|Abilities||Nahel bond, Edgedancer magic, Splinter|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”We're spren, but my kind—cultivationspren—are not very important. We don’t have a kingdom, or even cities, of our own.
In the Physical Realm, cultivationspren take the form of a vine that grows rapidly. This vine appeares to be speckled with smooth flecks of quartz, but it does not glow with Stormlight. They can form the appearance of face by curling vines around one another. After a time, the vine trail they leave behind solidifies, becoming like crystal before crumbling into dust.
In Shadesmar, cultivationspren are, like other sapient spren, humanoid. They appear to be composed mostly of vines, with hands made of crystal. Their faces look as though they are composed of green string, and they all wear clothing, which doesn't seem to necessarily be part of their essence -- one female cultivationspren was spotted wearing a vorin havah.
A deadeye cultivationspren looks similarly to a living one, albeit dried out. Rather than vines, their bodies look as though made of ashen brown cords thin as hair, giving the appearance of rough cloth or a cluster of brown vines. They also have long nails.
”Oh, we've jumped right into the sea of glass feet-first, but we barely know what we’re doing!—Wyndle
While the origins of the cultivationspren are unknown, it's possible that they were created by Cultivation herself. Back in the Heraldic Epochs, cultivationspren began forming Nahel bonds with humans, creating the Order of Edgedancers. When the Recreance came, they were decimated, with anyone who would know how the Bond works turned deadeye. Over the millenia, their society recovered somewhat, albeit they never created grand cities or a nation.
Shortly before the True Desolation, they saw the honorspren and the Cryptics begin to bond humans again, and decided that they must keep up. The Ring, their ruling body, sent Wyndle to bond with Lift, and possibly some other spren as well.
When travelling through Shadesmar, Kaladin's and Shallan's group encountered a cultivationspren working as a dock registrar in Celebrant. He was the one to explain the Voidbringer presence in the city to them, and later stalled the Fused so that they could escape.
”Oh, glorious day. Glorious! We have waited so long for the honor of men to return!—Celebrant dock registrar
Fittingly, cultivationspren seem to worship Cultivation more so than Honor, swearing by her name and calling her Mother. They are skittery and often fearful, seeking to avoid bringing danger upon themselves. When push comes to shove, however, they can be relied on regardless of how dangerous a situation is.
It's unknown what their general attitude towards humans is, but the ones seen so far are not opposed to Nahel bonds, with the dock registrar in particular being excited about the return of the Knights Radiant. Going by his comments, this is a wide-spread opinion.
Unlike other sapient spren, cultivationspren don't have their own nation or settlements in the Cognitive Realm. Rather, they live alongside other spren in cities where various types intermingle, like Celebrant. Nonetheless, they have their own government, a council known as the Ring, which in the present day is responsible for choosing which of their kind should bond who.
Out of all spren, cultivationspren are the best at manifesting souls from beads in Shadesmar. For this reason, they often work creating gardens for other spren. Rather than plants, cultivationspren gardeners create elaborate structures out of objects such as chairs.
Cultivationspren can form Nahel bonds with humans. Through this, they can grant the Surgebinding abilities of Abrasion and Progression. Like other Radiant spren, they lose their memories upon entering the Physical Realm, although it seems as though the Ring has some ability to lessen this effect by careful preparation.