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Your search for the tag 'greatshells' yielded 5 results

  • 1

    Interview: Mar 8th, 2014

    AhoyMatey ()

    Do all greatshells have spren?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    In order to survive with the science that I built, the greatshells almost all require some sort of spren to keep them from collapsing. (I suspect greatshells in the water may not require them.)


  • 2

    Interview: Mar 24th, 2016


    Is it only Greatshells that have gemhearts, or do all crustaceans on Roshar have some sort of gem inside? If it is only greatshells then are their unique decayspren related to this fact?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a matter of body chemistry. Not all crustaceans do have gemhearts, but most can, not just greatshells. It's a matter of their particular body chemistry that lets greatshells grow the larger gemhearts, which is what allows them to grow so large themselves.


    [Note: This is pretty close to exact wording; I transcribe for a living so I have an excellent memory for wording, but I didn't record it so I can't be sure]


  • 3

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2016


    Have larger land going greatshells existed above a chasm fiend?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Larger than a chasmfiend, the ones out near Reshi can go on land. So yea, it is possible that there are larger ones. They do better in the water, because of how big they are, the high oxygen, low gravity, and symbiotic relationship with the spren allow for mega fauna that is just unrealistically large and just could exist on earth, so yea.


  • 4

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016


    Santhids and greatshells?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No direct relationship between Santhids and Chasmfiends.


  • 5

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016


    Are there any greatshells in Roshar larger than the ones we’ve seen?

    Brandon Sanderson



    So the Reshi Isles are the biggest?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, those are the biggest, and even with that I’m doing major fudging on the square-cube law. They’ve just spren-bonded, we’ll talk about this. Even with the spren, it’s a stretch. That’s as big as it gets. They could exist in the ocean because the square-cube law doesn’t apply the same way, with buoyancy and things. But I think we don’t need anything larger than islands.


    No Godzilla?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They’re bigger than some version of Godzilla.