Order of Skybreakers
|Order of Skybreakers|
|Surges||Gravitation & Division|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
The Skybreakers are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Gravitation and Division. They form a Nahel Bond with highspren. They are widely thought of as fanatics in both Shadesmar and the physical realm. Highspren is usually used as a derogatory term.[Citation needed] The Skybreakers were the only Radiant Order not to have abandoned their oaths on the Day of Recreance, and continued to operate in secret until the present day.
They also reportedly had some issues with the Windrunners. Sylphrena, an honorspren, mentioned to Kaladin that "Laws don't matter. What's right matters." Highspren and, through them, the Skybreakers judge and dispense justice according to the letter of the law and what may make logical sense to them, while the Windrunners will disregard these laws or logic at their letter to do what is considered right. This is further supported when Kaladin tells Sylphrena that he'll "find his own justice" in regards to Amaram, and she cautions that he's "not a Skybreaker," and that he's "not supposed to be like [that]."
The Skybreakers were also the only Order that did not partake in the Recreance and remained active in the following two millennia. It is mentioned by Mraize that Helaran Davar had been attempting to locate the Skybreakers, and that Nale had recruited him, although he was not worthy of a spren bond before he died.
- The patron of the Skybreakers was Nalan, who is the only Herald known to have formally joined their Radiant Order beyond patronage.
- After losing his Honorblade, Szeth is currently a Skybreaker of the Third Ideal.
- Ki (bonded to Winnow)
- Joret (Squire)
- Cali (Squire)
- Zedzil (Squire)
- Ty (Squire)
- Helaran (Unbonded initiate)
Ideals of the Skybreakers
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 First Ideal
Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.
”— The First Ideal of the Knights RadiantLife before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
The Second Ideal
Also called the Ideal of Justice, this is a specific oath to seek and administer justice.
The Third Ideal
Also called the Ideal of Dedication, this is a specific oath to dedicate oneself to a greater truth. A Skybreaker Squire must first bond their Highspren before taking this oath, and it is the minimum oath required before the Surge of Division can be used.
The Fourth Ideal
This Ideal is also called the Ideal of Crusade, and requires that a Skybreaker undertake a personal quest and complete it to the satisfaction of their highspren. Once completed, the Skybreaker is elevated to the rank of master.
The Fifth Ideal
Called the Ideal of Law, this requires the Skybreaker to swear an oath that they will become a personification of law and truth. Nale is likely the only current Skybreaker to have achieved it, as it has been centuries since anyone mastered the Fifth Ideal.
The Skybreakers are able use the Surges of Gravitation and Division.
The full extent of their powers are so far unknown. They are able to use a Basic Lashing like the Order of Windrunners, since they share the Gravitation Surge. They also have the Surge of Division, which allows them to destroy or degrade things around them.
- Other Skills
They reportedly had the ability (unrelated to their Surges) to divide the innocent from the guilty that was by some even considered to be an almost divine skill. However, they do not have any supernatural abilities in determining a person's guilt, so this appears to be some combination of mundane experience and exaggerations in folklore.
'You'd let it go, then?'
'Storms, no,' Kaladin said. 'I'd find my own justice.'”— <description of scene>
'Oh...' Syl settled on his shoulder. They walked for a long while, eventually approaching the warcamp. 'You're not a Skybreaker, Kaladin,' Syl finally said. 'You're not supposed to be like this.'
- If Rashek were to have joined the Knights Radiant he would have made an okay, though not great, Skybreaker.
- Seattle Signing Report
— 17th Shard forums - 10/14/2013#
- Words of Radiance chapter 59 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 43 epigraph #
- Oathbringer chapter 106 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 22 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 88 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 41 epigraph #
- Oathbringer chapter 40 #
- Oathbringer chapter 90 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 59 #
- What is the Skybreaker's Second Ideal?
— 17th Shard forums - 12 March 2014#
- Words of Radiance Philadelphia signing
— Arcanum - 2014-03-21#
- Oathbringer chapter 92 #
- Oathbringer chapter 121 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 55 #
- Oathbringer release party
— Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
- Words of Radiance chapter 54 epigraph #
- Words of Radiance chapter 55 epigraph #
- Arcanum entry 2705
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