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

Abrasion (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Dustbringers are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Dustbringers share Surges with the orders of Skybreakers (Division) and Edgedancers (Abrasion). Chanarach is the patron of this order.

They were first mentioned by Kalak in the Prelude of The Way of Kings.[1]

Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.

–Kalak's thoughts in the wake of Aharietiam[1]

They refer to themselves as, and prefer to be called, the Releasers.[2]


And when they were spoken of by the common folk, the Releasers claimed to be misjudged because of the dreadful nature of their power; and when they dealt with others, always were they firm in their claim that other epithets, notably "Dustbringers," often heard in the common speech, were unacceptable substitutions, in particular for their similarity to the word "Voidbringers." They did also exercise anger in great prejudice regarding it, though to many who speak, there was little difference between these two assemblies.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 17, page 11[2]


As indicated above, the Dustbringers preferred to be called Releasers, and claimed as well to be misjudged because of the nature of their power. When they dealt with others, they were firm in their claim that other "epithets" (i.e., the title "Dustbringers," according to them), were unacceptable substitutions due to their similarity to the title, Voidbringers. They also exercised great anger in great prejudice regarding it.[2]

From Malata's conversation with Taravangian, it can be inferred that Dustbringers bond with ashspren.[3]

According to Pattern, Dustbringers destroy things. This is because their spren like to break what is around them because they want to know what is inside.[4]

Malata confirms this as she states that her spren, Spark, is game for whatever lets her break stuff.[3]


The Surge of Division causes objects - or people - to degrade, burn, or turn to dust. Malata demonstrates this by pressing her safehand against a table. Marks spread out from the point of contact, little swirls of blackness etching themselves into the wood. The scent of burning fills the air, but the flames don't persist if she doesn't want them to.[3]

Known DustbringersEdit

  • Chanarach, as patron, is the only Herald to be a member of the order.
  • Malata, through Spark, belongs to this order.[4]

Immortal WordsEdit

The First IdealEdit

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[5]

The Second IdealEdit


Brandon at a Q&A[6]


Brandon has confirmed that the Dustbringers were the third order of Radiants.[citation needed]


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