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  1. My assumption is that Sel magic works by mimicing the land itself. So Aon's look like the landscape around Elantris. Dakor (sp?) monks grow their bones in shapes to resemble their homeland, which infuses their bodies with power. My assumption was that Chayshan is a body movement, where they are sort of tracing out their landscape, similar to Aons but differently.
  2. It's your stabilizing muscles. If you were to go work out for the first time ever, and lift a really heavy weight, one that is near as much as you can lift, you will be all kinds of shaky. That's because your stabilizing muscles are really, really weak. In fact, if you were to only work out on machines, which are geared to isolate muscle groups, and get really strong, when you go to lift free weights, you'll be shaky, because while your main muscles, like the biceps, are strong, your stabilizing muscles aren't used to the strain and will wobble. Balance is the same thing. Yeah, your inner ear has a lot to do with that, but your muscles have more. Your inner ear just tells you which way is up. Your stabilizing muscles have to be taught just right to keep you still. Increasing your muscles to the point that Pewter does makes all muscles and bones and everything two to four times stronger than normal. Being twice as strong doesn't sound like much, but it really, really is. Last year, I was able to do a 250 lb squat, which is ok, but not great considering I'm a 6'2" male who weighed almost 400 lbs at the time. Twice as strong would be 500 lbs. That's power lifter levels. And if you were already a power lifter who could squat 500 lbs, you now can squat 1000. But it's not just your main muscles being strengthened. It's all of you. Your bones, your stabilizers, your ligaments, your joints, your cartilage, etc. And you heal so fast you don't get sore, so you are able to keep it up for much, much longer, with less fear of injury. If all your stabilizing muscles are suddenly at power lifter levels, your balance instantly improves almost as much. You'll still need to learn where your center of gravity is, and how to manipulate it, but that's the difference between Vin and Zane. Vin was naturally good with balance and became better. Zane was a BEAST when it came to balance. It's actually the reason I always pick Pewter when people ask "What kind of Misting/Twinborn would you be?" There's just too much granted by it.
  3. And now I'm envisioning a post apocalyptic book where humans discovered how to unlock their regenerative capabilities and it turned us all into cancerous monsters.
  4. Any President who is in office through a war basically does the same thing. Congress declares war, but the President is the Commander in Chief. It's actually why they passed the Amendment to limit the President to two terms, because Roosevelt was elected 4 times in a row, because of war, if I'm not mistaken. They didn't want for people to get used to only one person being president, because of something like it being during war times, and wind up just reelecting him for life.
  5. F Pewter is only strength, it wouldn't store the extra balance and speed and all that. There's also no reason, in any realm, why you couldn't store extra speed in a steel mind, or what have you. Feruchemy works by draining your attribute, then allowing you to tap it later. If you have more of that attribute to drain, then you can drain more of it. It's like being a muscular person would make one a more powerful Pewter Ferring, because you have more muscle to drain. If your muscles were then doubled by Allomantic pewter while you drained, there's no logical reason why you wouldn't also store that strength, but there's no indication you would also store healing and/or dexterity or speed. Steel stores speed, not Pewter.
  6. tropes

    Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. The stories we read, especially epic fantasy, are about the movers and shakers of the world. Even when its about a farm boy, it's because that farm boy is in the middle of the conflict. When someone achieves greatness, either by birth, achievement or accident, others follow. It's nature. And in a realm that has yet to go through an industrial era, where the common man becomes more powerful, you will have those who lead, and they will look to keep that in their own family, as a means to secure their legacy. America is slightly different, in that everything was supposed to be based on merit. You still have "Old Money", who tries to pretend like they're the rightful elite, but technically, anyone who is able to get the right amount of cash in the bank can become one. The "Ruling Class" being hereditary is a European idea, not an American one. In Era 2, there is no emperor, and the Nobility are less and less in charge. More and more common men are taking prominence, and they are moving more towards a true democratic society. I feel that, with Elend in book 2, he was ahead of his time. The reason why America worked after the War for Independence was because they were already ruling themselves. So much so that they were wondering why they had to pay taxes to a King that didn't do anything to help them. But in Luthadel, they were all used to having the Ruler dominate them. Very few were capable of dealing with their newfound freedom, and were thus easily manipulated. You can't simply force democracy on a people who is not ready for it. Democracy requires a sense of self responsibility, and more than a fair bit of competence. The Skaa didn't have that. Also, 2/3rds of the assembly were Skaa. It's just, half of them were the new Merchant Class, and so they identified more with the Nobility.
  7. So...if Gold was only a "magical healing", then why do you get sick or not heal from wounds when you store "Health"? If one person, who can naturally heal faster, stores gold, would he store more than someone who has a naturally poor immune system? Personally, I would think so. You're storing "Health", not "Magical Health". Yes, it's taking you back to the Ideal Form of yourself, but it's still "Health". So if you could, say, increase your "Health", and then store the excess, that should make sense. A Pewterarm should be able to store Strength, Speed, Health, Wakefulness and potentially Breath (depending on wither that is a benefit, though Pewterdragging suggests that it is), because Pewter doesn't "Enhance your strength and speed". It "Enhances your physical body." It's every physical thing you have. Your bones are harder, your muscles more dense, your balance perfected, your resistance to wounds, and ability to survive them, heightened. One Allomantic Metal enhances all of that. Feruchemy splits each of those attributes. In fact, a Pewterarm who was also a Tineye (say, from a Medallion), is able to simulate what six, maybe seven, other metals can do in Feruchemy. There is no reason given why a Pewterarm, with enhanced speed, could not siphon that extra speed into a Steelmind. Same with Strength, or any of the other physical attributes. Even Warmth. Ham likes standing out in the cold without a shirt on, because he can. Pewter allows for that. Feruchemists can do it too, if they use Brass. When you store an attribute, you lose that attribute for a while. If Gold only stored "Magical Health", then it wouldn't make you get sick easier, or not be able to heal from real wounds as fast.
  8. I always figured tapping either Investiture would allow one to have a stronger connection to Preservation, and thus increase one's Allomancy. Store up your investiture to weaken your Allomancy, then tap it later for a boost.
  9. And thus the thread dissolves into battle between an Edgedancer and a Mistborn...
  10. I must be different, because I felt his execution of Jastes was justified and satisfying. He became a King, in that moment. Judgement is an important part of government. Those in charge pass judgement on those who commit crimes in their kingdom. Jastes brought a rampaging army against his city, and then left them to rampage with no direction. There was never going to be any other outcome. As for the soldier who was executed, same thing. We do the same thing, and its called a Court Marshal. We may not execute the man, but in a war, you CANNOT have your soldiers feeling like they can freely strike their commanding officers. For ANY reason. That leads to the breakdown of the army, as inevitably someone will decide that life in prison is better than having to listen to the commander for one more day. A swift execution will make the men fall in line much faster. It's brutal, barbaric, even, but it's also War, and War is not a game. Also, a commander has to be able to send his men to their deaths. I a commander cannot do that, then he is not a commander. Wars are not won by making sure your soldiers stay safe. They're won by using your soldiers to make sure your citizens remain safe.
  11. "I am the Law" could wind up problematic. Does it mean that he is above the other laws of men, and therefore whatever he does is right? Or does it mean that he must obey all laws set forth by men? Or does it mean his word is law and all men should bow before them? It is really rather vague, and I believe even in universe they're not sure. Because of that, I don't think even the last ideal will be "This is how you act in every situation ever." It would still be up to interpretation, to an extent. But it would help you to clarify and refine your ideal, to where you become what the ideal is meant to be.
  12. I loved all those parts. Era 2 Mistborn is still my favorite of the whole Cosmere. Wax is my favorite character, his relationship with Steris is my favorite romance, and Wayne is my favorite side/not side character. I do love Era 1 and Stormlight, too. But I just...I don't know, I feel for Wax. I hate that those are the shortest books in the series.
  13. Amen
  14. I've wondered if the Excisors that the Southern Scadrians have is a device which includes an unkeyed, unsealed metalmind created by Kelsior which allows one who touches it to gain Gold Feruchemy, and then get spiked to take their normal power, while at the same time healing them of any damage, including their soul. This would allow their power to be taken out, via the spike, but they would not die. Either this would take their power from them, or they would gain their power gain when their soul was healed, allowing for a repeat. Either way, the end result would be a spike but no death and no permanent harm done to the donor. It would even be a way to punish a metal born: just take their power from them and give it to someone else. If that is what an Excisor is, then the resulting spikes could be how they make the medallions, or at least be part of the process of doing so. If the Excisor also allowed them to drain their identity while tapping Health, then the spike wouldn't even be keyed to their soul, really. They'd drain identity, tap gold, then get spiked, and once the spike is pulled out, they'd tap identity so the gold could fix their spirit web. But, I don't know how Nicrosil comes in to play. Nicrosil is what the medallions are made of (the other metals are just for convenience). Nicrosil stores Investiture, or the ability to use it, like Copper stores memories. So, the Excisor could simply be a complex medallion like device that allows you to store Identity while simultaneously granting the power to store Investiture. This lets any Ferring or Misting who comes into contact with the Excisor to store their identity and then store their ability to use their normal power in the Nicrosil of a Medallion. This makes more sense to me, though I feel like Hemalurgy is used in this process as well. The problem the Northerner's scientists have is that they don't have a full feruchemist and Mistborn to test their theories on all this. The Southerners had Kel, who was a Fullborn from all his spikes (likely scavenged from long dead Inquisitors), and he would have been able to make the Excisor, granting the ability for others to make the medallions. As for whether Spook was right, that's hard. On the one hand, I agree that when a Metalborn dies, it's a horrible waste, and if they can leave their power for someone else, then that's beneficial. Especially to criminals, as a form of capital punishment. But on the flip side, the damage done to one's soul...i've often wondered if we could see our own souls, and the damage our own addictions and vices do to us, if we'd continue to pursue them...
  15. Your fourth ideal is fairly close to what I've always thought it to be. I always pictured it as something akin to "I will allow those who can to protect themselves." This is the flip side of the first oath, "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves." The third ideal eliminates feelings from the equation. The fourth ideal, in this case, reduces the responsibility to those who need it, rather than everyone. Kaladin's main problem in Oathbringer is he feels he is responsible to protect EVERYONE. He feels his oath should include Dalinar, not just because it's his job, but because he took an oath. What he didn't realize is that Dalinar is NOT included in his first oath, because his first oath was to "Protect those who CANNOT protect themselves." Dalinar could. In fact, if he had not been alone and fought his battle himself, if he'd had Kaladin to jump in and save the day, he would not have "leveled up". This would fit with the gemstone's record as well. It must be very difficult for someone who is sworn to protect others to admit when someone doesn't need their help, and therefore should not be helped, but it is the natural answer to Kaladin's problem of wanting to protect everyone, to the point where he freezes when he doesn't know who to protect. So the second oath would be about the basic tenant (protect people). The third would be about discrimination (protect them even if you don't like them). This oath would be about prioritizing (don't protect those who don't need it). I like yours, though. It goes in a similar direction. I can't say I'm sold on that last oath, though. We only have one of the Fifth Oaths available right now, "I am the Law". And even in universe, there is some debate over what that means. The fifth oath we have, though, seems to be the penultimate of the others, which are all related to the second. It is the ultimate clarification, the end of the ideal. "I am the Law." I feel the oath for the Windrunners would be similarly related to their job as protectors, maybe going as far as saying something like "I am the shield against aggression" or "I am the shield of peace" or something like that. One of the things I've wondered about Kaladin's plight, of knowing both sides and wanting to protect both sides, is that he may be RIGHT. Maybe he SHOULD be protecting both sides. Maybe he should be trying to stop the war, and protect whichever is defending against the other in any particular conflict. To protect against the aggressor, whichever side the aggressor, at that moment, happens to be. If the Parshmen attack, he fights for the humans defending against them. If, later, the humans come across a parshman camp and attack, they protect the parshmen. They try to keep everyone from attacking each other. It would make sense if Windrunner's jobs became to simply keep the peace, against everyone. They are the guards, while the Skybreakers are the investigators (and maybe jurors or judges). They protect whoever needs protecting against whoever would attack them.