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Hrathen's seon

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Abilities Splinter of Devotion
Bonded With Hrathen
Species Seon
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Hrathen's seon is a magical being on Sel that is used by the gyorn Hrathen for communication purposes.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Hrathen's seon is described as having a similar size and appearance to other seons - a small floating, glowing sphere.[2] Her Aon, and therefore her name, are not known. She is patient and obedient.[2] Her voice is soft, melancholy, and feminine.[2][3] She is the only seon introduced so far that is referred to as female.


Hrathen's seon appears to have the same powers as other seons, including the ability to instantly communicate through other seons.[4][2] She obeys Hrathen's commands and refers to him as "my lord", which would seem to indicate that the two are bonded.[5] The seon was presumably given to Hrathen by a process called Passing.[6]



Hrathen is Fjordell, and like other followers of Shu-Dereth he views Aonic magic as "heathen".[2] Many people in Fjordell do not even believe that seons exist.[2] Hrathen has always believed that they are real, but he has several misconceptions about them, including an assumption that they are created by Elantrians.[2] Hrathen ascends the ranks of the Derethi church and becomes one of twenty gyorns, high priests that directly serve Wyrn (title) Wulfden the Fourth.[7] He is shocked to learn that Wyrn and the other gyorns each have a seon that they use for communication, and has to be convinced by Wyrn over a period of several years that their use by the Derethi is justified.[2] It is not known how the Derethi church originally obtained the seons.

Assignment to Hrathen[edit]

The seon is given to Hrathen and he keeps her in a steel box with an elaborate locking system; he also keeps the box itself well hidden.[2] Hrathen believes the church would be embarrassed if common people knew that it uses the magic that it condemns.[2] Seons cannot pass through solid matter[8] so Hrathen's seon is imprisoned, although she makes no effort to escape when the box is opened.[2] She remains unfailingly obedient, but Hrathen still feels disgust and distrust towards all seons, more so than other gyorns.[2] Hrathen's seon is generally forbidden to speak, and Hrathen sometimes leaves the box unopened for months.[2] Their relationship is completely different from the loving connections seen between Aonic characters and their seons (such as Raoden's with Ien)[9] and Hrathen's thoughts and actions are incongruous with what is known about the usual nature of the bond between humans and seons.[5][10]

As a communicator[edit]

Hrathen uses her to contact Wyrn regarding a plot involving Telrii.[2] She is later used to contact Forton, a use which is not sanctioned but not technically forbidden.[11] Hrathen procures some potions from Forton and keeps them in the box.[3] When Hrathen feigns becoming an Elantrian, someone rifles through his belongings and the box is damaged, but the seon is not discovered.[3]

It is revealed that the Dakhor gragdet Dilaf has always known about Hrathen's seon; he uses her to contact Eventeo and threaten him.[12] Her fate after Hrathen's death is not known.


  • This seon could be featured in a potential Elantris sequel, possibly even as a viewpoint character, after bonding with Adien.[13]


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