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Shallan's Sketchbook - Part VIII

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Welcome to my liveblog of Rhythm of War! Index post here. Beware of spoilers.

(Do I even need to be warning about spoilers any more? It's taken me a much longer time to get through this liveblog than I expected, and it's now well past a year post publication. IIRC, though, the big stormlight books have an 18 month spoiler period here on 17S, so I guess I'm still within that cautionary period. 

Shallan’s Sketchbook Part VIII (Inkspren)
Art here.
These inkspren are much more angular than I imagined. The “oil sheen” description for their coloration had me mistakenly thinking that they were goopily malleable in form like animated oil. It looks like that is fairly opposite the truth, where their forms are firm and essentially armored all over. 

In the physical realm they apparently can’t even change shape at all, despite being able to adjust their size. I wonder if that inability it change has anything to do with their positioning in the chart of radiant orders, or if there’s anything to be gained by comparisons to the adjacent cryptics (ever changing but always within a set bound of certain rules) or the cultivationspren at a further remove (constant change that creates emergent features of similarity) and the honorspren on the opposite side (malleable in every way). It could be instructive to arrange Shallan’s art into the double eye configuration and see if any associations emerge.

Also, I have to laugh at the weapon thing. Their giant swords float on their backs without anything to hold them on. Brandon found a way to be even more anime/video game in his Rosharan weapons. I remind you that this world started in part based on the idea of “how could you justify swords that are actually as ridiculous as you find in some fantasy art?” Good job, Inkspren. You are fulfilling your purpose.
 


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