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Fan art by Bonnie Johnson[1]

Biographical information
Race Spren
Ethnicity Cultivation
Nationality Shadesmar
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Nahel bonding, affording Surgebinding
Social Information
Title(s) Unknown
Occupation Truthwatcherspren
Appears in Words of Radiance, Oathbringer, Rhythm of War

Glys is the spren with which Renarin Kholin has bonded that affords him the Surgebinding abilities of a Truthwatcher.[1] Their bond grants him the Surges of Progression and Illumination.

According to Jasnah, Glys is one of the Voidspren. However, Glys has actually been corrupted by Sja-anat.[2]

Glys is better known as a mistspren.[3]


As a spren, Glys is bright red and crystalline, shimmering and dripping light upwards.[4] Other Truthwatcherspren typically appear as light reflected through crystal on a surface.[5][6][7] Glys's differing appearance is likely due to Sja-anat's corruption,[2] and he prefers to stay invisible.[8]

As a Shardblade, Glys is long, glowing, and thin, with barely a crossguard. The Blade has waving folds within it as if forged.[9]


Renarin describes Glys as excitable.[10]


Although Rock has the ability to see all spren, he has never been able to spot Glys. He bows when Renarin isn't looking, just in case, and makes a sign of reverence to the hidden god.[11]

Mistspren can each choose their own forms, and usually choose a shape like a person, but don't need to.[3] Their free-form shape seems to Shallan like it would be difficult to capture in a sketch. Like steam, somehow trapped into a humanoid shape, contained by clothing and a strange mask.[12]


When Renarin tells his brother that in creating a Radiant Blade it just happened, he says that Glys wasn't certain he could do it, but that they needed more people to work the Oathgate ... so it happened.[9]


  1. Words of Radiance, 89. The Four
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oathbringer, 116. Alone
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rhythm of War, 22. No Use Talking
  4. Oathbringer, 115. The Wrong Passion
  5. Edgedancer, 20.
  6. Oathbringer, 53. Such A Twisted Cut
  7. Oathbringer, 104. Strength
  8. Book signing, Lansing, MI, 1/15/13
  9. 9.0 9.1 Oathbringer, 10. Distractions
  10. Oathbringer, 120. The Spear That Would Not Break
  11. Oathbringer, 37. The Last Time We March
  12. Rhythm of War, 24. Full Of Awe