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The Shattering of Adonalsium (or simply, the Shattering) was a pivotal moment in the history of the cosmere. Prior to this, there were no Shards, which have been the dominant influence in the cosmere we've seen so far. Hoid was there at the Shattering,[1] though it is not clear if he caused the Shattering or was an observer. Brandon has stated that he currently imagines it to be about 6,000 years before the Stormlight Archive Prelude, or 11,000 years before The Way of Kings, but he might change his mind in the future.[2]

Prior to the Shattering[edit]

It is not clear how different the cosmere was prior to the Shattering. However, Brandon has stated that in the Dragonsteel series, we will see what magic looked like before the Shattering.[3]


  1. Hoid was at the Shattering
    Timewasters Guide forum - 2009-12-19
  2. When was the Shattering?
    Theoryland - 2014-11-29
  3. Before Adonalsium was shattered, was there magic in the Cosmere and what form did it take?
    Theoryland - 2012-09
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