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  1. I'm struggling to find the WoB, but I thought we had heard at one point that liquid was the most potent state of materialized investiture. It seems to me that if the order is different from normal materials, then the phase order would be gas -> solid -> liquid. Which is honestly really weird. But I definitely like the way you're thinking and you're probably onto something.
  2. This comment made me realize that in the far future of the Cosmere, there might be whole medical textbooks dedicated to Hemalurgy and how the bind points interact with different metals, as well as information such as how to find the bind points on bodies of different proportions and possible even things like using hemalurgic needles to provide short micro-boosts to different traits, such as using hemalurgic needles during surgery to provide specific parts of the body with strength or healing. Basically, magic acupuncture taken to an extreme.
  3. I'm definitely in the I do not like it camp, and while I have a couple different reasons, the largest is just that it makes me feel uncomfortable. I mean Hoid's age has to be counted in millennia and, unless something weird happens, Jasnah will be dust in what is a blink of an eye from his perspective. There is something about an ancient immortal falling in love with someone who's not even forty yet. That situation just feels unethical to me even if its not necessarily amoral.
  4. I feel like this question is the Cosmere equivalent of asking what would happen if one of the four fundamental forces disappeared for a second. Physics isn't really prepared to answer that question fully because physics is dependent on the existence of the four fundamental forces. Realmatically, I'm not sure we can answer this because realmatics are kinda predicated on the existence of the Connection.
  5. This thread is making me realize there is another possibility. Divine hatred given context through order and oaths? I'd call that Wrath.
  6. "There's always another secret."
  7. I was intentionally avoiding giving that answer. So thanks, Frus, for having my back here so that I don't have to give the Doyalist answer when I don't want to.
  8. Awakening seems to slightly distort the properties of the objects imbued with it to allow them to accomplish their awakened task. After all, a rope doesn't have any muscles by which to wrap itself around something, and Vasher's pants and shirt certainly shouldn't be able to be ridged enough to enhance his strength and grip. While there might be some stiffness to a soulcasted body, I actually imagine that since it would still have the full shape of bones and muscles and joints it actually would be easier for awakening to animate it, as all that would be needed is for the breath to mimic life in the material, which is explicitly what it is very good at, as shown by the fact that awakened materials like cloth take on the shape of things like hands or limbs regardless of the initial form of the material, if at all possible.
  9. I don't think we'll ever see a time where being a natural metalborn isn't significant, it'll just be less about the abilities you uniquely possess and more about how much a resource that person can be to others. My assumption is that you actually need metalborn to make medallions, for example. Now, I'm not so convinced of the theories that say it requires hemalurgy, but I do assume that you need a firesoul to make a f-brass medallion, for example, even if once its made anyone could fill or compound with it. As such, metalborn would still be valued for their ability to produce medallions, or the fact that they can have more powers at once than just the medallion would grant, since their own powers wouldn't interfere with eachother (that we know of) meaning metalborn might still have a higher power potential. Nevermind the fact that, even with access to medallions people will still have different levels of skill with each metal and those naturally born to those powers will likely be more skilled with them than those who acquire them artificially. All that to say, I do agree that the role of metalborn will be less significant, I just don't believe it will become irrelevant to Scadrian society.
  10. Yes, I have read and seen Invincible. Its my favorite comic series, so I own every issue. That series could darn well be a case study on why interspecies romances don't work. You gave an example from the show, so I'm going to assume you haven't read the full series, so I'll just say this: What you mentioned is no where near as bad as it gets. Interspecies romance, especially when there are significantly disparate lifespans, lead to problems.
  11. Rosharans do actually have a higher level of investiture than your average person in the Cosmere, just to how highly saturated their planet is with free investiture. On a small scale it has little impact on individual Rosharans. It would be interesting to have that extra measured in Breaths, but it certainly wouldn't even reach the double digits. But that's a tangent. As I said, individually that extra investiture has very little impact. But on a whole it makes Rosharans less susceptible to disease, which is why plagues are so rare on their world. Relevant WoB:
  12. I stated in a previous thread that I could see the Sibling leaving Roshar to become the spacestation/mothership: Urithuru rather than just the tower: Urithuru. Considering the world went on mostly unchanged from the Sibling's pretend "slumber" for so long, Roshar could probably go one fairly unchanged without them. My only concern would be for the spren that seem to have formed an ecosystem around Urithuru in the Cognitive Realm. But I doubt any spren would be completely dependent on it, and they could probably return to more "natural" habitats. So then it would really be like clearing a birds nest out of a plane so it could fly again, which isn't too immoral.
  13. theory

    You say aluminum is unique in that it is a metal with magical properties on another planet without being a god-metal, but the truth is that the more we learn about the advanced workings of magic systems, the more things like metal, color, and rhythm all start to appear as important in every magic system. We learned in RoW that metals have a great effect on fabrials, and we've seen from the beginning of SA how important the color of gemstones are, despite them being chemically almost identical. Meanwhile, we're only in retrospect realizing that the pulses a seeker can detect are probably related to the rhythms of investiture. My point is that aluminum having properties in every magic system isn't so unique. Rather, what's unique is how dramatic that effect is. And while I'm sure there is an explanation for that, I'm not convinced its because aluminum is a god-metal. I'll admit it might be, but my main hesitation is all the investiture "assigned" to Adonalsium took on a new "spin" when they shattered, meaning that aluminum would likely have split into the 16 different god-metals rather than simply becoming inert.
  14. Apparently there's a fairly well known method by which some worldhoppers are able to delay the aging process. We don't know what it is, but its suggested in this WoB: Thus it can be assumed that even relatively low-investiture characters could potentially become worldhoppers that last to other eras. As to how compatible the Seventeenth Shard's methods are with other forms of investment, or how it might be improved or replaced by other methods, we simply don't know.
  15. Interspecies relationship will always weird me out. Heck, I'm a massive comic book fan and yet even the idea of a Superman and Lois Lane relationship has always bothered me a bit, and he's basically just human with extra abilities. The idea of a spren/human relationship just seems like a whole series of red flags to me. So call me a cynic, but I can't find myself imagining a situation where it actually works.