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'''Desolations''' are events in the ancient history of [[Roshar]].{{book ref|wok|61}}
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'''Desolations''' are cataclysmic events on [[Roshar]].{{book ref|wok|61}}
   
 
== Lore ==
 
== Lore ==
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Little is known about them except legends. Desolations came in regular cycles.{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}{{book ref|wok|42}}{{book ref|wok|60}} During Desolations, the inhabitants of Roshar were attacked by an enemy force, generally called [[Voidbringers]].{{book ref|wok|3}}{{book ref|wok|19}}{{book ref|wok|45}}{{book ref|wok|60}} The cycle of Desolations seems somehow attached to the [[Oathpact]].{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}
Little is known about them except legends. Still those agree on some points.
 
   
Desolations come in cycles, and are regular in coming.{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}{{book ref|wok|42}}{{book ref|wok|60}} During Desolations, the inhabitants of Roshar are attacked by an enemy force, generally called [[Voidbringers]].{{book ref|wok|3}}{{book ref|wok|19}}{{book ref|wok|45}}{{book ref|wok|60}} The cycle of Desolations seems somehow attached to the [[Oathpact]].{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}
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The coming of a Desolation was announced by the appearance of the Ten [[Herald|Heralds]].{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}{{book ref|wok|60}}{{book ref|wok|epilogue}} The appearance of [[Midnight Essence]] was also a sign of an upcoming Desolation.{{book ref|wok|19}} One of the Desolations lasted eleven years.{{book ref|wok|60}}
   
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At the end of what is called the [[Last Desolation]], nine of ten Heralds abandoned the Oathpact leaving only [[Talenel]] to return to ''damnation'', the place where the Heralds go between the Desolations. This leads to a period of about 4,500 years without a Desolation.
The coming of a Desolation is announced by the appearance of the Ten [[Herald]]s.{{book ref|sa|part=prelude}}{{book ref|wok|60}}{{book ref|wok|epilogue}} The appearance of [[Midnight Essence]] is also a sign of an upcoming Desolation.{{book ref|wok|19}}
 
   
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[[Dalinar]] has [[Dalinar's visions|visions]] sent from the [[Honor|Almighty]] that often depict ancient Desolations.
One of the Desolations lasted eleven years.{{book ref|wok|60}}
 
   
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== The True Desolation ==
At the end of what is called the [[Last Desolation]], nine out of ten Heralds abandon the Oathpact leaving only [[Talenel|Taln]] to return to ''damnation'', the place where the Heralds go between the Desolations. This leads to a period of about 4,500 years without a Desolation.
 
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When Talenel appears at the gates of [[Kholinar]], he announces the coming of the [[True Desolation]].{{book ref|wok|epilogue}} At the [[Battle of Narak]] Stormform [[Listener|Listeners]] summon the [[Everstorm]], which appears to be referenced as the True Desolation.{{book ref|sa2|83}}
 
When [[Talenel]] appears at [[Kholinar]], he announces the coming of the [[True Desolation]].{{book ref|wok|epilogue}}
 
   
 
== Knights Radiant and Desolations ==
 
== Knights Radiant and Desolations ==

Revision as of 16:10, 19 February 2017

Desolations are cataclysmic events on Roshar.[1]

Lore

Little is known about them except legends. Desolations came in regular cycles.[2][3][4] During Desolations, the inhabitants of Roshar were attacked by an enemy force, generally called Voidbringers.[5][6][7][4] The cycle of Desolations seems somehow attached to the Oathpact.[2]

The coming of a Desolation was announced by the appearance of the Ten Heralds.[2][4][8] The appearance of Midnight Essence was also a sign of an upcoming Desolation.[6] One of the Desolations lasted eleven years.[4]

At the end of what is called the Last Desolation, nine of ten Heralds abandoned the Oathpact leaving only Talenel to return to damnation, the place where the Heralds go between the Desolations. This leads to a period of about 4,500 years without a Desolation.

Dalinar has visions sent from the Almighty that often depict ancient Desolations.

The True Desolation

When Talenel appears at the gates of Kholinar, he announces the coming of the True Desolation.[8] At the Battle of Narak Stormform Listeners summon the Everstorm, which appears to be referenced as the True Desolation.[9]

Knights Radiant and Desolations

It is the duty of the Knights Radiant to stay vigilant and prepare themselves and mankind for Desolations, and to fight the Voidbringers when it arrives.[6]

Vorinism

According to Vorinism, mankind fought the Voidbringers during Desolations ninety and nine times, before mankind finally won and drove them back to the Tranquiline Halls.[7] That victory was later referred to as the Last Desolation.

Quotes

The Desolations had happened during the near-mythical shadowdays, before real history began. Before mankind had defeated the Voidbringers and taken the war to heaven.

Dalinar's thoughts[6]

In the aftermath of each one, mankind was broken. Great cities in ashes, industry smashed. Each time, knowledge and growth were reduced to an almost prehistoric state.

Notes

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