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  1. And criminals and slaves bought from abroad. Even that is dubious. Do you really want slaves to be loyal to you, but all owners to hate you? And whether people in low nahns would like to lose the only people even lower than them is hard to believe. And what will they do to criminals? Yes. This is correct. Yet economics works the same way. So what is the economy of slavery? How many slaves do they have? It seemed to me that slaves were reasonably common, but not overwhelmingly so. A few per cent of the population maybe.
  2. The worlds of the Cosmere have some physical and social constraints on travel. So who could go where? Strictly speaking this question would have to be asked with reference to special abilities and non-human populations, but that would make it extremely complicated. So let's look at ordinary people Roshar -> basically nowhere without serious discomfort or even danger. Most places have about 40% more gravity and a third less oxygen in the atmosphere. They'd need a lot of training. Sel is likely forever out of reach. Nalthis -> everywhere but Sel. Sel would require acclimatisation and training Sel -> everywhere, but they would be extraordinarily strong. And Nalthis would be odd. To anybody with life sense, they must stick out. Too much to be a drab and too little for one Breath. Some of their ethnicities, however, look unmistakably alien Scadrial, First of the Sun, Threnody, Taldaine's Dark Side -> no unusual issues, everybody sticks out on Nalthis Taldaine's Light Side -> nowhere without extensive training. They'd freak out at sunset.
  3. You are switching categories. The mindless Unmade are grouped by their mental faculties, while the rest is not. If yoy real want to group the by that, you'd end up with - the Mindless: Ashertmarn, Nergaoul, Moelach - the Alens: Re-Shephir. She showed some sapience but did not understand people - the Humans: Sja-Anat, Yelig-Nar, Ba-Ado-Mishram If you insist that the groups be of equal size (which we have proof of) Dai-Gonarthis and Chemoarish would need to go into the Alien category
  4. They are not, but guess where the rest of Azish slaves are and where they are sending every slave they can buy. How would they end it? They need to eat and agricultural workers are not going to appear out of thin air. They also need to maintain large armies, which consist of young men primarily. They are missing in the fields.. In Herdaz and Jah Keved distributed over large areas And they cannot concentrate them all that much quickly, as they would outstrip local resources. And they need troops. Roshar's best means of transport on land is a chull cart. You'd need to use the oath gates and extensive land transport. And you cannot just drop them on land. You need to make at least storm shelters and provide seed grain. But it has not been overturned in a good way. The Parshmen have been removed. They are unskilled labor by necessity. You can live with your household slaves going away, just less comfortably. But the rest is a problem. Trade and advanced manufacturing are suffering more than agriculture. Yet Jasnah wants to remove even more unskilled labor. Or make it more expensive. I really doubt this would end well. Yes, this plan means trouble. And in terms of human development, disregarding ethics, it is the least effective thing she can do. Vorin lands are not suitable for an industrial economy for one and only one reason: half the population cannot read
  5. The rest of the coalition is not going to love her for that. The Azish already had to draft citizens to keep agriculture going. Real estate without the people to farm it is useless. Calculate how many carts you could pull with all those chulls.
  6. We have a confirmation about Roshar's ecology. Even major rivers are not permanent.
  7. There really is no reason to associate them with a specific ethnic group rather than a commercial or political group. For now the only organizations we know to know about First of The Sun are Silverlight and the Ghostbloods.
  8. I didn't. I merely mentioned them first. Quoting myself: That depends. Are there Breaths that are that puny? That makes me wonder how they do this. Do shops on Taldaine close individually? Do they have set market hours? Roshar's atmosphere is different, too. Denser and more oxygen. That really makes me wonder whether people can go to another world. Crushing gravity, less air and less oxygen in that air and you'd lose your regular boosts of Stormlight. If you want to be pedantic, some Scadrians must have seen moons. The star has several gas giants. You can see moons with a telescope, just not around your own planet.
  9. No, they have a sun, it's just not very bright.
  10. That is a much better suggestion than intended. However, it cannot be the whole truth, as it cannot account for Riino.
  11. Yes, but for the right price he would do just that. Gavilar is not working for anybody. He had allies and partners. Well, there seems to be a tendency to view a Bondsmith as a sort of saintly figure and to see anything that is not as pure as Albert Schweitzer, Henri Dunant of Florence Nightingale as an Unmade at work. A vassal or a slave are also bound. There is nothing in the mission statements of the Bondsmiths that would strictly require the bonds to be between equals or them to be based on liberty or honesty.
  12. Potentially Elantrians are immortal. That means that the range of ages in Elantris will be much larger than in any normal city. You will find people who learned to speak centuries apart. How do they talk to each other? How large does a founding population need to be to preserve its state of a language? Does language still change with the older population slowly adapting? Is Elantris large enough to impose its language on Arelon?
  13. How? Gavilar surely did not design and assemble his machinery himself by hand. He must have had technicians.
  14. We are asking often how advanced a planet is. But which planet is most primitive? Ruling out the gunpowder worlds leaves few candidates. Roshar has quite advanced science. So Nalthis or Sel? I cannot decide.
  15. As a control group Yelig-Nar went into that stone voluntarily. Concluding that a stone that can house him could also trap him is daring.
  16. The Unmade are too well accounted for that. There may be another level of "void god spren" between them and the Fused, but there is no evidence for that. Unless you are proposing that an Unmade has been splintered? Gavilar may also have caught some ordinary spren. In fact, if his expeditions to Braize involved some kind of trap he is likely to have tested it on ordinary spren first. Venli got impressions from the voidspren making her a Regal and those are subsentient. Possibly the quality of the gem is needed for the intended use of whatever is trapped inside it, not for the storage of the content.
  17. Has this chapter planted the seed for Dalinar totally freaking out? Security around his wife was so shoddy that somebody secretly planted a gem stone in her travel capsule without her telling anybody?
  18. In a box in the hold. It is not unknown, but it is rare. I may point out that long-range aircraft carry an emergency coffin. It costs him next to nothing to carry that thing. Yes, but then the personnel will change. That is at a minimum, pack animals (lifeless ?) carry stuff through the void until the first port on the pseudo-oceans of the subastral. There the cargo will be transferred to ships. The caravaneers going through the void between worlds will never see the final destination. In fact they may not know where it even is. Possibly there are waystops where personnel changes in between the worlds and only passengers go the full way. So if the spren part were to vanish, the whole route would collapse.
  19. How old is good gun technology on Scadrial? About 50 years? Maybe just a function of insufficient time.
  20. optics: they have telescopic glasses barometric height formula: ardents can tell how high Urithiru is based on ambient pressure ecology: Shallan has a clear grasp of apex predators and their biology metallurgy: steel linguistics: they get how the Dawnchant was used architecture ceramics map making abundant steel factories extensives canals multistory buildings quite advanced medicine (Sazed was a good surgeon) limelights A gas turbine or steam engine would work just fine provided you use an existing flame to light them. Any place where that was not so before 1880? OK, Venice, but that is cheating. Kharbranth? The ardentia? Azish science?
  21. What, are you saying that some spren need water? That is quite unlikely. Ico wouldn't store his unused water device in a box in that case. The caravans cannot begin there. The perpendicularity is on land, hence inside an ocean in Shadesmar. You must go there by ship. And it really makes no sense to take pack animals for use in Shadesmar, whatever they be, into a montain environment on Roshar.
  22. Taravangian is a king on Roshar. That is like being a passenger on a burning and flooding ship. You are now interested on handling small boats on the open ocean, regardless of your wisdom or wishes. Mraize has more options. So he still goes to the place where Vasher resides and does nothing more? That is not really reasonable. Thaidakar has access to at least some armed men. Vasher should find a well aimed arrow in his back or poison in his food.
  23. But where do they end? We saw no offworlders in Oathbringer. Spren have an inherent economic advantage in Shadesmar. They do not need to eat or drink, yet they cannot go to other subastrals. Hence the caravans will end at a port, where Spren take over shipping. Or there is even an exchange point out there as far as Spren can go. We saw how trade to Scadrial quickly ended. If the Spren had been wiped out, trade would have ceased.
  24. Even the period between Warbreaker and Stormlight Archive maz be a bit short. yes. Apparently Thaidakar founded research into advanced fabrials and was able to give away a Soulcaster and even knew of the Aether world. That is just a bit advanced for Yesteel.
  25. There is a problem. The Diagramm aims for racial survival. That is actually rational, but only under the premise that man lives only on Roshar (and maybe Ashyn and Braize) The Ghostbloods have resources and a reputation that must have taken decades to build. Unless Thaidakar is immortal I cannot see how he founded them.. But that also should apply to Yesteel. Given how the Five Scholars broke up, I have serious problems with Yesteel allowing internal murders. And I wonder why Vasher is still alive.