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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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 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 odiv’s odivs 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?