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  1. From the album My Art

    I can't believe nobody's drawn Wax and Wayne as Zenigata and Lupin before, it seems so obvious in hindsight
  2. You know, harvesting rock from quarries in the surface and scooping up ash to transmute both into useable goods does provide a certain worker aesthetic that goes with the sort of late 1800’s style I’m trying for (coal miner types and soot stained chimney sweeps and all that), so having a profession of folk who brave the surface for such things makes a lot of sense. As for the second half, I absolutely do already have Plans (TM) Involving whoever may or may not have been left on the surface after those wealthy enough rode up on their islands in the sky I also suppose such limitations would also force a kind of culture where nothing goes to waste- anything not useable for goods off of organic things would go for composting and such, and things carved from wood would be a luxury as opposed to more easily transmuted mineral objects
  3. I've run into an interesting worldbuilding dilemma- the main setting is a gaslamp fantasy series of man-made floating islands, sailing along leylines to gather magical energy to do stuff with. One of the things this magic can do is transmute, similar to soulcasting, which helps a bit with the resource problem, but there's still a very finite source of material to transmute into needed goods- and the islands are in the sky to begin with is because man-made disasters choked the surface with smog and ash. How can these sky islands collect new resources without mining the ground out from under them for stone, or leeching the limited nutrients from whatever soil they have for wood?
  4. Awwwwwwwwww sparks
  5. Yeah basically what I meant was had anyone asked Sanderson, if Earth was hypothetically part of the Cosmere, what kind of magic system he might make for it. I didn’t know this information about the Rithmatist everyone else is mentioning in the thread- I think I’ll have to pick that book up once I’ve gottwn through Words of Radiance and Oathbringer
  6. Has anyone ever asked, hypothetically speaking, what form Investiture might take if it were on Earth?
  7. Oh, I meant how the 16 metals fall into a pattern of the internal/external and pushing/pulling metals that, even with a few of the metals missing you could figure out what they’d do in allomancy. I felt like what the shards represent had some kind of grander pattern to it or something?
  8. Well that answers that, then. The out-of-world answer drives me absolutely feral though, I thought it would have been something a bit more... I guess mathematically elegant, like the sixteen metals
  9. Why specifically do the shards of Adonalsium embody those particular aspects? Are they supposed to be axiomatic aspects of the universe? Of people? What makes Ambition, Honor, and Odium a shard but not something like Apathy, Deception, or Ecstasy?
  10. After developing a bit, I think I’ve got the solution- the MC will entrust the Adventurer with the secret that she’s been secretly studying magic, and proves her skill in it. Adventurer will go to the mom, explain her daughter is brilliant in this field, and on a more equal adult ground convince her to let the Adventurer hire her on so the MC’s talents don’t wilt out in the middle of nowhere with nothing to really challenge her. An offer of mentorship- the Obi-Wan to her Luke, except less Alec Guinness and more Ewan McGregor
  11. The big thing keeping her in town is her mom- both pressuring her to stay emotionally and MC’s perceived responsibility to stay and not leave her to run the bar mostly alone
  12. Ah, no that’s not what happened- she just teleported the adventurer to her, not herself to the adventurer and then back. That’s a good point- I’m thinking now maybe the adventurer gives her like a secret test of character type thing before offering to hire her on. The MC does hide things from her mom that the adventurer picks up on because she was still conscious when magic happened, and probably does a “hey why are you lying to your folks?” Bit, where we get MC’s I Want moment
  13. Much like why any young girl wants to leave their small town- feeling stuck in a place where nothing new happens and you already know everybody by name, staying with the family more out of obligation- plus a little bit of envy that she’s still stuck there when her dad’s been long gone and her brother went off to join the service of their relatively fresh country. She feels almost trapped there and chafes against that feeling. Maybe I could have the adventurer offer to hire her on?
  14. Since going by the seat of my pants hasn’t worked so far, I’m trying to actively plot out and plan my story- and I’ve hit a snag in act one. Thus far, our main character is a young lady from a frontier town in a fantasy world, long after a magical apocalypse has occurred. She’s been secretly studying arcane devices in a building that was once a teleportation hub, learning to read the language of magic and make her own spells. An incident occurred where she activated one of the teleportation circles, which by happenstance saves the life of a more experienced adventurer as it whisks her away from a dead end battle in a corresponding hub. My problem comes with figuring out how to get my MC to leave town- I don’t want her to just lie to her mom or leave a note, running away with the adventurer. I’m also not keen on pulling an Aunt Beru and killing her/the town off. What can I do?
  15. From the album My Art

    Posted this on my twitter a while back after I finished the first Mistborn trilogy- just a simple animation of Vin overlooking the Luthadel skyline.