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  1. Oh. I think it's fine to use future sight as a defining characteristic of Truthwatchers, because Renarin is our one example right now, and even though his spren is corrupted it is probably some sort of twisted version of what the normal surge can do. At this point it is part of the joke, just like taking characteristics of our other Radiants and applying them to the entire Order.
  2. Seems I misremembered: It wasn't the Desolations but the Voidbringers that the Envisagers wanted to return. Though that is similar, and close to what what the Sons of Honor were trying. Maybe the remnants of the Envisagers formed the Sons of Honor. I wonder where Teft was from originally. He was in Sadeas's warcamp, but he still could have originated anywhere in Alethkar, I suppose. It is odd to realize that anyone middle aged or older didn't grow up in a united Alethkar.
  3. I swear Teft said that the Envisagers wanted to return the Desolations. Gave me a bit of a shock on a reread. It was that chapter in WoR where he was on rotation with Sigzil waiting for Kaladin to come out of the chasms. I can check for it later when I am near my books.
  4. Lirin was a courier who travelled to Kharbranth in his younger days. So he has been there.
  5. Perhaps Ivory trained Jasnah. The first time she saw him, he flourished a blade, so I presumed he is proficient with weapons in Shadesmar.
  6. Next time they all had a meeting, I'd send a box of sky eels for Jasnah and a box of mink kits for Kaladin. Jasnah would run around happily with her new pets on leashes; Adolin would end up cuddling the mink kits until he got finally Kaladin to admit that, yes, they were actually adorable, and hold one; Shallan would furiously try to draw everything; Renarin would hide off to the side smiling; and Dalinar would facepalm. Anyway, that's how it would all go down in my head.
  7. Soulcasting is so overpowered I can't see Jasnah not winning any fight-- well, unless someone sneaks up on her while she's sleeping like on the boat. With Soulcasting, she can literally make anything out of thin air, turn anything into thin air, or turn anything into anything else . She can also do it at a distance, and even by proxy. She can directly Soulcast people into other substances. If you ask me, Soulcasting in boring with its lack of restrictions. Perhaps when other Radiants reach Jasnah's level their powers will be just as overpowered, but I think Kaladin would need a x100 power boost at his fourth ideal to match her.
  8. I don't want the main characters to wander off in different directions and never interact with each other. If they must go on a solo mission, fine, but anchor it with interaction with other characters at the beginning or end. I love seeing the characters from other characters' POVs. It's fun to see how perceptions can be different, and I want to see these people play off one another.
  9. Aye. There's that one moment there, when Adolin asks her what she thinks of all this. And after that she acted differently, not following him up from the shore, as a deadeye normally would, but staring at her feet as if... thinking?
  10. I wonder if Maya's recent proximity to Knights Radiant is a factor in developing a Nahel bond. Adolin has been hanging around Shallan and Kaladin, and his father and brother. That's something a dead Shard wouldn't have experienced for a long, long time. Along with meeting Fused and Thunderclasts. Life could start feeling like something familiar under those circumstances.
  11. Kaladin. But this question made me consider, because he is my favorite character, but that is not necessarily the same as being the favorite Radiant. So I filtered it through three things: 1) Best Dynamic Duo. A lot of strong contenders in this category. Kaladin and Syl (my fav non-POV character), Shallan and Pattern, Dalinar and grumpy Stormfather, Lift and Wyndel, Venli and the adorable Timbre, and Jasnah and Ivory (the only Radiant spren with enough maturity I could imagine him lounging in his den in a smoking jacket, checking his stock portfolio). And even though Adolin isn't a Radiant (yet), he and Maya are developing a wonderful bond. 2) Best Radiant powers. From the list above, I pick Kaladin, because his are fun and I love the way he can manipulate the air flow around himself when he flies but isn't really sure how he does it. Shallan might get top marks here for her Lightweaving, though, as she uses it for disguise, distraction, hide in shadows, puppet plays, and interactive maps. It is fine that she doesn't use Soulcasting much, as I don't like Soulcasting, because she doesn't need to with Lightweaving being so cool and useful. 3) Radianting. Dalinar has been trying to "unite them" since before he was a Radiant, so kudos to him for that. But highly visible blue streaks of light dropping from the skies, bringing hope to the populace? Kaladin organized his bridge crew squires, so he gets top marks here.
  12. I think it interesting that Maya is the one who is broken, and Adolin is the one filling the cracks in her soul, sort of the opposite of how a Nahal bond usually works. So, even though I do want Adolin to resurrect her and become an Edgedancer, I voted "other", because I think it is possible for it to be something new and different instead. My big interest in Maya is that she was part of the Recreance, and if she gets her smarts back she can potentially explain what happened. I look forward to seeing Adolin and Maya's bond deepen. If at the end of it all Adolin gets to be an Edgedancer too, that's also cool.
  13. I have to disagree with this. Szeth was selectively upholding a law. But he is well outside of Shin. I just finished a reread of TWoK, and I found myself with no sympathy for him while reading his mass murder spree across the face of Roshar. He knows he is doing wrong, but chooses to do it anyway. He seems to feel that harming others is part of his punishment and all about him, which is so incredibly selfish. I personally found his resurrection to be clunky, and wished he had stayed dead, despite my interest in his backstory. But that is a done deal. But I would like him to die-- though it is highly unlikely to happen before the end of book 5. Between Dalinar, Taravangian, Venli, and Szeth, this story is littered with Monsters As Saviors. I am having a hard time investing in yet another serial mass murderer who is supposedly integral to the survival of Roshar. I find the moral struggles of Jasnah, Kaladin, Shallan, and Adolin and even Moash to be far more relatable and interesting, but the story is confusing in that it asks me to care about those things while shrugging off the deaths of thousands for other characters. I don't want Teft to die, but I do see how that could further the story, so I agree that maybe he should. I kinda have the same feeling about Lirin.
  14. I agree with you somewhat about the shash brand, but not its meaning. Kaladin got it because he refused to be a good little slave, and repeatedly tried to escape, and to take all the other slaves to freedom also. Kaladin is dangerous because he upends Alethi society. It's the one scar I think Kaladin should keep as a badge of honor.