Advent of the Everstorm
In Words of Radiance, it is revealed that the Everstorm originated on the Shattered Plains during the Weeping. It was summoned by the Parshendi who used a forbidden form called stormform as a desperate measure to combat the Alethi troops approaching Narak. The amount of Parshendi required to do this numbers in the thousands. While Dalinar's army makes a valiant attempt, it is unable to stop the Parshendi before they complete the summoning of the storm with their multi-level song. This song, according to Rlain, is death; the Rhythm of Destruction. The storm is noted to be going the wrong way (i.e., west to east), the opposite of that of a highstorm.
The True Desolation appears to be different from the other Desolations as noted by Wit; the Storm will transform parshmen into Voidbringers rather than all Parshendi transforming at once, as was thought by Jasnah. She notes that this makes all the information she gathered during her time in Shadesmar nearly useless.
Characteristics of the Everstorm
It is a storm of red lightning, blowing the wrong direction, and is slower than a highstorm.
From the distant lightning, she determines that this new storm doesn't have a stormwall. Its onset isn't a sudden, majestic event, but instead a creeping advance. It looms like a thug in an alley, knife out, waiting for prey to wander past.
She observes that the storm surges across the sky, a majestic and terrible black thunderhead coursing with red lightning. It is enormous, dominating the entire sky, wicked with flashes of inner light. And, although there is no stormwall, the growing wind is tempestuous.
Dalinar thinks to himself that the Everstorm is a tempest of dark thunderheads and red lightning, yet there are some in his armies who think that it was finished, the storm over as one catastrophic event. Dalinar knows otherwise. He knows that the Everstorm will return, and will soon hit Shinovar in the far west. Following this, that it will course across the land.
When it first appears, it clashes with a highstorm, creating a unique cataclysm.
Its black clouds are lit from within by that crackling red lightning.
It rides low in the sky, and is a wave of darkness that is hauntingly silent; the red bolts don't rumble with thunder. While there is the occasional crack, the sounds of the storm don't match the flashes of red light that rise from deep within it.
It appears from the west, illuminating all it encounters with bright red lightning. However, it isn't like highstorms, in that there is no stormwall of blown debris and cremwater. According to Venli, it is far more elegant, like a billowing cloud of smoke and darkness, lightning breaking out on all sides, coloring it crimson.
Everstorms don't quite match up with scholarly projections. Fortunately, they tend to blow in slower than highstorms.
Effects of the Everstorm
The Weeping stops ... then starts again ... then stops again. It acts strange, like regular weather, rather than the long, long mild highstorm it was supposed to be.
In Tashikk, specifically in Yeddaw, the air remains wet, still soggy from the storm. Refuse, broken boards, fallen branches, and discarded cloths litter the ground, snarling up at the many steps that jut into the street.
But the city survived the storm and people worked cleaning up. They'd lived their entire lives in the shadow of highstorms. They'd adapted and continued to adapt.
Houses are ripped apart while the screams of their occupants are lost in the tempest. People caught in their fields - swept barren - run in panic before it. Cities are blasted with lightning, towns cast into shadow. A vast sea of glowing red eyes come awake like spheres suddenly renewed with Stormlight.
The storm rains destruction upon the people and winds attack in bursts, hostile, even deliberate.
To Dalinar, the enemy seems more interested in preying upon small towns, the fields, the people caught unaware. Though not as destructive as he'd feared, it would still leave thousands dead, cities broken. It would steal the parshmen laborers and turn them into Voidbringers, loosed on the public.
During the cataclysm, entire plateaus on the Shattered Plains are ripped up and shattered.
Some reports on the Everstorm mention no winds, only lightning. Others confusingly report no rain, but burning embers. The Everstorm varies greatly, even within the same passing.
Nobody wants to be alone during the days after the Everstorm.
|“||Unite them. The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows.||”|
|“||I have said I that cannot be of much help to you. The Night of Sorrows will come, and the True Desolation. The Everstorm.||”|
–The Almighty during one of Dalinar's visions
|“||I am Talenel'Elin, Stonesinew, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh, God... it has come.||”|
–Talenel'Elin announcing the coming of a new Desolation
|“||It's not of us, but of him.||”|
Q&A with Brandon
Q. Is there a spren for the Everstorm?
A. RAFO. Good question.
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- Words of Radiance, 81. The Last Day
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