Claincy

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  1. For the first point: I'm reasonably certain standard inquisitors have 2 spikes each for steel and iron. They have 11 spikes total so they would then be missing a power or 2. Presumably allomantic gold and perhaps one of zinc/brass/copper. (It's possible they also have double pewter in place of another of those metals, but that's pure speculation.) For the second: I can only guess Elend was able to burn unconsciously because of the purity/strength of his allomancy, coming directly from lerasium. There are a number of mistakes and inconsistencies with the magic across the trilogy and this may be one of them. (Edit: I'm actually partway through a reread currently and I've been noticing a lot more of them. Still love the books though.)
  2. I really enjoyed the season too.
  3. I suggest avoiding anything online about Doctor Who until you've seen 5, unless you don't care about significant spoilers.
  4. So uh. Anyone here seen episode 5 yet?
  5. Someone asked about that in the update #1 comments (might have been you for all I know :P).
  6. I've updated my old font for the Steel Alphabet (Final Empire era symbols). The new version improves the details on some of the symbols and improves the scale and alignment of the symbols which makes it look cleaner and easier to read. You can download it from google drive if you want to try it. Here's the same passage in both to show the difference. Old font New font (The old topic was nearly 6 years ago now so it's locked. Starting a new one seemed the way to go. If the mods think it'd be better to reopen that and merge this topic in that's fine. )
  7. I don't mind at all! Invested is very cool by the way. Hrm, I haven't encountered that. Do you get the same behaviour if you go through the same actions but with a different font to steel alphabet? Have you tried writing out whatever you want in Calibri then selecting the whole lot and converting it to steel alphabet when you're done?
  8. I am working on multiple mistborn fan projects and I will post updates and details of them here as I go. I don't know if anyone will actually read this but I think it will be helpful to me to keep a blog of what I am doing and may help me be more consistent with the work I put in. I currently have four mistborn projects: -The Steel Alphabet Font (which will be the focus of this post) -A version of Shelldry (More on that soon) -A character generator for the Mistborn Adventure Game (More on that soon too) -And one other that is in very early design and I will post more about when there is something to post about it This particular post will cover how I made the steel alphabet font. Inception I had always really liked the allomantic symbols though I wasn't originally aware that they were an actual alphabet. When I got my copy of the MAG I noticed the writing on the cover page of the treatise mettalurgic but initially I didn't have the time or energy to investigate it further. Later as I was becoming more invested in Mistborn and the cosmere I saw this thread and the desire to read and write steel alphabet became much stronger. Knowing that due to my poor handwriting anything I wrote in steel alphabet would be abysmal I decided to make a font for it. Having never attempted to create a font before I had no idea how easy or difficult it would actually be. I spent some time searching for a good free font creator, my efforts were somewhat hampered firstly by the complexity and shape of the allomantic symbols which made some font editors unsuitable. Secondly I needed a font editor where I wouldn't be too seriously hampered by my own lack of artistic skill and thirdly I needed a font editor with a good set of tutorials. Eventually I settled on FontForge. It had the capabilities I needed and a set of solid tutorials. Development To get started I took the chart of the allomantic symbols from mistborn 1 from Isaac's website and cut out each symbol into a separate bmp file. I then went through each symbol, using the symbol as a background for it's respective letter. I then carefully traced around each one using font forge's point tracing system. The first few symbols took me a long time and many deleted lines to accomplish, but as I got more experience I was able to trace the symbols faster and with a better quality. I ended up going back and redoing my early tracings as I wasn't satisfied with them. They still aren't perfect, but well enough. A tracing of duralumin ('s' in the steel alphabet) with the background visible And the tracing without the background I hit my first major problem with the tracing when I reached the symbols which had enclosed areas, such as copper, gold and bendalloy. My standard method for tracing wouldn't work with these as the enclosed areas would be filled in with black. After some research and experimentation with different tools and methods I managed to create the symbols using the cutting tool. I did the full outline of the symbol, passing through the enclosed section and ignoring the part of the spikes that would close it off. I would then use the cutting tool to cut the appropriate places on the curves into a couple of separate segments, delete the middle section and then link up the cuts to create the beam of the spike, leaving an enclosed section. If that sounds confusing don't worry, it confused me too and I muddled it more than once. Once I had traced all the symbols to make all the glyphs I needed (the characters in a font are refered to as glyphs) I adjusted the left side bearing and the right side bearing of the glyphs (the space left to either side when a glyph is typed) so that the spacing between the symbols when using the font would be approximately equal. Then came what I have to say was my least favourite part of creating the font, kerning. Kerning is the process of taking each and every pair of glyphs in the font and adjusting the space between them. This is done so that the glyphs fit well together with no overlapping parts or strangely large gaps. An example of this is if you type a capital 'T' followed by an 'o', the 'o' will actually be positioned slightly under the 'T' so as not to leave a gap. This is easier to see in a larger size so here are To and Th for comparison: To Th Kerning turned out to be quite important for the steel alphabet as some of the characters have long spikes jutting out to one side or the other. In some cases, depending on the spacing of the pair, this could leave the spike overlapping with the next symbol, or with a large gap in-between them that looked very strange. A couple of good examples of where this kerning is useful are the pairs: sv cm Once the kerning was complete there was nothing left to do but to tell font forge to actually create the font and then post it for others to enjoy. Closing thoughts I enjoyed making the font and learned a lot about the process of making fonts from doing so. I elected to create it for the steel alphabet as it was during the final empire as I personally like those symbols the best but also because some of the others, notably the symbols in "Hero of Ages" would have been notably harder to do. It certainly isn't a professionally developed font, their are numerous flaws and imperfections with it, but by and large I am happy with the result. In future posts I will be talking about the projects I am currently working on, I'll leave you with a sentence saying "Brandon Sanderson is awesome." in the font. Thanks for reading! A very late edit for anyone who stumbles across this now. You can download the font here: http://steelministry.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=501&p=7410#p7410 A site update broke old attachments on that forum at one point, but I've uploaded a new copy of the file.)
  9. Hi! It's been a while. (*checks post history*..a year. Wow.) Anyway, I'm (somewhat) back! What've I missed? And today was better than I have been in quite some time. Still in a lot of pain, still got fatigue troubles etc. But I'm finally off the medication that's been making things so much worse (and it wasn't really hot today). So today I was actually able to do a (little) bit and still cope ok through most of the day. Unnecessary additional health details in the spoiler.
  10. @Herowannabe Thanks This is one battle I intend to keep fighting as long as it lasts.
  11. *hugs back* thanks Primarily chronic pain. It's reasonably severe in general but today it's particularly unpleasant. More details in spoiler if you really want to know. "Ow" is a pretty reasonable summary though With all that said I'm mostly managing "ok" mentally. I'm not having a problem with depression or anything at the moment and I feel blessed in numerous ways, including in the people I know/interact with online and in person, the work I have/had, etc.
  12. Anyone up for a digital hug? Could do with one today.
  13. *cough* *wheeze* "Avenge....me." x_x (Long live house Ffnord!)
  14. I have been quite enjoying Discovery. I felt that the first bunch of episodes did a pretty good job of setting up and developing characters. That set up some great potential for the show but outside of that the individual episodes were mostly relatively unremarkable (except visually, the visuals were great). My overall opinion of it was going to depend on whether they would be able to execute on that potential in the later part of the series. Having just watched the finale I can say that I'm quite happy with what they did At this point I prefer it to other Star Trek shows I've watched. Though it's worth noting for context that as a general rule I have a preference for serialized shows over episodic ones. More importantly than that I have a strong preference for shows where there are detailed and interesting character arcs. A lot of (but certainly not all) more episodic shows have comparatively light character development. Often they'll have an episode centered on a single character which will have great character development, but that character won't change much throughout the rest of the season.
  15. Personally I liked it well enough. I wouldn't call it great or bad. I feel it tried a lot more risky things than TFA and often when those worked it worked really really well. TFA didn't try nearly as hard to be original or interesting but was considerably more consistent in quality throughout, lacking some of the bigger slumps that Last Jedi has. If I had to pick I'd say I prefer the Last Jedi over TFA but I'm not sure I would overall consider it a "better" film, just one that better suits my tastes. Rian Johnson has confirmed that those were not the knights of Ren. I don't think it's been outright confirmed that the knights of Ren are the other students who left with Kylo but there is reasonably strong reason to think that they are and little reason to think they aren't.
  16. A little while back I created a simple in character storytelling/rp & drinking game for D&D and played it with a couple of groups I run. (I don't drink, but characters in the world do and I've found the game can lead to some fun roleplaying.) In universe it uses a set of stones with dwarvish runic letters carved onto a flat side, but in practice I just used numbers or a set of very simple cards. Some of my players made a proper set and gave them to me as a Christmas present 0_o.
  17. Thanks. Turns out it's not that hard to learn, just takes a lot of practice and a lot of dropped coins. It's a very nice way of fidgeting once you can do it though. I bought that boxing specifically for that purpose.
  18. Mine just arrived, the FE boxing is just the right size and weight
  19. Ah, let's see. 17s links that may be of interest: Stormlight Archive RPG question Stormlight Archive d20, or How to Turn Sanderson's Epic into a Homebrew D&D Game D&D- Desolations and Dustbringers Steelministry homebrew cosmere MAG links Home-brewed Rules Discussion Work in Progress: Stormlight Rules
  20. Welcome back @Quiver
  21. Wellll truth be told I think it might've been more a product of procrastination at the time
  22. Put simply: if more people were like you the world would be a kinder, friendlier and more welcoming place. We're fortunate to have you as part of the 17s community/family
  23. Nice! Mind if I ask what software you used to make this? (I used font forge but it was a bit of a pain to get the allomantic symbols in.) (Please note that with the below text I don't mean in any way to diminish what you've made.) If you're interested: the steel alphabet does actually have existing letter assignments. Some clever people translated it here There are a few changes and additions in the letters compared with English. -all double letters are removed -Certain letters are represented by the same symbol: o/u pewter e/i tin any "k" sound bendalloy (q included) -x is represented by "ks" -Ch and Sh have their own symbols This was my attempt at a font using those letter assignments: http://steelministry.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=501 The symbols in yours are a bit crisper though, mine start to look a bit wonky if you make them really large / look too closely