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Shallan’s Sketchbook Part III
Honorspren (image here)
Wow, that mustache really catches the eye. After that, the clothing is both impressive and expressive, along with their stances. Ben hit this one out of the park. Both of the featured spren are an odd combination of welcoming and confrontational with an ambiguous mismatch between their posture and their facial expressions. I am really not sure how to interpret it other than “intimidating” and certainly “self-confident.”
I do especially love the individuality built into all of these character sketches. The other spren profiles had that too, especially the ashspren image, but it definitely stands out here.
Shallan’s mention that clothing is even more indicative of a spren’s personal beliefs than would be the case for humans makes me wonder how that manifests and how varied spren beliefs are within honorspren society.
That their skin and clothing feel human despite being composed of light is interesting, and the emphasis on their very real steel swords is… revealing.
Also, that exceptionally regular block of a tower is present, the one on Michael Whelan’s cover art. Confirmation that it’s where they’re headed (and presumably where Restares is holed up). The cliff it is set on is imposing, bordering on ominous.
Finally, the fact that the deadeyes walk across the bottom of the bead seas is a really horrifying thought. That image of hundreds of zombie spren shambling through the quicksand-like murk, forever in the dark as they follow their bearer through the populated portions of Roshar… it doesn’t really have that feeling of cheerful pep that Syl tries to convey when she’s in childish mode.