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  1. Sanderson's metanarrative rules don't allow for too much total rando magic, though. He's said his work as such counts as "science fantasy," so it IS entirely within reason to try to square the way magic works in the Cosmere with the way physics works in our world. That's equivalent (or at least congruent) to the question IRL as to why the "stockpile of mass" in the super-early universe didn't automatically form a black hole, when as far as we know "stockpiles of mass" much less in magnitude than that of the super-early universe itself, automatically form black holes.
  2. That's obviously not the same kind of contest of champions. It might be in a general sense, but not in the particular sense that Honor was talking about. Honor mentioned a procedure of agreement, but the mere agreement would mean nothing if there were not a principle of championship in question also. When the agreement is come to, the champions will have to explicitly claim themselves to be what they are to become, as with a speech-act. Rawls, AToJ, pg. 307: The Shard of Honor is the magical version of the "agreement in hypothetical/pure-possible space." But now whenever there are agreements that depend on magic to be "enforced," they will be routed through the Shard of Honor. Which brings me to the quasi-obvious counterargument to my major contentions throughout this thread, which I am surprised no one else has brought up until this point: if Honor is involved in all Invested promising, then would not Ruin have to be involved in all Invested destruction? Yet it does not appear as if Ruin is involved in this, does it? Of course, I've focused on Shardic agreements to temper such a meta-implication. However, I also do have a theory about that subject, too, namely that whenever a Shard was Splintered/Vessel was killed, Ruin did intertwine with the event. The test for my theory would include whether Hathsin-regrowth is relative to Shard-damage in general.
  3. If perpendicularities have more than one attribute/property/predicate/power/function/w/e, then conceptually for sure they can be divided. Now, also, I daresay if Adonalsium could be Shattered, why not a mere perpendicularity?
  4. Well then, here's my amended version of my theory: there is a weather phenomenon on Braize that is comparable to the highstorms, and somehow this is related to the Unmade.
  5. My memory of that battle is rather fuzzy but I don't recall it being implicated in a divine being's being trapped by binding. The situation regarding Odium is directly caught up in issues of Honor, the Heralds, and so on, so the notion of Honor's possible champion being able to assume his role without a background institution in place seems weird to me. (Now by the way, a background institution needn't be something like a written constitution, it could be something abstractly/tacitly consented to.)
  6. I pronounced "Kaladin" like "Saladin" (DEEN instead of DIN) until the passage in WoR where Rock's(?) pronunciation distinction is mentioned.
  7. As a fan of longshot theories, I am in favor of the OP. The spike in the eye? Covered up with Lightweaving or some other holographic magic, for all I know.
  8. It was at one point. There are nine Unmade because Braize is 9-centric (per a WoB). If the Unmade were made on Roshar, there would be ten of them, so they were made, and then unmade, on Braize. Now, the Stormfather transfers Stormlight through a perpendicularity, so Ba-Ado-Mishram seems likely to transfer Voidlight through a perpendicularity. But I think all the Unmade represent aspects of Odium's Perpendicularity, so BAM is just the one who specifically represents the Physical-Spiritual vector (there'd also be a Cognitive-Physical and Cognitive-Spiritual vector, I suppose, so maybe the three highest Unmade correspond to these three vectors of the perpendicularity). Now, another premise for the theory is that the Unmade are Splinters of Odium, which I'm not sure has been confirmed (IDK if there's a WoB to this effect, and the stuff in the books themselves is ambiguous IIRC). If the Shard of Odium itself caused the perpendicularity originally, it might not be too much of a stretch to say that the perpendicularity was originally part of Odium's soul, so fragments of it would count as Splinters, I suppose.
  9. Not at all. Red still looks red in the Cosmere. Promises still function as binding in the Cosmere. If it is by definition impossible for a promise to be binding without an institutional background, this will be so in and out of the Cosmere. Otherwise we might use the word "promise" in both contexts but we will not be using words quite so correctly as we might. Now, it might not be definitive of promises that they require an institutional background, but I suspect Sanderson might have some familiarity with the notion of institutionalization (at least in the form of divine covenants) and even if he doesn't as such, still, the contest of champions is institutional in form.
  10. Black Sphere: explain yourself.
  11. I got the impression that the highstorms carry partial perpendicularities with them: So my theory is that Odium had a perpendicularity for conveying Voidlight, and this was broken into the Unmade---on Braize (for there to be nine of these beings). The Unmade who can provide Voidlight does so by being the specific sub-part of Odium's Perpendicularity that bridged the "region" with Voidlight (in the Spiritual Realm) with the Physical Realm (other Unmade correspond to other attributes/parts/powers of Odium's Perpendicularity).
  12. I think that the Beyond is where the explanation of the black sphere exists.
  13. OMG yes
  14. It's supposed to be a series written entirely about black spheres, where instead of page numbers it has the letters R, A, F, and O repeating until the end. There will be a character in it, who is also a location, a magic system, a god, and a theme, called "Xav."
  15. There's always another black sphere.