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Nazh
Biographical information
Ethnicity Threnodian
Nationality Unknown
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Worldhopper
Occupation Ardent, Artist, Artifact Collector
Appears in Words of Radiance, The Alloy of Law, The Bands of Mourning (mentioned), Mistborn: Secret History,
Arcanum Unbounded

Nazh, also known as Nazrilof (which is actually his surname),[1] is an ardent, yet thus far remains a somewhat mysterious character within The Stormlight Archive.[2][3] He is in the employ of Khriss[4], to whom he delivers information on Shardworlds in the forms of cartography and glyphs. Nazh is extremely knowledgable about the cosmere, though not as knowledgable as his employer.[5]

Appearance[]

Khriss&Nazh bota

Khriss and Nazh
Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

Kaladin described him as "lanky".[3]

Kelsier observed him in the Cognitive Realm of Scadrial to be dressed in skaa clothing - suspenders, shirt with sleeves rolled up. He had short hair and a narrow, almost pinched face.[6]

Character[]

According to Brandon, Nazh is a grumpy secret agent,[7]which is how Isaac has described him.[8][9]

Characteristics[]

According to Isaac, Nazh likes to eat what looks like an eggplant, native to Threnody, fried.[10] That said, he does like fried eggplant because they remind him of this vegetable from Threnody.[11]

Nazh annotates almost every bit of information that Khriss collects on glyphs, etc..[12]

He is an embodiment of the adventurous spirit that he expresses through the books, and is also much grumpier than he is and gets visibly angry when Isaac himself wouldn't.[13]

He is also very prone to swearing when he is off screen.[14]

He has a Scottish-like accent.[15]

He doesn't care much for riddles or flowery language and wishes people would just get to the point.[16]

He is fiercely loyal.[17]

He has a penchant for finding very-hard-to-find things.[18]

He goes on missions, and he likes that sort of thing. He likes going off on his own, figuring out ways to do things. He has a specific skill set that works really well for this sort of thing.[19]

He is aware of other Threnodites living on other planets.[20]

Accoutrements[]

There is a certain knife that Nazh lent Kelsier that he would very much like to have back.[21]

Biography[]

Threnody[]

Nazh is from Threnody,[22] the world of Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.

He has provided Khriss with some records on the world from which she has concluded that some measure of Investiture must have existed there before the battle between Odium and Ambition, which twisted both the people and the world of Threnody.[23]

Further, Nazh can only speak of an 'Evil' force which permeates the larger continent on Threnody in vague terms.

A creeping darkness, a terrible force that consumed the entirety of the continent, feasting upon the souls of men.[24]

That he is a Worldhopper is fortuitous as a Threnodian because the world has no stable perpendicularity - only very unstable ones that cannot be predicted easily, and have a somewhat morbid origin.[25]

Roshar[]

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Bridge Four
From Nazh's sketches
Drawing by Isaac Stewart

Apparently, in late 1173 on Roshar, Nazh observed the bridgemen of Bridge Four being tattooed with their emblem of freedom from slavery. Rock shooed Nazh off from the Bridge Four barrack because, as described by Rock, the ardent had been loitering with a sketchbook, attempting to draw bridgemen.[3]

I had to spend hours watching the bridgemen to sketch their stupid forehead glyphs so you could have them, my friend.

–Nazh

(It is assumed by readers that the 'friend' whom he adresses is Khriss.)

WoR Endnote

Ketek from Navani's notebook
Drawing by Isaac Stewart

Nazh retrieved the keteks from Navani's notebook that appear in The Stormlight Archive.[26][27]

He is not happy about having been sent by Khriss to be amongst the Stonewards.[28]

Scadrial[]

Nazh is also the Worldhopper who drew the maps for the second trilogy of Mistborn novels.[29]

In Secret History, Khriss and Nazh were discovered by Kelsier in the Cognitive Realm of Scadrial.[30]

Though initially startled by him, Nazh is stunned that Kelsier has spoken to a Shard (i.e., Preservation).[31]

Nazh informs Kelsier that he has stumbled onto something far, far bigger than he, his politics, or his world can handle. Khriss agrees that Nazh has a point and states that Kelsier's points are dangerous.[32]

Khriss and Nazh left abruptly after Kelsier told them of his meeting with Drifter.[33]

Abilities[]

He is a Worldhopper, as is evidenced by his activities on other planets in the cosmere.

Further, he reads and sketches, which - as an ardent - is common, yet which is uncommon amongst men on Roshar.[34]

Additionally, that he was able to rescue Shallan's sketchbook from the ocean after the debacle of the Wind's Pleasure, indicates that he has some other unknown power.[35]

Relationships[]

Khriss[]

According to Isaac, Nazh and Khriss argue all the time, but they get along pretty well and he feels okay being grumpy around her.[36]

Nazh and Khriss also share common interests.[37]

Hoid[]

Nazh and Hoid have met. Isaac suspects that Nazh is just fine with Hoid, though wishes he would say things in a more direct way.[38]

Kelsier[]

Nazh gave Kelsier his knife in Secret History.[39] He tells Kelsier that becoming a Cognitive Shadow is an "important rite" with "requirements and traditions".[40]

Notes[]

The story behind Nazh is, I was in Brandon's writing group when we were workshopping The Rithmatist. And there's a character named Nalizar in that book. I could never remember his name, so I kept calling him Nazrilof. So it became this running gag with Brandon, like ... "Nalizar and Nazh are different people. Nazh is your alter ego, Isaac, and Nalizar is a character in The Rithmatist."


When we got to The Alloy of Law, Brandon and I were firmly in the camp of including maps that are artifacts from the world. And we thought, where are they getting these? And who's labeling them? Diana Wynne Jones wrote a book called The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, and there's a map in the front that basically says that if a location is labeled on the map, then by golly you’re gonna go to the place during the course of the story. Fantasy maps have gotten this reputation of being kind of spoilery.

So when we got to the map of Elendel, we were looking at it, thinking if we only labeled the places that were necessary for the story, then we're falling into this trope of fantasy. So how can we subvert this a bit? So, if the novel is compiled by Khriss, presumably, then maybe she has somebody who goes and gets the maps and labels them for her with pertinent information. It might still feel a little like "these labeled things are the important parts" but at least there's an in-world reason why that is. That allowed us to develop a character around that. Brandon said, "Why don't we have Nazh do this?" to which I agreed, and Brandon said, "Isaac, welcome to the cosmere."

Since then, Nazh's role has grown into basically a sidekick for Khriss. Now, when working with Nazh, we think of him as a grumpy James Bond.

–Isaac Stewart[41]

According to Isaac, a lot of the maps depicted throughout The Stormlight Archive come from unnamed cartographers, and then Nazh goes to a given world (usually at Khriss's behest) and finds things. Isaac thinks that occasionally Nazh has done his own maps, or he's drawn them based on maps that he's seen, but he's not principally a cartographer. He goes and finds things.[42]

Trivia[]

Nazh was caught spren-fishing because he was trying to attract a spren to be his stooge and do some work for him. He got in trouble for it because he didn't know that was illegal.[43]

References[]

  1. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  2. Nazrilof
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Words of Radiance, 31. The Stillness Before
  4. Khriss
  5. Cosmere knowledge ...
  6. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 261
  7. Book signing, Chicago, IL, 12/6/16
  8. YouTube Livestream 39, 2/1/22
  9. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  10. Oathbringer release party, Provo, UT, 11/13/17
  11. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  12. Book signing, Leeds, UK, 12/1/17
  13. JordanCon 2018, Atlanta, GA, 4/20/18
  14. JordanCon 2018, Atlanta, GA, 4/20/18
  15. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  16. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  17. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  18. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  19. YouTube Livestream 3, 1/25/20
  20. Secret Project #4 Reveal and Livestream, 3/24/22
  21. Book signing, San Francisco, CA, 11/15/17
  22. Book signing, London, UK, 8/4/14
  23. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 417
  24. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 417
  25. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 418
  26. Tattoo
  27. Endnote
  28. YouTube Spoiler Stream 4, 6/16/22
  29. Scadrial maps ...
  30. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 261
  31. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 263
  32. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 264
  33. Arcanum Unbounded, pg. 266-268
  34. The Way of Kings, 3. City of Bells
  35. Words of Radiance, 11. An Illusion Of Perception
  36. JordanCon 2018, Atlanta, GA, 4/20/18
  37. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  38. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  39. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  40. r/Stormlight_Archive AMA, 10/1/19
  41. tor.com Interview with Isaac Stewart, 5/7/20
  42. YouTube Livestream 39, 2/1/22
  43. JordanCon 2018, Atlanta, GA, 4/20/18
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