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How did Raoden know about the poor state of repair of the road to Toa?

He wasn't trying to redraw the road, he was drawing the chasm line. All Aons use the base Aon known as "Aon." It used to look like this: This Aon is based on the geography of Arelon. The top line ...
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Who built Elantris?

Elantris did not need to be built for there to be "Elantrians" (i.e. people capable of using AonDor). In Elantris, the city is not the source of the power. It is merely a conduit that ...
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When do the events of The Emperor's Soul take place?

There is no official timeline to relate one Cosmere story to another. In most cases, publication order for each setting/storyline is the rough order of events. The author has typically gone on ...
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Why didn't the Seons change?

Firstly, they did change: Master_Moridin: Why aren't seons affected by the lack of a chasm line in their Aon? Brandon Sanderson: If they tried to actualize their Aon, it would have an ...
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Are Elantrians' kids Elantrian or human?

No. Question: If two Elantrians had a baby, would he be an Elantrian too? Brandon Sanderson: What a good question. The answer is no, actually. There's actually a character in the books who'...
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Why are these people keeping a look out for people from this place (Secret History spoilers throughout)

I don't think anyone except Sanderson himself is likely to have a concrete answer to this question. Probably to actually figure this out is a matter of RAFO. Nevertheless, I'll take a stab at it. ...
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How does Adien know the distance to Teod (unmarked major spoilers)?

Out of universe: Regardless, I do think I gave Raoden all the pieces he needed here. Adien always existed in the book for this one moment–to give Raoden the length measurement he needed to go ...
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Why couldn't Hrathen force his odiv’s odivs to stay?

It may have been there was some protocol that prevented Hrathen from making such an order, I cannot recall. But even if there was not, it was abundantly clear that Dilaf was challenging Hrathen by ...
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What's the "Unknown God"?

It seems it's just another name for God Beyond. Sanderson was asked about this scene: Windrunner: Shai refers to an Unknown God, is this at all related to the rocks that fell from the sky that Shai's ...
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Why couldn't Hrathen force his odiv’s odivs to stay?

Essentially, it would break the rules of the hroden-odiv bonds that Hrathen follows so vigorously. Even if it were within his abilities, it would be abuse of his power. Hrathen is very, very devout ...
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Why couldn't Hrathen force his odiv’s odivs to stay?

it says in the book that it is against protocol to interfere in what an odiv tells his odiv to do. It was well within Dilaf's power to make his odivs accompany him to Fjorden. Hrathen could have ...
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Why are these people keeping a look out for people from this place (Secret History spoilers throughout)

Have been listening to an audiobook of Arcanum Unbounded, which includes some notes by Khriss about Threnody. Apparently, Odium battled and mortally wounded Ambition in that system (though the ...
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Why is AonDor only usable in the Elantris region?

Dor flows everywhere, but is chaotic and useless in its raw state. However, it is prone to take on the characteristics of forms in its immediate area and be drawn to like forms. To use it you need ...
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