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  1. 43 points
    Hey everyone! So I, like many of you I'm sure, have been trying to successfully convert my wife to the Cosmere. Literally since I met her I've been trying to get her to read The Way of Kings but there never seemed to be a good time for her to jump into it - either she was reading something else, had too much work, or just couldn't commit to a 1000-page book whose series wasn't finished yet. However, we've recently figured out that she really enjoys being read aloud to - she likes the sound of my voice and it helps her relax after a long day (she's a high school English teacher dealing with teenage angst all day - please show her some sympathy here). So naturally, I finally sold her on tWoK and I've been reading it to her for the last few months, a bit at a time. At the moment, we're in part 2 and just read the scene where Dalinar experiences the first vision we see 'on-screen' where the Midnight Essence shows up and he fights it off with a fire poker. So here's another thing: my wife is absolutely hilarious and also has trouble remembering names (to be fair, Alethi names have a lot of -lin, -as, -nar suffixes), so I recently asked her to give me a breakdown of what she remembers each character as. Here's what she's got: Kaladin - Slaveboi - "He used to be soldierboi, now he's slaveboi, but I'm pretty sure by the end of all this he'll be shardboi" Shallan - Sneak - "She's so mean! She's just becoming friends with her to steal her magic jewellery. I don't like her." Dalinar - Jeffrey Dean Morgan - "He looks like JDM." Adolin - The Hot Brother - "He's kind of a slut right?" Renarin - The Awkward Brother Sylphrena - Manic Pixie Dream Girl Sadeas - B****boi - "He's the idiot with the bridges right? Yeah, he's a b****boi." Jasnah - Princess Jasmine - "She's a princess right? No? Yes - she's the daughter of Dead Kingy Boi." Gavilar - Dead Kingy Boi Szeth - The Michelin Man - "Because he's big and all in white!" "Tay, he's average size. Just his eyes are described as big." "Are you kidding me?" Elhokar - Boi King - "You're making sure to write these all as 'b-o-i', right?" Gaz - C***! - I know this board doesn't allow swearing - but she just straight-up shouted the c-word when I mentioned Gaz. The Stormfather - The Stormdaddy - "Make sure they know it's being said in an uncomfortably sexual way." Chasmfiends - Rock Lobsters Some early hot takes from Tay: - Dalinar killed Gavilar so that he could become king because he's in love with Gavilar's wife. - The shardbearer who Kaladin fights in the first chapter killed all of his men and enslaved Kaladin. - Sadeas is behind the cut saddle. - Kaladin and Syl are going to fall in love. - Kaladin is going to get a shardblade ("He's obviously going to get a shardblade Chris... don't mess with me here.") - Shallan already has a shardblade (!) - Shallan is going to feel too guilty to steal Jasnah's soul-caster OR "Princess Jasmine is going to catch her sneaking around and say 'Hey Sneak. Let's have a DMC about why you want to steal my magic jewellery.'" I also thought I'd pop back in on this thread every once in a while to update you with any fun observations she makes in the future, and thought this could be a nice place to share our experiences with introducing the series to the people in our lives and their reactions to us being insufferable and incorrigible nerds!
  2. 21 points
    Had some fun with this one
  3. 20 points
    Quick update! So I told my wife about how excited everyone was getting on this board. This is generally how it went down: ME: "I got so many points! I went from Prelan to Babsk to Houselord and now I'm a Forescout!" TAY: "None of those mean a single thing to me." ME: "So how about I read to you again tonight? You can help me with my burgeoning career as a Cosmere comedian. Wait - does that make me Wit?" TAY: "No, Chris. It makes me Wit. You're just the vessel I use to share my genius with the masses." Either way, I read a good five chapters last night. Here are some of the zingers: ME READING: "'I can save her,' Kal said." TAY: *snorts* "Ha! No you can't. Why? Because character development, Slaveboi, that's why." Tay tries to convince me by way of a five minute conversation that the White Stripes predicted the plot of the book - "Think about it, Chris! 'I'm talking to myself at night because I can't forget'! Like the Stormdaddy is talking to JDM during the storms! I'm right." She has also predicted that Kaladin secretly killed Brightlord Wisitow when he was 13 - "Because... abuse? Or something. Slaveboi doesn't like Lighteyes anyways." She also came up with the following character names: Rock - Dwayne Johnston Wit - The Court Jester Brightlord Wisitow - Brightlord Wichita (this was the starting off point for her hot take on the White Stripes) Laral - Rosalind - "Rosamund. Because he's got unrequited love with her like Romeo and Rosamund. Wait - no. Rosalind. Rosamund is playing Moiraine." Lirin - Pop-Pop And last but not least, she came up with her title for The Way of Kings. I present to you: The Adventures of Slaveboi and Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Book One of the Stormlight Archive. That's all I've got for now! But if we're stuck at home with COVID-19 any time soon, I'm sure there will be more!
  4. 16 points
    I just want you all to know, before I begin, that I’ve been hyped about writing this literally since I posted the last one. I’ve mulled over what to say, tried to remember parts...yeah. So that’s fun. (Despite this, I’m still managing to write most of this way too late at night.) I’m posting it both in a status update and in my blog as a way of transitioning this tradition to my blog in the future. I’ve only done it once before, so does it need a transition and can I call it a tradition yet? Who knows. With that out of the way...another year happened. Which is a decently big deal on the Shard, for those of us who haven’t been around for ages, at least. It’s now been two years since I read the Sanderson Memes and Sanderfan threads during school, then decided this place was pretty cool. In the last year I’ve gone from thirty-one followers to fifty-four, thirteen days won to fifty-seven, and 1,038 reputation points to 3,904 of them. I made a blog and submitted my crappy art to the gallery. (Be glad I never submitted my Inquisitor sculpture...) I started some more forum games and some more roleplays too - who’s surprised - and the old ones have been just as fun. I even participated in a few discussions about the actual books. (I also joined Discord, which in my case is essentially an extension of the Shard, and that let me meet and talk to even more wonderful people. I don’t regret that choice.) This means it’s also been two years since I started gradually meeting some of the best people in the world. Because really, you are. Again, I can’t list all of you because I will literally run out of original compliments, and it’ll end up as something like “you’re cool! And you can write! I like what you write and how you talk!” for everyone and that’s not very nice of me, so to everyone I didn’t mention - that does not mean I don’t enjoy talking with you, laugh when I read your RP, and overanalyze your member titles. It just means I’m running out of ways to say those things without saying the same thing to all of you and feeling guilty about it. I’m going to begin by saying that it wouldn’t be fair to mention the people I focused on last time again, but also I can’t not because they are amazing too, so consider yourselves mentioned! Archer continued to help me through some emotional death sessions and Mist saved my butt recently. Also Po is Po and I really don’t have words for her. (@Archer, @Mistspren, @Blessing of Potency) Sorana is another storming awesome human being who must be talked about. If someone had told me a couple years ago that I would eventually be friends with a literal angel who also is an adult in Europe, I would have been very confused. But I am! And you are! You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and everything you spend your time on, from sewing/quilting/doing magic with cloth to alltypes of roleplay, is just so grand. Your writing style is so beautiful and also you’re one of those cool smart people who’s bilingual. I know there are a lot of them, especially in countries that don’t speak English, but that doesn’t make them any less smart. So yeah, you’re awesome. (@Sorana, @bilingual people) Guess who else rocks? Meta. Meta does. You’re so witty that you should be Ene! Also, you write well. No arguments - you do. In addition, I have come and died in your inbox and you just causally revive me and send me off again to keep living in the world. How do you do this? No idea, but I’m convinced you’re a Feelings Sorcerer. Thanks for the Rioting and recommendations; you’re hilarious and way smarter than anyone has a right to be. Please do not stop being these things. If you do I will make sad puppy eyes at you. (@MetaTerminal) Next up on our list of Extremely Fantastic Human Beings is Stick! DoomStick, I will clarify, because this site has a trillion of them! Stick, we’ve been talking for ages and I would like to not stop, because you’re always super fun and clever and interesting. Like seriously, always. You can cook and bake and play an instrument and speak Latin and make epic rainbow loom things...the world is running out of things you haven’t conquered, dude. Every time we chat, whether on the Longest Status Update or in the plethora of other updates or TLPW or our AMAs or anywhere else, you’re a delight to talk to, and RPing with Tourmaline and Olivia is no different. Thank you. (@DoomStick) WYN. YOU’RE A PERSON. A great person who has heartwarming RP, sweet things to say to everyone, and palpable love just...emanating from you. You and your stories are fantastic. James is fantastic - thank you so much for being in TKND. I hope that girl at your school learns how awesome the “janitor man” is. Your faith and humor deserve accolades. (@Wyndlerunner) Silva, for all y’all’s information, is also incredible. I mean, how many named NPCs do you have? And you keep them all organized and write awesomely with them! At this point you can’t convince me your brain could make words go together badly. Maybe if you had a concussion. No matter what we’re talking about, religion or magic dreams or cute deer, you are consistently amazing. (@Silva) Getting on Discord introduced me to Storm, and I am eternally grateful. I already knew you were fairly cool from our small Shard interactions and the fact that you founded TUBA, but now I know your coolness in detail! You’re funny and an epic storyteller, and I really like our conversations. I look forward to RPing with you. (@Stormblessed Dolphin) Lunaaaaaaaaa!!! I’m not sure why I typed your name like that, but! Whatever! You’re exciting! Having adventures with you is a highlight of my Sharding experience, and you seem to be able to just make fun nonsense happen through sheer force of being you. Also you can write! “Well I’ve never RPed before” *proceeds to make characters who I fall in love with instantly* (@Lunamor) (You can probably tell I’m tired by now, and this is getting long, but spike it I’m gonna rapid-fire verbally hug you all in no particular order fight me) Invo, you are obviously The Cool Kid but also you’re really thoughtful and you give smart advice. I’m glad I know you. (@Invocation) Salad, you are literally the best in every way! I love talking with you, and also we are the same in like fifteen different ways. Everything you say, I can relate to or agree with, with the sole exception of your British spelling. You’re a writing ace. hahahahaha worst pun ever we’re gonna pretend that didn’t happen okayyyyy I am so sorry but also I’m leaving it in so how sorry am I really (but seriously you are a good writer) (@The Awakened Salad) Ele, you were the first person to welcome me to the Shard, but I only really got to know you on Discord. You’re friendly and funny and I’m sorry I haven’t watched that one general man’s video you gave me yet, but I’m happy to know it’s there if I need encouraging. (@ElephantEarwax) Per, you’re supportive and cool and I am so sorry I haven’t been around to watching RWBY with you, it was fun! Jay, it’s great talking to you and I’m going to buy your books someday! (@Emperor Stick, @Jaywalk) Lith, you break my brain with your creativity! Zinc, your art and writing are frighteningly good! Star, your enthusiasm for your art is inspiring! Xino, you know how great you are at worldbuilding! (@ShadowLord_Lith, @ZincAboutIt, @Shard of Thought, @xinoehp512) Venture, you are steadfastly amazing and brave! Jac, you have really great ideas and chatting with you is a pleasure! Rebecca, I love talking with you in TUBA PMs and thank you for being a great Maid of Honor, even though it went nowhere! Same goes to Ash, who also killed me with her ships! (Condor will never be resolved...nooooooo...) (@Butt Ad Venture, @bees?, @Rebecca, @Ashspren) Mac, I marvel at your advice and wisdom! Truthless, I’m sorry I left HAHAR (hold up, that was its acronym? Ha har, a laugh? That’s gold lol) but RPing with you was fun! Honorless, your discussions are always great! (@MacThorstenson, @Truthless of Shinovar, @Dreamer) To everyone I have ever roleplayed with, I sincerely thank you. Let me get really serious for a sec. A common phrase when people are expressing love is “I love you to death.” Which makes some sense: “I’ll love you even past death.” “I’d kill for you.” It could also be interpreted as “I love you so much I want to kill you.” (Let’s hope not.) And...”I would die for you.” The thing is, I do love all of you, as friends, sometimes as much as family. Honestly, more than my own family in some cases. And I will continue loving you in the afterlife that I believe in. I would not, however, kill for you in most cases, nor would I kill you. Or die for you. But the last year or so has just hit me so hard that I don’t even want to think of a good enough metaphor. Sometimes the Shard was the problem, or made the problem worse. But most of the time, you guys have saved me. I’m not suicidal, that’s not part of my depression portfolio. But I’m living emotionally and mentally as well as I am because of some of you people. So I don’t love you to death. I love you to life, because that’s what your love did for me. *hopes that wasn’t as stupid as it sounds in her head as she pulls out a root beer and proposes a toast to another year*
  5. 16 points
    I think there's a whole book about what Raoden would do...
  6. 15 points
    We got to the end of Part 2! Here's some of the greatest hits up until Dalinar's choice to abdicate. Navani – Michelle-Pfeiffer-that-white-gold – “Not Michelle Pfeiffer… make sure they know it's Michelle-Pfeiffer-that-white-gold every time.” Chulls – Crab-cows – “It’s what they are, Chris!” ME: *reading about Kaladin thinking about abandoning the warcamps* TAY: If he’s going to abandon his friends in Bridge Four I’m done. He will be Traitorboi to me if he does that. ME: Knobweed- TAY: Ha! Knobweed. Sounds like pubes. That’s what I’m calling your pubes from now on. ME: So now that you’ve heard all of them – can you guess who wrote the letter in the epigraphs? TAY: *defeated* I dunno Chris. Is it the Court Jester? ME: Yes! TAY: Wait – really? Oh damnation I’m good at this! *after Bridge Four has chasm duty for the first time* TAY: Huh. Guess I was wrong. I seriously thought Slaveboi would be attacked by a Rock Lobster down there. ME: *knowing smile* ME: *describes Kaladin doing his first kata with a spear on chasm duty with Bridge Four* TAY: Weird flex, but ok. ME: *describing Dalinar smashing things with a hammer when he’s thinking* TAY: That’s some Perrin Aybara stuff right there. ME: *says ‘Brightlord’* TAY: Hey Chris hey. If there’s a brightlord is there a dumblord? Heh. *pauses* Sadeas. Sadeas is a dulllord. ME: *reads the word khokh and linil describing Dalinar’s glyphpair* TAY: Did you say cock? *laughs uproariously* And it’s in the shape of a tower too! Ha! Legitimately interested reactions (oohs and aahs - not just being funny) to: - Dalinar thinking that there’s a pattern to the Shattered Plains. - The Parshendi having grown their own armour - How spanreeds work
  7. 15 points
    Drawing done with alcohol markers. I tried to make it look like real stained glass, but that proved difficult RIP my white gel pen
  8. 12 points
    Bro I don't like Shallan ether but there are topics about 50 pages long debating what's good and what's bad about her and there are good points on both sides I would suggest skimming over them
  9. 12 points

    From the album Shallan/Veil Cosplay

    Here's a picture of the front of my cosplay. I am so storming excited about this cosplay! I had help from an incredibly kind and talented friend in making the dress/jacket part of the outfit (there's no way I could sew something like that by myself ). It took a while but I finally got it done! (Sorry it's sideways )
  10. 11 points
    It said something like boyfriend, girlfriend, everything has an end except Kaladin’s depression. Anyway - I present to you the Shard around a book release, rolling in every tidbit we can get out of Brandon.
  11. 11 points
    TLDR: Ishar has always been nuts and Nale is right he survived with his mind just as it has always been. For some reason Nale and Ash both think that Ishar is the only one of them that has not gone insane. Nale even tells Szeth at the end of OB that "Only Ishar survived <the torture> with his mind intact". Everyone assumes the Heralds are just misguided and blindly trusting one of their leading thinkers and scholars. But what if they are not wrong? What if they've been right all along and Ishar has survived with mind intact? What if Ishar has always been a megalomaniacal psychopathic bastard?! It was his idea to ditch Taln. It was his idea to put rules on the Radiants, but maybe it was out of jealousy of their growing power displacing him as a deity. With the destruction of Ashyn they knew very well the dangers of surgebinding. What took them several Desolations to realize precautions were required, if that was in fact the reasoning for formalizing the Orders. Look at the endpage art of him Any takers on this nonsense? =) Just trying to shake things up with a different angle.
  12. 11 points
    Hi guys, Negative_Null here. I'm a big Sanderson fan ever since my friend made me read Alcatraz, and here we are. Love the Shardcast, all the books, and inexplicably, Moash, but not Stick (Fight me) What else? I'd be an Elsecaller as far as I know, Brass compounding would be awesome whether or not you could actually set things on fire, and my Talent is bad puns. Am I in, or do I need more Intent?
  13. 10 points
    So my wife recently decided to take a few classes at BYU. Among other things, this means access to the library, home to one of the rarest of all books. And because she's just that great, she checked it out for me! #MyWifeIsAwesome
  14. 10 points
    Feeling annoyed at all the current party candidates? If so then I've got a man for you. Kaladin Stormblessed is a man of the people. He's committed to ensuring a better, happier state for all of us humans. A successful leader Mr. Stormblessed has served as a highprinces honor guard, leader of the Order of Windrunners, and second-in-command in Kohlinar mission. Notable accomplishments include bonding a spren, keeping a slave group alive day after day as they charged arrows for a living, and moving on from a troubled love triangle. Truly a man of our times. Mr. Stormlblessed is going to stop slavery by casting down the corrupt highprinces and turning the dahn system into a climbable ladder instead of greased slide downward. For anyone interested in supporting Kaladin please vote at your local Alethkar elections. Definitely, don't vote Moash in. He's a real screw up
  15. 10 points
    First post on 17th shard! Drawing of Spensa and Doomslug I did a while back.
  16. 10 points
    Might be a bit late, but is still needed. Brandon: says that stick is normal the entirety of his fanbase:
  17. 10 points
    I take no credit for this, but I figured this needed to be on here...
  18. 9 points
    I recently came across this WoB, and as I am currently studying linguistics, I decided to see what insights into the history of Roshar could be gained by analyzing the language families present. First off, I would love to see Brandon's wiki someday, though it doesn't seem likely at least until he finishes writing everything he has planned for the Cosmere. Comparing the modern Roshar map and the Silver Kingdoms Epoch map, we can see that the following silver kingdoms adopted which languages: Vorin: Rishir, Valhav, Alethela, Natanatan, Thalath Makabaki: Makabakam Iri: Iri, Sela Tales Aimian: Aimia Dawnate: Shin Kak Nish, Valhav (Horneater Peaks) Makabaki is very straightforward. All humans in that part of the world started in one place with one language. Evidently, the Makabaki people did not extensively travel to or trade with other regions of the world in early history, since their language family is confined to that silver kingdom. The population grew, and they started to spread. As they grew farther apart, communications between the various regions decreased, and eventually the dialects became distinct languages. Basic evolution of language. I would be interested to know which languages in this region are not of Makabaki descent, since Brandon did say "most" of the languages split off that. Iri is spoken in a part of the world where we have seen very little so far, so this is particularly insightful. The fact that Reshi is part of this language family is especially telling. There must have been extensive sea travel between Iri and the Reshi Isles in early post-Recreance. Whether the Iri people still travel the seas and the Reshi Isles as extensively as they once did is unknown, but I would venture to say that at one point in history at least, Iri and Riran sailors and ships would have rivaled and probably beat the Thaylens. I had trouble placing Tu Bayla, since we don't know a lot about it and it doesn't seem to quite fit regionally with any of the others. It does border the Purelake, which suggested it could be in the Iri family, but that wasn't enough for me. The short words in front of names (TU Bayla, RU Parat - see the map) seemed similar to a few different things. First off, Tu Fallia, a region separated from Tu Bayla by a mountain range. The exact same word, Tu, seems to suggest a similar background, but I think this may be coincidental. Geographically, there is not much reason to suggest a connection between the two. The closest I came to finding a connection between the two is the silver kingdom Valhav. Valhav almost contained both Tu Bayla and Tu Fallia, but Tu Fallia is just outside its borders, inside Makabakam. I found other linguistic similarities in Jah Keved and the Purelake. For one thing, the word Jah - a short word included at the start of the nation's name. Similarly, the titles that signify the birth order of sons in Veden culture: NAN Balat, TET Wikim, ASHA Jushu. In the Purelake, the gods NU Ralik and VUN Makak, as well as their villages FU Abra, FU Namir, FU Albast, and FU Moorin. My conclusion - those prefixes are a remnant of the Silver Kingdom Valhav, manifested in the various languages of those places. Valhav included Tu Bayla, much of Jah Keved, and bordered the Purelake and Tu Fallia. So what language is spoken in Tu Bayla? Most likely something from the Iri family, with remnants of the ancient language of Valhav. Aimian is a tricky one. Some people use it as evidence that Aimians are not native to Roshar, and that could very well be true, but I don't think there is enough linguistic evidence to prove that. Brandon's wording is a better hint than the languages themselves. It makes sense that the island nation would have a separate language family of its own. Vorin is an odd case. Geographically, it occupies the largest area by far, with much less variation than would be expected. Thaylen is obviously more distantly related since it is an island nation. There is no evidence that Jah Keved hasn't been one nation for thousands of years, so it is feasible that Jah Keved could be united under one language, with regional dialects of course. My main questions concerning the Vorin languages are about Kharbranthian and Alethi. Kharbranthian is "basically a dialect," but a dialect of which Vorin language? I think we can quickly rule out Herdazian and Bav purely on a geographical basis. Though Kharbranth is located in the Frostlands, what anciently was Natanatan, I think it is unlikely that Kharbranthian is a dialect of Natan. If Kharbranthian is still "basically a dialect," then it split off of another language fairly recently, and since Natan is close to dead, it doesn't seem to fit. Thaylen seems like the obvious choice, since it is geographically close, but there is a glaring problem with that. To quote Shallan, Shallan cannot speak Thaylen, yet she was capable of speaking with people in Kharbranth just fine. That leaves Veden or Alethi. (Shallan doesn't say so to Jasnah, but I assume she can speak Veden. After all, she does say your native Alethi, which implies that it is not Shallan's native language.) Since Kharbranth is geographically closer to Jah Keved than Alethkar, I would guess that Kharbranthian is a dialect of Veden, but that is just an educated guess. Alethkar was divided into different warring princedoms for much of its history. Logically, each princedom would have developed its own language, yet we see that they all share the Alethi language. My theory about why this is is that when Sadees, the Sunmaker, united Alethkar, he established the language of his princedom as the official language of Alethkar. Not enough time passed between his conquest and Gavilar's for the language to change more than developing different dialects. As for the Dawnate languages, these are descended from the dawnchant. These are mostly isolated groups of people (Shin, Horneaters, parshendi), and they must have been isolated since ancient times. Of course the parshendi language is descended from the ancient singers' language. The Horneaters must have been isolated in the Horneater Peaks since around the time of or even before the Recreance, I would guess. The truly surprising language in this category is Shin. Shinovar was the original home given to the humans when they came to Roshar. I would have expected they would have brought their own language, not adopted a dawnchant-based language. I don't know why Shin is dawnchant-based; I would love to hear ideas about this in the comments.
  19. 9 points
    I just want you all to know, before I begin, that I’ve been hyped about writing this literally since I posted the last one. I’ve mulled over what to say, tried to remember parts...yeah. So that’s fun. (Despite this, I’m still managing to write most of this way too late at night.) I’m posting it both in a status update and in my blog as a way of transitioning this tradition to my blog in the future. I’ve only done it once before, so does it need a transition and can I call it a tradition yet? Who knows. With that out of the way...another year happened. Which is a decently big deal on the Shard, for those of us who haven’t been around for ages, at least. It’s now been two years since I read the Sanderson Memes and Sanderfan threads during school, then decided this place was pretty cool. In the last year I’ve gone from thirty-one followers to fifty-four, thirteen days won to fifty-seven, and 1,038 reputation points to 3,904 of them. I made a blog and submitted my crappy art to the gallery. (Be glad I never submitted my Inquisitor sculpture...) I started some more forum games and some more roleplays too - who’s surprised - and the old ones have been just as fun. I even participated in a few discussions about the actual books. (I also joined Discord, which in my case is essentially an extension of the Shard, and that let me meet and talk to even more wonderful people. I don’t regret that choice.) This means it’s also been two years since I started gradually meeting some of the best people in the world. Because really, you are. Again, I can’t list all of you because I will literally run out of original compliments, and it’ll end up as something like “you’re cool! And you can write! I like what you write and how you talk!” for everyone and that’s not very nice of me, so to everyone I didn’t mention - that does not mean I don’t enjoy talking with you, laugh when I read your RP, and overanalyze your member titles. It just means I’m running out of ways to say those things without saying the same thing to all of you and feeling guilty about it. I’m going to begin by saying that it wouldn’t be fair to mention the people I focused on last time again, but also I can’t not because they are amazing too, so consider yourselves mentioned! Archer continued to help me through some emotional death sessions and Mist saved my butt recently. Also Po is Po and I really don’t have words for her. (@Archer, @Mistspren, @Blessing of Potency) Sorana is another storming awesome human being who must be talked about. If someone had told me a couple years ago that I would eventually be friends with a literal angel who also is an adult in Europe, I would have been very confused. But I am! And you are! You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and everything you spend your time on, from sewing/quilting/doing magic with cloth to all types of roleplay, is just so grand. Your writing style is so beautiful and also you’re one of those cool smart people who’s bilingual. I know there are a lot of them, especially in countries that don’t speak English, but that doesn’t make them any less smart. So yeah, you’re awesome. (@Sorana, @bilingual people) Guess who else rocks? Meta. Meta does. You’re so witty that you should be Ene! Also, you write well. No arguments - you do. In addition, I have come and died in your inbox and you just causally revive me and send me off again to keep living in the world. How do you do this? No idea, but I’m convinced you’re a Feelings Sorcerer. Thanks for the Rioting and recommendations; you’re hilarious and way smarter than anyone has a right to be. Please do not stop being these things. If you do I will make sad puppy eyes at you. (@MetaTerminal) Next up on our list of Extremely Fantastic Human Beings is Stick! DoomStick, I will clarify, because this site has a trillion of them! Stick, we’ve been talking for ages and I would like to not stop, because you’re always super fun and clever and interesting. Like seriously, always. You can cook and bake and play an instrument and speak Latin and make epic rainbow loom things...the world is running out of things you haven’t conquered, dude. Every time we chat, whether on the Longest Status Update or in the plethora of other updates or TLPW or our AMAs or anywhere else, you’re a delight to talk to, and RPing with Tourmaline and Olivia is no different. Thank you. (@DoomStick) WYN. YOU’RE A PERSON. A great person who has heartwarming RP, sweet things to say to everyone, and palpable love just...emanating from you. You and your stories are fantastic. James is fantastic - thank you so much for being in TKND. I hope that girl at your school learns how awesome the “janitor man” is. Your faith and humor deserve accolades. (@Wyndlerunner) Silva, for all y’all’s information, is also incredible. I mean, how many named NPCs do you have? And you keep them all organized and write awesomely with them! At this point you can’t convince me your brain could make words go together badly. Maybe if you had a concussion. No matter what we’re talking about, religion or magic dreams or cute deer, you are consistently amazing. (@Silva) Getting on Discord introduced me to Storm, and I am eternally grateful. I already knew you were fairly cool from our small Shard interactions and the fact that you founded TUBA, but now I know your coolness in detail! You’re funny and an epic storyteller, and I really like our conversations. I look forward to RPing with you. (@Stormblessed Dolphin) Lunaaaaaaaaa!!! I’m not sure why I typed your name like that, but! Whatever! You’re exciting! Having adventures with you is a highlight of my Sharding experience, and you seem to be able to just make fun nonsense happen through sheer force of being you. Also you can write! “Well I’ve never RPed before” *proceeds to make characters who I fall in love with instantly* (@Lunamor) (You can probably tell I’m tired by now, and this is getting long, but spike it I’m gonna rapid-fire verbally hug you all in no particular order fight me) Invo, you are obviously The Cool Kid but also you’re really thoughtful and you give smart advice. I’m glad I know you. (@Invocation) Salad, you are literally the best in every way! I love talking with you, and also we are the same in like fifteen different ways. Everything you say, I can relate to or agree with, with the sole exception of your British spelling. You’re a writing ace. hahahahaha worst pun ever we’re gonna pretend that didn’t happen okayyyyy I am so sorry but also I’m leaving it in so how sorry am I really (but seriously you are a good writer) (@The Awakened Salad) Ele, you were the first person to welcome me to the Shard, but I only really got to know you on Discord. You’re friendly and funny and I’m sorry I haven’t watched that one general man’s video you gave me yet, but I’m happy to know it’s there if I need encouraging. (@ElephantEarwax) Per, you’re supportive and cool and I am so sorry I haven’t been around to watching RWBY with you, it was fun! Jay, it’s great talking to you and I’m going to buy your books someday! (@Emperor Stick, @Jaywalk) Lith, you break my brain with your creativity! Zinc, your art and writing are frighteningly good! Star, your enthusiasm for your art is inspiring! Xino, you know how great you are at worldbuilding! (@ShadowLord_Lith, @ZincAboutIt, @Shard of Thought, @xinoehp512) Venture, you are steadfastly amazing and brave! Jac, you have really great ideas and chatting with you is a pleasure! Rebecca, I love talking with you in TUBA PMs and thank you for being a great Maid of Honor, even though it went nowhere! Same goes to Ash, who also killed me with her ships! (Condor will never be resolved...nooooooo...) (@Butt Ad Venture, @bees?, @Rebecca, @Ashspren) Mac, I marvel at your advice and wisdom! Truthless, I’m sorry I left HAHAR (hold up, that was its acronym? Ha har, a laugh? That’s gold lol) but RPing with you was fun! Honorless, your discussions are always great! (@MacThorstenson, @Truthless of Shinovar, @Dreamer) To everyone I have ever roleplayed with, I sincerely thank you. Let me get really serious for a sec. A common phrase when people are expressing love is “I love you to death.” Which makes some sense: “I’ll love you even past death.” “I’d kill for you.” It could also be interpreted as “I love you so much I want to kill you.” (Let’s hope not.) And...”I would die for you.” The thing is, I do love all of you, as friends, sometimes as much as family. Honestly, more than my own family in some cases. And I will continue loving you in the afterlife that I believe in. I would not, however, kill for you in most cases, nor would I kill you. Or die for you. But the last year or so has just hit me so hard that I don’t even want to think of a good enough metaphor. Sometimes the Shard was the problem, or made the problem worse. But most of the time, you guys have saved me. I’m not suicidal, that’s not part of my depression portfolio. But I’m living emotionally and mentally as well as I am because of some of you people. So I don’t love you to death. I love you to life, because that’s what your love did for me. *hopes that wasn’t as stupid as it sounds in her head as she pulls out a root beer and proposes a toast to another year*
  20. 9 points
    Due to recent events, I thought this one might be a bit fun to do. Behold, the ten orders in quarantine: Windrunner- They’re actually not home right now, they’re wearing a hazmat suit delivering food and supplies to everyone. They’re also letting Dustbringer live with them. Skybreaker- They follow the quarantine religiously and haven’t set foot outside since it began. They’re beginning to wonder how to get food... Dustbringer- They got bored while in quarantine and accidentally burned their house down, so now they are living with Windrunner. Edgedancer- They’re taking the time to go through all their keepsakes and old photos to remember what they have forgotten. Truthwatcher- They know exactly when the quarantine will end, so they’ve bought supplies accordingly. Lightweaver- They lie to themselves and pretend that there is no quarantine, so right now they’re outside taking a chance to create some public art. Elsecaller- They’re the one whose been studying the coronavirus and keeping track of where it’s going, who has it, etc. Willshaper- Doesn’t even realize there is a quarantine. They’re still hiking in the mountains, away from civilization. Stoneward- Has creates a very specific routine for each day inside of the house and is dedicated to doing the same things, every day. Bondsmith- They’re uniting everyone through video chats, since they can’t actually meet physically.
  21. 9 points
    There’s a fairly common theory out there that our main characters are going to form a new Oathpact. I’d like to lay out explicitly the hints I see for this, identifying what I believe a lot of people are subconsciously picking up on. The Connotations of Oathpact But let’s start off with the word itself. Stormlight is a fantasy series, so we’re used to getting made-up words that are two real words mashed together. Storm-light. Void-bringer. Even Brandon’s other series, you get stuff like God King and Lord Ruler. They’re simple ways to make proper nouns without inventing a new word. (Obligatory xkcd link: https://xkcd.com/483/.) It’s not the only way to do it: the series Mistborn makes up new words to great effect, like Allomancer or Feruchmist, as opposed to Stormlight’s Surgebinders and Shardbearers. “Oathpact” fits the bill as one of those mashup words. But when you think about it, it’s an unnecessary amalgamation. We have a real-life word that is an oath and a pact; see if you can think of it. It’s not too commonly used outside of religious writings these days, but it perfectly captures both aspects of the word “Oathpact.” You need both the binding nature with a hint of divine flavoring to it (oath), and you need the two-party ramifications (pact). Did you figure it out? The word I’m thinking about is “covenant.” It’s a word with a lot of religious baggage, but I think that fits well with the broader religious parallels of the Stormlight Shards. In a Way of Kings letter, Frost refers to Odium as “God's own divine hatred, separated from the virtues that gave it context.” There are many Shards we don’t know at all, and even more we only know by name; but for those we know a bit more about, we see them encompass attributes of divinity with a particular leaning towards a real-world religion or philosophy. Ruin and Preservation have Buddhist parallels, Autonomy’s avatars are reminiscent of Hindu avatars. In Stormlight, I’m seeing big elements of the biblical, Judeo-Christian God in all three of its Shards. For Honor, specifically, I see the aspect of making and keeping covenants. There are many covenants in the Bible; perhaps some of the best-known ones are the Abrahamic Covenant (from Genesis, at the beginning of the Bible), the Mosaic Covenant (from the Deuteronomy, a little bit later) and the New Covenant (first introduced in Jeremiah, late in the Old Testament, and later referred to heavily by Jesus Christ). There are many more, of course (Adamic, Noahic, Davidic, or even the Eternal if you’re into that sort of thing), but these help illustrate two key points about biblical covenants. 1) Covenants have one or more parties involved with responsibilities. God is a party in all three of the major covenants I listed above. But the Mosaic is unique among the three in that it is also conditional on the behavior of Israel. Both sides in this agreement need to pull their part. (God, by definition, will handle his side of things, so that puts this on the back of humanity to hold up their end of the bargain.) The other covenants are called unconditional covenants; they are not dependent on human behavior, they are pure no-strings-attached promises from God. 2) Covenants have one or more parties as recipients. The Abrahamic has promises to Abraham (which is why it’s named after him), but it also promises all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Those parties don’t have to be limited to those involved in the covenant directly; “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.” Those are two principles that I think we need to keep in mind when approaching Honor and how he distributes his power. Honor’s Covenants Each Shard can only use their powers in ways that align with their Shard’s nature (their name, their actual Shard of divine nature); this is something we see quite heavily in Mistborn but haven’t seen quite as explicitly from the Rosharan Shards yet. For Honor, I believe he can bring most of his power to bear when he does it through covenants with others. That’s what Odium was referring to in Oathbringer chapter 57: This statement does come with all the spin from the opposing political party, but we can see the kernel of truth as to what Honor means: keeping oaths and covenants. When we see the constructs Honor has set up to utilize and apply his power, we can look for three important questions: Who are the participants? Who are the recipients? And what are the conditions? The biggest example is, of course, the Oathpact proper. From Oathbringer chapter 38 (complain to the Stormfather about if the all-caps hurts your eyes): For the Oathpact, we see the participants were Honor (who provided the power) and the Heralds (who, at the very least, were responsible for their side of this conditional covenant, and I believe they received their Honorblades as a part of the deal as well). The recipients also included the Fused; they were bound on Damnation. They had no say in the covenant itself; they were merely on the receiving end of one of its parameters. And the conditions were the behavior of the Heralds; they would be sent to Braize, and as long as they didn’t break, the power of Honor was still in effect to shackle the Fused. But in the passage above, we see hints at another manifestation of Honor’s power: whatever covenant it is that holds Odium in place in the Rosharan system. The participants there are Honor and Cultivation. The recipient is Odium. The conditions, we don’t know much about yet. We can infer there’s something about Roshar in there, which is why Odium wants to destroy the planet; but that may also just be a side effect of annihilating the Shards involved. Also from Oathbringer Chapter 57: But elsewhere, Odium saw another way out: a formal retraction from the legal representative of Honor, a participant and mediator. From earlier in that chapter: Honor’s covenants, the way he expresses his power, cannot be overcome by direct opposition. Odium is bound until he can find some way to get around it. If you’re going to court (and you did it), you either need to find a legal loophole (breaking the conditions), or burn down the court building. (Editor’s note: please don’t take either of these as actual legal advice.) Radiancy as an expression of Honor This concept of covenants is also manifested in ten other ways on Roshar; through each Order of Knights Radiant. There is a conditional covenant between Honor and each individual Radiant; they are both participants. (The Stormfather eventually takes the place of Honor; that’s why he’s the one saying “THESE OATHS ARE ACCEPTED.”) The recipient in this case is the Radiant; they get Surgebinding, they get a spren, they get the ability to utilize Stormlight, they get the Shardplate, so on and so forth. But the conditions are laid out in each Order’s Ideals. And there are two ways that a Radiant has to break their covenant with Honor: they can either act against their Ideals (which is what Kaladin did in Words of Radiance and what Shallan did as a child), or they can formally renounce their participation in the Oath (which is what happened at the Recreance): This is why I refer to Surgebinding as Honor’s magic system. Sure, it uses spren of Honor and Cultivation; its ideals don’t necessarily have to align directly to something honorable. Just the mere act of making and following Oaths is Honor’s influence on the Initiation to the magic. (That, and the Radiants were in imitation of the Heralds and their Honorblades, which came about as a result of the Oathpact between them and Honor. No Cultivation in the original, no Cultivation in the copy.) The New Oathpact So, with all that groundwork, now we get to the meat of our prediction. Our ten main flashback characters are all going to be part of a new Oathpact of some sort. Lots of us, I’m sure, have felt it thematically, known it in our collective gut, but the passage that brings the most validation to the idea is from Oathbringer, Chapter 119: The most important phrase: “Something told him there should be one more.” What is that something? This is happening after Dalinar has summoned the perpendicularity, after he has Ascended to Unity. Right now, he is seeing into the Spiritual Realm. He’s getting a hint of the future – ten people who will be united in… something. Not this battle. The tenth isn’t present (more on her later), and the Heralds just skulk off. This is something further away. Something that involves Orders of Radiants, like how he identifies Szeth and Lift by their Orders. He and Jasnah count seven Radiants, each a unique Order, and Dalinar goes on to give them tasks. (Yes, there are ten total characters involved in that scene already; Adolin is also there, but you’ll notice the sentence structure for his appearance is different. It’s a side note in Renarin’s description. Every other character starts off the sentence as the subject, and they get some sort of action verb. The closest Adolin has is a question Dalinar asks; “Adolin was wounded?” But he’s not one of the Seven (since Jasnah specifies that’s seven Radiants), he gets excluded from Dalinar’s battle plan immediately following this excerpt, and he is the only character present not to be on the list for a flashback sequence in upcoming novels. So that’s why I’m leaving out of the New Oathpact.) Aside from the seven Radiants in that scene, I believe the other three Orders (Dustbringer, Willshaper, and Stoneward) are represented by Ash, Venli, and Taln, respectively, with Venli being the one who hadn’t been found yet. (She bonded Timbre later in the chapter). I go into more detail in another thread of mine on exactly how I see those Orders lining up: https://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/64496-ob-the-five-pillars-of-the-stormlight-main-characters/ This lays out the participants in the New Oathpact. Our ten flashback characters, each acting as a representative of their particular Order (which could potentially tie in all Radiants as participants, or merely as recipients). That future formal covenant is what Dalinar glimpsed at Thaylen Field. What are the effects, and who are the recipients? Well, I’m gonna go big or go home and say this is the permanent solution (or at least long-term enough to last until the last Mistborn trilogy) to Odium. Maybe it’s a better way of trapping him; maybe it’s replacing Rayse as a Vessel with these ten individuals, somehow. I haven’t seen anything that would directly point me towards specifics, yet, but Odium as the recipient scratches the itch that so many of us have. Lastly, what are the conditions? Well, I think this gets us back to the biblical parallels. The Mosaic covenant, a conditional covenant dependent on the behavior of mankind, led into the New Covenant, which is an unconditional covenant where mankind are the only recipients. I think the New Oathpact has to close the fatal gap of the Heralds’ Oathpact; it relied on them being able to indefinitely hold up their part in the deal. Again, I don’t know what specifics would be, yet; we’ve got seven more books to go until the end of the series. But a lasting solution, in the vein of the biblical New Covenant, has to take the conditions out of the hands of the Heralds, the Radiants, and any other mortals. “SPREN AND GODS CANNOT BREAK THEIR OATHS”; maybe it has something to do with that, where it ties the spren population to the New Oathpact? A Final Aside As some of you may know, the working title for the Stormlight Archive series was the Oathshards. This has obvious connections with Honor, but we don’t know what the Oathshards actually were. Most of the specific terms from Way of Kings Prime (Honorblades, Shardblades, Shardplate, Surgebinding, Soulcasting) carried over unchanged. But what were the Oathshards? I haven’t seen the word appear anywhere in the released sample chapters from the original draft, and it hasn’t appeared in canon, either. I’m of two minds about it. On one hand, it could be referring to the Blades and the Plates; they existed in the 2003 version, but the spren weren’t incorporated until the 2010 rewrite, so Oathshards may have been the phenomenon that encompassed the Shardblades and Shardplates (which are both Shards that a Radiant would get through an Oath), and the term disappeared during the rewrite when those phenomena were combined with spren. But what if the Oathshards are still a thing? Something more like the Dawnshards (which, granted, we don’t know what they are yet) or the Honorblades, and these Oathshards are somehow what tie together the members of the New Oathpact? I’ll be keeping an eye out for this term as the series continues, for sure. In Conclusion Dalinar’s Thaylen Field “Avengers Assemble” moment was him looking through the Spiritual Realm at a future New Oathpact, comprised of our ten flashback characters, which will utilize Honor’s power in a new and more permanent way to bring resolution to the wars and conflicts plaguing the Roshar System. RAFO on the details.
  22. 9 points
    Egads!! My shardversery was 4 days ago! Man, it seems like yesterday that I just joined the shard and was trying to figure out how to navigate the site... It seemed like there was so much, but eventually I stumbled upon the forum games and random stuff. Little did I know that I was about to go down the best rabbit hole in my life. This website is so awesome, every time that I want to smile or see some of the good in humanity I know I can come here and find awesome people who genuinely care about each other. I won’t name names because there are way too many and I know I’ll forget way too many, but thank you guys so much! You people are some of the coolest I know, and I feel lucky to be able to talk to you guys, even just through the forums. I’m uplifted every time I talk, play forum games, or *wins* with you guys. Thanks so much for helping make this year one of the coolest I’ve ever had! I’m excited for another year on the Shard, Truthless of Shinovar
  23. 8 points
    For those interested (and to aid the discussion/theorizing) I re-listened and wrote up a quick quick transcription from around 6:40 minute of the video: This is the Venli/Eshonai book, right? But really it’s the Venli/Eshonai flashbacks, and the main book is focusing a lot more on another character. This just naturally happened during the writing process. There’s another character that ended up taking a lot of the time. It’s not a person who has a flashback sequence in the books. So, you can theorize on who that would be. It’s somebody who does not have a flashback sequence. So it’s not Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar, Szeth, Eshonai. But really it’s this character’s book mixed with flashbacks for Venli/Eshonai. … It really turned into this character’s book, a lot more than I was expecting. It was one of those happy accidents where I really liked how it turned out. But fans who go into this expecting something that’s as much Veni’s or Eshonai’s book as the last book was Dalinar’s book are probably going to be disappointed because it’s more of a split between these two characters. These three really. Venli and Eshonai in the flashbacks and then someone else in the present. … Hardcore fans, expect another character to really be the focus of this book.
  24. 8 points
    Theory: Hoid is gathering up magic from all the Shards for some purpose. Odium is of the Shards. He will cut a deal with Rayse to get some of Odium’s magic. Hoid’s Mission He was in Elantris to try and become an Elantrian. He was on Scadrial to get a bead of Lerasium. He was on Roshar to become a Radiant which he has as of OB. There is one more Shard in this system whose magic he needs. Hoid will go to Braize Brandon said “has Hoid been to Braize” is one of the biggest RAFOs https://wob.coppermind.net/events/221/#e6196 In WoK Ch 57 Hoid tells Kaladin his purpose in Roshar was to “chase an old acquaintance, but I spend most of my time hiding from him instead” In WoR Ch. 67 he tells Dalinar he’s willing to “watch this world crumble and burn to get what I need.” He doesn’t want Odium to win, which is why he’s sending all those letters. But he is going to help Odium out in exchange for voidbinding powers to add to his collection. i predict the book 4 epilogue is Hoid on Braize talking to Rayse.
  25. 8 points
    "people aren't evil at heart, but they aren't good either. We make who we are." I said this in response to a status update by silva. These two sentences are somehow the source of both my depression and anxiety, and my joy and hope. Thank you all for being with me for the past... god almost two years now. You have been with me in bad and good, seen my at my worst and best. Thank you. All of you.
  26. 8 points
    There’s this great talk with Brandons Mull and Sanderson, and I need to share part of it because every time I think of it, I die laughing. Mull: “So I had a crossover in my recent books, have you ever done any crossovers?” Sanderson: *takes a moment, laughs* “So actually” He had no idea what he was asking. (The second-best part was when they both said that they get people in their signing lines who are looking for the other one. “No, you need the other Brandon.”)
  27. 8 points
    Kaladin's depression can be a bit much sometimes - but in that sense, I kind of get it. When you're in the throes of a depressive episode it tinges everything you do, everything you see, every comment that's made... so in that way I think he's relatable. But the thing that really gets me is the fact that he's a surgeon who has kind of chosen a path of destruction that constantly makes him at odds with himself. I loved his storyline in Oathbringer probably more than any other character since it seemed so grown-up: he couldn't distinguish friend from foe on the battlefield and just wanted people to stop. It's a very adult way to look at fantasy fiction, as opposed to a stalwart protagonist who is always assured in each thrust of his sword that he is the man in white killing the monsters in black.
  28. 8 points
    In celebration of finally finishing The Wheel of Time, here are some WoT memes:
  29. 8 points
    Shallan has been trying for years to convince herself that she isn't in pain. She uses Veil and Radiant as crutches who have sound pasts to pretend, while she compartmentalizes and struggles to deal with her past in any sense. Kaladin has a much more common and more visible pain, which makes him much easier to relate to. Shallan also isn't supposed to be a spear-brandishing badass like Kal, nor has she had a past remotely close to his. I don't thinks its bold to say that most people were probably solidly team Kal post WoK. She's struggling to to figure out how to be useful and constantly second guessing herself. This doesn't make her a bad character, unlikable at times yes, but not objectively bad. Just because I don't like her sometimes doesn't mean I don't enjoy watching her develop and interact with other characters. She interesting!
  30. 8 points
    So basically my English teacher makes us do this thing called No Red Ink which is just this site where you can practice grammar. The twist is that you can create names for the subjects for all the sentences, and so as a Sanderfan, I naturally put in several cosmere characters' name. Here are some of the results: Edit: "How many gummy worms do you think I can fit in my mouth at once?" mused Dalinar. "Doesn't matter," Lift said, "you just need awesomeness, and these are reeaaaaally awesome! Like deevy awesome!"
  31. 8 points
    If Elend had been a Seer, the Obligators and Inquisitors would have found him. Given that he was the Venture heir, he would have been at most of those parties and should have been caught out at one of them.
  32. 8 points
    “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” “Odious” means “extremely unpleasant; repulsive.” I raise this (again) because my magic theory tries to match “primal forces” with Shards. Shards are “primal forces attached to certain aspects of personality.” Odium’s primal force, IMO, is a cosmere repulsive force that breaks Connections. “Repulsive” captures Odium as metaphor (Hoid calls Rayse “loathsome”) and the physics concept of repulsion: “the force that acts between bodies of like electric charge or magnetic polarity, tending to separate them.” I think Odium breaks Connections of every kind, not just electromagnetic ones. Two of Dalinar’s visions show this: Kholinar disappearing into dust (WoK, Chapter 75) and the second Nohadon vision breaking into bits (OB, Chapter 109). FWIW, the humans in the Nohadon vision wither into husks just like the Shade-touched on Threnody, another Odium-influenced planet. Only Dalinar exercising Honor’s bonding power holds the broken Connections together where he stands. IMO, a more precise name for Voidbinding is Surge-Breaking (and it is not a Surgebinding hack): Fantasy writer Robin Hobb also notes that giving up pain deadens one’s human connections: Mine may be a unique view. I keep raising it (as I do the “primal forces” approach to understanding Shards) because of my confidence in ultimate vindication and my hope someone may (at long last) agree with me. Thanks for reading. C. “Will you join in [my] crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?”
  33. 8 points
    ykyasf when you are playing a video game (If anyone is familiar with Town of Salem), and you put in a note "*Everstorm approaches*" and one of the other players immediately asks "When do the parshendi show up?"
  34. 7 points
    *waves nervously* It's been a while since I made a thread. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. This is a place to just...talk. Whether it be a rant, tangent, well-wishing message, or crazy conspiracy theory, all is welcome. How's everyone doing? My life:
  35. 7 points
    After re-reading WoK, and WoR, I have come to the conclusion that the Stormlight Archive books could be very interesting, entertaining, and compelling if the major pov's were reversed. If the main protagonists were the Parshendi instead of the humans, I'm convinced that Sanderson's books would still be just as great for me. What do y'all think? Considering the thousands of years of history of Roshar, the roles of the 3 shards on that planet, I truly believe that Sanderson has created series of books in which it's very difficult to say which side of the war is the "right side" to cheer to victory.
  36. 7 points
  37. 7 points
    Try and awkwardly shove cosmere words into ordinary conversations to see if you get a reaction. “So I’m really invested in this book series right now.” “I’ll put this food in the fridge for its preservation.” “That fire really burns bright, doesn’t it? It must be because of all those sticks.” “I wonder when this storm will pass. We have no power so we have to use candles for light.” “It’s great to see them showing such devotion to each other.” “Colours! ...are so pretty, aren’t they?” “Oh, rust! My bike is ruined by all this rust!” “Remember to get your correct iron intake so you’re strong enough to pull stuff around.” I have no idea how you would naturally integrate some of those into a conversation, but oh well.
  38. 7 points
    I have to say that it is more than a little difficult to remain positive throughout this ordeal. My mother and father both have the virus it is very possible that I do as well. My father is terrified because he has an underlying condition which may make it dangerous and I'm in effect the only "healthy one" here. I'm beside myself with fear. To my mind only normalcy of even the smallest kind is allowing me to draw the strength to do everything that I have to do. The shard is a part of that and I need to thank everyone here for that whether we have interacted a great deal or only a little!!
  39. 7 points
    There is a Stormlight 4 hopes thread, so I decided to make a Stormlight 4 fears thread. The question is simple: what don't you want to see in Stormlight four? I will start with three things: 1. Kaladin failing to say the fourth ideal again, and being killed while struggling to say the words. 2. Moash killing members of bridge four. 3. Love triangles of any kind.
  40. 7 points
    This had to be done Stormlight spoilers Kaladin uses the Surge of Gravitiation:
  41. 7 points
    Instant noodles are the focal point that the cosmere hangs on.
  42. 7 points
    He probably feels dead inside.
  43. 7 points
    Haha just want to add to the general positive vibes, please keep us informed on developments. Also, "Rock Lobsters" should become the generally-accepted fandom term for chasmfiends from now on.
  44. 7 points
  45. 7 points
    If you have read the first two books then you know that at this point it is kind of compulsive for her. She has actually had a few real zingers. If you end your preformance too quickly your audience is disappointed still makes me laugh. Why would you choose either of them? Kaladin is about to murder Syl. Their interaction comes off as realistic. Her scholarship and practicing power scenes are excellent. I also really like her with Adolin(sue me). Pattern will always be the best spren. I really liked her moral dilemma in WoKs and I find her determined cheerfulness interesting. Just my two cents.
  46. 7 points
    I am putting this in Cosmere Discussion rather than the Warbreaker forum because these topics and characters are not restricted to that book. If you are are looking at this and you haven't read Warbreaker and the Stormlight Archive this may contain spoilers. Also this may have already been brought up but I couldn't find anything. I was thinking about what Vasher might use his divine breath for, as he has lived for hundreds of years and still doesn't know why he Returned, and realized that a rather poetic (and paradoxical) end for him would be to heal Nightblood. Nightblood has been described as a poor or inaccurate replica of a shardblade, as broken or opposite compared to them. The abilities and qualities of a divine breath are not fulled defined or understood, so it may be possible for one to essentially fix Nightblood to match the intent of its creation. This would be possible because divine breaths seem to heal across all three realms, as seen with Susebron; when Lightsong healed Susebron he didn't just grow back a physical tongue, but was able to speak intuitively, as if he had never been without one. If a normal person gained a tongue after living without one since birth they would need extensive speech therapy to be able to speak, and even then they may never get to baseline. The flaws with Nightblood aren't physical, they have to do with how he interacts with the cognitive and spiritual realm, so the holistic healing offered by the divine breaths could fix his inability to understand time and morality, as well as stop him from killing his wielder unintentionally after being consumed by his command. This would make him a more powerful true shardblade like Shashara and Vasher intended. In order for this to work a divine breath would need to be able to act on a sentient splinter in the same way it does a human. Since they can act on a Returned which are splinters of Endowment it may work on Nightblood, but this could also be explained by the Returned being cognitive shadows, so who knows. It appears that Nightblood has an important role to play in the fight against Odium and maybe in a greater overarching conflict throughout the Cosmere, so it would make sense that Vasher was returned to heal Nightblood. This would be a cool paradox because it means that he was returned to fix a future problem that wouldn't come to pass if he wasn't returned. The one caveat is that it's possible that Shashara would have created Nightblood even without Vasher's involvement. This was fun to think about, I love the character of Vasher and hope to see more of him going forward. If something like this does happen I doubt it would take place in Stormlight Archive because that would be a bit more crossover than Sanderson is probably comfortable with.
  47. 7 points
    Yes it's a little crackpot hear me out. 1. It's possible. He would have snapped as child and thus been unaffected by the Mists. Seers are a thing but their not tested for. 2. He did too good against Marsh. Marsh by that time was a incredibly skilled warrior. He had allomancy and feurchemy. Elend's atium only makes a draw because Marsh has it too. The other factors make Marsh win. The only dissent I see being possible is Elend being mistfueled at the time, but it is possible Marsh was too, and extremely improbable he wasn't. Further more Ruin could mistfuel Marsh's atium. He should have crushed Elend. The only solution I can think of is that Elend is just better at burning Atium. Twice as good, because he was born a Seer and then had power added to it through Lerasium.
  48. 7 points
    Thanks so much! I haven't been doing a lot of digital because my computer is acting up, but I've recently been playing around with cellphone drawing apps, so here are a couple doodles on that. Brandon during his recent livestream and the real star of the show, Magellan. And best boy of the Cosmere, Yalb. Which I might color, not sure.
  49. 6 points
    Nah, just call random people and say: "No mating!" Then hang up. Perfect strategy.
  50. 6 points
    Mundric Pentasum made his way to the meating spot through a city that, somehow, felt very different. Even a few days ago, Elendel had still been wrapped around his fingers, but now all that was falling apart. The EBI and the Constabulary where raiding warehouses, safe-houses and the private houses of members of the Set, and arrests were happening all over the city. But the tide could still be turned. Mundric had figured out how the so-called Law had gained all the information they were now acting on. Oh, the infiltrating agents had figured out some things, but what was happening now wasn’t the work of an EBI agent. No, it was the work of a traitor. And like any traitor, knowledge was the only currency Rathmaskal had to buy his own freedom. And so he’d have spent it sparingly. And if Mundric could take him down now, all the secrets that the man had not revealed yet, would go with him to his grave. The meeting spot was a small square in one of the poorer districts surrounded by blind walls. Rathmaskal was already waiting for him, alone. Mundric wasn’t too worried. He’d gotten plenty of experience with guns, back before the Set recruited him and sent him to Elendel, while Rathmaskal was only a glorified lawyer. “Do you have anything to say for yourself?” The loyalist asked the traitor. “Just that you should have done the same. I suppose that this is the end of the line though.” Rathmaskal responded. “It is.” Mundric tipped his head to his opponent. “Farewell, old friend.” With practiced skill Mundric drew his gun. A shot rang out. And Mundric collapsed like a puppet whose strings were cut. *** Rathmaskal breathed out a sigh of relief as he waved at the constable that’d taken the killing shot against Mundric from one of the roofs surrounding the square. He wasn’t really trained for this kind of thing, and without the help he doubted he’d have won the stand-off. Other constables entered the square now. “Any problem with his henchmen?” rathmaskal asked the man in charge of them. “Well, that’s the thing. He actually came alone.” The man responded. “It made things here easier, but it means we’ve still got to hunt down the rest of his crew.” “Well, I’ll leave that in your hands.” Rathmaskal tipped his hat to the constables, then left the square for the carriage that would be waiting to take him back to the headquarters of the EBI. He still had a report to write, after all. *** The commissioner stretched in her chair. To the east, the sky was already slowly becoming brighter as dawn approached. Though the hunt for the last few members of the Set continued, the report concluded that the organisation as a whole had been thoroughly neutralized. She was about to close the report when someone knocked on her office door. “Come in!” She called, and a moment later Rathmaskal, the last of the agents involved in this operation, entered her office. “What can I do for you?” She asked. “There was a little something I wanted to add to the report.” Rathmaskal responded. “A final off-the-record debriefing, if you will.” The commissioner motioned for him to continue. “As you know, I used to be part of the subset handling legal matters, and unlike the EBI agents I’ve been a member of the organization for long enough that I could spot certain...patterns. We’d get warnings before the constabulary or the EBI made a move against someone important, allowing us to prepare and create covers for our people. These warnings were attributed to a wide variety of sources, but their timing was odd. Always arriving in the morning of the second day of the week. Obviously, whoever was responsible for these warnings tended to learn these things on the first day. Something that regular implies it’s someone that gets briefed on all these operations as a matter of routine.” “What are you implying?” The commissioner asked tersely. “Everything, suit, Everything.” A quick smile crossed Rathmaskal’s face, but quickly disappeared again. “Of course, I can’t directly prove this, at least, not in a way that’d stand up in court. And even if I tried, I bet you could make me disappear pretty quickly if you wanted to. So instead I’ve left a little evidence behind where the remnants of the Set will find it, implying that you were behind the whole operation from the start, and that you tipping off the set about Ervine was merely part of a ploy to ensure that no one would be able to figure out your role in this. Who knows, maybe it’s even true.” He shrugged. “By this time, I suspect a sizable bounty has been placed on your head. The Set never wanted for funds, after all.” “And how, exactly, would this ploy of yours protect you from retaliation by me?” The commissioner asked. “It doesn’t, but you’re a pragmatic woman. As long as I’m alive, the Set will be sponsoring a bounty on me as well. If I end up dead, that money will go towards your demise instead.” “The commissioner cursed, then got to her feet. After a moment’s deliberation, she put the gun she’d drawn from her desk back on the table. “Very well, if that’s the way things will be. Just answer me this. Why warn me at all?” Rathmaskal shrugged again. “Because I wanted to know. Was this just a private operation by some agents that got too far before you learned about it? Or was it a power struggle between you and Stadtt?” The commissioner didn’t deign to give him an answer as she marched out of her office. *** In the back room of a small boarding house in Rashekin an unusual meeting had taken place. The meeting was attended by a group of people from all walks of life. People who, up until that meeting, had been content to just follow orders. People with lowly titles like ‘Scalar’ and ‘Vector’. When the meeting finally ended, the people that left held quite different titles though. ‘Array’, for some. ‘Suit’ for others. And for one enterprising Scalar from the PR subset: ‘Sequence’. *** Abstrusity has been lynched. They were a loyal thug and suit of the PR subset The game has ended! The EBI Agents have narrowly won! Vota tally Rathmaskal(0): Abstrusity Abstrusity(1): Rathmaskal Subset docs: PR Subset Legal Subset research Subset Kidnapping 'Involuntary holidays' subset Communications subset Suit-Sequence communcations: PR Suit Legal Suit research Suit Kidnapping 'Involuntary holidays' Suit Communications Suit Misc. docs Elim Doc dead doc master sheet
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