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    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    You've said previously that the Oathgates don't obey Physical Realm speed of light. Do they obey the speed of light in Shadesmar? Or are they tapping into the Spiritual Realm shenanigans?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're tapping into Spiritual Realm shenanigans. An Elsecaller is capable of creating something that can teleport you faster than the speed of light.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    Do dragons in the cosmere have their own magic system? And if so, what can you tell us about it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll get some answers to this very soon because you'll be able to read Dragonsteel Prime. (And some of you have read that. We'll be doing this as a Curiosity, like we did Way of Kings Prime). Dragons act in the cosmere as kind of this... the Primary magic system that they use is something akin to soothing and rioting, but they have followers who pray to them and ask for them to help them with their emotions during difficult times, and the dragons are able to do that across any distance. That's kind of the main thing that they're doing, other than that they can transform between a dragon and a person in shape. There's a little bit more to it, but I'll give you those nuggets.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    What would happen if a person from Scadrial were to try to burn a manifested metal from Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So you're meaning they're in Shadesmar, they manifest it, and they try to burn it, right?

    Questioner

    Say a Spren of a Radiant manifests as a bead of metal instead of a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're not going to be able to burn that if it's something that's coming from a spren, because that's not going to be treated as a metal in your body. Like, those are God Metals, and that one is actually alive and awake and it's just not gonna work. There are ways, though, that you could make that work. So it's totally possible, but you're gonna need something that's not an alive spren that's manifest like that. You're gonna need some way to get access to some tanavastium or something like that that's not, like, some living being.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    What would happen if an Awakener drew color from an emerald and then a Soulcaster tried to Soulcast with it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's an excellent question. The color of the gemstone is working as a sort of key to help the Soulcaster and to facilitate this. There are Soulcasters that could do it if it's been drained, but for most of them it's just not gonna work. They're gonna view that too much like a diamond or even quartz and it's just gonna fiddle with the process to the point that it won't work. There are some people who could do it anyway.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    So the Threnodites are described as having a smokey shadow something to their soul; we don't really know what that is. Is it more similar to the black smoke that comes from Awakened objects in Yumi and Nightblood? Or is it more like Midnight Essence in Tress?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is more like Breath than it is like either one of those. More like Breath, but something's a little wrong with it

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    The Rosharan Ecologist (paraphrased)

    We've seen on Roshar creatures like chasmfiends evolve to have symbiotic relationships with spren. Are similar things possible between animals and Aethers?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    This could happen, yes. The Luhel bond is able to do these sorts of things.

    General Reddit 2023 ()
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    HunterPai

    [T]he last time I checked, the book was going to be called "Knights of wind and truth", but I see some people referring to it as "Wind and Truth." So I was wondering, what is the official name of the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm almost 100% in camp shorter title now. Just "Wind and Truth."

    The in-world book will be Knights of Wind and Truth.

    But I won't make the decision fully until the book is done, my editorial team has read it, and we can talk it through together.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    Could you Awaken a chasmfiend as a Lifeless with just one Breath, or would it require more?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It probably would require more.

    Questioner (paraphrased)

    And would a Lifeless chasmfiend still function normally, because they use spren in order to support their weight?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yeah, it wouldn't be able to make the Nahel bond work, so it would collapse.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    What would happen if a Mistborn ingested anti-lerasium or anti-atium, assuming they don't explode?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you are not highly Invested yourself, and you get the anti[-Investiture], it's not gonna be a fun time. You won't explode, but it will kill you, almost assuredly. Not a fun time, but not an explosively not-a-fun-time, just a regular old not-a-fun-time. Maybe a little bit like pouring molten metal down your throat.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    Is there a specific reason as to why Hoid cannot Skip, but Nomad can?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there is a specific reason for that. I'll get into it someday. Let's just say the Skipping started because of a certain event, that probably I won't write a book to talk about, but you will get an answer to that someday I hope. So it's a RAFO, but a RAFO with a little bit of a promise.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner

    Is Hoid able to use soulstamps?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid is working on how to figure out how to use soulstamps. As you have seen so far, he has not figured out how to make that work. But he only just barely managed to get access to Selish magic systems. He's working on it.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    #1 Taln Fan

    Who in the Cosmere could beat Taln in a fight back when he was in his prime?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Depends what level of abilities he has access to. If you're saying access to full abilities, I don't know of anybody who could beat him in an actual one-on-one.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Lightweaver2 (paraphrased)

    Does Rysn have a Torment?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    She hasn’t had the Dawnshard long enough for it to change her spiritweb enough.

    Lightweaver2 (paraphrased)

    Will she?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    She may not call it that, but the Dawnshard will change her spiritweb in drastic ways.

    Dragonsteel 2023 ()
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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    what inspired Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    (inaudible, there was a cultural influence), then he said that he wanted to have a teenager to kind of represent teenagers for his goal of representing everyone possible.

    Miscellaneous 2023 ()
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    Noxilicious (paraphrased)

    In the past, you've mentioned how Skyward was originally intended to be part of the cosmere. Were cytonic abilities originally going to be an Invested Art, or were they developed after the creation of the cytoverse proper?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Slight correction, Skyward was not going to be part of the Cosmere. It was specifically Spensa who was going to be in the cosmere. The story she was going to be part of is still cosmere-relevant, and we will still see it, but we'll see the replacement for Spensa instead. The cytonic abilities were developed afterwards, as we see in Defending Elysium.

    Brandon's Bookclub - Frugal Wizard ()
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    Brandon

    One of the things that I definitely wanted to do with this book as I was writing it was limit the ability of the fantasy world to impact the "real world" which, um, the story that Cecil and everyone is from may not actually be, it's certainly not our world, uh, maybe our world is one upstream from that, uh, is kinda what the implication might be or maybe they're a side step from one another, uh but I wanted to limit their ability to influence one another. One of the things that makes this book work is that you're kinda going into your own isolated world, where the real world can minimally influence it but it can't influence the real world in anyway, um, real world- I say real, they're both real, but the upstream world and things like that. Um this allowed me more flexibility with the narrative uh, in was I wanted to go. You don't have to worry, as a reader, what are the implications upon my world if this were discovered well, they're very- they're very greatly limited because nothing can transfer, uh, upstream. Uh, a useful tool for just letting the reader umm, suspend disbelief a little bit more, and focus a little bit more on the story that is happening.

    Dragonsteel 2022 ()
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    Questioner

    If you were to attend a dinner party with your characters and have three to five of them who would you pick?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who is least likely to get into trouble and cause disaster?

    Audience

    Lift! Lift!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lift? No, not Lift. No, not Lift.

    Audience

    Dalinar! *several inaudible recommendations*

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're naming all sorts of people that danger follows like a cloak! Alright, Alright. Let's put Harmony there because if something does go wrong having a god around is handy. Let's see, 5? ... We are going to do Steris because she'll be well prepared for everything. And then we will go with Dalinar, because I want him to maybe be able to meet Harmony, which would be kind of fun to see how that goes down. Jasnah because I'd like her to meet Harmony, that would be really interesting. And then I would pick one of the accountants from The Lost Metal because they're unlikely to cause anyone to come hunting them to destroy the room.

    Dragonsteel 2022 ()
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    Questioner

    If Steris, Rock, and Lift had to prepare potatoes, how would they prepare them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is actually pretty easy because Lift would get there without her potatoes, right? Now, she probably ate some of them, she probably just lost the others, she maybe gave some of them away to people who needed them. She's not going to arrive with any potatoes. If you give Lift a sack of potatoes it's on you. You can know the potatoes went to good places. She probably tried to feed one to her chicken, it probably didn't like it very much, mine doesn't, but she tried.

    Rock is going to make something delicious because it's a challenge to him. He's not familiar with a potato, he's like what do I do with this thing? He's going to figure out how to make something very very very cool with it.

    Steris is going to buy a recipe book. She's going to make every potato dish in there, in case you don't like the one that she made. 

    Skyward Flight Livestream ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    So, Peter and Karen's daughter, I guess multiples, two of the daughters or many all three. But I know for sure Bridget, is very eager about creating a slug. Because boomslug Dallin, my son came up with. So I'm like we could maybe do this. They want a remote viewing slug. 

    Janci Patterson

    Remote viewing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, a slug that creates a little thing you can see through to another location. That's what they have come up with.

    Janci Patterson

    That's awesome. Do they have a name for it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They don't have a name for it. But they want us to canonize it and tell them which of these slugs is the remote viewing slug.

    Janci Patterson

    So I have, and I don't know what happened with Defiant, I have a list of all of the slugs that I- yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So it wouldn't be any of those.

    Janci Patterson

    So probably it would have to be a different colored slug. So if they have a recommendation of what color slug they would like.

    Skyward Flight Livestream ()
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    Questioner

    Would you be willing to tell us what the rainbow slug's power is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Do you have the notes handy?

    Janci Patterson

    I know what it is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, you can say what it is.

    Janci Patterson

    That's the illusion slug. So in my mind, that's why it's a rainbow, it's not real it's an illusion.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's creating an illusion of it's self, yeah.

    Miscellaneous 2023 ()
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    Cheyenne Sedai

    I'm really curious about Boatload of Mummies because Brandon did mention on his updates that you'd worked on it for NaNoWriMo for the past couple of years which is really cool. And the title is incredible. I don't know if that's gonna be the final title, but that's what it's always been referred to. How have you been doing with that?

    Isaac Stewart

    Thanks for asking us. It's a project that I love. So I finished it. Finished a draft in September of last year. It's rough. It's a really rough draft. There's a lot of things that I'm still working through. I'm trying to narrow down the shape of the plot in a way because there's a little bit of--it wasn't inspired necessarily by these things, but it was after the fact that I realized, "Oh, it's part this, part that." It's sort of begins King Kong, if you imagined getting people on a boat. And then it continues as Death on the Nile. Then you get to a portion on an island. And then it ends The Mummy. And throw in a healthy dose of Venom. So it's like, "Okay, am I doing too much here?" And that's kind of where I'm at. You know, is this even a thing? Have I thrown too much in? Is this too much of a storyline? And i don't think it is. It really is in the end kind of a Raiders of the Lost Arc sort of story. You could pull out those some of those same elements and say, "Raiders of the Lost Arc starts out King Kong." But the basic plot line is there. There's going to be scenes in the current draft that are basically finished. I don't think they're going to change too much from the version that it is right now to the end.

    Will it be called Boatload of Mummies? Probably not. I can't see that as a title of a Cosmere book, right? But we can affectionately call it Boatload of Mummies as long as we want. The working title is Book of Nails. And whether there's a series title or not, we'll have to figure that out if it's a story that people want to continue learning about.

    But let me tell you Nicki Savage is so much fun to write. Don't expect exactly what you get from the broadsheets because she is writing to a particular audience, and has learned some skills from Allomancer Jack--though I do think Allomancer Jack's stories might be closer to the truth than Nicki's are.

    You will see parallels between this story and some of the elements that are in the broadsheets. But she's basically: if you can imagine a Mary Poppins. who is incredibly interested in the supernatural, and is not afraid to beat up people. That's basically your character right there. And she's just, she's a load of fun. A boatload of fun.

    Cheyenne Sedai

    I imagine from what you've said that you still wouldn't be ready to give us what could eventually function as a back of the book blurb?

    Isaac Stewart

    During the first NaNoWriMo that I worked on it we had to come up with our elevator pitch on that, and I wrote the Readers Digest, TV Guide version of it, and it was "A woman with a strange, magical power journeys to an island to find a mythical book that might raise the dead." Something like that.

    This particular book is interesting because... How do I pitch this when it's a spin off of a different series. It's a spin-off from Mistborn, technically. But it's not a Mistborn book. You can't pitch that to somebody who doesn't know Mistborn. And that's been some of the fun in trying to figure this out is "How do I tell a different story here, but then have to reintroduce how Allomancy works? But now in this era, we know about Allomancy, we know about Feruchemy, we know about Hemalurgy. We have crossovers from other worlds. How do you write this book without confusing somebody entirely without... "There's like 50 magic systems in here, and I don't understand." And that then goes into the pitch. How do you pitch this book? People who know the Cosmere, you just say it's set on Scadrial, but it's not really a Misborn book. It's just hard to encapsulate and someday I'll figure it out.

    General Reddit 2023 ()
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    Clowdtail12

    I was just wondering if Sando [Brandon] has ever said what was behind the very ornate door under The First Capital [in The Way of Kings Prime]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    An Unmade was behind that door, spiked with crystal spikes to the wall, holding it and preventing it from going anywhere. I believe I talked about it on a stream somewhere.

    This was very, very early Hemalurgy--and some of the things I was planning there are no longer canon. You probably could still spike an Unmade to bind it to the Physical Realm, though, so that part remains viable.

    YouTube Livestream 58 ()
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    Questioner

    As Dragonsteel expands and you have other writers like Janci and Dan telling stories in your worlds, how do you manage the difference in approaches to writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, so this is something we're kind of finding our way through. You'll notice that I experimented with this a bunch with side projects before I decided to do some mainline projects. And I picked two of the writers that I'm very closest with and know the best. I don't anticipate going a lot further than that, right? I do like the idea of seeing what a few other writers can add to things like the Cosmere, but I don't want to turn into Forgotten Realms, where there's always a new book coming out by a new author. I do think that some places have done a  better job of this though. Like, Black Library tends to have a very good reputation with the authors that they invite in and cultivate a stable of authors rather than just, you never know who's going to be writing one. I know that I didn't necessarily like this in comics, when I read more comics, not knowing when an author on a book was gonna be fired or when you were not gonna start seeing the original creator anymore. You will never not be seeing me writing books.

    How do I approach it differently? When I hand it to someone, like with Skyward, I do envision it as being Janci's now. That I am overseeing. These are now her stories. It's kind of like how I felt... Harriet told me when I took over the Wheel of Time, Harriet came to me and said, "You are the author now, Brandon. You need to follow your instances as a writer and do your best job. You do want to look at what Robert Jorden was going to do and you want to try and fulfill his vision too." But she was very clear with me, it's like, "You are the writer now." And that gave me a certain level of ownership that I feel I needed. And despite some things about what I did definitely being... You know, I'm not without criticism, and deserved criticism. I think that me taking over that series went better than the vast majority of this happening in the past. You can just look at that both in aggregate reviews, you can also look at that at sales, you can just kind of look at... Really trying not to blow my own horn, but I think Wheel of Time is the gold standard in sci-fi/fantasy for an author passing away and someone else taking over the series. And part of the reason, in fact, I would say one of the biggest reasons for that, was Harriet coming to me and saying, "You need to be the author. You need the freedom and flexibility to treat this like your own series. You're not writing this for someone as just a work-for-hire; get this, chop wood, be done. We are handing you the keys to the house." And then, of course, the fact that she was also the editor to keep me a little reigned in in the right places was a big key.

    But I bring that same sort of feeling to the authors I'm working with, with: "I'm gonna be there. I'm gonna help you outline. I'm gonna help you worldbuild. I'm gonna give feedback on the drafts. I'm gonna do everything I can to make this really excellent." But when you read Dan's Cosmere book, it's Dan's Cosmere book; it's not Dan writing Brandon's Cosmere book. It's Dan writing Dan's Cosmere book with Brandon deeply involved and trying to help out. And I think this is gonna lead to just better books. I think it's gonna lead to much better books.

    I remember when I went to Blizzard once. They had me in (they had Pat Rothfuss in a separate time), and one of the reasons they had me in is they're like, "We would like you to write this story for us." They wanted to investigate having me write books for them. And it was a wonderful experience, everyone there was great, but I very quickly could tell I was the wrong person for the project. Because they already knew the exact book they wanted. They had every bit of lore that they wanted in that nailed down. The level of flexibility that I could have in telling a story in the Warcraft world was just almost nil. (They were actually investigating people for Overwatch back when it was Overwatch, but they also talked about Warcraft stuff.) It was like, "You could tell this story. This is what happens in it: boom boom boom boom boom boom boom." And it's all just completely already done, they just need someone to put the words on the page. And that is not me. That's not a project I was the least bit interested in.

    Adam Horne

    Seems like a lot of movie experiences are built like that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, a lot of movie experiences are built like that, too. And because of that, I politely declined that opportunity. And I have learned (particularly in these kind of collaborations) that the best things that we came up with were things where I said, "Here is my world. Here's what makes it exciting. Here's what I love about the characters. What do you want to do in this world?" And together, developing something that really matches them. Particularly when I can kind of hand off characters that I have not spent a lot of time on or have them invent all new characters.

    That's what you should expect with the collaborations I'm doing. Quality control, hopefully by Brandon, hopefully really great stories, but stories I could not have written, because just handing people my outlines hasn't really worked. The best example of that being White Sand the Graphic novel. Isaac has made that book great, by kind of taking some real ownership over it. The first stuff that we did (even before he did this latest revision that you guys can now get), it felt like my outline got really stiff when someone else played with it, and some of the stuff that makes reading a Brandon Sanderson book really fun and enjoyable didn't end up in there.

    There's a long rambling answer to you; I hope that's relevant and helpful. But, that's the way I am approaching this.

    YouTube Livestream 58 ()
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    Questioner

    With the success of the Kickstarter and those editions of the books, do you think there's any chance of a nicer edition with RP coming available upon the release of future books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that's something that we've talked about. People seem to want an edition in between the regular release in bookstores and the leather bounds. Some people prefer the leather bounds, some people would like something a little bit more like these Dragonsteel editions we've done, so we have had talks internally. The thing is, maybe this is something we'll need to do a poll on. I don't want to overwhelm people with editions, and I don't want to inspire this feeling like you have to own every edition, right? And so, do I want to for instance do yet another release of the Mistborn. Cause we have Mistborn hardcover, paperback, leather bound, and trade paperback, and then a separate YA edition. Do we do yet another? But having a Mistborn trilogy that would look good on the shelf with your Dragonsteel editions of the Secret Projects is appealing to me at the same time, so. <We'll maybe run> a poll, but we would like to hear kind of from you guys, what do you want, how many of you want it, how many of you would feel overwhelmed by product fatigue. There's always the joke about Skyrim, how many different releases of Skyrim can we have? I know I feel that sometimes, like Street Fighter, which I used to play with a kid, and people were like, yeah there's like 80 different versions of Street Fighter 2.

    YouTube Livestream 58 ()
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    Questioner

    Now that you're 75% through the first draft of Stormlight 5, how are you feeling as you are quickly approaching the end of the front half of the series? Are you looking forward to the mid-series break and having time to work on other projects? Thank you for your time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am really looking forward to the mid-series break. I don't think more so than I am at the end of any other long, difficult write. Each of the Stormlight books I am happy to be done when I am done. I think you'll find me more so next year when I've been having to do revisions a ton. But I am looking forward to that break. That said, I am very fond of Stormlight, and I don't feel that fatigue right now, as much as I might have anticipated. I think part of it is the way I am writing it. Letting me, basically I go through one group of viewpoints, and then I start back over. It's keeping it kind of refreshing to me, and I get to have that build to a climax experience multiple times. It's also helping that I'm really looking forward to seeing how people respond to some of these things that I'm doing. But yeah, I'm looking forward to the break. I'm looking forward to going back to do some Elantris work. I'm looking forward to writing the next era of Mistborn, since that ones been planned for a long time, and Wax and Wayne kind of got in the way, even though I love Wax and Wayne, of doing this one. This ones been out lying for way longer than Wax and Wayne, and so it will be nice to be able to get to that.

    General Reddit 2023 ()
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    Angemon175

    When Adonalsium Will Remember Our Plight Eventually came on page did anyone else immediately think of Good Omens and Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery Pulsifer?? That was my first thought and couldn't stop laughing, I hope it's an homage

    Brandon Sanderson

    It kind of is, kind of isn't. I first became aware of this quirk of puritan societies because of Pratchett, but it was Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets that did it, actually.

    Truth is, these kind of names were very rare (and kind of odd) in actual puritan societies, but they're just too deliciously interesting to not riff off of. Single word puritan names, like Faith or Justice, were far more common. (Including Silence, which I used after I actually encountered it doing genealogy of puritan Americans.)

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    The Nim

    Would a mortician be able to tell that the body in front of them is a worldhopper?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. But not because of the worldhopping. A mortician would generally be able to tell because... I guess it depends. There's some that you would not be able to tell if they were. If someone left Roshar and came back to Roshar and died, a mortician wouldn't necessarily tell. Now, someone who can read their spiritweb might be able to tell. But that's not going to leave an effect on you physically, unless, for instance, they're doing an autopsy of what's in your stomach. And they're like, "Oh, we found offworld food." I would say, a lot of times, there's going to be some forensic sort of things you can do to determine. Or, you might be like, "This person is a different ethnicity than we have on this planet." So, I would say, a lot of the time, but there's nothing that's gonna leave intrinsically... it's not like, "Count the rings, how many times they leave the planet."

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    Lasernatoo

    You said before that you want to cameo in any adaptations of your books as someone who dies in each one. Assuming you do this, would it just function as an out-of-universe nod? Or would you canonically be playing a very unlucky set of identical worldhopping siblings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It wouldn't be siblings; it'd probably be, like, somebody who keeps getting reborn. Somebody who's immortal in some way, and something terrible happens to him every time he goes. A little like the unluckiest planeswalker from Magic, if you guys are familiar with that.

    I would be the same person, I think, because we'd want to keep canon, and things like that. Some dude who maybe had a certain Dawnshard that makes him indestructible, for a short period of time (not Hoid), but tries to keep going places to get out of danger and just ends up getting squashed every time.

    Kind of like I'd be the cosmere's Kenny.

    Miscellaneous 2023 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    When Stormlight 5 is out and you've read it, remember to ask me what happened in my writing on July 18th. I wrote an important scene yesterday that I think might be worthy of a little extra special notation.

    General Reddit 2023 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    I think we're completely stalled at this point, folks--not just because of the strikes. They're a relatively small issue in regards to what we were trying to do. We got really close in some ways I'll be able to talk about eventually, but I don't see any kind of film/TV announcement coming this year.

    Hollywood is scared. Even Mission Impossible is under-performing, and Rings of Power did far beneath what they wanted. I think at this point, I might have to try some smaller forays (i.e. Not Stormlight, not Mistborn, maybe not even Cosmere) into Hollywood to build a reputation before I can get the kind of adaptation I want.

    We'll see. There still are a few possibilities in the works that could turn this around. If it does happen, it won't be for an announcement this year.

    YouTube Livestream 56 ()
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    Gama Ray Martinez

    For someone who says that you can do anything and you can have dragons, there's a remarkable lack of dragons in your book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I know, I know. They started showing up. Secret Project One has the first onscreen as a dragon. But yes, the dragons have been kinda hiding out. The thing is, one of the first books I wrote in the Cosmere had a lot of dragons. It was called Dragonsteel. But it didn't get published. That book, it's still canon to the lore of the Cosmere, and I know all about it, but... yeah, you're right.

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    Tech Evil

    Someone brings a server and computer plus monitor to Roshar and uses AI to create AI art. Would creationspren or any other spren gather?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, because it is emotion and perception of the person doing the creating that is drawing the creationspren. However, do that long enough, and there's a decent chance that a sufficiently strong AI would start gaining sentience in the cosmere, because of Investiture and the way things work.

    Gama Ray Martinez

    So what about logicspren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Logicspren are drawn to people's arguments. It's the person's emotion and thoughts that draw the spren, not the activity necessarily, in most cases. Some of the more... There's a division line. The spren that are a little more on the Cultivation spren, they can be drawn to just... Lifespren and rockspren, they're not looking for the human emotion, necessarily. But things like creationspren and logicspren are.

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    Not a writer at all

    What's it like handing over keys to parts of the Cosmere to Dan and others? How do you see this collaboration working in the future once stories begin overlapping more?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's very interesting. It's been, in some ways, a little bit easier than some of the other things. One of the things I realized in doing some of my collaborations that I did in the past was that handing over a story that I had been working on was actually kind of hard. Like, I didn't get to write the story. And once someone else wrote it, then it was written, and there was a part of me that was kind of a little bit sad. (Though some of those stories turned out fantastically, like The Original, which I wrote with Mary Robinette. She wrote it in a way I couldn't have.)

    But with the Cosmere stories, we decided we're not doing that. What's happening with both Isaac and Dan (who are working on Cosmere stories) is, we sat down and we brainstormed stories in the Cosmere using some of my worldbuilding and things, but stories they wanted to tell that match who they are and their voices. So these are not books that I was planning to write, that I had outlined. These are books we're, like, "You know what? It'll work better if someone else doesn't just try to do a Brandon story that Brandon was planning to write, and instead we let them take the worldbuilding, the basis, and extrapolate from it." So Dan and Isaac and I have a brainstorming session every week, and we are working on just, right now, the worldbuilding and the plotting for Dan's story. And we've been spending a lot of time on it. It'll probably be another six months or a year before he even starts writing it, because we want to get it absolutely right. And it's a story that's doing the themes and what-not that Dan is really interested in. We're just (Isaac and I) making sure to help out and make sure it fits in the Cosmere. So I think it's gonna be a different kind of collaboration that I think is gonna work really well.

    And I'm excited by it. There's nothing for this one that I'm like, "Oh, I wish I could write that." It is absolutely a Dan story built for Dan. It's gonna be a lot of fun. I won't say anything about it. I want Dan to come on and be able to talk about what's exciting, why he's made the decisions he has. But I'll say this: one of the nice things, we're in a spot where we can do something I never got to do when I was younger. Which is: have an art team do concept art. So Dan can say "I need this," and then the concept art team goes and comes back with twenty different versions of a worldbuilding thing done by three different artists, that he can be like "Oh, this is the one; extrapolate on this." It's actually a lot of fun. Having a concept art team is something that most writers never get to have, and I am really excited to be able to have it.

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    Questioner

    How have the Skyward Flight stories affected your writing of Defiant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They affected them quite a bit. A lot will be spoilers but I already mentioned a couple things. New slugs were discovered, different relationship things happened, the relationships with the other races in the universe have developed, some big events happened. Basically, when I sat down to write it, I couldn't not take these all into account so I just wrote it with no coddling the fact that all of this had happened. My writing group is indicating that maybe I want to give a little bit more--which I'll try to do--for readers to bring them up to speed on what happened. But, y'know, these novellas, we imagined them as side stories but we both like to write things that are epic and expansive and interconnected--

    Janci Patterson

    And it grows.

    Brandon Sanderson

    --and it stops being side stories very quickly, once you get a couple of excited authors involved.

    Janci Patterson

    Every time we had a conversation the scope grew a little.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's why they ended up... we say novellas, they were fifty thousand words each.

    Janci Patterson

    One of em's fifty.

    Brandon Sanderson

    What are the others?

    Janci Patterson

    Sixty.

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    Dairetron

    If there was enough Investiture available, would a Forger be able to soulstamp lerasium, take it, and then remain a Mistborn after the stamp has worn off?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they would not remain a Mistborn. They would be able to do it during the time that they... It would wear off. Because their genetics would change back.

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    Dairetron

    In Dawnshard, when Rysn's looking at the mural, it's exploding the sun into four pieces and then each of them is broken into four from there. Based on this, would it be reasonable to assume four Shards of similar Intent could be able to form like a super-Shard without the issues Sazed is encountering? For example, say Honor, Valor, Mercy, and the last maybe unknown Shard like Wisdom or something like that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a correct line of theorizing.

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    Neal Ginsberg (paraphrased)

    We have now seen shades across the Cosmere.  Please let me know if I'm thinking along the correct line. Is one of the reasons that shades form because their access to the Spiritual Realm has been altered or damaged?  

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO.  You are definitely theorizing along the correct lines.  I can't verify the exact mechanism, but you're thinking along the right path.

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    asmodeus

    A lot of the Radiantspren descriptions are in some way similar to the essence described to them.

    • Windrunner essence - Translucent gas, air | Honorspren often look translucent, and are quite similar to windspren
    • Willshaper essence - metal | Reachers look coppery
    • Elsecaller essence - oily liquids | Inkspren are regularly described as oily
    • Stoneward essence - rock and stone | Stoneward spren are described as looking very stone-like, with glowing fire within

    Yet Truthwatcher spren and Edgedancer spren seem to have switched essences in their descriptions.

    Truthwatcher spren have been described as light passing through glass/crystal, yet that is the Edgedancer essence. Similarly, Edgedancer spren have been described as looking like vines, yet plants/pulp are the Truthwatcher essence.

    Is this deliberate, or even meaningful?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It's important to remember that the table of the Ten Essences and Their Historical Associations is an in-world document based on the understanding of the people of Roshar. Some parts of it reflect reality more closely than other parts. Some of it attempts to put things in little boxes that resist being constrained to those boxes. Some of it may be essentially irrelevant. And there may also be other associations that exist but are not reflected in the table.

    Also, feel free to quote me on this.

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    Red the Windrunner (paraphrased)

    We have now seen Midnight Essence on Lumar and as part of the Unmade on Roshar, should we assume that all the other Unmade have connections to Odium’s other conquests like maybe Sja-anat and Ambition?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Midnight Essence is more like Lightweaving in that multiple magic systems will reach the same conclusion. When something is done to the magic to corrupt it, it becomes like Midnight Essence. So while there are similarities between the two and they work the same they may not have the same point of origin.

    Red the Windrunner (paraphrased)

    So there is no meaningful connection between Sja-anat and Ambition?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    You weren’t going to let me off the hook. You are theorizing in a very interesting direction. RAFO!

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