Brandon Sanderson "The Reckoners" series includes an Epic named Obliteration, who is claimed to only speak in quotes from the Bible.

I am curious: Given that Brandon Sanderson is a believing member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, does Obliteration ever quote from the Book of Mormon, as the Church includes it in the Bible Canon?

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    It's an exaggeration to say that Obliteration only speaks in Bible quotes. Quite a lot of his speech is completely normal. He does, however, have a habit of peppering his speech with such quotes. Nov 21, 2022 at 10:57

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Not that I can find.

Obliteration appears in two books, Firefight and Calamity. I cross-referenced his quotes against the Book of Mormon and various versions of the Christian Bible. None of them seem to appear there.


Behold also the ships,” he whispered, “which though they be so great, yet are they turned about with a very small helm.

This is from James 3:4.

“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven,” he whispered, “having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.…”

This is from Revelation 20:1.

"To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?" Obliteration said, passionless. "Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken."

This is from Jeremiah 6:10.

“And I looked,” Obliteration said, “and beheld a pale horse. On him was Death, and Hell followed with him. Power was given unto them to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death.”

This is from Revelation 6:8.

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering,” Obliteration called, “and laid it upon Isaac his son. He took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and they went both of them together.…”

This is from Genesis 22:6.

“And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream,” Obliteration whispered. “And I said, Here am I"

This is from Genesis 31:11.


‘For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother…’ ”

This is from Matthew 10:35.

 ‘And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light.’ ”

This is from Revelation 22:5.

"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come," he whispered.

This is from Revelation 17:10.

“ ‘And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition….’ ”

This is from Revelation 17:11.

“I will take you, and it, to the palace above,” he said. “The new Jerusalem. Detonate the bomb with this.”

A reference to Revelation 21:2.

“ ‘You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.’

This is from Psalm 128:2.

“ ‘And he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.’ ”

This is from Genesis 3:24.

All of Obliteration's Biblical quotes seem to be from parts of the Bible viewed as canonical by Catholic and Protestant denominations, not from the Book of Mormon.

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    In Firefight I think there are also quotations from Revelation 20:1 and Genesis 31:11. But indeed nothing from The Book of Mormon. Nov 20, 2022 at 23:37
  • @ClaraDiazSanchez - Could you edit them in?
    – Adamant
    Nov 21, 2022 at 0:42
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    I've put them in, maybe you want to put links to your preferred online Bible Nov 21, 2022 at 9:13
  • and BTW I concur on the quotes from Calamity Nov 22, 2022 at 19:10

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