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  1. The first time a spaceship from another planet lands on a new planet (new to them anyways). We've had what feels like a ton of world hoppers going through the cognitive realm and we've even had a mass planet hop, but people arriving through space in the physical realm feels different
  2. Yeah, I think what's left of Tanavast's cognitive shadow is in there, but kind of sleeping or something. We've seen cognitive shadows get "stapled" to new bodies like the Fused and even that damages them over time. I theorize that his cognitive shadow being absorbed by / stapled to a spren instead of a physical realm body was less than ideal and damaged Tanavast's cognitive shadow. I think once in a while he tells Dalinar to "Unite Them" outside of the visions and goes back to sleep . Or more seriously he isn't capable of much more than that. To me Stormfather is more carrying what's left of Tanavast's CS inside him, he clearly didn't gain any memories or understanding from absorption.He also seems to have his own, extremely grumpy personality and from what little we've seen of Tanavast when he was Honor's vessel they aren't that similar.
  3. LOL Unite all the humanoids of Roshar because that will conteract Odium's MO of sowing conflict / divide and conquer. Unite the splinters of Honor. IMO the "Unite Them" Dalinar keeps hearing is coming from Tanavast's cognitive shadow which the Stormfather absorbed. Tanavast keeps saying Unite Them in the visions and is the most likely candidate for Dalinar hearing them outside of the Visions. Tanavast set up the visions and then merged his mind ghost with a bondsmith spren with instructions to show the visions and seek out new bondsmith's to bond. Bondsmiths are good at piecing things back together as demonstrated by the statue in Thaylen City. That seems to be what the text is pointing towards, but there is probably a twist. Like unite the gas giants, gas giants are sometimes referred to as "failed stars", to form one new star that makes Braize warm enough for habitation, so everyone can move there after Roshar is trashed like Ashyn was. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_giant
  4. Maybe, but if 9 of them are getting their brains ripped out and set on fire every day I'm not sure they'd notice.
  5. Taln was a double-agent for Odium from the start, then turned on Odium in the last 4,500 years because he loves Ash so much.
  6. Taln seems too nice, self-sacrificing and has endurance beyond even what the other Heralds have. Or so it seems. This being Brandon I am looking for a twist. My theory w/ little evidence: Taln was a double-agent for Odium from the start, then turned on Odium in the last 4,500 years because he loves Ash so much. What do we know about Taln? He wasn't supposed to be a Herald, but then was included. (Stormfather in OB Ch. 38). An odd last minute addition that makes me suspicious. He had a habit of winning really difficult fights and dying in the process (Kalak in WoK Prelude). He makes a good show of it, but this approach guarantees he will die before the last Fused does. The Heralds end a Desolation by killing all the Fused and going back to Braize in a timely manner. Taln is guaranteeing he won't outlast the Fused in Desolation. While having an excuse for dying early and often because he takes on such difficult odds. He was the only Herald that never broke in the past (Stormfather in OB Ch. 38). Maybe that's because he was never tortured like others were. He was their inside guy. I'm thinking Odium's plan was to get the other 9 Heralds (the ones who were supposed to be Heralds.) to quit and humanity to grow complacent and in-fight. After the Knight's Radiants disband Odium is like "OK, go time! Taln, let the Fused loose." But, Taln has had a change of heart because he genuinely loves Ash and refuses. He is then actually tortured for a really long time and eventually break, but holds on long enough to mess with Odium's plans.
  7. That's a good point, she hasn't been featured on a cover yet. They seem to like having a person on the cover of the book who is not the main flashback character of that particular book. It makes sense the artist get a briefing instead of prose (prose could change before publication anyways). The Chinese covers of Brandon's work are my personal favorites because of the style, even though they are the least coherent to me. The Way of Kings cover is the Tower battle, but is going on with the Heralds(?) on the left side? Why does one on the top left have an eye(?) in their hair? Why is there a castle near the Tower?
  8. That's a great breakdown. The only thing I have to add is that their magic involves the Rhythms which permeate the Cosmere, but are easier to hear on Roshar for an unknown reason. Their magic involves sound and the Listeners gave up using their magical forms, so could not participate, only listen. Singers could participate in their magic system, or sing. Towards the end the Listeners started to use more forms, which led to their doom, but before that you could see Listener combatants chanting together in sync across a whole battlefield, a distance they shouldn't be able to hear each other well even if there wasn't a battle going on. They can hear the Rhythms though and can sync to them. WoB on the Rhythms https://wob.coppermind.net/events/120/#e7414
  9. That they were used on Ashyn before humans migrated to Roshar really throws me. They seem like they are spren that turned into objects in the physical realm or were part of fabrials. All magic on Roshar involves spren in someway even the old magic is usually a spren modifying people. But these seem to have been on Ashyn before they were on Roshar and we don’t officially know anything about the magic there. Did they originate on Ashyn? Did they come from Roshar to Ashyn? Some humans seemed to know of Roshar if they fled there in hurry during the catastrophe that left their planet’s surface wrecked. Maybe some had visited Roshar before. The Eila Stele makes sound like the Dawnsingers had never encountered humans before the big migration.
  10. Jezrien was definitely in his 30s when he became a Herald. Dalinar also describes him as looking in his 30s when he sees him in a Vision. I don't recall him commenting on Ahu's age, but Ahu looked like crem, so it's hard to tell his age. Maybe he's a young looking 35 or so. Still Shallash can't have been much older than 18 - 20 when she became a Herald otherwise we start running into questions I don't want to know the answers to. "Could 12-year old Jezrien have fathered a child?"
  11. I think it's the sky / the highstorms. Honor adopted the Stormfather as his godspren and rode the storms with him. Stormlight is Honor's investiture and it is released into the physical realm during highstorms. In modern times Vorin prayers are burned in the hope that the smoke will carry them up to the Almighty. He's associated with the sky even now.
  12. I like the idea of spren being scared off by a ton of the dead spren being there. Might not be related, but Szeth has bonded a high spren, yet it does not show itself to him much at all. I assumed it’s because of nightblood being around, but maybe they don’t like the Shin to see them. Maybe long ago the spren were told to stay away from the humans in Shinovar in the physical realm. Could have been part of keeping the humans in Shinovar. “Hey magic spirits don’t show yourselves to the humans and give them any ideas about what other cool magic things they could find on Roshar.” Or maybe the Spren are weirded out by the ecology being different from the rest of the continent.
  13. Nightblood is so creepy. Like an evil child from movies like The Omen. Except it’s a sword that eats people.
  14. Storms, you're right!
  15. That makes sense, Odium could be referring to his forces the Fused, the Unmade etc. Team effort! There's no "I" in "Murder". The thing is Honor died in the middle of the 4,500 year between the Last Desolation and present day when the Fused were sealed on Braize. Then again it can take a long time for a Shard vessel to die and the Fused's efforts over the course of the desolations may have helped Odium achieve his goal of killing Honor. Odium could be talking to Evi or her spiritual corpse anyways. Right before Dalinar claps he hears Evi say she forgives him. Odium could be like "no you can't forgive him, he and I killed you! Stay mad about it!!" It's not my preferred explanation, but it fits.