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Related to Devotion, Dominion[1][2]
Focus Forms
Type End-Positive[3]
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

ChayShan is a manifestation of Investiture on Sel.


In order for a ChayShan user to access the Dor a few things have to occur. It appears that a ChayShan user has to be JinDo.[4]


Shuden claims that ChayShan is simply a way to focus a warrior's mind and body before battle,[5] but he later uses it while fighting Dakhor monks.[6] ChayShan is practiced via a meditative martial arts style that appears to focus on speeding up motions and gaining power from them,[7] which then appears to draw upon the Dor. As all the Investitures on Sel are form-based,[8] it is quite possible that the different forms and moves of the ChayShan are what determine what powers a practitioner is using.

A person using ChayShan moves their body in specific circular patterns, slowly gaining in speed.[5] The person continuously keeps their hands and legs moving. They move as though they are "struggling against some unseen force" with their muscles tensed. The leaps and arm motions of ChayShan seem similar to a dance. When the Dor is actually being accessed, a dim glow is visible in the wake of the motions of the limbs of the practitioner. If a person using ChayShan loses focus, they lose access to the Dor and must start over.[6]


One of the abilities granted by ChayShan is an enormous amount of strength.[6] Someone performing ChayShan is capable of breaking the ribs of a Dakhor monk and hitting one in the head so hard that the spine breaks. When viewed in context of the fact that the Dakhor monks' bones are so incredibly strong that it took Kiin multiple strokes to hack through them with his axe,[9] the strength of someone using ChayShan becomes even more impressive. Another ability that may be granted is vision without the use of one's eyes, as Shuden performs all of his motions in battle with his eyes closed.[6]

Relationship To JinDo[edit]

ChayShan has a specific tie to the land of JinDo. Like all Selish magic, ChayShan will decrease in power the further from JinDo a user gets.[4]

Known Users[edit]


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