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  1. I've thought along similar lines about oathbreaking and shard-death. That's why Radiant-spren are "killed" when the Radiants break their oaths; the nahel bond makes the human and the spren into one being, so when the human betrays the ideals that their spren represents, that's the same as the spren betraying its own essence, becoming its opposite and cancelling itself out. I don't think it's a stretch to think that a shard might be killed or splintered in a similar (albeit larger) method.
  2. How exactly are the four forms related each other? I see two possible explanations: It's exactly what it says on the tin: Occultists get their power from dark gods, druids from nature, etc. They all use the same access techniques, like gestures, but to draw from different sources. In cosmere terms, the spells, gestures, and materials are the focus for this planet, but that focus is being used to channel investiture from four different Shards. They're actually all the same system, drawing on the same power source, but divided into four specializations or schools based on culture. In cosmere terms, the magic's abilities are shaped by Connection and various cognitive forces.
  3. Sounds interesting. Is there anything you can tell us about the story?
  4. This is an interesting interpretation of "a new thing, but old of design." Maybe some version of the Everstorm has always existed, but it was only recently (post-Honor) that they were able to bring it to Roshar. I have long been a proponent of the "Everstorm has a Spren" theory. It's Roshar. Everything has a spren. Even if the Everstorm doesn't have one now, it probably will soon.
  5. Heady stuff, as always. Very vivid diction. I can't wait to see this 14-line poem. I believe Brandon also starts at the end and works back. Dan Wells's seven-point plotting method works on a similar principle: first identify the climactic resolution of the story, then you create a beginning that's the polar opposite of that to maximize the dramatic transformation of the story arc. (Then you connect the dots between those points with a series of revelatory plot twists and intense pinches.) Anyway, I'm glad that as you work backwards to discover the path of the plot, you're also considering the path of the reader. The learning curve for this story is going to be Mount Everest. The complementary opposite of this momentous, arcane climax is a beginning that's accessible, ant it'll take a lot of hand-holding to get the average reader from A to B.
  6. I like the theory that Odium seemed smaller the second time because Dalinar was so much more invested, on the verge of "Ascending." Odium seemed smaller to him the way your childhood home seems smaller when you visit it as an adult. Not small, not smaller than you, but smaller relative to you. It's also possible that Dalinar was able to subconsciously sense some of the forces that bind Odium, which made him feel less threatening.
  7. I think the first step is to determine whether he really is OP in the context of the story. OP isn't an innate trait in a character, it's context-dependent. In a story about stopping ordinary bank robbers, Superman is OP. In a story about fighting cosmic superbeings, not so much. Using internal conflict as a character weakness only works if that's the main conflict of the story. See Lois & Clark, where Superman mostly dealt with relationship problems, which he is no better equipped for than a normal human. To help with this character, we need to know the plot. What is the main problem that Sage Myllen has to solve? And what are you doing to make it hard for him? (I'm concerned that the weakness isn't really a weakness because it's very easy to overcome. How hard is it to make sure there are no living things in a five-foot radius?)
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  9. This is so weird. I started my WoR reread today, and I read that prologue today, and I had this exact same thought. Today. Not only is this guy never mentioned outside of that one scene, but we don't even get a physical description of him. All we know is that he's wearing Gavilar's Shardplate. That makes me wonder if Brandon kept him hidden because he's someone we'd recognize. A Herald? Vasher? Probably not, but I'm just spitballing. It also opens up the possibility that the person Jasnah saw wasn't Tearim at all. If Tearim is known as the guy who wears Gavilar's Shardplate, you could hide anyone in there and people would just assume it's him. Just look at the WoK prologue. Szeth initially assumes the guy he's fighting is a bodyguard, not Gavilar; if he was better acquainted with the Alethi court, he probably would have pegged him as Tearim. I bring this up because of the context where we see this "Tearim." He's standing by while Gavilar discusses secret stuff with Amaram. Maybe he was actually part of that meeting, but he's someone who wants to keep a low profile. Maybe this is actually the infamous Restares.
  10. I think the question might be coming from a flawed understanding of what's going on on Voyager. The Doctor isn't really a sentient hologram, he's a sentient computer program. He's always inside a computer, either Voyager's or the mobile emitter. The hologram is just the input-output system he uses to interact with people; he could just as easily have used an android body, or just appeared as a 2D image on a screen. So awakening a lightweaving construct isn't really the best analogue in cosmere magi-tech. It would make more sense to ask if an awakened object, like Nightblood, could acquire the power of lightweaving, and use it to project an anthromorphic image of itself.
  11. Maybe, @Quantus! It's just the seed of a theory so far, but it would be interesting to develop it more and speculate on the implications for each Shard. But you've got me thinking about Ambition. We know Odium went after her first because her ambition would obviously make her a competitor, but maybe there was more to it than that. Maybe splintering Ambition somehow reduced competition throughout the cosmere. Not necessarily by making people less ambitious, but perhaps by making it harder for people with magic powers to reach higher levels. It's still possible, obviously, but maybe it's harder than it used to be. And maybe the difficulty scales up with your power level. So it's almost impossible for any Shard to grow stronger than baseline post-Shattering Shard-power. (Effectively guaranteeing that no one will ever become more powerful than Odium himself.) And Harmony's a loophole: he was able to rise beyond standard Shard-power because he was starting from a much lower power level, and he acquired two shards without ever having just one. Again, crazy theory. No real evidence that I can think of. I probably wouldn't have posted it in any thread but this one. But here we are.
  12. I've always had this crazy theory that Shards, and the splintering of Shards, have subtle cosmere-wide effects that no one's noticed yet. This theory is potentially strengthened by the recent revelation that every Shard is "invested" everywhere in the cosmere. I may have mentioned this before in a similar thread, actually. My hypothesis is that Ruin will someday be splintered (perhaps in an attack on Harmony, or perhaps by Harmony himself for various reasons), and this will alter the way entropy works in the cosmere, at least with respect to certain kinds of investiture. Specifically, the splintering of Ruin will make it easier for pieces of investiture to recombine after breaking apart, and this will make it much easier for splintered Shards (and ultimately Adonalsium itself) to be reassembled. (Although, now that I think about it, Ruin, by its very nature, might resist being reassembled, making a complete Adonalsium impossible. But then again, maybe Adonalsium without Ruin would be a good thing.)
  13. The first book Mistborn Era 3 will open with a bank robbery. A coinshot bank robber will be flying over the city with a sack of money under one arm, raining bills down on the people below. The actual first line of narration will be: "Cash fell from the sky."
  14. The epigraph says: I'd say there's some room for interpretation there. Maybe this legend about "consuming souls" is the remnant of a horrible ancient truth: Yelig-Nar corrupts the souls of his hosts, digesting them into voidspren. Maybe Yelig-Nar is the very mechanism by which this theory is true. Yelig-Nar is Odium's GI tract: souls go in, voidspren come out.