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Interviews: Steelheart Signing Report - Argent

Summary:

Entries

17

Date

Oct 1st, 2013

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Naperville, IL

TourCon

Steelheart

Bookstore

Anderson's

Reporter

Argent

Links

17th Shard (Report)

  • 1

    Question

    Will Hoid return as the King's Wit in the next/future Stormlight Archive book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 2

    Question

    Before his [Hoid's] departure in The Way of Kings and his return in a future book, does he stay on Roshar only?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question. RAFO.

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  • 3

    Question

    Are the Cryptics spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 4

    Question

    Why can Shallan draw the Cryptics without seeing them, and can she do the same for other invisible (to her?) spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shallan and the Cryptics have a "special connection" that allows her to draw them.

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  • 5

    Question

    None of the Heralds mention or address the Almighty in the opening scene of The Way of Kings; it's a little strange, considering they are his champions. Have they seen or spoken to the Almighty?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, the Heralds have spoken with the Almighty. They also feel that what has been done to them is partially his fault.

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  • 6

    Question

    Any news on Mistborn: Birthright?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Pushed back to 2015, so it can be developed for the next generation consoles.

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  • 7

    Question

    Ruin and Preservation were often represented in the Mistborn trilogy in terms of black and white. Is this imagery limited to that series, or do other Shards also have an associated hue?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This (Ruin & Preservation's colors) was because of the specific world and their perception of the world and themselves. Essentially, because of the dynamics of the interplay between Ruin and Preservation, they "chose" to view themselves as black and white respectively, so that's how they were represented. Also, because the only two Shards on Scadrial, and their natures were opposites, after the long period of time they spent on the same planet, they kind of "polarized." If a similar thing happened on another world, a similar coloring effect could happen.

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  • 8

    Question

    How is it that Nightblood, who is merely a near-sentient awakened object, was able to read minds, something a Shard like Ruin was unable to do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It requires bonding (with the person whose mind is to be read) to read minds.

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  • 9

    Question

    What is the definition of a focus (in The Way of Kings' Ars Arcanum)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Foci, though linked to the magic system, are more like artifacts of the philosophy surrounding the magic system. A focus is a philosophical concept, rather than a hardfast rule related to the magic system. A man-made, artificial way of explaining the magic system. Like the periodic table.

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  • 10

    Question

    Can Shards travel backwards in time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Anything is possible.

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  • 11

    Question

    Is the bond between a Seon and its master similar to the Nahel bond between a Surgebinder and his spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 12

    Question

    What effects does being a Sliver have on a person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It can vary (on the Shard, the length of time the power was held, the power itself, etc). In some way a Sliver is someone who has had their mind, body, and spirit expanded due to holding a great deal of power, and then have had that power leave.

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  • 13

    Question

    Is spiritual DNA inherited the same as regular DNA?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Inherited similarly, but not 100% identically, to regular DNA.

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  • 14

    Question

    Why can lerasium be burned by anyone in the Cosmere, while atium is restricted to a small portion of the population of one planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 15

    Question

    Did all orders of Knights Radiants use Shardplate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was available to all of them, and they could (all) use it. Many Knights (not Orders) chose not to. There were Knights who were not soldiers and had not interest in wearing Shardplate.

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  • 16

    Question

    How does one erase/alter memories using Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 17

    Question

    Why do the Returned need to sleep?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sleep is necessary for many reasons - different from the reasons we need food and water, for example. One of those reasons (for sleep) is memory storage. Like humans, Returned need to sleep so their (important) short-term memories get moved to long-term storage.

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