At the end of Words of Radiance,

Lopen draws in Stormlight.

The problem is that in Oathbringer, we find out that

a Knight Radiant's squires can only use Stormlight when within a few miles of their Radiant. So if Kaladin is in Urithiru, how did Lopen use Stormlight in the warcamps?

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    I believe a squire's abilities slowly fade if the Radiant isn't near, not vanish immediately.
    – Nolimon
    Feb 12, 2019 at 22:07
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    there's hints that Lopen is/was becoming a full Radiant before the squire-ing started. maybe Rua (his spren) was scouting him at this point.
    – fbstj
    Feb 21, 2019 at 13:06
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    he lost his poers away from kaladin later on though
    – Antheloth
    Feb 21, 2019 at 17:05

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Oathbringer clarifies the exact mechanics in "Alone Togther", Rlain's chapter

Soon after he left through the Oathgate, everyone would slowly start to lose their powers. They'd be gone in an hour or two. Kaladin had to be relatively near-Sigzil had placed their maximum distance from him at around fifty miles, though their abilities started to fade somewhere around thirty miles.

Kaladin travelled to Urithiru significantly later than Shallan did. Until then, he was fighting above the Shattered Plains, presumably within fifty miles of the warcamps

The Shattered Plains had become shattered again

Kaladin strolled across them with Szeth's Shardblade on his shoulder. He passed heaps of rocks and fresh cracks in the ground. Enormous puddles like smalll lakes shimmered amid chunks of broken stone...

He summoned Syl as a Blade, following Sigzil's instructions, and used her as a key to work the fabrial.

Kaladin then has a short conversation with Dalinar:

One of the pillarlike plateaus nearby flashed... Someone had opened the Oathgate. Dalinar stepped up beside [Shallan] and they waited tensely, until a group of figures in blue appeared at the plateau edge and started down the steps. Bridge Four...

"There was an assassination attempt," Kaladin said. "I stopped it, but the king was wounded. I put him someplace safe before coming to help Dalinar."

Then the scene transitions to Lopen, where he displays his newfound abilities. Assuming everything is chronological, there is only a small time gap between Kaladin using the Oathgate and Lopen discovering he is a squire.

  • Kaladin wasnt within 50 miles he was halfway across roshar in urithiru
    – Antheloth
    Feb 21, 2019 at 11:54
  • and assuming everything is chronological unless specified hewas gone for more than an hour or two
    – Antheloth
    Feb 21, 2019 at 11:55
  • @Antheloth Do we have any textual evidence that the scene with Lopen drawing in stormlight actually takes place when Kaladin is speaking with Navani and Dalinar in Urithiru?
    – Upper_Case
    Jul 3, 2019 at 0:47

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