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Interviews: WoR Signing Report - Talenelat

Summary:

Entries

26

Date

Mar 4th, 2014

Type

Verbatim

Location

San Diego

TourCon

Words of Radiance

Bookstore

Mysterious Galaxy

Reporter

Talenelat

Links

Audio Link

  • 1

    QUESTION

    Are we going to find out in here, why Szeth and what the Truthless are all about?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That, you will have to wait for his flashback sequences in a future book. Each character gets a set of flashback sequences. I'm not going to promise that the characters live to the book where their flashback sequences are. You might have a character die and then get their flashbacks the next book to get more information on them. This will be Shallan's flashback, then the next book will be Szeth's flashback, then Eshonai, then Dalinar.

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  • 2

    QUESTION

    A while back someone asked if Hoid's sword is Nightblood, you said that was interesting. Is it similarly Invested?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'm going to RAFO that. It is a very interesting question.

    Footnote

    Hoid's sword has been proven to not be Nightblood. Nightblood is now in Szeth's possession.

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  • 3

    QUESTION

    What you can tell me about Investiture?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That is the word for someone or something which has gained a portion of the magic of Adonalsium, so the original whatever-it-is. Like a Shardblade is an Invested object, and people if they draw in the Stormlight, they're drawing in the magic-they're Invested.

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  • 4

    QUESTION

    Why does the Stormfather consider himself dead, or will that be covered?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That will be covered, eventually.

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  • 5

    QUESTION

    What about Kaladin getting sliced with the Shardblade and then being able to rejuvenate?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That is a clue for what is going on with Szeth and his understanding of Shardblades and the Shardblade he has.

    QUESTION

    Which is an Honorblade, right?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I can't say, but Szeth says in book one you can't heal a Shardblade wound with Stormlight. There are other very big but subtle discrepancies between what Szeth does and what Kaladin does.

    Footnote

    Szeth has since been confirmed to have and Honorblade.
  • 6

    QUESTION

    The coats that the Alethi wear, that the officers wear. Is it a Prussian sort of thing?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'm thinking in my head probably french early 1800's. Just past Napoleonic. Bound tails.

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  • 7

    QUESTION

    Where did you get the basis for the spren?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The spren are partially based out of Shinto mythology, the idea that everything has a soul and a spirit to it. And partially mixing that with my desire to have some sort of a unique representation of emotion in these books.

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  • 8

    QUESTION

    It seems like a movie adaptation would have just constant spren everywhere?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's why I made it so that not every use of the emotion causes them-so it wouldn't get too crazy even when I'm writing them. And what's happening is the spren exist on the Cognitive plane, on Shadesmar, so they have to be attracted, they have to be nearby enough to flock to you, so it depends on how common the spren is.

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  • 9

    QUESTION

    For a Windrunner, if he had enough heating fabrials and enough Stormlight, how high up could he get?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You could exit orbit. Windrunners, remember they're gravitation and pressure. So if he knew what he was doing, we have actually factored how long it would take to get to the various moons.

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  • 10

    QUESTION

    You very clearly make rules for the wine in this world, like the different colors and different alcohol content. I was wondering what the inspiration for that is, and also what some of them are actually made from, because it doesn't seem like grapes?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It's not grapes, it's a local fruit. So we would not probably call it wine, we would probably call it something else. And it's based on my desire to do funky things with world building in every way I can. [The color is a cultural thing.]

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  • 11

    QUESTION

    For the Dangerous Women story, are you going to write anything again in that world?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That world will show up again. Silence probably won't, but the world itself, yes. It's called Threnody, it is one of the Cosmere worlds. There's not a Shard there but there are interesting things happening. There's actually been a character in other books who's from Threnody. It will eventually be clear who that is, but they have shown up in many previous Sanderson novels.

    QUESTION

    Would that be Hoid?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Hoid is not from Threnody. Good question though. Hoid is from Yolen.

    Footnote

    Nazh is from Threnody.

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  • 12

    QUESTION

    When are we first getting a look at the Cosmere coming together?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The third Mistborn trilogy is going to involve-it's the first one I planned to do a lot with. I doubt I will do much in the second Mistborn trilogy, more than I probably have done [so far]. It's fun for me, so I'll keep including things in. You'll notice that Hoid is a bigger part of the Stormlight than previous ones, but I still don't want it to come to the forefront quite yet.

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  • 13

    QUESTION

    How deep are you going into Shadesmar in WoR?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Not terribly deep in WoR. We're going to have to wait until Jasnah or Shallan are exploring it more.

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  • 14

    QUESTION

    For the people you have coming back in the Stormlight Archive - how do you pick who makes the cut [in the interludes?]

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It just depends on where I feel like going, the interludes are complete freedom for me.

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    QUESTION

    In the Cosmere you have so much going on, what happens when you come up with something that would conflict with something else?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Then I don't put that in the Cosmere.

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  • 16

    Leinton

    Does Nightblood rip souls out of bodies, by chance?

    Brandon Sanderosn

    Nightblood consumes Investiture, including the spark of life.

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    Leinton

    Is there a difference between Shadesmar and the Cognitive realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shadesmar is a word for the Cognitive Realm specifically touching - It's like San Diego is a word for a place in America. It's a local word.

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  • 18

    Leinton

    What kind of changes do Slivers go through after letting go of a Shard's power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It leaves them, imagine it like a balloon that has been deflated.

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  • 19

    Leinton

    Ok so would Rashek still have had powers [because he was a Sliver]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He would have had some residual effects. But it also works the soul in weird ways, like a balloon that has been deflated.

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  • 20

    Leinton

    If Endowment were killed, would the Returned still come?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Somebody needs to hold the magic. If no one holds the magic, the magic will start to gain sentience. Interesting and bizarre things happen then, so I would say yes, but with the caveat that with whoever picks up the power or what happens with the power could end up changing that.

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  • 21

    Leinton

    To the spren, is becoming mindless the same as death?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They consider it as such.

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  • 22

    Leinton

    Are there birds outside of Shinovar in Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are, but very few and they are all in the west. So you're not going to find birds in Alethkar for instance. Unless they're chickens that have been brought, or something like that.

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    Leinton

    Can Breath be used to power Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are very similar Investitures, and most of the magics can be powered with the other magics if you are capable of making that happen.

    Leinton

    What would happen to the Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Breath would be consumed in the same way that Stormlight is. A renewing resource, much like Atium is.

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  • 24

    QUESTION

    Any chance of a Shardspear?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Shardspear? YOU are going to get RAFO'd.

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  • 25

    QUESTION

    Does Hoid ever show up somewhere, stand around for awhile, realize that there isn't a novel-worthy plot going on, and leave?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    [Laughed] Yes, Hoid gets around a lot and that has happened a couple of times. He does not know everything.

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  • 26

    QUESTION

    Can someone bond more than one Honorblade?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Honorblade? You can't bond an Honorblade, though it can be given to you. Shardblades, however, come from a spren bond and it is possible to bond more than one.

    Footnote

    Later clarified, Brandon misunderstood the question. One may be bound to multiple Honorblades.

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