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Vessel Sazed
Constituents Ruin and Preservation
Slivers None
Splinters None[1][2]
Status Whole
Magics Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy
Residence Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn

I am, unfortunately, the Hero of Ages.

—The first line of Sazed's note

Harmony is the name taken by Sazed after the Final Ascension and his acquisition of the Shards Ruin and Preservation. With the opposing forces of Preservation and Ruin both invested within him, balance and Harmony is achieved. It is unknown whether he took the name Harmony himself, or if it was later attributed to him by the followers of the Path. Three hundred years post-Catacendre the name is in widespread use by the inhabitants of the Elendel Basin and the surrounding Roughs.


The point is Harmony, creating a way for as many as possible to make their own choices.

—Harmony's stated interest[3]

What this means in terms of exact intent is unknown, but as Harmony holds both Ruin and Preservation, his intent is certainly a blending of the intents of both. At one point he seems to indicate that his natural inclination as a former human being towards Preservation is somehow separate from his need as Harmony to balance the two forces. If Sazed had been unable to balance the two powers, the Shard's name would be different.[4] In his response to one of Hoid's letters he states that the Shards he holds are in such conflict that even simple actions are difficult.[5] It is possible for the Shard's intent to change from Harmony to Discord.[6]

Although Harmony allows free will, he is not beyond causing or allowing interference, as evident from having Ironeyes act as his agent, and communicating to Waxillium through an earring. He also controls the kandra, which act as his agents.

Associated magic[edit]

The Metallic Arts of Ruin and Preservation are still associated with their Shards, and thus with Harmony. No new magic systems are known to have come from Harmony.

Harmony holds both the shards Preservation and Ruin, and they have become intermingled. If Sazed were to die, the shard left behind would be Harmony, not Ruin and Preservation separately. It would require effort to split them back up again.[7]

Harmonium is the God Metal associated with Harmony.

Harmony has the ability to speak to, and read the thoughts of any person with a Hemalurgic spike. This is shown when he speaks to Wax through his earring. He gains the ability to hear from Preservation and the ability to speak from Ruin, mentioning that he found it interesting that while separate one could only hear and the other only speak.[8]



By the forgotten Gods!

—Sazed's reaction upon realizing the Terris prophecies referred to him[9]

After taking up the powers of both Ruin and Preservation at Final Ascension, Sazed proceeded to repair the damage wrought upon Scadrial by Ruin, and the clumsy efforts of Vin and Rashek to repair the world.[9] He accomplished this by using the information stored in his copperminds, which contained references to what Classical Scadrial was like. Unhindered by another Shard opposing his every action and limiting what he could do, he was able to restore Scadrial to the planet that existed prior to Rashek's ascension. Using the power of the Shards, he was also able to change the Koloss into a true breeding race.

Letters to Hoid[edit]

At some point after Sazed's Ascension, Harmony received a letter from Hoid asking for help dealing with Odium. He wrote a response, in which he expressed surprise at some of the information Hoid shared and explained that the conflicting nature of Ruin and Preservation made it hard to act.[10][5] He also expressed a reluctance to help Hoid as they had never met and Hoid had hid himself before while visiting Scadrial, but agreed to consider the matter further if Hoid visited him openly.[11][12]

Some time later, Harmony wrote another letter to Hoid, detailing his attempts to contact other Shards[13][14] and sharing his concerns about both the damage Odium had already done[15][16] and about other Shards he could not sense potentially encroaching on Scadrial.[17] In response to these threats, he wrote that he was hoping to find a person to act as his "sword," someone who could act on his behalf when the conflicting nature of Ruin and Preservation make it near-impossible for him to act directly,[18] and asked Hoid to do his best to maintain Odium's prison until other Shards could be convinced to act and a plan could be made.[19]

Arrival of Trell[edit]

Harmony is indirectly using Waxillium Ladrian by way of his earring as a pawn, doing his work in the Physical Realm. He assigned the kandra Paalm to play the human Lessie and protect Wax during his time as a lawman in the Roughs.[20] Paalm eventually removed one of her Spikes to avoid Harmony's control.[8] She took the alias of Bleeder and attempted to overthrow Harmony's control of mankind.[21][22] She was stopped by Wax who fired a Hemalurgic bullet into her skull, allowing Harmony to regain control of her.[20] Wax learned of Harmony's manipulation and felt used.

Later on, the kandra VenDell and MeLaan implied that Harmony was getting distracted and were worried that something bad was happening on Scadrial. Sazed confirmed this to Wax during their conversation after his temporary death, showing him a red glow around the planet from some unknown hostile force. Wax confronted Harmony about his interference and lack of assistance. Harmony explained that he could not always intervene because mankind would only ask for more help and always be dissatisfied. He gave Wax the option of moving on to the Beyond or going back.[23]


  • If Wax would ever become the Vessel of Harmony, the God metal associated with him would be called "Waxillium".[24]
  • There are forces actively trying to limit Harmony's knowledge.[25]


  1. Steelheart Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2013-10-05#
  2. Minicon 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
  3. The Alloy of Law chapter 18 #
  4. Holiday signing
    Arcanum - 2015-12-12#
  5. a b Oathbringer chapter 55 epigraph#
  6. Skyward Seattle signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-10#
  7. /r/fantasy AMA 2013
    Arcanum - 2013-04-23#
  8. a b Shadows of Self chapter 7 #
  9. a b The Hero of Ages chapter 82 #
  10. Oathbringer chapter 54 epigraph#
  11. Oathbringer chapter 56 epigraph#
  12. Oathbringer chapter 57 epigraph#
  13. Rhythm of War chapter 24 epigraph#
  14. Rhythm of War chapter 25 epigraph#
  15. Rhythm of War chapter 26 epigraph#
  16. Rhythm of War chapter 27 epigraph#
  17. Rhythm of War chapter 28 epigraph#
  18. Rhythm of War chapter 29 epigraph#
  19. Rhythm of War chapter 31 epigraph#
  20. a b Shadows of Self chapter 26 #
  21. Shadows of Self chapter 6 #
  22. Shadows of Self chapter 11 #
  23. The Bands of Mourning chapter 28 #
  24. Lucca Comics and Games Festival
    Arcanum - 2016-10-28#
  25. Calamity San Antonio signing
    Arcanum - 2016-02-26#
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