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Fused

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Fused
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Magic Cognitive Shadow
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

They are the spren of Parshmen long dead. They are their kings, their lighteyes, their valiant soldiers from long, long ago. The process is not easy on them. Some of these spren are mere forces now, animalistic, fragments of minds given power by Odium. Others are more … awake. Each rebirth further injures their minds.

They are reborn using the bodies of Parshmen to become the Fused.

The Fused are the souls of ancient singers that are able to be reborn by possessing the bodies of living singers. They are considered to be higher in singer society than Regals and common singers.[2] They seem to have powers similar to Surgebinding, however, unlike the Knights Radiant, there are only nine orders of them, rather than ten.[3]

Nature[edit]

These ancient singer shadows exist in a state very similar to spren, until they take over a singer body. This process requires a living singer to open themselves up to bonding a new spren during one of Roshar's invested storms, in the same way as they would to adopt a new Form. The singer shadows waiting to become the Fused then choose one of these willing, open singers, and (in a process which causes intense pain and agony to the host singers) take over their bodies, killing them.[2] The Fused can be killed by conventional means, but they can use Voidlight to heal.[citation needed] However, damaging their gemheart is instantly fatal.[4]

In previous Desolations, when Fused died, the Oathpact bound them back to Braize and delayed them from returning immediately.[1] They would then have to wait until the next desolation, before they could Return and be reborn again.

In the True Desolation, the Fused use the Everstorm to great advantage. Not only can they use the Everstorm (instead of relying on highstorms) to possess new living singers, but when they do die, they can immediately Return during the next Everstorm, if they can find a living singer willing to take on the burden.[3]

Due to their Invested nature, the ancient ones that become the Fused do not need to bond a spren to attain and maintain full sapience.[5] However, every time a Fused is reborn, the process further injures their minds.[1]

Powers[edit]

by Jemma M. Young
A Fused with the power of Gravitation

The Fused use powers in ways similar to the Knights Radiant, but with a few notable differences. Like all Surgebinders, the Fused gain their abilities through manipulation of Roshar's fundamental forces, the Surges, though it seems to appear that unlike them, each one of the nine kinds of Fused can only access a single Surge. It is unknown whether a specific Fused can change forms (and thus, powers) during their current incarnation, nor is it clear whether they can change forms between rebirths, when they posses a new singer body. The only Fused whose death and rebirth has been shown so far, Lady Leshwi, has retained her control over the Surge of Gravitation.

Another difference between the Fused and the Surgebinders lies in the fuel they use to power their abilities. Where Surgebinders use Stormlight, the Fused rely on Voidlight - Investiture that does not appear to require a physical conduit, like gemstones, but instead can be directly supplied to the user. Voidlight does not provide the same healing abilities as Stormlight, however, it appears other healing methods may be accessible to those using Voidlight.[6][7]

Some Fused can manipulate their carapace to form tools, weapons, and armor, hinting to the existence of other powers and abilities.[8]

Gravitation[edit]

Fused who can manipulate the Surge of Gravitation do so very similarly to how the Windrunner and Skybreaker Orders make use of the Basic Lashing. Fused of this form are often seen manipulating the gravitation vector of both themselves and other bodies and objects, resulting in abilities such as flight, reduced weight, and sending their enemies flying off into the air. The Fused accelerate slower than Surgebinders when using Gravitation.[9] This is due to them expending less energy and does not have to do with the gravity of Braize.[10] Over a large span, Fused will go faster than Surgebinders.[11]

Illumination[edit]

Fused who interact with the Surge of Illumination appear to mimic the Lightweavers' ability to change their own appearance by creating illusions.[7]

Abrasion[edit]

Fused who control the Surge of Abrasion have the ability to change the force of friction between objects and bodies, similar to Edgedancers.

Known Fused[edit]

Notes[edit]

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