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  1. Welcome to Mid-Range game 40! It takes place about five years before the events of Skyward. A group of Disputers have decided it is time to change the Defiant culture with a little defiance of their own. Rules doc, for better formatting Alignments: Defiant Defense Force - Your job is normally to aid in the effort of battling Krell, but a new threat has risen in the cavern depths that demands your attention. A small number of Disputers - an eccentric counter-culture movement - aim to cripple the DDF. You must stop them before it threatens the survival of the entire Defiant League. The DDF wins when all the Disputers have been arrested or killed. Disputers - Defiant culture has gone too far. The jingoistic teachings are indoctrinating the citizens, and often leading them straight to their deaths. You are members of the DDF who are tired of seeing your friends killed because they feel it is their obligation. While you understand and sympathize with the fight against the Krell, you believe there is a better way. You believe now is the time to start the change and stop the hero-worship of the DDF and First Citizens. The Disputers win when they reach parity with, or out number the DDF members. The Disputers have access to a kill every cycle. Any member can use their role action to submit the kill. General Rules: 48-hour cycles, day/night combined No vote minimum to make an arrest PMs are closed, unless player possesses a radio To create a PM, message the GM with the target. If it is a valid target, the GM will open the communication line at the end of the turn. (See Radio item for further) One role action and one item action per cycle Roles: Items: When a player is arrested or killed, all items are taken back to the quartermaster to be available for purchase. Chits will be distributed randomly among those involved in the arrest or death. Sign-ups will close at 10 p.m. PST on Sunday, February 16. @Devotary of Spontaneity is the IM this game! Player List Quick Links Rule Clarifications and Updates
  2. It was not a good day for Ironsides. She had more important things to focus on - like the constant battle with the Krell - than some petty uprising among Defiant elites. But instead, she was having to waste away an afternoon in the lower caverns pandering to the National Assembly Leaders. "Admiral, I'm sure you understand the implications of what we're dealing with." "Yes," she said, leveling her gaze at the man who'd addressed her. "While it may become a problem, I'm sure the leaders of this assembly are able to control a rebellion without needing to call me away from Alta." He shifted uncomfortably in his seat, clearly new in his position. Most other members had grown accustomed to her abrasiveness. "Well, we're not sure yet who's involved. We believe some, if not several, may be members of the DDF. Which would put the investigation under your jurisdiction." Ironsides sighed. Of course they'd claim the Disputers would be in the DDF. Anything to avoid doing their jobs. "Fine. I'll get some people working on the problem. Though don't count on it being a problem from inside the DDF. There are plenty of people in the caverns unhappy with your decisions. I'd appreciate if you kept some people of your own investigating this as well." With a curt nod, she turned and walked out of the assembly's meeting hall. Only an hour and she felt like she could go a whole year without more politicking. It made her wonder why she'd accepted the admiral position in the first place. --- Welcome to MR40: A Defiant Rebellion! IMPORTANT RULES ANNOUNCEMENT! Some of the item rules have been adjusted. See spoiler box for further information: This cycle will end at 10 P.M. PST on Tuesday, February 18th. Reminder: PMs are closed unless you have a radio. Those with a radio must still submit the request through the GM. Player List
  3. I figured that now that the Skyward is out it would need a meme thread. Don't worry, I'll start
  4. Some Burly Burls
  5. skyward
  6. It's past midnight Eastern, and my successful book purchase on Google Play says that Starsight is out! That means it's time for full book spoilers. So this is the requisite full book reaction thread!
  7. Alien page for the Varvax! To the bottom right are designs for Winzek and the Cleaning Lady, and some interaction shots of the Krell in their exo-suits. I heard some feedback that the exo-suits might not be completely accurate, so... my bad!
  8. cytonics are a form of delver. Delvers are at first estimated to be the size of a small planet, then shown to be much smaller. My theory is that spensa, doomslug, alanik, and the other cytonics are some form of delver. Evidence: being a cytonic is an inherited power; cytonics have a strange connection to the delvers; and m-bot's 'inhuman' comment morrimor is baby and i will protect them with my life i knew cuna was just trying to make spensa more comfortable and utterly failing at it alanik is pretty encompasses half a page morrimor
  9. I realize it isn’t cosmetic but I have questions. Also I haven’t read starsight so even though my question doesn’t have spoiler potential I just want to be careful. I think it’s a silly question, but what color is the cadets pin and what color is the pilots pin. It mentions that they are different colors, but I can't remember which is which. Can you remind me?
  10. Hey all. When I am bored I sometimes get around to programming things. I'm not cool like that, and I don't know any of those languages. But I DO use Scratch. For those, who don't know, Scratch makes coding really basic with "blocks" of coding. Anyways, hopefully one day I'll get around to the real thing. Anyways, I just wanted to say that I made a kind of inaccurate Skyward game--ah, let's say game inspired by Skyward. You are flying M-Bot who is for some reason letting you access only his destructors and nothing else, and you are a pilot who urgently wants to destroy all the asteroids in some asteroid belt until your shield goes down. Get to work. This is it. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/353033268/ I do plan to make more interesting Sanderson-based games in the future. Currently I'm trying to work out the mechanics of Surgebinding, though that's proving very hard. It's a good thing I like a good challenge.
  11. A friend recently pointed this out to me and I think it is very interesting: This excerpt shows that Spensa can hear the same hum that she hears from the stars aka the delvers. It indicates that delvers and AI are related indeed. Already there are theories of how humans might have created delvers as AI that then went very bad and humans own creation turned against them, while I like that but another possibility comes to mind, what if, it was the other way round. Delvers if you think about it act very computer programming like. They have a central cpu unit- the heart, where the main brain is, and they project all types of illusions and threats to protect themselves from outer threats, creating holograms as illusions and making humans feel fear is something that an advanced cytonic computer program can accomplish. They also have very little understanding of feelings and emotions! Very AI type. We also know that humans tried to use delvers as a weapon against others. What if, they did more than that. What if it is the other way round. What if, delvers always existed but humans used the knowledge they acquired from them to create AIs like m-bot? He is very advanced level AI and no other species has anything near that level. Some of the stealth technology may have come from figments but the actual CPU, the actual programming, what if they created by learning from delvers? Also, I am very curious to know what change will come in M-bot from entering in the nowhere? Is he going to grow there somehow? He already worked faster near the portal, what would happen to him inside the nowhere itself? What will come out?
  12. Okay, for reals, podcasts won't stay this long, but we had so many thoughts on Starsight. This is a bit more of a mixed reaction on this one, and so we have an extremely spirited--and not at all salty--discussion on Skyward's sequel. What did you think? Did you like it? Did you dislike it? Obviously, major spoilers in this episode! This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Alyx (FeatherWriter), Shannon (Grey), and Ben (Overlord Jebus). If you like our content, support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/17thshard Subscribe to Shardcast: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:102123174/sounds.rss Send your Who's That Cosmere Characters to [email protected]
  13. Hi all, this review will be a FULL SPOILER review of Starsight. There are full book spoilers here, so if you haven’t finished reading the book, you may want to turn back. Unless you don’t care about spoilers whatsoever, then by all means, continue on! This review is actually two reviews. The first is by Greywatch, who liked the book, and the second is by Overlord Jebus, who didn’t. Please enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments! Grey’s Review I thought for a long time what I could title this review of Starsight. “First Impressions Are Not Trustworthy” perhaps, or “Understanding Other People is Difficult.” How about “Other People Are Delver Mazes, or: Navigating Our Way Through the Illusion That We Are Different.” But then I realized how pretentious it is to title a review, so let’s skip that entirely. One book can go anywhere; there are several different ways to interpret any book. But when you have at least two in a row, you can pick out the commonalities. When we look at the throughline between Skyward and Starsight, what we have is a series focused on a young woman whose core trait is her desire to connect with other people. One of the things that jumped out to me in Skyward was how relatively easily Spensa was able to let go of her (justified and legitimate) anger to try and see things from the perspective of other people. As someone who identifies with Spensa’s anger and knows how easily it is to stoke the fire of rage when you know that you’re right, how easily anger consumes everything, how nothing else matters except defeating the object of your righteous anger - her ability to put her anger down for the sake of starting trying to have a relationship with other people is nothing short of inspiring. Spensa was my hero at the end of Skyward, and it’s to my joy that she continued to grow along this path in Starsight. This book takes a tonal shift from Skyward, in that it’s no longer a story about a class of young people training to become fighter pilots. Instead, the book makes it clear very soon that the people of Detritus are now looking beyond their dreary prison planet to the universe beyond. The ancient creatures Spensa knows as the eyes are found out to be called delvers, and the people on Detritus learned it was a delver that destroyed the world before. They need to find out more. Due to her cytonic abilities and singular connection with M-Bot, who so happens to be specially developed for stealth infiltration missions and traversing long distances in space, Spensa is not the ideal candidate to spy on the alien society beyond, but she is the only one who can. Due to the sudden appearance of a sympathetic alien, Alanik of the UrDail, Spensa is given the tools to do this sooner than later. Spensa is suddenly pushed into the role of spy and infiltrator, landing on Starsight, a space station where people from the dominant alien society live, called the Superiority. The tension sets in as we watch Spensa’s fumbling attempts to blend in and understand the internal politics of the Superiority, always feeling on the cusp of giving herself away. Here is where Spensa’s character arc really shines. We know from Skyward that Spensa is not a particularly politic young woman, not given to speaking softly, nor deftly dissecting nuances to see through to the truth. She knows that she is not suited for the work of being a spy, nor has she been trained for it. In addition to this, humanity’s place in the universe is extremely precarious. They’re being kept on Detritus because the other aliens find them too violent and aggressive to be able to be a part of their society. At the end of Skyward, when I was thinking about humanity reaching out to the rest of the universe to try and persuade the aliens that they weren’t all violent monsters, I wouldn’t have picked Spensa for the job. Spensa, full of anger and a fighting spirit? A young angry woman who idolizes and seeks to emulate ancient Earth warriors can’t be the best example of a human to the Superiority. Also a big change from Skyward is the absence of the people from Detritus, even Skyward Flight. When a huge new set of alien characters are introduced as part of the main cast instead of anyone from the cast of the original book, one wonders what the purpose will be. I had the sense going into Starsight that it was going to involve Spensa going to the aliens’ society and learning about them, so obviously the people she’s learning about must be aliens. But the story took a different direction with the people Spensa meets in this book than I was expecting, and the aliens are part of the theme of Spensa’s story in a way I thought was really interesting and meaningful. Almost all of them have some kind of echo or mirror of Spensa’s main quest. Where earnest and direct Spensa is not totally conscious of her real struggle, or able to completely articulate the big questions to herself, the people around her give us the words to understand what’s going on in this book. The essential questions are not something only Spensa is trying to figure out, but so is M-Bot, the dione Morriumur, the traumatized human Brade, and even the delver who appears at the end. It’s a terrible thing to have your personhood denied to you, to be put in the position that you need to prove to others that you deserve to live. This is a fraught issue that Starsight hammers in relentlessly; first with Spensa’s quest to find a way to preserve the humans in Detritus, then developing with every relationship she makes on Starsight. The further this book went on, the more I was convinced that no one other than Spensa could have fully carried the questions that this book raised. The reason this worked so perfectly for me is Spensa’s character arc in Skyward. She has an outward projection of violence and aggression, but Spensa truly and deeply wants to be friends with other people. She’s hurt when other people don’t like her, and she had become used to the expectation that everyone was going to dislike her. She is ultimately willing to let go of things that she thought were so precious to her for the goal of saving other people. She tries to reach out to Morningtide, even after her mistaken first impression that Morningtide was being rude to her. She tries to reach out to Hurl, even when Hurl is cruel to her. She tries to reach out to Nedd, even when he hates her for saving his life instead of saving his brothers. She tries to make things right with Jorgen even when they haven’t been good to each other; they’re perhaps the most perfect example in Skyward of two people who have legitimate reasons to dislike each other but still giving the other person a chance. Spensa has every reason to stop trying, but despite what other people think of her or how they treat her, she gives it attempt after attempt. In hindsight, I feel I should have realized sooner how perfect this makes Spensa for a mission where she’s going to come into contact with aliens who are predisposed to think badly of humans just for being humans. Spensa’s fierce nature isn’t a weakness; we instead get the joy of watching her genuinely caring about the aliens she meets and trying to understand them through her initial misunderstandings. (With a couple of exceptions--poor Mrs. Chamwit! Living on the bottom rung of an authoritarian society like Detritus didn’t really give Spensa the tools to comprehend that people might really have good intentions.) Spensa’s best trait is her quick willingness to admit that she was wrong about someone. She isn’t stubborn or proud about her mistakes in misunderstanding people--the possibility of connecting with them is so much more important to her. The best moment in Starsight that highlights this is Spensa’s reevaluation of Cuna and their smile; when Spensa realizes that Cuna is the only one who’s trying to do her this kindness, even though Cuna is doing it badly, it overcomes Spensa’s automatic fear she has ingrained in her that everyone has bad intentions. This is something she’s struggled with since the beginning of the first book, and it’s understandable that her fear that everyone dislikes her hasn’t disappeared. But Spensa’s consistency in saying “maybe I was wrong about this person” and giving it another shot is truly heroic. This is a powerful theme that is threaded through every plot point in the book, all the way through to the final confrontation with the delver, one of the ancient eldritch creatures who simply destroy civilizations who use too much cytonics or wireless communications. A younger, less mature Spensa might have been unable to look past her own fear and lack of understanding. But the Spensa at the end of Starsight has had a lot to consider. She’s seen M-Bot’s and Morriumur’s desire to become fully realized people, but are being denied; others’ desire to become full members of the Superiority with the rights to participate in society, but are being denied; Brade who has already been denied this right to personhood in such a traumatizing way that she’s not even trying anymore. What Spensa and much of our cast has been chewing on in this story is whether they deserve to exist. When Spensa enters the white room of the delver, this question is put to the final test. When I first read this scene, I didn’t understand the point of it. The delvers and the Superiority felt like separate obstacles to the humans’ goals, just happening to share space in the narrative. One is some massive unknowable horrid creature that destroys everything it sees, completely unstoppable. The other side seems mundane, political drama that seems petty in comparison. But the delver does something interesting. The delver answers the question. Circumstances align so that Spensa is able to enter the heart of the delver that expresses itself as a white room, with so many events working in favour for this to happen that you wonder if anyone has ever actually managed to touch the mind of a delver before. The mind of the delver is truly alien, not understanding Spensa whatsoever. In response to this hostile being, Spensa is the one who has to reach out. She does her best work in looking past her first impressions to try and understand the perspective of the being she’s now communing with. She’s had a lot of practice at this now! When she communicates with the delver in the only way she can, the delver understands. It not only understands, it immediately and clearly communicates back to agree with her that they are all people, and people deserve to live. This isn’t the response I was initially expecting from a delver, given the information we had up until this point, but when looking at Starsight as a whole, there is no more solid confirmation on what the book is trying to say. Spensa doesn’t get to win with everyone, of course, otherwise there would be no story. Winzik refuses to see the personhood of his enemies, or if he does, he doesn’t care. But for Spensa’s attempts, she has a lot of successes. Her persistent determination to keep trying to make connections with other people speaks to her unspoken belief that everyone is worthy of being treated like a full and complete person. It seems a clear followthrough from how Spensa was treated growing up on Detritus to how she seems so determined not to do the same to others, despite her natural predisposition to be suspicious. Starsight explored a lot of things I didn’t think this series would cover, but it was presented so well. This is an incredibly strong novel that puts its hero’s ethics on the stage of the universe, and Spensa is well worth showing off. She’s been a wonderful character to explore so far, and if this is what we’ve gotten from her across two books, I’m so excited to see what’s next for her. That Spensa is so earnest and forthright turned out to be a great strength. She’s not the person anyone would have chosen to represent humanity, but it’s her ability and willingness to keep trying to connect with other people that saved both humans and the Superiority. Spensa risked her life to honestly reach out to Cuna and Brade and Hesho and Vapor and Morrimumur and the delver, even when she failed or didn’t have the right words. She didn’t have a great argument. She just let herself be vulnerable to them and simply asked for mercy, if not trust or friendship. To speak personally: our world today is full of things that stoke our justified and legitimate anger. I identify with the feeling of rage and fear, surrounded by forces and people who I don’t understand and who don’t understand me. If the question that we’re being asked is whether anyone could be in this scenario and be able to try and reach out, then Starsight’s answer is yes. If the fate of all humanity depended on the ability of someone who has every reason to be angry, and to be distrustful, and to expect a hateful response but to keep trying anyway, I don’t know that I’d be capable of it. But Spensa is. Overlord Jebus’ Review So I wrote my original Skyward review as a non-spoilery because I really liked that book and I wanted to convince people to read it without ruining the book. I cannot say the same for Starsight. Skyward was an easy 8/10 for me. The plot was tight, extremely well paced, full of great characters and, as I said in my review for that book, had one of the best character arcs Brandon has put to page. Unfortunately, Starsight has none of these things. I give this book a 6 out of 10 if I’m being generous. I’m going to start with the positives because there are some elements I liked about this book. The book is competently written, as is to be expected from a man who writes like he’s running out of time. I found Vapor to be an extremely interesting character due to the general idea of the figment race and the character herself being rather mysterious in nature. Out of the two antagonists in this book, I was far more compelled by the delvers over Winzik. The mystery of the delvers, what we learn about them and how they work are great. I can pinpoint the exact moment I started to enjoy the book as being the point the delver maze was introduced. The delvers are the only thing that kept me going as Brandon very clearly loves his cosmic horror and knows how to write it well. The sequences with them watching Spensa were great, the training in the delver maze made me really dread the inevitable encounter with them and just their general concept (Planet sized living mazes with crazy psychic powers that throw burning rocks at you and teleport you out of existence) was great. However, something that was a serious problem for me was that we didn’t start to learn anything about them until half way through the book. The first half was almost entirely setup for getting Spensa to Starsight for the rest of the book to happen, with long expository sequences that mostly involve Spensa standing around whilst Cuna, M-Bot or Winzik explained things to her. The first action sequence, the test to get into the Superiority flight school, was completely devoid of tension for me due to no characters we knew being at risk and was not under any impression that Spensa wouldn’t get through the test. One thing I loved about the first book were the characters and I was excited to spend more time with them, the first four chapters that were released before the book came out got me even more excited for this. However, almost immediately Spensa leaves Detritus and all those characters behind. The idea behind this was for Spensa to meet a new cast of characters, which she does, but by the time they are introduced and each had their allotted Talk With Spensa for us to get to know them better, the book is wrapping up. When Hesho died, I felt nothing. This also adds onto a realisation I had during this book, I believe my enjoyment of Spensa’s character in Skyward was far more based on her interactions with Skyward Flight than I had realised. I did not find her or M-Bot as interesting in this book, though there are some really good moments in the second half of Spensa considering her place in the universe. The other main antagonist for the book is Winzik and arguably the Superiority in general. I did not find Winzik nor the exploration of the Superiority to be very interesting, they felt like a very generic “Conglomerate of alien species with a pinch of authoritarianism” that wouldn’t look out of place in the backdrop of a Doctor Who episode. I will admit it may have been that Defending Elysium ruined any mystery behind their ethics that was supposed to be felt during these parts of the book but, to me, scenes where we learned things about the Superiority were just scenes where I was waiting around for more delver stuff. But not even the delvers could redeem this book for me. This book built them up to be a huge galactic threat, an unknowable, unstoppable lovecraftian horror that was more natural disaster than living being. In the end, Spensa defeated the delver threat just by asking it nicely. My problem was not that the delvers didn’t know the beings they were killing were alive, one of the key tenets of lovecraftian horror is that our lives can be snuffed out by an unthinking horror that does not even realise we exist. My problem was with just how easily the delver was convinced. Humans fought them for hundreds of years, we know Spensa isn’t the first to enter a maze, isn’t the first to find the core and isn’t even the first to find the white room. Humans apparently had many cytonics, were none of those people that made this trip a cytonic? Did no one else think to simply ask the delver to stop? I really did not like this ending and I felt the delvers were going to be a much larger threat. If Spensa has only defeated this one delver and the rest are still hostile to life, I would be more okay with that. However, the book does not make it clear whether the delver problem is solved for good or just this one delver. Starsight was generally a mixed bag, with a turning point around the middle where I’d say it gets better. The Superiority never clicked with me as all that interesting, the character interactions felt formulaic (but were, at least, still good) and the most interesting element to me, the delvers, seems to have been easily defeated. Because of this, I am seriously considering not continuing the series and I cannot recommend Starsight unless you really, really, like Spensa.
  14. Hesho, hidden King of the Kitsen,
  15. Ok, I was very wrong about Brade's motivation for working with the Krell, my current suspicion is that she will switch sides at the last minute and sacrifice herself in book 4. Wrong about the Kitsen Shadow Walkers being the hyperdrive as well. I had a thought today that Skyward is a prologue that got out of Sanderson's control, that the intention had only been to write a trilogy but there where too many events from Spensa's training that he wanted to address in later books that made it necessary to expand it out to a full novel. I'm curious as to how the hyperdrives would transport themselves away when a Superiority ship was stolen? Especially considering that based on the procedures on the Weights and Measures seemed to be that they carry multiple slugs in case of engine failure. There are questions about Taynix physiology as well. The first being what is the natural life cycle of a taynix? My wild speculation is that the colony Jorgen found aren't the descendants of the Taynix that the Defiant brought with them but are, at least partially, the original slugs the humans had with them. Further to this is that Doomslug was the hyperdrive for M-Bot, which is why Spensa says that she usually liked to be near him. That speculation continues and gets even wilder here. I think that the taynix may be immature delvers. I may just be thinking of caterpillars turning into butterflies because of the dione method of reproducing, but I think it could be possible that the taynix are a type of larval from of the delvers. This would explain why both species have cytonic abilities and also why every time they made a hyper jump Spensa could sense the eyes focusing on the source of the scream, they were looking at their young as it was being tortured. Yep, I think that the Superiority's method of using the slugs was torturing them in some way and I also think that it will turn out that Gran-Gran knows of ways to utilise them without hurting them. If my earlier theory about the slugs lifespan is correct then Doomslug probably wouldn't hang about M-Bot still if it was a painful memory for her. I'm a little surprised that nothing came of the sensors that had been in Spensa's helmet in Skyward. I was sure that the DDF would have been using them to identify cytonics in their ranks. Waiting for someone to decide to tell Cobb that they had seen the eyes of the delvers seems to be an inefficient way to find the people that they know have an invaluable ability. The DDF did get a lot more skilled between books, it seems. Sure they had Spensa and M-Bot, but while she was off at Starsight you never got the impression in any of the interludes that the DDF had started struggling without her. You don't really get a chance to see much of Skyward flight when she gets back so they may have taken some casualties, but Cobb never seemed to have as many battles with mass casualties associated to them like Ironsides did. Sure he's arguably better in the job than she was, but it's not like he changed their tactics too much. One last thing about Doomslug, when Spensa first gets to Starsight and she is being hailed, she asks "By who?" Doomslug immediately chimes in with "By whom!" I'm pretty sure this is the only time that Doomslug doesn't just imitate the noise she hears. But not only does she say something different, she corrects Spensa's grammar. At least I presume she does, I've always been pretty vague about when to use whom instead of who. The point is is that she is saying something else, not just being a brightly coloured lyre bird. I think that, because of my earlier theory that she was the original hyperdrive for M-Bot, she was actually repeating something that had been said by Commander Spears. Well, that's it for me, for now. Feel free to tell me why my theories are wrong. Or, even better, why they are right and a different piece (or any piece in some cases) of evidence to support it.
  16. skyward

    I have chosen call sign Chortle. It is this because I laugh ALOT especially in inappropriate moments so I am called chortle. What us y'alls call signs?
  17. When Brade tested her weapon inside the delver maze I got the impression that she actually pressed a button in her cockpit to use it. This means that the Superiority have a way to broadcast cytonic hyperspace coordinates. Presumably the weaponised version was using a lot more power than the version that they use for the taynix, and it was a wide broadcast rather than a narrow one. I'm going to further presume that something about artificially putting the coordinates in the taynixs mind is what causes it to scream when they enter the nowhere. Further to this, I'm going to presume that the method of hyperspace was basically the same for the original crew of the Defiant, except that the engine crew was responsible for giving the taynix the coordinates rather than using a computer of some sort. I think that the Superiority learning how to "program" a taynix would have been what allowed them to win the second galactic war and that part of the reason a third war started was an attempt to stop the Superiority from using the technology, due to the danger it posed to the galaxy. If any of this is even remotely close, than I think that book 3 will see the population of Detritus being evacuated to ReDawn by Alanik on a captured Superiority battlecruiser using the taynix colony that Jorgen found.
  18. Hi! I'm fairly new to Brandon's works and this website, obviously. The first book of his I read was Skyward, which surprised me with its great humor and plot twists. I moved on to Warbreaker, and have since read Mistborn: The Final Empire, Elantris, and Steelheart. I still have to finish those series, and a long time yet to read The Way of Kings. I'm currently obsessed with The Wheel of Time, but have only managed to read 2 books because the others are always checked out at the library. Brandon's popularity makes it difficult to finish any series of his, but I'm making a valiant effort! See you guys in the Sanderson wormhole! - NorthStar Update: I finished TWoK and am starting on the sequel! Also, I've finally gotten my hands on the Reckoners series and the 3rd WoT book. Happy reading!
  19. Warning: It has been 6 months since Skyward came out, so I hope you have read it at this point (it's really good, you should read it regardless of whether I'm running a game on it). However, while the basic premise of the game is not a spoiler, particular mechanics are significant spoilers for the book. Read the rules and play the game at your own risk. The Krell were kind of sick of dealing with the humans on the face of Detritus. Certain factions wanted to back off entirely. Others just wanted to wipe out the humans on the surface and be done with the potential risk. But for now, they continued to match forces with the humans, keeping them busy, and hopefully keeping them from trying to escape and bring ruin upon the galaxy again. But the Defense Force was dealing with internal problems. Specifically, an entire cave of people had decided they didn't like how the Defense Force was run. Their children were thrown into combat to battle off the endless waves of Krell, that never seemed to stop. So the Defense force had ended up barricading off the rebellious cave. Unfortunately for them, certain members of the military were already sympathetic to the rebels, and had decided to take action against the military in order to effect change. And all the while, a cadet was busy fixing a mysterious ship, a girl who could end up becoming a threat to every human on the face of Detritus. The die were cast. And the fate of a remnant of humankind relied upon the actions of pilots in a final flight. And hopefully, that final flight would be the best one of them all. _____________ Welcome to MR35, Final Flight. There will be a 24h/24h rotation from day to night, totaling 48 hour cycles. The game will begin at 8:00PM EDT on 5/22/19, a week after LG55 has gotten off the ground. The simplified rules are in the spoiler below, the exact rules will largely depend on the number of people who sign up, and will be posted along with Day One. There are certain secrets in this game. Feel free to sign up with a call sign. As this is the final game that I will run, and might be the final thing I do in the SE community for 2 years depending on what happens, I'd like to thank you in advance for joining this game. That being said, as indicated in the rules, activity is very important. Not submitting ship requests will leave you with bad ships, and not submitting night actions will increase your probability of being court martialed, because by not submitting night actions you put the entire village and eliminators at risk of losing to a Lifebuster bomb (although there is a buffer, if a single player doesn't submit an action, everyone isn't going to lose. The Krell force should be manageable so long as at least half the village attacks Krell). Please keep that in mind. Player list: Quick Links:
  20. From the album Skyward Lego

    M-Bot, in Lego form! I've been working on this in bits and pieces (literally) ever since I read Skyward. Finished it about a month ago, and it's taken me this long to get around to taking some decent photos of it and uploading it here. I used Ben McSweeney's illustrations from Skyward as reference. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though I wish I had a curved cockpit windshield in my collection-- I had to make do with the straight windshield piece you see here. Anyways, more angles on this model below. Angled top view: Angled top, wings forward (yes, they move): Rear: Side, angled: Profile (just pretend those two black stands aren't there): Front: Bottom (note the light-lance and acclivity ring ): And yes, the acclivity ring moves (though its range of motion is nowhere near what's described in the book): Spensa in the cockpit, control sphere in the right hand, throttle in the left (I almost mixed that up ): And one last picture of Spensa and M-Bot, to top it all off:

    © September 2019 Zath. That's me. I made this. No stealin', okay?

  21. Happy New Year to you all! My first time trying non-Cosmere art Character from left to right: Rigmarole (with Doomslug), FM, Spin, Quirk, Jerkface, Nedder, Morningtide, Amphisbaena, Hurl, Bim. The original Skyward Flight! Be Defiant!
  22. I'm not a great poet, but I did this for school. (Spensa's viewpoint As if Spensa would write an ode.) Doomslug, my love for you is beyond measure Your beautiful blue hue is always in my mind Your mysterious speed is only used when I’m blind Your company is what keeps me sane Without you I would fall to my emotional pain M-bot’s fascination with mushrooms makes me worried But with you by my side we can keep him satisfied Doomslug whatever would I do if you died? But I would rather not think about that As long as you repeat after me all negative thoughts can scat
  23. Excuse my rambling nature, but this is something that I have thought about since I first finished Skyward and now that I've joined the 17th shard I would like to see what the community has to say about it. Please keep in mind that as of right now the only books I've read by Sanderson are the Stormlight Archive books and Skyward, so I will most definitely be missing information. If someone who has more experience would add on, I would be very grateful. Also please note that this will have spoilers for both the Stormlight Archive and Skyward. Okay, so my theory essentially boils down to the Stormlight Archive and Skyward being connected in that they were both involved in the war between humans and aliens. As anyone who's finished Skyward would know, the characters are being imprisoned on a planet for their role in a massive war that the humans lost. They are considered dangerous and uncivilized and so the Krell are ordered to not let them leave the planet. And while this seems like a completely different concept than that of the Stormlight Archive (a fantasy series that shies away from anything even close to the technology represented in Skyward), I can't help but see the similarities. My best evidence for this comes from the Dawnchant that was translated in Oathbringer. So this is essentially saying that the first humans to come to Roshar came as refugees because their lands were destroyed. And in Skyward, the humans have been left on Detritus because of them leaving Earth and eventually getting involved in wars. Though I will say that another snippet of information that has caught my attention is the use pf metal in both books. In Skyward, metal parts routinely fall from the sky due to the massive debris layer covering the sky. In Oathbringer, it is also revealed by Tarvangian that a special material has been used in the creation of Half-Shards (the only shield that can withstand the hit of a shardblade). I don't remember what chapter this is from in Oathbringer, otherwise I'd look it up for the full quote, but if any does please let me know. If the people in Skyward and the Stormlight Archive were connected through a common link to Earth, there would be no way for them to know as the desolations wiped out human knowledge so thoroughly in the SA that the only credible sources of their history comes from documents like the Dawnchant. Really the only thing that I can find that doesn't add up to this is the timeline and how Skyward isn't a part of the Cosmere. So obviously I know this isn't accurate to the stories and the connection isn't there, but I couldn't help but see similarities and I thought I'd share.
  24. Last week, we got a cover reveal of the US edition of Starsight. It shows Spensa IN SPAAAACE! Probably due to all the stars or something. We also have a release date of November 26th, 2019, and you can preorder it now. This is later than the previous October release date because of the Starsight revision Brandon did. What do you think of the cover? Let us know below! In other news, Stormlight 4 is at 10% of its rough draft, which given that Brandon targets 400,000 words for Stormlight books, means he's about 40,000 words into it, which is pretty exciting! The full art for the cover:
  25. Is it confirmed that Skyward is part of the cosmere?