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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Nature of Shardblades? (Spoilers)
« on: February 07, 2011, 10:18:30 AM »
I also didn't get the impression that Dawnshards were necessarily swords, or literal physical weapons,the epigraph talks about them binding things. If you wanna take that literally they could be sets of manacles. But it's probably an object that has mystical binding powers. Possibly what was used to bind the Voidbringers into slavery as the parshmen? That's my wild theory for  the night.

I still say that the wording of her thoughts about the Blade indicates that she must have gotten it from him after he died, and he wasn't killed with it.

It's possible that she was so pissed off at him that she picked up the Blade and took a few swings at his corpse for good measure, thus shearing through the soulcaster. Although I'd think his corpse would have been in pieces if she'd done that, kinda hard to slice partway through something with a Shardblade, unless it's really big, especially if she was pissed off at him in the first place, doesn't sound like it was in pieces. And if she was swinging wildly at the corpse with it, she'd have put some nice holes in the floor too,and somebody would have noticed the nice neat holes in the floor.

It's also possible that the Blade landed on the coat when materializing and sliced through the soulcaster that way.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: February 05, 2011, 09:22:38 PM »
It also reminds me a lot of Vin drawing in the mists, the breathes them in and then they swirl around her, oozing back out of her skin, especially when she exhales.

Definitely not a co-incidence, the Stormlight is clearly the power/"body" of a Shard, most likely Honor.

The fact that the Blade was his is strongly supported by the fact that she thinks of it as the fruit of her sin and the proceeds of her most horrible act, it's hard to imagine her doing something more horrible then killing her father to get it. Killing your dad is pretty horrible, even if he was a nasty piece of work.

I don't think she killed him for the Blade, like I said,  I doubt anybody but him, and whoever he got it from (possibly the Ghostbloods although if he got it from them, why didn't  they ask about it as well as the soulcaster?) knew about it. Except maybe Helaran. So she didn't know about it till after she killed him,and the Blade materialized itself.

I think he went too far abusing one of her brothers (who she obviously cares about a lot) and she finally had enough of that crap, and killed him in the heat of anger.

I'm going with "nobody besides Shallan knows about it."

Cause if her brothers knew about it, they'd either be wondering where it went, if  they didn't know what happened to it, or Balat would have pressured her into handing it over.

I'm guessing it was a total secret on her father's part, except maybe from Helaran, and Shallan was totally shocked when she killed him and found out he'd had it. And then she decided to grab it and keep it a secret, cause if anybody'd found out about it they'd have  been wondering where it came from, and she  obviously doesn't want anybody to know that she killed her dad.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:04:57 PM »
oooh, I hadn't really thought of the Words as a contract before,but that does make sense. 

Especially in light of Kaladin and Syl's relationship, being like a contract/exchange, she gets intelligence,and he gets awesome superpowers. 

Seems like there's a  lot of contracts going on.

I suppose it's possible that that Shardbearer could have been Shallan's brother, although that feels like a bit much of a contrived coincidence for my tastes.

It also gives me bad bad images of Shallan walking up to Kaladin, summoning her Blade,and going "Hello, my name is Shallan Davar, you killed my brother, prepare to die." Even though she'd never do that. And I've never actually seen that movie. I hate you, TVTropes.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Parshendi (WoK spoilers)
« on: February 02, 2011, 09:26:08 AM »
I don't think he got to the innards either, except he had to saw bits of skull off cause the carapace was attached to the skull itself, so he would have seen bits of the membranes that cover the brain,but still you can tell something about physiology just by getting a close look at the outsides, which he did, also they have orange blood, which suggests a decidedly non-human biochemistry.   

Of course, the Lord Ruler was able to turn humans into mistwraiths, which are seemingly even less human, so if the power of a Shard got involved...........


Their being windrunners was in dispute? What we were saying is that Windrunner might be a component magic for two of the Orders of the Knights Radiant, rather than an order itself. I recall Brandon previously saying that each order is composed of a union of two types of magic.

Yes, but we do know that Windrunners is an order, not a power. The powers for windrunners are gravity and pressure. Can't be bothered to look up the sources, try the wiki  8)

It's in the interview over at i believe.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: February 02, 2011, 09:11:14 AM »
Knowing Brandon, I don't think you have to worry about it not getting an explanation. Brandon always  thinks his magic systems through throughly and they always have well-defined rules.

And I thought it was an awesome scene. Especially with the ensuing epic ass kicking.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: February 01, 2011, 12:47:17 AM »
*accidental*  fan food! I love it!

Brandon sez both Kaladin and Szeth are Windrunners. (interview with

Also, it was the male knight that fell out of the sky.

Yeah. Yeah that sounds about right. He's not nearly as powerless as Jasnah made him out to be, either. Hell, maybe the thugs in that one alley near that theater were actually EMPLOYED by Taravangian.

But for what? Kill rich theater-goers? Cause that's what they did... The assault on Jasnah definitely wasn't planned - no sane plan relies on waiting for the victim to randomly choose to wander into a dangerous alley without protection.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the thugs were just thugs. Who were subsequently unlucky enough to become the subject of a creative philosophy lesson. And now somebody has a new realistic statue.

I'm keen on seeing Sanderson explore this aspect of his books. In a way it validates the similarities we see in his magic systems. I read some comments where some people believe Sanderson is rehashing/retooling his magic systems from series to series. Frankly I see nothing wrong with an author getting as much mileage out of a concept as he can. But I don't think that's the case here. I think those similarities are there because the author fully intends them to be there.
Sanderson is a strong proponent of magic systems being governed by a palpable sense of logic. It only stands to reason then that if these magic systems occupy the same cosmos (and possibly come from the same source) that they bear some semblance to each other. Its all by design.

Brandon has actually said that there is an underlying logic to all the Cosmere magic, so yeah, it's not surprising that we have the same kinds of abilities showing up in different books, because they are all working off the same internal logic.

Unfortunately I forget exactly where he said this.

and he had to edit the Hobbit after the fact to make the Ring of Power make sense.

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