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About GroundPetrel

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    Paleontology and associated fields, xenosociobiology and associated fields, internally-hard science fiction and fantasy (Brandon's stuff, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Schlock Mercenary), SFF in general, writing (not very good at it), drawing, Dungeons&Dragons, reading, extreme birdwatching, Star Trek.

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  1. In what way?
  2. Even then, Sadeas barely goaded Dalinar at all, Dalinar was just high on Nergaoul's Evil-Juice (makes you 3,000% more rageaholic or your soul back!) and toxic masculinity. Sadeas spent months privately and publicly rubbing Adolin's inability to get any measure of justice for Sadeas's betrayal of Dalinar and Adolin into Adolin's face. This after, prior to the betrayal, personally insulting the brother who Adolin loves more than anything, almost certainly more than his wife and possibly as much as or more than Maya. And Sadeas was being ableist on that point, too, which is heavily implied to be one of Adolin's berserk buttons. Essentially, Sadeas figured that he could use his social status and ability to game the broken and bigoted system to his advantage. Then he decided that the galaxy-brain move would be to walk into a dark alley with no witnesses and tell the guy he'd been needling and betraying and screwing over for months "I'm going to betray and murder everyone you love and there's nothing you or anyone else can do to make me stop". Like I said. Darwin Award material right there.
  3. Dalinar was a freaking butcher who liked killing. The entire point of his Oathbringer flashback arc is him playing sociopath as hard as he can in a futile attempt to drown out the screams, which culminates in him killing a prisoner who was no longer any threat at all. Adolin killed a man who, after deliberately betraying Dalinar and Adolin in an attempt to get them killed, AND destabilizing the realm in an attempt to screw over Dalinar out of petty spite, explicitly and clearly stated to Adolin his express intent to continue betraying Dalinar out of petty spite. The legal system is no recourse; the kingdom's in chaos, Dalinar will try to push for forgiveness in a futile attempt to buy Sadeas's loyalty during the apocalypse, and Sadeas has already proven his immense ability to game the system. It will take years at least--years that Adolin and those he loves don't have--to convict Sadeas, and all the while he'll be spreading fake news left and right to discredit Dalinar and Adolin. Ehlokar is no recourse, he's already seen as weak and Sadeas can easily cast this as a frame job by the Kholins to take away highprinces' privileges, since Sadeas didn't actually do any treason, just say it according to Adolin. Adolin was fully justified in striking Sadeas down right there on the spot. It is, quite frankly, the logical thing for him to do. Sadeas is an active threat to Adolin's family and the world as a whole. He is protected by society to the same degree Adolin is, and is better at gaming the system. The system is broken and designed to help men like Sadeas get away with their plots and schemes. Hewing to authoritarianism and asking Ehlokar to do something will only destabilize the already wrecked kingdom. Sadeas walked up to somebody who could kick his butt with one hand tied behind his back and smugly declared that, since that guy could not do anything to Sadeas in a socially acceptable way, Sadeas was going to continue hurting and killing everybody that guy loves, and there's nothing you can do to stop me, mwahahahaha. That's a freaking Darwin award right there. He counted on his social privilege and rich status to save him when he was in a dark alley with the Hood. (if you've seen Arrow season 1, you know what I mean here)
  4. ...compared to who? His dad the straight-up mass murderer?
  5. Adolin DID summon Maya outside of a duel in Sadeas's warcamp in TWOK but that was mostly him underlining a threat of weaponized privilege because he saw some nameless prostitute being beaten up and stepped in to personally help her out of the situation and help her to a safe place while refusing payment of any kind and blowing off an important strategy meeting. He didn't intend to use her, she was just underlining his threat of "I am roughly 3rd in line for the throne, do not storm with me".
  6. Basically the vibe I get from Kel is that he starts off as an asshole who uses his revolutionary cause against an insanely sadistic regime as an excuse to sate his bloodlust, but interactions with better people and general experience are slowly making him a better person. I suspect that his motivation is something along the lines of "the Shards suck, people should have more freedom to determine their destinies without all this divine interference" and my pet theory is that he's gunning for all the Shards but Harmony with an end goal of reforging Adonalsium around Sazed. Meanwhile Hoid is basically playing into the planetary manipulation game and I'm afraid that he's slowly becoming a meddling manipulative imperialist who'll come to loggerheads with Kel after slowly becoming the villain. Of course based on the Sixth 2 excerpt I could be wrong.
  7. Yeah, something about him, I kinda get a reverse-Kelsier from him? Like, I get the vague impression of Kelsier being a bad guy who slowly becomes good, and Hoid is a well-meaning guy who slowly becomes a bad guy. This could just be my mind pursuing minutiae though.
  8. I'm sorry, but Adolin's fashion sense is one of the best things about him!
  9. Honestly, for a man in his '20s the guy is remarkably self-controlled. Sadeas spent months trying to personally get a rise out of him after betraying Adolin and Dalinar and 8k of their troops in the nastiest possible way. Adolin endured that for months and finally snapped when Sadeas said "I'm going to keep on stabbing Dalinar in the back out of petty spite" which took him from "asshole" to "imminent and permanent threat to everyone Adolin loves".
  10. God I keep hoping that this is a metaphor for Kal being particularly good at being a Windrunner. Because it would really really suck if Kal were straight-up Jesus like that.
  11. I don't think this is controversial, I read their relationship as absolutely loaded with belligerent sexual tension too and I only notice that when it's really obvious.
  12. Ati and Leras as bitter exes is the crack ship I didn't know I needed. Now how about Syl/Nightblood? XD As long as we're doing cargo shipping.
  13. I am down with anything that involves Kalak getting the living daylights kicked out of him, but I'm pretty sure that Kaladin will actually bring himself to forgive Kalak and take him to therapy.
  14. Honestly I would be kind of disappointed if Kal had some kind of doubly special supernatural influence. Being the first new Windrunner and having a special spren is plenty of special for one dude. Also it would kind of cheapen his achievements IMO.
  15. That's fair, I think we all can be pretty sure that BS has an Ed-Greenwood's-basement amount of Cosmere lore in various stages of revision that we've never seen.