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  1. Hey, everybody! It's the Unofficial Puzzle Team, back again with another competition. We're looking to put together a Melbourne University Puzzlehunt team. We can have up to ten people in a team (though with high demand we could put together multiple teams). The size of the competition is about the same as Galactic, though somewhat less intensive. It runs from the 7th to the 16th of August. If you're interested, or want to know more info, comment in the thread or shoot me a PM. I'll be putting together a PM for people who have already signed up and others that could be interested. You do not need prior experience. We'll be happy to help you get up to speed, and even if you're new you can still be invaluable. For viewing information about what this is and our past performances: (Original Potluck message retained below.) Hello, everyone! For the sake of transparency, here are the signups for the Puzzle Potluck (a non-Sanderson style puzzlehunt) Shard teams. If you want to be on a team that competes to solve puzzles internationally, then this is the best place to sign up. The puzzles are the same style as the Sanderson Puzzle Hunt, and the Potluck is intentionally less intensive than the Galactic Hunt while still being an excellent introduction for people who are unfamiliar with the style but want to see what it’s about. You do not need to have prior experience! But you do need to have commitment for a multi-day competition. Join the Discord for the team here and express your interest: MetaTerminal, Team Captain
  2. "This Ideal is also called the Ideal of Crusade, and requires that a Skybreaker undertake a personal quest and complete it to the satisfaction of their highspren. Once completed, the Skybreaker is elevated to the rank of master."- The Coppermind. So what are all of your personal quests? Have some fun with it! I will cleanse my room of all disorder, so long as my procrastination agrees. -Zallek Windblade
  3. Purely just a fun post, since Brandon has said outright that fans are free to assume whatever they like about precisely what the Beyond is since there's no canonically 'correct' or 'incorrect' answer regarding it, but what's everyone's favourite pet-theory regarding precisely what the Beyond is? Personally, I like to think that it's something like the afterlife scenario in Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy. Basically, when a sapient being dies, and they are able to accept and embrace their own mortal end, their soul's 'travel' through a non-place also known as the Beyond to the end-point of the universe (the time the universe 'ends'), the Omega Point, where all souls merge together to effectively become the God of the next universe to be created by them. Incidentally, if they aren't able to let go of life, they effectively stay trapped in the Beyond, leeching off of each other's memories and experiences until they reach the Omega Point the long way... unless a breach into the Beyond is accidentally made, then they basically become the Fused. Great series by the way, though in my opinion not as good as his Commonwealth Saga. Obviously I don't think this is what Brandon has in mind, though given the implied cyclic nature of the Cosmere universe, I think it would have a certain fittingness to it, that and it's just such a clever idea of what happens in the afterlife. Anyone else have any novel ideas of the Beyond they'd like to share? Like I said, purely just for fun. @NeutroniumAlchemist, you'll appreciate this I'm sure.
  4. This question is something I personally would like to ask Brandon, but I figured I should settle for posting a thread on it, as it wouldn't be a meaningful WoB... Anyway, we don't know the extent of Calamity's powers all that much, but I think he might be the worst off in this as is a being whose powers typically manipulate the physical realm where they can only mildly hurt Adonalsium, and where Alcatraz has such an OP power. Adonalsium, again, we don't know the full extent of powers. But has significant control over all that happens in all three realms. Alcatraz's talent... breaks things. Could he break Adonalsium's control over him and the three realms? I want to say that Alcatraz would win as he would just "break" (shatter) Adonalsium, and would break Calamity's access to magic... but what do you think?
  5. Saw a video about what would happen if everyone except yourself vanished. Well let's make this fun and assume everyone else vanished for a whole day, what would you do? So that nothing, no matter how heinous, is limited here's some rules: 1. Assume that all vehicles (trains, planes, buses) were fully automated to take you anywhere. 2. Anything you steal would legally belong to you, points from store benefits would still apply and online purchases will be yours for free. 3. Tv, movie theaters, theme parks and restaurants would still work just fine. Addendum: On account of @Darkness_ I'm adding a rule: 4. Whatever power that is holding everyone is also keeping you from hurting or killing yourself like an idiot. Here's my solo day: I would start by raiding B&N and the Lego Store for books and Lego sets I would want but couldn't otherwise. Then I would hop on a plane to head to someplace like London or Tokyo. En route I would do some online shopping to get stuff I couldn't from my earlier raid, maybe even hack the bank to fill up my bank account to live comfortably for the rest of my life. Once I land I'd check into a hotel, maybe the presidential suite, and go to sleep.
  6. So I was thinking more about the surge of Illumination, and we really haven't seen anything like the full combat potential for this surge yet. I think Illumination can be used both Defensively and Offensively. One of the big advancements in understanding for this surge during OB was that an illusion could be affixed to a gemstone, this opens up a ton of more possible uses for this fascinating surge. Here are some possible uses: The Combat Flash Grenade: We know that Shallan can manipulate light with her surge of illumination, we also know from the scene in WoR that she can have moving, animated illusions affixed to Pattern, and from OB we know that she can affix illumination illusions to gemstones. Combining all of these, I present to you the combat flash grenade, a complex predefined illusion that starts out as normal sphere and cycles to a state of extreme illumination (depleting the stormlight of the sphere). The effective radius of this combat grenade would probably be dependent on the size and quality of the encased gemstone (an emerald broam would probably be the best). But if Shallan sketched this sequence once in her sketchpad she could essentially (with a bag of spheres) blind the entire front ranks of an attacking phalanx of troops: The Archery Blind: Like the flash grenade, a simple illusion could be attached to a gem and given to a team of archer's. This gem would have an illusion of a natural looking rock formation, and if the archery team was positioned before the enemy troops got a good sight line on them, they would essentially be firing from a place of concealment, giving them an advantage when the enemy archers begin returning fire (this could also be combined with a natural cave, giving the archers a redoubt when the enemy has discovered their location). The yellow part of the illustration is just highlighting the portion that is illusion: The Burmese Tiger Trap with Pallisades: This is a pretty self explanatory defensive strategy, dig a pit, put some pallisades in the bottom, then cover the top with a seamless illusion. Wait for the enemy to fall in. Simple. The Heartbreaker: Given that Shallan can create sound waves with the use of her surge of Illumination, and that they are specific enough that (at least this is implied) she can modulate the frequencies of these waves well enough to imitate voices and other sounds, it stands to reason she has enough control over these generated sound waves to create sound waves of specific frequencies. So with enough research (which I'm sure Navanni would help her with) she could by trial and error discover the resonant frequency of sound that would be required to shatter the Fuzed's gemhearts. This has lots of advantages, because soundwaves propogate through matter, and can be used from a distance this would be a good way if properly deployed (maybe even with Fabrial technology) to take out the Fused. This is a lot like the DARPA project to find the resonant frequency of human eyeballs to disrupt enemy combatants vision (which actually was a project) to create a long distance sonic weapon, and some sonic weapons used to disperse protesters. Similar in operation to how the correct resonant frequency can destroy glass, Shallan with enough research could find the proper frequency and amplitude to shatter Fuzed hearts from a distance: I'm sure these are just the tip of the iceberg, what else have you guys got?
  7. I'm just curious how people picture certain animals or people in the cosmere I have seen actor threads before but I know I have some more bizarre ones that my mind puts in for ease I believe. For Example this is how I picture the Koloss Just with skin more or less stretched depending on size. Do you guys have any interesting visualizations in your head?
  8. We know that Hoid/Wit bonded a cryptic at the end of Oathbringer So what truths do you guys think he must speak? Do you think he is self aware enough that he will be a full Lightweaver next we see him or does he still have a journey of self discovery to go on?
  9. If you are reading this, then you have found the Guild of the Random Amalgamations of Thoughts Original, where those with the most random combinations of ideas lurk. To join, you must take up the Oath of the Guild. I shall only think that which is random, Speak that which is my own, And combine those thoughts most obscure To obtain the goals of the Guild of Random Amalgamations of Thoughts Original, which are: To expand the reach of the GRATO To fill the world with Originality, Creativity, and Awesomeness To read all books which which are amazing And To enjoy the creations of the mind. Spread the word, for the Great Time of GRATO approaches.
  10. Hey everyone! Here's how this works, someone puts a trivia question (from any book series, or general Brandon trivia) into the thread (make sure to tag spoilers) The next person answers that question, and puts up a new question. Let me start us off: What is Shallan Davar's last name?
  11. Just like how Malinda Kathleen Reese has been doing Google Translate songs that have alternate words that are technically correct, how about giving alternate titles to all pieces of media? Here's mine: The Bands of Mourning= Musicians of Extreme Sadness Mistborn= Fogbirth Harry Potter= William Silversmith Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians= Prison Fights the Bad Publishers
  12. Quick! The SAVE file has been corrupted and everyone in Undertale has been replaced with a character from a Sanderson book. Who do you think is depressing enough to replace Napstablook? Motherly enough to replace Toriel? Has legs hot enough to replace Mettaton? Can sell ice cream as well as the Nice Cream Man? Tough enough to replace Undyne? This is just meant to be a fun thread so go crazy with the replacements if you want!
  13. Hello and welcome to the most pointless post you will probably ever read on 17th Shard! I was just enjoying the warmth of my apartment while the snow blasted outside making the landscape a winter wonderland from out of the songs. As I was musing on the various aspects of the first Elsric Short story that I am writing, an odd thought struck me. Susebron from Warbreaker is one of the characters I find most dear to me. Unlike most of my other favorite Cosmere characters I simply enjoy the fact that his is pure and devoted to doing what is right because that is his nature. I mean the man has the mentality of a teddy-bear who also happens to hold enough Breath to break a kingdom. As I was contemplating, I suddenly asked myself, "What if the God-King was to step outside in the middle of a snowstorm? Not only is the ground solid white, but each flake of snow suspended in the air is about as pure white as you can find in nature. By Hoid's left buttock! It would be like watching an atomic color bomb!" Now that is a paraphrase, but essentially such an event would be one of the most interesting things to observe in the Cosmere. I added to this post a couple attachments that I think help capture what such an event might look like. I hope you enjoy this little mental image! This post is utterly useless other than to wish you a Happy Holiday my fellow Cosmere Scholar. If you find any other conceptualization of what a God-King color apocalypse would look like please post them below for our amusement! Until the next random post, have a great end to the year!
  14. In case anyone hasn't heard of Discord it is a free chat website/app that allows you to use both voice and chat messaging. Here are some Discord chats: SE Chat: For Sanderson Elimination players Link: Worldbuilding Chat: For makers of worlds! Link: Destiny Chat: For players of the video game Destiny. Link: Cosmere Chat: For lovers of the Cosmere. Link: Feel free to post other Discords!
  15. This thread are for the non-theory theories. This is for your ideas that seem awesome (at least to you), but don't have a real chance of actually happening. You don't have to have any evidence for these, just, wouldn't it be awesome if so and so happened. For example: I was thinking about the missing Radiant spren, and I invented a few. My favorites are Mindspren for the Willshapers, and Soulspren for Stonewards. Mindspren are shaped like floating cubes that change shape depending on the emotion they are feeling (A pyramid for anger, an orb for happiness, etc.) Soulspren on the other hand, are shape more like humans with long flowing clothes. They are covered in fire similar to Human Torch, but more regal looking. Imagine a dilemma where you can either save 100 people you've never met, or the closest person in the world to you. Mindspren would argue for saving the 100 people because 100>1, whereas Soulspren would argue for saving the one person because that person means more to you. Anyways, just write your random ideas. Quick note: There are a lot of amazing people here who could argue down to the smallest detail. I love that, that is the purpose of this site. However, that is not the purpose of this thread. Please don't criticize anyones' ideas. This is supposed to be fun.
  16. Any old ideas you want post? Here are some of mine: A religion that is based around organs, A organization called "The Brotherhood of the Wandering Light" who worship a God that is said to be dead/lost and are on a quest to kill all who defy their God and return the God to it's former glory, A magic system based around potential energy, and (in the "Brotherhood of the Wandering Light" universe) a magic system where a person's body slowly turns to the element of magic they use (Ice magician's body would turn to ice.) that is controlled by the god that The Brotherhood of The Wandering Light worships (the god is partially insane).
  17. Now hear me out, this actually makes sense. Also Spoiler Alert!!!!! This will have lots of spoilers for the three Dragon Age games. They are great games so play them and come back when you are done please! Okay, so let me get into this. I was playing Dragon Age Inquisition and I started noticing some things. Maybe its all the Sanderson books I've been reading lately but I couldn't help seeing the similarities. the more I played, the more I thought they are similar. But toward the end of the game, I realized that the similarities are strong enough that I wouldn't be surprised to see Hoid showing up in Skyhold to impart some wisdom upon the inquisitor and tell tales with Varric. Dragon Age is a fantasy series, sometimes called "dark fantasy" but the world is vibrant and super enjoyable. The world has Humans, Elves who used to be immortal but are now second class citizens, Dwarves, and Qunari who are grey skinned people with horns. Now I could go on forever but I wanna get right to the meat of things. First of all, the nature of the world is strongly influenced by the interaction between the physical world and the Fade. the Fade is a place where people's minds go when they dream. It's a place shaped by the thoughts and emotions of the dreamers, and has spirits who represent a aspect or emotion of humanity (anger, sloth, wisdom, justice, ect) I think that there are a lot of parallels to the Fade and the Cognitive Realm. In the Fade, it is an unstable version of the real world that has different rules, but is tied to the world. The beings who live in the Fade embody a pure ideal, and can grant strength to men who uphold their ideal. However they cannot go against their nature without becoming corrupted. Now this is reminiscent of the Spren of Roshar, except that the spirits of the Fade don't just break, but they become the negative version of their ideal and become hostile and powerful. Imagine if the pain spren could enter the world and start causing pain to keep themselves alive. But the similarities are apparent. The next thing I noticed that was very Cosmere-ish was magic. Instead of just learning spells, the castor needs to access the power that flows from the Fade, and the ability to use magic is a genetic ability. There is also a way to enhance magic power with fresh blood, using the life force of a person to fuel magic. This is reminiscent of Bloodscealing or Hemalergy. The idea that living energy can be used to enhance abilities feels like it fits with the workings of the Cosmere. They also can use magic to trap spirits and use them by creating a bond, but this is dangerous because the spirits are forced to change their nature. Sometimes however, a person exhibits a specific trait or need so powerfully that a spirit that resonates with another person can forma bond with that person, often saving them and granting them powers. There is even an example of a man who bonds with a spirit of Justice, but as the man changes from seeking justice to vengeance, he starts to slowly destroy the spirit that bonded to him to help him. Once again, similar to spren in execution, but different enough. And Finally the biggest thing that made me want to make this post, there was a shard pool in the game! Toward the end of Dragon Age Inquisition, there is an ancient eleven temple that you are racing your enemies to reach before they do. They seek a power hidden in the Temple called the Well of Sorrows. The guardians of the temple are ancient elves from the old times who sleep until someone tries to invade the temple. When you make it to the Well, you find that it is a pool of smoky water that belongs to an old mythical being called Mythal. This being was a God that was worshiped who apparently still lives as a silent force. When your character steps into the pool you absorb the liquid and take it into yourself. your mind expands and fills with knowledge and power, the power you need to defeat your nemesis. As I watched how it was animated, I couldn't help but think about a shard pool. (If you want to see the Well of Sorrows Scene here is the link to a video of it.) Anyway, just thought I'd post this. I'll be surprised if very many people know what I'm talking about. It was just a fun Idea to imagine this as just another part of the wonderful Cosmere. Hope you liked this and I look forward to posting more random thoughts in the days to come! Also if you like "Letters from the Cosmere" I will be releasing a new one very soon!
  18. fun

    This is just for fun. Have any of you ever thought of new allomantic or feruchemical abilities that you think would be fun/interesting/cool? Here is a thread to share them. Here are some that I have come up with. Allomancy: Sense metals and pull heat away from metals, cooling them (possibly transferring heat to yourself) Sense metals and push heat into metals, heating them (possibly transferring heat from yourself) Sense metals and pull light into metals, darkening them or making them perfectly black Sense metals and push light into them, brightening them or making them shine light Sense metals and weaken them, making them easier to deform or fracture Sense metals and strengthen them, making them harder to deform or fracture Sense metals and disintegrate them, turning them into the mists (which would probably quickly evaporate if it was daytime or inside) Sense metals and grow them from the mists (requires the mists and a seed of the desired metal) Push on the life force within living beings, making it more difficult for them to heal or grow Pull on the life force within living beings, causing them to heal or grow more vigorously (great for trying to grow crops when ash is always falling from the sky) Feruchemy: Store creativity Store morality or conscience (knowing what is right and wrong) Store wisdom (storing lots makes you insane, tapping lots of it lets you instantly figure out the best course of action for your goals) Store emotions Store fertility or virility (depending on whether you are female or male) Looking forward to seeing your ideas!
  19. QF12: The Time of Reckoning there's You live in California. Or you used to. Nowadays it's called Persepolis, named by the Epic who's ruled here since Calamity rose. All things considered, he isn't the worst. Public infrastructure is mostly gone, sure, but killing is frowned upon. A few months later, you woke up with powers yourself. You've pleased Perseus, and have made your way into his service. Perseus has need of all of you, but you would do well to remember: you are replaceable. Every day, Perseus chooses the worst among you, those who have contributed the least, and kills them. Personally. Every day there is a reminder that no one is untouchable. Even Epics. Even you. always You come from somewhere else. You've seen what the Epics do. And you've sworn to execute any who break the law. By a strange coincidence, that is almost all of them. For what they have done, for what they do, for what they will do, there will be a reckoning. And you are bringing it. another Alignments role Roles If you don't contribute in Perseus' Court, you don't live. Any player who does not post in the thread, the GM PM, or another PM in 2 full cycles will be killed by him mercilessly. Notes: The only means of PMs is Telepathy. No other PMs are allowed. The write-up will include all kill attempts. Only dead players will be named in the write-up. There may be hints in write-ups, but it is not a good idea to read too much into wording. The number of Telepathy PMs will change depending on how many people sign up. It will be edited into the rules once the game starts. Order of Actions: 1. Perseus' Kill 2. Passive Powers 3. Transmogrification 4. Illusions 5. Votes Counted and Lynch 6. Forcefields 7. Matter Disruption and Reckoner Kill 8. Invisibililty Quick Links:
  20. connection

    As we all now know, Connection plays a huge role in the Cognitive/spiritual realm. For example, Kelsier relates to spook more than vin and sazed since they are both "survivors" and are more alike. So looked at as similar. So a small fun theory/question: Who else in the cosmere series would be well connected? This is just a what if scenario. A pondering and character comparisons. Not realistic obviously. Some theories I had were: 1) Raoden and Kenton: Both went against their fathers, both went on to try to fix their predicament with holy determination. Raoden Elantris and Kenton the Diem. They are both smart intuitive and witty. Both secretive. Etc etc. 2) Shallan and Khriss: Both are lusting for knowledge. Both are inquisitive and annoying and ask question all the time while making witty remarks the whole time to hide their lonelyness. Both are very noble to find that their rank doesnt hold the same weight in other places. Shallan is also a mix of Lightsong with the witty and offensive remarks and Sarene with her butting into your buisness attitude. etc 3) Kaladin and Vasher: Both blunt loners whos best friend is nonhuman with a mind, like a spren or awakened sword. You even see them like each other in their encounters. They both get their lives more difficult when a woman enters their lives. Both great fighters. etc 4) Sarene is like Jasnah (with a small pinch of Siri): Both can fight and are learned and a take charge attitude. While like Siri, she plays a more feminine role sometimes to play the part and is a princess in another land to unite lands to make peace and ends up having to save it to save her own land. etc 5) Vivenna and Marasi: Both are very womanlike and shy in public and modest. Both doubt themselves to an extreme level but secretly love danger. Both are clever and get captured more often than daphne in scooby doo. etc (Vivenna is also a little like vin. Plus have the same letters) 6) Dalinar and Wax: Both are very moral and would do stupid things in the name of moralism. Both are fighters and feel that they are in the lead and that every bad occurrence is their fault.etc 7) Galladon and Baon: Both are sidekicks, part of the 17th shard and pessimistic. Two peas in a pod. Both have "aon" in their name. Baon is also like Adolin, who also has "aon" in his name.etc 8) Wayne and Lightsong: Both make no sense and mess with people with humor. Comic reliefs. etc 9) Elend and Sazed: Both are warriors and philosophers. etc 10) Hoid: Well just imagine Shallan as a guy, thats Hoid. There are many other comparisons you could make for characters but these just jump to mind. This is just a ranting theory about which characters are most similar. Any other characters come to mind about connection?
  21. Just like you know you are a Sanderfan when....... You know you spend too much time on the Shard when you try to upvote others in emails.
  22. The purpose of this thread is for people to suggest ideas for Allomantic powers that are not mentioned in the books, and for others to analyze these "fake"/"new" Allomantic powers. Who knows? Maybe some of the powers you'll come up with have actually been planned for future books (e.g. as the Allomantic power of an atium alloy or some other god metal). That would be pretty neat, wouldn't it? I know that @EdroGrimshell has a similar thread, which is pretty interesting, but I intend this one to be much smaller in scope since it's only for Allomancy. Also, there are rules: The powers must fit within the Allomantic categories of Internal/External and Pulling/Pushing. Feel free to ignore the four quadrants (Physical, Mental, Enhancement, Temporal) and create your own "quadrant". You may simply comment on other people's ideas if you don't want to share your own. Otherwise you need to suggest at least two powers, a Pulling power and its Pushing counterpart. Don't suggest more than four powers in a single post. You may suggest more after another person has had his chance. Feel free to talk about the Twinborn possibilities of the your new Allomantic powers, but you can only use the 16 base Feruchemical powers and Feruchemical atium. No fake Feruchemy, please. Try to be available to answer people's questions about the powers. I'll post my first contribution later. Have fun! Update: Here are the entries we have so far: Voidus Skaa Thunder_93 (1st, 2nd) SirTraconus 50Metals Stormgate Thermophile ChickenPlague (1st, 2nd) Xel-Hassodin (lots of cool ideas from an RPG wiki; h/t to MistLord)
  23. alleyverse

    Welcome to the Highway! For those who have finally managed to crawl through all those alleys, let me tell that there is only one rule on the highway. DON'T ASK ME HOW STORMING BRIGHT IT IS!! Members of the Highway: Customs Official and Founder - Young Bard
  24. Kobold's Creation Daily thread is quite impressive, given its simple starting point. I find myself interested in a similar, but tangential matter. As a storyteller, one needs to research a large range of topics to maintain a high quality suspension of disbelief. And researching by oneself gets dull. And sometimes you have a hard time figuring out where to start. So I am starting SIRI, named for a character who did historical research by asking a storyteller in some novel or another that you may have read , and nothing to do with a oddly named piece of smartphone software . Feel free to share the cool things you've been researching, or questions that you're still trying to answer, or what ever you like. Then have some fun with the research process by chatting with other people about their subjects-of-interest. Kicking things off, after concocting a magic power that had some interesting limitations, I thought that said magic would be interesting to use in gem cutting and other jewelry making. Turns out that faceting a gem by hand in a dark ages milieu is a tricky business, since "by hand" still involves grinding wheels and possibly a stabilizing mechanism to avoid spoiling the project with a finger fumble. Chisels hardly come in after the first steps of splitting along fault lines.
  25. I'm not sure whether this should go in the Creator's Corner or Role-Playing, as I haven't got firmly established rules yet, but I'll just roll with it anyway. Basically, this is like a regular RP, with one twist. The entire thing is being told in memes. They can be whatever memes you like, even *shudder* MLP memes, and I really have no idea what else to say. I'm not going to bog this down with rules, as I don't want to destroy the spirit of the project. So, I'll start with 3 base rules, and I can add more if necessary. The 3 Laws of The Young Bard (a.k.a. The Rules): Now to the fun part. The worldbuilding and actual in-world goodies. Here's everything I've planned out so far. Absolutely nothing. Is that all clear? Let's go! Other paraphernalia: