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  1. I hadn't thought of that. I looked it up and the feminine form of the title is Ba'alah. That seems very similar to me, but there could be something else.
  2. Could Ba-Ado-Mishram be from Ba'al? Also, why did I only just notice that the more intelligent an Unmade is, the more hyphens they get?
  3. I don't know if it's been confirmed or not, but I'm 100% certain he included that in the book. I'm sure that he'll tell his family and inner circle ahead of time, cause you don't make your kid hear about that in the news, but he wants to clear the air. Dalinar doesn't go for half measures. And yes, I'm excited to see the impact it has.
  4. No such thing as enough. I'd be so bored if he ever stopped suffering.
  5. Not a problem. I didn't know that about Spensa or Ym, mostly because I can't remember who Ym is at the moment. It's good to know that attracting multiple spren is confirmed to be possible, so I appreciate that. Onto the original topic, I also find the idea of someone else beating Kaladin to the fourth oath increasingly likely. Although part of me just wants to see Kaladin suffer a little extra.
  6. That's pretty much what I figured you meant, although I wonder if Persons A and B would really end up in the same order. Do knights have to end up in the order that most matches their personalities, or is that just more convenient?
  7. With Szeth, I got the feeling that he was kind of a Skybreaker at heart already, so some of the oaths were basically just a formality, affirming what he'd already decided. It probably does depend on the order, though. I would expect Bondsmiths, for instance, to be more likely to reach the fifth oath because there are fewer of them and their spren are a bigger deal. Maybe some spren are more selective about picking someone who can swear all the oaths. After all, I'm sure there were plenty of Knights Radiant who were just average and probably stayed at the third oath, maybe eventually hit oath four. Joyful cruelty is how I make most of my decisions, but I actually think it would be interesting. Kaladin is always pushing himself, and up until now has been pretty much the leader of whatever pack he's in. I'd like to see him deal with the fact that sometimes, even if you're competent or full of potential, other people will get farther than you, even if you always thought you would be ahead of them. Accepting that, and everything that goes with it, could even lead him to reach the fourth oath.
  8. I'm a big fan of bad things happening to Kaladin, so I'd be down for him staying with the third oath forever, or at least for a very long time. I'd like to see Teft end up surpassing him.
  9. What if Kaladin never swears it at all? None of the Skybreakers other than Nale have reached the fifth oath in hundreds of years, and I wouldn't be surprised to find that in most orders, a lot of people don't get to the fourth or fifth oaths. I rather like the idea of Kaladin holding himself back and being surpassed by the people he thought he was leading.
  10. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you mean Cultivation. I don't recall creationism being discussed, at least not with the term "creationism." I know Vorinism is creationist, because they talk about the Almighty, who is Honor, creating things. Presumably most of the other religions are as well, but I'm not sure. Cultivation, on the other hand, pretty much meets the description you've given. And she and Wit are most definitely two different people. Incidentally, have you read any other books by Sanderson? Discussions about Cultivation and the other Shards like her are a lot easier, or at least different, if you're more Cosmere aware.
  11. Mountains, among other high places, have been considered holy places in all sorts of areas and mythologies. Olympus, Sinai, Fuji, various mountains revered by Native Americans, all sorts. The belief that they are a connecting point between different worlds, primarily that of humans and gods, is fairly pervasive. It makes sense that Sanderson would call on the same idea, especially when remote areas, as people have pointed out, serve a functional purpose as well.
  12. With her fantastic mental state, I wouldn't be surprised. I'm probably going to start suspecting any new characters of being her now. Eshonai wasn't among the Parshmen, so I wouldn't call it so much a minority as a nation that is being badly beaten in a war. I'll be interested to see what Listener society was like before contact with Alethkar, if we get the chance to see that. We've been told things, but we haven't actually seen it for ourselves. In other news, I expect another Herald to be dead by the end of the next book.
  13. Isn't Shallan part Singer? I remember reading that red hair was a sign of Horneater blood. If so, I don't think her bond seems that unique, other than the deal with truths instead of oaths, but that's because of Pattern, not her.
  14. Yeah, they adopted the new language rather than keeping their own and blending. If they had just blended, it would have been like Japanese and Chinese--there might be similarities, and someone unfamiliar with either might assume they were related, but they would be from entirely different families. What I find strange is the fact that Shinovar is the place that was made for the refugees (not sure if we have explicit confirmation on that, but logic dictates that it was), and they seem to have more ties to ancient human history than anyone else. So why do they have the only purebreed human language that's in the Dawnate family? Clearly something very interesting happened. I cut out the rest of what you said for space but that's a solid theory as well, and I think I'm willing to say that we could both reasonably be right. What I had forgotten in my first reply, however, is that the Shin tried to take over the world at least once, so they clearly haven't always had these views. I think it was Gavilar who mentioned Shubreth-son-Mashalan as a conqueror who overextended himself, up there with the Sunmaker and the Hierocracy. Maybe the Shin's deal isn't so much the result of millennia of culture and has more to do with reactionary changes after a failed empire. It's hard to say, with how little we've seen from them.
  15. I always viewed their treatment of warriors as being fairly similar on the surface, but due to very different cultural reasons. The Shin's treatment of warriors, as well as their treatment of merchants, struck me as a logical result of their focus on pastoral life and aversion to travel, among other things. On the other hand, the Horneater treatment of warriors is less derogatory, and seems more based on the importance of family and clan in Horneater society. It's more important for a family to continue than to fight, and so the eldest children are kept from being soldiers. It's possible that, way back when, these came from similar, or identical, belief systems, but I'm not sure about that. As a side note, you cited the linguistic relation of the three languages as a source for your theory. I can't remember right now, but do we know how Parshendi/Singers view warriors, or did before the war and the Everstorm? It would be worth bringing them into the matter. What the language family really makes me wonder is how the Shin fit into it. If they're the remnants of the humans who came from Ashyn, why is their language part of the same family as the language of Roshar's original inhabitants? Surely they had their own languages before then, and the Eila Stele implies that there was no contact between the civilizations before they came and settled in Shinovar, so their languages couldn't have been related before then.