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

Tension (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Stonewards are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Stonewards share Surges with the orders of Willshapers (Cohesion) and Bondsmiths (Tension). Talenel is the patron of this order.


As observed by Dalinar in one of his visions, the Stonewards were one of two orders of Knights Radiant who had turned their backs on their fellows (i.e., the Day of Recreance).[1]

Now, as each order was thus matched to the nature and temperament of the Herald it named patron, there was none more archetypal of this than the Stonewards, who followed after Talenelat'Elin, Stonesinew, Herald of War: they thought it a point of virtue to exemplify resolve, strength, and dependability. Alas, they took less care for imprudent practice of their stubbornness, even in the face of proven error.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 13, page 1[2]


As indicated above, the Stonewards were most archetypal to the matching of their order with the nature and temperament of their patron Herald. They thought it a point of virtue to exemplify resolve, strength and dependability. Unfortunately, they took less care for the practice of their stubbornness, even when facing proven error.[2]


The glow of their Shardplate was amber.[3]

Known StonewardsEdit

Talatin was a Radiant of this order.[3]

Immortal WordsEdit

All Stonewards 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 Stonewards, these Ideals are as follows:

The First IdealEdit

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[4]


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