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Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Kaladin and Syl *Spoilers*
« on: August 13, 2011, 12:28:39 PM »
Perhaps we'll eventually get a diagram of the different powers like the metal chart for Mistborn. In which case there should definitely be an awesome poster for it.

Also, there was something else that occurred to me while reading through the thread but I've forgotten it ;.;

Edit: I remembered it! Here's some questions that I thought of:

So, were there highstorms before Almighty was killed? If not, what did they power the gems with? If so, were they lesser or greater in power? The KR seemed to have a pretty stable supply of stormlight, so if there were no highstorms then they are not the only source of maybe spren are sources of power, and now that Almighty is dead the highstorms are  a larger, more infrequent source?

I wonder if the diagram would be similar to that inside-cover illustration in the american hardback.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law - Vanishers Theory
« on: August 13, 2011, 12:25:34 PM »
Well, they were wearing aluminium hats and had aluminium bullets, so...

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law (Chapter 5)
« on: August 13, 2011, 12:11:08 PM »
Tensoon was from the third generation, but weren't there several after his? I thought the newest generation in the trilogy was the tenth, but I'd have to check to be sure...

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar as a possible radiant? *Spoilers*
« on: June 29, 2011, 07:51:07 PM »
Of the ones that weren't immediately slammed down as being largely inconsistent with the books, I'd say somewhere in the neighbourhood of a third of the predictions I read were largely correct. Hemalurgy was one of the best predictions, but there were plenty of discussions about things like the nature of the mist spirits, what drove Zane out of his mind, and so on.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Allow of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: June 29, 2011, 07:47:16 PM »
I really like that Brandon introduces Bendalloy by using it so Wax and Wayne can have a private conversation, rather than in a fight. :)

Also, the idea of "allomantically inert" alloys and metals other than silver is new, but that would make sense as in previous novels silver is the only metal that they'd be likely to be making anything from, wheras in a more industrial era aluminium is likely to be much more common both as a metal and as an alloy.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar as a possible radiant?
« on: June 19, 2011, 10:43:15 AM »
I agree with cabby that we know there is something special about Dalinar.  We can gather something is different about him from the visions he is having, but do those visions necessarily indicate he might be on track to become a radiant?

And ari54, what evidence in the book makes it "relatively clear" that Dalinar is on track to become some sort of radiant.

The chapter I referenced in the OP seems to be the only reference showing that Dalinar has a special gift when it comes to wielding plate and blade.  Is there evidence I have missed elsewhere that points towards him developing radiant-like powers?

There are all sorts of hints about gems going dull and him being able to do some pretty extraordinary things, even in the plate.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Don't listen to the jerks
« on: June 08, 2011, 10:30:08 AM »
My kneejerk reaction is; shouldn't WoT fans be thrilled that the series will be finished at all?

At the end of the day, I know I'd prefer a book that took as much time as it needed to be finished, and was the best it could be. That said, at almost 20 I know some people have waited my whole lifetime for this, so a little impatience is understandable. I sometimes wish I could just read it now, but it's not something I'd go saying all over the Internet.

We don't always think before we type. Should they pause to think about it, I'm sure the 'jerks' in question would realise Brandon's been almost superhuman in finding a balance between the two, putting a phenomenal amount of  hard work into very little time. I don't see how anyone could ask more from the guy! The sheer scope of WoT is incredible. I wouldn't have a clue where to start in Brandon's shoes.  :-\

Well, a lot of the negative reaction from WoT fans was after the announcement of the split, but before the release of TGS, so many of them had not yet read anything of Brandon's or discovered many of the reasons we already trusted him as an author. There was definitely a perception that the split was a commercial thing to make more money by filling out the book. (which will seem ridiculous to anyone who's read TGS or TofM, but that's what people were worried about)

As for the fans now who think that Brandon should be writing faster and only working on AMoL, it's probably just deep ignorance of the way the writing process works for an author, especially someone finishing up a large series like the Wheel of Time. There are many people who just don't consider that Brandon will need to continually re-read the books to stay anywhere near as familiar with the series as Robert Jordan was, and they probably don't even understand that writing fiction involves a lot of false starts, writing group and alpha-reader feedback, re-writing, and more feedback. Many people just think you sit down and bang out however many hundreds of thousands of words and you're done, lol.

I think I have to disagree with you, at least somewhat, on both counts.

The prince who has led a sheltered life IS a humble beginning- it's just that the inner journey is the one he's more obviously deficient in than the outer journey, because as a prince he already has social standing and recognition, but he has no idea about the world or life in general. You can't have a heroes journey without either a character in need of significant inner improvement, or external recognition, because otherwise there is no character to develop in the process of the journey. Howard, Dan, and Brandon are 100% correct in their interpretation.

As for Tolkien not being an outliner... discovery writers can absolutely suffer from World Builder's disease, it's just instead of getting it from outlining, they do it by developing the backstory too much, or being far too slow in realizing when their discovery writing is branching off from the story they want to tell. The former definitely describes Tolkien, as the Silmarillion was definitely backstory, even if he really did conceive it as a complete or independent work, and could never have stood alone without investment in the world of middle earth that we got from LOTR. You're absolutely right that what he was doing had no relation to outlining, however.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar as a possible radiant?
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:30:05 AM »
I thought it was relatively clear that Dalinar is currently set to become some sort of Radiant. (Not that it isn't possible for him to get knocked off that track, of course)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law - UK cover
« on: April 10, 2011, 10:49:52 AM »

Reminds me of the cover of the Night Angel trilogy books.

From what I understand, they started the trend.

Brandon is like the only author with better US covers than UK covers. =/

Brandon Sanderson / Re: [WIP] The Cosmere
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:39:26 AM »
I think it's pretty reasonable to assume that Endowment is alive until we have active reason to call that into question. If Endowment was obviously dead as of WoK, I think their death would have been mentioned along with Aona and Skai.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The Ten Focus Characters of the 10 SA Books
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:19:02 AM »
Given how shallow Elhokar is at the moment there's probably enormous potential for growth, too, which could make him a great viewpoint character later on. Given that we've already been introduced to all the relevant players in WoK, that Elhokar could work out as one of the 9/10 viewpoint characters (Kaladin might get two books) seems relatively likely.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Nature of Shardblades? (Spoilers)
« on: February 19, 2011, 01:59:12 AM »
What makes you think a dawnshard is a blade? Shardplate also has shard in the name. Shard seems a material/origin description....
Page 997 when the Almighty is talking about how to defeat Odium he suggests getting Odium to pick a champion then says "A champion could work well for you, bit it is not certain. And... without the Dawnshards... Well, I have done what I can."

That sounds to me like a Dawnshard is a way to defeat the champion.

Add the Epigraph to that, which also looks like a Dawnshard is a way to defeat (bind) creatures.

So the Dawnshard is offensive in nature, but it could be a sword (hammer or other weapon) or it could be more like a Soulcaster (a source of combat magic).

Well, I'd be inclined to think the bit about dawnshards is more generally aimed at talking about how to defeat Odium, and not necessarily just about binding his champion if he chooses one.

Also, choosing a champion really doesn't necessarily mean anything to do with a duel. The word is used in other contexts than just dueling. It probably just indicates someone chosen as an agent for Odium to bestow extraordinary powers upon.

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

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

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.

Add Elhokar to Soulcasters ;)

We know that Elhokar sees something that resembles Shallan's (truth)spren. This may imply they're in the same order of the Knights Radiant, or it may not. :) It could be possible to see these spren without being bonded to them by belonging to a different order, or even without being a Radiant. :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn e-book art
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:01:15 AM »
It's definitely a really good cover- it's rather amusing that e-books are getting such great covers in general, actually. :)

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