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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.

History

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]

Characteristics

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]

Appearance

The glow of their Shardplate was amber.[3]

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Stoneward
Artwork by Petar Penev[1]

Known Stonewards

Talatin was a Radiant of this order.[3]

Oaths

Stoneward oaths focus on team dynamics, on learning to work with others, and on being there for those who need them. They put the interests of others before their own, and will not bend their Ideals for the sake of convenience.

Stonewards are the infantry and ground troops of the Radiants and are renowned as their finest soldiers. (A title that, on occasion, the Windrunners dispute.) They tend to attract those who are most interested in warfare, prowess with weapons, or athletics of any sort. They like a challenge, and in times of peace are seen engaging in (and running) various sporting events of both a military and non-military nature. Many enjoy the outdoors, and one will find exploration enthusiasts among them, as well as those who just like the fresh air. They tend to be known for their can-do attitudes and for taking on enormous projects (sometimes more than they can handle). However, most agree that the primary attribute of the Stonewards is their dependability. Though sometimes gregarious, they are never flighty. If a Stoneward is one's friend, they will be there for such a friend, and that is a core tenet of their order — to be there when they are needed. Another key attribute is their ability to take a difficult situation with few resources and make something better of it. Though not known as inventors or creators, they are good at improvising solutions to problems in the moment.[4]

Immortal Words

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 Ideal

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[5]

References

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