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  1. I really liked it, although I will admit that having guessed (while reading Skyward and due to a question on the Arcanum) that the slugs were powering the hyperdrives took a bit of the surprise away. That being said, I'm really glad he didn't go with "FTL jumps powered by enslaved humans-in-boxes," which the scream seemed to portend. Other than that, I was really giddy when Spensa figured out how to make the hyperjump work. I'm really looking forward to seeing her use it more frequently in the next book! Jorgen as a cytonic was a cool twist, and his training with Gran-gran made me laugh. I agree that the Superiority is in a lot of trouble. Not only are the humans centuries ahead in technology but they have sympathizers in the Superiority itself and among other races. The human/figment alliance and Vapor's steadfast support suggest that the humans have powerful allies there already. Oh, and the humans are miles ahead on actually running a military. M-Bot's untimely demise was quite sad, although he seems to have survived enough to find a new home. And, since we now know that M-Bot was built on figment/human tech, maybe they'll find him a better home than he had. I really want to know what's on the other end of that portal. I have a sneaking suspicion that Old Earth (which mysteriously vanished) is hiding in there somewhere, fortified and ready for round 4. But, yeah, great book. The ending was surprising but I'm definitely looking forward to both Spensa's adventures in nowhere and another galactic war.
  2. Are we marking Defending Elysium spoilers? I have been up to this point, since it's not strictly party of the series, but at the same time it's available for free and has been out for many years.
  3. Here's a major question: apparently Old Earth vanished. Was this intentional? A cytonic research project gone horribly wrong? It's unlikely to just be cloaked, since its gravitational influence would give it away. My guess is that it's hiding in the nowhere, probably fortified and ready to drop back into regular space for round four. My guess is that Jorgen is either a weak cytonic or just bad at the FTL communication part. Spensa never hears the slugs, despite owning one. I like the idea of delver politics, and I think that there is more to the whole delver/cytonic issue. Why was Spensa able to convince the delver to leave? Was it something special about her, or just a particularly curious delver? Maybe early humans convinced one to leave and then got cocky, thinking they could order the delvers around. Defending Elysium spoilers: I wonder what the delvers look like on the nowhere side? Clearly there is something on the other side of the portal, because you can mine acclivity stone. One thing that I would like to understand better is how and why human technology is distributed weirdly. M-Bot's (old ) ship is beyond even what the Superiority has access to, which is weird because the figments are citizens and they helped design it. But this never disseminated, so either the Superiority didn't capture much in the way of human ships or something else. On the other hand, Vapor seems quite pro-human, so maybe the figments are just biding their time and sitting on the tech. This also applies to the delver training facility: it seems to be about the same age, tech-wise, as the nowhere portals. And the Superiority doesn't seem to understand either, at least completely. More DE spoilers:
  4. I also have a lot of thoughts! The obvious question is `what is a delver and why are they so destructive?' Also, is there one delver or several? The text seems to indicate that these humans were hiding from a specific delver. I think we can guess that the delver was what scoured all life off of the planet, and left it totally barren. I assume the rats arrived, as they are wont to do, with the most recent ship. I seem to recall a guess that humans are special because they have a very low density of cytonics, unlike the other species which are entirely cytonics. Do they not see the delver? Do they not care? Does this one have a grudge on humans in particular? Are they trying to kill Spensa because she might attract a delver? Is this the reason the war was fought? Maybe the delver is a weapon/consequence of that war? As for the last line, I agree that there is something special about cytonics and technology. When Spensa and M-Bot are reliving the Battle of Alta, she reaches out with her powers and starts to hear the stars. However, when M-Bot turns off the simulation, they vanish immediately instead of going away. Defending Elysium/Starsight spoilers: A good question would be to ask if it looks the same for Spensa/M-Bot teleporting as the woman getting sucked into the blackness. What is a nowalk? Is it somehow related to the extensive life support and technology underground in Detritus? An interesting thing about FTL is that once you leave the forward lightcone, there is a change of reference frame that makes it so you travel backwards in time. Now, this is a weird quirk of our spacetime and likely has nothing to do with Skyward's universe. But I would not put it past Brandon to have stumbled on this and finally decide to incorporate time travel into one of his stories.
  5. @Honorless The thing with the alternate ending of WoA is that four mist figures show up and it's strongly implied that they stop Ruin from having Marsh kill Sazed. After asking Brandom about this several times, he finally admitted that the mist figures are other Shards, and that one of them is Endowment*. The star is likely that Shards manifesting on other planets is not as simple as "they showed up and yelled at Ruin." While we note that this is not canon, it nevertheless suggests that Endowment has sufficient foresight to know that killing Sazed -- happening halfway across the galaxy -- would be a Bad Idea. It is also worth noting that Endowment seems utterly unperturbed by Odium possibly getting free. Maybe she has some huge ace-in-the-hole located at the anomaly, and thats also how she was able to interfere on Scadrial. I don't believe this at all (personally my guess is Silverlight or similar) but it is interesting to consider.
  6. Oh yeah, those exist The nicrosilmind doesn't seem to "run out" after many uses, so I can see it as a long-term plan. And, in the three hundred-ish years between times we see him, that is likely enough time for Felt to procure one.
  7. So, this is my first thought. The problem is that he was born before the thinning of Terris bloodlines that led to Ferrings, so either he got a spike or he was always a full Feruchemist. Or, possibly, he was given the abilities by Harmony specifically to scout. As for standing out, it's possible that it's intentional. Roshar is quickly becoming a hotspot for worldhoppers and cosmere-wide organizations, and maybe Felt is sending some sort of signal. Similar to how Mraize doesn't hide -- anyone who wanted to push on Ialai and would recognize him would immediately have second thoughts. Personally I think he's doing some sort of Connection trick, either from Feruchemy or something else.
  8. I bet this is the key. Like others in this thread, I was also pretty bothered by Malata's willingness to go along with Taravangian's plans. If you take "Life before Death" to mean preventing another organization of Radiants from mass-murdering the spren again, then her actions aren't that strange. The Nohadon quotes have always bugged me because the Ideals are supposed to be based on his book, but the Surgebinders arrive before he writes it. What we could be seeing is the proto-Knights, where the spren were granting Surges but before Ishar was able to reign them all in properly. I do wonder, however, about Spark's longer-term plans. While the Diagram may honestly believe that they are going to pull a fast one on Odium somehow, there's always the chance that it goes wrong. The scenario I imagine is that the Diagram cripples Dalinar somehow, allowing Odium to destroy the planet and everything associated with it. Then, lots more spren die, which is clearly in conflict with Spark's goals.
  9. Ah, I misread a bit I'm sure that the various other names Nightblood has picked up over time are interesting (probably many of them are curses...), I meant that the most relevant one was the first.
  10. I think OP meant the original name for the sword. Vasher named it "Nightblood" after killing Shashara with it.
  11. This is actually a point in favor of her being a Herald, and something that has bugged me for a while. in fact, I can't believe I'm just now realizing this. Based on the discussion between Nale and Kalak, it is pretty clear that they arranged the assassination somehow. Two things about this bugged me: 1) How they managed to position Szeth so perfectly 2) How they knew Gavilar, Eshonai, and the other listeners would behave The second point I can't yet explain. It might be foresight, it might be that Gavilar was encouraged by the Heralds somehow, etc. But the first point is neatly solved by the Heralds making it so that Szeth is given the Honorblade, kicked out, and then they picked him up just before he was necessary.
  12. The Ghostbloods being from Threnody is both thematically fitting and has interesting cosmere significance. Since Ambition was the first Shard Odium went after, it stands to reason that any people on Threnody would be the first group to feel the damage caused by inter-Shard conflict. And while they don't have access to their own magic system per se, I can nevertheless imagine that they would be quite interested in understanding why the shades exist. This also may give a hint as to what Mraize is up to. If they're still angry about the whole Odium thing on Threnody, then they probably didn't have much to do except prepare for Odium's next play. Mraize is nothing if not prepared and well-informed; perhaps he isn't at Hoid or Khriss' level, but he's probably in the next tier down. Moreover, given that their actions have been a series of well-placed thumbs in Odium's eye, this sort of backstory fits quite well.
  13. I have written about this before, specifically how the Sibling is related to Urithiru. Down in the comments there's some discussion about the connection to stone. It is, I think, possible for both of these ideas to be true. That is to say, Urithiru was shaped out of the stone of Roshar. The Sibling, being the spren of Urithiru itself, was likely the biggest stone-like spren around. The Shin religion was likely shaped by this fact, and the fact that Urithiru was probably wrought in one piece by Honor and Cultivation. This makes the stone of Urithiru holy (as Szeth mentions) and the most obvious manifestation of Honor's goodwill towards his people on Roshar.
  14. I like this theory quite a lot, and I think that it explains quite a bit of the trickiness with the Recreance. I think it a not-unreasonable assumption, based on what we have seen concerning Skybreakers and the epigraph about the fourth Windrunner oath, that not all of the Knights would have achieved the Final Ideal of their order. Since there are "ways," as you point out, for a spren to separate from their Knight prior to the Final Ideal, it seems reasonable to conclude that their spren nevertheless went along with the plan. As for point #9, I think that the free will of the spren is an important part of Honor's built-in regulator for the power of the Knights. The Nahel bond can't be a two-way agreement if only one party has the ability to walk away.
  15. The "Ancient of Stones" as referenced by the Diagram is almost certainly Talenel. It references how he "must begin to crack" and start a Desolation. However, I do agree that there might be something to the Sibling having a particular relation to stone. After all, Urithiru was wrought from the stone directly. It is worth noting that Shinovar pre-dates the construction of Urithiru, and thus so might their religion.