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  • 1

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2013

    Question

    Did David get Steelheart's weakness absolutely correct, or was it just close enough to allow him to destroy Steelheart?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was absolutely correct. This is something David and Reckoners will actually discuss in Firefight. The second book will reveal much more about the Epics' weaknesses, and you will find out that there is actually a pattern to them, even though everyone thinks it's random.

    Question

    Are weaknesses somehow related to things, events, or phenomena the Epics feared, or hated, or disliked before they turned Epic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, second book. This is the exact question people—and David—are asking in the second book. Good question though.

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  • 2

    Interview: Dec 7th, 2013

    PrncRny's Wife

    If using their abilities slowly drives them mad, how can good epics rise up to help?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is kind of the point of the novel isn't it

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  • 3

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    Does Khriss write the Ars Arcanum?

    Can a Seeker inside a Coppercloud Seek someone out of one?

    What about a Soother instead of a Seeker?

    Do all Epics' weaknesses come from things in their past?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    It is possible.

    Yes, again possible.

    RAFO.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    Whoís your favorite Epic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ask in line, since itís a spoiler for the books. Itís someone that you donít know is an Epic.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    Who is your favorite Epic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that Megan is my favorite Epic.

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  • 6

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2015

    Dancingedge (Reddit)

    Hello Mr. Sanderson, given that I can't go to signings this is actually pretty exciting. Anyway, on to the questions.

    1. Concerning the terminology for Epics, the definitions given for High Epics and a prime Invincibility are effectively the same, meaning every High Epic should have one. However, in Steelheart David says that only a couple of the hundredths of High Epics in Newcago have one. Did David change his terminology between books or is there another reason. (I would also appreciate definitions for what differentiates a minor from a lesser Epic.)
    2. While Epics already age slower can their powers protect them from aging completely, be it by simply negating it or for example returning them to a specific age, upon resurrection.
    3. What exactly is needed to make a motivator? In Firefight they operated on Obliteration to build the bomb, yet people still trade with any amount of Epic cells. Does the amount simply relate to power or is there something else?
    4. Why doesn't Nighwielder's weakness penetrate his blanket over Newcago when it does pierce the shadow tendrils he attacks David with? Could the reason be that his clouds act as some kind of ďsecurity blanketĒ if for example he got his weakness from being stranded in the dessert clouds like his would have protected him from the sun, which keeps the UV-rays of the sun from triggering his weakness, because they canít recreate the situation it originates from.

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit)

    1. Prime invincibility is the cream of the crop of High Epic, in David's estimation. The hardest of the hard to kill. However, other people define things differently. "High epic" means "I have a power that, if you stand there and try to shoot me, it doesn't work." That's why in his definition, Regalia doesn't fit the bill--though many others would say her power of keeping herself hidden as she does would totally count. All a matter of semantics, but to him, there's a specific gradation.
    2. There are no known epics who don't age at all.
    3. This is covered in detail in book three. I've been pretty sneaky about some of this stup, on purpose.
    4. I've been dodgy about answering this one, as I thought I might get into it in Book Three, but as I work on it I don't know that I am. The answer is actually pretty simple--it's for the same reason that someone manifesting Regalia's weakness in Babilar doesn't make the waters suddenly retreat. Or that Steelheart's powers didn't leave pockets of open material around anybody who hadn't ever heard of him. (Which is where this exception started in my mind, as without it, the first book would never have worked.)
    Basically, I had to make the rule that a large scale, general use of the powers had a kind of immunity to the weakness--one of diffusion. But the general spreading of the powers on the large scale were also far less precise. (For example, Nightwielder could cloud the sky with darkness, but not stop rain from falling.)
    Otherwise, you could just find the pockets where the Epic's powers on the grand scale were not working, and easily figure out their weakness. Hence, engaging Nightwielder directly ruins his immediate powers, but on the grand scale the darkness remains in place over the city.
    It's the only way I could make the powers work on the grand scale I wanted, in turning Newcago to Steel or sinking NYC.

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  • 7

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2015

    The Only Joe

    Do all Epics go on Rendings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on how strong they are.

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  • 8

    Interview: Jan 24th, 2015

    Question

    So Edward [sic], Conflux, [...] turn evil [...]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well they think it is because Edmund is a Gifter and isnít using his powers directly. Thatís their philosophy on it. Whether that is true or not remains yet to be seen.

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  • 9

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Question

    At the end of Firefight when it says that if you overcome your fears that the corruption kind of ceases to exist. Does that mean an Epicís weakness is resolved [also?]

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a question for the sequel.

    Question

    So would that imply that maybe David has a power but he doesnít know it because he overcame the water fear?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís entirely possibleÖ Youíre asking good questions.

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  • 10

    Interview: May 22nd, 2015

    Vaidd

    I just got through the signing line. Since it was a mile long, I only asked about the Reckoners.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The ratio of Epics to normal folks is about 1 in 10,000. Brandon then clarified, without prompting, that was pre-Calamity population and the ratio is much higher now because so many normal people died. He then gave an example of Newcago, which has about 1000 Epics in a population of 250,000, so in that particular case the ratio is 1:250. (He didn't say, but I'd expect that to vary from place to place depending on the local politics.)

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  • 11

    Interview: Jan 26th, 2016

    Mailliw73

    Can an Epic's weakness change?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said so far they have not.

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  • 12

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016

    Question

    Which Epic was most fun?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Larcener, or Regalia.

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