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Order of Windrunners
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Herald Jezrien
Spren Honorspren
Surges Adhesion & Gravitation
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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The Order of Windrunners is an order of the Knights Radiant on Roshar.[1]

The Windrunners were Surgebinders who used the Surges of Adhesion and Gravitation, and they absorbed Stormlight from gems by inhalation. They formed a Nahel Bond with honorspren. The combination of Adhesion and Gravitation resulted in the three Lashings. Szeth was able to use the three Lashings by way of an Honorblade, assumed to have belonged to Jezrien, the order's patron. The glow of the Windrunners' Shardplate was blue.

Ideals of the Windrunners[edit]

The Ideals of the Knights Radiant, also known as the Immortal Words, are a set of rules by which the Radiants lived. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of the Radiants, is used as their motto. The following four Ideals were unique to the Windrunners. By the end of Oathbringer, three Ideals are known (including the First Ideal).

The First Ideal[edit]

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.

—The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[2]

The Second Ideal[edit]

I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.

—The Second Ideal of the Windrunners (as spoken by Kaladin[3] and Lopen[4])

The Third Ideal[edit]

The wording of the Ideal can be different between each Knight Radiant, as long as the meaning remains the same. Kaladin and Teft spoke this Ideal before they were able to form a weapon out of their honorspren, e.g. Shardblade, Shardspear, etc.

I will protect even those I hate, so long as it is right.

— The Third Ideal of the Windrunners (as spoken by Kaladin)[5]

I will protect those I hate. Even...even if the one I hate most is... myself.

— The Third Ideal of the Windrunners (as spoken by Teft)[6]

The Fourth Ideal[edit]

While this ideal is unknown currently it is probable that, upon achieving this Ideal, a Windrunner gains his Shardplate.[7] It is hinted to have something to do with choosing to not save people.[7]

Kaladin almost swears this Ideal in Shadesmar, but falters, being unable to swear it.[8]


Kaladin using Gravitation

The Windrunners use the Surges of Adhesion and Gravitation. The combination of these two Surges resulted in the three Lashings.[9][10] Someone wearing Shardplate is immune to Lashings, but any objects that they are touching can be affected.[11] Using a combination of Adhesion and Gravitation, a Windrunner could theoretically exit orbit.[12]


Full Lashing

Using the Full Lashing, a Surgebinder can pool Stormlight into an area. All objects that subsequently touch this area will be bonded to the object, sticking them there and hindering their movement. The bond ends when the Stormlight runs out.


Basic Lashing

The Basic Lashing allows a Surgebinder to bind people or objects to different surfaces or in different directions, effectively changing the direction that gravity pulls them.

Reverse Lashing

By using the Reverse Lashing, a Surgebinder can increase the gravitational pull of an object, allowing the infused object to pull nearby objects toward it. The Surgebinder must maintain contact with the object to Reverse Lash it. Items that are airborne are pulled more strongly towards the infused object.


Due to a combination of their two surges, Windrunners have new, secondary effects, known as the Resonance.[13] The Windrunners' Resonance is strength of squires,[14][15] which allows them to have many more squires than other Orders. After Kaladin swore the third oath, many of the bridgemen who worked under him were suddenly able to breathe Stormlight and heal.[16] Later, Kaladin trains the bridgemen in sucking in Stormlight and using Lashings. However, their abilities are only present when Kaladin is nearby. Sigzil noted that they could use Stormlight effectively within thirty miles of Kaladin, and their maximum distance was fifty miles. Squires will lose access to their powers in an hour or two after the Windrunner leaves.[17]


In the time before the Recreance the Windrunners were an Order with over a hundred members,[18] and a considerable number of squires.[19] They also reportedly had some issues with the order of the Skybreakers.[19] At the beginning of the Recreance a large number of Windrunners along with many Stonewards abandoned their Shardblades and Shardplates before the fortress known as "Feverstone Keep", as seen in one of Dalinar's visions.[18]

They tended to serve as scouts and protectors.[20]

The Refounded Windrunners[edit]

During the events of the battle at the Tower, bridge captain Kaladin says his second ideal as a Windrunner, allowing him to use his powers freely and to take up squires. This is the beginning of the Refounding of the Knight Radiant order of the Windrunners. Later on, the rest of Bridge Four begin the process of becoming Windrunners, with other bridge crews becoming squires as well. The order is used regularly in Urithiru for transportation of people and goods and are trained in The Shattered Plains.

The refounded order of Windrunners is well organized and maintains a strong military structure due to the fact that the order came about from bridge crews, originally run by Sadeas, and due to Kaladin's military training, which he passed on to his bridgemen. The sheer number of bridge crews, along with the Windrunners' Resonance, allows for numerous people to be Windrunner squires, making them one of, if not the most numerous of the modern orders.[14]

Known Windrunners[edit]


Now, as the Windrunners were thus engaged, arose the event which has hitherto been referenced: namely, that discovery of some wicked thing of eminence, though whether it be some rogueries among the Radiants' adherents or of some external origin, Avena would not suggest.

There came also sixteen of the order of Windrunners, and with them a considerable number of squires, and finding in that place the Skybreakers dividing the innocent from the guilty, there ensued a great debate.


  1. a b Words of Radiance chapter 54 epigraph#
  2. The Way of Kings chapter 59 #
  3. The Way of Kings chapter 67 #
  4. a b Oathbringer chapter 121 #
  5. Words of Radiance chapter 84 #
  6. Oathbringer chapter 119 #
  7. a b Oathbringer chapter 86 epigraph#
  8. Oathbringer chapter 118 #
  9. The Way of Kings prologue #
  10. The Way of Kings Ars Arcanum #
  11. The Way of Kings interlude I-9 #
  12. Words of Radiance San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
  13. /r/books AMA 2015
    Arcanum - 2015-08-04#
  14. a b Words of Radiance Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-22#
  15. Firefight Phoenix signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-21#
  16. Words of Radiance chapter 87 #
  17. Oathbringer chapter 55 #
  18. a b The Way of Kings chapter 52 #
  19. a b Words of Radiance chapter 54 #
  20. Skyward Atlanta signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-17#
  21. a b Oathbringer chapter 122 #
  22. a b General Reddit 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-07-16#
  23. Words of Radiance chapter 38 epigraph#
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