Herald Kak
Drawing by Isaac Stewart
Biographical information
Race Herald
Gender Male
Status Unknown
Abilities Surgebinding
Social Information
Aliases Kelek
Occupation Herald of the Almighty
Appears in The Way of Kings,
Words of Radiance (mentioned)
Oathbringer (mentioned)

Kalak is one of the ten Heralds of the Almighty. He is associated with the number Kak, the essence Foil and the divine attributes Resolute and Builder. He is assumed to have founded - and to be the patron Herald of - the order of Knights Radiant known as Willshapers.

He was later known as Kelek - as he is still known in modern Alethkar - due to a vowel shift in the language between time periods.[1]

His name is a favored curse word for Teft.[2]



Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

By the end of the Desolation, he was nearly a completely broken man. He did feel some remorse at how weak he had become, and was hesitant to break his oath but did so anyway.[3]


Kalak fought during the event known as the Last Desolation. After winning the fight, daunted by the endless suffering to which he would have to be subjected yet again between Desolations, he and the other Heralds (save Taln) chose to abandon their Honorblades and give up their terrible trials, ending their Oathpact.[3]


The Prelude in The Way of Kings is told from his perspective in third-person point-of-view.[3]

Puuli believes that Kelek is the Herald who lives in the storm, particularly in the wake of the Everstorm in the little port on the crumbling eastern edge of Roshar where he lives.[4]


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