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  1. The third quote would make sense of the first two. If Tanavast and Koravellium had mortal children before the former's death, then perhaps Kaladin is descended from those children.
  2. I thought it was just the Fused that were banished to Braize by the Oathpact. Non-sapient Voidspren would still be available.
  3. As the title says, what happens in Shadesmar when a spren manifests in the Physical? For example, you have a fearspren wandering around Shadesmar, when it detects some tasty fear and manifests in the Physical. We know that in Shadesmar, the spren looks like a many-legged centipede-thing with antennae tipped with blobs of purple goo, and that in the Physical it looks like just that blob of purple goo. So when the blob of purple goo pops up in the Physical, what would an observer in Shadesmar see? Would it see the entire fearspren, with the purple antenna-tips existing in both Realms at once? Would the whole fearspren vanish, popping into the Physical where it appears as the blob of goo? Would just that blob vanish in Shadesmar as it pokes through into the Physical? Is it different for different spren? Have we ever actually seen what this looks like from the Shadesmar side?
  4. So you're saying Shallan killed Chana, who was then yoinked back to Braize by the more-active-than-the-Heralds-would-like Oathpact, almost instantly broke, and triggered the Last Desolation? That is a really brilliant idea, would explain a lot.
  5. Sanderson talks here about how one of the things he likes is to take a classic story arc, isolate the essential nature of that arc, and then rebuild it in a different context: Skyward is a "boy and his dragon" story done in a science-fiction setting with starfighters, Bridge 4 is an "underdog sports team" story done in a fantasy war setting, and so on. So it occurred to me that the singer awakening in the early Stormlight books has all the hallmarks of a classic "robot uprising" plot arc. At the start of this story, you have this labor force that society has come to depend on. They are completely obedient and harmless, do the jobs nobody else wants to do, are just intelligent enough to take orders and perform complex tasks, and best of all they have no desire for freedom so there is no ethical quandary about using them. And then, suddenly, these obedient servants rise up all at once across society. Infrastructure is thrown into chaos, innocents are butchered at the hands of remorseless killers, and you have to try and defend yourself from enemies that are suddenly everywhere, inside your defenses and ubiquitous throughout your cities. And you know that things will never again be the same, because now that your former servants have developed motives and desires beyond service to you using them as slaves becomes both perilous and unethical. Thoughts?
  6. Points to consider: He's noted to have an obsession with escaping and disappearing, in line with the Willshaper emphasis on freedom and independence. He leads a resistance group against an oppressive and invading government, again in line with Willshaper principles. We several times see him vanish or appear without any sign of him actually arriving/departing, almost as though he's teleporting somehow. While the majority of the Reachers are obviously choosing to back the listeners this time around, we've seen that spren aren't monolithic, so the idea of a rogue Reacher deciding to bond a human is not improbable.
  7. Or possibly Testament was Pattern's mother, or daughter.
  8. Ok, so as I'm sure we'll all agree, Nightblood is freaking terrifying. A weapon that destroys anything it touches, that devours the soul and kills the unkillable, bound around a single Command to Destroy Evil and with no clear idea what evil is. It's also been a moderate plot element in both Warbreaker and the Stormlight books, suggesting that it has Cosmere-scale plot relevance. And finally, there is a critical quote here, where Brandon hints that Nightblood is getting stronger over time, that as it devours Investiture it gradually grows in strength. So my theory is that, eventually, Nightblood will reach the point where it holds so much power that its power can no longer be contained by the physical sword, and it will ascend as a kind of pseudo-Shard, a Shard of Destroying Evil. In its new unbound state, Nightblood will spread across the Cosmere, devouring everything it encounters to fuel its Command. And that will be the mainspring plot of the final Cosmere cycle, how the different civilizations react to Nightblood's expansion. I imagine geniuses coming together to try and find a way to unravel Nightblood's command, or craft barriers that it cannot devour. I see hordes of invading refugees fleeing before Nightblood, trying to escape to planets it hasn't devoured, and the inhabitants of those planets trying to fend off the onslaught. I see individuals trying to find ways to hide from it, shelters that it will overlook and where they can wait out the storm until Nightblood, having destroyed all evil everywhere it can reach, comes undone and ceases to be. So that's my guess on the plot arc for the final Cosmere books, which I think will be the "space opera" Mistborn trilogy. Thoughts?
  9. IIRC, the Dustbringers are the only order that need to swear higher Ideals to unlock Surgebindings. I'm pretty sure that swearing the higher Ideals just makes Navani's powers more efficient, it doesn't unlock anything new. (though she might be able to manifest Plate at her Fourth Ideal).
  10. Actually, I have a theory on this: I think Pattern took this binding because of Testament's death. I think he felt that if he could bond Shallan, if he could make her a Radiant as Testament tried to, it would mean that Testament's death was not in vain.
  11. Could you please elaborate in a spoiler box? I have read RoW, and I'm not sure how it is incompatible. IIRC, in Warbreaker, after drawing Nightblood and going on his rampage Vasher manages to fling it aside, at which point it cuts a gouge in the ground and then goes inert. So at least for the moment it can't execute its Command unless someone is actually holding it. This is how I understand it to work as well.
  12. I have read RoW, but I was trying to avoid spoilers in this forum. And the exchange I linked certainly sounds to me as though Brandon were saying Nightblood gets permanently stronger over time.
  13. I was looking over the sphere ranks on the Coppermind, and I noticed something odd. Why is it that Heliodor is listed in the lesser tier? If emeralds are the most valuable gem because they can be used to Soulcast grain, then shouldn't heliodors, which can Soulcast edible meat, be in at least the Prime tier with sapphire and amethyst? The rest of the ranks make sense, gems that are rarer or have useful soulcasting properties are high while more common and less useful gems are low, but why is something so useful as meat-creation in the same tier as blood and stone? Is this ever explained?
  14. Is it possible that lavis grain comes pre-nixtamalized, that the lavis polyps infuse the relevant minerals into the grain while it's growing? I have no idea what nixtamalization does, so that may not be feasible, but it would fit with the way other Rosharan life naturally incorporates minerals.
  15. There's been a lot of speculation about the Fourth Ideal of the Windrunners, but less so about the fourth Edgedancer Ideal. I'm speculating that the Fourth Ideal of the Edgedancers is something along the line of "I will speak for those who have been silenced". I think this makes a logical progression with the other Edgedancer ideals we've seen. Their Second Ideal is to remember, which is a very passive act (you just have to refrain from forgetting what you already know). The Third Ideal advances from remembering to listening, so now you not only cannot forget the little people but you need to actively be willing to open yourself to their concerns and problems. And then the Fourth Ideal goes from listening to speaking, requiring that the Edgedancer not only be aware of those who others overlook but actively do something to help them. Thoughts?
  16. Yeah, that might be a better phrasing. I saw the issue you raise, but I couldn't think of another phrasing that retains the same elegance.
  17. I'd say the Skybreakers are the most dangerous, especially on a strategic scale. Holding Gravitation lets them move very quickly and attack in ways that are difficult to block, while Division lets them destroy almost anything they can get close enough to touch.
  18. Ooh, that would make a lot of sense. If we suppose that the Dawnshards were tied to Honor (since they come from Ashyn), there'd be ten of them. So that explains why there is one Dawnshard different from the rest: Nine were corrupted into Unmade, and one remains intact.
  19. It's mentioned repeatedly that in previous Desolations, Sja-Anat was limited to corrupting lesser spren, that truespren were able to fight her off. But now in Glys we see her having corrupted a full Radiant spren. So what changed? Similarly, we've seen that the Fused are looking to collect Shardblades and Plate. Now, obviously that could just be to use them, since we know that singers can use dead Shards, but it's possible that there is more to it then that. What if the deadeyes, having been spiritually injured by the Recreance, are vulnerable to Sja-Anat's influence? What if Glys was a deadeye that Sja-Anat re-animated as a Voidspren, and that's how she is able to create corrupted truespren?
  20. This is something I'm hoping for. The Releasers are one of my favorite Orders, and I'm really hoping we get to see some on humanity's side in RoW.
  21. Ever since we first saw the Recreance, the question has been asked: Why? Why would the Radiants, after defending humanity for all those generations, choose to renounce their oaths, leaving their spren trapped in agony and humanity defenseless? Even with the revelation of Humanity's origin on Ashyn, and the fact that they'd destroyed that world and had to flee to Roshar, things didn't quite seem to add up. So I have two theories about why the Radiants committed the Recreance, presented together because they're kind of interconnected. Theory 1: The Radiants did not expect to leave their spren as deadeyes. There doesn't seem to be any mention of dead blades or deadeye spren before the Recreance. Moreover, when Syl offers to break the bond in WoK, she says it would cause her to revert back to a non-sapient state, not leave her a deadeyes. And even when Kal actually breaks the bond in WoR, we don't see any sign of Syl being made a deadeye, she just goes mindless like a windspren. So I theorize that when the Radiants renounced their oaths, they expected their spren to revert en masse to their pre-bonding state, mindless in the Physical but fine in the Cognitive. That's something I can imagine the Radiants being willing to do, for a good enough reason. But for some reason, this revocation was different from anything that had come before, and instead tore out their spren's minds, leaving them deadeyed. Theory 2: The Radiants renounced their oaths because they no longer believed they were needed. Whenever the Radiants had had doubts before, Honor was able to point to the unquestionable need for them to continue. The Radiant powers might be dangerous, but they were also the only thing that was keeping humanity alive through the repeated Desolations. But leading up to the Recreance, for the first time in millennia humanity seemed safe. The Heralds claimed they had won, sealing the Fused on Braize forever. The singers were lobotomized beyond any hope of recovery, and the Radiants had no idea that the listeners had escaped. Odium was locked away by Honor's sacrifice. The only threat left that could imperil the entire human race was the Radiants themselves. Under those circumstances, it's not surprising that the Radiants might have decided to revoke their Oaths, remove the last threat to humanity. Thoughts?
  22. Yes, Radiants definitely must have broken their oaths before the Desolation. But do we know that a Radiant of the third oath or higher breaking their oaths results in a deadeye? We know it's possible to break the bond without producing a deadeye, because we see it happening with Syl. I'm theorizing that there was something qualitatively different about the Recreance, some unknown and unanticipated x-factor that caused that specific act to leave the spren as deadeyes instead of simply causing them to devolve.
  23. Could you show me the citation? Because I went looking through the Arcanum and I couldn't find any WoB on this.
  24. An impression of Kaladin in his shiny new captain's uniform.
  25. I was rereading Perfect State, and I noticed for the first time something that doesn't seem to add up. This whole system is supposed to be ruled by XinWey's Doctrine: that the essential morality of mankind is to create the greatest amount of happiness among the greatest number of people using the least resources. And they accomplish this by removing each Liveborn brain and placing it in an artificial pod that keeps it alive and creates a simulated dreamworld tailored to revolve around that specific Liveborn. Ok, so far, so good. I find the whole concept obscene and horrific, but that's because I subscribe to a different postulate about the essential morality of mankind. The system is internally self-consistent. But then the Wode does something that undermines everything else: they tell the Liveborn what they truly are. There is no logical reason why they would have to do that. Even if the Wode believe that the Liveborn need contact with other Liveborn for psychological health, they could easily put multiple Liveborn in the same simulations or make connections between the simulations that don't reveal the truth. The Liveborn will be perfectly happy with their dreamworlds whether or not they know what they are. In fact, they will be more happy not knowing, since once they learn the truth any Liveborn who really considers his or her life must come to the same realizations Sophie and Kai did. So why exactly do they tell the Liveborn the truth? What possible reason could there be for knowing that your whole life is an illusion, every achievement spoonfed to keep you happy? I can only think of one good reason: there is a way out. Somewhere in each Liveborn's coded dreamworld, if they look for it, is a portal that will let them exit their dreamworld, at which point their brain is plugged into a robot or implanted in a cloned shell or something and the Liveborn awakens into the real world. Perhaps the Wode included that code as a safeguard in case they were wrong about the ultimate purpose of humanity, or perhaps this is simply where new Wode members come from. Either way, I suspect that there is a way out of the dreamworld somewhere.