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  1. My phone is home safe and sound! The recorded successfully saved the audio files, but I will check that it saved properly this weekend.
  2. This is pretty interesting idea, but there is a small problem. If we look at WoR I-10, it appears as though the Shin Stone Shamans can communicate with the spren of stones: Now, this is far from conclusive evidence, but the tense structure seems to imply that the "promising" happened relatively recently. We might reasonably guess that the Sibling went into hibernation about the time of the Recreance, so that this quote means that it was possible to talk with the stone spirits after the event. If the Sibling was indeed revered by the Shin as a "god" for being connected to the stones, it would be strange indeed that their "god" would have vanished more than two thousand years ago.
  3. I have actually been kicking around the "Navani becomes a Bondsmith" idea for a while. I more or less agree with your points, plus adding the part where Navani herself thinks that (OB Ch 104) "had some practice holding a kingdom together." I would not be surprised to see Navani going on a grand quest to get Urithiru running so that the grand coalition doesn't fall apart, and this attracting the Sibling. There's also the symmetry between her and Dalinar's "forbidden" relationship (supposedly offensive to the gods) and Honor and Cultivation's "forbidden" relationship (actually offensive to other gods).
  4. Perhaps, though it's still relevant here. Urithiru was the stronghold created by Honor and Cultivation for the Radiants, and a big part of being Radiant is Shadesmar. Actually, that painting could be for both Perpendicularities - it's just difficult to find and use Honor's.
  5. I agree entirely. As for the blue disk, I think that it is instead a representation of Cultivation's Perpendicularity. Recall that (Elantris spoilers):
  6. While I agree, I think that there should still be some commonality, given that it is the same Shard. At the very least, they should both reflect the Shard's Intent somehow. Taldain's magic has always confused me in that regard, but it kind of works for FotS; the trappers are a solitary bunch, and getting the Investiture requires a high degree of keep yourself alive. That's... really interesting. A related question is how much Investiture you need to go from temporary, unstable Perpendicularity (like Elsecalling) to stable. So maybe Autonomy just has to set down a minimum amount, give it a bit of a personality, and move on. I would imagine that we're beyond Splinter-level power... maybe someone should ask how long a Perpendicularity powered by a single Divine Breath would last.
  7. Of all of the scenes in the cosmere, I want to see the one where Hoid and Jasnah discuss the fate of Roshar. On that note, I wonder if she will retain him as the Queen's Wit? She hardly needs it...
  8. She also swears by Adonalsium, which is suspicious. I would guess that the Heralds took up the Oathpact very soon after the Shattering, and maybe even knew about Yolen. I won't go so far as to suggest that Yolen was the planet that was "destroyed by Surgebinding," but it is certainly suggestive.
  9. That seems pretty reasonable, Argent. It matches how Pattern was reduced to simple words and humming with Shallan in the early days after their renewed bond. Alternatively, the listener-spren Nahel bond might be piggybacking on built-in stuff for listeners, so perhaps they are Connected differently.
  10. I agree, full stop. I was in the process of collecting my own thoughts and doing a literature search, only to discover that not only did you use the same quotes, you gave the Dustbringer spren the same name I did. I also agree with Windrunner's point that the only sentient spren are involved with Radiants.
  11. No problem, your commentary was essential and I always like to cite people correctly You bring up a really good point. The highstorms certainly existed, but they were originally of Adonalsium, not Honor. However, I find it quite plausible that Honor created the Stormfather as a large spren to live in the highstorms and recharge spheres.
  12. This is why I specifically asked at the signing; I thought it was so obvious due to the fact that we had to have a big piece of Cultivation nearby. In the original thread, some people guessed that the Sibling is like stone and root of the Shin religion. This is reasonable, but I don't have good arguments one way or another. I'd be really interested to hear if you figure something out.
  13. I like this quite a lot. Another thought - at least as we have seen it, the Perpendicularity on First of the Sun is hugely dangerous. Assuming that it is still the case when Hoid writes the letter, I could easily see him nevertheless using it - just as he used Preservation's while Ruin was trapped. The problem is that the magic systems don't seem to quite fit together. While they both involve Connections between some living thing (parasite or microorganisms), I would prefer a more concrete explanation.
  14. This is clever and is totally something Hoid would do.
  15. I asked Brandon in the SF signing, and he confirmed that Uli Da is Ambition. The quote is almost "It's obvious, right?", but as I said in the event thread my phone (and recording) is AWOL. I agree with Autonomy/Harmony for letters two and three, but I find it unlikely to be the survival shard for letter one. It seems counter-intuitive for a Shard in hiding to have something that Hoid travels to and from the world repeatedly to get, be it useful Investiture or information. However, I could imagine Hoid having to refuel on Breath to maintain his Heightening (either through misuse or imparting it to others), justifying the first sentence.