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  1. 132 points
    (Note: an updated version can be found here.) Dr. Seuss One spren, two spren, Lie spren, truth spren. Are the blue spren truly glue spren? This one makes a skyeel fly, That one shows up when you die. Oh what a lot of spren I spy! You have light in your spheres, You have shards in your hand, You have surges to help you to fly and to land! So where will you go? Somewhere high? Somewhere low? To the great Reshi Isles, or somewhere with snow? Perhaps you will dine on some Horneater Stew, Delivered directly through Urithiru. Or maybe the Shin will sell you a chicken (eating it helps Thaylen eyebrows to thicken). There’s so many places and people and spren, It’s easy to wonder just where your path ends. But please, don’t forget, it’s the way that you walk that matters much more than the place that you stop. Yes, the road that you take, whether straight, curved, or bendy always matters the most—just ask the Parshendi.
  2. 102 points
    George Lucas Open on Kaladin, staring out at the battlefield. It is littered with both soldiers and Parshendi corpses. He stands alone in his vest and trousers, an unreadable expression on his face. KALADIN: Dead. All of them….dead. Half of Bridge Four is gone, because of me. Sylphrena floats up to him, a ribbon of light, before assuming the form of a young girl. SYL: Not-so, Mistah Kaladeen, sah! You-sa still have meesa! KALADIN: Uh, Syl? Why are you talking like that? You didn't talk like that in the last book. SYL: Mistah Lucas thought it'd be better for the KIDS! You-sa knows he loves dee children! KALADIN: Excuse me, Syl. SYL: Where-sa you-sa going, Kaladeen? KALADIN: To find the nearest chasm. J.K. Rowling Dalinarbledore gripped Kaladin's shoulders, meeting his eyes. "Don't you see, Kaladin? You are the Chosen One. Of all the Radiants at this school, you alone can unite the Sprenly Hallows and defeat Voidemort!" Kaladin looked away from Dalinarbledore's eyes, which always made him feel as though he were being X-rayed. "But….this doesn't make sense." "Of course it does. Voidemort chose you as his equal, which is why you can fly and do all of those amazing things." "But wouldn't I have been able to do that anyway, being a Windrunner and all? And while we're at it, why did I get Windrunning while Shalmione got Lightweaving? I mean, seriously, why are there differences in our magic, anyway?" "Because it's magic. Duh." Just then, Professor Sadeas walked by, scowling at Dalinarbledore. "You're smiling, Professor. Ten points from Gryffindor." "I outrank you, Sadeas." "Fine. Ten points to Slytherin, because I have better fashion sense." George R. R. Martin Sigzil stood alone on the battlefield. Around him lay the broken bodies of Bridge Four, Dalinar's warcamp, Sebarial's warcamp, and the entire customer base of a random tavern. "Looks like it falls upon me, then," he sighed. "I alone must carry this narrative to the end. And I shall. I shall." The arrow struck his heart from an unknown source, and there he died. Stephanie Meyer Pattern buzzed in deep chagrin. "Shallan?" "What?" "I know that your sketches are important….but shouldn't you be working on keeping the parshmen from destroying the world?" "In a minute," she said, chagrined. "Shallan, you have already made 499 sketches of Adolin Kholin's abdominal muscles." "And this will be an even 500." Just as she finished the sketch and held it to the light for a moment's admiration, the door swung open. Her chagrin was quickly replaced by delight. "Shallan," Kaladin breathed. "I'm sorry for intruding on you like this, but I had to see you. I didn't have time to put on a shirt. I hope you don't mind." Pattern's chagrined buzzing began anew, but Shallan ignored it. When the Almighty sent you a shirtless Captain, you didn't ask for details.
  3. 97 points
    It's finished! Or, as finished as it will get for a while. I printed a physical copy to give to Brandon at Boskone, and he seemed to enjoy it a lot. I wish that I had been able to put more illustrations in it, but there simply wasn't time. I am inordinately fond of my Thaylen eyebrows illustration, though. I feel like it really captures the spirit of the mashup. I'm also quite pleased with the Unkalaki tongue twisters. If only I had figured out a way to stick "Airsick lowlanders!" in somewhere. Anyway, here is the book! (Spoilered for size) I hope you like it! I also had some partial drafts for Stormlight versions of other Seuss books that I didn't make the cut for inclusion. So there may eventually be a sequel or improved draft that includes The Bitter Battle Book (about the war on the shattered plains) and a version of Green Eggs and Ham ("Amaram, Lord Amaram, I do not like the Diagram").
  4. 68 points
    J. R. R. Tolkien * Forty pages of info about the history of tobacco in Alethkar * (This was awesome. )
  5. 52 points
    Since Brandon is Mormon, it only seems appropriate to write it in the style of the Book of Mormon. Chapter 1 1. It came to pass in the 5th year of the reign of Elhokar, King of Alethkar, that the Stormfather spake unto Dalinar saying, They must unite, or this people will be utterly destroyed. 2. And Dalinar raised up his voice unto the people of Alethkar, saying unto them that they must unite, and live by the Codes that their fathers has delivered to them. 3. And there rose up one Brightlord Sadeas, who said, What is this that thou sayest? Should we believe one man, though he should preach that the world should be destroyed? Behold, I say it is the effect of a frenzied mind. And that which ye say are ancient prophecies, are the foolish traditions of your fathers. For no man knoweth of things to come, but every man prospers according to his genius and conquers according to his strength. 4. And the people hearkened not unto Dalinar. Chapter 54 1 And the servant of Sadeas rose up and swore in his wrath that the army of Dalinar should not perish from Roshar. And his name was Kaladin. And the spirit of Honor was upon him, and her name was Sylphrenia, which being interpreted means the joyful wind. 2 He was a large and a mighty man and he sought for the covenants of his fathers, that he might receive the blessings of the Knight Radiant. 3 And He smote upon the army of the Parshendi insomuch that they did flee before him.
  6. 48 points
    I did, in fact, just log in to share my JRR Tolkien / Sanderson mash-up. I feel there is room for more than one - as awesome as yours is: JRR Tolkien: Kaladin peered out from behind the slate-grey rock. The Parshuk-Hai appeared to be retreating. He could no longer see their fell helms printed with the fell white hand of S-odium. "I think they've gone," he whispered, sinking back in exhaustion. "Oi think you're right, Mr Kaladin, sir", whispered Teftwise from beside him. "We're nearly at the chasm of Doom. Let's go Mr Kaladin, sir." "I can't Teftwise, I can't. I'm exhausted - this quest is too hard for me. I've failed, Teftwise. I always fail." "No you haven't Mr Kaladin, sir. Oi might not be able to carry that stormlight-infused, gem encrusted instrument of evil for you - but I CAN carry you!" Shifting his bridge to his left shoulder, Teftwise hefted his limp master onto his right and set off on sturdy, hairy feet up the fell mountain leading to the chasm of Doom. *** "We're here, Mr Kaladin sir", muttered Teftwise, peering gingerly into the broiling lava beneath them, "We've done it." "No Teftwise. I won't do it. The ring is mine. I deserve it, I have suffered greatly, people have died - all the people have died and its all my fault. That makes me sad and angry and I deserve a present. The ring is mine". Teftwise had never seen his master look like this before; his face leered as he waved the ring aloft and stepped away from the edge of the fell chasm. "A-r-gggh", screamed Kaladin, as a shardblade severed his finger. "Szollum". A pair of large, childlike eyes gleamed behind the giant blade, wielded by the spiderlike creature in a billowing white loincloth. "Stinker," screamed Teftwise, swinging his frying pan wildly at the fell assassin causing him to drop his blade which vanished. "My precious", crooned Szollum, cradling Kaladin's ring-adorned finger. "You Truthless Bridgehobbits stole my precious. It's mine, mine." Stepping backwards, he waved the bloodied finger and teetered on the edge of the precipice as Teftwise, enraged by the hurt done to his master, lifted his bridge and rammed the fell creature into the lava beneath. "We did it, Mr Kaladin, sir", Teftwise yelled crawling towards his master who was lying on the floor, cradling his bloodied hand and attempting to regrow his finger despite the absence of any stormlight. "Let's go home." "No, Teftwise. We can't. See how the land begins to shake. This land belongs to S-odium and, as he falls, so do the rocks. We have saved the Roshire - but not for us. It ends here for us - here at the end of all things." Kaladin lay back, exhausted. "Well, if this the end, Mr Kaladin-sir, it don't seem right to end without a song to mark the occasion" and planting his brave, hairy hobbit-foot on the fell rocks, he began to sing: . . . . Much rustling of pages and sounds of desperate thumbing as thousands [tens] of readers skip the song to the refrain of "Not a song. For the love of Stormlight, not a song, please" . . . As Teftwise finished the 427th verse, he heard the chitinous sound of a chasmfiend apporaching. "Mr Kaladin-sir, we're saved. Look it's Gandalinor, on the back of a chasmfiend. The fiends, they've come to rescue us." "So, they have Teftwise, so they have." Fade to black, in preparation for the twenty 'final' goodbye scenes. (With apologies to anyone who doesn't skip the "epic poetry" in a Tolkien novel. You are a better person that I!)
  7. 41 points
    Shakespeare Szene: Kaladin (in clothes that more resemble 16th century british clothes than bridgeman uniform), at his feet dying Maps (clothed similar, but with less gold to make sure nobody mistakes him for bridge captain) with a spear of an arrow (to make sure people see how maps died) in him; background: a painting of the shattered plains with the alethi warcamps on the left and Narak on the right with two chasmfiends in between. Syl: A girl in a long blue and white dress in the background, stands on a ladder to show that she is flying. (Szene-sized) Bridge and up to four bridgemen around it. Maps: This wondrous world was shattered! And rocks, oh rocks! rocks! rocks! they trembled with their stepping! and stones to heavens reached! from cursed lands! And death! and death comes upon us! (dies) Kaladin He died! Another friend has passed. No honor left! Oh cruel world! And I am cursed! (Monologue over several pages with the three previous lines as a brief summary; also including half of his back-story, two flashbacks, his hate to lighteyes, something about Tiens death and a vengeance promise to Amaram) I blame Sadeas! Syl Be silent! There he comes! Kaladin, Bridgemen (with bridge) and Syl leaving, Sadeas and Dalinar coming. Both wearing Paper-Shardplate, Dalinar with a massive Shardblade behind his back, Sadeas with a big gemheart in his hands. Both followed by their armies, Adolin in the background. Sadeas We shattered them. The day is ours! So let us have a feast for victory and glory! Dalinar So many dead. I ask thee, my dear friend, is this war worth this many losses? Sadeas Men always die in war. And dont forget thy brother's death! The murderer was sent by them! Doest thou forget what sworn we us then in his blood? We sworn, that we will fight until no Parshendi will live to kill his son! Dalinar And still. We fight now for so long And victory is far,we are divided. The way of Kings... Sadeas ...don't name this book. Thy brother lost his will while reading it The blackthorn shall not follow him. NOTE: Parshendi has to be pronounced lik par-shen-DI to fit in.
  8. 35 points
    @ZenBossanova Those inside jokes, though... I'm still laughing. TAKE MY UPVOTE!!! Now I want to give this a shot... MAJOR WoR spoilers follow: Or this one, also a WoR spoiler:
  9. 32 points
    Well, hello. I'm fairly new, as obvious as that may be. I just wanted to come have a look see at some fellow fan creators and share some of my own as well. I don't have oodles, but please accept my humble offerings to these majestic worlds. I've probably spent the most time doodling out Szeth...so, I guess, for now we can start with him? It's all trial and error. We will see how this all goes as the addiction grows.
  10. 28 points
    Today was a relatively quiet day in the Restaurant at the End of the Cosmere. Most of the usual people were here, nursing their drinks, talking in quiet tones. They were all worldhoppers, of course. Drawn from all the corners of the Cosmere: Sel, Scadrial, Roshar, Nalthis, Taldain and Threnody. Rosharan heat fabrials warmed the restaurant, while the walls had been tastefully decorated by a native of Nalthis with the Fifth Heightening, so it looked aesthetically pleasing from almost any angle. The floors were plain tile, and at a corner was a Scadrialian machine that played music, operated by a sleepy Scadrilian armed with a bandolier of medallions. The machine only played Scadrilian music, which often annoyed the Nalthis worldhoppers with the second Heightening, but it was tolerated. There was a shining pool outside the entrance, which many worldhoppers used to get here from the Physical Realm. The bartender was always there, greeting newcomers, catching up on news, serving drinks. Only very few of the patrons knew who he truly was, and they weren’t telling. (Yes of course Khriss knows). A sign on the wall stated the rules of the Restaurant. Brawling of any kind is prohibited, either with Awakened Objects, Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy, Surgebinding, AonDor, Soulforging, Sand Mastery or plain physical brawling No interplanetary warmongering Be nice to each other. No Hoid. At one table, some of the Seventeenth Shard were grumbling over their drinks about their long drawn-out and futile search for that impossible, thrice-cursed Hoid. They had been joined by a new member, Wan ShaiLu from Sel, whom Galladon had apparently recruited when she showed up in Elantris. She was cursing his name very creatively indeed. They had just come from Roshar, intending to go to Nalthis next. (The King’s Wit was probably laughing very hard indeed all the way in Roshar.) Kelsier sat in a far corner, (Without Marsh today, thankfully) nursing his metal-sprinkled ale. (You had to specify which world’s ale you were ordering, or you might end up with Selish Connection drinks, which made you want to draw for hours, or Rosharan Horneater Ale, which could melt cups.) Being a Cognitive Shadow rather than a physical being inside the Cognitive Realm, he didn’t actually need to drink, but he liked to keep up the pretense. Besides, he liked having Demoux worship him whenever he walked in, which often caused Seventeenth Shard meetings to be delayed. Mostly he sat, absorbing the gossip from all around the Cosmere, always grinning at people at seeming like he was formulating some dark, deep plot. At another end, Khriss was scribbling down her latest thoughts on life, the universe, and everything. Alternately, she could be writing her next Ars Arcana, having just visited Sel. Kenton half dozed beside her. Nazh was doodling Aons on a piece of parchment, thankful for the break. There had been a particularly hasty escape when Nazh had tried to study a naked Dakhor monk at Khriss’ request. She owed him a drink for that one. And there were the Kandra, of course. Mysterious group, they tended to keep to themselves when they visited the restaurant. They never stayed long, only coming in for a short drink before going to whatever Shardworld Harmony was currently showing an interest in. They tended to switch back to their natural forms inside the restaurant, which freaked people out, of course. That’s probably why no one knew their names yet despite them having frequented the bar for years. Vasher had dropped in for another visit in between his trips from Nalthis to Roshar. As per usual, he had a large pile of empty mugs beside him and was currently holding another pint of ale. Vivenna sat beside him, primly reading a book. Blessedly, Nightblood was nowhere to be seen. Iyatil was back, taking Mraize for another spot of Worldhopping. They had just visited Scadrial, and apparently were due for a visit to Threnody, seeing as how Mraize had been bartering for silver knives at the restuarant’s small merchandise stall. Silver was always in good stock in the restaurant, seeing as how nobody wanted their drinks interrupted by a bunch of red-eyed cognitive shadows. The restaurant filled with a quiet, content hum. News flashed relatively quickly through the Worldhopper community. A plot on Scadrial, Harmony facing a red mist. Kandra quietly inquiring after ‘Trell’. Roshar was a dangerous place to be in, currently, due to the Everstorm coming. Business as usual in Sel and Nalthis. On another note, Joshin and Mi’chelle were settling in nicely at Scadrial. Congratulations all around. The bell rang hesitantly, and a ragged figure entered. Her dress was tattered, and hemmed at the knees. She had a glove made of the same material as her dress on her left hand. She was tall, regal, although looking much the worse for wear. She had violet eyes and was currently holding a rather large Shardblade. Rosharian. She blinked, taking in the scene before her. The other worldhoppers barely spared her a glance before returning to their respective conversations. The bartender smiled and waved her over to an empty table. Jasnah Kholin blinked again. “I’m at a bar,” she stated in her flattest voice, “In the middle of the Shadesmar.” Only Vivenna stood to welcome her, shooting an exasperated glance at an inebriated Vasher. “Hello, stranger. You would best leave your weapon outside. Welcome to the Restaurant at the End of the Cosmere!”
  11. 24 points

    From the album Doodles of Roshar

    Szeth-son-son Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, rode a dope mini bike on his way to kill the king.
  12. 23 points
    Just a Veden girl! Livin’ in a lonely world! She took the midnight chull Going anywhere! Just a Kholin boy! Born and raised in Kholinar! He took the midnight chull Going anywhere! A bridgeman in a smoky room, The smell of ale and heaped refuse! For a smile they can share the night, It goes on and on and on and on! (Chorus) Brightlords waiting up and down the palace halls! Their shadows searching in the night! Sphere lights, people, Living just to find emotion! Hiding, somewhere in the night! (Verse 2) Working hard to get my way Everybody wants a day! Payin’ anything to roll the dice Just one last time. Some will win, some will lose Some were born to wear the blues! Oh, the radiance never ends It goes on and on and on and on (Chorus) (Rock out, people!) Don’t stop the Weavin’ Hold on to that feelin’ Sphere lights, people, Woaahhhh! Don’t stop the Weavin’ Hold on…. Sphere lights, people, OHHHH! Don’t stop the Weavin’ Hold on to that feelin’ Stormlight, people. (Fade out)
  13. 21 points
    The pitch: What if Dr. Seuss wrote the Stormlight Archive? EDIT: The completed book is in the next post. Original post archived in the spoiler:
  14. 20 points
    If you want I could arrange for two people to show up at your door and explain it to you. I may even be able to talk them into giving you a free book
  15. 17 points
    So, I have a really good joke, but I've already used it on this site a few times. If you've already seen it, feel free to ignore it and not upvote it (not that I'd mind of course). Here's the joke: "Hey, have you seen Vasher?" "Who Zahel are you talking about?"
  16. 16 points
  17. 16 points
    I'm not an expert, but I believe the original iteration of This forum was made somewhere in-between the release of Hero of Ages and The Gathering Storm. The core and founders of the 17th shard came from a subset of a different forum. The Mistborn Inquisition RP site was still a big deal back then. The Coppermind Wiki was started some time later. For a better understanding of the history older members like Quiver, Kurkistan were around then ish. Chaos, Rubix, and other staff members have been on since the beginning obviously. I joined around the release of Alloy of Law, when the cosmere was really starting to open up. We had found out about the Shards and Hoid by that point obviously, but our WoB library was still shallow and we didn't have as many books as we do now. Most of our WoB gathering and theorizing were about very functional parts of the magic or lore, and not so much about the grand scheme of the cosmere I think. The Only Joe and Del joined close to the same time as I did. Kobold a few months later I think, or maybe a month earlier. Too lazy to look it up. If I remember correctly, Delightful, Twilyght, and Kaymyth didn't join for quiet a while after that. The beginning of the more casual parts of the forums becoming Very active was when Queen Elsa joined, had an introduction thread that ran in excess of twenty pages, and than formed the Newcago Court. The formation of the Newcago court allowed for much more lighthearted and less strict roleplaying that SE allows, and encouraged other guilds to form, culminating in the ultimate showdowns between Chaos's Lords of Chaos and the Newcago Court, primarily led by Elsa and I, although Joe and Quiver among others were prominant players. The guilds continued, and more and more and more started popping up. The Dark Alley, first founded by Kurk and Swimmingly, but inherited by Voidus hasn't changed much from those days. Many of the roleplayers got tired with running around in circles in the guild halls, and started the Rechoners RP. Kobold King was instrumental to this, but as I wasn't terribly active over there I can't give a good history of it. Somewhere between the guildwars and Reckoner's RPing, the game threads started to hit it big with Nightwatcher, Eastern Street Slang, and several others. When I introduced the Hurt'n'Heal game to the forum it exploded in popularity faster than anything except perhaps the Reckoners RP, but than fell off, and has since gone through one, maybe two revivals. With Reckoners came the era of the Pony. *Shudders* Those were dark days. EVERYONE was being ponified. It was very scary. The discussion threads like Random Stuff, Bad day/Good Day, and the others got established and I think really helped keep many members engaged when they got bored with other sections of the forums. Unfortunately, others like Swimmingly and Queery retired. Many of the early staff who were less active let newer more active members take much of the responsibility for moderating. Reputation points were probably flowing fastest at this point, but there was also quiet a lot of wasted time spent on discussions about upvotes/downvotes, largely due to accidental downvotes being impossible to get rid of. The most prominant current members were starting to emerge as very popular and influential posters, and second tier prominance members were joining. Basically, nothing outrageously interesting happened until the big update in the forum. *realizes that no one asked for what is probably a pretty garbled and narrow view of the history of the shard* *Meh, who cares.*
  18. 15 points

    From the album Doodles of Roshar

    Prep for a full painting
  19. 13 points
    Ending of the book! And that's it! Hope you enjoyed it! Somebody needs to do another book now.
  20. 13 points
    As awesome as this sounds, and as cool the idea of Investiture being evil is... I gotta say no. I think there is a WoB that he is just corrupting the investiture. I know that there are a few WoB that conflict on this issue, but I am going to say that he is just corrupting it. And, even if he is 'Destroying' Investiture, I doubt that it is a direct function of his Command. Also, I think that the way he 'destroys' investiture is largely because he consumes vast quanities of it, And he uses it in such a way that most of it is rendered useless. Sort of like, when you cook bacon, you always end up with a smaller piece of bacon then you started with, because excess fat/oils are rendered away. Yes ladies and gentlemen, investiture is basically bacon.
  21. 12 points
    So while reading through Way of Kings again, I devised two theories, and would love some input: Thought number 1: Spren make up shardblades once the surgebinders have said the right words. In Dalinar's visions, the Radiants also have plate, but Szeth has said he can't wear plate or it will effect his powers. I believe, once more words have been said, the Spren will also be able to make up plate, eventually uniting man with Spren. Thought number 2: During an interlude chapter in The Way of Kings, we find out that spren, once measured and written down, cannot change that measurement. What if, someone, during the day of Recreance, the spren that made up the knghts Radiants Plate and Blades were somehow measured, freezing them in their current state. The Knights Radiants could no longer hear or interact with their spren, probably even suffering from touching them, as Kaladin would suffer touching a shardblade, and this is why the abandoned them. Also, now frozen, regular men could use them. If this is true, I am thinking a major plot of the series will be to rescue these spren. To find where they have been recorded, and erase that, freeing all trapped spren in the Plates and Blades, perhaps allowing even more members to join the Knights Radiant.
  22. 12 points
    I claim Suzane Colins Stormlight Archive. - Shallaniss Everdavar held her thousand page sketchbook in her hand as she stared intently at Kalato. He was charging. With a spear. Shallaniss would've thrown her book, but she was running low on supplies. Adolpetre Kholark was following, along with Roclove and a group of enraged Bridgecarreers. They'd left the big bridge they'd taken from the warcopia across the chasms, which helped them move. Shallniss decided not to risk dying so she summoned a tree out of no where and climbed it. The bridgecarreers surrounded the tree. Adolpetre pointed at something and tried to distract the bridgecarreers. Kalato yelled at Adolpetre and threw him into the chasm because he wasn't good enough. "Oh no!" Shallniss called, and lunged into the chasm after Adolpetre. Adolpetre got really badly hurt on his leg, but magically Shallniss was given the Honorblade from a sponsor that gave her Regrowth. She healed Adolpetre. Shallniss was emberassed as she found she didn't actually like Adolpetre. She liked Kalato, forming an unecessary love triangle. Then they were all forced together in a tiny chasm and a group of mutated chulls- chasmfiends killed Kalato. "No!" Shallniss then wacked chasm fiends on the head with her huge sketchbook and everything was okay.
  23. 11 points
    Spoilered for size (possibly) and for Mistborn spoilers.
  24. 11 points
    I like to imagine that the 5th letter will be a reply from Endowment, saying that she started on this centuries ago, and her man is already in place.
  25. 11 points
    Jim Butcher (Setting this one on Scadrial instead, because it just works better thematically.) My name is Harrillium Dawnshot Coppercloud Dresdrian. Conjure by it at your own risk. I'm a Mistborn. I work out of an office in the Fifth Octant in Elendel. As far as I know, the only actively practicing professional Mistborn in the Basin. With the Catacendre and the dawning of the Age of Harmony, many people believed such things to be gone, or worse still, mythical. A common man might encounter an Allomancer once every few months, a Feruchemist even less frequently due to the Terris community's reclusive nature. But true power, that was the stuff of legends. And yet, despite all our advances in the last few centuries, the Age of Harmony never quite seemed to live up to its name. As mankind grew more advanced, we seemed to simply learn more and better ways for the powerful to prey upon the common man. Oppression, and the discontent it spawned, festered even in paradise, and where there is such suffering, there are things to feed upon it. And when those things slithered out of the shadows and the storybooks, people in the know turned to me. Fortunately for them, but not so much for myself, the slithering had been at a minimum lately, a fact that the latest bill from my landlady underscored painfully. I was a month past-due on my rent, as I perpetually had been for the last four months. As I looked around my sparsely-furnished office, I couldn't help but wish for something to happen that would require my services. Just as I thought that, there was a knock at the door. Ruin's bells! Someday I'm going to learn to stop tempting fate like that. "Come in!" I called out. The woman who entered looked sorely out of place in my shabby office. She was tall and stately, her hair long and white. Not blonde, not silver or graying, but white, pure as the mists themselves. Her dark skin stood out in sharp contrast, though I couldn't call her a Terriswoman; her features weren't right. Her face was simply too... stunning, looking like someone who belonged in a high society party uptown, not in the disreputable office of a private lawman. She wore a perfectly tailored gray suit, the skirt cut just high enough to make it hard to look away, though the tantalizing scoop-necked blouse gave me a reason to turn my eyes elsewhere. At her neck and around both her wrists, she wore fine jeweled chains encrusted with bright, shining opals. My eyes widened as I noticed the distinctive silvery-gray shade of the metal she wore. Aluminum, more valuable even than gold! I got the distinct feeling that, should I burn steel or iron in her presence, I wouldn't find a single metal line pointing to anything on her person. As she stalked towards my desk like some feline predator from the Roughs, I caught a whiff of her perfume. It was heady, floral, though I couldn't discern the smell. It tickled at my nose with the perfection of its scent, as if Harmony's own hand had distilled the very essence, the core of flower itself, into a bottle and sprayed it upon her skin. "You are Mr. Dresdrian?" she asked, her voice bearing teasing hints of an exotic accent that I couldn't place. I stopped gawking long enough to let the words register. "I am, Lady..." "Prepho," she said. "I am called Drowl Prepho, and you are called many things by the people who know of you. Most of them are highly... unflattering." "And yet you're here," I pointed out. "This is true," she said slowly. "I find myself in need of some very specialized services. One of my most highly-ranked servants is... gone." On one hand, every inch of her screamed money, and boxings were in short supply lately. But on the other hand, it would not go well for me to mislead a woman such as this. "Missing persons aren't exactly my specialty, Lady Prepho." She shook her head. "I know exactly where he is, Mr. Dresdrian. He was found murdered in his bed this morning." My eyes widened slightly as I digested this. "Then what is it you need to discover?" "It was a most unusual killing, Mr. Dresdrian." Her lips curled in one of the coldest smiles I'd ever seen. "His entire bed, comforter, sheets, mattress and frame, was sheared through, as if sliced in half by a giant blade, his clothes as well, and yet there is no wound upon the body, not even the smallest scratch... except for his eyes. They appear to have been burned out somehow. But what is truly distressing is the object that he had in his possession. It has been stolen, and it is of paramount importance that it be returned." I frowned. "What is it that was lost, then?" Another of those cold smiles. "Now that, I cannot tell you." "If I don't know what I'm looking for, how do you exp--" "Do you practice the art of Soulgazing, wizard?" I bristled; I hate that term. A wizard is a foolish story told to entertain children and drunks. I'm a Mistborn. But... wait. Had she just said... "Soulgazing? If you've even heard of that power..." I scoffed. "Look around you; does this look like the office of a man who has stores of atium and gold hidden away?" She set down a tiny bead of silvery-white metal upon my desk, and my eyes widened. Could this be? Malatium was the stuff of legend, even to a man like me! "Go ahead," she said. "Burn it." I stiffened, suddenly nervous for no reason I could discern. Then the woman stared deep into my eyes, and I shuddered. The colored parts of her eyes held no color; they were as black as the irises. Not simply dark, and not shiny and reflective like ordinary people's eyes are. No, these were dark as a void, dark as a starless, empty night. "Burn it," she repeated. As that inhuman gaze bore down upon me, I picked up the metal bead and swallowed it, feeling a new reserve illuminate within my stomach that I had never before felt. As I burned the metal, she continued to stare deep into my eyes, and suddenly everything shifted, and I knew the truth of her. Standing before me was something ancient and vast, possessor of powers such as I had never dreamed of. A being that had been old when the Final Empire of legend was in its infancy, who would continue long after the final Ruin of this world. A being with legions of spirit entities at her command, and yet there was some... thing... that was beyond her. And for that, she sought out me. The metal burned surprisingly quickly, and there was very little of it, so the Soulgaze dissipated after only a few brief moments. As the glimpse burned away, I realized I was drenched in sweat. I slumped back in my chair, a little bit overawed. "Who... what... are you?" The woman give a cruel smile. "Oh, I am known by many names, and I would not entrust the core of my Identity to one such as yourself, wizard. But you may simply call me Mabam, Queen of Shadesmar, Dark Lady of the Void spren."
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    Hello, thank you for replying. I felt it best to leave the letter without summary so that we might not miss each other's points that have been stated within the missive. Although I can see that you might have portrayed my letter as a bit simplistic and do not agree with my thoughts, I hope that people will just read the section(s) that they wish to take the time to discuss. Hello, thank you for your reply, I am glad that you welcome some conflicting ideas that we can discuss. It may look like a lot of criticism, but as I mentioned in the letter, I would have a letter of praise twice as long, but I fear I would only be retreading old ground that Sanderson has already received from the forum. Sexuality: Thank you, I appreciate your views. I welcome talking with people of all backgrounds and environmental upbringings. As I hope to convey in the letter, the sexuality I talk of hopes to inject not the smut of strange fanfiction, but as another element of Sanderson's art. "What you put into your book is pushing your artform and your art is capturing the human nature. If you want to see under the skin of what makes a human graceful, an artist draws nude pictures; if you want to see beneath the skin of what really makes a human tick, you write in their deepest primal urges." Religion: To be more specific, what I mean is that the side of good tends to connect to a religious aspect e.g. Mistborn the Church of the Survivor, Saze/Preservation, Elantris: Elantrians/Shu-Koreth, Stormlight Archives: the Almighty/Honor. The only character on the side of good that I can see not a part of this is Jasnah which is why I love her so. Yet she still is only a side character at the moment and one we have not seen for some time. Death: Again, just a differing of perspective that we have, thank you though. Genre: I agree with you that there are conventional fantasy themes that are overdone (one of them is sexual modesty but we have covered that), Sanderson rebelling and exploring alternatives is what drew me to his cosmology. I would have to disagree that traditional fantasy that things just worse with time and the world does not progress from its era. Brandon himself acknowledged this when commenting on Elantris: Lord of the Rings has the elves leaving for the West and the time of Men coming about, WoT progresses into technological advancement etc. Elantris was interesting as it did the opposite, it was the resurgence of magic to a near magic-less world. Hi, it's is understandable to be emotional, we all care deeply about these books and invest much of ourselves in them. Sexuality: I think it might be a bit cruel to label GRRM as a perverted creep - while his sexual scenes might be a shock to the average consumer base of fantasy, the political intrigue set within a fantasy world is what drives the story forward and keeps readers interested. I recognise and thank you for clarifying your position on GRRM in a later post. As I mentioned, "While in the last 15 years sex has been rising to the pages, it just seems to be making a big splash when surrounded in an ocean of meekness. I’m not asking you to go as visceral in sexual details as GRRM, for that is his style and how he plays with sexuality. If I wanted to see more of that kind, I would go read more GRRM.". On the contrary, I believe if Sanderson wanted to create a feeling of disgust or pity at a horrible situation, he might well have a scene with someone defecating. It is less of a taboo subject and so one he can broach with less fear. Black humour such as Tyrion Lannister shooting his father with a crossbow while the old man is on the toilet is a contemporary example. Religion: As we know there was a basis for a near omnipotent (in the balanced sense) god in Adonalsium, religion of course deserves its place in the world. However, as we have seen with Jasnah, that does not mean it has to take the lead role in governing the charge of the heroes. In worlds were Shards are actually 'dead' or absent such Threnody, we can expect agnostic/atheist ideas to be more commonplace. As for Dalinar, he can be seen as the born again theist, for when we come to him in the current timeline of the books he is staunchly in the ideas of preserving the tenets of the Heralds and deceased Almighty. I do not expect his role in the Archive to end with him not leading from this theological basis. I hope not to impose my thoughts upon people - I hope to discuss as we are now and if I make some people think and compare a different viewpoint to their own, it is just a happy side effect. Thank you very much for the welcome and openness, I look forward to talking with people of all different beliefs on Sanderson's work. Hi there, thank you for your comment. I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. Thank you again for your words and advice. Hello, thank you for your comments. I too am hoping that the scope of an epic series such as Stormlight will encourage Brandon to space his deaths more widely. As I mentioned "I’m not asking you to go as visceral in sexual details as GRRM, for that is his style and how he plays with sexuality. If I wanted to see more of that kind, I would go read more GRRM." However, GRRM does not claim the monopoly on sexuality of characters in fantasy. He would be at the extreme end of the scale which would never work with Sanderson's works. I can feel the potential that Sanderson has for working with sexuality, as we saw with sexuality in Warbreaker where Sanderson played with our the fear and creating endearment. I hoped to offer any encouragement if he might be tempted to take those steps. Hello, thank you for your kind words. As I mentioned above with Binnut: I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. Indeed, I too appreciate GRRM for more than his depiction of sexuality as I hoped to express to strumienpola: I think it might be a bit cruel to label GRRM as a perverted creep - while his sexual scenes might be a shock to the average consumer base of fantasy, the political intrigue set within a fantasy world is what drives the story forward and keeps readers interested. Religion: As I mentioned to strumienpola: As we know there was a basis for a near omnipotent (in the balanced sense) god in Adonalsium, religion of course deserves its place in the world. However, as we have seen with Jasnah, that does not mean it has to take the lead role in governing the charge of the heroes. In worlds were Shards are actually 'dead' or absent such Threnody, we can expect agnostic/atheist ideas to be more commonplace. Although Hoid's complete motives are largely up for debate, I admire his interventionist attitude. His scorn for the Shardholders as consciousnesses of the people he once used to know are refreshing when most worlds in the genre have a respect for at least one overarching figure e.g. Eru Iluvatar, the Light. In this regard, he shares something of Jasnah. Hi, thank you for your welcome and understanding. Please feel free to voice any opinions on the topics if you wish to and I would be happy to talk about any fresh points. Hi, thank you for your reply. However, I would hope that it is not the end of the discussion as there are many replies below. I agree wholeheartedly about making demands of writers, as I mentioned to Binnut: I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. However, as to the first clause of that tricolon, I do disagree. As an artist, I feel there is a creative integrity to hold to yourself to keep pushing what you know and are capable of. As Sanderson has expressed that he wants to reverse and push the bounds of what has been done in the genre. I hope to convey to him a way of fulfilling might be a diversity of sexual and religious experiences. Realism: As there is already a healthy dose of violence within his books, a proportional amount of sexuality would not be amiss. Part of it is that I view of all these three factors an inevitable part of life. I would mark it as strange to censor any one of them out. Hello, thank you for your welcome and understanding. As to the matter of what his task is as an artist is, the definition is always up for contention. However, I do believe that to relate and expound emotions is a kernel of truth in writing. What may be more accurate is that it is part of his overall task, but a large part at that. As a novelist, interaction between characters is paramount. You could write a book detailing the biogeography of Roshar and I would read it, but that is not an epic story nor a novel; it is a reference book. The 'expounding' is all the more important in fantastical fiction, as fantasy is escapism. We look for that burst of emotions, whether it be excitement or dismay, in the time we set aside for reading. Sanderson is already an expert at this as is clear in our fond reception to character pairs he has created. However, even an expert looks to do more and I hope my suggestion to him might stir some more ideas. On the hypothetical moral question of killing the rest of the world instead of killing your family, it is an interesting question. However, that is all it is, a moral quandry for characters and readers to ponder. I would certainly believe that some parents would make that devasting sacrifice of turning the gun on their own children, yet again some people would regretfully say goodbye to all the strangers of the world to live on earth with their family for the rest of their days. What I hoped to illustrate was that Sanderson leans more heavily on favouring the deontological decision for his heroes. Religion as a social construct: Not at all, religion has been very useful beyond sexuality, whether that be in the organisation and governing of society, advancing artistic and technological endeavour or giving a structure of morals to follow, etc. To look at the issue of sexuality from a theist's view, the question would be why did God command that sex should be within a devoted relationship, specifically for married couples. God wanted it so children could be raised in a stable environment, you can have twice as much time to raise a child than an accidental pregnancy outside of marriage; if you have said marriage vows, the likelihood of catching an STD would go down dramatically, preventing infertility or affected children that would not be able to spread out across the world and spread God's message, etc. As for a sci-fi fantasy blend, as I expressed in my worries, there will be a point where this plausible but then will inevitably progress into a recognisable sci-fi world. Hi, thank you for your reply. I direct to my response to Twi, but also would add that in human history there has never been a perfect artist. Sanderson is a master, Michelango was a master yet as we are only an individual, we will never reach objective perfection. Offering my opinions to Sanderson I think more as some source material that he might read, a perspective from yet another individual. Maybe he might mull these ideas over, develop or reject the ideas that would strengthen his resolve that what he is doing is right. As we might discuss a theory amongst each other as friends arguing the finer moments of a TV show so we increase our involvement and enjoyment of said universe further, I live in the hope that I might gain some perspective on these ideas from the master source, Sanderson himself. Hey, thank you for covering new ground from the letter. Religion seems to be the first paragraph of choice. I am glad indeed to share your love of Jasnah, she is refreshing. As with Lightsong, he is another of my favourite characters, as he is for many drawn by his his cynical humour and wit. What did disappoint me and reflects back to my point was I felt it unnecessary for Sanderson in the end to prove that Lightsong really is a god by his predictions of viewing the paintings are true and justify the Returned as figures in the Hallandren pantheon. Lightsong proves noble and true which in my opinion has been done already often. Dalinar I mentioned in response to stumienpola. Fantasy as a phenomenon: Indeed, fantasy is a global phenomenon and Asian influences are obvious. Fantasy is global as the need to explain and the desire for escapism are intrinsic part of the human psyche since time immemorial. Just as in the same way sexuality is intrinsic part of the human psyche since time immemorial which was the point that I was addressing here. The majority of Sanderson's societies come from the West (the notable exception The Emperor's Soul), the same as much of the genre. Asian influences are underlying to the basis of Western medieval/renaissance society. Still, I can apply the example that you gave and it compounds on my points that sexuality is a thick thread woven throughout the tapestry of all societies: the premise of One Thousand and One Nights is a ruler who has sex with a virgin every night only to execute her in the morning and although I am not familiar with Chinese literature, I imagine we would be able to recognise elements of sexuality even within a supposedly reserved society. Sexual Personal Experience: Dalinar and Navani are a couple that do have the potential to do interesting - the relationship is considered taboo and I hope that they do not need to marry to consummate their relationship. However, from the outside world looking in, there are factors that do downplay the excitement of the relationship. Both are widowed and both have done their duty to produce children. In a way, it gives a free pass to do more than anyone else in the novels. Their role in sexuality is assumed to be done, much as Navani feels ignored by society as she is a relic of past royal tenure. So society is meant to just ignore their sexuality. Dalinar and Navani both declare to each other when they kiss they don't care what people think of their relationship from now on, but after Dalinar declares to Elhokar he is courting his mother, society supposedly forgets that it was meant to be a big taboo. I think that there would have been real opportunity for Brandon to milk the scandalous possibility of sex in a country where high necks and covered left hand are the norm. In reality, crude pictures of Dalinar and Navani naked and humping each other would have been among the circulated papers, whores dressing up to match Navani as funded by Sadeas. Instead there is the campaign to slander Dalinar's person with criticism of his visions swamps the chance to explore the sexual scandal over multiple books. I feel like Sanderson might have held back here. On another point, I think we can presume that Dalinar and Navani have not actually had sex yet, due to Dalinar's embarrassment when Navani pushes for them to share rooms in Dalinar's quarters. As for MeLaan and Wax, as indeed I did state in my letter, the two are just meant to be kissing, which in reality would turn out to be unlikely. Blushweaver and Lightsong: The reference to Lightsong having a sexual relationship with Calmseer makes it all the more disappointing that we did not see the relationship consummated between two in book characters whose chemistry and natures we have actually seen acted out on page. Genre: The problem with making Scadrial eventually a sci-fi world is that eventually the entire Cosmere has to become a sci-fi universe e.g. flying cars on Roshar. The hinted at visitation between planets in Sixth of the Dusk and the nature of Worldhoppers just make it a countdown until technology from Scadrial infects all worlds. The ideal solution would have been to have Scadrial outside of the Cosmere. Hello, thank you for your words. I will refer you to my response to CaptainRyan: Not at all, religion has been very useful beyond sexuality, whether that be in the organisation and governing of society, advancing artistic and technological endeavour or giving a structure of morals to follow, etc. To look at the issue of sexuality from a theist's view, the question would be why did God command that sex should be within a devoted relationship, specifically for married couples. God wanted it so children could be raised in a stable environment, you can have twice as much time to raise a child than an accidental pregnancy outside of marriage; if you have said marriage vows, the likelihood of catching an STD would go down dramatically, preventing infertility or affected children that would not be able to spread out across the world and spread God's message, etc. In short, I cannot see in the letter that I say the definition of religion is to suppress STIs. It would be silly of me to say. Hello, thank you for the reply. I was considering whether keeping the letter to myself, but it seems unlikely Brandon would be unable to reply to a letter and topic of this length when he is so prolific in his writing and some time has passed since I sent it to him. I think it does make for interesting reading here though as it generates a good deal of discussion and exploring opposing ideas. As for the demanding nature of the letter, I will refer you to the response I give to Binnut: I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. As for the moral quandry, I will refer you to the response I give to CaptainRyan: On the hypothetical moral question of killing the rest of the world instead of killing your family, it is an interesting question. However, that is all it is, a moral quandry for characters and readers to ponder. I would certainly believe that some parents would make that devasting sacrifice of turning the gun on their own children, yet again some people would regretfully say goodbye to all the strangers of the world to live on earth with their family for the rest of their days. What I hoped to illustrate was that Sanderson leans more heavily on favouring the deontological decision for his heroes. Sexuality: Thank you for raising some new points here. I suppose it starts with my premise that this an adult series and is marketed to adults, given their label on the back. The violence in them is indicative of this. Reading books of the young adult variety might be more appropriate if you would wish to share fantasy with younger relatives if they are not ready to know about sex. With Elend and Vin, as I mentioned in the letter, it is pointedly made known that they have not had sex before marriage as they sleep in separate rooms despite a year or two in a relationship clearly desiring each other. Sex is mentioned after marriage as in the tent. In regards to nobles raping skaa, this is one of the details that makes up the gritty world that is Mistborn. Unfortunately, it feels only like a passing mention, another detail to paint a grey world. Dealing with the implications of the trauma that these instances of sexual violence causes would have been interesting. From a character viewpoint, that does not mean them being raped as that would be obscene. But talking through the fact that you are a product of rape, the self hate that it must cause, I would welcome for Sanderson to explore. Religion: I will refer you to the reponse I give to CaptainRyan and Oversleep: "Not at all, religion has been very useful beyond sexuality, whether that be in the organisation and governing of society, advancing artistic and technological endeavour or giving a structure of morals to follow, etc. To look at the issue of sexuality from a theist's view, the question would be why did God command that sex should be within a devoted relationship, specifically for married couples. God wanted it so children could be raised in a stable environment, you can have twice as much time to raise a child than an accidental pregnancy outside of marriage; if you have said marriage vows, the likelihood of catching an STD would go down dramatically, preventing infertility or affected children that would not be able to spread out across the world and spread God's message, etc. In short, I cannot see in the letter that I say the definition of religion is to suppress STIs. It would be silly of me to say." In regards to Hrathen, I will now play the devil's advocate for the sake of discussion. Hrathen's religion is complicated, as it can be divided into what the consensual orthodoxy is vs his personal beliefs. For the first half of the novel he follows his task in the general modern mindset of Shu-Dereth that is common to Wyrm, the Dakhor and Fjorden - work to reason, dominate etc. He then wrestles with these ideas until the end of the book and ultimately develops a 'purer' idea of Shu-Dereth that he can convince himself to follow and still call Shu-Dereth. By adopting this now 'morally good' version of Shu-Dereth does he become a hero and therefore can let himself save Sarene, one of the leading figures of Shu-Korath. He did not need to become a hero as Sarene proclaims him to be, a sudden realisation does not have to mean 'coming to the light side'. On a personal level, I enjoyed Hrathen's redemptive arch. As for death, I believe the points to be covered in my letter just that we have separate viewpoints. Hello, thank you for your reply. As for the demanding nature of the letter, I will refer you to the response I give to Binnut: "I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience." To add to that, Brandon's work will be ever changing, as no artist can remain static as they journey throughout life. Offering my opinions to Sanderson I think more as some source material that he might read, a perspective from yet another individual. Maybe he might mull these ideas over, develop or reject the ideas that would strengthen his resolve that what he is doing is right. Hello, thank you for your words. For the first part of your reply, I will refer you to the well used response I give further in this post: "I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. To add to that, Brandon's work will be ever changing, as no artist can remain static as they journey throughout life. Offering my opinions to Sanderson I think more as some source material that he might read, a perspective from yet another individual. Maybe he might mull these ideas over, develop or reject the ideas that would strengthen his resolve that what he is doing is right." I admire your opinion on finding someone being sexually inexperienced before marriage an interesting comparision to the majority of today's youth. However, I would find it more revolutionary if it came from not from Brandon's familiarity with the situation itself. This is no fault of his own, just his happenstance. That is why I would find it so interesting to see Brandon attempt the challenge to write a fully fledged pre-marital sexual relationship. However, the main point I would address is that fantasy writing has not first caught up to exhibiting what the sexuality of today is in the West. GRRM went in the extreme end of this direction, sexual licentiousness that is not realistic beyond lifestyle of celebrities (his nobles) or the unwholesome quirks (incest). I had not given thought if Adolin is a virgin. I see that there are two notable threads, on from here and one on reddit that have a spectrum of conflicting opinions: https://www.reddit.com/r/Stormlight_Archive/comments/4ss9pm/wor_how_far_has_adolin_gone_with_his_many/ After I have skimmed through these, I come down on the side that in all likeliness Adolin would not be a virgin. The amount of opportunity, his high status and his inability to be tethered throughout his dozens of flings, would lead to some ladies employing more direct tactics in an attempt to seduce and hold him. Due to the appearance of Vorin propriety, such attempts would be done well behind closed doors. Hence his blushing when having to kiss Shallan outside. By the age of 22 with the number of his potential partners, the 'reputation' the soldiers give him seems warranted. Further, he did seem to consider or at least be willing for the rescued whore's offer of sex despite his father's Codes making him need to decline. Renarin seems better placed as the shy, less desirable second son. @StormyQueen 's reply: "Welcome to the Shard @Rockobar *waves*. I must say, you have certainly entered with bang. Also, upvote because I don't think you deserve all those downvotes, you stated your opinion, and, even though I don't agree with it, I can respect the fact that you did so in a respectful manner. Anyway, welcome! Now onwards to my points (this sounds like a debate now...) which turned out waaay longer than I expected. Whoops. Overall, I would say that you are asking Brandon to be un-Brandon. Every artist has a hallmark to their art, and I think that if Brandon were to do some of the things you talk about, it would ultimately diverge his writing from his personality in his writing, as well as the story that he wants to tell. You refer to the upbringing and how it resulted in this view which is obviously misguided, but if we did not have authors of different upbringings and views, what would be the point in reading. If every story was the same in the outlook it presents, would you be interested in reading it? I know that I wouldn't. Firstly, on the topic of sexuality. I am personally very grateful for the fact that there is very little sexual scenes in the Cosmere. As an asexual myself, I find it refreshing to see a modern, adult fantasy series that doesn't involve some kind of explicit sex. Half the time when it occurs in a book, I'll roll my eyes skim the section to see if there is anything important and move on (I skipped pages and pages of Game of Thrones, rolling my eyes as I did). I would personally prefer to read about something that actually influences story and character in books (which are already getting very, very long) rather than a sex scene for the sake of a sex scene. "Raw primal desire" as you put it, is not the sole form of what makes us human. Humans are a complex being, as you have pointed out, and while it is a factor in who we are, I personally believe that humans are so, so much more than lust that they feel, and not every part of human life can, or indeed should be included in a book, simply because it does not have enough relevance to the story to warrant being included. Also, I would say that doing this makes the books more accessible to people of younger years On your point on religion now. Religion is something that has been a foundation of human society for milenia, and has had a profound impact in culture throughout much of the world, from creating the backbone of morality, to societal structure. Violence and peace can both result from religion, and it is a vital part of a culture. I would also say, particularly on your points on the diagram is to wait and see, because I think it will be an interesting ride, because we're only 2 books in. Now, onto genre. I must say, we have highly different opinions on this, because the mish-mash of genres is something that really appeals to me. Fantasy owes a lot to Grandpa Tolkien, but far too often, I believe, authors get stuck in a rut of making very fantasy fantasy (hopefully that makes sense). I know very few fantasy trilogies that show an obvious growth of society, over time, as culture is not static, but is a very fluid concept that is always changing, as does technology. I find that it is extremely refreshing to see this in a fantasy book. Also, on a bit of a side note, I love how I have no idea what genre Mistborn era 2 (1.5?) in that it's a strange cross between fantasy, sci-fi, western, crime, thriller and probably a few more chucked in there. Life is rarely so black and white. So, whilst I disagree with many of the points that you have made, I think it is great that you put your ideas out there, even though they might not be very popular ideas (especially on your first post). I hope I didn't sound too aggressive in my writing (sorry if I did), but I would love your thoughts on my thoughts on your thoughts (yay for overly confusing sentence). See you round the shard!" Thank you for your thoughtful reply StormyQueen. Sexuality: It is indeed an unusual position you have and would make for one of the most insightful into the topic of sexuality in fantasy. I would be interested in hearing more on your perspective of reading fantasy as someone who does not have the "raw primal desire". I am not hugely familiar with asexuality, but I can only presume it is sexuality 'turned off' from birth. I can only say that when I say "realistically", that I hope to cover as wide an area as possible. I would not be able to add much more on the topic than what I have in the letter would be my guess, but for what I mentioned in this post earlier on reading with younger children: I suppose it starts with my premise that this an adult series and is marketed to adults, given their label on the back. The violence in them is indicative of this. Reading books of the young adult variety might be more appropriate if you would wish to share fantasy with younger relatives if they are not ready to know about sex. Religion: I will refer you to the reponse I give to CaptainRyan and Oversleep: "Not at all, religion has been very useful beyond sexuality, whether that be in the organisation and governing of society, advancing artistic and technological endeavour or giving a structure of morals to follow, etc. To look at the issue of sexuality from a theist's view, the question would be why did God command that sex should be within a devoted relationship, specifically for married couples. God wanted it so children could be raised in a stable environment, you can have twice as much time to raise a child than an accidental pregnancy outside of marriage; if you have said marriage vows, the likelihood of catching an STD would go down dramatically, preventing infertility or affected children that would not be able to spread out across the world and spread God's message, etc. In short, I cannot see in the letter that I say the definition of religion is to suppress STIs. It would be silly of me to say." @Stark 's reply: @Rockobar Welcome to the shard. I think that there is a lot of value to the opinions you have expressed. I think what is causing the majority of the backlash against you is the tone you have taken in expressing it, and that you have shared what seems like the opener to a private conversation in a very public forum. I did take the time to read your full letter, which I fully admit is not something I usually do. No offense to many of the wordsmiths on the site, but many of us, myself included, tend to get overly verbose and lengthy in our replies. I personally found your tone to be overly condescending, and maybe a little pretentious. In other situations, it may have qualified as what is currently being called Man-splaining. Telling an artist who has been successfully hitting some of the top laurels in their field that they are not doing it the way you like, and that you have some pointers for how they could do better is not, well, very diplomatic. I know it would put me on the defensive, and from the numerous reactions you've received, a lot of people seem to feel this was more an attack than a conversation opener. I think you may have been better served to open a topic along the lines of "Things I'd like to see explored in more depth in the Cosmere" If you had posted there a few topics you'd like to see Brandon explore or expand on, like sexuality, or meaningful death (I'll give you, after a few of the latest entries in the Cosmere, I have been questioning whether death has lost all meaning in the Cosmere) or the place of religion, you may have ended up with a far more positive discussion. It definitely does not help that some of these topics are sensitive, hot-button type subjects. But at the end of the day, I think the core of the reaction you've received comes down to this: Unless you are the mentor/teacher of a given artist, or a contemporary colleague who has been asked specifically for advice, telling an artist how to art is not cool. Whether it be a writer writing, a sculptor, painter or actor. That said, I really do hope to see some more of your thoughts and opinions in the future. 3 Hello Stark, thank you for your reply, I shall forward you to my response to others concerning the demanding tone: "I agree that the letter does look to be as if coming from a lecturer and so people might respond to the content more heatedly than the content itself might warrant. It was not my mission in writing this letter to set demands towards Brandon, but to let him know that there is an opinion that is open to changes within his work. The instructing quality of it might come about from me attempting to prove that there is a way to write sexuality without creating a guilty conscience. To add to that, Brandon's work will be ever changing, as no artist can remain static as they journey throughout life. Offering my opinions to Sanderson I think more as some source material that he might read, a perspective from yet another individual. Maybe he might mull these ideas over, develop or reject the ideas that would strengthen his resolve that what he is doing is right."
  27. 9 points
    I am introducing myself as requested. I'm a cosmere fanatic and have been for years! I love this site and sit in awe of the insightful threads and topics! You all comprise a phenomenal community which I'm excited to join. I am impressed with depth of theories and speculations covered! I keep hoping I find my spren soon, as I know he/she is out there.
  28. 8 points
    So over in this thread we got off on a side tangent about Liss. So I was thinking about Liss and think it's possible she may be the one who made the switch. This is wild speculation and I fully admit that. So the Honorblades don't appear to be well-known, at least not in the respect that they offer surgebinding abilities. In the WoR prologue though, we see that Liss, the Assassin who Jasnah met with concerning Aesudan, was previously in possession of a certain Shin servant. Now, before Szeth's Oathstone came into Taravangian's possession, the last time he used his abilities on any kind of a major scale was to kill Gavilar. Taravangian's messenger tells Szeth that he is wasted killing small-time criminals. So how did the Parshendi know what Szeth was? What if Liss knew exactly what Szeth was and what his blade did? She delivers him to the Parshendi, and they have their Assassin in white. Now, the Weeper already has a Shardblade. If she knows what Szeth can do, then she also knows about the Honorblades. Taln appears, she makes the connection on what exactly he is. And makes the switch with the Honorblades, for hers. Obviously there's a lot of holes here. But I'm super interested in Liss now, and want to continue discussion from the previous thread without derailing it with the addition of Szeth in the conversation.
  29. 8 points
    Well, back on the topic of memes, which this thread was originally designed for:
  30. 8 points
    I happen to enjoy forum stories of ancient times. It's like modern mythology. "In the beginning there was Time-Waster's Guide forum..."
  31. 8 points
    Adhesion sticks enemies to floors. Gravitation allows one to fly. Division cuts things BLOWS THINGS UP at range. Abrasion makes you impossible to hold. Progression heals allies, or allows you to change the battlefield to your liking. Illumination can project decoys, or cause the opponent to misstep. Transformation can one-shot opponents. Transportation is basically teleportation. Cohesion allows one to tear things apart with your bare hands. Tension turns all your opponents' weapons into pool noodles. All those sound pretty useful in battle.
  32. 8 points
    So when I heard Navel Bonds. Of course I instantly thought of Gemini from Bindings of Isaac... @Did Someone Say Kill Evil?
  33. 7 points
    LG32: Day Six - Action Remart was unsurprisingly, eating. It was a nice dish consisting of mostly steak, with some mashed potatoes and gravy. Was it delicious? Well, seeing as it was made by the Chefs of Fadrex, it was only the best steak Remart had ever eaten. However, the one thing Remart needed most to truly make this a good night? Company. And in a stroke of good luck, there was someone willing to chat and eat with Remart! They ordered the fish pie though, so they definitely went down a few points on the score-list of ‘People That Remart Would Talk To And Not Eat’™. Remart naturally discussed many things about food or drink or the food industry or anything involving food really, but eventually he let his companion steer the conversation. “So Remart, what’s your thoughts on the recent deaths?” “Uh, that’s a hard question to answer, mister. I mean, obviously they’re bad and all, but at the same time what can we do?” “Well, I personally believe that everyone can do something, but whether it’s helpful or not is really the question.” “Um, sure?” “Why Remart, that’s why I’m here. You see, I think that you might be involved in the recent murders, and I’m willing to bet your life on it.” As he said this, Remart was just finishing off his steak knife. He was also getting quite worried, but he was mostly focused on finishing his Steak. However, as he was taking a bite, his knife suddenly took a plunge into his throat. Understandably, Remart was now struggling to both breathe and finish his steak, as anyone would with a steak knife lodged in their throat, while your previously amicable companion finishes off the fish pie and doesn’t panic whatsoever. “Oh well, it seems like you’ve lost your ability to respond. A shame that, you were certainly knowledgeable about food, but not about death. I hope I’ll be able to find your comrades, friend.” And with that, Remart’s mysterious companion left, never to be seen by Remart again. Oh, and in some other place this guy called Meta was stabbed but he won’t get a write-up ‘cause he’s inactive. Meta was killed! He was a Village Pewterarm. Jondesu was killed! He was a Spiked Coppercloud. Tineye message: I am sorry to see that you have declined my challenge by attacking player number nine. TheIaInquisitormshasortwo. ryButthweathaveyomore,uhmightieravthaned they: ecanalyticalliplayers. neWedmhaveycpassedhathroughlltheenmistsge and by realms of death, atandtatheckInquisitorinshallgpfearlaus.yeWernwillumgobewherernthey lead. inTheeIjourneywiofshayothousandutmilesoebeginsnjwithoyathsingleisstep, gaandmeweIntrustquthemistoitleadousrwell. Player List 1. Arinian - Alrin 2. Hemalurgic Headshot - Quinn 3. Jondesu - Remart - Spiked Coppercloud 4. Elenion - Roger Elariel 5. Drake Marshall - Serray - Regular Crewmember 6. Darkness Ascendant - The Phantom Stranger 7. Randuir - Magister Agemtsar 8. Magestar - David Agemtsar 9. Herowannabe - Herwynbe 10. Yitzi2 - Garshin 11. Metacognition - Village Pewterarm 12. Silverblade5 - Ryth 13: Arraenae - Rhea 14. TheMightyLopen - Sidon 15. little wilson - Willie Klara 16. Droughtbringer - You - Regular Crewmember 17. Iamspartacus - Astrid the Bold 18. Ornstein - Winkleton - Regular Crewmember 19. Araris Valerian - Wol 20. Dalinar Kholin - Lebochevkowski - Village Coppercloud 21. OmeGaster - Rieyun 22. Kipper - Elenion - Pewterarm 23. Sart - Gaetan - Regular Crewmember 24. Bugsy - Jelwynd 25. Figberts - Quond 26. Mark IV - The Follower 27. Manukos - Reval 28. Aonar Faileas - Vana Izenry 29. Ecthelion - Amnar - Pewterarm 30. Amanuensis - Mykal - Village Smoker
  34. 7 points
    It would actually be written, on a schedule, in a reasonable time frame?
  35. 7 points
    Pretty sure there is a WoW that mentions that Nightblood is an exception to that rule, so Nightblood reduces the amount of investiture in the cosmere. Edit: from http://www.theoryland.com/intvsresults.php?kwt=%27investiture%27
  36. 6 points
  37. 6 points
    I have never been this productive in my life >> did some more drawings. I honestly don't know why I drew what I drew. i also have no clue why they keep uploading sideways >>
  38. 5 points
    *practise in college* Professor: we are going to study metal dilatation, don't touch the metal part. *Professor leaves, I touch the metal part and get burn* *In another practise* Professor: we are going to study x-rays and nuclear decays, don't put the sample near your mouth or your eyes Me: these are going to be three tough hours.
  39. 5 points
    The inside cover of my Bands of Mourning Copy <3. A friend is borrowing my Era 2 books at the moment but I'll take a picture of it when I get it back.
  40. 5 points
    I've waited my whole life for this. I just didn't realize it until now.
  41. 5 points
    I just got paid, and paid my rent for the month. It's a good feeling. #adultingwin
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    What do you call a fight between two coinshots? A Boxing match! (Sorry, that was really really bad)
  44. 5 points
    A third letter segment has been confirmed for Oathbringer.
  45. 4 points
    I am new to the board and wanted to know if the following topic has been discussed (reference would be great). If not I'd like to get people's feelings about it. After reading Words of Radiance and having learned what I have about Nale. It seems to me that it is wholly out of his character for him to have participated in the breaking of the Oath Pact. How could someone, who reveres the letter of the law so much and holds Szeth's adherence to his oaths in such high regard, agree to break the Oath Pact? Nale is dogmatic about laws and by his interpretation...justice. He sees things in black and white. I hope BS addresses Nale's rationale for walking away from his oath. I understand that Taln's death may have kept the Oath Pact intact at the end of the last desolation but I am curious how Nale rationalized walking away. It simply seems inconsistent.
  46. 4 points
    Presumable Brandon has, but it hasn't been explicitly stated. Probably the next closest is Khriss' small blurb about combining powers in the Ars Arcanum of Shadows of Self or Bands of Mourning. However, since you seem to be attacking so hard, I'll clarify and correct myself. "Technical definition" was an incorrect term to use I guess, since it implies a precision which we have not been given. However, under what is generally understood to be the canon definition of the term resonances, it does not encompass nuances in how the powers are used, but rather an external effect which can indirectly affect the usage of the powers.
  47. 4 points
    Thanks! Here's why I wanted to know:
  48. 4 points
    Awesome. Even more awesome. Edit: Found that quote. 7 INTERVIEW: Jan 24th, 2015Barnes & Noble (Newnan) QUESTIONCan you give us some more tidbits about Hoid? BRANDON SANDERSONCan I give you some more tidbits about Hoid? He loves bacon. *laughter* TAGS Hoid,
  49. 4 points
    Yes, Dalinar's visions are from the Stormfather and yes, it's likely that Gavilar got the same ones. Which... brings me to my little personal working theory, which I didn't have enough evidence to put up in the main post. You know what I think Renarin's visions really are? I think they're very possibly from Odium. See, there's a bit of follow up on that WoB. After I asked my questions about Ren's visions being involuntary and if they were surgebinding, Brandon turned around and said this: Brandon: Okay, can I ask you a question? Feather: Yes... okay? Brandon: Do you remember what Vorinism thinks of seeing the future? Feather: Yes! They think it's evil, of Odium. Hence why I was asking in the first place! I'm very concerned. Brandon: *laughs* Of course, the idea that my baby has been hijacked by Odium is completely horrifying to me, especially because it means that this fic of mine is just that much more plausible. AUGH. Shroom has similar thoughts about Surgebinding quirks, so I'll answer that below. As for the Nightwatcher, I'd be very surprised if that were the case. You have to be able to ask the Nightwatcher for things yourself, which I think rules out the possibility of him being so young he can't remember. Also, who would take him that far? Why would anyone bring a tiny child halfway across the continent to ask for a boon/curse? Okay, so my thing about Surgebinding quirks and power combos is this: I think it's plausible that Truthwatchers have a power quirk, but I can't believe that their "quirk" would be something as devastating and powerful as all-consuming visions which overwrite their users' free will. Not with what we've seen of Regrowth and Illumination so far. Now, I won't write off the possibility that maybe the Truthwatcher quirk is involved here. Maybe whatever's behind the visions managed to get to Renarin because he has some Seer abilities as a Truthwatcher? He was the easiest conduit because he's one who "sees"? I think that's actually really plausible.Maybe his quirk power is tapping into something. Or being exploited by something. Maybe one of the Unmade. Maybe, as I kind of am growing fond of believing, Odium himself. But I refuse to believe that the visions as we've seen them so far are a natural and normal expression of Truthwatcher abilities. I can't believe that the involuntary, compulsive nature of them could be explained by Surgebinding alone. It doesn't line up with what we know of Surgebinding.
  50. 4 points
    I never did understand all the hate Nynaeve gets when there's Elayne around. I mean, sure, her personality turned into just two specific actions/reactions/whatever, but that's still more personality than Elayne
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