“The best part is the compelling, complex story of Dalinar, Kaladin, and Shallan as they struggle though emotional, physical, and moral challenges. Fans and. As Oathbringer developed and Shallan's personalities became more and Shallan admits that she's got a problem with her multiple Tied with this flaw is the fact I felt some of the character interactions were badly handled, most notably the Dalinar/Adolin relationship. 3) Kaladin rhymes with Paladin. First, there's Kaladin, It rhymes with Paladin. Shallan's problem in this book stems mostly from the tension from her wanting to help her family, and wanting to .
Kaladin is the one we see wilt in captivity. Kaladin is the dangerous beast shash brand.
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Kaladin even had a flashback scene that featured a whitespine off screen. Remember, Kaladin is the wild, chaotic nature and Adolin is the proper, upstanding civilization.
Rock formation or apex predator vs sculpture or duelist. This is why Adolin is a duelist and not a hunter: I can see where you are going with this. I am not anti the whitespine thing myself - to me Kaladin is the chasmfiend, not the whitespine. In DnD, Kaladin is Chaotic Good and Adolin is Lawful Good, given the law-chaos axis represents civilzation vs the wild and not literally follows the law or doesn't.
I personally see Kaladin as Neutral Good - he follows laws he agrees with, and breaks those that oppose "what is right". If I were a DM for this character I would have him be switching between chaotic and neutral - mostly neutral leaning chaotic.
I cannot see him breaking laws without good reason so I wouldnt leave him fully chaotic personally. On top of that as a person he isn't "chaotic" - he is controlled. I suspect that he will never quite get to lawful, but that he will lean closer and closer as he has more and more sway over how those laws are applied eg in his newly acquired lands With Adolin its a bit more difficult for me.
Prior to his murder of Sadeas I'd have said he was true neutral or neutral good remember he hates having to follow the codes and would prefer not to have to even tho he can see the pointbut I could possibly have said he was leaning lawful good. The murder strikes me as a Chaotic Evil choice, and he gets there very suddenly. I definitely feel he is True Neutral now because he feels no remorse, and acts in a neither lawful nor chaotic manner.
He seems happy to go with the flow to an extent - and currently the flow is coming from "Good" characters like Dalinar and Kaladin. True Neutral characters are very interesting from a plotline perspective because their motivations are usually the most opaque. He has changed over time to reverse this entirely to become Lawful Good. His period immediately around his visit to the Nightwatcher was his "True Neutral" period - he spent most of it drunk and unconscious after all.
We could suggest that he and Adolin are on inverse arc as a result? As an aside, Shallan is Chaotic Good, and I don't see any suggestion that she is changing. Szeth is Lawful Neutral and also seems set in his alignment. Do you guys think that Book 4 will feature Shallan confronting her fractured psyche and trying to become whole, perhaps leading to realizing how she has been deluding herself? Yes I do, but I don't think she will be complete with it by the end. I think she will continue with the "Shallan" alt dominating over the other alts for most of it, and her progression will come from unerstading her 4th ideal in some way she hasn't acknowledged yet.
They've also scoured all dirt and soil from the eastern half of the continent leading to some bizarre plants and animalsand bring the mystical Stormlight that powers everything. According to Dalinar's visions, the Radiants could arrive for battle this way. The Nightwatcher, who will grant seemingly any wish, for a price. In fact, most people who go to the Nightwatcher end up regretting it.
Only two people we've encountered don't regret this. One we have only heard of was one man who made his wish to feed his family through a harsh winter.
His curse was that he saw the world upside-down for the rest of his life. It was weird, but he got used to it. The other was Lift, who seems somewhat immune to regret. For Dalinar, the Nightwatcher erased all his memories of his wife. He can't remember anything about her except that she existed, and whenever someone speaks her name, all he can hear is static.
As of The Way of Kings, it's unclear whether this is his curse or his wish. In Oathbringer we learn that it was both his wish and curse, but was actually granted to him not by the Nightwatcher, but by her mother Cultivation.
It can be hard to tell when he is genuinely offering criticism as opposed to just insulting people as his job or for personal amusement. He enjoys it considerably, and it is fairly obvious that the nobility deserve his treatment almost to a man. Eshu of the ten fools, who speaks of things he does not understand in front of those who do. In Alethkar, the lighteyes are the nobility, and the darkeyed version of Alethi doesn't appear to treat them as separate concepts.
Rock runs up against this when trying to talk about how nobility works in other countries, but no character shows any particular trouble recognizing the idea of lighteyes not being on top. Shardplate not only bestows inhuman strength, but it amplifies the speed of movements to a degree one would normally only expect from a very agile man unburdened by armor.
Like Cannot Cut Like: Shardblades can parry each other. One character thinks that the Nightwatcher works this way, and plans to word his request to her carefully enough that it doesn't backfire. His friend informs him that this isn't how the Old Magic works, though; the Nightwatcher will grant you your wish just like you wanted it, but she will also place a curse on you which she feels is equal to the wish's value.
Sometimes the curse makes the wish ironic, but it's often completely unrelated. Scholars have been trying to replicate them for as long as anyone can remember, but only recently has any progress been made in the form of "half-shards"; shields that can block a shardblade, but don't grant any of the other benefits of Shardplate.
Navani notes that the half-shards aren't actually progress towards Plate, since as far as anyone can tell they use a different mechanism. The revelation in Words of Radiance that Shardblades are actually transformed spren explains why the artifabrians have had so much trouble with them. The origin of Plate hasn't been revealed, but seems to have a similar tie to Radiants that makes duplicating it impossible. Magic A Is Magic A: There are at least two different though related systems: Fabrials are a form of Magitek: Surgebinding is granted by the Nahel bond, a link between a human and a spren whereby the spren gains sentience in the Physical Realm and the human gains Surgebinding powers.
All Surgebinders can inhale Stormlight to gain enhanced strength and speed and a moderate Healing Factorbut each order can also use Stormlight to accomplish specific magical effects. Each Surge is shared by two orders, but their uses could differ, and the surges of their orders also combine to produce a new, unique effect.
Windrunners have the Surge of Gravitationallowing them to redefine "down" at their discretion. So a Windrunner can decide that gravity now pulls them forwards or up or sideways, and they will fall in that direction. Or they can make an enemy fall straight up into the sky. Windrunners can also increase an object's gravitional pull, allowing them to pull arrows out of the air and into a shield or bridge or whatever.
Finally, Windrunners can also use the Surge of Adhesion to fuse together two objects with a temporary but virtually unbreakable bond. Combined, they allow Windrunners to have more squires than other orders. Skybreakers share the Surge of Gravitation and also possess the Surge of Division.
Edgedancers can also control friction, letting them climb walls like a gecko or slide over floors as if they were greased. They also possess the Healing Hands magic known as Regrowth and could furthermore use this to quickly grow plants. Truthwatchers have the Healing Hands ability of Regrowth and demonstrated the power to discern the future, albeit cryptically. Renarin's ability to see the future, and even then not a guaranteed future, is heavily implied to be the result of having bonded with a corrupted Truthwatcher spren or even one of Odium's spren.
They also share the Surge of Illumination with Lightweavers, though their use of it could be different. Lightweavers gain the Surge of Transformation, the ability to transform one substance into another such as turning a bandit's body from flesh to glassturning rocks into food, or a goblet into blood. They also can conjure incredibly detailed illusions, complete with sounds and motions.
Combined, they allow Lightweavers to have superhuman mnemonic abilities. Elsecallers share the Surge of Transformation, but also have the Surge of Transportationwhich lets them translate between Realms and teleport from one point to another.
Willshapers share the Surge of Transportation and also possess the Surge of Cohesion. Bondsmiths share the Surges Cohesion and Adhesion. A bondsmith's use of Adhesion appears to also be able to reach into other realms and adhere connections, such as languages or how an object sees itself with what it actually is. Presumably, this is what allowed for Dalinar to lock Odium to the Combat by Champion and create Honor's Perpendicularity at the climax of Oathbringer.
Voidbinding also exists as the magic of Odium. It seems similar, if not completely the same, as Surgebinding but it seems to draw primarily from Voidlight instead of Stormlight.
The Magic Comes Back: A major theme of the series as a whole. With another Desolation coming around, magic has started to reappear as the spren seek out potential new Radiants and bond with them. Its also hinted that the magic has been coming back for a while now, as Shallan started manifesting powers as a child and another, an old healer, has been manifesting for decades.
In fact, the magic would have been coming back sooner except that Nalan, one of the Heralds, has been actively hunting down and executing anyone manifesting Surgebinding powers if he can catch them breaking laws that make it legal for him to kill them.
The fact that the magic is coming back is actually considered a very bad thing by some people. The main reason is that the Recreance actually killed a huge number of spren bonded to Radiants, and was considered such a terrible act that the spren abandoned humans.
That the spren are bonding with humans again now is because they sense another Desolation approaching and are acting as much out of self-preservation as anything else, because the alternative is extinction of both.
Magical Underpinnings of Reality: Many natural phenomena are caused by spren - gravityspren are responsible for pulling things down, windspren accompany wind, Stormfather sends forth the highstorms and hatespren can create an Everstorm. The Knights Radiant in the backstory, Szeth and ultimately Kaladin during the main novel.
Fabrials, which are essentially steampunk-type devices which run on Stormlight, and are used for a variety of purposes, including Soulcasting. Though Jasnah and Shallan don't need them to Soulcast. Shardplate and Shardblades represent a much more ancient and advanced form of Magitekthough the secrets of creating them have been lost not that people don't try.
Oathbringer reveals that fabrials are actually trapped lesser spren who generate their effects via Stormlight, which is why the shield-like "half-shards" are able to repel Shardblades.
Fabrials used for Soulcasting are capable of transforming things like rock and sand into any number of useful things, be they finished goods or food. They are absolutely critical in maintaining a large army in an area as remote as the Shattered Plains.
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Stormlight functions like this when used to directly power magical abilities. The Voidbringers use a version called Voidlight which comes from the Everstorm.
One of the Ten Fools, Cabine, is mentioned to have behaved like a child even though he was an adult. Their names are usually close to palindromes, but not quite there, like Sadeas or Renarin. In Words of Radiance, it is revealed that the nearly-but-not-quite fitting a pattern is meant to reflect their place in the social order - closest to God - and actual symmetrical names are seen as presumptuous arrogance.
The Alethi and related cultures at first seem to be this, with their knights and castles and lords and so forth, while other cultures like the Shin seem like Wutai. But then there's an interlude where we actually visit the Shin lands, and in fact they are much more 'normal' feeling to the reader because they have fertile soil and plants that are familiar to us such as strawberries and non-motile grass but treated as exotic and alien by the Alethi. To play with this even more, the Shin are the only race on Roshar that don't have "Eastern" almondine eyes.
It's noted to give the Shin a "childlike" appearance. Looking at a lot of the drawings and sketches, it actually looks like the Alethi draw heavily from Ottoman and Chinese cultures, at least as far as clothing and armor designs go. The Desolations are the direct cause of this on Roshar.
They are so destructive that civilization is often broken by the time they end, to the point that the Heralds won't even be sure if the next civilizations can forge bronze when they show up to fight the next one. However, the Heralds' abandoning of the Oathpact at the start of the first book and the Parshendi's abandoning of their gods appears to have delayed the Desolations long enough for a rather advanced set of societies to develop.
The child of a darkeyes and a lighteyes will have one eye of each color. This makes them something of an outcast. The series is practically a case study of this trope. On one end of the scale, there are the Radiants, who are all trying very hard to do the right thing at every turn, but who often disagree on just what the right thing is - they are all on board with protecting the innocent, but each order of Radiants has its own ideas of just who needs the most protecting and how to go about it - and who are also very capable of making mistakes, especially since each Radiant is in some way "broken.
In between the two, we have an entire Crapsack World full of people who aren't evil, per se, and who might if pressed on the subject admit that they'd like to be good, but who nevertheless feel like they have to look after themselves by whatever underhanded means are available because everyone else is doing it and trying to have morals just turns you into a Doomed Moral Victor.
Add to that at least two factions who both think that Utopia Justifies the Meansand one who thinks that the human conscience is inherently flawed and that following a pre-existing code of conduct with psychotic strictness is the only morally permissible option.
Yeah, if Sanderson hasn't represented every imaginable shade of morality in this series, it certainly isn't for lack of trying!
Mixed-race Alethi Adolin, for example almost always have this. Infused spheres used for light. Dalinar wonders why no one ever uses Shardplate for anything but combat. And then proves his point by using his Plate to dig a latrine pit out of solid rock.
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Kaladin once asked Syl to become a mirror so he could see what he looked like. Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Some spren seem to fill this role, though many others instead seem to either be attracted to or created by intense human emotion. Shardblades are, for all intents and purposes, zombie spren. They were killed when the humans they were bonded to broke their oaths, and are partly revived by the ten heartbeats it takes to summon one.