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

Transportation (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Elsecallers are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Elsecallers share Surges with the orders of Lightweavers (Transformation) and Willshapers (Transportation). Battar is the patron of this order.


As to the other orders that were inferior in this visiting of the far realm of spren, the Elsecallers were prodigiously benevolent, allowing others as auxiliary to their visits and interactions; though they never did relinquish their place as prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren; and the Lightweavers and Willshapers both also had an affinity to the same, though neither were the true masters of that realm.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 6, page 2[1]


Artwork by Steve Argyle[1]

As indicated above, the Elsecallers were prodigiously benevolent with regard to visiting the spren in their realm, allowing others to join them in this. They were the prime liaisons with the great ones amongst the spren.[1]

Known Elsecallers[]

Jasnah Kholin, through Ivory, belongs to this order.[2]


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Elsecaller oaths are, like those of the Lightweavers or Skybreakers, themed toward the individual. In this case, the theme is progress - becoming better with each oath, seeking to explore their true potential and reach it. Because of this, the order is open to many different types, so long as they want to improve themselves.

Thoughtful, careful, and cautious, the Elsecallers are generally regarded as the wisest of the Radiants. They seek self-improvement and personal betterment in their lives, but aren't limited to one specific theme or set of Ideals. This makes them one of the most open and welcoming of orders, though they do tend to attract those who are less flamboyant. They have their share of scholars, and often a large number of theologians, but also attract those who are interested in leadership. They are good at encouraging others, but some are known to set their sights upon the things they want and then seize them. In the Knights Radiant, they tend to be among the best tacticians, and are logistical geniuses, aided in part by their abilities to create food and water for armies, but also their ability to move in and out of Shadesmar.[3]

Immortal Words[]

Artwork by Randy Vargas[2]

All Elsecallers 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 Elsecallers, these Ideals are as follows:

The First Ideal[]

Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.

"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination."[4]
  • To date, it remains unknown as to just when Jasnah may have spoken these words, let alone those of their ensuing Ideals, affording her the powers of an Elsecaller, given her bond with her spren, Ivory.


As the duly appointed keepers of the perfect gems, we of the Elsecallers have taken the burden of protecting the ruby nicknamed Honor's Drop. Let it be recorded.

–From drawer 20-10, zircon[5]