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  1. I have thought about that at first, but Spook seemed to get the full powers of pewter through his spike even though it was just a small shard of the original weapon. Listening to this episode has left me feeling like hemalurgy is not as intuitive as I thought, especially when looking at the importance of positioning the spike.
  2. This has probably been discussed or answered somewhere, but what happens when you take a spike and split it into two before spiking the recipient? So for an example, when spook gets spiked by the shard of metal that gets stuck in his body, could the remainder of the sword still have been used to spike someone or did spook basically use the power up when he was spiked? If you split a spike from one donor and attempt to spike two recipients, what would happen? My guess is that both shards of a split spike have the potential to transfer powers until whichever one spikes a recipient first (kind of like a schrodinger's cat situation). What are your thoughts?
  3. Ok I don’t think this is likely at all, but it is technically possible... We know from a WoB that the night watcher does have the power to change a beings species. This would of course break the bond between her and Kal. But, if he becomes a herald that bind might break anyways... Ok that was fun to think about for a minute.
  4. This is actually something I was wondering about in my most recent reread, and I am glad that you asked about it. I read this as confirming my suspicion that not all groups of people are referring to the same magic system when they use similar terminology for things. I think this is evident with the confusions about what a voidbringer is. We know who the first voidbringers were, but that term was later used to describe a different people. We also see Lift calling Wyndle a voidbringer, which may indicate that she was exposed to people that saw any spren as voidbringers. It can get kid of confusing when trying to define voidbringer. Some groups of people would have different definitions for that. This WoB makes it seem like the same may be true for the terms surgebinding and voidbinding. We know that they have definite differences and rules for each, but that doesn't mean that we can necessarily take all of the accounts of them at face value. We may be lead to believe that one group is talking about a magic based around Odium, then later find out it was really something else. I don't have a specific theory about which accounts may be misleading just yet, I just have a general feeling that what is viewed as voidbinding or surgebinding to one population is not necessarily the same to a different one, which is why he specifies that the question will really be answered in Ash's and Taln's flashbacks. I am assuming that they're past perspectives will be the closest to being accurate (although this may end up being a false assumption, too). Overall though, I don't think it changes anything with this theory. I generally agree with most of it and lean towards something like this. I am now left still wondering where the sibling is now. There are two ideas I like, and I think that either could possibly fit with this theory. I like the idea of the sibling being related to the sleepless: but I also like the idea that the sibling is related to stone: I like both theories, so I want both to work. This probably isn't possible, but I will go back and look at things again to try to make sense of it.
  5. I am not sure if this adds anything to the discussion or not, but this passage stuck out at me in my recent reread: "Phantoms appeared, created from Stormlight by the woman with the red hair. These were the shadows in the darkness, the ones he heard whispering of his murders. How she brought them to life, he did not know" -Oathbringer, Ch. 120. Are these whispering shadows related at all to the source of the screams? What does this passage say about Shallan's illusions?
  6. I did think about this, and I can see it happening. I still want to know why he would care so much about Taln keeping his blade? Is it because he doesn't want people knowing about the Heralds and the honorblades yet? Or is it because almost all the other Heralds don't have their's and this will be significant in the future to stopping Odium? Besides being the occasional mentor to some of the characters, we don't usually see Hoid directly help or intervene with the main conflict. He's usually doing his own thing, but he's clearly invested in destroying Odium. As a reader, we don't always get to see Hoid's involvement. So if Hoid did want Taln to keep his blade, how does that help Hoid and his cause more than other ways he could have intervened? Yes a few of the characters know that there are more shardblades than publicly known. That is kind of my point, so I guess I was unclear about that the first time. Only a selective group of people could have known about more shardblades, and even less would know where to find one. Hoid would be a viable candidate. I do think that Hoid leaving a blade fits with the information we have. There is just so much that we don't know that I could also see something else happening.
  7. This would be consistent with the WoBs about it. I always found it odd that Brandon has said that Hoid doesn't have the blade, but then specifically adds that he may or may not have had it one point (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/87/#e5773). We know Hoid wasn't the one who did the actually switching (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/224/#e6885). This would hold true if you don't consider what happened to be actual switching, more like giving up a shardblade. Brandon would not answer whether or not Hoid knows who took the blade (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/60/#e8850). After reading these, I think it is fair to be suspicious of Hoid being involved somehow. Although I will say that I got the impression that maybe Hoid knew about some things, but was not really involved in how it went down. My big thing is that I don't have a good answer as to why Hoid would give him a shardblade. I could see him wanting to help the Herald if it aligned with his goals, but enough to give up a very powerful object? Maybe... For that matter, where would anybody get a spare shardblade from? Whether it was stolen, won fairly, or given freely by the legitimate owner, I feel like it would eventually become news that a shardbearer no longer has their blade. As I continue reading, I will definitely keep a look out for any word about a missing shardblade, because someone is bound to notice. Of course, there could be a cache of secret blades (or even just one blade) somewhere that wasn't public knowledge but someone knew about (this could fit with Hoid). Or someone is missing a blade and they are just not significant enough for our characters to hear about it.I will also watch for any information we have on the fake honorblade, and maybe we can know who its original owner really is. I think this would give us a clue about what really happened. I feel like there is something here, but there are just too many holes still for me to be completely convinced.
  8. Here is a cool picture summary of blood chemistry, but we don't have orange blood on Earth so we don't see which chemicals would be orange. Not specifically relevant for any theories, but I thought it was interesting to see what life on Earth is compared to Roshar. Edit: After rereading the green blood section, it talks about higher concentrations appearing as a light red. Maybe it could hypothetically be involved in Parshendi blood.
  9. Oooh I missed this one. Is there a source for this I can look at?
  10. @Calderis Thanks, I forgot about that one. I agree it is not likely that he was ever a dragon then (unless there is a way to change your race that we don't know about yet.) I guess my other question is, do we know how dragons work? Can they shift into any shape/species, or do they just have a human form? After reading this thread, I couldn't help but think of the dragons from Fablehaven, for anyone who has read that series. They have a dragon form (their true form) and a human form, with different abilities as a human. Do the dragons from Yolen use magic/investiture to change forms, or is it inherent in their race? I also saw this (https://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=1052#98): This gives me the impression that the 16 shardholders could be a combination of the three races (including dragons). So maybe some of the shardholders were at one time dragons. Now it is left to speculate if any of the ones we know about were dragons at one point. I don't think we have even close to enough information to know this yet, I just like thinking of the possibilities.
  11. Are there any theories about Hoid being a dragon? We know he is from the same place, along with others who became shards of Adonalsium (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/355/#e10497). Do any of these fit as being a dragon, either now or in the past? Or do you think he is talking about character that have not yet been confirmed as being from the Dragonsteel world?
  12. Does Taln say he is still bonded to his honor blade? If so, it could be him dismissing it or hiding it somehow. Like others have said, couldn't Taln just call back his sword if he wants it? We know they don't disappear if dropped, but can they be dismissed and called like shardblades? Of course, there is the possibility that someone affected his bond with the honorblade. I am leaning towards the latter after reading this WoB: https://wob.coppermind.net/events/100/#e3571 I just have so many questions about how honorblades even work, and there isn't much consistency in the WoB's about it. Sometimes he says humans can bond with honorblades, sometimes he says they cant, and at one point he says a person doesn't need to bond with it, they just need to hold it. That aside, we know that the heralds have a bond with them until they actively break it. Yet, Nale mentions the connection to his blade being broken at one point. So is there another way for a herald-honorblade bond to break? Is that even necessary for someone else to use the blade (can someone use a blade still bonded to a herald, assuming there is such a bond)? If Taln's bond was severed by something else, is it related to the honorblade being switched out?
  13. I am just throwing this out there, do we actually see Nale use stormlight at any point? Or see his spren? (During one of his chases of lift maybe? I really need to reread the parts with him in it, because I honestly can't remember) Is there anything beside his word that confirms that he is a skybreaker and not just a herald? I searched the WoB's and this is the closest from him that I see: pfranklin51 [PENDING REVIEW] Nale mentions that he's the only Herald that ends up joining his Order of Radiants, eventually. Are there any Radiants that joined other Orders? Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW] No, good question. Footnote: The questioner meant to ask if any Heralds had joined other Orders. Brandon may or may not have inferred that. source I don't really read this as a solid confirmation, but he also doesn't say anything to contradict it. I am not saying necessarily that Nale is not a skybreaker, just that he doesn't really live up to the powers that I am assuming he should have. Is there something restraining him, or am I assuming he should be more powerful than he really is?
  14. I actually had these same thoughts after the first murder, but didn't ever posted it because even I thought it was dumb. But... I have to say this chapter makes me feel less crazy for thinking it the first time. Maybe I really should have posted my "A ghost did it" theory after all But yeah, I definitely get the supernatural, not normal killing vibe from the way it exactly replicates another killing. It could be a spren, or a sleepless, or maybe even some type of cognitive shadow. Do we know exactly why Urithiru was abandoned, or is it just implied to be related to the recreance? I'm a little fuzzy on this.
  15. I can see that. Sometimes people jump to the worst conclusion and assume Shallan will have a complete mental breakdown. I am not saying it won't happen, but Shallan has shown in the past that she can confront the lies she creates, so I have no reason to think she can't do it again. This is part of the reason why I think there is a lot of room for her individual progression in her relationship with Adolin. She will probably have to be forced to face her deceptions, and quite possibly Adolin's. The point is, all the KR's are broken, but they are all also very resilient. I would hate to see any of them become broken beyond repair.