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  • 1

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Czanos

    Would anything interesting happen if an Allomancer Burned a Hemalurgic spike, or a Feruchemist Tapped one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Er, well, it’s possible. But you’d have to be burning a Hemalurgic spike that killed you and took your power... Just like you can’t gain anything by burning a metalmind unless you infused it yourself.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Maru Nui ()

    What happens when you burn a Hemalurgic spike?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Burning a Hemalurgic spike would have the effect of splicing your spiritual DNA to that of the person's that is in the spike, which would have some very strange consequences.


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  • 3

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Maru Nui ()

    Can you both Feruchemically charge and Hemalurgically invest in the same piece of metal?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    
Yes.

    Maru Nui

    What would happen if you burned the Feruchemically charged and Hemalurgically invested metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Maru Nui ()

    What happens when you break a Hemalurgic spike or metalmind? What happens to that power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgic power can be split among multiple spikes and reforged, but remember that the longer a spike is outside of a person, the more the power is going to decay. Things like splitting it will decay it even further. Metalminds can also be broken and still be accessed.

    Footnote

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  • 5

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Khobra ()

    I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about your creative process for designing magic systems. Do you have an idea for a story and then make the magic based around that? Do you have an idea for a system and then try and build stories that work around the system? How does designing the story world play into the process? When you're designing the system itself do you start off by figuring out what you want the end result to be and then work towards it, or is it the other way around?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've done it all of these ways.

    Most commonly, I develop the magic, plot, characters, and some setting ideas separately. I combine them in my head, looking for good synergy. (Allomancy and Feruchemy were designed separately, then put into the same book.) Sometimes, I design to fit a story. (Hemalurgy was designed to fit a hole in the three-fold magic system I wanted to tell.) Other times, the magic comes first, then I build everything out of that. (This happened for my YA book Scribbler—also known as The Rithmatist—which isn't out yet.)

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  • 6

    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    Zas (Chaos)

    Got another one. Why do Kandra need two spikes to have a blessing and to become sentient?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is just the nature of how Hemalurgy works. More spikes are capable of changing form and body more, and I didn’t feel that one spike was viable for the alterations that are made to their nature.

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  • 7

    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    Zas

    Could you make a Kandra an Allomancer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    With the right sequence of sorts of things, you could impart those powers to them theoretically. It’s not likely to happen, but you could do it. You could build a spike that would let them Push or Pull. But you’d give the powers separately, probably.

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  • 8

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2011

    KChan

    These are things that I overheard.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kelsier was not spiked.

    Part of the Lord Ruler's motivation for setting up The Final Empire was revenge against the people he viewed as encroaching on his people's land. He was also obsessed with creating order, which Ruin later exploited.

    The Ars Arcanum in the books were all written by one person.

    The author of the Ars Arcanum is either Hoid or a member of the Seventeenth Shard. Brandon also pointed to an annotation on the map of Elendel that's relevant to this question.

    There's just the one system in Warbreaker, and it's also a world with only one Shard on it.

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  • 9

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2011

    zas678

    Does the person being pierced in order to charge a Hemalurgic spike have to die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not necessarily. A spike does require you to rip pieces of a soul from the victim, but that does not mean they must die. They would be a very different person afterwords though.

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  • 10

    Interview: May, 2010

    Chaos

    Why did Rashek create mistwraiths the way that he did?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wasn't sure what you meant by this, but he was sure that the annotations would cover what you wanted to know.

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  • 11

    Interview: May, 2010

    Chaos

    How long is the lifespan of an Inquisitor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on the powers they're given. Some burn up quickly, and others are extended. In general though they do tend to have slightly longer lives. Since Marsh has the missing bag of atiums he's going to be around for a while.

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  • 12

    Interview: May, 2010

    Chaos

    Does being female alter the spiritual overlays on a person, so that a Hemalurgically imbued spike would need to be placed differently than in a male body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. In fact, there are female inquisitors in the huge fight when Vin goes blasting through them, but he felt like bringing that out would have been distracting.

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  • 13

    Interview: May, 2010

    Chaos

    Can Hemalurgy be used to steal magic attributes from any Shardworld?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy has larger ramifications then just Scadrial. That's about all he'd say.

    Footnote

    This seems to be similar to what is said in the Ars Arcanum in Alloy of Law

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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2011

    Shadowsofink (14 November 2011)

    Complex "magic" system in Mistborn, and the complex one in Elantris; what base ideas do you build from for this?

    Brandon Sanderson (Mon Nov 14)

    For Mistborn, Alchemy and biological metabolism. For Elantris, Chinese linguistics and geometry mixed.

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  • 15

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2011

    CorbyCampbell (14 November 2011)

    'IronEyes' at the end of Alloy of Law is actually Marsh? It could be any kandra could it not?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 November 2011)

    It could be a kandra, but I will tell you specifically that this time it is not. It is him.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 12th, 2011

    zxg15

    One person asked what metal Wax's earring was made of.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wouldn't say which metal, however he did confirm that it does have a "slight hemalurgic charge".

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  • 17

    Interview: Jan, 2012

    zas678 (reddit.com)

    Why on earth does Marsh have a Feruchemical Atium Spike? You've said that Ironeyes is in fact Marsh. Did Ruin spike someone for him? Or did Sazed grant him the power?

    Brandon Sanderson (reddit.com)

    Dead inquisitors Vin killed. Some were granted the spike for reasons I haven't spoken of yet.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jan, 2012

    midwestredditor (Reddit.com)

    Of course these are going to be spoiler-tastic.

    How are there kandra and koloss? Kandra especially, since they did their "mass suicide" thing at the end of the original trilogy.

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit.com)

    The nice thing about the kandra for me in the narrative was that, though removing their spikes turns them feral, you can always stick those spikes back in. TenSoon feared that this was the end of his people, and it could have been, if those spikes hadn't gone back in quickly. As it was, there were costs. Time spent without spikes causes a kandra's memories to deteriorate, and some that were left a relatively long time were essentially reborn as new people. But the race survived, even if it is unlikely that their numbers will be added to.

    MIDWESTREDDITOR

    Thank you very much for answering my questions!

    If I may be allowed a follow-up question: Did TenSoon survive, then (as the TenSoon who experienced growth under Vin)?

    (If it's not spoiler-tastic to the series, this is something I might share with my fiancee. TenSoon was one of her favorite characters. You, uh, kinda killed most of her favorites.)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, though he did lose some things.

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  • 19

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Agate (15 October 2008)

    I can guess two possible options for the Kandra.

    1. God Sazed endowed the gift of presence on the now mistwraiths.

    2. Some of the Kandra survived in the cave with the Terrisman and people of the city, along with the small mistwraiths, these are re-born with the spikes they pulled out during the resolution.

    I can imagine too that some Kandra on assignment may have hidden in the shelters with the rest of humanity.

    Brandon Sanderson (15 October 2008)

    The Kandra.

    Yes, they live. The people were smart enough, eventually, to replace their spikes. (And there were a couple who were on assignment who made it to storage caches.)

    However, there will likely never be any more of them, since Hemalurgy is required to make them. They are now some of the few people who can communicate directly with Sazed, who—like Ruin—can whisper to people most easily when they are connected to him via spikes. With some speculation, you can probably guess what kind of roles the Kandra will end up playing in future books.

    KAIMIPONO

    On a broader level, is hemalurgy officially dead, then? Or is it still extant in some Ruin-free (but still messy) form? (If it's gone, is there any imbalance since Preservation's magic power is kept and Ruin's isn't?)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Is Hemalurgy dead? No, not at all. It, like the other two powers, was not created by Ruin or Preservation, but by the natural state of the world and its interaction with the gods who created it. It still requires the same method of creation, but very few people are aware of how it works.

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Chaos (15 October 2008)

    Do all three Metallic Arts still exist after the events of the book? Are Allomancy and Hemalurgy slightly degenerated now that Ruin and Preservation are dead, or does Allomancy still draw upon Preservation's power (just held with Sazed now)?

    Brandon Sanderson (15 October 2008)

    Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy all work as they once did. However, now they are more directly affected by the presence or absence of the mists, which will slowly return to the world but not be of the extent they once were. (The mists are now an extent of Sazed's power, and where they roam, he is better able to influence things. There will also be two kinds of mists.) Note that in the future, Feruchemy powers will start to fracture and split, creating Feruchemical "Mistings."

    Yes, this means that in the future series, it will be possible for a person to have one Allomantic power and one Feruchemical power. It will create for some very interesting mixing of powers.

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Dalenthas (15 October 2008)

    Did the Lord Ruler have any Hemalurgic spikes in him? It would seem he'd need to for Ruin to influence him, but it wasn't mentioned. Or did his bracers work as spikes?

    Brandon Sanderson (16 October 2008)

    His arm bracers, which pierced his skin, were his spikes.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (15 October 2008)

    What was Zane's hemalurgical power? (Or was he just spiked for control?)

    Brandon Sanderson (16 October 2008)

    Extra power with Pushing on metals. It lent him extremely great precision.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Tyran Amiros (16 October 2008)

    What happened to Kwaan? I was half expecting to see him amongst the kandra First Generation.

    Brandon Sanderson (16 October 2008)

    Kwaan went into hiding, and he was eventually discovered and executed by Rashek. He wasn't among the First Generation, though he would have been if he hadn't turned against Rashek. Rashek kept the plate, however, just as he kept Alendi's logbook. Partially because even then, Rashek was going a little mad, but partially because of the reminders about his old life they contained.

    VEGASDEV (17 OCTOBER)

    I'm assuming you meant Alendi hunted him down because he turned against Alendi. Or did Kwaan also turn against Rashek?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    No, I meant that he turned against Rashek. Remember, the members of the First Generation were offered immortality in exchange for their Hemalurgy. They had to make this choice for all of the world's Feruchemists. Because his uncle had been the one who gave Rashek the chance to become the Lord Ruler in the first place, Rashek blessed him and included him in the decision. (Speaking directly into his mind along with the others during Rashek's moment of ascension.)

    Kwaan was the only one who turned down this offer, calling it a betrayal of who they were as a people. Rashek could have just made him one anyway, but in a moment of anger, he tried to destroy Kwaan—which he couldn't do, not with Preservation's power. As the other Feruchemists changed, Kwaan remained the same. Rashek eventually hunted him down and killed him.

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  • 24

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    VegasDev (16 October 2008)

    Alendi's "Piercings of the Hero"?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    This is part of the manipulation Ruin did during the classical era on Scadrial, before the coming of the Lord Ruler. Piercings, and Hemalurgy, were part of the world before the coming of Allomancy in its modern form. Then, they were seen as a means of communicating with deity—which, indeed, they were. Ruin manipulated this to make sure any Hero of Ages who came would be under his influence. The reference is included mostly to indicate that yes, Alendi was under Ruin's influence. He ignored Rashek, though. (At least, right up to the moment when everything went 'wrong' for Ruin, when Rashek killed his chosen Hero of Ages.)

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  • 25

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Qarlin (16 October 2008)

    I'm sad Ten Soon never got to talk to Vin again, since it was apparent they both missed each other.

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Remember that TenSoon, with spikes, can communicate more easily with those on the other side....

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  • 26

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    darxbane (16 October 2008)

    In an annotation from book one, it is mentioned that The Lord Ruler needed all three magic systems in order to do what he did. I always assumed that it meant his Hemalurgy enhanced his Allomancy. Did Marsh get a double power, or is the Feruchemy-Allomancy combo enough? (a sidebar to this question is whether or not stacking abilities is possible through Hemalurgy).

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    He used Hemalurgy to pull off his most dramatic effects. Marsh didn't need them, but it makes things much easier.

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  • 27

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    darxbane (16 October 2008)

    When the Kandra get their spikes back, do they remember who they were, or have they been "rebooted"?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    They remember, though some things are vague or foggy in their minds. Depends on the individual.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (16 October 2008)

    What was Vin supposed to do at the end of Well of Ascension? How exactly did not-using the power, end up releasing Ruin? I still don't get how that all worked. Can you explain it?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    What was she supposed to do? Well, this is difficult to answer, since the prophecies have been changed and shifted so much. Originally, the prophesies intended for a person to go take the power every thousand years and become a protector of mankind for a period of time. Someone to keep an eye on Ruin in Preservation's absence and watch over the world as he would have done. Imagine an avatar who arrives every thousand years and lives for their lifetime blessing the people with the power of Preservation, renewing Ruin's prison, and generally being a force for protection. (Note that Ruin wouldn't have gotten out if the prison wasn't renewed, he'd simply have been able to touch the world a little bit more.) Obviously, it changed a LOT during the years that Ruin was playing with things.

    What should she have done? Well, Ruin's release was inevitable. Even if she hadn't let him go, the world would have 'wound down' eventually. The ashfalls would have grown worse over the centuries, and the next buildup of the Well might not have come in time for them to do anything. Or, perhaps, mankind would have found a way to adapt. But Ruin was going to get himself out eventually, so the choice Vin made was all right. There weren't really any good choices at this point. She could have decided to take the power and become a 'good' Lord Ruler, trying to keep the world from falling apart. Of course, she would have had to make herself immortal with Hemalurgy to make that work right. And since she was already tainted, chances are good she wouldn't have ended up any better than the Lord Ruler himself.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (16 October 2008)

    Allomancy is fueled by Preservation's body? How exactly does that work? And how does that interact with Atium—it's fueled by both gods' bodies?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    The powers of Ruin and Preservation are Shards of Adonalsium, pieces of the power of creation itself. Allomancy, Hemalurgy, Feruchemy are manifestations of this power in mortal form, the ability to touch the powers of creation and use them. These metallic powers are how people's physical forms interpret the use of the Shard, though it's not the only possible way they could be interpreted or used. It's what the genetics and Realmatic interactions of Scadrial allow for, and has to do with the Spiritual, the Cognitive, and the Physical Realms.

    Condensed 'essence' of these godly powers can act as super-fuel for Allomancy, Feruchemy, or really any of the powers. The form of that super fuel is important. In liquid form it's most potent, in gas form it's able to fuel Allomancy as if working as a metal. In physical form it is rigid and does one specific thing. In the case of atium, it allows sight into the future. In the case of concentrated Preservation, it gives one a permanent connection to the mists and the powers of creation. (I.e., it makes them an Allomancer.)

    So when a person is burning metals, they aren't using Preservation's body as a fuel so to speak—though they are tapping into the powers of creation just slightly. When Vin burns the mists, however, she'd doing just that—using the essence of Preservation, the Shard of Adonalsium itself—to fuel Allomancy. Doing this, however, rips 'troughs' through her body. It's like forcing far too much pressure through a very small, fragile hose. That much power eventually vaporizes the corporeal host, which is acting as the block and forcing the power into a single type of conduit (Allomancy) and frees it to be more expansive.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (16 October 2008)

    Why exactly do some spike removals kill (dual eye, or central spike) but most don't?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    For the same reason that a bullet through one part of the body will kill you, but getting shot somewhere else won't. The physical form of a person who has undergone a Hemalurgic transformation is no longer what we think of it. The direct connection to Preservation starts keeping them alive. (Imagine stapling someone's soul to another person's soul, their life essence, then stapling that to the power of creation itself, giving you a conduit directly to power, letting you leech it and steal it.) That power keeps you alive, despite the wounds. Some of the time, the other staples are enough to keep you alive, even if one is pulled out. Others are too important.

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  • 31

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (16 October 2008)

    Did Zane get spiked intentionally? Did someone else (Straff?) know about hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Zane spiked himself. It was...a very twisted and messy process. Note that Ruin tries to get Spook to do something similar. It's much easier for him to work with someone to get them to spike themselves than it is to arrange the exact circumstances where someone gets spiked.

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  • 32

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Kaimipono (16 October 2008)

    Very minor question—was Reen a Misting or Mistborn, and if so, did he end up as a spike in an inquisitor somewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Reen had no Allomantic powers, I'm afraid. His father was skaa. (He was Vin's half-brother, if you recall.) And yes, he is dead.

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  • 33

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    GreedyAlgorithm (17 October 2008)

    Brandon, I'd like to see a timeline of when you fleshed out the parts of the cosmology we know about. I'd imagine Allomancy came before you fit it into the bigger picture, right? What was your method, come up with a cool image of hammering spikes through a living being, figure out how to integrate that into a larger picture, and then think about the implications of your new cosmology? Or what?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Boy, this is a hard one to ask because it's been such a LONG process. There were bits of all of this popping around in my head almost twenty years ago, so it's going to be hard to define where what fit into place when.

    Allomancy and Feruchemy were originally planned separately. I linked them together into this book when I realized that the 'focus' items that could store attributes could be metal, and therefore work wonderfully with the Mistborn book I was planning.

    Hemalurgy came from the image of Inquisitors first, then developed as a need to integrate it in with the other two in a way that evoked the power of "Ruin" rather than the power of Preservation. I figured that Ruin would steal, and it was a great way to add a third magic without having to overload people with a whole new set of powers. The process of writing this series, since I did all three books together, was an interesting one, and I made a lot of connections as I went. Some of the latest things on the timeline were figuring out how to fit atium and the Preservation nuggets into the already built framework. But I don't know if I can give you an exact list. Partially because there would just be too many spoilers in it.

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  • 34

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Czanos (17 October 2008)

    Preservation can fuel Allomancy, (Minus Atium.) but can Ruin fuel Hemalurgy? (Or Atium?) And could Sazed fuel all three Metallic Arts?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Both gods could, if they wanted, fuel all of the metallic arts. Preservation is stronger at fueling Allomancy, Ruin stronger at fueling Allomancy or Feruchemy when it has been given via a spike. Both are balanced when it comes to Feruchemy. But this rarely comes up in the books, as it required expending power in a way that the gods were hesitant to do.

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  • 35

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Czanos (17 October 2008)

    Are there any Allomantic metals we have not seen yet, besides Chromium and Nicrosil?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    RAFO. (Sorry.) Let's just say that when Sazed said there are two metals you haven't found, he MIGHT not have been referring to a metal and its alloy, but two base metals. Who knows. Gods can be frustratingly ambiguous in times like that.

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  • 36

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Czanos (17 October 2008)

    Does every metal have a Feruchemical and Hemalurgic property? If not, are there metals which have Feruchemical or Hemalurgic properties which do not have Allomantic ones?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Every metal has a Feruchemical, an Allomantic, and a Hemalurgic property. The godly metals each also do something else. There are several interesting Feruchemical powers yet to be discovered and revealed in the next series. Feruchemy is less widely understood because there were so few practitioners in the modern era, and a lot of the time they were too afraid of capture to really study and use their powers.

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  • 37

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    VegasDev (17 October 2008)

    Would Hemalurgy work on animals?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 October 2008)

    Yes, it would.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Chaos (17 October 2008)

    Would the Three Metallic Arts operate in other worlds, or are they direct results of Ruin and Preservation and thus only operate in Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 October 2008)

    To use Feruchemy or Allomancy in almost every case, one must have the right spiritual and genetic codes, imprinted upon people during the creation of Scadrial by Ati and Leras. To use Hemalurgy, one must first have someone with these right spiritual and genetic codes, then take the power from them. Other people on other worlds are not going to simply discover the Three Metallic Arts by accident.

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  • 39

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    sporkify (18 October 2008)

    Before, Inquisitors had supernatural healing. How did they get the Feruchemists for the spike? Were the keepers not so hidden after all?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 October 2008)

    The keepers have been hunted for years. Much like skaa Allomancers, they were often captured and taken by the Inquisitors. It didn't happen nearly as often, of course. Two things to remember, however: Not all Inquisitors had the same spikes, and spikes CAN be reused with much less effectiveness. The longer they are outside of a body, the more their power degrades.

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  • 40

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Comatose (18 October 2008)

    So here's my last question. If there ARE people on the other side of the world, did Vin kill them all by placing the sun on their side, or do they have they're own Ruin/Preservation battle going on over there as well? Do they also have allomancy feruchemy and hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 October 2008)

    No, they're not dead. Yes, Rashek was aware of them. In fact, he placed them there as a reserve. I knew he wanted a 'control' group of people in case his changes to genetics ended with the race being in serious trouble. All I'll say is that he found a way other than changing them genetically to help them survive in the world he created. And since they were created by Ruin and Preservation, they have the seeds of the Three Metallic Arts in them—though without anyone among them having burned Lerasium, Allomancers would have been very rare in their population and full Mistborn unheard of.

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    Interview: Oct 15th, 2010

    17th Shard

    Joe from the U.K. asks a terrifying question, "If an Allomancer is turned into a koloss, would they keep their powers?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    If an Allomancer is turned into a koloss? You know...

    17TH SHARD

    We're scared of this

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, no. That's actually something I've thought about. An Allomancer turned into a koloss would keep their powers because, as you'll recall, an Allomancer turned in to an Inquisitor retains their powers. Whether they would be able to always know how to use them remains to be seen, but you could definitely have a koloss Allomancer if you built them right.

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  • 42

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2010

    17th Shard

    Are all Inquisitors required to have an atium spike?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they are not

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  • 43

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2010

    17th Shard

    Okay. Which metal steals the power of Feruchemic gold? The Hero of Ages epigraphs say it was pewter, but it can't be pewter, since pewter steals Feruchemical Physical powers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right…that's probably a typo. I will have to go back to the notes, that's more of a PAFO…

    17TH SHARD

    Is that a PAFO and actually find out? Or a PANFO…

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, no, no. Peter and find out.

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    Interview: Oct 20th, 2008

    Tor Forge

    How did Vin and Elend change during the course of the story?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This story, the series is about them, it’s about progression. I talk about the plot for books, for instance, the Mistborn series is about a group of thieves taking out a Dark Lord, but books, for me, are about character. Action is only as interesting as it happens to people you care about, in my opinion, and a setting is only as fascinating as characters’ ability to interact with it. The progression, who characters become, is really where I think fiction can shine. In a different medium, you just don’t have the time to do what we do, and we can show across a span of years how someone starts as a street urchin and ends up as a queen. You can show this and you can show the internal changes, and the struggles inside of them that leads to this.

    The story, about, for Vin and Elend is the story of them coming to accept each other’s different worlds. Vin starts as a street urchin, and she understands that life. Elend starts off as a nobleman, and he understands that life. As they start to interact and begin to have romantic interest in one another, their two worlds sort of collide and start sucking each other into each other’s worlds. Vin’s progress is learning that there is a part of her that can survive in this world of nobility, and of balls, and of political intrigue. But Elend, just as much, needs to understand that there’s a need to be able to survive “on the street,” a need to be able to take care of yourself rather than being pampered. It’s a role-reversal for the two of them, how it works as the series progresses.

    Hero of Ages is the third and final book of the Mistborn Trilogy. One of the things I love about this book is that it is the ending. I like to end things. I don’t want to leave people hanging. I like my stories to come to a conclusion. I promised people at the beginning, when I was writing this series, that it would be three books: and I would give them a dramatic, powerful ending. Endings are my favorite part, honestly, of novels. In a given novel, I love telling you the ending, and Book 3 is kind of a book that is an ending itself. The entire book is an ending. It’s a big climax: it’s exciting, and it’s powerful, and it fulfills things that have been building in the series for three books now. I was able to write the trilogy straight through when I was preparing, and so I had Book 3 drafted before Book 1 even went to press, which allowed me to really make these three novels cohesive. I have seeds in the very first few paragraphs of Book 1 to things that become climactic powerful moments in the end of book 3. Book 3 is just an overload of action and excitement and character climaxes and just an amazing, just, romp through this series. I’m really excited about people being able to finally read it because I’ve been waiting for quite a while to make good on the promises I made at the beginning.

    The great thing about Book 3 is that I'm introducing a completely new magic system. Each book has had its own. We'll start talking about Hemalurgy, and Steel Inquisitors, and where they come from. A lot of the origins of things that people have been wondering about since Book 1. The last 200 pages are just some of my favorite writing that I’ve ever been able to write because I was able to bring things to a head and to a close. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • 45

    Interview: 2012

    Kilomtrs (June 2012)

    So in the trilogy, we see that when someone has a Hemalurgic spike implanted in them, they can hear Ruin talking to them, both as a vision and in their head. However, we learn in the Hero of Ages that Ruin cannot hear a person's thoughts no matter how much under Ruin's influence they are.

    In Alloy of Law, we see that Wax (and other Pathians) uses an earring to "pray" to Harmony, and we see that Harmony can hear his thoughts and respond.

    So I guess this leads to three questions:

    1. How does Harmony hear the thoughts of Wax, when it's explicitly pointed put that Ruin cannot?

    2. Are the earrings that the Pathians use Hemalurgicly charged, as otherwise they would be of no use to Ruin, and therefore Harmony?

    3. Or did Harmony completely change how that aspect of Hemalugy works?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    How this all works dates back to the original design of the Magic system.

    I wanted Ruin and Preservation to be complimentary opposites, like many things in the Mistborn world. Allomancy, for example, has Pushes and Pulls were are less "negate one another" opposites, but instead two sides to the same proverbial coin.

    Ruin is invasive. The power is more "Yell" than "Listen." The philosopher would probably have some interesting things to say about the masculine symbolism of Hemalurgy and its spikes.

    Ruin can insert thoughts. That power, however, can't HEAR the reactions. It's about invasion.

    Preservation, however, is the opposite. Preservation listens, Preservation protects. (Perhaps to a fault—if there were no Ruin, there would be no change to the world, and life could not exist.) Because of this, Preservation can hear what is inside people's minds. It cannot, however, INSERT thoughts. (This is important to the plot of Hero of Ages.)

    Harmony is both, the two complimentary opposites combined. And so, he inserts thoughts with Ruin and still uses Hemalurgy. He can also listen.

    Yes, Wax's earring is Invested. (Or, in other terms, it's a Hemalurgic spike.)

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  • 46

    Interview: 2012

    bettse (June 2012)

           |Wax's earring is Invested. (Or, in other terms, it's a Hemalurgic spike.)

    Doesn't that imply it was shoved through someone's heart at one point (ala Steel Inquisitor creation process)?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Yes, the metal would have to have been part of a spike that at one point was used to kill someone and rip off a piece of their soul.

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  • 47

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Ted Pick

    In Mistborn, why is it that an Allomancer either has just one metal, or is Mistborn and has ALL? Why aren't there any that have just two, or three?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Originally he had planned so that people would only have one metal, period. No Mistborns. And then as he went along with the writing he liked this idea, but he really wanted to make some more powerful Allomancers, which is why he created the Mistborn. He did say though that if you are playing the RPG, you are more than welcome to have an Allomancer that can burn two metals without Hemalurgy.

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  • 48

    Interview: Feb 12th, 2013

    Moose

    Has Hemalurgy been used on another planet besides Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes it has. Brandon did not want to give out any more details about who was getting spiked or if the spiking was successful.

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  • 49

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Satsuoni ()

    You said that every person on Scadrial has a bit of Preservation in them. It is possible, then, to accumulate enough Hemalurgic charge from killing normal people by, say, steel spike (at once, or in order), to make that spike grant Allomancy? Building on this, is it possible for the spike to accumulate charge while being imbedded in acceptor body, by killing people with the protruding end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    My, you're making the Scadrial magic systems sound a lot like the one from Nalthis.... Hm....

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  • 50

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Satsuoni ()

    From which stage of development does human embryo on Scadrial gain Hemalurgic potential?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Conception.

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  • 51

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Herowannabe ()

    Can an infused Hemalurgy spike be affected by Allomancy—steel pushes and iron pulls? Or does the charge interfere with the Allomancy much like a persons body would?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Anything infused (regardless of the world or magic that infused it) is resistant to magic. So you'd have a lot of trouble pushing or pulling on a spike, unless you had access to a boost of some sort to overcome the resistance.

    theofficetroll

    So, Nightblade would be resistant to steelpushing? Good to know ;-)

    Herowannabe

    My friend and I asked him something like this at a book signing, but for some reason it never seemed to make it onto 17th Shard. We asked if a shardblade or Nightblood could be used as a hemalurgic spike (i.e.: two different investitures of magic). Brandon said that yes, in theory you could do that, but objects have a limit to how much investiture they can hold, and that it could be argued that things like Nightblood and Shardblades are already "full."

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  • 52

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2012

    NALESEAN ()

    Hi --

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    While at Dragon*Con, during Magic:tG with Brandon, I was able to get an answer to one of the question on the big list of questions.

    Here is the question:

    Why are invested objects like metalminds and Hemalurgic spikes able to be Pushed and Pulled on, but Shardblades and Shardplate, which are also invested, are not susceptible to Pushing and Pulling?

    His answer was complex, I took notes, but didn't get recorded audio. I am going to try to explain as best as my notes and memory support.

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    There were a few concepts that he outlined in answering this question.

    1.) The ability to push/pull an invested object is predicated to the amount/power of the investiture

    2.) Further, invested objects also gain resistance to pulling/pushing based on proximity to soul possibly via the soul. An example given is that A hemalurgic spike touches the blood of the person, and from there is now part of both the Spiritual Realm and the Physical Realm. This provides what Brandon termed a kind of "soul interference," based on its proximity to the soul.

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  • 53

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2012

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    This further explains why Vin required more than normal power to push/pull the metalminds from the Lord Ruler, because of their proximity to his soul, via the Spiritual Realm.

    3.) The amount of investiture is relatively low on Scadrial, whereas worlds like Sel and Roshar are pushing around "high power" according to Brandon. I interpreted this to mean that hemalurgic spikes and metalminds have low amounts of investiture compared to Shardplate and Shardblades.

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  • 54

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    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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  • 55

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

    Is it possible to give cats intelligence with Hemalurgy? Or transfer cat's identity to a human?

    Brandon Sanderson

    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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  • 56

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

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

    Brandon Sanderson

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

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  • 57

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    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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  • 58

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kurkistan

    Is Wax's hemalurgic earring in Alloy of Law giving him slight Allomantic Pewter, enabling Harmony to fuel Pewter Allomancy directly in the final fight sequence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 59

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kurkistan

    Can Hemalurgy be used to steal Shardblades directly, transferring ownership from the victim to the spike's recipient without a need for the recipient to physically take the Shardblade first?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A novel use of Hemalurgy which is not outside the sphere of its powers.

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  • 60

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    InsurrectionistFungus

    Are there more kinds of kandra blessings than just the four we've seen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Potentially, yes.

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  • 61

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    rags

    If I used a hemalurgic spike charged with allomantic powers on a person on say Nalthis, will the focus of allomancy change because the power is being used on another planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 62

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Odium's_Shard

    Lastly, less pressingly, do Spirit Points (hemalurgic spots) apply to ever magic system, and through the Cosmere at large? Ie. could Hemalurgy be used to take any other magic systems aspects, and do other magic systems also have these 'Points', such as Body Focuses, that work in similar ways?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy crosses magic systems. You could steal things from people on other worlds, if you knew the right places for the spikes.

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  • 63

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    NinjaMeTimbers

    What would happen if you gave it a spike imbued with steel allomancy? I'm assuming that wouldn't be enough to grant it sentience but could it then use steel powers? Can you give allomantic powers to a kandra?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy can give allomantic powers to a kandra. The process to do so is not known to anyone but Harmony.

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  • 64

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Master_Moridin

    1. What is the relationship between blood and the Spiritual Realm? (Since Hemalurgy needs blood to graft the sDNA in a spike into someone else's sDNA)

    Brandon Sanderson

    The blood being in motion is part of it.

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  • 65

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    My question is kind of twofold. So the Emperor's Soul takes place on Sel. Is it's magic derived from the Dor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Okay, and second, Mistborn, the broadsheet hints that there's a continent or whatever on the other side of the Mistborn planet.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Would that also be connected to Allomancy and Feruchemy and all that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it will be.

    So, I gave you a lot of answers. [laughter] To expand upon that, the magic systems for Elantris- the pitch to myself designing the world and magic system was this kind of procedural-based, almost programing-based magic. Where in Elantris, you use these characters to programout a sequence of events that tells the power flowing through what to do.

    What Shai is doing in this book is she carves a little seal. And the seal is very much like a little program, and she stamps it on something and uses that stamp to rewrite the history of the object. As long as the seal is there, the object thinks it has this other history. The example you see in the book is you know- an old dirty table that's not been cared for, she can write a seal for its history, she has to figure out what its history was first. And she can write out a seal that basically reprograms that past, so when she stamps it, it thinks it's been cared for all along and suddenly it gains this lacquer, it's beautiful, it's been well-cared for, because in that fake Forgery of the history, that's what happened to it. And that's what her magic does, which is why she's been hired to Forge a copy of the emperor's soul.

    [Ooooh]

    Yeah, I know I'm evil.

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  • 66

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    The_Vikachu ()

    I remember reading you answer earlier that a person being used to charge a hemalurgic spike does not necessarily have to die. Would that victim be similar to a Drab from Warbreaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, making a spike rips off a piece of someone's soul. So...yeah. I'd need to see my exact quote from before, but let's say it's not going to leave a person in good shape.

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  • 67

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    The_Vikachu ()

    Another hemalurgy question: Is it possible to steal more than just spiritual DNA with hemalurgy? If you, say, infused someone with a hundred hemalurgic spikes charged from people who liked chicken, would the spike person enjoy chicken as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can steal quite a lot with Hemalurgy. Anything encoded on a person's soul, really. Not sure if chicken liking counts, though...

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  • 68

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Kurkistan ()

    Does a limb that has been "severed" by a Shardblade have any Hemalurgic bindpoints? If the same limb was then cut off more conventionally, would a Bloodmaker ferring be able to grow it back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A severed Shardblade limb needs repair to the soul before it would function again. A Bloodmaker would be able to heal it without needing to grow it back.

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  • 69

    Interview: Mar 16th, 2012

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    One does not have to kill someone with Hemalurgy to charge a spike, but it rips off a large part of the soul. The person would not be the same.

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  • 70

    Interview: Mar 16th, 2012

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    As it turns out, there is an error in the Feruchemical table when Brandon put it in Mistborn 2. If you look closely, Determination (insert metal) doesn't belong in its group. The group that it is in is obviously more physical powers. Determination was supposed to be a mental metal, and Warmth was supposed to be in that Physical group. He just made a mistake originally. But it turns out that Feruchemy obeys different rules than Allomancy, so Brandon isn't retconning it, but saying that Feruchemy works differently now. Apparently there was going to be a table of Feruchemy at the end of Alloy of Law, but it wasn't ready because Isaac kept thinking like an Allomancer. Feruchemy has its own rules (for example, Brandon confirmed that pewter does steal Feruchemical health, probably because that second group of physical Feruchemical powers are also "physical", so pewter can steal them.) Hemalurgy also obeys different rules.

    Footnote

    The metal for determination is electrum

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  • 71

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    Andrew the Great

    Does lerasium have Feruchemical and Hemalurgical powers.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes. Brandon will probably be getting into these, and the other metals Hemalurgical and Feruchemical powers, in greater detail in the future Mistborn Trilogies. He also will probably release full charts for these as he did with Allomancy.

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  • 72

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2013

    Question

    Was Hemalurgy inspired by your time in Asia, and more specifically - acupuncture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. A lot of the stuff in my books that looks like it came from Asia really did come from my time there.

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  • 73

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2013

    Darnam

    In the past, with Alendi, when the mist spirit stabbed Fedik, was that Hemalurgic theft?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *evil laughter* ...interesting question! RAFO!

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  • 74

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Herowannabe

    I’m curious, I’ve got a list of various cosmere bits of metal, and I wonder if you would rank them from like 1 to 10 or easy to difficult on how hard it would be to steelpush on them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Herowannabe

    So, like metal inside a person’s body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on how strong the investiture in them is.

    Herowannabe

    Is that going to be the answer for all of these?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Probably. :)

    Herowannabe

    How about a spike charged with Hemalurgy? Not in a person.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not in a person? It depends on how strong—yeah. A spike is moderately—in the realm of these sorts of things—moderately easy to push on, because a spike does not rip off very much investiture. Only enough to short circuit the soul, and it loses that over time. So I would put that at the bottom—with the top being very hard—to be one of the easier things.

    Herowannabe

    How about a metalmind? A feruchemy metalmind that is "full."

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is going to be middle of the realm. Generally easier than, for instance, a shardblade, which is going to be very hard.

    Aaradel

    But a shardblade isn’t actual metal. Ish?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ish. Is Lerasium a metal? Yeah.

    Herowannabe

    So would that be the same for Shardplate, too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shardplate and blade are very hard. Blade is probably going to be harder. [...]

    Herowannabe

    Halfshard? Like a halfshard shield?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Halfshard shield is going to be in moderate.

    Herowannabe

    Nightblood? I imagine is going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Very hard. Of all the things you’ve listed, he’s the hardest. Far beyond even a shardblade.

    Herowannabe

    Far beyond metal inside a person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, depending on how invested the person is.

    Aaradel

    If someone was invested as much as Nightblood I’m pretty sure it’s going to be very difficult.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, for instance, the Godking, at the end, with all of those Breaths. Pushing on something inside of him? Getting through all that? Gonna be REAL hard. Average person on Scadrial? You’ve seen how hard that is. A drab? Much easier.

    Herowannabe

    That was actually going to be my next one- No, sorry, not a drab, a Lifeless.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A Lifeless. Lifeless are kinda weird, because they’ve had their soul leave, but then they’ve had a replacement stuck in, in the form of Breath, which puts them in a really weird position compared to a Drab, which has had part of their investiture ripped away, but the majority of it remains. So anyway, I’m going to give you one more. Pick your favorite.

    Herowannabe

    Okay, a soul-stamped piece of metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A soul-stamped piece of metal is going to be on the lower, easier side. Not a lot of investiture going on in a soulstamp.

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  • 75

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    NutiketAiel

    Brandon Sanderson

    One fan asked about the exact locations of the Inquisitor spikes. Brandon replied that a hemalurgic table with a list of spike locations, including the Inquisitor spikes, would be forthcoming.

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  • 76

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Question

    Are Inquisitors bald?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Are they bald by being bald, or do they shave their heads?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They shave their heads. Hemalurgy does not automatically make you bald.

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  • 77

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2014

    Question

    Will there still be Hemalurgy in the Alloy of Law series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 78

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2014

    Question

    Can a Hemalurgy chart be made?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. We will make one eventually.

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  • 79

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    Would a Hemalurgic spike take surges?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy can interact with every one of the magics. I designed it specifically in writing Mistborn for future use. Because some of the magics are so limited by their planet I wanted one that transcended all of them and Hemalurgy is very important to the entire cosmere Its invention is a thing of great power and great danger to the entire cosmere.

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  • 80

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    Have people not from/on Scadrial used Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 81

    Interview: Oct 14th, 2013

    Question

    If you have a series of inquisitors, like a family of inquisitors having children for generations over...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would the Hemalurgy influence the sDNA of the children? Is that what you are asking? That is a hypothesis that has merit in the way the magic system works (grin). It is not a supposition to be discarded out of hand.

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  • 82

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Kurkistan (Goodreads)

    Could Miles heal back his Allomancy if it was spiked out of him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, he could not. He would no longer be an Allomancer. Also, he'd probably be dead. :)

    Kurkistan

    I'd thought maybe he could just do some super-tapping from his existing Health in his goldminds (since he'd still have his Feruchemy)...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I see what you're asking. Using Feruchemy to heal the removed portion of soul. That's actually plausible, not so different from healing other kinds of soul-wounds. If he survived, then yes, this actually might work. (That's why I get for reading the questions so quickly.)

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  • 83

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    If a Kandra eats a bead of Larasium, can he burn it? Alternatively can he gain allomancy via hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes on both counts.

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  • 84

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    In the different worlds, can you Hemalurgically spike people with materials other than metal? For example a wooden spike, or a gem spike?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 85

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2014

    mail-mi

    Could you spike Elantrian-ness? Like, could you Hemalurgically spike Elantrian-ness?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically, yes.

    mail-mi

    Could you out of a Reod Elantrian? The zombie ones?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, yes you could.

    mail-mi

    You could?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So what you would be spiking there is their connection to... to the planet, first. That's gonna be the big important thing. So you're going to overwrite your connection. Um, and then you're going to.... it's going to be a complicated process because you're going to have to spike the actual ability to have been transformed, that's gonna be harder.

    mail-mi

    Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does that make sense?

    mail-mi

    Yeah, so it's gonna take two spikes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's gonna take two spikes.

    mail-mi

    Alright.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And you gonna have to get the right connection to the right place. Let's say you spike somebody from MaiPon, and then you spike an Elantrian, you're not going to be able to use it, you're not connected to the right area.

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  • 86

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2014

    Question (Paraphrased)

    Would Inqusitors’s kids have Allomancy?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    Not usually. It happens sometimes, but not usually.

    [Brandon] then mentioned a little about sDNA, but that it's not inherited as much as it is when it's natural.

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  • 87

    Interview: Jan 5th, 2015

    Lady Radagu

    Does being the donor of a Hemalurgic spike have any implications for your afterlife? Or how about the recipient?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, that is actually going to depend on... Okay, yes, it has implications for the afterlife. Yes. Yes.

    Lady Radagu

    Okay, so are there a bunch of Scadrian souls wandering the afterlife with holes in their personalities or memory or identity? Some with extra parts tacked on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, it has implications, but they're not exactly the ones that you're assuming. In the Cosmere, there is dead, and mostly dead, okay? And this has been shown several times. So, once someone dies, there is a period before they transition. Right? Sazed talks about this in Mistborn 3 and so most of the implications are before transition. Does that makes sense? Post transition, you're going to have to ask the philosophers, and the theologians, who are the ones that, that talk about the.. that. So there's an afterlife, and there's an after-afterlife. Not as many implications for the after-afterlife. Middle? Yes.

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  • 88

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    Hemalurgy, does the person having the metal shoved through them have to die?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It has to rip off a piece of their soul. That normally results in death.

    Question

    Because I'm thinking you're going a bit into the future, surgery, precise things like that...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's plausible but-- I mean it would leave the person like-- It's ripping off a piece of their soul. But the same thing happens when you give up your Breath. So you're giving up a piece of your soul. There are-- It's plausible you could take off pieces of a soul without killing the person.

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  • 89

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    So do Inquisitors, when they use Allomancy, have to actually ingest the metals?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They actually do. So what is happening is Hemalurgy rips off a piece of one person's soul and spikes it somebody else and so it is basically taking off the piece of someone's soul that makes them an Allomancer and adding it to someone else instead and so then they act as an Allomancer just as it would happen.

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  • 90

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    And does he [Odium] control the Voidbringers through the spren in the same way that the Inquisitors were controlled by Ruin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are definitely-- In fact what you have just seen with Eshonai shares an awful lot with what happened in Mistborn.

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  • 91

    Interview: Jul 29th, 2006

    Brandon Sanderson

    Finally, we discuss Vin's ability to pierce copperclouds. There's actually something very strange going on here, but I can't tell you what it is until book three. Suffice it to say that there is an in-world, magic-related explanation for why Vin can do this while Kelseir cannot.

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  • 92

    Interview: Jan 8th, 2015

    fletchershair

    Aside from Marsh, is there still Hemalurgy in Alloy of Law era Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    He RAFO'd this one, but then added that yes, it will play a big part.

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  • 93

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Kythis

    Unknown question.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy-when you spike, you place the spike in a place that determines which charge the spike gets. Q: Through the heart seems to pick up universally. A: It depends on where in the heart. It's like acupuncture. This is designed from acupuncture and you get very specific on which nerves you're hitting and things like that Q: So the spike will never pick up more than one power. A: Not the way they know how to do it.

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  • 94

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Kythis

    I'd kind of like to get you to talk more about Southern Scadrial but...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, we're just going to wait on. Q: I have a theory that it requires Hemalurgy to get started. A: Hmmm! Good plot, good theory!

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  • 95

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2015

    Shardlet

    If Vin and Elend hypothetically each blindly ingested equivalently sized beads of lerasium, would Vin be a stronger Mistborn than Elend, or would they be equal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Vin would be stronger. It is additive, not just an overwrite.

    The same thing happens with Hemalurgy; with Hemalurgy when you're spiking someone's soul, you're ripping off a piece and adding it.

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  • 96

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    Given that Investiture is Investiture, would there be potential Investiture of like, kandra to Parshendi using Hemalurgic spikes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgic spikes can be used on any planet.

    Outis

    Would it be potential for Parshendi to develop a form using the spikes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wow, that would be a really weird hack of the magic system that would be theoretically possible. But that's a really weird one. I had never even considered that one. Parshendi adopting other Investiture could happen, the spikes is not one I've considered.

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  • 97

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Chris_from_Warrenton

    [Paraphrased]In order to use magic from one world on another world, do they need a bit of [the first world's] Shard with you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It helps a lot. But there are other ways to do it. What's going on in the Cosmere is people have 3 sets of DNA. They have Physical DNA, Spiritual DNA, and Cognitive DNA. Their Spiritual DNA is what encodes the magic system into them, their Investiture. So if you can find a way to rewrite your Spiritual DNA, you can do all kinds of funky things. That's what Hemalurgy does. It rips off a piece of someone else's soul, staples it to yours. So if you went with a Hemalurgic spike to the right place, ripped off a piece of someone's soul and stapled it to yourself, you could create short circuits that will let you do all kinds of goofy stuff.

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  • 98

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    For Feruchemy, can you only inherit that? Or is there another way to get it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could obviously get it through a Hemalurgic spike.

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  • 99

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    Yeah, but that’s kind of a different thing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is hereditary, but it came from somewhere. [...] Which is a RAFO, but it’s not a big RAFO. There’s not something you missed in the books, or anything like that. It originally came from Preservation long ago. And there are other ways to get it, but you have not missed any major plot points regarding that. Good question.

    Footnote

    different thing=using a hemalurgical spike to gain feruchemistry

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  • 100

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2014

    Question

    Is Hemalurgy still practiced during Harmony's reign?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 101

    Interview: Aug 4th, 2014

    Wyrmhero

    Can you could Hemalurgically Spike a dead thing, similar to how Breath goes into dead things? Could you spike a Lifeless? (I regret not asking if Allomantic Lifeless could be a thing)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, if there was enough of the soul left for the Spike to take.

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  • 102

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    Does Sazed talk to Wax when he has that thing in his ear, when he’s praying?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 103

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    Aha! Yes! Uh, ok, second thing. My brother and I have been debating about Hoid and how he got his abilities. We have a couple theories. One of them is Hemalurgy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok…

    Question

    The other has to do with the portals into the worlds themselves, because the birds in Sixth of Dusk-

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, he does not have Hemalurgy. He has powers that predate the Shattering of Adonalsium. Not all of his powers predate, but he does have powers that predate.

    Question

    Ok, so I was wrong on both counts then… Am I wrong on both counts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m not saying that. I’m saying that he has powers that predate, and has gained powers since.

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  • 104

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2016

    Melissa

    Could a Rosharan be hemalurgically spiked with a gem or fabrial?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 105

    Interview: Jan 21st, 2015

    the_archduke

    If the Lord Ruler captured Shai and gave her 100 days to craft a soulstamp that could turn an iron hemalurgic spike into a steel hemalurgic spike, could she do it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but she would need a boost of power to do it. Affecting an invested object is hard.

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  • 106

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2015

    Leinton

    Can you use hemalurgy to power machinery?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was initially confused as to what I meant, so I said I got the idea from thinking about FTL travel, and he said that it was a RAFO, but that I was thinking along the right lines, there needs to be a merger between magic and technology.

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  • 107

    Interview: Jan 24th, 2015

    Question

    Can a blank hemalurgic spike-- As in uncharged, no soul attached to it. It doesn’t have to be atium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay… Both, I mean you can do it with just a piece of metal, like--Different metals have attributes that they steal.

    Footnote

    question is vague

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  • 108

    Interview: Jan 24th, 2015

    ccstat

    In Warbreaker, Vasher uses Awakening to modify the memories of a girl they rescue. Can skillful/careful Hemalurgy accomplish the same thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I don't really think that it can. Nobody has asked that before, but just looking at the way the magics work, I don't think that is something that Hemalurgy is capable of doing.

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  • 109

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Question

    Can Hemalurgy steal other manifestations of Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. If it is part of the soul, Hemalurgy can steal it.

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  • 110

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Question

    Can someone be sacrificed for both Hemalurgy and the magics of Dakhor simultaneously?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So this is going to require the soul being ripped apart, so it depends on what pieces of the soul are left and how easily you can capture them. That’s a theoretical possible-- possibility… Know that most of the horrors of Dakhor are twisting a soul not stealing a soul.

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  • 111

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Argent

    Are there any other end-negative magic systems out there other than hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Argent

    Have we seen either the system or the world one of them is in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Literal RAFO.

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  • 112

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Kurkistan

    So you've said that healing is like the spiritual wants to heal and then it filters through the Cognitive, but how's that work with healing wounds to the soul like Hemalurgy or Shardblades? What do you refer to to heal the soul at that point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You need to make a patch on the soul with investiture.

    Kurkistan

    So how's the investiture know where to go, what to look like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well your soul is an ideal. So if you can get it up there, there are ways to do- to recreate that with um- see I'm getting into stuff for later books.

    Argent

    No, that’s okay.

    Kurkistan

    So when Hemalurgy rips something off the soul, is that the ideal soul or some sub-soul?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is off of your soul, and it can be healed; but what it's going to be doing is creating a patch of new soul. So it will not be your original soul. Does that make sense?

    Kurkistan

    Okay, that- well, not completely, but I think that's your intention.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Store Employee

    If you do that, is that like Frankenstein's monster, or is it like a graft that's absorb-

    Brandon Sanderson

    Less horrifying- Less horrifying than Frankenstein's monster, but it is a graft that is like- it is not your original soul.

    Store Employee

    Yeah, but in modern medicine stuff like that is absorbed-

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah; in this you will always have a scar on your soul that something else has patched over.

    Kurkistan

    So Kaladin shouldn't just keep getting his arm chopped?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [ignoring/not-hearing Kurkistan just now] But that is what happens with most forms of investiture in the first place.

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  • 113

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    Can you use Feruchemy and Hemalurgy together like you can use Allomancy and Feruchemy to Compound?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are some tricks you can play. I wouldn't call them compounding, but there are tricks.

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  • 114

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    If you burn a Hemalurgic spike, would it graft the piece of stolen soul onto your soul?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but it would have... There are some interesting effects there.

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  • 115

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Argent

    Can you confirm: When Bleeder died, she only had one spike made of that new metal in her, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What does the book say?

    Argent

    It could go either way. Because it could be either one spike of the unknown metal and one regular, or just one of the unknown metal. And we're divided right now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have heard this. I didn't intend you to get divided, but I've heard that you are, and part of me doesn't want the… One Week Later...". I want more time for the theories to come out! [You can hear the smile in his voice :( ]

    Argent

    There are theories.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know. Let's give the theories a little more time and then I'll canonize it for you in a little bit. I didn't intend for there to be a division here, but obviously there is, and so I'm going to wait until I'm done with tour. Then you can write to us and we'll tell you exactly what's going on there.

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  • 116

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Argent

    Was Harmony unable to find her because the spike was made of this metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. The spike was what prevented him from being able to find her.

    Question

    It wasn't an ability granted by the spike.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    Question

    It was just the material.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

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  • 117

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Argent

    If a lerasium spike is used to steal a trait-

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're straying way into RAFO territory here.

    Argent

    Will the recipient of the spike gain anything other than the ability stolen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not going anywhere near this one. This one’s a RAFO.

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  • 118

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Argent

    Can you get a Hemalurgic spike for writing skill?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy is a lot more varied than what it's been used for so far.

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  • 119

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    So we've seen a bit that other magic systems can work on worlds that they don't originate from. Could Hemalurgic spikes be made on other worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 120

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Kurkistan

    If you spiked out Miles' Feruchemical gold, would he be able to burn his Allomantic reserves [read: Feruchemical reserves using Allomancy] and heal it back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhn... Okay. If you spiked out his ability to heal gold and somehow left him alive.

    Kurkistan

    Yeah, but still having Allomancy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Still has allomancy.

    Kurkistan

    And he’s like in the middle of burning a goldmind.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that would still work. It'd still have a Spiritual connection to him.

    Kurkistan

    So if you're a Coinshot and you get [spiked] to have Feruchemical steel, and then you lose the spike after making a store, you can still Compound that for speed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes... Yeah, that should still work.

    Kurkistan

    Was Paalm doing that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO.

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  • 121

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Argent

    On Nalthis, can aluminum prevent somebody from Returning? So if you kill somebody with aluminum and leave the weapon in them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Long pause]I don't think that's going to be enough. I think that…

    Question

    Different way then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah there are totally ways. I don’t think that that’s going to be enough. There's a difference between being inert and blocking Investiture, and actually sucking out Investiture. If you stuck Nightblood inside of a corpse; there are certain things… if you had a larkin or whatever sitting there that ingests the Investiture as it was coming in, that would prevent [Returning]. I think with aluminum you would just have somebody that comes alive with a wound, so maybe... But I think it would just heal around [the aluminum] and you'd just have a spike in you, kind of like Hemalurgy—but not like Hemalurgy. It's inert, but you know what I mean.

    Question

    Which suggests you can't actually Awaken aluminum.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. It's not going to hold a charge.

    Kurkistan

    I assume you can't Forge it, either.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. In fact the unForgable metal-

    Argent

    Ralkalest?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's an unForgeable metal mentioned.

    Kurkistan

    Could we call it aluminum if we wanted to?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's just say that aluminum through most cultures was considered a mythological metal, and when people could actually find some, they considered it more valuable than gold, in our culture. So just sayin’...

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  • 122

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    Zane: when and how did he get spiked?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Excellent question, that someday I will answer, but not right now. RAFO!

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  • 123

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    About Paalm’s spike, is it that one specifically that allowed her to hide from Harmony?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was mostly because she was not using a spike made out of any metal that he knew. She could not have done that with any spike. Taking out one helped a bit, but a non-Harmony spike… what you’re seeing there is a weird intentional hack of the magic system that I built in.

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  • 124

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    You’ve spoken before how DNA exists on multiple different levels in your magic systems. I hear somewhere that Hemalurgy actually splices something into your DNA - so what does that imply for inheritability?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is not inheritable.

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  • 125

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2015

    Nethseaar

    If one used Hemalurgy to give a fallen Elantrian Feruchemic gold, would they be able to Fill health?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (pondered for an extended period of time) No, they would not be able to Fill health.

    Footnote

    [here I asked whether a huge reserve would appear if they had been trying to Fill health while fallen and then were restored] No, it would not stack and then suddenly appear once they were restored. [here I began to feel I was slowing the line too much, and was trying to let Brandon move on, but the question interested him enough that he went on. The following is extremely paraphrased and my remembrance (written not too long afterward) might be affected by my tired, overwhelmed mind:] Hemalurgic spikes would do very strange things to Elantrians. You could get more from an Elantrian with a Hemalurgic spike than from most other people.

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  • 126

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2015

    Eric

    For the metal in Bleeder, is it from a Shard we know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 127

    Interview: Apr 2nd, 2015

    Ruro272

    Does Hoid have a Hemalurgically charged Nicrosil spike?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's... unlikely. Hoid would not want to open himself to the influence of Shards so using Hemalurgy on himself is unlikely. Although Hemalurgy is the easiest way to get other powers, he'd more likely do things the hard way.

    Question

    Alright, but would Nicrosil be the right metal to make a Hemalurgic spike if you did want to steal powers from another world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a good theory, you're theorizing well.

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  • 128

    Interview: Aug 19th, 2015

    Shardlet

    In hemalurgy, does the person doing the spiking need to have Scadrian investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    Question

    So, anyone with the knowledge could spike someone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 129

    Interview: Oct 21st, 2015

    BlackYeti

    There's some similarity in the effect of Hemalurgy and the Dakhor magics. What would happen if you were to try combining the two?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You would have some pretty evil dude, I would expect.

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  • 130

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    I kind of envision the Old Magic working a little bit like Hemalurgy, where some-- takes a part of the Physical DNA of the person and transmutes it onto the Cognitive DNA because everything seems to be a Cognitive shift for the person, am I thinking along the right lines?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are thinking along very-- Yes you are thinking along the right lines. I won’t tell you exactly but you are thinking along the right lines.

    Question

    And then the curse Kelek’s Breath, is that a clue as to the origin of some of the Heralds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Erm… Explain why you think it might be.

    Question

    Uh, well, Warbreaker--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm

    Question

    The use of Breath…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhuh

    Question

    It seems like they have similar strength to somebody who has extra Endowment

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay.

    Question

    So I’m wondering if they come from-- I can’t remember the name..

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Heralds-- You’re wondering if the Heralds come from Nalthis?

    Question

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Heralds do not come from Nalthis, but that is an excellent question.

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  • 131

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2016

    mail-mi

    Can you tell us which hemalurgic spike transfers temporal allomancy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Well, I could tell you, but I'm not going to.

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  • 132

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2016

    Kurkistan

    How exactly does hemalurgic decay work for Feruchemy? Is it like a leaky tube or something, or…?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah… yeah. (Here misunderstanding and thinking that the question’s about the power of the Feruchemy itself, not storing/tapping metalminds)

    Kurkistan

    So they try to store 10 units of health and only 9 gets through, or…?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgic decay meaning someone who has been spiked is less powerful? That Hemalurgic decay] or the Hemalurgic decay when a Hemalurgic spike is left outside of blood?

    Kurkistan

    Less powerful. So like the Inquisitors are less powerful Feruchemists so they had to spend longer storing: so _why_ did they have to spend longer storing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah they lose a little bit, it’s a leaky… You’re there, exactly. It just doesn’t quite… it’s not as efficient: it’s [an] efficiency thing.

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  • 133

    Interview: Feb 19th, 2016

    Silverblade5

    Would hemalurgy on roshar require spikes to be made of gemstones?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 134

    Interview: Mar 24th, 2016

    Doomquill

    Could you use Hemalurgy to steal Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Absolutely, you could steal Surgebinding with Hemalurgy [smiling].

    Footnote

    [Note: Not surprising, considering the comment in the Mistborn Ars Arcanum about Hemalurgy being the most interesting to the cosmere]

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  • 135

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2016

    Blightsong

    Is it theoretically possible to hemalurgically spike a shard into someone else, and if so, what would be the outcome?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A full shard? Hemalurgy could not hold that much of an invested charge. Not without something really weird happening.

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  • 136

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016

    Question

    We’re told to worry about anyone pierced by metal, but we only see Ruin to affect people pierced by hemalurgic metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Answer: Yes, you can’t TRUST anyone pierced by metal, because you don’t know if it’s safe or not.

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  • 137

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016

    Question

    Is the unknown spike Raysium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 138

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2016

    Question

    In real life, a man got an iron bar through his head and that changed his personality. Would that happen in the cosmere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, like it would have happened in the real world. Unless the bar were a hemalurgic spike.

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  • 139

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    Is there such a thing as voluntary Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Voluntary Hemalurgy? Yes.

    Question

    ...where you can give a power to someone through [...]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Through any means, or through Hemalurgic means?

    Question

    Er, explain what you mean by that question.

    Brandon Sanderson

    In Nalthis, you are giving up your power voluntarily to someone else.

    Question

    Specifically in the context of Scadrial here.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I mean, can you not imagine a person who’s crazy and who’s like, I will give up my power to this, you know?

    Question

    But don’t the end results negate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can’t imagine somebody who would do that? I am absolutely sure that at some point even at creating Inquisitors there’s somebody who would be like, yes, I will give my life to the Lord Ruler, so, yes.

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  • 140

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    One, thank you for the cultural richness you show in everything, from Legion to [...] to [...]. One a completely different note, this became a question, I thought this had been answered, but kandra can’t produce kandra children.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, yes they can. You get them some spikes.

    Question

    Can the kandra produce human children with consumed parts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, I saw a big thread on Reddit about it and chose not to participate, despite being asked to.

    Question

    I thought she said that you did, so…

    Brandon Sanderson

    I gave vague and unuseful answers, and so I’m going to give the same to you. RAFO.

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  • 141

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    Does hemalurgy require intent to steal the stuff? Or could somebody in theory just stab through in the exact [...] ...happen by accident?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here’s the thing, you have seen it happen without the intent of the person holding the spike.

    Question

    But I think it’s commonly accepted that Ruin was sort of manipulating some…Totally taking the Spook example off the table, I’m just saying, someone by accident stab - whoops! stab - whoops! and have a power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Again, Ruin was involved in that. Every spike that you saw had Ruin’s intent behind it. I’m not going to answer your question, RAFO. You tried, you got me to admit that I was trying to wiggle around it, and I’ll tell you, today I wiggled around one question that none of you saw me wiggle around, really well, today. Today. I’m not going to tell you which one it is but there is one here that you all thought, you’re all like “woo!” but you didn’t realize you’d given me so much wiggle room.

    Question

    So about that space station.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It’s not that one.

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  • 142

    Interview: Nov 22nd, 2016

    BYU Bookstore (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Someone else asked if we would see Hemalurgy somewhere other than Scadrial,

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon's answer? We already have. It's not meant to be obvious though so we probably won't recognize it.

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  • 143

    Interview: Oct 8th, 2016

    Question

    I also asked if hemalurgy could be performed anywhere in the Cosmere. Pretty sure that's something we knew already, but I asked if anyone could do it if they knew what they were doing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said Yes.

    Question

    So, I continued, hemalurgy is unique because not only can the power of Ruin be accessed anywhere (not just on Scadrial), but also by anyone (not just someone who's invested).

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said it is weird that way.

    Footnote

    :-) It is interesting: I can't think of any other Shardic power that's so universally accessible.

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  • 144

    Interview: Sep 6th, 2016

    Djarskublar

    So I could be wrong, but a Hemalurgic spike, when you use it and become a savant it does damage to your Spiritweb, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes Hemalurgy always hurts you. (I think he was saying that the Hemalurgy itself hurts you more than being a savant, but I'm not sure how to interpret this)

    Djarskublar

    So say you go to Roshar and you give somebody a Hemalurgic spike for some Allomantic power, don't care what, and you use it to become a savant. Does that qualify them as 'broken' enough to become a Radiant? As long as they are also following the Ideals to attract a spren.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So becoming a Radiant is a spectrum of terminologies. It... probably, but you would have to find a Radiant who would, or a spren who would be willing to touch that, okay? It's going to drive them back.

    Djarskublar

    So would it also affect your probability of becoming an Elantrian?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah it would affect your ability to become anything else, yes.

    Djarskublar

    Okay, so would it be a positive effect, negative effect...? Because I was like, it gives you cracks in your Spiritweb.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It does give you cracks in your Spiritweb.

    Djarskublar

    So it's easier for Investiture to get in. Does it make it easier for other Investitures to get in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It would make it... yes. It's going to drive spren away. So what it's really going to make easier for, there, is spren and Investiture that doesn't care.

    Djarskublar

    Okay, so Investiture doesn't care but spren do.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Investiture might care depending on if it's part of a Shard-- if it has intent and things like this.

    Djarskublar

    So it might let Stormlight in easier than a Breath, type thing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm saying it might let Odium in easier than Syl. Because Syl would care, and Odium would not care.

    Djarskublar

    Okay cool.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Alright, so it could be a really bad thing, is what I'm trying to say to you.

    Djarskublar

    Yeah that's cool. I just want to know more about gold too. Gold Allomancy too. Because Miles was doing some funky stuff.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Miles was doing some funky stuff.

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  • 145

    Interview: Nov 3rd, 2016

    Question

    Someone asked about the metal from if the metal of Paalm's spike could be used combined with another of the "normal" metals (maybe as an alloy?).

    Brandon Sanderson

    He RAFOed that one.

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  • 146

    Interview: Nov 30th, 2016

    Borderlands SF-AU Tour (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Have we seen any of the system or the world that has end-negative magic system other than Hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes there is one more end-negative magic system and you have seen minor hints of it.

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  • 147

    Interview: Nov 30th, 2016

    Borderlands SF-AU Tour (Paraphrased)

    Question

    What about Hemalurgy in other worlds other than Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. (I again asked with the exception of Kandra, have seen Hemalurgy such as people who may have been spiked. He repeated "You have seen Hemalurgy in other worlds." (In other words he is tight-lipped about Kandra part - neither yes or no)

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  • 148

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    The hemalurgic constructs in Shadows of Self, are they as twisted as they are because something was spiked into them, or because something was spiked out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Something spiked in. RAFO on the spiked out part, but nobody knows how to spike something out of someone without killing them, so most likely just spiked in.

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  • 149

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    When someone is Spiked, and dies, does that affect the time they spend in the Cognitive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, because if you’re extra Invested, which Spiking technically does, if you have a Spike stapling a bit of someone else’s soul to yours--

    Question

    The other way. Someone Spikes into you--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ohhhhh, oh okay, no, that might make you go faster.

    Question

    Is that why Harmony doesn’t know who’s Spiking people?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hmm. Yeah. I had not considered that. But yeah, sure. Suuureee. You added to the canon. I mean, the actual answer was, when you’re Spiking somebody, you’re ripping of the soul, so kind of, there’s not enough left to talk. I mean, you’re ripping off the soul, so it’s a bad thing. A really bad thing. So you go ‘who killed you’ and it’s just somebody who… But yes, they would go faster too.

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  • 150

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    If you Soulstamp somebody to give them a Connection to Arelon, and they became an Elantrian, could they become an Elantrian, and if the Soulstamp were removed, would they remain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, you’re asking a better one than people have asked. I will go ahead and RAFO this with the caveat of why this might not work, is because, you might think you’re something, right? Like, this is not completely invisible, and so, whether the powers are going to follow those lines of Connection or not I will leave up to discussion, but it is a possibility worth theorizing upon.

    Question

    So a Soulstamp doesn’t necessarily change the core of your Spiritual--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It does, but it’s overriding it. It’s like Hemalurgy. What you are is still there underneath when it’s ripped away.

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  • 151

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    If you Stamp yourself, so you have an overridden Spirit Web, and then you get Spiked… [laughter] What would happen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We’ve actually worked this one out, so. [laughter]

    Question

    Well, you’d die, or very close to it, but would the Stamp revert?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So what’s probably going to happen here is that you’re going to rip off the Investiture you’ve put on your soul, and your own soul will have less damage. Now, the Spike is only gonna get the-- the Spike, you’re like ‘what will it do?’ It will do what you’ve been overwritten with, but remember, becoming an Allomancer requires so much energy, and things like--Ehh, it is theoretically possible in the Cosmere to rewrite yourself ‘you’re an allomancer’, someone Spikes you to get this. The Investiture doesn’t care that it was fake on you, you have managed to get that Investiture to work. Uhh, this is really tough. And really, like, you need Connection, and Investiture, but yes it rips off, and you have made a Spike that makes you an Allomancer, even though the person was a forger. But this is the kind of stuff that is like the thought experiments for physicists in the Cosmere as opposed to, yenno.

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