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  • 1

    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    You've said that Shadesmar is the cognitive relam connecting all the worlds in the cosmere, and that Hoid is very good at using Shadesmar. Should we take this to mean Shadesmar is how he travels between the worlds? Do the other worlds have different ways of accessing Shadesmar than the way(s) the people of Roshar use?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2011

    Brandon Sanderson

    Expanse of the destinies = a world you know.

    Footnote

    This seems to reference the map of the Shadesmar that is in the Stormlight Archive.

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  • 3

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2011

    Vericon Report - Puck (Paraphrased)

    Puck

    While I was thrilled to hear the excellent, excellent intro to Alloy of Law, I was a little sad that we didn't get to the Q&A part of the session. So I headed over to the Harvard Bookstore, where he would be signing and answering questions. Now, this bit was a little strange for me. I've met Brandon before (probably a dozen times or so between '06 and '09), all at varying levels of fame, I listen to writing excuses every week, and I follow his blag, so it wasn't "oh my gosh, I get to meet him" jitters. I feel like, in all the ways that I want to, I already know Brandon.

    The jitters were probably a combination of a couple of things: (1) I had no desire to have him sign anything, I just wanted to ask Brandon a couple of questions. I've never a big "sign things" person, especially when the signer is a person to me, and not a Figure (if that makes any sense). And (2) this was the first time that I had one-on-one interaction with Brandon while considering myself an agent for a higher group (namely, the 17th Shard). It was a bit nerve-wracking in a way that was completely new to me. Anyway, ending my indulgent self-psychoanalysis...

    I figured out the way to overcome (1). Instead of having him personalize it to me, I asked him to write a clue about the Cosmere in my worn copy of Elantris (it's my first Sanderson, and is literally falling apart; the cover is scotch taped on ).

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wrote "Do not go to Shadesmar on this world (really, I'm not kidding)" on the title page, then said to me "You guys can chew on that for a little while."

    I like that. I think that I'll bring in all of my books to his next New York/Boston signing and ask him for Cosmere clues instead of signatures.

    Footnote

    Brandon has since asked that we not ask for Cosmere hints. He would prefer us to come with specific questions in mind.

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  • 4

    Interview: May 31st, 2011

    Thorondir

    How could a person from Scadrial access Shadesmar? An alloy of a god metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He RAFOd me on this one and said it was a plot point for future novels.

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2010

    17th Shard

    Now that we've seen Shadesmar can you elaborate more on it? Perhaps why you wanted a map of it included in the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2013

    Vanessa (23 January 2013)

    Does the chasm on Sel have a counterpart in the cognitive realm?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Yes, it does. But moving around there is really tough . . .

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  • 7

    Interview: 2013

    Vanessa (23 January 2013)

    If a live Elantran entered the pool outside of the city, could they also use it to travel to the cognitive realm?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Let's just say that the characters in the book do not fully understand the pool or its power.

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  • 8

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2013

    Viper

    Aons look like Arelon; soulstamps look like MaiPon. Aons get weaker when you get further from Arelon, right? That's not just cause Elantris acts like a focus?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's right, it's based on distance. That's why there are no stamped objects in Elantris.

    Viper

    So do soulstamps get weaker further from MaiPon? If you left Sel via Shadesmar and went to another planet, would the soulstamp stop working?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's correct.

    Viper

    Could soulstamps be carved that used Arelon as a base form instead of MaiPon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's very interesting, isn't it?

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  • 9

    Interview: Feb 18th, 2013

    TheOneKEA

    I asked him if it was possible to enter or exit Shadesmar in interplanetary space.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He laughed nervously for several seconds with a look that suggested "Uh-oh!" and replied (as best as I can remember):

    I would say no. The Cognitive Realm does exist there, but Shadesmar is a special case.

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  • 10

    Interview: May 17th, 2013

    Nesh

    The other question I asked was what the name of the expanse on the Shadesmar map that was covered up by the word Shadesmar was.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The answer was the Expanse of Vibrance.

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  • 11

    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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  • 12

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

    Tell us something new about Cognitive Realm, please

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will get plenty in the next Stormlight book. But more than one type of spren live there

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  • 13

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mycoltbug

    Is there a magic system that best allows people to world hop between worlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but it isn't needed. Some do help more with understanding how to traverse the Cognitive Realm.

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  • 14

    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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  • 15

    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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  • 16

    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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  • 17

    Interview: 2013

    Nepene (March 2013)

    I suppose one thing to wonder is how do you enter Shadesmar? We know of a number of people who are jumping from world to world through Shadesmar. Grump Thinker and Blunt, Hoid too. How are they accessing the cognitive plane to transport themselves across the lands?

    Presumably Shallan's bond with the truthspren let her get in. How does this work? If she had only a dim sphere then does it not require any stormlight, any spiritual power? Is it a purely cognitive change? I could see some advantages to that. You could hop into this alternative dimension at will if you were being attacked, even with little power.

    The scholars earlier talk of whether there is food in Shadesmar, so presumably others have visited it. Can non soulcasters visit it? Is there some fabrial that grants you access? Are they only referring to the distant past, when KR had the power to access it? Is it purely a thing of the mind that anyone can learn? Is it only possible if you have access to a splinter of a shard?

    And on an unrelated question, they have symbols on their heads. If Shallan managed to draw one of these would it be some glyph? Perhaps some glyph that we would recognize, like the glyphs in the artwork at the front?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are many ways to enter Shadesmar. You'll see more of this in the future. One thing to keep in mind about Shadesmar is that space where things are thinking is expanded, while space where there is nothing to think is contracted. In other words, in an empty void, you get almost no Shadesmar. This makes distances as we think of them very different there.

    As for the symbols making up the heads of the cryptics, those are not glyphs. But it's possible you would recognize them...

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  • 18

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    Is it possible to build a city that only exists in Shadesmar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    QUESTION

    Do people inhabit Shadesmar, like normal people?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Define normal.

    QUESTION

    Letís rephrase that, describe the people that inhabit Shadesmar.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Well, you have seen people who inhabit Shadesmar.

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  • 19

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2013

    Question

    Do the Spiritual and Physical Realms have names, like Shadesmar is the Cognitive Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kind of, but not really. Shadesmar is just a rough translation of "Cognitive Realm" in the language of whoever first found out about it. Other people, planets, and worlds wouldn't call it Shadesmar, they would call it whatever their words for "Cognitive Realm" are. This applies to the Physical and Spiritual as well.

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  • 20

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Is Shadesmar just a name for the Cognitive Realm or is there a difference?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The answer he gave me was a little confusing but he clarified it by saying that it was like San Diego was a part of the United States but the United States wasnít a part of San Diego. I asked if this meant that Shadesmar was a location in the Cognitive Realm and he said yes.

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  • 21

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    scm288

    So, I don't actually own a hardcover copy of The Way of Kings, but I did notice when looking at one that there's a map of Shadesmar... And that the map shows that Shadesmar geography is precisely aligned with Roshar's geography... So I'm just going to assume that other planets we've visited so far also have realms of Shadesmar that are aligned geographically.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's very clever of you! (smiles) Very clever...

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 14th, 2013

    Shardlet

    (During discussion on the Surges) It's properly transportation rather than travel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yyyes, thatís the general thing. This is the one that involves Shadesmar.

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  • 23

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2014

    darkanimereal1 (Paraphrased)

    So, the Purelake in Shadesmar is mountainous. Does this in any way have to do with the fact that the Purelake is so shallow?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    I haven't yet discussed the nature of the relationship between Shadesmar and the Physical world.

    darkanimereal1 (Paraphrased)

    So, when Dalinar has his vision in what he assumes in the Purelake, he sees an obsidian fortress. Is that fortress in any way related to the fact that the Purelake in Shadesmar is mountainous?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 24

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    It seems like a movie adaptation would have just constant spren everywhere?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's why I made it so that not every use of the emotion causes them-so it wouldn't get too crazy even when I'm writing them. And what's happening is the spren exist on the Cognitive plane, on Shadesmar, so they have to be attracted, they have to be nearby enough to flock to you, so it depends on how common the spren is.

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    How deep are you going into Shadesmar in WoR?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Not terribly deep in WoR. We're going to have to wait until Jasnah or Shallan are exploring it more.

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  • 26

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Is there a difference between Shadesmar and the Cognitive realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shadesmar is a word for the Cognitive Realm specifically touching - It's like San Diego is a word for a place in America. It's a local word.

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    In Shadesmar you describe the beads, are they like little beads, this big, BB size...

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are bigger than BB size.

    Question

    Okay, and everything melts into beads. But when people touch them, do they form into the thing they are supposed to be, or just one bead represents the stick, and...

    Brandon Sanderson

    One bead represents the item that is seen and views itself as a cohesive item.

    Question

    Is there a picture inside it, or...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We will get more into this as time progresses.

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  • 28

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    The prevailing theory on the 17th Shard is that Hoid worldhops using Shadesmar. Could you confirm or deny that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid has indeed gotten between worlds before through Shadesmar.

    Question

    And would you be willing to give us a hint as to how he does that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are hints in the books. There is a hint in the very first cosmere book I released [Elantris]. Which I thought was a huge hint, but so far I haven't seen anyone talking about it.

    Argent

    Really?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm. I thought that once people started figuring the cosmere, they would see the massive in-your-face hint I put in that book, but so far, as far as I know, no one has. [Some chat about Brandon's tendency to drop sneaky hints and how he likes doing that] Now, the one [hint] about the map, that one I don't think is obvious. I know people have been trying to figure it out. It's something fun once you figure it out, but it's not something huge and obvious. The Elantris once was, like, enormously "HIIINT!"

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  • 29

    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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  • 30

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Macen

    The Cognitive Realm, is Shadesmar a Roshar specific term?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shadesmar is a Roshar specific term. But when I translate from what other people are saying in these books, I just translate it to Shadesmar. For instance, when Wit is talking about it, he's going to call it Shadesmar, he's just going to use the Roshar term. But no, Shadesmar is what--it's called there.

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  • 31

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Macen

    With the whole ground/water inversion thing, is that a cosmere wide thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, you will need to RAFO. But I will say that there are places in Shadesmar that are different, and some that are the same.

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  • 32

    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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  • 33

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    When a Radiant is in the Cognitive Realm, does their mind exist individually, like separately from their body?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

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  • 34

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    So you physically travel to the Cognitive Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can kind of step in between both but you do not separate from your body.

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  • 35

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    So when Shallan is only partly in--she's in both at the same time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. She's transitioning. It's not astral projection. But no that's a legit question.

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  • 36

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    NutiketAiel

    So Shallan, and Lightweavers, are capable of physically stepping into Shadesmar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. But the implication is yes.

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  • 37

    Interview: Aug 4th, 2014

    kari-no-sugata

    Unknown question, but possibly relating to the Elantrian easter egg about how Hoid travels via Shadesmar.

    Brandon Sanderson

    World Hopping Hint in Elantris: Raoden has misinterpreted one of the Aons.

    Footnote

    See http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=1088#35 for more information.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2015

    Nethseaar

    Do Highstorms manifest in Shadesmar? If so, how? A giant wall of glass beads?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, they do manifest in Shadesmar. You will need to read to find out how.

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  • 39

    Interview: Apr 2nd, 2015

    Ruro272

    Is there a reason why shadows go toward the light in Shadesmar, or is it just worldbuilding flavor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a reason, but its not super important. It's like a cultural thing, things have reasons but they aren't always super relevant to the story. It's like safehands--do you know how safehands came to be? It's a cultural thing but it came from somewhere. This is something you probably won't read in the books but I can tell you. The idea of the safehand has to do with one-handed arts being feminine but two handed are masculine, and it all started after the Knights Radiant cast down their Shardblades. There was a huge power grab for these weapons and people quickly realized that the differences between men and women didn't matter when they had power armor, so the idea of one-handed arts being feminine and the safehand arose from that over many years of cultural evolution.

    Footnote

    Obviously this is very much paraphrased since it was a long answer and my notes and memory are not perfect, but I think I captured the important points without adding any of my own thoughts. Interesting that the safehands arose from the power grab after the Recreance as a way to maintain the division between men and women.

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  • 40

    Interview: Apr 2nd, 2015

    Ruro272

    On a similar note, since Elsecallers can physically go to Shadesmar and have access to Transportation surge, can all Elsecallers worldhop?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is one of the Elsecaller powers.

    Footnote

    The most interesting thing about this is that, depending on the number of people in the Elsecaller order, there may have been quite a few Worldhoppers from Roshar throughout history. i'm surprised they weren't more Cosmere-aware if that was the case, but maybe they always just stuck around Roshar? I wonder how many Elsecallers are on other planets....

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  • 41

    Interview: Apr 2nd, 2015

    Ruro272

    In hindsight this seems like a really obvious question now (laugh), but I think it's really interesting that Elsecallers can travel to other planets too--we didn't know that before.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are hints in the names on the map of Shadesmar.

    Footnote

    Since getting this answer I found out a few more things about this on the 17th Shard. It looks like previous WoB confirmed that there are hints in the names of things on Shadesmar somewhat related to Worldhopping, and we also know that the Expanse of the Densities is a planet that we already know. He could be alluding to those tidbits with this answer, who knows.

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  • 42

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2015

    mail-mi

    I asked him to put a clue about Shadesmar on my shirt. He put:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Shadesmar has much investiture in some places." He explained: some places in Shadesmar have a lot more investiture than others.

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  • 43

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2015

    Bort

    Did Nazh retrieve Jasnah's belongings from the bottom of the sea by visiting Shadesmar, finding the correct beads, and moving them to land?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that would be the easiest way. Brandon also added Nazh spends a fair bit of time in Shadesmar, and that this would be the first thing he would think of when asked to retrieve Jasnah's stuff.

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  • 44

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    rani

    Hoid uses the term subastral, is that the term for a region of the Cognitive Realm, like Shadesmar is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Itís like planet but-- Thatís his term for the different-- Because Shadesmar is all like one plane.

    rani

    So wait youíre saying subastral is different?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No subastral is a region of Shadesmar.

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  • 45

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    It feels like Roshar is-- has an essence, where itís like a prism, you can see all the rest of them, due to the nature of the Cognitive Realm and the sprenís ideas, Cognitive things coming to light. Have I spent too much time looking at the Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, you are on the right path. Of all the things you noted, that one is the one that is perhaps the most important.

    Question

    The prism idea.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The idea that Roshar is special and a key on Shadesmar.

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  • 46

    Interview: Nov 30th, 2016

    Borderlands SF-AU Tour (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Why spheres on Roshar? Something related to the highstorms makes more sense, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes there is a reason for them being spheres. RAFO.

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  • 47

    Interview: Dec 3rd, 2016

    Drew

    Does the Expanse of the Broken Sky refer to Taldain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 48

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    I want to know how Hoid travels between worlds. Or, if you wonít tell me right now, will we ever find out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hoid has traveled between the worlds by getting in one Shardpool in Shadesmar and coming out a different one. So that is one method he has used to travel between the worlds. The worlds are connected through Shadesmar. Um, things that people donít think about as much reflect very minorly in Shadesmar, so most of the space between planets is cut out, and thereís some weird, twisted geography going on there.

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  • 49

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    So youíve said, moving a spren off world from Roshar is difficult. What about physically, say the Ones Above visit them, and they fly away?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So one of the things youíll have to be asking questions and theorizing on is what happens if you try to carry a spren around the planet. What happens to their Cognitive sense, right? So youíre on Roshar, right? So on the Physical Realm what would happen--because on Shadesmar, you have a flattened version. So there are questions for you to be theorizing implicit in that. And one of them is, what happens, you cross a threshold circling the globe, your spren, what happens to them? Right? This relates to the question youíre asking.

    Question

    Wait wait, you have a three dimensional plain coexisting with a two dimensional plain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, two dimensional is the wrong term, but basically.

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  • 50

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    Is there a Shadesmar for each planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Anything that people think about, right? And, you really have to be inhabited to get a good ShadesmarÖ But, yenno, you can find the gas giants in Shadesmar, but they donít manifest as an entire plain. Um, thatís gonna change! But weíre years away from that. Shadesmar is cool and weird but--

    Question

    Ohh, thereís only one Shadesmar with different areas--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, what we call it, Shadesmar is a term that has started to stick in the Cosmere for the Cognitive Realm. But there are manifestations for all planets.

    Question

    So, they all exist, all of Shadesmars are part of the same cloth, so to speak.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you could walk from one to the other, barring some weird distortions that Iím not gonna tell you about.

    Question

    But spren canít because theyíre bound.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right. Unless, well, there are certain ways you could do it.

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