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  1. You mean, why is Azure's blade sentient enough to have opinions on someone who picks it up, reminiscent of Nightblood but without the Investiture draining? I think it's fundamentally a part of Awakening a Type IV BioChromatic Entity, "sentient objects made by Awakening inorganic materials like metal and stone." Half dead, or half alive? Contrast her sword and Nightblood with Kalad's Phantoms, which needed organic materials (bones) to anchor them and are modeled in the form of a living person (being statues), and thus are a kind of hybrid between a Type II Entity (Lifeless) and a Type III Entity (an Awakened organic host that was never alive, e.g., a cloak or a rope). Awakening a completely steel sword, with no organic component and not in the form of anything living, requires so much Breath that putting that much Investiture into it automatically comes with a level of sentience - a "sprenification", if you will. A Rosharan sentient spren is a being composed of Investiture centered around an abstract concept. that gives shape to how it thinks and acts. On the other hand, the driving concept in the investiture-come-to-sentience that is an Awakened Type IV entity is its Command. And we don't yet know what Azure's sword was given as its Command. To the honorspren that examined it, instead of being a "dead remnant" of a pre-existing spren that has had its driving concept ripped to shreds (the oath that was made and a bond that was formed to a living host, and then severed), while leaving it able to manifest in the physical form of a Shardblade, Azure's sword is coming from the other direction: something that was originally "dead" and wholly of the Physical Realm and essentially no Investiture, that had no driving concept but was given one along with sentience-level Investiture.
  2. Actually, this reminds me - I wondered about that epllogue reveal of Epic Mizzy, because I thought that Epics were created by Calamity, who has "left the building". So what is the mechanism for new Epics to get created, if Calamity is not around? Does that mean Mizzy was among the last ones Calamity created, or is there some kind of Calamity's Heir who confers Epicness? Is the whole "confront your fear/nightmares" thing gone, without Calamity? I guess that's all RAFO stuff, isn't it? (Any WoBs about it?)
  3. Since you TMI side-eyed the annotations specifically, I assumed you meant the bit explaining Jewels' prior and ongoing relationship with Arsteel/Clod.
  4. They Hoid it through the grapevine. (haha, only serious: this is a real fan theory...)
  5. Indeed, it's mentioned somewhere that after a certain point the Compounding is like a runaway train you can't stop. (Though I think that was a character POV like from Wax, and not a dictum from Harmony, so it could be wrong.) I think it would be similar to the effects of A-tin savantism that Spook showed in Urteau, when extinguishing his metal made him completely numb. Someone accustomed to constantly tapping an infinite steelmind for physical speed, or an infinite zincmind for mental speed, might just "seize up" if they stopped or lost access to their metalmind.
  6. Actually, I think it's a fair question to which we don't have a sure answer yet. We have WoBs that Rashek left the Southern Continent free from his twiddling of mankind, as a "control group". But the night mists on Scadrial were always something of Preservation, not something Rashek constructed, and predated him - so it's fair to assume they would be everywhere on the planet, not just the North (not counting ordinary weather related mist), especially the kind that appeared after the Well was released and the mistsnapping began. There wouldn't have been lerasium-descended power levels of "Natural Born Allomancers" in the South as there were in the North, and certainly no Mistborn or Feruchemists (Terrisfolk), but I would think Natural Born Mistings would be just as rare (but still possible) in the Scadrian population as it was before Rashek's Ascension, which we also have WoBs indicating that was the case. So why wouldn't "mistsnapped" Mistings have been created (those who survived it) in 16% of the non-Allomancer population in the South when the Well got filled, as happened in the North? However, we don't have confirmation that the mists did, in fact, exist in the Southern Hemisphere during the time of the Final Empire, do we? That's an assumption based on the mists and their snapping effect when the Well got full existing in Classical Scadrial (per Alendi's logbook), and also assuming that whatever was caused by Preservation and Ruin to happen as "global effects" in the North would also have happened in the South. It's also possible that the Northern Hemisphere was in fact "special" even without Rashek's changes, because that's where both the Well and the Pits were (the Perpendicularities for the two Shards).
  7. Presumably, any indirect Shard-to-mortal communication (or whatever Hoid qualifies as - though Endowment dismisses him as "merely a man", that's not exactly true...) would be replied to in the same way as it was received. So Frost's reply, plus the three Shardic replies, may offer some insight into the medium of delivery. Endowment: "I received your communication, of course. I noticed its arrival immediately, just as I noticed your many intrusions into my land." Autonomy: "... You have spoken to one who cannot respond. We, instead, will take your communication to us - though we know not how you located us upon this world." Harmony: "Your letter is most intriguing, even revalatory. .. I can be surprised. I can perhaps even be naive, I think. ... If you would speak to me further, I request open honesty. Return to my lands, approach my servants, and I will see what I can do for your quest." And Frost's reply includes: "I'll address this letter to my "old friend," ... Now, look what you've made me say." (While Frost is not a Shard, it seems reasonable that Hoid may have used a similar means of cross-world communication with him.) What might this tell us? Frost and Harmony refer to sending or receiving a "letter", while Endowment and Autonomy refer to a "communication", and Autonomy specifies it as a "spoken" one (the reply could easily have been, "you have written to one who cannot respond"). "Letter" technically implies a written communication, but it doesn't have to be, and Hoid's own letter to Frost called itself a "missive". Harmony replies, "if you would speak to me further", not "if you would write to me further", or "if we were to continue our correspondence". Frost uses a very colloquial offhand remark after insulting Hoid, "Now, look what you've made me say", which seems very oral to me, being a little bit too stream-of-consciousness to be something one would write on a piece of paper. Not entirely impossible, but it is suggestive. Suggestive of what? Of some kind of dictation or recording based communication, rather than an actual written-on-a-page type of letter. There is a formal composition and preparation of thoughts, to put into a single transmission (it's not like an "instant text message" type of back-and-forth reply), but still has room for ad-hoc or last minute interjections and musings, like Harmony's very Sazed-style "humble-hedging" comment, "I can be surprised. I can perhaps even be naive, I think." Someone writing a letter and editing it before sending it would almost certainly not put the redundantly hedging type words "perhaps" and "I think" there, it's a kind of verbal tic. Furthermore, Endowment implies noticing the agent's "arrival" in the same way that she notices Hoid "intruding" into Nalthis - meaning it worldhopped in via the same path that Hoid himself has been using, and Harmony demands "open honesty" in a direct discussion with Hoid, implying this first communication was via a go-between. So my wild, wild theory: the letters are a kind of Lightweaving type magic that can be tied to a living or maybe Cognitive Realm based agent, which upon receipt can do a "help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope" type of playback, and perhaps includes a of mechanism for taking back a reply in the same way (like a SASE of old).
  8. "I'd buy that for a clearchip!" The only thing I'd object to is that Shardblades in particular hold such a special place in Vorinist society... Would you really "outrank most of Alethkar" and gain landholding status of the fourth dahn for having a twinkly sword that isn't oversized, can't be dismissed and summoned, doesn't burn out eyes, and feels heavier than it should instead of lighter? But then again, Nightblood and Azure's sword would probably be the first things on Roshar to "feel like it's a Shardblade, except for all the inconsistent bits that make it seem wrong"... Like... Ever. And as you say, they have a clear penchant for stretching the lexical umbrella.
  9. Is it, though? Nightblood is described as being "larger than normal" in Warbreaker, which has two reasons - one, it was made for a Returned, and two, it was based on having seen Rosharan (deadspren) Shardblades, which are similarly oversized. But when I went back to see how Azure's sword was described, it's not mentioned as unusually large. The first time it is mentioned is when someone on the Wall Guard is telling Kaladin about how Azure stepped in after their former commander had fallen during riots when the Cult of Moments attempted to seize the city gates. "We were almost overwhelmed, then Azure joined us, holding aloft a gleaming Shardblade." Then, when Highmarshal Azure shows up and is a woman (to Kaladin's surprise), Kaladin thinks of it as a "Shardblade" because he's already been told the Highmarshal had has one. But it's also described as being worn as "a side sword", meaning on the hip, by a woman of slightly below average height - definitely a normal Rosharan Shardblade would be too large/long to be able to do. The first time we see it drawn is after Kaladin helps the Wall Guard fight some Fused who were testing out its defenses, becoming the first one of them to kill a Fused, who avoid fighting Azure with her Blade drawn. He finds her with her characteristic fighting stance that includes wearing her cloak around the forearm (likely Awakening it to help give her additional strength); "Her unsheathed Shardblade glittered, long and silvery." (On the other hand, it does seem like her blade cuts through stone as easily as a normal Shardblade would, as she mentions using it to cut out blocks of it to Soulcast into food in the chamber lined with aluminum panels provided by Hoid.) Later, as Elhokar leads their team to try to take the palace, Adolin summons his Blade and reflects on how "no sheath could hold a weapon like this, and no mortal sword could imitate it - not without growing unusably heavy. You knew a Shardblade when you saw one. That was the point." And yet, Azure's "Shardblade" doesn't qualify under those critieria! (Unless the "when you see it..." bit applies?) Plus, where normal Shardblades feel unusually light for their size, an Awakened sword like Nightblood feels unusually heavy (even accounting for being oversized), due to all the Investiture embedded therein. We don't know how Azure's blade feels compared to Nightblood, but without Nightblood's behavior of absorbing Investiture, it was still likely Awakened with at least 10,000 Breaths, which cound make it unusually heavy. And finally, when Adolin sees Azure fighting with it alongside him and Elhokar (both wielding Shardblades), he notes that her Shardblade wasn't as long as the other two, in addition to how the people she stabbed didn't have their eyes burn out, but instead turned "a strange ashen grey". All this is to say: what is the "magic tell" for her blade that makes all these Rosharans consider it a Shardblade at first sight, if the usual physical cues are absent: super-sized, summoned from mist in ten heartbeats, etc.? Perhaps its "unworldy" "gleaming" and "glittering" is reminiscent of the "magnetic allure" of a Shardblade? Or maybe because Kaladin and the others were all told from the get-go by the Wall Guard that the Highmarshal wieleded a "Shardblade", who would have seen her wielding it and dealing instant death to whoever it stabbed like a Shardblade would, and maybe the the grey skin vs. eyes burning effect is not something a non-Shardbearer would necessarily be first hand aware of as a strange difference. (And later, using it to cut stone.)
  10. Yes, I realize that her sword is akin to a Shardblade if it is (as we all assume) a "Type IV BioChromatically Awakened Entity" like Nightblood was meant to be. The sentient spren in Shadesmar recognize it as such, too, noting with surprise that it did not involve "killing" one of their number. But on Roshar, particularly in Alethkar, there is so much tied into the mystique of Shardblades - ten heartbeats to summon, improbably enormous to wield without their built-in magic, cutting through things like they weren't even there, magnetically drawing one's eyes to them, etc., - that a "sword-plus" that doesn't meet any of those descriptions getting called a "Shardblade" seems a bit odd to me. I mean, it also makes the bearer "automatically of the fourth dahn". I agree that it's clearly a case of "well, it's a magic sword, ergo, Shardblade"... But what's the tell that her blade is "magic" to a non-spren, just by looking at it? Does it give off a "vibe of power"?
  11. Remind me again, what is it about her blade that makes the Rosharans immediately consider it a "Shardblade", given that it has no gemstone, doesn't get dismissed or summoned but is kept in a sheath, doesn't burn people's eyes out but instead turns them gray as they die, and is the size of an ordinary sidesword rather than the usual "oversized", practically two-handed size of a normal deadspren Blade? Though the Fused assaulting Kholinar while she commanded the Wall Guard were also instinctively leery of getting too close to it?
  12. I heard the Pink Floyd classic song "Learning To Fly" again recently, and immediately thought of Kaladin's story arc with Syl in Words of Radiance. A soul in tension, that's learning to fly Condition grounded, but determined to try Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I
  13. I think I've mentioned this in other threads, but Devlin, the informant that Wax talks to at Kelesina's party in The Bands of Mourning sounded very Ghostbloody to me. Right down to commenting about the display tank of octopuses feeding on live fish, "Lady Kelesina imagines herself the predator... Of course, she doesn't see that she's in a cage as well." Specifically, he sounds like Mraize. Since I don't think he is actually Mraize, based on his physical description - "a short, handsome man with a hint of hair on his upper lip and chin", with no mention of the rather noticeable facial scarring that Mraize bears, and Mistborn Era 2 takes place after Storlmight Part 1 - but that still leaves the possibility that he's been talking to Mraize.
  14. But they wouldn't actually operate it as a skaa carpenter's workshop in the middle of Luthadel, eh? A nobleman's Secret Allomantic Dead Zone would probably be like the one Kelsier visits when he discovers the Eleventh Metal.
  15. I think the example of Dalinar operating the Oathgate shows that this description is not quite right. In-world, so far, all they know about the Oathgates creation and functioning is that "The Radiants were the key to reaching Urithiru", as preserved in old books. Shallan realized the portal "keyhole" was meant for Shardblades, but found that "dead" Blades didn't operate them (though they did "mold" to the right shape) while her "live" Patternblade did. And that Jezrien's Honorblade that they (briefly) acquired after Kaladin defeated Szeth also worked to operate it. Oh, that's not quite accurate any more. As of Oathbringer, they've also seen what the Oathgates look like from the Cognitive Realm: two gigantic, sentient spren in black and white (or, if "Enlightened" by Sja-anat, red). So there's something a not-fully-Bladed-but-pulled-into-Physical-realm Stormfather has in common with a live sprenblade and an Honorblade, that a dead sprenblade does not have, that is needed to operate an Oathgate (along with Stormlight).