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Talenelat'Elin, Bearer of All Agonies

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I was rereading WoK and noticed that the leathery-faced man, the one that Kaladin gets his vest and sandels from, refers to Talenelat'Elin as the "bearer of all agonies." I'm sure people already have theories about this, ie he's probably part of that herald-cult or something similar. What do y'all think? How did someone who had access to that kind of knowledge end up in the bridge crews? 

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I think there's a possibility that the title referred to Taln's tendency of self-sacrifice rather than The Self-Sacrifice™ (the Herald who didn't break the Oathpact & has been getting continuously tortured for millennia)

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56 minutes ago, Honorless said:

I think there's a possibility that the title referred to Taln's tendency of self-sacrifice rather than The Self-Sacrifice™ (the Herald who didn't break the Oathpact & has been getting continuously tortured for millennia)

Something along this line is most likely. Its probably technically a curse too. Several of the Heralds pages on the coppermind have commonly used curses/sayings referencing whatever herald.

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It's one of his know Vorin titles, kind of like how Ishar is also know as popularly known as the Binder of Gods or Shallash is called the Lady of Dreams.  Bearing agonies would be thematically appropriate for the Stonewards even without knowing the specifics of his abandonment by the other Heralds.

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It's worth noting that the other heralds believed that Taln would be able to keep the Oathpact on his own specifically because he's the only one who never allowed a desolation to start, hence even by then he had a reputation for bearing unbearable torment.

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Taln himself would fight, and win, difficult battles during the Desolations, but die in the process. He would continue to sacrifice himself, even before The Sacrifice.

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1 minute ago, Bearer of Agonies said:

Taln himself would fight, and win, difficult battles during the Desolations, but die in the process. He would continue to sacrifice himself, even before The Sacrifice.

Ya, it was very much part of the Stoneward shtick. 

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If Stormlight was a computer game, Odium would want the devs to nerf Taln.

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