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Seventeenth Shard

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Seventeenth Shard
Headquarters In Silverlight[1]
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

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, along with Hoid and the Shards, is speculated to be influential in the overall Cosmere. Its members have a nonintervention 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]

Beliefs and Objectives

The Seventeenth Shard has a non-interventionist policy when it comes to the planets and Shards.[3] They believe that the Shards split up for a reason and they shouldn't dabble in bringing them together. They watch the planets but do not approve of getting involved 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]



Ishikk the Purelaker is acting as a guide and informant to three unnamed foreigners who are looking for Hoid.[7] Ishikk has nicknames for the three men: Grump, Thinker, and Blunt. These men have been confirmed to be from the Seventeenth Shard. They brought the common cold to Roshar.[3]

  • Grump has the distinct linguistic pattern of Dulas from Sel, it has been confirmed by Brandon that Grump is Galladon.[8]
  • Brandon has also confirmed at a signing that Thinker is Demoux from Scadrial;[9] this was first conjectured in the 17th Shard forums based on the scar on Demoux's scalp.[10]
  • The third member called Blunt is Baon from Taldain, the Shardworld in which the graphic novel of White Sand, as well as its unpublished prose novel form, take place.


The Seventeenth Shard has an antagonistic relationship with Hoid. Because of their non-interference policy, they do not approve or agree with Hoid's actions on various planets. They are worried and believe 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 does not seem particularly worried about what the Seventeenth Shard would do if they caught him.[2]
The Ghostbloods and the Seventeenth Shard are not working together.[11] The Ghostbloods actively try to recruit members of the Seventeenth Shard, particularly the field agents.[12] The Ghostbloods seem to have been successful at least once, as Iyatil was a member of the Seventeenth Shard before she joined the Ghostbloods.[13]

Known Members


  • Most members of the Seventeenth Shard, including Demoux, use a method that significantly slows aging, but doesn't stop it completely.[15]
  • Brandon does not have a book currently planned for them,[16] but they will play a large role in future books.[3]


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