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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Is this Eshonai or Dalinar on the cover of The Way of Kings?

Michael Whelan’s very nice cover for The Way of Kings depicts two characters in the Shattered Plains. One in the right foreground is wearing Shardplate with alight red cloak with a somewhat crab-like ...
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How did Inquisitors know about Vin's parentage?

Since they found out that Vin was a mistborn, they must have known at least one of her parents was an allomancer. However, in the throne hall when the Lord Ruler and Inquisitors faced Vin at least ...
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Why isn’t Navani’s notebook translated?

In The Way of Kings, Shallan’s notebook pages shown between some chapters have the writing in English. However, Navani’s notebook is still in Women’s Script, transliterated from English. Why is ...
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Is “burning” metals in the Mistborn series the same as digesting? [duplicate]

I wonder if Sanderson ever answered it on any panels. Do the metals simply magically disappear after they are burnt or are they in any way excreted from the body? Do they provide any nutritious value ...
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How did Shan Elariel know about the books Elend was reading?

When Vin first encounters lady Shan at one of the balls, she spots Elariel's servant trying to find something at Vin's table, where Elend had left his books earlier. But how could Shan know he was ...
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Can feruchemists store negative attributes?

It's been stated throughout the series that the feruchemy comes from the body of the feruchemist. For instance; In order to store better sight, you have to first spend some time with worse sight than ...
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Can plants “hear”?

In the Stormlight Archive series, most plants in the East freak out if you step near them: grass retreats into stone as you step on it, rockbuds pull their vines into their shells if you are close, ...
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Why is Szeth allowed to sully his grandfather’s reputation?

Szeth says in The Way of Kings that, as he is Truthless, he doesn’t go by Szeth-son-Neturo, so as not to insult his father. Instead he goes by Szeth-son-son-Vallano. Why is it alright, in his mind, to ...
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How does Adien know the distance to Teod (unmarked major spoilers)?

In Elantris, Adien, Kiin and Daora's autistic son, turns out to have been taken by the Shaod years ago. In one scene after the rebirth of Elantris, he tells Raoden the exact distance in steps to Teod....
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Why does Jaks allegedly lack ears?

In The Way of Kings, one of the bridgemen is named Earless Jaks. Was it ever mentioned why he’s called that odd name in any of the books? If not, is there a Word of Brandon on it?
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Are Elantrians' kids Elantrian or human?

In "The Hope of Elantris", it is revealed at the very end that (major spoilers) so apparently the Elantrians can reproduce. What would the kid look like? Human? Elantrian? Some mix? What would the ...
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How did the levitating platform work?

In chapter 35 of Words of Radiance, Navani oversees the experiments around a levitating platform. The experiment actually involves two wooden platforms (A and B), each having a set of stormlight ...
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Why do people in the day-side of Taldain have light skin?

Taldain is a tidally locked planet in a binary system where one of the suns is a weak white dwarf enclosed in a ring while the other a shiny blue-white supergiant. As a result in one hemisphere is ...
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Why did they think Alethkar might go to war with Jah Keved?

In The Way of Kings, in chapter 16 (a flashback to seven years ago), it says this: There was talk of going to war with Jah Keved, once and for all. Jah Keved and Alethkar are both Vorin, and speak ...
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Do plants on Roshar that move use nervous systems?

In The Way of Kings, many plants, such as grass, retreat into the ground when disturbed for protection form highstorms. Have the books or Brandon said anything about how this works? Do Rosharan plants ...
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What does “sample is considered questionable” mean?

In The Way of Kings, some of the death rattles have the note “sample is considered questionable” in the description of the subject. Shouldn’t all of the people have Why are some of these quotes “...
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What are cosmere standard gravity and size based on?

Arcanum Unbounded talks about the gravity and size of planets in “cosmere standard” gravity and size (e.g. “...its size at around 1.5 cosmere standard...”1). I am curious what this is based on. This ...
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What happened at the beginning of the calendar?

In The Way of Kings, the death quotes have years they were recorded in, such as 1171. The Gregorian calendar is based on the birth of Jesus as year one A.D. What event is the calendar on Roshar based ...
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Why is there no sex in Brandon Sanderson's books?

I've read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series, and I noticed that there are hardly any (if any) references to sexual activity between characters. I find that the author paints ...
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In Mistborn, why can metal in people's bodies be affected by Allomancy sometimes?

In the first Mistborn novel, it's explained that one key rule of Allomancy is that it can't affect metal in or attached to other people's bodies. However, in The Hero of Ages, Vin seems to be able to ...
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What do Boxings look like in Era 2?

In the Final Empire, coins were called "Boxings" because they had Kredik Shaw on the back, the "box" the Lord Ruler lived in. However, the Final Empire fell about 345 years before Era 2, yet they ...
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Does a specific character write the Cosmere books?

The Ars Arcanum section that is in most Cosmere books is known to be written by Khriss, as shown in Arcanum Unbounded. Is there some specific Worldsinger or god or Shard or something who in-universe ...
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What affects spren gender?

How is gender generated among spren? Example: Kaladin's spren Syl manifests as female. Was she female before bonding with him? Or did she choose to manifest as female because Kaladin is a lonely ...
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What does “Blarek” mean?

In chapter 9 of The Alloy of Law, Wayne apparently curses with the word “Blarek.” Is this fictional slang, or is it some random mythological figure or something (like how “Ruin” is a curse) on ...
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How is it determined what Allomantic power is taken?

In The Hero of Ages, it is said that How is it determined which of these is stolen?
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Will White Sand ever be released officially as a book?

Arcanum Unbounded has the prologue from the 1999 version of White Sand. I started White Sand and didn’t really like the comic book form. Does Brandon Sanderson intend to ever publish a canon, full ...
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Did they have mistcloaks before the Lord Ruler took over?

In Era 1 of the Mistborn series, some Allomancers wear mistcloaks. Vin, Kelsier, and Zane all wear them at times and they seem to have a consistent design. Did they exist before the Lord Ruler?
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Did the mist only affect Allomancers?

In The Hero of Ages, it is revealed that So, if they were trying to do this, were they only affecting Allomancers, or were they indiscriminately doing this to random people?
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Why couldn't Ruin hear these characters talking?

In The Hero of Ages, there is a scene where However, Ruin doesn't seem to try to get it until quite a while later, after many troops have moved there, and keeps doing what it had been far away. In ...
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What order should I read the Stormlight Archive in? [duplicate]

I have already read Way of Kings and Words of Radiance and I was wondering what I should read next. I heard there are six smaller books that I need to read before reading Oathbringer and have no idea ...
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Can burning tin physically damage the senses of Allomancers?

In The Final Empire, burning tin is frequently described as making one’s senses strong enough to make them squint, cover their ears, etc. Can it physically hurt their ears and eyes?
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What are noblemen’s dueling canes for?

In The Final Empire, noblemen are mentioned frequently to have “dueling canes” on them. What were these used for? Were they just canes, or did noblemen use them in duels, as the name suggests?
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How did Raoden know about the 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 Toa 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 ...