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    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Questioner

    Could a higher spren manifest on a world other than Roshar in their spren form, not as a Blade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, they would have to get off first.

    Questioner

    That doesn't answer my question!

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of these questions I have to be careful because they're presupposing things as foundational assumptions. A lot of time people-- The really sneaky ones will ask me these questions knowing if I answer the question, that there are three steps back assumptions that I am then canonizing, so I'm just going to RAFO that one, because I'm giving you the answer, "They would to have to get off first."

    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Argent

    Ba-Ado-Mishram. Just the name sounds a little bit like a Shin name to me because they're all 'Somebody son Somebody' or 'Somebody daughter Somebody', was she a Shin woman at one point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll RAFO that cause that comes down to, they even asked this in Oathbringer, were they people or not? 

    Argent

    'Cause one of them says they needed to be made and then unmade. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm, so I do not feel I've explicitly said either way.

    Argent

    And you haven't, no.

    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Argent

    Because of Kelsier's status as a Cognitive Shadow we've been wondering what wonky things you can do with him being like that and so-- Hypothetically, purely hypothetically, could a Surgebinder, could somebody form a Nahel bond with him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    With Kelsier? We'll RAFO that. We will definitely RAFO that for now

    JordanCon 2018 ()
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    Argent

    Can Shards manifest a physical body that can actually interact with the Physical Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If they wanted to, yes.

    Argent

    Was that the thing that Odium did at the end of Oathbringer or was that just a projection?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm, it starts to be really difficult to define when you're getting to these points because they generally are such massive wells of Investiture themselves that it's like, is this thing they're creating, like, they are kinda, y'know, then bending the three Realms around the like spacetime with lots of gravity so is that a projection? Is that a real thing? Does it matter? Does that definition--

    Argent

    Oh! At that point they are almost the same thing, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, exactly.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    zotsandscrambles

    Here is an example of a Mongolian girl with red hair. Would she make a good example of a Vedan darkeyes, [Brandon]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that's a good example. Though do remember, Vedens aren't all redheads--that's going to depend on region, and even have a lot of variance within regions. (Alethi skin tone will be similar in its variety, depending. Vedens in general tend to be lighter.)

    Here's another image I noticed a while back that feels very like what I'd imagined.

    https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/55dba2321400002e002e3dd1.jpeg?ops=scalefit_970_noupscale

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    spookytus

    I want to know if Shadesmar contains memespren or (since they're defined as idea viruses) memetic plague. If anyone can make literal meme magic, it'd be u/mistborn.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. Yeah, that could probably become a thing in the cosmere, though I doubt I'd go there. (At least, if I did, it would have to be done very carefully.)

    General Signed Books 2018 ()
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    Hoiditthroughthegrapevine

    If a person held enough breath to attain the 5th heightening, lived for a thousand years, and then sold all but their initial breath, would their spiritual age force them to rapidly age as we saw with Rashek, or would they resume natural aging from the point at which they ceased?

    Brandon Sanderson (written)

    I think they would rapidly age.

    But I'm not ready to say 100%.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    Is the sequel to The Rithmatist still in the works?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes... It's still in the work. The Rithmatist is this strange doc in my writing in that it's the last book I wrote before The Wheel of Time hit me like a freight train. All future plans got trampled and balefired, right? And things I'd been planning to do, I no longer knew what was going to happen. So  Rithmatist I didn't release right then. I let it sit for a while. Eventually the publisher is like, "we really should release this, it's a good book." And I think it is a really strong book.

    So a couple of years back, I sat down and tried to write the sequel. And it's another one of these books that didn't work. There are a variety of reasons it didn't work. But it didn't work. I got maybe four or five chapters in and I shelved it and wrote an Alcatraz book instead--it's another series I've had looming over me. Now that I've learned to do novellas and things like this, you find me making open-ended series less often. Like with Skyward, it's going to be a trilogy and I'm going to write two of them this year--maybe all three if I can--and then it's done and turned in. And with the novellas, there's not necessarily sequels that I'm planning. So I'm getting better at managing that, but I've gotten these kind of "open" series. I really want to write The Rithmatist 2. I think it's very deserving of a sequel. I think it's a good book. I don't know how to do it yet, which is rare for me, but I don't.

    So, maybe this thing will work with Dan, and I'll go, well maybe there's someone who can help me fix this, one of my friends. Maybe I will just carve out the time to do this, let's do it. But right now, it is one of those things I don't just have a date for, and I feel bad about that. The good news is I'm doing this less and less. I'm figuring out how to make this happen. Legion is now done and turned in. Alcatraz is very close. I finished half of Alcatraz 6. Well, Bastille 1, but there's only one Bastille. If you guys don't know, the first five Alcatraz books are written by a guy named Alcatraz and then he leaves the ending in a terrible cliffhanger at the fifth book, and says, "I'm done!" But the joke has always been his friend Bastille thinks that's stupid, so she's going to write the ending he refuses to write. So I wrote half of her book and it looked good. I'm pleased with where Bastille Vs. The Evil Librarians is going. So that'll be wrapped up before too long, and then that series is done. So Legion and Alcatraz are very close to being done. That leaves The Rithmatist. And so it would be next on my, "let's figure out how to get this done."

    That's a long answer that just basically says, "it's coming but I don't know when."

    General Twitter 2016 ()
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    Silverstars

    Every time Shallan thinks about Jasnah it's so gay which is #relatable, @BrandSanderson did you realize how bi you wrote her?? Either way, thank you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This wasn't directly on my mind while writing, but looking back, I think it was in my subconscious. I'm flattered to hear it.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    C0SM1C-CADAVER

    Then, at the sixth chapter [of White Sand Volume 2] I was like "ugh... A new artist.." and then I was all like "Oh! A new artist!" I hope new Julius stays on for the rest of the series.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Sadly, new Julius has other commitments, but the current proposed artist looks promising.

    C0SM1C-CADAVER

    Oh yeah? Who's that going to be?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    That's not for me to announce.

    Jofwu

    Are you able to speak to what drove the change to a new artist?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    I believe not.

    General Reddit 2018 ()
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    SuberYew

    Was there a being/entity named Patji onworld - prior to the Shard 'interfering' - that lead a life that was more conducive to Autonomy, and was it a case of that entities (for lack of a better term) natural bent towards Autonomy naturally turning it into a portion of Autonomy (again, for lack of a better term)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a good and valid theory that I don't think I should comment more on right now, as I feel like I would muddy the water more. I need to wait until I approach these concepts in-book.

    I'll just say that I don't consider what you said to be excluded by the things I've said about the situation.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    The universities of Silverlight, where is that headquartered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the city of Silverlight.

    Questioner

    Does that happen to be in Shadesmar like the IRE are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of people think that it is what they call (the fans) The Restaurant At The End Of The Cosmere. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I haven't talked about where it is yet.

    Questioner

    Will we see more of that in novels?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Silverlight will be referenced. I have a story brewing set in Silverlight.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    If Marasi could burn duralumin, would that make time go faster or her bubble get bigger? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is on tape so I have to make sure I do this right.

    It is less about the size of the bubble and more about speeds. You can expand the size and change the size of the bubble, so it's possible that you could use duralumin for either one if you knew what you were doing, but the speed is the more relevant part. So, I just wanted to say that correctly. 

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    If an Allomancer drew Nightblood, would it eat the metals first?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Only if they were burning it. 

    Questioner

    At the time, otherwise it would go straight through and eat them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah it would just eat them. Yeah. If they were burning the metals, it would burn through the metal, and he would take the power instead of you gaining whatever ability you were trying to get from it.

    Questioner

    Who he be able to use the metal power or would he just eat it as...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He would just take it as raw Investiture. 

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    Have you heard any updates on the Steelheart Screenplay?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhh, last I heard from the Steelheart was two weeks ago...a week ago? They are shopping for a revision. They are- This is their next set of revisions. 

    Questioner

    So they finished their first and are on to the second?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm.

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    Was Elantris built before or after the prologue of Way of Kings

    Brandon Sanderson

    *Pauses* Go to my notes and find out. I would have to actually specifically look that one up. My instinct says.....oh boy.

    Questioner

    Yeah, because they're both really old.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They're really old. They're both really old. I want to say that the prologue is older, but I don't know for sure, because I know things on Roshar are older. But, the prologue happens late in things on Roshar, so it's still old. So I'm gonna go with, I think this but I'd have to actually get the outline and look at the timeline. 

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Questioner

    How did Vasher/Zahel and Nightblood get separated? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, how they got separated is part of the story and so it will come up, that's a RAFO.

    Questioner

    We'll eventually find out though?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will eventually find out, that is a part of the story that is relevant. 

    Arcanum Unbounded release party ()
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    Shadow Guardian

    Nightblood, being a sentient object, could he give away his Breath? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, Nightblood...could not give away his Breath. It's a good question. It's because that Breath is making him...like something weird has happened to him where the metal is Invested almost to a Hemalurgic or Feruchemical way, right? Like it's no longer just an object with a bunch of Breath. It's become permeating the whole thing. So it's more like the soul of a person, the part of the Breath they can't give away. Like when you give away your Breath, you retain some of your Investiture, you can't give that part away. It's the same thing. 

    Shadow Guardian

    Cuz I imagine it would be kind of like a Lifeless where that Breath is probably stuck so close that it would not be removable by an Awakener at least.?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, Yep. It's stuck in there, yep. I mean there are ways to get the Investiture out, but it's not the simple "We give it away" thing. Yeah, he can't just give it away. 

    Shadow Guardian

    <inaudible> corrupted or? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is part of it, that is part of what that means. 

    TWG Posts ()
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    Questioner (paraphrased)

    What will an Atium-Lerasium Alloy do ?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Ah, I've been asked this before. There are a number of theories, but nobody's really sure, since there haven't really been any opportunities to alloy lerasium with atium. You can choose which one to believe. Most require an understanding of realmatic theory to comprehend, which you need to be a Shard or Splinter to even begin to understand.What Lerasium is, is essentially a hack for something like your spiritual DNA. It rewrites what your spiritual self is capable of. So, combined with atium, which allows you a glimpse into the vision of everything - past, present, future - the theories say it could do one of two things. It could either create a substance so volatile that it would have world-ending repercussions, or rewrite your "spiritual DNA" (his phrase, not mine) with atium's power. Is that a vague enough answer?

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    Do you have intentions to have a conclusion to the Cosmere, or is it something that's going to be ever expanding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did build a conclusion in, and I will write toward it. My goal is to get to it before I get too old. And then if I want to still noodle in the cosmere, do planets that we didn't get to or things like that. So the cosmere main timeline that I'm working on, my plan is to try release a book every year or so in this main timeline. Depends on how long the Stormlight books are. *laughter*

    Oathbringer rough draft was 540,000 words. A normal novel is considered 90,000-100,000. The Way of Kings was 300,000. This happens to us fantasy writers. It depends on how long the Stormlight books take. But the main line is 10 Stormlight books in two 5 book arcs. First 5 book arc, then there'll be a break in-world of about a decade. So it won't be as big as the Mistborn jumps. But there'll be a break in world and then we'll come back to it in book 6. And book 6 is where we kind of refocus on different characters, some characters go through the whole thing. Some characters kind of fade more into the background and new characters become the focus. So you can imagine it as two series set in the same world.

    We have the mainline Mistborn series, which is taking Mistborn through a bunch of different eras, eventually landing us in science fiction, space travel. I originally plotted those as 9 books, but then I wrote the Wax and Wayne books as more part of that... But the ending of the Cosmere is the science fiction Mistborn trilogy. Chronologically, that's the last thing I have in the plot. That science fiction Mistborn trilogy is space opera. It's Star Wars meets the cosmere. That's our endpoint. 

    Right before I write that I will do Dragonsteel, which is Hoid's backstory. Which is flashing back to the beginning of the cosmere, before Adonalsium was Shattered. So that's our time line. You'll get that-- So right now, it's finish the first 5 Stormlight books, do the 1980's level Mistborn books, next 5 of Stormlight, Dragonsteel, ending.

    I'll probably work some Elantris books and a Warbreaker book in there but that's my main line. Anything that's not in there, like the Threnody novel and things like this, I plan to do but they have to fill a slot of a side project when I have extra time. Might be pushed to be a novella, instead. That's my main line plan. And that's plenty for me to do. And granted, I just finished book of mine number 42 or 43 or something like that, that I've written since I turned 21. So in 20 years, I wrote 40 books. That sounds like a lot but it depends on how long Stormlight books are.

    *laughter*

    Like, last year, I basically only did one thing. I had Snapshot and then Stormlight. Those take a lot of work.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    I notice that Stormlight seems to be a bit volatile in how well it heals or who it heals. Because it seems like Renarin's eyesight would have been a long term problem, kinda like Rysn's legs maybe and Lopen's arm. But Lopen's arm got healed, Rysn's legs didn't and Kaladin's scars didn't. So I didn't know if there was a reason for those things.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Stormlight healing, there's a couple things that have to be considered. But in reference to what you're saying, the person's perception of themselves is a huge part of it.  The way healing works in the cosmere is, you've got the three versions of yourself. You've got your Physical version, your Cognitive version, and your Spiritual version, And a lot of Stormlight is taking your Physical version and matching it to the Spiritual version which is your ideal self.  But it has to be filtered through the lens of your mind, and things like this.

    I almost always--probably should say always--am using it to reinforce some sort of character attribute. The fact that Lopen never saw himself, even though he only had one arm, as being disabled, as a big influence, versus whether Kaladin feels deserves his brands or not. Does that makes sense?  And those are two very different things that influence how the healing works. And you will see that as a metaphor and theme, if you watch what heals and what doesn't.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    I've been going back over Mistborn recently, and one thing really stuck out. "I write these words in steel, for anything not set in metal cannot be trusted."  I get how Kwaan could've figured out that Ruin was messing around with records, but how could he possibly have known metal was immune?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's not as hard to figure out as you think it might be. *laughter* I'm going to RAFO that. Partially because it'll dig into that story that I just don't want to canonize right now. I don't think I'm going to write it. People ask me if I'm going to write it, and I really don't think I'm going to. But some of the elements of that are important to things that are coming up, so I don't know. I'm going to RAFO that for now. It's not as hard to figure out as you would think.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    With Soulcasting, we know what can be Soulcast based on the color of the gem. Does-- When Awakening, say you have emerald, green, Pulp. If you were Awakening straw or some other form of plant matter, if you used a source of green for the color, would it be, say, more efficient than using red?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So I haven't built that into the magic system yet. Part of me feels like I should have. But I did not. I want color to be relevant to each of the cosmere magics. It's kind of an essential part of it, and it's part of where we stray more into the magical sense. Like, in my books we treat magic scientifically but they're still magic. And it was a thing when I was building Stormlight, I'm like, "So the difference between these two gemstones is a matter of a slight impurity and chemically they are 99% the same thing. Am I actually going to have them do different things or not?" And my judgement call was yes, because I want color to be relevant in the cosmere.  But by that point, when I was really getting that magic system to work, I had already written Warbreaker. And I had known that I wanted color to start being a big part. I'd already written Mistborn where I worked in color in different ways

    But I didn't work that into the Warbreaker magic. I felt like it already had enough restrictions. I would say my worry about the Warbreaker magic is the color feels tacked on. Like, the magic could work without it, narratively, so why is it there? And that's the question I asked myself while I was building; that's the question I continue to ask myself when I continue to work on-- for that magic system, to make sure it works for me. But my instincts say adding restrictions like that, particularly when they weren't covered in the first book, feels like the wrong way to go. It'd be like retconning the magic. It's something I considered.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    How frustrating is it that you have to wait so long and do so many things first before you can tell the Hoid story.

    Brandon Sanderson

    How frustrating is it that I have to wait so long to do things before I do the Hoid story, which is one of the big ones that I want to tell. It's not as frustrating as you think. Because, if you sat me down and said "You can only write one of these, Hoid story or Stormlight." I would pick Stormlight every time. Stormlight is a-- in my opinion, Stormlight is a stronger story over all. And Hoid's really interesting, and it's going to be a really cool thing for me to write. But I'm more excited for Stormlight 8, 9 and 10 than I am-- Though I'll be very excited when I get to write the Hoid ones because they're going to be cool things.

    Like Stormlight is the thing that I plotted out to be the big opus. It's more frustrated that there's only one of me, despite what the internet says.  I don't got any clones, or any Sanderbots to do all this.  So I have more ideas than I can write books about. That's kind of the-- The biggest frustrating in my life is that I can only do so much. But that's been a frustration since I was unpublished. I always had more stories I wanted to write than I could.  So it's all about story triage for me.

    One thing I've learned to do is to write novellas or work on graphic novels. Because the actual word count that I need for a novella like Emperor's Soul or for a graphic novel like White Sand, is a fraction of what a big novel takes. And so I get this cool thing with a graphic novel where I can write something out..like I just finished an outline and script for a new graphic novel, that we're not going to release until after White Sand's done. But now that White Sand 3 is moving along and the writing portion of that is done, and we're just working on the art, I came up with something else. And instead of taking 18 months like a Stormlight book takes, it took me, like, a month. And so that's a way I can get a story ready and can release it to people without having to spend 18 months on something.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    If you were to Feruchemically drain your Identity, would you just be able to be soulstamped by any--  Would any soulstamp work on you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not the way I have it now. Because-- You're getting into stuff that I really would like to have my notes next to me for. So don't take this as too gospel. But the way I have this worked out right now, is if you drain your Identity, you still can't use Feruchemical metalminds that themselves have not been drained of Identity, right?

    So, any old stamp still is going to be keyed to someone's past and Identity. So my instincts say no that would not work, but I have not worked out that specific interaction in the notes.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    So, Miles Hundredlives. If you were to spike his Allomantic gold out of him, would that change his Identity such that he could no longer access his metalminds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would not necessarily change his Identity, but it would change his Investiture. So if you took off the piece of his soul that could do Allomancy, and then gave him his metalminds. Well, no... No, this is more complicated than I was assuming. So you're saying if someone took away his ability to do Allomancy, could he still access his Feruchemy metalminds. Yes he could. He could still do that. That should work just fine. 

    Questioner

    Do the metalminds kind of have a pointer to his Identity, they don't have a copy of his Identity that they're keyed to? 

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah... he is still him unless you spike him and do something with the Identity specifically. 

    Questioner

    So you could potentially steal his Identity.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That strays into RAFO territory, so we'll go ahead and give you a RAFO card. But simply taking it away would not change his Identity to the point that it would prevent-- Good question. Very detailed.

    Orem signing ()
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    Brandon Sanderson

    The screenplay that we got with DMG came in at like 250 pages.

    Questioner

    Love it!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, but that's like a four hour movie, not really viable.

    Questioner

    I'm good with four hours.

    Questioner 2

    Nobody wants to make a four hour movie.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that's why we're looking more at television.

    Questioner

    Is that a possibility, of just doing shows instead?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it's a distinct possibility. It really depends on what offers come and what DMG puts together, and stuff like that. But it is something that we have always been open to and they have always been pursuing. They just wanted to see, what does a screenplay look like? Turns out, it's a four hour screenplay.

    Orem signing ()
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    Questioner

    Why do spren appear on Roshar and nowhere else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They do, but they're in different shapes. Seons are the same thing that spren are, for instance. So there are places where you will see them, it just is going to depend on how the worldbuilding is built and how the magic is channeled and things like that.