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Cultivation
Cultivation

Cultivation
Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

World Roshar
Aliases Shard of Adonalsium
Magics Old Magic (assumed)

Cultivation is one of the sixteen Shards of Adonalsium and one of the three Shards located on Roshar.

A reference by the Almighty (a god according to Vorinism, also known as Honor, and her lover)[1] in one of Dalinar's visions lends insight into her abilities.[2]

"I cannot see the future completely. Cultivation, she is better at it than I."[2]

Cultivation is worshipped by the western peoples of Roshar (i.e., the Shin). The Nightwatcher calls her Mother.[3]

AppearanceEdit

She has brown skin the color of darkwood bark. She has a matronly build and wears a sweeping brown dress which seems to become bark or grass, melding with her surroundings. Vines from her dress curl into the earth, permeating everything. Her voice is like tumbling stones.[3]

ConcernsEdit

Cultivation supervises some visits to the Nightwatcher, as she did with Dalinar's.[3]

"Cultivation is always aware of what's going on. Cultivation rarely intervenes, even if she thinks it would be a bad boon, because she wants the Nightwatcher to learn. And she also is very interested in seeing what happens. So, rarely intervenes, but is aware."

Brandon Sanderson[4]

In intervening with Dalinar's visit, she tells the Nightwatcher that this boon is beyond her. She tells him that this is the first time in centuries that she's come personally to speak with one like him. When he asks her why she chose to come out now, she tells him that it's because of the attention others pay him.[3]

AbilitiesEdit

Cultivation, along with Honor, together were responsible for the creation of humankind. Following the Shattering of Adonalsium, she moved to Roshar with him.[5]

Some of the many spren found on Roshar were created by Cultivation and Honor at some point before the Desolations began, by Splintering themselves.[6][7]





Warning Book Spoiler: Significant plot details follow.






Cultivation is responsible for Dalinar's boon.[3]

THIS WILL BE YOUR BOON. I WILL NOT MAKE OF YOU THE MAN YOU CAN BECOME. I WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE APTITUDE, OR THE STRENGTH, NOR WILL I TAKE FROM YOU YOUR COMPULSIONS. BUT I WILL GIVE YOU ... A PRUNING. A CAREFUL EXCISION TO LET YOU GROW. THE COST WILL BE HIGH. "Please," Dalinar said. "Anything." She stepped back to him. IN DOING THIS, I PROVIDE FOR HIM A WEAPON. DANGEROUS, VERY DANGEROUS. YET, ALL THINGS MUST BE CULTIVATED. WHAT I TAKE FROM YOU WILL GROW BACK EVENTUALLY. THIS IS PART OF THE COST. IT WILL DO ME WELL TO HAVE A PART OF YOU, EVEN IF YOU ULTIMATELY BECOME HIS. YOU WERE ALWAYS BOUND TO COME TO ME.

–Cultivation to Dalinar[3]

She may be responsible for spren relating to physical phenomena:

I CONTROL ALL THINGS THAT CAN BE GROWN, NURTURED.
THAT INCLUDES THE THORNS.

–Cultivation to Dalinar[3]

NotesEdit

"That's right," Adolin said with a nod. "Stick to women your own age."

Wit grinned. "Well that might be a little harder. I think there's only one of those around these parts, and she and I never did get along."[9]

  • In this, Wit is referring to Cultivation.

TheoryEdit

A reader has theorized that Cultivation saw the chance of Adolin reviving Maya with her future sight. Further, that she then instructed the Ring to hold spren off from bonding Adolin. Further still, that she did this so Adolin could forge a connection to Maya, and then - with help from Bondsmith Dalinar, restore Maya to life. Even further, that this would show the distrustful Radiant spren that humans can heal the past and possibly forgive the humans; that his would result in a massive up-surge in bonding due to reviving dead spren, thereby increasing the size of the Radiants 100 fold. Finally, that this would also potentially convince Realeaser spren and Stoneward spren to side with team Honor. All this ultimately striking a huge blow to Odium and team hatred.

Q&A with BrandonEdit

Q: What are Cultivation's feelings with regards to the Stormfather?

A: Cultivation's feelings ... I don't think that has spoilers. Cultivation is, um uhhh [long pause] I just have to decide how I can say things that are not spoilers. Cultivation ... the Stormfather reminds her of certain things about someone else she knew, and she feels the same way about the Stormfather in some ways as this person she knew.[10]

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