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  1. Well, the same WoB: How does operating on all realms (which everything does) tell us what happens after death. If they are made out of something that cannot be destroyed their substance will be recycled.
  2. fused

    Maybe. Maybe not. There are very good practical reasons to choose Dalinar Given his position in the succession and his behavior, there was a very good chance getting Dalinar would also give you Alethkar Dalinar is the only Bondsmith. The Stormfather had already sent visions. His criteria could be deduced, plus Odium has futuresight. And getting the sole bondsmith, who can speak for Honor's side, would be the jackpot He has a reputation like no other living Rosharan. For all we know he had chosen Gavilar.
  3. By which medium does a Soulcaster talk to the soul of the object in the CR? Is it the same way Cognitive Shadows and travellers in the CR talk to each other? Can it be blocked? In particular can you Soulcast inside a Coppercloud or near a concealing Aviar?
  4. A death rattle. This sounds poetic, even biblical, Abraham and Isaac kind of stuff. And it pushes us to some kind of mystical interpretation. But could this be the literal truth? If Odium cannot have Dalinar, how about forcing Dalinar into fighting for and protecting his champion? Could Odium's new champion be Adolin's and Shallan's first child? Assuming Navani is beyond child-bearing years. It looks like a plan that uses Odium's professed goal, passion, and combines it with the enemy's weakness, honor, and combines them into one weapon. We might see Jasnah and Zahel vs. Shallan, Adolin and Dalinar going at each other in full shard plate. And Adolin has to go for the noble third option. He takes his child, walks into the light and keeps walking through Shadesmar.
  5. Nale is mad, but honest. He does know that his quest does not find universal approvement. The Diagramm are fearful of being discovered and they do not like their job.
  6. There have been discussions how fabrials arose and what gemhearts do. As fabrials use gems to trap spren and Singers house spren in their gemhearts, the assumption that Rosharan animals are doing the same is natural. It would require that Yolish and Rosharan life forms are distinct, for Ryshadiums being from Ashyn do not have a gemheart, but it is otherwise easy and straightforward. Unfortunately it collides with observations. The spren are not trapped inside the gemhearts, as they can be seen around live animals (the skies of Roshar are not filled with skyeel corpses). Kaladin even saw them around greatshells. For a greatshell the loss of its spren's effect would be fatal. Hence the spren are continously working even when they are only in the vincinity of the animal as opposed to inside it or its gemheart. Those animals have a primitive Nahel bond, Given the unnatural agility of chasmfiends we can conclude that the bond allows them to lower their mass. So why do they have gemhearts? They use them for the same reason Rosharan humans use gems. They need to store stormlight in order to keep using their bond between storms. Greatshells have a large gemheart because it must last for a full Weeping. The spren inside Singers' gemhearts are an innovation of their line, which allows them to change forms without a chrysalis stage.
  7. Well, yes. Things like poisoning somebody's drink. Though yes, the evidence on that is meagre. I am afraid I need to point out that the Stormfather, who is closest to a remainder of Honor, favored destroying a rebellious conquered city. Put himself under Kaladin's command. Hence Moash asked for permission and got it. If somebody broke his word there, it was Kaladin.
  8. At the risk of repeating myself, honor is not ethics. Killing per se is not dishonorable. Killing by trickery, or killing somebody who has surrendered or killing somebody you owe loyalty to, that is dishonorable. But killing your enemies in open combat. Not a problem. In fact it is usually mandatory, as you have sworn an oath joining an army. Honor will recognise ownership by conquest. How else could he side with the humans?
  9. Technically true, but we now have two phenomena to explain Rhyshadiums (they spontaneously developed a completely new form of symbiosis?) attracting a spren is exactly what evolution works against. You are a predator wanting to stalk prey and you attract those shiny yellow spren? Maladaptive? We also see that Parshendi aare less likely than humans to attract spren. This makes sense.
  10. Exactly. Therefore nobody would do that willingly. You'd lie in ambush and use a ranged weapon. If your are clever, you will use a less than obvious place. Atium or electrum would help against that. Zinc won't.
  11. You would be marginally faster in reaching the conclusion that you don't know enough to make a good prediction.
  12. Elhokar died in combat, as a combatant. Now we could discuss whether Moash is a traitor switching sides. You can make the point that you have to fight on the side of your species in any case. But Moash just took revenge and he did so in open combat. While Elhokar did kill helpless old people and did not face his enemies. And needed his uncle to shield him from the rust he was doing.
  13. How does the machine detecting aviars work? Aviars, at least the species carried by trappers, hide their minds. That is the key point of their abilities. So how do you build a machine that detects them? Does it simply burn through by sheer power? Or are the Aviars shielding against (Nalthis) only and do nothing against (Scadrial) But if so, how are those who are not currently using their abilities located? Is the machine using a combination?
  14. Easy in principle. Reassign the Shard after each question and record the answer. Do this a significant number of times and compare to control groups. Not nice and not very practical, but imaginable. The Shard has spoken. Moral questions get an objective, albeit limited, answer. Elhokar failed his duty to his subjects. Under Vorinism they had rights, which he was dutibound to uphold. He decided not to do so. That resulted in the the death of his subjects. Whoever avenged them was within his rights and laudable.
  15. He moved a planet, shifted continents, redesigned populations. He has a problem taking sides, not acting in general. Gathering and transmitting information, however, is what he excels at.
  16. Do we have any idea whether voidspren can be materialized as "voidblades"? I cannot see a reason why not, but if it would be possible, why don't Odium's forces use the possibility?
  17. Sazed loves liberalism. Passing the power to somebody else won't work He does not need to act a lot. All he needs to do is create a few hundred beads of Lerasium and some kilos of Atium and there will be his army. That may be the role Wax is being groomed for. He will be the general.
  18. But how? Why don't the Aviars shield themselves?
  19. No. Either the spirit webs are linked or they are not. You can get magic out of a spren without such a link. Fabrials and Shard blades demonstrate that. So two distinct possibilities exist for animals.
  20. Ruin could be seen as the compromise between decay and destruction. Yet to destroy you need to organize. You could potentially split up any Shard multiple ways. Likely. He wouldn't want to. Sazed believes in diversity and variation. To him it is better to be passive than to dictate actions. A Shard is a kind of mental illness, as it instills a compulsion into your mind. Minimizing that is a worthy goal.
  21. As a whole yes. But if you say such a thing like "Our actions sre driven by impartial honor", you are now open to experimental verification. Exactly.
  22. 16 is a power of 2. If you start with polar opposites, you will need to arrive at a power of 2. (pushing/pulling - internal/external) At the quadrants it is not so obvious, but you could come up with opposites)
  23. That touches a point. The holder has an influence. But the Shard has a core component you cannot undo. In a world which has Shards, morality and values leave the realm of philosophy and enter, at least partially, the realm of empirical natural science.
  24. One more question specific to Szeth as he is a Skybreaker. The Lord Ruler is among other minor things, like a god, the embodiment of the law. Can a Skybreaker attack him?
  25. fused

    To an extent they can. A KR can summon his blade without Stormlight.