Ardents are Vorin priests and religious scholars or monk-like members of the ardentia who follow and teach the Vorin religion. Addressed with titles of "Brother" or "Sister", each ardent belongs to one of the Devotaries
Upon joining the ardentia, a new priest might choose a new name.
A new life, a new name, often a simple one.
The Hierocracy is considered the failure of Vorinism, and is also called the War of Loss. During this time period, ardents attempted to conquer the world and control the people, "for their own good."
Priests controlled what people learned, what religious paths they followed, and the overall doctrine. The priests claimed to see visions and prophesy, and claimed that the common people could not understand theology.
These priests were eventually cast down by Sunmaker.
Since the Hierocracy, ardents are "owned" by the rulers and Highprinces of Roshar. They aren't supposed to engage in politics and are officially forbidden to do so. Shallan mentions that her father owns three elderly ardents. Kadash, an ardent owned by Dalinar, tells Adolin that Dalinar is not his religious superior, but that Dalinar " ... is the Almighty's guardian of this people, set to watch me and make certain I don't rise above my station."
Ardents minister to the people and assist members of the Vorin community to reach "Points in their Glories and Callings". They are no longer permitted to own property or participate in politics, but some weasel their way into doing so. Example: Brother Kabsal through his position as a member of the Ghostbloods.
- Brother Kabsal - Ardent in the retinue of King Taravangian of Kharbranth.
- Brother Ashir - Ardent whose Calling is cooking, who is married to Sister Geranid.
- Sister Geranid - Ardent doing a scientific study of flamespren.
- Brother Lhan - Senior ardent in former Queen Aesudan Kholin's retinue to whom Sister Pai was assigned.
- Sister Pai - Ardent whose execution ignited the Kholinar riots.
- Brother Lhanin - Kabsal lost a bet to him.
- Brother Kadash - Owned by Dalinar.
- Brother Ladent - Owned by Dalinar.
- Brother Tadet - Owned by Dalinar.
- Brother Habsant - Owned by King Taravangian of Kharbranth.
- Brother Ixil - Owned by King Taravangian.
- Brother Mungam - Owned by King Taravangian; runs the hospital in which Shallan heals after her "accident."
- Sister Zeheb - Brings a scroll to Kaladin.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Words of Radiance, Inter12.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Way of Kings, 18. Highprince of War
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 54. Gibletish
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Way of Kings, 7. Anything Reasonable
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Way of Kings, Inter8.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Way of Kings, 28. Decision
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 33. Cymatics
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 42. Beggars and Barmaids
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 48. Strawberry
- ↑ Oathbringer, 7. A Watcher At The Rim