Seventeenth Shard

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Seventeenth Shard
Headquarters In Silverlight[1]
Universe Cosmere

I am being chased. Your friends of the Seventeenth Shard, I suspect. I believe they're still lost, following a false trail I left for them. They'll be happier that way. I doubt they have any inkling what to do with me should they actually catch me.

The Seventeenth Shard is a mysterious organization that is speculated to be influential in the overall Cosmere.

Beliefs and Objectives[edit]

Its members have a non-interventionist philosophy,[3] believing that the Shards were split up for a reason and that people shouldn't dabble in mixing them.[4] The organization's name was very deliberately chosen.[5] They watch the planets of the cosmere but do not approve of getting involved with or assimilating into another planet's society. They believe interfering will merely exacerbate the conflicts between the Shards.[4] While they have goals beyond chasing down Hoid, those goals are not yet known.[6]



Despite their non-interventionist policy, members of the Seventeenth Shard accidentally brought the common cold to Roshar.[3]

In the Rosharan year 1173, Ishikk the Purelaker was acting as a guide and informant to three members of the Seventeenth Shard who were looking for Hoid.[7] Ishikk does not know they are worldhoppers or even their names, though he nicknames them Grump, Thinker, and Blunt. By 1175, the group had given up on finding Hoid and had left Roshar.[8]


The Seventeenth Shard has an antagonistic relationship with Hoid. Because of their non-interventionist policy, they do not approve of Hoid's actions on various planets. They are worried that his actions will interfere with their overall goals. As a result, they are trying to chase Hoid down and stop him in some way.[6] Hoid is not worried about his pursuers, and is quite dismissive of them.[2]
The Ghostbloods and the Seventeenth Shard are not working together.[14] The Ghostbloods actively try to recruit members of the Seventeenth Shard, particularly the field agents.[15] The Ghostbloods seem to have been successful at least once, as Iyatil was a member of the Seventeenth Shard before she joined the Ghostbloods.[16]

Known Members[edit]


  • Most members of the Seventeenth Shard, including Demoux, use a method that significantly slows aging, but doesn't stop it completely.[20]
  • Brandon does not have a book currently planned for them,[21] but they will play a large role in future books.[3]


  1. Skyward Anchorage signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-12#
  2. a b The Way of Kings chapter 26 epigraph#
  3. a b c Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  4. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  5. Words of Radiance Los Angeles signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-05#
  6. a b Words of Radiance Philadelphia signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-21#
  7. The Way of Kings interlude I-1#
  8. JordanCon 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-07-17#
  9. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-08-04#
  10. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-12-15#
  11. Salt Lake City signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-29#
  12. OdysseyCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
  13. Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-06-11#
  14. Paris signing
    Arcanum - 2016-10-22#
  15. Skyward release party
    Arcanum - 2018-11-06#
  16. a b Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  17. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-03-12#
  18. White Sand chapter 18#
  19. Librarypalooza
    Arcanum - 2016-02-27#
  20. Arcanum Unbounded Fort Collins signing
    Arcanum - 2016-11-29#
  21. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
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