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How are aethers fueled?

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There is no equivalent to Stormlight, White Sand or metals with Aethers. So what fuels them? Are they like Aviars?

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1 hour ago, Oltux72 said:

There is no equivalent to Stormlight, White Sand or metals with Aethers. So what fuels them? Are they like Aviars?

Based on the fact that the Aethers seem to have emotions or something that humans recognize as “emotions”, id classify them as Sentient pieces of investiture that are capable of bonding with humans

theyd most likely be classified as Splinters

Kinda similar to lesser spren.

but more powerful.


As to what fuels them, its gotta be a direct connection to a Shard we dont know yet.

If there are as many Aethers in the Canon of the Cosmere as there are in the novel then that mean that there’s thousands of Splinters on the planet(maybe more. For all we know, Aethers planet could also have 2 shards) 

or maybe the humans themselves fuel the Aethers. If the Aethers were being directly fueled by a shard like with Allomancy, then the Aethers shouldnt get “tired” like they do. 

 

 

“ D’Naa fell back, fear numbing her body, her Aether pulsing in anticipation.”

“D’Naa fell back, fear numbing her body, her Aether pulsing in anticipation.”

 

Overlord Jebus

All the physical manifestations--solid physical manifestations we've seen of Investiture has been metallic. It's been atium, lerasium, Shardblades. Is that just a coincidence?

Brandon Sanderson

No, it's intentional.

Overlord Jebus

It's intentional so we're not going to see Investiture wood or Investiture plastic?

Brandon Sanderson

Right, I mean technically, like, what do you call the Aethers? Those are not metal. But I do it as metal intentionally.

Questioner

They could be a metal with very low boiling point.

Brandon Sanderson

Yeah, the vine ones are--

Overlord Jebus

Well we've had liquid, we've had gas, the solids all seem to be metallic, so.

Brandon Sanderson

That is intentional, it's just one of those little laws of the cosmere, that's not meant to mean anything

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The Aethers were conceived as being more sapient in Liar of Partinel but Aether of Night also gives sufficient examples of Aethers seeming to feel excited to their bondmates. D'naa's Verdant Aether in particular acted very alive & active, sometimes seeming to nuzzle her.

Brandon has wanted the Aethers in the Cosmere since a very long time and they were the inspiration for spren, especially Syl.

Vaeria didn't seem to have any other active sources of Investiture that fuelled the Aethers, though it is possible that we just didn't see them or they were not that apparent. They were apparently crafted from Order and Chaos, and we don't know exactly what they were supposed to be. Could've been Spiritual or interpretations of the Former's Intent.

Brandon says the Aethers are currently pre-Shattering magic but that might change. (https://wob.coppermind.net/events/316-general-signed-books-2018/#e11245)

If they were pre-Shattering, that would be interesting, they could be Adonalsium's Splinters and/or Realmatic interactions like Tzai Blows or Spiritweb fiddling like Microkinesis. Otherwise, they are likely to be Splinters of Vaeria's Shards.

Either way, they were noted as being fatigued after prolonged use. Some Aethers are stronger, some are weaker. The Aethers themselves seem to provide the necessary Investiture to fuel their various effects.

 

The name of the planet might change. Brandon intended to do a planet called Lor. Some theorize if Vax could be the Aethers' planet. 

Also while Brandon has canonized the Aethers but they might not necessarily be the ones we saw in Aether of Night. The Aethers have changed from this book to Lor to Partinel.

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I have this little theory about aethers and the shattering. 
 

what if when Adon was Shattered,and all investiture got assigned to a shard, that some of the Aethers got “assigned” to one shard and the others got “assigned” to a second shard.

unitentionally creating a planet that could attract 2 shards, because their magic is already there 

Theres six more unrevealed Shards and only one more new series in theCosmere timeline in the State of The Sanderson 2019

i think theres gotta be one more shard pair

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