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Nightblood is Endowment's endgame

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Not sure if this has been theorized before, but been having thoughts, and I figured I'd write them out and get people's opinions.  My thought is that Edgli, the vessel for Endowment has really good Futuresight and manipulated events to bring a weapon like Nightblood into existence to further her goals for the Cosmere endgame.

 

First things first:  Brandon gas been cagey about how well Endowment can see the future:

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How strong is Endowment's futuresight in comparison to other Shards?

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RAFO.

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But we know that futuresight plays a role in Endowment's Returned.  Each Returned, at the moment of their first death, is granted a vision of the future by Endowment, where they see an important event that their presence can aid in providing a favorable result.  Sometimes it is by their action - Lightsong saving the Godking.  Sometimes it is by what they can teach - Calmseer showing Lightsong the value of sacrifice and caring for others.  And then they have their memory erased so that they cannot try to pre-emptively change things and cause paradoxes.

 

Though sometimes they get hints in visions or dreams to poke them in the right direction.

 

Regardless, all Returned return for a purpose.  And that purpose involves visions of possible futures.

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Some of Blushweaver's sparring here should give you a hint that she's far from the shallow egotist she pretends to be. In a lot of ways, she and Lightsong are perfectly matched, and I imagine this being the reason they ended up spending so much time together. They both have an extreme persona that is almost a parody of the other gods, and for both of them, that persona is but a sliver of who they really are. Blushweaver is more conniving, Lightsong more noble, when you strip everything else away. But they understand each other in a way that I think few people do.

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We also know that the five scholars were all Returned.  They returned, for a purpose as of yet unknown to us, though some of them may have accomplished that purpose before their demise.  Regardless, they went on to become some of the most skilled Awakeners of the era, and all highly contributed to the advancement of Awakening as a science.  They created and improved the lifeless, they discovered new commands.  And Shashara created Nightblood with Vasher.

 

Shashara is dead, killed to prevent her from creating another Nightblood, but Vasher is still lurking about, following and guiding Nightblood in his own way.  

 

So what if Edgli has top tier Futuresight, and used it to create the five scholars, knowing that they would create Nightblood.  Knowing that Nightblood and Vasher would eventually end up on Roshar in time for Odium's break-out.  Knowing that Nightblood would be a weapon that obliterates its foes on all three realms? 

 

Does anyone else feel that Edgli is playing the longest game, and that Nightblood is her endgame piece?  Her ace in the hole?

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I definitely agree that Nightblood is going to be one of the most important endgame players for the Cosmere, and it does make a lot of sense that the prophetic elements of how Returned work would hint that Endowment has excellent futuresight, as it would parallel the two shards that we know have good/great futuresight: Ruin with the power of Atium and Odium with

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That first WoB was my buddy's question. We are thinking along the same lines as you are, for sure. In Oathbringer, the letter from Endowment is very cocky, even suggesting that Endowment is confident that she can "deal with" Odium if he becomes a problem. With Nightblood on Roshar able to permanently kill the Voidbringers, I think it's definitely likely that Nightblood is part of her schemes in dealing with Odium, but I can't say with any certainty that he is her "end game".

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