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  1. This crazy idea just occurred to me. It's late, so maybe I'm not doing my best thinking, but this theory seems so elegantly simple that it just might be correct. The Dawnshards are just the Ashynite disease magic. I think we let the word "shard" mislead us. We (and most Rosharans) assume that a "shard" is always a powerful invested artifact, but what if it once had a simpler meaning? What if Dawnshard is just the old Rosharan way of saying "ancient weapon?" Like the "weapons" that ruined Ashyn. Or the "weapon" that shattered the Shattered Plains. Maybe it wasn't a super-invested artifact that allowed people to do that. Maybe it was just a magic system without checks and balances. I'll quote the Coppermind here: Why do the Dawnshards not exist anymore? Because Roshar's ambient investiture strengthened humanity's immune system and eliminated the diseases. Why are the Dawnshards crucial to defeating Odium? Because they're a magic system more powerful than surgebinding. Then there's this quote: Why crawled? Why is he crawling? Maybe it's out of reverence to this grand temple, or maybe he can't walk properly because he's sick. Maybe "Taking the Dawnshard" means "contracting the disease." I theorize that the Dawnshard microbes function like nahel-spren. They form a bond which gives the host an ability (innate investiture), but that ability cannot be used without fuel (free investiture). When the Ashynites migrated to Roshar, they brought their diseases, and thus their abilities, with them. But they left their power source behind, so they couldn't actually use any of their magic. But the microbes continued to thrive in Shinovar because Shinovar is less invested than the rest of Roshar. No Highstorms means no magical immune boosters. Then the girl looks up. Humans cross the mountains and enter the rest of Roshar. Suddenly they have stormlight, a source of nearly unlimited free investiture. Their disease magic (i.e. Dawnshards) suddenly works again. This is how the relatively small human population overtook the entire continent relatively quickly. They had a magic system destructive enough to wreck a planet. The Singers didn't stand a chance. It was only in the generations that followed that the Dawnshard microbes began to die out. I'd propose it was a slow process, perhaps taking centuries and covering multiple Desolations. note on the Shattered Plains: Thoughts?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I thought the orange ones might be painspren. In the PR they're described as little disembodied hands.
  8. What do you call a giant evil fungus that may or may not be buried under Kholinar?
  9. No comment on the imagery, but the Sorting Hat is obviously of Nalthian origin.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. Rosharan spheres would make good ornaments.