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  1. One thing I noticed about that scene is that Renarin offers Adolin some spheres to repair his Shardplate after the fight, which could imply that Renarin didn't use Stormlight during the duel. (I could be mis-remembering, since I don't have the book with me.)

    I wonder if anyone in the audience was using emotional allomancy during and after the duel, since a lot of characters demonstrated extreme versions of their usual emotions and personalities at that time.


  2. I don't think it's an exact parallel to any magic system that we've seen so far, but it's still interesting to note the similarities between scientific and fictional concepts. Many speculative fiction authors are inspired by ideas from science, and some even seem to predict future discoveries and inventions. This is usually more common in science fiction than fantasy, but Mr. Sanderson's books are some of the most scientific fantasy I've ever read. One thing I love about the Cosmere is the way the in-world process of studying the magic systems is similar to the scientific method in our world. 


  3. I'm not a scientist, just a fan of popular science, but sometimes new theories I read about remind me of the Cosmere. Apparently some newly discovered bacteria can "use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals." Somewhat more dramatically, I've even seen speculation that these bacteria could be present in the human body: "El-Naggar suspects that electrical interactions between bacterial and human cells may have important, almost entirely unexplored health implications. After all, the sewage experiments indicate there are electrically active bacteria in the gut. He wonders aloud: Do they communicate with human cells as part of the body’s internal ecosystem?" I'm not saying Mistborn Midi-chlorians, but....


  4. 1 hour ago, cloudjumper said:

    Wait, if I remember correctly, isn't Ishar the patron of the Lightweavers?

    In chapter 63 of Words of Radiance, Taln does call Shallan "one of Ishar's Knights," but he is apparently just referring to Ishar's role in founding the Knights Radiant.



  5. It's also possible that Glys might have been the Nahel spren of a female Truthwatcher who died in the recent past. When the Nahel bond was transferred to Renarin, Glys could have kept his identity and pronouns from the former bond.


    I think that some unusual aspects of Renarin's experience as a Knight Radiant could have been caused by a different kind of spren bonding process. It could have been the Rosharan version of Hemalurgy. There are still eight books left, so I'm sure there's a lot we don't know about the magic systems of Roshar. 


  6. This obviously isn't always the case, but it would be interesting if some of the versions of Hoid turned out to be illusions created by advanced Lightweaving at a distance, while Hoid is actually located somewhere else. This would prevent the illusory Hoid from killing and from being killed. However, we've seen Hoid give other characters material objects, so he seems to have been physically present, at least in those instances.