Pagerunner

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    I've read a fair amount of Fantasy: Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth, 1/2 of A Song of Ice and Fire. These days, I don't have time for much more than Cosmere.

    I'm also big into Sci-Fi. I used to be crazy for the Star Wars EU, but recent events have hit me hard.

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  1. In last week's stream, they tentatively decided on the June stream to be a spoiler stream, full Cosmere spoilers. If it's the first Thursday of the month, that would be June 3rd. I'll keep an eye out if they come out with any plans for taking questions; I've gotten stuff in on Twitter early on, but haven't had too much luck lately.
  2. I'm hoping to see some references to silver and a certain silver-nickel alloy, either worked into the story itself or in the Ars Arcanum.
  3. Pulleys is where I looked to understand conjoiner and reverser physics, as well, and I came to basically the same conclusions. The math works out nearly identical, but then things get a whole lot nicer than they do for real pulleys. We can have negative tension force, and when the weights on either end move in multiple directions, the vector for the tension force doesn't have to change due to physical limitations. I've attached my current understanding of the system below. (Or tried to attach; it usually takes me a few tries to successfully put a picture in a post.) The equations can be derived using just gravity and the lifting force in one dimension; three equations (sum of forces on each half, and the physical constraint of equal or opposite accelerations) and three unknowns (both accelerations and the tension force). Moving in three dimensions, you just set up those same three equations for each dimension (or use simplified versions if you've isolated that particular plane of motion). I haven't looked too closely at the "inefficiency" situation, but I suspect it will be a property of both distance and the magnitude of the tension force. Like if the rope for the pulley went across a speed bump; farther you are, the bigger the speed bump (more surface area for friction); and the harder you pull, the harder the rope rubs against the speed bump. But I haven't compared that to the text, yet; if you are able to post the passages and find any specifics, that would be appreciated.
  4. I've proposed this exact thing before, along with quite a few other potential avatars. You may be interested in reading through this thread:
  5. I thought it matched Braize pretty well. Selections from Kaladin's vision: The wind and light that hate align with Odium's presence on Braize. And the phrase "windswept crags" is specificially used by Raboniel to describe Braize: Tangentially, since Hoid doesn't recognize Braize in Kaladin's visions, this seems to resolve The Biggest Rafo:
  6. Brandon's publicist Adam pulls together questions from a variety of sources; Facebook, Twitter, I believe Instagram, and the live chat on the YouTube video. It's a mix of questions asked beforehand on other avenues and stuff coming in at-the-moment. I'd recommend watching for the social media posts next week.
  7. While not quite the same, I've been struck as I've been going through the book again (did a day 1 read, still working through a slower in-depth reread) about several sentences that appear in two places, almost word-for-word. There's a line about how spren don't die if they're killed, they reform in the Cognitive Realm; it gets dropped in two different passages. (There were at least two more that I can't remember off the top of my head; I wasn't taking notes on the phenomenon until I got to the third one.) And in a similar vein, in Lasting Integrity, we've got Shallan observing how if stuff gets too far "up" from any one face, it gets caught in the normal Shadesmar gravity; but soon afterwards, Adolin spends some time wondering about why the buildings are all so short and what would happen if you got too far up, as if the reader hadn't just seen that in action a few pages earlier. The stuff I noticed is more out-of-universe, yours was in-universe, but I think both are ultimately due to a lack of editing. When an author finally makes it big, you hear a lot of the criticism mention "editors don't even try"; Robert Jordan, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, I've heard it pretty frequently for all of them. Usually, it comes up for bigger-picture story grievances; how does the publisher let him get away with dragging these sequences out or putting the character down such-and-such a path. But where I think it actually hits is in the smaller stuff. Brandon does have a new Tor editor (she appeared on one of the release day YouTube videos), and the timeline for editing is as fast as the publisher can get it. What's been striking me on this book (and maybe it's been there for previous books, and I just didn't notice it) was the lack of polish on little things like this. It's not stuff that'll ruin the book, by any means. And with the way Dragonsteel has been treating the leatherbounds, using them to catch up on ten years of crowdsourced editing, I think it matters even less in the long run, since the release day book isn't the "definitive edition." So I wouldn't be surprised if Mraize's lines got tweaked at some point down the road, if they were just an oversight that got lost in a 1200 page book.
  8. Thanks for the translations. I posted some longer thoughts over in the Fabrial Metals thread (with light Shadows for Silence spoilers), but long story short I think the silver-nickel alloy is there to retain an imprisoned Cognitive entity. It doesn't directly affect the function of the knife as Navani was using it (to transfer Investiture), but naming a specific alloy like that has to be a clue to something, and I think it has to do with keeping a Herald from fading away.
  9. The sketchbook pages have been translated, and I think we have a new fabrial metal from the soul-stealing dagger: (top is Navani notes, bottom is Raboniel) The silver-nickel alloy has to be significant. Why use a particular alloy if there was no reason? What is the dagger's function? To guide Investiture, to rip out a soul and send it somewhere else. That is all accomplished through the raysium; it's what's responsible for the "dagger's function." The silver-nickel alloy (no specific products jump out at me), if it has a function, would be something ancillary. So, what might a silver alloy do in fabrial science? The trivial answer is that it would do the opposite of purse silver. Which is not all that trivial, truth be told, because we've seen how silver interacts with Investiture. Silver repels Shades and reverses their whithering; it is bad for them, good for people. And the Threnodite chain (in the chapter 64 epigraph, almost certainly the one seen in Celebrant) is able to anchor someone through Cognitive anomalies. (Whatever those are.) This might be a positive effect on the being or a negative effect on the Cognitive anomaly; I can see it either way, depending on if the chain is true silver or a silver-nickel alloy, as well, or if there is also Threnody-specific Investiture associated with it in addition to silver's natural realmatic properties. So, what does this have to do with the soul stealing knife? These were created to trap Heralds. But Jezrien didn't persist in the knife; once he was removed from the Oathpact, he faded away. There was nothing to stabilize him, according to Kalak. I think this silver-nickel alloy is a late modification to the knives to try to retain the soul of the Herald after it has been taken. Whereas silver in the cage would drive the Herald's soul away, the alloy does the opposite and keeps them there. (Or is supposed to help with that, at least.) So I propose that silver repels Cognitive entities, and that the silver-nickel alloy attracts them. (I promise I won't talk about silver's allomantic symbol as an external metal, or whether an Allomancer would only be able to burn it in the Cognitive Realm, which is why it has been believed to be Allomantically inert.)
  10. There's a transcription in the event thread:
  11. For any question where the latter is an option, that is always a safe bet to make.
  12. Sequel of the Dust transcription:
  13. Tue quotes themselves: Let's stack these up against previously unknown Shards. We had four old clues: We've got a potential "Ingenuity" and "Wisdom/Prudence": Invention seems pretty well-aligned with Ingenuity. It also sounds like Invention is hiding, which makes me think it's also Clue 1 and Clue 2 (survival-Shard and not-on-a-planet). Clue 3, Hoid's Shard, I suspect would be Whimsy. (I'd also bet it's the kite magic planet.) I haven't read Rhythmatist, so I don't know if Valor/Mercy/Whimsy would fit for there, either. I think it's also notable which Shards weren't named in the letter. If you don't count Honor and Cultivation (which I don't think were explicitly named in the letter), you've only got three Shards not named, the hidden Shards. The most conspicuous is Autonomy, which I think ties in to the "encroaches" of Trell. I don't think anything else fits Prudence, so I'll tentatively label that as another Shard. Which leaves only one true unknown. Oh, and one last thing. We get two clues about Cultivation. The first is a name, from the Alethi glyphs page: Korravellium Avast, She Who Brings the Dews at Dawn. Which may not be a Vessel name; it seems a little long, more like the Elithanithelitheia that I don't remember how it's spelled off the top of my head. But the other Light glyphs on the page mention Tanavast and Rayse in their descriptions, so it's gonna be something close to that. And second is the line from Hoid in Chapter 80 about dragons:"I know of just one on Roshar, and she prefers to hide her true form."
  14. Earlier this month, I was reviewing Theoryland for stuff that had never made it into Arcanum, and I found a piece of Q&A from a 2017 interview that had missed being carried over: Which left me feeling totally upended after the following passages in Rhythm of War: We've got a Cognitive Shadow, not from Roshar, who Wit has physically assaulted in the past. One who is known for his scars. I can see no other scenario: this is either Kelsier himself, or a red herring to cause us to think it's Kelsier. The descriptions match him to a T.
  15. I just got an email from my local bookseller with the link and password. It went to my spam folder; everyone waiting for an email should check there. (Your spam folder, not my spam folder, of course.)