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Order of Stonewards

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Order of Stonewards
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Herald Talenel
Spren Unknown
Surges Cohesion & Tension
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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The Order of Stonewards is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Stonewards were Surgebinders who used the Surges of Cohesion and Tension, and they absorbed Stormlight from gems. So far very little is known about what powers the Stonewards had. The glow of their Shardplate was amber[2]. The patron Herald of the Stonewards is Talenel. The spren of the Stonewards in Shadesmar look like stone, and their skin cracks when they move. [3]

Ideals of the Stonewards[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[4]

A possible second ideal for Stonewards is "I will stand where others fall"[5]


The Stonewards use the Surges of Cohesion and Tension.

Their exact Powers are so far unknown, although in Dalinar's visions a stoneward is seen to be able to reshape stone to some extent. This ability is based on the surge of cohesion. This ability lets them reshape things other than stone, but not flesh.[6]

The Shardbearer pressed his hand against the incline leading up to the Voidbringer, and again the stone seemed to writhe. Steps formed in the rock, as if it were made of wax that could flow and be shaped.


The author of Words of Radiance, says that the Stonewards were exmplars of resolve, strength, and dependability while also being stubborn to a fault. The author notes this made them a better match for the nature and temperament of their Herald than any other order.[1]

They served as the Radiants' front-line troops.[7]

Known Stonewards[edit]

  • The patron of the Stonewards was Talenel, Stonesinew, Herald of War.
  • Talatin was a member of the Order of the Stonewards, before the Recreance.

At this time, no new members of the Order of Stonewards have been revealed.


Now, as each order was thus matched to the nature and temperament of the Herald it named patron, there was none more archetypal of this than the Stonewards, who followed after Talenelat'Elin, Stonesinew, Herald of War: they thought it a point of virtue to exemplify resolve, strength, and dependability. Alas, they took less care for imprudent practice of their stubbornness, even in the face of proven error.


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