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  1. To me, the notable thing isn't the Connection hack- they've been multiple signs that such a thing is possible. I'm more curious about how what appears to be a Skybreaker managed to make his Plate function as a spacesuit; I had thought that that would be something only Windrunners could do, since they can use Adhesion to handle any pressure-related problems that crop up.
  2. I agree with the theory about Formless being a child, by the way.
  3. Consider the case of Allomancy- Brandon's talked before about how the molecular structure of the metal acts as a Key that tells the investiture what to do. I would argue then, that for Allomancers, the Command is in the molecular structure, rather than any words. And, to narrow my focus to Copper specifically because that's the best example what I'm talking about, the only decision a Smoker makes is whether or not to burn their Copper at any particular moment- that's the only place that Intent has a chance to be relevant. They Intend to use their Allomancy, and then they get Investiture from Preservation, and then the structure of Copper gives the Investiture a Command. And I think that's generally how it works- on the mortal scale, Intent usually just means 'choosing to use your magic powers', whereas Commands are where you get into the specifics about what your powers do. Radiant Oaths might be an exception to that, but I don't think Awakening is- if you were practicing commands and vizualization, but had no actual intention to give your Breaths away, I don't think anything would happen. Awakening, I think, is just a magic system where you have an unusual amount of flexibility in the Commands. But when you get into the levels of power not normally accessible to mortal, you start needing more sophisticated Intents- 'I'm using my magic now' is only good enough if you only have one form of magic available- at the relatively low end, this means a Radiant distinguishing between their two surges and summoning a Blade, or a Mistborn choosing between their metals. But Shards and other high-end beings have a lot more freedom than that.
  4. So Odium doesn't have any more raw power than the others Shards. The common theory is that he beat Devotion and Dominion by turning them against each other. Ambition he beat, with difficulty, in a dramatic 1-on-1 duel. And, then, well, there are a lot of unanswered questions about how exactly Odium's interactions with Honor and Cultivation played out. But if he could've won a direct fight against them, he wouldn't have been forced into thousands of years of stalemate before he somehow found a way to kill Honor. Indeed, he's still trying to avoid letting Cultivation get the first strike on him- she's a threat to him even without Honor.
  5. Somebody asked exactly this question on reddit, and got an answer: Which tells us that the difference is not the storage state.
  6. Actually about the Stonewards. Or more, precisely, about the Truthwatchers. The idea was to send Radiants whose spren haven't broken with the rest of their kind- and hence Why Shallan and Godeke, because the Cryptics and Cultivationspren are board with the whole 'bring back the Radiants' idea, whereas the Inkspren and Honorspren largely aren't. But then why a Truthwatcher and a Stoneward? Are their spren also largely on board with the Radiants? If so, why do they only have three Truthwatchers? And given the way they haven't been mentioned at all before now, there don't seem to be a large number of Stonewards either.
  7. Come to think it, there's a pretty simple answer for why they needed aluminium: If they ever fully de-coupled the Fourth Bridge from the lattice at Urithiru, gravity is going to do bad things to the ship. The best scenario is 'a whole lot of force starts pushing the lattice at the Shattered Plains into the ground, making it much harder to move and possibly damaging it'. But you can't keep it fully conjoined either, because then it's going to either grind itself into the mountainside or fly away from the tower.
  8. I'd like to echo the above sentiments, together with the somewhat melancholy acknowledgement that I'm not planning on reading the book immediately, so next week I'm gonna have to start ignoring this subforum for fear of spoilers. Indeed, I'm probably going to have to ignore a good portion of this fandom. Which I can't help but have mixed feelings about. So, yes, virtual hugs for everyone, and I'll miss interacting with you all.
  9. Oh, hey, vindication on the 'Fused are using Aluminium' argument from last week. That's nice to have. That Shadesmar mission though. 'Let's send two main protagonists and three characters the audience barely knows- two of which don't even have names- on this dangerous mission together! I'm sure that won't work out badly for the non-protagonists!' The structure of the book is becoming clear, though; Kaladin, Navani and Venli in Urithiru are the A-plot, Shallan and Adolin in Shadesmar are the B-plot, and Dalinar and Jasnah in Emul are the C-plot. And since it's the C-plot, we can probably assume the war in Emul will take most of the book, so won't we get to the Shinovar stuff until book 5.
  10. Brandon made a comment on Reddit on wednesday that somewhat addresses this: I think what's going on here is that they figured out that the Fused were using Aluminium at some point between the start of the book and when the lecture was given.
  11. I jumped to thinking that Ambition was one of the Shards in the Change grouping- with would make the full group Ruin, Cultivation, Endowment and Ambition.
  12. Huh. Navani did say that some guilds have methods of doing that she's not aware of. Do you think that those guilds have known about Duralumin all along?
  13. Makes me wonder why it was a thing. It's a plot thread that got brought up a few times, but didn't really go anywhere, and now the cat's throughly out of the bag. I wonder if Odium has some anti-illusion measures up his sleeve, and the plot thread is there to explain why he didn't think he'd need them at Thaylen City?
  14. Brandon weighted in on this issue on reddit: He stops short of actually confirming whether or not it's aluminium, but says that it's absolutely possibly for it to simply not have occurred to them that they're looking at aluminium. Which, y'know, knocks out the only argument I've seen against it being aluminium. But, perhaps more importantly, he says that issue will be clarified later in the book.
  15. You're responding to the wrong point here. Like yeah, there might not have noticed any metals conducting the mist, but that's not the claim I was responding to. We're talking about a metal that 'can withstand the blows of a Shardblade, resists being Soulcast, and interferes with a great number of Radiant powers'. Surely a metal that does all that would have some kind of noticeable effect if you tried to use Allomancy on it, right? Because, y'know, we're almost 100% certain that aluminium does those things, and one would expect a metal that, as far as we can tell, interacts with the Rosharan magics identically to aluminium, would also have pretty similar interactions with the metallics arts. At very least, one would certainly expect it to be similar enough that it would've been noteworthy, considering how prized aluminium weapons are on Scadrial. Unless what you're arguing is that aluminium doesn't block Shardblades or interfere with Radiant powers. Which is, uh... well, the burden on proof lies quite firmly on your shoulders at that point, and you'd definitely need an argument a lot stronger than 'Navani hadn't figured out what it was when she was giving the lecture'. Since, y'know, that's easily explainable by the fact that aluminium is a rare curiosity that doesn't live at the forefront of everyone's minds on Roshar, and so it could take a little while for somebody to remember that they'd heard of a Soulcasting-resistant metal in a different context.