|Aliases||Shard of Adonalsium|
The Way of Kings (mentioned), |
Words of Radiance (mentioned), Oathbringer, Rhythm of War
Odium is now trapped on Braize and has nine magic systems (i.e., Voidbindings).
In a vision given to Dalinar, it is revealed that Odium had killed the Almighty, although his means in so doing remain unclear. His reason, however, is his ultimate goal: to become the most powerful entity in the cosmere.
Odium is pure hatred: that which one feels and that which one is provoked to feel. As a Shard, he is held by a man (Rayse) who benefits from his intent inasmuch as he was described as loathsome, crafty, and dangerous himself. Rayse wanted to become what he is. Still ...
He bears the weight of God's own divine hatred, separated from the virtues that gave it context.
A Shard's intent is somewhat interpreted by its holder. Rayse doesn't want, in any way, to be influenced by the intents of other Shards. In this, he feels that Odium matches him perfectly. So, he Splinters the Shards he destroys, thereby preventing anyone else from taking up those Shards - and each their power - to challenge him.
Odium is afraid of Harmony. He despises the fact that somebody (i.e., Sazed from Mistborn) has two Shards. However, possibly unknown to Odium, the conflicting Intents of Ruin and Preservation make it difficult for Harmony to act.
|“||"I am emotion incarnate. I am the soul of the spren and of men. I am lust, joy, hatred, anger, and exultation. I am glory and I am vice. I am the very thing that makes men men."||”|
|“||"Three of sixteen ruled, but now the Broken One reigns."||”|
–Collected: Chachanan, 1173, 84 seconds pre-death. Subject: a cutpurse with the wasting sickness, of partial Iriali descent.
ODIUM COMES. MOST DANGEROUS OF ALL THE SIXTEEN.
–A voice in Kaladin's dream
Why is there so much war? Must we always fight?.
... ODIUM REIGNS.
–Kaladin and a voice in his dream
|“||"Odium is the void, Kaladin. He draws in emotion, and doesn't let it go. You ... you brought him with you. I wasn't alive then, but I know this truth. He was your first god, before you turned to Honor."*||”|
–Syl to Kaladin
According to Brandon, Odium is not native to Roshar; he arrived long after Honor and Cultivation arrived on the world possibly following humanity after they destroyed Ashyn with their Surgebinding as stated by Syl.
It has been confirmed that Rayse was the original holder of the Shard Odium and it is suggested in the Letter that he had more than 'something' to do with what happened on Sel and the deaths of Aona and Skai of Elantris. Odium went after Devotion and Dominion partially because they were breaking the rules, and because he seeks out those that might be a challenge to him.
Odium also chased Ambition to the Threnodite system soon after the Shattering with the intent of killing the Shard. He mortally wounded Ambition there, tearing off chunks of Investiture, twisting the system. Mercy was also there, but that Shard's involvement remains uncertain.
Odium is an interloper who moves between planets wreaking havoc and leaving devastation in his wake. He now resides on Braize but his presence is still very much felt and experienced on Roshar. He is restricted to the Rosharan system of planets, seemingly due to something Tanavast did, and cannot at this time escape to destroy any more Shards. He is still, however, able to influence all 3 important planets in the Rosharan system: Roshar, Braize, and Ashyn.
Pattern, Shallan's liespren, tells Shallan when she is on her way to the Shattered Plains that all spren are made of Honor, Cultivation, or Odium, and is terrified to mention Odium's name.
What if fighting the battle against Odium, or taking it to the next level of confronting him on Braize, is exactly what’s needed for him to break free? This could indeed create the dilemma Hoid mentioned to Dalinar, about letting Roshar burn if that’s what is needed to accomplish his purpose.
Q&A with Brandon
Q. Does the Shard Odium seek to separate things, much like the Shard Honor seeks to bind things together?
A. An interesting theory.
- The Way of Kings, 46. Child of Tanavast
- The Way of Kings, 75. In the Top Room
- The Letter
- Words of Radiance, 71. Vigil
- The Way of Kings, 22. Eyes, Hands, or Spheres?
- Oathbringer, 121. Ideals
- Odium on Roshar
- The Letter
- Book signing, Houston, TX, 11/18/17
- Was Honor Splintered?
- Oathbringer, 111. Eila Stele
- Separating vs. binding ...