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I think it's possible that the Parshendi were misled by some other party into killing Galivar, but I don't have any doubt that they made the order. That said, I don't think it's very likely that someone else talked them into it. I think there is a reason that the Parshendi killed him, although we don't know it yet. The scene with Dalinar and the Parshendi Shardbearer near the end of the book could have something to do with it. They needed to get Dalinar out into the Shattered Plains for some reason, or something along those lines.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Truthless
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:26:05 PM »

Eh, where are you getting all of that from? This little paragraph?:
Dangerous thoughts. His way of life was all that remained to him. If he questioned Stone Shamanism, would he then question his nature as Truthless? Dangerous, dangerous. Though his murders and sins would damn him, at least his soul would be given to the stones upon his death. He would continue to exist. Punished, in agony, but not exiled to nothingness.
Better to exist in agony than to vanish entirely.

Hmm, I missed this on my first reading and I just started my second so maybe that's why this occurs to me now. Does Szeth's talk of punishment there remind anyone else of Kalak talking about where he goes after he dies in the Prelude (Hardbound page 16)?

How long had it been? Centuries, perhaps millennia, of torture. It was so hard to keep track. Those fires, those hooks, digging into his flesh anew each day. Searing the skin off his arm, then burning the fat, then driving to the bone.

They are bound by an Oathpact and Szeth is bound by an Oathstone. Szeth never mentions the type of torture but if there are two different places people are punished after death that would be a bit coincidental. Maybe I'm drawing parallels where there are none but they seem connected somehow.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Truthless
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:04:51 PM »
So I have theory it could be way off the mark but I wonder if being a Truthless has to do with breaking the Oath Pact with your spren and that part of the reason Szeth can't kill himself is because when he abandoned the Oath Pact his spren put a final oath on him in order to release him.   

Just my opinion here, but I don't think there is any compulsion or magic forcing Szeth to obey the holder of his oathstone or keeping him from killing himself. I think he is just that inherently honorable, as most Shin are.

Just because it's a fantasy series doesn't mean it has to have a fantastical explanation.

Well if we can assume that Szeth's powers are the same as Kaladin's (and I think everyone goes along with that) the same honor that keeps him obeying the oathstone holder is probably what attracted the honorspren to him in the first place. I'd say something about him attracting the spren is how he became Truthless. Now how he still has the powers with no obvious connection to the spren is an interesting question.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOK Spoilers: Parshmen
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:33:01 PM »
If you assume that the Parshendi are Voidbringers, then I believe they do, or at least can have Surgebinders. There is a passage in the Prologue that hints at it (I only have the ebook version with me so I don't know the Hardcover page but it's early on):

Stormlight could be held for only a short time, a few minutes at most. It leaked away, the human body too porous a container. He had heard that the Voidbringers could hold it in perfectly. But, then, did they even exist?

I think the next two sentences are significant to this topic too, but I can't quite get a handle on why.

His punishment declared that they didn't. His honor demanded that they did.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The Gathering Storm - First Impressions *SPOILERS*
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:42:21 PM »
From the overall feeling in this thread, I guess I'm one of the few that actually preferred Sanderson's Mat to the original. Then again, I never overly cared for Mat much and have been known to skim his chapters  in the past. Sure, he's the trickster with the heart of gold, but I always just felt he whined a little TOO much for my taste. I can only put up with so much "I'm no bloody hero" over and over. I much prefer the new Mat.

Veins of Gold is one of the best things ever written in the WoT Universe, it was wonderful and moving. I can't wait until we see Rand in the next book and find out what happens.

Well done Brandon, and congratulations!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: use of steelpulling
« on: March 12, 2008, 06:54:10 PM »
I'm only around the middle of the second book, so I might be missing out on something (I definitely haven't gotten to the part about the gate yet) but I think a Lurcher doing anything like this would be impossible.  You'd have to have a lot of speed and dexterity to pull this off, not to mention a real good head for physics.  I don't think the speed of objects while they are in flight has ever been discussed, but that's one of the big factors here.  You'd have to be able to move laterally as fast as the object is moving toward you in order to maintain any sort of ellipse without the object coming toward you.  If you could pull the object extremely slowly you could perhaps make an ellipse but the speed of the object wouldn't be practical for any sort of shield.  It would not only be extremely difficult to maintain, but impractical unless you were fighting in a huge open area.  It might make sense to use an object much larger than you perhaps, but then you run into the weight problem.  I think the way Mistborn can create an effect like this much more easily is by both pushing and pulling being alternated (the last fight between Kell and the Inquisitor comes to mind here where he is confusing the "sight" of the Inquisitor by moving many objects around between the two of them very quickly). 

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: February 29, 2008, 08:32:34 PM »
I'm one of the folks brought here by hearing that an author I had never heard of was going to finish off the WoT books.  Honestly, at first I was horrified.  Not that I wanted it never to be finished, but I just couldn't imagine someone else doing it.  I came here with A LOT of skepticism to check out the person who would be completing the WoT, fairly certain that this was going to be awful and I might not even be able to bring myself to read it, which makes what I am going to say so much more shocking.  I used to enjoy reading a great deal, but recently have fallen out of love with it I think, barely reading more than a couple of books in a year.  Since I picked up the first Mistborn book I can't stop.  I devoured that one, ordered the second one (none of the book stores around here seem to carry it, alas) and couldn't stop itching to read more while waiting for it so I started and finished the latest Warbreaker draft.  I may have to go out and get Elantris tonight too after reading the teaser chapters at the end of Warbreaker!  You sir, have turned me into a convert.  Thank you so much for bringing me back to reading, I am thoroughly enjoying it. 

I admire your creativity and style.  You have a gift for character building and dialog that shines.   In closing, all I have to say is that you now have to write faster because I'm almost out of things to read again. :)

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