Trusk'our

Ex-Awakeners and Aging

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It's been a question to me for awhile about whether or not an old Awakener who has been kept young via Breaths would age and die as... (Mistborn spoilers)

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Rashek did in Mistborn.

I don't believe that they would, though. Because... (more Mistborn spoilers)

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Leras's body didn't age to dust after he died and his body lost all of it's Investiture. And since Awakeners are basically just mini-Shardic vessels, the same rule probably applies to them as well.

 

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2 hours ago, Trusk'our said:

It's been a question to me for awhile about whether or not an old Awakener who has been kept young via Breaths would age and die as... (Mistborn spoilers)

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Rashek did in Mistborn.

I don't believe that they would, though. Because... (more Mistborn spoilers)

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Leras's body didn't age to dust after he died and his body lost all of it's Investiture. And since Awakeners are basically just mini-Shardic vessels, the same rule probably applies to them as well.

 

Well, we have this WoB:

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Brandon Sanderson

Depends on which definition of immortal you mean.

Doesn't age, but can be killed by conventional means. (You've seen some of these in the cosmere, but I'll leave you to discuss who.)

Heals from wounds, but still ages. (Knights Radiant with Stormlight are like this.)

Reborn when killed. (The Heralds.)

Doesn't age and can heal, but dependent upon magic to stay this way, and so have distinct weakness to be exploited. (The Lord Ruler, among others.)

Hive beings who are constantly losing individual members, but maintaining a persistent personality spread across all of them, immortal in that as long as too much of the hive isn't wiped out, the personality can persist. (The Sleepless.)

Bits of sapient magic, eternal and endless, though the personality can be "destroyed" in specific ways. (Seons. Spren. Nightblood. Cognitive Shadows, like a certain character from Scadrial.)

Shards (Really just a supercharged version of the previous category.)

And then, of course, there's Hoid. I'm not going to say which category, if any, he's in.

Some of these blend together--the Heralds, for example, are technically a variety of Cognitive Shadow. I'm not saying each of these categories above are distinct, intended to be the end-all definitions. They're off the cuff groupings I made to explain a point: immortality is a theme of the cosmere works--which, at their core, are experiments on what happens when men are given the power of deity.

So, we know that the Fifth Heightening grants Agelessness, but what we do not know for sure is: (Mistborn/Stormlight spoilers included)

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The Agelessness used by Rashek did not affect his Spiritual Identity, compounding Atium simply kept "de-aging" the body - and we do not know of the Agelessness of the Fifth Heightening is the same (the body stops aging, but the soul continues to age) or different (neither the body nor soul age while you have the benefits of the Fifth Heightening). Since the only confirmed known example of this that is not also Returned (who have the Cognitive Shadow effects) is Vivenna/Azure and the effects of her Agelessness were not covered in Oathbringer.

 

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Probably age Rapidly, but it wasnt locked down as of 2018:

 

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If a person held enough breath to attain the 5th heightening, lived for a thousand years, and then sold all but their initial breath, would their spiritual age force them to rapidly age as we saw with Rashek, or would they resume natural aging from the point at which they ceased?

Brandon Sanderson (written)

I think they would rapidly age.

But I'm not ready to say 100%.

General Signed Books 2018 (April 17, 2018)

 

 

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On 11/3/2022 at 3:58 PM, Trusk'our said:

It's been a question to me for awhile about whether or not an old Awakener who has been kept young via Breaths would age and die as... (Mistborn spoilers)

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Rashek did in Mistborn.

I don't believe that they would, though. Because... (more Mistborn spoilers)

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Leras's body didn't age to dust after he died and his body lost all of it's Investiture. And since Awakeners are basically just mini-Shardic vessels, the same rule probably applies to them as well.

 

I imagine it is more of a pause to aging keeping at that age until you lose it and then allowing you to age regularly past that.   

We haven't seen a kid with 2000 breaths yet.   We don't know if they would have sped up aging like a child returned or anything.  

In my mind it is more of a pause than other options.  What we saw in mistborn we also have WoBs that say it was a wasteful and inefficient way to be ageless.  I think 2000 breaths would most certainly be a more effective and efficient way than that.    

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In my mind it is more of a pause than other options. What we saw in mistborn we also have WoBs that say it was a wasteful and inefficient way to be ageless. I think 2000 breaths would most certainly be a more effective and efficient way than that.   

I believe the inefficiency of compounding fueled immortality is a due to the fact that TLR still needs to store a bit of age in order to compound. We do know that feruchemichal youth is not a "default state of being" since it only lasts as long as the person is compounding or tapping the attribute. Since TLR needs to store age while he is not burning the metal, he likely gets diminishing returns since it is implied he still ages in a way as can be seen when the Lord ruler is described as looking very old.

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15 minutes ago, Stick The Savant said:

I believe the inefficiency of compounding fueled immortality is a due to the fact that TLR still needs to store a bit of age in order to compound. We do know that feruchemichal youth is not a "default state of being" since it only lasts as long as the person is compounding or tapping the attribute. Since TLR needs to store age while he is not burning the metal, he likely gets diminishing returns since it is implied he still ages in a way as can be seen when the Lord ruler is described as looking very old.

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I don't think that it's actually necessary to continue storing an attribute when you compound.

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A Memory of Light Raleigh Signing (Feb. 20, 2013)

Questioner (paraphrased)

Why did the Lord Ruler have to stay aged at times?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

That's when he was doing his rebuild. He didn't really have to, but he let himself. He has to recharge periodically, and then stays on a higher and higher burn over the thousand years. It gets harder and harder. The way the magic works—he doesn't have to stay aged.

Questioner (paraphrased)

Is he burning or tapping?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

He's tapping.

Rashek just wanted to do so. Perhaps to feel contrast somewhere in his life?

In any case, you could simply divert a portion of your Feruchemical attribute gained via compounding into another Metalmind that you wanted to burn, then burn that to get the desired Invested effect.

When we say that the method is inefficient, it's most likely because it requires a constant intake of Investiture to remove the effects of old age, and it requires more and more Investiture to maintain the youth of an individual the older they get. With two-thousand Breaths, you never need to worry about aging again, and it's possible that even if you were stripped of them you wouldn't age to dust as you would with Atium compounding.

 

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