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    Oathbringer Portland signing ()
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    Hoiditthroughthegrapevine (paraphrased)

    Is Hoid the girl who looked up? Is this the story of the shattering of Adonalsium, and did the group shatter adonalsium to figure out analytically the nature of Divinity. Was this an attempt to separate the different components of god to understand the unitary whole better?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He said that this was not quite right but thinking along the right track

    General Twitter 2018 ()
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    Miranda Orpin

    Excuse me [Mr. Sanderson], I’m just reading Words of Radiance & something struck me. Is Bridge Four’s salute anything like the Wakandan salute from Black Panther?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Very close. It isn't done across the chest though, but with the hands held out.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    What book would come first in this timeline?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've written them roughly chronologically so far, though Dragonsteel will take place first, which I haven't released yet. White Sand is chronologically (the graphic novel) before the other Cosmere books.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    You said the The Rithmatist is a little ways out, the sequel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do mean to keep meaning to get to it sooner than I have. It's one of the-- It's the one that's been the most difficult to figure out how to do the sequel. I'm confident-- Let me get Alcatraz [6: The Worldspire], which-- it should be done pretty soon here, cleared off my plate. The last book of that one is-- had significant progress on it lately. Once that's done I'll look at Rithmatist, which is the other thing that's been dangling over my head.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    I'm really curious about Ryshadium. Is there something bigger about them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not super-huge. They are non-native species who have started to form spren bonds like native species do. So, a symbiotic bond with a spren has started happening. Ryshadium are horses that have done that, basically. You could say that humans have done the same thing. Non-native species that have started to form spren bonds. The Ryshadium are the only other non-native species that that has started happening. Like the chasmfiends have a symbiotic relationship with the spren that they have, the Ryshadium have a spren.

    It's not as visible, but it is there.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Did Harmony change the laws of Feruchemy and Allomancy just so that people wouldn't want to do Hemalurgy by making it possible to get those powers otherwise, or was that already...

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, that wasn't the purpose. It was already built in.

    I made the call. I didn't built that Sazed did it, but it's a little bit of a retcon, breaking Feruchemy into its separate powers. I felt that would just be a more interesting narrative.

    So, the behind-the-scenes answer is, I just broke those apart. My rationale for myself in-world was that now that the bloodlines were spreading out more, this was a natural effect of the bloodlines mixing.

    Questioner

    Makes sense. Just Sazed didn't want people looking at Hemalurgy so I figured maybe he retconned it a little bit just so [you?] wouldn't.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That isn't the answer I came up with. But it sounds rational. I want to be careful not to have too much Sazed retconning going on. But at the same time, it is kind of a retcon, so maybe I should have.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    I would like to know more about Wit. What is he?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wit was born on the planet where all of this started. Long ago, in the early history of the Cosmere. Certain things that happened there made him immortal. A bunch of the people who were involved in this became what we call Shards of Adonalsium. They took up deific power. He did not, but he is one of the only other people who was around during that time who's still around.

    Questioner

    So does he get a flashback book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He gets an entire series which is where all of this happens, in the beginning. That should be a trilogy right now. We'll see. I'm going to write it after Stormlight is done.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Have there been Mistborn, and other people from other books, with powers in Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Captain Demoux. You've seen Captain Demoux. You've seen, of course, Wit. He used Allomancy in one of the books. There are others. There is a Terriswoman running around. Those are the big ones. There are others, but they're much smaller...

    There's Felt, but he doesn't count.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    I know I don't have a lot of di-Shardic worlds to deal with, but I notice a pattern on Scadrial of metals*inaudible*, kind of a focus *inaudible* of magic. And with Roshar, it's gemstones, it tends to be. Is that determined by the Shardworld or the Shards?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's kind of one and the same.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Are there Awakened objects on Scadrial because it talks like, "Hello, do any of your metal objects talk to you?" Or is that just you having fun with the broadsheets cause the broadsheets may not be a hundred percent true?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The broadsheets are definitely not one hundred percent true, but we didn't put anything in there that didn't have a reason. So that is a RAFO.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Those short stories on Threnody and First of the Sun, will we have full books for those?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Unlikely. Threnody yes. It's likely that you'll see a Threnody book. That's not a one hundred percent promise though. A Threnody book would not be about Silence or anything. Threnody's been a place I've wanted to do a book about for many years. And there's a group that's important later in the Cosmere that it'd be nice to have had a book about. But this comes down to where does my time end up getting spent? Sixth of the Dusk it's unlikely.

    Questioner

    Will we at least get more short fiction about it then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is possible, but no promises.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    So, you mentioned in your Q&A about how you're usually writing one [book] and revising another. Where are you at in the process right now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am writing the sequel to Skyward, I am outlining Stormlight 4, and I am revising Secret Project that I can't talk about that's a secret project. The one that was on my website. We had a progress bar for it, but I haven't said what it is. There are many, many theories online about that one.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    coltonx9

    Have you ever thought about doing like a Cosmere cookbook? Different recipes from different planets.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would totally do this if I knew someone who was a good chef. If fans can come up with recipes, I could totally see us doing something like that.

    Questioner 2

    *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's true. We could make a cookbook.

    Questioner 2

    He wrote the foreword for Oathbringer, didn't he?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, he did.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    I designed a shirt with the Windrunner symbol online, and they wouldn't let me because they said a game had the rights to that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Any of our symbols, the copyright is to the company. You are free to print off shirts for yourself and friends, we have no problem with that. Anything that contains artwork from our series, we don't let you sell. You can do it for your friends.

    Or you can design something that doesn't use any of the artwork, and then we don't care. If you want to do something with the artwork and you think it's really cool, if you can convince Isaac, my assistant, that it's cool enough, there's a chance we'll just license it, and at that point, you get, I think, 15% off the top, and we'll sell it on the website.

    That's the line we came down on. We want people to make stuff for themselves, but we don't want people selling stuff that has the artwork. If you're just making for yourself, I don't care.

    We actually have a fanart policy that officially says you can do that. So if you can point the company and say, Hey this is for personal use only, I'm not going to sell it, here is the fanart policy from Brandon's website that says it's okay, then maybe they'll let you do it.

    If that doesn't work, try a different place. Know that you aren't running afoul of anything on us. We even drew it up with a lawyer saying this is legal, you can do this for yourself.

     

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    If Megan were ugly, would David have cared? Would he have still figured out the problem?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not sure. David's a little shallow at times. That's a question you'd have to ask him. And he might require a little soul searching on his part. David is probably one of the more earnest but more shallow people that I've ever written about. There aren't a lot of us that aren't terribly shallow early in our lives and we kind of learn that lesson as we grow.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    What would win in a fight between a sandling and a chasmfiend?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Where are they?

    Questioner

    I don't know.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That matters a whole lot.

    Questioner

    That really does.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep. That's the answer. Where are they? They would both probably win in their native environments.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    The only question I have is how soon are we going to be expecting to interact with Urithiru?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a big question on the minds of the characters and it will be a major theme of the next book. Whether or not it'll actually happen or not

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    If a person who could use Stormlight went to the world of Mistborn, would they still have the same strength? Would the distance from the god depend on it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The only one that the distance matters is Elantris because of the power being trapped in the Cognitive Realm makes distance important. The thing is, you would need to get Stormlight.

    Questioner

    Or like Mistborn, they would have the same type of strength?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a lot easier for Allomancers to move between planets than the others just because it's harder to get stormlight because it runs out. It's harder to get the sand unless you can find some kinetic investiture to recharge it. I would say the easiest to travel is Mistborn. Sandmaster is probably second easiest, then it gets a little hard from there. I guess, it depends, you can just carry the Breath with you. That works just fine. Getting new Breath, though... There's a lot of different variables going on there.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Have we met the people that Hoid is working for?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am not going to confirm or deny that Hoid is working for anyone. Nice try! And people who think Hoid is working for them might not be right.

    Questioner

    Even though--with the end of Elantris bit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sometimes people pay Hoid to do things. And he doesn't do them. Or he does them his own way. The thing that happens in Oathbringer with him and the innkeeper, that is a really common occurrence with Hoid. There are times where he has actually worked for someone. There are times where they thought he has. And there are times where something entirely different has occurred. So, I'm not going to confirm or deny.

    Footnote: The Questioner is referring to the bonus scene at the end of the Elantris 10th Anniversary Edition.
    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    With the King's Wit, when Hoid left, was there ever a new Wit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Hoid has been erratic enough that they knew he would be back. If he had been gone long enough they probably would have gotten around to getting a new Wit, but they just never did.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    One question I've been thinking about a lot, and that is the black bladed sword. Is there just one sword, or is there one for each world, that [works with?] different...like Shard powers, or is it just one sword that can work with all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Nightblood] is something special. A long time ago, some people from the Warbreaker world came to Roshar, saw Shardblades, thought, "We can do this," went home and tried to make one. And that is Nightblood. And it went horribly horribly wrong. And so they didn't make any more, except now, Azure's sword is somewhat related. But that is the origin of Nightblood. Trying to make a Shardblade out of a different magic system.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Question about Elantris real quick. In your [Arcanum] Unbound[ed], they show up. Is this post or pre Elantris. Because they're so well organized in that one.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, that is post Elantris. But, the Ire weathered the [Reod].

    Questioner

    Oh they come back. And they remember everything.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They were not on Sel when the [Reod] happened.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Is Warbreaker 2, is that near-future?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Distant future.

    Footnote: The Questioner appears to be asking about when the Warbreaker 2 novel will be released, not where it will fall in the timeline.
    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    So in Oathbringer we start seeing cases of Shadesmar and worldhoppers. As the series progresses, are you going to kind of like gear it into more of like, world meeting world, like almost leading up to like Dragonsteel type events?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, that is kind of the goal. 

    Questioner

    Like long story goal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not really... People imagine it being Avengers-ish. It's not really that. It's more like the way these worlds interact is the story that I want to tell. So they will slowly come mashing together.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    You know how the Cosmere all ends, right? Does anyone else know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No one else knows right now. But I am slowly filling out that outline in my notes so that they'll have it in case something unfortunate happens to me.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    When will you do the next Stormlight book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So I divide my time between half Stormlight and half other things. So, I'm about a year into my 18 month break. I'll start Stormlight 4 on January 1st.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    coltonx9

    If the Nightwatcher was asked to bond a person with a spren, would you just kidnap a spren and force a bond, would she create a spren...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Nightwatcher is unlikely to force a spren to bond.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Are you going to do a Mistborn: Secret History part 2 to talk about what Kelsier's doing during...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Likely, but not 100% promise. It's kinda my time frame. A lot of the stuff that's happening right now is foreshadowing for Era 3 where Kelsier will have a much bigger role. Era 3, the 1980's one. So we'll see when I'm writing those if I need a Secret History to catch us up.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    All right. So...things do get confusing whenever I'm trying to circumlocute spoilers. I could have smacked myself for forgetting to mention "no spoilers" before the Q&A. I keep forgetting that there are many readers who are not as sensitive to these things as I am. (Though one woman did gasp in the row behind that guy asking the question--as his original one mentioned Sadeas's death, I believe.)

    I will say that there are multiple people I'd consider well on the path to being Radiants by the end of Book Three, and several of these would--shall we say--dispute KR traditions from the past, specifically on this subject matter. (What makes someone eligible to become a KR.) So this discussion is relevant for multiple reasons.

    I wasn't trying to drop any bombs about Adolin, however, as I remain very solidly in RAFO territory about his future.

    Enasor

    Thank you for taking the time to clarify this one Mr Sanderson.

    This WoB created a massive shock-wave all across the fandom and many readers were taking you had officially confirmed Adolin was "well on his way towards Knighthood" which I was personally convinced was very deeply into the RAFO territory, as it should be.

    Perhaps in order to also settle some additional debates, would you say Adolin would challenge what has traditionally made someone eligible to become a KR or is this within RAFO territory too? Readers can never seem to agree on how perfect Adolin actually is. We seem to find rationals for both.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I hate to use terms like "perfect" or the like. It's even difficult to (when not speaking in world) use some of the terminology the KR have used in the past--as we have to reconcile several things.

    How do you decide what is a mental illness and what is simply a person's unique brain chemistry? Usually this comes down to two factors--the person's own feelings on it and the advice of medical professionals. Even language like "Well-adjusted," as I used before, is dangerous territory because it's so subjective. One need look only to the deaf community to find examples of people who challenge an outsider's perspective of what is a disease and what isn't.

    So I generally prefer to talk about this through the character's viewpoint, the lens of historical commentary (which is in world, and may not therefore be accurate--but at least offers a perspective,) and the context of the book.

    And in that context, I like Adolin being a RAFO. I believe that using the text, there are multiple directions one could go in discussing him.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    In Oathbringer we have an example of a different form of magic on Roshar, like when Hoid uses Breaths to perform...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Hoid has used both Breaths and Allomancy on screen in the Stormlight books.

    Questioner

    Is this made possible through the Connection of Shadesmar and the Cognitive Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, you can bring almost all the magic to any other planet, no problem. The only one that there's a problem with is AonDor but that has specifically to do with the way the AonDor works.

    Questioner

    So hypothetically, could you see someone from Roshar become a Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would require Hemalurgy. Could happen. A lot of times, where you were born, with a lot of these magics, is having a big influence on your spiritual make up. But it would require Hemalurgy, or there are ways to get around it. You could become mechanically a Mistborn. That's probably not a phrase we want to canonize. You could use, for instance, some of the tools in Era 2.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    With Way of Kings...with Azure, where did she appear at the end of Warbreaker? Because I know it's Vivenna, but did the name appear, because when I first read it, it sounded familiar.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No... She is commonly associated with that color, but it's not like she was known by that name.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Are there any other Investiture-sucking creatures?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are creatures that feed on Investiture other than the larkin, yes.

    Questioner

    Are they on the other worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are some on other planets, not every planet has one.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Could you tell us the name of one of the Shards we have not yet seen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I cannot. I'm sorry. I get asked that enough that they'd all be done. If I gave you one, I get asked at the next con, and all of them would be gone. Plus, I sometimes tweak them before I canonize them. The actual word I'm going to use. The intent usually stays the same but I tweak which word I'm going to use.

    Questioner

    I meant the actual name. Like, how Honor was Tanavast.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No...I won't do that either. But I will give you a RAFO card!

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    coltonx9

    *Written down* Cracks in the Spiritweb can be filled with investiture, granting powers. Are the Drab on Nalthis considered damaged enough for this process?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are something else entirely. So that, in world, they would say no, something else has happened.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    Would a Windrunner's Investiture be able to be used in space?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would a Windrunner's Investiture be able to be used in space? In fact, yes. Windrunners would be particularly handy in space because they can control pressure as well as move around and things. So if you were going to pick an order of Knight Radiant, and you wanted to go be an astronaut, Windrunner would be the best choice.

    Idaho Falls signing ()
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    Questioner

    How would a Cryptic deal with computers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cryptics would love computers. Loooovvvveee computers. They would have a blast. They might be offended that the computer isn't talking back to them, because they would think the computer's a pattern and should just be talking to them. But otherwise they would find them really cool.

    I'm sad, there was a really good sequence in Oathbringer that had to get cut out for timing reasons where Pattern talked about how famous he was, that hopefully I will be able to release as a deleted scene or something.