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  1. This is a stretch, and I think the complete picture will be wrong but I hope I've picked up on some small things that might end up being part of the truth when Brandon explains it all... One of the mysteries of the Lost Metal is exactly what happens when Wax splits Ettmetal, and when Harmony and others try to do the same thing with different results. The biggest inconsistency between results was that almost all the explosions from such experiments resulted in reasonable amounts of Atium being formed but no Lerasium. Except Wax's. There are a few theories floating around about this. One involves Intent, and Wax's specific intent to split the Godmetals rather than get an explosion. But surely Harmony or Kelsier, if not the Set, would have the same Intent? Another I have come up with is that Lerasium formed generally vaporises and binds with other metals to form alloys that the likes of Wax absorbed. I think this is happening. But again this doesn't directly explain how Wax alone ends up with pure Lerasium. But Harmonium isn't necessarily currently in balance as equal parts Atium and Lerasium, is it? Indeed maybe Discordium would be a better name. I think it's fair to assume that the Godmetal represents the Shard attached to it, so Harmonium was could have originally been equal parts A and L, depending whether we think Harmony was originally in true balance or not (what the burnt Atium in HoA Vs the Preservation in humanity ends up meaning is unclear, but the fact that Vin and Ati were equal in Power when it was burnt away implies that this did in some way balance their powers. And we know that Atium would, if Ruin had remained separate, be building up again at approximately the time of this book, given the original trilogy said it would take 300 years for the Pits of Hathsin to form Atium again). But there have been heavy hints dropped that Harmony is not in balance at all, not just struggling with two Shards that reject each other but a slight excess of Ruin, and that Discord is a "shadow" behind him that is threatening to take over (and may have by the end of the book). Logically, the same applies to current Harmonium, which must have an excess of A compared to L. If A and L neutralise each other as exact opposites (when in a volatile enough state to interact, as in this explosion), then you'd lose all L and end up with trace A (and a lot of annihilation energy, explaining the supernuclear forces we see in Harmonium Bombs). That's why nobody else can find any L. So why Wax? Well it's possible that when interacting with Wax we see a shift in HARMONY'S Intent. Certainly symbolically, in him using him to Preserve, and also in counterbalance - if he is Saze's Sword then he takes on some of Saze's Ruin. And thus, in that moment, Saze has an excess of Preservation and so Lerasium is saved. Maybe even in making that Lerasium, or Wayne using it, or Wax stepping down as his Sword, is what pushes Saze into possible Discord in the final scene? What do we think? Is the imbalance of Ruin and Preservation part of why spitting Harmonium doesn't typically form Lerasium but does form Atium?
  2. I also think once you get crossover with other Investitures and worlds in such a hypothetical conflict, Scadrial has some really interesting applications and really useful applications of power. Feruchemy has some really wicked abilities and with medallions can be used to stack up some truly potent combos but on a relatively large scale. Haematurgy is applicable to other people's powers (though not unique to Scadrial, they probably have the best knowledge of it). Allomancy has some so far unique time manipulation abilities as well as Leeching, Nicrosil boosting, emotional allomancy and copperclouding/seeking all being really versatile techniques that are hard to counter. They would wage an unconventional Invested War (and have the additional troops of Kandra spies) but one that could be hard to defend against, especially when backed up with a really potent capacity for traditional warfare with guns, bombs, airships, mechanisation etc
  3. I like the implication that what Wax inhaled was Lerasium alloy from various metals, making him multiple Mistings but not a true Mistborn. We've been told that Lerasium alloyed with another allomantic metal makes you a Misting in said metal and I can't see why we would have that confirmed if it never became relevant and I can't see any time it is more likely to be relevant: nobody is going to INTENTIONALLY make a Lerasium alloy that is less useful than pure Lerasium, so the way it was made with an uncontrolled explosion is the best mechanism for that occuring that I can imagine, and it fits into Saze telling (whilst omitting the fact that Wax did make some pure Lerasium that Wayne burned) Kel about the Lerasium being used up in the explosion. That doesn't really make sense if the Atium isn't, tbough obviously God Metals could act oddly, but if it were alloyed... The safe box is described as Aluminium and Steel, and so those seem the most likely to be alloyed, it seems almost certain that Iron, Tin and Pewter, very common metals, could be present in the box.
  4. If we had to guess a language for Thaidakar to come from (and it sounds like a title to me), what do we think it would be?
  5. Throughout the Wax and Wayne Era we've seen how Wax is a reflection, in some ways a shadow of sorts, of Vin. Without going into too much detail, the similarities but also deliberate differences are there. Both serve both Preservation and Ruin (though the roles they play in their link of a sort to both is important). They are rare in speaking to Ruin/Harmony through their mino-spikes. They are designed killing machines, who act to help others. And in terms of contrasts, we see after some conflict with the idea of their "role", Vin embraces it much earlier than Wax, if anything becomes too involved in the idea of being the hero whereas Wax is too reticent. At first. But the fundamental difference between them, the one that defines their characters and roles to Harmony, is wonderfully highlighted in this book in one scene. In The Well of Ascension, Vin storms a Tower with her perceived enemy at the top. It's a distraction or trap of sorts, but she realises this only later. She starts in a fury, avenging an attack on the man she loves, with whom her complex and currently fraught relationship has driven to a rash act, and kills paid soldiers (who are here for their jobs rather than ideological opposition to her) with skill, ease, and some contemptuous pleasure of sorts. However, as the sickening ease with which she clears the entire Tower and ends lives becomes clearer to the reader, we end up with her realising the horror and maybe even evil of what she's done, after us, at the end. She doesn't kill her "enemy" at the end, despite her companion, who embodies Ruin in a way, urging her on. She realises that it's not who she is at her core, despite her identity at this point being wrapped up, for many reasons, with the idea of being a "weapon", a "tool" for Elend, doing evil in a good cause. She has to confront the fallacy of this for the first time, ending all those lives but refusing to take the last one, embracing the Preservation in her. In the end, despite everything she thinks of herself, she's far more Preservation than Ruin. For me that Tower is THE defining moment in Vin's character arc. There are other big ones and it's nowhere near the end, but it's the one that highlights that who she is, is different to who she thinks she is and others are trying to make her think she is. It's truly her nadir but one that triggers so much growth and insight. That bit of her arc is one reason I will always think WoA is underrated. In the Lost Metal, we get a superficially similar set up. Wax storms a Tower, frighteningly efficiently, with a companion, with his foe at the top but discovers afterward that it was a trick, a diversion. But the way the scene is told, and the feelings and realisation of the PoV character, are inverted. Wax becomes more into it as he progresses. Wayne has to stop him from final killing that he's prepared to do at the end. His realisation is the acceptance that's he is Harmony's sword, that he is what Vin thought she was, a tool who kills to make the world better. Not just that, but it's a huge part of him that he denied about himself even earlier in this Book. I just thought this was a beautiful bit of writing that really showed us the heart of our two lead characters, and some of Brandon's best and least in your face writing
  6. Do we know what the Shard responsible for Aether Investiture is? (If any, given we are told the Aethers predate the Shattering) Because if it's Autonomy it makes sense that you'd see similarities across those magic systems
  7. Chromium grenades would be a scary weapon to face
  8. Isn't she also not a person-focussed person, unless she's actively trying to be? My experience with both myself and other people on the autistic spectrum is that it's a relatively common trait to not pick up social cues but also notice personal differences when something else is there to focus attention on.
  9. Radiants glow presumably because they are using Stormlight, which obviously glows. Radiants using another source of Investiture probably wouldn't glow imo.
  10. One of them encourages members to kill each other for advantage, not share any information, is highly hierarchical and yet seems to aim to encourage members along selfish, power gaining, individualistic aims. It reads, essentially exactly, like the Set to the degree where I even wonder if the Set has infiltrated them, almost a perfect organisation for Autonomy. The other says members shouldn't hurt each other, should share all their secrets (things that both actively do not happen with Shallan), has a much flatter seeming hierarchy, is about achieving an altruistic, specific aim and is directly opposed to Autonomy... They seem to me to be diametrically opposed to each other.
  11. One of the exciting things about this book, which doesn't have an immediate sequel (though obviously characters might appear in the more Cosmere-open, chronologically close SA6, and there is a sequel trilogy planned, and of course the potential for novellas), is how many important seeming foundations it lays. Some of which can have Cosmere-wide implications. These include: The Lost Metal. The return of either Atium or Lerasium, both reintroduced here, is hinted at being very important. The return of The Bands of Mourning (and how they were drained). This is a mystery that is intentionally and openly left unaddressed, but given the set up around the conflict with the South and the story of the Bands, it surely must come to something in the future. The Ghostblood discrepancies. The organisation seen revealed to Marasi here was almost the polar opposite of what we saw from Shallan's PoV in Roshar. Different relationships, aims, ideals, someone is playing someone else here and the question is who? Hints of Discord. Harmony's dark future is hinted at so much that it's almost explicit, as is his intent to actively set out in the Cosmos against Autonomy. Where do you think we'll see these threads land? And what other ones can you spot?
  12. Not even Wax. It's also what he tells Wayne and he's dead so not much point in lying to him · It won't necessarily not change the outcome. Evidently other people have also tried to make Lerasium in this way and failed, explicitly the Set, so unless Marsh can follow the EXACT procedure Wax used, he will still likely fail. And we saw in this book other examples of where Intent inherently affects the outcome of process. However, I don't think Saze was lying, at least about his inability to replicate Lerasium so far. That doesn't mean he won't manage, as the title of the book implies that either Atium or Lerasium is more significant than the immediate resolution of the story lets on.
  13. To be fair, a lot of that stuff with Saze and the GBs being at odds etc sounds like it was the status quo before any of this conflict had started.
  14. Saze THINKS Trellium is wrong
  15. AThis is the big question that it's clear to me Sanderson is making us ask. The difference was so clear and highlighted in the text