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Silus - Shard of Flame

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  1. This forum was empty, this made me sad. Rutabega. Name says it all. If you could have a Smedry talent, what would it be and why? Be sure it's funny! I'll post mine when I think of it!
  2. Here's a place to recommend your favorite, non-Brandon books to everyone! What was my favorite book before reading Mistborn was a book called The Meq. It's about this group of kids who, once they turn twelve, stop aging. They develop mentally, but not physically. They are the Meq. They know little of where they come from or what they are supposed to be doing, but they have clues in the form of relics of their people and five mysterious Stones with mystical powers, powers to match their own unique abilities. You see through the eyes of Zianno Zezen, a Meq who is just now learning of his powers after the death of his parents, leaving him ignorant of things he needs to know about himself, and follow him as he meets others of his kind, some good, others not so good, as they make their way through a world populated by the Giza, the other people. The world is rapidly changing at the dawn of the twentieth century, and the Meq's old ways have to change to accommodate, but with radical characters such as the Fleur-du-mal, a psychotic and extremely dangerous Meq, about in the world, will they even survive? I love, love, love this book, along with its sequel, the first two parts of a trilogy (with the third part being released at an unknown time), because it has an interesting take on history, told with some truly realistic characters. It takes real advantage of the characters' immortality, often making time jumps of several years, but not in a way that breaks the flow of the story. Check it out if your looking for a good historical fantasy. What about you guys? What are your favorite books that you think other people will like?
  3. So I've been thinking a bit about Mistings and Mistborn. And the "all or one" mentality of this magic system seems weird to me. I like the idea of a gradient of abilities better, but that doesn't exist. That's fine with me, but it does provide a nice space for hypothetical thinking, which is what I like! So my thought is, what if you could have less powers than a Mistborn, but more than a Misting? What would you call this? What sort of form would it take? Here's what I've thought up. I think that the amount of power would scale up by powers of two. The next level up from a Misting would have two, then up from that would have 4, than 8 and finally a full powered Mistborn with 16 (plus the 2 God Metals, but those never counted anyway) Here's what I think these would be called: Two powers=Mistcoin (two sides of a coin for two powers) Four powers=Mistsand (one fourth of the total metals is a quarter. Quarter, quart, quarts, quartz, sand. Dumb pun, I know) Eight powers=Misteye (half the powers is one of two, one of two eyes, yeah, another dumb one) I'll post the list of names for specific examples of these later. If you want to come up with better names, do so!
  4. My favorite book before discovering Brandon was The Meq by Steve Cash. Late 1800s through most of the 1900s about children that stop aging once they hit age 12. They heal extremely quickly, some have extraordinary abilities, and others hold artifacts that can affect people's minds. It's about their struggle to fit in as immortals in a mortal world, the friends and enemies they make, and their trying to rediscover where they came from. It's a trilogy, and while I found the ending pretty unsatisfying, the first book remains one of my favorites.
  5. As I've been reading recently in the forums since WoR release, I've heard the term Squires thrown around, being associated with a Knight Radiant and sharing somehow in their magic. There are hints at this from the end of WoR, particularly with the Lopen (who is one of my favorites of Bridge 4, btw). What I don't know is where the term comes from and what information we have about it. I'm assuming there is Word of Brandon to corroborate all this, but since there's so MUCH of it out there, it's a daunting task finding it all. So can I get some help? Where can I find WoB about Squires? Is my understanding of it correct? Are there things about them that we know that I don't? Please just fill me in here!
  6. I got the Limited Edition I ordered in the mail today! (Merry Christmas!) It's a nice, high quality book! Despite being a small book, it has some heft to it, like it's made well enough to last. Did you get this edition? Do you intend to? If you did, what do you think of it?
  7. There's nothing wrong with porting it, it's that the system they would be porting it to is very different and to really take advantage of those features, they would essentially be making another game, which most developers aren't willing to do. So what ends up happening is a sort of copy/paste of the original game onto the different hardware, which, in the case of the Wii U, will fall short because it won't take real advantage of the features that people buy a Wii U to use. Thus, in the end, it feels like a lazy port.
  8. Proud to have supported the IndieGoGo for this anthology, a lot of the essays I've read have been really poignant (especially Howard and Sandra Taylor's), though there's a lot of stuff I haven't read because I'm not familiar with the work of the authors in question. The print copy I got is a real gem of a book. I would definitely recommend this anthology. WoK Prime is fascinating. It's so interesting to see how going back and changing Kaladin really changed the whole course of the story. Heck, WoK Prime reduces Canon WoK to the first few chapters and the bulk of its plot is actually what became Words of Radiance! Or that's how it seems to me, anyway, from these chapters. With the numbers of chapters in between the Merin chapters, I'm assuming we would be jumping all over Roshar in the meantime, given what Brandon has said about WoK Prime and how its plot threads were a lot more all over the place. I would love to see later on how those plot threads get woven into the canon plot of the SA.
  9. @Chaos They're different enough that a straight port to the Wii U will be instantly recognized and called out as lazy by the fans. I'd rather they put their funds/effort toward other things, like nowhere's suggestion of bug fixing. I'm in the same boat as Wyrmhero, PS3/Xbox 360 are the newest consoles I have access to because I just don't have the money to stay "up to date". lordofsoup and I obviously have very different definitions of "expensive". This is also why I don't do PC games for the most part. I don't have a machine modern/powerful enough to run most current games, and when I've tried running games on my machine, it tends to bog it down for the things I actually need it to do. (I'm pretty much in the same boat for my phone.)
  10. The Wii U and the rest of the console lineup are so completely different that designing for both of them for the same game is like trying to explore two different planets simultaneously. It just doesn't work. The Wii U is it's own thing, it's really not comparable. I think the Wii U is great, but doing both sides of that coin just isn't feasible for a developer. As for the graphics, if the game overall is well built, the graphical fidelity, or rather, the level of extreme detail, doesn't matter to me. The 360 and the PS3 have awesome graphics, and the difference between there and the next generation feels minimal to me. I care about it being an awesome Mistborn game, and that isn't about the graphics, that's about atmosphere, and controls, and gameplay design. If they can pull that off, then it's a great game, and no one is going to care about the graphical detail except for the most nitpicky.
  11. Yeah, I agree with most everything in this topic, though I have to be emphatic about Eragon being the WORST. My fandom of LotR has been...interesting. I watched each movie after reading each book for the first time, so my experience with each is very intermingled. I haven't read the Hobbit, so I'll need to do that before seeing the movies. I thought LotR had a great adaptation, trimming a lot of the fat from the books that made it really drag for me.
  12. It would depend a LOT on the staging of the fight. For instance, if the fight starts at close quarters, duralumin + pretty much anything would be able to one shot the avatar rather decisively. If the avatar has metalbending, though, I'd give the fight to them with almost no reservations as they could pull a TLR and bend the metals in an allomancers body. Bending has a lot more raw force to it and can win in a drawn out fight, however, allomancy has more diverse applications and powers. Tin and pewter add a level of physical prowess such that in a hand to hand contest the allomancer wins. Iron and steel (again, depending on staging) offer an extreme amount of mobility that only a natural airbender could rival. Zinc and brass allow for a whole new dynamic of emotional manipulation. Copper and Bronze (assuming that bronze can track bending) would be important in a more crowded environment, say the middle of a big city. Overall, Mistborn have a lot of tricks and counters that could end the fight quickly, but if the avatar can get around those and keep the mistborn at a distance, they'll be able to pull out a win.
  13. Perhaps Kelsier vs Mace Windu would be a better match? Or maybe Elend as a Lerasium Mistborn?
  14. I disagree, I think Audrey's condition is something that was always present, but she had simply never been around enough for Stephen to really make any diagnosis. I think that the illnesses present in each of the aspects are about Stephen's subconscious projecting onto them, creating reflections of himself and his own condition. He is a genius at anything he even sort of tries to do and his aspects reflect that capability, but he and others around him see him as unstable. So in creating sort of "alternatives" to himself, personalities that are not him but at the same time represent him, he creates each of them with one (or now possibly more) specialty and a psychosis as a more mundane reflection of himself. Also, if this were the case, wouldn't Stephen himself have that psychosis up until the moment that that aspect manifests and he can siphon it off? For instance, wouldn't he have been a schizophrenic up until when Tobias manifested? And wouldn't he know exactly what their issues were from the start? He wouldn't have to figure out what Audrey's issues were if he'd dealt with the same thing before manifesting her.
  15. I liked this story a LOT, though I agree that it raised a whole bunch of questions about Stephen/his past/his aspects that weren't addressed and didn't really address anything that had been brought up previously except in passing. I also thought Dion was the weakest of the characters in the story, but with characters this good, that's not saying too much. I thought Stephen's death speech to him was a little odd, I saw it more as example of Stephen trying to reach out than anything genuinely powerful. Also, INFINITE BATMANS was just about the funniest part of the whole book. Favorite new character probably goes to Yol, I kinda figured at that moment in the story (basically intuiting how Brandon sets up characters) that he was going to be silly, but MAN, he was GREAT! His outfit, his rap career. But you also saw some depth and dark to his character through his later interactions with Stephen and what he was hiding. Though my favorite character from this book has to be Audrey, she has the best one liners and pulls off some of the most awesome stuff in the whole book. See her get fleshed out from the little we saw from her in the first book was great and her psychology and expansion of her capabilities have very interesting implications for the future. What I found a little disappointing though was that I felt Ivy and Tobias got sort of overshadowed this time around by Audrey and JC. Sure they're the older aspects that Stephen depends on, but neither of them had any real standout moments. Heck, with Stephen's deductive abilities getting better and better, their relevance might actually be going down. (Though the climax in the cellar points out that that time is a ways away still.) One thing I felt should have been addressed better in this book was the introduction of Kalyani's husband, as that was one of the shots that REALLY took me by surprise and has the most immediate and dramatic implications for Stephen's mental stability. That's not to say Brandon should have tied it up with a bow, but at least say SOMETHING about it at the end when they're at the mansion, as it's something I think Stephen would look into immediately. Overall, good book! Makes me very excited to see more from this storyline!
  16. Ooh! There's a word for being ignorable and I know what it is! Unobtrusiveness! EDIT: I missed this whole page and posted this thinking it would be added to the end of page 3, which talks about the unobtrusiveness talent in a similar way. Secondary Talent: Having Things Turn Out Anyway Despite My Total Obliviousness. My talent is never keeping (or at least majorly delaying) promises! Anything that I promise to do will never get done! So I just have to promise to do all the things I don't want to happen! I will most DEFINITELY betray you, friend! I PROMISE to tell you where the rebel base is! If you want an example of this talent in action, look at the first post of this thread, then come back here.
  17. Only ten days this time, Theorymaker! Oh, gosh, I love books. I'm building up my personal library so I'll still have books by the time I move out of my parents' house. I've bought many more books in the last month than I've read. The Remembering by Steve Cash, great historical fiction with some great supernatural/magic elements to it. Third in the trilogy; the first was my absolute favorite book before I discovered Brandon Sanderson (and remains the book I've reread the most times). The first five books of Animorphs by K. A. Applegate. One of my favorites as a kid and remains one of my favorite series. I'm starting to collect them from the beginning. I had a couple already and my dad is helping me out by picking up random titles he finds at the thrift store (cuz they're usually super cheap). Schlock Mercenary #1: The Tub of Happiness. I've already got 5 and 6 (one for being in the right place at the right time, literally, and one for helping Howard out with one of his book releases a couple of years ago) but this is the first I've ever actually paid for. I loved the bonus story for this one and this issue in particular is great for showing off how far Howard's art has come over the course of his career. With more to come!
  18. I'm reading Ruins by Dan Wells right now. Unfortunately, none of the characters in this series have really gotten my attention (maybe Samm, MAYBE, but definitely not Kira, sorry), so I'm dragging my feet. I feel obligated to finish it before moving on to something else, so it's standing between me and the next Wheel of Time and...y'know...the rest of fiction.
  19. I love Doctor Who! I've only watched New Who plus the 1996 movie, but I've seen snippets of the old show and have read quite a bit about things that happened in Classic Who. I liked Deep Breath. FINALLY Clara gets some depth of personality, and Capaldi is gonna do a great job! Super excited for the rest of the season.
  20. When they say Zahel's been there ten years, and that shshshsh has been dead for 10 years, they could be referring to distinct amounts of time. Most people like to round times to nice even numbers, especially when it's been many years. For all we know Zahel could have been around for only about 9 years and shshshsh has been dead for 12, but those two numbers conveniently round to 10, so that's what people say in a normal conversation.
  21. It sounds like the OP is referring to WoK as he refers to "everything that comes after" being a result of Kaladin's stupidity. I disagree highly with this. Kaladin is a very moral character and has really good instincts most of the time. When the idea of taking the shards that killed all of his friends sickens him, it appeals to that sense of loyalty in us, despite its lack of practicality. And in the end that serves him well as kadolin pointed out.
  22. I would imagine that, because all relationships generally have different levels of connection coming from each participant, that your relationship with the person on TV (and btw, I'm totally a fan of Voyager too, so I offer you my solidarity) is like an entirely one sided relationship. I would agree that yes, storing duralumin connection would lessen your relationship with the characters, but I would say this does not require the fictional people to have anything at all. I do think that once TV is invented on Roshar they'll start seeing spren of fictional people start popping up more and more due to that same cognitive existence you referred to with your Firefly example.
  23. Wait, since when is this a thing? Is there WoB stating that Allomantic gold spikes heal people? Cuz that's just bizarrely out of left field. I would actually really like to see controversy about hemalurgy be addressed in the second series. If our Mistborn serial killer is using it, that would be a great way to examine the issue.
  24. I assumed by sleep it off that after storing health he would sleep for a long time, kind of like a feruchemical hangover, I suppose.
  25. I doubt nicrosil would have any similar problems because the issue with duralumin is whether or not it wipes itself out when you use it. Nicrosil, by affecting other's metals, wouldn't really be in danger of affecting itself. Haha, now I've got the image of a nicrosil misting poking himself in the head and flaring his own nicrosil. Who needs compounding, amirite?