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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Roots of the Cosmere
« on: October 13, 2010, 03:42:19 PM »
The initial discovery of the Cosmere books being in the same universe happened when someone noticed the repeat use of the name Hoid in Warbreaker and another book, asked Brandon about it, and got told that it's actually the same character rather than just the same name.  I'm not sure which non-Warbreaker book it was, but I don't think Hoid ever identifies himself by that name in Final Empire or Well of Ascension, so it would have to be either Elantris or Hero of Ages.  This happened well before Warbreaker got published as a printed book; Warbreaker has been available in digital format for free from since its early draft stages.

The name Adonalsium was first revealed (with an unfortunate typo, the l was missing so it appeared as Adonasium) in a chapter epigraph in Hero of Ages.  It was mentioned precisely once, and only in a small remark that was never referred to again, and never appeared again in the books until Hoid said it in Way of Kings, but several readers jumped on it and started asking Brandon tons of questions about it.  Most of the available information about the Cosmere comes from Hero of Ages, inferences based on Hero of Ages, and Brandon's answers to questions.  Way of Kings has also added some material, particularly with the letter in one set of chapter epigraphs, which is clearly written by and addressed to people who know a lot about the Shards of Adonalsium.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Just finished the Way of Kings *SPOILERS*
« on: October 08, 2010, 10:36:07 PM »
Hoid was also a character I would have liked to see more of.  After his interaction with Kaladin I thought maybe he was the last Herald but that was proven wrong, though I'm still interested, and can't wait to find out what his story is.
Search around on this forum a bit and you'll find plenty more about him.  He is practically immortal, able to travel between planets, and has appeared in Elantris, all three Mistborn books, and Warbreaker in addition to Way of Kings.  He has yet to play a central role and has had no viewpoint scenes, though, so he's still mostly a mystery.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOT Help
« on: October 08, 2010, 06:48:23 PM »
And who and what, really, is Wit?
Wit is Hoid.  If you don't know who Hoid is, you really haven't been reading this forum much.

Hoid appears in both Well of Ascension and Hero of Ages.  I think he even uses the name Hoid in HoA.  His appearance in WoA is a bit hard to spot, and it took a while for someone to guess it correctly and get Brandon to confirm it.

So far, every Cosmere book without exception has at least one Hoid appearance.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOT Help
« on: October 05, 2010, 05:18:40 AM »
Should I resurrect it for the next WOT book?? lol
Sure, why not?  Have you read the prologue, chapter 1, and chapter 8 (I think) yet?  Those have all been released online already.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Towers of Midnight *spoilers*
« on: October 03, 2010, 04:32:58 PM »
I'm pretty sure the Foretellings/visions/etc. dealing with Rand's death indicate that all three of his girls will be mourning him, so I'm pretty confident Min will survive to that point.  Of course, Rand's death will be faked or somehow temporary, so anything could happen after his "resurrection".  Rand could "die" in ToM, but I think that's more likely to be in A Memory of Light.

Graendal is definitely going to cause some havoc, though, it's just hard to predict the details.  Cadsuane is a possibility, and if Graendal finds out about the Warder bond she might go after Alanna.  I'll be amused if she ends up killing Rand (the one recoverable time that we keep getting prophetic indications for) and then the Dark One punishes her for offing him before Tarmon Gai'don.

The one plot arc that I'm looking forward to most, though, is the Tower of Ghenjei expedition to rescue Moiraine.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Shalan - near end of book **SPOILERS**
« on: October 01, 2010, 06:13:21 PM »
Because it hasn't been put back together "perfectly", just well enough that visual and tactile inspection can't tell the difference.  It is an ancient magical device, and mere physical reassembly is not sufficient to repair damage to the magical portion of its workings.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: A use for Aluminum
« on: October 01, 2010, 06:08:23 PM »
Shortly after Hero of Ages was released, Brandon revealed in a Q&A thread (which is apparently no longer stickied) here that, while pretty much all actual feruchemists were killed by the Steel Inquisitors in Hero of Ages, feruchemy remained in the Terris bloodlines.  The death of all those feruchemists plus interbreeding with other peoples diluted the feruchemical heritage to the point where the abilities split and started producing feruchemical mistings.  Thus, by the time of the planned sequel trilogy several hundred years later, single-metal users would be common for both magic systems, and occasionally someone would have both allomantic and feruchemical ability, each with one metal.  If the metals happen to be the same, then that person would be able to pull off The Lord Ruler's trick with that particular metal.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Shalan - near end of book **SPOILERS**
« on: October 01, 2010, 03:07:23 PM »
-random point- did they find the sheared pieces of the soulcaster, or did those just decide to go off and vanish?
They found them and glued (or something) them back together.  Shallan has the reassembled pieces, and her possession of them is a critical part of her plan to steal Jasnah's soulcaster - without them, she'd have nothing to replace Jasnah's soulcaster with.  I'm not sure how you could have missed this, as it's rather important to her part of the plot and is mentioned repeatedly.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hopes/Predictions/Wild Theories for Book 2
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:35:05 PM »
Well, there is his sword for evidence.  Also, I expect Hoid would do something to help him.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Shardplate running without gems (WoK spoilers)
« on: September 27, 2010, 03:40:47 AM »
His very first PoV scene in the prologue includes a mental comment that Shardplate interferes with his Surgebinding, so he had to choose one or the other.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:47:43 PM »
George RR Martin fans have convinced him to try his hand at A Song of Ice and Fire, as they figure he can finish the entire series before Martin releases his next book.
As I recall, Brandon has already specifically stated that he would not accept the job of finishing A Song of Ice and Fire even if it were offered to him after Martin dies.  Yes, this was in response to fans asking him about it.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Spren and Hoid (spoilers)
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:19:13 PM »
Assuming he's speaking the truth, which I think is a pretty safe bet, that is Talenel'Elin, the only one of the Heralds who did not abandon the Oathpact as shown in the prelude, and that sword is a Dawnshard rather than a Shardblade. Following Kalak's mental remarks from the prelude, if Talenel had died his blade would have vanished, unlike a normal Shardblade. Thus, he is alive. Also, he's the only reasonable candidate for the "major viewpoint character who first appeared in the epilogue" that Brandon mentioned in an interview he linked to in his blog recently.

I'm wondering if that's actually about Kaladin as the "I" person.  Promises are not usually referred to as "killed", but that choice of word would make perfect sense if it's referring to Kaladin's promise to bring his brother home alive. Maybe Amaram's the one who "saved" his life, by granting him the mercy of being sold into slavery instead of killed with the rest of his squad? Hard to say who counts as having killed the promise under this interpretation, though.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOK: Navani's Notebook Translation *MAJOR SPOILERS*
« on: September 23, 2010, 07:54:55 PM »
I've seen a quote somewhere stating something like "English likes to hunt down other languages in dark alleys and go through their pockets for loose grammar." English is an unusually difficult language to learn for non-native speakers because it has a huge number of words, phrases, and special cases adopted from other languages, and many of these have exceptions to normal English grammatical rules because for that particular word/phrase/etc. the rules of the language it came from were adopted with it. As a result, English has an enormous number of exceptions to every rule, and really learning the language well requires learning both the rules and the gigantic list of exceptions.

From the perspective of designing a language from scratch, English has an extremely impractical and illogical language design. This hasn't done anything to stop it from becoming the dominant language in much (most?) of the world.

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