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Which Shard would you take up?

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So just out of pure curiosity, out of all the Shards that are currently named, which one would you most want to take up and for what reasons? If you were in the cosmere where would you go, what would you do, and why would you do it? Feel free to discuss below.

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The one i would want: I would enjoy endowment, just to see what people could do with it. I would rather sit down with people i like and develop new technology with them.

The one i hope i am more aligned with is honor, but the one i probably would be more aligned with

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Odium, pure and simple. He brings the wrath and omnipotence down like an old testament God without any of the depression and remorse common to the other shards. He legitimately seems to enjoy himself, whereas most of the other gods seem pretty down on life.

Cultivation second because she's managed to not devolve into a murderous psychopath while still apparently having a decent time, and that does still have value to me.

Yes, I would make and destroy planets; anyone who has played SimCity and pressed the disaster button even once is lying if they claim they'd do otherwise. :D

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If I had a choice? Cultivation hands down. 

The planning and manipulation. The tugging of strings to achieve a desired result. I would enjoy the abilities of the quintessential web weaver. 

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Preservation.

Assuming I get to choose the time and place I'd happily keep things as they were at that time, at least things within my personal life and lives of my loved ones. It's shortsighted and selfish but it's the Shard I'd choose.

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Harmony. 

For one, you got the power of two shards behind you, instead of one. As far as we know that is unique in the Cosmere right now, seeing as Odium refuses to merge with more Shards. I'd say that as Harmony you also have more autonomy of thought, but its Vessel is relatively young so that might still change. 

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Autonomy no doubt about it. Doing whatever I want. No obligations. I could be anything twice over. Just for the sure joy of it.

 

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Endowment, probably. It sounds like a powerful Shard, and I like the idea of Investing people and watching all the craziness they get up to. 

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I would probably take up the shard Ruin.

I have always felt like Ruin is a nice simple shard who just wants to end everything.

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Ruin. I view the shard of Ruin similarly to how Harmony does, as a necessary force of change in the universe. Having that power to both create and destroy would be amazing. Also, I get to control hemalurgy. 

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It's close between Harmony or Autonomy. With Harmony I would try to interpret the Intent into an Intent that seeks to bring harmony to all things, and I would try to use that to stop Harmony's instinct towards inaction. 

With Autonomy I just think it would be hilarious. Just trolling the other Shards and the planets I was invested on. 

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Is Harmony counted as a shard that could be chosen? I know that there is a WoB that says that Brandon counts them as two shards.

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Probably Ambition. I feel like the shard meshes with my personality the best out of the few shards that we know--that is--as long as Odium doesn't go after me if I take it up.

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On 12/12/2017 at 6:56 PM, Ookla the Capricious said:

Is Harmony counted as a shard that could be chosen? I know that there is a WoB that says that Brandon counts them as two shards.

Two shards that are now inextricably linked, also by WoB.  

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If Sazed were to die, would he drop the Shards Ruin and Preservation, or would he drop the Shard Harmony?

Brandon Sanderson

Excellent question. The shards are now intermingled, and would take effort to split apart. He would drop Harmony. (This is what Odium feared would happen, by the way.)

 

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On 12/12/2017 at 6:56 PM, Ookla the Capricious said:

Is Harmony counted as a shard that could be chosen? I know that there is a WoB that says that Brandon counts them as two shards.

There's this WoB on the subject:

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If Sazed were to die, would he drop the Shards Ruin and Preservation, or would he drop the Shard Harmony?

Brandon Sanderson

Excellent question. The shards are now intermingled, and would take effort to split apart. He would drop Harmony. (This is what Odium feared would happen, by the way.)

 

But I think he's also mentioned that Harmony could be split back into Preservation and Ruin, but it would take an intentional and direct effort. 

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17 hours ago, Kered said:

There's this WoB on the subject:

But I think he's also mentioned that Harmony could be split back into Preservation and Ruin, but it would take an intentional and direct effort. 

The reason I am asking is because I stumbled across this WoB:

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As of Shadows of Self, how many Shards are there on Scadrial?

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*nervous laugh* There are two [...] Harmony counts as two Shards. I do mean it that way, and I am giving you clarification so you don't all freak out.

 

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23 minutes ago, Ookla the Capricious said:

The reason I am asking is because I stumbled across this WoB:

 

Could be Brandon alluding to the fact that Sazed views himself as maintaining harmony between two separate shards and not as single shard. His Intent could change over time.  

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I would chose "Ambition". 

A Question: What if a person with no ambition in life has the shard "Ambition".

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12 hours ago, Lift--Wanderer said:

I would chose "Ambition". 

A Question: What if a person with no ambition in life has the shard "Ambition".

The Shard would cause them to find something to work toward.  

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I would definitely take Endowment :) It seems like such a nice and friendly shard.

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I would choose devotion. Assuming it could be brought together again. Has just as much drive as ambition but with a more humble tinge. I would keep The investiture with AonDor and guide the people to devote their resources to creating a better and better society. A world full of peace. Then take it from there. Unless of course the shard itself has it’s own ideas on what to devote it’s power to.

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I would love to have Ruin. Partially for the sheer fun it would be to see how basic I could get matter to decay to, and partially because of having a complete counter balance in Preservation. I have always loved the Yin and Yang sort of theories. Truth versus deception. Up versus down. Life versus death. These types of contradictions and complements fascinate me and I would love to have that. Also it's simple fun to go around knocking stuff down! I know that's a bit sadist but hey, most people have that sort of thought!

As a close second I would greatly like to be Cultivation. With solitude, foresight, and the ability to tend a vast garden and raise a child. Yeah that would be great.

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Hmm... Lemme think about that. I'd like to say that I would take Honor or Preservation, but I'd more likely take Ruin or Odium. No, no, Odium. Always Odium...

 

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Ruin, without a doubt. Ati seemed to enjoy himself

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I don't think I'd choose to take a Shard. I don't like the idea of me hanging out in the spiritual realm and watching the world. Not fun enough. I would rather follow Hoid and Kelsier's path and be in the thick of world affairs. While collecting Investiture of course. Being a living, breathing human is the best option for me (preferably immortal). :P

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Cultivation

The idea of growth and becoming a better person speaks to me...

Oh and plotting in the woods sounds fun too

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