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Ancient Q&A

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This is the Q&A Josh and I were vaguely alluding to here, which I will now put on the Brandonothology:

This Q&A was obtained in May 2010 and was never posted. Josh and Mi’chelle took good notes, but the answers are not direct quotes, rather, the paraphrasing of them. Some stuff here is very outdated (like my question about “imbue”), and so on some things I have put my notes in, to avoid misinformation.

1. In the most recent Hero of Ages annotation, you said that Preservation chose Vin to be the recipient of the power, just as Preservation had chosen Alendi previously (thus, this was why Ruin had manipulated the Prophecies). Was Alendi also chosen precisely sixteen years before the Well of Ascension's power returned?

ANSWER: Yes. He was chosen exactly sixteen years before, but he was a bit older then Vin when he was chosen.

2. Why did the Well of Ascension refill every thousand years rather than 500 or 200, etc.

ANSWER: It's actually every 1024 years. The Lord Ruler just befuddled the information a bit.

3. What would have happened if Ruin *did* get the atium? Yeah, the world is destroyed, but how does Ruin "absorb" the atium so he can utilize the power?

ANSWER: He would metabolize it, just like the normal people have to do. However, if he did get it he would then be able to distroy the world. (My input: I think the reason he would be able to is because without the atium he's balanced on power level with Leras. As soon as he got some of his physical body back, he would then be more powerful then Leras and thus have the ability to destroy.)

4. Why is there such an imbalance between the amount of atium and the amount of lerasium in the world? Also, why are atium and lerasium very imbalanced in Allomantic power (erasium is far more useful than atium, really)?

ANSWER: There isn't. Leras is just spread out further. He is in the mists, in the Well, and in the lerasium. Ruin's power however is considerate strictly in atium.

5. Since the dawn of Scadrial, why was Feruchemy isolated in a single distinct population in the world, namely the Terrismen? Allomancy, while rare within the population of Scadrial, at least was not isolated to one population, it was spread evenly, it seems. What is special about the Terrismen that only they get the power of Feruchemy? Does it have something to do with the previous Ascensions before Rashek, with the guardian keeping the power for a time?

ANSWER: It's all in the spiritual DNA, which is passed on like normal DNA. However, they are a separate people. They've kept themselves isolated, similar to the jews in our world. When I asked he said there have been some Feruchemical-mistings in the past, but they are very rare.

6. Is Edgli Endowment's real name?

ANSWER: RAFO, however the flowers are related to Endowment somehow...

7. Why are specific focuses chosen for specific Shards? Why metals for Ruin and Preservation and not Commands like Endowment?

ANSWER: RAFO

8. Are Shards all paired? Does Endowment have a counterpart?

ANSWER: RAFO. Also, yes and no. Not all Shards have perfect counterparts like Ruin and Preservation.

9. Why were Ruin and Preservation linked together?

ANSWER: Because they're such perfect opposites. Basically it's just an opposites attract thing.

10. Is Endowment blind to the words spoken by Awakeners? Is he blind to art?

ANSWER: RAFO

11. Is Endowment linked to the ocean in Warbreaker?

ANSWER: RAFO

12. Long, long ago when Hero of Ages came out you listed four Shards other than Ruin and Preservation. You said we interacted with two directly. One is a tough call, we've never met the Shard itself but have seen its power. The other one we've not met directly but have seen its influence. My questions:

-Is the Dor the "tough call" one?

-Do you count Hoid in this list of four shards? It makes a difference for the theories, Brandon! You don't even need to say if he is bound to a shard, rather just if you consider him in this list.

RAFO, and no, Hoid is not included in the list. (Still not sure if he has a shard or not)

13. How many Shards have existed on Roshar?

ANSWER: Three

14. Will Hoid's character arc, as well as the whole Adonalsium arc, get a satisfactory conclusion eventually?

ANSWER: It depends on what he decides to do. We also might or might not get the rest of the story (pre-story). From a market standpoint it's not wise, simply because if the books require you to have read 32 other books before you read them it doesn't make sense to work on them. However, if the demand is high enough he MIGHT do them after all of the rest of the cosmere books.

15. Does Ruin have a pool, similar to Preservation's pool with the Well of Ascension and Skai's pool in Elantris?

ANSWER: Yes. His pool is the pits.

16. Can Sazed "will" himself to any Shardworld if he so desires?

ANSWER: Yes, he has the capacity for it. However, will he? Don't know. If he did there would be a lot of ramifications for it...

17. Will Sazed eventually go mad trying to hold two Shard's power at the same time (being pushed to two different Purposes simultaneously for millennia)? Why hasn't anyone else tried this trick before in the Cosmere?

ANSWER: No. Since they're so opposite they work together to create a whole. However, after a LONG time it would change him as a person.

18. This one is a personal favor... See, for metals that have Feruchemy, this verb is "charge". A metal is Feruchemically charged. But, you've been using the term "charge" for Hemalurgic metals, too, which I think is confusing. Before HoA I called Hemalurgic metals "Imbued" metals. I humbly petition to have that be the official term, because it's just confusing otherwise.

ANSWER: The 17th Shard members use the term of Invest for all of those type of things. However, what they use in world is different on each world. For example WoK is infuse.

19. Could you tell us a chronology of the Shardworlds thus far? Like, did Warbreaker happen after Mistborn or before, things like that. Personally, I was under the impression you said Mistborn was a sequel to Elantris, but Mi'ch and Josh disagree.

ANSWER: He wasn't positive on where Warbreaker went, but Elantris is first and MB is after it. [[Eric’s note: This is outdated; we know Warbreaker happens after Mistborn]]

20. Can Inquisitors still breed through human reproductive methods?

ANSWER: Yes.

21. Why did Rashek create mistwraiths the way that he did?

ANSWER: He wasn't sure what you meant by this, but he was sure that the annotations would cover what you wanted to know.

22. How long is the lifespan of an Inquisitor?

ANSWER: It depends on the powers they're given. Some burn up quickly, and others are extended. In general though they do tend to have slightly longer lives. Since Marsh has the missing bag of atiums he's going to be around for a while.

23. Does being female alter the spiritual overlays on a person, so that a Hemalurgically imbued spike would need to be placed differently than in a male body?

ANSWER: No. In fact, there are female inquisitors in the huge fight when Vin goes blasting through them, but he felt like bringing that out would have been distracting.

24. In the future when atium is rare again and we have a good Table of Allomantic Metals, which metal steals Allomantic Temporal powers?

ANSWER: It will be on the table when he brings them out. Fur is the next poster to come out. Until then RAFO.

25. Let's say hypothetically we get Ruin, Preservation, and Endowment to create a planet. Would there be *more* magic systems due to Endowment's involvement (think permutations), or would this specifically not work at all?

ANSWER: It could work. There is the potential for more magic systems.

26. Is Hoid evil?

ANSWER: (direct quote) *chuckle* What do YOU think?

27. Can Hemalurgy be used to steal magic attributes from any Shardworld?

ANSWER: Hemalurgy has larger ramifications then just Scadrial. That's about all he'd say.

28. Does atium have a "side effect", much like how lerasium has a "side effect" in creating Mistborn?

ANSWER: RAFO

29. What do you call mixing Allomantic powers with Feruchemical powers? Allochemy? :P

ANSWER: He hasn't decided yet.

SIDE INFO WE DISCOVERED:

*Skaze are the evil seons, and are related to Skai. Seons are related to the AonDor and thus Aona.

*WoK2 title: High Prince of War or else Shattered Plains. He's not sure if it's going to be a Shallan book or Dalinar. If it is Dal's book then it will be HPoW. [[Eric’s note: the next Stormlight Archive title has still not been decided at this moment, though Brandon said he was shifting to have more Shallan than he originally thought]]

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Quick question- In answer to #18, is it 17th shard (Us) or Seventeenth Shard (Cosmere group that has a Grumply Dula)?

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Quick question- In answer to #18, is it 17th shard (Us) or Seventeenth Shard (Cosmere group that has a Grumply Dula)?

18. This one is a personal favor... See, for metals that have Feruchemy, this verb is "charge". A metal is Feruchemically charged. But, you've been using the term "charge" for Hemalurgic metals, too, which I think is confusing. Before HoA I called Hemalurgic metals "Imbued" metals. I humbly petition to have that be the official term, because it's just confusing otherwise.

ANSWER: The 17th Shard members use the term of Invest for all of those type of things. However, what they use in world is different on each world. For example WoK is infuse.

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Quick question- In answer to #18, is it 17th shard (Us) or Seventeenth Shard (Cosmere group that has a Grumply Dula)?

Oops, that should be Seventeenth Shard, the in-world organization. The way I interpreted that answer is that the general term is Invest, but on certain Shardworlds, the term varies. "Charge" for Scadrial, infuse for Roshar, and they actually use Invest on Nalthis.

I will go edit the Brandonothology to say "Seventeenth Shard" instead.

Though, on another note, I think the question of what it means to be Invested is still very much an open issue. Shardblades can't be Pushed or Pulled on because they are Invested, likewise with Nightblood. However, you can obviously Pull on metalminds, and I think Hemalurgic spikes too.

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Quick question- In answer to #18, is it 17th shard (Us) or Seventeenth Shard (Cosmere group that has a Grumply Dula)?

IIRC, we are 17th shard, the Dula group is "seventeenth shard"

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Oops, that should be Seventeenth Shard, the in-world organization. The way I interpreted that answer is that the general term is Invest, but on certain Shardworlds, the term varies. "Charge" for Scadrial, infuse for Roshar, and they actually use Invest on Nalthis.

I will go edit the Brandonothology to say "Seventeenth Shard" instead.

Though, on another note, I think the question of what it means to be Invested is still very much an open issue. Shardblades can't be Pushed or Pulled on because they are Invested, likewise with Nightblood. However, you can obviously Pull on metalminds, and I think Hemalurgic spikes too.

You can't pull on spikes except with the mists.

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You can't pull on spikes except with the mists.

That is one method, yes, but we don't know if, say, the Lord Ruler was able to through some other method.

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28. Does atium have a "side effect", much like how lerasium has a "side effect" in creating Mistborn?

ANSWER: RAFO

I think i remember reading that people from other worlds do not have inborn Hemalurgy, so just spiking them won't work. Maybe ingesting atium gives that ability (to be spiked, that is :))

Also, #20 does not have a followup "What do the children look like? :("

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Or "Do they have better chances of being Allomancers?"

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3. What would have happened if Ruin *did* get the atium? Yeah, the world is destroyed, but how does Ruin "absorb" the atium so he can utilize the power?

ANSWER: He would metabolize it, just like the normal people have to do. However, if he did get it he would then be able to distroy the world. (My input: I think the reason he would be able to is because without the atium he's balanced on power level with Leras. As soon as he got some of his physical body back, he would then be more powerful then Leras and thus have the ability to destroy.)

Does anyone else feel that this means that a Shard can manifest as a physical body? That has interesting ramifications... Does the Shard manifest as its original body, a modified version, or a completely different being? Interesting...

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ReaderAt2046, on 12 January 2012 - 04:01 PM, said:

You can't pull on spikes except with the mists.

I am fairly sure you can pull on spikes using regular allomancy, but it is much harder because you have to pull it when it is in someone's body. The Lord rular was able to push Vin's earing out, because he was one of the original allomancers.

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Plus the fact that he's been burning for a thousand years. Plus the fact that he had some hemalurgy spikes. Plus the fact that he was using Feruchemy. Plus the fact that he's The Lord Ruler

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I think i remember reading that people from other worlds do not have inborn Hemalurgy, so just spiking them won't work. Maybe ingesting atium gives that ability (to be spiked, that is :))

Also, #20 does not have a followup "What do the children look like? :("

I don't remember that ever being explicitly stated. Citation? As far as I know, a standard theory on the boards is that Hemalurgy can steal other abilities, and there hasn't been a quote refuting this. This idea is backed up in the end of the Alloy of Law, with that Note on the Metallic Arts.

Yeah, it wasn't really possible to ask follow-ups, since I had sent Josh and Mi'ch these questions via email.

Or "Do they have better chances of being Allomancers?"

I concur, I find this line of thought much more valuable. I'm sure Inquisitor children are just humans. But in their Spiritual DNA... yeah. Or, would they be more inclined to Ruin because of it? Interesting indeed.

I am fairly sure you can pull on spikes using regular allomancy, but it is much harder because you have to pull it when it is in someone's body. The Lord rular was able to push Vin's earing out, because he was one of the original allomancers.

That's an excellent point! I had totally forgotten about that. Upvoted! :)

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I don't remember that ever being explicitly stated. Citation? As far as I know, a standard theory on the boards is that Hemalurgy can steal other abilities, and there hasn't been a quote refuting this. This idea is backed up in the end of the Alloy of Law, with that Note on the Metallic Arts.

I think what he was trying to say is that perhaps someone who is from another planet cant *BENEFIT* from a spike (not have a spike be used to tear out their powers while killing them). That is, if someone from elantris (Sel) wanted to have super inquisitor metal vision, they would have to ingest atium before shoving those spikes into their eye-sockets, otherwise it's just a one-way trip to blinding (literally) pain avenue.

I could see it working that way.

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Sounds interesting, but I'd suspect that the way to give spikes to non-Scadrial people is not to have them eat atium, but simply to make a spike from it. Mostly because of symmetry:

Larasium – Preservation – Allomancy – eating the metal.

Atium ­– Ruin – Hemalurgy – spiking with the metal.

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