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  1. This appears to be your first post, and as a long-time sharder/lurker of the shard, I love this theory! =) I hope you bring more posts as insightful as this to the forums!
  2. I could be wrong, but don't they reuse the spikes from generation to generation of Inquisitor? That'd be my answer (without doing a review of any of the books :-P)
  3. I felt the same way too. Brandon seems like an incredible guy, Invested with tons of writing and storytelling power, but he is still a human being. I'd personally like to see him cut back on the random non-cosmere stories (especially in committing to trilogies!), but I understand that this is part of the "I make my living off of being a writer, so I also have to produce content consistently enough to survive" aspect of Brandon's humanity. I wonder if he's dealing with commitments he made in the past, prior to becoming (at least in my estimation) really successful with his work. Perhaps these commitments are less "man, I'll just keep writing more and more things because I have nothing else to write!" and more "I wasn't sure how successful my work would be, so I signed [multiple] contracts to write things for INSERT PUBLISHER HERE so I could guarantee my livelihood, so now I have to do so." I could be wrong, but this seems like a reality professional writers could face. I'd like to see him take a couple of years to bounce between books specifically within his cosmere. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the Reckoners more than I thought I would, and I'm sure I'll enjoy Alcatraz when I finally decide to read it. I know Brandon has said this "bouncing between projects" is part of his creative process (and my goodness, it seems to be working!), but the longer I've been a Sandersonian, the more the fan in me feels like he's spreading himself really thin. Seeing The Lost Metal pushed back so far was a let down for me. I agree with @Ammanas - we've been spoiled. In the back of my mind, I was thinking "Brandon is going to release Oathbringer and then reveal that he's secretly been writing COSMERE BOOK A and COSMERE BOOK B, to be released in the spring of 2018!" That's an absolutely nonsense thought (and unfair to Brandon), but to be fair to we fans, he's DONE IT BEFORE (that crafty cremling!). And, it's not like he ISN'T doing this now - it's just that his other books aren't cosmere. Again, who are we to tell the master artist what to paint, right? The last thing I want Brandon to feel from me is disappointment, especially after the incredible universe he's built for me as a fan, which pulled me into the fantasy genre, reinvigorated my love of actual reading as an adult, and which continues to provide me a fun community of people on the shard and in my personal life. We, unfortunately, don't have any Atium, so while I'd love to believe that Brandon spends his time storing up youth, he's a human being. I'll grow old with Brandon and enjoy his books as he releases them. It's funny that he finished the Wheel of Time, because my friends who first introduced me to Brandon Sanderson LOVED this series grew up and grew old with Robert Jordan. Here's to many, MANY more years of health and joy for you and your family Brandon! =)
  4. I'd like to point out, that while I don't have time to respond to much of this right now, I love how analytical you are and how intensely you've read these texts! =)
  5. Would we say that the focus on Roshar is a spren (specifically a splinter-spren of one of the three Shards)?
  6. I'd venture a guess it's somewhere over 9000 :-P Dalinar's "super saiyan" moment was by far the best moment of the book in my opinion, but it does raise some important questions. On Sel, it seems that Odium tried to splinter the shards there in such a way that they couldn't be put back together, and Dominion and Devotion are now broken into various sentient beings like spren, and in one massive interwoven force called the Dor. That doesn't seem to be the case on Roshar, where there was intentional self-splintering by Honor (and Cultivation and Odium), and his death/splintering by Odium doesn't seem to have caused any Investiture-blending with another Shard. This leads me to believe that Dalinar is becoming the new vessel for the Shard that was Honor, and this is what "unite them" (the splinters of Honor) has been referring to - Theory One is my vote for now! =) Awesome synthesis of information @rdog2213!
  7. I've been wondering if it's really a charge to unite the 10 Heralds again. It seems they've all been separated for thousands of years, and their united strength/knowledge may be the only way to defeat Odium.
  8. I feel you on this, but I'm giving Brandon some time to make this right in the story. There wasn't a lot of time for anyone to mourn; they were all thrown into Shadesmar pretty fast after Moash killed him. There's still two parts of this monster book to get through! =)
  9. My thoughts on this glorious book so far: Aona and Skai clearly broke the rules - shards were supposed to stay apart (plug for my old theory - but the undying love they had before becoming Vessels just wouldn't let them separate, no matter how risky it was). I don't know why, but something seems off about Lopen and his many similar cousins. That he was oddly off looking under rocks for things hit me with a weird thought - can the Sleepless ONLY be cremlings? Any possibility that Lopen is more than JUST a Herdazian? My theory on the wicked thing of eminence - the Heralds, who were supposed to "die and reincarnate in damnation" to end a desolation, didn't do that. Only Taln went back. Do we really believe that ONE Herald all by himself somehow held off the voidbringers for longer than ever before (4,500 years)? My thought is this: The Heralds sold the Knights Radiant out. Instead of the Heralds going to Damnation, now the KR/Surgebinders go to Damnation where they're tormented in eternal conflict/war with the voidbringers. This was so wicked because the Heralds didn't act honorably in making this arraignment - they were selfish and didn't want to go back to suffer any more. KR must suffer in their place, and once they learn this secret, they give them shards the dueces. I swear, if the Midnight Mother transforms into John Locke at some point, I don't know if I'll be angry that it happens, or angry that it doesn't! That's it for tonight! Time for sleep!
  10. Maybe I missed this in reading through everyone else's comments here, but what about an opponent of the Sunmaker during the War of Loss as a possible author? Perhaps this is one of the ardents who had visions that no one believed, afterwhich the Sunmaker proclaimed that the Vorin church had been lying and he essentially destroyed it. I've long thought that something strange happened with the Sunmaker, based on what we know. The church reported having visions of the Almighty (which we know can happen based on Dalinar's visions), the Sunmaker steps in and questions the ardents about these visions (which the Stormfather just revealed can be shared with other people and not just a Bondsmith), but then randomly he decides that "they're lying?" I smell some void up in this. My bet is that in-world Oathbringer was written by someone connected to this story arc (Sunmaker vs Hierocracy) - "The War of Loss"). (Random thought - it's tnteresting that the Vorin church, formerly in power, was reduced to slave property. Perhaps a parallel to what happened with the parshmen?)
  11. NOPE! =) This is one of my favorites, though like @The Invested Beard, it's hard to pick a favorite in Brandon's canon of awesome. I think it's one of the most cosmere-relevant stories that we just don't fully understand yet. A lot happened on Sel, I think a lot continues to happen on Sel, and I think that the more we learn about these stories, the more we'll be able to look at Elantris in a completely different light (i.e. Jaddeth, Wyrn, Shu-Keseg/Shu-Dereth/Shu-Korath, skaze, and so on). That's why I love this book so much. I bursts at the seams with "this will all make sense and be relevant once we know more," so Brandon's first book will only become more interesting as his cosmere unfolds!
  12. I want to say that within the Spiritual Realm, space/location/time aren't limits in the way we see them in the Cognitive and Physical Realms. So, I imagine Vessels are able somehow to see and understand other places beyond their actual Invested Physical/Cognitive space. I don't know if somehow they are able to communicate through the Spiritual Realm (i.e. quantum entanglement from the Mass Effect series or something), but that might be one way they could project to other places.
  13. By far my favorite chapters yet released! My thoughts on the copy cat killer: Perhaps Renarin with his light weaving powers is sneaking around doing them because if whatever dark influence that seems to be tainting him? A Connection of interest (see how I capitalized that?): Connection. Identity. The parshmen had these things ripped away, and now they're suddenly back. This sounds a lot like what happens to the Heralds between desolations too! (and yay for crossover cosmere terms!)
  14. Interestingly enough, on the OTHER side, in the Cognitive Realm, there's a perfect staging area of solid ground from where enemy troops could congregate before pushing through into the Physical Realm.