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  1. What kind of lifeforms might evolve to live on floating islands, given that (a) these evolved from Earth animals, (b) atmospheric conditions are roughly similar to Earth's, (c) the islands have their own weak gravity field, and (d) there is magic.
  2. I'm planning on going into computer science (programming), with the occasional foray into cats, paleontology, and story-writing.
  3. @Barbarian AL, there are spiders who burrow in real life, but they burrow into soil, not solid stone. @ScarletSabre, I think that was a frog, not a cremling. And that probably wasn't webbing, like spider silk, but an entirely different substance. Spider silk doesn't dissolve when wet or harden. Also, spider silk is proportionally stronger than steel, but it is so thin that that doesn't really mean much IRL. On Roshar, however, where the spider-things might be bigger, and if they'd adapted to making exceptionally thick threads, it could be much different... Also, look up some prehistoric creatures (like eurypterids and Pterygotus) which were related to spiders. They couldn't spin webs, but they were aquatic. And they'd also fit Roshar perfectly.
  4. Actually, no, the likelihood of them being able to make pure is silver is highly unlikely, given the equipment and knowledge necessary. We have no idea where all the Threnodite's silver is coming from, except that it is being mined in the mountains. It is possible that all the silver is coming from a single, massive deposit below ground. Or, all the silver on Threnody, or that continent of Threnody, could have naturally formed containing a certain trace element. It is possible- most silver metal that naturally occurs on Earth in a metallic form, that is recognizably silver, contain traces amounts of gold and copper. No, it is not less valid. We have no evidence to the contrary. I have repeatedly read Shadows for Silence, nothing in it contradicts this theory. It is a theory, nothing more. It is reasonable and possible. Yes, I'm relying on it all containing a certain trace element to work, but it is entirely possible that all the silver on Threnody contains a certain trace element, while silver not found on Threnody does not contain said trace element.
  5. Ugh. What I am attempting to point out to you, is that the Threnodites do not have pure silver. Zip, zero, zilch. Why? Because they don't have the technological level to make pure silver. Also, they would sure as hell notice tarnish. Tarnish is like rust, or green patina on copper. It turns silver a blackish color, which they would definitely notice. And didn't Silence walk into a room/hideout that was plated with shiny silver? That kind of thing would tarnish is a week. Less than. Yes, the silver that they are using is effecting the Shades. My THEORY is that the silver they use, the silver present and naturally occurring on Threnody, has trace amounts of another material in it that is giving the Threnodite silver its strange properties. Since this mystery material is only present in trace amounts (say, 3% or less), it does not have much effect of the silver's appearance or other properties. No, I'm not at all sure. It is a theory, just like every idea we have about Threnody's silver, Shades, great evil, etc., is a theory. And it no more or less valid than other theories. The silver on Threnody could be Ambition's godmetal for all we know.
  6. That's because duralumin is an allomantic metal, and therefore needs a name of its own. Most of the things people have that are made of silver, are actually made of sterling silver, which is 92% silver and 8% copper (or nickel, or zinc), and yet we still call it silver. Moreover, pure silver is much too soft to be made into a viable weapon or tool. Also, silver tarnishes. In Shadows for Silence, it never mentioned silver tarnishing (sterling silver tarnishes, too). Since it tarnishes pretty quickly, then they would have had to spend a lot of time polishing it. A lot of time (hours, even).
  7. What I'm trying to get at is that all the silver on Threnody naturally occurs with trace amounts of a specific substance that is not present on other worlds, therefore giving Threnody's silver its special property of Shade-killing. If it is mostly silver (trace amounts=very little), then it is still silver and has the properties of silver. And it is only a theory. We have no idea what idea is correct, only theories and ideas. This theory of mine is reasonable. I have suggested it to help the overall discussion on Threnody's Shades, silver, and strange properties of both.
  8. Yes, but chemically pure silver does not naturally occur. It may be mostly silver, but it still has trace amounts of other elements. And a society with Threnody's level of science/technology would not have the necessary knowledge or equipment to purify it. Hence, my suggestion that Threnody's silver naturally occurs containing trace amounts of another substance that gives it its weird properties, said substance being NOT present on other worlds or in other worlds' silver. This mystery substance could be simply be another chemical element (i.e. iridium, which naturally occurs in meteors but not on Earth) that does not naturally occur, or is very rare, on other planets, or something stranger, such as Ambition's god-metal or another form of Ambition's Investiture.
  9. It was interesting. A good story, but slightly strange.
  10. "Silver" is both a color and a metal. And I'm leaning towards it being a silver/something alloy, mostly silver but with something else in it (like maybe Ambition's Godmetal).
  11. I'm thinking that it's connected to Perfect State. Edit: After reading the excerpt, I still think it is connected to Perfect State. Also, I hope Spensa punches her teacher in the face, then vanishes into the caverns.
  12. Besides the theory that something about Threnody's silver or Shades is weird, there is another possibility: A lot of metals on the periodic table are silver or silvery in color. Threnody's "silver" could in fact be an entirely different metal (titanium, platinum, antimony, etc.) or an alloy of said other metals and silver. It could be an alloy of silver, titanium, cobalt, and copper for all we know, unless Brandon has said that the silver on Threnody is the chemical element silver, and is reasonably chemically pure (not an alloy or compound, no added materials).
  13. This closed system you're referring to is the cosmere, which includes the Cognitive, Physical, and Spiritual Realms. The Physical Realm, and all it contains, defines the Cognitive Realm. The Spiritual Realm takes what's in the Physical and Cognitive and then perfects it. Therefore, the Physical Realm defines the extent of the other two realms. Question(s): How big is the cosmere? We know from WoB's that the Cosmere is a dwarf galaxy, but that implies that it exists within a larger universe. Is this universe, for scientific purposes, part of the cosmere? As in, do the Cognitive and Spiritual Realms only cover the dwarf galaxy, or do they cover the larger universe as well? If they don't, then is there some barrier that prevents energy, matter, or Investiture from leaving or entering the cosmere? Does this barrier also prevent outside forces from acting on the cosmeric dwarf galaxy? (and other, similar questions...) Personally, I prefer the idea that the cosmere is a dwarf galaxy, and only a dwarf galaxy, that may exist within a larger universe (such as ours), but is not effected by nor effecting the universe. This would have the benefits of simplifying the math/science we do involving the cosmere, and (on Brandon's part) reduce the amount of worldbuilding needed.
  14. Lightning would work better with Air, due to its association with storms and sound (thunder).
  15. @Thunderclast, you are not supposed to double-post like that. I actually got through the first book, started the second, and got about halfway through it before stopping.