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Hrathen's seon

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Unknown
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.

Abilities[edit]

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]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

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 Wulfden.[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.

Notes[edit]

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