Order of Skybreakers
|Order of Skybreakers|
|Surges||Gravitation & Division|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
The Skybreakers are Surgebinders who use the Surges of Gravitation and Division. They form a Nahel Bond with highspren. They are widely thought of as fanatics in both Shadesmar and the physical realm. Highspren is usually used as a derogatory term. The Skybreakers were the only Radiant Order not to have abandoned their oaths on the Day of Recreance, and continued to operate in secret until the present day.
Ideals of the Skybreakers
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
Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.
”Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.— The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant
The Second Ideal
Also called the Ideal of Justice, this is a specific oath to seek and administer justice.
”I will put the law before all else.
”I swear to seek justice, to let it guide me, until I find a more perfect Ideal.
The Third Ideal
Also called the Ideal of Dedication, this is a specific oath to dedicate oneself to a greater truth, either a code or, sometimes, a person. A Skybreaker Squire must first bond their Highspren before taking this oath, and it is the minimum oath required before the Surge of Division can be used.
”I swear to follow the will of Dalinar Kholin. This is my oath.
The Fourth Ideal
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.
The Fifth Ideal
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 likely the only current Skybreaker to have achieved it, as it has been centuries since anyone mastered the Fifth Ideal.
There is a disagreement among the order on whether this means that the Skybreaker swearing this oath can do anything, as they are an embodiment of the law, or if they need to not break any law to keep their oaths.
The Skybreakers are able use the Surges of Gravitation and Division.
The full extent of their powers are so far unknown. They are able to use a Basic Lashing like the Order of Windrunners, since they share the Gravitation Surge. They also have the Surge of Division, which allows them to destroy or degrade things around them.
- Other Skills
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. However, they do not have any supernatural abilities in determining a person's guilt, so this appears to be some combination of mundane experience and exaggerations in folklore.
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]."
The Skybreakers were also the only Order that did not partake in the Recreance and remained active in the following two millennia. 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.
The Order has a small fortress in Marabethia that overlooks the Purelake. Hopefuls are brought to the fortress for testing, and Squires and Masters reside there while training (unless they are away on a mission).
- Nalan, the patron of the Skybreakers, and who is the only Herald known to have formally joined their Radiant Order beyond patronage.
- Szeth is currently a Skybreaker of the Fourth Ideal, but he has not completed his quest yet, not granting him the title of Master, after losing his Honorblade.
- Ki (bonded to Winnow)
- Joret (Squire)
- Cali (Squire)
- Zedzil (Squire)
- Ty (Squire)
- Fari (Squire)
- Helaran (Unbonded initiate)
”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.
”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.
”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.
'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.'”
”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.
- If Rashek were to have joined the Knights Radiant he would have made an okay, though not great, Skybreaker.
- Seattle Signing Report
— 17th Shard forums - 10/14/2013#
- Words of Radiance chapter 59 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 59 #
- Oathbringer chapter 90 #
- What is the Skybreaker's Second Ideal?
— 17th Shard forums - 12 March 2014#
- Words of Radiance Philadelphia signing
— Arcanum - 2014-03-21#
- Oathbringer chapter 92 #
- Oathbringer chapter 121 #
- General Reddit 2018
— Arcanum - 2018-09-24#
- Words of Radiance chapter 55 #
- Oathbringer release party
— Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
- Words of Radiance chapter 43 epigraph #
- Oathbringer chapter 106 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 22 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 88 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 41 epigraph #
- Oathbringer chapter 40 #
- Oathbringer chapter 98 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 54 epigraph #
- Words of Radiance chapter 55 epigraph #
- Steel Ministry report
— Arcanum - 2014-08-20#