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Hoid Frost.jpg
Groups Seventeenth Shard[1]
Species Dragon (cosmere)
Homeworld Yolen
Universe Cosmere

Our interference so far has brought nothing but pain. My path has been chosen very deliberately.

—Frost's letter to Hoid[2]

Frost is a dragon from Yolen.[3] He is old enough to remember the Shattering, and has been corresponding with Hoid through letters.[4]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Please, hearken to my plea. Leave that place and join me in my oath of nonintervention. The cosmere itself may depend upon our restraint.

—Frost's letter to Hoid[5][6]

The specific details of Frost's appearance are unknown. He presumably has the powerful shapeshifting abilities common to his race,[7] giving him the power to significantly alter his appearance. His usual appearance is presumably reptilian in nature.[4]

Frost has lived through significant events in the cosmere and has adopted a non-interference policy.[8] He's sarcastic and insulting towards Hoid,[9][5] although it is clear that their personal relationship is complicated.[10]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Frost With Hoid

Like all dragons, Frost is functionally immortal, meaning that he does not age, but he can be killed.[11][12] He is the oldest known character in the cosmere, even older than Hoid.[13] He has gained a second form of immortality on top of his natural dragon immortality through unknown means.[14]

Dragons are also known to have the abilities of flight[15] and shapeshifting, including the ability to appear human.[16]

While not a worldhopper, he is still highly knowledgeable about the cosmere.[17] He is associated with the Seventeenth Shard,[1] a group that shares his nonintervention policy.[18] He is able to keep track of current events in the cosmere through the Seventeenth Shard, correspondence, or other means. Among other facts, he knows that Hoid possesses a bead of lerasium from Scadrial,[19][20] that Odium is trapped in the Rosharan system,[21] and that a gemstone of Hoid's (presumably the First Gem) is "dead".[22] Despite the existence of the Silverlight Mercantile interplanetary postal service, this was not the method Hoid and Frost used to exchange letters, meaning that they had some other means of contacting one another.[23]


Frost's current mortality status is ambiguous. As a dragon, he is naturally ageless; immortal in the weak sense that he could live forever absent outside intervention. However, Hoid says "as you are now essentially immortal",[24] he must be immortal in some sense stronger than that. But contravening that, he still can be killed.[11] Frost is both sufficiently difficult to kill that Hoid would consider him "essentially immortal", but still possible to kill. What this means is not clear.


Little is known of Frost's history even though he is truly ancient. He is slightly older than Hoid,[13] and both of them are known to have lived on Yolen. In their correspondence, Frost and Hoid seemed to know each other well, and Frost hinted that they had worked together in the past.[2] They also exhibited a shared personal knowledge of a number of the original sixteen Vessels who perpetrated the Shattering of Adonalsium on Yolen and took up the power of the Shards.[25][26] Specifically, the letters mentioned Rayse, Bavadin, Aona, Skai, Ati, and Tanavast by name, and Frost referenced "the sixteen".[27]

In Hoid's initial letter to Frost, it seemed that the two had not spoken in some time; Hoid was not sure if Frost was fully aware of the Splintering of Devotion and Dominion on Sel[24] even though several millenia had passed since that event.[27] Hoid begged Frost for his support, implying that Frost still had clout in the cosmere.[28] Frost rebuffed Hoid, emphasizing his nonintervention policy, and referred to their past actions as having caused more harm than good.[2] Although Frost seemed to agree with Hoid's assessment that Odium was dangerous,[29] he did not understand Hoid's level of concern[30] since Odium was trapped in the Rosharan system.[21] The two were diametrically opposed on the best way to save the cosmere, and Frost entreated Hoid to abandon his quest; he felt that this was the only way to ensure that Hoid would not make things worse with his meddling.[22]

Frost still lived on Yolen during Roshar's True Desolation.[3]


  • It is likely that there are characters older than Frost in the cosmere, but they have not been canonized.[31]
  • Frost first appeared in the unpublished novel Dragonsteel Prime, some of which can be read on Brandon's website.[32] A series of Dragonsteel novels are still in Brandon's long-term plans for the cosmere, and would likely include Frost.[33]
  • In the original Dragonsteel Prime, Frost was posing as a human, and Hoid was able to prove he was a dragon by pranking him using a Tamu Kek.[34]


  1. a b The Way of Kings chapter 26 epigraph#
  2. a b c Words of Radiance chapter 66 epigraph#
  3. a b Arcanum Unbounded Fort Collins signing
    Arcanum - 2016-11-29#
  4. a b OdysseyCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
  5. a b Words of Radiance chapter 74 epigraph#
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 75 epigraph#
  7. Skyward Atlanta signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-17#
  8. General Twitter 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-01-04#
  9. Words of Radiance chapter 62 epigraph#
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 63 epigraph#
  11. a b Firefight Seattle Public Library signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-07#
  12. Shadows of Self release party
    Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
  13. a b Goodreads: Ask the Author Q&A
    Arcanum - 2014-08-13#
  14. YouTube Spoiler Stream 4
    Arcanum - 2022-06-16#
  15. Skyward Seattle signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-10#
  16. OdysseyCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
  17. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-09-08#
  18. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  19. The Way of Kings chapter 14 epigraph#
  20. Rithmatist Provo signing
    Arcanum - 2013-06-03#
  21. a b Words of Radiance chapter 69 epigraph#
  22. a b Words of Radiance chapter 60 epigraph#
  23. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-03-22#
  24. a b The Way of Kings chapter 22 epigraph#
  25. Mistborn: Secret History part 3 chapter 2#
  26. Skyward San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-07#
  27. a b Words of Radiance chapter 70 epigraph#
  28. The Way of Kings chapter 28 epigraph#
  29. Words of Radiance chapter 67 epigraph#
  30. The Way of Kings chapter 17 epigraph#
  31. Skyward release party
    Arcanum - 2018-11-06#
  32. Dragonsteel Prime Chapter 25: Bridge Four 1
    Brandon's website - c. 2000#
  33. State of the Sanderson 2018
    Brandon's website - 2018-12-18#
  34. Shardcast Interview
    Arcanum - 2023-07-30#
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Big Smooth (talk) 12:05, 24 June 2019 (MST)