History Literature / TheStormlightArchive

2nd Apr '18 8:56:22 PM TheBlueHour
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* BigBad: [[HiddenVillain One hasn't actually shown up yet]], though given that it's only the first two books of ten, this may not be surprising. However, someone or something is definitely orchestrating events, and [[spoiler: based on the letters that appear as chapter epigraphs, comments by Hoid and the Stormfather, and various other cryptic references, it would appear to be the Shard Odium.]]

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* BigBad: [[HiddenVillain One hasn't actually shown up yet]], though given that it's only [[GodOfEvil Odium]] the first two books god of ten, this may not be surprising. However, someone or something is definitely orchestrating events, and hatred [[spoiler: based on the letters that and possibly other emotions as well]], though he doesn't appear as chapter epigraphs, comments by Hoid and in person until the Stormfather, and various other cryptic references, it would appear to be the Shard Odium.]]third book.
28th Mar '18 6:40:26 PM Qussow
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** PlayedWith. Turns out [[spoiler: this also applied to ''their'' Precursors, who were so bad they accidentally destroyed their home world. The Knights Radiant's apparent betrayal was an attempt to avert a second apocalypse, but between the resulting chaos and the machinations of Odium, their reasons for it were lost to history.]]
28th Mar '18 4:35:11 PM Epicazeroth
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Weirdly, wines come in not just "red" and "white" but an entire chromatic range, each known for its particular strength and piquance. This is probably another case of CallASmeerpARabbit, as it's unlikely Roshar has grapes as we'd know them. The examples we've seen so far do seem to fit a possible pattern: all are among the seven traditional colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) in ascending order of alcohol content. Orange is [[FrothyMugsOfWater non-alcoholic]] and yellow is mild, while blue and violet are much more intoxicating.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Weirdly, wines come in not just "red" and "white" but an entire chromatic range, each known for its particular strength and piquance. This is probably another case of CallASmeerpARabbit, as it's unlikely Roshar has grapes as we'd know them. The examples we've seen so far do seem to fit a possible pattern: all are among the seven traditional colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) in ascending order of alcohol content. Orange is [[FrothyMugsOfWater non-alcoholic]] and yellow is mild, while blue and violet are much more intoxicating. White wine is essentially hard liquor, while ''Horneater'' white is so strong is ''melts the cups''.



* FantasyCounterpartAppliance: Spanreeds are a convenient way to communicate in writing, not unlike texting or a very fast telegram. Spheres, because of their Stormlight, are used in affluent areas as lightbulbs.



* FantasticHonorifics: "Brightness" is used to refer to lighteyes in much the same way as "lord" or "lady" would be used for nobility. "Brightlord" is also used, but seems to be reserved for those of much higher rank than the speaker. High ranked darkeyes are sometimes called "Citizen".
* FantasticLightSource: Spheres, which double as ''money'' (see FictionalCurrency, below). When infused with [[{{Mana}} Stormlight]], they [[PowerGlows glow]]; the brightness and color of the light depends on the size and type of gemstone, respectively. Diamond spheres make the best light sources, as they're pure white; a mark is almost as bright as a candle, and a broam is several times that -- and (unlike candles, lamps, or torches) they don't flicker, don't give off smoke, and last for a week or so before needing to be re-infused. Clear goblets are filled with spheres and used as lamps; "wasting" spheres on light is something of a status symbol.

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* FantasticHonorifics: "Brightness" is "Brightlord" and "Brightlady" are used to refer to lighteyes in much the same way as "lord" or "lady" would be used for nobility. "Brightlord" nobility, although a high-ranking noble is unlikely to call a lower-ranking one "Brightlord". "Brightness" is also used, but used for lighteyed ladies, and seems to be reserved for those of much higher rank more common than the speaker."Brightlady". High ranked darkeyes are sometimes called "Citizen".
* FantasticLightSource: Spheres, which double as ''money'' (see FictionalCurrency, below). When infused with [[{{Mana}} Stormlight]], they [[PowerGlows glow]]; the brightness and color of the light depends on the size and type of gemstone, respectively. Diamond spheres make the best light sources, as they're pure white; a mark is almost as bright as a candle, and a broam is several times that -- and (unlike candles, lamps, or torches) they don't flicker, don't give off smoke, and last for a week or so before needing to be re-infused. Clear goblets are filled with spheres and used as lamps; "wasting" spheres on light is something of a status symbol. The amount of time a sphere holds Light depends on how well the gem is cut, and a gem does not have to be set into a sphere in order to hold Light.



* FantasyCounterpartAppliance: Spanreeds are a convenient way to communicate in writing, not unlike texting or a very fast telegram. Spheres, because of their Stormlight, are used in affluent areas as lightbulbs.
6th Feb '18 12:53:38 PM Xtifr
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Centuries later, the nation of [[TheKingdom Alethkar]], having just signed a peace treaty with the Parshendi people, are [[FalseFriend abruptly betrayed]] when the Parshendi send an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] wearing [[ManInWhite white]] to kill their king. In retaliation, the Alethi declare war and invade the Shattered Plains to begin a [[DuringTheWar long and arduous military campaign]].

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Centuries later, the nation of [[TheKingdom Alethkar]], Alethkar, having just signed a peace treaty with the Parshendi people, are [[FalseFriend abruptly betrayed]] when the Parshendi send an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] wearing [[ManInWhite white]] to kill their king. In retaliation, the Alethi declare war and invade the Shattered Plains to begin a [[DuringTheWar long and arduous military campaign]].
29th Jan '18 6:55:16 PM Andygal
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* TranslatorMicrobes: It initially appears that Dalinar's visions are translated for his benefit, but it eventually turns out that it's the other way around--he's speaking and understanding ancient languages so perfectly he doesn't even notice, which is the source of the "gibberish" witnesses hear him speaking. The Heralds are implied to have something similar going on, since they speak the local dialect perfectly even if they've been out of touch for four and a half thousand years. Zahel and other [[spoiler: characters from different worlds]] also have something similar. Zahel speaks Alethi perfectly with no mention of an accent, but still uses his own idioms, which are translated literally and become nonsense.

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* TranslatorMicrobes: It initially appears that Dalinar's visions are translated for his benefit, but it eventually turns out that it's the other way around--he's speaking and understanding ancient languages so perfectly he doesn't even notice, which is the source of the "gibberish" witnesses hear him speaking. The Heralds are implied to have something similar going on, since they speak the local dialect perfectly even if they've been out of touch for four and a half thousand years. Zahel and other [[spoiler: characters from different worlds]] also have something similar. Zahel speaks Alethi perfectly with no mention of an accent, but still uses his own idioms, which are translated literally and become nonsense. As of Literature/{{Oathbringer}}, [[spoiler: Dalinar can use his powers as a Bondsmith to temporarily learn another person's language by establishing a spiritual connection with them.]]
29th Jan '18 6:40:00 PM Andygal
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* TheScream: A Radiant who touches a Shardblade [[spoiler:that died when the Radiants abandoned their oaths]] will hear a terrifying, ear-splitting scream from [[spoiler:the spren that was killed by the broken oath]]. When Dalinar [[spoiler:becomes a Bondsmith and then picks up Oathbringer, he hears a "dull" scream that's much less intense; the Stormfather explains that the dead spren is aware of the honorable oath he made to hand Oathbringer over to free the bridgemen, and as a result it "hates (Dalinar) less" than it does everyone else]].

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* TheScream: A Radiant who touches a Shardblade [[spoiler:that died when the Radiants abandoned their oaths]] will hear a terrifying, ear-splitting scream from [[spoiler:the spren that was killed by the broken oath]]. If a Radiant touches a Blade that somebody else is holding that person will hear the screaming as well, and apparently be accused of [[spoiler: murdering the spren]]. This is enough to cause Relis to panic, drop the Blade, scream in anguish, and then flee the scene when Kaladin performs a BarehandedBladeBlock. When Dalinar [[spoiler:becomes a Bondsmith and then picks up Oathbringer, he hears a "dull" scream that's much less intense; the Stormfather explains that the dead spren is aware of the honorable oath he made to hand Oathbringer over to free the bridgemen, and as a result it "hates (Dalinar) less" than it does everyone else]].
27th Jan '18 1:12:20 PM Bissek
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* ThemeNaming: As of book 3, each book in the series is named after an in-universe book that is of some importance in that volume.
26th Jan '18 1:10:15 AM Requia
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** Highstorms, solid walls of wind and water sweeping from east to west that scour away any trace of soil, kill anyone caught unprotected, and carry with them the godlike spren who charges exposed gems with Stormlight. They aren't actually separate storms at all, but a single storm that constantly circles the globe.

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** Highstorms, solid walls of wind and water sweeping from east to west that scour away any trace of soil, kill anyone caught unprotected, and carry with them the godlike spren who charges exposed gems with Stormlight. They aren't actually separate storms at all, but a single storm that constantly circles the globe.
21st Jan '18 3:25:32 PM gert10
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** Literature/{{Oathbringer}} also heavily implies that Highmarshal Azure is [[spoiler:[[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vivenna]], searching out Vasher. Confirmed by [[WordOfGod Sanderson]].

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** Literature/{{Oathbringer}} also heavily implies that Highmarshal Azure is [[spoiler:[[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vivenna]], Vivenna]]]], searching out Vasher. Confirmed by [[WordOfGod Sanderson]].
14th Jan '18 3:20:10 PM Epicazeroth
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** There are a number of references throughout the book to Sanderson's larger multiverse, particularly to characters from other novels in the Cosmere. The epigraph of Chapter 18 mentions Ati (who was [[spoiler:the mortal identity of Ruin]] in the ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' books), the reoccurring character Hoid makes yet another appearance (as the King's Wit), and the three foreigners in the Ishikk interlude are all examples (Grump, Thinker, and Blunt being [[spoiler:Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', Demoux from Mistborn, and Baon from the unpublished White Sand]], respectively).
** In Literature/WordsOfRadiance it is heavily implied that Zahel is [[spoiler:Vasher]]. Also [[spoiler:Nightblood]], who is given to Szeth.
** Literature/{{Oathbringer}} also heavily implies that Highmarshal Azure is [[spoiler:[[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vivenna]], searching out Vasher. In this case, it's less implied and more made as clear as possible without outright saying it.]]

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** There are a number of references throughout the book to [[Literature/TheCosmere Sanderson's larger multiverse, particularly to characters from other novels in the Cosmere.multiverse]]. The epigraph of Chapter 18 mentions Ati (who was [[spoiler:the mortal identity of Ruin]] in the ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' books), the reoccurring character Hoid makes yet another appearance (as the King's Wit), and the three foreigners in the Ishikk interlude are all examples (Grump, Thinker, and Blunt being [[spoiler:Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', Demoux from Mistborn, and Baon from the unpublished White Sand]], respectively).
** In Literature/WordsOfRadiance it is heavily implied that Zahel is [[spoiler:Vasher]]. Also [[spoiler:Nightblood]], who is given to Szeth.
Szeth. Confirmed by [[WordOfGod Sanderson]].
** Literature/{{Oathbringer}} also heavily implies that Highmarshal Azure is [[spoiler:[[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vivenna]], searching out Vasher. In this case, it's less implied and more made as clear as possible without outright saying it.]]Confirmed by [[WordOfGod Sanderson]].



* CoolHorse: Ryshadium horses; bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter than virtually any other breed. They choose their own riders and are apparently ''very'' picky; Dalinar estimates that no more than a dozen men have been chosen, out of the hundreds of thousands in the warcamps. Dalinar compares the difference between a Ryshadium and a regular horse to the difference between [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] and regular armor.

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* CoolHorse: Ryshadium horses; bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter than virtually any other breed. They choose their own riders and are apparently ''very'' picky; Dalinar estimates that no more than a dozen men have been chosen, out of the hundreds of thousands in the warcamps. Dalinar compares the difference between a Ryshadium and a regular horse to the difference between [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] and regular armor. [[DimensionTraveler Khriss]] even speculates that they might be sapient.
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