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Evi Kholin

Evi Kholin
Fan art by horizonproblems[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Riran
Nationality Alethi
Gender Female
Died 1163
Physical Description
Hair Color Blonde
Social Information
Title(s) Brightness
Family Toh (brother), House Kholin
Appears in The Way of Kings (mentioned),
Words of Radiance (mentioned),
Oathbringer

Evi Kholin was Dalinar's wife and is the mother of Adolin and Renarin. Dalinar married Evi because she and her brother, Toh, sought asylum from Rira within Alethkar, and because they sought to exchange a suit of Shardplate in order to do so.*[1]

Dalinar had wished he'd felt more for her. Some passion, some true emotion. He couldn't laugh without her seeming confused by the conversation. He couldn't boast without her being disappointed in his bloodlust. She always wanted him to hold her, as if being alone for one minute would make her wither and blow away.[2]

Later, due to Dalinar's visit to the Nightwatcher (et al.),[3] he could no longer hear his wife's name. Instead, he heard rushing air (i.e., Shshshsh).[4][5] He could go weeks without even noticing this hole in his memories, this change that had ripped out a piece of him and left him patched over. Without even a prick of emotion when her name, which he could not hear, was mentioned.[6]

References to Evi Kholin prior to those in Oathbringer mostly appear within The Way of Kings in Dalinar's visions. Dalinar is unable to recall the features of her face, and he remembers her as a blur.[4]

The reason that Dalinar was unable to recall his wife's face or hear her name was originally thought to be because he'd made a deal with the Nightwatcher because she grants a boon in exchange for a curse via use of the Old Magic. It is unknown whether Dalinar's inability to remember his wife was the given curse or the boon.

When others spoke it, it slipped from his mind, like a pat of butter sliding off a too-hot knife.[4]

That is, until after he and Navani are joined in marriage by the Stormfather himself (though the Stormfather states that he's had nothing to do with Dalinar's remembrance).[1]

Appearance[]

Evi Kholin
Fan art by Luoyi Tan[2]

When Dalinar first saw her, she wore a delicate, filmy dress of pale yellow, matched by her blonde hair. She was tall, almost as tall as an Alethi, and small of chest. There was a certain sense of flimsiness to her, as if she were somehow less real than an Alethi. Her hair made her stand out, like a candle’s glow in a dark room.[7]

The pale yellow of her hair was not truly golden, like the hair of the Iriali, but striking in its own right.[8]

She'd been willowy,[8] with a beautiful smile.[2]

She kept her blonde hair in Alethi braids, rather than letting it tumble about her shoulders.[9]

She had long, elegant fingers,[10] and unusually pale Westerner skin.[11]

Personality[]

Ialai believed her to be a touch vapid, but was reasonably sure she was honest.[7]

Evi was a compassionate woman with a penchant for mercy rather than killing.[10]

Characteristics[]

She was eighteen, maybe nineteen years old.[7]

She'd been quiet. Shy, both she and her brother, for all that they'd been willing to flee their homeland in an act of courage.[8]

Her accent, to which Dalinar became accustomed, was thicker than that of her brother.[2]

Her traditions demanded a long engagement.[2]

Evi's native idioms didn't always translate well into Alethi.[12]

When she sat down in a chair, she supported herself with her right hand, safehand tucked demurely against her waist.[9]

She'd never be a great scribe - she didn't have the youthful training in art and letters of a Vorin woman. Besides, she didn't like books, and preferred her meditations.[9]

She regretted that she'd never get to see the sunken forests of Rira again.[9]

Evi burned incense in a small censer as a petition to the Heralds to bless her marriage.[10]

She also prayed nonstop for the Heralds to soften Dalinar's heart, specifically for the hearts of his countrymen he was planning to kill.[10]

Beliefs[]

According to Dalinar, Evi had strange beliefs. Among her people, simple glyphwards weren't enough for prayers; one needed to burn something more pungent. While she spoke of Jezrien and Kelek, she pronounced them "Yaysi" and "Kellai". And she made no mention of the Almighty; instead she spoke of something called the One, a heretical tradition the ardents said came from Iri.[2]

Further, she believes that everyone will know all eventually, when they return to the One. That there is no use troubling their minds about things they cannot now understand. That they are all different aspects of the One and all can change from one aspect to another.[12]

Additionally, she believes that no one actually cares about religion in Alethkar.[9]

"Oh, they make sure to point out how superior their beliefs are to mine. But who actually ever worries about the Heralds, other than to swear by their names? You bring ardents to battle merely to Soulcast rocks into grain. That way, you don’t have to stop killing each other long enough to find something to eat."

–Evi to Dalinar[9]

History[]

Evi and Dalinar
Fan art by ex-m[3]

Evi and her brother, Toh, pursued an alliance with the Alethi, offering a set of Shardplate in exchange for Alethi protection from their own people.[1] It was Sadeas who suggested that Dalinar marry for the benefits of an alliance or Shards.[13].

Dalinar agreed to marry Evi,[7] knowing that Navani was now beyond his reach because she'd chosen to marry his brother.[14] This resulted in the marriage between Dalinar and Evi and the acquisition of her Shardplate, despite that Evi and her brother had delayed a painfully long time to even agree to the betrothal.[7][2]

When Evi gave birth to Adolin, she looked to Dalinar like she'd fought in a battle. He'd seen her expression on the faces of soldiers many times: the sweaty brow, the half-dazed, drowsy look. The marks of a person pushed past the limits of what they thought they could do. Yet, she also bore a smile of quiet satisfaction. A look of victory.[15]

When Dalinar told her that she finally fit in with the other women, she told him that they made her feel stupid because conversation was a contest to them. Further, that everything had to be a contest with the Alethi; each individual always trying to show up everyone else. For the women, she said it was an awful, unspoken game to prove how witty they each were.[9]

Evi thought that perhaps the only answer, to make Dalinar proud, was to go to the Nightwatcher and ask for the blessing of intelligence. She said that the Old Magic could change a person and make something great of them.[9]**

In public, Evi was perfectly composed. In private, she read letters, scribed Dalinar's responses, and took notes at his meetings with generals. In every way, she was the perfect Alethi wife.[10]

When Evi asked Dalinar what happened with regard his confrontation with Tanalan's heir in Rathalas, Dalinar told her to go back to their camp and compose a message to Gavilar saying that they may have brought the Rift to their side without bloodshed. Further, to tell his brother not to trust anyone, because one of their closest allies may have betrayed them.[10]

Evi died because she was burned alive at the hand of her husband in a city with which Alethkar had history. Unbeknownst to both Sadeas and Dalinar, she'd come to the city to plead with the rebels therein.*** It was the heir who informed Dalinar that she'd come to them just before Dalinar strangled him.[16]

Six hours later, Dalinar stood and stared at a body on a table, covered in a white sheet.[16]

He knew that she hadn't been a traitor, as some of his scribes claimed. That she'd gone to the Rift to plead for them to surrender. She'd seen in Dalinar's eyes that he wouldn't spare them. So, she'd gone to do what she could.[16]

Sadeas and Dalinar were publicly censured by the king for the loss of the city. Sadeas would later be responsible for spinning a story about what had happened.[17]. There is some contradiction between this and what Adolin had heard: that Sadeas himself burned the city in retribution for the death of Evi.[18]

Relationships[]

Dalinar[]

Of Dalinar, Evi thought that he only truly lived when he could fight. When he could kill. Like he could live only by taking lives from others.[12]

She hated what fighting did to him. She saw beauty in him. She saw a great man struggling against a terrible one.[10]

Family[]

Evi & Kholin Babies
Fan art by botanicaxu[4]

Notes[]

*Technically, the Shardplate belonged to Evi. When Dalinar wondered what a woman would do with Shardplate, he came to the realization that she would apparently give it to a husband.[2]

**Since Evi had told Dalinar this, he'd devised a plan to travel, having decided that it was time he began to trust her.[21]

***Adolin believes that his mother was killed by rebels. He tells Shallan that his mother's death drove his father into a fury. That they almost lost him to the despair.[18]

Q&A w/Brandon[]

Q. Evi, in Oathbringer, she uses strange idioms and you mentioned you wanna be on the lookout for people who use strange idioms ... Is Evi native to Roshar?

A. Yes ... Her people are related to the Iri, who are not native to Roshar. But she is not Iriali herself. And all the Iriali, they are native to Roshar, people who are born now, even if their people aren't. So Evi ... You can say, right, like, no humans are native to Roshar. But, yes, she was born on Roshar.[22]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oathbringer, 4. Oaths
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Oathbringer, 26. Blackthorn Unleashed
  3. Oathbringer, 114. The Cost
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Way of Kings, 15. The Decoy
  5. The Way of Kings, 64. A Man of Extremes
  6. Words of Radiance, 67. Spit And Bile
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Oathbringer, 19. The Subtle Art Of Diplomacy
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Oathbringer, 24. Men Of Blood And Sorrow
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Oathbringer, 66. Strategist
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Oathbringer, 71. A Sign Of Humanity
  11. Oathbringer, 75. Only Red
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Oathbringer, 36. Hero
  13. Oathbringer, 11. The Rift
  14. The Way of Kings, 28. Decision
  15. Oathbringer, 49. Born Unto Light
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Oathbringer, 76. An Animal
  17. Oathbringer, 88. Voices
  18. 18.0 18.1 Oathbringer, 97. Riino
  19. Words of Radiance, 46. Patriots
  20. Oathbringer, 67. Mishim
  21. Oathbringer, 105. Spirit, Mind, And Body
  22. Evi Kholin
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