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  1. Some really compelling observations and linkages here Asmo. Ha and yeah a quarter the way through your post the 'Hoid being the original Taln' jumped into my head so i can sympathise with that unlikely-but-fun idea (unlikely only because it's hard to imagine a guy who didn't take a shard as he didn't want to be limited, to limit himself to eternity on Braize - but the thematic link is fun). It is a long post, you may want a TLDR.
  2. Today I'd like to thank @Overlord Jebus for smashing it out of the park since I first saw his OB videos a few years back. He's now well known as staff and as a semi-regular shardcaster. He's brought so much value into the community through participating in shardcasts, spending a lot of time editing shardcasts (bless you for that Ben), but also just as a regular in Discord, bringing interest in people's lives, good Cosmere insights, and above all making people laugh. As one of the funniest sharders, alongside his evil mirror (Argent), he's one of the most entertaining people in the fandom. So thank you, Ben, for the videos you make, for sharing your personal life and wife with us, for the time consuming work you do to make this community better, and for bringing many much needed smiles. Hope to see you on more shardcasts soon!
  3. Today I'd like to thank @asmodeus, who still feels relatively new to me but probably isn't! Asmo has been one of the most interesting 'new person suddenly talking about everything' people for a while. He gets into conversations about everything and has an interesting brand of theorising that many people (including sometimes myself) can really disagree with, but he's always calm, patient, resilient in the face of stiff debate, and a really fun person to have around the theorising channels. So thank you Asmo, for being a great addition to the fandom and sometimes I always enjoy a good chat with.
  4. Today I'd like to thank @Jazzy Kandra. Mare, as I'll always know her much to her eyerolling, is as versatile a member of the fandom as her kandra-iness would suggest, doing wonderful art, knowing a lot about the Cosmere despite pretending not to, being an Arcanist and being one of the most active people on Discord where she's fun, sharing and caring. So thank you Dani, for your art, for being a lovely person and a great contributor to the community, and for making me laugh
  5. Today I'd like to thank @Pagerunner for his level of dedication to the fandom. He's been around forever but takes a fairly minimalist approach, not posting heaps but posting utter gold when he does. But his dedication to the fandom encompasses massive amounts of reddit wob work, huge contributions to Arcanum (I'm guessing he may be the most prolific Arcanist other than Weiry), and for generally being a voice of reason and knowledge in all things Cosmere. So thank you Page, for being an amazing contributor to everything we love here.
  6. Today I'd like to thank @Chaos, for nothing less than this entire community. I don't need to say much about him, we all know him. And many others, historically and currently, put so much work in. But to me, Eric will always be the 17th Shard, his work and passion are tireless, he has just the amount of grump to be a great admin while still making people feel welcome in the fandom, and generally his services to Brandon and the fandom over well over a decade are unrivalled. Thank you Eric, for everything. Without you, it'd be Reddit
  7. Today I'd like to thank @Oversleep, my hivemate, for years of hearty laughs, and fantastic theorizing and wob hunting together, with Calderis and I. He's also done fantastic things for the community, including being a fellow pre-launch Arcanist and the work that involved, and large numbers of WoBs both asked and recorded before the days of Arcanum, when things were much more work. So thanks my man, many fun years.
  8. Love your signature! It took me until the end to figure it out. I’m glad to know that not everyone hates Kvothe!

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      :D for all his flaws, that lad can turn a phrase!

  9. Today I'd like to thank @WeiryWriter for Arcanum. It was more than just him, Mestiv built it and Chaos did so much to pull everything together. But most people would have no idea just how much work and passion Ian put into it, from conception to transcribing and populating WoBs, a truly astonishing number (and as an Arcanist I know how much work that is), through to his ongoing work approving and running this. So thank you, Ian, for your enormous irreplaceable part in the best thing that happened in this fandom in the half decade I've been part of it.
  10. Today I'd like to thank @Argent. With the possible exception of Chaos (and only possible exception) there's probably noone in the fandom more widely known. And rightly so. Argent has the most WoBs in the community. He is a staff member and a feature of most shardcasts. He's one of the longest-time fans in the fandom. He's written up some of the best theories I've seen. There are few people who know more about the Cosmere, and more WoBs, than Argent. And he has put an amazing amount of time and effort into things like Arcanum, completely dwarfing my transcribing efforts. But mostly, he's just a larger than life personality, making people laugh, looking out for people who need it, being wilfully ridiculous. There are very few people without whom this fandom would just not be the same, but you're one of them Argent. So thank you for your contributions to the canon Argent, but even more so for your contributions to the community. We all need a good laugh nowadays, thanks for providing most of them!
  11. Today I'd like to thank @LadyLameness for contributions to the fandom (her coppermind word is amazing), for making Chaos smile more, and mostly for just being an uplifting breath of fresh air at all times. If there's someone who's struggling with something, she always has encouraging words, and shares her excitement of things in a way that somehow gives you a Tien-style ray of sunshine, like her love of bees. Thank you, Jess, for being Tien to the Kaladins of the fandom.
  12. Today I'd like to thank @Ravioli, who gives back to the fandom and to Brandon in a range of significant ways I won't go into. Ravi has also made massive contributions to the Will Wight fandom. Ravi always took the time to get to know me as a person, not just as a sharder, as he does with many people, remembering little facts about people that surprise them. Ravi, with Team Dragonsteel, also provided me out of the blue with an incredibly generous wedding present (even though I live in Australia) - the Elantris leatherbound, something that has since spurred me to get MB and Warbreaker, with SA to come! So thank you Ravi, for being a friend, for doing great but unsung things for the fandom, and for just being a generous and thoughtful guy all round. When I get to America, we'll have a drink.
  13. I'll start by thanking @Calderis who not only shared so much with me in our early days here in terms of learning the Cosmere together, but was always a friend, probably the first person I ever truly counted as a friend who I'd never met in person. So thank you Cal for being you, my Hivemate, my fellow theorizer and my friend.
  14. My Father passed away suddenly a few days ago after a devastatingly short battle with cancer. I'm trying to do what one often doesn't do, and actually say to people that I care for them, value them or am just thankful to know them. I'll try to do one of these each day, about members of the 17th Shard community. But it's not a thread about me, it's a thread about being thankful. So please, post here too if you have community members to be thankful for. Please keep it to community members though.
  15. I've been a 17 Sharder for almost half the life of this fandom, but it still feels like I'm pretty new and the old guard is anyone before me! But Brandon's books and this community have dominated the last 5 years of my life. I love everything about this fandom, the people, the moderation, the variety of expertise (from linguistic to scientific) and the humour. I have a lot of amazing memories, but I'll run through my highlights, themed! Administration ARCANUM!!! For those who weren't around before Arcanum, they were days where WoB knowledge was largely contained to a few people dedicated and experienced enough to understand trawling Theoryland, TWG, forum posts and reddit. I developed by WoBfu during these dark days. The creation of Arcanum changed it all, not just making it so easy to find WoBs, but to actually hear the audio, and in some ways most importantly to allow anyone in the fandom to transcribe. The effort of transcribing events amongst a few people is formidable. Arcanum changed everything. Special thanks to @WeiryWriter and @Mestiv for making it happen, and to the other Arcanists who transcribed so much, particularly Argent and Pagerunner from memory. Being asked to be an arcanist was a real honor at the time as well, even if I've not been the best arcanist. Discord! I used to use the forums crazily, doing 30 or 40 posts a day for a year or two, until I started to have less time and realised it's really hard to keep track of the forums. And then Discord came along! Now I can drop in and out of topics, give a quick answer rather than a detailed one, and opt in and opt out of conversations easily. I do almost all my sharding on Discord now. It's great to chat with a lot of the older members who really don't use the forums at all. WoBBot!! An add-on for Arcanum, for Discord, that itself transformed the use of Arcanum to enable extremely quick call-ups of exactly the WoB you want, beautifully presented. WoBBot also has the cuuuutest emojis, if you haven't seen them, ask an Arcanist to demonstrate (they can only be called up by Arcanum staff). Big thanks to @WireSegal for this amazing feature. Shardcast!!! We get some of the most knowledgeable (and funny) sharders weekly or bi-weekly to go over WoBs, theories and quizzes. It's fantastic and a highlight of my fortnight, especially as it's expanded to include outstanding newer staff like Argent, @Jofwu, @thegatorgirl00 and Paleo (yes, they're still new staff to me, even you Argent). People First callout is to the man, and then the men, that I felt so in tune with on activity level, theorizing and personal views that we ended up somehow becoming The Hive, one of the better known memes in this community. @Calderis and I spent our formative year with the shard (he'd been an inactive member for two years) bouncing off each other, becoming obsessed with the finer details of lore and realmatics, and making each other laugh. Doesn't hurt that we have the same shardversary date, and our birthdays are two days apart. There were many early jokes about us being the same person. Then @Oversleep became so in tune with us (also a member for longer) that together we became The Hivemind (or Hive for short). Many fun times, including our annual absurdity with Ookla where we share user pics and use each other's names all month until we finally all become Ookla the Hivemind. Makes people want to kill us every year, and I love it. One day we'll do a Hivecast. Second level callout is to the great theorizers/WoBbers/fountains of knowledge, the sharders that made me realise how deep the cosmere goes and how knowledgeable one can become. All people I've had great conversations with and who got me excited in the fandom (and there are many other fantastic newer members, but these are the people that contributed to my early formative Wisdom - @Argent, @Yata, @Pagerunner, @Blightsong, @Toaster Retribution, @Steeldancer to name but a few. Final callout is to the people I've just come to really enjoy and consider an integral part of the fandom, particularly through Discord interactions. R'shara (coz of your stupid name I can't tag you as I don't know how to do an upside down R), @LadyLameness, @Otto Didact, @Kon-Tiki, @Paleo, @Botanica, @asmodeus and one of my absolute favourite people here, @Ravioli, to name just a few. Canon I finished the cosmere books just before SoS, BoM and Secret History were released. Ooooooh boy was that a time to be alive, but to be someone who wasn't a member of the fandom and simply didn't know what so many knew. It's extraordinary to reflect on the fact that there has been 1, ONE, cosmere novel release since then, Oathbringer. Yes I don't count White Sand (and i essentially consider Edgedancer part of OB). Seriously though, 1. Lord I'm looking forward to Brandon restarting non-stormlight cosmere after taking a break my entire time as a fan. The Oathbringer preview chapters. What a wonderful time to be a fan. Killed me that all the reading and discussion would go on while I was asleep, and then at work, but just wonderful times. The release of the one other Cosmere thing, Arcanum Unbounded. Those essays are just amazing. WoBs. Just...all the WoBs. Some incredible events, some incredible questions. Far too many to name. They're my bread. And a final thank you to @Chaos, @Windrunner and @WeiryWriter in particular, for their years of truly dedicated service to the fandom, Ian in WoBs, Dave in Coppermind and Eric for everything. Edit - I'll add to this one thing in two parts - I was gifted the Elantris leatherbound by a wonderful, wonderful member of the fandom, I bought the Warbreaker leatherbound coz I adore it, and was just given for my birthday all three Mistborn leatherbounds and the Way of Kings leatherbound when it comes out! Just divine.