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Azure
Biographical information
Ethnicity Nalthisian
Nationality Nalthisian
Gender Female
Status Alive
Abilities Worldhopper
Social Information
Aliases Vivenna
Title(s) Highmarshal
Occupation Soldier
Appears in Warbreaker, Oathbringer

Azure is Highmarshal of the Wall Guard in Kholinar. She has no commander above her, not even Queen Aesudan Kholin.[1] She joined the Wall Guard because she thought they would have information on Vasher.[2]

Kaladin suspects that she is the one responsible for feeding the city, for providing grain to the people.[3]

Members of the Wall Guard refer to Highmarshal Azure as "he" and "him" because women are not warriors in Vorin society. Still, they find her to be incredible; when they lost their former commander, she led a group who held the wall when the enemy tried to seize the city gates, fighting like a Voidbringer holding aloft a gleaming Shardblade.[4]

The first thing that Azure did when she took command was to have the Wall Guard attack the low monastery, by the eastern gates, in order to get the only Soulcaster that wasn't in the palace. She tells them that they have to close their ears to voices coming from the palace. That they can't be taken them unless they listen.[5]

Azure learns that reinforcing troops await the other side of an Oathgate at the palace.[6] She and the Wall Guard join in the assault on the palace.[7] All too soon, the booby-trapped Oathgate drops Azure, Shallan, Kaladin, and Adolin into Shadesmar.[8]

Azure says, "Damnation. I hate this place."[8] She tells her companions that she is from a far land and that she came to Roshar about a year ago, hunting a man, a criminal. She used a portal between realms - Cultivation's perpendicularity in the Horneater Peaks. She had spren guides and traveled by a ship sailed by spren.[9]

When Adolin asks if she is a Knight Radiant or a Herald, Azure replies, "I'm just a woman who has been constantly out of her league since adolescence." When Adolin and Kaladin look skeptical, Azure says, "Really. There's no spren here for my Blade because it's flawed. I can't summon or dismiss it. She's ... but a pale copy of what you carry."*[2]

Before Azure takes leave of her companions in Shadesmar, she tells them that she'd come hunting a Shardblade that bleeds black smoke and the one who brought it to Roshar.[10] When she does take her leave, she tells Kaladin and Adolin, "When you boys next meet the swordsman who taught you that morning kata, warn him that I'm looking for him."[11]

AppearanceEdit

Vivenna possesses the Royal Locks, able to grow her hair and change its color at will. Hair color can also inadvertently change with emotion - anger or embarrassment (red), fear (white).[12]

The highmarshal is of average height for an Alethi woman, maybe just under, and wears her hair straight and short, reaching halfway down her cheeks. Her eyes are orange. She wears a glittering chain, a bright tabard and an appropriately azure cloak, lighter than the traditional Kholin blue, with a mail coif down around the neck, helm carried in hand. She wears a side sword with a glistening silver basket hilt that has an otherworldly look about it. She is lean and grim, and has a couple of serious scars on her face.[4]

She also wears gloves and a breastplate, her face and build obviously female. She appears to be very Alethi, with her skin tone and hair.[13]

Dressed in armor, helm under her arm, face crossed by a pair of scars, she is younger than Shallan had expected.[14]

While in Shadesmar, Adolin watches Azure's hair dim from an Alethi jet-black to a faint grey.[9] Later, her hair recovered its dark coloring, and it seemed to him that her scars had faded. She seemed almost like a spren.[2]

Later ...

"That uniform is well tailored, but the blue doesn't work with her skin. She needs a brighter shade. The breastplate is overly much, like she's trying to prove something. I do like the cape though."

–Adolin to Shallan[15]

CharacteristicsEdit

Vivenna is descended from a Returned,[16] which is why she can change the color of her hair.[17]

Azure's BladeEdit

*Azure's Blade is a side sword with a glistening silver basket that has an otherworldly look about it. Men report seeing her sword cut through stone, but it has no gemstone.[18] The Voidbringers are afraid of it. It glitters, long and silvery.[19] When she stabs an enemy soldier, his eyes don't burn, though his skin does go a strange ashen grey as he dies.[7]

AbilitiesEdit

In Warbreaker, Vivenna/Azure acquires the ability to Awaken and Command objects. She has since utilized her cloak as an animated weapon.

A guard reported that it had felt like they had a spren at their backs, holding them up and helping them fight.[4] After a fight defending the city wall, Kaladin notices that Azure had her cloak off and held oddly in one hand, wrapped around her forearm, with part of it draping down below.[19] At the fight at the palace, Adolin notices that curiously, Azure had removed her cloak and wrapped it half around her left arm.[7]

HistoryEdit

Azure first appears as Vivenna (age 22) in Warbreaker. She is firstborn, daughter of Dedelin, king of Idris, with (in birth order) brother Ridger, sister Fafen, and sister Siri (age 17). Vivenna is betrothed, by treaty, to the God King of Hallandren, an enemy nation.[20] When the time came, Dedelin couldn't bear to send Vivenna, and so sent Siri instead.[21] Vivenna decided to sneak off to T'Telir, Hallandren to rescue Siri from the evil tyrant. When Vivenna met Dedelin's spy - Lemex, in T'Telir, Lemex was dying and transferred his Biochromatic Breaths to Vivenna. Vivenna, being a follower of the religion of Austre, God of Colors, considered this to be evil.

Later, Vivenna is duped by mercenaries working for the faction that wants war between Idris and Hallandren. Vasher kidnaps Vivenna, then makes her pick up Nightblood, which makes her vomit. When Vasher leaves, Vivenna uses Breath for the first time to Awaken and Command her bonds to untie. When she gets back to the mercenaries, they reveal their true allegiance, but Vivenna escapes.[22]

She eventually teams up with Vasher,[23] who gives her a dueling sword.[24]

In a fight, Vivenna gets run through her shoulder with a dueling blade.[25] In the epilogue, Vivenna departs T'Telir with Vasher, who has Nightblood in his possession.

Color ReferencesEdit

  • Azure uses the expression "Like white on black,"[19] the same as Zahel.[26]
  • "That's the entire army. I'd bet my red life on it."
  • "That's going to be crimson to break. We'll fight for every inch."[7]

NotesEdit

Azure and Adolin both had Vasher/Zahel as their swordmaster.[2]

ReferencesEdit

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