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  1. Crem turns rapidly into rock. The capacity to retain water needs a soil with organics and a lot of voids. You cannot sail a flash flood. People in monsoon climes build wind mills or build their water mills on the rivers supplied by mountain ice and snow. At the risk of repeating myself, there is no logical connection between normal and suitable for some activities. Not all that many. As you noted: crem. Whereever water pools, crem will accumulate faster. Roshar has a tendency to become smoother over time.
  2. Yes, they retract, so they do not stabilize soil. In terran soils roots act to keep together particles. To have that function they must stay in the soil. The storms are not the issue. The issue arises due to the time after the storms. The roots stay only in the open while there is water to be sucked up. Water just does not last all that long on solid stone. Without a stable soil, the water from rains cannot stay in that soil. It washes the soil downstream and once that is done it just immediately drains to the next river. You also get the effect that the organics in soil suck up water. Again there is no soil for organics to be in the first place. Rosharan plants lose water to evaporation. That is not just theory. It is exactly what the more densely populated countries of Europe see when they seal more and more of their area with roofs and road surfaces. The speed of run-offs goes up and flooding gets worse. It is also one of the reasons areas with less plant cover are more prone to flash floods. Basic ecology. I stand corrected. That leaves you with the less efficient kind of water wheel. It also limits the size of the wheel. And it does not help you when the water gets too low, which will be often. Which are artificial and magical. The water vanishing just before the storm hits? A sea of spears? Well, yes. You deal with it and Roshar is inhabitated. But dealing with it has consequences, some of which will be disadvantages for certain purposes. Trivial example, if you want carpeted ground floors, the Purelake is not the right abode for you. In countries with more arid climates and sporadic rains, settlement patterns change. In Spain for example, spots in river valleys close by the actual river are not the most popular areas for cities. You find them at some distance. Settlements in North Africa avoid large windows to the south, Northern Europe favors them. Roshar just happens to be worse for preindustrial activities. That is perfectly normal and has precedents on Earth. The Polynesians lost ceramics and many crops and domestic animals the Lapita people, whom they descend from, still knew. Adaption to an island environment, whose limited resources didn't support some technologies.
  3. No soil, well not much soil. In particular no root system and organics in the sand, which we know they have enough to use it in arenas, probably to be found in basins. There is very little capacity to hold back water. Add to that irregular seasons. That means no regular cycle of snow deposits at variable heights to melt into the summer. Water levels will fluctuate frequently, unpredictably and wildly. Remember that the Windrunner River was called one of the few permanent rivers. The rivers as water courses are permanent. But not necessarily them being filled with flowing water, in particular enough water to run a loaded boat through. Furthermore where are the cities at major confluences and riverfords? Roshar is like a tropical forest. They have the nutrients in the plants and very little in the soil. That is the way Roshar deals with water. There is just no way you can store water in stones, unless you form a pond. And those will evaporate quickly being exposed to the sun. The Shattered Plains must be one of the wettest places on Roshar It is closest to the ocean and regularly drenched by the Highstorms. Sebarial had no troubles establishing agriculture there. In fact Roshar seems to have no deserts. But it is just not a terrestial world. All that water that pours down in a Highstorm must go somewhere and it won't go into the soil, as there is no soil. Every Rosharan (outside Shinovar) river will undergo a catastrophic flash flood in every Highstorm. That does not preclude them from supporting lush ecosystems, in fact it encourages it. Millions of little pockets of water in every crevice and puddles of water as the flood receeds. But for mills, that is no good.
  4. 71%Elsecaller 47%Lightweaver 35%Edgedancer 33%Dustbringer 33%Stoneward 18%Bondsmith 17%Skybreaker 11%Windrunner 5%Truthwatcher 0%Willshaper
  5. We are talking about a man who considers a 'shash' brand part of his identity. Who watched a dozen men under his command whom he cared for die many of them while he desperately tried to stop the bleeding, spent like ammunition, treated worse than animals used for pulling carts. A man whose brother was killed almost before his eyes. A man living in a world threatened with population loss of 90% in a clash between deities. The Stormlight Archive is a tragedy. It may be written in a comparatively light tone, but the content of the stories is about as dark as it gets. Yes, of course. Without individual differences pointing to a different behavior, you expect Alethi to act like Alethi, don't you?
  6. Why? For issues of balance? I am afraid I will need to be callous again. Alethkar is a feudal, preindustrial land. Its people marry for a lot of reasons (including sets of shard plate). Love and attraction is not the only one, nor the most important. This is not the Western World in the 21st century. Kaladin is under a lot of pressure to marry. The poor man is supposed to lead the Windrunners but cannot even read his own mail or any reports. He is coming home to a cot in an army camp, if he comes home at all. He is a very young man. He is disappointed with women in general. There is a high chance he would marry just to get it over with and just to have somebody at home.
  7. Yes, but they have to eat. Those Singers surely have the capability and knowledge to plant fields and keep the group alive. But to do that they have to plant fields and errect some shelters. Yet we have Windrunners, Skybreakers and Fused flying above the Shattered Plains. How come they remain undiscovered from aerial observation for a whole year?
  8. Railroads are a late invention of the industrial revolution. To build them you already need to have cheap iron (preferably steel) and steam engines. We need to look earlier at coal mines, textile plants and transportation, that is into the 18th and 17th centuries. Roshar is a terrible place for transportation Highstorms No navigable rivers The major lakes are not navigable either One compact land mass No soil - you cannot dig canals, you have to blast them out of rock Horses are expensive. You are limited to chulls, who are strong and dependable, but slow. It is also a planet without major power sources other than muscle power Few, if any permanent rivers - no water mills Good luck building a wind mill that will withstand a highstorm Little soil, hence little sedimentation, hence no major basins or coal swamps in the past - no coal or oil or natural gas A further problem is Vorinism. You have no real labor market. Wages are set by the church.
  9. That raises a question. That group contained the noncombatants. It is unlikely that they would survive wondering around a whole year and living as hunter/gatherers. So that means that they have been located at the beginning of the book, or they are dead.
  10. sa 4

    Yes. Plenty of Alethi surrendered though and are cooperating now. Yes, but that kind of card is harder to play if you are a different species and the devils incarnate. They would simply count the refugees. And you can be sure the Radiants and the Stormfather are watching, as it would be terrific propaganda. Furthermore, the Fused do not care for either the natives or the refugees. If both starve to death due to having to share food, that is not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you have a quiet hinterland now, while you are still fighting. How many villages did the escaping Parshendi actually raid? It is a risk and they have to transport the grain they take. Will they work for Parshendi or Fused? The possibility that a device could fall into enemy hands was surely contemplated. A soulcaster is not large. It can well be hidden or destroyed.
  11. That then raises the question why this would make sense. The Radiants won't release Odium out of kindness. It has to be a deal or it is a trap. Why would Odium risk his life now? Especially as he has Fortune.
  12. Elantrian with bronze/duraluminium metallic arts.
  13. What is the point of fighting once he is released? More importantly, why do the Rosharans fight Odium? To put it bluntly, Taravangian has a point. If you can set Odium free without him insisting on killing most of Roshar, why not make the deal and be done with it?
  14. The (in)famous chart suggests that voudbinders have two 'voids' Renarin is bound to a corrupted spren, so it looks like he got corrupted power While you might compare him to Nightform to could equally well compare him to Moelach Forms of Power have glowing eyes. Why would that be if they were voidbinders bonded to voidspren?
  15. sa 4

    If you are an Ardent, can you let a soulcaster fall into the voidbringers' hands? Or will you rather destroy it?