Zinc-Tongued Raven

A Word on Copper Compounding...

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Most other forms of Compounding are obvious in their effects: Iron Compounding gives much greater weight, Gold Compounding gives much greater healing, Bendalloy Compounding assures you’ll never get a bad case of the munchies ever again, etc etc. Other forms of Compounding are a bit more mysterious but nevertheless somewhat guessable: e.g. basically all of the Spiritual Feruchemy Metals (Fortune, Connection, Invesititure, Identity). However, one metal stands out from all the rest in that nobody really knows what it would do if you Compounded it: Copper.

I’ve seen people guess ‘perfect recall’ (as in, Compounding a copper memory perfectly ingrains it into your brain without it ever fading); however, I also have an alternative theory. Compounding gives you a much greater quantity of whatever you’ve stored in your metalminds, and that being the case it makes sense to me that when you burn a copper metalmind you gain duplicate versions of the memory that’s inside it.

Now, you may be wondering: What’s the point of that? What application could having multiple versions of a single memory have? Here’s where you have to remember the crippling disadvantage to copperminds: Once you store a memory in a coppermind it no longer exists in your head. You can either have it in your head or in your coppermind, but never both at once. And every time you remove it from your coppermind, the memory degrades a little more. Feruchemists developed a few tricks to get around this, of course. Remember the scene where Sazed has to write information down on a piece of paper in order to remind himself of what he had stored in his coppermind? But it’s a limited and less than ideal method.

With Copper Compounding, however, this limitation becomes null. You could burn a coppermind, duplicate the memory that’s within it, and then store one of those duplicates in another coppermind while keeping the other(s) in your head. Moreover, with the creation of copper medallions, it becomes possible to share memories with others. Depending on how many duplicates a Copper Compounder is capable of creating (it should be quite a few considering it’s repeatedly said that Compounding is supposed to enhanced Feruchemical power ‘tenfold’), you could widely spread information depending on how many unkeyed copperminds you have available, all the while keeping the information in your head as well.

It’s interesting to think about what might be possible with this skill. What is the limitation on how many memories you can duplicate? If a Copper Compounder had a coppermind like those of the old Keepers, where it contained centuries of inherited knowledge, could they duplicate those vast stores of knowledge into other copperminds?

Imagine being able to keep infinite backups of valuable memories and information. That’s my theory, basically. And with medallions, Copper Compounding also becomes effectively the Feruchemical version of the printing press, able to widely disseminate large quantities of identical, reproduced information.

Either way the main reason I like this theory is because I think it’s more in keeping with the original theme of Compounding: Instead of simply being able to store memories, you’re able to duplicate them; just like instead of only being able to store strength or speed, you’re able to enhance the power stored in the metalminds.

What do you guys think? This is my first every theory post, so I'm curious what responses I'll get.

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Congrats on your first theory post. The duplicate memories is also a popular theory, and I like the way that you succinctly put together how that would be useful. I personally agree with it myself. 

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29 minutes ago, StanLemon said:

Congrats on your first theory post. The duplicate memories is also a popular theory, and I like the way that you succinctly put together how that would be useful. I personally agree with it myself. 

damnation, and here I naively thought my idea was at least somewhat original. Aw well

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44 minutes ago, Zinc-Tongued Raven said:

damnation, and here I naively thought my idea was at least somewhat original. Aw well

That's ok, we're a group of obsessive nerds so it happens

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3 hours ago, StanLemon said:

That's ok, we're a group of obsessive nerds so it happens

I think about 50% of all 17th Sharders are Truthwatchers, makes sense :P

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13 hours ago, Halyo_Alex said:

I think about 50% of all 17th Sharders are Truthwatchers, makes sense :P

I took the quiz and I was a truthwatcher. I have a feeling you are correct

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Interesting idea. this could also be a comfortable way to make autobiography. As an obsessive book reader, like mostly everyone in this forum, that's one of the first things I'd think of.

And that's actually gives me an idea. Sazed stated that memories worded are kept best in metalmind, but in BoM we've seen a very vivid memory of scenes. How vivid would you think a memory of imagined scenes could be? And the mere idea o sharing memories, btw, gives you insight to other people's mind. If people would make the aforementioned autobiographys, it would give soothers & rioters a much needed knowedge on people, maybe even better than psychological profile. Just writing random thoughts.

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2 hours ago, Trutharchivist said:

Interesting idea. this could also be a comfortable way to make autobiography. As an obsessive book reader, like mostly everyone in this forum, that's one of the first things I'd think of.

And that's actually gives me an idea. Sazed stated that memories worded are kept best in metalmind, but in BoM we've seen a very vivid memory of scenes. How vivid would you think a memory of imagined scenes could be? And the mere idea o sharing memories, btw, gives you insight to other people's mind. If people would make the aforementioned autobiographys, it would give soothers & rioters a much needed knowedge on people, maybe even better than psychological profile. Just writing random thoughts.

Being able to tap a copy of a memory also bridges the infamous Explanatory Gap of linguistics and psychology. Scadrians can, once and for all, know if "my red" is the same color as "your red". etc.

Also, if Synesthesia is a thing on Scadrial, unsealed copperminds would be fascinating to have one of them store a memory in there.

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On 8/1/2020 at 10:04 AM, Koloss17 said:

I took the quiz and I was a truthwatcher. I have a feeling you are correct

Same

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