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Order of Dustbringers

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Order of Dustbringers
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Herald Chanarach
Spren Ashspren
Surges Division & Abrasion
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.

Kalak's thoughts in the wake of Aharietiam[1]

The Order of Dustbringers is an order of Knights Radiant on Roshar.[2]

The Dustbringers are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Division and Abrasion. They formed Nahel bonds with ashspren.[3]

Ideals of the Dustbringers[edit]

The Ideals of the Knights Radiant, also known as the Immortal Words, are a set of rules by which the Radiants lived. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of the Radiants, is used as their motto. Each of the Radiant Orders then had an additional four ideals that were unique to each order. The Dustbringers focus on learning to keep their passion and rage at bay out of a sense of responsibility.[4]

The First Ideal[edit]

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

— The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[5]


The Dustbringers use the Surges of Division and Abrasion.

Abrasion allows the user to be completely free of friction, allowing them to move without impediment. It has also been shown to allow the Surgebinder to slide across surfaces.[6]

Division gives the Surgebinger the ability to cause objects to burn, degrade, or turn to dust, likely with great control, as Malata engraves a table using this surge. Division also works on living flesh.[3] So far it is not known what other powers the Dustbringers had, although it is likely they had the ability to ignite objects.[1]


Also known as the Releasers, they claimed to have been misjudged by the people because of the nature of their powers and the similarity in their name to the Voidbringers. They always disliked being called Dustbringers and tried to get people to address them as Releasers, but this didn't fully work, since "the new name didn't catch on".[7]

Some of the other Knights Radiant felt that they were "on the edge" and did not get along with them. This included the Skybreakers, despite the two orders' similarities.[8]

Known Dustbringers[edit]


And when they were spoken of by the common folk, the Releasers claimed to be misjudged because of the dreadful nature of their power; and when they dealt with others, always were they firm in their claim that other epithets, notably "Dustbringers," often heard in the common speech, were unacceptable substitutions, in particular for their similarity to the word "Voidbringers." They did also exercise anger in great prejudice regarding it, though to many who speak, there was little difference between these two assemblies.



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