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  1. 9 hours ago, 1st of Lunch said:

     Who just "makes" boots anymore? 

    Mostly cobblers I think.  Not gonna lie, half the reason I learned to make shoes was for the baffled "what do you mean you made them?" reactions.  But yeah, they're from scratch.  I draft the patterns, dye the leather, and do all the sewing by hand.  It's a fun hobby, but a ton of work.  


  2. I drafted the coat myself, based off of a generic long coat pattern.  The cuffs, lapels, pocket flaps, and a few other things are entirely my own additions.  The trousers, vest and shirt are laughing moon mercantile patterns 131, 125, and 107 respectively.  The embroidered patches are my own patterns.  



  3. On 04/12/2017 at 7:35 PM, Starla said:
    On 04/12/2017 at 3:24 PM, Stairdweller said:

    So, you may have reasons to not do this, but there's actually an option in audible's options to seamlessly meld multipart books back together. It's called "seamless multipart play."  

    I checked my audible app and can't find this. Can you point me in a direction?


    Sure - so, in the Android version it's accessible from the library screen.  Menu on the left -> settings -> playback settings, then it's the 5th option.


  4. Quote

    What is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past. They ignore the greater assumption— that a “place” for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation . No matter how broad that role is, it will be— by nature —a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood. I say that there is no role for women—there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar ; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither. Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society— we have done that far too well already —my point is to diversify our discourse. A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.

    - Chapter 65 of words of radiance; Shallan is reading an unnamed book by Jasnah Kholin

    Um... Maybe we should listen to Jasnah.


  5. I was only commenting on poorness.  I think there's a difference between bamboozling a visibly affluent man's boots away from him and stealing a poor man's only footwear. 


    I'm not excusing Shallan's behaviour (it was crappy) but... Kaladin just went to supply and asked for new boots.  It was an inconvenience at worst.  And Shallan actually needed those boots.


    Side question: anyone know how much it costs to buy your family a nahn increase?  And can lighteyes buy a dahn increase or is it all tied into like... land ownership and authority from the highprince?


  6. On 02/12/2017 at 8:09 AM, fail420 said:

    I feel like a beta nerdy virgin would imagine women are just like her.

    So.... this is an interesting comment to me, because it's strongly implied in WoR and outright stated in OB that the she has cultivated her behaviour specifically to be "a perfect lighteyed woman" - as imagined by her abusive, regressive father.  (He's exactly the kind of man who would hang a painting up to face the wall, as she told Kabsal.



    My biggest problem in the first two books was her lame humor and how completely out of touch she was with the lower classes (a rich woman taking a poor soldiers boots...really!). 

    Um... Kaladin is a captain at this point.  Riding a horse.  Which in our terms is like seeing someone driving a ferrari. Kaladin's position would normally be held by a 4th dahn lighteyes.  He's hardly poor at this point.


    I like Shallan's humour like I like tonic water.  It makes me cringe, but in a good way.


  7. Kaladin had been struggling since WoK with his feelings about what happened at the Tower.  As early as the end of the wsy of kings he tells Dalinar he doesn't want his men fighting Parshendi.  He dwells on the fact that the Parshendi behaved more honourably (or perhaos more ethically) than human armies he has witnessed - Eshonai fought Dalinar in a duel, not a brawl; the parshendi focused their attacks away from Teft and Skar, who were wounded at the time; and they allowed a retreat.  An alethi army wouldn't have done those things.  Kaladin himself resorted to defiling their dead, for Kalak's sake!  Throughout Words of Radiance he struggles with the idea that those Parshendi have their own lives, families, hopes and dreams. 


    It gets even more complicated for him by Oathbringer.  At this point he has personally met parshmen escapees and gotten to know them, including watching a little girl pick flowers.  He has spoken with Rlain in depth about his people.  He has even spoken out to team Kholin about wanting to find a non-kill-them-all solution.


    After all of this searching and struggling, if in the palace he had been faced with the decision of chosing which of two sides he legitimately cared about and knew - if after all that he had thought "Who do I save?  Oh right, of course it's the humans!  The ones what are like what I am!" and gone on a murder rampage through Parshmen he personally knew.... I think I would have been disgusted with him. 


    Brandon has gone to great lengths to humanize the parshendi/parshmen/singers/listeners.  They aren't Trollocs.  As painful as it was to see Kaladin freeze up and not save anyone, I don't think he could have gone all avenging warrior here.  It would have thrown away the entire theme of "us vs. them" not serving Kaladin.


  8. In the Ghostbloods' letter to Shallan, they claim that when the Skybreakers found proto-radiants who weren't bonded yet, they recruited them for the Skybreakers.  So, this implies that multiple spren could bond a proto-radiant. 


    And... thinking about it.  You have a person who has cracks in their soul.  A spren fills in those cracks.  That spren is a personification of a fundamental ideal like Honor.  Shouldn't that have some kind of effect on the nature of the person who got bonded?


  9. Do Skybreakers detect other radiants directly?  In the two cases I can think of, Ym and Lift, Nalan seems to have come after them after they were being raidant-y enough to cause rumours.  On the other hand, Shallan's letter from the ghostbloods says that they could locate pre-bonded types, that they would recruit into the skybreakers.  So, is it possible that their detection is never perfect, and they use a combination of it and just... regular investigation?  


  10. On 24/11/2017 at 0:49 PM, NightFrost said:

    You know I doubt anyone has tried to block a shardblade with aluminium I mean if it can only be made by a soulcaster not many people could have it plus since aluminium is so soft no one would use it for decoration or armor and it they did it would probably be a thin layer so anyone tying to cut it would not notice a difference. Plus everybody knows that shardblades can cut through anything so why try to block it with a super soft metal?


    People wear aluminum as jewelery often enough for a random crime-clerk to recognise it and venture an appraisal.  And people gild things, including armor.  So, I don't think "no-one would use it for decorative purposes because it is soft" is an entirely reasonable statement.


  11. This is kind of tangental.  But are there really equal numbers of dead blades from each of the 8 orders that contributed them?  It seems like some orders are more condusive to having many members (like how more militaristic orders seem to have an easier mechanism for recruiting squires) than others.  Do we have confirmation on what any of the other dead blades we have seen are?


  12. Erm... the sources are a lot more inconclusive than the text seems to indicate.


    So, it's not impossible that we just haven't seen a viewpoint character with enough inworld knowledge to recognize that the shardblade-safetyguard metal is aluminum.  EG Shallan understands condensation but "cold makes water!?" is confusing nonsense to Kaladin; if we only had Kal's perspective we might think Roshar doesn't understand this Science Fact.  But... I'm still suspicious.


  13. 5 hours ago, shawnhargreaves said:

    I think "mink" just means "small non-rat mammal" on Roshar, the same way "chicken" means "bird".   


    Yeah, I thought about that.  It makes sense, with the way Adolin thinks an image of probably-a-lion was "minklike."  But there would still have to be minks around for them to be the species that mammals all got named after.


    But oh!!  I just thought of something.  Adolin sees a mural of a lion in Urithiru.  So some of the KR knew what a lion was.  Was it because...


    1. lions used to inhabit roshar but died out?

    2. Lions are limited to Shinovar and the mural-maker was either Shin or had visited Shin?

    3. It's a remnant of a "fantastic beasts" legend that lasted into Urithiru's days but has since died out?

    4. It was made by someone who was personally experienced with a non-Roshar world, that has lions? 


    Edit: but I think the animal Dalinar saw really was a mink, or at least a weasel-oid of some sort, because he calls it "tubular."