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  1. After a two-year hiatus, we’re back with another round of Coppermind Objectives! We know that The Lost Metal isn’t too far off, and we’ll be releasing a series of Mistborn objectives when the release gets closer to prepare for that. But for now, there are plenty of other pages that need work, including Cytoverse, Stormlight Archive, and even the Reckoners. There are tons of ways to help, so we hope you’ll join in! We’ll happily accept any assistance we can get, so don’t be shy. If you're new to editing the Coppermind, don't worry; we'll help you out with guides and plenty of assistance. You don't need experience or expertise, just the will to help out! We'll also give you Coppermind awards, because there’s nothing more fun than fake internet points. Without further ado, here are our objectives for June and July. If you find something you'd like to help with, claim it here, and let us know if you have any questions! If nothing in the list below catches your eye, there are leftover objectives from previous months up for grabs in the claim spreadsheet. If you sign up for something, please say hi on Discord so that we can offer support and touch base with you! Larger Projects Let's start with some larger projects. These objectives will definitely require some research and a good bit of writing. Anyone is welcome to take them - we just don't want you to feel like you've bitten off more than you can chew. 1. Superiority First up is the Superiority, the giant multi-species nation that governs most of the known universe in the Cytoverse books. This page already has all the information from Skyward and Starsight on it, but needs to be updated with Cytonic and the three Skyward Flight novellas. 2. Detritus The Detritus page barely has any information on it right now, despite all we know about both the planet and its platforms. The page needs info from all the Cytoverse books, including the novellas. If you’re confused about how to organize the information on such a broad topic, we’ll be happy to help! 3. Shallan’s Rhythm of War History Despite being one of the main characters in the Stormlight Archive, Shallan’s History section is very lacking when it comes to info from Rhythm of War. It only has a few short paragraphs, but her actions in the book need to be explained in greater detail. This job is straightforward, but will require a good deal of reading and research. 4. Earth (Reckoners) Reckoners isn’t Brandon’s most popular series, but it still needs plenty of work! There is plenty of information to be unpacked about the world itself, but right now there’s not much on the page besides a list of the different Fractured States. This one will require a good deal of research, but it badly needs some work. 5. Morriumur Morriumur is part of the main crew in Starsight, yet their page is quite lacking. They don’t have a history section or a relationship section at all. They have an Appearance and Personality section and an Attributes and Abilities section, but even those need more filling out. This page needs a bunch of info, but it also has the advantage of Morriumur only appearing in one book so far. 6. Vapor Similar to Morrimur, Vapor is an important character who only appears in Starsight, but needs lots of info. She only has about a paragraph in her history section, and not much else. She’ll need all the various sections filled out with info from Starsight. 7. Trackt The Trackts are a fairly important element in White Sand, serving as the law enforcement in Lossand. Their page barely has any information as of now, but there’s a fair bit to be unpacked from the books. This would include their organization and how they operate, as well as their notable activities. Smaller Tasks These are objectives that won’t take as much heavy research and writing, and won’t take as long to do. Many of these may take some more careful digging, which can be made a lot easier if you have the ebook for the relevant book. 1. Rock’s Relationships Rock is a popular character from the Stormlight Archive, and most of his page is pretty well filled out. However, he doesn’t have a Relationships section, despite having a full family, and close bonds with various members of Bridge Four. This project will require a decent amount of research, but should be fun to do and not take super long. 2. Shu-Korath Shu-Korath is one of the major religions on Sel in Elantris, and already has a decent amount of information on its page. However, it only has one citation on the entire page. The page could use a bit more filling out, particularly about their beliefs, and it needs citations for the whole page. 3. Teshav Khal Brightlady Teshav Khal is the wife of General Khal, and the scribe for both him and Dalinar. She appears several times in Oathbringer, and has a few appearances in Rhythm of War, where she accompanies Dalinar to Emul. Her history section just needs updating from both books, and should be fairly straightforward. If you have Oathbringer or Rhythm of War in ebook form, using the search function will make the job a lot easier. (And if you don’t, many of our staff have the ebooks, and would be happy to help) 4. Stoff Stoff is a Vice Admiral in the DDF, and an important character in Evershore. He currently only has one sentence on his page, despite there being quite a bit to cover about him. He’ll need an Appearance and Personality section and a History section, though likely not Relationships or Attributes and Abilities sections. He only appears in Evershore, which is only a novella, so his page won’t take super long to complete. 5. Peg Peg, a pirate in Cytonic, is an important character for most of the book. She has her early history on her page already, but will need the rest of it filled out, as well as the other usual sections. 6. Rinakin Rinakin doesn’t do a whole lot for most of ReDawn, but is still a fairly important character to the story. He already has well written Appearance and Personality and Attributes and Abilities sections, but is lacking both History and Relationships sections (though the latter will likely just need to include Alanik). This one will be pretty short, and again, having the ebook will likely make the job much easier. 7. Nedd Strong’s History Nedd is one of the original members of Skyward Flight, and still quite active. His other sections are quite good, but his History section needs updating with info from all three Skyward Flight novellas. 8. Arturo Mendez’s History Like Nedd, Arturo is one of the original members of Skyward Flight, and is still quite active. His other sections are fully filled out, but his History section needs updating with info from all three Skyward Flight novellas. 9. Matthew Cobb Last but not least, we have Admiral Cobb, another Cytoverse character. His other sections are fairly good, but his History section needs updating with info from Starsight, as well as all three novellas. Four books is a lot, but he doesn’t do a lot of active things in those books like he does in Skyward, so it shouldn’t be too big of a task. What’s in it for me? We want to motivate people to help, so we will be giving out Coppermind awards for the users in the coming months with the most edits, and we'll also give out awards if you contributed to one of these items. They'll be on your user page for all to see. How do I start? The most important thing is to be bold! Content is hard to write, but we can always format your stuff if it doesn't quite match conventions. MediaWiki notation may appear scary at first, but the best way to learn is through experience. If you're interested, we have lots of guides to help, which you can find here: Help:Contents. It does very much help to have ebooks so you can find instances of a specific word or person (this is extremely helpful for minor characters). If you have physical books, ask us and we can help you pin down chapters so you don't need to reread the whole text. We can also direct you towards some good articles to use as a go-by. Come join us on the dedicated Coppermind Discord, or chat in the #coppermind channel on the 17th Shard Discord. We are really happy to help!
  2. Two weeks ago, we started an anonymous poll where we asked you, the users, to judge us, the mods! Now that two weeks have passed, we have pored over the results to discover the answers to what are clearly the most pressing questions we could have - who's the people's favourite moderator? Who's the most terrifying? And what did anonymous user #78 have for breakfast the day they filled out the poll? (it was a turkey sandwich, apparently) All in all, 146 users have given us their answers over the course of fourteen days that the poll was up - assuming we didn't have anyone answering the poll multiple times. Two people have decided to leave their polls blank for some reason, so: here are 17th Shard's opinions on the staff as represented by 144 people. Quality of moderation on the Shard The first three questions were focused on general opinion on the staff: in short, are we doing a good job? Well, in your opinion, it seems that we are! A 1 here meant we were doing terribly; a 5 meant very good. Almost 70% of you gave us the top marks when it comes to general moderation on the Shard, while no-one said we're horrible at it - nice! There were, of course, responders who believe we could do a better job of it - this is valuable for us to know and we will work to improve and hopefully raise these responses in the next poll! In this question, 1 indicated that the mods are too harsh; 9, that we are too lax. As perhaps could've been expected, it seems you find us to be on the harsher side of things; only twelve people answered on the lax side of the poll, while almost half believe we have attained the happy middle ground. Here, 1 indicated that the mods are too scary to approach, while 5 meant that you felt you could be casual with the mods. It seems like almost a quarter of you are at least somewhat wary of mod interactions, which is probably tied to the prior result naming us somewhat harsh. This is something we can improve on in the future. The People's Mod and the Scariest Mod The next two questions were mostly fuelled by our curiosity: who do you think is the most approachable mod? Who do you find the scariest to talk to? When it comes to question number 1, the race for the top rank was close, but the results were clear: in Excel, because Google Forms wouldn't let me sort the answers The People's Mod award goes to Ene! Rasarr (it is I!) comes in second place (thank you, thank you), while trailing close behind are Argent, Overlord Jebus and LadyLameness. While the race for the most approachable mod was somewhat close, especially in the first few days, you folks never hesitated when it came to the scariest one. Yep! The Scariest Mod award goes to Chaos by a landslide. No less than 53% of the responders found him to be the most fearsome; the next mods (Argent, Grey, LadyLameness and Ene) trail far, far behind. Conversely, the Least Scary Mod award goes to Paleo, Mestiv and FelCandy, whom no responder found scary. I would also like to shout out the anon who found Argent to be both the most scary and the most approachable of the mods, and another anon who thought the same of Chaos. I do not understand how this works, but I respect you. Preferred ways of contacting the mods Our next question concerned itself with how you would go about contacting the mods, and I'm happy to see that most of you would not shy away from contacting us in some way, should the need arise. Only 7 of you found us too fearsome to summon (I must wonder if it's the same 7 who found us too scary, though I admit I did not look into that). I will say, there is nothing to fear! If you have any issue with something happening on the forums or on the Discord server, do not hesitate to contact us! If you don't want to speak to the specific mods directly, the forum's report and Discord's @Staff ping will summon any mod currently online, and we will absolutely not begrudge you for using it. The open questions Questions 7 and 8 were open text fields, letting you folks tell us what you think in plain English. We will not be inserting a full list of them here - first of all, it doesn't graph well, second, some of those answers might be used to guess who the speaker was. For question 7 ("Is there something you particularly like or dislike about 17th Shard's moderation, or think we could do better?"), the answers were roughly half praise and critique. While the former was very nice to hear, the latter in particular is extremely useful to us; we will strive to improve on the points you have raised. Question 8 was a bit more freeform ("Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?"), and so were the answers. The bulk of it was outpouring of love and affection for the mods, which we are very grateful for, as it feeds our egos quite well indeed. There were several more serious issues raised, and we will be looking at them in the future. There were also comments of other nature, such as: culinary advice (I'm not a fan of pickles myself, but I'm sure someone will make use of it) "Today I had a good day" (good to hear! Hopefully, you had more good days since) "Hi" (and hello to you as well!) "I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now." (good for you, buddy, good for you) A picture of a cat (aww) There was also an assumption that we are all beta readers, which I feel needs to be clarified: no. At least half of us (myself included) are not part of Brandon's writing process - and the part of the staff that are beta or gamma readers are absolutely forbidden from telling us anything. We do not have any knowledge you don't have. The Shard's Favourite Mod Now that I've talked your ear off, let's get to the real question, and the one that inspired this poll in the first place: who is the Shard's favourite staff member? The answer is clear: you have no idea. On a less facetious note, ignoring the "all or none" answers, the Favourite Mod crown goes to Argent! In the second place we have Ene, while the third is shared between Rasarr and Chaos, followed by Lady Lameness. So, there you have it - a look into the minds of the Shard members. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who responded, and doubly so the people who praised and critiqued us. Knowing what you feel we're doing right and wrong is extremely helpful, and we promise we will try to learn from what you've told us. And if you've missed the poll, or feel like we should need more data - do not worry. We definitely intend to run it again in the future, both to see if we're improving and to hear more of your honest thoughts.
  3. Hello there! I know I'm not around here as much, but many of the mods are, and we'd like to hear your opinion: how do you think we're doing moderating the forums and the Discord server? Is there anything you'd like to say about or to the mod team? Who is your favourite moderator? If you have a few minutes to fill out our anonymous survey, we'd love to hear your thoughts: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvAbLhn3QqwLtcYEp1uOC5h-EPIPfb4oELwGlgJukME2c9ug/viewform
  4. This post will contain spoilers for both Skyward and Starsight. Skyward 3 cover and title reveal As announced by Brandon himself, The Book Formerly Known As Nowhere now has a real title, description, release date(s) and no less than two covers, as Brandon's American and British publishers decided to announce them both at once. So without further ado, here comes Cytonic. Alongside it we have the UK release; if you've been following the leaks, you might've seen this one pop up before, but now it's official! As with the previous books in the series, the American cover was created by Charlie Bowater, while the British art is the work of Sam Green. Preorders for both versions are already up on your bookseller website of choice; per Brandon's tweet, the book will release on November 23rd, 2021 in the US, and on November 25th in UK. To round up the Cytonic goodies, we also have the description for the book and it's... not very heavy on the actual plot. Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home. Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator. Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy. The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return. To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying. We actually did a predictions podcast for Cytonic (though we didn't know its name then) back in March which might interest you: Skyward novellas Alongside Cytonic, we will also be getting three Skyward novellas! They're co-written by Janci Patterson (who is also collaborating with Brandon on the final Alcatraz book), and they will be released as ebooks and audiobooks simultaneously, with maybe a physical release later down the line. While we have no date for any of them yet, two of those novellas have popped up on Brandon's progress bar on his website already, and they are definitely coming along nicely. Sunreach: the final draft for this one has been completed, meaning it's basically done as far as writing is concerned; of course, there's still much that has to happen before it's ready for release. This one will be written from the perspective of FM, one of the Skyward Flight pilots who survived the first book to later be largely absent from Starsight. ReDawn: As of this writing, the second novella is sitting at 43% of its first draft. We don't know whose point of view this will be following, but ReDawn is the home planet of the comatose alien Alanik, so... Wax & Wayne 4 progress update and Warbreaker leatherbound giveaway Yes, we do have non-Skyward news for you today. First: Wax & Wayne 4, or The Lost Metal, is currently sitting at nice round 30%. Second: to celebrate two hundred thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel, Brandon will be giving away a signed copy of the Warbreaker leatherbound. All you have to do to participate is send an email to [email protected] before Firday 28th of May - so there's little time left. For more information, check out the video on Brandon's channel. So, what do you make of it all? Would you rather the title of the book remained Nowhere? Which cover do you prefer? Hyped for the novellas? Tell us in the comments below!
  5. Oh, there's a ton of moments. If I were to pick my favourite-favourite... "You cannot have my pain", and the entire scene surrounding it. Shallan apologizing for apologizing. The Tower, all of it. Lift and Nale's hug and the conversation that follows at the end of Edgedancer. "Dalinar knelt beneath a fracturing sky, holding his son." Szeth's and Kal's battle at the end of WoR. Hm... there's a passage, I think early in OB, where Kaladin thinks about his depression and how on bad days, it's hard to remember there are good days. I can't remember it right now, but I remember really loving it when I read it.
  6. When you hear "I'm waxing and waning" in a song and burst out laughing.
  7. When you reply separately to the same post on Discord and Reddit under different names and feel like you're Shallan.
  8. When you see a truck labeled KR Transport and wonder whether the company's operated by the Windrunners or the Elsecallers.
  9. Ooh, I really like that. It would fit. I wonder if you could store a number of attributes in a single metalmind, or simply any one attribute in one metalmind. Probably the latter.
  10. Elhokar. I'm still angry he's been killed literally a word away from being able to heal himself. (screw you, Moash!)
  11. Moash (aren't I original!). I've hated him since the end of WoR, and he did nothing to redeem himself in my eyes in OB (not to mention he's killed my favourite character). Also, Taravangian. I don't like him; I don't like his meddling; I don't like his bleak outlook on life and kingly duties. Though, actually... if we could kill high-intellect Taravangian and leave the low-intellect (or middle-low, let's be merciful) one behind, I'd be quite fine. He seems like an OK guy when not sacrificing the entire planet for a highly-suspicious plan. I didn't like her either until reading it. She's bounds and leaps above her performance in main books there (and it's a good story, do read it!).
  12. I fell like Divine Intervention is something all Shards engage in, to some extent. Any time a Shard changes something in the Physical Realm could be considered a Divine Intervention, so I think the concept is far too broad to apply to just a single Shard. As for non-intervention, I'd say Autonomy has "prevent others from meddling with each other" covered as part of her Intent.
  13. I'm not alone, then. Good. When Atlantis came on screen for the first time, my first thought was "I really want an underwater Shardworld".
  14. I'm a sucker for discussing things ad nauseum, so for me, it's all the little details that the posters here draw out of the books. What brought me first to this forum was a thread about deciphering the Alethi women's script, and what made me stay were the WoBs upon WoBs upon WoBs, and all the discussion surrounding them and the anticipation for what's coming next.