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  1. So surreal to hear Brandon discussing hookup culture... grateful they're not shying away from some of the predatory nastiness at some cons
  2. Is it weird that I've now listened to enough Shardcast that I hear @Argent 's voice speaking the words in my mind when I read this?
  3. Regardless of whether it feels "Brandonish..." I storming love this!
  4. Spot ON!! To examine things a little further, I've broken down all of Kal through Oathbringer: WOR: Kaladin Kaladin Kaladin Kaladin Total Jezrien 9 8 8 9 34 Kalak 2 0 0 2 4 Talenel 1 4 4 1 10 Vedel 2 1 1 2 6 Shalash 3 0 0 3 6 Pailiah 1 1 1 1 4 Ishar 1 2 2 1 6 Nale 8 5 5 8 26 Hoid 1 1 1 1 4 Chanarach 2 8 8 2 20 Battar 0 0 0 0 0 OB: Kaladin Kaladin Kaladin Kaladin Total Jezrien 6 6 6 7 25 Kalak 3 1 1 3 8 Talenel 5 5 4 5 19 Vedel 2 2 2 1 7 Shalash 3 4 4 3 14 Pailiah 1 1 1 1 4 Ishar 0 0 0 0 0 Nale 0 0 0 0 0 Hoid 0 0 0 0 0 Chanarach 3 2 3 3 11 Battar 0 2 2 0 4 For a grand total (for Kal) of: Kaladin Shallan Dalinar Navani Moash Eshonai Jezrien 73 16 48 Kalak 17 6 6 Talenel 49 10 28 Vedel 34 23 14 Shalash 20 82 2 Pailiah 9 50 12 Ishar 7 23 23 Nale 35 25 26 Hoid 5 12 5 Chanarach 34 38 39 Battar 5 25 19 You'll note a need to complete this table... maybe tomorrow - so many more folks to add to the x-axis... and then RoW to boot! Also, I stand corrected @Knight of Iron, Jezrien does indeed take the cake if I bring WoR and OB into it. (edit: I went ahead and did Shallan & Dalinar for kicks)
  5. Both likely came close, but neither ever did (at least according to my headcanon).
  6. I read this, said "YUP!" then moved on... until just now when I decided to check out of curiosity. While I agree that it means something (It's Brandon Sanderson for crying out loud) and while Kaladin is absolutely connected to Jezrien (Winderunners, obvs)... it turns out to be not quite so simple as this. In WoK, there are 28 Kaladin and 10 Kaladin Flashback chapters. Of these 38 total, 22 have no Jezrien at all! For all of Kal's chapters, here's the breakdown: Kaladin 1 Kaladin 2 Kaladin Flashback 1 Kaladin Flashback 2 Jezrien 8 6 0 0 Kalak 3 2 0 0 Talenel 4 13 2 1 Vedel 8 4 2 7 Shalash 0 0 0 0 Pailiah 0 0 1 0 Ishar 1 0 0 0 Nale 2 2 3 2 Hoid 0 1 0 0 Chanarach 2 0 1 0 Battar 0 0 1 0 So Jezrien has 14 total appearances, with both Taln (20) and Vedel (21) outpacing him by a fair margin for Kal. Curiouser and curiouser indeed...
  7. I disagree. I think you're spot on for the 'common' or 'lesser spren,' those without sapience. But we also know that Radiant spren have a personhood in addition to their raw investiture and that any sufficiently-large body of investiture will gain cognizance. So while the investiture itself may well have been annihilated, I think it unlikely that the 'soul' or personhood of Phendorana was similarly wiped out. It's a difficult set of distinctions to draw, but a big theme so far in Stormlight has been the agency and personhood of the Spren (particularly the Radiant Spren) and it seems out of theme for them to revert to 'lesser beings' upon death than humans.
  8. Why didn't it occur to me sooner?!? It's so obvious now that I see it... We've been craving new kinds of investiture, new manifestations of power... we're certainly enamored with the metallic arts and would lose our collective minds over more... It's going to be the newest crossover between Stormlight & Mistborn... KoW... Just sayin'... ...
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  10. Also these (among others): Full: Behind paywalls (if you do bug the author, be kind, patient, respectful, etc):
  11. That's a rather complicated question, depending on the pH of the particular region of water they inhabit, the lifestage of the crab, the particular makeup of their carapace, etc etc. You may find this article helpful. Additionally, while this is not my particular specialty (that would be education leadership and transition metal chemistry), I have found historically that emailing the author of a journal article a) REALLY makes their day and B ) yields an impressive level of help/education from the author... this is particularly useful when academic research is otherwise hidden behind a paywall. Edit to add: It also depends on the particular critters inhabiting a given crab's region as marine bacteria are some of the primary utilizers of discarded chitin for their own purposes.
  12. Most of these are the discards from crab moults, rather than necessarily the leftovers from crabs being eaten. You can (roughly) tell by whether the eyes are still in place or if there are two eyeholes from where the moulting crab withdrew its allseeing orbs
  13. Odium... Opium... only a 180 degree rotation of a single letter apart... just sayin...
  14. One particularly fascinating bit of info regarding: crab shell discards - throughout their lives they regularly shed their shells. Not only does this allow the crab to grow larger, but they concentrate heavy metals (such as led) in their shells, effectively chelating themselves every time they molt and shed their toxic load. Seems like something that would be exciting to work into worldbuilding. Discarded shells are also dissolving at an increasing rate due to the rise of CO2 in the air precipitating a drop in ocean pH (in the form of carbonic acid). Lastly, per the NIH, chitin (of which crab shells are composed) is the most abundant renewable polymer in the oceans and is an important source of carbon and nitrogen for marine organisms. The process of chitin degradation is a key step in the cycling of nutrients in the oceans and chitinolytic bacteria play a significant role in this process. These bacteria are autochthonous to both marine and freshwater ecosystems and produce chitinases that degrade chitin, an insoluble polysaccharide, to a biologically useful form. In this brief review, a description of the structure of chitin and diversity of chitinolytic bacteria in the oceans is provided, in the context of the significance of chitin degradation for marine life.