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  1. My own interpretation is that anyone born in Kharbranth, past or future, would be included in Odium's "protection". He explicitly promises to spare the city, and if he were to wipe out the next generation, he would be destroying the city just as surely. But as for Kaladin, I strongly suspect that while Hesia and Lirin might be under Odium's "protection", Kaladin and his brother would be out of luck. True, we don't know Kaladin's birthplace, but I feel like there hasn't been enough foreshadowing for him to be born there. For Hesia there is, IMHO, but not for Kaladin.
  2. Among main characters, Kaladin is still my number one overall, with Dalinar in number two. Adolin is a fairly distant third.
  3. So one possibility that no one's pointed out yet is that the Honorblades did provide massive amounts of Investiture, but only while the Herald was holding it. In which case shutting off the Heralds' invincibility would be a (comparatively) simple matter of disarming them. Admittedly harder to do with Jezrien or Ishar (might literally require dis-arming them), but still well within the bounds of possibility for a thunderclast or Fused. This would also explain why the Heralds didn't have or need Plate. No need to protect the body when you've got massive Stormlight healing, and Plate probably wouldn't much help an Investiture-filled being grip its Blade any tighter. Might even make it worse, if the Stormligiht-granted strength was more than the Plate-granted strength.
  4. Personally I don't find the new version to be as good as the old version, but part of that might be because I read the old version first, though honestly I think the older one flows better and makes more sense in context. Kaladin's fighting for his life against a known mass-murderer who knows more Windrunner tricks than he does. That's not the time to hesitate or show mercy even if he thinks that Szeth's surrender is genuine. I also think a main reason for the change was to eliminate one of the three "fake deaths" in WoR, which are still casting their long shadow over the series. Unfortunately I think the change doesn't really work in this regard because there's no realistic way that Szeth survives the fall. Yes, the reader doesn't see the body and maybe I'm biased from having read the old version first, but his resurrection-after-supposed-death still seems fundamentally the same as Jasnah's or Gawx's. Personally I think that if one were editing WoR, the best way to "undo" one of the three fake deaths would be to undo Jasnah's. She still has to disappear during the ship scene and Shallan has to believe her dead (too much of the book would need to be rewritten otherwise), but adding a brief interlude scene of her and Ivory fleeing through Shadesmar and explaining why she can't get back sooner would go a long way toward mitigating her fake-out death. The longer she stays missing, the more the reader wonders if maybe she's really dead after all and the more of a fake-out her sudden return is. A two- or three-page interlude could largely fix this.
  5. Does anyone know why January 1 is the deadline for publishing in 2020? As opposed to, say, early January or Jan. 8 or something? I mean, clearly the whole proofreading/editing/publishing process takes time, but I'd think that especially this time of year, taking an extra week or so to finish up would dramatically decrease the time pressure he must be under. I doubt the in-book art even gets started until much later. He's still in rough-draft mode. No use commissioning art for a scene that might need to change before publication.
  6. A gun probably wouldn't work. Too many small moving parts. On the other hand, a Shard cannon seems quite possible and effective. One of the issues with cannons historically was getting them strong enough to not blow up in their users' faces. This wouldn't be a problem with a Shardcannon. Another issue with cannons was portability -- they were quite heavy and difficult to transport. That also wouldn't be a problem with a spren. (The ammo itself is another issue, unless you get a second spren to form the cannonball.)
  7. I'll bite. Why do you think that the fletchings couldn't be made out of metal? I'll admit that Shardmetal as we've seen it doesn't seem very flexible, but I would expect that sufficiently thin strands would be somewhat hair-like. Heck, from what we've seen about spren's ability to change their shape, I suspect the spren could grow, retract, or curve fletchings as needed, granting a minimal sort of guidance/course correction for the "arrow".
  8. There doesn't really seem to be a valid, well-supported love interest that will be happening in the next two books. Not that it's impossible, but I'm kind of hoping that it doesn't happen. Brandon is pretty bad at writing romances, so two books in five probably isn't enough time to do it well, and moreover Kaladin doesn't particularly need a love interest to be an effective character. I can't think of a single character (other than Syl) who I think could be developed satisfactorily as a romance option by the end of book five. After the time-skip will be a different story. While presently the Oaths provide plenty of character development, that won't really be the case in the back five, so there will be more need for interpersonal character development -- and romance is the primary interpersonal character development for good reasons. Therefore I'd be somewhat surprised if we didn't see some Kaladin romance in the back five. Lift seems like a promising candidate, but I would note that after a ten-year time-skip and with five full books to build and introduce new characters, pretty much anything at that point is fair game.
  9. Do we know that Honor had bad futuresight compared to Preservation? And more to the point, do we know that Cultivation has bad futuresight compared to Preservation? Because I'm pretty certain that if Tanavast was trying to make a plan based on foretelling the future, he'd be a fool not to get Cultivation's take on the same.
  10. So I'll caveat this by saying that I think there are flaws with the explanation that we've been given for the Recreance. I don't know if it's because some information we have just isn't accurate (Honor's visions, for instance) or if Brandon thought he was doing a better job than he actually did, but the Recreance just doesn't work as it's posited now. With regard to your specific objection however, there are possible explanations. One possibility is that the spren simply cannot make such an oath. We know from Oathbringer that the Stormfather couldn't stop the storm from blowing even if he wanted to. Spren are bound to do certain things as part of their nature, and it's possible that one of those things that Radiant spren need to do is seek out Radiants to bond. Admittedly it doesn't seem like this is the case, as there appear to be plenty of Radiant spren in Shadesmar who aren't actively seeking a bond, but perhaps they're only better at delaying the inevitable. Another possibility is that even if the Radiants made a pact with their spren, there were other unbound spren who would not have been party to such a pact and (especially if they hadn't heard Honor's raving) mightn't have agreed with it. And even if you could get every single spren alive at the time to agree, there's no guarantee that the children of those spren, born thousands of years later, would feel the same obligation. Of course, it's not like the Recreance fixes these problems, either. It didn't wipe out all the Radiant spren, didn't account for future spren births, and just generally seems like an idiotic reaction to Honor's rantings. At best, it kicks the problem several centuries down the road, at the cost of not even being able to explain to future Radiants the danger that they're in. But there is no rational way to explain the Recreance, unless you find "mind control by Odium" to be a reasonable explanation.
  11. In case it's not clear from all the comments above: read Oathbringer before you read more on this site. Glad to have you and all that, but there are too many unmarked spoilers that could potentially decrease your enjoyment of the next book.
  12. Actually, there's one other point to keep in mind: summoning a spren as a Blade requires more than just a basic Nahel bond. The Radiant must advance his bond by way of oaths, and only after his advancement reaches a certain point can the Blade be summoned. And as I recall, deepening the spren bond requires the participation of both the human and the spren. It's entirely possible that a voidspren bond eschews the progression system entirely and doesn't have a way to "reach" the greater level of connection required to summon a Blade. As I said before, it could go either way, and until we get some firm evidence all we can do is speculate.
  13. I guess I'm just saying that there's a lot of fine-grained interpretation going on in the original post, and most of it seems...unsupported? Unsupportable? Impossible to really nail down one way or another. For instance, But yellow-gold is also the color of Odium. So does the yellow-gold smoke refer to the Bondsmiths or to Odium? Or for another example, I have no idea how you even reach that conclusion, other than by a very loose association with the word "radiant". There is no reason, as far as I can tell, to suppose that the towers represent anything concrete rather than a general Tower of Babel- or Icarus-type allusion about the dangers of pride, perfection, and reaching beyond one's grasp. It just seems to me that you're building a complete house of cards and thinking that the structure is much more secure than it actually is.
  14. I dunno. Not to rain on anybody's parade, but it kind of seems like you're trying to reach for analogies that just aren't supported. I mean, sure, that's one possible interpretation, and I agree that the moons and their colors have something to do with the Shards, but I'd hesitate to draw too close a parallel. There isn't a strong correlation between Hoid's other stories and any literal events we have evidence for, so there's no reason to take this one too literally, either.
  15. I think he's asking, could someone bonded to a voidspren summon that spren as a Shardblade? My gut answer is yes, because that seems to be the way the magic works on Roshar. But there isn't any firm evidence either way, as far as I know. It'll depend on what Brandon Sanderson has in mind.