The True Desolation, also called the Everstorm or the Night of Sorrows, is the upcoming and supposedly final confrontation between humankind and the forces of Odium. Most of what is known about this confrontation is in the recorded last words of those who have recently died.
Due to the fact that the Heralds told the people that the Desolations have ended and they won the war, many people do not believe that it is real.
The Everstorm ComesEdit
In the final chapter and event in The Way of Kings, Talenel'Elin, Herald of the Almighty, appears in Kholinar, prophesying the coming of the True Desolation. It appears the new Everstorm will transform the Parshendi into Voidbringers.
In Words of Radiance it is revealed that the Everstorm must be summoned by the Parshendi using a forbidden form called Stormform. The amount of Parshendi required to do this numbers in the thousands. While Dalinar's army makes a valiant attempt, it is unable to stop the Parshendi before they complete the summoning of the storm with their multi-level song. This song, according to Rlain, is death; the rhythm of destruction. The storm is noted to be going the wrong way (i.e., west to east).
The True Desolation appears to be different from the other Desolations as noted by Wit; the Storm will transform parshmen into Voidbringers rather than all Parshendi transforming at once, as was thought by Jasnah Kholin. She notes that this makes all the information she gathered during her time in Shadesmar nearly useless.
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|“||Unite them. The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows.||”|
|“||I have said I that cannot be of much help to you. The Night of Sorrows will come, and the True Desolation. The Everstorm.||”|
–the Almighty during one of Dalinar's visions
|“||I am Talenel'Elin, Stonesinew, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh, God... it has come.||”|
–Talenel'Elin announcing the coming of a new Desolation
|“||It's not of us, but of him.||”|