A boon is described by Av as being granted by the Nightwatcher alongside a curse that goes with it.[1]

"The Nightwatcher doesn’t trick you or twist your words. You ask a boon. She gives what she feels you deserve, then gives you a curse to go along with it. Sometimes related, sometimes not."

–Av [1]

The Nightwatcher's motives behind her boons and curses were unfathomable.

Taravangian's thoughts[2]


  • Dalinar hears his former wife's name, Evi, as a Shshshsh sound.[3][4] He is unable to recall the features of her face, and he remembers her as a blur.[3] It is unknown whether Dalinar's inability to remember his wife was the given boon or the curse he received.
  • Av's family - Several members of Av's family sought the Nightwatcher. One of his brothers lost all sensation in his hands after the visit; his boon is unknown. Av's father received a large quantity of valuable fabric, keeping his family alive through a lurnip famine. His curse was the inability to view the world normally, instead seeing things upside down for the rest of his life.[1]
  • Taravangian wakes every morning with a random level of intelligence. He rarely wakes with exceptional brilliance, such as when he created the Diagram, or so idiotic that he can only sit in a corner and drool.[5][2] Again, it is unknown whether Taravangian's inability to wake each morning with intelligence or the lack thereof was the given boon or the curse he received.
  • Lift visited Nightwatcher when she was 10 years old and asked to stay the same forever. However, perhaps instead she received a direct physical connection with Shadesmar, allowing her to physically interact with spren and metabolize food into Stormlight.[6] Whether this is her boon or her curse remains unknown.


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