The youngest daughter of King Dedelin. Siri was forever neglected and ignored until Vivenna's 22th birthday. King Dedelin was supposed to send Vivenna to marry the God King, but the treaty stated that he had to send "his daughter". Taking advantage of this, King Dedelin sent Siri instead. Once in the Court of the Returned, Siri is married to the God King.
Bare Your Midriff: Some of the dresses she has to wear in the Court of the Returned are like this.
Damsel in Distress: Due to not being forced into the same high-stress situations in terms of physical harm that Vivenna was throughout the book, she largely plays this role in the climax, though she does try to force some authority over the situation and does find out the identity of the Big Bad.
The eldest daughter of King Dedelin. Vivenna was meant to be sent to T'Telir, capital of Hallandren, to marry God King Susebron on her 22nd birthday. However, King Dedelin exploited a loophole in the treaty and sent his youngest daughter, Lady Sisirinah Royal. Determined not to be useless, Vivenna heads to T'Telir to save her sister from the God King.Once there she ends up in the company of mercenaries Denth and Tonk Fah, who are trying to aide weaken Hallandren so that Idris can survive the looming war. Vivenna teams up with them to save her sister and homeland.
Loophole Abuse: Sends Siri to T'Telir once he finds a loophole that lets him, since, while he did have to send his daughter to T'Telir when Vivenna came of age at twenty-two, the treaty doesn't mention which daughter.
Parental Favoritism: He loves Vivenna more than Siri, though he still does worry for both of them.
Vivenna's friend who goes with her to rescue Siri from the God King.
Accidental Murder: Denth really shouldn't have left Tonk Fah alone to torture him. He got carried away.
The Immortal Ruler of Hallandren, who was meant to marry Vivenna. Due to King Dedelin messing with a loophole, he marries Siri instead. He rules Hallandren with an iron fist, and has absolute power over all things. He has also achieved the Tenth Heightening, which grants him supreme mastery over colors.
Arranged Marriage: With Vivenna, but King Dedelin took advantage of a loophole and switched his fiance to Lady Sisirinah Royal.
Big Bad: He is the all-powerful ruler of Hallandren, and he can do whatever he very well wishes. It's later revealed that he's not the Big Bad, and is instead a perfectly harmless and kind figurehead.
Big Damn Heroes: In the climax, when he uses his new powers to save Siri from Bluefingers.
Horrible Judge of Character: He thinks that the Big Bad, High Priest Treleedees, is, aside from the whole tongue cutting out thing, a nice guy. However, this trope is ultimately subverted when it turns out that Treleedees is actually a good guy, and Bluefingers is the real villain.
Man Child: He's very childlike, innocent, and naive in his way of looking at the world, and doesn't even know how babies are made.
Man in White: To contrast with the colors that flow from him, though he dresses in black when going to sleep.
Never Learned to Read: Since he was a figurehead ruler, he was never taught how to read until Siri showed him.
Past Life Memories: Has many dreams about what he believes was his past life before his Return.
Also, while the process of Returning erased the memories of his first life, he still has the skills he used to posess (high-level math skills, detective instincts, a reasonably good grasp of sailing, and the inexplicable ability to juggle fruit.)
Shrug of God: Brandon has stated that he's not going to explain why Lightsong possesses the ability to juggle fruit.
Blushweaver The Honest/Beautiful
A sensuous Returned who is trying to amass the forces of the Returned's Lifeless to prepare for an assault on Idris to secure the line of succession for the Returned.
Guile Hero: Almost a Deconstruction: he's trying very, very hard to accomplish his goals subtly and without too much bloodshed, but it's frequently commented by himself and others that he has almost no social skills, and sucks at stealth. Ultimately, he's more a magical universe's equivalent of a Science Hero, and resolves the plot by unleashing a giant, unstoppable army.
Science Hero: As mentioned above, he's more of a Awakening researcher than a warrior, which is why he is worse at swordplay than Denth and, by implication, Arsteel.
I Have Many Names: Vasher, Kalad the Usurper, Peacegiver the Merciful, Taxalis the Sage, and Warbeaker the Peaceful are just some of his many names. Goes by the name of Zahel while in Roshar.
Magic Knight: He uses Awakening in tandem with Nightblood in combat.
Perma Stubble: Vivenna even wonders if he purposely shaves to look like that. Turns out it actually is permanent. As a Returned, his physical body doesn't change unless he actively tries to make it do so. The fact that he constantly looks scruffy in exactly the same way is one of the first indications of his Returned status. Furthermore, it reveals something about the way he views himself in that Returned look like they think they should.
Really 700 Years Old: He's one of the oldest people in Hallandren, having been around at the Manywar and being one of the Five Scholars.
The Rival: According to Denth, he was once one to him.
The Face: His job for his mercenary troupe. It helps to cover up TonkFah's antics. This is expounded on in a spoileriffic annotation.
Brandon Sanderson: Tonk Fah is a sociopath, and much of the time when he makes his jokes about hurting people, he's serious. (The vanishing pets are a subtle clue to this.) He finds the concept of hurting people funny. We laugh because of Denth, who's running interference and making it seem like they're just exaggerating to get a laugh.
False Friend: To Vivenna, who he manipulates into starting a war.
Walking Spoiler: It becomes very hard to talk about him after finding out his true allegiance, and even moreso with Nightblood's exposition.
The dumber piece of the Jewels, Denth, Tonk Fah partnership.
And Call Him George: Loses a lot of pets this way, to Denth and Jewels' annoyance. It's much darker than Lennie's behavior, however, in that it's not by accident. He tortures and kills them to sate his sociopathic tendencies, then keeps the corpses like trophies. Denth is probably more annoyed because it's more difficult to cover up.
Ax-Crazy: His real demeanor, since Denth was not joking.
The Resenter: To Hallandren and Idris for how they treated his people.
Walking Spoiler: Since he's the Big Bad, his position in the plot is extremely important, much more so than his behavior would assume, making it very difficult for people who read the whole book to speak about him without spoiling major elements of the plot.
"Hello, Would you like to kill someone today?"
Vasher's talking sword.
Artifact of Death: Even if a wielder is pure of heart, the sword drains out Breath at an increasing speed over time the longer it is held. Vasher knows that if he uses it too long, it will kill him. However, this might be due to the divine Breath that he has as a result of being a Returned, and might not apply to most people.
Dark Is Not Evil: It seems evil, and does kill a lot, but really just wants to destroy evil.
Deadpan Snarker: Its conversations with Vasher dip into this often, though not very deeply.
Didn't Think This Through: When created, he was given the Command "Destroy Evil". Unfortunately, neither Vasher nor his wife realized that, naturally, a piece of metal wouldn't have a very clear idea of what "evil" actually is.
Evil Sounds Deep: When fully drawn, it booms its Command in the wielder's head repeatedly. However, since said Command is "Destroy Evil", this is a Subverted Trope.
Evil Weapon: Subverted. It's a black sword that loves killing, but was initially created to destroy evil. Pity it's a sword and doesn't really know the difference.
Nightblood: I'm figuring it out. I've had a lot of practice.
Nausea Fuel: In-Universe. If someone who is pure of heart and good looks at it, there is a wave of nausea that overcomes that person which gets worse the closer the person is.