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  • 1

    Interview: May 21st, 2012

    jean_santos45

    I'm definitely excited for your upcoming books. Are you going to sell signed and numbered copies of Legion and Emperor's Soul? Just got used to having my Sanderson books numbered and signed. a bit spoiled, i know.

    Are Legion and Emperor's Soul contained in their own worlds or are they part of the universe of The Stormlight Archive, etc (anywhere with Hoid in it. lol)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The Emperor's Soul is set on Sel, the world of Elantris. It's far off, though, so you have to have your eyes open to catch the clues. Hoid shows up in a deleted scene, and is referenced in the story.

    Footnote

    In case it was not clear, Legion is not part of the cosmere.

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  • 2

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Herowannabe ()

    Hoid has Lerasium and breaths, Does Hoid have anything from Sel? Soul stamps perhaps?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. :)

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  • 3

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Emeralis00

    What do you call a human from each Shardworld (demonyms like Scadrialeese) ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Selish, Scadrian, Nalthian, Rosharan

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  • 4

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kchan

    Can anyone with access to Shadesmar learn how to worldhop?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In theory. Getting to Sel is really tough...

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  • 5

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kuri Shardweaver

    I've heard tell of an upcoming book where the magic is based on forging. This excites me greatly, and I was wondering if you could give us just a smidge more information regarding it? Either the world, the magic itself, or how it impacts said world? Though something like the Shard behind it would be awesome too..

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sure, the story is The Emperor's Soul, and it actually takes place on Sel. (Same planet of Elantris.) The magic system works by using a carefully designed stamp to rewrite the past of an object--creating a 'forgery' of its past, and that changes what it is in the future. Rewrite the past of a beat-up chair so it was owned by someone who cared for it, and suddenly it's polished and maintained. It's not illusion; it's an actual transformation.

    It works on the same mechanics of AonDor and its kin, using written characters to access the Dor and channel its power.

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  • 6

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Odium's_Shard

    Can magic systems from one world work in any given other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For some, it will take quite a bit of work, but it's possible to get them each to work. Sel's magics are regional, and so they are going to be tough. Scadrial's magics are the easiest.

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  • 7

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ROSHtafARian

    There's been enough speculation that an Elantrian world hopper appears in Way of Kings and that an Elantrian world hopper wrote the Ars Arcanum in Alloy of Law to make it likely that by the time of both books, at least some Elantrians can world hop. So my question is, at the time of Way of Kings, does Sel have the most cosmere-awareness out of any of your shardworlds (including ones we have not seen yet), or is there another Shardworld that's more aware of the greater cosmere at this time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sel is very cosmere aware at this point, but getting to and through Shadesmar (that's not the local term, by the way) is very difficult on Sel. That stunted them for a long while. They're still fairly far ahead.

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  • 8

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Arcanist

    5. Are the intelligent sprens like Syl the ďseons of RosharĒ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What a clever question. Gold star for you.

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  • 9

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Is Sel realmatically knowledgeable by this point, or is it specific to forgery?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    Sel is the most realmatically knowledgeable of any of the shardworlds, but much of the knowledge demonstrated in the book is directly related to forgery - it's tied to the theological aspects of forgery more than anything else.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    You said to not travel to Shadesmar on Sel. Is this a consequence of Odium Splintering Aona and Skai?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    It is indirectly related to the splintering. There is a clue to why it is dangerous in Way of Kings.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    I want to know if the Seventeenth Shard members come from all of the planets, not just Sel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They come from multiple planets. You have seen Seventeenth Shard members from several planets already.

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  • 12

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Shadowsaber223 ()

    Were any of the other magic systems of Sel affected by the fall of Elantris, such as soulforging?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 13

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Windrunner17 ()

    Why does Scadrial, which has two Shards, only have three manifestations of investiture, (Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy) but Sel, also with two Shards, has five manifestations of investiture (AonDor, Dakhor, ChayShan, Forgery, and Bloodsealing)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sel's magics are much more regionalized than Scadrial's. Each area has its own manifestation, but they're all actually the same magic. So really there is one magic on Selómuch as Windrunning and Lightweaving on Roshar are kind of different magics, but also kind of the same.

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  • 14

    Interview: 2013

    Kaladin_Stormblessed (March 2013)

    Discussion of the week: Shadesmar & Truthspren

    http://coppermind.net/wiki/Shadesmar

    sufficientlyadvanced

    It says that it's dangerous to travel to Shadesmar on Sel. Why?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    It has to do with the Dor and the lack of an entity controlling much of the power Odium left in his wake on Sel.

    Phantine

    Woah, that's interesting. I had no idea Odium left little bits of his power on Sel... I guess it kinda makes sense for evil monks to be powered by pure hate, though.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Odium did not leave his power behind, one should note. He left several other powers which are now, to a large extent, mindless...

    Windrunner17

    This is an awesome answer!

    If you wouldn't mind answering, does Roshar have a similar problem, with Honor being Splintered?

    Thanks!

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, Roshar does not have the same problem. There are some differences going on. (One reason being that the spren are far more extensive on Roshar, and provide something of a "release valve." The Seons and the Skaze on Sel are not numerous enough to fulfill a similar function. Though, of course, that's only one part of the puzzle. Raw power is dangerous.

    It's one reason everyone should be thankful Kelsier was around on Scadrial.

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  • 15

    Interview: Mar 16th, 2012

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    Seons are remnants of a dead Shard.

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  • 16

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    So, are you planning on doing anything else with Elantris or Warbreaker universes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am. I donít know if you read Emperorís Soul but itís in the Elantris universe. Itís set on a different continent, so you have to keep your eyes open to see the connections but the magic systems are working on the same fundamental formula. You will enjoy that one if you liked Elantris and Warbreaker I will get back to eventually.

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  • 17

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    Brandon, have we seen a point of view chapter from the character who writes the Ars Arcanum?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím not gonna tell you that. That would be way too much giving away.

    QUESTION

    Is the character who writes the Ars Arcanum from Sel originally?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Iím not gonna tell you anything about the character who writes the Ars Arcanum.

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  • 18

    Interview: Dec 8th, 2012

    Chaos ()

    In Emperor's Soul, I asked: "Is the reason why it is hard to get to Shadesmar on Sel because Devotion and Dominion being Splintered?"

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    That is part of it (a little). Then, hidden later in the book: "Has to do with the name of that expanse."

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  • 19

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    Is it very difficult to worldhop from Sel because most of the world in its Cognitive realm version is ocean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No that is not the reason, good question.

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  • 20

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2016

    Question

    [I wrote ďHas Kelsier ever physically been on Sel?Ē in my book, to which he wrote:

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO!

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  • 21

    Interview: Jan 31st, 2015

    Question

    You've mentioned several times that traveling to Shadesmar on Sel is incredibly dangerous. Would reassembling Devotion and Dominion solve this problem? Also, what about the three individuals we know to have traveled to and from Sel? Did they use the Shadesmar anyway, or have they accessed an alternate method of worldhopping?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I suppose that could work, yes. For the second question, I'm going to have to answer that with a yes as well.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 12th, 2015

    Question

    On Sel, it seems like a lot of the magic is tied in to the location on the planet. Could you take something like Soulforging and do it on another planet, or is it just tied into Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is tied into Sel, and there's this distinct reason for that, and it has to do with one of the big differences between the magic there and other places that people haven't picked out of me yet.

    Question

    So is that tied into how you can get Investiture there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. It's all tied in. Iíve only made it vaguely- It's not obvious, but I think you could pick it out if you worked at it.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2015

    the fulgid

    It seems to be more and more apparent that different abilities are granted depending on the design of one's spiritweb. Is the design of a spiritweb, and the abilities it grants, limited to a specific shardworld, or are the designs universal across the cosmere? For example: can a worldhopper from Roshar travel to Scadrial and access previously locked portions of their spiritweb through methods such as hemalurgy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Most abilities are free to be used across the cosmere, but some are VERY region-locked, like with Elantris. They have difficulty using their abilities outside their own country. There is a reason for this. But most are able to be used elsewhere.

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  • 24

    Interview: Aug 19th, 2015

    KChan

    Are all magics on Sel their own individual systems, or are they different manifestations of the same system?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are different manifestations of the same system.

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  • 25

    Interview: Aug 19th, 2015

    KChan

    Are all magics on Sel influenced by both Devotion and Dominion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 26

    Interview: Nov 28th, 2015

    PrncRny

    Did Hoid have anything to do with Bavadin showing up on Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (Though interestingly, he asked me why I asked this question. I said I got it off a question list here and he stated that people had been trying to get him to say something on the subject for a while. Trying to pry information from him. Hence the RAFO.)

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  • 27

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    Weíve seen the Cognitive Realm now on Roshar, with the spheres, and on Scadrial with the mists, but what does it look like on Nalthis and Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a big FAT RAFO.

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  • 28

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    In Bands of Mourning we saw the medallions that can give people Connection to the area that they are in. Two thoughts on that. OneÖ if a person were to get a connection to one of the areas from Elantris would they be able to gain the powers from the area?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah thatís a good question, itís not that easy. But it is an excellent question.

    Question

    And if there was an area where the primary language was sign language, would a person gain the ability to speak sign language to the people present by using that connection?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. It is definitely related to the Cognitive Realm and how people are thinking about language.

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  • 29

    Interview: Feb 27th, 2016

    Paladin Brewer

    Is Threnody in the same planetary system as Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No it is not.

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  • 30

    Interview: Feb 19th, 2016

    Dirigible

    "The Expanse of Broken Sky, is that Sel?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    (something I can't make out....it was a RAFO; I don't think he said anything more)

    Footnote

    incomplete answer

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  • 31

    Interview: Feb 19th, 2016

    Dirigible

    "Can you be Connected to two locations at once?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Yes"

    Dirigible

    "Will that help with doing Sel magic off-world?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    "RAFO"

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2016

    Blightsong

    Does magic happen on Sel because areas have a stronger cognitive presence, like, more sentient life in that area?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhhh, no, good question, good question. That is not the answer. I am going to give it in the Cosmere collection (Arcanum Unbound?) if people don't guess it by then. So I'm going to leave off, I could tell you right now but, I can't remember if anyone has guessed it or not.

    Question

    Is it related to tectonics?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it's all kinda going in the wrong direction. I haven't really given you the clues to figure it out, I don't think. Once I say it, it will make a lot of sense.

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  • 33

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2016

    Question

    The Aons on Sel, theyíre all based on - I assume the Inshape of the landscape around Elantris. Covestiture in Elantris itself, all the sigils are based on the general uld that magic work in other places based on geography on the other places with their Investiture, or is that exclusive to Sel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is an aspect of the Selan magic systemÖ did I say Selian or Selan? Canít remember which one we settled on, Peter knowsÖ

    Question

    Selish.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, Selish, thatís what we settled on, isnít it, yeah, Selish magic system. This is why we have copy editors [laughter] Thatís a feature of the Selís magic system thatÖ as far as I know, no-one has pulled out in any decent reason for. But thereís a distinct reason that could be figured out, but itísÖ one of these things that will make sense when I explain it, but Iím not sure if itís quote-unquote ďintuitively obviousĒ to the average reader. I donít really think that it necessarily is that, but it will make perfect sense once itís explained.

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  • 34

    Interview: Nov 29th, 2016

    Question

    If you were on Roshar, and tapped Connection, would you be unable to use Scadrial magic?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but that's a good question. You would not be able to use Selish magic though, because that is dependent on location.

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  • 35

    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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  • 36

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    The two Shards on Sel were kind of pressed into the Cognitive Realm. Is that what makes travel there so difficult?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Because you usually travel through the Cognitive Realm, but thatís not exactly what you want to be doing on Sel.

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  • 37

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Argent

    I have a follow-up on the map? Most of the constellations seem fairly straightforward. The one containing Roshar has a Shardbearer or HeraldÖ

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are a couple that donít make [sense]. Sel gets a lamp, yes.

    Question

    Why?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ask Isaac about that, he came up with the symbolism. And I like all the symbolism. But I would go to him about the symbolism of that. Ask him to write an essay for my website about it, because he has really cool-- Cause again, cause I said to him, ĎI want a star mapí and I wasnít gonna put constellations on it, right? Just, the one in the back cover that doesnít have constellations, thatís what I asked for and he came back and said ĎI did a constellation map with these things, what do you think?í and I said Ďthatís cool!...Can you explain these to me?í so Iím just gonna let Isaac go with that, he chose it, he chose the perspective and the point of view, so itís his map, and heís canon on that.

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