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Interviews: Borderlands SF-AU Tour

Summary:

Entries

31

Date

Nov 30th, 2016

Type

Paraphrased

Location

San Francisco, CA

TourCon

Arcanum Unbounded

Bookstore

Borderlands

Links

17th Shard

  • 1

    Question

    I asked if Szeth is a Skybreaker

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 2

    Question

    Why was Hoid drinking perfume that time he met Wax?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 3

    Question

    Asked for a dedication from a resident of Yolen.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Got "May two worlds become one to you" He stressed that it's worlds not realms!!!

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  • 4

    Question

    Is it possible to reliably deduce what a Shardworld's Cognitive realm will look like if we knew a lot about its Physical realm? For example, mists in Scadrial, spheres in Roshar etc.

    Question

    Yes, but it works in odd ways. So it may not work in the logical way that you think.

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  • 5

    Question

    Why spheres on Roshar? Something related to the highstorms makes more sense, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes there is a reason for them being spheres. RAFO.

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  • 6

    Question

    How do we pronounce Bavadin? Have we see his/her influence on other worlds till now Ė like Austre in Nalthis or other religions which Sazed studied on Scadrial for example.

    Brandon Sanderson

    ba-va-din (ba as in batman, va as in want, din as in dinner). Yes you have seen her influence in other worlds other than Taldain. He wouldn't confirm if it is Nalthis or Scadrial or any other planet.

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  • 7

    Question

    Is there more significance to the 10 other planets around the Rosharian start system and them being gaseous? We know that Roshar's moons have unnatural orbits; so there seems to be some astronomical manipulation in the system.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes there is significance of 16 in cosmere and 10 in Rosharian system.

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  • 8

    Question

    The outer 10 gas giants in the Rosharan system suggest a tie to the number 10 that predates the arrival of the current Shards. Is the prominent numerology we see around the Cosmere an inherent property of the planets, rather than the Shards who invest them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Big RAFO

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  • 9

    Question

    Would Ashyn/Braize share the 10-centric numerology of Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes 10-centric is for the entire Rosharian planetary system...wait Braize is 9-centric

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  • 10

    Question

    Do Ym, Stump belong to Edgedancer? Will we see Stump again in the future?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ym is not an Edgedancer. You will see Stump in the future novels though you may not see Tashikki much again.

    Footnote

    Peter Ahlstrom added this commentary in a facebook chat: "Both types of spren were initially considering Ym. I thought that was obvious. Add at the end: That's my interpretation of Wyndle's comments." This is in reference to Wyndle saying to Lift that he was considering bonding a cobbler who is nice to children.

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  • 11

    Question

    Is Vax present (lurking) in any of the star systems explained in Arcanum Unbounded? Personally I think there will be more star systems that would be discovered in the future and Vax might be part of them. Comment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO for Vax. Yes, there might be more stars. The picture on the cover is the sight observed from one particular place (Silverlight? RAFO). Let's just say that there are more planetary systems present in the existing star chart itself that you don't know yet. (He RAFO-ed when I asked if Yolen is present in the dragon constellation)

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  • 12

    Question

    Have we seen any of the system or the world that has end-negative magic system other than Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes there is one more end-negative magic system and you have seen minor hints of it.

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  • 13

    Question

    What about Hemalurgy in other worlds other than Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. (I again asked with the exception of Kandra, have seen Hemalurgy such as people who may have been spiked. He repeated "You have seen Hemalurgy in other worlds." (In other words he is tight-lipped about Kandra part - neither yes or no)

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  • 14

    Question

    What would have happened if Kelsier hasn't taken Preservation or later Sazed hasn't taken Ruin and Preservation powers? Would the earth have been destroyed due to so much raw power much before the actual destruction due to Ruin's actions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Bad things would have happened (Me - "Like Sel?" Him - "Not going to answer that. Just bad things would have happened")

    Footnote

    Scadrial, not Earth

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  • 15

    Question

    I asked if someone who had a lot of Breath would have it weaken collectively, in the same way that the single Breaths of children are more vibrant than others and move one slightly closer to a Heightening, then weaken as they grow older (and contribute slightly less towards a Heightening).

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said that it wouldn't be noticeable once you accumulate enough Breath and, for example, Hoid wouldn't find himself suddenly losing perfect pitch as a function of time.

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  • 16

    Question

    I asked if Nazh's knife didn't glow to Kelsier's eyes because the metal wasn't from Scadrial generally or whether it was a metal with some particular property.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I didn't even get to finish the second half of that before he got that smile and I knew what was coming next. Sure enough, I collected a shiny RAFO card.

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  • 17

    Question

    On the less serious side, I asked what Hoid's favorite flavor of instant noodles is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    At first I think he misheard me asking what his own favorite is ('spicy Korean ramen' apparently, though I don't remember the exact specifics) so I clarified. He said that Hoid is looking forward to instant noodles but they aren't Yolenese and he knows about them via the same method that he knows where he needs to be in the Cosmere.

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  • 18

    Question

    That gave me the opportunity to ask one last question, about feruchemical chromium and whether storing fortune would cause you to risk experiencing really improbable things, like the entropy curse in The Dresden Files.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said he wasn't going to answer questions about fortune, that the MAG shouldn't be taken as gospel on this point (I don't remember how it works there and didn't mention it, he brought it up on his own) and that he's planning something different than we might be thinking, for how that mechanic will function.

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  • 19

    Question

    I really appreciate the fact that Steris is a character who is there.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Steris is my favorite character of the new generation of mistborn. She is a delight to write about.

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  • 20

    Question

    Is Lift going to be in the next book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 21

    Question

    What happened to Vivenna?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This will be answered very soon.

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  • 22

    Necarion

    Do Vessels have any flexibility in expressing the intent of a Shard, particularly if the Intent is open to many interpretations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes they do. So, the Vesselís mind and how they perceive is going to have a large influence on how things are expressed and I think all of them have some wiggle room. But there are some deterministic things that are also going to push them. You know, holding Ruin, Harmony may not go down the same path that happened to Ati.

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  • 23

    Question

    So Saddeas would express Honor differently than Tanavast?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes he would.

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  • 24

    Necarion

    Would a soulstamp carved from a gemstone and infused with Stormlight be more likely to Take?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No it would not.

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  • 25

    Necarion

    Would a Mistborn have to worry about accidentally burning her copper IUD?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes she would, absolutely (Laughs)

    Footnote

    [Necarion's note: this confirms that metal does not have to be in the stomach to be burned]

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  • 26

    Question

    So my quick question: Can you use Identity (I love the speed bubbles!) to anchor speed bubbles to yourself?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, this is possible. Thatís less a matter of Identity. Whatís gonna happen there, like, the more someone uses the powers, the more familiar and intermingled with their soul the powers become, and they are able to accomplish things that others canít. This would be like a mistborn learning to hover a coin, right, which they can do, but most think you canít. Thatís the sort of level weíre going with.

    Necarion

    So a savant could?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A savant could totally do that. The problem is, things moving in and out of a speed bubble, thereís a transference of energy. This is how we keep speed bubbles from irradiating people when light moves through them, right, red shift. And so thereís a transfer of energy directly from the spiritual realm, which means that moving with a speed bubble, youíre gonna run into that, and itís gonna be, itís gonna cause all kinds of problems, but it would be possible.

    Footnote

    [Necarionís note: This might be a very interesting method of harnessing energy, much more efficient than my earlier Terris Wheel idea]

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  • 27

    Question

    Now, do things actually move unpredictable at the edge [of a speed bubble] or do they refract out? Is it just that geometry is hard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I have a level of unpredictability, I mean weíre Chaos Theory. The idea being, you could predict if you had a perfect closed system and things like this, but itís unfeasible for most technology and minds to be able to predict.

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  • 28

    Necarion

    One other speed bubble question. Is the speed of light the same inside and outside a speed bubble?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, yes. The speed of light is the same. Good question, youíre trying to figure out the FTL.

    Necarion

    Also, it would eliminate the redshift if the speed of lightÖ

    Brandon Sanderson

    If the speed of light were similar . Thatís one thing we considered, but it felt too non-intuitive, plus itís just not how I imagined things working. So, no it is not, but thatís a good question. It is something we considered.

    Question

    I just want to setup a lab in a speed bubble and do fun things.

    Footnote

    [Necarionís note: there would be no redshift if the speed of light were directly proportional to the Ďspeed of timeí. Alas this theory doesnít seem to be valid]

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  • 29

    Necarion

    Could a double-nicrosil Twinborn compound Breath or Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, youíre getting a RAFO card on _that_. Youíre getting SUCH a RAFO card on that!

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  • 30

    Necarion

    Is Taldain orbiting at a Lagrangian point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Laughs]

    Necarion

    It would make the orbits work

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Long pause] Iím not sure the implications, I have to think through implications before answering questions

    Necarion

    The situation Iím thinking of, it would orbit the big star but at the same period as the smaller star.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, well, Iíll just say Ďyesí, but I want to make sure Iím not saying Ďyesí, without...well, yes thatís how it has to work

    Necarion

    Right

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because [Taldain] I want to be not like Roshar where we have unstable orbits and things. Uh, but IÖ Iím saying yes, but I hope that doesnít get me into trouble scientifically.

    Footnote

    [Necarionís note 1: While the L1 Lagrange point is an equilibrium point in the three-body problem, it is technically an unstable one. However, this seems a system that could be corrected with a small input of Shardic intervention, far less than would be required by any other astronomical arrangement I can think of] [Necarionís note 2: Note the comment about Ďunstable orbitsí in the Rosharan system. This might account for the rapid variation in seasons on the planet]

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  • 31

    Necarion

    The compounding trick that the Lord Ruler performed. When youíre storing investiture, are you storing your Ďmistborn-nessí or all the powers individually?

    Brandon Sanderson

    All of the powers individually.

    Necarion

    [Surprised, because this dashed a favorite theory of mine] Oh okay!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, the compounding trick. Really whatís happening is youíre fueling feruchemy with the power of allomancy, but youíre filtering it through you, and then youíre storing it.

    Necarion

    So itís not that youíre a more powerful mistborn when youíve tapped [investiture]

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, good question.

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