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Seventeenth Shard

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The Seventeenth Shard is a mysterious organization that, along with Hoid and the Shards, is speculated to be influential in the overall Cosmere.

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 Letter [1]


Ishikk the Purelaker is acting as a guide and informant to three foreigners who are looking for Hoid.[2] They have been confirmed to be from the Seventeenth Shard. Posted early on in old Timewaster's Guide forums based on the distinct linguistic pattern of Dulas, it has been confirmed by Brandon that the one Ishikk calls Grump is Galladon from Sel.[3] Brandon has also confirmed at a signing that Thinker is Demoux from Scadrial[4]; this was first conjectured in the 17th Shard forums based on the scar on Demoux's scalp.[5] The third member called Blunt is Baon from Taldain, the Shardworld in which the graphic novel of White Sand, as well as its unpublished novel form, takes place.


Aslydin is a member of the Seventeenth Shard[6]


  1. The Way of Kings chapter 26 epigraph
  2. The Way of Kings interlude I-1
  3. Is Galladon the Dula?
    Theoryland - Aug 4th, 2011
  4. Is Thinker Demoux?
    Theoryland - Dec 15th, 2011
  5. Theory: Galladon in WoK
    17th Shard forums - 13 December 2011
  6. Aslydin is Seventeenth Shard
    — Reddit - 2015-03-12
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