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  1. The real question about Shallan's personalities is who is Shallan? Is the person Shallan considers Shallan the true synthesis of herself; is "Shallan" her core self? Or is "Shallan" just one more aspect of her fractured personalities along with the others and she won't be stable until she can accept and combine all elements of her personality into one person. I don't think Shallan is in a healthy place yet and I don't think she has fully figured out who she is. If Brandon intended differently he did a poor job of showing it. I find it troubling that a person on the brink who is having such major identity issues got married at the end of Oathbringer. Either Shallan has a rocky future ahead trying to reconcile all of her personalities or Brandon didn't explain himself very well in the rushed wrap-up of Oathbringer.
  2. Is it possible, just maybe have you all considered, that maybe Brandon has thought about this more than you all have and that maybe you just don't understand how Brandon means for Cohesion and Tension to function as magical powers in his book series about people with magical powers. You are taking a single sentence answer from Brandon, a set of magical stairs seen from a distance, and a fixed statue and assuming you understand exactly how Brandon has made a mistake.
  3. Do we know how long surgebinders live for? Some of your problems with how quickly the first desolation happens and how quickly (during Nohadon's life) the Radiants go from not existing to building Urithiru could be solved if Surgebinders have extended lifespans. Maybe all the Heralds were surgebinders (or whatever the equivalent on Ashyn would be?) before becoming Heralds? Maybe Nohadon lived for 200 years? We know so little at this point.
  4. I have a slight beef to pick with Evgeni and several other Brandon fans that may be on another podcast. Forgive me for rambling a bit. I am both a Brandon Sanderson fan and a GRR Martin fan. For the record I can’t stand Joe Abercrombie. George RR Martin is not the same as Abercrombie, GRRM is not grimdark. The world of Ice and Fire is not grimdark, it is Ironic Romantic Tragedy. GRRM is writing a meditation that sometimes is commenting on, and sometimes deconstructing the Tolkienian Fantasies of the 60s-90s. He is not dark and bleak for bleakness sake. The story is full of longing for beauty, tragic backstories, tragic missed opportunities. No one dies just to be cruel, no one is killed for the author to prove a point. GRRM isn’t a Nihilist like some accuse him of. SPOILERS for A Song of Ice and Fire.
  5. I can see her being a bad person, but I was left unsure whether she was like, a cult of Odium member who was conspiring to bring back Odium, or just an easily corruptible person who was warped by Odium. Same with Amaram. He was involved with a secret society plotting to bring back the gods. He was a bad person. Was he actually, secretly an Odium devotee? Did he know what he was doing the whole time with Odium, did he suddenly snap under intense direct pressure, or was he slowly corrupted over time? Brandon is muddying the waters by having all the "Bad" people be secret Odium supporters. (or are they just open to Odium's corruption?)
  6. One of the things I'm most unclear about with both Aesudan and Amaram is how conscious their choices were. Did Odium subtly corrupt them over time until their thoughts weren't their own? or were they made an offer by Odium and chose to accept it? I don't know. We have evidence that Odium and the Unmade can corrupt people who have been under his subtle influence into taking actions they otherwise wouldn't when we see the Sadeas troops suddenly and against their will turn against Thaylen City and we see Odium attempt to take-over Dalinar at the confrontation at the breach. One of the aspects of Oathbringer I was least satisfied with were the unexpected and unexplained conversions of Amaram from a selfish, petty, arrogant hypocrite to turning to Odium and selling out humanity. He was for the restoration of the Heralds and Vorinism, how did he turn to Odium? Aesudan was a petty, spoiled, vain, opulent, greedy, ambitious queen, that doesn't mean she was scheming with the forces of Odium. I believe Amaram was corrupted by the Thrill, Nergaoul, until he was in a place where he could be taken over by Yelig-nar while Aesudan was corrupted by Ashertmarn until she could be dominated by Yelig-nar. Or possibly they were corrupted to the point that they were amenible whe Odium or his agents appeared and offered them immense power and glory. I hope that in Book 4 we learn more about what happened to Aesudan and Amaram, or at least we see how this process works. The closest we've seen is what happened to Dalinar, but it fail with him.
  7. Your Shadesmar v Cognitive Realm argument was just incredibly pedantic. Shadesmar is just a better name for every day use than Cognitive Realm. Wolf is better than Canis Lupis. In world; maybe Willshapers and Elsecallers were prominent early world hoppers who had sway over the early exploration of Shadesmar. Most languages use some form of the word pepper to destcribe spicy, bush growing, bright colored, fruits because Columbus just happened to have promised Ferdinand & Isabela he’d bring back pepper but couldn’t find any and these fruits he found were also spicy.
  8. Shinovar is basically aSHYN NOVAr (meta), Shinovar is new Ashyn. Maybe Shin Kak Nish translates to new Ashyn or Land of the Ashyn (in world).
  9. On the subjectivity/emotion of shards vs. objectivity, forces: Entropy is a natural thing. Things fall apart, the center does not hold, etc. Ruin or to ruin is human. Ruin contains the force of entropy, but it has a will and an intelligence. Ruin was not content with things simply breaking down over time, Ruin wanted to push the world into destruction. Preservation is not a natural force, it's the desire to save things and to keep things the same. In nature things aren't preserved, they break down. Preservation is only a force in living things. Honor is not just the force that binds things together, he is the will that things should be bound. I think all Shards are human desires, human intents, human motivations that are connected to a force in the universe (including human forces, love, honor, hatred, independence, human motivations that can shape the world).
  10. Is the Haunted Gondola from the paper in New Seran supposed to be fiction (in world) or an account? If it’s fiction, the author (in world) is very cosmere aware and if it’s an account the woman in the story meets a Threnodite and Hoid.
  11. On Szeth joining them and the revelation that Adolin killed Sadeas: these both happened so late and in the middle of a battle so I think we will deal with this in book four. At first the battle was too desperate to deal with them, then Brandon was wrapping up the book and couldn’t start new plots. He already rushed a few too many resolutions (Shallan’s wedding, Shallan’s brothers showing up, Jasnah becoming queen, etc.) and the book was super long already.
  12. I know that it is my modern, western sensibilities getting in the way, and it may be culturally appropriate for the arranged marriages to work. But my cultural upbringing, and my conditioning from reading other stories, just rebels against arranged marriages. He's done it FOUR times now, in his five shard world stories, he's had four of the main romance plots be arranged marriages. My main issue with Raoden and Serene romance plot is that the two characters in the romance plot spend 95% of the book apart from each other. Not the characters time, but the readers time. Most of my complaints are not in world complaints, they're meta complaints. I think Brandon has the habit of hand-waving some of the romance elements of his books. My main issue with the SA trio of death is not the choice Shallan made, but that I don't think Brandon dd enough work to get the readers to the point that we understood it. As evidenced by the fierce arguments in the forum.
  13. I think people go too far on Fridging frequently. And tropes are tropes for a reason, they make sense. Someone dying is a common motivation for people to change and is a very relate-able trauma that the audience can understand. Brandon himself plays with this trope (or is it Harmony playing off this trope) in the Mistborn Era 2 stuff with Lessie/Paalme. Harmony has the character of Wax's wife killed off to get him to move back to the city. I just think it's an issue that more often, it's the female characters that are killed off and in this case, Tindwyl was introduced, fell in love with Sazed, and was killed in one book and the result was it pushed Sazed's narrative. It just wasn't handled as subtly as tropes were, especially in Mistborn, which is supposed to be a deconstruction.
  14. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt the whole thing at the end of Oathbringer was rushed. I just don't feel like Brandon had to wrap everything up so neatly at the end for Shallan, especially since she failed to deal with her inner personal conflict. It just felt so final, like Brandon wanted us to move on. I'm not necessarily even rooting for Kaladin/Shallan. I just don't think it was dealt with effectively or satisfactorily. It felt to me that Shallan was still at the bottom of arc and Brandon didn't do enough to earn a resolution. I admit I may be too hard on Steris.
  15. Alternatives to the dawnshards that could be hidden in Akinah... Unmade. What if Akinah is where the Radiants after the False Desolation hid the trapped Ba-Ado-Mishram there or Dai gonarthis is trapped there.