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Oct 9th, 2015

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Shadows of Self - San Francisco

  • 1

    Question

    Have we seen Odiumís champion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (He did mention that this was only the second time someone had thought to ask this particular question.)

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  • 2

    Question

    What are the odds of making a Stormlight RPG?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If the Mistborn RPG goes well, maybe in the future.

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  • 3

    Question

    In Hero of Ages, I donít quite understand whyÖ the point of Hoid is in Fadrex, going around the city, gathering informationÖ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not many people do! Itís an intentional secret, I have to wait a little while longer to explain it.

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  • 4

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    Does Hoid go to the same place the Elantrianís (Elantrians are? ) going?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 5

    Question

    Is Stormlight an infinite resource or a finite one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Stormlight is a renewing resource.

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  • 6

    Question

    How far away from the original Mistborn trilogy is The Stormlight Archive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    From the original Mistborn trilogy? 300 years-ish. Itís happening kind ofÖ Just before The Alloy of Law era.

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  • 7

    Question

    Does the spren have to be present for a Surgebinder to have their abilities? Because with Dalinar, the Stormfather wonít be around all the time...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good Question! Fortunately, the Stormfather is a little more omnipresent. Normally youíre gonna have to have your spren close, but the Stormfather absorbed... is basically Honorís cognitive shadow, which means heís got a connection to a lot of different things, so heís not bound by a lot of the rules that others are.

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  • 8

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    The whole Cosmere thing, is there an end to it, and do you have a specific year in mind for when that will be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there is an end. Hereís what has to be happen before I finish it. We have to do another two Mistborn trilogies, The Stormlight Archive, at least three Dragonsteel novels. Thatís the soonest I can do. Iíll probably have to do a few more Elantris and Warbreaker, but thatís the minimum. Because the third Mistborn trilogy is where we bring things to a head.

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  • 9

    Question

    So alternate ending of Well of Ascension Ö [???] three more spiritsÖ [???] if another Shard would show up [with the?] mist spirit, is that in [???] (Note: Referring to the middle of this page: http://brandonsanderson.com/mistborn-2-alternate-ending-part-two/)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís in.[???] There are things you donít know about the mist spirit yet I am planning to reveal soon.

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  • 10

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    Have we met any of those three yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For what I was planning there, yes, you have.

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    Does Alloy of Law take place after the whole Stormlight sequence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have not nailed down the exact timing, but itís at least after book 5 of Stormlight. Because I havenít nailed down exactly how long

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    Do the glyphs on Roshar have any fundamental connection to [the geography? Some confusion about if theyíre connected to Sel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím not going to answer that yet, since Iím going to dig into whatís happening on Sel later.

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  • 11

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    I was wondering how you pronounce Szeth.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I say ďZeth.Ē

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  • 12

    FirstSelector

    I asked Brandon to sign my two books with "tell me something about the Order of Elsecallers" and "tell me something about the Order of Willshapers."

    Brandon Sanderson

    He responded "Turning stone into putty is fun!" and "Popping in and out of Shadesmar is fun too!"

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  • 13

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    (Abbreviated for clarity). So Iíve noticed a certain syllable, ďVo,Ē that turns up in this book [Warbreaker] and also in Vorinism. Is there supposed to be a link between Vo, the First Returned, because there seem to be a great deal of similarities between the monks of Austre and the Ardents.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So there are, um, more links between the planets than people know about, and Iím not going to confirm or deny anything. But the fact that youíre finding words that are connecting, like Worldsingers and Worldbringers, says that thereísÖ intentional connections. Iím not [confirming a connection], Iím saying that these theories should not be dismissed out of hand.

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  • 14

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    In Shadows for Silence one of the characters refers to ďJustice has died here.Ē Is that the actual Shard of Justice?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís a great theory! (Big grin, raised eyebrows.)

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  • 15

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    If you could be a Misting, what would you be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd choose steel because I would like to fly around.

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  • 16

    Question

    If an Allomancer found themselves on Nalthis or Roshar, would they be able to use chromium on someone using Stormlight or Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am staying away from answering too many questions like that until I start having it happen. But do know that the magics interact... some ways they interact very naturally, some ways, they donít. One way Iíve released is, you could use bronze on most forms of Investiture to find it. So you can extrapolate that some of these things would work. But not necessarily all. All of them could be made to work.

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    Shardblade vs. lightsaber, which one would win in a clash?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Depends on whoís writing it, I or Lucas. If I were writing it, Iíd say they bounce off each other.

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  • 18

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    Is there a limit to the amount of energy that can be extracted from an end-neutral system (e.g. two Skimmers powering a mechanical device [a Terris-wheel!] by alternately storing their weight and keeping it normal).

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can totally do it. You are drawing Spiritual energy into the Physical realm, so there is actually no loss of energy, itís just a transfer from one realm to another.

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    Same with Lifeless?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, the sustenance for life is coming directly from the Spiritual plane. The whole idea is that energy is getting recycled back into the Spiritual plane (Canít quite make this out:) by people dying and things like that, soÖ

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  • 19

    Question

    Could an old [Feruchemist] go and transfer his Coppermind to his star pupil using Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Like DeliberateÖ? Right. Ask me that question after youíve read a few more Mistborn books.

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  • 20

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    (Paraphrased) How did you design a magic system to fit multiple time periods?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mistbornís a bit of a special case, since Iíd planned it all from the beginning. So I was able to plan things and hold them back,knowing that I could use them later. That part of the whole idea behind not having all of the metals get discovered in the first books, and holding back this idea of Twinborn and things like thisÖ though that was a little bit of a happy accident. I was mostly going to focus on Savants.

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  • 21

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    How does Harmony know about radio?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are actually two answers to this. First, Harmony was given a grand understanding of the laws of the universe during his Ascension. Second, Preservation had some limited precognitive abilities. Either one of those can lead you to the answer.

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  • 22

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    I was wondering, is Nightblood a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood is an attempt by someone who didnít know how Shardblades were made to create a Shardblade using a different magic system.

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    If Nightblood feeds on Breath, but Szeth doesnít have it, will it feed on Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood can feed off Stormlight, but Szeth can't draw in Stormlight right now. So Szeth better not draw that sword, for a while at least.

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  • 23

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    I began reading your novellas, and I was wondering if you had any plans to follow upÖ [??? Sounds like: Like the Shadows one?]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You may see these worlds again, and you may see these characters again, but there are no planned sequels to these books.

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    So those guys in the ships [in Sixth of the Dusk] were the Mistborn people from the future, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not gonna tell ya.

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  • 24

    Question

    Book recommendations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon recommended the writings of Brent Weeks and Brian McClellan multiple times to various questioners asking for authors with a similar writing style to Brandon. Especially the book The Black Prism.

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  • 25

    Question

    Do you think we are likely to get another story in the Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, youíll probably get another story in the same world, just different characters.

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  • 26

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    I was wondering about the Ryshadium. So, they canít be tamed, so where do you go to [get them from]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will find out some of this in Book 3.

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  • 27

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    I read some stuff, itís pretty old, about the sequel to Elantris. Are you still planning on doing it, and is it the same thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís still the same thing, and Iím still planning to do Sareneís uncle, Kiin, and his family as the main characters.

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    And do we get to learn more about the monks, the Dakhor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Dakhor, yes. You will find more about them, it will take place over in, uh, Fjorden.

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  • 28

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    Somebody said that you were writing ďhands all redĒ in all the books, can you tell me what that means?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís just a line from the book I feel captures the tone of the book well.

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  • 29

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    If a Mistborn burned both cadmium and bendalloy, would the bubbles be exactly the same size?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is an excellent question that I am not going to answer just yet.

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    If they were the same size, would there still be a barrier between the area of normal time and the area of (maybe) distorted time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. In general, cadmium bubbles are bigger, but you can influence the size.

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  • 30

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    More of Sixth of the Dusk world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see more of the world or the characters, but I have no immediate plans for a sequel.

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  • 31

    Question

    Is it possible for spren to move from one planet to another?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is possible for them to get to other planets. They are tied to certain realmsÖ A lot of them reside in the cognitive realm and are pulled into the physical by their bonds--

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    Would they bring the same magics?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That you will have to wait and see.

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  • 32

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    What were Wayne and Hoid talking about outside the carriage?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 33

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    When Marasi goes into the carriage with the Soother & Rioter pair - were they really a Soother and a Rioter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Why do you ask?

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    I have a feeling that one of them was not an emotional Allomancer.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe that they were, yeah. Iím not gonna string you out on that one.

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  • 34

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    Aradel doesnít sound like he is from Scadrial, seems out of place with his dark - well, tanned, - skin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aradel is actually based off Goradel, he is a descendant of his. So he is local. The skin, there are streaks of dark skin in Scadrial, they donít associate them 100% with ethnicities because of the small [gene] pool they were building from, and they are stronger in the Terris bloodlines. So if they see someone with darker skin they will likely think they are from Terris, but thereís so much intermixing so that you canít really say. Wax would have a darker complexion, maybe like a tanned caucasian.

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  • 35

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    Can all Shards have champions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a, um, Theoretically possible, but youíll find more about the backstory of why this works here (presumably he is referring to Stormlight).

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  • 36

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    (Heavily paraphrased for clarity) Can you drop a speed bubble whose border goes through a piece of aluminum?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think you canít do that, it would cause the bubble to collapse. Verbatim: Itís probably going to act like you are trying to set up speed bubble on something thatís too small and moving

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    Note: Alternatively (obviously I canít see any gestures going on), this could be interpreted as: Q*: If you dropped a speed bubble whose border goes through an aluminum tube, is the inside of the tube affected by the time distortion? A*: No, the bubble would go around the tube. This was a Sharder questions, so a clarification would be very nice. Note response: This is essentially correct, and Brandon understood what I meant. -- FS

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  • 37

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    Could - would - Odium ever work with another Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If he were in charge. This is within the realm of possibility. In fact, that may have happened at various points. (I swear I can hear his sly smileÖ)

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  • 38

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    Do you have a name for the veil, or the division, between realms?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíve had like three of four different names, but I havenít settled on one yet.

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  • 39

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    Is crem spren poop? Or at leastÖ not literally, but something like it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, itís more like Shard poop. (Somewhat unsure sounding?

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  • 40

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    Navaniís emotion fabrial, are those correspondent to the Thaylen Passions in any way?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but the Thaylen Passions wouldíve come second to some of this.

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    So through a cultural filter--...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. There is no magic to the Thaylen Passions, they are a religion but with no magical component. Sometimes a religion is just a religion.

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    Note: What? I feel a little lost in this question, can someone elaborate? Note Answer: Navani has an emotion fabrial that is laid out like the double-eye. The Thaylen people swear by and maybe worship the Ten Passions. For instance, Rysn exclaims at one point ďOh Craving Passion of Need!Ē

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  • 41

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    Is aluminum shielding from emotional Allomancy strictly line of sight? So, can someone in the basement bypass somebodyís aluminum hat on the first floor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they could not. You just put enough aluminum there and it disrupts.

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    So it disrupts like a field.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep.

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  • 42

    Question

    There is quantitative difference in Allomancy (e.g. Elend is stronger than Vin), there is skill difference (e.g. Breeze is better than Vin with zinc), but is there a qualitative difference too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís the scale of what we call savant. Wax can do more with less. Itís not just skill, the burning for long, using for so long, will actually adapt your soul to the power.

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    So can bronze savants pierce Copperclouds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, a bronze savant should be able to pierce copperclouds. It depends on the strengths of the Coppercloud and the strength of the savant, but yes.

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    So Elend could theoretically learn to pierce Copperclouds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Weaker ones, yeah, totally. He can learn how to do it by brute force.

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  • 43

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    Are Steelpush and Ironpull strictly momentum conserving?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe they are, Peter has the math, but I believe that they are. You are not losing anything to the cognitive and spiritual realms, if thatís you are asking. You are pulling energy from those places, but only to cause the push/pull.

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