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The Poem of Ista

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The Poem of Ista
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Poem of Ista is ancient poetry from Roshar.

It mentioned Dawnshards and their ability to bind creatures and a temple surrounded by very tall steps. The section mentioning these things was extracted by Jasnah Kholin in one of her notebooks.[1]

Taking the Dawnshard, known to bind any creature voidish or mortal, he crawled up the steps crafted for Heralds, ten strides tall apiece, toward the grand temple above.

—A quote from The Poem of Ista noted by Jasnah Kholin for mentioning Dawnshards[1]

The Poem of Ista. I have found no modern explanation of what these "Dawnshards" are. They seem ignored by scholars, though talk of them was obviously prevalent among those recording the early mythologies.

—The note Jasnah made on the line she extracted from the poem[1]


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