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  1. Your "Standards X is correct" has another possibility attached to it... Standards X is correct. Standards X is universally correct, but to err is human. Whether as a result of a lack of willpower, being overcome with lust (for whatever - sex, power, money, ease, or pleasure), or an excess of pride; we have all compromised our own personal morals - including but not limited to Standards X - from time to time. It's not always indicative of a belief that the standards don't apply to oneself or others, just personal weakness.
  2. Theylenah was a trick play. Your question is like asking why - after a sack on a flea-flicker play - the Patriots have any hope of defeating the Browns. The whole hope of winning at Theylenah rested on converting Dalinar into Odium's Champion, turning Sadeas' soldiers into Odium's footsoldiers, a surprise attack by thunderclasts, and depriving the remaining forces of their Navy. With Dalinar, on his side, Odium would surely have won (as the remaining Radiants would have run out of stormlight and been reduced to ordinary sharbearers without plate).
  3. theory

    Isn't that his exact problem? Kelsier doesn't have a body. He needed Spook to help him out with Hemalurgy + some blending of the metallic arts to achieve immortality. This is why we see him as "the Sovereign" with a spiked eye, I suspect. This has to be the Scadrian equivalent to whatever the Fused are doing on Roshar. Also, don't forget that - prior to his brief Ascension - Kel is referred to by Nazh as a shadow.
  4. This is an amusing, but somewhat confusing, joke. The humor is in the fact that both young Dalinar & Tonk Fah like to hurt people.
  5. OK, so if Brandon is 42 as of December 2017, and Stormlight 4 is published in 2020, then that makes our beloved Creator of the Cosmere 45 years old (give or take 3 months) at the publication of Stormlight 4. Brandon has 6 Stormlight books to go, and they are taking about 3 years to produce (without allowing for a break in between the first 5 Stormlight books and the last 5). That makes Brandon 63 years old (even without a break). I'm starting to worry that much of the Cosmere won't be completed. After all, we have all of these left... Stormlight #4 & #5 Stormlight #6 - #10 Mistborn era 3 Mistborn era 4 (?) Warbreaker 2 Elantris 2 Silence Divine Threnody novel Aether of Night Sixth of the Dusk 2 Dragonsteel Now we learn that Brandon is writing two other non-cosmere trilogies (i.e. Skyward & Apocalypse Guard) plus Dark One and Alcatraz 2. I'm sure these will be great, but I just want to finish the story of the Cosmere before Brandon (or myself) dies. I liked the Reckoners series well enough, but I would have much preferred to have received The Lost Metal (Wax & Wayne #4) sooner. Will any others join with me in hopes that Sanderson will drop (at least) Apocalypse Guard in favor of something from the list above?
  6. Since hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a byproduct of the primary industrial process used to create aluminum (i.e. Hall–Héroult process) it makes me wonder if Brandon knows (or was influenced by the effect that hydrofluoric acid has on human tissue. Brandon's descriptions of lifeless in WB and of what happens to limbs that are cut by a shardblade sound a lot like how tissue that comes into contact with hydrofluoric acid is affected.
  7. drawings

    So, for posterity's sake... JEZRIEN ↓ VEDEL ↓ ISHAR ↓ ASH ↓
  8. OK. I agree; please refer to the OP, where I said, "Odium - in his fear of Harmony - has enlisted Autonomy as a partner to murder Sazed." I suspect that Autonomy is the more active partner in their arrangement, as I think Trell is an avatar of Autonomy who has been interfering on Scadrial. I think Odium's involvement is probably limited to voidspren who are the power behind the Set. In my mind, the Set's red-eyed kandra must be bonded to either voidspren or Skaze (and we might learn that both are splinters of Odium and/or corrupted splinters of other Shards). Based on Paalm's thoughts about strong emotion, I'm leaning towards voidspren based on the fact that "passion" was revealed to be an alternate intent for Odium. Also, I think Odium is being (and has been) set up as the 2nd-tier Big Bad in the meta-narrative of the Cosmere. See this post for more on that:
  9. See I think the opposite mid-series conclusion is likely... My money is on this outcome: Odium wins, and shatters Cultivation Odium - free to leave Roshar - teams up with Bavadin and heads to Scadrial to assault Harmony. Books 6-10 are Team Dalinar trying to save their ruined world from Odium's forces (a la the Jedi fighting the Empire in the original Star Wars trilogy). The series concludes with Odium's return and defeat at the hands of the Knights Radiant with assistance from Hoid & other Shards who oppose Rayse. I just don't find it interesting to set up a bad guy so bad that he has killed 25% of the deities in his pantheon (at least 4 of the 16 Shards), only to lose to a few magically-enhanced but well-intentioned humans with unresolved emotional problems who barely know what they are doing. There simply isn't enough time to get Dalinar's Knights enough experience (or enough Knights) nor is there time to get his coalition to a functional level of trust or organizational competence. If these groups fight an organized force with experience that exceeds ordinary lifetimes (i.e. the Fused) and is led by a living and involved deity (i.e. Odium), they should not win. All they've got are the spren, a fraction of Honor's consciousness as represented by the Stormfather, and Cultivation who has apparently chosen not to get directly involved. Their enemy has something that is either equivalent to or better than everything Dalinar's allies have. Odium's history proves he's no fool; Odium can and should win this fight. Now that might be sad for our beloved Rosharan characters, but it will make for a better story than two 5-book arcs that result in Odium's defeat. I don't think it would be interesting for the "True Desolation" to fail only to be followed by another desolation. How does that even make sense with the Everstorm? Even if the Fused were held back by a re-forged Oathpact, the Everstorm would presumably enable Odium to continue the fight by sending lesser-voidspren through the storm to create Regals who would use various forms of power to keep the fight going. Remember Honor tells Dalinar that the prize for defeating Odium's champion will be more time (it's not a permanent solution). So how does Odium ever actually get defeated? Which brings me to my next point: it makes more sense (for the Cosmere meta-narrative) if Odium escapes Roshar. If he is stuck in the Rosharn system for the entire run of the Cosmere, where is the conflict going to come from? Autonomy seems like a good villainess, but as far as we know, she just wants to be left alone (and might be open to despicable means to achieve that end) - not shatter other Shards. While Bavadin might work as a one off bad guy who opposes Harmony because he holds two shards and is too involved in the day to day management of his world for her tastes, she doesn't present much of a threat to any of the single-Shard-holding vessels whom she has ignored up to this point. So, the Cosmere needs Odium to get loose and threaten the other Shards as he has been set up as the Big Bad across the Cosmere (specifically on Ashyn, Sel & Threnody). I think he is being setup to become the Big Bad on Scadrial, too (see my post below about this if you're interested). Ignoring worlds associated with Autonomy, you're left with only Nalthis & Yolen* as Shard-invested planets have not yet been molested by Rayse. Odium's defeat will set up the other major story arc for the Cosmere: what to do about the remnants of Adonalsium now that half the Shards are shattered. This could be a splintering of the other Shards or it could be an attempt to reunite all the Shards & splinters to reform Adonalsium. Either option will be opposed by factions loyal to the non-splintered and/or benevolent Shards or by magic users who don't want to surrender their powers/abilities. For instance, I can't imagine that the Skaze will voluntarily allow themselves to be absorbed). This provides a good motive for why space-traveling Scadrians are hunting various forms of investiture in Sixth of the Dusk in the distant future. * Yolen is asterisked because - assuming this was the site of Adonalsium's Shattering - Rayse is either from Yolen or has been there. I am unaware of any hostile or aggressive actions - again, other than the Shattering - taken by Rayse on Yolen though. Also, we don't have any proof that Yolen is currently a planet that is invested by a Shard.
  10. I really like this idea. It's beautiful in a way. Kind of like how one might imagine the love and companionship of a spouse.
  11. I will not fail to protect those I can, even at the expense of those I cannot. I think that "those I can" are the ones who are willing and able to accept his protection. No matter what else Kal did at the palace in Kholinar, he wasn't going to be able to save the parshmen he met in part 1. He didn't want to kill them, but he probably should have. Not doing so got everyone killed.
  12. @Kered I was under the impression that Odium called forth void-spren (plural) and had them bond to Seades's soldiers. Once bonded, those spren used the bond to encourage the soldiers to embrace the Thrill. I don't think that all of the soldiers were bonded to Neragoul. I'm not sure about the connections you are making in your 2nd paragraph. I'm not sure it matters though... you're asking questions about the details of a failed plan. Exactly how it failed isn't clear. I just sort of thought that Odium had agreed to a Contest of Champions with the intent of coopting Dalinar - a general who has never lost a battle - as his champion. When Odium was unable to get Dalinar, he had to retreat because his 2nd choice for a champion (i.e. Amaram) was also defeated. To stick around would have meant that Odium would have had to appoint an even weaker candidate as champion which would have resulted in certain defeat. As far as the dreams and the Spiritual Realm are concerned, I think you're on the right path. We don't know for sure, but your thoughts represent the general consensus on the subject.
  13. Yeah, it's a really good name for a Highspren seeing as how they fly and are responsible for sorting out the guilty from the innocent.
  14. OK, I am properly shamed. I was thinking that this was some sort of made up word that Google would be unable to help me with. I assumed incorrectly and made a proverbial chull of myself. That sarcastic set of Google instructions is objectively funny though, well done. FWIW, I'm 33 (which is either old or young depending on the context) and that is not a word that I have ever heard before. I'm also living in an Appalachian urban area which is it's own sort of oxymoron to people who don't live in Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville or Pittsburgh. My point is that while we do have small Asian communities in "hill country" you'd be hard pressed to find someone with any visibility (i.e. someone other than nerdy twenty-somethings congregating in a basement) who could fairly be described as a Caucasian obsessed with Japanese culture (i.e. a "weeaboo"). Nevertheless, my bad; I should have looked first. Moving on... and keeping in mind that (A) I'm old, (B) I live in a geographic & cultural backwater, and (C) I'm an engineering & accounting major who never took any humanities courses outside of required electives like freshman & sophomore literature... I'd like to second @Morsk and ask, "How are white people obsessed with anime associated with patriarchy?" Are we just connecting "weeaboos" to patriarchy by throwing some shade at the archetypal privileged white male? If so, is it safe to apply the following logic? Odium - Shard of passion & hatred - is the god of the Shin The Shin = white people obsessed with Asian/Japaneese culture Ergo, Odium is an angry & powerful white guy Angry & powerful white guys = patriarchy
  15. OK, let's agree to disagree then. I think that as long as Lost Metal cloaks any Odium-interference in plausible deniability or references it only in terms of a vague threat then it doesn't spoil anything. You disagree. That's OK.