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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Reading order for Cosmere series by Brandon Sanderson

My entry into Brandon Sanderson's works is Mistborn Trilogy, I finished and loved it. Then I got to know that many of his series are connected and happen in the same universe - Cosmere. Next I started ...
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Which Sanderson works are part of the Cosmere and which aren't?

According to Wikipedia: The Cosmere is the name of the universe in which many of Sanderson's books exist. This idea came from his desire to create an epic length series without requiring readers to ...
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Connections between Sanderson's stories

In his story Warbreaker, the old warrior who started the Manywar was named Kalad, and in The Way of Kings, the soldier-slave Kaladin is one of the focal points of the story. Very similar sounding ...
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What are the last two metals and what do they do?

I've recently finished the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and at the very end of the book: Is there a reliable answer to what they are and what they do? If there is another book to read that ...
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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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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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What boon did Dalinar Kholin receive from the Nightwatcher when he pursued the old magic?

We know that Brightlord Dalinar Kholin was cursed to forget all memories of his deceased wife when he asked the Nightwatcher for a favor. Was it ever mentioned or hinted in the Stormlight Archive ...
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How exactly was the Lord Ruler able to keep himself alive indefinitely?

I understand that when atium is used as a Feruchemical metal, it stores age. In that way, as long as there is atium with a charge stored up, you can halt yourself from aging. However, where was the ...
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Are the different types of magic in Brandon Sanderson's books his own invention?

I initially had 2 questions here and have been encouraged to split them: Is the magic in the Cosmere connected Brandon Sanderson's approach towards magic is in my eyes rather unique. Each story has a ...
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Mistborn, Hero of Ages - The 'snapping' done by the mists reveals mistings. Of these, 1/16th burns Atium. Why 1/16th?

Mistborn, Hero of Ages - The 'snapping' done by the mists reveals mistings. Of these, 1/16th burns Atium. Why 1/16th? There are supposedly 16 Allomantic metals excluding Atium. If you include ...
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Should I read Elantris before reading Warbreaker? [duplicate]

As far as I know, those two are set in the same world, but tell a different story, is that correct? I know that Elantris came out first, but it's not available for Kindle and Warbreaker is freely ...
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What happens to burnt metals/alloys?

In Mistborn allomantic powers are activated by 'burning' them, somehow using them up. But what happens to the metal after it's burnt? Does it oxidise? Is it annihilated? I know it can't remain in it'...
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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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How many appearances of Hoid have there been?

As of today, and all of Sanderson's published works, what are all the instances in which Hoid has appeared throughout the Cosmere? If he was un-named, give proof that it was him.
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Does the “eleventh metal” exist in the post-Final Empire world?

I saw a table of all the metals and Atium was a God metal, not a normal metal with an opposite as it was in the first Mistborn novel. Also in that table they did not have Malatium, the eleventh metal. ...
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Is the Well of Ascension based on the Eye of the World?

The Eye of the World, from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and the Well of Ascension, from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, seem to be far too similar for coincidence. Here follows a lot of ...
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Does Elend Venture ever identify his rescuer?

In Mistborn: The Final Empire, an assassination attempt against Elend Venture was stopped. His father, Straff Venture, dismissed these rumors: Some of the guards claim there was a third Mistborn, ...
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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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Do steel inquisitors ever run out of metals?

I don't think I've heard of a steel inquisitor who ran out of metals. Can they? Or is there something about their spikes that prevents that?
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What is the fate of the Koloss?

At the end of the third book in the Mistborn series, there is no definitive statement about the fate of the koloss. The author's own commentary/annotation notes: One hint from The Alloy of Law is ...
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How does Compounding work?

In The Alloy of Law, Miles Hundred-Lives is a double gold twinborn. This means he can burn gold to see visions of his possible alternative past, (Allomancy) and tap/fill gold to retrieve/store health ...
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In “The Final Empire”, why does Clubs not stay in the initial meeting?

In The Final Empire, book 1 of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, the crew have an initial meeting to decide who's "in". Part-way through this meeting, Clubs storms out, only to return later and ...
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Mistborn- Why make money out of metal?

My partner recently listened to the Mistborn Trilogy on tape, and I missed most of it, so forgive me if this question has an obvious answer. Most nobles carry as little metal as possible out of fear ...
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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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Brandon Sanderson - Words of Radiance - Blocks of numbers in chapter prologues

I've recently finished listening to the audiobook version of 'Words of Radiance' by Brandon Sanderson. Throughout the book (and the preceding book) each chapter has a quote or snippet from another ...
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Why would it possibly be a good idea to brand Kaladin?

Kaladin is branded with the "shash" brand, meaning dangerous, for trying to escape and being overall dangerous. Sanderson has mentioned that, among other things, it diminishes is value as a slave, ...
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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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How are Aluminium objects made in the first Mistborn Trilogy?

In the third mistborn book the main characters get their hands on some Aluminium from a set of cutlery from a noble's house. It is stated that is is incredibly rare and valuable, much more so than ...
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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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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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What counts as an “emotion” that can be Soothed or Rioted?

There are many examples in all of the Mistborn novels of Allomancers using brass and zinc to Soothe and Riot emotions. Most of the time, these emotions are clearly definable as emotions: hope, anger, ...
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Who were the two men Vin saw when she burned the 11th metal?

When Vin burned the 11th metal when first confronting the Lord Ruler in The Final Empire, she saw two men. I read the trilogy and I don't remember any reference of them later in The Well of Ascension ...
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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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Who can see Preservation?

Warning: untagged spoilers from The Hero of Ages, book 3 in the Mistborn trilogy, may follow. It has been established that only those with Hemalurgic spikes can see and hear the god Ruin: Spook and ...
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Why was Vin the one chosen to infiltrate the nobility?

In the first Mistborn book, The Final Empire, one part of the crew's mission to overthrow the Lord Ruler and the Final Empire involves infiltrating the nobility. The crewmember chosen to do this is ...
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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 much can a feruchemist store in a metal mind?

I'm just about to finish the second Mistborn book, and I'm wondering: Is the amount he stores in them going to be limited? If so is it related to the efficiency of the feruchemist? The it size of the ...
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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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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 ...
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What was Spook's real name?

I was somewhat surprised on rereading through the first Mistborn trilogy to find, in reference to Spook's given name of Lestibournes: Lestibournes. Lefting I'm born. Street slang for "I've ...
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Has someone put together the story of 'The Hero of Ages'?

In the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, the chapters are inter-cut with snippets about the hero of ages and his quest. I've been listening in with Audible to the stories, but I honestly think I'd ...
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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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How did the Lord Ruler survive decapitation?

It's mentioned at least a couple of times in the original trilogy that beheading was only mildly annoying to the Lord Ruler. What combination of powers would allow him to easily survive such an ...
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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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How do the inheritance of Allomantic powers work?

In "Mistborn: The Final Empire," Kelsier mentions that Allomancers have either only one power or all of them. While I can understand that Mistings only have a single power, why the binary choice of ...
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Were the mists actually a threat?

In The Well of Ascension, the second Mistborn book by Brandon Sanderson, the heroes piece together the events that led to the rise of the Lord Ruler and discover that he took the power at the Well in ...
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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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What actually happened to Preservation?

Spoilers for book three of the Mistborn original trilogy:
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Why does Sazed say that there are only 2 metals left to discover? (Mistborn spoilers)

At the end of The Hero of Ages, Sazed said, in his letter to Spook: There are still two metals that nobody knows about. You might want to poke about and see if you can figure out what they are. I ...
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Do we see a victim of Hemalurgy who isn't killed?

Someone took notes from an interview with Brandon Sanderson: One does not have to kill someone with Hemalurgy to charge a spike, but it rips off a large part of the soul. The person would not be ...

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