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The Order's two Surges: Progression (top left),

Illumination (bottom left) and Ideal/Essence.

Truthwatchers are one of the Ten Orders of Knights Radiant. Truthwatchers share the Surges of the Edgedancers (Progression) and the Lightweavers (Illumination). Paliah is the patron of this Order.


Now, as the Truthwatchers were esoteric in nature, their order being formed entirely of those who never spoke or wrote of what they did, in this lies frustration for those who would see their exceeding secrecy from the outside; they were not naturally inclined to explanation; and in the case of Corberon's disagreements, their silence was not a sign of an exceeding abundance of disdain, but rather an exceeding abundance of tact.

–From Words of Radiance, chapter 11, page 6[1]


As stated above, the Truthwatchers are described as being esoteric in nature, comprised of those who never spoke or wrote about what they did. They were exceedingly secretive from the outside due to an exceeding abundance of tact, and not naturally inclined to explanation.[1]

Known TruthwatchersEdit

Renarin Kholin, through Glys, belongs to this Order.[2]
Ym was suspected of belonging to this Order before his murder by Nale.[3] Brandon has since confirmed this suspicion.[4]

Immortal WordsEdit

The First IdealEdit

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.[5]