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  1. So Battar and Nale are at least ostensibly on Odium's side now, Ash and Taln are well-guarded in Urithiru, and Ishar is both well-guarded and making a nuisance of himself for a Coalition. Pailiah is in Kharbranth, which Odium isn't supposed to touch. We know nothing about how Vedel and Chana are doing these days. So I'm gonna say Kalak, because I feel like it makes a bit more sense for him to go after a Herald that we've actually seen.
  2. Man, Justi sure is full of bizarre claims. Oathbringer wasn't about Dalinar now? I guess because Kaladin and Shallan also got lots of time in the spotlight? That's a new one. Never mind the way Dalinar's decisions were driving the plot the whole way through, or the way the flashbacks were 100% about him, or how the resolution of his emotional arc was most of the book's climax or anything. Like, Dalinar and Shallan had plenty to do in Kaladin's book, and Dalinar and Kaladin did lots in Shallan's book. This isn't a series where the spotlight ever stays entirely with a single character. But it's still pretty obvious who each book is really about.
  3. Well, good to have that officially cleared up. So I believe we're back to not having any clear examples of Tension, then? Unless it's what Dalinar uses to repair stuff.
  4. I mean, who says Wit isn't doing anything to help against Odium? He gave Jasnah some useful information, gave Shallan a pep talk when she needed it, is trying to convince the other Shards to come and lend a hand, and who knows what else he's been doing off-screen. He just has to subtle about it because Odium would level cities to get at him if he ever managed to confirm Wit's location.
  5. No, he was most certainly burning his metalminds. Combining Allomancy and Feruchemy by burning your metalminds is the entire principal behind compounding. So it's either burn them directly from his arms or swallow them and burn them from his stomach. And there aren't any references to him doing the latter, and nor does anyone ever talk about it as a tactical consideration.
  6. I mean, wasn't Miles burning the metalminds embedded into his arms? That's why they talked about yanking those out of him being the only way to kill him, and why we never see him pause mid-battle to pull one out and swallow it, and why it was weird and notable when he survived the first round of bullets after being deprived of his metalminds. But- I'm not sure if any of these scenario are particularly different for the Mistborn; you get a big thing of metal shoved into your gut, and you're gonna die soon. The best case is that you managed to stop the person killing from getting your power, but if it worked that way, it would be a pretty crippling weakness in a magic system that already has a bunch of crippling weaknesses, so narratively option #2 make the most sense.
  7. So... theory. Bavadin is inhabiting Taldain's sun, right? And spreading her investiture through the sunlight? This implies that her Investiture is radiating throughout the Cosmere; landing everywhere that Star is visible. Not enough to be particularly noticeable, and not enough to do much of anything, but it's still gonna land everywhere. Nobody's gonna be using that Investiture, so over the course of thousands of years, it would just gradually build up more and more. And when you leave that kind of power alone, with nobody holding or using it for that long, it tends to gain its own kind of sentience, as we've seen elsewhere and has been referred to in a few WoBs. So eventually you'd get a sentient and powerful piece of Autonomous Investiture pretty much everywhere. So on Taldain, where Bavadin's Investiture is obviously a lot more plentiful, this process happens a lot faster, and the Sand Lord manifests pretty quickly. But Trell and Patji and whatever avatar is forming on Obradai take much longer to reach significant amounts of power, so nobody realizes what's going on until they're pretty well established.
  8. I dispute the idea that Cognitive Shadows and Spren are very different things realmatically. They're both sentient pieces of Investiture that interact with the physical realm is very limited ways, following specific rules. Seems to me the biggest differences between the two are their origins and how they reproduce. But- I think I buy the idea that the sapient Voidspren were once human. The specific detail that feels like a smoking gun to me is fact that they have Shin eyes- which wouldn't be the case if they were just based on how the Singers see humans. It implies to me their appearance isn't based on Rosharan humans. Though an alternative explanation for that is that they might just share their 'father's' ethnicity.
  9. Life on one of those moons is theoretically possible. But it's equally possible the Farkeeper of out of the Goldilocks zone, or that none of the moons are quite large enough to have an atmosphere. But unfortunately I would expect the moons to be labeled and named if any of them were inhabited.
  10. Hmm. I wonder how developed Astronomy is on Nalthis? Like, those appear to be Hallandren names for the planets, but a distant rocky planet like Nightstar appears to be wouldn't be easy to detect- it probably wouldn't be visible to the naked eye, so the only thing you'd have to go on would the gravitional effect on Farkeeper, which would probably be pretty weak, since that one appears to gas giant with a complicated system of moons. And Farkeeper is also an interesting feature- it seems to a 'Hot Jupiter', so would be significantly larger and brighter than any stars that are visible from earth. Depending on the specific numbers involved, it's possible that might end up looking like more like a second moon than a star. But yeah. Something labeled 'cognitive anomaly' appears to be sharing Nalthis' orbit. Or maybe it's stationary, and the cognitive realm just goes weird on Nalthis once a year?
  11. On the Iriali: I think the general consensus is that they most likely arrived in the centuries between the first and second desolation- which is to say, the Oathpact had been formed and everyone thought that that meant the problem had been solved for good. On Horneaters and Herdazians: I suspect the way the battle lines are currently drawn so strictly along species lines is mostly a post-recreance thing; if there could be peace between Desolations, then that implies that without the Fused bossing them around, the Singers weren't necessarily inclined to continue the war. And therefore hybrids happen. This also implies that not all of them would necessarily side with the Fused when they showed up. On Odium-aligned humans: I don't know if they ever died out, really. Like things probably ended poorly of the specific faction that initially attacked the Singers, but we've seen humans fighting on the same side as the Fused in a Stormfather vision. And all the Passion stuff in the modern Thaylen religion feels like it has Odium's fingerprints all over it. I would not shocked if there was a secret society hiding somewhere that has been waiting for Odium's return so they can petition him for power. On Aimians: I do think they're refugees, but not from Ashyn. I dunno where they're from. It's possible that the Sleepless could've evolved on Roshar, but people always describe Hordelings as 'odd-looking Cremlings', which implies to me that they're not particularly closely related to normal Cremlings. So I think it's more likely that they're from elsewhere. As a side note, and one that isn't directly related to questions of how this started but I do feel is very important: How exactly did the Singers become so dependant on Ba-Ado-Mishram? Like surely things couldn't always have been like that, since they weren't always Odium-aligned, but their minds were destroyed when she was sealed. Except for the Listeners, I guess because they were mostly in Dullform when that happen. Something weird but very important that we don't fully understand going on there, is what I'm saying.
  12. Voidbinding is something that's existed in the past in some form- legends about it exist, even if they are vague. Voidspren bonding humans is something that had never been seen before Thaylen city. Khriss writes about it having ten levels and being a cousin to the Old Magic, but that she doesn't know much about how it works, which doesn't make any sense is the first Voidbinder ever is just starting to figure out his powers in the same time frame. Which leads to believe that we haven't actually seen true Voidbinding yet. I've seen some theories about what it might be that I find plausible- specifically, I like the idea that it's something you gain access to by giving Odium your passion and letting his Investiture fill the resulting gap in your soul- but I don't think we can say anything more specific than 'Voidbinding is a magic system linked to Odium' with any degree of certainty.
  13. I feel like noting that the fused were shocked to see Voidspren bonding humans in Thaylen city, as was Shalash. Neither knew that that was possible. Which suggests that that's not what Voidbinding is. So it might be theoretically possible to summon a Voidspren as a blade, as far as we know that's never happened. Unless you count Glys as a Voidspren.
  14. Lift also talks about Rosharan trees a bit in Edgedancer- there are basically two varieties: willow-like trees that grow alone and lie flat when the Highstorms rolls by, and more foresty ones that grow very close together and intertwine their branches so the storm can't knock them over. So a Rosharan forest is gonna be much thicker than forests on earth; probably you wouldn't be able to travel through them with much ease. But they certainly exist.
  15. I suspect that bullets would take down Shardplate eventually, but it would take more than one shot. And that a Shardblade could kill a lifeless, but it wouldn't stop an Awakener from bringing it back. I'm thinking that if it comes down to Roshar vs. Scadrial, Scadrial probably wins under these rules. But there's a lot potential for things to go bad for Scadrial early on, with the other three capitalizing on their lack of experience. And if things play out like that, Roshar probably wins.