Essay On Manasik Tanavast

Tanavast was a fine enough fellow - bought me drinks once - but he was not God

—Hoid on Tanavast[1]

Tanavast was the Vessel of the ShardHonor.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Child of Tanavast. Child of Honor. Child of one long since departed.

—The Stormfathers description of Tanavast and his relationship to humans.[3]

He is described as being a tall muscular man with dark skin and pure white hair. He wore a golden costume of billowing trousers and a coat which came to his waist.[4] As his shard was Honor it is likely that he was forced to base his actions on honour and obligations.


At some point in the past Tanavast met Hoid, leaving a good impression on him.[1] Tanavast was one of the 16 who shattered Adonalsium and took up its power.[5] Following this he moved to Roshar with his lover[6], Cultivation.[7]

After the deaths of Aona and Skai[8] Tanavast acted to contain Odium. This included his 10 Heralds forming the Oathpact. The Oathpact worked by keeping Odium captive on Braize where he could not splinter other shards.[9]

At one point in the past he left the Stormfather with the task of imparting his visions upon selectindividuals, to help mankind even after his death.[10] It is through these visions that he is seen and described.

He was eventually killed by Odium[4] and Honor was shattered.[11] The reply states that it has been millennia since one of the vessels has been killed, suggesting his death occurred long before the setting of the Stormlight Archive.[9]


As a Vessel Tanavast originally held as much power as his peers.[12] At some point however he was weakened enough to allow Odium a chance to kill him. Like other Vessels he had a Shardic future sight, but it was not as strong as that of Cultivation.[4] Of the different forms of Investiture found on Roshar 10 are connected to Honor.

Due to his shardic intent his powers were mostly used for ensuring that people kept to their oaths and promises. This is evident in the way that Surgebinding depends on a strong Nahel Bond.


He had another name, allowed to pass only the lips of ardents. Elithanathile. He Who Transforms.

—Shallan's thoughts[13]

On Roshar Tanavast was worshipped as The Almighty. He was called by 10 different names, with the last one being holiest and used only by Ardents. According to scripture The Almighty was cast out of the Tranquiline Halls after the Day of Recreance and thus now resides in the hearts of mankind.

Theories and Speculation[edit]

It is plausible that his death occured on the Day of Recreance, leading the Knights Radiant to lose their connection to him and abandon their oaths.


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The Almighty - or Tanavast - is/was a deity, widely worshipped on the continent of Roshar. His power stemmed from the ShardHonor, which presumably fuels the tenSurges. Tanavast was killed - or splintered[1] - by the Shard Odium sometime after the Oathpact was broken, which was a very long time ago.[2]

Whether this was Tanavast's design or not, millennia have passed without Rayse taking the life of another of the sixteen.[3]


The Almighty is worshipped by many of the religions on Roshar, chief amongst them is the Vorin faith, prevalent in the Vorin kingdoms in the east.

Within the Vorin belief system, the Almighty is the creator of all things.[4] He is an all seeing, all knowing god.[5] The embodiment of honesty, wholesomeness and purity.[6][7] He is also known as Elithanathile, a name spoken only by members of the Ardentia.[8]

He had another name, allowed to pass only the lips of ardents. Elithanathile. He Who Transforms.

–Shallan's thoughts[8]

Theologians believe that the Almighty is locked in age-old struggle against the Voidbringers, monsters that once dwelled in the hearts of men, much as the Almighty once lived there.[6] Their Heralds (servants of the Almighty) fight to end the cycle of Desolations and reclaim what was lost. They are represented by the divine prism, with the ten facets representing each of the Heralds.[7]


He was able to foresee his own death and, through unknown means, provided a series of visions to warn of what may come to a worthy recipient: the True Desolation, the end of all by the hand of Odium.

"I am ... I was ... God. The one you call the Almighty, the creator of mankind. ... And now I am dead. Odium has killed me. I am sorry."

–Tanavast to Dalinar[2]

Tanavast wasn't solely responsible for the creation of mankind; he had assistance from his lover, Cultivation. He was, however, one of the 16 who ShatteredAdonalsium and took up its power.[9] Following this, he moved to Roshar with Cultivation, his lover.[10][11]

Some of the many spren found on Roshar were created by Honor and Cultivation at some point before the Desolations began, by splintering themselves. After Odium killed Tanavast, Honor's bearer, he splintered Honor further, creating the many diverse spren found on modern Roshar.[12][13][14]

In Dalinar's vision, Tanavast said that the spren were responsible for the creation of the Knights Radiant.[2] It follows then that through his creation of spren, Tanavast also* indirectly created the Radiants in his own lifetime.


Honor was one of the sixteen Shards of Adonalsium. Cultivation was another, as were ...


*See Ishar


  1. ↑Splintering
  2. Way of Kings, 75. In the Top Room
  3. ↑Words of Radiance, 70. From A Nightmare
  4. ↑The Way of Kings, 29. Errorgance
  5. ↑The Way of Kings, 43. The Wretch
  6. 6.06.1The Way of Kings, 45. Shadesmar
  7. 7.07.1The Way of Kings, 33. Cymatics
  8. 8.08.1The Way of Kings, 7. Anything Reasonable
  9. ↑Mistborn: Secret History, part 3, chapter 2
  10. ↑Lover
  11. ↑Cultivation
  12. ↑Was Honor Splintered?
  13. ↑Spren are part of Honor
  14. ↑Spren are Splinters

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