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Related to Heralds, Oathpact
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Honorblades are the magical swords carried by the Heralds to fight the Voidbringers during the Desolations. They were pieces of Honor's soul that gave their wielders access to his essence.[1]

There are ten Honorblades total, one for each Herald. Every Honorblade is unique, covered in various glyphs and patterns.[2] The glyph on the hilts of each Heralds's Honorblade appears to be the same as the glyph for that Herald's Order of the Knights Radiant.[citation needed] Honorblades are technically a type of Shardblade[3] but are both more powerful and more of a "prototype."[4] The Honorblades were once able to operate Oathgates, but it is "debatable" whether they still can.[5] Honorblades can also be summoned and dismissed like a Shardblade.[2] However, if the Herald holding the blade dies, the weapon itself vanishes too. It also doesn't automatically vanish when the holder accidentally lets go of it.[6] One does not need to be a Herald in order to use an Honorblade.[7]

The Shin have somehow gained possession of the Honorblades. One is given to Szeth when he becomes Truthless, but Truthless do not usually have Honorblades.[8] However, the Shin do allow people who are not Truthless to use them, for currently unknown situations and reasons.[9]

The Heralds all left them behind when they broke the Oathpact, which suggests that they may have at least been part of what bound them to the Oathpact in the first place. Nine of the Honorblades were left stabbed into the rock at the location of the final battle of Aharietiam occured; the tenth, Taln's stayed with him.[2]


Honorblades inherently grant the ability to Surgebind.[10][11] This ability is similar to that of unsealed metalminds, though they rely on different magic systems.[12] Presumably, each Herald's Honorblade grants access to the same two Surges as the order of Knights Radiant associated with that Herald. Using an Honorblade, Szeth-son-son-Vallano is able to use the powers of a Windrunner, even though he does not have a spren bonded to him in the same way Kaladin does. In addition Szeth mentions that his connection to the Honorblade will not let him heal from a Shardblade wound unlike Kaladin's Surgebinding.[13] However, Szeth does heal from a Shardblade wound in his final fight with Kaladin at the Battle of Narak.

Syl is aware that the Honorblades grant access to Surges. Honorblades create a shallower bond with their wielders than Nahel bonds, making them less efficient, and more dangerous, to use as they require dangerous amounts of Stormlight.[14] Heralds also require large amounts of Stormlight when using their Honorblades.[15]

If a Surgebinder use an Honorblade that matches the power they already have, their powers will be slightly enhanced.[16]

Blades & Locations[edit]

Herald Surgebinding Location
Jezrien Adhesion & Gravitation Initially with Szeth, then Bridge Four, before it was stolen and given to the Voidbringers. Later given to Vyre (Moash) by Leshwi.[17]
Nale Gravitation & Division In Nale's possession.[18]
Chanarach Division & Abrasion With the Shin.[19][20]
Vedel Abrasion & Progression With the Shin.[19][20]
Pailiah Progression & Illumination With the Shin.[19][20]
Shalash Illumination & Transformation With the Shin.[19][20]
Battar Transformation & Transportation With the Shin.[19][20]
Kalak Transportation & Cohesion With the Shin.[19][20]
Talenel Cohesion & Tension Unknown. Talenel had it when he returned to Roshar,[6] but it has since gone missing.[21]
Ishar Tension & Adhesion With the Shin.[19][20]

The Parshendi "... left one in Alethkar on that night." (when they assassinated Gavilar Kholin), most likely referring to Jezrien's Blade.[22]


In the original draft, called The Way of Kings Prime, Honorblades allowed their wielders to locate other Honorblades.[23] This has since been removed.


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