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  1. I was just skimming through Pawn of Prophecy, the first book of David Eddings's Belgariad. (I do this from time to time; these books are a guilty pleasure for me.) And I stumbled upon THIS: Yep, "it's the way of kings!" It's probably just a coincidence... but we do know that Brandon is an Eddings fan. He's read this book. So maybe, just maybe, this is a little Easter egg. (How topical!) After all, this quote seems relevant to a lot of Rosharan history -- especially modern Alethkar.
  2. I have been listening to the Kaladin album over and over again since it went out, and I think it is a priceless addition to the experience one can have of the Way of Kings. As the songs of the album are reflecting the events in the book, I wanted to write an article describing my interpretation of each song and what they refer to. So I sorted them by book chronology, and tried analyzing them as best as I could ! The goal here is to deepen the experience, and show this awesome soundtrack some love ! I also added an extra section at the end, listing the main themes and leitmotivs I found throughout the album (like the Stormlight sound for example). This work is not definitive, and I may have misunderstood things ! Comments are always welcome, and I would love to improve this with your help, my final goal being annoting my copy of WoK with some briefs descriptions of what track should be listened to and when. Without further ado, here goes ! Songs sorted by chapter: (spoiler free analysis) Oathpact Abandoned: Prelude The epic start of this tune represents legendary figures. It quickly fades into a grim, pessimist ending, leaving an impression of shame and despair. This song tells of former heroes, abandoning their companion to his fate. As the title suggests, an Oath has been broken, and will set fateful events in motion. The Assassin in White: Prologue Drums are beating as a celebration is going on. It is a day for joy, for peace has been achieved. However, a figure in white stalks in the castle, represented by a deep bass under the drums. After a few guards are killed, the music shifts to a rushing, dark tone, as guards are unable to even understand what is decimating their ranks. Once Szeth finds Gavilar, we hear the epic tones of a duel, before a single voice sings as Gavilar falls from the balcony during what seems to be an eternity. The track ends with a sad Dalinar theme played on the cello, as he helplessly runs in the gardens to find his brother dead. Honor is Dead: Chapter 2, Honor is Dead: Kaladin is a slave, locked in a van, full of regrets and remorse. He has seen too many tragic events, and has no plan to escape, as his last attempt caused even more killing. The very light and depressed start of the song reflects that mindset, before an event that will change his life radically transforms the end of the song as a windsprend begins to befriend him. The Shattered Plains: Chapter 4, The Shattered Plains Kaladin, locked up in the slaver’s wagon, first witnesses the harsh environment of the Shattered Plains. We can hear the Alethi warcamps and the sound of men training, before a chasmfiend shrieks in the distance. Finally, the last seconds are a humming choir, the leitmotiv of the Parshendi populating these lands. Bridge Four: Chapter 6, bridge Four The song begins with voices grunting and yelling rythmic motives, maybe Gaz and Sadeas’s soldiers forcing the bridgemen to run, or even bridgemen themselves staying in rhythm through these chants. We can hear a voice, possibly Kaladin’s, panting with exhaustion as the cries continue. The Parshendi throat singing then begins, foretelling the arrival on the battlefield and the increasing danger. The aggressive violins and trumpets make for a chaotic battle scene, all while the panting and yelling continues. Bridgemen are being targeted in the middle of this hellish scene, and hope is gone. The voices gain in intensity, full of panic and despair, and all there is is running forward. SasNahn: Chapter 9, Damnation Here, Kaladin is at rock bottom. He’s lost everything and everyone, and is in a place worse than hell. The opening of the track vanishes like an old memory, and a sour oboe shows the grimness of Kaladin’s depression. He now feels defined by the brand on his forehead, a dangerous slave until death. The choirs symbolize his abandon of all hope of ever escaping his conditions, with notes reminiscing those of “Oathpact Abandoned”. Honor Chasm: Chapter 11, Droplets On his way to the Honor Chasm, Kaladin almost feels relieved, hence the light beginning of this music. Everything will soon be over: no more suffering, and no more struggling. In front of the chasm, violins tell us of the tragic beauty of this place. At the very last moment though, the note is held as Syl comes back with a blackbane leaf, not knowing what her gesture means. The light flute and bells are Syl trying to convince Kaladin that Life is harder than Death, and that Kal’s duty is to live and keep fighting through every day. As Kaladin’s resolve ignites again, the music gains a more positive tone, accompanying on his way back to the camp, a new man full of determination. The Blackthorn: Chapter 13, Ten Heartbeats This track can be listened to while reading the Chasmfiend hunt scene: the first choirs represents the urge of Dalinar’s charge rushing to aid Elhokar and protect his nephew, before fighting the chasmfiend on his own. As he catches the huge claw threatening to crush Elhokar, the music becomes more tense, with a very aggressive Knights Radiant theme sounding while Dalinar lifts the monster’s claw. The fight keeps going, before the beast is finally defeated and Elhokar rescued. But to me, this song also is about the Blackthorn, an Alethi general with great renown. The martial atmosphere and quick violins show us Dalinar as seen by the Parshendi: an unstoppable, terrifying momentum. At the end of the song, Dalinar’s real character appears: honorable and righteous, trying to follow the Way of Kings principles. Sylphrena : Chapter 14, Payday Sylphrena’s entire progression as a character is represented here. First, she wanders with fragmented memories, a windspren playing among others. She then meets Kaladin, and the song tends to get deeper, her personality slowly resurfacing. Her memories coming back, she starts to remember what she is and realizes the depth of the bond she has with Kaladin. She is changing rapidly, and is growing into something unique, something unseen for centuries. You’re in my Spot: Chapter 17, A Bloody Red Sunset After his deal with Gaz, Kaladin is now the leader of Bridge Four. He endorses his role, choosing to take the first position, determined to not let anybody die again. The battle begins, and we can hear the Stormlight motif is used as Kal is already unconsciously using Stormlight. Bridge Four is running, arrows are raining and the Parshendi voices are menacing the bridgemen: they are facing the full extent of the Parshendi wrath, coming at them in waves of angry choirs. However, this song is significantly less despaired than “Bridge Four”: here, the bridgemen are holding on to their lives and the ones of their crew. The Bridge Four leitmotiv concludes on a hesitant note, as, for the first time, no one in Bridge Four got killed. Unite Them: Chapter 19, Starfalls The Knights Radiant’s leitmotiv opens this track, showing Dalinar visions during the highstorm. The solemn ambience of this song resonates with the command Honor gives to Dalinar: Unite Them. In the second part of the song, Dalinar wakes up and wonders how to achieve this enormous task. Interestingly enough, we can hear a hesitating Dalinar’s theme on a lone cello, reflecting his doubts and fears. The beginning Knight Radiant’s theme starts once again at the end of the track, a faint glimpse of the plan forming in Dalinar’s mind and of what is to come. The King’s Wit: Chapter 22, Eyes, Hands, or Spheres Wit is at the King’s Feast, playing on his flute lightly and throwing jokes at guests. The quick flute is of course Wit himself playing the song, and even beatboxing, adding some sharpness of mind and tongue on the more classic and distinguished cellos expected for an event among nobles. Chasm Kata: Chapter 27, Chasm Duty Deep down in the chasms, in that place so calm and otherworldly, Kaladin finds a spear. He then tries a few moves with it, before the violins gain in volume as Kal is getting fully immersed inside his training. What his men are seeing is a man dancing with a spear with total harmony, totally unaware of his surroundings and lost in memories. The song ends quite abruptly when Kal opens his eyes to meet the disbelieved stares of the other men, with a new light of respect in their eyes. Rysn: Interlude I-IV: Rysn (after Chapter 28) The very exotic ambience of this song reminds us of Rysn, the little Thaylen merchant traveling around the world with her babsk. The peculiar instrumentation of this song, with lots of choirs, drums and flutes, sound very much like Polynesian music, reminding of her journey to the Reshi Isles. The lead singer, full of optimism and astonishment, represents Rysn herself. Nota: This is the only song in the album that seems to be directly referencing Book 2. However, the exotic music sounds so much like what we would hear in the Reshi archipel that I had to quote it here. Alethi Codes of War: Chapter 3, Darkness Unseen This music is the main Bridge Four theme, and has been described by the composers as a “Bridge Four training montage music”, a purpose it perfectly fits with. Here, the bridgemen are now Kal’s crew, and train during chasm duty. From slaves, they become fighters, and practice with the spear. Bridge Four Shield: Chapter 32, Side Carry Kaladin and his bridgemen are now ready to try the plan that they perfected while training with the bridge. The more martial version of the Bridge Four theme we can hear reflects their will to stand against the Parshendi and protect each other. However, as we can hear, the song suddenly goes silent, reflecting the sour turn this plan takes and the tragic ending of this battle. Interestingly enough, the Stormlight sound can also be heard at the end of the song, although I could not figure out what it seems to reference. Highstorm: Chapter 35, A Light By Which to See Sentenced to be judged by the Stormfather, Kaladin is hanged outside a barrack during a highstorm. The first seconds show us the empty Alethi warcamps, with a tense, alarm-sounding noise, litterally the calm before the storm. Then, as the rain and winds start, the music becomes more frantic, before, with a blasting Stormlight sound, the stormwall hits Kaladin. The chaotic drums and sounds let us imagine the violence of the elements, with whilrling violins and violent debris beating Kaladin nearly to death. Before he faints, a loud sound resonates, before a surreal silence, and we’re able to imagine what seeing the Stormfather in the eye of the highstorm feels like. Hearthstone (Tien’s Theme): Chapter 44, The Weeping The very soothing and calm beginning of this tune tells us of the temper of Tien and is also reflective of what life looks like in Hearthstone. The singer is presumably Tien himself, humming songs as he manages to calm Kaladin’s spleen during Weeping. The track ends as wardrums and a distant violin starts to resonate, foreshadowing Tien’s destiny… Stormblessed: Chapter 47, Stormblessings Cenn is panicked at the idea of being thrown into his first battle. The beginning of the track is dark, tense, reflecting the terror of the young boy surrounded by enemies. Then, as a radiant sun piercing the darkness, Kaladin Stormblessed and his squad forms around him to protect him, and we feel the awe of Cenn at the sight of the young prodigy. The last voice, humming deeply with a hoarse voice at the end of the song, may represent the Thrill itself, known to be felt by Alethi soldiers at the time. The Day of Recreance: Chapter 52, A Highway to the Sun Inside the vision, Dalinar sees the events at Feverstone Keep, and immediately feels that something is wrong, as we can hear in the stressful singing and violins. A grandiloquent theme follows, showing us the Knights Radiant Orders in all their might, before being quickly counterbalanced by the grim piano and voice, as Dalinar witnesses their betrayal and the ensuing bloodbath among soldiers. 16 Seconds Pre-Death: Chapter 56, That Storming Book Here, Dalinar and Sadeas are in a tricky situation. Surrounded by Parshendi forces, as shown by the strong Parshendi throat singing, and despite the bridgemen’s best efforts, that we can very clearly hear during the beginning of the song, the battle looks lost. After a chance to escape, we can hear Dalinar turning back and returning into the fray he managed to get out of for Sadeas. Wandersail: Chapter 57, Wandersail Hoid’s flute is heard, playing softly playing around a campfire, when Kaladin joins him. As Hoid starts his story, the music takes off to illustrate it, although always guided by the flute: first, with glorious violin and dynamic choirs telling us of the most valiant crew, on the largest ship there is, set to explore the Ocean. After fighting a highstorm on water, the ship manages the prowess to stay afloat, and ventures to faraway lands once the weather has calmed. Crashed on exotic islands, the Wandersail is repaired and the crew meets the Uvaran. All seems well before the flute taakes a sad, grieving tone, witnessing the discovery of the tragic fate of the Uvaran King. The crew is then forced to escape with their guide as the Uvaran society litterally crumbles around them. The story then softly ends, as Kaladin decides to fully assume his role of Bridge Four leader. Three Glyphs: Chapter 62, Three Glyphs Parshendi are heard chanting menacingly as a new battle is preparing. Kaladin, now bridgeleader, starts the bridgerun with his trained crew, and we can hear him drawing Stormlight to protect the other bridgemen. The glorious, epic tone of this track reflects the heroic nature of Kaladin, and the fighting spirit of Bridge Four. The Tower: Chapter 65, The Tower The assault on the Tower begins, with an impressive amount of Parshendi forces represented by the choirs. The rest of the track represent the desperate battle fought by the two generals, before suddenly breaking on a abrupt and dissonant note, as Dalinar realized the betrayal of Sadeas. The end is a sad, hopeless version of the Knights Radiant theme. Tien: Chapter 67, Words This tragic music narrates the death of Tien in Kaladin’s flashback. We can hear the situation getting more and more dramatic, Kaladin realizing he won’t make it in time to save him, before time slows, and a final sword slash is thrown, Kaladin’s world tearing apart as his beloved little brother is killed in front of him. A melancholic version of Tien’s theme is heard at the end of the song, marking his death. Rhythm of Mourning: Chapter 68, Eshonai This very peculiar music can only be interpreted as what Parshendi Rhythm sound like, and what they sing or hum when they attune to a particular Rhythm. Thath (Justice): Chapter 69, Justice The sad, mourning beginning of this track represents Navani’s sorrow and disbelief at the news that Dalinar is dead. Dalinar’s Theme is played on a lone alto violin, strengthening this impression of loss. Sadeas tells her of their defeat, and a few notes from “The Tower” can be heard. A sad version of the Knights Radiant theme is sung by possibly Navani herself, before becoming more aggressive as pain turns to anger and doubt. Main Leitmotivs: Dalinar’s Theme This motif, first heard at the end of “Assassin in White”, represents the character of Dalinar. Slightly melancholic, this theme also sounds extremely determined and righteous, reflecting Dalinar’s personnality. Stormlight being used: This noise shocked me when I first listened to the album because of its very electronic-like feeling. Its most impressive occurrence is in “Highstorm”, and it wasn’t long before I tied it to the use of Stomlight and Surges. Its odd feeling perfectly fits what you would feel while seeing someone using superhuman powers only heard of in legends. Parshendi singing: The Parshendi rhythms play a huge role in their behavior, and they have always be described as singing or humming during battles. The best way to represent Parshendi is therefore this very raw and deep singing, multiple voices attuned as one. Most of the vocals in this album are lyricless, and used to describe Parshendi. Bridge Four Theme The root of this theme is “Alethi Codes of War”, but it is played on various occasions, always in moments where Bridge Four acts united as one crew. The Knights Radiant Theme This theme is best heard in the eponymous track. It depicts the Radiants in all their glory, and is sometimes used during Dalinar’s visions (see “Unite Them”). The special “Rainbow Remix” hidden at the end of this track sounds particularly awesome. Tien’s Theme Simply enough, this theme represents Tien in all of his simplicity. It is only heard in two songs, but leaves a striking impression of comfort and a longing for home. Bonus Tracks: (SPOILERS FOR Words of Radiance): Tarah: This sad tune is for Tarah, and especially for the life that Kaladin could have had with her, if their relationship hasn’t ended. Shallan’s Lullaby: Shallan’s Lullaby directly uses the lyrics given in book 2. While the song starts as a dark but soothing lullaby, it suddenly takes a very dramatic turn, as Shallan commits the worst crime, of which this song is an important part. The choirs in the background are calling her name, judging her for her actions.
  3. During WoK one of Dalinar’s Visions he see’s the Recreance. He estimates 200 shardbearers divesting themselves of there shards . He further gives an account of current shards . Alektkar has 20 , Jah keved has 20, and all remaining nations equal up to what the two major nations have collectively. So that is 80 shardblades . My question is where is the other 120 . Is there a hidden stockpile ? Maybe the parshendi have them hidden or is there just a big stockpile of shards somewhere on the shattered plains . Taln blade is not in the histories , not his honorblade but the blade that he showed up with in WoK was not in any scholars descriptions . So I’m trying to figure who is hiding all those shards . I really don’t think it’s the parshendi . My best guess is the heralds May have hidden them somewhere. Or some other Organization but that’s an aweful lot of shards to go unaccounted for
  4. I know there was a soundtrack made for WoK/Kaladin, and it was awesome. Can we expect more?
  5. I've been thinking for a long time about possible origins of the Listener's tradition of not touching their dead. Maybe it is only in there because it is a convenient plot point in Way of Kings, but Brandon likes depth to his cultures so I think this was thought out a little more than that. I suspect it is related to the Fused essentially being body snatchers. Maybe they refuse to touch their dead out of respect to their gods. Based on a history of the Fused inhabiting Singer bodies then when those bodies were killed they didn't touch them out of reverence or fear of their gods. The tradition continued after the desolations had ended and remains part of even the parshmen's cultural memories. Has anyone else been thinking about this? Anyone have some good theories and/or juicy WoBs?
  6. More doodles from during math~
  7. Okay so let me explain... I was super bored yesterday, so I ended up doing this... You know how Brandon puts up those little percent bars on his website? I'm keeping track of those with the graph paper, and the spots around it will fill with stuff~ the title, cover, the pdf Brandon gives out with viewpoint and interlude characters laid out, etc.~ I might post again, in a few months, as it will inevitably fill slowly, but surely. (Also, I realized that the word Stormlight has 10 letters, so I colored the first 3 letter the color of the first three books, and will fill in number 4 once it's out. )
  8. Okay so this is pretty open ended, but while on the Who Do You Want Most Dead thread and the Am I The Only One That... I noticed that... People, including myself really hate Moash, and I think y'all need to vent because I'm seeing it every where. (Myself included...) So go, my friends, RANT.
  9. I was actually in math class, and I usually doodle stuff like this, but I liked this one, so here it is.
  10. From the album Syl Doodles

    Little doodles from Bio
  11. From the album Syl Doodles

    Not anything special, but fun to make. I was just testing out some of my friend's markers she got for Christmas, and made some little doodles
  12. Oftentimes in SA there are seemingly insignificant characters that are described very specifically, such as Nale in the prologue of WoK. When Brandon provides specific description it’s usually a flag that the character is actually important. In chapter 53 of WoK Kaladin saves an unnamed bridgeman, described as having “dark brown skin and brown eyes, his thick black hair pulled back into a long, braided tail.” “How …” the man said. He didn’t have even a hint of an accent. Kaladin had expected him to be Azish because of the dark skin.” This is an odd description, and Brandon surely knows more about who this guy is. Is anything known about who this is? Am I just seeing importance in this man that he doesn’t really have?
  13. I went to the Skyward book signing in Seattle! It was great, and in Sanderson's presentation, he talked about books he's written that failed. One such book was the 2002 version of WoK. It was so different than what we all know! No spren, no Knights Radiants, and no Bridge Four. Basically, the story starts with Taln stumbling into a town with a shardblade, and saying a disasters coming, and the story goes through trying to figure out whether he's actually a herald, and whether he's telling the truth or not. He said there were too many viewpoint characters at once, and none of there stories got far enough fast enough. According to Brandon, it failed, but he plans to maybe publish it after he's finished the Stormlight series as another thing for fans to enjoy. Some of it is still cannon apparently. The process of revising that old version came the Knights Radiants, and from them came the ideas for spren, and from redoing the viewpoint stuff came Bridge 4. Just thought other fans would want to know. It was really fascinating, and he even read an excerpt from it.
  14. Hi Sanderfans/Sharders, I will be posting a series of "scrolls" about Moshe Feder, Brandon's Tor editor, on my blog. Moshe was the person who "discovered" Brandon and acquired Brandon's sixth novel Elantris in 2003. In 2005, Elantris became Brandon's first published novel. Moshe has kindly agreed to be interviewed for this series. Here is the first "scroll" in case any of you are interested to check it out: http://shazarose.blogspot.com/2018/08/moshe-man-behind-copper-mind-scroll-1.html This is the first scroll in what is expected to be a multi-short scroll series on Moshe. A future planned "scroll" will document half of Brandon's twin inspiration for including characters like Kaladin, Shallan and Dalinar, who all suffer from various mental health issues, in his Stormlight Archive series. Moshe himself is one half of this inspiration, and I will be documenting Moshe's bout of bipolar that he wants to share in order to help raise awareness about mental health issues. When I asked him if it would be a painful thing for him to share, he had this to say: "Not painful to share. It’s a duty to help fellow sufferers and to work on reducing stigma. When I was Corflu (fanzine fan con) GoH, it was a major part of my speech." Hope you do enjoy the series if you decide to check it out! Warmest Regards Sharon Hooper
  15. So I read some things saying that Stormlight Archive will be 5 books, and others saying it will be 10 books. Which one is correct? (I found both sources on the Brandon Sanderson website)
  16. As I was re-reading WoK, I noticed Taravangian say something odd. When he revealed himself to Szeth, he says “Sometimes I wonder if the Lifebrother himself sent you to me.” To which Szeth replied, “To bloody myself so that you wouldn’t have to. Yes, that sounds like something one of your Vorin gods would do. Knowing that people associate Stormfather with Jezrien, who is worshipped in Vorinism, could the Lifebrother be the Sibling? The name pattern is similar. Stormfather, Nightwatcher, and now Lifebrother. And if the Sibling was necessary for “life” to survive on Urithiru, then the name is also appropriate. I haven’t seen any other reference to this outside of this scene. So the question is, could the Lifebrother be the Sibling?
  17. Based on the similar thread about adapting Mistborn: TFE to a movie, I ask: if you were in charge of turning the Stormlight Archive into a movie, how would you go about doing it? What would receive more screentime? What, more importantly, would you have to get rid of? But that's just my thoughts. What are yours?
  18. So.... spoiler alert..... if Dalinar has bonded with the stormfather, and the stormfather is who infuses gems with light, and if Dalinar can control his new spren enough, can he change the way highstorms interact with the world? Ex. frequency, strength etc the point I am trying to get to is if he can learn to exert a certain level of control through his nahel bond he can essentially control the amount of stormlight given (which would control one of the most valuable things on roshar, currency) he could change and possibly crash the economy based on his will alone. also does this mean that he can hold out long enough that all surgebinders starve and go powerless? Same with shardplate? Does he get an unlimited amount of stormlight directly from his spren? Does he have unlimited bondsmithing potential while destroying the economy and making all magical forms of attack and defense (besides shardblades) useless? No radiant police force to stop him after they run out of stormlight.... It is a very good thing that Dalinar is a level headed, well rounded, honorable man.
  19. Okay am I the only one here who thinks this whole Helaran killed by Kaladin is a little too convenient..... Well. It just seems to me that Helaran dying on a battle field only six months after his father ordered his death by assassination a little to coincidental seems to me that whoever it was that died in that battle at Kaladins hands may not perhaps be Helaran and that may perhap turn up in next book right around the time that Shallan figures out that Kaladin was the one who killed the shard barer. More than likely he will show up to help convince her to work more closely with the ghostblood... It's a legit theory I mean the only eviadance that we have that Helaran is dead after all is what his shard blade which he wielded once years ago and the fact the dead guy had red hair... I doubt the ghostbloods would leave a tool like a shard blade to be used by only one person and as for the hair colour the dispute took place on a boarder near the horneater mountain ranges where everyone's hair is red. Also who else would have enough influence to convince her brothers to leave there home and go to uruthiru without an argument or a fight. I think Helaran is alive and I think he's going to turn into a major pain in the chull... Just saying.
  20. Oathbringer spoilers! Which ideal gives you shardplate? is radiant shardplate inhabited by a spren? what advantages does radiant shardplate have over normal plate? Are shards basically just really powerful spren? could a shard betray its name? do shards need planets? Sorry About the long list of questions
  21. For school, I have to compare and contrast a specific part The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. I am writing my essay on the plot structure. Ideas would be appreciated. I already plan to write about how they both focus around a character, WoK around Kaladian and WoR around Shallan, and tell that character's backstory through flashbacks. However, more ideas to help me out would be great.