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  1. Do you think it’s possible for a skilled enough Elsecaller or Lightweaver to use transformation to essentially mimic Division, and maybe even tension, cohesion, and progression. The surge of division turns stuff into nothing. If a soulcaster or radiant with transformation can convince the spren of an object to become nothing then it seems to be mimicking division. Similarly if it can convince said spren to become harder or softer versions of the same element then that would be like tension and cohesion. Progression would be the hardest and not quite a great comparison but we do see Jasnah try (and fail) to soulcast strawberry jam, but it is implied to be possible. Could we see Jasnah soulcast air into a persons cut off arm the connects perfectly if she was skilled enough? It seems like the surge of transformation is quite powerful and can cover some of the other surges, though I’m inclined to believe all that I suggested is impossible though I don’t know why. What are your thoughts?
  2. If you were to Soulcast a statue of a human into flesh and then Awaken that flesh, would it work just as well as Awakening a corpse, or since it was never alive, would it be harder? Is it only the material and shape of the Awakened object that matter, or does it actually have to have been alive at some point?
  3. I believe that in order to Soulcast something, you have to convince it to change by speaking to its cognitive aspect, then feed it investiture to fuel that change. Could this process be made easier by using emotional Allomancy to make the object more willing to change?
  4. So we know that Adhesion can be used by Dalinar and Ishar to mess with Connection, and when that happens its described as Spiritual Adhesion. But something I was thinking about recently is a scene in WoR, where Shallan convinces Vathah and Red and the others to stop being deserters and to be good soldiers again. Pattern says that she Soulcast them, which Shallan is confused and disagrees about. Maybe Pattern is right and Shallan did Soulcast them, but not in the Physical Realm. She Transformed their Spiritual selves, just slightly. Once I made that connection I started thinking about the other Surges. When Venli uses Stoneshaping she was able to communicate with the stone of Ur, something which seems like not normal Stoneahaping. But maybe she was using Spiritual Stoneshaping, rather than Physical Stoneshaping, making a Connection between her and the stone. Do all Surges have Physical and Spiritual versions? Do they have Cognitive versions?! Please help me here hahaha
  5. If someone were to burn allomantic copper, would they have some added protection from being Soulcast (aside from simply holding more investiture) since their cognitive aspect would be less mutable to outside influences? As a side note, would someone who’s soul was pierced by a Hemalurgic spike be extra susceptible to being Soulcast?
  6. Part of Forgery works on the principle of believability; if you try to make a Soulstamp that is far removed from what could have happened, it will either only stay a short time, or it will not work at all. This means that under normal conditions, changing a material from once substance to another would be basically impossible. But if you were to use a Soulstamp on something that was Soulcast, could you change it back to its original form? Could you change it into a different material than what it originally was Soulcast to? Could you use a Forgery on an object that never had been Soulcast, but change its past so that it had been Soulcast? If you were to Forge a rock that had been Soulcast from air back into air, would the Forgery fall apart? If it did, would it return to being a rock in its original form, would it turn into a rock cloud, or would it stay air?
  7. Why don’t the soulcasting radiants, like Jasnah, make tons of gold and other precious metals? I know if they did this in excess, it would likely crash the economy, but we don't hear of them doing this at all, not even in small amounts.
  8. I've been thinking about Shallan and her weakness in soul casting. To use lightweaving Shallan finds drawing helps. And subjects she's drawn "as they could be" do tend to change as a result, largely because they like the image they see more than how they've been. In book 2 I believe she even began discussing sketches as living, and as buds of souls clipped free and all this dramatic stuff. Even Veil and Radiant came out of her drawing herself as she could be, and wanted to be. But radiant and veil aren't simply illusions, nor does she really exhibit true DID symptoms until she read more into them (yes I know real life reasons for that one, but it still affects canon). I believe because they are soulcast versions of herself who become more unstable when she's less sure of who she is and wants to be, and who cannot truly coexist with her (as identity seeks to be one in all three realms). Even her perception of them as symptoms of mental illness likely affected how they functioned according to how she/they saw her/themselves. But beyond herself she changed bluth, elhokar, possibly all the deserters really. On a tangent of Shallan sketching powers here's a couple less related oddities I've seen. 1) her tendency to really want to draw people right before they (presumably) die. Yalb, jasnah, bluth, elhokar. Even capsule to a degree (though he had asked her. Odd how she took an image of him when they first met, but never put it to paper. Guess she got busy, but she did say having the images in her mind made it cluttered and harder to focus or think, so it's still odd to me). It feels like something from the spiritual realm compels her (not unlike the effects an unmade or even another ancient and powerful spren may have. Not enough to really know what's happening, too much of a pattern to be nothing) 2) her ability to glimpse into shadesmare unconsciously while drawing. Specifically by having cryptics invade sketches she's doing of people who are plotting or being deceitful (taravangian and capsule, I think there was another though. I don't think elokhar, though he should have been followed by a cryptic since before they even met considering his complaints of seeing symbol heads in mirrors way back in book 1 marking it as another oddity of her power really. Though she could just control that aspect of it better by book 3). Definitely makes me think she can connect with things in shadesmare through visual communication more easily than the more direct methods jasnah would prefer though. Maybe less sketching specifically, but maybe lightweaving scenes so that a rock can see the change into a gemstone that would be treasured and less lonely etc
  9. A lot of the Essences have overlap based on how you interpret their descriptions and what state of matter something is in. If someone were to Soulcast something into ice, would that be Lucentia because ice is a crystal or Blood because ice is water? Would steam be Zephyr for transparent gas or Blood for non-oil liquid? Would bone be Sinew for its organic, animal-sourced nature, Talus for stone, or would you need both to create an accurate bone? Do metallic ores without pure metal in them count as Talus or Foil? Would bacterial matter count as Pulp or Sinew? What about viruses? Would plasma be under Spark or under one of Zephyr or Vapor? Could you create any non-oil substance that can possibly be liquid by Soulcasting something with a garnet? If you can Soulcast something into something hotter, like fire, can you Soulcast into something colder, electrically charged, at non-ambient pressure, or even moving? I'm aware the answer, if a certain answer for it even exists, is probably "blah blah perception blah blah" but I still wonder. Could it be that either of the possible Essences would count, or is there something that would tell you for sure? Requiring specific gemstones that correspond with the Essences makes a lot more sense for the much more limited Soulcaster fabrials than it does Surgebinders.
  10. So, I've been reading the Stormlight Archive to my youngest brother, who asks questions to me that I've never thought about. Tonight he asked me "If I were to Soulcast something into blood, whose DNA would it have? Would it just be the Soulcaster's DNA. or...?" So, my lovely people who have more knowledge about Soulcasting mechanics than I do, is there an answer to this question, or at least a prevailing theory? Help me, Brando Sando Fans, you're my only hope.
  11. Is the mechanism by which Slatrification occurs like soulcasting, but only sand to water, do we think?
  12. So this WoB says that it is possible to soulcast metalminds. Questioner Can you Soulcast an Invested object? Brandon Sanderson Yes, but it's much harder. But humans are Invested, and you can soulcast humans. Questioner So, suppose you had a goldmind that was filled. And you tried to Soulcast into iron. What would happen to the Investiture inside it? Brandon Sanderson So, the Investiture would remain in there, but it's keyed to the wrong thing, so you wouldn't be able to get it. It'd be much harder to Soulcast that, by the way. The more Invested, the harder it is. But Soulcasters are used to it, because everything has Investiture, and most of what they're Soulcasting. They deal with this, so it's something they're kind of expert at. So, this is not outside reason, that it could happen. You could give it to your average Soulcaster on Roshar, and they could make it happen. You just wouldn't be able to get the Investiture out of it anymore. So, in a little debate in the RoW spoiler thread, this was brought up (Don't worry, no spoilers here. These are all hypotheticals) about the TLR and how to beat him and that they said they could just soulcast his metalminds, using this WoB as evidence. I say that this means it's possible, it's not easy and that TLR metalminds would be filled to the brim and then incredibly difficult to soulcast. The WoB even confirms this. " It'd be much harder to Soulcast that, by the way. The more Invested, the harder it is." SO it follows the same rules for pushing on mtelaminds, where it's possible, but it gets harder to the point of impossibility. he counters that a herald during the time of honor with the massive amounts of stormlight that can soulcast, like Battar, would be able to push through. I say that might be possible but still extremely difficult. What do you all think of that? Do you agree that the TLR bands -which are likely filled to the brim- would be nearly impossible for any normal soulcaster to cast? And what about a full-powered Battar?
  13. I'm currently rereading WoR and I came across a line that I felt like was quickly glossed over by the characters. I did a little bit of digging on the forums and have seen people discussing Honor's death and how it relates to Odium and the Shattered plains. However, I am curious as to how Honor's death and splintering would have affected Surgebinding. Specifically, Shallan is talking to Jasnah in Ch. 6 and Jasnah says the following: Then Shallan nods and changes the conversation to Jasnah's mental health, with no mention to how Soulcasting has changed. From the AonDor as well as Scadrial magic (when Harmony picks up the shards), we know that there can be fundamental changes to the magic system when the source of the Investiture changes dramatically (splintering or recombining/changing Intent). I'm curious to what this change is on Roshar. Without more thought on the topic my theory is that the previous limitations the Spren provided to the Nahel bond has been altered in some way allowing easier access to the Surges to Radiants with less Oaths (why it could be perceived as more dangerous, more unfettered access and less discipline = danger). I also think it may explain why we haven't seen Shardplate materialize yet as well. We know from Dalinar's flashbacks that there were many Radiants who wielded Sharplate, and so far no Radiant has on screen (despite most being around 3rd or 4th oath). My theory is thus: The splintering of Honor weakened the Nahel bond enabling easier access to the innate surges of Roshar (voidbinding and fabrials also access these surges) while making it more challenging to access the Honor specific benefits (shardblade and plate). Thoughts?
  14. Alright, there are like a hundred WoB out there telling you about atium compounding. Essentially, The Lord Ruler’s body was young but his soul was old. When he lost his metalminds his soul said “Time to kill myself and become 1000 years old in the next few minutes”. What if a soulcaster, whether a fabrial or a Radiant, came to Scadrial and changed his soul. Would it be possible to soulcast someone’s soul into believing that it is younger than it actually is?
  15. Can you Soulcast gemstones? Crystal is one of the Ten Essences... Edit: I asked this over on Discord, Dr Rockso showed me this page: from Ch 33 of Way of Kings "said to be impossible"
  16. Could you soulcast the ingredients for gunpowder? Charcoal -- Emerald/wood and plants Saltpetre (potassium nitrate) and sulphur -- Topaz/rock and stone Just aiding the war effort
  17. I was rereading TWoK and I noticed something new in the scene at the hospital where Jasnah soulcasts the bread and the jam. When Jasnah and Shallan are talking about it later, Jasnah tells her that she accidentally soulcast the antidote away when she transformed the jam. Similarly, she transformed the bread and the poison that she put in her mouth. But, how can she accidentally soulcast something? Here is what I understand about soulcasting: When you soulcast, you (or your mind) travel partially into Shadesmar You speak with the bead/soul of the object that you want to transform An object develops a soul based on how it is perceived by others over time Objects in the physical realm that are made of multiple parts, but are perceived as one thing, have only a single soul/bead From The Emperor's Soul: Objects that have been put together recently see themselves as distinct objects in Shadesmar and the spiritual realm. Presumably, this means that they have multiple beads/souls. If I am right about the above points, shouldn't Jasnah have realized that there were two cognitively distinct objects that she was soulcasting? The poison and the antidote had only been recently added to the bread and the jam. They had spent the vast majority of their existence as "poison" and "antidote" so they should have their own bead in Shadesmar, right? Even if Jasnah only perceived them as bread and jam at first and can combine them together, she should have had a moment where she perceived separate beads. If that is correct, then I would expect Jasnah to warn Shallan or accuse Kabsal or simply soulcast the poison and antidote but leave the bread and jam. Yet, Jasnah admitted that she accidentally soulcast away the antidote which suggests that she didn't perceive the separate beads. What am I missing here?
  18. Where is the bead for air? We see air being soulcasted many times, however how is air represented by beads? Are there many smaller beads spread out? Or is there a more subtle explanation? I am just confused because there is no interaction shown with a bead of air. Also, if there are many beads of air, how much air does each bead represent?
  19. In WoK, before we know that Jasnah is a radiant, whenever Jasnah uses her Soulcaster, one of the gems had a chance to break (I think the smoakstone broke twice). Knowing that the Soulcaster was only a replication of a fabrial, why did the gemstones crack?
  20. While recently looking up Spren I found out something interesting. There are no Spren in Shinovar. I have no idea why this is , hopefully someone here can lend some insight .... However , something else has been bothering me for a long time and perhaps this fact is an answer to question I have been asking myself. During WoK Risins Baps ( forgot his name) travels to Shinovar, he trades them soulcast Metal ( the shim do not laccept Metal mined from stone. They traded chickens for this ( apparently chickens like horses are indigenous to Shinovar! That really bothered me . It made no sense! The Shin have possession of the honorblades of the elsecallers and Lightweavers ! And with those blades they could soulcast all the metals they want . So why didn’t they ? Unless the objects inside Shinovar have no spren and therefore cannot be Soulcast !also a Fabrial shouldn’t work inside Shinovar either . As we all know Fabriana contain trapped spren , so you can’t have one in a spren free zone . The spren would probably be ejected when it enters Shinovar. Thoughts
  21. Ok, so I was thinking about Soulcasting, and how insanely OP it can get, and the upper limit is only defined by what you can actually Soulcast things into. You would think the limiting factor would be how much Stormlight you have, and your ability to convince an object to change, and those limitations can be fixed easily with Honor’s Perpendicularity. Now, let’s start small, but still somewhat broken: Soulcast air into Osmium, the densest Element on the Periodic Table, perhaps an alloy of Osmium that is denser, if one can be made, or Osmium where all of the atoms have the maximum number of neutrons that are stable, or both. This will cause a large amount of air to be sucked towards it, potentially sucking in foes. Then, you Soulcast the incredibly dense material into Hydrogen, the least dense element on the Periodic Table, causing an extreme amount of pressure, and an explosion, which will probably kill anyone who got sucked in. However, this is pretty tame, compared to what is coming. You could Soulcast some air into pure fluorine, which is the most reactive, corrosive element on the Periodic Table, which would cause pretty much anything to catch fire, and would react to form all kinds of terrible, poisonous chemicals. You would probably want to wear Shardplate, and seal the visor. But why stop there? If possible, you could soulcast an object into oxygen, but instead of O2, you could Soulcast it into single atoms, which should then immediately combine into O2, causeing it to heat to thousands of degrees as it does so. Have fun! Let’s move on to something much more broken, but still kind of tame compared to what’s to come: if you could Soulcast Osmium, because it’s a metal, why not Soulcast air into a large enough quantity of a Radioactive metal,(such as Plutonium) into existence, creating an instant Nuclear explosion. (If you are doing this, I recommend you Elsecall out of there immediately.) However, broken as that is, Soulcasting can still get even more broken. Because there are elements on the Periodic Table that are incredibly unstable, and will decay radioactively within a few minutes, causing a nuclear explosion. However, the highest numbered elements will decay into elements that also decay, which would mean that the leftover elements would continue to explode. (See the Periodic Wall of Elements from What If?) But why limit ourselves to elements on the Periodic Table? We could, instead of creating element 118, create element, say, 800, which would be so much worse for everyone nearby, as it would create a much larger and longer lasting explosion. Did you think we were done? Soulcasting can still get even more broken, but I’m not entirely sure that this would work. In theory, you might be able to Soulcast the entire atmosphere into Neutron Star material, which, if taken out of the crushing gravity of a Neutron Star, would expand into superhot normal matter, releasing more energy than any nuclear weapon, killing anyone that might have survived the removal of the atmosphere. Again, you might want to relocate to the Cognitive Realm as quickly as possible. Even more terrifying, it might also be able to Soulcast the atmosphere into a black hole. (Never mind, the event horizon would be so small that it wouldn’t really do all that much, except for suffocating everyone to make it in the first place) I don’t think even the Breaking Talent could make this more broken. I’m not sure if the Fused have access to Soulcasting, but if they do, I think this means that Odium doesn’t want to make Roshar uninhabitable, like Ashlyn-or worse, depending on which of these he decided to use.
  22. I was just listening to Kaza's interlude in Oathbringer, and it got me thinking about soulcaster fabrials. We know that regular fabrials work involving metal being pushed against a gemstone containing a spren. Different spren require different types of gems, and the spren consumes stormlight in the process. The effect of the fabrial is primarily based on the type of spren, with the details of how it works being based on the design of the fabrial. Surgebinding is similar except that it comes from the spren bonding with the surgebinder, allowing them to access 2 surges. Only true spren are capable of the bond, and I expect that this is part of how they're able to access 2 surges. Lesser spren are different, only being able to access the thing they're associated with (flamespren can create heat, etc.). Some things Syl said always made me suspect that the surges the true spren have access to comes through an agreement between that type of true spren and the spren for that surge. Like there's an agreement between Honorspren and Bondspren and another between Honorspren and Gravityspren. For soulcasting however it seems like there would be a different type of spren for each of the 10 essences. That's why lesser soulcaster fabrials are only able to use one essence. The greater ones can do more, but I suspect they have multiple spren. The lesser ones can only do 1. So does that mean that Inkspren and Cryptics have agreements with a bunch of different types of soulcasting spren? Or am I just completely misunderstanding something here?
  23. When one elsecalls, they move their whole self into shadesmar. That is my understanding. Somehow only this is different from soulcasting when the person looks into the realm in order to communicate with the objects. However when an individual looks into shadesmar to soulcast, they are still exposed to all the dangers of the place (like drowning). How are they not fully entering shadesmar if they are interacting with the place like someone who is fully there would?
  24. This is the line work for a scene I'm going to paint over later. But if you want to color it, please do so and share! I'll put it on the fridge!