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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, Mistborn: Secret History,
Arcanum Unbounded

Nazh, also known as Nazrilof, is an ardent, yet thus far remains a somewhat mysterious character within The Stormlight Archive.[1][2] He is in the employ of Khriss[3], 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.[4]


Khriss and Nazh
Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

Kaladin described him as "lanky".[2]

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.[5]


According to Brandon, Nazh is a grumpy secret agent, which is how Isaac has described him.[6]


He is aware of other Threnodites living on other planets.[7]



Nazh is from Threnody,[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]


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.[2]

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


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

Ketek from Navani's notebook
Drawing by Isaac Stewart

Nazh retrieved the keteks from Navani's notebook that appear in The Stormlight Archive.[12][13]

He is not happy about having been sent by Khriss to be amongst the Stonewards.[14]


Nazh is also the Worldhopper who drew the maps for the second trilogy of Mistborn novels.[15]

In Secret History, Khriss and Nazh were discovered by Kelsier in the Cognitive Realm of Scadrial.[16]

Though initially startled by him, Nazh is stunned that Kelsier has spoken to a Shard (i.e., Preservation).[17]

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.[18]

Khriss and Nazh left abruptly after Kelsier told them of his meeting with Drifter.[19]


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.[20]

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.[21]


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.[22]