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Ishar's skill

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When fighting the 5 windrunners, Ishar was described as striking where they would be.  That sounds an awful lot like atium to me.  I am not suggesting he is an allomancer, but something in his powers seems to be giving him the same effect.  Any clue what that might be?  Just looking into the Spiritual realm somehow?

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Could be some bondsmith Connection shenanigans - connect self to spiritual realm and other combatants, and maybe you can see those combatants in the spiritual realm/see a bit ahead of where they will be.

 

BUT - I read that scene as just that Ishar is WAY beyond the level of any mortal fighter. He's fought and killed more random mortals than any non-immortal on Roshar, most likely. The heralds level of combat experience is multiple orders of magnitude greater than that of anyone they fight, so they can just use that + their supernatural conditioning to predict and act. Think if someone like Kaladin spent an extra 3000 years JUST fighting and teaching others to fight - I think Brandon wants us to understand that even WITHOUT their Herald powers, the Heralds are terrifying because of the immense amount of practice they've gotten.

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Its just centuries of combat experience showing. He's fought more opponents than any mortal could hope to and is still in peak physical condition. I really, really dont think this was meant to more than what it was portrayed to be.

 

 

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