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  1. I put together some fun charts based on Stormlight Archive statistics. Just going to share the link rather than copy the post: Sample:
  2. Put together this spreadsheet based on the Statistical Analysis data on Coppermind: Stormlight Analysis (2018-9-7).xlsx. The Oathbringer data I entered myself when the book was released, so I feel pretty confident in that. Not certain about the other two, but I expect they're fairly accurate. Had to enter in the Edgedancer data for this myself, along with character genders. Otherwise it was just minor edits, separating the data, etc. Some fun charts I put together with it below. Let me know if you'd like to see any other interesting comparisons and don't feel like doing it yourself. Spoilers: There aren't any real spoilers below, UNLESS you don't want to know which characters appear in future books or how much screen time they get. If you don't want to know that, you've been warned. (as someone pointed out on Discord, I've lumped femalen listeners in with female. might be some other odd cases that I overlooked.)
  3. Between moves, job changes, new universities, and a baby, the Coppermind staff had a pretty busy August… And yet it was a month full of terrific progress thanks to all of you! The hard work you've put in to help us reach our objectives is much appreciated! Some highlights from August include the completion of Navani, a group effort to update the Diagram and several of its members, and a wrap-up of several minor Returned. There were many people who deserve a shout out, but we especially want to recognize those who completed the most objectives. These include Rebeca (Navani's history, among others), NotAStick (several of the Returned, and Lizbusby (for the Diagram and Graves). We're continuing the initiative this month, with a brand new set of objectives. As always, we're happy for any help we can get, so don't be shy. If you're new to editing the Coppermind, don't worry; we'll help you out with guides and plenty of assistance. You don't need experience, just the will to help out! We'll also provide awards, because everyone loves fake internet points. So, here are our objectives for September. If you find something you'd like to help with, claim it here, and let us know if you have any questions! If you sign up for something, please say hi on Discord so that we can offer support and touch base with you later this month! Larger Projects Let's start with some larger projects. These objectives will definitely require some research and a good bit of writing. Anyone is welcome to take them--we just don't want you to feel like you've bitten off more than you can chew. 1. Shattered Plains Featuring prominently in the first two Stormlight Archive books, this remarkable setting could use quite a bit of work. It will need some big changes, both in structure and content. On the bright side, the new content from Oathbringer isn't overwhelming, and when we get this updated it should be relatively easy to maintain from here on out. 2. Queen Fen This fiery monarch is one of the key political figures on Roshar these days, with an important position in the coalition. Her article is, unfortunately, merely a stub. We'd really appreciate some help getting more content in, particularly for her Appearance & Personality and her History. 3. Urithiru The Urithiru article was primarily written when it was nothing more to us than a mythical city of unknown location. With Oathbringer behind us, there's so much more to tell. We've got a living, breathing city on our hands (seriously, the thing has veins) that's only going to be more important moving forward. Let's get this one in shape. 4. Stormlight It's in the very name of the series we're dealing with her, and it (unsurprisingly) plays a very important role in both the world and the story. The article, however, is barely more than a stub. We could really use your help fleshing out what Stormlight is and how it works. 5. Shallan's guards They might not be Bridge Four, but this band of misfits aren't out of the story yet. These all vary in how much work needs to be done: from Vathah, our new Lightweaver squire with lots of OB screen time, to the barely mentioned Glurv. These include: Vathah, Red, Gaz, Shob, and Glurv. Smaller Tasks These are tasks that are much shorter and involve characters or topics that are minor. But, hey, minor things are important to have done too! Many of these articles are so short that they will not require separate sections. Research should be fairly straight forward. For short articles, include as much as you can possibly find about them. 1. Jasnah's pen pals These two scholars don't get a lot of screen time, but they're interesting people with loads of personality. How can you not be, if you hang out with Jasnah? They are: Jochi and Ethid. 2. Sons of Honor This important secret society is pulling all kinds of strings on Roshar. Though they're mostly still a mystery, we did get a few tidbits from Oathbringer. We'd love your help making sure these insights have been incorporated. 3. Yanagawn (Gawx) We admittedly don't know a whole lot about this young ruler, but he's basically emperor over one third of the continent. Short of Dalinar (who's cheating big time), this kid is arguably the most influential and important person on Roshar. Shouldn't take too much to get him up to date. 4. Leshwi Leshwi appears to be one of the more important Fused, especially for the ways she intersects with Moash, but she hasn't received much attention. We'd like to flesh her article out a bit more and get it out of stub status. 5. Kiin's children Getting tired of Stormlight Archive? Here's something from another part of the cosmere. The Elantris sequel will be here before we know it, and Brandon has said that it will feature this pair. Their articles right now could use a bit of love, so let's go ahead and polish them off. They are: Kaise and Daorn. Awards We want to motivate people to help, so we will be giving out Coppermind awards for the users this month with the most edits, and we'll also give out awards if you contributed to one of these items. They'll be on your user page for all to see! Here's a look at our top editors from last month! Most Contributions 1. LadyLameness - 63,601 bytes 2. Ammcclain15 - 19,784 bytes 3. Rebeca - 18,746 bytes 4. NotAStick - 10,959 bytes 5. Lizbusby - 10,398 bytes Objective Completions 1. Rebeca - 1 Major, 3 Minor 2. NotAStick - 0 Major, 6 Minor 3. Lizbusby - 1 Major, 1 Minor How do I to start? The most important thing is to be bold! Content is hard to write, but we can always format your stuff if it doesn't quite match conventions. MediaWiki notation may appear scary at first, but the best way to learn is through experience. If you're interested, we have lots of guides to help: Help:Contents. It does very much help to have ebooks so you can find instances of a specific word or person. (This is extremely helpful for minor characters). If you have physical books, ask us and we can help you determine this so you don't need to reread the whole text. We can also direct you towards some good articles to use as a go-by. Come join us on the dedicated Coppermind Discord, or come chat in the #coppermind channel on the 17th Shard Discord. We are really happy to help!
  4. Thanks. Fixed those and made another edit I was too lazy to go through before.
  5. I Brandon turns this into How I Met Your Mother, I will riot.
  6. Distances between several locations on Roshar, in miles. Full sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19ZZPDVrgVN3eKb6q9epCvTkRWSonkXN8CH69dToWcfM/edit#gid=0 (really just go there, it's much better) location B Rall Elorim Kasitor NW Shinovar coastal mountains W Shinovar coastal mountains SW Shinovar coastal mountains W Steen W Tukar S Frostlands Shallow Crypts New Natanan Dawn's Shadow NE tip east coast peninsula NE Herdaz SE Aimia Shinovar coast Dumadari E Akak Hearthstone Shattered Plains lat 0 -3 -4 -10 -16 -19 -23 -29 -23 -16 -14 -5 -2 -14 -14 -21 -3 -8 -19 long -14 -18 -24 -28 -27 -29 -26 26 35 37 33 34 22 -28 -31 15 25 21 31 location A lat long distance Rall Elorim 0 -14 0 552 1187 1879 2237 2610 2809 4852 5439 5619 5223 5304 3979 2150 2384 3745 4313 3922 5066 Kasitor -3 -18 552 0 668 1327 1717 2095 2346 4855 5551 5843 5481 5688 4403 1611 1835 3849 4724 4265 5245 NW Shinovar coastal mountains -4 -24 1187 668 0 790 1362 1733 2108 5174 5962 6353 6025 6317 5057 1182 1329 4294 5372 4881 5726 W Shinovar coastal mountains -10 -28 1879 1327 790 0 670 999 1448 4918 5800 6336 6087 6584 5454 442 538 4253 5733 5150 5683 SW Shinovar coastal mountains -16 -27 2237 1717 1362 670 0 381 778 4340 5253 5856 5663 6294 5319 242 451 3812 5555 4911 5204 W Steen -19 -29 2610 2095 1733 999 381 0 513 4209 5143 5798 5649 6362 5489 560 584 3814 5699 5029 5154 W Tukar -23 -26 2809 2346 2108 1448 778 513 0 3707 4646 5320 5198 5965 5211 1011 1094 3387 5386 4696 4683 S Frostlands -29 26 4852 4855 5174 4918 4340 4209 3707 0 946 1695 1757 2747 3005 4572 4759 1225 2873 2361 1173 Shallow Crypts -23 35 5439 5551 5962 5800 5253 5143 4646 946 0 794 1011 1990 2653 5480 5682 1704 2419 2131 563 New Natanan -16 37 5619 5843 6353 6336 5856 5798 5320 1695 794 0 451 1254 2206 6069 6301 2088 1907 1858 654 Dawn's Shadow -14 33 5223 5481 6025 6087 5663 5649 5198 1757 1011 451 0 1000 1767 5860 6113 1851 1481 1409 584 NE tip east coast peninsula -5 34 5304 5688 6317 6584 6294 6362 5965 2747 1990 1254 1000 0 1358 6456 6739 2586 1010 1444 1576 NE Herdaz -2 22 3979 4403 5057 5454 5319 5489 5211 3005 2653 2206 1767 1358 0 5428 5727 2214 348 672 2093 SE Aimia -14 -28 2150 1611 1182 442 242 560 1011 4572 5480 6069 5860 6456 5428 0 300 4010 5679 5052 5415 Shinovar coast -14 -31 2384 1835 1329 538 451 584 1094 4759 5682 6301 6113 6739 5727 300 0 4263 5976 5343 5649 Dumadari -21 15 3745 3849 4294 4253 3812 3814 3387 1225 1704 2088 1851 2586 2214 4010 4263 0 2228 1551 1441 E Akak -3 25 4313 4724 5372 5733 5555 5699 5386 2873 2419 1907 1481 1010 348 5679 5976 2228 0 703 1871 Hearthstone -8 21 3922 4265 4881 5150 4911 5029 4696 2361 2131 1858 1409 1444 672 5052 5343 1551 703 0 1572 Shattered Plains -19 31 5066 5245 5726 5683 5204 5154 4683 1173 563 654 584 1576 2093 5415 5649 1441 1871 1572 0
  7. Some calculations I did a while back. Was planning to do more with the moons, but I just haven't had time and figured it was worth going ahead and posting this here as is. Given Surface gravity on Roshar is 0.7 g (source: Arcanum Unbounded) Roshar's radius is 5663 km (source: JordanCon 2018) This map of Roshar (minor WoR spioler) gives both latitude and longitude lines. The planet can be broken into 200 "squares" horizontally and 100 "squares" vertically. (source: Peter on Reddit) This map of Roshar (an azumithal equidistant projection) helps to place the equator as the latitude line passing through the southern tip of Kadrix island. One Rosharan solar day is 20 Rosharan hours. The moons have an orbital period of one solar day. Assumptions The "standard cosmere" gravity is 1 g = 9.81 m/s2 (surface gravity on Earth) The "standard cosmere" size refers to planetary radius (and circumference) and is R = 6371 km (Earth's radius) The gravitational constant, G, remains unchanged Units Units are "real" units unless defined below. 1 Rdeg (Rosharan degrees) = π/100 radians (200 Rdeg in a circle) 1 Rhour (Rosharan hour) = 3473 seconds (calculation) Calculations Size of Roshar (planet) Radius = 5663 km (88.8% of Earth radius. This is roughly in line with Khriss's estimate that Roshar's radius is 0.9 R in Arcanum Unbounded.) Diameter = 11 330 km (88.8% of Earth diameter) Circumference = 35 580 km (88.8% of Earth circumference) Surface Area = 4 * π * (radius)2 = 4.030 × 108 square km (79% of Earth surface area) Volume = 4 / 3 * π * (radius)3 = 7.608 × 1011 cubic km (70% of Earth volume) Mass Calculations Surface Gravity = 0.7 * g = 6.86 m/s2 (70% of Earth surface gravity) Mass = (surface gravity) * (radius)2 / G = 3.296×1024 kg (55% of Earth mass) Density = mass / volume = 4.333 g/cm3 (79% of Earth density) Characteristics of Roshar (continent) Northernmost point: northern tip of Iri @ 2 Rdeg N = 3.6 deg N Including islands: northern tip of Kadrix island @ 3 Rdeg N = 5.4 deg N Southernmost point: southern tip of Frostlands @ 30 Rdeg S = 54 deg S Including islands: southern tip of Thaylenah @ 32 Rdeg S = 57.6 deg S Easternmost point: New Natanan (and Frostlands coast) @ 37 Rdeg E = 66.6 deg E Westernmost point: eastern tip of Steen @ 29 Rdeg W = 52.2 deg W Including islands: eastern tip of Aimia @ 38 Rdeg W = 68.4 deg W Furthest distance: west coast of Shinovar to tip of unclaimed NE peninsula = 10 610 km (calculation) Size Comparrisons By u/Shagomir on Reddit, based on this Mollewide (equal-area) map: Each pixel on the map is approximately 78.25 km2 Major regions: Region Area Comparison Area Roshar (Total) 414,030,000 km2 Earth 510,060,000 km2 Roshar Oceans 373,780,000 km2 Earth Oceans 361,900,000 km2 Roshar (Continent) 40,250,000 km2 Asia 43,820,000 km2 Aimia 984,000 km2 New Guinea 786,000 km2 Thaylenah 414,000 km2 Sumatra 443,000 km2 Purelake 1,160,000 km2 Caspian Sea 371,000 km2 Sea of Spears 129,000 km2 Lake Superior 82,100 km2 Size of countries: Region Area Unclaimed 8,649,000 km2 Alethkar 7,134,000 km2 Jah Kved 5,553,000 km2 Iri 2,473,000 km2 Tu Bayla 2,040,000 km2 Reshi Isles 1,582,000 km2 Shinovar 1,407,000 km2 Azir 1,343,000 km2 Herdaz 1,155,000 km2 Babatharnam 1,107,000 km2 Rira 1,056,000 km2 Aimia 984,000 km2 Tukar 702,000 km2 Emul 596,000 km2 Marat 524,000 km2 Greater Hexi 454,000 km2 Thaylenah 414,000 km2 Yezier 396,000 km2 Marabethia 394,000 km2 Yulay 393,000 km2 Tashikk 364,000 km2 Triax 336,000 km2 Liafor 319,000 km2 Desh 230,000 km2 Steen 156,000 km2 Alm 144,000 km2 Bavland 141,000 km2 Tu Fallia 127,000 km2 Shattered Plains 80,000 km2 List of comparable countries on Earth: Country Area Russia 16,377,742 km2 United States 9,147,593 km2 Australia 7,633,565 km2 India 2,973,190 km2 Argentina 2,736,690 km2 Mexico 1,943,945 km2 Iran 1,531,595 km2 South Africa 1,214,470 km2 Egypt 995,450 km2 Turkey 769,632 km2 Spain 498,980 km2 Sweden 410,335 km2 Germany 348,672 km2 United Kingdom 241,930 km2 Syria 183,630 km2 Iceland 100,250 km2 Czech Republic 77,247 km2 Moons Orbital period: T = 20 Rhours = 69 480 seconds (precession makes this weird)
  8. Roshar has 50 minutes/hour, 20 hours/day, 5 days/week, 10 weeks/month (50-day months), 10 months/year (500-day years). Brandon and Peter have said that a Rosharan year is 1.10 Earth years and that a Rosharan hour is shorter than an Earth hour. (This suggests we should assume the 1.10 number is precise.) The definition of years and days on Earth is ambiguous. With no seasons, the Rosharan year is determined according to the stars, so we'll assume Rosharan year refers to the sidereal year. An Earth sidereal year is 365.25636 SI days of exactly 24 SI hours. So for Earth we'll use 60 minutes/hour, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 30 days/month, and 365.25636 days/year. --- Using R to represent Roshar and E to represent Earth: 1 R minute = 1.16 E minutes = 69.4 E seconds 1 R hour = 0.964 E hours = 57.9 E minutes 1 R day = 0.804 E days = 19.3 E hours 1 R week = 0.574 E weeks = 4.02 E days 1 R month = 1.34 E months = 40.2 E days 1 R year = 1.10 E years = 13.4 E months = 402 E days --- A 10 year-old Rosharan is 11 in Earth years. A 20 year-old Rosharan is 22 in Earth years. A 80 year-old Rosharan is 88 in Earth years.
  9. This is probably better off in a new thread, unless ScavellTane or someone else wants to make an argument that it relates to the status of the SKA love triangle.
  10. Very minor potential continuity issue concerning Navani's choice in perfume: TWoK chapter 69: OB chapter 1: The easy explanation is that, in TWoK, she just wasn't wearing her preferred scent. Simple and reasonable. But I'm guessing it's just a small oversight that would be better off retconned.
  11. That's the thing I'm saying would be interesting to know more about. The fact that they can isn't weird and doesn't bother me. I'm just saying I want to know why/how it works that way. What links Bob the Fused to this or that Surge, and why is that Surge expressed the way it is.
  12. I guess it feels a little unclear to me what that looks like. The idea that Odium just hands out that kind of magic as needed feels like a cop out to me, if that's all it is. And it doesn't entirely feel consistent. There's got to be SOME limitation, right? Why bother with "orders" and instead just give every Surge to all of them? Why make them limited in ways that Knights Radiant aren't? Why Surgebinding and not... any other form of magic. You just run into all kinds of questions like this if it's just... Odium toying with spiritwebs however he feels like it. Shards are obviously very powerful of course, but there's at least got to be a cost or some kind of external, practical limitations. What are those? Relating them to fabrials is interesting. That would maybe explain why their Surges look slightly different from Knights Radiant. But if we're talking about Odium exploiting an existing system (which, I agree is more of what it looks like) then what's actually going on there? How is he exploiting it? How does it work? That's what I'm asking.
  13. The "Sja-anat and Voidbinding" Shardcast was a pretty good breakdown on all of this, I think. I've heard a lot of speculation on Voidbinding, but I'm also really curious how the Fused are Surgebinding. What's the mechanics there? I'm not sure how I feel about the idea that Odium can just... grant that power to the Fused.
  14. I assume this is based on the Silver Kingdoms map? I don't really think we can take that map too seriously when it comes to indicating minor islands. It's more artwork than it is a practical map. The continent is definitely changing on geological timescales, but I don't think there's anything serious going that matters in the context of the story.