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  1. I always pictured the revel having a lotus eater kind of effect on everyone in its area of influence, willing participant or not
  2. All I can think of are old Everquest weapon names. I'm going back to bed. I've used Windfury as an Mmo surname a time or two, I always liked the sound of it.
  3. My favorite Shattered Plains theory is still the idea that it was done with super charged Lightweaving. A surge controlling light and sound waves could do a whole lot of damage in the hands of someone strong and sinister enough.
  4. If everything has a spren, are there spren spren?
  5. I like the theory. Could this somehow explain the Stormform red eyes (co-opted divestiture)?
  6. Mraize's slippers, you're right! (Just wanted to try it out)
  7. Generally speaking, it's been my observation that the same people who dislike them are the same ones who get annoyed by Wayne. I suspect it's because they bring levity to an otherwise serious story and some people find it jarring or distracting. I personally love all of them.
  8. Side note, "Mraize's slippers!" sounds like a fantastic Rosharan curse/exclamation.
  9. @Winds Alight I just got the "other threads" reference. Ok, really leaving now.
  10. @Winds Alight is right. I'm out.
  11. That wasn't my point at all
  12. I never felt like Renarin got any less page space than any of the other "back 5". @Justi I'm going to point out something because nobody has talked about it. Those of us that have been around awhile all know it, but I don't know how much time you've spent on the boards, so I apologize if this is old news to you too. The whole series will consist of ten books, each one focusing on a different order of Radiant. It will break down into 2 arcs of 5 books, with a significant time gap between the two. It will also focus on a separate 'main' character, alternating male/female. The front 5 get the most screen time in those books, while be back 5 will be at the front of that arc, with the original 5 falling somewhat into the background. The front consists of Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar, Venli/Eshonai, Szeth... with the back being Lift, Taln, Ash, Renarin, Jasnah. I forget the exact order of the back 5. My reason for pointing this out is because Renarin is supposed to be a minor character at this point. We will get plenty of POV and flashbacks for him much later in the story.
  13. Since its been brought up... do people really skip entire chapters of a book because a character they don't like is there? Aren't you afraid you will miss an important part? If I don't like a character, I just usually assume it's because I'm supposed to not like them, or distrust them, or be suspicious of them even if I don't know why. Then I'll read until I find it where it's going. I couldn't stand Szeth for a long time, and he ended up being one of my favorites. It happens all the time. But then I managed to read all 10 Thomas Covenant books, hating him the entire time, so maybe I'm just especially patient.
  14. Having Adolin in jail with Szeth would be an interesting call back to WoR, too
  15. In addition to reasons above, in my head I always imagined it had to do with his choice to become a soldier instead of a healer against his father's wishes and the shame he feels from it, coupled with the guilt he feels at not being able to protect Tien after promising he would. It's probably a leap in logic, but I suspect that one of his remaining oaths will hang on earning and accepting forgiveness from his father, and allowing him to forgive his self, resulting a level up and his slave brands to heal.
  16. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Laral or Tarah.
  17. Though you have to admit, if Rock bonded the spren of stone... that is a Hoid level pun.
  18. Edgedancers as EMTs, naturally.
  19. Not to mention the underlying theme of OB concerning overcoming addiction/compulsion, with Dalinar and the Thrill serving as an analogue to Teft and firemoss. It is very much a story of redemption.
  20. I noticed nobody mentioned that any singers recruited and bonded to radiant spren would likely be protected.
  21. @Minimanmax1 Welcome to the boards! Have a upvote for joining in the conversation! I think all the major points have pretty much been covered, except for one thing. In OB in chapter 48, in his internal monologue as he is working, he thinks to himself that "what happened isn't my fault" and "I can't be blamed", and he's happy just to have someone tell him what to do. This echoes almost verbatim what Amaram tells Kaladin during their fight in ch 120 regarding Kaladin's squad being killed, and Odium tries to convince Dalinar of these things about himself in ch 118. I think that when a character says or thinks these kinds of thoughts, it's indicative of Odium's influence, or at the very least it is an effect of an Unmade that we have yet to identify. You could say they "gave him their pain", relinquishing their responsibility for their actions and accepting relief for them in return, all the while doing Odiums bidding. It's a classic deal with the devil situation. What this means for Moash, though, is that by the time we see him in the Elhokar scene, he wasn't completely in control of his own actions. Yes, he wanted to kill him, but Odium wanted him to kill him, too, and that was the only reason he was allowed to do so. I think that was his point of no return, where he fully committed himself to working for Odium. Other people have mentioned it before, but Moash has always been presented as a parallel to Kaladin, where Kal ends up doing the right thing eventually, despite being given plenty of chances to take the easy road. Moash makes the opposite decisions. It reminds me vaguely of the same equal but opposite relationship of Neo and Agent Smith in the matrix movies. I suspect we will continue to see balanced gains in power between the the two before an eventual showdown when they are both max power. It will be awesome. I don't hate Moash, because he's not a real person, but I see why people feel as strongly as they do. He betrayed Kal and bridge 4, then Team Radiant, then all of mankind, so it feels personal to the reader. The Elhokar chapter had built tension with the expectation of him saying the words, and we were denied that release, and that creates frustration. It's just evidence of Brandon's skill as a writer to be able to evoke those kinds of strong emotions.
  22. That's the one (there may be more, I'm not sure)
  23. I think the assumption that each of the bondsmith spren would give unique powers is probably linked to the idea that each one is some kind of godspren with each one associated with a separate shard, but since OB I'm not sure that is the case. I think Dalinars visions are unique to the storm father due to Tanavasts CS, and I wouldn't be surprised if the other two didn't grant an otherwise identical power set to the other bondsmiths.
  24. Minor Mistborn spoilers
  25. To answer the question as to why we like him so much, I think it lies in the way it was revealed. Dalinar was already a well regarded character with honorable intentions (no pun intended ). The way the info was revealed to him by way of his returned memories allowed us to share the same questions he had about events, and fleshed out his character and gave context to a lot of different things even as he was learning them about his own history. It's a rare treat to be able to share that with a character by way of flashback, and allowed us as readers to share the same emotions he would have felt as events progressed. I think it gives us more sympathy toward him than we probably would have had otherwise, especially in the way Odium intended to use it against him and he resisted despite the horror of it. I was really rooting for him by the end of the book because of it. It was so well done.