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Interviews: Little City Books-AU Tour

Summary:

Entries

45

Date

Dec 3rd, 2016

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Hoboken, NJ

TourCon

Arcanum Unbounded

Bookstore

Little City Books

Reporter

Ted Herman

Links

17th Shard

  • 1

    Drew

    Does the Expanse of the Broken Sky refer to Taldain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    Ted Herman

    How much area do highstorms cover?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ask Isaac (cosmere artist).

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    Ted Herman

    Why is Nazh short for Nazrilof?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a nickname.

    Footnote

    The silent h is puzzling.

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  • 4

    Alice aka Wetlander

    Is it relevant that Lift was ten when she stopped aging?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It isn't a coincidence.

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    Ted Herman

    Is silver invested in the Threnody system?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    Ted Herman

    I asked for info about Hoid's silver sword.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verbatim in personalization: it is not invested but it has personal value to him.

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    Ted Herman

    Can Lift convert cremling shells to investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She can only convert what she is able to metabolize for nutrients to investiture.

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    Ted Herman

    Ym is confirmed to not be an Edgedancer. Does that mean that he would have become a Truthwatcher?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Ted Herman

    Why don't mistborn use aluminum vials?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because they are too rare and expensive, though aluminum utilization is increasing in the AOL era.

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  • 10

    Ted Herman

    Has Dalinar been on the bondsmith path for a long time? How about Gavilar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes to both.

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    Ted Herman

    Does Wit know what became of Helaran?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Depends on where Wit was, so maybe.

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    Ted Herman

    How long has Khriss been cosmere-aware?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    AndrewHB

    Is gestation period for humans the same on Roshar as Earth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Basically, yes.

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    AndrewHB

    What is stick's talos?

    Brandon Sanderson

    To be the best stick it can.

    Footnote

    Before the Q&A, Brandon gave a talk on talos (sp) philosophy.

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  • 15

    Ted Herman

    Will the everstorm only affect Parshendi or will it also affect those with Parshendi blood like Horneaters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 16

    Ted Herman

    I asked for a personalization with some autobiographical details about Lift.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verbatim: Name: Lift. Date of Birth: A number greater than ten. Birthplace: With my mom. Eye color: Brown.

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  • 17

    Ted Herman

    Where did you get the name for David's crystal grower?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I named it to annoy Peter [Ahlstrom] since he didn't like the names for Dawnslight and Harmsway. (paraphrased)

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  • 18

    CCQ

    If Lift didn't get what she wanted from Nightwatcher (to stop aging) what did she get?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO but it has to do with why she can metabolize food into stormlight.

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  • 19

    CCQ

    Did Ishar intentionally deceive Nalan or does Ishar have bad info that he passed on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes and no. All of the heralds are insane.

    CCQ

    So I clarified the question to being did Ishar know that he was lying to Nalan

    Brandon Sanderson

    got a RAFO but he added something that seemed to mean that Ishar could perhaps see the future and that each insanity was unique and that uniqueness played a part in the info. Not really sure on the last part.

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  • 20

    yulerule

    In the cosmere, you have matter, mind, and soul. Obviously, the physical world is most well understood (same as ours) and the spiritual is most mysterious. When anybody dies (going off from info in secret history) their soul, which was tied to their body, the connection is broken and the soul/cognitive shadow appears in the cognitive realm then goes on to the spiritual. If healing is applied at any moment while the soul/cognitive shadow is in the cognitive realm, the connection can be reestablished and that is why regrowth can heal recently dead. Type of wound shardblade vs not may determine how fast the shadow is sucked into the Spiritual Realm. Also amount of investiture a soul contains. Souls = investiture or at least all of them contain some?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So that's a RAFO. We'll dig into that a little later.

    yulerule

    Am I close?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, you're on the right track.

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  • 21

    Mason Wheeler

    before, I had the general impression that there were maybe... *waves hand* a dozen or so Worldhoppers around, but this [the new book] totally blows that idea away. So, at the time that Khriss is writing the essays, approximately how many Worldhoppers were there in the Silverlight community?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Silverlight is a whole city.

    Mason Wheeler

    that could mean a wide range of sizes...

    Brandon Sanderson

    a lot bigger than a village. Not saying yet exactly how many people are there, [RAFO card,] but they're not all Worldhoppers. There are people who are born there, live out their whole lives and die there.

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    Mason Wheeler

    OK. Now, the Weeping that happens each year on Roshar, does that occur each time when the 3 moons are in a particular alignment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    no, it's more related to the planet's orbital position than the moons' position.

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  • 23

    wicktacular

    If Hoid were a Magic card, what colors would he be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Five color. Although, if he were to drop a color, it would be White.

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  • 24

    wicktacular

    Based on the bit during the open Q&A about Odium splintering Dominion and Devotion and shoving their power into the Cognitive, and that blocking off the Spiritual, which makes Sel's magic so location (or Identity of location) based - if a Shardbearer traveled to Sel, could they still summon their Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's interesting. Nobody's ever asked me that before. That's a RAFO! (I got a card!)

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  • 25

    wicktacular

    At the end of Hero of Ages, it's significant that 1/16 of the soldiers who got sick were Atium mistings. We know now that there's more than 16 metals - what exactly happened there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, you have to remember, by that point, Preservation wasn't entirely there. He was mostly concerned with leaving hints, clues, with the number 16, towards his plan.

    wicktacular

    So, were the other remaining group of soldiers that fell sick all still mistings of the other base metals?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    wicktacular

    So, did Preservation bump out one of the base metal types so those could be Atium mistings? And if so, which was it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that's right. It would probably have been one of the metals that was difficult to get at that level of technology. It would have been Chromium - Chromium would be hard gather at that time. Actually, no, it would have been Aluminum. (about a minute later, while signing someone else's book) - Hold on, there's a caveat to that last answer. Let me finish signing this and expand on that. So, it would still have been Aluminum, but not for the reason your thinking. It would have been Aluminum, but there's an asterisk next to that answer.

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  • 26

    AndrewHB

    Is Niccolo Machiavelli's political theory, the ends justify the means, incompatible with the Knights Radiants' First Oath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Although many of the Orders of KRs would find Machiavelli's theory that the ends justify the means incompatible with additional Oaths and/or values of that Order, there are some Orders who could accept a Machiavellian. Brandon said that the Skybreakers where a Machiavellian could find a home.

    Question

    As Brandon was signing my books, I asked if the Elsecallers would also accept a Machiavellian.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 27

    AndrewHB

    Is the rapier a weapon that people who do not have a Shardblade use on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon asked why I asked this question. I answered that at the end of WoR, Jasnah created a Shardblade rapier. It was a weapon I do not recall any other person using in WoK or WoR. Brandon then said he would not answer. I asked if that would deserve a RAFO. He smiled and gave me a RAFO.

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    AndrewHB

    I asked if in the future, he would have Lift use a Trident as her main Shard weapon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. The reader should not be surprised if Lift uses a trident as a Shard weapon (a ShardTrident).

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  • 29

    PatrickDiomedes

    I asked whether Aluminum blocking investiture is simply an on/off situation, or whether different amounts/different alloys would inhibit it in different degrees

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was theoretically possible.

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  • 30

    yulerule

    How much compounding would a nicrosil twinborn would need to do to get a metalmind that is as Invested as Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wow so much.

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    A thousand breaths doesn't seem to be that much - the God King has tens of thousands - would a piece of stone or wood or cloth or plain metal that has a thousand breaths be as Invested as Nightblood, or is there something more?

    Brandon Sanderson

    needs more

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    yulerule

    If an allomancer worldhopper really wanted to hack the magic system and knew what they were doing, could they get their hands on some Tanavast-ium or Rayse-ium or Egdli-um? Basically make god metals from the other shards?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 32

    yulerule

    Is Iyatil wondering around the cosmere (Roshar) with a heating medallion? She's a southern Scadrial, so she needs one of those so she won't freeze to death in normal temperatures.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 33

    yulerule

    So somewhere it says that the number of Breaths doesn't determine the power of the object. But are the number of Breaths directly tied to how much Investiture is in an object? You're repeatedly said that Nightblood is ridiculously heavily invested, more so than Shardblades, Honorblades, or the Bands of Mourning. But it only has a thousand Breaths, which doesn't seem all that much from the point of view of the GodKing - Tenth Heightening, over 50,000.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    yulerule

    Do you actually need to physically inhale or can you like cognitively inhale. Can you think about inhaling without actually inhaling.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is possible.

    Question

    Think about breathing

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would be fine

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  • 35

    Patrick Diomedes

    If the technology for 3D printing, CNC milling and the like existed on Sel, would a Forger be able to use it to create stamps, or would they have to do it by hand.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They would be able to, but since they have to still create the stamps themselves, they'd have to be the ones to model/draw the stamps. (I take that to mean that a forger couldn't just download someone else's stamp and print it out and use it)

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  • 36

    PatrickDiomedes

    Does TenSoon look like an Irish Wolfhound (which is how I've seen a lot of people draw him) or more like an actual wolf?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He looks more like a large wolf-like dog, such as a husky or something (though more wolflike than a husky, he was just using that as an example)

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  • 37

    PatrickDiomedes

    Will we ever get some sort of dictionary/guide to Aons or Forging, one that tells us how they're made, with what all the various parts of a seal mean and how we could theoretically design them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We might, but it would be a ton of work for him to put together. He compared it to when people ask if we'll ever get the full text of the Way of Kings (the in-universe book) and he said that we might, but all he has is an outline.

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    PatrickDiomedes

    When a spren changes into a weapon, are they locked into one specific design for that type of weapon? Like, if Syl chose to be a longsword, could she only become that specific longsword?

    Brandon Sanderson

    no, they can become whatever they want/need.

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    Patrick Diomedes

    Who has the best and worst handwriting in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid's is just terrible, but it can also be really beautiful when he wants to, but Brandon said he didn't have a real answer for this one.

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  • 40

    PatrickDiomedes

    Can you tell me anything new about the force or whatever that opposed Adonalsium (this was what I had him answer in my personalization)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would count groups of people as a force. (verbatim)

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    PatrickDiomedes

    I just remembered that someone asked about the whole movie deal thing, and Brandon gave a more thorough explanation.

    Brandon Sanderson

    What happened is that DMG, which is a chinese company, came to him first about the Emperor's Soul, because they wanted to make stuff that has more asian characters and they wanted to do it in hollywood because Hollywood's seriously lacking in representation of asians. So he sold that to them first, and then they called him back a couple months later asking about the entire cosmere. At that time, Mistborn was still optioned by another group, but brandon sold all the other stuff, and they started on Way of Kings right away, and then as soon as Mistborn became available they bought that up so that they had the entire cosmere. And he said that Way of Kings is ahead right now, but Mistborn will likely be first, because it'll be easier to produce and stuff.

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    yulerule

    question not specified

    BrandonSanderson

    I also got confirmed that the metal that spren turn into is god metal (we probably already knew that).

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    yulerule

    I also asked about the connection between the spren and surgebinder, such that the spren turns into what the surgebinder wants, like In Edgedancer, Lift turns into a bar of metal and into a Shardfork. Wyndle himself isn't "in tune" with Lift, so his turning into something that she needs with no prior warning ...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Since the spren fill in the soul, they're connected on that level, so like their minds are separated, but since the souls are melded/connected/same that the spren can turn into stuff the Surgebinder wants. This is heavily paraphrased.

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  • 44

    PageRunner

    *holding out list of Allomantic metal symbols* Is ettmetal's symbol one of these 4? *Points at the unused ones*

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. It has a symbol, but I don't think you've seen it yet. No, you haven't seen it.

    PageRunner

    *making connections internally* Oh, that's interesting, since we have seen Harmonium's symbol.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, you haven't. Have you?

    PageRunner

    Yeah, we have. *momentary staredown* It looks like the double lerasium. *waves hands around in the air like an idiot to pantomime the axis of reflection*

    Brandon Sanderson

    *looks crestfallen* Oh. Right. Then, I guess you have seen ettmetal's symbol.

    PageRunner

    *cackles internally* So, ettmetal is Harmonium!

    Brandon Sanderson

    *sadly* Yes...

    PageRunner

    Am I allowed to tell people? I can keep it a secret if you want.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, you can tell people.

    PageRunner

    *almost ditches the rest of his signing turn to go tell people*

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    PageRunner

    Are the Cognitive Shadows on Braize the mythical Shades of the Knights Radiant?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO Card

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