Pits?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was involved. Whether directly is the right term or not I will not say.

    Khyrindor

    And is he part of the Seventeenth Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has been a member of various different groups and had various different motivations over the years. I would not put him, right now, as a member of the Seventeenth Shard.

    Khyrindor

    As in, like, Stormlight Archive--

    Brandon Sanderson

    As of Stormlight Archive Era: Not a member of the Seventeenth Shard. Obviously--well, I won't go any further on that.

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    Questioner

    Did the game developers for the Witcher franchise get back to you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They never did. I didn't expect them to, though. I was not calling them out. I was specifically just saying that if somebody asked me, I would. It's not like I was...I was trying to bury that. It went way bigger than I wanted to. But I think they already knew. I have made it clear to them I'd enjoy working with them.

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    Questioner

    In Mistborn Era 1, they don't...aluminum in real life can only really be refined through the use of electricity.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can actually get it before that. For instance, Napoleon had a set of aluminum dinnerware that he gave to the really fancy guests. If you weren't fancy enough, you got the gold. So they could get it in elemental form without electrolysis or whatever the process is. You could get it, but you couldn't make it. It was extremely rare till the modern era.

    They have started to figure out that process in Mistborn, and it soon is going to become really common.

    Questioner

    Once aluminum is dirt cheap like it is--

    Brandon Sanderson

    That changes the world a whole bunch!

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    Questioner

    Do you play those [Blizzard games]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. They tried to get me to write for them. Back before Overwatch became Overwatch, when it was their next MMO game, Titan, they brought me in and were trying to convince me. And they were good books, but I just could not spare the time.

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    Questioner

    How did Nightblood get from Warbreaker to Oathbringer.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was carried.

    Questioner

    How?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO! He was carried by someone.

    Questioner

    What book will you have to read to find out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will find out eventually. Nightblood, the sequel to Warbreaker will include some, Stormlight books will also include some.

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    Questioner 1

    Can people not from Roshar bond with spren and get the Shardplate and whatnot?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. Well, okay. You don't need me to RAFO on that. You have seen someone not from Roshar bond a spren. You have seen that much happen.

    Questioner 2

    We know for sure that Hoid is a Lightweaver.

    Questioner 1

    Do we know that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid has bonded a spren.

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    Questioner

    So Lift gets her awesomeness from food. Is that a Lift thing or is that an Edgedancer thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a Lift thing. She is a very specific thing, and what she is will come out more, as the series progresses. It's not just a little one-off, there is actually something more behind it, but it is not an Edgedancer thing.

    Questioner

    I was starting to think that maybe there was something that Cultivation's people had their own kind of Heralds, that had their own alternative energy so--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's going to probably take until Lift's book to start to dig into it too much, but it isn't that far off, 3 books.

    Questioner

    *laughs* Only 3 books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, she is 6th.

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    Questioner

    Is a chull able to receive some form of Investiture? ...I'm thinking of Scadrial... Would it have the presence of mind to be able to use the abilities?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not as it is right now. But you can see in the way that Ryshadium are working that we have animals that are reaching beyond-animal intelligence. Aviar are the same way. And it is possible to assume that you could get to the point where you could use such powers. But none of them are there yet. But the Aviar kind of use their powers, so I guess some of them are. So, yes, I will say that's possible.

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    Questioner

    Did you have trouble killing Vin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, because by then, I was well prepared for it. I was worried about what the response would be, but it wasn't hard for me to do, because that was the story. Sometimes, when I'm doing this, I've outlined for a long time, I've planned it for a long time, it's almost more like I'm writing history, if that makes any sense.

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    Questioner

    So Skyward, do you consider it science fiction or science fantasy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I consider it-- Is Skyward science fiction or science fantasy?

    I generally separate the plot archetypes in my head from the genre trappings, and a lot of times people have plot archetypes that are science fiction. I do a lot of science fiction plot archetypes with fantasy settings. That's what Elantris is, right? The plot archetype is about information and researching information and coming to a scientific understanding of something that happened in the past so you can use it to fix the future; science fiction plot archetype fantasy setting for Elantris.

    Skyward's backwards, right? It's the fantasy plot archetype. It is the the coming of age struggle against society through use of a fantastical boon to prove yourself, right? Very kind of classic fantasy thing but the trappings are science fiction. So I don't know that I look at these things the same way. Like, Stormlight, the Bridge Four sequence is an underdog sports story with fantasy trappings. That's the plot archetype...

    As a writer, where I would shelve it? I would shelve it in science fiction because the trappings are usually-- And because of that. I would shelve Star Wars as science fiction, even though Star Wars is very much mystical, fantastical plot archetypes going on. Shelve it with where the genre trappings are, that's just for our sanity right? So we can know what box to put things in. Just for ease of discussing it and things like that. Nothing ever matches either genre trapping or plot archetype. It's just there for us to be able to have the framework to talk about it. 

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    Questioner

    How does the destructor blast for a Poco not destroy its own shield?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In Skyward, I have the shields work directionally, the same way a lot of science fiction does. Like you could fly out of a hangar bay that has a shield on it, but you can't fly back into it unless they change the frequency and stuff like that. That's how those are working for me. They will let things not come in but will let things go out... It's Sci-Fi technology that's kind of an old stand-by for how shields work and I just kind of rely on that one.

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    Questioner

    So there's a certain very long chapter in A Memory of Light. There's also a certain very long chapter in Oathbringer. I'm assuming you used similar techniques; both are very effective. Did you come up with that when writing Memory of Light or were you inspired by someone else for doing that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nope, that was something I had wanted to do.

    So the question is, there's a very long chapter in A Memory of Light that was done very deliberately. I've used this before and in other books. Oathbringer does one, not nearly to the extent, but there's a certain point in A Memory of Light—and this was me, this was just kind of my love of trying to make the form of a novel match what I'm trying to get across with the novel.

    In A Memory of Light, there was a point where the characters could not set down their swords and take a break, and I wanted to make sure that part was not divided up, to encourage as many readers as possible to have to push through it, even if it was kind of late at night *crowd laughs*, to get to the chapter break, so that they would feel some of the same feeling that the characters were feeling. And that's just my writerly way to get that across. In Oathbringer, it was more like, "This is where the breaks fit most naturally." I wasn't trying to do the same thing, but it's a similar sort of thing, where I want the momentum to not have a break until a certain point in the story. I don't anticipate ever doing-- The one in A Memory of Light was like 90,000 words, which, if you're unaware, an average novel is 80,000 words. So there is a novel-length chapter in A Memory of Light. And so, yeah-- *playfully* eh.

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    Questioner

    As Professor Sanderson, do you get situations where past students have success but you don't really care for it and how do you handle it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That has not happened to me. The students who have gotten published, particularly lately-- To get into my class at BYU, you have to submit an application and chapters and there's a three-day window and we get a hundred applications and we take fifteen. These days, about a third of those students that get in tend to be what we call, "continuing education," meaning they are people who have gone to BYU and take only that class. Oftentimes, they move to Provo to take that class. So there's some pretty stiff competition and the writers who are in the class these days are really good.

    But even in the older days, the people who got published, you can usually tell, and even if you can't, I mean, there's not a lot of writing out there that I can't read and say, "Wow! I understand how someone appreciates this," right? Part of, I think, being a writer and an artist is learning to appreciate things, even if you don't necessarily care for them, to be able to recognize, "This is good and someone is going to love this. This has craft, even it's not something that I particularly enjoy." But none of my students have even been there. All the ones that have gotten published, I'm like, "Wow, this is a great book." So, maybe someday I'll have to deal with that, but I haven't really had to deal with it so far.