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    Swordplay (particularly 16th Century Italian), Brandon Sanderson, J. R. R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, archery, shotgun and pistol competition, attempting to obtain a private pilot licence (making progress).

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  1. 433. Pay attention to anyone who tells you their name, as they're probably important enough to the plot not to die immediately. Alternately, if you are not the Hero, make sure that they know your name, as it greatly reduces your chances of dying in the first conflict that comes along.
  2. Brando: He is a bridger of minds. Me: It's not like he's a bridger of minds or anything.
  3. Just checked my notifications and lost the game for the first time today. Now @Gneorndin has as well
  4. That's quite interesting, I really ought to read more WOBs.
  5. 1. Alright, from seeing other posts here, I have decided that this really is a rather unpopular opinion: Rlain could not have bonded the Sibling, even if Navani had never existed or had not been chosen. I have come to this deduction by examining all evidence presented in the novel which pertains to this subject. Rlain is an embittered outcast of both the Listeners/Singers and Humans. He lacks the correct personality and manor of emotional damage to bond a bondsmith type spren, as he does not bridge, or unify; he separates; It would require that he be chosen purely because he wasn't human and that he was in the right place, which would oppose his character arc completely and entirely. Outside of selection based upon what species he is, there is certainly no reason at all that Rlain would be better as a bondsmith than any of the other characters in the 'societal outcast' crowd, all of whom would make significantly inferior bondsmiths to Navani. And finally, Rlain being chosen is exactly what we would have expected to happen (hence some people's disappointment), the general trend in the fantasy genre presently being ridiculously contrasting hero's journeys. The only reason that Rlain would become a bondsmith is because we want him to do so in order to appease our sense of justice, which has nothing to do with the plot or his actual character. And thus, the trick is on all of us, Branderson actually pulled a massive plot twist by not writing one at all. I also have a personal hunch that at some point we shall learn why all of the Kholins are slowly becoming radiant I'm subsequent novels, but this hardly need be included in what is already a blurb of opinion stretched far too long. 2. Like many others have noted, the nodes are a terrifyingly foolish plot device, highly reminiscent of the 'conquest' mode in the first person shooter franchise 'Battlefield'. At this point is this really still considered an unpopular opinion? 3. Kaladin's depression was not handled with the same finesse that it was in WoK and WoR. It builds to an immeasurable front at which point Kaladin attempts to end it, but then, suddenly, he gets his powers back + shardplate and suddenly forgets that he was just in the frickin' process of killing himself. (Though that Tien seen was touching, I'll admit.) On the bright side, now he may be worshipping Dalinar as God, and I mean, really, why not?
  6. This really isn't a great place to debate the topic, but because I was already hoping to share my impressions of the event anyhow, I would like it indeed to speak further of the topic on the Character Discussion Board if you wished. If not, that's fine too, of course. Now, in good jest (since I have to include a meme to make the post valid anyhow):
  7. Oathbringer spoilers:
  8. Yes, I started lurking around here again upon occasion. A couple of months early too. I'll still probably avoid RPs in order to minimise excessive use and shan't be here reliably, but I will occasionally go and ask foolish questions or chat with friends when the time arises. My apologies go to anyone who's time was wasted by this useless status update in advance.

     

  9. Yes, that was foolish and Ameri-centric of me. Indeed, the vast majority of latin based languages use 'cent' I words quite like it, (from latin ccentum, of course) to represent the numerical concept.
  10. Sorry, I forgot to clarify. I meant Earth's Universe outside of the Cosmere. I edited my OP to prevent further confusion. Thank you all for the helpful answers though!
  11. In the epilogue of Rhythm of War, Hoid refers to the coins from his magic trick as cents, I deduce that this either a translation of a word from one of the languages of the Cosmere (unlikely), an error on Mr. Sanderson's part (once again, rather unlikely), or, last but not least, a hint that Hoid is aware of Earth's Unniverse, Earth, and specifically the United States (which does provide some degree of a time frame). This could imply that Hoid can hop universes. What do you all think? Any other theories upon why Sanderson chose this word beyond that it made a convenient pun?
  12. Statistically speaking, relatively few police officers actually get into deadly firefights with perpetrators a year, usually only about 800-1000 in the US. In a country of 330,000,000 souls, 700,000 of those being law enforcement officers, that means that any one officer's chance of getting into a deadly shoot out per year is averaged at one seventh of a percent.The result of these statistics is less of a focus on firearms training for recruits from police agencies with more of a focus upon more commonly encountered problems. This will inevitably result in a fair sized percentage of police officers not having the practice required to pull that kind of shot off. A similar outcome is apparent in Era 2 Scadarial, Marasi herself stating that 80% of shots fired by Elendel constables at ten feet miss their intended target. There are of course, numerous exceptions to this generalization. Many police officers are interested in marksmanship and train independently in their free time. I would categorize Waxillium with this set of officers. Wax's aim is not superhuman, it is merely well cultivated.
  13. Ah, another Skallagrim fan. I first learned about Sanderson through Skallagrim's video on shardblades, and subsequently picked up The Way of Kings at my local library. After that summer when I had finished the Stormlight Archive up to the most recent book at the time, I moved onto Mistborn Era 1, and not long after Era 2 and Secret History as well.