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About Lunu’anaki

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  • Birthday 02/28/1991

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  1. Has it gone up and I’ve missed it somewhere?!
  2. So I'm rereading Mistborn Era 1 and I'm just continually impressed by Brandon's forethought in his writing. One of my favorite examples of this: A connection between a conversation Vin and Sazed have in The Final Empire and The Epigraphs written by Sazed in The Hero of Ages. In the Final Empire Vin tells Sazed she'd like for him not to mention her in his recording of the events set in motion by Kelsier and his crew; he tells her that he may need to, but will do his best to respect her privacy. I think this really shows itself in a subtle way in The Hero of Ages epigraphs by Sazed. Vin goes unmentioned in the epigraphs until the very end and even then, Sazed begins speaking about her without mentioning her by name. It isn't until the very last chapter's epigraph when she is named in his writing. The clever way Brandon used that in order to explain how Vin's earring was a spike ties directly into a fairly minor conversation in book one and to me that is just a fascinating writting style. It wasnt until rereading the series for a third time that I picked up on such a subtle thing... but it just goes to show how much gosh darn thought Brandon puts into his writing!! So that's my favorite little foreshadowing tidbit from Brandon's books! What's yours?!
  3. THANK YOU I grew up on computers and somehow never knew this trick.
  4. Honestly I think you've got enough of a weakness here to go off of. I'm not sure what your intent is for this character, but as long as his powers are far from common and as long as you show how much the backlash/pacifism messes him up and causes problems for him you should be good to go. It actually sounds like a very interesting duality. If he's a side character it might be really interesting to write a short story about him having to face and defeat someone with his exact same power-set, who has none of his qualms about killing. At the very least it would be a good exercise for you to develop him as a character and to play out just how terrifying he could be without his personality and ideals. It might also be a great way to address any power level issues you feel you've set up with his abilities. Maybe he discovered that someone else had his powers and ever since has devoted himself to ensuring that noone else ever discover the power, because he's seen the devastation it could cause.
  5. First of the Sun trapper: First of the Morning Vorin: Willow Shin: Will-son-Lee Returned: ProsperityGiver (I hope I die having given a great amount to many people) Intent: Creation
  6. Yeah that's what I was talking about. I didn't really word that very well though as I hadn't read the story in awhile, I was thinking about how mankind assimilated with the AI
  7. I believe one of the Venli chapters mentions having a "second" heart besides her gemheart, but I could just be imagining things.
  8. Good to hear Thanks for all the work you and every other incredible mod does here!!
  9. I think the forum works perfectly on mobile, but on the subject... a slight fix on coppermind that would be really nice is if the text size was a bit larger on mobile.
  10. If only his name were that simple to pronounce!
  11. Judgement, I agree, would require an absense of passion.... Justice however, well in some sense Justice is in the eye of the beholder, right? A skybreaker's view of Justice is much different from a Windrunner's view of Justice. It's like the question: What is right? Many people means many different answers... So, I guess it's just really hard to say what Justice would be made out of... however I hold my ground on the idea that Honor is part of it. True Justice is nothing if not Honorable and I think anyone could agree on that point, philosophically speaking.
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    So the pairings are definitely arbitrary and part of that has to do with story purposes and things that are going on in-world at the time the magic system is being used in the novels. There is a reason for it... but it's not a natural one. Thats about all I'm willing to say on the subject as it's not something I've fully explored myself in the outlining but I appreciate that you've pointed it out because now I need to include someone in my story being curious about this, both as a foreshadowing element and a way of pointing out to the reader that they arn't wrong in wondering why it is that way. (as for the metal-crystal connection, well... holy rust I hadn't even considered that... I'll need to work in a fix for that. Thanks!!) It's interesting you bring that up, as originally the Phasing property for metal and water were reversed in my system for that very reason. Originally, Friction was the property they were acting upon... but for storytelling reasons I created a new "physical property" in my universe known as phasing in order to switch the effects and make it easier for infusers to be involved in the creation of blades with increased phasing. Thanks for the input and I'm definitely considering putting more in world explanations and/or reasons for these inconsistencies into my novel, if not altering the mechanics of the magic system to fix any issues. Probably a little bit of both. These points are a huge help!! I'm not sure I would have caught on to certain things you've mentioned myself so thanks again!! Over time, yes. however it is a fairly slow process. The world does have a black market for items of that variety and most individuals who trade on that market are either very powerful, or are themselves an infuser or a shifter. Most of the items in trade are actually made in small illegal shops run by a shifter and infuser working together because it is extremely rare that a person is both (in fact in the time of the first book there are only 3 living people who have both powers, and 2 of them are the MC and the MC's mentor) ...on top of that, even shifters and 'fusers are very rare and are hunted by the government, who enslave them in order to have a constant supply of specially infused weaponry, a constant source of raw materials, and other special items. I haven't exactly worked this out yet... but it's basically spatially based, not based on density or mass in-particular. A 4-foot brick of air becomes a 4-foot brick of stone, or metal, or whatever.... so it doesn't displace anything. I know that's weird from a technical standpoint, but i plan on working out exactly why it is that way (honestly it might be based on the magic's origins, but I'll have an explanation for it once I dive deeper into the origins of the magic and why it exists, etc... It has to do with an off planet influence from a long time ago. Yes!! It's awesome you picked up on that. not many people do! Thanks!! I'll add you to the list!! (I've totally thought about how that might effect infusing in regards to stones having crystals imbedded within. I haven't decided 100% yet but I think it will either A-ignore the crystals as they aren't being infused intentionally, or B-make the crystals more visible as it makes the stone heavier. Intention is a really important piece of how the magic is used but I'm not sure how far it goes once the energy is actually being utilized so I've definitely got to consider it some more!!
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    Thanks!! There's variance in both how much Lyfe someones body naturally has at equilibrium, and in how "efficient" they naturally are at using the energy. Skill also plays a role in efficiency so it can be learned. There is no hard limit on how much Lyfe you can store... however, taking in Lyfe has some psychological effects that can be very beneficial in small amounts but... overwhelming at higher amounts. I havn't fully developed this yet but essentially the energy really want's you to use it and changes your psychology in ways that make you more likely to use it.