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Interviews: Shadows of Self-Brookline

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18

Date

Oct 14th, 2015

Location

Brookline, MA

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Shadows of Self

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  • 1

    zandi

    Is the Fleet story indicative of future events/ending of SA?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Hoid is telling Kaladin things he needs to know. But Hoid's knowledge of the future doesn't extend that far...(or something like that).

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    WSB: surprised at such an open answer

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  • 2

    zandi

    Are the scholars influencing the behavior of the spren with their beliefs?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Belief and expectations influence all the magic systems...

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    zandi

    Are the spren's behavior (in the scholar scene) related to how subatomic particles behave when separated over long distances?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    BeskarKomrk

    How much of Nightblood's personality and effects come from the Command he was given?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A moderate amount.

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    BeskarKomrk

    When someone is inside a time bubble where time is going faster, do they age more quickly than they would outside?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    BeskarKomrk

    So there's a sort of relativistic effect going on there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I tried to keep it as close as possible to the actual effects. The only thing I didn't include, I think, is the red-shift of light when it leaves the bubble, because that would irradiate everything around it.

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  • 6

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Yes. I have a question about the way that the brass symbol changed. It looks like brass no longer has a dot. Can you talk about that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is just Issac deciding how he wants the symbols to look. It is nothing of Cosmerilogical import.

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Is there anything of cosmerilogical import about the way that the symbols have changed over time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, slight import. I mean, it's just the idea that as things have evolved, and we are moving toward typesetting; we've moved into typesetting in the modern era, you're going to see the symbols change to kind of match different eras.

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    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    So Wax, in the prologue of Alloy of Law thinks of himself as Wax, and then as Waxillium for the rest of the book, and then that's reversed in the second one. Is that a thing of Cosmeric import, or is it just a -

    Brandon Sanderson

    It kind of indicated how he feels about himself.

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Could it have any impact on his ability to use investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not really. The investiture on Scadrial is not going to care how you're feeling about yourself. On other worlds, that's important, but not on Scadrial.

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    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Is being a little bit crazy a prerequisite to becoming a Knight Radiant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, well, so, for many of the Cosmere magics to work, you have to, um, it has to get into the soul somehow. Right? Sometimes you ram it in by spiking someone else's soul and ripping off a piece and sticking it into yours. Ah, sometimes, it just seeps in the cracks. Um, sometimes the bond allows it to kind of bypass some of this, but it's usually traumatic experience. So crazy is not required, but there's got to be a place for the magic to go, to get in.

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    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Are there any other Davars that are invested?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is TOTALLY a RAFO.

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    I mean, I knew it, when I asked..

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Are there any?" is an odd question. Depends on what time you're talking about. But let's just say there are few people in all of Roshar who've gotten as far as Shallan.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    So Roshar's also high-oxygen, which does some weird things. That's how we justify the crustaceans. Which does weird things to people as well, so.

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    Question

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    Brandon Sanderson

    For some of the planets you definitely need to have some kind of magical adjustment happen, otherwise it's very difficult. Others are easier to get between.

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  • 12

    Question

    How does the density of Roshar compare to the density of Earth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Roshar's density? So, Roshar is less dense than Earth. As well as being a bit smaller. I mean, we're at .7 gravity, so you can run the numbers. I'm sure the people on here (nods at my smartphone) will. And they'll figure that out.

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  • 13

    Question

    I've been listening to the audiobooks of Stormlight. There are some really great character voices. Have you told him how to do the characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have not told him how to do characters. I leave that to him. I give him pronunciations.

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    So the Australian Lopen is all him.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, the Australian is all him. Which is weird, because they're, they're based off of Hispanic cultures, so, hearing the Australian - but at the same time, they're not Hispanic, because there are no Hispanics on Roshar, so an Australian's probably just as accurate as anything else. But yes, I intended the Herdazians to have a Hispanic flair to them.

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    Question

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    Brandon Sanderson

    For some of the planets you definitely need to have some kind of magical adjustment happen, otherwise it's very difficult. Others are easier to get between.

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  • 15

    Question

    Does double copper give you perfect memory?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question. I haven't answered that one yet.

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  • 16

    Question

    Who is your favorite living author?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Favorites right now, writing. Probably my favorite right now is Guy Gabriel Kay. It was Terry Pratchet until he passed away. And it was Robert Jordan until HE passed away. So I hope Guy stays safe. Because getting picked as my favorite author is apparently a death sentence.

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  • 17

    Question

    Has anyone figured out what the secret in the map was, in Words of Radiance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, they have. That it's modeled after the Julia Set. Which is meant to indicate that Roshar was designed specifically.

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Did it happen through crem buildup?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 18

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Is it possible for a kandra to use invested material to form a true body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that's a possibility.

    AndrewStirlingMacDonald

    Could they use shardplate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They absolutely could.

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