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  1. 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.
  2. 71%Elsecaller 47%Lightweaver 35%Edgedancer 33%Dustbringer 33%Stoneward 18%Bondsmith 17%Skybreaker 11%Windrunner 5%Truthwatcher 0%Willshaper
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. So why did Odium create him? He sure is creepy, but he is actually helpful to the Rosharans. The Diagram even is running a program to use him. Why help your enemies? Does that mean that he had no choice when he made the Unmade? Were they a package deal? Or did he not know what he would create?
  11. Elantrian with bronze/duraluminium metallic arts.
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. On Sel answers to that question are subject to experimental verification. The landscape does not answer the question how an Aon should look like fully. In particular, how far should it extend? Why is the Duladen Republic not a part of it? The defintion is not legal. Teod people can become Elantrians. It is also not linguistic. Nobody from Jin Do, even those who speak the language perfectly, becomes an Elantrian. The Dor also does not believe in birthright citizenship. Even if your family settled in Arelon a century ago, you count as Jin Do. Shuden can do ChayShan. It looks like to the Dor ethnicity is by descent. So what is the end goal of teh Fjordell Empire? Is it political only? Or do they want to develop ScylaDor? SelDor?
  15. sa 4

    If you are an Ardent, can you let a soulcaster fall into the voidbringers' hands? Or will you rather destroy it?
  16. sa 4

    OK, so how many plant/growth/harvest cycles have passed? And for how many of those did Rosharans have stockpiles? The questions is whether the big famine is already past and how large a fraction of Roshar's population has perished like in earlier desolations. Or are they still living from reserves and frantically reorganizing agriculture before the run out of stores and gems for soulcasting? That leads to a question. What are the ardents in occupied territories doing? Do they make food or is cooperation with the voidbringers in any form considered heresy?
  17. sa 4

    Making sure no human force would ever surrender again. And the refugees would form war bands. And the Parshendi would be hated even more. And no human kingdom would consider a peace deal after that. That would also suit Dalinar. Yes. Odium's side has a conflict between strategic and operational goals. How long is a growing season on Roshar? And we have no idea what happened to the big cities. As for not taking them in, what do you want to do, let them roam the country roads? You lose ground transportation if you do that. And if you were to try kill them, how sure are you you would win? It looks to me like there are not enough Singers in a small town to hold it against resistance. They rely on a threat of reinforcement coming on a punishment expedition. Such a threat works only if the oppressed think that they have a hope of survival if they obey.
  18. It would be a nice twist if the mysteries were the original old religion with a magic background and the official Jesker some new, sanitized philosophy.
  19. You cannot be passionate unless you have values. They may be less than noble, e.g. yourself and your own welfare and importance, but values none the less. Honor is not about acting according to values as such. In fact, that is extremely close to a tautology. Honor means to value a commitment and duty higher than a current emotion. Empathy is passion and thus a weakness. Now for all those who are so critical of Venli, what would you have her do? What was the alternative to introducing a Form of Power? Surrender and hoping for the mildness of a ruler whose father you betrayed and murdered and who is already percieved as weak? Indeed. There is one central point in which Odium is absolutely right. Our passions make us human. It can be bad to act according to them. But they must exist.
  20. Way of the Stones?
  21. sa 4

    That is only the second best option. Ideally you use escapees from areas the enemy firmly controls now, so that your enemy is deprived of agricultural labor. Then you drive unreliable people unable or unwilling to do useful work into his lands. Besides, the new queen of Alethkar wants Alethi there, not Herdazians. Predictable power politics.
  22. sa 4

    Yelig-Nar? The Unmade? Nale? They have far fewer ordinary troops. Shard bearers cannot hold territory. That is also true of the Fused. Dalinar is luring them into wasting their strength on occupation forces. He also has the inner lines and naval superiority. He will use those advantages.
  23. sa 4

    Because Dalinar is a general who understands strategy and logistics. Refugees in Alethkar are a problem for Odium's side. Either they have to feed them or they will form marauding bands plundering Odium's farms. Dalinar is not going to waste his transport capacities on refugees and will feed the members of his coalition he has to feed. No. They could make it, but not provide it. The food would be produced where Jasnah is. And that is no good. Is Jasnah supposed to teleport through Herdaz all day long? It would take Windrunners, chull carts or a navy to transport food. All of these things have better uses.
  24. Ehm. Odium is about emotion. If you want uncaring and aloof, go to Honor. If you want caring but amoral, go to Cultivation. Honor means doing what you hate, because you must keep the oath.
  25. A rather famous amateur theologician from Scadrial wondered why you would pass on if you don't have to. For most people the question is academic. One world, however, inverts that. On Threnody everybody has to answer that question. So what do you have to lose? The old-fashioned answer a Threnodite would give is: your immortal soul. Shades wither away slowly and it looks like the dissolution of a Cognitive Shadow who has refused the call of the Beyond means annihilation. That would make becoming a Shadow a coward's choice. Yet Nazh reveres those who became Shadows. Why? And here speculation begins. Silence seems to form some sort of bond with her late grandmother. Shadows may have given Threnodites powers powered by their own substance. Sort of the ultimate sacrifice for family and country. Dare you imagine the horror they must have felt at the news of a continent full of Shades of people believed to be safely in the Beyond? Can we assume that the reaction would have been an epedemic of nihilism and neigh everybody elderly choosing to become a Shadow? And even more speculatively, what if those people turned Shadow refused to wither away and found a way to posses the living?