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  2. I'm imagining a very.. entertaining conversation about this if she ever meets our resident cheater of death from the Expanse of the Vapors. But I agree with you. It's not her style
  3. I'd say that they're "stored" in the same way. The Radiants can touch them without hearing screaming because they're lesser spren. They're not sentient.
  4. There's 1 WoB containing "Tai-Na," 4 with the "Greatshells" tag, and 17 containing "Greatshell." They don't tell us much. Have no fear Calderis. Oh wait.. have a little fear.
  5. Hmm. Guess not. (Shrug) Oh well.
  6. Ok. Now IF 'common' spren do form the shardplate how are they stored if you will? I don't believe that they're summoned the sane as the sword because the radiants can touch these without hearing screaming. I think that the spren are 'trapped' in gemstones that power the plate
  7. @Herowannabe If the new round is starting now, I am officially signing up. I've familiarity with playing the game physically, and so if you need a spymaster I can be one. I'd prefer to be a regular player for my first round, but if noone else volunteers..
  8. Just gonna toss myself into the mix here. Regarding the point that you were trying to prove, this passage from the Eila Stele means nothing. All it says is that they were binding Surges, and that the Singers knew that Spren could grant those powers. It doesn't imply anything about how the humans were accessing the powers, only that the powers they had looked similar. In that same vein, the Singers knew about the Nahel Bond, and the powers it granted. In the face of that, the first assumption when seeing people using those powers would be to assume that they had a Nahel Bond. The Parshendi do just this in WoK Kaladin does the "draw arrows to shield" moment, but had that been Szeth instead of Kaladin, they would've made the same assumption, and been wrong. See "Surges" below. The "Surges" as we currently know them are simply a way to tap into the fundamental forces: gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, the weak/strong force, etc... and they are far from the only way to do that. The Oathgates probably operate on the Surge of Transportation, and teleport people to elsewhere. Aon Tia does exactly the same thing, and teleports people elsewhere. The Elantrians even had metal plates to take you to predetermined locations, like an Oathgate. There's a Yolish Lightweaving as well as the Rosharan version using the Surge of Illumination. Renarin heals almost instantly from being crushed with the Surge of Progression, while Miles heals his legs as they break with Feruchemical Gold. We have an Aon whose definition includes the word "illumination," another with "cohesion," and yet a third with "transportation." Would it be too far to assume that these could probably do similar things to the Surges they share names with? To an outsider, these would probably look like the same powers(Elantrians even glow, like Surgebinders ). And they probably are manipulating the same underlying fundamental force, but with entirely different magic systems. Well, Yolish Lightweaving predates the Shards, so.... (I'm not being entirely serious here, no need to counter this with the "Adonalsium counts" argument) I could've sworn there was a WoB to the tune of "Ashyn may not have always been without a Shard," but I can't find it. So.. guess this section gets cut short. And to foster more discussion, here's the other WoB:
  9. I have to say: How exactly did Brandon Sanderson promise anything? How is he breaking a promise? How did he keep a promise before? A promise is something an author makes outside the text of his book. If there's a WoB somewhere that says all those things will happen, I'd like to see it. Foreshadowing, however, is a technique that authors use inside works of fiction. Here Brandon foreshadowed some things, but others may have just been the result of a forum full of crazy obsessed people that have 3 years between books to analyze every word in a set of enormous books in order to predict future events....(hmm, wait a minute, side note: we are VOIDBRINGERS). I personally think it's awesome when Brandon plays with our expectations by hinting at something to come, then in fact taking things the other way. As someone pointed out above, the visit to Hearthstone very likely was written in that way to cause the reader to feel the same way Kaladin did. His surprise was our surprise. Why, exactly, is that a promise broken? Why would we want everything that is foreshadowed to become a checklist to tick off in the next volume? Wouldn't that make life kinda boring?
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  11. Visit the DA (in my signature) and don't be. Embrace the hemalurgic process. Also, could you say, "My life to yours, my Breath become yours."? Pretty please.
  12. That's 100% our own faults. We, like Kaladin, assumed there'd be a crisis because we assumed we knew things about the Voidbringers. The Hearthstone bit was done that way on purpose, to start us on the path of "maybe we're wrong about them," and facilitate Kaladin's internal moral conflict for the future. The non-radiant population seems to have trouble navigating Urithiru. The Radiant population(minus Jasnah) aren't the most scientific bunch. There's also the end of the world to be dividing their efforts. In the face of these, a lack of extreme progress is understandable. I'd say the discoveries of the giant Fabrial and the gemstone library are a good start on the mystical side, and the plumbing/air currents are a good start on the more mundane side(though it'd be good if they learned the secret to agriculture). The problem with the Recreance explanation is that it's become abundantly clear that there was no singular cause to the Recreance. Any singular scene revealing Recreance info is gonna come off as an unsatisfactory explanation to use because it's only one piece of the puzzle. The internal conflict of who to defend, the "Voidbringer" revelation, shattering the plains, creating the Parshmen, the "we won" declaration, etc... until a character puts all the various pieces together in-world, we've got to do it ourselves. We've gotten theory-crazy around here: we want to work for our answers, rather than getting them on a silver platter, and it seems like Brandon has noticed this. I'm sure it'll be spelled out in book 4 or 5 for the more casual readers, but I think that Brandon is giving us a puzzle, and is letting us solve it instead of just spelling it out for us(for now). A lot of things that were "supposed to happen" got interrupted by the arrival of the Fused. Remember those supply caravans that never arrived during one of Kaladin's chapters with the Parshmen? These aren't broken promises, it's just the way life goes.
  13. I would like to play again. And, yes, I enjoyed the eightball variant. I think we should play it that way again.
  14. Thank you everyone for your input. I also appreciate the reccomendations I'll have to look into that. I'm also a cosmere nut and want to get my hands on all aspects of the story so I probably will get them at some point or just ask for birthdays/holidays. Again thank you all for your input here
  15. Don't worry if you've never seen the term before, it's not something that we know (much) about from the books themselves. It's basically a second ecology that emerged on Yolen some time prior to the events of Dragonsteel and which does not play nicely with what was already there. Most of what we know about it comes from the non-canonical chapters from The Liar of Partinel which Brandon released years ago and as a result, all of the specific details are subject to change. Brandon wasn't satisfied with the book and has mentioned that it's going to be heavily revised before it's published. But the one reference made to fainlife in published materials (Khriss name-drops it in Arcanum Unbounded) confirms that the basic idea is more or less unchanged. See the WoB I posted earlier about Yolen having 'two competing ecologies' for example.
  16. Welcome back! This is my first time reading your work, so I'm excited. So I enjoyed this, but it did take a couple pages for me to get interested in the story. Partially I think it's because I just finished a book recently with a similar set up to this one, but also it's something else. I can't quite put my finger on what was keeping me from getting invested though. Maybe all the uncertainty in the first part? I'm very interested in the acolytes and the deer-riding hunter, less so about the protagonist. She's fairly generic to me at the moment, but not unpleasantly so. I'm willing to wait a bit to see what she does. I want to hear more about the forest, that is very intriguing to me. I caught some grammar errors and skipped words here and there, but not enough to seriously derail me (Plus, I think between @Mandamon and @Robinski most of them have been covered ). I think I will need to see a larger section of the story before I can make more helpful suggestions, sorry. Looking forward to the next part!
  17. We drink iced tea in this house and I had to open a new bottle to fill two cups. When it's full it's hard not to have it dribble down the side. I got maybe two drops on the counter and my mom started berating me for spilling, she got a paper towel to wipe it up and she knocked the bottom of the jug enough that I nearly spilled the entire thing. That would've been a much bigger mess than a couple drops of tea and yet I'm the messy one in this case. Heck I was going to clean up immediately after filling both cups and that would've only been a few seconds longer.
  18. So, no offense guys, this is all very interesting, but all I wanted was to see how many verses or phrases from any holy books from any religion that in any way mirror something in the cosmere. I am almost certain that he didn't get inspiration for Stormlight in those 2 Isaiah verses. I am not looking for sources of his inspiration, merely phrases or stories that mirror another
  19. Spoilery stuff. Read the Liar of Partinel chapters(1-6) that are available to find out more, but keep in mind its non canon and subject to change...... I just looked for them and they appear to have been moved. I'm not sure how much else I can say though. To address the original topic, everything points towards Hoid trying to fix Adonalisium, but because of that we all assume Brandon is going to throw a curve ball.
  20. I don't have much to add here but I really hope Brandon doesn't do any more graphic novels for material that doesn't have an official written form published. Graphic novels are fun for telling stories and I've enjoyed quite a few before these. But, Brandon's work is done a disservice when the detail is represented in images instead of words in my opinion. It feels like Brandon's work is meant to be discussed in great detail and there's just a certain amount of detail that cannot avoid being lost in the graphic novel format. Maybe these are enjoyable to some other people, but I just felt mostly annoyed reading it. I'm really unsure what my opinion would be if I hadn't read the prose version first.
  21. It would be nice if we could But while Ashyn would have a lower amount of overall investiture, there's still a few people who can use enough to cause disasters. You don't need a lot to do some serious damage if you have the right power and know how to use it. And yeah, I think Odium arrived and gave some of these powers a boost or created a new strain of disease, or something. He didn't invest, but he definitely meddled, and they ended up screwing up the planet. As to his motive, it could be a number of things. Maybe he wanted to use them as distractions to better surprise attack Honor and Cultivation. Two Shards that are together and not in opposition are definitely more dangerous to him than two Shards that are kind of opposing (D&D). Getting humans to do some of his dirty work would seem to fit in with his character.
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  23. All I really have for that is a test run. He'd already splintered D&D and Ambition when he showed up on Roshar, and I'm guessing he wasn't unscathed from those. He had to find some way to fight his battles that risked less of himself directly, and so he tested out the method of expanding an existing magic system. The only other idea for it would be that it was his intent to drive humans to Roshar to create some kind of conflict for Honor and Cultivation as a distraction. None. I've dug through every WoB I can find searching for anything that would even hint at the Dawnshards. There's not enough in the text to go off of. We have the Poem of Ista, Tanavast's mention of them in the vision, and what the Stormfather gave us in this book, and a ton of RAFO's. I got nothing. Edit: hell, this is the only WoB about the Dawnshards that I can think of right now that's more than a RAFO, and it just makes more questions.
  24. Forgive my ignorance, but what is fainlife?
  25. I definitely want to keep playing. And I'm willing to be spymaster (but only if no one else wants to..)
  26. I would like a copy as well. Thank you.
  27. Being someone who is familiar with both english and hebrew I can honestly say that there is something truly haunting and appropriate about this rendition of the lullaby.
  28. Hello everyone, I do not expect this to be a popular post. My apologies in advance. But I have to step in here. We have deliberated and we have decided to close this topic. This post will be explaining exactly why that is. I'd like to state for the record that we are not out to get anyone. What is a forum if you can't post your opinions? That's obviously very important. People are allowed to dislike books. People are allowed to dislike things in books. This forum should be a safe place for everyone. That's the thing, though. Forums should be a place where people feel comfortable discussing things. We had this occur last month, for instance, the classic distinction in our community where some hardcore theorizers shot down some theories from newer, less hardcore members. We can do better as a community to balance, as always. So that leads us into this thread. We have seen many, many reports on this thread, with many people on all sides saying things like, "this is allowed? Seriously?" That's basically everyone. This thread has been described to us privately as "toxic" and "a cesspool." Many have told us that they never want to join in the thread again. They feel unsafe in the thread. Opinions would be attacked immediately. That's absolutely terrible and unacceptable, full stop, and we should not be okay with this being the status quo of discourse here. We on the mod team wanted to keep this open, because we know this is a contentious issue. Some will always think we're just doing this to silence criticism of Oathbringer, because I don't know, they think all the mods are yes-men who love everything Brandon written. (Never mind that that is completely false, and any day of the week you can chat with us on works some staff didn't like, some things very aggressively so.) Just know, we have let this sit for a very long time to see how things panned out, and as you can plainly see, plenty of threads that are critical of Oathbringer are visible and active right now. It's clear that this thread is causing people to feel unsafe, and that, as moderators, makes us very nervous. It really worries us that this might be the thread people see and it's one of the first they participate in, and they get into something that's very heated and they immediately nope out of the thread. You can very clearly see that members who briefly join the thread don't continue pages later. Generally discourse has been very poor in this thread, with all involved thinking they are excellent at arguing, and of course, you are definitely accepting the other side, but everyone else isn't listening to your amazing arguments. Is this you? Then you should think about that. People are making others feel unwelcome, and this is a major issue. Have rules been broken? There have definitely been attacks, and we've tried to tone things down, but the discourse hasn't really improved. I'm personally not sure what we should do as a moderator team to make better rules on things so we foster good discussion. This is a case where a thread hurts the spirit of the community while (for the most part) being within the letter of its rules. Here are some musings: A Reddit thread generally has a limited shelf life. Comments in a YouTube video die off after a while. But forums are somewhat perfectly designed for this sort of thing to evolve, where people have intense opinions and through sustained effort, drive away reasonable discourse. It's worse in this case because so much of Adolin/Shallan/Kaladin controversy has been in this thread, and so it's continually gotten more extreme as things progress. Forum topics don't close so this could literally progress ad infinitum, years from now, and that's very concerning. I think opinions have been said at this stage, in extensive detail, and don't need to be continued. When the cost to the community is the impression that the site is overall toxic, we need to act, so we have decided to close the thread, and hopefully things should cool down. Just to be clear: if you like Adolin, that is not an inherently bad thing and is not a thing that is to be said dismissively. (As in, "oh, you just like Adolin, so I'm disregarding what you say.") Similarly, critique of Adolin and saying that Kaladin and Shallan are way better for each other is a completely valid opinion to have, and we expect people to (obviously) continue to have that opinion. But we can treat people way more respectfully than has occurred in this thread. Please remember that as we move forward. People are entitled to their opinions, but at some point people are just talking over each other and it hasn't been productive for anyone. Please feel free to discuss this with me. We are always willing to listen if you have a concern, and are looking for ways to improve.
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