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Order of Elsecallers
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Herald Battar
Spren Inkspren
Surges Transformation & Transportation
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Order of Elsecallers is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Elsecallers were Surgebinders who used the Surges of Transformation and Transportation,[2] and they absorbed Stormlight from gems. They formed a Nahel Bond with Inkspren.[3] So far, it is known that the Elsecallers had the power to Soulcast and to "Elsecall," a use of the Transportation Surge which allows physical travel between Realms.


They were the prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren.[1] They were considered prodigiously benevolent by the author of the book Words of Radiance.[1] They were appointed as the keepers of the perfect gems and took it upon themselves to protect Honor's Drop.[4] Some Elsecallers worldhopped to other planets, which is hinted at in names of places on the map of Shadesmar.[5] The Elsecallers were one of the nine orders to betray their oaths, killing many inkspren and dropping shardblades and shardplate during the Recreance.

Around six years before the start of the True Desolation, the inkspren Ivory bonded Jasnah, re-forming the Elsecallers.[6] Jasnah, and therefore the Elsecallers, was the first of the currently known Radiants to swear the First Ideal and re-form.[7] Jasnah is currently the only Elsecaller, as all new-generation inkspren except Ivory are unwilling to take the risk of a bond.[3]

An Elsecaller in Shadesmar by LittleGreyDragon


The Elsecallers are one of the scholarly orders of Knights Radiant. Inkspren are attracted to people who think through decisions rather than acting on instinct. This quality is usually associated with scholars, but can also apply to a soldier who thinks things through instead of rushing into battle.[8]

Modern lore connects the Elsecallers with the gemstone Zircon, the number seven, the essence tallow, and the body focus oil. They are associated with the attributes wise and careful. In the double eye of the Almighty, the Elsecallers are connected to the Willshapers, Lightweavers, and the Skybreakers. In Vorinism, Elsecallers, along with all the Knights Radiant, are considered monsters who betrayed mankind during the Recreance.


The Elsecallers use the Surges of Transformation and Transportation.


Soulcasting transforms any material into any of one of the ten essences of the Soulcaster's choice.[9]


Elsecalling allows the transfer of one's physical body into and out of the Cognitive Realm.[10] It works by creating a miniature perpendicularity that the Elsecaller can go through.[11] It is significantly easier to enter the Cognitive Realm using Elsecalling than it is to leave it.[12] It is possible for Elsecallers to leave the cognitive realm without seeking a perpendicularity however this is a more advanced skill than entering.[13] Elsecallers are able to use this ability to worldhop.[5]

Ideals of the Elsecallers[edit]

The Ideals of the Knights Radiant, also known as the Immortal Words, are a set of rules by which they lived. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of the Knights Radiant, is used as their motto. Each order had additional four ideals that were unique to each order.

The First Ideal[edit]

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.

—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[14]

The Elsecallers are one of the orders that allows a Machiavellian interpretation of the First Ideal. To them, the journey is about the entire species more than the individual.[15]

Known Elsecallers[edit]


As to the other orders that were inferior in this visiting of the far realm of spren, the Elsecallers were prodigiously benevolent, allowing others as auxiliary to their visits and interactions; though they did never relinquish their place as prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren; and the Lightweavers and Willshapers both also had an affinity to the same, though neither were true masters of that realm.

As the duly appointed keepers of the perfect gems, we of the Elsecallers have taken the burden of protecting the ruby nicknamed Honor’s Drop. Let it be recorded.

—From drawer 20-10, zircon[4]


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