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Brandon Sanderson / Re: BYU Dragonsteel is Missing
« on: September 19, 2010, 06:19:49 PM »
Or maybe Brandon is devious enough to arrange a prolonged checkout of Dragonsteel so as to not spoil any Cosmere secrets that he is not yet ready to reveal.  ;)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Bridge 4 Crew T-Shirts
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:08:29 PM »
How about a picture of a shield with bones crossed over top of it, with the caption, "I'm wearing your mom."

(Okay, maybe a bit too irreverent, but I giggled.)

Maybe just a picture of a bridge with the caption, "Have bridge. Will side carry."

edit: altered my 2nd idea.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favourite Minor Character
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:33:48 PM »
Syl is a minor character? I mean sure, she's kinda Kaladin's "sidekick", but I wouldn't call her role "minor".

Hey, I was following the criteria of the OP, which was any character that is not a POV character (or Hoid). :P

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favourite Minor Character
« on: September 17, 2010, 03:14:57 PM »
(spoilers ahead)

Definitely Syl. She is awesomespren. Especially in the one scene where she fended off the deathspren by charging them with her lightsaber. Love her.  :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Language of Dalinar's gibberish?
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:52:14 PM »
It's been quite a while since I've read Elantris, and I don't have my copy with me. Do we ever hear any words, or just Hrathen's description of the language? Also, what was his description?

I am actually in the process of re-reading Elantris, but I am not very far into it. So far, the language has not been described or spoken, outside of Aon names. I did find an interesting blog post written by Brandon regarding the construction of Elantris' languages:

If any of these languages were to apply, I would guess Aonic, but that doesn't really seem to fit.

Edit: Found another article on the Warbreaker language / naming convention:

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Language of Dalinar's gibberish?
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:10:31 PM »
I don't remember what page that line was on. Can you post the page number (or just the poem itself)?

"Anak malah kaf, del makian habin yah"

Which in WoK, translated to: "To be human is to want that which we cannot have."

Navani suspected that he was speaking in Dawnchant. Though where we have heard this language before, I am not certain.

Reference pages 853-854 (hardback).

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOK Spoilers: Parshmen
« on: September 15, 2010, 05:01:14 PM »
I am curious as to how they reproduce. They must somehow, since they populate half the planet. But there's been no mention of parshbabies, as far as I can remember. Even if there isn't some strange voidbringer cylce it's possible that the dead parshmen are resuurected somehow, right? Maybe stormlight revives them, which is why they're just left in the wild.
I don't think so. When Bridge 4 is down searching the chasms, they find all kinds of Parshendi bodies, and at one point I believe Kaladin makes a comment about how the Parshendi bodies were heavy enough that a highstorm wouldn't move them (since that would be the best way for the bodies to be infused with Stormlight), so he would have noticed the distinct lack of bodies after a highstorm.

Also, remember at one point, Dalinar comments that he thinks he found a female Parshendi (he also put forth that maybe the pairs of fighters were husband and wife). That's a possible explanation of the reproduction.

Random thought. You know how Parshmen/Parshendi are very particular about not disturbing the bodies of their fallen comrades? How Parshendi will go to great lengths in battle in order to avoid doing so? And then there was Shen's reaction to Kaladin when he moved a Parshendi corpse, and Sigzil explaining that all Parshmen were like that - a seemingly emotionless bunch, except that they become irate when someone tampers with their dead.

Hubay mentioned resurrection, that perhaps Parshendi are revived by Stormlight. This was something I suspected as well, when I was reading through the book. But maybe there are certain conditions that must be met - such as, a Parshmen/Parshendi must not be disturbed except by their own kin, else the revival is nullified. Perhaps their bodies must be handled in a very specific way. And maybe it's not a resurrection that occurs, but an evolving of sorts - Parshmen become Parshendi which grow into to something else, maybe Chasmfiends.

This is all just idle speculation, of course. But it's interesting to ponder...

From a Barnes & Noble Q&A session with Brandon:

"Each of the 'Shardworlds' I've written in (Mistborn, Elantris, Warbreaker, Way of Kings) exists with the same cosmology.  All things exist on three realms--the spiritual, the cognitive, and the physical.  What's going on here is an interaction between the three realms.  I don't to bore you with my made up philosophy, but I do have a cohesive metaphysical reasoning for how my worlds and magic works.  And there is a single plane of existence--called Shadesmar, the Cognative Realm--which connects them all.
You will never need to know any of this to read and enjoy my books, but there is an overarching story behind all of them, going on in the background.  Adonalsium, Hoid, the origin of Ati, Leras, the Dor, and the Voice (from Warbreaker) are all tied up in this."


"Hoid is quite proficient at manipulating Shadesmar for his own ends."

The entire interview can be found here:

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