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  1. But dragons have metallic silver skin, or eyes if they’re in human form. They’re not metallic gold colored either. So IMO the Elantrian theory has about as much merit as the dragon one when it comes to colors. Though I still like the idea of dragons better, especially because there’s more symmetry to the Iriali’s journey starting on Yolen. The correlation between the names is likely coincidence. Iri comes directly from the word Iriali, which doesn’t seem to have any Aonic roots.
  2. All I can say is have faith in Brandon. We just came to 2 opposite conclusions when considering the facts about Dalinar, and it really comes down to I think he’s a good enough writer to avoid this pitfall, and you don’t think he is. So... uh... See, now I’m curious why you think Brandon is a poor writer in this respect. Did you see other people with this opinion on the shard or Reddit? Did you just come to your opinion by reading his books? Was there a book in particular that solidified your opinion of him as a writer? As a person who thinks Brandon is probably in the top 5 fantasy authors out there, I’m just trying to understand your perspective.
  3. About main characters dying... I disagree with @CrazyRioter that Kaladin is the most likely to die by the end of arc 1. The fact that he's such an archetypal character, the one you'd expect to sacrifice himself for the greater good, makes me think he'll survive. Or, alternatively, he'll die in disgrace, but that would piss off a lot of people (including me), so him surviving seems like a good bet. Dalinar should live through book 5 as well. He's not really set up as the type to sacrifice himself, either as a surprise to readers or not. I'm not saying Dalinar wouldn't sacrifice himself if necessary, but he does a lot more alive, leading the war effort and UNITING than he does dead. Plus, IMO he's been set up to be heading towards greater things. His weird visions of light, the Nohadon vision, they are all indicating that he's headed to become something greater than a man. Him dying before that happens would be a huge writing no no, since none of our expectations as readers would be met, and Brandon's a better writer than that. And him dying in a sacrificial way after Ascending or something would be really similar to making me think that it needs to be something different from that. So, I'd again bet that Dalinar will likely survive arc 1. There do need to be casualties among the main protagonists though to maintain the stakes of the story, which leads us to the question of who's gonna die. I have to admit I've always liked the "Taravangian sacrifice" theory, that after being placed in a position to betray Odium in OB, he'll eventually save everyone but die doing so. Of course, he's not really a main character though. On that note, I could see Adolin dying. And yes, that would remove one of the only non-radiant POVs we have. But his death would have huge ramifications for other characters, and honestly, it could fit where his arc seems to be headed. He's the "normal" person caught up in this global conflict. It calls to mind when Adolin thinks to himself how the world has become a place of gods and radiants, and he's not sure how he fits into this new world. And, what happens to normal people in catastrophes? They die. "Normal" people are often the victims, because they can't control what goes on around them. So to me, Adolin's number 1 on my list of most likely to die before SA 5.
  4. I’m not looking to become one, but I’m curious.
  5. This has probably been done before, but considering recent events, I thought I might as well.
  6. You should definitely give it another try. Despite being the weakest book in Mistborn Era 1, there was a lot I loved about it. Elends arc and the kandra mystery were both fascinating, and the ending was some insanely genre bending stuff. Plus, I’ve found that I usually enjoy slower books more on rereads.
  7. You've probably heard this before, but it bears repeating . Sleep a minimum of 8 hours the day before, eat a breakfast with some protein, and take a break every 2-3 hours or so when studying to increase productivity. Now I'll actually give some useful advice. It's kind of obvious, but try to avoid ever making the same mistake twice doing practice problems. If you get something wrong not because of some silly errors, which always turn up occasionally, but because you don't fully understand underlying concepts or didn't know them, look up the information you need to know and do a few problems of the same variety until you're confident. Also, it's good to keep a list of these concepts just as a refresher before the exam. You don't need to write down all the equations necessarily (in the case of math), but simply put down the name of the topic, which will hopefully trigger your memory of the problems. Also, depending on the type of test you're taking, there are little shortcuts you can take advantage of to shave off a few minutes, which is important if you're not finishing on time or are cutting it to the last second. For example, in the ACT science section, some of the problems provide a lot of information that you don't need to read. If you can recognize these types of problems, you can skip the reading section and just refer to the graphs/diagrams when answering. There are other tricks too, many of which are taught in test prep classes. However, I wouldn't advise taking a preparatory course, though of course it couldn't hurt. I never found them that useful. In my experience, you spend a lot of time practicing exams that you could do on your own time, with little bits of advice sprinkled in, most which can be found online. If you're bad at self-motivating yourself to practice (like I was), it can be helpful, but otherwise a waste of money. For topic specific advice, I'll focus on the ACT since that's what I took, but some of it should be applicable to other standardized tests. English: I'll be honest, I've got nothing for you here. A lot of the questions can be answered by answering whatever sounds the most correct, unless English isn't your first language. Review all the basic grammar views, but that's all I can think of. Reading: Don't skim the reading section. Just don't. It's tempting to get to the questions as quickly as possible, but it's more important to thoroughly understand what the author is talking about. If you realize you just skimmed a few sentences and don't remember what they talked about, go back and read them, then continue. If you have a comprehensive view of the essay, even if you need to refer back to the text you have a general idea where certain parts were talked about and its easier to find information. So, go as fast as you can, while still understanding it. Science: Not too much to say here either. As you probably know, they give you all the information you need. You just need to be good at reading graphs and logicking your way through analyses. Math: This is true for all the sections, but most important for math. If you spend more than a minute on a problem and you're not making any progress, make a light mark on your answer sheet so you can come back if you have time, and skip it. Sometimes, looking at other problems will remind of you some concept, some of the one's you skipped might click when you come back to them. Next, remember that for the first 20 or so questions, speed is key. The questions are easy enough that almost everyone's going to get them, so your goal is to finish them as quickly as possible to give yourself as much time to do the harder ones coming later. Also, when you come across those problems you really have no clue about, don't agonize over trying to guesstimate the answer. By that, I mean looking for that bit of information in the question that makes you think that answer is probably more right than the others. Spend maybe 15 seconds trying to find some link, then just put down a random answer and move on. You probably know a lot of this already, but hopefully there's something in here that'll help.
  8. Storm it @Calderis. Got ninja’d. Edit: Stormit stupid mobile version! Double posted.
  9. Well, as with most feruchemical traits, it’s better to view identity as a river flowing through you. When you store the attribute, you divert the river. But when you stop storing it, the attribute starts flowing back through you. So the moment you stopped storing identity, you should regain your own identity
  10. I definitely agree that Adolin’s murder was much more justified than Moash’s, but I’m gonna go ahead and play devil’s advocate here. I’d say vengeance was definitely a factor not only in Moash’s actions but also in Adolin’s, though Adolin’s motivations we’re more mixed. The difference between the two murders, as you pointed out, is that Sadeas presented a legitimate threat in the future to Adolin’s family while Elhokar was not in the same position regarding Moash. Take into consideration though that as Moash perceived it, Elhokar has already killed his family, while Sadeas, though he had certainly tried, had not yet succeeded to do the same to Adolin. So, Moash was more justified in his actions compared to Adolin than you give him credit for. Also, regarding the fact that Elhokar’s intentions were much less malevolent than Sadeas’s, remember that Moash hadn’t seen any of the character development Elhokar had gone through at the end of WoR and in OB. He still perceived the king as a weak and lazy man with selfish intentions who had basically murdered his family. I think deep down Moash realized Elhokar might not deserve death, which might have even contributed to the lack of satisfaction the death gave him. However, I doubt Moash could have allowed himself to consciously consider that Elhokar didn’t deserve death after everything he’d been through. That being said; storm Moash.
  11. Wow, ok. I did not realize it was taken that seriously in professional fields. I mean I’ve written resumes before (which I probably double spaced), but they weren’t for highly sought positions, per say, so I still got the job. But wow. I guess it’s time for me to reform. And I just realized I double spaced this entire post so now I need to go back and edit it. From now on, if any of you see me double spacing, give me a friendly, metaphorical slap in the face.
  12. Guess I’m old fashioned. Which is ironic considering I’m less than 20.
  13. Tom said, let there be light, and there was light! And Tom saw the light was good, and he was pleased. Then in a dark corner, Tom saw Jerry. So, Tom ate Jerry, and he was very pleased. And he rested, for his destiny had been fulfilled.
  14. @Paranoid King, totally random thought, but there's a typo in your signature and now it's bugging me . Also, I concur. Kidpen clearly has the best metaphors in this competition. They're the only ones that don't make any sense! And he composed them in 20 minutes too!! Pure genius.