The Thrill is a heady euphoria described differently given the situation in which a combatant is involved.[1][2] It is a feeling experienced by an individual and, likely, each individual's interpretation of it is unique.

Men didn't often speak of the Thrill, the joy and lust for battle. It was a private thing.[1]

Seemingly, The Thrill 'sings' within the combatant's mind and provides him with focus and a sense of glory, thereby affording him the internal confidence to persevere, even in the face of deadly adversarial conflict.[3]

Knights Radiant are immune to the Thrill's effects, and are often racked with feelings of disgust and nausea if it starts to come upon them.[citation needed]

The Thrill, as always, is fleeting once battle itself has ended.[2] A dull sense of nothingness follows. Also, pain from injury surges as the Thrill fades.[4]

Until Taravangian's takeover of Jah Keved, it seemed as if the Thrill was largely focused in Alethkar. Now, it appears to be moving westward, into Jah Keved and beyond.[citation needed]


For Dalinar, as a young soldier, the Thrill began as an emotion that stirred inside him like a fire that filled the pit within. It washed through him and awakened him, bringing clarity.[4]

It thrummed inside him as the pulse of battle, the rhythm of killing and dying. It drove away the pain of injury, let him focus.[4]


The Thrill seems to be connected to a Voidspren known as Nergaoul.[5]

According to Taravangian, the Thrill only affects people who are in a certain proximity to Nergaoul.[6]

Types of ThrillsEdit

There exist the Thrill of Contest and the Thrill of Battle,[7] of which readers know. It is possible that more 'Thrills' will be made known to readers in the coming novels within The Stormlight Archive.


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