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Holder Bavadin[1]
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Status Unknown
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Universe Cosmere
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Autonomy is a Shard of Adonalsium held by Bavadin.[1] It has been confirmed that Bavadin is located on Taldain, the planet of White Sand.[2]


Bavadin is first referenced in The Letter. The Letter's author, Hoid, has a grudge against Bavadin and Rayse.[3] It is unclear whether Bavadin and Rayse are allies, or the Letter author has a different reason to have a grudge against Bavadin.

Bavadin is also referenced by Khriss in her notes on the Taldain System. Khriss writes that Bavadin supports a policy of strict isolationism for Taldain (to the detriment of Taldanian expatriates), while simultaneously being willing to meddle in the affairs of other worlds. Khriss also identifies Bavadin using female pronouns [4], though her gender is unclear.[5]


Bavadin is mentioned in The Letter and in Khriss' notes on the Taldain System.


  1. a b Bavadin's Intent is Autonomy .
    17th Shard forums - Oct 6th, 2015
  2. Will we see Bavadin?
    Theoryland - Aug 31st, 2011
  3. The Way of Kings chapter 23 epigraph
  4. Arcanum Unbounded
  5. Bavadin's personas
    — Reddit
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