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  1. Dalinar mentions the Shin invasions, which would imply that they are recent enough to still be remembered in history - so more recent than the Desolations, and if my theory holds true, more recent than the Recreance. It is an off-hand, one line mention when he is talking about other conquerors, like the Sunmaker - about as small as the references to what Ishi was doing before we 'knew' he was Ishi. This is exactly what we were discussing in the linked post - Alethkar is geographically the furthest from Shinovar, and is the historic homeland of the Radiants - so they would have had the highest concentration of discarded shards,and the Shin would have been at untenable levels of extension by the time they reached that far. It is further supported by the non-canon original Szeth chapters that can be found that have some details about a militaristic lifestyle in the Shin homeland, as compared to what is shown to the world. I am very attached to this theory, was very proud of myself for coming up with it, especially seeing as no one could shoot it down. I'm even more happy that other people are connecting the same dots completely independently from each other. It lends more weight to the potential veracity of the theory.
  2. You and I tend to agree: The Shin have the most My Theory runs along the lines that the Shin self-appointed themselves the guardians of the abandoned Honorblades, and later, after the Recreance, they further appointed themselves the guardians of the abandoned shards. I further believe that they used the Shin Invasion as a cover for the collection of as many abandoned blades and plate that they could.
  3. I was reading Brandon's live tweets from New Years Eve, when he was showing progress on the last scenes of Book 4. His update four, below link, mentioned a scene that was painful to write. Update four This got me thinking of scenes that were painful to read - where they hit the feelings hard. The obvious one is Elhokar's end. But that's not the one that hit me hardest. For me, it was a scene just after the fall of Kholinar, when the main team had escaped to Shadesmar. I don't remember the exact location, so I can't give a full, proper quote, but it was when they were looking for a method of transport across the sea of beads, and Shallan was looking for the right cognitive representation to help them. One of the ones she discarded she described as 'a piece of trash that still thought of itself as a child's toy.' That imagery, of a discarded/lost toy in a sacked city, with no idea of what happened to the child who had loved it, that hit me really hard. What small moments got to you? And how many do you think are coming in November.
  4. It was the highlight of my Tuesdays. I hope they do this again. The downside was that when the book came out, I had to force myself to re-read those sections to have them clear in my memory as I went into Part 2... So who knows?
  5. Yeden and Dox could work. But picking characters who die, in a series where very few women with lines survive (Tyndwyl, Shan Elariel as examples) feels problematic. Swapping the gender from male to female for a character who is affectionately called Dox is even more so. This is why I gravitated towards characters who survive the entire trilogy. Ham, who is important for moral and ethical reasons, who provides guidance could be really fun swapped. My worry is it would echo Ais in Whitesand too much. Spook is a key character, who has their own arc. And maintain certain character beats would allow for more of the LGBTQ representation that has been missing. Marsh... Marsh could work as I said. THe older sister, female Inquisitors, all of it would be fun. I'm not sure I want it though.
  6. I would have swapped Spook and Ham. Both are characters that survive the trilogy, and both make for interesting changes. Ham is part of the mercenary military, making money to support his wife and children. I don't remember clearly, but I don't think there were many women in the military. If Ham was a woman, then you have some interesting dynamics - the guards and military placing higher value on having a misting than on sex. You have the Wife and mother who goes and does the risky work to support her family. And the conversations between Ham and Breeze have some additional perspective differences. Spook has bigger change implications for the future, based on the aftermath, and may not be possible. But Spook being female adds some other elements. You can argue for an LGBTQ angle with the early infatuation with Vin, and later in the third book. You can have a mirror of Vin, as they are both young ska women who grew up as thieves - but in vastly different environments. And you can play with the Kelsier hero worship. And then you have the whole Lord Mistborn thing. The only other character that could be interesting to swap, in my opinion, is Marsh.
  7. I have one on my shoulder of a shield, divided into three sections. One of the three sections contains the Atium symbol.
  8. Just got mine in the mail in Montreal. It is beautiful. Did not see a Nalthis essay though, had thought that was going to be included. My leatherbound/anniversary edition shelf is getting filled out.
  9. This has me wondering if you've read Defending Elysium yet. Certain elements of it could fit your hypothesis quite well.
  10. For me, I was speculating on the Sanderson origins of the species he showed us. The Katsen having historically been on Earth and having a samurai style monarchy mad me think they came from the Japanese Kitsune, only in the book they were likely the origin of the Kitsune myth. The Figments seem like an inversed fart joke - silent but deadly. They are silent, but Vapor is put out that they are assumed to be assassins, and their curses involve bad smells. The Gorrilla like species we see a few times feels Planet of the Apes to me. Anyone else get anything off the different species presented in the background?
  11. The fact that this was asked and RAFO'd excites me to no end. I have no idea who Questioner 4 was, but thank you for asking that. And thanks Debarra for posting!
  12. Wow. Its been a while since I read through the Wheel of Time. Still, feels like an Irali prophecy - should we restart the false rumors that WoT and Cosmere exist in the same universe?