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  1. Brandon once said Nightblood is comparable to a spren: He also said spren cannot become vessels for Shards: Going by these, the answer is most likely no.
  2. He is pretty literal about it, although I don't know exactly know how binding this would be: He never said it word by word, but his phrasing was unmistakable nonetheless. Anyway, his champion was taken away from him, his plan had failed, and even if this wasn't binding, he still didn't want to risk a battle of champions without the weapon he prepared for decades beforehand - it's a reasonable explanation for his behavior either way.
  3. I'm baffled that noone mentioned this yet: Odium and Dalinar both agreed to a battle of champions, and Odium proclaimed Dalinar his champion. Had Odium stayed, Dalinar could have forced him to keep the promise (because Shards have to) and just won by giving up. This is echoed by Odium in the Taravangian scene when he (if I recall correctly) says that he can't face Dalinar anymore. He would be challenged by Dalinar and lose. He had no choice but to get the storm out of there.
  4. It's called the Expanse of Vibrance, so I guess it's very colorful. Which makes sense, considering the importance of colors in Nalthian cultures. Nothing else about it as of now, although there's some ideas, like these: Brandon saying we'll "figure it out" might also mean that it will play a role in the sequel, but who knows.
  5. We don't have a name, but Ym would have been a Truthwatcher and his spren is described in his interlude. The Coppermind summary describes it as this: That's where the "lightspren" sentiment came from, since we can only guess the name from this describtion. I would be on board with "rainbowspren".
  6. Maybe the war was just a side effect and the actual thing he wanted to achieve was getting Gavilar killed, since he showed signs of maybe becoming a Bondsmith? It also might have been an Unmade instead of Odium himself, since they seem to have their own minds (for the most part). I'd be surprised if Venli's meeting Szeth wasn't adressed in ROW, so maybe we'll get hints/answers there.
  7. He tried to get Ambition first, but he actually killed the other two before he found her: Although that doesn't really conflict your idea. You may be onto something, but I'm not sure if I agree with a Dor-like thing in the Physical Realm being a corpse - to me it would be just an immense amount of energy. But I don't know how Brandon would see that.
  8. I'm not convinced that it's a Shard. The vessel's bodies would probably rot as usual (or else there would be way more than one dead god's corpse lying around), and if, as suggested above, the perpendicularity/god metal counts as a dead god's corpse, then we have multiple as well - two "corpses"(/perpendicularities) on Sel, for instance. It would have to be something remotely special at least to be notable enough for Brandon to mention it, and anything that comes to mind regarding "dead Shard corpses" doesn't seem that unique. Except there's weird things going on. For example, we don't know how a dragon's body rots. Or Cultivation might conserve Tanavast's corpse, which would be kinda creepy, but who knows.
  9. He's alive by the time of Oathbringer, but a lot of time passes between that and First of the Sun. Although you're probably right that he still lives, it's just that this particular WOB doesn't tell anything about it. ... For some reason, Khriss mentioning the perpendicularity on First of the Sun must have something to do with something that happened in the "past" of the planet always left the impression that it was a leftover of something that isn't there anymore. (Although I do know that we don't know when the essays were written exactly.) Well, all I want to say is, as far as I know, he could have died in the meantime. Edit: He's alive! That's the WOB you should have quoted
  10. Brandon has previously implied that the island Patji is a Shard of Adonalsium: I always glanced over that and I still believe it's likely that it's not meant in a literal way, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a possibility at least. Maybe Patji was something comparable to a greatshell and the island is its corpse.
  11. It's not confirmed. There is, however, a theory that Autonomy put her perpendicularity under the Deep Sand, which I find very plausible. Sixth of the Dusk: Regarding the OP: Odium might have done it specifically because Kaladin, Shallan and Adolin were around. I believe he wanted to keep them away from Dalinar as effectively as possible, since isolating Dalinar was essential for his plan. Also, it already seems to have paid off in a way, since Azure (who was essential in making Kholinar last as long as it did) seems to have had trouble:
  12. Bookish people tend to be more introverted and introverts tend to identify better with cats rather than dogs, so the results aren't really surprising. (Of course, both are just tendencies.) I voted for cats for similar reasons - a lot of dogs are way too loud and restless for my general preferences.
  13. I definitely agree that it's the most inconsistent of the three, although I still think that Words of Radiance has the best writing (especially a lot of Shallan's scenes in the first third are just gorgeously written. The santhid scene in particular is a highlight). Oathbringer has to tackle a huge challenge since it has to transform a story about a small conflict (the War of Reckoning, which was the focus of the first two books) to a story about a huge conflict (the True Desolation, which spans the whole world), and that's very ambitious and it shows at places - while it is the longest SA book by far, it still feels rushed at places. For example, it's the first to give closure to arcs within the very same Parts they are established (the first Part tells two coherent stories: Kaladin traveling Alethkar and Shallan investigating Sadeas' murder, and both are solved at the end by Kaladin returning to Urithiru and Shallan facing Re-Shephir). Then the Kholinar arc in the middle feels like a whole book in itself. And I might have to add, I love that book and Part 3 is one of my favorite SA Parts yet, but it really leaves its mark on the grand picture of the novel. It's the first Stormlight novel to genuinely feel like several novels squeezed into one book. But storm me if these "several novels" don't have some of the most emotional moments and some of the most brilliantly plotted developments in the series and the whole Cosmere! I love Oathbringer, but yeah, if there's one Stormlight book that feels a bit uneven, it's this one.
  14. I mean, I agree with the general sentiment of this comment, but which part of Final Empire haven't you read?
  15. If you can squeeze them in somehow, why not! Each of them is like 70,000 words at most, so a third of the average Cosmere book, plus they're an easy read. So they will hardly be a waste of time, regardless of quality.