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[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin (AKA Kaladin Stormblessed)
->'''Kaladin:''' Authority doesn't come from a rank.\\
'''Syl:''' Where does it come from?\\
'''Kaladin:''' From the men who give it to you. That's the only way to get it.

Kaladin started as the son of an upper-middle class citizen. His father was a surgeon, which is very high up for a darkeyes. After a complicated series of events at home result in his brother being sent to join the military, Kaladin joins to protect him. Tragedy resulted from this, and ultimately ended with Kaladin's entire unit being wiped out and he himself being enslaved. After he became a slave, he winded up in the ownership of Highprince Sadeas, as a "bridgeman" forced to carry bridges to allow the Highprince's army to traverse the Shattered Plains, a duty that is fraught with death and dishonor. It is here, at his lowest point, that Kaladin discovers what he is truly capable of....

Has flashback chapters in Book 1, ''The Way of Kings''.



* TheAce: From the point of view of most others around him.
* AngryBlackMan: While discrimination in the Alethi culture is generally along the lines of eye color rather than skin shade, Kaladin fits the spirit of this trope in a number of ways. He's a member of a discriminated group, harboring massive justified hatred towards all members of the oppressing group, and makes more trouble for himself by making this hatred clear to anyone and everyone he meets.
-->'''Dalinar:''' You've got a massive chip on your shoulder, son. Not that it's not understandable.
* AuthorAvatar: Probably not to any great extent, but he shares at least one important bit of background with his author--both of them had parents who wanted them to go into medicine, but they ended up doing something else.
* BadassNormal: [[spoiler:In the flashbacks we see him kill a Shardbearer with nothing but natural skill and a little luck.]]
* BadassCreed:
** "I shall protect those who cannot protect themselves." And when he says it, [[spoiler:the Stormlight explodes from his body and bowls over all the nearby Parshendi.]]
** In the second book, "I will protect even those I hate, so long as it is right". [[spoiler:Allows Sylphrena to assume Shard form, and sucks in every drop of Light in the halls, instantly healing his lethal internal injuries.]]
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler:As the Captain of Dalinar's guard.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Begins to develop a touch of this with Shallan in book 2, but seems to have decided that it's not going anywhere once he realizes there's attraction there.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** When he and Bridge Four [[spoiler:save Dalinar's army.]]
** Again when he [[spoiler: personally saves Dalinar from Szeth. Twice. Once at the beginning of the second book, and once at the end.]]
* BladeOnAStick: his WeaponOfChoice is the spear, both because it is a natural weapon for him, and because Alethi culture restricts the sword to lighteyes. [[spoiler: He even becomes the first Shardbearer in the series whose Shardblade becomes a spear since he's so familiar with the weapon. Not that she can't become a sword, dagger, and shield as well.]]
* BlueIsHeroic: Everything from his new uniform to [[spoiler:the color of his eyes after speaking the 3rd oath.]] Blue is the color of the Windrunners.
* BondCreatures: His Nahel bond with Syl grants her sentience and him access to Surgebinding.
* BrokenAce: From his own point of view, and those who know him well. According to the back cover of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', this is a necessary precondition for Surgebinding.
* TheCaptain: The men of Bridge Four start referring to him as this eventually. Later on, [[spoiler:Dalinar establishes him as the captain of the new royal bodyguard.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome He always tries to save people, he usually fails, in the beginning.
* CombatMedic: Trained as a surgeon, but truly talented as a soldier. Still, when the situation warrants it he tends to flip over to speaking like a surgeon.
* CosmicPlaything: Likely literally. Kaladin goes through so much ''crap'' over the first book. For a while, he even thinks himself cursed.
* {{Determinator}}: After deciding to reform Bridge 4, he refuses to give up. This behavior grows steadily over the first two books, including even [[spoiler:to the point of protecting those he hates if it's the right things to do]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Very nearly early on. Syl convinces him not to.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He develops [[GravityMaster Surgebinding]] abilities due to his symbiotic link with Syl.
* FailureKnight: He fails to protect his little brother, which drives him to try to protect anyone else he ever deems to be his responsibility (his spear squad, Bridge Four). His [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter reaction]] is generally not pretty.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: If Syl acts as his Good Angel then the aspect of himself which he calls 'the Wretch' (representing his clinical depression and the associated apathy) fulfills the role of Bad Angel.
* GravityMaster:
** Unconsciously. [[spoiler:He's constantly and unknowingly drawing arrows away from him and his bridge team, and pulling them into the bridge.]] Later on, he [[spoiler:pulls dozens of arrows directly into his shield, though the raw force behind that many arrows hitting it throws him through the air. Not got the hang of running up walls yet though.]]
** [[spoiler:In the second book, he advances his powers, letting him fly and run on walls.]]
* GuardianAngel: Metaphorically, he grows into this over the course of the first two books. [[spoiler:This culminates when, on the verge of death from both his broken leg and his internal injuries from a Shardplate gauntlet to the chest, he says the third of the three sets of [[BadassCreed the Immortal Words of the Windrunners]], the frost behind him forming briefly into the shape of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent wings]] as he pledges to protect [[InadequateInheritor Elhokar]], regardless of whether he likes him or not.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Mentally rather than physically. Kaladin has what we would recognize as severe clinical depression and what seems to be Seasonal Affective Disorder even before he starts dealing with his SurvivorsGuilt. He manages to survive due to sheer willpower, but it still almost leads him to suicide.
%%* HeroicBuild: Very tall and muscular.
* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:Every time he speaks a new oath, but most notably at the end of ''Words of Radiance''.]]
* HeroWorship: How his men come to view him. Skar, in particular, seems to believe that Kaladin could somehow protect them from the entire Alethi army.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Defining character trait, particularly when he [[spoiler:refuses to take the Shardblade and Plate from the Shardbearer that nearly killed Amaram]].
** [[spoiler: In a weird way, this is revealed to be the source of his and Syl's powers: She's an Honorspren, so the oaths he gives literally empower him. If his oaths contradict, like they do for much of the second book, Syl actually begins losing sentience and their bond weakens.]]
* HurtingHero: After all the crap he's been through, its no surprise.
%%* ILetGwenStacyDie: Tien.
* ImprobableAge: Trained surgeon, squadleader, and the first dark eyed captain in history... at only nineteen years old.
* InSeriesNickname: He went by "Kal" when he was younger, but eventually grew out of it. Moash starts calling him by that name in the second book.
* IShallTauntYou: He deliberately crafts armor from Parshendi carapace and makes a shield covered in Parshendi bones to draw their arrow fire. It works ''spectacularly''.
* IShouldHaveBeenBetter: Feels this way about his failure to protect... well, anyone. The deaths of Tien, his spear squad, his fellow slaves, and his fellow bridgemen weigh heavily on him. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is learning to live with this and accept TheChainsOfCommanding without taking personal responsibility for every death.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's utterly convinced that the lighteyes are all corrupt and selfish bastards. [[spoiler:Dalinar finally breaks him of this when he gives up his Shardblade for all of Sadeas' bridgemen. The fact that he ''becomes'' a lighteyes at the end of ''Words of Radiance'' doesn't hurt either.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: Amongst the Bridgmen, only the 7 ft tall Rock has inches on him.
* MeaningfulName: "Kaladin" is one letter away from "[[ThePaladin paladin]]". See below for more about that.
%%* OneManArmy: After speaking the 2nd oath.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His name is a derivative of Kalak, one of the Heralds.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Sanderson mentions that in-universe his name is pronounced "Kal-uh-''deen''," but everyone (including Sanderson himself) ends up calling him "Kal-uh-''din''" instead.
* NotQuiteFlight: Kaladins powers allow him to literally 'fall with style'. When Windrunners fly into the sky they're actually falling ''up''.
* ThePaladin: [[WeHelpTheHelpless Helping the helpless]] is a strong personality trait of his from the start, both on the battlefield and with medicine. In ''Words of Radiance'', it is eventually revealed that his powers are a direct result of this, and fade when he stops being protective.
* PowerGlows: He has to [[spoiler:consciously reign in his Surgebinding because of the glow it emits once he realizes the extent of his powers.]]
* PraetorianGuard: At the end of ''The Way Of Kings'', [[spoiler:Dalinar places him in command of a new royal bodyguard to protect Elhokar, and Bridger Four and many of the other bridgemen form the new guard, trained by Kaladin]].
* {{Protectorate}}: His bridge crew.
-->'''Gaz:''' What are they to you? Why do you even care?\\
'''Kaladin:''' They're my men.
* RedBaron: "Stormblessed". It starts in Amaram's army, then the bridgemen start using it, then Dalinar's army.
* SpannerInTheWorks: One of several for the [[spoiler:plot laid out by the Diagram]].
* SurvivorGuilt: One of his defining traits, especially with regards to [[spoiler:his brother Tien.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Repeatedly, over the book, until he finally starts fully manifesting [[spoiler:his Surgebinding]].
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when he [[spoiler:speaks the Third Ideal and manifests Syl as his Shardblade/Shardspear/Shardshield.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] constantly throughout the book. [[spoiler:Eventually partially justified - Syl is an Honorspren and has been giving Kaladin unconscious Surgebinding powers. Kaladin continually strives to do the right thing, getting himself into dangerous and disastrous circumstances. Syl's bond has given him the strength to survive them, when others haven't.]]
* YouCanBarelyStand: At the climax of ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:he has a broken leg, multiple internal injuries, and gets a few ribs broken when a Shardbearer punches him in the gut. But he still stands between Elhokar and Moash.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shallan]]
!Shallan Davar
->''"What am I? I'm terrified."''

A young woman undertaking a desperate plan to save her family from destitution. She takes up a wardship with Jasnah Kholin to steal her Soulcaster, but finds this difficult as she begins to enjoy learning.

Has flashback chapters in Book 2, ''Words of Radiance''.
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* AdmiringTheAbomination: As any dedicated scholar would do. Even when getting chased by a [[spoiler:Chasmfiend]], she makes sure she can draw up an annotated sketch of its anatomy later.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Of a sort. After their [[spoiler:time in the chasms]], she admits to herself that Kaladin's confidence and dangerous intensity are very attractive.
* TheApprentice: To Jasnah after being accepted as her ward.
* AstralProjection: Can send her mind into Shadesmar, the Rosharan region of the Cognitive Realm.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies:
** A rare positive variant. The key to being a Lightweaver seems to be the ability to speak a lie and by speaking it, make it true. For example, tell a band of deserters that they are soldiers again, and they will ''become'' soldiers, and fight and die as heroes.
** On a darker note, for years she convinced herself that [[spoiler: she didn't know how her mother died. Others believed her father had, and she would always correct them but blank on what happened. In truth, Shallan herself killed her in self-defense]].
* BeneathTheMask: Every now and again we get a glimpse of her true face. This TearJerker says it best:
--> An image formed in front of her, born of Stormlight, created by instinct. She hadn't needed to draw this image first, for she knew it too well.
--> The image was of herself. Shallan, as she ''should'' be. Curled in a huddle on the bed, unable to weep for she had long since run out of tears. This girl... not a woman, a girl... flinched whenever spoken to. She expected everyone to shout at her. She could not laugh, for laughter had been squeezed from her by a childhood of darkness and pain.
--> That was the real Shallan. She knew it as surely as she knew her own name. The person she had become instead was a lie, one she had fabricated in the name of survival.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: For a fairly nervous, kind and polite young women she has a surprisingly impressive body count.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: It says something when Shallan, who is overly nonconfrontational and nervous to a fault outside of her home, is the most well-adjusted member of the Davar clan.
* BrokenBird: In her flashbacks, though by the time of the series she's put herself back together... more or less. This is apparently what allowed her to become a Lightweaver.
* CloudCuckoolander: Can come off as this when the scholarly side of her takes over, such as interrupting Adolin's boasts about his battles on the Shattered Plains to wonder how [[NobodyPoops he poops in Shardplate]].
* CoolSword: She is a Shardbearer. [[spoiler:A ''true'' Shardbearer, wielding a living, bonded spren, compared to the dead ones everyone else is using]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to have a compulsion to make witty remarks at almost any opportunity.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Takes time away from her studies to sketch young men working without their shirts on. Later on, Shallan is talking with Adolin and thinking on something important, and then he ''smiles'', and... what was she thinking about, again?
* FieryRedhead: Ironically mixed with [[NonActionGuy non-confrontational behavior]].
* ForScience: She uses a variant to justify her stranger requests.
-->'''Yalb:''' This is madness, Brightness!\\
'''Shallan:''' No, this is scholarship!
* GenkiGirl: She portrays this image in public. It's not quite an act but...it's an incomplete image of her.
* GuileHero: She slowly evolves into this over the course of ''Words of Radiance'', learning how to fake various accents and lie more effectively, as well as general social lessons. She still blushes when confronted, though.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Her lovely auburn hair is commented upon by multiple people as one of her best physical attributes. She and Adolin are betrothed, and it appears that there might be some latent BelligerentSexualTension with Kaladin, as well.
* HeroicBSOD: After Jasnah [[spoiler:learns that Shallan stole her Soulcaster.]] She manages to snap out of it by part 5 of ''The Way of Kings''.
* HiddenDepths: ''So'' many hidden depths.
** According to [[WordOfGod Word of Brandon]], the scene with her [[spoiler:counting to ten heartbeats]] "means what you think it means". [[spoiler:A [[SoulCuttingBlade shardblade]] takes ten of the owner's heartbeats to summon. The scene means she has one, each of which are considered priceless and rare.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of [[spoiler:for a woman to have one]], much less someone with the image she tries to present in public.
** Due to her flighty and friendly nature, a lot of people (especially Kaladin) assume she lived an easy and pampered life. Ha.
--->'''Shallan:''' You don't realize it, but you just said something very very funny.\\
'''Kaladin:''' Then why aren't you laughing?\\
'''Shallan:''' It's not that kind of funny.
** Normally, she's cheerfully shy and demure, but when a true life or death situation comes up, she turns into a ''stone cold'' killer. [[spoiler:She killed her mother as a child with the Shardblade said mother was trying to take from her, strangled her father with the necklace he bought her, and stabbed Tyn (her conwoman mentor) through the heart after a short fight]].
--->'''Tyn:''' Sometimes, we must do things we don't like, kid. Difficult things.\\
''[[[spoiler:Shallan summons her Shardblade and kills Tyn]]]''\\
'''Shallan:''' Difficult things. Yes. I believe I ''told'' you. I've learned that lesson already. Thank you.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Her father racked up a ton of debts and even more ill-will before he died.
* LonelyRichKid: Her father sheltered her a great deal, she didn't get out much until the events of the story.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Falls head over heels in love with Adolin pretty much as soon as she lays eyes on him.
* LoveTriangle: One nearly forms around her between Adolin and Kaladin, though Kaladin consciously attempts to defy the attraction, once he recognizes it.
* TheNapoleon: Not huge, but Shallan is slightly envious of her already [[OneHeadTaller head taller]] fiancee riding beside her on a [[CoolHorse Massive Ryshadium War horse]], exacerbating thei height difference.
* MasterOfIllusion: She can use Lightweaving to create illusions. She frequently does this to disguise herself.
* ManipulativeBastard: A heroic one, like all Lightweavers.
* MeaningfulName: Shalash happens to be the patron of the Lightweaver Order.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Her name is a derivative of Shalash, one of the Heralds.
* NatureLover: She loves sketching pictures of plants and animals, and seems to be one of the first people to notice the principle of symbiosis (or at least, nobody she ever read had mentioned it).
* NonActionGuy: Shallan does not ''do'' confrontation, of any kind, [[spoiler:despite possessing a Shardblade, and killing her father]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She was the only child in the family that her father never abused and rarely got angry with. [[spoiler: Whether this was because of actual favoritism or because he knew she had a Shardblade and was scared of her, we'll never know, since he's dead by her hand.]]
* [[OneHeadTaller One Head Shorter]]: Conspicuously shorter than her fiancee Adolin, though justified in that Alethi are quite tall on average. Kaladin is tall even by Alethi standards, so it goes straight into HugeGuyTinyGirl.
* PhotographicMemory: She can remember any scene perfectly with a bit of effort and a blink, and then forget it later, after sketching it. This is initially presented as an acquired skill, but her ability to [[spoiler:sketch invisible creatures unconsciously]] suggests it is more supernatural in nature. [[spoiler:The revelation that she is a fledgling Surgebinder strongly suggests that these Memories are somehow related one of her Surges, whether Soulcasting or (more likely) Illumination.]]
* RousingSpeech: She gives a speech to a group of deserters that inspires them and reminds them of the men they could have been. This causes them to fight for her.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:As a child, killed her mother in self-defense when her mother tried to kill her after her Radiant abilities started to manifest. This drove her father mad, and she eventually had to kill him as well to protect her brothers.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Adolin. Even she realizes it, and she's rather embarrassed.
* StepfordSmiler: A variation, in that she is consciously and deliberately repressing her memories of [[spoiler:killing her mother and father]] in order to function. Implied to be a non-magical use of her talents as a Lightweaver.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar]]
!Highprince Dalinar Kholin, "The Blackthorn"
->''"We follow the Codes not because they bring gain, but because we loathe the people we would otherwise become."''

One of ten Alethi highprinces, fighting a war with the nominal aid of the other highprinces to avenge the assassination of his brother, the former king. Once renowned for his raw martial prowess, he is now plagued with doubts about his people's culture and the war they are fighting, and also by strange visions that seem to be of the distant mostly-forgotten past and which contain hints of a dark future that may be in store.

Will have flashbacks in Book 3.
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%%* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking
%%* {{Badass}}
* BadassNormal: Losing his shards doesnt slow him down much, considering he's still able to [[spoiler:fight evenly with Szeth]] during the climax of ''Words of Radiance''.
* BecomingTheMask: He did this on purpose, with the Codes. The Blackthorn was little better than a bloody cudgel in Gavilar's hand; with Gavilar's death, Dalinar realized he needed to be something else. He followed the Codes for long enough that it became as natural as breathing. Kaladin gets close to this truth when he wonders if his gesture at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' is just him pretending to be honorable. He decides that if you're willing to [[spoiler:''give up a Shardblade'']] to "pretend" to be honorable, you're not really pretending any more.
%%* BroughtDownToBadass
* BrokenAce: Like all Surgebinders. His breaking seems to have originated in his drunken failure to save his brother from Szeth.
* CoolSword[=/=]{{BFS}}: His Shardblade, Oathbringer. [[spoiler:He gives it up to Sadeas, and then takes the one brought by Talenel]]. He eventually [[spoiler:casts this one aside as well to bond with the Stormfather, who tells him he refuses to become one for him]].
* TheDreaded: As the Blackthorn, Dalinar was ''feared''. Navani says that the reason she chose Gavilar over him wasn't because Gavilar was going to be king, but rather because Dalinar frightened her.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:As a Bondsmith.]]
* FatherToHisMen: Dalinar cares greatly for the safety of his soldiers, and refuses to ask them of anything he'd not be willing to do himself.
* TheFettered: Adheres to his chosen code of conduct despite ridicule from his rivals and complaints from his son, and [[spoiler:he goes so far as to give up his Shardblade to keep his promise to Kaladin and Bridge 4 to free them.]]
* FourStarBadass: An extremely competent general who is also an extremely good warrior. However, he is progressively losing the Alethi [[BloodKnight Thrill]], to the point where he doesn't fight as much as he used to, at least not as willingly.
* FrontLineGeneral: Leads from the very front of his army in Shardplate to minimize his army's losses. [[spoiler: Takes a more behind the lines position after giving his Shardplate to Renarin]].
* HonorBeforeReason: In the first book, motivated by guilt over his brother's death. Even the king who literally wrote the book on honor (or a vision of him) tells him to be more realistic. Later gets over it and learns to balance honor and practicality.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Due to seeking the Old Magic]], he has no memory of his wife other then the fact she existed, and can't even hear her name properly when it's spoken. It has not yet been revealed whether this was the wish or the price.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Pretty much everyone admits that Dalinar is the real king of Alethkar by the point of ''Words of Radiance''.
* MyGreatestFailure: Years later, he still hasn't forgiven himself for being passed out drunk while his brother fought an assassin. [[spoiler:It's not until the Assassin in White comes for him that he finally forgives himself; he realizes at that time that even if he'd been there to defend Gavilar, Szeth would have killed him without breaking a sweat.]]
* NamedWeapons: His Shardblade is called Oathbringer.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: He ''did'' have good reasoning for trusting Sadeas, but...
* ParentalSubstitute:
** After Gavilar's death, he had to act as a father to Elhokar. Part of the problem with Elhokar's reign is that Dalinar coddles him a bit too much, treating him like a child.
** After the climax of ''The Way of Kings'', he starts treating Kaladin as a son, specifically like Adolin. It's just easy to miss because he treats Adolin like a soldier. It comes to a head when Elhokar is mad at Kaladin for [[spoiler:derailing the plan to deal with Sadeas. Elhokar wants him executed, but Dalinar flat-out says that if he tries, he'll make Dalinar an enemy]].
* RedBaron: "The Blackthorn".
* RefugeInAudacity: When he decides to [[spoiler: bond a spren and become a Radiant,]] he doesn't go for any typical small fry- [[spoiler: he bonds the ''freaking Stormfather himself.'']]
* SecondLove: Finds one in and is one to [[spoiler:Navani Kholin]]. He resists this for a time, since in Alethi culture it's highly improper for him to [[spoiler:date his brother's widow, but after he is betrayed by Sadeas and nearly killed, he changes his mind.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Dalinar is an interesting study of the concept. In his youth he was very cynical, but Gavilar's death prompted him to become an idealistic proponent of the Codes of War and the concepts in ''The Way of Kings''. However, by the end of the first book, he's come to realize that this won't work to unite the highprinces, because the Alethi highprinces are selfish and refuse to act for the greater good. Dalinar decides to cut a middle ground, forcing the highprinces to work together through blunt force; in his own words, he is treating them "like children" because they do not know any better.
* WarriorPrince: As is the norm in Alethi society; a Highprince who isn't a warrior wouldn't garner much respect among his peers.
%%* TheWisePrince
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eshonai]]
!Eshonai
->''"Where are you, Blackthorn? Why have you not come to face me again?"''

A Parshendi Shardbearer who seems to know Dalinar Kholin, and battles him during the second tower raid, and can also speak Alethi. She is revealed in ''Words of Radiance'' to be a general of the Parshendi, and due to the respect the other Parshendi have for her, she is essentially their leader. She seeks to save her people by any means possible, even if it requires assuming a dangerous new form.

Will have flashbacks in Book 4.
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* AndIMustScream: After she [[spoiler:gains Stormform, becoming a voidbringer]], she is frequently disturbed by her true self screaming in her head.
* AntiVillain: As with most of the Parshendi, Eshonai's main goal is the defense of her people while trapped between two near-equally bad options: either fight the Alethi in a slow battle of attrition, or [[spoiler:allow Gavilar to complete whatever his plans were that would bring back the Parshendi's gods and start up another Desolation]].
* BoldExplorer: She wants nothing less than to travel the world by herself, finding new peoples and places. In fact, this wanderlust is what led to the Alethi and the Parshendi meeting in the first place.
* {{BFS}}[=/=]CoolSword: The Shardblade she wields is noted to be big even for a Shardblade.
* ChekhovsGunman: Appears briefly to fight Dalinar in ''The Way of Kings''. ''Words of Radiance'' reveals that she's essentially the leader of the Parshendi, and she plays a very important role in the book.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Adolin headbutts her into a chasm. She's wearing Shardplate at the time, so she probably survived the actual fall, but [[spoiler:a Highstorm and an Everstorm crashed into each other right above her head]], so her survival remains ambiguous.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:After changing to stormform, she gathers all those who refuse to change together, thinking that it will make them easier to execute once the rest of her people are Voidbringers. But she puts some of her closest friends in charge of guarding them, who then lead them down into the chasms, implying that her true self was manipulating her Voidbringer mind into giving them a chance to escape]].
* FourStarBadass: A general with a Shardblade. The last Shardbearer among the Parshendi, actually.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: Rather conspicuously only engages other Shardbearers after they've been weakened by regular Parshendi warriors. Understandable since the Alethi have a considerable advantage in number of Shards they have.
* LargeAndInCharge: The highest ranked Parshendi military leader left alive, and towers over her soldiers at seven feet tall. Looks even bigger since her Shardplate bulges out due to her War Form carapace underneath.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: She notes that she prefers to act contrary to the instincts the forms force on her. Workers are non-aggressive to a fault; when in workform she sought out confrontation. Mates are playful and useless; she forced herself to remain productive. She even orders her soldiers to attempt to paint while in warform, despite the fact that they are both physically and mentally unsuited for it.
* ShockAndAwe: Gains lightning powers by assuming stormform.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: She accidentally caused most of the plot of the series by stumbling upon the Alethi while she was out exploring. Admittedly [[spoiler:the Everstorm and the Desolation]] likely would have happened eventually anyway, but she feels understandably guilty about the exact events leading up to it.
* WorthyOpponent: Thinks of Dalinar this way.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Szeth]]
!Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar (Szeth-son-Neturo)
->''"What am I? I am....sorry."''

The Assassin In White sent to kill the former Alethi king, gets several viewpoint sections of his own throughout ''[[Literature/TheStormlightArchive The Way Of Kings]]''. His title of "Truthless" is never quite explained, though it is later implied that he was given his Shardblade by his people. Despite his talents, Szeth ''hates'' hurting people, and hates himself even more for his talents at doing the same.

Will have flashbacks in Book 5.
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* ApologeticAttacker: ''Hates'' killing, and cries as he does. In the prologue, he actually does apologize before attacking.
* AppropriatedAppellation: "The Assassin in White" after his assassination of Gavilar.
* {{Badass}}: Just read about him using his abilities.
%%* BaldofAwesome
* BrokenAce: Completely destroyed by finding out that he was never really Truthless, and could have stopped the murders at any time. This is probably part of why Nalan considers him eligible to become a [[ByTheBookCop Skybreaker]].
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:He tried to warn the Shin of the coming Voidbringers. He was right, but they didn't believe him and branded him Truthless. He convinces himself that they were right, only to discover that he was right all along after encountering Kaladin.]]
* TheCombatPragmatist: Even in uses of his magical powers, he doesn't fight fair. Special mention goes to the time when he killed a Shardbearer by destroying a balcony beneath him.
* CoolSword: A master with his Shardblade, and refuses to part with it. [[spoiler:It's actually an Honorblade, and the direct source of his Surgebinding]]. Later, he gains access to [[spoiler:a sword that is strongly implied to be Nightblood from ''Warbreaker'']].
* {{Expy}}:
** Of anime ninja. Most evident in the chapter where he's the assassin of a crime lord wannabe, and wears the classic black outfit, combined with his big, anime-esque Shin eyes.
** Perhaps also an {{expy}} of the various protagonists of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed''. His physical description might as well be one of Ezio Auditore, and his occupation, needless to say, fits as well.
* ExtremeDoormat: He will do anything the person who holds his Oathstone orders, except commit suicide or give up his Shardblade. This is actually ''cultural''. Shin "warriors" are treated like slaves, with Shin culture greatly favoring farmers and craftsmen and elevating them to the rulership positions of society, and soldiers being slaves that are conditioned to view themselves as having little value and to obey whoever possesses them.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:After realizing that he ''isn't'' Truthless and truly accepting responsibility for all the death he has inflicted, he lets Kaladin kill him.]] Too bad for him that [[spoiler:Nalan has other plans for him]].
* TheFettered: Bound to follow the orders of whomever holds his Oathstone. He has only two limits: he will not kill himself, and he will not give up his Shardblade. But anything else his master commands - ''anything'' - he will immediately carry out, no matter how much he hates it, even if it will sow war and chaos and kill hundreds of thousands of people. Even if he's standing next to a horrible monster who is deliberately killing people in front of his own eyes, Szeth will not act against them.
* {{Foil}}: To Kaladin especially. Both value honor and despise the actual act of killing, and are both slaves after a fashion. In the debate of ToBeLawfulOrGood, Kaladin falls under [[HonorBeforeReason "Good"]], while Szeth ascribed to a version of [[JustFollowingOrders "Lawful"]]. Whereas Kaladin [[GuiltComplex takes]] [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter responsibility for]] [[ItsAllMyFault everything]], Szeth takes it [[JustFollowingOrders for]] [[NeverMyFault nothing]]. The powers they exhibit are also similar. However, Szeth is an assassin, not a soldier, [[spoiler:and is not actually a surgebinder until joining the Skybreakers, who are rivals to the Windrunners Kaladin is one of]].
* GravityMaster: The thing that makes him so deadly, since nobody else understands his abilities or how to counter them. Outdoors a simple touch is enough to guarantee a kill on someone, because he can catapult them into the sky.
* HealingFactor: His Surgebinding allows him to heal from wounds.
* HitmanWithAHeart: He ''hates'' killing, but that is the task that he is best at, and he has countless masters willing to use his powers.
* HonorBeforeReason: Because he's a Truthless, he has to do whatever his masters tell him and can't take his own life. At several points in ''The Way of Kings'' he has a strong desire to act, but can't because he is a Truthless.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: As Truthless, he is not allowed to take his own life. [[spoiler:Once he learns he isn't Truthless, he lets Kaladin finish him]].
* JustFollowingOrders: A weird case. On the one hand, he is bound to follow any order his master gives him, with the sole exceptions of killing himself or giving up his Shardblade. On the other, it is explicitly stated that he is still 100% morally responsible for every evil order he follows. Kaladin specifically calls him out as a coward for using this excuse to justify everything he has done. [[spoiler:After finding out that he ''wasn't'' Truthless, that the claims of the return of Radiants and Voidbringers that got him declared Truthless were correct, he goes slightly off the deep end, because that would mean he could have refused every one of those evil orders.]]
* LastRequest: He grants both of Gavilar's as he believes that such things are sacred.
* MagicKnight: More like a magic ninja really.
* ManInWhite: What he's known for, anyway.
* {{McNinja}}: Though a ProfessionalKiller and MagicKnight, his typical methods are more of this type.
* OutOfFocus: He gets much less attention in ''Words of Radiance'', but is planned as the focus character of book three, ''Skybreaker''.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Even most Shardbearers don't stand much of a chance.
* ProfessionalKiller: His entire role as a warrior from Shinovar, along with his Surgebinging abilities and Shardblade.
* SanitySlippage: He gets progressively less stable over the course of the first two books, especially once he realises that [[spoiler:Kaladin is a Radiant]], since it means that [[spoiler:the "lies" he told that made him Truthless were actually true all along]].
-->'''Szeth:''' THEY TOLD ME I WAS TRUTHLESS!
%%* SubmissiveBadass: See ExtremeDoormat.
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!!The Kholin Family

[[folder:Adolin]]
!Adolin Kholin
->''"My father thinks I'm a better man than he is. Unfortunately for you, he's wrong."''

Dalinar's elder son and heir. Worries throughout the novel over his father's visions. He has a love for dueling (in fact, it's his religious Calling) and doesn't take well to his father's insistence to follow the Codes.
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* AgentPeacock: In his armor, he is a massive, unstoppable badass. Outside of his armor, he is an insufferably beautiful man who insists on wearing cologne even while in prison and adores fashionable attire to the point that he is constantly bristling against his father's order that he wear his uniform at all times.
* BecomingTheMask: For a long time he was a duelist who was coincidentally useful on the battlefield. By the second, when he's started dueling again, he notes that he likes the loud darkeyed spectators in the stands because it reminds him of the battlefield--while he used to hate the battlefield because it wasn't quiet, like a duel.
* BrokenAce: Quite possibly {{Averted}}, as he's pretty much the only major protagonist ''not'' somehow broken. This may be the biggest thing keeping him from developing into a Radiant.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Sometimes has trouble keeping track of what he did to offend any particular female.
* CombatPragmatist: Perfectly willing to resort to this in duels if needed. While he won't break the ''actual'' rules, he's willing to use tactics like grappling, headbutting, and brawling instead of pure Shardblade-on-Shardblade combat, which the Alethi upper crust consider distasteful.
* CoolSword: A Shardblade.
* TheDandy: Adolin loves fashionable clothes, to the point that he keeps folios of the latest fashions from Alethkar and reads through them while at winehouses so he can keep up to date and have properly fancy attire ready.
* {{Foil}}: According to WordOfGod, Sanderson created Adolin to have a contrasting viewpoint to Dalinar.
* FrontLineGeneral: Like his old man, Adolin fights from the frontlines.
* HiddenDepths: Much, ''much'' smarter than he lets on. He's not ''yet'' as great a leader as his father, but he's well on his way, and he also [[spoiler:demonstrates quite a bit more in the way of GenreSavvy by [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim murdering Sadeas.]]]]
* HotBlooded: Though he [[CharacterDevelopment learns to understand his father's point of view]].
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: A non-murderous variety. Adolin finds hunts against beasts positively boring, due to how the prey has little chance of countering the elaborate hunting methods humans can come up with. Much prefers one on one duels, where warriors can pit their wits against an opponent of equal intelligence and strength.
* IKnewIt: InUniverse. He's insufferably pleased when he finds out [[spoiler:Kaladin is a Radiant]].
-->'''Adolin:''' Ha! I ''knew'' there was something going on with him.
* InsultOfEndearment: He starts calling Kaladin "bridgeboy" as a simple descriptive before they actually know each other, then keeps it as an insult once Kaladin becomes his guard. After [[spoiler:the four on one duel where Kaladin saved him]], it turns into a friendly ribbing remark. Unfortunately Kaladin doesn't ''notice'' that it's turned friendly, so their friendship starts to backslide a little before Shallan angrily explains things.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Knifing Sadeas in the dark]] is the sort of tactic that Dalinar would frown on, but the victim had it coming and then some.
* LadykillerInLove: After unsuccessfully courting ''[[NotHyperbole every]]'' eligible woman in the warcamps, he gets betrothed to Shallan, and rapidly falls in love with her.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Was immediately smitten with Shallan upon seeing her. Though he only really fell for her after she [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext asked him about what he did if he needed to poop in Shardplate]].]]
* MaleGaze: One of the reasons his relationships keep failing is because he has a shameless wandering eye.
* MasterSwordsman:
** Probably the single most talented swordsman in the ''world'', surpassing even his father and uncle. It's implied that he could easily rise to King's Champion if he wasn't at least trying to follow his father's ban on duels in time of war.
** In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Dalinar decides to put some pressure on the Highprinces by having Adolin start taking their Shards from them in duels. Nobody seems to think that conquering 20+ Shardbearers should present Adolin with much of a problem.
** And indeed, during the big duel, he fights three Shardbearers at once, on his own, and holds his own.
* NamedWeapons: Notable in universe for being an exception, he hasn't named his Shardblade, feeling that it would be presumptous.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Like all Alethi men, he can't read. Unlike most, he never even bothered to learn the simplified glyphs that men ''are'' allowed to read.
* NotHyperbole: He really had courted ''every'' eligible woman in the warcamps before Shallan showed up.
* RealMenWearPink: Wears cologne and "reads" fashion magazines.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: While not actually one - he is always fighting on the front line and is a competent battlefield commander - Adolin is considered one by most of the Alethi upper crust, who make it clear that they think he is an arrogant fop - up until the point where he thoroughly beats their asses in duels.
* SerialRomeo: Constantly switching girlfriends, it's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by his brother on several occasions. He's stopped in ''Words of Radiance'' mostly because he's unsuccessfully courted ''every lighteyed woman'' in Dalinar's warcamp. And because he's fallen in love with Shallan, who so far fits him to a tee.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Adolin is much sharper than his foppish pretty boy warrior prince appearance would suggest. [[spoiler: Every suspicion he had in the books so far has been founded to some degree. Sadeas WAS plotting against them. Amaram's reputation WAS too good to be true. And there WAS something unusual about Kaladin.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Kaladin slowly evolve into this. They start out heavily mistrusting each other--Kaladin thinks he's an arrogant fop, while Adolin thinks he's an angry little man who is clearly hiding something--but they quickly become closer despite their best efforts. Adolin accidentally confides some worries with Kaladin once or twice, and they have good non-verbal communication skills. After Kaladin [[spoiler:helps Adolin beat four Shardbearers at once in the arena]], Adolin upgrades him to an actual friend. Kaladin, unfortunately, doesn't notice right away, and it takes Shallan angrily explaining things for him to turn things around.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Renarin]]
!Renarin Kholin
->'''Wit:''' Can you speak, yet say nothing ridiculous?\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Renarin:''' Nothing ridiculous.

Dalinar's younger son, who has a blood-sickness and is not fit for battle. Dalinar decides to get him a Shardplate to help mitigate this.
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* BrokenBird: Like all Surgebinders. In his case, it's probably due to his epilepsy, and consequent inability to live up to his culture's standards.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has it in him, as seen by his quote.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Progression, through the Growth method.]]
* HealingHands: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Progression, through the Regrowth method.]]
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:He's a Radiant, of the Order of Truthwatchers.]]
* IllBoy: He has a blood-sickness, and Dalinar coddles him. Wit insists he is stronger than he appears. [[spoiler:Being a Radiant helps.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Illumination.]]
* ModestRoyalty: Constantly pointed out as one of his primary virtues. Not only does he take to the rather embarrassing training Shardplate requires without a word of complaint, but he ''begs'' Kaladin to be allowed to join Bridge Four, and is happy to be given the menial tasks like cleaning the dishes.
* NonActionGuy: Due to his blood sickness, he's useless in a fight. Dalinar thinks this could change if he got some Shardplate. In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:thanks to getting Shardplate and a Shardblade, he shakes this by becoming a badass. And as it turns out later, he's a Radiant.]]
* OutOfFocus: While he eventually [[spoiler: is revealed to be a Radiant]], he isn't the focus of most of the action in the first two books.
* PoweredArmor: Dalinar plans to win him Shardplate so that he can fight. At the end of the first book, Dalinar realizes there's a simpler solution, and simply gives him his own Plate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar's Wife]]
!Dalinar's Wife

Dalinar's late wife, who he spent three years courting. As part of his deal with the Nightwatcher, Dalinar has lost all memory of her.
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* GoodIsDumb: Navani insists that she wasn't an ''idiot'', just not very clever. It's implied she's downplaying it to spare his feelings. She was, however, always perfectly calm in the face of Dalinar's often unpredictable passions.
* NoNameGiven: Or at least no name known to the readers, since her name is only stated from [[RetGone the perspective of Dalinar]].
* PosthumousCharacter: Barely.
* RetGone: But only for Dalinar, who has lost his memories of her and cannot hear her name when spoken.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jasnah]]
!Jasnah Kholin
->''"It strikes me that religion--in its essence--seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find '''natural''' meanings behind them."''

Niece of Dalinar Kholin, and sister of the current reigning king of Alethkar, a famous scholar and an infamous heretic. During the events of ''The Way of Kings'', she remains in Kharbranth, studying something. She is very dedicated to her research, and belongs to a somewhat obscure order of historians that search for the truth in history.
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* TheAce: Shallan views her this way: an incredible scholar with stunning charisma [[spoiler: and a surgebinder on top of it]]. She complains to herself about how perfect Jasnah is on several occassions.
* AlchemyIsMagic: Can Soulcast without a Soulcaster due to being able to bind the Surge of Transformation.
* BadassBookworm: She uses Soulcasting to great effect against some random thugs resulting in three of them being vaporized and one TakenForGranite... and then orders Shallan to treat her actions as a problem for research into ethics.
* BrokenAce: [[spoiler: She's a surgebinder, so it goes without saying. It's partly whatever happened to her in the past, and partly carrying the weight of trying to save the world from a new Desolation.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A necessity for becoming a Surgebinder. We don't really know what it is, but there are a few hints that it involved RapeAsDrama.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Is suddenly killed in the first part of ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when she turns up alive at the end of the book; she was able to survive by healing with Stormlight and slipping into Shadesmar with her Elsecaller powers.]]
* FamedInStory: She's one of the most famous people on Roshar, out of a combination of her family connections, personal brilliance, and rather... unorthodox beliefs and activities. To say that her reputation proceeds her would be a massive understatement.
* HollywoodAtheist: Shallan initially assumes her to be this, actually averted, while she can be brusque and somewhat of an InsufferableGenius at times, she's a genuinely good person who shows tolerance and respect for Shallan's religious beliefs.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: The first sign of her being a Soulcaster in her life was the fact of her shadow sometimes pointing toward light instead of away from it, though only she noticed. [[spoiler:This is all but outright stated to be due to [[BondCreatures Ivory]].]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: In interviews, Sanderson pronounces her name "Yasnah," but there's no hint of this in the books.
* NotSoStoic: Generally very calm and emotionless. Then Shallan is put in danger [[spoiler:when she stabs herself in the arm, and later ingests poison. Notably, Jasnah thinks she bears a portion of the blame for both events.]] Jasnah is suddenly a lot less emotionless. Also shown [[spoiler: just before her apparent death]] when Shallan comes into her study and finds her not only exhausted, but [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness actually showing a fear spren.]] She finds it shocking.
* OhCrap: In part five of ''The Way of Kings'', when Shallan [[spoiler:shows her the picture of Shadesmar]]. Shallan decides to take a Memory of her expression because of Jasnah's usual temperament.
%%* PurpleEyes
* SingleTear: A variant. Shallan walks in on her in a vulnerable moment, and sees her trying to hide a single fear spren beneath her books. She realizes that if her emotional control has slipped enough to draw even a single spren, Jasnah is terrified.
* SternTeacher: This starts with her elaborate scheme to prevent all but the most determined from even reaching her, and reaches a point where she admits she may be too tough [[spoiler:after Shallan's faked suicide attempt]].
* TheStoic: Always maintains extreme emotional control, never drawing emotional spren even when furious.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: As an Elsecaller, she can bind the Surges of Transformation and Transportation, with the latter allowing at least teleportation into and out of Shadesmar in the flesh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Elhokar]]
!King Elhokar Kholin
->''"We go to war for years and years, never noticing the real villains, working quietly in my own camp. They watch me. Always. Waiting. I see their faces in mirrors. Symbols, twisted, inhuman..."''

The current king, replacing his father Gavilar. Elhokar is a paranoid and foolish king, but his suspicions seem confirmed when it turns out that someone cut his saddle strap in a bungled attempt on his life. Dalinar makes it his goal to support him.
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* DrowningMySorrows: He spends the climax of ''Words of Radiance'' pass-out drunk, due to making the mistake of asking Kaladin if he's a good king.
-->'''Kaladin:''' [[BrutalHonesty No, you're not.]]\\
''[[[{{Beat}} long pause]]]''\\
'''Elhokar:''' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Well, I did ask.]]
* EvilOverlord: Subverted. For a time in ''Words of Radiance'', it appears that without [[MoralityChain Dalinar]] around, he acts all around horrible. However, as Dalinar reveals and Kaladin eventually accepts, he's not actually a bad person. He's trying his best, and while he's rather incompetent at his job and picks [[TreacherousAdvisor the worst company]], that doesn't make him evil.
* GreenEyedMonster: He tries hard to be a good king, but consistently fails. When he sees others (such as his uncle and Kaladin) doing a better job than him, he gets frighteningly jealous. This leads to, on one occasion, him acting as a SpannerInTheWorks [[WhatAnIdiot for his own plan]] in ''Words of Radiance'', after which he finally realizes this is a problem.
* HiddenDepths:
** He is largely seen as a childish brat who only manages to eke out some cleverness when he's being cruel. Underneath, he is a good, intelligent man who just wants to avenge his father and fulfill his legacy of keeping the country united. Unfortunately, his family treats him like a child, which results in him ''acting'' like a child. Given a chance, he rises to the occasion.
** For example, early in ''The Way of Kings'', Dalinar mentions retreating from the Shattered Plains back to Alethkar. Elhokar assumes this is a sign of cowardice. Half a book later, the subject comes up again, and Dalinar explains his goal of stabilizing Alethkar, winning the war, and securing the Shattered Plains in more detail--and Elhokar understands perfectly.
--->'''Elhokar:''' Why didn't you just say that in the first place?\\
'''Dalinar:''' ''[thinking]'' I underestimated him.
* InadequateInheritor: His father, Galivar, was TheGoodKing, well liked by many. Elhokar himself is a borderline ManChild, is completely paranoid for other assassins, and has a serious GreenEyedMonster complex as a result of all of these when comparing his bad reputation to his father's good one.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: A result of being well aware he is an InadequateInheritor to the throne of Alethkar is that he has a serious complex when it comes to this, which comes out at the worst times.
* TheLoad: He often needs to be rescued or protected, usually from disasters caused by his own poor judgment. He becomes a literal example of this during the second book, when [[spoiler: he is too drunk to walk unassisted, and leans on an injured Kaladin while they are trying to escape from assassins.]]
* ModestRoyalty:
** Normally very very much ''not'', but there are hints of it breaking through. Near the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he comes to Kaladin's barracks to ask him for advice, even requesting he teach him the secret of leadership. And at the very end of the book, [[spoiler:he ends up being ordered around by Lopen's mother when he's brought to her house to hide. He complains, but in a good-natured, friendly way]].
** It's mentioned that he reserves seats in the dueling arena for darkeyes, despite the lighteyes grumbling about having to mingle with their "inferiors." He never seems to even consider reversing this policy.
** Essentially, Elhokar is a very decent ''man;'' he's just a really horrible ''king,'' and the knowledge of this wears on him.
* OhCrap: When [[spoiler:Dalinar starts to beat him]] at the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
* TheParanoiac: He's constantly convinced people are trying to kill him, which is honestly understandable considering the assassination of his father. When his leather saddle girth snaps during a hunt, he is absolutely convinced that it was intentionally cut by someone, and refuses to hear anything to the contrary. [[spoiler:Sadeas realizes that he knows who cut the strap, which is why he doesn't use it to implicate Dalinar. Dalinar takes it a step further, realizing that Elhokar cut the strap himself because no one was taking his fears seriously]].
* ProperlyParanoid:
** Someone really was trying to kill him when they cut the strap. [[spoiler:Not really, since he faked it. But he wasn't the one to remove the Stormlight from his Shardplate.]]
** His fears regarding seeing assassins in the corners of his eyes are partially correct. [[spoiler:They're actually Cryptics like the ones Shallan sees]].
* PuppetKing: More or less, considering the highprinces basically do whatever they want. By the end of the first book, [[spoiler:Dalinar is taking steps to slap the highprinces down and make Elhokar more than a puppet.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gavilar]]
!King Gavilar Kholin
->''"Tell... tell my brother... he must find the most important words a man can say..."''

The deceased king of Alethkar. The Parshendi sent a Shin assassin to kill him on the night they were signing a treaty with him. He had a great deal of knowledge, but unfortunately failed to pass it on before he died.
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* BadassInCharge: Szeth notes his skill with a Shardblade.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade. Not that it helped him much against Szeth.
* DeadLittleSister: "Dead Big Brother" to Dalinar, who considers the fact that he wasn't there to help him when the assassin came to be MyGreatestFailure.
* FounderOfTheKingdom: The first ruler to properly unite the warring Alethi Highprinces.
* TheFettered: Before his death, he took up the Alethi Codes of War and ''[[FictionalDocument The Way of Kings]]'' as his models for rule.
* TheGoodKing: Apparently grew into this when he took up his TheFettered point of view, but [[BloodKnight Alethi society]] didn't really [[GoodIsImpotent see it this way]].
%%* GreenEyes
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Passes off a mysterious black orb to Szeth as he dies, only saying "They must not have it." Szeth hides it in Jah Keved so that his masters can't take it from him, but he has no idea what it actually is.
* LastRequest: He makes two to Szeth, who obliges him in both.
* PosthumousCharacter: He dies in the prologue of the first book. The prologues of books one through five all show that same night from different perspectives, giving more views of him.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: United Alethkar through violent war, and also put up a reasonable showing as a full Shardbearer against Szeth.
* ShipperOnDeck: He was trying to set up Jasnah with Amaram, but it didn't go anywhere. In addition to Jasnah's disdain for marriage in general, she's dismissive of Amaram specifically, and he actually seems a little afraid of her.
* YouAreTooLate: As he's dying, he smiles and says that Szeth is too late. [[spoiler:Considering that he was trying to bring back the Voidbringers, that's pretty disturbing]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Navani]]
!Navani Kholin
->''"Something's going on. Something bigger than our war here, something bigger than Gavilar."''

Gavilar's widow. In the past, Gavilar and Dalinar fought over her hand. She comes to the Shattered Plains in ''The Way of Kings'' in order to do some research.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Despite her interest in Dalinar when they were younger, she eventually chose Gavilar because Dalinar genuinely frightened her. She only becomes interested in him again after he's leashed his dangerous edge.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:She starts courting with Dalinar at the end of ''The Way of Kings''. There are implications, later, that her marriage to Gavilar was less than perfect, however.]]
* MamaBear: She was never really able to fuss over Jasnah growing up (she jokes that the girl acted middle-aged since she was six), but after a frosty first meeting with Shallan, she eventually starts mothering the girl.
%%* PurpleEyes
* SecondLove: Find this in and is this to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin]].
* TheSmartGuy: Not as much as her daughter Jasnah, but she is a steadfast researcher.
* WidowWoman: The widow of Galivar, though she finds a SecondLove.
* WrenchWench: A less hands on, and more design version. She's heavily involved in the engineering of new fabrials.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aesudan]]
!Queen Aesudan

Elhokar's wife, who is in Kholinar during the events of ''The Way of Kings''.
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* CorruptChurch: She is unintentionally at the center of it, as she spoils her ardents and allows them to do whatever they want in exchange for assurances that what she does is the right thing to do.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She seems to be a vain and foolish woman who surrounds herself with sycophants. She is at one point compared, in great detail, to the Ten Fools (figures from relegious scripture). We don't get to read the comparison, but we have been told what the traits of two of the fools are: [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Eshu, who speaks of things he does not understand in front of those who do]] and [[ManChild Cabin, who behaves like a child even though he was an adult]].
* TheGhost: She doesn't have a single appearance in the first book, [[spoiler:and barely in the second, though she is at least discussed]].
* NoNameGiven: Not in the first book, anyway.
* ObliviouslyEvil: She is constantly concerned about the nature of her soul and place in the Almighty's plan. Unfortunately, her many ardents have discovered that it's not too difficult to convince her that the most important thing is showering them with luxuries and ignoring everything that happens outside her palace. This has resulted in the people of Kholinar starving while heaps of food rot at the palace.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar]]
!Dalinar Kholin
->See the "Main Characters" folder.
[[/folder]]

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!!Alethi Highprinces

[[folder:Sadeas]]
!Highprince Torol Sadeas
->''"You can't have an army with two generals, son. Your father and I, we're two old whitespines who both want a kingdom. It's him or me. We've been pointed that way since Gavilar died."''

The most powerful and successful of the Alethi highprinces, and a direct rival to Dalinar. Unlike Dalinar, Sadeas does not possess a Shardblade, but he makes up for this with exceptional cunning and clever - if costly - combat tactics, such as the use of bridgemen. Adolin strongly suspects him of trying to undermine or eliminate Dalinar, but Dalinar views Sadeas as more of a friendly rival who is upholding the typical Alethi concept of viewing everything as a competition, and believes he can be reasoned with.
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* AntiVillain: Presents himself as one when [[spoiler:he betrays Dalinar, saying he did it to remove a dangerous influence on Elhokar and to help unite the Alethi highprinces. It's not clear if he honestly believes it or is spouting more bullshit.]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler:he's spouting total bullshit. He wants Dalinar ''and'' Elhokar dead so he can break Alethkar into pieces and rebuild it even stronger than before.]]
* ArcherArchetype: Not by choice. Without a Shardblade, Sadeas can't take full advantage of the speed and power that his Shardplate offers him in close combat, and instead uses a massive, extremely powerful bow that can only be used with Shardplate.
* BloodKnight: The Thrill is now the only thing which makes him feel alive.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Sadeas is willing to betray any and everyone he works with, [[spoiler: even his king,]] if he thinks it will net him an advantage.
* CoolSword: Is given [[spoiler:Oathbringer by Dalinar]] in exchange for the freedom of [[spoiler:every one of his [[WeHaveReserves bridgemen]].]]
* DropTheHammer: The other weapon Sadeas relies on is a massive warhammer common among Shardbearers without a Shardblade.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In the second book, he can't understand why Dalinar [[spoiler:bought the bridgemen]] from him, and assumes it must have been some failed attempt to weaken his army. The fact that Dalinar was simply rewarding good men doesn't even occur to him.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Adolin kills him by stabbing him through the eye.]]
* FantasticRacism: [[ItsAllAboutMe While he looks down on everyone not named Sadeas]], he ''especially'' looks down on darkeyes. The few chapters from his perspective have him scoffing at their presence in the dueling ring (Elhokar reserves seats for them), their lives, and the idea that they have some purpose other than to die for his glory. After a bridgerun, he has the gall to accuse them of idling about "while better men died." Never mind that the reason they collapse after a run is because he pushes them so hard and they're shocked because ''half of them die every time''.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Dalinar. [[spoiler:Doesn't stop him from betraying Dalinar]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Sadeas desperately wants a Shardblade; Dalinar uses the opportunity to take one from a Parshendi Shardbearer to convince him to go along with the joint-plateau plan. Later on, [[spoiler:Dalinar buys all of Sadeas' bridgemen with his Shardblade.]]
* HappilyMarried: In spite of his many, MANY flaws, for all intents and purposes Sadeas seems to be this with his wife, who is just as much a schemer as he is.
* HeelRealization: Admits to himself that he's ''not'' glad Dalinar isn't losing his touch and that he's going to undermine Dalinar to protect his personal power anyway. He persists in claiming that his way is better for the kingdom in the long run, but it comes across as paying lip service to the idea.
* HeroicSacrifice: Attempted, at least. In the book's intro, he is actually the one wearing King Gavilar's robes when Szeth shows up, intending to draw the Shardbearer away from Galivar, who is disguised as a Shardbearer bodyguard.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Does this to Dalinar after betraying him, and then to Adolin on occasion in ''Words of Radiance.'' [[spoiler:It gets him killed.]]
* LeaveNoSurvivors: Adopted this policy early in the war, slaughtering a large group of cornered Parshendi who tried to surrender. This act is largely responsible for inspiring all the Parshendi to fight to the death, transforming the conflict into one of total war.
* MagnificentBastard: In-universe. Dalinar realizes he's been brilliantly outmaneuvered when [[spoiler:Sadeas uses his own warnings to the king to maneuver himself into being named Highprince of Information]]. Later on, Sadeas warms up to Dalinar and seems to be interested in his ideas about the Codes, and works with him on joint-plateau assaults. [[spoiler:This sets up his ultimate betrayal]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Sadeas knows how to twist people around, especially other highprinces. He's less effective against lower-ranking troops, and someone like Kaladin is confounding.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Sadeas is ultimately loyal to Elhokar, and will do whatever it takes to protect his king, alongside Dalinar. [[spoiler:Until the second book reveals that was just a facade]].
* StarterVillain: ArcVillain and TheHeavy for the first book and most of the second, repeated revelations render his political schemes minuscule as the grand scope of the series is unveiled, [[spoiler:and he is unceremoniously killed by Adolin by the end of the second book after he has been eclipsed as a threat.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sadeas and Dalinar do not get along, but they'll put aside their differences to protect Elhokar.
* UngratefulBastard: Dalinar saves his life when his army is flanked by Parshendi. [[spoiler:Sadeas promptly betrays him on their next joint outing to the Tower.]]
* WeHaveReserves: Sadeas thinks nothing of the deaths of the bridgemen; in his observation, the bridgemen's deaths due to being unshielded and unarmored are better than the deaths of "real" soldiers who would die if the Parshendi didn't specifically target the vulnerable bridgemen. He even denies the bridgemen armor specifically because the Parshendi tend to target them over all else.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: He and Dalinar used to be good friends until the night Galivar died, as both of them blame the other. Sadeas blames Dalinar for being drunk during the assassination, while Dalinar blames Sadeas for failing as a decoy. Eventually the two team up and it looks like their friendship might eventually be repaired. [[spoiler:Then Sadeas betrays Dalinar and leaves him and his forces to die, which had been Sadeas's intention all along.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Sadeas still persists in trying to undermine Dalinar, even after [[spoiler: the Voidbringers return and a freaking Desolation begins]], because he honestly believes everyone is still playing his game of politics- he's genuinely clueless just how irrelevant he is to the grand scheme of things. [[spoiler: Luckily for the world, Adolin [[KilledOffForReal gets the point across.]]]]
** His treatment of Adolin, specifically, is this in a different way. He sees much of himself in Adolin, and assumes he'll be able to get him onto his side eventually. He just figures Dalinar's lessons need to be beaten out of him first. Adolin is much like Sadeas, which means [[spoiler:he's ruthless enough to follow his father's honor to the logical conclusion, finally killing Sadeas for his constant attempts to undermine the kingdom]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roion]]
!Highprince Roion
->''"If I were them, I'd just form up out there as if to prepare for an attack--but then I wouldn't. I'd stall, forcing my enemy to get stuck out here waiting for an attack until the highstorms returned!"''

Although the highprince with the best archers of the Alethi forces, Roion has earned the fewest gemhearts.
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* ArcherArchetype: His forces have the best archers of the Alethi highprinces.
* GeneralFailure: Not a terribly competent war leader to begin with, and only hurt more by the fact that his talented archer troops are very ineffective against the Parshendi.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Attacks Szeth to try and save Dalinar, is easily slain in turn but manages to buy time]].
* NeutralNoLonger: He's one of the peacekeeper highprinces in ''Words of Radiance'', standing between Sadeas' faction and the Kholins, but joins Dalinar for the final assault.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Sebarial often calls him a coward, while Dalinar believes Roion is merely cautious. [[spoiler:In the end he sacrifices his life by attacking Szeth to try and help Dalinar]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thanadal]]
!Highprince Thanadal

Not a Shardbearer, this highprince relies on Brightlord Resi, his only Shardbearer, for most of the fighting.
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* HypercompetentSidekick: Not one himself, but Brightlord Resi, with his Shardbearer status, is one for him.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Hatham, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sebarial]]
!Highprince Sebarial
->''"Well said, you old turtle! Maybe this trip won't be a complete bore. Onward, then! To glory and some such nonsense."''

The only Highprince to never go hunting for gemhearts. He is rude, loud, and shows no respect for propriety, so the other Alethi do everything in their power to ignore him. He is much more clever than he looks, though, and when the war began he was the only one who realized that one way or another, there would always be an Alethi presence on the Shattered Plains. He is also deeply devoted to his mistress, Palona.

Shallan ends up in his warcamp in the second book due to some quick political maneuvering on her part.
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* BoringButPractical: While the other Highprinces are running around getting people killed collecting gemhearts, Sebarial has been building a permanent economy in the warcamps. It's not glamorous, but it's far more profitable, especially since he doesn't have to hire more men every other day due to losses from fighting the Parshendi.
* CasualDangerDialogue: On the battlefield. His mistress even ''reads a novel'' while the battle rages.
* FantasticRacism: A notable aversion compared to the rest of the Alethi. He doesn't seem to care about eye color at all, to the point that he is one of the few Alethi openly in a relationship with a darkeyed. Palona mentions that he's constantly asking her to marry him, but she keeps refusing.
* GentlemanSnarker: Shows up at councils of war more or less entirely just to amuse himself by poking fun at people.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Tries to put on this facade, since, as he explains to Shallan, it makes sure he won't forget anyone especially deserving. [[spoiler:However, he is upset when Roion dies anyway, showing this isn't necessarily true.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Except it's his mistress rather than his wife doing the henpecking.
* HiddenDepths: Jasnah dismisses him as a rude idiot, he does in fact have a very keen mind and a significant soft side. He seems to get a fair amount of millage out of being underestimated.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He insults everyone, yet he is one of the few good Highprinces, and seems genuinely upset when [[spoiler:Roion, his favorite insult bait, dies.]] His mistress implies he has taken in highborn ladies in distress before too.
* LongLostRelative: When Shallan claims he offered her lodging at his camp, he covers by saying that she's a distant relative.
* NonActionGuy: Unlike most Alethi highprinces, he's not a talented fighter or even a competent general. It's to the point that in the final battle of ''Words of Radiance'', Dalinar orders him to stay out of everyone's way and give command to one of his mercenary generals, which Sebarial does gladly.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aladar]]
!Highprince Aladar

->''"I wish I could, Dalinar. But this isn't about you. Itís about the other highprinces. Maybe I could trust you, but I'll never trust them. You're asking me to risk too much of myself."''

A Highprince and one of Sadeas biggest supporters.
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* BelievingTheirOwnLies: [[spoiler:Subverted. He was Sadeas' loudest supporter during the entirety of ''Words of Radiance'', but he was really trying to convince himself more than anyone else. He eventually joined Dalinar for the expedition to the center of the Plains because he ''failed'' to convince himself]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: He, like Sadeas, thinks that all the talk of ancient honor and such is little more than historical revisionism. [[spoiler:He does tell Dalinar that he ''wishes'' it was true, though, and it's certainly better than how Sadeas does it, trying to wrap nooses around everyone's necks]].
* SourSupporter: He is very much on Sadeas's side, but he doesn't like being told what to do.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hatham]]
!Highprince Hatham

->''"We must not allow ourselves to be attacked one at a time, and we must not squabble."''

An Alethi Highprince, known for using his ardents in political maneuvering and for being behind on his taxes.
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* CorruptChurch: Despite it being very specifically illegal, he often uses his ardents as part of tricks and deals, such as by having one of them insult a potential trading partner in order to make Hatham look desperate when he apologizes.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vamah]]
!Highprince Vamah

->''"I take your point, Dalinar. No need to keep bashing the rock into my face."''

An Alethi Highprince, one of the ones who joined the chasmfiend hunt at the beginning of ''The Way of Kings''. He dislikes the prices for Elhokar's Soulcasters, and keeps trying to find ways around it.
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* MugglesDoItBetter: He tries to skip using Soulcasters by just using wood to patch the holes in his walls. But since he needs to buy the wood from Sadeas, Sadeas raises the prices and forces him to use Elhokar's Soulcasters after all.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bethab]]
!Highprince Bethab

An Alethi Highprince, known for using mercenaries and coveting the throne.
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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Most of his army is made up of mercenaries. On a successful plateau assault, he would ride back to camp with the gemheart while leaving them to figure out their own way back.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Vamah, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ruthar]]
!Highprince Ruthar

->''"Great. All we have to do is win the war, which we've only been trying to do for five years."''

An Alethi Highprince, and an eager--if slightly quiet--supporter of Sadeas.
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* SmugSnake: He's constantly described as oily and conniving, but not actually very effective at manipulation or planning. He's often completely blindsided by enemy plots, and despite holding a significant number of Alethkar's Shards, [[spoiler:by the end of ''Words of Radiance'' he has lost all of them to Dalinar except his own Blade]].

[[/folder]]

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!!Others from Alethkar

[[folder:Laral]]
!Laral

->''"Don't you want to become a lighteyes? Win a Shardblade?"''

The daughter of the brightlord of Kaladin's home village of Hearthstone. Their parents were setting up she and Kaladin to wed, but that plan derailed when her father died.
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* OldManMarryingAChild: After [[spoiler:Roshone's son died]], she became betrothed to Roshone. Age-wise, it was perfectly legal (though the fact that Roshone was technically her guardian at the time might have made it tricky), but the fact remains that he was a good twenty or more years older than her.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger, she spent most of her time playing with Kaladin and Tien. As she grew older, her maids stopped letting her do that sort of thing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Roshone and his son moved into town, she was cut off from Kaladin, and forced to become cold to him to fit in.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Brother]]
!Tien

->''"Kaladin, look at this rock. It changes colors when you look at it from different sides."''

Kaladin's little brother, an insufferably cheerful boy who is small and spindly for his age.
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* CynicismCatalyst: His death is one of the most important events in Kaladin's backstory, along with the manipulations leading up to it.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being treated as little more than a silly fool who can make Kaladin smile, he proves to be a very good carpenter, producing artful statuettes. Unfortunately, the carpenter doesn't see the use in such frivolous things.
* ThePollyanna: He spends nearly every single one of his scenes bouncing up and down like a loon, and is the only one who can shake Kaladin out of his chronic depression. The only time he seems genuinely unhappy about something is when [[spoiler:Amaram recruits him for the army. He cries tears of joy when Kaladin joins up as well to protect him]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Father]]
!Lirin

->''"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing."''

Kaladin's father, the surgeon of the small town of Hearthstone. He is a deeply generous man who refused to charge for his services, subsisting on donations from grateful townsfolk. After he failed to save the elderly Brightlord Wistiow, Brightlord Roshone moved in, and everything changed.
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* ActualPacifist: He refuses to kill, even by inaction, under any circumstances.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He is accused of forging documents from Wistiow willing his family a large gift of spheres for Kaladin's education. Turns out he really did do it, though he is insistent that if Wistiow had been lucid in his last hours, he would have done so willingly]].
* EducationMama: Of a sort. He is insistent on training Kaladin to be a surgeon and sending him to Karbranth when he comes of age. Kaladin would rather be a soldier, but he learns well regardless.
* HonorBeforeReason: There are several times where he could have killed Roshone, or even just let him die, but he always refuses. He also refuses to ask for payment for healing or move his family to a more prosperous city, despite knowing it would be far easier on him.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Mother]]
!Hesina

->''"You burn a glyphward out in front of your house, and it will turn away evil. It's easy. Your father won't give someone a ward to heal them. He'll insist that they stay in bed, drinking water, taking some foul medicine, and washing their wound each day. It's hard. They'd rather leave it all to fate."''

Kaladin's mother, a well-off darkeyed woman who was wooed by a surgeon and followed him to a lonely town in the middle of nowhere. She is intelligent and refined in all things, and never complains about her lot, but Lirin secretly feels guilty for what he has put her through.
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* DeadpanSnarker: She has a clever tongue in her head, though not as much as many of the other snarkers in the book. She's very good at twisting Kaladin's words around to teach him a lesson, and the few times he snarks at people, he always credits her.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Specifically averted; Hesina is noted to be the only woman in town who can read. And, of course, none of the men are allowed to.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever exactly happened between Lirin and her parents that led to her leaving the city and rarely speaking of them.
-->'''Hesina:''' ''[to Kaladin]'' Don't let your father's words unnerve you. He always gets pessimistic at times like this.\\
'''Lirin:''' I do not.\\
'''Hesina:''' ''[DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Name one other time.\\
'''Hesina:''' Meeting my parents.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Stormwinds, let's hope this doesn't go ''half'' as poorly as that.
* ProperLady: She comes off as a perfectly refined Alethi darkeyed woman, who ended up in a remote corner of the country but retained her courtly manner.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roshone]]
!Brightlord Roshone

->''"I do not like your little town. I do not like being treated like an '''exile'''. I do not like living so far from anything--everything--important. And most of all, I do not like darkeyes who think themselves above their stations."''

The citylord of Hearthstone, who took over when Brightlord Wistiow died. It's obvious from the beginning that he was exiled for some political offense in the city, and he blames the town, especially Lirin, for his suffering.
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* FantasticRacism: Like most Alethi lighteyes, he finds darkeyes to be little better than slaves, and is annoyed whenever they won't just give him everything he wants without arguing. [[spoiler:The reason he ended up in Hearthstone was because he asked Elhokar to help him get rid of some bothersome elderly darkeyed silversmiths he was competing with. When they made an issue of it, they were thrown in jail pending an inquest, where they died in short order. Dalinar exiled Roshone to a distant corner of the country "where he could do no harm."]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants the spheres Brightlord Wistiow gifted to Kaladin's family. There doesn't seem to be anything he actually wants them ''for''--he just wants them because he doesn't want anyone else to have them. This is also what led to him getting banished to Hearthstone in the first place. [[spoiler:He screwed over Moash's grandparents because he was having trouble competing with them legally]].
* NeverMyFault:
** He blames Lirin for his presence in Hearthstone, due to the surgeon failing to save the previous Brightlord. Nevermind the fact that the more direct cause was [[spoiler:Roshone asking his friend the crown prince to screw over an innocent pair of competitors]].
** [[spoiler:When his son is killed in a hunting accident, he blames Lirin for failing to save him--despite the fact that the hunt was Roshone's idea in the first place, and Lirin could have easily have killed him on the surgery table]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:He competed with Moash's grandparents and got Elhokar to practically have them killed, was exiled by Dalinar, and made Kaladin's childhood hell]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler:When a shop belonging to an elderly darkeyed couple was giving him trouble, he had Elhokar screw them over. Dalinar stepped in as soon as he could, but the couple had already died in prison, waiting for the inquest. Dalinar then banished him as far from his connections as he could, in the hopes of keeping him from doing any more harm]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gaz]]
!Gaz
->''"Every storming day, we'd get up and fight on those plateaus. And we wouldn't make any progress. Who cared if we made progress? It was the gemhearts the highprinces were after. And there we were, locked into virtual slavery by our military oaths."''

The commander of Sadeas' bridgecrews who disappears halfway through ''The Way of Kings''.
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* CharacterDevelopment: He becomes less of an asshole over the course of ''The Way of Kings''. By ''Words of Radiance'' he's actually a pretty decent person again.
* DangerousDeserter: One of a group of deserters that goes after Shallan's caravan in ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Subverted shortly afterward, when Shallan pretty much talks him and the other deserters into turning back around and being proper soldiers who protecting others.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Though less so as he stays with Bridge Four long enough.
** His one point-of-view chapter indicates that he has as much contempt for himself -- if not more -- than for the bridgemen under his watch.
** It turns out that, once removed from the pointless fighting on the Shattered Plains and given something worth fighting for, Gaz becomes a surprisingly nice guy.
* TheNeidermeyer: Kaladin quickly picks up on this, though it's not entirely unjustified, seeing as bridge crews aren't meant to amount to much anyway, and are expected to die early.
* TheNicknamer: Calls Kaladin "Lordling", but only to be an asshole.
* PetTheDog: A portrait Shallan drew of him in a regal light (absolutely opposite of how he imagines himself) reduces Gaz to tears.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Alethi remove him from his role as bridgecrew taskmaster, he deserts outright due to his disgust at how the Highprinces use their soldiers for their own greed. The fact that the hunt was on for scapegoats and that Gaz had a truly staggering number of creditors after his hide didn't exactly make the decision difficult, either.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amaram]]
!Brightlord Meridas Amaram
->''"This '''is''' for my men. You can't begin to understand the weights I carry, spearman."''

The lord Kaladin formerly served under.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: One of the most well-respected of brightlords, and one of the few Alethi brightlords who Dalinar truly respects. Adolin, slightly more GenreSavvy than his father, correctly notes that Amaram's sterling record sounds entirely too much like a man who spends a lot of energy on keeping up appearances.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade, [[spoiler:which he stole from Kaladin.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He never earned his Shardblade. He stole it from Kaladin and sold him to slavery on a false charge.]]
* FantasticRacism: At first he was surprised that a Herald might have dark skin and self-consciously chides himself for assuming they'd all look like Alethi. He's convinced that the Herald's dark eyes must be some sort of disguise though: so in other words he can overcome his FantasticRacism but is still blinded by his Fantastic ''Classism''.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Insists that [[spoiler:stealing Kaladin's Shardblade]] was necessary for the fate of the world, as he can utilize it far more effectively. Eventually, he comes to regret his actions. [[spoiler:That is, he regrets enslaving Kaladin rather than killing him]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kaladin thinks this is his attitude. [[spoiler:He's shocked to learn Amaram is actually a WellIntentionedExtremist who genuinely believes his actions serve the greater good]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Like all good Alethi men, he can't read, but he understands the simplified glyphs used in their place. Amaram has taken to stringing them together in sentences (rather than just singly and in pairs), creating a crude pictograph language.
* OhCrap: His reaction when he realizes [[spoiler:Dalinar knows what he did with Kaladin]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: At least, when nothing important is at stake. Shallan after [[spoiler: disguising herself as one of his servants]], is surprised to learn that he knows his servant's name, that she has the night off, and her current relationship status.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. Kaladin thought he was this for a long time, but when Kaladin refuses the Shardblade he won, he promptly has his spear team killed and Kaladin himself MadeASlave so he can have the Shardblade himself.]]
* TooGoodToBeTrue: Adolin's opinion about his reputation.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cenn]]
!Cenn
->"''I'm going to die, aren't I?"''

A new boy in Kaladin's squad.
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* DecoyProtagonist: Dies in the introductory chapter for Kaladin, though this isn't made apparent until the end of Part 3 of the first book.
* KilledOffForReal: Although resurrection is possible in ''The Stormlight Archive'', Cenn is struck down by a Shardbearer and doesn't come back.
%%* NewMeat
* RedShirt: He exists only to die, and the worst part is he ''knows'' it. Even though we don't actually see him die until halfway through the book, his death is still blatantly obvious.
* ShoutOut: Brandon has stated that he may have unconsciously named him after [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Cenn Buie]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed off at the end of the first chapter of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', before anyone really got to know him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Niter]]
!Captain Niter

The captain of the Cobalt Guard.
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%%* BadassBeard
* BusCrash: Stops appearing partway through ''The Way of Kings''. The next time he's mentioned is a fair bit into ''Words of Radiance'', when Zahel tells Kaladin that he died during the second tower assault.
* TheLeader: Of the Cobalt Guard.
* RedHerring: He fits the description of Jezrien, the Herald King, almost word for word. Turns out to just be a coincidence.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Danlan]]
!Danlan Morakotha
->''"Dalinar holds himself back. He knows he should take the throne, but hesitates out of love for his dead brother. The other highprinces interpret this as weakness."''

A spanreed operator working for the Kholins. Comes to visit from another warcamp and starts dating Adolin. They stay together for an unusually long time, but then end up breaking up in between ''The Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.
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* HiddenDepths: Aside from a brief slip-up in her airhead act, she doesn't seem to be anything special in ''The Way of Kings''. Then in ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that she's trying to kill King Elhokar.]]
* TheMole: She's secretly working for [[spoiler:Taravangian, aiding his Diagram plot by trying to kill Elhokar.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tries to act like an airhead, even though she actually isn't.
* RomanticFalseLead: Teased as potentially being the true perfect girl for Adolin, but [[RunningGag as usual]], they break up.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's a fairly minor character, but [[spoiler:the information she collects and sends to Taravangian is what causes him to send Szeth to kill Dalinar.]]
[[/folder]]

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!!Bridge Four

[[folder:Bridge Four]]
Kaladin's bridge crew, he was assigned to this group by Gaz in order to get him killed. It takes a while, but this backfires. Hard.
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%%* BadassCrew: Eventually.
%%* BlueIsHeroic
* HiddenDepths: All of them have their secrets that only come out when they get close together. They don't think they want to give them up otherwise, seeing as it's all they have left.
%%* PraetorianGuard
* TrueCompanions: Due to Kaladin simply treating them as actual people.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** From the highest mortality rate among [[WeHaveReserves bridge crews]] to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin's PraetorianGuard]] by the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when [[spoiler:their association with Kaladin lets them use stormlight]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin
->See the "Main Characters" section
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teft]]
!Teft

->''"I ain't grouchy, I just have a low threshold for stupidity."''

An old slave who insists there is nothing special about him.
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* BadassGrandpa: A former spearman of some sort.
* CrazyPrepared: He teaches the bridgemen to [[spoiler:keep large sapphires on their person to smash in case Kaladin needs a sudden infusion of Stormlight]]. He continues this practice in the final chapters of ''Words of Radiance'', despite the fact that Kaladin is back in the warcamps, weeks away.
* {{Cult}}: A former member of one who awaited the return of the Knights Radiant. It's only when he saw [[spoiler:Kaladin inhale Stormlight]] that he believed, though.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Despite his insistence that his past isn't important, he obeys instantly when Kaladin gives him an order filled with military jargon.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for the death of the Envisagers, even though they were already doing a fine job of killing themselves.
* SergeantRock: He won't speak of it, but he clearly has experience as a sergeant, breaking down recruits and building them up as soldiers. For the bridgemen, he can skip the "breaking down" step, since there's not much lower they can go.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rock]]
!Rock (Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor)
->''"Airsick lowlanders."''

A member of Bridge Four. He was originally Sadeas' chef, but he developed a dislike for the man and varnished all his food with Chull Dung. ''All of it.''
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* ActualPacifist: Though he's willing to shoot a bow at a length of wood, he's not willing to hurt anyone. Though he is willing to use a substantially sized log against Kaladin during practice.
* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Shallan as "cousin," a nod to her Horneater blood.
* BadassPacifist: He's a shockingly good brawler considering that he refuses to fight for real. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he wasn't always a second son, implying that he used to be a fourth son (the warrior), but two of his brothers died and his role was reassigned]].
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: When Dunny insults him, he tries to challenge Dunny to an ''alil'tiki'i'' duel. This is apparently the traditional form of dueling on the Peaks, and involves seeing who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. As an added bonus, soon everyone is so drunk that they'll probably forget why they were fighting in the first place!
* CultureClash: With the Alethkar.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The nickname "Horneater" that his people have earned is not an embellishment. Rock has difficulty finding Unkalaki alcohol in the low lands, with most tavern owners worried that it'd melt through the cups.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Downplayed example. His people's language sounds Hawaiian and they live on volcanoes.
* GentleGiant: He's very strong, and could be a good fighter. However, he's still an ActualPacifist.
* IAteWhat: Gets sent to the bridge crews after his first attempt to serve Sadeas a meal. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Turns out chull dung has a rather more distinctive taste than he realized, though it didn't help that he used an ''impressive'' amount.]]
* SeeTheInvisible: He can see Syl all the time, unlike most of Bridge Four, who only see her sometimes.
* TheBigGuy: Near seven feet, he's the tallest member of Bridge four. Kaladin is only a few inches shorter, but can't nearly match Rock's muscular bulk.
* TeamChef: For Bridge Four. Rock's stew is one of the first things that starts to bring Bridge Four together.
* TheUnpronounceable: His real name (see above), which is why everyone calls him "Rock", since it's the name of a kind of rock where he comes from.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lopen]]
!The Lopen
->''"You'll be wanting me, gancho!"''

A cheerful one-armed Herdazian bridgeman, who begged to join Bridge Four for the simple reason that Kaladin was the only one picking bridgemen, so whoever got picked must be special.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Completely useless as a bridgeman due to his injury. He makes a pretty good waterboy, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Downplayed example, but from the moment he found out about Kaladin's powers, he was [[spoiler:constantly trying to breathe in Stormlight]]. By the end of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:it finally worked, and his arm started to regrow]].
* TheLoad: He was ''intended'' as this by Gaz. Kaladin has him carry the water instead, and his insufferably cheerful demeanor helped keep Bridge Four's morale up.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Cousins rather than siblings, but the same idea. In the second book, it seems like every night he's brought a new cousin to join Bridge Four, and in his viewpoint chapter he casually mentions about a dozen of them standing guard at his mother's house.
* NWordPrivileges: Lopen apparently has Roshar's biggest collection of one-armed Herdazian jokes. [[spoiler: He'll have to start coming up with some two-armed Herdazian jokes, though.]]
* TheNicknamer: Has some shades of this.
* ThePollyanna: Doesn't seem to have a problem losing an arm or being a slave.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Some of his cousins call him The Lopen because he's the only Lopen they know. When he finally gets a passage told from his point of view, it turns out that ''he'' thinks of himself as "The Lopen" too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shen]]
!Shen/[[spoiler:Rlain]]
->''"Am I Bridge Four?"''

A Parshman bridgeman given by Gaz as one of his last.
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* BizarreHumanBiology: As a [[spoiler:Parshendi, he can assume a number of different forms depending on what is needed for the given task.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:After seeing what has become of [[ReluctantWarrior Eshonai]] as [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a storm form]], Rlain rejoins Bridge Four and teaches the Alethi how to fight storm form Parshendi.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaladin's IShallTauntYou seems to have been his.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even more than other Parshmen.
* HiddenDepths: He's actually [[spoiler:a Parshendi who has assumed dullform (which looks more or less like a parshman) to spy on the human camps. Eventually reveals his true name (Rlain) and shifts to warform after his people become Voidbringers.]]
* TheQuietOne: As expected from a Parshman. [[spoiler:Less so once he returns as a Warform Parshendi and rejoins Bridge Four.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sigzil]]
!Sigzil
->''"I am not a foolish jester or storyteller. I do not 'give tales.' I spread knowledge of cultures, peoples, thoughts, and dreams. I bring peace through understanding. It is the holy charge my order received from the Heralds themselves."''

An Azish Worldsinger.
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* TheApprentice: Formerly, to [[spoiler:Hoid]].
* BerserkButton: He is a [[InsistentTerminology Worldsinger.]] Not a storyteller. There's a difference, which he will expound greatly upon.
* MrExposition: Of a sort. He's a Worldsinger, meaning he can give information on a wide variety of cultures. He doesn't like to brag about it, however.
%%* ShorterMeansSmarter
%%* TheStoic
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Moash]]
!Moash
->''"I'd join them in a heartbeat. If I were in charge, things would change. The lighteyes would work the mines and the fields. They would run bridges and die by Parshendi arrows."''

One of the bridgemen on Bridge Four. He was formerly a jerk to Kaladin, but he warms up to him.
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* TheAce: Though not to the same extent as Kaladin, Moash excels at every new task set to Bridge 4.
* CoolSword: In ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Kaladin gives him a set of Plate and Blade, making him a full Shardbearer.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: He and Kaladin initially start out obsessed by revenge, but Kaladin pulls out in time. [[FaceHeelTurn Moash doesn't]].]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He may talk big, but its clear that [[spoiler:he only joins the Diagram to take revenge against Elhokar.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Is horrified when he realizes what his desire for revenge let him to do, and also at the realization that he's too far in and needs to keep going.]]
* {{Revenge}}: He tells Kaladin that his motivation is revenge against the Lighteyes. In ''Words of Radiance'', it turns out that he wants revenge against [[spoiler:Elhokar, who unintentionally killed his grandparents.]]
* TheRival: To Kaladin, initially.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* UnwittingPawn: In his quest to get revenge on [[spoiler:Elhokar]], he is recruited by a band of patriots working to stabilize Alethkar. [[spoiler:They are actually followers of Taravangian's Diagram, and while they claim they just want to kill Elhokar to put Dalinar on the throne, they're actually trying to kill both of them to destabilize the region so Taravangian can take over]].
[[/folder]]

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!!Frostlands

[[folder:Taravangian]]
!King Taravangian
->''"Sometimes, you must tear down a structure to build a new one with stronger walls. And we are going to need strong walls in the coming years. Very, very strong walls."''

The king of the small city-state, Kharbranth. He is thought somewhat dull by his peers. However, he is well-liked due to funding hospitals throughout the city for those who can't afford medical care.
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* TheChessmaster:
** Taravangian is much smarter than he appears, as shown by the multiple levels of backup plans and the specificity of his [[spoiler:orders to Szeth. It is also implied that he has other pawns in the waiting.]]
** Later, it's revealed that he's working off of an immeasurably complex set of documents referred to as the Diagram; [[spoiler:a massive set of writings, scribblings, sketches, and rantings that he produced while locked in his chambers on a day when his Old Magic-warped intelligence reached an unprecedented peak. The Diagram contains spot-on predictions for events all over the world and is practically a one-stop book of prophecy, but is so complex as to be virtually impossible to interpret.]]
* ConLang: In-universe. During his most brilliant moment, he invented an entirely new language because all existing ones were too imprecise.
* DumbIsGood: Despite seeming stupid, he is unusually kind and compassionate for a king. [[spoiler:He notes that his compassion and his intelligence seem to be inversely linked, so that he's kinder on his stupider days. He notes that this isn't the case for most people.]]
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:Szeth calls him one, and he doesn't object to it at all. His viewpoint chapter indicates that he really does agree.]]
-->'''Taravangian:''' Yes, but I am the monster who will save this world.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Averted; in his interlude, he casually mentions that he learned the womens' script years ago.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ZigzaggedTrope. Most of the other lighteyes in Kharbranth consider Taravangian somewhat slow and unskilled at politics. [[spoiler:In reality, he is at the head of a large conspiracy which has resulted in the deaths of many nameless citizens just to harvest information, and the killings of several very important foreign dignitaries.]] However, according to WordOfGod, he used the Old Magic at some point, with his IQ changing at random each day, making this either played straight or averted depending on when people see him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Willing to go any lengths to save the world. Thus far, he's released Szeth to go on an incredible killing spree, reduced the nation of Jah Kaved to burned-out anarchy, and countless other crimes.]]
-->'''The Diagram:''' Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stick]]
!A Stick
-> ''"I am a stick."''

A stick found in the Frostlands. With Pattern translating Shallan tries to convince it to become fire.
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* ADayInTheLimelight: Has his own "deleted" interlude. It can be found [[http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-deleted-interlude-stick/ here]]. Predictably, it was released on AprilFoolsDay.
* {{Determinator}}: The stickiest of sticks and will not be persuaded otherwise.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a stick.
* NoSell: He does not want to become fire, he is a stick.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vathah]]
!Vathah
->''"Brightlords have failed us in the past."''

Leader of a large group of deserters. He runs afoul of Shallan, and while he dislikes her immensely, she manages to convince all of his men to follow her. He considers all the deserters (including himself) cutthroat scum.
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* TheCynic: He makes constant comments about how the deserters Shallan recruited are going to turn on her eventually, and doesn't believe for a second that she can grant them clemency for their crimes.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts out convinced that Shallan is an ignorant and naive lighteyes who got lucky in convincing the deserters to fight for her. Once he finds out she has a Shardblade [[spoiler:when she kills Tyn with it]], he warms up to her, apparently deciding that she's more like him than she pretends.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Becomes much more trusting and subservient towards of Shallan when he realizes how many times she didn't kill him with her shardblade for threatening or berating her.

[[/folder]]

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!!Heralds of the Almighty
[[folder:Heralds]]
The ten Heralds were warriors of the Almighty, chosen to aid mankind during the Desolations. However, they abandoned their duties after many times having to return to Damnation, shattering the Oathpact.
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* TheAgeless: They have some form of this, judging by the fact that they survived four and a half thousand years without aging, but it's not clear if it's an inherent trait of the Heralds or some quirk of the magic system they know how to exploit.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* AGodIAmNot: Though some are worshiped as them.
* FallenHero: After saving the world a hundred times, they finally gave up, breaking their oaths and abandoning the world to its fate. Even through the chaos of the Hierarchy and Alethkar's devolution into a nation of {{Blood Knight}}s, they never reappeared to set the world back on track.
* TheOathbreaker: Everyone except Talenel'Elin, since he was dead at the time of the breaking. WordofGod says that the Oathpact may not be as dissolved as the Heralds would have liked to think when they tried to abandon it.
* SanitySlippage: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jezrien]]
!Jezrien (Vorin: Jezerezeh, Herald of Kings)
->''"It has been decided. The Oathpact ends now."''

The Herald King, also known as the Stormfather, though the two are actually separate entities. Appears in the Prelude to tell Kalak that it is time for the Oathpact to end. He is also the father of Shalash.

He is associated with the Windrunner Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Protecting and Leading.
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%%* BadassBeard
* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Heralds. Kalak mentions that he was once an actual king, and still holds himself with a regal bearing despite the fact that he hasn't worn a crown for centuries.
* FallenHero: By the time of ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Nale]] says he'll lead humanity... if he ever stops drooling.
* IHaveManyNames: Or rather, gained several names after the last Desolation. These include Jezerezeh'Elin and Stormfather.
* LikeAGodToMe: He's worshipped as the "Stormfather" in Alethkar, who leads the highstorms, and, along with other Heralds, as a god in other parts of the world. However, see AGodIAmNot.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nale]]
!Nale ("Darkness") (Vorin: Nalan, Herald of Justice)
->''"Justice does not expire."''

Also known as Nin to the Shin.

A Herald who seeks justice above all other things. During modern times, he has become a constable and is hunting down and killing Surgebinders that have committed crimes, no matter how minor the offence.

He is associated with the Skybreaker Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Just and Confident.
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: Carries around a variety of extremely powerful tools. These range from a fabrial that can bring someone back after they are killed by a Shardblade, to a captive Larkin he uses to drain stormlight from Radiant prisoners.
* BadassBeard: According to his statues, though it's not clear if they got it right.
* ByTheBookCop:
** By the time of the story, he's taken this to the extreme. He believes the only true thing in the world is laws, including the laws of mortal men. Therefore, despite marching all over the planet hunting down surgebinders, he is always very careful to make sure that they have committed some crime that makes executing them legal. It might be a harsher punishment than they'd normally receive, but it is definitely legal. [[spoiler:He takes Szeth under his wing after the latter finds out he never should have been made Truthless. Yes, Szeth's masters made a mistake, but Szeth obeyed their laws, and Nale holds that ideal very highly]].
** Somewhere between a KnightTemplar or an InspectorJavert, given that he'll freely execute both a kindly old man for a forty-year-old AccidentalMurder and a [[WouldHurtAChild thirteen-year-old thief who only steals food]].
* CoolSword: He has a Shardblade, implied to be his own Honorblade, judging by his ability to use Stormlight. [[spoiler:He also carries Nightblood, from [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Nalthis]], but doesn't use it himself]].
* IHaveManyNames: His name is Nale, but he's also called Nalan by Vorinism, Nin by the Shin, and Darkness by Lift.
* InSeriesNickname: Lift gives him the nickname Darkness because she doesn't know his real name.
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* TheStoic: He shows no emotion. Ever. The closest is when one of his men kills an unarmed hostage; Nale insists that the man remain behind and receive whatever punishment the local law deems necessary.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chanarach]]
!Chanarach ("Chana")

A Herald with little known about her at this time. Mentioned in a story from Hoid to have raced Fleet and lost.

She is associated with the Releaser/Dustbringer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Brave and Obedient.
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* InSeriesNickname: She has the nickname Chana.
* NoNameGiven: In ''The Way of Kings'', we don't learn her name. However, subverted when we do learn it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* SuperSpeed: Implied to have some power that makes her fast, because Hoid speaks of Fleet beating her in a race as a serious accomplishment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vedel]]
!Vedel (Vorin: Vedeledev)

One of the Heralds. Mentioned by "Taln" to be a healer who could help the sick and train the surgeons.

She is associated with the Edgedancer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Loving and Healing.
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%%* ActionGirl
* HealingHands: Implied, considering the way healing works here.
* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact that she's associated with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Abrasion and [[HealingHands Progression]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Paliah]]
!Paliah ("Pali")

A Herald said to be able to see the future.

She is associated with the Truthwatcher Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Learned and Giving.
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* InSeriesNickname: She is called "Pali" by some of the other Heralds.
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed in ''The Way of Kings''. Subverted when it is revealed in ''Words of Radiance''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shalash]]
!Shalash ("Ash") (Vorin: Shallash, Herald of Beauty)
->''"A woman sits and scratches out her own eyes. Daughter of kings and winds, the vandal."''
-->--'''Death Rattle'''

The daughter of Jezrien, the Herald king. She appears in ''The Way of Kings'', destroying priceless works of art, especially those related to her. According to Nale, she has been "getting worse", although it isn't clear what he means by this.

She is associated with the Lightweaver Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Creative and Honest.
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%%* ActionGirl
* AlchemyIsMagic: Associated with an Order of the Knights Radiant that specializes in [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and Soulcasting.
* AxCrazy: Av tells Baxil not to bother her if he values his limbs.
* TheCameo: Brandon revealed that she appears in ''The Way of Kings'', in response to being asked if she was The Mistress.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Goes around destroying every portrait, sculpture, or other representation of herself she can find.
* InSeriesNickname: Called Ash by the other Heralds.
* MasterOfIllusion: Associated with the Order of Lightweavers, who use this and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]].
* NoNameGiven: The name of the "Mistress" isn't revealed during her appearance in ''The Way of Kings''. She was only confirmed as Shalash (after much fan speculation) by WordOfGod.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Baxil and Av don't seem to actually know her real name, and only refer to her as "The Mistress". The Heralds, in turn, exclusively refer to her as "Ash."
* SanitySlippage: Implied; in the prologue of ''Words of Radiance'', Jasnah runs into Nale and another Herald (possibly Kalak) talking about how "Ash" is "getting worse."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Battar]]
!Battar (Vorin: Battab)

A Herald with relatively little known about her at this time.

She is associated with the Elsecaller Order of the Radiants. Her divine attributes are Wise and Careful.
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%%* ActionGirl
* WomenAreWiser: Apparently, though we don't know for sure if that's accurate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kalak]]
!Kalak (Vorin: Kelek)
->''"Forgive us."''

The point of view character in the prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive''. He was the last Herald to make it out of the Final Desolation, and missed out on the other Heralds deciding to abandon the Oathpact. He feels great regret when he leaves his Blade and abandons the Oathpact as well.

He is associated with the Willshaper Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Resolute and Builder.
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* IntroOnlyPointOfView: The prelude of ''The Way of Kings'' is from his point of view, but he doesn't show up for the rest of the book.
* TheParanoiac: His flavor of SanitySlippage.
-->'''Kalak:''' I'm worried about Ash.\\
'''Nale:''' You're worried about everything.\\
'''Kalak:''' She's getting worse. We weren't supposed to get worse. Am I getting worse? I think I feel worse.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Talenel]]
!Talenel'Elin ("Taln") (Vorin: Talenelat, Herald of War)
->''"Who am I? I am Talenel'Elin, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh god... it has come. And I have failed."''

The only Herald to die in the Final Desolation. While the other Heralds abandoned the Oathpact, he was forced to stay true to it by being tortured in Damnation.

A man claiming to be Talenel appears at the end of ''The Way of Kings'', proclaiming that he has failed and that another Desolation is coming. %%The "claiming to be Talenel" part is important, because Brandon has refused to confirm that the Modern Taln is the actual Taln.

He is associated with the Stoneward Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Dependable and Resourceful.
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* BackFromTheDead: He shows up alive again in the epilogue, arriving before Hoid and proclaiming that he has "failed", most likely referring to [[spoiler:the death of the Almighty.]]
* {{Badass}}: He snaps out of his MadnessMantra twice: Once when Shallan performs some Lightweaving in from of him, and once when someone tries to kill [[spoiler:Amaram]] in front of him. In the latter case, he casually grabs a few poisoned darts out of the air so fast that the target couldn't even see him move.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the Prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive'', it's mentioned that he's the only Herald that didn't break the Oathpact. At the end of ''The Way of Kings'', someone claiming to be him shows up to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* TheDeterminator: Stated to be one of his defining traits. It's implied that his willpower is what's been keeping the Desolations back for the past four millennia.
* DisneyDeath: He seems to die again in the epilogue, but his Honorblade doesn't vanish. In the next book, he's found [[BedlamHouse in an insane asylum]], since nobody believes he is actually Taln.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Shows up at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* HeroicSacrifice: He often wins seemingly hopeless fights, but at the cost of his own life.
* HeroicVow: He is the only Herald still bound by the Oathpact.
* IHaveManyNames: Taln (by his fellow Heralds), Talenelat (in modern Alethkar), and Stonesinew.
* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit of charging into impossible battles. However, he also [[HeroicSacrifice has a tendency to win them]] [[ResurrectiveImmortality at the cost of his life.]]
* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ishar]]
!Ishar (Vorin: Ishi, Herald of Luck)

A Herald who was said to have helped found the Knights Radiant.

He is associated with the Bondsmith Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Pious and Guiding.
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* {{Badass}}: Despite essentially being the Herald of the priesthood, he was still a Herald. When he founded the Knights Radiant, he did so by threatening to personally destroy any Surgebinders who didn't step into line. No one seems to think this would have been difficult for him.
* BaldOfAwesome: According to his statues, he has no hair. He's also badass enough to fight in the Desolations. However, it's not clear if the statues got it right.
* TheSmartGuy: He's the one who organized the Surgebinders into the Knights Radiant, and Taln refers to Shallan as "one of Ishar's Knights" at one point (even though her patron is Shallash).

[[/folder]]

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!!Beings of Magic

[[folder:Syl]]
!Sylphrena ("Syl")
->'''Syl:''' Kaladin. Do you know the Words?\\
'''Kaladin:''' All I wanted to do was protect them.\\
'''Syl:''' That's why I've come. The Words, Kaladin.

A mysterious spren who follows Kaladin throughout his enslavement. Usually taking on the appearance of a young woman she attempts to encourage Kaladin and keep him from giving up hope.
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: All spren appear to be this to some degree. Though initially believed to be a simple windspren by Kaladin [[spoiler:Syl is in fact an Honorspren; spirit of oaths, promises and nobility. She even notes by implication that spren are attracted to whatever it is they are named for, rather than that they cause it.]]
* BondCreatures[=/=]{{Familiar}}: Shares a bond with Kaladin through which she gains greater sentience and he gains [[spoiler:[[GravityMaster surgebinding]] abilities]]. If the bond is severed, as Kaladin can choose for her to do if he asks, both boons are lost.
* EmpathicWeapon: Becomes this at the end of Words of Radiance.
* EquippableAlly: [[spoiler:Can turn into [[MorphWeapon a Shardblade, or any other weapon Kaladin needs]]]].
* AGodIAm: PlayedForLaughs. Rock insists that she is a god, and mentions that he'll build a shrine for her eventually. She loves this idea, and also likes to play with Rock by landing on his shoulder and laughing as he awkwardly tries to bow to her.
-->'''Syl:''' But I ''[[SincerityMode am]]'' a god, Kaladin. Just a [[PiecesOfGod very very tiny piece of one]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Performs the role of Good Angel for Kaladin. He doesn't really have a bad angel to balance it out, though, unless you count his crippling issues with what appears to be depression.
* InSeriesNickname: Her name is Sylphrena, but she has the nickname Syl.
* InvisibleToNormals: Is usually only visible to those she allows to see her, but some people, such as Rock, are born with the ability to see her.
* InvisibleJerkass: May have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] but she does enjoy playing pranks, usually only appearing afterwards to laugh at her victim.
* MysticalWaif: Of the six inch high variety in one of her more common forms.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Kaladin, and to a lesser extent to the entirety of Bridge Four.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, she's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* ShapeShifter: Can seemingly take any form but usually chooses to appear as a young woman about a handspan tall.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Kaladin, after a fashion. She's the reason for him learning the Immortal Words of the Order of Windrunners, after all.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Like most spren, she can transform of her own free will.
* WhamLine:
** In ''Way of Kings.''"I am [[spoiler:Honorspren]]".
** And again in ''Words of Radiance.'' "Oh, that's right. [[spoiler:You probably want me to be a spear, don't you]]?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Nightwatcher]]
!The Nightwatcher

A mysterious being living on Roshar. To those who visit her for the Old Magic, she gives you a boon which she thinks you deserve, as well as a curse to balance it.
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* TheGhost: Although referenced often, she is never seen.
* JackassGenie: Though she at least seems to only give the curse and boon to those who explicitly seek it out, and is clear on the rules. She's also less of a JackassGenie to those without selfish intentions. For example, someone who wanted to save his family from poverty and starvation got supplies, at the cost of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment seeing upside down for the rest of his life]]: he considered it worth it.
* EquivalentExchange: her gifts and curses seem to be in proportion, though the exact rules haven't been established.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pattern]]
!Pattern
->''"So fascinating. You are all so '''fascinating'''."''

A "Cryptic" spren that grants Shallan her Soulcasting and Surgebinding powers. While in the physical world, he appears as a pattern of impossible, constantly-shifting lines that moves from surface to surface. In Shadesmar, he takes on the form of a humanoid being wearing a stiff cloak with a head shaped like an infinitely-complex (possibly fractal) geometric symbol.
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* AlienGeometries: His Physical Realm form is a living, constantly shifting fractal. Shallan specifically notes that any time she tries to draw him she can't do it justice because his surface is infinitely detailed.
* BadLiar: Despite the fact that he loves lies, he's ''really'' bad at making them up himself.
* CatchPhrase: "It is a pattern".
* CunningLinguist: He can puzzle out most ancient languages to a degree, since all languages are patterns, and newer languages are based on older ones.
* DarkSecret: He ''is'' Shallan's. [[spoiler:He came to her as a child, and she began to grow into her surgebinding abilities. When Shallan's mother realized her daughter was becoming a Radiant, she tried to kill her, and Shallan used Pattern as a Shardblade to kill her]].
* EquippableAlly: The first of the new wave of [[spoiler:spren (chronologically) to assume Shard form.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He understands a lot of complex concepts easily, but has difficulty with rather simple ones, like eating.
* MasterOfUnlocking: A lock is just a pattern, after all, and he is so very good with patterns.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as something like this for Shallan, although she spends more time teaching him how humans think. For Pattern, anything that is not the literal truth is a lie, and he has great fun growing to understand concepts like metaphor and sarcasm.
* VerbalTic: "Mmm..."
* YouAreNumberSix: Apparently he has a real name, but it consists of lots of numbers and is hard to say.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stormfather]]
!The Stormfather
->''"IT HAPPENED AS IT ONCE DID. MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, CHILD OF TANAVAST."''

The entity that sends the Highstorms. He is loud, quick to anger, and very, very dangerous, but he cares deeply for his children and wants to serve the wishes of his father, Honor. He is often conflated with Jezrien, the Herald King.
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* BondCreature: [[spoiler:Dalinar bonds to him at the end of ''Words of Radiance'']], much to his annoyance. He insists that he won't [[spoiler:turn into a sword, however.]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:The Almighty left him with the visions to give to whoever he deemed worthy. Dalinar is the most recent, but there were others before him, including Gavilar. Kaladin has a highstorm vision at one point, but it might not have been from the same package, and Szeth implies he was made Truthless because of visions as well]].
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry a ''lot''. Threaten his children? He's furious. Dare to try and survive one of his storms? He's furious. Talk to him? He's furious.
-->'''Eshonai:''' Though the spren had betrayed her people, they still respected the Stormfather. He would kill anyone who did not respect him.
* KillEmAll: When [[spoiler:the Parshendi summon the Everstorm]], an act which will surely kill off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers, the Stormfather responds by... sending a Highstorm early, which has an even higher chance of killing off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers. Some of the things Syl says imply that sending Highstorms is [[TheAllSolvingHammer his answer to everything]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Through the highstorms, he is the source of magic in Roshar, but he can't control what people do with it once they have it. [[spoiler:He seems genuinely regretful when Eshonai accidentally gets herself possessed by a Voidbringer spren, but tells her he can't stop it]].
* OverprotectiveDad: He is the father of the Honorspren, and refuses to let any of them bond with humans, as he is terrified that they will be killed again. However, if they successfully make the bond, he can't stop them.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium. Some of his statements imply that the Stormfather may be one of the largest remaining pieces of Honor; he's certainly one of the most powerful spren in Roshar.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wyndle]]
!Wyndle
->''"Have you realized, that while you '''claim''' to be a master thief, '''I''' do all of the work in this relationship?"''

Lift's spren, who appears as vines growing on the ground, invisible to most. He is a scholar and gardener, constantly upset with Lift's antics.
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* BeleagueredAssistant: Lift insists that he's a Voidbringer she trapped, and now he has to do what she says. He's not.
-->'''Wyndle:''' ''I'' wanted to pick a distinguished Iriali matron. A grandmother, an accomplished gardener. But no, the Ring said we should choose you. "She has visited the Old Magic," they said. "Our mother has blessed her," they said. "She will be young, and we can mold her," they said. Well, ''they'' don't have to put up with--\\
'''Lift:''' Shut it, Voidbringer.
* {{Irony}}: Spren lose their memories when they cross over to the Physical Realm. Due to his people's precautions, he kept the majority of his memories, and is therefore able to explain to Lift exactly how their bond works, the reason he came back in the first place, and what can be done to stop the coming Desolation--all questions the other Surgebinders have been asking their spren constantly. Unfortunately, he's bonded to Lift.
-->"I can't affect the Physical Realm except in minor ways," Wyndle said. "This means that you will need to use Investiture to--"\\
Lift yawned.\\
"Use Investiture to--"\\
She yawned ''wider''. Starvin' Voidbringers never could catch a hint.
* NatureLover: He was apparently a respected gardener in the Cognitive Realm, though he grew crystals rather than plants.

[[/folder]]
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!!Ghostbloods

[[folder:Thaidakar]]
!Thaidakar

The leader of the Ghostbloods. A shadowy figure who wants the secrets of Roshar for himself.
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* TheGhost: Despite being an important character, he hasn't been seen yet.
* TheLeader: Leads the Ghostbloods.
* NotMeThisTime: Gavilar assumes that he's the one who sent Szeth after him. Szeth has never heard of the man; if Thaidakar sent an assassin, Szeth got there first.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kabsal]]
!Kabsal
->''"You still appear conflicted. What must I do to put you at ease? Shall I step up onto this desk here and do a jig?"''

A member of the Ardentia. He believes in Vorinism, and has made it his mission to convert notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin to its teachings. Along the way, he becomes friends with Shallan Davar. He is actually a Ghostblood.
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%%* AffablyEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He is killed by his own poisoned bread.]]
* TheMole: Revealed to be one of the Ghostbloods, tasked to [[spoiler:assassinate Jasnah Kholin]].
* OddFriendship: With Shallan Davar.
* SinisterMinister: Of a sort. He's not malicious to anyone but Jasnah as far as is known, [[spoiler:but he did try to kill her.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mraize]]
!Mraize
->''"I hired the hunter I felt best for the task, and I understood the risks."''

One of the Ghostbloods who Shallan meets in the Alethi warcamps.
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* TheApprentice: Shallan is surprised to find that he is Iyatil's apprentice, rather than the other way around.
* DimensionalTraveler: Implied; he wonders if someone is human, and notes that "he's certainly not of the local species." Most people from Roshar don't use the word human regularly, and definitely don't know there are more on other planets.
* KnifeNut: He's very fond of throwing sharp things in Shallan's direction to judge her reactions.
* MysteriousBacker: Shallan has no idea what his end goals are. She initially assumes he's doing something evil, but the fact that [[spoiler:he only had Jasnah assassinated because she had done the same to a number of his men]] casts his actions in a different light.
* PetTheDog:
** He coos over Shallan's drawings like a proud father, and compliments her on completing a task without him even noticing she had attempted it.
--->'''Mraize:''' It is not often that I am proven a fool. Well done.
** At the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he [[spoiler:tells Shallan he will bring her family to the Shattered Plains and Urithiru. Not as hostages or in exchange for anything, but as a gift in recognition of Shallan's accomplishments]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When he accepts Shallan as a provisional member, he idly notes that while Ghostbloods are not allowed to kill each other, killing provisional members is another story. Shallan takes the hint, and is careful to dodge the assassins that try to follow her.
* SeenItAll: Iyatil mentions that he is ''very'' hard to surprise, as he has apparently seen much in his lifetime.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iyatil]]
!Iyatil
->''"I have many times asked myself, why those of you here go about so brazenly with features exposed to all who would see them. My mask reserves my self. Besides, it gives me the ability to adapt."''

A Ghostblood woman who Shallan initially mistakes for a boy, both for her figure and the fact that she wears a mask.
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* CoolMask: Her mask is made of some kind of orange carapace, possibly Parshendi. She threatens to kill the ardents who try to remove it.
* TheMentor: She's actually Mraize's master, not the other way around. He specifically refers to her as his ''babsk'', the Thaylen word for this.
* MadnessMantra: She fakes one when pretending to be Shallan's crazy sister.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When she realizes that Shallan's plan to [[WeNeedADistraction sneak into the Ardentia]] is to pretend that Iyatil is her crazy sister. To her credit, she plays along like a champ.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lin Davar]]
!Lin Davar
->''"Everywhere I step, I find only corners. Slowly, they trap me."''

Shallan's abusive father. Revealed posthumously to be a member of the Ghostbloods.
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* AbusiveParents: He beat all of his sons and treated them horribly.
* DomesticAbuser: Sort of. [[spoiler:After Shallan killed her mother, he pretended that he had been the killer to protect her. But the stress of this caused him to become genuinely abusive to his second wife, Malise Gevelmar, who he later murdered.]]
* NoNameGiven: Shallan refers to him often in ''The Way of Kings'', but we didn't find out his name in that book. However, we eventually learned it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dead before the story begins, but still gets some character development in Shallan's flashbacks.
[[/folder]]

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!!Other Characters

[[folder:Thinker]]
!Demoux

A man searching for Hoid alongside Blunt (Baon) and Grump (Galladon). He's Demoux from ''Mistborn'', and he is now a part of the Worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.
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* TheCameo: He is Demoux from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Scadrial.
* ScarsAreForever: He still has the scar he received 300 years ago in ''The Hero of Ages''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Grump]]
!Galladon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Thinker (Demoux) and Blunt (Baon). He's Galladon from ''Elantris'', and he has joined up with the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.
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* TheCameo: He is Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Sel.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Aside from his occasional lines similar to those from his book of origin in Alethi, he also says a sentence that is noticeable as Duladen.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His appearance is very different from [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation that which]] [[BaldOfAwesome he had]] in the end of ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', which takes place chronologically prior in the Cosmere books. However, this could be due to [[MasterOfIllusion Aon Shao or Lightweaving]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blunt]]
!Baon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Grump (Galladon) and Thinker (Demoux). He is Baon, a character from the unreleased Cosmere book ''White Sand'', and he has joined the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard. He's also an archer.
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* TheCameo: He is a character from ''White Sand'', one of Brandon's unreleased works.
* TheDitz: Appears to be a bit of one when he tells the others that he wants to use a magic fish to find Hoid. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Then again, the fish of the purelake do show every sign of being magical]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appears here before his official debut in ''White Sand''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zahel]]
!Zahel/[[spoiler:Vasher]]
->''"Kid, two people live in this room. The first is a grouchy swordsman who has a soft spot for kids who are in over their heads. He comes out by day. The other is a very, '''very''' grouchy swordsman who finds everything and everyone utterly contemptible. He comes out when some fool wakes him at a horrid hour of the night. I suggest you ask the first man and not the second. All right?"''

A swordsman who instructed Adolin and Renarin in swordsmanship.
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* CynicalMentor: As per usual, he's not a nice person, but he does help.
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler:He is actually [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vasher]], who somehow traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Teaches the Kholin brothers swordsmanship.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As a [[spoiler: Returned, he's been around for a very, very long time, even before he traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rysn and Vstim]]
!Rysn and Vstim

A young Thaylen merchant apprentice and her [[{{Mentor}} Babsk]].
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%%* TheApprentice: Rysn.
* BondCreatures: Rysn accidentally bonds with a hugely valuable creature called a Larkin by [[ItMakesSenseInContext falling off a cliff.]] It looks sort of like a cute winged crayfish. While we don't know the full significance of this, another character uses a captive Larkin to drain the stormlight from Lift.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Vstim pretends to be sick so that Rysn has to take the lead in negotiating, but she believes that he's dying and goes to desperate lengths to fulfill what she sees as his last wishes.]]
%%* {{Mentor}}: Vstim.
* ToBeAMaster: Rysn aims to be a master trader like her Babsk Vstim.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Axies]]
!Axies the Collector

A Siah Aimian seeking to learn the secrets of the spren.
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* AnimatedTattoo: He marks his body with his notes, and can change their color in order to see them. This is useful, seeing as he is a scientist and is regularly robbed blind.
* CosmicPlaything: He appears to be literally cursed with horrible luck, and is regularly beaten thrown in jail or robbed blind. He never seems to take it hard though, mostly because he [[BewareTheNiceONes is implied never to be in real danger.]]
* ForScience: He has dedicated his (apparently very long) life to learning the secrets of all spren. He considers going on a bender in a bad part of town to determine if intoxication spren exist to be perfectly reasonable. They do, by the way.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His attitude concerning the spren. Or rather Gotta Catalogue 'Em All.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His shadow goes towards the light, rather than away.
* IronButtMonkey: As mentioned, he is literally cursed with bad luck. The results range from being stripped naked beaten and robbed to [[NoodleIncident somehow offending people enough to be hung upside down from a rope to eventually be fed to a greatshell]]. He's entirely unfazed by all this.
* MuggingTheMonster: According to Vstim's reaction to seeing an Aimian, people are constantly doing this and just don't realize it because he's too nice to fight back. Apparently escaping from being thoroughly tied up, upside down, ready to be fed to a greatshell shouldn't actually be a problem for him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lift]]
!Lift
->''"You're my pet Voidbringer, and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain't here for souls. Just a little thievery, the type what never hurt nobody."''

A thirteen-year-old thief and Radiant, specifically an Edgedancer.
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* AwesomenessAsAForce: She refers to her abilities as "becoming awesome".
* BondCreature: Her spren, Wyndle, though she refers to him as a Voidbringer because it annoys him.
* GreenThumb: One aspect of her powers of Growth.
* HealingHands: The other aspect, known as Regrowth.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In her own words, she's so storming pure she [[SophisticatedAsHell practically belches rainbows.]] In truth she actually is, returning to heal a companion at the cost of being caught by someone trying to kill her.
* LittleMissBadass: She's a scrappy little thing, who nearly manages to escape from [[spoiler:Nale]] before being hit with an attack of conscience.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on, though she's still a child and uninterested in the technical details of magic. For instance, she insists [[BeleagueredAssistant Windle]] is a voidbringer not because she actually thinks he is but rather because it annoys him.
* ParadoxPerson: Appears this way to most other people, as, due to a boon from the Nightwatcher, she exists partly in the Cognitive Realm, so she can touch spren [[spoiler:outside of their Shard forms]], and metabolize food directly into Stormlight. It should be noted that Wyndle--who knows far more about the Nightwatcher and her boons than the audience--has ''no idea'' what Lift could possibly have asked for to receive such a gift.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Due a boon from the Nightwatcher, she can process her food into Stormlight rather than breathing it in. It does mean that excessive use of her powers risks malnutrition, however.
[[/folder]]

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!!Historical Characters

[[folder:Nohadon]]
!Nohadon/Bajerden
->''"I walked from Abamabar to Urithiru."''

A legendary king that wrote the book "The Way of Kings", which formed the basis of the Ideals of the Knights Radiant. He is known for uniting the Silver Kingdoms in ancient times. Although a great king, the current Vorin culture dismisses his teachings, and his book was nearly banned.

In one of his visions, Dalinar meets a young king who he believes to be Nohadon. In the aftermath of a Desolation, this young man is distraught, and is worried about how willing spren are to bond with bad people who stir up chaos. He tells Dalinar that he will unite Roshar by force.
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* TheGoodKing: He was renowned as one of the greatest kings ever, due to his humility, wisdom, and honor.
* KingIncognito: On his famous walk from Abamabar to Urithiru, he didn't mention his being the king to anyone, so he was unrecognized.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sort of. "Nohadon", the name he's most well known by on Roshar is actually his holy name. As well, Bajerden, the other name he's known by, may not even have been his real name.
* ShroudedInMyth: There are a lot of legends about Nohadon, and some people don't even think he even existed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Sunmaker]]
!"The Sunmaker"

The last man to unite the Alethi highprinces, which he did when he was only seventeen years old.
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* TheConqueror: He conquered all of Alethkar in the past.
* NoNameGiven: His real name has yet to be revealed in the series.
* YoungAndInCharge: Was the leader of Alethkar when he was only seventeen.
[[/folder]]

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!!The Knights Radiant

[[folder:Knights as a whole]]
!The Knights Radiant/The Lost Radiants
->''"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."''

Ten groups of Surgebinders that fought alongside the Heralds in the Desolations. Wielding Shardblades and wearing Shardplate, they helped protect mankind from the Voidbringers. However, long ago they all simultaneously abandoned their oaths and left mankind to their fate, in an event that would become known as the Recreance. In modern times, the Radiants are thought of as villains and cursed at by people everywhere.
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* BrokenAce: All of them, though few know that these days.
* TheChosenMany: Every single individual Knight was chosen by an individual spren, but there were still more than enough to form ten distinct knightly Orders.
* CoolSword: All of them had Shardblades, [[spoiler:which were their spren.]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Every individual Order had its own role, and stepping too far outside that role could cause them to lose their powers. In ''Words of Radiance'', Kaladin wants to punish Amaram (and to a lesser extent Sadeas), but Syl repeatedly points out that Windrunners protect the innocent--punishing the guilty is a job for a Skybreaker. Unfortunately, there aren't any Skybreakers around, so Kaladin keeps trying to find ways to justify striking back, both to himself and to Syl.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-universe. Although they did betray their Oaths, the current Vorin cultures claim that they betrayed and tried to destroy mankind.
* TheOathbreaker: They all abandoned their Oaths, [[spoiler:which had the side effect of killing their spren.]]
* OddNameOut: Every order is named "Noun Verber" except the Releasers. However, they also had the nickname "Dustbringers," which fits the pattern. They just hated that name due to its similarity to "Voidbringers."

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Windrunners]]
!!Windrunners, followers of Jezrien

->''"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."''

Wielders of the Surges of Adhesion and Gravitation and followers of Jezrien, the Herald of Kings. The Windrunners were known for their nobility, their leadership, and their ability to soar through the air, which is the source of their name.
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* CripplingOverspecialization: They protect the innocent. Anything too far beyond that--revenge, most notably--could make them lose their power.
* BlueIsHeroic: Their Order color is blue, and they're the most unambiguously heroic of ten unambiguously heroic Orders.
* GravityMaster: They typically used this ability to affect their own gravity and effect flight, but they could also use it offensively by changing someone else's gravity.
* NotQuiteFlight: Technically speaking, they don't fly, they fall in whatever direction they choose.
* SaveTheVillain: Their Third Ideal: "I will protect even those that I hate, if it is right." It doesn't go quite as far as saving actual villains; the point is that just because a Windrunner personally dislikes someone doesn't mean that person deserves to die--or even deserves ''not'' to be saved.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Their Second Ideal: "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Surge of Adhesion lets them... stick things together. Kind of underwhelming. It's implied there's more to it, though, and the Assassin In White makes good use of it by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gluing groups of enemies to the floor and sealing doors shut.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Skybreakers]]
!!Skybreakers, followers of Nale

->''"I will put the law before all else."''

Wielders of the Surges of Gravitation and Division and followers of Nale, the Herald of Justice. The Skybreakers were the police of the Radiants, known for their ability to separate the innocent from the guilty, despite not actually having any special powers in that area.
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* ByTheBookCop: Their primary creed. They ''will'' obey the law, period.
* CripplingOverspecialization: They were the police, the ones who punished the guilty. This caused some friction with the Windrunners, who just wanted to protect people--including criminals.
* GravityMaster: Since they share the Surge of Gravitation with the Windrunners, this is implied.
* NotQuiteFlight: Like the Windrunners, they fall in the direction of their choosing, including straight up.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Releasers]]
!!Releasers, followers of Chanarach

Wielders of the Surges of Division and Abrasion and followers of Chanarach. They were also known as the Dustbringers, but they disliked that term due to the similarity to Voidbringers. They were known for being very dangerous on a personal level.
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* BerserkButton: They really didn't like the name Dustbringers, which didn't help their reputation for being dangerous.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Their exact powers are unknown, but they were the ones who did the most damage in the Last Desolation. Implied to be PlayingWithFire or similar.
-->'''Kalak:''' Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Edgedancers]]
!!Edgedancers, followers of Vedel

->''"I will remember those who have been forgotten."''

Wielders of the Surges of Abrasion and Progression and followers of Vedel. They were known for being the most elegant and refined of the Radiants, but at times focused on unimportant things.
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* GreenThumb: The Surge of Progression lets them affect growth, such as by turning seeds into vines in seconds.
* HealingHands: A more advanced use of Progression lets them heal damage. They can even bring back the dead [[NotQuiteDead if they get there in time]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Truthwatchers]]
!!Truthwatchers, followers of Paliah

Wielders of the Surges of Progression and Illumination and followers of Paliah. They seem to be the only Order with the ability to see the future, a powerful but dangerous gift.
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* GreenThumb: With the Surge of Progression, they can manipulate plants in the same way as Edgedancers.
* HealingHands: Like Edgedancers, they can heal wounds if skilled enough.
* {{Seer}}: They could see the future to some extent, though how this works is unclear.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Lightweavers]]
!!Lightweavers, followers of Shalash

->''"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."''
-->-- '''Pattern'''

Wielders of the Surges of Illumination and Transformation and followers of Shalash, Herald of Beauty. Lightweavers tended to be artists and other creative types, and acted as the moral center of the Radiants, using their powers to inspire their fellows.
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* AlchemyIsMagic: Their access to the Surge of Transformation allows them to Soulcast, turning one thing into another. Some are easier than others; blood is one of the Ten Essences, for example, so transforming anything into blood is very easy even if the Soulcaster has limited biological understanding.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: This is how the greatest works of the Lightweaver function. To spin a lie, and then invite those around you to step into the lie and make it truth.
* TheHeart: They used their illusions to provide "spiritual sustenance" to the other Orders, boosting their morale and keeping them fighting. We see something similar, on a smaller scale, when Shallan turns the deserters.
* MasterOfIllusion: Lightweaving, despite its name, covers not just illusory light but sound as well--and possibly the ability to manipulate the other senses.
* MinoredInAsskicking: They were one of the non-combat Orders, but had Blades and Plate regardless.
* PhotographicMemory: Shallan has this, and a few lines from the in-universe ''Words of Radiance'' book implies this was standard for Lightweavers.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Elsecallers]]
!!Elsecallers, followers of Battar

Wielders of the Surges of Transformation and Transportation and followers of Battar. Due to the fact that both of their Surges involved contact with the Cognitive Realm, Elsecallers were known for having a great affinity with spren in general.
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* AlchemyIsMagic: They were some of the original Soulcasters, along with the Lightweavers. They seem to have been better known for it.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Using the Surge of Transportation, they can move bodily to Shadesmar, and then arrive elsewhere in the Physical Realm.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Willshapers]]
!!Willshapers, followers of Kalak

Wielders of the Surges of Transportation and Cohesion and followers of Kalak. They were known for being capricious and adventurous, and were often thought of as unreliable.
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* BoldExplorer: They were known for being adventurers and explorers, enjoying seeing strange new things.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Like the Elsecallers, they could teleport directly into Shadesmar, but they were not known for this ability in the same way.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Stonewards]]
!!Stonewards, followers of Talenel

Wielders of the Surges of Cohesion and Tension and followers of Talenel, Herald of War. They were known for being strong, resolved, and utterly dependable.
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* {{Determinator}}: ''The'' determinators. They were the Order best known for mirroring their Herald, and their Herald is the one who survived being tortured for ''four thousand years''. Unfortunately, this also made them pretty stubborn.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Bondsmiths]]
!!Bondsmiths, followers of Ishar

->''"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."''

Wielders of the Surges of Tension and Adhesion and followers of Ishar, Herald of Luck. The Bondsmiths had a much lower member rate than the rest of the Orders; three Knights wasn't a particularly small number for them.
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* OddlySmallOrganization: Again, ''three'' Knights was an ordinary number for them, when most of the Orders had hundreds. They could have more, but didn't go to any great recruiting drives. Probably has something to do with [[spoiler:their spren being "godspren" like the Stormfather]].

[[/folder]]

!!Races and Peoples of Roshar
[[folder:Humans in general]]
!Humans

Humans on Roshar are significantly more diverse than other worlds.
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* FantasticCasteSystem: Many different cultures have different caste systems. People in the five Vorin kingdoms are divided into Lighteyes and Darkeyes, on the Peaks people are divided by birth order, in Barbathnum power is given based on your age, etc.
* MulticoloredHair: A personís hair color is so defined by their origin that people of mixed race have proportionately different colors in their hair.
* PeopleOfHairColor: It is easy to tell where a person comes from by the color of their hair.
** Alethkar: Black.
** Jah Keved: Red.
** Iri: Metallic golden-blonde.
* PlanetOfHats: During the days of the Silver Kingdoms, each kingdom had its own role. Only one, Alethela (which became Alethkar) has been revealed: They were the warriors, the watchers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aimians]]
!The People of Aimia

A "cursed" race known for being somewhat jovial despite the hate they receive from everyone else. Also have minor shapeshifting powers.
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* {{Curse}}: Mention is made of the "Curse of Kind," but no details on what this is.
* HumanoidAliens: Per WordOfGod, they're not human. They also consist of two distinct species.
* HumanShifting: Are able to alter their physiology at will, changing both their appearance and the functionality of their organs, as well as taking away headaches at a thought.
* FantasticRacism: Persecuted by other races under the belief that they are voidbringers due to their odd biology/shadows.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Their shadows bend toward light instead of away from it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Alethi]]
!The People of Alethkar

A warrior race, and the ethnicity most of the viewpoint characters belong to. They are ruled by ten Highprinces, who were recently united (in theory) by a king.
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* BloodKnight: When in battle Alethi (or at least Lighteyes) feel a battle lust known as the Thrill. [[spoiler:This is actually caused by a very powerful Voidspren]].
* NeverLearnedToRead: Alethkar is a Vorin kingdom, meaning that men are not allowed to read true letters. Glyphs are an exception, but those are designed to be recognizable even to someone who has never encountered them before, so everyone insists they don't count. More complicated glyphs require training to read, but most men don't learn them.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand, and seeing it unclothed is considered the same as seeing a woman topless.
* ThePaladin: What they used to be during the days of the Silver Kingdoms, before eventually disintegrating into the BloodKnight.
* ProudWarriorRace: Alethi venerate the pursuit of war over all other Callings in life. Soldiers and duelists are their heroes; scholars are either ardents or women, and most Alethi men are either mostly or totally illiterate. Back in the days of the Silver Kingdoms, the Alethi were specifically designated as the nation of warriors, the ones who protected the other nine kingdoms from the Voidbringers.
* TheStoic: Alethi, as a race, are known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels for insults. It's to the point that in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite [[spoiler:Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Azish]]
!The People of Azir

Short and brown-skinned people from west-central Roshar. They are known for their paperwork. ''Lots'' of paperwork.
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: They require proper forms for absolutely everything, from electing their new leader to transporting and punishing prisoners to recquisitioning snacks.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** When Nale pulls out a form giving him the authority to execute Lift, the leaders of the country are very disturbed that he's going to kill her for ''petty theft''.
** Those same leaders refuse to start a civil war when their leader is assassinated, citing "too much paperwork."
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Their leader, the Prime Aqasix, is said to belong to the entire nation, so anyone can enter a lottery in order to watch him sleep or go about his day to day business.
-->'''Lift:''' Sounds creepy.\\
'''Gawx:''' A little.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Herdazians]]
!The People of Herdaz

A boastful people with crystalline, slate-colored fingernails. They are close to the Reshi Isles, and claim several of them.
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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* BeneathNotice: Lopen claims that Alethi can't tell Herdazians apart. Herdazian slaves and soldiers often swap places to give themselves chances to take vacations. This is of course stupidly illegal, but none of the Alethi notice.
* SpaceJews: They lack any stereotypical Jewish physical traits and aren't known for any association with money, but they're a downtrodden and ignored people who often live in their own slums in foreign countries. The clincher, however, is their mothers: Friendly, loving, overbearing women who take no nonsense from anyone and use guilt to make their children do as they say. They also have their own unique slang.
* UnevenHybrid: They have Parshendi blood, but not as much as the Horneaters. If some Herdazians have the same ability to see spren, Lopen doesn't mention it.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iri]]
!The People of Iri

A chaste people with metallic gold hair, the Iri hail from the warmer north-west corner of Roshar.
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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Iri is a warm nation, so they often walk around in little more than wraps. But they still have very strict clothing laws, and actual nudity will quickly result in imprisonment.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Their metallic gold hair is famous, and a lock is often seen as good luck.
* PiecesOfGod: Old Iri religion (which has fallen out of favor) claims that all people are fragments of one divine whole, a perfect creature who knew everything but had experienced nothing. So the One split himself in order to have ignorance and experience, and all will eventually return to One in the end.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Parshmen/Parshendi]]
!Parshmen/Parshendi/Listeners/[[spoiler:Voidbringers]]

The Parshmen are a slave race of marble-black skinned humanoids who have no will of their own and will follow any orders given. The Parshendi, on the other hand, are a ProudWarriorRace who live in eastern Roshar and who are at war with the Alethi after murdering their king. The Parshendi call themselves "listeners".
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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Parshendi do not truly want to fight, for the most part, just wanting to prevent their gods from returning. As shown by Eshonai when she changes to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy storm]][[PsychoElectro form]], every time she attunes to the Rhythm of Peace, the Voidbringer she has become can hear her true self screaming, and the stronger the true self becomes, the more frequently the screaming is heard. By implication, this happens to almost ''all'' of the stormform Parshendi]].
* AntiVillain: The Parshendi turned out to have a ''very good'' reason to assassinate Gavilar. [[spoiler: He was going to bring back the Parshendi "gods" which would turn them into Voidbringers again]].
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' disturb Parshendi bodies. They ''will'' go absolutely berserk if anyone desecrates Parshendi corpses.
* BizarreAlienBiology: They can actively adjust to different "forms" based on need, with the most common being the extremely strong, naturally armored "war form". However, they may appear human, but are not, as they call the Alethi humans, as separate from themselves. They also have bones that are bright red, which makes it... ''distinctive'' when someone disturbs Parshendi bodies.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:It is highly implied that the Voidbringers are Parshendi who have become this, influenced by Odium in a "form of power" such as stormform.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Parshendi/Listeners on the Shattered Plains are actually [[spoiler: a group known as the "Last Legion" who deliberately travelled to the far east of Roshar to escape their "gods." In the process they lost all knowledge of most of their hundreds of possible forms, reverting to dullform and mateform exclusively. The fact that Gavilar was planning something that would bring back the Parshendi's gods was terrible enough that they acted to immediately assassinate him before he could set his plan into motion.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:All of Jasnah's research points to the Parshmen/Parshendi being the mythical [[EldritchAbomination Voidbringers]]. ''Words of Radiance'' confirms this, but adds that not all Parshendi ''want'' to be Voidbringers. The closest comparison would be [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Marsh as a Steel Inquisitor under the control of Ruin]].]]
* GodzillaThreshold: The main reason why the Parshendi even consider [[spoiler: stormform]] is because it would be better than the inevitable extinction of their entire people at the hands of the Alethi.
* HiveMind: Parshendi always sing in unison even when out of hearing range of one another. All their thoughts/emotions follow different songs that they tune themselves into. The difference between Parshmen and Parshendi is that Parshmen cannot sense the songs and so cannot tune their thoughts.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Parshendi shift slightly in temperament depending on form. Dullform are extremely stupid, mateform are playful and sexual, workform are non-confrontational to a fault, and [[spoiler:stormform is flat-out DemonicPossession]]. Nimbleform and warform have minimal mental changes, but warforms still enjoy obeying orders from their lawful superiors.
* NonMammalianMammaries: Females have breasts, despite being... something other than mammals, though they are understated unless they're in mateform.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Parshendi have elements of this, even when they aren't warriors. Special note goes to when they dress Szeth in white to assassinate Gavilar.
-->White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had not asked, his masters had explained why.\\
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.\\
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The Forms of Power cause red eyes, which the Parshendi deem as signs of the Voidbringers, since they actually ''are'' them. Caused because Forms of Power involve possession by Voidpren, who are a hateful fiery red.]]
* SlaveRace: The Parshmen, who are apparently unable to live without being told what to do. Parshendi call this "slave form". The Parshendi also have a "dull form," which looks very similar to a Parshman. Dullform Parshendi are very slow of thought but still maintain their individuality and capacity for independence, so many of them have managed to pass as Parshmen to spy on the Alethi [[spoiler:such as Rlain, a.k.a. "Shen", of Bridge Four]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Purelakers]]
!The People of the Purelake

A calm and slow people from the Purelake, the waist-deep lake at the center of the continent. The Purelakers have their own religion, and consider outsiders to be odd and hurried.
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* EntitledToHaveYou: A very calm and friendly version of this trope (just like everything else the Purelakers do). Purelaker courtship involves doing favors for someone until they are so far in your debt they have no choice but to marry you to make up for it. If they don't want to marry you, they need to do favors in return to keep the scales balanced.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reshi]]
!The People of the Reshi Isles

Residents of the living islands on the northern edge of the continent, the Reshi are a carefree people who appreciate boldness in all things. They are not, however, uneducated savages. Many Reshi are immigrants from other nations, and they bring knowledge with them. The Reshi also send students to study across the continent.
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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of an island is always called the king, regardless of gender. The Reshi find the confusion this produces in outsiders hilarious.
* {{Troll}}: The Reshi have a habit of screwing with outsiders. For example, they refuse to speak of the true nature of their islands so that newcomers will be surprised, and they jump from higher heights when outsiders are around.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: They believe strongly in boldness. This means boasting and bragging are important parts of a trade negotiation, but not the only ones.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shin]]
!The People of Shinovar

A strange people from beyond the western mountains, where highstorms barely reach. Their land is more similar to Earth ecology than the rest of the continent, and they believe that bare stone is sacred and should not be trod upon.
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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Shin are the custodians of the nine Honorblades left by the Heralds when they broke the Oathpact]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: A dark version. They maintain their pacifism by enslaving anyone in their society who takes up arms.
* ProudMerchantRace: Inverted. The Shin are an extremely ''humble'' merchant race, no word on how proud they are of this fact though.
* ReluctantWarrior: Fighting is thought to be an extremely lowly position, as opposed to in Alethkar.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Shin are pacifists. As noted under ReluctantWarrior, fighting is thought to be a very lowly profession, on par with slavery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thaylen]]
!The People of Thaylenah

A merchant people from the island nation of Thaylenah. They practice Alethi Vorinism, and are known for their long eyebrows.
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* TheApprentice[=/=]{{Mentor}}: Their standard way of training new merchants is to have someone apprentice to a Trade Master. The apprentice is legally the property of their ''babsk'' for the duration of their apprenticeship, acting as sort of a combination of child and slave.
* MagicFeather: Thaylen religion, based around "the Passions," involves carved charms representing an emotion such as bravery. The charms are not magical and the Thaylens do not think that they are; the intent is for the charm to remind you to keep the emotion in mind when you need it.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Thaylen are ''technically'' a Vorin nation, but they have their own spin on the religion, and often ignore the ban on men reading. They do try and keep it quiet around the Alethi and the Veden, though.
* ProudMerchantRace: They are the best-known merchants on Roshar, and even on the Shattered Plains, a good chunk of the shopkeeps are Thaylen. Aspiring merchants enter into apprenticeships with Trade Masters in order to learn their skills.
* UnusualEyebrows: Thaylen eyebrows are so long that they are tucked behind their ears.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Unkalaki]]
!The People of the Horneater Peaks (Horneaters)

Mountain-dwellers who believe that the order of your birth should determine your place in life. They also like loud, drunken singing.
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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: The traditional form of dueling on the Peaks is to see who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. Hopefully, by the time the duel gets well underway everyone's so drunk they've forgotten what it was they were fighting about in the first place.
* ExtremeOmnivore: They actually DO eat horns and shells. And lowlanders barely consider their ale drinkable.
* ForeignQueasine: Horneaters are so called because they eat the horns and shells of the things they catch, Unkalaki have very strong teeth. A common gibe is to accuse them of putting rocks in their food too.
* UnevenHybrid: They have some Parshendi ancestry, which allows them to see some spren that aren't otherwise visible.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Veden]]
!The People of Jah Keved

A neighboring country to Alethkar, and another Vorin kingdom. They do not share the same military tradition as the Alethi, but they are their staunchest rivals, and hold nearly as many Shards.
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* BoisterousBruiser: The Veden are known for being passionate and proud--or at least more passionate than the reserved Alethi.
* NeverLearnedToRead: As a Vorin kingdom like the Alethi, they believe this very strongly. Shallan always feels uncomfortable around Thaylen men just because she's worried they ''might'' be able to read.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand.
-->'''Tyn:''' It's just a hand, Shallan. Storms, you Vorins are so prim. That hand looks ''exactly'' like your other hand.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Highprince Valam ends up as king due to being the last survivor of the succession war. [[spoiler:As he's dying from his wounds, he realizes that Taravingian plans to take over after his death, and decides to simplify matters by naming Taravingian his heir, and then having his bastard son kill him to spare him weeks of pain]].

[[/folder]]

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* TheAce: From
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* AngryBlackMan: While discrimination in [[Characters/TheStormlightArchiveMainCharacters Main Characters]] [[note]] Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar, Eshonai, Szeth [[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheStormlightArchiveAlethkar Alethkar]] [[note]] The Kholin Family,
the Alethi culture is generally along the lines of eye color rather than skin shade, Kaladin fits the spirit of this trope in a number of ways. He's a member of a discriminated group, harboring massive justified hatred towards all members of the oppressing group, and makes more trouble for himself by making this hatred clear to anyone and everyone he meets.
-->'''Dalinar:''' You've got a massive chip on your shoulder, son. Not that it's not understandable.
* AuthorAvatar: Probably not to any great extent, but he shares at least one important bit of background with his author--both of them had parents who wanted them to go into medicine, but they ended up doing something else.
* BadassNormal: [[spoiler:In the flashbacks we see him kill a Shardbearer with nothing but natural skill and a little luck.]]
* BadassCreed:
** "I shall protect those who cannot protect themselves." And when he says it, [[spoiler:the Stormlight explodes from his body and bowls over all the nearby Parshendi.]]
** In the second book, "I will protect even those I hate, so long as it is right". [[spoiler:Allows Sylphrena to assume Shard form, and sucks in every drop of Light in the halls, instantly healing his lethal internal injuries.]]
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler:As the Captain of Dalinar's guard.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Begins to develop a touch of this with Shallan in book 2, but seems to have decided that it's not going anywhere once he realizes there's attraction there.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** When he and Bridge Four [[spoiler:save Dalinar's army.]]
** Again when he [[spoiler: personally saves Dalinar from Szeth. Twice. Once at the beginning of the second book, and once at the end.]]
* BladeOnAStick: his WeaponOfChoice is the spear, both because it is a natural weapon for him, and because Alethi culture restricts the sword to lighteyes. [[spoiler: He even becomes the first Shardbearer in the series whose Shardblade becomes a spear since he's so familiar with the weapon. Not that she can't become a sword, dagger, and shield as well.]]
* BlueIsHeroic: Everything from his new uniform to [[spoiler:the color of his eyes after speaking the 3rd oath.]] Blue is the color of the Windrunners.
* BondCreatures: His Nahel bond with Syl grants her sentience and him access to Surgebinding.
* BrokenAce: From his own point of view, and those who know him well. According to the back cover of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', this is a necessary precondition for Surgebinding.
* TheCaptain: The men of Bridge Four start referring to him as this eventually. Later on, [[spoiler:Dalinar establishes him as the captain of the new royal bodyguard.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome He always tries to save people, he usually fails, in the beginning.
* CombatMedic: Trained as a surgeon, but truly talented as a soldier. Still, when the situation warrants it he tends to flip over to speaking like a surgeon.
* CosmicPlaything: Likely literally. Kaladin goes through so much ''crap'' over the first book. For a while, he even thinks himself cursed.
* {{Determinator}}: After deciding to reform Bridge 4, he refuses to give up. This behavior grows steadily over the first two books, including even [[spoiler:to the point of protecting those he hates if it's the right things to do]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Very nearly early on. Syl convinces him not to.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He develops [[GravityMaster Surgebinding]] abilities due to his symbiotic link with Syl.
* FailureKnight: He fails to protect his little brother, which drives him to try to protect anyone else he ever deems to be his responsibility (his spear squad, Bridge Four). His [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter reaction]] is generally not pretty.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: If Syl acts as his Good Angel then the aspect of himself which he calls 'the Wretch' (representing his clinical depression and the associated apathy) fulfills the role of Bad Angel.
* GravityMaster:
** Unconsciously. [[spoiler:He's constantly and unknowingly drawing arrows away from him and his bridge team, and pulling them into the bridge.]] Later on, he [[spoiler:pulls dozens of arrows directly into his shield, though the raw force behind that many arrows hitting it throws him through the air. Not got the hang of running up walls yet though.]]
** [[spoiler:In the second book, he advances his powers, letting him fly and run on walls.]]
* GuardianAngel: Metaphorically, he grows into this over the course of the first two books. [[spoiler:This culminates when, on the verge of death from both his broken leg and his internal injuries from a Shardplate gauntlet to the chest, he says the third of the three sets of [[BadassCreed the Immortal Words of the Windrunners]], the frost behind him forming briefly into the shape of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent wings]] as he pledges to protect [[InadequateInheritor Elhokar]], regardless of whether he likes him or not.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Mentally rather than physically. Kaladin has what we would recognize as severe clinical depression and what seems to be Seasonal Affective Disorder even before he starts dealing with his SurvivorsGuilt. He manages to survive due to sheer willpower, but it still almost leads him to suicide.
%%* HeroicBuild: Very tall and muscular.
* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:Every time he speaks a new oath, but most notably at the end of ''Words of Radiance''.]]
* HeroWorship: How his men come to view him. Skar, in particular, seems to believe that Kaladin could somehow protect them from the entire Alethi army.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Defining character trait, particularly when he [[spoiler:refuses to take the Shardblade and Plate from the Shardbearer that nearly killed Amaram]].
** [[spoiler: In a weird way, this is revealed to be the source of his and Syl's powers: She's an Honorspren, so the oaths he gives literally empower him. If his oaths contradict, like they do for much of the second book, Syl actually begins losing sentience and their bond weakens.]]
* HurtingHero: After all the crap he's been through, its no surprise.
%%* ILetGwenStacyDie: Tien.
* ImprobableAge: Trained surgeon, squadleader, and the first dark eyed captain in history... at only nineteen years old.
* InSeriesNickname: He went by "Kal" when he was younger, but eventually grew out of it. Moash starts calling him by that name in the second book.
* IShallTauntYou: He deliberately crafts armor from Parshendi carapace and makes a shield covered in Parshendi bones to draw their arrow fire. It works ''spectacularly''.
* IShouldHaveBeenBetter: Feels this way about his failure to protect... well, anyone. The deaths of Tien, his spear squad, his fellow slaves, and his fellow bridgemen weigh heavily on him. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is learning to live with this and accept TheChainsOfCommanding without taking personal responsibility for every death.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's utterly convinced that the lighteyes are all corrupt and selfish bastards. [[spoiler:Dalinar finally breaks him of this when he gives up his Shardblade for all of Sadeas' bridgemen. The fact that he ''becomes'' a lighteyes at the end of ''Words of Radiance'' doesn't hurt either.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: Amongst the Bridgmen, only the 7 ft tall Rock has inches on him.
* MeaningfulName: "Kaladin" is one letter away from "[[ThePaladin paladin]]". See below for more about that.
%%* OneManArmy: After speaking the 2nd oath.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His name is a derivative of Kalak, one of the Heralds.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Sanderson mentions that in-universe his name is pronounced "Kal-uh-''deen''," but everyone (including Sanderson himself) ends up calling him "Kal-uh-''din''" instead.
* NotQuiteFlight: Kaladins powers allow him to literally 'fall with style'. When Windrunners fly into the sky they're actually falling ''up''.
* ThePaladin: [[WeHelpTheHelpless Helping the helpless]] is a strong personality trait of his from the start, both on the battlefield and with medicine. In ''Words of Radiance'', it is eventually revealed that his powers are a direct result of this, and fade when he stops being protective.
* PowerGlows: He has to [[spoiler:consciously reign in his Surgebinding because of the glow it emits once he realizes the extent of his powers.]]
* PraetorianGuard: At the end of ''The Way Of Kings'', [[spoiler:Dalinar places him in command of a new royal bodyguard to protect Elhokar, and Bridger Four and many of the other bridgemen form the new guard, trained by Kaladin]].
* {{Protectorate}}: His bridge crew.
-->'''Gaz:''' What are they to you? Why do you even care?\\
'''Kaladin:''' They're my men.
* RedBaron: "Stormblessed". It starts in Amaram's army, then the bridgemen start using it, then Dalinar's army.
* SpannerInTheWorks: One of several for the [[spoiler:plot laid out by the Diagram]].
* SurvivorGuilt: One of his defining traits, especially with regards to [[spoiler:his brother Tien.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Repeatedly, over the book, until he finally starts fully manifesting [[spoiler:his Surgebinding]].
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when he [[spoiler:speaks the Third Ideal and manifests Syl as his Shardblade/Shardspear/Shardshield.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] constantly throughout the book. [[spoiler:Eventually partially justified - Syl is an Honorspren and has been giving Kaladin unconscious Surgebinding powers. Kaladin continually strives to do the right thing, getting himself into dangerous and disastrous circumstances. Syl's bond has given him the strength to survive them, when others haven't.]]
* YouCanBarelyStand: At the climax of ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:he has a broken leg, multiple internal injuries, and gets a few ribs broken when a Shardbearer punches him in the gut. But he still stands between Elhokar and Moash.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shallan]]
!Shallan Davar
->''"What am I? I'm terrified."''

A young woman undertaking a desperate plan to save her family from destitution. She takes up a wardship with Jasnah Kholin to steal her Soulcaster, but finds this difficult as she begins to enjoy learning.

Has flashback chapters in Book 2, ''Words of Radiance''.
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* AdmiringTheAbomination: As any dedicated scholar would do. Even when getting chased by a [[spoiler:Chasmfiend]], she makes sure she can draw up an annotated sketch of its anatomy later.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Of a sort. After their [[spoiler:time in the chasms]], she admits to herself that Kaladin's confidence and dangerous intensity are very attractive.
* TheApprentice: To Jasnah after being accepted as her ward.
* AstralProjection: Can send her mind into Shadesmar, the Rosharan region of the Cognitive Realm.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies:
** A rare positive variant. The key to being a Lightweaver seems to be the ability to speak a lie and by speaking it, make it true. For example, tell a band of deserters that they are soldiers again, and they will ''become'' soldiers, and fight and die as heroes.
** On a darker note, for years she convinced herself that [[spoiler: she didn't know how her mother died. Others believed her father had, and she would always correct them but blank on what happened. In truth, Shallan herself killed her in self-defense]].
* BeneathTheMask: Every now and again we get a glimpse of her true face. This TearJerker says it best:
--> An image formed in front of her, born of Stormlight, created by instinct. She hadn't needed to draw this image first, for she knew it too well.
--> The image was of herself. Shallan, as she ''should'' be. Curled in a huddle on the bed, unable to weep for she had long since run out of tears. This girl... not a woman, a girl... flinched whenever spoken to. She expected everyone to shout at her. She could not laugh, for laughter had been squeezed from her by a childhood of darkness and pain.
--> That was the real Shallan. She knew it as surely as she knew her own name. The person she had become instead was a lie, one she had fabricated in the name of survival.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: For a fairly nervous, kind and polite young women she has a surprisingly impressive body count.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: It says something when Shallan, who is overly nonconfrontational and nervous to a fault outside of her home, is the most well-adjusted member of the Davar clan.
* BrokenBird: In her flashbacks, though by the time of the series she's put herself back together... more or less. This is apparently what allowed her to become a Lightweaver.
* CloudCuckoolander: Can come off as this when the scholarly side of her takes over, such as interrupting Adolin's boasts about his battles on the Shattered Plains to wonder how [[NobodyPoops he poops in Shardplate]].
* CoolSword: She is a Shardbearer. [[spoiler:A ''true'' Shardbearer, wielding a living, bonded spren, compared to the dead ones everyone else is using]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to have a compulsion to make witty remarks at almost any opportunity.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Takes time away from her studies to sketch young men working without their shirts on. Later on, Shallan is talking with Adolin and thinking on something important, and then he ''smiles'', and... what was she thinking about, again?
* FieryRedhead: Ironically mixed with [[NonActionGuy non-confrontational behavior]].
* ForScience: She uses a variant to justify her stranger requests.
-->'''Yalb:''' This is madness, Brightness!\\
'''Shallan:''' No, this is scholarship!
* GenkiGirl: She portrays this image in public. It's not quite an act but...it's an incomplete image of her.
* GuileHero: She slowly evolves into this over the course of ''Words of Radiance'', learning how to fake various accents and lie more effectively, as well as general social lessons. She still blushes when confronted, though.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Her lovely auburn hair is commented upon by multiple people as one of her best physical attributes. She and Adolin are betrothed, and it appears that there might be some latent BelligerentSexualTension with Kaladin, as well.
* HeroicBSOD: After Jasnah [[spoiler:learns that Shallan stole her Soulcaster.]] She manages to snap out of it by part 5 of ''The Way of Kings''.
* HiddenDepths: ''So'' many hidden depths.
** According to [[WordOfGod Word of Brandon]], the scene with her [[spoiler:counting to ten heartbeats]] "means what you think it means". [[spoiler:A [[SoulCuttingBlade shardblade]] takes ten of the owner's heartbeats to summon. The scene means she has one, each of which are considered priceless and rare.]] Given her culture's sharply defined gender roles, it's practically unheard of [[spoiler:for a woman to have one]], much less someone with the image she tries to present in public.
** Due to her flighty and friendly nature, a lot of people (especially Kaladin) assume she lived an easy and pampered life. Ha.
--->'''Shallan:''' You don't realize it, but you just said something very very funny.\\
'''Kaladin:''' Then why aren't you laughing?\\
'''Shallan:''' It's not that kind of funny.
** Normally, she's cheerfully shy and demure, but when a true life or death situation comes up, she turns into a ''stone cold'' killer. [[spoiler:She killed her mother as a child with the Shardblade said mother was trying to take from her, strangled her father with the necklace he bought her, and stabbed Tyn (her conwoman mentor) through the heart after a short fight]].
--->'''Tyn:''' Sometimes, we must do things we don't like, kid. Difficult things.\\
''[[[spoiler:Shallan summons her Shardblade and kills Tyn]]]''\\
'''Shallan:''' Difficult things. Yes. I believe I ''told'' you. I've learned that lesson already. Thank you.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Her father racked up a ton of debts and even more ill-will before he died.
* LonelyRichKid: Her father sheltered her a great deal, she didn't get out much until the events of the story.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Falls head over heels in love with Adolin pretty much as soon as she lays eyes on him.
* LoveTriangle: One nearly forms around her between Adolin and Kaladin, though Kaladin consciously attempts to defy the attraction, once he recognizes it.
* TheNapoleon: Not huge, but Shallan is slightly envious of her already [[OneHeadTaller head taller]] fiancee riding beside her on a [[CoolHorse Massive Ryshadium War horse]], exacerbating thei height difference.
* MasterOfIllusion: She can use Lightweaving to create illusions. She frequently does this to disguise herself.
* ManipulativeBastard: A heroic one, like all Lightweavers.
* MeaningfulName: Shalash happens to be the patron of the Lightweaver Order.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Her name is a derivative of Shalash, one of the Heralds.
* NatureLover: She loves sketching pictures of plants and animals, and seems to be one of the first people to notice the principle of symbiosis (or at least, nobody she ever read had mentioned it).
* NonActionGuy: Shallan does not ''do'' confrontation, of any kind, [[spoiler:despite possessing a Shardblade, and killing her father]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She was the only child in the family that her father never abused and rarely got angry with. [[spoiler: Whether this was because of actual favoritism or because he knew she had a Shardblade and was scared of her, we'll never know, since he's dead by her hand.]]
* [[OneHeadTaller One Head Shorter]]: Conspicuously shorter than her fiancee Adolin, though justified in that Alethi are quite tall on average. Kaladin is tall even by Alethi standards, so it goes straight into HugeGuyTinyGirl.
* PhotographicMemory: She can remember any scene perfectly with a bit of effort and a blink, and then forget it later, after sketching it. This is initially presented as an acquired skill, but her ability to [[spoiler:sketch invisible creatures unconsciously]] suggests it is more supernatural in nature. [[spoiler:The revelation that she is a fledgling Surgebinder strongly suggests that these Memories are somehow related one of her Surges, whether Soulcasting or (more likely) Illumination.]]
* RousingSpeech: She gives a speech to a group of deserters that inspires them and reminds them of the men they could have been. This causes them to fight for her.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:As a child, killed her mother in self-defense when her mother tried to kill her after her Radiant abilities started to manifest. This drove her father mad, and she eventually had to kill him as well to protect her brothers.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Adolin. Even she realizes it, and she's rather embarrassed.
* StepfordSmiler: A variation, in that she is consciously and deliberately repressing her memories of [[spoiler:killing her mother and father]] in order to function. Implied to be a non-magical use of her talents as a Lightweaver.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar]]
!Highprince Dalinar Kholin, "The Blackthorn"
->''"We follow the Codes not because they bring gain, but because we loathe the people we would otherwise become."''

One of ten Alethi highprinces, fighting a war with the nominal aid of the other highprinces to avenge the assassination of his brother, the former king. Once renowned for his raw martial prowess, he is now plagued with doubts about his people's culture and the war they are fighting, and also by strange visions that seem to be of the distant mostly-forgotten past and which contain hints of a dark future that may be in store.

Will have flashbacks in Book 3.
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%%* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking
%%* {{Badass}}
* BadassNormal: Losing his shards doesnt slow him down much, considering he's still able to [[spoiler:fight evenly with Szeth]] during the climax of ''Words of Radiance''.
* BecomingTheMask: He did this on purpose, with the Codes. The Blackthorn was little better than a bloody cudgel in Gavilar's hand; with Gavilar's death, Dalinar realized he needed to be something else. He followed the Codes for long enough that it became as natural as breathing. Kaladin gets close to this truth when he wonders if his gesture at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' is just him pretending to be honorable. He decides that if you're willing to [[spoiler:''give up a Shardblade'']] to "pretend" to be honorable, you're not really pretending any more.
%%* BroughtDownToBadass
* BrokenAce: Like all Surgebinders. His breaking seems to have originated in his drunken failure to save his brother from Szeth.
* CoolSword[=/=]{{BFS}}: His Shardblade, Oathbringer. [[spoiler:He gives it up to Sadeas, and then takes the one brought by Talenel]]. He eventually [[spoiler:casts this one aside as well to bond with the Stormfather, who tells him he refuses to become one for him]].
* TheDreaded: As the Blackthorn, Dalinar was ''feared''. Navani says that the reason she chose Gavilar over him wasn't because Gavilar was going to be king, but rather because Dalinar frightened her.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:As a Bondsmith.]]
* FatherToHisMen: Dalinar cares greatly for the safety of his soldiers, and refuses to ask them of anything he'd not be willing to do himself.
* TheFettered: Adheres to his chosen code of conduct despite ridicule from his rivals and complaints from his son, and [[spoiler:he goes so far as to give up his Shardblade to keep his promise to Kaladin and Bridge 4 to free them.]]
* FourStarBadass: An extremely competent general who is also an extremely good warrior. However, he is progressively losing the Alethi [[BloodKnight Thrill]], to the point where he doesn't fight as much as he used to, at least not as willingly.
* FrontLineGeneral: Leads from the very front of his army in Shardplate to minimize his army's losses. [[spoiler: Takes a more behind the lines position after giving his Shardplate to Renarin]].
* HonorBeforeReason: In the first book, motivated by guilt over his brother's death. Even the king who literally wrote the book on honor (or a vision of him) tells him to be more realistic. Later gets over it and learns to balance honor and practicality.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Due to seeking the Old Magic]], he has no memory of his wife other then the fact she existed, and can't even hear her name properly when it's spoken. It has not yet been revealed whether this was the wish or the price.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Pretty much everyone admits that Dalinar is the real king of Alethkar by the point of ''Words of Radiance''.
* MyGreatestFailure: Years later, he still hasn't forgiven himself for being passed out drunk while his brother fought an assassin. [[spoiler:It's not until the Assassin in White comes for him that he finally forgives himself; he realizes at that time that even if he'd been there to defend Gavilar, Szeth would have killed him without breaking a sweat.]]
* NamedWeapons: His Shardblade is called Oathbringer.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: He ''did'' have good reasoning for trusting Sadeas, but...
* ParentalSubstitute:
** After Gavilar's death, he had to act as a father to Elhokar. Part of the problem with Elhokar's reign is that Dalinar coddles him a bit too much, treating him like a child.
** After the climax of ''The Way of Kings'', he starts treating Kaladin as a son, specifically like Adolin. It's just easy to miss because he treats Adolin like a soldier. It comes to a head when Elhokar is mad at Kaladin for [[spoiler:derailing the plan to deal with Sadeas. Elhokar wants him executed, but Dalinar flat-out says that if he tries, he'll make Dalinar an enemy]].
* RedBaron: "The Blackthorn".
* RefugeInAudacity: When he decides to [[spoiler: bond a spren and become a Radiant,]] he doesn't go for any typical small fry- [[spoiler: he bonds the ''freaking Stormfather himself.'']]
* SecondLove: Finds one in and is one to [[spoiler:Navani Kholin]]. He resists this for a time, since in Alethi culture it's highly improper for him to [[spoiler:date his brother's widow, but after he is betrayed by Sadeas and nearly killed, he changes his mind.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Dalinar is an interesting study of the concept. In his youth he was very cynical, but Gavilar's death prompted him to become an idealistic proponent of the Codes of War and the concepts in ''The Way of Kings''. However, by the end of the first book, he's come to realize that this won't work to unite the highprinces, because the Alethi highprinces are selfish and refuse to act for the greater good. Dalinar decides to cut a middle ground, forcing the highprinces to work together through blunt force; in his own words, he is treating them "like children" because they do not know any better.
* WarriorPrince: As is the norm in Alethi society; a Highprince who isn't a warrior wouldn't garner much respect among his peers.
%%* TheWisePrince
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eshonai]]
!Eshonai
->''"Where are you, Blackthorn? Why have you not come to face me again?"''

A Parshendi Shardbearer who seems to know Dalinar Kholin, and battles him during the second tower raid, and can also speak Alethi. She is revealed in ''Words of Radiance'' to be a general of the Parshendi, and due to the respect the other Parshendi have for her, she is essentially their leader. She seeks to save her people by any means possible, even if it requires assuming a dangerous new form.

Will have flashbacks in Book 4.
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* AndIMustScream: After she [[spoiler:gains Stormform, becoming a voidbringer]], she is frequently disturbed by her true self screaming in her head.
* AntiVillain: As with most of the Parshendi, Eshonai's main goal is the defense of her people while trapped between two near-equally bad options: either fight the Alethi in a slow battle of attrition, or [[spoiler:allow Gavilar to complete whatever his plans were that would bring back the Parshendi's gods and start up another Desolation]].
* BoldExplorer: She wants nothing less than to travel the world by herself, finding new peoples and places. In fact, this wanderlust is what led to the Alethi and the Parshendi meeting in the first place.
* {{BFS}}[=/=]CoolSword: The Shardblade she wields is noted to be big even for a Shardblade.
* ChekhovsGunman: Appears briefly to fight Dalinar in ''The Way of Kings''. ''Words of Radiance'' reveals that she's essentially the leader of the Parshendi, and she plays a very important role in the book.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Adolin headbutts her into a chasm. She's wearing Shardplate at the time, so she probably survived the actual fall, but [[spoiler:a Highstorm and an Everstorm crashed into each other right above her head]], so her survival remains ambiguous.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:After changing to stormform, she gathers all those who refuse to change together, thinking that it will make them easier to execute once the rest of her people are Voidbringers. But she puts some of her closest friends in charge of guarding them, who then lead them down into the chasms, implying that her true self was manipulating her Voidbringer mind into giving them a chance to escape]].
* FourStarBadass: A general with a Shardblade. The last Shardbearer among the Parshendi, actually.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: Rather conspicuously only engages other Shardbearers after they've been weakened by regular Parshendi warriors. Understandable since the Alethi have a considerable advantage in number of Shards they have.
* LargeAndInCharge: The highest ranked Parshendi military leader left alive, and towers over her soldiers at seven feet tall. Looks even bigger since her Shardplate bulges out due to her War Form carapace underneath.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: She notes that she prefers to act contrary to the instincts the forms force on her. Workers are non-aggressive to a fault; when in workform she sought out confrontation. Mates are playful and useless; she forced herself to remain productive. She even orders her soldiers to attempt to paint while in warform, despite the fact that they are both physically and mentally unsuited for it.
* ShockAndAwe: Gains lightning powers by assuming stormform.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: She accidentally caused most of the plot of the series by stumbling upon the Alethi while she was out exploring. Admittedly [[spoiler:the Everstorm and the Desolation]] likely would have happened eventually anyway, but she feels understandably guilty about the exact events leading up to it.
* WorthyOpponent: Thinks of Dalinar this way.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Szeth]]
!Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar (Szeth-son-Neturo)
->''"What am I? I am....sorry."''

The Assassin In White sent to kill the former Alethi king, gets several viewpoint sections of his own throughout ''[[Literature/TheStormlightArchive The Way Of Kings]]''. His title of "Truthless" is never quite explained, though it is later implied that he was given his Shardblade by his people. Despite his talents, Szeth ''hates'' hurting people, and hates himself even more for his talents at doing the same.

Will have flashbacks in Book 5.
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* ApologeticAttacker: ''Hates'' killing, and cries as he does. In the prologue, he actually does apologize before attacking.
* AppropriatedAppellation: "The Assassin in White" after his assassination of Gavilar.
* {{Badass}}: Just read about him using his abilities.
%%* BaldofAwesome
* BrokenAce: Completely destroyed by finding out that he was never really Truthless, and could have stopped the murders at any time. This is probably part of why Nalan considers him eligible to become a [[ByTheBookCop Skybreaker]].
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:He tried to warn the Shin of the coming Voidbringers. He was right, but they didn't believe him and branded him Truthless. He convinces himself that they were right, only to discover that he was right all along after encountering Kaladin.]]
* TheCombatPragmatist: Even in uses of his magical powers, he doesn't fight fair. Special mention goes to the time when he killed a Shardbearer by destroying a balcony beneath him.
* CoolSword: A master with his Shardblade, and refuses to part with it. [[spoiler:It's actually an Honorblade, and the direct source of his Surgebinding]]. Later, he gains access to [[spoiler:a sword that is strongly implied to be Nightblood from ''Warbreaker'']].
* {{Expy}}:
** Of anime ninja. Most evident in the chapter where he's the assassin of a crime lord wannabe, and wears the classic black outfit, combined with his big, anime-esque Shin eyes.
** Perhaps also an {{expy}} of the various protagonists of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed''. His physical description might as well be one of Ezio Auditore, and his occupation, needless to say, fits as well.
* ExtremeDoormat: He will do anything the person who holds his Oathstone orders, except commit suicide or give up his Shardblade. This is actually ''cultural''. Shin "warriors" are treated like slaves, with Shin culture greatly favoring farmers and craftsmen and elevating them to the rulership positions of society, and soldiers being slaves that are conditioned to view themselves as having little value and to obey whoever possesses them.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:After realizing that he ''isn't'' Truthless and truly accepting responsibility for all the death he has inflicted, he lets Kaladin kill him.]] Too bad for him that [[spoiler:Nalan has other plans for him]].
* TheFettered: Bound to follow the orders of whomever holds his Oathstone. He has only two limits: he will not kill himself, and he will not give up his Shardblade. But anything else his master commands - ''anything'' - he will immediately carry out, no matter how much he hates it, even if it will sow war and chaos and kill hundreds of thousands of people. Even if he's standing next to a horrible monster who is deliberately killing people in front of his own eyes, Szeth will not act against them.
* {{Foil}}: To Kaladin especially. Both value honor and despise the actual act of killing, and are both slaves after a fashion. In the debate of ToBeLawfulOrGood, Kaladin falls under [[HonorBeforeReason "Good"]], while Szeth ascribed to a version of [[JustFollowingOrders "Lawful"]]. Whereas Kaladin [[GuiltComplex takes]] [[IShouldHaveBeenBetter responsibility for]] [[ItsAllMyFault everything]], Szeth takes it [[JustFollowingOrders for]] [[NeverMyFault nothing]]. The powers they exhibit are also similar. However, Szeth is an assassin, not a soldier, [[spoiler:and is not actually a surgebinder until joining the Skybreakers, who are rivals to the Windrunners Kaladin is one of]].
* GravityMaster: The thing that makes him so deadly, since nobody else understands his abilities or how to counter them. Outdoors a simple touch is enough to guarantee a kill on someone, because he can catapult them into the sky.
* HealingFactor: His Surgebinding allows him to heal from wounds.
* HitmanWithAHeart: He ''hates'' killing, but that is the task that he is best at, and he has countless masters willing to use his powers.
* HonorBeforeReason: Because he's a Truthless, he has to do whatever his masters tell him and can't take his own life. At several points in ''The Way of Kings'' he has a strong desire to act, but can't because he is a Truthless.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: As Truthless, he is not allowed to take his own life. [[spoiler:Once he learns he isn't Truthless, he lets Kaladin finish him]].
* JustFollowingOrders: A weird case. On the one hand, he is bound to follow any order his master gives him, with the sole exceptions of killing himself or giving up his Shardblade. On the other, it is explicitly stated that he is still 100% morally responsible for every evil order he follows. Kaladin specifically calls him out as a coward for using this excuse to justify everything he has done. [[spoiler:After finding out that he ''wasn't'' Truthless, that the claims of the return of Radiants and Voidbringers that got him declared Truthless were correct, he goes slightly off the deep end, because that would mean he could have refused every one of those evil orders.]]
* LastRequest: He grants both of Gavilar's as he believes that such things are sacred.
* MagicKnight: More like a magic ninja really.
* ManInWhite: What he's known for, anyway.
* {{McNinja}}: Though a ProfessionalKiller and MagicKnight, his typical methods are more of this type.
* OutOfFocus: He gets much less attention in ''Words of Radiance'', but is planned as the focus character of book three, ''Skybreaker''.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Even most Shardbearers don't stand much of a chance.
* ProfessionalKiller: His entire role as a warrior from Shinovar, along with his Surgebinging abilities and Shardblade.
* SanitySlippage: He gets progressively less stable over the course of the first two books, especially once he realises that [[spoiler:Kaladin is a Radiant]], since it means that [[spoiler:the "lies" he told that made him Truthless were actually true all along]].
-->'''Szeth:''' THEY TOLD ME I WAS TRUTHLESS!
%%* SubmissiveBadass: See ExtremeDoormat.
[[/folder]]

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!!The Kholin Family

[[folder:Adolin]]
!Adolin Kholin
->''"My father thinks I'm a better man than he is. Unfortunately for you, he's wrong."''

Dalinar's elder son and heir. Worries throughout the novel over his father's visions. He has a love for dueling (in fact, it's his religious Calling) and doesn't take well to his father's insistence to follow the Codes.
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* AgentPeacock: In his armor, he is a massive, unstoppable badass. Outside of his armor, he is an insufferably beautiful man who insists on wearing cologne even while in prison and adores fashionable attire to the point that he is constantly bristling against his father's order that he wear his uniform at all times.
* BecomingTheMask: For a long time he was a duelist who was coincidentally useful on the battlefield. By the second, when he's started dueling again, he notes that he likes the loud darkeyed spectators in the stands because it reminds him of the battlefield--while he used to hate the battlefield because it wasn't quiet, like a duel.
* BrokenAce: Quite possibly {{Averted}}, as he's pretty much the only major protagonist ''not'' somehow broken. This may be the biggest thing keeping him from developing into a Radiant.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Sometimes has trouble keeping track of what he did to offend any particular female.
* CombatPragmatist: Perfectly willing to resort to this in duels if needed. While he won't break the ''actual'' rules, he's willing to use tactics like grappling, headbutting, and brawling instead of pure Shardblade-on-Shardblade combat, which the Alethi upper crust consider distasteful.
* CoolSword: A Shardblade.
* TheDandy: Adolin loves fashionable clothes, to the point that he keeps folios of the latest fashions from Alethkar and reads through them while at winehouses so he can keep up to date and have properly fancy attire ready.
* {{Foil}}: According to WordOfGod, Sanderson created Adolin to have a contrasting viewpoint to Dalinar.
* FrontLineGeneral: Like his old man, Adolin fights from the frontlines.
* HiddenDepths: Much, ''much'' smarter than he lets on. He's not ''yet'' as great a leader as his father, but he's well on his way, and he also [[spoiler:demonstrates quite a bit more in the way of GenreSavvy by [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim murdering Sadeas.]]]]
* HotBlooded: Though he [[CharacterDevelopment learns to understand his father's point of view]].
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: A non-murderous variety. Adolin finds hunts against beasts positively boring, due to how the prey has little chance of countering the elaborate hunting methods humans can come up with. Much prefers one on one duels, where warriors can pit their wits against an opponent of equal intelligence and strength.
* IKnewIt: InUniverse. He's insufferably pleased when he finds out [[spoiler:Kaladin is a Radiant]].
-->'''Adolin:''' Ha! I ''knew'' there was something going on with him.
* InsultOfEndearment: He starts calling Kaladin "bridgeboy" as a simple descriptive before they actually know each other, then keeps it as an insult once Kaladin becomes his guard. After [[spoiler:the four on one duel where Kaladin saved him]], it turns into a friendly ribbing remark. Unfortunately Kaladin doesn't ''notice'' that it's turned friendly, so their friendship starts to backslide a little before Shallan angrily explains things.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Knifing Sadeas in the dark]] is the sort of tactic that Dalinar would frown on, but the victim had it coming and then some.
* LadykillerInLove: After unsuccessfully courting ''[[NotHyperbole every]]'' eligible woman in the warcamps, he gets betrothed to Shallan, and rapidly falls in love with her.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Was immediately smitten with Shallan upon seeing her. Though he only really fell for her after she [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext asked him about what he did if he needed to poop in Shardplate]].]]
* MaleGaze: One of the reasons his relationships keep failing is because he has a shameless wandering eye.
* MasterSwordsman:
** Probably the single most talented swordsman in the ''world'', surpassing even his father and uncle. It's implied that he could easily rise to King's Champion if he wasn't at least trying to follow his father's ban on duels in time of war.
** In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Dalinar decides to put some pressure on the Highprinces by having Adolin start taking their Shards from them in duels. Nobody seems to think that conquering 20+ Shardbearers should present Adolin with much of a problem.
** And indeed, during the big duel, he fights three Shardbearers at once, on his own, and holds his own.
* NamedWeapons: Notable in universe for being an exception, he hasn't named his Shardblade, feeling that it would be presumptous.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Like all Alethi men, he can't read. Unlike most, he never even bothered to learn the simplified glyphs that men ''are'' allowed to read.
* NotHyperbole: He really had courted ''every'' eligible woman in the warcamps before Shallan showed up.
* RealMenWearPink: Wears cologne and "reads" fashion magazines.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: While not actually one - he is always fighting on the front line and is a competent battlefield commander - Adolin is considered one by most of the Alethi upper crust, who make it clear that they think he is an arrogant fop - up until the point where he thoroughly beats their asses in duels.
* SerialRomeo: Constantly switching girlfriends, it's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by his brother on several occasions. He's stopped in ''Words of Radiance'' mostly because he's unsuccessfully courted ''every lighteyed woman'' in Dalinar's warcamp. And because he's fallen in love with Shallan, who so far fits him to a tee.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Adolin is much sharper than his foppish pretty boy warrior prince appearance would suggest. [[spoiler: Every suspicion he had in the books so far has been founded to some degree. Sadeas WAS plotting against them. Amaram's reputation WAS too good to be true. And there WAS something unusual about Kaladin.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Kaladin slowly evolve into this. They start out heavily mistrusting each other--Kaladin thinks he's an arrogant fop, while Adolin thinks he's an angry little man who is clearly hiding something--but they quickly become closer despite their best efforts. Adolin accidentally confides some worries with Kaladin once or twice, and they have good non-verbal communication skills. After Kaladin [[spoiler:helps Adolin beat four Shardbearers at once in the arena]], Adolin upgrades him to an actual friend. Kaladin, unfortunately, doesn't notice right away, and it takes Shallan angrily explaining things for him to turn things around.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Renarin]]
!Renarin Kholin
->'''Wit:''' Can you speak, yet say nothing ridiculous?\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Renarin:''' Nothing ridiculous.

Dalinar's younger son, who has a blood-sickness and is not fit for battle. Dalinar decides to get him a Shardplate to help mitigate this.
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* BrokenBird: Like all Surgebinders. In his case, it's probably due to his epilepsy, and consequent inability to live up to his culture's standards.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has it in him, as seen by his quote.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Progression, through the Growth method.]]
* HealingHands: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Progression, through the Regrowth method.]]
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:He's a Radiant, of the Order of Truthwatchers.]]
* IllBoy: He has a blood-sickness, and Dalinar coddles him. Wit insists he is stronger than he appears. [[spoiler:Being a Radiant helps.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler:One of his powers as a Radiant, as a user of the Surge of Illumination.]]
* ModestRoyalty: Constantly pointed out as one of his primary virtues. Not only does he take to the rather embarrassing training Shardplate requires without a word of complaint, but he ''begs'' Kaladin to be allowed to join
Highprinces, Bridge Four, and is happy to be given the menial tasks like cleaning the dishes.
* NonActionGuy: Due to his blood sickness, he's useless in a fight. Dalinar thinks this could change if he got some Shardplate. In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:thanks to getting Shardplate and a Shardblade, he shakes this by becoming a badass. And as it turns out later, he's a Radiant.]]
* OutOfFocus: While he eventually [[spoiler: is revealed to be a Radiant]], he isn't the focus of most of the action in the first two books.
* PoweredArmor: Dalinar plans to win him Shardplate so that he can fight. At the end of the first book, Dalinar realizes there's a simpler solution, and simply gives him his own Plate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar's Wife]]
!Dalinar's Wife

Dalinar's late wife, who he spent three years courting. As part of his deal with the Nightwatcher, Dalinar has lost all memory of her.
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* GoodIsDumb: Navani insists that she wasn't an ''idiot'', just not very clever. It's implied she's downplaying it to spare his feelings. She was, however, always perfectly calm in the face of Dalinar's often unpredictable passions.
* NoNameGiven: Or at least no name known to the readers, since her name is only stated from [[RetGone the perspective of Dalinar]].
* PosthumousCharacter: Barely.
* RetGone: But only for Dalinar, who has lost his memories of her and cannot hear her name when spoken.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jasnah]]
!Jasnah Kholin
->''"It strikes me that religion--in its essence--seeks to take natural events and ascribe supernatural causes to them. I, however, seek to take supernatural events and find '''natural''' meanings behind them."''

Niece of Dalinar Kholin, and sister of the current reigning king of Alethkar, a famous scholar and an infamous heretic. During the events of ''The Way of Kings'', she remains in Kharbranth, studying something. She is very dedicated to her research, and belongs to a somewhat obscure order of historians that search for the truth in history.
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* TheAce: Shallan views her this way: an incredible scholar with stunning charisma [[spoiler: and a surgebinder on top of it]]. She complains to herself about how perfect Jasnah is on several occassions.
* AlchemyIsMagic: Can Soulcast without a Soulcaster due to being able to bind the Surge of Transformation.
* BadassBookworm: She uses Soulcasting to great effect against some random thugs resulting in three of them being vaporized and one TakenForGranite... and then orders Shallan to treat her actions as a problem for research into ethics.
* BrokenAce: [[spoiler: She's a surgebinder, so it goes without saying. It's partly whatever happened to her in the past, and partly carrying the weight of trying to save the world from a new Desolation.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A necessity for becoming a Surgebinder. We don't really know what it is, but there are a few hints that it involved RapeAsDrama.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Is suddenly killed in the first part of ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when she turns up alive at the end of the book; she was able to survive by healing with Stormlight and slipping into Shadesmar with her Elsecaller powers.]]
* FamedInStory: She's one of the most famous people on Roshar, out of a combination of her family connections, personal brilliance, and rather... unorthodox beliefs and activities. To say that her reputation proceeds her would be a massive understatement.
* HollywoodAtheist: Shallan initially assumes her to be this, actually averted, while she can be brusque and somewhat of an InsufferableGenius at times, she's a genuinely good person who shows tolerance and respect for Shallan's religious beliefs.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: The first sign of her being a Soulcaster in her life was the fact of her shadow sometimes pointing toward light instead of away from it, though only she noticed. [[spoiler:This is all but outright stated to be due to [[BondCreatures Ivory]].]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: In interviews, Sanderson pronounces her name "Yasnah," but there's no hint of this in the books.
* NotSoStoic: Generally very calm and emotionless. Then Shallan is put in danger [[spoiler:when she stabs herself in the arm, and later ingests poison. Notably, Jasnah thinks she bears a portion of the blame for both events.]] Jasnah is suddenly a lot less emotionless. Also shown [[spoiler: just before her apparent death]] when Shallan comes into her study and finds her not only exhausted, but [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness actually showing a fear spren.]] She finds it shocking.
* OhCrap: In part five of ''The Way of Kings'', when Shallan [[spoiler:shows her the picture of Shadesmar]]. Shallan decides to take a Memory of her expression because of Jasnah's usual temperament.
%%* PurpleEyes
* SingleTear: A variant. Shallan walks in on her in a vulnerable moment, and sees her trying to hide a single fear spren beneath her books. She realizes that if her emotional control has slipped enough to draw even a single spren, Jasnah is terrified.
* SternTeacher: This starts with her elaborate scheme to prevent all but the most determined from even reaching her, and reaches a point where she admits she may be too tough [[spoiler:after Shallan's faked suicide attempt]].
* TheStoic: Always maintains extreme emotional control, never drawing emotional spren even when furious.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: As an Elsecaller, she can bind the Surges of Transformation and Transportation, with the latter allowing at least teleportation into and out of Shadesmar in the flesh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Elhokar]]
!King Elhokar Kholin
->''"We go to war for years and years, never noticing the real villains, working quietly in my own camp. They watch me. Always. Waiting. I see their faces in mirrors. Symbols, twisted, inhuman..."''

The current king, replacing his father Gavilar. Elhokar is a paranoid and foolish king, but his suspicions seem confirmed when it turns out that someone cut his saddle strap in a bungled attempt on his life. Dalinar makes it his goal to support him.
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* DrowningMySorrows: He spends the climax of ''Words of Radiance'' pass-out drunk, due to making the mistake of asking Kaladin if he's a good king.
-->'''Kaladin:''' [[BrutalHonesty No, you're not.]]\\
''[[[{{Beat}} long pause]]]''\\
'''Elhokar:''' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Well, I did ask.]]
* EvilOverlord: Subverted. For a time in ''Words of Radiance'', it appears that without [[MoralityChain Dalinar]] around, he acts all around horrible. However, as Dalinar reveals and Kaladin eventually accepts, he's not actually a bad person. He's trying his best, and while he's rather incompetent at his job and picks [[TreacherousAdvisor the worst company]], that doesn't make him evil.
* GreenEyedMonster: He tries hard to be a good king, but consistently fails. When he sees others (such as his uncle and Kaladin) doing a better job than him, he gets frighteningly jealous. This leads to, on one occasion, him acting as a SpannerInTheWorks [[WhatAnIdiot for his own plan]] in ''Words of Radiance'', after which he finally realizes this is a problem.
* HiddenDepths:
** He is largely seen as a childish brat who only manages to eke out some cleverness when he's being cruel. Underneath, he is a good, intelligent man who just wants to avenge his father and fulfill his legacy of keeping the country united. Unfortunately, his family treats him like a child, which results in him ''acting'' like a child. Given a chance, he rises to the occasion.
** For example, early in ''The Way of Kings'', Dalinar mentions retreating from the Shattered Plains back to Alethkar. Elhokar assumes this is a sign of cowardice. Half a book later, the subject comes up again, and Dalinar explains his goal of stabilizing Alethkar, winning the war, and securing the Shattered Plains in more detail--and Elhokar understands perfectly.
--->'''Elhokar:''' Why didn't you just say that in the first place?\\
'''Dalinar:''' ''[thinking]'' I underestimated him.
* InadequateInheritor: His father, Galivar, was TheGoodKing, well liked by many. Elhokar himself is a borderline ManChild, is completely paranoid for other assassins, and has a serious GreenEyedMonster complex as a result of all of these when comparing his bad reputation to his father's good one.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: A result of being well aware he is an InadequateInheritor to the throne of
Others From Alethkar is that he has a serious complex when it comes to this, which comes out at the worst times.
[[/note]]
* TheLoad: He often needs to be rescued or protected, usually from disasters caused by his own poor judgment. He becomes a literal example of this during the second book, when [[spoiler: he is too drunk to walk unassisted, [[Characters/TheStormlightArchiveHeraldsKnightsAndSpren Heralds, Knights, and leans on an injured Kaladin while they are trying to escape from assassins.]]
* ModestRoyalty:
** Normally very very much ''not'', but there are hints of it breaking through. Near the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he comes to Kaladin's barracks to ask him for advice, even requesting he teach him the secret of leadership. And at the very end of the book, [[spoiler:he ends up being ordered around by Lopen's mother when he's brought to her house to hide. He complains, but in a good-natured, friendly way]].
** It's mentioned that he reserves seats in the dueling arena for darkeyes, despite the lighteyes grumbling about having to mingle with their "inferiors." He never seems to even consider reversing this policy.
** Essentially, Elhokar is a very decent ''man;'' he's just a really horrible ''king,'' and the knowledge of this wears on him.
* OhCrap: When [[spoiler:Dalinar starts to beat him]] at the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
* TheParanoiac: He's constantly convinced people are trying to kill him, which is honestly understandable considering the assassination of his father. When his leather saddle girth snaps during a hunt, he is absolutely convinced that it was intentionally cut by someone, and refuses to hear anything to the contrary. [[spoiler:Sadeas realizes that he knows who cut the strap, which is why he doesn't use it to implicate Dalinar. Dalinar takes it a step further, realizing that Elhokar cut the strap himself because no one was taking his fears seriously]].
* ProperlyParanoid:
** Someone really was trying to kill him when they cut the strap. [[spoiler:Not really, since he faked it. But he wasn't the one to remove the Stormlight from his Shardplate.]]
** His fears regarding seeing assassins in the corners of his eyes are partially correct. [[spoiler:They're actually Cryptics like the ones Shallan sees]].
* PuppetKing: More or less, considering the highprinces basically do whatever they want. By the end of the first book, [[spoiler:Dalinar is taking steps to slap the highprinces down and make Elhokar more than a puppet.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gavilar]]
!King Gavilar Kholin
->''"Tell... tell my brother... he must find the most important words a man can say..."''

The deceased king of Alethkar. The Parshendi sent a Shin assassin to kill him on the night they were signing a treaty with him. He had a great deal of knowledge, but unfortunately failed to pass it on before he died.
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* BadassInCharge: Szeth notes his skill with a Shardblade.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade. Not that it helped him much against Szeth.
* DeadLittleSister: "Dead Big Brother" to Dalinar, who considers the fact that he wasn't there to help him when the assassin came to be MyGreatestFailure.
* FounderOfTheKingdom: The first ruler to properly unite the warring Alethi Highprinces.
* TheFettered: Before his death, he took up the Alethi Codes of War and ''[[FictionalDocument The Way of Kings]]'' as his models for rule.
* TheGoodKing: Apparently grew into this when he took up his TheFettered point of view, but [[BloodKnight Alethi society]] didn't really [[GoodIsImpotent see it this way]].
%%* GreenEyes
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Passes off a mysterious black orb to Szeth as he dies, only saying "They must not have it." Szeth hides it in Jah Keved so that his masters can't take it from him, but he has no idea what it actually is.
* LastRequest: He makes two to Szeth, who obliges him in both.
* PosthumousCharacter: He dies in the prologue of the first book. The prologues of books one through five all show that same night from different perspectives, giving more views of him.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: United Alethkar through violent war, and also put up a reasonable showing as a full Shardbearer against Szeth.
* ShipperOnDeck: He was trying to set up Jasnah with Amaram, but it didn't go anywhere. In addition to Jasnah's disdain for marriage in general, she's dismissive of Amaram specifically, and he actually seems a little afraid of her.
* YouAreTooLate: As he's dying, he smiles and says that Szeth is too late. [[spoiler:Considering that he was trying to bring back the Voidbringers, that's pretty disturbing]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Navani]]
!Navani Kholin
->''"Something's going on. Something bigger than our war here, something bigger than Gavilar."''

Gavilar's widow. In the past, Gavilar and Dalinar fought over her hand. She comes to the Shattered Plains in ''The Way of Kings'' in order to do some research.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Despite her interest in Dalinar when they were younger, she eventually chose Gavilar because Dalinar genuinely frightened her. She only becomes interested in him again after he's leashed his dangerous edge.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:She starts courting with Dalinar at the end of ''The Way of Kings''. There are implications, later, that her marriage to Gavilar was less than perfect, however.]]
* MamaBear: She was never really able to fuss over Jasnah growing up (she jokes that the girl acted middle-aged since she was six), but after a frosty first meeting with Shallan, she eventually starts mothering the girl.
%%* PurpleEyes
* SecondLove: Find this in and is this to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin]].
* TheSmartGuy: Not as much as her daughter Jasnah, but she is a steadfast researcher.
* WidowWoman: The widow of Galivar, though she finds a SecondLove.
* WrenchWench: A less hands on, and more design version. She's heavily involved in the engineering of new fabrials.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aesudan]]
!Queen Aesudan

Elhokar's wife, who is in Kholinar during the events of ''The Way of Kings''.
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* CorruptChurch: She is unintentionally at the center of it, as she spoils her ardents and allows them to do whatever they want in exchange for assurances that what she does is the right thing to do.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She seems to be a vain and foolish woman who surrounds herself with sycophants. She is at one point compared, in great detail, to the Ten Fools (figures from relegious scripture). We don't get to read the comparison, but we have been told what the traits of two of the fools are: [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Eshu, who speaks of things he does not understand in front of those who do]] and [[ManChild Cabin, who behaves like a child even though he was an adult]].
* TheGhost: She doesn't have a single appearance in the first book, [[spoiler:and barely in the second, though she is at least discussed]].
* NoNameGiven: Not in the first book, anyway.
* ObliviouslyEvil: She is constantly concerned about the nature of her soul and place in the Almighty's plan. Unfortunately, her many ardents have discovered that it's not too difficult to convince her that the most important thing is showering them with luxuries and ignoring everything that happens outside her palace. This has resulted in the people of Kholinar starving while heaps of food rot at the palace.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dalinar]]
!Dalinar Kholin
->See the "Main Characters" folder.
[[/folder]]

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!!Alethi Highprinces

[[folder:Sadeas]]
!Highprince Torol Sadeas
->''"You can't have an army with two generals, son. Your father and I, we're two old whitespines who both want a kingdom. It's him or me. We've been pointed that way since Gavilar died."''

The most powerful and successful of the Alethi highprinces, and a direct rival to Dalinar. Unlike Dalinar, Sadeas does not possess a Shardblade, but he makes up for this with exceptional cunning and clever - if costly - combat tactics, such as the use of bridgemen. Adolin strongly suspects him of trying to undermine or eliminate Dalinar, but Dalinar views Sadeas as more of a friendly rival who is upholding the typical Alethi concept of viewing everything as a competition, and believes he can be reasoned with.
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* AntiVillain: Presents himself as one when [[spoiler:he betrays Dalinar, saying he did it to remove a dangerous influence on Elhokar and to help unite the Alethi highprinces. It's not clear if he honestly believes it or is spouting more bullshit.]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler:he's spouting total bullshit. He wants Dalinar ''and'' Elhokar dead so he can break Alethkar into pieces and rebuild it even stronger than before.]]
* ArcherArchetype: Not by choice. Without a Shardblade, Sadeas can't take full advantage of the speed and power that his Shardplate offers him in close combat, and instead uses a massive, extremely powerful bow that can only be used with Shardplate.
* BloodKnight: The Thrill is now the only thing which makes him feel alive.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Sadeas is willing to betray any and everyone he works with, [[spoiler: even his king,]] if he thinks it will net him an advantage.
* CoolSword: Is given [[spoiler:Oathbringer by Dalinar]] in exchange for the freedom of [[spoiler:every one of his [[WeHaveReserves bridgemen]].]]
* DropTheHammer: The other weapon Sadeas relies on is a massive warhammer common among Shardbearers without a Shardblade.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In the second book, he can't understand why Dalinar [[spoiler:bought the bridgemen]] from him, and assumes it must have been some failed attempt to weaken his army. The fact that Dalinar was simply rewarding good men doesn't even occur to him.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Adolin kills him by stabbing him through the eye.]]
* FantasticRacism: [[ItsAllAboutMe While he looks down on everyone not named Sadeas]], he ''especially'' looks down on darkeyes. The few chapters from his perspective have him scoffing at their presence in the dueling ring (Elhokar reserves seats for them), their lives, and the idea that they have some purpose other than to die for his glory. After a bridgerun, he has the gall to accuse them of idling about "while better men died." Never mind that the reason they collapse after a run is because he pushes them so hard and they're shocked because ''half of them die every time''.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Dalinar. [[spoiler:Doesn't stop him from betraying Dalinar]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Sadeas desperately wants a Shardblade; Dalinar uses the opportunity to take one from a Parshendi Shardbearer to convince him to go along with the joint-plateau plan. Later on, [[spoiler:Dalinar buys all of Sadeas' bridgemen with his Shardblade.]]
* HappilyMarried: In spite of his many, MANY flaws, for all intents and purposes Sadeas seems to be this with his wife, who is just as much a schemer as he is.
* HeelRealization: Admits to himself that he's ''not'' glad Dalinar isn't losing his touch and that he's going to undermine Dalinar to protect his personal power anyway. He persists in claiming that his way is better for the kingdom in the long run, but it comes across as paying lip service to the idea.
* HeroicSacrifice: Attempted, at least. In the book's intro, he is actually the one wearing King Gavilar's robes when Szeth shows up, intending to draw the Shardbearer away from Galivar, who is disguised as a Shardbearer bodyguard.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Does this to Dalinar after betraying him, and then to Adolin on occasion in ''Words of Radiance.'' [[spoiler:It gets him killed.]]
* LeaveNoSurvivors: Adopted this policy early in the war, slaughtering a large group of cornered Parshendi who tried to surrender. This act is largely responsible for inspiring all the Parshendi to fight to the death, transforming the conflict into one of total war.
* MagnificentBastard: In-universe. Dalinar realizes he's been brilliantly outmaneuvered when [[spoiler:Sadeas uses his own warnings to the king to maneuver himself into being named Highprince of Information]]. Later on, Sadeas warms up to Dalinar and seems to be interested in his ideas about the Codes, and works with him on joint-plateau assaults. [[spoiler:This sets up his ultimate betrayal]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Sadeas knows how to twist people around, especially other highprinces. He's less effective against lower-ranking troops, and someone like Kaladin is confounding.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Sadeas is ultimately loyal to Elhokar, and will do whatever it takes to protect his king, alongside Dalinar. [[spoiler:Until the second book reveals that was just a facade]].
* StarterVillain: ArcVillain and TheHeavy for the first book and most of the second, repeated revelations render his political schemes minuscule as the grand scope of the series is unveiled, [[spoiler:and he is unceremoniously killed by Adolin by the end of the second book after he has been eclipsed as a threat.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sadeas and Dalinar do not get along, but they'll put aside their differences to protect Elhokar.
* UngratefulBastard: Dalinar saves his life when his army is flanked by Parshendi. [[spoiler:Sadeas promptly betrays him on their next joint outing to the Tower.]]
* WeHaveReserves: Sadeas thinks nothing of the deaths of the bridgemen; in his observation, the bridgemen's deaths due to being unshielded and unarmored are better than the deaths of "real" soldiers who would die if the Parshendi didn't specifically target the vulnerable bridgemen. He even denies the bridgemen armor specifically because the Parshendi tend to target them over all else.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: He and Dalinar used to be good friends until the night Galivar died, as both of them blame the other. Sadeas blames Dalinar for being drunk during the assassination, while Dalinar blames Sadeas for failing as a decoy. Eventually the two team up and it looks like their friendship might eventually be repaired. [[spoiler:Then Sadeas betrays Dalinar and leaves him and his forces to die, which had been Sadeas's intention all along.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Sadeas still persists in trying to undermine Dalinar, even after [[spoiler: the Voidbringers return and a freaking Desolation begins]], because he honestly believes everyone is still playing his game of politics- he's genuinely clueless just how irrelevant he is to the grand scheme of things. [[spoiler: Luckily for the world, Adolin [[KilledOffForReal gets the point across.]]]]
** His treatment of Adolin, specifically, is this in a different way. He sees much of himself in Adolin, and assumes he'll be able to get him onto his side eventually. He just figures Dalinar's lessons need to be beaten out of him first. Adolin is much like Sadeas, which means [[spoiler:he's ruthless enough to follow his father's honor to the logical conclusion, finally killing Sadeas for his constant attempts to undermine the kingdom]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roion]]
!Highprince Roion
->''"If I were them, I'd just form up out there as if to prepare for an attack--but then I wouldn't. I'd stall, forcing my enemy to get stuck out here waiting for an attack until the highstorms returned!"''

Although the highprince with the best archers of the Alethi forces, Roion has earned the fewest gemhearts.
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* ArcherArchetype: His forces have the best archers of the Alethi highprinces.
* GeneralFailure: Not a terribly competent war leader to begin with, and only hurt more by the fact that his talented archer troops are very ineffective against the Parshendi.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Attacks Szeth to try and save Dalinar, is easily slain in turn but manages to buy time]].
* NeutralNoLonger: He's one of the peacekeeper highprinces in ''Words of Radiance'', standing between Sadeas' faction and the Kholins, but joins Dalinar for the final assault.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Sebarial often calls him a coward, while Dalinar believes Roion is merely cautious. [[spoiler:In the end he sacrifices his life by attacking Szeth to try and help Dalinar]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thanadal]]
!Highprince Thanadal

Not a Shardbearer, this highprince relies on Brightlord Resi, his only Shardbearer, for most of the fighting.
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* HypercompetentSidekick: Not one himself, but Brightlord Resi, with his Shardbearer status, is one for him.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Hatham, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sebarial]]
!Highprince Sebarial
->''"Well said, you old turtle! Maybe this trip won't be a complete bore. Onward, then! To glory and some such nonsense."''

The only Highprince to never go hunting for gemhearts. He is rude, loud, and shows no respect for propriety, so the other Alethi do everything in their power to ignore him. He is much more clever than he looks, though, and when the war began he was the only one who realized that one way or another, there would always be an Alethi presence on the Shattered Plains. He is also deeply devoted to his mistress, Palona.

Shallan ends up in his warcamp in the second book due to some quick political maneuvering on her part.
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* BoringButPractical: While the other Highprinces are running around getting people killed collecting gemhearts, Sebarial has been building a permanent economy in the warcamps. It's not glamorous, but it's far more profitable, especially since he doesn't have to hire more men every other day due to losses from fighting the Parshendi.
* CasualDangerDialogue: On the battlefield. His mistress even ''reads a novel'' while the battle rages.
* FantasticRacism: A notable aversion compared to the rest of the Alethi. He doesn't seem to care about eye color at all, to the point that he is one of the few Alethi openly in a relationship with a darkeyed. Palona mentions that he's constantly asking her to marry him, but she keeps refusing.
* GentlemanSnarker: Shows up at councils of war more or less entirely just to amuse himself by poking fun at people.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Tries to put on this facade, since, as he explains to Shallan, it makes sure he won't forget anyone especially deserving. [[spoiler:However, he is upset when Roion dies anyway, showing this isn't necessarily true.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Except it's his mistress rather than his wife doing the henpecking.
* HiddenDepths: Jasnah dismisses him as a rude idiot, he does in fact have a very keen mind and a significant soft side. He seems to get a fair amount of millage out of being underestimated.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He insults everyone, yet he is one of the few good Highprinces, and seems genuinely upset when [[spoiler:Roion, his favorite insult bait, dies.]] His mistress implies he has taken in highborn ladies in distress before too.
* LongLostRelative: When Shallan claims he offered her lodging at his camp, he covers by saying that she's a distant relative.
* NonActionGuy: Unlike most Alethi highprinces, he's not a talented fighter or even a competent general. It's to the point that in the final battle of ''Words of Radiance'', Dalinar orders him to stay out of everyone's way and give command to one of his mercenary generals, which Sebarial does gladly.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aladar]]
!Highprince Aladar

->''"I wish I could, Dalinar. But this isn't about you. Itís about the other highprinces. Maybe I could trust you, but I'll never trust them. You're asking me to risk too much of myself."''

A Highprince and one of Sadeas biggest supporters.
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* BelievingTheirOwnLies: [[spoiler:Subverted. He was Sadeas' loudest supporter during the entirety of ''Words of Radiance'', but he was really trying to convince himself more than anyone else. He eventually joined Dalinar for the expedition to the center of the Plains because he ''failed'' to convince himself]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: He, like Sadeas, thinks that all the talk of ancient honor and such is little more than historical revisionism. [[spoiler:He does tell Dalinar that he ''wishes'' it was true, though, and it's certainly better than how Sadeas does it, trying to wrap nooses around everyone's necks]].
* SourSupporter: He is very much on Sadeas's side, but he doesn't like being told what to do.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hatham]]
!Highprince Hatham

->''"We must not allow ourselves to be attacked one at a time, and we must not squabble."''

An Alethi Highprince, known for using his ardents in political maneuvering and for being behind on his taxes.
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* CorruptChurch: Despite it being very specifically illegal, he often uses his ardents as part of tricks and deals, such as by having one of them insult a potential trading partner in order to make Hatham look desperate when he apologizes.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vamah]]
!Highprince Vamah

->''"I take your point, Dalinar. No need to keep bashing the rock into my face."''

An Alethi Highprince, one of the ones who joined the chasmfiend hunt at the beginning of ''The Way of Kings''. He dislikes the prices for Elhokar's Soulcasters, and keeps trying to find ways around it.
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* MugglesDoItBetter: He tries to skip using Soulcasters by just using wood to patch the holes in his walls. But since he needs to buy the wood from Sadeas, Sadeas raises the prices and forces him to use Elhokar's Soulcasters after all.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bethab]]
!Highprince Bethab

An Alethi Highprince, known for using mercenaries and coveting the throne.
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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Most of his army is made up of mercenaries. On a successful plateau assault, he would ride back to camp with the gemheart while leaving them to figure out their own way back.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Vamah, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ruthar]]
!Highprince Ruthar

->''"Great. All we have to do is win the war, which we've only been trying to do for five years."''

An Alethi Highprince, and an eager--if slightly quiet--supporter of Sadeas.
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* SmugSnake: He's constantly described as oily and conniving, but not actually very effective at manipulation or planning. He's often completely blindsided by enemy plots, and despite holding a significant number of Alethkar's Shards, [[spoiler:by the end of ''Words of Radiance'' he has lost all of them to Dalinar except his own Blade]].

[[/folder]]

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!!Others from Alethkar

[[folder:Laral]]
!Laral

->''"Don't you want to become a lighteyes? Win a Shardblade?"''

The daughter of the brightlord of Kaladin's home village of Hearthstone. Their parents were setting up she and Kaladin to wed, but that plan derailed when her father died.
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* OldManMarryingAChild: After [[spoiler:Roshone's son died]], she became betrothed to Roshone. Age-wise, it was perfectly legal (though the fact that Roshone was technically her guardian at the time might have made it tricky), but the fact remains that he was a good twenty or more years older than her.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger, she spent most of her time playing with Kaladin and Tien. As she grew older, her maids stopped letting her do that sort of thing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Roshone and his son moved into town, she was cut off from Kaladin, and forced to become cold to him to fit in.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Brother]]
!Tien

->''"Kaladin, look at this rock. It changes colors when you look at it from different sides."''

Kaladin's little brother, an insufferably cheerful boy who is small and spindly for his age.
----
* CynicismCatalyst: His death is one of the most important events in Kaladin's backstory, along with the manipulations leading up to it.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being treated as little more than a silly fool who can make Kaladin smile, he proves to be a very good carpenter, producing artful statuettes. Unfortunately, the carpenter doesn't see the use in such frivolous things.
* ThePollyanna: He spends nearly every single one of his scenes bouncing up and down like a loon, and is the only one who can shake Kaladin out of his chronic depression. The only time he seems genuinely unhappy about something is when [[spoiler:Amaram recruits him for the army. He cries tears of joy when Kaladin joins up as well to protect him]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Father]]
!Lirin

->''"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing."''

Kaladin's father, the surgeon of the small town of Hearthstone. He is a deeply generous man who refused to charge for his services, subsisting on donations from grateful townsfolk. After he failed to save the elderly Brightlord Wistiow, Brightlord Roshone moved in, and everything changed.
----
* ActualPacifist: He refuses to kill, even by inaction, under any circumstances.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He is accused of forging documents from Wistiow willing his family a large gift of spheres for Kaladin's education. Turns out he really did do it, though he is insistent that if Wistiow had been lucid in his last hours, he would have done so willingly]].
* EducationMama: Of a sort. He is insistent on training Kaladin to be a surgeon and sending him to Karbranth when he comes of age. Kaladin would rather be a soldier, but he learns well regardless.
* HonorBeforeReason: There are several times where he could have killed Roshone, or even just let him die, but he always refuses. He also refuses to ask for payment for healing or move his family to a more prosperous city, despite knowing it would be far easier on him.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin's Mother]]
!Hesina

->''"You burn a glyphward out in front of your house, and it will turn away evil. It's easy. Your father won't give someone a ward to heal them. He'll insist that they stay in bed, drinking water, taking some foul medicine, and washing their wound each day. It's hard. They'd rather leave it all to fate."''

Kaladin's mother, a well-off darkeyed woman who was wooed by a surgeon and followed him to a lonely town in the middle of nowhere. She is intelligent and refined in all things, and never complains about her lot, but Lirin secretly feels guilty for what he has put her through.
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* DeadpanSnarker: She has a clever tongue in her head, though not as much as many of the other snarkers in the book. She's very good at twisting Kaladin's words around to teach him a lesson, and the few times he snarks at people, he always credits her.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Specifically averted; Hesina is noted to be the only woman in town who can read. And, of course, none of the men are allowed to.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever exactly happened between Lirin and her parents that led to her leaving the city and rarely speaking of them.
-->'''Hesina:''' ''[to Kaladin]'' Don't let your father's words unnerve you. He always gets pessimistic at times like this.\\
'''Lirin:''' I do not.\\
'''Hesina:''' ''[DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Name one other time.\\
'''Hesina:''' Meeting my parents.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Stormwinds, let's hope this doesn't go ''half'' as poorly as that.
* ProperLady: She comes off as a perfectly refined Alethi darkeyed woman, who ended up in a remote corner of the country but retained her courtly manner.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roshone]]
!Brightlord Roshone

->''"I do not like your little town. I do not like being treated like an '''exile'''. I do not like living so far from anything--everything--important. And most of all, I do not like darkeyes who think themselves above their stations."''

The citylord of Hearthstone, who took over when Brightlord Wistiow died. It's obvious from the beginning that he was exiled for some political offense in the city, and he blames the town, especially Lirin, for his suffering.
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* FantasticRacism: Like most Alethi lighteyes, he finds darkeyes to be little better than slaves, and is annoyed whenever they won't just give him everything he wants without arguing. [[spoiler:The reason he ended up in Hearthstone was because he asked Elhokar to help him get rid of some bothersome elderly darkeyed silversmiths he was competing with. When they made an issue of it, they were thrown in jail pending an inquest, where they died in short order. Dalinar exiled Roshone to a distant corner of the country "where he could do no harm."]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants the spheres Brightlord Wistiow gifted to Kaladin's family. There doesn't seem to be anything he actually wants them ''for''--he just wants them because he doesn't want anyone else to have them. This is also what led to him getting banished to Hearthstone in the first place. [[spoiler:He screwed over Moash's grandparents because he was having trouble competing with them legally]].
* NeverMyFault:
** He blames Lirin for his presence in Hearthstone, due to the surgeon failing to save the previous Brightlord. Nevermind the fact that the more direct cause was [[spoiler:Roshone asking his friend the crown prince to screw over an innocent pair of competitors]].
** [[spoiler:When his son is killed in a hunting accident, he blames Lirin for failing to save him--despite the fact that the hunt was Roshone's idea in the first place, and Lirin could have easily have killed him on the surgery table]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:He competed with Moash's grandparents and got Elhokar to practically have them killed, was exiled by Dalinar, and made Kaladin's childhood hell]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler:When a shop belonging to an elderly darkeyed couple was giving him trouble, he had Elhokar screw them over. Dalinar stepped in as soon as he could, but the couple had already died in prison, waiting for the inquest. Dalinar then banished him as far from his connections as he could, in the hopes of keeping him from doing any more harm]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gaz]]
!Gaz
->''"Every storming day, we'd get up and fight on those plateaus. And we wouldn't make any progress. Who cared if we made progress? It was the gemhearts the highprinces were after. And there we were, locked into virtual slavery by our military oaths."''

The commander of Sadeas' bridgecrews who disappears halfway through ''The Way of Kings''.
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* CharacterDevelopment: He becomes less of an asshole over the course of ''The Way of Kings''. By ''Words of Radiance'' he's actually a pretty decent person again.
* DangerousDeserter: One of a group of deserters that goes after Shallan's caravan in ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Subverted shortly afterward, when Shallan pretty much talks him and the other deserters into turning back around and being proper soldiers who protecting others.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Though less so as he stays with Bridge Four long enough.
** His one point-of-view chapter indicates that he has as much contempt for himself -- if not more -- than for the bridgemen under his watch.
** It turns out that, once removed from the pointless fighting on the Shattered Plains and given something worth fighting for, Gaz becomes a surprisingly nice guy.
* TheNeidermeyer: Kaladin quickly picks up on this, though it's not entirely unjustified, seeing as bridge crews aren't meant to amount to much anyway, and are expected to die early.
* TheNicknamer: Calls Kaladin "Lordling", but only to be an asshole.
* PetTheDog: A portrait Shallan drew of him in a regal light (absolutely opposite of how he imagines himself) reduces Gaz to tears.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Alethi remove him from his role as bridgecrew taskmaster, he deserts outright due to his disgust at how the Highprinces use their soldiers for their own greed. The fact that the hunt was on for scapegoats and that Gaz had a truly staggering number of creditors after his hide didn't exactly make the decision difficult, either.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amaram]]
!Brightlord Meridas Amaram
->''"This '''is''' for my men. You can't begin to understand the weights I carry, spearman."''

The lord Kaladin formerly served under.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: One of the most well-respected of brightlords, and one of the few Alethi brightlords who Dalinar truly respects. Adolin, slightly more GenreSavvy than his father, correctly notes that Amaram's sterling record sounds entirely too much like a man who spends a lot of energy on keeping up appearances.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade, [[spoiler:which he stole from Kaladin.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He never earned his Shardblade. He stole it from Kaladin and sold him to slavery on a false charge.]]
* FantasticRacism: At first he was surprised that a Herald might have dark skin and self-consciously chides himself for assuming they'd all look like Alethi. He's convinced that the Herald's dark eyes must be some sort of disguise though: so in other words he can overcome his FantasticRacism but is still blinded by his Fantastic ''Classism''.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Insists that [[spoiler:stealing Kaladin's Shardblade]] was necessary for the fate of the world, as he can utilize it far more effectively. Eventually, he comes to regret his actions. [[spoiler:That is, he regrets enslaving Kaladin rather than killing him]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kaladin thinks this is his attitude. [[spoiler:He's shocked to learn Amaram is actually a WellIntentionedExtremist who genuinely believes his actions serve the greater good]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Like all good Alethi men, he can't read, but he understands the simplified glyphs used in their place. Amaram has taken to stringing them together in sentences (rather than just singly and in pairs), creating a crude pictograph language.
* OhCrap: His reaction when he realizes [[spoiler:Dalinar knows what he did with Kaladin]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: At least, when nothing important is at stake. Shallan after [[spoiler: disguising herself as one of his servants]], is surprised to learn that he knows his servant's name, that she has the night off, and her current relationship status.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. Kaladin thought he was this for a long time, but when Kaladin refuses the Shardblade he won, he promptly has his spear team killed and Kaladin himself MadeASlave so he can have the Shardblade himself.]]
* TooGoodToBeTrue: Adolin's opinion about his reputation.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cenn]]
!Cenn
->"''I'm going to die, aren't I?"''

A new boy in Kaladin's squad.
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* DecoyProtagonist: Dies in the introductory chapter for Kaladin, though this isn't made apparent until the end of Part 3 of the first book.
* KilledOffForReal: Although resurrection is possible in ''The Stormlight Archive'', Cenn is struck down by a Shardbearer and doesn't come back.
%%* NewMeat
* RedShirt: He exists only to die, and the worst part is he ''knows'' it. Even though we don't actually see him die until halfway through the book, his death is still blatantly obvious.
* ShoutOut: Brandon has stated that he may have unconsciously named him after [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Cenn Buie]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed off at the end of the first chapter of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', before anyone really got to know him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Niter]]
!Captain Niter

The captain of the Cobalt Guard.
----
%%* BadassBeard
* BusCrash: Stops appearing partway through ''The Way of Kings''. The next time he's mentioned is a fair bit into ''Words of Radiance'', when Zahel tells Kaladin that he died during the second tower assault.
* TheLeader: Of the Cobalt Guard.
* RedHerring: He fits the description of Jezrien, the Herald King, almost word for word. Turns out to just be a coincidence.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Danlan]]
!Danlan Morakotha
->''"Dalinar holds himself back. He knows he should take the throne, but hesitates out of love for his dead brother. The other highprinces interpret this as weakness."''

A spanreed operator working for the Kholins. Comes to visit from another warcamp and starts dating Adolin. They stay together for an unusually long time, but then end up breaking up in between ''The Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.
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* HiddenDepths: Aside from a brief slip-up in her airhead act, she doesn't seem to be anything special in ''The Way of Kings''. Then in ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that she's trying to kill King Elhokar.]]
* TheMole: She's secretly working for [[spoiler:Taravangian, aiding his Diagram plot by trying to kill Elhokar.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tries to act like an airhead, even though she actually isn't.
* RomanticFalseLead: Teased as potentially being the true perfect girl for Adolin, but [[RunningGag as usual]], they break up.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's a fairly minor character, but [[spoiler:the information she collects and sends to Taravangian is what causes him to send Szeth to kill Dalinar.]]
[[/folder]]

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!!Bridge Four

[[folder:Bridge Four]]
Kaladin's bridge crew, he was assigned to this group by Gaz in order to get him killed. It takes a while, but this backfires. Hard.
----
%%* BadassCrew: Eventually.
%%* BlueIsHeroic
* HiddenDepths: All of them have their secrets that only come out when they get close together. They don't think they want to give them up otherwise, seeing as it's all they have left.
%%* PraetorianGuard
* TrueCompanions: Due to Kaladin simply treating them as actual people.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** From the highest mortality rate among [[WeHaveReserves bridge crews]] to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin's PraetorianGuard]] by the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when [[spoiler:their association with Kaladin lets them use stormlight]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin
->See the "Main Characters" section
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teft]]
!Teft

->''"I ain't grouchy, I just have a low threshold for stupidity."''

An old slave who insists there is nothing special about him.
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* BadassGrandpa: A former spearman of some sort.
* CrazyPrepared: He teaches the bridgemen to [[spoiler:keep large sapphires on their person to smash in case Kaladin needs a sudden infusion of Stormlight]]. He continues this practice in the final chapters of ''Words of Radiance'', despite the fact that Kaladin is back in the warcamps, weeks away.
* {{Cult}}: A former member of one who awaited the return of the Knights Radiant. It's only when he saw [[spoiler:Kaladin inhale Stormlight]] that he believed, though.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Despite his insistence that his past isn't important, he obeys instantly when Kaladin gives him an order filled with military jargon.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for the death of the Envisagers, even though they were already doing a fine job of killing themselves.
* SergeantRock: He won't speak of it, but he clearly has experience as a sergeant, breaking down recruits and building them up as soldiers. For the bridgemen, he can skip the "breaking down" step, since there's not much lower they can go.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rock]]
!Rock (Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor)
->''"Airsick lowlanders."''

A member of Bridge Four. He was originally Sadeas' chef, but he developed a dislike for the man and varnished all his food with Chull Dung. ''All of it.''
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* ActualPacifist: Though he's willing to shoot a bow at a length of wood, he's not willing to hurt anyone. Though he is willing to use a substantially sized log against Kaladin during practice.
* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Shallan as "cousin," a nod to her Horneater blood.
* BadassPacifist: He's a shockingly good brawler considering that he refuses to fight for real. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he wasn't always a second son, implying that he used to be a fourth son (the warrior), but two of his brothers died and his role was reassigned]].
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: When Dunny insults him, he tries to challenge Dunny to an ''alil'tiki'i'' duel. This is apparently the traditional form of dueling on the Peaks, and involves seeing who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. As an added bonus, soon everyone is so drunk that they'll probably forget why they were fighting in the first place!
* CultureClash: With the Alethkar.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The nickname "Horneater" that his people have earned is not an embellishment. Rock has difficulty finding Unkalaki alcohol in the low lands, with most tavern owners worried that it'd melt through the cups.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Downplayed example. His people's language sounds Hawaiian and they live on volcanoes.
* GentleGiant: He's very strong, and could be a good fighter. However, he's still an ActualPacifist.
* IAteWhat: Gets sent to the bridge crews after his first attempt to serve Sadeas a meal. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Turns out chull dung has a rather more distinctive taste than he realized, though it didn't help that he used an ''impressive'' amount.]]
* SeeTheInvisible: He can see Syl all the time, unlike most of Bridge Four, who only see her sometimes.
* TheBigGuy: Near seven feet, he's the tallest member of Bridge four. Kaladin is only a few inches shorter, but can't nearly match Rock's muscular bulk.
* TeamChef: For Bridge Four. Rock's stew is one of the first things that starts to bring Bridge Four together.
* TheUnpronounceable: His real name (see above), which is why everyone calls him "Rock", since it's the name of a kind of rock where he comes from.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lopen]]
!The Lopen
->''"You'll be wanting me, gancho!"''

A cheerful one-armed Herdazian bridgeman, who begged to join Bridge Four for the simple reason that Kaladin was the only one picking bridgemen, so whoever got picked must be special.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Completely useless as a bridgeman due to his injury. He makes a pretty good waterboy, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Downplayed example, but from the moment he found out about Kaladin's powers, he was [[spoiler:constantly trying to breathe in Stormlight]]. By the end of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:it finally worked, and his arm started to regrow]].
* TheLoad: He was ''intended'' as this by Gaz. Kaladin has him carry the water instead, and his insufferably cheerful demeanor helped keep Bridge Four's morale up.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Cousins rather than siblings, but the same idea. In the second book, it seems like every night he's brought a new cousin to join Bridge Four, and in his viewpoint chapter he casually mentions about a dozen of them standing guard at his mother's house.
* NWordPrivileges: Lopen apparently has Roshar's biggest collection of one-armed Herdazian jokes. [[spoiler: He'll have to start coming up with some two-armed Herdazian jokes, though.]]
* TheNicknamer: Has some shades of this.
* ThePollyanna: Doesn't seem to have a problem losing an arm or being a slave.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Some of his cousins call him The Lopen because he's the only Lopen they know. When he finally gets a passage told from his point of view, it turns out that ''he'' thinks of himself as "The Lopen" too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shen]]
!Shen/[[spoiler:Rlain]]
->''"Am I Bridge Four?"''

A Parshman bridgeman given by Gaz as one of his last.
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* BizarreHumanBiology: As a [[spoiler:Parshendi, he can assume a number of different forms depending on what is needed for the given task.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:After seeing what has become of [[ReluctantWarrior Eshonai]] as [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a storm form]], Rlain rejoins Bridge Four and teaches the Alethi how to fight storm form Parshendi.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaladin's IShallTauntYou seems to have been his.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even more than other Parshmen.
* HiddenDepths: He's actually [[spoiler:a Parshendi who has assumed dullform (which looks more or less like a parshman) to spy on the human camps. Eventually reveals his true name (Rlain) and shifts to warform after his people become Voidbringers.]]
* TheQuietOne: As expected from a Parshman. [[spoiler:Less so once he returns as a Warform Parshendi and rejoins Bridge Four.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sigzil]]
!Sigzil
->''"I am not a foolish jester or storyteller. I do not 'give tales.' I spread knowledge of cultures, peoples, thoughts, and dreams. I bring peace through understanding. It is the holy charge my order received from the
Spren]] [[note]] Heralds themselves."''

An Azish Worldsinger.
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* TheApprentice: Formerly, to [[spoiler:Hoid]].
* BerserkButton: He is a [[InsistentTerminology Worldsinger.]] Not a storyteller. There's a difference, which he will expound greatly upon.
* MrExposition: Of a sort. He's a Worldsinger, meaning he can give information on a wide variety of cultures. He doesn't like to brag about it, however.
%%* ShorterMeansSmarter
%%* TheStoic
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Moash]]
!Moash
->''"I'd join them in a heartbeat. If I were in charge, things would change. The lighteyes would work the mines and the fields. They would run bridges and die by Parshendi arrows."''

One of the bridgemen on Bridge Four. He was formerly a jerk to Kaladin, but he warms up to him.
----
* TheAce: Though not to the same extent as Kaladin, Moash excels at every new task set to Bridge 4.
* CoolSword: In ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Kaladin gives him a set of Plate and Blade, making him a full Shardbearer.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: He and Kaladin initially start out obsessed by revenge, but Kaladin pulls out in time. [[FaceHeelTurn Moash doesn't]].]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He may talk big, but its clear that [[spoiler:he only joins the Diagram to take revenge against Elhokar.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Is horrified when he realizes what his desire for revenge let him to do, and also at the realization that he's too far in and needs to keep going.]]
* {{Revenge}}: He tells Kaladin that his motivation is revenge against the Lighteyes. In ''Words of Radiance'', it turns out that he wants revenge against [[spoiler:Elhokar, who unintentionally killed his grandparents.]]
* TheRival: To Kaladin, initially.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* UnwittingPawn: In his quest to get revenge on [[spoiler:Elhokar]], he is recruited by a band of patriots working to stabilize Alethkar. [[spoiler:They are actually followers of Taravangian's Diagram, and while they claim they just want to kill Elhokar to put Dalinar on the throne, they're actually trying to kill both of them to destabilize the region so Taravangian can take over]].
[[/folder]]

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!!Frostlands

[[folder:Taravangian]]
!King Taravangian
->''"Sometimes, you must tear down a structure to build a new one with stronger walls. And we are going to need strong walls in the coming years. Very, very strong walls."''

The king of the small city-state, Kharbranth. He is thought somewhat dull by his peers. However, he is well-liked due to funding hospitals throughout the city for those who can't afford medical care.
----
* TheChessmaster:
** Taravangian is much smarter than he appears, as shown by the multiple levels of backup plans and the specificity of his [[spoiler:orders to Szeth. It is also implied that he has other pawns in the waiting.]]
** Later, it's revealed that he's working off of an immeasurably complex set of documents referred to as the Diagram; [[spoiler:a massive set of writings, scribblings, sketches, and rantings that he produced while locked in his chambers on a day when his Old Magic-warped intelligence reached an unprecedented peak. The Diagram contains spot-on predictions for events all over the world and is practically a one-stop book of prophecy, but is so complex as to be virtually impossible to interpret.]]
* ConLang: In-universe. During his most brilliant moment, he invented an entirely new language because all existing ones were too imprecise.
* DumbIsGood: Despite seeming stupid, he is unusually kind and compassionate for a king. [[spoiler:He notes that his compassion and his intelligence seem to be inversely linked, so that he's kinder on his stupider days. He notes that this isn't the case for most people.]]
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:Szeth calls him one, and he doesn't object to it at all. His viewpoint chapter indicates that he really does agree.]]
-->'''Taravangian:''' Yes, but I am the monster who will save this world.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Averted; in his interlude, he casually mentions that he learned the womens' script years ago.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ZigzaggedTrope. Most of the other lighteyes in Kharbranth consider Taravangian somewhat slow and unskilled at politics. [[spoiler:In reality, he is at the head of a large conspiracy which has resulted in the deaths of many nameless citizens just to harvest information, and the killings of several very important foreign dignitaries.]] However, according to WordOfGod, he used the Old Magic at some point, with his IQ changing at random each day, making this either played straight or averted depending on when people see him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Willing to go any lengths to save the world. Thus far, he's released Szeth to go on an incredible killing spree, reduced the nation of Jah Kaved to burned-out anarchy, and countless other crimes.]]
-->'''The Diagram:''' Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stick]]
!A Stick
-> ''"I am a stick."''

A stick found in the Frostlands. With Pattern translating Shallan tries to convince it to become fire.
----
* ADayInTheLimelight: Has his own "deleted" interlude. It can be found [[http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-deleted-interlude-stick/ here]]. Predictably, it was released on AprilFoolsDay.
* {{Determinator}}: The stickiest of sticks and will not be persuaded otherwise.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a stick.
* NoSell: He does not want to become fire, he is a stick.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vathah]]
!Vathah
->''"Brightlords have failed us in the past."''

Leader of a large group of deserters. He runs afoul of Shallan, and while he dislikes her immensely, she manages to convince all of his men to follow her. He considers all the deserters (including himself) cutthroat scum.
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* TheCynic: He makes constant comments about how the deserters Shallan recruited are going to turn on her eventually, and doesn't believe for a second that she can grant them clemency for their crimes.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts out convinced that Shallan is an ignorant and naive lighteyes who got lucky in convincing the deserters to fight for her. Once he finds out she has a Shardblade [[spoiler:when she kills Tyn with it]], he warms up to her, apparently deciding that she's more like him than she pretends.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Becomes much more trusting and subservient towards of Shallan when he realizes how many times she didn't kill him with her shardblade for threatening or berating her.

[[/folder]]

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!!Heralds of the Almighty
[[folder:Heralds]]
The ten Heralds were warriors
of the Almighty, chosen to aid mankind during the Desolations. However, they abandoned their duties after many times having to return to Damnation, shattering the Oathpact.
----
* TheAgeless: They have some form of this, judging by the fact that they survived four and a half thousand years without aging, but it's not clear if it's an inherent trait of the Heralds or some quirk of the magic system they know how to exploit.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* AGodIAmNot: Though some are worshiped as them.
* FallenHero: After saving the world a hundred times, they finally gave up, breaking their oaths and abandoning the world to its fate. Even through the chaos of the Hierarchy and Alethkar's devolution into a nation of {{Blood Knight}}s, they never reappeared to set the world back on track.
* TheOathbreaker: Everyone except Talenel'Elin, since he was dead at the time of the breaking. WordofGod says that the Oathpact may not be as dissolved as the Heralds would have liked to think when they tried to abandon it.
* SanitySlippage: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jezrien]]
!Jezrien (Vorin: Jezerezeh, Herald of Kings)
->''"It has been decided. The Oathpact ends now."''

The Herald King, also known as the Stormfather, though the two are actually separate entities. Appears in the Prelude to tell Kalak that it is time for the Oathpact to end. He is also the father of Shalash.

He is associated with the Windrunner Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Protecting and Leading.
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%%* BadassBeard
* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Heralds. Kalak mentions that he was once an actual king, and still holds himself with a regal bearing despite the fact that he hasn't worn a crown for centuries.
* FallenHero: By the time of ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Nale]] says he'll lead humanity... if he ever stops drooling.
* IHaveManyNames: Or rather, gained several names after the last Desolation. These include Jezerezeh'Elin and Stormfather.
* LikeAGodToMe: He's worshipped as the "Stormfather" in Alethkar, who leads the highstorms, and, along with other Heralds, as a god in other parts of the world. However, see AGodIAmNot.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nale]]
!Nale ("Darkness") (Vorin: Nalan, Herald of Justice)
->''"Justice does not expire."''

Also known as Nin to the Shin.

A Herald who seeks justice above all other things. During modern times, he has become a constable and is hunting down and killing Surgebinders that have committed crimes, no matter how minor the offence.

He is associated with the Skybreaker Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Just and Confident.
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: Carries around a variety of extremely powerful tools. These range from a fabrial that can bring someone back after they are killed by a Shardblade, to a captive Larkin he uses to drain stormlight from Radiant prisoners.
* BadassBeard: According to his statues, though it's not clear if they got it right.
* ByTheBookCop:
** By the time of the story, he's taken this to the extreme. He believes the only true thing in the world is laws, including the laws of mortal men. Therefore, despite marching all over the planet hunting down surgebinders, he is always very careful to make sure that they have committed some crime that makes executing them legal. It might be a harsher punishment than they'd normally receive, but it is definitely legal. [[spoiler:He takes Szeth under his wing after the latter finds out he never should have been made Truthless. Yes, Szeth's masters made a mistake, but Szeth obeyed their laws, and Nale holds that ideal very highly]].
** Somewhere between a KnightTemplar or an InspectorJavert, given that he'll freely execute both a kindly old man for a forty-year-old AccidentalMurder and a [[WouldHurtAChild thirteen-year-old thief who only steals food]].
* CoolSword: He has a Shardblade, implied to be his own Honorblade, judging by his ability to use Stormlight. [[spoiler:He also carries Nightblood, from [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Nalthis]], but doesn't use it himself]].
* IHaveManyNames: His name is Nale, but he's also called Nalan by Vorinism, Nin by the Shin, and Darkness by Lift.
* InSeriesNickname: Lift gives him the nickname Darkness because she doesn't know his real name.
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* TheStoic: He shows no emotion. Ever. The closest is when one of his men kills an unarmed hostage; Nale insists that the man remain behind and receive whatever punishment the local law deems necessary.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chanarach]]
!Chanarach ("Chana")

A Herald with little known about her at this time. Mentioned in a story from Hoid to have raced Fleet and lost.

She is associated with the Releaser/Dustbringer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Brave and Obedient.
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* InSeriesNickname: She has the nickname Chana.
* NoNameGiven: In ''The Way of Kings'', we don't learn her name. However, subverted when we do learn it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* SuperSpeed: Implied to have some power that makes her fast, because Hoid speaks of Fleet beating her in a race as a serious accomplishment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vedel]]
!Vedel (Vorin: Vedeledev)

One of the Heralds. Mentioned by "Taln" to be a healer who could help the sick and train the surgeons.

She is associated with the Edgedancer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Loving and Healing.
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%%* ActionGirl
* HealingHands: Implied, considering the way healing works here.
* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact that she's associated with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Abrasion and [[HealingHands Progression]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Paliah]]
!Paliah ("Pali")

A Herald said to be able to see the future.

She is associated with the Truthwatcher Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Learned and Giving.
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* InSeriesNickname: She is called "Pali" by some of the other Heralds.
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed in ''The Way of Kings''. Subverted when it is revealed in ''Words of Radiance''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shalash]]
!Shalash ("Ash") (Vorin: Shallash, Herald of Beauty)
->''"A woman sits and scratches out her own eyes. Daughter of kings and winds, the vandal."''
-->--'''Death Rattle'''

The daughter of Jezrien, the Herald king. She appears in ''The Way of Kings'', destroying priceless works of art, especially those related to her. According to Nale, she has been "getting worse", although it isn't clear what he means by this.

She is associated with the Lightweaver Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Creative and Honest.
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%%* ActionGirl
* AlchemyIsMagic: Associated with an Order of the Knights Radiant that specializes in [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and Soulcasting.
* AxCrazy: Av tells Baxil not to bother her if he values his limbs.
* TheCameo: Brandon revealed that she appears in ''The Way of Kings'', in response to being asked if she was The Mistress.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Goes around destroying every portrait, sculpture, or other representation of herself she can find.
* InSeriesNickname: Called Ash by the other Heralds.
* MasterOfIllusion: Associated with the Order of Lightweavers, who use this and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]].
* NoNameGiven: The name of the "Mistress" isn't revealed during her appearance in ''The Way of Kings''. She was only confirmed as Shalash (after much fan speculation) by WordOfGod.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Baxil and Av don't seem to actually know her real name, and only refer to her as "The Mistress". The Heralds, in turn, exclusively refer to her as "Ash."
* SanitySlippage: Implied; in the prologue of ''Words of Radiance'', Jasnah runs into Nale and another Herald (possibly Kalak) talking about how "Ash" is "getting worse."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Battar]]
!Battar (Vorin: Battab)

A Herald with relatively little known about her at this time.

She is associated with the Elsecaller Order of the Radiants. Her divine attributes are Wise and Careful.
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%%* ActionGirl
* WomenAreWiser: Apparently, though we don't know for sure if that's accurate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kalak]]
!Kalak (Vorin: Kelek)
->''"Forgive us."''

The point of view character in the prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive''. He was the last Herald to make it out of the Final Desolation, and missed out on the other Heralds deciding to abandon the Oathpact. He feels great regret when he leaves his Blade and abandons the Oathpact as well.

He is associated with the Willshaper Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Resolute and Builder.
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* IntroOnlyPointOfView: The prelude of ''The Way of Kings'' is from his point of view, but he doesn't show up for the rest of the book.
* TheParanoiac: His flavor of SanitySlippage.
-->'''Kalak:''' I'm worried about Ash.\\
'''Nale:''' You're worried about everything.\\
'''Kalak:''' She's getting worse. We weren't supposed to get worse. Am I getting worse? I think I feel worse.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Talenel]]
!Talenel'Elin ("Taln") (Vorin: Talenelat, Herald of War)
->''"Who am I? I am Talenel'Elin, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh god... it has come. And I have failed."''

The only Herald to die in the Final Desolation. While the other Heralds abandoned the Oathpact, he was forced to stay true to it by being tortured in Damnation.

A man claiming to be Talenel appears at the end of ''The Way of Kings'', proclaiming that he has failed and that another Desolation is coming. %%The "claiming to be Talenel" part is important, because Brandon has refused to confirm that the Modern Taln is the actual Taln.

He is associated with the Stoneward Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Dependable and Resourceful.
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* BackFromTheDead: He shows up alive again in the epilogue, arriving before Hoid and proclaiming that he has "failed", most likely referring to [[spoiler:the death of the Almighty.]]
* {{Badass}}: He snaps out of his MadnessMantra twice: Once when Shallan performs some Lightweaving in from of him, and once when someone tries to kill [[spoiler:Amaram]] in front of him. In the latter case, he casually grabs a few poisoned darts out of the air so fast that the target couldn't even see him move.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the Prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive'', it's mentioned that he's the only Herald that didn't break the Oathpact. At the end of ''The Way of Kings'', someone claiming to be him shows up to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* TheDeterminator: Stated to be one of his defining traits. It's implied that his willpower is what's been keeping the Desolations back for the past four millennia.
* DisneyDeath: He seems to die again in the epilogue, but his Honorblade doesn't vanish. In the next book, he's found [[BedlamHouse in an insane asylum]], since nobody believes he is actually Taln.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Shows up at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* HeroicSacrifice: He often wins seemingly hopeless fights, but at the cost of his own life.
* HeroicVow: He is the only Herald still bound by the Oathpact.
* IHaveManyNames: Taln (by his fellow Heralds), Talenelat (in modern Alethkar), and Stonesinew.
* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit of charging into impossible battles. However, he also [[HeroicSacrifice has a tendency to win them]] [[ResurrectiveImmortality at the cost of his life.]]
* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ishar]]
!Ishar (Vorin: Ishi, Herald of Luck)

A Herald who was said to have helped found the Knights Radiant.

He is associated with the Bondsmith Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Pious and Guiding.
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* {{Badass}}: Despite essentially being the Herald of the priesthood, he was still a Herald. When he founded
the Knights Radiant, he did so by threatening to personally destroy any Surgebinders who didn't step into line. No one seems to think this would have been difficult for him.
Beings of Magic [[/note]]
* BaldOfAwesome: According to his statues, he has no hair. He's also badass enough to fight in the Desolations. However, it's not clear if the statues got it right.
* TheSmartGuy: He's the one who organized the Surgebinders into the Knights Radiant,
[[Characters/TheStormlightArchiveRacesAndPeopleOfRoshar Races and Taln refers to Shallan as "one People of Ishar's Knights" at one point (even though her patron is Shallash).

[[/folder]]

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!!Beings of Magic

[[folder:Syl]]
!Sylphrena ("Syl")
->'''Syl:''' Kaladin. Do you know the Words?\\
'''Kaladin:''' All I wanted to do was protect them.\\
'''Syl:''' That's why I've come. The Words, Kaladin.

A mysterious spren who follows Kaladin throughout his enslavement. Usually taking on the appearance of a young woman she attempts to encourage Kaladin and keep him from giving up hope.
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Roshar]]
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: All spren appear to be this to some degree. Though initially believed to be a simple windspren by Kaladin [[spoiler:Syl is in fact an Honorspren; spirit of oaths, promises and nobility. She even notes by implication that spren are attracted to whatever it is they are named for, rather than that they cause it.]]
* BondCreatures[=/=]{{Familiar}}: Shares a bond with Kaladin through which she gains greater sentience and he gains [[spoiler:[[GravityMaster surgebinding]] abilities]]. If the bond is severed, as Kaladin can choose for her to do if he asks, both boons are lost.
* EmpathicWeapon: Becomes this at the end of Words of Radiance.
* EquippableAlly: [[spoiler:Can turn into [[MorphWeapon a Shardblade, or any other weapon Kaladin needs]]]].
* AGodIAm: PlayedForLaughs. Rock insists that she is a god, and mentions that he'll build a shrine for her eventually. She loves this idea, and also likes to play with Rock by landing on his shoulder and laughing as he awkwardly tries to bow to her.
-->'''Syl:''' But I ''[[SincerityMode am]]'' a god, Kaladin. Just a [[PiecesOfGod very very tiny piece of one]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Performs the role of Good Angel for Kaladin. He doesn't really have a bad angel to balance it out, though, unless you count his crippling issues with what appears to be depression.
* InSeriesNickname: Her name is Sylphrena, but she has the nickname Syl.
* InvisibleToNormals: Is usually only visible to those she allows to see her, but some people, such as Rock, are born with the ability to see her.
* InvisibleJerkass: May have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] but she does enjoy playing pranks, usually only appearing afterwards to laugh at her victim.
* MysticalWaif: Of the six inch high variety in one of her more common forms.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Kaladin, and to a lesser extent to the entirety of Bridge Four.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, she's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* ShapeShifter: Can seemingly take any form but usually chooses to appear as a young woman about a handspan tall.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Kaladin, after a fashion. She's the reason for him learning the Immortal Words of the Order of Windrunners, after all.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Like most spren, she can transform of her own free will.
* WhamLine:
** In ''Way of Kings.''"I am [[spoiler:Honorspren]]".
** And again in ''Words of Radiance.'' "Oh, that's right. [[spoiler:You probably want me to be a spear, don't you]]?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Nightwatcher]]
!The Nightwatcher

A mysterious being living on Roshar. To those who visit her for the Old Magic, she gives you a boon which she thinks you deserve, as well as a curse to balance it.
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* TheGhost: Although referenced often, she is never seen.
* JackassGenie: Though she at least seems to only give the curse and boon to those who explicitly seek it out, and is clear on the rules. She's also less of a JackassGenie to those without selfish intentions. For example, someone who wanted to save his family from poverty and starvation got supplies, at the cost of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment seeing upside down for the rest of his life]]: he considered it worth it.
* EquivalentExchange: her gifts and curses seem to be in proportion, though the exact rules haven't been established.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pattern]]
!Pattern
->''"So fascinating. You are all so '''fascinating'''."''

A "Cryptic" spren that grants Shallan her Soulcasting and Surgebinding powers. While in the physical world, he appears as a pattern of impossible, constantly-shifting lines that moves from surface to surface. In Shadesmar, he takes on the form of a humanoid being wearing a stiff cloak with a head shaped like an infinitely-complex (possibly fractal) geometric symbol.
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* AlienGeometries: His Physical Realm form is a living, constantly shifting fractal. Shallan specifically notes that any time she tries to draw him she can't do it justice because his surface is infinitely detailed.
* BadLiar: Despite the fact that he loves lies, he's ''really'' bad at making them up himself.
* CatchPhrase: "It is a pattern".
* CunningLinguist: He can puzzle out most ancient languages to a degree, since all languages are patterns, and newer languages are based on older ones.
* DarkSecret: He ''is'' Shallan's. [[spoiler:He came to her as a child, and she began to grow into her surgebinding abilities. When Shallan's mother realized her daughter was becoming a Radiant, she tried to kill her, and Shallan used Pattern as a Shardblade to kill her]].
* EquippableAlly: The first of the new wave of [[spoiler:spren (chronologically) to assume Shard form.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He understands a lot of complex concepts easily, but has difficulty with rather simple ones, like eating.
* MasterOfUnlocking: A lock is just a pattern, after all, and he is so very good with patterns.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as something like this for Shallan, although she spends more time teaching him how humans think. For Pattern, anything that is not the literal truth is a lie, and he has great fun growing to understand concepts like metaphor and sarcasm.
* VerbalTic: "Mmm..."
* YouAreNumberSix: Apparently he has a real name, but it consists of lots of numbers and is hard to say.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stormfather]]
!The Stormfather
->''"IT HAPPENED AS IT ONCE DID. MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, CHILD OF TANAVAST."''

The entity that sends the Highstorms. He is loud, quick to anger, and very, very dangerous, but he cares deeply for his children and wants to serve the wishes of his father, Honor. He is often conflated with Jezrien, the Herald King.
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* BondCreature: [[spoiler:Dalinar bonds to him at the end of ''Words of Radiance'']], much to his annoyance. He insists that he won't [[spoiler:turn into a sword, however.]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:The Almighty left him with the visions to give to whoever he deemed worthy. Dalinar is the most recent, but there were others before him, including Gavilar. Kaladin has a highstorm vision at one point, but it might not have been from the same package, and Szeth implies he was made Truthless because of visions as well]].
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry a ''lot''. Threaten his children? He's furious. Dare to try and survive one of his storms? He's furious. Talk to him? He's furious.
-->'''Eshonai:''' Though the spren had betrayed her people, they still respected the Stormfather. He would kill anyone who did not respect him.
* KillEmAll: When [[spoiler:the Parshendi summon the Everstorm]], an act which will surely kill off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers, the Stormfather responds by... sending a Highstorm early, which has an even higher chance of killing off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers. Some of the things Syl says imply that sending Highstorms is [[TheAllSolvingHammer his answer to everything]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Through the highstorms, he is the source of magic in Roshar, but he can't control what people do with it once they have it. [[spoiler:He seems genuinely regretful when Eshonai accidentally gets herself possessed by a Voidbringer spren, but tells her he can't stop it]].
* OverprotectiveDad: He is the father of the Honorspren, and refuses to let any of them bond with humans, as he is terrified that they will be killed again. However, if they successfully make the bond, he can't stop them.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium. Some of his statements imply that the Stormfather may be one of the largest remaining pieces of Honor; he's certainly one of the most powerful spren in Roshar.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wyndle]]
!Wyndle
->''"Have you realized, that while you '''claim''' to be a master thief, '''I''' do all of the work in this relationship?"''

Lift's spren, who appears as vines growing on the ground, invisible to most. He is a scholar and gardener, constantly upset with Lift's antics.
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* BeleagueredAssistant: Lift insists that he's a Voidbringer she trapped, and now he has to do what she says. He's not.
-->'''Wyndle:''' ''I'' wanted to pick a distinguished Iriali matron. A grandmother, an accomplished gardener. But no, the Ring said we should choose you. "She has visited the Old Magic," they said. "Our mother has blessed her," they said. "She will be young, and we can mold her," they said. Well, ''they'' don't have to put up with--\\
'''Lift:''' Shut it, Voidbringer.
* {{Irony}}: Spren lose their memories when they cross over to the Physical Realm. Due to his people's precautions, he kept the majority of his memories, and is therefore able to explain to Lift exactly how their bond works, the reason he came back in the first place, and what can be done to stop the coming Desolation--all questions the other Surgebinders have been asking their spren constantly. Unfortunately, he's bonded to Lift.
-->"I can't affect the Physical Realm except in minor ways," Wyndle said. "This means that you will need to use Investiture to--"\\
Lift yawned.\\
"Use Investiture to--"\\
She yawned ''wider''. Starvin' Voidbringers never could catch a hint.
* NatureLover: He was apparently a respected gardener in the Cognitive Realm, though he grew crystals rather than plants.

[[/folder]]
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!!Ghostbloods

[[folder:Thaidakar]]
!Thaidakar

The leader of the Ghostbloods. A shadowy figure who wants the secrets of Roshar for himself.
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* TheGhost: Despite being an important character, he hasn't been seen yet.
* TheLeader: Leads the Ghostbloods.
* NotMeThisTime: Gavilar assumes that he's the one who sent Szeth after him. Szeth has never heard of the man; if Thaidakar sent an assassin, Szeth got there first.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kabsal]]
!Kabsal
->''"You still appear conflicted. What must I do to put you at ease? Shall I step up onto this desk here and do a jig?"''

A member of the Ardentia. He believes in Vorinism, and has made it his mission to convert notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin to its teachings. Along the way, he becomes friends with Shallan Davar. He is actually a Ghostblood.
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%%* AffablyEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He is killed by his own poisoned bread.]]
* TheMole: Revealed to be one of the
[[Characters/TheStormlightArchiveOther Other]] [[note]] Frostlands, Ghostbloods, tasked to [[spoiler:assassinate Jasnah Kholin]].
* OddFriendship: With Shallan Davar.
* SinisterMinister: Of a sort. He's not malicious to anyone but Jasnah as far as is known, [[spoiler:but he did try to kill her.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mraize]]
!Mraize
->''"I hired the hunter I felt best for the task,
Historical Characters, and I understood the risks."''

One of the Ghostbloods who Shallan meets in the Alethi warcamps.
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* TheApprentice: Shallan is surprised to find that he is Iyatil's apprentice, rather than the other way around.
* DimensionalTraveler: Implied; he wonders if someone is human, and notes that "he's certainly not of the local species." Most people from Roshar don't use the word human regularly, and definitely don't know there are more on other planets.
* KnifeNut: He's very fond of throwing sharp things in Shallan's direction to judge her reactions.
* MysteriousBacker: Shallan has no idea what his end goals are. She initially assumes he's doing something evil, but the fact that [[spoiler:he only had Jasnah assassinated because she had done the same to a number of his men]] casts his actions in a different light.
* PetTheDog:
** He coos over Shallan's drawings like a proud father, and compliments her on completing a task without him even noticing she had attempted it.
--->'''Mraize:''' It is not often that I am proven a fool. Well done.
** At the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he [[spoiler:tells Shallan he will bring her family to the Shattered Plains and Urithiru. Not as hostages or in exchange for anything, but as a gift in recognition of Shallan's accomplishments]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When he accepts Shallan as a provisional member, he idly notes that while Ghostbloods are not allowed to kill each other, killing provisional members is another story. Shallan takes the hint, and is careful to dodge the assassins that try to follow her.
* SeenItAll: Iyatil mentions that he is ''very'' hard to surprise, as he has apparently seen much in his lifetime.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iyatil]]
!Iyatil
->''"I have many times asked myself, why those of you here go about so brazenly with features exposed to all who would see them. My mask reserves my self. Besides, it gives me the ability to adapt."''

A Ghostblood woman who Shallan initially mistakes for a boy, both for her figure and the fact that she wears a mask.
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* CoolMask: Her mask is made of some kind of orange carapace, possibly Parshendi. She threatens to kill the ardents who try to remove it.
* TheMentor: She's actually Mraize's master, not the other way around. He specifically refers to her as his ''babsk'', the Thaylen word for this.
* MadnessMantra: She fakes one when pretending to be Shallan's crazy sister.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When she realizes that Shallan's plan to [[WeNeedADistraction sneak into the Ardentia]] is to pretend that Iyatil is her crazy sister. To her credit, she plays along like a champ.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lin Davar]]
!Lin Davar
->''"Everywhere I step, I find only corners. Slowly, they trap me."''

Shallan's abusive father. Revealed posthumously to be a member of the Ghostbloods.
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* AbusiveParents: He beat all of his sons and treated them horribly.
* DomesticAbuser: Sort of. [[spoiler:After Shallan killed her mother, he pretended that he had been the killer to protect her. But the stress of this caused him to become genuinely abusive to his second wife, Malise Gevelmar, who he later murdered.]]
* NoNameGiven: Shallan refers to him often in ''The Way of Kings'', but we didn't find out his name in that book. However, we eventually learned it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dead before the story begins, but still gets some character development in Shallan's flashbacks.
[[/folder]]

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!!Other Characters

[[folder:Thinker]]
!Demoux

A man searching for Hoid alongside Blunt (Baon) and Grump (Galladon). He's Demoux from ''Mistborn'', and he is now a part of the Worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.
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* TheCameo: He is Demoux from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Scadrial.
* ScarsAreForever: He still has the scar he received 300 years ago in ''The Hero of Ages''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Grump]]
!Galladon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Thinker (Demoux) and Blunt (Baon). He's Galladon from ''Elantris'', and he has joined up with the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.
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* TheCameo: He is Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Sel.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Aside from his occasional lines similar to those from his book of origin in Alethi, he also says a sentence that is noticeable as Duladen.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His appearance is very different from [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation that which]] [[BaldOfAwesome he had]] in the end of ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', which takes place chronologically prior in the Cosmere books. However, this could be due to [[MasterOfIllusion Aon Shao or Lightweaving]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blunt]]
!Baon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Grump (Galladon) and Thinker (Demoux). He is Baon, a character from the unreleased Cosmere book ''White Sand'', and he has joined the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard. He's also an archer.
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* TheCameo: He is a character from ''White Sand'', one of Brandon's unreleased works.
* TheDitz: Appears to be a bit of one when he tells the others that he wants to use a magic fish to find Hoid. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Then again, the fish of the purelake do show every sign of being magical]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appears here before his official debut in ''White Sand''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zahel]]
!Zahel/[[spoiler:Vasher]]
->''"Kid, two people live in this room. The first is a grouchy swordsman who has a soft spot for kids who are in over their heads. He comes out by day. The other is a very, '''very''' grouchy swordsman who finds everything and everyone utterly contemptible. He comes out when some fool wakes him at a horrid hour of the night. I suggest you ask the first man and not the second. All right?"''

A swordsman who instructed Adolin and Renarin in swordsmanship.
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* CynicalMentor: As per usual, he's not a nice person, but he does help.
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler:He is actually [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vasher]], who somehow traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Teaches the Kholin brothers swordsmanship.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As a [[spoiler: Returned, he's been around for a very, very long time, even before he traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rysn and Vstim]]
!Rysn and Vstim

A young Thaylen merchant apprentice and her [[{{Mentor}} Babsk]].
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%%* TheApprentice: Rysn.
* BondCreatures: Rysn accidentally bonds with a hugely valuable creature called a Larkin by [[ItMakesSenseInContext falling off a cliff.]] It looks sort of like a cute winged crayfish. While we don't know the full significance of this, another character uses a captive Larkin to drain the stormlight from Lift.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Vstim pretends to be sick so that Rysn has to take the lead in negotiating, but she believes that he's dying and goes to desperate lengths to fulfill what she sees as his last wishes.]]
%%* {{Mentor}}: Vstim.
* ToBeAMaster: Rysn aims to be a master trader like her Babsk Vstim.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Axies]]
!Axies the Collector

A Siah Aimian seeking to learn the secrets of the spren.
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* AnimatedTattoo: He marks his body with his notes, and can change their color in order to see them. This is useful, seeing as he is a scientist and is regularly robbed blind.
* CosmicPlaything: He appears to be literally cursed with horrible luck, and is regularly beaten thrown in jail or robbed blind. He never seems to take it hard though, mostly because he [[BewareTheNiceONes is implied never to be in real danger.]]
* ForScience: He has dedicated his (apparently very long) life to learning the secrets of all spren. He considers going on a bender in a bad part of town to determine if intoxication spren exist to be perfectly reasonable. They do, by the way.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His attitude concerning the spren. Or rather Gotta Catalogue 'Em All.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His shadow goes towards the light, rather than away.
* IronButtMonkey: As mentioned, he is literally cursed with bad luck. The results range from being stripped naked beaten and robbed to [[NoodleIncident somehow offending people enough to be hung upside down from a rope to eventually be fed to a greatshell]]. He's entirely unfazed by all this.
* MuggingTheMonster: According to Vstim's reaction to seeing an Aimian, people are constantly doing this and just don't realize it because he's too nice to fight back. Apparently escaping from being thoroughly tied up, upside down, ready to be fed to a greatshell shouldn't actually be a problem for him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lift]]
!Lift
->''"You're my pet Voidbringer, and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain't here for souls. Just a little thievery, the type what never hurt nobody."''

A thirteen-year-old thief and Radiant, specifically an Edgedancer.
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* AwesomenessAsAForce: She refers to her abilities as "becoming awesome".
* BondCreature: Her spren, Wyndle, though she refers to him as a Voidbringer because it annoys him.
* GreenThumb: One aspect of her powers of Growth.
* HealingHands: The other aspect, known as Regrowth.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In her own words, she's so storming pure she [[SophisticatedAsHell practically belches rainbows.]] In truth she actually is, returning to heal a companion at the cost of being caught by someone trying to kill her.
* LittleMissBadass: She's a scrappy little thing, who nearly manages to escape from [[spoiler:Nale]] before being hit with an attack of conscience.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on, though she's still a child and uninterested in the technical details of magic. For instance, she insists [[BeleagueredAssistant Windle]] is a voidbringer not because she actually thinks he is but rather because it annoys him.
* ParadoxPerson: Appears this way to most other people, as, due to a boon from the Nightwatcher, she exists partly in the Cognitive Realm, so she can touch spren [[spoiler:outside of their Shard forms]], and metabolize food directly into Stormlight. It should be noted that Wyndle--who knows far more about the Nightwatcher and her boons than the audience--has ''no idea'' what Lift could possibly have asked for to receive such a gift.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Due a boon from the Nightwatcher, she can process her food into Stormlight rather than breathing it in. It does mean that excessive use of her powers risks malnutrition, however.
[[/folder]]

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!!Historical Characters

[[folder:Nohadon]]
!Nohadon/Bajerden
->''"I walked from Abamabar to Urithiru."''

A legendary king that wrote the book "The Way of Kings", which formed the basis of the Ideals of the Knights Radiant. He is known for uniting the Silver Kingdoms in ancient times. Although a great king, the current Vorin culture dismisses his teachings, and his book was nearly banned.

In one of his visions, Dalinar meets a young king who he believes to be Nohadon. In the aftermath of a Desolation, this young man is distraught, and is worried about how willing spren are to bond with bad people who stir up chaos. He tells Dalinar that he will unite Roshar by force.
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* TheGoodKing: He was renowned as one of the greatest kings ever, due to his humility, wisdom, and honor.
* KingIncognito: On his famous walk from Abamabar to Urithiru, he didn't mention his being the king to anyone, so he was unrecognized.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sort of. "Nohadon", the name he's most well known by on Roshar is actually his holy name. As well, Bajerden, the other name he's known by, may not even have been his real name.
* ShroudedInMyth: There are a lot of legends about Nohadon, and some people don't even think he even existed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Sunmaker]]
!"The Sunmaker"

The last man to unite the Alethi highprinces, which he did when he was only seventeen years old.
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* TheConqueror: He conquered all of Alethkar in the past.
* NoNameGiven: His real name has yet to be revealed in the series.
* YoungAndInCharge: Was the leader of Alethkar when he was only seventeen.
[[/folder]]

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!!The Knights Radiant

[[folder:Knights as a whole]]
!The Knights Radiant/The Lost Radiants
->''"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."''

Ten groups of Surgebinders that fought alongside the Heralds in the Desolations. Wielding Shardblades and wearing Shardplate, they helped protect mankind from the Voidbringers. However, long ago they all simultaneously abandoned their oaths and left mankind to their fate, in an event that would become known as the Recreance. In modern times, the Radiants are thought of as villains and cursed at by people everywhere.
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* BrokenAce: All of them, though few know that these days.
* TheChosenMany: Every single individual Knight was chosen by an individual spren, but there were still more than enough to form ten distinct knightly Orders.
* CoolSword: All of them had Shardblades, [[spoiler:which were their spren.]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Every individual Order had its own role, and stepping too far outside that role could cause them to lose their powers. In ''Words of Radiance'', Kaladin wants to punish Amaram (and to a lesser extent Sadeas), but Syl repeatedly points out that Windrunners protect the innocent--punishing the guilty is a job for a Skybreaker. Unfortunately, there aren't any Skybreakers around, so Kaladin keeps trying to find ways to justify striking back, both to himself and to Syl.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-universe. Although they did betray their Oaths, the current Vorin cultures claim that they betrayed and tried to destroy mankind.
* TheOathbreaker: They all abandoned their Oaths, [[spoiler:which had the side effect of killing their spren.]]
* OddNameOut: Every order is named "Noun Verber" except the Releasers. However, they also had the nickname "Dustbringers," which fits the pattern. They just hated that name due to its similarity to "Voidbringers."

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Windrunners]]
!!Windrunners, followers of Jezrien

->''"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."''

Wielders of the Surges of Adhesion and Gravitation and followers of Jezrien, the Herald of Kings. The Windrunners were known for their nobility, their leadership, and their ability to soar through the air, which is the source of their name.
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* CripplingOverspecialization: They protect the innocent. Anything too far beyond that--revenge, most notably--could make them lose their power.
* BlueIsHeroic: Their Order color is blue, and they're the most unambiguously heroic of ten unambiguously heroic Orders.
* GravityMaster: They typically used this ability to affect their own gravity and effect flight, but they could also use it offensively by changing someone else's gravity.
* NotQuiteFlight: Technically speaking, they don't fly, they fall in whatever direction they choose.
* SaveTheVillain: Their Third Ideal: "I will protect even those that I hate, if it is right." It doesn't go quite as far as saving actual villains; the point is that just because a Windrunner personally dislikes someone doesn't mean that person deserves to die--or even deserves ''not'' to be saved.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Their Second Ideal: "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Surge of Adhesion lets them... stick things together. Kind of underwhelming. It's implied there's more to it, though, and the Assassin In White makes good use of it by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gluing groups of enemies to the floor and sealing doors shut.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Skybreakers]]
!!Skybreakers, followers of Nale

->''"I will put the law before all else."''

Wielders of the Surges of Gravitation and Division and followers of Nale, the Herald of Justice. The Skybreakers were the police of the Radiants, known for their ability to separate the innocent from the guilty, despite not actually having any special powers in that area.
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* ByTheBookCop: Their primary creed. They ''will'' obey the law, period.
* CripplingOverspecialization: They were the police, the ones who punished the guilty. This caused some friction with the Windrunners, who just wanted to protect people--including criminals.
* GravityMaster: Since they share the Surge of Gravitation with the Windrunners, this is implied.
* NotQuiteFlight: Like the Windrunners, they fall in the direction of their choosing, including straight up.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Releasers]]
!!Releasers, followers of Chanarach

Wielders of the Surges of Division and Abrasion and followers of Chanarach. They were also known as the Dustbringers, but they disliked that term due to the similarity to Voidbringers. They were known for being very dangerous on a personal level.
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* BerserkButton: They really didn't like the name Dustbringers, which didn't help their reputation for being dangerous.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Their exact powers are unknown, but they were the ones who did the most damage in the Last Desolation. Implied to be PlayingWithFire or similar.
-->'''Kalak:''' Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Edgedancers]]
!!Edgedancers, followers of Vedel

->''"I will remember those who have been forgotten."''

Wielders of the Surges of Abrasion and Progression and followers of Vedel. They were known for being the most elegant and refined of the Radiants, but at times focused on unimportant things.
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* GreenThumb: The Surge of Progression lets them affect growth, such as by turning seeds into vines in seconds.
* HealingHands: A more advanced use of Progression lets them heal damage. They can even bring back the dead [[NotQuiteDead if they get there in time]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Truthwatchers]]
!!Truthwatchers, followers of Paliah

Wielders of the Surges of Progression and Illumination and followers of Paliah. They seem to be the only Order with the ability to see the future, a powerful but dangerous gift.
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* GreenThumb: With the Surge of Progression, they can manipulate plants in the same way as Edgedancers.
* HealingHands: Like Edgedancers, they can heal wounds if skilled enough.
* {{Seer}}: They could see the future to some extent, though how this works is unclear.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Lightweavers]]
!!Lightweavers, followers of Shalash

->''"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."''
-->-- '''Pattern'''

Wielders of the Surges of Illumination and Transformation and followers of Shalash, Herald of Beauty. Lightweavers tended to be artists and other creative types, and acted as the moral center of the Radiants, using their powers to inspire their fellows.
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* AlchemyIsMagic: Their access to the Surge of Transformation allows them to Soulcast, turning one thing into another. Some are easier than others; blood is one of the Ten Essences, for example, so transforming anything into blood is very easy even if the Soulcaster has limited biological understanding.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: This is how the greatest works of the Lightweaver function. To spin a lie, and then invite those around you to step into the lie and make it truth.
* TheHeart: They used their illusions to provide "spiritual sustenance" to the other Orders, boosting their morale and keeping them fighting. We see something similar, on a smaller scale, when Shallan turns the deserters.
* MasterOfIllusion: Lightweaving, despite its name, covers not just illusory light but sound as well--and possibly the ability to manipulate the other senses.
* MinoredInAsskicking: They were one of the non-combat Orders, but had Blades and Plate regardless.
* PhotographicMemory: Shallan has this, and a few lines from the in-universe ''Words of Radiance'' book implies this was standard for Lightweavers.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Elsecallers]]
!!Elsecallers, followers of Battar

Wielders of the Surges of Transformation and Transportation and followers of Battar. Due to the fact that both of their Surges involved contact with the Cognitive Realm, Elsecallers were known for having a great affinity with spren in general.
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* AlchemyIsMagic: They were some of the original Soulcasters, along with the Lightweavers. They seem to have been better known for it.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Using the Surge of Transportation, they can move bodily to Shadesmar, and then arrive elsewhere in the Physical Realm.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Willshapers]]
!!Willshapers, followers of Kalak

Wielders of the Surges of Transportation and Cohesion and followers of Kalak. They were known for being capricious and adventurous, and were often thought of as unreliable.
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* BoldExplorer: They were known for being adventurers and explorers, enjoying seeing strange new things.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Like the Elsecallers, they could teleport directly into Shadesmar, but they were not known for this ability in the same way.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Stonewards]]
!!Stonewards, followers of Talenel

Wielders of the Surges of Cohesion and Tension and followers of Talenel, Herald of War. They were known for being strong, resolved, and utterly dependable.
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* {{Determinator}}: ''The'' determinators. They were the Order best known for mirroring their Herald, and their Herald is the one who survived being tortured for ''four thousand years''. Unfortunately, this also made them pretty stubborn.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Bondsmiths]]
!!Bondsmiths, followers of Ishar

->''"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."''

Wielders of the Surges of Tension and Adhesion and followers of Ishar, Herald of Luck. The Bondsmiths had a much lower member rate than the rest of the Orders; three Knights wasn't a particularly small number for them.
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* OddlySmallOrganization: Again, ''three'' Knights was an ordinary number for them, when most of the Orders had hundreds. They could have more, but didn't go to any great recruiting drives. Probably has something to do with [[spoiler:their spren being "godspren" like the Stormfather]].

[[/folder]]

!!Races and Peoples of Roshar
[[folder:Humans in general]]
!Humans

Humans on Roshar are significantly more diverse than other worlds.
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* FantasticCasteSystem: Many different cultures have different caste systems. People in the five Vorin kingdoms are divided into Lighteyes and Darkeyes, on the Peaks people are divided by birth order, in Barbathnum power is given based on your age, etc.
* MulticoloredHair: A personís hair color is so defined by their origin that people of mixed race have proportionately different colors in their hair.
* PeopleOfHairColor: It is easy to tell where a person comes from by the color of their hair.
** Alethkar: Black.
** Jah Keved: Red.
** Iri: Metallic golden-blonde.
* PlanetOfHats: During the days of the Silver Kingdoms, each kingdom had its own role. Only one, Alethela (which became Alethkar) has been revealed: They were the warriors, the watchers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aimians]]
!The People of Aimia

A "cursed" race known for being somewhat jovial despite the hate they receive from everyone else. Also have minor shapeshifting powers.
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* {{Curse}}: Mention is made of the "Curse of Kind," but no details on what this is.
* HumanoidAliens: Per WordOfGod, they're not human. They also consist of two distinct species.
* HumanShifting: Are able to alter their physiology at will, changing both their appearance and the functionality of their organs, as well as taking away headaches at a thought.
* FantasticRacism: Persecuted by other races under the belief that they are voidbringers due to their odd biology/shadows.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Their shadows bend toward light instead of away from it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Alethi]]
!The People of Alethkar

A warrior race, and the ethnicity most of the viewpoint characters belong to. They are ruled by ten Highprinces, who were recently united (in theory) by a king.
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* BloodKnight: When in battle Alethi (or at least Lighteyes) feel a battle lust known as the Thrill. [[spoiler:This is actually caused by a very powerful Voidspren]].
* NeverLearnedToRead: Alethkar is a Vorin kingdom, meaning that men are not allowed to read true letters. Glyphs are an exception, but those are designed to be recognizable even to someone who has never encountered them before, so everyone insists they don't count. More complicated glyphs require training to read, but most men don't learn them.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand, and seeing it unclothed is considered the same as seeing a woman topless.
* ThePaladin: What they used to be during the days of the Silver Kingdoms, before eventually disintegrating into the BloodKnight.
* ProudWarriorRace: Alethi venerate the pursuit of war over all other Callings in life. Soldiers and duelists are their heroes; scholars are either ardents or women, and most Alethi men are either mostly or totally illiterate. Back in the days of the Silver Kingdoms, the Alethi were specifically designated as the nation of warriors, the ones who protected the other nine kingdoms from the Voidbringers.
* TheStoic: Alethi, as a race, are known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels for insults. It's to the point that in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite [[spoiler:Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Azish]]
!The People of Azir

Short and brown-skinned people from west-central Roshar. They are known for their paperwork. ''Lots'' of paperwork.
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: They require proper forms for absolutely everything, from electing their new leader to transporting and punishing prisoners to recquisitioning snacks.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** When Nale pulls out a form giving him the authority to execute Lift, the leaders of the country are very disturbed that he's going to kill her for ''petty theft''.
** Those same leaders refuse to start a civil war when their leader is assassinated, citing "too much paperwork."
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Their leader, the Prime Aqasix, is said to belong to the entire nation, so anyone can enter a lottery in order to watch him sleep or go about his day to day business.
-->'''Lift:''' Sounds creepy.\\
'''Gawx:''' A little.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Herdazians]]
!The People of Herdaz

A boastful people with crystalline, slate-colored fingernails. They are close to the Reshi Isles, and claim several of them.
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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* BeneathNotice: Lopen claims that Alethi can't tell Herdazians apart. Herdazian slaves and soldiers often swap places to give themselves chances to take vacations. This is of course stupidly illegal, but none of the Alethi notice.
* SpaceJews: They lack any stereotypical Jewish physical traits and aren't known for any association with money, but they're a downtrodden and ignored people who often live in their own slums in foreign countries. The clincher, however, is their mothers: Friendly, loving, overbearing women who take no nonsense from anyone and use guilt to make their children do as they say. They also have their own unique slang.
* UnevenHybrid: They have Parshendi blood, but not as much as the Horneaters. If some Herdazians have the same ability to see spren, Lopen doesn't mention it.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iri]]
!The People of Iri

A chaste people with metallic gold hair, the Iri hail from the warmer north-west corner of Roshar.
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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Iri is a warm nation, so they often walk around in little more than wraps. But they still have very strict clothing laws, and actual nudity will quickly result in imprisonment.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Their metallic gold hair is famous, and a lock is often seen as good luck.
* PiecesOfGod: Old Iri religion (which has fallen out of favor) claims that all people are fragments of one divine whole, a perfect creature who knew everything but had experienced nothing. So the One split himself in order to have ignorance and experience, and all will eventually return to One in the end.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Parshmen/Parshendi]]
!Parshmen/Parshendi/Listeners/[[spoiler:Voidbringers]]

The Parshmen are a slave race of marble-black skinned humanoids who have no will of their own and will follow any orders given. The Parshendi, on the other hand, are a ProudWarriorRace who live in eastern Roshar and who are at war with the Alethi after murdering their king. The Parshendi call themselves "listeners".
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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Parshendi do not truly want to fight, for the most part, just wanting to prevent their gods from returning. As shown by Eshonai when she changes to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy storm]][[PsychoElectro form]], every time she attunes to the Rhythm of Peace, the Voidbringer she has become can hear her true self screaming, and the stronger the true self becomes, the more frequently the screaming is heard. By implication, this happens to almost ''all'' of the stormform Parshendi]].
* AntiVillain: The Parshendi turned out to have a ''very good'' reason to assassinate Gavilar. [[spoiler: He was going to bring back the Parshendi "gods" which would turn them into Voidbringers again]].
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' disturb Parshendi bodies. They ''will'' go absolutely berserk if anyone desecrates Parshendi corpses.
* BizarreAlienBiology: They can actively adjust to different "forms" based on need, with the most common being the extremely strong, naturally armored "war form". However, they may appear human, but are not, as they call the Alethi humans, as separate from themselves. They also have bones that are bright red, which makes it... ''distinctive'' when someone disturbs Parshendi bodies.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:It is highly implied that the Voidbringers are Parshendi who have become this, influenced by Odium in a "form of power" such as stormform.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Parshendi/Listeners on the Shattered Plains are actually [[spoiler: a group known as the "Last Legion" who deliberately travelled to the far east of Roshar to escape their "gods." In the process they lost all knowledge of most of their hundreds of possible forms, reverting to dullform and mateform exclusively. The fact that Gavilar was planning something that would bring back the Parshendi's gods was terrible enough that they acted to immediately assassinate him before he could set his plan into motion.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:All of Jasnah's research points to the Parshmen/Parshendi being the mythical [[EldritchAbomination Voidbringers]]. ''Words of Radiance'' confirms this, but adds that not all Parshendi ''want'' to be Voidbringers. The closest comparison would be [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Marsh as a Steel Inquisitor under the control of Ruin]].]]
* GodzillaThreshold: The main reason why the Parshendi even consider [[spoiler: stormform]] is because it would be better than the inevitable extinction of their entire people at the hands of the Alethi.
* HiveMind: Parshendi always sing in unison even when out of hearing range of one another. All their thoughts/emotions follow different songs that they tune themselves into. The difference between Parshmen and Parshendi is that Parshmen cannot sense the songs and so cannot tune their thoughts.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Parshendi shift slightly in temperament depending on form. Dullform are extremely stupid, mateform are playful and sexual, workform are non-confrontational to a fault, and [[spoiler:stormform is flat-out DemonicPossession]]. Nimbleform and warform have minimal mental changes, but warforms still enjoy obeying orders from their lawful superiors.
* NonMammalianMammaries: Females have breasts, despite being... something other than mammals, though they are understated unless they're in mateform.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Parshendi have elements of this, even when they aren't warriors. Special note goes to when they dress Szeth in white to assassinate Gavilar.
-->White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had not asked, his masters had explained why.\\
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.\\
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The Forms of Power cause red eyes, which the Parshendi deem as signs of the Voidbringers, since they actually ''are'' them. Caused because Forms of Power involve possession by Voidpren, who are a hateful fiery red.]]
* SlaveRace: The Parshmen, who are apparently unable to live without being told what to do. Parshendi call this "slave form". The Parshendi also have a "dull form," which looks very similar to a Parshman. Dullform Parshendi are very slow of thought but still maintain their individuality and capacity for independence, so many of them have managed to pass as Parshmen to spy on the Alethi [[spoiler:such as Rlain, a.k.a. "Shen", of Bridge Four]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Purelakers]]
!The People of the Purelake

A calm and slow people from the Purelake, the waist-deep lake at the center of the continent. The Purelakers have their own religion, and consider outsiders to be odd and hurried.
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* EntitledToHaveYou: A very calm and friendly version of this trope (just like everything else the Purelakers do). Purelaker courtship involves doing favors for someone until they are so far in your debt they have no choice but to marry you to make up for it. If they don't want to marry you, they need to do favors in return to keep the scales balanced.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reshi]]
!The People of the Reshi Isles

Residents of the living islands on the northern edge of the continent, the Reshi are a carefree people who appreciate boldness in all things. They are not, however, uneducated savages. Many Reshi are immigrants from other nations, and they bring knowledge with them. The Reshi also send students to study across the continent.
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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of an island is always called the king, regardless of gender. The Reshi find the confusion this produces in outsiders hilarious.
* {{Troll}}: The Reshi have a habit of screwing with outsiders. For example, they refuse to speak of the true nature of their islands so that newcomers will be surprised, and they jump from higher heights when outsiders are around.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: They believe strongly in boldness. This means boasting and bragging are important parts of a trade negotiation, but not the only ones.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shin]]
!The People of Shinovar

A strange people from beyond the western mountains, where highstorms barely reach. Their land is more similar to Earth ecology than the rest of the continent, and they believe that bare stone is sacred and should not be trod upon.
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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Shin are the custodians of the nine Honorblades left by the Heralds when they broke the Oathpact]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: A dark version. They maintain their pacifism by enslaving anyone in their society who takes up arms.
* ProudMerchantRace: Inverted. The Shin are an extremely ''humble'' merchant race, no word on how proud they are of this fact though.
* ReluctantWarrior: Fighting is thought to be an extremely lowly position, as opposed to in Alethkar.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Shin are pacifists. As noted under ReluctantWarrior, fighting is thought to be a very lowly profession, on par with slavery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thaylen]]
!The People of Thaylenah

A merchant people from the island nation of Thaylenah. They practice Alethi Vorinism, and are known for their long eyebrows.
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* TheApprentice[=/=]{{Mentor}}: Their standard way of training new merchants is to have someone apprentice to a Trade Master. The apprentice is legally the property of their ''babsk'' for the duration of their apprenticeship, acting as sort of a combination of child and slave.
* MagicFeather: Thaylen religion, based around "the Passions," involves carved charms representing an emotion such as bravery. The charms are not magical and the Thaylens do not think that they are; the intent is for the charm to remind you to keep the emotion in mind when you need it.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Thaylen are ''technically'' a Vorin nation, but they have their own spin on the religion, and often ignore the ban on men reading. They do try and keep it quiet around the Alethi and the Veden, though.
* ProudMerchantRace: They are the best-known merchants on Roshar, and even on the Shattered Plains, a good chunk of the shopkeeps are Thaylen. Aspiring merchants enter into apprenticeships with Trade Masters in order to learn their skills.
* UnusualEyebrows: Thaylen eyebrows are so long that they are tucked behind their ears.
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[[folder:Unkalaki]]
!The People of the Horneater Peaks (Horneaters)

Mountain-dwellers who believe that the order of your birth should determine your place in life. They also like loud, drunken singing.
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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: The traditional form of dueling on the Peaks is to see who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. Hopefully, by the time the duel gets well underway everyone's so drunk they've forgotten what it was they were fighting about in the first place.
* ExtremeOmnivore: They actually DO eat horns and shells. And lowlanders barely consider their ale drinkable.
* ForeignQueasine: Horneaters are so called because they eat the horns and shells of the things they catch, Unkalaki have very strong teeth. A common gibe is to accuse them of putting rocks in their food too.
* UnevenHybrid: They have some Parshendi ancestry, which allows them to see some spren that aren't otherwise visible.
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[[folder:Veden]]
!The People of Jah Keved

A neighboring country to Alethkar, and another Vorin kingdom. They do not share the same military tradition as the Alethi, but they are their staunchest rivals, and hold nearly as many Shards.
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* BoisterousBruiser: The Veden are known for being passionate and proud--or at least more passionate than the reserved Alethi.
* NeverLearnedToRead: As a Vorin kingdom like the Alethi, they believe this very strongly. Shallan always feels uncomfortable around Thaylen men just because she's worried they ''might'' be able to read.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand.
-->'''Tyn:''' It's just a hand, Shallan. Storms, you Vorins are so prim. That hand looks ''exactly'' like your other hand.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Highprince Valam ends up as king due to being the last survivor of the succession war. [[spoiler:As he's dying from his wounds, he realizes that Taravingian plans to take over after his death, and decides to simplify matters by naming Taravingian his heir, and then having his bastard son kill him to spare him weeks of pain]].

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* MaleGaze: One of the reasons his relationships keep failing is because he has a shameless wandering eye.
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* TheAgeless: They have some form of this, judging by the fact that they survived four and a half thousand years without aging, but it's not clear if it's an inherent trait of the Heralds or some quirk of the magic system they know how to exploit.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]



* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* FallenHero: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]

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* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite FallenHero: After saving the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* FallenHero: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel),
world a hundred times, they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to finally gave up, breaking their oaths and abandoning the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot world to its fate. Even through the chaos of the Hierarchy and possibly Alethkar's devolution into a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings nation of herself. And they're getting worse.]]{{Blood Knight}}s, they never reappeared to set the world back on track.



* SanitySlippage: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]



* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Heralds.

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* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Heralds. Kalak mentions that he was once an actual king, and still holds himself with a regal bearing despite the fact that he hasn't worn a crown for centuries.



* CoolSword: He has a Shardblade, implied to be his own Honorblade, judging by his ability to use Stormlight. [[spoiler:He also carries Nightblood, from [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Nalthis]], but doesn't use it himself]].



* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact that she's associated with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Friction and [[HealingHands Growth]].

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* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact that she's associated with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Friction Abrasion and [[HealingHands Growth]].Progression]].


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* BlueIsHeroic: Their Order color is blue, and they're the most unambiguously heroic of ten unambiguously heroic Orders.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Of a sort. After their [[spoiler:time in the chasms]], she admits to herself that Kaladin's confidence and dangerous intensity are very attractive.





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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Despite her interest in Dalinar when they were younger, she eventually chose Gavilar because Dalinar genuinely frightened her. She only becomes interested in him again after he's leashed his dangerous edge.
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* NeutralNoLonger: He's one of the peacekeeper highprinces in ''Words of Radiance'', standing between Sadeas' faction and the Kholins, but joins Dalinar for the final assault.



* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Hatham, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab, is one of the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.



* NonActionGuy: Unlike most Alethi highprinces, he's not a talented fighter or even a competent general. It's to the point that in the final battle of ''Words of Radiance'', Dalinar orders him to stay out of everyone's way and give command to one of his mercenary generals, which Sebarial does gladly.



%%[[folder:Aladar]]
%%!Highprince Aladar

%%A Highprince and one of Sadeas biggest supporters.
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[[folder:Laral]]
!Laral

->''"Don't you want to become a lighteyes? Win a Shardblade?"''

The daughter of the brightlord of Kaladin's home village of Hearthstone. Their parents were setting up she and Kaladin to wed, but that plan derailed when her father died.

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%%[[folder:Aladar]]
%%!Highprince
[[folder:Aladar]]
!Highprince
Aladar

%%A ->''"I wish I could, Dalinar. But this isn't about you. Itís about the other highprinces. Maybe I could trust you, but I'll never trust them. You're asking me to risk too much of myself."''

A
Highprince and one of Sadeas biggest supporters.
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[[folder:Laral]]
!Laral

->''"Don't you want to become a lighteyes? Win a Shardblade?"''

The daughter of the brightlord of Kaladin's home village of Hearthstone. Their parents were setting up she and Kaladin to wed, but that plan derailed when her father died.
supporters.




* OldManMarryingAChild: After [[spoiler:Roshone's son died]], she became betrothed to Roshone. Age-wise, it was perfectly legal (though the fact that Roshone was technically her guardian at the time might have made it tricky), but the fact remains that he was a good twenty or more years older than her.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger, she spent most of her time playing with Kaladin and Tien. As she grew older, her maids stopped letting her do that sort of thing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Roshone and his son moved into town, she was cut off from Kaladin, and forced to become cold to him to fit in.

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\n* OldManMarryingAChild: After [[spoiler:Roshone's son died]], she became betrothed to Roshone. Age-wise, it BelievingTheirOwnLies: [[spoiler:Subverted. He was perfectly legal (though Sadeas' loudest supporter during the fact entirety of ''Words of Radiance'', but he was really trying to convince himself more than anyone else. He eventually joined Dalinar for the expedition to the center of the Plains because he ''failed'' to convince himself]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: He, like Sadeas, thinks
that Roshone was technically her guardian at all the time might have made it tricky), but the fact remains talk of ancient honor and such is little more than historical revisionism. [[spoiler:He does tell Dalinar that he ''wishes'' it was a good twenty or more years older true, though, and it's certainly better than her.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger, she spent most of her time playing with Kaladin and Tien. As she grew older, her maids stopped letting her do that sort of thing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Roshone and his son moved into town, she was cut off from Kaladin, and forced
how Sadeas does it, trying to become cold wrap nooses around everyone's necks]].
* SourSupporter: He is very much on Sadeas's side, but he doesn't like being told what
to him to fit in.
do.



[[folder:Kaladin's Brother]]
!Tien

->''"Kaladin, look at this rock. It changes colors when you look at it from different sides."''

Kaladin's little brother, an insufferably cheerful boy who is small and spindly for his age.

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[[folder:Kaladin's Brother]]
!Tien

->''"Kaladin, look
[[folder:Hatham]]
!Highprince Hatham

->''"We must not allow ourselves to be attacked one
at this rock. It changes colors when you look at it from different sides.a time, and we must not squabble."''

Kaladin's little brother, an insufferably cheerful boy who is small An Alethi Highprince, known for using his ardents in political maneuvering and spindly for being behind on his age.taxes.



* CynicismCatalyst: His death is one of the most important events in Kaladin's backstory, along with the manipulations leading up to it.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being treated as little more than a silly fool who can make Kaladin smile, he proves to be a very good carpenter, producing artful statuettes. Unfortunately, the carpenter doesn't see the use in such frivolous things.
* ThePollyanna: He spends nearly every single one of his scenes bouncing up and down like a loon, and is the only one who can shake Kaladin out of his chronic depression. The only time he seems genuinely unhappy about something is when [[spoiler:Amaram recruits him for the army. He cries tears of joy when Kaladin joins up as well to protect him]].

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* CynicismCatalyst: His death CorruptChurch: Despite it being very specifically illegal, he often uses his ardents as part of tricks and deals, such as by having one of them insult a potential trading partner in order to make Hatham look desperate when he apologizes.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Vamah, and Bethab,
is one of the most important events in Kaladin's backstory, along with the manipulations leading up to it.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being treated as little more than a silly fool who can make Kaladin smile, he proves to be a very good carpenter, producing artful statuettes. Unfortunately, the carpenter doesn't see the use in such frivolous things.
* ThePollyanna: He spends nearly every single one of his scenes bouncing up
neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and down like a loon, and is the only one who can shake Kaladin out Dalinar in ''Words of his chronic depression. The only time he seems genuinely unhappy about something is when [[spoiler:Amaram recruits him for the army. He cries tears of joy when Kaladin joins up as well to protect him]].
Radiance''.



[[folder:Kaladin's Father]]
!Lirin

->''"That's like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing."''

Kaladin's father, the surgeon of the small town of Hearthstone. He is a deeply generous man who refused to charge for his services, subsisting on donations from grateful townsfolk. After he failed to save the elderly Brightlord Wistiow, Brightlord Roshone moved in, and everything changed.

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[[folder:Kaladin's Father]]
!Lirin

->''"That's like trying
[[folder:Vamah]]
!Highprince Vamah

->''"I take your point, Dalinar. No need
to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing.keep bashing the rock into my face."''

Kaladin's father, the surgeon An Alethi Highprince, one of the small town of Hearthstone. He is a deeply generous man ones who refused to charge joined the chasmfiend hunt at the beginning of ''The Way of Kings''. He dislikes the prices for his services, subsisting on donations from grateful townsfolk. After he failed to save the elderly Brightlord Wistiow, Brightlord Roshone moved in, Elhokar's Soulcasters, and everything changed.keeps trying to find ways around it.



* ActualPacifist: He refuses to kill, even by inaction, under any circumstances.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He is accused of forging documents from Wistiow willing his family a large gift of spheres for Kaladin's education. Turns out he really did do it, though he is insistent that if Wistiow had been lucid in his last hours, he would have done so willingly]].
* EducationMama: Of a sort. He is insistent on training Kaladin to be a surgeon and sending him to Karbranth when he comes of age. Kaladin would rather be a soldier, but he learns well regardless.
* HonorBeforeReason: There are several times where he could have killed Roshone, or even just let him die, but he always refuses. He also refuses to ask for payment for healing or move his family to a more prosperous city, despite knowing it would be far easier on him.

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* ActualPacifist: MugglesDoItBetter: He refuses tries to kill, even skip using Soulcasters by inaction, under any circumstances.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He is accused of forging documents from Wistiow willing his family a large gift of spheres for Kaladin's education. Turns out he really did do it, though he is insistent that if Wistiow had been lucid
just using wood to patch the holes in his last hours, walls. But since he would have done so willingly]].
* EducationMama: Of a sort. He is insistent on training Kaladin
needs to be a surgeon buy the wood from Sadeas, Sadeas raises the prices and sending forces him to Karbranth when he comes use Elhokar's Soulcasters after all.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Bethab, is one
of age. Kaladin would rather be a soldier, but he learns well regardless.
* HonorBeforeReason: There are several times where he could have killed Roshone, or even just let him die, but he always refuses. He also refuses to ask for payment for healing or move his family to a more prosperous city, despite knowing it would be far easier on him.
the neutral highprinces standing between Sadeas and Dalinar in ''Words of Radiance''.



[[folder:Kaladin's Mother]]
!Hesina

->''"You burn a glyphward out in front of your house, and it will turn away evil. It's easy. Your father won't give someone a ward to heal them. He'll insist that they stay in bed, drinking water, taking some foul medicine, and washing their wound each day. It's hard. They'd rather leave it all to fate."''

Kaladin's mother, a well-off darkeyed woman who was wooed by a surgeon and followed him to a lonely town in the middle of nowhere. She is intelligent and refined in all things, and never complains about her lot, but Lirin secretly feels guilty for what he has put her through.

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[[folder:Kaladin's Mother]]
!Hesina

->''"You burn a glyphward out in front of your house,
[[folder:Bethab]]
!Highprince Bethab

An Alethi Highprince, known for using mercenaries
and it will turn away evil. It's easy. Your father won't give someone a ward to heal them. He'll insist that they stay in bed, drinking water, taking some foul medicine, and washing their wound each day. It's hard. They'd rather leave it all to fate."''

Kaladin's mother, a well-off darkeyed woman who was wooed by a surgeon and followed him to a lonely town in
coveting the middle of nowhere. She is intelligent and refined in all things, and never complains about her lot, but Lirin secretly feels guilty for what he has put her through.throne.




* DeadpanSnarker: She has a clever tongue in her head, though not as much as many of the other snarkers in the book. She's very good at twisting Kaladin's words around to teach him a lesson, and the few times he snarks at people, he always credits her.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Specifically averted; Hesina is noted to be the only woman in town who can read. And, of course, none of the men are allowed to.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever exactly happened between Lirin and her parents that led to her leaving the city and rarely speaking of them.
-->'''Hesina:''' ''[to Kaladin]'' Don't let your father's words unnerve you. He always gets pessimistic at times like this.\\
'''Lirin:''' I do not.\\
'''Hesina:''' ''[DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Name one other time.\\
'''Hesina:''' Meeting my parents.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Stormwinds, let's hope this doesn't go ''half'' as poorly as that.
* ProperLady: She comes off as a perfectly refined Alethi darkeyed woman, who ended up in a remote corner of the country but retained her courtly manner.

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\n* DeadpanSnarker: She has PrivateMilitaryContractors: Most of his army is made up of mercenaries. On a clever tongue in her head, though not as much as many successful plateau assault, he would ride back to camp with the gemheart while leaving them to figure out their own way back.
* TeamSwitzerland: He, along with Highprinces Thanadal, Roion, Hatham, and Vamah, is one
of the other snarkers in the book. She's very good at twisting Kaladin's words around to teach him a lesson, and the few times he snarks at people, he always credits her.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Specifically averted; Hesina is noted to be the only woman in town who can read. And, of course, none of the men are allowed to.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever exactly happened
neutral highprinces standing between Lirin Sadeas and her parents that led to her leaving the city and rarely speaking Dalinar in ''Words of them.
-->'''Hesina:''' ''[to Kaladin]'' Don't let your father's words unnerve you. He always gets pessimistic at times like this.\\
'''Lirin:''' I do not.\\
'''Hesina:''' ''[DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Name one other time.\\
'''Hesina:''' Meeting my parents.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Stormwinds, let's hope this doesn't go ''half'' as poorly as that.
* ProperLady: She comes off as a perfectly refined Alethi darkeyed woman, who ended up in a remote corner of the country but retained her courtly manner.
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[[folder:Roshone]]
!Brightlord Roshone

->''"I do not like your little town. I do not like being treated like an '''exile'''. I do not like living so far from anything--everything--important. And most of all, I do not like darkeyes who think themselves above their stations."''

The citylord of Hearthstone, who took over when Brightlord Wistiow died. It's obvious from the beginning that he was exiled for some political offense in the city, and he blames the town, especially Lirin, for his suffering.

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[[folder:Roshone]]
!Brightlord Roshone

->''"I
[[folder:Ruthar]]
!Highprince Ruthar

->''"Great. All we have to
do not like your little town. I is win the war, which we've only been trying to do not like being treated like an '''exile'''. I do not like living so far from anything--everything--important. And most of all, I do not like darkeyes who think themselves above their stations.for five years."''

The citylord of Hearthstone, who took over when Brightlord Wistiow died. It's obvious from the beginning that he was exiled for some political offense in the city, An Alethi Highprince, and he blames the town, especially Lirin, for his suffering.an eager--if slightly quiet--supporter of Sadeas.



* FantasticRacism: Like most Alethi lighteyes, he finds darkeyes to be little better than slaves, and is annoyed whenever they won't just give him everything he wants without arguing. [[spoiler:The reason he ended up in Hearthstone was because he asked Elhokar to help him get rid of some bothersome elderly darkeyed silversmiths he was competing with. When they made an issue of it, they were thrown in jail pending an inquest, where they died in short order. Dalinar exiled Roshone to a distant corner of the country "where he could do no harm."]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants the spheres Brightlord Wistiow gifted to Kaladin's family. There doesn't seem to be anything he actually wants them ''for''--he just wants them because he doesn't want anyone else to have them. This is also what led to him getting banished to Hearthstone in the first place. [[spoiler:He screwed over Moash's grandparents because he was having trouble competing with them legally]].
* NeverMyFault:
** He blames Lirin for his presence in Hearthstone, due to the surgeon failing to save the previous Brightlord. Nevermind the fact that the more direct cause was [[spoiler:Roshone asking his friend the crown prince to screw over an innocent pair of competitors]].
** [[spoiler:When his son is killed in a hunting accident, he blames Lirin for failing to save him--despite the fact that the hunt was Roshone's idea in the first place, and Lirin could have easily have killed him on the surgery table]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:He competed with Moash's grandparents and got Elhokar to practically have them killed, was exiled by Dalinar, and made Kaladin's childhood hell]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler:When a shop belonging to an elderly darkeyed couple was giving him trouble, he had Elhokar screw them over. Dalinar stepped in as soon as he could, but the couple had already died in prison, waiting for the inquest. Dalinar then banished him as far from his connections as he could, in the hopes of keeping him from doing any more harm]].

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* FantasticRacism: Like most Alethi lighteyes, he finds darkeyes to be little better than slaves, SmugSnake: He's constantly described as oily and is annoyed whenever they won't just give him everything he wants without arguing. [[spoiler:The reason he ended up in Hearthstone was because he asked Elhokar to help him get rid of some bothersome elderly darkeyed silversmiths he was competing with. When they made an issue of it, they were thrown in jail pending an inquest, where they died in short order. Dalinar exiled Roshone to a distant corner of the country "where he could do no harm."]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants the spheres Brightlord Wistiow gifted to Kaladin's family. There doesn't seem to be anything he
conniving, but not actually wants very effective at manipulation or planning. He's often completely blindsided by enemy plots, and despite holding a significant number of Alethkar's Shards, [[spoiler:by the end of ''Words of Radiance'' he has lost all of them ''for''--he just wants them because he doesn't want anyone else to have them. This is also what led to him getting banished to Hearthstone in the first place. [[spoiler:He screwed over Moash's grandparents because he was having trouble competing with them legally]].
* NeverMyFault:
** He blames Lirin for his presence in Hearthstone, due to the surgeon failing to save the previous Brightlord. Nevermind the fact that the more direct cause was [[spoiler:Roshone asking his friend the crown prince to screw over an innocent pair of competitors]].
** [[spoiler:When his son is killed in a hunting accident, he blames Lirin for failing to save him--despite the fact that the hunt was Roshone's idea in the first place, and Lirin could have easily have killed him on the surgery table]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:He competed with Moash's grandparents and got Elhokar to practically have them killed, was exiled by Dalinar, and made Kaladin's childhood hell]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler:When a shop belonging to an elderly darkeyed couple was giving him trouble, he had Elhokar screw them over.
Dalinar stepped in as soon as he could, but the couple had already died in prison, waiting for the inquest. Dalinar then banished him as far from except his connections as he could, in the hopes of keeping him from doing any more harm]].
own Blade]].



[[folder:Gaz]]
!Gaz
->''"Every storming day, we'd get up and fight on those plateaus. And we wouldn't make any progress. Who cared if we made progress? It was the gemhearts the highprinces were after. And there we were, locked into virtual slavery by our military oaths."''

The commander of Sadeas' bridgecrews who disappears halfway through ''The Way of Kings''.

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[[folder:Gaz]]
!Gaz
->''"Every storming day, we'd get up and fight on those plateaus. And we wouldn't make any progress. Who cared if we made progress? It was
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[[folder:Laral]]
!Laral

->''"Don't you want to become a lighteyes? Win a Shardblade?"''

The daughter of
the gemhearts the highprinces brightlord of Kaladin's home village of Hearthstone. Their parents were after. And there we were, locked into virtual slavery by our military oaths."''

The commander of Sadeas' bridgecrews who disappears halfway through ''The Way of Kings''.
setting up she and Kaladin to wed, but that plan derailed when her father died.



* CharacterDevelopment: He becomes less of an asshole over the course of ''The Way of Kings''. By ''Words of Radiance'' he's actually a pretty decent person again.
* DangerousDeserter: One of a group of deserters that goes after Shallan's caravan in ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Subverted shortly afterward, when Shallan pretty much talks him and the other deserters into turning back around and being proper soldiers who protecting others.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Though less so as he stays with Bridge Four long enough.
** His one point-of-view chapter indicates that he has as much contempt for himself -- if not more -- than for the bridgemen under his watch.
** It turns out that, once removed from the pointless fighting on the Shattered Plains and given something worth fighting for, Gaz becomes a surprisingly nice guy.
* TheNeidermeyer: Kaladin quickly picks up on this, though it's not entirely unjustified, seeing as bridge crews aren't meant to amount to much anyway, and are expected to die early.
* TheNicknamer: Calls Kaladin "Lordling", but only to be an asshole.
* PetTheDog: A portrait Shallan drew of him in a regal light (absolutely opposite of how he imagines himself) reduces Gaz to tears.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Alethi remove him from his role as bridgecrew taskmaster, he deserts outright due to his disgust at how the Highprinces use their soldiers for their own greed. The fact that the hunt was on for scapegoats and that Gaz had a truly staggering number of creditors after his hide didn't exactly make the decision difficult, either.

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* CharacterDevelopment: He becomes less of an asshole over OldManMarryingAChild: After [[spoiler:Roshone's son died]], she became betrothed to Roshone. Age-wise, it was perfectly legal (though the course of ''The Way of Kings''. By ''Words of Radiance'' he's actually a pretty decent person again.
* DangerousDeserter: One of a group of deserters that goes after Shallan's caravan in ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Subverted shortly afterward, when Shallan pretty much talks him and the other deserters into turning back around and being proper soldiers who protecting others.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Though less so as he stays with Bridge Four long enough.
** His one point-of-view chapter indicates that he has as much contempt for himself -- if not more -- than for the bridgemen under his watch.
** It turns out that, once removed from the pointless fighting on the Shattered Plains and given something worth fighting for, Gaz becomes a surprisingly nice guy.
* TheNeidermeyer: Kaladin quickly picks up on this, though it's not entirely unjustified, seeing as bridge crews aren't meant to amount to much anyway, and are expected to die early.
* TheNicknamer: Calls Kaladin "Lordling", but only to be an asshole.
* PetTheDog: A portrait Shallan drew of him in a regal light (absolutely opposite of how he imagines himself) reduces Gaz to tears.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Alethi remove him from his role as bridgecrew taskmaster, he deserts outright due to his disgust at how the Highprinces use their soldiers for their own greed. The
fact that Roshone was technically her guardian at the hunt was on for scapegoats and time might have made it tricky), but the fact remains that Gaz had he was a truly staggering number good twenty or more years older than her.
* {{Tomboy}}: When she was younger, she spent most
of creditors after her time playing with Kaladin and Tien. As she grew older, her maids stopped letting her do that sort of thing.
* TookALevelInJerkass: When Roshone and
his hide didn't exactly make the decision difficult, either.son moved into town, she was cut off from Kaladin, and forced to become cold to him to fit in.



[[folder:Amaram]]
!Brightlord Meridas Amaram
->''"This '''is''' for my men. You can't begin to understand the weights I carry, spearman."''

The lord Kaladin formerly served under.

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[[folder:Amaram]]
!Brightlord Meridas Amaram
->''"This '''is''' for my men. You can't begin to understand the weights I carry, spearman.
[[folder:Kaladin's Brother]]
!Tien

->''"Kaladin, look at this rock. It changes colors when you look at it from different sides.
"''

The lord Kaladin formerly served under.Kaladin's little brother, an insufferably cheerful boy who is small and spindly for his age.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: One of the most well-respected of brightlords, and one of the few Alethi brightlords who Dalinar truly respects. Adolin, slightly more GenreSavvy than his father, correctly notes that Amaram's sterling record sounds entirely too much like a man who spends a lot of energy on keeping up appearances.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade, [[spoiler:which he stole from Kaladin.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He never earned his Shardblade. He stole it from Kaladin and sold him to slavery on a false charge.]]
* FantasticRacism: At first he was surprised that a Herald might have dark skin and self-consciously chides himself for assuming they'd all look like Alethi. He's convinced that the Herald's dark eyes must be some sort of disguise though: so in other words he can overcome his FantasticRacism but is still blinded by his Fantastic ''Classism''.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Insists that [[spoiler:stealing Kaladin's Shardblade]] was necessary for the fate of the world, as he can utilize it far more effectively. Eventually, he comes to regret his actions. [[spoiler:That is, he regrets enslaving Kaladin rather than killing him]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kaladin thinks this is his attitude. [[spoiler:He's shocked to learn Amaram is actually a WellIntentionedExtremist who genuinely believes his actions serve the greater good]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Like all good Alethi men, he can't read, but he understands the simplified glyphs used in their place. Amaram has taken to stringing them together in sentences (rather than just singly and in pairs), creating a crude pictograph language.
* OhCrap: His reaction when he realizes [[spoiler:Dalinar knows what he did with Kaladin]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: At least, when nothing important is at stake. Shallan after [[spoiler: disguising herself as one of his servants]], is surprised to learn that he knows his servant's name, that she has the night off, and her current relationship status.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. Kaladin thought he was this for a long time, but when Kaladin refuses the Shardblade he won, he promptly has his spear team killed and Kaladin himself MadeASlave so he can have the Shardblade himself.]]
* TooGoodToBeTrue: Adolin's opinion about his reputation.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: One CynicismCatalyst: His death is one of the most well-respected of brightlords, and one of the few Alethi brightlords who Dalinar truly respects. Adolin, slightly more GenreSavvy than his father, correctly notes that Amaram's sterling record sounds entirely too much like a man who spends a lot of energy on keeping up appearances.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade, [[spoiler:which he stole from Kaladin.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He never earned his Shardblade. He stole it from Kaladin and sold him to slavery on a false charge.]]
* FantasticRacism: At first he was surprised that a Herald might have dark skin and self-consciously chides himself for assuming they'd all look like Alethi. He's convinced that the Herald's dark eyes must be some sort of disguise though: so
important events in other words he can overcome his FantasticRacism but is still blinded by his Fantastic ''Classism''.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Insists that [[spoiler:stealing
Kaladin's Shardblade]] was necessary for backstory, along with the fate of the world, manipulations leading up to it.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being treated
as he can utilize it far little more effectively. Eventually, he comes to regret his actions. [[spoiler:That is, he regrets enslaving than a silly fool who can make Kaladin rather than killing him]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kaladin thinks this is his attitude. [[spoiler:He's shocked
smile, he proves to learn Amaram is actually be a WellIntentionedExtremist who genuinely believes his actions serve the greater good]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Like all
very good Alethi men, he can't read, but he understands carpenter, producing artful statuettes. Unfortunately, the simplified glyphs used carpenter doesn't see the use in their place. Amaram has taken to stringing them together in sentences (rather than just singly and in pairs), creating a crude pictograph language.
such frivolous things.
* OhCrap: His reaction when he realizes [[spoiler:Dalinar knows what he did with Kaladin]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: At least, when nothing important is at stake. Shallan after [[spoiler: disguising herself as
ThePollyanna: He spends nearly every single one of his servants]], scenes bouncing up and down like a loon, and is surprised to learn that he knows his servant's name, that she has the night off, and her current relationship status.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted.
only one who can shake Kaladin thought out of his chronic depression. The only time he was this seems genuinely unhappy about something is when [[spoiler:Amaram recruits him for a long time, but the army. He cries tears of joy when Kaladin refuses the Shardblade he won, he promptly has his spear team killed and Kaladin himself MadeASlave so he can have the Shardblade himself.]]
* TooGoodToBeTrue: Adolin's opinion about his reputation.
joins up as well to protect him]].



[[folder:Cenn]]
!Cenn
->"''I'm going to die, aren't I?"''

A new boy in Kaladin's squad.

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[[folder:Cenn]]
!Cenn
->"''I'm going
[[folder:Kaladin's Father]]
!Lirin

->''"That's like trying
to die, aren't I?"''

A new boy in
stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can't protect by killing."''

Kaladin's squad.father, the surgeon of the small town of Hearthstone. He is a deeply generous man who refused to charge for his services, subsisting on donations from grateful townsfolk. After he failed to save the elderly Brightlord Wistiow, Brightlord Roshone moved in, and everything changed.



* DecoyProtagonist: Dies in the introductory chapter for Kaladin, though this isn't made apparent until the end of Part 3 of the first book.
* KilledOffForReal: Although resurrection is possible in ''The Stormlight Archive'', Cenn is struck down by a Shardbearer and doesn't come back.
%%* NewMeat
* RedShirt: He exists only to die, and the worst part is he ''knows'' it. Even though we don't actually see him die until halfway through the book, his death is still blatantly obvious.
* ShoutOut: Brandon has stated that he may have unconsciously named him after [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Cenn Buie]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed off at the end of the first chapter of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', before anyone really got to know him.

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* DecoyProtagonist: Dies in the introductory chapter ActualPacifist: He refuses to kill, even by inaction, under any circumstances.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He is accused of forging documents from Wistiow willing his family a large gift of spheres
for Kaladin, Kaladin's education. Turns out he really did do it, though this isn't made apparent until the end of Part 3 of the first book.
* KilledOffForReal: Although resurrection
he is possible insistent that if Wistiow had been lucid in ''The Stormlight Archive'', Cenn his last hours, he would have done so willingly]].
* EducationMama: Of a sort. He
is struck down by insistent on training Kaladin to be a Shardbearer surgeon and doesn't come back.
%%* NewMeat
* RedShirt: He exists only
sending him to Karbranth when he comes of age. Kaladin would rather be a soldier, but he learns well regardless.
* HonorBeforeReason: There are several times where he could have killed Roshone, or even just let him
die, and the worst part is but he ''knows'' it. Even though we don't actually see him die until halfway through the book, always refuses. He also refuses to ask for payment for healing or move his death is still blatantly obvious.
* ShoutOut: Brandon has stated that he may have unconsciously named him after [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Cenn Buie]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed off at the end of the first chapter of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', before anyone really got
family to know him.a more prosperous city, despite knowing it would be far easier on him.



[[folder:Niter]]
!Captain Niter

The captain of the Cobalt Guard.

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[[folder:Niter]]
!Captain Niter

The captain
[[folder:Kaladin's Mother]]
!Hesina

->''"You burn a glyphward out in front
of your house, and it will turn away evil. It's easy. Your father won't give someone a ward to heal them. He'll insist that they stay in bed, drinking water, taking some foul medicine, and washing their wound each day. It's hard. They'd rather leave it all to fate."''

Kaladin's mother, a well-off darkeyed woman who was wooed by a surgeon and followed him to a lonely town in
the Cobalt Guard.middle of nowhere. She is intelligent and refined in all things, and never complains about her lot, but Lirin secretly feels guilty for what he has put her through.



%%* BadassBeard
* BusCrash: Stops appearing partway through ''The Way of Kings''. The next time he's mentioned is a fair bit into ''Words of Radiance'', when Zahel tells Kaladin that he died during the second tower assault.
* TheLeader: Of the Cobalt Guard.
* RedHerring: He fits the description of Jezrien, the Herald King, almost word for word. Turns out to just be a coincidence.

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%%* BadassBeard

* BusCrash: Stops appearing partway through ''The Way DeadpanSnarker: She has a clever tongue in her head, though not as much as many of Kings''. The next time he's mentioned the other snarkers in the book. She's very good at twisting Kaladin's words around to teach him a lesson, and the few times he snarks at people, he always credits her.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Specifically averted; Hesina
is a fair bit into ''Words noted to be the only woman in town who can read. And, of Radiance'', when Zahel tells Kaladin course, none of the men are allowed to.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever exactly happened between Lirin and her parents
that he died during led to her leaving the second tower assault.
city and rarely speaking of them.
-->'''Hesina:''' ''[to Kaladin]'' Don't let your father's words unnerve you. He always gets pessimistic at times like this.\\
'''Lirin:''' I do not.\\
'''Hesina:''' ''[DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Name one other time.\\
'''Hesina:''' Meeting my parents.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Lirin:''' Stormwinds, let's hope this doesn't go ''half'' as poorly as that.
* TheLeader: Of ProperLady: She comes off as a perfectly refined Alethi darkeyed woman, who ended up in a remote corner of the Cobalt Guard.
* RedHerring: He fits the description of Jezrien, the Herald King, almost word for word. Turns out to just be a coincidence.
country but retained her courtly manner.



[[folder:Danlan]]
!Danlan Morakotha
->''"Dalinar holds himself back. He knows he should take the throne, but hesitates out of love for his dead brother. The other highprinces interpret this as weakness."''

A spanreed operator working for the Kholins. Comes to visit from another warcamp and starts dating Adolin. They stay together for an unusually long time, but then end up breaking up in between ''The Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.

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[[folder:Danlan]]
!Danlan Morakotha
->''"Dalinar holds himself back. He knows he should take the throne, but hesitates out
[[folder:Roshone]]
!Brightlord Roshone

->''"I do not like your little town. I do not like being treated like an '''exile'''. I do not like living so far from anything--everything--important. And most
of love for his dead brother. The other highprinces interpret this as weakness.all, I do not like darkeyes who think themselves above their stations."''

A spanreed operator working for the Kholins. Comes to visit The citylord of Hearthstone, who took over when Brightlord Wistiow died. It's obvious from another warcamp the beginning that he was exiled for some political offense in the city, and starts dating Adolin. They stay together he blames the town, especially Lirin, for an unusually long time, but then end up breaking up in between ''The Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.his suffering.



* HiddenDepths: Aside from a brief slip-up in her airhead act, she doesn't seem to be anything special in ''The Way of Kings''. Then in ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that she's trying to kill King Elhokar.]]
* TheMole: She's secretly working for [[spoiler:Taravangian, aiding his Diagram plot by trying to kill Elhokar.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tries to act like an airhead, even though she actually isn't.
* RomanticFalseLead: Teased as potentially being the true perfect girl for Adolin, but [[RunningGag as usual]], they break up.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's a fairly minor character, but [[spoiler:the information she collects and sends to Taravangian is what causes him to send Szeth to kill Dalinar.]]

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* HiddenDepths: Aside from a brief slip-up FantasticRacism: Like most Alethi lighteyes, he finds darkeyes to be little better than slaves, and is annoyed whenever they won't just give him everything he wants without arguing. [[spoiler:The reason he ended up in her airhead act, she Hearthstone was because he asked Elhokar to help him get rid of some bothersome elderly darkeyed silversmiths he was competing with. When they made an issue of it, they were thrown in jail pending an inquest, where they died in short order. Dalinar exiled Roshone to a distant corner of the country "where he could do no harm."]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: He wants the spheres Brightlord Wistiow gifted to Kaladin's family. There
doesn't seem to be anything special in ''The Way of Kings''. Then in ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that she's trying to kill King Elhokar.]]
* TheMole: She's secretly working for [[spoiler:Taravangian, aiding his Diagram plot by trying to kill Elhokar.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Tries to act like an airhead, even though she
he actually isn't.
* RomanticFalseLead: Teased as potentially being the true perfect girl for Adolin, but [[RunningGag as usual]], they break up.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's a fairly minor character, but [[spoiler:the information she collects and sends
wants them ''for''--he just wants them because he doesn't want anyone else to Taravangian have them. This is also what causes led to him getting banished to send Szeth Hearthstone in the first place. [[spoiler:He screwed over Moash's grandparents because he was having trouble competing with them legally]].
* NeverMyFault:
** He blames Lirin for his presence in Hearthstone, due
to kill Dalinar.]]the surgeon failing to save the previous Brightlord. Nevermind the fact that the more direct cause was [[spoiler:Roshone asking his friend the crown prince to screw over an innocent pair of competitors]].
** [[spoiler:When his son is killed in a hunting accident, he blames Lirin for failing to save him--despite the fact that the hunt was Roshone's idea in the first place, and Lirin could have easily have killed him on the surgery table]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:He competed with Moash's grandparents and got Elhokar to practically have them killed, was exiled by Dalinar, and made Kaladin's childhood hell]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler:When a shop belonging to an elderly darkeyed couple was giving him trouble, he had Elhokar screw them over. Dalinar stepped in as soon as he could, but the couple had already died in prison, waiting for the inquest. Dalinar then banished him as far from his connections as he could, in the hopes of keeping him from doing any more harm]].



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!!Bridge Four

[[folder:Bridge Four]]
Kaladin's bridge crew, he was assigned to this group by Gaz in order to get him killed. It takes a while, but this backfires. Hard.

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!!Bridge Four

[[folder:Bridge Four]]
Kaladin's bridge crew, he
[[folder:Gaz]]
!Gaz
->''"Every storming day, we'd get up and fight on those plateaus. And we wouldn't make any progress. Who cared if we made progress? It
was assigned to this group the gemhearts the highprinces were after. And there we were, locked into virtual slavery by Gaz in order to get him killed. It takes a while, but this backfires. Hard.our military oaths."''

The commander of Sadeas' bridgecrews who disappears halfway through ''The Way of Kings''.



%%* BadassCrew: Eventually.
%%* BlueIsHeroic
* HiddenDepths: All of them have their secrets that only come out when they get close together. They don't think they want to give them up otherwise, seeing as it's all they have left.
%%* PraetorianGuard
* TrueCompanions: Due to Kaladin simply treating them as actual people.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** From the highest mortality rate among [[WeHaveReserves bridge crews]] to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin's PraetorianGuard]] by the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when [[spoiler:their association with Kaladin lets them use stormlight]].

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%%* BadassCrew: Eventually.
%%* BlueIsHeroic
* HiddenDepths: All CharacterDevelopment: He becomes less of them have their secrets that only come out when they get close together. They don't think they want to give them up otherwise, seeing as it's all they have left.
%%* PraetorianGuard
* TrueCompanions: Due to Kaladin simply treating them as actual people.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** From
an asshole over the highest mortality rate among [[WeHaveReserves bridge crews]] to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin's PraetorianGuard]] by the end course of ''The Way of Kings''.
** And again in
Kings''. By ''Words of Radiance'' he's actually a pretty decent person again.
* DangerousDeserter: One of a group of deserters that goes after Shallan's caravan in ''Words of Radiance''. [[spoiler:Subverted shortly afterward,
when [[spoiler:their association Shallan pretty much talks him and the other deserters into turning back around and being proper soldiers who protecting others.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Though less so as he stays
with Bridge Four long enough.
** His one point-of-view chapter indicates that he has as much contempt for himself -- if not more -- than for the bridgemen under his watch.
** It turns out that, once removed from the pointless fighting on the Shattered Plains and given something worth fighting for, Gaz becomes a surprisingly nice guy.
* TheNeidermeyer:
Kaladin lets them quickly picks up on this, though it's not entirely unjustified, seeing as bridge crews aren't meant to amount to much anyway, and are expected to die early.
* TheNicknamer: Calls Kaladin "Lordling", but only to be an asshole.
* PetTheDog: A portrait Shallan drew of him in a regal light (absolutely opposite of how he imagines himself) reduces Gaz to tears.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Alethi remove him from his role as bridgecrew taskmaster, he deserts outright due to his disgust at how the Highprinces
use stormlight]].their soldiers for their own greed. The fact that the hunt was on for scapegoats and that Gaz had a truly staggering number of creditors after his hide didn't exactly make the decision difficult, either.



[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin
->See the "Main Characters" section
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teft]]
!Teft

->''"I ain't grouchy, I just have a low threshold for stupidity."''

An old slave who insists there is nothing special about him.

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[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin
->See
[[folder:Amaram]]
!Brightlord Meridas Amaram
->''"This '''is''' for my men. You can't begin to understand
the "Main Characters" section
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teft]]
!Teft

->''"I ain't grouchy,
weights I just have a low threshold for stupidity.carry, spearman."''

An old slave who insists there is nothing special about him.The lord Kaladin formerly served under.



* BadassGrandpa: A former spearman of some sort.
* CrazyPrepared: He teaches the bridgemen to [[spoiler:keep large sapphires on their person to smash in case Kaladin needs a sudden infusion of Stormlight]]. He continues this practice in the final chapters of ''Words of Radiance'', despite the fact that Kaladin is back in the warcamps, weeks away.
* {{Cult}}: A former member of one who awaited the return of the Knights Radiant. It's only when he saw [[spoiler:Kaladin inhale Stormlight]] that he believed, though.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Despite his insistence that his past isn't important, he obeys instantly when Kaladin gives him an order filled with military jargon.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for the death of the Envisagers, even though they were already doing a fine job of killing themselves.
* SergeantRock: He won't speak of it, but he clearly has experience as a sergeant, breaking down recruits and building them up as soldiers. For the bridgemen, he can skip the "breaking down" step, since there's not much lower they can go.

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* BadassGrandpa: A former spearman BitchInSheepsClothing: One of some sort.
* CrazyPrepared: He teaches
the bridgemen to [[spoiler:keep large sapphires most well-respected of brightlords, and one of the few Alethi brightlords who Dalinar truly respects. Adolin, slightly more GenreSavvy than his father, correctly notes that Amaram's sterling record sounds entirely too much like a man who spends a lot of energy on their person to smash in case keeping up appearances.
* CoolSword: His Shardblade, [[spoiler:which he stole from Kaladin.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He never earned his Shardblade. He stole it from
Kaladin needs and sold him to slavery on a sudden infusion of Stormlight]]. He continues this practice in the final chapters of ''Words of Radiance'', despite the fact false charge.]]
* FantasticRacism: At first he was surprised
that a Herald might have dark skin and self-consciously chides himself for assuming they'd all look like Alethi. He's convinced that the Herald's dark eyes must be some sort of disguise though: so in other words he can overcome his FantasticRacism but is still blinded by his Fantastic ''Classism''.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Insists that [[spoiler:stealing Kaladin's Shardblade]] was necessary for the fate of the world, as he can utilize it far more effectively. Eventually, he comes to regret his actions. [[spoiler:That is, he regrets enslaving
Kaladin rather than killing him]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Kaladin thinks this
is back in his attitude. [[spoiler:He's shocked to learn Amaram is actually a WellIntentionedExtremist who genuinely believes his actions serve the warcamps, weeks away.
greater good]].
* {{Cult}}: A former member of one who awaited LoopholeAbuse: Like all good Alethi men, he can't read, but he understands the return of the Knights Radiant. It's only simplified glyphs used in their place. Amaram has taken to stringing them together in sentences (rather than just singly and in pairs), creating a crude pictograph language.
* OhCrap: His reaction
when he saw [[spoiler:Kaladin inhale Stormlight]] realizes [[spoiler:Dalinar knows what he did with Kaladin]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: At least, when nothing important is at stake. Shallan after [[spoiler: disguising herself as one of his servants]], is surprised to learn
that he believed, though.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Despite
knows his insistence servant's name, that his past isn't important, she has the night off, and her current relationship status.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Subverted. Kaladin thought
he obeys instantly was this for a long time, but when Kaladin gives him an order filled with military jargon.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames
refuses the Shardblade he won, he promptly has his spear team killed and Kaladin himself for the death of the Envisagers, even though they were already doing a fine job of killing themselves.
* SergeantRock: He won't speak of it, but he clearly has experience as a sergeant, breaking down recruits and building them up as soldiers. For the bridgemen,
MadeASlave so he can skip have the "breaking down" step, since there's not much lower they can go.
Shardblade himself.]]
* TooGoodToBeTrue: Adolin's opinion about his reputation.



[[folder:Rock]]
!Rock (Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor)
->''"Airsick lowlanders."''

A member of Bridge Four. He was originally Sadeas' chef, but he developed a dislike for the man and varnished all his food with Chull Dung. ''All of it.''

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[[folder:Rock]]
!Rock (Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor)
->''"Airsick lowlanders."''

[[folder:Cenn]]
!Cenn
->"''I'm going to die, aren't I?"''

A member of Bridge Four. He was originally Sadeas' chef, but he developed a dislike for the man and varnished all his food with Chull Dung. ''All of it.''new boy in Kaladin's squad.



* ActualPacifist: Though he's willing to shoot a bow at a length of wood, he's not willing to hurt anyone. Though he is willing to use a substantially sized log against Kaladin during practice.
* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Shallan as "cousin," a nod to her Horneater blood.
* BadassPacifist: He's a shockingly good brawler considering that he refuses to fight for real. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he wasn't always a second son, implying that he used to be a fourth son (the warrior), but two of his brothers died and his role was reassigned]].
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: When Dunny insults him, he tries to challenge Dunny to an ''alil'tiki'i'' duel. This is apparently the traditional form of dueling on the Peaks, and involves seeing who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. As an added bonus, soon everyone is so drunk that they'll probably forget why they were fighting in the first place!
* CultureClash: With the Alethkar.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The nickname "Horneater" that his people have earned is not an embellishment. Rock has difficulty finding Unkalaki alcohol in the low lands, with most tavern owners worried that it'd melt through the cups.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Downplayed example. His people's language sounds Hawaiian and they live on volcanoes.
* GentleGiant: He's very strong, and could be a good fighter. However, he's still an ActualPacifist.
* IAteWhat: Gets sent to the bridge crews after his first attempt to serve Sadeas a meal. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Turns out chull dung has a rather more distinctive taste than he realized, though it didn't help that he used an ''impressive'' amount.]]
* SeeTheInvisible: He can see Syl all the time, unlike most of Bridge Four, who only see her sometimes.
* TheBigGuy: Near seven feet, he's the tallest member of Bridge four. Kaladin is only a few inches shorter, but can't nearly match Rock's muscular bulk.
* TeamChef: For Bridge Four. Rock's stew is one of the first things that starts to bring Bridge Four together.
* TheUnpronounceable: His real name (see above), which is why everyone calls him "Rock", since it's the name of a kind of rock where he comes from.

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* ActualPacifist: Though he's willing to shoot a bow at a length of wood, he's not willing to hurt anyone. Though he is willing to use a substantially sized log against Kaladin during practice.
* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Shallan as "cousin," a nod to her Horneater blood.
* BadassPacifist: He's a shockingly good brawler considering that he refuses to fight for real. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he wasn't always a second son, implying that he used to be a fourth son (the warrior), but two of his brothers died and his role was reassigned]].
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: When Dunny insults him, he tries to challenge Dunny to an ''alil'tiki'i'' duel. This is apparently the traditional form of dueling on the Peaks, and involves seeing who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. As an added bonus, soon everyone is so drunk that they'll probably forget why they were fighting
DecoyProtagonist: Dies in the first place!
* CultureClash: With the Alethkar.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The nickname "Horneater" that his people have earned is not an embellishment. Rock has difficulty finding Unkalaki alcohol in the low lands, with most tavern owners worried that it'd melt through the cups.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Downplayed example. His people's language sounds Hawaiian and they live on volcanoes.
* GentleGiant: He's very strong, and could be a good fighter. However, he's still an ActualPacifist.
* IAteWhat: Gets sent to the bridge crews after his first attempt to serve Sadeas a meal. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Turns out chull dung has a rather more distinctive taste than he realized,
introductory chapter for Kaladin, though it didn't help that he used an ''impressive'' amount.]]
* SeeTheInvisible: He can see Syl all
this isn't made apparent until the time, unlike most end of Bridge Four, who only see her sometimes.
* TheBigGuy: Near seven feet, he's the tallest member of Bridge four. Kaladin is only a few inches shorter, but can't nearly match Rock's muscular bulk.
* TeamChef: For Bridge Four. Rock's stew is one
Part 3 of the first things book.
* KilledOffForReal: Although resurrection is possible in ''The Stormlight Archive'', Cenn is struck down by a Shardbearer and doesn't come back.
%%* NewMeat
* RedShirt: He exists only to die, and the worst part is he ''knows'' it. Even though we don't actually see him die until halfway through the book, his death is still blatantly obvious.
* ShoutOut: Brandon has stated
that starts to bring Bridge Four together.
* TheUnpronounceable: His real name (see above), which is why everyone calls
he may have unconsciously named him "Rock", since it's after [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Cenn Buie]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Killed off at
the name end of a kind the first chapter of rock where he comes from.''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', before anyone really got to know him.



[[folder:Lopen]]
!The Lopen
->''"You'll be wanting me, gancho!"''

A cheerful one-armed Herdazian bridgeman, who begged to join Bridge Four for the simple reason that Kaladin was the only one picking bridgemen, so whoever got picked must be special.

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[[folder:Lopen]]
!The Lopen
->''"You'll be wanting me, gancho!"''

A cheerful one-armed Herdazian bridgeman, who begged to join Bridge Four for
[[folder:Niter]]
!Captain Niter

The captain of
the simple reason that Kaladin was the only one picking bridgemen, so whoever got picked must be special.Cobalt Guard.



* AnArmAndALeg: Completely useless as a bridgeman due to his injury. He makes a pretty good waterboy, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Downplayed example, but from the moment he found out about Kaladin's powers, he was [[spoiler:constantly trying to breathe in Stormlight]]. By the end of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:it finally worked, and his arm started to regrow]].
* TheLoad: He was ''intended'' as this by Gaz. Kaladin has him carry the water instead, and his insufferably cheerful demeanor helped keep Bridge Four's morale up.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Cousins rather than siblings, but the same idea. In the second book, it seems like every night he's brought a new cousin to join Bridge Four, and in his viewpoint chapter he casually mentions about a dozen of them standing guard at his mother's house.
* NWordPrivileges: Lopen apparently has Roshar's biggest collection of one-armed Herdazian jokes. [[spoiler: He'll have to start coming up with some two-armed Herdazian jokes, though.]]
* TheNicknamer: Has some shades of this.
* ThePollyanna: Doesn't seem to have a problem losing an arm or being a slave.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Some of his cousins call him The Lopen because he's the only Lopen they know. When he finally gets a passage told from his point of view, it turns out that ''he'' thinks of himself as "The Lopen" too.

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%%* BadassBeard
* AnArmAndALeg: Completely useless as a bridgeman due to his injury. He makes a pretty good waterboy, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Downplayed example, but from the moment he found out about Kaladin's powers, he was [[spoiler:constantly trying to breathe in Stormlight]]. By the end
BusCrash: Stops appearing partway through ''The Way of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:it finally worked, and his arm started to regrow]].
* TheLoad: He was ''intended'' as this by Gaz.
Kings''. The next time he's mentioned is a fair bit into ''Words of Radiance'', when Zahel tells Kaladin has him carry the water instead, and his insufferably cheerful demeanor helped keep Bridge Four's morale up.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Cousins rather than siblings, but the same idea. In
that he died during the second book, it seems like every night he's brought a new cousin to join Bridge Four, and in his viewpoint chapter he casually mentions about a dozen of them standing guard at his mother's house.
tower assault.
* NWordPrivileges: Lopen apparently has Roshar's biggest collection of one-armed Herdazian jokes. [[spoiler: He'll have to start coming up with some two-armed Herdazian jokes, though.]]
* TheNicknamer: Has some shades of this.
* ThePollyanna: Doesn't seem to have a problem losing an arm or being a slave.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Some of his cousins call him The Lopen because he's
TheLeader: Of the only Lopen they know. When he finally gets a passage told from his point Cobalt Guard.
* RedHerring: He fits the description
of view, it turns Jezrien, the Herald King, almost word for word. Turns out that ''he'' thinks of himself as "The Lopen" too. to just be a coincidence.



[[folder:Shen]]
!Shen/[[spoiler:Rlain]]
->''"Am I Bridge Four?"''

A Parshman bridgeman given by Gaz as one of his last.

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[[folder:Shen]]
!Shen/[[spoiler:Rlain]]
->''"Am I Bridge Four?"''

A Parshman bridgeman given by Gaz as one
[[folder:Danlan]]
!Danlan Morakotha
->''"Dalinar holds himself back. He knows he should take the throne, but hesitates out
of love for his last.dead brother. The other highprinces interpret this as weakness."''

A spanreed operator working for the Kholins. Comes to visit from another warcamp and starts dating Adolin. They stay together for an unusually long time, but then end up breaking up in between ''The Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.



* BizarreHumanBiology: As a [[spoiler:Parshendi, he can assume a number of different forms depending on what is needed for the given task.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:After seeing what has become of [[ReluctantWarrior Eshonai]] as [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a storm form]], Rlain rejoins Bridge Four and teaches the Alethi how to fight storm form Parshendi.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaladin's IShallTauntYou seems to have been his.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even more than other Parshmen.
* HiddenDepths: He's actually [[spoiler:a Parshendi who has assumed dullform (which looks more or less like a parshman) to spy on the human camps. Eventually reveals his true name (Rlain) and shifts to warform after his people become Voidbringers.]]
* TheQuietOne: As expected from a Parshman. [[spoiler:Less so once he returns as a Warform Parshendi and rejoins Bridge Four.]]

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* BizarreHumanBiology: As HiddenDepths: Aside from a [[spoiler:Parshendi, he can assume a number brief slip-up in her airhead act, she doesn't seem to be anything special in ''The Way of different forms depending on what is needed for the given task.Kings''. Then in ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that she's trying to kill King Elhokar.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:After seeing what has become of [[ReluctantWarrior Eshonai]] as [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a storm form]], Rlain rejoins Bridge Four and teaches the Alethi how TheMole: She's secretly working for [[spoiler:Taravangian, aiding his Diagram plot by trying to fight storm form Parshendi.kill Elhokar.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaladin's IShallTauntYou seems ObfuscatingStupidity: Tries to have been his.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even more than other Parshmen.
* HiddenDepths: He's
act like an airhead, even though she actually [[spoiler:a Parshendi who has assumed dullform (which looks more or less like a parshman) to spy on isn't.
* RomanticFalseLead: Teased as potentially being
the human camps. Eventually reveals his true name (Rlain) perfect girl for Adolin, but [[RunningGag as usual]], they break up.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: She's a fairly minor character, but [[spoiler:the information she collects
and shifts sends to warform after his people become Voidbringers.]]
* TheQuietOne: As expected from a Parshman. [[spoiler:Less so once he returns as a Warform Parshendi and rejoins Bridge Four.
Taravangian is what causes him to send Szeth to kill Dalinar.]]



[[folder:Sigzil]]
!Sigzil
->''"I am not a foolish jester or storyteller. I do not 'give tales.' I spread knowledge of cultures, peoples, thoughts, and dreams. I bring peace through understanding. It is the holy charge my order received from the Heralds themselves."''

An Azish Worldsinger.

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[[folder:Sigzil]]
!Sigzil
->''"I am not a foolish jester or storyteller. I do not 'give tales.' I spread knowledge of cultures, peoples, thoughts, and dreams. I bring peace through understanding. It is the holy charge my
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!!Bridge Four

[[folder:Bridge Four]]
Kaladin's bridge crew, he was assigned to this group by Gaz in
order received from the Heralds themselves."''

An Azish Worldsinger.
to get him killed. It takes a while, but this backfires. Hard.



* TheApprentice: Formerly, to [[spoiler:Hoid]].
* BerserkButton: He is a [[InsistentTerminology Worldsinger.]] Not a storyteller. There's a difference, which he will expound greatly upon.
* MrExposition: Of a sort. He's a Worldsinger, meaning he can give information on a wide variety of cultures. He doesn't like to brag about it, however.
%%* ShorterMeansSmarter
%%* TheStoic

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%%* BadassCrew: Eventually.
%%* BlueIsHeroic
* TheApprentice: Formerly, HiddenDepths: All of them have their secrets that only come out when they get close together. They don't think they want to [[spoiler:Hoid]].
* BerserkButton: He is a [[InsistentTerminology Worldsinger.]] Not a storyteller. There's a difference, which he will expound greatly upon.
* MrExposition: Of a sort. He's a Worldsinger, meaning he can
give information on a wide variety of cultures. He doesn't like to brag about it, however.
them up otherwise, seeing as it's all they have left.
%%* ShorterMeansSmarter
%%* TheStoic
PraetorianGuard
* TrueCompanions: Due to Kaladin simply treating them as actual people.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** From the highest mortality rate among [[WeHaveReserves bridge crews]] to [[spoiler:Dalinar Kholin's PraetorianGuard]] by the end of ''The Way of Kings''.
** And again in ''Words of Radiance'' when [[spoiler:their association with Kaladin lets them use stormlight]].



[[folder:Moash]]
!Moash
->''"I'd join them in a heartbeat. If I were in charge, things would change. The lighteyes would work the mines and the fields. They would run bridges and die by Parshendi arrows."''

One of the bridgemen on Bridge Four. He was formerly a jerk to Kaladin, but he warms up to him.

to:

[[folder:Moash]]
!Moash
->''"I'd join them in a heartbeat. If I were in charge, things would change. The lighteyes would work
[[folder:Kaladin]]
!Kaladin
->See
the mines and the fields. They would run bridges and die by Parshendi arrows."Main Characters" section
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Teft]]
!Teft

->''"I ain't grouchy, I just have a low threshold for stupidity.
"''

One of the bridgemen on Bridge Four. He was formerly a jerk to Kaladin, but he warms up to An old slave who insists there is nothing special about him.



* TheAce: Though not to the same extent as Kaladin, Moash excels at every new task set to Bridge 4.
* CoolSword: In ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Kaladin gives him a set of Plate and Blade, making him a full Shardbearer.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: He and Kaladin initially start out obsessed by revenge, but Kaladin pulls out in time. [[FaceHeelTurn Moash doesn't]].]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He may talk big, but its clear that [[spoiler:he only joins the Diagram to take revenge against Elhokar.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Is horrified when he realizes what his desire for revenge let him to do, and also at the realization that he's too far in and needs to keep going.]]
* {{Revenge}}: He tells Kaladin that his motivation is revenge against the Lighteyes. In ''Words of Radiance'', it turns out that he wants revenge against [[spoiler:Elhokar, who unintentionally killed his grandparents.]]
* TheRival: To Kaladin, initially.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* UnwittingPawn: In his quest to get revenge on [[spoiler:Elhokar]], he is recruited by a band of patriots working to stabilize Alethkar. [[spoiler:They are actually followers of Taravangian's Diagram, and while they claim they just want to kill Elhokar to put Dalinar on the throne, they're actually trying to kill both of them to destabilize the region so Taravangian can take over]].

to:

* TheAce: Though not to BadassGrandpa: A former spearman of some sort.
* CrazyPrepared: He teaches
the same extent as Kaladin, Moash excels at every new task set bridgemen to Bridge 4.
* CoolSword: In
[[spoiler:keep large sapphires on their person to smash in case Kaladin needs a sudden infusion of Stormlight]]. He continues this practice in the final chapters of ''Words of Radiance'', despite the fact that Kaladin is back in the warcamps, weeks away.
* {{Cult}}: A former member of one who awaited the return of the Knights Radiant. It's only when he saw
[[spoiler:Kaladin inhale Stormlight]] that he believed, though.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Despite his insistence that his past isn't important, he obeys instantly when Kaladin
gives him a set of Plate and Blade, making him a full Shardbearer.]]
an order filled with military jargon.
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: He and Kaladin initially start out obsessed by revenge, but Kaladin pulls out in time. [[FaceHeelTurn Moash doesn't]].]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He may talk big, but its clear that [[spoiler:he only joins
ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for the Diagram to take revenge against Elhokar.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Is horrified when he realizes what his desire for revenge let him to do, and also at
death of the realization that he's too far in and needs to keep going.]]
* {{Revenge}}: He tells Kaladin that his motivation is revenge against the Lighteyes. In ''Words of Radiance'', it turns out that he wants revenge against [[spoiler:Elhokar, who unintentionally killed his grandparents.]]
* TheRival: To Kaladin, initially.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* UnwittingPawn: In his quest to get revenge on [[spoiler:Elhokar]], he is recruited by a band of patriots working to stabilize Alethkar. [[spoiler:They are actually followers of Taravangian's Diagram, and while
Envisagers, even though they claim were already doing a fine job of killing themselves.
* SergeantRock: He won't speak of it, but he clearly has experience as a sergeant, breaking down recruits and building them up as soldiers. For the bridgemen, he can skip the "breaking down" step, since there's not much lower
they just want to kill Elhokar to put Dalinar on the throne, they're actually trying to kill both of them to destabilize the region so Taravangian can take over]].go.



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!!Frostlands

[[folder:Taravangian]]
!King Taravangian
->''"Sometimes, you must tear down a structure to build a new one with stronger walls. And we are going to need strong walls in the coming years. Very, very strong walls."''

The king of the small city-state, Kharbranth. He is thought somewhat dull by his peers. However, he is well-liked due to funding hospitals throughout the city for those who can't afford medical care.

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-----

!!Frostlands

[[folder:Taravangian]]
!King Taravangian
->''"Sometimes, you must tear down a structure to build a new one with stronger walls. And we are going to need strong walls in the coming years. Very, very strong walls.
[[folder:Rock]]
!Rock (Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor)
->''"Airsick lowlanders.
"''

The king A member of Bridge Four. He was originally Sadeas' chef, but he developed a dislike for the small city-state, Kharbranth. He is thought somewhat dull by man and varnished all his peers. However, he is well-liked due to funding hospitals throughout the city for those who can't afford medical care.food with Chull Dung. ''All of it.''



* TheChessmaster:
** Taravangian is much smarter than he appears, as shown by the multiple levels of backup plans and the specificity of his [[spoiler:orders to Szeth. It is also implied that he has other pawns in the waiting.]]
** Later, it's revealed that he's working off of an immeasurably complex set of documents referred to as the Diagram; [[spoiler:a massive set of writings, scribblings, sketches, and rantings that he produced while locked in his chambers on a day when his Old Magic-warped intelligence reached an unprecedented peak. The Diagram contains spot-on predictions for events all over the world and is practically a one-stop book of prophecy, but is so complex as to be virtually impossible to interpret.]]
* ConLang: In-universe. During his most brilliant moment, he invented an entirely new language because all existing ones were too imprecise.
* DumbIsGood: Despite seeming stupid, he is unusually kind and compassionate for a king. [[spoiler:He notes that his compassion and his intelligence seem to be inversely linked, so that he's kinder on his stupider days. He notes that this isn't the case for most people.]]
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:Szeth calls him one, and he doesn't object to it at all. His viewpoint chapter indicates that he really does agree.]]
-->'''Taravangian:''' Yes, but I am the monster who will save this world.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Averted; in his interlude, he casually mentions that he learned the womens' script years ago.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ZigzaggedTrope. Most of the other lighteyes in Kharbranth consider Taravangian somewhat slow and unskilled at politics. [[spoiler:In reality, he is at the head of a large conspiracy which has resulted in the deaths of many nameless citizens just to harvest information, and the killings of several very important foreign dignitaries.]] However, according to WordOfGod, he used the Old Magic at some point, with his IQ changing at random each day, making this either played straight or averted depending on when people see him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Willing to go any lengths to save the world. Thus far, he's released Szeth to go on an incredible killing spree, reduced the nation of Jah Kaved to burned-out anarchy, and countless other crimes.]]
-->'''The Diagram:''' Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.

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* TheChessmaster:
** Taravangian
ActualPacifist: Though he's willing to shoot a bow at a length of wood, he's not willing to hurt anyone. Though he is much smarter willing to use a substantially sized log against Kaladin during practice.
* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Shallan as "cousin," a nod to her Horneater blood.
* BadassPacifist: He's a shockingly good brawler considering that he refuses to fight for real. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he wasn't always a second son, implying that he used to be a fourth son (the warrior), but two of his brothers died and his role was reassigned]].
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: When Dunny insults him, he tries to challenge Dunny to an ''alil'tiki'i'' duel. This is apparently the traditional form of dueling on the Peaks, and involves seeing who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. As an added bonus, soon everyone is so drunk that they'll probably forget why they were fighting in the first place!
* CultureClash: With the Alethkar.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The nickname "Horneater" that his people have earned is not an embellishment. Rock has difficulty finding Unkalaki alcohol in the low lands, with most tavern owners worried that it'd melt through the cups.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Downplayed example. His people's language sounds Hawaiian and they live on volcanoes.
* GentleGiant: He's very strong, and could be a good fighter. However, he's still an ActualPacifist.
* IAteWhat: Gets sent to the bridge crews after his first attempt to serve Sadeas a meal. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Turns out chull dung has a rather more distinctive taste
than he appears, as shown by the multiple levels of backup plans and the specificity of his [[spoiler:orders to Szeth. It is also implied realized, though it didn't help that he has other pawns in the waiting.used an ''impressive'' amount.]]
** Later, * SeeTheInvisible: He can see Syl all the time, unlike most of Bridge Four, who only see her sometimes.
* TheBigGuy: Near seven feet, he's the tallest member of Bridge four. Kaladin is only a few inches shorter, but can't nearly match Rock's muscular bulk.
* TeamChef: For Bridge Four. Rock's stew is one of the first things that starts to bring Bridge Four together.
* TheUnpronounceable: His real name (see above), which is why everyone calls him "Rock", since
it's revealed that he's working off of an immeasurably complex set of documents referred to as the Diagram; [[spoiler:a massive set name of writings, scribblings, sketches, and rantings that he produced while locked in his chambers on a day when his Old Magic-warped intelligence reached an unprecedented peak. The Diagram contains spot-on predictions for events all over the world and is practically a one-stop book of prophecy, but is so complex as to be virtually impossible to interpret.]]
* ConLang: In-universe. During his most brilliant moment, he invented an entirely new language because all existing ones were too imprecise.
* DumbIsGood: Despite seeming stupid, he is unusually
kind and compassionate for a king. [[spoiler:He notes that his compassion and his intelligence seem to be inversely linked, so that he's kinder on his stupider days. He notes that this isn't the case for most people.]]
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:Szeth calls him one, and
of rock where he doesn't object to it at all. His viewpoint chapter indicates that he really does agree.]]
-->'''Taravangian:''' Yes, but I am the monster who will save this world.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Averted; in his interlude, he casually mentions that he learned the womens' script years ago.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ZigzaggedTrope. Most of the other lighteyes in Kharbranth consider Taravangian somewhat slow and unskilled at politics. [[spoiler:In reality, he is at the head of a large conspiracy which has resulted in the deaths of many nameless citizens just to harvest information, and the killings of several very important foreign dignitaries.]] However, according to WordOfGod, he used the Old Magic at some point, with his IQ changing at random each day, making this either played straight or averted depending on when people see him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Willing to go any lengths to save the world. Thus far, he's released Szeth to go on an incredible killing spree, reduced the nation of Jah Kaved to burned-out anarchy, and countless other crimes.]]
-->'''The Diagram:''' Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is that of the species, and all other considerations are but dust by comparison.
comes from.



[[folder:Stick]]
!A Stick
-> ''"I am a stick."''

A stick found in the Frostlands. With Pattern translating Shallan tries to convince it to become fire.

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[[folder:Stick]]
!A Stick
-> ''"I am a stick."''

[[folder:Lopen]]
!The Lopen
->''"You'll be wanting me, gancho!"''

A stick found in cheerful one-armed Herdazian bridgeman, who begged to join Bridge Four for the Frostlands. With Pattern translating Shallan tries to convince it to become fire.simple reason that Kaladin was the only one picking bridgemen, so whoever got picked must be special.



* ADayInTheLimelight: Has his own "deleted" interlude. It can be found [[http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-deleted-interlude-stick/ here]]. Predictably, it was released on AprilFoolsDay.
* {{Determinator}}: The stickiest of sticks and will not be persuaded otherwise.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a stick.
* NoSell: He does not want to become fire, he is a stick.

to:

* ADayInTheLimelight: Has AnArmAndALeg: Completely useless as a bridgeman due to his own "deleted" interlude. It can be found [[http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-deleted-interlude-stick/ here]]. Predictably, it was released on AprilFoolsDay.
injury. He makes a pretty good waterboy, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Downplayed example, but from the moment he found out about Kaladin's powers, he was [[spoiler:constantly trying to breathe in Stormlight]]. By the end of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', [[spoiler:it finally worked, and his arm started to regrow]].
* TheLoad: He was ''intended'' as this by Gaz. Kaladin has him carry the water instead, and his insufferably cheerful demeanor helped keep Bridge Four's morale up.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Cousins rather than siblings, but the same idea. In the second book, it seems like every night he's brought a new cousin to join Bridge Four, and in his viewpoint chapter he casually mentions about a dozen of them standing guard at his mother's house.
* NWordPrivileges: Lopen apparently has Roshar's biggest collection of one-armed Herdazian jokes. [[spoiler: He'll have to start coming up with some two-armed Herdazian jokes, though.]]
* TheNicknamer: Has some shades of this.
* ThePollyanna: Doesn't seem to have a problem losing an arm or being a slave.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Some of his cousins call him
The stickiest Lopen because he's the only Lopen they know. When he finally gets a passage told from his point of sticks and will not be persuaded otherwise.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a stick.
* NoSell: He does not want to become fire, he is a stick.
view, it turns out that ''he'' thinks of himself as "The Lopen" too.



[[folder:Vathah]]
!Vathah
->''"Brightlords have failed us in the past."''

Leader of a large group of deserters. He runs afoul of Shallan, and while he dislikes her immensely, she manages to convince all of his men to follow her. He considers all the deserters (including himself) cutthroat scum.

to:

[[folder:Vathah]]
!Vathah
->''"Brightlords have failed us in the past."''

Leader of a large group of deserters. He runs afoul of Shallan, and while he dislikes her immensely, she manages to convince all
[[folder:Shen]]
!Shen/[[spoiler:Rlain]]
->''"Am I Bridge Four?"''

A Parshman bridgeman given by Gaz as one
of his men to follow her. He considers all the deserters (including himself) cutthroat scum.last.



* TheCynic: He makes constant comments about how the deserters Shallan recruited are going to turn on her eventually, and doesn't believe for a second that she can grant them clemency for their crimes.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts out convinced that Shallan is an ignorant and naive lighteyes who got lucky in convincing the deserters to fight for her. Once he finds out she has a Shardblade [[spoiler:when she kills Tyn with it]], he warms up to her, apparently deciding that she's more like him than she pretends.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Becomes much more trusting and subservient towards of Shallan when he realizes how many times she didn't kill him with her shardblade for threatening or berating her.

to:

* TheCynic: He makes constant comments about BizarreHumanBiology: As a [[spoiler:Parshendi, he can assume a number of different forms depending on what is needed for the given task.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:After seeing what has become of [[ReluctantWarrior Eshonai]] as [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a storm form]], Rlain rejoins Bridge Four and teaches the Alethi
how the deserters Shallan recruited are going to turn on her eventually, and doesn't believe for a second that she can grant them clemency for their crimes.
* DefrostingIceKing: He starts out convinced that Shallan is an ignorant and naive lighteyes who got lucky in convincing the deserters
to fight for her. Once he finds out she has a Shardblade [[spoiler:when she kills Tyn with it]], he warms up storm form Parshendi.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Kaladin's IShallTauntYou seems
to her, apparently deciding that she's have been his.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even
more than other Parshmen.
* HiddenDepths: He's actually [[spoiler:a Parshendi who has assumed dullform (which looks more or less
like him than she pretends.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Becomes much more trusting
a parshman) to spy on the human camps. Eventually reveals his true name (Rlain) and subservient towards of Shallan when shifts to warform after his people become Voidbringers.]]
* TheQuietOne: As expected from a Parshman. [[spoiler:Less so once
he realizes how many times she didn't kill him with her shardblade for threatening or berating her.
returns as a Warform Parshendi and rejoins Bridge Four.]]



[[folder:Sigzil]]
!Sigzil
->''"I am not a foolish jester or storyteller. I do not 'give tales.' I spread knowledge of cultures, peoples, thoughts, and dreams. I bring peace through understanding. It is the holy charge my order received from the Heralds themselves."''

An Azish Worldsinger.




!!Heralds of the Almighty
[[folder:Heralds]]
The ten Heralds were warriors of the Almighty, chosen to aid mankind during the Desolations. However, they abandoned their duties after many times having to return to Damnation, shattering the Oathpact.
----
* AGodIAmNot: Though some are worshiped as them.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* FallenHero: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]
* TheOathbreaker: Everyone except Talenel'Elin, since he was dead at the time of the breaking. WordofGod says that the Oathpact may not be as dissolved as the Heralds would have liked to think when they tried to abandon it.

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\n!!Heralds of the Almighty\n[[folder:Heralds]]\nThe ten Heralds were warriors of the Almighty, chosen * TheApprentice: Formerly, to aid mankind during the Desolations. However, they abandoned their duties after many times having to return to Damnation, shattering the Oathpact.
----
[[spoiler:Hoid]].
* AGodIAmNot: Though some are worshiped as them.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades,
BerserkButton: He is a [[InsistentTerminology Worldsinger.]] Not a storyteller. There's a difference, which are similar he will expound greatly upon.
* MrExposition: Of a sort. He's a Worldsinger, meaning he can give information on a wide variety of cultures. He doesn't like
to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* FallenHero: Implied in ''Way of Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]
* TheOathbreaker: Everyone except Talenel'Elin, since he was dead at the time of the breaking. WordofGod says that the Oathpact may not be as dissolved as the Heralds would have liked to think when they tried to abandon it.
brag about it, however.
%%* ShorterMeansSmarter
%%* TheStoic



[[folder:Jezrien]]
!Jezrien (Vorin: Jezerezeh, Herald of Kings)
->''"It has been decided. The Oathpact ends now."''

The Herald King, also known as the Stormfather, though the two are actually separate entities. Appears in the Prelude to tell Kalak that it is time for the Oathpact to end. He is also the father of Shalash.

He is associated with the Windrunner Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Protecting and Leading.

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[[folder:Jezrien]]
!Jezrien (Vorin: Jezerezeh, Herald of Kings)
->''"It has been decided.
[[folder:Moash]]
!Moash
->''"I'd join them in a heartbeat. If I were in charge, things would change.
The Oathpact ends now.lighteyes would work the mines and the fields. They would run bridges and die by Parshendi arrows."''

The Herald King, also known as the Stormfather, though the two are actually separate entities. Appears in the Prelude to tell Kalak that it is time for the Oathpact to end. He is also the father of Shalash.

He is associated with the Windrunner Order
One of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Protecting and Leading.bridgemen on Bridge Four. He was formerly a jerk to Kaladin, but he warms up to him.



%%* BadassBeard
* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Heralds.
* FallenHero: By the time of ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Nale]] says he'll lead humanity... if he ever stops drooling.
* IHaveManyNames: Or rather, gained several names after the last Desolation. These include Jezerezeh'Elin and Stormfather.
* LikeAGodToMe: He's worshipped as the "Stormfather" in Alethkar, who leads the highstorms, and, along with other Heralds, as a god in other parts of the world. However, see AGodIAmNot.

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%%* BadassBeard
* BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of TheAce: Though not to the Heralds.
same extent as Kaladin, Moash excels at every new task set to Bridge 4.
* FallenHero: By the time of CoolSword: In ''Words of Radiance'', [[spoiler:Nale]] says he'll lead humanity... if he ever stops drooling.
[[spoiler:Kaladin gives him a set of Plate and Blade, making him a full Shardbearer.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Or rather, gained several names after EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: He and Kaladin initially start out obsessed by revenge, but Kaladin pulls out in time. [[FaceHeelTurn Moash doesn't]].]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He may talk big, but its clear that [[spoiler:he only joins
the last Desolation. These include Jezerezeh'Elin Diagram to take revenge against Elhokar.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Is horrified when he realizes what his desire for revenge let him to do,
and Stormfather.
* LikeAGodToMe: He's worshipped as
also at the "Stormfather" realization that he's too far in Alethkar, and needs to keep going.]]
* {{Revenge}}: He tells Kaladin that his motivation is revenge against the Lighteyes. In ''Words of Radiance'', it turns out that he wants revenge against [[spoiler:Elhokar,
who leads unintentionally killed his grandparents.]]
* TheRival: To Kaladin, initially.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* UnwittingPawn: In his quest to get revenge on [[spoiler:Elhokar]], he is recruited by a band of patriots working to stabilize Alethkar. [[spoiler:They are actually followers of Taravangian's Diagram, and while they claim they just want to kill Elhokar to put Dalinar on
the highstorms, and, along with other Heralds, as a god in other parts throne, they're actually trying to kill both of them to destabilize the world. However, see AGodIAmNot.region so Taravangian can take over]].



[[folder:Nale]]
!Nale ("Darkness") (Vorin: Nalan, Herald of Justice)
->''"Justice does not expire."''

Also known as Nin to the Shin.

A Herald who seeks justice above all other things. During modern times, he has become a constable and is hunting down and killing Surgebinders that have committed crimes, no matter how minor the offence.

He is associated with the Skybreaker Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Just and Confident.

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[[folder:Nale]]
!Nale ("Darkness") (Vorin: Nalan, Herald of Justice)
->''"Justice does not expire.
-----

!!Frostlands

[[folder:Taravangian]]
!King Taravangian
->''"Sometimes, you must tear down a structure to build a new one with stronger walls. And we are going to need strong walls in the coming years. Very, very strong walls.
"''

Also known as Nin to the Shin.

A Herald who seeks justice above all other things. During modern times, he has become a constable and is hunting down and killing Surgebinders that have committed crimes, no matter how minor the offence.

He is associated with the Skybreaker Order
The king of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Just and Confident.small city-state, Kharbranth. He is thought somewhat dull by his peers. However, he is well-liked due to funding hospitals throughout the city for those who can't afford medical care.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: Carries around a variety of extremely powerful tools. These range from a fabrial that can bring someone back after they are killed by a Shardblade, to a captive Larkin he uses to drain stormlight from Radiant prisoners.
* BadassBeard: According to his statues, though it's not clear if they got it right.
* ByTheBookCop:
** By the time of the story, he's taken this to the extreme. He believes the only true thing in the world is laws, including the laws of mortal men. Therefore, despite marching all over the planet hunting down surgebinders, he is always very careful to make sure that they have committed some crime that makes executing them legal. It might be a harsher punishment than they'd normally receive, but it is definitely legal. [[spoiler:He takes Szeth under his wing after the latter finds out he never should have been made Truthless. Yes, Szeth's masters made a mistake, but Szeth obeyed their laws, and Nale holds that ideal very highly]].
** Somewhere between a KnightTemplar or an InspectorJavert, given that he'll freely execute both a kindly old man for a forty-year-old AccidentalMurder and a [[WouldHurtAChild thirteen-year-old thief who only steals food]].
* IHaveManyNames: His name is Nale, but he's also called Nalan by Vorinism, Nin by the Shin, and Darkness by Lift.
* InSeriesNickname: Lift gives him the nickname Darkness because she doesn't know his real name.
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* TheStoic: He shows no emotion. Ever. The closest is when one of his men kills an unarmed hostage; Nale insists that the man remain behind and receive whatever punishment the local law deems necessary.

to:

* AppliedPhlebotinum: Carries around a variety TheChessmaster:
** Taravangian is much smarter than he appears, as shown by the multiple levels
of extremely powerful tools. These range from a fabrial backup plans and the specificity of his [[spoiler:orders to Szeth. It is also implied that can bring someone back after they are killed by a Shardblade, to a captive Larkin he uses to drain stormlight from Radiant prisoners.
* BadassBeard: According to his statues, though
has other pawns in the waiting.]]
** Later,
it's not clear if they got it right.
* ByTheBookCop:
** By the time of the story,
revealed that he's taken this working off of an immeasurably complex set of documents referred to as the extreme. He believes the only true thing Diagram; [[spoiler:a massive set of writings, scribblings, sketches, and rantings that he produced while locked in the world is laws, including the laws of mortal men. Therefore, despite marching his chambers on a day when his Old Magic-warped intelligence reached an unprecedented peak. The Diagram contains spot-on predictions for events all over the planet hunting down surgebinders, world and is practically a one-stop book of prophecy, but is so complex as to be virtually impossible to interpret.]]
* ConLang: In-universe. During his most brilliant moment, he invented an entirely new language because all existing ones were too imprecise.
* DumbIsGood: Despite seeming stupid,
he is always very careful to make sure that they have committed some crime that makes executing them legal. It might be unusually kind and compassionate for a harsher punishment than they'd normally receive, but it is definitely legal. king. [[spoiler:He takes Szeth under his wing after the latter finds out he never should have been made Truthless. Yes, Szeth's masters made a mistake, but Szeth obeyed their laws, and Nale holds notes that ideal very highly]].
** Somewhere between a KnightTemplar or an InspectorJavert, given
his compassion and his intelligence seem to be inversely linked, so that he'll freely execute both a kindly old man for a forty-year-old AccidentalMurder and a [[WouldHurtAChild thirteen-year-old thief who only steals food]].
* IHaveManyNames: His name is Nale, but
he's also called Nalan by Vorinism, Nin by kinder on his stupider days. He notes that this isn't the Shin, case for most people.]]
* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:Szeth calls him one,
and Darkness by Lift.
* InSeriesNickname: Lift gives him the nickname Darkness because she
he doesn't know object to it at all. His viewpoint chapter indicates that he really does agree.]]
-->'''Taravangian:''' Yes, but I am the monster who will save this world.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Averted; in
his real name.
%%* ScaryBlackMan
interlude, he casually mentions that he learned the womens' script years ago.
* TheStoic: He shows no emotion. Ever. The closest ObfuscatingStupidity: ZigzaggedTrope. Most of the other lighteyes in Kharbranth consider Taravangian somewhat slow and unskilled at politics. [[spoiler:In reality, he is at the head of a large conspiracy which has resulted in the deaths of many nameless citizens just to harvest information, and the killings of several very important foreign dignitaries.]] However, according to WordOfGod, he used the Old Magic at some point, with his IQ changing at random each day, making this either played straight or averted depending on when one people see him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Willing to go any lengths to save the world. Thus far, he's released Szeth to go on an incredible killing spree, reduced the nation
of his men kills an unarmed hostage; Nale insists Jah Kaved to burned-out anarchy, and countless other crimes.]]
-->'''The Diagram:''' Q: For what essential must we strive? A: The essential of preservation, to shelter a seed of humanity through the coming storm. Q: What cost must we bear? A: The cost is irrelevant. Mankind must survive. Our burden is
that of the man remain behind species, and receive whatever punishment the local law deems necessary.all other considerations are but dust by comparison.



[[folder:Chanarach]]
!Chanarach ("Chana")

A Herald with little known about her at this time. Mentioned in a story from Hoid to have raced Fleet and lost.

She is associated with the Releaser/Dustbringer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Brave and Obedient.

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[[folder:Chanarach]]
!Chanarach ("Chana")

[[folder:Stick]]
!A Stick
-> ''"I am a stick."''

A Herald with little known about her at this time. Mentioned stick found in a story from Hoid to have raced Fleet and lost.

She is associated with
the Releaser/Dustbringer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Brave and Obedient.Frostlands. With Pattern translating Shallan tries to convince it to become fire.



* InSeriesNickname: She has the nickname Chana.
* NoNameGiven: In ''The Way of Kings'', we don't learn her name. However, subverted when we do learn it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* SuperSpeed: Implied to have some power that makes her fast, because Hoid speaks of Fleet beating her in a race as a serious accomplishment.

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* InSeriesNickname: She has the nickname Chana.
ADayInTheLimelight: Has his own "deleted" interlude. It can be found [[http://brandonsanderson.com/words-of-radiance-deleted-interlude-stick/ here]]. Predictably, it was released on AprilFoolsDay.
* NoNameGiven: In ''The Way {{Determinator}}: The stickiest of Kings'', we don't learn her name. However, subverted when we do learn it in ''Words of Radiance''.
sticks and will not be persuaded otherwise.
* SuperSpeed: Implied ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a stick.
* NoSell: He does not want
to have some power that makes her fast, because Hoid speaks of Fleet beating her in become fire, he is a race as a serious accomplishment.stick.



[[folder:Vedel]]
!Vedel (Vorin: Vedeledev)

One of the Heralds. Mentioned by "Taln" to be a healer who could help the sick and train the surgeons.

She is associated with the Edgedancer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Loving and Healing.

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[[folder:Vedel]]
!Vedel (Vorin: Vedeledev)

One of
[[folder:Vathah]]
!Vathah
->''"Brightlords have failed us in
the Heralds. Mentioned by "Taln" past."''

Leader of a large group of deserters. He runs afoul of Shallan, and while he dislikes her immensely, she manages
to be a healer who could help convince all of his men to follow her. He considers all the sick and train the surgeons.

She is associated with the Edgedancer Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Loving and Healing.
deserters (including himself) cutthroat scum.



%%* ActionGirl
* HealingHands: Implied, considering the way healing works here.
* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact that she's associated with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Friction and [[HealingHands Growth]].

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%%* ActionGirl
* HealingHands: Implied, considering TheCynic: He makes constant comments about how the way healing works here.
deserters Shallan recruited are going to turn on her eventually, and doesn't believe for a second that she can grant them clemency for their crimes.
* LeParkour: Implied, from DefrostingIceKing: He starts out convinced that Shallan is an ignorant and naive lighteyes who got lucky in convincing the fact deserters to fight for her. Once he finds out she has a Shardblade [[spoiler:when she kills Tyn with it]], he warms up to her, apparently deciding that she's associated more like him than she pretends.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Becomes much more trusting and subservient towards of Shallan when he realizes how many times she didn't kill him
with the Order of Edgedancers, who manipulate Friction and [[HealingHands Growth]].her shardblade for threatening or berating her.



[[folder:Paliah]]
!Paliah ("Pali")

A Herald said to be able to see the future.

She is associated with the Truthwatcher Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Learned and Giving.



* InSeriesNickname: She is called "Pali" by some of the other Heralds.
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed in ''The Way of Kings''. Subverted when it is revealed in ''Words of Radiance''.

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* InSeriesNickname: She is called "Pali" by some
!!Heralds
of the other Heralds.
Almighty
[[folder:Heralds]]
The ten Heralds were warriors of the Almighty, chosen to aid mankind during the Desolations. However, they abandoned their duties after many times having to return to Damnation, shattering the Oathpact.
----
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed AGodIAmNot: Though some are worshiped as them.
* CoolSword: The Honorblades, which are similar to Shardblades, but not quite the same, granting Surgebinding powers associated with the Order of Radiants that the Herald led. [[spoiler:Talenel'Elin is the only one known to still have one.]]
* FallenHero: Implied
in ''The Way ''Way of Kings''. Subverted when it is revealed in Kings'' and ''Words of Radiance''.Radiance'' that [[spoiler:while the Heralds are still apparently alive and on Roshar (minus Talenel), they have all gone insane to varying degrees. Nale has taken his obsession with law to the logical extreme, Jezrien spends his time as a drooling idiot and possibly a drunkard, Kalak has become whiny and scared towards paranoid levels, and Shalash is running around destroying sculptures and paintings of herself. And they're getting worse.]]
* TheOathbreaker: Everyone except Talenel'Elin, since he was dead at the time of the breaking. WordofGod says that the Oathpact may not be as dissolved as the Heralds would have liked to think when they tried to abandon it.



[[folder:Shalash]]
!Shalash ("Ash") (Vorin: Shallash, Herald of Beauty)
->''"A woman sits and scratches out her own eyes. Daughter of kings and winds, the vandal."''
-->--'''Death Rattle'''

The daughter of Jezrien, the Herald king. She appears in ''The Way of Kings'', destroying priceless works of art, especially those related to her. According to Nale, she has been "getting worse", although it isn't clear what he means by this.

She is associated with the Lightweaver Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Creative and Honest.

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[[folder:Shalash]]
!Shalash ("Ash")
[[folder:Jezrien]]
!Jezrien
(Vorin: Shallash, Jezerezeh, Herald of Beauty)
->''"A woman sits and scratches out her own eyes. Daughter of kings and winds, the vandal."''
-->--'''Death Rattle'''

The daughter of Jezrien, the Herald king. She appears in ''The Way of Kings'', destroying priceless works of art, especially those related to her. According to Nale, she
Kings)
->''"It
has been "getting worse", although decided. The Oathpact ends now."''

The Herald King, also known as the Stormfather, though the two are actually separate entities. Appears in the Prelude to tell Kalak that
it isn't clear what he means by this.

She
is time for the Oathpact to end. He is also the father of Shalash.

He
is associated with the Lightweaver Windrunner Order of the Knights Radiant. Her His divine attributes are Creative Protecting and Honest.Leading.



%%* ActionGirl
* AlchemyIsMagic: Associated with an Order of the Knights Radiant that specializes in [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and Soulcasting.
* AxCrazy: Av tells Baxil not to bother her if he values his limbs.
* TheCameo: Brandon revealed that she appears in ''The Way of Kings'', in response to being asked if she was The Mistress.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Goes around destroying every portrait, sculpture, or other representation of herself she can find.
* InSeriesNickname: Called Ash by the other Heralds.
* MasterOfIllusion: Associated with the Order of Lightweavers, who use this and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]].
* NoNameGiven: The name of the "Mistress" isn't revealed during her appearance in ''The Way of Kings''. She was only confirmed as Shalash (after much fan speculation) by WordOfGod.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Baxil and Av don't seem to actually know her real name, and only refer to her as "The Mistress". The Heralds, in turn, exclusively refer to her as "Ash."
* SanitySlippage: Implied; in the prologue of ''Words of Radiance'', Jasnah runs into Nale and another Herald (possibly Kalak) talking about how "Ash" is "getting worse."

to:

%%* ActionGirl
BadassBeard
* AlchemyIsMagic: Associated with an Order of BadassInCharge[=/=]TheLeader: Of the Knights Radiant that specializes in [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and Soulcasting.
* AxCrazy: Av tells Baxil not to bother her if he values his limbs.
* TheCameo: Brandon revealed that she appears in ''The Way of Kings'', in response to being asked if she was The Mistress.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Goes around destroying every portrait, sculpture, or other representation of herself she can find.
* InSeriesNickname: Called Ash by the other
Heralds.
* MasterOfIllusion: Associated with FallenHero: By the Order of Lightweavers, who use this and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]].
* NoNameGiven: The name of the "Mistress" isn't revealed during her appearance in ''The Way of Kings''. She was only confirmed as Shalash (after much fan speculation) by WordOfGod.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Baxil and Av don't seem to actually know her real name, and only refer to her as "The Mistress". The Heralds, in turn, exclusively refer to her as "Ash."
* SanitySlippage: Implied; in the prologue
time of ''Words of Radiance'', Jasnah runs into Nale [[spoiler:Nale]] says he'll lead humanity... if he ever stops drooling.
* IHaveManyNames: Or rather, gained several names after the last Desolation. These include Jezerezeh'Elin
and another Herald (possibly Kalak) talking about how "Ash" is "getting worse."Stormfather.
* LikeAGodToMe: He's worshipped as the "Stormfather" in Alethkar, who leads the highstorms, and, along with other Heralds, as a god in other parts of the world. However, see AGodIAmNot.



[[folder:Battar]]
!Battar (Vorin: Battab)

A Herald with relatively little known about her at this time.

She is associated with the Elsecaller Order of the Radiants. Her divine attributes are Wise and Careful.

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[[folder:Battar]]
!Battar
[[folder:Nale]]
!Nale ("Darkness")
(Vorin: Battab)

Nalan, Herald of Justice)
->''"Justice does not expire."''

Also known as Nin to the Shin.

A Herald with relatively little known about her at this time.

She
who seeks justice above all other things. During modern times, he has become a constable and is hunting down and killing Surgebinders that have committed crimes, no matter how minor the offence.

He
is associated with the Elsecaller Skybreaker Order of the Radiants. Her Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Wise Just and Careful.Confident.



%%* ActionGirl
* WomenAreWiser: Apparently, though we don't know for sure if that's accurate.

to:

%%* ActionGirl
* WomenAreWiser: Apparently, AppliedPhlebotinum: Carries around a variety of extremely powerful tools. These range from a fabrial that can bring someone back after they are killed by a Shardblade, to a captive Larkin he uses to drain stormlight from Radiant prisoners.
* BadassBeard: According to his statues,
though we don't it's not clear if they got it right.
* ByTheBookCop:
** By the time of the story, he's taken this to the extreme. He believes the only true thing in the world is laws, including the laws of mortal men. Therefore, despite marching all over the planet hunting down surgebinders, he is always very careful to make sure that they have committed some crime that makes executing them legal. It might be a harsher punishment than they'd normally receive, but it is definitely legal. [[spoiler:He takes Szeth under his wing after the latter finds out he never should have been made Truthless. Yes, Szeth's masters made a mistake, but Szeth obeyed their laws, and Nale holds that ideal very highly]].
** Somewhere between a KnightTemplar or an InspectorJavert, given that he'll freely execute both a kindly old man for a forty-year-old AccidentalMurder and a [[WouldHurtAChild thirteen-year-old thief who only steals food]].
* IHaveManyNames: His name is Nale, but he's also called Nalan by Vorinism, Nin by the Shin, and Darkness by Lift.
* InSeriesNickname: Lift gives him the nickname Darkness because she doesn't
know for sure if that's accurate.his real name.
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* TheStoic: He shows no emotion. Ever. The closest is when one of his men kills an unarmed hostage; Nale insists that the man remain behind and receive whatever punishment the local law deems necessary.



[[folder:Kalak]]
!Kalak (Vorin: Kelek)
->''"Forgive us."''

The point of view character in the prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive''. He was the last Herald to make it out of the Final Desolation, and missed out on the other Heralds deciding to abandon the Oathpact. He feels great regret when he leaves his Blade and abandons the Oathpact as well.

He is associated with the Willshaper Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Resolute and Builder.

to:

[[folder:Kalak]]
!Kalak (Vorin: Kelek)
->''"Forgive us."''

The point of view character in the prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive''. He was the last
[[folder:Chanarach]]
!Chanarach ("Chana")

A
Herald with little known about her at this time. Mentioned in a story from Hoid to make it out of the Final Desolation, have raced Fleet and missed out on the other Heralds deciding to abandon the Oathpact. He feels great regret when he leaves his Blade and abandons the Oathpact as well.

He
lost.

She
is associated with the Willshaper Releaser/Dustbringer Order of the Knights Radiant. His Her divine attributes are Resolute Brave and Builder.Obedient.



* IntroOnlyPointOfView: The prelude of ''The Way of Kings'' is from his point of view, but he doesn't show up for the rest of the book.
* TheParanoiac: His flavor of SanitySlippage.
-->'''Kalak:''' I'm worried about Ash.\\
'''Nale:''' You're worried about everything.\\
'''Kalak:''' She's getting worse. We weren't supposed to get worse. Am I getting worse? I think I feel worse.

to:

* IntroOnlyPointOfView: The prelude of InSeriesNickname: She has the nickname Chana.
* NoNameGiven: In
''The Way of Kings'' is from his point Kings'', we don't learn her name. However, subverted when we do learn it in ''Words of view, but he doesn't show up for the rest Radiance''.
* SuperSpeed: Implied to have some power that makes her fast, because Hoid speaks
of the book.
* TheParanoiac: His flavor of SanitySlippage.
-->'''Kalak:''' I'm worried about Ash.\\
'''Nale:''' You're worried about everything.\\
'''Kalak:''' She's getting worse. We weren't supposed to get worse. Am I getting worse? I think I feel worse.
Fleet beating her in a race as a serious accomplishment.



[[folder:Talenel]]
!Talenel'Elin ("Taln") (Vorin: Talenelat, Herald of War)
->''"Who am I? I am Talenel'Elin, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh god... it has come. And I have failed."''

The only Herald to die in the Final Desolation. While the other Heralds abandoned the Oathpact, he was forced to stay true to it by being tortured in Damnation.

A man claiming to be Talenel appears at the end of ''The Way of Kings'', proclaiming that he has failed and that another Desolation is coming. %%The "claiming to be Talenel" part is important, because Brandon has refused to confirm that the Modern Taln is the actual Taln.

He is associated with the Stoneward Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Dependable and Resourceful.

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[[folder:Talenel]]
!Talenel'Elin ("Taln")
[[folder:Vedel]]
!Vedel
(Vorin: Talenelat, Herald of War)
->''"Who am I? I am Talenel'Elin, Herald
Vedeledev)

One
of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh god... it has come. And I have failed."''

The only Herald to die in the Final Desolation. While the other Heralds abandoned the Oathpact, he was forced to stay true to it
Heralds. Mentioned by being tortured in Damnation.

A man claiming
"Taln" to be Talenel appears at a healer who could help the end of ''The Way of Kings'', proclaiming that he has failed sick and that another Desolation is coming. %%The "claiming to be Talenel" part is important, because Brandon has refused to confirm that train the Modern Taln is the actual Taln.

He
surgeons.

She
is associated with the Stoneward Edgedancer Order of the Knights Radiant. His Her divine attributes are Dependable Loving and Resourceful.Healing.



* BackFromTheDead: He shows up alive again in the epilogue, arriving before Hoid and proclaiming that he has "failed", most likely referring to [[spoiler:the death of the Almighty.]]
* {{Badass}}: He snaps out of his MadnessMantra twice: Once when Shallan performs some Lightweaving in from of him, and once when someone tries to kill [[spoiler:Amaram]] in front of him. In the latter case, he casually grabs a few poisoned darts out of the air so fast that the target couldn't even see him move.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the Prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive'', it's mentioned that he's the only Herald that didn't break the Oathpact. At the end of ''The Way of Kings'', someone claiming to be him shows up to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* TheDeterminator: Stated to be one of his defining traits. It's implied that his willpower is what's been keeping the Desolations back for the past four millennia.
* DisneyDeath: He seems to die again in the epilogue, but his Honorblade doesn't vanish. In the next book, he's found [[BedlamHouse in an insane asylum]], since nobody believes he is actually Taln.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Shows up at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* HeroicSacrifice: He often wins seemingly hopeless fights, but at the cost of his own life.
* HeroicVow: He is the only Herald still bound by the Oathpact.
* IHaveManyNames: Taln (by his fellow Heralds), Talenelat (in modern Alethkar), and Stonesinew.
* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit of charging into impossible battles. However, he also [[HeroicSacrifice has a tendency to win them]] [[ResurrectiveImmortality at the cost of his life.]]
* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.

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%%* ActionGirl
* BackFromTheDead: He shows up alive again in HealingHands: Implied, considering the epilogue, arriving before Hoid and proclaiming way healing works here.
* LeParkour: Implied, from the fact
that he has "failed", most likely referring to [[spoiler:the death of she's associated with the Almighty.]]
* {{Badass}}: He snaps out
Order of his MadnessMantra twice: Once when Shallan performs some Lightweaving in from of him, Edgedancers, who manipulate Friction and once when someone tries to kill [[spoiler:Amaram]] in front of him. In the latter case, he casually grabs a few poisoned darts out of the air so fast that the target couldn't even see him move.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the Prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive'', it's mentioned that he's the only Herald that didn't break the Oathpact. At the end of ''The Way of Kings'', someone claiming to be him shows up to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* TheDeterminator: Stated to be one of his defining traits. It's implied that his willpower is what's been keeping the Desolations back for the past four millennia.
* DisneyDeath: He seems to die again in the epilogue, but his Honorblade doesn't vanish. In the next book, he's found [[BedlamHouse in an insane asylum]], since nobody believes he is actually Taln.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Shows up at the end of ''The Way of Kings'' to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* HeroicSacrifice: He often wins seemingly hopeless fights, but at the cost of his own life.
* HeroicVow: He is the only Herald still bound by the Oathpact.
* IHaveManyNames: Taln (by his fellow Heralds), Talenelat (in modern Alethkar), and Stonesinew.
* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit of charging into impossible battles. However, he also [[HeroicSacrifice has a tendency to win them]] [[ResurrectiveImmortality at the cost of his life.]]
* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.
[[HealingHands Growth]].



[[folder:Ishar]]
!Ishar (Vorin: Ishi, Herald of Luck)

A Herald who was said to have helped found the Knights Radiant.

He is associated with the Bondsmith Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Pious and Guiding.

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[[folder:Ishar]]
!Ishar (Vorin: Ishi, Herald of Luck)

[[folder:Paliah]]
!Paliah ("Pali")

A Herald who was said to have helped found be able to see the Knights Radiant.

He
future.

She
is associated with the Bondsmith Truthwatcher Order of the Knights Radiant. His Her divine attributes are Pious Learned and Guiding.Giving.



* BaldOfAwesome: According to his statues, he has no hair. He's also badass enough to fight in the Desolations. However, it's not clear if the statues got it right.

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* BaldOfAwesome: According to his statues, he has no hair. He's also badass enough to fight in InSeriesNickname: She is called "Pali" by some of the Desolations. However, it's not clear if the statues got other Heralds.
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed in ''The Way of Kings''. Subverted when
it right.is revealed in ''Words of Radiance''.



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!!Beings of Magic

[[folder:Syl]]
!Sylphrena ("Syl")
->'''Syl:''' Kaladin. Do you know the Words?\\
'''Kaladin:''' All I wanted to do was protect them.\\
'''Syl:''' That's why I've come. The Words, Kaladin.

A mysterious spren who follows Kaladin throughout his enslavement. Usually taking on the appearance of a young woman she attempts to encourage Kaladin and keep him from giving up hope.

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!!Beings
[[folder:Shalash]]
!Shalash ("Ash") (Vorin: Shallash, Herald
of Magic

[[folder:Syl]]
!Sylphrena ("Syl")
->'''Syl:''' Kaladin. Do you know the Words?\\
'''Kaladin:''' All I wanted to do was protect them.\\
'''Syl:''' That's why I've come. The Words, Kaladin.

A mysterious spren who follows Kaladin throughout his enslavement. Usually taking on the appearance of a young
Beauty)
->''"A
woman sits and scratches out her own eyes. Daughter of kings and winds, the vandal."''
-->--'''Death Rattle'''

The daughter of Jezrien, the Herald king. She appears in ''The Way of Kings'', destroying priceless works of art, especially those related to her. According to Nale,
she attempts to encourage Kaladin has been "getting worse", although it isn't clear what he means by this.

She is associated with the Lightweaver Order of the Knights Radiant. Her divine attributes are Creative
and keep him from giving up hope.Honest.



* AnthropomorphicPersonification: All spren appear to be this to some degree. Though initially believed to be a simple windspren by Kaladin [[spoiler:Syl is in fact an Honorspren; spirit of oaths, promises and nobility. She even notes by implication that spren are attracted to whatever it is they are named for, rather than that they cause it.]]
* BondCreatures[=/=]{{Familiar}}: Shares a bond with Kaladin through which she gains greater sentience and he gains [[spoiler:[[GravityMaster surgebinding]] abilities]]. If the bond is severed, as Kaladin can choose for her to do if he asks, both boons are lost.
* EmpathicWeapon: Becomes this at the end of Words of Radiance.
* EquippableAlly: [[spoiler:Can turn into [[MorphWeapon a Shardblade, or any other weapon Kaladin needs]]]].
* AGodIAm: PlayedForLaughs. Rock insists that she is a god, and mentions that he'll build a shrine for her eventually. She loves this idea, and also likes to play with Rock by landing on his shoulder and laughing as he awkwardly tries to bow to her.
-->'''Syl:''' But I ''[[SincerityMode am]]'' a god, Kaladin. Just a [[PiecesOfGod very very tiny piece of one]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Performs the role of Good Angel for Kaladin. He doesn't really have a bad angel to balance it out, though, unless you count his crippling issues with what appears to be depression.
* InSeriesNickname: Her name is Sylphrena, but she has the nickname Syl.
* InvisibleToNormals: Is usually only visible to those she allows to see her, but some people, such as Rock, are born with the ability to see her.
* InvisibleJerkass: May have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] but she does enjoy playing pranks, usually only appearing afterwards to laugh at her victim.
* MysticalWaif: Of the six inch high variety in one of her more common forms.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Kaladin, and to a lesser extent to the entirety of Bridge Four.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, she's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* ShapeShifter: Can seemingly take any form but usually chooses to appear as a young woman about a handspan tall.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Kaladin, after a fashion. She's the reason for him learning the Immortal Words of the Order of Windrunners, after all.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Like most spren, she can transform of her own free will.
* WhamLine:
** In ''Way of Kings.''"I am [[spoiler:Honorspren]]".
** And again in ''Words of Radiance.'' "Oh, that's right. [[spoiler:You probably want me to be a spear, don't you]]?"

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: All spren appear to be this to some degree. Though initially believed to be a simple windspren by Kaladin [[spoiler:Syl is in fact AlchemyIsMagic: Associated with an Honorspren; spirit Order of oaths, promises and nobility. She even notes by implication the Knights Radiant that spren are attracted to whatever it is they are named for, rather than that they cause it.]]
* BondCreatures[=/=]{{Familiar}}: Shares a bond with Kaladin through which she gains greater sentience
specializes in [[MasterOfIllusion Lightweaving]] and he gains [[spoiler:[[GravityMaster surgebinding]] abilities]]. If the bond is severed, as Kaladin can choose for Soulcasting.
* AxCrazy: Av tells Baxil not to bother
her to do if he asks, both boons are lost.
values his limbs.
* EmpathicWeapon: Becomes this at the end of Words of Radiance.
* EquippableAlly: [[spoiler:Can turn into [[MorphWeapon a Shardblade, or any other weapon Kaladin needs]]]].
* AGodIAm: PlayedForLaughs. Rock insists
TheCameo: Brandon revealed that she is a god, and mentions that he'll build a shrine for her eventually. She loves this idea, and also likes to play with Rock by landing on his shoulder and laughing as he awkwardly tries to bow to her.
-->'''Syl:''' But I ''[[SincerityMode am]]'' a god, Kaladin. Just a [[PiecesOfGod very very tiny piece of one]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Performs the role of Good Angel for Kaladin. He doesn't really have a bad angel to balance it out, though, unless you count his crippling issues with what
appears in ''The Way of Kings'', in response to be depression.
being asked if she was The Mistress.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Goes around destroying every portrait, sculpture, or other representation of herself she can find.
* InSeriesNickname: Her name is Sylphrena, but she has Called Ash by the nickname Syl.
other Heralds.
* InvisibleToNormals: Is usually only visible to those she allows to see her, but some people, such as Rock, are born MasterOfIllusion: Associated with the ability to see her.
* InvisibleJerkass: May have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] but she does enjoy playing pranks, usually only appearing afterwards to laugh at her victim.
* MysticalWaif: Of the six inch high variety in one of her more common forms.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Kaladin, and to a lesser extent to the entirety of Bridge Four.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, she's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* ShapeShifter: Can seemingly take any form but usually chooses to appear as a young woman about a handspan tall.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Kaladin, after a fashion. She's the reason for him learning the Immortal Words of
the Order of Windrunners, after all.
Lightweavers, who use this and [[AlchemyIsMagic Soulcasting]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Like most spren, she can transform NoNameGiven: The name of the "Mistress" isn't revealed during her own free will.
* WhamLine:
** In ''Way
appearance in ''The Way of Kings.''"I am [[spoiler:Honorspren]]".
** And again
Kings''. She was only confirmed as Shalash (after much fan speculation) by WordOfGod.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Baxil and Av don't seem to actually know her real name, and only refer to her as "The Mistress". The Heralds,
in turn, exclusively refer to her as "Ash."
* SanitySlippage: Implied; in the prologue of
''Words of Radiance.'' "Oh, that's right. [[spoiler:You probably want me to be a spear, don't you]]?"Radiance'', Jasnah runs into Nale and another Herald (possibly Kalak) talking about how "Ash" is "getting worse."



[[folder:The Nightwatcher]]
!The Nightwatcher

A mysterious being living on Roshar. To those who visit her for the Old Magic, she gives you a boon which she thinks you deserve, as well as a curse to balance it.

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[[folder:The Nightwatcher]]
!The Nightwatcher

[[folder:Battar]]
!Battar (Vorin: Battab)

A mysterious being living on Roshar. To those who visit Herald with relatively little known about her for at this time.

She is associated with
the Old Magic, she gives you a boon which she thinks you deserve, as well as a curse to balance it.Elsecaller Order of the Radiants. Her divine attributes are Wise and Careful.



* TheGhost: Although referenced often, she is never seen.
* JackassGenie: Though she at least seems to only give the curse and boon to those who explicitly seek it out, and is clear on the rules. She's also less of a JackassGenie to those without selfish intentions. For example, someone who wanted to save his family from poverty and starvation got supplies, at the cost of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment seeing upside down for the rest of his life]]: he considered it worth it.
* EquivalentExchange: her gifts and curses seem to be in proportion, though the exact rules haven't been established.

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%%* ActionGirl
* TheGhost: Although referenced often, she is never seen.
* JackassGenie: Though she at least seems to only give the curse and boon to those who explicitly seek it out, and is clear on the rules. She's also less of a JackassGenie to those without selfish intentions. For example, someone who wanted to save his family from poverty and starvation got supplies, at the cost of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment seeing upside down for the rest of his life]]: he considered it worth it.
* EquivalentExchange: her gifts and curses seem to be in proportion,
WomenAreWiser: Apparently, though the exact rules haven't been established.we don't know for sure if that's accurate.



[[folder:Pattern]]
!Pattern
->''"So fascinating. You are all so '''fascinating'''."''

A "Cryptic" spren that grants Shallan her Soulcasting and Surgebinding powers. While in the physical world, he appears as a pattern of impossible, constantly-shifting lines that moves from surface to surface. In Shadesmar, he takes on the form of a humanoid being wearing a stiff cloak with a head shaped like an infinitely-complex (possibly fractal) geometric symbol.

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[[folder:Pattern]]
!Pattern
->''"So fascinating. You are all so '''fascinating'''.
[[folder:Kalak]]
!Kalak (Vorin: Kelek)
->''"Forgive us.
"''

A "Cryptic" spren that grants Shallan her Soulcasting and Surgebinding powers. While The point of view character in the physical world, he appears as a pattern prelude to ''The Stormlight Archive''. He was the last Herald to make it out of impossible, constantly-shifting lines that moves from surface to surface. In Shadesmar, he takes the Final Desolation, and missed out on the form of a humanoid being wearing a stiff cloak other Heralds deciding to abandon the Oathpact. He feels great regret when he leaves his Blade and abandons the Oathpact as well.

He is associated
with a head shaped like an infinitely-complex (possibly fractal) geometric symbol. the Willshaper Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Resolute and Builder.



* AlienGeometries: His Physical Realm form is a living, constantly shifting fractal. Shallan specifically notes that any time she tries to draw him she can't do it justice because his surface is infinitely detailed.
* BadLiar: Despite the fact that he loves lies, he's ''really'' bad at making them up himself.
* CatchPhrase: "It is a pattern".
* CunningLinguist: He can puzzle out most ancient languages to a degree, since all languages are patterns, and newer languages are based on older ones.
* DarkSecret: He ''is'' Shallan's. [[spoiler:He came to her as a child, and she began to grow into her surgebinding abilities. When Shallan's mother realized her daughter was becoming a Radiant, she tried to kill her, and Shallan used Pattern as a Shardblade to kill her]].
* EquippableAlly: The first of the new wave of [[spoiler:spren (chronologically) to assume Shard form.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He understands a lot of complex concepts easily, but has difficulty with rather simple ones, like eating.
* MasterOfUnlocking: A lock is just a pattern, after all, and he is so very good with patterns.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as something like this for Shallan, although she spends more time teaching him how humans think. For Pattern, anything that is not the literal truth is a lie, and he has great fun growing to understand concepts like metaphor and sarcasm.
* VerbalTic: "Mmm..."
* YouAreNumberSix: Apparently he has a real name, but it consists of lots of numbers and is hard to say.

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* AlienGeometries: His Physical Realm form IntroOnlyPointOfView: The prelude of ''The Way of Kings'' is a living, constantly shifting fractal. Shallan specifically notes that any time she tries to draw him she can't do it justice because from his surface is infinitely detailed.
* BadLiar: Despite
point of view, but he doesn't show up for the fact that he loves lies, he's ''really'' bad at making them up himself.
* CatchPhrase: "It is a pattern".
* CunningLinguist: He can puzzle out most ancient languages to a degree, since all languages are patterns, and newer languages are based on older ones.
* DarkSecret: He ''is'' Shallan's. [[spoiler:He came to her as a child, and she began to grow into her surgebinding abilities. When Shallan's mother realized her daughter was becoming a Radiant, she tried to kill her, and Shallan used Pattern as a Shardblade to kill her]].
* EquippableAlly: The first
rest of the new wave book.
* TheParanoiac: His flavor
of [[spoiler:spren (chronologically) SanitySlippage.
-->'''Kalak:''' I'm worried about Ash.\\
'''Nale:''' You're worried about everything.\\
'''Kalak:''' She's getting worse. We weren't supposed
to assume Shard form.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He understands a lot of complex concepts easily, but has difficulty with rather simple ones, like eating.
* MasterOfUnlocking: A lock is just a pattern, after all, and he is so very good with patterns.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as something like this for Shallan, although she spends more time teaching him how humans think. For Pattern, anything that is not the literal truth is a lie, and he has great fun growing to understand concepts like metaphor and sarcasm.
* VerbalTic: "Mmm..."
* YouAreNumberSix: Apparently he has a real name, but it consists of lots of numbers and is hard to say.
get worse. Am I getting worse? I think I feel worse.



[[folder:Stormfather]]
!The Stormfather
->''"IT HAPPENED AS IT ONCE DID. MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, CHILD OF TANAVAST."''

The entity that sends the Highstorms. He is loud, quick to anger, and very, very dangerous, but he cares deeply for his children and wants to serve the wishes of his father, Honor. He is often conflated with Jezrien, the Herald King.

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[[folder:Stormfather]]
!The Stormfather
->''"IT HAPPENED AS IT ONCE DID. MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, CHILD OF TANAVAST.
[[folder:Talenel]]
!Talenel'Elin ("Taln") (Vorin: Talenelat, Herald of War)
->''"Who am I? I am Talenel'Elin, Herald of the Almighty. The Desolation has come. Oh god... it has come. And I have failed.
"''

The entity that sends the Highstorms. He is loud, quick to anger, and very, very dangerous, but he cares deeply for his children and wants to serve the wishes of his father, Honor. He is often conflated with Jezrien, the only Herald King.to die in the Final Desolation. While the other Heralds abandoned the Oathpact, he was forced to stay true to it by being tortured in Damnation.

A man claiming to be Talenel appears at the end of ''The Way of Kings'', proclaiming that he has failed and that another Desolation is coming. %%The "claiming to be Talenel" part is important, because Brandon has refused to confirm that the Modern Taln is the actual Taln.

He is associated with the Stoneward Order of the Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Dependable and Resourceful.



* BondCreature: [[spoiler:Dalinar bonds to him at the end of ''Words of Radiance'']], much to his annoyance. He insists that he won't [[spoiler:turn into a sword, however.]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:The Almighty left him with the visions to give to whoever he deemed worthy. Dalinar is the most recent, but there were others before him, including Gavilar. Kaladin has a highstorm vision at one point, but it might not have been from the same package, and Szeth implies he was made Truthless because of visions as well]].
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry a ''lot''. Threaten his children? He's furious. Dare to try and survive one of his storms? He's furious. Talk to him? He's furious.
-->'''Eshonai:''' Though the spren had betrayed her people, they still respected the Stormfather. He would kill anyone who did not respect him.
* KillEmAll: When [[spoiler:the Parshendi summon the Everstorm]], an act which will surely kill off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers, the Stormfather responds by... sending a Highstorm early, which has an even higher chance of killing off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers. Some of the things Syl says imply that sending Highstorms is [[TheAllSolvingHammer his answer to everything]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Through the highstorms, he is the source of magic in Roshar, but he can't control what people do with it once they have it. [[spoiler:He seems genuinely regretful when Eshonai accidentally gets herself possessed by a Voidbringer spren, but tells her he can't stop it]].
* OverprotectiveDad: He is the father of the Honorspren, and refuses to let any of them bond with humans, as he is terrified that they will be killed again. However, if they successfully make the bond, he can't stop them.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium. Some of his statements imply that the Stormfather may be one of the largest remaining pieces of Honor; he's certainly one of the most powerful spren in Roshar.

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* BondCreature: [[spoiler:Dalinar bonds to him at BackFromTheDead: He shows up alive again in the end of ''Words of Radiance'']], much to his annoyance. He insists epilogue, arriving before Hoid and proclaiming that he won't [[spoiler:turn into a sword, however.has "failed", most likely referring to [[spoiler:the death of the Almighty.]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:The Almighty left him with the visions to give to whoever he deemed worthy. Dalinar is the most recent, but there were others before {{Badass}}: He snaps out of his MadnessMantra twice: Once when Shallan performs some Lightweaving in from of him, including Gavilar. Kaladin has a highstorm vision at one point, but it might not have been from and once when someone tries to kill [[spoiler:Amaram]] in front of him. In the same package, and Szeth implies latter case, he was made Truthless because casually grabs a few poisoned darts out of visions as well]].
the air so fast that the target couldn't even see him move.
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry a ''lot''. Threaten his children? He's furious. Dare ChekhovsGunman: In the Prelude to try and survive ''The Stormlight Archive'', it's mentioned that he's the only Herald that didn't break the Oathpact. At the end of ''The Way of Kings'', someone claiming to be him shows up to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* TheDeterminator: Stated to be
one of his storms? He's furious. Talk to him? He's furious.
-->'''Eshonai:''' Though the spren had betrayed her people, they still respected the Stormfather. He would kill anyone who did not respect him.
* KillEmAll: When [[spoiler:the Parshendi summon the Everstorm]], an act which will surely kill off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers, the Stormfather responds by... sending a Highstorm early, which has an even higher chance of killing off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers. Some of the things Syl says imply
defining traits. It's implied that sending Highstorms is [[TheAllSolvingHammer his answer to everything]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Through
willpower is what's been keeping the highstorms, Desolations back for the past four millennia.
* DisneyDeath: He seems to die again in the epilogue, but his Honorblade doesn't vanish. In the next book, he's found [[BedlamHouse in an insane asylum]], since nobody believes
he is actually Taln.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Shows up at
the source end of magic in Roshar, ''The Way of Kings'' to declare that another Desolation is coming.
* HeroicSacrifice: He often wins seemingly hopeless fights,
but he can't control what people do with it once they have it. [[spoiler:He seems genuinely regretful when Eshonai accidentally gets herself possessed by a Voidbringer spren, but tells her he can't stop it]].
at the cost of his own life.
* OverprotectiveDad: HeroicVow: He is the father of only Herald still bound by the Honorspren, Oathpact.
* IHaveManyNames: Taln (by his fellow Heralds), Talenelat (in modern Alethkar),
and refuses to let any Stonesinew.
* LeeroyJenkins: Has a habit
of them bond with humans, as he is terrified that they will be killed again. charging into impossible battles. However, if they successfully make he also [[HeroicSacrifice has a tendency to win them]] [[ResurrectiveImmortality at the bond, he can't stop them.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium. Some
cost of his statements imply that life.]]
* LeftForDead: In
the Stormfather may be one of prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the largest remaining pieces Heralds are bound into a cycle of Honor; he's certainly one of reincarnation, spending the most powerful spren time between Desolations being tortured in Roshar.[[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.



[[folder:Wyndle]]
!Wyndle
->''"Have you realized, that while you '''claim''' to be a master thief, '''I''' do all of the work in this relationship?"''

Lift's spren, who appears as vines growing on the ground, invisible to most. He is a scholar and gardener, constantly upset with Lift's antics.

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[[folder:Wyndle]]
!Wyndle
->''"Have you realized, that while you '''claim'''
[[folder:Ishar]]
!Ishar (Vorin: Ishi, Herald of Luck)

A Herald who was said
to be a master thief, '''I''' do all have helped found the Knights Radiant.

He is associated with the Bondsmith Order
of the work in this relationship?"''

Lift's spren, who appears as vines growing on the ground, invisible to most. He is a scholar
Knights Radiant. His divine attributes are Pious and gardener, constantly upset with Lift's antics.Guiding.



* BeleagueredAssistant: Lift insists that he's a Voidbringer she trapped, and now he has to do what she says. He's not.
-->'''Wyndle:''' ''I'' wanted to pick a distinguished Iriali matron. A grandmother, an accomplished gardener. But no, the Ring said we should choose you. "She has visited the Old Magic," they said. "Our mother has blessed her," they said. "She will be young, and we can mold her," they said. Well, ''they'' don't have to put up with--\\
'''Lift:''' Shut it, Voidbringer.
* {{Irony}}: Spren lose their memories when they cross over to the Physical Realm. Due to his people's precautions, he kept the majority of his memories, and is therefore able to explain to Lift exactly how their bond works, the reason he came back in the first place, and what can be done to stop the coming Desolation--all questions the other Surgebinders have been asking their spren constantly. Unfortunately, he's bonded to Lift.
-->"I can't affect the Physical Realm except in minor ways," Wyndle said. "This means that you will need to use Investiture to--"\\
Lift yawned.\\
"Use Investiture to--"\\
She yawned ''wider''. Starvin' Voidbringers never could catch a hint.
* NatureLover: He was apparently a respected gardener in the Cognitive Realm, though he grew crystals rather than plants.

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* BeleagueredAssistant: Lift insists that he's a Voidbringer she trapped, and now he has to do what she says. He's not.
-->'''Wyndle:''' ''I'' wanted to pick a distinguished Iriali matron. A grandmother, an accomplished gardener. But no,
{{Badass}}: Despite essentially being the Ring said we should choose you. "She has visited Herald of the Old Magic," they said. "Our mother has blessed her," they said. "She will be young, and we can mold her," they said. Well, ''they'' don't have to put up with--\\
'''Lift:''' Shut it, Voidbringer.
* {{Irony}}: Spren lose their memories when they cross over to
priesthood, he was still a Herald. When he founded the Physical Realm. Due Knights Radiant, he did so by threatening to his people's precautions, he kept the majority of his memories, and is therefore able to explain to Lift exactly how their bond works, the reason he came back in the first place, and what can be done to stop the coming Desolation--all questions the other personally destroy any Surgebinders who didn't step into line. No one seems to think this would have been asking their spren constantly. Unfortunately, he's bonded difficult for him.
* BaldOfAwesome: According
to Lift.
-->"I can't affect the Physical Realm except in minor ways," Wyndle said. "This means that you will need
his statues, he has no hair. He's also badass enough to use Investiture to--"\\
Lift yawned.\\
"Use Investiture to--"\\
She yawned ''wider''. Starvin' Voidbringers never could catch a hint.
* NatureLover: He was apparently a respected gardener
fight in the Cognitive Realm, Desolations. However, it's not clear if the statues got it right.
* TheSmartGuy: He's the one who organized the Surgebinders into the Knights Radiant, and Taln refers to Shallan as "one of Ishar's Knights" at one point (even
though he grew crystals rather than plants.
her patron is Shallash).




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!!Beings of Magic

[[folder:Syl]]
!Sylphrena ("Syl")
->'''Syl:''' Kaladin. Do you know the Words?\\
'''Kaladin:''' All I wanted to do was protect them.\\
'''Syl:''' That's why I've come. The Words, Kaladin.

A mysterious spren who follows Kaladin throughout his enslavement. Usually taking on the appearance of a young woman she attempts to encourage Kaladin and keep him from giving up hope.




!!Ghostbloods

[[folder:Thaidakar]]
!Thaidakar

The leader of the Ghostbloods. A shadowy figure who wants the secrets of Roshar for himself.
----
* TheGhost: Despite being an important character, he hasn't been seen yet.
* TheLeader: Leads the Ghostbloods.
* NotMeThisTime: Gavilar assumes that he's the one who sent Szeth after him. Szeth has never heard of the man; if Thaidakar sent an assassin, Szeth got there first.

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\n!!Ghostbloods\n\n[[folder:Thaidakar]]\n!Thaidakar\n\nThe leader * AnthropomorphicPersonification: All spren appear to be this to some degree. Though initially believed to be a simple windspren by Kaladin [[spoiler:Syl is in fact an Honorspren; spirit of oaths, promises and nobility. She even notes by implication that spren are attracted to whatever it is they are named for, rather than that they cause it.]]
* BondCreatures[=/=]{{Familiar}}: Shares a bond with Kaladin through which she gains greater sentience and he gains [[spoiler:[[GravityMaster surgebinding]] abilities]]. If the bond is severed, as Kaladin can choose for her to do if he asks, both boons are lost.
* EmpathicWeapon: Becomes this at the end of Words of Radiance.
* EquippableAlly: [[spoiler:Can turn into [[MorphWeapon a Shardblade, or any other weapon Kaladin needs]]]].
* AGodIAm: PlayedForLaughs. Rock insists that she is a god, and mentions that he'll build a shrine for her eventually. She loves this idea, and also likes to play with Rock by landing on his shoulder and laughing as he awkwardly tries to bow to her.
-->'''Syl:''' But I ''[[SincerityMode am]]'' a god, Kaladin. Just a [[PiecesOfGod very very tiny piece of one]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Performs the role of Good Angel for Kaladin. He doesn't really have a bad angel to balance it out, though, unless you count his crippling issues with what appears to be depression.
* InSeriesNickname: Her name is Sylphrena, but she has the nickname Syl.
* InvisibleToNormals: Is usually only visible to those she allows to see her, but some people, such as Rock, are born with the ability to see her.
* InvisibleJerkass: May have a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] but she does enjoy playing pranks, usually only appearing afterwards to laugh at her victim.
* MysticalWaif: Of the six inch high variety in one of her more common forms.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Kaladin, and to a lesser extent to the entirety of Bridge Four.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, she's a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* ShapeShifter: Can seemingly take any form but usually chooses to appear as a young woman about a handspan tall.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Kaladin, after a fashion. She's the reason for him learning the Immortal Words
of the Ghostbloods. A shadowy figure who wants the secrets Order of Roshar for himself.
----
* TheGhost: Despite being an important character, he hasn't been seen yet.
* TheLeader: Leads the Ghostbloods.
* NotMeThisTime: Gavilar assumes that he's the one who sent Szeth
Windrunners, after him. Szeth has never heard all.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Like most spren, she can transform
of the man; if Thaidakar sent an assassin, Szeth got there first.
her own free will.
* WhamLine:
** In ''Way of Kings.''"I am [[spoiler:Honorspren]]".
** And again in ''Words of Radiance.'' "Oh, that's right. [[spoiler:You probably want me to be a spear, don't you]]?"



[[folder:Kabsal]]
!Kabsal
->''"You still appear conflicted. What must I do to put you at ease? Shall I step up onto this desk here and do a jig?"''

A member of the Ardentia. He believes in Vorinism, and has made it his mission to convert notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin to its teachings. Along the way, he becomes friends with Shallan Davar. He is actually a Ghostblood.

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[[folder:Kabsal]]
!Kabsal
->''"You still appear conflicted. What must I do to put
[[folder:The Nightwatcher]]
!The Nightwatcher

A mysterious being living on Roshar. To those who visit her for the Old Magic, she gives
you at ease? Shall I step up onto this desk here and do a jig?"''

A member of the Ardentia. He believes in Vorinism, and has made it his mission
boon which she thinks you deserve, as well as a curse to convert notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin to its teachings. Along the way, he becomes friends with Shallan Davar. He is actually a Ghostblood.balance it.



%%* AffablyEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He is killed by his own poisoned bread.]]
* TheMole: Revealed to be one of the Ghostbloods, tasked to [[spoiler:assassinate Jasnah Kholin]].
* OddFriendship: With Shallan Davar.
* SinisterMinister: Of a sort. He's not malicious to anyone but Jasnah as far as is known, [[spoiler:but he did try to kill her.]]

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%%* AffablyEvil
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He TheGhost: Although referenced often, she is killed by never seen.
* JackassGenie: Though she at least seems to only give the curse and boon to those who explicitly seek it out, and is clear on the rules. She's also less of a JackassGenie to those without selfish intentions. For example, someone who wanted to save
his own poisoned bread.]]
family from poverty and starvation got supplies, at the cost of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment seeing upside down for the rest of his life]]: he considered it worth it.
* TheMole: Revealed EquivalentExchange: her gifts and curses seem to be one of in proportion, though the Ghostbloods, tasked to [[spoiler:assassinate Jasnah Kholin]].
* OddFriendship: With Shallan Davar.
* SinisterMinister: Of a sort. He's not malicious to anyone but Jasnah as far as is known, [[spoiler:but he did try to kill her.]]
exact rules haven't been established.



[[folder:Mraize]]
!Mraize
->''"I hired the hunter I felt best for the task, and I understood the risks."''

One of the Ghostbloods who Shallan meets in the Alethi warcamps.

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[[folder:Mraize]]
!Mraize
->''"I hired the hunter I felt best for the task, and I understood the risks.
[[folder:Pattern]]
!Pattern
->''"So fascinating. You are all so '''fascinating'''.
"''

One of the Ghostbloods who A "Cryptic" spren that grants Shallan meets her Soulcasting and Surgebinding powers. While in the Alethi warcamps.physical world, he appears as a pattern of impossible, constantly-shifting lines that moves from surface to surface. In Shadesmar, he takes on the form of a humanoid being wearing a stiff cloak with a head shaped like an infinitely-complex (possibly fractal) geometric symbol.



* TheApprentice: Shallan is surprised to find that he is Iyatil's apprentice, rather than the other way around.
* DimensionalTraveler: Implied; he wonders if someone is human, and notes that "he's certainly not of the local species." Most people from Roshar don't use the word human regularly, and definitely don't know there are more on other planets.
* KnifeNut: He's very fond of throwing sharp things in Shallan's direction to judge her reactions.
* MysteriousBacker: Shallan has no idea what his end goals are. She initially assumes he's doing something evil, but the fact that [[spoiler:he only had Jasnah assassinated because she had done the same to a number of his men]] casts his actions in a different light.
* PetTheDog:
** He coos over Shallan's drawings like a proud father, and compliments her on completing a task without him even noticing she had attempted it.
--->'''Mraize:''' It is not often that I am proven a fool. Well done.
** At the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he [[spoiler:tells Shallan he will bring her family to the Shattered Plains and Urithiru. Not as hostages or in exchange for anything, but as a gift in recognition of Shallan's accomplishments]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When he accepts Shallan as a provisional member, he idly notes that while Ghostbloods are not allowed to kill each other, killing provisional members is another story. Shallan takes the hint, and is careful to dodge the assassins that try to follow her.
* SeenItAll: Iyatil mentions that he is ''very'' hard to surprise, as he has apparently seen much in his lifetime.

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* TheApprentice: AlienGeometries: His Physical Realm form is a living, constantly shifting fractal. Shallan is surprised to find that he is Iyatil's apprentice, rather than the other way around.
* DimensionalTraveler: Implied; he wonders if someone is human, and
specifically notes that "he's certainly not of any time she tries to draw him she can't do it justice because his surface is infinitely detailed.
* BadLiar: Despite
the local species." Most people from Roshar don't use the word human regularly, fact that he loves lies, he's ''really'' bad at making them up himself.
* CatchPhrase: "It is a pattern".
* CunningLinguist: He can puzzle out most ancient languages to a degree, since all languages are patterns,
and definitely don't know there newer languages are more based on other planets.
older ones.
* KnifeNut: He's very fond of throwing sharp things in DarkSecret: He ''is'' Shallan's. [[spoiler:He came to her as a child, and she began to grow into her surgebinding abilities. When Shallan's direction to judge mother realized her reactions.
* MysteriousBacker:
daughter was becoming a Radiant, she tried to kill her, and Shallan used Pattern as a Shardblade to kill her]].
* EquippableAlly: The first of the new wave of [[spoiler:spren (chronologically) to assume Shard form.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He understands a lot of complex concepts easily, but
has no idea what his end goals are. She initially assumes difficulty with rather simple ones, like eating.
* MasterOfUnlocking: A lock is just a pattern, after all, and he is so very good with patterns.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature,
he's doing a Splinter of Honor, who is in turn a Shard of Adonalsium.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as
something evil, but the fact like this for Shallan, although she spends more time teaching him how humans think. For Pattern, anything that [[spoiler:he only had Jasnah assassinated because she had done the same to a number of his men]] casts his actions in a different light.
* PetTheDog:
** He coos over Shallan's drawings like a proud father, and compliments her on completing a task without him even noticing she had attempted it.
--->'''Mraize:''' It
is not often that I am proven a fool. Well done.
** At
the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he [[spoiler:tells Shallan he will bring her family to the Shattered Plains literal truth is a lie, and Urithiru. Not as hostages or in exchange for anything, he has great fun growing to understand concepts like metaphor and sarcasm.
* VerbalTic: "Mmm..."
* YouAreNumberSix: Apparently he has a real name,
but as a gift in recognition it consists of Shallan's accomplishments]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When he accepts Shallan as a provisional member, he idly notes that while Ghostbloods are not allowed to kill each other, killing provisional members is another story. Shallan takes the hint,
lots of numbers and is careful to dodge the assassins that try to follow her.
* SeenItAll: Iyatil mentions that he is ''very''
hard to surprise, as he has apparently seen much in his lifetime.say.



[[folder:Iyatil]]
!Iyatil
->''"I have many times asked myself, why those of you here go about so brazenly with features exposed to all who would see them. My mask reserves my self. Besides, it gives me the ability to adapt."''

A Ghostblood woman who Shallan initially mistakes for a boy, both for her figure and the fact that she wears a mask.

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[[folder:Iyatil]]
!Iyatil
->''"I have many times asked myself, why those of you here go about so brazenly with features exposed to all who would see them. My mask reserves my self. Besides, it gives me the ability to adapt.
[[folder:Stormfather]]
!The Stormfather
->''"IT HAPPENED AS IT ONCE DID. MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, CHILD OF TANAVAST.
"''

A Ghostblood woman who Shallan initially mistakes for a boy, both for her figure and the fact The entity that she wears a mask.sends the Highstorms. He is loud, quick to anger, and very, very dangerous, but he cares deeply for his children and wants to serve the wishes of his father, Honor. He is often conflated with Jezrien, the Herald King.



* CoolMask: Her mask is made of some kind of orange carapace, possibly Parshendi. She threatens to kill the ardents who try to remove it.
* TheMentor: She's actually Mraize's master, not the other way around. He specifically refers to her as his ''babsk'', the Thaylen word for this.
* MadnessMantra: She fakes one when pretending to be Shallan's crazy sister.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When she realizes that Shallan's plan to [[WeNeedADistraction sneak into the Ardentia]] is to pretend that Iyatil is her crazy sister. To her credit, she plays along like a champ.

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* CoolMask: Her mask BondCreature: [[spoiler:Dalinar bonds to him at the end of ''Words of Radiance'']], much to his annoyance. He insists that he won't [[spoiler:turn into a sword, however.]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:The Almighty left him with the visions to give to whoever he deemed worthy. Dalinar
is the most recent, but there were others before him, including Gavilar. Kaladin has a highstorm vision at one point, but it might not have been from the same package, and Szeth implies he was made Truthless because of some kind visions as well]].
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry a ''lot''. Threaten his children? He's furious. Dare to try and survive one
of orange carapace, possibly Parshendi. She threatens his storms? He's furious. Talk to him? He's furious.
-->'''Eshonai:''' Though the spren had betrayed her people, they still respected the Stormfather. He would
kill anyone who did not respect him.
* KillEmAll: When [[spoiler:the Parshendi summon
the ardents who try to remove it.
* TheMentor: She's actually Mraize's master, not
Everstorm]], an act which will surely kill off the other way around. He specifically refers to her as Alethi armies and all their camp followers, the Stormfather responds by... sending a Highstorm early, which has an even higher chance of killing off the Alethi armies and all their camp followers. Some of the things Syl says imply that sending Highstorms is [[TheAllSolvingHammer his ''babsk'', answer to everything]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Through
the Thaylen word for this.
* MadnessMantra: She fakes one
highstorms, he is the source of magic in Roshar, but he can't control what people do with it once they have it. [[spoiler:He seems genuinely regretful when pretending Eshonai accidentally gets herself possessed by a Voidbringer spren, but tells her he can't stop it]].
* OverprotectiveDad: He is the father of the Honorspren, and refuses
to be Shallan's crazy sister.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When she realizes
let any of them bond with humans, as he is terrified that Shallan's plan to [[WeNeedADistraction sneak into they will be killed again. However, if they successfully make the Ardentia]] bond, he can't stop them.
* PiecesOfGod: As a spren related to consciousness rather than nature, he's a Splinter of Honor, who
is to pretend in turn a Shard of Adonalsium. Some of his statements imply that Iyatil is her crazy sister. To her credit, she plays along like a champ.the Stormfather may be one of the largest remaining pieces of Honor; he's certainly one of the most powerful spren in Roshar.



[[folder:Lin Davar]]
!Lin Davar
->''"Everywhere I step, I find only corners. Slowly, they trap me."''

Shallan's abusive father. Revealed posthumously to be a member of the Ghostbloods.

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[[folder:Lin Davar]]
!Lin Davar
->''"Everywhere I step, I find only corners. Slowly, they trap me."''

Shallan's abusive father. Revealed posthumously
[[folder:Wyndle]]
!Wyndle
->''"Have you realized, that while you '''claim'''
to be a member master thief, '''I''' do all of the Ghostbloods.work in this relationship?"''

Lift's spren, who appears as vines growing on the ground, invisible to most. He is a scholar and gardener, constantly upset with Lift's antics.



* AbusiveParents: He beat all of his sons and treated them horribly.
* DomesticAbuser: Sort of. [[spoiler:After Shallan killed her mother, he pretended that he had been the killer to protect her. But the stress of this caused him to become genuinely abusive to his second wife, Malise Gevelmar, who he later murdered.]]
* NoNameGiven: Shallan refers to him often in ''The Way of Kings'', but we didn't find out his name in that book. However, we eventually learned it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dead before the story begins, but still gets some character development in Shallan's flashbacks.

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* AbusiveParents: He beat all BeleagueredAssistant: Lift insists that he's a Voidbringer she trapped, and now he has to do what she says. He's not.
-->'''Wyndle:''' ''I'' wanted to pick a distinguished Iriali matron. A grandmother, an accomplished gardener. But no, the Ring said we should choose you. "She has visited the Old Magic," they said. "Our mother has blessed her," they said. "She will be young, and we can mold her," they said. Well, ''they'' don't have to put up with--\\
'''Lift:''' Shut it, Voidbringer.
* {{Irony}}: Spren lose their memories when they cross over to the Physical Realm. Due to his people's precautions, he kept the majority
of his sons memories, and treated them horribly.
* DomesticAbuser: Sort of. [[spoiler:After Shallan killed her mother,
is therefore able to explain to Lift exactly how their bond works, the reason he pretended came back in the first place, and what can be done to stop the coming Desolation--all questions the other Surgebinders have been asking their spren constantly. Unfortunately, he's bonded to Lift.
-->"I can't affect the Physical Realm except in minor ways," Wyndle said. "This means
that he had been you will need to use Investiture to--"\\
Lift yawned.\\
"Use Investiture to--"\\
She yawned ''wider''. Starvin' Voidbringers never could catch a hint.
* NatureLover: He was apparently a respected gardener in
the killer to protect her. But the stress of this caused him to become genuinely abusive to his second wife, Malise Gevelmar, who Cognitive Realm, though he later murdered.]]
* NoNameGiven: Shallan refers to him often in ''The Way of Kings'', but we didn't find out his name in that book. However, we eventually learned it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dead before the story begins, but still gets some character development in Shallan's flashbacks.
grew crystals rather than plants.




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!!Other Characters

[[folder:Thinker]]
!Demoux

A man searching for Hoid alongside Blunt (Baon) and Grump (Galladon). He's Demoux from ''Mistborn'', and he is now a part of the Worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.



* TheCameo: He is Demoux from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Scadrial.
* ScarsAreForever: He still has the scar he received 300 years ago in ''The Hero of Ages''.

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!!Ghostbloods

[[folder:Thaidakar]]
!Thaidakar

The leader of the Ghostbloods. A shadowy figure who wants the secrets of Roshar for himself.
----
* TheCameo: He is Demoux from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''.
TheGhost: Despite being an important character, he hasn't been seen yet.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Scadrial.
TheLeader: Leads the Ghostbloods.
* ScarsAreForever: He still NotMeThisTime: Gavilar assumes that he's the one who sent Szeth after him. Szeth has never heard of the scar he received 300 years ago in ''The Hero of Ages''.man; if Thaidakar sent an assassin, Szeth got there first.



[[folder:Grump]]
!Galladon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Thinker (Demoux) and Blunt (Baon). He's Galladon from ''Elantris'', and he has joined up with the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.

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[[folder:Grump]]
!Galladon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Thinker (Demoux)
[[folder:Kabsal]]
!Kabsal
->''"You still appear conflicted. What must I do to put you at ease? Shall I step up onto this desk here
and Blunt (Baon). He's Galladon from ''Elantris'', do a jig?"''

A member of the Ardentia. He believes in Vorinism,
and he has joined up made it his mission to convert notorious heretic Jasnah Kholin to its teachings. Along the way, he becomes friends with the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.Shallan Davar. He is actually a Ghostblood.



* TheCameo: He is Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Sel.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Aside from his occasional lines similar to those from his book of origin in Alethi, he also says a sentence that is noticeable as Duladen.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His appearance is very different from [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation that which]] [[BaldOfAwesome he had]] in the end of ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', which takes place chronologically prior in the Cosmere books. However, this could be due to [[MasterOfIllusion Aon Shao or Lightweaving]].

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%%* AffablyEvil
* TheCameo: He HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He is Galladon from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Sel.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Aside from
killed by his occasional lines similar own poisoned bread.]]
* TheMole: Revealed
to those from his book be one of origin in Alethi, he also says a sentence that is noticeable as Duladen.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His appearance is very different from [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation that which]] [[BaldOfAwesome he had]] in
the end of ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', which takes place chronologically prior in the Cosmere books. However, this could be due Ghostbloods, tasked to [[MasterOfIllusion Aon Shao or Lightweaving]].[[spoiler:assassinate Jasnah Kholin]].
* OddFriendship: With Shallan Davar.
* SinisterMinister: Of a sort. He's not malicious to anyone but Jasnah as far as is known, [[spoiler:but he did try to kill her.]]



[[folder:Blunt]]
!Baon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Grump (Galladon) and Thinker (Demoux). He is Baon, a character from the unreleased Cosmere book ''White Sand'', and he has joined the worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard. He's also an archer.

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[[folder:Blunt]]
!Baon

A man searching
[[folder:Mraize]]
!Mraize
->''"I hired the hunter I felt best
for Hoid alongside Grump (Galladon) the task, and Thinker (Demoux). He is Baon, a character from I understood the unreleased Cosmere book ''White Sand'', and he has joined risks."''

One of
the worldhopping organization known as Ghostbloods who Shallan meets in the Seventeenth Shard. He's also an archer.Alethi warcamps.



* TheCameo: He is a character from ''White Sand'', one of Brandon's unreleased works.
* TheDitz: Appears to be a bit of one when he tells the others that he wants to use a magic fish to find Hoid. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Then again, the fish of the purelake do show every sign of being magical]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appears here before his official debut in ''White Sand''.

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* TheCameo: He TheApprentice: Shallan is a character from ''White Sand'', one of Brandon's unreleased works.
* TheDitz: Appears
surprised to be a bit of one when he tells the others find that he wants to use a magic fish to find Hoid. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Then again, is Iyatil's apprentice, rather than the fish other way around.
* DimensionalTraveler: Implied; he wonders if someone is human, and notes that "he's certainly not
of the purelake do show every sign local species." Most people from Roshar don't use the word human regularly, and definitely don't know there are more on other planets.
* KnifeNut: He's very fond
of being magical]].
throwing sharp things in Shallan's direction to judge her reactions.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appears here before MysteriousBacker: Shallan has no idea what his official debut end goals are. She initially assumes he's doing something evil, but the fact that [[spoiler:he only had Jasnah assassinated because she had done the same to a number of his men]] casts his actions in ''White Sand''.a different light.
* PetTheDog:
** He coos over Shallan's drawings like a proud father, and compliments her on completing a task without him even noticing she had attempted it.
--->'''Mraize:''' It is not often that I am proven a fool. Well done.
** At the end of ''Words of Radiance'', he [[spoiler:tells Shallan he will bring her family to the Shattered Plains and Urithiru. Not as hostages or in exchange for anything, but as a gift in recognition of Shallan's accomplishments]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When he accepts Shallan as a provisional member, he idly notes that while Ghostbloods are not allowed to kill each other, killing provisional members is another story. Shallan takes the hint, and is careful to dodge the assassins that try to follow her.
* SeenItAll: Iyatil mentions that he is ''very'' hard to surprise, as he has apparently seen much in his lifetime.



[[folder:Zahel]]
!Zahel/[[spoiler:Vasher]]
->''"Kid, two people live in this room. The first is a grouchy swordsman who has a soft spot for kids who are in over their heads. He comes out by day. The other is a very, '''very''' grouchy swordsman who finds everything and everyone utterly contemptible. He comes out when some fool wakes him at a horrid hour of the night. I suggest you ask the first man and not the second. All right?"''

A swordsman who instructed Adolin and Renarin in swordsmanship.

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[[folder:Zahel]]
!Zahel/[[spoiler:Vasher]]
->''"Kid, two people live in this room. The first is a grouchy swordsman
[[folder:Iyatil]]
!Iyatil
->''"I have many times asked myself, why those of you here go about so brazenly with features exposed to all
who has a soft spot would see them. My mask reserves my self. Besides, it gives me the ability to adapt."''

A Ghostblood woman who Shallan initially mistakes
for kids who are in over their heads. He comes out by day. The other is a very, '''very''' grouchy swordsman who finds everything boy, both for her figure and everyone utterly contemptible. He comes out when some fool wakes him at a horrid hour of the night. I suggest you ask the first man and not the second. All right?"''

A swordsman who instructed Adolin and Renarin in swordsmanship.
fact that she wears a mask.



* CynicalMentor: As per usual, he's not a nice person, but he does help.
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler:He is actually [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vasher]], who somehow traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Teaches the Kholin brothers swordsmanship.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As a [[spoiler: Returned, he's been around for a very, very long time, even before he traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]

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* CynicalMentor: As per usual, he's not a nice person, but he does help.
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler:He
CoolMask: Her mask is made of some kind of orange carapace, possibly Parshendi. She threatens to kill the ardents who try to remove it.
* TheMentor: She's
actually [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vasher]], who somehow traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Teaches
Mraize's master, not the Kholin brothers swordsmanship.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As a [[spoiler: Returned, he's been around
other way around. He specifically refers to her as his ''babsk'', the Thaylen word for a very, very long time, even before he traveled from Nalthis this.
* MadnessMantra: She fakes one when pretending
to Roshar.]]be Shallan's crazy sister.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When she realizes that Shallan's plan to [[WeNeedADistraction sneak into the Ardentia]] is to pretend that Iyatil is her crazy sister. To her credit, she plays along like a champ.



[[folder:Rysn and Vstim]]
!Rysn and Vstim

A young Thaylen merchant apprentice and her [[{{Mentor}} Babsk]].

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[[folder:Rysn and Vstim]]
!Rysn and Vstim

A young Thaylen merchant apprentice and her [[{{Mentor}} Babsk]].
[[folder:Lin Davar]]
!Lin Davar
->''"Everywhere I step, I find only corners. Slowly, they trap me."''

Shallan's abusive father. Revealed posthumously to be a member of the Ghostbloods.



%%* TheApprentice: Rysn.
* BondCreatures: Rysn accidentally bonds with a hugely valuable creature called a Larkin by [[ItMakesSenseInContext falling off a cliff.]] It looks sort of like a cute winged crayfish. While we don't know the full significance of this, another character uses a captive Larkin to drain the stormlight from Lift.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Vstim pretends to be sick so that Rysn has to take the lead in negotiating, but she believes that he's dying and goes to desperate lengths to fulfill what she sees as his last wishes.]]
%%* {{Mentor}}: Vstim.
* ToBeAMaster: Rysn aims to be a master trader like her Babsk Vstim.

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%%* TheApprentice: Rysn.
* BondCreatures: Rysn accidentally bonds with a hugely valuable creature called a Larkin by [[ItMakesSenseInContext falling off a cliff.]] It looks sort AbusiveParents: He beat all of like a cute winged crayfish. While we don't know the full significance of this, another character uses a captive Larkin to drain the stormlight from Lift.
his sons and treated them horribly.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Vstim pretends to be sick so DomesticAbuser: Sort of. [[spoiler:After Shallan killed her mother, he pretended that Rysn has to take he had been the lead in negotiating, but she believes that he's dying and goes killer to desperate lengths protect her. But the stress of this caused him to fulfill what she sees as become genuinely abusive to his last wishes.second wife, Malise Gevelmar, who he later murdered.]]
%%* {{Mentor}}: Vstim.
* ToBeAMaster: Rysn aims NoNameGiven: Shallan refers to be a master trader like her Babsk Vstim.him often in ''The Way of Kings'', but we didn't find out his name in that book. However, we eventually learned it in ''Words of Radiance''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dead before the story begins, but still gets some character development in Shallan's flashbacks.



[[folder:Axies]]
!Axies the Collector

A Siah Aimian seeking to learn the secrets of the spren.

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[[folder:Axies]]
!Axies the Collector

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!!Other Characters

[[folder:Thinker]]
!Demoux

A Siah Aimian seeking to learn the secrets man searching for Hoid alongside Blunt (Baon) and Grump (Galladon). He's Demoux from ''Mistborn'', and he is now a part of the spren.Worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.



* AnimatedTattoo: He marks his body with his notes, and can change their color in order to see them. This is useful, seeing as he is a scientist and is regularly robbed blind.
* CosmicPlaything: He appears to be literally cursed with horrible luck, and is regularly beaten thrown in jail or robbed blind. He never seems to take it hard though, mostly because he [[BewareTheNiceONes is implied never to be in real danger.]]
* ForScience: He has dedicated his (apparently very long) life to learning the secrets of all spren. He considers going on a bender in a bad part of town to determine if intoxication spren exist to be perfectly reasonable. They do, by the way.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His attitude concerning the spren. Or rather Gotta Catalogue 'Em All.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His shadow goes towards the light, rather than away.
* IronButtMonkey: As mentioned, he is literally cursed with bad luck. The results range from being stripped naked beaten and robbed to [[NoodleIncident somehow offending people enough to be hung upside down from a rope to eventually be fed to a greatshell]]. He's entirely unfazed by all this.
* MuggingTheMonster: According to Vstim's reaction to seeing an Aimian, people are constantly doing this and just don't realize it because he's too nice to fight back. Apparently escaping from being thoroughly tied up, upside down, ready to be fed to a greatshell shouldn't actually be a problem for him.

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* AnimatedTattoo: TheCameo: He marks his body with his notes, and can change their color in order to see them. This is useful, seeing as he is a scientist and is regularly robbed blind.
* CosmicPlaything: He appears to be literally cursed with horrible luck, and is regularly beaten thrown in jail or robbed blind. He never seems to take it hard though, mostly because he [[BewareTheNiceONes is implied never to be in real danger.]]
* ForScience: He has dedicated his (apparently very long) life to learning the secrets of all spren. He considers going on a bender in a bad part of town to determine if intoxication spren exist to be perfectly reasonable. They do, by the way.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His attitude concerning the spren. Or rather Gotta Catalogue 'Em All.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His shadow goes towards the light, rather than away.
* IronButtMonkey: As mentioned, he is literally cursed with bad luck. The results range
Demoux from being stripped naked beaten and robbed to [[NoodleIncident ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He
somehow offending people enough managed to be hung upside down arrive from a rope to eventually be fed to a greatshell]]. He's entirely unfazed by all this.
Scadrial.
* MuggingTheMonster: According to Vstim's reaction to seeing an Aimian, people are constantly doing this and just don't realize it because he's too nice to fight back. Apparently escaping from being thoroughly tied up, upside down, ready to be fed to a greatshell shouldn't actually be a problem for him.ScarsAreForever: He still has the scar he received 300 years ago in ''The Hero of Ages''.



[[folder:Lift]]
!Lift
->''"You're my pet Voidbringer, and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain't here for souls. Just a little thievery, the type what never hurt nobody."''

A thirteen-year-old thief and Radiant, specifically an Edgedancer.

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[[folder:Lift]]
!Lift
->''"You're my pet Voidbringer,
[[folder:Grump]]
!Galladon

A man searching for Hoid alongside Thinker (Demoux)
and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain't here for souls. Just a little thievery, Blunt (Baon). He's Galladon from ''Elantris'', and he has joined up with the type what never hurt nobody."''

A thirteen-year-old thief and Radiant, specifically an Edgedancer.
worldhopping organization known as the Seventeenth Shard.



* AwesomenessAsAForce: She refers to her abilities as "becoming awesome".
* BondCreature: Her spren, Wyndle, though she refers to him as a Voidbringer because it annoys him.
* GreenThumb: One aspect of her powers of Growth.
* HealingHands: The other aspect, known as Regrowth.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In her own words, she's so storming pure she [[SophisticatedAsHell practically belches rainbows.]] In truth she actually is, returning to heal a companion at the cost of being caught by someone trying to kill her.
* LittleMissBadass: She's a scrappy little thing, who nearly manages to escape from [[spoiler:Nale]] before being hit with an attack of conscience.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on, though she's still a child and uninterested in the technical details of magic. For instance, she insists [[BeleagueredAssistant Windle]] is a voidbringer not because she actually thinks he is but rather because it annoys him.
* ParadoxPerson: Appears this way to most other people, as, due to a boon from the Nightwatcher, she exists partly in the Cognitive Realm, so she can touch spren [[spoiler:outside of their Shard forms]], and metabolize food directly into Stormlight. It should be noted that Wyndle--who knows far more about the Nightwatcher and her boons than the audience--has ''no idea'' what Lift could possibly have asked for to receive such a gift.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Due a boon from the Nightwatcher, she can process her food into Stormlight rather than breathing it in. It does mean that excessive use of her powers risks malnutrition, however.

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* AwesomenessAsAForce: She refers to her abilities as "becoming awesome".
* BondCreature: Her spren, Wyndle, though she refers to him as a Voidbringer because it annoys him.
* GreenThumb: One aspect of her powers of Growth.
* HealingHands: The other aspect, known as Regrowth.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In her own words, she's so storming pure she [[SophisticatedAsHell practically belches rainbows.]] In truth she actually is, returning to heal a companion at the cost of being caught by someone trying to kill her.
* LittleMissBadass: She's a scrappy little thing, who nearly manages to escape
TheCameo: He is Galladon from [[spoiler:Nale]] before being hit with an attack ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''.
* DimensionalTraveler: He somehow managed to arrive from Sel.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Aside from his occasional lines similar to those from his book
of conscience.
origin in Alethi, he also says a sentence that is noticeable as Duladen.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on, though she's still a child and uninterested YouDontLookLikeYou: His appearance is very different from [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation that which]] [[BaldOfAwesome he had]] in the technical details end of magic. For instance, she insists [[BeleagueredAssistant Windle]] is a voidbringer not because she actually thinks he is but rather because it annoys him.
* ParadoxPerson: Appears
''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', which takes place chronologically prior in the Cosmere books. However, this way to most other people, as, could be due to a boon from the Nightwatcher, she exists partly in the Cognitive Realm, so she can touch spren [[spoiler:outside of their Shard forms]], and metabolize food directly into Stormlight. It should be noted that Wyndle--who knows far more about the Nightwatcher and her boons than the audience--has ''no idea'' what Lift could possibly have asked for to receive such a gift.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Due a boon from the Nightwatcher, she can process her food into Stormlight rather than breathing it in. It does mean that excessive use of her powers risks malnutrition, however.
[[MasterOfIllusion Aon Shao or Lightweaving]].



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!!Historical Characters

[[folder:Nohadon]]
!Nohadon/Bajerden
->''"I walked from Abamabar to Urithiru."''

A legendary king that wrote the book "The Way of Kings", which formed the basis of the Ideals of the Knights Radiant. He is known for uniting the Silver Kingdoms in ancient times. Although a great king, the current Vorin culture dismisses his teachings, and his book was nearly banned.

In one of his visions, Dalinar meets a young king who he believes to be Nohadon. In the aftermath of a Desolation, this young man is distraught, and is worried about how willing spren are to bond with bad people who stir up chaos. He tells Dalinar that he will unite Roshar by force.

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!!Historical Characters

[[folder:Nohadon]]
!Nohadon/Bajerden
->''"I walked from Abamabar to Urithiru."''

[[folder:Blunt]]
!Baon

A legendary king that wrote the book "The Way of Kings", which formed the basis of the Ideals of the Knights Radiant. man searching for Hoid alongside Grump (Galladon) and Thinker (Demoux). He is Baon, a character from the unreleased Cosmere book ''White Sand'', and he has joined the worldhopping organization known for uniting as the Silver Kingdoms in ancient times. Although a great king, the current Vorin culture dismisses his teachings, and his book was nearly banned.

In one of his visions, Dalinar meets a young king who he believes to be Nohadon. In the aftermath of a Desolation, this young man is distraught, and is worried about how willing spren are to bond with bad people who stir up chaos. He tells Dalinar that he will unite Roshar by force.
Seventeenth Shard. He's also an archer.



* TheGoodKing: He was renowned as one of the greatest kings ever, due to his humility, wisdom, and honor.
* KingIncognito: On his famous walk from Abamabar to Urithiru, he didn't mention his being the king to anyone, so he was unrecognized.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sort of. "Nohadon", the name he's most well known by on Roshar is actually his holy name. As well, Bajerden, the other name he's known by, may not even have been his real name.
* ShroudedInMyth: There are a lot of legends about Nohadon, and some people don't even think he even existed.

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* TheGoodKing: TheCameo: He was renowned as is a character from ''White Sand'', one of Brandon's unreleased works.
* TheDitz: Appears to be a bit of one when he tells
the greatest kings ever, due others that he wants to his humility, wisdom, and honor.
* KingIncognito: On his famous walk from Abamabar
use a magic fish to Urithiru, he didn't mention his find Hoid. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Then again, the fish of the purelake do show every sign of being the king to anyone, so he was unrecognized.
magical]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sort of. "Nohadon", the name he's most well known by on Roshar is actually EarlyBirdCameo: He appears here before his holy name. As well, Bajerden, the other name he's known by, may not even have been his real name.
* ShroudedInMyth: There are a lot of legends about Nohadon, and some people don't even think he even existed.
official debut in ''White Sand''.



[[folder:The Sunmaker]]
!"The Sunmaker"

The last man to unite the Alethi highprinces, which he did when he was only seventeen years old.

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[[folder:The Sunmaker]]
!"The Sunmaker"

[[folder:Zahel]]
!Zahel/[[spoiler:Vasher]]
->''"Kid, two people live in this room.
The last man to unite the Alethi highprinces, which he did first is a grouchy swordsman who has a soft spot for kids who are in over their heads. He comes out by day. The other is a very, '''very''' grouchy swordsman who finds everything and everyone utterly contemptible. He comes out when he was only seventeen years old.some fool wakes him at a horrid hour of the night. I suggest you ask the first man and not the second. All right?"''

A swordsman who instructed Adolin and Renarin in swordsmanship.



* TheConqueror: He conquered all of Alethkar in the past.
* NoNameGiven: His real name has yet to be revealed in the series.
* YoungAndInCharge: Was the leader of Alethkar when he was only seventeen.

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* TheConqueror: He conquered all of Alethkar in CynicalMentor: As per usual, he's not a nice person, but he does help.
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler:He is actually [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} Vasher]], who somehow traveled from Nalthis to Roshar.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Teaches
the past.
Kholin brothers swordsmanship.
* NoNameGiven: His real name has yet ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As a [[spoiler: Returned, he's been around for a very, very long time, even before he traveled from Nalthis to be revealed in the series.
* YoungAndInCharge: Was the leader of Alethkar when he was only seventeen.
Roshar.]]



[[folder:Rysn and Vstim]]
!Rysn and Vstim

A young Thaylen merchant apprentice and her [[{{Mentor}} Babsk]].




!!The Knights Radiant

[[folder:Knights as a whole]]
!The Knights Radiant/The Lost Radiants
->''"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."''

Ten groups of Surgebinders that fought alongside the Heralds in the Desolations. Wielding Shardblades and wearing Shardplate, they helped protect mankind from the Voidbringers. However, long ago they all simultaneously abandoned their oaths and left mankind to their fate, in an event that would become known as the Recreance. In modern times, the Radiants are thought of as villains and cursed at by people everywhere.

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\n!!The Knights Radiant\n\n[[folder:Knights as %%* TheApprentice: Rysn.
* BondCreatures: Rysn accidentally bonds with
a whole]]
!The Knights Radiant/The Lost Radiants
->''"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."''

Ten groups
hugely valuable creature called a Larkin by [[ItMakesSenseInContext falling off a cliff.]] It looks sort of Surgebinders like a cute winged crayfish. While we don't know the full significance of this, another character uses a captive Larkin to drain the stormlight from Lift.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Vstim pretends to be sick so
that fought alongside Rysn has to take the Heralds lead in the Desolations. Wielding Shardblades and wearing Shardplate, they helped protect mankind from the Voidbringers. However, long ago they all simultaneously abandoned their oaths and left mankind to their fate, in an event negotiating, but she believes that would become known he's dying and goes to desperate lengths to fulfill what she sees as his last wishes.]]
%%* {{Mentor}}: Vstim.
* ToBeAMaster: Rysn aims to be a master trader like her Babsk Vstim.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Axies]]
!Axies
the Recreance. In modern times, Collector

A Siah Aimian seeking to learn
the Radiants are thought secrets of as villains and cursed at by people everywhere.the spren.



* BrokenAce: All of them, though few know that these days.
* TheChosenMany: Every single individual Knight was chosen by an individual spren, but there were still more than enough to form ten distinct knightly Orders.
* CoolSword: All of them had Shardblades, [[spoiler:which were their spren.]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Every individual Order had its own role, and stepping too far outside that role could cause them to lose their powers. In ''Words of Radiance'', Kaladin wants to punish Amaram (and to a lesser extent Sadeas), but Syl repeatedly points out that Windrunners protect the innocent--punishing the guilty is a job for a Skybreaker. Unfortunately, there aren't any Skybreakers around, so Kaladin keeps trying to find ways to justify striking back, both to himself and to Syl.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-universe. Although they did betray their Oaths, the current Vorin cultures claim that they betrayed and tried to destroy mankind.
* TheOathbreaker: They all abandoned their Oaths, [[spoiler:which had the side effect of killing their spren.]]
* OddNameOut: Every order is named "Noun Verber" except the Releasers. However, they also had the nickname "Dustbringers," which fits the pattern. They just hated that name due to its similarity to "Voidbringers."

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* BrokenAce: All of them, though few know that these days.
* TheChosenMany: Every single individual Knight was chosen by an individual spren, but there were still more than enough to form ten distinct knightly Orders.
* CoolSword: All of them had Shardblades, [[spoiler:which were
AnimatedTattoo: He marks his body with his notes, and can change their spren.color in order to see them. This is useful, seeing as he is a scientist and is regularly robbed blind.
* CosmicPlaything: He appears to be literally cursed with horrible luck, and is regularly beaten thrown in jail or robbed blind. He never seems to take it hard though, mostly because he [[BewareTheNiceONes is implied never to be in real danger.
]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Every individual Order had its own role, ForScience: He has dedicated his (apparently very long) life to learning the secrets of all spren. He considers going on a bender in a bad part of town to determine if intoxication spren exist to be perfectly reasonable. They do, by the way.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His attitude concerning the spren. Or rather Gotta Catalogue 'Em All.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His shadow goes towards the light, rather than away.
* IronButtMonkey: As mentioned, he is literally cursed with bad luck. The results range from being stripped naked beaten
and stepping too far outside that role could cause them robbed to lose their powers. In ''Words of Radiance'', Kaladin wants [[NoodleIncident somehow offending people enough to punish Amaram (and be hung upside down from a rope to eventually be fed to a lesser extent Sadeas), but Syl repeatedly points out that Windrunners protect the innocent--punishing the guilty is a job for a Skybreaker. Unfortunately, there aren't any Skybreakers around, so Kaladin keeps trying greatshell]]. He's entirely unfazed by all this.
* MuggingTheMonster: According
to find ways Vstim's reaction to justify striking back, both to himself seeing an Aimian, people are constantly doing this and to Syl.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-universe. Although they did betray their Oaths, the current Vorin cultures claim that they betrayed and tried to destroy mankind.
* TheOathbreaker: They all abandoned their Oaths, [[spoiler:which had the side effect of killing their spren.]]
* OddNameOut: Every order is named "Noun Verber" except the Releasers. However, they also had the nickname "Dustbringers," which fits the pattern. They
just hated that name due don't realize it because he's too nice to its similarity fight back. Apparently escaping from being thoroughly tied up, upside down, ready to "Voidbringers."
be fed to a greatshell shouldn't actually be a problem for him.



[[folder:The Order of Windrunners]]
!!Windrunners, followers of Jezrien

->''"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."''

Wielders of the Surges of Adhesion and Gravitation and followers of Jezrien, the Herald of Kings. The Windrunners were known for their nobility, their leadership, and their ability to soar through the air, which is the source of their name.

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[[folder:The Order of Windrunners]]
!!Windrunners, followers of Jezrien

->''"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.
[[folder:Lift]]
!Lift
->''"You're my pet Voidbringer, and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain't here for souls. Just a little thievery, the type what never hurt nobody.
"''

Wielders of the Surges of Adhesion A thirteen-year-old thief and Gravitation and followers of Jezrien, the Herald of Kings. The Windrunners were known for their nobility, their leadership, and their ability to soar through the air, which is the source of their name.Radiant, specifically an Edgedancer.



* CripplingOverspecialization: They protect the innocent. Anything too far beyond that--revenge, most notably--could make them lose their power.
* GravityMaster: They typically used this ability to affect their own gravity and effect flight, but they could also use it offensively by changing someone else's gravity.
* NotQuiteFlight: Technically speaking, they don't fly, they fall in whatever direction they choose.
* SaveTheVillain: Their Third Ideal: "I will protect even those that I hate, if it is right." It doesn't go quite as far as saving actual villains; the point is that just because a Windrunner personally dislikes someone doesn't mean that person deserves to die--or even deserves ''not'' to be saved.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Their Second Ideal: "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Surge of Adhesion lets them... stick things together. Kind of underwhelming. It's implied there's more to it, though, and the Assassin In White makes good use of it by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gluing groups of enemies to the floor and sealing doors shut.]]

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* CripplingOverspecialization: They protect AwesomenessAsAForce: She refers to her abilities as "becoming awesome".
* BondCreature: Her spren, Wyndle, though she refers to him as a Voidbringer because it annoys him.
* GreenThumb: One aspect of her powers of Growth.
* HealingHands: The other aspect, known as Regrowth.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In her own words, she's so storming pure she [[SophisticatedAsHell practically belches rainbows.]] In truth she actually is, returning to heal a companion at
the innocent. Anything too far beyond that--revenge, most notably--could make them lose their power.
* GravityMaster: They typically used this ability to affect their own gravity and effect flight, but they could also use it offensively
cost of being caught by changing someone else's gravity.
trying to kill her.
* NotQuiteFlight: Technically speaking, they don't fly, they fall LittleMissBadass: She's a scrappy little thing, who nearly manages to escape from [[spoiler:Nale]] before being hit with an attack of conscience.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on, though she's still a child and uninterested
in whatever direction they choose.
* SaveTheVillain: Their Third Ideal: "I will protect even those that I hate, if it is right." It doesn't go quite as far as saving actual villains;
the point technical details of magic. For instance, she insists [[BeleagueredAssistant Windle]] is that just a voidbringer not because she actually thinks he is but rather because it annoys him.
* ParadoxPerson: Appears this way to most other people, as, due to
a Windrunner personally dislikes someone doesn't boon from the Nightwatcher, she exists partly in the Cognitive Realm, so she can touch spren [[spoiler:outside of their Shard forms]], and metabolize food directly into Stormlight. It should be noted that Wyndle--who knows far more about the Nightwatcher and her boons than the audience--has ''no idea'' what Lift could possibly have asked for to receive such a gift.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Due a boon from the Nightwatcher, she can process her food into Stormlight rather than breathing it in. It does
mean that person deserves to die--or even deserves ''not'' to be saved.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Their Second Ideal: "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Surge of Adhesion lets them... stick things together. Kind of underwhelming. It's implied there's more to it, though, and the Assassin In White makes good
excessive use of it by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gluing groups of enemies to the floor and sealing doors shut.]]
her powers risks malnutrition, however.



[[folder:The Order of Skybreakers]]
!!Skybreakers, followers of Nale

->''"I will put the law before all else."''

Wielders of the Surges of Gravitation and Division and followers of Nale, the Herald of Justice. The Skybreakers were the police of the Radiants, known for their ability to separate the innocent from the guilty, despite not actually having any special powers in that area.

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[[folder:The Order of Skybreakers]]
!!Skybreakers, followers of Nale

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!!Historical Characters

[[folder:Nohadon]]
!Nohadon/Bajerden
->''"I will put the law before all else.walked from Abamabar to Urithiru."''

Wielders A legendary king that wrote the book "The Way of Kings", which formed the basis of the Surges of Gravitation and Division and followers of Nale, the Herald of Justice. The Skybreakers were the police Ideals of the Radiants, Knights Radiant. He is known for their ability to separate uniting the innocent from Silver Kingdoms in ancient times. Although a great king, the guilty, despite not actually having any special powers in current Vorin culture dismisses his teachings, and his book was nearly banned.

In one of his visions, Dalinar meets a young king who he believes to be Nohadon. In the aftermath of a Desolation, this young man is distraught, and is worried about how willing spren are to bond with bad people who stir up chaos. He tells Dalinar
that area.he will unite Roshar by force.



* ByTheBookCop: Their primary creed. They ''will'' obey the law, period.
* CripplingOverspecialization: They were the police, the ones who punished the guilty. This caused some friction with the Windrunners, who just wanted to protect people--including criminals.
* GravityMaster: Since they share the Surge of Gravitation with the Windrunners, this is implied.
* NotQuiteFlight: Like the Windrunners, they fall in the direction of their choosing, including straight up.

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* ByTheBookCop: Their primary creed. They ''will'' obey TheGoodKing: He was renowned as one of the law, period.
greatest kings ever, due to his humility, wisdom, and honor.
* CripplingOverspecialization: They were KingIncognito: On his famous walk from Abamabar to Urithiru, he didn't mention his being the police, king to anyone, so he was unrecognized.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sort of. "Nohadon",
the ones who punished name he's most well known by on Roshar is actually his holy name. As well, Bajerden, the guilty. This caused other name he's known by, may not even have been his real name.
* ShroudedInMyth: There are a lot of legends about Nohadon, and
some friction with the Windrunners, who just wanted to protect people--including criminals.
* GravityMaster: Since they share the Surge of Gravitation with the Windrunners, this is implied.
* NotQuiteFlight: Like the Windrunners, they fall in the direction of their choosing, including straight up.
people don't even think he even existed.



[[folder:The Order of Releasers]]
!!Releasers, followers of Chanarach

Wielders of the Surges of Division and Abrasion and followers of Chanarach. They were also known as the Dustbringers, but they disliked that term due to the similarity to Voidbringers. They were known for being very dangerous on a personal level.

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[[folder:The Order of Releasers]]
!!Releasers, followers of Chanarach

Wielders of
Sunmaker]]
!"The Sunmaker"

The last man to unite
the Surges of Division and Abrasion and followers of Chanarach. They were also known as the Dustbringers, but they disliked that term due to the similarity to Voidbringers. They were known for being very dangerous on a personal level.Alethi highprinces, which he did when he was only seventeen years old.



* BerserkButton: They really didn't like the name Dustbringers, which didn't help their reputation for being dangerous.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Their exact powers are unknown, but they were the ones who did the most damage in the Last Desolation. Implied to be PlayingWithFire or similar.
-->'''Kalak:''' Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.

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* BerserkButton: They really didn't like the name Dustbringers, which didn't help their reputation for being dangerous.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Their exact powers are unknown, but they were the ones who did the most damage
TheConqueror: He conquered all of Alethkar in the Last Desolation. Implied past.
* NoNameGiven: His real name has yet
to be PlayingWithFire or similar.
-->'''Kalak:''' Smoke curled from
revealed in the occasional patches series.
* YoungAndInCharge: Was the leader
of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.
Alethkar when he was only seventeen.



[[folder:The Order of Edgedancers]]
!!Edgedancers, followers of Vedel

->''"I will remember those who have been forgotten."''

Wielders of the Surges of Abrasion and Progression and followers of Vedel. They were known for being the most elegant and refined of the Radiants, but at times focused on unimportant things.



* GreenThumb: The Surge of Progression lets them affect growth, such as by turning seeds into vines in seconds.
* HealingHands: A more advanced use of Progression lets them heal damage. They can even bring back the dead [[NotQuiteDead if they get there in time]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Truthwatchers]]
!!Truthwatchers, followers of Paliah

Wielders of the Surges of Progression and Illumination and followers of Paliah. They seem to be the only Order with the ability to see the future, a powerful but dangerous gift.

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* GreenThumb: The Surge
!!The Knights Radiant

[[folder:Knights as a whole]]
!The Knights Radiant/The Lost Radiants
->''"Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."''

Ten groups
of Progression lets them affect growth, such as by turning seeds into vines in seconds.
* HealingHands: A more advanced use of Progression lets them heal damage. They can even bring back
Surgebinders that fought alongside the dead [[NotQuiteDead if Heralds in the Desolations. Wielding Shardblades and wearing Shardplate, they get there in time]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Order of Truthwatchers]]
!!Truthwatchers, followers of Paliah

Wielders of
helped protect mankind from the Surges of Progression Voidbringers. However, long ago they all simultaneously abandoned their oaths and Illumination left mankind to their fate, in an event that would become known as the Recreance. In modern times, the Radiants are thought of as villains and followers of Paliah. They seem to be the only Order with the ability to see the future, a powerful but dangerous gift.cursed at by people everywhere.



* GreenThumb: With the Surge of Progression, they can manipulate plants in the same way as Edgedancers.
* HealingHands: Like Edgedancers, they can heal wounds if skilled enough.
* {{Seer}}: They could see the future to some extent, though how this works is unclear.

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* GreenThumb: With the Surge BrokenAce: All of Progression, they can manipulate plants in the same way as Edgedancers.
* HealingHands: Like Edgedancers, they can heal wounds if skilled enough.
* {{Seer}}: They could see the future to some extent,
them, though how this works few know that these days.
* TheChosenMany: Every single individual Knight was chosen by an individual spren, but there were still more than enough to form ten distinct knightly Orders.
* CoolSword: All of them had Shardblades, [[spoiler:which were their spren.]]
* CripplingOverspecialization: Every individual Order had its own role, and stepping too far outside that role could cause them to lose their powers. In ''Words of Radiance'', Kaladin wants to punish Amaram (and to a lesser extent Sadeas), but Syl repeatedly points out that Windrunners protect the innocent--punishing the guilty
is unclear.
a job for a Skybreaker. Unfortunately, there aren't any Skybreakers around, so Kaladin keeps trying to find ways to justify striking back, both to himself and to Syl.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-universe. Although they did betray their Oaths, the current Vorin cultures claim that they betrayed and tried to destroy mankind.
* TheOathbreaker: They all abandoned their Oaths, [[spoiler:which had the side effect of killing their spren.]]
* OddNameOut: Every order is named "Noun Verber" except the Releasers. However, they also had the nickname "Dustbringers," which fits the pattern. They just hated that name due to its similarity to "Voidbringers."



[[folder:The Order of Lightweavers]]
!!Lightweavers, followers of Shalash

->''"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."''
-->-- '''Pattern'''

Wielders of the Surges of Illumination and Transformation and followers of Shalash, Herald of Beauty. Lightweavers tended to be artists and other creative types, and acted as the moral center of the Radiants, using their powers to inspire their fellows.

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[[folder:The Order of Lightweavers]]
!!Lightweavers,
Windrunners]]
!!Windrunners,
followers of Shalash

->''"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."''
-->-- '''Pattern'''

Jezrien

->''"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."''

Wielders of the Surges of Illumination Adhesion and Transformation Gravitation and followers of Shalash, Jezrien, the Herald of Beauty. Lightweavers tended to be artists and other creative types, and acted as the moral center of the Radiants, using Kings. The Windrunners were known for their powers to inspire nobility, their fellows.leadership, and their ability to soar through the air, which is the source of their name.



* AlchemyIsMagic: Their access to the Surge of Transformation allows them to Soulcast, turning one thing into another. Some are easier than others; blood is one of the Ten Essences, for example, so transforming anything into blood is very easy even if the Soulcaster has limited biological understanding.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: This is how the greatest works of the Lightweaver function. To spin a lie, and then invite those around you to step into the lie and make it truth.
* TheHeart: They used their illusions to provide "spiritual sustenance" to the other Orders, boosting their morale and keeping them fighting. We see something similar, on a smaller scale, when Shallan turns the deserters.
* MasterOfIllusion: Lightweaving, despite its name, covers not just illusory light but sound as well--and possibly the ability to manipulate the other senses.
* MinoredInAsskicking: They were one of the non-combat Orders, but had Blades and Plate regardless.
* PhotographicMemory: Shallan has this, and a few lines from the in-universe ''Words of Radiance'' book implies this was standard for Lightweavers.

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* AlchemyIsMagic: Their access to CripplingOverspecialization: They protect the Surge of Transformation allows innocent. Anything too far beyond that--revenge, most notably--could make them to Soulcast, turning one thing into another. Some are easier than others; blood is one of the Ten Essences, for example, so transforming anything into blood is very easy even if the Soulcaster has limited biological understanding.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: This is how the greatest works of the Lightweaver function. To spin a lie, and then invite those around you to step into the lie and make it truth.
* TheHeart: They used
lose their illusions to provide "spiritual sustenance" to the other Orders, boosting their morale and keeping them fighting. We see something similar, on a smaller scale, when Shallan turns the deserters.
power.
* MasterOfIllusion: Lightweaving, despite its name, covers not just illusory light but sound as well--and possibly the GravityMaster: They typically used this ability to manipulate affect their own gravity and effect flight, but they could also use it offensively by changing someone else's gravity.
* NotQuiteFlight: Technically speaking, they don't fly, they fall in whatever direction they choose.
* SaveTheVillain: Their Third Ideal: "I will protect even those that I hate, if it is right." It doesn't go quite as far as saving actual villains;
the other senses.
point is that just because a Windrunner personally dislikes someone doesn't mean that person deserves to die--or even deserves ''not'' to be saved.
* MinoredInAsskicking: They were one WeHelpTheHelpless: Their Second Ideal: "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Surge
of Adhesion lets them... stick things together. Kind of underwhelming. It's implied there's more to it, though, and the non-combat Orders, but had Blades Assassin In White makes good use of it by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower gluing groups of enemies to the floor and Plate regardless.
* PhotographicMemory: Shallan has this, and a few lines from the in-universe ''Words of Radiance'' book implies this was standard for Lightweavers.
sealing doors shut.]]



[[folder:The Order of Elsecallers]]
!!Elsecallers, followers of Battar

Wielders of the Surges of Transformation and Transportation and followers of Battar. Due to the fact that both of their Surges involved contact with the Cognitive Realm, Elsecallers were known for having a great affinity with spren in general.

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[[folder:The Order of Elsecallers]]
!!Elsecallers,
Skybreakers]]
!!Skybreakers,
followers of Battar

Nale

->''"I will put the law before all else."''

Wielders of the Surges of Transformation Gravitation and Transportation Division and followers of Battar. Due to Nale, the fact that both Herald of their Surges involved contact with the Cognitive Realm, Elsecallers Justice. The Skybreakers were the police of the Radiants, known for their ability to separate the innocent from the guilty, despite not actually having a great affinity with spren any special powers in general.that area.



* AlchemyIsMagic: They were some of the original Soulcasters, along with the Lightweavers. They seem to have been better known for it.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Using the Surge of Transportation, they can move bodily to Shadesmar, and then arrive elsewhere in the Physical Realm.

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* AlchemyIsMagic: ByTheBookCop: Their primary creed. They ''will'' obey the law, period.
* CripplingOverspecialization:
They were the police, the ones who punished the guilty. This caused some of the original Soulcasters, along friction with the Lightweavers. They seem Windrunners, who just wanted to have been better known for it.
protect people--including criminals.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Using GravityMaster: Since they share the Surge of Transportation, Gravitation with the Windrunners, this is implied.
* NotQuiteFlight: Like the Windrunners,
they can move bodily to Shadesmar, and then arrive elsewhere fall in the Physical Realm.
direction of their choosing, including straight up.



[[folder:The Order of Willshapers]]
!!Willshapers, followers of Kalak

Wielders of the Surges of Transportation and Cohesion and followers of Kalak. They were known for being capricious and adventurous, and were often thought of as unreliable.

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[[folder:The Order of Willshapers]]
!!Willshapers,
Releasers]]
!!Releasers,
followers of Kalak

Chanarach

Wielders of the Surges of Transportation Division and Cohesion Abrasion and followers of Kalak. Chanarach. They were also known as the Dustbringers, but they disliked that term due to the similarity to Voidbringers. They were known for being capricious and adventurous, and were often thought of as unreliable.very dangerous on a personal level.



* BoldExplorer: They were known for being adventurers and explorers, enjoying seeing strange new things.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Like the Elsecallers, they could teleport directly into Shadesmar, but they were not known for this ability in the same way.

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* BoldExplorer: BerserkButton: They were known really didn't like the name Dustbringers, which didn't help their reputation for being adventurers and explorers, enjoying seeing strange new things.
dangerous.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Like the Elsecallers, they could teleport directly into Shadesmar, PersonOfMassDestruction: Their exact powers are unknown, but they were not known for this ability the ones who did the most damage in the same way.
Last Desolation. Implied to be PlayingWithFire or similar.
-->'''Kalak:''' Smoke curled from the occasional patches of growth or heaps of burning corpses. Even some sections of rock smoldered. The Dustbringers had done their work well.



[[folder:The Order of Stonewards]]
!!Stonewards, followers of Talenel

Wielders of the Surges of Cohesion and Tension and followers of Talenel, Herald of War. They were known for being strong, resolved, and utterly dependable.

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[[folder:The Order of Stonewards]]
!!Stonewards,
Edgedancers]]
!!Edgedancers,
followers of Talenel

Vedel

->''"I will remember those who have been forgotten."''

Wielders of the Surges of Cohesion Abrasion and Tension Progression and followers of Talenel, Herald of War. Vedel. They were known for being strong, resolved, the most elegant and utterly dependable.refined of the Radiants, but at times focused on unimportant things.



* {{Determinator}}: ''The'' determinators. They were the Order best known for mirroring their Herald, and their Herald is the one who survived being tortured for ''four thousand years''. Unfortunately, this also made them pretty stubborn.

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* {{Determinator}}: ''The'' determinators. GreenThumb: The Surge of Progression lets them affect growth, such as by turning seeds into vines in seconds.
* HealingHands: A more advanced use of Progression lets them heal damage.
They were can even bring back the Order best known for mirroring their Herald, and their Herald is the one who survived being tortured for ''four thousand years''. Unfortunately, this also made them pretty stubborn.
dead [[NotQuiteDead if they get there in time]].



[[folder:The Order of Bondsmiths]]
!!Bondsmiths, followers of Ishar

->''"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."''

Wielders of the Surges of Tension and Adhesion and followers of Ishar, Herald of Luck. The Bondsmiths had a much lower member rate than the rest of the Orders; three Knights wasn't a particularly small number for them.

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[[folder:The Order of Bondsmiths]]
!!Bondsmiths,
Truthwatchers]]
!!Truthwatchers,
followers of Ishar

->''"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."''

Paliah

Wielders of the Surges of Tension Progression and Adhesion Illumination and followers of Ishar, Herald of Luck. The Bondsmiths had a much lower member rate than Paliah. They seem to be the rest of only Order with the Orders; three Knights wasn't ability to see the future, a particularly small number for them.powerful but dangerous gift.



* OddlySmallOrganization: Again, ''three'' Knights was an ordinary number for them, when most of the Orders had hundreds. They could have more, but didn't go to any great recruiting drives. Probably has something to do with [[spoiler:their spren being "godspren" like the Stormfather]].

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* OddlySmallOrganization: Again, ''three'' Knights was an ordinary number for them, when most of GreenThumb: With the Orders had hundreds. Surge of Progression, they can manipulate plants in the same way as Edgedancers.
* HealingHands: Like Edgedancers, they can heal wounds if skilled enough.
* {{Seer}}:
They could have more, but didn't go to any great recruiting drives. Probably has something to do with [[spoiler:their spren being "godspren" like see the Stormfather]].
future to some extent, though how this works is unclear.



!!Races and Peoples of Roshar
[[folder:Humans in general]]
!Humans

Humans on Roshar are significantly more diverse than other worlds.

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!!Races [[folder:The Order of Lightweavers]]
!!Lightweavers, followers of Shalash

->''"Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first. You must speak truths."''
-->-- '''Pattern'''

Wielders of the Surges of Illumination
and Peoples Transformation and followers of Roshar
[[folder:Humans in general]]
!Humans

Humans on Roshar are significantly more diverse than
Shalash, Herald of Beauty. Lightweavers tended to be artists and other worlds.creative types, and acted as the moral center of the Radiants, using their powers to inspire their fellows.



* FantasticCasteSystem: Many different cultures have different caste systems. People in the five Vorin kingdoms are divided into Lighteyes and Darkeyes, on the Peaks people are divided by birth order, in Barbathnum power is given based on your age, etc.
* MulticoloredHair: A personís hair color is so defined by their origin that people of mixed race have proportionately different colors in their hair.
* PeopleOfHairColor: It is easy to tell where a person comes from by the color of their hair.
** Alethkar: Black.
** Jah Keved: Red.
** Iri: Metallic golden-blonde.
* PlanetOfHats: During the days of the Silver Kingdoms, each kingdom had its own role. Only one, Alethela (which became Alethkar) has been revealed: They were the warriors, the watchers.

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* FantasticCasteSystem: Many different cultures have different caste systems. People in AlchemyIsMagic: Their access to the five Vorin kingdoms are divided Surge of Transformation allows them to Soulcast, turning one thing into Lighteyes and Darkeyes, on the Peaks people another. Some are divided by birth order, in Barbathnum power easier than others; blood is given based on your age, etc.
* MulticoloredHair: A personís hair color is so defined by their origin that people of mixed race have proportionately different colors in their hair.
* PeopleOfHairColor: It is easy to tell where a person comes from by the color of their hair.
** Alethkar: Black.
** Jah Keved: Red.
** Iri: Metallic golden-blonde.
* PlanetOfHats: During the days
one of the Silver Kingdoms, each kingdom had Ten Essences, for example, so transforming anything into blood is very easy even if the Soulcaster has limited biological understanding.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: This is how the greatest works of the Lightweaver function. To spin a lie, and then invite those around you to step into the lie and make it truth.
* TheHeart: They used their illusions to provide "spiritual sustenance" to the other Orders, boosting their morale and keeping them fighting. We see something similar, on a smaller scale, when Shallan turns the deserters.
* MasterOfIllusion: Lightweaving, despite
its own role. Only one, Alethela (which became Alethkar) has been revealed: name, covers not just illusory light but sound as well--and possibly the ability to manipulate the other senses.
* MinoredInAsskicking:
They were one of the warriors, non-combat Orders, but had Blades and Plate regardless.
* PhotographicMemory: Shallan has this, and a few lines from
the watchers.in-universe ''Words of Radiance'' book implies this was standard for Lightweavers.



[[folder:Aimians]]
!The People of Aimia

A "cursed" race known for being somewhat jovial despite the hate they receive from everyone else. Also have minor shapeshifting powers.

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[[folder:Aimians]]
!The People
[[folder:The Order of Aimia

A "cursed" race
Elsecallers]]
!!Elsecallers, followers of Battar

Wielders of the Surges of Transformation and Transportation and followers of Battar. Due to the fact that both of their Surges involved contact with the Cognitive Realm, Elsecallers were
known for being somewhat jovial despite the hate they receive from everyone else. Also have minor shapeshifting powers.having a great affinity with spren in general.



* {{Curse}}: Mention is made of the "Curse of Kind," but no details on what this is.
* HumanoidAliens: Per WordOfGod, they're not human. They also consist of two distinct species.
* HumanShifting: Are able to alter their physiology at will, changing both their appearance and the functionality of their organs, as well as taking away headaches at a thought.
* FantasticRacism: Persecuted by other races under the belief that they are voidbringers due to their odd biology/shadows.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Their shadows bend toward light instead of away from it.

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* {{Curse}}: Mention is made AlchemyIsMagic: They were some of the "Curse of Kind," but no details on what this is.
* HumanoidAliens: Per WordOfGod, they're not human.
original Soulcasters, along with the Lightweavers. They also consist of two distinct species.
* HumanShifting: Are able
seem to alter their physiology at will, changing both their appearance and have been better known for it.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Using
the functionality Surge of their organs, as well as taking away headaches at a thought.
* FantasticRacism: Persecuted by other races under the belief that
Transportation, they are voidbringers due can move bodily to their odd biology/shadows.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Their shadows bend toward light instead of away from it.
Shadesmar, and then arrive elsewhere in the Physical Realm.



[[folder:Alethi]]
!The People of Alethkar

A warrior race, and the ethnicity most of the viewpoint characters belong to. They are ruled by ten Highprinces, who were recently united (in theory) by a king.

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[[folder:Alethi]]
!The People
[[folder:The Order of Alethkar

A warrior race, and the ethnicity most
Willshapers]]
!!Willshapers, followers of Kalak

Wielders
of the viewpoint characters belong to. Surges of Transportation and Cohesion and followers of Kalak. They are ruled by ten Highprinces, who were recently united (in theory) by a king.known for being capricious and adventurous, and were often thought of as unreliable.



* BloodKnight: When in battle Alethi (or at least Lighteyes) feel a battle lust known as the Thrill. [[spoiler:This is actually caused by a very powerful Voidspren]].
* NeverLearnedToRead: Alethkar is a Vorin kingdom, meaning that men are not allowed to read true letters. Glyphs are an exception, but those are designed to be recognizable even to someone who has never encountered them before, so everyone insists they don't count. More complicated glyphs require training to read, but most men don't learn them.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand, and seeing it unclothed is considered the same as seeing a woman topless.
* ThePaladin: What they used to be during the days of the Silver Kingdoms, before eventually disintegrating into the BloodKnight.
* ProudWarriorRace: Alethi venerate the pursuit of war over all other Callings in life. Soldiers and duelists are their heroes; scholars are either ardents or women, and most Alethi men are either mostly or totally illiterate. Back in the days of the Silver Kingdoms, the Alethi were specifically designated as the nation of warriors, the ones who protected the other nine kingdoms from the Voidbringers.
* TheStoic: Alethi, as a race, are known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels for insults. It's to the point that in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite [[spoiler:Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one]].

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* BloodKnight: When in battle Alethi (or at least Lighteyes) feel a battle lust known as the Thrill. [[spoiler:This is actually caused by a very powerful Voidspren]].
* NeverLearnedToRead: Alethkar is a Vorin kingdom, meaning that men are not allowed to read true letters. Glyphs are an exception, but those are designed to be recognizable even to someone who has never encountered them before, so everyone insists they don't count. More complicated glyphs require training to read, but most men don't learn them.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand, and seeing it unclothed is considered the same as seeing a woman topless.
* ThePaladin: What they used to be during the days of the Silver Kingdoms, before eventually disintegrating into the BloodKnight.
* ProudWarriorRace: Alethi venerate the pursuit of war over all other Callings in life. Soldiers and duelists are their heroes; scholars are either ardents or women, and most Alethi men are either mostly or totally illiterate. Back in the days of the Silver Kingdoms, the Alethi
BoldExplorer: They were specifically designated as the nation of warriors, the ones who protected the other nine kingdoms from the Voidbringers.
* TheStoic: Alethi, as a race, are
known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels adventurers and explorers, enjoying seeing strange new things.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Like the Elsecallers, they could teleport directly into Shadesmar, but they were not known
for insults. It's to the point that this ability in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite [[spoiler:Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one]].
same way.



[[folder:Azish]]
!The People of Azir

Short and brown-skinned people from west-central Roshar. They are known for their paperwork. ''Lots'' of paperwork.

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[[folder:Azish]]
!The People
[[folder:The Order of Azir

Short
Stonewards]]
!!Stonewards, followers of Talenel

Wielders of the Surges of Cohesion
and brown-skinned people from west-central Roshar. Tension and followers of Talenel, Herald of War. They are were known for their paperwork. ''Lots'' of paperwork.being strong, resolved, and utterly dependable.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: They require proper forms for absolutely everything, from electing their new leader to transporting and punishing prisoners to recquisitioning snacks.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** When Nale pulls out a form giving him the authority to execute Lift, the leaders of the country are very disturbed that he's going to kill her for ''petty theft''.
** Those same leaders refuse to start a civil war when their leader is assassinated, citing "too much paperwork."
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Their leader, the Prime Aqasix, is said to belong to the entire nation, so anyone can enter a lottery in order to watch him sleep or go about his day to day business.
-->'''Lift:''' Sounds creepy.\\
'''Gawx:''' A little.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: {{Determinator}}: ''The'' determinators. They require proper forms were the Order best known for absolutely everything, from electing mirroring their new leader to transporting Herald, and punishing prisoners to recquisitioning snacks.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** When Nale pulls out a form giving him the authority to execute Lift, the leaders of the country are very disturbed that he's going to kill her for ''petty theft''.
** Those same leaders refuse to start a civil war when
their leader Herald is assassinated, citing "too much paperwork."
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Their leader,
the Prime Aqasix, is said to belong to the entire nation, so anyone can enter a lottery in order to watch him sleep or go about his day to day business.
-->'''Lift:''' Sounds creepy.\\
'''Gawx:''' A little.
one who survived being tortured for ''four thousand years''. Unfortunately, this also made them pretty stubborn.



[[folder:Herdazians]]
!The People of Herdaz

A boastful people with crystalline, slate-colored fingernails. They are close to the Reshi Isles, and claim several of them.

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[[folder:Herdazians]]
!The People
[[folder:The Order of Herdaz

A boastful people with crystalline, slate-colored fingernails. They are close to
Bondsmiths]]
!!Bondsmiths, followers of Ishar

->''"I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together."''

Wielders of
the Reshi Isles, Surges of Tension and claim several Adhesion and followers of Ishar, Herald of Luck. The Bondsmiths had a much lower member rate than the rest of the Orders; three Knights wasn't a particularly small number for them.



* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* BeneathNotice: Lopen claims that Alethi can't tell Herdazians apart. Herdazian slaves and soldiers often swap places to give themselves chances to take vacations. This is of course stupidly illegal, but none of the Alethi notice.
* SpaceJews: They lack any stereotypical Jewish physical traits and aren't known for any association with money, but they're a downtrodden and ignored people who often live in their own slums in foreign countries. The clincher, however, is their mothers: Friendly, loving, overbearing women who take no nonsense from anyone and use guilt to make their children do as they say. They also have their own unique slang.
* UnevenHybrid: They have Parshendi blood, but not as much as the Horneaters. If some Herdazians have the same ability to see spren, Lopen doesn't mention it.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* BeneathNotice: Lopen claims that Alethi can't tell Herdazians apart. Herdazian slaves and soldiers often swap places to give themselves chances to take vacations. This is of course stupidly illegal, but none
OddlySmallOrganization: Again, ''three'' Knights was an ordinary number for them, when most of the Alethi notice.
* SpaceJews:
Orders had hundreds. They lack could have more, but didn't go to any stereotypical Jewish physical traits and aren't known for any association great recruiting drives. Probably has something to do with money, but they're a downtrodden and ignored people who often live in their own slums in foreign countries. The clincher, however, is their mothers: Friendly, loving, overbearing women who take no nonsense from anyone and use guilt to make their children do as they say. They also have their own unique slang.
* UnevenHybrid: They have Parshendi blood, but not as much as
[[spoiler:their spren being "godspren" like the Horneaters. If some Herdazians have the same ability to see spren, Lopen doesn't mention it.
Stormfather]].



[[folder:Iri]]
!The People of Iri

A chaste people with metallic gold hair, the Iri hail from the warmer north-west corner of Roshar.

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[[folder:Iri]]
!The People
!!Races and Peoples of Iri

A chaste people with metallic gold hair, the Iri hail from the warmer north-west corner of Roshar.
Roshar
[[folder:Humans in general]]
!Humans

Humans on Roshar are significantly more diverse than other worlds.



* OurNudityIsDifferent: Iri is a warm nation, so they often walk around in little more than wraps. But they still have very strict clothing laws, and actual nudity will quickly result in imprisonment.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Their metallic gold hair is famous, and a lock is often seen as good luck.
* PiecesOfGod: Old Iri religion (which has fallen out of favor) claims that all people are fragments of one divine whole, a perfect creature who knew everything but had experienced nothing. So the One split himself in order to have ignorance and experience, and all will eventually return to One in the end.

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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Iri is a warm nation, so they often walk around in little more than wraps. But they still FantasticCasteSystem: Many different cultures have very strict clothing laws, different caste systems. People in the five Vorin kingdoms are divided into Lighteyes and actual nudity will quickly result Darkeyes, on the Peaks people are divided by birth order, in imprisonment.
Barbathnum power is given based on your age, etc.
* MulticoloredHair: A personís hair color is so defined by their origin that people of mixed race have proportionately different colors in their hair.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Their metallic gold hair It is famous, and easy to tell where a lock is often seen as good luck.
person comes from by the color of their hair.
** Alethkar: Black.
** Jah Keved: Red.
** Iri: Metallic golden-blonde.
* PiecesOfGod: Old Iri religion PlanetOfHats: During the days of the Silver Kingdoms, each kingdom had its own role. Only one, Alethela (which became Alethkar) has fallen out of favor) claims that all people are fragments of one divine whole, a perfect creature who knew everything but had experienced nothing. So been revealed: They were the One split himself in order to have ignorance and experience, and all will eventually return to One in warriors, the end.
watchers.



[[folder:Parshmen/Parshendi]]
!Parshmen/Parshendi/Listeners/[[spoiler:Voidbringers]]

The Parshmen are a slave race of marble-black skinned humanoids who have no will of their own and will follow any orders given. The Parshendi, on the other hand, are a ProudWarriorRace who live in eastern Roshar and who are at war with the Alethi after murdering their king. The Parshendi call themselves "listeners".

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[[folder:Parshmen/Parshendi]]
!Parshmen/Parshendi/Listeners/[[spoiler:Voidbringers]]

The Parshmen are a slave
[[folder:Aimians]]
!The People of Aimia

A "cursed"
race of marble-black skinned humanoids who known for being somewhat jovial despite the hate they receive from everyone else. Also have no will of their own and will follow any orders given. The Parshendi, on the other hand, are a ProudWarriorRace who live in eastern Roshar and who are at war with the Alethi after murdering their king. The Parshendi call themselves "listeners".minor shapeshifting powers.



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Parshendi do not truly want to fight, for the most part, just wanting to prevent their gods from returning. As shown by Eshonai when she changes to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy storm]][[PsychoElectro form]], every time she attunes to the Rhythm of Peace, the Voidbringer she has become can hear her true self screaming, and the stronger the true self becomes, the more frequently the screaming is heard. By implication, this happens to almost ''all'' of the stormform Parshendi]].
* AntiVillain: The Parshendi turned out to have a ''very good'' reason to assassinate Gavilar. [[spoiler: He was going to bring back the Parshendi "gods" which would turn them into Voidbringers again]].
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' disturb Parshendi bodies. They ''will'' go absolutely berserk if anyone desecrates Parshendi corpses.
* BizarreAlienBiology: They can actively adjust to different "forms" based on need, with the most common being the extremely strong, naturally armored "war form". However, they may appear human, but are not, as they call the Alethi humans, as separate from themselves. They also have bones that are bright red, which makes it... ''distinctive'' when someone disturbs Parshendi bodies.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:It is highly implied that the Voidbringers are Parshendi who have become this, influenced by Odium in a "form of power" such as stormform.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Parshendi/Listeners on the Shattered Plains are actually [[spoiler: a group known as the "Last Legion" who deliberately travelled to the far east of Roshar to escape their "gods." In the process they lost all knowledge of most of their hundreds of possible forms, reverting to dullform and mateform exclusively. The fact that Gavilar was planning something that would bring back the Parshendi's gods was terrible enough that they acted to immediately assassinate him before he could set his plan into motion.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:All of Jasnah's research points to the Parshmen/Parshendi being the mythical [[EldritchAbomination Voidbringers]]. ''Words of Radiance'' confirms this, but adds that not all Parshendi ''want'' to be Voidbringers. The closest comparison would be [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Marsh as a Steel Inquisitor under the control of Ruin]].]]
* GodzillaThreshold: The main reason why the Parshendi even consider [[spoiler: stormform]] is because it would be better than the inevitable extinction of their entire people at the hands of the Alethi.
* HiveMind: Parshendi always sing in unison even when out of hearing range of one another. All their thoughts/emotions follow different songs that they tune themselves into. The difference between Parshmen and Parshendi is that Parshmen cannot sense the songs and so cannot tune their thoughts.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Parshendi shift slightly in temperament depending on form. Dullform are extremely stupid, mateform are playful and sexual, workform are non-confrontational to a fault, and [[spoiler:stormform is flat-out DemonicPossession]]. Nimbleform and warform have minimal mental changes, but warforms still enjoy obeying orders from their lawful superiors.
* NonMammalianMammaries: Females have breasts, despite being... something other than mammals, though they are understated unless they're in mateform.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Parshendi have elements of this, even when they aren't warriors. Special note goes to when they dress Szeth in white to assassinate Gavilar.
-->White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had not asked, his masters had explained why.\\
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.\\
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The Forms of Power cause red eyes, which the Parshendi deem as signs of the Voidbringers, since they actually ''are'' them. Caused because Forms of Power involve possession by Voidpren, who are a hateful fiery red.]]
* SlaveRace: The Parshmen, who are apparently unable to live without being told what to do. Parshendi call this "slave form". The Parshendi also have a "dull form," which looks very similar to a Parshman. Dullform Parshendi are very slow of thought but still maintain their individuality and capacity for independence, so many of them have managed to pass as Parshmen to spy on the Alethi [[spoiler:such as Rlain, a.k.a. "Shen", of Bridge Four]].

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Parshendi do not truly want to fight, for the most part, just wanting to prevent their gods from returning. As shown by Eshonai when she changes to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy storm]][[PsychoElectro form]], every time she attunes to the Rhythm of Peace, the Voidbringer she has become can hear her true self screaming, and the stronger the true self becomes, the more frequently the screaming {{Curse}}: Mention is heard. By implication, this happens to almost ''all'' made of the stormform Parshendi]].
* AntiVillain: The Parshendi turned out to have a ''very good'' reason to assassinate Gavilar. [[spoiler: He was going to bring back the Parshendi "gods" which would turn them into Voidbringers again]].
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' disturb Parshendi bodies. They ''will'' go absolutely berserk if anyone desecrates Parshendi corpses.
* BizarreAlienBiology: They can actively adjust to different "forms" based on need, with the most common being the extremely strong, naturally armored "war form". However, they may appear human,
"Curse of Kind," but are not, as they call the Alethi humans, as separate from themselves. They also have bones that are bright red, which makes it... ''distinctive'' when someone disturbs Parshendi bodies.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:It is highly implied that the Voidbringers are Parshendi who have become this, influenced by Odium in a "form of power" such as stormform.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Parshendi/Listeners
no details on the Shattered Plains are actually [[spoiler: a group known as the "Last Legion" who deliberately travelled to the far east of Roshar to escape their "gods." In the process they lost all knowledge of most of their hundreds of possible forms, reverting to dullform and mateform exclusively. The fact that Gavilar was planning something that would bring back the Parshendi's gods was terrible enough that they acted to immediately assassinate him before he could set his plan into motion.]]
what this is.
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:All of Jasnah's research points to the Parshmen/Parshendi being the mythical [[EldritchAbomination Voidbringers]]. ''Words of Radiance'' confirms this, but adds that not all Parshendi ''want'' to be Voidbringers. The closest comparison would be [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Marsh as a Steel Inquisitor under the control of Ruin]].]]
* GodzillaThreshold: The main reason why the Parshendi even consider [[spoiler: stormform]] is because it would be better than the inevitable extinction of their entire people at the hands of the Alethi.
* HiveMind: Parshendi always sing in unison even when out of hearing range of one another. All their thoughts/emotions follow different songs that they tune themselves into. The difference between Parshmen and Parshendi is that Parshmen cannot sense the songs and so cannot tune their thoughts.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Parshendi shift slightly in temperament depending on form. Dullform are extremely stupid, mateform are playful and sexual, workform are non-confrontational to a fault, and [[spoiler:stormform is flat-out DemonicPossession]]. Nimbleform and warform have minimal mental changes, but warforms still enjoy obeying orders from their lawful superiors.
* NonMammalianMammaries: Females have breasts, despite being... something other than mammals, though they are understated unless
HumanoidAliens: Per WordOfGod, they're in mateform.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Parshendi have elements of this, even when they aren't warriors. Special note goes to when they dress Szeth in white to assassinate Gavilar.
-->White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had
not asked, his masters had explained why.\\
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.\\
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The Forms of Power cause red eyes, which the Parshendi deem as signs of the Voidbringers, since they actually ''are'' them. Caused because Forms of Power involve possession by Voidpren, who are a hateful fiery red.]]
* SlaveRace: The Parshmen, who are apparently unable to live without being told what to do. Parshendi call this "slave form". The Parshendi
human. They also have a "dull form," which looks very similar consist of two distinct species.
* HumanShifting: Are able
to a Parshman. Dullform Parshendi are very slow of thought but still maintain alter their individuality physiology at will, changing both their appearance and capacity for independence, so many of them have managed to pass as Parshmen to spy on the Alethi [[spoiler:such functionality of their organs, as Rlain, a.k.a. "Shen", well as taking away headaches at a thought.
* FantasticRacism: Persecuted by other races under the belief that they are voidbringers due to their odd biology/shadows.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Their shadows bend toward light instead
of Bridge Four]].away from it.



[[folder:Purelakers]]
!The People of the Purelake

A calm and slow people from the Purelake, the waist-deep lake at the center of the continent. The Purelakers have their own religion, and consider outsiders to be odd and hurried.

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[[folder:Purelakers]]
[[folder:Alethi]]
!The People of Alethkar

A warrior race, and
the Purelake

A calm and slow people from the Purelake, the waist-deep lake at the center
ethnicity most of the continent. The Purelakers have their own religion, and consider outsiders to be odd and hurried.viewpoint characters belong to. They are ruled by ten Highprinces, who were recently united (in theory) by a king.



* EntitledToHaveYou: A very calm and friendly version of this trope (just like everything else the Purelakers do). Purelaker courtship involves doing favors for someone until they are so far in your debt they have no choice but to marry you to make up for it. If they don't want to marry you, they need to do favors in return to keep the scales balanced.

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* EntitledToHaveYou: A BloodKnight: When in battle Alethi (or at least Lighteyes) feel a battle lust known as the Thrill. [[spoiler:This is actually caused by a very calm and friendly version of this trope (just like everything else the Purelakers do). Purelaker courtship involves doing favors for powerful Voidspren]].
* NeverLearnedToRead: Alethkar is a Vorin kingdom, meaning that men are not allowed to read true letters. Glyphs are an exception, but those are designed to be recognizable even to
someone until they are who has never encountered them before, so far in your debt they have no choice but to marry you to make up for it. If everyone insists they don't want count. More complicated glyphs require training to marry you, read, but most men don't learn them.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand, and seeing it unclothed is considered the same as seeing a woman topless.
* ThePaladin: What
they need used to do favors in return to keep be during the scales balanced.
days of the Silver Kingdoms, before eventually disintegrating into the BloodKnight.
* ProudWarriorRace: Alethi venerate the pursuit of war over all other Callings in life. Soldiers and duelists are their heroes; scholars are either ardents or women, and most Alethi men are either mostly or totally illiterate. Back in the days of the Silver Kingdoms, the Alethi were specifically designated as the nation of warriors, the ones who protected the other nine kingdoms from the Voidbringers.
* TheStoic: Alethi, as a race, are known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels for insults. It's to the point that in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite [[spoiler:Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one]].



[[folder:Reshi]]
!The People of the Reshi Isles

Residents of the living islands on the northern edge of the continent, the Reshi are a carefree people who appreciate boldness in all things. They are not, however, uneducated savages. Many Reshi are immigrants from other nations, and they bring knowledge with them. The Reshi also send students to study across the continent.

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[[folder:Reshi]]
[[folder:Azish]]
!The People of the Reshi Isles

Residents of the living islands on the northern edge of the continent, the Reshi are a carefree
Azir

Short and brown-skinned
people who appreciate boldness in all things. from west-central Roshar. They are not, however, uneducated savages. Many Reshi are immigrants from other nations, and they bring knowledge with them. The Reshi also send students to study across the continent.known for their paperwork. ''Lots'' of paperwork.



* SheIsTheKing: The leader of an island is always called the king, regardless of gender. The Reshi find the confusion this produces in outsiders hilarious.
* {{Troll}}: The Reshi have a habit of screwing with outsiders. For example, they refuse to speak of the true nature of their islands so that newcomers will be surprised, and they jump from higher heights when outsiders are around.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: They believe strongly in boldness. This means boasting and bragging are important parts of a trade negotiation, but not the only ones.

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* SheIsTheKing: The ObstructiveBureaucrat: They require proper forms for absolutely everything, from electing their new leader of an island is always called to transporting and punishing prisoners to recquisitioning snacks.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** When Nale pulls out a form giving him
the king, regardless of gender. The Reshi find authority to execute Lift, the confusion this produces in outsiders hilarious.
* {{Troll}}: The Reshi have a habit
leaders of screwing with outsiders. For example, they the country are very disturbed that he's going to kill her for ''petty theft''.
** Those same leaders
refuse to speak of the true nature of start a civil war when their islands so that newcomers will be surprised, and they jump from higher heights when outsiders are around.
leader is assassinated, citing "too much paperwork."
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: They believe strongly in boldness. This means boasting and bragging are important parts of a trade negotiation, but not StalkerWithoutACrush: Their leader, the only ones.
Prime Aqasix, is said to belong to the entire nation, so anyone can enter a lottery in order to watch him sleep or go about his day to day business.
-->'''Lift:''' Sounds creepy.\\
'''Gawx:''' A little.



[[folder:Shin]]
!The People of Shinovar

A strange people from beyond the western mountains, where highstorms barely reach. Their land is more similar to Earth ecology than the rest of the continent, and they believe that bare stone is sacred and should not be trod upon.

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[[folder:Shin]]
[[folder:Herdazians]]
!The People of Shinovar

Herdaz

A strange boastful people from beyond with crystalline, slate-colored fingernails. They are close to the western mountains, where highstorms barely reach. Their land is more similar to Earth ecology than the rest of the continent, Reshi Isles, and they believe that bare stone is sacred and should not be trod upon.claim several of them.




* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Shin are the custodians of the nine Honorblades left by the Heralds when they broke the Oathpact]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: A dark version. They maintain their pacifism by enslaving anyone in their society who takes up arms.
* ProudMerchantRace: Inverted. The Shin are an extremely ''humble'' merchant race, no word on how proud they are of this fact though.
* ReluctantWarrior: Fighting is thought to be an extremely lowly position, as opposed to in Alethkar.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Shin are pacifists. As noted under ReluctantWarrior, fighting is thought to be a very lowly profession, on par with slavery.

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\n* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Shin are the custodians {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* BeneathNotice: Lopen claims that Alethi can't tell Herdazians apart. Herdazian slaves and soldiers often swap places to give themselves chances to take vacations. This is of course stupidly illegal, but none
of the nine Honorblades left by the Heralds when they broke the Oathpact]].
Alethi notice.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: A dark version. SpaceJews: They maintain their pacifism by enslaving anyone lack any stereotypical Jewish physical traits and aren't known for any association with money, but they're a downtrodden and ignored people who often live in their society own slums in foreign countries. The clincher, however, is their mothers: Friendly, loving, overbearing women who takes up arms.
* ProudMerchantRace: Inverted. The Shin are an extremely ''humble'' merchant race,
take no word on how proud nonsense from anyone and use guilt to make their children do as they are of this fact though.
say. They also have their own unique slang.
* ReluctantWarrior: Fighting is thought UnevenHybrid: They have Parshendi blood, but not as much as the Horneaters. If some Herdazians have the same ability to be an extremely lowly position, as opposed to in Alethkar.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Shin are pacifists. As noted under ReluctantWarrior, fighting is thought to be a very lowly profession, on par with slavery.
see spren, Lopen doesn't mention it.



[[folder:Thaylen]]
!The People of Thaylenah

A merchant people from the island nation of Thaylenah. They practice Alethi Vorinism, and are known for their long eyebrows.

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[[folder:Thaylen]]
[[folder:Iri]]
!The People of Thaylenah

Iri

A merchant chaste people with metallic gold hair, the Iri hail from the island nation warmer north-west corner of Thaylenah. They practice Alethi Vorinism, and are known for their long eyebrows.Roshar.



* TheApprentice[=/=]{{Mentor}}: Their standard way of training new merchants is to have someone apprentice to a Trade Master. The apprentice is legally the property of their ''babsk'' for the duration of their apprenticeship, acting as sort of a combination of child and slave.
* MagicFeather: Thaylen religion, based around "the Passions," involves carved charms representing an emotion such as bravery. The charms are not magical and the Thaylens do not think that they are; the intent is for the charm to remind you to keep the emotion in mind when you need it.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Thaylen are ''technically'' a Vorin nation, but they have their own spin on the religion, and often ignore the ban on men reading. They do try and keep it quiet around the Alethi and the Veden, though.
* ProudMerchantRace: They are the best-known merchants on Roshar, and even on the Shattered Plains, a good chunk of the shopkeeps are Thaylen. Aspiring merchants enter into apprenticeships with Trade Masters in order to learn their skills.
* UnusualEyebrows: Thaylen eyebrows are so long that they are tucked behind their ears.

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* TheApprentice[=/=]{{Mentor}}: Their standard way of training new merchants OurNudityIsDifferent: Iri is to have someone apprentice to a Trade Master. The apprentice is legally the property of their ''babsk'' for the duration of their apprenticeship, acting as sort of a combination of child and slave.
* MagicFeather: Thaylen religion, based around "the Passions," involves carved charms representing an emotion such as bravery. The charms are not magical and the Thaylens do not think that they are; the intent is for the charm to remind you to keep the emotion in mind when you need it.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Thaylen are ''technically'' a Vorin
warm nation, but so they have their own spin on the religion, and often ignore the ban on men reading. They do try and keep it quiet walk around the Alethi in little more than wraps. But they still have very strict clothing laws, and the Veden, though.
actual nudity will quickly result in imprisonment.
* ProudMerchantRace: They are the best-known merchants on Roshar, PeopleOfHairColor: Their metallic gold hair is famous, and even on the Shattered Plains, a lock is often seen as good chunk luck.
* PiecesOfGod: Old Iri religion (which has fallen out
of favor) claims that all people are fragments of one divine whole, a perfect creature who knew everything but had experienced nothing. So the shopkeeps are Thaylen. Aspiring merchants enter into apprenticeships with Trade Masters One split himself in order to learn their skills.
* UnusualEyebrows: Thaylen eyebrows are so long that they are tucked behind their ears.
have ignorance and experience, and all will eventually return to One in the end.



[[folder:Unkalaki]]
!The People of the Horneater Peaks (Horneaters)

Mountain-dwellers who believe that the order of your birth should determine your place in life. They also like loud, drunken singing.

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[[folder:Unkalaki]]
!The People
[[folder:Parshmen/Parshendi]]
!Parshmen/Parshendi/Listeners/[[spoiler:Voidbringers]]

The Parshmen are a slave race
of marble-black skinned humanoids who have no will of their own and will follow any orders given. The Parshendi, on the Horneater Peaks (Horneaters)

Mountain-dwellers
other hand, are a ProudWarriorRace who believe that live in eastern Roshar and who are at war with the order of your birth should determine your place in life. They also like loud, drunken singing.Alethi after murdering their king. The Parshendi call themselves "listeners".



* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: The traditional form of dueling on the Peaks is to see who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. Hopefully, by the time the duel gets well underway everyone's so drunk they've forgotten what it was they were fighting about in the first place.
* ExtremeOmnivore: They actually DO eat horns and shells. And lowlanders barely consider their ale drinkable.
* ForeignQueasine: Horneaters are so called because they eat the horns and shells of the things they catch, Unkalaki have very strong teeth. A common gibe is to accuse them of putting rocks in their food too.
* UnevenHybrid: They have some Parshendi ancestry, which allows them to see some spren that aren't otherwise visible.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: The traditional form of dueling on the Peaks is
do not truly want to see who can still sing intelligibly after drinking fight, for the most mugs of beer. Hopefully, by the time the duel gets well underway everyone's so drunk they've forgotten what it was they were fighting about in the first place.
* ExtremeOmnivore: They actually DO eat horns and shells. And lowlanders barely consider
part, just wanting to prevent their ale drinkable.
* ForeignQueasine: Horneaters are so called because they eat
gods from returning. As shown by Eshonai when she changes to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy storm]][[PsychoElectro form]], every time she attunes to the horns Rhythm of Peace, the Voidbringer she has become can hear her true self screaming, and shells the stronger the true self becomes, the more frequently the screaming is heard. By implication, this happens to almost ''all'' of the things they catch, Unkalaki have very strong teeth. A common gibe is to accuse them of putting rocks in their food too.
stormform Parshendi]].
* UnevenHybrid: They have some AntiVillain: The Parshendi ancestry, turned out to have a ''very good'' reason to assassinate Gavilar. [[spoiler: He was going to bring back the Parshendi "gods" which allows would turn them into Voidbringers again]].
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' disturb Parshendi bodies. They ''will'' go absolutely berserk if anyone desecrates Parshendi corpses.
* BizarreAlienBiology: They can actively adjust
to see some spren different "forms" based on need, with the most common being the extremely strong, naturally armored "war form". However, they may appear human, but are not, as they call the Alethi humans, as separate from themselves. They also have bones that are bright red, which makes it... ''distinctive'' when someone disturbs Parshendi bodies.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:It is highly implied that the Voidbringers are Parshendi who have become this, influenced by Odium in a "form of power" such as stormform.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The Parshendi/Listeners on the Shattered Plains are actually [[spoiler: a group known as the "Last Legion" who deliberately travelled to the far east of Roshar to escape their "gods." In the process they lost all knowledge of most of their hundreds of possible forms, reverting to dullform and mateform exclusively. The fact that Gavilar was planning something that would bring back the Parshendi's gods was terrible enough that they acted to immediately assassinate him before he could set his plan into motion.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:All of Jasnah's research points to the Parshmen/Parshendi being the mythical [[EldritchAbomination Voidbringers]]. ''Words of Radiance'' confirms this, but adds that not all Parshendi ''want'' to be Voidbringers. The closest comparison would be [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Marsh as a Steel Inquisitor under the control of Ruin]].]]
* GodzillaThreshold: The main reason why the Parshendi even consider [[spoiler: stormform]] is because it would be better than the inevitable extinction of their entire people at the hands of the Alethi.
* HiveMind: Parshendi always sing in unison even when out of hearing range of one another. All their thoughts/emotions follow different songs that they tune themselves into. The difference between Parshmen and Parshendi is that Parshmen cannot sense the songs and so cannot tune their thoughts.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Parshendi shift slightly in temperament depending on form. Dullform are extremely stupid, mateform are playful and sexual, workform are non-confrontational to a fault, and [[spoiler:stormform is flat-out DemonicPossession]]. Nimbleform and warform have minimal mental changes, but warforms still enjoy obeying orders from their lawful superiors.
* NonMammalianMammaries: Females have breasts, despite being... something other than mammals, though they are understated unless they're in mateform.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Parshendi have elements of this, even when they
aren't otherwise visible.warriors. Special note goes to when they dress Szeth in white to assassinate Gavilar.
-->White clothing for a killer was a tradition among the Parshendi. Although Szeth had not asked, his masters had explained why.\\
White to be bold. White to not blend into the night. White to give warning.\\
For if you were going to assassinate a man, he was entitled to see you coming.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The Forms of Power cause red eyes, which the Parshendi deem as signs of the Voidbringers, since they actually ''are'' them. Caused because Forms of Power involve possession by Voidpren, who are a hateful fiery red.]]
* SlaveRace: The Parshmen, who are apparently unable to live without being told what to do. Parshendi call this "slave form". The Parshendi also have a "dull form," which looks very similar to a Parshman. Dullform Parshendi are very slow of thought but still maintain their individuality and capacity for independence, so many of them have managed to pass as Parshmen to spy on the Alethi [[spoiler:such as Rlain, a.k.a. "Shen", of Bridge Four]].



[[folder:Veden]]
!The People of Jah Keved

A neighboring country to Alethkar, and another Vorin kingdom. They do not share the same military tradition as the Alethi, but they are their staunchest rivals, and hold nearly as many Shards.

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[[folder:Veden]]
[[folder:Purelakers]]
!The People of Jah Keved

the Purelake

A neighboring country to Alethkar, calm and another Vorin kingdom. They do not share slow people from the same military tradition as Purelake, the Alethi, but they are waist-deep lake at the center of the continent. The Purelakers have their staunchest rivals, own religion, and hold nearly as many Shards.consider outsiders to be odd and hurried.



* BoisterousBruiser: The Veden are known for being passionate and proud--or at least more passionate than the reserved Alethi.
* NeverLearnedToRead: As a Vorin kingdom like the Alethi, they believe this very strongly. Shallan always feels uncomfortable around Thaylen men just because she's worried they ''might'' be able to read.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand.
-->'''Tyn:''' It's just a hand, Shallan. Storms, you Vorins are so prim. That hand looks ''exactly'' like your other hand.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Highprince Valam ends up as king due to being the last survivor of the succession war. [[spoiler:As he's dying from his wounds, he realizes that Taravingian plans to take over after his death, and decides to simplify matters by naming Taravingian his heir, and then having his bastard son kill him to spare him weeks of pain]].

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* BoisterousBruiser: The Veden are known for being passionate EntitledToHaveYou: A very calm and proud--or at least more passionate than the reserved Alethi.
* NeverLearnedToRead: As a Vorin kingdom
friendly version of this trope (just like everything else the Alethi, Purelakers do). Purelaker courtship involves doing favors for someone until they believe this very strongly. Shallan always feels uncomfortable around Thaylen men just because she's worried they ''might'' be able to read.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand.
-->'''Tyn:''' It's just a hand, Shallan. Storms, you Vorins
are so prim. That hand looks ''exactly'' like far in your other hand.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Highprince Valam ends
debt they have no choice but to marry you to make up as king due for it. If they don't want to being marry you, they need to do favors in return to keep the last survivor of the succession war. [[spoiler:As he's dying from his wounds, he realizes that Taravingian plans to take over after his death, and decides to simplify matters by naming Taravingian his heir, and then having his bastard son kill him to spare him weeks of pain]].
scales balanced.


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[[folder:Reshi]]
!The People of the Reshi Isles

Residents of the living islands on the northern edge of the continent, the Reshi are a carefree people who appreciate boldness in all things. They are not, however, uneducated savages. Many Reshi are immigrants from other nations, and they bring knowledge with them. The Reshi also send students to study across the continent.
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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of an island is always called the king, regardless of gender. The Reshi find the confusion this produces in outsiders hilarious.
* {{Troll}}: The Reshi have a habit of screwing with outsiders. For example, they refuse to speak of the true nature of their islands so that newcomers will be surprised, and they jump from higher heights when outsiders are around.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: They believe strongly in boldness. This means boasting and bragging are important parts of a trade negotiation, but not the only ones.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shin]]
!The People of Shinovar

A strange people from beyond the western mountains, where highstorms barely reach. Their land is more similar to Earth ecology than the rest of the continent, and they believe that bare stone is sacred and should not be trod upon.
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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Shin are the custodians of the nine Honorblades left by the Heralds when they broke the Oathpact]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: A dark version. They maintain their pacifism by enslaving anyone in their society who takes up arms.
* ProudMerchantRace: Inverted. The Shin are an extremely ''humble'' merchant race, no word on how proud they are of this fact though.
* ReluctantWarrior: Fighting is thought to be an extremely lowly position, as opposed to in Alethkar.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Shin are pacifists. As noted under ReluctantWarrior, fighting is thought to be a very lowly profession, on par with slavery.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thaylen]]
!The People of Thaylenah

A merchant people from the island nation of Thaylenah. They practice Alethi Vorinism, and are known for their long eyebrows.
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* TheApprentice[=/=]{{Mentor}}: Their standard way of training new merchants is to have someone apprentice to a Trade Master. The apprentice is legally the property of their ''babsk'' for the duration of their apprenticeship, acting as sort of a combination of child and slave.
* MagicFeather: Thaylen religion, based around "the Passions," involves carved charms representing an emotion such as bravery. The charms are not magical and the Thaylens do not think that they are; the intent is for the charm to remind you to keep the emotion in mind when you need it.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The Thaylen are ''technically'' a Vorin nation, but they have their own spin on the religion, and often ignore the ban on men reading. They do try and keep it quiet around the Alethi and the Veden, though.
* ProudMerchantRace: They are the best-known merchants on Roshar, and even on the Shattered Plains, a good chunk of the shopkeeps are Thaylen. Aspiring merchants enter into apprenticeships with Trade Masters in order to learn their skills.
* UnusualEyebrows: Thaylen eyebrows are so long that they are tucked behind their ears.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Unkalaki]]
!The People of the Horneater Peaks (Horneaters)

Mountain-dwellers who believe that the order of your birth should determine your place in life. They also like loud, drunken singing.
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* {{Asexuality}}: Due to their Parshendi blood, they have a higher chance of being asexual than other races.
* CookingDuel[=/=]DrinkingContest: The traditional form of dueling on the Peaks is to see who can still sing intelligibly after drinking the most mugs of beer. Hopefully, by the time the duel gets well underway everyone's so drunk they've forgotten what it was they were fighting about in the first place.
* ExtremeOmnivore: They actually DO eat horns and shells. And lowlanders barely consider their ale drinkable.
* ForeignQueasine: Horneaters are so called because they eat the horns and shells of the things they catch, Unkalaki have very strong teeth. A common gibe is to accuse them of putting rocks in their food too.
* UnevenHybrid: They have some Parshendi ancestry, which allows them to see some spren that aren't otherwise visible.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Veden]]
!The People of Jah Keved

A neighboring country to Alethkar, and another Vorin kingdom. They do not share the same military tradition as the Alethi, but they are their staunchest rivals, and hold nearly as many Shards.
----
* BoisterousBruiser: The Veden are known for being passionate and proud--or at least more passionate than the reserved Alethi.
* NeverLearnedToRead: As a Vorin kingdom like the Alethi, they believe this very strongly. Shallan always feels uncomfortable around Thaylen men just because she's worried they ''might'' be able to read.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Like all Vorin kingdoms, their women pin up their left hand as a safehand.
-->'''Tyn:''' It's just a hand, Shallan. Storms, you Vorins are so prim. That hand looks ''exactly'' like your other hand.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Highprince Valam ends up as king due to being the last survivor of the succession war. [[spoiler:As he's dying from his wounds, he realizes that Taravingian plans to take over after his death, and decides to simplify matters by naming Taravingian his heir, and then having his bastard son kill him to spare him weeks of pain]].

[[/folder]]
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* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.

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* LeftForDead: In the prologue for Book 1. A variant, since he actually WAS dead. Sort of. All the Heralds are bound into a cycle of reincarnation, spending the time between Desolations being tortured in [[PhysicalHell Damnation]]. In the last desolation, Desolation, only he died. The other Heralds were supposed to join him, but instead betrayed him and abandoned their oaths.
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