|Hair Color||Grey, Balding|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Hesina (wife), Kaladin (son), |
Tien (son), Oroden (son)
The Way of Kings, |
Words of Radiance (mentioned), Oathbringer, Rhythm of War
Lirin is described as short and balding. He wears spectacles, which he regards as his most precious gift and rarely gets them out except for surgery or special occasions.
When Kaladin sees his father post-Everstorm, Lirin looks weathered, with bags underneath his dark brown eyes. His hair is greyer than Kaladin remembered, his face gaunter. But he is the same. Balding, diminutive, thin, bespectacled ... and amazing.
Lirin often is a source of wisdom that influences the way Kaladin chooses to live his life. He refuses to charge for his practice, no matter what, even when he and his family were finding it difficult to get enough food.
Unlike most Alethi men, Lirin believes war is pointless, and that there is more glory to being a surgeon than there is to being a warrior. For example, a conversation between a young 'Kal' and Lirin goes as follows ...
|“||"There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives. And those who take lives ... . You can't protect by killing."||”|
Kaladin believes his father to be a stubborn man.
He married Hesina, who proved to be a witty and clever woman, and together they had three sons. Kaladin is the eldest, Tien two years younger, and Oroden currently perhaps one year old. All three were raised in the town of Hearthstone.
Lirin was the only surgeon in town. He was assisted by his wife and son, Kaladin. Kaladin showed great talent and Lirin trained him in hope of one day sending him to Kharbranth, there to become a master surgeon.
Lirin had made a hobby of predicting storms mathematically. He'd been able to pick the right day eight times out of ten.
The Way of Kings
Lirin was on good terms with the citylord, Brightlord Wistiow, who gave him an incredible sum in spheres - on permanent loan - for his surgeries. Further, they agreed on a union between Kaladin and Laral Wistiow once each had reached their respective day of majority.
Following the death of Wistiow, Lirin tells Kaladin that Wistiow has left his spheres for his education; that his last wish was for Kaladin to go to Kharbranth to become a true master surgeon, then return to Hearthstone. Later, there were rumors that Lirin acquired those spheres dishonestly.
Toralin Roshone blames Lirin for the loss of his son, after Lirin was unable to save him following a hunting accident. Therefore, it affects Lirin and his family greatly when Roshone is installed as Hearthstone's new citylord.
After glancing at his eldest son, he turns back to his work, then asks Kaladin a series of questions without having really acknowledged just who it is from whom he's seeking answers. Hesitating, he looks back at Kaladin. Then his eyes open wide.
Once he recognizes Kaladin, he catches him in an embrace, thrilled that his son is alive, having thought him dead along with Tien.
With regard to Kaladin's slave brands, he compels Hesina to write a letter to the highprince's administrators explaining the situation, to see if they can get a forbearance, or at least an explanation.
Lirin is appalled when he witnesses Kaladin's treatment of Roshone when he re-encounters him, then is further disappointed in his son - hanging his head - when Kaladin brandishes Syl as a Shardblade before them all.
He tells Kaladin that he's become a killer. That he solves problems with fist and sword. He had hoped that his son would find a place among the army's surgeons.
|“||"I know that war is inevitable. I just didn't want you to have to be a part of it. I've seen what it does to men. War flays their souls, and those are wounds I can't heal."||”|
Rhythm of War
According to Lirin, disease isn't caused by spren. It's spread by contaminated water, improper sanitation, or sometimes the breath of those who bear it.
Does anyone consider that Lirin may take up Honor?*
Some are blatant, as in Rhythm of War when he states a Bondsmith oath word for word. For other oaths, one has to read into the following:
Lightweaver - Reference Wistiow's will conflict. A "good lie."
Windrunner - Very obvious. It's suspected that he's been telling readers the fifth ideal since The Way of Kings.
Edgedancer - Again, pretty obvious, in his work as a surgeon helping the commoners.
*This entire theory can be referenced here.
- The Way of Kings, 10. Stories of Surgeons
- Oathbringer, 6. Four Lifetimes
- Oathbringer, 7. A Watcher At The Rim
- The Way of Kings, 17. A Bloody, Red Sunset
- The Way of Kings, 16. Cocoons
- The Way of Kings, 4. The Shattered Plains
- The Way of Kings, 41. Of Alds and Milp
- Rhythm of War, 1. Calluses
- Hippocratic Oath