joesleepsalot

Windrunner Lashings and Flight

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I haven’t seen this topic so I apologize if it’s a repeat.

Am I the only one wondering why Kaladin doesn’t escort non-squires in flight by use of a common object or vehicle?

For example, “everyone hold this bar and I’ll lash the bar”. Obviously a crude example as people’s grip would fail, but perhaps a wagon or something that’d accommodate people in seats. That way he doesn’t have to constantly sky-dive-maneuver and re-lash everyone. Just an observation/thought. 

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lashings work by changing the direction that gravity pulls on a person or object. If Kaladin were to lash a bar while someone is holding it, chances are, the bar would  not be heavy enough to weigh someone down, so it would end up doing nothing unless he infused it with the same amount of stormlight as he would have to infuse a person. as for the wagon, it would be heavy enough to carry someone, but there wouldn't be much point considering that you would have to infuse it with enough stormlight to carry the weight of both the wagon, and the people inside. 

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That said, in theory the wagon would consume the same net amount of stormlight as the amount of people it’s carrying (plus the weight of the wagon)... so economically it’d be more expensive with regards to stormlight consumption. However, there’s a lot more ease of use for the one doing the lashings. 

Also, I think it’d be possible to create fabrials that had two pieces.... one attached to the wagon and one worn by the wearer, perhaps controlling binding or adhesion? Or gravity? That way there’d be no need to “cancel gravity” that pulls on the people while the wagon is separately lashed? Dunno, just some thoughts.... going off the passage in Oathbringer, chapter 60-something, where Kaladin is flying everyone to Kholinar and the dynamics/rules of windrunner flight are described. I’m upvoting your reply though, makes sense. 

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People inside would move around the thing would start tumbling.

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Well Navani is already designing flying ships, so you're thinking along the right lines. 

There was a really great thread where these ships and how they would work were discussed at length, I'll see if I can find it later. 

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Heck yeah. Aside from the flying ships, I’m sure Brandon has already concocted vehicles or something specific to Windrunners in his mind with seatbelts of some sort to prevent tumblage. If Kaladin’s squires each controlled a flying car with 5-6 people belted in, his 30 man airborne platoon could turn into an entire company. 

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9 minutes ago, joesleepsalot said:

Heck yeah. Aside from the flying ships, I’m sure Brandon has already concocted vehicles or something specific to Windrunners in his mind with seatbelts of some sort to prevent tumblage. If Kaladin’s squires each controlled a flying car with 5-6 people belted in, his 30 man airborne platoon could turn into an entire company. 

Do I hear...flying bridges?

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