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  1. Isn't that a specific result of her upbringing? Something that was ALWAYS true about her pre-Warbreaker and while she does allow her emotions to show a little even now (hair changing when they entered Shadesmar for example), it seems like it's just something she has regained now that she has accepted herself and her nature as an Awakener...and that Awakening isn't evil.
  2. 3D

    Again, I think the advantages of being a 2D being able to interact with the 3D world via the glyph or rending (or however it is that wild chalklings do it...since they clearly do) far outweigh the advantages of actually being 3D, especially since humans are already very practiced at fighting in 3D and have a hard time wrapping our minds around the additional vulnerabilities that 2D opponents can exploit that their 3D brethren would be unable to use.
  3. This doesn’t fit with the wind runner in Dalinar’s vision who was definitely able to kill AND had his armor. There are individual differences in the oaths, but I doubt they go so far as to allow some to kill while prohibiting others from doing so.
  4. Of course, that could be the exact thing that enables Teft to succeed in protecting Dalinar because he doesn't have hangups about Moash/Vyre so in the end it's a heroic sacrifice from Kaladin that manages to protect Dalinar after all...leaving his soul content and satisfied and enabling him to not be sucked into the soul sucking knife....
  5. Evi wasn't initially Vorin though...did the Riran's have the same "too symmetrical" problem? Oh, and Urithiru is pronounced like Brandon says it in the audiobooks.
  6. Ah thanks...it’s one of those “outer gas giant” type planets. I forgot the Threnodite system had one of those.
  7. I believe the planets in that system were Elegy, Threnody, and Monody or something like that. Definitely all names for types of songs of mourning...not Purity. While I was listening to an audiobook, I’m pretty sure that section is an image of a written report from Nazh, not an overheard conversation.
  8. In the part of oathbringer where it’s a report on the Alethi glyphs and the infiltration of the calligraphers guild that Nazh (I think) performed, he curses by “Purity’s Eye.” Could that be a reference to a previously unknown (at least to me) Shard?
  9. The same way putting epic poetry to music helped the bards and skalds to remember the words. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Norse Eddas were all songs for a LONG time before they were written down.
  10. So given the wonderful (for a certain interpretation of that word) revelation about Eshonai’s fate, I thought it might be good emotional preparation to try predicting some other plot resolutions. Feel free to add your own, or contradicting predictions to mine. Vyre won’t get far. The fused didn’t realize just how much stormlight the honor blade used up and he fell from quite high before catching up to them right after getting the blade. Kaladin tried again to rescue his family. Again his father refuses to be rescued. Accepting and respecting Lirin’s decision, knowing it will cause his suffering, is what enables Kaladin to swear the fourth oath of the Windrunners.
  11. So the Iriali are on their generational quest to populate every world in the cosmere (I know that’s not exactly it, but you get the idea). Do we know, or have any clues, about what started that journey? Was a specific shard responsible, and if so which one? Could they be connected to Trell?
  12. That's easy. She annoyed them so much they didn't read her portions. Dumb, but easy.
  13. I'm a math professor so i just have to point out that physicists are weird. But also, that's a completely different discussion than what we are having. They are talking about making predictions of likelihood (probabilities) in infinite systems, while we are/were talking about the way infinities can have different sizes.
  14. For the rational functions view, if we use x for Ruin's power and x-1 for Preservation's power (post creation of Scadrian humans), the limiting value of the ratio is still 1. However, 1000/999 is a bit more than 1, and 10000000/9999999 is too. So there is still a VERY slight power imbalance that could result in the future victory of Ruin without Leras' plans for dealing with the imbalance.
  15. So I'm a bit late seeing this one...which is sad for me since I'm actually a math professor so I could MAYBE have explained about the sizes of infinities earlier. But better late than never. The different sizes of infinity ARE really different. However, the size differences DON'T happen where our "common sense" says they should. The cardinality of the natural numbers (1,2,3,...) and the integers (...,-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3,...) are the same. There are no more integers than there are natural numbers, even though one way of "counting" them would seem to indicate there are twice as many. To see this, you have to order the integers differently than they are on the number line. If you write down all the integers using the pattern 0,1,-1,2,-2,3,-3,... you can see that you can assign a natural number to every integer and never run out...so those infinities are the same size. In other words, 2*infinity is NOT greater than infinity. In fact, there is even a way to assign a natural number to every possible fraction of integers, so even if you add in every rational number, the infinity hasn't grown at all. These levels of infinity are all the "smallest" type of infinity, and are called "countably infinite." A truly larger infinity is the cardinality of the real numbers between 0 and 1. No matter what numbering scheme you come up with, there are ALWAYS infinitely many values between 0 and 1 that your numbering system misses. So there are truly more numbers in there than there are counting numbers. Both are infinite, but one is infinitely larger than the other. That said, I don't think the differences in cardinality are how we should think about the different comparative power levels of the Shards. Rather, we should be viewing the power levels of the shards like polynomial functions and their comparative power levels as rational functions. If each of the 16 original shards were similarly powerful, we can consider that power to be x for all of them. So their power is limitless, or it's limit is infinity. However, if we then compare the power of one Shard to another, we get the ratio x/x, which is just 1. But if one person (Sazed) picks up TWO Shards, their powers add together since x+x=2x. Now comparing the power of Harmony to another Shard gives the ration 2x/x, which is 2. So Harmony is twice as powerful as a standard Shard, even though both shards (or all three, depending on how you count Harmony), are infinitely powerful. Edit: and now I look back more carefully and see Quantus did address the cardinality stuff a little bit. Even describing how we were able to establish the countability of the rational numbers. Anyway, I still like my functional analysis of shard powers better than cardinality so there's still that.