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    Questioner

    Before you started on all of your books, did you already have an idea of how they all came together or was it a sort of--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did by the time I was writing Mistborn. But the thing you have to know about my career is that I wrote thirteen novels before I sold one. So, in a lot of those early novels I had no idea what I was doing, that's how authors are. By the time I wrote Mistborn, which was book number fourteen--it was the second book published--but I really had an idea of what I was doing then. Elantris had to be retrofitted a bit to fit into it, because Elantris had been written when I was still figuring things out, but by Mistborn the whole thing was coming together and I had quite a good idea of what I wanted to do.

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    Questioner

    Would Dalinar or Kaladin like Kelsier?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, I think they both would have their issues with Kelsier.

    Questioner

    'Cause he's more of a rogue.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would really depend on what situation they were in. But I think Dalinar would not approve of his methods. And I think Kaladin would empathize with him, but at the end would not approve either. To Kaladin he would probably represent the things that Kaladin kind of wishes he would do, but is too moral to do. And that would be a dangerous thing for Kaladin.

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    Questioner

    Hoid references a place [in The Traveler] where, there's a presumption in the question, presumably he thinks he might be able to restore something he's lost. As of Oathbringer has he visited that place?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *hesitantly* Visited the place?

    Questioner

    Visited the pace he thought he could restore?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I won't say a hundred percent if it's a place.

    Questioner

    Where did he hear about it from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hear about what? Give me the exact line, if you would.

    Questioner

    Yeah, I can look it up for you. "Besides, I've heard of a place... it doesn't matter, I don't care."

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, so he has visited that place he is referencing, but the place is not what he wants to restore.

    Questioner

    Thanks for the clarification. Who did he hear about it from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that.

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    Questioner

    Dalinar Ascends, right? Like, right then, there.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have RAFO'd that. Whether he is Ascending or not is a RAFO.

    Questioner

    Okay, because I know he kind of mentions from that, I don't know how to say his name but the older guy who has the Diagram--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Taravangian, yeah. Whether that deserves to be a capital "A" or not is a matter of argument. It can be disputed.

    Questioner

    I guess my main question would just be Dalinar's now able to pull Stormlight and give it to people now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He definitely can. That is a Bondsmith power, so.

    Questioner

    That is a Bondsmith power, okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is specifically a Bondsmith power.

    Questioner

    Because my roommate was saying well, the Stormfather was surprised he could do that or was the Stormfather surprised that he was able to bridge--

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was surprised by what was happening to Dalinar as a whole.

    Questioner

    Oh okay, that's what I thought because I was like, because I felt like the Stormlight, that power would be a Bondsmith power.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's say that the Stormfather and Odium were seeing something in Dalinar that, perhaps, the average person watching even who is knowledgeable about Surges would not completely understand... But he will be able to use that power and Bondsmiths in the past have used that same power.

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    Questioner

    So at the end of Sixth of the Dusk, there's those people that travel in space.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, the Ones Above.

    Questioner

    Are those people from Silverlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have not revealed where they're from, but they are from a place you have seen before.

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    Questioner

    Is Hoid like-- Would you say he's generally well known in Silverlight? Most people know who he is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Yes, I would say he is fairly well known in Silverlight. If you went to your average person in Silverlight and said, "Do you know this guy?" odds are they would know. There are some people who wouldn't, but odds are they would.

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    Questioner

    I was wondering what the Alethi, what kind of music they listen to?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're gonna like stuff that sounds stuffy and snooty to you. So, the kind of equivalent would be a soft string quartet in our world. Granted, it's a little different there, but that'll-- Not much percussion. There is a time where they like a nice battle hymn, or something like that, you could get some equivalent of brass.

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    Questioner

    So you said earlier that color has a lot to do with things and in Warbreaker obviously color is like a big thing *inaudible*. Will that have a relation to anything else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will have relations to a lot of things, including the way The Way of King's magic plays out and works. 

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    Questioner

    My question was about Hemalurgy. There was a disagreement on the last Shardcast. When spiking a Mistborn to charge a Hemalurgic spike, does it matter how the Mistborn is killed or is what power is stolen based only on the metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So you want to place the spike in a specific place.

    Questioner

    In the donor. In the recipient, not the donor.

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the recipient. And you want to use the specific metal and so basically if you aren't precise about how you spike, you risk taking the wrong thing within the same family. Some of those, that's not as big a deal, but for some it is kind of a big deal. And so you want to be very precise, you'll get something, but if you're not placing the spike in the right place and going into the right place, then you risk it.

    Questioner

    You risk stealing the wrong thing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Now if you're going off of somebody who's not a Mistborn, you can be a little more flexible, but you still have the danger that you're not going to end up stealing the power, you're going to steal something else. So, precision is advisable, how about that?

    Questioner

    Yeah. Because the question was kind of specifically about, like, we know that atium spikes can kill-- can steal pretty much any power.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. You want to be super precise with your atium spike.

    Questioner

    So, part of the question was like, exactly, if you just killed a Mistborn, you stab a Mistborn in the heart with an atium spike, and you're not placing it immediately--

    Brandon Sanderson

    What do you end up with? You are rolling the dice, let's say. Not as big a roll of the dice as you might think, but you still are. You might not get what you want.

    Questioner

    And then when you place the spike on the recipient, if you like tore that spike out again and put it in someone else, you're not going to be able to get more than one power out of it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. No, and if you place the spike in the wrong place, then you're going to end up with interference and things like this where the spike might just not work the way you want it to. Taking a spike and putting it in the wrong place in someone is not going to make them have a different power, in other words.

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    Personification

    Was there a similar things like the ten Highprinces were like-- What were the different roles that each Highprince could hold?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Highprinces were more like warlords fighting for and squabbling for land, they were not good at anything like that. So they were more like warlords.

    Personification

    But the Highprince roles though?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, the Highprince of? Yeah. They did have the official things like that and when it was working, way back in the day, you could probably align them-- I don't even know if you could align those to Radiants--

    Personification

    I wasn't saying the order of the Knights Radiant, I was saying just like, what role did they have?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, they would be pretty official, but if you're going back in the day, to where it actually worked, then they would have distinct roles that they would fulfill, and they would kind of be like-- Imagine the cabinet of a country.

    Personification

    I was wondering if I could have some specifics on the names.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I can't do that right now. I might be able to dig that out of the notes, but I've remained flexible on some of those things because I don't want to name them all, specifically.

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    Questioner

    What inspired Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Hemalurgy was probably-- It's hard for me to say, because it's been fifteen years, but I think I started with the image of the Inquisitors with spikes through their eyes. At the same time I was trying to work up a third magic system to go in the trilogy so I could have one magic, two magic, three magic, and I wanted one that was super creepy and evil. And I built it around those two ideas.

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    Questioner

    I know you have Dragonsteel planned and Hoid will play a role in the cosmere, does it have like a behind-the-scenes Hoid story like Secret History?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is possible, but I don't have it on the list to do right now. 

    Questioner

    Just in your head maybe, someday.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm. Secret History was like that too, I wasn't sure I was going to get it out. We will see.

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    Questioner

    So, any idea when we'll get the sequel to Warbreaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have no exact promise. My goal right now is to get Stormlight 5 out, right, and then alternate Mistborn, Elantris, Mistborn, Elantris, Mistborn. Warbreaker will have to wait and see how that plays out. I do intend to get to it, but it's entirely possible that this won't be something I do until after Stormlight 6.

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    Questioner

    Did you always envision the way that Legion ended?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I did not. That is one I worked out-- I didn't have an ending in mind for Legion when I started. So when I sat down and said, "What ending am I going to write?" This is the one that evolved out of that, but that one was more-- I outlined the story, but it was more of a discovery written ending.

    Questioner

    It was fascinating. I loved it, but I was really surprised.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is perhaps one of the oddest things I've done.

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    Deana Whitney

    What would Rock's favorite vegetable be in a soup? Like the Earth equivalents?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ooh! Well, see, Rock is gonna base it based on the soup, because he's a chef. But if it's his perfect favorite, he's gonna want something crunchy, so he's gonna want like—

    Deana Whitney

    Well, I know he'll want the, the essentially the equivalent of crawdads.

    Aubree Pham

    She's trying to write a cosmere food article...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah. But there are-- like, if you can get like a... radish, that's going to crunch, he's probably going to look for that in a soup, because that's going to be closer to what he likes. Something that's got some variance in the texture.

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    coltonx9

    How are the floating cities in Ashyn held aloft?

    Brandon Sanderson

    By local magic... So basically, I can tell you how it works, because I'm not saving any secrets here.

    One of the diseases gives this power. The reason it's called The Silence Divine is right now, the way I've devised it, is this power also causes hearing loss. So you have this virus that does this weird thing, but also gives you the power. And so there's a conclave of them, a chorus of them that keep the cities aloft. And that's why the book, if or when I write it, I guess it can't be a virus in this case. Whatever disease they have, someone develops penicillin and can potentially cause the city to come crashing down. That was the premise for me, but that means it needs to be a bacteria, not a virus but it needs to be a bacteria that stays with you long, so I have to work out exactly how I would make these diseases work.

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    coltonx9

    How many kings have had a Wit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is common for a king to have a Wit.

    coltonx9

    Has Hoid been more than just Elhokar and Jasnah's Wit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has been. Most Wits, historically, were a little more fool-like, more court-jestery. Wit does not think highly of that. But there have been others in the past that were more like what he would think what a Wit should be.

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    coltonx9

    Are there types of Investiture that the larkin can't consume?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I would say that there are, but it's going to depend on the state they're in. Pure Investiture, a larkin is always going to probably be able to grab, but lots of people can get pure Investiture. Kinetic Investiture they're are gonna have a good chance at being able to grab, but they can't get everything.

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    Questioner

    Moash killed a god? One of the Heralds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did. One of the Heralds. And trapped his soul so he couldn't be reborn.

    Questioner

    That's what it is. Trapped his soul, didn't actually kill him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's killed him-- It was like, extra killed. The Heralds are bound to a cycle of rebirth that happens-- that they wanted to make sure didn't happen that time.

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    Questioner

    I have a question about the epilogue in The Way of Kings. You have Wit give this interesting, kind of philosophical-- sermon-thing on novelty. I wonder, what do you think about what he's saying, do you--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Usually those little things that Wit will do, he does one at the end of each book, are things I've thought about. I don't always one hundred percent agree with Wit. He tends to hyperbolize in order to make a point, but I do think it's really interesting that novelty is so important to us. Even if you did something independently, but come up with it after someone else, then it's not considered as great an art, right? Which is really, really, really interesting if you think about it. And I love that idea, and I like talking about that sort of thing, so these-- All of Wit's little monologues--there's one, like I've said, at the end of each book--is something I think about, but he goes off in his own direction sometimes.

    Questioner

    I've used that little monologue in some philosophy class that I've in, such as philosophy of art.  

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did take a-- I took a lot of philosophy classes, if you can't tell, during my undergraduate years. I was quite fond of philosophy. Though the philosophers were all really needed to learn how to write. Man, those guys just, I mean, paragraphs like this that don't really even say anything. I love the ideas, but man, they could use editors. But, yeah, I enjoyed my philosophy classes, and I really liked philosophy of art in particular, it's very interesting to me. The whole Oscar Wilde's intro to Dorian Gray is my favorite speech on art, that all art is, by necessity, useless. Stuff like that really, really gets me going.

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    Questioner

    You always come up with new ideas for books, when you have so many to write as is, that you've recently started to go from saying things like, "Whenever I get to this book," like the Threnody novel, to, "If I ever get to it." Would you ever let another author write for Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is possible. Isaac [Stewart], my art director and long friend for, you know, fifteen years, who's been collaborating on the visual style of Mistborn, really wants to write a Mistborn novel set on one of the Southern Continent places off by itself and I'm intrigued by this idea, 'cause he's somebody I've worked with for so long. So we might see how that happens. So far I haven't been willing to collaborate on any Cosmere stuff, but it's p-- I could see it happening.

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    Questioner

    In White Sand 2, you changed the artist. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that was-- we didn't want to do that, I actually hate doing that, but it was with-- keeping-- meeting deadlines and things we were having trouble with the old artist, and so we just needed to make the switch so that we could get the books out. And that's the thing I like the least about the comics industry, artists changing, it's really-- yeah. But it is something that had to happen, so we made the call. We do intend that the sec- now this artist will do the book three, so we shouldn't change again, but, yeah.

    With the Dark One comic, which we're working on right now, one of the things I've said up front is we need an artist to make sure that we don't ever change, because I really don't like doing that, I like the same visual style. 

    Questioner

    Yeah, it's like an actor doing this huge thing--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah, and then you get a new actor, it's like-- who?

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    Questioner

    I've seen a lot of forum posts about the mistcloaks themselves. What is the standard wear underneath those? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    So there isn't a lot of standardization, because Mistborn are rare and each Mistborn commissions their own cloak. Most of the time, I think you're going to find that they would wear a buttoning shirt with short sleeves. Probably something dark would be my guess, probably a dark gray. But it just really depends on the person.

    Questioner

    Okay. I was thinking about working up a Mistborn cosplay--

    Brandon Sanderson

    My theme for clothing other than miscloaks was a look a little of-- Dickensian London was my inspiration, so.

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    Questioner

    When Jasnah says she should've opened a pit, does she mean a chasm or a kind of Androl, Wheel of Time, kind of thing? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Androl, Wheel of Time, what do you mean by that?

    Questioner

    When he opens a gateway? What does she mean by pit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. *evil smirk* I'll RAFO that right now.

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    Questioner

    If you used Hemalurgy to steal Allomancy, Harmony gets some kind of insight into the person that was spiked? He can talk to them? And with enough spikes hear their thoughts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm. Yes. With enough spikes, take them over.

    Questioner

    So if you use a spike to say, steal Breath, would Endowment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll RAFO that for now. Good question though, I haven't been asked that yet. 

    Questioner

    If you stole Breath, would Harmony still keep the same effect?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's why I'm going to give a RAFO.

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    Questioner

    What was the thought process behind Shinovar being so similar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A couple of reasons. One is, by having some sort of Earth analogue on-world, I could give some contrast, and I could have a kind of an explanation for why they might use words like chickens and things until I can get to the big reveal. Like, if there weren't Shinovar there to act as a red herring, I think it would give away the twist very early.

    Beyond that, I like the idea of the people that are like us being the alien ones to the society. Kind of helps separate it and make it this is a different world, this is a different culture. So, it gave me a lot of advantages. Plus it also gave an explanation for how they could-- humankind create a foothold on this planet after coming across. So, lots of different thought processes behind that.

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    Questioner

    Is it possible for a Returned with sufficient knowledge, to sacrifice themselves to mend the Oathpact?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, not without work. It just wouldn't work naturally that way. So no, I mean technically any Investiture-- with that amount of Investiture, there's like, a chance they could do something like you want to do. But I'm going to say, kind of, would be no...

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    Questioner

    Can you explain how the Well of Ascension worked? How it actually held him and why releasing the power released Ruin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is the sort of thing that I can't explain in a brief amount of time, but hit me with an email, all right? Say that I promised to answer this, keep pushing me and eventually we'll get an answer written out for that one.

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    Questioner

    So, who's your favorite Planeswalker or like-- color of mana to play?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Can I say my own Planeswalker? 

    Questioner

    That's because you did write--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did! If you throw my Davriel out, because obviously I'm gonna pick my own, let's see, who is my favorite? Ashiok is probably my favorite, just because they have such an interesting look to them and I like the powerset, that's the way I like to play, and there's so much mystery about Ashiok, so Ashiok. If we're talking about one that's actually had a story written about them, I really love how they handled Urza, just because you'd expect Urza to be very Gandalf-y and wise, and he was kind of, you know, that black side to Urza was really cool to me. And so-- yeah, there you go.

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    Questioner

    In the reading that you did, the Nahel bond, has it changed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So, spren were added, and things like that. What [Taln?] had would still be called a Nahel bond. A Nahel bond in the original definition means bond to divinity, but that's come to encompass a lot more in the cosmere, any time you're bonding with-- the bond between a soul and Investiture. But in the original version, it was more only with a Shard of Adonalsium or something like that.

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    Questioner

    I wanted to ask have you ever considered making any of your books into an animated series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would! If the right people approached me, I would certainly not turn that away. I think there are more people wanting to get series made than there are people making good ones, but I would jump on it if the right people came along.

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    Questioner

    How close is the enslavement of the parshmen to the Recreance, timeline-wise? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, fairly close, as timeline issues go, but still many decades.

    Questioner

    Did it play any kind of factor in the decision?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Absolutely. But we're not talking about it happening next year. But it was a factor, how about that?

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    Questioner

    Do you have a favorite Smedry Talent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I took a lot of these from things my mom does. Which are things that maybe I do also, like being late to everything, and being bad at dancing. Probably mine is being bad at dancing. But probably my true talent is the ability to use a lot of words to say nothing. *laughter*

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    Questioner 1

    Are we gonna see more of the girl from The Emperor's Soul

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will probably see at least a cameo from Shai. But I do have a second story outlined now, but I don't know when I have time or would have time to write it, so we will see if I can make that happen or not.

    Questioner 2

    Will we have a full-fledged story on the other part of Elantris, that Shai is on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think it's likely, but I can't promise it. But it's equally likely right now that we will-- I will outline a new graphic novel series, as to I will just do a story, but I can't one hundred percent promise.