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World Yolen
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Dragonsteel
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Sixteen people, together, killed Adonalsium, ripping it apart and dividing its essence between them, becoming the first who Ascended.

Khriss on the Shattering[1]

The Shattering of Adonalsium (or simply, the Shattering) was a pivotal moment in the history of the cosmere when Adonalsium was killed using the Dawnshards.[1][2] Prior to this, there were no Shards, which have been the dominant influence in the cosmere we've seen so far. 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.[3]

Prior to the Shattering[edit]

It is not clear how different the cosmere was prior to the Shattering, but the Shattering did have an effect on the magic.[4] An example is the highstorms,[5] natural phenomena that are central to the life cycle of many of the native inhabitants of Roshar; the highstorms were later infused with the power of Honor.

Participants and Aftereffects[edit]

Shard Vessel
Odium Rayse
Honor Tanavast
Cultivation Koravellium Avast
Ruin Ati
Preservation Leras
Devotion Aona
Dominion Skai
Endowment Edgli
Autonomy Bavadin
Ambition Uli Da
Invention Unknown
Mercy Unknown
Valor Unknown
Whimsy Unknown
Survival Shard Unknown
Unknown Unknown
None Hoid

The sixteen people who killed Adonalsium all had different motivations, including a desire for power and a belief in the necessity of the action.[1] Hoid was there at the Shattering and was offered a Shard, but he refused.[6][7] All of the sixteen Shards were created at once, and they all started with the same amount of Investiture.[8][9] All of the Investiture in the cosmere was divided between and became associated with a Shard.[10] It was not random which Vessel got which Shard.[11] It is possible for Adonalsium to have Shattered into different Shards than the Shards currently in existence.[12]


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