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  1. Fascinating discussion. I was thinking Kaladin v Moash myself, even though it is obvious, but Stormlight is the only Brandon books I've read so far (I do plan to remedy that, don't shoot me!) so I don't know if he deliberately subverts the obvious Just Because. If this Battle Of Champions takes place as the climax of Book V then....is there time to swerve away from the build-up towards Kaladin v Moash? I don't think the champion will be Dalinar because Dalinar now is Honour (or Unity?) in a certain sense and thus Dalinar and Odium are the "kings/generals", not the actual chosen fighting champions. But this discussion has made me think......how about Adolin vs Renarin? Adolin is on the way to being an Edgedancer and Renarin can heal himself from mortal wounds. And no matter what happens Dalinar loses a son. All the action! All the feels!
  2. There've been too many references in flashbacks already to Jasnah's "illness" as a child. It's been solidly set up as the "thing" that was done to her that Shallan wonders about. No need to introduce some random rape plot. We also know from Shallan's backstory, what we know of Nale's activities since Aharietiam, and from some of the Interludes, that some spren have been trying to create bonds with humans throughout, this didn't just suddenly start like the week before we first see Kal and Syl in the slave wagon. When Jasnah sees into Shadesmar in the corridor the night of Gavilar's assassination, doesn't she think "Not again"? It's possible Ivory was trying to bond with her in childhood, she told adults of the things she was seeing, and was then horribly tortured in some way under some misguided notion that it was going to "cure" her. That has all been set up already, and is more than enough to explain Jasnah's backstory.
  3. I'm not sure how this fits into the theory, but reading this thread I was reminded of the moment, back on the Shattered Plains at one of Elhokar's feasts, when Wit leans over to Dalinar and says "Adonalsium" Dalinar of course has no idea what he is on about. But if Hoid sees Dalinar as a means to reassemble Adonalsium (or something more-or-less like Adonalsium, maybe with missing bits or with Intents mixed in different proportions)...could it be possible in the Cosmere for the re-forged Adonalsium to reach backwards in time to Dalinar, to plant seeds in the mind of its own future vessel, and that's what Hoid was checking for? Or to go way off the reservation into Tinfoil Hat Land: what if Dalinar's visions are not about uniting the human kingdoms of Roshar, or even about uniting the humans and Singers, but instead saying the only real way to defeat Odium and end the Desolations is to re-unite the Shards? And/Or aren't even actually from Tanavast at all, but from Adonalsium II? Maybe I've just got sleep deprivation and starting to babble