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Order of Elsecallers
Beteb glyph.svg
Herald Battar
Spren Inkspren
Surges Transformation & Transportation
Plate spren Logicspren[1]
World of Origin Roshar
Universe Cosmere

The Order of Elsecallers is an Order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[2]

The Elsecallers are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Transformation and Transportation,[3] and they are associated with the zircon polestone. They form a Nahel bond with Inkspren.[4] 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.


Those who join the Elsecallers generally subscribe to a philosophy that they should be becoming better with each Oath, seeking to explore their true potential and reach it.[5][6] The Order is more open to all types of people, as long as they want to improve themselves. They tend to attract those who are less flamboyant; scholars, theologians, and those who are interested in leadership. 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 of wisdom and carefulness.

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.[7] Before the Recreance, the Order also had a fair number of theologians and leaders, and was generally considered one of the most welcoming. The Elsecallers are widely considered the wisest and most careful of the Radiants, and were some of the Radiants' best tacticians and logistical organizers.[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 the Radiants live. The First Ideal is shared by all of the orders, and is used as a motto for the Knights Radiant as a whole. Each of the Orders-except the Lightweavers then have an additional four Ideals that are unique to that Order.[8] The Ideals of the Order of Elsecallers all focus on progressing with each Ideal and discovering and reaching one's true potential.[6] As a result, the Order is more open to all types of people, as long as they want to improve themselves.[5]

The First Ideal[edit]

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

—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[8]

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.[9]

The Second Ideal[edit]

The Second Ideal of the Elsecallers is focused on reaching one's potential.[5]


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.

Words of Radiance, chapter 6, page 2[2]

The Elsecallers use the Surges of Transformation and Transportation.


Transformation can be manipulated to change an object into one of the ten essences.[10] Soulcasting transforms one material into another, though Soulcasting into one of the Ten Essences is easiest.[11] To Soulcast, the Elsecaller shifts their perception to see into the Cognitive Realm, and communicates with the Cognitive aspect of the object they want to transform.[12] This is normally done through direct contact with an object, however, can be performed from a distance. Elsecallers are more skilled at doing this than the Lightweavers.[13] They also tend to view Soulcasting differently from the Lightweavers.[14]


Transportation allows the transfer of one's physical body into and out of the Cognitive Realm.[15] It works by creating a miniature perpendicularity that the Elsecaller can go through.[16] It is significantly easier to enter the Cognitive Realm using Elsecalling than it is to leave it.[17] It is possible for Elsecallers to leave the Cognitive Realm without seeking a perpendicularity however this is a more advanced skill than entering.[18][19] Elsecallers are able to use this ability to worldhop.[20][21]

It is implied that the more Investiture one uses in the Surge of Transportation, the more people they are able to bring into the Cognitive Realm.[21]

It is possible for an Elsecaller to teleport through the Spiritual Realm, and thus transport themselves or others seemingly faster than light.[22]

Shardplate Abilities[edit]

Their Shardplate, which they get after an unknown Ideal, is made up of logicspren.[1]


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.

Urithiru gem archive, zircon from drawer 20-10[23]

They were the prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren.[2] They were considered prodigiously benevolent by the author of the book Words of Radiance.[2] They were appointed as the keepers of the perfect gems and took it upon themselves to protect Honor's Drop.[23] Some Elsecallers worldhopped to other planets, which is hinted at in names of places on the map of Shadesmar.[20] 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, likely about the same time Shallan bonded Testament, the inkspren Ivory bonded Jasnah, re-forming the Elsecallers.[24][25] Jasnah is currently the only Elsecaller, as all new-generation inkspren except Ivory are unwilling to take the risk of a bond.[4] And so it is the Order with the least number of new Knights during the True Desolation.

Notable Elsecallers[edit]


  1. a b General Reddit 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-11-24#
  2. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 53 epigraph#
  3. Surgebinding Table
  4. a b Oathbringer chapter 47#
  5. a b c d The Ten Orders of Knights Radiant
    Arcanum - 2020-06-09#
  6. a b #SayTheWords
    Arcanum - 2024-02-07#
  7. Boskone 54
    Arcanum - 2017-02-17#
  8. a b The Way of Kings chapter 59#
  9. Arcanum Unbounded Hoboken signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-03#
  10. Words of Radiance Ars Arcanum#
  11. The Way of Kings chapter 33#
  12. Rhythm of War chapter 39#
  13. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
  14. Rhythm of War chapter 26#
  15. Boskone 54
    Arcanum - 2017-02-17#
  16. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  17. Oathbringer chapter 33#
  18. Prague Signing
    Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
  19. Rhythm of War chapter 22#
  20. a b Minicon 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
  21. a b Dragonsteel 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-11-14#
  22. Dragonsteel 2023
    Arcanum - 2023-11-21#
  23. a b Oathbringer chapter 83 epigraph#
  24. Words of Radiance prologue#
  25. FanX 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-09-06#
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