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  1. It could be that he got mixed up with the Voidbringers, which brought that punishment upon him.
  2. Yea, I wondered whether I should that to the list of arguments, but it seemed like the shabbiest one of them all, so I decided to keep the size a little down and leave it out.
  3. On a second note, there is a second thing I wanted to mention. Not as significant, but interesting. In Chapter 5: The Eolian of The Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe, Sim, Wil, and Manet go to the Eolian for a few drinks, music, and a game of cards. In the next chapter, Kvothe plays sloppy and Manet, who was being his partner for the game, asks him sarcastically how many spades, in total, would he have if he had three spades in his hand and there have been five spades laid down. A few chapters later, when Kvothe goes through admission, Elodin asks him the exact same question. Interesting, no?
  4. A few more things I observed as I was finishing my The Name of the Wind reread and moving into The Wise Man's Fear. First, TNotW: Chapter 1 describes Taborlin the Great as having three tools: "key, coin, and candle". I didn't find that significant until I noticed something about Kvothe's encounters with Auri. Remember how every time they meet, they exchange (three?) gifts? Well, I believe there are exactly three gift exchanges described in the books, and each one of them features one of Taborlin's items; Auri gives Kvothe a key, then a coin, then a candle. Check the chapters if you want: The Name of the Wind: Chapter 53, Slow Circles The Name of the Wind: Chapter 68, The Ever-Changing Wind The Wise Man's Fear: Chapter 11, Haven I am not sure what this means, but it must be significant. Add this to the fact that Elodin has been trying to get to talk to Auri for a while now, it makes it pretty much certain that she used to be somebody important in the University. Plus, she does imply that her old/real name had grown heavy before Kvothe named her Auri. But then, I think Pat said in one interview that Auri wasn't in the book originally, so her role can't be all that big. Perhaps the key, coin, and candle are hints that there is something important in the Underthing; or they could be merely symbols to draw a parallel between Taborlin the Great and Kvothe the Arcane.
  5. Fair enough. Hit me up if you want my help.
  6. Let me preface this reply with two things. First, I think this is a fantastic idea - I've been following the document for many months now. And second, I like to offer (constructive) criticism to everything I can, so don't take the following points badly Chronological order. While I think this is the most efficient way of organizing the site/document, I believe that going from newest (on top) to oldest (on the bottom) can be more beneficial. For new users the current order (old > new) may be a little less confusing, but I believe the Brandonothology will get more traffic from returning users, and to them/us it will be more important to see the newest entries on the top. This way I can read the entire thing once (perhaps backwards) and then every time I come back, I will only need to look at the top to find out if there is anything new. Formatting. This is, perhaps, the only thing about the site I have some (minor) negative feedback about. While none of the pages are particularly hard to read, it's rubbing off my e-OCD that the formatting is not consistent. For example, Part 2 has all of the questions bolded, leaves a lot of empty lines between questions/answers/paragraphs, and many of the questions preserve their original format even if it's not particularly good/consistent. I suppose this last point is a design "problem", but I think it would read better if all of them were written according to the same grammar rules (e.g. Which of Your Characters is Your Favorite? > Which of your characters is your favorite?). I have some ideas about how the formatting could be improved, but I won't fill this post with ideas, for now at least. If you are willing to make some changes, I will be more than willing to spend a lot of time with you to work on this - whenever I can find the time, that is. But I will make an effort to do so. Page descriptions. I think I would like to see a little more (structured) information about each interview/QA/page. A little blurb in the beginning that explains when and where this section took place originally, as well as what it focused on. Things like that. Again, it's mostly a thing of consistency - I like it when all of the entities of a website follow a similar structure or format. I think that's all for now. I haven't read the entire thing after it was ported to the new website, but a quick skimming over several pages gave me this to work with. If you want to work with me on this, I should have some contact information somewhere around my profile. Credit means little to me here - I would be totally willing to help you out as much as I can and let you keep all the credit, it's your project after all. But on the other hand, I wouldn't ask you to start such a massive revision without offering to do at least some of the hard/annoying work of reformatting. Up to you.
  7. Death by Blue Screen of Death. Also, death. Of death. With death on death.
  8. I wonder if a graphic designer of some sort would be willing to invest some time into this just for fun. Or if we have any with the time, skill, and knowledge in Flash/Java to make it an online tool. Or maybe I can sit my lazy butt down and learn some of that...
  9. I am more than willing to help with whatever I can.
  10. Something similar to the Allomantic table Brandon released a while ago? I doubt I could make something like this (don't have the artistic skill to draw a circle), but I think it would be a cool idea. Especially if you could have two concentric circles, one for Allomancy and one for Feruchemy, each one of them with the sixteen metals. You rotate the two, and you get the resulting Twinborn's name to show up somewhere
  11. Except a table feels somewhat... limited. I was going to do just names, and that would've been fine. But now that I want to make a bigger project, I feel there won't be enough room. I could split the two, but there would be no point in starting the names table, since we know only 3-4 Twinborn names at most. =\
  12. I am currently re-reading the books (hoping to find some foreshadowing), but I'd like to get some SPOILER-HEAVY discussions about some of the bigger ideas in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. Namely (seewhatididthere) the following: Kvothe's Family There are several things in the books that seem to imply that Kvothe is not some random Edema Ruh, but a member of the ancient family. Let's see why that may be the case... Kvothe's father, Arliden, is unofficially married to his mother, Laurian (unless I am mistaken). I mention that because I find it important that the two of them treat each other like a husband a wife in all regards except the legal one. From a legal standpoint, Kvothe is a bastard. Which may not be entirely because his parents just didn't bother with making their marriage official. Being the son of a noblewoman, even one that is potentially disowned, carries a certain weight... We know that Kvothe's mother is - or was - a noblewoman before Arliden "stole" her. We know that Lady (Meluan) Lackless hates the Edema Ruh with passion. She once mentions that someone who she loved and valued ran away with the Ruh a while ago. In theory, so far, this someone could be Kvothe's mother. On a side note, Meluan has/had a sister whose name was Netalia. We'll get to this in a moment. When he first Meluan, Kvothe is struck by a strange feeling of familiarity. It could be because she reminds him of his mother, Maluan's sister. One of the pseudo-prophetic requirements for the heirloom box of the Lackless family is "a son who brings the blood." This could be interpreted as "a male family member." Which could, in turn, be Kvothe. And finally, Kvothe shares a song his father wrote for Laurian once. The contents of the song won Arliden's a night's sleep under the wagon, presumably because of the innuendo hidden in them. Here is how the song goes: Dark Laurian, Arliden's wife, Has a face like a blade of a knife Has a voice like a prickledown burr But can tally a sum like a moneylender. My sweet Tally cannot cook. But she keeps a tidy-ledger book For all her faults I do confess It's worth my life To make my wife Not a tally a lot less. You will note that Arliden's nicknames her wife Tally, even though this name doesn't even come close to the sound of her (presumed) real name - Laurian. It does, however, sound a terrible lot like Netalia. Not only that, but the last line makes absolutely no sense. Not if you read it like this, at least. But if you go by the sound of them, you will notice that they sound a lot like... To make my wife Netalia Lackless. So that is that about Kvothe's heritage. A lot of people seem pretty convinced that his mother was Netalia Lackless, more or less due to the reasons I summarized above. On to the next big thing... The Lackless Door Introduced in The Wise Man's Fear, the Lackless Door refers to an, as far as we know, un-unlockable door. Kvothe's future seem to intertwine with the "fate" of the door and what lies behind it. Let me say that I don't remember the details, but I think the book talks about a box with a complicated lock more than it does about an actual door. Or was there a mention about a real door somewhere in the Lackless mansion? Regardless, there is this piece of information we have about it: Seven thing stand before The entrance to the Lackless Door One of them a ring unworn One a word that is forsworn One a time that must be right One a candle without light One a son who brings the blood One a door that holds the flood One a thing tight held in keeping Then comes that which comes with sleeping Since this post is starting to get a little lenghty, and it's starting to get a little late here, allow me to offer the popular interpretations of each one of those lines. Then I'll leave the floor open for discussion and perhaps add more big ideas some other time. Ring unworn. This could quite possibly refer to the ring of air everyone who knows the name of the wind has to craft for themselves. It is well established that Kvothe wants to learn just that. Word that is forsworn. This one is trickier, but it could be someone's Name. Kvothe's name is just as likely as anybody else's - except he is the main character of the novel, and not anybody else. Time that must be right. This could refer to virtually any time, but it seems like the night of the new moon plays a big role in a world where the Fae know a lot about magic. Candle without light. The only semi-plausible explanation for this one is that Kvothe's fiery-red hair would turn him into a metaphorical candle. Or, it could be something as simple as a sympathy lamp. Son who brings the blood. Assuming that Kvothe is indeed son of Netalia Lackless, and knowing that the "prophecy" deals with the Lackless family, it is safe to assume that he could be that son. Door that holds the flood. Assuming this is not as literal as a dam, the only reasonable assumption would be the door of stone in the University's Archives. Thing tight held in keeping. This is a weird one. A Name would fit this one as well, but I would assume that the seven things are distinct. That which comes with sleeping. Although not one of the requirements, it's worth mentioning. The obvious one here would be dreams. A little too obvious, I think, but it could eventually lead us to the world of Fae, which is also associated with sleeping and dreams. On the other hand, we know that sleep is the first door of forgetting, so there could be something here as well... Aaaand, I think we can stop here. Plenty of material to talk about. Plus, I need to actually finish re-reading the books in order to provide thoughts of my own, as opposed to stuff taken from other forums
  13. Right, that was the other thing I had a problem with. I was going to include it in the post, then I forgot about it.
  14. I definitely think the Thrill is associated with Odium, at least a tiny bit. My flimsy logic here goes like this: Syl doesn't like Shardplates & Blades. Syl is obviously connected to Honor / the Almighty. Therefore the Almighty wouldn't have liked the Shardgear as it is right now. This implies something that changed, perhaps something about the actual Shardgear; something that would introduce Odium's power to the formerly Honor-only artifacts. Where else have seen a mix between the two Shards? In the Oathpact, I think. We have the Heralds, servants of Honor, who only get to enter to world in order to defend it from a Desolation. In their spare time they live in some sort of hell. I've always thought that this Oathpact is not very good business. It sounds like the Honor made a deal with Odium, and part of the deal was the fate of the Heralds. It would be possible that another clause is the corruption of all the Blades and Plates, so that they induce an intense feeling of hatred (as seen through Dalinar's POV) in their wielder. Two things don't hold though - other than the vague logic. First, I believe the Oathpact existed long before the "last" Desolation and the Radiants. If my theory holds, it would imply that they Shardgear has always been corrupted thus, but the Radiants' armors seem somehow... purer. And second, we've already seen two Shards striking a deal in MIstborn. Somehow I don't think Brandon is an author to pull the same trick twice.
  15. Except the original spren wasn't a "gobletspren", it was probably a "metalspren" (though I don't think we've seen those). So it breaking down into a multitude of smaller metalsprens would make sense. I don't think sprens are associated with the object they "live" in as much as the material the metal is made of. I would imagine a "chairspren" and a "tablespren" are actually just woodsprens, with perhaps slight variations in their characteristics (much like those flamesprens the scientists, whose names I forgot, were different in sizes).
  16. Not in this thread is what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.
  17. The chart we refer to as "the evil one" could be the Voidbringing equivalent of the Surgebinding chart. It seems like a rather obvious idea, not sure why nobody has mentioned it in this thread =\
  18. Fantastic theory, Chaos! The core of it explains a lot of what is going on throughout the various Shardworlds we've encountered and it does it in the consistent manner we are used to seeing in Brandon's works. My only concern is that, maybe, you are taking it too far; some of the previous comments seem to imply a similar thing. Usage of the Shards' powers does look like it requires intentions similar to the Shards' natures. If I were to play it safe, though, I would stop there. The power conservation/depletion mechanic you describe for Scadrial is sound, but it seems to only kind of hold for Nalthis, and Roshar is too young of a world to offer sufficient evidence. Though it's probably worth it to discuss those things further. Do we know of any Surgebinders/Knights who lost their powers? Do we see anything about Endowment's regeneration or depletion of power? How does the change in appearance among the Returned (and their offspring) play with the system? I need to think about all this for a while, and it's way too late to do it now. But I think there is potential for more discussion. Perhaps we can discover even more fundamentals about the Cosmere's magic; or we can solidify the theory as one not so broad, but more verified.
  19. Would you mind if I tried to "prettify" the original post a little bit? The information is excellent, but I am a fan of the idea that a good piece of information should be presented with equal level of flourish. I hope I don't sound like an arrogant know-it-all, this being my first post here. I've been following Brandon's communities for a while now, just never been a very active poster.
  20. For some reason, the one name I pronounce unlike everyone else is Elend's last name - Venture. For some reason, since the very first time I read it, I've been reading it something like "ven-TU:-err" (the last part is pronounced like the word 'err'). I don't know. The note about the names in the Central Dominance being French-like probably adds a little weight to my instinctive pronunciation, but it still weirds me out to hear it like it's a word in the English language. Good call on TWoK audio book's 'J' though - I wondered whether Jezrien would actually be Yezrien (some other nation's version of the name tipped me off), but it never occurred to me that Jasnah would fall under the same category. It makes sense though. And lastly, Szeth is the one I have absolutely no idea about. I don't think it's Seth, because it wouldn't have such a strange spelling if it was. Sseth / Zzeth is the closest I can get to it, where I try to pronounce both 's' and 'z' distinctly. So I guess it turns into something similar to FeatherWriter's "suh-ZETH."