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  1. SPOILERS for Skyward, Reckoners, and Frugal Wizard Brandon has said it’s arguably the case that The Reckoners is in the same fictional world as Skyward. Obviously, since each world has a dimensional multiverse, they could just be in the same multiverse, but maybe it’s more than that: Perhaps in Skyward the humans’ ancestors left earth centuries after the events in The Reckoners occurred. And maybe Calamity was a delver. Unless I’m forgetting something, and I may well be, I see no reason Frugal Wizard couldn’t have happened in the same world as both, after The Reckoners and before humanity left Earth for the stars and Skyward happened. This would require that Epics ceased to exist. Easily possible if we assume Calamity made Mizzy an Epic just before he left. It could be that no one becomes an Epic after Calamity leaves. I admit this possibility is weakened by the remark in Frugal Wizard that Runian had found the only known world to contain anything like magic, but I don’t think that completely refutes the possibility. The definition of magic might be a little subjective. Personally, I’d rather think there continue to be new Epics indefinitely than believe the three series share a universe. Either way, though, they could share a multiverse. What do you think?
  2. I was in labor with my son, who’s now almost 2 months old. About 20 hours in, they told me that since my son’s heart rate kept dropping every time I had a contraction they had to do a c section immediately. Making it in some ways worse, c sections are usually done with the mother awake. If you’ve ever wanted to experience your own major abdominal surgery in real time, go for a c section. Ugh. At least they put up a curtain across your middle so you don’t have to watch. So I was scared. As they wheeled me into the operating room, I looked up at the huge, super bright lights that the surgeon sees by (Lirin wouldn’t have needed spheres!), I saw a label on one of them: Steris. That’s weird, I thought. Then I saw the other label: HarmonyAir. It was just weird enough and cool enough that I started wondering if it was a coincidence or some strange wink from God or something, which was much better than just wondering what might go horribly wrong during the surgery. The c section went well, and I have a healthy son. I plan to introduce him to the Cosmere someday.
  3. Perhaps the fifth ideal will be related to Kaladin becoming a Herald and getting sent to Braize to be tortured forever: I will protect others, no matter what the cost. Like the third ideal, it would be a removal of implicit exceptions to the second ideal.
  4. Hoid could be talking to a group of worldhoppers from multiple planets in the cognitive realm. That would fit with the clues in his narration that seem to indicate Roshar, First of the Sun, etc. I say in the cognitive realm, not on a spaceship, as he caught himself calling a laptop a laptop and switched to calling it a magical board or something. These people don't all know about the technology that is available in some parts of the Cosmere, but they would if they were on a spaceship. Or maybe Hoid had just decided to tell the story in a style that precludes the mention of certain technology. Fairy tale style, or using only language that the people in the story would have understood.
  5. I want to see fanart of Xisis. I'm having trouble imagining a dragon with hair and a beard.
  6. So if Hoid is an Elantrian now, can he stop glowing if he wants to? Will it be hard for him to hide? Seems like glowing uncontrollably would really change his MO. Turning someone into a rat seems like a different kind of magic from what we've seen in the Cosmere so far. Is that just a standard Elantrian ability? If so, dang, Hoid is going to be practically unstoppable wherever he can draw a big map. Hoid said that he and sixteen other people told someone "It's for your own good." I guess they were speaking to Adonalsium at the Shattering, though they could have been speaking (metaphorically) to the Cosmere as a whole. Why would the Shattering have been for Adonalsium's own good? I liked that the story wasn't just "Sometimes the princess does the rescuing." That is no longer a clever twist. The end of this story was. Will the duke's nephew still be his heir? That seems legally doubtful. Silver seems to have the ability to thwart or kill living Investiture around the Cosmere - Threnody, Roshar, and now Lumar. I want to see more types of spores and their uses. Or the aethers the spores are connected to. What was Xisis's real reason for letting Tress go? Tress mentions death himself with nails in his eyes. Those Scadrians must get around, huh?
  7. Wait. Hoid is an Elantrian? Where did it say that?
  8. When Harmonium reacts with Trellium, there is a massive explosion like that of an atomic bomb. It makes perfect sense to me that this would be the result. Why? Because Harmonium atoms should share in Harmony’s nature as a partnership between two, and Autonomy, being, well, autonomous, probably abhors partnership. So of course Trellium splits Harmonium into separate, autonomous parts. And since Harmonium is an atom, when it splits, it splits like atoms do: with a boom. I doubt other godmetals explode when combined. These two metals split because of the nature of their Shards’ Intents.
  9. Wax's explanation for why Wayne doesn't need forgiveness (because Wayne isn't the same man, the man who needed forgiveness is dead) is a common Jewish explanation for how people who have done wrong can end up justified before God. At least, that's my understanding of a Jewish explanation. Wonder if Brandon and/or the Latter Day Saints believe it. I really want more TwinSoul. That guy is hardcore, and his Aether is amazing. I want more Aether stuff too. I think Wayne is probably smarter than Wax. Didn't he say he never went to school? If so, I wonder how he learned to read. Scadrial has been the world being ruled by a sane, ethical Shard/Vessel. Ok, maybe Nalthis is too. Anyway, I fear Sazed's days are numbered. Soon he will likely be consumed by conflicting Intents or murdered. Hope I'm wrong. Marasi and Shallan and the Ghostbloods... Women being tempted by forbidden knowledge? Wonder where Brandon got that idea? Just kidding. I don't know if he was thinking about it, but Eve was tempted by the serpent to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And greek mythology has Pandora succumbing to her curiosity and opening the box. Both ended up half-ruining the world. So far, Brandon's ladies have done better. Why did Wax end up spiked? What did I miss? Sorry for the stupid question. Other stupid question: Is Wax a full Mistborn now or not? I really like Steris. I'm not sure I've ever read a character like her, but I identify with her. I've been diagnosed with "autistic traits," whatever that means, and I often felt like people considered me a pharisee or a self-satisfied stick-in-the-mud or something. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to have done wrong. Maybe I was imagining things, or maybe I actually did something wrong. But it's really gratifying to see a character like Steris. I feel the same about Hraethen in Elantris, in the way he came to accept that he believed for rational reasons and that was enough. Maybe I'm not quite like him in that regard, but I know what it likes to feel judged for not being emotive enough. Like people think you're cold and artificial or something. I feel like Brandon has one or two other characters I felt similarly about. Characters I'd never read the likes of, that I identified with. Hoid had nahel bonded his spren before this story, right? I didn't notice any sign of her, did you?
  10. Interesting. Any theories on how that will be resolved (or how things will end if it isn't resolved)?
  11. That might be the case, but the more types of Investiture involved, the more their Intents balance each other. If all Intents were involved, it would create a balanced personality that would allow for the mental freedom that, I assume, Adonalsium had, rather than the skewed fixations that rule the Vessels. You might need all the Shards before you got that benefit, but I suspect it would often be more gradual than that. Mixing Ruin and Preservation seems to give Sazed some internal freedom, and combining other Shards would probably work the same way, though to a lesser extent. Ruin and Preservation are opposites, so they balance each other. Honor-Valor would provide much less freedom, though I suspect they would give a Vessel a little more flexibility than either Shard alone would. Same for combinations like Ruin-Odium, Autonomy-Whimsy and Honor-Devotion. But combos like Devotion-Autonomy and Odium-Mercy would be more like Harmony because each Intent is so different. The more Shards involved in a combo, the likelier any Intent will be at least partly balanced by one or more of the others. Honor-Ruin-Preservation-Mercy might even allow more freedom than Harmony.
  12. So... bloodmakers, pewterarms, and (most of all) gold compounders like Miles Hundredlives might be able to eat Harmonium and survive. Though even they might have difficulty digesting the stuff. Wonder if Wax and Steris might have a kid with any of those three powers. Or maybe a grandkid or great-grandkid, since Era 3 is planned to be set 50-70 years after era 2. Fun stuff. Brandon really did a very good job with Scadrian magic systems. Era 1 magic dovetailed so well with the setting, with all the flying through the mists, the ballroom allomancer intrigue, and the dystopian dark lord using creepy hemalurgists enforcers. Era 2 magic let us nerd out about twinborn possibilities, and gave us a chance to think about things each ferring could do, as well. We didn't get a chance to see ferrings in Era 1. I suspect Era 3 will let us nerd out similarly, with some extra stuff thrown in - perhaps an occasional full mistborn, maybe a full mistborn who's also a ferring, unkeyed metalminds, space age interplanetary Investiture trading (and interplanetary Investiture combining), and maybe, like I said, a full feruchemist because of harmonium, even a full feruchemist twinborn. Good times ahead. And good points, robardin.
  13. Here's my rough ranking of Shards, from best to break the deadlock to worst: Devotion Honor Mercy Endowment Cultivation Invention Virtuosity Valor Whimsy Ambition Autonomy Dominion Odium Devotion and Dominion's investiture may be inseparable now as the Dor, which might make a decent candidate. Wisdom or Prudence might be fine if either exists. If Survival exists, it would be low mediocre. I could have ranked Autonomy ahead of Ambition on the theory that Bavadin has influenced the Shard's Intent for the worse. Autonomy could, I'd like to think, have ended up supporting people who make themselves able to live without assistance from others, maybe even those who are independent and therefore more free to help others. But Ambition's Vessel might be able to influence Ambition into a good thing too, even though a bad Vessel could probably make Ambition into a ruthless and selfish thing. Mercy might be considerably worse than I'm giving it credit for. It depends on how much wisdom its vessel can show. Mercy without wisdom might just be permissiveness and therefore be effectively anarchist in its method of governance - or lack of governance. It also depends on whether mercy is defined to include positive action - generosity, grace - or just forbearance from punishing wrongdoers. Cultivation might be better than Endowment, but Endowment seems to be capable of showing discretion with regard to who she endows with things. As far as we've seen so far, Cultivation may just be cultivating everything indiscriminately. So I ranked Endowment first.
  14. Harmony is currently having trouble acting, because he is limited by the conflicting intentions of Ruin and Preservation. Consider Ruin and Preservation as two parties in a negotiation with each other. Since they are equally strong, they are at an impasse. Imagine a third, much weaker party joins the negotiation. Say, a pinch of Devotion's Investiture. As was mentioned in Mistborn Era 1, in a negotiation involving three parties, the weakest party is actually the most powerful, because each of the stronger parties needs the weakest party on its side to defeat the other strong party. So if Sazed had a splinter of Devotion, then whenever Ruin and Preservation were deadlocked, Devotion's splinter would break the tie. Obviously, Sazed would want to choose Investiture carefully for this purpose, since his Intent would probably become a watered-down version of the third Shard. Devotion would probably be fine. Odium would not. The original Vessels would probably be opposed to such a plan, because it is moving toward a re-unified Adonalsium. They should see, however, that it only slightly enhances Sazed's Investiture power, and might greatly increase his freedom, since the Intent of whatever Investiture he eats a pinch of might be so diluted by the neutral Intent of Harmony that Sazed's will might be able to steer the new Intent quite a lot. As far as I know, the Vessels have no problem with freedom, though they may object on the grounds that it gives Sazed too much power in practice. What do you think?
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