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Navani's notebook

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Navani's notebook is a series of pages written by the Artifabrian Navani Kholin that can be found as interior art in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance and Oathbringer. While the originals were transliterated from English into the women's script, they have been translated into the English by fans.[1][2][3] Navani uses her notebook as a location to write down many of her ideas in. As a result it contains information about Rosharan science.

Note that in this notebook, Navani refers to a single gem with captured spren as "fabrial", while a combination of one or several gems and setting is referred to as a "machine". In colloquial use, "fabrial" often refers to a complete product.


Page one[edit]

The cut and type of the gem determines what kind of spren are attracted to it and can be imprisoned in it.

There must be thousands of possible combinations.

Once a spren is captured and the gem infused with Stormlight the fabrial can be used in machines.

Flamespren trapped in emerald.

(These are labels describing which spren are attracted to different gem cuts.)

  • cold
  • gravity
  • pain
  • heat
  • wind

Pain Knife

The pain knife is used as a means of protection.

Sharp blades pierce an attacker’s clothing and cause crippling pain.

Removable outer covering to infuse fabrial with Stormlight


Retractable blades cause crippling pain.

Dial pushes blades to four set lengths.

Page two[edit]

Examples of stormlight patterns

Patterns of stormlight filtered through the fabrial determine the power of the gem

The pattern cannot be seen by the naked eye

Fabrials allow creation of things like the emotion bracelet made of ten fabrials working together

(Examples of emotion bracelet in use)

Man betrayed by a close friend

Woman who has just been proposed to

Man who discovered his betrothed lies to him

Mother at wedding of only son


  • Anticipation
  • anger
  • disgust
  • sadness


  • love
  • hate


  • joy
  • trust
  • fear
  • surprise

The trick of the emotion fabrials is first learning to read it and second learning to tell if the bracelet is reading your emotions, your subject's emotions, or the emotions of the people in the next room over

Archery Constructions[edit]

Fabrial for an archer tower.

Reversal principle of conjoined compounded custom cut amethysts.

Aids in drying bowstrings.


Archers during the Weeping.

Ship Designs[edit]

Too fanciful, ha?

Ask Rushu how to keep the mast from ripping off

Jasnah's favorite


Touch the gems in the correct combination to release a shock from the front nodes that will incapacitate an attacker

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  1. a b Navani's Notebook Translation
    Timewasters Guide forum - 2010-09-20#
  2. a b page 406 translation
    17th Shard forums - 2014-03-05#
  3. a b Oathbringer translations
    17th Shard forums - 2017-11-15#
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