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Sazed an Evil Genius?

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Thinking about scenes with Sazed in this book I've started wondering, does Sazed have a long term plan he's keeping hidden? Reading the book most of his scenes he seemed practically impotent and unaware of anything going on, yet several things do seem to go in a way that helps his goal. The Set, even though they were working for Autonomy, did create several advancements in technology from radio communication to motion picture and now to ballistic missiles. The Bands which were under Kandra care mysteriously ended up being drained and are now in the hands of the Malwish who will likely find some use for them to enhance their Fabrial technology. Autonomy's influence in the world was greatly reduced leaving him the only Shard on Scadrial again. And Basin politics are stabilizing.

All of that alone one could say he got very lucky, but then you factor in his lie to Kelsier and that he's squirrelling away Lerasium and seemingly planned for Wax to become a Mistborn it might very well be that things worked out for the most part the way he wanted them to. I'm sure not entirely how he wanted to as he implies he "hoped" more would have happened with Wax and the explosion, and Autonomy is an experienced Shard who likely could have blinded him somewhat. I'm not sure if anyone else got that feeling after the epilogue with Sazed and Kelsier but that's how I ended up feeling after reading that.

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I got the impression that Discord had taken over and that’s why Kelsier no longer saw the shadow behind him that was present in the other scenes with him

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3 hours ago, Arby64 said:

I got the impression that Discord had taken over and that’s why Kelsier no longer saw the shadow behind him that was present in the other scenes with him

Thats what i took away from it too. 

I dont know if its quite as dramatic as "Discord taking over" it def could be, but i do think the fact that it wasn't there that time does indicate that it proably was "in" Sazed. I did get bad vibes from him there. In the last sentence, He doesnt even dismiss that he may one day become the villain.

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It seems to me like Sazed would like to avoid Kelsier's methods and he doesn't really like his goals. But at the same time he knows that they may become an, in his eyes unfornate, necessity. So he plans for the case of himself becoming incapacitated or in fact a detriment to Scadrial. And the plan for that case has to be to use the Ghostbloods as defenders of Scadrial. Who else would be there? Kelsier at least has part of the knowledge of a Shard.

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My thought is that Sazed's plan is to create a new sword that won't break on him. One that isn't mortal.

I think that Discord isn't a problem Sazed is trying to suppress, Discord is an Avatar he's choosing to create that he can play off of and against. Like the original Ruin and Preservation but split across different lines.

Also: he is absolutely lying to Kelsier and probably Marsh. Telling them means they'd try to stop him.

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On 11/17/2022 at 7:20 AM, Oltux72 said:

It seems to me like Sazed would like to avoid Kelsier's methods and he doesn't really like his goals. But at the same time he knows that they may become an, in his eyes unfornate, necessity. So he plans for the case of himself becoming incapacitated or in fact a detriment to Scadrial. And the plan for that case has to be to use the Ghostbloods as defenders of Scadrial. Who else would be there? Kelsier at least has part of the knowledge of a Shard.

Agreed - I think Sazed does have a long term plan that he is keeping secret from everyone, but in especially Kelsier.  He knows Kelsier would essentially usurp Harmony's position as "leader/god" of Scadrial if he could and so he does what he can to avoid that fate.  I think we can see this because he very clearly set up the red vial in advance to make Wayne a Mistborn.  He knew what was going to happen and set things up for success according to his own plans, passing on as little knowledge as possible to people not directly in his control (AKA everyone but Kandra).

On 11/17/2022 at 3:44 AM, Arby64 said:

I got the impression that Discord had taken over and that’s why Kelsier no longer saw the shadow behind him that was present in the other scenes with him

I didn't get that impression - didn't Kelsier say that he sometimes saw the shadow, but not always?  I think the scene was meant to say this is the "good" and fully in control Harmony/Sazed because there's no shadow, and even this version is skeptical of Kelsier and wants to keep him at arm's length.  I think if it was meant to say the shadow had taken control, Kelsier would have made an observation that something seemed different about Sazed/Harmony, that he seemed darker, etc.

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Sazed’s plan worked perfectly. He keeps saying that he placed people and that he motivated the Ghostbloods in unseen ways. Sazed’s future sight is extremely powerful but extremely subtle. IMO Sazed did as well as Preservation did in Era 1. Sazed probably doesn’t want people to be aware of how strong his forsight is. 

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4 minutes ago, teknopathetic said:

Sazed’s plan worked perfectly. He keeps saying that he placed people and that he motivated the Ghostbloods in unseen ways. Sazed’s future sight is extremely powerful but extremely subtle. IMO Sazed did as well as Preservation did in Era 1. Sazed probably doesn’t want people to be aware of how strong his forsight is. 

I'm not so sure about that, unless you know, Sazed was lying about Bavadin getting the better of him, reacting too slowly, not knowing he needed Wayne, etc.  I think this actually was a close run thing.  Kell has also said that Sazed has been acting erratic.  I'd say our old friend is very much in trouble.

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40 minutes ago, Nesh said:

I'm not so sure about that, unless you know, Sazed was lying about Bavadin getting the better of him, reacting too slowly, not knowing he needed Wayne, etc.  I think this actually was a close run thing.  Kell has also said that Sazed has been acting erratic.  I'd say our old friend is very much in trouble.

Well how could preservation have known he needed Vin and Eland in particular? It seems the future sight is very "put things where they need to go" without knowing exactly how that "preserves" the world. Is Era 1 considered a close call, or is that basically exactly what happened with Preservation getting the better of a Shard that was "outsmarting" him?

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1 minute ago, teknopathetic said:

Well how could preservation have known he needed Vin and Eland in particular? It seems the future sight is very "put things where they need to go" without knowing exactly how that "preserves" the world. 

See, Preservation did know it needed Vin, she was his chosen successor, and obviously knew about Sazed because the Terris prophecies came from somewhere.  Yhat whole thing was far more intricate and well planned.

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I think he's playing up the extent to which he is truly helpless to encourage humanity to look after themselves.  He expressed to Wax in an earlier book that he's been over-coddling humanity and as a result they haven't developed quite as fast technologically as they should have.  That, plus some of Autonomy's powers investing on his planet has possibly made him slightly more Autonomy-like.

I think he's playing a more sneaky Cultivation-like game.  Instead of allowing humanity to assume Harmony or his agents will solve the really big problems (both the kandra and Marsh present themselves as practically useless to our heroes this time around), he subtly maneuvers his agents into place and allows them to preform well or choose to heroically sacrifice themselves.

Now that we know Harmony clearly can and does lie (to Kel about lerasium, and then again promising that he never tells a lie), I think the really big question this book was who was he lying to about how well the situation was under control?  Was he lying to Kel by implying he had things under control?  Or was he lying to Wax/Wayne to maneuver them into position to do what needed to be done (knowing that a sacrifice would be required)?  

e: If you want to get really conspiratorial (not sure if I believe these but maybe) all of Harmony's actions could be viewed a harsher "ends justify the means" light.  Maybe he was the hidden hands that moved Blood Tam.  Maybe Lessie was justified in being outraged at Harmony's manipulation of Wax. Maybe he similarly "encouraged" Melaan to dump Wayne and go on a distant mission, knowing that the cut emotional ties would make Wayne more willing to sacrifice himself.

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1 hour ago, Nesh said:

See, Preservation did know it needed Vin, she was his chosen successor, and obviously knew about Sazed because the Terris prophecies came from somewhere.  Yhat whole thing was far more intricate and well planned.

I am not so sure Sazed did any worse than Leras. They both seemed to use a very similar strategy and both managed to win through placing people in the right spot with the right resources for the right people. Sazed says again and again that his strength is putting people in the right position, and that's what Leas did too. Much like Hoid though, it seems to know where to be but not exactly why to be there. Ans Sazed also said he had a bigger hand in the Ghostbloods than they knew in terms of placement. and quite possibly, doing anything more would have drawn Autonomy in further and faster. Sazed played it smart IMO.

I mean, Kelsier just happened to be over the ocean and unable to get around right when this went down? That for sure is Sazed moving someone away from the hotline so that Kelsier didn't mess it up or take over the situation for his own benefit. Everyone was exactly where they needed tone, and Sazed admits that placement is his best power. 

IMO, we should be even more impressed by Sazed if he was truly blinded for a lot of it but still had things placed correctly. That means he can function  even when blinded, which to me is very impressive. 

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He could be playing a not dissimilar (sorry) game to Taravangian - a behind-the-scenes identity swap that substantially increases his agency. May allow him to put all these “threats” to Scandrial on their heels for once 

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