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  1. I was listening to the most recent podcast with the BDFL of the cosmere, Brandon, when I heard something I had never heard of before. I tried looking it up in the coppermind but I have no clue how to spell it and couldn't figure out what world it relates to. I think it's called takenaks? tookanats? (I have no clue). I came across the world while Brandon was talking about the seon box Shallan has to communicate with Mraize. He said in the first draft it was a seon then it was a talkanack before he finalized on a seon. What in the Shardworld is a takenax? Can somebody please tell me what it is?
  2. Brandon Sanderson is on Shardcast! We're here to discuss some fandom stuff, and then we transition into full spoilers and Rhythm of War spoilers to talk about some big spoilers there. And yes, he DOES play Who's That Cosmere Character! Thank you for Brandon coming on and his publicist Adam for setting this up! This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Alyx (Feather), and of course, Brandon! The amazing meme of Magellan and Brandon is made by the absolutely wonderful Connor Chamberlain: 00:00 Intro and Non-spoilery Questions 25:27 RoW and Cosmere Full Spoilers 1:36:12 Who's That Cosmere Character? If you like our content, support us on Patreon: For discussion, theories, games, and news, come to Come talk with us and the community on the 17th Shard Discord: Want to learn more about the cosmere and more? The Coppermind Wiki is where it's at: Read all Words of Brandon on Arcanum: Subscribe to Shardcast: Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]
  3. At the end of RoW, Leshwi asks Venli if her spren knows a specific honorspren. Honorspren are obviously related to Windrunners, who seem like the counterparts to Heavenly Ones This makes me wonder if all the brands had bonded a true spren before becoming fused, and that spren influenced what brand they became. I don’t mean a Nahel bond, but more like a gemheart bond. So like all the Heavenly Ones had Honorspren in their gemhearts, Masked ones had mistspren, regrow the would have Cultivationspren, the abrasion ones had Ashspren, division would be Highspren, transformation would be Cryptics, Husk ones would be Elsecallers, Deep ones would be Reachers, and whatever has tension would be Peakspren. I know its not perfect, because obviously the spren each grant 2 surges normally, but I still feel like there is something there. I’m sure this theory has been floated some way or another, but its been itching at the back of my brain for a few days now.
  4. (I have searched a while and not seen questions same as this. There's theories about future genocide possibilities but I'm talking about the past. )(Try to talk using in-world moralities. I know genocide is bad in our values, this is just for discussion's sake.) So, between the normal Desolations, a discussion between human villager A,B may go like this. A: "Aren't those singers the ones that will become Voidbringers every time?" B:"Yeah." A:"And we are sitting around, waiting them to become magical warriors and shoot lightening at us, and then we fight back?" B:"Yeah." A:"I got a brilliant idea. Why not kill all those singers BERORE they can become Voidbringers?" B:"Yeah that's a great idea! Why haven't anyone thought of it?" I understand the Knight Radiants may be above genocide, but it is highly plausible for the normal politicians to conceive something like this. Humans are very capable of committing genocide even on humans, and after about 2500 years of war with a complete different species, it was very weird that no one has done this already. Especially the Heralds, who were getting insane and were immensely tired of the war. The Heralds could just left an instruction for the Vorin church to wipe out the Voidbringers each time they left, and these orders are unlikely to be doubted. Not sure how Knights Radiant would respond to this sort of command though. Some might argue that human society was too broken after Desolations that they couldn't pursue the singers. But the singers are supposed to be even more broken, so it makes no sense to wait for both sides to rebuild, than clash again without an end. One possibility is that humans and singers lived far enough that they couldn't meet each other. Or if the Knights Radiant put efforts to stop the genocide that would be the end of the story, but still there were long times when there was no Radiant. Same could probably go for singers to humans, but they were defeated each time so they haven't got any chance. Except for Raboniel's bioweapon, which I think is a very rational respond to the war. (Makes me think of Attack on Titan and The Dark Forest, but that's off topic.) Edit: summarize some good points made by the discussion below Population was dispersed, societies were broken and without Knights Radiant(Blades, Plates, Soulcasters), it's hard to wage wars of such scale. Likely all three Shards wouldn't like the idea of genocide and would have intervened. There likely were failed attempts. Why didn't the Heralds instruct humans to genocide is unexplained. (Especially after the Last Desolation)
  5. The title really should be Too Many Radiants. I'm sure this doesn't bother a lot of you, but I really can't get behind how many radiants there are. (I've only read part 1 of ROW so far) I was never even really a fan of the squires, but grew to be okay with it thinking they would remain squires. Nearly all of Bridge 4 has their own spren? To me that takes away how epic Kal's journey bonding Syl was. Gaz has his own spren? Really?? I understand you need to be broken to form the Nahel bond, but what made me love these books was the incredible abilities of the Knights Radiant and how rare I thought that feat was. As an Adolin fan I was always looking forward to him potentially saying the words or reviving Maya. Unfortunately that excitement is gone. It's become commonplace to be a Radiant which I really can't get behind. Started part 2, but am struggling now. My "dark brain" as Syl would call it is thinking my favorite series is no more
  6. So some point in the book I remember the Sibling revealed that Soulcasters are the physical manifested bodies of Spren. Obviously, this raises a whole host of questions. Can any intelligent spren manifest as a soulcaster? If so, is this why we have soulcasters that soulcast different essences? If that's true then what spren are used for regrowers? Finally, how does damaging a soulcaster affect the spren that manifests it? I'd appreciate any thoughts you guys might have
  7. The Ghostbloods make an offer - and woe betide those who think they can refuse. Top, from left to right: Mraize, Iyatil, Kelsier, Spook Bottom: Shallan The cat is a random cat Kelsier picked up outside. Bonus points to those who know their Godfather lore. (Do I think Kell being the Godfather of the Cosmere mafia is both awesome and totally fitting for the character? Yes. Yes, I do.)
  8. Okay, so I was having a thinky think in the shower and realized that Hoid was storing memories in Breaths like how a Feruchemist would store memories in a Coppermind. Useing one investiture for the use of another, kind of like compounding, using allomancy to get feruchemical traits. The metallic arts have the most crossover of all the magic systems, but they are by no means the only ones, and I think this is a nice example. I'm not sure if Hoid is a feruchemist (The coppermind doesn't say so, and we do not know any other way of getting it after birth. Maybe harmonium would grant it if burned, or Sazed can make people Feruchemist like he can make Spook Mistborn.) but it's still the same principle, instead of using metal to store memories, he is using breaths as its container. Thoughts?
  9. Rhythm of Reviews continues with talking about Adolin and Shallan's arc in Rhythm of War! The sweet animated wallpaper is from, the Spanish fan site. It's awesome! They have one for Words of Radiance as well! The sweet thumbnail image is Yasen Stoilov's Bulgarian Rhythm of War cover. did an interview of him, translated to English on our site here: If you like our content, support us on Patreon: For discussion, theories, games, and news, come to Come talk with us and the community on the 17th Shard Discord: Want to learn more about the cosmere and more? The Coppermind Wiki is where it's at: Read all Words of Brandon on Arcanum: Subscribe to Shardcast: Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]
  10. At the yt spoiler livestream (which I saw only yesterday, because in my timezone it was live in the middle of the night ) someone asked about why Seons can travel out of Sel even though they're Splinters and Brandon said it was a great question and knowing the answer would help Thaidakar (whom I 100% assume to be Kelsier) a lot. My hypothesis is that Seons have a part of the land they're Connected to inside themselves (the Aon), so they can travel because instead of being anchored to something huge and immobile, they're anchored to something they carry inside. I'm not sure how Vasher being able to worldhop factors into that, maybe the Divine Breath also works as something he can be anchored to? …Anyway now I can't get rid of a mental image of Kelsier traveling, Dracula-style, in a coffin filled with metal shavings from his homeland.
  11. So I don't have everything organized enough to make a full post but my major takeaways from the stream (spoilers for RoW & other cosmere books below): 1. Nightblood is not a Dawnshard. 2. The man with the red Aviar that was killed was a Feruchemist keeping watch over Dalinar. 3. Broken Radiant oaths before the Recreance didn't result in deadeyes. 4. Renarin has a tentative crush on Rlain (thanks to Adam for confirming!) 5. Historically there's never been more than three Bondsmiths at one time. He didn't say anything about the Bondsmiths being specifically bonded to the Stormfather, Nightwatcher, and Sibling, so there could've been other sentient spren that bonded (Ba-Ado-Mishram...maybe?). 6. There's something significant about how Tien's wooden horse and Wit's flute got to the shop at the end of RoW, but that isn't necessarily connected to the owner of said shop. and... (MB spoilers) I'm so happy that he did this! This was my first Sanderson livestream & it was fun to see everyone's questions.
  12. I've been thinking how weird it is how bondsmith spren can just make or conduct various forms of investiture come into the physical realm. I think they might be Spren of the spiritual realm, first off the investiture itself is of the spiritual realm so them manipulating something not of the cognitive realm is weird. Second the Nightwatcher can do some kind of trickery with connection though I may be wrong since it seems everything attributed by the Nightwatcher was actually cultivation. I have feeling that when the gods of Roshar made bondsmith spren and unmade the took creatures from the spiritual realm and made them or unmade them so that they could experience the physical and cognitive realms. what do you think? Also since all things in the spiritual ream exist as one, it isn't weird for them to be as different as they are as bondsmith spren because the are probably like given more individual identity out of the spiritual realm.
  13. What is Odium's metal called? Before it was Raysium, but now that there's a new vessel, Is it Taravangium? Odiumium?
  14. Welcome to the Overlady Reads Rhythm of War Part Five!!!!! It's time for us to talk PART FIVE of Rhythm of War! Which means if you haven't read Part Five of Rhythm of War, you should not watch this video, begone, non-Rhythm of War Part Fivers! AWAY WITH YOU, DIVERT THY EYES Right, so, it's Part Five time. Normally I'd put like a little rundown of favourites bits or highlights of the episode in the description but this Part Five? Come on, the whole thing is my favourite bit. You know what happens, I know what happens, let's just jump straight into it. Enjoy a bit of our theorycrafting for Book Five whilst you're at it, and let me know what your favourite parts of Part Five were, as we as your top theories for Book Five!
  15. Hey! I collected all of Hoid's stories in a document, I'm going to try and memorize one. I was just interested in reading all of them, so I collected them, and thought that it would be good for me to put them here. I included the Wandersail (Way of Kings Chapter 57), Fleet (Words of Radiance Chapter 59), The Girl Who Looked Up (Combined both Shallan's Version and Hoid's, Oathbringer Chapters 25 and 82), Mishim and Tsa (Oathbringer Chapter 67), The Dragon and the Dog (Rhythm of War Chapter 80), The Origin of the God Kings (Warbreaker Chapter 32)
  16. This week's episode is on the Lights of Roshar. Spoilers for Rhythm of War and the cosmere (but not Dawnshard) in this one! Here Evgeni really makes up for not being on the last two episodes by blabbing a bunch, but it is all excellent. This is the good stuff. Even in this episode it feels like we still don't go super in-depth. There's so much to talk about in Rhythm of War! We have Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Evgeni (Argent), David (Windrunner) whose audio cosplays as a robot sometimes, and then we have Joshua (jofwu). Also, we're going back to weekly after this. Our next episode will be on State of Sanderson 2020, which happens on December 19th, and we'll get a show for you out that weekend on it. The incredible thumbnail art is from Connor Chamberlain, who does just incredible cosmere art: You can find his other stuff here! If you like our content, support us on Patreon: For discussion, theories, games, and news, come to Come talk with us and the community on the 17th Shard Discord: Want to learn more about the cosmere and more? The Coppermind Wiki is where it's at: Read all Words of Brandon on Arcanum: Subscribe to Shardcast: Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]
  17. I have a hypothesis: Shards do not have free will. They are deterministic. This is informed by the fact that a Shard's future sight is impaired by a person seeing the future (Renarin), but we see no sign of Cultivation's future sight having any blotting out affect of Odium's future sight. Now, this could be explained by saying that Cultivation is subtle, and able to mask her intentions from even Fortune from the spiritual realm, but I think it more likely that the Intent of a Shard is so overwhelming that all actions of a Shard are predetermined, but with the ability to see the future can easily look considered to a mortal. Possible exception: a newly ascended vessel may have greater free will. Vin's ability to strike at, and destroy Ati suggests this. If this is true, then Cultivation may be practically blind to the future at the moment, due to Taravangian's combo of future sight, cosmic power, and free will. And Taravangian would not be suffering from the same blindness.
  18. Todium seems to be still bound by that promise and those terms, right? ("it seems my precesessor's agreements will allow me to...") More interesting to me is "*said failures have killed gods before.*" We know of four dead gods (Honor, Devotion, Dominion, Ambition). Wit (and Brandon) don't use words lightly. One of those four was killed because they moved against another shard. Of those four deaths, Ambition seems most likely, especially given the RoW reveal that Mercy was there ("where Ambition, Mercy, and Odium clashed—and Ambition was destroyed.") that has us all reeling. I view Wit's comment as support for the theory that Ambition moved against Mercy and that breach of protocol allowed Odium to destroy her.
  19. I searched for discussion of this but couldn’t find a specific thread. Was Rock executed? In chapter 114, we find out that: “Skar and Drehy had relayed the news after returning to the Shattered Plains. It seemed Kaladin wouldn’t be seeing Rock again.” Maybe I’m being pessimistic, and Brandon wouldn’t kill Rock offscreen like that, but I dunno, sounds pretty definite. What is the consensus here?
  20. From the album Tinkercad 3D models

    I'll always be a Mistborn fan, but I love Pattern more and more with every math joke. The new sketch of cryptics in the cognitive realm was SO COOL and I figured I could fake a low-poly robe! Mess with the model here:, and give me suggestions for this or anything else if you have ideas!
  21. Welcome to the Overlady Reads Rhythm of War Part Four!!!! As with the other weeks, this is a spoiler warning for Rhythm of War Part Four. To click on this article is to summon spoilers unto your eyes, the likes of which have never been seen before! I bid you now, TURN BACK, TURN BACK, RETURN FROM WHENCE YOU CAME. Unless you've read Part Four, in which case that's fine. So, let's continue with Kaladin and Navani being miserable in the tower. And miserable they are, Kaladin even gets stuck on Braize for a little while! We finally return for the climax of Adolin and Shallans story, the trial to end all trials! (Just kidding, it's a sham trial that was more politics than justice). We also finally get to discover what's in Gavilars black sphere and quite literally no one could have guessed it before this book BRANDON. Let us know down below your favourite parts of Rhythm of War Part Four below!
  22. There are 16 Allomantic metals and 16 shards. However in Rhythm of War we see Warlight. A combination of Honor and Odium's light. So how many total metal combinations are there? I suck at math. Also I am assuming there can be combinations of three or more shards to create a new light. Also I think you can condense light into a metal. So how many metals can a Mistborn Burn, if a Mistborn burns all metals. (How much wood can a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?)
  23. This week's episode of Shardcast is a bit late, but it's time to talk about Taravangian! This one has big Rhythm of War and cosmere spoilers so beware. Our cast this week is Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Grace (thegatorgirl), and Marvin (Paleo)! Thumbnail art of Taravangian is Mastermind, by Ari Ibarra, from Call to Adventure: The Stormlight Archive: Art that is in Marvin's background by taratjah: If you like our content, support us on Patreon: For discussion, theories, games, and news, come to Come talk with us and the community on the 17th Shard Discord: Want to learn more about the cosmere and more? The Coppermind Wiki is where it's at: Read all Words of Brandon on Arcanum: Subscribe to Shardcast: Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]
  24. I'm surprised that there isn't already a thread by this name. After Rhythm of War, Navani skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorite characters, both in SA and in the Cosmere at large. So here's a thread for all those that feel the same way I do. Time to fangirl over Roshar's favorite Scholar-Queen! [I'll probably contribute a post or two about why exactly I love Navani, but I think I'll keep the OP free of the details for now.]