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Following is a list, in chapter sequence, of the epigraphs that appear within Words of Radiance. Omitted chapters are those of Shallan's flashbacks, for which there are no epigraphs. Neither are there epigraphs for the interludes.

Navani's JournalEdit

Main article: Navani's Journal
Chapter Epigraph Sources
One To be perfectly frank, what has happened these last two months is upon my head. The death, destruction, loss, and pain are my burden. I should have seen it coming. And I should have stopped it. From the personal journal of Navani Kholin, Jeseses 1174
Two Our first clue was the Parshendi. Even weeks before they abandoned their pursuit of the gemhearts, their pattern of fighting changed. They lingered on the plateaus after battles, as if waiting for something. From the personal journal of Navani Kholin, Jeseses 1174
Three Soldiers reported being watched from afar by an unnerving number of Parshendi scouts. Then we noted a new pattern of their penetrating close to the camps in the night and then quickly retreating. I can only surmise that our enemies were even then preparing their stratagem to end this war. From the personsl journal of Navani Kholin, Jeseses 1174
Four The next clue came on the walls. I did not ignore this sign, but neither did I grasp its full implications. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jeseses 1174
Five The sign on the wall proposed a greater danger, even, than its deadline. To foresee the future is of the Voidbringers. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jeseses 1174
Six We had never considered that there might be Parshendi spies hiding among our slaves. This is something else I should have seen. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesan 1174
Seven I was unprepared for the grief my loss brought - like an unexpected rain - breaking from a clear sky and crashing down upon me. Gavilar's death years ago was overwhelming, but this ... this nearly crushed me. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174
Eight I seek not to use my grief as an excuse, but it is an explanation. People act strangely soon after encountering an unexpected loss. though Jasnah had been away for some time, her loss was unexpected. I, like many, assumed her to be immortal. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174
Nine I wish to think that had I not been under sorrow's thumb, I would have seen earlier the approaching dangers. Yet in all honesty, I'm not certain anything could have been done. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174
Eleven But, understandably, we were focused on Sadeas. His betrayal was still fresh, and I saw its signs each day as I passed empty barracks and grieving widows. We knew that Sadeas would not simply rest upon his slaughters in pride. More was coming. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174
Twelve Unfortunately, we fixated upon Sadeas's plotting so much that we did not take note of the changed pattern of our enemies, the murderers of my husband, the true danger. I would like to know what wind brought about their sudden, inexplicable transformation. From the journal of Navani Kholin, Jesesach 1174

Listener SongsEdit

Main article: Listeners
Chapter Epigraph Sources
Thirteen Warform is worn for battle and reign, Claimed by the gods, given to kill. Unknown, unseen, but vital to gain. It comes to those with the will. From the Listener Song of Listing, 15th stanza
Fourteen Mateform meek, for love to share, Given to life, it brings us joy. To find this form, one must care. True empathy one must employ. From the Listener Song of Listing, 5th stanza
Fifteen Workform worn for strength and care. Whispering spren breathe at your ear. Seek first this form, its mysteries to bear. Found here is freedom from fear. From the Listener Song of Listing, 19th stanza
Sixteen Nimbleform has a delicate touch. Gave the gods this form to many, Tho' once defied, by the gods they were crushed. This form craves precision and plenty. From the Listener Song of Listing, 27th stanza
Seventeen Dullform dread, with the mind most lost. The lowest, and one not bright. To find this form, one need banish the cost. It finds you and brings you to blight. From the Listener Song of Listing, final stanza
Eighteen Scholarform shown for patience and thought. Beware its ambitions innate. Though study and diligence bring reward, Loss of innocence may be one's fate. From the Listener Song of Listing, 69th stanza
Twenty Artform applied for beauty and hue. One yearns for the songs it creates. Most misunderstood by the artist it's true, Come the spren to foundation's fates. From the Listener Song of Listing, 90th stanza
Twenty-one Meditationform made for peace, it's said. Form of teaching and consolation. When used by the gods, it became instead Form of lies and desolation. From the Listener Song of Listing, 33rd stanza
Twenty-two Stormform is said to cause A tempest of winds and showers, Beware its powers. Though its coming brings the gods their night, It obliges a bloodred spren. Beware its end, beware its end. From the Listener Song of Winds, 4th stanza
Twenty-three Nightform predicting what will be, The form of shadows, mind to foresee. As the gods did leave, the Nightform whispered. A new storm will come, someday to break. A new storm a new world to make. A new storm a new path to take, the Nightform listens. From the Listener Song of Secrets, 17th stanza
Twenty-four Decayform destroys the soul of dreams. A form of gods to avoid, it seems. Seek not its touch, nor beckon its screams, deny it. Watch where you walk, your toes to tread, O'er hill or rocky riverbed Hold dear the fears that fill your head, defy it. From the Listener Song of Secrets, 27th stanza
Twenty-five Smokeform for hiding and slipping between men. A form of power, like human Surges. Bring it 'round again. Though crafted of gods, It was by Unmade hand. Leaves its force to be but one of foe or friend. From the Listener Song of Histories, 127th stanza
Twenty-six They blame our people For the loss of that land. The city that once covered it Did range the eastern strand. The power made known in the tomes of our clan Our gods were not who shattered these plains. From the Listener Song of Wars, 55th stanza
Twenty-eight The betrayal of spren has brought us here. They gave their surges to human heirs, But not to those who know them most dear, before us. 'Tis no surprise we turned away Unto the gods we spent our days And to become their molding clay, they changed us. From the Listener Song of Secrets, 40th stanza
Twenty-nine Artform for colors beyond our ken; For its grand songs we yearn. We must attract creationspren; These songs suffice 'til we learn. From the Listener Song of Revision, 279th stanza
Thirty Tis said it was warm in the land far away When Voidbringers entered our songs. We brought them home to stay And then those homes became our own, It happened gradually. And years ahead 'twil still be said 'tis how it has to be. From the Listener Song of Histories, 12th stanza
Thirty-one Smokeform for hiding and slipping 'tween men. A form of power - like Surges of spren. Do we dare to wear this form again? It spies. Crafted of gods, this form we fear. By Unmade touch its curse to bear, Formed from shadow - and death is near; it lies. From the Listener Song of Secrets, 51st stanza
Thirty-two The spren betrayed us, it's often felt. Our minds are too close to their realm That gives us our forms, but more is then Demanded by the smartest spren, We can't provide what the hi ans lend, Though broth we are, their meat is men. From the Listener Song of Spren, 9th stanza
Thirty-three But it is not impossible to blend Their surges to ours in then end. It has been promoted and it can come. Or do we understand the sum? We question not if they can have us then, But if we dare to have them again. From the Listener Song of spren, 10th stanza
Thirty-four Our gods were born splinters of a soul, Of one who seeks to take control, Destroys all lands that he beholds, with spite. They are his spren, his gift, his price. But the nightforms speak of future life, A challenged champion. A strife even he must requite. From the Listener Song of Secrets, final stanza

Words of RadianceEdit

Main article: Words of Radiance (book)
Chapter Epigraph Sources
Thirty-five They also, when they had settled their rulings in the nature of each bond's placement, called the name of it the Nahel bond, with regard to its effect upon the souls of those caught in its grip; in this description, each was related to the bonds that drive Roshar itself, ten Surges, named in turn and two for each order; in this light, it can be seen that each order would by necessity share one Surge with each of its neighbors. From Words of Radiance, chapter 8, page 6
Thirty-six And when they were spoken of by the common folk, the Releasers claimed to be misjudged because of the dreadful nature of their power; and when they dealt with others, always were they firm in their claim that other epithets, notably "Dustbringers," often heard in the common speech, were unacceptable substitutions, in particular for their similarity to the word "Voidbringers." They did also exercise anger in great prejudice regarding it, though to many who speak, there was little difference between these two assemblies. From Words of Radiance, chapter 17, page 11
Thirty-seven Now, as each order was thus matched to the nature and temperament of the Herald it named patron, there was none more archetypal of this than the Stonewards, who followed after Talenelat'Elin, Stonesinew, Herald of War: they thought it a point of virtue to exemplify resolve, strength, and dependability. Alas, they took less care for imprudent practice of their stubbornness, even in the face of proven error. From Words of Radiance, chapter 13, page 1
Thirty-eight Now, as the Windrunners were thus engaged, arose the event which has hitherto been referenced: namely, that discovery of some wicked thing of eminence, though whether it be some rogueries among the Radiants' adherents or of some external origen, Avena would not suggest. From Words of Radiance, chapter 38, page 6
Forty That they responded immediately and with great consternation is undeniable, as these were primary among those who would forswear and abandon their oaths. The term Recreance was not then applied, but has since become a popular title by which this event is named. From Words of Radiance, chapter 38, page 6
Forty-one This act of great villainy went beyond the impudence which had hitherto been ascribed to the orders; as the fighting was particularly intense at this time, many attributed this act to a sense of inherent betrayal; and after they withdrew, about two thousand made assault upon them, destroying much of the membership; but this was only nine of the ten, as one said they would not abandon their arms and flee, but instead entertained great subterfuge at the expense of the other nine. From Words of Radiance, chapter 38, page 20
Forty-two But as for Ishi'Elin, his was the part most important at their inception; he readily understood the implications of Surges being granted to men, and caused organization to be thrust upon them; as having too great power, he let it be known that he would destroy each and every one, unless they agreed to be bound by precepts and laws. From Words of Radiance, chapter 2, page 4
Forty-three And thus were the disturbances in the Revv topiarchy quieted, when, upon their ceasing to prosecute their civil dissensions, Nalan'Elin betook himself to finally accept the Skybreakers who had named him their master, when initially he had spurned their advances and, in his own interests, refused to countenance that which he deemed a pursuit of vanity and annoyance; this was the last of the Heralds to admit such patronage. From Words of Radiance, chapter 5, page 17
Forty-four But as for the Bondsmiths, they had members only three, which number was not uncommon for them; nor did they seek to increase this by great bounds, for during the times of Madasa, only one of their order was in continual accompaniment of Urithiru and its thrones. Their spren was understood to be specific, and to persuade them to grow to the magnitude of the other orders was seen as seditious. From Words of Radiance, chapter 16, page 14
Forty-six When Simol was informed of the arrical of the Edgedancers, a concealed consternation and terror, as is common in such cases, fell upon him; although they were not the most demanding of orders, their graceful, limber movements hid a deadliness that was, by this time, quite renownes; also, they were the most articulate and refined of the Radiants. From Words of Radiance, chapter 20, page 12
Forty-seven Yet, were the orders not disheartened by so great a defeat, for the Lightweavers provided spiritual sustenance; they were enticed by those glorious creations to venture on a second assault. From Words of Radiance, chapter 21, page 10
Forty-nine These Lightweavers, by no coincidence, included many who pursued the arts; namely: writers, artists, musicians, painters, sculptors. Considering the order's general temperament, the tales of their strange and varied mnemonic abilities may have been embellished. From Words of Radiance, chapter 21, page 10
Fifty And now, if there was an uncut gem among the Radiants, it was the Willshapers; for though enterprising, they were erratic, and Invia wrote of them, "capricious, frustrating, unreliable," as taking it for granted that others would agree; this may have been an intolerant view, as often Invia expressed, for this order was said to be the most varied, inconsistent in temperament save for a general love of adventure, novelty, or oddity. From Words of Radiance, chapter 7, page 1
Fifty-one In short, if any presume Kazilah to be innocent, you must look at the facts and deny them in their entirety; to say that the Radiants were destitute of integrity for this execution of one their own, one who had obviously fraternized with the unwholesome elements, indicates the most slothful of reasoning; for the enemy's baleful influence demanded vigilance on all occasions, of war and of peace. From Words of Radiance, chapter 32, page 17
Fifty-two 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
Fifty-three As to the other orders that were inferior in this visiting of the far realm of spren, the Elsecallers were prodigiously benevelolent, allowing others as auxiliary to their visits and interactions; though they did never relinquish their place as prime liaisons with the great ones of the spren; and the Lightweavers and Willshapers both also had an affinity to the same, though neither were the true masters of that realm. From Words of Radiance, chapter 6, page 2
Fifty-four There came also sixteen of the order of Windrunners, and with them a considerable number of squires, and finding in that place the Skybreakers dividing the innocent from the guilty, there ensued a great debate. From Words of Radiance, chapter 28, page 3
Fifty-five The considerable abilities of the Skybreakers for making such amounted to an almost divine skill, for which no specific Surge or spren grants capacity, but however the order came to such an aptitude, the fact of it was real and acknowledged even by their rivals. From Words of Radiance, chapter 28, page 3
Fifty-six Twenty-three cohorts followed behind, that came from the contributions of the King of Makabakam, for though the bond between man and spren was at times inexplicable, the ability for bonded spren to manifest in our world rather than their own grew stronger through the course of the oaths given. From Words of Radiance, chapter 35, page 9
Fifty-seven Malachim was stymied, for though he was inferior to none in the arts of war, he was not suitable for the Lightweavers; he wished for his oaths to be elementary and straightforward, and yet their spren were liberal, as to our comprehension, in definitions pertaining to this matter; the process included speaking truths as an approach to a threshold of self-awareness that Malachin could never attain. From Words of Radiance, chapter 12, page 12
Fifty-eight So Melishi retired to his tent, and resolved to destroy the Voidbringers upon the next day, but that night did present a different stratagem, related to the unique abilities of the Bondsmiths; and being hurried, he could make no specific account of his process; it was related to the very nature of the Heralds and their divine duties, an attribute the Bondsmiths alone could address. From Words of Radiance, chapter 30, page 18

The Second LetterEdit

Main article: The Second Letter
Chapter Epigraph Sources
Fifty-nine I'll address this letter to my old friend, as I have no idea what name you're using currently. It has been confirmed by Brandon, through the husband of a reader (#46) on, that the recipient of the original letter is a dragon.[1] Therefore, it has been reasonably deduced that the writer of this letter is that dragon (i.e., Frost).
Sixty Have you given up on the gemstone now that it is dead? And do you no longer hide behind the name of your old master? I am told that in your current incarnation you've taken a name that references what you presume to be one of your virtues.
Sixty-two This is, I suspect, a little like a skunk naming itself for its stench.
Sixty-three Now, look what you've made me say. You've always been able to bring out the most extreme in me, old friend. And I do still name you a friend, for all that you weary me.
Sixty-four Yes, I'm disappointed. Perpetually, as you put it.
Sixty-six Is not the destruction we have wrought enough? The worlds you now tread bear the touch and design of Adonalsium. Our interference so far has brought nothing but pain.
Sixty-seven My path has been chosen very deliberately. Yes, I agree with everything you have said about Rayse, including the severe danger he presents.
Sixty-eight However, it seems to me that all things have been set up for a purpose, and if we - as infants - stumble through the workshop, we risk exacerbating, not preventing, a problem.
Sixty-nine Rayse is captive. He cannot leave the system he now inhabits. His destructive potential is, therefore, inhibited.
Seventy Whether this was Tanavast's design or not, millennia have passed without Rayse taking the life of another of the sixteen. While I mourn for the great suffering Rayse has caused, I do not believe we could hope for a better outcome than this.
Seventy-one He bears the weight of God's own divine hatred, separated from the virtues that gave it context. He is what we made him to be, old friend. And that is what he, unfortunately, wished to become.
Seventy-two I suspect that he is more a force than an individual now, despite your insistence to the contrary. That force is contained, and an equilibrium reached.
Seventy-four You, however, have never been a force for equilibrium. You tow chaos behind you like a corpse dragged by one leg through the snow. Please, harken to my plea. Leave that place and join me in my oath of nonintervention.
Seventy-five The cosmere itself may depend upon our restraint.

The DiagramEdit

Main article: The Diagram
Chapter Epigraph Sources
Seventy-six They will come you cannot stop their oaths look for those who survive when they should not that pattern will be your clue. From the Diagram, Coda of the Northwest Bottom Corner: paragraph 3
Seventy-seven One danger in deploying such a potent weapon will be the potential encouragement of those exploring the Nahel bond. Care must be taken to avoid placing these subjects in situations of powerful stress unless you accept the consequences of their potential Investiture. From the Diagram, Floorboard 27: paragraph 6
Seventy-eight Ah ​but ​they ​were ​left ​behind. ​It ​is ​obvious ​from ​the n​ature ​of ​the ​bond. ​But ​where ​where ​where ​where? ​Set off. ​Obvious. ​Realization​ like apricity​. They​ are ​with ​the ​Shin. ​We ​must ​find ​one. ​Can ​we ​make ​to ​use ​a ​Truthless? ​Can ​we ​craft​ a ​weapon? From the Diagram, Floorboard 17: paragraph 2, every second letter starting with the first
Seventy-nine Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm.

Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.

From the Diagram, Catechism of the Back of the Flowered painting: paragraph 1
Eighty You must become king. of Everything. From the Diagram, Tenets of Instruction, Back of the Footboard: paragraph 1
Eighty-one The Unmade are a deviation, a flair, a conundrum that may not be worth your time. You cannot help but think of them. They are fascinating. Many are mindless. Like the spren of human emotions, only much more nasty. I do believe a few can think, however. From the Diagram, Book of the 2nd Desk Drawer: paragraph 14
Eighty-two There is one you will watch. Though all of them have some relevance to precognition, Moelach is one of the most powerful in this regard. His touch seeps into a soul as it breaks apart from the body, creating manifestations powered by the spark of death itself. But no, this is a distraction. Deviation. Kingship. We must discuss the nature of kingship. From the Diagram, Book of the 2nd Desk Drawer: paragraph 15
Eighty-three Obviously they are fools. The Desolation needs no usher. It can and will sit where it wishes and the signs are obvious that the spren anticipate it doing so soon. The Ancient of Stones must finally begin to crack. It is a wonder that upon his will rested the prosperity and peace of a world for over four millennia. From the Diagram, Book of the 2nd Ceiling Rotation: pattern 1
Eighty-four 1118251011127124915121010111410215117112101121713448

311107151425414341091614914934121225410101251271015 19101112341255115251215755111234101112915121061534

From the Diagram, Book of the 2nd Ceiling Rotation: pattern 15
Eighty-five But who is the wanderer, the wild piece, the one who makes no sense? I glimpse at his implications, and the world opens to me. I shy back. Impossible. Is it? From the Diagram, West Wall Psalm of Wonders: paragraph 8

(Note by Adrotagia: Could this refer to Mraize?)

Eighty-six One is almost certainly a traitor to the others. From the Diagram, Book of the 2nd Desk Drawer: paragraph 27
Eighty-seven Chaos in Alethkar is, of course, inevitable. Watch carefully, and do not let power in the kingdom solidify. The Blackthorn could become an ally or our greatest foe, depending on whether he takes the path of the warlord or not. If he seems likely to sue for peace, assassinate him expeditiously. The risk of competition is too great. From the Diagram, Writings upon the Bedstand Lamp: paragraph 4

(Adrotagia's 3rd translation from the original hieroglyphics)

Eighty-eight 1173090605 1173090801 1173090901 1173091001 1173091004 1173100105 1173100205 1173100401 1173100603 1173100804 From the Diagram, North Wall Coda, Windowsill region: paragraph 2

(This appears to be a sequence of dates, but their relevance is as yet unknown.)

Eighty-nine There has to be an answer. What is the answer? Stop. The Parshendi. One of them. Yes, they are the missing piece. Push for the Alethi to destroy them outright before this one obtains their power. it will form a bridge. From the Diagram, Floorboard 17: paragraph 2, every second letter starting with the second


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