Spren are creatures of nature. With the exception of Shinovar, where there are no spren, they are a common sight all over Roshar and tend to be ignored. Spren are not fully understood. They take different shapes and forms, appearing around certain events, ideas, or abnormalities. Some spren live in Shadesmar, the Cognitive Realm.
Origins of SprenEdit
Some of the many spren found on modern Roshar were created by Honor and Cultivation at some point before the Desolations started, by Splintering themselves. After Odium killed Tanavast, Honor's bearer, he Splintered Honor further, creating the many diverse spren found on Roshar. Some spren are also apparently the result of Investiture left behind by Adonalsium himself.
Types of SprenEdit
- Main article: Spren Types
Spren come in many different varieties each associated with and named for their own phenomenon. Most spren are non-sentient, however, some could become sentient and there are some that already are, for example Kaladin's Honorspren, Syl. It's been theorized, that the process of becoming sentient might be linked to the Nahel bond.
They also have their own names, that don't necessarily relate to the name that Roshar inhabitants gave them.
List of names for known spren on Roshar and in Shadesmar:
- Chasmfiend Spren
- Liespren (Cryptics)
They have their own society on Shadesmar, and they have their own culture, hierarchy and politics. For example, the Cryptics (liespren) and the Honorspren seem to be two groups of spren nobility, and have they a strong mutual dislike for each other. They also seem to have differing views on whether or not spren should be bonding with humans.
Effect of SprenEdit
Whilst many spren appear to do nothing but gather around whatever they are named after, some people think that the spren cause the things they're named after rather than the other way around. For instance, many believe that rotspren cause infection in a wound, as opposed to gathering as a sign that there is an infection present.
However, spren do appear to be significant relative to the various powers of the Knights Radiant orders, which appear to be available to people who are bonded by a spren in the way that Syl is bonded with Kaladin.
Characteristics of Spren Edit
Spren are typically amorphous and often change in size, luminosity, and shape. However, Geranid with her husband Ashir found that a spren will stay the same size after being measured if that measurement is recorded. This rule holds true even if the person performing the measurement does not know whether or not the measurement is being recorded. The cause for this is unknown.
Spren can exist for thousands of years and they can die.
They have a different physical form in their realm, Shadesmar.
|“||Spren appear when something changes - when fear appears or when it begins to rain. They are the heart of change, and therefore the heart of all things.||”|
|“|| By my best guess, spren are elements of the Cognitive Realm that have leaked into the physical world. They're concepts that have gained a fragment of sentience, perhaps because of human intervention.
Humans personify. We speak of the wind as if it had a will of its own.
Spren are those ideas - the ideas of collective human experience - somehow come alive. Shadesmar is where that first happens, and it is their place. Though we created it, they shaped it. They live there; they rule there, within their own cities.''