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  1. Dalinar progressing to become the next vessel of honor is IMHO a likely development latter in the series. Though naturally I'm not surprised that Brandon wouldn't be forthcoming on the matter either way.
  2. Doesn't hemalurgy require some what exact positioning with respect to the kind of metal being used? I didn't get the impression it was something you could easily do without some prior knowledge or experimentation. I don't think it particularly likely that Vin would have done it correctly by chance when killing the lord ruler.
  3. Well perhaps it's worth asking. Do the Listeners have a scientifically accurate understanding of how Spren bond to themselves? Parshendi characters in text have admitted that their understanding of how spren bonding should work doesn't explain how humans without gem hearts are capable of it. That inconsistency might make it worth asking how accurate their outlook is in general. To further consider. An alien looking to understand how human physiology worked might be somewhat lead astray if they went by the perspective of an educated medieval human who ascribed to humorism. It's possible that the Parshendi's assumptions about how they bond with spren are incorrect.
  4. Well again, it's worth noting that people familiar with shardblades might have an explanation for that by assuming the bearer had not yet fully bonded their shardblade. Perhaps due to the previous owner having died recently. And oathbringer did establish that the gem stones that allow bonding aren't integral to the blades themselves, and can even be destroyed. I don't think that historically speaking, it'd be that out there for someone to have to go into battle/campaign with a blade that wasn't fully bonded, or that had it's gem stone damaged. People are probably over focusing on how odd a non-bonded Shardblade would be. At least in the short term. (Actually, given that the gem stones that allow blade summonings/dismissing aren't native to the blades themselves, do we have any basis that Azure's shardblade couldn't be fitted with such a gemstone, and that Azure just hasn't had a chance/reason to try to acquire one yet? Might be a decent Brandon Question).
  5. I think to the average Rosharan, all those things are semantics for scholars to worry about. If you have a sword that can cut through stone, steel and flesh like its wet tissue paper, then for all they care its a shardblade. Technical definitions won't make someone any less dead if they get hit by it. Well does the twinky blade chop through stone, steel and flesh like wet tissue paper? Roshar's ultimately revere shardblades as practical instruments of war. And if a "weird" shardblade can do 90+% of what a "normal" shardblade can, I doubt they'd value it substantially less than a regular shardblade. At least anybody who had the imagination to think of it being turned on them.
  6. I really don't get the political aspect of something like that either. Radiants aren't hereditary. They're a "can you befriend/impress a spren?" meritocracy. Marriage ties don't bind alliances/inheritance with future radiants the way they do for other kinds of property or titles. I don't see marriage between orders of Radiants as manifesting in bonds more significant than the personal level. And while I'm all for the odd crack shipping, I don't seriously see being a major thing between Jasnah and Kaladin for a boat load of reasons.
  7. The main problem to me seems to be that stormlight healing is somewhat limited by the persons self-image of what their body "should" be like. So you can't really force them to grow body parts that they don't imagine as naturally being part of themselves. We've seen that with trying to heal injuries that people have ingrained as part of themselves. So I'd imagine that the same would apply if you wanted to force someone to grow a mass of malignant tumors on themselves. The only exception I could imagine is if you had a person who believed their body *should* be filled with life threatening tumors. Then *maybe* stormlight healing would do that to them. Though that seems like it'd be an awful niche and situational way to use the healing surge.
  8. As invocation said, we don't know how plate is formed. So it's up in the air if even the advanced skybreakers have it. Even if they did. We've only seen the skybreakers operating in the context as of a secret society. They might be able to summon shardblades with some plausible deniability, but shardplate might be too conspicuous and high profile for most of their activities. Nobody would expect "officers of the law" to show up for a raid in shardplate, and would absolutely question them being able to summon it onto their persons on command as we saw in some of Dalinar's visions.
  9. It'd be a *very* writerly. BF not only is deserving of being accounted for his actions, there's not a whole lot of practical reasons to offer him much clemency. There are very few metrics of justice that would consider hanging BF for his actions out of the ordinary. Unrelated Pahn Kahl citizenry being subjected to reprisal as you said is something that I think Susebron would be much more worried about.And it's possibly one of many plot points that could come up as far as Susebron and Ciri trying to step forward in actually running Hallaldran.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.