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  1. Bluefinger isn't dead as of the end of warbreaker, but to be honest I don't see him as being long for this world. Even if Susebron isn't blood thirsty enough to want to specifically seek out his death, he's not likely to offer clemency to the man who tried to murder his beloved in cold blood from all the apparatuses of justice that could make good cause to have him executed. Such as treason, and heading a conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, and attempted to cause many more. Hopefully we get a chance to see more of it, since Warbreaker is one of my favorite cosmere novels.
  2. I'd have to reread, but I think the official story was that "nominally" the fire started accidentally, but given the Rifts traitorous actions (including assassinating Evi in the official narrative) it was considered totally justified. You are right though. Nobody would come out and straight justify it directly and openly, but it was pretty obvious that lots of people had an inkling it was intentional.
  3. Honestly I'd scale that up even, though I do imiagine similar proportions. Considering in my mind the basic warhorses shardbearers ride need to be gigantic to account for the weight of their riders under strain, a ryshadium needs to be an immense horse to handle it without strain. So this is a good reference. Though I'll admit my mental image was this, as goofy and over the top as it was =P
  4. Keeping all the specilized high princes in line. While each of them held great power, it being specilized in nature would mean that the high princes would have limited ability to act in complete independence of each-other. The high prince of war couldn't act with total independence since a high prince commerce would have significant control of purse strings. But a high prince of commerce wasn't totally powerful due to the high prince of information being able to appoint judges who cold control his actions. Obviously it wasn't a fool proof system considering it fell to disuse by the time of the modern books, but it's not the most improbable of setups I feel.
  5. Mitigating circumstances to be honest. Keep in mind while Dalinar's upbringing revered warfare, they also admonished the kind of things Dalinar did enough that his actions at the Rift had to be covered up. His society might have encouraged him in some regards, but he also had plenty others that would have let him know that what he did might have been wrong. Note Dalinar decided entirely on his own accord that murdering Tanalan as a child was an immoral action, before he had the influence of his wife to be less blood thirsty. Dalinar had the standing to recognize that burning the reach was an immoral action, but instead decided to embrace his anger at being betrayed. Dalinar's culpability might be softened by degrees due by circumstances, but his conduct as the Blackthorne is still monstrous by many degrees and standards. Him accepting responsibility for that despite it all is a sign of his moral character. And excusing his actions too much is a blight against his courage to accept responsibility for his actions.
  6. I think it's worth considering that Dalinar's actions at the rift are somewhat understandable. He DID try to take a peaceful route. And he WAS betrayed by the people who he offered mercy and compromise to. If Dalinar had taken Tanalan's head, and the heads of most of his officers, I don't think you could claim it was an unjust action. But the thousands of civilians, and children, certainly didn't deserve to be burnt alive because their leader was obsessed with revenge and because Dalinar became consume by rage. Maybe Dalinar's rage had some justification by it, but that alone does not absolve Dalinar of his actions. And I think it says a lot about the man Dalinar would latter become that he's not willing to excuse his actions for the influence his culture or the thrill had on him. Burning the children of Rathalas was wrong no matter what enraged Dalinar to do it, even if his wife inexplicably ending up one of the victims of his wrath is what took Dalinar to properly recognize the horror of what he had done multiplied thousands of times over. I don't think it's fair to compare Dalinar to Hitler, but I can't say the Blackthorne wouldn't be considered a war criminal by our modern definitions.
  7. She might be surprised, but I don't think she'd be too broken up by it. Even Dalinar, for all his devout beliefs, accepted the fact that the shard honor being capable of death meant that he wasn't "really" the supreme God, and that there was a higher power beyond it. I'd say Jasnah would take the more materialistic stance that honor was simply an entity that happened to have a great amount of power, and as benevolent as he might have been, that in and of itself was no more reason worship him than it'd be to worship Jasnah simply because she had radiant powers that the majority of the population did not have. Dalinar might be inclined due to faith to believe in a higher power beyond the obvious limits of Honor, but Jasnah I say wouldn't be inclined to make that same leap.
  8. It's called out in the text that the Shin tend to be short (at least by Alethi standards), so I imagine it's a combination. They're shorter than Alethi by a noticeable amount certainly. And while I can imagine their eyes might be a "bit" wider than real world Caucasians for example, I never got the impression they were so wide as to make them look like bug eyed aliens. It's just that near everyone on Roshar happens to have eye folds, making the shins slightly wider then Caucasian eyes striking by comparison.
  9. I'm rather skeptical of those figures. That'd put an average six (Rosharan) foot Alethi man at 230 centimeters tall (7'6 earth feet). That's a bit hard to swallow given the number of non-shape shifting world hoppers on Roshar who don't immediately stand out by being 1-2 feet shorter than everybody else on the planet.
  10. I don't know if I believe that. I see no reason to believe that the original human culture before arriving on roshar had particular prohibitions against walking on stone on their home planet. But it makes a lot of sense as far as an evolution against their initial prohibition against venturing beyond the initial part of Roshar that had been given them in the east by the parshendi. Not sure if that suggests any shared cultural legacy between the Shin and the Horneaters, but it's just something that makes me ponder.
  11. Something I've recently thought about after my latest audiobook re-reading of Way of Kings. Does anybody else find it interesting that there's a similar focus on the status of warriors in both societies being lower? Obviously not to the same extent, with the Shin considering warriors to be debased slaves, while the Horneaters merely consider it a profession for the most junior of sons, but it's something I've come to wonder about in relation to how the Shin and the Horneaters relate to the Parshendi. We know that the Horneaters are blood related to the Parshendi. And they share a similar language tree with the Parshendi and shin. It makes me wonder if this low social ranking of warriors has anything to do with an older shared cultural heritage. This is possibly a more tenuous connection, but I was curious if any other folks had thoughts about it? I wonder if this will be a topic that might come up when we get a chance for a closer look at Shinovar and the Peaks.
  12. The main issue is the bridgemen were only meant to be on the field for a very short part of the battle. They'd run the bridges in the initial assault, provide a distraction, and then run off. And even that brief exposure saw the ranks of bridgemen routinely decimated on even moderately tough battles. Having them stand in ranks without armor or shields for an extended period of time on the front line will see them destroyed before shardbearers can come into place. In practice I think this would be very hard to do. Keep in mind this isn't an RTS where the commander has a top down view of the battlefield, and can transmit orders to all his units instantly (no field spanreeds at the squad level). It takes time to dispatch orders, and for battalions of men to form up and move out. ESPECIALLY if those men aren't very well trained. A man in shardplate, being a one man army almost, can move about the battlefield much faster than regular soldiers, raiding and spearheading various assaults all over the battlefield. I think there's also a matter of morale. Unless they were fanatics, your suicide troops might not be very motivated to chase down a shardbearer on a chaotic battlefield. I think they'd find excuses to lose track of them. You might be able to whip men into doing something suicidal if its straightforward, but its very difficult to get them to take the initiative in it if they're not motivated.
  13. Indeed. So if anything human wave tactics by unarmored suicide troops against a full shardbearer with support would go even worse. Admittedly the same could be said of specilized anti-shardbearer troops. A shardbearer mounted on a horse is in practice going to have much better battlefield mobility than a battalion of specialized anti-shard-bearer troops. Getting those troops to where the Shardbearer is at, and pinning him down, I think is going to be almost as difficult as orchestrating an ambush.
  14. In a fight directly against someone in shardplate this makes sense, but it's probably worth considering that in the context of a battlefield, a shardbearer in plate is unlikely to be fighting unsupported. Plate requires aid to be donned quickly, so I feel it'd be unlikely to be used in context when the shardbearer wouldn't have other soldiers with them. While a mass of unarmored troops with great weapons are theoretically efficient way to defeat shardbeaerers, but said troops would also be incredibly vulnerable against other conventional troops. Look at how vulnerable the bridgemen were in Way of kings were when they had to fight in battles with no shields or armor. A detachment of unarmored troops like this I feel would simply get shredded by arrow-fire, then break upon even a thin spearwall. Especially if these men are supposed to be expendable poorly trained troops. Also worth considering. It's conspicuous that when the regular Parshendi nearly killed Sadeas, that was done skillful, motivated and heavily armored troops. And they lost dozens of men to swarm him. I don't think that poorly trained conscripts would have the morale to put up with the losses you would take fighting a Shardbearer. In practice I think siege weapons or elaborate ambushes are far more likely to be successful against Shardberears.
  15. well I don't know if it's fair to say, without having been able to interact with an axehound in person, that they don't make as good of companions to humans as dogs or cats would. That's a rather subjective claim, and I think a good number of people on Roshar might be quite offended at you disparaging their axehound companions =P More seriously. Given that nearly all the worldhopping groups in the Cosmere seem to be big on keeping these things secret, I don't see them trying to introduce foreign species.