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  1. I feel like the question is a bit unfair, since Sja-Anat is the only one with any actual development, but I digress. Anyway, I voted for Ba-Ado-Mishram. When Taln was keeping the Desolation at bay, she stepped up and gave the singers forms of power, allowing them to fight back against their much more powerful enemy, and I gotta respect that. Yelig-Nar seems really cool though, and I wanna see a character bond it and become a proper Blightwind, because they could potentially be a really threatening force. Really I just wanna see the Unmade be involved a lot more in general.
  2. I kinda liked that she clashed so dramatically with Hoid. I find Hoid more likeable the less he plays into the "mysterious all knowing trickster" archetype, so having a companion that constantly ruins his rhythm just makes him that much more tolerable.
  3. I don't think the story needs Odium to stick around (at least in an active capacity like it was in the last couple books) to maintain a conflict. Even without the shard, there's still the millennia of violence that would prevent the singers and humans from reconciling and creating an easy peace. Not to mention, there's no way Narak is big enough for all the singers across the entirety of Roshar to settle there, and many of them would probably want to stay in the lands they claimed while serving Odium. It's pretty unlikely that there's just gonna be a clean peace once Odium is defeated. They can fight without him, as they did during the False Desolation, and with Ba-Ado-Mishram likely to make a return in book 5, she could give them access to the Regal forms of power once again, even if they can't gain the Fused brands. Not to mention, with the recent turn of the Lightspren, it's possible other spren might decide that they want to support the singers' independence.
  4. I really don't think he has hemalurgic abilities. If that were the case, he'd have to get new spikes every time he was reborn, which sounds like it would be difficult logistically, not to mention there'd be a bunch of hemalugic spikes lying around from where he was killed. Also, if he was actively using hemalurgy, why wasn't it used by the other fused/singers?
  5. Kinda surprised Skybreakers are so high (although there are relatively few responses, so that's probably part of the reason) anyway, I might as well explain why they're my favorite. While I can appreciate the gung ho idealism of the Windrunners that's more common in tv and movies, it often bothers me how little foresight people can have in those cases. Especially when you have a "by-the-books" character who wants to take a more careful but limited approach who's clearly framed to be in the wrong. On another note, I like the acknowledgement that the Radiants are not perfect people to the point that they needed an order with the specific purpose of making sure they didn't abuse their power, and I appreciate the Skybreakers for being that order.
  6. It's explicitly mentioned that he's using Stormlight after he meets Navani.
  7. I think for the most part, they don't capture singers when retaking land, and simply allow them to retreat with the rest of Odium's forces, though I don't think it was ever explicitly addressed. It would be an interesting topic to explore, especially if Odium is defeated and there are now a bunch of free singers with nowhere to go and no real representation. I don't think the Radiants would be universally anti-slavery. Kaladin might, but it's worth remembering that a lot of these people come from places where slavery is just a common thing. Radiants who come from aristocratic backgrounds (and others like Gaz) likely profited off of slavery in some way. Also, now that Jasnah has abolished slavery among humans (in Alethkar anyway) this could provide a nice loophole that people would be all too happy to exploit now that they don't have a source of free labor. Many Radiants might just see this as fair play, the singers were the losers in the war so this is what happens. It could potentially cause a schism within the Order as they disagree on how the singers should be treated.
  8. Because it's a shardblade bonded to Shallan, it could easily be dismissed and recovered. Since Testament was still alive at the time, she would glow as a blade.
  9. I think releasing Ba-Ado-Mishram will ultimately do a lot of good for the people of Roshar, since we know there were no deadeye's before she was sealed away, and the parshmen (who have a similar condition to deadeyes) are a direct result of her being sealed away. That being said I think you have a point on Kalak, there's just too much there for it to all be a coincidence. I think he did start working for Odium at one point, but now with the return of the Knights Radiant he's starting to doubt his decisions and may be starting to want to return to Honor and do things to fix the damage that's been done since he abandoned his duties as herald. There's probably a Wheel of Time comparison that can be made here.
  10. I hate it too, and I hate myself for prompting it.
  11. Makes sense, rather than try to find a new flame, she cultivates one instead.
  12. Moash would probably be my first guess, he's the only character I can think of who would really fit this role. Up till now the interlude viewpoints illustrate a character arc that leads up to a major transition in the characters' lives. Szeth returning to his life as the Assassin in White, Eshonai summoning the Everstorm, Venli becoming a Willshaper and Taravangian becoming Odium. After everything that happened in RoW, a major transition is practically inevitable for Moash at this point. As far as his character arc goes, he's got a lot going on and would need some dedicated page time to really unpack everything. Of course, that was what I thought last book, and boy was I wrong. I'm still tempted to say that it's going to be Moash (second time's the charm) but at this point I'm kind of afraid to make any strong predictions about what Sanderson's plans for Moash are.
  13. Elsecallers probably would, since tactics wise it's a pretty sound maneuver. I'd say Dustbringers are likely to agree, since this action can potentially limit further destruction. I agree with @Oltux72, but I think it could change depending the Bondsmith. For Willshapers it probably depends on a lot of factors, like who's being taken hostage, how severe is the situation, and who benefits from the arrangement. Skybreakers would be totally cool with it, so long as the hostage is treated appropriately and they follow any relevant codes of warfare (if they exist anyway). Windrunners and Edgedancers would be against it, but Stonewards might go along with it if they see it as part of their duty. I don't know about Lightweavers and Truthwatchers, I'm not sure they have any relevant ideals so it would probably depend on the person.
  14. Maybe a good question to ask is what exactly is the hatred and fury of Odium going to be pointed at now that Taravangian is the vessel. Assuming that Rayse was wrong, and Odium is a shard of hatred, what exactly is it supposed to be hatred of? The shard of Odium isn't like Ruin, which represented the natural end and decay of all things, it's explicitly related to human emotion, so potentially it could manifest very differently depending on the vessel, and even be a good thing. You can feel hatred towards injustice and oppression and that isn't considered evil, hatred by itself doesn't have to be an inherently bad thing. In the hands of Rayse, the shard of Odium aligned with his desire to be the most powerful being in the Cosmere, and the hatred was directed towards the other shards and anyone who would oppose him, but what does Taravangian hate?
  15. It's not that weird, they have "damnation" in Braize, which is where the word "damn" comes from. Granted, it's not a use that's very common in the contemporary Roshar that we see now, so it could be due to the generational gap.