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  • 1

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    oscar816 ()

    I saw an interview of you talking about Way of Kings before it came out/before I read it. In the interview you mentioned the ten knights and each book will focus/ be about one of the knights. After reading book one I can honestly say, I have no idea which Knight was supposed to be in book one. Is this by design? Or did I miss the point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not sure what the question means. Do you mean the Heralds? Or the ten orders of the Knights Radiant? The symbol stamped into the front of the first hardcover represents the Windrunners because of Kaladin's awakening as a Windrunner. Also because of Szeth, but mostly because of Kaladin.

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  • 2

    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    You've mentioned that each of the smaller glyphs on the inside cover of the The Way of Kings represents a type of magic. Can you tell us how many of these types we've seen so far?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Remember that to get an order of the Knights Radiant you take two of the small glyphs and one of the large glyphs. The large glyph represents a concept or an ideal mixed with an essence, what they call the elements of this world, with two magics attached to it. You have seen the Windrunners, which is the first, top-right glyph, mixed with the two Surges—the forces in this world—attached to it. So you've seen pressure and gravitation as mixed together to form a Windrunner. You have seen one of the other Surges, which is Soulcasting—Transformation—though which other Surges that mixes with to form orders of the Knights Radiant I am not specifically going to say at this time. What else have you seen? Those are the only ones that are overt. But you have seen the effects of others.

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  • 3

    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    Can all spren imprint on someone—like Syl has with Kaladin—or is this ability special to certain types of spren? (I just got a mental picture of a flamespren taking notice of the pyromaniac noble girl from the castle market exercise in your JordanCon talk. Not sure that would end well.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is special to certain types of spren. There you go, a non-RAFO.

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  • 4

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Jay

    Do Szeth and Kaladin both belong to the same order of knights radiant?

    Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)

    Szeth isn't actually in an order of Knights Radiant. Something different is happening with Szeth that people have already begun to guess. And Kaladin isn't yet a Knight Radiant, but the powers he uses are those of the Windrunners, one of the orders of the Knights Radiant. Szeth is using the same power set. So your phrasing is accurate to that extent.

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  • 5

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2011

    Fejicus

    Concerning the Radiants' shardplates, and the glyphs on them that Dalinar had never seen before, is there any relation to these and the AonDor? Could they perhaps act as an added focus?

    Brandon Sanderson

    From what I recall, he didn't really give a definitive answer on this one, but he seemed as if we were in the right direction.

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  • 6

    Interview: Nov 24th, 2011

    Fire Arcadia

    You have said previously that the Stormlight Archive will include Lightweaving. Is that still the plan?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    FIRE ARCADIA

    Have we seen a Roshar native in The Way of Kings who can use Lightweaving?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, we have seen someone who has potential.

    FIRE ARCADIA

    He seemed to be trying to say that they didn't know that they can use it.

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  • 7

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Chaos

    In the Ars Arcanum of the Way of Kings, next to the Essences are listed ten Body Focuses. Are these Body Focuses the focus (in Cosmere terms) of Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 8

    Interview: May 22nd, 2013

    StormAtlas

    I finally got to ask a question about the Stormlight Archive that Windrunner17 and Chaos helped me with which was: "Why Can Kaladin Surgebind with any gem type but Jasnah and Shallan need specific types?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of that will be explained as the series comes along. It is really the difference between Soulcasting and the other forms of Surgebinding. It's more a quirk of Soulcasting than it is something that is different about about Kaladin. So you've kind of got it reversed a little bit though; Soulcasting has this additional restriction that the other ones don't.

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  • 9

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Joe ST

    Is there any relationship between Hemalurgic bindpoints and the body focuses in Surgebinding? Specifically, the eyespikes and the eyes being a body focus in Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The relationship is there, but it's not a very strong connection.

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  • 10

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Telcontar

    Is one of the symbolhead-spren (or maybe all of them) responsible for Shallan's ability to Soulcast (in the way that Syl is responsible for Kaladin's Lashings)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is indeed a similar relationship there.

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  • 11

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Telcontar

    When Surgebinding, the person is Binding a Surge (the elemental force). Are those Bindings (the spiritual link) the focus for Surgebinding on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 12

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    rags

    We know that there are 10 orders of Radiants and 10 different powers, with each order having access to 2 of them. Any reason why this "class restriction" exists (they are lot more combinations possible with 10 powers)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a reason. I don't know when I want to get into it, however.

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  • 13

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    rags

    You have told us there are more than 30 magical systems on Roshar. I am assuming there are 10 surgebindings and 10 voidbindings. Do the next 10 belong to another such classification? If yes, can you give us the name for it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Fabrials are part of it.

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  • 14

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Stroniax

    Does SzethsonsonVallano's Surgebinding require HonorSpren like Kaladin's?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it does not. (Hm....) Gold star to you.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Stroniax

    Are Surgebinding and Awakening related?

    Brandon Sanderson

    All of the magic systems are related, and these two do share some defining fundamentals.

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  • 16

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mcalton2

    Can we expect to see a fight between a Windrunner, an Awakener, and an Allomancer in one of the Stormlight books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've said before that it's unlikely that the Stormlight books will ever delve strongly into the connections between worlds. There will be some cool things happening for the cosmere-literate, but this series isn't focused on those concepts. I want it to maintain its plot cohesion for those who aren't aware of all of the behind-the-scenes stories. Epilogue to Book Two should excite you, though.

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  • 17

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    And so like the Windrunners, they’re just one Order of the Knights Radiant, aren’t they?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes they are, in fact they are- every order is a grouping of one of these [points to the large symbols on the Radiant tables] and two of these [points at the smaller symbols], these are the Surges. So these are the ten, sort of forces. And so Windrunning is pressure and gravitation, which are those two. But the Skybreakers are right there [points to gold symbol in the upper middle], with a different combination and each of these different groupings would make one order of the Knights Radiant. And that is the symbol of the Windrunners, right there on the cover. [Points at the swordgylph under the dust jacket]. So, fun little easter-egg type things there.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Phantine ()

    Are there any magic systems in the cosmere that aren't shard based?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This depends on definitions. The effects of Adonalsium permeate everything, and Adonalsium is also the source of the Shards. It is possible to find a magic that isn't DIRECTLY powered by a specific shard, however, though most of these would have been set up before the shattering and would be much smaller in scope than things like Allomancy and Surgebinding.

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  • 19

    Interview: Mar 16th, 2012

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    Lerasium overwrites Spiritual DNA. It can do some interesting things, and can overwrite your Spiritual DNA in different ways if you do it right. If a Surgebinder ate lerasium, he would become an Allomancer, but Brandon implied other things could be done.

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  • 20

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Way of Kings: Is set on a strangely awesome world. Apparently, a super large storm (like hurricane size) passes across the Earth every few days. This happens in a very predictable cycle. Because of this, there is no soil anywhere, everything is stone. The plants and animals have adapted to this environment, so they are also pretty strange. The plants, for instance will be much like a coral reef. They have shells, or can withdraw into the ground, and do so when the storm comes. They also will do the same thing if you try to step on them and such. So like, as you're walking, the grass around you shrinks into the ground, and pokes back out again when you pass.

    I also found out that the Way of Kings is largely about the birth of magic, since Brandon was tired of fantasy books talking about the death of it. As such, most of the magic systems are largely unknown, and will be explored. There was at one previous time, several hundred years past, magic on the earth. However, it's been gone for a while, and is being rediscovered. There are a total of 30 planned magic systems, and the books will jump around chronologically between the present and character's pasts. The technology level is a typical fantasy, Renaissance minus gunpowder. At least I think that's what he said.

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  • 21

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2013

    Question

    Would a full lashing work in a vacuum? If not, is that because it works by creating a vacuum between the lashed objects?

    Brandon Sanderson

    First, good question. The way lashings work, it does have to do with pressure. But I can't go into it. I'm going to have to RAFO that one. Again, good question.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 1st, 2013

    Question

    Is the bond between a Seon and its master similar to the Nahel bond between a Surgebinder and his spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2013

    Question

    Fabrials replicate Soulcasting abilities. Is it possible for fabrials to replicate all such Surgebinding abilities?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, good question! Fabrials can replicate all of the Surgebinding abilities.

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  • 24

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2014

    Nicrosil

    Is Liss a Surgebinder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO!

    Nicrosil

    Omagawsh it's an actual card this is so cool...

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  • 25

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2014

    Jasuni (Tor.com)

    When Szeth walked through an area he had lashed in Interlude-9, could he have decided to let himself be affected by his own full lashing? How does this extend to other surgebinders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Using a full lashing to stick yourself to something is inherently inferior to changing the gravitational pull and being able to move on that plane instead. So I see very rare instances where you would want to. But it is within the scope of the powers to be affected by it if he wanted to be. It will still affect other Surgebinders, and they will not be able to not be affected, unless there is a specific ability or item that is preventing it.

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  • 26

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2014

    Question

    If a non Windrunner picked up Jezrien's honorblade would they gain Windrunner powers as well?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    If a Windrunner picked up that blade, would their abilities be enhanced?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There would be some compounding but strength is not as much an issue with surgebinding as is the strength of the spren bond and how much Stormlight you are using.

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Could Breath be used to power Surgebinding and what would happen to the Breath.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically yes, it can be done, and the Breath would be consumed just the same as stormlight.

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  • 28

    Interview: Mar 6th, 2014

    Question

    Would a Hemalurgic spike take surges?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hemalurgy can interact with every one of the magics. I designed it specifically in writing Mistborn for future use. Because some of the magics are so limited by their planet I wanted one that transcended all of them and Hemalurgy is very important to the entire cosmere Its invention is a thing of great power and great danger to the entire cosmere.

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  • 29

    Interview: Mar 7th, 2014

    Question (Paraphrased)

    Thirteenth—Do the Windrunners have any Surges that Szeth doesn't have?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    RAFO because it's explained in [Words of Radiance].

    Footnote

    The answer is no, Szeth was using Jezrien's Honorblade, which granted him the abilities of a Windrunner.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 14th, 2013

    hoser

    (Speaking of the division surge) Is that a re-framing of, at one point in time you were talking about weak/strong forces?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, weak/strong forces, yes, that's the one that sent me there partially. Like, I'm not actually... the idea of the fundamental forces is a cool thing to me so it's not like I'm actually trying to use the weak and strong forces, the idea of there being fundamental forces. I wanted to go off on it in a fancy way. Like this one right here I told them was surface tension. But it's not really surface tension. It's more like um, the people with this could take a piece of cloth and snap it out and it would become hard as if the cloth became steel. I'm trying to explain this scientifically, but it doesn't work scientifically. Imagine as if they could restructure the atoms so that they became a latticework like a crystal rather than being soft like...cloth. I'm calling it surface tension, but it's not really surface tension.

    hoser

    Tensile strength?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (hedging) It's kind of like tensile strength. I have to go through Peter and say "Alright Peter, come up with what we should really call this." He does the hard science a lot better than I do. I do the armchair theories and then he goes, "Ok, now this is the math if someone were to actually fall off of this and 0.7 gravity and the weight of the bridge...". (looking back at the chart) So what can I give you that I didn't give her? Um, one of the orders is called Bondsmiths.

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  • 31

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2014

    Khyrindor

    Do the Honourblades reflect the natural pairing of Surges, or did Honor decide which Surge pair to put in each Blade?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    The pairs are natural to Roshar in the same way as the metals on Scadrial.

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  • 32

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2014

    Khyrindor

    Are there Surges that could be considered as God Surges, like the God metals on Scadrial?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    Yes.

    Khyrindor

    Progression and Adhesion, perhaps?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    No, but they could be considered as such.

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  • 33

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2014

    Khyrindor

    In Dalinar's vision, why did Nohadon make a distinction between Soulcasting and Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson (Paraphrased)

    Because they are distinct in his [Nohadon's] mind.

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  • 34

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    When Kaladin helped Adolin fight in the arena, did Elhokar notice him surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. :)

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  • 35

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    Why are do the Windrunners, Elsecallers, Stonewards, and Dustbringers have an extra connection on the Surgebinding diagram? Why do the Edgedancer, Skybreaker, Lightweaver, Willshaper's have a broken connection on the diagram? What are the dragon type things in the back of the diagram?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The dragon type things are a certain animal you've seen several places in the story so far.

    These connections will be explained eventually, but remember it's not the orders being connected, but instead their elemental representations. This diagram is very metaphysical, and some of the elements of it are cultural.

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  • 36

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    If a non-Windrunner Surgebinder (who had spoken all the Ideals of their Radiant Order) summoned Jezrien's Honorblade, what color eyes would they get? A blend? Different colors for each eye?

    Brandon Sanderson

    :) I'm going to RAFO eye color questions for the moment. We'll actually be dealing with some of these in the books. Maybe not the specific ones you ask, but the concepts in general.

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  • 37

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    For a Windrunner, if he had enough heating fabrials and enough Stormlight, how high up could he get?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You could exit orbit. Windrunners, remember they're gravitation and pressure. So if he knew what he was doing, we have actually factored how long it would take to get to the various moons.

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  • 38

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    Leinton

    Can Breath be used to power Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are very similar Investitures, and most of the magics can be powered with the other magics if you are capable of making that happen.

    Leinton

    What would happen to the Breath?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Breath would be consumed in the same way that Stormlight is. A renewing resource, much like Atium is.

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  • 39

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    Is Jasnah still alive at the end of the book, since the whole scene where she kind of appears...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, she is.

    Argent

    Why does she take so long to come back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because Elsecalling is not precise even if you know what you are doing, which she doesn't.

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  • 40

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Argent

    Will a Surgebinder's eye color change when they Surgebind or have a Blade... Is the color of their eyes corresponding to their Order? So Windrunners would do blue, and...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Argent

    So each Order does a different eye color?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Each Order does indeed get a different eye color.

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  • 41

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Argent

    Shallan has this awesome Memory thing going on, Jasnah has this geolocation thing, Kaladin is a really good fighter - are those just their traits, or is there something supernatural going on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is something supernatural about those. Each Order... Well, how about this. If you look at scholars' interpretations, there are some scholars who think that these things are not supernatural, and some who think that they are. But, if you look, many Lightweavers had powerful mnemonic abilities.

    Argent

    So it's definitely tied to the Orders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's tied to the Orders. Now, I am not going to say that you've got them all 100% correct, but each Order, there are things that come with Order, things that do not add up from simple the "you get this power plus this power," there is something else going on. And I would say that for Windrunners, watch the number of squires and the power of the squires... these are abnormal for the Windrunners.

    Argent

    And each Order's squires are somehow different from the other Orders'?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeeeaaaa... some Orders do not have them.

    Argent

    But some have more?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yea.

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  • 42

    Interview: Mar 22nd, 2014

    Question

    Do Surgebinders have gemhearts like greatshells do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 43

    Interview: Mar 8th, 2014

    JamHeretic

    Can you go into healing a bit more?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Regrowth in the books - Healing is an aspect, Regrowth is ??,

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  • 44

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Macen

    Can you tell me something about Tension and Cohesion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I haven't actually written these magic systems yet, so they may change. But they are--Tension is the ability to take something flexible and make it rigid. Which sounds simple, but there are so many cool things you can do with that.

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  • 45

    Interview: Mar 13th, 2014

    Macen

    Are Heralds Surgebinders without Honorblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO. That's a big fat RAFO!

    Footnote

    [This was answered at another signing.]

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  • 46

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2015

    Wetlander

    In addition to the two abilities given by each surge, does a Knight Radiant order have a third blended ability, the interaction of its two given surges?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not specifically as phrased there, but each order has quirks that are unique to it. They are magical quirks, but it's not necessarily a blend of the powers.

    Wetlander

    So Shallan's Memories is kind of a...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Is associated with her Order, yes.

    Wetlander

    It's not just because she had that wonderful ability, and Pattern came along and went, "Oh, I like this one!"

    Brandon

    No that is not necessarily what attracted Pattern.

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  • 47

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2015

    Wetlander

    When Shallan does Lightweaving, is that a combination of Illumination and Transformation, or is Lightweaving just of Illumination?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lightweaving is just of Illumination. Lightweaving is a long-established power in the cosmere. Very early books, in fact one of the very first stories I ever wrote, Lightweaving was the magic. (That story is unpublished, written long ago—long before Liar of Partinel) And so, this stems from my own personal affection for illusion and my feeling that it had not been used as well as I wanted it to be used in fantasy fiction. So I consider it only Illumination truly in The Stormlight Archive.

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  • 48

    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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  • 49

    Interview: Mar 20th, 2014

    Outis

    Is the crossover surge for each Knight the same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    To an extent, yes. Each of the combinations make a little bit of a tweak to how things act. But when you see the Skybreakers affecting gravity it will look much the same as what you saw on the Windrunners.

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  • 50

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    For the Honorblades, if somebody that was already a Radiant used an Honorblade, would they get that Surge also?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is possible to get multiples, yes. Good question.

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  • 51

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Question

    For the Honorblades, if somebody that was already a Radiant used an Honorblade, would they get that Surge also?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is possible to get multiples, yes. Good question.

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  • 52

    Interview: Mar 21st, 2014

    Rhandric

    How many magic systems are there on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on your definition. Is Windrunning its own magic system, or is it a division of a larger magic system? Are the ten different Surges each their own magic system, or are they all the same one?

    Rhandric

    If you assume the surges are all one.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well then you would have Surgebinding, and the Old Magic, those are two at least, and there are things that are not explained in those at all, and how do you count creating fabrials? Is that a science and not a magic? Is that its own magic system?

    Rhandric

    It's a science, because anyone can do it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So Awakening is not a magic, then? Awakening's a science? Because anyone can Awaken if they get the breath.

    Rhandric

    That's something that stood out to me, because in all your other magic systems that we've seen so far there has to be some sort of snapping to occur, and that's unique, because- [...] Is there an active magic system on Threnody?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Threnody has a non Shard-based...it depends on what you call a magic system. Do spirits coming back from the dead count as magic? It's science to them, but, it's goofy science.

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  • 53

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2015

    KiManiak

    Do some Surges have a stronger cognitive aspect (or cognitive influence, if aspect is too general) than others? Like Illumination, maybe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Really paraphrased; I tried to keep the wording in my head but got distracted right after I talked to him). There are those who would argue that it is indeed the case. It would be a matter of some debate.

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  • 54

    Interview: Jan 19th, 2015

    Question

    When Szeth Surgebinds, frost forms on his clothing. Why?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ehhh, I’ll get around to talking about that eventually.

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  • 55

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2015

    Argent

    Awakening and Surgebinding, Stormlight and Breath seem really similar in some aspects--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Argent

    --except Breaths seem to stick to things better--

    Brandon Sanderson

    They do.

    Argent

    --than Stormlight. So when you are holding the Breath it doesn’t expire when you put it in something it doesn’t go away. Can you tell me something about why that’s happening?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Part of this is kind of inherent to the Shard and the power it’s coming from. I mean the power of Endowment is just going to stick, that’s part of the nature of its magic. Does that make sense? But it also kind of has to do with how the ecosystems are working. For instance the Stormlight is essential to the ecosystem of Roshar, it needs to be expended, it needs to get out and-- It’s like evaporation, does that make sense?

    Argent

    Recycling? Not the recycling but the cycle of--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah like the cycle of water. And so just part of the way the nature of it works, it /has/ to get out, it /has/ to leak out, it has to run out. I mean it leaks even from spheres, right?

    Argent

    And when you lash things it’s temporary--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yep. And even though Szeth says that he thought Voidbringers could hold it they can’t. Like it is just not the way that it works.

    Argent

    Can they just hold it better?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can hold it better. It’s not permanent. Now there are things that can do it permanently but--

    Argent

    Like the black sphere for example?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well we are not going to...The black sphere is something different. You guys have guessed what the black sphere is, right?

    Argent

    Well we have some ideas. I support that it holds an Unmade. Am I wrong?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m not going to answer that.

    Argent

    But you said--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m just curious what the theories are. Book 3 the black sphere is-- Everyone who reads the books will know what the black sphere is by the end of Book 3.

    Argent

    I can live with that.

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  • 56

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2015

    Question

    Does the spren have to be present for a Surgebinder to have their abilities? Because with Dalinar, the Stormfather won’t be around all the time...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good Question! Fortunately, the Stormfather is a little more omnipresent. Normally you’re gonna have to have your spren close, but the Stormfather absorbed... is basically Honor’s cognitive shadow, which means he’s got a connection to a lot of different things, so he’s not bound by a lot of the rules that others are.

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  • 57

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    How many magic systems are in The Stormlight Archive, and how many of them [have been seen?]

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would see the only major one you haven’t seen is Voidbinding, it depends on how you count them. I count fabrials as one, Surgebinding as one, and Voidbinding as one. And then the Old Magic is kind of its own weird thing.

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  • 58

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2016

    Question

    twinborn surgebinder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    possible but unlikely.

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  • 59

    Interview: Feb 25th, 2016

    Question

    So in the Stormlight Archive, they have the two Surges, and they have a third power effect, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They have kind of effects on each other, like a reverberation. Yes. I wouldn’t call it expressly a third power, I’d call it interactions.

    Question

    So, it seems like...you don’t have to confirm anything, but it seems like Kaladin is able to transfer his powers to his men following him…

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Windrunners are known for having lots of squires.

    Question

    And the Skybreakers seem like they’re really good at hunting people down.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m not going to answer any of those! But good questions!

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  • 60

    Interview: Feb 25th, 2016

    heridfel

    There are different kinds of spren that bond with people and it appears they’re based on a concept. Is it possible to have a concept which would make a Nahel bond that gives two Surges that don’t align to one of the Radiant orders?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, uh...this is a theoretical possibility that has not happened.

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  • 61

    Interview: Mar 24th, 2016

    Doomquill

    Could you use Hemalurgy to steal Surgebinding?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Absolutely, you could steal Surgebinding with Hemalurgy [smiling].

    Footnote

    [Note: Not surprising, considering the comment in the Mistborn Ars Arcanum about Hemalurgy being the most interesting to the cosmere]

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  • 62

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    So if I’m a Surgebinder and I have my own Cognitive entity with me, can I go off-world with that and [have] everything continue to work in exactly the same way? Because we’ve seen Cognitive entities that--

    Brandon Sanderson

    So...taking a Cognitive entity off-world is hard. So, Surgebinding, if you can find out how to make it happen, remember, the Investiture is keyed to Connection. This is why Kelsier is--Oh, sorry, spoilers! When a certain somebody [laughter] getting off Scadrial, because he basically was a spren by that point so…[laughter] So, yeah Surgebinding would work off planet, but you’d have to get the spren off first. It’s hard to do. Well, Cosmere-wide it’s not hard hard...You could learn how.

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  • 63

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Argent

    So, the Edgedancer’s Resonance, the Perk? You’ve called it Resonance at some point, is that still accurate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that totally works. The powers affect each other in interesting ways.

    Argent

    Right.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, so the thing about it is, calling it a Perk, that like saying--

    Argent

    It’s a side effect right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It’s...yes a “side effect”, it’s like, when the powers merge, they are always slightly different. For instance, Lightweaving from a Truthwatcher is different slightly--there will be things. So, you’re gave access to the Surges, but in combinations, they act a little differently from one another.

    Argent

    So is the Edgedancer’s Resonance something to do with communication? Because we see Lift…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah we’ll RAFO that.

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    In the answer, "Lightweaving" should be Illuminating instead (Lightweaving is an order, Illumination is the surge).

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