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Order of Bondsmiths

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Order of Bondsmiths
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Tension
Adhesion
Herald Ishar
Spren Unknown
Surges Tension & Adhesion
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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The Order of Bondsmiths is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Bondsmiths are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Tension and Adhesion[2]. Adhesion gives the power known to Szeth as a "full lashing", but otherwise it is not known what powers the Bondsmiths have.[1]

They form a Nahel Bond with one of three unique spren: the Stormfather, the Nightwatcher, and (presumably) the Sibling.[3] The exact nature of the Nahel Bond that Bondsmiths share with their specific spren is unclear; it may or may not be similar to other orders of the Knights Radiant.

Historical[edit]

In the time before the Recreance the Bondsmiths commonly had no more than three members, making them the smallest of the Orders.[4] However, this is not a constant and there has been a time where there was only one Bondsmith.

Known Bondsmiths[edit]

Ideals of the Bondsmiths[edit]

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

The First Ideal[edit]

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
— The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[7]

The Second Ideal[edit]

I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together.
— The Second Ideal of the Bondsmiths, as sworn by Dalinar Kholin[6]

The Third Ideal[edit]

I will take responsibility for what I have done. If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.
— The Third Ideal of the Bondsmiths, as sworn by Dalinar Kholin[8]

Powers[edit]

The Bondsmiths use the Surges of Tension and Adhesion.

Adhesion[edit]

Full Lashing

Using the Full Lashing, a Surgebinder can pool Stormlight into an area. All objects that subsequently touch this area will be bonded to the object, sticking them there and hindering their movement. The bond ends when the Stormlight runs out.

Tension[edit]

The Tension Surge can be manipulated by the Surgebinder to alter the stiffness of an object.[9] For Bondsmiths, the use of the Tension surge is different from the Stonewards. While Stonewards use this ability to shape stone in battle, Bondsmiths use it to repair inanimate objects, as a complement to the Progression surge. [10]

Other abilities[edit]

Spren and Shardblades

Each Bondsmith shares a Nahel bond with one of three unique spren: the Stormfather, the Nightwatcher, and an unnamed third who slumbers. [4][6][11] Based on Dalinar's experience, the Bondsmiths also do not have access to a Shardblade, although it is possible to 'force' their bonded spren into a shape of power that allows them to activate Oathgates.[Citation needed]

Merging the Realms

During the battle of Thaylen Field, Dalinar Kholin displayed the ability to use the Surges of Adhesion and Tension, recreating Honor's perpendicularity through merging the Physical, Cognitive and Spiritual Realms -- allowing gems to be recharged, as if in a highstorm, while also making spren manifest fully in the Physical Realm. This process is done by 'slamming' both hands that are 'leashing' the Cognitive and Spiritual Realms together, and was referred to by Odium as 'Ascending'. This is an ability not known to exist pre-Recreance, and whether it can be used in another Realm beyond the Physical is undetermined.[Citation needed]

Quotes[edit]

But as for the Bondsmiths, they had members only three, which number was not uncommon for them; nor did they seek to increase this by great bounds, for during the times of Madasa, only one of their order was in continual accompaniment of Urithiru and its thrones. Their spren was understood to be specific, and to persuade them to grow to the magnitude of the other orders was seen as seditious.
Words of Radiance, chapter 16, page 14[4]
So Melishi retired to his tent, and resolved to destroy the Voidbringers upon the next day, but that night did present a different stratagem, related to the unique abilities of the Bondsmiths; and being hurried, he could make no specific account of his process; it was related to the very nature of the Heralds and their divine duties, an attribute the Bondsmiths alone could address.
Words of Radiance, chapter 30, page 18[5]

Theories and Speculation[edit]

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Creation of the Parshmen

It is possible that a Bondsmith, Melishi, was responsible for turning the Voidbringers into Parshmen.[5]

"Godspren"

It has been theorized that the Bondsmith spren may be "godspren" -- in other words, the cognitive representation of the people of Roshar's gods. This might explain why Bondsmiths are said to have bound such "specific" spren, and also why there is only three Bondsmiths at any given time. Presumably, this would be due to that fact that there would only be as many powerful "godspren" at any given time as there were heavily worshipped gods on Roshar. Honor (i.e. The Almighty) and Cultivation are two obvious candidates for having "godspren." Indeed, The Stormfather is already confirmed to be the "godspren" of Honor.[Citation needed] Who the other worshipped god could be on Roshar is unclear at this point. It should be noted that "pious" is the primary divine attribute of Ishar, the Herald of the Order of Bondsmiths. This would seem to fit with the idea of Bondsmiths sharing a Nahel bond with "godspren."

Binding people

Given Dalinar's role in uniting the Knights Radiant, it is possible that the Bondsmiths have a magical means to unite people. The text suggests that this applies to oaths and the bonds between people. Ishar, the Heraldic patron of the Bondsmiths, is said to have been the one who originally forced organization on the early Surgebinders.[12]

Notes[edit]

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