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Abilities Nahel bond, Lightweaver magic, Splinter
Bonded With Elhokar (formerly), Hoid
Species Cryptic
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Design! ... What did I tell you about spoiling the ending of stories!”

“Something stupid, so I forgot it!

—Hoid and Design[1]

Design is a Cryptic on Roshar bonded to Hoid.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Like other Cryptics, Design is a creature with stiff robes and a shifting pattern for a head. Her head pattern is lacy and intricate, and seems to be more fine and graceful than Pattern's. She has a musical, feminine voice.[1]

Design is cheerful and energetic. She enjoys annoying Hoid, poking holes in his stories and tricks in front of others.[1][3]

Abilities and Attributes[edit]

Being a Cryptic, Design is able to form Nahel bonds with humans. This gives the bonded human access to the Surges of the Order of Lightweavers, namely Illumination and Transformation.


In the months or years leading up to his death, Elhokar had been seeing Cryptics, in their Shadesmar form, in mirrors.[4] He seems to have also spotted a Physical form of a Cryptic at some point, possibly Design.[5] While Elhokar was seeing Cryptics in mirrors for a while, he only began saying the First Ideal just before he died.[6] Hoid later rescued Design from the Fused in Kholinar and bonded her himself.[7][8]


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