The Overlady Reads Arcanum Unbounded!


Welcome to the Overlady Reads Arcanum Unbounded!

This week, Lucy (Empress) and I (Overlord Jebus) delve into the Cosmere's short story collection. As we go along, we give each a rating. Some landed better for Lucy than others, and some didn't land at all (Enjoy the Szeth fanfiction Lucy made in lieu of one of the stories).

So with only a little over a week until Rhythm of War, I hope you guys enjoy this little walk down Cosmere lane to remind you of some of the smaller parts of this grand universe.

Let us know what your favourite stories from Arcanum Unbounded are below!

 

 

 

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The Emperor's Soul does not take place in the third continent of Sel. It's on the same continent as Sarene's homeland. On Nazh's map the Rose Empire is marked as "Rose Barbarians".

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3 hours ago, Honorless said:

The Emperor's Soul does not take place in the third continent of Sel. It's on the same continent as Sarene's homeland. On Nazh's map the Rose Empire is marked as "Rose Barbarians".

Do we know anything about the third one? I don’t remember much of the Sellish lore stuff.

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6 hours ago, Nebelskind said:

Do we know anything about the third one? I don’t remember much of the Sellish lore stuff.

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Nimrod Rappaport

In Arcanum Unbounded you mentioned that Sel is one of the biggest planets. You also mentioned that there are three empires on that planet. In Elantris 2 two will we get... You also mentioned that they are largely ignorant of each other, will we get a book in which those empires interact? Maybe in Elantris 2

Also, can you please specify on their nature and maybe some inspirations you got when writing and thinking about them?

Brandon Sanderson

So, sure. Sel wears its inspirations quite blatantly on its sleeve, right? It's not that obvious for instance in Stormlight that the Alethi are based off of Mongolians, because there's so much more in the mix there, that it's not quite as obvious. But in Sel, it's a little more obvious. You know, basically the idea came to me that what if the vikings had united behind a very hierarchical religion like Catholicism, and we had Catholic vikings, conquering the world. What would the world look like and that is where the entire religion came from.

Actually the truth is it's like, there was this priest, right, and one group became Buddhist and the other became Catholic vikings and, you know, Buddhist Renaissance... Italians is kind of where we got there and of course, the Rose Empire the inspirations are a little bit more Eastern and Middle Eastern. For instance, the Grands are based on Babylonian influences and I'm kind of looking at a lot of Babylonian, a little bit of Syrian. But of course Shai is very very clearly based on East Asian cultures and specifically China.

So, the empires and things like that... for there you might have noticed that we've got a Europe centered one, and an Asia/Eastern centered one, so you might be able to theorize where the third empire's inspirations might be or at least a list of possible candidates.

ICon 2019 (Oct. 17, 2019)

And I think there was a mention of them thinking of people from Opelon/Sycla as religious nutjobs on some Shardcast

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It seems to me that the Vikings indeed did become Catholic and did go on to conquer many lands.

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I can see for Mraize's chicken it being like how Ishnah explains to Veil and the soldiers about being memorable for the wrong reason.  Like when it is with him, all anybody will remember is that there was a guy with a green chicken, and the green chicken itself, not necessarily what the guy looked like or whatever.

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