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  1. There could also be more than one role that Stormfather is choosing for. Showing the visions is something Honor required. Trying to reforge the Oathpact and make new Heralds isn't really specifically mentioned in any of Honor's visions. Personally I think whoever was behind the plot to make a new Herald (whether Stormfather proper, Tanavast's cognitive shadow, or Ishar) chose Kaladin as the new candidate for that role. It is unusual that Stormfather was dream-talking with Kaladin all the way back in tWoK and has shown a lot of attention to him ever since. The first time they spoke the Stormfather even opened by telling Kaladin that the Oathpact was broken. I almost wonder if the Stormfather was manipulating Kaladin in WoR, playing up the extent that Syl was truly "dead" to speed up his personal growth. Regardless of who set the wheels spinning, fate does seem to have conspired for Kaladin to be in close proximity of Ishar who has expressed brief lucid interest in resetting the Oathpact.
  2. A specific turn of phrase in SP4 caught my eye. Could just be a coincidence, but I think this very specific turn of phrase could be a clue. I've often thought that Nohadon in visions sometimes seems very similar to Hoid. He wrote a whole book of parable type stories that Hoid loves so much. His mannerisms in the Oathbringer dream/vision were also lighthearted in a Hoid-like way. The whole Nohadon dream/vision in Oathbringer felt just like the typical therapeutic pep-talk we've seen Hoid give to Kaladin or Shallan before. Was Nohadon an apprentice to Hoid?
  3. The human shaped outline, thoughts into the mind, having a chat with the person at their moment of death. There's a lot here to remind us of Ruin. It makes me wonder if Gavilar might have metal piercing his body somewhere. So my very longshot guess is that Gavilar is spiked and being influenced by Autonomy. The visions are coming from the Stormfather proper, but since he hasn't even formed a bond or said any oaths the Stormfather is largely ignoring Gavilar and doesn't care if a 3rd party is meddling with Gavilar. Perhaps one of the Terris people incognito in the palace was linked to Autonomy. One theory I really liked was that Tanavast (or someone else) left behind an unintegrated cognitive shadow with the Stormfather that acts and schemes semi-independently of Stormfather proper. With Gavilar this shadow was much more overtly manipulative to achieve their goals (something to do with reforming the Oathpact). Realizing their mistakes, they took a much more distant and nudging approach with Dalinar. Whispering clues for the oaths ("Unite them", "A hypocrite is someone...", "Which step is the most important?") and presenting themselves in visions as a wise old encouraging Nohadon. This does call into question why the Stormfather picked Dalinar as a successor despite the entity stating they didn't plan to work further with Gavilar's family. Perhaps the Stormfather proper is the one who picks the vision recipients and the shadow makes due with what is available? Or perhaps the shadow was being sneaky knowing that an Unmade could be listening in at the moment of death.
  4. The deadeye spren do seem to have limited autonomy and self-control over where they move. Some seem to choose to follow their wielder around, while others chill at Lasting Integrity, or stand wherever another spren wishes them to. I imagine it was by intent that Testament has kept out of sight from Shallan, either Testament's own intent or the actions of the Cryptics as a whole. The hope was probably "wait for Shallan to be ready to accept this", but then they had to move up their plans when Shallan instead seemed to be regressing.
  5. I think the big thing with Cultivation is that she makes plans within plans. Rodium is the direct contrast, he wants one specific outcome and then pursues the goal with single minded focus. Cultivation though is always planning for possibilities and contingencies. Taravangian killing Rayse and becoming Odium was certainly one of her plans, but I'm sure she had many backups ready to implement if critical junctures swung in unexpected ways. In particular I think fallen-Dalinar might have been an aborted alternate plan for killing Rayse. In an alternate timeline where Dalinar did fall to Odium and become his champion, that doesn't preclude him from being a pawn in Cultivation's schemes. She even alludes to as much when she blesses him
  6. Fantastic theory! Chana should have "respawned" on Roshar around the same time Taln did, if so I wonder what she has been getting up to since then. Her honorblade also should have followed her back to Braize and then Roshar, and it going missing should have been noticed and reacted to by the Shin Stone Shamans (assuming Ishar hadn't messed with their heads yet). Liss has been popularly theorized to be Chana in disguise. With Chana potentially reassigned, I now wonder if Liss isn't Vedel. The physical description of Liss doesn't give us much to work with (curvy body, long loose dark hair, Veden skin), but that would match pretty well with the portrait we have of Vedel.
  7. I just realized that Navani's story in this book was very similar to Shai's in The Emperor's Soul. It's an interesting contrast because I still feel that The Emperor's Soul is the highest quality writing Brandon has produced to date, and in almost every regard I found it's story and the character of Shai more interesting/sympathetic than Navani and her story in RoW.
  8. There was another Cryptic even before Testament that Shallan murdered while a toddler. Also she killed her twin while in the womb. Shallan is a Russian nesting doll of surpressed murder memories.
  9. When asked about Kaladin uniquely being able to use his powers in Urithiru, Brandon noted that Kaladin was as close as possible to the 4th oath. He knew the words, and the Stormfather was ready to accept, but Kal just couldn't bring himself to say them. (I think there might have been 3 distinct times in Oathbringer where Kaladin could have sworn the oath if he was willing: when using the windspren to split the highstorm, when the windspren gather to him in Shadesmar aboard the Honorspren vessel, and of course near the end by the Oathgate). Too bad, I was hoping for a more mystical "Kaladin is special!" explanation there.
  10. I took it as a simple “conditions change, but a shard would normally tweak the magic system to compensate”. If Devotion was unshattered, the Reod would have been easily fixed if not preventable in the first place. Same with the effects of BAMs imprisonment, Honor is his prime would have just sundered the necessary bonds to prevent the fallout to spren and singers.
  11. I'm guessing he has always looked like that since the moment he became immortal, that was just how his body looked the moment he stopped being mortal. Not all heroes need to fit the traditional physical template we have in our minds etc. Story-wise I found him fun. His complete lack of decorum and the way he seems to say the most immediate silly thoughts on this mind are entertaining. One moment that actually made me laugh out loud was him quietly writing in his journal during the middle of the trial and Adolin hoping that he wasn't doing one of those word puzzles that Jasnah enjoys
  12. Renarin is a kind person and a socially awkward weirdo. I find that combination endearing.
  13. The Ars Arcanum lists the 10 essences of Roshar and to each essence/Herald/Radiant order is listed a Primary and Secondary Divine Attribute. I wonder if the Radiant Oaths themselves are a progression from the Primary Divine Attribute to the Secondary Divine Attribute. In the case of Windrunners the primary attribute is Protecting, and the secondary is Leading. The 2nd and 3rd oaths focused on protecting, but the 4th seems a transition oath to broader duties of leadership. I would expect the 5th to be extremely leadership focused.
  14. She's a hypercompetent and brilliant girlboss. She's the perfect avatar of a worldview that suggests if only we put the smartest rational people in charge, all the problems of the world would fix themselves through sheer intelligence. The institution of slavery and a caste-based society with rigid cultural gender roles are no match for the smart person in charge.
  15. They both see the same future possibilities (Renarin is essentially hacking into Odium's futuresight). If Odium plans to change something in the future, Renarin can respond to that planned action with his own action to potentially negate it. From there it dissolves into an "I know that you know that I know..." intellectual stalemate. Thus from Odium's perspective Renarin's actions cannot be predicted. If you've read Dune a similar idea is explored there.