Fanghur Rahl

Why does Ashravan need to be restamped every day?

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I just finished listening to Emperor’s Soul, and I’m a little confused about something. Shai implies that the more ‘plausible’ and ‘correct’ a Forgery is, the longer it will tend to last before having to be restamped. But the ending of the book implies that she managed to recreate the Emperor’s soul so perfectly (other than one or two things that the book implies would have eventually happened anyway) that for all intents and purposes the term ‘forgery’ arguably doesn’t even apply. She didn’t so much create something new and ‘false’ as recreate what was already supposed to be there. Which should seem to suggest that the ‘forgery’ should have been if not permanent then at least lasted a very long time, but for some reason he has to be restamped every morning (at least for a while) or he’ll become a vegetable again.

Why exactly is this the case? Why should a perfect recreation of what a person is supposed to be only last a day whereas something trivial like turning a chamber pot into an ornate vase last indefinitely? Is this just a plot hole or did I miss something? 
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Because unlike an object, humans are a constantly shifting and changing mass of Connections. The stamp wears off. 

No matter how good a stamp is on a person it will need to be frequently reapplied. 

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It is heavly connected to the Investiture. In cosmere human soul is basically made of magic, and different kinds of magic interfere with eachother. It is implied that one day is the max for the soul forgery to hold, while inanimate objects have no upper limit.

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But Shai did say that eventually the forgery might become permanent, analogized to repeatedly drawing the same image on a stack of paper until it eventually bled through to the bottom sheet. I mean, the fact is that people change all the time, so clearly souls in the Cosmere are not at all immutable. So it’s confusing why this would be any different.

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@Fanghur Rahl The issue as has been mentioned above, is that his soul is being interfered with by the stamp - even if it is magic that fixes a problem - and so the soul fights against it. She wonders if the soul will accept the changes because the beliefs of the objects stamped likewise affects the stamp - the wall wanted to be beautiful, so an implausable stamp held because the wall wanted it to, and a wall has less of a presence than a human does. The emperor's soul is damaged, the stamp patches it, and though the soul naturally fights against it - even Shai's essence marks don't last forever as her soul fights against them to, even though she applies them to herself because she wants the changes  - but it might accept it. Or, as Gaotona said, using the stamps repeatedly is like being worked on by a surgeon, the cuts eventually leaving a scar.

 

I don't know if you have read mistborn, so I will put this in spoilers

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Humans on Scadrial are part Ruin and part Preservation, and slightly more Preservation. Yet metals in their bodies are shielded from Preservations allomancy even though they contain Preservation. The investiture fights against investiture which tries to affect it. Two magnets will repel one another even though they are magnets.

Other examples are in Stormlight. The issue is that a vase or a chair or a wall have a presence in the Cognitive realm and the Spirital in the Cosmere, but much smaller than humans. A human soul in the cosmere fights against being interfered with, and so the soul rejects a stamp that isn't close enough to it in the Spiritual realm, but a Cognitive acceptance of the changes over time will alter than Spiritual link, as does repeatedly being exposed to the stamp.

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9 hours ago, Ixthos said:

@Fanghur Rahl The issue as has been mentioned above, is that his soul is being interfered with by the stamp - even if it is magic that fixes a problem - and so the soul fights against it. She wonders if the soul will accept the changes because the beliefs of the objects stamped likewise affects the stamp - the wall wanted to be beautiful, so an implausable stamp held because the wall wanted it to, and a wall has less of a presence than a human does. The emperor's soul is damaged, the stamp patches it, and though the soul naturally fights against it

From what I understood, his soul is gone. He died and his soul moved to the beyond. The sealers came and fixed his body. She didn't fix a damaged soul. She created a facsimile as best she could with the information she had (sans her tweaks).

She created a more sentient Lifeless.

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@Naurock They say his soul is gone, but remember inanimate objects in the Cosmere are also present in the Cognitive realm. His body was still alive even though he was dead, and a tree likely has a larger presence than a table. He still had a history and connections, and still had a brain

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19 minutes ago, Ixthos said:

@Naurock They say his soul is gone, but remember inanimate objects in the Cosmere are also present in the Cognitive realm. His body was still alive even though he was dead, and a tree likely has a larger presence than a table. He still had a history and connections, and still had a brain

Yes, but this is where it gets very sketchy. We have not seen the CR on Nalthis or Sel. We don't know when a body changes from a vessel for a soul and when it changes to an inanimate object. Sel's CR is very dangerous, and we don't know what a Lifeless (or Returned for that matter) looks like in the CR. These are things we would have to ask Brandon and I would expect a complicated answer.

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@Naurock I agree it is sketchy and it might not work quiet as I said. However, I think that whether or not the soul is gone the state of the body also matters - one thing in Mistborn: Secret History:

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When Kelsier sees people die we don't actually see the glow become the person, just the misty body and then the person a little later. There doesn't seem to be any difference between souls and metal, or between dead bodies and buildings or plants - he doesn't comment on any physical plants. But it has been established that even bacteria are enough to sustain an area in the Cognitive realm, so life is distinct from none living things.

With that in mind, I think that if Shai stamped a tree the tree would eventually reject the stamp, while a table - though made from a tree - wouldn't. Ashravan's soul - his Cognitive identity - was gone, but his body remained, as did his cells, which were still alive. It might be - and this is speculation - that a new soul was present in the setting when a person suffers the loss of their Cognitive body - just like (Stormlight spoilers - Oathbringer):

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The Fused posses a Listener or Singer, the soul is gone and a new soul takes its place.

So I think Ashravan's body, with its new, tabula rasa soul, would reject changes to it.

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1 hour ago, Ixthos said:

@Naurock I agree it is sketchy and it might not work quiet as I said. However, I think that whether or not the soul is gone the state of the body also matters - one thing in Mistborn: Secret History:

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When Kelsier sees people die we don't actually see the glow become the person, just the misty body and then the person a little later. There doesn't seem to be any difference between souls and metal, or between dead bodies and buildings or plants - he doesn't comment on any physical plants. But it has been established that even bacteria are enough to sustain an area in the Cognitive realm, so life is distinct from none living things.

With that in mind, I think that if Shai stamped a tree the tree would eventually reject the stamp, while a table - though made from a tree - wouldn't. Ashravan's soul - his Cognitive identity - was gone, but his body remained, as did his cells, which were still alive. It might be - and this is speculation - that a new soul was present in the setting when a person suffers the loss of their Cognitive body - just like (Stormlight spoilers - Oathbringer):

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The Fused posses a Listener or Singer, the soul is gone and a new soul takes its place.

So I think Ashravan's body, with its new, tabula rasa soul, would reject changes to it.

Why would she stamp a tree? Is she reforging it after it was struck by lightning and she was trying to reattach a fallen branch? It has to be believable, and the change has to be wanted. 

As per the Oathbringer stuff

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The Fused were originally Singers that have been turned into Cognitive Shadows. They've been given extra Investiture from Odium.

These beings are all of different magic systems that doing similar things but  slightly differently. 

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Relevant thread to the current discussion. 

More on the specifics of what Shai accomplished, and not Fanghur's question. 

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@Naurock I think you are misunderstanding what I am saying. I am comparing the pre-stamp Ashravan to another object which is alive but doesn't have a mind. Shai could stamp a tree for many reasons - more reasons than one could stamp a wall. She could stamp it so it wasn't hit by lightning, as you said, or so that it was, during a storm where every other tree was hit by lightning. She could stamp it so it had been carved in by children, or well tended, or that it had budded early. She could stamp it so a branch is missing or that is had been damaged in a fire. She could stamp a tree.

A tree is an example of something alive but without a mind. A tree I suspect would reject a stamp like a human would, eventually, but a table would not if the stamp was close enough to hold. The stamp has to match in both cases, but it will last indefinitely on something which isn't fighting it off, and living things fight.

As for the previous example, spoiler free, the cosmere only has one magic system which manifests differently on the different planets, and Sel has a form of this magic system which is itself divided into regional versions. If a soul is gone it doesn't mean the body is now souless.

 

My argument is that a living being will reject the stamp while a non-living being will not.

 

@Calderis Thanks for linking that thread. Rather interesting :-) 

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On ‎8‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 3:46 PM, Fanghur Rahl said:

I just finished listening to Emperor’s Soul, and I’m a little confused about something. Shai implies that the more ‘plausible’ and ‘correct’ a Forgery is, the longer it will tend to last before having to be restamped. But the ending of the book implies that she managed to recreate the Emperor’s soul so perfectly (other than one or two things that the book implies would have eventually happened anyway) that for all intents and purposes the term ‘forgery’ arguably doesn’t even apply. She didn’t so much create something new and ‘false’ as recreate what was already supposed to be there. Which should seem to suggest that the ‘forgery’ should have been if not permanent then at least lasted a very long time, but for some reason he has to be restamped every morning (at least for a while) or he’ll become a vegetable again.

Why exactly is this the case? Why should a perfect recreation of what a person is supposed to be only last a day whereas something trivial like turning a chamber pot into an ornate vase last indefinitely? Is this just a plot hole or did I miss something? 

I should note: It's actually quite possible that the stamp will last indefinitely, or at least longer than 24 hours. There's just no way to know without actually trying it and seeing how long Ashvaran can go between renewals. Remember, this is (as far as everyone involved knows), the first time something like this has been attempted. 

 

Also, another interesting fact: While Essence Marks (which affect the mind and soul) wear off, evidently a Resealer's stamp doesn't (otherwise, Ashvaran would need to be restamped every so often anyway). Which implies that it's the sapient soul that makes the difference, that Essence Marks fade because the human mind wears away at them.

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