by Isaac Stewart
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Voidbinding is a manifestation of Investiture on Roshar of which little is known. It is connected to Odium and his Unmade, and predicting the future is said to be of it. The Ars Arcanum for the Stormlight Archive states that there are ten levels of Voidbinding and that it is cousin to the Old Magic.
A possible example of a method is by bonding with a corrupted Nahel spren. Renarin Kholin's ability to see the future has been connected to Voidbinding , and it is likely he gained it through his bond to the corrupted spren Glys.
One of the most common powers associated with Voidbinding is prophecy and foresight. According to the ardents, even the Heralds denounced its use. Whether or not this is true or a myth is yet to be seen, although Jasnah believes this to be true. Regardless, in Vorin nations, any type of prediction was taboo because of this. The ardents even worried that Dalinar's visions were connected to Voidbinding, although since the visions come from Honor, that was an unfounded concern.
The Vorin reluctance to guess the future led to the rise of games like breakneck, that don't require directly guessing the future. Many Vorins are distrustful of stormwardens, since they predict when highstorms are going to occur.
Very little is known about the abilities of Voidbinding. While the Ars Arcanum says that there are ten levels to Voidbinding and refers to "Voidbindings", it is unknown what this means.
The only ability currently confirmed to be related to Voidbinding is Renarin's ability to see the future. Though it is not known precisely how they are related, the Voidbinding chart was referenced as part of the confirmation.
While details on the ability are sparse, Renarin's future sight is shown to be imperfect, as the events he foresaw during the Battle of Thaylen Field did not come to pass. It seems to also in some way be fueled by Stormlight.
While not much is known for certain about Voidbinding, there are theories and speculation.
There are glyphs on the Voidbinding chart that share position with and are variations of the Surge glyphs on the Surgebinding chart. Instead of the axial symmetry of the Surge glyphs, the glyphs on the Voidbinding chart exhibit rotational symmetry. This has led to speculation that these glyphs represent either alternatives to or variant expressions of the Surges in Surgebinding.
The abilities demonstrated by the Fused have so far been typical of Surgebinding, but some speculate that they may be related to or a manifestation of Voidbinding, in line with "Voidish Surges" theories. It is currently unknown what system the abilities they have demonstrated fall under, and they might even belong to a yet unnamed system.
If the observed abilities are not Voidbinding, it is possible the Fused might still have access to the system.
Nightform, one of the Regal forms of power, was said to allow for foreseeing the future. This suggests a possible relation to Voidbinding, and has led to broader speculation about other forms of power.
Known and Likely Voidbinders
- Boskone 54
— Arcanum - 2017-02-18#
- Skyward Pre-Release AMA
— Arcanum - 2018-10-22#
- The Way of Kings chapter 18 #
- The Way of Kings Ars Arcanum #
- Argent's Secret Renarin WoB
— 17th Shard forums - 2017-11-22#
- Oathbringer Chicago signing
— Arcanum - 2017-11-21#
- Oathbringer chapter 116 #
- Salt Lake City signing
— Arcanum - 2017-12-16#
- The Way of Kings interlude I-6 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 75 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 60 #
- Oathbringer chapter 118 #