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  1. And light with smaller wavelengths (ex. violet/ultraviolet light) has greater energy. So a void light sphere set to release the same amount of light as a storm light sphere for the same length of time has more energy and thus mass.
  2. I was initially disappointed by ROW too. I think mainly because I did not care at all about Venli's story or past. Venli thinks in her head this isn't fair and what have I done but she never acts on it, so it never feels real. I wish Venli had made some dramatic attempt at rebellion and failed. And then been tortured to hopelessness by Lezian and then 'rescued' Leshwi before being sent to spy on Rabonial. My favorite characters, Adolin, Shallan, Dalinar, Jasnah, Lift all seem to be off stage most of the books. I came around a lot when I realized that ROW is about Navani. Were I to give advice to Brandon, (which I am in no way qualified to do), I think it would have been better to write the flashbacks about Navani's life. We got a lot of Navani the scholar but not enough about Navani the person. I think Brandon should have delved deeper into Navani's rage about losing her son. Navani could have sent Kaladin into a reckless situation in search of vengeance. She could have been genuinely angry at him for not killing Moash. An early conflict would give their later joint heroics more weight. We should have learned more about Navani feelings with Dalinar. I would love to see some doubt in Navani about being with Dalinar. Why wasn't she with him years ago? Did she betray her son? Is Dalinar really a new man or is she going to end up like Evi? Navani's religion is important to her and she has set herself at odds with that. There should be some fallout to this. She should wonder if the gods are punishing her for trying to pry out their secrets, for her wayward heart. If we had got all this personal conflict and confusion, her struggle to figure it out, imposing order on the chaos, and rising to become a power in her own right would have been more impactful. Like imagine if Dalinar had simply walked out onto Thaylen field without struggling to remember the Rift and Evi or build the coalition. It would have seemed trite and gimmicky and been disappointing. Brandon understood this and tried to put it all in the prologue, but it was too much to hang on one scene. Anyway I think if you try to write Navani's inner struggles and her backstory in your head it makes ROW a much more interesting read.
  3. (IMO), The industrial revolution was driven by capitalism and colonialism. Capitalism and colonialism also create specific kinds of strife. "Strife leads to progress" sounds an awful lot like "poverty and wealth motivate labor" and "competition creates efficiency" and other capitalist slogans. I'm suspicious that strife leads to progress is a way of justifying strife. Kelsier was born into conflict, an endless, hopeless, horrible conflict. This business about strife and progress, about needing to compete with the other worlds. I feel like he misses the fight, like he needs it. He's a soldier who can't accept the peace. He must feel so alone, so out of place. Who is left who understands the skaa vs nobles, the horror of the lord ruler? So I'm left wondering whether "strife leads to progress" is an idea that Brandon really believes in. Or whether this is just Kelsier's damaged perspective on the world. There is some evidence in Brandon's other works, warbreaker, cytoverse, and stormlight that he has considered what causes progress from a lot of angles. On Roshar, There's frequent references to how Taln's sacrifice brings peace and progress, but in ROW Raboniel and Navani make enormous progress through conflict. We see the conflict drive progress in both the Nahel Bond and fabrial technology. In Warbreaker, Brandon almost claims that progress creates strife. A kind of central question in his works.
  4. Is it me or is the Lost Metal a bit raunchy and even puerile, exspecially when compared to Brandon's others works? I always thought Brandon was a bit uptight when compared to writers like Terry Goodkind, GRRM, Jordan and Rothfuss. It was nice to see him loosen his belt a bit. I imagine him wearing a sailor's hat to get into Wayne's mind.
  5. Does strife produce innovation? Aren't peace, plenty and partnership as likely to produce advancement as hatred, hardship and horror? I'd be interested if anybody with a history of science background could chime in as to what the historical record tells us.
  6. If you swallowed say three beads of lerasium and some duralumin and then you used a spike to burn the duralumin, what would happen?
  7. Igneous, probably intrusive, given Brandon's comments about minimal volcanic activity. Has Roshar even been around long enough to form deep layers of sedimentary rock? Given the ecology, however, I do expect layers of limestone and with the steel weaponry at least some banded ironstone formations.
  8. Well that was 30 minutes I won't get back. Fair point
  9. So my theory is that Renarin is the son of Gavilar and Evi. This is more plausible than it originally sounds. We know Gavilar was horrible and oung ummm ... 'inattentive' in his relationship with Navani. Gavilar is a man of arrogance and power. He is a man who wants everything and takes it. I feel sure that he had affairs. Simultaneously we know that Evi was spending large chunks of time back in Kholinar without Dalinar. We also know that Evi was somewhat repulsed by the Blackthorn. It is not hard to imagine that Gavilar would be looking for an affair with someone young and beautiful, perhaps a bit naive and vulnerable. All the better that Evi was supposed to be with Dalinar. What better revenge for Dalinar and Navani's 'flirtations'? Evi on the other hand might be taken in by someone cultured and 'kind', someone offering her refuge and protection in the storm that is Alethi court. Evi seems like a very honest and honorable person in the books. We all love her. We see her from Dalinar's memory though. People are rarely totally good. Her drive to be a good wife, could as easily be guilt as a sense of duty or love. Renarin more like Gavilar than Dalinar. He keeps secrets. He's clever. He's refined. He acts with consideration in almost kingly way. This twist would have some beautiful parrallels. We rejoice in Navani and Dalinar together and then we feel betrayed by the fact that Evi and Gavliar got together. We could see in Adolin's conflict with Renarin, the old conflict between Gavilar and Dalinar. Could Adolin or Jasnah accept Renarin as king? What would it do to Dalinar to learn that Evi had betrayed him? Would Dalinar still see humanity as worth saving? Still textual evidence is pretty light. Evi did spend a lot of time in Kholinar raising Renarin up. She was eager to tell Dalinar, "you have two sons". I will admit that I was listening to a Game of Thrones audiobook when this idea struck. This is more GRRM. I would love it if anyone has evidence to support or disprove this theory.
  10. I have theorized that the plane of Shadesmar cannot form a map (I think the math term is bijection) to a sphere. There must be a missing point, a point on the surface of Roshar that has no corresponding point in Shadesmar. A typical mapping for example involves drawing a line from the top of a sphere resting on the 'origin' of the plane to every point on the plane. Each line will intersect the sphere once and form a 1-1 correspondence between each point on the sphere and the plane except the point at the top of the sphere. This point at the top is sometimes thought of as the point corresponding to infinity. I believe the origin on Roshar to be this point that does not connect to Shadesmar. Instead it connects straight to the spiritual realm and thus is the source of infinite investiture.
  11. We have been focused on Kaladin's strengths. Perhaps Kaladin's weaknesses are more relevant. Kaladin's depression is about giving up, choosing not to live, not to care, not to feel. Maybe the fifth ideal is about choosing to live for his friends rather than die for them.
  12. A problem with religion (IMO), is that faith obscures belief. To take up any banner of ideology or religion is to surrender an element of individuality. Brandon has clearly considered many different points of view on morality. Characters like Szeth, Taravangian, and Jasnah express absolutism, utilitarianism, atheism, etc... so starkly and yet so humanly. The characters who are lost and searching for morality, Dalinar, Kaladin, Shallan end up being our guides. The authenticity and diversity of belief in Brandon's writing and the way that he centers protagonists who are not espousing morality but searching for it, sets his work apart from other epic fiction. His books are as he would say about "the hearts and minds of men". One does not consider morality and philosophy so deeply if one already has all the answers. I believe Brandon wrestles with such questions himself. To answer simply that he belongs to LDS Church and their beliefs are his, is (IMO) to gloss over the fact that he is creative, thoughful and conflicted on morality and philosophy. I am sure he counts himself among the faithful and views philosophy through the lens of the churches teachings. Yet, I believe his struggle and answers are unique.
  13. Does anyone else ever think about the Radiant Ideals when you're trying to decide what is right and wrong in real life? I sometimes wish Brandon would tell the rest of the ideals not out of curiosity about the books but because I genuinely wish I had some more guidance in life. I wish I knew which order of Knight Radiants Brandon would place himself in. I wish I knew what philosophy Brandon really believes.
  14. Assume for a moment you're the Ghostbloods after Gavilar's death. You want to keep tabs on the Kholins and the sons of honor; find out what they knew. You look to recruit someone in the Kholin's inner circle, someone with a penchant for assassination and spying, someone with a thirst for secrets, someone you know is hostile to your enemies. Assume for a moment you're Jasnah after Gavilar's death, your asking your assassin friends what happened, you're desperate for knowledge about shadesmar, you're desperate for answers in general. Maybe Jasnah found out about the Ghostbloods when researching her father, or through a mutual acquantince. Maybe the Ghostbloods sought her out. Either way they both would have wanted to work together. They wanted each others secrets. Jasnah was part of the Ghostbloods. This explains why Jasnah and the Ghostbloods have so much of the same information and objectives. This isn't randomly killing off the competition, Jasnah broke free. Perhaps she killed her handlers premptively. Perhaps the Ghostbloods struck first. The real question is, why did Jasnah quit the Ghostbloods? Jasnah has a utilitarian view of the world. I think she would be fine with most of the Ghostbloods activities. I think the only thing that would really turn her stomach is if she discovered that the Ghostbloods were a threat to her family or the world.
  15. Ever read the crab cannon from Hofstadter's GEB? What's weird to me though is how crabs are the most asymmetrical animal, one giant claw sticking out.