Order of Willshapers
|Order of Willshapers|
|Surges||Transportation & Cohesion|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Ideals of the Willshapers
The Ideals of the Knights Radiant, also known as the Immortal Words, are a set of rules by which the Radiants live. The First Ideal is shared by all of the orders, and is used as a motto for the Knights Radiant as a whole. Each of the orders then have an additional four Ideals that are unique to that order. The Ideals of the Order of Willshapers all focus on individual freedom and liberty; the Willshapers champion self-expression and freedom of choice for all.
The First Ideal
”Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant
The Second Ideal
”I will seek freedom for those in bondage.
The Willshapers use the Surges of Transportation and Cohesion.
Transportation allows Willshapers to transport their physical selves in and out of Shadesmar.
Cohesion allows them to alter the shape of solid objects in a way called stone shaping. This surge allows a Willshaper or Stoneward to make stone more maliable, like clay, or even a liquid. The Willshaper can then reshape the stone according to his or her desires. This surge also connects the Willshaper to the spren of the stone in a deep, fundamental way, though the full extent of this is not yet known. 
Little is currently known about the Willshapers of old. Though the order tended to attract builders, craftsmen and other artisans, their membership tended to be varied in both profession and personality. Per Words of Radiance, they were varied in personality, but generally enjoyed discovering new, unusual and strange things; they were also considered capricious and unreliable, making them somewhat frustrating to interact with.
Where the Windrunners were the protectors and the Stonewards the soldiers, the Willshapers were the liberators, both freeing those who were physically captive and aiding those who espoused new and radical ideas. They tasked themselves with building and supporting societies; they aided those who resisted tyranny and oppression. They were also literal builders -- in times of peace, they would use theirs powers to aid in constructing buildings and infrastructure, as well as training those who lived there; in times of war, they would fortify towns; and after the battle was over they, like their patron Herald, would travel to teach people of crafts such as bronzeworking or sanitation.
Invia wrote of them, "capricious, frustrating, unreliable," as taking it for granted that others would agree; this may have been an intolerant view, as Invia often expressed, for this order was said to be most varied, inconsistent in temperament save for a general love of adventure, novelty, or oddity. ”And now, if there was an uncut gem among the Radiance, it was the Willshapers; for though enterprising, they were erratic, and
- The Willshapers were one of the first orders Brandon developed while building magic systems.
- The Willshapers would "probably be okay" with Adolin killing Sadeas.
- JordanCon 2018
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- The Way of Kings chapter 59 #
- The Ten Orders of Knights Radiant
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- Rhythm of War chapter 60 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 50 epigraph#
- Words of Radiance chapter 53 epigraph#
- Oathbringer chapter 120 #
- Oathbringer London signing
— Arcanum - 2017-11-28#
- Words of Radiance Philadelphia signing
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