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Tortellini

Signing in Manchester 23.11.

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Hey everyone, I attended the Manchester signing on Nov 23rd, here's my report. I've been travelling and Manchester was one stop (I arranged the timing to be there for the signing ;) ) but I haven't really had access to a computer till now. Some interesting stuff here.

He read from an unpublished work he's writing for an anthology of GRRM tentatively titled "Dangerous Women". It was something he worked on for the trip, and it was quite funny and very promising. No spoilers from me on this one, all I will say is that it doesn't seem cosmere-related and that the White Fox is one dangerous dude... ;) Looking forward to reading that in full!

Then he answered a lot of questions, on what it is to be a writer, how the whole Wheel of Time deal went (including a hilarious description of the day Harriet called him) and so on. Nothing really spoilery or cosmere-related here, but a great hour of fun for all. Also, a guy called Jordan was trolled in the worst way via Brandon himself. He called out through the whole room "Is there a guy called X here?" and when that guy replied, Brandon just shouted "Your friend Adam wants you to know that you just lost the game." Half the room nearly died from geek overdose :)

Then the signing came and Brandon answered questions for people while signing their books. At first, my friend and I were stuck at the very end of the queue, but then we figured we'd just sit near the signing and listen in until the queue was gone. Brandon was incredibly nice and friendly the whole time, it was quite amazing. And some info came up that's quite interesting:

Jasnah: Someone asked if it were hard to write an atheist character for a devout christian. Brandon said he read a lot of atheist message boards for inspiration. Also, it sounded like he'd had the character in his head for a while, but hadn't found the right book to put it in - e.g. he said it would make no sense to put an atheist in a world where gods walk around (i.e. Warbreaker).

Taravangian: This is a big one and I hadn't heard any of this before. A girl asked what was up with Taravangian, since it seemed a rough break between the tottering old man and the scheeming mastermind that Szeth meets at the end. The answer is quite surprising. Brandon said that Taravangian used the Old Magic, and that he wakes up each day with a different IQ. Sometimes he's a genius, sometimes he's an idiot. So what he does is he writes up math puzzles for himself in the evening, and if he cannot get a certain score in the morning the guards have orders to just take care of him and keep him away from important decisions for that day. That way he keeps his effect (personal speculation, it could be his curse, but also his boon if e.g. he asked for intelligence and only got it part-time) under control.

There was more, but I can't really remember anything major. Finally, I came up and got to ask my questions. Since I started the thread about outposts and stone bridges, I felt like getting some input there. Brandon told me that single highprinces could not erect outposts because due to the superior mobility of the Parshendi - they would overwhelm any small outpost quickly. Soulcasting stone bridges is also not plausible. Apparently, they would need to first get the wooden bridge out there, then soulcast it and then, since the stone is heavier than the wood, they would have to reinforce it, e.g. with ropes. These could then be cut by the Parshendi, so it would not help at all. Dalinar with his mobile bridges is on a better track in his opinion. He did say however that several highprinces working together could easily establish outposts in the Plains. He said the competitive nature of the Alethi was doing them a huge disservice in the war and that if they would work together, they could have taken the Plains long ago.

My next question was a random idea I had based on the answer about entities living primarily in the cognitive realm given here. I asked (stupidly, you'll see why in a second): "Could it be that spren and seons are basically very similar things?". He smiled, thought about how to answer that for a second and then said... "Yes, it *could* be." I very much got the impression that I was correct though, but I gave him the perfect opening to appreciate the question without answering it at all. Stupid me :rolleyes: . I explained that I had the idea that seons exist primarily as cognitive entities with smaller presences in the physical world, while spren are primarily spiritual, also with smaller presences in the physical world. He just smiled for a second, and I said I'd take that as a possible yes and let him get back to signing books for the awesome Waterstone's in Manchester. I'm writing up my thoughts on that in this post.

The evening also included Brandon kicking chull at Magic, which was quite spectacular to see. I have never seen anyone play 3 Hypnotic Specters and then lose so definitely... All in all, a great evening and some new ideas to dissect :)

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The evening also included Brandon kicking chull at Magic, which was quite spectacular to see. I have never seen anyone play 3 Hypnotic Specters and then lose so definitely... All in all, a great evening and some new ideas to dissect :)

It did? and I just went home (to my hotel)?!? Awww dang, *idiot here* XD

So you must be (of) the guys that asked me about my question about Axies the Creator:

I asked if Axies could regrow limbs, and he stated that he could do 'some interesting things', and that the two species of Aimian (whom Axies is of) each do different interesting things.

It was indeed a fun evening, for what I saw of it :D *fangirl skweeee* lol

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that line about "interesting things" just sent my mind straight into the gutter. Yet more evidence of my complete lack of maturity.

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Taravangian: Mind. Blown. Wow.

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So you must be (of) the guys that asked me about my question about Axies the Creator:

I asked if Axies could regrow limbs, and he stated that he could do 'some interesting things', and that the two species of Aimian (whom Axies is of) each do different interesting things.

Ha! The axies thing! Completely forgotten that one... Yeah, that was me asking you! How cool is that... :)

Taravangian: Mind. Blown. Wow.

Yeah, tell me about it. That was something no one ever asked about before apparently. I was pretty stunned by it myself. The girl who asked the question will be my secret hero forever... B)

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Yeah, tell me about it. That was something no one ever asked about before apparently. I was pretty stunned by it myself. The girl who asked the question will be my secret hero forever... B)

I'd marry her.

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yeah, that's completely and utterly unexpected. Also I recall Brandon saying that King T. would be a viewpoint character at some point, that 'effect' could make him an 'interesting' viewpoint.

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yeah, that's completely and utterly unexpected. Also I recall Brandon saying that King T. would be a viewpoint character at some point, that 'effect' could make him an 'interesting' viewpoint.

Especially for his family if he gets into it similarly to RJ :D

That is an awesome find :D

I'll race you to her Eric *stalks* :P

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Especially for his family if he gets into it similarly to RJ :D

That is an awesome find :D

I'll race you to her Eric *stalks* :P

Now now, let's all be reasonable here... I saw her first! ;)

She was there with a guy people, so don't get your hopes up.

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Taravangian: This is a big one and I hadn't heard any of this before. A girl asked what was up with Taravangian, since it seemed a rough break between the tottering old man and the scheeming mastermind that Szeth meets at the end. The answer is quite surprising. Brandon said that Taravangian used the Old Magic, and that he wakes up each day with a different IQ. Sometimes he's a genius, sometimes he's an idiot. So what he does is he writes up math puzzles for himself in the evening, and if he cannot get a certain score in the morning the guards have orders to just take care of him and keep him away from important decisions for that day. That way he keeps his effect (personal speculation, it could be his curse, but also his boon if e.g. he asked for intelligence and only got it part-time) under control.

I totally called this like a year ago. Nobody paid any attention to my crack-pot theory. I didn't think to involve the old magic, but his waking up every day with a different level of intelligence? Called that. (Toots own horn for a few minutes).

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I totally called this like a year ago. Nobody paid any attention to my crack-pot theory. I didn't think to involve the old magic, but his waking up every day with a different level of intelligence? Called that. (Toots own horn for a few minutes).

Really? I didn't remember that. Very cool.

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Way in the back of the Stormlight section there is a thread called, "On a strong day."

Wow, mad props to you. I had forgotten about the "on a strong day" reference. That's some friggin subtle foreshadowing, Brandon...

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Way in the back of the Stormlight section there is a thread called, "On a strong day."

I found it!

I agree. Mad props.

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Okay, all, has anyone written up a wiki page titled "stuff Brandon has revealed completely outside of the books" with references? Because that would be, you know, totally useful.

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Yes. It's called the Brandonothology. wink.gif

What are you referring to Peter? As in strict book revelations, like the Taravangian info here? Or all the behind the scenes info as well? Because in that case, it really will be the a lot of the Brandonothology. All the cosmere info, the magic explanations, the character explanations, and the worldbuilding explanations takes up a lot of room.

EDIT- grammar

I guess if we take a long hard look at a lot of the info he's given us, taking out the character explanations and wordbuilding inspirations, giving just the Taravangian-like info, as well as magic explanations, that would take out a lot of the information. I'll have to take a look at it too.

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I guess that's what I'll need to sift through.

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I guess that's what I'll need to sift through.

I have that in progress, I will release it when I'm finished.

I am doing that as part of this.

Chaos's note: Please do not double post, especially when it's been five minutes and the second post is a single sentence. The edit button is there for a reason. Use it. Thank you.

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Taravangian: Mind. Blown. Wow.

Word. I am also surprised he revealed something as big as this.

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Word. I am also surprised he revealed something as big as this.

I was stunned myself. However, it was indeed somewhat foreshadowed in the books as shown by Link above, and she did ask quite specifically about Taravangian and that his change in character seemed somewhat inconsistent. If you think about it, it may not be that plot-critical, it's just something we hadn't found out about him yet. Or it's as with Dalinar - his use of the old magic will probably be important someday, but it's been revealed long before. Maybe in Taravangian's case, the reveal was also planned to come before it would be critical - i.e. not as a stunning shocker that will be spoiled for us now. Maybe Brandon never expected so many of us to fall so easily for the simpler explanation of him being a good actor...

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