Oathbringer to Rhythm of War – 25 Moments to Remember

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Now, the top five most important events of Oathbringer that will impact Rhythm of War are:

5. Odium reveals he has been manipulating Dalinar for years to be his champion with the Alethi idea of the Thrill, which turned out to be one of the Unmade, Nergaoul whose presence causes a strong competitive urge, violent or non-violent, enough to ignore pain or morals that may have held a person back.

““Blame me, Dalinar. It wasn’t you! You saw red when you did those things! It was my fault. Accept that. You don’t have to hurt.”
Dalinar blinked, meeting Odium’s eyes.

“Let me have the pain, Dalinar,” Odium said. “Give it to me, and never feel guilty again.

“No.” Dalinar hugged The Way of Kings close. “No. I can’t.” “

Oh, Dalinar. What does she say?”

No …

”Have you forgotten? Here, let me help.”

And he was back in that day. The day he killed Evi. *”

– Odium revealing it was he who drove Dalinar to his violent acts.

4. Kaladin, desperate to save Dalinar and stuck in Shadesmar, was unable to swear the Fourth Ideal of the Windrunners.


You know what you need to do.

“I … can’t,” Kaladin finally whispered, tears streaming down his cheeks. “I can’t lose him, but … oh, Almighty … I can’t save him.” Kaladin bowed his head, sagging forward, trembling.

He couldn’t say those Words.

– Kaladin is unable to say the words of the Fourth Ideal.

4. Glys, Renarin’s spren, is revealed to be corrupted, a Voidspren of Odium, which is why Renarin can see glimpses of the future but those futures may not necessarily come to pass as revealed when Jasnah did not kill Renarin and Dalinar was not corrupted by Odium, which he foresaw.

Renarin pulled back from her, his tearstained eyes going wide. “I saw you kill me.”

“It’s all right, Renarin. I’m not going to.”

“But don’t you see? Don’t you understand what that means?”

Jasnah shook her head.

“Jasnah,” Renarin said. “My vision was wrong about you. What I see … it can be wrong.”

– Renarin realizes his visions of the future won’t necessarily come true.

3. Dalinar has sworn the second ideal of the Bondsmiths allowing him to access Honor’s Perpendicularity, connecting the Cognitive, Physical, and Spiritual Realm, overcharge the Radiants, and bring Adolin, Shallan, and Kaladin back to Roshar.

The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it?

It’s the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar.

Trembling, bleeding, agonized, Dalinar forced air into his lungs and spoke a single ragged sentence.

“You cannot have my pain.”

– Dalinar accepting what he’s done and rejecting Odium.

“I will take responsibility for what I have done,” Dalinar whispered. “If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.”

– The Third Ideal of the Bondsmiths as said by Dalinar

2. Despite retreating when Dalinar opens Honor’s Perpendicularity, Odium did agree to a contest of champions for the fate of Roshar. He must withdraw and let his agents do the work or else Dalinar can force Odium into a fight.

“You wish a contest of champions?” Odium repeated. “This is your true desire, not forced upon you? You were not beguiled or tricked in any way?”
“A contest of champions. For the fate of Roshar.”
“Very well,” Odium said, then sighed softly. “I agree.”
“That easily?”
“Oh, I assure you. This won’t be easy.”

– Odium accepting the challenge, words he cannot take back.

1. Human beings are the Voidbringers. The Dawnchant is finished being translated thanks to Dalinar’s visions and it is revealed the authors of it were the Singers, the original inhabitants of Roshar, and it was humans who came from another world after destroying their own using the surges bringing Odium with them.

“ ‘They came from another world,’ ” Navani said, reading from her sheet. “ ‘Using powers that we have been forbidden to touch. Dangerous powers, of spren and Surges. They destroyed their lands and have come to us begging.

“ ‘We took them in, as commanded by the gods. What else could we do? They were a people forlorn, without a home. Our pity destroyed us. For their betrayal extended even to our gods: to spren, stone, and wind.

“ ‘Beware the otherworlders. The traitors. Those with tongues of sweetness, but with minds that lust for blood. Do not take them in. Do not give them succor. Well were they named Voidbringers, for they brought the void. The empty pit that sucks in emotion. A new god. Their god.

“ ‘These Voidbringers know no songs. They cannot hear Roshar, and where they go, they bring silence. They look soft, with no shell, but they are hard. They have but one heart, and it cannot ever live.’ ”

She lowered the page.

– The Eila Stele written by the Dawnsingers.

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