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I think I know the names of two Potential Shards and here's why


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The shards Depravity and Imitation 

Now I thought Odium was well Odium but turns out that's more of a overgeneralization. Sure he's kinda power mad but he doesn't really represent the psychopath and sociopath I imagined. So I think maybe there's another shard out there. One who represents Adonalsium's depravity. 

By depravity I mean basically all sorts of sadistic or cowardly behaviours . One u would expect of bullies.

I came to this idea while I was reading a lot of doom and gloom manga like Attack on Titan and Tokyo ghoul. Like on those world's u have a few individuals , who have powers but that only brings misery to them and to everyone they know and love and to the world as a whole.  And the origin of these deviant traits remain murky and in cases like Tokyo ghoul it seems it simply manifested without any chain of causation .

And I was thinking of the idea of cruel gods ,who simply want to watch lesser beings suffer. And then I decided to integrate this idea into the Cosmere via the Shard of Depravity.

I think this shard would represent all the pettiness and cruelty of humans . Like even in children u can find this petty cruelty , lack of empathy , selfishness , etc. I think it's not truly dangerous. It's like a bully. Not ready for confrontations with something its own size but more than happy playing with mortal lives. Maybe this might even be the survival shard. Although I doubt it. As Brandon indicated it was smart but then again depravity does indicate an intrinsic reservoir of cunning and deviousness. I think it would be something like Gaz in WoK  deified with a bit more cunning ,reminiscent of Straff Venture maybe.

 

Now Imitation , now how do children grow . They imitate what adults do. Indeed , one of the major social forces might be imitation , we imitate the ones we look up to and think are cool. We imitate our culture , our language , our values from our loved ones. Imitation is I think the saying goes the highest form of flattery. So perhaps it could classify as shardic intent. 

A shard with a varying intent. One which can imitate the intents of other shards. If such a shard does exist , I don't think it would be a threat . It would be something more akin to the antagonist portrayed in the movies Split and Glass deified. Having multiple personalities with great clashes with each other. Too unstable to prove a threat. 

This is in direct contrast with autonomy who may have multiple personalities as well but they are somewhat coherent and cooperative.

 

So any thoughts or criticisms or support .

Thank u. 

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I'm not the foremost expert on realmatic theory but both of these seem possible. Imitation would be a weird one but I agree. Would be super cool. Depravation, well well hopefully need a new big bad for Mistborn era 4 and that seems as good as any. Not sure how much Brandon would enjoy writing such a staight-foreward bad guy though. Doesn't fit his style

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@Aluminum I don't think depravity would be a big bad . Not by itself at least. Maybe if some shard would combine with it or if it were to pick up or hack splinters of the ones Odium has killed. Like maybe it has found out a way to make splinters bend to it's will , without absorbing them and soiling it's own intent. I doubt it. But it would be cool .It could be responsible for the rise of the Evil in Threnody. Consuming and playing with the lives and souls of men. Hmmm would match up with what I think is kinda a tangent to it's intent. To maximize suffering. It could be warping ambitions mangled investiture on the planet. Hell maybe that's why Odium says in OB that he can't even leave large splinters like the stormfather alive. Maybe he's afraid depravity might hack them and might change thier intent enough to challenge Odium. Maybe it won't ever risk it's own neck but suppose it creates it's own unmade , a entire coalition which can stand up to and even kill or atleast weaken Rayse. 

Maybe it visited SEL too and that's how the svrakiss came about , small pieces of hacked investiture cannibalized from the dor. But then it found it hard to mold the dor , stuffed in the CR as it is and left for Threnody instead. Maybe it doesn't like harmony as Sazed is trying to maximize choice and thereby increase happiness and decrease suffering. So seeing that Sazed is still young and stumbling by Shard standards and outraged at the sheer audacity of the consequences of Harmony's intent , it's attacking Scadrial. Hoping to take down harmony while it's still taking its baby steps. Like a bully picking on a baby. Harmony is double it's size by magnitude sure but it's young and stumbling. It would explain why paalm was made to suffer so much in SoS. I really felt sorry for her and that felt straight up depraved.  Maybe it sees the general increase in happiness technological growth can bring and is therefore threatened by it and decided to remove life from the sphere . 

Wooooooo Maybe it can somehow bully or manipulate imitation to do it's bidding. This is all pure speculation of course but it is fun huh. 

Woo it would be so cool to have such a shard. But yeah it would be too black and white. But then again ruin was kinda black and white too. I still love mistborn era 1 more than any other Cosmere book subset .

Let's see. Time and Mr. Brandon will tell 

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