All of the main characters are/will be Surgebinders who are either reborn Heralds or descendants of them, and will recreate and lead the Knights Radiant
Shallan runs Torchwood
Shallan is Haruhi Suzumiya
Hoid is a Time LordHe travels across time and space to appear in The Stormlight Archive, Elantris, Mistborn, and Warbreaker. What other explanation is there?
The Shards are pieces of the "Almighty," just as he is a Shard of Adonalsium.There is no way the name "Shards" is unimportant, and at one point Hoid offhandedly mentions Andonalsium. The Almighty himself also says something about a woman named "Cultivation," which sounds like another Shard.
The lighteyes are all descendants of the first Shardbearers, who took up the Shards abandoned by the Knights Radiant.Although we haven't actually seen it happen, its been mentioned several times that a darkeyes who takes up a Shardblade gains lighteyes, and his children will be lighteyes as well.
The Lost Heraldisn't dead at the end of the book. He dropped his Blade and it didn't disappear, which is supposed to make us think he's dead. But those Blades are explicitly shown to work differently than normal ones; he still has brown eyes, for one thing, and in the Distant Prologue its mentioned that if they had died, their Blades would have disappeared.
All the Spren are actually not the type they are commonly known as.They are all, like Sil, various different types of spren that are actually connected with the radiants. However, with no Radiants, the spren revert to a base nature and lose all intelligence.
Aimians, like the Parshmen and Parshendiare Voidbringers. Chapter epigraphs constantly reference the Voidbringers' ability to change their shape, especially their skin. Axies can change his tattoos, as well as his sense of smell and pain. He also mentions a "Curse of Kind", which sounds quite suspicious.
King Gavilar's "message to his brother" was death-babbling.It wasn't an actual message to Dalinar; it was just a message leaking through from wherever the rest of the death-babbling comes from.
Spren are tiny shards of adonalasiumAdonalasium is split into (possibly 16) major God shards such as Ruin, Preservation, Endowment and Cultivation. These are all aspects of sentient existence combined with divine power, perhaps Spren are the same but on a much smaller scale. Whatever caused the splitting of the God Shards created Spren as a by-product just as dust is created whenever a large object is broken up. These minor shards have less defined roles and are drawn to and shaped by changes in the world. Smaller Spren change their nature, adapting into different forms such as painspren or flamespren, the longer they are of one form the stronger they are. Larger Spren such as Syl have become locked into a single type slowly gaining strength of sentience. (much like the small Gods of the Discworld)
The Stormlight Archive will turn into a massive Crisis Crossover with the other Sanderson worlds.Ten books is a really long time for Brandon Sanderson to send on saving one world from one god (Mistborn dealt with three gods in just three books!), and when The Almighty is describing the threat posed by Odium, he points at the stars and says they're all in danger, too. What better time to finally begin paying of this whole "Shards of Andonalsium" metaplot that has so far been advanced only by his blog? Getting to actually compare power between, say, Marsh and Susebron would be a side benefit.
Odium is not the real Big Bad.The initially introduced bad of a Sanderson book never is. Cultivation, perhaps?
The Almighty's plan was for whomever received his visions to be guided to gain his power.We know from Preservation and Ruin that when a God's consciousness is destroyed, its power remains, and can be claimed by another individual. These visions sought out the exceptionally honorable (and therefore affiliated with the Almighty, whom Sanderson has named as Honor) Dalinar Kholin, and are trying to guide to towards even more honorable acts. Of course, there's no guarantee that things will go as Almighty intended...
Elhokar IS responsible for the weakened gems in his shard plate but does not know it.He has some kind of power similar to his sister's which uses up the power of the gems in his plate causing them to crack. During one of his paranoid rants he mentions seeing "faces in mirrors. Symbols, twisted, inhuman..." He is somehow seeing the spren that appear in Shallan's drawings but not understanding what they are is feeding his paranoia. Presumably he does not have the exact same power (soulcasting would be pretty noticeable), but something more subtle (different orders had different powers). Once Jasnah returns she may realise what is happening or maybe Elhokar will recognise the figures in Shallan's sketchbook.
Jasnah's theories have it backward in at least one respect:The Parshendi aren't unnaturally wild and uncontrolled Parshmen; instead, Parshmen are unnaturally docile, bound Parshendi. The culture (or at least level of sentience) of the Parshendi is the natural state of the race. When the Voidbringers were defeated in the past, and forced to become the Parshmen slaves, some of the race were not bound. Those are the Parshendi.
Each order of the Knights Radiant gains its power from a Shard of Adonalsium.There are sixteen shards. We know Scadrial was home to two, that there are two shardholders associated with Sel, and we know of one for Nalthis. We know for a fact that Ruin and Preservation each were the source of a magic system, so it stands to reason each shard can do this. It's also fairly reasonable to assume Sel and Nalthis were each home to two Shards. This leaves ten for Roshar, the same number of orders of the Knights Radiant, who each have a unique system. It's a Sanderson has mentioned that The Almighty was a shardholder for the shard Honor, and we know that Kaladin is bonded with an honorspren.
A Shard of Knowledge, Intellect, or some such resides on Earth.Specifically in the Free Kingdoms from the Alcatraz books.
The shard on earth is called "Articulation".And its presence resulted in the magic system and world of Harry Potter.
The Parshendi aren't Voidbringers.It could be that the Voidbringers were controlled by an outside source. Parshmen are Voidbringers who have simply had that control transferred in order to enslave them, while the Parshendi are free, not just of the enslavement of their cousins, but from the outside control as well. It might explain why that Parshendi Shardbearer was so interested in seeking out and talking to the guy who's been experiencing visions from the Almighty.
Renarin is a Not-So-Harmless Villain.He just doesn't get to show it because Alethi culture isn't kind to a man like him. He's probably some sort of budding tactical super-genius who'll manipulate everyone some day...if he's not doing it already. she has a shardblade, probably taken from her father and it would be a real shame if she never learned to use it.
The Shards only work properly when the wearer is bonded to a sprenEach of the Orders of the Knights Radiant were attached to a type of spren. In Dalinar's visions we see that the shardplates and blades glowed and in fact at least some Shardbearers could fly in their plate. So it might be possible that surgebinders had their own bound plate and blade (like Szeth, whose blade is much smaller than others). I think also this ties into Syl's disdain for at least Dalinar's blade. She doesn't like it because its not bonded to a human/spren. To her it might be like somebody using a person's limb as a weapon.
Someone or something is hording ShardbladesIt is implied in Dalinarís visions that the Orders of the Knights Radiant had at least one thousand Shardblades yet he states that less than a hundred are accounted for.
The Shardblades are OdiumSo, Odium is apparently called The Broken One, Shard#17 is shattered and a large number of people had some of it, the Shardblades are weapons and Odium causes war, and it is a law of things written by Brandon Sanderson that the initial Big Bad isn't. The theory, therefore, is that someone shattered Odium(possibly holding the shard War) into a bunch of pieces, which then became Shardblades and Shardplate, which were then used to kill Honor and Cultivation by the real Big Bad.
Kaladin is JezerezehThe ruler of the Heralds and the Stormfather.
Jasnah's Soulcastingspren are honesty-spren The spren that grant soulcasting are honesty-spren.
Kaladin will get rid of his slave brand with some quick, painful knife-work then heal it properly with stormlightBut he'll keep the Shash (dangerous) brand to remind people he's a badass.
The setting will be revealed to be Earth All Along.Evidence for this is the fact that there is still one place where earth life exists. It seems weird for a constructed world to have one small earth like place when the rest of the world has nothing in common with earth.
The sphere Gavilar gave to Szeth is the DawnshardI'll all for crazy ideas.
The Purelake is the shardpool of CultivationIn other comsere works, we have seen that shards manifest as a pool of liquid (Ruin below the final empire's palace, Devotion in the cave above elantris). The purelake is said to be made of really pure water, which is ridiculous on a planet where highstorms come every week or so and rain crem (clay) on everything. Note also that there is not a single hint of hostility in the purelaker's chapter. In short, the purelake seems free of influence from the other two shards Wo G said were on the planet. There are also hints that the fish in it are really, really useful (medicinal fishes, pathfinding fishes) and the people of the purelake seem to go out of their way to stay in contact with its waters at all time, going so far as to flood their homes permanently. I think Cultivation made her own essence into a human-friendly environment so as to... cultivate, shall we say, humanity, offering a safe place so as to ensure that odium's wars never totally wipe humanity out.
Neshua is the Parshendi word for StormblessedThe Parshendi have some form of prophesy about Kaladin. When they say Neshua Kadal they are recognizing Kaladin Stormblessed.
Wit/Hoid is AdolnasiumHoid was present when Adolnasium was split into the Shards. He is also present in every one of Sanderson's works within the Cosmere. What if Hoid is what is left when all the Shards are gone? His name is only one letter from void.
Having a shardblade is not the honorable thing the Alethi think it is.Syl, who is an honorspren likes Dalinar better after he gives up his shardblade. She was possibly attracted to Kaladin not long after he refused his, there's no clear indication of when she started following him. And, if the main protagonists to indeed turn out to be the Heralds reborn, then it's possible they will have to give up their shardblades to get their Honorblades back. This very likely includes Shallan.
The Knights Radiant were created at Roshar's equivalent of the Well of AscensionOne of the epigraphs mentions a person known as the "Announcer" who will announce the birthplace/home of the Knights Radiant. Looking back over the Mistborn books, there is a specific person mentioned in the Terris religion known as an Announcer, who would herald the arrival of the Hero of Ages who would take the power of Preservation. I don't think that this is a coincidence (especially as the title of Announcer was in Kwaan's metal-scribed notes and couldn't be altered by Ruin). We're dealing with a lot of parallels between Mistborn and Stormlight, particularly surrounding powerful people of prophecy (i.e. Hero of Ages/Knights Radiant, Vin/Kaladin, etc) so the Announcer is likely someone connected to the Well-equivalents we've seen elsewhere in the Cosmere (i.e. the Well of Ascension, and the well outside of Elantris) which would mean that the Announcer mentioned in the poem in question would be connected to the "birthplace of the Radiants" - in other words, another Well, either of Honor or Cultivation's power. Either way, this offers the heroes of this particular setting a means to fight Odium and/or the Desolation, by accessing another Shard's power.
The Parshmen/shendi are not the VoidbringersThis is a Brandon Sanderson work, and we've already seen what happens when people trust any written record as the truth in Mistborn. The records that hint that the Parshmen/shendi are Voidbringers have been altered by Odium to obscure the real threat.
Kaladin's parents will reunite with him within a book or twoUnlike other young heroes who love their parents Kaladin will interact with his folks long before the 'final battle' and they will all have character development through the series. I can see Hesina joining Navani's retinue and the two of them hitting it off to the benefit of both (and the terror of all the surrounding menfolk). Lirin could serve as a useful moral grounding force and friend to Dalinar.
Roshar has seven magic systems.We've seen from previous books that one Shard produces one magic system (Elantris). We've also seen that two shards produce three magic systems (Scadrial), one from each Shard and one from the interaction of the two. What, then, happens when you have three Shards? Honor, Odium, and Cultivation? Well, mathematically, combining those gives eight possibilities: None, H, O, C, HO, OC, CH, HOC. But "None" isn't anything, and so wouldn't be a magic system (probably). But each Shard, and each combination thereof, would give one magic system, leading to seven magic systems in Roshar.
Parshendi are evolved Rachni.They have a hive caste system of various forms and their thoughts are tuned to varioius different 'songs' and if they are incapable of hearing their songs they cannot function properly (Parshmen/Noverian Rachni). While potentially quite dangerous they usually choose to be live peacefully but in the past their songs were 'soured' by some malignant exterior force (Odium/Reapers) causing them go mad and declare war on all other sentient life to catastrophic effect and leaving them with a feared reputation (but fortunately also believed extinct.)
Roshar is Pandora in the distant past.Dog-sized creatures with hard skin and mandibles? Sounds perfectly like a description of Skags. The Chasm Fiends, with their crustacean bodies, huge size and 4 snapping pincers? Tell me that you can read the parts where they fight it and not think "Crawmerax."
"The Broken One" is Honor, not Odium.Honor was shattered, while Odium is still, as far as we know, whole. His "reign" may be a reference to the omnipresence of the Splinters of Honor, in the form of the various spren
The spren are mushiVarious sized nature spirits that take a variety of forms and are associated with different states or concepts. The connection is obvious.
Cultivation is the real Big Bad, Honor was her ally in evil, and Odium is the good guy.Honor mentions that he and Cultivation could see the future, and that "she is better at it than I." The vile art of Voidbinding centered around predicting the future, and is so reviled that even now anything that smacks of predicting the future, even games of chance, are taboo.
Shardblades are of Odium, Shardplates are of Cultivation, Honorblades are of Honor.
Wit's story to Kaladin is foreshadowing of Szeth's eventual suicide
Urithiru + Colony Drop = The Shattered Plains