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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...