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  1. But he could still be a creationist.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.