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  1. I've never really been able to hate Moash. In Oathbringer I thought he was one of the most interesting characters in the series, a character who's desire for revenge and very justified anger at a system that killed his grandparents lead him down a more morally complicated path than the other protagonists. I also really liked that he seemed to be forming a sort of group with the singers that he taught how to fight before the siege, almost like a parallel to Bridge 4, which was really neat as a sort of solidarity between humans and singers who both found themselves on the bottom of their respective social ladders, and I was really excited to see where that went. Then Rhythm of War happened... At this point, I can't even hate Moash, I'm more just disappointed at the fact that his arc went down this direction. I'm not saying it doesn't make sense for his character, or even that it was a bad choice for the story Sanderson wanted to tell, but it did make me lose a lot of interest in him as a character. That might change depending on how book 5 goes, but I don't really think Sanderson has any plans for him beyond audience hate sink.
  2. Dabbid, obviously. Maybe he could bond Notum. Also I'd be okay with Adolin bonding Maya and becoming an Edgedancer, though I figure he's kind of far enough along that he doesn't really qualify for this list. I'd be on board for this too.
  3. At that point it was a bunch of warlords competing with each other. They didn't have an actual central government until Gavilar went on his unification war.
  4. In addition to what others have said, tying the surgebinding abilities of the Heralds to their Honorblades isn't that much of a handicap. It's not like the Heralds are going to be losing them or having them stolen, the Blades are bonded to their very soul and can be summoned and dismissed instantly. As far as we know, the Fused don't have any means of separating the Heralds from their Blades and their powers, so for all intents and purposes, tying the ability to use surges to a Blade doesn't have that many disadvantages.
  5. I assume Jezrien hadn't given his up yet, he was waiting for Kalak first before he was going to plant his in the circle with the others.
  6. I think it's unlikely. The Fused were elevated at the start of the Desolations and no other singers were elevated since, so we know she was with Odium at the start. There have been WoBs to suggest singers fought on the side of Honor in past Desolations, but I don't think there were any Fused switching sides at the time.
  7. fan art

    Kaladin going yellow eyes mode.
  8. The ones that attacked Moash and Graves were Leshwi and the shanay-im who fly with her. This is how she and Moash meet when he killed her. I think the shanay-im all paired up with Graves and the other Diagram members and saw that as a fair duel. None of them interfere with Moash's fight with Leshwi and let him live after he kills her.
  9. I'd argue Willshapers are externally focused, since you're helping other people by freeing those in bondage. The focus on building society and infrastructure could also be considered externally building things up, while Elsecallers are focused on internal building, but seeking their own potential.
  10. I think it's a complicated question. Do I want Moash to rejoin Bridge 4 in any capacity? No, absolutely not, but I would like him to have some sort of positive character growth. I think what I'd like most is a version of the story where Moash just withdraws from the conflict entirely and begins putting himself back together over the timeskip before starting book 6 ready to start confronting his past and do better this time. It could potentially offer some really interesting plot beats in how various characters react to this, and could potentially put the ideals of the story to the test. Does everyone deserve a chance to get better or do our protagonists get to pick and choose who does based on how much they like them? I still don't want him to necessarily join the coalition, but with the listeners gaining power I think there's definitely room in the story for people to oppose Odium without simply merging with the Kholins. But is he actually redeemable? I still say yes for a few reasons. One because a big theme of the series is people turning around no matter how bad they used to be. From principled monsters like Szeth to small minded cowards like Venli, I don't see why Moash couldn't be one of them. Secondly he's a fictional character, his actions are determined by what works for the story. That being said, I think Brandon only intends for him to be the audience hate-sink, who's arc mainly serves to spur on Kaladin, so I think he'll probably just get killed off in book 5. Maybe Kaladin will somehow inspire him to turn things around at the last minute but he'll only end up sacrificing himself. But then again, maybe he'll want to explore his new blindness like he did with Rysn's paralysis, so who knows.
  11. Would having a Cryptic count as him being bound to Roshar? Maybe not if he found a way around it to get off planet. What was the exact quote?
  12. Only soulcasting polestones would potentially crash the economy, but it seems Soulcasters can't do that, so there's no way to create wealth (at least directly) through soulcasting.
  13. 1 Oathbringer: I really enjoyed how this book developed the singers and the focus on Dalinar and the Alethi by extension beginning to unlearn their traditions of conquest and imperialism. Seeing the Radiants begin to form and reach out to other countries to form the coalition was really fun, and the first real glimpses of the Unmade and Fused. 2 Way of Kings: Great underdog story and seeing bridge 4 come together is really uplifting. 3 Words of Radiance: Pretty good overall, though not a lot of really stand out stuff. Also I feel like the frustration Kaladin and Moash felt towards the way he was treated by the lighteyes was a lot more legitimate than the narrative made it out to be. 4 Rhythm of War: Increased focus on lore and relative lack of listener perspectives dragged this one down for me. The Fused don't even feel all that threatening despite this being the "True Desolation" to the point that Urithiru and the Radiants have to be completely shut down to even put them on equal footing. I'm sure the lore reveals of this book will be essential to the climax of book 5, but it just wasn't my favorite. I'll probably switch tWoR and RoW when I reread the series.
  14. I think Taln's arc could really work if he doesn't fight at all. Like he's so traumatized by the torture that he can barely even pick up a sword let alone go to battle. It could be a really interesting arc of a person who has defined themselves as a soldier who won't ever back down but can no longer fit that role and has to find some other way to give purpose to his life, and finding that he can find a worthwhile life without sacrificing himself for others. That's kinda exactly what Kaladin goes through in RoW, but in there Kaladin still ends up getting a big heroic moment where he kills the bad guy so maybe Taln could commit to that idea more.
  15. I don't think Jasnah's thoughts going into this really matter. She didn't do anything to provoke those men aside from walking down an alleyway, and she's right, a woman should be able to do that without fearing for her life. That's not to say I agree with her actions though. For one, after the second guy was killed the others started running away. At that point it's no longer self defense. More importantly though, it's simply not an effective means to stop crime. In general, people don't resort to robbery for fun, they do it because they need money. You can kill a few bandits, but if the conditions that created those bandits still exist then it's not going to actually solve the problem.