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  • 1

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2014

    Question

    Lift is my favorite character even though she was only in that one chapter.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will see much more of Lift in the future. Lift is seeded there because she will be very important later on.

    Footnote

    Brandon has said that Lift will be one of the focus/flashback characters for the "back five".

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  • 2

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2014

    Question

    I was wondering if any of the characters from interludes will end up with their own books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they will. Lift, specifically, is one of the characters in the back five. I think she might be the only one who has had a view point so far. Thatís, um, no... There are others. So, yes, interlude characters will end up with their own books later on. Right now theyíre side characters.

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  • 3

    Interview: Mar 8th, 2014

    AhoyMatey

    Why does Lift feel that Darkness isn't a real person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because Lift is an interesting person who has her own perspective on the world.

    Footnote

    Darkness is presumably the herald known as Nale.

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  • 4

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    Do you know the order of 6-10?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know whose they are but I haven't decided the order. Lift is one, Taln is one. The person who calls himself Taln.

    Footnote

    6-10 presumably means books 6-10 of Stormlight Archive.

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  • 5

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    How many orders have we seen so far? I know there're the four identifed at the end.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You've seen Jasnah's, so that's the fifth one. You've seen Lift which gets you to six. You've seen Ym.

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  • 6

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    Are we going to get a book with Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are going to get a book with Lift as a main character. It is going to happen I promise. And I'll probably do some more shorts with Lift because she is so much fun.

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  • 7

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    EHyde

    Lift's spren refers to the Nightwatcher as Mother, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They definitely call somebody Mother. The implication in the text is that it's the Nightwatcher.

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  • 8

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    What are Lift's abilities called?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lift is Abrasion and Progression.

    Question

    Do you have a name of that type of Knight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She's an Edgedancer.

    Question

    Is she going to have more of a story later on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Lift is one of the characters who was originally planned for the back five.

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  • 9

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2014

    Question

    Lift stands outside Kredik Shaw, her goal is to eat the Lord Ruler's lunch, can she get a way with it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think she totally can. She's Lift, she'll just get him while he's sleeping.

    Footnote

    Why is the Lord Ruler napping at lunch time???

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2014

    Question

    Will we get more of Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will get a lot more with Lift. She was written into the outline from the very begining as one of the people who gets a book of her own. With Lift part of the inspiration was-- Boy, what was the inspiration for Lift? When I was building the Stormlight Archive I said "I want the Knights Radiant to run the gamut of different character styles, ages, and types of story." And when you say "knight"-- When I say knight you imagine one thing, what you don't imagine is a thirteen-year-old hispanic girl, right? And I said "I want to have the people who are in the Knights Radiant to not be the standard what you think of." They are the entire world's cultures having different people. And so I said "What are somebody who does not fit that mold?" That you would say is not a knight. Lift was partially developed out of me wanting to build a character who was awesome but was so different from what everyone would think of. ĎCause you say knight and they think of white dude in armor and I wanted something very different from that. And that's where she came from. It also came partially from my wife reading a lot of fantasy and complaining and she's like "You know the asians show up in fantasy, asian culture inspires a lot. European culture of course does. You see a lot of these things but where are the hispanics?" Yeah there's one. So she challenged me to put a hispanic culture in my books because I had never done it before and so Lift is an outgrowth of that, so are the Herdazians. They are meant to be sort of in the same way that the Alethi are inspired by Korean culture, mashed up with this sort of concept of medieval knights. Shallan is based a little off of Western American/Europe culture. The Herdazians are launching off some of the original hispanic concepts. So the thing is, you want every culture to be new and original but you are working from somewhere. And the problem is we all work from the same stories for so long that is part of the reason why fantasy is starting to feel so stale.

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  • 11

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2015

    Lightylantern (Reddit)

    Thanks a lot for doing this, Brandon. You're my favourite author, and I have a million things I want to ask you, but since I'm not the only one asking questions, I'll ask the ones most important to me.

    1. I'm fairly invested in the pairings of The Stormlight Archive, with my favourite being Jasnah/Szeth. Do either of these two have any romance planned in their future?
    2. In The Hero of Ages, Demoux gets together with a woman named Aslydin. He's then seen on Roshar in The Way of Kings. Knowing how loyal Demoux is, he wouldn't just leave Aslydin behind like that. Is she connected to his reasons for becoming a member of the Seventeenth Shard?
    3. I'm pretty interested in the integration of magic and sport, like in Harry Potter and The Legend of Korra. Will we be seeing any allomantic sports in the second Mistborn trilogy?
    4. Was the guy Dalinar met in his flashback really Nohadon?
    5. Will Lift get a Shardfork?
    6. Finally, can you tell us what Regalia's weakness is? We never did find that out.

    Again, thanks a ton for doing this.

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit)

    1) I am purposefully vague about upcoming romantic pairings in my books, because most of the characters would not want to be defined by their romantic inclinations--and at the top of that list is Jasnah. So I'll remain quiet on this one for now. Sorry.
    2) Aslydin is in the Seventeeth Shard, and had her own work to be about. I've given subtle clues about her before, but the ethnicity of the name should strike you.
    3) Probably the third. Scadrial is behind on a couple of things, technologically, and they've been very practically minded lately. I have some hints of professional sports in the Era Two books, but they're slight.
    4) So far as he knows.
    5) You know, she's likely to do something like that...
    6) Not ready to talk about this one yet, as I haven't finished the third book yet. It's likely irrelevant, but I'll RAFO in case I decide to reference it.

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  • 12

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2016

    Ted

    Does Lift's metabolic waste include crem?

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Laughs] Thatís an excellent question. Iím not going to answer that, but itís an excellent question.

    Ted

    Wow, youíre RAFOing that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You got a laugh. I didnít say RAFO, I said Iím not going to answer that, which could be considered two different answers.

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  • 13

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2016

    Question

    Iím a huge Dalinar fan. But are you going to have more of Lift and [Ash?] and some of the interlude characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lift you are going to see the most of in the later books. Sheís set up to be one of the main characters in the second 5. I have already written two scenes with her in them, but I havenít written one with her view point yet. But the Cosmere collection which is on my short list will have a new Lift novella in it and that will have an audio edition.

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  • 14

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Argent

    Does Lift turn food into investiture directly or is it similar to the metals on--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Similar to the metals.

    Argent

    So like a gate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Argent

    Okay, thatís good to know.

    Brandon Sanderson

    She can metabolize-- She can draw-- Itís not actually the food, itís-- Itís not like the metals, not exactly. Itís not-- What she can do is she can metabolize into investiture instead of sugar. Does that make sense?

    Argent

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    We metabolize food into sugar. She can metabolize it into investiture. Does that make sense?

    Argent

    That makes a lot of sense. So if she eats--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sheís got to have a blood sugar spike.

    Argent

    So if she eats like a cake it will give her more investiture--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Faster. It will give her faster.

    Argent

    Whereas if she eats a vegetable...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Vegetable... More calories is going to equal more. But the better comparison would be a sausage and bread. Because bread is a fast blood sugar spike and the sausage is not. And thatís how Iím working in my head. Itís kind of a magical version of a blood sugar spike and I have it happen to her faster than it could happen. Like normally you eat a piece of bread and your blood sugar spikes in a half hour, itís going to go faster for Lift.

    Argent

    Herís is like five minutes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Herís is like five minutes, but a sausage would be slower.

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    Are we going to get more of Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, she is one of the main characters in the second five.

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  • 16

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    [Note: This question was asked by a young boy sitting near the front.] So for the Stormlight Archive seriesĖ

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Stormlight Archive? How old are you? [audience laughter]

    Question

    Nine?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nine? And youíre reading the Stormlight Archive? [loud cheering]

    Question

    So the character Lift, with her powers, why does she only have to eat food instead of sucking in stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Lift is a really weird one. She visited the Old Magic and asked something very strange, and the Old Magic didnít know how to treat that, and so answered with something equally strange. So you will actually see what happened with Lift and things like that, but suffice it to say some really weird things are going on.

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  • 17

    Interview: Feb 25th, 2016

    Question

    Howís that Lift novella?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It has not been written yet but Iíve got good plans for it.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    If Lift ate something that had like, gold leaf on it, could she change that gold leaf into Investiture or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So the gold leaf would probably pass through her system.

    Question

    So she wouldnít beÖ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mhm, yes, that things that she eats that she can metabolize, she can turn into Stormlight.

    Question

    So what would happen if she ate Nightblood? [laughter]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, eating Nightblood would not be a smart idea for anyone. [more laughter] Nightblood would eat you. In Soviet Russia, sword eats you? I donít knowÖ

    Footnote

    Brandon says here that she can convert items that she can metabolize into stormlight, but during the Out of Excuses 2016 he implies that Lift can convert anything she ingests into stormlight including non food

    Out of excuses 2016 q3

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  • 19

    Interview: Jun 28th, 2016

    Question

    It is mentioned that Lift went to the Old Magic. What did she get? Do you know what she got?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is mentioned in Edgedancer.

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  • 20

    Interview: Sep 23rd, 2016

    Out of Excuses 2016 (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Does Liftís shadow behave abnormally with respect to the sun or infused spheres?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there is something going on with her shadow, but no specifics given.

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  • 21

    Interview: Sep 23rd, 2016

    Out of Excuses 2016 (Paraphrased)

    Gary Singer

    Could Lift convert food from other Cosmere worlds into Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Liftís spiritweb has something changed about it to allow converting mass to Investiture directly.

    Footnote

    Based on Brandonís answer, I'm not even sure she has to metabolize the food. It could be that she can burn anything she can swallow.

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  • 22

    Interview: Nov 29th, 2016

    Question

    Does Lift see Wyndle a different way than another Edgedancer would see their spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but only slightly. She sees a longer vine, and slightly more, but it's not a big difference.

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 30th, 2016

    Borderlands SF-AU Tour (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Is Lift going to be in the next book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 24

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    Alice aka Wetlander

    Is it relevant that Lift was ten when she stopped aging?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It isn't a coincidence.

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  • 25

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    Ted Herman

    Can Lift convert cremling shells to investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She can only convert what she is able to metabolize for nutrients to investiture.

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  • 26

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    Ted Herman

    I asked for a personalization with some autobiographical details about Lift.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verbatim: Name: Lift. Date of Birth: A number greater than ten. Birthplace: With my mom. Eye color: Brown.

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  • 27

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    CCQ

    If Lift didn't get what she wanted from Nightwatcher (to stop aging) what did she get?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO but it has to do with why she can metabolize food into stormlight.

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  • 28

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    AndrewHB

    I asked if in the future, he would have Lift use a Trident as her main Shard weapon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. The reader should not be surprised if Lift uses a trident as a Shard weapon (a ShardTrident).

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  • 29

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    yulerule

    I also asked about the connection between the spren and surgebinder, such that the spren turns into what the surgebinder wants, like In Edgedancer, Lift turns into a bar of metal and into a Shardfork. Wyndle himself isn't "in tune" with Lift, so his turning into something that she needs with no prior warning ...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Since the spren fill in the soul, they're connected on that level, so like their minds are separated, but since the souls are melded/connected/same that the spren can turn into stuff the Surgebinder wants. This is heavily paraphrased.

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