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  1. I expect something in him to change in the next book, because at this point there's literally nowhere else for his character to go. His whole arc in Rhythm of War was about attempting to affirm his worldview, that humans are garbage not worth protecting and that caring about anything is pointless because it only drags you down, by breaking Kaladin, the one person who is completely incompatible with this idea. Throughout RoW, Moash repeatedly demonstrates that he can't ignore Kaladin. When the Nine discuss the occupation of Urithiru, he asks what they're going to do about Kaladin. When speaking to Odium, he admits that despite doing his best to get rid of all emotion, he can't get rid of the feelings Kaladin inspires. Most of all, he says that "Stormblessed can't be killed" as though it's his catchphrase. Breaking Kaladin was supposed to be how he'd eliminate that last "chain", but he failed and Kaladin ended up coming out stronger instead. He didn't have much opportunity to really acknowledge his failure in the chaos at the end of the occupation of Urithiru, but at this point he can't ignore Kaladin and he can't get rid of him, he'll have no choice but to reconsider his worldview in order to reconcile this. Of course, he could end up just spiraling further down into denial and becoming even more deranged than he already is (if that's even possible) and at this point I wouldn't even be that surprised.
  2. To be fair, Kaladin was conflicted on supporting Moash from the very beginning, while Leshwi was all: "Prove yourself, give in to your passion and get your revenge." Kaladin almost let Moash kill Elhokar, but Leshwi flat out encouraged him to do it, and was praised for having scouted him in the first place. I've been a bit curious with what Leshwi and Vyre's relationship is by the time of Rhythm of War. Given Leshwi's characterization in that book, it's hard to imagine she'd be supportive of his actions. According to Venli she respects him, but we don't see them interact at all so it's hard to tell. I don't think he'd hold her desertion against her though, he probably wouldn't care either way. When Khen said she wanted to leave the fighting, he was more confused but wasn't really upset with her.
  3. It's a bit character from the cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender". He only appeared in one episode, where there was a running gag where he claimed to have several brothers, but they were all just him pretending to be different people. In this case, the meme is comparing his "brothers" to Shallan's alternate personas.
  4. I've only got two real guesses. Szeth, I feel like if any of the five flashback characters are going to die, it's gonna be him. It would feel like poor taste to kill of Kaladin right as he's finally turned a corner for real healing, Shallan seems like she's going to have a lot more worldhopping stuff going on in the future, Venli's character arc and journey towards Radiance has just barely begun and Dalinar... well, we'll see I guess. Leshwi I don't think any of the Fused who turned away from Odium are going to last much longer. It's not so much that I think they're going to be hunted down, I just think that it will be harder to live without his direct support. Edit: Also one more, Moash. I really don't think we're going to get any curveballs or surprises with Moash. Either he does one final good thing and dies in the process (likely protecting Kaladin) or he goes completely off the deep end and is killed by some other guy (but probably not Kaladin) after having far overstayed his time as a villain. Either way, Moash does not make it to part two.
  5. It was suggested at least that the Radiants broke their bonds because of some fears of their powers, though the details weren't clear. I don't think it was explicitly stated that the spren willingly went along with it, but it was expected that we would just assume that, because it's unlikely that 8 entire populations of sentient beings would choose death, regardless of the reason.
  6. They got beaten by a guy who barely even knew what a shard was.
  7. I'm not sure they would be. Granted, we don't know what the situation was during the time of Desolations, but if there were some sort of codes of conduct preventing excessive action like genocide the Skybreakers would be against it. One of the main purposes of the ancient Skybreakers was to prevent other Radiants from abusing their power.
  8. Roshar is my favorite shardworld so far, and the Knights Radiant have my favorite magic. I'm definitely leaning "Team Roshar", but Dalinar makes me nervous so I think I wanna see how everything there winds up before making any distinct proclimations.
  9. Rather than being related to "Nahel" specifically, I think "el" as a prefix or suffix can be a sign of a name related to divinity. In addition to "Nahel" which means to bond to divinity, there's the Almighty's tenth name (the one so holy only ardents are allowed to speak it) Elithanathile. There's also Elin, the title the heralds had at the end of their Vorin names.
  10. I would be significantly less defensive of Moash if there were more characters who were openly critical of the caste system.
  11. I think Rhythm of War easily had the best epigraphs for how they tied into the various elements of the story. You've got Navani's lecture setting up the scientific focus of the book and getting us to start looking at how the fundamental elements of Cosmere magic are linked. There's Harmony's letter, which focuses on the nature of the relationship between shard and vessel, and hypes up Odium's new vessel before we even see Taravangian ascend. The Rhythm of War, which gives some insight on the potential relationship between humans and singers, as we see Navani and Raboniel begin to develop warlight. Kalak's journal entries, giving us insight to his character as he's introduced in the story, while also informing us that if Shallan goes along with Mraize she will actually kill him. And most of all, El's musings, providing a chilling sense of "wrongness" even as we see Kaladin overcome his trauma. Reading "And so I am not at all dissatisfied with recent events" even as the occupation is falling away is terrifying, and seeing that El is excited to serve Taravangian really shows how dangerous he's going to be.
  12. I don't think they would, and much of this comes from their ideas of rulership which I think provides the difference in their ideals. Sazed is a god who is still kind of coming to terms with what level of control he should have over his subjects lives, while also struggling to use his powers to help in the first place. This reflects the contradictory nature of the shards he holds, he wants to protect and care for his people (preservation) while also recognizing the need for struggle in their development (ruin). One of the biggest mistakes (in his mind) that he feels he made was coddling his people too much, which limited their ability to grow. Dalinar, on the other hand, is a tyrant. A benevolent tyrant, but a tyrant nonetheless. Dalinar desires control, and for the people under his authority to match his ideals, even believing that the Stormfather himself should obey his will. He is a general first, and believes that a king should be a strong singular ruler, and he clashes with Jasnah who desires to change the way Alethkar is run to give more power to the people. His desire for unity is noble in a time when Roshar must join together to fight a common enemy, and we see Elend show a similar desire in Mistborn when fighting Ruin, but only as a temporary solution. If he were to ascend to godhood, there's a decent possibility he would want to bring all of Roshar under his rule, under the belief that this was the best way to protect them (we even see Cord express fear of something similar happening to her home, which is why she wanted her shards in the first place).
  13. From what I understand, the black smoke he leaks is the Investiture he's consumed that has become corrupted. So eventually Nightblood will corrupt and expel enough Investiture that he'll be hungry and ready to use again, though it might take a while. Brandon Sanderson Anyway, Nightblood is named for the smoke he leaks, and he originally had a different name when he was created. Vasher himself dubbed the sword Nightblood after he had used it to kill the woman he loved. The blackness that leaks out is actually corrupted and consumed Breaths, the ones that Nightblood leeches off anyone who draws him. Warbreaker Annotations (April 25, 2011) So basically, if you ever wanted to know how a sword would go to the bathroom... now you know.
  14. I could see that happening, Nightblood says something like "this guy isn't evil, he's just empty". Although I feel like it's also possible that he says "this guy is so evil, even I'm kinda freaked out" because at this point why not?
  15. I don't think that fits with the Windrunner ideals. This sort of line of thinking, that certain people need to be eliminated for the greater good, would probably work for certain orders like the Elsecallers or Willshapers, but not the Windrunners. It sounds very similar to the justification Moash was using for his assassination of Elhokar, which was framed as something that went against Kaladin's general morality.