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    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    Is the Nahel bond Hemalurgically transferable?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know what I've said on this in the past, but I'm gonna RAFO it right now, and give you a card. Because there's some things involved in this that I don't know that I want to dig into right now. Nahel bond would be used cosmerelogically to refer to any bond where the mingle of sapient spren mixes with a sapient Physical Realm being. Connection between a Cognitive or Spiritual Realm being and a Physical Realm being. And there's all sorts of things involved in doing that that I don't want to necessarily get into right now.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Can you Soulcast an Invested object?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but it's much harder. But humans are Invested, and you can soulcast humans.

    Questioner

    So, suppose you had a goldmind that was filled. And you tried to Soulcast into iron. What would happen to the Investiture inside it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, the Investiture would remain in there, but it's keyed to the wrong thing, so you wouldn't be able to get it. It'd be much harder to Soulcast that, by the way. The more Invested, the harder it is. But Soulcasters are used to it, because everything has Investiture, and most of what they're Soulcasting. They deal with this, so it's something they're kind of expert at. So, this is not outside reason, that it could happen. You could give it to your average Soulcaster on Roshar, and they could make it happen. You just wouldn't be able to get the Investiture out of it anymore.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Are you ever gonna make a book that's based on Earth, but in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. The Rithmatist started that way, and I pulled it out of the cosmere, because I didn't want Earth in the cosmere. So, that happening tells me pretty surely I'll never do it.

    Questioner

    Out of curiosity, what Shard would have been on Rithmatist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that for now, because it didn't get far enough that I had even really settled. Like, it was when I was designing magic, and doing the worldbuilding. When I started asking questions like this is when I kicked it out. I didn't even write any chapters of it before I kicked it out.

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    I asked if there was there a pure form of Investiture that is not tied to any Shard, and you said that my question had some false premises. Can you elaborate on what I had wrong there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The false premise, the main one, is that other Investiture is not pure. Investiture, by its definition, comes from a certain place. That's like saying, "Is there water that doesn't have hydrogen in it? Is there pure water without hydrogen? Can you take the hydrogen out, and make purer water?" That's the problem there. This idea that Investiture is impure because it's tied to a Shard is a false premise. That is pure Investiture.

    Questioner

    Is there Investiture that is not related to any Shard, then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There can't be, because the Shards were what the original... it's like saying, "I've got four pieces of a cookie. Are there any pieces that didn't come from the original cookie." You just said, "There's four pieces of this cookie." What you really wanna be saying is, "Is there non-Adonalsium-origin power like Investiture in the cosmere?" Is that what you're getting at? Or are you getting at, "Is there one of the Shards that is not held by a sapient entity?" Like, you could be asking so many questions from these things that I don't know how to answer what you're looking for. So, think about those, and ask me some of those questions next time.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Is there a simple explanation of why bullets and objects that go through the time bubble wall are refracted at such random...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's two reasons. One is the outside-of-the-books reason, one is the inside-of-the-books reason. Outside the books, it made time bubbles too powerful. Limitations, that whole idea about limitations. In-world, what's happening is, there is a transfer of power that's happening right there. Which is what keeps light from irradiating people when it passes through a bubble. So, there's a transfer of energy, there's actually a thermodynamic process happening when you pass out of the speed bubble. And energy is being lost. And that has to do with cosmere physics.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    What happens if you overlap time bubbles?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Usually, it is additive. I believe. That's a PAFO. That's really a Peter And Find Out. I've nailed this all down with him, but I know we went back and forth on this. I think it's additive. Or, if it's different types, they just cancel each other. I'm pretty sure they're additive. It's possible he vetoed that for certain reasons. My recollection is that he didn't, but for some reason brain is saying "Wait a minute!" So I don't know why my brain is saying that. All I'm saying on that one is, if you read later on that I contradict that, it's because of something my brain is telling me I don't remember.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    In the Scadrial essay, it says specifically that the Shardholders were humans. Does that imply that there can be nonhuman Shardholders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes

    Questioner

    Are any of the Shards we have seen nonhuman?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Shards you have seen? I will RAFO that.

    Questioner

    And that doesn't just count the way that Shards twist people.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no, no. There were three races on Yolen.

    Questioner

    And all the Shards we've seen, you're not gonna answer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not gonna answer, but there are three races on Yolen. There's humans, there's Sho Del, and there's dragons.

    Questioner

    So, kandra and koloss are considered different races?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are considered different races, but they did not exist when Adonalsium was Splintered.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    What would happen if a Feruchemist got a metal tattoo? If he burned gold, would it pop off, or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tattoos do not do well when you're being healed, so yeah. Tattoos are not... but there are ways to make sure that they stay.

    Questioner

    How?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It has to do with how you view yourself.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    On Roshar, we're very aware of... there's humans and non-human species. Is that a unique phenomenon to Roshar? Or do we see that on other worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You do see that on other worlds. Dragonsteel has one, so Yolen has one. Of course, Scadrial has them, but they started as human, so it doesn't quite count. Everyone on Scadrial started as human, but now there's been some divergent things. Meddling. Other planets do have things like that, but most of the cosmere is human. Based... coming from the origins on Yolen. But there is at least one planet where there's no humans. And I'm not talking about Braize.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Do you think that a Skyrim game of Stormlight Archive...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Boy, I would love to make one. So, here's what I've been told. I don't know this industry well enough to say whether or not. I've been like, "Let's make Skyrim." They're like, "Skyrim was only profitable after it was out for four years, and its the most profitable game in that genre ever made." So, they're very worried about spending that much on a game. So, if we had a movie come out, yes. Until then, what you're more likely to see is something that feels open-world but isn't truly open-world. Like, something with an open-world hub that you go on missions through, is kinda like the closest we'll probably get if we do get a game made. That said, someone came and offered on an MMO for it recently, so I'm going to hear their pitch.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    In the Mistborn books, there's no one who can do chromium Feruchemy. If there was someone who had both the Feruchemy and the Allomancy related to chromium, they could create infinite luck. So doesn't that mean they could just do whatever they wanted?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, we will deal with how exactly Fortune works in the cosmere at a later date. There's a reason I haven't shown somebody with it yet, because I'm saving that for later on. Let's just say that even the Terris people don't quite understand it, even during Era 2.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    In Bands of Mourning, we learned that the Sovereign, who they confused as being the Lord Ruler, came after the Catacendre. [He] was their god, was their king and god. And then Kelsier looking for a string. Is the spike somehow connecting Kelsier's soul to Spook's body.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, good question. It is connecting his soul with his body, his current body, but it is not Spook's body. That's a great theory.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    In all the Cosmere books, on all their worlds, the only thing <brazenly> different about the ecosystems than Earth are the things affected by magic. So, in one of the books, you mentioned, like, a dolphin. Why is everything the same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, there's an in-world answer and an out-of-world answer. The out-of-world answer is that every book has something we call a learning curve, so that is what makes it harder to get into the book. And learning curves, usually, if they're written well, have great payoffs, but also act like a brick wall when getting into your book. And so certain books, I have designed to have shallower learning curves, so you can focus on learning all these new characters, and the situations, and the political situation, but not have to learn entirely new terminology for the setting.

    In-world, most of these worlds were created by people or... who came from an original world. For instance, there was a planet that the gods from Scadrial (the planet of Mistborn), they came from this world, and they created what they had seen there. So the animal life there, they just created in their own world, because that was what they had a pattern for.

    So in-world, there's a reason, they're all connected. But you'll notice that some of the ones with the steeper learning curve are the ones that have the weirder world, and Way of Kings has the steepest.

    Questioner

    On Roshar, the only area that isn't affected by the Highstorms, Shinovar, is basically like Earth, where everything else has changed.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That gives us a little bit of a frame of reference to contrast things with. There's some in-world things about that you'll learn eventually, but it gets us some ways for you to be like, "Oh. The grass looks like this because it is so different from the grass that this girl is pointing out. It's grass like ours." It's very helpful for establishing a conversation topic.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Hoid worldhops between places. How did he do it on Scadrial? With Ati's body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, there were two perpendicularities on Scadrial.

    Questioner

    I know he uses the pools, but how did he do it with Pits of Hathsin? There was no pool? The body was there...

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, it doesn't have to be going through the pool. What happens with a perpendicularity is, where there is a massive collection of Investiture, it pulls a conduit through. So, if you know what you're doing and where you are, you can get through that.

    Questioner

    So you don't have to use the pools, just where there's a huge concentration...

    Brandon Sanderson

    A huge concentration of Investiture will warp the realms.

    Questioner

    So can anyone worldhop that way, then? If they know what to do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If they know what to do, in a perpendicularity, anyone should be able to get through there. But as proven with Raoden, if you don't know what it's supposed to do, nothing happens. He gets dumped int he pool, he thinks he's gonna die... nothing. So, it's more than just being there.

    Questioner

    That's how he went from the Physical to the Cognitive, so I was wondering how did he do that at the Pits of Hathsin, when there shouldn't be a pool there

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, that is the equivalent.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Do the Shards know each others' weaknesses? Like the metal blindness or anything?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are not aware of every specific, but they know generalities.

    Questioner

    So they know that they do have weaknesses.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Questioner

    So would Odium have taken advantage of Honor's weakness to Splinter him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could say that, yeah.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    On the Roshar system diagram, each planet had the sigil of a certain Radiant. I was wondering why you did that

    Brandon Sanderson

    We're using Roshar itself as a frame of reference, and that is how people on Roshar have named the planets. And they can't see them all, I don't believe, but the naming convention sticks.

    Questioner

    And thats why you added the sigils?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm. I don't think they've discovered them all on-planet, but since other people off-planet know about them... and in the old days, they knew about them all.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Is there some sort of dead Shardic power on Roshar that is manipulating everyone to be evil and, sort of testy, and stuff like that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Do you mean the Thrill?

    Questioner

    Yes, but not just the thrill. The way that they treat everything like a game.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is specific to Alethkar, in that region. That is mostly the fault of the Thrill. Like, if you go to Azir, they don't act the same way.

    Questioner

    So that's just a cultural thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a cultural thing enhanced magically by a certain ancient spren.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Does Rayse have a personal... or did he have a personal relationship with the other [Vessels] before the Shattering?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some of them, yes.

    Questioner

    So he doesn't personally know them all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He knows them all, but "having a relationship with" is different. They were all in the same place.

    Questioner

    He knows who they are but he doesn't necessarily interact with them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Not necessarily. They weren't part of a homogenous group before this happened.

    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Argent (paraphrased)

    Nazh writes that "spren fishing" is illegal in Ravizadth. What exactly is spren fishing?

    Isaac Stewart (paraphrased)

    It is the act of forcefully attracting spren in Shadesmar for your own purposes. For example, you know how when Adolin is genuinely afraid there, his fear attracts fearspren naturally? That's okay. But if someone were to engineer situations that would attract certain kinds of spren because they wanted to make use of those spren - for study, or other reasons - that would be "fishing". If spren have formal ethics, this would be unethical.

    Argent (paraphrased)

    So this has a lot to do with consent? Drawing spren naturally is part of how spren work, but forcing them to come, that's a no-no?

    Isaac Stewart (paraphrased)

    Pretty much.

    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Isaac Stewart (paraphrased)

    The Nalthis essay and star chart (similar to the ones Khriss put together for the other Shardworlds in Arcanum Unbounded) are in the works, but we don't know when we'll release them. Warbreaker's 10th anniversary next year is a good candidate, but it may happen even earlier.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    It seems like we need a ton of Radiants since, like, yesterday. Are these ones gonna get really buff? Or is Lift gonna recruit? Are there lots of shoemakers and Lifts that haven't been found that are gonna come out of the woodwork?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are some that haven't been found. That's part of the point of the interludes, is to show "This is happening other places."

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Are you having any cameos in the movies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If they let me, I will do a cameo in each movie.

    Questioner

    Speaking part, or not?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably not, but who knows. What I've suggested to them is that they kill me in an imaginative way in each book as recompense for killing off characters.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    I'm trying to figure out the chronology of the cosmere. The first thing that happened is with Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So far they are chronological order except for White Sand. And then the Alloy books are getting out of chronological order, we're jumping back and forth. But the first introduction of each book is chronological order, with the exception of flashbacks and things like that. But the actual main line of each book, chronological except for White Sand and the Alloy books.

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    With Vasher on Roshar, is he collecting more Breaths, or just burning through slowly what he has collected?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He can use Stormlight instead. That's why he came to Roshar.

    Questioner

    Did he come voluntarily?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He came voluntarily because he was tired of sucking souls. Roshar is where he decided to "retire."

    Questioner

    How many Breaths <does he have now>?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has the same number that he left with. Which, there are clues to what level of Heightening he at least has, in the books.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Axies the Collector, is he a kandra-like species? Are they common throughout the whole cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, the Aimians reside on Roshar right now. They are... I would not say kandra-like, in that the other species of Aimian has more kandra-like qualities. There's two that used to live there, before it was Scoured. But they are a different species; they are not human.

    Questioner

    *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shapeshifters, there are multiple types of shapeshifters, but... even, you would call the Royal Locks a type of shapeshifting. So, shapeshifting is a common thing in the csomere. Having the ability... Once you know how the magic works, you will see why. So, there are other, kind of, species of shapeshifter.

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    Hoid. Does he show up in Sixth of the Dusk?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid is not in Sixth of the Dusk. I kind of made the little rule to myself that I should not just try to shoehorn him in to everything. On a thing like Sixth of the Dusk, there's no reason for him to be there. In fact, it would be really hard for him to get there. Even harder. So, he's not in Shadows for Silence either.

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    Elend and Kelsier's relationship, what would it be like? I was thinking it would be, like, playful annoyed exasperation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kelsier would have really come around on Elend, is my instinct. Partially because Elend came around on Kelsier. If you read the later books, he really understands a little more. He's much more of a realist than he used to be. Which Kelsier would appreciate. I would imagine that Elend would be a little frustrated with Kelsier. But Kelsier would just start treating him like a minion, rather than someone to... And that's a sign of affection. If he orders you around, that's a sign of affection.