Dalinar's visions are short episodes that Dalinar Kholin experiences during highstorms, which have driven him to question himself at every turn. The visions throw him into times of conflict and change; turning points.
The visions began to occur after Dalinar began listening to readings from The Way of Kings. He experienced strange episodes during each highstorm. During these episodes, Dalinar had to be tied to the chair because he raved and thrashed about. Initially, he considered them prophecies from the Almighty. However, after Adolin vocally put his father's sanity in doubt, Dalinar began to consider himself deluded and thus incapable of ruling House Kholin. Until Navani realizes his garbled mumbling is, in fact, a translated line from an ancient poem in Dawnchant that no one had previously understood, it is proven his visions were indeed somewhat prophetic. She recognized his last words as part of the Analectics and thusly proves that Dalinar's visions aren't delusions. Further, she gains an opportunity to translate the Dawnchant and, as a result, the Analectics.. Dalinar then accepted that he is not "getting old" and realizes he mustn't abdicate the position of Highprince just yet.
Although not all his visions are explained in detail, it is stated that he has experienced over a dozen of them by the time The Way of Kings ends. These visions often take him to scenes in the past where he embodies a person of the time and controls their body, freely interacting with others in the vision.
- In the first of his visions, as he recalled on the chasmfiend hunt, he seemed to stand atop a peak overlooking desolation and was told ...
|“||"You must unite them." the strange, booming words had told him. "You must prepare. Build of your people a fortress of strength and peace, a wall to resist the winds. Cease squabbling and unite. The Everstorm comes." ||”|
- During the first vision described in more detail, his twelfth in all, he is transported to a small cottage where a young girl and woman are being attacked by black monsters, later identified as Midnight Essence. After fighting them off and fleeing with the woman and child, they are once again attacked by these monsters only to be saved by, what he later discovers, are the legendary Knights Radiant. He is very shocked to discover one of the Radiants is a woman, as he has never heard of a female Shardbearer.
- In the second he is transported to Feverstone Keep (so named for the red stones that make up the walls) during a time of war. Possessing the body of a young guard, he is the first to spot an oncoming army of roughly 300 Radiants - comprised of " ... all races and nationalities, dark skin and light, some with white Thaylen eyebrows, others with the skin ripples of the Selay ... " - who approach the keep wall only to stop, summon their Shardblades, then thrust them into the ground and walk away, abandoning their calling and duty. As Dalinar attempts to question several of the Radiants with little result, the soldiers in the keep surge out, attempting to claim the Shardblades for themselves. Chaos erupts as they begin to cut each other down, each soldier attempting to secure a weapon. Eventually one of the Radiants responds to Dalinar's questioning, but provides only vague answers which confuse Dalinar further. The highstorm ends and Dalinar awakes from his vision.
- During the third of his visions to be shown in the book, he embodies King Nohadon's advisor right after a Desolation has taken place. Although he initially does not realize to whom he is speaking, he eventually realizes the man before him is the author of the book he eventually knows as The Way of Kings. When the king asks for his advice on how to deal with the current tragedy, Dalinar advices him to write a book about his experiences and opinions, which the king laughs off as a ridiculous idea. Later, Dalinar realizes the king was too young and needed to experience more before being able to write the book which would later guide his life and that of Gavilar, plus, that it was the wrong time for him to write a book, for one could not lead by example when the people had little honor or discipline.
- In his fourth and final vision in The Way of Kings, he appears before the destroyed city of Kholinar where he meets one who names himself the Almighty. Standing upon a rock spire and looking at the void below, the Almighty reveals that he is dead and that Odium has killed him and plans to destroy everything. Dalinar realizes that the Almighty never could hear him and he had been misinterpreting what he had been hearing all along. He is also in a way commissioned to prepare the people to face Odium.
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