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Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: The Heralds *Spoilers*
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:33:48 PM »
Thank you. I'd forgotten that.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: The Heralds *Spoilers*
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:28:14 PM »
I assumed the drunk at the party was Dalinar.

He remarks later that he's angry at himself because while his brother was killed, he was passed out from drinking.

Totally off the top of my head:

I glanced through the book last night and noticed that in Alethkar there's a river called Windrunner. There's also one called Deathbend, and mountains called Sunmaker. The majority of place names are not made of English words so I wonder if those other two are hints as to other Orders.

Also, there appear to be 10 Highprince regions shown on the map.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: *Spoilers* General Shard List
« on: September 24, 2010, 03:01:57 PM »
"I've many." The man took Kaladin's hand. "I began life as a thought, a concept, words on a page. That was another thing I stole. Myself. Another time, I was named for a rock."
"A pretty one, I hope."
"A beautiful one," the man said. "And one that became completely worthless for my wearing it"

I posted this quote up on 17th shard, The second part makes me think he held one at one point and time, and then lost it.

He says he began life as a thought and concept. Is it possible that he wasn't originally human like the others appeared to be, but some creature from Shadesmar?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« on: September 24, 2010, 02:50:29 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.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Magic system based on sound waves?? (minor spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:48:30 AM »
A connected consciousness doesn't exist in the real world, but if computers became sufficiently advanced, one could develop. Is it magical or not?

In the real world, chasmfiends don't exist, but if the amount of oxygen in the air were increased and a creature developed a respiratory system more advanced than real world crustaceans, it might. Is it magical or not?

Given the working of the lashings, it's possible that gravity as a force doesn't exist, but that invisible spirits/spren create a weak binding between the ground and other objects. If that's the case, is walking across the floor now magic? 

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Is stormlight sentient?? (major spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:12:57 AM »
She was talking to the spren of the goblet. That's why the goblet changed to blood.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Magic system based on sound waves?? (minor spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:11:49 AM »
I think it has something to do with the cognitive realm. The shared song suggests shared thoughts, and we also see sound waves in the writing, which is also a way to share thoughts.

My pet theory is that Shadesmar is somehow moving closer to the physical realm, which is why the placid parshmen will rise 'like a storm' when its close enough for their shared consciousness to develop.

That doesn't suggest a magical system to me though. Actually, it would be helpful if we knew what was magic is for the purpose of the setting. A spren binding your shoelaces together is natural. Janath says that she doesn't believe in the supernatural even as she turns rock to ash with a touch.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Cymatics
« on: September 24, 2010, 09:15:03 AM »
Something might have happened to it or the resonance it operates on.

I was wondering about that as well while I was reading the book.  At first I thought the faces represented the the main characters in the chapter, but eventually decided they were the Heralds once chapters starting coming up with doubles of the same image.

The Herald faces also appear the in the border of the map and eye of divinity diagram inside the front cover -- although the masked face is absent, so I think you're right about that being Hoid.

Indeed. Connecting the shown Herald to the contents of the chapters has proven to be difficult.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: "Unite them" [Way of Kings spoilers]
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:34:31 AM »
Indeed. There are ten Heralds, ten orders of Knights, and ten essential elements, and ten (known) countries in the world. The cities with mystical layouts also appear in several different countries.

My guess is that he's not supposed to unite his people, but all ten countries. 

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: The Heralds *Spoilers*
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:29:28 AM »
Also, why do people assume Jasneh was correct that the voidbringers are the Parshendi?  

Two reasons.

1) We have so many blank spots in our knowledge that to simply discount her statement leaves us with little to work with.

2) We're told repeatedly that she's intelligent and dedicated scholar, and that she's spent a large amount of time and effort studying accounts of the Voidbringers. I doubt she's 100% accurate (we're only 1/10th of the way through the story) but for her to be completely off undermines her character and the impact of that scene.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:00:13 AM »
I don't believe that it's going to be the Knight Oaths. The Way of Kings seems to be a book for both the Knights and non-Knights.

I could be wrong, but I think what the OP means is "what made them think it's from the Way of Kings?"

No, I said what I meant.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Rights For Spren!!!! (minor spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2010, 07:56:57 AM »
I think it's very clear that spren hate strawberries. The first thing to do if we want to uphold the rights of spren everywhere is to eliminate all strawberries, especially those in a jam form.
I don't know ehere you get that one from. A rights for spren campaign would involve banning fabrials bassically...

What is the only place Strawberries come from?
What is the only place without spren?

Obviously, spren hate strawberries.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Voidbringers (Spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2010, 07:47:11 AM »
Do parshmen have the same level of sexual diamorphism as human?

I ask because the domesticated (beardless) parshmen are always referenced as male while only one person seemed to notice that some of the Parshendi had warriors with feminine traits.

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