Drawing by Isaac Stewart
The great city is built amid formations of rock like fins rising from the stone. Noted for its symmetrical shape, the city's enormous fins are known as windblades and are unmistakable even from afar. They are enormous, curving spines of rock that cut through the city.
Beautifully lined with colorful strata on the sides, they curved, curled, rose, and fell unpredictably, like fish leaping from the ocean.
The rock took the shape of rolling hills and steeply sloping valleys, and when the stone was cut into, it exposed thousands of brilliant strata of red, white, yellow, and orange.
Kholinar was never sacked. It was one of the few eastern cities on Roshar that didn't suffer the fate other cities did in the chaos after the Hierocracy's fall. The palace had burned once, but that fire died out after consuming the eastern wing. It was called Rener's miracle: the arrival of a highstorm to put out a fire three hundred years prior.
In recent history it has become the Alethi capital city of Alethkar, after Gavilar and Dalinar had reunited Alethkar's warring highprinces into a single Alethi Kingdom. Following the assassination of King Gavilar and the war that ensued, his son and now king, Elhokar, effectively relocated the center of power from Kholinar to the Shattered Plains.
When Kaladin asks Yokska who rules the city, she tells him that nobody does. Further, that various highlords basically seized sections of the city, arguing that the monarchy had fallen, that the king had abandoned them. She tells him that the real power in the city is the Cult of Moments.
Yokska tells Shallan that if one uses a fabrial of any sort - from spanreed, to warmer, to painrial - one will draw screaming yellow spren that ride the wind like streaks of terrible light. Spren that shout and swirl about, which then usually brings the creatures from the sky, the ones with the loose clothing and long spears (i.e., the Fused), who then seize the fabrial, and sometimes kill the one trying to use it.
Elhokar tells Adolin, Shallan and Kaladin that Voidbringers are trying to isolate the city. That they locked down the palace to prevent anyone from using the Oathgate, then cut off communication via spanreed. He believes they're stalling until they can gather a large enough army.
Based on her drawings, Shallan confirms that there is something wrong with the city's spren.
Dalinar had never seen the city until his twelfth year.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Oathbringer, 19. The Subtle Art Of Diplomacy
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 46. Child of Tanavast
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 60. That Which We Cannot Have
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Words of Radiance, Inter12.
- ↑ Oathbringer, 61. Nightmare Made Manifest
- ↑ The Way of Kings, Epilogue - Of Most Worth
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Oathbringer, 62. Research
- ↑ Oathbringer, Inter11.