Shardcast: The Oathpact and Desolations


We got a ton of new stuff in Rhythm of War on the Oathpact, Desolations, and the Heralds and how that all works. So much so that we had to split this episode in two! So today we're talking about about the Oathpact and Desolations, as well as the Everstorm and Braize! Next episode we will delve into the Heralds.

This episode we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), David (Windrunner), Grace (thegatorgirl), and Evgeni (Argent)! 

No Stormlight 5 prologue or secret project spoilers in this episode.

We actually did this episode (which we also had to split in two) in 2018, after Oathbringer came out. You can find them here:

The Oathpact (2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQkj1fNaxZY
The Heralds (2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfwaRZRfbU

Thumbnail art is the Herald Chana, one of the endpages in Rhythm of War, by Karla Ortiz: https://twitter.com/kortizart/status/1329189694270107648

Chapters:
00:00 Introductions
3:53 Heralds
6:00 Pre-Oathpact
25:15 Mechanics of the Oathpact, Isolations
1:01:46 Braize
1:14:31 Barrier Storm and Everstorm
1:34:49 Who's That Cosmere Character

 

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I think the Barrier Storm was part of what keeps Odium in and Honor let the Heralds piggyback on it to trap the Fused.

It was probably always called the Everstorm since it was meant to keep things in forEver.  Tanavast knew it's name when he made the visions ~2,000 before present day and he's not very good at seeing the future. He knows it's name because he made it (he likes storms a lot).

It's possible that the Everstorm was created to enforce the deal that keeps Odium bound. We know it's a deal between Shards because Dalinar has enough connection to Honor's remnants to let Odium out of it (OB Ch. 57 Passion). Odium doesn't show up and talk to people on Roshar until after the Everstorm is brought over and at first he can only talk to people when the Everstorm is near them. A year later he has more freedom via Connection. 

By moving a piece of the Storm to Roshar's physical realm it forms the "bridge" that the Diagram mentioned (WoR Epigraph Ch. 89). The Fused are still confined to where the Everstorm is, but now it is also in the Physical Realm on Roshar where they can bodysnatch Singers. 

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Could strong human souls go to the Barrier Storm? Could there be more truth to the Vorin afterlife than just the memory of the Heralds vs the Fused? 

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15 hours ago, teknopathetic said:

Could strong human souls go to the Barrier Storm? Could there be more truth to the Vorin afterlife than just the memory of the Heralds vs the Fused? 

There is truth to the Vorin afterlife, but it seems more inline with Odium's plans for Roshar that he outlines in RoW Ch. 112

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I need soldiers. For the true battle that is coming, not for one people or one miserable windswept continent. A battle of the gods. A battle for everything. Roshar is a training ground. 

Later in the chapter he says if he wins the contest he'll make Dalinar a Fused who will lead Odium's forces to other worlds. 

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