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    September 2019-December 2019 ()
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    Brynovc

    I guess we won't see anymore "how did a bunch of jades kill a sage" posts. And I loved the blooper about this!

    SeNoyerSoublier

    Am I hallucinating or did we also learn tim is named Adama?

    Will Wight

    You can’t know how TIMpted I was to put the letters T-I-M in his name somewhere. Like Atima. Problem is, I couldn’t come up with anything I thought sounded cool...and also I assigned him a name a while ago, and I felt weird about changing it for a fan meme.

    But I was very tempted.

    September 2019-December 2019 ()
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    SeNoyerSoublier

    I had a slight tinge of disappointment we didn't get an orthos epilogue, but damn book 8 can't come soon enough

    Will Wight

    Yeah, I wanted to do an Orthos epilogue. The problem was that the training for the tournament and the tournament took up the better part of a year, so the Orthos epilogue would have had to take place basically a year after the prologue. Which means I would have had to go into detail about what had happened to them over the intervening year.

    It was just a lot to end on, so ultimately I decided not to include it in this book. I was sad about it, though.

    September 2019-December 2019 ()
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    caffeine-overclock

    A few days ago, I asked how bindings are powered/recharged here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Iteration110Cradle/comments/d95b8u/how_are_bindings_recharged/

    The consensus was that bindings work as they are described in Soulsmith, where Lindon creates his own water: his core is basically drained from the effort of "activating the binding," where that madra is converted to water madra.

    The critical detail being that Lindon's own madra is drained from him into the weapon to activate the binding.

    So far, so good.

    Then, in Uncrowned, we see Yerin activate an Archlord weapon. The explanation we're given is that her new diamond channels kept her from being destroyed by using it two stages too soon. I guess if it's an enormous amount of Yerin's madra being ripped out of her into the weapon, this explanation makes sense, except...

    Where did Yerin get all that Madra?

    It's described as consuming the enormous arena stage, and being so much that Lindon's arm was ripping at the seams trying to control it all.

    Has Yerin been using the HEPW? I can't imagine her having all that madra in her cores, especially after a long fight with Lindon.

    Will Wight

    The madra can come from the substance of the construct or from the madra forming the binding itself, which is how independent constructs work and why they cannibalize themselves over time.

    Since Yerin can’t afford to subsidize an entire Archlord technique with her own madra, she puts as much as she can into activating and controlling it, and the rest of the power comes from the sword itself.

    Which will cut down on the sword’s lifespan unless it receives serious maintenance.

    caffeine-overclock

    Yessss thank you!

    So if Eithan wanted to activate an Archlord binding, and hypothetically also had diamond channels, he could do so without damaging it?

    Will Wight

    He could! Technically any Underlord can, if they have some way to handle the stress it puts on their spirit. It’s just usually better to have a weapon you can control and activate consistently with no risk.

    September 2019-December 2019 ()
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    TheWanderingBeard

    Does the Arelius bloodline power become obsolete after monarch?

    Or will Eithan be able to see/hear even further than other monarchs if/when he makes it that far?

    Will Wight

    Spiritual perception and the Arelius bloodline power work differently. Spiritual perception is able to feel spirits, madra, and aura; basically spiritual powers. The Arelius bloodline power extends your physical senses.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    nighthawk7890 (paraphrased)

    we need an anime

    Will Wight (paraphrased)

    When I looked into how much it cost to develop an anime series, it takes 1.5 to 2 million dollars for one season of anime and I don't have 1.5 to 2 million dollars, but over time, potentially, we could generate that, 'cause I do put most of the money that I make back into hidden gnome. I pay myself a salary out of the money that goes into the business. What we do with the money is when we get the check at the end of the month what happens is amazon cuts us a check two months after the royalties come in. When we get the money, we immediatly put 10 to 15 percent into an account to giveaway, or no, the minimum we do is I think 12 percent. We range it between 12 and 20 depending where the check comes from. That's the first thing we do and after that we pay taxes. Of course, the whole amount, I'm not cheating anybody out of taxes. We also save and pay expenses and employees and that kind of thing. I'm one of the employees we pay, so, I get my salary. Then, after that most of it goes into the business account - we save it or we invest it in the business. So, we're saving up quite a bit of money. My personal preference would be that someday we have enough stocked up that we could someday do an anime. That'd be amazing. Those are my nerd dreams.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Will Wight

    What nobody asked and I'm going to answer anyway, is 'What is the new thing I wanna write and develop?' I want to develop something that is kind of in that world, in the isekai-isekai, by the way, is a Japanese genre, it's from another world. It's like people in our world being sent to another world. I don't really wanna write that particularly, like somebody that's literally from this world that we inhabit right now because I don't want to incorporate Earth slang or Earth words, that kind of breaks me out of it a lot. But what they do is they get teleported basically into a fantasy world, and then they have to learn to survive and adapt in that world. So I don't mind the idea of an outsider having to learn to survive and adapt in a world he's not familiar with and it is kind of a standard fantasy world. He's going around doing standard fantasy things, like adventuring. Kinda like if you got pulled into a D&D game. Something like that, some mix of that and dungeon novels and LitRPG, something in there is something I'd like to write. Kind of a light novel concept. I've been developing a lot of those. Attempting to develop a lot of those, I have not gotten very far. I want to have a good vision for what it is before I begin writing it, and I don't, so I have not.

    I've tried a bunch of stuff, one of the things I've tried most recently is a world kinda based on the magic system of 5th Edition but more of the worldbuilding of 4th Edition [D&D] because 4th edition has better worldbuilding than 5th edition does because 5th edition is kind of designed to do whatever game you wanna run. Therefore they don't tell you what goes on in the world, you decide as the DM. So I have tried to do some stuff like that, and I didn't really like it. It didn't work for me. Maybe I'll continue developing that and that will eventually ring my bells, but so far not.

    One of the things I've tried often is 'What if I just sat down and I just put very little planning and thought into it, and I just wrote one of these isekai or web novels, or if I just wrote a character just running around a fantasy world. I can't do it. I don't work that way. I sit down and I start writing and I have no interest in this person or place. I have to have some development in the world in order to want to explore it so I just don't enjoy it. I tried to write it off the top of my head, and I couldn't do it.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Questioner

    How much of my writing do I [Will] keep?

    Will Wight

    I usually keep most of it, now, but I used to write basically two words for every word I kept. Less that I was going through and cutting things and more that I would write something and I would just toy with it. Over the course of developing a scene, I would end up writing twice as much. It would take me a thousand words to write a five hundred word scene.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Questioner

    How many books do you think Cradle will have?

    Will Wight

    I think 12. I said that recently on the subreddit. Which I fully understand, not everyone looks at the subreddit, so why would you know that? But I recently decided there is going to 12 for a couple of reasons. One is cradle is not structured in trilogies, but that's four trilogies. That's enough content. Secondly, it's a good length and I think that's about when I want them to reach an endpoint. That feels right to me, I think I can do the stuff I want to do in five more novels. After that there might be a spin-off or a continuation. Who knows? I would like to do some new stuff, because I just love doing new stuff. One of the things I like the most is coming up with new ideas, I just love doing that, and I don't get to do that a lot when I'm working on one series. That is something I'm looking forward to, and I also would like to go back to Traveler's Gate, it's been a long time. But of course, Elder Empire first.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Garoob

     You mentioned you were recently coming up with some magic systems. How do you start coming up with magic system ideas?

    Will Wight

    I have a little form I fill out when I'm making a magic system; what are the limitations of the system, what are the actual powers of the system, which sometimes when people are designing magic systems, they forget to have what the system can do, because they've talked about what the system can't do. I have what kinda what makes it work, what are the costs and limitations, what the history of it is, and I have all these little things that I fill in. Usually what happens, what I have to do is narrow down, because of course a generic magic system can do anything right? its magic. So I'm usually picking one narrow theme or set of abilities that it can do. Which means I'm really choosing a set of things it can't do, so usually when I'm working on a magic system I then am thinking about all the things it can't do which then suggests another magic system. That's how I actually did it when I came up with a bunch of magic systems in a row. It normally gives me inspiration for what any other magic system could do.

    one of the other things I do, interestingly enough, I come back to D&D because there's a lot of stuff you can think about in D&D, like wizards are just better than non spellcasters in D&D, so the problem that some people refer to is, linear fighter and quadratic wizards, so wizards improve exponentially and fighters improve linearly, because of course wizards can stop time and fighters can swing they're sword a little harder. There's kind of an inherent issue with having magic users and non magic users, that issue being, one of them can use magic, and the other one is inherently bound by the rules of physics, and I don't like that. So I've tried to develop a lot of magic systems, kinda like in Cradle, but in Cradle, everyone is a magic user, and that's the obvious answer right? you have everything be an extension of the magic system, that's the easiest way to solve that.

    One of the things I've thought of, is I've been trying to do different expressions of a D&D system, even one that would fit in a real table-top RPG, where the martial characters are not inherently outclassed by the arcane characters, because they can do such supernaturally amazing stuff thats its effectively magic but it's just martial magic. It becomes magical. I've done various approaches to that, there's a lot of ways to solve that problem, so I have that problem in my head, and that set of criteria, so then I try to design systems that have the things I want and dont have the things I don't want, so I've approached that many different times.

     

    Questioner

    Is that process how you came up with a whole bunch of magic systems along side each other in the Traveler's Gate series?

    Will Wight

    Actually, no. The Traveler's Gate series really is one magic system. The gates work the same way, every territory requires the key, something to open the gate. But then I just added another set of restrictions onto each one. So this is a unique thing. So yeah, Tarturus travelers open gates quicker, Endross travelers, their gates slowly grow and grow and grow but they also get harder to control, Helgard travelers have to know the names of things they summon, so on and so forth. And I did that just to kind of-each one is a little unique, in addition to being thematically unique. And that was just a way of distinguishing each Territory from one another. I did not really design 12 magic systems. I designed 1 magic system with 12 different expressions.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    erineeclark (paraphrased)

    Who is your favorite character in all your books?

    Will Wight (paraphrased)

    Look, I really like Eithan, I think that's pretty obvious from the way I have fun writing him, mainly just 'cause writing a character like Eithan allows you to do a lot of really fun stuff. So, when I'm writing characters, the number one thing I usually do is I go "ok, i have a general idea of what the story is gonna be about" and so, the first thing I do is, I name them after their role in the plot. So, Alin initially was 'rival', 'cause I didn't wanna come up with a name for him so, I named him after his role in the plot and his role in the relationship to Simon pursuing his goal was 'rival'. Then I started coming up with names for people. Then I go "ok, what kind of person would fill that role in this circumstance?" - That's when I fill in their personality, so, I make sure that their personality feeds into what role they have in the story. That's usually how I do it, but Eithan was a character I really just wanted to have in one of my books, he's actually one of the earliest characters I ever created, because I loved the idea of somebody, who could just see and hear every single thing going on around him and so, he used that to just pop up out of nowhere.

     

    In the original draft of what would eventually become 'Cradle', it looks very different now, so, these are not at all spoilers because this is almost completely unrelated to modern 'Cradle', except with the words, but it was originally an Abidan series called 'The Ghost and the Spider'. This was gonna be the name of book one. 'The Ghost and the Spider' was following the Abidan, these people training to be Abidan and 'The Ghost' was Mercy. It was actually a very different version of Mercy, she was very quite and withdrawn, kind of an emotionless sort of character, so, basically the opposite of Mercy now. 'The Spider' was gonna be Eithan, because he has detection powers. So, Eithan was 'The Spider' and so, he had these powers like Eithan has in the real books and so, he would use 'em to pop up and so, Mercy was 'The Ghost' and she had inherent similar powers of 'she couldn't be detected at all', so, the only one who could detect her was Eithan and so, they had this really neat dynamic, where nobody noticed her and everybody noticed Eithan, except for him, who noticed her, so, they were both popping up and neither of them were the main character and so, they would all like pop up out of nowhere. Anyway I liked that dynamic, I had a lot of fun and so, Eithan survived into 'Cradle'.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Mythonida

    Who is your LEAST favorite?

    Will Wight

    Again, if I had a character I didn't enjoy writing, I just probably wouldn't write them. So, Dross is hard, he's not my least favorite character, but he's hard to write. I usually do an entire pass on the book that's just Dross dialogue, I do that for Dros and Yerin. I don't do that for anybody else. So that's difficult, he causes me a lot of work, but I like him.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    testerno0

    Who is your favorite cradle character, as a writer?

    Will Wight

    I have a lot of favorite characters, I don't know, I mean I like the characters. I don't know what to say. It's hard for me to pick a favorite. People say it's like picking your favorite kid, but not really, 'cause if I did have a favorite I would definitely just pick it, but I don't know.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    DryVice1

    What chinese or korean novels were the most inspirational towards the Cradle series?

    Will Wight

    It's hard to pick out just one. 'Against the Gods', 'Coiling Dragon', people always assume 'I Shall Seal the Heavens', I did not like 'I Shall Seal the Heavens', I just didn't enjoy it very much. So that was not the best to me but 'A Will Eternal' is really good but it wasn't really an inspiration, 'cause it came out after I started writing 'Cradle', but that was one of them. There were some korean novels, some korean cultivation stuff, too, like 'Gosu'. So, 'Gosu' is a big deal, 'Veritas' was an influence on the magic system, 'The Breaker' that was a big one. 'The Turorial Is Too Hard' was not an influence on 'Cradle', I didn't start reading that until after I had started writing 'Cradle'. It's good, I like it. I wish 'Veritas' had gotten a sequel or continuation, 'cause I thought it was really great. I thought 'The Breaker' had a lot of potential and some of it it lived up to and some of it it didn't, but I didn't really like it and then it didn't conclude, so, I hope the artist is doing great. These are korean kind of martial arts comics that had some impact and influence on 'Cradle'.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Adaen

    Is there a post somewhere on books you recommend?

    Will Wight

    Not really, I find that the books I usually - I like to know people before I recommend books to them. The only books I usually universally recommend are typically the one's that everbody else universally recommends, so, there's nothing new, like if it was written by Brandon Sanderson, you can't go wrong. Just go ahead and read that. I don't have a whole lot of pocket picks. People ask me for my recommendations a lot and I don't know.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Kenlee

    Can you give us any hints into the traveler's blade trilogy?

    Will Wight

    I don't like giving a lot of information on upcoming things mainly because I change my mind a lot. I don't wanna walk myself in and then have people disappointed 'cause what I say doesn't match what they wanted or what they eventually get but I can illustrate my thought process for Traveler's Blade. Traveler's Blade, the problem with it in my mind is I'm not quite sure how to strike the right balance between I want it to be a continuation of the story for people who have read the trilogy. I want it to be like a book 4, not like a complete new triology, but at the same time I want new readers to be able to pick it up without having to read 1 - 3. So, it's hard to strike that right balance. So that's the problem, I got a lot of ideas, I got a lot of things I want to explore but I don't want to leave Simon, 'cause I don't think I'm done with his character, yet and I don't want to isolate people, I don't want people to have to go back and read the original trilogy. I can if I want but I don't want that to be necessary. One of the things I really have considered is starting it off with Simon as an older adult.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Toknightly

    What do you think is the coolest thing you have been able to do due to the success of your books?

    Will Wight

    There's a couple answers to that. What is the coolest thing I have been able to do due to the success of my books? There's, because I have money now, because I actually make money, because I didn't make any money before I wrote any books. So, I am single and I have a good income so, I can do things, which is pretty cool, so, therefore I get to write on cruise ships. Now I get cheap cruises, 'cause there's a cruise port near my house. So that's the coolest thing I can do, because I can afford it. So, I get to write on cruise ships, which is a great environment for writing, to be honest. So that's pretty cool, but the coolest thing honestly that I do about the job is interacting with fans that's really cool and getting to make up stories, which is just the best.

    Uncrowned Release Stream ()
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    Questioner

    Are there different sacred beast Goldsigns besides the eye change?

    Will

    Actually, see, the eye color thing is one of the hallmarks of being contracted to a sacred beast. To take on the eyes of a sacred beast. So, that's kind of the general shorthand for 'this person has a beast contract'. That is normally how it works. I'm sure there are some exceptions, but generally, that is the rule.