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  1. After Brandon teased the completion of the cover art for Rhythm of War in one of his recent Kickstarter livestreams, it was only a matter of time for Tor to officially release the full cover for the US edition of the fourth instalment in The Stormlight Archive. Without further ado, take a look at this gorgeous cover and read on for some background information: As always with The Stormlight Archive, Michael Whelan is responsible for the beautiful US cover art. Brandon is a huge fan of Michael, so he wanted him to do all the covers for the series, which so far has always worked out. As for what is depicted on the cover, we're getting another interpretation of Shadesmar and Shallan, as has been the theme for some international Rhythm of War editions so far, including the Bulgarian and UK ones. It's quite striking to see all the artists' takes on this scene and every one of them has captured the strange world of Shadesmar a little differently. Whelan has opted to portray the teeming vegetation more organically, with geometric shapes strewn in, while Yasen Stoilov shows an almost barren Cognitive Realm with more abstract tree shapes. We of course didn't only get the front cover, but also the raw dust jacket art, which additionally shows a white-haired man in the mid plane: What distinguishes Whelan's piece from the other depictions we've seen so far is that there's an ominous black cuboid visible in the background. As the scenes portrayed on the covers all have happened in the books in some way, I can't wait to find out what this might hint at! The white-haired figure appears to be Whelan's take on Adolin, as was confirmed by his assistant. This agrees with the Bulgarian cover, where we also see Adolin accompanying Shallan. Feel free to share your thoughts and theories about the cover in the comments below! Please mark all Rhythm of War spoilers appropriately, as not everyone might want to know details yet but still wants to take in this gorgeous art!
  2. @JoyBlu, your best bet is to back with two separate Kickstarter accounts. My understanding is that the leatherbound itself will not be available as an add-on (although this might look different in the final campaign, so stay tuned for the blog post on Brandon's site) and Kickstarter is designed such that one backer means one order. Pledging twice probably also will turn out cheaper than getting the $200 tier and then adding everything again as add-ons. Hope that helps!
  3. After teasing it for some time now, Brandon and his team have finally released the quiz for the orders of Knights Radiant! Mainly worked on by Isaac with support from the beta reader Ross Newberry, you can set a whopping 34 sliders to describe yourself down to a single percent and then get as much of an "official" answer for what Order you'd best fit in as you can hope for. It's a bit of an unusual style for this kind of quiz, but it should help you decide which order to pick in the upcoming The Way of Kings leatherbound Kickstarter. Speaking of the campaign, Dragonsteel will be sharing the exact start and end dates very soon, but from Brandon's livestream, we know it's likely going to be the first week of July, so stay tuned! Isaac also included a lovely mobile wallpaper featuring the space age symbol for Roshar in the article that's definitely worth checking out! But the quiz is not all that was released on Brandon's website today. For those who want to get a better understanding of the Order they were sorted into, Brandon has also written up descriptions of all the Radiant Orders, covering the general theme of their Oaths, what kind of people they attracted and which responsibilities they took during the glory days of their organization. There were some new details about Orders we haven't heard much about before in there. For instance, apparently the Dustbringers - or Releasers, as they preferred to call themselves - often served as engineers or artillery in the Radiant armies. Their destructive power were kept in check by their progression through the Oaths and they understood themselves as very precise and inquisitive. We also learnt new things about the Elsecallers. Namely, they weren't mainly attracting scholarly types as many of us probably thought previously, but were instead open to people from all walks of life, as long as they were intent on improving themselves. The Willshapers seem to have been builders - both of structures and society - among the Radiants, often being dispatched to towns to build fortifications. Their Order, however, is all about freedom at its core, and they attracted not only craftspeople and creators. It is interesting to see that you might also find warriors among them whose goal it is to free those who are captive. Stonewards, on the other hand, are all about putting the needs of others above their own - possibly best exemplified by their associated Herald, Taln. Apparently you'll find many among their ranks who are fond of the outdoors and even explorers - something we previously thought was a main characteristic of Willshapers, given that Eshonai attracted Timbre. Finally, Brandon also had to share some thoughts on the Bondsmiths. It's intriguing to learn that while the Order itself was limited to at most three members at a time due to the nature of their spren, squires for the Order were not unheard of. What's even more fascinating is that they might have attendants swear oaths despite not getting any powers or attracting a spren. Maybe we'll see some of Dalinar's retinue do the same in the books? The descriptions are absolutely worth a read even if you don't intend to take the quiz. But if you do, feel free to share your results with us below in the comments! I apparently would qualify as an Elsecaller at a 76% match and would love to hear what you get! In other news, Brandon has recently finished the fourth draft of Rhythm of War, book 4 of The Stormlight Archive, and has now begun his work on the fifth and final version before its sent off to the editor for the copyedit. This means that Brandon will be working on shaving about 10% off the word count to make the book feel tighter overall.
  4. Thank you very much for pointing that out @ChickenLiberty! I'm not sure how I missed that the other two prizes were Stormlight Archive copies. I have amended the news post. We're very sorry for making that mistake.
  5. Giveaway Before we look at what happened in the last two live signing sessions, there's a chance for you to win a set of leatherbound editions of Brandon's books (All of Mistborn Era 1 plus Warbreaker, unforunately Elantris is unavailable) or one of two complete sets of The Stormlight Archive hardcovers! (Note: This originally stated there were three complete sets of leatherbounds to be won, but we were mistaken on that) Brandon is celebrating surpassing 50,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and wants to give something back to his fans. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to Brandon's newsletter and send an email to [email protected] before June 6. It doesn't matter what you put as subject or content, the winners will be selected randomly from all received emails. The giveaway is held internationally, so as long as no restrictions apply for shipping from the US to your country given the current global situation, feel free to participate. If you haven't been a subscriber to the newsletter so far, this also is a great chance to get yourself a copy of the White Sand prose version. A link should be handed out with every issue you receive. Updates With that out of the way, let's see what we learned in Brandon's most recent livestreams. He was signing the title pages for The Way of Kings leatherbound edition in both of the sessions and is now finished with them. This means they're all ready to go to the bindery to be finished in time for shipping to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign. Brandon mentioned that they would launch it in the first week of July, so mark that in your calendars! If you've missed what the Kickstarter is all about, check out our previous summary on all we know so far. We've since learned that the Bridge Four poster will come rolled up in a tube rather than being folded, so you can stop fretting over the beautiful piece arriving with creases all over Kaladin's face! Moving on, Brandon also had a chance to talk about Dark One in response to a question from the audience. The graphic novel is done and we can expect to get it probably before the end of the year, but due to the pandemic, the release will be digital first and you'll be able to pre-order it through Brandon's store. To get a sneak peek of what Dark One will be like, a preview of the first chapter will be handed out as supplemental to larger orders such as t-shirts or books from the store. This was originally intended to be given to comic book stores for Free Comic Book Day, but the current situation has made that not viable. In other Dark One related news, Brandon will most likely coauthor the audio original version of the story with his friend Dan Wells. Moreover, the showrunner of the TV series, J. Michael Straczynski, has already sent Brandon a first draft of the script for the pilot episode. Apart from that, things are moving slowly on that front. Of course Brandon also talked about other fun stuff and gave tons of writing advice, so definitely check out the VOD of the streams below! You'll also get to see some awesome fan mail, such as the "Branderson - Master of the Cosmere" comic sent in by a fan all the way from Australia. If you'd like to send in your own fun gifts for Brandon or simply a letter showing your appreciation of his works, feel free to ship them to the following address: Dragonsteel Entertainment Attn: Adam P.O. Box 698 American Fork, UT 84003 United States of America This wraps up the May 28 livestream, but there was another on May 14. This one featured Brandon's mom - the Goober, as her son calls her - and she was able to corroborate some of the stories that Brandon's father had to share in a previous livestream. She also talked about more of her own memories of raising Brandon and they're definitely worth listening to! To demonstrate that these livestreams are good for more than just keeping you two hours of entertainment, we also got a new canonical term from one of them! Cytoverse, coined by our very own queen of the gators, @thegatorgirl00, is now officially approved as a name for the universe that Skyward plays in! If you'd like to ask your own questions or tune into one of these events, feel free to use any of Brandon's social media presences. You can catch him on his Twitter, his YouTube channel, his Twitch channel, or his Facebook profile!
  6. Welcome to the forums, @Georion! Don't be surprised that your topic was moved, but it's a little more appropriate in the Stormlight Archive subforum for spoiler reasons
  7. Brandon will usually announce a stream on his social media accounts the day before. They've got a setup which allows them to stream to multiple platforms at once. You can catch him on his Twitter, his YouTube channel, his Twitch channel, or his Facebook profile.
  8. Brandon is continuing to give us virtual company with his series of live signing sessions. This time around, signatures (the bookbinding kind, as Brandon likes to point out) for the Elantris leatherbounds were up for signing. If you haven't been keeping track of the last few livestreams, this means that the Dragonsteel editions of both Elantris and Mistborn will come back in stock sooner rather than later! As has become usual for these streams, Brandon also answered questions and opened some fan mail, such as an awesome handmade slipcase for the Reckoners books. But besides his macaw Magellan, whom we've seen use the Force before, another special guest joined Brandon this time around. If you ever were wondering where Brandon got his storytelling chops from, look no further than his dad! Grandpa Sanderson treated us with stories from Brandon's childhood, giving us glimpses of how mischievous of a child Brandon could be and how proud he is of his son. One of these stories even led to a Cosmere tidbit which we've known before but have never heard the real world inspiration of: The topaz, the origin of one of Hoid's earliest aliases in Dragonsteel and the gemstone referenced in the Letter, apparently is taken directly from a ring that Brandon's dad - a hobbyist jeweler himself - bought him in Jackson Hole. Among all the stories, Brandon also lauded his dad's baking skills. Magellan gets to enjoy homemade bread and Brandon loves what they've dubbed "Cosmere cookies", a variation on butterscotch cookies the exact recipe for which is secret but Adam might send it to you if you ask him nicely. Of course Mr Sanderson also had a story to accompany it. While the visit from Brandon's dad was certainly a highlight of the stream, there were a few other interesting things that he talked about. For those looking forward to the Way of Kings Kickstarter this summer and who have been shocked to hear that the poster they recently revealed would come folded rather than rolled up in a tube, rest assured that Dragonsteel is aware of the issues - such as putting a crease right across Kaladins face - and they are looking into alternative ways to ship the poster. It might be relegated to an add-on to the campaign, since the logistics involved with not folding them are complicated. Right before the end of the stream, Brandon showed off a great foam Sylspear crafted by the folks at Forged Foam. Dragonsteel is currently looking into ways of licensing the company to produce foam Shardblades, so hopefully we can look forward to turning into a Radiant with official merch eventually! If you're excited to hear some of the stories Brandon's father shared with us (and they're definitely worth it!) you can watch a recording of the stream below. You'll have the opportunity to tune into another livestream next Thursday (May 14), for which Brandon will most likely be joined by his mother! We're already looking forward to the stories she has to tell.
  9. In lieu of an in-person event, JordanCon is happening online this year and the folks at Dragonsteel have been kind enough to come onto a panel. Isaac and Kara Stewart, Brandon’s art director and event manager, respectively, gave us a rundown of what’s happening with the Kickstarter for the Way of Kings leatherbound edition and answered some of the most burning questions. The whole panel was live streamed on YouTube and you can watch the recording here, but for a quick summary of the key points, read on! If you haven't had enough of Isaac talking after that, tune into the live stream from our Spanish friends over at on Saturday, 7PM CEST! Why a Kickstarter and what’s included? If you weren’t aware before, Kara explained that they’re doing a Kickstarter as an “online release party” for the Way of Kings leatherbound edition. Due to the sheer size of the book, they had to split it into two volumes, which will also place the entire leatherbound novel at a hefty $200 price tag. Because not everyone can afford that, especially in the current situation, Dragonsteel has decided to use Kickstarter to provide tiers with different goodies! Furthermore, using Kickstarter helps Dragonsteel organize their shipping and warehouse more easily, as it's geared to this sort of release. Even cooler than that, Way of Kings Prime, Brandon’s first attempt at writing The Stormlight Archive - but a very different book from what was eventually released - will be made available for free online for everyone! They had an editor go through it to get it up to their standards and it will probably be released right around the campaign start. Keep in mind that this version of the book is not canonical in any way, though! For those that do have some money to spare, there’s a bunch of digital swag available: Wallpapers, printables etc. For an extra individual touch, there will be an online personality test to get yourself sorted into one of the Orders of the Knights Radiant. You may then choose one of the Orders in the campaign and will get appropriately themed goodies. Another digital reward will probably be a Stormlight novella, which Brandon has talked about before. This is not set in stone yet, as Brandon has to actually write it for it to be included. At higher tiers, you’ll also get physical rewards, namely a hardcover copy of the novella akin to the Edgedancer release as well as a movie-style poster of most members of Bridge 4! Additionally, you’ll get sticker sheets appropriate for your Order of choice. If you have enough money to spend, you’ll get the leatherbound volumes and all of these physical rewards. Kara and Isaac also mentioned that they’re planning to add stretch goals to the campaign. If the first goal will be hit, the volumes will be bound in gorgeous dark blue genuine leather. If the campaign hits the second stretch goal, the books will come in a slipcase, the design for which Isaac has already finished and is very excited about. How many tiers will there be and how much will they cost? Currently, we’re looking at 4 tiers that the campaign will most likely provide. None of the prices are fixed yet, but they should be roughly in the ballpark of what you can expect: Tier 1 (Probably $10): This is the digital-only tier and will probably include the novella as well as wallpapers, printables and phone backgrounds Tier 2 (Probably $30): This will include all the digital rewards from tier 1, a physical copy of the novella and the Bridge 4 poster as well as the swag corresponding to your Order, such as a sticker sheet. Tier 3 (Probably $200+): In addition to all digital and physical rewards from previous tiers except for the novella, this will include the actual leatherbounds. Tier 4 (Price not yet set): This is the superfan tier and will most likely be limited to 1000 backers. This tier includes all the physical and digital rewards from the lower ones. The books for this tier will most likely be numbered, you will probably get the goodies for all the Orders and something special in addition to that. It will likely be set in the hundreds of dollars as a price range. For all tiers, the exact content is not yet set in stone and might change with the stretch goals that will be hit. For those that do not want to spend a substantial amount of money on the superfan tier or simply are too late, the merchandise for each Order will also be available as add-ons. Furthermore, a hardcover copy of Way of Kings Prime will also be purchasable in the campaign. The novella will also have to be purchased as an add-on for tier 3 backers. When will the campaign start and when will I receive my stuff? Due to the current situation, it is not yet clear when Dragonsteel will launch the campaign. They had initially planned for a July start, but depending on how the economy will look in a few months, they might delay it. As far as shipping after the campaign is concerned, Kara did confirm that for backers from the US, they will be sending out the rewards in waves, as soon as the respective merchandise arrives at their warehouse. International backers will unfortunately have to wait a little longer, as they will receive all their rewards in a single shipment due to the cost of international shipping. What if I miss the campaign or can't afford everything then, will all the stuff still be available? As far as the leatherbounds are concerned, you will be able to purchase reprints, but they will likely not be bound in genuine leather nor will they come in a slipcase, unless those options prove to be financially viable. The novella will probably be made available in digital and physical form at some point after the campaign.
  10. I've taken the liberty to move this topic to Cosmere Discussion, as the discussion has moved on to cross-series connections. Please tag spoilers appropriately in the future, @wallyrocket and @robardin.
  11. I've noticed a typo in my Kindle copy in chapter 33: "silence" should be "silent" Edit: On second thought, that's not actually a typo, I just read the sentence with a different cadence which made it sound like one.
  12. I will be there and I'll also be recording all that I can. I've sent an email to the book store as well, asking them about a couple of details, but I haven't heard back anything from them yet.
  13. The attendance was really mind-boggling. The event already was moved to the bank adjacent to the bookstore because it had a large conference room. Every seat was filled either way. Everyone asked such great questions and I feel like Brandon was in a pretty great answering mood, too. The signing line also made me realize that the US army still has quite the presence here in Germany
  14. So I'm finally able to report back from the signing. First off, I'd like to thank everybody who showed up, you asked great questions! Because of the issues with recording audio without consent, we opted for writing down all WoBs right on the spot. So we got prime seats next to the signing table, I pulled out my laptop and typed away. A special thanks goes to Rhapsody and Sorana for helping me fill in any gaps and also going over the WoBs we collected again. The signing went pretty great overall. Due to our position, we were able to constantly pester Isaac with questions and it was great to perpetually chat with him. The reading was from a revised version of the first chapter from SA 4. It turned out quite a bit different and I've already uploaded it to Arcanum for transcription. So, without further ado, here are my compiled notes from the event: First Signing Sorana: Would a spike charge if I threw it at someone with the intention to spike something out of him and hit the right bindpoint? Brandon: Yes. Sorana: So spike darts are a thing. Brandon: Yes, and spike guns are a thing as well. Rhapsody: If I took a fabrial to Shadesmar, would it work and what would happen to the Spren trapped in it? Brandon: RAFO Sorana: Is Soulcasting volume- or mass-preserving? Brandon: It's mass-preserving, but there are some strange things going on and that's why we don't get as much explosions as we should. You can see a bit of what is going when Jasnah Soulcasts air, there are some little reactions, but not as strong as you ought to get. Rhapsody: You have described Ettmetal as some kind of Super-Cesium. After the reaction with water, is there residual Ettmetal hydroxide and what are its properties? Brandon: Yes, it does. There's the potential they'll find it and use it, but as far as the properties are concerned, you get a RAFO. Paleo: Are the Ashynite magic system and the Old Magic related? If so, does the "Old" part come from that? Brandon: Yes, they are related, but the name comes from the magic actually predating Spren bonds. Paleo: Since your books are "translations" from another language and "Hierocracy" is a foreign word in English, is it also a foreign word in the original language? Brandon: No, but good question. Paleo: There's symbols in the temple at the end of Bands of Mourning which none of the characters recognize. Are they from any writing system known to us or did Kelsier make them up? Brandon: RAFO Paleo: Is Wisdom a Shard? If so, how bad does it want to survive? Brandon: There is a shard with a similar Intent. The Shard has realized that survival might not be the most desirable/important. Paleo: Have Rosharan mathematics advanced far enough to know Julia sets? Brandon: Yes, they know Julia Sets. Some of the mathematics are farther along at this time than ours, some are behind. Kinda like abstractionalism is a centuries-old art style on Roshar, calculus was discovered way earlier. Paleo: What symbol will be on the Warbreaker leatherbound? Brandon: He referred as to Isaac, who showed us several designs which are not finalized, but they are confirmed as Tears of Edgli. Rhapsody posted the picture already on the general Germany signing thread. The cover will feature Nightblood. Questioner: What happened to Elhokar's body? Brandon: It was burned with honors. Winds Alight: In SA the Stormfather refers to several people as "Child of Honor", but only Kaladin as "Child of Tanavast". Is there significance to that? Brandon: Yes, there is. Questioner: Can the survival Shard hide in a person? Brandon: RAFO Questioner: Do people celebrate their birthdays on Roshar, because Kaladin doesn't seem to care? Brandon: Yeah, there are celebrations like birthdays and others as well, but I can't put everything in the books. Some people care more, some - like Kaladin - less. Questioner: Do we know who built the Steel Highway in Mistborn? Brandon: Some people know, but it's not general knowledge. Questioner: Can a Mistborn use the Investiture from a Highstorm? Brandon: It takes some effort to convert the Investiture. They can burn metals from other planets, though. Questioner: Is Nightblood an aluminium-titanium alloy? Brandon: No, he's something else. RAFO Questioner: What inspired the Shattered Plains? Brandon: Little Wild Horse canyon and others in southern Utah. That's what inspired the chasms. Questioner: Any tips on creating a Magic System? Brandon: Focus on what the powers can't do instead of what they can do. It's the boundaries that get interesting. Lookup Sanderson's Laws. Paleo: Will the Warbreaker leatherbound contain the Nalthis essay? Isaac: No, but the Arcanum Unbounded Leatherbound will contain it. Questioner: Is Doomslug capable of using Hypertravel as well as taking matter with her? Brandon: RAFO. Doomslug will be very important to the next book. She's very relevant to the events of the book coming out in December. Questioner: What's the most challenging part about art? Isaac: [partial answer] Getting things to look realistic. Took a lot of practice. Questioner: The Voidbinding chart has a red ruby with two imprisoned voidbringers who have no connection to the voidbinding skills. Is this the because they are imprisoned or are they in need of the other Voidbringers to unleash their powers like the lightnings are trying to illustrate? Brandon: RAFO Zykai: Did the Shin use Honorblades in their invasions? If yes, did they also use Surges? Brandon: Yes and yes. Questioner: Ambition wasn't splintered in the contest with Odium. Is there a reason why he hasn't chosen another Avatar yet? Brandon: Yes. Questioner: How is Ashyn earth-like given its orbit? It should be even less habitable than Roshar. Brandon: The Rosharan system was manifactured for a specific purpose. The position of the moons isn’t stable and even the continent itself might eventually vanish. Questioner: Was there a good reason for Elhokar to not speak his First Oath earlier or was he just plain stupid? Brandon: He wasn't ready yet. It can take a long time and he was hung up on his insecurities. Questioner: Why did Adolin kill Sadeas? Brandon: He's young and hotheaded unlike Dalinar. Sishal: How was Glys corrupted? Was the process similar to the lesser spren, like painspren? Brandon: It is similar, but Glys is self-aware, so slightly different process, but similar. It is through Sja-Anat. Sishal: Did Sja-Anat have to convince Glys to corrupt him then? (This previously said "Will we see other Radiant spren?", but @Sishal contacted me to have it corrected) Brandon: RAFO Questioner: How do you write the beginnings to your books? Brandon: Beginnings are hard. Usually I write one, trash it and come back to it when I finished the book. After I finished the book, I try to find the perfect beginning. Questioner: Are there certain topics you want to avoid in your writing? Brandon: There certainly are some topics I'd never cover, like certain types of abuse. Questioner: [inaudible - something about Shallan's personalitiies] Brandon: At the end of Oathbringer, she works really hard to supress her other personas and she will be a lot more stable. Questioner: Will there be a Rithmatist sequel? Brandon: There will eventually. I was working on that when I was offered WoT and just couldn't get back into it yet. Questioner: Do specific colours have an impact on Awakening in Warbreaker? Brandon: Not usually, you just need a certain amount to Awaken. But there can be more due to various reasons connected to the Cosmere. It is connected to the significance of eye colours on Roshar. Questioner: Will Vivenna, Vasher and Nightblood reunite? Brandon: RAFO Questioner: Do you want to build up Hoid to be a character like Randall Flagg? Brandon: RAFO Questioner: Did Aginor reappear after the cleansing of Saidin? Brandon: Ask Maria, the continuity person. Questioner: Are you involved with the WoT TV show? Brandon: Yes, I get to read the scripts and give feedback. I get to push the characters in the direction I want them to go. The first screenplay was really good. Questioner: Have we seen Ghostbloods in action outside of the Rosharan system? Brandon: You have seen proto-Ghostbloods, but not after the their actual initiation. Questioner: Who did the Crownlands historically belong to before there was a king and what purpose do they serve now? Brandon: At the moment the Crownlands are the property of the king and work for him, to earn money or to give them away to a lord. Before Gavilar, they belonged to some princedom. Questioner: How has Sunmaker's sword ended up with Dalinar? Brandon: Initially, it belonged to one of the highprinces. After that it went through a lot of people. Tidbits from the interview No news about book adaptations. Hopes for his series with the advent of WoT and Witcher. WoT first screenplay is phenomenal. German writers are all outliners. Already scrapped earlier first chapter from SA 4. Read new version, but will obviously be revised again. -> Recording Q & A Questioner: The map of Kholinar looks like a lion's head. Is that an allusion to Caemlyn? Brandon: It was not a conscious decision to make it look like Caemlyn. The city shapes are based on Cimatics patterns that have deep-rooted origins in the history of Roshar. I may make a lot of unconscious allusions, but something like the Misted Mountains are a conscious reference. Rhapsody: Will the Threnody book take place in the homeland? Brandon: The book is tentatively called "The Dust Brigade". A group wants to free the homeland of the evil. It doesn't go well for them. Opening scene is all ships sinking and people washing up on shore. Questioner: Shadesmar is an inversion of Roshar. In the Physical Realm, planets are disconnected, but in Shadesmar you can reach one from the other. Is there a point in Shadesmar where I can instantly cross between diametrically opposed points on Roshar? Brandon: Yes, technically there is, but oceans etc. are problematic since there's not enough minds there. There are points, but the transition is more steady than instantaneous. It will be hard, since you're basically leaving the planet when you go far enough. If you just went south, you'd end up on another planet. Kind of yes. Shadesmar gets funky because you end up in no man's land. We'd need to do the exact maths on that one. Krios: If you have a form of manipulating your Identity and a form of healing. Are you able to shapeshift or even evolve your body like growing wings? Brandon: You'd have to do some real work on your spirit web to make that work. It'd take more work than you're implying, but the Parshendi for instance are doing this. It'll take a little more work, it's not just blanking your Identity. Hemalurgy would make it very easy, but also very evil. But what you want to achieve is possible. The Forumlurker: If a Radiant tried to Soulcast directly with the Stormlight from the Highstorm, what essences could they create? Brandon: They could basically do whatever they want. There wouldn't be any limitations, but only for Radiant Soulcasters. Questioner: How do you choose Worldhoppers to depict in your books? Brandon: There's couple of ways I choose Worldhoppers. The background story plays a big part, but some Worldhoppers I just want to be immigrants. Some people you meet, you'll notice they're from a different planet but aren't involved in any schemes. They just wanted to get to another planet. There's groups like the Ghostbloods, but there's also just trade between places like Roshar and Nalthis. I have to be careful to not make everyone an easter egg from other worlds. That would strain plausibility very easily. Paleo: How is Dark One coming along? Brandon: It's coming along very well. It's like Harry Potter from the perspective of Voldemort, where the good guys want to get the bad guy. It's like Narnia was trying to assasinate those who come over to their world to destroy it. The outline is really great, we pitched it across Hollywood. We had a really great response, but no contracts are done. We're planning to release it as an audiobook original. We haven't closed the contract on that yet, but we have an offer. Questioner: Your stories are always so unexpected. Do you plan these things or do they develop as you discover the story and the characters? Brandon: Parts of it are from the outline, but sometimes I want to develop the characters further and make more organic decisions. Questioner: Do you plan to do something like Arcanum Unbounded again? Brandon: Yes, eventually there will be AU2. I need to write more short stories before that. I'm hoping my novella this year will be on Rsyn. Theoretically I will continuing going that, showing little glimpses of places around the Cosmere. Questioner: What idea sparked Stormlight for you? Brandon: The very first seed for everything was a man who's brother to a king. The king gets assassinated and the nephew becomes a bad king. How he copes with that is what I started thinking about. We all have somebody in our family . That became Dalinar and Elhokar in SA. Questioner: Was Shallan's ability to draw intentional just so you could have her draw all the maps? Brandon: Yes, basically that was the seed for her. I was inspired by people from history like Darwin who was a scientist and did drawings. That was part of the concept that made me put Shallan into the books. All those drawings are intended to give you a sense of immersion. Questioner: Would magic from one world work on another and if so, how? Brandon: Generally, magics in the Cosmere work on different planets. But it depends on the magic. Things like the Dor on Sel are locked to the geography, so it gets difficult. The metallic arts work pretty much universally though. Making Surgebinding work on another planet would require Stormlight and the spren are bound to Roshar, so getting them off planet is quite hard. So the magics kind of work differently depending on whether a sentient being is involved, how the magic works and how it's powered. It would be very easy to take some Breaths off of Nalthis, which is a problem for them. It gets very complicated. Questioner: Can there be a mixing of magic? Brandon: Yes there can be. Questioner: Do you know what the next big series will be? Brandon: Right now, my job is to finish things. I won't start anything before that. There's some other big books I want to work on in the Cosmere. I will finish Wax and Wayne and Skyward 4 after SA 4, then comes SA 5. Questioner: Is Iyatil from Scadrial? Brandon: Her heritage is from Scadrial, but she actually is from Silverlight. It's more recent than my heritage from Denmark. Second Signing Questioner: Now that Hoid has bonded a spren, is he locked on Roshar? Brandon:Yes, that is a problem. Something will happen that is relevant. RAFO Questioner: Do you use consultants? Brandon: Yes I do, but it depends on the book. For instance, we apparently got longswords wrong in the last book and a consultant would have helped there. Questioner: Do you prefer writing epic fantasy or young adult? Brandon: My first love is epic fantasy, but if I only did that, I'd go crazy. I have to change basically every other book and like to be able to jump around. Questioner: Where have we seen proto-Ghostbloods? Brandon: RAFO, but you guys are pretty close to figuring that out. Questioner: Is Rock lying about his birth order? Brandon: No, he is not. There was a change due to deaths in the family, but he did not lie. Questioner: How do you name your characters? Brandon: It depends on how much work I've done on the linguistics. Some planets I haven't done a lot of work on that. On Roshar I've built out the linguistics a lot, so I build names out of that. On Scadrial, however, I went more with real world inspirations or stuff I liked, like "Wax and Wayne", which is a pun they can't really understand. Names like Elend or Straff are Germanic in origin, Vin, Demoux or Kelsier are French. Paleo: Is Wax's name pronounced French in Scadrian? Brandon: Yes, it is. I can't even pronounce it. [Various people pronounce Waxillium with a French accent] Questioner: Shallan's and Adolin's relationship felt sort of rushed at the end. Was there a reason you developed it like that? Brandon: Shallan and Adolin are very young and madly in love. The marriage partly was for state reasons. They're really unlike Dalinar, who was in denial for 15 years about loving Navani. Questioner: Can you burn Cadmium to trap air and move in space like that? Brandon: That's a plausible extrapolation, but I'll give you a RAFO on that. You're thinking along the right lines. Questioner: When you design a new world. Do you give Isaac all the details for the maps? Brandon: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I may give him notes on how I want it to look like, but sometimes I just let him do what he wants. Zykai: Squires and people wielding Honorblades use more Stormlight than a regular Radiant. Who uses more? Brandon: The further you progress, the more efficient you become at consuming Stormlight. They're never as efficient as the Voidbringers, since humans leak too much. Sorana: Do you have any tips regarding drawing the symbols/glyphs? Isaac: I always have to copy them myself. I did design a handscript of the allomantic symbols. You might get to see them later. Paleo: Will the Steel Alphabet change further with the later eras of Mistborn? Isaac: Yes, it will. I've already got some designs that look very sci-fi-y. Questioner: Will the WoT show be from the POV of the Aes Sedai or the Ta'veren? Brandon: I can't spoil you on that as I'm under an NDA. They went with some unexpected decisions, which I really liked though. The Forumlurker: Can a Windrunner use a Basic Lashing on a specific body part? Brandon: Yes, but it works the same way a Steelpusher could push on a specific part of metal. Usually, you'd just affect the whole body, because of its Identity and Cosmere magic not working as well on parts of something that considers itself a unit. When you're very skilled, you can isolate a hand, like Kelsier could push on specific sections of metal. Questioner: Are there Windrunners who are afraid of heights? Brandon: Yes there are. You can see with Kaladin that a lot of them would see the sky as their domain, but there are some with a fear of heights. It's like being a left-handed woman in Alethkar, there are some things you just could end up with. Questioner: We see Nightblood consuming both Breaths and Stormlight. Earlier you've mentioned conversion between types of Investiture. Is Nightblood doing that? Brandon: Nightblood can feed off of any source of Investiture. If you're a Mistborn, burning a metal while wielding Nightblood would directly feed him. So you stay alive for as long as you have metal left. Questioner: Why do Vorin women have to hide their left hand? Brandon: Originally, a woman wrote a book about female and male arts, which claimed women could do things like art with one hand while men needed two for their arts, like fighting. Eventually, it evolved and just stuck as a taboo, but it's a cultural thing. It's similar to how some things are perfectly fine in our Western culture but would be frowned upon in, say, Korea. I wanted to add some weirdness to their culture, something that is pretty normal to them, but strange to us. Taboos usually are strange. Questioner: Are there parshmen Heralds? Brandon: No, there are not. Questioner: Will Michael Kramer read SA 4 as well? Brandon: Yes, at the moment it planned that he will do that. Questioner: At the end of Oathbringer Kaladin says that the oaths are about perception. So what would happen, when a crazy person bonds a crazy spren? Is there a hard limit to what the oaths allow or could they just go on a John Wick style rampage? Brandon: Perception will get you a very long way, like Nightblood proves. So you can go beyond the oaths, but there will be a hard limit. Although it will be hard to find a such fitting pair of human and sprend. Questioner: Do you sometimes draw inspiration from real world people? Brandon: Yes, I do. Usually it's a conflict a person has which I want to depict. Most of Bridge Four are friends of mine. Questioner: What happened to Hoid after he met Kelsier at the Well? Brandon: He went to figure out Feruchemy. When Vin found him beaten up, it was because he got more involved than he should have. Paleo: Is Tashi a Herald and if so, which one? Is Nun Raylisi Odium? Brandon: Yes to both. I think the Herald is Ishar, but I'd have to double check. Sorana: I've got a last question from a friend of mine. Could the light at the end of Oathbringer have been seen by another Surgebinder? Brandon: RAFO Sorana: I expected that. We tried to reproduce them verbatim, but it's pretty hard to get everything right. Thankfully, people were willing to repeat their questions and answers when we didn't catch them, so we should be as close to the truth as possible. Nevertheless, all WoBs have to be considered paraphrased.
  15. We're reviewing the WoBs right now to see if I made any glaring mistakes typing them up. After that, we'll of course put them here in a post for you all to see. I also have a kind of embarrassing story: I took the wrong person's book back home >.> With all the excitement and because I had to go grab my laptop, I didn't pay much attention to what name was in the book I took from the pile on the table. I didn't notice until I arrived at home again. So, Tobias, if you by any chance read this: Send me a message so we can figure out a way to exchange the books. If you won't read it, I guess we both can consider ourselves proud owners of an Oathbringer copy with another person's name.