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About VanillaDCocoKing

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  1. I'm doing pretty well. I mean, I had a part time job at a bowling alley, so I have to do odd jobs now, but I still live at home, so I've lived. Need a new job though. And all online school just shifted to the short schedule from early-out Fridays, so... Now I need to memorize a new schedule, because I never learned the Friday class times. I wrote a pretty song with fairly clever lyrics - if I do say so myself. I'm currently scoring it, and next I'll be writing more for either an album or *finally* a musical. Thanks. Though I actually stumbled across it RIGHT after while looking for something else. Smedryness, you know.
  2. That's a very good point. And a very funny thought.
  3. Well, Nightblood's command was pretty general. I mean, it didn't work exactly as planned, but... It worked. He just forgot to define evil. Though I guess those would be better methods, the best one for a infinite WiFi would probably be the command "grant internet" to, say, a literal star. It already sends out some serious radiation, bu now that radiation doubles as WiFi. That's some pretty serious stuff. Any rotating planets that revolve around said sun might have issues with the umbral shadow, but if you did it to, say, two stars, you could get that angles right so that most people on most (nearby) worlds have solid connection most of the time. Some worlds would not get that WiFi for a few lightyears, but hey, by then they might have actually developed the technology to use it. Or become extinct. Eh. The lamelle is a solid concept, though.
  4. Okay, this is brilliant. Thank you for pointing that out. Same goes for scarves, unless we assume they are polyester or something. Personally, though... A computer: Find memes. Or something more... Practical. Like "run games." Boom. Magical computer that would run even the largest of games flawlessly. And talk to me. It would likely be quite funny. A WiFi router with the command "extend indefinitely." I mean, seriously. Ya'll are thinking too small. Internet EVERYWHERE?! Yes please! Though in a Cosmere setting, I'd give a lamelle the Command "sing with me." Because that would be AWESOME.
  5. I retook it today. Twice. First I got Windrunner. My inner Hufflepuff, I guess. I have bounced between Willshapers and Skybreakers in the past. Both fit rather well. Never, ever, in my wildest dreams, did I expect Lightweaver. Ever. Totally should have, though. I mean, I'm an actor who actually has trouble figuring out which persona is the real me. I'm a composer with a lot of talent and a lazy lack of skill. I'm a poet, a writer, an artist. Yeah, they totally fit. Even if they have zero cool surges (opinion. Don't hate). But who needs surges if I have a Shardbade, anyway?
  6. Get some rhyming word groups and find ways to combine them that are interesting. This is easiest with words that actually have related meanings (e.g. "fall" and "tall" and "crawl" all (heh) pertain to elevation. Something that is tall has farther to fall and then ought to crawl) but can be done with other words just fine. Alternatively, find a concept that you want to reiterate, then begin multiple short lines with it and end them with words that rhyme with each other. These are just two methods that I use, there are definitely other ways, probably even better one - though I've never tried them and couldn't say for sure. There. There's my worthless advice of the day. You're welcome/I'm sorry.
  7. I... Yeah, I have too many. I start from the magic system, then build a setting that facilitates either the evolution of the magic system or the creation of a plot that actually benefits from the magic system, then I create a story based on what I think would be interesting in light of the magic, and... A lot of them just don't meld well. Many of them need their own stories, some need their own planets, others can share with each other. Some need only short stories or references in other stories, and others need full novels or even trilogies. So... 48. That's a lot. I mean, 20 of them are to be short stories that are grouped into anthologies for a total of 28 full-length works, but... That's still so many! Yes, there is such thing as too many. In the State of the Sanderson 2019, Brandon actually talks about how his best predictions put him finishing the Cosmere in his 70's or 80's IF HE DOESN'T WRITE ANY NON-COSMERE WORKS (besides Rithmatist 2). That's with thirty-seven (IIRC) total publishable works, many of which are already written. I read that and honestly started freaking out about my own writing aspirations, because Brandon writes at least ten times faster than I do. Granted, I spend a lot of time distracted by new ideas and very little time writing. But that makes time kinda scary. 26 books is fine, though, if you're not old and you start soon. That's what I'm doing. Or trying to do, around listening to Shardcast, doing school from quarantine, and trying to work from quarantine. So.. It's still slow.
  8. I was specifically referring to the dogmatism of the whole thing. But yeah.
  9. Thank you. It's just like religious people dogmatically claiming that there was no evolution. Both are logically unbased.
  10. I'm back! Mostly. I need to refresh myself on what's happened, and also I lost the planning doc. Mind helping a brother out with that last part?
  11. Okay, I'm dying XD This is easily the best idea we've seen yet. Though, as long as the armor is relying on Commands and Investiture for durability - and other features - I see no reason to even use something like wood. I mean, you could literally make a layered cloth suit for all of the functions. The outermost layer is knitted of two different types of thread, one with the Command "remain intact" and the other with the "resist Investiture and Nightblood." The next layer is told "distribute impact." Beneath that, the Command "absorb impact" would be aided by the previous distribution Command. Fabric can take basically any impact, especially if you distribute it across the entire surface.Most protective measures have been taken at this point, and your wearing the equivalent of a three-piece suit in terms of thickness. To protect you facial features and neck from basic pushing force with n real impact to cancel, a layer or two with "act as my shell" could be used. We don't stop there, though. Beneath that is a layer with "act as my body and strengthen me." Next, "warm me when cold." This Command would be fairly intuitive, as the threshold for cold will likely be understood by the Awakened textile by nature of its human mimicry, and Intent will help. Obviously, you will need a layer with "cool me when hot" just because of the number of layers, but an additional layer with that command would serve against external heat, too. At the very center, a layer with "prevent chaffing" might be appreciated. After Awakening the layers separately, quilt them together with thread told to "remain intact" to keep the layers from sliding against each other in the wrong ways and becoming quite uncomfortable. You now have some epic gambeson, which can be worn under similarly Awakened paper armor or mundane - if thick - aluminum plates, just to be sure. Heck, even Awakened leather would make this cooler on the very outside. EDIT: I'm calling this concept Shardgambeson. Because it amuses me.
  12. Actually, we've already seen a good justification for Nightblood picking up at least one of the Shards in this thread. I mean, he's pretty dang Devoted. I don't see him getting Dominion, especially where Dominion is the GOOD shard, but he could totally get Devotion. And, ya know, still eat the body of dominion. Just a thought.
  13. I get you now. I honestly have only vague ideas as to how I might address these. I'll have to adjust the magic system for sure. I'll just make it so that triggers have to be more scientific AND only work within a specified duration. Which does bring math into this, but I can deal with that. Then I can simply make the numbers verbally inefficient - so you have to list all of the 0's, for example - and make time based in very small units. Then spells with lasting or delayed effect will take significantly longer to say. I just make sure there aren't words for days and years, so you have to say the exact number of seconds - and fractions of seconds, or whatever - so that the most effective way will be to input actual mathematical formulas so that the spell has to do the math and put in the right number. Which still lets crap happen, but greatly inhibits power-hungry evil-doers and do-gooder plot-killers, as they can't just say "for a billion fricken years." This does allow for apocalyptic metal armies. However, it means that they will take a considerable amount of time to speak, as every possible thing the automatons can do has to be programmed in verbally and in relation to everything else they can do and everything that can happen to them. Which means that it would require serious breath support and a lot of math, plus a very powerful brain, to make a doomsday army. I will likely even put such an army into the history, because the actual story is really vague right now. But yeah, the same rules that let these armies exist make it quite possible to destroy them, at least to Wizards. But yes, they would be the only real defense against other Wizards, at least without the aid of the other Elodari magic systems - of which there are three.
  14. So, yes, that works just fine. They still serve a purpose, however. See, if a wizard has to turn his back on you to cast a spell, you have a handsome moment to make a non-magical attack. Their own ward cloak will still prevent you from casting a spell on you unless you also turn around. Plus, a human voice carries best in the direction the person's head is pointed, meaning that a backward wizard will have significantly reduced range. No, they aren't foolproof, but the wizard who doesn't carry one is at a huge disadvantage. Not sure I understand the first question. Elodari is beyond dead. Because of what happens when it is spoken, it doesn't even work for communication because you always forget what you said. Which means you will have no idea what somebody else is saying whenever they use a word you just used. So, as far as humans are concerned, it's really a non-issue. As for metal armies, Elodari commands are instantaneous. Assuming the science in The Invisible Man is possible, then a wizard could, say, make somebody invisible for quite some time. If they knew enough about genetics, they could even make somebody permanently invisible. But they cannot imbue things with magic because it's not a repeating command, just a one time thing. They could make metal arms bend with a command, possibly causing them to swing swords, but to speak any sort of command that would permanently animate an inanimate object... It would take years to deliver, at the least. And you'd have to speak continuously for that entire time, never stopping for more than the shortest breaths. SO you'd die of starvation or your spell would fizzle. Unless you've any idea how one might do it in less time, of course. But the limit of intuition a command is capable of is selecting all matter as a target when none is specified. Though I guess you might just specify a duration of effect... Maybe. I guess you could enchant things, but to make an army of metal warriors would still be an insane undertaking. I might go ahead and remove all words that would allow for someone to specify a duration. But I'm still not sure that world work. I'll have to make some test sentences. At any rate, if the magic does allow for an army of metal warriors - or anything like it - then it probably also allows for other kinds of spells that make such and army pretty useless. Do you see what I mean? If Wizard A makes army of metal warriors, then Wizard B can simply make barriers through which metal cannot pass. Then it becomes a question of which wizard used a higher number, but Wizard B can use the delay - which could be thousands of years - to destroy the metal army pretty handily. Or maybe I'm underthinking this. Does any of this make sense?
  15. horror

    Well, we know that unpushable bullets are made of an aluminum alloy, not pure aluminum, so it definitely could work. Also, I'm so glad this conversation is always being revived. I would have spent a long time looking for any of the old ones, because I haven't been on here in FOREVER. My thoughts: that Reddit theory is actually very similar to my old ones, though a few details lend it SO MUCH MORE SENSE than mine ever made. But there is one problem. The theory leaps from 'we invested the crap out of this and put very specific, tappable powers into it' straight to 'this is complex enough that it should use them on its own.' Yeah. Major problem, that. However, I might have a way around it. Blood has been used to trick Hemalurgic spikes into retaining their charges. We don't know exactly how, but I suspect that the blood actually has access to those abilities while the spikes are stored therein. Except, not really, because, you know, blood can't use magic. We've also seen a Hemalurgic spike used to connect a Cognitive Shadow to the Physical Realm - a la Sovereign. We can only assume that the "active ingredient" spike was H. Duralumin, which steals Connection/Identity. Though maybe it was something else. Not important. Point is, some sort of spike literally put a Cognitive Shadow into the Physical Realm. That C. Shadow could actually use the Metallic Arts. And we've never seen a spike of that kind stored in blood. My theory is that, in order to make a sword that is actually capable of using the Metallic Arts, you'd just need to pour some blood into a cavity in the sword, then pound a Sovereign Spike into that cavity. After that, the sword can be forged up so that the spike is welded in - or left as a removable "key" and the damage is repaired, as long as the blood bonds to the sword instead of burning completely off, since Marsh has revealed that the blood only needs to touch the spike when it is first placed (Vin's earring also demonstrates this caveat). Maybe more would be needed, like other veins within the blade for blood to sit around in that initially connect to the spikehole, but at any rate this should give the sword the ability to use the powers it has been invested with, as long as they are unkeyed OR keyed to the person whose C. Shadow just got stuffed into it. The problem we run into now is that those powers could actually be depleted over time as the sword taps them, but That would leave it like a Nightblood that you have toactively feed, rather than one that simply devours your soul with a touch. So I think this Mistblade - because you HAVE to call it a Mistblade - would actually work. EDIT: The issue becomes this: How in Damnation can you summon this thing?