In the bonus Hoid scene at the end of Elantris, it says that Hoid looked up at "the Unknown Gods domain". What is that referring to?

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    Well, if it is unknown... :-p
    – SJuan76
    Feb 4 '19 at 1:16
  • Could you add some additional context for that quote; maybe the one or two lines before and after? I've read Elantris, but don't remember this passage.
    – Liesmith
    Feb 4 '19 at 13:53
  • its in a bonus scene at the back of the ten year edition where he talks to a skaze
    – Antheloth
    Feb 4 '19 at 14:04
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    @Liesmith - Yeah, it's an added scene in newer additions, and it comes after some of the "extra" scenes from earlier drafts. Offhand, it's probably a reference to the God Beyond, which is a concept running around more recent Cosmere books as more and more people get used to the idea of the gods, plural, they usually know not being a permanent fixture.
    – Radhil
    Feb 4 '19 at 17:48
  • I don't know, but I think I have a theory. So, if Hoid is looking up, he's looking at the sky, or maybe the universe as a whole. Now, the author has said that (a) the worlds are all in one dwarf galaxy, and (b) Adonalsium created planets in that galaxy that aren't stable on a billion year time scale. And (c) they've hinted that Adonalsium is analogous to the gnostic demiurge, which would imply a great power that is not actually the main creator. So what if that one galaxy was created by Adonalsium, and the rest of the universe - directly or indirectly - by the God Beyond?
    – Adamant
    Feb 13 '19 at 20:25

It seems it's just another name for God Beyond. Sanderson was asked about this scene:


Shai refers to an Unknown God, is this at all related to the rocks that fell from the sky that Shai's ancestors carved?

Brandon Sanderson:

For her people, there is a relationship. But watch for mentions of the God Beyond in the books. There is more here.

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