Gavilar Kholin
Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Died 1167
Abilities Shardbearer
Physical Description
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Light Green
Social Information
Title(s) Brightlord, Highprince (pre-coronation),
King of Alethkar
Family House Kholin
Occupation King
Appears in The Way of Kings,
Words of Radiance,
Oathbringer (mentioned)

Gavilar Kholin was the King of Alethkar who united the ten Alethi Princedoms. He was assassinated by Szeth in 1167,[1] which led his son, Elhokar, to declare the War of Reckoning on the Parshendi.

He was an accomplished warrior and a full Shardbearer, possessing both a Shardblade and set of Shardplate.


Gavilar was shorter than Amaram, yet the latter stooped shallowly in the king's company.[2]

He had strong features: a square chin, a black beard with a hint of white, and pale green eyes.[2]


He was said to have both the nature of command and getting what he wanted just from sheer expectation. His will was so great that he not only kept most of the Highprinces in line, but also loyal to him.


Many have made comment that Gavilar was not the just, kind and honorable man that everyone thought he was. Even Navani has made mention of this.[3] Still, it was common for others to stoop around Gavilar, who would speak with such quiet intensity that one wanted to lean in and listen, to catch every word and implication.[2]


Early LifeEdit

In his early life, Gavilar accomplished what seemed impossible by fighting alongside his brother, Dalinar, to force the other nine Highprinces of Alethkar to concede to his rule and crown him King.

Gavilar vied with his brother for the hand of Navani. Of the two, she chose Gavilar.[4] Gavilar married Navani and they had two children, Jasnah and Elhokar.

The Alethi first encountered the Parshendi during his expedition into the Shattered Plains.

Later LifeEdit

Toward the end of his life, Gavilar began behaving oddly for an Alethi Highprince, which was noticed by both his brother, Dalinar, and his daughter, Jasnah. He began following the Alethi Codes of War and became interested in a book thought to have been written by Nohadon called The Way of Kings.


He pleaded with Szeth to deliver his dying words:

"Tell ... tell my brother ... he must find the most important words a man can say ... ."[1]

Szeth complied by writing the words in Gavilar's own blood before fleeing.[1] Jasnah later read them to Sadeas and Dalinar; the latter eventually discovered that the words are a quote from The Way of Kings.

Along with his final words, Gavilar gave Szeth a strange dark sphere, saying "Take this. They must not get it."[1]

The death of Gavilar greatly affected his brother, who was passed out and drunk at the time, therefore unable to come to his aid.[1] This guilt, along with the Codes, later shape the man Dalinar becomes.


Choosing to murder Gavilar had been an act to affirm a decision of their ancestors, a decision that set them back to primitive levels. [5]

According to the Parshendi, the decision had been one of centuries ago, a decision that set them back to primitive levels.[5]

"We murdered his brother," Venli said. "We slaughtered King Gavilar on a night when he'd invited us into his home. That is not something the Alethi will forget, or forgive." [6]


  • Navani - Widow
  • Jasnah - Daughter and Queen of Alethkar
  • Elhokar - Son and heir, former King of Alethkar
  • Aesudan - Daughter-in-law
  • Gavinor - Grandson (son of Elhokar and Aesudan)[7][8]
  • Dalinar - Brother
  • Evi - Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Adolin - Nephew
  • Renarin - Nephew


Due to comments made by the Parshendi that he was "going to bring back our gods" and the remarks made by Amaram, it might be supposed that Gavilar was a member of the Sons of Honor or was at least a strong ally of the group. Amaram thought at the end of Words of Radiance that Gavilar would be proud,[9] implying that the late king was supportive of the goals of the Sons.


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