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  1. It looks too risky now, but I think in 15-20 years it'll look a lot less so
  2. Alethi lighteyes do. I don't know if that stigma applies in darkeyed culture
  3. I am and have always been of the opinion that adapting any book series before its completed is a bad idea. Game of Thrones is the most recent and obvious example of why this can be a disaster, and that show managed to fall into pretty much every conceivable pitfall once the writers ran out of source material. That said, I don't think we're going to see the end of Stormlight before at least 2035. Brandon has put out three Stormlight books since 2010, and will probably put out another next year, plus a break to put out MB era 3 and Elantris sequels. However I think this is a good thing. The modern fantasy adaptations are the vanguard of this kind of TV development. Rather than have kinks common to fantasy stories worked out on Stormlight, I'd prefer filmmakers work out the issues with adapting fantasy on series I care less about. Big budget TV is still a relatively new phenomenon, and I'd love to see that scene mature before trying to tackle something as truly out there as Stormlight is.
  4. I don't know that Rlain gets overlooked because he's different. I think the Parshendi still have some capital-I Identity issues
  5. I'm saying if we came back after a one year gap and Brandon had done this, I'd be baffled. Its without precedent for any of the characters involved and has no setup at all. It'd be weird.
  6. Honestly even if Kaladin ends up stopping in to say hi to Gavinor between missions or whatever I'd be completely perplexed. It'd come off as a military dad who doesn't have custody rights stopping in every once in a while between deployments or whatever and would be super awkward. He has no relation to this child. Kaladin has his own people to look after already. Its weird.
  7. I'm with Pathfinder on this one. If Kaladin is going to pick a child to protect, its going to be Oroden, not Gavinor. Kaladin playing dad to Gavinor strains the bounds of credulity.
  8. Bridge Four got pulled off guard duty, as did the bridge crew that became Teft's squires. Windrunners are scouts/cavalry, not bodyguards.
  9. Personally, I think the usage of "divine" in divine hatred is quantitative, not qualitative. I don't think we know enough about Adonalsium as a person to be able to say he was divine in a holy way. All we really know is Adonalsium was the biggest baddest power on the block, and Odium as a Shard is going to reflect Adonalsium's hatred/anger/whatever. That hatred had context, yes, and even a "vessel" more capable of steering it than I think our Shards do, but that doesn't necessarily make it a holy/righteous type of hatred.
  10. Isn't naginata-Glys exactly that?
  11. theory

    1) I'm not sure the Unmade's approach to the Surges is going to be the same as a Voidbinder's approach to the Surges, in the same way that fabrials can have wildly different expressions of the Surges than the Radiants do, despite all of them coming primarily from HxC's filter. 2) I map the Unmade to Surges differently than you do, I think Moelach ties to Illumination, since I think Renarin's futuresight is his expression of the same Surge, and I bump Midnight Mother over to Transformation. I actually give Sja-Anat to Progression. 3) I think you're barking up the wrong tree with the Dawnshards, personally. Sja-anat specifically says that she was "Made, and then Unmade", so I'm disinclined to think that Odium made them with his unholy hands directly. I'm not the only one who thinks this, but I tend to think that the Unmade were part of a "class" of ad hoc superspren with the Sibling and that Odium corrupted nine of them. (To that end, I think forming a proper Nahel bond with an Unmade would yield a Bondsmith) [For what it's worth, I think the "plausible" is a more honest answer than the "possible"] I think that's all I have for now, I'm always glad when posts like this go up
  12. Honestly I think Rlain goes Windrunner just as soon as he and an honorspren figure out its possible
  13. I'm pretty sure the only reason Rlain isn't a Squire at this point is because he (and everyone around him) thinks its impossible
  14. I think we'll see Jakamov sometime later as a "hey here's how the Alethi as a culture has changed" sort of role (and probably in passing), because he very much seemed to be a way to differentiate Adolin from the average Alethi upper crust. I don't think he wants to repeat what he did with Elend's friends, and the Alethi highprince game just isn't going to be nearly as relevant moving forward
  15. There is a finite number of available Soulcasters on Roshar. Gemstones are a fairly renewable resource on Roshar. One of those becomes the limiting factor.
  16. Gemstones have never been the limiting factor either. Soulcasters have been, which seem to be somewhat rare, claimed by religion, and shrouded (somewhat deliberately) in mystery such that many people assume it takes significant special training to use one.
  17. Even a single buildings' worth of marble is worth quite a bit, and on a planet where gemstones are to some extent farmable, that seems like a really good trade
  18. 1. Shai 2. Lift 3. Adolin 4. Steris 5. Navani 6. Ham 7. Hrathen 8. TenSoon 9. Shallan 10. Slammer
  19. I do like this organization. Order vs Chaos is a feature common to fantasy novels that get categorized as "grimdark". While what Brandon writes doesn't really qualify as grimdark, I think the Cosmere could be described in a way as a sort of un-grimdark, especially Stormlight. In grimdark, the true believers in things like honor are portrayed as naive (often dangerously so) and the forces of "Order" really only have their ordered world -- or the illusion thereof -- to protect them from the forces of Chaos. But in the Cosmere, the Order forces of Honor and Preservation and Dominon grant tangible power. I've often thought of Stormlight particularly as a rejection of the sort of ethical nihilism of grimdark, but put this way I think you could say that the Cosmere generally grapples with these themes and comes to some very different conclusions than other authors in this space.
  20. I tend to think the reason the Ghostbloods want to kill Jasnah is because she thwarted some of their plans to kill Gavilar, who was key in expanding the Sons of Honor and was basically a rival, though she probably didn't know much of who they were or what they wanted Gavilar dead. Those original reasons are extremely moot, and sending resources after her has proved pretty costly. I think they'd be minded to leave her alone of they thought she'd leave them alone
  21. Dalinar was eating that steak about the time Beard was born, probably
  22. Pretty sure Ishar acting as the opposite of Pious is him sacrilegiously setting himself up as a God-King, not going full hypochondriac like Kalak
  23. There's also the "other ambassador's" behavior. If you subscribe to the idea that each Herald is behaving in direct opposite to the Attributes that would go on to define the Knight Radiant Orders based off them, Kalak's are "Resolute" and "Builder" while Ishar's are "Pious" and "Guiding". The man who is probably Kalak is acting pretty much precisely the opposite of "Resolute", which would identify him as Kalak to me, not Ishar.
  24. Interlude novella isn't necessarily backstory. In fact it hasn't been at all so far
  25. The Interlude novella's main character has also traditionally been significant in the following book and given the next book is Willshaper and Singer oriented that pattern looks like it'll maintain into book 4. So its likely that it'll feature someone who's prominent in book 5, which is a big deal. Nale and Vasher both make sense to me on that front