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3 minutes ago, Karger said:

Are shards unlimited?  Is their a limit to how many people Endowment can invest or will she eventually run out of investiture?

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From a very recent signing, we have this new Word of Brandon...

chasmfriend's son: Is there a finite amount of Investiture?

Brandon: Yes.

chasmfriend's son: So is Nightblood consuming it?

Brandon: Yes. Very, very slowly.

This worries me somewhat because of the following observation.

Nightblood consumes Breath (and other Investiture, but let's limit ourselves to Breath for a second).

Every person on Nalthis is born with one Breath.

Populations tend to grow. Which means that under normal rules of demographics, population of Nalthis should keep increasing.

This in turn means that under normal circumstances the number of people with Breath on Nalthis should be growing.

I can see the following possible explanations to this:

  1. Endowment can give Breath to many more people than are currently living on Nalthis. So, the exponential population growth has not yet reached the level at which Endowment's ability to award a Breath to each Nalthis-born human is seriously challenged. When it happens though, things will not go well.

  2. There is some built-in mechanism controlling population growth on Nalthis, making certain that the population stays within the limits. Nightblood's consumption of Breath makes these limits smaller, and overall may lead to Endowment's inability to grant Breath to Nalthis-born, but not for a while (essentially, Endowment controls population trends at she sees fit).

Thoughts?

Brandon Sanderson

Just as a point you should understand, the amount of MATTER in the cosmere is finite too. As is the amount of energy.

Worrying that Endowment will run out of Breaths to give is a little like worrying that the amount of carbon on Earth will run out because people keep being born.

uchoo786

So just for clarification, once Nightblood consumes investiture, that investiture gets recycled? That's what I've always assumed. That it enters the cognitive/spiritual realm?

Brandon Sanderson

The investiture he consumes is not gone forever--it's not leaving the system, so to speak.

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Can you give us a ballpark estimate of how much mass/energy/investiture the 16 shards started with?  Are we talking suns? Galaxies? 

Does Hoid have an actual endgame at this point or is he just trying to get somewhere and hoping that he can figure it out from there?

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I've got one:

If a Radiant were to work out while holding stormlight, would he/she grow stronger or stay the same? Would the desire to gain strength be enough of a cue to the stormlight to facilitate that?

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3 hours ago, Theodore Smedry said:

I've got one:

If a Radiant were to work out while holding stormlight, would he/she grow stronger or stay the same? Would the desire to gain strength be enough of a cue to the stormlight to facilitate that?

Do you  mean they would heal to a stronger physical state? No, it's not desire for change, it's self-perception. If you truly believed, down to your soul, in a specific self-image, that's what you would heal to. Just wanting it, or seeing it as a goal, wouldn't be enough.

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Questions:

An Awakener-Allomancer stores breath in metal, then burns it. Can they Breath-compound? If so, will it generate Breath, or just increase the person's heightening?

Can a coinshot in a cadmium bubble push on metal outside of the bubble? (I believe it was done out of a bendalloy bubble in Shadows of Self). If so, will the acceleration of the metal outside the bubble appear shockingly high because of the differing rates of time?

An infused sphere is placed in an aluminum chamber.  Does it stop going dun beyond a certain point (as would happen if stormlight obeyed gas dynamics)? If so, will a surgebinder in an aluminum chamber not leak stormlight below a certain point?

Can an allomancer still use their powers normally in an aluminum chamber?

Why does Wax not slow down when he increases his weight when falling? Though his acceleration should remain constant, he should slow down temporarily if he indeed conserves momentum.

A forger stamps herself to be an ideal candidate for a Lightweaver and bonds a Cryptic, progressing until they have a shardblade by continually renewing her stamp. She forgets to stamp herself one day. What happens to the bond? What about if she restamps herself? If she breaks oaths in a different persona (her true self or someone else), does it count? What if instead, a forger becomes a surgebinder as her true self, then stamps herself? Is the bond interfered with then?

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Can Lerasium be soulcast? Could a Lightweaver or Elsecaller turn stone into Lerasium, Atium, or Ettmetal?

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