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Worldsinger by Ari Ibarra.jpg
Abilities Lightweaving (Yolish), Mistborn, Awakener, Lightweaver (Surgebinder), Worldhopper, etc.
Aliases Wit, Hoid, others
Groups Worldsingers
World Yolen
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive, Elantris, The Emperor's Soul, Mistborn, Warbreaker, White Sand
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Please read carefully and note that this is not necessarily canonical.

And while I am your friend, please understand that our goals do not completely align. You must not trust yourself with me. If I have to watch this world crumble and burn to get what I need, I will do so. With tears, yes, but I would let it happen.

—Hoid to Dalinar[1]

Hoid is a recurring character in the cosmere, as well as a legend rumored to have a thousand titles (most of which, he says, are not pleasant). He has appeared in almost every cosmere novel, short story, and novella which takes place in that universe. Note that his real name is likely not Hoid. In The Way of Kings, he mentions he stole the name from someone he should have loved, while giving Kaladin his flute and telling the story of the Wandersail. In section 2 of the 2nd Letter from Words of Radiance, the author of the letter asks if Hoid is no longer hiding behind the name of his old master. The name "Hoid" is likely the name he is hiding behind.

Hoid was involved in the events taking place before any of the cosmere's published books begin, and is the second oldest character seen so far.[2] He was originally human, but has changed enough that when asked, Brandon only says "It's complicated."[3] Hoid is not a Shard, nor is he a Herald, but something else entirely.[4] He is very skilled with disguises, and the overtness of his involvement varies from book to book. In some, he is named outright and makes references to other events and places in the cosmere, while in others he is seen only deep in disguise, almost unrecognizable. Brandon has confirmed that all of these appearances are the same individual,[5] but that he worldhops between planets. Hoid's motives are unknown, and most of his actions occur behind the scenes. He is searching for something unknown.[6]

His particular style of storytelling in which he manipulates sand or smoke to illustrate his stories, as in Warbreaker and The Way of Kings, does not originate from White Sand, but from another unpublished story, The Liar of Partinel.[7] In Warbreaker, Siri asked Hoid where he learned his style of story telling. Hoid answered, "I learned it many, many years ago from a man who didn't know who he was, Your Majesty. It was a distant place where two lands meet and gods have died. But that is unimportant." His origin will be revealed in the Dragonsteel series,[8] and so it is commonly believed Hoid is from Yolen, the world of Dragonsteel and Liar. He also has a "home base" somewhere in the Cognitive Realm.[9][10]

Hoid is neither the author of the Ars Arcanum, nor of the back-of-book blurb for Words of Radiance.[11] He occasionally will show up somewhere, stand around for a while, realize there isn't a novel-worthy plot going on, and leave.[12]

Appearance & Personality

Hoid's appearance varies dramatically from book to book. He's often in disguise, which makes his true appearance difficult to ascertain. Couple this with the fact that he can most likely Lightweave his appearance in order to look however he wants, it makes it nearly impossible to know for sure what he looks like. To the best of our knowledge, his face is lined,[13] hawk-like and arrow shaped. Hoid is tall and thin[14] and also has a sharp nose and jaw with delicate eyebrows.[13] He tends to cock his head to one side[15] and has keen blue eyes.[14] Hoid's hair is white, although he occasionally dyes it.[16] There is a particular reason for his hair being white, which will be revealed in the future.[17]

Hoid's true personality, while also usually disguised, is more easily seen as he occasionally drops whatever part he is playing. One of his overall most noticeable traits is his sharp wit and intelligence. The characters he plays often have a penchant for jokes and mockery but when he removes the facade his personality often seems mysterious and grave.[18][15] If he was asked about whether he called himself a good man personality-wise, Hoid would reply with a "No".[19]

Hoid cannot easily kill people "because of certain things in his past."[20] Rock says he cannot hurt man because it is forbidden by other gods.[21] He also tells a young Shallan, "You needn't fear me. I'm terribly ineffective at hurting people. I blame my upbringing."[22] Hoid apologizes to Kelsier after beating him in a fight, stating he doesn't have the inclination to do real harm to him.[23] This aversion causes him to be nauseated when thinking about physically harming someone, and is sometimes bad enough to incapacitate him. However, this only extends to physical trauma- Hoid has no issues with mentally hurting someone or through inaction.[24] Hoid also has issues with harming himself physically, such as when he has to manipulate another man into punching him when he wants a tooth knocked out, rather than just doing it himself.[25][26] This is an involuntary trait.[27]

When he is on Roshar during the War of Reckoning and True Desolation, serving as King Elhokar Kholin's Wit, Hoid has the appearance of a man in his mid-30's[28] with deep onyx hair. He wears a stiff black coat a carries a long thin sword at his waist.[14] This blade is not magically Invested but has personal value to Hoid.[29] It is a symbol of office for the King's Wit, though Hoid himself is not a skilled swordfighter.[30]

Attributes and Abilities

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Hoid does not yet have the abilities of every planet he's visited.[31] Some of his powers predate the Shattering, but none of them are gained through Hemalurgy.[32] Hoid is concerned about opening himself up to the influence of Shards, so he only gains access to manifestations of Investiture through more conventional ways.[33] Hoid has access to multiple Invested Arts, but not an incredibly large number.[34] He is likely the most powerful non-Shard entity in the cosmere.[35]


I see. You do not yet understand the nature of lies. I had that trouble myself, long ago. The Shards here are very strict. You will have to see the truth, child, before you can expand upon it. Just as a man should know the law before he breaks it.

—Hoid on Lightweaving to Shallan[22]

Hoid has access to an Invested Art known as Lightweaving that originates from Yolen prior to the Shattering of Adonalsium.[36] Lightweaving allows for the creation of optical and auditory illusions.[37] This Lightweaving is much less restrictive than the later Rosharan variant,[22] and does not require a spren or Stormlight to function.[36] Hoid sometimes makes use of this ability in his disguises[38] although he has several ways of changing how he looks[39] including practical effects.[40] He may also make use of it in some of his storytelling,[41] such as the pictures of Derethil and the Wandersail that Kaladin sees in the smoke when Hoid is telling him a story.[15]

Hoid's Yolish Lightweaving does not always seem to function perfectly on Roshar;[42] in fact, he needs help from Shallan to fully craft an illusion.[43] His power is somehow limited, and he has trouble making some aspects of it work, even after multiple attempts.[42] It is uncertain why this occurs and whether or not this issue is unique to Roshar. Hoid's bonding of a Cryptic will provide abilities that supplement his own Lightweaving[44] and may allow him to overcome his issues crafting illusions, although further impacts or resonances between the two are unknown.[45] Hoid's access to Yolish Lightweaving does allow him to guide another Lightweaver's power, although this is not something he would be able to do with just any Invested Art.[42]


Hoid travels between various planets within the cosmere by making use of perpendicularities,[46] places usually created by the presence of a Shard on a planet where the sheer power of Investiture causes the borders between the realms to be weakened.[47] A knowledgeable person such as Hoid is able to transition from the Physical Realm to the Cognitive Realm.[46] Hoid can then travel to a different world's subastral, as the distances between worlds in the Cognitive Realm are much smaller than in the Physical Realm.[48] Hoid is very proficient at traveling in the Cognitive Realm.[49] He can easily travel to any world that has an active perpendicularity, even those worlds where the perpendicularities are dangerous to pass through such as the Well of Ascension.[23] Hoid is known to be aware of perpendicularities on Scadrial,[23] Sel,[50] and Roshar,[21] and likely knows of Nalthis's perpendicularity as well.[51][52] While Hoid typically makes use of natural perpendicularities in his travels, later in life he may also have access to an ability that essentially allows him to generate his own personal perpendicularity, much like the Surge of Transportation.[53]

Agelessness and Time-Dilation

Other men . . . other men, as they age, merely grow stranger. I fear that I am one of those. I am the bones of a foreign species left drying on the plain that was once, long ago, a sea. A curiosity, perhaps a reminder, that all has not always been as it is now.

—Hoid on his age[54]

Hoid has lived for many more years than any mortal human would be able to live.[55] This immortality is known to have come from some remnant of the weapon the original sixteen Vessels constructed in an attempt to kill Adonalsium.[56] Additionally, Hoid has not actually experienced all those years,[57] instead making use of some time-dilation technique that may render him somehow unconscious or unaware.[58] However, Hoid does not have the ability to travel backwards in time.[59]

Healing Factor

I'd be surprised if that little knife of yours poses me any real threat, Kholin.

—Hoid to Jasnah on her Shardblade[60]

Hoid has access to some sort of healing factor that is capable of repairing both the body and the soul.[61] He is able to regenerate any damaged body parts at will, including his head. Hoid is able to repress his healing factor in some way, preventing instantaneous healing, an ability that he makes use of in some of his disguises.[25] This healing factor makes it very difficult to kill Hoid,[20] although he is still at least somewhat vulnerable.[25] The name of the manifestation of Investiture responsible for Hoid's healing is unknown, but it is ancient,[26] likely originating from some Pre-Shattering source. It is uncertain whether or not this healing factor is at all related to Hoid's apparent agelessness, which is known to originate from a remnant of a weapon built to kill Adonalsium.[citation needed]


I have discovered a place that I must be, though to be honest I'm not exactly sure why I need to be there. This doesn't always work as well as I'd like it to.

—Hoid to Dalinar[1]

Hoid has access to an ability that allows him to make use of the Spiritual attribute of Fortune,[62], which grants him a limited amount of foresight.[63] Hoid's Fortune ability gives him an innate knowledge of where and when he needs to be.[63] While this ability may grant him knowledge of what he is to do,[62][64] usually Hoid does not know why his ability has brought him to a specific place.[62] Hoid's Fortune ability is not infallible; occasionally it directs him to go somewhere, but either nothing notable is happening or he is unable to discover the reason why he has been led there.[12] Hoid's fortune ability has let him know about instant noodles.[65]


Hoid has access to some manifestation of Investiture that allows him to manipulate the Spiritual attribute of Connection. The full extent of this ability is unknown, but its primary known use is to help Hoid speak the various languages of the worlds of the cosmere that he visits. The ability allows him to Connect to whatever land he is in, temporarily altering his Spiritual aspect to believe that he was raised in that place, allowing him to speak as a native.[66] While Hoid has learned naturally how to speak some foreign languages,[67] and is decent with languages, he desires to pass as a local oftentimes, which requires something beyond natural learning.[68] Generally he makes use of the his Connection ability to communicate in foreign languages.[67] This ability is not without fault though, as when Hoid speaks naturally it will fill in local idioms and phrases on its own, but if Hoid is careless and focuses on a specific word or phrase the ability may fail and he will say the word verbatim in his own tongue[66] or it may be said in an odd way.[69] Hoid is an expert in using his Connection ability, but even he sometimes makes mistakes. This is the reason he occasionally slips up and may say words that confuse others,[70] such as "coin"[60] and "bunny"[71] on Roshar. As Hoid has demonstrated the ability to fluently speak foreign languages before the knowledge of unsealed metalminds became widespread,[72] it is unlikely that he is making use of Feruchemical duralumin to manipulate Connection.

Metallic Arts

Hoid has also gained access to Allomancy,[73] by burning a bead of lerasium stolen from the Well of Ascension.[74][75] This grants him power equivalent to that of the ancient Allomancers.[76] It is uncertain how practiced he is with these powers, but he does make use of emotional Allomancy[77] on at least one occasion.[22] He also has access to atium.[78] It is unknown whether or not Hoid has access to Feruchemy.[79] However, he does have access to some unkeyed metalminds,[80] which would not be useful to him without Feruchemical abilities. The particular attributes that are stored in these metalminds are unknown. Hoid does not make use of Hemalurgy, to gain access to the Metallic Arts or any other manifestation of Investiture, as he is concerned about opening himself up to the influence of Shards.[33]


Perfect pitch makes this all so much easier than it once was....

—Hoid to Kaladin on making music[71]

As a Yolish man, Hoid was not himself born with any BioChromatic Breath.[81] However at some point Hoid has gained access to enough BioChromatic Breath to bring him to at least the Second Heightening.[71] This means Hoid has at least two-hundred Breaths, which grant him the ability to recognize unsupressed Breath auras and judge about how much breath another Awakener has, as well as perfect pitch.[82] That is not to say that Hoid may not have reached a higher Heightening, just that the second Heightening is his minimum power level.[83] Hoid's level of skill with Awakening is still unknown, as he has only made use of it on one known occasion, Awakening a doll to allow it to walk.[25] This makes it difficult to ascertain his knowledge of Commands or complex Awakenings. Hoid's level of control over Investiture does allow him to suppress his Breath aura, making it difficult to notice by others. However, there are various methods of detecting Investiture that could circumvent this suppression.[84] Hoid's perfect pitch does aid him in tuning instruments and making music.[71]


It's either go with me now or wait it out and get captured. I honestly don't even know if you've the mind to listen. But if you do, know this: I will give you truths. And I know some juicy ones.

—Hoid to a Cryptic[25]

Hoid has bonded a Cryptic that formerly belonged to Elhokar, which grants him access to Surgebinding.[85] While the enhanced reflexes and healing permitted by Stormlight will likely be less useful to Hoid, the Nahel bond allows him to access the surges of Illumination and Transformation.[25] This allows Hoid to Soulcast, transforming one type of matter to another by persuading its Cognitive aspect as well as Lightweaving, which grants him the ability to create visual and auditory illusions. This Rosharan Lightweaving may have a compounding effect with his Yolish Lightweaving, and likely allows him to circumvent the problems that he has experienced with his own Illusions. Although Hoid's Ideals are unknown, it may eventually grant him a Shardblade and Shardplate.

Storytelling Method

Hoid tells stories with smoke[15] and sand[51], literally.


In Warbreaker, Lightsong calls Hoid to tell the story of Hallandren history to him and Siri. As he told the story, he dropped sands, dusts, and small objects. As he told the story he began by trailing sand out of his hand, then he added a powdery black sand, when both trails mixed it became a white sand. He began to scatter fern leaves and then threw the handful up with blue and deep red dust making it seem like a minor explosion. He sprinkled silver glitter in front of him, then trailed powdery brown dirt. Black dust, and then flower petals. He then sent out a spray of half a dozen colors from both hands. Then bright yellow dust from one hand and black from the other. Torn writing on paper, followed by metal bits, black charcoal dust from both hands, he crumbled clay, sprinkled golden dust around, bits of grass and earth, a white powder and then a spray of water that turned into mist.


While telling stories with smoke he uses a flute, blowing the smoke, it may be Lightweaving that causes patterns and images to appear in smoke.

In The Way of Kings the chasms echoed the music allowing him to speak and play without the music ever seeming to stop. It is unclear how the flute could be used without chasms or canyons.


Very little of Hoid's origin is known, beyond the fact that he was present at the Shattering of Adonalsium on Yolen.[86] He knew at least some of the original Vessels personally, was friends with Rayse,[87] and Tanavast once bought him a drink.[60] Hoid was offered a Shard at the time of the Shattering, but refused to take it.[88] He also did something in his past that he regretted.[89]

He makes no appearance in Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.[90]


Hoid traveled to Taldain, though for what reasons are unknown. He was there when the Taishin were deciding whether or not to disband the Diem.[91] Hoid later got onto the boat Khriss took to return to Darkside, where he sang a song to the passengers about the meaning of art.[92]

The Restoration of Elantris and Theft of the Moon Scepter

There is beauty in every disaster, friend, if you are clever enough to find it."

—Hoid to a skaze[93]

Hoid traveled to Sel, likely making use of Devotion's Perpendicularity in Arelon. Hoid spoke to the skaze, and seems to have made some sort of agreement with them hinging on his desire to become an Elantrian with the restoration of Elantris.[93] Hoid disguised himself as a beggar, wrapped in bandages. He helped Sarene smuggle weapons into Elantris.[72] Following the restoration of the city by Raoden, Hoid traveled to the Pool to meet a skaze. He removed his bandages, hoping to find himself transformed into an Elantrian, but the transformation had not occurred. The skaze ridiculed Hoid for his failure, but Hoid expressed his joy that secrets still remained unknown to him and then entered the Perpendicularity and transitioned to the Cognitive Realm.

Hoid returned to Sel several years later, and found himself a position in the court of Emperor Ashravan in the Rose Empire as the Royal Fool. He allied himself with the Forger Shai in her attempt to steal the Moon Scepter, an artifact that allows for the translation of the various symbols of Selish Investiture. He arranged for her to be caught after she'd left the Gallery with the Scepter, later using her duplicate to steal the scepter for himself. Hoid steals the Moon Scepter to interpret Sel magic and to help him gain the magics on Sel.[94]

The Collapse of the Final Empire and Catacendre

Hoid arrived on Scadrial, likely through Ruin's Perpendicularity in the Pits of Hathsin. He took up the guise of an informant, pretending to have bad eyesight in order to make himself less threatening to people seeking information from him.[95] At some point he became known to both Dockson and Ashweather Cett.[95][96] Kelsier, pretending to be a nobleman, contacted Hoid, requesting information on House Renoux. Hoid (closed shop, smoking tobacco) met with Kelsier on the streets of Luthadel and told him that House Renoux was buying large amounts of weapons and armor from various noble houses and that Lord Renoux was considering a marriage between Valette and Elend Venture. He also claimed that Renoux was rumored to have some sort of leverage on Venture and that he knew Shan Elariel to be a Soother. At some point following this, he left Scadrial to attend to other business, again likely via the Pits.[97]

Kelsier and Hoid's meeting at the Well of Ascension

Around a year later, Hoid returned to Scadrial, traveling through Scadrial's subastral, riding on the back of a Cognitive Shadow to the Well of Ascension, Preservation's Perpendicularity.[23] He encountered the Shadow of Kelsier, who asked for help returning to the Physical Realm. Hoid told him that there was nothing to be done, but he challenged Kelsier to an insult battle, with the prize being the answer to one true question. Kelsier instead threatened Hoid. Hoid attempted to enter the pool, but Kelsier attacked him. Hoid easily overpowered Kelsier and caused him serious pain, if not permanent injury. Hoid then transitioned through the Well and stole the bead of lerasium from the adjacent room. He later ate the lerasium and became a Mistborn.[75] When Kelsier spoke of the incident to Preservation, Preservation spoke briefly on Hoid, calling him Cephandrius.

Hoid then traveled to the Terris Dominance to figure out Feruchemy,[98][97][99] and then became wrapped up in matters he did not anticipate. This may refer to him becoming involved after the Inquisitor attack on Tathingdwen and the slaughter of the Synod. Hoid took up the guise of a Terris leader[100] and led the Terris refugees to the Central Dominance.[101]

A year later, Hoid was in Fadrex City, again acting as an informant, and Ashweather Cett suggested Vin speak to him.[102] Just before Vin arrived, Kelsier's Cognitive Shadow noticed Hoid from within the Cognitive Realm.[103] Kelsier tried to touch Hoid's soul, but was rebuffed by a shock that numbed his hand. At that moment, Vin arrived intending to meet with Hoid,[102] but Kelsier attempted to warn her away from the Cognitive Realm[103] and she sensed he had something off about him[104] and instead chose not to speak to him.


Hoid traveled to Nalthis and took the role of a master storyteller. Lightsong summoned him to the Court of the Gods, where he recounted the story of Vo, explained the origin of the Hallandren God Kings, and answered Lightsong and Siri's questions.[51] He likely achieved perfect pitch while on this world by obtaining additional Breaths.[105][71]


Hoid visited Obrodai at some point prior to the True Desolation. A female avatar was created by Autonomy and instilled with a great dislike of Hoid in order to prevent him from returning there.[106]


I've come to your land to chase an old acquaintance, but I end up spending most of my time hiding from him instead.

—Hoid to Kaladin.[15]
Prior Visits

While rescuing Elhokar's Cryptic before leaving Kholinar, he recognizes one of the Fused as Vatwha, an old acquaintance. At some point, "thousands of years ago," Hoid visited Roshar and mingled with the original inhabitants of the world, even dancing with the ancient singers. The Fused, however, are now trained to watch for him - most likely to capture him and deliver him to Odium.[25]

War of Reckoning
Insulting the lighteyes

In a departure from his previous appearances, Hoid plays a more conspicuous role in the events on Roshar. Most often seen under the guise of Wit, Elhokar Kholin's court jester, he influences Dalinar, going so far as to ask Dalinar if he has ever heard the term "Adonalsium".[13] He also tells Kaladin the story of Derethil and the Wandersail.[15] During the course of the story, Hoid uses a special, ancient flute called a Trailman's flute. It is also likely that he uses Lightweaving to cause the smoke from the fire to take the form of various elements from his story. Ishikk was hired by three men from the Seventeenth Shard to search for Hoid in the Purelake. He was in Kholinar when Taln arrived to herald the coming of the Desolation.[18]

Words of Radiance

Hoid again plays a minor role as Wit, though he is absent for most of the book. In Shallan's flashback to three and a half years ago, she meets Hoid disguised as a messenger, and he talks to her. Here, Hoid is seen ingesting metals and Soothing Shallan. Rock also describes an encounter with him in the Horneater Oceans and calls him Lunu'anaki, the god of travel and mischief who cannot hurt man.[21][107]

Hoid is also seen acting as the carriage driver for Adolin when he is visiting Shallan at Sebarial's warcamp. He speaks to Kaladin about his flute and mentions that he wants an interesting story from him. When Shallan recognizes him she happily hugs him for his advice from three and a half years prior when he encouraged her at her worst and told her to keep seeking the light.[108]

Hoid, acting as Wit, visits Kaladin while he is in prison. He tells Kaladin the story of a man named Fleet who raced a highstorm across one end of Roshar to the other. Fleet wins, but dies of exhaustion at the end, and his spirit goes on to race the wind forever.

Later, at the end of the book, he meets with Jasnah Kholin as she exits the Cognitive Realm, offering to travel with her.[60]


The white-haired man who Lift says jumped into the mouth of a greatshell is implied to be Hoid.[109][15]

Hoid, in his Wit persona

The three letters in part two of Oathbringer are directed at Cephandrius. The first two explicitly say this, while the third simply says "friend". It is likely that they are all referring to the same person.

Hoid appears as Wit in the middle of the novel, discussing the nature of power with Shallan. Prior to that, while telling the story of Mishim in Alethkar, Hoid sees something next to his pack, which startles him. After the story, Shallan looks into Hoid's pack and sees a small, sealed black jar. The side of the jar pointing at Shallan was white. This might be a jar of sand from Taldain's Dayside, with the sand turning white showing Hoid a Surgebinder is near. This may be important, but not much is known about it. During Hoid's conversation with Shallan, he says that he knew of a group like the Cult of Moments, describing them as equally foolish and dangerous. It is unclear at the moment which group he may be referring to.

He later helps her get into the Cult of Moments, finding Shallan at her darkest moment, when she discovers the food she has been giving to the poor is just making things worse.

Shalash, upon seeing sketches of Talenel and herself, wonders aloud why Midius (a name taken by Hoid in an as-yet-unpublished text) is giving away drawings of them.[110]

In the epilogue, Hoid is shown in Kholinar insulting a Thaylen man in an attempt to elicit a reaction. Upon realizing that the man can't understand Alethi, Hoid decides repeating it all in Thaylen would be boring, so he cuts in front of the man. The man hits Hoid, knocking loose a tooth which Hoid discards upon leaving the area. Hoid uses Awakening to lure a child away from the corpse of her mother, leaving the child in the care of a family in the city. He then heads to the palace where he finds a Cryptic, presumably the spren Elhokar was about to bond before he died.[25]

The Letters

With Frost

In the epigraphs in Part 2 of The Way of Kings, there is the text of a letter written by Hoid to Frost. It offers valuable insights into his personality and goals. The author of the Letter is being hunted by the Seventeenth Shard and has set a false trail for them to follow, which lines up well with the interlude in which three men are searching for Hoid. The author comes across as not at all worried about them, and in fact seems mildly amused. Brandon has also said that we "may have read that Hoid has specific beef with Rayse," with the Letter being the only real example of this.[111]

The Letters in Oathbringer's epigraphs are all from Shards[112] and all of them are directed to Hoid.

Post-Catacendric Scadrial

Oh, my lord, I know it, I do. I own the place, technically. Now, regarding those coins for old Hoid, my good lord...

—Hoid to Wax[113]

At some point following his actions on Roshar, Hoid returned to Scadrial to attend the wedding of Lord Joshin Yomen and Lady Mi'chelle Ostlin,[114][115] two friends of his that he had made at some unknown point in the past.[116] Rather than coming to Scadrial in response to some important event, Hoid initially came merely to congratulate his friends.[116] He came dressed all in black, appearing as a scruffy looking beggar and spoke to the couple soon after they arrived at the dinner.[117] It is unknown if he was present for the subsequent Vanisher attack. Hoid may have left the planet briefly afterwards, but something on Scadrial had caught his attention and he was back several months later[118]. Hoid became employed as Waxillium Ladrian's new carriage driver.[119] By that point he had become friendly with Wayne, who liked him but did not know anything about Hoid's true identity.[120] When Wax headed to the precinct station to question Rian, Hoid drove the carriage and Wayne rode up front with him.[119] During the carriage ride, Hoid eavesdropped on Wax's conversation with Harmony about Bleeder's plans to disrupt the Elendel Basin.[121]

Hoid's actions after this point are unclear. Hoid somehow obtained a coin-like unsealed metalmind containing a memory of Kelsier aiding the southern Scadrians in surviving the aftereffects of the Catacendre.[122] He also spent some time in New Seran and following Nazh's theft of Nicki Savage's map of New Seran, Hoid asked her if she wanted to hear a story, an offer that she declined.[123][124] He has also somehow come to the conclusion that he is the true owner of Kelesina Shores' mansion there,[125] for somewhat legitimate but unknown reasons.[126] He was apparently a regular intruder on the mansion grounds, to the irritation of the guards.[113] During this time, Hoid took the appearance of a beggar with long, unkempt fingernails and a ragged shirt. Hoid appeared blind with milky white eyes.

When Waxillium Ladrian walked up the path to Kelsina's mansion to attend a party with Steris Harms, Hoid climbed out of the bushes, startling Wax.[113] Wanting to reveal Kelsier's resurrection and identity as the Sovereign,[127] Hoid looked for an opportunity to pass on the unsealed metalmind. He asked Wax for a few clips.[113] Steris noticed Hoid's cologne and asked him if he was wearing cologne. Hoid was startled by her observation and claimed that he had been drinking perfume, as it had quite a kick. Steris told him that that was unhealthy and Wax advised Hoid that he should leave the private grounds. Hoid agreed but claimed that it was his property and again asked for coins. Wax gave him a banknote and told him again to leave the grounds. Hoid claimed it was far too much and that he wished to give Waxillium change. As Wax walked away, Hoid threw the coin at Wax's head, who caught it in midair. A groundsman then noticed Hoid and tried to chase him off. Hoid laughed and escaped back into the bushes again.

Known Pseudonyms

Suspected Pseudonyms

  • Midius[110]--a name Hoid uses in an unpublished work; when Ash uses this name she is probably referring to Hoid.


Worldsingers & Worldbringers

The names of the Worldsingers, a group of storytellers on Roshar, and the Conclave of Worldbringers, the leading body of the original Terris religion, are strikingly similar. Brandon has stated that this is not a coincidence.[133] Some believe that Hoid is a common root to both of these organizations, one of which, the Worldbringers, was very Realmatically aware.[134] There may be also a connection between the Worldsingers and the Dawnsingers, due to similarity of names.



  • The character of Hoid existed before the concept of Adonalsium was developed. He first appeared in a short story Brandon wrote long ago, going by the name Kamp.[135] He was on a planet trying to figure out how the magical system of the area worked.[136]
  • Brandon has stated that Cephandrius is only a few decades off from his real name.[131]
  • Brandon has stated that Hoid is one of his favorite characters, alongside Dalinar, by the virtue of being one of the oldest.[137]
  • Brandon may eventually write a parallel novel to the Mistborn series that chronicles what Hoid was up to behind the scenes.[138]
  • Hoid loves bacon.[139]
  • Hoid's parents were married, or at least he is not illegitimate.[23]
  • His favorite type of spren is a Cryptic.[140]
  • He has a good opinion of Khriss, and they have met at least once.[141]
  • Hoid has had a romantic interest in the past.[142] In fact, there were several.[143]
  • He is the happiest when "getting away with something". When asked in what published book that was, Brandon responded with The Bands of Mourning.[144]
  • Prior to the events of Words of Radiance, Hoid had not been hugged in "a long time."[145]
  • He has dressed in drag before, "multiple times."[146]


  1. a b Words of Radiance chapter 67 #
  2. Goodreads: Ask the Author Q&A
    Arcanum - 2014-08-13#
  3. Words of Radiance Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-22#
  4. Goodreads WoK Fantasy Book Club Q&A
    Arcanum - 2010-12-01#
  5. #tweettheauthor 2009
    Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
  6. Words of Radiance Omaha signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-13#
  7. Q&A with Brandon Sanderson
    Arcanum - 2011-01-10#
  8. /r/fantasy AMA 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-08-31#
  9. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-06-16#
  10. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-28#
  11. Words of Radiance Dayton signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-19#
  12. a b Words of Radiance San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
  13. a b c d The Way of Kings chapter 54 #
  14. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 12 #
  15. a b c d e f g The Way of Kings chapter 57 #
  16. a b The Way of Kings interlude I-1 #
  17. English Reading Series at BYU 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-02-23#
  18. a b The Way of Kings epilogue #
  19. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  20. a b Fantasy Faction interview
    Arcanum - 2014-04-24#
  21. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 46 #
  22. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 45 #
  23. a b c d e f g Mistborn: Secret History part 2 chapter 1 #
  24. Supanova 2017 - Perth
    Arcanum - 2017-06-25#
  25. a b c d e f g h Oathbringer epilogue #
  26. a b Oathbringer Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-21#
  27. Oathbringer London signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-28#
  28. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  29. Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  30. Firefight Phoenix signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-21#
  31. Words of Radiance Scottsdale signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-14#
  32. Firefight San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-17#
  33. a b Minicon 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
  34. Salt Lake City Comic-Con 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-09-04#
  35. Waygate Foundation Write-a-thon
    Arcanum - 2014-01-17#
  36. a b Orem signing
    Arcanum - 2017-12-21#
  37. Words of Radiance chapter ars #
  38. White Sand vol.1 release party
    Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
  39. Calamity Austin signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-25#
  40. Oathbringer chapter 35 epigraph#
  41. Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  42. a b c Emerald City Comic Con 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-03-01#
  43. Oathbringer chapter 82 #
  44. Oathbringer Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-21#
  45. Oathbringer London signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-28#
  46. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  47. Arcanum Unbounded - The Drominad System #
  48. /r/Stormlight_Archive
    Arcanum - 2013-03-14#
  49. Barnes and Noble Book Club Q&A
    Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
  50. Elantris postscript #
  51. a b c Warbreaker chapter 32 #
  52. JordanCon 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-04-21#
  53. Emerald City Comic Con 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-03-01#
  54. Oathbringer chapter 68 #
  55. /r/fantasy AMA 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-08-31#
  56. Idaho Falls signing
    Arcanum - 2018-07-21#
  57. Calamity Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-22#
  58. /r/fantasy AMA 2013
    Arcanum - 2013-04-15#
  59. Firefight Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2015-02-20#
  60. a b c d Words of Radiance epilogue #
  61. Words of Radiance release party
    Arcanum - 2014-03-03#
  62. a b c Arcanum Unbounded Fort Collins signing
    Arcanum - 2016-11-29#
  63. a b Alloy of Law release party
    Arcanum - 2011-11-07#
  64. Calamity San Antonio signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-26#
  65. Arcanum Unbounded San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2016-11-30#
  66. a b Stormlight Three Update #4
    Arcanum - 2016-09-10#
  67. a b General Reddit 2017
    Arcanum - 2017-12-18#
  68. JordanCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-23#
  69. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-07-20#
  70. Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  71. a b c d e Words of Radiance chapter 59 #
  72. a b Elantris chapter 58 #
  73. Calamity Austin signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-25#
  74. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  75. a b Idaho Falls signing
    Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
  76. The Hero of Ages chapter 22 epigraph#
  77. Words of Radiance Washington, DC signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-20#
  78. Teen Author Boot Camp
    Arcanum - 2015-04-11#
  79. Teen Author Boot Camp
    Arcanum - 2015-04-11#
  80. Boskone 54
    Arcanum - 2017-02-17#
  81. Holiday signing
    Arcanum - 2015-12-12#
  82. Warbreaker epilogue #
  83. Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-06-11#
  84. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-06-06#
  85. FanX 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-09-08#
  86. Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017
    Arcanum - 2017-09-21#
  87. General Signed Books 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-02-15#
  88. Leipzig Book Fair
    Arcanum - 2017-03-24#
  89. Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  90. Firefight San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-17#
  91. White Sand vol.1 release party
    Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
  92. White Sand Volume 3 chapter 6 #
  93. a b Elantris chapter Postscript #
  94. Skyward Houston signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-19#
  95. a b The Final Empire chapter 19 #
  96. The Hero of Ages chapter 27 #
  97. a b Mistborn: Secret History Continuity Notes
    Arcanum - 2016-01-27#
  98. Mistborn: Secret History part 2 chapter 2 #
  99. Stuttgart signing
    Arcanum - 2019-05-17#
  100. Barnes and Noble Book Club Q&A
    Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
  101. The Well of Ascension chapter 56 #
  102. a b The Hero of Ages chapter 27 #
  103. a b Mistborn: Secret History part 6 chapter 1 #
  104. Hero of Ages Q&A - Time Waster's Guide
    Arcanum - 2008-10-15#
  105. Warbreaker chapter 52 #
  106. Oathbringer chapter 50 epigraph#
  107. Words of Radiance San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-06#
  108. Words of Radiance chapter 55 #
  109. Edgedancer chapter 12 #
  110. a b Oathbringer chapter 121 #
  111. /r/Stormlight_Archive
    Arcanum - 2013-03-14#
  112. Oathbringer signing Houston
    Arcanum - 2017-11-18#
  113. a b c d The Bands of Mourning chapter 11 #
  114. Salt Lake City Comic-Con FanX 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-01-31#
  115. Alloy of Law Seattle Signing
    Arcanum - 2011-11-11#
  116. a b /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-07-14#
  117. The Alloy of Law chapter 4 #
  118. Shadows of Self Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-12#
  119. a b Shadows of Self chapter 7 #
  120. Shadows of Self Portland signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-10#
  121. Shadows of Self London UK signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-19#
  122. The Bands of Mourning epilogue #
  123. The New Ascendancy
  124. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  125. Orem signing
    Arcanum - 2017-12-21#
  126. Oathbringer Houston signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-18#
  127. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  128. Words of Radiance chapter 81 #
  129. Deleted prologue from The Emperor's Soul
    Brandon's website - 2014-03-31#
  130. Oathbringer London signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-28#
  131. a b Shadows of Self release party
    Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
  132. /r/brandonsanderson
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  133. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-08-13#
  134. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-28#
  135. Brandon's Blog 2010
    Arcanum - 2010-08-31#
  136. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-26#
  137. Shadows of Self Newcastle UK signing
    Arcanum - 2015-10-20#
  138. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-26#
  139. Firefight signing Atlanta
    Arcanum - 2015-01-24#
  140. Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  141. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  142. Paris signing
    Arcanum - 2016-10-22#
  143. Arcanum entry 9465
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  144. Arcanum entry 1745
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  145. Arcanum entry 3169
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  146. Arcanum entry 11824
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