Everstorm - Kaladin
Fan art by endave[1]

The Everstorm , the True Desolation or Night of Sorrows[1], was believed to be the supposed final confrontation between humankind and the forces of Odium.

Due to the fact that the Heralds told the people that the Desolations had ended and they won the war, many people do not believe that the Everstorm is real.

However, after the Parshendi sing it into existence and are simultaneously recognized as the Voidbringers,[2] the people at Narak and in the warcamps flee to Urithiru via the Oathgate.[3]

Advent of the EverstormEdit


The Everlasting Storm
Photograph by Fritz Pascal

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.

In Words of Radiance, it is revealed that the Everstorm originated on the Shattered Plains during the Weeping. It was summoned by the Parshendi who used a forbidden form called Stormform as a desperate measure to combat the Alethi troops approaching Narak.[citation needed] 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.[2] The storm is noted to be going the wrong way (i.e., west to east), the opposite of that of a highstorm.

The storm appears to either gather or generate Voidspren, which are implied to create Thunderclasts and Voidbringers.

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.[1] She notes that this makes all the information she gathered during her time in Shadesmar nearly useless.[citation needed]

The Stormfather tells Dalinar that the storm isn't natural; that it is unknown, new. Dalinar thinks it feels vengeful. The Stormfather tells him that the enemy rides this storm.[4]

Characteristics of the EverstormEdit

Its black clouds are lit from within by crackling red lightning. It rides low in the sky. It is a wave of darkness that is hauntingly silent. The red bolts don't rumble with thunder. While there is the occasional crack, the sounds of the storm don't match the flashes of red light that rise from deep within it.[4]

It is slower than a highstorm and it doesn't recharge spheres, even if left out during the entire storm.[4]

Effects of the EverstormEdit

Houses are ripped apart while the screams of their occupants are lost in the tempest. People caught in their fields - swept barren - run in panic before it. Cities are blasted with lightning, towns cast into shadow. A vast sea of glowing red eyes come awake like spheres suddenly renewed with Stormlight.[4]

The storm rains destruction upon the people and winds attack in bursts, hostile, even deliberate.[4]

To Dalinar, the enemy seems more interested in preying upon small towns, the fields, the people caught unaware. Though not as destructive as he'd feared, it would still leave thousands dead, cities broken. It would steal the parshmen laborers and turn them into Voidbringers, loosed on the public.[4]

It would exact a price in blood from Roshar not seen since the Desolations.[4]



Photograph by Glenn Burns

The Everstorm is the power of Odium, the Shard of Hate, brought to Roshar. The spren he creates are able to create Thunderclasts and turn parshmen into their Void form (i.e., Stormform).


Unite them. The sun approaches the horizon. The Everstorm comes. The True Desolation. The Night of Sorrows.

–The Almighty during one of Dalinar's visions[5]

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[1]

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.

Syl to Kaladin[6]