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Hoid and Hemalurgy

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We know that Hoid is able to utilize the power of various shards in the cosmere, but how?  I had the thought that it might be through hemalurgy. 

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Brandon has frequently RAFO'd questions about Hoid and Hemalurgy (see here, here, and here).  However, he said in 2015 that Hoid "doesn't have Hemalurgy right now" and that Hoid "would not want to open himself to the influence of Shards."  

As for his powers, most of them are unexplained (i.e. his immortality, time-dilation, and Fortune abilities).  Others predate the Shattering (his Yolish Lightweaving).  Of the modern magic systems, it appears that he's gained them through more mundane routes (Lerasium, Breath, spren bond).  

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Welcome to the Shard!

Yeah, as mentioned Hoid does not use hemalurgy because he doesn't want any Shard able to influence him and even a single spike would give Harmony (and before that Ruin) a foot in the door. We know that Hoid's healing ability is pre-Shattering and it's implied that his use of Fortune is also very old. He's also known to have started aging weirdly before the Shattering, since Brandon has said that there's evidence of it in Dragonsteel Prime which happens before the event.

As for his observed powers, he probably purchased his Breath (which you probably can't steal with hemalurgy anyways), he got his allomancy from a lerasium bead and he's bonded a Cryptic to get Surgebinding powers the only way you can. He tried becoming an Elantrian through similar methods but that failed. He's got a jar of Taldaini sand but we don't know if he can actually do Sand Mastery or not. No hemalurgy in any case.

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