|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”The Desolations had happened during the near-mythical shadowdays, before real history began.
Definition and Usage
The exact definition of when the shadowdays ended seems uncertain and differs between people. The majority of people seem to accept them as ending after the Last Desolation, although it is possible some consider them to extend past that point. Renarin states that there was a time after the shadowdays when the Knights Radiant still existed. However, Dalinar comments that the Recreance is old enough to nearly be par of the shadowdays.
”Legends. The Recreance is an event so old, it might as well be in the shadowdays.
Based on these comments, it is likely the shadowdays are generally considered to have ended sometime between the Last Desolation and the Recreance.
Art and Literature
There are very few surviving pieces of artwork or writing from this time, leading to the lack of knowledge about them. Much of the knowledge of that time comes from fragments, such as a copy of a copy of a mosaic. The Way of Kings is the only complete text from the shadowdays prior to the translation of the Dawnchant, but lost texts like the Eila Stele were rediscovered along with the Dawnchant's translation. The carved pillars in the Kholinar Palace eastern hall is art surviving from this time.
Powers and Weapons
One of the hallmarks of the shadowdays are mythical weapons and powers. The Honorblades were forged by Honor and used by the Heralds in fighting Voidbringers. The true nature of the abilities of the Knights Radiant during this time are also mythical to most Rosharans, including Surgebinding and glowing Shardplate.