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Order of Skybreakers

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Order of Skybreakers
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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 two Surges of Gravitation and Division.[1] To date, little detail has been revealed about this order. They formed a Nahel Bond with highspren.[2]


They were the last order to be accepted by their chosen Herald, Nalan'Elin.[3]

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]."[4]

It is mentioned by Mraize that Helaran Davar had been attempting to locate the Skybreakers.This may indicate that they were the Order of Knights Radiant which did not partake in the Recreance and remained active.[5][6]

Known Skybreakers[edit]

  • The patron of the Skybreakers was Nalan.

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]

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[7]

The Second Ideal[edit]

I will put the law before all else.
—The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers[8][9]


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.[10]

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Please read carefully and note that this is not necessarily canonical.

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.


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[11]
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[12]
'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>[4]
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[5]


  • If Rashek were to have joined the Knights Radiant he would have made an okay, though not great, Skybreaker.[13]


  1. Seattle Signing Report
    17th Shard forums - 10/14/2013
  2. Words of Radiance chapter 59
  3. a b Words of Radiance chapter 43 epigraph
  4. a b Words of Radiance chapter 22
  5. a b Words of Radiance chapter 88
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 41 epigraph
  7. The Way of Kings chapter 59
  8. What is the Skybreaker's Second Ideal?
    17th Shard forums - 12 March 2014
  9. Second oath of the Skybreakers
    Theoryland - Mar 22, 2014
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 55
  11. Words of Radiance chapter 54 epigraph
  12. Words of Radiance chapter 55 epigraph
  13. If the Lord Ruler joined the Knights Radiant, what order would he fit in best?
    Theoryland - Aug 20th, 2014
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