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Order of Lightweavers

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Order of Lightweavers
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Illumination
Transformation
Herald Shalash
Spren Cryptic
Surges Illumination & Transformation
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Order of Lightweavers is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1] Knights of this order have a Nahel bond, with a Cryptic. Often abbreviated to just Lightweaver they are Surgebinders who had access to the Surges of Illumination and Transformation commonly called Lightweaving and Soulcasting.

Historical[edit]

Many members of this order before the Recreance were interested in the arts so there were many writers, artists, musicians, painters, sculptors among their numbers.

The Lightweavers provided spiritual sustenance even for the other orders.

Known Lightweavers[edit]

Ideals of the Lightweavers[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. Typically, each of the Radiant Orders then has an additional four ideals that are unique to each order.

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[2]

Additional Ideals[edit]

Unlike the other Orders, the Lightweavers only have the First Ideal. After that speaking truths is required and these truths are unique to each Surgebinder.[3]

Powers[edit]

The Lightweavers use the Surges of Illumination and Transformation.

The Lightweavers also have the ability to enter Shadesmar

It was also noted by the author of the in-universe book "Words of Radiance" that the members of this order had strange and varied mnemonic abilities. Shallan also possesses these abilities.

Soulcasting[edit]

The Soulcaster enters (or partially enters) the cognitive realm to convince the sentience of an object to change materials, transforming it into something else if successful. Some transformations are more basic than others, with more complicated transformations requiring a more skilled Surgebinder.

Lightweaving[edit]

Lightweaving deals in illusions. It involves the manipulating waves of sound or light and has a strong spiritual component requiring a full mental picture of the illusion.

Quotes[edit]

Yet, were the orders not disheartened by so great a defeat, for the Lightweavers provided spiritual sustenance; they were enticed by those glorious creations to venture on a second assault.
Words of Radiance, chapter 21, page 10[4]
These Lightweavers, by no coincidence, included many who pursued the arts; namely: writers, artists, musicians, painters, sculptors. Considering the order's general temperament, the tales of their strange and varied mnemonic abilities may have been embellished.
Words of Radiance, chapter 21, page 10[5]
As to the other orders that were inferior in this visiting of the far realm of spren, the Elsecallers were prodigiously benevolent, allowing others as auxiliary to their visits and interactions; though they did never relinquish their place as prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren; and the Lightweavers and Willshapers both also had an affinity to the same, though neither were true masters of that realm.
Words of Radiance, chapter 6, page 2[6]
Malchin was stymied, for though he was inferior to none in the arts of war, he was not suitable for the Lightweavers; he wished for his oaths to be elementary and straightforward, and yet their spren were liberal, as to our comprehension, in definitions pertaining to this matter; the process included speaking truths as an approach to a threshold of self-awareness that Malchin could never attain.
Words of Radiance, chapter 12, page 12[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. Words of Radiance press release
    Tor.com - 2013-02-28
  2. The Way of Kings chapter 59
  3. Words of Radiance chapter 87
  4. Words of Radiance chapter 47
  5. Words of Radiance chapter 49
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 53
  7. Words of Radiance chapter 57
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