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Interviews: Figment Chat Q&A - January 19th, 2015

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Figment Chat Q&A

  • 1

    Jason

    Whatís the favorite title from my books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I would say brightlord is my favorite. I really like how brightlord works.

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  • 2

    Smolderwolf

    Do worldhoppers in the cosmere teleport between planets, or physically travel the space between?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Both are possible.

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    Andrew

    Can I tell you when you will see Cohesion and Tension Surges? Will, will you see it in Stormlight 3?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are unlikely to see very much of it at Stormlight 3. That is dealing more with characters on the, in the back five, but you will probably see a little bit of it.

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  • 4

    Question

    In transitioning from Merin to Kaladin, was there any plot sacrifices that were particularly difficult for me?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. I had been disappointed enough in the way that Merin turned out in the original draft of The Way of Kings, that transitioning to someone more vibrant and more interesting in Kaladin really didnít feel like a sacrifice to me.

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  • 5

    Jason

    Can kandra absorb living matter, non-organic matter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They do absorb living matter, but itís more what can they eat. So, chasmfiend carapaces, they probably couldnít digest.

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  • 6

    Question

    What happens if a kandra eats Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would be bad for them.

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  • 7

    Question

    Does the Iriali religion relate to the Shattering?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím going to RAFO that.

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  • 8

    Jason

    What can we expect from Dark One, specifically what kind of magic system?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Jason, the magic systems in Dark One, focus on, right now, on a person who can steal peopleís souls and use them to make magic objects, mixed with an electricity type world, where the ground is electrified, and animals, plants and animals, have an, a symbiosis with electricity, like youíll see a tree that has a Jacobís ladder going up it, or youíll see ah, a beast that uses spittle like a taser, that should be the next book that I work on for Random House after the Steelheart trilogy, so we will see. [Note: Jacobís ladder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_gap#Visual_entertainment]

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  • 9

    Question

    Is there a formula on Nalthis for Breath consumption per Awakening? For example, how many Breaths does it take Vivi to Awaken a scarf?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I have that in my notes, itís been a long time since Iíve written on that book, yes, there was a formula for me and I will use it when I write the sequel. [Note: Vivi was an abbreviation for Vivienna because there was a limit on the question length.]

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  • 10

    Question

    Besides the confirmed Knights of Radiant at the end of Words of Radiance have we seen any characters that share the same orders with the current knights?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh boy, youíre putting me on the spot. N-n-n-n-n-n-n-yes you have. Yes. Youíve seen, I think youíve seen several actually, but, yeah.

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  • 11

    Question

    Does First of the Sun have a Shard or a Splinter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    First of the Sun does not have a Shard. First of the Sun is one of these planets that was created, in the cosmere Iím considering a low magic planet, not under the direct influence of any Shard.

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  • 12

    Andrew

    Will White Sand still be considered an adaptation, or will it be considered canon, the canon version of its content?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Andrew, right now Iím declaring the White Sand graphic novel to be the canon version of its content. We will see how that goes, but thatís what Iím planning right now.

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  • 13

    Jordan

    Jordan asks, whatís the status on White Sand graphic novel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís going very well, we have pages of it turned in, I donít know I think itís still a year away, but itís, itís looking really good.

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  • 14

    Andrew

    Does Allomancy work the same way when someone has left the planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhhhhhhhm, generally, Andrew, yes.

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  • 15

    Smolderwolf

    Do I have an ultimate ending in mind for the Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes I do!

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  • 16

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    What is Perfect State about?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, Perfect State, is about, the question I had was, what if the best way to make the most people happy in the univ- in the world was to create for every person their own individualized simulation, so they basically could live a fantasy novel. You, youíd take them when they were a baby, put them in this simulation, itís kind of like, you know, The Truman Show, where something like this, except the whole world is designed to be awesome, so that they could have a wonderful, cool life, and, what would that be like? Less you know, like, manipulating them, or, ruining their life, or you know, putting them into a simulation to, to control them, and more, hereís you get to be the most important person in the world and grow up that way. So yeah, that, thatís kind of the premise.

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  • 17

    Andrios

    Was Perfect State something I left out of the State of the Sanderson on purpose, or is it something new that Iíve just written?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Andrios(?), no, I just accidentally left it out, I was working mostly on novels, and I forgot that I w- I had Perfect State, which Iíd written actually written now two or three years ago, and we were planning to use for our con exclusive this year.

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  • 18

    Question

    Are the characterís ages given in Stormlight Archive Rosharan years, or Earth years?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theyíre Rosharan years. So, people are actually, itís a little bit off from our, our world, a Rosharan year is 500 days, but the hour, the days are a little shorter, anyway they end being like when, when S- when Kaladinís age is mentioned, in our world, heíd be a few years older.

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  • 19

    Question

    If you, Brandon Sanderson, as a person were able to be gifted just one set of powers from any of your book series what would you have and why? How would you use them? Save the world? Become a tyrant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would probably pick [slight pause] Channeling from the Wheel of Time. No, Iíd just be Doctor Manhattan. Sorry, heís like all powerful, right? How would I use them? I would hope that I would save the world, and not become a tyrant.

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    Jason

    Can one give the Command, ďdivide and do thing XĒ, for Awakening? How many Breaths would it take to do something like a straw mannequin, how small could you get the pieces, how would you retrieve the Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhm, Jason, Iím afraid I would have to pull out my notes. I mean I wrote that book a few- 2006, and so weíre nine years away from me writing that magic system. I, I have it all in the notes, but I canít off the top of my head rattle it off for you. People use Awakening so infrequently now in the cosmere, itís just on the one planet with the occasional worldhopper, that I just go to my notes and get it out when I need it.

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  • 21

    Question

    If Allomancy works once the planet is left, does that mean that the FTL travel will have the vessels carrying a portable Shard? How will the energy of that Shard affect things where they travel to?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Youíre just going to have to get a real RAFO on that one, Ďcause that book is a long ways away.

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  • 22

    Question

    Whatís the most dangerous non-Shard thing in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Answering very slowly, lots of Ďuhís] Nightbloodís up there, Hoid is up there, but not deadly dangerous, a different type of dangerous, yeah no, what we know of, right now, those, those are in the running. Chasmfiends, chasmfiends are pretty nasty. Whitespines are a little more nasty probably. TheÖ the Unmade are pretty nasty. Yeah. Thereís a couple of mercenary troops that you havenít met yet that are really quite, quite dangerous, I would list them as well.

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  • 23

    Question

    Will Calamity be set in Atlanta?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right now I am writing it in Atlanta, I mean, I am setting it in Atlanta, but Iíll change it if that doesnít work.

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  • 24

    Question

    At this point, who do you think would win, Vin or Szeth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Makes funny expression, takes long time to answer] Thatís a tough one. Iíd, at the height of their power? Vin probably.

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  • 25

    Andrew

    [Note: the question was likely ďHow do you pronounce Adonalsium?Ē]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Andrew, I pronounce it Ih-don-awl-sium.

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  • 26

    Question

    Can you do your best Nightblood impression?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [In a chipper voice] ďWould you like to destroy some evil today?Ē Itís very eager.

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  • 27

    Question

    When Szeth Surgebinds, frost forms on his clothing. Why?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ehhh, Iíll get around to talking about that eventually.

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