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  1. Had not thought of that. Definitely not impossible. And interesting possibilities there, in that Endowment and Cultivation may be mixing investitures. Which fills me with much joy, even if I can’t think of a snappy name for their blended light. I think this is a bit more likely. The point about perfect pitch is particularly good. The shards have to all have their own tones, right? And it’s only because of the Singers, that we understand them as such. Since they’re evolved/grown to hear and interact with all 16 tones of Adonalsium. My understanding is the Tone is the Shard. The rhythms are the shards Intent interacting with all things physical and cognitive. Specifically; sapient and sentient beings, their intents, and emotions. Or maybe the Singers are literally hearing the Spiritual realm. Seems pretty likely Zahel (one of the foremost cosmere scholars) would be experimenting with the effects of tone on stormlight. He may even be able to perceive the Shards like the Singers do. I’m just hung up on Brandon’s use if the term “converting”. All of RoW was about “blending”, but changing one type of investiture to another strikes me as complicated and maybe pretty vital for a couple different planets.
  2. Definitely makes more sense. I was operating under the assumption that he only had the big one left, but I can’t find anything to support that now. I probably just got too excited for the confirmation that it’s possible to covert stormlight to breaths. But how would one convert stormlight into breaths? Would it be similar to making Warlight?
  3. Oh definitely the figurative “dirty laundry” I was referring to in the title. Just a casual explanation of how Returned are made, and what they actually are, no big deal. I especially loved the language he used when describing the “soul mold”. Struck me as a very elegant description. @Necessary Ookla do you have the link there? Not doubting you, just curious to follow that thread. Makes it slightly less exciting to me, but is definitely in keeping with Vasher’s m.o. Still though, it was my understanding that Zahel only had his Divine breath on Roshar, was using stormlight to fuel it directly. So to me that suggests he’s figured out how to convert stormlight to breaths, which has huge implications!
  4. Zahel and Kaladin (betwixt the sheets ): It wasn’t quite the full magic system vs. magic system combat that we’re craving. But it was so cool to finally see, and such a beautiful promise of things to come. But any thoughts on how Zahel seemed quite comfortable Awakening without verbal commands?
  5. In pondering the Unmade and hunting through these forums, I ran across a really interesting theory about Ba-Ado-Mishram, and how she may have held the Dawnshard, or a Dawnshard, and that’s what allowed her to connect with the singers at a level she hadn’t before. There was also mention that maybe this inspired Dai-Gonarthis to head to Aimia to try to take the Dawnshard there for himself. This got me thinking: Did Dai-Gonarthis succeed in making contact with the Dawnshard? And did it Change him? Maybe into Cusicesh? I’m not the first to make this leap, but I think what we’ve learned about the location and nature of the Dawnshard make this much more plausible now. Edit: topic of inspiration:
  6. I had the same thought after finishing RoW. But I was thinking they were the Spren of the Dawncities much like the sibling is the Spren of Urithiru. These Dawnspren would have been made of Adonalsium’s 16 Tones, or His Pure Tone. Hence the cymatic patterns of the Dawncities I hadn’t thought to connect them to the surges though, that fits nicely.
  7. Been doing some Coppermind digging on Sel. And I found that one of their religions; one of their oldest religions, is known as Jesker. Spoilers for the Liar of Partinel: Could be nothing, as all of that story is subject to change. But I think it lends weight to the idea that “ralkalest” is a pre-shattering, Yolish term. Most likely kept in regular use by Hoid, Frost, and other folks in the cognitive realm.
  8. Any idea how we ask the Mods to move threads? This thread is absolute gold, and would definitely benefit everyone by being on the spoiler board. The bit about ChayShan alone has huge implications for Kaladin.
  9. Definitely could be a holdover from Yolen or a pre-shattering economy. I; personally, am very interested in the theory, but I am new and unsure of the etiquette on forums in general.
  10. Freaking awesome idea. To riff on it a bit: could Rosharans contain the explosion to create a “nuclear” reactor and power anything from cities to Spacecraft?
  11. One more thing I haven’t seen mentioned: Could we be seeing the effects of Kaladin becoming some kind of Windrunner Savant?
  12. Really good point. There does seem to be a running theme about recognizing the agency of those around you, as part of growth in general.
  13. @Golstar Really well said. I’ve always thought of Odium as a spiritual fire. The flame of Gods Passion(divine hatred) divorced from everything that gives it context, to paraphrase Frost I believe. And like a fire without any control, it consumes everything around it. Until it moves on, or dies from lack of fuel. I don’t think Ashyn and Braize were named by accident. They are the burnt and the burning. Ashyn is the end result of a planet that gives itself fully to Odium, it burned bright for a time, but now is a husk of ash. Braize is the result of a flame(Odium) constrained and controlled, and so burns it’s fuel slowly and sullenly, like a brazier of coals. And like a Flame; it creates a void or “negative pressure” for lack of a better term around the fuel that it is burning. I think what we’re seeing with Moash is just this. Moash is so Connected to Odium that he is used as a fuel source, but more so than most because he is actively and consciously channeling his emotions toward Odium. Moash’s intent and Odiums Intent are aligned. And the resonance between those Intents facilitates a greater consumption of emotion to fuel Odium, resulting in a more pronounced Void. I feel like this is connected to Moashs’ new name: Vyre. (Which obviously sounds like fire, in keeping with the theme) but translates as He Who Quiets. He quiets the Tones, Rhythms, and emotions of himself and others around him, acting as a channel to fuel Odiums flame. Seems to be some evidence of Titles having a particularly tangible effect on Roshar. Combine Vyre with El. And you’d have something like Vyrel ( sounds a lot like viral), which if we look to Raboniel for naming conventions, may mean something like Lord of Quite/Silence. A weighty title for a people who hear Shards as Tones and Rhythms. Edit: this may also be a sly set up for Autonomy in the back five. i.e. Odium uses the passions of others to fuel himself/protect the vessel from being consumed by the shard. Autonomy may be doing something similar. Consuming the autonomy of “lesser beings” to fuel the shards intent.
  14. Actually, what for? Scadrial looks like the world that does not need Stormlight. It gets interesting as soon as you can fuel Feruchemy with it. Failing that, I see no point. The world that really is the ready market for Stormlight would be Nalthis. As far as aluminium is concerned there must be an alternate source in the Cosmere. SA is before Era 2. Aluminium is still scarce on Scadrial The Fused knew that there was aluminium under Urithiru. That makes it ancient. In fact it would predate the Lord Ruler. It was found in the Rose Empire These are the juicy bits! I can’t think of anything specific they could use stormlight for, outside of a stable replacement for ettmetal. But Kelsier wants it badly, and the Ghostbloods seem to have a plan for its use. 1. Still scarce yes. But Scadrial pre-catacandre was very cosmere aware and we have lots of hints that it was actively involved in the economy of the cognitive realm and probably had many worldhoppers. Aluminum could have been one of their exports. 2. I personally think this is evidence of Radiants and Fused actively trading in the cognitive realm before and during the Heraldic epochs. Also entirely possible through that knowledge exchange Radiant soulcasters learned to make aluminum in the first place. 3. The Rose Empire is the most fascinating to me at the moment. I’m not as familiar with Sel, as I am Roshar or Scadrial, but the word “ralkalest” sounds in my mind to be more Scadrian than Selish. It’s dangerous to get through the cognitive realm in Sel, but Hoid and the Ire seem to manage alright, so either it’s a natively Selish term that has diffused through the cognitive realm(via the Ire) or it’s a remnant of their trade with pre-catacendre Scadrial, and the term has been diffusing through the cognitive realm ever since Ruin and Preservation created Scadrial. And you’re totally right about trade coming before war, but I’d argue that they’re not mutually exclusive. Especially if we have a few cosmere Super Powers with some smaller players trading between them via the cognitive realm to survive. And yes! Colonies! They’re going to be key for extracting the resources these shardworlds need. Edit: to clarify, I am only excited about the narrative uses of colonies in the cosmere. Real world colonization is objectively awful.
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