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  1. @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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I think OP meant the original name for the sword. Vasher named it "Nightblood" after killing Shashara with it.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I like this theory quite a lot, though I am also suspicious of the timeline. Regardless, I think it is quite clear that Melishi is involved with both B-A-M's imprisonment and the Sibling leaving. There is an interesting connection to Syl's backstory. When her first Knight died, she was hurt and went into a long slumber. The Stormfather uses almost exactly the same words to describe his Sibling. Perhaps Melishi died in the attempt, in a way that was particularly damaging to his spren. However, your argument about B-A-M not going willingly is quite clear. I find it extremely unlikely that the Sibling, who requires a massive gemstone pillar to house their Investiture, would fit into a sphere. Thus, wherever they are trapped is probably quite large.
  13. My phone is home safe and sound! The recorded successfully saved the audio files, but I will check that it saved properly this weekend.
  14. This is pretty interesting idea, but there is a small problem. If we look at WoR I-10, it appears as though the Shin Stone Shamans can communicate with the spren of stones: Now, this is far from conclusive evidence, but the tense structure seems to imply that the "promising" happened relatively recently. We might reasonably guess that the Sibling went into hibernation about the time of the Recreance, so that this quote means that it was possible to talk with the stone spirits after the event. If the Sibling was indeed revered by the Shin as a "god" for being connected to the stones, it would be strange indeed that their "god" would have vanished more than two thousand years ago.
  15. I have actually been kicking around the "Navani becomes a Bondsmith" idea for a while. I more or less agree with your points, plus adding the part where Navani herself thinks that (OB Ch 104) "had some practice holding a kingdom together." I would not be surprised to see Navani going on a grand quest to get Urithiru running so that the grand coalition doesn't fall apart, and this attracting the Sibling. There's also the symmetry between her and Dalinar's "forbidden" relationship (supposedly offensive to the gods) and Honor and Cultivation's "forbidden" relationship (actually offensive to other gods).