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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Timespan for Stormlight Archives? (Spoilers)
« on: August 22, 2011, 04:24:35 PM »
It doesn't matter if it's the same size, bigger, or smaller than Earth.  If it takes 20 hours to rotate, then it has a 20 hour day.

Let's use Mars and Mercury as examples:
Mars has a 24.6229 hour day and is only has 11% of Earth's mass.  Mercury has a 1407.5 hour day and has about the same mass as Mars.  Mercury has nearly the same density of Earth.  Mar's radius is 0.533 Earths, and Mercury's radius is 0.3829 Earths.

The mass only matters for gravity.

Actually, Mars has twice the mass of Mercury. Yet at the same time, they both have almost the same surface gravity! Density of the planet also plays a role and can have significant impacts apparently. Source of all my apparent smartness:

The things I learn on this forum...  ;)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Timespan for Stormlight Archives? (Spoilers)
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:55:06 AM »
I'm sorry, how does rotational speed impact gravity? Unless you're rotating fast enough to lessen gravity (like flinging people off the planet ;) )... Rotating more slowly makes no sense

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law (Chapter 5)
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:46:12 AM »
Oh, so I'm totally off... :) Thanks for pointing that out!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: On Feruchemical 'Mistings'
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:43:53 AM »
It's been stated (by Peter I think, correct me if I'm wrong here) in another discussion on the time-manipulating metals that that universe is not our universe. Which means that while their physics may look similar to ours, they may still be fundamentally different. This may be a cheap answer, but in the end it means we shouldn't try to analyze the deeper physical effects too much - it'll work however Brandon wants it to work. And the simple reason is: "That's how things work there..."

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law (Chapter 5)
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:15:47 AM »
I actually thought there was no way of getting new mistwraiths - at least under the Lord Ruler. What was there was what they had. Naturally, Sazed may have changed that. But since the Kandra are also immortal (except of course murder), it's not an immediate issue that they can't get new mistwraiths until they run out. Until then they can just recycle the spikes.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law (Chapter 5)
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:44:10 AM »
My guess to the fight? Wax lightly tosses several coins out of the bubble, directly in line with the Vanishers he is targeting.  They are going slow enough to not be deflected much by passing through the bubble.  Wayne drops the bubble, then Wax pushes all dozen or so coins directly outwards, towards their targets.  Repeat two or three more times, then relax in victory.  I'm sure there's something wrong with this, but I'm not sure what it is. 

It sounds good, actually. My biggest concern is that it's 37 against 2! I know they are mistings, but any of the robbers could be, too. In fact, the train robberies already prove that they have some allomancers... Going against them directly seems foolish. Hope they don't regret it.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law (Chapter 5)
« on: August 11, 2011, 04:40:07 PM »
Great stuff!

It's interesting - Peter said that they can't really end the previews before chapter 6. So there is one more chapter coming. This would already have been a great cliff-hanger right there, if you ask me. Apparently, the next chapter is going to blow our minds  ;D

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 04, 2011, 04:39:21 PM »
PS: This is how I feel about the preview chapters:


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 04, 2011, 04:37:42 PM »
Time travel/manipulation is something that shouldn't be analyzed too much in literature. Sure, it may work out to match our physics somehow, but I don't care if it doesn't.

What Peter is saying is "This is not our universe." It's another universe, with different physics. There is no reason that universe has to match ours.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar as a possible radiant?
« on: June 19, 2011, 08:08:24 PM »
There are all sorts of hints about gems going dull and him being able to do some pretty extraordinary things, even in the plate.

Yes, this is quite clear in the fight against the Chasmfiend where he saves Elhokar. That could be instinctive surgebinding by him - Kaladin did it unconciously at first, too.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Im pissed about stormlight archive.
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:50:41 AM »
Just like the Mistborn series; each novel stands apart from the others. You didn't get to the end of book one and think "OH NO! I HAVE TO READ TWO MORE BOOKS!"

Speak for yourself.  I was definitely glad I got the boxed set, and I immediately switched to the next book both times. Although in my case it was more "OH YEAH! I GET TO READ TWO MORE BOOKS!"

I agree with Peter, people have stated their opinions and it may be best to just leave it at that.

Don't be this guy:

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoT release date
« on: June 06, 2011, 05:11:09 PM »
The November estimation is outdated - Brandon decided to re-read the entire series to make sure he doesn't miss anything while writing; that added several months to the estimation. New best guess is indeed spring next year sometime.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Nature of Shardblades? (Spoilers)
« on: June 01, 2011, 11:08:52 AM »
I have trouble imagining how a shardspear should work - wouldn't it get stuck all the time?

Shardblades are efficient because they cut trough anything - the tip of a spear could work similarly, but the shaft would get stuck all the time (blades can get stuck if twisted the wrong way if I recall correctly from the novel). Also, shard weapons are basically weapons of mass destruction because of their slicing power. Stabbing may work, but it's vastly less efficient when facing many opponents. Slicing large groups with a spear is not good, because if one guy gets a little closer, you hit him with the shaft, that doesn't slice and the spear is blocked.

Of course, you could say it's a spear with a short grip and a very long tip, but then really, it's a sword  ;)

I think it will be much more interesting to see the impact of half-shards on shard combat - current shardplates are basically 2-handed swords in their use pattern, and that combat style is very disadvantaged when facing a sword-and-shield opponent. There are actually many strategies that could mess up the current type of shard combat, and I predict that we will see quite a few new approaches not just based on surgebinding powers but also on intellectual progress.

Hmm, why pay tariffs for Urithiru then? Ooooh, could Urithiru be in Shadesmar? Somewhere in the flat lake? It seems land and sea are reversed there...  Not sure if that's a valid thing, more of a far out idea...

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