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  1. That's right, she thought. You already bought out their stock. It was hard to tell which of her memories were real - Aln had to push down a brief surge of terror at that thought. "If you don't have any aluminum currently in stock, don't worry about it," Aln said to the man. "My idea was a long shot, anyway." Of course, she reminded herself, I can't even be sure that the memories are fake. I don't know what else they would be, but how could they have predicted Temeria's arrival? Storms. I wish I had my library. "Why do you not wish for the members of your guild?" asked Pel. What? "The members of the guild", he persisted. "You've shown concern for your books and your research, but not the people. Some were likely hurt in the attack." I... What could I have done? I'm just a scholar. "You're a Knight Radiant. Do you know what it means to be a Truthwatcher? Why have you not sworn your third Oath?" Aln put a hand on her head, unthinkingly disturbing a piece of the illusion. Pel, I really can't deal with this right now. Thankfully, he didn't press the issue. Rather than dwell on his words, Aln focused on the most concerning part of her new recollections. "Poller," she asked, "have you ever heard of an organization known as the 'Dark Alley'?"
  2. In the end of the book, when reflecting on Teft's death, Kaladin realizes that he still feels pain and grief, but he's let go of his shame. That's what the slave brands symbolized, to me - the shame at not saving those he loves. The idea that, deep down, he still deserves to be a slave. When he finally overcame that through the fourth ideal, they finally healed. (I think that's also the same reason that his tattoo didn't stick - he didn't see himself as redeemed from his past).
  3. Well, you have to think about the sort of technological advancements that the Rosharans would be motivated to make. The three main things that they appear to be behind in is weaponry, transportation, and medicine. A lot of our other modern conveniences are accomplished to some degree by fabrials. So why not these? Consider the powers of the Knights Radiant. Using Stormlight, they could create powerful weapons, transport people great distances, and provide instantaneous healing. If you already have these things, why put in the effort to invent a different way of doing it? Once you've excluded the things already covered by the magic system, Roshar is very advanced.
  4. Ooh, this thread is interesting. While reading, I just assumed that it was "He Who Quiets", but the Raboniel and Almighty connections have made me reconsider somewhat. Here are my thoughts: Having El be Elithanithile seems a stretch - but not an impossible one. We've already seen historical figures conflated in Vorinism. However, Tanavast was around before the Fused were. Even if he hadn't been granted the title until after El was (which seems unlikely) would this be considered as granting a human El's title? I would be inclined to say no. As for the Voice of Lights - maybe. It seems like El was some form of scholar, and it's quite plausible that he had some connection to Raboniel. It seems like the sort of thing Sanderson would do, to potentially force a confrontation between Navani, who forged some sort of a connection with Raboniel in the end, and El, who may have been Raboniel's friend for millennia, and who will certainly be acting in an antagonistic way. However, that alone is not enough to convince me that "Voice of Lights" was his title. If there really were this connection between Raboniel and El, why would she give someone else his old title? Also, Navani being called Voice of Lights seemed to me to be a less formal thing than Moash being named Vyre. It was an expression of respect from Raboniel, but not really an elevation to being one of the Fused. It feels like it wouldn't be that big of a deal. And then we have He Who Quiets. This is top of my list, still. We know that there were arguments about giving Moash the title, we know that it's a very important role, and we did see El acting in precisely that role during his one scene. In fact, he killed the Pursuer in the same way that Moash had killed Jezrien. Coincidence? I think not. As for this argument: I would like to respectfully disagree. It's a good point, but Moash could very easily have slightly misinterpreted the linguistic customs of the Fused. It's not enough to disprove it for me. So, overall, He Who Quiets still seems like the most compelling point to me. I'd no longer be willing to bet on it, though.
  5. I didn't get all the Moash hate before. Times change. Storming Moash. He does, in succession, the most horrible things you could possibly do to your friend. It's just beyond expression how terrible this person has become. He's one of the only characters that I've truly wished dead. And I don't just mean wanting him out of the story, which I've wanted for characters before. I mean truly desiring to see him die on screen. I was so disappointed when he lived. Storm you, Vyre. As for all the complaints about him being a flat character... I get it, and your arguments have a lot of merit. However, I would like to make two points to justify Sanderson's decision. 1. If Moash has become without nuance, I would contest that that is deliberate. We saw Moash, before, as a character with complex emotions, who has made bad decisions but who is clearly capable of making good ones. He was human. And then he, in a very obvious moment, surrendered that. When he let Odium take his pain, he gave up the ability to have emotions - the very thing that had previously brought him nuance. If he's a flat character, it's because he chose to be one. 2. To use a rather shallower argument, I think that it is perhaps okay that we have a character to hate without nuance. In this book, Sanderson repeatedly confronts us with difficult decisions. The singers are just liberated slaves seeking vengeance. The Fused have honor, and are wearied after so long at war. Extremely cool fabrials, including airships, come at the cost of trapping spren. Even the being controlling the force of hatred itself was once a man who just wished to save humanity. So maybe having one character that we can just despise is okay. Either way, I hate Moash, and I'm fine with that.
  6. It's quite possible that a thread similar to this one already exists, but as I haven't seen any in precisely this format, here goes. The idea of this thread is as follows: someone posts a baseless theory - the more implausible, the better - and the next people in the thread must defend it as they would any true theory, with evidence and logic. For this to work, the theory has to be something that's possible in the hypothetical. If it's directly contradicted by the text, you obviously can't make a convincing argument for it. Beyond that, however, the limits are endless. You get more points for how well construed your argument is (there isn't actually a formal points system or anything, but you can assign theories points in your head). Good luck! Here's one to start us off: Tindwyl is secretly an aspect of Autonomy.
  7. I'm not sure about that. I mean, you'd theoretically be aware that colors exist, right? If a blind person used stormlight healing, would they just turn invisible? Also, we know that Renarin used to wear glasses, and it healed his eyes - despite him likely never having seen through perfect vision. Healing vision with stormlight is certainly possible - and it didn't result in him looking blurry.
  8. I would say Warbreaker, myself. When I first started reading it, I didn't immediately connect with any of the characters, so I wasn't as invested from the start as I've been with some of his other books. And then when it got to the first bedroom scene, I was worried that it was about to get more explicit than I was comfortable, so I stopped reading there. A few months later, I was in the ER with stomach pain (which thankfully wasn't appendicitis), and my mother offered to read Warbreaker to distract me. I enjoyed it more this time, and finished it on my own later. And the subsequent rereads just deepened my enjoyment. For example, I didn't like Vivenna much the first time, but I appreciated her arc so much more when I reread it. The magic system is also more interesting than I immediately gave it credit for being. The book still places after Stormlight and Mistborn for me, but I still quite like it now.
  9. Shai would be a lightweaver; I think that one's fairly obvious. Hrathen would be a Skybreaker, and Dilaf might be a Dustbringer, perhaps? I might also argue that Spook would be an Edgedancer.
  10. A man stepped in front of Aln, and she stopped in her tracks. He started rambling about a metal shop, but Aln was barely paying attention. Her sister was only a few feet away, surely about to turn and notice her. Acting quickly, Aln inhaled stormlight from a nearby shop window and covered herself in Illumination. It kept her clothes the same, and her rough shape, but altered the face enough that she was unrecognizable. "Aln?" Pel asked in her mind. "Why have you done this?" It's too dangerous, she sent back. I was just attacked, and we still don't know why. I'm not bringing my younger sister into this. "I see," said Pel. It wasn't the full reason, Aln reluctantly admitted to herself. A memory once again flashed into her mind, of Temeria stepping into the guild, anger on her face. Hatred in her eyes. Aln wasn't sure she could face that again. The man from the metal shop - he had introduced himself as Poller - would need an explanation. "Please say nothing about the lightweaving," Aln said quickly, voice low. "I'm fleeing an attack and don't wish to be recognized." It was true, of course. Aln hated lying. Even wearing a false face felt uncomfortably deceptive. Hopefully he wouldn't ask why she had only just now donned the disguise. "You said you work in a metal shop?" she asked, an idea coming to her. "Would you happen to have any aluminum I could borrow?"
  11. Just as long as this isn't foreshadowing...
  12. Yeah, I'm not really sure what's going on with the main plot at the moment. The people running it haven't been very active, or very eager to give out information, so we're all just kind of waiting. My character's been regaining her memories, and hasn't been captured, but I haven't gotten any information on what I'm allowed to do with her now. And the person I was planning to RP with has just said that she'll be inactive for a while. So I'm not really sure what to do next. Should we try to push the plot?
  13. Exactly - if there were an easy way to do so, then the Sleepless would never have let Rsyn leave with one. The idea of hiding it in a mortal would imply that you can't just look at a mortal and tell if they are one.
  14. I mean, I'm sure that she was pretending. I wasn't proposing that she was actually possessed by the Voidbringers - just that she had a suspiciously good idea of what being possessed by a Voidbringer might be like.
  15. I'm currently in the process of rereading Stormlight in preparation for RoW, and a moment from WoR caught my eye. Shallan and Iyatil are sneaking into Dalinar's camp to catch a glimpse of the "madman" imprisoned there. To get inside, Shallan claims that Iyatil is possessed by a Voidbringer. Iyatil then does this: Now, maybe this is just a standard pretending to be possessed performance. Maybe it's just based off of vaguely accurate legends of what the Voidbringers could do. But the combination of hearing voices that told you to be aggressive, and the humming made me wonder whether Iyatil knew a little bit more than she was letting on. It just seemed a little bit too similar to what happened to Eshonai for me to just move past it. Thoughts?