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Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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senae posted:

This isn't really spoiler-worthy, since it doesn't have to do with any of the books, but I'm assuming that a Feruchemist could store his ability to store powers, so rather then spending all his time at 80% weight he could spend all his time storing his ability to store, and then burn it all for a multiplier on his rate of storage. It would probably be a lot better for storing, say, health, since an hour of sickness would be much more healing then on someone not tapping investiture.

Alternatively, it's a way to let Feruchemists collect the various magics they can do (which,like Aons, would normally only work on their world).

This is actually explained in the Treatise Metallurgical in the Mistborn RPG. Nicrosil Feruchemy allows the user to tap the deepest recesses of the self and store/convert other energies into a kind of universal power called 'investiture'. So you could store the energy from Harmony/Preservation in the form of the mists or Ruin from the Well of Ascension and channel it into something else (like, say, Gold and Atium metalminds, and become immortal, although that's not how the Lord Ruler did it.) Or just use it as a kind of lossy conversion from one metalmind to another.

Now, whether this explanation is fully canon or just some kind of abstraction for the RPG I have no idea.

That book also mentions what the hell you would use Larasium alloys for (making specific metal Mistings). Although that really only sounds useful if you already had some other kind of power that would work well with it.

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Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Maytag posted:

Don't listen to that guy.

If book two didn't grab you, that's because it was the weakest book. Read book three.

I agree that book two was the weakest of the three, go get book three now, and then read Allow of Law afterwards.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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wellwhoopdedooo posted:

How would a sphere of solid air protect against a Duralumin-enhanced Soothing? Do you keep channeling when you're all stroked the gently caress out and drooling?

I really think the sheer weirdness of Allomancy makes up for its other weaknesses, and this is going to be one gently caress-awesome fight.

I think a good Rioting is what's in order, it's hard to channel the OP when somebody is feeling certain very strong emotions, after all.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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404GoonNotFound posted:

So my hardcopy of the Mistborn RPG just arrived today. Gotta say, it's pretty nice that Crafty made it novel-sized instead of the usual larger RPG book standard.

Yeah, it's pretty sweet. Also, did you see the back end piece? Feruchemical Metal Chart!

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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404GoonNotFound posted:

With no entry for Larasium. SANDERSOOOOOON :doom:

What? The God Metals are in a box off to one side in the lower right hand corner, same as on the Allomancy chart. States 'No known application'.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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I can't even think of what that metal would do anyway. The other metals cover pretty much everything else, I mean, they even have a metal for charging your metals (Nicrosil).

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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RBA Starblade posted:

Just chiming in to say I've finished the Mistborn trilogy too, and thought the ending of the third book made up for any shortcomings the novels had (Sazed spent far too much of the last book moping around and in the second Zane was too cliched even for a book made entirely of cliches). I haven't read any of Sanderson's work before but it was really nice to read something like Mistborn coming off of what I typically read. Though, I read them specifically to get away from apocalyptic, post-apoc fiction, so, I guess I failed with that. I didn't know it was popular enough to warrant trying to make a movie and a video game (that's going for Demon's Souls, ffs), though. I'd read Alloy of Law but I heard it wasn't that great and I'm not a fan of steampunk anyway.

It's not steampunk like, at all. It just happens to be set in a time period where they have trains. Also, seconding this:

ConfusedUs posted:

What? Alloy of Law is, quite possibly, the best of the entire series.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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I actually just finished my reread of WoK as a break from my Wheel of Time read/reread (reread of books up to 8 or 9, can't remember, and then first read of the rest) and I seriously didn't put the book down except to get snacks and go to the bathroom for the last two hundred or so pages.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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I think the main issue with Plate and Blade is that aside from the chasmfiend battle and the fight against the king in the prologue there isn't really anything that can challenge someone who holds one or both.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Edmond Dantes posted:

Being nigh invincible is probably what helped Kaladin take down that guy. I'm guessing Full plate + blade bearers are used to trampling anything and anyone who gets on their way, and suddenly comes along a dude who is a natural born spear master and is probably using stormlight (I can't remember if they hint at him using stormlight unconsciously before the bridges, but I think they do?), and well... Hubris took care of the rest.

If Kaladin had fought someone like Dalinar before gaining full use of stormlight... I don't think he would have survived.


I agree with this but I don't think Kaladin could use Stormlight before he reached the Shattered Plains, even unconsciously. The changes he's undergoing seem to be more gradual.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Eric the Mauve posted:

I need to do a third reading and look for it, but my assumption is that Kaladin's surgebinding and Syl are tied to each other and Kaladin didn't start using Stormlight until after Syl first appeared.

Yeah I'd think that Syl was first attached to Kaladin when he turned down the Shards for honor's sake.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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That is an incredible output. I didn't think anybody could manage that kind of word count on a long term basis. But he is a machine.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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I never did get around to reading that thing (House of Ashes) even though I preordered the RPG and so got it like two years ago.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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I know the uses of all 16 metals in both Feruchemy and Allomancy is laid out in the Mistborn RPG, and it might be in the back of Alloy of Law. But I know it's in the RPG for sure.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Mahlertov Cocktail posted:

Thanks for the recommendation, everyone! Somehow I had never even heard of it before.


And thanks for this!

Also, Sanderson's website has been redesigned! Hooray!

He looks so happy with those Hugos. I know I would be too.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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L-O-N posted:

Loved Steelheart. The only thing that bothered me was the use of "Sparks" in place of a swear. It doesn't bother me in his fantasy books, but in a book that's like the modern world, it does. Yea, I know it's because he's Morman and can't swear but it still bothers me.

The word that takes me out of his fantasy books is the use of "Awesome".

It's more that it is a YA novel than anything else.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Well in Mistborn it makes sense, since it explains in Well of Ascension that the Lord Ruler transformed humanity to be able to survive.

But yeah, Steelheart should feel more dystopic than it does..

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Rumda posted:

Genderfluid is probably the best term.

Yeah some Kandra have preferred genders but since they don't reproduce naturally gender is strictly a social construct for them and most Kandra have no problem being whoever.

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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rafikki posted:

Check out NK Jemisin's Fifth Season for some sweet fantasy worldbuilding. Also Library at Mount Char was amazing, but that's more urban fantasy.

Everybody in this thread needs to read Library at Mount Char if they haven't already.

Also nthing the Lightbringer series, Weeks has definitely improved over time and the books keep getting better as it goes.

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Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

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Odette posted:

Yeah, don't bother unless you like unfinished trilogies. He promised the last book within 1 year, and that was in 2009 or something? It's never coming out.

Even if it does come out at this point there's no way he's getting another publisher contract unless it sits at the top of bestseller lists like a classic Steven King novel. He's done.

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