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  1. A less ambitious command would make sense, but my guess is that it's just significantly less Invested - Enough that it can withstand Nightblood, but not enough to gain sapience.
  2. Moash wasn't broken by ambition though. Sure, he was ambitious, but his defining trait was vengefulness. And he doesn't seek freedom, but embraces being under control. He's definitely a traitor, but not the Traitor.
  3. I legitimately had tears in my eyes. It was just beautiful.
  4. So I spent pretty much all of Part V utterly blown away. A few things stood out though. Taln's reaction to what the others did was beautiful. He's not upset about 4,500 years of torture. He's happy because of what it bought humanity. And considering what we found out about the Oathpact, I'm even more impressed - Other Heralds, even with the ability to split pain between them, couldn't last a year at the end. He survived it for four and a half millenia. Sure, he's a mess right now, but I'm confident he's going to recover a fair bit. Adolin and his shardblade. I'm so happy that she seems to be doing better. Szeth choosing Dalinar as his anchor. Honestly, it was pretty poor timing (although he didn't know it), but you can definitely do worse than following Dalinar. Cultivation can definitely do it, but I don't think we have any evidence of her granting that ability to anyone else. And she demonstrated the ability wonderfully in this book, outplaying Odium, tricking him and trapping him in an agreement. There's a Truthwatcher gem that mentions foresight, but they don't seem to be very open about it. Emeralds being the gem associated with Pali, the patron of the Truthwatchers (Also the gem used in the epigraph that talks about "fellow Truthwatchers").
  5. Interestingly, isn't that where the Parshendi gemhearts are? Kaladin stabs a Fused in one, IIRC, and it's lower down than the heart. I'll find a quote, but it may take me a while. Not saying the Heralds necessarily grew gemhearts (Although I wouldn't be surprised if Radiants did with the 5th Oath), but it might be an important location Hemalurgically, if that's where the Parshendi have their gemhearts.
  6. "White on black" got an actual fist pump and me saying "Gotcha" out loud. Real payoff from all of Zahel's colour imagery. Also, I felt that part 3 could have finished as an actual climax for the book (Or, a smaller less epic book, anyway). I had a proper moment of realisation when I realised that we had 2 whole parts remaining.
  7. Chapter 3 for the first. Chapter 7 for the second. And it's a rough sense before they know what the Everstorm is. If it happens again, I'd be willing to bet she recognised the feeling and could place it as the Everstorm. After all, Syl is intimately familiar with highstorms, so it makes sense that she can recognise the sensation and understand it's source. In Edgedancer, they're experiencing the Everstorm for the first time. They've got no reason to put names to the sensation, because it's something entirely new. The other spren in Kaladin's flashbacks has already been through the Everstorm, so would have the sense for it.
  8. That had been my thought until my most recent listen to Edgedancer, in the context of the Oathbringer chapters we already have. So, Syl sensing Highstorms: And Wyndle to Lift, on the topic of the Everstorm: There's a few others, I think, but these are the ones I spotted straight away.
  9. I'm not touching Mraize. There's too much there we don't know. But I think it's becoming increasingly clear that there are separate and distinct Cultivation- and Honor-senses. Syl can sense highstorms coming, but not the Everstorm. Lift and Wyndle sense the Everstorm coming before it happens, but make no mention of sensing highstorms. I suspect that this Unmade comes under the Cultivation-sense.
  10. Good news in case you've missed it - New chapters went up a little while back. https://www.tor.com/2017/10/31/oathbringer-by-brandon-sanderson-chapters-28-30/
  11. Her nephew is the heir, so I could see it being passed to him. But that seems... overly sentimental and traditional for Ialai. I think she'll trade it away. Shardblades are going to depreciate in the value pretty quickly, as Radiants pop up. Just from attracting Radiants, Dalinar has picked up 3 new Shards within the Kholin household. Ialai is smart enough to see which way the wind is blowing. She'll be doing what she can to attract new Radiants, and money/favours will be worth more for that than a single Blade that she can't personally use.
  12. This makes me wonder if Szeth ever recovered the black sphere. Before the Diagram found him, he had it hidden in Jah Keved. But I could totally see him hiding it in Urithiru later, once he started travelling internationally again. It's the safest place he knew, after all. He's the only character we know had access to Urithiru and it seems like more than a coincidence that he is also one of the few people who could have possessed the captured Re Shepnir.
  13. Another close parallel in other settings might be Jim Butcher's Ghost Story, where an illusionist does exactly that when ambushed - a half dozen copies of herself dash in different directions. It's the sensible reaction to being surprised if you've got those powers.
  14. Eh, it looks like the Sons of Honor have been working towards the return of the Voidbringers. Gavilar did a decent chunk of it by telling the Parshendi that he could return their Gods (Setting off a chain of reactions that led to the Everstorm), but Amaram has continued his work. Taravangian's body count is bigger now, but 10 years down the line it will be entirely the other way, if Amaram has his way. He's actively working to save as many people as possible. Sure, he's pretty awful, but he's honest about how awful he is. I can respect that, disagree with him and still enjoy reading about him.
  15. Genuine question - Who's worse, Adolf Hitler who wanted to kill a small percentage of the world's population and believed that Germany and the Aryan race should lead the world, or Amaram who wanted to kill 90% of the world's population and believed that the church should lead the world? Acting according to your beliefs is not inherently moral. Believing that millions should die so that your beliefs can be enacting is often outright evil. Again, 90% of the world. World War one killed ~1% of the population. World War 2 killed ~3% of the population. Amaram's actions would be roughly equivalent to 30 WW2s all happening at once. There's literally never been a catastrophe near that scale in the world. It was enough to reduce civilisation back to the stone age.