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    @Wiresegal and I patched together Kal's rendition of Frozen's Let it go, as sung by Kaladin from stormlight (Syl too) [she helped with the sylllables] also thanks to @shallan314 for the inspiration (image credit goes to botanica) [Verse 1] [Kaladin] The storm burns bright in my pocket tonight Not a windspren to be seen A kingdom of oaths now broken And it looks like he’s the king The highstorm howls but I've got no storm inside Couldn't keep my Oaths, Tien knows I've tried [Pre-Chorus 1] [Syl] Go lead your men, don't let them see Be the Stormblessed you always had to be Conceal, don't feel, don't let it show Well, now they know! [Chorus 1] [Kaladin] Let it go, let it go I've been here before Let it go, let it go We save them as Bridge Four! I don't care what they all will say Let this storm rage on The winds never bothered me anyway. [Verse 2] [Syl] It's funny how the sky's view Can make everything seem small [Kaladin] And the fears that once destroyed me I push beyond them all! [Pre-Chorus 2] [Sigzil] It's time to see what this can do To test the limits and break through Do right, not wrong, Ideals to keep you're free! [Chorus 2] [Kaladin] Let it go, let it go I am one with the wind and sky Let it go, let it go You'll never see them die Here I stand, in winds I claim Let the storm rage on! [Bridge] [Kaladin] My power banished as I fell below the ground My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around And one thought drives me, even in the darkest night. To protect those I hate, so long as it is right! [Chorus 3] [Kaladin] Let it go, let it go I will stand like a Knight of old Let it go, let it go What's broken shines like gold! [Syl and Kaladin] Here we stand, with our Bond still strong! Let both storms rage on! The skies never bothered us anyway.
  2. 37 points
    Hey everyone! After some much needed distance from the books and world of Roshar, I am diving back in from the very beginning and reading through to the end of Oathbringer. Unlike the 7 or 8 times I’ve read the first two books, where I did so for the pure pleasure of it, this time I am rereading with a specific purpose in mind: an in-depth analysis of one of the most confusing and unreliable characters in Stormlight, also known as Shallan Davar. Before I get started, I want to thank those of you who have welcomed me onto the Shard and liked my posts up until now. I have really come to enjoy the Shard, and it's nice to talk about the Cosmere with those who care about it as much as, or more, than I do. Special thanks go to @SLNC, who frequently is able to phrase things I am trying to say in a more concise and direct way, especially when my posts are nearly half a page (on here) long. I'd also like to thank @Fifth of Daybreak, who helped me immensely in developing my "forum voice" and was willing to carry on a rather lengthy debate and call me out when I was getting too heated, without ever making me feel like my thoughts were insignificant. @maxal has also frequently been a rational and contrary voice that explains the opposite side of the fence from me in coherent and well-thought out replies, which is crucial in any effective discussion. Let me preface this analysis by saying that this is a project I have wanted to tackle for a long time. Originally, I intended to do this as a set-up for Oathbringer, but with the birth of my second daughter and complications after, I ran out of time. Then, I planned on doing this immediately after my first read-through of Oathbringer, but other things in life and my own mental state after reading the book forced it to be put on hold until I could be at a place where I could approach this from a more neutral ground. As a little bit of background, when I first read through The Way of Kings, I fell in love with the character of Shallan almost instantly. As an artist myself who has often lived on the side of the fence where I never seem to fit in, no matter how I changed myself or what I did, she resonated with me and spoke to me in a way that almost no other character in any fiction has ever done. Her sense of humor is right up my alley, and having been raised in a somewhat sheltered environment, I see a lot of myself in this character, and the more I read The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the more I grew fascinated with her story and how she came to be. Then I read Oathbringer, and her story was hard for me to read, but not because it was tedious or boring, but rather because in a small way, it mirrored something I went through in high school. I love the character--in fact, I believe I actually love her more now than before--but with the chaotic mess that was Shallan in Oathbringer, I believe this is now the right time for this analysis to occur. In some part, this analysis was inspired by @maxal, whose analysis of Adolin pre-Oathbringer was one of the motivating factors in my joining the Shard in the first place. I’ve also observed, as I’ve seen many people comment on the character, that a large majority of readers have a difficult time liking or understanding the character, and some skip her chapters entirely. As Shallan is by far my most favorite character in the entire Cosmere, my hope is that through this analysis I can bring some of what I find intriguing and fun about this character to everyone else. The inconsistency and unreliability of the narrator are only part of the fun. As I progress through this read-through, I will be making a bunch of notes privately, that will probably be completely incomprehensible to anyone else. If you really want to see them, ask and I will post them; however, I will revise those notes into a coherent document that will be updated as I read. During my analysis, I will focus on a few things about the character. Yes, there will be a little bit of analysis of the shipping involved (be warned), but I will strive my hardest to approach it from a neutral ground and point out the good and the bad, as I see it, on both sides. Other aspects of Shallan’s character that I will focus on and try to analyze and explain are: How her past (as it is mentioned in the text) has influenced the narrator we’re reading. Modern influences on the character of Shallan and how that affects the narrator we're reading. Mental jiggery-pokery, or in other words, her mental side-stepping habits, and the immediate and long-lasting ramifications of it. Contradictions in the narrator’s voice, and why those contradictions are occurring. Comparisons between Shallan and Kaladin, with respects to interests, mannerisms, interactions, and mental states Comparisons between Shallan and Adolin, with respects to interests, mannerisms, interactions, and mental states I should note that comparisons between Shallan and the two boys will occur primarily from Shallan's standing. My reasons for the view I have comes entirely from the standpoint of Shallan as a character, not from whether or not I think Kaladin is a better match or Adolin is. As I said, I will try hard to be impartial in my analysis here, and will try to stay away from my opinions on Kaladin or Adolin, generally. SIDE NOTE: I like both of them and I like both of them for her, and for different reasons. I just happen to think one is better than the other, but that is neither here nor there. Comparisons between Shallan and Wayne (from Mistborn Era 2) There are some similarities between what Wayne and Shallan do, and also some stark differences on how those actions affect their mental states. And I’m sure there are other topics that will come up as I read. If there’s something about the character that you feel I haven’t mentioned that you would like included in the analysis, please let me know and I will do my best to incorporate it. If you have thoughts on something I've written, tell me. Discussion is encouraged--I merely am hoping that this will help to make Shallan a more enjoyable character for everyone. One thing I do ask, however, is to stay away from flippant and antagonistic comments--to disagree with me is okay, and it doesn't matter to me if we never agree. On that note…here we go. Let's start The Way of Kings again. EDIT: At @Jofwu's suggestion, I'm including the text from the document below the chapters for ease of discussion (also for indexing, as @Vissy recommended), but I will also have a comprehensive document that keeps track of changes to Shallan over the course of the books. The big document: WayofKings Shallan Character Analysis.docx Chapter 3 - City of Bells: Chapter 5 - Heretic:
  3. 34 points
    OB spoilers Radiant in Shardplate sketch Also, a sketchbook spread for OB interlude character Kaza
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    The title explains itself. These are all so far rough drafts of songs you are hearing, recorded directly by my phone from my electric piano, so their quality isn't the greatest and I have a few errors here and there. Hopefully, you will all enjoy it otherwise. (And hopefully, I can successfully upload them.) The song recorded on video, called the "Mistborn Suite", is meant to be a collection of themes for the first Mistborn trilogy overall. Next is a song I made, titled "First Waltz", is based on Vin and Elend dancing together for the first and only time of their lives in Hero of Ages. After that is a song made by request to take place during the scene in Final Empire when Kelsier fights Bendal the Inquisitor in the Square, tentatively titled "Fight Scene". And then a song to take place during what happens directly after it, with "The Lord Ruler's Arrival". Directly followed by a "Lament for Kelsier". There is a lot more where these came from, but I haven't recorded or saved them yet. But more is to come! I hope you enjoy! mistborn suite.MOV Vin and Elend Second Draft.m4a Kelsier vs Inquisitor.m4a The Lord Ruler's Arrival.m4a Lament For Kelsier.m4a
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    After a brief conversation with Brandon on the matter, I think I might be onto something. This theory revolves our current understanding of Physics so it would be some time in the timeline before we could confirm these theories. However I cannot stop thinking about these ideas and Brandon confirmed a couple of my speculations. But if the skills that Shallan has displayed, along with the words of Pattern, we can extrapolate incredible future abilities. Now I could be wrong simply because we don't have an understanding of all the radiant groups as of yet, but here me out about this. So what do we know are Shallans abilities? Well the first and probably the most powerful (that we KNOW of) is the soulcasting. Shallan can separate her cognitive mind from her physical body and interact with shadesmar directly. Once she masters this skill she will be able to use storm light as a bargaining chip to convert matter and form. I'm excited to see what this entails and if there are any real limitations to this power. Like can they only soul cast into one essence at a time? Why do the soulcasters in the Alethkar army look like they have stone for skin? So many questions, but despite this ability, I want to focus on lightweaving itself. i just feel that transformation is "more powerful" than progression. No the ability to manipulate light is the real power here. Although "Lightweaver" is a deceptive name. Remember how Pattern said that Shallan could manipulate sound as well as light? When I read that the second time through I did a double take. I mean, on the surface these two are vastly different. Light is a collection of photons, where as sound is a vibration in moving particles. The only thing that these two truly share is that the nature of light and sound is determined by the waves and wavelengths that they maintain. So how could this be? If Shallan is creating false light barriers, then that should be the extent of her abilities. it would still be amazing and incredibly versatile, but that's it. Including the ability to affect sound waves tells me that there is something far greater going on. If Lightweavers actually shape the wavelength of physical particles and energy waves, then her powers become nearly unlimited. First I'll start with sound. If Shallan as a Lightweaver can control waves of vibration to create sounds, then what else could she do (Assuming stormlight were no object for the sake of speculation) Well she could most likely stun people with powerful sound waves. Especially in the water, large enough shock waves can actually stun of kill. Remember a noise is simply a managed vibration in particles including liquids and solids. If you can manipulate shock waves and add enough power, stunning people would not be too far fetched. Even Earthquakes are effectively massive shock waves that travel through the soil. They seem vastly different from a verbal shout, but on the large scale they really operate on the same physical premise. And we now know Shallan uses her powers to effect shock waves, so far just on the small scale. So we can presume that with enough stormlight, Shallan could cause an earthquake. Now to the real power. Light manipulation. Often times we get comfortable in our spectrum of light. We have the colors of the rainbow and every shade in between. Shallan had displayed the countless applications of light manipulation in stealth and espionage. However we are not so limited in Physics. Visible Light is a tiny part of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. The levels of light along the spectrum are only different in their wavelength and frequency. This is where things get exciting. First lets go to the large end of the spectrum. So if we have two lightweavers, perhaps standing on the peaks of two different mountains. If the lightweaver can manipulate radio waves, using stormlight to create a variable radio broadcaster and receiver, we would have the perfect way to communicate without anyone being able to listen in. This could be very useful, although span-reads honestly are better at this, so this is less exciting. More likely Lightweavers would become radio hosts in the future as they transmit music and voices into the homes of radio owning families in the future. I can imagine Lightweavers as traveling radio performers sharing their skills as actors of comedians across the radio waves. But it's the other end of the electromagnetic spectrum that gets really crazy. Imagine how soon x-rays for medical diagnoses could be used when your doctor can literally create x-rays out of thin air? Crime scene investigators will have a local Lightweaver create UV lights to help reconstruct the crime scene and look for trace evidence. But the ultimate form (That Brandon said would be too much to be practical both in needed stormlight and application) would be the control of Gamma Radiation. If this could be harnessed, Lightweavers could literally become mini nukes, or death guns. The biggest downside to making Gamma radiation would be the damage the lightweaver would most likely suffer. So gamma radiation is impractical but its a fun thought experiment. So that's the end of my thoughts, I just see people talking about how Lightweavers are cool, but not as powerful as Windrunners. Now you know the possible future of lightweavers! The best part of this whole speculation was how excited Brandon was about my train of thought. I don't know if anyone had brought up this train of thought before. But he was happy to remind me that things will get pretty interesting when Lightweavers discover lasers and start using them in combat. Seriously, he said that, I couldn't ever make this up. Hope you enjoyed!
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    Hello I just wanted a place to collect my Sanderson sketches.
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    This weekend at WorldCon, someone asked Brandon about the historicity of The Girl Who Looked Up: I noticed three key differences in the versions: Shallan's message is that we're monsters; Hoid's mesage is that failures make us greater Hoid's version says there was no light before, only starlight Shallan says Stormlight; Hoid says God's Light Shallan says the wall was destroyed; Hoid says the storms "boiled over" the wall Recognizing the difference in morals is essential in approaching the basis of the legend. The story isn't about either; it can, however, be made to be about one or the other. But if we're going to examine the story as a retelling of events, even a mythological retelling, it doesn't have to be a word of warning or an admonition of strength. Looking at the similarities (the presence of storms, the existence of a wall, going from Lightless to Light), we can guess that there is some historical basis for the story, regardless of how it's used. And with the revelations at the end of OB for Humans as Voidbringers, I think it's pretty clear that the story is connected in some way to that context. So, let's contrast Hoid's story with Shallan's to try to figure out some details; I'm going to assume the differences highlight what Hoid says, and that he'll have the more faithful account. The Differences The "land of shadows" is explicitly called out by the text as something Shallan didn't know about, but that made the whole story make more sense. Like how people didn't know there was a wall; it was because they actually couldn't see it. Hoid mentions people seeing by starlight, which I think will throw the Domed Shinovar theory into the garbage before I can even articulate it. This darkness must be metaphorical; the Wall isn't physically the mountains that protect Ashyn, it just happens to be a parallel. In the context of the story, I don't think they had the sun on the other side of the wall, either; their lives were illuminated by God's Light normally, and the experience of the people inside the wall changed to match that. There's no event in the story that grants people sunlight; their hypothetical options would be Storms and Light, or Safety and Darkness. That's why I say the story is metaphorical, though much of the metaphor was drawn from the very real events of humanity venturing out of their appointed lands. "Stormlight" vs "God's Light" is another key difference. There are a lot of gods in the Cosmere, but who would Hoid call God? His point of view in the Elantris 10th Anniversary scene implies that Hoid believes in the God Beyond. And the end of WoR, he has a conversation with Jasnah where he says Tanavast wasn't God, and that she'll "find God in the same place you're going to find salvation from this mess. Inside the hearts of men." If he shares the views of Frost, who calls Odium "God's own divine hatred," then there would be a connection to Adonalsium there. This ties in with the metaphorical nature I highlighted in the last paragraph; the story is a metaphor for something going on in the hearts of men, about something bigger than a migration to a new planet. The last difference makes me wonder what the Wall represents. Shallan's story changes the nature of the world, through the destruction of the Wall allowing the existing storms to break through. Hoid's changes the nature of the Storms, where they now boil over the Wall, but the Wall isn't destroyed. I think this ascribes some sort of intelligence to whatever is represented by the Storms; it now enters where it did not, not because the obstacles are deeper, but because someone took its Light there, and now it continues to return there to replenish that Light. This isn't an act of Man; it's an act of God. The Religious Allegory As a pretty religious individual, I'm seeing heavy parallels to Christianity throughout this story, highlighted by the differences listed above. The girl stealing Light, but bringing Storms, is very reminiscent of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit in Eden. They received knowledge of Good and Evil, but they also received the curse of mortality. Since then, the message of Christianity is not returning to the Innocence of Eden, but moving forward to a new kind of Glorification; not going back, but pressing onward. That's the same thing we see in this story; life was fundamentally altered, this is what made things the way they are now, and there's no going back. God's Light is also a concept that appears in real-world religions. Some books of the Bible, 1 John in particular, use Light as a metaphor for God's Truth, or specifically the Scriptures. It's not pleasant to be under the scrutiny of God's Light, but it does reveal areas of sin in our lives. That's extremely similar to what the Light did in the story here; it made life harder for humanity, but they're not going back to when they were blissfully in darkness. The Storms boiling over, instead of the Wall falling down, also reminds me of a key aspect of Jesus' teachings. Man doesn't attain to reconciliation with God; God, through the person and works of Jesus Christ, reached down to accomplish that reconciliation. That's why I said above that the Storms reaching over the Wall isn't because the Girl's actions brought the Wall down; it's because God now sends his Storms across the wall. So, why do I sound like Billy Graham, rattling off all this Christianity? It's to hammer home that this is not about the physical exodus of humans from their appointed place on Roshar; Hoid's story makes me think it's something bigger than that. I don't think it's how they stole spren and Surges on Roshar, either. The humans had Investiture, they had Surges, on Ashyn before it was broken. It's not just that they lived in a place without Stormlight, without that particular brand of Light; they were in a place with no Light at all. I think the story is about the way humans first came into Investiture. (Using the term to mean "magic" here; yes, Investiture comprises everything, but this is referring to the magical, the supernatural, the very reason this is a fantasy series.) There was a time when Humans were apart from God, and didn't have Investiture; but something changed, and someone took Investiture, and their actions spread to the rest of humanity. Something great, something terrible, and something that could never be undone. The version of this story that grew on Roshar took influence from their history with the Singers; parallels of humanity stealing something is not hard to find within our own world, and it is the same in the cosmere. The White Hair There is one very important clue that is in Shallan's version, but not in Hoid's. Shallan, without realizing why, made the girl's hair white at one point in the story. But she always called her a girl; never said she became an old woman. White hair, on someone who's not old, has always been a mark of Hoid. I think this is a story about Hoid, about what he did to change the very way humanity interacted with Investiture. Hoid, as an architect of the Shattering. The version of this story on Roshar may have become about a girl, but I think the original inspiration for that girl was none other than our mysterious worldhopper. Hoid asked a very peculiar question of Shallan during his telling of it: Hoid is certainly not a child who stayed out of the woods, and he's at the crux of all the Cosmere stories. Imagine that he is asking Shallan what she thinks about him, about what he did to help prepare for the Shattering. He ultimately did not take a Shard, but he could have been one of them, and they all know who he is. He calls himself bold, for seeking to take the power of Adonalsium. And he calls himself stupid, for unleashing the Shards upon the cosmere. In Conclusion Yes, the historical context of the story makes it clear that this version was developed after the humans arrived on Roshar, and it draws much of its setting from the way humans took the planet, the spren, and the Storms from the Singers. But there's also a deeper meaning, from a time before the humans had a God, before they had any Light, before they had Investiture, before they had Shards. They took the Light, they killed their God and took His power upon themselves, and the universe has never been the same since. But none are willing to go back to how it was before, to give up their Light.
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  9. 23 points

    From the album General SA Art

    Young Dalinar & Evi for you all. My favorite Stormlight couple (former) so far! So beautiful yet so tragic.
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    Thank you so much, everyone, for your comments. I appreciate you! I just drew this silly thing in my sketchbook tonight: The Stormpunk Archive! (Shallan, Maya, Kaladin w/Syl, Adolin) I may continue with certain characters I love
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    EDIT: I apologize that these images are enormous on desktop, if you click on them, they will scale to fit your screen. They look ok on mobile, which is what I primarily use to post. Some Parshendi
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    I just thought of something why reading through WoK. "I've never seen a named martial arts used on scadrial, thats weird". Then I thought,"Ah why the hell not? lets have some fun and make A martial arts form!" So this is what I call MistWay (MisutoPo, ミスト方法) where there are 16 different disciplines each meant to compliment A certain type of misting or mistborn. so, Here we go! (Things With an Asterisk can be used by Non-Allomancers Easily) Here's Feruchemy, special thanks to @Shallan's Ward for the help, I literally could not done it without the help: Feruchemy (Path of Balance) / バランス
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    From the album General SA Art

    Law is light, and darkness does not serve it. Finally finished this! My favorite order other than the Lightweavers =) Highspren are just so cool! More KR lineup pieces to come!
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    It is probably boring to guard a door, especially if you are alone. They are there to keep eachother company.
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    Not a meme, but a joke. A spy, a Radiant, and a sketch artist walk into a bar. The barkeep says, "nice to see you, Brightness Davar. What'll it be?"
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    It's... kinda blur. And probably invisible without really light screen. Haven't seen many Inkspren fanart, tried to portray how I imagined them. Well... tried. I'm gonna try again in the future.
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    My cryptic spren and my sword, a sassy Jewels, a watercolor kaladin that I accidentally destroyed right after this pic, and an inquisitor. Big sketch dump, just goofy pages in my trashbook
  20. 16 points
    Hoid likes instant noodles and has his eyes on Scadrial. Other people want noodles too apparently??? This just in, everyone: Adonalsium's secretly just the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the only way to bring him back is to make every Shardworld have instant noodles, so the entire reason another Shard is messing around with Scadrial is because they want to do their part in resurrecting God via noodles. The Sho Del are just walking piles of noodles. Edit: Normally common sense would tell me to not post this but it's like 2 in the morning and all my brain cells are dead.
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    Whaaaat?! I'm actually ready on time?? I was actually kind of hoping I'd be ready first so I could steal some of your potential "ick" rhymes @Herowannabe. Here's Lift!
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    What's up y'all, Lightsong is my name, and verbally sparring is my claim to fame. I'd say that I'm cool, but to be more specific, when it comes down to it I'm rather deific. Oh, Taln, Taln, if that's really your name? Because if it is, that would be quite a shame. The Herald Taln was heroic and grand. You? You can't get around without Shalash holding your hand. You're a piece of a god? So am I, what's the difference? I look the part, you show no resemblance. Oh, it's Axies the collecter (better chart another vector) your island is gone, people see you as a spectre. So you've come to collect? Well so have I, and I could beat ya even if I didn't try. You looking for Alespren? Well who would've thunk! You won't find 'em here cause I can't get drunk! Hello Arclo, now you're more than odd, probably cause cremlings make up your bod. You're looked upon as eldritch, some sort of abomination. Meanwhile, fans heap me with praise and adoration! That's all for me, so don't waste your Breath. Give them to me, and I'll spare you from verbal death! *mike drop* Edit: I apologize for the poor formatting, I wrote this on my phone, and its pretty difficult to get formatting right on it. Also, sidenote, roasting Taln was way easier than I was expecting.
  23. 15 points
    After getting my girlfriend on board of the Sanderson train about half a year ago (I cunningly used The Emperor's Soul to lure her...) I had been pondering for a while on how to make her Cosmere-aware without spoiling everything. She has finished everything Mistborn as well as The Way of Kings now and I decided to create a little booklet for her. I'm quite proud how V 1.0 turned out. It's 28 A5-pages long and home-produced. Edit (Spoiler-clarification): Since I have sent the .pdf to some people I wanted to make everybody aware of the spoilers of this - let's call it 'document'. First and foremost it includes major Mistborn-spoilers. It does not make sense to give it to someone, who has not read everything Mistborn (that includes Secret History). Furthermore, there are minor spoilers for The Way of Kings, and technically also for Words of Radiance and maybe even Oathbringer. That, however, only refers to the names of Shards on Roshar. So, technically a spoiler, but as far as I remember, it was quite commonly known before WoR and OB that Cultivation, Honor and Odium were active on Roshar, so in my opinion these spoilers are hardly relevant. Anyhow, since I specifically compiled the whole thing to be read before/during Words of Radiance it probably makes most sense to give it to somebody at that point of their reading journey.
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    Ah thank you, it's particularly nice to hear from another artist! I appreciate you! This is another line art sketch for my (OB spoiler) Odium painting. This one was very quick to go from the doodle to the painting, and I like the sketchy quality of the under drawing a lot. It tends to be one of my more contested drawings, because everyone has their own picture of him in their mind. I personally see his human form as being imperious and arrogant, older, and somewhat Shin, and very put together in a crisp white suit. I am planning on someday doing a companion piece for his Parshendi form.
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    I appreciate your comment! Here is the line art for my Jasnah Painting that can be found here: And in the comments of that painting, I have a breakdown of steps!
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    I too hold The Emperors Soul as my favourite book he's ever written. It's such a beautiful piece of art that as soon as I was done reading it, I threw it into the fire.
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    Oathbringer spoilers:
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    @Edgedancer Jak Going first or last It doesn't really matter I'm still gonna blast You and serve you on a platter.
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    Rebecca is totally right. There are a ton of spam albums and no "Report" button or anything for the albums themselves. Community Photos is absolutely the worst of the lot, as Rebecca pointed out, but most of the other galleries have at least one spam album in there as well, usually near the bottom. No worries, I got this. (...yes, I admit it, I started making this list and couldn't stop. Please send help. ) Administrators/Moderators, in an effort to help clean up the 17th Shard, here is a list of all the spam albums I could find (spoilered for length, and to decrease the visibility that these spammers get on this site.)
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    From the album General SA Art

    I’m currently working on a bunch of rough character faceshots for OB, as a study for some larger pieces I’ve intended to draw since long ago =) The first one is Kaladin! (Man, I hadn’t seriously drawn him for several months…)
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    Don't know If this is relevant but my sister asked me why the internet was not working and I immediately said: Something must be blocking the Dor.
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    So, this was kind of inspired by the Endowment podcast, where Ian was wondering how to describe Endowment's infinity. And they concluded we didn't know enough, but I still decided to give it a try. It's supposed to be reminiscent of the poetic descriptions Brandon provides for Ruin and Preservation in SH, and then for Odium in Oathbringer. Hopefully I didn't mimic his layout too much. Anyways, here goes. Before her spread a radiance, brilliant and all-engulfing. The light touched everything, and it left each thing it touched changed. For even when the light had gone, whatever it had touched began to shine with a life of its own, as the power of the light entered what had once been dark. In this way, each thing gave of itself to everything else, and so the brilliance came from everywhere at once. Though the light was not striated and divided as the beams of a rainbow are, it was comprised of every color at once, distinct and yet merged seamlessly into a whole. It was the wisdom of a teacher imparted to a student, the water of the heavens sent to nourish the earth, the spark of life a mother breathes into her child. But it was also the fear the hunter instills his prey with, the darkness left when a flash of lightning blinds the eyes, the pain of a knife as a torturer disfigures their victim. The light was the interchange between all aspects of the universe. Nothing can exist without affecting what is around it, as each object imparts a piece of itself to everything it touches. The light was the essence of giving, bereft of intent or effect.
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    When you're driving back in a friend's car from a volleyball game and everyone (Almost everyone. It was like 4 people out of 5 I think. I feel kinda sorry for that fifth dude.) in the car starts screaming because the car in front of you has a bridge four sticker on the back and you've never felt so connected to another human being in your life!
  36. 11 points
    You know you’re a Sanderfan when... When you and your friends literally start using “two chickens with one stone,” to the confusion of other friends. When you turn your phone to grayscale as you say “your breath to mine, your life become mine.” When your friend is getting their ears pierced, and you smirk evilly— you know that Ruin will soon start to influence them. When your friend volunteers to make you a copy of Trials of Monument. (@Ishar we are so lucky to have friends like that...) When you have a friend who hates lipstick, so you know that whenever they’re carrying some, it’s a lipstick grenade. When you’re camping with friends, and all that you can think about is that you’re setting sticks on fire. When you don’t want to drive somewhere, so you draw a transportation Aon. That doesn’t work, so you try to Elsecall. It also doesn’t work... When you try to Lightweave the perfect outfit because nothing else looks good. When you try to make sandcastles come to life, because you’re clearly a Sandmaster. When you purposefully misspell “Chris” as “Khriss.” When you try to clean your room using Forgery to rewrite its past, saying that you cleaned it yesterday...
  37. 11 points
    When you're taking a class that breaks the action of buying stuff into three segments, and one of those segments is called cognitive, and you immediately forget the other two names in favor of spiritual and physical. Fortunately, they fit well.
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    From the album General SA Art

    I really grew to love Lift after reading Edgedancer and Oathbringer =)
  39. 10 points
    There's one thing I like in particular about the Tolkiengateway wiki, and that's the use of in-world quotes for notices, like in the image below. Wouldn't it be nice if we did something similar? They use the notices mainly for editors, while we use them mostly for the readers. I found 3 notices that are used commonly (not including the "This page is part of the August 2018 objectives!" notice, since that one is directed to the editors and not to the readers), but there are a few more of them. See https://coppermind.net/wiki/Category:Notices for a complete list. These are the notices I was thinking of, with a quote I had in mind: 1. This page or section contains spoilers for ...! "Be wary of anyone who claims to be able to see the future." - Hoid (Not sure if this is the exact quote, I'm on vacation without my Oathbringer copy currently) 2. This page or section deals with theory or speculation. "I only tell stories, Your Grace. They may be truths, they may be fictions. All I know is that the stories themselves exist and that I must tell them." - Hoid (In abbreviated form because this is quite/too long) 3. This page or section needs to be updated with new information for ...! "There's always another secret" - Kelsier (We should be able to find a better quote for this one) Please let me know what you think of this idea, and do some suggestions on which quotes to use, or which notices could use a quote. Edit: I just saw that only the page on Kelsier does something like this, but that really is an exception You can share your ideas in this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gkh8CndAzDrOkT9raNh7_LeAKvKq0bRBDOdyNye5A4E/edit#gid=0
  40. 10 points
    I had a thought earlier. If people learn how to make unsealed metalminds, and compounding copper lets you make copies of the memory, then it means that you could make a ton of copperminds that all have an exciting/entertaining/whatever memory that you could sell to people. Wax's description of getting the memory made it sound like he almost lived the memory, so this would work pretty well I think. Can anyone thing of any cool applications of this?
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    For the "what would endowment's description be like?" question I'd like to submit; She was a force that gave from an infinite well of power. A thread that started with the first aspect of life, and continued on until the end of all things. She was that which connected all things, the inheritance of the first ancestors to their very last descendants. She was the talent of a craftsman, the belief of a martyr, the knowledge of a genius, the wealth of a merchant, and the strength of a warrior, for she was every trait that was passed to an heir. She was passed from father to son, mother to daughter, teacher to student, mentor to protégé, since the beginning of mankind and until its end. She was the light that gave sight, the blood that gave life, and the air that gave Breath.
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    I mean there's no question whatsoever. He's a cat's cat. A furry ninja. A scourge to rodents and birds alike. A delightful terror who intimidates those who don't know him and sows discord and love with confusing recklessness. He's the Shard of Autonomy.
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    My housemate and I share a birthday and she set up a Facebook event with the word 'Spikey' in it. (For non-Cosmere related reasons) I'm going to bake chocolate chip cookies and giggle manically to myself every time someone eats one. There is maybe two people coming who may get the joke.
  46. 9 points
    So I was looking through the Community Photos over in the gallery and noticed that there are a lot of spam Albums. But since they’re not pictures, or comments, I couldn’t figure out how to report them. So since every single album in Community Photos is spam excluding the very first one (FeatherWriter’s), I’m just going to post a link to Community Photos so they can be deleted. If I need to post individual links to each of the spam Albums, just let me know, and I can do that. http://www.17thshard.com/forum/gallery/category/9-community-photos/?albumPage=1
  47. 9 points
    I am now a member of the 17th Shard Tautology Club because I have joined the club on the 17th Shard dedicated to the appreciation of tautology. I'd like to celebrate this occasion by being joyful about this event. And by sharing some famous quotes that have been altered to be tautological, by posting tautological versions of well-known sayings: "I think, therefore I am thinking." -René Descartes "A penny saved is a penny that is in your possession and has not been spent on anything." -Benjamin Franklin "Impossible is a word to be found only in a dictionary that has the word impossible in it." -Napoleon Bonaparte "To be, or not to be? That is the question of whether to exist or not exist." -William Shakespeare "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would not be called a rose." -William Shakespeare "Four score and seven years ago, it was 87 years in the past." -Abraham Lincoln "The unexamined life is a life that has not been studied." -Socrates "Two roads diverged in a wood, and they went in separate directions through a forest. And I-- I took the one less traveled by. And that has made me walk on a path that has less foot traffic." -Robert Frost "Oh, East is East and West is West, because East is this direction and West is that direction." -Rudyard Kipling "Success usually comes to those who succeed." -Henry David Thoreau "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can conceptualize and consider to be true." -Napoleon Hill "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde (I didn't alter this one because I didn't change it) "For every minute you are angry, you spend sixty seconds being upset." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "Genius is 1% genius and 99% genius." -Thomas Edison "To expect the unexpected shows an anticipation of something surprising." -Oscar Wilde "Nothing is so aggravating than the feeling of aggravation." -Oscar Wilde "I got carried away doing this, because I got swept up in thinking of tautological versions of famous quotes and lost track of time." -Zath
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    I have fully embraced being a thestral (Harry Potter reference) as a part of my job being a bus driver. I try to greet and engage the students, but the only thing they have ever said is when one asked if I got a haircut; when I replied yes another student piped up, "I just assumed we got a new driver." Seriously I see them twice a day for weeks, but a haircut is a impenetrable disguise haha!
  49. 9 points
    When your friend who has not read the cosmere asks what they should do a project about, and on a whim you answer "Autonomy", and they reply "What aspect?" They had no idea why I thought it was so funny. It made my day.
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    Just fleshing this one out. Im not very realmatic and I think this pushes the boundaries of what we know so I thought you guys could help (expand, denounce, enjoy, etc). To start with I want to point out the importance of perception in the Cosmere, especially where investiture is invloved. And also consider Odium has already convinced at least one civilization he is Passion - ok, talking about the Fuzed and ancient singers and I known he didnt get all of them, but they are an invested people so maybe this "hack" works better with them.. Also is this the only culture hes integrated with as "Passion" i wonder? Now the big Q: what if Odium is using "Passion" to gain "access" to more investiture? Now im not saying that there's no passion in hatred, but I do want to point out Passion isnt an emotion dedicated to hate alone - especially when looking at other Shards intents. Have a look at the shards Odium has already broken and consider the potential "passion" involved with their intent. Hmmm, i wonder if a Vessaless shard is easier to "access"..? Now back to the question, im not trying to suggest Odium is doing this for more power as it has been stated a few times he does not want anothers intent to influence him. Im thinking more abstractly regarding what this "access" intales. For example if someone invokes passion it gives the big O a window to view them, and knowledge for a General in wartime is quite important. Thats just an example, what do we think? !~ HIF ~!
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