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Order of Skybreakers
Skybreakers glyph.svg
Gravitation
Division
Herald Nale
Spren Highspren
Surges Gravitation & Division
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Order of Skybreakers was an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.

The Skybreakers were Surgebinders who used the Surges of Gravitation and Division.[1]

They formed a Nahel Bond with highspren.[2]

To date, little detail has been revealed about this order.

Historical[edit]

They were the last order to be accepted by their chosen Herald, Nalan'Elin,[3] and also the only one where the patron Herald became a Knight Radiant.[4]

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]."[5]

The Skybreakers were also the only Order that did not partake in the Recreance and remained active in the following two millennia.[6][7][8][9] 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.

Known Skybreakers[edit]

  • 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.
  • Ty (Squire)

Ideals of the Skybreakers[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 First Ideal[edit]

Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[10]

The Second Ideal[edit]

Also called the Ideal of Justice, this is a specific oath to seek and administer justice.

I will put the law before all else.
—The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers[11][12]
I swear to seek justice, to let it guide me, until I find a more perfect Ideal.
—The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers (as spoken by Szeth)[13]

The Third Ideal[edit]

Also called the Ideal of Dedication, this is a specific oath to dedicate oneself to a greater truth. A Skybreaker must first bond their highspren before taking this oath, and it is the minimum oath required before the Surge of Division is taught.

I swear to follow the will of Dalinar Kholin. This is my oath.
—The Third Ideal of the Skybreakers (as spoken by Szeth)[14]

The Fourth Ideal[edit]

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.

I will cleanse the Shin of their false leaders, so long as Dalinar Kholin agrees.[14]
—The Skybreaker Crusade, as spoken by Szeth.

The Fifth Ideal[edit]

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 the only current Skybreaker to have achieved it, as per Oathbringer.

Abilities[edit]

The Skybreakers use the Surges of Gravitation and Division.

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.[15]

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Their exact Powers are so far unknown, though it is likely that they were able to use a Basic Lashing and a Reverse Lashing like the Order of Windrunners, since they share the Gravity Surge.

Quotes[edit]

And thus were the disturbances in the Revv toparchy quieted, when, upon their ceasing to prosecute their civil dissensions, Nalan'Elin betook himself to finally accept the Skybreakers who had named him their master, when initially he had spurned their advances and, in his own interests, refused to countenance that which he deemed a pursuit of vanity and annoyance; this was the last of the Heralds to admit to such patronage.
Words of Radiance, chapter 5, page 17[3]
There came also sixteen of the order of Windrunners, and with them a considerable number of squires, and finding in that place the Skybreakers dividing the innocent from the guilty, there ensued a great debate.
Words of Radiance, chapter 28, page 3[16]
The considerable abilities of the Skybreakers for making such amounted to an almost divine skill, for which no specific Surge or spren grants capacity, but however the order came to such an aptitude, the fact of it was real and acknowledged even by their rivals.
Words of Radiance, chapter 28, page 3[17]
'You'd let it go, then?'

'Storms, no,' Kaladin said. 'I'd find my own justice.'

'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.'
—<description of scene>[5]
I watched you destroy yourself in the name of order, watched you obey your personal code when others would have fled or crumbled. Szeth-son-Neturo, I watched you keep your word with perfection. This is a thing lost to most people--it is the only genuine beauty in the world. I doubt I have ever found a man more worthy of the Skybreakers than you.
Nale, Words of Radiance[6]

Trivia[edit]

  • If Rashek were to have joined the Knights Radiant he would have made an okay, though not great, Skybreaker.[18]

Notes[edit]

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