Recent entries

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #151 Copy

    Karen Ahlstrom

    And so we had a brainstorming meeting and said, okay, "Ais should be a woman rather than a man. We need more gender balance in the story."

    And one thing that a couple of us thought about and talked about ahead of time was the very ending, because the conflict between Kenton and Drile was: are we gonna sell our services as mercenaries and betray our independence? Or are we gonna keep going the way we always did?

    And over the course of the book, Kenton says, "Okay, we're going to sell you ourr services and we're going to sell you our services, and we're going to sell you our services." And so by the end, when he realizes that Drile is not the bad guy, having him die in that battle just seemed wrong. So that's why we had him survive and had Kenton say, "Okay, you had a good idea, and I didn't like the way you went about it, but having your input in that can be a very valuable thing."

    That was that was one of the big changes that got made. And when we talked to Brandon about it in that meeting, he was like, "Oh yeah, you guys are totally right. Over time, you guys got better story instincts than I had when I wrote it in the first place."

    Some of those big changes were kind of a group brainstorming thing. And that was a fun process to do.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #152 Copy

    Pagerunner (paraphrased)

    I asked Isaac to personalize my cosmere system chart set with snarky comments from Nazh complaining about every planet.

    Isaac Stewart (paraphrased)

    He said that they were not canon, but he would write them. For several, he made interesting comments about them.

    Threnody: "Would love to get back here, if you'd just loan me that thing." This is the one that's the least canon of all of them. Isaac has some ideas about what the "thing" might be that Nazh wants, but he hasn't run any of them past Brandon yet.

    Taldain: "Darkside parties are the best!" After he wrote it, Isaac noticed that it wasn't a complaint, but he said that it was true and that we'd see why.

    Sel: "I cannot tell you how much I hate Sel. Yet you keep sending me back, you sadist." Before he wrote it, isaac said that Nazh had been stuck on Sel before, so he had a special dislike for this planet.

    Nalthis: "Too colorful. It makes me sick... Shadows!"

    Drominad: "Do not skinny dip on First... just warning you!"

    Scadrial: "This place just hasn't been the same since the change in management."

    Roshar: "Aggh... This place again? It smells like fish."

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #154 Copy

    Billy Todd (paraphrased)

    You previously said that there's a Shard that has decided to go into hiding, looking to survive.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes.

    Billy Todd (paraphrased)

    It's sort of practicing the art of not being seen.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes.

    Billy Todd (paraphrased)

     Is that Shard the same Shard as Autonomy, or is it a different Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I like the way you worded that; no, it's not the same Shard as Autonomy.

    Billy Todd (paraphrased)

    The other Shard, have we seen it on screen?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO.

    Billy Todd (paraphrased)

    Have we seen it "practicing the art of not being seen" on screen?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #155 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613 (paraphrased)

    I got this from Isaac regarding the Steel Alphabet:

    I has a dot on top of tin; E is under

    There is no C, just a K

    Q is written KW

    An alternate version of the Allomantic alphabet was created, but not used. Isaac may now repurpose it for a typewriter font.

    He also mentioned that he may release a handwritten version of the alphabet soon.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #156 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613 (paraphrased)

    Is the Ghostblood symbol a stylized marewill flower?

    Isaac Stewart (paraphrased)

    RAFO! No, actually that’s WAFO - wait and find out.

    Direct submission by Kingsdaughter613
    General Reddit 2021 ()
    #157 Copy

    Ben McSweeney

    Chull toes is good, but you're missing the hollow spaces in the boulder portion of the shell, that the chull tucks its legs into when at rest.

    Pixels are murder on long lines, but I'm missing those antennae. They grow in pace with the shell, so that the chull can sense out spaces to determine if they're large enough to pass through (much like a cat's whiskers).

    EtheraelEspeon

    That’s super cool! I feel like chulls could do with some more in-book world building lol, though i cant see it fitting in anywhere. That one page describing chull breeding is probably my favorite piece of art in the SA xD

    I do draw quite a lot of things with antennae. I still haven’t found a way to draw them well, i wanna work on it though.

    LazyTurtleDelta

    Really thought the legs were more like spikes like a crab or spider has. Guess I better go look back at the depictions of them in the book.

    Ben McSweeney

    Nope, big flat trunk feet like an elephant. You can see in some of the early development sketches that we started out with spiky crab feet, and Brandon vetoed those specifically in favor of something heavier.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #160 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    He [my husband] wanted to know what's going on with Bastille.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Bastille is written, art is being done. I'm hoping next year, Tor's been a little dodgy on when those come out. We wanted them this year, and they promised they'd have it out by next year, so we'll see if they keep that promise.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #161 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    Considering the philosophy on Roshar, someone's probably come up with the concept of Occam's razor. He [DM of my RPG] wants to know what it's called and who it's named for on Roshar.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have not come up with that, so it's named for him. What's his name?

    Kingsdaughter613

    I only know his name on the Shard, which is Peace.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Peace? It's Peace's Theorem.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #163 Copy

    Questioner

    I was wondering about the spirit behind "strength before weakness." It's one that, the more I think about it practically, the more I think I'm missing it. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    So there are several sort of ways that I interpret it, and like all of them, I want to interpret them differently through the books. Rhythm of War digs into the "strength before weakness" a little bit more. Like the other two, there is a natural sort of sense of it. We are strong and everyone will be weak. And the idea is that you are strong for the weak when the weak cannot be strong, because someone will need to be there for you to be strong when you are weak. Is like the core concept of it. Everybody is weak sometimes; everybody is strong sometimes, and we need each other. And that's kind of the philosophy behind "strength before weakness."

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #164 Copy

    thegatorgirl00

    If a tree falls in the Forests of Hell and no one is around to hear it, do the shades still get angry?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hah hah, the tree in the cosmere is self-aware to a very small extent, so it's impossible for a tree to fall with nobody being there.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #165 Copy

    Questioner

    The Lord Ruler used a lot of metal for shielding and stuff. But if he had had an aluminum helmet himself, would it have protected him from Ruin's influence at all, or would the spikes overcome that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aluminum helmet would help in that situation. Aluminum could very well have been something useful for resisting, yeah.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #166 Copy

    AndyGranny

    If you used a Lifeless body, would a Lifeless be able to access an untapped metalmind...

    Brandon Sanderson

    An unkeyed type of metalmind?

    AndyGranny

    Thank you, I could not think of that word. Would they be able to access an unkeyed metalmind if the intent when the Lifeless was created, if the intent was that they could...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, I see what you're getting at. Yes, they could. As they could access and use any tool that is appropriate for what they're Commanded to do, they could indeed access a metalmind in the same way.

    In fact, doing so may, depending on the metalmind, be dangerous for keeping your Lifeless a Lifeless.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #167 Copy

    Chaos

    Another friend, the one who needed to eat a shoe because Eshonai died, is obsessed with direforms, the Regal forms, and would love to know their ability set.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can tell her, or him, or them, that the ability set will be decided upon as they are relevant to the nature of the story.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #168 Copy

    Questioner

    I was wondering if there is a written Shallan and Adolin wedding scene?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is not a written one. Sorry, sorry. If it was written, I would release it for you, but there isn't one. Maybe I'll need to write one. I do get this request decently often. I thought people would be tired of wedding scenes, we already had a wedding scene. I'm like, "Ah, we could skip this one. "

    Questioner

    That was like different. That was like a "you just need to get married," there wasn't like a love, a whole experience with the scene. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yes. Maybe I need to write that at some point

    Kellyn

    You can just blame it on me, everybody else does. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Why is that?

    Kellyn

    Because it's the beta readers' fault you didn't write that scene. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Is that what they think?

    Kellyn

    We apparently told you to take it out of the book. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ohhhh, ok. So there's mythology associated with it. Now I can write it and put Kellyn in, and they can be, like, making fun of you, and then they'll think that I cut it because it was unflattering to you

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #169 Copy

    Argent

    In the Syl interlude in Rhythm of War, she is speaking with Dalinar about his powers and the things those powers have done in the past. And what she says is "a Bondsmith bound other Surges". First of all, what other Surges?

    Brandon Sanderson

    One potential interpretation for you on this, remember they use Surge and spren sometimes interchangeably in-world. Just making you aware of that.

    Argent

    Yeah I'm aware of that. Bound other Surges....

    Argent

    Then the term Bondsmith. To me it seems like she's talking about Ishar and the Ashyn stuff. So would they use Bondsmith to describe him in that place?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That might be what she's talking about. I'm not guaranteeing it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So one other thing to keep aware of in the cosmere - for instance they call "Lightweaving" any illusion-based magic working on the same fundamentals. And so you could argue - and people will use it that way in-world - that Bondsmithing is both an order [of Knights Radiant] and a power that exists outside the order.

    Argent

    And that would be maybe the power of Connection, the way Lightweaving is the power of illusion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. And for instance, there were not Elsecallers to get people between Ashyn and Roshar, but on Roshar they would explain what happened there as Elsecalling. Does that make sense?

    Argent

    I mean, as much as these things make sense, yes.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #170 Copy

    Questioner

    Could a retired Radiant actually have just like, passed their bond to their kid or to a squire or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So this is tricky because the spren's involved, and the person's own disposition and things like... you can't just pass it on, they would have to be saying the oaths, they would have to be right for the order, the spren would have to be on-board. I would say there is a better chance that a family member would than a random person, but it's not guaranteed.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #172 Copy

    Argent

    I've been trying to figure out how the Fused and the Regals get their Voidlight. Heavenly Ones seem to be able to levitate indefinitely unless they heal, which presumably expends their Light. But then the Pursuer needs to go get spheres. And then there's the Song of Prayer, which I don't understand at all.

    Brandon Sanderson

    All of the Fused have an active and an inactive way to use their Voidlight. For some of them, one is way more dramatic than the other. So you should be watching for the different brands of Fused to each have that. If they don't use it actively, they get a passive effect. And if they do use it actively, it runs out. So watch for that with them.

    They each only have one power, as opposed to Knights Radiant, but they have the staying power of consistency depending on what they are.

    The Song of Prayer. Let's just say that Odium likes his Fused being reliant upon him. Does that make sense?

    Argent

    I think it does. My assumption has been that anyone can just sing the song and ask for Investiture.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, this is true, because most of the time he's not going to be paying direct attention, and it's just going to... yeah.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #173 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    Hero of Ages, Harmony in the epigraphs says that brass and copper Allomancers can become savants and never even notice. I know that generally savantism is supposed to have really extreme effects, so how does that work that they do not notice?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, most savanthoods have extreme effects, some of them it's just not as noticeable. It can warp your soul without you really even paying that much attention to it. I kind of have a push and pull on how debilitating it is in some ways versus others. In this case, those are two that you can become that it would not be very debilitating in your life.

    Kingsdaughter613

    What effects would that have for that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll RAFO that.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #175 Copy

    Questioner

    It seems to me like the Shards each have a color associated with them. Honor I think is blue, Odium is gold... My first question would be, what colors would be associated with Preservation and Ruin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I have always associated white and black with Preservation and Ruin.

    Questioner

    Would that have changed for Harmony?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will have changed for Harmony. But I won't say what it is.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #177 Copy

    Questioner

    Rysn, why can't she bond a spren? Is it just to help her travel quicker, since it's difficult to travel with a spren? Or is there another reason?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is another reason why she is forbidden from bonding a spren.

    Questioner 2

    Forbidden or impossible?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Forbidden. It's not impossible. It is forbidden of her.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #180 Copy

    Questioner

    The warrior monks in Elantris, are they a non-genetic magic system?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So here's the thing in Elantris. On Sel, you most usually need to be born in a certain location for the magic to work on you from that region. So, it's not genetic, meaning if you move there, your children count, right? Regardless of what your genetic heritage and things like that is. But it is regional.

    Questioner

    For Dakhor monks, wasn't it that they went to monasteries and trained over time and then they're...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So they do have something done to them that does this. But where they're from is directly related to how that works,how powerful it is, and these sorts of things.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #181 Copy

    Questioner

    Has Wit's bonding a Cryptic bound him to Roshar tighter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, asterisk.

    The reason for the asterisk on Wit is, you've seen him offworld since then. So just be aware there is an issue there, but yes, it's very similar.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #182 Copy

    Jofwu

    Dalinar had two really weird visions. Was that Connection-y stuff like he did with Kaladin and Tien?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Which ones are you talking about?

    Jofwu

    End of Words of Radiance, and in Oathbringer with Nohadon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that would be the same sort of weirdness that's happening with Tien. Yes, so you have basically multiple different ways of interpreting this. One is just--what Dalinar wants is directly... he is starting to change the visions specifically, and some might argue he is pulling from the Beyond. Others would argue that what Dalinar wants, feels things in his past, he is actually enforcing upon the vision, and is changing and altering the visions. And that is absolutely going on. It's whether the other thing is happening or not, depends on your personal religious beliefs. But Dalinar is starting, the Bondsmithing is starting to shape the visions.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #183 Copy

    AndyGranny

    The Five Scholars traveled from Nalthis to Roshar. And Intent is very important across all of the Cosmere. But also, Sel is actually closer than it is to Roshar. And from everything we know right now, when it comes to Intent, the Intent of using the Aons mirrors sort of Awakening. So did they travel to Sel as well, and has that influenced the way Nalthians learned to Awaken?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a RAFO for right now. Let's just say that the things that happened on Sel that prevented travel were not in place several thousand years ago.

    What I sidestepped is whether the Scholars had been to Sel, I heavily implied people from Nalthis had been to Sel. Don't take that as canon, that it's specifically the Scholars. That part is a RAFO.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #184 Copy

    Jofwu

    Did Shallan change her last name when she got married?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You do not change your last names if you are...

    Jofwu

    In Jah Keved?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, so she did not change her last name. She is still Shallan Davar.

    And there's also some... there's some weirdness there in line of succession stuff as well, which wouldn't be the case if she had been from Alethkar, and of certain, proper, you know... But the fact that she is not, she would keep her original name and would not be in succession for the throne.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #186 Copy

    LadyLameness

    The Inquisitors keep spikes in jars to stop the Hemalurgic decay. Is that clotted blood? Like, does it just work with clotted blood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will. So what's going here is the spikes have to - this is a weird Cosmere thing - the spikes have to think they're in a body and you gotta trick them. You don't need to use blood but that's the easiest thing that they could do to make it work. You could also leave it in a piece of meat.

    LadyLameness

    You can put the stake in the steak!

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can put a stake in a steak. But there are plenty of ways to do this without doing that. But yes, it's pretty gross.

    LadyLameness

    Not that I think they have consciousness very much, but I imagine that they're a bit stupid if they think that clotted blood is the same as a human body.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. You're just tricking the stupid piece of metal that has a little bit of extra Investiture and has become slightly self-aware, and so it keeps its charge and doesn't... yeah. There are much better modern ways of doing this that have started to be used.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #187 Copy

    Questioner

    Do Sazed and Kelsier still like each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *Very drawn out and with a "but" nearly audibly hanging in the air* Yes.

    Questioner

    Thinking of him as Thaidakar, I have to wonder like, he can't be doing things that Sazed would approve of, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. He definitely is doing things Sazed does not approve of. That's an astute observation. They do understand each other, though, right?

    Questioner

    So then Sazed knows what he's doing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He knows some of it, yeah. A decent amount. You will find out more in upcoming books.

    Let's say that the relationship between Sazed and Kell is... complicated and strained. But they would still consider themselves friends, would be what I would say.

    Questioner

    Would an Xavier-Magneto relationship be a little...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Not quite so antagonistic, but yes.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #188 Copy

    Pagerunner

    The specific word "ralkalest," it appears on multiple worlds. Why did you use that instead of just saying "aluminum"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is mostly us just being cheeky. I like fantasy names for star metal, and I came up with ralkalest because... I go back and forth sometimes about how much I just want to call something what it is in translation, and how much I want to call... In this case, I decided ralkalest sounds cool, it evokes the feeling of the people in world viewing this metal, where they have this view of it as this mythical, magical sort of thing. And simply calling it "aluminum" doesn't convey that in the same way, the mythology associated with it. So I use both, but it's like there's two different languages, and when I'm using "ralkalest," it's more evoking their view of this metal.

    Pagerunner

    On Sel, Shai says one word, and Raboniel says another word, neither of them are saying aluminum? Neither of them are saying some other word that doesn't exist in English?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, they are both saying, ralkalest would be a transliteration of the actual word in world.

    Pagerunner

    But which language, which transliteration?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, which language does ralkalest come from? I think ralkalest is probably original Yolish, but I haven't actually sat down and written that down. But that's what I would say now, that we're looking for kind of a mythological level. And a lot of times if you're gonna get a mythological term that's gonna transfer across worlds, it's gonna go back to what it was called on Yolen, right? Some of the words from Yolen are kind of like the way that we use Old English, or even... Latin's weird in English, so it's not really Latin. Latin and Greek have both been incorporated into scientific terms for things. But ancient terms, maybe more like Hebrew. Sometimes there's just some words that feel mythological. Some Yolish terms, because of that, kind of flow through the cosmere.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #189 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    If a Cognitive Shadow or a Splinter gained Connection to the Physical Realm, could they just transition through a perpendicularity to manifest a physical form, or is something else required?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Something else would be required, because you're... But that would take you a long way. It's going to depend on the situation, right?

    Questioner

    Because Ishar was doing something where like he was Connecting spren...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Ishar was doing something, and so for instance, spren are gonna be played a little differently than a Cognitive Shadow would be played. Like, Cognitive Shadows, that's just not gonna be enough. But spren is much closer. This has to do with how much Investiture's involved and how they're Connected and things like this, but it's not quite enough. In most cases.

    Questioner

    So Ishar was doing something in addition to just Connecting the spren to the Physical Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. He was indeed doing something more.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #190 Copy

    Questioner

    What's the source of rubber on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not very exciting, it is a tree. It's not an actual rubber tree, it is a Rosharan version of the tree. I actually had to think about this, cause silk doesn't come from the same place that silk comes from. And then, I'm just going too far. Silk I can at least talk about and I can name it seasilk, but for rubber I'm just like, it's a rubber tree. We'll just make it rubber. It's not petroleum based. That's gonna be a hangup on Roshar, that they don't have petroleum reserves in the same way. They are a planet that has only been around for 12,000, 13,000 years. And beyond that, there's the whole crem thing. They do have some sources of petroleum that are biological, or I guess it's all biological, but it's not, yeah. That's gonna be a problem for them, let's just say. Access to large petroleum reserves is not a thing you will find there.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #191 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    Was Kelsier directly involved in causing the showdown with Bloody Tan that ended up with Lessie...

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. As I have it written right now, no. Indirectly involved, possibly, but this is not an outcome he wanted, it's not something he influenced, and not something I would even say that he was aware was happening. I haven't written Secret History 2, so that's totally possible that... But I don't have it planned for him to be involved right now.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #192 Copy

    Pagerunner

    The Hemalurgy table, you wrote down "atium steals any power, lerasium is all abilities, nicrosil is Investiture"; what's the difference between those three?

    Hemalurgic atium, lerasium, and nicrosil. What's powers, abilities, and Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    People are Invested in ways that do not give them active powers. So for instance, everyone on Nalthis is Invested. Everyone in the cosmere is, really. You want to steal their Investiture, but they don't have a power. You're still ripping off a piece of their soul. So there is a distinction between the actual Investiture that's in a human being and a specific power that they have.

    So that distinction is pretty easy. You can also, with Hemalurgy, steal specific things. You can steal just general Investiture. You can steal, if you want--this is where the kandra Blessings come from. You can instead steal specific things that are not like stealing Allomancy. Stealing, for instance, someone's mental acuity.

    Pagerunner

    So abilities is like the half that's all the strength, speed, all that kind of stuff? Those are abilities, versus the Metallic Arts are all powers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Pagerunner

    Then Investiture, is that offworld magics?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no, it's the raw power.

    Pagerunner

    Nicrosil is their soul?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. A piece of their soul, essentially.

    Pagerunner

    So how would you go about stealing an offworld power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's going to depend. A Breath, you would steal with nicrosil. It's general Investiture, is what you would probably going call that. You could forcibly remove someone's Breath from them. The ability to be a Sand Master you would steal with the power ability.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #193 Copy

    Pagerunner

    Question about primer cubes and Rhythms. There's a Rhythm associated with every metal when they're used and that's what gets sensed by bronze Allomancy. Does the primer cube sense that same Rhythm and replicate it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it's actively like, drawing the Investiture in. The active...*hems and haws* is that what's going on? I will have to RAFO that, I'm going to have to go back to think about that some more.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #196 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    When Warbreaker has the priest's daughter manipulate her Breath, it doesn't appear to be permanently damaged afterwards. Like, Vivenna notes it flickers, but it seems to go back to what it was before, and Hoid loses some when Odium does something very very similar. Why is that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Odium was being more invasive and more destructive. And is less practiced at what was happening.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #197 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    And I want to know if Kell has worked with Khriss since he met her.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Worked together...

    Questioner

    To study something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner

    So like, they've been research partners on a paper.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They have worked together.

    JordanCon 2021 ()
    #200 Copy

    Kingsdaughter613

    What would the Surge of Transformation look like to an observer in the Cognitive Realm when someone's transitioning?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that, and I plan to show it someday.