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  • 1

    Interview: Aug 4th, 2011

    Josh

    Josh: Is Aona's Shard name Devotion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, but that's more of a "Email that question to me" because I would have to look at my computer to see which term I settled on, but you're basically there. [Note: we have emailed him, haven't heard a response yet.]

    Mi'chelle

    We've got the right idea.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think it actually may be Devotion. So I'll have to look. It may be a synonym.

    Josh

    Is Skai Unity?

    (Brandon seems confused by the pronunciation. It is apparently more like "Skae".)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, RAFO.

    Josh

    Passion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What? RAFO. I'm not going to tell you. You already kind of pulled out of me what Aona was.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2012

    zas678 (Mar 5 2012)

    Hey @PeterAhlstrom could you tell us what Aona's Shard was? Brandon said he'd look it up and get back to us, but.... [he never got back to us.]

    Peter Ahlstrom (Mar 5 2012)

    I thought sure that was answered already. But anyway, the answer is yes [Aona is Devotion].

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  • 3

    Interview: 2005

    Brandon Sanderson

    AON OMI

    Meaning

    In its most basic form, Omi is used to represent love and benevolence. It is a common root Aon for a wide variety of words, including affection, care, passion, piety, zeal, and some synonyms of loyalty.

    A complex Aon with strong symmetry, the Aon has often been used as an example of balance and even perfection. The great AonDor scholar Enelan of the fourth century called it "The most perfect of Aons, fully incorporating the base of Aon Aon and spinning it into a complex icon that is artful and complicated, yet somehow simple at the same time."

    In later centuries, the symbol has come to mean not only love, but divinity as well, an association created by the Korathi church's appropriation of the Aon. Many devout Korathi also regard the symbol as representing the potential unification of all mankind through peace, temperance, and love.

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 18th, 2004

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAODEN VIEWPOINTS

    It was essential to this chapter that I establish that Raoden can catch glimpses of what's happening around him. I went to a lot of work to get him into place above the city where he could make the connection, looking down on Elantris and the outer cities. The pool, actually, simply grew out of my need to find a way to put Raoden on the slopes of the mountains near the ending of the book. I like how it turned out in the final story—it added a dimension of mysticism to the Elantrian belief system, and it worked very well into the plotting I had developed. My only worry about it is that it was too far away from the Elantris, but we'll talk about that later.

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 18th, 2004

    Brandon Sanderson

    THE POOL

    So, this is a SLIGHTLY contrived mechanic, and I realize that. I let Raoden off easily by having him simply choose not to be dissolved by the pool.

    Partially, I did this simply because I couldn't think of a better way to get him out of it. In addition, however, I think it fits the form of the novel. The pool represents giving in—though it's giving in to peace instead of pain, it is still an admittance of defeat. I've mentioned over and over that the pain has no power against one who doesn't give in to it. I don't see why the peace should be any different. If you can resist one, then you can resist the other.

    Besides, the image of Raoden bursting from the pool in front of Galladon and Karata was too good to pass up.

    I'm honestly not sure what the pool is or how exactly it fits into the theory of this magic system. It was added as a plotting devise, as mentioned earlier, and therefore was never tied directly to the cosmology or theoretics of the world. When I do a sequel to this book, I think I'll try and find a way to tie it in. For now, however, it's kind of a loose thread. The only thing I know for certain is what I mentioned above. Just like the pain of an Elantrian, I think the peace offered by this pool is a supernatural force. It has something to do with the physical form of the Elantrians.

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 18th, 2004

    Brandon Sanderson (Chapter 62-2)

    RAODEN'S TRANSPORTATION

    I had to work very hard to make this one work. I think it turned out, but it is a little bit of a stretch. Hopefully, readers will go with me on this one because of the climactic feeling of the near-ending.

    Regardless, I do think I gave Raoden all the pieces he needed here. Adien always existed in the book for this one moment—to give Raoden the length measurement he needed to go try to save Sarene. I've established that Seons have perfect senses of direction, and I've talked about how to use Aon Tia. More importantly, I think I've established that this is something that Raoden would do. He gets just a shade foolhardy when Sarene is concerned. (It's all her fault.)

    There is another important element to this teleportation. I thought it important to involve deity in the climax of what has been such an overtly religious book. You may not believe in God, and it is never my intention to belittle your choices. However, the format of this book has been one that dealt with religion and the way that people interact with their faith. And so, I took this last moment of the book, and gave Raoden an opportunity to call upon the aid of providence.

    Raoden arrives safely, despite the odds against his having gotten the distance, direction, and other factors right. You are free to simply think of this as luck, if you wish.

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  • 7

    Interview: Oct, 2004

    Brandon Sanderson

    7) Where do YOU think the Seons came from, and how do they relate to the magic of AonDor?

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  • 8

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2013

    Viper

    Ok real quick then I'll get back in line again. There's a bunch of people who follow this stuff online ... I just found out about it ... I don't want to call them a cult, but ... So anyway, at one point someone asked you if Seons were shards of—

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aona.

    Viper

    Devotion ... yeah Aona, and you said that was close. My question is: are the Aons at the HEART of the Seons shards of Devotion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but close.

    Viper

    But ... I was sure ... the floating Aon at the heart, that's not a shard ...

    Brandon Sanderson

    (taking pity on me) You're close but a word is wrong. You're using the wrong terminology.

    Viper

    SPLINTER. Are the Aons at the heart of Seons SPLINTERS of Aona?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Viper

    Can I post that online?

    Brandon Sanderson

    . . . Ok. That's fine. It's been long enough, they've earned it.

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  • 9

    Interview: May 17th, 2013

    Kogiopsis

    How long before the events of Elantris did Odium kill Aona/Devotion and Skai/Dominion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Same time as the origins of the Seons.

    Kogiopsis

    This was the second-closest I came to getting RAFO'd. He was sort of jovially apologetic about this answer; I tried to get a solid number of years but to no avail.

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  • 10

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Windrunner

    Why does Devotion's Shardpool act so differently from Preservation's?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For similar reasons to why the Dor acts so differently from Preservation's essence...

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  • 11

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Windrunner

    Is the Dor made up of both Devotion and Dominion's power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Dor's nature, and why it acts as it does, is in part related to this question.

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Meteorites are mentioned as "souls of dead gods". Do they have any relation to the Splinters of Devotion and Dominion and their physical aspects (like lerasium)?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    "Literally no". When asked if there is a connection to the splinters at all, I got another RAFO.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Do Ralkalest and Soulstone have any connection to the two shards?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    You said to not travel to Shadesmar on Sel. Is this a consequence of Odium Splintering Aona and Skai?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    It is indirectly related to the splintering. There is a clue to why it is dangerous in Way of Kings.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep 24th, 2013

    Chris King (Miyabi)

    And here is the last one for Sel: Does Shu-Keseg predate the splintering of Devotion and Dominion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I don't believe it does.

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  • 16

    Interview: Dec 8th, 2012

    Chaos ()

    In Emperor's Soul, I asked: "Is the reason why it is hard to get to Shadesmar on Sel because Devotion and Dominion being Splintered?"

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    That is part of it (a little). Then, hidden later in the book: "Has to do with the name of that expanse."

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  • 17

    Interview: Aug 19th, 2015

    KChan

    Are all magics on Sel influenced by both Devotion and Dominion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 18

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2016

    little wilson

    You mentioned that "half-ish" of the existing Shards are whole at the time of Shadows of Self. Is that counting splinters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Splintered is one of the ways they are not considered whole. (He's thinking about Dominion and Devotion and says that's the opposite of whole)

    little wilson

    I was thinking about shattered versus splintered, and going with shattered with Devotion and Dominion. And then splintered would be Honor separating a piece of himself to create the spren (pre-Shattering).

    Brandon Sanderson

    On Scadrial, Ruin and Preservation did the same thing. Their bodies are part of the world. Things on the spiritual realm don't matter where they are in relation to each other. All those spren are still Honor, when he was alive. Does that make sense? Yes, they're splinters of Honor, but they're still Honor. It's not like he's diminished, because his whole essence is the world. There's no diminishing that. So we're talking about the fracturing of the mind and killing of the Shard. That's the distinction between whole and not whole.

    little wilson

    Are there any Shards we don't know of that are Shattered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. (Zas' sister says "Four....ish...right?") Eh....Honor is gone. Devotion and Dominion are gone. There are others. The question is is Cultivation gone or not? I haven't answered that for you. There are others. So this is why I'm not going to give you answers on this.

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2016

    Lisbon, Portugal (Paraphrased)

    Moridin997

    Did Bavadin in any way help Odium splinter Dominion and Devotion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uhh... Yes... Yes, you could say that...

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  • 20

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Question

    So we know that you can’t just have someone--if someone were to do something similar to Hoid, he can’t just pop and go ‘oh look, I can now do Allomancy or now do Surgebinding’. What about Breath? Could somebody give Breath--could they still get the benefits--

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, good question. Yes you can, actually. Breath, once it is given to you, it is being keyed to you--your Identity. So that transfer makes it yours to use however you want.

    Question

    So you could Awaken?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You could Awaken. If you were to somehow make it there, you would be able to Awaken. It’s the easiest of magics to get the magic from, and then to manipulate. Because it has keyed into it Identity.

    Question

    [garbled]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, you can take Breath onto another world. In fact, you’ve seen characters do this.

    Question

    [garbled]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it would work the same way. The only magic that is location-dependent-- the ones who aren’t interested in this, just hum to yourself, okay? You don’t need to know any of this stuff to enjoy the books, okay? I’ve [written] them so that each series can be read independently, and enjoyed. There is behind the scenes stuff, and if you want to dig, it goes pretty deep. So on Sel, we have AonDor. AonDor is based on the fact that the Dor, which is an amalgamation of Dominion and Devotion, has been pressed together and stuffed into the Cognitive Realm by Odium who didn’t want it to gain sentience, as Investiture will do if it is left alone. It will either seek someone to be its Vessel or it will gain sentience. He pressed it in there; he pressed it together, which creates the violent reaction, because those two Intents are opposed. And that is the foundation of the magic. Because it’s stuck in the Cognitive Realm rather than the Spiritual Realm (the Spiritual Realm is location-independent; Cognitive Realm is location-dependent), it makes the magic on Sel only work in close proximity to what is keyed through there to the location they’re keyed to. This has to do with Identity and Connection--mostly Connection. So that means you can’t do AonDor on another planet, but you can do other magics works anywhere, because they’re drawing the magics specifically through either the place, or they’re end-neutral, like Breath is, and don’t need any extra power.

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  • 21

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2016

    Argent

    I want to take us back to some Shards before we skip me for the fourth time. So there were a few of the Shards that Rayse Splintered, included Ambition, Dominion, and Devotion.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Argent

    And those were all way back in history. So, we know that the Shard’s personality overrides the Vessel’s personality over time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Strongly influence, and depending on the Vessel, override.

    Argent

    So, did Rayse choose those Shards because--

    Brandon Sanderson

    He went after Ambition first, but didn’t find Ambition until after going after Devotion and Dominion. But Ambition was number one on his hit list.

    Argent

    Was it because of the Shard or because of the Vessel, or the person.

    Brandon Sanderson

    In this case it was the Shard primarily. He was afraid that this was a Shard that would rival him. But, he then got trapped in the Rosharan system.

    Argent

    Which is segue to Shards Investing in Shardworlds. So is it kind of a...passive...the more a Shard stays on a world, the Investiture kind of seeps…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it does. Once you’ve got a Perpendicularity, you are starting...That’s trouble for going other places. But you’ve gotta remember, going other places means multiple things to someone actually holding a Shard. They can exist in the Spiritual Realm, where all things are one. And they can even kind of comprehend it.

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