August Coppermind Objectives
Last month, we began a new initiative for the Coppermind. Lots of people want to help out with the wiki, but simply don't know where to start. So we offered up a list of specific objectives that we hoped to complete by the end of the month. The list included some larger projects, like updating Lirin, along with several smaller tasks, such as Rock's family members. The response was overwhelming, and we want to thank everyone involved! We had an incredibly productive month, and so many people contributed. We've got a few special mentions to make, but whether you wrote out a full article practically from scratch, or whether you did nothing beyond fixing a few spelling errors, we are so grateful for your contributions!
There were many people who deserve a shout out, but we especially want to recognize the top our top contributors. These include Amanda (for work on Kaladin and Bridge Four), LadyLameness (for work on Lirin and more), Harveygreenfield (for work on Wax's history, going far beyond our objective), Rebeca (for work on a huge variety of things), and Jubilus (for work on Celebrant and other minor objectives).
We're continuing the initiative this month, with a brand new set of objectives. As always, we're happy for any help we can get, so don't be shy. If you're new to editing the Coppermind, don't worry; we'll help you out with guides and plenty of assistance. You don't need experience, just the will to do help out! We'll also provide awards, because everyone loves fake internet points.
So, here are our objectives for August. With a lot of Oathbringer content left to go, we're going to focus there again. If you find something you'd like to help with, claim it here, and let us know if you have any questions! (Please make sure if you sign up for a thing you say hi on Discord so we can touch base with you later this month! Our Coppermind Editor's Discord is here)
Kholinar is a Dawncity, and an extensive sequence in Oathbringer shows it. Though there's a brief summary of what happened in Kholinar in Oathbringer, there's no reference to the riots that happened in Words of Radiance, the geography of the city, information on the windblades, and much more. This needs radical expansion.
Here's a Kholin who needs some love. On top of her own credentials, she's connected to just about every important person on Roshar... But judging by her history section, you wouldn't know it!
Shallan's article might be the longest on Coppermind, but her poor Cryptic isn't getting the attention he deserves. This article needs work all around, but let's start with the History.
Pattern isn't the only important spren in need of an update. Or, well, most of them do. But Syl is one of the most loveable and important spren that we know. Her history, however, hasn't been touched since Kaladin swore his second Ideal in Way of Kings.
This twisted Splinter of Odium single handedly drives Oathbringer's most powerful story while stirring up several wars on the side just for fun, but his article currently consists of two, solitary sentences. If that doesn't fill you with the Thrill, I don't know what will.
This conflict might be old news on Roshar, but the article is missing a lot of history from Words of Radiance that needs to be filled in.
7. The Diagram
This secret organization is pulling strings all over Roshar. We'd like your help filling in what they've been up to in the history section.
Our Vorin bias is showing, I'm afraid. Azir is arguably the most influential nation on Roshar, but their article isn't great. Let's start with the history section, though the whole thing needs attention.
9. Thaylen City
This ancient Dawncity plays a prominent role on Roshar and in the story of Oathbringer, but the article currently consists of little more than some basic layout descriptions. We could really use some help fleshing out every aspect of this important capital city.
10. Wayne's History
Okay, here's one for somebody who needs a break from Stormlight. Last month we covered Waxilium's history. Now let's do the same for his partner in crime.
These are tasks that are much shorter and involve characters or topics that are minor. But, hey, minor things are important to have done too! Many of these articles are so short that they will not require separate sections. Research should be fairly straight forward. For short articles, include as much as you can possibly find about them.
1. Notable Spren
This poor kid lost both of his parents and his throne in Oathbringer. Least we could do is give him a proper article, right? If you're the kind of person who feels like swears directed at Moash aren't good enough, this might be your next step.
Eshonai's flashbacks will be here before we know it, so it's important for us to get her history in good shape. The Words of Radiance portion might take a bit of work, but at least the Oathbringer portion is mostly finished already…
4. Western Nations
Kaladin finally spared us an actual memory of his former sweetheart!
6. The Valley
The Valley is no longer a complete mystery! Would somebody like to step up and record what we learned about the place in Oathbringer?
7. Diagram Members
The Diagram aren't the only ones up to no good. We could use some help keeping track of the Sons of Honor. We got to see some of their plans in action, and Mraize offered up some spicy details.
9. Kholinar Wall Guard
Another one for those of you coming up for breath (heh) after too much Stormlight. There are a few minor Returned who could use some polishing:
Calmseer, Hopefinder, Lifeblesser, Stillmark, Truthcall, and Weatherlove
We want to motivate people to help, so we will be giving out Coppermind awards for the users in August with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd most edits, and we'll also give out awards if you contributed to one of these items. They'll be on your user page for all to see.
How do I to start?
The most important thing is to be bold! Content is hard to write, but we can always format your stuff if it doesn't quite match conventions. MediaWiki notation may appear scary at first, but the best way to learn is through experience. If you're interested, we have lots of guides to help:
It does very much help to have ebooks so you can find instances of a specific word or person. (This is extremely helpful for minor characters). If you have physical books, ask us and we can help you determine this so you don't need to reread the whole text. We can also direct you towards some good articles to use as a go-by.