What's a Seawolf?

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  1. This is a little cheesy and perhaps cliched, but I LOVED the Bridge 4 chapters and character growth in OB, so... Kaladin is busy fighting some super tough Odium friend, and defeats the Odium friend but runs out of Stormlight and is relatively incapacitated. Syl tells him to speak the words (4th Ideal) but Kaladin still fights against it. Moash arrives and begins walking towards Kaladin, similar to Elokhar in OB. Syl begins freaking out as Kaladin can't move much and is struggling with the Oath. As Moash raises his spear Bridge 4 storms onto the scene and curb stomp him, Moash's superior Honorblade powers defeated by the numbers and comradery of Bridge 4, complete with some excellent choice quotes. Kaladin gets tears in his eyes and realizes that he cannot protect everyone always, and sometimes he has to let others take charge in order to lead. And thus swears the 4th Oath. (Plus I like the idea of his swearing the 4th Oath not being a 'save everyone' moment like the first two.)
  2. Oh I really like this. To extrapolate, maybe this ties in to Honor's 'regulating' of surgebinders or whatever the term was. Maybe the Ashyn Surgebinders, not bound by any oaths, could obtain the ability to control massive amounts of whatever surges they could handle. This could cause destruction in two ways: One, the lust for power (not just Ascendency power, but dominion over men) and the resulting effects, and/or two, having so much surgebinding power that you permanently alter (for example) the planet's actual gravitational pull. So then the refugees come to Roshar, and eventually the KR's pop up. Honor sees it as potentially a good thing, but institutes the oaths to prevent an Ashyn situation. In this scenario the 'Dawnshards' would not so much be a Sixth Ideal, but rather an Ideal outside of Oaths, a way to 'Mini-Ascend' and make gravity whatever you want it to be for much of Roshar. I'm not sure why one Dawnshard would be different from the rest, unless it relates to Bondsmiths generally (seemingly) being a little different than the other orders. If this is true to some degree, Vyre having an Honorblade and unrestricted Windrunner powers could be very, very problematic...
  3. Kaladin: 'Ok Lift, time for the rotten tomato." Lift: "There's a tomato? Where?" *Slides off in search of tomato* Kaladin: *facepalm*
  4. Although we don't know much about the Ghostbloods motivations, they strike me as rather pragmatic. With all that's happened in the world since the assassination attempts, I can actually see Mraize (or the true leader of the Ghostbloods) going to now Queen and Radiant Jasnah and offering at least a temporary truce. It's very possible their goals align at the moment.
  5. I agree, but for argument's sake, I think it could fit in perfectly based on the little Kaladin/Jasnah interaction we've had so far. Jasnah could be going about handing out orders and acting like a know it all, to which Kaladin would respond with the quote. I think princess would even work as well, as Kaladin calling Queen Jasnah 'princess' would be a way to give a slight. (Kind of the opposite of calling Dalinar 'sir' as his own method of respect, instead of 'brightlord.')
  6. Cosmere spoilers I normally would think the story is just a story, but this is Hoid telling it...so I agree with you that it means more than first meets the eye. Great write up.
  7. I'd never thought of it this way, but now that you mention it, that is odd. By all accounts, Jasnah is the master researcher and scholar we all know her to be, so what source of knowledge did Gavilar and and the Sons of Honor have that she did not know about? Unless it came from a Herald for some unknown purpose? Maybe Nale found out Gavilar was receiving visions from Honor and at first went 'woah, we can still talk to that dude?' This is a good point. Maybe Nale wasn't certain of Gavilar's intentions until right at that moment, and with Gavilar being King, Nale might not have been able to pin him down on breaking a law. Hence he lets Szeth do his thing. (In this scenario, it wouldn't matter if Nale was ultimately responsible for sending Szeth or not.)
  8. This seems to imply Gavilar is seeking ways to transport something beyond the Rosharian system. (Braize not being as far as they'd like.) If Gavilar was seeing the same visions as Dalinar, I think it's feasible his interpretation was 'Well we're royally screwed, let's get everyone off Roshar and away from Odium.' What I can't figure out is if his interaction with Eshonai in OB supports that. He flat out says he's trying to return the Parsh gods and he needs a threat to unite everyone. Is it feasible his end goal, once united, was not to fight but flee? Maybe somehow trapping the Parsh gods on Roshar in the process?
  9. “I hold the suckling child in my hands, a knife at his throat, and know that all who live wish me to let the blade slip. Spill its blood upon the ground, over my hands, and with it gain us further breath to draw.” That death rattle always struck me as a possible 'champion' fight, and after OB, namely Kaladin vs. his little brother. For nearly three books part of Kaladin's arc has been protecting, how much is a life worth, who decides who is right and wrong etc. I can see his arc culminating in this decision. (Although I'm not sure if his baby brother would still qualify as a 'suckling child' at the time of a battle of champions.) If it is Kaladin vs. a baby however, I can see, as Kaladin is about to let the baby live, Moash swooping in and doing the horrid deed for him.
  10. Per the comment section of the same reddit thread, Brandon said he is 90% certain Rhythm of War will be the title of book 4. He said he just has to make sure it works as an in-world book as well. (He also mentioned an oral book would work in a pinch, but he wanted to avoid that.) I'd toyed with the possibility of Venli being in something other than group 1, but with that reminder, and this being her 'book' and all, I'd say she's definitely in group 1. And if she's in group 1, I think that means Kaladin (almost) has to be in group 1 as well. He's the only main besides Dalinar who has any interaction with the Parsh besides battle. (Plus his breakdown in OB seeing his friends kill each other will certainly come into play as he tries to make the non-Odium Parsh ally with team Dalinar.)
  11. Admittedly I never got the whole Eshonai thing to begin with, but to copy something I wrote elsewhere... I know a lot of people were excited for Eshonai flashbacks, but I was always so, SO concerned how that would play into the main story. (With her being dead and all.) I really, really hope Brandon goes with the idea of Venli flashbacks instead. The flashbacks in the first three books tied into the main narrative so perfectly, I just can't imagine how that could happen again with a dead character. Just to play devil's advocate, I see it as the opposite. Having a minor character die in book 2 and then get flashback chapters in book 4, as opposed to our budding radiant who's deeply connected to Odium's forces and helped bring about the Everstorm, seems like poor plotting, not the other way around. Venli's appearances go from 0, to mentioned in other POVs, to having her own POVs and interacts with both good and bad forces and becomes a radiant, to flashback character. Eshonai goes from mysterious unknown whose name we only get as a chapter title (I believe,) to interlude POVs then dies, to nothing in book 3. Adding flashback to the end of that chain seems far more out of place than giving Venli the flashbacks.
  12. YES! I know a lot of people were excited for Eshonai flashbacks, but I was always so, SO concerned how that would play into the main story. (With her being dead and all.) I really, really hope Brandon goes with the idea of Venli flashbacks instead. The flashbacks in the first three books tied into the main narrative so perfectly, I just can't imagine how that could happen again with a dead character. Also, with Dalinar going Super Saiyan at the end of OB, I have a feeling he's in character group three, as any further major revelations with his maybe sorta who knows mini-ascension would certainly be saved for book 5. I have no clue for character groups one and two, because I can see Kaladin and Venli as being in either one.
  13. Blushweaver. No reason...
  14. The first page here: https://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/82699-is-there-a-point-to-sebarial/ has some discussion about Sebarial and Palona possibly being more than they seem.
  15. As far as I know nothing has been has been mentioned regarding his family. Now that you mention it, it certainly is odd. I'm a fan of the theory that he or Palona is the leader of the Ghostbloods or one of the secret societies on Roshar, so I suppose the lack of a family can play into that somehow.
  16. I first started reading WoT when Book 10 (Crossroads of Twilight) was already published. So because I could burn through one book and immediately go to the next, I never experienced the 'slog' like some others did. On subsequent rereads I began to notice what people meant by the slog, and agree to some extent. It's not as bad as some people make it out to be, but it is certainly there. 4 and 5 have been and still are my two favorites of the series, so as long as you are somewhat enjoying 1-3, fight through to get to 4 and 5. On rereads I felt the slog really started on book 6, but 6 also has some killer moments. Books 7-11...I feel really could be combined into 1.5 or 2 books and nothing of value would be lost. The first Sanderson book, Book 12, is also one of my favorites (easily top 3,) if you need some additional incentive.
  17. Every single member of Bridge 4. If the remaining Stormlight books need to be 4,000 pages each, so be it.. I'd also like to see more of Shallan's brothers.
  18. I would definitely recommend the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. The first book is The Black Prism.
  19. I'm still a firm believer: Cosmere spoilers
  20. I expect book 4 to be like book 3, where just about every question/theory we had was answered and a whole host of new ones presented. (Things like the Recreance and Odium's champion were largely speculated to be book 5/climax things, and Brandon threw everything in OB instead.) With that in mind: Shallan: Everything Ghostbloods. I think the Ghostbloods will do something truly horrid this book, but also something truly great. Shallan will be at the middle of all it, and readers will be vastly conflicted regarding the Ghostbloods. Almost all Ghostblood secrets will be revealed. Kaladin, Venli, Moash: I'm lumping these together because I feel like their story lines are going to intersect. At the end of OB, Moash (Vyre, whatever,) seems to be picking up his own parsh following, including one of Kaladin's former parsh friends. Even though Moash is seemingly going to become Team Odium's Herald Slayer, I think Moash is going to continue his 'yeah Team Dalinar sucks but so does Team Odium' talking points to any parsh who will listen. This will result in a mini-arc for him somewhat resembling Kaladin and Bridge 4 in WoK. At the same time Venli is going to begin the process of breaking some parsh away from Odium, but will have to compete with the Fused and Team Moash for their minds and time. Kaladin's mainly here because of the Moash/friend parsh connection, and this continues his arc from OB where he couldn't act because his friends were killing each other. This will tie in to helping Venli. As a Windrunner and very anti-Moash, Kaladin will probably also be at the forefront of the 'save the Heralds from Moash' bandwagon. Dalinar and Navani: I think the viewpoint will primarily be Navani, as Brandon has said less Dalinar in book 4. A lot will be Navani reflecting on the 'new' Dalinar. Politics and inventions, mostly. This will be the one area where there will be unanswered questions, as the extent of Dalinar's powers and the whole 'Unity' thing will be for book 5. Adolin: He will continue being awesome, have a mostly happy marriage, and continue to try and figure out how to fit in in a world full of 'superheroes.' He'll figure something out by the end. I hate to say this, but I think there will be a major death in book 4, and Adolin is one of the heavy favorites to be that death. (As much as I do not want to see that.) Renarin and Jasnah: Will remain background(ish) characters who will play important roles but we won't see inside their head. Lift: Will continue being one of the best characters ever. Will be adopted by Rock. Kaladin will groan. Szeth: No idea. If Dalinar is less of a focus this book, and Szeth is adamant about guarding him, Szeth might not have much to do. But with Dalinar's new powers, he may convince Szeth his need for bodyguards is significantly less. So let's say Dalinar sends Szeth off with Kaladin. Because Kaladin, Syl, Szeth and Nightblood sounds like a fantastic road trip group.
  21. My opinion on Kel seems to be different from what's been mentioned here, but I think without a doubt Stoneward or Windrunner.
  22. As great of an idea as this would be, I think Odium implied such technical shenanigans wouldn't fly. In OB he says he cares more about the meaning behind the words rather than the words themselves, or something to that affect. Where Honor (at the end at least) became obsessed with the exact lettering of the oaths, Odium implies the exact words are less important to him. So if Dalinar and company appointed a champion from Kharbranth, Odium (I think) would just say 'That's nice, but we all know what I meant with that promise. Your champion is no longer covered by it.'
  23. Beyond Dalinar being a great character, what's most intriguing to me about his future is Brandon saying Dalinar is his favorite character. Now, that could mean nothing, just that Dalinar is a character Brandon has had in his mind forever and loves finally being able to portray him as intended. But in a cast of so many (both SA and Cosmere,) I can't help but assume being Brandon's favorite means Dalinar has very, very big things ahead of him. That doesn't mean he necessarily survives, but does some great thing that has long and far reaching SA and Cosmere significance. I can envision something akin to creating a new Shard with the combined power of two or three shards on Roshar, but then having to pass it on to another. MAJOR MISTBORN SPOILERS Regardless, Dalinar being Brandon's favorite and a Bondsmith in a world heavily based on bonds, says to me that whatever he does it's going to have effects beyond SA.
  24. Grab a Dustbringer, spike the bond into an Edgedancer. Grab a Dahkor Monk and spike them in the right way to turn them into a Koloss. EdgeDustBringer divisions Dahkor Koloss. You know, somewhere in the Cosmere there is definitely a mad scientist doing exactly this. And I really hope Brandon writes about it someday. Even if it's more of a for fun, semi-non canon sort of way. (Plus the interplay between the Edgedancer Spren and stolen Dustbringer Spren would be comedy gold. For as long as the poor Radiant can keep it together.) EDIT: To answer the question, I assume as long the EdgeDustBringer was strong enough, he could division away the other Frankenstein.
  25. The only part of SA that I don't love is the Shallan sections of WoK. Not only are they really slow, I don't think they contribute much to the overall story. Besides the character introductions, that entire plot was just an exposition heavy way of saying parshman=voidbringers. Disappointing is too strong a word, but if you made me pick a part of the SA that I tend to skim or skip in rereads, it's that. Truthfully, if there was one thing I could change about the SA it would have nothing to do with the series itself. I just wish Brandon had never revealed who the ten flashback characters would be. I think we're missing out on a lot of fun speculation since we know who the ten 'main' characters are. (Just think of the Adolin vs Lift Edgedancer book debates. Adolin vs. Ash vs. random seemingly minor character here for Dustbringer book etc.)