What's a Seawolf?

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  1. I hope this is the right forum, and it's okay to link to other sites. If not, I apologize. Over on the Stormlight Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Stormlight_Archive/comments/absjnj/stormlight_book_four_update_1/) Brandon posted his first update for book 4. I won't quote the whole thing, but he mentions spending the first two months starting yesterday creating an outline, then possibly posting a spoiler free version of it like he did with OB. He also mentions that a part of Kaladin's WoR arc was originally outlined to be in OB, which I cannot picture at all with how perfect Kal's WoR story was. Another interesting tidbit at the end, 'I'll leave you with a random tidbit to theorize about. I'm pretty sure that at my signing last week in Idaho Falls, I was unintentionally misleading about some of the things I said about Dalinar's powers (regarding infusing of spheres.) I was trying to talk around spoilers for book four...' I couldn't find anything on the events and signings page, anyone know what he's talking about?
  2. This one. If I get another: To Lift, "This is bacon. You're welcome."
  3. Someone had to say Words that we must all expect Yes, I am a Stick.
  4. It would be interesting if Cultivation ultimately decided she had to cultivate herself. Odium devoting tons of resources to crushing her, only to realize shattering her may set off events that lead to his own demise. Team Dalinar begging her to take a more direct role in the fight.
  5. I was going to say something else, but I really like this one. Granted, at this point and time Kel is probably over the whole TLR thing. He'd do it if he had to, of course. Because my Cosmere dream is still Cosmere Avenegers, regardless of who is permanently gone, gimme Vin.
  6. Whoever decided there would only be 9 pancakes in Tashikk. Slightly more serious, Zombie Sadeas, just so he can die again.
  7. Yes, I believe so. But I also think the common in-world belief of 'fighting in the afterlife to reclaim the Tranquille Halls' will come into play at some point, even if it's not the afterlife.
  8. There are A LOT of things Brandon can do with the ending of book 5, including the above mentioned 'nothing major' option. I'm still a kind of sort of believer in the Tranquille Halls idea, where something is wrong with Roshar's afterlife, or the Tranquille Halls are an actual place etc. For the longest time I was partial to the idea that Kaladin would die defeating Odium's champion, only to wake up in Braize, leading to the revelation that the real reason for the Recreance was anyone with a nahel bond is bound to Braize just like the Heralds. I don't much believe that anymore. If I had to guess, I think there's mutual destruction between Dalinar's forces and Odium's, to such a degree that Roshar is either destroyed, or forced to be abandoned. (And as mentioned above, would make Lift's abilities even more handy - and her book is book 6.)
  9. I keep telling people, what's an in-world book we have a title to that seemingly serves no purpose? 'An Accountability of Virtue.'
  10. Thinking about predictions pre-Oathbringer, myself and many others thought Brandon would take the mysteries post WoR and spin them out over the course of the first arc of the SA. Well, he dumped everything in the extraordinary third book and created a bunch of new mysteries for us to theorize about and look forward to. I think the same thing is going to happen with book 4. Almost everything we have questions/theories about will be answered, and in doing so Brandon will leave us with a heap of currently not thought of questions and mysteries for book 5. So in book 4 I think we'll get: -What's happening at the Horneater Peaks -Ba Ado Mishram and most if not all of the remaining Unmade -What happened to the good Parshendi -The history of the Parshendi and what happened via the Radiant strike team in the past that trapped BAM -Adolin and Maya (please don't die Adolin) -Aimia -Shallan's continuing mental breakdown and final resolution (whatever that may be) -All things Ghostbloods -Resolutions to Nale and Ishar, or at least their anti-Dalinar armies And that's just off the top of my head. It wouldn't surprise me if Adolin and Shallan had a baby in the 1 year gap either. I think Dalinar killing Evi will be something taken care of in the 1 year gap. (He will undoubtedly mention it in the in-world book Oathbringer, plus to his sons beforehand.) Adolin and Renarin will reflect on it at some point in book 4, but it's not going to be a 'omg will Adolin and Renarin hate Dalinar now' plot point. If all that sounds like too much, just remember, we would have said the same thing about everything that happened in OB pre-release as well. But Brandon fit it all in.
  11. This is my biggest and only concern/pet peeve with SA so far, so this may turn into a mini-rant. Because the Recreance still makes no sense. Every single Knight Radiant deliberately goes out and kills their spren. Their constant companion, the one who knows all their secrets, the one who-as the Stormfather explained-holds a closer and more intimate bond than many a spouse. The KRs killed this-relationships like Kaladin and Syl-because of something that happened multiple MILLENNIA ago? How in damnation does that make sense? The last desolation happened over 4,000 years ago. The first desolation (when humans came to Roshar) was well, well, before that. Why in creation did the Knights Radiant give a flying cremling of a damnation about that? Because they not only gave it a thought, but they gave up their powers and killed their dearest companion spren. The the Stormfather does imply there is more. “It is more than that. My memory of all this is … strange. First, I was not fully awake; I was but the spren of a storm. Then I was like a child. Changed and shaped during the frantic last days of a dying god. But I do remember. It was not only the truth of humankind’s origin that caused the Recreance. It was the distinct, powerful fear that they would destroy this world, as men like them had destroyed the one before. The Radiants abandoned their vows for that reason, as will you.” But why would even the fear of destroying Roshar cause the KRs to mass murder their spren? Can't you just stop surgebinding? We haven't seen any (to my knowledge) overly addicting effects of Surgebinding, where Surgebinders HAVE to use their powers like an addiction. Can't you-with the massive amount of minds and powers, including an entirely different realm-come up with a different plan? Even the mass enslavement of the parsh doesn't seem like it would be enough, even coupled with the other possibilities. I can see it causing significant infighting amongst the KRs, but not mass spren murder and abandonment of duties. The only thing I can think of that makes some sense has to do with bonds. Specifically, we know Honor was going crazy towards the end. Maybe somewhere along the line the KRs gave an oath to fight the voidbringers. But because Honor went crazy and cared only (according to Odium) about the words of the oath and not the meaning behind it, suddenly the KRs were 'Honor bound' to kill humans instead of Odium's forces (mostly parsh.) I know there are many issues with that train of thought but it's really the only thing I can come up with. It still doesn't really explain Dalinar's vision of Feverstone Keep. The KRs lined up, stared the humans there down, and broke their bonds/abandoned their shards. The way that scene is presented, I always thought it was the KRs way of saying 'screw you guys, you're on your own.' If my brief theory above is correct at all, I can't see how that scene makes sense. Anyway, rant over. I really, really hope there is a LOT more to the Recreance then we've been told.
  12. Merry (belated) Christmas all!
  13. Wait, Jasnah's book is the conclusion to the whole series? I thought for sure the last two would go Ash then Taln. Really curious how Jasnah's flashbacks will play into the conclusion of the whole SA.
  14. I'm curious to see more of Nightblood, and not just because of all the obvious story potentials (and humor) Nightblood brings. The main characters now know of two not-shardblade Shardblades (Nightblood and Azure's,) and Moash's mystery knife seems to have some not-shardblade properties as well ('Moash pulled the yellow-white knife free, it trailed dark smoke and left a blackened wound.) Not to mention it either destroyed or captured Jez's soul. These pseudo (super?) 'Shardblades' are clearly going to play a major role in the future of SA, and I'm very curious to see the direction Brandon takes it. (Nightblood's first ever 'real' Shardblade encounter better not be against a Spren we know and love.)
  15. Definitely Sesemalex Dar because of Ishar. I think we'll see a fair amount of Shinovar as well. Regardless of whether or not Szeth begins his self-assigned mission in Book 4 as opposed to his book, Book 4 takes place one year after OB. There's no way Shinovar, holder of an Oathgate and 8 Honorblades, is ignored by the main cast.
  16. Kelsier, with a shoutout to Dox.
  17. Idk where OB is viewed as a drop in quality. For me it was my favorite book he's ever written.
  18. I'm firmly in the camp that believes Cultivation intervened with Mr. T, but just to throw something out there...is it possible Dalinar's request of forgiveness and the Nightwatcher's utter confusion caused the Nightwatcher to seek out 'human' things she was not aware of? And then thanks to a crash course via Cultivation or something else, the Nightwatcher gave it a rudimentary go with Mr. T? Maybe it was even a Syl/Stormfather-esque 'I don't know this thing until I know it. Then I've always known it.' Again, just trying to throw out ideas to how it could still have been the Nightwatcher.
  19. Based on the end of OB, it seems like Moash might be putting (or at least gathering) his own 'Bridge 4' together. (Notably, Khen was a Parsh Kal semi-befriended who actually survived the slaughter.) I could envision a scenario where Moash and Parsh Bridge 4 end up in Kaladin's home town, and Kaladin arrives to save his family only to realize in doing so he would have to kill the Parshman (rough) equivalent of his own story. Kal's breakdown in Part 3 of OB seems like something he might have to confront again at some point. Though one major argument against Moash ending up in Kal's village is that Moash seems a little too...important in the Fused world to 'waste' going to some unimportant minor town. (Unless there's a Herald hiding there we don't know about.) If it does happen, Brandon is very good at avoiding cliche's and coming up with unique twists on commonly seen things, so I wouldn't be worried even if it does.
  20. I know, I know. Like I said above, that little tidbit references the theory that something is wrong with the afterlife on Roshar, and some or everyone who dies gets trapped somewhere (Tranquille Halls, Braize etc.) before they can pass to the Spiritual Realm. I don't actually want her back, I was just trying to come up with something that would make the flashbacks interesting to me.
  21. I'm definitely a little worried about the Eshonai flashbacks. Yes, the lore and deep dive into listener culture could be fascinating, but that's not what the flashbacks have been for in the past. In each of the first three books, the flashbacks served two purposes. One, to provide a more in depth look at a main character. (Which, assuming Venli is one, the Eshonai flashbacks should achieve to a degree.) But more importantly (to me,) they served as a way to boost and provide suspense/tension in the main narrative as well. Each flashback had 'shock' moments and mystery that tied in perfectly with what was happening in the present. I just don't see how that's going to happen with Eshonai dead and gone. As I mentioned in the other thread, Brandon is going to prove me wrong on the Eshonai flashbacks, but sitting here two years out I just can't get excited for them. There's nothing there. There's no brooding mystery or dark secret in Eshonai's past that was ever hinted at, and even if there is, what good will the revelation/conclusion be...because she's dead. Hopefully that was coherent and not harsh, it's way too early. I'm extraordinarily excited for SA4 and everything that comes with it, but the Eshonai flashbacks do have me worried. I feel (similar to most Shallan's POV's in WoK,) I'm going to read them once (be bored because of all the other far more exciting stuff going on,) and never go back to them in subsequent re-reads. Yes there will be listener culture things, but that can be worked into Venli's POV's anyway. To mention again the previous thread, the one faint hope I have is that the fan theory that something is wrong with Roshar's afterlife is correct, and we will learn of it with Eshonai. There's a WoB above that says 'Eshonai left for the Beyond' but I'm hoping against logic that Brandon is being full on Aes Sedai with that statement. Yes Eshonai is not hanging around the cognitive realm. Yes, she went to pass into the Beyond. But then she got stuck. Tranquille Halls, Braize, who knows. But somewhere. THAT would add a shock impact to her flashback chapters. I don't actually believe that, I 100% think we won't ever see Eshonai in the present or post-death ever again, but it would be nice. (And yes, Brandon has a habit of bringing back 'dead' characters, but personally I really haven't minded yet. Maybe Szeth should have been moved to book 3, but that's the only one, and I only felt that way on re-reads. He's also said rebirth is a major theme in the Cosmere, so I expect more of it in many different forms. This would be a way to 'bring back' someone while they actually stay dead.)
  22. I agree. Never was overly excited about Eshonai, and I don't see how the flashbacks can play into the main narrative like the previous three if the flashback character is dead. Brandon will of course prove me wrong, but I just can't see it right now. The one faint hope I have is that the... (SA spoilers just in case, not sure what the rules on the General Brandon forum are:) Back on topic, Brandon's comment about the new LotR and Kingkiller tv series being successful potentially leading to live Cosmere adaptions is interesting. I get that for a studio to invest that kind of money they would want other similar adaptions to be successful, and I get so many tv and movie ideas are basically copycats. But Stormlight is so, so different from anything else I've read I really hope the studios approach it differently. Besides, so many 'copycat' productions end up terrible, a poor imitation of the original success. I hope Stormlight is seen as 'the Stormlight Archives' not 'Fantasy Attempt #17'.
  23. Part of me feels like there is going to be a point where Brandon brings in other authors and/or friends to help him write or seriously outline projects. Granted, that may not be something he ever considers, or it may be something the majority of his fans see as sacrilegious, but with all these projects (and let's face it, there WILL be new ones that pop into his head that require his attention,) I feel like it is inevitable. We're already seeing that (to a degree) with Whitesand, and I can see it happening again to other non-major projects, just because there is (theoretically) only so much one person can do. (Though Brandon has done the seemingly impossible before.) All that said, it is extraordinary the work and quality Brandon puts out, and I'm just happy we get what we get. As much as I can't wait for more Stormlight or Mistborn, I love that Brandon recognizes he needs time for mental breaks and other, different projects. Watching how he balances it all in the future will be interesting in and of itself.
  24. It's up: https://brandonsanderson.com/state-of-the-sanderson-2018/
  25. I'm so ready for Brandon to announce he accidentally wrote Stormlight 5 while mentally preparing for Stormlight 4.