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  1. the gem archive has been transcribed and catalogued there has been a full debrief of everybody and full sharing of information at least among the leadership Navani has figured out how to make perfect spheres They have new storm tables the number of Radiants has risen But some things are less clear Has Shallan come clear about the Ghostbloods? What has Navani done with Nergaoul?
  2. That begs the question what would happen if you healed somebody high on magic mushrooms or LSD.
  3. They would most likely try to study it. If they found a way to mass produce Shard Weapons, that could be victory. He can summon a living Shard Blade. He is a Knight Radiant. They know about the oath stone from Taravangian If he hadn't shown up, Odium would have won Then they could send him on a dangerous mission to a remote place. But putting a Radiant into jail is a gigantic waste. Even sending him to a lab for scholars to study Division would make more sense.
  4. Well, while this is true, it is turning into a rote answer. A whole group of highly competent and active people have been sitting on their thumbs for a whole year. Why? So leaving the Stump just out there? He could, but where is the point? You have a whole order of Knights Radiant against you and you jail the first of their members on your side? Moreover, Szeth wields the only weapon they know to permanently kill Fused yet Dalinar puts him into jail? Where is Nightblood?
  5. Sorry for coming back to this, but there other references: Flies that soemtimes appear around rotting fruit - looks like fruit flies to me Weevilwax in Oathbringer, chapter 4 - earth weevils do not make wax in large quantities This looks to me like we have two kinds of insects on Roshar. Imported ones like fruit flies and native products of convergent evolution. And possibly a third batch related to Aimians. Depending on what a Larkin is.
  6. "Dalinar doesn't know of the Diagram." Adrotagia countered. "Or that we brought the singers to Urithiru. He only knows that Kharbranth controlled the assassin - Malata has kept her head. Dalinar does not know who opened the gate. In fact he does not know that the gate was opened by a traitor. For all he knows Odium has some limited ability to override the blocks. That is a severe tactical problem.
  7. How sly is Brandon? Is he an inmate or a jailer? Did they pick Szeth to run a PoW camp? Or is he an infiltrator because he looks alien and harmless and has a Spren for spying?
  8. I don't see how the heretic middle position is tenable. Nevertheless the human tendency to shoot the messenger is strong. Many will blame him. And many will blame him for giving up on the vengeance pact.
  9. Why not? Is a perfect gem something else but a set of proportions? If so, what? That raises three points. Aren't they actively searching for Radiats and taking them to Urithiru? Won't they flee from occupied territories? A whole year and nobody has sent an expedition to bond the Nightwatcher? They still haven't found the Sibling? If she does not come clear ,we will see Jasnah and Navani probe into how come her whole family showed up exactly on her wedding day. If you have a whole team of artefabrians? How? I can sort of see that one might not want to have the Assassin in White running around. But how do you jail a man who can summon a Shard Blade? Why do you even try? What has happened to Vorinism theologically?
  10. Inconclusive. He most likely was not naked. Hence we cannot be sure what was awakened.
  11. The reverse is also true. The Fused never met a population that was just recently awakened. Though that would call for striking quickly. Which is not necessarily a contradiction. You can remain on the defensive in a strategic sense, while doing some local attacks at key points. I would suggest to strike on the ocean and to occupy key fortresses while you can. The latter is questionable. Parshmen were mostly a luxury and specialized item. Human slaves were cheaper. In fact it may be risky to abolish slavery just as Parshendi would have a chance to turn the table. The Fused are nice enough to demonstrate the need for such an alliance to the Spren. Torching ships and buildings is bad PR. There must be a reason for the Fused to take the perpendicularity. To just let them seems to be a bad idea. And to walk up to the Horneater peaks looks like a bad idea, too. You do the expected and the enemy has the higher ground, literally. Exactly. And it provides employment to the refugees. He isn't. A Windrunner I'd say, if we go by natural inclination. But you could not implement the method. Would you go and confiscate Shard Blades? If you want Alethi nobles to switch to Odium, that is the way to go. And the rest of Roshar would see yet another Alethi plot to take away their weapons. They won. I cannot see the Radiants just giving away that weapon unused. Good suggestion. Poison would likely be cheaper in the short run, though. Not on the defensive. You concentrate your forces on random locations. Then you let the flying Fused pass and hit them on the return leg. And you create fuel depots. Radiants can transfer Stormlight. The way squires work requires local concentration anyway. They can confiscate only on their own territory. This is a nice way to plan an ambush though. Lure them in with a fabrial. Still years. And in the Russian case, the result wasn't all that good.
  12. Right. This is counterintuitive. But they have the Windrunners. They could drown them in squires. Ugly strategy though. That raises a point. Why would Odium use corporal leaders? He has Voidspren. How many would Nale find? And more importantly, Nale may be crazy, but he has quite some integrity. He will not force trainees to choose his side. Honor did use him. The Stormfather outright said so. . There is one more point. Navani has a sphere and a trapped Unmade to research.
  13. You lose the blade and the plate as they have to progress through the oaths. That is possible. But when will you run out of volunteers? You cannot draft squires. That works both ways. The Singers are gaining trained people. It will be interesting to see how many Radiants will arise. And that leaves out another question. How many Skybreakers will fight on the Singers' side? And in which operations will they participate? Do independent Singers have an even older claim that superseeds Odium's Singers' claim? And once a Skybreaker dies, will their spren retrn to fight on Odium's side?
  14. How hard is it to torch fields on Roshar? How dense is the vegetation? Secondly, this of course applies both ways. What flying Fused can do, Windrunners or Skybreakers can emulate. Thirdly, defenses can be improved. Fortifications can be roofed and archery trained. Apparently Windrunners are faster. Roshar has unjammable and uninterceptable real-time communication. Air defenses can be organized. They were also fighting mortal enemies (at least for one desolation). Yes, it looks like a defensive strategy is best. You want to improve your fortifications and make the enemy bleed. Yet, you can do something. Classsical guerilla and terrorism. Secondly, you need to keep trade running as far as possible. Humans have the advantage of having more shipwrights. They also have superior capabilities in the area of fabrials and far more literate people. Humans can field a whole lot of spanreeds and warning fabrials. And maybe the painrial can be weaponized. Anti-air harpoons? Still, I think navally they should go on the offensive. Grant them lands of supplies. They are immortal though. You cannot trade Surgebinder for Surgebinder. The Radiants need to find a way to fight under very favorable conditions. And spend time on weapons research. Can you trap a Fused in a gem? And can they replicate the weapon that killed a Herald? They know it is possible now. Irrelevant because the Radiants cannot depend on that. Somehow Odium's forces got through. Malata was not seen unlocking the gate. Odium obviously is better at manipulating gates than the Radiants. It happened once. As long as they do not understand why it happened they have to assume it can happen again. No.
  15. That argument can be made. But then why two people? He is also a leader and a soldier. A lot of "could". You could also have one shard blade less an insane spren knowing a lot of your secrets a spren that keeps telling everybody about centuries of torture So a mere hope against the certainty of taking a lot of time they can ill afford to spend. So far. This is taking a single event the people who have to act on it cannot perfectly know as the absolute rule for the future. A responsible commander cannot do that. A soulcaster or user of Regrowth is only useful if you can get what he produces to the hungry people. You may notice that the majority of oath gates were located in cities with a port. That is for the simple reason that you need ships to transport goods in bulk. Hence the Radiants need naval supremacy. I read it. If you are referring to the prologue.
  16. Dalinar, to put it bluntly, is not a scholar or a scientist. And I really doubt he would send his Radiants into danger while quietly researching a building. New Radiants need to be trained and organized. Navani is a logical choice, but you need at least one Surgebinder. As Jasnah is unavailable that means Shallan or Renarin. Who else could do it? Why? This fascination with dead shard blades is highly sentimental. That would mean that the only Bondsmith together with a Highprince and Shard Bearer, both trained military officers, use precious time during a war of possibly annihilation to look into a feat never performed. All without clear gain for the sake of a single spren. This is foolish. the Radiants could never be sure of that Odium certainly has better understanding of oath gates than the Radiants they still have that honor blade No, I am sorry, every oath gate they keep has to have a guard force. This is not entirely negative. The Fused are clearly more mobile. Making them attack fortified positions is an advantage. On second thought it is the second best option. Surgebinders are distributed in a highly skewed manner. The best way would actually be to get the Spren to concentrate on candidates under safe conditions, like Kaladin is doing with his squires. That points to sending emissaries to them. A secondary objective would be information. Not really. There are very few oath gates. Fewer still operational and in friendly hands. Roshar has no cheap form of land transport. A naval response of some kind will be needed. It is a question Dalinar and Adolin (and the Highprinces and Azish generals) will be asking. In addition Odium's forces are unlikely to take the perpendicularity just for fun. I think no good (or even average) military leader can leave this question unaddressed. Running up a mountain where you are expected does not look like a good idea. Again an approach through Shadesmar looks like a more sensible approach.
  17. Possibly. After months who can tell where the book will start? I am just assuming that it will be in the Shattered Plains because they need magical power to hold the oath gate against flying Fused. That, incidentally, brings me to another point. The oath gates are a major advantage, giving them the inner lines. They can hardly give them up. Yet that dictates the points they have to defend. That may pointer to the obvious counters they can try. That is reverse the strategy of infiltration through an oath gate an burst out of a gate in Iri or strike at Kholinar (though that would be extremely predictable). The other strategic need they have is finding and rescuing any budding Radiant, so their forces can grow. That would involve evacuating families. Also the economy is collapsing. Securing trade is a secondary objective. Something needs to be done about the enemy fleet. Could the Stormfather be used as a weapon? Thirdly how do the Fused get to Roshar? Do they teleport or are they walking through Shadesmar? The Radiants are a bit short on intelligence.
  18. They have to hold the oath gates and Urithiru Urithiru unless it is switched back on is problematic for reasons of logistics The investigators need to be good in dealing with Spren and of the brainy version Jasnah needs to govern. They need a place to shelter the refugeees. It seems to me that if they send a small team to Urithiru it would have to be Shallan and Renarin
  19. The ideal of absolute protection is flawed within itself. It would require you to protect enemies from each other, taking things to the logical conclusion you would have to fight yourself. The Skybreakers have the same issue. If you follow the law no matter what, the question arises, whose law? That is what the Skybreakers openly deal with. The Windrunners will have to face the issue, too. THen it could have just said so in the third ideal and it has no connection to not wanting to protect some people.
  20. Heal himself, but others? Or use the other features of Progression? True assuming he wants specifically Lightweaving, but why now? a spren, not a Honorblade or, if you go all in, why not Yelig-Nar? (assuming Ashyn magic is impossible for somebody with his healing factor) And why Lightweaving. Hoid is from Yolen, so he got Yolish Lightweaving first. But why improve on it specifically? Sentimentality?
  21. Actually, that is odd. He can already lightweave, albeit badly. Why does he prefer improving an existing ability over gaining a new ability? It seems he cannot fly or heal or soulcast. So why lightweaving?
  22. She would not need to. We are talking about a man who quietly awaited his killer because he deemed himself corrupted. If Jasnah saw a political need, so would Renarin.
  23. Imagine being in a poker tournament using emotional allomancy. Or how you could make money creating a speed bubble for quick reaction.
  24. The problem is aristocracy, not Vorinism. Dynastic marriages include a rather primal motivation. You get your grandchildren onto or near the throne.
  25. Let's face it. If the king had defend his homeland using human and sacrifice and won, he would be celebrated. And as for forcing people to become peasants, what other choice did he have? Without Elantris there would have been starvation.