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  1. 244 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. 152 points
    We have some exciting news to announce today. So far in order to obtain some unpublished works of Brandon's, you'd have to email him through his sites, and his assistants would distribute them. Well now you won't need to wait for that, because now we will be in charge of distributing out Aether of Night! All you have to do is post in this topic (you'll need a 17S account, but that's it), and our staff will PM you the document. Once we do this, we'll remove your post here. We'll be using this topic as a to-do list for requests. Ideally since we have lots of staff members, we will get this out to you soon, within a week or two. With this change we are unpasswording the Aether of Night board, as now all of you will have access to it if you want it. You may discuss Aether of Night in the Cosmere Theories board, but tag your topic title with [Aether]. We hope you're excited about this, so many of you will be able to get this text in a much more obvious way now! You will receive a .docx file, and if you need to convert it into a .pdf or .epub, there are many converters to do that for you. (We are not distributing the prose version of White Sand, as that will continue to be distributed in Brandon's newsletters.) Thank you Team Sanderson for letting 17S do this!
  3. 151 points
    Okay so I saw a few of the Explain a Film Plot badly things earlier and thought they were funny, so I decided to do them for the cosmere books. I think some of them are funny, so I decided to share them. Hopefully it'll at least get a few laughs. If anyone has any more or any different ones, please post them. Spoilers for the cosmere, obviously. I'll label each one just in case though. The Final Empire: Well of Ascension: Hero of Ages: Alloy of Law: Shadows of Self: Bands of Morning: Warbreaker: Elantris: I couldn't think of any for Stormlight, hopefully someone else can
  4. 66 points
    Warbreaker: Slight edit to OPs The Final Empire: Well of Ascension: Hero of Ages: TWoK:
  5. 41 points
  6. 26 points
  7. 20 points
    Two event to consider together: 1) Jasnah discovered that Renarin's spren is corrupted by Sja-anat. She initially resolves to kill him then changes her mind and chooses compassion. Her spren indicates that this is right. 2) During the final battle of Oathbringer, Adolin sees men being tossed out of building with great force. When he goes to investigate, he finds Jasnah surrounded by glowing geometric shapes. The current theory is that this is Jasnah dismissing her Shardplate, which I am inclined to agree with. When taken together, it seems to me that Jasnah swore her fourth Oath soon after sparing Renarin. While it is possible that Jasnah had obtained Shardplate prior to this, the scene with Renarin is just too much of a game-changing decision on Jasnah's part for me to think that there wasn't an oath involved. This also would imply that the Elsecaller fourth Oath revolves around not letting logic rule 100% of the time. Furthermore, it also fits Jasnah's personality. With Kaladin, the two oaths we've seen have been sworn in the heat of the moment (I'm about to die, so I'm going to be dramatic and swear another oath and EXPLODE WITH POWER!). With Jasnah, she makes the right decision (spares Renarin), ponders on it while she's traveling to the building mentioned above, swears the oath, then uses her shiny new Shardplate to own these voidspren corrupted noobs. Any thoughts?
  8. 20 points
    Elantris: White Sand: Words of Radiance: Warbreaker: The Hero of Ages:
  9. 17 points
  10. 14 points
    I saw this and immediately thought "That wouldn't even include the entire Cosmere. That's blasphemy."
  11. 14 points
    Harry Potter: A New Hope: The Empire Strikes Back: Return of the Jedi: The Phantom Menace: Attack of the Clones: Revenge of the Sith: The Force Awakens: Rogue One: I know most of these are films, but couldn't resist.
  12. 13 points
  13. 12 points
    A few years ago, before Towers of Midnight was announced people were guessing what the title would be on Reddit. Here's my favorite.
  14. 12 points
    Curiously that's what I thought in the beginning as well when I heard Maya was an Edgedancer's blade, but the more I think about it, the more I believe he'd be perfect Edgedancer material. I don't have much info about them at hand, but from what I can remember they're the most graceful of the Orders - and that's an attribute Adolin definitely has. Healing is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about him, but neither was it with Lift in her first chapter in WoR. But: Adolin playes a part in healing/helping heal Shallan and Kaladin. Remember how much Kaladin hated lighteyes? Adolin (as well as Shallan) played a huge part in changing that. Also, their Oaths are about remembering the forgotten and listening to those who are ignored. The remembering part fits his family's background - where Dalinar forgot about Evi for a long time, Adolin always remembered her. He kept carrying her necklace as a good luck charm. And the listening part: Adolin was the first one to actually believe Kaladin about Amaram. (The first lighteyes, that is.) I think that somehow fits.
  15. 12 points
    Neverthere was so glad that she and Numnums had decided to elope. Well she had decided to elope, Numnums had decided to continue mauling the trail of Portlanders trying to flee the city. "But that's basically the same thing isn't it Numnums?" Neverthere whispered in the ear of the giant Allosaurus. Numnums spared her a glance, long since having discovered that nothing would get the bubbly young girl off of his back he seemed to have resigned himself to her company. "Oh Numnums, you do know how to make a girl blush, you'll have to save looks like that until after the ceremony. Where are we having the ceremony by the way?" Numnums let out a low growl. "Oh of course you're right, that's the business of the bride, not the groom. You just focus on looking cute." Stomping on yet another former citizen of Portland, Numnums stopped to rip the poor man apart with his teeth, adding a fresh stain of blood to the dozens of others that marked its jaw. Neverthere was so glad that she'd decided to leave that stuffy old Lightwards in his floating museum, he'd never paid her enough attention. Numnums here knew how to treat a lady, even if he did occasionally get a little too affectionate in public when he tried to kiss her, or at least that's what she called it when he tried yet again to close his massive jaws around the pink-clad girl. "Oooh, I just realized I haven't introduced you to my parents Numnums! Well the wedding will have to wait, you simply must meet them! Mamma never really liked me much, she was quite harsh with my 'sillyness' as she said but that's all water under the bridge now. She was always saying I should settle down and marry." Neverthere let out a giggle. "Just make sure you give her a biiiiiig hug when you see her, ok Numnums?"
  16. 10 points
    The "Adolin shouldn't be a KR because not everyone needs to be a KR argument" has always read to me like "you know what Harry Potter needed? a Muggle main character." To attempt to quote Vasher without WoR in front of me, Roshar is "invested to the hilt and looking for a place to stuff it all." Sort of intrinsically its a story with a ton of magic in it, and I think anyone who's a main character is going to have to interact with it in some way, whether it be as a KR, Navani and her fabrials, or on the weird frontier like Adolin and Renarin are in their own ways. Yes, there are going to be characters who aren't interacting with magic but I think by necessity they'll be increasingly sidelined. And I'm okay with that. In fact I'd find it increasingly difficult to believe that Adolin would be able to contribute much of anything moving forward if he doesn't end up going Edgedancer other than just some background moral support for Shallan and I think he deserves more than that as a character
  17. 10 points
    My concept of a full radiant knight of the stonewards. I tried to draw him in stone stance. I think his pose is just a tad off, and his legs are massive, but overall, I am quite pleased with his armor and weapon.
  18. 9 points
    Chaos is hard to turn into a meme because his resting face is an annoyingly charismatic smile. But I did it, so expect me to get banhammered in the near future. This is a niche joke, made mostly for my own enjoyment, so I'm also using it as an opportunity to remind people not to put spoiler tags in their signatures (the text under your post). *cue the 'you were expecting a meme, but it was me, a signature restrictions reminder' meme.*
  19. 9 points
    I sometimes get the feeling, that Adolin presents himself more "simple" than he really is. On the outside, he shows the cool prince in fancy clothes, but he can be quite thoughtful and smart. He brings books to Shallan to help her getting a grasp in politics, he has a keen mind for tactics in battles... He is like this kid in school that is part of the cool in-group that doesn't want to show his intelligence to his peers. BUT: He also avoids responsibilities sometimes. He needs to overcome this if he wants to proceed with Edgedancer oaths. But the same applies to Lift... All in all, we are not often enough in his head to really understand him.
  20. 9 points
    I want Maya to be revived (mostly at least), and would be disappointed if she isn't. I don't feel as strongly about Adolin. I was hesitant for this at the end of Words of Radiance, but I think I'd be okay with it now. Something I've noticed is that lots of main characters are VERY non-traditional Radiants. We've got a lot of oddballs in the mix. Lots of stuff that hasn't been seen before... First is Renarin, bonded to a spren corrupted by Sja-Anat. (maybe it's happened before, but at the very least it isn't normal) We've got Lift with a bizarre condition allowing her to get Investiture from food instead of Stormlight. We've got Dalinar who somehow managed this whole "Unity" thing, which Stormfather has never seen. We've got a few Heralds who seem like they'll be Radiants. Seems like at least one other major oddity that I'm forgetting. This Desolation is weird. So that said, what I'd like to see most of all is something weird between Maya and Adolin. They've certainly begun that way, considering a deadeye has never been revived. (so far as we know at least) Like maybe Maya is mostly revived by has some really unique quirks and/or limitations. Maybe Adolin only gets one Surge. Maybe he gets no Surges but he can hold Stormlight. You know what I mean. Just some kind of weird, broken state that's never been seen before. I will say that I think it would just be weird to have Maya bond with anyone besides Adolin. Narratively, that just feels awkward. I think we place way too much emphasis on the importance of someone "fitting in" to a given Order. There's no rule saying spren can only bond with someone who doesn't "fit" their order. They might face disapproval from other spren. The human might have a more difficult time advancing through the Ideals. There's certainly obstacles in this. But Maya can bond Moash if she feels so inclined. Even if she can be revived without needing a bond (which Adolin is the only one in a position to provide), I just can't see her latching on to anyone else. Particularly just because Adolin isn't some picture-perfect Edgedancer.
  21. 8 points
    So I've already posted a few Sanderson fanarts in the official gallery, but I figured since I have a bunch of other drawings that aren't Sanderson-related, it would be a good idea to start a topic here for them. =) I think I'll go generally in chronological order from oldest to newest to show how I've evolved as an artist. My favorite medium is colored pencils, but I also sometimes enjoy scanning the pencil drawing into the computer and creating a digital version of it. So far I've only used Corel Painter X for that. I used to draw a lot of full-body shots of superheroes, including a few characters I created myself. The first one I ever finished (at least, of the ones I have saved on my computer) was Spider-Man, with the help of a "How to Draw Spider-Man" book. I'm not sure of the exact date that I finished this one, but I'm fairly sure it was in the first half of 2009. I would have been 14 at the time. Next up: Carol Danvers as Ms Marvel from Marvel comics. I copied this pose from an image of Rachel Summers as Phoenix in an X-Men Encyclopedia. I'm even less sure of the finish date for this drawing, but it was sometime between 2009, when I finished Spider-Man, and summer 2010, when I uploaded it to my album of art on Facebook. One of my favorite X-Men is Gambit, so he got the fanart treatment too. Same possible date range (2009-2010) as Ms Marvel. This is the full-body superhero (well, supervillain) drawing I'm proudest of: Mister Sinister, the bad guy behind the Morlock Massacre in the X-Men comics. I'm fairly certain I drew this sometime between summer 2009 and summer 2010. The X-Man Nightcrawler is the reason I chose to learn German instead of some other foreign language in school. Same possible date range as Mister Sinister. This is one of my OCs, created to be a member of the X-Men. He doesn't have a name so far, except for Phillip. Another superhero OC that I call Velocity. (No prizes for guessing what her superpower is! XD) This was the first time I created a background for any of these drawings. (Spider-Man doesn't count because his background is just a boring brick wall that required zero creativity.) So all the art I've posted thus far was completed before July 2010. I'll make another post with more recent projects so this one doesn't get too image-heavy.
  22. 8 points
    I'd love to see Maya revived, both because of the spren resurrection and potential Radiant powers for Adolin. He and Lift would make a great Edgedancer team, especially as Lift is not a warrior (and has a pacifist for a spren :D). I wouldn't be bothered by Adolin becoming a full KR. He works as he is now, but there are a lot of books to come (and hopefully, he'll be in all of them and not die off) and since he's been so awesome with Maya from the beginning I beieve he deserves this "reward". I'd also be fine with him only getting part Radiant powers, like Maya as a Shardblade any maybe the healing factor of Stormlight. But in the end I'd much prefer Adolin becoming a full Edgedancer, just because it would be incredibly entertaining and because of the potential figure skating AU: Adolin would LOVE the glittery costumes ... Oh, and I want to see Syl's face when a corpse-wielding Shardbearer just ... revives the corpse. Something definitely is going to happen with Maya. I can't imagine Brandon just giving us her name and Adolin summoning her in less than ten heartbeats without anything more coming from it.
  23. 8 points
  24. 8 points
    What did Ruin say to Preservation when Preservation Snapped the wrong person? You mist.
  25. 7 points
    From Brandon's comments, I think it's pretty clear Jasnah has her Shardplate. Soon aftermath, I can't think of anything that would fit other than the glowing lines around Jasnah during the Battle.
  26. 7 points
    you get an upvote from me for final empire alone.
  27. 7 points
    Art by Sunbird, Part 2! During the summer of 2011, I started trying my hand at people portraits--usually of my favorite movie or TV characters. Thankfully I have definite dates for most of these drawings, unlike the ones in my first post. I started with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, completed Aug 28, 2011. And the very next day I redid Matt Smith in Corel Painter with a "blunt chalk" brush, adding in a spacey background. Once during an assembly in the gym at my high school (September 2011), I brought a sketch pad and pencil and did a quick contour drawing of a guy sitting a little ways in front of me. This was the result: More Doctor Who fanart! David Tennant this time. Original colored-pencil version completed Sept 18, 2011, with the Corel Painter version almost a month later on Oct 16. In between the colored-pencil and digital versions of David Tennant, I drew this graphite sketch of a Barn Owl in a barn for my art class. Completed October 13, 2011. I decided I didn't have enough villains in my superhero collection, so I did one of Mystique. (Fear not; she's wearing clothes, unlike in the X-Men movies.) Completed December 3, 2011. Just two more for this post, I think--both characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I set a personal speed record with Spike--I started early in the morning before school with the contours and had finished adding full color by dinnertime. I did this December 5, 2011, but it's still one of my favorites. Ok, last drawing for this post: Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, completed sometime in the days leading up to Christmas 2011.
  28. 6 points
    Inspired by a conversation/rant in the Discord a few nights ago:
  29. 6 points
    I'll use some of @Artemos 's gifs from the Impossible Physics of Allomancy thread to describe my emotions in on the subject. Quite appropriate, I know. HOW MY BRAIN REACTS When someone says "These characters don't make any sense." When someone says "these plot points don't make any sense." When someone says "these physics don't make any sense." But when you take the equation and you and then all the math works out perfectly. Mind blown.
  30. 6 points
    Granted, unfortunately you don't get to decide which laws of physics no longer apply to you. You realize your dilemma when you try to walk away from the Nightwatcher. Unfortunately for you, for every action of yours there is not an equal and opposite reaction against the force you exert. Your foot pushes against the earth in your effort to propel yourself forward, but the earth does not push against your foot and you slip and fall on your arse. You now live in a world without friction. Your vocal chords no longer are able to vibrate against each other, you have to communicate using Morse code conveyed by eye blinks. Fortunately you have a family that loves you very much, and carts your atrophied, gelatinous body around in a high walled radio flyer wagon. You have to be fed intravenously because, guess what, you can't exert force on the things you are trying to chew, and the big un-masticated chunks of food slide frictionlessly down your throat and get clogged in your plumbing, because the normal peristalsis of your digestive tract is broken as well. But due to the fact that you are basically confined to a world of pure thought and no action, you figure out the grand unifying theory of all physics, and using your enhanced understanding of Quantum mechanics and n-dimensional strings, you are able to travel back in time in your puddled slippery gelatinous state and warn yourself not to make that accursed wish. Then you wake up in your bed, and as you lever yourself out of your bed using your arms to push off from your mattress, you look towards the sky and say "Thank God for Newton's Third Law of Motion". The Nightwatcher says "Umm, Ok", and as the words leave her lips you hear her think to herself "Man, that boon is it's own bane, poor kid". As you are riding the bus back from the Nightwatcher's Valley, you spy a cute girl/boy sitting on the seat across the aisle, chuckling to yourself you use your new found power to spy on their thoughts. You hear the following "I don't think anyone is looking, it's probably an ok time to pick my nose..." then you watch horrified as he/she stealthily picks their nose, pretending that he/she is really just scratching their nostril. Then you hear in horror as he/she thinks "That went pretty well, don't think anyone even saw that. Now I am feeling a bit peckish...". Unable to turn away you see him/her put the boogey in their mouth and you hear him/her think "Umm...delicious". You turn away in disgust and instead focus on the thoughts of an elderly gentleman reading the paper, thinking this will be a safe target for your newly acquired powers. Unfortunately you hear him think "Why does my back hurt so much, I think I wet myself when we went over that last bump. I wonder if I can eat tuna fish, have I had too much salt. What's the deal with salt anyway, how come it's bad for you when it tastes so good. That reminds me of the time I was in the war....etc, etc." It only gets worse from there. You hear every unfiltered, half formed, nonsensical thought emanating from every person around you, and realize that the conscious barrier between thought and speech exists for a reason. Not every thought should be expressed, not every thought is what the person intended to say. There are walls between the Id, the Ego and the Super Ego for a reason, thoughts should be private because intention can only be expressed through filtration of thought. Doh, Ninja'd by @Atium The Nightwatcher looks at you with pity in her green glowing eyes and says "Granted!" Ewe R know a sapeent, self-awar spel cheker (could you check that last line I think you have some work to do Mr. AI). I wish @Atium, the sapient spell checking AI would give @Inklingspren spell checker advice on my spell checker advice thread: *EDIT* Just realized that my last wish was prohibitively restrictive, and that it required a specific person to do one specific thing. So I'm going to open this up with a different alternate wish (don't care which is granted): I wish that I had realistic tattoos on my eyelids that looked like open eyes. And since this is a magical wish, I wish that these were animated tattoos, capable of movement and were able to respond to environmental stimulus. Further I wish that these animate tattoos would maintain the perfect illusion that I am awake and paying complete attention to anyone who happens to be talking to me, while in reality my eyes are really closed and I am most likely sleeping.
  31. 6 points
    I haven't commented in here in a while, but I think this deserves a mention. First weekend of April, Saturday afternoon, I'll be singing in General Conference! I've known for a while that it was a possibility that my choir could be doing that, but now I've finally had in confirmed and I am THRILLED!
  32. 6 points
    I firmly believe that if Lift can be an Edgedancer, then Adolin can too. Not every member of one order is exactly the same. We have four spren-bonded Windrunners so far: Kaladin, Teft, Lopen and (presumably as he said the second Ideal at the end of OB) Drehy. They are different enough ... Adolin currently is arguably the best duelist in Alethkar, maybe on Roshar, having trained swordfighting (any maybe other weapons, I'm not sure) from a very young age. Being that good requires a lot of control over your own body and very good coordination, both of which enable a person to move very smoothly. If that's not enough to count Adolin as "graceful" in at least the physical aspect, I don't know what does.
  33. 6 points
    Well, as things are, they need a lot more Radiants to stand a chance against Odium and his army. Things are only going to become harder and despite all their powers it wasn't exactly easy to turn things around in OB. I personally don't care much about most POV characters being Radiants. Things like that rarely bother me, and the books are about Radiants and magic and stuff after all. Kinda ^^
  34. 6 points
    I think it interesting that Maya is the one who is broken, and Adolin is the one filling the cracks in her soul, sort of the opposite of how a Nahal bond usually works. So, even though I do want Adolin to resurrect her and become an Edgedancer, I voted "other", because I think it is possible for it to be something new and different instead. My big interest in Maya is that she was part of the Recreance, and if she gets her smarts back she can potentially explain what happened. I look forward to seeing Adolin and Maya's bond deepen. If at the end of it all Adolin gets to be an Edgedancer too, that's also cool.
  35. 6 points
    Art by Sunbird, Part 3! This post will contain my finished art from 2012 to my latest work as of January 22, 2017. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to draw recently, so "my latest work" is almost a year old at this point. From January 13, 2012, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. If I had to pick one of my drawings that I think is my absolute best, it would probably be this one of Loki. I finished it June 4, 2012, after The Avengers was released in American theaters. I did another Avengers portrait later that summer: Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, completed on August 26, 2012. Last Avengers fanart for this post, I promise. XD Robert Downey Jr as everybody's favorite billionaire playboy philanthropist inventor, Tony Stark. (Not Iron Man, though, because I didn't draw him in the armor. ) I finished this one April 6, 2013. Most people here probably won't recognize this next character, although you might know the actor: vampire PI Mick St John from the one-season TV show Moonlight, played by Alex O'Loughlin. (Mr O'Loughlin has also been in the TV shows Three Rivers and Hawaii Five-0 (the 2010 reboot), as well as the movie August Rush.) Funny story about the history behind this drawing: I started working on it in like early/mid 2013, but it got buried and forgotten in the chaos of my move to Utah for college. It wasn't until Christmas break 2015 that I finally found it again and resumed work, finishing December 21, 2015. My last three portraits are the drawings that I have also posted to the official Shard fanart gallery. After I finished reading Calamity, I just kinda got an itch to do Reckoners fanart and neglected homework and sleep to work on these. XD Drawing book characters for which I had no photos was in some ways easier and in some ways harder than drawing movie/TV characters from reference photos. It was easier because I didn't have to make my people resemble anyone specific, but it was harder because I had to figure out the lighting and clothing pretty much just from my brain. First, my imagining of Obliteration, completed Feb 20, 2016: Of course, no collection of Reckoners fanart is complete without Prof! Completed Feb 21, 2016. (I think I may have matched my personal speed record with this drawing--one day from start to finish, same as Spike.) My last Reckoners fanart and the most recent drawing I've finished is Mizzy. After I finished Prof, I looked back at my collection and realized it was sadly lacking in female characters, and I hadn't drawn a single person of color. I felt bad and picked Mizzy as my next subject, completing her portrait Feb 27, 2016. So that's pretty much all my stuff that I consider good enough to share on the Internet. Comments, questions, suggestions, limericks...? I'd love to hear all your thoughts.
  36. 5 points
    The next drawing in my series of shardbearers from the ten radiant orders. This design departs from the official drawings of shardplate the most and is meant to have a sharper and sleeker design than my previous drawings while still retaining the signature bulk and power of shardplate. If you are wondering why the figure is descending through a giant portal it is because I wanted to show the shardbearer in the middle of elsecalling, and since I don't know what elsecalling actually looks like I imagined it like this. Hope you like it!
  37. 5 points
    It looks like Joseph is walking home with the gold. He's summoned a huge swarm of chalklings, and Matist is buckling under the pressure. That won't do. Matist is going to surrender the match. What a disappointing ending! Wait, did his eyes just glow white? Probably just a trick of the light. But wait... Matist is drawing at twice the speed now! Something's lit a fire under him. He has surrendered to our agent. He's survived Joseph's assault. He's still in the match. I've never seen such beautiful Rithmatics! My goodness, Matist was truly holding back this whole time! He's eliminated Joseph! What a wonderful display of strength. The humans never had a chance. With people like him in our forces, I'm sure the Forgotten don't stand a chance. Congratulations to Matist Rist, our winner. You will be a useful tool for the Forgotten. And of course, a congratulations for all our competitors. Yes, of course. They will be excellent food. And with that, the game is over. Congrats to "Droughtbringer" for winning. Here is the link to the dead doc. Here is the link to the master spreadsheet.
  38. 5 points
    I could have sworn it was seven heartbeats, not nine
  39. 5 points
    Here's From Now On, KR edition. Comments and constructive criticism welcome Spoilered for length, and a couple of Major OB spoilers
  40. 5 points
    Here we go. I’m not sure I like how it worked out. The writing says “No more liars.”
  41. 5 points
    “He bears the weight of God’s own divine hatred, separated from the values that have it context.” Meanwhile, on Nalthis, Susebron begins burning all ants with magnifying glasses. “Die, die die!”
  42. 5 points
    Ok, so there's a lot of vocabulary subtlety going on here, I'll do what I can to lay it out. First off: the term "Soul" is all but useless in these sort of cosmere discussions, it's always culturally loaded and usually incomplete if not outright incorrect. It's sometimes used to refer to the beads (the Cognitive aspect of objects), or the Spiritweb (the Spiritual Aspect of creatures), or the actual "Soul" as Im used to thinking of it: the thing that goes Beyond when something dies and is irrevocably lost even to the power of a Shard. Everything does not "have a spren", but everything does have a Cognitive Aspect (which is what Soulcasters can talk to if they want to convince it to Change), and that's what the beads and the flames are representing. Spren are living Investiture that has gained shape via influence of living, physical beings. Sometimes, but not always, they can gain full Sentience. Seons & Skaze are selish equivalents of spren, Nightblood is describes as a Robot Spren (the Cosmere equivalent of your traditional sci-fi AI), and Rosharans would call even the Shards Spren (even though there's arguably a lot more to them). To the meat of your theory: There is something fundamentally lost when a person dies, it Goes Beyond, and Brandon has stated that he doesnt want to ever fully pin down what happens, leaving it permanently a matter of each readers own interpretation (much like the Afterlife in the real world). What we do know is that something leaves, though there are ways to make it stick around longer, such as by supercharging it with Investiture (what happened to Kelsier) or "stapling" it back to it's body (The Returned), but once it goes it's it gone. The body that is left behind is fundamentally different and has been downgraded to Meat Object, which is why a shardblade treats it differently before and after the Killing Blow. There's a certain amount of time delay involved, just as a recently broken object can be repaired by Adhesion so long as it still views itself as the whole object and not a stack of pieces (when a broken boulder becomes two discinct rocks). The body does have a lot of affinity toward it's past self, to the point that it's a lot easier to Awaken into a Lifeless, but it's still missing something vital. Especially in the case of Soulcast bodies, because they've been forcibly Changed from their original state into a wholly new material by a Soulcaster, though the fact that they are perfect copies of a real corpse makes them easier to Awaken (but still Type IV awakening of Inorganic materials, not Lifeless). In Short: To do what you describe is essentially trying to create and/or communicate with a Cognitive Shadow, which is a discinct and often very possible thing, but I strongly doubt that Soulcasting is going to allow it to happen since there are things that need to happen at (or immediately following) the person's death to make it possible, and Soulcasting is more about dealing with with the Object left after that (or doing the killing itself, as Jasnah does).
  43. 5 points
    I mean, in my opinion, Adolin is pretty graceful where it counts; as far as being articulate goes, neither is Lift and she's 100% a confirmed Edgedancer.
  44. 5 points
    I don't think having magic makes a character not relatable. I relate to most of our Radiants to at least some degree, and when I don't it's because of personality clashes rather then because they have magic.
  45. 5 points
    I like Adolin as he is now, he is already one of the few main characters without any kind of powers, and it feels somewhat refreshing. Also i don't want his struggle of trying to be useful for the kingdom to be resolved with a (sort of) Deux ex Machina of getting powers. I want it to be resolved with him dealing with it, he was used to always being stronger and in control because of his set of shards and not having powers has made him more down to earth and a lot more mature.
  46. 4 points
    AG 5: Day 3 - Unseen Strike Steel walked in the home of the old Elantrian woman. "Spirit of Speed? No one has ever called me that before." The woman chuckled slightly, settling in a chair, silvery light coming off of her skin. "That's because no one looks at your spiritual aspect to see you, young one. I'm blind, you see. I use the Dor to instead view people spiritually. A handy trick, if you ask me. And your spirit web- it basically is the spiritual ideal of speed. I've never seen anything quite like it." "And you'll never see anything like it again." Steel's blood ran chill as he burnt f-steel to see the man who had spoken the words. He no longer wore a ridiculous yellow costume, but instead a simple brown tunic. And with a single motion, he was behind the elantrian and had snapped her neck. Steel had risen in an instant, but it was already too late. The man disappeared from the room, and Steel followed, spren close behind. Elantrians turned in hostility towards his enemy, but the man was so fast that no Elantrian would be able to draw an Aon in time to actually fight him. Only Steel had a chance to catch him. The villain stopped to face Steel, and Steel summoned his shardblade. He pointed it directly at the man's throat. "Tell me where my sister is. Or I'll cut out whatever spiritual aspect you DO have." "Thing is," the man said easily, "I don't need you anymore." His extended shardblade was knocked aside, and a vibrating hand was stuck into his heart, as Steel gazed in horror at his own chest. And so for the second time, Steel found himself dying, this time not from a blast from Odium, but from the enemy that perhaps only he could have beaten. In anger, he burnt allomantic steel, flaring it in a moment of death, sending his feruchemical metalminds in every which way- several of which hit his attacker, to his pleasure. His shardblade dissolved, and Phlo's crystalline face was the last thing he saw before he faded into the cognitive Realm. Not like Endowment would return him AGAIN, anyway. * * * * * * * * * * The Worldhopper who called themselves Vulture was nervous. It had only been a little slip, barely even enough to register, but paranoia dictated that it had probably been noticed. And since paranoia was an insatiable fiend, whose appetite only grew the more you fed it, it dictated that not only had the slip been noticed, but it had been noticed and would be taken advantage of by their most dangerous enemies. Of course, such an outcome would be highly unlikely. It was only a small slip in the facade of being a normal worldhopper. Just a little drip of Shardic power when it shouldn't have been possible. And nobody was there to notice. It was ironic, then, that Vulture's paranoia was perfectly accurate. Unfortunately, as the dust settled and Odium's power burned down to a low, seething glow, Vulture was no longer in a place where they could appreciate the irony. Chartreuse Penguin has been murdered! They were a Worldhopper of the Hidden Garden, with the Truthwatcher role. Amber Vulture has been murdered! They were a Vessel of the Utility Company, holding the Shard of Autonomy. The Shard of Autonomy has been Shattered! Player List: 1. Amethyst Scorpion 2. Azure Mouse 3. Amber Vulture Vessel, Autonomy 4. Charcoal Hyena 5. Chartreuse Penguin Worldhopper, Truthwatcher 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 Shardworld Tracker: Yolen: 2/8 charges The day will last until Tuesday, January 22nd, 12:00 AM, Mountain Time
  47. 4 points
    Traveler's duster was no more. It wasn't a difficult thing to notice. In the short time Lightwards had known the simpering vanilla, the man's duster had always caught his eye. That was likely intentional, as most Epics included some sort of statement piece meant to draw attention. Lucentia had her diamonds, Funtimes her glitter. Only the most powerful Epics, the strongest and most fear-inspiring, selected clothing similar to what a vanilla might wear. Steelheart, from all Lightwards had heard, wore clothes any vanilla might select, adding only a cape as his mark of divinity; and Möbius eschewed such designations altogether, but as an ordinary man masquerading among his betters, Traveler had never, to Lightwards' memory, shed that coat. Without it, the world might have seen him for what he was: a desperate vanilla putting on airs in hopes he might not receive the treatment demanded by his true station. Were Lightwards more inclined toward pity, he might have spared some for him. But today, the duster was gone, as were the pinstriped suit and shocking green tie. That was not to say he wore clothes befitting someone of his stature—no, that lesson had still eluded him. He sat at a table in brown woolen slacks and a dark double-breasted coat, and from where Lightwards stood he could just make out faint grey pinstripes on the soft maroon of an Oxford shirt. As he stared, however, a more pressing matter became apparent. Traveler was alone. Funtimes wasn't gone; Lightwards had spied her just that morning, if only in passing. But she wasn't there. The Funtimes he knew had never strayed more than a few yards from her most beloved pet, yet here that pet sat unsupervised, lacking any sort of visible leash or chain. That lack of coddling ought to have left him twitching his feet and glancing over his shoulder for the merest sign of an Epic, but Traveler sat at a stone table, calmly plucking cards from a deck and laying them out before him. Lightwards had half a mind to shoot him where he sat. As tantalizing as the thought of his blood on the forest floor, of his eyes reflecting the obedient vacuity of a proper Warrior, might be, the thought of Funtimes in a screaming rage was less so. "Here to have your fortune read, Lightwards?" His voice caused first a jump, and then a chill—the jump due to the silence preceding it; the chill because of the tone his voice carried. No. This was Traveler. A vanilla whose life would be vastly improved by an induction into the Army of Light—more so than others. Lightwards drew a breath as fear turned to anger, and drew closer. Funtimes had sent him here. Funtimes had given him a new suit, a new persona, and instructed him to sit within the jungle endlessly shuffling and reshuffling…. "Are those tarot cards?" Now Traveler looked up. His face betrayed none of the simmering terror he preferred to the man's false bravado. No, something else had stretched itself across his freckled features, made itself at home in his eyes. Fury. Contained and controlled within a tight smile, but present all the same. "So you do know what they are. And here I thought we'd have to spend some time playing catch-up." "Everyone knows what they are, Traveler. Only the truly brilliant know them as the pursuit of feeble-minded idiots who belong to mankind's primitive past." "And you expect me to believe that means you." Lightwards folded his arms, resisting the urge to reach for his pistol. Later, he told himself. Later, when he could savor the moment. "At least I have the good sense not to blatantly antagonize my superiors." He'd expected that remark to send his smile plummeting and the ruse to shambles, but Traveler smirked instead. "Your superiors. Funny you should say that." "I was referring to your superiors, Traveler." "I don't see any of them right now." Those words, their tone, that infernal smirk—before Lightwards could identify a conscious thought triggering the action, his pistol was in hand, barrel aimed directly at Traveler's forehead. His hammering heart demanded he pull it now, raise the idiot as a Warrior with some modicum of sense, but only the deepest seed of anger held him back. Wait, it said. Wait. Make it count. Make it something to savor. The vanilla's raised eyebrow set Lightwards' finger on the trigger. "You want to shoot me, go ahead. It's been a slow morning. Just get my name right, will you?" His finger itched to pull the trigger. His ears ached for the sound of gunfire, if it signaled an end to this infuriating man's current existence. But something within him held him back, some instinct or foreknowledge or…. No. No. Not instinct. Memory. A young woman, flannel shirt and hiking boots, brown curls loose beside her cheeks. "You want to shoot me, Lightwards? Do it. It's been a boring day." Lightwards clenched his jaw, willing his thoughts to still. Traveler wasn't Möbius. She would have had him sobbing for mercy in a pocket universe before he could blink. But the way he said it, the look on his face…Lightwards had seen it before his death. One of them, anyway. "All right, Traveler," he said, holstering his pistol with no small reluctance. "I'll play along. What is your name?" "Alastair." Lightwards managed a small laugh. "A big name, for such a small man. Those parents of yours taught you to put on airs right from the cradle, did they?" Traveler's smile became patient. "It's not that kind of name." The chill returned, and it took every ounce of will Lightwards possessed to drive it back. "Funtimes thought her pet needed a new title, did she?" That fury behind his eyes had never dimmed, but now it sparked as, with a motion far quicker than he ought to have possessed, Traveler swept up the cards on the table and shuffled them. "I was never her pet. She's helped me see that. Never some thing she dragged around. Not like those Warriors of yours—no. You don't wait for your Warriors to blossom into something new and powerful, do you?" Lightwards could scarcely breathe through the hot rage filling his lungs, but he managed to signal one of his raptors. The creature surged forward, working towards a run, mouth open for the kill— BANG. —and there was Traveler, still seated, back to the raptor, revolver in the air and arm twisted behind him. The raptor screeched, blood pouring from its mouth. Traveler leapt to his feet, his motions far quicker than they'd any right to be. BANG. BANG. The raptor wasn't quite dead, but the twitching of its limbs left no question that it soon would be, the bullets having shredded its innards, doing far more damage than a shot to the hide could have. Lightwards could raise it easily, but for the moment, that was the furthest thing from his mind. Thought was the furthest thing from his mind. Traveler—Alastair—holstered his pistol and resumed his seat. Back went the cards into his hands, whirring softly as he shuffled them. "Now," Alastair said, as calmly as someone naming the time of day, "the first thing you learn about tarot is that the cards don't mean what you think. The Fool isn't meant to insult your intelligence, but to signal the new. The Tower doesn't signal protection, but chaos." This was a prank. Any moment Funtimes would leap from behind a tree and laugh at her own joke, take credit for those impossible shots Alastair had taken. There was no ready explanation for his sudden fluidity of motion, but there was an explanation. There had to be. "I'm simplifying, of course. Tarot is a complex art, and if I'm being honest, it's not one of those things that's come naturally for me. Not like those shots I made, at any rate." Aldo. Aldo was responsible for this. Lightwards didn't know how, or why, or to what end, but this was Aldo's doing. An Epic was behind this, an Epic whose name was not Alastair. "Death, though—that's one of the more misunderstood cards in the deck. You draw it, you think oh, sparks, this means I'm going to die. But its meaning is more nuanced. Simply put, Death heralds change." Alastair caught Lightwards' gaze, and his smile widened. It wasn't a grin, nothing like that. But the pleasure, the anticipation behind it made Lightwards want to pull his pistol free and fire. The raptor lying dead on the forest floor kept him from that course. "Unfortunately," Alastair said, presenting a card with a small flourish, "in your case, the meaning of this card is literal." Lightwards looked at the card without seeing. He knew what it said; Alastair had told him as much. It took a moment for anger to melt through the lump of fear in his throat. "I'm the Master of Death," he snapped. "I can't be killed." "No," Alastair said. Lightwards knew what his motions signaled even before his pistol rested in his hand. "But you can die."
  48. 4 points
    Did not think of this. I update my rating. This power is worth at least a trillion points. No mortal should hold this ability.
  49. 4 points
    LOTR is a different kind of setting with a different kind of magic.It wouldn't make sense for there to be a lot of magic using characters in that setting because that's not the kind of setting it is. In some settings magic is rare, in other settings its common.
  50. 4 points
    The Tranquiline Halls a religious belief only. We will never see an afterlife that is not Shadesmar. The Beyond is not ever going to be confirmed or denied. Brandon has plenty of moral ambiguity. Taravangian, if I'm correct, is going to be a hero figure despite himself. Malata shows that Radiants do not have to be heroes. The Skybreakers have changed sides. The Singers themselves are not evil. Hell, Shards themselves are not good or evil, even Ruin. Brandon writes the stories the way he does, and has said outright that the darker style of aSoIaF is something he isn't interested in doing.
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