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Connection is a Spiritual aspect in the cosmere and uses spiritwebs, connecting them in the Spiritual Realm. It is thought to be part of the spiritual aspect of a being, and has an influence on who can or cannot ascend as the Holder of a certain Shard.[1] There are ways - albeit as yet unknown - other than through Feruchemy to create Connection. Additionally, it is possible to alter Connection through artificial means (such as the device designed by the Ire),[2] though the particulars of just how this is accomplished are also as yet unknown.

Connection and Identity are both the access key and nature of the unlocking of Investiture. This is why it can be difficult to use differing types of Investiture on different worlds.

Applications[]

Connection can allow communication between two parties that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Examples include people speaking a different language[3] or existing in different realms,[4] as when the Seventeenth Sharders at the Purelake (i.e., Temoo, Thinker and Blunt) used Connection to speak with Ishikk.[5] (None amongst said Sharders are Feruchemists.)

According to Khriss, Hemalurgy is usable by anyone with the right knowledge, and is a dangerous creation that has proven to be able to warp souls regardless of world or Investiture, creating false Connections that no Shard designed or intended.[6]

Connection influences spren.[7]

Known Connections[]

FAQ Friday[]

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Notes[]

With regard to one's spiritual, cognitive, and physical aspects, Connection, and compounding ...

... There's a perfect version of everyone somewhere. It's a mix of their Connection to places, people, and times with raw Investiture. The soul, you might say.

(Note that over time, a person's perception of themselves shapes their cognitive aspect as well, and the cognitive aspect can interfere with the spiritual aspect trying to make the physical aspect repair itself.) Healing in the cosmere often works by aligning your physical self with your spiritual self - making the physical regrow. More powerful forms of Investiture can repair the soul as well.

However, your age is part of your Connection to places, people, and times. Your soul "knows" things, like where you were born, what Investiture you are aligned with, and - yes - how old you are. When you're healing yourself, you're restoring yourself to a perfect state - when you're done, everything is good. When you're changing your age, however, you are transforming yourself to something unnatural. Against what your soul understands to be true.

So the spiritual aspect will push for a restoration to the way you should be. With this compounding hack, you're not changing Connection; it's a purely Physical Realm change.

This dichotomy cannot remain for long. And the greater the disparity, the more pressure the spirit will exert. Ten or twenty years won't matter much. A thousand will matter a lot. So the only way to use compounding to change your age is to store up all this extra youth in a metalmind, then be constantly tapping it to counteract the soul's attempt to restore you to how you should be.

Yes, all of this means there are FAR more efficient means of counteracting aging than the one used by the Lord Ruler. It's a hack, and not meant to be terribly efficient. Eventually, he wouldn't have been able to maintain himself this way at all. Changing Connection (or even involving one's cognitive aspect a little more) would have been far more efficient, though actively more difficult.

Brandon Sanderson[10]

Theory[]

Some readers have theorized that Hoid has a pre-Shattering pseudo-Feruchemy that lets him store only Spiritual attributes (i.e., Investiture, Connection, Identity, and Fortune). He's been observed using Investiture, Connection and Fortune, so there's some merit there, but readers won't know for sure for a while. For example, Hoid uses Fortune to know when to be in a specific place, as he is at the end of The Way of Kings when Taln stumbles in,[11] and as he is at the end of Words of Radiance when Jasnah shows up.[12]

Q&A with Brandon[]

Q. If a Cognitive Shadow or a Splinter gained Connection to the Physical Realm, could they just transition through a perpendicularity to manifest a physical form, or is something else required?

A. Something else would be required, because you're ... But that would take you a long way. It's going to depend on the situation, right?

Q. Because Ishar was doing something where like he was Connecting spren ...

A. Yes, Ishar was doing something, and so for instance, spren are gonna be played a little differently than a Cognitive Shadow would be played. Like, Cognitive Shadows, that's just not gonna be enough. But spren is much closer. This has to do with how much Investiture's involved and how they're Connected and things like this, but it's not quite enough. In most cases.

Q. So Ishar was doing something in addition to just Connecting the spren to the Physical Realm?

A. Yes. He was indeed doing something more.[13]

References[]

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