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The trilogy's main character. He currently goes by the name Kote in the village of Newarre, hiding his true identity and living as the inkeeper of the Waystone Inn.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Kvothe feels like this in the first book in the Arcanum dorm, as his quick promotion makes the others jealous.
  • Badass Boast: Kvothe's briefest recollection of awesome deeds becomes the tagline for the book.
  • Badass Cape: Kvothe wears them. A green cloak in the first book, which is ultimately replaced by his shadow cloak in the second book.
  • Becoming the Mask: Bast is afraid that Kvothe is truly becoming Kote the innkeeper.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult the Edema Ruh in front of Kvothe. He's not big on poetry either. It's just a song without music, and therefore soulless!
  • Broken Ace: He can learn languages overnight, master skills the first time he tries them, charm almost anyone without half trying. However, he does have significant and real flaws. His talents and intelligence make him arrogant, make him stand out, make other people jealous, and generally make him a catalyst for all kinds of nastiness. He ends up becoming a Living Legend, but by the time Chronicler finds him, he's a broken shell of a man.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Kvothe is unable to tell Denna his true feelings, even when she's high on denner resin and unlikely to remember anything he says.
  • Chick Magnet: Denna, Fela, Mola, Devi, Penthe, Vashet, Felurian, and various side characters all show some degree of romantic or sexual interest in him. While some of these interactions are more significant that others (the fact that Vashet slept with Kvothe, for example, doesn't mean much due to the Adem's almost utilitarian attitude toward sex), the books make it clear that Kvothe is very popular with women, even at fifteen.
  • Cool Sword: Caesura in the past. Folly in the present.
  • Constantly Curious: As a child, he was the Elephant's Child, who learned very quickly and cracked puzzles like they were chestnuts, so his father would give him Shaggy Dog Stories to puzzle over. He's still curious as an adult.
  • Cruel Mercy: What he did with the waterskin to one of the false Ruh: gave the man with an abdominal wound that would kill slowly enough for him to begin dying of thirst too, and left the skin within crawling distance. Every movement that dying man makes will tear open his wound again...
  • Genre Blind: At times. His inability to see Elodin as the Trickster Mentor he is causes him a lot of grief, especially after beginning Elodin's class.
  • Genre Savvy: Due to his Edema Ruh upbringing, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of stories. Subverted, however, in that he doesn't see these stories as applying to real life.
  • Infallible Narrator
    • Downplayed: Kvothe explicitly tells Bast that he's not above exaggeration for effect during the interlude after his meeting the Ctheah. Also, there are numerous subtle clues that he might not be entirely forthcoming with Chronicler.
  • Master Actor: He's able to act with such meticulous skill that he can talk himself out of urchin-hood and into the nobility (or at least the semblance thereof).
  • Meaningful Name: Has named himself "Kote", which we later find out means "Expect Disaster". We also later find out that he's spoken to the Cthaeh, and anyone who interacts with the Cthaeh will go on to bring disaster and catastrophe wherever they go.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Kvothe the Kingkiller. Kvothe the Bloodless.
    • Inverted with the true names of the Chandrian. They know when/where their true names are spoken, and ruthlessly eradicate any information about themselves. Kvothe's dad, Arliden, was composing and rehearsing a song about them. The Chandrian show up and kill everybody, except for the temporarily-absent Kvothe. Kvothe namechecks 'em all...once.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: He mentions this as one of several motivations for attending Wizarding School. (How truthful he was being is currently unknown — especially since the series isn't finished yet.)
  • Really 17 Years Old: During much of his adventures, he adds a few years to his age. He's in his mid-to-late teens during his time at the University. In Newarre, the framing device, he's only in his twenties, despite being a Living Legend.
  • Redhead In Green: He wears a green cloak in the first book.
  • Renaissance Man: Has the skills of singing, acting, playing the lute, woodcraft, law, Sympathy, begging, thieving, and seduction.
  • Retired Badass: Not if Bast has anything to say about it.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: His red hair and green eyes are his most distinctive traits.
  • Stepford Smiler: After telling the story of his parents' deaths, he puts on a big act of having long since gotten past it, only to make an excuse to go outside where he starts weeping.

The trilogy's primary female character and Kvothe's Love Interest. She is poor, homeless, and prone to wandering, but manages to make a decent living with her voice and charm. Men have a fatal attraction to her, an attraction she can never seem to return. When a man gets too familiar with her, she will often leave town quickly and silently.
  • Gold Digger: Although Denna doesn't exhibit some of the more extreme characteristics of the trope, such as self-entitlement. Somewhat justified as it is one of the few options available to a woman with no dowry, though Denna does seem to enjoy the game.
  • Harp of Femininity: Eventually starts learning to play one, at Kvothe's recommendation.
  • Ill Girl: She was born with weak lungs, and periodically has trouble breathing, sometimes to the point of being bedridden.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Denna's real name is unknown but everyone calls her by some other name she gave to them, usually along the lines of Dianne or Dineh or some other "d" word.
  • Pet the Dog: On several instances, she sells expensive gifts or gives away her money, things that would guarantee her some much-needed financial security, in order to do kindnesses ranging from people she knows well like buying Kvothe an extravagantly awesome lute case, to acquaintances like giving a foolish young man her gifted emerald earrings so he can settle a debt to a dangerous loan shark, to complete strangers like using all her current money to help a young woman running away from home and getting assaulted on the streets to get home or a new profession.
  • Tsundere: She clearly likes Kvothe, no one doubts this, but at other times...
  • Unwitting Pawn: There is evidence that she was sent to the wedding in Trebon as a spy.

Kvothe's Friends

A close friend of Kvothe's. He is skilled in alchemy and poetry.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Compared to those around him, at least.
  • Class Clown: "Technically he played the joke on the lute." ... "Sorry."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Being a fourth son of duke, his father planned a career as diplomat for him which is why he was sent to the University. While studying, however, he found his love for alchemy and poetry and entered the Arcanum which displeased his father. Because of this, Simmon never goes home.
  • Genius Ditz: He's very naive and airheaded in a lot of ways but he really knows his alchemy.
    • And his Fantasy!Greek (Eld Vintic), and his poetry...
  • Good Is Not Dumb
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness
  • Nice Guy
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Wilem. Simmon is the Red Oni.
  • Serial Romeo: Can't keep a girl to stay with him for more than a week until Fela.

A close friend of Kvothe's. Wilem is Cealdish and works as a scriv in the University Archives.

One of Kvothe's few female friends at the University.

A member of the Arcanum who works in the Medica. She is always the one to take care of Kvothe when he's hurt.
  • The Cynic: She is pretty grumpy, in contrast with the rest of the female characters — possibly because she's the one who has to sort out and glue together Kvothe's bits after his latest spectacular crash.
  • Hospital Hottie

One of Kvothe's best friends at The University. He has been at The University for thirty years and seems to have no interest in advancing.
  • Author Avatar: Rothfuss' bio says that he was an undergrad for 9 years before being politely asked to graduate. He also has a "marvellous facebear" (i.e. beard).

A former University student who has gone "cracked" and lives in hiding in passages beneath the university. Auri is frightened by strangers, loud noises, and direct questions, but is befriended by Kvothe and is shown to greatly enjoy Kvothe's singing and lute-playing.
  • Barefoot Loon: Her lack of footwear is a way to let us know there's something wrong with her.
  • Broken Bird
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Treats everything as sapient, and is preoccupied with putting everything in its correct place. Her goal appears to be making the entire Underthing into a place where everything fits perfectly.

The Edema Ruh Troupe

Kvothe's father and the leader of the Edema Ruh troupe that carried the patronage of Baron Greyfallow.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Skeptic No Longer: When he starts work on a song about the Chandrian, he consults Abenthy for any stories the man may have, and exchange that is overheard by the young Kvothe. Abenthy refuses to offer any help and tries to warn him against continuing with this song, stating that horrible things have happened to people who try to research the Chandrian, but Arliden brushes him off. He pays for his mistake with not only his life, but the lives of his entire troupe, save for his young son.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was attempting to compose a song about Lanre and the Chandrian, and had been gathering folk stories about both for over a year. In the process, he stumbled upon some of their True Names and whilst practicing the song, repeated them many times. This led the Chandrian to massacre the troupe, leaving Kvothe its sole survivor.
  • Wandering Minstrel

Kvothe's mother. She was a noble before following Kvothe's father Arliden to become one of the Edema Ruh in the year before Kvothe's birth.

Kvothe's first teacher of sympathy and science, an arcanist and alumnus of the University.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Mentor
  • No Brows: He usually doesn't have eyebrows because he keeps burning them off in the course of his various experiments as an arcanist. Kvothe comments in his narration that this made Abenthy look perpetually surprised.

A member of Kvothe's troupe, mentioned when discussing Knacks.
  • Rule of Seven: Trip throws sevens on dice. This is not an example of Lucky Seven, as seven is not a lucky number to throw when playing dice (because it's only an average throw, and you can never roll doubles).


A kindly old man who lives in the basement of a burnt out building and feeds and tends to the needs of street children.
  • Barefoot Poverty
  • Good Shepherd: It is implied, with mentions of his gray robes, that he is some kind of priest of the Tehlin church.
  • The Storyteller: He's one of the few who still remembers the stories of the Chandrian.

A famous storyteller who is said to know every story in existence. He is also an associate of Chronicler, and was allegedly instrumental in discovering Kvothe's whereabouts after he assumed the identity of Kote.

The Masters

Chancellor of the University and Master Linguist.

Master Namer.
  • Barefoot Loon: His tendency to go barefoot is one of the signs that he's a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Barefoot Sage: A wise and gifted magician with a prominent aversion to shoes, which is but one of his many eccentricities.
  • Broken Ace: Sim defines him as one. In fact, in light of his many experiences and knowledge fields, Elodin could be considered an example of what Kvothe could become.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A Master Namer who was once an exceptionally brilliant student. He also happens to be either quite insane, or only moderately insane and very committed to acting like he's crazy. Some of it might be explained by his speciality, which is known to do strange things to people. ...Some.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The kind where it's hard to judge the true extent of his cloudcuckooland-dwelling. It's stated several times that he is clinically off his rocker, and he both says and does ridiculous things. However, see Obfuscating Insanity below — it might simply be that he can get away with it.
  • Eccentric Mentor/Trickster Mentor: A classical example of both tropes. He gives Kvothe cryptic lessons and once deceives him into breaking into the Master's rooms to show Kvothe why he is reluctant to take him as a student.
  • Mysterious Past: None of the students know what happened to send him to the madhouse. They just know he spent years there before learning the Name of his walls and walking out.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: It's implied in Book 2 that he may not be as much of a Cloudcuckoolander as he's obviously convinced everyone he is.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak very much during the masters's meetings. Judging from their reactions when he does, they prefer it that way.

Master Artificer and one of Kvothe's most influential mentors.

Master Archivist.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In a world with actual magic and fae creatures and the like, he doesn't believe in the Chandrian or Haliax and disapproves that Kvothe's first request of the archives was information on them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kvothe uses him as example of the third thing all wise men fear: the wrath of a gentle man.
  • Berserk Button: He flips out over just about any breach of protocol in the Archives. Generally there's a damn good reason (open flames and paper books do not combine well), but he's very slow to forgive.
  • Expy: The way Rothfuss describe him as a Tall, Dark and Snarky master with reasons to antagonize the protagonist evokes Severus Snape, although Lorren seems to be a way more pleasant guy (if you don't press his buttons, that is).

Master Rhetorician.

    Elxa Dal 
Master Sympathist, who looks just like an evil wizard from fairy tales but is actually a nice guy.
  • Beard of Evil: Has one that makes him look evil.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Large Ham: According to Kvothe (who was raised with entertainers), he's a gifted showman, and his lessons reflect his flair.

Master Physicker.

    Master Brandeur 
Master Arithmetician.
  • Flat Character: His only characterization is being Hemme's toady and his passion for mathematics.
  • Yes-Man: Does everything Hemme tells him to.

Master Alchemist.
  • Out of Focus: Gets the least screentime and characterization of all the masters, mainly because Kvothe is not very interested in alchemy.

Imre and the University

The partner of Stanchion and co-owner of The Eolian in Imre.
  • Bi the Way: Suspected by Denna, who says his partner is Stanchion. The latter is never confirmed, however.

The partner of Deoch and co-owner of The Eolian in Imre.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Denna believes he and Deoch are in a relationship, but it is never confirmed.
  • Nice Guy: A reasonable and kind man.
  • Threshold Guardian: For up-and-coming musicians, he's the one to impress if they want to win their pipes.

The owner of Anker's, the inn where Kvothe lives and works while he studies in the University.

A moneylender in Imre who makes loans to Kvothe so that he can pay his tuition. Also, a former member of the Arcanum; she was expelled for reasons that are, as yet, unknown.
  • The Dreaded: She's referred as "Demon Devi" by several people, all of whom chastise Kvothe for getting mixed up with her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Rarely shows the fiery side, but when she does, it's enough to run.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: She really wants into the Archives, but we have no idea why.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: How she explains her attraction to Kvothe, though it's very likely she was being sarcastic.

A shady black market dealer at the University.

    Count Threpe 
A patron of the musical arts who looks out for Kvothe, and gets him in touch with Maer Alveron.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Uncle Pennybags: He really, really wants to help Kvothe out, he just doesn't have the money to spare for another patronship.

    Ambrose Jakis 
The firstborn son of a powerful and wealthy baron and the nemesis of Kvothe in the University.
  • Domestic Abuser: To any woman he dates.
  • Expy: The Malfoy to Kvothe's Potter, except unfortunately more competent and with even fewer scruples. He doesn't even have Draco's excuse of being a child.
  • Flat Character: Hasn't gotten much characterization so far besides being a colossal dick and implied inferiority issues.
  • Hate Sink: The Chandrian may be the Bigger Bad of the series, but Ambrose is such a petty smug bastard that it's impossible not to despise him.
  • Jerk Ass


A strange man who appears to live in the Archives, and is a constant source of information for Wilem and Simmon.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Walks around in costumes and puts on elaborate puppet shows. Is also one of the most well-informed people when it comes to the Archives. The University just does that to people.
  • Creepy Doll: He likes to make puppets, to the extent that his room is full of them.

The Maer's Court

    Maer Lerand Alveron 
The Maer, and essentially king of Vint due to an old and complicated agreement with the actual king of Vint.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He knows very well the deeper implications of nobility, and how ultimately fragile that power is. Thus he takes measures to ensure he is constantly in control.
  • Too Clever by Half: Invoked, in those exact words, by Kvothe as narrator, besides being true.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted. When it seems he'll kick Kvothe out of the city to please his bigoted lady wife, he actually writes a letter of apology and officially agrees to be Kvothe's patron. Then he kicks Kvothe out.

The Maer's retainer, who initially greatly distrusts Kvothe.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Stapes' well-intentioned removal of the dead flits during Kvothe's attempt to test Caudicus' poisonous "medicine" almost results in Kvothe's execution.

The Maer's soldier.
  • Bald of Awesome: Though Kvothe's knee-jerk initial impression is Bald of Evil. And given that the Maer calls him a mad dog on a short leash...
  • The Stoic: The only words Kvothe ever hears him say are "Yes, Your Grace," with a soldier's composure.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Dagon's approach to his job, according to the Maer.

    Lady Meluan Lackless 
A young noblewoman the Maer wishes to marry. She seems familiar to Kvothe, but he can't quite place why...

The Maer's physician.
  • Meaningful Name: Probably a double subversion. The similar-sounding caduceus (☤) is a symbol often used in America for the medical industry. However, this usage is historically incorrect: the caduceus is rather a symbol of commerce, and is considered inappropriate as a symbol of medicine because commerce often involves theft, deception, and death.

A noble who Kvothe befriends quickly.
  • Blue Blood: Despite not introducing himself with any title, Bredon was obviously born to great wealth, as Kvothe is quick to notice.

    Lord Praevek 
A noble at the Maer's court.
  • Gossipy Hens: Most of the Maer's Court is this, but Lord Praevek is the most gossipy of all of them.

The Mercenaries

A Vintic mercenary who usually works with his companions Hespe and Marten.

A mercenary who usually works with Dedan and Marten.
  • Hidden Depths: She knows a story about Jax, the Namer who stole the moon, though she only knows a fairy tale version of it.

A mercenary who usually works with Dedan and Hespe.
  • Cool Old Guy: The first of the mercenaries Kvothe actually befriends, due to his appreciation for quick wit and humor.
  • Divine Intervention: His terrified praying appears to be what makes Cinder flee in the confrontation with the mercenaries.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: However, he was able to teach Kvothe and Tempi some of his techniques, so somewhat justified.

An Adem mercenary who is the first to teach Kvothe about the Ketan and the Lethani.
  • Butt Monkey: Though he's definitely competent, the other Adem hold him in some contempt.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Kvothe assumes this is the reason why Tempi initially doesn't speak much.
  • Funny Foreigner: Sometimes played straight; at one point invoked by Tempi himself when he defuses a tense moment by pretending not to understand the word "balls."
  • The Stoic: Subverted. He appears to be, but only because the Adem emote using hand language rather than facial expressions.

The Adem

An old woman and master of the Ketan fighting style as well as the head of the school in Haert, where Kvothe stays. She approves of Kvothe being taught the Ketan and the Lethani.

A female Adem who first rebukes Tempi for teaching Kvothe their secrets.

Nicknamed "the Hammer", she is the teacher assigned to Kvothe to determine if he is worthy to become one of the Adem and so to learn their ways.

A young woman who beats Shehyn in a sparring exhibition and is the first among the Adem at Haert to speak to Kvothe of her own free will.

An exceptionally talented student of the Ketan who becomes Kvothe's sparring partner. A ten year old girl.
  • Groin Attack: Her go-to move. Vashet criticizes her for using it too often, making her predictable.

The Fae

The most beautiful and sensual woman in either the world of mortals or the fae. She crosses over into the mortal world to seduce men and brings them into her own world. There, she proves her power over them by driving them to madness and/or death through excess of yearning and sexual debauchery.
  • all lowercase letters: Her dialogue is all lower case, except for the word "I", her own name, and the Cthaeh. Other names (like Kvothe) are not capitalized.
  • The Fair Folk: And quite a traditional variant in that she is proud, mercurial, possessive, and unaware that mortals have any value beyond the amusement they give her.
  • Glory Seeker: Although the glory she seeks is not the typical one for this trope.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Often she is surrounded by butterflies, which seem to pick up on her emotions somewhat — they land on her when she's contented and scatter when she's angry.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She is always naked, although how much she know about nudity taboos is up for debate.

    The Cthaeh 
A malicious entity living in a great tree in the Realm of the Fae. The Cthaeh sees all possible futures and uses this power to manipulate people into making life decisions that will cause the most suffering.
  • And I Must Scream: It doesn't often get to talk to people, what with the Sithe around, and can't leave its tree: it's an eternity of solitary confinement.
  • Badass Boast: I am Cthaeh. I am. I see. I know. At times I speak.
  • Bigger Bad: There is nothing in this world more dangerous or terrible than the Cthaeh.
  • Butterfly of Doom: It uses prophesies to set these up. Also referenced: it spends its spare time very precisely killing specific butterflies.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Justified. The Cthaeh knows exactly what to say and do in order to bring about the most destructive possible chain of events.
  • The Dreaded: According to Bast it's even more dangerous then the Chandrian.
  • For the Evulz: Seemingly one of its goals is to spread suffering just because it likes to. It can see how the future will unfold, and does what it can to manipulate events to create the maximum amount of destruction and misery possible. During the conversation it shares with Kvothe, it delights in Kvothe's pain as it tells him about the murder of his parents, and of Denna's abuse at the hands of her patron.
  • Kill All Humans: Its actual motivations are somewhat mysterious, but appear to be along these lines.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In-Universe. Bast mentions that when the Cthaeh tree appears in the background of a Fae play, it's a signal that everything is going to end in tragedy and disaster.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Or at least a tree.
  • Shout-Out: In the audiobook version, Nick Podehl adopts a dead-on vocal impression of Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight when voicing the Cthaeh. Possibly just for the Rule of Cool, but also a possible reference to the two characters' shared ability to predict and manipulate the actions of those around them in order to create chaos and misery.
  • The Omniscient: According to Bast.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Cthaeh's conversational partners all become this.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Though it wasn't the one who murdered Kvothe's parents, since it's a sadist, it uses its seeming omniscience to mock him for their deaths. it says his father "begged and blubbered" and that Cinder did "terrible things" to his mother.

The Chandrian

"When the hearthfire turns to blue,
What to do? What to do?
Run outside. Run and hide."
"When your bright sword turns to rust?
Who to trust? Who to trust?
Stand alone. Standing stone."
"When his eyes are black as crow?
Where to go? Where to go?
Near and far. Here they are."
"See a woman pale as snow?
Silent come and silent go.
What's their plan? What's their plan?
Chandrian. Chandrian."
"See a man without a face?
Move like ghosts from place to place.
What's their plan? What's their plan?
Chandrian. Chandrian."

Cyphus bears the blue flame.
Stercus is in thrall of iron.
Ferule chill and dark of eye.
Usnea lives in nothing but decay.
Grey Dalcenti never speaks.
Pale Alenta brings the blight.
Last there is the lord of seven:
Hated. Hopeless. Sleepless. Sane.
Alaxel bears the shadow's hame.

Seven demons, or humans, or immortals, or who knows what. They are assumed to be nonexistent by most scholars and learned people, due to the amount of effort they have gone to in order to destroy any records of them. They slaughtered Kvothe's family.

  • Blob Monster: Kvothe compares Cinder's movements to the motion of quicksilver. It remains to be seen whether Cinder actually can move like mercury, or just looks like he can.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Especially since they murder anyone who seems to be finding out too much about them.


The leader of the Chandrian, and according to at least one legend, was once the hero Lanre. His most distinguishing feature is that his face is obscured by shadow even in broad daylight.


Worshipped as a monotheistic deity in the Aturan Empire, the Commonwealth, and parts of Vint. Some storytellers have different ideas...
  • Badass Boast: "To ash all things return, so too this flesh will burn. But I am Tehlu. Son of myself. Father of myself. I was before, and I will be after. If I am a sacrifice then it is to myself alone. And if I am needed and called in the proper ways then I will come again to judge and punish."
  • God: According to the Tehlin church.
  • Messianic Archetype: In Trapis' Encanis story. In Skarpi's story, too, for that matter.
  • Our Angels Are Different: According to Skarpi, Tehlu became a powerful winged being who gave up earthly life to mete out justice.
  • Overnight Age-Up: In Trapis' story, Tehlu grows to an adult a few weeks after he is born.

Legendary characters (may or may not be fictional in universe)

    Taborlin the Great 
A Folk Hero who knows the name of all things, possesses a cloak of no particular color, whose three tools are coin, key, and candle, and who carries a copper sword (though the last point is disputed).
  • Escape Artistnote 
  • Hammerspace: Taborlin's cloak of no particular color is described as this.

An ancient powerful Shaper who allegedly provoked the Creation War.
  • Monumental Theft: He stole the freaking moon. Well, he didn't successfully steal all of it, and in Hespe's story it was more like he kidnapped her, but it's still really impressive.

Most famous of the Edema Ruh.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Illien could apparently tame wild animals by playing music to them; this legend was amusingly played with by Kvothe's father.

A duke in the Aturan Empire who was said to have performed macabre medical experiments on living human subjects, killing thousands.

A legendary philosopher; wrote works such as Theophany and Underlying Principles; apocryphally said to have lived barefoot in a cave.

A powerful Namer or Shapernote  dating at least from the time of the Creation War.
  • The Maker: According to a Creation Myth that Kvothe alludes to (though it may have been a joke).
  • Meaningful Name: Kvothe says that Aleph is either a The Maker of everything (i.e. a god) or the first person to discover the names of all things, depending on the version of the tale. In real life, aleph is the the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, but in mathematics it is used as the symbol for transfinite numbers (essentially different kinds of infinity).

Ruler of the city of Myr Tariniel, one of the most powerful Namers of his time. Legendary founder of the Amyr, according to Skarpi.
  • Eye Scream: Thrusts a pointed stone into one of his eyes as self-punishment for not seeing the darkness in Lanre's heart.
  • Handicapped Badass: After losing an eye, he gained vision.
  • Refusal of the Call: Apparently, Aleph tries to recruit him for his angels, but Selitos refuses in order to pursue the revenge of his beloved city.

Newarre (scenes from the framing device)

Real name Devan Lochees. A scribe, recorder, and scholar. After being saved by Kvothe, he manages to convince him to tell him his real story.

A student of Kvothe who assists him in running the Waystone Inn. He is actually one of The Fae. He is over 150 years old and his whole title is Bastas, son of Remmen, Prince of Twilight and the Telwyth Mael. Has a vignette devoted to him in the Rogues anthology.
  • Anything That Moves: Well, anything female. Considering that he's 150 and looks 20, he doesn't care too much about age, as long as they're pretty. And he seems to feel pretty strongly about Kvothe, too.
  • Berserk Button: Toward disrespect to Kvothe.
  • Knowledge Broker: Acts as this to the town's children. They tell him things or give him things, and he gives them advice.
  • Handsome Lech: He's referred to as a womanizer multiple times, but does seem to respect women to some degree, as shown by his speech about how to make a girl feel beautiful.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Happily helps a boy in return for knowledge of where a pretty village girl bathes.
  • Glamour Failure: When dealing with iron.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Capitalizes on it happily, if the audience his bathing attracts is anything to go by...
  • Poisonous Friend: Threatens to make Chronicler's life a living hell if he doesn't help Kvothe get back to his old self.

One of the common patrons of the inn.

A blacksmith apprentice, and a common patron at the inn.
  • The Big Guy: Not only is he a blacksmith, he's also taller than Kvothe. Dude's huge.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks big and appears dumb (as Bast notes) but proves himself a little more watchful than anyone in town.