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Fabrial type Conjoiner
Gem Ruby
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured in The Stormlight Archive
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A spanreed is a type of conjoiner fabrial developed during the War of Reckoning that enabled long distance communication on the world of Roshar.[1][2]

Spanreeds, like all conjoiner fabrials, are made by infusing a ruby and splitting it in half. The two halves are then embedded in reed pens. The two pens can then mimic the movements of the other, exactly. The energy required to for the second pen to move is provided by the holder of the first pen, which feels twice as heavy as an ordinary pen would.[2]

The setting of the ruby is able to be rotated to switch between different "modes." One is to alert the possessor of the spanreed's twin that a conversation is desired. Another to alert the first that the message was received. The third and fourth notches sync the movements of the two pens, each notch makes one pen the transmitter and the other the receiver.[1]

By the sixth year of the War of Reckoning spanreeds have achieved widespread use, at least among the Vorin nations, from the Shattered Plains, to Kharbranth, and even to the isolated estates of House Davar.[1][3]

Tashikk is beginning to become a spanreed hub, with a number of people and places having reeds connected to various businesses in Tashikk. The Tashikk operator is hired by the remote user to exchange messages, to research on your behalf, and to make other enquiries.[4]

You cannot operate spanreeds whilst moving.[5]

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