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    EMERALIS00

    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.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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.)

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    Chaos

    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?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You guys are awesome, and I really appreciate what you've done here.

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    Chaos

    Is Splintering a Shard permanent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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    Chaos

    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?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    Chaos

    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.

    Brandon Sanderson

    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.

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    Chaos

    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?

    Brandon Sanderson

    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.

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    EMERALIS00

    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.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    My pleasure. Thanks for reading.

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    EMERALIS00

    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) ?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It has some very small effect.

    Selish, Scadrian, Nalthian, Rosharan.

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    KCHAN

    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?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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.

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    KCHAN

    Can obligators marry?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes.

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    KCHAN

    Can anyone with access to Shadesmar learn how to worldhop?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    In theory. Getting to Sel is really tough...

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    KCHAN

    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.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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.

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    SWEETNESS

    Hey!

    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?

    (These guys, for clarification.)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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.

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    SWEETNESS

    2. Just after the Shattering (but before they started created humans or something), did all Shards have roughly the same amount of raw power?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes. Good question.

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    SWEETNESS

    3. Can Demoux burn malatium?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Interesting theory.

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    SWEETNESS

    4. Does Forgery use the Dor?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes.

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    WINDRUNNER

    Hey Brandon!

    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

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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.

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    WINDRUNNER

    Can all Investitures be classified as end-positive, neutral, or negative?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, though in the overwhelming majority of cases, it's end-positive or at least neutral. Hemalurgy really is an oddity in the cosmere

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    WINDRUNNER

    Why does Devotion's Shardpool act so differently from Preservationís?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    For similar reasons to why the Dor acts so differently from Preservation's essence...

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    WINDRUNNER

    Did people exist on Nalthis prior to Endowment's arrival there?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Some planets had people before the shattering.

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    WINDRUNNER

    Is the Dor made up of both Devotion and Dominionís power?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The Dor's nature, and why it acts as it does, is in part related to this question.

    WINDRUNNER

    Also the TWoK nerd in me is totally embarrassed that I didn't ask any questions on that.(It was the first of your books I read, and my favorite) I can't wait for Stormlight 2 though, and will hopefully be at the release!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Thanks!

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    IROTHTIN

    Is Wax's sister a Duralumin ferring?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'm curious what makes you guess that particular power.

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    SATSUONI

    Hello, Brandon! Thank you for doing this. Here are my questions (all serious): 1. Is it possible to give cats intelligence with Hemalurgy? Or transfer cat's identity to a human?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    1: Hemalurgy can do some very, very odd things. And the endowment of intelligence is a common result of tinkering with shard-based magic.

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    SATSUONI

    2. How is heat a mental attribute in Feruchemy?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    2: Because I messed up. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but that power was supposed to be swapped with another one. (You might be able to guess which one.) However, by the time I realized my mistake, it had already been canonized in print in the trilogy, so I was stuck with it. I've been tempted to go back and correct the error, but it reaches pretty far back. People drawing upon warmth is mentioned in the first book. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that in general the 'physical, mental, etc' things are applied by people--they are boxes that people investigating the magic have used to describe it.

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    SATSUONI

    3. How much power does a Breath and a freshly charged Hemalurgic spike have relative to each other?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    3: This is a RAFO. I don't want to be pinned down on this one quite yet.

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    SATSUONI

    Fourth: Tell us something new about Cognitive Realm, please :)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    4: You will get plenty in the next Stormlight book. But more than one type of spren live there.

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    BLU3

    Hey Brandon - Just wondering, are you ever going to go back and write about The Further Adventures of Lestibournes? I think his character is pivotal to the Mistborn trilogy and felt cheated that the trilogy mostly focused on Vin, Kel, Sazed, and Elend. I would like to know more of his backstory and how he became the stud that he is. Thanks, Justin

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He became quite the 'stud' in the years following the first trilogy. I might be persuaded to show some of this at some point. He also knew many things he really should not have.

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    THOUGHTFUL SPURTS

    Hi Mr. Sanderson. Thank you for doing this, you're awesome . My questions: 1.) Are there any racist jokes in the Mistborn world?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, I would think there are lots of racist jokes everywhere. It's more of a thing on Roshar, however, where the races are more distinct and rub each other the wrong way more often.

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    THOUGHTFUL SPURTS

    2.) What do the Terrismen who aren't stewards or breeders do? Are there castrated Terris craftsmen around in the Terris dominance? what do the terriswomen who aren't breeders do?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Lots of things. There is a full society up there. Lots of small villages.

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    THOUGHTFUL SPURTS

    3.) If there's really no upper limit to feruchemy for practical reasons* , why didn't Sazed just fill steel at ridiculous levels for a few minutes in WoA, and then go back to running instead of leaving his steelminds there?Say, being some 100,000 times slower than he would normally be for about a minute. Meaning that a feruchemist should be able to fill a given metalmind in very short periods of time if you fill at a high enough rate.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The low end is bounded. You can pull out tons--but in filling, you can only go so far. I didn't ever explicitly talk about this in the series, but the implications are there. Not all have the same bounds, but in your example, the body just can't slow beyond a certain point. Think of it this way--you can only fill a weight metalmind with as much weight as you have to give. So you can become very, very light--but you only add to a time for doubling your weight. You can't make yourself 100,000 times slower and gain 100,000 times multiplication. You can give up all of your normal speed, and so when you tap that speed out you are at 200% for an equal period. (And that's a theoretical maximum; realistically, you can only go to down around 75% slower or the like.)

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    THOUGHTFUL SPURTS

    4.) If tapping heat means your own body gets hotter, does it also mean you become immune to hot temperatures so long as you're tapping it, or should you fill heat and grow colder for that to happen?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    As everything in Feruchemy, you become immune to the effects of the ability only. Like weight doesn't crush you, but at the same time doesn't have a net gain in strength. Growing colder, however, would be more helpful in this regard.

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    JOE ST

    Hey Brandon, thank you so much for doing this :D Would you be willing to write a Ketek in High Imperial? It's just something that's been going around in my head for a while, I think it'd be pretty cool XD.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Ha. I...really would rather pass on this one. Getting the Ketek right in KINGS took weeks of writing and rewriting. I'm not sure I'd like to try something, even for fun, in a quick forum write like this.

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    JOE ST

    On a slightly more serious note, are we going to be seeing Eastern Slang/High Imperial throughout the whole of the mistborn sequence? How about on any of the other shardworlds?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO. (But you will see it again.)

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    JOE ST

    Is there any relationship between Hemalurgic bindpoints and the body focuses in Surgebinding? Specifically, the eyespikes and the eyes being a body focus in Surgebinding?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The relationship is there, but it's not a very strong connection.

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    JOE ST

    Can a misting burn the god-metal alloys of their metal? If not, do the god-metals even 'exist' if there are no full mistborn?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    There are metals which exist that any Allomancer can burn, regardless of their own orientation.

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    JOE ST

    PS: what do you think to a Sadeas and Zane pairing? Not many people seem to like the idea, but I think they'd get on swimmingly :P

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Sadeas would make great use of Zane. Far better use than his father did.

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