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  1. 13 points
    Hello everyone! Give it up for the one, the only: Siiiiilence Montane!! *Obvious Desclaimer: I mean no harm, Physical, Cognitive or Spritual, to any of the competitors. Yes, I'm looking at you in particular.
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    Vader Syndrome. Edit: Darn it Cal, don't steal my analogies and ninja me at the same time!
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    Sorry I’m late! Thanks for saving the best for last!
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    Hmph. Show up one hour late and someone's already beat me to the Boring/Snoring rhyme.
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    A cloaked figure approached. He pinned a message to the board, taking care to ensure it completely covered the steel plate that had been posted earlier. This is too easy, he thought to himself as he slipped away into the night.
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    I have a few memes for y'all. On an unrelated note:
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    A little portrait of Kelsier, Ill probably redo it in a few months when my skills are better
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    Cause the situation is dire, and help is help. It's Vader syndrome. Your most terrifying enemy is a strong ally if they turn. For both Dalinar and Kaladin, it would be hypocritical to condemn him, Dalinar because of his past, and Kaladin because of the Elhokar debacle. For Jasnah, logic wins. If he's truly "changed sides" then he's a powerful ally. She may not trust him until he earns it, but you can work with people tentatively until they do. I understand why everyone sees this as unbelievable... But it's not nearly as farfetched as it seems.
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    I posted this in another place but I think it would fit better in here. SPOILERS FOR WAY OF KINGS AND WORDS OF RADIANCE! Enjoy!
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    So... throwbacks to all of this! The person known as "them" finished the Hero of the Ages yesterday. They cried. (Obviously.) ...does it make me a bad person if I laughed while handing them the tissue box?
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    Did anyone else hear Chaos say how Evi "tried so hard" and immediately think, "and got so far, but in the end, it didn't even matter"?
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    Funny then, that his relationship with Shallan, and her support that he doesn't have to be or do things for those reasons, are why he admitted to killing Sadeas, stood up to his father and isn't king. He valued her opinion of him more than Dalinar's. That's a remarkably strong shift that reflects exactly where his feelings lie.
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    Please do be informed that Steris has thrown her hat into the proverbial ring. Here is her roast, spoilered because that is in fact the proper way to do it:
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    From the album Ghostblood symbol art

    @Ark1002, don't know if you want this, but here's an Alleyverse patch. I think it looks pretty sweet. I am not affiliated with the alleyverse in any way, I just think the ghostblood symbol is really cool.
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    From the album Ghostblood symbol art

    This is the ghostblood symbol projected into pseudo 3-Dimensional space using the axonometric projections I am using for a series of Illustrations I have been spending way too much time on. This is for the amazing Rosharan concept Album "Dark Side of the Moons" by the Ghostblood house band, Pink Iyatl. The best track off this album is "One of my bad Mraize".
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    TOAST THEM IN THE FIRES OF RETRIBUTION!! And then give them some bread. With jam. Strawberry jam. And a nice book. A Cosmere book.
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    This may or may not be related, but Dalinar has a certain bodyguard named Rial. Rial has a habit of looping a sphere around his fingers over and over again, the kind of thing you do with a coin, which apparently isn't a thing most people do. He's always got a flask on him, and even though he's been reprimanded for it, he openly admits where he's hiding it when Dalinar asks. Despite his insubordination and apparent on-the-job drinking, there's just something Dalinar really likes about the guy. It feels like being around an old friend. He likes having him around, he kind of can't help it. That dude is an Allomancer, I'm certain of it.
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    @Gancho Libre Lol! nice name btw. @Kal-Eldin This killed me: Here’s the cosmere in general:
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    I have a theory that Szeth was a developing surgebinder/ Knight Radiant prior to becoming the Assassin in White. When he tried to tell others about his powers, or even that the Knight’s Radiant were returning, they refused to believe him, and renounced him Truthless. The first evidence I noticed of this is from Words of Radiance. This is a passage from Kaladin and Szeth’s first encounter: Szeth is horrified and enraged after hearing Kaladin claim to be a Windrunner. He cannot believe the Knight’s Radiant are returning, because if it’s true then he was wrongly named Truthless and all the killing and suffering was put upon him unjustly. Even stronger evidence comes from Oathbringer when Szeth is confiding in Nightblood: I think the voice he is remembering was a spren he had bonded in his youth. A spren he ultimately killed through his actions as the Assassin in White. Does anyone else have any opinions? If he wasn't previously a surgebinder, what was the voice he was referring to? Also, I found it surprising that I couldn’t find anyone else talking about this. Feel free to let me know if there is already a post somewhere on the same topic that I missed.
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    I'm kidding, but we must be Brandon Sanderson's favorite joke. Reasoning: The 17th Shard is searching for Hoid. -We are constantly searching for Hoid in all the books. The 17th Shard is not happy with Hoid. -We are not happy with Hoid. We want to know what he's doing. The 17th Shard's name is 17th Shard. -This website is called 17th Shard. And probably more similarities exist. The resemblances are uncanny. Only issue: if we were the 17th Shard then we would be in the Cosmere and so to not have access to the internet.
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    From the album Ghostblood symbol art

    This is a tangram illustration using the ghostblood symbol, which is one of the coolest symbols ever.
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    Bar the windows and lock the door Human the Koloss is back for more. Stormlight Spoilers:
  27. 7 points
    "Three of sixteen ruled, but now the Broken One reigns." "We took them in, as commanded by the gods. What else could we do? They were a people forlorn, without a home. Our pity destroyed us. For their betrayal extended even to our gods: to spren, stone, and wind." The Nightwatcher, the Sibling, the Stormfather. Spren, stone, storm. And: Unite them. A voice whispered the words in Dalinar's mind, echoing with the same resonant sound from months ago, when Dalinar had first started seeing the visions. "I'm doing so," Dalinar whispered back. Unite them. "Stormfather, is that you? Why do you keep saying this to me?" I said nothing. "I am Unity." He dipped his pen again. "Would you close the balcony doors again, gemheart?" he asked her. "The sunlight is distracting me from the other light." "Other light?" (...) As Navani shut the balcony doors, he closed his eyes and felt the warmth of a distant, unseen light. (there's another mention of the distant, unseen light, but I only have a physical copy and I can't find it) There is always another secret. They may not be the arc words of the Stormlight Archive, but they certainly are arc words of the Cosmere. Brandon also likes working with arc numbers; 16 on Scadrial, and 10 on Roshar. Ten, however, does not seem to be the only arc number of Stormlight Archive. There is also Odium's 9, but 3 is also a recurring number; spren, stone, storm. Nightwatcher, Sibling, Stormfather. Cultivation, Odium (?), Honor. Mishim, Nomon, Salas. Ashyn, Braize, Roshar. So, what's my point? Well, Odium doesn't fit. Why would a spren of Odium be a Bondsmith spren? Why would Odium be related to stone, while coming thousands of years after the others? Most importantly, consider the two epigraphs. The Eila Stele, which talks about the first Desolation, before the singers turned to Odium, talks about three gods: spren, stone and wind. The Death Rattle tells us "Three of sixteen ruled; Now the Broken One reigns." Unless this Death Rattle is foreshadowing a multishard (which would be scary, with a name like that), it's referring to Odium as the Broken One, which implies he is not one of the three who ruled. The Eila Stele implies similar: there were three gods before Odium showed up. So, uhm, where did that last shard go? Odium's prison. In Mistborn, Preservation almost completely blocks Ruin from influencing the world. However, that means that he himself can barely influence the world as well. Now compare that with Cultivation and Honor: Cultivation has been shown to appear, subtly influencing plans, but still to a degree Preservation was not able to do after creating the prophecies. Additionally, it is commonly believed she is also behind the Diagram, and may even be behind Taravangian's "prophet" day, altering and correcting the Diagram. Honor, as well, is known to have interacted substantially with the Knights Radiant, plus we have this quote, implying Honor as well had freedom: "Ships?" he [Dalinar] whispered. "They sailed during the storm? He controls it, the Stormfather said, (...). He uses it, as Honor once used me. The situation is, of course, different, as we know this battle as two shards against one. However, we also know by WoB that the actual power of a shard is infinite, and two times infinite versus infinite is still, in a way, equal. That's why another shard has to be Odium's prison. Now that we're done with the sensible theorizing, let's get to the crazy theorizing. Yes, I called that earlier stuff sensible. I am going to propose that this last shard is the shard of Unity, as predicted through The Fundamental Surges Part II: The Shards and a follow-up post I made on it. This shard, due to it's nature, is like the soul or mind of Adonalsium, stripped of it's power. The... centerpiece of Adonalsium, you might say. I also believe that Odium has partially freed himself somehow - perhaps similar to how Ruin was still subtly influencing the world, but over a longer timescale. On one hand, this is what allows Odium to appear to Dalinar and "ride the storm", on the other hand this is why Dalinar gets the vision with Nohadon, putting him back on track, as well as why he feels the "distant, unseen light"; with Odium partially free, Unity is not completely locked anymore either. Alternatively (and we've gone beyond crazy theorizing now), Odium may have killed Unity's Vessel without splintering the shard, and this is what his "we killed you" is about.
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    From the album Ghostblood symbol art

    Using that Ghostblood sybmol, just messing around, came up with this abstract composition and gave it some psychedelic colors.
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    There is a story behind the name in case your wondering. It's a good one too. Let's see if I can remember how it was told to me. (apologizes if I step on anyones toes, this is just for some fun ) (ahem) Way back in the mists of time a website was founded by Mi'chelle Walker, also known as @firstRainbowRose called Hoid's Compendium. It was a place where those that had heard of the mysterious Hoid could gather and share what they had learned of the stranger. Then one day the skies parted and this site was blessed with the presence of Brandon himself. He gazed upon what lay before him and was greatly pleased. He blessed the founder(s) and gave (suggested) a new name, the 17th Shard. And as it was written, so it became. Or if you want the official (boring) version, look below: (taken from the About page)
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    Good Afternoon Fellow Sharders! So it's been a long while since I posted any kind of theory, all my previous ones were debunked by Oathbringer and I have become a little cynical about trying to out-guess Brandon. That said, I have been thinking about this one for a while. How exactly is Odium bound to the Greater Roshar system? We know he is invested quite heavily there, but why would he do that? After all we have this WoB (all WoBs will be spoilered for length): Well he seems to have spectacularly failed on that count, so what happened? I propose the answer is quite simple: He made some promises he shouldn't have. Part #1 - Shardly Promises So the first part of this is something we have little evidence for, but I am convinced is the case. That is: Shards must keep their promises. Honor himself in WoK gives us the first clue in the below: So all Shards (or the 3 Rosharan ones at the least), are bound by certain rules. One of these is the rule regarding champions that we saw in Oathbringer and has been hinted at elsewhere in the Cosmere. I propose that another one of these rules is that they cannot break their word. In Oathbringer, Odium told us this after being queried by Taravangian: Now I know what you are going to say, "but he could be lying" and yes, he could. But I don't think he is. Smart Taravangian has shown a remarkable understanding of the situation on Roshar and left very specific details on how his slow self could get the deal. If Odiums word wasn't enough I imagine he would have know. The Stormfather also claims that "Spren and Gods cannot break their oaths". Add to that the fact that Odium must abide by the rules of the challenge of champions and we have NEVER seen a shard break a promise, not even Odium or Ruin, and I think we have reasonable cause to believe that they can't. Or the 3 Rosharan Shard can't at the very least. Now I am sure their interpretation of the promise makes a difference in what they can do to get around it, nevertheless, I think they have to abide by the interpretation they make. Part #2 - The Timeline Just to make sure we are all on the same page the following is a list of the relavent beings/species that came to Roshar in chronological order: Parshendi/Listeners/Singers - Pick your name, these guys are native, as far as we know. Honor and Cultivation - Arrive together and, with the spren, become the Singer gods. Humans (at least 1st Wave) - They fled Ashyn, and were given Shinovar as their new home. Odium - Arrived around the same time as the humans, close enough that the Singers believe the humans brought him, but that may not be the case. Now Odium may have arrived just before or with the humans. I think it was likely a little after but it doesn't really change anything either way. So we know from OB that some time after the humans arrive, they began to expand. At some point they also began to worship Honor and Cultivation, such that the Singers felt betrayed. That led to the first desolation which per OB, went something like this: Singers (at least some of them) want power to regain their lands and kill the humans. They make a deal with Odium and become the Fused. They can Surgebind and can't be permanently killed. They begin killing many humans, presumably maing headway in their war. 10 people made a deal with Honor, the Oathpact. They would become the Heralds and seal the Fused on Braize so long as they stayed there. However, we know the Heralds broke and let the Fused past. Once they were defeated again on Roshar, the Heralds went back to Braize and sealed them again, until the next time they broke. And so begins the cycle of Desolation. Part #3 - Conclusion Now the key part of all that is the deal he made with the Fused. The Singers seemed to have knowledge of and contact with Honor and Cultivation so it may not have been an accident, but one way or another Odium promised them he would help them regain their land. He was probably wary of investing but anticipated a short campaign that would get the Singers their land and, once their believers were gone and anything they had invested in destroyed, he could Splinter Honor and Cultivation and move on. The Oathpact prevented this by stopping him fulfilling his promise the Fused. He can't break it so he has to stick around and keep his word. Until the Fused are victorious, he can't Divest from the Rosharan System. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to see what people think. There are some potential issues with it but I think it fits quite well with what we know as well as explaining how the Honor/Cultivation/the Oathpact, have bound him without him being one of the parties involved (as per WoB) All comments and criticism welcome Thanks, Jace
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    Plot twist: Eric discovered the name of a Shard in Dragonsteel Prime, then chose his username just so he could say the 'Shard of Chaos' is named after him when Brandon cannonizes it in 2096. And then he set up a discord server for the added irony.
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    I love the title of this thread: “SKA – is it Resolved?” Short answer? Yes! All you Shadolin shippers can be happy. You got your ending. Sadly, Shalladin shippers, what you got was less than…adequate. Long answer? Yes, for now. And I’ll explain why. Be forewarned, I have been gone a long time, and a lot of contextual updates have occurred, so this post will have some length to it. Long quotes are in spoiler tags, and the post is split into two segments. (It’s an Alderant post, did you really expect anything different?) To begin with, I would like to reassert that, from the day I finished OB, I claimed that I was glad Kaladin and Shallan were not in a relationship at the end of OB. Kaladin was in no mental place for a relationship—he took too many knocks, fell too hard, for a romantic relationship with Shallan to be at all viable. Kaladin will not be part of this discussion. He may be mentioned in direct association of an aspect, but this discussion is purely about the viability of Adolin and Shallan as a married couple. Further, there are a couple of points I want to clarify before I get into the meat of my post: I like that you said that Shallan’s personas and her struggle to control them will present problems. I agree with that completely, and your comment here about them being part of her is spot on. It is a matter of great speculation in other circles whether or not “Shallan”’s eyes will wander. I for one, have said from fairly early on that I would like to see Brandon showcase her working through her marriage problems, rather than writing those problems away or making them a non-issue. I agree that this provides a route for a more compelling narrative than simply “Will they, won’t they” or romantic dithering between Adolin and Kaladin. First, I would like to point out that your second paragraph makes very little sense. However, if I understand you correctly, your point is that Shallan was a pivoting point in Adolin’s story and the sole reason he changed from serial dating to monogamy, and therefore all potential blame for infidelity must come from Shallan. Not only is this a logical fallacy, but it’s not even true—Adolin stopped seeing other women because Shallan was a pre-arranged deal that required very little effort, and in large part because Danlan spread some pretty harsh tales about him to the camp’s young women—as is indicated by these quotes from Words of Radiance: This is further evidenced by the fact that his statements regarding Danlan strongly implicate that she sabotaged his chances at any of the camp’s other women (many of whom he’d already offended). Second, I’m not sure where you are drawing this claim from. We have evidence of at least two explicitly dysfunctional marriages by OB: Dalinar & Evi, and Navani & Gavilar. To recap, one of Navani’s assertions to Dalinar in Way of Kings is that Gavilar wasn’t the man everyone thought him to be, and implies that, though she may have loved him, their marriage was not one of fully functional bliss: Further, we learn through OB’s flashbacks that Dalinar & Evi were quite unhappy and constantly fighting and arguing with each other, frequently ending with Dalinar drinking or leaving to go fight, and Evi in tears. Evi was a wonderful woman, much better than Dalinar deserved, but their marriage was not functional. Calderis, I’m not even sure where to begin with your comment here. This is…utterly inaccurate. That might be a small influence, but let us keep in mind that the scene in question is from Shallan’s perspective, not Adolin’s, so any explanation as to why (including my own) is based on inference and guesswork—hardly grounds for a definitive argument, especially given her unreliability as a narrator. Here is the text in question, and even from Shallan, it’s rather vague on motivation: In that one segment, Adolin deflects four times the responsibility of being king. Yes, Dalinar is a steamroller, but the point is that Shallan wasn’t the reason he admitted it. She might like to think so, and from her point of view we see he responded following her input, but the main reason he admitted it was to avoid responsibility. When saying he killed Sadeas didn’t work, he tried to appeal to Dalinar’s love of the codes. When that didn’t work, then he admitted the truth. He’s even shocked that the appeal to the Codes didn’t work. Further, this is hardly the first time he’s stood up to Dalinar. First the visions in Way of Kings, where he asserts Dalinar seek help—until Dalinar decides to abdicate, after which Adolin begins panicking at the responsibility and the is relieved that Dalinar’s visions are true. Secondly, he complains to his father about being ordered to do all the work leading the army when Dalinar is debating abdicating. Third, there’s this quote in Way of Kings that I absolutely love: “Adolin forced himself to smile, however. He tried to be relaxed and confident for Renarin. Generally that wasn’t difficult. He’d happily spend his entire life dueling, lounging, and courting the occasional pretty girl. Of late, however, life didn’t seem content to let him enjoy its simple pleasures. As I have said before, the phrases used to describe a character in their opening chapters are of tantamount importance to the understanding of that character. Again, this isn’t entirely accurate, in either sentence. There are a plethora of reasons characters in fiction stand up to their parents. Most characters have loving parents that they have to leave, and standing up is an emblematic representation of them becoming their own person and going out into the world on their own. And Adolin outright calls his father crazy in Way of Kings, calling his father’s dreams and visions “delusions.” In Words, he flaunts his father’s will concerning Sadeas multiple times, until the point where he murders the highprince in a fit of rage. I’m sorry, but this sentence is 100% false. From Words (warning, slightly graphic): This implies quite a bit of savagery. One would assume he would be ashamed of it, as you stated, however we have this line from Oathbringer that informs us otherwise: Now, onto the Shallan and Adolin analysis. First off, let me start by saying that traditionally, I have always approached this from the standpoint of why I don’t like this marriage for Shallan. However, with Adolin’s now elevated status to “Main Character,” I feel it’s warranted to spend a little bit of time looking at things from his perspective. I hope my responses above have been adequate in providing a base layer that indicates Adolin entered into this marriage, at least initially, because it was easier than finding the “one” on his own, and he’d made such a poor job of it. Further, there is the strong possibility of social sabotage by Danlan. The next question we would want to address is whether or not we see Adolin’s affection actually grow for her over the course of their courtship. This is a matter of some debate, however it is my belief that while, yes, his affection does grow for her over the course of their courtship, that affection does not travel in a romantic and love vector, but rather in the “fast friends” direction. Following his appreciation of her looks, there is one—one—mention in Words of Radiance that he truly cares for her well-being on the level we’d expect of someone deeply in love with another: Of course, this is right after her infamous return from the chasm, where Adolin saved Dalinar (arguably a smart choice) instead of Shallan. Fortunately, things turned out well here. From this scene, we progress throughout the expedition. In all of Adolin’s subsequent POVs (including Oathbringer), we rarely see him give much thought to Shallan. We see plenty of thinking of Adolin from her perspective, and indeed, the vast majority (if not all) of his “affectionate” scenes occur in her POV. What’s odd about this is that, aside from some jealousy on the boat in Shadesmar, we don’t actually see him think about Shallan all that often. He thinks about Renarin, Kaladin, his father, bridge 4, but conspicuously lacking on the Shallan front, when she should probably be at the forefront of his thoughts. This is further amplified during the scene where he tells Shallan (in one of the most disturbing, objectifying scenes in all of Stormlight) that he would let Kaladin have her. Not fight for her, not have his chance to win her, but “have” her, as though she were a possession. Indeed, aside from a few observations about her clothing, he doesn’t even show all that much interest in her—repeatedly ignoring cues that she is extremely upset or disturbed (creation of Radiant, dropping the Helaran bomb), and glossing over what are huge internal bits of anguish (who she is/who she should be, again—Helaran). This doesn’t sell me on the idea that Adolin is madly and irrevocably devoted to her. Next, let us look at the nature of their relationship. Their relationship, like many other Branderson relationships, starts off as an arranged marriage. Neither really gets a whole lot of say in the matter, though presumably they could have refused. They get to know one another, Shallan makes a lot of witticisms that go over Adolin’s head, and he in turn is gorgeous, dashing and “intoxicatingly handsome” with a “rugged ‘I punched a lot of people today’ quality that was fetching in its own right.” From here, we go two directions. For Shallan, the relationship becomes one of desperation and lust. Most of their physical contact and affection is initiated by Shallan. She pulls, forces, and presses kisses on him. Again, from Words: From Oathbringer: Now, before anyone jumps down my throat here, let me be clear: I believe Shallan, at least some part of her, loves Adolin. I believe that at least one part of her is as madly in love with him as she describes. As the quote from Brandon says, Shallan has made her choice. I am not disputing that. What I want to point out is the parallelism between these two scenes. The first, from Words, is just after Adolin tries to back out, or at the very least express doubt of, their relationship and its workability. The second, after Adolin tries to hand her off to Kaladin. The use of language is, I believe, intentional—in both instances, arguably the most defining moments of their respective books, Shallan initiates an over-the-top, passionate kiss to convince Adolin to stay with her. There are many reasons she does this—I will not go into them in this already lengthy post, as that would require an even lengthier explanation. Let’s look at Adolin, now. For Adolin, he appears, in the beginning of the book, to still have doubts. He worries about not being good enough, worries that she’s too good, etc. Most of these are expressed through Shallan’s POVs, because as I mentioned earlier, their relationship is surprisingly largely absent from his POVs. As the book progresses, he becomes more and more aware of her “feelings” for Kaladin, ending with the above scene. Again, neither of these two avenues screams a “madly in love” couple. One is desperate and (pardon my French) horny, and the other has hardly any screen time devoted to the relationship. So let’s talk about their interactions with each other. Surely, even if their love started flawed, they can mature and grow as a couple and develop true love. When push comes to shove, however, Shallan and Adolin are a master/yes-man pair. Adolin does not stand up to Shallan. What Shallan wants, Shallan gets, whether that be a trip onto the Shattered Plains, a kiss from Adolin, or a marriage—ultimately, if Adolin didn’t want any of those things, we’ll never really know, because Shallan effectively steam-rolls him into every one. We’ve already clarified that most physical affection shared between the two is initiated by Shallan. Intellectually, Shallan typically views Adolin as beneath her, and he never really stands up for himself in that right, either. The one area Adolin appears to have some modicum of control, is in that Shallan is severely dependent on him, inevitably using his view of her to form the entire basis of her existence. This is not healthy behavior. So how would this pan out, in the long run? I’ve seen a few people comment that they think that so long as Shallan and Adolin talk things out, everything will be fine. That could not be further from the truth. Marriages have to be built on trust, and dependent relationships, as well as dominating relationships, rarely work well, and this has both. Further, Shallan, despite being dependent on Adolin, despite feeling warm around him and feeling a burning lust for him, doesn’t trust him. She tries to, I think. She tries to open up about her past at one point in the book. But she doesn’t. And at every opportunity she has to tell him, she doesn’t. Conversely, she hides a lot of things from him, even deflecting feelings for another man onto a persona, treating it as a different person—which is a lie. Additionally, we know that there will be a one year time gap between books 3 and 4. At the end of Oathbringer, Shallan is not well. She has a massive amount of rebuilding to do, and I’m afraid she hasn’t even hit the bottom yet—she’s just built up a temporary scaffolding to survive on (Adolin’s image of her). When all of those revelations get brought up, Adolin’s going to have a lot to deal with, from parenticide, to feelings for another man, to the idea that those people Shallan says aren’t her? They actually are. That’s a lot to have to deal with. To compound the complications, Adolin is now highprince. Shallan is a radiant. They will be spending a lot of time apart because of their respective duties—and this is why I brought up the time skip: the first year of marriage is absolutely, quintessentially vital to a marriage’s success. It’s during the first year of living together that you learn most of the other person’s idiosyncrasies, the quirks of their personality, the irreconcilable differences that distinguish you as separate people. And if Adolin and Shallan are frequently going two different directions, only sparing time to play bunnies, then it’s going to be a very, very difficult road for them. Finally, with respect to Adolin, there is the matter with Dalinar. Adolin doesn’t do well with facing things he doesn’t like—he couldn’t ever let Sadeas go, even though most were able to. He dwelt on Kaladin for much of Oathbringer, to the point of jealousy. Dalinar’s revelation concerning Rathalas has yet to really hit, and Adolin will have to deal with that. Which will also impact their relationship. And that, my friends, is my rather lengthy addition to this thread. Good night.
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    Justi, you cannot possibly mean that every person in these books that are in danger suddenly becomes a radiant and is saved? I mean with Kaladin moaning about everyone he is unable to save, and the hordes of people that die, without any stormlight saving them. Taravangian says in his diagram: "look for the ones who survive when they should not". This is his recipe for finding the budding radiants. The ones who survive things that should have killed them are the ones that become radiants. Because they have already bonded a spren and are on their way to swear oaths. And naturally, those are the ones that have the most screen time. It is rather obvious to me that the ones that become radiant struggle for a long, long time before they swear their words, and that they often need a dangerous situation to be able to understand what their nexts Words are. All these things are described either very explicitly in the books, or the explanation is there, but you have to be observant to understand it. That you often have to struggle as a reader to get all the different connections and explanations is one of the biggest charms of the books to me. These books are not about action scenes only and cannot be understood if you refuse to read and understand the other parts of them.
  35. 7 points
    Thursday, Brandon did an AMA on Skyward, and we thought we'd give you a quick rundown of what occurred in it. He also answered some questions on Facebook, which we also have. If you'd like to read them all, check them out on Arcanum for easy reading. First up, Brandon "My Books Become More Books" Sanderson said that Skyward, though originally planned as a trilogy, may now be four books. Brandon says the first three will stand pretty well on their own, but the final one will be more reliant on the other three. The second book's title will be Starsight (which I think is a very strong title), and he is thinking the third book would be called Nowhere, but Random House doesn't like it much. There are no other plans for Skyward after this series. Skyward universe is in a universe on something he's mentioned before (though isn't cosmere). When asked what novella Skyward is in, Brandon said it's a "pretty big spoiler." He said you might want to read Skyward first if you hate novellas, but if you really want to know, the answer is in chapter seventeen of Skyward. Skyward Universe is probably the best name for the connected Skyward universe. Also, apparently Brandon has an idea he's planning where a world has no ground at all. How many chapters will be released before Skyward is out November 6th? Brandon doesn't remember, but somewhere between a third and a half. I guess Brandon liked how releasing a lot of a book worked with Oathbringer. Legion and Perfect State We jokingly said in our Legion Reactions podcast that maybe with the VR tech in the third Legion novella makes it into the Perfect State universe. Yeah... about that. Someone asked about a relationship between Legion and Perfect State and Brandon said: "If you look closely at the last Legion book, there is a strong clue about this." Mark Lindberg noted the connection, and u/Genabackan noted that the VR company in Legion 3 was "Walters and Ostman Detention Enterprises." WODE. So, yeah, this is actually as confirmed as it gets. What's Brandon Working On? Jofwu asked Brandon what he's working on before the end of the year. Brandon said: Cosmere Stuff We will hopefully get a novella like Edgedancer done during Stormlight 4 writing so we don't need to wait until 2020 for more cosmere. It'd be called Wandersail (which Brandon has said before), but would not be about the mythological characters, but Rsyn. Brandon legitimately started to write a Nalthis essay! He said he started it upon someone on Reddit reminding him, but then got distracted! so we should totally remind him to finish up that Nalthis essay. If you were hoping out for Shalladin... well, I have some bad news. Brandon said: "Shallan has made her choice. I wouldn't expect that to change" and also, "If it's any comfort, tell [the questioner's friend] I think she'll eventually be very pleased it went this way. It might take a few more books, though." If you were wondering how Stormlight 3 could have originally been Szeth's book and Stormlight 5 be Dalinar's instead, Brandon says book five will have a lot more Dalinar, and we'll see why it could have been Dalinar's book. Book four will have less Dalinar than Oathbringer. Smaller Cosmere Stuff Silverlight was founded much earlier than the current books, at least in its first form. "I think it will help a little--but not a ton, as the real challenge to Mistborn eras three and four is going to be making good on the promises of the earlier trilogies, and using them well. They will need to be more "hard" SF than Skyward, except with made-up science." Later Stormlight books will be "more of a pre-shattering focus" with the Heralds, but Brandon warns not as much as a questioner may want. (For this one it pays to look at the full context.) The Ones Above in the time of Sixth of the Dusk are not the most technologically advanced in the cosmere. Brandon says: "There has been some concurrent development, and a lot of sharing technology--to the point that you could make an argument for several societies being equal, though some better in specific areas." There's a moderate chance on a story on King Lopen. Hoid predates the other Vessels, pre-Shattering. "he'd already started aging oddly before the Shattering" but Brandon is quick to say that is not canonical yet. There's a bunch of other Words of Brandon I left out, but you can check them out on Arcanum!
  36. 7 points
    .... I’m....really not sure what to say here. Since apparently every plot development is tantamount to deus ex machina by this logic, I am genuinely not sure how to respond.
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    Alethi budding surgebinger about to die to Nale, circa 1173, colorized.
  39. 6 points

    From the album Ghostblood symbol art

    This is actually what I was thinking about making, Mraize with a tattoo ghostblood tear. I think it looks pretty good, and this will probably be the last ghostblood symbol bit of artwork that I glut up the gallery with...
  40. 6 points
    The doors of the Grand Peacock opened, sending music and laughter spilling out into the night. It had been a great day in Babylon Restored. A new governor had been appointed in the city and some sense of Democracy was finally taking place in the Fractured states with the passing of Calamity. “A toast!” Governor Green held his glass in the air to make another speech. (After all, that is what politicians do best.) “I'd like to thank everyone who had a part in my campaign. Soon, not only our city, but the rest of the world will be restored to a stable place for our children to grow up in. No longer will we live in fear of…” Screams rang through the banquet hall as Governor Green slumped against the table, a gleaming dagger protruding from his back. A note attached to the hilt read “We are the rightful rulers. All who challenge us will meet the same fate.” __________________________ Welcome to QF34: Reckoners CLUE You will all be suspects of the Governor's murder. The lynch is for voting who will be interrogated next by the police. The game takes place in the hotel where the murder happened. Essentially the game is CLUE set in the Reckoner’s world, so it would be fitting if you chose a name accordingly, but don’t have to. (i.e. Miss Maroon, Baron Buttermilk, Lady Lilac) Have fun! Sign ups are now open until the timer ends. Player List:
  41. 6 points
    Just saw a sign while stopped at an intersection that said “No Ramen, No Life” And I thought that must be how Hoid feels.
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  43. 6 points
    Test the best / magnificent roast / this is Cultivation / isn’t this roasting magnificent / besting the test -Ketek written by an illiterate human after the Third Tournament of the Roast Battles-
  44. 6 points
    Yo! been a fan for a while, finally got onto the group. I love the idea that TLR defeated the rebellion and got the power of ruin again and did some wild crazy shenaniganry.
  45. 6 points
    The title explains itself. These are all so far rough drafts of songs you are hearing, recorded directly by my phone from my electric piano, so their quality isn't the greatest and I have a few errors here and there. Hopefully, you will all enjoy it otherwise. (And hopefully, I can successfully upload them.) The song recorded on video, called the "Mistborn Suite", is meant to be a collection of themes for the first Mistborn trilogy overall. Next is a song I made, titled "First Waltz", is based on Vin and Elend dancing together for the first and only time of their lives in Hero of Ages. After that is a song made by request to take place during the scene in Final Empire when Kelsier fights Bendal the Inquisitor in the Square, tentatively titled "Fight Scene". And then a song to take place during what happens directly after it, with "The Lord Ruler's Arrival". Directly followed by a "Lament for Kelsier". There is a lot more where these came from, but I haven't recorded or saved them yet. But more is to come! I hope you enjoy! mistborn suite.MOV Vin and Elend Second Draft.m4a Kelsier vs Inquisitor.m4a The Lord Ruler's Arrival.m4a Lament For Kelsier.m4a
  46. 6 points
    I just need to vent my frustration, so sorry if this is whiny or anything. I'm also really tired so... Last night: Wednsdays are my crazy days. Piano, karate, and mutual (Church of Jesus Christ lf Latter day Saints [mormon]) thing. I also had a band concert, and so homework had to go into the late hours of the night. this morning: I woke up an HOUR before my alarm, and couldn't fall asleep again, so super tired yay... first period: normal, except we have a quiz tomorrow (math) Second: We have an ESSAY due tomorrow as well as some reading. (Both on the Giver. English) Third: we had a test today that no one knew was coming, and thus 99% failed/didn't try. We have a test tomorrow and monday and tuesday and basically until the end of the term... and they are all hard (band) fourth: normal day. Seminary. fifth: we have a group project, and i have one of those groups. The one that leaves you to do everything. And the project is due tomorrow. sixth: hasn't happened yet, but i anticipate nothing. Spanish. seventh: AP Envriommental science. I have SO much homework to do in that class that's due the 22nd so less chaotic but still stressful. after school: it's my mom's birthday, and we always make a big deal and go to a nicer resturaunt, and my parents and their friends/family talk for HOURS after we are finished. So that puts more strain on the homework load. basically, I'm super stressed and don't want to stay up late tonight or do trombone for a hour or more to perfect the test songs, but I may have to... and I don't want to ruin my mom's birthday either as she makes a huge deal out of me and my siblings so I want to make a big deal out of hers. And I'm kinda struggling to cope with a psychological... abnormality that I have. Edit: again, sorry, I just need a vent for all this...
  47. 6 points
    Alright I'm going to try this again. Here is how I think a medallion is made. Single Power Medallion To start, you need a medallion or spike to grant aluminum Feruchemy to the person who has the power you wish to put in a medallion. This person is a willing participant. They store their Identity, and the power needed is spiked out. You now have an unkeyed hemalurgic spike. Next, you need a person who has, through whatever combination of Spikes, medallions, and natural ability, all of the following. Aluminum, Duralumin, and Nicrosil Feruchemy, and the allomantic ability corresponding to the type of spike that stores the power stolen. This person Stores all of their Identity, and heavily taps Connection (whether this is a general thing, or a specific type of Connection I don't know. I don't think we know enough about it) imprinting their stores with Connection enabling the touch bond of the Medallions. Identity free, and heavily Connected, this person burns the unkeyed Spike, and immediately stores what is produced in a nicrosilmind. You now have a Hemalurgic charge, free of Identity and stored with connection to whoever holds it, tricking their spiritweb into believing that a spike has been properly placed to grant them the power (without the damage that normally occurs, avoiding the issue of hemalurgy's weakness). Multiple Power Medallions and the Reason for the Three Power Limit As you create these medallions, you'll eventually end up with a three power medallion that will give you all three types of Feruchemy needed to make them. No spikes needed in the maker. At this point, you just need to burn and store multiple spikes. No problem. Except for the limit of spikes that a human can have. Three spikes burned, three powers stored...and an attempt at a Fourth puts the maker above the threshold of control. Interference The Connection trick is why multiple medallions interfere with each other. By using Connection to convince the Spiritual Aspect that a spike has been placed, you create this limitation. Multiple medallions attempt to trick the Spiritweb in the same manner and it causes a mixed signal which interferes with both medallions. It's like trying to listen to two radio stations broadcast over the same frequency. Instead of one clear signal, you get a garbled mess of unintelligible noise. Assumptions There are two main assumptions made here, that I know some people disagree with. The nature of Nicrosil Feruchemy. Some people believe that Nicrosil is only capable of storing powers. I believe that Nicrosil can store any part of the Spiritweb, which is coincidentally what hemalurgy steals. If I'm incorrect, this method does not work. Duralumin Feruchemy. Connection is not, in itself, Investiture. It is a property of, or force applied to, Investiture per this WoB. So I believe that while tapping and storing Connection can have immediate effects, as seen with the translation medallions, I think it functions like Aluminum Feruchemy. It changes the level of Connection of the Investiture of the Spiritweb as a whole. As such that Connection, or lack thereof, would be preserved when the Investiture is stored, just as Identity is. Again, if this assumption is incorrect this method fails.
  48. 6 points
    Actually i don't think that part of the conflict is resolved yet. i believe that Shallan's personas and her struggle to control them will continue to present problems for both her and Adolin, and how they overcome these problems will be a factor in Shallan's character development. For one, i don't take at face value Shallan's line about Veil being the one who's crushing on Kaladin, as Veil is part of Shallan, whether she acknowledges it or not. i believe Shallan's eyes will continue to wander, but as she has made her choice and married Adolin, the struggle will shift from choosing between Kaladin and Adolin, to choosing to honour her marriage vows and to honour her husband's love for her. Now that is something i would actually like to read about, as for the rest of us real married people in real life, the story does not end at "I do".
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  50. 5 points
    It'd be funny if Brandon did Cosmere versions of our names for the in-universe group when they do show up. It'd be funnier if they were all about bickering over the smallest detail going on in the worlds
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