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Iapetus the Titan

Hoid=Good? Bad?

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I'm kinda confused on Hoid. I know he's traveling the cosmere, collecting types of investiture, but do we know his final goal? I've heard that he's trying to keep all the shards separate, and I've heard that he's trying to gather them together. help?

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The answer is that we don't know. His goals are his own, and we have almost no idea what they are.

I'd say his goals are going to end up far more complex than "good" or "bad".

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We know he's a good person, and we can assume that his endgame is just, but as he says to Dalinar: "If I have to see this world crumble and burn to get what I need, I will do so. With tears, yes, but I would let it happen." He is a good person with presumably good intentions who will do anything, even potentially unsavory things, for his goal. 

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Yeah, Hoid can't really be categorized on a simple good/bad dynamic (and let's not go down the rabbit hole of defining those terms... :D) and while most of the indications we've gotten are that he's a nice person who wants to help people when he's able to, he's also perfectly free in admitting to anyone who asks that his goals are not their goals and he's prepared to sacrifice the latter for the former, even if he'd feel bad about it afterwards. Oh, and he'll tell people that they really shouldn't trust him specifically or (as Shallan can attest) trust anyone who claims to have any futuresight, which explicitly includes him.

The last two major works in the Cosmere are going to be his works to an extent, as he's going to have his origin story as part of the Dragonsteel series and he's going to be a major viewpoint character in the final Mistborn books as well. That should give you a pretty good idea how long we can expect to wait before we get answers about Hoid's motivations and goals.

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