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Vessel Koravellium Avast
Slivers None
Splinters Spren
Status Alive and whole[1][2]
Perpendicularity Cultivation's Perpendicularity
Magics Surgebinding,[3] Old Magic
Residence Roshar
Universe Cosmere
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I control all things that can be grown, nurtured.
That includes the thorns.

—Cultivation to Dalinar[4]

Cultivation is one of the sixteen Shards of Adonalsium.[5] Her Vessel is a dragon named Koravellium Avast,[6][7] though Hoid has referred to her as Slammer.[8] Cultivation resides on Roshar, having originally come there with Honor before Odium's arrival.[9] Cultivation's Investiture is typically associated with the color green.[10]


Cultivation's intent as a Shard appears to be related to transformation. According to Odium, all she wishes to see is change, regardless of where it leads.[11] In her own view, on the other hand, she wishes to grow things and people, and prune them if need be, to shape them in a desired form, even if she accepts that there will always be a degree of uncertainty.[4][12]

Associated Magics[edit]


Cultivation has her own form of gaseous Investiture, Lifelight, that is comparable to the Scadrian mists,[13] Stormlight, and Voidlight.[14] When visiting the Nightwatcher, Dalinar sees Cultivation surrounded by green mist,[4] which is likely Lifelight.[13] It can both be captured in gems and serve as a power source much like the other two Lights. In fact, Lift's Investiture that she generates by transmuting consumed food is Lifelight and not Stormlight. The power that the Sibling uses, Towerlight, is a mixture of Lifelight and Stormlight.[15]

Lifelight takes up the middle note on the Rosharan tritonic scale.[15]

God Metal[edit]

Shardblades and Shardplate are both made out of a mixture of the unnamed God Metals of Honor and Cultivation. The precise proportion of the two differs depending on the type of spren that forms the Blade, or the order to which the Plate belongs; as such, there are at least ten alloys.[16][17][18]


Surgebinding is a magic system derived from both Cultivation and Honor.[3] To Surgebind, a person must bond a spren, which grants them the ability to inhale Stormlight and use it for various purposes, chief among them self-healing and manipulating Surges, the fundamental forces of Roshar.[19] Some Surges are more inclined towards Cultivation, while others are closer to Honor. Additionally, some of the Radiant spren appear to be closer to Cultivation than others.[20]

The spren capable of forming the Radiant bonds are likewise a mix of Cultivation and Honor's Investitures; as such, a Shardblade is a mix of her and his metals.[17] She is able to acknowledge the oaths of Knights Radiants.[21][22]

Old Magic[edit]

Old Magic is a magic "system" that appears to be usable only by Cultivation and the Nightwatcher.[4] It allows for granting another person a boon and a curse based on their request. The boons and curses can range from physical objects, such as money or swords, to mental alterations, such as making a person see upside-down for the rest of their life, or erasing memories.[4][23] It even permits Realmatic changes, such as granting a new and unique way of acquiring Investiture.[24]

Although the Nightwatcher has no known agenda in her boons and curses, Cultivation occasionally intervenes when she can further her plans.[25] These include granting Taravangian the capacity to Ascend to Odium and Dalinar the emotional fortitude to avoid becoming Odium's champion.[4][26][27][28]

There is more to Old Magic than just boons and curses; however, there is no person currently known to make use of that.[29]


Cultivation is capable of seeing the future, with Honor mentioning that she is much better at it than he ever was.[5] While certainly one of the better users of future sight in the cosmere, she herself admits that she cannot truly predict everything.[4]

She is capable of creating spren of herself, the chief example of this being the Nightwatcher.[30] This being said, the Nightwatcher is not very humanlike, and so Cultivation keeps her in the Valley to hold court, and grants her the use of the Old Magic.[4] Cultivationspren are also likely tied to Cultivation herself, as they refer to her as "Mother".[24][31]

Something about her presence on Roshar, whether intentional or otherwise, makes it easier for animal life there to attain a degree of sentience, with both Ryshadium and santhidyn being far more intelligent than their peers for this reason.[32]

Cultivation's Perpendicularity is located in the Horneater Peaks, and forms either one or all of the Horneater Oceans, the giant lakes at the top of the mountains. Until the True Desolation, where it was overtaken by the Fused, it was the main way for worldhoppers to travel to and from Roshar.[33][34]

Cultivation appears to have the ability to kill or at least seriously wound Odium, as he refrained from killing the Stormfather out of fear of leaving himself exposed to her counterattack.[35]


Cultivation, Honor and Odium

Shattering and ancient Roshar[edit]

I think there's only one [woman of my age] around these parts, and she and I never did get along.


The Shard of Cultivation was created during the Shattering, and was subsequently taken up by Koravellium Avast. She and Honor, with whom she was romantically involved, departed the site of the Shattering, Yolen, and ended up on Roshar.[37] There, they became the gods of a local sentient species known as the singers. However, following Odium's arrival in the Rosharan system, the two Shards ended up siding with human newcomers instead.[35]

At an unknown point in time, she created the Nightwatcher, who became both infamous and deeply sought after for her ability to grant banes and boons with the Old Magic.[4] She also created the Sibling alongside Honor, who became vital in the functioning of Urithiru and the fight against the Voidbringers.[38]

Although Cultivation assisted Honor in fighting Odium, Honor still perished.[39] Following his death, Cultivation withdrew in grief, and appeared to have lost all interest in aiding mankind any longer.[24] This was not entirely correct, however -- rather than hiding, she was planning.[40]

Cultivation also briefly spent time on Ashyn.[41]

Era of Solitude[edit]

In the late Era of Solitude, Cultivation used the Old Magic at least thrice. She granted Taravangian fluctuating amounts of compassion and intelligence, ultimately grooming him to take up the Shard of Odium, which required compassion, and to master its Intent, which required the intelligence.[27] She altered Lift's Surgebinding so it was powered by Lifelight, rather than Stormlight, though Lift's boon and curse are not known.[25][21] She also intervened when Dalinar Kholin came to see the Nightwatcher and begged for forgiveness. Instead of this, she erased all memories of his wife, which served as both a boon and a curse.[4]

Unlike with all other boons and curses, Dalinar's memories gradually returned after the arrival of the Everstorm.[42] This was deliberately engineered by Cultivation to give him time to come to terms with his past before Odium would try to use it to turn Dalinar into his champion.[43]


Storming Mother of the World and Father of Storms above!

Cultivation has been honored on Roshar for a long time, at least since the era of the Knights Radiant.[45] In the present day, however, her worship is limited to the western part of the continent, where she is considered an embodiment of nature and nature spren.[46] There, she is sometimes referred to as Mother of the World.[44] Even in the east, people sometimes make references to Mother Cultivation, though typically as a joke.[47] In Vorinism, belief in her and her cohorts, such as the Nightwatcher, is considered pagan superstition and usually dismissed.[4][45]

Cultivation is also highly revered by cultivationspren. Though the precise relation between them and her is unclear, they often call her Mother or Blessed Mother, and only sometimes by her proper name.[31][48][49] "Mother's vines" appears to be a particular curse related to Cultivation.[50]



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  2. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
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  3. a b Boskone 54
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  4. a b c d e f g h i j k Oathbringer chapter 114#
  5. a b The Way of Kings chapter 75#
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  7. General Reddit 2020
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  8. General Signed Books 2016
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  9. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
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  10. ICon 2019
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  11. Oathbringer chapter 57#
  12. Yumi and the Nightmare Painter chapter 12#
  13. a b Idaho Falls signing
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  14. Read For Pixels 2018
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  15. a b Rhythm of War chapter 69#
  16. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
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  17. a b Skyward Denver signing
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  18. Arcanum Unbounded signing Hoboken
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  19. interview with Brandon Sanderson
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  20. FanX 2018
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  21. a b Rhythm of War chapter 60#
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  23. The Way of Kings interlude I-7#
  24. a b c Words of Radiance interlude I-9#
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  26. Words of Radiance interlude I-14#
  27. a b Tel Aviv Signing
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  28. The Way of Kings chapter 61#
  29. Legion Release Party
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  30. JordanCon 2016
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  31. a b Oathbringer chapter 118#
  32. Shadows of Self Denver signing
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  33. Oathbringer chapter 93#
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  35. a b Oathbringer chapter 111#
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  37. Rithmatist Albuquerque signing
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  39. Idaho Falls Signing
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  40. Oathbringer London signing
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  41. Mini-Con 2021
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  42. Oathbringer chapter 24#
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  44. a b Edgedancer chapter 15#
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  46. Words of Radiance chapter 3#
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  57. The Way of Kings chapter 46#
  58. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
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