Shardcast: Dawnshard Reactions


Dawnshard is out! If you're a Kickstarter backer, you already got it through Backerkit. You can also get it through Amazon, and will likely appear in other ebook stores soon if they haven't already. We have TWO Dawnshard podcasts coming this week, and this is our first one, on our spoiler-free Dawnshard reactions, characters, and some lore topics. Of course, the big lore topic will be the next one, which I will try to get out as soon as I can. Please support us on Patreon to fund the soda I need to get through editing this huge pile of stuff this month.

This episode has Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Evgeni (Argent), Grace (thegatorgirl), and David (Windrunner).

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0:00 Introduction and nonsense
4:30 Spoiler-free Thoughts 
12:55 Characters
48:32 Sleepless
1:12:38 Aimia 
1:30:21 Larkin
1:42:36 Closing thoughts

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Ookla's Dice

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The Sleepless stuff is so interesting to me. Definitely my favorite part of what you guys have said so far.

One thing though... what about the Ashspren description? I feel like we are all overlooking that even though it is an important piece of info that exists, and it wasn't even mentioned :P 

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In terms of killing a Sleepless, I think if you killed all their specialized memory hoardings you would probably have effectively killed that Sleepless (maybe? Maybe other sleepless could form a composite memory for you but still...)

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15 hours ago, teknopathetic said:

In terms of killing a Sleepless, I think if you killed all their specialized memory hoardings you would probably have effectively killed that Sleepless (maybe? Maybe other sleepless could form a composite memory for you but still...)

Very interesting; I like it. It'd certainly be a big deal.

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Great episode!

I liked the discussion about the specialized mandras that bond with Larkin, I thought your idea Chaos about the mandras in Aimia possibly being unique due to the unique perception of the Siah and Dysian Aimians was interesting. I think there might be a more direct link, with mandras being known as luck spren and Siah Aimian's suffering from the Curse of Kind. Seems like a sort of balance is being reached with one population having a bit of extra luck, and the other being painfully deficient. It's pretty interesting to have a whole species of shclimazels, it was just a matter of time until something bad happened to Aimia. 

A couple ideas about the traitorous three (sounds like a Tarantino movie), there are a couple of ways that they could be considered traitors that aren't necessarily abandonment of the defense of the Dawnshard. They could be an opposition faction that rejects the authority of the First and has a different vision for what the Sleepless should be doing to protect the Dawnshard, or they could be traitors in the most obvious sense and are actually working with Team Odium. It's a total martyr plot, but if they keep the knowledge of the Dawnshard from Odium, then his solution for bumping off Cultivation by destroying Roshar would be a pretty final end to their mission of protecting the Cosmere from the Dawnshard. This traitorous faction could see the plural s in protecting Worlds from the destructive power of the Dawnshard as their primary objective. 

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Singer

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I give this podcast 4.5/5 hordlings, slight loss of points just because you didn't mention "the delights of distant Aimia," but I love getting lore, theories, and character chat all in one podcast!

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I commented on the YouTube video but wanted to mention something here; thank you for mentioning the focus on Rysn's Disability and how it educated you, Evgeni, on what it's like to live with a disability. I was one of the "expert" beta readers and I'm incredibly grateful for the experience!

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