|They came from another world, 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.|
约誓虽然能一时生效，但令使们往往会禁受不住折磨，将这些灵魂放回柔刹，从而开始新一轮战争，也就是灭世。后来人类开始把这些听者以及其他仇恨的军队统称为虚渡。战争中，虚渡为了夺回家园，屠杀、奴役了很多人类，数度摧毁了人类文明。 In joining with Odium, the singers had given over absolute authority to him, directing the overarching strategy of the Voidbringer attacks and creating plans independently of the Fused.人类在荣誉、令使和光辉骑士团的帮助下数度击退了虚渡。无尽的战争和折磨让令使们难以继续忍受，最终他们大多放弃了约誓，只剩塔拉内一人还在坚守。
|The Ancient of Stones must finally begin to crack It is a wonder that upon his will rested the prosperity and peace of a world for over four millennia.|
—— The Diagram, Book of the 2nd Ceiling Rotation: pattern 1
令使们离开后不过几代人的时间，人们关于虚渡的记忆就已经开始混乱。数千年后，听者们在灭者Ba-Ado-Mishram的率领下展开了一场与人类的战斗，这场战斗被称作False Desolation。当时的一位铸契骑士梅里什使用他的能力囚禁了灭者，也意外的损伤了那些与Ba-Ado-Mishram Connected的听者的心智。后来这些听者成为了所谓的仆族，被人类奴役至最近。在这段漫长的历史中，虚渡渐渐被遗忘，最终只剩下神话和传说。影时代的历史资料全都支离破碎，仅剩的一些有关虚渡的知识也在神权统治时代被教会大幅度篡改。最终在4500年后，塔拉内不堪折磨离开了诅咒之地,释放了被囚禁的虚灵和Fused。虚灵们开始在裂影界发展势力，一些true spren也开始进入实界域与人类缔结契约以共同抵抗灭世。
1173年，一群背弃了自己神明以重获Connection and Identity的听者们在破碎平原与阿勒斯卡人展开了战争。 期间，一位虚灵引导听者温丽发现了暴风态——一种form of power。为避免被阿勒斯卡人灭族，众多听者选择了这一形态，并集体在纳拉克之战中召唤了灭世风暴。这一风暴在1174年早期就自西向东席卷了整个柔刹大陆，为大陆上的所有仆族带来了Identity and Connection，让他们找回了思想与人格。Fused也借听者的躯体回归了。虚灵指引着觉醒的听者们向几个不同的地区集结，包括阿勒斯卡、玛拉特、 伊里。他们征服了沿途的埃穆尔。伊里人也已经与虚渡结盟。他们还准备控制伊里地区位于Rall Elorim、Kurth和Panatham的几座誓约之门，并控制淳湖周边。
|Flame and char. Skin so terrible. Eyes like pits of blackness. Music when they kill.|
阿勒斯卡境内的虚渡军控制了其首都塔冠城。几位灭者坐镇于此，助他们击退了光辉骑士们，守住了该城的誓约之门。几周后，仇恨又率领灭者大军攻打了另一处誓约之门的所在地泰勒拿城。军中包括被涅戈耳影响而委身仇恨的撒迪亚斯军、灭者耶利拿、 Fused、以及两只雷岩兽。仇恨甚至计划着让达力拿·寇林成为他的champion，一举拿下战争。幸运的是达力拿没有让仇恨如愿，他说出了下一条不朽真言，打开了Honor's Perpendicularity从而一举扭转了战局。最终光辉骑士和人类击败了虚渡军，用一颗perfect gemstone囚禁了涅戈耳。但虚渡依然占据着柔刹大陆的大部分。虚渡们尚未决定最终胜利后要如何处理人类，有些Fused认为应该将人类赶尽杀绝，从此摆脱人类和荣誉的后患。
|THEY ARE THE SPREN OF PARSHMEN LONG DEAD. THEY ARE THEIR KINGS, THEIR LIGHTEYES, THEIR VALIANT SOLDIERS FROM LONG, LONG AGO.|
The group most easily called the Voidbringers, the Fused are Cognitive Shadows of ancient singers that were granted access to the 飓能s by Odium long ago. Making use of Voidlight, the Fused are often also referred to as spren instead of Cognitive Shadows, although either term is applicable. 对于人类来说Fused是最为危险的敌人。他们死而复生的能力让他们有足够的时间磨练技艺以对抗人类。随着约誓的弱化与灭世风暴的到来，Fused死后也不比再前往Damnation——下一次灭世风暴来临之时他们就可以重生。不断的死而复生也给他们带来很多精神问题，使他们逐渐陷入了疯狂。The Fused are also responsible for the thunderclasts, enormous skeletal monsters with bodies of stone, inhabiting rock as they would a singer.
虽说技术上Fused可以算作一种虚灵，但其实也有其他很多种类的虚灵存在。其中甚至有一些拥有智能，例如Ulim还有Yixli。这些虚灵不同于普通灵体，似乎不需要缔结拿赫尔纽带就可以在实界域拥有智能。这些灵体有些像金色的光，有些则像红色的影。在实界域它们负责引导和管理普通听者。在裂影界中它们也开始缔造王朝。它们驱使战舰攻城略地，还占领了Cultivation's Perpendicularity。另外也有一些无意识的低等虚灵，比较类似于柔刹世界的常见普通灵体。听者们会与这些灵体缔结纽带，以获得一种forms of power，从而成为Regals。
|Qualify yourselves for greater service, and you will be elevated to the place of a Regal, given a form of power.|
—— A Fused to the common singers
|That chanting, that singing, those rasping voices.|
听者其实就是柔刹世界的原住民。然而他们受到了祖先的严重影响，基本上都成为了仇恨的支持者。在False Desolation中，灭者Ba-Ado-Mishram被囚禁，这造成了大部分听者被剥夺了意识。不过灭世风暴到来后，他们恢复了Connection and Identity。恢复后，他们会认为他们是身处的城市或者地区的居民，认为那里就是他们的家， 也同时拥有了该地的习俗。他们对奴役自己的人类十分仇恨，一心想着构建自己的帝国，恢复祖先的领土。不过即便如此，他们之中也有部分人希望避免冲突，能找个地方安身立命即可。 They feel as though they lack an identity as a people and are struggling to find their path forward as a people.
In rural areas, Voidbringers played a wide variety of roles in the culture. Oftentimes the Voidbringers were seen as mischievous, rather than evil, punishing foolish people and causing bad luck. They were are often blamed for small misfortunes, such as a blighted crop or laundry going missing. In more urban areas, stories of the Voidbringers are slightly different. They are said to be a type evil spren that walk the night and enter the hearts of good men and make them do terrible things. The poorly educated often confuse mental illness for possession by a Voidbringer. Voidbringers are almost seen as being synonymous with monsters and other superstitions, hiding in corners or under the bed. The term Voidbringer is even sometimes used as an affectionate nickname for troublemakers, or a metaphor for difficult past events.
There are darker rumors of the Voidbringers as well. They are also said to haunt the most violent highstorms along with the shades of the Lost Radiants causing the damage left by the storm and feasting on human flesh and stealing their hearts. Other groups claim that the Voidbringers steal souls. Some peoples, such as the Unkalaki, totally deny that the Voidbringers ever existing, believing them to be campfire tales. Any sort of oddity, like the powers associated with Surgebinding may be considered to be related to the Voidbringers by darkeyes and lighteyes alike. In fact, any oddity such as a talking animal, a shadow that points the wrong way, or a spren that speaks may be associated with the Voidbringers. Even only a few generations after Aharietiam, the specifics of what the they looked like were forgotten, with ancient artists drawing pictures of chasmfiends and labeling them Voidbringers. They are often associated with the Lost Radiants, who are said to have betrayed mankind to the Voidbringers, although in Vorin theology this is not believed to be the case. For instance, Dalinar Kholin suspected that his visions might come from the Voidbringers.
Tales of the Voidbringers are common among the darkeyes, and are occasionally collected into volumes, such as Shadows Remembered. In these the Voidbringers are often associated with stories of ghosts and spirits; in fact in some tales the dead become Voidbringers. In one such tale, a boy who left his home at night was chased to a cavern near a lake by the Voidbringers. He escaped by floating a piece of wood carved in a human shape out onto the lake and tricking the Voidbringers into devouring that instead of him. In another story, a wayward traveler shown kindness slaughtered a whole family, drink their blood, and write voidish symbols on the walls. There are other tales of evil men made immortal and tortured over and over again, like the story of Extes. They also often exist on the periphery of other tales. For instance, Derethil sailed west to discover where the Voidbringers spawned and destroy them there and Parasaphi's people had been slaughtered by the Voidbringers in the Desolation.
Vorinism According to Vorin theology, the Voidbringers are real creatures, incarnations of destruction or death given form. They were created in Damnation forged from pure hatred. They are viewed as counterparts to the Almighty, as well as his mythological enemies. They are said to have come into existence to oppose the Almighty, as the cosmere needed to balance his ultimate goodness. They dwell in the hearts of mankind, just as the Almighty once did. The Voidbringers were said to have red eyes and stand dozens of feet tall with bodies of flame and stone, which required Shardblades to be defeated. In other tales, the Voidbringers had horrific faces and spindly arms of bone. Other Voidbringers lacked a form, spectral spirits of the dead or spren from Damnation.
|A scourge and a plague. A hundred times they came upon mankind. First casting us from the Tranquiline Halls, then trying to destroy us here on Roshar. They weren't just spren that hid under rocks, then came out to steal someone’s laundry. They were creatures of terrible destructive power, forged in Damnation, created from hate.|
The Voidbringers are said to have attacked humanity in the Tranquiline Halls, capturing it and forcing humanity into Roshar. The Voidbringers then tried to force humanity into Damnation itself. Humankind fought against the Voidbringers, led by the Heralds of the Almighty and their chosen Knights Radiant. The two groups clashed ninety-nine times, each time the Voidbringers tried to destroy everything in their path annihilate humankind but the humans successfully held Roshar. Finally in Aharietiam, the Final Desolations, humankind succeeded in throwing back the Voidbringers to the Tranquiline Halls. The Heralds themselves followed them, intending to reclaim the Tranquiline Halls once and for all. It is believed that the best of humankind will join in the War for Heaven and leading men or fighting against the Voidbringers. The Unmade were said to be the princes of the Voidbringers, able to blind the eyes of men and mislead them. The Voidbringers are also said to flay souls in Damnation, torturing people for eternity.
In modern Vorinism, the Voidbringers have been relegated to a less prominent place in the theology, as they are associated with the Lost Radiants and the failings of Vorinism. The Vorin church rejects the tales of the False Desolation, claiming that no Voidbringers survived on Roshar following the Aharietiam. Even still, precognition or fortune-telling is still considered to be related to the Voidbringers and Voidbinding, and forbidden in Vorin society. In fact, the return of the Voidbringers has made the church suspicious of all Radiants and Surgebinding, fearful that their powers come from the Voidbringer.
Little is known about the beliefs of the Shamanate on the Voidbringers. They say that the Voidbringers could hold Stormlight in perfectly, unlike humankind. The Stone Shaman hold that the Voidbringers do not exist anymore. Szeth's claims that the Voidbringers had returned were apparently serious enough to lead to his banishment from Shin society.
|The Voidbringers had a natural, real-world correlate, I'm certain of it. Something caused the legends.|
受过良好教育的人们通常不相信虚渡的存在。学者们大多认为虚渡不过是神话，就像死灵一样基本不可能存在。 他们认为那些提及虚渡的传说和通话都是无稽之谈，其叙述中有各种自相矛盾、模糊不清之处，基本不可能包含什么历史真相。很多备受尊敬的学者认为光辉骑士们为巩固其统治捏造了虚渡的存在。 只有民俗学者们把虚渡当做严肃的课题进行研究。迦熙娜·寇林就是潜心研究虚渡的学者之一，为探寻真相她走访了众多大图书馆。最终她在Everstorm到来前得出了仆族即是虚渡的假说。沙兰·达瓦认同了她老师的假说，甚至劝说动了部分阿勒斯卡轩亲王。在之后的纳拉克之战中，迦熙娜的假说得到了部分证实。
- Pattern says that the Voidbringers lack a pattern. It is uncertain what he meant by this.
- While humans are not technically considered to be Voidbringers by the modern day definition, they have fought on the side of the Voidbringers in both the past Desolations and the current Desolation.