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Sand Lord

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Sand Lord
Related to Kerzta
World Taldain
Universe Cosmere
Featured In White Sand

The Sand Lord, sometimes referred to as the Sun Lord, is a deity worshipped on the Dayside of Taldain.[1]

Religion and Culture[edit]

Kerzta[edit]

Ker'Reen Philosophy, the religion of Kerztians, calls the sun the manifestation of the Sand Lord, the source of man's autonomy and independence.

The Sand Lord plays a prominent role in the monotheistic Ker'Reen Philosophy of Kerzta, which teaches that he is embodied in the sun.[1] Ais is seen praying to the "Sun Lord", which appears to be another name that Kerztians use for the Sand Lord.[2]

Lossand[edit]

By tradition, the sand masters have always been atheists--but even they turn to the Sand Lord when it comes to a lost cause like me.

The upper class of Lossand known as the Kelzin includes many Kerztian expatriates and other followers of Ker'Reen.[1] However, belief in the Sand Lord is not universal in the country. Notably, the sand masters of the Diem are known to be atheists.[3] Still, all Daysiders feel a spiritual bond with the sun, including those that do not worship it.[1] Lossandins commonly swear to the Sand Lord or invoke his name in everyday conversation; this includes Lady Judge Heelis[4] and many sand masters, even including Lord Mastrell Praxton.[3]

Role in International Relations[edit]

Kerztians hate the disbelievers of the Diem[5] and regard sand mastery as an unholy abomination.[3][6] Since the Diem is an integral part of Lossand's government, Kerztians generally regard Lossandins as infidels.[6] This religious clash between the two countries has caused many wars in the past.[1] Lokmlen and Vey call Ais a traitor to Kerzta due to her work for the Lossandin government, including the protection of Kenton; they both tell her that her soul will be judged by the Sand Lord.[7][8]

Cosmere Significance[edit]

The Sand Lord is actually a persona of the Shard of Adonalsium known as Autonomy[9][10] and its Vessel, Bavadin.[11] It is one of many personas used by Bavadin; she prefers to let her personas attract attention rather than becoming directly involved.[12] Taldain's sunlight actually contains Autonomy's Investiture.[10] Autonomy's presence on Taldain currently prevents worldhoppers from easily accessing the planet.[10][13]

Notes[edit]

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