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  1. The original Mistborn trilogy (Final Empire, Well of Ascension, and Hero of Ages), the currently ongoing Era Two/Wax and Wayne series (Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, Bands of Mourning and, coming this fall, Lost Metal) and a couple of short works in Arcanum Unbounded (most obviously the novella "Mistborn: The Secret History") are what's out now. At least two more full arcs, Era Three (modern/urban fantasy) and Era Four (space opera) are forthcoming. And of course the rest of the Cosmere is set in the same universe as Mistborn, but not actually on Scadrial.
  2. Stormfather and Nightwatcher, I would assume. Stormfather is Honor's Cognitive Shadow/successor, Nightwatcher is described as Cutlivation's daughter and per WOB is to Cultivation as the Stormfather is to Honor, and the Sibling is depicted as a blending of Honor's and Cultivation's power. They're also all "siblings" in a more poetic sense, as the three Bondsmith spren.
  3. On a whim earlier today, I decided to see what might happen if I fed the opening lines of the prologue of WoK into a bot and watched what it came up with. Bizarrely, it seemed to have some idea of what the Stormlight Archive is, who some of the major characters are, and even concepts like bridge crews, lighteyes, spren, etc. It also managed to be marginally coherent, at least until the character limit ran out. Of course, being a bot, it has no idea of the context of anything, and so ended up producing a twisted funhouse mirror version of WoK where Kaladin and Bridge Four are trying to build a bridge under the not-so-watchful eye of a nameless king, while Kaladin is apparently pretending to be Sadeas's son for some completely inexplicable reason. Oh, and Szeth may be the Dragon Reborn, but I'm not entirely sure on that. The text I gave it was, of course, "Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king." The bot I used was here: As for the "story" itself, behold behind the cut! And yes, I know it cuts off in mid-sentence. That's part of the charm;).
  4. Considering the qualification "meaningful," I would assume that this is the case; Wednegon was the last (or one of the last) to be powerful enough to face TLR on something vaguely resembling even footing, while by the time of the later conquests he was powerful enough (with large enough numbers of koloss, allomancers and Inquisitors + conscripts from places he'd already conquered + increasing familiarity with his own abilities should he choose to take the field himself, etc.) that he was able to pretty much steamroller any and and all opposition. Considering it was Tindwyl who added the "meaningful," there may be some of her biases creeping in as well; ie Wednegon was one of the last whose resistance to the Final Empire was significant enough to impress her, personally.
  5. Depends on how you're judging "favorite". Mistborn (the original trilogy especially) is what introduced me to Brandon's work, and it has a special place in my heart that is unlikely to ever be challenged. On the other hand, by almost every objective metric, I think Stormlight is the more accomplished work. Since those two aspects can't really be judged against with one another, I'm going to go with a Mistborn/Stormlight tie.
  6. So, since this is now out in the US, anyone seen it? I caught it this afternoon; definitely a slow burn, but I thought it extremely epic and well-done and am hopeful we get Part II.
  7. Yeah, I'm going to have to second this. Having just finished a reread of RoW, Raboniel was already complaining that Lezian was following his vengeance to the exclusion of strategy and common sense, and it's repeatedly stated that through their long lives and repeated resurrections, both Fused and Heralds are becoming more like spren than people (ie, driven by ideas and archetypes more than mundane concerns). Considering Lezian just got killed and resurrected again, which has a negative effect on the Fused's sanity, and then add in his humiliation at Kaladin's hands... yeah, I'm figuring Odium (whether Rayse or Taravangian - do we know for sure if T had Ascended yet when the kill order went down?) decided he was a liability and his skill as a warrior wasn't worth putting up with the risk of him going off the rails, and it was best to just cut their losses and get some use out of him, even if it was as a test subject.
  8. So, yesterday I finished a re-read of Rhythm of War, and then today wrapped up my annual re-watch of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (if the username didn't clue you in, I'm a fan;) - like the books better, but enjoy the movies too). It got me thinking of Taravangian's ascension and his plans to use Odium's power to 'save everyone' and it reminded me of a quote from Tolkien's letters about what might have happened if Gandalf had been corrupted by the Ring. "Gandalf as Ring-Lord would have been far worse than Sauron. He would have remained 'righteous', but self-righteous. He would have continued to rule and order things for 'good', and the benefit of his subjects according to his wisdom (which was and would have remained great)." A bit later, he added that "Sauron multiplied... evil, but he left good distinguishable from it. Gandalf would have made good detestable and seem evil." Now, Taravangian's no Gandalf (he's more like Saruman in some ways, 'his feet were on a crooked path,' though IMO the Cosmere's closest parallel to Saruman is probably actually Ishar - though that would be a topic for another post) but the way Odium!Taravangian and Ringlord!Gandalf are described makes them seem somewhat similar in motivation and action, and when you throw in Harmony's letter talking about how he most feared the combination of Odium's power and intent with a mind saner and more cunning than Rayse (who would be Sauron in this analogy)... yeah. Brrr. Not really a super insightful analogy, considering the LotR characters obviously aren't part of the Cosmere, but it did make me think of exactly how Odium's new Vessel is shaping up to be far more dangerous than the old one.
  9. New trailer for the Villeneuve adaptation dropped yesterday! Looking very epic, if I do say so myself. Also hearing good buzz from the IMAX promos (containing scenes from the opening and a bit from later in the movie) as well.
  10. ama

    1. Whatever you want to ask! 2. Eventually yes, in some form! Various IRL things have thrown me off lately, but I definitely have more story to tell there! I've also been exploring potential self-publishing options for it; I don't have anything concrete at the moment, but if I do end up going with something I won't continue it here and will probably take down what I've already posted. I definitely intend to finish it in some form, though! I've got a couple of other high fantasy story ideas rattling around that might see the light of day at some point or other. 3. I'm a grad student, currently working on my doctoral dissertation (one of the big things that's been taking me away from my fiction writing, alas). In undergrad I was a dual major in English and Religious Studies with a Classics minor; at the graduate level, I've focused on Religious Studies. That's probably the most interesting thing about my personal life, TBH.
  11. ama

    So, I'm MasterGhandalf (MG for short); I'm a long-time but fairly sporadic poster, though I've been decently active posting my original fiction in the Creator's Corner. I'm also on various other sites under the same username; some of you may have run across me there before. In any case, I just stumbled upon this section of the forum recently and realized it was a thing, so... ask away!
  12. Going to have to give this one to Sja-anat, at least for now, potentially being subject to change as we learn more about the others. She's just the most complex and interesting so far, IMO, what with her scheming, her 'children' and the precise nature of what she does to them, and her desire to be free of Odium. Nergaoul, Ashertmarn and Moelach are really more like forces than characters, not really having personalities so much as an instinctive need to inspire whatever their particular concept is, and as such they're more interesting for their effect on the plot and world than for themselves. Re-Shephir and Yelig-Nar seem to have more individuality and be more interesting, but have really only had a couple of major scenes so far and we don't really know all that much about them. Ba-ado-mishram definitely sounds intriguing based on everything we've heard about her, but since she's been (so far as we know) an entirely offscreen character so far, I'm reserving final judgment until we actually meet her. And Chemoarish and Dai-Gonarthis are, at this point, mostly blank slates though I'm interested to learn more about them (and personally I'm looking forward to finally meeting them in part because I want to see if the theory about the number of hyphens in an Unmade's name corresponding to their general level of sapience and individuality is true - if it is, I'd expect Chemoarish to be more a force than a person and Dai-Gonarthis to be more intelligent but still with notable limitations). So ultimately, as Sja-anat is by far the most developed of the Unmade so far, I'm going to give her my vote for this one.