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Mar 17th, 2012
So I (semi) recently went to the Writing for Charity conference to see Brandon Sanderson. I arrived at the tail end of his presentation, and I really enjoyed it. There was a signing afterwords, and I sat next to him as questions were asked (including a question asking if I was Brandon's son!) After the line ran out, I was able to ask him some questions:
So if you want, I went through the Ultimate List of Questions Thread
And I pulled out a couple, pulled out quite a few.
All right, all right. Iíll give you your top 5.
This one is from Terez, about WoT. It says "Does Moridin have anything to do with the Knife of Dreams?"
She thinks that his name "Tedronai" translates into Knife of Dreams in WoT.
(slightly surprised) Oh. If that is the case Terez,which it very well may be, I donít know. I donít know. Thatís mostly because I donít do anything with the Old Tongue- I let Alan handle it, because heís so good at it, I pretty much just refer to him. The only thing I tried to name on my own was Perrinís hammer. And even that, he had to fix a few little things to make it work right.
So I wonít kill that theory, but I canít confirm it either.
In Well of Ascension, there are two strange "voice in the head" experiences. One of them is with Sazed and Marsh are fighting, and Sazed realizes that he can burn the metal rings that are now in his stomach. But the other one is with Elend, when a voice comes, and heís not sure where it comes from. It says something like "If you have a dagger, the only way to win is to go in for the kill"
That one, where it came from, is Ė I know what you are searching for, but itís actually just an old (something) from weapons training. Heís just dredging- heís not sure where it came from because he never thought he would need any of it, he thought he was just going to be a scholar. But his father did have him trained in weapons, so itís just instinct that he got from one of his old mentors in fighting.
So thereís nothing to see there, so no, heís not (something).
Okay. We were just wondering if it was Preservation, or Kelsier.
Nope. Unfortunately, no. I do that on occasion, but this time...
There is a debate on what to call Shallan's Symbols, so we don't have such an ambiguous term for it .
Yeah, the Symbolhead, Shallanspren,
We don't really know what to call them.
Do I want to canonize this yet?
You don't have to canonize it yet.
I don't know if I want to canonize it yet. But I will say this. They are spren, that should be pretty obvious. They are the spren connected to what Shallan is capable of doing. But I donít know if I want to canonize it yet. Truthspren is as good a name as any, and I would suggest you use that until further notice.
A question related to that. Thereís an idea going around that all the spren that can Nahel Bond, all Knight Radiant spren are called honorspren, and then Nohadon talks specifically about honorspren. Is that the case? You know, is it just the Windrunner spren, or is it all the spren?
Iím going to deal with this in the next book. So Iíll just go ahead and let it be a literal RAFO. It is coming.
(interruption, leading Brandon to lose his train of thought)
So what we are dealing with here is that all Spren are indeed all pieces of the one who has gone, so those spren are all- except the Windrunner spren, the spren like Syl, have certain umm.
Nohadon mentioned that "All the spren arenít as discerning as honorspren."
So there has been dissension among them about who gets to call themselves honorspren, if that makes sense, and there is some disagreement among scholars about which ones are really, you know "This is what defines an honorspren".
But the spren you are running into are all (something) of either Honor or Cultivation, or some mixture between them. And you can usually tell the ones that are more Honor, and the ones that are more Cultivation. That should be able to be (something).
Hereís an interesting one. Why do some Breaths flare when people die? Vasher mentions it in the book.
I will answer that in the next book, if I ever get to it.
Okay, give me another one. Weíre way over five now.
True. (Although itís not! Haha!) Why did OreSeur signup for Kelsierís plan. Was he forced to because of his contract? Or did he actually want to do it?
All kandra want to be back in the Homeland. That said, OreSeur, he as a kandra, likes challenges, and was a real method kandra, a lot of them are, but he truly was. And you can see that in him. So for him, the contract and the role he plays.
Are more important than what he actually wants.
Yeah. Even though he had spent all this time doing this stuff. So he was part of it, but for him, his role was being this person. If I may.
Is there some reason why both Vin and Kelsier are half-skaa, half-noble, both natural Allomancers, both end up overthrowing the Lord Ruler, and have siblings that are seekers.
Both were heavily influenced by Ruin in doing what they were doing. So there is a connection there, maybe not the one youíre looking for, but Ruin was looking for talented Mistborn that were easy to manipulate and talented Mistborn tend to come from talented Mistborn lines, and so Ruin is looking for that, and they both end up fitting that role. And the thing is, is that the half breeds ended up being easier for him to manipulate and easier lost in the shuffle of things, so they weren't paid attention to as much by the ministry, because the ministry didn't know about them.
So it's mostly coincidental for what Ruin's trying to achieve.
A question that has itís roots in Dragonsteel. When Ruin changes words, is he actually changing words,or is he changing what people see?
Did we canonize this question Peter? Iím pretty sure we did. I thought we answered this one already.(Itís not in our records if he did)
Letís just say that most of the time, Ruin was searching for a place to transition, where he could change what was being trans-transcribed. Or what was being heard, or what was being said.
Thatís pretty interesting.
So the easiest time for him is when a scribe is writing in a new book, heís copying a new book down, and he just pops in and changes the words.
Okay. That makes sense.
Oh! Did Ati- We see Elend and Vin in that kind of holding pattern with Sazed at the end, did Ati perish? Or did he also stay in the holding pattern?
Ati perished. He is gone.
How about a confirmation one? We have a secondhand report from Miyabi actually, that says that Hoid was at the Shattering of Adonalsium. Was he there?
Yes he was.