Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Status Alive
Social Information
Title(s) Brightlord, Highprince
Family Wife (name unknown)
Occupation Highprince
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

Hatham is a highprince of Alethkar; his princedom lays on Alethkar's eastern border. His wife makes the Dawncities her study.[1]

Following the formation of the Vengeance Pact, Hatham traveled with his army to the Shattered Plains. He belives that "Money is behind every war" and, coincidentally, he was well behind in his payments to King Elhokar, which was one of the many acts of the highprinces that undermined King Elhokar's rule.[2]

Hatham involved ardents in his political maneuvers, an act which was both illegal and a violation of custom ever since the Hierocracy, however the tactic became increasingly popular and was used by many lighteyes.[1]

While three of the highprinces joined Dalinar on his expedition to the center of the Shattered Plains,[3] the greater number had remained behind. When the unexpected highstorm came,[citation needed] Hatham had received word via spanreed from scouts out along the Plains. His warcamp had been able to get out most of their spheres for recharging before the storm hit, giving him a huge amount of Stormlight compared to the rest of them. He was becoming a wealthy man as Dalinar traded for infused spheres to work the Oathgate and bring in supplies.[4]


He is a long-necked, slender man who wears a ruffled green shirt underneath a robelike coat, with a darker green silk scarf around his neck. He also wears a glowing ruby on each of his fingers, the Stormlight from which has been drained away by a fabrial made for that purpose.[1]

He wears resplendent Shardplate when at the front of his army. He sits upon a Ryshadium which is coveted by Amaram.[5]

His soldiers wear the gold and red of his army.[4]


Hatham speaks in a smooth, overly polite way.[1]


Religious? ... No, I wouldn’t say that. All conflicts are essentially economic in nature. ... Money is behind every war, ... Religion is but an excuse. Or perhaps a justification.

–Hatham on the nature of the Eighty's War.[1]

An excuse is what you make after the deed is done, while a justification is what you offer before. ... I would say an excuse is something you claim, but do not believe, Nak-ali. ... While a justification is something you actually believe.

–Hatham on the difference between excuse and justification.[1]


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