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Is lift's ability to Metabolizes OP?

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 I have been thinking alot about how OP Lift's ability to metabolizes food into raw investiture is. My question is is this ability universal with all abilities and connections? For example, if lift would eat a bead of lerasium would she be able to use that metabolized investiture to power all allomancy abilities?  Another possibility would be if she was able to access awakening would she be able to awaken without the need to use Biochromatic Breath? 

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For the Allomantic side of things, probably not. Allomancy requires the molecular structures of the metals to line up in order to let the Investiture power the magic and do what it does, but Awakening is nowhere near as particular as Allomancy. Yes, there stuff you'd have to do to get the ability to Awaken (per this WOB), but on the whole it would be easier than Allomancy.

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Pechvarry (paraphrased)

What happens when non-Nalthians come to Nalthis.

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

They cannot use their own soul to Awaken but could do so with obtained Breath.

Pechvarry (paraphrased)

So anyone could start Awakening once they received Breaths?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

You would probably have to jump through some hoops to Awaken (talks about systems needing rigged up to work on different planets), but anyone can benefit from a Breath. Essentially said "it's not that easy!"

Words of Radiance Dayton signing (March 19, 2014)

Also, per this WOB (minor spoilers there, so I'm not quoting it directly, beyond the relevant section: "To Awaken with Stormlight, the easiest thing to do would be to first change Stormlight into Breaths--something that Azure doesn't know how to do. (Admittedly, Hoid doesn't either, so it's not like it's a simple thing to achieve.) You could also theoretically use some magical (or mechanical) means to power your Awakening with a different form of Investiture."

Tl;dr: Not for Allomancy, but maybe for Awakening.

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The question is, does Lift make Investiture, or does she make Stormlight? if she makes unkeyed investiture, then she could probably decide to use it to Awaken instead of Surgebind, but if she makes Honor's investiture (stormlight), then she can only surgebind. Maybe she would need to have normal Breaths first, and then she would gain the ability to make more.

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9 minutes ago, Bearer of Agonies said:

The question is, does Lift make Investiture, or does she make Stormlight? if she makes unkeyed investiture, then she could probably decide to use it to Awaken instead of Surgebind, but if she makes Honor's investiture (stormlight), then she can only surgebind. Maybe she would need to have normal Breaths first, and then she would gain the ability to make more.

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OrangeJedi

When Lift eats food, does she convert it directly into Stormlight, or some other form of Investiture?

Brandon Sanderson

RAFO.

The Great American Read: Other Worlds with Brandon Sanderson (Oct. 25, 2018)

We don't know. Even if it is just Stormlight, you can convert it.

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I think an important part of it is knowing exactly what Lift asked for, and what the Nightwatcher said to her.

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2 minutes ago, Bearer of Agonies said:

I think an important part of it is knowing exactly what Lift asked for, and what the Nightwatcher said to her.

We'll probably have to wait until her book releases.

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This says that she does convert to stormlight, or Brandon messed up (why is it bold?)

Laryyl (paraphrased)

[Can Lift] get Stormlight from spheres like normal or if it's just from food for her.

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

She can only get it from food.

Laryyl (paraphrased)

Which [is it] related to her boon or her curse?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

RAFO.

Arcanum Unbounded Fort Collins signing (Nov. 29, 2016)
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Waiting for the inevitable Shardpoop that ingesting Stormlight would make.

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