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A Shardblade is a type of Invested weapon found on Roshar that is typically carried by the Knights Radiant[1] and the Heralds of the Almighty.[2] Shardblades likely each contain a Splinter of a Shard's power.[3] Shardblades are usually associated with Shardplate, Invested armor that also exists on Roshar.[1] Those who are bound to a Shardblade are referred to as Shardbearers.[3]

Abilities[edit]

General Characteristics[edit]

While there are a few differences between the various types of Shardblades, they all share a few common traits. All are larger than any normal sword often at or approaching six feet in length,[1] while simultaneously extremely light.[4] Also, all Shardblades bound to a specific owner can be summoned, appearing in the palm of one's hand,[1] and dismissed at will.[5] When summoned, they appear to coalesce out of mist, water condensing along the length of the Blade.[6] When a Blade is dismissed[7] or knocked out of ones hand, it also vanishes into mist.[6] They are composed of an unknown metal that is the body of a Shard,[8] the same type as appears on the keyhole of an Oathgate.[9] The tensile strength of Shardblades is very high; while they can bend a small amount, Shardblades appear to be unbreakable.[10]

Shardblades can cut through non-living objects, such as wood or stone, as if they are passing through water.[1] However, when swung at a person or other living object, the edge of the Shardblade will fuzz and cut the person's soul. If the Blade cuts the core of a limb, the limb turns gray and become limp and numb. If it strikes the spine or head, the eyes of the person blacken and burn out with a dark smoke rising from them. When a person is killed this way by a Shardblade, death is not instantaneous; it often takes a few moments for the person to be completely dead.[11] A Shardblade that cuts through an organ can cause that organ to cease to function as well.[6] Once a person or other living thing has been killed, its remains can be cut like any other inanimate object.[12] Non-living portions of a creature, such as hair or nails can be cut with a Shardblade before the creature itself is killed.[6]

Shardblades cannot be blocked by any typical weapons or armor, but they can be halted by a few things. The first is another Shardblade.[1] The second is Shardplate, although two blows to a section of Shardplate is typically enough to shatter it. The third is one of the half-shards of Jah Keved.[13] These are shields with an Augumenter attached,[14] allowing them to withstand two blows from a Shardblade before breaking.[15]

Healing Shardblade Wounds[edit]

There are only two known ways for a Shardblade wound to be healed. A Radiant who is infused with Stormlight is capable of healing themselves when they are wounded by a Shardblade, but it requires a large amount of Stormlight.[16] When a Radiant heals a Shardblade wound on themselves, they create an entirely new piece of soul to replace the old and graft it on to their Spiritweb, leaving a scar behind.[8] This healing leaves the wounded limb aching for a time afterwards.[16] It is unknown if there is any time limit on how long the Radiant has to heal himself. This process is seemingly incapable of saving a Radiant from the instantaneous death of a Shardblade wound to head or spine. The Surge of Progression allows for a process known as Regrowth,[17] which is capable of healing Shardblade wounds or even death by Shardblade.[11] It requires near-immediate healing though, and a significant amount of power. Regrowth fabrials can be created, and were put to use by Radiants before the Recreance.[18] A potential third way to heal a Shardblade wound is making use of a fabrial such as this, but it is as of yet uncertain.

Types[edit]

There were three main types of Shardblades used on Roshar during the Era of Solitude. They were the Shardblades of the typical Radiants, the dead Shardblades of the Radiants who abandoned their oaths at the Recreance, and the Honorblades.

Honorblades[edit]

Main article: Honorblades

The Honorblades are a variety of Shardblades. They are the ten weapons of the Heralds, given to them by the Shard Honor.[2] They were weapons of power beyond that of the average Shardblades of the Radiants.[19] Each Honorblade was a work of art, flowing and inscribed with glyphs and patterns. The Honorblade of each Herald granted Surgebinding abilities that corresponded with the order of Radiants that its Herald led.[2] The Honorblades, unlike the Shardblades, were not made from a bond with a spren. This meant that they could be used indiscriminately, without regard for oaths or anything else. The Heralds abandoned these Blades in an attempt to end the Oathpact,[19] so they can now be used like any other Shardblade,[20] although they do still grant Surgebinding abilities.[2]

Seven of the Honorblades are held by the Shin, who have kept them safe for millenia.[21] The Honorblade of Jezrien is held by Kaladin, but not bonded to him.[2] Talenel's Honorblade has been stolen by persons unknown.[22] The Blade he arrived at Kholinar with was swapped at some point for the Shardblade that was brought with him to the Shattered Plains. The final Honorblade is also missing; one of the Heralds went back to retrieve their Blade, although presently which Herald is unknown.[23] As Nalan has a Shardblade and displays some Surgebinding abilities,[17] it is possible that he is the Herald still in possession of an Honorblade.

The Honorblades are bonded like a typical dead Shardblade, taking ten heartbeats to summon.[1] It is unknown if a gem needs to be added to them in the wake of the Heralds’ betrayal of the Oathpact. Honorblades also change the color of a person's eyes to the color that corresponds with the abilities that particular Honorblade grants.[24] For instance, Jezrien's Honorblade turns its owner's eyes a sapphire blue. However, that only occurs while the Blade is summoned. Once it is dismissed, its holder's eyes are returned to their natural color.

Radiant Shardblades[edit]

Radiant Shardblades are granted to people who are on the path to becoming a full Radiant and have sworn a particular oath of the Immortal Words[9] which varies from order to order.[25] At that point, the spren belonging to the Radiant will gain the ability to become a Shardblade unique to that particular Knight Radiant.[9] The knowledge of where Shardblades come from is closely held by the spren.[26] Prior to a Radiant gaining their Blade their Nahel spren will refuse to tell them anything about where they get their Blade. As long as the spren is with the Radiant the spren can transform into a Blade instantaneously.[27] The spren becomes mist and coalesces into the Blade when it is desired,[9] and then reappears out of the mist when the Blade is dismissed.[27] If the Radiant is a darkeyes, once they receive their Blade for the first time, their eyes are permanently lightened.[28]

The spren still is capable of speaking with their Radiant while in Blade form.[27] In addition to that, the spren need not take the shape of a Blade. They can become a spear, a shield, a knife, an axe, a hammer, or apparently a large variety of weapons. In the past they may have even taken the form of bows, although it is uncertain what was used for a string.[29] A spren may take many forms when it become solid, but it must be metal. Radiant Blades may be lent to others, just like their dead counterparts, and may even change form in order to aid the borrower.[12] When the Radiant who owns the Blade dies, the spren is freed and may bond again with another person one day.[30]

Radiant Shardblades are typically around six feet in length and a handspan in width.[31] They can be edged on one[3] or both sides,[32] and often ornamented with glyphs,[27] as well as patterns along the edges,[9] which may correspond with the essence of that particular Radiant's order. The Blades also glow slightly along its lines with the Polestone color that corresponds to their Radiant's order.[9][12]

Dead Shardblades[edit]

Dead Shardblades were once owned by members of the Knights Radiant.[2] If a Radiant that has a Shardblade betrays their oaths, their spren is killed and its body is trapped in the shape of the Blade. Dead Shardblades have lost some of the functionality that they once had. The Blades have lost most of their ability to change into different weapons, although the shape of the Blade may change slightly to accomadate its owner after being used for a long time.[33] The dead Shardblades are nearly identical to how they appeared while still weilded by the Radiants, but there are two small differences. Each dead Shardblade has a Polestone attached to its hilt, whereas the the Shardblades wielded by Radiants do not.[34] Dead Shardblades also lack the subtle glow possessed by the Blades of active Radiants.[35]

As the Nahel bond with the original Radiant seems to have been severed, a new bond has to be formed in order for a Blade to be summoned and dismissed. When a new owner touches a Shardblade for the first time, the gemstone on the pommel flashes.[36][32] The person who wishes to bond with the Blade must keep in close quarters to it for five days before the bond is set.[7] At that point they can summon and dismiss it. The spren inside the Blades are not completely dead, just mostly.[2] As they are a little alive, they can sync a heartbeat to their essence. It takes ten heartbeats for a dead spren to be revived and summoned as a Shardblade. Once a person is bonded to a dead Shardblade, their eyes do lighten if they are not already lighteyes.[37]

When the holder of a dead Shardblade is killed, the Shardblade appears on the ground next to them. A dead Shardblade may also be given up. This process of breaking the bond requires intense concentration and touching the gemstone of the Blade.[38] A person may be bonded with multiple dead Shardblades but they have to be summoned individually.[39]

Dead Shardblades also have on other unique trait. When touched by a Radiant or Radiant-in-training, the Radiant will hear the agonizing screams of the spren inside.[40] If the Radiant touches the Blade of another, the person it is bonded too will also hear screams and be accused of murdering the spren. This experience is terrifying. There is no known way to free the spren trapped within dead Shardblades, they have been so severely damaged that it would require their original knight[41] to repair them in almost all cases.[42] Spren that are capable of forming the Nahel bond will express dislike for anyone wielding a dead Shardblade, no matter the character of the person bound to the Blade.[43]

May need a rewrite to show the process of killing a spren in the Blade. Should talk about the type of damage done by breaking bond briefly?

History[edit]

Heraldic Epochs[edit]

The very first Shardblades were the Honorblades.[2] They were gifted to the ten Heralds by the Almighty, the Shard Honor, to aid in the fight against the Voidbringers and Odium. While these weapons were useful, over time it began clear that the Honorblades were not enough to continually defeat the Voidbringers. Each Desolation the Heralds would return to a populace that had forgotten them, and each time humanity drew closer to annihilation.[44] The spren, seeing how Honor had granted the Heralds these supernatural weapons and abilities, formed Nahel bonds with humans and did the same.[2] The Blades they created together were the very first of the Radiant Shardblades.

These Shardblades were used by the Radiants to fight against the Voidbringers for at least several Desolations.[45] Finally, the Last Desolation, Aharietiam, occurred.[19] The Heralds, broken under the pressure of their torture, abandoned their Honorblades and broke the Oathpact. They told mankind that humanity had won the war finally and left the Radiants to guide mankind themselves.


Most Shardblades are accounted through generations.[44]

Era of Solitude[edit]

The Radiants continued on, independently of the Heralds for several hundred years at least, until the Day of Recreance, when the Radiants abandoned their Shards for unknown reasons. When the Radiants laid down their Shards at the Recreance, they broke their bonds with their spren by betraying their oaths, killing them and trapping their bodies within the Shardblades they left behind. Initially, when the Radiants abandoned their Shardblades, the Blades remained fantastically sharp, but could no longer be bound to a person or summoned. This betrayal of the Nahel spren broke their trust with humankind.[46] They refused to bond with men anymore and returned to Shadesmar.

For the next several hundred years following the Recreance, Shardblades were prized among nations of the world both as weapons of war and symbols of power. At some point, a process was discovered to add a gemstone to the pommels of the Shardblades. The Shardblades even shifted form to allow for the gemstones. This returned the Blades to somewhat of their old function. They could once again be summoned, but they were not the same.

It is uncertain if or when any new Radiants crafted Shardblades during this time period. It seems unlikely, as the Nahel spren had all retreated to their strongholds in Shadesmar. There may have been a few dissident spren, similar to Sylphrena or Ivory but if there were any, they were few and far between. It is likely that any few Radiants arising during this time were killed by the Herald Nalan, as he had been working for centuries to prevent the return of the Radiants.[47]

Recent Events[edit]

The first Radiant confirmed to have created a Shardblade following the Recreance was Shallan Davar a young Veden girl. She and her spren, a Cryptic known as Pattern, reached the point in there bond where Shallan gained a Shardblade. However, Shallan’s mother, who was possibly connected with the Ghostbloods or Skybreakers, recognized her potential as a Radiant. She attempted to murder Shallan, but was instead murdered by Shallan wielding her Shardblade. This experience was so traumatizing to Shallan that she was unable to recall the exact circumstances of how she gained her Blade for many years, so knowledge of how Shardblades were created remained hidden.

In the year 1168, Szeth-son-Vallano, a Truthless of Shinovar was sent by the Parshendi to kill Gavilar Kholin, king of the kingdom of Alethkar. Wielding the Honorblade of the Herald Jezrien, Szeth assassinated many other rulers on the orders of King Taravangian of Kharbranth. The use of this Honorblade destabilized the political structures of most of the influential kingdoms of Roshar.

In the final days of year 1173, a former slave known as Kaladin Stormblessed, who had bonded a honorspren named Sylphrena swore the second Ideal of the Windrunners, which allowed Syl the ability to become a Shardblade. This event allowed the knowledge of how Shardblades were created to finally return to mankind. Kaladin used his Shardblade to then kill Szeth, and reclaim Jezrien’s Honorblade.

Politics[edit]

Shardblades were often one of the most tangible expressions of power between various nations.[48] Kingdoms with many Shardblades were often considered to be more politically powerful than the others. Those without Shardblades, especially the smaller kingdoms, lived in fear of those with Shardblades. In the major Vorin kingdoms, Alethkar and Jah Keved, Shardblades are sign of nobility and power.[Citation needed] The highprinces of these nations and oftentimes their children or favored highlords typically have a Blade or two. With perhaps twenty or so Blades each, Jah Keved and Alethkar have the most Blades of any kingdom on Roshar.[35] The Selay have several Blades,[49] as do the Makabaki, who rent the Imperial Shardblades from the Prime Aqasix in Azir.[26] Other kingdoms have far fewer, such as Thalath, which only has five Blades. Smaller and weaker nations such as Kharbranth, however, have no Shardblades, leaving it to the mercy of the kingdoms with Shardblades.[50] The island people of the Reshi Sea do not have any Shardblades either,[51] which leaves them at a disadvantage to the Alethi during border conflicts.[35]

Even within the kingdoms themselves, those with Shardblades were usually seen as more powerful. Highprinces of Alethkar and Jah Keved jostle with one another for position and influence,[52] and Shardblades are just another tool and indication of power. Duels for Shards can be used to embarrass political enemies as well as to weaken their military strength. Highprince Dalinar Kholin had his son duel Shardbearers that supported Torol Sadeas politically, in order to disarm them and prove the Kholin's strength.[Citation needed]

A less common use for Shardblades was in assassination. Shardbearer assassins were by no means commonplace, but the Weeper[53] and Szeth-son-Vallano used Shardblades in assassinations.[1] A potential strategy made use of by Shardbearer assassins is to give the Blade to a woman. Centuries after the last female Radiants, Shardblades are rarely carried by women, so no one would expect to have to defend against, for instance, a washerwoman wielding a Shardblade. Other Shardbearer assassins, such as the Weeper, remove the burned out eyes of their victims, to hide the fact that they make use of a Shardblade.[53]

Culture[edit]

While Shardblades were certainly renowned for their use in combat, that is not to say that they did not have any impact on culture. Rather, they were one of the most important drivers of Rosharan culture, most noticeably in the Vorin nations. They have influenced theology, mythology, society, and even introduced a culture of dueling into at least two of the most powerful kingdoms on the face of Roshar.

Fabrial Science[edit]

One of the primary goals of artifabrians and their research is the reproduction of Shardplate and its complement, Shardplate. The kingdom that gained the ability to manufacture Shardblades and Shardplate would quickly become the most powerful in It is commonly said that artifabrians are only a few years away from managing to recreate Shardblades, but this has never proven true. Recently, artifabrians disco Move bits about healing fabrials here

Theology & Mythology[edit]

According to legend, the Shardblades were gifts from the Almighty, used to fight the Voidbringer, who were said to have skin of stone. As humanity was barely making spears, and their metalworking was incredibly basic, they needed the aid of their god to drive the Voidbringers from Roshar and the Tranquiline Halls and back into Damnation. While the Radiants were initially a force for good, over time they became corrupt and eventually betrayed mankind in some way. Thereafter they were known as the Lost Radiants. Stories of heroes wielding Shardblades were pervasive among the peoples of Roshar, particularly the Vorin darkeyed. In rural towns, the tales of Lanacin the Surefooted, Evod Markmaker, and Raninor of the Fields, legendary darkeyes who won Shardblades, inspired men to go off to war in hopes of winning a Shardblade, and thus riches and fame for themselves and their loved ones.

Society[edit]

Add bit about lighteyes becoming more important with blades (land, titles etc) Origin behind lighteyes being leaders

Dueling[edit]

A duel between Shardbearers was not just a contest of skill, but an art form all its own. While there were rules and regulations as to what was permitted and forbidden during a duel, oftentimes certain actions were forbidden by traditions stronger than law. Lighteyes and darkeyes alike gathered in arenas, view a spectacle, not a simple battle.

Battle Tactics[edit]

Shardblades are such an effective tool on the battlefield that they have inspired their own tactical and countertactical uses. Shardblades are typically most effective when they are used by a person that is also wearing Shardplate

Shardblade Tactics[edit]

Shardbearers often lead formations themselves, cutting a hole in enemy ranks with their overwhelming force, creating a gap that their men can exploit. The usefulness of this tactic is twofold. Few regular men can put up an effective resistance against a Shardbearer, but

The Shardblade is such a powerful weapon that its versatility is often only limited by the creativity of its bearer. For instance, Adolin Kholin used his Shardblade stuck into the side of a plateau as a platform to stand on while clearing a space for him to stand on top of the plateau. In another instance, Dalinar cuts section of rock away, allowing it to fall on his opponents below him. He also will cut the stone underneath the feet of his opponents to make them lose their footing. An experienced Shardbearer can find a multitude of ways to use a Blade to his advantage in battle.

Countering Shardblades[edit]

The most effective way of countering a Shardblade is to send another Shardbearer against them. By leveling the playing field in this way, the overwhelming power of a Shardblade is negated and victory is left to the most skilled of the fighters. However, when going up against a full Shardbearer, a person with both Blade and Plate, a Blade is often not enough to ensure victory. This is why most Shards are won by people who are already full Shardbearers.

As swords and arrows are practically useless against a Shardbearer, heavy weapons such as warhammars and axes are often used in an attempt to counter them. The most common tactic is to simply drown a Shardbearer in enemies. As the Shardblades cut through corpses instead of knocking them away like a normal weapon would, Shardbearers often become surrounded in corpses, which can lead to unstable footing and decreased mobility. In extended battle, Shardbearers are rarely the last fighting, their enemy focuses on bringing them down first so that their Blades can be turned on their own men once they have fallen.

A move known as a lastclap is another way that a Shardblade

Shattered Plains[edit]

Shardblades also are helpful when dealing with the Shattered Plains in particular. When attempting to cross from one plateau to another that is held by an enemy, full Shardbearers will often leap the chasm between the two plateaus and establish a "beachhead" for the men setting bridges behind them. This strategy is often followed by a cavalry attack across the bridge to push back the enemy. Those who fight against the Shardbearers often attempt to push the Shardbearers off the plateau and into the chasm, killing them instantly, so this tactic is incredibly dangerous for unskilled Shardbearers. Shardblades are also useful in harvesting gemhearts rapidly from chasmfiends. A Blade can be used to kill the pupating chasmfiend, cutting through its chrysalis easily. Once dead, a Shardblade can easily be used to cut the gemheart out.

Lastclap- Probably belongs in the dueling section

Known Shardbearers[edit]

Radiant Shardblades[edit]

The Shardblades listed here are formed from living spren that have formed a Nahel bond with a human being. Any person that has bonded with a spren but has not yet manifested a Shardblade is not listed here.

Spren Name Radiant Name Order Notes References
Ivory Jasnah Kholin Elsecaller Blade is long and thin [54]
Pattern Shallan Davar Lightweaver Initially believed it to be a dead Shardblade - Has several faint lines down its length [12]
Sylphrena Kaladin Stormblessed Windrunner Blade is covered in swirls [9]
Wyndle Lift Edgedancer Often manifests in the form of a metal bar or a fork [55][29]
unknown Harkaylain Windrunner Radiant from the Heraldic Epochs [18]

Dead Shardblades[edit]

This list of dead Shardblades is organized by current owner or most recent owner.

Shardbearer Blade Name Previous Holder Appearance Notes References
Adolin Kholin Unnamed Tinalar Sinuous cutting edge, crystalline back, former Blade of an Edgedancer Won in a duel in Adolin's youth [56]
Aladar Unknown Unknown Unknown Prefers to lead from rear, often lends Blade to officers [5]
Dalinar Kholin (Unbound) Unknown Talenel - Unbound Wider than average - cleaver-like Unbound at the request of the Stormfather [57]
Elhokar Kholin Sunraiser Unknown Long, thin - etched with ten fundamental glyphs Elhokar also possesses two unbound King's Blades, Firestorm and another unnamed Blade (won by Dalinar?) [6]
Eshonai Unknown Unknown Wicked and barbed, flame patterns Lost in chasms of Shattered Plains with Eshonai herself [58]
Gavilar Kholin (Deceased) Firestorm Unknown Edged on both sides, flame patterns Currently in possession of Elhokar as King's Blade, looking for worthy owner(citation?) [56]
Graves Unknown Unknown Unknown Presumably used to cut through Elhokar's railing in an assassination attempt [59]
Hanavanar (Deceased) Unknown Unknown Unknown Kept Blade a secret, two of his murdered men also had Blades, fate of all three unknown [56]
General Khal Unknown Either Relis Ruthar or Abrobadar Unknown Won by Adolin in his duels [32]
Liss Unknown Unknown Unknown Kept a secret to be used in assassinations [53]
Meridas Amaram Unknown Helaran Davar Thick, curved, one edge in shape of flames or ripples Stolen by Amaram from Kaladin [36]
Moash Unknown Either Relis Ruthar or Abrobadar Edged on both sides, twisting vine pattern at center, heliodor pommel First darkeyed Shardbearer in generations, won by Adolin in his duels [32]
Renarin Kholin Unknown Salinor Eved Unknown Won by Adolin in his duels [56]
Resi Unknown Unknown Unknown Only full Shardbearer in Thanadals camp, called Royal Defender [60]
Ruthar Unknown Unknown Unknown Only Blade remaining to Ruthar after Adolin's duels [34]
Talanor Unknown Unknown Unknown Only possess a Blade, refused Adolin's duel off [61]
Torol Sadeas (Deaceased) Oathbringer Dalinar Kholin Handspan wide, curvy, hooked tip, edged on one side with wave-like serrations near hilt Currently hidden in Urithiru after Sadeas' murder [62]
Valam (Deceased) Unknown Unknown Unknown Left beside body of the king, current owner unknown [63]


  • Talenel - Uncertain?
  • Teleb - Formerly dead Shardblade, since deceased now Captain Khal King's Blade?

Former Shardbearers[edit]

This is a list of former Shardbearers that have lost their Blade or have died and had their Blade claimed by someone else. The references section refers to the first specific instance this person was mentioned to have a Shardblade or the Shardblade appeared, for specific references for the details provided in this table, please see the respective Shardbearer's page. (Maybe add a footnote for this?)

Shardbearer Blade Name Previous Holder Next Holder Appearance Notes References
Abrobadar Unknown Unknown Lost to Adolin Kholin in his duels Unknown This Shardblade was given to General Khal or Moash [40]
Helaran Unknown Unknown Meridas Amaram Thick, curved, one edge in shape of flames or ripples None [64]
Relis Ruthar Unknown Unknown Lost to Adolin Kholin in his duels Unknown This Shardblade was given to General Khal or Moash [40]
Salinor Eved Unknown Unknown Renarin Kholin Once had a ruby on the pommel, destroyed by Adolin Lost to Adolin Kholin, who granted it to his brother [56]
Tinalar Unnamed Unknown Adolin Kholin Sinuous cutting edge, crystalline back, former Blade of an Edgedancer Lost a duel to Adolin in his youth [56]


Honorblades[edit]

Original Herald Current Owner Surges Granted Appearance Notes
Battar Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Transformation & Transportation Unknown None
Chanarach Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Division & Abrasion Unknown None
Ishar Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Tension & Adhesion Unknown None
Jezrien Kaladin Stormblessed (Unbound) Adhesion & Gravitation Short, thin, & double-edged Formerly held by the Stone Shamans, and then Szeth
Kalak Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Transportation & Cohesion Unknown None
Nale Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Gravitation & Division Unknown None
Paliah Stone Shamans Progression & Illumination Unknown None
Shalash Likely Stone Shamans[fn 1] Illumination & Transformation Unknown None
Talenel Unknown Cohesion & Tension Possibly spike-like The Blade Taln returns with is not the same one he has later.
Vedel Stone Shamans Abrasion & Progression Unknown None

Cosmere[edit]

This page or section deals with theories or speculation.
Please read carefully and note that this is not necessarily canonical.

Origin[edit]

Shardblades, like the spren they are made from, can likely be termed Splinters, due to the sentience of the spren within them. What Shard precisely they are derived from is uncertain. They may be of Honor, Cultivation, or both. This is likely dependent on which Shard gave rise to Surgebinding itself. It seems unlikely to be the system of Cultivation alone. The oaths of the Immortal Words that are sworn point to Honor, but it is impossible to presently rule out Cultivation.

Interactions with other Investitures[edit]

Shardblades also seem to have a unique interaction with the Innate Investiture. When a Shardblade cuts a living being, it seems to sever the Spiritweb of the being it is used on. Shardblades of all types also seem to be bonded directly to a person's Spiritweb. Hemalurgy could be used to steal a Shardblade from someone, although it is unknown how Hemalurgic decay would impact this. While there are only three known ways to heal from a Shardblade wound on Roshar, it seems likely that other magic systems would also allow for that same healing. On Scadrial, goldminds of Feruchemy could be used to heal Shardblade damage.[67] The Divine Breath, the Breath of the Returned of Nalthis, able to heal any typical wound or illness, is also a possible solution for repairing the damage. On Sel, the Aon Ien, meaning healing, could potentially heal a Shardblade wound as well.

Relationship to Nightblood[edit]

While most Shardblades originate on Roshar and seem to be ultimately derived from the power of Honor and possibly Cultivation, this is not true of all Shardblades. The sentient sword Nightblood, created by Vasher and Shashara of Nalthis using Awakening and Investiture derived from the Shard Endowment, is also considered a Shardblade. However, it is no ordinary Shardblade. While he cannot vanish and take other forms like a spren can, he is in fact several orders of magnitude more powerful than the Shardblade of a Radiant. It is unknown, but possible that he is on a similar power level to the Honorblades. It is also unknown what would occur when he is struck against a Shardblade or Honorblade, whether it will be destroyed or damaged in any way. Like the Honorblades, he consumes far more Investiture than a Shardblade, and typically would feed on Breath or a person's soul. Now that he has arrived on Roshar, it seems that he can also use Stormlight as fuel for his abilities.

Development[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In the initial draft of The Way of Kings, Kaladin earned a Shardblade while defending Elhokar from an assassin, and kept it instead of giving it up.[68]
  • Brandon had a character dual wield a pair of Shardblades in the initial draft of The Way of Kings from 2002.[69]
  • There is a miscount in the original draft of Words of Radiance, where Dalinar’s army ends up with one too many Shardblades after Adolin has completed his duels. It was corrected by making Teleb borrow one of the King's Blades.[70]
  • Hoid cannot be injured by a Shardblade,[54] because it damages the soul and Hoid's healing method repairs the soul.[71]

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d e f g h The Way of Kings prologue
  2. a b c d e f g h i Words of Radiance chapter 87
  3. a b c Words of Radiance chapter 16
  4. The Way of Kings chapter 18
  5. a b Words of Radiance chapter 8
  6. a b c d e The Way of Kings chapter 13
  7. a b Words of Radiance chapter 5
  8. a b Chicago Signing Report
    17th Shard forums - Febuary 20, 2015
  9. a b c d e f g Words of Radiance chapter 84
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 26
  11. a b Edgedancer chapter 8
  12. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 72
  13. The Way of Kings chapter 22
  14. The Way of Kings Ars Arcanum
  15. The Way of Kings interlude I-9
  16. a b Words of Radiance chapter 33
  17. a b Words of Radiance interlude I-9
  18. a b The Way of Kings chapter 19
  19. a b c Prelude to the Stormlight Archive
  20. You mentioned that human can’t bond Honorblades, but Nalan tells Szeth that his bond with his Honorblade has been broken. Can you clear this up?
    Theoryland - 2014-03-19
  21. Words of Radiance chapter 88
  22. The Shardblade that Dalinar had at the end of Words of Radiance, was that the Honorblade?
    Theoryland - 2015-01-17
  23. One Herald (other than Taln) kept his honorblade (or, at least, took it back).
    17th Shard forums - 2013-12-08
  24. The Way of Kings interlude I-3
  25. Is there a specific # of Ideals that they have to do before they can get the Shardblade?
    Theoryland - 2014-03-13
  26. a b Edgedancer chapter 2
  27. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 86
  28. Words of Radiance chapter 85
  29. a b Edgedancer chapter 20
  30. Chicago Signing
    17th Shard forums - 2014-03-22
  31. Words of Radiance chapter 18
  32. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 66
  33. Though a Shardblade, used for a long time, will change shape slightly.
    Theoryland - March 21, 2014
  34. a b Words of Radiance chapter 67
  35. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 52
  36. a b The Way of Kings chapter 51
  37. Words of Radiance chapter 68
  38. Words of Radiance chapter 89
  39. If a character bears multiple Shardblades, can they summon them all in the same 10 heartbeat span, or does each Shardblade require a separate summoning?
    Theoryland - September 28, 2012
  40. a b c Words of Radiance chapter 57
  41. DC Signing
    17th Shard forums - March 28, 2014
  42. Firefight Tour Salt Lake City
    17th Shard forums - January 5, 2015
  43. The Way of Kings chapter 73
  44. a b Words of Radiance interlude I-7
  45. Words of Radiance chapter 64
  46. Words of Radiance chapter 3
  47. Arcanum Unbounded
  48. The Way of Kings chapter 29
  49. Words of Radiance chapter 23
  50. The Way of Kings chapter 5
  51. The Way of Kings chapter 16
  52. The Way of Kings chapter 15
  53. a b c Words of Radiance prologue
  54. a b Words of Radiance epilogue
  55. Edgedancer chapter 19
  56. a b c d e f g Words of Radiance chapter 14
  57. Words of Radiance chapter 76
  58. Words of Radiance interlude I-11
  59. Words of Radiance chapter 82
  60. The Way of Kings chapter 58
  61. Words of Radiance chapter 22
  62. Words of Radiance chapter 69
  63. Words of Radiance interlude I-14
  64. Words of Radiance chapter 19
  65. Words of Radiance chapter 37
  66. a b Words of Radiance chapter 81
  67. Does a limb that has been "severed" by a Shardblade have any Hemalurgic bindpoints? If the same limb was then cut off more conventionally, would a Bloodmaker ferring be able to grow it back?
    Theoryland - ?
  68. You've said you lifted the Shattered Plains from Dragonsteel, what would Kaladin have been doing if not running bridges and what will happen to Dragonsteel without the Plains?
    Theoryland - 2011-01-10
  69. You said that a person can have more than one Shardblade--can they be dual-wielded?
    Theoryland - 2012-10-27
  70. Twitter conversation with Peter Ahlstrom
    — Twitter - 2014-09-02
  71. What if Hoid got cut by a shardblade?
    Theoryland - 2014-03-04
Footnotes
  1. a b c d e f A Herald went back for a Blade, and it was not Jezrien or Taln. Since Szeth knows that the two Blades that grant Progression are with the Shin, it cannot be Paliah's or Vedel's Blades.

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