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Order of Edgedancers

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Order of Edgedancers
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Herald Vedeledev
Spren Cultivationspren
Surges Abrasion & Progression
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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The Order of Edgedancers is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Edgedancers were Surgebinders who used the Surges of Abrasion and Progression[2]. They bond cultivationspren.

Ideals of the Edgedancers[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 had an additional four ideals that were unique to each order. The Edgedancers' oaths generally focused on them being "Good Samaritans."[3]

The First Ideal[edit]

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

—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[4]

The Second Ideal[edit]

I will remember those who have been forgotten.

—The Second Ideal of the Edgedancers, as sworn by Lift[5]

The Third Ideal[edit]

I will listen to those who have been ignored.

—The Third Ideal of the Edgedancers, as sworn by Lift[6]


The Edgedancers use the Surges of Abrasion and Progression.

The Surge of Progression allows them to make plants or other organic objects grow much faster than normal. They can also heal, though the extent of this ability is unknown, it seems that the wielder is even able to heal others from wounds suffered from Shardblades.

The Surge of Abrasion grants them the ability to manipulate friction. They can apply this in different ways; they can make their feet nearly frictionless, they can escape any grasp, or grip the slickest walls.

They have been described, poetically, as being able "to ride the thinnest rope at speed, dance across rooftops, and move through a battlefield like a ribbon on the wind."[5]

Lift, the only specific example of an Edgedancer given thus far in the series, has the unique ability to extract Stormlight from food through an ability granted by the Nightwatcher.


They were known as the most articulate and refined of the Radiants.[7] They were considered elegant things of beauty. But also would ignore things of great import in favor of smaller things, as some would see it.[5]

Known Edgedancers[edit]


When Simol was informed of the arrival of the Edgedancers, a concealed consternation and terror, as is common in such cases, fell upon him; although they were not the most demanding of orders, their graceful, limber movements hid a deadliness that was, by this time, quite renowned; also, they were the most articulate and refined of the Radiants.

The Edgedancers are too busy relocating the tower's servants and farmers to send a representative to record their thoughts in these gemstones.

I'll do it for them, then. They are the ones who will be most displaced by this decision. The Radiants will be taken in by nations, but what of all these people now without homes?


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