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  1. When Kelsier picked up Preservation, he was unable to fully control its power because Ruin was holding him in check, but also because he had his Connection to the physical realm severed when he died. When Taravangian killed Rayse and took up Odium, why did he have full access to the Shards power? Szeth had just killed his body with Nightblood, which severed his Connection. He was in the same boat as Kelsier, but he got full power? Theories, support, discussion, or criticism are all welcome.
  2. I’m new, so my apologies if this has been discussed (I searched, but came up empty). I find I’m vaguely yet persistently troubled by how easy it has become for characters who don’t seem to share a common language to speak freely. I’ll cheerfully admit it’s my lack of understanding/reading skill, rather than any shortcoming on Brandon’s part. Can you help? In addition to current Rosharan languages (Alethi, Veden, Azish, Shin, Thaylen, Herdazian, Listener, etc., a complete list would be neat – is there one?), there are all the known old dead languages (e.g., Ancient Alethi, Dawnchant), plus who knows how many unknown ones that may suddenly come up (e.g., Fused). I love the idea that some forms of Investiture or Connection allow innate knowledge of any language, as we see with Dalinar and Venli, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to explain ALL the ways language barriers are being overcome. In the case of educated people like Jasnah and Sigzil, it’s reasonable to expect them to be able to speak multiple languages. But many of our main characters are poorly educated at best. Specific examples: Lift grew up in Rall Elorim and Azir. She speaks to Dalinar in a vision (in Azish, I assume, same as with Yanagawn), but I don’t see any credible reason to think she would have learned Alethi. Dabbid, Teft, and Kaladin have never shown any ability to speak Azish. So what language are they using to talk? The Fused can hardly be expected to understand “modern” human languages, which probably didn’t exist 4500 years ago, and indeed, at first, they all seem to require translators like Venli. At the beginning of RoW, the only communication between Windrunners and Heavenly Ones is accomplished by gestures… yet by the end of RoW, Leshwi and Kaladin seem to be conversing easily. In what tongue? Please help me get past this stupid detail which is diminishing my enjoyment!
  3. Brief note regarding Adolin and Maya. When spren come to the physical realm, we know they lose intelligence/cognition until they spend long enough with a Connection to a radiant. Is it possible that, in the cognitive realm, Connection to a radiant could lend physical recovery over time? Could that mean a different set or distribution of powers?
  4. So with the recent creation of the f-duralumin club, I got to thinking about interesting f-duralumin twinborn. Which made me wonder what allomantic powers heavily use Connection. The obvious answers are the ones that affect other people. Nicrosil, chromium, zinc, brass, maybe copper and bronze, maybe atium and malatium. So what would enhancing your connection do to these? Nicrosil and chromium generally require touch, which I think is to establish a basic connection with your target, and if so I think you could tap f-duralumin to leech/burst someone without touching them. I also think you could use it to generally strengthen any form of allomancy you use that targets someone else. But interestingly, and this would be useful even if you're not a twinborn, this would probably mean if someone tries to allomancy you, you could store connection to counteract it. If you're fighting someone who's burning atium, you could use f-duralumin to make it so that they don't see your shadows. You could maybe even mimic copper and hide yourself from a Seeker if you know what you're doing. So what do you all think? Am I completely off base here? Are there other cool uses for f-duralumin?
  5. This is the rivalally cultclub to the F-tin cult, where we acknowledge the truth that Connection is the best power to be able to manipulate. the tin cult can be found here
  6. 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.
  7. Ishar has shown that a Bondsmith unchained is EXTREMELY POWERFUL AND DANGEROUS. What is either Dalinar or the Bondsmith honorblade were taken off world to Scadrial. The timeline would actually be pretty accurate, and they could arrive about when Wax and the Set are looking for the Bands of Mourning. With an unchained Bondsmith, the wishes of Kandra and the Set would be fulfilled. The only thing needed would be 16 allomancers and 16 feruchemists. Their Connection to their power could be transferred to a single person, and then they could create unkeyed metal minds at will, with their metalmind quantities growing exponentially. Am I right or am I crazy?
  8. Hey y'all! So I was recently thinking about how Nale killed a few radiants using Nightblood. Now, we know that Nightblood consumes investiture indiscriminately, so I was curious about the effect that Nightblood would have on the spren of a radiant that it killed. We see from Nightblood that when he even pricks a person, that is enough to allow him to consume the investiture that is that person entirely, we also know that the Nahel bond is very intimate, the spren and human that are bonded have their spirits intimately tied together, so I am wondering if Nightblood has an affect on the spren themselves as well. Are there any WOB's on this?
  9. Okay, I know I've been making a fair few forum topics today/recently, but blame RoW and the preview chapters and stuff. My mind is abuzz with new information and trying to fit it into place with what I already know about the cosmere. That being said, here's another idea that I've had bouncing around in my cranial region for the past couple hours. Can F-Duralumin push the Nahel Bond beyond it's standard limits? I think so. For one, it's a hack that would require some pretty rare prerequisites. For one, a Connector Ferring, and one that can Worldhop to Roshar, and also be broken enough to become a Radiant. So it's not like this will become anywhere close to common anytime soon (perhaps by era 4 mistborn, but... I feel like that sort of power level is going to be needed at that point. I don't know why, it's just a gut feeling). Anyway, the actual realmatics behind it (besides the obvious of "nahel bond = connection = F-duralumin") is dependent on F-Duralumin being able to selectively store different Connections. If a Connector ferring can do that, then this is pretty much possible. As to what would actually happen, well, when storing, it's probable that the Radiant and Spren would both suffer losses due to it; the Spren becoming less sapient in the physical realm, and the Radiant's surgebinding weakening. Not really great, but it's something that can be hacked around with Compounding, so... Eh. Give a Duralumin Gnat a connector medallion and send em to Roshar; they'll be able to speak the local languages with the Connection anyway. As for tapping, well... I have no storming clue. Possibly more power with the surges? More efficient stormlight holding? A full merge of the two spiritwebs into one being (which may be what happens at the 5th Ideal anyway)? Pseudo-Heraldry?? ...You know, looking back at this I really feel like I should've had a more concrete theory on the consequences of tapping F-Duralumin with a Nahel bond... Oh well! You guys can have fun theorizing the effects too.
  10. Selish magic can access at least Fortune, as seen by the Dakhor assassin in Teod. AonDor can do a lot of physical things and also has mental and corporal capabilities. But what about spiritual stuff? Can it tap into Fortune or manipulate Identity? Given that it is built on geographic constraints, Connection seems to be taboo. What do you think?
  11. A duralumin Ferring can store Connection, and a duralumin Compounder can have unlimited Connection. How can our Compounder use this to become a Mistborn? Lerasium Lerasium, Preservation's godmetal, grants Allomancy. To do this, it rewrites your Spiritual DNA, increasing your Connection to Preservation. For Allomancers, metals are a 'key' that lets them use Preservation's Investiture through the Connection. Duralumin Feruchemy: A duralumin Ferring can store Connection. Since tin and nicrosil Ferrings can store selectively, duralumin Ferrings should be able to do the same. Everyone on Scadrial is Connected to Preservation, so a duralumin Ferring should be able to store this once he knows what he's looking for. Allomancy: A duralumin Misting can burn duralumin. If he's also a duralumin Ferring, he can burn his own metalminds for tenfold return-this is called compounding. It's not really infinite Feruchemy, though-a compounder is still limited by how fast they can burn their metalminds. With just a few flakes of steel, Wax can Steelpush for quite a while, so burning seems pretty slow. It would take a while for a normal compounder to get through a metalmind. Our duralumin compounder is not a normal compounder, though. Duralumin Allomancy burns through metals instantly and releases all the power at once, so our compounder is not limited by burning speed. He can get absurd amounts of Connection to Preservation instantly. Savancy: Using lots of Investiture rewrites your Spiritweb, making you a savant. If you're constantly tapping huge amounts of Connection to Preservation, savancy might rewrite your sDNA to have a permanent Connection with Preservation. If it doesn't, then a duralumin compounder can still be a Mistborn-he just has to tap Connection when he wants to use Allomancy. Other Theories The Set's breeding program: As of Bands of Mourning, the Set seem to have changed their goals. Even if the breeding program continues, a child of two Allomancers should have around the same Allomantic potential as their parents, so where does the Mistborn come from? Hemalurgy: That would take a lot of spikes. Harmony could control them easily, and if he didn't care about it, a regular Soother supported by a Nicroburst would do the trick too. It wouldn't be hard to deal with a Mistborn made this way. Nicrosil Compounding: Unsealed metalminds interfere with each other, but if that's solved, then a nicrosil compounder could become Mistborn with medallions. However, since they can compound the ability to use Allomancy, their Allomancy could be as powerful as the Lord Ruler's. That's too powerful-a serial killer with the Lord Ruler's Allomancy could kill everyone in a city with Rioting alone. Kelsier: He made the Bands of Mourning. He's probably Fullborn, so he can only lose by act of God. Also, removing Kelsier's eye-spike would remove his Connection to the Physical Realm, and that sounds a lot like 'removing the Lord Ruler's bracers means that he ages to dust'.
  12. Connection Theory: I have started watching the Shardcasts, and there seems to be a lot of -opinions- floating around. I wanted to make a comprehensive theory for my own benefit. I also wanted to work through these examples with hypothetical examples so that there is fewer miscommunications. Terms: This will be where I keep track of Cosmere related terms. Some may not come up, but this is how I've started referring to them within myself. Since differentiating between certain things (mostly Investiture) can get contrived if these things aren't referred to distinctly. Investment: The Apparatus of a soul that puts Investiture to use. Investiture: Magic "Stuff", alternate form of matter and energy. Invested: An entity containing -more- Investiture. Connection: Any link between two perceivable entities. Identity: Spiritweb vibrations that denote separation between the many connections of the web. Base concepts: Connection Types as they pertain to people: Personal: This influence how open to this person's ideas you are, and how likely you are to forgive/accept differences in that person. Land: This influences your feeling of 'home' or comfort and your desire to help/defend/improve that loci. Time: This influences your physical age, recollection, and "Destiny." Items: This influences the items cognitive presence, and can even cause that object to take on a person's identity. In every referenced instance of connection, we presume that connection matters most and moves through the Spiritweb from one identity set to another, and that is as far as impact is made. However, I would posit, that having a STRONG connection to one identity requires weaker connections with -many- things. I do not think a basic connection to a person gives you the ability to speak their language. I think it influences your predisposition for -maybe- -someday- deciding to speak that language, and you have to actively seek out those other connections. HOWEVER, a strong enough connection developed sincerely and over time, will establish those connections to the necessary sources so that language is shared. Example: An English speaker marries a non-English speaker...eventually they begin to form some manner of understanding between them. Which way does Connection work do you suppose? Does person X developing a STRONG connection to person Y give them connections to the connections making up person Y's identity, or does that strong connection to person Y give person X limited access to person Y's connections. I believe the connections should link to Person X, because only that which is denoted on -your- Spiritweb changes you, or connection matters about how far away from the entity in question you are, but that implies movement itself, which is also problematic in a locations don't exist way. I also believe that all things begin with connections to each other. They all have connections to the same three planes of existence. They are all composed of Investiture of the Shards, and all the Shards began as Adonalsium. If everything exists in the spiritual world as a super position, and only the way it happens is always the way it will have had happened....then all things being cosmerologically entangled makes sense...more than not. This will matter much more as "Fortune" comes into play. This is relevant because it shows us how all things -could be- connected, and when strengthening connections that there is no web movement, necessary. Unexplored Ideas and Questions: Connection to Abstracts: Do you believe that the Shards are "Connected" to the abstracts that compose their intent? Do you believe that a person can be "Connected" to the concept of "Honor" or "Evil?" Non-Conscious Connections: Can two objects become so linked that they become one identity? Would this have physical effects, necessarily? For instance, a set of marbles could have been stored together so long that it thinks of itself as the whole of the set, rather than each individual marble. Presume they're made out of metal... If part of the set were pushed would it move the entirety of the set? (I don't think so, I think they are a set whilst stored, and become individuals when apart, just by virtue of how human understanding works.) If a man had a wooden leg for so long that it -became- part his identity...would spiritual healing repair the broken wood? USING Connection: Spiritual Adhesion: I would assert that this STRONG connection to a person, presented by Dalinar, makes many weaker connections to other entities which are important to the beings "Identity." He will have or use connections to the person, homeland, family, and friends to a much weaker extent while the 'faux-connection' lasts. Allowing for 'native-speaker' type speech. Era 2 Medallion: The connection is established with the land rather than a person. This MODERATE connection to the land overwrites your own connections to your own land, and provides weak connections to more things (the people of that land) which is enough weak connections to provide to speak the language filtered through your own identity, thus retaining your accent. This will differ for a "Connection" Ferring, as it will *swap* their connection for their home with the connection they are tapping to make language, allowing them to speak as a native speaker. The accent is a side effect from using investiture filtered through an "Identity"-resonance that is not their own. (Lower case r resonance) Edit Log: Swapped Investiture and Investment Definitions.
  13. @Spoolofwhool's recent theory made me peer again into the Spiritual Realm. My conclusions may be more nuanced than new. I focus on time and foresight to illustrate. As always, this post represents MY INTERPRETATION of text and Brandon’s words even if not every sentence so states. Theory I theorize sentient life’s perceptions form all Spiritual Realm Connections and Spiritual aspects. The Spiritual Realm is a null set until some mind starts writing data there. I believe raw Spiritual Realm Investiture is protean, changeable, and can execute any command a mind imagines. Perception limits raw Investiture’s infinite scope for both Intentional magic and Connection formation. Adonalsium programmed the cosmere’s unknowable “operating system.” In-world people use the metaphor “Connection” to explain Adonalsium’s operating system. Connections describe perceived Physical Realm reality. Words like time and space have Cognitive and Physical Realm meaning but are “irrelevant” in the Spiritual Realm. IMO, perceiving a Connection writes that Connection onto raw Spiritual Realm Investiture. Connections are the programming code that defines Spiritual aspects. Connections collectively hold the cosmere’s full set of perceived information. Connections make the cosmere’s operating system comprehensible to mortal minds. Connections plug into the operating system like software applications. I think metaphors like time and space work as they do in the Physical Realm BECAUSE mortals perceive they work that way (or so Syl says). Two reasons magic systems differ are their Shard and their planet’s Cognitive Realm subastral. Each subastral’s unique perceptions form unique Connections. Each planet runs a slightly different version of Connection software. Hence hacking. What Brandon Says Analysis IMO, Brandon’s two key ideas are: (1) “Only Connection” has Spiritual Realm relevance; and (2) Spiritual Realm time and space “don’t mean anything,” are “irrelevant,” and are “one” with all other times and places. I reconcile these ideas by concluding time and space are themselves “only Connection.” If they are SR-irrelevant, time and space must be Cognitive Realm constructs sentient minds impose on the Physical Realm. Brandon acknowledges this and says our physics is also a construct – a way humans impose order on earth. Sentient minds define Connections. Sentient Minds Write Connections onto Raw Investiture Brandon says the cosmere’s “fantastical version of quantum physics” means “thinking about something can directly influence it.” Thinking (or feeling) can write or rewrite a Connection that changes the Spiritual aspect. In Cognitive Realm time perception, that programming can occur moment by moment. Space-Time As a human construct, space-time has no SR relevance except through Connection. A newborn’s birth programs its Spiritual aspect with its human-imposed calendar birth date. The SR stores that Connection’s information. Other Connections store information on life expectancy, place of birth, and ethnicity. Each of these represents the human term for some feature of the cosmere’s operating system. Past Events A society’s “history” exists in the collective memories of its people. IMO, these events are stored in their Connection to people who witnessed or are taught/told about the events; and the events’ Connection to art, writing, or other artifact that memorializes the events. Perception affects these Connections: “History is written by the victors.” Singers and humans have different Connections with their past that reveal different explanations for the present. Over CR/PR time, “history” is erased and forgotten as memory and artifacts fade. I speculate the Spiritual Realm “backs up” all its Connection data. Maybe this occurs at the atomic or sub-atomic level as people and objects decay into their components. Former Connections remain detectable the way digital data never fully erases. Seeing the past through Connections seems easy. The information Connections store may exist “forever,” or at least as long as someone or some artifact remembers it. This information should be available to anyone whose magic allows them to look at it. Foresight Brandon confirms Vessels “don't know the future exactly.” Shards vary in their foresight abilities. I tie Shard differences to their “fundamental law/primal force.” Preservation (stasis) foresees better than Ruin (entropy). Honor (bonds) says Cultivation foresees better than him. Renarin discovers Voidbinding’s limits when Dalinar rebuffs Odium despite Renarin’s contrary visions. Brandon believes cosmere future time is uncertain, a matter of possibility. If time, and hence future time, exists only as the construct of the collective sapient mind, what makes the future predictable at all? I’ll trot out some thoughts with no conclusions: 1. Brute Force Method. Maybe Vessels predict the future by trying to read the whole set of cosmere Connections – all the cosmere’s perceived information. Kelsier says you must “sort through” the SR’s “horrible overload of information and sensation.” Vessels might seek the sapient population’s collective sense of the future’s direction and weigh its probability against the full information Connections hold. This method resembles how the psycho-historian Hari Seldon foresees events in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. Taravangian seems to have written the Diagram with the brute-force method. 2. Algorithm Method. Each Vessel might use a Shard-specific algorithm to streamline their Connection data analysis. Maybe Fortune has its own streamlining algorithm when magic users tap that Spiritual attribute. These algorithms may cull and organize Connection data to make the future more comprehensible. 3. “Time Ribbons” Method. Maybe Adonalsium built Leras’ “ribbons of the future” into the cosmere’s operating system. Vessels and/or magic users can peer into these ribbons to foresee. (FWIW, Leras likes colorful language, as his Realmic “light” metaphor shows (also in M:SH).) All or none of these ideas might be “right-tracked.” They are not mutually exclusive. I’m sure there are other explanations. Foresight’s mechanics elude me. Conclusion My theory again: Spiritual Realm Connections reflect sentient life’s perceptions and not the cosmere’s underlying reality. Human metaphors like space and time are “irrelevant” in the Spiritual Realm but explain the Physical Realm in terms humans understand. As the Spiritual aspect’s programming code, Connections IMO execute sentient life’s programming commands. These include everything from a chasmfiend Connecting “food” with humans but not rocks, to Kaladin’s re-bonding his Connection to gravity. Connections paint Physical Realm reality to form the sensory tapestry sentient life experiences – the cosmere version of the Matrix. SPOILER: Postscript for @Calderis
  14. Ok before you call me insane, let me explain my thought process here. Firstly, the inspiration: I recently read a theory that Nightblood, by being Awakened with "destroy" in its command, is attempting to mimic Ruin's investiture (or is otherwise Connecting to Ruin in some form). The black mist Nightblood emits actually lends itself to this theory. it resembles the black Mist of Ruin/the Deepness, after all. The gaseous form of Ruin's investiture (if i'm not mist-aken ). Secondly, the Extrapolation: using other Shardic Intent-related keywords in an Awakening of metal with thousands of breaths would cause a similar effect if nightblood is in fact Connected to/mimicking Ruin's investiture. So with that established, let me get into the meat of this mad idea of mine. A ring, necklace, or other metal accessory, awakened at the Ninth Heightening, commanded along the lines of "devote yourself to connecting me to the Dor" (or some other Command that implies this) with the appropriate mental image of a Connection from Elantris/Arelon/the Dor to the ring/the wearer. (though Nightblood is already very effective at connecting to his wielder, as we've seen with Szeth in SA, so it might just need to be connecting the Dor and the Ring) Another thing that makes me think this COULD work is that the Dor WANTS to have an outlet. using Breaths to basically amp up the connection such that it works far from Elantris/Arelon would (imo) not be resisted by the Dor once it was established (especially considering you could Awaken the ring in Elantris to make it easier to Connect). This theory basically hinges on a lot of small, theoretical quirks of Awakening and AonDor to work, but if it did, an Elantrian could use AonDor anywhere in the Cosmere! I'm totally ok with someone debunking this with facts or theories of their own, I just need to know what y'all think.
  15. I was reading another thread and someone mentioned their theory on Nightblood and Ruin, it got me thinking about how Kelseir was Connected to Ruin in mistborn and I was wondering if Nightblood could also have some significant Connection? Obviously he'd have a very strong Connection to Endowment being made with 1000 breaths but with his command being destroy evil and the way he interprets that being extremely destructive, corrupting and consumeing the investiture itself, I think he'd have a very strong Connection to Ruin as well.
  16. So in Secret History, Keslier is unable to assume the powers of Preservation, even for a short time, because he is insufficiently Connected to Preservation. However, he is a full Mistborn with no hemalurgic spikes, and allomancy is of Preservation. Does this mean that an important way to forge Connection with a shard is by embodying its intent? That's the only thing I can think of that matches these facts. And if this is the case, can you forge Connection with a shard not present on your planet in this way?
  17. In Secret History we see that Kelsier could not connected to Preservation without aid. And when he did so he was still unable to wield it well. I assume that over time his mind would move more in line with Preservation and be more capable with its power. So with that in mind, how did Ati connect to the Ruin Shard to begin with. Hoid said that he was a kind and generous person (this doesn't sound like a person who was attuned to ruin). did he have help to Connect to its power. And if so did he have trouble controlling it until he was changed by the shard's intent.
  18. Recently on Reddit, somebody mentioned that Autonomy's investure doesn't empower sapient beings directly. 1. On Taldain, the sunlight contains investure that energizes microscopic lichen in the sand. Sandmastery is the manipulation of these organisms, but as far as I can tell, involves little to no flow of investure through ones self. 2. On Patji, Avien are formed when normal birds eat the grubs in the Eye of Patji. Notably, there is no effect if a human were to consume said grubs. I believe that this is intentional on the part of Autonomy, and I believe that I know the reason why. We know from Oathbringer that Autonomy is leaving sentient splinters of herself around the cosmere. From Secret History, we know that a share cannot be taken up without significant connection to it. As there is more Autonomy to go around, the likelihood that someone could eventually take up a splinter is higher. Autonomy tries to limit others connection to it, either as a precaution or simply due to her intent, by providing this buffer between her magic and the people of the cosmere.
  19. Was posting in another thread and was thinking about severing of Aes Sedai. We know this can be healed. Could a person with Stormlight heal this would if they knew the flows? Could the severing been seen in the spiritual realm? Would it be a loss of Connection to the One Power (Dar/din)? Could you create a medallion that would mimic the Connection to the One Power? Is that the same as a ter'angreal allowing a non channeler to channel?
  20. Simple enough. Do we know if you can spike the part of you that defines your birthplace? If yes, could you get a few of those and gain Selish magic?
  21. So in Mistborn: Secret History, there is this part where Kelsier finds the fortress that the Ire are in and sticks his hand inside one of the stone's used to make it up. Upon doing so, Kelsier gains visions of the place the stone is from; he began thinking that green plants were normal, and a few seconds after even began to understand the language used by the Ire. That last part is similar to someone using a universal duralumin metalmind filled with connection, tapping it in a foreign land so that others can understand them and vice versa. However, even days after that, Kelsier is still able to understand them and the effects don't seem to have worn off. Is it possible that Kelsier has gained some form of permanent connection to the Selish System, and so by extension to Devotion and Dominion? Furthermore, does that mean it is easier to gain connection to something as a cognitive shadow?
  22. I have been picturing the Spiritweb as a sort of graph where Connection is the edges and souls are the vertices. However, I don't understand how this would work with something like a tree. Would the tree itself have a soul and be Connected with, say, a bird living in it, or would the tree be represented by a subgraph where each leaf or branch has its own soul with an extremely strong Connection to other nearby souls within the same tree. This partially comes from the infamous stick scene in Words of Radiance, which demonstrates that a stick, which used to be part of a tree, has its own distinct soul.
  23. Introduction: What We Know About Southerner Medallions I'm sure some of you are already sick and tired of medallion-related speculations, so before I start giving my own take on this Scadrian mystery, let me first summarize what we already know. Let us clear our minds first and take a hard look at what was already revealed about these medallions, both in BoM and in various WoBs, because there are facts about these objects that many people forget or aren't even aware of. The Southerners create medallions using devices called Excisors. These excerpts from BoM show that any medallion theory cannot be complete without an Excisor theory, because it is through these devices that medallions are created. We should always keep Excisors in mind. In fact, while we already have a canon term for an Identity-less metalmind (what Marasi calls an unkeyed metalmind), I would like to propose this fan term: "excised metalmind" for a metalmind created with an Excisor, as opposed to the "unsealed metalmind" term I've been seeing that is frankly confusing. (Update: As @Oversleep pointed out, "unsealed metalmind" actually came from Brandon. So...oh well.) Creating medallions require Connector powers. This is a WoB from a recent signing in Germany. As you all know, Feruchemical duralumin stores Connection. Strangely enough, I have yet to see anyone post a medallion/Excisor theory involving Connection (everyone seems to believe VenDell in that it only involves Identity and Investiture), so I don't know what prompted that question. But suffice to say that thanks to this WoB, my medallion theory will involve Connection. The key to understanding medallions is that they are a way of fooling the magic system into thinking that you have the right sDNA. Take note, this is a totally different thing from what the Set's unkeyed metalminds do. The unkeyed goldmind that Wayne uses is a hack on the ownership requirement of Feruchemy. What Brandon is saying here is that medallions require a separate hack. Medallions can be used by non-Scadrians This is from the same Germany signing as above. This should put to rest any theory involving the need for Terris or Scadrian blood. Sorry, VenDell fans. The medallions interfere with each other. Unlike Hemalurgic spikes, one cannot obtain multiple powers by getting multiple medallions. Again, this is a problem that has gotten little attention from Sharder theorists. I intend to rectify that. The Southerners had to figure out two-powered medallions by themselves. This gives the following implications: - The Sovereign only taught them how to use Excisors to create single-powered medallions like the memory coin we've seen. - The method for creating a multi-powered medallion from multiple Metalborn is very difficult to scale. So, those are some things we know for sure about the medallions. Before I continue, here's one thing that I'm pretty certain of, even though we don't have direct confirmation of it: You cannot Feruchemically tap Investiture from the medallions unless they contain Nicrosil Feruchemy As @Moogle repeatedly points out in this thread, we don't ever see people being described as tapping the nicrosilminds in the medallions (with the exception of the Bands of Mourning), despite the numerous descriptions of them tapping or storing from the non-nicrosil part of the medallions. For example, in the Epilogue Wax only senses the Memory store of the copper part in the memory coin, not the Investiture store of the nicrosil part. Remember that aside from the Bands, each nicrosil ring in a medallion only contains one power. In the memory coin, the nicrosilmind contained Copper Feruchemy. In a Weight+Heat medallion the inner nicrosil ring contains Iron Feruchemy while the other nicrosil ring stores Brass Feruchemy. Without Nicrosil Feruchemy, one cannot Feruchemically tap Investiture from a nicrosilmind. Hence, while Nicrosil Feruchemy was obviously used to create Southern medallions, something else entirely must be responsible for their ability to grant powers. Now, allow me to go into deep speculation based on those facts. First I will discuss the different ways an object can be Connected to another object in the cosmere and how that relates to Feruchemy and Hemalurgy. Then I will discuss several theories about Hemalurgy that will form the backbone of my Excisor theory. Of course, I'll need to cover soul interference and the theory behind multi-powered medallions. Finally I will describe the steps of creating medallions, both single-powered ones and multi-powered ones. This will be a huge undertaking, so much that I've decided to divide everything into several posts. For those who don't have time, I will attempt a TL;DR: An unsealed metalmind can form a hybrid Being consisting of a person and itself, allowing the person to use the metalmind's Investiture without Feruchemically tapping it first. This property, shared with Hemalurgic spikes, exists because the unsealed metalmind contains a Hemalurgic charge, though this charge was taken without killing the donor. Finally, multi-powered medallions involve using the Connection of religious devotion to counteract soul interference between a medallion's nicrosilminds.
  24. So simple question, what kind of Connection does duralumin actually default to? The Ars Arcanum implies connection to other people, Bands of Mourning implies location.
  25. So, we know if you fill a Connection metalmind, you get some default Connection to the present location, and can temporarily speak the local language(s). But that leaves lots of filled metalminds, right? Could someone tap those minds to temporarily get the same connections as whoever filled them? Would translation work the other way? Or would they just get increased Connection to whatever they are already connected to? We know there are metalminds that kind of work both ways: gold just stores generic health, but copper stores specific memories. Does duralumin store specific Connection?