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Interviews: WOR Signing Report - Herowannabe

Summary:

Entries

39

Date

Mar 29th, 2014

Type

Verbatim

Location

Salt Lake City, UT

TourCon

Words of Radiance Book Tour

Bookstore

Sugarhouse Barnes & Noble

Reporter

Herowannabe

Links

17th Shard

  • 1

    Herowannabe

    I've gone through and transcribed the parts of the signing that I was directly involved in (the beginning and the end). I left out all the general gushing and picture-taking and Brandon giving instructions to the staff and etc. Any time I left out something more than 'um's or 'uh's I put "..." to show that I edited unimportant stuff out.

    Oh, also, whenever I was aware of a 17thsharder talking (such as myself) I put their username in.

  • 2

    Question

    How does a world that is wracked by storms supply food for an entire population?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well the thing to keep in mind is that it is not a barren planet. There are lots of plants on this planet. It's no more barren than a corral reef that deals with a tide rushing in and rushing out. Now, the life has to adapt to it, but it's a really lush planet. If you go and look at the shattered plains there is grass everywhere and plants growing all over the place. Right before a storm it becomes barren, then it becomes lush again. [...] One of the things I kinda have to overcome with this book is that though it is very rocky and stony, it is very lush, and it's hard sometimes for people to imagine that. But even if it is a little bit barren, Utah is barren and it has supported people. [...]

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    Question

    Why does the shardbearer — when they're dueling with Adolin and Renarin — why does the shardbearer freak out when Kaladin grabs the sword — like, he screams, and shouts "I didn't kill you!" and ran away?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Why does he do that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because when Kaladin was there and they were touching it, they actually heard the spren that was inside of it.

    Question

    So it wasn't Syl that he heard, it was —

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was the sword's spren. That Kaladin was touching it — when a Knight Radiant touches it — you'll see when other Knights Radiant pick up sword, they can hear the screaming.

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    Question

    How did Shallan rescue Kaladin when they fell in the chasm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She did not, it was actually Syl. But he was in the process of breaking the bond, and so she was able to get some stormlight to him, but that is what really — Like you can imagine, this bond was really a strain for her to use at that point, so it was her, but doing what she did just about destroyed her, which is why you don't hear from her after that.

    Question

    Is healing a universal stormlight power then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, within reason. Some are better at it, but it is a universal power.

    Question

    With Dalinar, as a bondsmith, what does that mean his power-?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a good question! That is going to be an [RAFO card].

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    Question

    Do we ever get to see a good banter between Wit and Shallan?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She is not quite ready yet to be on his level. And if you watch through the series, her use of humor will mature. And in fact you should be able to notice a difference between these two even [Way of Kings and Words of Radiance]. By later books she will be able to stand a little bit better. Right now he would rip her to shreds.

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    Herowannabe

    When Sazed

    Brandon Sanderson

    You do know that I've got a character in one of the books named Bowen? [Clarification: My name is Bowen. He said this while personalizing our books]

    Herowannabe

    Really?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. He's actually been in the books so far, but not by name. He's one of the Worldhoppers. If you go look and talk to them they may have identified him, some people who have read.

    Herowannabe

    Thank you for naming a character after me!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I did it. He's from White Sand. I wrote the book in '98. Yeah, he's one of the Purelake guys.

    Herowannabe

    Is he Blunt?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah. [...] (later) So yeah, Bowen, you'll have to see because when I redid the linguistics for the world, his name I think got changed. I think it's now Baon. But in the very first draft of the very first book I ever wrote his name was Bowen. And the reason I think I changed it - is because he's a bowman. And I'm like I can't name the bowman—the archer—Bowen. That's kinda dumb. But in my head he's still Bowen.

    Herowannabe

    Anyway, my question...

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  • 7

    Herowannabe

    When Sazed is fighting Marsh, he hears a voice telling him about his rings—Whose voice is that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Impish grin]

    Herowannabe

    Can I make some guesses?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sure.

    Herowannabe

    Is it Kelsier?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Impish grin]

    Herowannable

    What does that mean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That means I'm not going to answer that.

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  • 8

    Herowannabe

    (Stopped transcribing at the 0:12:20 mark, in case someone else wants to pick up the transcription there)

    (Started transcribing again at the 2:34:55 mark)

  • 9

    Herowannabe

    The Lord Ruler, he had his Lerasium beads, did he use them for Feruchemy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [impish grin] Ah ha ha ha. The Lord Ruler, heh heh heh, That is an excellent question.

    Herowannabe

    Not going to answer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not going to answer that one.

    Herowannabe

    Would you answer if Hoid used it for Feruchemy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    His bead? Hoids bead was—He originally got it because he wanted to be an Allomancer. [Note that he doesnt actually answer the question.]

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  • 10

    Herowannabe

    Okay, a couple questions about Kandra. So when Kandra digest bones, obviously they need that Physically, but is there a Cognitive or a Spiritual purpose to the bones, too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, the bones are just there for the muscles to pull against.

    Herowannabe

    Okay, so they dont need it for some Spiritual link through the bones to mimic someone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Good question.

    Herowannabe

    Also, what would happen to a Kandra if you bisected it down the middle with half of its blessing ending up in either half?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would be—like ripping off any other piece of it—that would be very disturbing for the Kandra. But they could reabsorb and come back together. They would not be able to function half and half, that would eventually kill them basically. They cant like send pieces of themselves off and do things. They can be ripped apart and heal, but if you ripped them in half, that would be killing them.

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    Herowannabe

    [some more general gushing, talking about a Mistborn Adventure Campaign we ran over at steelministry.com trying to kill the Lord Ruler. If any of my players, or anyone else, wants to go listen to it, its at the 2:36:50 mark. If anyone else is interested in reading the narration of that game, it can be found here. One note of interest: Brandon did say that Kadroks idea of trying to spike the Lord Ruler to the point that Ruin could take him over was a clever idea.] ...
  • 12

    Herowannabe

    Im curious, Ive got a list of various cosmere bits of metal, and I wonder if you would rank them from like 1 to 10 or easy to difficult on how hard it would be to steelpush on them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Herowannabe

    So, like metal inside a persons body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on how strong the investiture in them is.

    Herowannabe

    Is that going to be the answer for all of these?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably. :)

    Herowannabe

    How about a spike charged with Hemalurgy? Not in a person.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not in a person? It depends on how strongyeah. A spike is moderatelyin the realm of these sorts of thingsmoderately easy to push on, because a spike does not rip off very much investiture. Only enough to short circuit the soul, and it loses that over time. So I would put that at the bottomwith the top being very hardto be one of the easier things.

    Herowannabe

    How about a metalmind? A feruchemy metalmind that is "full."

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is going to be middle of the realm. Generally easier than, for instance, a shardblade, which is going to be very hard.

    Aaradel

    But a shardblade isnt actual metal. Ish?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ish. Is Lerasium a metal? Yeah.

    Herowannabe

    So would that be the same for Shardplate, too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shardplate and blade are very hard. Blade is probably going to be harder. [...]

    Herowannabe

    Halfshard? Like a halfshard shield?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Halfshard shield is going to be in moderate.

    Herowannabe

    Nightblood? I imagine is going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Very hard. Of all the things youve listed, hes the hardest. Far beyond even a shardblade.

    Herowannabe

    Far beyond metal inside a person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, depending on how invested the person is.

    Aaradel

    If someone was invested as much as Nightblood Im pretty sure its going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, for instance, the Godking, at the end, with all of those Breaths. Pushing on something inside of him? Getting through all that? Gonna be REAL hard. Average person on Scadrial? Youve seen how hard that is. A drab? Much easier.

    Herowannabe

    That was actually going to be my next one- No, sorry, not a drab, a Lifeless.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Lifeless. Lifeless are kinda weird, because theyve had their soul leave, but then theyve had a replacement stuck in, in the form of Breath, which puts them in a really weird position compared to a Drab, which has had part of their investiture ripped away, but the majority of it remains. So anyway, Im going to give you one more. Pick your favorite.

    Herowannabe

    Okay, a soul-stamped piece of metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A soul-stamped piece of metal is going to be on the lower, easier side. Not a lot of investiture going on in a soulstamp.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Anyone else have questions or books that they need signed?

    Question

    I have a question. You gave me one of these little Szeth cards. I noticed on the back it looks like a game.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah it does, doesnt it?

    Question

    Whats the story with that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Those—that was just like randomly printed there.

    Herowannabe

    [in a stage whisper] I dont think hes telling the truth.

    Brandon Sanderson

    We just got them back and we were like, "Wow, those random collection of letters look surprisingly like words from my books. How did that happen?"

    Question

    [inaudible ] look forward to that?

    Aradel

    Hes not allowed to say.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Its not a Not allowed to say, its that this is a fun little thing that may become something in the distant future.

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    Questioner

    What are Oldbloods?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oldbloods are the...years ago Alethkar was ruled by a different group of people. A different, like, dynasty. It's been overturned and it's been a long enough time that they're not really a threat. But to acknowledge they're an Oldblood, they wear the tatoo that means, "We used to rule this place." And so, it's just a lineage of people in a dynasty that used to be the kings of Alethkar.

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    Question

    Is Wit/Hoid an Allomancer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did steal a bead of Lerasium off of Scadriel. If he were to make use of that bead, certain powers would have been gained.

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    Question

    I was just curious about Shardplate. In one of the books you said it was seamless like there weren't any chinks in it anywhere.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are chinks but there is no direct line to the skin. So like if you see a slit, there's another little plate behind it.

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    Question

    Shardplate thus far has been powered by Stormlight and the spheres, but now that we've got Radiants is it powered by themselves?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well so far we have not had a Radiant wearing Shardplate.

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    Question

    Is that theory correct where the Heralds are kind of reversed now, where they're going against their [attributes].

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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    Question

    Is the second half of the series based off of some of these interlude characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some of the interlude characters, yes. And some that aren't interlude characters. For example, Renarin is going to be one of the back five.

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    Question

    In the Stormlight Archive, there are a lot of Knight Radiant classes that are set at the end. Could you provide what abillities they have? Like Bondsmith?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Bondsmith I haven't really gotten into yet, though Bondsmith is next to Windrunners which means they will share one ability with Windrunners.

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    The adhesion surge is shared.

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    Question

    What are Lift's abilities called?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lift is Abrasion and Progression.

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    Do you have a name of that type of Knight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She's an Edgedancer.

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    Is she going to have more of a story later on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Lift is one of the characters who was originally planned for the back five.

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    Question

    Are the rest of the books in the Stormlight Archive going to be different colors?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are, and you can actually match the color to the order of the Knights Radiant. That's the Windrunners[WoK], that's the symbol of the Windrunners, that's the color. That's the Lightweavers[WoR], and that's the symbol of the Lightweavers, which is the same, and the color.

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    Question

    It seems like you have a Warbreaker thing at the end is that actually...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it is.

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    The Warbreaker "thing" is Nightblood in the end of WOR

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    Question

    What are Oldbloods?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oldbloods are the...years ago Alethkar was ruled by a different group of people. A different, like, dynasty. It's been overturned and it's been a long enough time that they're not really a threat. But to acknowledge they're an Oldblood, they wear the tattoo that means, "We used to rule this place." And so, it's just a lineage of people in a dynasty that used to be the kings of Alethkar.

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    Question

    How do Alethi get married?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will show you a wedding ceremony eventually.

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    Question

    Who or what is Hoid/Wit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is a person that has shown up in all of my epic fantasy books.

    Question

    How does he have so much information about what's going on and how is he always in the right place at the right time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Those are very excellent questions. RAFO, but he has a surprising ability to be in the right place at the right time in the Cosmere.

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    Question

    Have we seen another Lightweaver as of WoR?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, depending on your definition. You could make the argument, the Order of Knight Radiant, no. But you have seen people lightweaving, the skill, yes.

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    Question

    The bindings-Strong/weak axial, what exactly are those, what can they do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, but you will see it happening. But remember that the original inspiration for the magics in the Stormight Archive were the fundamental forces as listed in physics. [discussion on what characters have which surges]

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    Question

    Truthless are pretty rare in Shin society?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    How did they come by the Dawnshard[I think he and Brandon meant honorblade?] that Szeth got?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They historically kept all of them.

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    Does that have anything to do why they think stone is sacred?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will find out more about that as time progresses

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    Question

    Can you give me a hint in the easter egg in the map of Roshar? What particular skill do you need for it? Is it a different language or math related?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not linguistics. It is math related. Let me remind you this is not going to be a mind blowing revelation. It is going to be a nifty thing. Someone actually got close at one of my signings. They noticed something. But it is a fun easter egg that will tell you more about the history of the world.

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    Question

    We have yet to see a dragon from you, I was wondering if those are coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    One of my worlds has dragons.

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    Is it Dragonsteel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it is.

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    Question

    Different surges are shared by different orders. Do they work the same for the different orders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They work basically the same though there is some...sometimes the combination will produce some side effects that are unique, but the basic powers are the same.

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    Question

    Does Vasher want Nightblood back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Vasher feels responsible for Nightblood.

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    Question

    Is there any reason he didn't go by "Vasher"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because in the original draft he was, and I'm like, "That's just too easy." Plus he's kinda trying to hide. He's not as foolhardy as a certain other character who goes willy nilly by the same aliases over and over again and doesn't care. Picking a new alias, if you know people will potentially be looking for you, having them not be able to ask for you by name is useful.

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    Question

    Are we going to see the flute again?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid is very disappointed by the loss of his flute and would like to recover it.

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    Question

    Is Jasnah aware of the Diagram?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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    Question

    Does Hoid have 2 Honorblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid currently has no Honorblades.

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    Question

    Has Hoid used his Lerasium Bead for Feruchemy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid got the bead originally because he wanted to become an Allomancer.

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    BWS has stated elsewhere that Hoid has not used his lerasium bead.

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    [Paraphrased]How difficult would it be to Push on various things.

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Paraphrased]It depends on the amount of Investiture in the person/object. Nightblood would be the hardest thing to Push on, harder than Shardblades.

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