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  1. We know from WoB that the Windrunners' two surges are Gravity and Atmospheric Pressure (though the name of that last one will probably change). While I am aware that different combinations of surges might result in completely different powers than what the individual surges alone might suggest, it seems to me that in this particular case, what power is governed by what surge is quite clear-cut: Gratity gives one the power of "gravitational change" (Basic Lashing) and to "[give] an object a gravitational pull" (Reverse Lashing); and Pressure gives one the power of "binding objects together" (Full Lashing). Now, while firmly sticking things together for a short period of time might be all sorts of useful, it seems to me to be marvellously boring for the Windrunners to only get that power from the Gravity surge. It also seems rather coherent, that if one can make objects forcefully pull towards one-another, then maybe one can make them repell one another too? Anyway, lo and behold!, this extract from tWoK, which is right after Kalading has pronounced the Second Ideal of the Knights Radiant: Now, this might just be a one-off effect of just then having pronounced the Second Ideal, but I find it a bit strange that voicing these words out loud should have such a violent effect. While the words themselves might have permitted him to reach "the next level" of KR powers, it seems to me just as likely that he inadvertently used the a "Reverse Full Lashing" in the adrenaline rush of exclaiming words, but more importantly of finally coming to terms with his issues with leading and responsibility. I can think of no other signs of this being the case, but aside from the fact that neither the author of the Ars Arcanum (confirmed by WoB to be a Worldhopper) nor Szeth seem to know about this particular application of Windrunner Surgebinding, I can find no evidence to the contrary either. This would also fit into the picture of the Windrunners being the KR's shock troopers. Imagine a group of Windrunners smashing into the middle of enemy ranks right from the sky, sending enemy soldiers flying backwards as if pushed by a Jedi Force Wave. Awesome!
  2. That Elokhar is a Surgebinder is nothing new. He sees the same type of Spren as Shallan and is thus most likely a Lightweaver. But I think he might be further down the rabbit hole than we previously realized, as I believe he might have started Surgebinding already at the beginning of The Way of Kings. Think back on the Greatshell hunt and the apparent assassination attempt. The cut saddle was , but they all seemed convinced that the almost empty Spheres powering Elokhar's Shardplate was a sign of an actual assassination attempt. But since he has already been seeing the "Truthsprens" for some time by this point (as manifested by his accruing paranoia), it would be much of a stretch to assume that he might inadvertently have depleted those Spheres himself during the assault on the Chasmfiend itself or prior to its appearance. Now, I haven't the book with me right now - I shall have to look it up at a later time - but if this is indeed the case, then there might be room to reinterpret the events of the fight with the Greatshell altogether. Elokhar almost got crushed by the claw of the Chasmfiend, but Dalinar was able to save him by taking the blow upfront and holding its claw back. This produced a burst of brilliant white light just as he caught the claw, just before the beast itself fell and was subsequently killed. While some think that the burst of light from Dalinar might have been either himself using latent Surgebinding abilities (which doubt, as he had probably not attracted a spren at this point) or just an effect of his whole Shardpate cracking (thus leaking Stormlight all over), I propose that this might actually have been Elokhar unwittingly using his Nahal Bond to Surgebind and save himself and his uncle - and thus depleting the Spheres in his armour and producing the flash of Stormlight. I find this to sound quite plausible, though I have to admit that the audacity of this foreshadowing borders on the insane - and even so managed to escape detection for a long time, at least by me. EDIT: A weak point to the theory though is that - assuming he is indeed a Lightweaver - his particular Surges wouldn't seem to (at least not intuitively) produce the effects of this particular scenario. The Soulcasting Surge of Transformation wouldn't have been able to help Dalinar hold back the Claw as nothing seems to have been Soulcast, and the Illumination Surge - while certainly able to produce a bright flash of light - would probably not be able to produce this kind of effect. On the other hand, the limits of either Surge are not well defined at this point, so even though neither seem to have an intuitive application that could have stopped the Chasmfiend claw, there might still be and *cough* unintuitive one.