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Odium
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Information
World Roshar/Braize
Aliases Shard of Adonalsium
Magics Voidbinding (assumed)

Odium is one of the sixteen Shards of Adonalsium. He was originally held by Rayse[1] and was - for a time - one of the three Shards located on Roshar.

Odium is now trapped on Braize and has ten magic systems (i.e., Voidbindings). (In total, there are thirty magic systems in the Greater Roshar System.)

Odium's name is first spoken in a vision had by Kaladin. He later asks Syl if she had heard the name, and she hisses and flies off, the name obviously greatly distressing her.[2]

In a vision given to Dalinar Kholin, it is revealed that Odium had killed the Almighty, although his means in so doing remain unclear.[3] His reason, however, is his ultimate goal: to become the most powerful entity in the Cosmere.

PersonalityEdit

Odium is pure hatred: that which one feels and that which one is provoked to feel.[2] As a Shard, he is held by a man (Rayse) who benefits from his intent[4] inasmuch as he was described as loathsome, crafty, and dangerous himself.[5] Rayse wanted to become what he is. Still ...

He bears the weight of God’s own divine hatred, separated from the virtues that gave it context.

A Shard's intent is somewhat interpreted by its holder.[6] Rayse doesn't want, in any way, to be influenced by the intents of other Shards. In this, he feels that Odium matches him perfectly. So, he splinters the Shards he destroys, thereby preventing anyone else from taking up those Shards - and each their power - to challenge him.[7]

However, Odium is afraid of Harmony. He doesn’t at ALL like that somebody (i.e., Sazed from Mistborn) has two Shards. However, the conflicting Intents of Ruin and Preservation make it difficult for Harmony to act against Odium.

QuotesEdit

"Three of sixteen ruled, but now the Broken One reigns."

–Collected: Chachanan, 1173, 84 seconds pre-death. Subject: a cutpurse with the wasting sickness, of partial Iriali descent.


ODIUM COMES. MOST DANGEROUS OF ALL THE SIXTEEN.

–A voice in Kaladin's dream[2]

Why is there so much war? Must we always fight?.

... ODIUM REIGNS.

–Kaladin and a voice in his dream[2]

CosmereEdit

Warning World Spoiler: Containing information related to the universe not published in the books


Odium

Odium Reigns!
Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

Odium is a Shard of Adonaldium. His power is hatred, both felt and provoked, and may have some relation to the Thrill that men feel in battle.[8][2]

According to Brandon, Odium is not native to Roshar; he arrived long after Honor and Cultivation arrived on the world.[9]

It has been confirmed that Rayse was the original holder of the Shard Odium[10] and it is suggested in the Letter Epigraphs that he had more than 'something' to do with what happened on Sel and the deaths of Aona and Skai of Elantris.[11]

Odium moves between planets wreaking havoc and leaving devastation in his wake.[7] He now resides on Braize, but his presence is still very much felt and experienced on Roshar.[12] He is restricted to the Rosharan system of planets, seemingly due to something Tanavast did, and cannot at this time escape to destroy any more Shards. He is still able to influence all 3 important planets in the Rosharan system: Roshar, Braize, and Ashyn.[13]

NotesEdit

Pattern, Shallan's liespren, tells Shallan when she is on her way to the Shattered Plains that all spren are made of Honor, Cultivation, or Odium, and is terrified to mention Odium's name.

SpeculationEdit

What if fighting the battle against Odium, or taking it to the next level of confronting him on Braize, is exactly what’s needed for him to break free? This could indeed create the dilemma Hoid mentioned to Dalinar, about letting Roshar burn if that’s what is needed to accomplish his purpose.[citation needed]

Q&A with BrandonEdit

Q. Does the Shard Odium seek to separate things, much like the Shard Honor seeks to bind things together?

A. An interesting theory.[14]

ReferencesEdit

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