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The order's two Surges: Tension (top left),

Adhesion (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Bondsmiths are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Bondsmiths share Surges with the orders of Stonewards (Tension) and Windrunners (Adhesion). Ishar is the patron of this order.


But as for the Bondsmiths, they had members only three, which number was not uncommon for them; nor did they seek to increase this by great bounds, for during the times of Madasa, only one of their order was in continual accompaniment of Urithiru and its thrones. Their spren was understood to be specific, and to persuade them to grow to the magnitude of the other orders was seen as seditious.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 16, page 14[1]

So Melishi retired to his tent, and resolved to destroy the Voidbringers upon the next day, but that night did present a different stratagem, related to the unique abilities of the Bondsmiths; and being hurried, he could make no specific account of his process; it was related to the very nature of the Heralds and their divine duties, an attribute the Bondsmiths alone could address.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 30, page 18[2]


As indicated above, the Bondsmiths numbered up to only three at any time. Due to the specifics of their spren, they had unique abilities.[1]

Those Bondsmiths bonded to the Stormfather are forbidden the use of those Shardblades that are actually dead spren.[3]

Known BondsmithsEdit

Immortal WordsEdit

All Bondsmiths must speak the Immortal Words of the Knights Radiant, which are a set of rules by which Radiants live. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of Radiants, is used as their motto. Each of the Radiant orders then had an additional number of Ideals that were unique to each order. For the Bondsmiths, these Ideals are as follows:

The First IdealEdit

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[4]

The Second IdealEdit

The specific Ideals of the order of Bondsmiths are tied to uniting men, and possibly Surgebinders. They seem to be the Ideals closest connected to governance.

I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together.[3]

The Third IdealEdit

The main focus of this oath is about becoming a better person over time.[5]

I will take responsibility for what I have done. If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.[6]

Bond wall


Brandon has obliquely addressed that all Bondsmiths do not bond to the Stormfather.[7]

Q&A with BrandonEdit

Q. Before the Recreance there were three Bondsmiths. Did they all bond supersprens, or is Dalinar an exception?

A. They did something similar.[8]


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