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Date

Aug 6th, 2014

Location

Manchester, UK

TourCon

WOR

Bookstore

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

Reporter

ChocolateRob

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    BlackYeti

    In Words of Radiance, we have Vasher showing up. One of his aliases on Nalthis is Kalad, which is very similar to the name of one of the Heralds on Roshar. So I was wondering how far back this connection between him and Roshar goes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It goes pretty far back, in fact I wrote Way of Kings, the 2002 version; he was a main character and was Kaladinís sword master. I wrote Warbreaker to jump back and write out his back story, so to me Warbreaker actually came after Way of Kings. But the connection goes back pretty far, further than you would first guess.

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    BlackYeti

    Did he [Vasher] actually come from Nalthis and not Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím not going to actually answer that one. Well I can answer that: yes he does come from Nalthis. Itís pretty obvious that the way that the Breathís working, the reason he moved is because itís easier to get Stormlight than Breaths, and Stormlight can fuel being a Returned like him. And so yes, he was born on Nalthis. Becoming Returned without being born on Nalthis would be really hard.

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    BlackYeti

    Can I ask you about the body of a Shard in the physical realm? About the different states of matter, what determines the state of matter that they are in? Because Iíve read the relevant sections carefully, havenít noticed much about temperature difference.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The idea for me working on this is that they transcend, they permeate everything. They permeate all life on all the realms. And that there are manifestations of them that leak out, and itís kind of like they appear there in the various states. When you say that youíve got the gas, youíve got the liquid, youíve got the solid: but youíve also got inside of you, inside of that plant, like theyíre everywhere. And so what determines it? In my head itís just like when some of that power permeates, some of it distils, just like water. Thereís some water in the air, thereís some that freezes: thatís temperature. But itís not always temperature whether itís in the air, or whether itís falling. Imagine a spiritual version of humidity, that is influenced by whatís happening on the Spiritual Realm and the Cognitive, and thatís what you get.

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    BlackYeti

    Because youíve talked about alloying the god metals, I was wondering whether you would be able to melt them down as you would with normal metals.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you could distill the god metal: you could distill it out of the mist, thatís theoretically possible.

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    BlackYeti

    Because youíve talked about alloying the god metals, I was wondering whether you would be able to melt them down as you would with normal metals.

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you could distill the god metal: you could distill it out of the mist, thatís theoretically possible.

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