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Related to Realmatic Theory
Type Spiritual property
Universe Cosmere
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Connection is an ability within the cosmere that allows a closer relationship between two parties.

Metallic Arts[edit]

In Feruchemy, Connection is stored in duralumin. Storing Connection lessens others' trust in and awareness of the Feruchemist, while tapping Connection allows the Feruchemist to form trusting relationships quickly.[1] It can also be used for communication.

In Hemalurgy, Connection can be stolen by a duralumin spike.

It is unknown whether Connection can be accessed by Allomancy.

The Nature of Connection[edit]

Connection uses spiritwebs, and connects them in the Spiritual Realm. Connection is thought to be part of the spiritual aspect of a being, and has an influence on who can or cannot ascend as the holder of a certain Shard.[2] Additionally, it is possible to alter connection through artificial means other than Feruchemy[3] (such as the device designed by the Ire), though the particulars of how this is accomplished are unknown. Connection can be inherited.[4]

Intent of Use[edit]

Connection can allow communication between two parties that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Examples include people speaking a different language[5][6] or existing in different realms.[7]


Connection can be accessed by wearing unsealed metalminds. These medallions are worn by a person who is in a land that is not their own, and they are then able to speak the language of the place they are in. A person wearing their medallion in their own land will still speak their own language, not the language of the person they are communicating with. Occasionally, words do not translate fully.


Connection to a Shard is required to ascend. Improper connection decreases the vessel's ability to control the powers and weakens the vessel's power.[2] Connection to the paired opposite of a shard makes it difficult to maintain ascension.


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