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

Cohesion (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Willshapers are one of the ten orders of Knights Radiant. Willshapers share Surges with the orders of Elsecallers (Transportation) and Stonewards (Cohesion). Kalak is the patron of this order.


And now, if there was an uncut gem among the Radiants, it was the Willshapers; for though enterprising, they were erratic, and Invia wrote of them, capricious, frustrating, unreliable, as taking it for granted that others would agree; this may have been an intolerant view, as often Invia expressed, for this order was said to be most varied, inconsistent in temperament save for a general love of adventure, novelty, or oddity.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 7, page 1[1]


As indicated above, the Willshapers were enterprising, though erratic. They were described as being capricious, frustrating and unreliable. However, they were also said to be most varied; inconsistent in temperament save for a general love of adventure, novelty or oddity.[1]

They also had an affinity to act as liaisons with the great ones of the spren, but never were the true masters of that realm.[2]

Immortal WordsEdit

All Willshapers 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 Willshapers, these Ideals are as follows:

The First IdealEdit

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[3]


It has been speculated by readers that Venli will become a Willshaper.


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