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Interviews: Calamity-Philadelphia, PA

Summary:

Entries

81

Date

Feb 20th, 2016

Location

Philadelphia, PA

TourCon

Calamity

Links

Calamity-Philadelphia, PA

  • 1

    Question

    So for Calamity, like about these others that you mentioned, are we ever going to figure that out? Or--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yeah, so the next series I’m doing deals with the greater-- sort of interdimensional travel and who are these people.

    Question

    Okay good, because I was like “You can’t leave me like this” at the very end. I really like how it was put together and stuff. My own theories were that David was, his powers were figuring out Epics’ weaknesses—

    Brandon Sanderson

    I considered that, I really did. At the end of the day, when I brainstormed the trilogy I said you know what would be most fun for me in this series is to do a trilogy that is basically an origin story for a character and then when I come back to The Reckoners, if I do, because the next one’s a parallel dimension, right?

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    From where Firefight is? Or another--

    Brandon Sanderson

    That-- We will get into why certain ones are stable and certain ones aren’t and why Megan can pull from and we’ll do something there with a new character. And if I come back, then Mizzy will be the main character in the sequel series.

    Question

    Awesome, […] looking forward to more Mizzy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does that make sense? That’s where the plan for this is, we’ll see how the new series goes, they’re announcing it next week. And the entirety of the magic system is based on interdimensional stuff.

    Question

    Right, especially with Megan and her--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep.

    Question

    --multiple hundred personalities coming together and stuff.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So it’s kind of like Megan has opened up this idea of a quantum multiverse, and now I’m going to do a quantum multiverse which is not something I can deal with in the cosmere so it’s exciting for me to be able to do it.

    Question

    Yeah ‘cause the first one we see about the others I was like […] this is not the cosmere.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not cosmere. Going straight-up quantum multiverse, in kind of a classical sense. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on string theory and things. It’s so hard, string theory breaks my brain. Quantum mechanics break my brain, but they’re fun.

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  • 2

    Question

    Question about ettmetal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    FTL question, RAFO answer.

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  • 3

    Question

    A question about writing, how do you write a story set in a misogynistic setting, without writing a misogynistic story.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Admits looking back he could have had more female characters in Mistborn; Vin was awesome but the “one woman in the world”.

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  • 4

    Question

    Legion series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There will only be one more Legion book.

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  • 5

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    Is one of the guys looking for Hoid at the Purelake Galladon from Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 6

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    Squires?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Bridge 4 are Kaladin’s Squires.

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  • 7

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    Favorite book of all times?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Les Miserables.

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  • 8

    Question

    Will people travel between worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, spaceships. (Star wars, but like, magic. FTL RAFO)

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  • 9

    Question

    White Sand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    White Sand will be 3 graphic novels for the first book; if they go over well, maybe he’ll write more.

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  • 10

    Question

    Graphic Audio?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoping for Stormlight next.

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  • 11

    Question

    Relationship between Skai and Aona?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 12

    Question

    Have any other Shards been combined?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 13

    Question

    If the Shards were split because Adonalsium is too dangerous to be in one place, why do they clump?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Personalities, business associates.

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  • 14

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    Odium red Herring?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 15

    Question

    Have we seen Vathi anywhere else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 16

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    Would Kokerlii disguise you from an Awakener’s Lifesense?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 17

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    Is Drehy Terris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, his descriptions are because Drehy is based on a friend, just an inside joke.

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  • 18

    Question

    Where is Gretgyr, the first Wyrn’s sword?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Enshrined in the Capital (he believes).

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  • 19

    Question

    Can Seons be harmed by swords?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 20

    Question

    Can Seons communicate across planets?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cognitive realm are bounded by distance, spiritual realm is not. If you learn how Seons communicate, you’ll know.

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  • 21

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    What are the names of Hrathen’s and Wyrn’s Seons?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No idea.

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  • 22

    Question

    Did Theopolis turn into a shade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO (just in case)

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  • 23

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    Parshendi heartbeat?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Very similar to a human?

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  • 24

    Question

    If a Cognitive Shadows travels to Threnody, does it automatically turn into a shade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 25

    Question

    Are there animal shades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    How do you butcher venison?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Apparently, carefully.

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  • 26

    Question

    What are some common Aviar talents?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They’re in the notes, he’d have to look it up. Aviar will be very useful for navigation.

    Footnote

    (Astronavigation mayhaps?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!) (That mad speculation was from me, the transcriber, not the author.)

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  • 27

    Question

    I think someone asks if it’s Hoid coming out of the Horneater pool.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He’s never confirmed it but he’s strongly implied it. (I think he has confirmed it before, though). And then a lewd joke The Lopen would find hilarious.

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  • 28

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    Which Epic was most fun?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Larcener, or Regalia.

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  • 29

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    Favorite series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Could sooner pick a favorite child.

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  • 30

    Question

    Santhids and greatshells?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No direct relationship between Santhids and Chasmfiends.

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  • 31

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    Dalinar's wife?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dalinar’s wife is gonna be revealed in the flashbacks.

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  • 32

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    Did the Knights Radiant create the Shattered Plains?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 33

    Question

    Are there two groups of Skybreakers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, only one.

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  • 34

    Question

    Is Cultivation Shattered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 35

    Question

    Would Stormlight lanterns around a sick person heal them faster?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not any faster than sunlight.

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  • 36

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    Did Thunderclasts exist outside of Desolations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They typically didn’t, but could.

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  • 37

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    Will we see more godmetal alloys?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 38

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    In earlier drafts, were the metals mostly the same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 39

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    Are the Ones Above, Southern Scadrians?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 40

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    Price of Breath.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sometimes, people don’t do what makes the most sense.

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  • 41

    Question

    How do you decide which Shard goes to which Planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He talks about his outline.

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  • 42

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    How fast can a Steelrunner run?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are hard limits.

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  • 43

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    Kandra names?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 44

    Question

    Mistings got weaker since lerasium; will it continue to get weaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They’re pretty much at the point where it’s as weak as it’s gonna get.

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  • 45

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    When did you decide to make a whole Cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    By the time he was first published.

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  • 46

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    How do you build names?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Third of the time, makes up linguistics, third of the time steals a convention from something in Earth, a third of the time is like Reckoners where he just comes up with it.

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  • 47

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    Is White Sand gonna be canon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 48

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    Who would play Prof in a Steelheart movie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hugh Jackman.

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  • 49

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    How did you come up with the powers of allomancy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I made a crew and thought, what powers would make them better?

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  • 50

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    He asked for the name of an “observed but un-named spren”

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are none, they’ve all been named.

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  • 51

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    Lerasium question.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Explains how you make people mistings.

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  • 52

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    What would it mean to compound tin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, because he wants to write it out and see how it looks on the page before committing.

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  • 53

    Question

    In Bands of Mourning, was that Itaytil?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, good question.” Further clarification: Alloy books are happening after stormlight archive.

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  • 54

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    The Ire?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Ire have been around for a long time.

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  • 55

    Question

    We’re told to worry about anyone pierced by metal, but we only see Ruin to affect people pierced by hemalurgic metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Answer: Yes, you can’t TRUST anyone pierced by metal, because you don’t know if it’s safe or not.

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  • 56

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    Is the unknown spike Raysium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 57

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    How do you channel Wayne?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wear his hat.

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  • 58

    Question

    Do you want your books to be video games?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. (Looks like Birthright isn’t happening)

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  • 59

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    Elantris special edition?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Second running of Leatherbound should be available in the next month.

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  • 60

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    Asked if things have changed now that he’s trying to tie his worlds together.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they pretty much started connected.

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  • 61

    Question

    Books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He recommends Name of the Wind.

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  • 62

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    Vasher?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there will be more Vasher stuff.

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  • 63

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    Superpower?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Flight.

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  • 64

    Question

    more Reckoners?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 65

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    Favorite book read?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dragonsbane.

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  • 66

    Question

    Is there a correlation between Awakening steel (Questioner later clarifies that by this he means making Nightblood), and summoning a sprenblade (Brandon tries to get him to clarify, live or dead sprenblade, but I don’t think they ended up on exactly the same page).

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone should REALLY verbatim this one… the difference here is in one, you’re pouring Investiture into a physical object, in the other, something closer to pure Investiture is entering our realm and taking on a physical shape. Similar but different things. There is a correlation, but (trails off)

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  • 67

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    Can Nightblood receive a Boon and Curse from the Nightwatcher?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She can try. I have no idea how that would turn out. I think he could take them (huh? Maybe someone go over this audio for me, I may have misheard)

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  • 68

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    Would Mat’s fox medallion prevent allomancy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would prevent emotional allomancy, but not metals on his body.

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  • 69

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    How much of Newcago would a Coinshot have to eat to Push it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot.

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  • 70

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    Any plans to return to the world of Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someday.

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  • 71

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    Question about feruchemy and allomancy… what does it take to match allomantic pewter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He imagines that baseline pewter doubles strength, flaring triples. He wouldn’t imagine someone burning pewter and lifting a car. Hasn’t thought about speed and healing. He’s admitting he hasn’t canonized these things.

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  • 72

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    Does atium still do the same thing since Sazed has Ascended?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. If it didn’t, Marsh would be dead.

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  • 73

    Question

    In real life, a man got an iron bar through his head and that changed his personality. Would that happen in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, like it would have happened in the real world. Unless the bar were a hemalurgic spike.

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  • 74

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    Are the Bands of Mourning as Invested as Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not even close.

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  • 75

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    When a Shardholder dies, how is a new Vessel chosen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You should read Secret History, it talks about that.

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  • 76

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    Conflicts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Make conflict and setting important to the character. Making a religion that opposes something the character believes will make instant conflict.

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  • 77

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    Favorite food?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mac and Cheese.

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  • 78

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    Do you worry that you get too repetitious with words?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, he thinks all authors do. (I totally worry about this.)

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  • 79

    Question

    How do you set a scene without describing for pages?

    Brandon Sanderson

    One or two really powerful sentences, let the reader fill in the rest.

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  • 80

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    If you were gonna build a Cosmere Avengers, who would you have?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He doesn’t wanna talk about this to pre-dispose people. He’d have answered if it weren’t being recorded. He’d want someone from every magic system. Would the name of the team be a spoiler? He says, “I haven’t thought about it.” Then he starts talking about the 17th Shard but stops because the guy thinks this is his answer to the question, it doesn’t seem like he really wanted to give that as the simple answer.

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  • 81

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    Would Secret Histories be on other planets?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The next one will probably be on (Cannot tell if he says Scadrial or Nalthis).

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