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Navani's notebook is a series of pages found in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer, which were translated from Alethi script into English.

Page One[]


Drawing by Isaac Stewart

The page explains how different types of spren are used to power fabrials, which in turn power machines. An example of such a machine is the pain knife, a non-lethal weapon used for self-defense.


The cut and type of the gem determines what kind of spren are attracted to it and can be imprisoned in it.
There must be thousands of viable combinations.[1]

Once a spren is captured and the gem infused with Stormlight the fabrial can be used in machines.[1]

Cold, gravity, pain, heat, wind, flamespren trapped in emerald[1]

The pain knife is used as a means of protection. Sharp blades pierce an attacker’s clothing and cause crippling pain[1]

Remove outer covering to infuse fabrial with Stormlight
Retractable blades cause crippling pain
Dial pushes blades to four set lengths[1]

Page Two[]


Drawing by Isaac Stewart

The page describes the design and operation of a fabrial-powered bracelet (presumably of Navani's own invention) that can be used to read the emotions of nearby people.


Patterns of Stormlight filtered through the fabrial determine the power of the gem
Fabrials allow creation of things like the emotion bracelet made of ten fabrials working together
The pattern cannot be seen by the naked eye[2]

Man betrayed by a close friend
Woman who has just been proposed to
Man who discovered his betrothed lies to him
Mother at wedding of only son[2]




The trick of the emotion fabrials is first learning to read it and second learning to tell if the bracelet is reading your emotions, your subject's emotions, or the emotions of the person in the next room over.

Page Three[]

Navani archerstand

Drawing by Isaac Stewart

This fabrial was created so as to keep archers protected - as a windbreak - from the effects of highstorms. It has somewhat the ability of a Surgebinder in that it "somehow manipulated gravityspren".[citation needed]


Fabrial for an archer tower[3]

Reversal principle conjoined[3]

Compounded custom cut amethysts[3]

Aids in drying bowstrings[3]

Archers during the Weeping[3]

Page Four[]

NN ShipDes

Drawing by Kelley R. Harris


Too fanciful, ha?[4]

Ask Rushu how to keep the mast from ripping off[4]

Jasnah's favorite[4]

Page Five[]

NN Vambrace

Drawing by Kelley R. Harris


Touch the gems in the correct combination to release a shock from the front nodes that will incapacitate an attacker[5]

Top View[5]

Side View[5]




The translation from Page One and Page Two is from the work of User:Harakeke. See the information and process here: Navani's Notebook Translation

The translation from Page Three is from the work of Enjo.[1]

The translations from Page Four and Page Five is from the work of Pagerunner.