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LadyLameness/Shadesmar
Shadesmar (TWoK).jpg
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Shadesmar is the Rosharan subastral in the Cognitive Realm,[1] encompasses the entirety of the Rosharan system[2][3] and is the kingdom, and birthplace, of spren.[citation needed]

Geography and Ecology[edit]

Locations =[edit]

The Rosharan subastral is part of a single infinite plane[4] that connected to the other subastrals in the cosmere by regions, which are locally known as "Expanses."[5] Moving far enough in the direction of an Expanse, will take you to another world in the cosmere.[6][7] The four Expanses at the edge of the Rosharan subastral are;

Other locations in Shadesmar include;

It possible [10] to cross between diametrical points on Roshar by utilizing the Cognitive Realm, however, it would be difficult.[11]

Notable Locations[edit]

True spren live in a number of cities and other settlements in Shadesmar. Some of these cities are inhabited and ruled by a single type of spren,[12][13][14] however, not all Radiant spren their own kingdom.[15] Cryptics are known to rule one of the greater cities in Shadesmar,[12] and the honorspren have control of multiple locations.[13][16] Cultivationspren, however, rule no cities in the realm.[15] A clan of Horneaters live permanently in Shadesmar, presumably nearby to Cultivation’s Perpendicularity.[17]

  • Celebrant - a prominent trading port that can be found in the Sea of Lost Lights.
  • Lasting Integrity - the honorspren capital, located in the Sea of Souls
  • Unyielding Fidelity - an honorspren stronghold located near Kharbranth
  • Nameless - a small trading village in the Sea of Souls

Environment[edit]

Geology[edit]

The Cognitive Realm is an inverse reflection of the Physical Realm, with Shadesmar bodies of "water" mirroring land in the Physical Realm, and Cognitive Realm land being the reflection of oceans, rivers, and lakes. In the Rosharan subastral, "water" is made up of small beads that represent the cognitive aspects of physical world objects, while the land is created out of obsidian.[18]{book ref|sa3|87}}{book ref|sa3|89}}

Shadesmar overlays the Physical Realm,[19] however, as the Cognitive Realm is more compact,[20] locations to not map one to one between the two realms.[10] As the realm forms based on people’s perception of objects and space, the vertical dimension[21], space between planets,[22][6] and unknown locations in the Physical Realm,[23][22] are particularly compressed.

The sky in Shadesmar is pitch black[18] with no moon or stars.[24][21] On the horizon sits a small, frail,[21] white sun,[25][19] It provides enough light to illuminate the lands but not the sky, despite appearing almost too weak to achieve even this.[21] The sun does not move or change regardless of time of day or distance traveled - because of this, Shadesmar does not have any natural day and night cycle.[26][24][27] Shadesmar has a natural atmosphere with breathable air. This is, in part, due to air permeating into the Cognitive from the Physical Realm.[28]

Long, straight,[29] flat[30] clouds run directly towards the sun[29] and give the impression that the object is at the end of a long tunnel.[31] It is possible for these clouds to appear and disappear and this may be related to which angle they are observed from.[32] The clouds are also corporeal and are sometimes used as landing pads for types of flying spren. When utilized this way, the spren disrupt the cloud patterns.[33]

The land in Shadesmar is made of a glassy, black obsidian. Because of the nature of this material, the ground is cold to touch[34] and it is easy to move quietly.[35]The ground can be used as a resource if necessary,[36][32] although it is difficult to remove chunks of obsidian as it shatters if struck incorrectly.[32] The spren rarely use obsidian chunks as a building material because of this difficulty, although they occasionally create weaponry. To access pieces of usable obsidian, pickaxes are needed. Once removed, the obsidian is able to be Soulcast, and is easily persuaded to change into other materials.[37][32]

It is common to find peninsulas in Shadesmar as they are the mirror of Physical Realm rivers. The depth of the river does not dictate the depth of the peninsula and in most cases one would not be able to swim underneath the peninsula.[38] Channels are sometimes cut in these peninsulas to create more convenient sea routes for travelers and traders.[16][39] Lighthouses can be found at the end of these peninsulas to signal to passing ships that they are close to land and that they should beware of hidden rocks.[36] These lighthouses are also trade waypoints where ships can deliver goods or restock supplies for their ongoing journey.[24]

Shadows behave strangely in Shadesmar, depending on the source of light that is creating them. Shadows cast by the sun will point towards it instead of away,[18][21] while those cast by manifested fire will point away from the light source as would occur in the Physical Realm.[35] Backward shadows occur on rare occasions in the Physical Realm, although the reasoning for this is unknown.[29][citation needed] Shadows pointing towards a lightsource occurs due to cultural reasons.[40]

Shadesmar Oceans[edit]

Instead of water, Shadesmar oceans, rivers, and lakes are made of small, translucent,[19] dark glass beads,[25][29] approximately the size of the tip of an index finger,[21] a bean or a fingernail.[41] Each of these beads represent the soul of an non-living item in the Physical Realm,[42] and has a very basic consciousness that is able to communicate its primal intent. The beads cannot always be understood and some spren are able to act as translators between beads and other parties.[18] Beads can be removed from their location in the ocean and taken anywhere within Shadesmar, regardless of where its corresponding item is in the Physical Realm, as the body and mind of the object are connected via the Spiritual Realm.[16] The beads must be securely stored, however, to prevent them from returning on their own to the corresponding location of their item.[16] Consuming a bead and transitioning to the Physical Realm would have a negative effect.[43] There are no beads that represent the power of the Shards in the system.[44]

It is possible to gain impressions from beads of what object they represent[29][45] - this is more easily done by those who are Invested,[42][46] however, there is still an element of natural talent with some people being better suited to the task than others.[citation needed] Investiture is not needed to get impressions or visualize the souls of the beads,[16] although the beads are attracted to Investiture and will swarm someone who holds it if they are able to sense it.[29] Impressions will match the magnitude of the object, with larger, older, and/or grander objects threatening to overwhelm the person holding the bead.[42] As well as this, the weight of each bead is related, but not equal, to the physical object it represents, with souls for larger objects being deceptively heavier than they appear.[18]

Investiture is not needed to get impressions or visualize the souls of the beads,[16] although the beads are attracted to Investiture and will swarm someone who holds it if they are able to sense it.[29] Investiture, such as Stormlight, can be detected by the beads if contained in a gemstone, or held by a Radiant. The degree that the beads can sense Investiture from a Knights Radiant is dependent on the order, with some being less "detectable" than others.[42] Because of the reaction of the Shademar ocean beads, it can be dangerous for Surgebinders to use their powers while in the Realm, lest they draw the beads - and dangerous spren - to themselves and their companions.[42] Despite these issues, traveling Shadesmar without sufficient Stormlight is unwise as it is the currency of the realm and can be used by the spren to heal if required.[citation needed][citation needed] It is unclear if the Shadesmar beads can be infused with Stormlight.[47][48]

If fed Stormlight, the beads can be used to build objects based on visualization the soul of a specific bead. The beads will fit together with the source bead to form a lattice until the object has been formed.[42][29] These objects can be load bearing,[42] even when they would not be in the Physical Realm, and the entire object does not need to be created.[29] Some creations can move on their own, though not very well.[29] Creations of larger or more solid objects, may be more difficult to relocate without first collapsing the structure, than smaller ones that can be moved around more easily. Stormlight can be reclaimed from these creations, although not all is returned to the user.[42] It is unclear if any Invested person is able to perform this process, or if it is restricted to those who use Stormlight, or to particular orders of Knights Radiant.

Like with water, it is possible to drown if pulled under the beads, as they will swarm beings if they make contact and will attempt to force their way into a person's mouth and throat,[29] causing them to suffocate.[49] It is not possible to swim through the beads as they provide no buoyancy, and instead people will sink into what feels like a viscous liquid.[29] There is an underwater current that moves the beads,[46][50] that is stronger than what would normally be found in the Physical Realm oceans.[32]

Flora and Fauna[edit]

Flora[edit]

There is a variety of plant life in Shadesmar, which, like in the Physical Realm, appears to differ based on region. Plants and trees are made of different types of glass or crystal and can be a variety of colors.[18][24][36] While a number of these plants are brittle and will shatter if touched, some are sturdier and are less prone to breaking.[24] While some plants and trees share the same general physical shape as flora in the Physical Realm, others, such as mushroom trees, are much more alien.[35][citation needed] Fully fledged forests can be found in the south of Shadesmar, both near the Thaylenah Oathgate[30] and near Lasting Integrity.[citation needed]

Fauna[edit]

Physical Realm creatures can also be found in the Cognitive, having been brought through a perpendicularity.[13] While most Physical Realm animals seem to appear as they would in their natural habitat, Ryshadium trail a faint afterimage.[21]

An animal exists in the Cognitive Realm that vaguely resembles a horse, and is used in a similar manner by true spren.[51]

Beings[edit]

Living being reflect in Shadesmar as small flames.[18][25] These flames differ in size between species[18] and although they are often found hovering just above the Shadesmar ground,[52] they can also be found at different elevations depending on their location in the Physical Realm.[21] The flames do not produce heat,[42] however, they do produce light.[49]

If someone is corrupted, their soul will turn red.[30] The souls of Fused appear as a twisted humanoid shape that shimmers with dark light before the Fused has taken over a physical body,[30] and after taking a host, will resemble a dark flame that pulses like a beating heart.[53] The type of form that a singer is wearing is distinguishable through viewing their Cognitive aspect based on the spren they hold in their gemheart, and it is easy to tell if they are a Fused, Regal, or ordinary singer. It is also possible to tell apart the different brands of Fused by viewing their cognitive aspect.[53]

If someone is to die in the Physical Realm, their soul flame will disappear. Although the deceased does not seemingly appear in Shadesmar after they die, as they do in the Scadrial subastral, it may be that they are just not visible to regular people, and one would need to be a Cognitive Shadow themselves to see the newly departed soul.[42][54] Similar to the beads, touching a soul flame will give the impression of the person it represents and it is possible to feel their emotions and general thoughts.[42]

Singers are closer to the Cognitive Realm than humans and this, in part, is what allows them to change forms.[55] Lift is also unique in that she is partially in the Cognitive, which allows her to physically touch spren when it shouldn't be possible.[56]

Spren[edit]
Main article: Spren

Shadesmar is predominantly populated by spren, with true spren organized in civilizations and lesser spren roaming wild, similar to animals as they would be found in the Physical Realm.[21] Many of these lesser spren live within the bead ocean[42] as they are drawn to human populations that are in the equivalent location in the other realm.[citation needed] The number of spren in Shadesmar help to act as ‘release valves’ for Honor’s splintered power, due to their nature as Splinters.[57]

Many of the spren that live in the oceans are emotionspren, with several types considered quite dangerous.[42] Lesser spren, such as mandras can only travel so far away from human population centers in the Physical Realm before they will begin to die.[50] The specific types of lesser spren that can be found in Shadesmar are tied into the natures of the two Shards on Roshar, Cultivation and Honor.[58]

Like in the Physical Realm, true spren do not tire from activities[24] nor do they require sleep or food while in Shadesmar,[26] though they can "feed" off emotion[26] and Stormlight[32] if it is available. Spren children can be created by Investiture coalescing in one place in Shadesmar and becoming sapient, however, this is a very rare occurrence and sometimes take hundreds of years. Children will look approximately the same as their elders and do not grow in the same fashion that human or singer children do.[13] If a spren is cut by a Shardblade in the Physical Realm they will eventually re-form in Shadesmar.[59] However, if they are hurt enough in the Cognitive Realm it can cause their minds to break and the spren will become akin to a deadeyes.[60] This can be undone by feeding spren a large quantity of Stormlight.[citation needed] Unlike their cousins, lesser spren do feed specifically on Stormlight.[42]

Spren physically reside in the Shadesmar and, unlike in the Physical Realm, have mass and substance,[26] Lesser spren can be pulled through to the Physical Realm if they are strongly attracted by an emotion or natural phenomena,[19][18] while true spren can choose to transition their mind. Generally, only part of a spren, lesser or true, moves through to the Physical Realm; as such, most humans have never viewed the real bodies of the spren.[12][52] While in Shadesmar, true spren do not need a Nahel bond to remain sapient.[26] The bodies of spren will change if corrupted by Sja-anat.[35] Effects such as rippling clothing and hair that occur for some spren in the Physical Realm, do not occur in Shadesmar.[35]

The only time spren can voluntarily transfer their whole self into the Physical, is when they become Shardblades. When not in Blade form, a true spren’s physical body will present in Shadesmar, even though their mind has crossed over to another realm.[18] This partial transition is often why Radiant spren can remain invisible if they choose, although there is a level of skill that is involved with both appearing and disappearing from sight.[56] These spren will also still be visible in the Cognitive Realm even if they have become invisible in the other realm.[53]

Spren that have transitioned have barely any substance in the Physical making it difficult to touch them, and in some cases it should be impossible.[56] When Radiant spren first transition their minds from Shadesmar, they lose much of their mind and memory,[18] and risk losing their sapience.[61] This memory loss differs between spren and/or likely returns at different rates.[56][21] Returning to the Cognitive Realm does not restore their memories completely, however, spren do appear to gain a certain amount of recognition about their surroundings[24] and some memories of the Realm upon returning to Shadesmar.[46] It is possible for an unbonded true spren to return to the Cognitive Realm, although it is unknown how a spren would do this or whether any effects they have suffered in the Physical Ream would be reversed.[62]

Not all lesser spren reside in Shadesmar, with those that are more suited to primarily the Physical Realm, such as windspren, rarely being seen in the Cognitive.[16] Lesser spren that live in the Cognitive can still be attracted by their individual attribute or emotion, which can pose a threat to travelers if a violent or vicious emotionspren is drawn to the group.[36][46][24] Unlike in the Physical Realm, both humans and spren can draw the attention of nearby emotionspren.[24][69][citation needed]

Climate[edit]

Weather patterns in Shadesmar differ to those from the Physical Realm, and are not based on temperature or precipitation.[17] As such, travelers and residents of the Cognitive Realm do not need shelters that are equipped to deal with storms of bad weather.[32] There is also no wind in Shadesmar.[35][30]

Instead of physical patterns, the Shadesmar weather has a direct effect on the emotions and wellbeing of spren, causing them to feel invigorated on some days and dreary and weighed down on others. Both truespren and lesserspren are affected by these weather patterns, and smaller types of spren can become aggravated based on the daily weather.[17] This phenomenon is also seen with the passing highstorm, which provides truespren with energy and helps to revitalize them.[36][citation needed]

Types of Weather Patterns[edit]
Crystalline Day[edit]

On a crystalline day, a faint violet-pink shimmering haze can be seen in the air in the far distance. Plants are affected on these days and will grow faster, with changes being visible to the naked eye.[17] Before plant growth occurs, a faint shimmer can be seen in the surrounding air.[citation needed] Pink crystal fuzz will also spontaneously grow on objects before spreading over nearby surfaces.[17]

Energetic Weather[edit]

One type of weather energizes the truespren, who become chattier and visibly more cheerful. The spren can hear a faint drumming in the back of their mind during this weather, which sounds upbeat and energetic.[70]

Highstorm[edit]

The highstorm appears as ripples and vibrant colors in the sky, with shimmering clouds that are an ethereal luminescence.[35] There is a pulse to the highstorm, that may be similar in nature to the beat heard by truespren during other weather phenomenons.[35]

The three realms blend together within the highstorm, and an Invested person can briefly see into the Spiritual Realm if they are able to access the storm via Shadesmar. However, it does not appear possible to access the Physical Realm using this method.[35] The Stormfather is able to sense someone accessing the realms through the Cognitive Realm highstorm, however, this is not a common occurrence.[citation needed] This connection is not two ways, however, and the person in the storm cannot sense the Stormfather.[35]

Perpendicularity[edit]

Honor's Perpendicularity[edit]

Honor’s Perpendicularity, also referred to as honor’s path,{book ref|sa4|111}} is an unstable portal[46] that can allow for transport between the Physical and Cognitive Realm. It moves around Shadesmar randomly, however, can be summoned by both Dalinar and Ishar.[71][72] The Stormfather can feel when the perpendicularity is opened, except when done by Ishar.[73] The Fused also appear to be negatively affected by the perpendicularity.[71]

The size of it when opened can be controlled[74] and when open, the perpendicularity often, but not always, shrouds the summoner in a bright, almost impenetrable light. This light is also blinding to the summoner from their place within the perpendicularity with people in the vicinity being hard to see.[73] In Shadesmar, Honor’s Perpendicularity forms as a brilliant glowing pillar. If forming above the ocean, the perpendicularity will create a path from itself towards the land so it can be reached, by locking the beads together into a solid object.[71] Some people and objects, however, such as Ishar and Nightblood, can be seen clearly when they are within the perpendicularity.[73] It is quite taxing to hold open.[75][73] The perpendicularity can be consumed by Nightblood if he is drawn within it it. If he is stabbed into its center, the perpendicularity will be closed but not destroy.[73]

When the perpendicularity is summoned, Shadesmar is visible to the summoner and[76] and certain individuals in their proximity,[75] although not everyone who is a passive witness to the opening of the perpendicularly can see through to the other realm.[77][78] It is also easier to view and access by those who utilize the Surge of Transformation.[citation needed] The rhythms and tones of Roshar, can be heard when the perpendicularity has been opened.[75][77]

The perpendicularity forms during each highstorm,[79] however is not the storm itself.[citation needed] This allows for the renewal of gemstones, due to the perpendicularity combining and piercing the three realms and exposing gems and spheres to the Spiritual Realm[79] When moving freely of its own accord, Honor’s Perpendicularity is considered to be unpredictable and dangerous and will appear randomly at different points across the Cognitive Realm.[46] Due to its wild nature, guides advice against travelers trying to locate it.[46]

It is potentially possible to open Honor’s Perpendicularity at Urithiru, however, it requires strong magical abilities, and may not be possible if a Bondsmith is below at least the Fourth Ideal. There is both a measure of strength and a measure of skill required.[80]

Cultivation's Perpendicularity[edit]

Cultivation's Perpendicularity resides in the Horneater Peaks,[81] with clans of Unkalaki living on both sides of the portal.[82] Although it is a working waypoint between the realms, the Horneaters that guard the perpendicularity are not amenable to travelers, though some worldhoppers do gain access to the portal and transition between the different planes.[46][81] It is unclear whether this is with the permission of the Unkalaki people.

As there are Physical Realm items that pass through Shadesmar, it is possible that some level of trade is allowed by the Horneater people, though they are selective of who can trade through the perpendicularity.[citation needed]

The Peaks have a portal, Rysn. A gateway. A path to the world of gods and spren.” She met Rysn’s eyes. “Soon, everyone will know. And they will want our land. A portal to the land of spren is valuable enough to be worth the trip to the Peaks.”

	“I . . .” Rysn trailed off. She wasn’t certain what to make of this. A portal to the land of the spren? She’d heard about Shadesmar; rumors of it were making their way through society. But if the Horneaters had a way into the place . . .

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    “I told you, you cannot,” Cord said. “Lunu’anaki—he is trickster god—warned of them during my grandmother’s time when she was the watcher of the pool.”

Dawnshard 15

“There are songs . . .” Cord said. “From long ago. Of when this . . . Command came through the pool.” She whispered again in her tongue, and it sounded like a prayer. Dsawbnshard 19

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Prior to the Recreance, the spren and humans had a good relationship. The Elsecallers were the primary liaisons with the spren, however, they would often bring along others to assist them when they interacted and visited the spren.[83] Written treaties were also formed between the spren during this time.[84]

Shortly before the Recreance, as the Sibling was retreating, they ordered the Oathgates to be closed and locked so that people would no longer be able to transfer between realms.[21][30] Losing this means of transportation, likely severely decreased the number of Rosharans accessing the realm, eventually leading to Shadesmar becoming a myth amongst the cultures who lived in Physical Realm.[29]

At some point, the honorspren tried to take over Shadesmar, and warred with other spren groups, including the inkspren.[85][50][13][86]

Modern History[edit]

At some point, Cryptics began to flock to the Shadesmar location equivalent of Kharbranth.[87][88][25][31]

Following the escape of Syl from Lasting Integrity,[citation needed] posters of Syl were placed in some, if not all, port cities in Shadesmar by the honorspren in an attempt to have her found and returned to the honorspren capital.[13][50]

Jasnah’s Holiday[edit]

Jasnah first became aware of Shadesmar as a real place in 1167 when she was pulled through by Ivory in an attempt to kill her.[29] After bonding Ivory and becoming an Elsecaller, Jasnah began to research Shadesmar, along with Urithiru and the Voidbringers.[19]

In 1173, Jasnah Kholin found herself in Shadesmar after Elsecalling there to escape an assassination attempt aboard the Winds Pleasure.[18][89] Unable to return to the Physical Realm without first finding a waypoint, she spent several months[90] trekking across Shadesmar to a location that corresponded to the middle of the wilderness. During her journey, Jasnah spent time with the highspren, who shared with her details of the past, and the history surrounding the Recreance and Desolations. She also learned of the Everstorm and the effect it would have on the entrapped singers of Roshar.[91]

Jasnah’s appearance in Shadesmar caused trouble for the spren, although it is unknown whether it is because she was a native Rosharan or because she was a Surgebinder. During her escape from the realm, she may have been involved in some sort of conflict.[91]

After returning from the realm, Jasnah recorded her exploration and experiences of Shadesmar in a number of journals. She released some of these records to the public after becoming queen, however, not all journals were released, much to the chagrin of her mother, Navani.[77]

Her experience of being trapped in the Cognitive Realm left Jasnah with an increased sense of paranoia, leading to her having an increased level of preparedness in the case that she might have to escape into Shadesmar at a future point.[92][93]

Azure’s Treasure Hunt[edit]

Azure first traveled to Shadesmar in 1173, in pursuit of Nightblood and Vasher, and crossed into the Physical Realm using Cultivation’s Perpendicularity.[46] After being unintentionally brought back during the battle at Kholinar Palace,[52] she travelled with Adolin and his companions, before parting ways when they jumped off Honor’s Path in an attempt to escape the Fused.[36] Azure had already secured an exchange with the honorspren prior to the appearance of Odium’s forces, where they would allow her to travel with them and enter Lasting Integrity, and would exchange information about Nightblood, who had passed through their fortress, for information on her own blade.[16]

Azure was one of the last humans to enter Lasting Integrity before it implemented its isolationist policy. She moved on approximately five months after her arrival.[17][94]

Uh oh, Big Bad Alert[edit]

The Everstorm started building and approaching the planet Roshar’s subastral many generations before it was transferred to the Physical Realm.[95] Initially broken off from the storm that surrounds Braize, Odium gradually moved it until it arrived in the area of the planet Roshar’s Cognitive Realm, along the southern border.{book ref|sa4|86}}[96][97] After reaching the Roshar subastral, the storm remained brewing in Shadesmar for a long period of time,[20] somewhere in the southern banks.[98] Because of its remote location in Shadesmar, Odium’s forces had to contend with traveling far out to sea in the Physical Realm to be able to reach the storm so they could draw through Voidspren to begin the process of transferring the storm from Shadesmar to the Physical Realm.[98]

The transition of the Everstorm from Shadesmar to the Physical Realm triggered the beginning of the new Desolation and the return of the Fused. Voidspren began to appear in Shadesmar to the west of the Nexus of Imagination and made their way to the relative location of the Horneater Peaks to seize control of Cultivation’s Perpendicularity and the surrounding areas,[99][13] and secure control of travel between the realms.[16] They leveraged their control to influence trade and harass sailors and traders in the area, demanding tolls and tributes for people wanting to move in and around the area, and sinking or capturing ships.[35] This led to a sharp decrease in travel in that region of Shadesmar,[35] with spren refusing to go near the Perpendicularity, and preferring to stick to the eastern part of the realm where there was less Fused influence.[13] Unfortunately, Voidspren influence began spreading further east, with the Fused ending up with loose control over Celebrant.[13]

Travel and trade further decreased into 1175 with fewer ships willing to travel, lest they encounter Odium’s forces. They were further disincentivized to travel due to strange occurrences in Shinovar as well as a general preference against encountering travelling honorspren.[21]

The Brady Bunch Adventure[edit]

Following their escape from the Kholinar Palace through the corrupted Oathgate, Kaladin, Shallan, Adolin, Azure, along with the spren of the Radiant’s and Adolin’s Shardblade, found themselves trapped in Shadesmar.[52] Unable to return through the Oathgate, and to escape the Unmade that lurked in the beaded ocean, the group made their way to the strip of land nearby that reflected a tributary of the Windrunner River,[42][100][39] before making their way up the peninsula and away from Kholinar.[42]

Eventually, the travelers came upon Riino’s Lighthouse;[24] while Kaladin went to investigate the building and find out more about the occupants, Shallan and the others were contacted by Sja-anat. When the group had first transitioned to Shadesmar, the Unmade had falsed reported back to Odium that they had been transported to an unknown point, far from the Kholinar Oathgate. Odium ordered Sja-anat to search for the Radiants, however, once she located them she used the opportunity to warn them about Odium’s hunt and that they should avoid his forces.[35]

Kaladin, deeming Riino’s Lighthouse to be safe, returned to fetch the other members of his party so they could convene at the lighthouse and enquire about travel and supplies.[35] A ship captained by the Reacher Ico, reached the lighthouse not long after the group arrived,[35][50] and ferried them to Celebrant, a trade city, found in the south east on the Sea of Spears. The party was unable to agree on a destination, with Azure wanting to go west to Cultivation’s Perpendicularity as she had previously used it to reach the Physical Realm,[46][50] while Kaladin was strongly insistent about travelling south to Thaylenah, due to a vision he had when he touched Riino’s magic globe.[50][99]

Once they reached Celebrant, the group split in half with some members going to the market place to gather supplies, while the rest enquired about potential passage to Thaylen City or Cultivation’s Perpendicularity. While at the marketplace, Syl, who had been disguised, was recognised as either a honorspren or as the Ancient Daughter, leading her to confess to Adolin and Kaladin that she may be a wanted person by the honorspren. Meanwhile at the docks, Shallan and Azure were unable to secure passage to either of their proposed destinations. After realizng that a Fused was conducting an insepction on Ico’s ship, the two women, as well as Pattern and Maya, returned to the dock registrar to interrogate her, and learnt about the increased Voidspren presence in Shadesmar over the preceding months. After escaping the Fused at the docks with out detection, the group reconvened to decide on how to proceed. Syl, having seen Honor’s Path docked in the harbor, ran to catch the ship before it pulled away, revealing who she was so that she and her friends could escape Odium’s minions on the honorspren vessel.[13]

Once aboard, Notum, the ship’s captain, began their voyage towards Lasting Integrity, post-haste, to try and outrun the Fused. After being taken captive, most of the group, barring Syl, were released from captivity and allowed to explore most parts of Honor’s Path.[16] When it became apparent that the Fused were slowly gaining ground on the vessel, Notum decided to disobey his mandate and aided the friends in escaping to the island that represented the Longbrow’s Straits, by dropping them secretly into the beads.[36]

Having lost the Fused, the party made its way across the land in the direction of Thaylen City, following Kaladin’s hunch that Dalinar was in danger.[36] When they arrived, they found large numbers of Odium’s forces waiting that soon after disappeared, as they were drawn through to the Physical Realm.[101][102] To buy time and give an opportunity for Shallan to reach the Oathgate, Kaladin, Adolin, and the spren engaged with the remaining Fused in their own ways.[30] Shallan attempted to convince the Oathgate spren to allow them passage, however, they refused, remaining steadfast in the mandate given to them by the Sibling.[30][21] With the Fused gaining the advantage, Kaladin out of Stormlight, and Adolin severely injuried, the hopes of the friends making it back to the Physical Realm were slim,[34][103] until Honor’s Perpendicularity appeared after being opened by Dalinar during the Battle of Thaylen Field.[71] The group transitioned back to the Physical Realm using the perpendicularity to then engage in the ongoing conflict that was occuring in Thaylen City.[104]

Following the Battle of Thaylen Field, at least some of the Oathgates agreed to allow for passage between realms again.[21]

Electric Boogaloo: The Brady Bunch Adventures[edit]

All to be sourced, LI and Tukari Caravan articles should help In 1175, a delegation from Urithiru headed by Adolin and Shallan, set out to visit Lasting Integrity and try to convince the honorspren to rebond humans and join their war efforts against Odium and the Fused.[64] Setting out from Urithiru, the group travelled on a peakspren ship captained by Unativi, the cousin of _____, then by caravan from Nameless to Lasting Integrity. During this time, Shallan began taking notes for her eventual book on Shadesmar’s natural history.[32] During the second half of their journey, they were followed by a Tukuri mercenary group that eventually broke away from their path to head south, while the Urithiru delegates continued west. Unfortunately, the Tukari had continued in the same direction of Notum, who had also been travelling along the route, and he had been their target all along. Racing to save him, Adolin and Maya fought off the Tukari, long enough for the other soldiers in their party to arrive and provide backup.

With an injured Notum in tow, the group pressed on quickly to reach Lasting Integrity, wary that the Tukari were still in the area and could circle back around to attack them again. Reaching the honorspren stronghold however, the group was not welcomed warmly; The honorspren did not respond kindly to the diplomatic efforts of Adolin, destroying his correspondence from the coalition monarchs and refusing to engage his pleas and arguments. With all of his other plans having failed, Adolin surrendered himself into the custody of the honorspren, after giving them the opportunity to trial him for the Recreance. The honorspren allowed for two others to remain with Adolin, and Shallan and Pattern joined the Highprince inside the fortress where Adolin was taken into custody.[105]

While a number of the Urithiru party began the return journey to the tower, several members including Godeke, Felt and Malli, Shallan’s Lightweavers, and Notum remained camped outside the keep, on the edge of the nearby forest, and remained in contact with the Alethi highprince via letter.[17]

Held as the honorspren’s captive, Adolin prepared for his trial with the help of the inkspren emmesary, Blended. After Kalak, the High Judge, returned to the fortress from patrolling, the trial began and lasted for three days. On the first day, three witnesses - Amuna, Blended, and Notum - gave testimony against Adolin. Notum, having clearly been coerced into testifying, broke from his script half way through his statement, to stand with Adolin and promote the bond between humans and spren. The second day of the trial Adolin was free to give his own testimony to the judge and audience, however, this quickly went sour and the day ended in chaos. The third day of trial was held by the honorspren Sekeir, due to Kalak’s absence, and Maya was brought forth as the final witness. Due to her inability to speak, Sekeir used this as an opportunity to promote his own agenda under the guise he was speaking on her behalf. Drawing strength from Adolin, Maya addressed the crowd herself, proclaiming that the deadeyes had willingly chosen to give up their bonds during the Recreance. Shocked, the honorspren left the room and the trial was dismissed. Following the trial, Blended returned to the inkspren to spread the news about the role of spren in the Recreance and Maya’s growing consciousness.[84]

Shallan, during her time in Lasting Integrity, set about completing the mission she was given by Mraize to find Restares. When Kalak returned to the keep, Shallan realized that the man she sought was a Herald. After speaking with Mraize, she discovered the Ghostblood member wished for her to “kill” the Herald by capturing his soul in a knife containing Odium’s godmetal. The last day of Adolin’s trial, Shallan went to Kalak’s lodgings with the intent to kill him, having adopted her “new” persona of Formless. Pattern interrupted her on her way there, trying again to introduce Shallan to Testament, whom he had already tried to introduce once before. Shallan sent Pattern away, not wanting to hear what he had to say, before continuing on to Kalak’s house. Once inside, Veil confronted Shallan about Formless and forced her to remember what Shallan had done as a child when she had been bonded to Testament. Duty done, Veil disappeared, being reintegrated into Shallan. Kalak discovered Shallan in his house shortly after her ordeal, and although the Lightweaver acknowledge that she had been sent to kill Kalak, she had instead decided to try and work with him.[106]

Lusintia, Sekeir, and several other honorspren (check) found Shallan and Kalak not long after the Herald confronted Shallan, and accused the Lightweaver of trying to influence her husband’s trial. Despite Kalak’s denial, the honorspren took Shallan into custody, to be held until the trial was completed. The honorspren also detained Kalak, with Sekeir taking his place to oversee the final day of the court proceedings.[106][citation needed]

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again[edit]

At some point prior to 1175, the Ghostbloods began to set up trade routes in Shadesmar, including in the Sea of Lost Lights. Their intention was to set up a powerful trade empire with Stormlight and Investiture being their main commodity. They wished to find Urithiru before the Radiants so that they could seize control of the Oathgates and have power over the ability to travel between the Physical and Cognitive Realms, as this would allow them to dominate the market due to their ability to easily move their good back and forth between realms.[82]

Politics[edit]

Worldhoppers are common enough in Shadesmar that the true spren are aware of other planets, their inhabitants,[27] and will trade for their wares.[13]

Interspren Politics[edit]

Prior to the Recreance, the spren created written treaties between their nations, some of which have survived.[84]

The different varieties of spren do not often mingle with each other. In mixed spren cities, each spren type will often only congregate with their own brethren unless they require a service rendered[13]

Very few, if any, other types of spren think positively about honorspren or enjoy being in their company. This is in part due to their attempts to conquer Shadesmar in the past.[85][50][13] In turn, honorspren are not friendly towards most other types of spren; they have a negative political relationship with Cryptics,[12] dislike the highspren,[70] and hate the inkspren, whom they may have previously warred with.[86][85] Despite these negative relationships, the honorspren still accept spren emissaries from their adversaries,[94] though this has not improved relations between the spren nations.[70] At one point, mistpren were highly regarded by the honorspren.[37]

Cryptics have a feared reputation in Shadesmar,[12] however, rarely venture outside of their city.[32] They are not well liked by other spren.[32] Cultivationspren are not very important politically,[15] however, those who rebond humans are considered quite highly by others in the Cognitive Realm.[64] Inkspren are not commonly found around Shadesmar as the group tend to keep to themselves.[107]

Spren-Human Politics[edit]

Humans and spren have a strained relationship due to the Recreance, which had a profound effect on spren societies, with many true spren being partially[85][70] or almost completely wiped out.[70] The spren hold deep resentment for humans and while humans have gained back the trust of some groups through reforged Nahel bonds, many of the spren are still suspicious or outright hostile towards them.[13][citation needed] Many true spren blame humans for the deaths of their friends and family during the Recreance,[108][citation needed] as they are unaware that these spren were willing participants at the time. Despite the tension between the two races, humans have never been known to attack spren or harm them.[105][citation needed]

The Radiants of Urithiru have attempted to open a diplomatic relationship with some of the more hostile spren, including the honorspren.[108] While the Radiants do wish for the help of the honorspren, this is also a political maneuver as it is believe that gaining the honorspren’s trust will make the other spren orders more willing to rebond and fight Odium.[citation needed]

Following Adolin’s trial at the hands of the honorspren, and Maya’s confession about spren participation in the Recreance, the relationship between humans and spren may start to improve and be mended.[citation needed][citation needed]

Ha!” she said. “You have been tricked, god! I am Hualinam’lunanaki’akilu, the daughter of Numuhukumakiaki’aialunamor, the Fal’ala’liki’nor, he who drew the Bow of Hours at the dawn of the new millennium, heralding the years of change! If you were to kill me, you would be violating the ancient pact of the Seven Peaks, and so must now forfeit the battle!”

	Nikli blinked in what seemed like a very human show of utter confusion. “I . . . have no idea what any of that means,” he said.
	“. . . You don’t?” Cord asked.
	“No.”
	“Excuse me.” She hurried over to Rysn, each footstep clanking on the stone. She knelt. “Are you well?”
	“Well as I can be,” Rysn said. “Cord . . . I think they’re going to kill everyone to keep their secret.”
	“They don’t seem to know about the ancient treaties,” Cord whispered. “And in truth, those treaties were made with other gods. I had hoped the Gods Who Sleep Not would be similarly bound, but now I am not certain.” She looked down. Dawnshard 18

Odium’s Forces[edit]

Odium’s forces control different sections of Shadesmar, including Cultivation’s Perpendicularity,[13] an area near Thaylen City,[13] and the city of Celebrant,[13] and plan to build their own empire within the Cogntive Realm. Since their arrival in Shadesmar, the Voidspren have spread their influence across the realm.[16] Shany-im are occasionally seen by travelers, flying around Shadesmar,[32] and will conduct inspections on cities that they have captured.[13]

There is a level of hostility between the honorspren and the Fused.[13] The honorspren appear to be a big contender against the Fused in terms of controlling land in the southern portion of the Sea of Souls, with any areas not controlled by either being dubbed as "free lands."[107] Despite this antagonistic relationship, some honorspren are considering siding with the Fused and Odium’s forces, as the highspren have already done. This would likely have a domino effect on the other spren types, and pave the way for many spren to join the enemy.[70]

Ghostbloods[edit]

The Ghostbloods are planning to commercialize Stormlight and create a monopoly, due to it’s easy transportability to an off world market, by utilizing Shadesmar. A trade path has been established through the Sea of Lost Lights.[82] With the main currency in Shadesmar is Stormlight, this would likely have a profound and wide reaching effect on the Realm and would give the Ghostbloods and Thaidakar, a large amount of power in Shadesmar.

Culture and Society[edit]

True Spren Societies[edit]

True spren live in a number of cities and other settlements in Shadesmar. Some of these cities are inhabited and ruled by a single type of spren,[12][13][14], however, not all Radiant spren their own kingdom,[15] and some settlements are a conglomeration of different spren types.[13][citation needed] Cryptics are known to rule one of the greater cities in Shadesmar,[12] and the honorspren have control of multiple locations.[13][14] Cultivationspren, however, rule no cities in the realm.[15] However, the true spren types are not homogenous, and different nationalities and subgroups being found in the regions of Shadesmar.[21]

The longstanding presence of one type of spren in a given area, can affect the fundamental forces in that section of Shadesmar, and although this may mimic Surgebinding, these environmental changes are caused by another mechanism.[94] Some spren choose to build their cities in particular parts of Shadesmar for specific reasons, that may be related to these realmatic changes, however, this is rare and the different spren types mostly choose areas where they can assert political control over the area.[109] The honorspren capital, however, is one such place where the environment has been altered and the spren of this keep have utilized and integrated these changes into their lifestyles.[94] Most, if not all, spren cities utilize manifested objects to create their buildings.[13]

The lack of water in Shadesmar, leads the spren to keep stores of sand in their cities in the case of fires.[13] They also rarely use obsidian chunks as a building material because of this difficulty, although they occasionally create weapons using the resource.[37][32]

Like many of the Physical Realm Rosharan societies, the true spren disapprove of fortune telling and claims of predicting the future. Any who practice this discipline are shunned in spren society and forced to the outskirts and remote locations of the realm if they wish to practice their trade.[35]

There is an spren festivity known as the Feast of Light.[99]

Deadeyes[edit]

Deadeyes are spren who have been "killed" though the breaking of the Nahel bond. They did not exist prior to the Recreance, and most deadeyes can trace their "deaths" back to when they agreed to break their bond with their Knights Radiant. Deadeyes still maintain the same general appearance they took prior to dying, however, appear raggedy and their eyes are scratched out.[52]

Although deadeyes physically live in Shadesmar, like with Radiant bonded spren, they can be pulled completely into the Physical Realm in the form of a Shardblade. Because Shardblades are their physical form, deadeyes are unable to be summoned as a blade in Shadesmar. They will, however, still respond if someone tries to summon them in the Cognitive Realm, stretching in an unnatural way towards the summoner.[42] This causes them distress and pain.[42][84] As Shardplate is also the physical manifestation of spren in the Physical Realm,[citation needed] it can also not be physically taken into Shadesmar.[37][21]

Deadeyes are often placid, and unphased by what goes on around them.[42][citation needed] However, that does not mean they are able to feel stronger emotion or become dangerous if provoked,[34] though this is rare.[citation needed] Deadeyes can be found wandering aimlessly around Shadesmar and are known to wander off without care for their surroundings.[99] This has led to some spren imprisoning deadeyes to prevent them from disappearing on their own,[99] though this does not prevent them from being summoned as a Blade.[70]

The honorspren of Lasting Integrity often find lost deadeyes in the barrens or the shallows of the ocean nearby their keep, and will bring them back to Lasting Integrity to take care of them.[70] The honorspren take their duty seriously and the deadeyes are treated well in their care. Although, despite their good intentions, the honorspren do have a habit of being dismissive of deadeyes.[113][107] Spren clothing that is created from a being essence can be changed by the given individual, however, Stormlight is required.[13]

Honorspren in particular have a propensity towards military dress,[105] although some in the younger generation tend towards flowing garments instead.[citation needed]

Languages[edit]

Like humans, spren speak a multitude of different languages and the ability to speak multiple languages, spren or human, varies between individuals.{book ref|sa2|60}}[13] These languages must be learned and are not inherently known.[32] Most spren are able to speak human languages.[37]

There appears to be some languages that are specific for different types of spren.[16][citation needed] Not all languages are spoken, with some spren, such as Reachers, known to communicate using vibrations passed through metal plates.[50]

Religion[edit]

Mythology[edit]

Following the Recreance and the disappearance of the Knights Radiant and the locking of the Oathgates, knowledge of Shadesmar disappeared from the general population, and the realm faded into myths and legends, eventually becoming known as the mythical kingdom of the spren.[29] This fictionalization of the realm was further fueled by the Vorin Church during the Hierocracy, who tampered and altered a great number of texts to remove or change information about Shadesmar, in their effort to expunge knowledge of the Recreance and Knights Radiant from historical record.[12] Older texts on Roshar still contain mentions of the Cognitive Realm, including in literature and children’s books,[114][29] while folklore makes reference to those with backwards shadows, like one would have in Shadesmar, being cursed.[29]

Shadesmar is still believed to be real by at least some inhabitants of Roshar, prior to its "re-discovery" in 1174. Jasnah Kholin has written about the realm in some of her earlier scholarly works,[12] and at least some in the ardentia are aware that Shadesmar is a real place.[114]

Magic[edit]

Some species and people have a more natural ability to view the Cognitive Realm. Singers can commonly see some level of Shadesmar,[115] which usually equates to seeing the entirety of a spren’s physical appearance,Template:Cute while humans rarely can see the other realm naturally.[116] Some Horneaters also have the ability to see spren that are invisible to others,[citation needed] though it is unclear if this is related to their singer ancestry, or their interactions with Cultivation’s Perpendicularity. Cultivation has the power to permanently move someone more into the Cognitive than they normally would be, which can allow them to physical touch spren that are not physically manifested in the Physical.[117]

Surgebinding[edit]

All Radiants have an attachment to Shadesmar, by virtue of the Nahel bond,[89] and on occasion, they can see a glimpse of the realm.[citation needed][25] Some Orders however, have greater access due to being able to access the Surges of Transformation and Transportation.[89][53][49] Due to this higher affinity, it is particuarly dangerous for Elsecallers, Lightweavers, and Willshapers to visit Shadesmar without sufficient Stormlight as it risks their minds or physical beings becoming trapped in the Cognitive Realm.[49][citation needed] All three orders are capable of mentally peeking into Shadesmar,[89][53][49] although there is a level of talent involved in this process.[86] This ability is a "quiet" type of Investiture and will not draw the attention of secretspren.[25]

During times where the realms are closer, or combined, it is easier to access Shadesmar and for some can create an almost overlay effect. Soulcasting also becomes much easier to perform.[104] When in Shadesmar, Soulcasting can be performed on any physical material that is in the Cognitive Realm, however, if performed on the beads then only the object in the Physical Realm would change. Items that fully exists in Shadesmar, however, can be changed into other substances as would normally occur.[46][citation needed] Soulcasting items that are in the Cognitive Realm already is easier than changing the souls of the beads.[106]

Elsecalling to Shadesmar requires a large amount of Stormlight, and is harder when moving from the Cognitive to the Physical, than the other way around.[89][90] Although it is possible to leave the Cognitive from any point,[citation needed] those who are less experience with using Transportation, require a transfer point, where the Physical and Cognitive Realms are closer together, to be able to make the journey.[89]

Development[edit]

Shadesmar was loosely inspired by a painting by Michael Whelan that Brandon saw as a teeneager, and largely developed off Brandon’s interest in creating a place that was a reflection of the real world, but also different. The crystalline nature of Shadesmar was part of this interest.[118] The bead ocean wasn’t inspired by anything in particular and grew out of the general worldbuilding for The Stormlight Archive.[119]

Trivia[edit]

Ingesting the beads and then moving to the Physical Realm would not be good for a person.[43]

  • Expanse of Vibrance: This expanse's name was hidden behind the map's title.[120] Believed to be Nalthis
  • An uncanonical scene from Words of Radiance was released in 2014 about Jasnah transitioning to Shadesmar from the Wind’s Pleasure when it was attacked.[121] It was excluded from the book so as to not lessen the reveal that Jasnah survived the attack in the epilogue.[122]
  • This may shift to being ‘Cognitive Realm’ as Brandon reaches Era 4 so that a more scientific term is being used.[123]
  • There is a specific reason that the Rosharan subastral is full of spheres.[124]
  • The idea of Shadesmar can be tied back to Brandon’s love of Tel’aran’rhiod from the Wheel of Time and some ideas from ancient Green philosophy.[125]





Shadesmar as a name and word in the cosmere

  • Shadesmar is a colloquial Rosharan specific term annd specifically refers to the Rosharan subastral,[126] however, when translation occurs between in world languages, the term Shadesmar is used broadly, even if another language would refer to the realm by a different name.[127][123] The Rosharan word Shadesmar, (opposed to a translation that results in the word) is used by Silverlight as the cosmere standard to refer to the Cognitive - DELETERealmhttps://wob.coppermind.net/events/221-words-of-radiance-omaha-signing/#e7199

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Quotes {/{quote | ... a place with a black sky and a strange, small white sun that hung on the horizon ... Flames hovered nearby ... Like the tips of candles floating in the air and moving with the wind ... An endless dark sea, except it wasn't wet. It was made of the small beads, an entire ocean of tiny glass spheres | Shallan Davar[2] }}

{/{quote | She stepped up beside the bead statue, noting for the first time the strange clouds overhead. They seemed to form a narrow ribbon of highway, straight and long, pointing toward the horizon. | Jasnah Kholin's first visit to Shadesmar[3] }}

something tugged on her leg, pulling her down. She screamed, slipping beneath the surface, tiny beads of glass filling her mouth. wok 70

OB “All Radiants have an attachment to Shadesmar,” Jasnah said. “Our spren originate there, and our bond ties us to them. OB 33

“We must search Shadesmar,” Ivory said. “In this world, men can hide easily—but their souls shine out to us on the other side.” OB 47

Hovering in the air were two enormous spren—they looked like stretched-out versions of people, and stood some thirty feet tall, like sentinels. 87

Another spren stood beside her, with ashen brown features that seemed to be made of tight cords, the thickness of hair. She wore ragged clothing, and her eyes had been scratched out, like a canvas that someone had taken a knife to. 87

Azure looked up at the sky. “Damnation,” she said softly. “I hate this place.” OB 87

"Yet here he was, kneeling on a white marble platform with a black sky overhead, a cold sun—if it could even be called that—hanging at the end of a roadway of clouds. An ocean of shifting glass beads, clattering against one another. Tens of thousands of flames, like the tips of oil lamps, hovering above that ocean. And the spren. Terrible, awful spren swarmed in the ocean of beads, bearing a multitude of nightmare forms. They twisted and writhed, howling with inhuman voices. He didn’t recognize any of the varieties. “I’m dead,” Adolin whispered. “We’re dead, and this is Damnation.” " OB 89

Terrible, awful spren swarmed in the ocean of beads, bearing a multitude of nightmare forms. They twisted and writhed, howling with inhuman voices. 89

Her eyes … they weren’t empty sockets. Instead she was like a portrait where the eyes had been scraped off. 89

“Everybody,” she said, “those flames are the souls of people, while these spheres represent the souls of objects. Yes, there are huge philosophical implications in that. Let’s try to ignore them, shall we? When you touch a bead, you should be able to sense what it represents.” OB 89

“Isn’t this your land? Where you come from? I figured you’d … I don’t know … be more mortal here.” OB 91

When Adolin woke up, he was still in the nightmare. OB 93

I used a portal between realms. Cultivation’s Perpendicularity, they call it. On your side, it’s in the Horneater Peaks.” 93

“There’s supposedly another perpendicularity,” Azure said. “It’s unpredictable and dangerous, and appears randomly in different places. My guides warned against trying to hunt it.” 93

This felt different. He rode in a shimmering, rippling surge of colors. Around him, the clouds streamed past at incredible speed, coming alight with those colors. Pulsing with them, as if to a beat. 97

“Celebrant is a prominent city. In it, we could find passage wherever we wish to go. 97

“At Celebrant, the moneychangers have perfect gemstones that can hold the light indefinitely. Similar.” “Perfect gemstones? Like, the Stone of Ten Dawns?” “I don’t know of this thing. Light in a perfect stone doesn’t run out, so you can give Stormlight to the moneychangers. They use devices to transfer it from smaller gemstones to their perfect ones. Then they give you credit to spend in the city.” 99

“I’m certain,” Ico said firmly. “The region around Cultivation’s Perpendicularity has gained a poor reputation of late. Too many ships vanishing.” 101

Reaching this city marked a welcome step forward, toward finally getting out of this place and reaching Dalinar. Unfortunately, a brand-new city full of unknown threats didn’t encourage him to relax. 102

“They seem to wear whatever,” Adolin said, pointing. “That’s an Alethi officer’s coat over an Azish scribe’s vest. Tashikki wrap worn with trousers, and there’s almost a full Thaylen tlmko, but they’re missing the boots.” 102

Even in comparison to the improvised market of Urithiru, this seemed … ephemeral to Kaladin. But there were no stormwinds to worry about here, so it probably made sense. 102

“You like?” the shopkeeper asked. She was made of vines—her face formed as if from green string—and wore a havah with a crystal safehand exposed. “Only a thousand broams of Stormlight.” 102

Oh! She says she would rather trade with honorspren than take another trip to the perpendicularity. I think this is an insult. Ha ha ha. Mmm…”102

“Sure!” he called down. “Always interesting to have humans aboard. Just don’t eat my pet chicken. Ha! But negotiations will have to wait. We’ve got an inspection soon. Come back in a half hour.” 102

“Oh, glorious day. Glorious! We have waited so long for the honor of men to return!” He stood up and gestured. “Go, please! Get on a ship. I will stall, yes I will, if that one comes back. Oh, but go quickly !”102

RoW

Dalinar’s powers were related to the composition of Stormlight, the three realms, and—ultimately—the very nature of deity. There were secrets here to unlock.[4]

I saw a map, Ialai had written, in the things of the Ghostblood we captured—and should have thought to copy it, for it was lost in the fire. 13 Veil saw the pieces of something grand in Mraize’s moves: find the Oathgates, attempt to secure unfettered—perhaps exclusive—access to Shadesmar. Along the way, try to remove rivals, like Jasnah. Then recruit a Radiant who could look into Shadesmar. Finally, attack other factions who were trying to discover the secrets. 13 Portable, easily contained, renewable. You hold the energy of a storm in your hand, Veil. That raw energy, plucked from the heart of the raging tempest. It is tamed—not only a safe source of light, but of power that those with . . . particular interests and abilities can access.” 13 Suffice it to say they are places in Shadesmar where our Stormlight—so easily captured and transported—would be a valuable commodity.” 13

Roshar has something that so many other peoples in the cosmere want: free, portable, easy-to-access power.” 13
“This gemstone cannot go where it is needed. A more perfect gemstone could contain the Light long enough to go offworld, but there is still the Connection problem. This little flaw has caused untold trouble. And the one who unlocks the secret would have untold power. Literal power, Radiant. The power to change worlds . . .”13

“Iyatil has reported to Master Thaidakar,” Mraize said, “and he has accepted—after some initial anger—that we will not be able to control the Oathgates. 13 “We have no interest in seeing the enemy rule this world, Shallan. Master Thaidakar wishes only to secure a method for gathering and transporting Stormlight.13 He had Voidlight before the Everstorm—he carried it from Braize, the place you call Damnation. He was testing the movement of Light between worlds. And one close to him might have answers. 13 When we pressed it, the spren closed its eyes pointedly. It seems to be working with the enemy deliberately, 19 “The honorspren can be a . . . touchy group,” Sigzil explained. “Many are not as carefree as our initial interactions with them led us to believe. 19

“The realm you traverse will be alien and at times hostile. Do not forget that it once held allies, and their fortresses welcomed men with open arms. Your task is to rekindle those ancient alliances, as we have re-formed [JASB7] the ancient bond between nations. Know that you take with you my utmost confidence.” 21

The sky was black as midnight, only without stars. The sun seemed too distant, too frail, to properly light the place, though he wasn’t in darkness. He could easily see the small platform around them, which was the size of the control room. The sunlight illuminated the landscape, but strangely didn’t light the sky. 22

“It is done as the Stormfather requires,” the marble one replied, voice booming. “Our parent, the Sibling, has died. We will obey him instead.” 22

Adolin turned around, gazing up at the shimmering mountain of light and colors. The mother-of-pearl radiance didn’t exactly mimic the shape of the tower, but had a more crystalline feel to it. Except it wasn’t physical, but light. Radiant, resplendent, and brilliant. 22

It seemed as if someone had taken a knife to her face, except she hadn’t bled or been scarred by the cuts. She’d been erased. Ripped apart. Removed from existence. When she looked at Adolin, she seemed like a painting that had been vandalized. 22

Space wasn’t a one-to-one correlation in Shadesmar. Things seemed more compressed here, specifically in the vertical dimension. Isasik the mapmaker thought the place was incredible for reasons Adolin hadn’t been able to grasp, despite having it explained to him three times. 22

All things in Roshar manifested in Shadesmar. Most objects became beads, while living people and animals became little flames of light like the ones he’d seen above. 22

he was left with only the endless view of the ocean. It bent his mind to think about those beads. The souls of all the objects that made up the physical world. Churning and mixing together, forming waves and surging tides, each composed of small beads no wider than his index finger. 22

Spren should be alien, should have their own ways of thinking and talking. 24

Spren didn’t quarry stone or spin threads; they took the souls of objects from the physical world, then “manifested” them. 26

She’d been blinded without going blind, killed without dying. The ways of spren were strange.29

“We are spren. We are eternal. Our deaths do not merely ‘wear off.’ ”

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“Traders from another land perhaps?” Archinal said. The short cultivationspren wrung her hands. “Oh, it does happen, and more and more these days. People come in caravans seeking to trade. 30

“So it is you,” Notum said to Adolin. “You did not learn from your last excursion into this land? You had to return?” 30

“To many there, you are a criminal. Your entire race is one of criminals. It isn’t about the Ancient Daughter so much as it is about what you did to us.” 30

“We are left,” Notum said, “to wander Shadesmar as dead souls, unable to think or talk. Our bodies are used, screaming, as weapons by the descendants of the ones who killed us. 30

She leaned forward to warm her gnarled hands—out of habit most likely, as this manifested fire gave very little heat. It could be packed up and carried in your pocket. All you had to do was grab the bead. It was more like a painting of a fire that flickered and crackled like the real thing. 34

The constant sound of clacking beads became a quiet hum as they moved farther from the shore, and Shallan stirred again. The landscape here was so interesting. 34

The view up here was breathtaking. The endless sea of beads reflected distant sunlight from a million different spheres. They caught the light, and for a moment she thought the entire ocean had caught fire. 34 This is our realm. Our sovereign land. So you will leave as ordered. Humans never respect that, never accept that spren can own anything. We are possessions to you.” 36 Your . . . situation is unique. Why, seeing into the Cognitive Realm—even a little—is an uncommon feature in a human! Interlude 5 “Yes, we need to get to the storm there. The newer one in the south? Where I entered that gemstone . . . You have no idea what I’m talking about. Delightful. Right, then. Get ready, we’ve got a lot of work to do. . . 57 (ulim)

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Vaiu said. “They should all be wandering the oceans, not congregating here. What provoked this behavior?”75

“You and the others,” Pattern said, “refer to Shadesmar as the world of the spren, and the Physical Realm as ‘your’ world. Or the ‘real’ world. That is not true. We are not two worlds, but one. And we are not two peoples, but one. Humans. Spren. Two halves. Neither complete. 75

“Don’t we?” Blended asked. “For centuries, my kind told ourselves an easy lie, yes. That humans had been selfish. That humans had murdered. But easy answers often are, so we can be excused.

“This truth, though, means a greater problem is. Thousands of spren chose death instead of letting the Radiants continue. Does this not worry you more? They truly believed that—as humans claimed at the time—Surgebinding would destroy the world. That the solution was to end the orders of Radiants. Suddenly, at the cost of many lives.” 94

  1. [[wob: 7199} of the Rosharan subastral[126] and also the Rosharan translation of ‘Cognitive Realm’[128] Although other worlds have their own words for ‘Cognitive Realm’, when these get magically translated to another language, it results in the name ‘Shadesmar’, even if not in reference to the Rosharan subastral.[123] Shadesmar, as coined and used by Rosharans, is also used in Silverlight as the cosmere standard.[123] The word Shadesmar is sometimes used in non-Rosharan contexts when referring to this realm,[126][127] however, is not currently used as a blanket term throughout the Cosmere books.

    Notes[edit]

    1. Barnes and Noble Book Club Q&A
      Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
    2. Rhythm of War Preview Q&As
      Arcanum - 2020-10-07#
    3. General Twitter 2016
      Arcanum - 2016-11-28#
    4. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    5. Map of Shadesmar
    6. a b c Orem signing 2014
      Arcanum - 2014-12-06#
    7. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
    8. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    9. FanX Spring 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-04-19#
    10. a b Prague Signing
      Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
    11. Stuttgart signing
      Arcanum - 2019-05-17#
    12. a b c d e f g h i Words of Radiance chapter 3 #
    13. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Oathbringer chapter 102 #
    14. a b c Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sa3108
    15. a b c d e Edgedancer chapter 2 #
    16. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 108 #
    17. a b c d e f g h i j Rhythm of War chapter 75 #
    18. a b c d e f g h i j k l Words of Radiance chapter 7 #
    19. a b c d e Words of Radiance chapter 1 #
    20. a b c Rhythm of War interlude I-2 #
    21. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Rhythm of War chapter 22 #
    22. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    23. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-14#
    24. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 95 #
    25. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 45 #
    26. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 91 #
    27. a b Rhythm of War chapter 24 #
    28. JordanCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-04-21#
    29. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Words of Radiance prologue #
    30. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 116 #
    31. a b The Way of Kings chapter 48 #
    32. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rhythm of War chapter 26 #
    33. Rhythm of War chapter 34 #
    34. a b c Oathbringer chapter 117 #
    35. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 97 #
    36. a b c d e f g h i Oathbringer chapter 110 #
    37. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 21 #
    38. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-22#
    39. a b Map of Sea of Lost Lights
    40. Minicon 2015
      Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
    41. Oathbringer Portland signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-16#
    42. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Oathbringer chapter 89 #
    43. a b Skyward Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
    44. General Reddit 2020
      Arcanum - 2020-07-31#
    45. Words of Radiance Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-22#
    46. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 93 #
    47. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    48. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    49. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 70 #
    50. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 99 #
    51. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: s4
    52. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 87 #
    53. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 11 #
    54. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-27#
    55. Words of Radiance chapter 32 epigraph#
    56. a b c d Words of Radiance interlude I-9 #
    57. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-11#
    58. Shadows of Self release party
      Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
    59. Rhythm of War chapter 44 #
    60. Rhythm of War chapter 35 #
    61. The Way of Kings chapter 11 #
    62. Rhythm of War chapter 67 #
    63. Rhythm of War chapter 60 #
    64. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 19 #
    65. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 9 #
    66. Rhythm of War chapter 39 #
    67. Rhythm of War chapter 51 #
    68. Rhythm of War #
    69. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]
      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|Rhythm of War chapter 36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|#]]

    70. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 87 #
    71. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 119 #
    72. Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    73. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    74. Rhythm of War chapter 47 #
    75. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 3 #
    76. Oathbringer chapter 5 epigraph#
    77. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 6 #
    78. Rhythm of War chapter 5 #
    79. a b Oathbringer chapter 64 #
    80. Rhythm of War chapter 101 #
    81. a b Words of Radiance chapter 46 #
    82. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 13 #
    83. Words of Radiance chapter 53 epigraph#
    84. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 94 #
    85. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 47 #
    86. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 20 #
    87. The Way of Kings chapter 29 #
    88. The Way of Kings chapter 42 #
    89. a b c d e f Oathbringer chapter 33 #
    90. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    91. a b c Words of Radiance epilogue #
    92. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sar
    93. Rhythm of War chapter 99 #
    94. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 78 #
    95. Rhythm of War chapter 86 #
    96. Rhythm of War chapter 89 #
    97. Rhythm of War chapter 57 #
    98. a b Rhythm of War chapter 73 #
    99. a b c d e f g h Oathbringer chapter 101 #
    100. Map of Alethkar
    101. Oathbringer chapter 112 #
    102. Oathbringer chapter 115 #
    103. Oathbringer chapter 118 #
    104. a b Oathbringer chapter 120 #
    105. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 36 #
    106. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 93 #
    107. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 29 #
    108. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 30 #
    109. DragonCon 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-08-29#
    110. Emerald City Comic Con 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-03-01#
    111. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32] The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82] “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.” “Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.” “Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?” “People in spren world,” Cord said. Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin. “He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.” Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|Rhythm of War chapter 26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|#]]

    112. Edgedancer chapter 1 #
    113. a b The Way of Kings interlude I-8 #
    114. Rhythm of War chapter 48 #
    115. Rhythm of War interlude I-5 #
    116. Edgedancer chapter 4 #
    117. Starsight Release Party
      Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
    118. YouTube Livestream 1
      Arcanum - 2020-01-11#
    119. Rithmatist Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2013-05-17#
    120. Manchester signing
      Arcanum - 2014-08-06#
    121. Lucca Comics and Games Festival
      Arcanum - 2016-10-28#
    122. a b c d MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    123. Arcanum Unbounded San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2016-11-30#
    124. Idaho Falls signing
      Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
    125. a b c Words of Radiance San Diego signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
    126. a b Words of Radiance Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-13#
    127. Steelheart Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2013-10-05#

    {/{partial|Arcanum entry 7199} of the Rosharan subastral[126] and also the Rosharan translation of ‘Cognitive Realm’[128] Although other worlds have their own words for ‘Cognitive Realm’, when these get magically translated to another language, it results in the name ‘Shadesmar’, even if not in reference to the Rosharan subastral.[123] Shadesmar, as coined and used by Rosharans, is also used in Silverlight as the cosmere standard.[123]

    The word Shadesmar is sometimes used in non-Rosharan contexts when referring to this realm,[126][127] however, is not currently used as a blanket term throughout the Cosmere books.

    Notes[edit]

    1. Barnes and Noble Book Club Q&A
      Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
    2. Rhythm of War Preview Q&As
      Arcanum - 2020-10-07#
    3. General Twitter 2016
      Arcanum - 2016-11-28#
    4. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    5. Map of Shadesmar
    6. a b c Orem signing 2014
      Arcanum - 2014-12-06#
    7. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
    8. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    9. FanX Spring 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-04-19#
    10. a b Prague Signing
      Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
    11. Stuttgart signing
      Arcanum - 2019-05-17#
    12. a b c d e f g h i Words of Radiance chapter 3 #
    13. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Oathbringer chapter 102 #
    14. a b c Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sa3108
    15. a b c d e Edgedancer chapter 2 #
    16. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 108 #
    17. a b c d e f g h i j Rhythm of War chapter 75 #
    18. a b c d e f g h i j k l Words of Radiance chapter 7 #
    19. a b c d e Words of Radiance chapter 1 #
    20. a b c Rhythm of War interlude I-2 #
    21. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Rhythm of War chapter 22 #
    22. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    23. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-14#
    24. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 95 #
    25. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 45 #
    26. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 91 #
    27. a b Rhythm of War chapter 24 #
    28. JordanCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-04-21#
    29. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Words of Radiance prologue #
    30. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 116 #
    31. a b The Way of Kings chapter 48 #
    32. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rhythm of War chapter 26 #
    33. Rhythm of War chapter 34 #
    34. a b c Oathbringer chapter 117 #
    35. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 97 #
    36. a b c d e f g h i Oathbringer chapter 110 #
    37. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 21 #
    38. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-22#
    39. a b Map of Sea of Lost Lights
    40. Minicon 2015
      Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
    41. Oathbringer Portland signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-16#
    42. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Oathbringer chapter 89 #
    43. a b Skyward Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
    44. General Reddit 2020
      Arcanum - 2020-07-31#
    45. Words of Radiance Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-22#
    46. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 93 #
    47. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    48. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    49. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 70 #
    50. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 99 #
    51. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: s4
    52. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 87 #
    53. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 11 #
    54. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-27#
    55. Words of Radiance chapter 32 epigraph#
    56. a b c d Words of Radiance interlude I-9 #
    57. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-11#
    58. Shadows of Self release party
      Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
    59. Rhythm of War chapter 44 #
    60. Rhythm of War chapter 35 #
    61. The Way of Kings chapter 11 #
    62. Rhythm of War chapter 67 #
    63. Rhythm of War chapter 60 #
    64. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 19 #
    65. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 9 #
    66. Rhythm of War chapter 39 #
    67. Rhythm of War chapter 51 #
    68. Rhythm of War #
    69. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]
      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|Rhythm of War chapter 36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|#]]

    70. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 87 #
    71. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 119 #
    72. Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    73. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    74. Rhythm of War chapter 47 #
    75. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 3 #
    76. Oathbringer chapter 5 epigraph#
    77. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 6 #
    78. Rhythm of War chapter 5 #
    79. a b Oathbringer chapter 64 #
    80. Rhythm of War chapter 101 #
    81. a b Words of Radiance chapter 46 #
    82. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 13 #
    83. Words of Radiance chapter 53 epigraph#
    84. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 94 #
    85. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 47 #
    86. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 20 #
    87. The Way of Kings chapter 29 #
    88. The Way of Kings chapter 42 #
    89. a b c d e f Oathbringer chapter 33 #
    90. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    91. a b c Words of Radiance epilogue #
    92. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sar
    93. Rhythm of War chapter 99 #
    94. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 78 #
    95. Rhythm of War chapter 86 #
    96. Rhythm of War chapter 89 #
    97. Rhythm of War chapter 57 #
    98. a b Rhythm of War chapter 73 #
    99. a b c d e f g h Oathbringer chapter 101 #
    100. Map of Alethkar
    101. Oathbringer chapter 112 #
    102. Oathbringer chapter 115 #
    103. Oathbringer chapter 118 #
    104. a b Oathbringer chapter 120 #
    105. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 36 #
    106. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 93 #
    107. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 29 #
    108. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 30 #
    109. DragonCon 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-08-29#
    110. Emerald City Comic Con 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-03-01#
    111. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32] The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82] “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.” “Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.” “Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?” “People in spren world,” Cord said. Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin. “He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.” Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|Rhythm of War chapter 26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|#]]

    112. Edgedancer chapter 1 #
    113. a b The Way of Kings interlude I-8 #
    114. Rhythm of War chapter 48 #
    115. Rhythm of War interlude I-5 #
    116. Edgedancer chapter 4 #
    117. Starsight Release Party
      Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
    118. YouTube Livestream 1
      Arcanum - 2020-01-11#
    119. Rithmatist Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2013-05-17#
    120. Manchester signing
      Arcanum - 2014-08-06#
    121. Lucca Comics and Games Festival
      Arcanum - 2016-10-28#
    122. a b c d MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    123. Arcanum Unbounded San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2016-11-30#
    124. Idaho Falls signing
      Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
    125. a b c Words of Radiance San Diego signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
    126. a b Words of Radiance Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-13#
    127. Steelheart Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2013-10-05#

    {/{partial]]
    Error: [[Cite: Arcanum-7199} of the Rosharan subastral[126] and also the Rosharan translation of ‘Cognitive Realm’[128] Although other worlds have their own words for ‘Cognitive Realm’, when these get magically translated to another language, it results in the name ‘Shadesmar’, even if not in reference to the Rosharan subastral.[123] Shadesmar, as coined and used by Rosharans, is also used in Silverlight as the cosmere standard.[123]

    The word Shadesmar is sometimes used in non-Rosharan contexts when referring to this realm,[126][127] however, is not currently used as a blanket term throughout the Cosmere books.

    Notes[edit]

    1. Barnes and Noble Book Club Q&A
      Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
    2. Rhythm of War Preview Q&As
      Arcanum - 2020-10-07#
    3. General Twitter 2016
      Arcanum - 2016-11-28#
    4. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    5. Map of Shadesmar
    6. a b c Orem signing 2014
      Arcanum - 2014-12-06#
    7. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
    8. Oathbringer San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
    9. FanX Spring 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-04-19#
    10. a b Prague Signing
      Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
    11. Stuttgart signing
      Arcanum - 2019-05-17#
    12. a b c d e f g h i Words of Radiance chapter 3 #
    13. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Oathbringer chapter 102 #
    14. a b c Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sa3108
    15. a b c d e Edgedancer chapter 2 #
    16. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 108 #
    17. a b c d e f g h i j Rhythm of War chapter 75 #
    18. a b c d e f g h i j k l Words of Radiance chapter 7 #
    19. a b c d e Words of Radiance chapter 1 #
    20. a b c Rhythm of War interlude I-2 #
    21. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Rhythm of War chapter 22 #
    22. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    23. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-14#
    24. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 95 #
    25. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 45 #
    26. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 91 #
    27. a b Rhythm of War chapter 24 #
    28. JordanCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-04-21#
    29. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Words of Radiance prologue #
    30. a b c d e f g h i j Oathbringer chapter 116 #
    31. a b The Way of Kings chapter 48 #
    32. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rhythm of War chapter 26 #
    33. Rhythm of War chapter 34 #
    34. a b c Oathbringer chapter 117 #
    35. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 97 #
    36. a b c d e f g h i Oathbringer chapter 110 #
    37. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 21 #
    38. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-22#
    39. a b Map of Sea of Lost Lights
    40. Minicon 2015
      Arcanum - 2015-04-02#
    41. Oathbringer Portland signing
      Arcanum - 2017-11-16#
    42. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Oathbringer chapter 89 #
    43. a b Skyward Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
    44. General Reddit 2020
      Arcanum - 2020-07-31#
    45. Words of Radiance Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-22#
    46. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oathbringer chapter 93 #
    47. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    48. MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    49. a b c d e f The Way of Kings chapter 70 #
    50. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Oathbringer chapter 99 #
    51. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: s4
    52. a b c d e Oathbringer chapter 87 #
    53. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 11 #
    54. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
      Arcanum - 2018-10-27#
    55. Words of Radiance chapter 32 epigraph#
    56. a b c d Words of Radiance interlude I-9 #
    57. /r/Stormlight_Archive
      Arcanum - 2013-03-11#
    58. Shadows of Self release party
      Arcanum - 2015-10-05#
    59. Rhythm of War chapter 44 #
    60. Rhythm of War chapter 35 #
    61. The Way of Kings chapter 11 #
    62. Rhythm of War chapter 67 #
    63. Rhythm of War chapter 60 #
    64. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 19 #
    65. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 9 #
    66. Rhythm of War chapter 39 #
    67. Rhythm of War chapter 51 #
    68. Rhythm of War #
    69. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]
      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|Rhythm of War chapter 36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_36} Spren that are inhabiting a creature, can also be seen separate to the creature’s soul flame if viewed in Shadesmar.[63]

      Spren as Fabrials[edit]

      Sapient spren that have transitioned themselves to the Physical Realm, including corrupted spren,[64] to become fabrials[65][68] Different Unmade may have varying levels of control over which plane they exist in at any given time, and how much they can move around the different realms.[20][42]{/something from Kholinar|#]]

    70. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 87 #
    71. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 119 #
    72. Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    73. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
    74. Rhythm of War chapter 47 #
    75. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 3 #
    76. Oathbringer chapter 5 epigraph#
    77. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 6 #
    78. Rhythm of War chapter 5 #
    79. a b Oathbringer chapter 64 #
    80. Rhythm of War chapter 101 #
    81. a b Words of Radiance chapter 46 #
    82. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 13 #
    83. Words of Radiance chapter 53 epigraph#
    84. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 94 #
    85. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 47 #
    86. a b c d e Rhythm of War chapter 20 #
    87. The Way of Kings chapter 29 #
    88. The Way of Kings chapter 42 #
    89. a b c d e f Oathbringer chapter 33 #
    90. a b White Sand vol.1 release party
      Arcanum - 2016-06-28#
    91. a b c Words of Radiance epilogue #
    92. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: sar
    93. Rhythm of War chapter 99 #
    94. a b c d e f Rhythm of War chapter 78 #
    95. Rhythm of War chapter 86 #
    96. Rhythm of War chapter 89 #
    97. Rhythm of War chapter 57 #
    98. a b Rhythm of War chapter 73 #
    99. a b c d e f g h Oathbringer chapter 101 #
    100. Map of Alethkar
    101. Oathbringer chapter 112 #
    102. Oathbringer chapter 115 #
    103. Oathbringer chapter 118 #
    104. a b Oathbringer chapter 120 #
    105. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 36 #
    106. a b c Rhythm of War chapter 93 #
    107. a b c d e f g h Rhythm of War chapter 29 #
    108. a b c d Rhythm of War chapter 30 #
    109. DragonCon 2019
      Arcanum - 2019-08-29#
    110. Emerald City Comic Con 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-03-01#
    111. [[Summary: Rhythm of War#Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32] The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82] “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.” “Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.” “Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?” “People in spren world,” Cord said. Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin. “He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.” Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|Rhythm of War chapter 26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref]][[Special: WhatLinksHere/Summary: Rhythm of War/Chapter_26} although true ability to manifest objects is rare,[32] and can be quite dangerous,[16] and draining.[32]

      The demand for Stormlight as a commodity, both in Shadesmar and off-world, has led the Ghostbloods to attempt to set up a trade route that will transport the Investiture from the Physical Realm and through Shadesmar, using the Oathgates. They eventually plan to trade Stormlight on other planets, and although they are aware of how to transport the Investiture off of Roshar, they have run into issues in implementing their plan.[82]

      “Aluminum,” Lopen said, still floating above the deck a few feet. “Yeah, it’s weird stuff. Can block a Shardblade, Rua tells me, if it’s thick enough. They get it from Soulcasting, though only a few can make it, so it’s pretty rare.”

      	“Can get from trade,” Cord said. “In Peaks. We trade.”
      	“Trade?” Huio said. “Who trade?”
      	“People in spren world,” Cord said.
      	Huio cocked his head, rubbing his chin.
      	“He is strange metal,” Cord said. “Does strange things to spren.”
      

      Dawnshard 7

      Food and Drink[edit]

      True spren do not require food or water to survive,[46] however, they are able to consume Stormlight[citation needed] or human emotions.[50] The weather patterns of Shadesmar also can have a similar effect on spren, that nourishment would have on a human.[99][36] Lesser spren feed on Stor

      Human rations are available for purchase in Shadesmar cities and are sometimes carried by spren sailors, even when they do not currently have human passengers.[50] Rations are most easily found in port cities which see a steady trade of the goods to help accommodate for humans that live in the area.{book ref|#]]

    112. Edgedancer chapter 1 #
    113. a b The Way of Kings interlude I-8 #
    114. Rhythm of War chapter 48 #
    115. Rhythm of War interlude I-5 #
    116. Edgedancer chapter 4 #
    117. Starsight Release Party
      Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
    118. YouTube Livestream 1
      Arcanum - 2020-01-11#
    119. Rithmatist Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2013-05-17#
    120. Manchester signing
      Arcanum - 2014-08-06#
    121. Lucca Comics and Games Festival
      Arcanum - 2016-10-28#
    122. a b c d MisCon 2018
      Arcanum - 2018-05-26#
    123. Arcanum Unbounded San Francisco signing
      Arcanum - 2016-11-30#
    124. Idaho Falls signing
      Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
    125. a b c Words of Radiance San Diego signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
    126. a b Words of Radiance Omaha signing
      Arcanum - 2014-03-13#
    127. Steelheart Chicago signing
      Arcanum - 2013-10-05#

    {/{partial|missing reference description, click to import]].

  2. The Way of Kings chapter 45 #
  3. Words of Radiance prologue #
  4. Rhythm of War chapter 3 #