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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: August 10, 2009, 07:18:39 AM »
Just finished my second read of the book and I'm kind of confused.  What (or how), exactly, did Lightsong heal with his final Breath?  I mean, we know Susebron regained his tongue, but for me it raises a number of questions about the metaphysics of the magic system.

First--what was there to heal precisely?  That is, can Returned--who can alter their appearances--do things like grow or atrophy their own limbs?  We know that male Returned in Hallandren can gain height and strength, so it's possible that Returned can alter themselves thusly.

And there's a bigger question--how alive are the Returned? While clearly sentient, it is not clear to what extent they are actually alive--they certainly don't need food or water any more.

So I guess the more general phrasing of my question is this: does Returned-Returned healing work the same as Returned-normal healing?  What are the physical limitations for Returned transformation? 

In this case there are three possibilities, and I'm not sure which is right:
  • The healing was an example of a Magic Feather ( needed confidence, but had the ability to restore his tongue without healing
  • The healing was the only way to restore the tongue
  • Lightsong actually healed something else (maybe the original death), so Susebron is no longer Returned (loony theory)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOT Help
« on: December 21, 2008, 06:56:16 PM »
Curious that so many fantasy novels are set in medieval-like settings, yet lack a key part of that culture: churches. 

Wheel of Time isn't really set in medieval-like setting. The tech level and societal level is more or less at that stage that comes right before an industrial revolution.  Indeed I would expect an industrial revolution to occurr early in the fourth age, assuming there is a fourth age...

I agree, the main continent is definitely on the verge of an industrial revolution--as Rand's latest trip to the Academy and Mat's experiments with cannon demonstrate.  But could Aiel carry guns, that is the question.

To go back to why there are no churches in Randland, I think Jordan said something about this a while ago.  I can't find the original quote, but religion isn't like our world because the Blight, Trollocs, Myddraal, and thousands of other creatures created in the War of Power serve as daily reminders that the Dark One and the Creator are real.  There isn't the need to affirm their belief, because the theology of Randland is empirically visible.  I'd also argue that the Aes Sedai fill most of the holes typically served by a religion--serving as moral advisors, preserving the land's philosophy, history, and knowledge, connection to a preternatural force.

I also think that most of the bumps--all except those about Vin/Elend/current events--could have been written by Rashek with little change.  In fact, it still might be interesting to see how Rashek seeks to defend/explain his actions centuries after seeing the effects.

Thanks for answering our questions!  I'm looking forward to meeting you in a couple weeks at the San Diego signing!

1) How/why did you decide to go with Sazed as the epigraph author?  I'll admit I was absolutely positive it was going to be Rashek, if only because of the parallelism (ancient story in epigraphs/modern story in text).
2) What happened to Kwaan? I was half expecting to see him amongst the kandra First Generation.
3) How technologically advanced was the society before the Final Empire? You reference gunpowder, and certainly the current day seems to have technologies like canning and clocks, so how much did Rashek destroy?
4) Do any structures/cities still exist after Sazed's ascention? Or do the survivors need to start from scratch?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hero of Ages Chapter 1
« on: August 24, 2008, 02:52:44 AM »
Maybe Rashek was misled, but he's still not a nice guy.

I really agree with you.  In fact, I think Kwaan chose Rashek precisely because he wasn't a good man.  And at the same time, it's part of the great mystery of what Rashek did and what he was supposed to do at the Well. 

As for where they find his logbook, it's quite possible that it's somewhere in Kredik Shaw or Statlin City or even the Conventical.  Or maybe the main characters stumble upon the ruins of Khlennium or simply a noble family's library in Luthadel. Another parallel favoring Rashek for the bump writer is that Alendi's logbook was key in Final Empire and Kwaan's rubbing was likewise in Well of Ascention.  It would make sense that something written by Rashek about what he did at the Well and begin the Final Empire would serve as a key plot component in Hero of Ages.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hero of Ages Chapter 1
« on: August 24, 2008, 01:06:08 AM »
I think it's Rashek, because it makes the most sense.  As Brandon recently pointed out in the blog, it's a "story within a story" and we've heard from two of the three main characters in that story--Kwaan and Alendi--so it makes sense for Rashek to be the third.  Not to mention that we need to know what Rashek did at the Well in order to figure out how Vin and Elend put the world back right.

However, I think Rashek's been misled.  In WoA, Kwaan tells us that his last hope is to convince Rashek to kill Alendi to prevent Alendi from giving up the power.  From Rashek's point of view, he believes he is the Hero (at least at the point in time he writes the bump) because that's what Kwaan tells him.  I think Kwaan's strategy is to tell Rashek he's the Hero of Ages, as well as what to do at the Well (even more than just "don't give up the power plzkthx").  But either something goes wrong, or there's something Rashek can't do because he's not a hemalurgist, and ended up with the world of the Final Empire.  For the "unfortunately"? Rashek was jealous of Alendi, but having the fate of the world on your back can put things into perspective, particularly if, as I believe, part of Kwaan's instructions included that Rashek might die/would have to constantly maintain the fight against Ruin or the Deepness for a thousand years/something similarly bleak.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Rashek's hatred not misplaced
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:42:17 AM »
Part of the problem is that (as far as I remember) no one besides Alendi and Vin has felt the pulsings of the well--one reason I think Alendi was actually a/the Hero of Ages.  I think hemalurgy, like allomancy, came out of whatever Rashek did at the well, which I hope is revealed in MB3.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The 16th metal's power--Potential spoilers.
« on: June 29, 2008, 02:58:36 AM »
I've been thinking that the metal Elend ingested should be paired with Duraluminum.  It's like a lightswitch: Elend's metal "turns on" your latent Allomancy in the same way Duraluminum "turns up your dial".  Aluminum "shuts down" your metals in the same way the last metal would "turn off" your ability to use Allomancy.   

The bigger question for me is, can anyone burn Elend's metal?  If a random Skaa was picked out and given  a drop of the metal, would they develop allomancy? Every statement about why Allomancy is limited to the nobility originates in the propaganda machine of TLR. 

I'm not sure if the power at the Well is necessarily allomantic--Allomancy doesn't seem to do much in the way of creation or distruction, even in large amounts.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn 3 Plot Points *Spoilers*
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:31:11 AM »
Yeah, I got a little caught up in what I was saying.  We know something in or about the mists is killing people.  I assumed it was somehow related to mist spirit.  We don't know if that's true or not.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The 16th metal's power--Potential spoilers.
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:29:28 AM »
Wacky theory time--what if it's all genetics?

One thing about Elend is that he may not have *shown* Allomancy, but we know he comes from a family where members have it.  What if what distinguished the Skaa and the nobility at the beginning of the Lord Ruler's reign was this genetic alternation.  Those who could burn the 15th metal became the new ruling class and those for whom it did nothing were relegated to drudgery.  Remember the comment that Allomancers used to be stronger back in the day.  Perhaps this is simple genetic drift over time combined with some amount of breeding between the nobility and the Skaa--also creating mistings.  This might also explain TLR's prohibitions on relations between nobility and Skaa.

The 16th metal would be Take Away Allomantic Ability, but it would only work on those with the right genes.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn 3 Plot Points *Spoilers*
« on: June 23, 2008, 06:53:54 AM »
I think it depends how the "millenial" cycle works.  If every thousand years the Well fills and gives Ruin a chance to influence the world and free itself, assuming Ruin is immortal, all it needs to do is wait and build.  One cycle it creates a prophesy, another it creates the Deepness, another it alters the prophesy.  Ruin could have created the prophesy 1,000 years before Kwaan/Alendi/Rashek/et al, knowing that it would be disregarded in the first cycle, but powerful in the next cycle.  Then precisely because of how Kwaan stopped Alendi, it guaranteed that only vague memories of what actually happened remained, and Ruin found itself able to manipulate a little more--enough to convince Vin to do what she did.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn 3 Plot Points *Spoilers*
« on: June 20, 2008, 03:05:00 AM »
^^That's what I meant by "jacket tag."

Knowing how much Brandon likes religion, I've been thinking about how Ruin/Preservation might be similar to other sorts of dualisms.  I may be wrong, but most dualist frameworks I'm familiar with tend to emphasize the importance of both aspects of the dyad--Good and Evil, order and chaos, saidin and saidar (little WoT reference).  It's always about how both are necessary for the world to function.  That's where I get my loony theory.  If Ruin was "trapped" and the Final Empire is pretty close to pure Preservation, well, Preservation can also be stagnation without a little bit of chaos every once in a while.  Maybe it's not so much about recapturing Ruin as it is rebalancing the dyad?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn 3 Plot Points *Spoilers*
« on: June 19, 2008, 08:47:05 AM »
I just finished WoA, and only read through MB1 a couple weeks ago, but I had a few thoughts.

How did Rashek know what to do when he reached the Well?  Or did he *not* know what to do at the Well and decided to take control for himself?   The idea that he didn't know what to do at the Well doesn't sit well with me (pun not intended) because the Final Empire seems too deliberate for there to be no deliberate action on Rashek's part.  However, I also find it hard to believe that Kwaan would have told Rashek to leave the world as he eventually did.   I wonder if we'll get Rashek epigraphs in MB3.

This, I think, touches on the big unanswered questions about the metaphysics of the Mistborn-verse.  Normally in fantasy novels, there's a prophesy and it's fulfilled, albeit in a circuitous way.  Here, we don't even know if the Hero of Ages prophesy existed or if it was created by Ruin during some millenial cycle or another.  Further, how does sensing the Well tie into the Hero of Ages prophesy? Both Vin and Alendi seem to have sensed the Well--which could imply that Alendi was indeed the Hero of Ages. But if Alendi was a Hero of Ages then Kwaan also made a mistake by having Rashek kill him.

This brings me to my pet loony theory is that Ruin has to be released at the Well--despite Kwaan's account--in order to save the world.  The sense of wrongness about Rashek's Final Empire implies that the way to defeat Ruin isn't simply to use the power at the Well.   The Hero of Ages must do something with the power, but what?

The magics of Mistborn-verse seem key to this.  The Deepness can't really be understood without Allomancy, but Allomancy didn't exist until after Rashek took the power at the Well.  Ruin seems to have power of Feruchemy but not Allomancy.  I think one important question is whether Hemalurgy also was created at the Well.  Or another way, are Allomancy and Hemalurgy like the Kandra/Koloss dichotomy, embodying the two sides to the world's mythos? 

The Mist Spirit is another character that seems questionable in the Ruin/Preservation mythos.  If it is connected to Ruin, as the jacket tag for MB3 describes, why did it show Vin how to save Elend? 

Lastly, on Kwaan, isn't in interesting that we don't know his fate?  Was he killed when Rashek remade the world or did he survive into the Final Empire?

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