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How are seons made?

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How are seons made?

It doesn't mention it anywhere in Elantris.

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Sel had two Shards of Adonalsium: Devotion and Dominion, like Roshar has Honor, Cultivation and Odium, and Scadrial has Preservation and Ruin. Devotion (Aona) and Dominion (Skai) were killed by Odium long ago, their power was Splintered and stuffed into the Cognitive Realm, forming the Dor.

Seons are Splinters of Devotion, like how Honorspren are Splinters of Honor and the Divine Breath of the Returned are Splinters of Endowment. To be more specific, the Aons at the centre of the Seons are Splinters of Devotion.

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Viper (paraphrased)

At one point someone [on 17th Shard] asked you if seons were Shards of--

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Aona.

Viper (paraphrased)

Devotion ... yeah Aona, and you said that was close. My question is: are the Aons at the HEART of the seons Shards of Devotion?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

No, but close.

Viper (paraphrased)

But... I was sure... the floating Aon at the heart, that's not a Shard...

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

*taking pity* You're close but a word is wrong. You're using the wrong terminology.

Viper (paraphrased)

SPLINTER. Are the Aons at the heart of seons SPLINTERS of Aona?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Yes.

A Memory of Light Milford Signing (Feb. 16, 2013)

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Chaos (paraphrased)

This is other information we overheard while we were there. Skaze are the evil seons, and are related to Skai. Seons are related to Aona.

Ancient 17S Q&A (May 1, 2010)

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Questioner

Seons are Splinters?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes. Splinters of Devotion.

Questioner

Um, Splintered...Honor is the *inaudible*...the stormwall...

Brandon Sanderson

The Stormfather?

Questioner

The Stormfather.

Brandon Sanderson

The Stormfather is technically a Splinter of Honor, but it was an intentional Splinter, that Honor did himself.

Questioner

Does he have another Splinter?

Brandon Sanderson

So, all of the honorspren are Splinters of Honor, but this is a different situation because he actually did this intentionally.

Arcanum Unbounded Seattle signing (Dec. 1, 2016)

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Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Seons are remnants of a dead Shard.

Footnote: Specifically, the Aons at their core are Splinters of Devotion.
Alloy of Law 17th Shard Q&A (Nov. 5, 2011)

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Kogiopsis (paraphrased)

How long before the events of Elantris did Odium kill Aona/Devotion and Skai/Dominion?

Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

Same time as the origins of the seons.

Footnote: Kogiopsis: This was the second-closest I came to getting RAFO'd. He was sort of jovially apologetic about this answer; I tried to get a solid number of years but to no avail.
Rithmatist Denver signing (May 16, 2013)

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Questioner

I recently reread Elantris and I came to an interesting conclusion: that the seons are similar to the spren.

Brandon Sanderson

They are.

Questioner

And are they Servitude, broken pieces of Servitude.

Brandon Sanderson

So, they are actually broken pieces of Devotion, which is a similar concept, but yes.

Questioner

And then the Elantrians are based off of Dominion then?

Brandon Sanderson

Dominion are the skaze. They are referenced briefly.

Questioner

Then Hoid talks to them, or--

Brandon Sanderson

Hrathen references the skaze in his thoughts. I show a skaze I believe in the extra bonus scene, don't I?

Questioner

Where Hoid is going to jump into the well?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes, there is a skaze there, that's a skaze.

Questioner

...I'm assuming then, we can look forward to the skaze!

Brandon Sanderson

You can look forward to the skaze being involved in things, definitely .

White Sand vol.1 Orem signing (June 29, 2016)

 

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One more useful WOB:

 

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[edited to remove mistborn spoilers]

little wilson

So, did the-- my gosh, on Sel-- the Aons-- not the Aons-- the seons did they exist before the Splintering?

Brandon Sanderson

They did not. That's a good question. But they are not the majority of the power. They're just little pieces, they are like the sparks when something gets destroyed. The sparks are not the majority but they are the sparks that were thrown off, if that makes sense?

Holiday signing (Dec. 12, 2015)

 

 

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4 hours ago, Adonalsium'sSpren said:

How are seons made?

It doesn't mention it anywhere in Elantris.

We know they are splinters of shards like Spren.  Pieces of the shard that now have identity but we don't know how they generate naturally or artificailly.

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