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  1. I looked at the math and not only does it fail the gut test (my gut tells me it's wrong), the math is correct but the initial assumptions are wrong. First few lines: Wrong given. Density of granite is 2691 kg/m^3. Someone can check my math but think about it: water is 1 kg/liter, or 1000 kg/m^3. Rock is denser. So that calc is off by a factor of 100. There would be a big boom.
  2. You're right - going straight to fire should have enveloped several blocks at least for the weight of a human. I think things like this get fudged essentially so they aren't ridiculously overpowered. Even mass-to-mass conversion is highly iffy - transmuting stone to smoke in a closed tunnel should kill everyone in it from the sudden pressure shockwave.
  3. Well, as long as this is revived, my thought was that the Shin to this day are harboring a bunch of super weaponized martial arts masters armed with honorblades and maybe a boatload of shardblades to boot. I think there was some earlier discussion about this that put the thought into my head, but that's buried deep where this thread belonged. But think on this: 1. No outsiders are allowed into Shinovar. Even trusted traders only get to see the very fringes. Nobody (including the readers!) knows what's in there, but everybody believes they are as peaceful as can be. Perfect for hiding an army behind the guise of a reclusive, pacifist culture. 2. Szeth was taught Kammar - a hand-to-hand martial art. This hints at a warrior subculture passed down through generations. 3. There are hundreds (thousands?) of missing shardblades. We know the Shin have the majority of honorblades and train some segment of their population with them. 4. That past invasion out of Shinovar was quite successful, but apparently did get beaten back in the end. 5. Szeth himself was, before he became truthless, in some sort of position of honor. He knew things nobody else on Roshar knows. He was somehow part of the ruling structure, despite having clearly picked up a weapon. So there you have it. The Shin don't know everything (or they wouldn't have made Szeth truthless), but they have a store of knowledge and weapons that would surprise anyone on Roshar. We don't know enough beyond hints to say for sure, but all those hints point towards secrets and power. I'd be surprised if the Shin's supposed peacefulness isn't a front that hides a formidable foe.
  4. Gavilar's visions started well before "8 months ago." I know we haven't seen the content of those visions directly on screen, but if Honor were still alive at the time I think better info would have been passed along.
  5. Jasnah is powerful (in many ways), knowledgeable, and queen. She's also wise, in some ways, but arrogant about that wisdom - she believes she is rarely if ever wrong. Combine that with some of her hinted-at psychological issues, and I think it likely that she will end up going too far and becoming a tyrant. Consider the queen-of-the-warlike-kingdom equivalent to soulcasting petty thieves, and that's pretty much the picture I have in mind. Determination to do what's 'necessary' whatever the price can cause some fairly interesting side effects, the road to Braize being paved with good intentions and all.
  6. Hrm. So why doesn't Kaladin 'remember' more of Syl's past in return?
  7. Don't disagree with your desire for those other pieces, but I was quite serious. I loved that chapter. Course, it doesn't have to ring your bell like it did mine - that ends up being the point of many of these threads, after all.
  8. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Touch Lunamor's POV chapter over my dead body. Even then, I will come back as a shadow and stop you. That chapter is funny, beautiful, meaningful, and intriguing all at the same time. Ranks among the best chapters in all three books for me.
  9. Pink Crystal is probably an Aether.
  10. Wasn't the third book supposed to be Szeth's (at the time Brandon indicated it would be obvious by then)? If so, we may need to wait for his book to get more clarity.
  11. She also knew the painting of her was in Mraize's room before entering. Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun!
  12. Why did I read this and hear "Mwuahahahahahahahah!!!" in my head? Must be me.
  13. Hmm. Rheology. Solid and liquid are ideals, but not spoken ones . Most substances we think of as either solid or liquid really have characteristics of both. And yep, glass is the classic example, as it is actually partly a liquid that flows very verrrrrry slowly. Just check out old stained glass windows or even just old plate glass. It's thicker at the bottom than at the top. The best example is snot, of course. Our bodies can manipulate its characteristics to be more liquid or solid on demand. ...I have no idea what this thread is about.
  14. I was speaking about Kaladin's squires (not Windrunners, but those who can fly only when Kaladin was near). So, nothing of oaths or the structure of the order itself. Because some of Kaladin's squires later achieved a Nahel bond, the line is sometimes confusing. I think for the squires, a relationship matters in some way - all of Bridge 13 goes up as squires to Teft (who trained them) at the end of OB.
  15. I agree Syl dying would be a tragedy, and I don't think Brandon would do that. Though I think I read somewhere that he admired George R.R. Martin's method of killing off important characters, I don't think he'll do that. However, as several people pointed out, Syl dying is only one speculative way this could come to pass. I think passing the bond would be more likely. This rings true to me, but at the same time, Kaladin's personal struggles have a strong effect on magic through his bond with Syl. Not just in the way his adherence to oaths affects her and affects his personal power. The whole squire concept means that people in that Kaladin consider "Us" gain magical abilities. I don't think you can separate them that easily. The whole episode with Kaladin's squires was really the genesis of my post. That members of Bridge Four, who shared in Kaladin's personal struggle through great hardship together, would become his squires makes total sense. But when people started getting added to the mix that never experienced any of that, I started wondering where the limits were. Does Kaladin identifying with them make them his squires, or does their feeling of inclusion in Kaladin's group make it happen? I really don't know; probably both. But I did start paying more attention to Kal's relationship with Bridge Four and their collective sense of identity.