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  1. The spren of the oathgates are pairs. Maybe multiple spren compose Urithiru.
  2. I was struck by the chapter title, before even reading the chapter, where Elhokar dies and Kaladin begins his breakdown: The One You Can Save. Kaladin speaks this to Elhokar, "Be a hero to the one you can save," but it seems to apply to Kaladin as well. Based on the gemstone/epigraph left by the Windrunner, I agree with the speculation here that it will somehow involve Kaladin releasing the pain of his failures to protect people. Maybe something along the lines of: "I will protect those I can save, even at the cost of those I cannot"
  3. So, a Guardians of the Galaxy trailer dropped today, and as I was watching it my mind did a funny thing. "I am Groot" became "I am Stick" in my mind. Stick will now have Vin Diesel's voice whenever I read it. Thank you, that is all.
  4. Theory: The Dawnshards are powerful spren: the splinters of Adonalsium hanging out on Roshar. Sub-theories: Dawnsingers are spren-symbiotes with the Adonalsium spren Dawnshards may be physical spren-blades I’ve seen this idea floated around the forums lately, namely here, and since I tend to agree with it I wanted to give it a home First of all, I want to compile the little that we know of Dawnshards and Dawnsingers. Dawnshards: This remark by Shallan is, I think, the basis for the assumption that Dawnshards are some kind of shardblade. Not only does it have “shard” in the name, but the first time we are introduced to the term it is linked to honorblades as a comparable item of value. This may or may not be a valid assumption. I originally read this as the Dawnshard being a physical object, though this is not necessarily the case. Lately I try not to be too literal in reading Jasnah’s notes. I draw your attention to the word BIND in this quote. Perhaps similar in nature to a nahel bond? Spren symbiosis? And not just bind, but bind any creature. Voidish I imagine refers to the listeners, and mortal to humans. So far we have seen nahel spren bind humans, and nonsentient (assumedly) spren bind listeners, as well as distinctly odious spren bind listeners. However, there has been no overlap in the type of spren that will bind humans/listeners. Dawnshards could bind both. This would imply the Dawnshards no longer exist, or at least are no longer able/willing to help. I also read this as the Dawnshards having had sentience--thus leaving the humans “alone” in the present. Dawnsingers It is possible that the Dawnshards have no relation to the Dawnsingers, but that would strike me as an odd worldbuilding—err, worldnaming?—choice. I assume—and I think it is a fairly common assumption—that the Dawnsingers are whoever/whatever hold/wield/bind the Dawnshards. In Vorin culture at least, Dawnsingers are given credit for creating the dawncities, great works of architecture including the Palanaeum, and glyphs and letters. Of note is this quote from Kabsal (possibly an unreliable source, admittedly) This suggests there is a relation between Dawnsingers and spren. From what we know of spren, they have a very difficult time interacting with the physical world. In order to perform the wonders ascribed to the Dawnsingers, these “kindly spren” likely would need some kind of physical bond. Adonalsium Spren Now time for a little Word of Brandon Source Apparently there are (or were) spren that are splinters of Adonalsium. The spren we have seen so far have been splinters of Honor and/or Cultivation and/or Odium. So, how would these Adonalspren be different? My guess: moar power. Power of creation itself. So, binding one of the Adonalspren could provide access to more surges or different surges than what nahel spren offer. My pet theory is the Adonalspren might provide access to all the surges, though I have no real basis for that. Whatever the distinction between Adonalspren and other shardspren, I get the impression their power may be in line with that of the Dawnshards/Dawnsingers of lore. One last WOB, which I don’t yet know how to interpret: Source Note the present tense. So, these dawnshards still hanging out? It is possible that these spren have also been trapped into blade-form. That would, essentially, have killed them and prevent them from actively helping in the upcoming desolation. Yet they would still be present. That begs the questions, how would one bind and Adonalspren, and how would one sever that bond?
  5. Don't forget that dead larkin Elhokar had in a paperweight.
  6. Just a heads up that we should be getting some new content soon... Shardhunt Anyone have an ETA on when new items appear? Edit: nvm, Alloy of Law annotations are up!
  7. I figured Hoid's icon was indicating one of a few things: 1. He is physically present in the chapter, likely in disguise. Possibly the guard, or some other passerby. If he is, I haven't found a convincing occurrence. 2. The icon indicates a world-hopper, likely Mraize. However, we have seen world-hoppers (notably a sword-master) without this icon appearing. 3. The icon appears because Shallan recalls her first meeting with Hoid. After all, Hoid's icon appeared in the Purelake scene in WoK even though he wasn't physically present. However, this icon does not appear every time Hoid is thought of or mentioned (notably the chapter when Rock recounted meeting his god of mischief). 4. Significant use of lightweaving, although Shallan continues to use lightweaving after this without the icon appearing. So... *shrug* Maybe Brandon just wants to troll us
  8. Wait, is Khriss male or female? Nazh's friend, to whom the his notes are addressed, seems to be female based on his commentary on the p958 picture of the shattered plains. If Nazh has about the same knowledge as Hoid, is it possible that his "friend" has more knowledge than him?
  9. There is always another secret... society
  10. What I want is for Peter to swing by and tell us there is something even crazier than some of these
  11. Shallan's flashback with Hoid made me tear up. The hug she gave him later--and his adorably awkward reaction--was both poignant and hilarious
  12. Just got my notification mine shipped from Amazon. There is still hope!
  13. There's a sticky on this board, and a couple of other boards I believe. No WOR spoilers until Tuesday, but then feel free to spoiler tag them
  14. I fixed it for you Disclaimer: I am not actually sailing this ship, just looking to start a war for my own amusment
  15. lol, I am in awe of your trolling abilities. Like, genuinely impressed. You take it to the level of an artform. You and Carl from Tor make a terrifying combination.