by Ashley Coad
|Abilities||Nahel bond, Windrunner magic, Splinters of Honor|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”We're each a bit of power made manifest. We honorspren mimic Honor himself.
In the Physical Realm, honorspren look like windspren. They can change their appearance, including forms like fire or clouds, although they always glow, and are always white-blue. This being said, they generally seem to prefer a humanoid form. Usually, it's very small -- only about a handspan tall -- but if need be, a honorspren can make themselves as tall as a regular person.
In Shadesmar, honorspren are blue-white and as large as humans. They cannot vanish, or shape-shift. They appear to be wearing clothes, but the clothes are part of their essence and cannot be changed without Stormlight. Some honorspren buy physical clothes to wear instead.
”The honorspren were created by Honor himself, many thousands of years ago.
During the Heraldic Epochs, honorspren were created by Honor. At some point, inspired by the Heralds and their Honorblades, the honorspren, along with nine other types of sapient spren, began forming Nahel Bonds with humans, giving rise to the Order of Windrunners. Back then, they had a reputation for being discerning in their choice of who to bond with, more so than many other spren.
As his death approached, Honor passed the responsibility of creating honorspren to the Stormfather. The great spren made a few of them, including Sylphrena, yet soon the Recreance arrived and the vast majority of honorspren became deadeyes. Syl was the only survivor among the Stormfather's children, as she was slumbering at the time. Her fate wasn't known, though, and Stormfather didn't create any new honorspren for centuries. Eventually, he made ten. Those ten created more honorspren, with their children creating more and so on.
Eventually, the honorspren grew into a large nation once more. Sometime in the recent past, they tried to conquer all of Shadesmar -- a failed attempt that left them with poor reputation among other sapient spren. As a result, these days the honorspren keep to themselves, and it's dangerous for them to travel Shadesmar alone.
Recently, Sylphrena was rediscovered, and brought back to the other honorspren. When she realized a new Desolation was coming, she escaped, leaving the city she's been staying at to enter the Physical Realm and find someone to bond with. This caused the honorspren to post a huge reward for her return.
”Oh! She says she would rather trade with honorspren than take another trip to the perpendicularity. I think this is an insult.
Honorspren are generally warlike and oath-bound, with a strong military tradition. While fairly isolationist, they are willing to let other spren live alongside them, though it seems a non-honorspren cannot attain a high rank in their society. They believe themselves to be oathbound to follow Honor's path and serve what they think to be his interests. However, they are also highly respectful of the Bondsmiths, and the Stormfather Bondsmith in particular. The latter is likely due to many of them seeing the Stormfather as their parent or progenitor.
They are stubborn, and it's difficult to change their mind once they've settled on something. Obedience and order are highly valued in their society, and they're willing to put up bounties for their rebellious kinsmen. This being said, honorspren pride themselves on not being as uptight as the highspren, and can be flexible when necessary.
Honorspren are not liked by other types of sapient spren, and seem to avoid them in turn. In Celebrant, there are none on the streets. Rather, they have their own cities, forming a grand nation with the capital in Lasting Integrity. They have several strongholds, including Unyielding Fidelity, in the region of Shadesmar corresponding to Kharbranth.
Honorspren have the ability to sense an upcoming highstorm days before it arrives. This is likely related to their origins as Stormfather's children. In the Physical Realm, they can use Adhesion to stick small, light objects together. They can also shape-shift while in there, and choose who can and cannot see and hear them, although they cannot hide from their bonded Surgebinder or an Unkalaki alaii'iku.
They can form a Nahel Bond with humans, turning them into Surgebinders with the powers of Adhesion and Gravitation. In return, they gain the ability to think and act like their Shadesmar selves in the physical realm. Among the honorspren, the bond is considered extremely intimate, as it involves the mixing of souls.
- Sylphrena (bonded to Kaladin)
- Rua (bonded to Lopen)
- Teft's unnamed honorspren
- Several honorspren have names derived from wind-related myths and legends -- for example, Sylphrena is named after sylphs, wind spirits, while Notum and Borea's names come from Notus and Boreas, the Greek gods of South and North wind respectively.
- Brandon developed honorspren from windspren. Originally, there were only four windspren that could bond people, each corresponding to one of the four cardinal directions (for example, Syl was initially called the East Wind). Over time, as the spren developed, honorspren were created and made distinctive from windspren.
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