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Diagram
Author Taravangian
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Diagram is a text that king Taravangian created on a day when he was a genius. It contains instructions on what to do to unite mankind and was written in a language that Taravangian invented on that day. Some sentences from it are in the Words of Radiance epigraphs.

Creation[edit]

Taravangian has varying intelligence from his encounter with the Nightwatcher. On his day of greatest genius he covered every surface of his bedroom in hieroglyphics he invented that day. The complied writings were translated and transcribed by Adrotagia and tell of the coming wars. They offer a brutal path for humanity's survival that calls for Taravangian uniting all of humanity under his kingship. Parts of the Diagram are open to interpretation, thus subject to misinterpretation and error. The Diagram also becomes less reliable with time, forcing Taravangian to try to update it. The Diagram predicted the second coming of the Knights Radiant.

The Diagram cabal[edit]

The Diagram is also the name of a covert group that is devoted to understanding and carrying out the instructions found in the Diagram. The Diagram is led by Taravangian and has members in hiding all over Roshar. The group is ruthless, willing to kill directly, or indirectly, as many as necessary to achieve its goals.

Taravangian controlled Szeth and used him to murder other kings, thus destabilizing the power structure on Roshar. One such example is Taravangian's use of Szeth to kill the King of Jah Keved, creating a power vacuum and succession war. Every Veden Highprince vied for the throne and was killed in the brutal war. When Taravangian went to Jah Keved posing as a benevolent foreign king, and bringing aid to the war-torn city, as the Diagram instructed him to, he was made King.[1]

Known Members[edit]

  • Taravangian: King of Kabranth and Jah Keved.
  • Adrotagia: A Karbranthian scholar and close personal friend of Taravangian.
  • Graves: A lighteyed Alethi Shardbearer.
  • Danlan Morakotha: A lighteyed Alethi scribe.
  • Mrall: Taravangian's body guard.

Excerpts[edit]

Book of the 2nd Ceiling Rotation[edit]

Obviously they are fools The Desolation needs no usher It can and will sit where it wishes and the signs are obvious that the spren anticipate it doing so soon The Ancient of Stones must finally begin to crack It is a wonder that upon his will rested the prosperity and peace of a world for over four millennia
—Pattern 1[2]
111​825​101​112​712​491​512​101​011​141​021​511​711​210​111​217​134​483​111​071​514​254​143​410​916​149​149​341​212​254​101​012​512​710​151​910​111​234​125​511​525​121​575​511​123​410​111​291​512​106​153​4
—Pattern 15[3]

This is a code that translates to "Hold the secret that broke the Knights Radiant. You may need it to destroy the new orders when they return."[4] The key is found in Pattern 1 of the Book of the 2nd Rotation, each letter is represented by the number corresponding to the first instance of that letter in Pattern 1, i.e. "h" is 11, "o" is 1, and "l" is 8.[5]

Book of the 2nd Desk Drawer[edit]

The Unmade are a deviation, a flair, a conundrum that may not be worth your time. You cannot help but think of them. They are fascinating. Many are mindless. Like the spren of human emotions, only much more nasty. I do believe a few can think, however.
—Paragraph 14[6]
There is one you will watch. Though all of them have some relevance to precognition, Moelach is one of the most powerful in this regard. His touch seeps into a soul as it breaks apart from the body, creating manifestations powered by the spark of death itself. But no, this is a distraction. Deviation. Kingship. We must discuss the nature of kingship.
—Paragraph 15[7]
One is almost certainly a traitor to the others.
—Paragraph 27[8]

Catechism of the Back of the Flowered Painting[edit]

Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.
—Paragraph 1[9]

Coda of the Northwest Bottom Corner[edit]

They will come you cannot stop their oaths look for those who survive when they should not that pattern will be your clue.
—Paragraph 3[10]

Floorboard 17[edit]

AThhbeurtethhaesytwoebreealneafntsbweehriWnhdaIttiisstohbevainosuwsefrrSotmotphTehneaPtaurrsehoefntdhieObnoenodfBtuhtewmhYeersetwhheeyr aerwehtehreemwihsesrienSgeptioefcfeOPbuvsihofuosrRtehaelAilzeatthiiotnoldieksetarporyitchietmyoTuhteryiagrhetwbietfhotrheetShhiisnoWneemoubstta fiinnsdtohneeiCrapnowweemraIktewtiolulsfeoarTmraubtrhildegsesCanwecraftaweapon
—Paragraph 2[11][12]

This splits into two messages by taking every second letter starting with the first, and every second letter starting with the second.

Ah ​but ​they ​were ​left ​behind. ​It ​is ​obvious ​from ​the n​ature ​of ​the ​bond. ​But ​where ​where ​where ​where? ​Set off. ​Obvious. ​Realization​ like apricity​. They​ are ​with ​the ​Shin. ​We ​must ​find ​one. ​Can ​we ​make ​to ​use ​a ​Truthless? ​Can ​we ​craft​ a ​weapon?
—starting with the first[11]
There ​has ​to ​be ​an ​answer​. What​ is ​the ​answer? ​Stop. ​The ​Parshendi​. One​ of ​them. ​Yes ​they ​are ​the ​missing​ piece. ​Push ​for ​the ​Alethi ​to ​destroy ​them ​outright ​before ​this ​one ​obtains ​their ​power. ​It ​will ​form ​a bridge.
—starting with the second[12]

Floorboard 27[edit]

One danger in deploying such a potent weapon will be the potential encouragement of those exploring the Nahel bond. Care must be taken to avoid placing these subjects in situations of powerful stress unless you accept the consequences of their potential Investiture.
—Paragraph 6[13]

North Wall Coda[edit]

Windowsill region
1173090605 1173090801 1173090901 1173091001 1173091004 1173100105 1173100205 1173100401 1173100603 1173100804
—Paragraph 2[14]

This is a sequence of dates corresponding to the last ten highstorms leading up to the arrival of the everstorm.

Tenets of Instruction[edit]

Back of the Footboard
You must become king. Of Everything.
—Paragraph 1[15]

West Wall Psalm of Wonders[edit]

But who is the wanderer, the wild piece, the one who makes no sense? I glimpse at his implications, and the world opens to me. I shy back. Impossible. Is it?
—Paragraph 8[16]

A note by Adrotagia accompanies this excerpt asking whether it refers to Mraize.[16]

Writings upon the Bedstand Lamp[edit]

Chaos in Alethkar is, of course, inevitable. Watch carefully, and do not let power in the kingdom solidify. The Blackthorn could become an ally or our greatest foe, depending on whether he takes the path of the warlord or not. If he seems likely to sue for peace, assassinate him expeditiously. The risk of competition is too great.
—Paragraph 4[17]

This is Adrotagia's third translation from the original hieroglyphics.[17]

Trivia[edit]

Note[edit]

  1. Words of Radiance interlude I-14
  2. Words of Radiance chapter 83 epigraph
  3. Words of Radiance chapter 84 epigraph
  4. Decryption of the code
    17th Shard forums - 12 March 2014
  5. Method for decryption
    17th Shard forums - 12 March 2014
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 81 epigraph
  7. Words of Radiance chapter 82 epigraph
  8. Words of Radiance chapter 86 epigraph
  9. Words of Radiance chapter 79 epigraph
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 76 epigraph
  11. a b Words of Radiance chapter 78 epigraph
  12. a b Words of Radiance chapter 89 epigraph
  13. Words of Radiance chapter 77 epigraph
  14. Words of Radiance chapter 88 epigraph
  15. Words of Radiance chapter 80 epigraph
  16. a b Words of Radiance chapter 85 epigraph
  17. a b Words of Radiance chapter 87 epigraph
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