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  1. @Yeshaya: I think there's evidence to support that as it seems that Jasnah does just that in the battle of Thaylenah in OB: Since Jasnah (presumably) can manifest Shardplate, she's likely a 4th level Elsecaller (at least) and could be more sensitive to hearing the dead Shardblades then our other Radiants.
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    My major issue with this theory is that Axies appeared to know very little about the spren when we first meet him in Kasitor. If Dai- Gonarthis directly or indirectly led to the "destruction" of Aimia (“destruction,” in quotes because the Kaza Interlude in Oathbringer hints that Aimia might not be as destroyed as the reader was initially led to believe) and is now known as (ironically) Cusicesh, the Protector, then it seems our Aimian spren-expert's thoughts would have touched upon that, if even just briefly. Aimia wasn’t “destroyed” until after the Final Desolation, and we know from Axies and Arclo's comments that Aimians are very long-lived (I believe WoB is that they are “basically immortal”); Arclo even claims to be alive before the Last Desolation. Therefore, at least Arclo would have likely been around when Dai Gonarthis “destroyed” Aimia, and would likely be aware if the “destroyer” of Aimia had -devolved? diminished? - into what was now commonly known as “Cusicesh, The Protector.” And if at least some Aimians were aware that this large spren in Kasitor Bay was the current form of the “destroyer” of Aimia, wouldn’t it be likely that an Aimian who “made it his life’s work to observe, catalogue, and study every single type of spren in Roshar” like Axies would be aware of this? Instead, Axies thoughts reflect someone who is reviewing an academic curiosity: (Both quotes from WoK, I-5, Axies the Collector) In my opinion, Axies almost complete unfamiliarity with Cusicesh makes it unlikely that this spren is the current form of Dai Gonarthis, or any Unmade for that matter.
  3. I wasn't a big fan of Forge of Darkness (it's the only Erikson Malazan book that I've read just once) and although I purchased Fall of Light, I haven't read it yet, nor have I even built up the desire to place it at the top of my "To read' list. I wasn't a big fan of the style and the story seemed... off, compared to what had come before. I get (at least, I think I do) what he was going for, but it just didn't work for me. I am sad to read that sales for the Kharkanas books were nowhere near what his publishing team were expecting; I bout the hardcover for both FoD and FoL within the first month of release. Having said all of that, I will definitely give the Karsa trilogy a chance, and am actually quite excited that those will be Erikson's next project!
  4. I had a similar theory that I proposed in the "Patterns in the Walls" post here: Shallan notices them way too much for the strata to not serve some type of purpose. There are all kinds of mechanisms, devices and other discoveries just waiting to be found in Urithuru. Maybe all that is needed is for someone to flip a switch during the next Highstorm, and a significant amount of Stormlight can be stored...
  5. I wouldn’t be surprised if the strata served some type of purpose in Urithuru. I like @Varion's possibility, but I propose a little more looney of a theory. What if they help channel/carry Stormlight all through the structure? Like thin lines of gem chips or ground crystals that hold stormlight? Dalinar already noticed that there are baskets/cages that can be dropped into a Highstorm to collect Stormlight. What if there is some type of link or connection from those cages to the strata, that then channel/conduct the Stormlight throughout the Tower via the strata patterns? Thus, providing substantial power to the Tower and its inhabitants.
  6. Ha! Yeah, i've only made it to p16 of the comments so far so I guess I haven't seen that yet. Folks are super prolific this week...
  7. So, do you think the first wedding guest who made it to the roof of Urithuru found Dalinar’s old cleaver like Shardblade and was all: “Yes! I am now a Shardbearer!” … (Seriously, I wonder what happened to that Blade...)
  8. No, the fastest way to get word back to the war camps would be via spanreed. Having Kaladin teleport and then fly all the way back would be a great waste of resources and time.
  9. Time could be a factor, maybe. 1 day or so away from the Radiant could be defensible as an excuse. I just don't accept Dalinar's off-handed comment as sufficient at this point in time. I do believe we need more.
  10. The scene with the Lopen regrowing his limb starts with the king having just woken from his drunken stupor and after word had just gotten to Sebarial’s camp about the re-discovering of Urithuru. This is likely the day after the assassination attempt. I’m not saying it’s impossible that Kal was jumping back and forth from Urithuru to the Shattered Plains at that time, but I do find it highly unlikely. Finally, Dalinar notes that it wasn’t until a week later that the people of the warcamps started to arrive at the oathgate. I find this all rather questionable. Unless there is some continuity error, I think there has to be something more to Kal's squires' powers not working at that point in time.
  11. Re: Squires only having powers in proximity to their Radiant Okay, so this seems off to me. We see at the end of WoR that the Lopen is able to grow back a limb while Kaladin is likely half way on the other side of Roshar in Urithuru (this is assuming that Kaladin’s conversation with Dalinar at Urithur is happening simultaneous to when the Lopen is growing back his arm in little Herdazia back at the Shattered Plains). Alethkar is closer to Urithuru than the Shattered Plains are. Why should the squires’ powers stop working at a lesser distance? I have to believe (barring a continuity error, which I am going to assume it is not) that there is something else going on. Maybe it’s not distance, but Kaladin completely running out of Stormlight (like we were shown in the preview Kaladin Chapter that Brandon did in some of his readings)? Or something else. (Or The Lopen just breaks all conventional rules of squiredom...)
  12. Alice A/"Wetlander," who does the Stormlight Archive rereads on Tor.com, said she was informed by the folks there that the chapters won't be released until 9am EDT Tuesday morning. Looks like we're going to have to last a few hours more...
  13. Looks like Tor.com is releasing these at 12:01am Eastern. Check it out: https://www.tor.com/2017/08/22/oathbringer-brandon-sanderson-prologue/
  14. @DarknessThanks so much for all of the WoBs. This is impressive. Something I'd like to follow up on though: Do Elhokar and Jasnah have 2 biological sisters we have yet to meet? I don't recall a reference to them anywhere in WoK. The only time Jasnah mentions having "sisters" is in WoK Chapter 45 where she says: It appears that Jasnah is referring to other veristatilians as her sisters, just like Brandon did. I couldn't find any other reference to Jasnah having sisters anywhere in WoK. Where did you see mention of Jasnah and Elhokar having additional biological siblings? Or is this from a WoB that I've missed somewhere?
  15. I wanted a few days to digest this and maybe see if someone else caught what (I think) I caught. A quick review of the forum doesn't seem to show that anyone else did, so maybe I'm just way out there. But I'll put this idea out here anyway: Actually, I think the wiggling around happened specifically with the number of epic-level spren, Shards, Bondsmiths and his reference of Cusicesh. Brandon never answers the actual question; as a matter of fact Brandon actually creates the connection between Bondsmith and Shards, substituting that for the original question about the “epic-level” spren. And then later suggesting that any Investiture that is alive would be called a spren on Roshar. Looks like classic misdirection to me. My (slightly) loony theory: Cusicesh the Protector is only a lower level of spren than the Nightwatcher and Stormfather as a result of the Recreance. Maybe a Bondsmith was bound to Cusicesh and broke the bond in such a way that left it in its current state. First remember, what the Stormfather says when he was initially reluctant to bond with Dalinar: Cusicesh’s apparent lack of mental faculties could be considered “death” by it's fellow epic level spren. It could also lead to Cusicesh being considered as on a “lower level” than Nightwatcher and Stormfather. (Cusicesh is normally "epic level," but the breaking of the bond left it without all of its cognitive abilities) In effect, it experienced death similar to the way the other bonding spren "died," but instead of manifesting as a dead shardblade it manifests as a four legged, face-shifting creature out of Kasitor Bay. Second, it would fit as an elemental theme. Stormfather is located/represents the air/wind. Nightwatcher can be found in the Valley (the mountains in between Emul and Greater Hexi) and represents the land/earth. Cusciesh the Protector is currently located in Kasitor Bay in Iri and represents the ocean/water. Third, the other epic level spren all seem to be able to affect humans mentally. Nightwatcher’s boons seem to have some mental impact (Dalinar and Shshshsh, Av’s father seeing things upside down, etc); Stormfather can send visions; Cusicesh leaves a feeling of being “drained” by all who witness it. Finally (and this may be my weakest point) the relationship of Stormfather/Nightwatcher/Cusicesh to Honor and Cultivation could be thematically similar to the relationship of Allomancy/Hemalurgy/Feruchemy to Preservation and Ruin. Not in terms of magic systems, but moreso that the Shards each have 1 spren that represents them (Honor= Stormfather, Cultivation= Nightwatcher) and 1 spren that is a combination of the two (Honor/Cultivation= Cusicesh). (I have an even loonier theory that maybe the series of faces that Cusicesh shifts through at exactly 7:46am has to do with (former or potential) Nahel Bond recipients, but there is absolutely no basis for that other than a "that would be cool" feeling) Anyway, I think the item that Brandon was able to wiggle out of was the number of epic level spren being equal to the number of Bondsmiths.