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  1. I've had multiple people mention that Brandon has retconned slatrification out of the Cosmere, but I can't find anything solid that says that. I know he doesn't like it, and would change it if he published a new novel version of White Sand, making slatrification an in-world "legend" about Sand Mastery. But it's explicitly mentioned at the beginning of White Sand 1. In this WoB Brandon says they fixed slatrification in WS3, but I didn't find anything in the last installment that had anything to do with slatrification. Does anyone know if it's been officially retconned?
  2. Transcript of the actual theory: Theory: sandlings NEED water, because they actually feed off investiture. First: the experiments done by Khrissalla in White Sand 2 show that sand that has passed through the digestive system of a sandling has been stripped of the investiture-absorbing microorganism, making it similar to Darkside sand. This implies that sandlings eating white sand must be a common enough occurrence for post-digested sand to be possible to retrieve. Second: while it’s known that sandlings will avoid areas where Dorim vines grow because of the large amounts of water, we also see various species attack and consume living, carbon-based, water-filled prey. So water must not be fatal to them, or else consuming a person whose body is made of 80% water would kill them. It must just dissolve carapace. Third: Sandlings, like greatshells, do not obey the square-cube law - they should collapse under their own weight, but sandlings don’t have the benefit of decreased gravity or floaty spren bonds, which means there must be something else keeping them alive. What better way than pure investiture? So what if they don’t consume larger prey for nourishment, but rather for a water reserve? Then they use that water, housed within their digestive tract, to activate the white sand that they consume, sparking the investiture into a kinetic state and absorbing it. The microflora coating the sand is then also consumed, and used to build the terken carapace. Because it is no longer invested, it appears black or grey, but it is still sensitive to water and starts to unbind when it comes into contact with it. Similarly, when a terken carapace touches kinetically invested sand, those same macromolecules naturally either spark or leech away the investiture, making Sand Mastery ineffective. Sandlings then can be thought of as a sort of giant earthworm, eating dirt, absorbing necessary nutrients, then pooping out the stripped minerals. Also kind of like any number of birds that eat rocks, which they store in their gizzard and use to help digest food. Sandlings just have a water-gizzard.
  3. Shoutout to @Oversleep for his timeline post. That was really helpful finding info on how the rest of the books are connected.
  4. The citation on this is incorrect as well; Khriss' experiments on sand occur in White Sand 2, Chapter 5, and her test of terken carapace in Chapter 6.
  5. I was looking through the Coppermind, the Interactions with Investiture section in the article on Sandlings says "She eventually realizes that the sand gains a microflora after being ingested by the sandlings," which I believe is an error. In the scene where Khriss is explaining the differences between the sands, she says sand that has been ingested by sandlings has been stripped of the invested microflora, and so appears like Darkside sand. The microflora must not come from the digestive system of sandlings then, but instead from something that evolved (or was created) specifically to harness the investiture from Dayside's sun, and presumably just spreads from coated sand to post-digested sand.
  6. I disagree, as Kenton is seen in the center of the panel surrounded by glowing sand, standing next to Ais. The hooded assassin with the incorrect speech bubble can be seen in the next picture in the same place relative to the assassin with the pony tail. Also, as I was looking through the Coppermind, the Interactions with Investiture section in the article on Sandlings says "She eventually realizes that the sand gains a microflora after being ingested by the sandlings," which I believe is an error. In the scene where Khriss is explaining the differences between the sands, she says sand that has been ingested by sandlings has been stripped of the invested microflora, and so appears like Darkside sand.
  7. I'm not sure if it's an error, because of this WoB (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/80/#e5294) saying there is more crem buildup on the eastern side of mountains, implying the continent would be shifting toward rather than away from the Origin.
  8. Continuing a discussion from the comments of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw7qijXKnv8 In order to compensate for the erosion that would occur from the highstorms, Brandon designed a system where stone could be laid down by rain. (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/161/#e4422) According to the Coppermind entry on Roshar, this results in the entire continent gradually shifting to the east, because crem builds up on the eastern side of things as highstorms travel from east to west. However, wouldn't highstorms instead push crem deposits around to the west and erode the eastern edge, shifting the continent to the west?
  9. We know fire is incredibly dangerous on Roshar because of the increased oxygen level in its atmosphere, which most of the world overcomes by using invested gemstones to provide light. However, those gems become invested in highstorms, which don't really impact Shinovar in any significant way. What do the people of Shinovar use for light?
  10. We know that the continent of Roshar (Cosmic address: Roshar, Roshar, Greater Roshar, The Knight, The Cosmere) was originally created by Adonalsium, and that Shinovar, at least after the arrival of humanity from Ashyn, is the only place on the planet that has "normal" flora and fauna - no spren, plants growing in soil, similar plants and animals to what we see on Earth/other planets. Did Shinovar always exist as this bastion of normalcy, or was the entire continent of Roshar created with "typical" life forms on it, and then just got scraped clean by the highstorms, leaving it open for other life to evolve?