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  1. Honor is. . . difficult to define. Each culture will have its own definition, however broad that might be, but each person will in this culture will inevitably have their own variation of their culture's sense of honor, due to their own life experiences. This is even explored to an extent in both Words of Radiance and Oahtbringer, with the Skybreakers and the Windrunners, Szeth and the Skybreakers, Kaladin and his whole mess in WoR and Oathbringer, being just a few of the best examples. For the Skybreakers (the modern ones at least), the Law is Honor and Honor is the Law. To them, the Law is all-important, although it appears that the Fifth Ideal does change this, and is also noted to be very rare for a Skybreaker to reach it, with Nale being the only current one. This has led them into conflict with the Windrunners, as the Windrunners believe Honor is doing what is right and keeping oaths. Szeth, a walking ball of hatred and self-loathing, constantly followed by the voices of those who he has killed and a talking sword who only want to destroy evil, is not the best judge of what is right. And he realized this! Rather than insisting he knew what was best, he found someone who he could put his faith in, whose sense of honor was (in Szeth's view) was unquestionable; Dalinar. Unlike the Skybreakers (who release themselves from personal liability in exchange for holding themselves strictly to their code, the Law or one they chose, and giving up a measure of personal freedom), he did not use this as an escape from his guilt, did not give up all responsibility for his actions, instead keeping responsibility and giving control over his action to another. I am not going to try to explain Kaladin's variety of moral and ethical dilemmas around honor, as that would require summarizing most of his arcs between WoR and Oathbringer, something I have not the time, patience, or knowledge to do. If you want to know, just go re-read the books. To get back to the Heavenly Ones, one thing the seems to have been mostly forgotten in this conversation is that the Fused are all less than completely sane, and this perhaps could just be one sort of coping mechanism. Yes, they have lost their mortality, but they are hanging on to their morality, as a way to remind themselves that they were once mortal and that death is final for those they kill. Maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but it is one thing that came to mind.
  2. The choice does make some sense from Odium's point of view; You want to destroy all the other Shards but don't want to corrupt your own Intent by holding another Shard. What is the obvious solution? Destroy all the other Shards as best you can, or at least, make it difficult for anyone to hold its full power again. Odium's first attempts were. . . crude, but effective at their goal, whereas his later attempts at splintering have been quite effective. I agree that it is maybe a poor choice, especial when considering that two of the Shards Odium has splintered of, Dominion and Ambition, seem to both align quite closely with his goals and Intent.
  3. It might be possible, but so far Bradon has RAFOed this.
  4. Although I can not disagree with you in regards to this, I can offer two alternative theories. The first is that this is a tradition specifically related to the Windrunners, and they did not expect to encounter Windrunners during the fights in Kholinar, and were engaged before they could realize that their opponents were Windrunners and thus unable to innate a dual as such. The second is that they did not use this tactic in Oathbringer because they were attacked by multiple people at once at the beginning of the fight, thus invalidating the dual.
  5. Granted. Anytime you interact (in any way) with anyone both you and they burst into flames. I wish that my Curse is that I do not get a Boon.
  6. (About) 31 hours total, 9 for Way of Kings, 12 for Words of Radiance, and 10 for Oathbringer. In general, I read quickly, but I have never tried to read all of them together in a day without (long) breaks. If I were to, I probably would finish them more quickly than that, as there is always a limitation of the time it takes getting into a book, even one I have read before, and reading them all together would midgate this. Also, the more consecutive time I spend reading, the more quickly I begin to read. My best guess at how quickly I could read it would be somewhere around 26 hours, though I am never likely to try test this.
  7. @Darkfinder Well, the answer to that would heavily depend on when. For instance, Scadrial Era One (as well as the time leading up to the Lord Ruler's Ascension and the end of Classical Scadrial) seem rather ... unpleasant, to say the least, as does; Roshar before Aharietiam, Ashyn in general, and Nalthis during the Manywar, to name a few. I would say that Scadrial during Era Two sounds relatively pleasant, as does Arelon (excepting during the Reod). Although I may wish to say Nalthis, it seems too unstable for most of its history for me to be comfortable living there.
  8. Retook the test and got Elscaller both times (though a higher than what I remember), and, also again, Truthwatch as second. I am not quite sure why Truthwatcher, as I have never felt much connection to that order, but also we do not know much about them yet and Renarin is a ... odd, example to go by.
  9. feruchemy

    I would have to guess that, just by going through how each of those works, it would destroy the metalmind or at least render it inaccessible. Soulcasting would be changing the Cognitive aspect of the metalmind which then results in a change in the Physical Realm, and (if you overcome the resistance from the stored attribute) it would seem that it is no longer, in your example, a zincmind but rather a regular piece of copper with the stored attribute either neutralized in the process of overcoming the resistance from the said stored attribute, by the interference from between the two sources of investiture, or (more simply) made inaccessible because it is a different type of metal now and in someway 'sealed off'. Forgery (from what I understand, need to read The Emperor's Soul) involves rewriting the history of an object, so unless it was changed so that the new metal had been charged as a metalmind it would just run into the same problems as Soulcasting. Nuclear transmutation seems to have more of a clear answer, as the quote @Chiberty showed says, mixing a metalmind with another metal after it is forged with simply make the stored attributes inaccessible, so it seems that if the investiture were not simply released or destroyed in the process of transmuting the metal, it would be inaccessible.
  10. Checking and Bagging? Are we going to Nalthis? I do hear they have good customs. And for the most critical event, it seems to me that it must be the Shattering, as without that none of these books (at least the Cosmere ones) or the events within could have been possible. Well, most of them. As for a magic system to bing into the real world, it would have to be Feruchemy as it seem (to me at least) to have the most constructive and least harmful effects, with the plus side of having some really wired physics. Also, the only reason it is this organized is that I am a bit of a perfectionist, and spent almost a month agonizing over each and every word.
  11. Well, I should introduce myself, shouldn't I? I have been here (or at least had an account) for about four months, so it seems appropriate that I actually post something and say hello to the community. I first got hooked (or Spiked) into Sanderson's books a year and a half ago, when a friend introduced me to Mistborn, The Final Empire. In under a week, I had read the entire trilogy (and ended up finishing it before the friend who introduced me). From there it was about a half a year before I wandered into the Cosmere in truth, as one day I happened upon the Way of Kings in my local library, and consumed it in under a day. After that, I simply read every Sanderson book I could get my hands on, slowing down slightly when I found the Wheel of Time, and only leaving the books I was unable to find unread (I have since lost count of the number of re-read for most of these books). At some point, I found my way the 17th Shard, and, finding some truly fantastic and well-considered theories and discussions, consumed theories, listened to most of Shardcast, and absorbed much of the Coppermind before I finally made an account. To preempt some of the most common inquiries, I provided a selection of answers to what I have observed to be the most common questions below; My favorite character is Nighblood, with my next favorite would be a seven-way tie between Vasher, Hoid, Vivenna, Lightsong, Vin, Marsh, and Pattern. For least favorite characters, it has to be Dilaf, Zane, Kabsal, and Denth. In terms of favorite book, it has to be Warbreaker (and not only because of Nightblood). For magic systems, it has to be Awakening, simply due to its versatility and utility, with [Zinc] Feruchemy a close second. When considering the Orders of Knights Radiant, I would want to be a Willshaper or Elsecaller, while the quiz would say Elsecaller and Truthwatcher. As it is a much shorter list, the Cosmere books I have not read are as follows; The Emperor's Soul, White Sand Volumes 1-3, Mistborn Secret Histories, and Arcanum Unbound. The only non-Cosmere books of Sanderson's that I have read are Steelheart and the Wheel of Time books 11-14.