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  1. We were never told which order the mistspren (sailers on the honorsprens' ship) are associated with, but it seems to me that they would only fit with the Truthwatchers because the other orders are accounted for.
  2. I'm definitely looking forward to more information about the recreance in future books which can tell us more about the radiants motivation. One concern I have right now is why did the Radiants completely do away with their oaths? Shouldn't getting rid of the dawnshards be enough. After all it wasn't nahel bonds that destroyed their previous world because the bonded spren are of Honor and Cultivation. Our source from Dawnchant says Odium was the humans' god when they invaded Roshar so it must have been power from him that destroyed their old world. Another concern I have is how the Radiants reacted to the news that their ancestors were invaders. I completely understand that the KR would be distressed. I would be to. But breaking their oaths didn't right any wrongs. It didn't even prevent them from continuing to beat up on the singers because they enslaved the singers. Anyways I'm sure these concerns of mine and others will be addressed as we hear more of the events surrounding the recreance.
  3. Though these same Radiants that supposedly felt terrible for invading the world of the Singers were also the ones who cut the Singers off from their powers by imprisoning the unmade that was providing their voidlight. The event resulted in many singers being not only slaves physically but also mentally. It would be the height of irony for Radiants to be torn up over the fact that their ancestors stole the singers land, only to be the ones to steal the Singers minds.
  4. Having powers dangerous to the world seems like stronger motivation to me than realizing humans were invaders on Roshar a long time ago. Having dangerous powers has a much larger chance of affecting the future than discovering their ancestors were not who they thought they were.
  5. I posted a very similar comment in another thread but as it applies here, I'll make it again. I believe the Radiants made the shattered plains with their powers capable of destroying a world. Going into Oathbringer, the mystery I was most eager to find an answer for was what caused the Recreance. I was thrilled when I found out the answer would be revealed in this book. But when I finally read the cause my reaction was like "Really? Is that really enough to cause all the knights to break their oaths?" While having the power to destroy the world is a huge concern, it is also very controversial as seen in our world in debates over gun laws and nuclear weapon restrictions. While I can see some Radiants saying, "no one should have the power to destroy the world," I imagine other Radiants replying "But we'll use our powers wisely as we have done for hundreds of years." The argument so far doesn't seem strong enough to convince everyone in 9 orders to break their oaths and kill their spren. I feel like something more is needed, even more than Honor's rantings at the end of his days. What could really change the minds of many Radiants is a terrible demonstration of their powers such as destroying a whole country. Now the argument changes from "we need to break our oaths because otherwise we might break the world" to "we need to break our oaths because we are breaking the world."
  6. I agree with the theory that the KR shattered the land (maybe with division). I would like to take this theory a step further and say making the shattered plains was a huge contribution to the recreance. Going into Oathbringer, the mystery I was most eager to find an answer for was what caused the Recreance. I was thrilled when I found out the answer would be revealed in this book. But when I finally read the cause my reaction was like "Really? Is that really enough to cause all the knights to break their oaths?" While having the power to destroy to the world is a huge concern, it is also very controversial as seen in our world in debates over gun laws and nuclear weapon restrictions. While I can see some Radiants saying, "no one should have the power to destroy the world," I imagine other Radiants replying "But we'll use our powers wisely as we have done for hundreds of years." The argument so far doesn't seem strong enough to convince everyone in 9 orders to break their oaths and kill their spren. I feel like something more is needed, even more than Honor's rantings at the end of his days. What could really change the minds of many Radiants is a terrible demonstration of their powers such as destroying a whole country. Now the argument changes from "we need to break our oaths because otherwise we might break the world" to "we need to break our oaths because we are breaking the world."
  7. Speaking of the power level of the god spren compared to the likes of Cusicesh, do we know how the unmade compare in power? Are they equal to the godspren, in the same tier as Cusicesh, or in-between the two levels?
  8. I'm guessing Taln's flashback chapters will start by showing how he got included in the Oathpact. I believe he was a skilled soldier low down on the totem pole when the oathpact was planned. At the last minute the planned participant either died or chickened out as Odium tried to stop Honor's plan, and Taln stepped in after he proved himself to everyone with a great show of bravery and grit.
  9. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Skybreaker order in OB and was hoping to start some discussion about their order with these prompts. 1. How do you feel about Brandon's decision to make Nale side with the singers? Personal Opinion: I love this development. While I would never personally reach the same decision in Nale's position, I think it fits perfectly with Skybreaker logic, follow the law above all else. Its about as logical as going on a killing spree because your master commands you. This also sets up the Skybreakers to go head to head against the Windrunners, an exciting clash between the current two most powerful Orders. 2. Will all the Skybreakers side with Nale (besides Szeth)? Personal Thoughts: All the radiants who swore to Nale have to side with him or break their oaths. Those who swore to obey the law of the land would seem to have more room for interpretation unless they have to listen to Nale's decision that the singers make the law of the land. I expect them all to side with Nale for at least the next book. 3. How will the Skybreakers get along with the Singers/Odium? Personal Thoughts: While Odium should be thrilled to get access to Skybreakers, I expect problems in an alliance between them. First, Nale isn't committed. He is still planning on training Szeth even though they are now on opposite sides of the conflict. Odium won't be happy with that. Also, Odium has started killing Radiants so does he want to kill Nale too? Finally, is the law of the singers as simple as whatever Odium says? 4.Why were the Skybreakers the only order not to betray their oaths? Personal Opinion: The Skybreakers are the order about obeying the LAW first while the other orders seem to do what is RIGHT first (though their interpretations of what is right vary widely). The other 9 orders eventually broke their oaths because they either feared destroying the world or believed they were on the wrong side of the fight. At the time of the Recreance, Honor was all about Oaths but didn't seem to care about humans which contributed to the other orders believing breaking their oaths was RIGHT. But Skybreakers still kept their oaths (many of which were probably made to Honor as the ultimate authority) because they obeyed the LAW of Honor above what is right. Honor's change also explains why the Windrunners and Skybreakers fought so much near the end of the KR. When Honor made decisions based just on oaths instead of the good of humans the Skybreakers would side with Honor (the law) and the Windrunners would do what was right.
  10. Favorite Section: the mission to reclaim Kholinar. These chapters had great character and world building plus an emotional, climatic scene. Funniest Quotes: Pattern's math jokes. Each of these made me laugh out loud. POV Character I'm most looking forward to in next book: Kaladin is a close runner-up as he draws close to his next ideal and getting his shardplate, but Szeth takes the prize. I'm interested to see how his highspren interacts with nightblood and hope he travels to Shinovar like he wants to. Of course Dalinar won't just give him permission to go to Shinovar to kill people so maybe Szeth won't travel there, but I expect Szeth will make it there in the next book even if he doesn't go on a killing spree (which is perfectly fine with me) Biggest Question: Was I right to spend all my time reading or should I have paced myself (like the Tor.com releases made me)? And when should I reread the book? Next year? summer? right now?
  11. Why is Nale sending Szeth to bring justice to the stone shamans? Because their error is denying the return of voidbringers, but at the end of WoR, Nale hasn't accepted that the desolation has returned.
  12. Since the punishment for raising a false alarm for a desolation is becoming Truthless, shouldn't the punishment for ignoring a true alarm for the desolation also be Truthless? They were without truth when they denied the desolation (and based on Szeth's experience it doesn't matter that they thought they were speaking the truth). Also do we know anything about the stone spirits that Szeth mentions also said the voidbringers had not returned?
  13. If they are directly monitoring Szeth, they would notice immediately he has a different sword. As far as I know nightblood cannot be dismissed like honorblades so Szeth could not hide the fact he has a new sword. And I suspect the Stone Shamans have a different way of keeping tabs on Truthless and their honorblades, probably connected to either their oathstone or the honorblade itself. I think the Stone Shamans would be alerted when Szeth's connection with either his honorblade or oathstone was cut when he died.
  14. Where is the best place to salvage parts in Roshar? the Shattered Planes
  15. Glad you enjoyed the thread! Do you mean include quotes from the excerpt? I did use Dalinar's vision to help fill in the epigraph. The vision tells us there is large scale fighting going on but doesn't say who the enemy is (One soldier does say 'devils' but that could just be slang). It does tell us one side of the war includes hundreds of windrunners and stonewards plus more humans. Honor also mentions these were the first KR to give up their oaths. All of this information is included in the modified epigraphs. Do you notice any other clues in Dalinar's vision?