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

Division (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Skybreakers are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Skybreakers share Surges with the orders of Windrunners (Gravitation) and Dustbringers (Division). The Herald Nale is the patron of this order.[1]

The order's focus is upholding the rule of law, regardless of whether it is just or fair, and thus has gained a reputation for being particularly unyielding. Skybreakers will obey the laws of a land regardless of whether it aligns with their specific goals, and if pursuing a target will only make an arrest or perform an execution if there are legal grounds for it under the laws of the land in which they happen to be.


And thus were the disturbances in the Revv topiarchy quieted, when, upon their ceasing to prosecute their civil dissensions, Nalan'Elin be took himself to finally accept the Skybreakers who had named him their master, when initially he had spurned their advances and, in his own interests, refused to countenance that which he deemed a pursuit of vanity and annoyance; this was the last of the Heralds to admit such patronage.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 5, page 17[1]

The considerable abilities of the Skybreakers for making such amounted to an almost divine skill, for which no specific Surge or spren grants capacity, but however the order came to such an aptitude, the fact of it was real and acknowledged even by their rivals.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 28, page 3[2]


As stated above, the Skybreakers had considerable abilities for quelling disturbances amongst rival entities which amounted to almost divine skills.[2]

According to Nale, the other orders of Knights Radiant always did consider themselves beyond the reach of the law. That only the Skybreakers ever understood the importance of boundaries. Of picking something external to oneself and using it as a guide.[3]

Known SkybreakersEdit

  • Nale, as patron, the only Herald to be a member of the order.[4]
  • Szeth now belongs to this order, since being revived by Nale near the end of Words of Radiance, yet he is not known to be bonded with a highspren.[5] Still, it might well be that his bond with Nightblood - the Awakened sword from Warbreaker - given to him by Nale, affords him that bond.[5] He has now spoken the First, Second,[5] Third, and Fourth Ideals.[4][6]
  • Nale's underlings, both of whom wear uniforms in black and white, with swords at their waists.[3]

Immortal WordsEdit

The Ideals of the Knights Radiant, also known as the Immortal Words, are a set of rules by which the Radiant lived. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of the Radiants, is used as their motto. Each of the Radiant orders then had an additional four ideals that were unique to each order.

The First IdealEdit

Also known as the Ideal of Radiance.

"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.

–The First Ideal of the Knights Radiant[7][4]

The Second IdealEdit

Called the Ideal of Justice, this is a specific oath to seek and administer justice.[4]

"I will put the law before all else."

–A generalized form of the Second Ideal of the Skybreakers

"I swear to seek justice, to let it guide me, until I find a more perfect Ideal."

–A specialized form of the Second Ideal of the Skybreakers, as sworn by Szeth[8]

The Third IdealEdit

Called the Ideal of Dedication, this is a specific oath to dedicate oneself to a greater truth. A Skybreaker Squire must first bond their highspren before taking this oath, and it is the minimum oath required before the Surge of Division can be used.[4]

"I swear to follow the will of Dalinar Kholin. This is my oath."

–A specialized form of the Third Ideal of the Skybreakers, as sworn by Szeth[6]

The Fourth IdealEdit

This Ideal is also called the Ideal of Crusade, and requires that a Skybreaker undertake a personal quest and complete it to the satisfaction of their highspren. Once completed, the Skybreaker is elevated to the rank of master.[4]

"I will cleanse the Shin of their false leaders, so long as Dalinar Kholin agrees."

–A specialized form of the Fourth Ideal of the Skybreakers, as sworn by Szeth[6]

Fifth IdealEdit

Called the Ideal of Law, it requires a Skybreaker swear an oath that s/he will become a personification of law and truth. Nale is the only current Skybreaker to have achieved it - and the only Herald - as it has been centuries since anyone mastered the Fifth Ideal.[4]


Skybreakers were first revealed by Brandon in a Q&A.[9] When the order was founded and took Nale as their Herald, Nale initially refused to take patronage of it. It was some time till Nale agreed to this.

Q&A with BrandonEdit

Q: Are the Skybreakers kind of like the MPs of the KR?

A: Yes. That is actually a really good analogy.


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