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Interviews: San Diego Comic Con 2015





Jul 1st, 2015


San Diego, CA


San Diego Comic Con 2015

  • 1


    As I understand it, Nightblood is most comparable to a Shardblade. However, unlike a Shardblade, Nightblood requires constant input of Investiture in order to realize his full destructive potential. Why is this?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Vasher kind of hacked in order to imitate another magic system. Shardblades are organic parts of the world they are on, but Nightblood is a bunch of souls stuffed into something. Nightblood is like a Frankenstein.


    Commentary : I think this provides insight into why objects that are more inhuman necessitate an increased amount of Breaths to Awaken. If the natural state of a Breath is to be attached to a human being, then perhaps all Awakening is creating a 'Frankenstein". Also, "imitate" denotes Vasher being cosmere-aware when Nightblood was created. Perhaps he worldhopped before the events of Warbreaker.


  • 2


    Was Adonalsium Shattered by an external force?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Adonalsium was not Shattered by himself, herself, or itself. (impish smile)


    Commentary : I am assuming that Brandon was referring to the consciousness (I think the existence of Shards that embody human aspects verifies the existence of a consciousness, although this has not been canonized.), rather than the power of Adonalsium. As I understand it, this leaves 2 possibilities : 1. Adonalsium was Shattered by an external force, in the most obvious sense, 2. Adonalsium was Shattered by an external force, by having his/her/its power manipulated and used against spacehim/her/it, causing the Shattering.


  • 3


    Is Calamity a Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Anything that exists or takes place on any version of Earth is not cosmere.


  • 4


    Did any countries not pass an equivalent of the Capitulation Act?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some did, some didn't. For example, Canada didn'tů and things didn't go very well for them.


    Were the areas where they didn't livable?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, livable is a broad definition. For some people, Newcago is livable.