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Shard Pairs?

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Are all the shards pairs? We know that Ruin and Preservation are an opposing pair. Are all 16 shards this way? For example, perhaps Autonomy and Dominion are opposites, as Dominion seeks to destroy what autonomy others have, and autonomy seeks to be free of any dominion over it. In the same fashion, Devotion may have been Odium’s opposing pair, which would make his attack on her make all the more sense.

If the theory is true, it would help us guess the other shards, for example, maybe a Contentment shard as Ambition’s pair, or Opposition as Cultivation’s. 

It would be interesting to know what dishards could be made if more pairs melded, like Harmony. 

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This would make it easier, which is why Brandonerson didn't do it ;)

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Shardbound

Do all Shards have a direct paired opposite intent...

Brandon Sanderson

No, I would say no, they do not all have a directly paired opposite intent.

Oathbringer London signing (Nov. 28, 2017)

 

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Welcome to the Shard!

5 hours ago, RealmaticTheorist said:

It would be interesting to know what dishards could be made if more pairs melded, like Harmony. 

As already mentioned not all Shards have opposing intents like Preservation/Ruin but we know that all Shards can be combined, in theory.

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Argent

Can any two Shards be joined together, like "Preservation and Ruin", or does it depend on their Intents?

Brandon Sanderson

Any can be joined, theoretically, but boy, some of the pairings would have an odd resulting pressure on the one holding them. And similar intents make for an easier time melding.

/r/books AMA 2015 (March 12, 2015)

You might find this topic of interest, since it contains a lot of speculation on what various combinations might look like:

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