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Frost

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Frost
Hoid and the dragon.jpg
by botanicaxu
Species Dragon (cosmere)
World Yolen
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
Our interference so far has brought nothing but pain. My path has been chosen very deliberately.
—Frost's letter to Hoid[1]

Frost is a dragon from Yolen.[2] He is the recipient of the First Letter and the author of the Second Letter.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Frost has not appeared in canon outside of written correspondence and specific details of his appearance are therefore unknown. It is likely that dragons have a somewhat reptilian appearance.[3]

Frost has lived through significant events in the cosmere and has adopted a non-interference policy.[4] In his letter, he is shown to be sarcastic and insulting towards Hoid,[5][6] although it is clear that their personal relationship is complicated.[7]

History[edit]

by Jenny Slife
With Hoid
Frost is the oldest known character in the Cosmere, even older than Hoid.[8] There may be characters older than Frost, but they have not been canonized.[9] In his correspondence with Hoid, Frost exhibits personal knowledge of a number of the original sixteen Vessels who perpetrated the Shattering of Adonalsium on Yolen and took up the power of the Shards.[10][11] Specifically, Frost and Hoid mention Rayse, Bavadin, Aona, Skai, Ati, and Tanavast by name, and Frost references "the sixteen".[12]

In Hoid's initial letter to Frost, it seems that the two have not spoken in some time; Hoid is not sure if Frost is fully aware of the Splintering of Devotion and Dominion on Sel[13] even though it has been several millenia since that occurred.[12] Hoid begs Frost for his support, implying that Frost still has clout in the cosmere.[14] Frost rebuffs Hoid, emphasizing his nonintervention policy, and refers to their past actions as having caused more harm than good.[1] Although Frost seems to agree with Hoid's assessment that Odium is dangerous,[15] he does not understand Hoid's level of concern[16] since Odium is trapped in the Rosharan system.[17] The two are diametrically opposed on the best way to save the cosmere, and Frost entreats Hoid to abandon his quest to avoid making things worse with his meddling.[18]

Frost still lives on Yolen during the events of The Stormlight Archive.[2]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Frost is functionally immortal, meaning that he does not age but he can be killed.[19] His long life is due to his race.[20] Dragons are also known to have the abilities of flight[21] and shapeshifting (including the ability to appear human).[22]

He is not a Worldhopper, but he is still highly knowledgeable about the cosmere.[23] He is associated with the Seventeenth Shard,[24] a group that shares his nonintervention policy.[25] He is able to keep track of current events in the cosmere through the Seventeenth Shard, correspondence, or other means. He is aware that Hoid possesses a bead of lerasium from Scadrial,[26][27] that Odium is trapped in the Rosharan system,[17] and that a gemstone of Hoid's (presumably the First Gem) is "dead".[18]

Trivia[edit]

  • Frost first appeared in the unpublished novel Dragonsteel Prime, some of which can be read on Brandon's website.[28] A series of Dragonsteel novels are still in Brandon's long-term plans for the cosmere, and would likely include Frost.[29]
  • If Frost has a gender, it has not been confirmed in canon, but male pronouns are used in Dragonsteel Prime.

Notes[edit]

  1. a b Words of Radiance chapter 66 epigraph #
  2. a b Arcanum Unbounded Fort Collins signing
    Arcanum - 2016-11-29#
  3. a b OdysseyCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
  4. General Twitter 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-01-04#
  5. Words of Radiance chapter 62 epigraph #
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 74 epigraph #
  7. Words of Radiance chapter 63 epigraph #
  8. Goodreads: Ask the Author Q&A
    Arcanum - 2014-08-13#
  9. Skyward release party
    Arcanum - 2018-11-06#
  10. Mistborn: Secret History part 3 chapter 2 #
  11. Skyward San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-07#
  12. a b Words of Radiance chapter 70 epigraph #
  13. The Way of Kings chapter 22 epigraph #
  14. The Way of Kings chapter 28 epigraph #
  15. Words of Radiance chapter 67 epigraph #
  16. The Way of Kings chapter 17 epigraph #
  17. a b Words of Radiance chapter 69 epigraph #
  18. a b Words of Radiance chapter 60 epigraph #
  19. Firefight Seattle Public Library signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-07#
  20. Shadows of Self release party
    Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
  21. Skyward Seattle signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-10#
  22. OdysseyCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
  23. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-09-08#
  24. The Way of Kings chapter 26 epigraph #
  25. Arcanum Unbounded release party
    Arcanum - 2016-11-22#
  26. The Way of Kings chapter 14 epigraph #
  27. Rithmatist Provo signing
    Arcanum - 2013-06-03#
  28. Dragonsteel Prime Chapter 25: Bridge Four 1
    Brandon's website - c. 2000#
  29. State of the Sanderson 2018
    Brandon's website - 2018-12-18#
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