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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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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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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 him ...
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Why doesn't Wit's Breath make the colors around him richer?

We know from Warbreaker that people with large amounts of Breath make colors richer around them, and that to achieve Perfect Pitch one needs enough Breath to reach the second Heightening. In Words of ...
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Does Compounding with Duralumin boost the final amount of Feruchemical charge?

We know that burning a metal with Duralumin burns away all of the metal in one burst. Does doing so with Feruchemically charged metal result in a more powerful Compounding, or just result in the power ...
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Does Duralumin's power vary based on how much of the other metal you have?

A Mistborn burning metal and Duralumin gets a burst of power and uses all of the metal he has. Does the size of the burst change based on the amount of the other metal ingested (i.e. would swallowing ...
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How is Marsh still alive?

In the second Mistborn series, Marsh, aka Ironeyes, is still alive. But it explicitly states in the first series that Inquisitors do die of old age. So how is he still alive?
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What are the Feruchemical abilities of the “God Metals” and their alloys?

There are two "God Metals"; Lerasium and Atium and they each have an alloy. What attributes can they store with Feruchemy?
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What happens if a Twinborn Compounds a Coppermind

In the Mistborn universe Compounding takes place when a Twinborn burns a Feruchemical storage, greatly increasing the Feruchemical power within. Now this works simply for most stores like health, ...
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Did Gavilar and the Sons of Honor just get lucky?

Warning: major spoilers from Oathbringer in this question During Oathbringer we learn that Gavilar and some of his friends called themselves the Sons of Honor and sought to bring back the Parshendi ...
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How were Feruchemists not affected by Ruin on account of the earrings they wore? [duplicate]

As noted many times in the Mistborn trilogy (I can't remember any exact text), Feruchemists used to keep Metalminds on their bodies - including earrings - to store Feruchemical attributes. It was ...
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Since when is a Feruchemist able to only have one power?

Based on the first Mistborn trilogy, it seems that unlike Allomancy, if you were a Feruchemist, you were able to use a Metalmind made of any metal. However, in the Wax Wayne trilogy, it is clear that ...
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Is there going to be a book all about Hoid?

Is Brandon Sanderson planning to write a book following Hoid's story? I heard somewhere that he was, but I'm not sure.
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Where does Koloss skin come from?

As Koloss grow, their skin goes from super loose to stretching and breaking. It was a creature of smaller size—perhaps six feet tall. It was man-shaped, with two arms and legs, though its neck was ...
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Proposed method for killing a Steel Inquisitor?

As revealed at the end of The Final Empire, Steel Inquisitors have 11 metal spikes driven into various parts of their bodies. It would seem that there would be a relatively way for a Mistborn to kill ...
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What happened to all Mistborn during/after the fall of the Final Empire?

During The Final Empire the Mistborn were described as rare, but not THAT rare. Each great house was supposed to have some. Elariel sent two just to kill Elend. The guard were "used to" seeing ...
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The concept of hell and heaven in the Mistborn series?

Kelsier says: Bloody hell! Is there any mention of heaven and hell besides from this in the Mistborn series? Do people in the Final Empire believe that they might go to hell? What about the ...
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What’s behind this surprising art shift?

In White Sand 2, by Brandon Sanderson (the Kindle version, at least), there seems to be an astonishing art shift, unexplained and unannounced, at about page 129. Compare these soft tones: To these ...
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Did Reen know that Vin was an Allomancer?

It would seem that others in her crew figured it out: Vin frowned. “Camon was an Allomancer?” Kelsier shook his head. “He must have admitted to something heinous during his torture.” Kelsier ...
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Is there any cosmere-wide significance to the Vorin prohibition against fortune-telling?

Vorinism, a predominant religion on Roshar, holds that seeing the future is a form of Voidbinding, and thus evil. We know that Voidbinding, which is of Odium, can indeed grant knowledge of the future, ...
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Who was this spren going to choose?

At the end of Oathbringer, Hoid grabs a spren (a Cryptic, it seems) from the ruined Alethi palace. “I know you’d rather have someone else,” Wit said, “but it isn’t the time to be picky. I’m ...
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Which eye spike did Marsh lose?

We know Vin removed one of Marsh's eye spikes just before she ascended. Marsh watched limply as Vin fell to her knees. Shaking, she reached for one of his eye-spikes. There was nothing he ...
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What book is Wayne reading?

What book is the following based off of? I believe that Sanderson based it off a real book since the last book Wayne reads (or at least described) is a fairly obvious reference to Watership Down. ...
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Can a Shard manifest a body?

The default state of Shards in the Cosmere tends to be rather diffuse in the Physical Realm. Preservation and Ruin manifested mainly as mists (in Preservation’s case basically covering the inhabited ...
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What is possible with multiple Shards but not one?

We know that there exist 16 Shards in the cosmere. Each Shard is, by itself, capable of god-like acts. For example, the Lord Ruler, when using the power of Preservation, was able to rework human ...
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Who’s dragging Elend down here?

In a charming broadsheet issued around the time of The Alloy of Law, one can find an advertisement for an opera apparently based on Vin and Elend’s adventures. They seem to have reimagined it as an ...
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How was Zane convinced to give himself a piercing?

Brandon has explained that Zane acquired his Hemalurgic spike by piercing himself: Zane spiked himself. It was…a very twisted and messy process. Note that Ruin tries to get Spook to do something ...
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Does Odium’s control depend on Spiritweb damage?

We know that Ruin, on Scadrial, could mainly only influence those who had been given Hemalurgic spikes. Those with one, such as Vin, could be subtly influenced and spoken to. Those with multiple, such ...
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Does Metal have to be Hemalurgically charged for Ruin to control someone?

We have several examples of Hemalurgic spikes being used to control or manipulate a being: Kandra Inquisitors Koloss Vin Penrod Spook However, Spook's letter in The Hero of Ages reads: Vin, ...
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How do vampire Returned survive?

I recently learned an interesting tidbit. In some parts of Nalthis, Returned aren’t worshipped as gods, but are feared as vampires: In some parts of this world, Returned aren’t worshipped, but ...
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How does Kaladin confront Roshone?

Throughout book 1-2 of the Stormlight Archives Kaladin talks about how he is going to confront Roshone back in his home of hearstone. Do we know how he ends up confronting him?
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Why is Dalinar's Blade screaming?

Spoilers for the Stormlight Archive. At the end of Words of Radiance, when the Stormfather bonds with Dalinar, he asks Dalinar to divest himself of that "monstrosity", the Blade he's currently bonded ...
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Why don’t Shards interfere in technological development? Or do they?

We know that some Shards have knowledge of technological possibilities beyond that of the people on their planets. For example, Harmony lets it slip that eventually developing moving pictures will be ...
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Does Investiture influence people in small quantities?

We know that if an individual takes up a whole Shard, then over time (millenia or longer, in some cases), their goals and desires will fall in line with that Shard’s intent. Ati, for example, was ...
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How is this conversation possible?

"Kill him!" God yelled. "You hate him! He kept you in squalor, forcing you to fight for your survival as a child." He made me strong, Zane thought. "Then use that strength to kill him!" ...
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Wasing the saying of speaking the what?

At one point, the crew starts speaking in eastern street slang (known as High Imperial in later Mistborn eras) to annoy Breeze. Aside from Dockson who is speaking gibberish, do we know what they are ...
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How are copper mistings discovered?

In the Mistborn series, we know that an occasional Skaa will have some sort of allomantic power, and I assume that either they are discovered by a bronze seeker or their power is self evident. Copper ...
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Who is the woman of a similar age to Wit?

In Words of Radiance, chapter 55, after Shallan hugs Wit (aka Hoid), Adolin jealously tells Wit: Stick to women your own age. To which Wit cryptically replies: Well, that might be a little ...
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How was Renoux discovered?

In The Final Empire, after Kelsier and Vin go to meet up with Marsh for the second time since he joined the Ministry, they get to the rendezvous to find what they believe to be evidence that Once ...