Wow. Many things:
First, this, from Syl: “Besides, I’m less a force of nature and more one of the raw powers of creation transformed by collective human imagination into a personification of one of their ideals.“
Very interesting. I feel like I’m starting to understand Spren better.
Speaking of which, the way I view the Stormfather just got completely flipped on its head. I used to think that when Honor got shattered the Stormfather and other similarly powerful Spren were simply larger pieces of Honor so they were more powerful. Now I’m not so sure.
What is the Stormfather, really, keeping in mind Syl’s statement above? He’s a personification of (much or most of) Humankind’s perception of God
, combined with the personification of all the destructive and terrible power of highstorms. Of course he’s going to be a huge and powerful! So many people have envisioned him that way and worshipped and/or feared him for so long, how could it not shape him into what he is?
Along those same lines, I wonder if the Everstorm was less terrible than expected precisely because it was new and doesn’t (yet) have the weight of centuries of humankind’s expectations behind it. Could it be that the highstorms started out like the everstorm did, and have grown in power as the Stormfather grew due to peoples’ expectations? Will the Everstorm similarly grow in stren over time?
Parshendi anti-Radiants. Crazy!
What the Mraize did Kaladin do with the Windspren and the storm winds!? That doesn’t seem to be part of the Windrunners’ normal abilities, unless maybe it’s some sort of twisted version of a Reverse Lashing. But that still doesn’t make much sense. Reverse Lashings pull objects towards them, not push them away. And what was up with all the windspren? This seems like something new. Do we have any evidence of surgebinders manifesting additional abilities?
Or maybe it wasn’t Kaladin doing it, but rather the windspren heeding Kaladin’s call somehow.
Ah, I was wondering when we were going to see Jasnah again.
Speaking of, this seems like a good time to bring up something I’ve been pondering. What it up with Dalinar’s (or perhaps more appropriately: Gavilar’s) family? Nearly half of the Knights Radiant we’ve seen so far have all been Kholins. You have Dalinar, Jasnah, Renarin, and there’s good evidence that Elhokar is developing a Nahel bond since he mentioned seeing the symbol-headed cryptics in mirrors.
Every other radiant we’ve seen has been the only one in their family. What makes house Kholin so special?