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

Progression (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Edgedancers are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Edgedancers share Surges with the orders of Dustbringers (Abrasion) and Truthwatchers (Progression). Vedel is the patron of this order.

History[]

When Simol was informed of the arrival of the Edgedancers, a concealed consternation and terror, as is common in such cases, fell upon him; although they were not the most demanding of orders, their graceful, limber movements hid a deadliness that was, by this time, quite renowned; also, they were the most articulate and refined of the Radiants.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 20, page 12[1]

"They were once a glorious order," Darkness said ... . "Where you blunder, they were elegant things of beauty. They could ride the thinnest rope at speed, dance across rooftops, move through a battlefield like a ribbon on the wind.


"It is unfortunate they were always so concerned with small-minded things, while ignoring those of greater import."

Darkness to Lift[2]

Characteristics[]

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Edgedancers
Artwork by Steve Argyle[1]

As described above, while they were not the most demanding of orders, their graceful, limber movements hid a deadliness that was quite renowned. They were also the most articulate and refined of the Radiants.[1][2]

Edgedancers' Shardplate is likely made up of lesser spren than Cultivationspren.[3]

Appearance[]

They glow faintly while Surgebinding.[4]

Abilities[]

  • Edgedancers can ignore friction, like water flowing over the body, without slowing.[4]
  • Edgedancers can cause Regrowth of certain things.[2]

Known Edgedancers[]

Motto[]

Edge Motto

Oaths[]

Edgedancer oaths are themed around remembering the ordinary people of the world - those who aren't powerful generals or Radiants. Too often, the actions of the powerful have terrible effects on the people with no voice, and the Edgedancers consider it their solemn duty to remember that the people are the ones they truly serve.

The Edgedancers are known as being caring and graceful. Among the Knights Radiant, they see it as their duty to care for the people and are often less interested in war than they are about trying to improve the daily lives of the common folk. Often, a mid-sized town would have an Edgedancer or two on permanent assignment, where they'd use Regrowth to provide healing and would work for the common good of the town.

Edgedancers tend to be among the more religious of Radiants and are the order where one is most likely to find former religious leaders who end up bonding a spren. During wartime, they often act as the mobile medics, eschewing actual combat to heal or pull out the wounded or those trapped in terrible situations. However, there are some renowned for their graceful and skilled prowess in combat, occasionally used as scouts or special forces troops in conjunction with a team of Windrunners or Skybreakers. One should never assume the Edgedancers are in any way base just because they often ignore high society; they are renowned as some of the most refined and graceful of Radiants.[6]

Immortal Words[]

All Edgedancers 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 the 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 Edgedancers, these Ideals are as follows:

The First Ideal[]

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Edgedancers
Fan art by Petar Penev[2]

Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[7]

The Second Ideal[]

I will remember those who have been forgotten.[2]

The Third Ideal[]

I will listen to those who have been ignored.[8]

Resonance[]

Edgedancers' Resonance is a "perk" ... or, again, a merger of their two Surges.[9][10] (It is possible that Lift's ability to speak with others in unknown dialects in the novella, Edgedancer, is related to her Resonance.)

Epigraphs[]

The Edgedancers are too busy relocating the tower's servants and farmers to send a representative to record their thoughts in these gemstones. I'll do it for them, then. They are the ones who will be most displaced by this decision. The Radiants will be taken in by nations, but what of all these people now without homes?

–From drawer 4-17, second topaz[11]

Q&A with Brandon[]

Q. A character in The Stormlight Archive who eventually was able to heal of a wound. An old wound, and normally healing old wounds, with Regrowth, can't be healed.

A. This is a limitation of healing someone else, versus healing yourself. Healing someone else is a weaker method, at least as it's understood by the Radiants currently. Figuring out how to make Regrowth fix older wounds is more difficult. When you are highly Invested in such a way that you have a spren bond, then you are able to kind of rewrite your Spiritual self to better match your Cognitive self. Basically, what your soul is better comes to match your perception of your soul and who you are, and who you want to be becomes more important. And because of that, the Radiant bond is able to heal things and even change physiology that normal Regrowth wouldn't be capable of doing.[12]

Theory[]

The default use of Regrowth is to shove a bunch of raw Stormlight at something and let it make someone's own native healing work magically fast. This can do some crazy stuff. If one's hand has been cut off, one's own body will never heal it, but if the healing is juiced up, it theoretically can. However one's body doesn't even try to heal near-sightedness; that's just the way one's body is.

However, that's the default setting of Regrowth, not the only way it can work. With greater skill, one can direct it. (A surgeon knows exactly what to cut and what to stitch to make a patient's body heal in ways it wouldn't. Drugs can force hemophiliacs to clot in ways their bodies simply won't.) Regrowth can be "programmed" to make the body "grow" in certain specific ways, not just to juice up its own natural regeneration. Renarin healed his own eyes, not just by inhaling Stormlight, not just by using Regrowth on himself, but by having the skill to command the Regrowth to work in a specific way that it wouldn't if just left undirected.

So, why can some people do that when Lift is reasonably skilled and yet cannot? So far, every Surgebinder readers have seen learn to use each their powers has shown a natural affinity for one over the other. It's always been the Surge counter-clockwise to them on the Surgebinding chart. Shallan can do some impressive Lightweaving, but has little to no skill yet in Soulcasting. Lift was using Abrasion for weeks before the first time she made some seeds sprout. Kaladin is a bit of an outlier, but when it came to consciously trying to control the powers, he was using Adhesion in The Way of Kings and only figured out the Basic Lashing in Words of Radiance.

So, there's reason to suspect that Truthwatchers will just naturally be better at healing than Edgedancers, and Renarin might have figured out how to control the healing while Lift develops skill with Abrasion. Even if entire orders don't follow this rule, it's not too difficult to imagine that most people, given two powers apiece, will tend to naturally be somewhat better at one of them over the other.

References[]

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