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  1. I don't think you understand the point I was trying to make when I took it apart. You claimed that the invention of butcher knives did not lead to killing of people, and I extended the analogy to show that it, in fact, did. All it proved was that your "slippery slope" argument was not specific enough. Exactly. The Spanish crown had no idea how that first voyage would affect the course of history (Columbus must have been extremely Ta'veerin), but they went with it anyway, similar to how, as you pointed out, the first artifabrians had no way of knowing that their fabrials would lend premise to the making of half-shards. We're not arguing about what should have been done long in the past; we're arguing about if what they did was right to begin with. Neither do I buy your point that there's no causal link between the trapping of minor spren and the trapping of major spren. 1) How much did the Jah Keved scholars really know about the intelligence of these spren? For all we're given, we have no idea if they started with malicious intent or if all they knew was that certain spren were more powerful than others, and the more powerful spren could create more powerful fabrials. 2) The fact that no one (as far as we know) had voiced concerns about trapping minor spren really should have been a giant warning as to how they would have treated major spren. When the parshmen slaves became the Listeners, many Brightlords argued that the Parshendi should be enslaved anyway so they could have their free labor back. Do you really think the same mentality would not apply to spren?
  2. I disagree. Your analogy is not applicable in the way you thin it is, because butcher knives aren't useful in practicality when it comes to killing humans. That's why humans developed things like bows and swords and guns to kill each other, both of which were results of a culture, instigated by the butcher knife, where weapons are commonplace. You might think this is far-fetched, but remember humankind's earliest sharp rocks, and how they later became knives and arrowheads, and how from there we realized that if you make the blade longer it will have farther reach, making it better for fighting, and once violence is an ingrained part of society, no one bats an eye at the first gun. So let's say that, for the sake of argument, trapping non-sapient spren is humane (which I don't believe it is -- you've obviously read the post where I compared it to mistreatment of animals). The potential that it creates for wide-scale unjust imprisonment of thinking beings should definitely factor into the decision of the artifabrian. Here's another analogy: would you have sent Columbus on that first trade voyage because there was no nefarious intent if you had known that it would eventually lead to the torture and massacre of millions?
  3. That's not what I'm saying, actually. Sure, you might not make a half-shard (although I disagree that it's humane as long as the spren is not sapient), but other scholars would use your already-established precedent to make a half-shard (and there's no way one could argue that's unrealistic, because it's exacly what happened in Jah Keved).
  4. Trust me, I’ve also seen the livestream. I’m not sure this was so important to point out weeks after it was posted, though. Besides which, many might argue that the slippery slope point has evolved from its original meaning precisely because everyone uses it that way. As long as it’s widely understood, the original intent is less important than its modern use.
  5. Try a music app that can transcribe it.
  6. Well, you're incorrect that Allomancy's "natural form" creates a misting rather than a mistborn. Remember the end of WoA where Elend burned Lerasium and became mistborn? That's how all the noble houses got their powers originally, and through the generations it got weaker and we saw more and more mistings. Even modern mistborns (with the exception of Elend, or course) are much less powerful than they were in the earlier days of the Final Empire.
  7. The Sunnydale High School class of '99 10-year reunion was killer for the introverts. Schrodinger's cat walks into a bar and doesn't. A wanted poster for Schrodinger's cat reads "dead and alive." Little known failure: Schrodinger's dog. It freaked out and started barking. When life gives you lemons, squirt them into life's mouth and see how life likes it. Ending with a preposition is where it's at. NOBODY EXPECTS THE STEEL INQUISITION!
  8. This, from a WoK prime reading, all describing the same room but giving a lot of helpful details. Much of the book is non-cannonical now, but I can't imagine he's made a lot of big changes regarding architecture: Also, @I Am A Fish I'm not sure Kharbranthian architecture will be comparable, because while they're both Vorin cities, they still have very different cultures -- e.g. Alethi are more war-like and Kharbranth is an academic city. That might not necessarily affect architecture, but it's an example of a major, very obvious difference and I'd be surprised if there weren't many more. As for being semi-European in design -- not sure I agree with that either, seeing as he's set precedent for cultural influence by pulling more from the Middle East/eastern Asia in terms of influence. I do agree about them being low down to protect from highstorms, but I'll add to that: most tall buildings will probably have slanted sides facing toward the origin. For example, we know the palace is absolutely huge, so it probably incorporates some of these safeguards.
  9. When three of Brandon's characters are named Timbre, Tindwyl, and Wyndle. I get them mixed up ALL THE TIME.
  10. That's actually what I meant to ask, thanks. I was rereading Shadows of Self and wondered if Bleeder had to fill up her own metalmind or if she could use the one from whomever she killed.
  11. My second Metallic Arts question of the hour. Could a Kandra use the metalminds belonging to a feruchemist they just ingested, or would they have to fill up their own?
  12. Can someone's Allomantic power be passed on through Hemalurgy before they Snap?
  13. I bet he's an ardent, and his wife is too. Theoretically, a female ardent shouldn't have to cover her safehand because ardents aren't supposed to be seen as male or female. Of course, that wouldn't account for how he's a Truthwatcher too -- only retired ardents can bond spren. @Winter, your story is getting fishier by the moment.
  14. Welcome to the Shard. Favorite Brando book? Favorite non-Brando book? Favorite magic system? Order? US or UK covers? Favorite character? Have you been keeping up with the RoW sample chapters or are you waiting for the release?
  15. We know that Shallan had made progress in her oaths when she was young but then regressed and had to basically start over at the beginning of The Way of Kings. Pattern theoretically could have left in that time, but I doubt a different type of spren would have taken his place if he had. We know a little bit about spren politics, but it seems to me that there's some antagonism between all the different varieties. Even if two groups are allies, it's possible they already have agreements about bonding Radiants. Based on what we know so far, it is theoretically possible that someone could start bonding a Cryptic but end up an Elsecaller in the end, I just don't think it's likely.