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Questions tagged [cosmere]

The Cosmere is the name for a shared setting for a number of fantasy novels written by Brandon Sanderson, including the Elantris, Mistborn and Stormlight Archive novels. Use this tag when discussing any of the works that are part of the Cosmere shared universe.

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How did Raoden know about poor state of repair of the road to Toa?

During the finale of Elantris, the biggest mystery of the book is revealed by the way of Raoden This, somehow, prompts him to This implies that: the road to Tao was in a state of poor repair, and ...
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Has Elantris been inspired by Dungeons & Dragons?

I'm reading throught Elantris from Brandon Sanderson (great book by the way) and I'm also a D&D (3.5) DM with a great love for psionics. What struck me was the similarity between the Elantrians ...
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Can shard metal be affected by Allomancy?

Can a shard blade or shard plate be affected by Allomancy and/or be burned or have attributes stored in it?
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Could Nightblood eat away at metal minds?

Using nicrosil or gold metalminds could you draw Nightblood?
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How many God Kings were there?

In Warbreaker, it the history seems to be that the royal family ruled until the Manywar, and then the God Kings took over, with the events of the book taking place about 300 years and six God Kings ...
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How did Vo have a child?

According to this article from the Coppermind, Returned can have children, but require special knowledge to do so. The only known Returned to do so was Vo, the first Returned. The problem is, Vo was ...
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Inconsistencies in Awakening

Towards the beginning of Warbreaker, Vasher uses his shirt tassels by saying"Upon m call, be as my fingers and grip." Later though he adds the words "what they must" to the command, with a similar ...
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Why wasn't this character's Blade bonded?

At the end of The Way of Kings, We know that Honorblades can be bonded, because so why wasn't Blade bonded?
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Can one really swear the third Ideal whithout even knowing his spren?

At the end of Oathbringer, The problem is that when the Skybreakers explain how the process of swearing the Ideals works, they say that to swear the third Ideal you need to attract and bond a spren. ...
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How do Shardblades change shape and size?

Live Shardblades can change shape and size based on the needs of the bearer. But if they are a manifestation of a Spren moving fully into the physical realm, how can they change size/mass?
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What do the symbols in Mistborn mean?

In Mistborn books one and two (and likely others, haven't read more than the first part of the second one so far), there are symbols at the beginnings of all the chapters. They resemble the ones in ...
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Can aluminum block a Rosharan Shardblade?

We know from Oathbringer that aluminum can block Nightblood. Does the same hold true for Shardblades from Roshar?
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How did Kaladin break his oath?

Throughout Words of Radiance, a lot of Kaladin's arc is dedicated to his struggle to come to terms with Elhokar's incompetence as king. He listens sympathetically to Moash's arguments about why the ...
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How do Fabrials work?

`In Oathbringer, Fabrial's are explained as working by means of trapping a spren. But there are multiple instances of Fabrials requiring Stormlight (Spanreeds, etc.) to work. So which is it?
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How does Odium's Intent influence how his magic is obtained?

We know that in the Cosmere, the method of obtaining Investiture is tied to the Intent of the Shard it comes from, although the use of the Investiture is not. For instance, Knights Radiant make oaths (...
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Can Fused heal with Voidlight?

Book three in The Stormlight Archives introduces new creatures called Fused, who can use Voidlight (the opposite of Stormlight) to accomplish similar things as one using Stormlight might do - like ...
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How did Vasher not die?

If Vasher is an Awakened, how could he give away his Breath with a normal command and not die, if giving away Returned breath makes them die?
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How did Lopen do this?

At the end of Words of Radiance, Lopen draws in Stormlight. The problem is that in Oathbringer, we find out that a Knight Radiant's squires can only use Stormlight when within a few miles of ...
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Where is the ninth Honorblade?

In Words of Radiance, Tarvangian tells Szeth that Kaladin must have one of the Honorblades to explain his using Stormlight. to which Szeth responds "one of the other 7 is missing?" The problem is ...
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Can Allomancers Soothe or Riot themselves?

In Mistborn, can Allomancers burn zinc and brass to Riot or Soothe their own emotions, such as to calm down if scared or cause a fight-or-flight reaction to trigger adrenaline?
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How did this happen to Dalinar in the visions?

In The Way Of Kings, Dalinar is in a vision which has him fighting against Midnight essence creatures. While he is fighting, he is helped by "the Thrill". The thing is that So how did it affect him ...
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What's the “Unknown God”?

In the bonus Hoid scene at the end of Elantris, it says that Hoid looked up at "the Unknown Gods domain". What is that referring to?
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Why couldn't Hrathen force his odivs' odiv to stay?

In the book Elantris, when Hrathen starts to get suspicious of Dilaf, he decides to send him away for a couple of weeks on a "mission". Dilaf, being one step ahead, made all of Hrathen's closest ...
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AonDor vs other Dor methods?

On Sel, one of the ways you can access the Dor is becoming an Elantarian. There are two prerequisites to this: The person must be of Aonic descent, and they must be "chosen" by the Shaod. However, ...
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Where did the Alethi get new gems before the War?

The "War of Reckoning", which started out as a way to to avenge King Gavilars assassination, quickly turned into a political competition for gemhearts once the Highprinces discovered the amount of ...
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Are Shades affected by emotional Allomancy?

The Forests of Hell on the world Threnody is haunted by sentient, ghost-like beings called Shades. It is revealed that these Shades used to be people and even after death they still have some ...
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Can sand masters Master in Elantris?

Sand Mastery on Taldain's Dayside is powered by a sort of fungus that grows on the sand and absorbs Investiture from the sunlight. There is a seemingly similar fungus which grew in Elantris when it ...
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How did Odium kill other Shards?

How does Odium have enough power to shatter other Shards? Although its technically possible that his percentage of Adonalsium's power than other shards, he shattered two shards on Sel. so how does he ...
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Can Worldhoppers travel to the Spiritual Realm?

There are really three parts to this question. One, can Worldhoppers use Perpendicularities to travel to the Spiritual Realm. Two, if so, has this been done. And three, is it possible to leave the ...
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Why did the Seons stay sentient? [duplicate]

When the Aons changed in Elantris, why didnt the Seons lose consciousness, due to the fact that their Aons were faulty?
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Why didn't the Seons change?

In the book Elantris, the Reod was caused by a giant earthquake opening a chasm which changed the shape of all the Aons. The Seons, which are basically living Aons, were presumably unchanged, since ...
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Are Shardblades “God Metal”?

We know that the "God Metals" in Mistborn are investiture from Shards in physical form. We also know that Shardblades are Spren, which are basically sentient investiture, manifesting in the physical ...
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Can Allomancers see metal behind themselves?

The blue lines that iron and steel Mistings see point towards nearby metal objects whenever an Allomancer is burning one of the two metals. They can see these lines even when they close their eyes. ...
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Do the second two White Sand graphic novels continue past the prose novel?

I know that the White Sand graphic novels adapt the original prose version. Do the second two continue the story or are they the prose split into three?
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Does the precision of the gem affect the amount of Stormlight it can contain?

We know that an uncut gemstone holds much less Stormlight then a cut one. Does this mean that the more precise the cut, (more facets), the more Stormlight it can contain?
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Who built Elantris?

As it says in Elantris, only an Elantrian can create an Aon that has an effect. The problem is that in order to become an Elantrian, Elantris needs to exist (as shown by the fact that people became ...
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What is the most populous planet in the Cosmere?

There are lots of planets in the cosmere. Some of the worlds feel "larger" than others. However, it's not clear which one has the largest population, or how it might compare to the population of Earth ...
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How much free will is need to gift Breath?

In order to give away one's Breath, one must say the correct Command with the intent to give away the Breath. This is in keeping with Endowment's Intent, which is to give things. Brandon has also said ...
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Can a Returned Return again?

In Warbreaker, people who die noble or brave deaths become Returned not surprisingly they return to the world and are considered gods. The Returned can choose to give up his life with their Divine ...
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Can a Vessel give up a Shard without dying?

Brandon Sanderson has said a Vessel can give up a Shard: Questioner: Can holders of Shards give them up voluntarily? Brandon Sanderson: Yes, a Vessel for a Shard of Adonalsium can give up ...
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How did Jasnah's Soulcaster gem crack? [Spoilers]

In The Way of Kings when Jasnah uses her Soulcaster to defend herself and Shallan against the 4 thugs in the alleyway, the book describes how one of the gems on her Soulcaster cracked from the strain ...
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Where does the extra power come from in Compounding? [duplicate]

I understand the basics of Allomancy and Feruchemy, but I'm unsure of how exactly the powers support each other so well. Namely: where does the EXTRA investiture come from when Compounding? How is it ...
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How did Mraize get an Aviar?

As seen here Mraize has an Aviar. The problem is that First of the Sun, the planet that Aviar come from, does not have a Perpendicularity, as stated in Arcanum Unbounded. This being the case, how did ...
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Can Hemalurgy affect other Investiture?

Is it possible to use a Hemalurgic spike to affect people with other Investiture, like stealing someone's Breaths for example?
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Can you Awaken something that is alive?

Is it possible to Awaken something that is already alive, thereby gaining control over the being?
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Is Nightblood a Shardblade?

In Warbreaker, Vasher uses Nightblood, an Awakened sword with enough Breaths infused in it that it has sentience. People who draw the sword end up dead and towards the end of the book when Vasher uses ...
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Why can anyone burn Lerasium but not Atium?

At the Well of Ascension, after the mist spirit (Preservation) stabs Elend, he saves himself by ingesting the last bead of metal at the Well which transforms him into a full Mistborn. As revealed ...
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Why is Kharbranth independent?

In the Stormlight Archive series, Kharbranth is a city-state independent from the bordering Frostlands. I've read the first book and don't recall anything being mentioned about its history with the ...
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On Roshar, can humans have a light eye and a dark eye?

In the Stormlight Archive series, there are lighteyes, the ruling class of Alethkar, and darkeyes, mere peasants. I know that genetics are different in these books from in real life, so here’s my ...
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Why were TenSoon and Zane necessary?

Towards the end of the Mistborn Trilogy, we learn that because of the Hemulargic spikes they possess. In "The Well of Ascension", we go through the entire plot seeing how Zane's insanity led to ...