Biographical information
Race Spren
Ethnicity Unknown
Gender Male
Status Alive
Social Information
Title(s) Inkspren
Occupation Elsecallerspren
Appears in The Way of Kings (implied),
Words of Radiance

Ivory is an inkspren.[1] He is the spren with which Jasnah has formed the Nahel bond that affords her the Surgebinding abilities of an Elsecaller.[2] This gives Jasnah access to the Surges of Transformation and Transportation, which allow her to Soulcast[3][4][5][6] and travel instantaneously from place to place, as well as to and from Shadesmar.[7][8]


Ivory is described as a creature in the shape of a man of midnight blackness - a dark, lustrous figure - who forms before Jasnah and unsheathes a sword. She stands her ground and meets its glare, and then the palace disintegrates ... into Shadesmar ... . Later, this dark figure slides its sword from its sheath and raises two fingers to its forehead and bows, a cloak flourishing out behind it.[2] (This is Ivory's first open acknowledgement of Jasnah within The Stormlight Archive.)

He wears a " ... sharp - yet somehow alien - suit, all black." He has a " ... mother-of-pearl sheen to his skin, like the colors made by oil on water."[9]


When Ivory first appeared, Jasnah did not notice him. Her shadow had been acting oddly, casting in the wrong direction or failing to follow her rapid movement. This frightened her as it had been recorded that this was a sign that one had been cursed. On the night of the assassination of her father, she yelled at the misbehaving shadow, which then took the form of a figure of inky blackness pointing a sword at her. Jasnah then faded into Shadesmar, where she created a replica of a portion of the palace in Kholinar and a statue of Talenel'Elin, which drew its sword at the figure. The figure - Ivory - then bowed to her and she returned to the Physical Realm.[2] (That challenge then giving way to respect made the formation of the bond between them.)


Jasnah indicates to Shallan that Ivory does not like her to speak of him because it makes him anxious. Further, she indicates that this is due to the fact that the Knights' breaking of their oaths was very painful to the spren and many spren died.[10]

"Though Ivory won't speak of it, I gather that what he's done is regarded as a betrayal by the others of his kind."

–Jasnah to Shallan[10]

By the end of Words of Radiance, the bond between Ivory and Jasnah has developed whereby he is able to become a Shardblade that she might wield.[7]


As stated above, Ivory is able to transform into a Shardblade to be wielded by Jasnah. Additionally, he is responsible for gaining her full passage to Shadesmar.[11]


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