|Appears in||Words of Radiance, Oathbringer|
|“||"We are patriots, as I said before. Patriots of Alethkar. The Alethkar that could be."||”|
Graves introduces himself to Kaladin in the back room of a tavern, at which are present Moash, Danlan, Rill, and one other unidentified man. He indicates to Kaladin that Elhokar is incompetent, that he gets good men killed, and that this is why he - Graves - will try to assassinate the king. Further, he indicates that the conspiracy doesn't want a coup, or to kill innocent guards; they just want the king removed quietly, preferably in an accident.
Graves is a little older than Adolin, with jet-black Alethi hair, styled crisply. He wears an open jacket, an expensive-looking black shirt underneath that is embroidered with white vines running between the buttons, and a stock at his throat.
Graves' men confirm him as their patron when confronted by Kaladin in the palace when the assassination attempt is in play. When the assassination attempt fails, Graves encourages Moash to kill Kaladin, who has been defending the king.
|“||"He has seen too much," Graves said to Moash. "If he lives this day, he'll betray us. You know my words are true, Moash. Kill him." ||”|
During Kaladin's struggle with Moash, and Graves, the latter spoke of the Diagram:
|“||"The Diagram spoke of this," Graves said, scuttling back along the corridor. "We missed it. We missed it completely! We focused on making certain you were separated from Dalinar, and not on what our actions might push you to become." ||”|
|“|| "The Diagram is vague," Graves said. "We only knew the term because of old Gavilar's visions. The Diagram says this will probably return the Voidbringers, though. Those have turned out to be the parshmen, it seems." He shook his head. "Damnation. That woman was right."
"Jasnah Kholin." 
|“|| "Who are you really?" Moash asked.
"A patriot," Graves said. "Just like I told you. We're allowed to pursue our own interests and goals until we're called up." He shook his head. "I thought for sure my interpretation was correct, that if we removed Elhokar, Dalinar would become our ally in what is to come ... . Well, it appears I was wrong. Either that, or I was too slow."
Graves married a dark-eyed woman and, "One of his sons is even a one eye." This description matches the "the newcomer" Redin, sent by Highprince Valam, who confronted Shallan's father about the death of Shallan's mother, four years prior to Kaladin's introduction to Graves. Shallan proclaims that Redin is the bastard son of Valam. (This note is simply here since the description of 'has one light eye, the other dark' is so rare and is the apparent trait of a lighteye interbreeding with a darkeye. The condition is known as heterochromia.)