In Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoner Trilogy (TVTropes link), one of the aspects of the superpowered Epics is that they have a weakness. Phaedrus is one of the Epics who plays a prominent role in the first two books. Is there any evidence for what his weakness is in the books yet? Spoilers for the first two books below:
Phaedrus, of course, being Prof, the leader of the Reckoners, gifted with powers of healing, force-fields, and disintegration of non-organic matter, and the revelation in Firefight being that Epic weaknesses are based on their greatest fears.
The WMG entry on TVTropes has some interesting theories, but none which seem confirmed yet:
- Prof seems highly risk-averse, and was reportedly so before he was empowered, so it's possible that this is his weakness.
- At the climax of Firefight, Phaedrus flees when Firefight starts using his forcefield powers against him, which might imply that he's vulnerable to his own powers, possibly with the source being either his longstanding fear of using his powers and losing himself, or some trauma that happened before he became an Epic where he became afraid of his abilities.
Ideally, the answer would be something canonical from Sanderson himself, but a strong indication in the text of the two books, or the short story of "Mitosis" between them might work as well.