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  1. Harmony will become Discord
  2. White Sand Volume 1 Reactions

    I see a lot of people here qualifying their opinions with "Graphic novels have never been my thing..." but I actually do read a lot of long-form comics (albeit of the indie and web variety, which are probably less constrained in some ways) and I still didn't think this was very well done.
  3. White Sand Volume 1 Typos

    By my count there were five instances where White was indicated to be Cynder the linguist and/or Blue was indicated to be Jon the anthropologist, and five other instances where it was the other way around... I do think the Ch 4 panel you mention is simply Kenton addressing each of them in turn, not the same person by two different names. But even so, in Chapter 5 when they are arguing about linguistic vs. cultural enclaves it switches off within the space of a single page, which is almost as bad. Anyway, I noticed the inconsistency pretty much immediately on my first readthrough and am honestly pretty annoyed by it. ETA: Completely different non-typo possible error: was anybody else really confused by the line "He knows I'm a Sand Master. Changing my robe wasn't enough to confuse him." As far as I can tell, Kenton is still wearing his Sand Master robe when he thinks this...
  4. [Bands Spoilers] Shard Colors

    I would guess Devotion = sapphire blue based on the color of the shardpool. And I also think Odium is red.
  5. My thoughts exactly. If I were to guess at a mist analogue for Roshar, it would be stormlight, not glass beads. But what if it has more to do with the material (glass) than the shape (beads/spheres)? Actually, where does glass on Roshar even come from? It's not obviously not that rare, but doing a ctrl+f through WoK and WoR reveals that there are actually not that many casual references to glass objects. And there is this interesting quote in chapter 23 of WoK: So while glass isn't super valuable on Roshar, it still seems to be more scarce than we might expect. I suspect that most glass on modern Roshar is soulcast (since "quartz, glass, crystal" is one of the ten essences), but in the past there may not have been as much (or any?) access to soulcasting. After doing some googling it seems that the first glass production on earth used ground up quartz pebbles. I suspect such a thing might be relatively hard to find on Roshar, with most of the continent's surface being bare rock. Furthermore, amethyst, which is one of the polestones, is a type of quartz. And last but not least, wikipedia's History of Glass article states that the earliest known glass objects were beads. So, what if there was a time in Roshar's history where glass was much more rare, made out of naturally occuring quartz, and always shaped into beads? Could it be possible that this glass/crystal was able to hold stormlight, unlike the probably-soulcast glass of modern Roshar? In that case, Shadesmar being full of glass beads would be a holdover of an earlier method of harnessing stormlight... Edit: Just as the mist could (under the right circumstances) be used as a blank-slate allomancy fuel, able to stand in for any of the metals, perhaps this hypothetical stormlight-holding-glass could have taken on the properties of any of the ten polestones. Edit 2: Here's something interesting, from WoR chapter 7 when Shallan is on the ship... Bolding mine. The beads are also described as "dark" in WoK chapters 45 and 70. So they definitely aren't the same type of glass that is used in spheres, and they also don't match the description of the crystal ("a figure of pure, flawless quartz") that Jasnah soulcast one of the thugs into in WoK chapter 36. Thus it's entirely plausible that they could be some substance capable of holding stormlight which modern Rosharans don't know about.
  6. [Bands Spoilers] About a Hunter

    Is this the passage you are thinking of? In any case, I think this quote supports the idea that Iyatil did not grow up on Scadrial. Her mask definitely doesn't match that definition, so if she is a Hunter, perhaps she had to craft her mask on a different planet. Except the WoB quoted upthread specifically says that Iyatil's people did not have a mass exodus. Also props to Calthrop for realizing that just because Shallan thinks Iyatil's mask is carapace doesn't mean it is actually carapace.
  7. Oathbringer Update

    I'm surprised nobody has posited Taravangian for novelette 2.
  8. This is a GREAT idea and now I hope it happens. I think for this to happen there would have to be some big reveal where it turns out the Set/Trellists have much more sympathetic motives than it has seemed so far. Even with a rift developing between her and the other main characters, I think their callousness and apparent lust for power would repel her far more than their big-picture planning would attract her. Edit: That said, I could see her deciding that whatever Wax is up to in TLM is not the right way to do things, that he's going too far or something, making more trouble than he's solving, and thus being an antagonist that way.
  9. [Bands Spoilers] About a Hunter

    This seems to imply that she may not have actually spent all that much time on Scadrial; i.e., her people are from Scadrial (and yes, probably the Hunters) but she herself is from somewhere else (grew up on a different planet? born on a different planet?) so she could very well be using a non-Scadrial magic system. I think there is definitely something supernatural about her stealth capabilities though, nice catch on that.
  10. Time for some good ol' fashioned character arc discussion. I. Marasi the Visionary Of all of Era 2's main good guys (Wax, Wayne, Marasi, Steris, MeLaan), Marasi is the most forward-looking, most likely to see the big picture and think long-term, most accepting (or even desirous) of change. This is especially apparent when comparing her with her one-time idol, Wax, which she conveniently does for us herself: Wax himself reflects on multiple occasions that he feels old-fashioned, a relic. In fact, in one of these reflections, he also compares himself and Marasi: Even though Wax doesn't fully buy Marasi's idea, I think on some level he knows that his favorite way of improving the world, hunting down criminals one by one and administering justice with his own hand, is increasingly ineffective in modern Scadrial. I consider it his central character conflict, more important even than his grief over Lessie (both times). Tillaume, despite his eventual betrayal, had a good point when he tried to impress upon Wax the true importance of his duties as House Lord. Wax admits as much to himself later when praying, and even recognizes his own tendency to underestimate how important these things are: As of Bands, not much has changed. Wax still has a need to be personally involved. It even leads to a short argument in New Seran when Marasi recognizes that Wax's obsession with Suit is at least partly due to pride, and calls him on his pettiness. I wouldn't go so far as to say Wax enjoys violence itself, but on some level he exults in the challenge, the hunt, the face-to-face confrontation. In this, Marasi is Wax's opposite. She has no problem improving the world through impersonal, abstract means; in fact, she prefers it, because it is more effective, even if it is not as flashy and obviously heroic as Wax's approach. This is evident from when she explained "broken windows theory" to Wax in Alloy, and even moreso from her thoughts when she does get personally involved: Wax's tendency to focus on dramatic outliers is also demonstrated by his attitude toward the Village. When he realizes that even a seemingly idyllic community cannot completely prevent violent crime, it causes him to question everything about that community: Had Marasi been in his place, she probably would have focused on how to apply the principles of the Village to the rest of Elendel, using the big picture to effect change for the better. This is also apparent when she comes up with the idea to interview Kandra so as to learn from history. She is also frequently the questioner of conventional wisdom, such as in Alloy when she points out that Elendel is actually more dangerous, statistically, than the Roughs, or when she informs characters (Wax included) that rough interrogation is actually very ineffective. In Shadows, she's the one who gets Aradel to see that acting against Governer Innate is justified. Interestingly, Marasi's visonary mindset is something she has in common with the Set—not that she'd ever condone their means of advancing society, or even agree with their definition of societal progress. Still, of the main five, she's the most likely to agree that sometimes greater societal good requires unpleasant things. The first quote in this post, where she thinks about creating a world where law enforcement wouldn't be needed, comes right on the heels of her considering that without the death of innocents, there would be no kandra, and that the Lord Ruler, despite his tyranny, was also (she thinks) responsible for saving all the southern Scadrians. Last but not least, she is the one to connect the dots between Paalm's mystery spike and Trell, and take it upon herself to find out as much as possible about Trell. Honestly, part of me considers Marasi's big-picture style of thinking so self-evident that I needn't have made such a case for it. But I don't think I've seen in brought up before, and it's not under the "Personality" section of her coppermind article, so there you go. II. To Be Underestimated I have adored Steris since her first appearance, and Bands has brought the fandom's appreciation of her to an all-time high. Thus it is ironic that for the first time in the series, I find Marasi's position in the story more compelling that Steris's. Though I suspect many will disagree, I would say that right now, Marasi is the most underestimated of the main five (both by readers and the other characters). This is not to say the other character's don't value her; of course they do. Steris even rates her usefulness above Wayne's. Wayne himself readily admits that Marasi's straightforward method of acquiring the bank records in New Seran was a good idea. And Wax, of course, not only values her detective skills and marksmanship, he personally helps her find ways to use her Pulser ability (notably, he is the one who first realizes the potential of combining it with the "allomantic grenade"). But none of these things, not even her allomancy, are really Marasi's biggest asset. They are her skills; they are not her. They are not what makes her tick. What really defines Marasi is everything I mentioned in section one. She wants to change the world at the roots, and not with flashy, glamorous heroics, but with ideas—ideas that seem pretty dry to most people despite being practical—or maybe even because they are so practical. This is her true passion, and it is the aspect of her that her closest companions value the least. III. Dreams So what does Marasi want, and where does she go from here? Of all the main characters, Marasi got the most ambiguous ending in Bands. Wax came to understand Harmony's role in Lessie's death, and is now happily married to Steris. Steris herself really came into her own in finding ways to user her skillset on these crazy adventures. Wayne moved on from Ranette, got over his gun complex at least a little bit, and has a budding relationship with MeLaan. And Marasi? Well, she spent the entire book seemingly annoyed by or unable to relate to her companions, and the final scene showed her back where Shadows left off, doing solo research on Trell, determined, but still feeling very in the dark. This quote comes from a passage where Marasi is reflecting on how thrilling it is to be a constable. These are the childhood dreams that I believe the opening quote of this section are referring to. I'm not sure if Marasi will leave the constabulary for something else; it's possible, but since she's not actually a field constable and her current position gives her plenty of access to data she can analyze for trends, it's at least equally possible that she simply means she will avoid running around with Wax and focus on office work. It's pretty much a guarantee that Wax, Wayne, and Steris will be gallivanting off on some adventure in The Lost Metal, but I think this time Marasi might not go with them, or might do so only reluctantly, after being persuaded or given an exceptional reason. I fully expect her research on Trell to be crucial, but I think she will probably serve a bigger role than that. Unfortunately, the above quote, the most definitive thought she has about her future plans, leaves open the possibility of just about anything. The most likely thing I can come up with right now is that she might be dealing heavily with the southern Scadrians, an ambassador of sorts. This is mainly based on her rapport with Allik, her fascination with other societies, and her tendency to see the big picture. But ultimately, this is just a tentative hunch. In any case, Marasi was important enough to come up in Harmony's conversation with Wax: I highly doubt that refers to her job as a constable, or even briefly weilding the Bands. I think something enormous is in store for Marasi in The Lost Metal, and right now that's the part of the book I am most looking forward to.
  11. The Ice Death [BoM spoilers]

    TLR modified the north Scadrians to be able to survive ashfall, and to be able to subsist on the less-nutritious brown plants (and yes, Sazed reversed these changes), but WoB I quoted explicitly states that TLR never geneticaly modified the south Scadrians in the first place. I think there was probably more to it than that. For one thing, a thousand years doesn't seem nearly long enough for that kind of evolution/adaptation. For another, if that was the case, what would stop them from getting used to the mild colder temperatures the same way? And last but not least, the WoB I quoted makes it sounds like TLR actively did something that let them survive. Built underground shelters for them maybe? That could have even been the inspiration for the shelters he built in the Final Empire. But somehow I suspect the answer is not that simple.
  12. Does anyone else love Sterris now? [Bands Spoilers]

    I am curious as to why. Mind elaborating?
  13. The Ice Death [BoM spoilers]

    The epilogue specifically mentions that the southerners "had frozen in what most men would consider only mildly cold weather." There was also no mention of snow or ice there. So I don't think the south pole is actually frozen like our poles. I suspect TLR may have genetically altered the southerners to be accustomed to blazing heat. Nope, see edit! I know there's a WoB about how TLR viewed the southerners as kind of a "back-up plan" or something but I can't find it and check exactly what it said because something seems to be wrong with the interview database... EDIT: managed to use google cache to find the WoB I was thinking of: So it's not genetics but it still sounds to me like they lived in extremely hot temperatures during the millenium of the Final Empire.
  14. Does anyone else love Sterris now? [Bands Spoilers]

    I've loved her from her first appearance and I'm glad everyone else is finally catching up
  15. The Curious Claims of Kandra

    7. I think the issue isn't that the spikes are nontransferable (in fact, we know this to be false because of when TenSoon took OreSeur's blessing) but that one blessing = one pair of spikes. So it's not that the spikes are paired to the kandra, it's that they are paired to each other. Having one half each of two separate blessings could indeed be a novel situation. 8. This seems totally in keeping with the established abilities of the Kandra to me. In HoA TenSoon lost a substantial portion of his flesh to acid and was fine ("He tried to walk with pride and confidence, but he knew this body wouldn't look very intimidating. It was emaciated--he'd lost much mass during his imprisonment and more to the acid, and he hadn't been able to form very large muscles." -Ch. 7). That said, a lot of the other points are indeed VERY suspicious. As far as I'm concerned there's basically 0% chance that everything VenDell said is true, whether through ignorance or deception or (most likely) a little bit of both. P.S.: VenDell was actually mentioned by MeLaan in SoS: "Look, I'm just here to help. If you want someone to fawn over, I'll send VenDell or one of the really ancient ones to you. They like it." -Ch. 13 (Pg. 218 in the US Hardcover).