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  1. I'm going with post-Reod Elantris as well. That place drove immortals mad within a few years and you never lose the pain of even the slightest wound, which is worse than what the Heralds had to deal with. Kalak's thoughts in the Prelude imply that the Herald's 'bodies' get repaired each day, so there's at least some time when you're whole and not currently experiencing pain. In Elantris you never have that tiny respite. It's worth emphasizing that while the Heralds might have endured hundreds of years of torture at a time (up to five thousand years in one go, for poor Taln on his own) they still retained at least the appearance of sanity, while the Elantrians who went through the Reod were insane within ten years, even if Riino clearly recovered afterwards. Take that away and being a Reod Elantrian for thousands of years would really really suck.
  2. As already noted, no. Just like you can't heal Savantism with normal methods (because as far as the magic is concerned, there's nothing wrong with you) you couldn't 'heal' a curse from the Nightwatcher. It isn't even a 'this should work' situation, Brandon has confirmed that if you know what you're doing you can steal what the Old Magic gives you with hemalurgy and it's even possible (though much more difficult) to take only a boon or curse. Brandon also said that Cultivation really wouldn't like this and raised the possibility that she could do something to you if/when she found out about it.
  3. Ham: This is a very interesting philosophical question you pose. Have you given serious thought to all the implications of putting one's own creator on trial? I have some musings I'd like to share if you have two or three hours...
  4. Evidence from The Bands of Mourning suggest that it stores the ability. Marasi and Wax both need to ingest metal vials before they can use allomancy while using the Bands, which means they're not storing Preservation's Investiture already 'keyed' to particular uses but simply the ability to use the powers and they have to get the Investiture separately. Likewise I imagine that a medallion made by an Elantrian would (setting aside all the issues with Selish magic generally) store the ability to use AonDor but you'd still need to know the symbols to do anything with that ability. Surgebinding should work the same way and Brandon has said that the Honorblades granting the surges work on the same principles, so you'd get the ability to take in Stormlight and use whatever surges the medallion's creator had, but you'd need to have a Stormlight supply handy.
  5. While that would be a particularly nasty trick, it's got a huge problem: Targeting the bacteria themselves. Remember that anything inside a body is going to be 'shielded' by the innate Investiture of the soul and require more work to push through that resistance. Locating the stuff you want to grow and affecting it is going to take more power and hence be inefficient in terms of stormlight required. Also, it's going to require that the Progression-user knows about bacteria and what they do. It should certainly be doable but it would be a lot easier at that point (not to mention more merciful) to just stab them with a shardblade.
  6. She says that because that's how old she was when she visited the Nightwatcher and it happened three years ago. Hence she considers herself to still be ten because up until Edgedancer she assumed that she'd gotten her wish and wasn't aging any more. Her freaking out over suddenly having a period doesn't make sense if she's older than we've been led to think. Also, the text and Brandon have both stated that she's really thirteen, so it's pretty well established how old she is in absolute terms.
  7. Evidence from Oathbringer makes it very clear that Bavadin is still the Vessel of Autonomy.
  8. We can infer from her own thoughts that Lift asked to 'not change' in some way and whether it was the Nightwatcher or Cultivation that granted the request the magic didn't really know how to interpret that, hence the weirdness. We know she's not actually unchanging because she has her first period during the events of Edgedancer, which scared her because it meant she was changing. And her inability to use Stormlight normally and the consequences of needing to get it from food (depriving her of nutrition in the process) can be seen as both awesome in the non-Liftian sense and a curse. We really don't know which is which for her yet. On that note we really shouldn't assume any given thing is a boon or a curse until we get a good amount of information on their wish and the consequences of it. Taravangian for example assumes that his intelligence was the boon and the fact that it changes daily (with an inverse relationship to his compassion) was the curse but it's entirely possible he misinterpreted that, and the compassion was the intended boon, or the fluctuation of the two was itself both the boon (you get to be smart enough and compassionate enough to do what needs to be done) and the curse (because you can't have both at once and you have to work out how to balance the impulses) to give the most prominent example. And as Dalinar shows, even if the gift comes from Cultivation it's still a double-edged sword, the only difference is that you're playing into Cultivation's long-term plans with what you get rather than the whims of the Nightwatcher who's sort of making it up as she goes along
  9. The intent of a Shard is relevant to how you get access to a magic system, it has no relation to what you can do with the magic once you've got it. With allomancy, you preserve yourself by reaching out to an external power, with hemalurgy you must intend to ruin someone else or it won't work. We don't know how Initiation for feruchemy began but the magic can easily be seen as an interaction of the two Shards. You must weaken (ruin) yourself for a time in order to preserve that strength for when you have a greater need for it. Also, Brandon has been quite explicit about this: Sorry, the argument that feruchemy is a magic system involving a third Shard is simply a non-starter.
  10. Welcome to the Shard, @DarthHoid! Aside from the hubris explanation, there's another angle to consider and that's Ruin's own goals. Remember that Ruin wanted Rashek out of the way becase the latter was aware of the big picture and thus represented the biggest stumbling block to his goal of freeing himself. He's implied to have created the 'legend' of the Eleventh Metal himself in order to manipulate an unwitting agent (Vin by way of Kelsier as it turned out) into killing Rashek for him. While things ultimately worked out for Ruin's plan, instigating Yeden's fatal decision wouldn't really have benefited Ruin since it removed one potential tool his unwitting agent had, without directly contributing to the primary goal.
  11. We've seen Aimians multiple times. Axies is a recurring interlude character and he, Arclo and the Dysian posing as the ship's cook in Kaza's interlude (as part of the 'keep people away' thing) are all seen away from the island and they're not the only ones. All it really tells us is that whatever reason(s) spurred them to keep people away from Aimia doesn't apply to the Aimians themselves.
  12. I fixed that for you...
  13. True, though Brandon did loosely connect the two instances of metal-swapping. He originally thought of using silver in the place of aluminum once he realized he needed to replace the former with tin in the Metallic Arts but decided against it because of what @RShara mentioned.
  14. Not the first time this has been proposed. By the way, all Returned are faster and stronger than normal humans, hemalurgy is not required to explain it.
  15. This question was answered long ago by that arbiter of all that is good in the world, Mystery Science Theater 3000.