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Why does Hoid need a spirit to travel the cosmere?

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He doesn't need a spirit to travel the Cosmere. On Scadrial, the Cognitive Realm is made of liquid Mist, it feels solid to Kelsier, who's from Scadrial and dead but to Hoid who's alive & not from there, he'll sink in if he didn't use a Cognitive Shadow as a makeshift boat to travel

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Why did Hoid in Secret History have to ride on another person to get to the Well, when that person could float on--

Brandon Sanderson

Sooo, what he's floating on is a Cognitive Shadow. It's a spirit, it's not an actual person. He is floating on someone who is--

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Do we know them?

Brandon Sanderson

You did not know them, don't worry about them. But see, he's using that as a boat because it's easy to sink through the mist. And if you notice, he has to coat his oar with Investiture in order to move him. So yeah, he's floating on a person's soul... It was so much easier with the Pits, but that's because there were boats and things.

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