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Happy Pride Month everyone! This episode of Shardcast, we get very gay. We're talking about Queerness in the Cosmere, so we're talking about queer representation, examples, how Brandon has evolved over time and is putting in more representation. We also have some critiques and hopes for the future. So if you want to see the cosmere from a queer lens, this episode is for you!

We've got a fun update on some upcoming books today from an unusual source: the latest annual rights catalog from JABberwocky, Brandon's agent. Most of Brandon's listings are nothing new to us, but page 57 has a few interesting tidbits...

Read along for everything we know about Evershore, the third Skyward novella, and Lux, a new Reckoners novel. We also get a few new crumbs about the upcoming Dark One and Stephen Leeds stories.

Lastly, a quick word on the poll question in Brandon's latest weekly update video.

It's news roundup time again, friends! Last we met, we talked about Fortnite Kelsier (who is out of the store now, actually), Cytonic's title reveal, and some Cytoverse novellas. Today's news haul is no less exciting:

  • Tara Spruit's amazing Stormlight tarot deck is back in stock
  • Brandon is launching a new podcast with his friend Dan Wells
  • No announcements were made about future Dragonsteel products, especially not one about a Doomslug plushie

Follow us after the break for details!

Today on Shardcast, we talk about an extremely nice, totally sane character: Ishar! He definitely did not have his hand in a lot of stuff, or cause many problems. And he certainly did nothing disturbing in Rhythm of War! Also, news, and limmericks in Who's That Cosmere Character!

Hey, Eric here with an update. Yesterday, we told you that something was going on with Mistborn in Fortnite. Well it actually came out that same day, and it is indeed Kelsier in Fortnite. The Kelsier skin comes in two versions: the default, which shows off his face and his scarred arms, and the Undecover variant, which has a face mask and long sleeves. There are also Hemalurgic Spikes Back bling, Volcanic Glass Daggers Pickaxe, and a Kelsier themed loading screen. It is just a skin, with no Mistborn mechanics. Also, it might go away in a few hours. More on that below.

So, on Brandon's weekly update, he said Wednesday there would be an announcement we would expect, which turned out to be the title and cover reveal of Cytonic. Then he said Thursday there would be an announcement none of us would expect, and indeed, I am surprised! Apparently, there will be some sort of promotional event involving Mistborn in Fortnite? Okay, Brandon, you are right: we did not expect that.

Hello everyone, the wait is finally over. Last month you voted for a scene from the climax of Elantris, where Raoden saves his people from the Derethi. Without further ado here it is.

For this we reached out to the amazing Shuravf who has done a ton of terrific cosmere fanart. For this piece she set out to do something a bit outside her comfort zone and so in addition to the standard piece above she did a comic-layout remix of the scene. It turned out amazing and you can check out a fully realized version (with text!) over on her Twitter! If you like her art you can also follow her on Instagram and tumblr!

Thank you again for all of your continued support.  And check out our Patreon for a few more variants of this piece!

This week on Shardcast, we're talking about everyone's favorite character: Moash. Has any other character inspired such emotion throughout the fandom as that wayward-est member of Bridge Four? We're taking a deep dive into Moash's character, with plenty of hot takes on what role he serves in the narrative, where we think he might go after Rhythm of War (RoW spoiler warning!), the most important question: Should Moash be redeemed, or should he die very horribly in a very hot fire? Stay tuned to find out. 

The last news update wasn't even a week ago, was it? Sanderson pays no heed to our mortal efforts to keep up with what he's working on!

Between Brandon's latest weekly update and a recent Reddit post we got some fresh news on the status of The Lost Metal--the fourth and final Era 2 Mistborn book--as well as a glimpse at Brandon's publication schedule over the next 8 years. The weekly update also covered preliminary plans for an art book, along with an invitation to make your opinion heard in a survey. Don't be left out! Lastly, we've got a small but exciting update for the TWoK Kickstarter.

We've got another news roundup, with some news on Brandon’s writing progress on Skyward 3 as well as The Lost Metal, the fulfillment of The Way of Kings Kickstarter, and future publications of Brandon’s works in other formats. A lot of this info comes from Brandon’s four most recent weekly updates (see his Youtube to watch them). Brandon also participated in another spoiler free livestream. You can check out the recording of the stream here, and our summaries of a few of the questions asked on Arcanum. It looks like the next spoilery livestream is tentatively scheduled for June, with regular non-spoiler streams taking place the first week every month going forward. For even more detail on the new info from these weekly updates, read on below!

Hey everyone, earlier this month you voted on our next Coppermind Art piece and it is officially ready to share! Your choice was a scene from Part 1 of Rhythm of War where Renarin saves Kaladin from Moash. We reached out to rspixart (who fans of the podcast may remember as the artist for the glorious depictions of Rlain and Renarin we fawned over  in our Rlainarin/Corrupted Truthwatcher episodes earlier this year). Unsurprisingly, she did an amazing job and we are so glad to be able to share it with you!

Hey everyone! The Shardcast gang will be doing another stream on our YouTube channel on Sunday, March 21st, at 10am Pacific. We'll answer questions and interact with you in chat, so we hope to see you there! Of course, if you can't make it, the VOD will be on YouTube as well. It's been pretty fun streaming and talking with you all so far!

Badali Jewelry makes fantastic licensed jewelry for a bunch of different fantasy series, and they make excellent Brandon Sanderson related jewelry. This week, not only are they holding a spring sale, but they also have new cosmere items in their store! They are finally selling Truthwatcher and Stoneward glyphs, which were missing before for whatever reason. And, there's a spring sale code for you, valid through this Sunday.

Last time, we talked about the Rhythm of War Part One epigraphs and the fabrials details there (which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/96lCEbKyiSA ). This time we are going deep into the new things we've learned in Dawnshard and Rhythm of War, and boy. There is a lot. We get solidly into the weeds here on mechanics, aluminum, and the ancient fabrials.

Hey everyone, guess what! Our very first Coppermind Commission is ready to be revealed. After our patrons voted last month to see the interior of the honorspren stronghold, Lasting Integrity, we reached out to friend of Shardcast, Connor Chamberlain. And as always, he knocked it out of the park. 

Brandon kicked off a new series of "Weekly Update" videos on his YouTube channel today. It's not long, so we recommend checking it out! But if you're in a hurry or otherwise unable to watch, we'll summarize it below.

We've got some fresh news on upcoming Skyward books and their current status, some updates on Brandon's upcoming plans, and lastly some announcements about the state of the Tenth Anniversary Way of Kings Kickstarter!