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First Gem

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First Gem
Type Magic
Owner Hoid
World Unknown
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Oathbringer

The First Gem is a topaz with magical properties[1] that Hoid once carried and from which he took his name for a while.[2][3] The name "First Gem" was revealed in the Second Oathbringer Letter when Patji[4] addressed Hoid as "Cephandrius, bearer of the First Gem." Some individuals in the cosmere still know Hoid as "Topaz".[5] Hoid tells Kaladin that he was once named for a beautiful rock that became worthless for his wearing it,[6] presumably referring to the First Gem.


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Hoid's belief that the gem is now "worthless"[6] likely indicates that it no longer holds its original magical properties. Frost also mentions a gemstone being "dead" in his letter to Hoid.[7]

Although topaz is a polestone on Roshar, Frost and Patji's knowledge of the gem, its name, and Hoid's status as one of the oldest beings in the cosmere[8] all hint that the First Gem has importance beyond Roshar. It has been theorised that the First Gem was used in some form in the Shattering of Adonalsium.[9]


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Big Smooth (talk) 09:49, 24 June 2019 (MST)