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  1. I live my life by one simple rule. When an internet poll asks me to choose a magic system, always pick the one that can fly.
  2. I've believed this for quite a while. Especially since pretty much every mysterious thing on Roshar inevitably ends up being connected to a spren. But to counter the point about the Unmade and their numbers: It could be Chemoarish or Dai-Gonarthis. Their whereabouts (and natures) remain unknown. I think it's a mistake to assume that the term "Unmade" just means "very powerful spren of Odium." It's possible that the Unmade are a very specific type of spren, created in a specific process, and the theoretical Everstormfather is something different. Also of Odium, but not technically unmade.
  3. Definitely better. Good buildup of my expectations. I guess I'm still looking for a more personal angle. This description has a lot of abstract generalities, but not much concrete detail. It's a good top-down view of the plot, but when I pick up a book in the store, I think I need it to paint a more vivid ground-level picture. What exactly is going to happen in this book? Is it action or intrigue? Maybe I'm just trying to get details to satisfy my own curiosity, but I'd recommend telling exactly what the plot is from at least one protagonist's POV: Who is this person (specifically, with details)? What (specifically) do they want to achieve? How (specifically) will they go about it? Edit after new version: @Nathrangking Okay, I'd say you're setting up an intriguing story, but it's not a great back-of-book synopsis. There's way too much information that I can't understand without reading the book. At this point, I think it might be advisable to write a different kind of document, a longer pitch/outline, where you can explain all this without worrying about fitting on the back of a book. If you're committed to doing the jacket synopsis, I think you need to really simplify it. Explain what happens in the early chapters. You don't need those long winding sentences that explain all the backstory. My most urgent question is this: What kind of world is it? Is this a complete alternate history where the Roman Empire is still around, and still fighting to subdue Gaul? Or is it a relatively real world, where this ancient conflict continues only in the shadows? And also, a few grammatical points. An em dash can have spaces before and after, but hyphens shouldn't. Commas are your friends. Please use commas. Try to simplify sentences whenever possible. The third paragraph is particularly difficult to understand.
  4. Hemalurgy is a cosmere-wide phenomenon. Scadrians discovered it first because of Lord Ruler, but it works the same everywhere. (It is NOT location-dependent, like AonDor.) Godmetals will all have different effects, but Rosharan iron should work the same as Scadrian iron. Hemalurgy works because of Ruin's investiture, which (according to recent WoBs) is everywhere. All metal in the cosmere probably contains a little bit of Ruin.
  5. Looks like an interesting set-up. The world has lots of built-in conflict, both before and after the the story gets going, which is great. And it has a lot of hooks that make me want to know more: What are these two sides fighting over? Why are they against peace? What are the goals they should be focusing on? What are the ancient weapons of power? (Gotta love those ancient weapons of power!) What's missing (i.e. your next step) is the protagonist. Is this story about the person who's fighting to reveal the truth and end the war? Or is it about the person who's in charge of maintaining the status quo? Or both? I'm assuming it's the first, maybe with another POV character in the second camp. I recommend adding one good paragraph about the main character, what's unique about them, and why this fight is personal. That'll sharpen this idea into a real story.
  6. I thought the orange ones might be painspren. In the PR they're described as little disembodied hands.
  7. What do you call a giant evil fungus that may or may not be buried under Kholinar?
  8. No comment on the imagery, but the Sorting Hat is obviously of Nalthian origin.
  9. I've been wondering why so many death rattles have such a lofty tone. Maybe this is the answer: Moelach is the twisted, super-invested cognitive shadow of an ancient playwright.
  10. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the last cosmere story before Space-Mistborn (the grand finale) will be Dragonsteel, the origin story. And that's not an accident. We can't yet grasp how the cosmere story ends because we still don't understand how it begins. We know that Adonalsium was shattered, but we still don't know how, or why, or even what Adonalsium really was. I'm not saying it's pointless to theorize, but I don't think you can build a good theory on just the evidence in the books so far. You have to imagine the evidence that doesn't exist yet, and extrapolate from there. You must predict both the beginning and the end.
  11. I suspect he'll eventually be able to do it, and it would be awesome if he did, but think of all the ecosystems it would destroy! Haven't the chasmfiends suffered enough?
  12. It's not weight that you're storing, but time with weight. Feruchemy is all about reallocating attributes across time. Otherwise the time you spend storing wouldn't mean anything. Edit: @Quantus has the right idea. You have to wrap your mind around a new measure, weight-time. If you weigh 2 weight-units and live for 100 time-units, then your whole existence amounts to 200 units of weight-time. As a normal human, you must experience those 200 weight-times at the normal rate of 2 weight-units per 1 time-unit. But a feruchemist can defer some weight to a later date, slowing the rate initially and speeding it up later. But, without compounding (which uses allomancy to make the whole process end-positive) you can never experience more than your allotted 200 weight-times in your allotted 100 time-units.
  13. Nice catch. I've always liked the Navani-for-Bondsmith theory. If Urithiru is one giant Sibling-powered fabrial, who better to bond the sibling than a leading fabrial scientist?
  14. Rosharan spheres would make good ornaments.
  15. I've just started my first Stormlight reread, and this is the first thing that's caught my eye. It's the first death rattle we get in WoK, the very first epigraph in the Stormlight Archive. The Coppermind article on death rattles offers no commentary on this one. I checked Arcanum and I couldn't find any WoBs about it. All I have is my own thoughts. And I have many. I think Brandon chose the series's first epigraph carefully. Remember how important it was in MIstborn? The first part, "you've killed me," sounds like it could be nothing. It could just be a dying person screaming at the Silent Gatherers, or whoever's actually responsible for their death. I'm guessing that's why the "sample is considered questionable." Then again, maybe it's not nothing. "Bastards, you've killed me!" Bastards, plural. The speaker was killed by a plurality of bastards. So if the speaker, who has been killed, came back from the dead, one of the bastards might say "we killed you!" I propose that whatever Odium saw at the end of Oathbringer is the same being who is speaking through this death rattle. And Odium is one of the bastards who killed him. We talk about the infamous "we killed you" like it came out of nowhere. But maybe it was alluded to at the very beginning of Way of Kings. So maybe it's Honor. Maybe it's Adonalsium. Maybe it's some other thing called Unity. We don't know, and Brandon's RAFOing this topic. There's nothing left to say about this theory. But there's another clue in the death rattle. The last part: "While the sun is still hot, I die!" Sounds simple enough. Whoever the bastards killed is dying during the day. It's still sunny. Or maybe there's more to it than that. Maybe we should take this literally: this person is dying while the sun is hot, as in before the sun itself gets colder. But why would the sun get colder? Lots of reasons. I'm not an astronomer, but I know different stars burn at different temperatures, and sometimes they shift from one temperature to another. And a star's temperature affects its color. Hotter stars are white and yellow. Colder ones are red. So when this death rattle implies that a sun is going to get colder, maybe it's saying the sun will turn red. Maybe there's something in the cosmere that turns stars red. Maybe the Scar (aka Taln's Scar and the Red Rip), the infamous cluster of red stars, wasn't always red. Something turned those stars red, and it might not stop there. The interesting implication of this is that the redness of the scar might not be related to redness of corrupted investiture and various red-eyed evil things. Two completely separate issues. Thoughts?