Fanghur Rahl

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  1. For me, I think the most emotionally difficult scene for me was the one where Elend was killed, just because it didn’t really seem necessary. That and I really liked Elend as a character.
  2. Yeah, it’s just that in every other case we know of so far, all the ideals of a given class of Knight Radiant at least up to and including the 3rd seem to pertain to a single general theme. With the Windrunners it’s about protecting people and doing what is morally right. With the Skybreakers it’s about justice and following the law. With the Edgedancers it’s basically about paying attention. In the case of the Lightweavers it’s more abstract, but in general it’s about abandoning self-delusion in favour of self-awareness. And prior to the end of Oathbringer, it had seemed that the Bondsmiths were about bringing people together and unification. But Dalinar’s third ideal seemed to me at least to be at best extremely tangential to this. In fact, I’ve often thought that it sounds more like a Skybreaker or Windrunner ideal than a Bondsmith one, because taking responsibility for your actions and striving to do better is at least closely tangential to their themes.
  3. Sword of Truth was not at all a terrible series (not the first 11 books anyway), and it genuinely baffles me why so much hatred is directed at it.
  4. Honestly, I don’t know how else to describe it other than ‘physically’; we just don’t have vocabulary adequate for it.
  5. Then why did Odium need to ‘physically’ (for lack of a better term) travel to Sel, Threnody and Roshar in order to kill Devotion, Dominion, Ambition and Honor? Presumably the other Shards would need to actually go to Kelsier-Shard if they wanted to splinter him.
  6. How would they stop it? At least most of them are heavily invested in planets presumably light years away from Scadrial, and thus would not be able to go there without withdrawing their power, possibly with catastrophic results to their Shardworlds. For the record, I don’t think Kelsier will become a Shard, I’m just playing devil’s advocate here.
  7. Probably. But my point was just that the fact that he would probably meddle is irrelevant to whether he might eventually become a Shard or not, as there’s precedent for that among Shards already.
  8. You mean like Bavadin and in a different sense Rayse?
  9. I'm just curious, but did anyone else besides me think that Dalinar's third Bondsmith Ideal seemed really out of place based on what we know about the Bondsmiths? It seemed to have no relevance whatsoever to his second ideal, or really to the Bondsmiths in general for that matter. It was certainly meaningful to Dalinar specifically, but the Bondsmiths generally? I dunno. And on a tangential note, do we know if "I am Unity" was also an ideal? Because that's always sounded to me like the kind of thing the Bondsmith's final ideal would be, like how the Skybreakers' final ideal is supposedly "I am justice".
  10. Honestly, given the nature of the Land as such that literally everything is sentient to one degree or another and the people of the Land sense this, I don’t really think that the absence of any advanced technology is all that unusual given the circumstances. Pollution, destruction of the land and forests, etc. would likely make the people cringe at the thought.
  11. It always irritates me when I hear people bad mouthing the Thomas Covenant series for what are in my opinion entirely misguided reasons. Yes, in the first book Thomas Covenant in a moment of complete mental breakdown commits an act that can only be described as evil. And that action continues to haunt him for literally the entire rest of the series. The fact of the matter is that Covenant being written as a decidedly unlikable character is NOT a flaw of the series. On the contrary, it’s an essential aspect of many of the most fundamental underlying themes of the entire series, the most important of which being how broken people can come to terms with themselves (“There’s only one way to hurt a man who’s lost everything: give him back something broken.” “Only the damned can be saved.”) Plus, can anyone honestly say that Dalinar used to be any better? At least Covenant only hurt one person (like that anyway), rather than countless thousands. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, in my opinion, is and always will be one of if not the single most brilliant pieces of literary work I know of, and whether you like it or not, if you actually read the whole thing and still think it’s badly written, then you clearly missed the entire point of the series. I’m sorry, that’s simply the objective fact of the matter. I agree readily that it isn’t for everyone, but it’s still an amazing series.
  12. I don’t think it’s crackpot at all. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of the remaining six Shards were Jealousy or Envy.
  13. Part of me wonders whether there might be some kind of parallel between Shallan and her personas and Adonalsium and the Shards. Each of Shallan’s personas is basically taking a single broad attribute of her identity and making that the core of that persona’s identity. In a way, the Shards are similar to this. Each of them is basically a single facet of Adonalsium’s identity. If I were to take that analogy seriously, I might say that Veil is essentially ‘Guile’ and Radiant is ‘Confidence’ or ‘Bravery’.
  14. Are any of us truly the people we think we are? I kind of view the Lightweavers’ progression to full Radiant as being kind of equivalent to a person learning their True Names in the Inheritance Cycle. That is, it requires laying your identity completely bare and relinquishing all the comfortable delusions about yourself. One thing I’ve noticed about discussions involving Shallan and her personas is that people tend to assume that the personas are lies, acting, or some combination thereof. But that’s not true. All of her personas are truly her, but just different aspects of her identity given priority. Arguably her ‘true’ persona is one of these as well, though I don’t think I personally buy that. But regardless, is Shallan really Shallan? Are any of us truly the people we see ourselves as? And most importantly, is it even really a meaningful question to ask? I dunno.
  15. Maybe Cultivation's storm would make the Everstorm grow into something that isn’t evil?