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  1. Wit is Hoid, a character that has appeared in every major cosmere book so far, he's in Warbreaker as the storyteller who tells the story of Vo the First Returned to Lightsong and Siri. For more info here's the coppermind article although there are major cosmere spoilers in it https://coppermind.net/wiki/Hoid And welcome to the Shard!
  2. On Dalinar saying he hadn't seen a Dawncity, he says that immediately before he has his vision of Nohadon which is set in Kholinar so while it may have been right at the time but (if we assume Kholinar is one) it was pretty immediately invalidated
  3. Ah sorry, although this makes it sound as if Kelsier is a major role - my assumption since Secret History had been he would been in era 3 in a similar manner to how Marsh is in era 2
  4. So I was reading through the new WOBs from Jordancon 10 and I noticed this interesting little titbit in an otherwise pretty innocuous WOB. Did we know this or is this new?
  5. Forgive me if I'm wrong here but my sense is that elsecalling into and out of the cognitive is expensive but not prohibitively so and when in you don't need to spend any stormlight beyond normal leakage. It wouldn't be difficult to enter cognitive - wait until the mistborn, who will need to burn atium to predict when the elsecaller will come out, runs out - then just come out behind him
  6. While I agree with this it is the case that Bondsmiths have done some pretty ridiculous things over the years, like what Melishi did, and that TLR is also a bit of an exception in that he is also a Sliver, which while not granting him any powers did give him lots of potentially useful realmatic knowledge. I'm just so unclear how any of the metallic arts counter all the myriad ways a creative Elsecaller can abuse the cognitive realm and the ability to soulcast over distance
  7. I agree with this (although we still aren't entirely sure what Bondsmiths can do) so the question really becomes what is next in the pecking order and I think people who believe it to be Mistborn really overstate the case for atium.
  8. Setting aside the question of portability, it honestly baffles me that people can read what Jasnah was doing at the end of Oathbringer and go yep a mistborn would definitely beat that. (Fullborn obviously are a different matter) On a related note, I tend to think atium's effects are very overrated in these conversations. There are I think two different scenarios that need to be considered, one where both combatants have perfect knowledge of the opponent's capabilities and one where neither have any knowledge (hazy inbetweens are really hard to make fair in this context). If we take the latter one first it is really hard to see how atium grants a significant advantage as you can see the movements of one's opponent but you don't know what they denote - to take a slightly trivial example if the Radiant goes to hit the Mistborn with a Shardblade, atium would tell to parry but not that only a highly invested object or aluminium would actually be effective at parrying. To take the former scenario perfect knowledge of atium's abilities could allow the radiant to devise a strategy for defeating it while of we take as read that the generic mistborn powers are weaker than radiants ones it is actually unclear how much predicting the radiants attacks would help if you have no counters - to analogise if Iceland and the US fought a war where Iceland could predict the US' moves perfectly this would certainly help a lot but they would still lose because Iceland has no counters to nuclear weapons. Similarly, mistborn have a lot of powers but none of them counters an Elsecaller abusing the cognitive realm or a radiant getting creative with soulcasting, cohesion or tension so atium only helps on that front so much.
  9. I've posted this elsewhere but I think it's worth reiterating with specific regard to Wax: Wax, I think isn't suited to be a Skybreaker because he trusts himself rather more than Skybreakers are want. Wax is a lawman but is not legalistic, the tension between these is shown by the conflict between him and the more formal arms of Elendel criminal justice system, he wants to do what he sees as the right thing not follow rules and process and so on. Wax is a lawman as an extension of his confidence in himself and his judgement (especially in the Roughs where there is essentially no Due Process) and when he loses his self-confidence after killing Lessie he can no longer be a lawman. This isn't to say that Wax should be a Windrunner but rather that he follows his moral instincts over societal constraint when he thinks appropriate, which is very Windrunnerish.
  10. I tend to think that the impressions we have got of the Windrunners and Skybreakers worldview is overly positive and negative respectively. To my mind the essential philosophical difference between these two order is the extent to which they trust their own instincts to determine what is moral. Windrunners believe that they can determine what is the right thing to with essentially exclusive reference to their own personal morality, while Skybreakers do not believe that they are capable of determining this so rely on external moral codes, primarily the law. Both of these approaches can be good and can be bad and in real life we rely on a mixture - sometimes hard and fast rules won't be situation appropriate and sometimes because of imperfect information if we ignore rules to follow whats a our own view of whats appropriate we end up doing bad things. The reason we have such a one sided view of this is because of the characters we have viewpoints for and because the current Skybreakers are led by an insane person but which of these approaches is actually better really depends on broader philosophical questions about human nature itself.
  11. I think much depends on two things, the rate of population growth in Nalthis because that determines how many new breaths are being created and the percentage of new breaths that are entering the market because these two together account for much (most?) of the supply side of the equation
  12. The fluctuation isn't reflecting supply and demand though but the cycle of Highstorms. On the second point about the gold standard, this isn't really the place for this discussion but gold standards are a terrible idea. There is only ever finite amounts of a commodity but economies have infinite capacity to grow so one should have a currency whose supply can be adjusted to fit the demands of the economy. And the point about just printing more is the beauty of fiat currencies. It means governments can spend as much money as they like without having to worry about arbitrary constraints such as deficits but are instead only limited by the real capacity of the economy. If Rosharan governments had a fiscal architecture which allowed them to borrow unlimited amounts of money then it would be much easier to finance opposition to Desolations
  13. @hoiditthroughthegrapevine This.
  14. I don't claim that Roshar experiences wild cycles in terms of the value of its currency, I'm just pointing out out that the value of its currency has a natural fluctuation over the course of a few weeks which we don't see in real world economies. And thank you for expanding on why it is that its currency fluctuates in value
  15. These are called Resonances FYI. I'm genuinely torn on how much to examine the content of the Surges when looking at these. 'Strength of Squires' for the Windrunners does seem as you point out to fit quite nicely with their Surges but does the Skybreakers ability to sort the quilty from the innocent fit with their Surges - I suppose somewhat but not obviously - and I really struggle to see how Illumination and Transformation together make the Lightweavers memory abilities.