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Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Unknown
Nationality Rosharan
Gender Male
Status Dead
Abilities Shardholder, Surgebinding
Social Information
Aliases Almighty, Honor
Appears in The Way of Kings (referred to),
Words of Radiance (referred to),
Oathbringer (referred to)

Tanavast was the Shardholder of the Shard of Adonalsium, Honor. He is/was a deity, widely worshipped on the world of Roshar. His power stemmed from Honor, which presumably fuels the ten Surges. He was killed, or Splintered,[1] by the Shard Odium sometime after the Oathpact was broken, which was a very long time ago.[2]

Whether this was Tanavast's design or not, millennia have passed without Rayse taking the life of another of the sixteen.*

Frost to Hoid[3]


"Tanavast was a fine enough fellow - bought me drinks once - but he was not God."

–Hoid to Jasnah[4]


The Stormfather refers to Kaladin as a "CHILD OF TANAVAST. CHILD OF HONOR."[5]

Additionally, he refers to him as a "SON OF TANAVAST."[6]


Fan art by Kyle Pearson[2]

From the beginning of The Way of Kings, Tanavast is indeed dead, but - according to Brandon - he apparently could have survived Odium's Splintering for a time.[7][8]

According to Brandon's beta-reader, Drew McCaffrey,[3] Tanavast is now a Cognitive Shadow merged with the Stormfather.[9]

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*Rayse is/was the Shardholder of Odium.[10]