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  1. If anything, that's a hint to how she soul casts. Unlike Shallan, she doesn't convince things, she demands them to change with sheer willpower. I always took Wit's three kinds of men story to be allusions to the three Rosharran shards. The first one is Honor, who died standing against the boulder. Then Odium - the void who asks people to do terrible things in his name by telling is the one who makes them do it. And the third, Cultivation, quietly studying and nudging events from the shadows.
  2. Fair. I wasn't sure exactly what OP was talking about. Now I am.
  3. Imo Nightblood is essentially one extremely powerful investiture recycling machine. WoB states that it is "leaky". Warbreaker Annotations state that the black smoke is corrupted breadths. Essentially, every time Nightblood is drawn, it starts pulling in whatever investiture it can. This makes it more and more invested. But Nightblood is also constantly leaking that investiture. So theoretically, if you leave Nightblood drawn with no one holding it, and leave it there for a long while, eventually, it will be completely depleted. In its normal use, the rate of investiture consumption is much higher, making it more and more invested the more it is used. The "corruption" seems to be it breaking down all investiture into some base form when it consumes it. I don't think it's a returned though. The returned are just cognitive shadows really. But to make a cognitive shadow, you have to be an actual living being first. If anything, think of Nightblood as an inverse shardblade. A Shardblade is a sentient being first (the spren), and comes into the physical as coalescing white mist. Nightblood on the other hand, was a physical object first, got invested, and then became sentient. He also leaks black smoke. Fun fact: Nightblood is not Nightblood's original name. This very explicitly states he's truly an awakened object. Moreover, Nightblood's interpretation of "Destroy Evil" probably comes from what he saw here.
  4. Not sure if this counts, but here we go. I was raised in a mostly atheist family, and as such, did not have much contact with scripture. So this kinda intrigued me. I was reading an English translation for Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary recently, and came across these passages: I'm pretty sure Brandon either consciously or unconsciously drew on some version of this to form the Knights Radiant. The fact that they call Honor "Almighty" kinda corroborates that.
  5. I know, and in every way, it does feel like he was killed by his opposition. I understand that it is very likely that they did, just that without an actual explicit WoB, I'm reluctant on making that connection. The problem is also in the word "Opposition". What this means can change heavily depending on the very nature of Adonalsium. Was it an opposition that opposed what Adonalsium wanted? Did they oppose his existence? Did they oppose the fallout of his power? Did they oppose his ideology? Were they an all out war with him for a long time? Or did they just oppose him in one thing, once? Hell, all of these aren't even mutually exclusive. The opposition could very well have been Adonalsium's own followers, or representatives of the people of Yolen, or any number of things. I'm with you here. It also fits nicely with all the subtle reverence it is treated with all the time. Also fits with Hoid's Gibbletish speech. Another possible interpretation would be that Adonalsium couldn't prevent his own shattering because he was bound in some way. So he laid out some very intricate plan to return, and that is where Dalinar's "Unite them!" comes from. This could be possible if Ashynites were actual refugees from Yolen, giving Dalinar a possible Yolenite heritage. And Adonalsium being the big bad of the cosmere fits very well with Sanderson's "Set up expectations, then subvert them!" kind of writing. If this is true, the cosmere could follow this arc -> Adonalsium forms the humans. For some reason he gets corrupted and starts strangling Yolen with the Fain life. In order to stop it, a group of people manage to trap him. Fast forward a bit, and Adonalsium seems to be breaking free. So they shatter him, knowing full well that the consequences on Yolen will be immense, and go their separate ways in order to keep his pieces as far away from each other as possible. But some pieces stick closer together. In case of preservation and ruin, it was less of an issue because of their polar intents. But on Roshar, the close proximity of three shards for so long has allowed Adonalsium's mind to slowly reform over the years (possibly from Tanavast's cognitive shadow) - causing the "Unite them!" thingy to happen. Something along these lines. I have had way too much coffee.
  6. Thanks! I contacted Special Collections at BYU, and they said it would be fine so long as I go and read it there. But I am currently a student, I'll look into the inter-library loan thingy.
  7. Uhhh. This is awkward. We have multiple WoBs stating that Adonalsium's Shattering was intentional. We have WoBs stating that people opposed Adonalsium. We have zero WoBs correlating those two things. Attach popular saying about correlation - causation. The only thing I want to add is this - We know certain shards are better at seeing the future than others, and it has to do with the particular intent of the Shard itself. So if Cultivation can see x distance far, and preservation can see y, what about someone holding them both? Is it additive, or exponential? Either way, what about someone who holds all of them? I'm not implying the Adonalsium was omniscient, just that he would have been extremely good at seeing the future. We are talking about a being that was at least 16 times as powerful and expansive as any of the current Shards. How would you catch someone like that by surprise? And last of all, I'm not saying Adonalsium was wanting to shatter. Just that if he didn't want to, I doubt anyone could have done anything about it. That is all assuming Adonalsium was by nature like a super-Shard by current timeline standards. Could very well have been something very different. Edit: I dug up an old comment I made a year ago on reddit, where I did some theory crafting on the nature of Adonalsium. I'll embed it here. I think it has some interesting ideas, and a lot of holes. Maybe you guys can make something out of it.
  8. Ahh. We should ask if Ashyn's magic system was always micro-organism based. There may have been a time when they didn't cause sickness. Perhaps Odium's doing? See, Honor and Cultivation were on Roshar. If Odium was after the shards, why did he make a pit-stop on Ashyn? Does it have anything to do with his particular brand of Shard-splintering? To gather an army, maybe?
  9. Yes, Ashyn's medical advancement and the diseases granting surges have to be pre-calamity. Otherwise using them to keep cities afloat wouldn't make sense. Also, Calamities like that usually regress societies, not progress. That is not to say new things haven't been developed after, just that the primary means by which the floating cities remain functional have to have been known before. The PoV character even mentions the dangerousness of the powers granted by the diseases when he is pondering on the devastation. There is a fallacy here. The distinction isn't about being physical or cognitive. It's about how invested are you, where does that investiture come from, and what is it's nature? We do not know how any of those work precisely. We do not know anything about what the special steps required for something like the Spren or Kelsier going offworld are. So I'm not gonna speculate there. Azure, Hoid, and Mraize are all very cosmere aware people. If any of those things have this restriction, these characters could feasibly have taken the steps required to untether it. So I'm not sure if we can use those as examples here. Again, you're assuming Ashyn's magic system works on Roshar, or if they even had a choice. Even if it does work, I don't think that the Shards or the Singers would have let them stay if they didn't give it up. That would be like saying "I have this super powerful weapon! Look I accidentally destroyed my home with it, I'm bringing it to your place. Can I stay there for a while?" It could easily have been one of the conditions even. Maybe the Honorblades were created as a replacement. Maybe they did bring the diseases, but they died out naturally. Any of these could be true, and none of it could be true too. I'm just speculating.
  10. I should have used better words. Allomancy doesn't use the investiture or matter of the metal - it is powered by Preservation, with the metal's atom and investiture signature acting as a key. As to Identity storing, what is identity made of? Is it a chunk of investiture? We do not know the mechanics of feruchemical storing precisely, so I don't know how that would work. All three Metallic Arts are weird like that. But then technically, even noble gases react under the right conditions. When I said realmatically inert, I meant how it naturally blocks kinetic investiture. So for example, how it blocks detection of investiture through itself, like screamers or seeking. Stuff like that.
  11. 1. Is the Evil on Threnody Uli-Da and/or Ambition's cognitive Shadow? Perhaps co-opted/corrupted by Autonomy or Odium? 2. Was Gaz heterochromatic?
  12. Pretty much the title. I want to read it. For the longest time, I wanted to read it but I'm not from the US, so I could not access the copy at BYU. Now, I am in the US, and would love to get my hands on it. This is for me, and I'll happily oblige by any specific conditions about not discussing it.
  13. Yep, sure. By "balance" I meant something like the noble gases and their chemical inertness. Aluminum has the perfect balance of all 16 kinds of investiture in such manner that it is realmatically inert. By "dead", I was just referring to its effect on Cognitive Shadows as ghosts.
  14. I would like to point out that Adonalsium has extreme similarities to the Hebrew Adonai, which is God. In other words, Brandon could theoretically say "This was God's Grand Plan, where each of you played this part. The struggles, hardships, trials or testing circumstances you went through have only resulted in making a better you." Look at it this way. Each Shardworld is slowly but steadily gaining some specialisation. Ashyn for example, has advanced medicine. Roshar is dealing with morality. Scadrial has good metallurgy/technology. The shattering has enabled life to explore each and every type of power in a much more in-depth manner than would have otherwise been possible. So the Shards in this case are a misdirection. We focus on them, while all along, its all about the stories. Some shards may just remain splintered. Others may remain merged. The end of the Cosmere could just be like... the end of the dark ages, and the beginning of a new dawn for life in the Cosmere. Regardless of any of this, I agree. Unless done in some very special manner, ending at the reforging of Adonalsium is just too obvious, a little too... cliche? It would only serve to make the whole a little less interesting.
  15. Maybe the form of moderation was the structure of Oaths themselves? As in, there were initially no restrictions on spren bonding, and no restriction on progression. Maybe the entire Oaths and progression thingy came about as a sort of Contract between the ten kinds of Spren, Humans, and Honor. Kind of like how the Heralds went to Honor with the "contract" for the Oathpact and he granted it to them. And, while Honor was alive, he could enforce this "structure" on the magical system. So, like a different way of saying this would be that the magic system was broad, and then they sort of modified/tightened it up. And so when Honor was dying, he was convinced that once he died, this enforced structure would collapse, surgebinding would no longer be restricted to a select few, and chaos would ensue. But then the Stormfather sort of became Honor's cognitive shadow, and so the structure still sort of held. Or he held it. This fits with the upholding of Oaths and bonds interpretation of Honor that we have seen from Tanavast so far. Side Speculation: During the recreance, there was only one Bondsmith, and he was bonded to the Sibling. This is why the Sibling is "sleeping", and why the Stormfather and Nightwatcher survived. Also, is this why the spren never bonded to the Singers? Because they were initially excluded from that initial contract?