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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2011

    blan_Ryan7 (14 November 2011)

    Loved Way of Kings; can you say where shardblades go when not summoned or is it a RAFO?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 November 2011)

    It is RAFO, but one that will be answered for sure.

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  • 2

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Question

    Why do the Shardblades in the Stormlight Archive have the effect on flesh (human tissue) that they do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He originally wrote the scene in the prologue with the assassin Szeth using a traditional sword, but it was so bloody and gruesome that Brandon was actually disgusted. He had to find a way to avoid that and so he came up with a new way for the swords to behave.

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  • 3

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    ryanthelion ()

    I know that you are very meticulous in developing your stories. Were the shardblades, shardplate, Mistborn cloaks, or even Nightblood from Warbreaker developed in a similar fashion, or is it a more organic process to making cool weapons and armor? How do you blur the line between what makes sense, and what is just plain fun?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are connections in the things you mentioned above, though I don't want to speak of specifics yet for risk of spoiling future revelations.

    As for blurring the line between what makes sense and what is fun...I err on the side of the fun. However, part of my meticulous planning is about how to make the fun make sense. I feel that is part of what makes this genre interesting. I decided I wanted to do a story about the Knights Radiant, with the Plate and Blades. From there, I spent a long time thinking about what would make those kinds of weapons reasonable and important to a society.

    You can do anything, but do try to focus on laying your groundwork and being consistent.

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  • 4

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    Why does the shardbearer — when they're dueling with Adolin and Renarin — why does the shardbearer freak out when Kaladin grabs the sword — like, he screams, and shouts "I didn't kill you!" and ran away?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Why does he do that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because when Kaladin was there and they were touching it, they actually heard the spren that was inside of it.

    Question

    So it wasn't Syl that he heard, it was —

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was the sword's spren. That Kaladin was touching it — when a Knight Radiant touches it — you'll see when other Knights Radiant pick up sword, they can hear the screaming.

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  • 5

    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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  • 6

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    macros

    Based on what we know currently about the ten heartbeats, why does Szeth require ten heartbeats to bring forth his Honorblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perception is a very important part of how these things all work, and remember, the Honorblades work differently from everything else. Everything was based upon them. Why don’t you read and find out what’s going on there, but remember, the characters’ perception is very important.

    macros

    So then that’s why at one point Shallan requires ten heartbeats and now she doesn’t.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, just like—it’s the exact same reason why Kaladin’s forehead wounds don’t heal, because he views himself as need—as having those, somewhere deep inside of him, and that can’t heal until that goes away. And it’s the same reason why in Warbreaker, when you bring something to life your intention, rather than really what you say, is what matters. It’s all about perception.

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  • 7

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    RIT

    Alright, glowing Shardplate and retractable helmets. Is that a similar origin of the Shardblades—

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's a similarity, but they are also very different.

    RIT

    Yeah, I noticed they do seem like advanced fabrials, because Adolin just keeps going on and on about how they're all interchangeable and how they all feel comfortable after a while, and it doesn't have the same kind of thing with the Shardblades.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it doesn't. Though a Shardblade, used for a long time, will change shape slightly.

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  • 8

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    Is it the power of the bond between humans and spren, the Nahel bond, or from the swords—the existing Shardblades—that causes the eyes to turn light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh ... yes.

    Question

    Does each specific order have their own spren that they would bond?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Each order has a spren that is distinctive. All Windrunners come from wind— from honorspren.

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  • 9

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Pinpoint

    Can Shardblades kill spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically, yes.

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  • 10

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Pinpoint

    If Hoid got beheaded, would his body grow a new head?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Pinpoint

    What if Hoid got cut by a shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Shardblade cuts the soul and what Hoid does heals the soul.

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  • 11

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    At the very end of Words of Radiance, Dalinar touches a Shardblade and it screams at him. Should that particular Blade have been safe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No it should not have. It's a clue that something has happened. There are other clues that something is wrong with what the story you've been told is.

    Question

    Because Option 2 is that it's unsafe to touch an honorblade, but there's no evidence of that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is no evidence of that. There's much stronger evidence that something else is going on.

    Question

    Did Hoid switch out the blades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid did not switch out the blades, but good question.

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  • 12

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    If Nightblood were on Roshar would he be a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they are exactly the same thing. He is a Shardblade that is twisted and is a lot more powerful than normal.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 14th, 2013

    Question

    Is Szeth's sword noticeably smaller than other shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 14

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2014

    Jeremy

    Syl gives Kaladin the choice to have any number of weapons or a shield. Pattern can be equally a sword or a small knife. Are spren limited to being items of war or could they be put to other uses? Could the surge binders less geared toward battle use their spren to make ladders, rope, etc?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    No, this is not restricted to articles of war.

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  • 15

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    Is there a limit to how many Shardblades one person can have?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically, not really. There are some things that can limit bound that.. I can imagine people have many. In the original draft of The Way of Kings Prime, Amaram had two. And so, it's definitely possible to have multiples, and I had not thought about someone trying to bond every Shardblade.

    Question

    So that means you can be bonded to more than one spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, those Shardblades are...

    Question

    Dead ones.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. So, can you be bonded to more than one spren? The answer to that question is also yes. Potentially. But there is a much harder limit on that.

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  • 16

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    After a spren has been bonded, what happens if the person it's bonded with dies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is an emotional event for the spren, but not a damaging one. As long as their oaths are unbroken.

    Argent

    Kind of like if a close friend dies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe a little more personal than that.

    Question

    I guess Helaran was not bonded to a spren then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Why do you say that

    Question

    I saw that his Blade had a gemstone at the bottom, so that was a clue.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a very good clue.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 29th, 2014

    PrncRny

    What connection is there between Lifeless and Shard-severed limbs?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    They are similar, but different. With Lifeless it's due to the soul being drained away, shrinking to nearly nothing. With Shard-severed limbs, that portion of the soul is sheared clean away.

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  • 18

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2014

    mail-mi

    Okay. What would a Shardblade do to [a Reod Elantrian]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, a Shardblade would... oh boy. A Shardblade... a Shardblade would still be dangerous to them. The trick is the Shardblade's gonna treat them half alive, half dead. So, it probably would be kind of a flicker, so it depends on when you hit them. It might cut the arm off.

    mail-mi

    It might cut the arm off...

    Brandon Sanderson

    And it might just leave it dead.

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  • 19

    Interview: Jan 5th, 2015

    Lady Radagu

    If Shai were to gain a Shardblade, then she gave it up, could she create an Essence Mark that represented the history where she still had the Blade? If she then applied the Essence Mark could she summon the Shardblade or a copy of it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So doing that sort of thing, like rewriting herself even to be an Allomancer, or something like this.... This is possible, but, in order to gain the Investiture she wants to have, she will have to input that much in Investiture, which her current magic system is not capable of doing. Okay? Alright, so, a rewrite so that I have a Shardblade would require some sort of hacking of her magic system, which is currently impossible to her in her current situation.

    Lady Radagu

    So, if she had had a Shardblade and gave it up, she could not rewrite herself to have that back without more input?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, she could... Yes, exactly. Now rewriting-- yes, that would be a lot easier than just rewriting herself so that she had a Shardblade.

    Lady Radagu

    That's what I was asking.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, but what you're asking about would be much easier and that probably is within her power, but what that would do is-- Yeah, that's totally within her power. It would create some weird implications where she's summoning it, and someone else summons it back from her, cause the Shardblade thinks it's held by two people.

    Lady Radagu

    So it wouldn't be a copy, it would be the same Blade.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Mmhmm.

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  • 20

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    How did you come up with Shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here's the thing, I've seen a lot of fantasy art-- I love fantasy books, right-- and people often depict these enormous swords, which are completely impractical. So one of my pitches for Stormlight was "I want a world where they had to have weapons like they depict in this fantasy art" and I retrofitted it, what would they need these to actually fight? So that was the pitch for myself on Shardblades. And I was also annoyed that the coolest magic swords were in a science fiction story, Star Wars, I want cool magic swords that are not in a science fiction story.

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  • 21

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

    Question

    So Stormlight and Breath are both just different manifestations of Investiture.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's correct.

    Question

    So Nightblood and Shardblades are both kind of powered by Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, in fact you can call Nightblood kind of a miss-made, evil Shardblade-- more miss-made than evil but yes.

    Question

    But a Shardblade wouldn't shear through Nightblood.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes a Shardblade would not shear through Nightblood. In fact I wrote The Way of Kings first and then I wrote Warbreaker and The Way of Kings came out after Warbreaker but in my mind Warbreaker is a prequel to The Way of Kings, where I was telling Vasher's backstory.

    Question

    Oh really, so the Warbreaker we know takes place after The Way of Kings?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it takes place before, it's a prequel meaning I wrote The Way of Kings and then I went back in time and told Vasher's backstory but Warbreaker ended up coming out first because The Way of Kings wasn't ready yet.

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  • 22

    Interview: Mar 14th, 2014

    the_archduke

    Were Shardblades influenced by lightsabers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes (long aside about how everyone in the last 40 years was so influenced), but not sure how direct of an influence.

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  • 23

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2014

    Question ()

    You mentioned that human can’t bond Honorblades, but Nalan tells Szeth that his bond with his Honorblade has been broken. Can you clear this up?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Humans CAN bond Honorblades. There's a crucial difference between Honorblades and Shardblades. When you drop an Honorblade, it does not disappear, even if it has been bonded. A Shardblade will disappear when dropped.

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  • 24

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Rybal

    Can the Heralds Surgebind without their Blades and if not are they under the same restrictions that others are?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Heralds without their Blades are incapable of the powers you're familiar with. It doesn't mean there aren't other things they can do.

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    Will Allomancy affect Shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It cannot affect Shardblades. Well, cannot is a strong term. Things with innate Investiture are much more difficult to affect by any of the magics at all. Which is why it's very hard for Szeth to bind people or lash people wearing Shardplate to the ceiling. In the same way Allomancy wouldn't be able to push on it without some help. Duralumin with a strong Push would probably do it.

    Outis

    I was just wondering if it was actually metal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is metalish--it's metal enough for Allomancy to work on it.

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  • 26

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    In Shallan, in the beginning and middle of the book it's 10 heartbeats, and in the end of the book it's none...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The 10 heartbeats is required to revive a dead shardblade

    Outis

    But he wasn't dead the whole time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wasn't. But perception--all magic systems in the Cosmere are based on perception-what you think you can do. For instance, Kaladin can't get healed because he sees himself as having a wounded forehead with the scars and that can't vanish because his perception is in the way.

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    EHyde

    And, how were the Radiants able to summon their Shardblades at the Recreance if they'd already decided to break their oaths?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Their Shardblades are part of what brought them to--part of the Oathpact--but breaking the Oathpact did not affect their ability to bond or unbond Shardblades.

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  • 28

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Rhandric

    Have the Bondsmiths ever had a Shardblade? Have any other Bondsmiths had Shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO! Good question. Good question.

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  • 29

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Leiyan

    I'm guessing it's a RAFO, but why do Honorblades work the way they do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Honorblades were crafted before Shardblades existed--

    Leiyan

    So they were crafted.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They were crafted before Shardblades existed, and all Shardblades that exist came about as certain individuals trying to find out how to copy Honorblades.

    Leiyan

    So would it be fair to say that Honorblades are analagous to fabrials in some sense? Trap spren in a crystal yada yada Stormlight power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is an analogy there, that I think would pass the SAT's rigor for analogies.

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  • 30

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    EHyde

    I had a couple other questions about the Recreance that you're probably not going to answer. I was wondering if the Radiants were deliberately trying to put Shardblades in the hands of non-Radiants, since they left them all outside a military base.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. Since I've answered so many questions, the RAFOs are going to start flying freely. I'm like, "Now, what is there left to write books about?

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  • 31

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Question

    [Paraphrased]How difficult would it be to Push on various things.

    Brandon Sanderson

    [Paraphrased]It depends on the amount of Investiture in the person/object. Nightblood would be the hardest thing to Push on, harder than Shardblades.

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2014

    Question

    Why was the base form of Shardblades chosen to be blades, as swords?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's because the Shardblades were devised-- I can't spoil the second book-- They were devised as imitations of the Honorblades, which were created and given to the Heralds. So since the original pattern was the Honorblades, they were built to feel like the Honorblades.

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  • 33

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    When spren die, they kind of become part of everything, so why did, when the Knights broke their oaths, why did they stay as Shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They had been bound into that form by those oaths. The oaths are broken, but it’s like they’re cracked. Does that make sense? Like, there’s still something holding those spren and that’s what made them [?] It would have been better if they had actually died, does that make sense? But they couldn’t, they’re bound in that form.

    Question

    But their consciousness is gone-?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They still have a consciousness some- to an extent.

    Question

    That’s why the screaming happens.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 34

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    Question

    Cool. I’m not going to bother asking who did right now. With Syl being able to be revived, is Adolin ever going to be able to revive his own blade, or-

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, that would be very difficult, as the orig-, in most cases, the original person who broke the oaths has to be the one.

    Question

    Ok. Do you have to have done the third oath before you can convert your spren into a Blade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, in most orders, yes.

    Question

    What about Shallan then? Did she do it, cause she was a kid when she first-

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um… You will find out more.

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  • 35

    Interview: Mar 12th, 2015

    WeiryWriter (Reddit)

    Hey Brandon! So glad you are doing another AMA!

    1. Could you explain a little more about Cognitive shadows? When you first mentioned the name and gave the examples of Kelsier and the Shades from Threnody you kind of gave the impression that they were kind of like ghosts. But this past December at the Orem signing you mentioned that the Stormfather and the mist were also Cognitive shadows. The first makes sense to me, I had an entire theory about that (although I argued he was specifically Tanavast's and not Honor's). The second however really doesn't make sense to me, unless it was actually the mist spirit that is the shadow and that got missed in the report (it wasn't verbatim), but even still Preservation is still alive at that point so how can he have a "ghost"? (Unless him sacrificing his mind to form Ruin's prison counts as "death" in this situation?)

    The rest of these feel free to pick and choose which ones you want to answer (I'm finding it difficult to narrow things down, so I figure I'll leave it to you to decide which ones you want answered).

    2. Are the Unmade Splinters of Odium?
    3. Is the Well of Ascension Preservation's Perpendicularity? Or at least related to it (i.e. one is in the Physical Realm but the other is in the Cognitive but are still essentially different aspects of the same "thing")?
    4. What if the Throne of Idris passed to someone who was not the child of the monarch? Like if they were the niece or nephew of the previous monarch. Their parent would not have passed on the Royal Locks to them, but if they gained the throne would they spontaneously manifest the Royal Locks? Would their children if they were born before?
    5. Does hair that is still attached to a person's head get cut if a Shardblade passes through it? If not, if that person had the Royal Locks could they change the color of the hair "below" the cut?
    6. You've mentioned there is a big Hint in Elantris, and later clarified that the hint is an Aon that Raoden mis-interprets. Is Aon Rao the Aon that Raoden mis-interprets? Is its true meaning something closer to "Investiture"?
    7. According to Peter, Mraize is from Thaylenah, does Shallan just never mention his eyebrows or is he not ethnically Thaylen?
    8. What are your current plans with regards to the Jasnah novella you wrote last summer?
    9. Honorspren and windspren have been described as "cousins"; do Cryptics share a similar relationship with creationspren?

    Anyway, thank you so much for answering any of my questions!

    Brandon Sanderson (Reddit)

    On the first question, I did not say the mists themselves were a cognitive shadow. That must have been a misunderstanding. The Stormfather totally is, though. Cognitive shadows are basically ghosts, which can take a lot of different forms in the Cosmere, but follow general rules.

    2. Yes. Good guess.
    3. You're on the right track.
    4. This will be discussed in the Warbreaker sequel, most likely.
    5. Yes, hair gets cut. It counts as dead in my mind--but not to someone who has the Royal Locks. They could only change below, as you state, and wouldn't get their hair chopped off. (I'm not 100% sure on this, but I Think I've mentioned in Stormlight before that you can cut things like shells on living animals with a Shardblade, but then it doesn't cut the flesh.)

    Lots of questions here. More to come, if I find time.

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  • 36

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2015

    Question

    Could someone bond with two spren and wield two swords?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is theoretically possible, but the spren aren’t going to like it. So you won’t see it very often.

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  • 37

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2015

    Leinton

    If a person stores a lot of Investiture, could they resist a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is theoretically possible.

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  • 38

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Argent

    Can a sentient object be created on Roshar? By just-- In a way similar to how the Scholars created Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No I wasn’t saying no I was saying well that’s kind of what the shardblades are.

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  • 39

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Question

    Are shardblades made out of atium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shardblades are not but it is the same thing but from a different planet... It’s made out of the god’s body. See, you thought I was saying something really cool there but I wasn’t.

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  • 40

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    Syl always sees Shardblades as dead spren, these terrible things. But she never mentions the same of Shardplate. Is Shardplate made of non-sentient spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 41

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    I was wondering, is Nightblood a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood is an attempt by someone who didn’t know how Shardblades were made to create a Shardblade using a different magic system.

    Question

    If Nightblood feeds on Breath, but Szeth doesn’t have it, will it feed on Stormlight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood can feed off Stormlight, but Szeth can't draw in Stormlight right now. So Szeth better not draw that sword, for a while at least.

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  • 42

    Interview: Oct 8th, 2015

    karsen

    Is there a similarity between fallen Elantrians caught in transformation and dead shardblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (exact)- "Yes, there is a distinct similarity."

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  • 43

    Interview: Oct 10th, 2015

    WayneSpren

    Can Shardblades cut aluminum?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Well-um-yes, yes they can."

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  • 44

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    Is there such a thing as a ranged Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ranged Shardblade? There are those who are better at throwing theirs.

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  • 45

    Interview: Jan 26th, 2016

    viridian

    At what point did Renarin hear the Shardblades screaming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said "Earlier than what was apparent."

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  • 46

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2016

    zas678

    Did Vasher visit Roshar before or after the Recreance? I ask because he probably had to have seen a live Shardblade to model Nightblood after, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Vasher didn't have to have seen a live Shardblade. He could've heard stories and modeled Nightblood after those.

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    Interview: Feb 25th, 2016

    Question

    You've said that Shardblades can be made in other magic systems. So if it's not like a Shardblade from Roshar, what makes it a Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The “shard” refers to the heavy investiture of a Shard of Adonalsium. Most of what you’ll see will be the Roshar ones, but it is technically possible to make them out of the other magic systems. It's going to be a heavily invested magical weapon is kind of how I would define it.

    Question

    So are the Bands one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ummm... I would not call them one, but they are close, they're not Invested enough.

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  • 48

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    You’d originally said that Nightblood is way more powerful than a regular Shardblade, but at the time we didn’t know about live Shardblades, we only had dead Shardblades. So is that still true, now that we have at least two…?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is more powerful than a regular Shardblade. [Groaning and laughter]

    Question

    How does Nightblood compare to a more living Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More living Blade? Well, let’s just RAFO that one..

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  • 49

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    So, it got established when Syl transformed for Kaladin, a living Blade can become any weapon…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, based on the perception of the wielder.

    Question

    So, why is it that there are only dead swords?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That’s a good question that will be answered in the future.

    Question

    Could they make a lightsaber?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They could make...metal weapons of a similar style to that, so no, we’re not talking lightsabers. Creating plasma is not something that we’re looking at.

    Question

    A bow, for example?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They could create, probably...Well, let’s RAFO that one, I’ll show you what’s going to be happening.

    Question

    You mentioned the ecology on Roshar, and you mentioned that mostly the non-sentient spren predate the [shattering of Adonalsium?]. So my question is about the evolution of life on Roshar, and how essential the highstorms are to life on Roshar, how the plants evolved...so can we assume that life that is dependent on the highstorms predates the Shattering of Adonalsium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um…

    Question

    Can we correctly assume? [Laughter]

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’ll tell you this. The highstorms predate, and there was a lot of natural evolution on Roshar resulting in a lot of what we have there.

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  • 50

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    You called Nightblood a…misformed Shardblade.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, a Shardblade created with a different magic system.

    Question

    Is that an intentional creation or mimicry?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is intentional.

    Question

    I mean, intentional on the part of the person who made that…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    wicktacular

    Based on the bit during the open Q&A about Odium splintering Dominion and Devotion and shoving their power into the Cognitive, and that blocking off the Spiritual, which makes Sel's magic so location (or Identity of location) based - if a Shardbearer traveled to Sel, could they still summon their Shardblade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's interesting. Nobody's ever asked me that before. That's a RAFO! (I got a card!)

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