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  1. I agree with this.
  2. How are we not discussing this yet? Has anyone else started watching this yet. My husband and I are loving it so far. The visuals are stunning (regardless what you think of how Disney has handled Star Wars, there is no denying they have all been beautiful from a visual artistic perspective). I am loving the character interactions. I love the mystery surrounding some of the characters. I am really just intrigued by all of it. And “I have spoken.”
  3. Hey all. I have a friend who is an English teacher at a high school. He is starting a fantasy/sci-fi lit class and is looking for more modern fantasy authors besides Brandon. Any length of work is okay. Anyone have recommendations?
  4. There were more than 16 people working to shatter Adonalsium. So when the shattering happened, it became a free for all among them to ascend to a shard. Hoid possibly started to ascend to one, but he was there with a loved one who was killed in the free for all. Hoid stops ascending or trying to and now his goal (as implied by The Traveller) is to bring that person back from the beyond.
  5. Okay. I just have to say that as a piece of artwork, I find this stunning. It has been a while since I’ve seen the star charts, (Not sure I’ve even seen the other ones in color) but I love this.
  6. That 5 letter one was tricky. My guess was Edgli. Edgli Odium Shard Color (And the last clue assumes Ian is right about her being a dragon) Human Thanks for another fun episode! I have fun playing along at home.
  7. Okay. I am a person who usually keeps my laughs inside and just grins when I find something funny. But this one made me burst out laughing.
  8. Maybe Honor+Preservation? I could see that as Courage or Valor or Protection.
  9. Those are some good possibilities. I have wondered who the main interlude character would be as well. It seems like each of the main interlude has been some sort of antagonist. Or generally misunderstood to most people. So Nale could be a good perspective. My other guesses would be Moash or Taravangian. Though both of them have had POVs outside of interludes so maybe not.
  10. I am a fan of nerd humor “You matter. Unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light squared. Then you energy.” Want to hear a potassium joke? ... K.
  11. I have a head cannon that Devotion+Dominion= Zeal. No one has speculated with Endowment yet. Endowment+Devotion= Grace or Condescension Endowment+Honor=Loyalty (though I like that one better as Devotion+Honor) or maybe Promise Endowment+Odium= Corruption, Infection, Virulence Endowment+Autonomy= Freedom, Salvation, Rebellion Endowment+Ambition= Glory? Pride? Ascension? Inspiration? Cultivation is a little hard to combine. Everything I think of combining it with just basically becomes... Cultivation. So a few slightly less than serious Cultivation options: Endowment+Cultivation= Teacher Cultivation+Dominion=Imperialism Cultivation+(hypothetical shard) Ingenuity= Industrialization, Mad Scientist
  12. I really like your groupings @Jofwu. My only concern was another thing Brandon said regarding a certain Rock novella he would possibly want released prior to Stormlight 4. But that novella could be a lot of things. Maybe he is unable to resolve things himself in the Peaks and needs help from Urithiru leading into book 4. Maybe it is kind of a flashback novella with the purpose of explaining horneater culture and Rock’s history prior to a deeper dive in book 4. Or maybe Rock has some sort of adventure in Urithiru that motivates him to return to the Peaks and accept his role as King. (Something that pushes him to Radiant, not squire, status?)
  13. I think it is interesting that Cultivation is trying to help the Nightwatcher (a spren) gain more understanding of humans not through a nahel bond, but by experience and interaction. A little trial and error. I wonder what the Nightwatcher would be like with a nahel bond. Or could she possibly gain the intelligence/understand that other nahel spren are gaining just by giving boons and curses. I really liked Grace’s Puuli speculation. That actually really works for me. I always wonder what greater significance each of the interludes could have beyond worldbuilding and that one in particular is odd. And one last thing I wanted to add because I’m not sure idea this was clarified in the discussion. Lift went to the Nightwatcher after Dalinar. She went 3ish years ago and he went 6 or so years ago. So it is possible for Cultivation to have been involved. But as of right now there isn’t enough evidence to know one way or the other.
  14. Ever since reading Warbreaker, I look at everyone as a potential alternative villain. Ha ha. I have trust issues in books now. (Yet I still love them.) I know that’s not entirely where you were going with that. As to what you were thinking: I wasn’t a particular fan of Frozen and I really like the idea of the Trolls being alternative villains who kidnapped Kristoff as a kid and then altered Hans’s memories to frame him as a villain to set Kristoff up with the princess. I also wish they had stuck with the original idea of keeping Elsa as the villain. Batman (or lots of superheroes really) could be considered villains in that they operate their own justice outside the rule of law.
  15. I’m with @thegatorgirl00 Grace on the Wisdom shard and the survival shard being 2 different shards still. The other way you guys interpreted that WoB works, it just wasn’t how I read it. @thejopen27 I agree that the ending of Oathbringer is a little ambiguous as to Shallan’s mental health and well-being. And there is a lot of good discussion about Shallan and her personas on the forums. My personal opinion is that the “Shallan” persona is the closest thing to core Shallan or Shallan prime we have. The other personas are splinters off that. And at the end of Oathbringer, I think Shallan chose to assert her dominance over the other personas. Doesn’t mean she’s all the way better or that things are going to be easy for her. But I think she chose to take a step forward such as it was. Lots of good WoBs in this episode. I can’t wait for more cosmere stories. Thanks for all you do guys! (PS, I really want to take on Ian on WTCC. I love those.)