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  1. Yeah, this is a very confusing issue. I have four theories, which I'm sure someone more cosmere-aware than me shall rip to shreds: The timelessness of the spiritual realm is confined to the spiritual realm. Nightblood can make it so that your soul never existed, but not your mind and body. If there are beings that exist entirely in the spiritual realm, they will forget you, but beings in the cognitive and physical realms will not. And your actions on those realms will not be retroactively erased. The timelessness of the spiritual realm means that all souls are permanent, and cannot be truly destroyed. Nightblood can destroy your soul today, but your soul still existed yesterday. And in the spiritual realm, yesterday and tomorrow are one and the same. That which existed yesterday will continue to exist tomorrow, even if it was destroyed today. Nightblood cannot eradicate your soul from all times at once unless he enters the spiritual realm. And if that happens, the entire cosmere is in serious trouble. Changing the past just isn't possible in the cosmere. Nightblood's spiritual destruction should ripple backwards through time, but there are forces in place that prevent this. It may involve the web of spiritual Connections that binds all things: you can't change one thing without changing everything, and even Nightblood doesn't have enough power to change everything. The timelessness of the spiritual realm isn't as complete as we might think. Things can echo or connect backwards in time, but actions in the present cannot directly alter the past.
  2. A recent WoB discusses the possibility of teleportation through the Spiritual Realm. If you find a reliable, stable way to enter the SR, and then exit at a point of your choosing (and not destroy yourself or the universe on the way through), you can probably go anywhere in the cosmere in the blink of an eye. That might make spaceships obsolete.
  3. Well, the entire map should be a flat plane. Shadesmar is flat because that’s how people perceive reality. Inhabited continents form large lakes, like the Rosharan Shadesmar. If you started with the star map from Arcanum Unbounded, then replaced each named star system with a shrunken map of that world (with the land drawn as water), I think that would be a good place to start. If I understand it correctly, Roshar might be in between Nalthis and Taldain, but it should be possible to walk from Nalthis to Taldain without passing through Roshar. It’s on the way, but you can walk around it.
  4. As for the Urithiru megafabrial, it might have something to do with Urithiru’s ability to be agriculturally self-sufficient. Perhaps it controls the local temperature, and uses something like progression to enhance crop yields. It might also enhance the city’s defenses in some unpredictably awesome way.
  5. There probably is just the one continuous storm, but there would still have to be some kind of Origin. The highstorm is very powerful when it hits eastern Roshar and Alethkar, but it weakens as it travels westward, especially when it passes over mountains. By the time it hits Shinovar, it doesn’t even resemble a highstorm anymore. Before it circles around to Alethkar again, it has to be restored and recharged by something. So even if the origin isn’t the literal origin of highstorms, it could be the origin of the highstorm’s power.
  6. That makes sense. “Disconnecting” might be the best word for it. Or “Dissociating,” or “Decentralizing,” or “Disjointing.” Whatever you call it, I think the a main symptom is that the Shard can no longer take a new vessel, at least until it’s been repaired or gained sentience. That’s the difference between what’s happened to Honor and what happened to Preservation.
  7. There’s another possibility that’s worth mentioning, even if it’s not the most interesting. What does it usually mean when a man on Roshar is driven to irrational violence by magic? Nergaoul. Maybe Balat and his father were suffering from a very minor form of the Thrill. Maybe he’ll be cured now.
  8. So true. But in practice, the lack of overt sexuality just means that most characters are never confirmed for straight. It opens the door to speculation, hence this thread. And in the case of young men, like Kaladin and Adolin, the lack of obvious opposite-sex lust makes it look like they can’t be straight.
  9. Now that we understand what splinters are, “splintering” seems horribly misnamed. We really need a better word for what Odium does to other Shards.
  10. @kenod, I agree. In the grand tradition of "big dumb objects" in science fiction, I'd like to see a giant moon-sized space ship shaped like an Aon, with an an Aon-encrusted power core that carries a piece of the Dor in some kind of cognitive bubble. But I think a lot of the space travel will just be a more high-tech version of the current worldhopping. People will find more ways to to get in and out of the cognitive realm, and drive to other planets in huge investiture-powered cognitive trucks. Or a railroad! Forget transwarp conduits. Forget mass relays. We can have the Trans-Shadesmar Railroad!
  11. Funny you should use the word "cocktail," because I was just thinking that "Adolin" sounds like a cocktail of adderall and ritalin.
  12. He's not my favorite character, but he doesn't bother me. I have to go with "generally positive." I think the widespread Adolin-love is subconscious backlash against Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shallan. Collectively we love them, but their traumas and mental illnesses tend to drag the series down into a very dark, moody place. Adolin, the happy, well-adjusted, confident prince, was a refreshing counterpoint. Until the murder, that is. For a lot of Oathbringer he was in an emotional nosedive, which might be why other lighthearted characters, like Lopen and Lift, got to step into the spotlight now and then.
  13. Slight Oathbringer spoilers. Nothing people hadn't figured out beforehand, but still technically a spoiler.
  14. Yes, but that's warrior Dalinar. For the collected series, I imagine Bondsmith Dalinar. No plate, no blade, no salute to a worthy foe. Just a man alone, staring down the stormclouds.
  15. But the problem is that the innocents are soldiers on both sides. He can't protect innocents without killing innocents. He could lay down his arms and preach pacifism, I suppose. That's a very noble choice, but I don't see it saving many lives. It's (kind of) like Lincoln said: he can protect some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time. But if he tries to protect everyone all the time, he'll end up protecting no one. It's painful, but he'll be paralyzed until he can accept it.