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  1. We have discussed and argued in other places, why and who scoured Aimia. The titular traitor might be behind this, because of how aware the Aimians seem to be. They seem to be quite aware there is a traitor (although not who this traitor is), judging from the text on the back of WoK. If the traitor was aware of what they knew, he/she might have set things in motion so others Aimia was scoured and they (the traitor) was not discovered.
  2. In the very least. I lean toward them being from Roshar. But Scadrial isn't lightly dismissed either.
  3. I am going to get it as soon as possible, but things are going to get very, very busy for me in a few months, so I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do. I have the time right now... shame I can't use it on SL3.
  4. So @Extesian and @Calderis are you saying it was Liss who had the rhythms in her voice, or an incognito Unmade. Either of those seem needlessly complicated. I see no reason to expect the Unmade roaming that freely yet. And Liss is just an Alethi. They have not acted aware of the rhythms so far. We know the Shin remember things going back to the Final Desolation. And they are advanced in their own way. Isn't it much more likely that it was Szeth with the Rhythms? True, the text as it is, is not perfectly clear. But I hardly see that as a reason to disregard Szeth.
  5. I remember more than this, but it comes from the Prelude with Eshonai talking with Gavilar.
  6. I rather suspect that it will be foolish to underestimate the Shin. Szeth had his skills in the martial arts long before he became truthless. And considering Szeth was familar with the Rhythms, (I suspect) it is also a way they can channel magic. So, Bruce Lee with Investiture. Yes, the lower class uses weapons, but with most societies, there are far more lower class than upper class.
  7. So far, each Stormlight book has only gotten longer, so this might just be a matter of time.
  8. I never skip ahead, but when I got to that point, I flipped ahead until I saw Syl was back - I didn't even stop to see what she was doing. Once I knew she was back, it was ok.
  9. Opps.... really should have used the spoiler tag there.
  10. Excellent all around, ladies and gentlemen. But now I am curious... We know that Vasher on Nalthis was suppressing the Divine Breath. But what about Zahel on Roshar? I suppose he must be or he would look more Returned. Is there a particular reason he would suppress it, besides just fitting in?
  11. I hope Brandon at least, puts a little something in Oathbringer about it, then.
  12. I have seen the revised scene online, but are they going to offer a little insert we could put in our books? Something a little nicer than I could print out, anyway.
  13. While the Althei are perfectly happy to kill on the battlefield, I expect they will make up for that by being extra prim and proper off the battlefield. Adolin will face the law. There is a WoB that while some orders of Radiants would be opposed to this, others would be just fine with it. This is part of why I wonder if Adolin's long term arc will be finally ending up with the Dustbringers.
  14. One essential aspect of modern electronics is amplifiers. While Roshar may not have electronics, they do have spanreeds. It is straightforward to turn a spanreed into a telephone. Of course, it would only be connected to a single caller, but the greater problem, is the volume. The volume would be low, using just rubies, I don't see a way to amplify it. So, I introduce to you, the mechanical fabrial amplifier, or fab-amp. The transmitter will have a membrane that they talk into with some kind of ring around the edges, just for stability - imagine what a current speaker looks like, if you have ever opened one up. There are 3 or more levers equidistant around the paper membrane that are fixed on the outer edges. This way, the paper membrane will vibrate evenly. The inner end is fixed to the paper but free to vibrate. A ruby & amethyst are attached to the inside of the lever, so they vibrate along with the paper membrane. The receiver has a similar, but different set-up. The levers are fixed at the outer edge of the paper, but the inside has a ruby that is correlated with the ruby in the transmitter. For the receiver, the lever extends past the edge of the paper. The amethyst is attached to the outer end. If the distance between the amethyst and pivot is adjusted, you can get as much volume as you want - the greater the distance between amethyst and pivot, the greater the sound. If the amethyst is on the pivot, you get no amplification and if the amethyst is adjusted to be on the inside side of the pivot, then the sound will be damped or completely silenced. The closer to the ruby, the more it is damped. This works because correlated rubies move in identical directions, while correlated amethyst move in exactly opposite directions. Strictly speaking, energy is not conserved here, but that happens with magic. Edit: depending on exactly how the physics works, you might need multiple correlated amethyst gems, to get sufficient amplification.
  15. It is related to a shard. We simply don't know which, or even how long ago it was formed. It is not currently associated with a shard on the planet. But, if we are wrong about that, then this really is major.