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  1. 268 points
    Important note: This list would be far less complete if not for the efforts of everyone who helped me compile it. Specifically thankyou to: Awesomeness Summoned, Delightful, Argent, PorridgeBrick, Kurkistan, Quiver, Green Hoodie Mistborn, Senor Feesh, Observer, ccstat, Swimmingly, Alvron, Metacognition, The Only Joe, GreyPilgrim, Aether, jasonpenguin, Mailliw73, Moodle, Tempus, Baine, Kobold King, LeftInch, Sir Jerric, Tensoon, Ashiok, Theorymaker, Seonid, Shaggai, TheYoungBard, Curiosity, Snoopy, Voidus, Frosted Flakes, Kasimir, Shallan. (Let me know if I missed you.) Hokay, for those who want to know the ranks, I looked through everyone who had at least 10 posts. Here are my findings. 10000+ God Beyond 9000 9999 Adonalsium 8500 8999 Hero of Ages 8192 8499 The Broken One 7800 8191 Shard 7500 7799 Splintered Shard 7200 7499 Splinter 6800 7199 Dragon 6400 6799 Stormfather 6000 6399 Herald 5700 5999 Sliver 5350 5699 Nightwatcher 5000 5349 Worldhopper 4750 4999 God of Color 4500 4749 Lord Ruler 4250 4499 Unmade 4096 4249 Dawnshard 3761 4095 Prime 3500 3760 Lerasium Mistborn 3250 3499 Bondsmith 3000 3249 Voidbringer 2750 2999 Knight Radiant 2500 2749 Most Ancient 2250 2499 Steel Inquisitor 2048 2249 Mistborn 1900 2047 Taracin Superstar 1800 1899 Dawnsinger 1700 1799 Rambleman 1600 1699 Savant 1550 1599 Gerontarch 1500 1549 Midnight Essence 1450 1499 Listener 1400 1449 Enefel 1370 1399 Kalad's Phantom 1338 1369 Compounder 1337 So l337 Hoid Can't Compete 1300 1336 Surgebinder 1260 1299 Radiant Squire 1220 1259 Kandra 1180 1219 Twinborn 1145 1179 Returned 1111 1144 Scadrian Waffle Cook 1080 1110 Stone Shaman 1050 1079 Cryptic 1024 1049 HonorSpren 1000 1023 Sentient Awakened Object 980 999 Truthless 950 979 Highprince 920 949 Worldbringer 890 919 Full Feruchemist 860 889 Full Shardbearer 830 859 Shardbearer 800 829 Seer 777 799 Spinner 760 776 Wyrn the King 730 759 Elantrian 700 729 Originator 667 699 Svrakiss 666 Torturer of Heralds 650 665 Shade 625 649 Soulcaster 600 624 Forger 575 599 Dakhor Monk 550 574 lord Prelan 512 549 King's Wit 496 511 Son of Honor 475 495 Vanisher 450 474 King's Tester 425 449 Ghostblood 400 424 Envisager 375 399 Artifabrian 350 374 Ferring 325 349 Stormwarden 300 324 Bloodsealer 278 299 Silent Gatherer 256 277 Misting 225 255 Arbiter 200 224 Gyorn 180 199 High prelan 160 179 Oldblood 145 159 Cobalt Guard 128 144 Hazekiller 110 127 Forescout 100 109 Houselord 90 99 Babsk 80 89 Prelan 75 79 Arteth 70 74 Idrian Monk 64 69 Obligator 56 63 Lighteyes 50 55 Grand 45 49 Noble 40 44 Crew Leader 32 39 Ardent 25 31 Pahn Kahl 20 24 Awakened Object 16 19 Noble-Blooded 10 15 Bridgeman 7 9 Spearman 5 6 Darkeyes 2 4 Skaa 0 1 Spren -1 -2 Negaspren -3 -5 Lifeless -6 -10 Hoed -15 -19 ? Beheaded Inquisitor -20 -24 ? Rotting Chull Carcass -24 -25 Lamespren -32 -91 Zucchini -117 -118 Chasmfiend Corpse I'll update this as we learn more We now know them all! I like the new levels. Good work Chaos Please don't ask me how long that took. Current lowest Unknown rep: nonexistant. We're so close to getting them all =D Edit: Wooohooo first popular post Later edit: For the record, at the time I added that comment 10 rep was a little more exciting Another edit: The lower rep ranks have changed at some point, I don't know where all of the new boundaries are yet.
  2. 52 points
    In the WoK, Hoid tells the story of a group of people who committed horrible things under the orders of a king only to discover that that king had been dead for years, and that they were responsible for their horrible actions. The dead king is discovered in the passage below: “Derethil and his men came out of the tower a short time later, carrying a desiccated corpse in fine robes and jewelry. ‘This is your emperor?’ Derethil demanded. ‘We found him in the top room, alone.’ It appeared that the man had been dead for years, but nobody had dared enter his tower. They were too frightened of him." In the final chapter Dalinar finally realizes that the Almighty hadn't been talking in response to him, that he hadn't been following orders but had been misinterpreting the visions. He then learns that the Almighty is dead. The title of this final chapter? In the Top Room.
  3. 40 points
    This is going up a bit early, just because people are already talking about it and new folks are asking questions. @Chaos says the old thread isn't good enough and tasked me with making a new one, probably because I opened my big mouth at just the wrong time. So lo, the explanation comes: in just a bare few weeks, an annual phenomenon of confusion will bear down upon us like a shower of angry Tribbles.* Every year, as the days short and the weather grows cold, we creep slowly towards two great holidays that hover near the end of the year, ready to embrace us into their festivities. Families will gather, feasts will be had, and general revelry will echo throughout the land! I refer, of course, to the birthdays of Peter Ahlstrom and Brandon Sanderson.** If you don't know who Peter is, well, he's Brandon's assistant, and pours a ton of work into supporting the writing endeavors of our favorite author. Back in the days of the Timewasters' Guide, he roamed the forums under the moniker "Ookla the Mok." In order to remember and honor the days when he still had time to frolick among us unhindered, we change our screen names to some variant of "Ookla the <____>" beginning on his birthday, November 26. It's all terribly bewildering if you don't know what's happening. I joined the forum in late October of 2014, so I had barely a month to get settled in before suddenly I was surrounded by Ooklas. They were everywhere. So many Ooklas. And I had no idea why. So now I tell you all, so that hopefully you will be less confused than I was as a poor ickle noob. A lot of folks just play with it for a week or so, but some are hardcore enough to keep the madness going until Koloss Head-Munching Day (aka Brandon's birthday) in December. Enjoy the upcoming festivities! *Don't worry. The Tribbles have tiny parachutes. They'll be fine. **Why, what holidays did you think I meant?
  4. 31 points
    Okay folks, it's release day! I am back with some new memes for y'all. Spoilered for size. We want to know! Oh, I'm sure we've all done this to some effect at some point: Climax of Oathbringer; the graphic novel edition: I love Allik Neverfar, don't you? This is what all the cool kids are saying these days: Those sneaky Shardbearer bozos: I didn't make this one, but this is basically what would have happened if Odium took up the Shards he had killed: I didn't make this either, but here's your daily dose of Danklinar: Ooh, one more I didn't make but found interesting based on recent events: Back to ones I made... This frustrates me to no end: As does this little secret Brandon's keeping from us: But I know that I must simply... I will never cease to reiterate this: I'm sure our admins and mods have a lot of fun with people like this: Here's something to watch out for in Mistborn rereads : Ugh, this is exhausting. Why do I keep doing these? P.S. *snicker* Hey guys... I just posted 17 memes here. *dabs*
  5. 30 points
    Texts From the Cosmere are hilarious Last one is not really a spoiler, it's just long and I don't want to take up a bunch of space on a post.
  6. 26 points
    Because all of the Shards of Adonalsium have their own predesignated Intents, I have come to wonder if Adonalsium itself had an Intent of its own before it was shattered. And I believe that Intent, and therefore the name we can ascribe to the power of Adonalsium, is Unity. First of all, this stems from the nature of the religions on Sel, as shown in Elantris. The two dominant religions on Opelon in conflict with one another are Shu-Korath and Shu-Dereth. The way I see it, Shu-Korath relates closely to the Intent of the Shard of Devotion, and Shu-Dereth relates closely to the Intent of Shard of Dominion. Both were killed and Splintered early on Sel, but they still have a great influence on Sel, not just in the form of seons and skaze, but in the form of religious precepts. And what is it the Korathi and the Derethi are both striving for in the world? Unity. They seek to unite all people, but in different ways. The Korathi preach love, the Derethi preach control. Unity through Devotion. Unity through Dominion. Of course, this could be seen as the effect of people’s interpretations of Intent rather than Shards themselves, so who knows. My second point is a rather weaker one, relating to Scadrial and its Shards. When Ruin and Preservation are combined into one, they for the dual Shard of Harmony. It is a perfect Unity of the two most opposing Intents. If anything, I consider unity and harmony to be synonymous one with another (and so does the thesaurus ). Third of all is in the Stormlight Archive, Honor repeats the same command to Dalinar in each of his visions – Unite them. It almost even seemed a bit out of character to me that the dead Shard seemed to care more about unity on Roshar rather than the honor of mankind. We don’t even know entirely what he means by that phrase, but it is his ever-present plea. Unite them. Whatever it means, Honor desires unity of some sort. And in Oathbringer, it reaches a culmination that seemed to be set up from the start of the series. The previous points could be considered speculation, but this is a real example in the books that works as evidence. The linchpin for this theory is the climactic scene in Oathbringer in which Dalinar swears his third Ideal, opens Honor’s perpendicularity, and is referred to as having Ascended. When Venli asks him who he is, he responds, “I am Unity” before uniting the three Realms. This seems to go along with what Honor’s visions have been saying to him. The interesting part is this: it’s right after he says those words and brings the Realms together that Odium steps back in fear and rage, saying, “No, we killed you! WE KILLED YOU!” Now, why would he say that in direct response to Dalinar calling himself Unity? At around that same time, Dalinar remarks to himself that Odium suddenly seems small compared to him. It seems to me that in that moment, Dalinar somehow took up a bit of Adonalsium when he briefly Ascended and somehow knew it, which was why he referred to himself with the title of “Unity”. There are even moments in the series before and after that scene where he describes feeling a warmth and a light that comes from somewhere beyond, something different from Honor. It makes me think that the voice telling him to “unite them” may not even be Honor’s. And if it is, it seems to bear the touch of Adonalsium. On Roshar, Dalinar is meant to “unite them” to save humankind. On Sel, the religions based off the two Shardic Intents are looking for unity through devotion and dominion. On Scadrial, Sazed has become the unified form of two Shards as Harmony. As shown by these three series, unity seems to be a big driving force in the cosmere, one closely related to some of the Shards and perhaps something beyond even them. Why? Because I think Unity was the Intent of Adonalsium, and that it has left its touch on the Shards even after all the time it was Shattered. So my next big question is – if the ultimate power of the cosmere was the godly embodiment of unification, then why would people want to divide it? But hey, that's just a theory. A Cosmere Theory! Thoughts on this theory as a whole? TL;DR: Adonalsium had the Intent of Unity, with possible evidence given in Elantris, Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive.
  7. 24 points
    AG 5: One Final Blaze of Light Hello, and welcome to the 5th Anniversary Game! This game is special for a lot of reasons. It marks 5 years that we've been a community here on the Shard, and 4 years since I signed up for my first long-form game. It's been a crazy wonderful ride, and I've loved the community that we've built here, even if I haven't been around as much recently. This game is also significant for at least one other reason: over the past few months, I've been less and less involved in the Shard and the SE Community. When I started here, I was a college student, newly married, and full of energy. Now I'm graduated, with a full-time job and two children (and another on the way), and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to carve out space and time for SE games. I have writing projects I want to get to, children I want to spend time with, and ever-increasing responsibilities. Rather than keep telling myself that I'll be coming back in a month or two and eventually drifting off into full-fledged inactivity without ever saying goodbye, I've decided to officially retire. That way, I can do it on my own terms, instead of leaving you all in the lurch. So this game is sort of my swan song, and I have chosen to have one last Shard game, to wrap everything up. Bring the whole ponderous story of Hoid and the Shards of Adonalsium (first started by @A Joe in the Bush, who will actually be co-GMing this game with me) to a thrilling and stunning conclusion. But to do that, I'll need your help. These games are long, and complicated, and incredibly fun! But they don't work very well unless everybody stays active. So, if you sign up for this game, please stay active. This game will be an anonymous game, so please follow all of the rules for anonymous accounts: Reminder: Rules for Anonymous Accounts: At the start of the game, you will be issued an anonymous account. There are a number of rules associated with the use of an Anonymous Account. Please follow them carefully. Given the potential for abuse of Anonymous Accounts, any rule breaking using the accounts will be dealt with harshly. 1) Do not change the password of the anonymous account you are issued. Orlok, Joe and I will have access to all anonymous accounts for the duration of the game. 2) Do not use the anonymous accounts to PM any non-anonymous account, other than the accounts of the GMs. Please do not use your normal accounts to PM anonymous accounts. 3) Do not change anything cosmetic about the accounts, including member title, username, signature, and avatar. 4) Do not reveal your identity or explicitly claim to be another player. Without any further ado, I give you AG5: One Final Blaze of Light. Rules: Current Signup Count: 31 Pinch Hitters: 3 Signups will end at 1:00 AM, MST, January 14th: Quick Links:
  8. 23 points
    Okay, so I can explain Adolin's character development (however slight it might be), but I have my own ideas as to what is going to happen with the SKA love triangle. OB spoilers below. I know it's past the spoiler period, but I still don't want to ruin anything for anyone. Okay, so after all that, I should probably make a meme.
  9. 22 points
    Aftermath: Theosis The Age of Autonomy was not, as many past histories have suggested, an era of complete and total separation between the Shardworlds and their Shards. Worldhopping was forbidden, of course. Interplanetary trade was stifled. But the memory of the Shardic Wars was deeply ingrained in the Cosmere-aware populace of the Realms, and despite Autonomy's edicts, they built structures designed specifically so that such a thing could never happen again. Of these, the Conclave of Shards was the most potent deterrent to war. The representatives of the Shardic powers met there and negotiated all throughout the Age of Autonomy and up through the beginning stages of the Final Shardic War. Transcripts and recordings of their last meetings are instructive as to the efficacy of such institutions to maintain order in the absence of cultural supports. By all accounts, the Conclave worked exactly as it had been intended to. Even in the last weeks before the war became total, even after the meetings and representatives were publicly factionalized, the Conclave members met, attempting to negotiate their way out of a war that seemed increasingly inevitable. As late as a single day before the final breakdowns, Conclave negotiators had identified ways for the factions to reconcile, and to pursue their aims in without resorting to violence. Open conversations on the Conclave floor were devoted to trying to work out plans for mutual cooperation. However, reticence on the part of several factions to reveal their true aims, paranoia that other factions would take advantage of apparent weakness, and several key communications breakdowns in the final stages of the negotiations meant that those negotations had failed to come to a conclusive agreement by the time factions made their move. As far as can be reconstructed from the historical record, the faction that called itself the Stewards of Creation moved first, utilizing the power of Endowment to Return one of the fallen agitators who had been blamed for many of the increased tensions during the leadup to war, joining a suite of other Returned who - wittingly or unwittingly - provided intelligence to the Steward's central command. In response, GLaDOS abandoned their offers to cooperate for mutually beneficial ends, and accelerated their plans to indebt members of other factions to them by staging false attacks and saving their lives, thus acquiring leverage over influential individuals. Seeing their position grow more and more precarious as the faction alliances began to fray apart, the Hidden Garden abandoned their own aims, instead throwing their weight fully behind the eviscerated remnants of the Utility Company, who had been the subject of a number of unfortunate 'incidents' and had not yet recovered. Together, they made a ploy to hold dominion over a network of Shardworlds, controlling the newly reopened trade routes from Roshar, Silverlight, and Taldain. Those plans were foiled at the last moment by the inadvertent action of players trying to remain neutral in the growing struggle. The retaliation was swift and brutal, and only the intervention of the hidden Shard of Survival saved the worldhopper Toucan from a grisly fate. Abandoned and friendless, the Joe Cloud faction could only watch as their own goals grew increasingly distant, holding the stolen Shard of Odium tight and threatening to unleash its wrath on anyone who got in their way. The tragic result, of course, is well known. - - - - - - - - - - On a small island of stability in the far reaches of the Cognitive Realm, Sheon Idris sat alone. The wreckage of the last Shardic War had reached even here. As he watched, a stray bit of Odious investiture curled itself like a wisp of smoke. The crown that he had once worn lay on the ground in front of him, broken and twisted. The woman's voice behind him startled himself out of his reverie. He half-turned out of reflex, the hint of a smile on his face. It was gone just as quickly as it had come. She hadn't come for ages and ages. Khriss stood there, a scowl on her face, and a defeated slump to her posture. He hadn't heard the exact words she'd said. The look on her face told him everything he needed to know regardless. "It's over, then?" The look she gave him could have evaporated steel. "Odium and Dominion have shattered each other on Sel. There is nothing left. Not a single Shard remains intact." Her voice began to rise in anger. "Not a single Shardworld remains untouched, and only three of them can still support life unaided. Half a trillion souls are dead, and the wellsprings of all Investiture in the entire Cosmere are gone. Are you happy now?" The venom in her voice surprised him, a little. He looked back at her with mild bemusement. "Happy? Why should I be happy? Why should anyone be happy now?" She spat at him. "Look at you, sitting there. Still meddling and pulling strings, like some grotesque spider. Well, this is what you've brought us to. Even the factions you supported are all gone. The Stewards and GLaDOS control what's left. Maybe now you'll see that, if we had just left well enough alone, things might have stayed the way they were before you took it in your head to meddle with forces beyond the power of human reckoning!" She took a breath as if to say more, then cut off when she saw his face, and the haunted look in his eyes. "You're more right than you know, of course. Completely wrong, but more right than you know." "Once upon a time, long before you were born, there was...something more. Adonalsium, we called it. God, maybe. I don't remember why, anymore, but it was important that we killed him. We, Khrissala. I was there. By the end, I opposed the others, but it was my meddling that set them on their journey in the first place. It was my fault that the Shards came to be. You think my meddling caused these? You give me too much credit. The seeds of this were sown in the Shards themselves. But without my meddling, there would never have been Shards to war against each other." "You said something right, though. The Shards are power beyond human reckoning. They shape and mold their bearers until they are something that is no longer human. They are parasites that slowly invade a consciousness until they have subsumed it, and then they follow their nature as surely as any animal. While the Shards rule, these wars are inevitable. This destruction is written into the future of Shardic rule as clearly as words on a page." Khriss bit back a bitter laugh. "And that justifies you manipulating things, egging them on? I'm sure that's a comfort to the loved ones of half a *trillion* dead souls. I’m sure that the orphaned children and the widowed spouses and the childless parents will be so comforted to hear that your warmongering was just the acceleration of an inevitable event." “Do you think that I wanted this? I tried to stop all of this.” Sheon gestured out at the devastation. “Everything I’ve ever done was in the service of peace.” “Well you’ve done a piss-poor job of it!” “Do you think I don’t know that! Do you think I can’t see it! Do you think that a day goes by that I don’t wonder if I had done something else, that all of the pain and suffering could have been averted?” They were both practically shouting now. “Well if you had left well enough alone in the first place...” Sheon cut her off. “The wars were inevitable. The Shards brought out the worst in us, our drive for power, our lust for mastery over other beings. I...” He paused for a moment. “My actions made them worse. I tried to stop them, tried to build something that could contain them. I failed. Maybe nothing I did could have prevented them.” “Then you should have recognized that to start with, and left things alone.” “How could I? I created the problem. And I have the power to fix it, if given half a chance.” “What are you talking about? How could you possibly have fixed it?” When Sheon did not respond, she turned back to look at him, and then stopped in mingled surprise and horror. Beyond him, in the distance, but somehow also so close that she could reach out and touch it, Investiture was gathering, streaming from myriad places. Fragments of Dominion raced in front of her face so close that she could almost feel it touch her. Startled, she spun to follow the glowing trails of Investiture as they swirled past. Odium, Ruin, Preservation, Dominion. All of the shards and more, coming from every world and every corner of every realm, twisting and cavorting in complicated spirals that grew more and more intricate the longer they spun. And at the center...a figure, glowing so bright that even her eyes, used to the radiance of the Shards themselves, had to turn away from. "Is that...is that?" Sheon gave her a wan smile. "It is. It's taken long enough, but it is." Shivering a little, she turned from the spectacle. "And I suppose you think that this end justifies everything?" "Of course not. But it might just redeem everything." "What?" "With Adonalsium back, humanity has another chance. A fresh start, without all-powerful but fatally flawed Shards interfering with each other and with the worlds. All of us, together, with a God who might actually deserve the name. Not just a personified force of nature that we tried to imbue with human visions of what a God ought to be, but a God put back together out of all the broken pieces." As he spoke, he began to fade. Khriss began to stammer. "Where are you going? What are you doing?" "My work is done. My crime is atoned for. I killed God once. I’ve brought God back now. But you, Khriss? Yours is just beginning. Just maybe, this time humanity can do better. And just maybe, you can be the one to make it so." And then he was gone, the twisted crown clattering to the floor from where he had held it. A single word etched into it, in letters that burned like fire. Forgiven. - - - - - - - - - - AG5: One Final Blaze of Light is finished! The Stewards of Creation have met their win condition to have Returned from 5 unique factions! GLaDOS has met their win condition to prevent players from 5 unique factions from dying! The Utility Company has failed to meet their win condition of outnumbering all other factions on three separate worlds! ALL HAIL THE JOE CLOUD has failed to meet their win condition of having their living faction mates plus all players with the Shade role outnumber all other living players! The Hidden Garden has failed to meet their win condition of fusing 5 Shards together! Hoid failed to meet his win condition of getting any faction to collect all the Shards of Adonalsium! Khriss failed to meet her win condition of inviting a member of 5 unique factions into her doc, killing Hoid, and preventing any team from winning via the Adonalsium Reborn condition! Survival has met the win condition of surviving until the end of the game!
  10. 21 points
    Oathbringer Spoilers
  11. 20 points
    Huh, you can’t really tell it’s Elhokar without the context, cuz he’s lacking characteristic features here... But I’ve painted it with another scene from OB in mind, the one in Kholinar when Shallan draws him (chapter 74 again!).
  12. 20 points
    I just noticed a juicy detail on a reread, and I have to post it. Not finding a proper thread, I made one So, I started rereading aloy of law. In the prologue, vax and lassie are talking during a pause in the fight. Vax remarks that lassie shot a toe out of a bandit, so he had a good reason to hold a grudge. Lassie replies “You don’t need ten,” she said. Knowing now that she is a kandra, I realized that the four toes are horse's hooves, because a felllow kandra of her is impersonating a horse, and she does just fine, because the horse is fine with 4. Of course she looks kind of ridiculous, because she's a horse. And this is probably a reference to the short scene brandon wrote with horse!Melaan Post your own hidden gems. Or, if there is already a thread for it, point me there
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  15. 18 points
    How the orders ask Brandon questions at book signings Windrunner: Asks about whether or not their favorite characters will survive Skybreaker: Points out continuity errors or things that don't make sense. Dustbringer: Asks about how division works. Edgedancer: Asks about a random minor character that everyone had forgotten about. They're a worldhopper. Truthwatcher: Already knows the answer to all the questions. Lightweaver: Asks about his opinion on a picture they drew. Elsecaller: asks a super in depth question about realmatic theory. Gets RAFOed. Willshaper: "Is Reckoners Cosemere?" Stoneward: Asks the same question as they did last time. Gets RAFOed again. Bondsmith: Asks the question that unites us all. "What can you tell me about Hoid?"
  16. 18 points
    Someone posted this picture on Facebook and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a Sanderson meme out of it:
  17. 15 points
    The Highprinces be like: The Lord Ruler's thoughts on how to make a successful society: Also... On a related note to some of our oldtimers:
  18. 14 points
    I thought I'd revive this thread for the upcoming Valentines Day 2019 I just realized I should tag @hoiditthroughthegrapevine because you'd love it.
  19. 14 points
    The ten orders at a Pizza-party: The Windrunner is going around checking if anybody is allergic to anything, and warning people that the pizza is very hot. When they get around to eating their own pizza, it's cold. They stare off into the distance, thinking about the many, many dangers of baked dough with tomato sauce and toppings. The Skybreaker demands a discount when the pizza takes more than 30 minutes to arrive and checks twice if everyone's pizza slices are the same size. The Dustbringer wants their pizza extra, super spicy so they don't have to share with anyone. The Edgedancer shares their pizza with everyone, and reminds them that a lot of other people aren't as fortunate as they are. The Truthwatcher foresees that they'll have indigestion if they eat too much pizza, but they offer to share half of theirs with the Dustbringer. The Lightweaver's first truth is that they prefer calzones to pizza. They also freak out the pizza delivery guy by lightweaving themself to look exactly like him. The Elsecaller decides that the logical thing to do is to Soulcast their pizza into something healthy with the maximum amount of nutritional value. It doesn't taste good, but they tell everyone it's brainfood. The Willshaper orders a pizza with literally everything on it, then walks around asking if they can try a slice of everyone else's pizza too. The Stoneward orders the same pizza they always do, Margherita. They are extremely satisfied. And of course the Bondsmith is the one who invited everybody to the pizza party. They order a huge family size pizza for everyone to share. And garlic bread. And mozzarella sticks. Food brings people together.
  20. 14 points
    Introduction In the Unified Theory of Roshar post started by Djarskublar there was some discussion of the origin of different magic systems on Roshar. This discussion gave me some thoughts on the origin of Fabrials, and my conclusion was this; Fabrials as a magic system have existed long before Honor and Cultivation arrived. Adonalsium and Roshar We know that Adonalsium created Roshar, Listeners, as well as Highstorms. Especially with his creation of Highstorms, it seems to me like he invested Roshar very heavily during his creation of it, and because Highstorms remained we can sure that it remained heavily invested after he left. This makes me believe that he must have manifested a magic system, and it seems very likely to me that that system uses Fabrials, a theory supported by the fact that he basicly shaped the life on Roshar to be living Fabrials. Life on Roshar All life on Roshar that utilize Spren to seem to have gemhearts and gain unnatural abilities from their symbiosis. They also seem to use investiture by going out in Highstorms to transform. This seems far beyond what we have seen on planets that don't have high levels of investiture (example being Threnody) or magic systems. This system of using gems to trap and gain powers from Spren is exactly like what we have seen from Fabrials science, and it has been going on way longer than Shards have even existed. Conclusion This idea on Fabrials makes a lot more sense to me than any other theories I've seen on it. It's Initiation isn't really in line any of the other shards, or any mixture of them. Let me know what you guys think.
  21. 13 points
    Obviously please do not Sign in or post with your Anon Accounts any more. I will be going through and deleting all the PM's and changing the passwords tomorrow. Everyone who posted RP, please say so, so that I can upvote the heck out of you. I will post World Docs tomorrow, after I consolidate them. The Hidden Gardens The Utility Company The Church of the Joe Cloud The Stewards of Creation Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System Khriss's Lab Hoid's Doc Amber Vulture: Young Bard Autonomy Amethyst Scorpion: Rathmaskal Azure Mouse: Lumgol Charcoal Hyena: Mr. Mafia Ambition Chartreuse Penguin: Steeldancer Coral Swan: Jondesu Endowment Cream Tuatara: Cadmium Compounder Emerald Falcon: Dalinar Kholin Fuchsia Ostrich: Mark IV Indigo Weasel: The Young Pyromancer Ivory Dragonfly: Devotary of Spontaneity Honour Magenta Albatross: randuir Mauve Crocodile: Alvron Melon Dingo: Snipexe Mint Heron: Sart Onyx Flamingo: I Think I Am Here Preservation Opal Lion: _Stick_ Odium Oxblood Beagle: Hemalurgic Headshot Pearl Chameleon: Elandera Plum Rhinoceros: xinoehp512 Ruin Quartz Zebra: Fifth Scholar Saffron Iguana: Furamirionmind Cultivation Sage Kangaroo: Bob Earl Jones Salmon Meerkat: Amanuensis Khriss Sapphire Elephant: Droughtbringer Devotion Scarlet Octopus: Araris Valerian Sunburst Toucan: Drake Marshall Survival Taupe Gecko: Magestar Turquoise Gorilla: Shqueeves Dominion Violet Axolotl: Mailliw73 Hoid Master Action Spreadsheet Dead Doc Other Doc Sel Roshar Scadrial Taldain
  22. 12 points
    These memes are just too fun Stormlight Spoilers
  23. 12 points
    He has said that each will be a book title, so I don't see any reason to doubt that's changing. People seem to assume that it's merely an out-of-world reference to some in-world "Rhythm of War". And of course, being a singer rhythm there's no words to it. But I don't see how that has to be the case at all. The title almost certainly refers to an in-world text which itself is named after in in-world Rhythm of War. Who wrote the book and what it is about is still a big mystery of course. But I mean, for all we know it could be an in-world Dawnsinger text about the First Desolation. I highly doubt we'll get that information at this point, but you get the idea. Personally, I really love the idea that it IS an ancient document of some kind that can now be translated from Dawnchant. No basis for this, but I think it would be cool if it was something written by the ancestors of the listeners before they took on dullform. Something that gets rediscovered over the course of the book. Could play along really well, Eshonai's flashbacks, Venli, Rlain, and the missing listeners--all adding up to this idea of rejecting the Fused and Odium.
  24. 12 points
  25. 12 points
    Credit to @beantheboy12 who found this image, and saw Vasher.
  26. 12 points
    Now there's a question for Brandon. Something that was never answered in the books: Did Hoid plant the faulty gemstones in Elhokar's Shardplate during that first chasmfiend battle?
  27. 11 points
    How the Ten Orders read books: Windrunner: Reads books about flying, while flying (like Skyward :D). Skybreaker: Can’t truly enjoy the book until they’ve found every single grammatical and continuity error and reports them to the author. Dustbringer: Reads Fahrenheit 451, gets inspired, and goes burn down a library. Edgedancer: Reads the obscure works no ones heard of, and tries to convince everyone else to read them too. Truthwatchers: Spoils the endings of books they haven’t read yet. Lightweaver: Goes to the kid’s section of the library and reads the picture books. Elsecaller: Reads college textbooks, and then rewrites them, but better. Willshaper: “Books? What are these ‘books’ you speak of?” Stoneward: Will not stop reading the same series over and over again. Bondsmith: Likes organizing book clubs and UNITING their fellow readers.
  28. 10 points
    I just saw this today and it reminded me of high imperial.
  29. 10 points
    How the orders go camping Windrunner: Is always worried that someone is going to do something stupid and get hurt, and is always flying around making sure nobody gets injured. Skybreaker: It's in the middle of fire season, so they are watching everyone like a hawk. Dustbringer: Lights forest on fire, and then gets reported by the Skybreaker. Edgedancer: Grows back the forest so everyone will still remember it. Truthwatcher: Predicted the Dustbringer burning down the forest, and was swimming at the time. Lightweaver: Is drawing the beautiful scenery, and getting frustrated trying to soulcast a stick. Elsecaller: Is studying an interesting pinecone. Willshaper: Has found a bear cave. Took a selfie with said bear. Stoneward: Stubbornly refuses to leave the campsite Bondsmith: Tries to keep everyone happy and cooks all the meals.
  30. 9 points
    First attempt at some Sanderson fanart- resulted in this tote bag that I’ll use to carry my books around Got my awesome sister to help me and tried to get her into the Cosmere while at it - looks like I’ve failed for now- but hopefully she’ll convert after staring at the bag for long enough!
  31. 9 points
    Day 1 - A Shadow of the Past The wind blew across what passed for plains, here in the Spiritual Realm. The man who had called himself Sheon Idris in life turned his face from his contemplation of a steel and gold crown, now worn with the use of many years. The single word etched into the metal was practically worn away now, though his eyes could see it as clearly as the day he had carved it himself. Unforgiven. He looked to his left, expecting a visitor to appear, as had often come when moods like this came upon him. But that was right, she had moved on. Or had she? He couldn't remember. With a flicker of his will, his attention turned back to the Physical Realm. The Shards were preparing for war again. Incredible devastation. Incalculable destruction. All because of him and his meddling. A universe torn apart, just like its god. And every time he had attempted to put things right, things had only gotten worse. The Shardic Coalition and the wars against Odium, the great Civil War, where his own followers had torn the power of the Shards from his grasp and held them in containment. And then the Silverlight War, which had ended with Autonomy ruling the entire Cosmere for...how long had it been now? Time passed slowly here, or at least the perception of it did. And he was so old now, and so tired. Was it time to give up? Time to admit that he could not put back together what had been broken, and each time he tried it only broke things further? Time to go on into forever, and...well, whatever came after? Maybe. After all, how long had it been since he'd actually tried to pull the strings of the cosmos? Longer than it should have been, for sure. But the thought of just giving up and giving in awoke his old stubbornness to something like a sullen fire, deep within. He had failed many times, seen death and destruction and pain and loss and hate and horror so many times. And he would not sit back and let that win. He had a job to do, tired or not. Old or not. Once more into the breach, this time counting for all of them. He called up his avatar, the body he used to walk the realms. It had a name, didn't it? Something...stirring. Something that reminded him of...of colors on the flags of Hallandren, or electric lights in the night of Scadrial, or the smell of freshly fallen rain after a Highstorm. What was it, again? Ah, that was it. Hoid. The Wanderer. King's Wit, once, if he recalled right. He had probably been a storming good one. And with another little flicker of will, he stepped into Silverlight. The Shards were about to go to war again, for whatever reason. It would be chaos, and he could use chaos. Khriss was still out there, and she would try and stop him, and he would use that too. With a little laugh, he went off to play with their war, one last time. Unforgiven. But not yet broken. - - - - - - - - - - - - Welcome to AG 5: One Final Blaze of Light! As a reminder, Day 1 will not have a lynch, but you may otherwise use any Day Turn actions freely. You should all have received role PMs by now - if you haven't, please contact @A Joe in the Bush or myself immediately. Player List: 1. Amethyst Scorpion 2. Azure Mouse 3. Amber Vulture 4. Charcoal Hyena 5. Chartreuse Penguin 6. Coral Swan 7. Cream Tuatara 8. Emerald Falcon 9. Fuschia Ostrich 10. Indigo Weasel 11. Ivory Dragonfly 12. Magenta Albatross 13. Mauve Crocodile 14. Melon Dingo 15. Mint Heron 16. Onyx Flamingo 17. Opal Lion 18. Oxblood Beagle 19. Pearl Chameleon 20. Plum Rhinoceros 21. Quartz Zebra 22. Saffron Iguana 23. Sage Kangaroo 24. Salmon Meerkat 25. Sapphire Elephant 26. Scarlet Octopus 27. Sunburst Toucan 28. Taupe Gecko 29. Turquoise Gorilla 30. Violet Axolotl The day will last until Wednesday, January 16th, 1:00 AM, Mountain Time
  32. 8 points
    Hi everybody, as discussed here is the thread for the summaries of our ongoing rp threads. I clustered the threads a bit, to make it easier to orientate yourself. I wrote a short summary of each thread. If you think about moving a character there and want to have more detailed information, I recommend to read through the OP and simply ask for a summary from those that rp there already. Location: This thread represents a location, for example a city, or a bar. Plots take place in and around the location. Plot/ Character related: This thread represents a certain plot line, it's location may change as the plot continues. Locations Art's Haven A store which sells fabrials and stamps as well as art. City of Oasis The city belongs to the Ghostbloods and is led by them. Their council meets there, and most of their members can live there, should they decide to do so. Einladung Hospital A hospital in Alleycity. Everybody is able to be treated there in case of an injury. It is led by Mira an NPC everybody can control, should no healer PC be available. Additionally @xinoehp512 character Kera is usually at the hospital and able to help. Fortress Eternal The fortress belongs to the Diagramists and serves as their headquarters. They meet here to plan, or to accept new members. Newcago Court The court of Queen Elsa Steelheart and those following her. Odd Job Tavern A Tavern where you can look for jobs, or post them at a board. The Alleyharbor The harbor of Alleycity. Ships to the other side of the world and to/ from other various places leave/ arrive here. The Forge The Forge is owned by Laonin ( @Karnatheon). Laonin's goal is to rebuilt Alleycity and give those without a home, a place to live. It is used as a base by him, and those who decided to help him improve Alleycity. Trident manufacturing Owned by Dwig ( @Dr. Dapper) it's a company without any guild affiliation selling e.g. vehicles and weaponry. Plot/ Character related #Tent - MY CHARACTER IS GETTING MARRIED Marriage of Tena and Anthony. Alley purification Base for operation of the Bureau of Villanry. The Bureau are the villains of era three and in charge to create/ write the main plot. Bloodflame Gang Headquater of the Bloodflame Gang, a group of mercenaries. The gang is led by Bellatrix (@Ark1002). The North Sea This thread was called "The Other Side of the World" during era 2. It's set on the other side of the Alleyverse. The plot and the quests evolve around exploring, and stopping dark forces from taking over the islands and the creatures that live on them. The Hunt for the Jackal The thread evolves about hunting the criminal called Jackal. The Tournament of Light A Tournament hosted by the Diagramists. Everybody can take part, sign ups are open right now. House scenes Scenes involving two (or more) characters, which are usually not open to any other characters, as they are directly about the characters and their relationship with each other.
  33. 8 points
    I agree with a lot of what you say will be happening, but I have a different reason for why I think it is called Rhythm of War. I think it is in reference to the flashbacks we are going to get of Eshonai, that will then show us the traditions and oral history of the listeners to find out what led to the war between the humans and dawnsingers to begin with. The rhythm of war that called them to arms to defend their homeland against the human invaders, and how they came to ally with odium. That may be too much to reveal so soon in stormlight, so I could be totally wrong, but it was the first thought that came to me.
  34. 8 points
    i think there can be a few rationales presented. We know already that Frost has a policy of non-intervention and has tried to convince Hoid to do the same. So I do not think it a stretch to think that Edgli may feel the same. Another option is Edgli could feel that Odium has only attacked Shards that broke their deal at the beginning. Shards that group together, or interfere with each other. So she could think that if she minds her own business she will be left alone, which would explain her hostility towards Hoid trying to meddle on her world. She wouldn't want to be "seen" with him, and considered a potential adversary. Finally as you said, another very valid possibility is she has an ace in the hole ready to play if he were to go for her. Personally I feel it may be a combination of some or all of the above I listed.
  35. 8 points
    @Ashspren I get it, life happens, I'll step down and let @ILuvHats go.
  36. 8 points
    The ten orders take out the trash: Windrunners: Immediately volunteer's to take out the trash to protect others from having to do it. Skybreakers: Check to be sure that all of the trash is in the proper receptacle and then check the neighbors as well. Calls in the violations. Edgedancer: Remembers the forgotten trash and throws them out. Willshaper: What trash? Dustbringer: Creates the world's most intense dumpster fire! Elsecaller: Separates every conceivable type of trash and studies its environmental impact. Truthwatcher: Knows what the Dustbringer is going to do and gets the marshmellows. Lightweaver: Lightweaves the trash into treasure which they proceed to draw. Stoneward: Only puts out one receptacle consistently with everything in it. Bondsmith: Unites all of the receptacles into one creating the trash shard.
  37. 8 points
    How the ten orders buy a car: Skybreaker: Checks the car over to ensure that it meets all of the safety standards and then examining all of the other cars for the same reason before making a decision. Windrunner: Flies about making sure that nobody is being harmed by an over zealous salesman. Dustbringer: Sets fire to all of the cars in the lot and then chases the salesman for no good reason. Edgedancer: Reminds the salesman about all of the forgotten car features. Stoneward: Buys the same model of car that he had before. Elsecaller: Goes in having done all of the research and tells the salesman exactly what they want. Willshaper: Takes the car on a joyride when the salesman looks away and forgets to return it to the lot. Lightweaver: Soulcasts the functional minivan into a sports car. Truthwatcher: Foresees the salesperson's pitch and cuts them off and buys their car of choice. Bondsmith: Unites all of the salespeople into one ultimate salesperson.
  38. 8 points
    Grandpa's old war buddies that everyone's heard stories about but almost no one has seen?
  39. 8 points
    I'm hoping this will be the final draft, beyond additions to the sections others have volunteered to improve, and a few minor updates which I can make to this post instead of posting it again. (It feels like I just posted an update, but I don't want people to miss these new additions.) After that, this can go to live in the Character thread or Guide thread or wherever it's going. EDIT: @Snipexe wrote the bulk of the updates. The Equipment list and skills section are his creation. All I did was edit them. A huge thanks to him. At first glance, the points for skills seems high. I was tempted to half all of them. But then I got to thinking that if someone spent fifteen years training with a gun, they would end up being better than some of the magic users on the list. That said, like everything here, I'm open to revisiting them. Because of the skills, I'm seriously considering either upping the cap to 125 or, or allotting more points for weaknesses when I score. I've decided I'm going to try out this version on the submitted E3 bios, to see how the average character scores. If it's higher than I'd like and they're not OP in my opinion, I'll tweak something to make it work. Most weakness lessen character's ability to use their skills anyway, so I expect people will score lower on that section than they'd expect. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. EDIT: The points cap for a character is 150 points. 100 of these may be used for points from any category, like magic. 50 of the points may only be used for skills. THE INDEX: FOURTH DRAFT Additional Equipment List: (first draft) Example Character Bio (scored):
  40. 8 points
    After reading "Edgedancer" on a very long train ride today i noticed that Lift insisting that Wyndel is a caputred voidbringer most likely isn't just her usual nonsense talk. The concept that you can capture a voidbringer and make it serve you, could stem from the enslavement of the parshmen.
  41. 8 points
    I think shipping Syl and Kaladin is a complete reach and is kind of a disservice to the radiant-spren relationship that BS has cultivated between them. This is not a romantic relationship at all and feels far more like a father and child or just plain platonic. Even when she was "human sized" in Shadesmar there was no indication that there was any sort of attraction between them. Shipping them seems wrong. There is still ample opportunity for BS to introduce new Radiants and characters that will be more suited for Kaladin than Shallan or Laral, and bringing back Tarah is a real possibility since he included a glimpse of their time together.
  42. 7 points
    Not actual facts. Three Shards for Roshar and its storms of Light, Two Shards for Scadrial's mists and geodes, Two Shards for Sel, doomed to die, And one Shard for Threnody's Evil and Home In the land of Ambition where the Shades lie. But one Shard to rule them all, One Shard to find them: One Shard to bring them all And in the dark sands bind them In the land of Taldain where Autonomy lies. And, IF KAFKA WROTE THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE... One morning, the Stick awoke from stormy dreams of Shadesmar to find that it had transformed into an enormous fire...
  43. 7 points
    So I first preface this with I know the "lesser spren make shardplate" is a highly contested theory. So I realize that basing part of my theory on the premise that lesser spren making shardplate being true means it is not conclusive as there are well laid out arguments both for and against it. I was just having a back and forth on another thread when @insert_anagram_here brought up a quote, and it got me thinking. So for the sake of working out this theory, I will act as if lesser spren making shardplate is true, even though we do not know this for sure. So here we go "Of the Unmade, Sja-anat was most feared by the Radiants. They spoke extensively of her ability to corrupt spren, though only "lesser" spren - whatever that means." (Hessi's Mythica) So @insert_anagram_here brought up a really good point. If at that time Sja-anat could theoretically only possess "lesser" spren, then why would Radiants be especially fearful of her? I think part of the reason (not the whole, I have a feeling there is more) is that lesser spren make up shardplate (statement made in this fashion for sake of theory, not veracity, please see above explanation). Think of it like this, you are a radiant about to go into battle with high powered enemies or you are outnumbered. You call your shardplate to give you extra protection and the strength to fight off such overwhelming foes except.....nothing happens. Instead of you see corrupted versions of your lesser spren armor hanging around. Panicking you try to summon it again, only for again nothing to happen. You desperately try to fight off your foes with just your healing and surges, but it is not enough without the aid of your armor, and you fall. Or, you form your armor, but some of it is corrupted spren, that begin corrupting the rest of the spren, causing your armor to freeze up, or drain all your stormlight, or any other hazard that could come from being encased by something actively working against you. So that is a broad summation of a rough theory as to why Sja-anat could be so fearsome with her corrupted lesser spren (in addition to using them as spies). What do you all think?
  44. 7 points
    When you do quizlet live in Spanish class and you call yourself “(name) el superviviente de hathsin”
  45. 7 points
    Actually, given a cycle of delay, it would have been possible to get every single faction to win, if everyone was willing to get the Joe Cloud the Adonalsium Reborn condition. It was almost possible to do so as of Day 8, without a delay, but Survival had ended up alone on Taldain, and therefore couldn't pass their Shard to anyone. The delay would have been required to get players into the correct constellation of world positions for shard passing. A mismatch between day actions and night actions would have posed an interesting challenge, but things cold have been set up such that a single player could be killed during the night turn, simultaneously leaving the Utility Company in dominion over 3 worlds and passing the last shard to Joe Cloud (assuming appropriate investments had been made). I...may have thought that out in a little too much detail. Regardless, well played to everyone. From a GMs perspective, this has been the most fun of all the Shard games I've run. I enjoyed watching the asymmetric win conditions, and really enjoyed watching the politicking going on between different factions. In retrospect, I don't know that i would have made many changes. Probably would be a good idea to check win conditions only at the end of the night, to avoid the severe complexity of trying to match day actions and night actions. Hoid's kerfluffle with the Shard stealing was likely the biggest problem point. Because so many of the win conditions relied completely on the actions provided by a single shard, the ability to steal shards was much more of a negative play experience than it might otherwise have been. I don't have any good ideas to balance that at the moment - maybe it's best to leave Hoid to his diplomatic devices. To the Stewards: if you hadn't already been set on Power over Death by the time we does the grand reshuffling, Joe and I would have edited Endowed and Oathbound - your commentary on that was on point. Finally, thank you so much to @A Joe in the Bush! This game would not have been possible without him. Seriously, by the end, he was doing the lion's share of the work. Give him all of the upvotes and kudos you can find. He still probably deserves more than that.
  46. 7 points
    How the orders have a prank war: Windrunner: sprays floor with stormlight to make it impossibly sticky. Skybreaker: is watching everyone like a hawk to make sure all pranks are legal. Dustbringer: does something with fire Edgedancer: remembers a prank they saw once with marbles, and slicks the floor to imitate it. Truthwatcher: sees all the pranks coming. Lightweaver: Makes illusions over walls so people walk into them. Elsecaller: soulcasts someone’s stuff to aluminum, and nobody can change it back. Willshaper: something jazzy, like frosting cupcakes with mustard. Stoneward. Got caught with the “hold a bowl of water up to not get soaked” prank, and has been standing there for hours. Bondsmith: unites a pie with your face.
  47. 7 points
    How the orders cook: Windrunners: Cooks something that fits everyone's dietary needs. Skybreakers: Follows the recipe to the letter. If it say's cook for 15 minutes, they cook for exactly 15 minutes. Dustbringers: Burns everything, on purpose. Edgedancers: Only cooks long lost family recipes. Truthwatchers: Knows the recipes by memory. Lightweavers: Only vaguely follows the recipe, substitutes when necessary. Elsecallers: Doesn't follow the recipe, thinks they know better than the book anyway. Willshapers: Just randomly throws thing together. Stonewards: Doesn't cook. Eats only Granola bars. Bondsmiths: Uses every ingredient in their house. Unites them into the greatest food ever.
  48. 7 points
    How the ten orders eat out: Windrunner: Goes into the kitchen before sitting down to make sure the facilities produce safe food. Skybreaker: Goes into the kitchen to make sure it follows the health code and takes down every infraction. Elsecaller: Pops in for the meal then pops the food home when it arrives. Edgedancer: Invites a few people off the street to join the meal. Willshaper: Eats at the most out of the way hole in the wall Restaurant. Truthwatcher: Predicts soup of the day and wins a bet with the Willshaper. Stoneward: Gets a steak and makes it on the grill. Dustbringer: Eats spiciest food on the menu and a baked Alaska. Goes home starts a bonfire. Lightweaver: Lightweaves themselves into the chef and starts cooking. Bondsmith: Uses the meal as an excuse to reconcile fighting friends.
  49. 7 points
    Who caused the shattering?
  50. 7 points
    Not gonna lie, the Sly/Kaladin ship is kind of off-putting... Even if we ignore the fact that she's literally just a conscious piece of investiture; they've never shown even a hint of romantic interest in eachother. Sly and Kaladin are close, but their relationship is better described as brother and sister than 2 lovers (pretty sure spren don't even have sex). Also I dont really see how the honorspren captain describing their bond as intimate proves anything when they would describe every nahel bond that way... Since you know melding your soul with someone is inherently intimate.
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