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At the end of Oathbringer,

Szeth swears the third Ideal of the Skybreakers.

The problem is that when the Skybreakers explain how the process of swearing the Ideals works, they say that to swear the third Ideal you need to attract and bond a spren. So how could Szeth swear the Ideal without bonding a spren?

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    There were spren shown watching all the Skybreakers and their training. What makes you think he didn't?
    – Radhil
    Mar 3 '19 at 14:32
  • @Radhil because when he swears the third ideal its in his viewpoint and there is no mention of a spren
    – Antheloth
    Mar 3 '19 at 20:40
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    @Antheloth - IIRC we also see Lopen swear one of his Ideals largely by accident. It's not a process that's set in stone. (Shallan told a Truth while largely not even remembering Pattern, Kaladin spoke an ideal while his spren was technically dead... Dalinar kinda did One and Two in the same breath.... I'm sure I could pull more).
    – Radhil
    Mar 3 '19 at 20:55
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I think the obvious answer is that the Skybreakers were wrong. There are a whole ton of hints in the entire series, and a lot of plot points, that point to the idea that people, sprens, etc aren't actually completely in the know about what is going on.

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