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Order of Lightweavers

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Order of Lightweavers
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Herald Shalash
Spren Cryptic
Surges Illumination & Transformation
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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The Order of Lightweavers is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Lightweavers are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Illumination and Transformation, commonly called Lightweaving and Soulcasting. They form a Nahel Bond with Cryptics.

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 as a set form. In order to reach higher Ideals, Lightweavers instead speak "truths" and these truths are unique to each Surgebinder.[3]

Truths Spoken[edit]

What am I? I'm terrified.

— A truth as spoken by Shallan[4]

I'm a murderer. I killed my father.

— A truth as spoken by Shallan[5]

If Elhokar had lived long enough to speak his first Truth, it would be to admit that he was a bad king.[6]


The Lightweavers use the Surges of Illumination and Transformation.

The Lightweavers also have the ability to enter Shadesmar, yet they do not possess the surge of transportation. Exactly how this works has not yet been revealed.

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 which is a kind of Resonance. Shallan also possesses these abilities.


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 and more stormlight.


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


Due to a combination of their two surges, Lightweavers have new, secondary effects, know as a Resonance.[7] Lightweavers may have multiple Resonances, with a prominent one being mnemonic abilities.[8][9] This includes the ability to deliberately memorize a scene, after which the Lightweaver can paint or draw that scene with remarkable accuracy.[10][11] The ability to memorize scenes and reproduce them accurately is similar to the ability of a Feruchemist to store memories in a coppermind,[12] in that both talents involve the removal of a memory from the mind and its replacement in another medium - in the Lightweaver's case, a sketch rather than a coppermind. This ability is affected by the presence of the Unmade.[citation needed] There is an upper limit to how many memories can be stored at once.[13] Members of this order generally do not have these mnemonic abilities before bonding a Cryptic and are not something that Cryptics are necessarily interested in when searching for a person to bond with.[14] Lightweavers can experience light and color differently and may be able to minutely alter the mood of others.[15] It is also implied that they may able to to create a solid illusion by combining their Illumination surge and their Soulcasting.[16][7]


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

The Lightweavers provided spiritual sustenance even for the other orders.

Known Lightweavers[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.

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.

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.

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.


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