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Interviews: WoR Signing Report - Awesomeness Summoned

Summary:

Entries

31

Date

Mar 11th, 2014

Type

Verbatim

Location

Houston, TX

TourCon

Words of Radiance

Bookstore

Murder by the Book

Reporter

Awesomeness Summoned

Links

17th Shard (Report)

  • 1

    Awesomeness Summoned

    I was at the Houston signing last night and recorded the entire book signing Q&A's. Some of these have already been posted above but here is all the WoB from the event. I left out most of the ones we already knew and some are paraphrased since they were hard to hear the exact wording but there was some good info last night. Enjoy!
  • 2

    Question

    Where was Pattern before Shallan drew him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was around. The bonding process had started when Shallan was young but then she pushed him away and he withdrew mostly to the Cognitive Realm until the bonding was started again and she pulled him fully into the Physical when she drew him.

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  • 3

    Question

    What is the Realmatic composition of Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Investure is intended to be the building blocks of the cosmere so I would say for the most part it transcends the different realms. Probably more of the Spiritual if anything but more accurately it transcends them.

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  • 4

    Question

    Were the heralds born on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 5

    Question

    If Hoid were to hold an unsheathed Nightblood, would he feel sick?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Loud laughing) RAFO

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  • 6

    Question

    Are the Ghostbloods accounted for in the Diagram?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Ghostbloods are in the Diagram.

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  • 7

    Question

    Why is Vasher on Roshar? Is he trying to get back Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kind of a RAFO. I won't go into all his reasons right now but there is one thing that was difficult to get on Nalthis that is much easier to get on Roshar. Going to Roshar solved that problem for him.

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    Question (Paraphrased)

    Why did you put Nightblood in The Stormlight Archive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood and Vasher were in the original version of the Way of Kings before I wrote Warbreaker. Warbreaker in a way was actually introducing those two characters I'd already created.

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  • 9

    Question

    Can you write an unknown ideal [in my book]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are still rough so this might not be the exact wording but: "I will stand when others fall."

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  • 10

    Question

    How much more powerful is Nightblood than a a regular Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I haven't actually quantified that in my own mind so can't give an accurate comparison at this point. I will say that when he is fully consuming Investiture he can do some really freaky things.

    Footnote

    In the past Brandon has described Nightblood as being "magnitudes more invested than a shardblade".

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  • 11

    Question

    If a non Windrunner picked up Jezrien's honorblade would they gain Windrunner powers as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    If a Windrunner picked up that blade, would their abilities be enhanced?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There would be some compounding but strength is not as much an issue with surgebinding as is the strength of the spren bond and how much Stormlight you are using.

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  • 12

    Question

    Why were all the shardblades swords when they can take on any weapon form they want? Would they all revert to swords when they die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    When they die they'd revert to the basic form which was a sword since they were patterned after honorblades.

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  • 13

    Question

    Feruchemists that can store Investiture, would they be able to then use that to power Allomancy with say stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 14

    Question

    Lift is my favorite character even though she was only in that one chapter.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see much more of Lift in the future. Lift is seeded there because she will be very important later on.

    Footnote

    Brandon has said that Lift will be one of the focus/flashback characters for the "back five".

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  • 15

    Question

    Have we seen Cultivation's magic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 16

    Question

    Is Hoid the most knowledgeable about what's going on in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, Khriss is the most aware by a long shot. Nazh knows a lot as well. Hoid might know more than Nazh but he is pretty in the know as well so it's close.

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  • 17

    Question

    Are the Parshendi of Odium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not originally.

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  • 18

    Question

    Are the Parshendi of Cultivation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not originally.

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  • 19

    Question

    Is the Nightwatcher a spren of Cultivation in a similar way that the Stormfather is to Honor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Nightwatcher is not Cultivation but is related. You're on the right track.

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  • 20

    Question

    Demoux is the only world hopper we've seen that inherently ages. Is there something about world hopping that makes someone not age?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are ways around that. It is not intrinsic to the process. You would need to do something special.

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  • 21

    Question

    Are there one or two shard pools on Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 22

    Question

    Will there still be Hemalurgy in the Alloy of Law series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 23

    Question

    Can a Hemalurgy chart be made?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. We will make one eventually.

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  • 24

    Question

    The ending of Mistborn was hidden in the first chapter epigraphs. Is there something similar to that in The Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is, but they are hidden in different places. The last chapter of The Stormlight Archive is somewhere in these two books.

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  • 25

    Question

    Is it possible to steal Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's theoretically possible.

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  • 26

    Question

    Is there a region based magic like Elantris on any of the other worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Aon magic is unique to that planet because it is intrinsic to the shard that created it, but you could theoretically hack the magic system so that AonDor would work on another planet.

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  • 27

    Question

    In the chapter 84 code, does the sequence 111 denote a special character such as a space between words

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not believe there is a 111 to separate words unless it was added by Peter when I wasn't looking.

    Is this a question from the 17th Shard?

    Question

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will say this, the key is in another epigraph.

    Footnote

    The code in question was decoded by Darmad of the 17th Shard

    17rh Shard

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  • 28

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO'd any questions about where the shardpools are.

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  • 29

    Question

    Are the Parshendi of Honor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 30

    Question

    Can anyone other than a Parshendi bond a voidspren? Like, can a human bond a voidspren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is theoretically possible but humans are not good at bonding spren in the same way.

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  • 31

    Question

    How about the other way around? Can a Parshendi bond a KR spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Historically, the Parshendi were not made Knights Radiant, or the parshmen weren't.

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    Can they become squires maybe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Historically they did not, but it's not impossible.

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