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Brandon Sanderson / What are the words?
« on: September 23, 2010, 12:13:18 AM »
“You must take this. They must not get it.” He seemed dazed. “Tell…tell my brother…he must find the most important words a man can say….”

Later we're told this is a quote from the Way of Kings, but we're never given the quote.

Any ideas on what they might be?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Shalan - near end of book **SPOILERS**
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:59:07 PM »
Any subsequent blows after the initial death would have cut flesh, and she might have been flailing at him with it.

We get a description of someone being cut open after they died with a shardblade and we're explicitly told there's very little blood compared to conventional weapons.

I want to say that it's during Dalinar's assault on the Tower.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Rights For Spren!!!! (minor spoilers)
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:30:06 PM »
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.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Kaladin and Syl *Spoilers*
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:26:59 PM »
Shardplate runs on gems. Is there any indication that shardblade does the same?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOK: Navani's Notebook Translation *MAJOR SPOILERS*
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:05:45 PM »
Is it just me, or does this manner of writing seem a bit impractical?

It's also impractical for a Middle Age monk who speaks and writes German to spend a year writing a Bible in Latin and illuminating it with detailed silverpoint drawings. Likewise, Chinese, with its million+ characters, is very impractical.

As I understand it, the preference for symmetry has a theological basis and the average person can't read or write. Instead, it's more the province of noblewomen and religious ardents. The guiding forces for the writing might not be practicality, but aesthetic and religious considerations.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: The Heralds *Spoilers*
« on: September 22, 2010, 08:36:37 PM »
The parshendi are just those parshman that have already been activiated into 'voidbringer' mode.

The Parshendi are intelligent Parshman, but we don't know if they're completely into voidbringer mode. Several times, they're called creatures of ash and flame. Jasnah thinks this is because their description has become more fantastical over the millennium, but we also have death quotes where they're described as burning/flaming.

If the shardplate interferes with windrunning, wouldnt it interfere with soulcasting as well?

As I understand it, there are 10 magic systems and 10 Orders of Radiants. I doubt they would all interact with shardplate the same way as they seem to operate on different principles. 

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Spren and Hoid (spoilers)
« on: September 22, 2010, 07:34:15 PM »
Hmm... Someone should collect all the death-quotes from the entire book, and put them in one place (both the "Collected on's" and the ones from random  people dieing.)

That would probably help with our theorizing.

Anyhow, interesting correlation between the wavy-headed spren and the amount of death. But I don't think they are death-spren, consider how Jasnah was able to soulcast with a fake soulcaster well before she went to study in the palanaeum.

However, I strongly believe that they have something to do with death, and truth. Consider: The only person we know much of who has attracted one of these spren is Shallan (we don't know much about Jasnah, unfortunately). These spren take you to Shadesmar (which is likely the cognitive realm. It could also be the spiritual realm though, unless Brandon said otherwise).

Now, what do we know of Shallan that would make attract these spren to her?

These creatures take you to the cognitive realm. Shallan and Jasnah are both scholars.

I think something about the way these two women think and conceptualize the world draws these creatures, especially Shallan's perfect memory.

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