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  1. OK then, I'll say that in my opinion, Harmony presents a good defense to charges of unnecessary cruelty.
  2. You'll have to judge for yourself. I won't spoil it.
  3. Oh my yes. But The Bands of Mourning will, ah, revisit this.
  4. maybe... or is sja-anat planning to be a double agent?
  5. Mr. T categorizes Moelach as one of the "mindless" Unmade, along with The Heart of the Revel, versus Sja-anat who is quite intelligent. Being mindless probably means lying around like an unused hammer in between Desolations. Nergoul (the Thrill) is in between, but more mindless than intelligent. It must have to do with the kind of spren they were before being "Unmade" by Odium.
  6. Now that I'd like to see!
  7. A glove, yes... So for darkeyed women, no problem. But for a lighteyed lady expected to wear a formal havah (with the buttoned over sleeve for the left hand), less so
  8. ohhhh yeah
  9. Elhokar was seeing Cryptics as far back as The Way of Kings, when (in Ch. 58) he rants a bit after the "assassination attempt" that was the cut saddle strap, in what Dalinar and Sadeas think is paranoia about Szeth: "We go war for years and years, never noticing the real villains, working quietly in my own camp. They watch me. Always. Waiting. I see their faces in mirrors. Symbols, twisted, inhuman..." As for what drew Cryptics to him, there are two things: one, the "general attraction" of the true spren to the Kholin Khrew that started with Gavilar, and two, like with Shallan, the lies he told himself, about himself. That he deserved to be king. That he was a good king. That he was, in fact, even really in charge, rather than Dalinar or Sadeas. I think there's a WoB about that, in fact - that had he survived speaking the First Ideal at Kholinar, his second Lightweaver Ideal would have been admitting to himself that he was a bad king.
  10. The early parts where he annoys Llarimar by being frivolous was so much fun! And the middle parts where he suddenly thinks he was a detective was fun (meanwhile, Llarimar clearly knows who/what he was before Returning, but doesn't give anything away) And then the bomb when, while caged with him and Blushweaver, he explodes at him that he used to be a "Colors-cursed scribe" for a moneylender, who "was just as much of an idiot as you are now" who always got him (Llarimar) into trouble and was doing it AGAIN, that was comedy gold! ...And then suddenly, immediately, instantly after that, the shocking murder of Blushweaver, which destroys Lightsong, and his never-firm belief in a divine reason behind the Returned... ...and Llarimar's emotional revelation that Lightsong had been his brother, recounting the day he died and Returned saving his daughter. I must say, I didn't see that coming. What's with all this dust in the room suddenly, it's making my eyes water.
  11. So if Rashek truly wanted to keep Ruin from ever recovering his body, instead of stockpiling it over centuries in the Kandra Trust, in the care of hemalurgic creatures that Ruin could seize control of unless they were immediately able to pull off their Resolution with 100% success... Shouldn't he just have burned it all himself, personally, as soon as it was produced at the Pits? Setting aside some of it for his atiummind compounding of youth, and maybe some small amount to keep the "trappings of a reserve system" as an economic lever in The Final Empire, as he did? Or even just to withhold atium from the Final Empire altogether, keeping it a complete secret, as he did other metals! Maybe a glimpse of Preservation's Plan he saw while Ascended stayed with him as an echo, like with Kelsier in SH, an echo that told him he should stockpile the atium instead of burning it.
  12. I did a text search of the Stormlight Archives books so far to see what was described as being done with the safehand while wearing a formal havah (described as contained in a buttoned sleeve) to have some examples as to what a Vorin lighteyed woman of rank might be able to do with it in general, in an intentional and public way. While traveling to Kharbranth on the Wind's Pleasure, Shallan "held her sketchpad with her safehand, hidden fingers wrapping around the top". Multiple times, Shallan is described as holding onto a backboard for her sketching with her safehand, and Navani or Shallan as closing doors or grabbing a ship's railing with the safehand, through the sleeve. Even holding a lit sphere in the safehand to be able to see while doing something with the freehand. After accidentally (and uncomprehendingly) Soulcasting the goblet in her room to blood, Shallan "went to her knees and grabbed a shard of the broken glass pitcher in her safehand through the fabric of her sleeve", then cut herself on the right arm with it to make it look like a suicide attempt. (Instead of using her freehand to cut her left arm.) Similarly, in the chasms with Kaladin, she grips her satchel through the fabric of her safehand sleeve. So it's loose enough to grab things securely, even with a safepouch also inside the sleeve. And Navani is able to toggle on a mechanism through her safehand sleeve that releases legs from the painrial when she demonstrates it to Renarin. (This is before she later moves on to wearing a glove to do her fabrial work.) What can we discern from all this? Well, clearly one can grip objects through a safehand sleeve, and press things or hold things down, but not manipulate something that requires individual fingers. In terms of what Shallan says she was taught to play, a zither (which is laid flat to play) can be played with the left hand pressing down and possibly plucking occasionally; fingering a two-handed flute with holes seems like it'd be right out, but a pan flute would be OK. That, or perhaps playing fingered flutes/pipes is only done in all-women settings, as the Vorin safehand modesty thing is only with respect to being in public or in the presence of men (at one point in Oathbringer, Shallan was fine with Paloma entering her room with food while she was "exposed" but not when it turned out to be Adolin, who she accuses of having knocked "in a feminine way" because he used one hand instead of two to do so. LOL.) Other than that, stringed instruments that require horizontal fingering of strings on a fretboard like a violin or guitar might be awkward to play well with a loose safehand sleeve, but not a vertical style instrument like the erhu, or a cello or bass. Brass instruments and drums would likely be considered "masculine" to the Alethi, due to their martial association (trumpets and horns being used to sound plateau runs and incoming attacks, as they were in our own world). And maybe they have ensembles of ardents for any large scale orchestral arrangements.
  13. Since removing hemalurgic spikes isn't fatal except for hemalurgic creations (like when Spook un-Thugged himself in Urteau and then removed Quellion's spike for A-bronze), my "wild theory" after finishing the original Era 1 trilogy about hemalurgy was that by Era 3 or 4, they'd havve advanced medical technology to the point where they'll have hemalurgic "jacks" that can be surgically implanted the the right bind points in a person's body, with sieves for blood to flow through them and some kind of sterile cover over the skin surface that can be removed or retracted as needed. Then, hemalurgic spikes of standard size - about the size of a six inch needle maybe? - would be kept in blood-filled syringe-like tubes with plungers, to be put into people on an as-needed basis, then extracted afterwards back into the same blood-filled tube. (And with some quick sterilization process in between to prevent the spread of disease from "sharing needles" this way.) And some kind of government agent could go around with a small case of such syringes, being authorized to use up to 3 of them at a time. With the introduction of the Southern Scadrial "medallion" technology though, this all seems unnecessary. Though it could be more portable than medallions that needed recharging or refilling with Investiture, eh?
  14. So it's confirmed that Hoid is a Lerasium Mistborn, then? We already saw him performing what seemed likely to be some kind of Allomancy while visiting Shallan's father in a WoR flashback (when he dumps some kind of powder into his own drink and consumes it, and then looking at Shallan - bronze? brass?), and now we know he can do any Allomancy? I wonder what he would see if he burned gold?
  15. Has he? Odium never actually throws that Pokeball and says, "Dalinar Kholin, I choose you!" He has agreed to the contest of champions, which as Taravangian states (and Odium neither confirms nor denies), this means that if he meets again with Dalinar, who "as Bondsmith and bonded to the remnants of Honor" can make that deal, Dalinar can hold him to fulfilling it (i.e., to formally name a champion for a contest for the fate of Roshar)... That therefore implies that if he doesn't meet with Dalinar again, he can dodge it indefinitely, and can continue to fight the proxy war which the Desolations appear to represent. If his putting Dalinar through the Nergaoul wringer counted as choosing him as his champion, then yeah, all Dalinar would have to do would be to surrender to himself. If Dalinar had fallen to the Thrill Odium would have won by default, not by naming his champion but by Honor's champion surrendering to him immediately after making the deal. Odium didn't really have a Plan B, and why would he? Every one of his future visions - if what Renarin/Glys sees are the same - told him that if Dalinar reached this decision point in this place and time, he would surrender. He got blindsided by a Cultivation Time Bomb. If Odium ever does meet face to face with Dalinar again, it will be because he HAS found a champion he thinks has a fighting chance against Dalinar. Maybe someone in his service who wields an Honorblade. You know who I mean. That said, Dalinar never explicitly named himself as his own champion, either: And that's all. The only person named is Amaram, when Dalinar asks if that is who Odium will name, and Odium dismisses him as "hardly suited to the task." "No, I need someone who dominates a battlefield like the sun dominates the sky... Someone stronger than Amaram, a man who will win no matter the cost. A man who has served me all his life. A man I trust. I believe I warned you that I knew you'd make the right decision. And now here we are... Take a deep breath, my friend, I'm afraid this will hurt," as the Thrill descends fully and solely upon Dalinar. Obviously, Dalinar the Alethi Warlord imagines "A contest of champions" to mean ritual single combat, like Shardbearers in an arena. I suspect this "contest" could be twisted by Odium to mean a variety of things.