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not serious questions.* Have you seen or heard of the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica? Is Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, or Twilight BEST PONY?
*It isn't really neccessary to answer these, but I want to know. As for the others, who I know want to downvote this post so bad. Deal with it. I can ask the questions I want.
I have heard of Madoka Magica, but have not watched it. I don't know the other one. I haven't really gotten into an anime since Bebop, though people keep telling me I need to watch one of the Full Metal Alchemist shows.
Well, my son (having only girl cousins) has a stuffed rabbit he named Fluttershy...so that one? I'm afraid you're talking to the wrong Dragonsteel person for MLP discussion. Peter's a fan, but I've never actually seen an episode of the new incarnation. (My little sisters, many years ago, did make me suffer through the movie with the sea ponies about a billion times, however.)
Hey Brandon, itís Eric. I canít tell you how amazing it is for you to actually come here. I really hope you enjoy 17th Shard. We did, after all, build it for you and for Brandon fans everywhere. Hopefully, you approve. (Iím actually totally terrified the site will go down with all the traffic with you here. I highly doubt it will. But hey! At least we wonít get DoSíd again.) It is such an honor for you to join us.
I have just a few questions for you. Cosmere, of course. What else did you expect, though, deep in the den of the crazy theorizers of 17th Shard?
You guys are awesome, and I really appreciate what you've done here.
Is Splintering a Shard permanent?
In the Ars Arcanum of the Way of Kings, next to the Essences are listed ten Body Focuses. Are these Body Focuses the focus (in cosmere terms) of Surgebinding?
Is there a cosmere-specific term you use to describe, say, a Shardís power inside someone? For example, people on Scadrial had little bits of Preservation in them that made them sentient (and, with enough Preservation, Allomancy). This obviously doesnít make these people Slivers or Splinters, so I was just wondering if you had a word for it.
In my own terms, I refer to all of this as types of investiture. The degree, and effects, can be very different--but those people are invested. I term this Innate Investiture, and it is similar to what happens with people on Nalthis. That is also innate.
A lerasium Mistbornís kids would surely be Allomancers. If such a lerasium Mistborn traveled to, say, Nalthis, fell in love and had kids with a native Nalthisean, would those kids be Allomancers? Or something else?
In most cases, they would still be Allomancers. Mixed, potentially, with something else depending on the native innate investiture. That mixture could do some strange things, though.
Hello there ^^. I have four questions. Two are serious, and two are not. I care the most about the first one, so if you can only answer one, please answer that. Thanks for coming to answer our questions.
My pleasure. Thanks for reading.
serious Questions. Does the intent/personality of the Shard affect the personalities of the humans they create? What do you call a human from each Shardworld (demonyms like Scadrialeese) ?
It has some very small effect.
Selish, Scadrian, Nalthian, Rosharan.
Hey Brandon! It's Kerry. Thank you so much for doing this! I have a rather random-looking assortment of questions for you:
How does Snapping work after Sazed changed it? If you donít want to reveal it all right now, are there any hints you can give us?
He couldn't get rid of this entirely. I don't want to spoil things, but Snapping was built into Allomancy primarily because of larger-scale magical issues. This is getting deep into the issue, but it has to do with a person's spiritual makeup and a 'wounded' spirit being easier to fill with something else, kind of like a cut would let something into the bloodstream. Sazed made this threshold on Scadrial much easier to obtain.
Can obligators marry?
Can anyone with access to Shadesmar learn how to worldhop?
In theory. Getting to Sel is really tough...
In your books, we see a lot of really interesting and diverse world elements that make these places and cultures really come to life. What are some of the world elements youíve had the most fun creating, and what do you like best about them?
Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy it here! We're crazy, but we like it that way.
I'd say that the spren on Roshar have been my favorite so far--they are so different, but also so RIGHT. They have a mythological fae-feel to them, but also fit into the cosmere arcanum just perfectly. I also like writing them.
It's so cool that you're doing this, Mr. Sanderson. Thanks so much! I know this will fuel discussions for at least the rest of the year.
(For the record, you should totally check out the chatroom.)
1. So, those things on the inside cover of WoK. Crabwasps, or crabdragons?
They range between the size of a hand to perhaps the size of a small melon. You'll find out more about them eventually. Like most things from Aimia, they're pretty odd, and are also now very rare since the scouring.
2. Just after the Shattering (but before they started created humans or something), did all Shards have roughly the same amount of raw power?
Yes. Good question.
3. Can Demoux burn malatium?
4. Does Forgery use the Dor?
Thank you so very much for coming here to answer our questions, I know this'll probably be taking some time away from Stormlight 2, so I appreciate you being here very much. You're my absolute favorite author, the logic of your magic and the way your stories and characters ring true is beyond compare in my opinion. I've got 4 questions, but if that seems like too many feel free to skip the later ones. Thanks again so very much :D
Thank you for reading, and for the kind words. I'm thrilled that people out there are paying enough attention to even ask questions like this. It's flattering.
Can all Investitures be classified as end-positive, neutral, or negative?
Yes, though in the overwhelming majority of cases, it's end-positive or at least neutral. Hemalurgy really is an oddity in the cosmere
Why does Devotion's Shardpool act so differently from Preservationís?
For similar reasons to why the Dor acts so differently from Preservation's essence...
Did people exist on Nalthis prior to Endowment's arrival there?
Some planets had people before the shattering.
Is the Dor made up of both Devotion and Dominionís power?
The Dor's nature, and why it acts as it does, is in part related to this question.