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    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Stormlightning

    Would the Ghostbloods try to recruit [a Sleepless]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, the Ghostbloods would not trust a Sleepless.

    Stormlightning

    They wouldn't? So they wouldn't even try to get one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They would not. They would expect a Sleepless to take over their organization or try to. And try to stay far away from the Sleepless.

    Stormlightning

    What about the Seventeenth Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are members of the Seventeenth Shard who would be interested in recruiting one of the Sleepless. Generally they represent a wildcard faction that a lot of other people are wary of.

    Stormlightning

    I guess Khriss and them just know about them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. The Sleepless are cosmere-aware.

    Stormlightning

    Are they worldhoppers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are Sleepless on many planets. They have mostly settled on Roshar for various reasons.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    How did Hoid get the name Cephandrius?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cephandrius? Cephandrius is one of his very earliest aliases. Not his real name, but very soon after he stopped using his real name.

    Questioner

    Okay. Is there any relation to his real name? With that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will give you a RAFO card.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Stormlightning

    So about the Girl Who Looked Up, when her hair turns white, I'm just wondering, was that a Shallan-caused thing, or was that external?

    Brandon Sanderson

    External.

    Stormlightning

    It was nothing to do with her?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Everything in that had something to do with her.

    Stormlightning

    But she didn't cause it? Subconsciously or otherwise?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, she was involved, but the original source of that-- Yes, she is involved in that--

    Stormlightning

    But she didn't know something that caused it, even way back in her memory?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no. You're going the wrong direction for that.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    At the end of Oathbringer, or near the end, Kaladin is talking to Syl about not getting Shallan or whatever, and he says that she really just reminded him of someone, who is it that she reminded him of?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She reminded him of Tien, his brother, because his brother was a burgeoning Lightweaver, and Lightweavers, you'll notice, when they're around someone, that person starts to act a little bit more like a little bit of their best self. There's a bit of, also, counteraction to feelings of darkness and despair, it's just a natural Lightweaver sort of thing. And so, part of what Kaladin was drawing from Shallan was that feeling. I think it could've totally become love. And he's now cutting that off, he's saying it couldn't at all have become-- it could have. But that was part of what was drawing him in.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    So I was wondering, can Siri and Vivienna, does their hair change to unnatural colours, like pink and green--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It can. Yes.

    Questioner

    What would elicit that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, I would have to go back to look at my notes, honestly. I would expect you could get green by eating something that made you sick, right? They're gonna associate these colors partially with associations that people are putting on them, the same way that spren are acting like the associations that people give them, but I would have to look at the culture, because in their culture, they may not associate green with disgusting the same way we do, right, if that makes sense. So that's why I'd have to look at the notes. These things are partially based on their own interpretation.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I have a question about the Sibling, actually. So, do you-- Can you say something about who or what the Sibling is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who or what the Sibling is? I can tell you, the Sibling will be a matter of discussion in a future novel of The Stormlight Archive. That's a RAFO. You will find out a lot more as the narrative progresses. The Sibling is very relevant, but I don't want to say too much right now. 

    Questioner

    There is a lot of rumors that there's something going on...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ..Saying too much about the Sibling is gonna give big spoilers, so I'm just gonna stay quiet on it, alright?

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I'm gay, and I thought it was really cool that you had a gay bridgeman. Do you have any other LGBT stuff, your characters--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Mistborn series has Ranette, who's LGBTQ--

    Questioner

    Is she?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. It's, you know, you'll... So that's in the Wax and Wayne books, I don't know if you've read those. 

    Questioner

    Yes, yes, I remember her, okay. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    So yes, we've got her, we've got him, there are others that will show up here and there. Drehy is kind of special in that he's a very good friend of mine that I put into Bridge Four, so he's one of the ones that I kind of say "is it okay if I do it like this? Is it okay if I do it like this?" I kinda let him voice his character and things like that sometimes.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    You've stated before that Denth's ability to change is hair color is independent of him being Returned? So meaning he has the Royal Locks. Are Siri and Vivenna descended from him, or just a separate line of the same family tree?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that. But he does have the Royal Locks, so you can at least assume that they're related, at the very least.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Does Marsh know much about what Kelsier's doing during Arcanum Unbounded?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. 

    Questioner

    Okay. Anything else on that, or just a yes until further--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. He knows. He's aware. 

    Questioner

    I'll read into it. It's probably on 17th Shard or something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's just me, that's not in there anywhere. He's aware, but he's - yeah, yeah. He wasn't aware of all the stuff like he is by now, though, that's what I'll say.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    What was your motivation behind-- for killing Elhokar and simultaneously ripping my heart out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, it was-- I never feel like I'm killing characters, I'm letting characters take risks and I'm letting other characters have agency to do the things they're doing in the books. That whole plot cycle was more-- less me killing someone off and more me letting Moash go down the dark path that he have been demanding that he go down.

    Questioner

    Okay, but you realize half the fandom-- or the whole fandom practically wants him dead now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, yes. Well, they should! He made a very, very bad decision, and he deserves everything that the fandom is throwing at him.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Stormlightning

    You've talked about how Hoid really appreciates his new Lightweaving abilities, but what about the Soulcasting side of things?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, you'll have to see.

    Stormlightning

    Is he excited about that, or does he already have all of that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, he doesn't have all of that. He knows more than a lot of people do, and knows to be more-- frightened of Soulcasting than others are. Frightened is perhaps the wrong term. Wary. 

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    GyozaGuy

    Allik Neverfar has those medallions that let him to talk to people in their language, but he has an accent because it knows his parents aren't from that area. So I'm wondering, if he and his parents are both using those in a foreign land, does he no longer have an accent and his parents would?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that they would both still have an accent. 

    GyozaGuy

    So it's not connected--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's connecting to the soul of his parents and it's kinda picking that out. There are ways around that. If you are really good with the way Connection works and things like that. Obviously you've seen Hoid speaking without an accent all over the place. The medallions are kind of a crude, early version of doing that sort of thing, not really in control of the magic more, and so I wanted to build in some little indications that things are not quite as fluid as they will someday get.

    GyozaGuy

    So it's more of a hack and not a rewrite of the Connection.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, exactly.

    Bluebar

    It's not a direct link from them to the Investiture.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. If you find someone who's using the magic themselves, you'll see that they-- like Dalinar didn't have, the people who spoke with Dalinar didn't have accents when he was using the same sort of Connection magic to give them linguistics and things like that.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    I was wondering about how Alcatraz book 6 is coming along?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Its coming along really well. It's almost done. I've written my half, Bastille hasn't finished her half yet. Otherwise known as Janci -- A friend of mine that I'm co-writing it with so that I can blend the voice and make it sound a little more distinctive. It was sounding too much like Alcatraz, so I wrote a big chunk of it, and then I asked her to write a big chunk of it, and she is smoothing the voice together. I think she is near the last chapter of it, of the chunk she had been writing... It's going to be really cool. The ending that I have, it's really zany and it's really crazy, but it is great.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Can you make a Hemalurgic spike and get two people at the same time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, it's going to Invest from the first one and then potentially spike it into the second one, what it is stealing from the first, generally is what's going to happen.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Questioner

    Are you planning on doing more from Threnody?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I've got a Threnody book. Silence won't be in it. But there's a Threnody book.

    Questioner

    Like a full size?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A full size novel, on Threnody. 'Cause there's a group I need to get a book out about because they're relevant later on, that you need to know who they are.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Stormlightning

    Are Hoid and the Set aware of each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but I wouldn't say the Set as a general rule, but members of the Set.

    Stormlightning

    How do they feel about each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some various shades of loathing.

    Stormlightning

    On both sides?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    FanX Spring 2019 ()
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    Draconic Lingerer

    So you had had a Word of Brandon that had said that Tien was on his way to becoming a Lightweaver. My question is, did he ever actually become a Lightweaver; did he speak an Oath, and if so, did he bond with a Cryptic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's an excellent question. If you look closely through the first book, you will see Tien having some slight Lightweaving effects. In the back of my head, he was where Kaladin was during most of the first book, where it wasn't really official but there was a spren hanging around. He was very close to-- by the time he left, already done that. I would say he never actually managed to get that bond working... Otherwise, perhaps, things would have played out differently than they did.

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Extesian

    Can you confirm whether Navani will be the prologue viewpoint? Or you want to keep that quiet/ haven't decided yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, she is the prologue viewpoint.

    AridholGM

    Wouldn't it be dope to have the book 5 viewpoint from Gavilar himself, and it finally revealing what exactly he was up to.. :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is what I have planned.

    Planet Comicon ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    Lirin was of the opinion that tragedy was the means by which the Almighty proved the virtue of men. How else was one to explain the events of the past year?

    He ducked his head and stepped to the side respectfully, pulling his cloak tight as <Abijan?> strolled past. He remembered setting her arm in a splint some ten years before, soon after her arrival in the town, though she’d been called <Adi?> back then. Brightlord Wistiow had paid good money for her, and after she’d broken her arm, he’d wanted his investment protected.

    Now, instead of a simple smock, the parshwoman wore a fine silken havah. White, which was an odd color. Lirin didn’t think he’d ever seen a human woman wear a dress that shade. But the Fused taught that in the past, the parshmen—or singers, as they now began to be called—had preferred solid and often muted colors to not distract from the patterns of their skin. <Abijan>, like many of the town’s new parshman Brightlords, listened intently to what the Fused said about the past. They treated the ways of the ancient parshmen like scripture, but couldn’t cover up that they were more Alethi than they were like those old singers. <Abijan> wore her safehand in a sleeve, and when she spoke to her companions, two townspeople who currently had her favor, she didn’t have even a hint of an accent.

    Her skin patterns were swirling shapes, like mixing paint, red on white. Lirin had to admit the pattern was indeed striking against the white robe. He kept his eyes down, however, and remained by the side of the pathway, waiting until the parshwoman disappeared in the morning fog. Such extreme deference wasn’t required, but it was best to be careful when you were known as a potential troublemaker.

    Lirin pulled his cloak tight again and continued on his way through the dense fog. Though the sun was well above the horizon, he saw it only as a vaguely circular white blotch. They’d been seeing spring weather lately in Hearthstone, and that meant morning fog. A welcome shroud for his chosen activities this day.

    As he neared the perimeter of the town, he passed an increasing number of improvised shanties, blankets and tarps stretching between rooftops, making a kind of shelter for the crowded refugees. Entire streets were closed off this way. The sound of plates clinking and people talking rose through the fog surrounding him. These shanties would never last a storm, of course, but they could quickly be torn down and stowed. There just wasn’t enough housing otherwise. Hearthstone, as one of the towns of modest size this close to the Herdazian border, was clogged with refugees these days. In Herdaz, men could claim to fight for freedom, but how free were the corpses they left to bleed into the storm waters?

    In some ways, little had changed, despite the coming of the Everstorm and the awakening of the parshmen. The skin of some involved in the battles changed, but the same old conflicts raged. Those who had a little taste of power wanted more, and sought it with the sword. The normal people bled, and men like Lirin had to try to put them back together. At least it seemed to almost be over. Word was that the resistance in Herdaz had finally collapsed, and the singers were securing dominance in the country. That meant more refugees for a time, but maybe after that, everything could settle back down and men could stop killing one another.

    Unfortunately, as he emerged from a line of shanties, he found a sorry lot waiting for him. It was hard to get a count in the fog, but there had to be a good hundred people here. And with Hearthstone already nearing bursting, where were they going to fit so many?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So the rest of the chapter outline goes—and the rest of it’s in a real big mess—Lirin is there, he’s kind of looking through the refugees for sickness. Really, he’s keeping an eye out for that Herdazian general that had an interlude in the third book. He’s gonna be relevant here, they’re gonna try and hide him. But then they’re looking through the refugees, and one of them is Kaladin!

    General Reddit 2019 ()
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    Ben McSweeney

    If I recall rightly (it's in my notes somewhere) the height is 15' per level. Only a variance of 3', but it adds up. I feel like 17S did this same math a while back but it's probably buried by now. Could be worth digging up to compare notes though.

    We do have numbers, I went to some pains to try and get the drawing to represent them correctly. Your estimates are a little high I think, and you might be discounting the amount of internal space given to non-residential function (giant elevator atrium, for instance), but I think you're in the right zone.

    Orem Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Do you have an update on when the Hemalurgy table's gonna be available on the website?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not. That's really Isaac, you bug him and poke him. Whenever he decides to release it. He's kinda just in charge of that. Karen's around, I don't know if she knows.

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    JoyBlu

    At the end of Oathbringer, Hoid is there, and he uses the Breath to talk to the doll, and he gives the doll to K-whoever - he gives it to someone named Cob and Kheni. So, is Kheni a Parshman?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll RAFO that.

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    JoyBlu

    Okay, A larkin and an aviar. Could you tell us how they're related - are they a bit similar? Other than that they both fly.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would not call them terribly similar. A larkin is a specific type of creature that feeds off of Investiture. And there are some other things like that in the Cosmere. But aviar don't do that. Aviar have a symbiosis with an Invested entity. Aviar are more like, they're kind of weird because they fulfill both the role of a spren, but also the person that's bonding the spren. They're an intermediary.

    JoyBlu

    Okay. And larkins don't have feathers, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Larkins do not have feathers. They look like little... They look like wasps.

    JoyBlu

    Like wasps? That little?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, not that size, but that's the look of them. They're in the picture in the front of Way of Kings, the magic map. If we have Way of Kings here... We can grab it for you. If you go to my website for the art for Way of Kings, look up "Way of Kings art archive" on my website. It's not the cover, it's on the magic, the double eye symbol of the Knights Radiant in the inside cover flap. There's a pair of larkin there.

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    JoyBlu's Friend

    Many of my questions have to do with the Dalinar-Adolin relationship because I love families and I find this particular relationship very strained. I wish to know stuff like what Dalinar really feels for Adolin, as I find he treats him more like a tool than a son. Or whether or not we've seen the end of the Adolin murdered Sadeas narrative arc, as no character really had the time to react to it yet.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You have not seen the end of that arc. Dalinar loves his son but has trouble treating anyone as anything other than tools.

    JoyBlu's Friend

    What are Brandon's thoughts on the relationship? I'd also die to hear Brandon speak about what to expect for Adolin within book 4 in terms of length, scope—

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO! RAFO!

    JoyBlu's Friend

    —as I just wished to give Brandon comment on the fact that some readers were disappointed with the outcome of this narrative arc.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, RAFO.

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    JoyBlu's Friend

    I want to ask Brandon if he plans to write how Adolin feels next to Shallan, as we never get Adolin's viewpoint when it comes to their relationship. I thought it was missed.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tell them that I do plan to do some of that.

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    Questioner

    What happened to Rand? He's not dead?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Robert Jordan wrote everything from Rand stumbling out of Shayol Ghul until the ending, with the exception of the Perrin scenes, which I added to that epilogue. Harriet says--his wife--says he sat laughing to himself as he wrote the scene with the pipe, but he did not tell her what it means.

    Questioner

    Pipe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The pipe where he-- he lit the pipe just by thinking about it. 

    Questioner

    That's also something-- he's using the Tel'aran'rhiod power to light it in the real world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not know. Now, I have my theories. I think that because Rand touched the Pattern directly, when he was doing what he was doing, that he now has influence over the Pattern. 

    Questioner

    So he can change and manipulate things? But he's-

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's what I think, but Robert Jordan didn't say, and he did write those scenes himself before he passed away. So, I wrote the actual Last Battle-

    Questioner

    All of it? That was so epic.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So he took over-- where he left was right when Rand stumbles out. The Last Battle chunk before that was me. He wrote Mat in the Tower of Ghenjei... He wrote most of Egwene in The Gathering Storm, and then little snippets of Egwene all the way through. Perrin was almost one hundred percent me; he didn't leave much on Perrin. With Rand, he wrote little chunks here and there...

    So I do not know. Now, I can tell you that there in the notes that when the balefire streams, when they crossed, intertwined [Rand's] soul with Moridin's soul. And one thing that his assistant said is that the [soul] that wanted to live found the body that was going to live, and the [soul] that wanted to die found the body that was dying. And that's what happened.

    Questioner

    They swapped bodies because he had this thing-- Why didn't he go in and say "hey everybody?" ...He didn't want to be with his family and friends anymore?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think he probably came back-- He just needed a break. I'm pretty sure that he eventually let them know, but he just needed a little time. So, but I don't know for sure.

    Questioner

    I thought it was super cool, going in, the chase between Slayer and Perrin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I had a lot of fun with that scene.

    Questioner

    ...Also, you told me last time I saw you, that Tel'aran'rhiod is basically-- Is that kind of where you got the idea of the parallel universe in the other books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, Shadesmar. Shadesmar you can tie directly back to my love of Tel'aran'rhiod. It's kind of mixed with that in my love of some ancient Greek philosophy things that are not that important, but yeah.

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    Questioner

    I was wondering if there was ever a time where you wanted to write but you were too afraid to, or if you've always just been writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, as a teenager particularly, I was very nervous about my writing. I would hide my writing from my family. I was so embarrassed of the idea that they might find it and read it, and things like that. Early on, I didn't ever show my work to people. I wasn't scared of writing, but I was scared of letting anyone see it. As I got older, I got around that. I got over that, but it was kind of hard.

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    Questioner

    Alcatraz! Sounded as though there was gonna another book. Probably not by Alcatraz himself?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, by Bastille. I've written half of it. After I wrote about half of it, I realized I wanted a little help with the voice from a friend of mine who's very good at voice. So I've been letting her look at it and offer some tweaks and suggestions. Just 'cause I want it to feel like Bastille, but it felt too much like Alcatraz when I wrote it. Like I said, it's about halfway done, 25,000 words are done and good. We just need to tweak the voice. It's probably gonna be called "Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians." It will give the real ending, not the ending Alcatraz thinks it should have.

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    treegrass

    How long does it take to summon an Honorblade? Is it ten heartbeats or instant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Honorblades, as far as anyone knows is ten sec- ten heartbeats. If you were to ask Szeth how long it would take, he would say ten heartbeats.

    treegrass

    But they're not?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am not saying that. I am saying if you ask Szeth, if you ask the current bearer of Jezrien's Blade, they would all say it takes ten heartbeats.

    Questioner 2

    What about for the Heralds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO there.

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    JoyBlu

    On the back of The Way of Kings, it says "I long for the days before the Last Desolation." Who's I?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is one of the Sleepless. You have not...

    JoyBlu

    And it ends in "One of them will destroy us." Okay. And I have it we don't know who the Sleepless is yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know who the Sleepless... You don't know which one. It is not the one that you have met officially. I mean, you've met a couple of Sleepless, but it is not the one that Lift hung out with. He's a little odd, even for a Sleepless.

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    Questioner

    Of all the women that you've written, do you have one that was really fun to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In Wheel of Time, my favorite probably was writing Nynaeve at the ending. I had a lot of fun with her in the end. In my own, I would probably say Spensa was the most fun to write.

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    OrangeJedi

    Could a non-native be able to be Returned?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is possible.

    JoyBlu

    So someone who was born without a Breath and came to Nalthis could possibly be Returned?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Possibly could be Returned. Yes. That's not very likely.

    JoyBlu

    So they could get a Divine Breath, even though never...

    Brandon Sanderson

    They could be given a Divine Breath, yes.