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  1. Windrunners: Passive aggressively stating that you will "protect even those you hate so long as it is right" is not a productive way to resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  2. "Middle book syndrome" and POV multiplication diluting the thrust of the plot are the main problems I think I had with Oathbringer. On the whole it's a great book, and I'm sure it's laying the groundwork for amazing payoffs in later books, but it doesn't stand by itself as well as a self-contained story for me compared to TWoK or WoR.
  3. I agree that the Diagram is doing exactly what it is intended to do. Even its seeming failures and setbacks are part of a greater plan. Unfortunately nobody has any idea what the true plan is, outside of Cultivation. Mr T and the gang read a passage stating that if Dalinar sues for peace they should assassinate him. They try to do this, but fail in such a way that it only encourages personal growth for Dalinar and Kaladin. This sounds like an immediate failure, but maybe the failure itself served a deeper plan? They performed their required role in the play without understanding that they were intended to fail in their task all along. The Diagram plays everyone as unknowing pawns, including Mr. T himself. I think Mr. T getting that past message from himself when negotiating with Odium pretty strongly confirms that everything is still going according to the true plan...whatever the true plan actually is. Everything that appears to have gone wrong has gone wrong in the way it was intended to, else how could the Diagram possibly account for such a specific possibility? I especially liked stupid Mr.T's thought that it was kind of blessing that he met Odium on a stupid day. If he was more intelligent he would have tried to read and interpret Odium's predictions of the future and probably mess up the plan. Because he was slow though, he was able to stay focused on what he needed to do. ...or maybe it's all nonsense and the moral lesson here is simply that the future is inscrutable and the ends never justify the means.
  4. I think this is one very likely interpretation. I would caution against placing too much emphasis on the social roles that the different brothers perform though. Like any society, the Horneaters had to prepare for the possibilities of sudden deaths and changes in the succession. Likely all the brothers were trained to perform the various roles if necessary (leadership, cooking, farming, fighting), but their society and honor results in them embracing their designated day-to-day role of Leader/Farmer/Cook/Warrior etc. There's no reason a 4th son wouldn't know how to cook, it just wasn't his role in society to do so. Same idea with a 2nd and 3rd son knowing how to fight. I also wonder if his brothers somehow did a dishonorable thing. Something about the phrasing of "They raised their weapons in vengeance", implies to me that they might have broken a social rule? If so, Rock's family tragedy is exceptionally bitter. His 2nd and 3rd brothers, who were not supposed to fight, ended up dishonoring themselves by pursuing vengeance, meanwhile he as the 4th brother who was supposed to fight instead resigned himself to the role of cook.
  5. It must be the most crushing and dispiriting thing ever to live on Roshar, the planet where magic powers are given out on a meritocratic basis. Sure it sucks to be one of the normies on a place like Scadrial, but at least you can attribute that to the bad luck of the genetic draw. On Roshar though, it's a direct judgement of you as a person whether you can draw the favor of a spren.
  6. I usually just shorten it to "Jazz" and imagine Uncle Phil throwing her out the front door.
  7. /necromancy After reading this recent WOB confirming a hidden kandra female in Oathbringer I feel like Rial is a strong candidate for the hidden kandra. Maybe Melaan or Paalm on recon assignment shortly before the events of Wax/Wayne? They're the only 2 female kandra we've met and neither would have difficulty disguising themselves as a man. Something about Rial's lazy/casual attitude around authority, fake salutes, love of alcohol, and ability to quickly befriend others (Dalinar seems to enjoy having Rial around) reminds me vaguely of Melaan. The unusual local accent might be a clue too. Other characters that cheat and use magic to translate themselves always sound like they're speaking in perfect unaccented local language. Melaan enjoys using accents though (she trades tips with Wayne about the topic), so I could see her adopting an obscure local dialect as part of her identity. Paalm's a possibility too though. Paalm doing offplanet espionage for Harmony before Wax/Wayne events would help explain how she encountered/was exposed to Trell's influence. Rial is also in a perfect position for kandra espionage, acting as a personal bodyguard to the most powerful man on Roshar. It makes sense that Harmony would want to scout the situation in Roshar after receiving the cryptic letter from Hoid. A Bridgeman is a perfect kandra infiltration target too. They tended to be quiet and didn't get to know one another during their Bridge running days. A kandra assuming the place of one who died in a battle would raise minimal suspicion.
  8. I like this theory There may be other explanations though. Kaladin recognizes the tune of the song. That tune could be one of the Rhythms that normally humans can't hear, but Kaladin may have heard it hummed secondhand by a Listener, or Shen, or one of the Singers he traveled with earlier in the novel.
  9. One of the Death Rattles seems like a safe bet. They're so vaguely written that it's hard to tell if they're referring to past or future events though.
  10. Syl's reference to a song here is in the same paragraph as her teasing Kaladin for being too literal in his interpretation of her "blood" comment. "Song" here doesn't necessarily mean a literal sound wave, Syl's probably using "song" as a reference to someone's spirit/soul/personality/etc.
  11. I think Tien is a good match. Perhaps higher spren like Syl are also drawn to the emotions and feelings of those around their potential Radiants, as well as the Radiant themself. So she wasn't just drawn to Kaladin's drive to protect others, but also Tien's appreciation of the protection his brother gave him. It's actually rather surprising that after Tien's death instead of falling apart Kaladin dedicates himself to protecting his squad and the young/helpless soldiers that remind him of Tien. This is also when he starts being called Stormblessed the first time. This may be a sign that Syl started bonding with Kal almost exactly when Tien died, giving his spirits a subtle boost to keep going. I actually think Kaladin's first commanding officer Tukks might have been the proto-Radiant that the Skybreakers assassinated. I think the same battle that Tien dies in may have been the one where Tukks and all the rest of Kaladin's old squad are killed, because Kaladin starts the Tien flashback wandering the battlefield confused and without his squad. We've been told several times that Kaladin feels guilty for Tukks' death, but thus far we haven't received any details regarding his death. Tukks seems to have taught Kaladin almost everything he knows about leadership and being a soldier, which he later passed on to his squad in Amaram's army and Bridge 4.
  12. You forgot the most important moniker: "Flying Bridgeman" I do think Tarah would have known him as "Kaladin Stormblessed" though. They were together during that period between Tien's death and Amaram's betrayal when Kaladin first got the Stormblessed nickname from fighting like a demon and throwing everything he had into protecting his squad. Hearing that there was a new gossiped about soldier with the same nickname might have made Tarah curious enough to investigate.
  13. I just hope they're done. "House Sadeas", or what remains, are exiled rulers of an enemy occupied territory. They and their soldiers have been humiliated and shamed in the eyes of everyone after the Thaylen City battle. What army they did command has almost certainly been taken away from them. There's no logical reason for them to continue in the plot as important adversaries. They were Act 1 Enemies that our heroes have since outclassed. Their entire powerbase has been removed, there is no legitimacy backing up their continued claim to power. Beyond character-plot conservation tropes, they should probably just fade away. I do think it would be a cool plotline moving forward if somehow Kaladin was assigned to rehabilitate the remnants of that army though. Kind of showing the contrast between what good leadership and bad leadership can produce in a large group.
  14. "Kaladin it's so good to see you, I always cherished our time together. By the way MY NEW HUSBAND is in trouble and needs your help."
  15. Wit/Hoid is alerted to Shallan's presence (under an illusion) in Kholinar because he has a jar of sand. Sand specifically from Taldain which will turn from black to white in the presence of Stormlight being used. Wit's jar of sand turning white on one side alerted him not only to someone under an illusion nearby (anything "stronger" likely would have attracted the yellow spren), but also give him a hint towards what direction they were from which side of the the bottle turned white. A pretty clever low-tech trick which one can even employ without alerting Odium's yellow detection spren. WOB below confirms this theory (although in this question he was talking about Mraize's vial of sand, Hoid's jar of sand is clearly serving the same purpose).