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  1. You are absolutely correct. Taldain is my current head-canon place-holder and I shouldn't have stated it as fact. I'll edit soon. Why would anyone's perception not count? I'm not sure why you're trying to delineate something like that; it's not arbitrary because nobody is deciding anything about restricting opinions. Every sentient being affects the growth and boundaries of shadesmar, even lower life forms. It is a world affected by everything that has a modicum of thought; that's why it's called the Cognitive Realm. I've shortened the quote for brevity, but there is a link at the bottom. I would maybe suggest hitting up https://wob.coppermind.net/ for querying and read through Brandon's explanations on the CR, they are quite extensive. That could possibly help answer some of your questions or expand your understanding of the CR.
  2. Yes. Have you seen the back endpaper of Way of Kings? That's what the Expanses are...other Cosmere worlds. To travel west from Alaska to Russia would mean walking to the border of the Cognitive, transitioning back to the physical, and continuing west (this isn't very practical as it is much more difficult to get back to the physical). Densities is Sel, Vapors is Scadrial, Broken Sky is Taldain etc. The people, that's how the CR works. The void of space isn't represented because there are no minds occupying it. It's not really contradictory. The CR isn't the physical realm, it's shaped by minds. Completely created by perception and thought. It's absolutely flat, but 3D, because that's how our minds perceive reality. Think of the minds like a projector. The image projected is flat, even if it's a globe.
  3. Looks like most people see, "Spren, stone, and wind" = Sibling, Nightwatcher, and Stormfather (Rider of storms). Am I the only one that sees, "Spren, stone, and wind" = Nightwatcher, Sibling, and Stormfather? The Sibling is associated with Urithiru. It makes more sense to me that Sibling = stone of Urithiru. Nightwatcher is repeatedly referred to as a powerful spren in the books, so Nightwatcher = spren works.
  4. The questioner is obviously using the two interchangeably, and BS is following the questioner's train of thought. Listening to the audio makes this apparent.
  5. I know this answer is upvoted because it's correct about T.H.=Ashyn, but there were humans on Roshar before even the shattering. There's audio on Arcanum.
  6. Just to add to the big things happening at the end of era 3: It's from several years ago, but considering he likely only has an outline for era 3 it seems like a pretty big plot-point-moment. Also, he didn't have to think very long (there's audio), I'm fairly convinced Harmony will be giving up or granting something as a major turning point in era 3. On the other hand, it could just as easily be something nebulous like: humans desire non-intervention-->Harmony: Your future is yours now. So I don't know, but I'm excited. Thinking about era 3 and 4 tends to draw anticipationspren.
  7. Okay... Marabethia looks like a bridge over the purelake and reshi sea, now if anyone can actually find 'the bridge to terabithia' we might be able to find an offramp to Roshar. Anyone seen the 'Alien' movies? Sigourney Weaver? All of the mountains in former Natanatan down to and including the shattered plains make up the head of said Aliens. With the shattered plains making up the teeth. Alethkar and Shinovar actually make all their money by hoarding the world's water supply. You see, the map clearly shows that they own ALL of the rivers on Roshar. I quite nearly drove myself insane over this stuff more than two years ago, and of course here I am about to get sucked back in...
  8. Enough listeners in stormform could control a highstorm?!? I'm calling it, that's Eshonai. (I'm aware many think it's Kaladin at some point) edit: can't spell
  9. Love the midriff analogy feather, spot on to me. Liking Adolin Elhokar seems...un-knight-worthy to me right now, kind of confused about his whole character at this point (a la gamma's observations and his 'most likely having a spren watching him'). But did anyone notice that's most likely a larkin on his desk? Maybe even the dead ones stil have a use, or they're like locust or something else and come back to life with some stormlight. Obviously tied to the radiants, and personally I think they have a use besides helping Darkness steal awesomeness. And a big echo to all questions and awe put forth before; never imagined getting this much cosmere-spren-shadesmar info so quickly.
  10. I meant to respond earlier today, but I'm sick as all get out right now and completely passed out. I don't know where to start so I'll just jump in. I really don't feel good so I'm not going to quote and link things, if you have questions or doubts just ask and I'll post it up later for you. @Senor It's certainly possible in light of one or two rattles, but there are several more that are happening concurrent to the storyline. One of them even talks to Taravangian's healer. My personal thought is that they go to the cognitive realm, there is a rattle to support this, where they gain all this knowledge of what has been done and what needs to be done, and what is happening with important people. I guess I never really thought about it being time travel before, it just seems so unlikely because the majority of them are just knowledge or a different sort of awareness report. I see maybe two that could be traveling to the past? With so many more reporting on the here and now, time traveling just doesn't seem likely. @meg You're a little a confused. I should have elaborated on what I was saying. The dates in the epigraphs are in-book notations taken by Taravangian's healers. They aren't a depiction of when that chapter is happening. So yes, Gavilar died years earlier, but it doens't mean the epigraphs are noting that chapter as that date. There is a special circumstance that I don't really see anything special with, but one of the rattles is out of order (in the link from earlier you can see). That just couldn't be, if the epigraphs were relating the current date of the story. My thing with Taln, is even he proclaims he failed. We have no idea what this really means, but to me it screams that things are NOT happening like they have before. Seems very reasonable to me that things could be a little out of order, that he could be a little late to the party. Or that Odium has kind of snuck this one up on everyone. @dark No worries, I know it's a lot. Yeah, Senor raised an issue that...I don't know, I've never really thought about it like that. I definitely don't see as reasonable, but perhaps possible. I'll look at it later when I'm on less medication. Seems to be a much easier, with all the concurrent visions, not to split it up and start assuming wild things like that. I don't know how Dalinar's visions, or any visions Honor might have seen, have anything to do with the death rattles. It happens as they die, doesn't require a highstorm, and seems they still retain a measure of awareness of where they are and that they're speaking to someone. I'm curious where you think the back-up for something like that is. I already wrote my thoughts on Taln's appearance. The way he has shown up, the death rattle, and the things he said make it clear to me things are very different. Back to bed. edit: spelling
  11. Doh. I totally knew that. Can't believe I forgot.
  12. You probably missed it, but some old threads are still very useful. They just haven't been posted on in a while. We have the opening epigraph: Which takes place on day 271 of 1171, or 6-5-1 (link at bottom explains this use). Since Roshar has a calendar year of 500 days, we know that all the epigraphs after (and including): take place at least a 1000 days after the initial epigraph. It's like I said, I used to think the storms were counting down or something, but since it most likely already came to pass that doesn't make much sense anymore. I guess it's not a definite, confirmed sort of thing. But it seems conclusive to most that it all started sometime during the book. Which would make sense since Taln shows up. And later epigraphs like... and ...seem to relate to occurances that we either witnessed, or saw the outcome to. While the second one doesn't have to be Taln, the first is almost certainly Kaladin's experience. My personal thoughts on it now are that the Everstorm (hint hint)/Final Desolation has come and the storm is just beginning to churn. They say they're getting worse because it has all just begun. http://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/457-dates/page__view__findpost__p__10265 (1st one I found, probably another somewhere) and https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlvnJhrTVOeKdHhQMWVIajZLMXIwZnR4R1ZJNDFsY2c edit: forgot to add some things, and fix other things.
  13. I remember discussions about this years ago. It's a very good point. However... Dalinar and Navani are discussing some serious stuff about the world going downhill, i.e. assassinations, the 'twisted' things people say when they die. It seems they both have heard of highstorms actually growing more powerful. Which...is definitely odd given that ketek. I used to think that perhaps they were growing stronger as the desolation approaches, , but going by the best assumptions of the calendar, the Everstorm had already begun when the conversation happened. So yeah, sorry to confuse it more. But it's definitely a contradictory situation. edit: couldn't remember how to do spoiler tag.
  14. Excellent catch happy. I KNOW for a fact I have read a quote from sanderson along the lines of, "...humans and horses are not native to [Roshar]..." but now it seems to have gone *poof*. Zas, or WInd, help me out here. Why can't I find this quote? I know we have seen it before.
  15. No, it certainly seems they can't. The link I provided already has WoB on the creatures inside the front cover. Try actually taking a look when someone provides you with a link to a direct answer on the questions you are having. He didn't comment on larkin, that's us here. He commented on the creatures inside the front cover.