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  1. @Chaos you may not know this, but as a huge fan of all things Brandon Sanderson, I am very moved by the fact that “Eric from the Shardcast” actually responded to a post I made on here =) I feel so special! Sincerely, thank you good sir, and thanks to all of you who work to maintain this incredible fandom community! It’s so much fun to be a part of a legend of literature like Brandon in real time with other people who love it too!
  2. Hi everyone! I don't recall this being announced anywhere, so I apologize if this is old news, but there's a cyber Monday deal for all three Mistborn leatherbound books right now on brandonsanderson.com!
  3. Will the Shard be adding an online store for said and future merch?
  4. You mean..."Dying is easy, young man, living is harder?" (That's a Hamilton reference, for those of you who don't already view Dalinar as hip-hop George Washington in your minds)
  5. What if Kelsier creates the Ghostbloods to combat the Set, which may be a manifestation of Odium/Taravangian's presence on Scadrial? Even the name "Ghostbloods" makes sense now that we know who is leading it - a cognitive shadow (ghost) who desires returning to a physical body in the physical realm (blood).
  6. I think there’s a WoB that says that the Unmade are splinters of Odium?
  7. Exactly! The Heralds exist in the Physical Realm on Braize with the rest of the Fused and voidspren until a Desolation begins. Then, somehow they are transported to Roshar, where they also exist in the Physical Realm until they are killed... ...at which point they return to Braize, and exist again in the Physical Realm. This “back and forth” process clearly takes a toll on mental stability, as seen in both the Heralds and the Fused, though do we know if the instability is more a result of them NOT continuing the cycle of back and forth like the Oathpact originally intended, or if the process caused it in the first place over thousands of years of experiencing it. We’ve seen glimpses of how the Fused and voidspren somehow left Braize through Shadesmar. The Everstorm was somehow moved from Shadesmar into the Physical Realm too. They use this storm as one way to get into the Physical Realm on Roshar. It seems this was the result of some kind of work around Odium figured out, not through the traditional “back and forth” process the Oathpact had in place. I wondered if it was the capture of Ba-Ado-Mishram that caused the brokenness the Heralds and Fused experience, but if Thaidikar is experiencing it too, then this doesn’t seem to be the case. In short, Ishar’s experiments may be an attempt to find a work around outside the Oathpact’s boundaries in an attempt to stop or reverse the cognitive decay he’s experiencing. This decay may be a result of the Realm-switching (or lack thereof) the Heralds have experienced over the thousands of years the Oathpact has existed.
  8. So Ishar is trying to pull spren from the Cognitive Realm into the Physical Realm. At first this seemed really random to me, like some kind of deranged concentration camp-style experimentation (which it definitely is), but it seems less random the more I think about it. (I will apologize in advance if this has already been mentioned elsewhere) Ishar (and Thaidakar) both seem very interested in escaping their limitations inherent in being cognitive shadows. I could be misremembering the lore (or maybe it hasn't been fleshed out yet - the pun in this statement is coming), but do the Heralds simply rematerialize new bodies each time they return from Braize? We know they don't possess a physical host like the Fused do, but there seems to be some strange disconnect (or unique quality) that allows them as cognitive shadows to ALSO be physically present in the Physical Realm. Then again, Braize is ALSO in the Physical Realm, so despite being Cognitive Shadows, they also fully exist in the Physical Realm. They are so immensely invested that they are no longer human, and are more akin to spren. This is why I suspect Ishar is experimenting on spren. Somehow the Heralds can practically be spren, but exist in the Physical Realm, with physical bodies, but spren do not seem to make this transition into physical bodies well (as evidenced by the contents of the tent). If this transition is causing physical decay for spren coming into the Physical Realm, I suspect a similar transition is what is causing cognitive decay for the Heralds existing as they do.
  9. for fun

    I predicted Shallan’s grave hidden secret... ...but honestly, the story REALLY went out of its way to set this up, which was really off putting for me. It’s like that meme of DeCaprio pointing at the TV - you saw it coming a mile away, and then it wasn’t really interesting when it happened. At least that was my experience, and if it wasn’t yours, that’s ok because everyone is entitled to their own experience with art =) For all the talk about Adolin being so cookie cutter everything works out, I honestly didn’t expect what happened with Maya - that was a perfect “wow Brandon, the fandom seems convinced Adolin’s going to restore her and become a Radiant and is disappointed that’s so predictable WAIT NOPE NOT WHAT HAPPENED” moment. But Shallan? C’mon - it’s like this third hidden Shallan secret was forced quickly to create an additional trauma and plot development point that didn’t seem necessary. And it also wasn’t really fleshed out very clearly either, so I’m sure we’ll eventually get a flashback, but I’m not thrilled about the idea. I’ve generally liked her character, but as others have mentioned, this felt less like an expression of DID and more an overextension of a character into space that didn’t seem necessary. As the SandoFandom grows, I wonder how hard it is to keep ahead of the theories, you know? As if Brandon was planning a big reveal with Odium in this book, but everyone for a year leading up to the release was all “WE EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN,” does that change his writing? I doubt it, but it makes you wonder. For example: But what do we want more? To see the book fulfill what we all expect (ie more broader cosmere connections with each new storm lightbook) or to completely shock and surprise, (like whatever happened in that strange epilogue we just got?) I loved Lost, and while I hated that all the loose ends weren’t tied up exactly and explicitly like I’d hoped in the end, I enjoyed the experience because it made it hard to predict WHAT was happening (despite tons of easter eggs and a theory crafting fandom). This was the first book that felt a little predictable, but even that being said, so much WAS unexpected that I thoroughly enjoyed it and will love Brandon and his writing all my life =) May there always be another secret, and may we continue to hypothesize together until we all return to The One!
  10. This is just an insane example of the incredible fandom that is the 17th Shard. I didn't get to grow up in the era of JRR Tolken, George RR Martin's books were drawn out over such a long time (still waiting), and Harry Potter was incredible in so many ways (but not on the level of theorizing and interconnectedness I love). Brandon's Cosmere is like the LOST of our generation, and this map shows that his fans SHOW UP with their A game. Thanks for making this incredible ride even more fun with this map!
  11. What if the Sibling "going to sleep" or "dying" or whatever process it went through was related to the defeat of Ba-Ado-Mishram? Perhaps this was a trade off, a sacrifice that while costing the parsh their ability to use forms of power, ended up costing the Radiants the ability to use Urithiru. Consider the Emeralds from the Gem Archive: Notice the connection to scholars identifying an edge, much like this new villain has identified too. Theorizing, just like she did for millennia... Maybe these "unintended side effects" also applied to the Radiants somehow? Sounds like a parallel to our new crazy fused friend's train of thought!
  12. Kan'tdra - a term used on Scadrial for a person who lazily claims they aren't able to do something.
  13. This is my first post on here in a long time, but I just wanted to let you all know that this thread is literally why I love the 17th Shard so much =) The deepness of this conversation has been a refreshing splash of fantasy philosophy in the middle of a crazy work day!
  14. Good call! Ati was attempting to destroy Leras (which may have violated the rule to not harm any other vessel).
  15. This appears to be your first post, and as a long-time sharder/lurker of the shard, I love this theory! =) I hope you bring more posts as insightful as this to the forums!