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  1. I'm pretty sure this type of Awakening requires inorganic materials and a short command to keep Investiture cost down. As such... I'd combine these concepts by Awakening a flying drone that is bionically wired to receive visual signals from the eyes of a mantis shrimp (for range of light spectrum) and an eagle (for distance of vision), audio signals from the ears of a bat (duh), and olfactory signals from the nose of a dog or pig (also duh), and I'd use the words "Augment Me". The hope is that I would be bonded to the drone such that I can control it telepathically and that it doesn't have to "report" and I just get the sensory information in real time. Being able to see through the eyes of a mantis shrimp could open a whole new world of potential colors to exploit for Awakening too (though it could be that this color spectrum is already being used for Awakening and we just don't see it), and all of the other boons are pretty obvious. Hoping for a potential side effect of the drone being able to run off of my Investiture.
  2. I have suspected that the 10th Heightening Color Distortion effect could hint at 2 potential flavors of an Endowment version of Lightweaving: Awakening + controlled Color Distortion = physical puppet show made by projecting specific coloration onto Awakened objects that can actually perform actions Auras shaped directly without need for projecting onto a physical object, to produce insubstantial illusions I'd imagine the first to be more likely (and frankly more practically useful), but both are wild speculation. Not sure how much control would be possible here if this suspicion proves true to any degree, but most of the new Returned are unaware that they can control their physical forms as Vasher does and ignorance regarding Endowment abounds on Nalthis during the Warbreaker era, so who knows...
  3. "Extend my Spirit" The hope is that the Sword's consciousness (and possibly even any investiture it might capture, a la Nightblood) would become interwoven with my own and that it would be inextricably bound to me (excepting via Hemalurgical removal or death, of course). If the sword were to parasitically consume Investiture like Nightblood, then the basic hope is that anyone who took up the sword would be transformed into my puppet while they are holding the blade. It would be extra awesome if any Investiture I can access (Breath only most likely, given spirit webs being keyed to types of Investiture and the fact that I would be from Nalthis if I were in the business of awakening metal objects) that might be consumed by this sword when held by others could be utilized by, or even better yet passed on to, me in some way. It would be the least the sword could do considering the cost of Breath to Awaken it (5th Heightening, here I come!). Any Investiture I can't use directly could still be held by the sword, potentially enhancing its' ability to do what it does over time. I'd have a sword that essentially collected enough Investiture for me to become pseudo-immortal and to power some serious awakening activities, and which would grow stronger in and of itself as we grew older. If the sword does NOT consume Investiture a la Nightblood and I can handle it directly, then I'd hope that it would anticipate my motions and lend some serious strength and speed when deployed at the very least.
  4. There has been quite a bit of "varying Investitures in the same room", but no real "Investiture v Investiture". You get to see a hint of a crossover when Hoid gives Kelsier a beat-down in Secret History . I suppose the presence of the Ire would count too. Nightblood being on Roshar is a definite crossover as well. These are NOT great demonstrations of 2 different Investitures going head to head, though. Also, In terms of potential future battles between the more 'persistent' characters in the Cosmere, let's not forget that Marsh will be in the game for quite a while too and is a Hemalurgically-built pseudo-TLR where abilities are concerned, and so he could be a force to be reckoned with. My money on the first release showing really solid interaction between magic systems is Stormlight 4. Guessing Vasher or Vivenna will use some Awakening at some point, or that 17th Shard members will start making more appearances and flexing their invested muscles.
  5. That is an excellent point, I may do that.
  6. Well stated. Also, Vasher falls into the same boat as Khriss and is potentially more knowledgeable.
  7. True, for the most part. I did personally did get value out of having read Secret History prior to Oathbringer and there is the appearance of the 17th Shard in Oathbringer (or maybe WoR) to consider. Secret History nicely introduces the Cognitive Realm and Oathbringer deals heavily in that, and discussing the 17th Shard would essentially require that they have read almost everything released up until their reveal in SA, as the dependencies are all over the place there.
  8. One of the folks this list is for did the same thing, and it was the motivator for this list/post . I made sure it was situated prior to Oathbringer for that reason, though no reason they can't read it before ever dipping into SA.
  9. The part I omitted was an explanation that they could really move any of those that don't have dependencies around as they see fit, and further that my intention was to stack these so that I don't accidentally reveal something I shouldn't when they want to come and talk to me after finishing a title (ex: revealing the origin of the "sky people" in 6th of the Dusk to someone who hasn't read the origin story of the sky people from 6th of the Dusk). I have read everything and can't remember what happens when, so am always hesitant to talk about crossover stuff they just read about for fear of spoilering the unread crossover story. Agreed on White Sand; it is lackluster comparatively and the "crossover awareness value" is almost nil. Also, were I to keep SA together then it should probably be moved to the end of the list since Oathbringer has the most crossover to date, ya?
  10. I have a few friends whom I've convinced to dive into the Cosmere with me, and I've put together a reading list for them to help guide them through the various books in dependency order while attempting to keep momentum in a given star system where it makes sense. I want to set my friends up for maximum enjoyment and appreciation of the Cosmere at large, not just the individual stories, and since Sanderson fans are so thorough I thought the community would quickly help me address things I may have forgotten since my last read Mistborn: The Final Empire Dependencies: None Mistborn: The Well of Ascension Dependencies: The Final Empire Mistborn: The Hero of Ages Dependencies: The Well of Ascension White Sand: Volume 1 (illustrated) Dependencies: None Mistborn: The Eleventh Metal (short) Dependencies: The Hero of Ages, White Sand: Volume 1 (not strictly necessary but introduces "author" of Arcanum Unbounded) Elantris Dependencies: None The Hope of Elantris (short) Dependencies: Elantris The Emperor's Soul Dependencies: None Stormlight: The Way of Kings Dependencies: None Stormlight: Words of Radiance Dependencies: The Way of Kings Warbreaker Dependencies: None Mistborn: The Alloy of Law Dependencies: The Hero of Ages Mistborn: Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania (short) Dependencies: The Allow of Law (included therein as a series of interludes that look like newspaper clippings) Mistborn: Shadows of Self Dependencies: The Allow of Law Mistborn: The Bands of Mourning Dependencies: Shadows of Self Mistborn: Secret History Dependencies: The Bands of Mourning, White Sand: Volume 1 Sixth of the Dusk (short) Dependencies: The Bands of Mourning (not strictly necessary but recommended; could really be read at any time) Stormlight: Edgedancer (short) Dependencies: Words of Radiance Stormlight: Oathbringer Dependencies: Edgedancer, Warbreaker, Mistborn: Secret History White Sand: Volume 2 (illustrated) Dependencies: White Sand: Volume 1 White Sand: Volume 3 (illustrated) Dependencies: White Sand: Volume 2 Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (short) Dependencies: None, read at any point Notes?
  11. @Quantus I have read everything except White Sands II, but I read Oathbringer right after it was released and have been insanely busy since (became a parent) and had been reading other stuff in the interim so I’m rusty on the details. Working through a Cosmere reread currently since I finally convinced a good friend to join the fun, & he’s on Oathbringer as of yesterday, hence my visit here to brush up . I was thinking along the lines of “Szeth taking out a fused w Nightblood and NB potentially picking up an Odium-based surge by virtue of absorbing the trapped spren”, assuming that the spren must be absorbed if the Fused cant return after being taken out by NB. Lot of holes to poke in that though: spren are cognitive constructs and not pure investiture (I don't think), Nightblood’s guiding words of “destroy evil” don’t play well with anything let alone Odium’s intent, etc. Edit: something tells me I need to brush up on fabrials as I’m now second-guessing whether a fabrial gem can hold spren as a the Fused’s gemheart can... I’m positive I’m forgetting some very cool details here.
  12. You stating it in this way makes me wonder if Nightblood could have some of the qualities of a Fabrial Fused in the Oathbringer era... Gonna need a lot of Stormlight to test that without getting absorbed, however. Edit: Fabrials don't trap spren, they trap stormlight. C'mon, StarrFall... I doubt any abilities would be passed on to Nightblood's bearer, so I suppose Nightblood would have to find out for itself if this was the case.
  13. This IS beautiful! There is a lot of detail here to appreciate; in particular I really dig the texture that Kredic Shaw silhouette makes and the coins are a nice touch (I imagine they translate to "In TLR we trust", lol)
  14. This is incredible, as is all the work on your site! I'm a particular fan of this Koloss and your No Face