|Abilities||Sees all types of Spren|
|Eye Color||Soft Brown|
Horneater, Bridge Four Lieutenant, |
Bridge Four Quartermaster
|Occupation||Bridge Four cook, Squire|
|Appears in||The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer|
Rock was a bridgeman in Sadeas's army. He became Bridge Four's cook and barber. He is an Unkalaki, or Horneater, whose full name is actually Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor. This name is a description of a type of rock his father found shortly before he was born. The name is hard to pronounce, which is why people simply call him "Rock". He is called Lunamor amongst his family members.
He is married and has sent letters to his family, though the Horneater Peaks are so far away that news of them has not yet returned. That is, not until he and his fellows follow a plume of smoke on the Shattered Plains and find a ransacked and raided caravan there. Rock is overjoyed to find that his family is there. His first saved wages had paid for the message, sent by spanreed to the Peaks message station.
Rock is a hefty man with thick limbs; a beefy, tan-skinned man, with an oval face. He has deep red hair, and long red-blond sideburns which cover his cheeks and curve down to his chin. His chin, from beneath his lips, is shaved clean. (He takes great pride in his facial hair.) Rock shaves the hair upon his head up the center, from directly above his eyebrows back. He is also nearly seven feet tall, and a broad man; he's nearly twice as broad as Kaladin and a few inches taller than Kaladin too.
Rock is inviting, engaging and even playful. His outlook remains positive despite the obstacles Bridge Four faces. He is a very loyal and caring man with great faith in Kaladin.
He is also very proud of his cooking. He refuses to allow poor food to be cooked for members of Bridge Four. A testament to this is evidenced when Rock goes with Dalinar's army as he wouldn't leave his friend (i.e., Kaladin) to the mercy of the camp cooks.
Rock does not like kicking complainers because it hurts his toes. But, he says that big Unkalaki feet like his were made for it.
Rock had always been taught that the first rule of warfare was to know one's enemy, though his "enemies" now on the Shattered Plains are his friends. They come to each meal expecting greatness, and he fights to prove himself time and time again. He wages war with breads and soups, sating appetites and satisfying stomachs.
He has become fond of the barren, windswept flatland of the Shattered Plains and is surprised to discover that he had missed it.
Rock thinks that ale should be a drink for women, not for large Horneater men.
Rock believes that everyone else thinks him to be a loud, insufferable lout ... so for him to be something else would not be bad thing.(He doesn't worry that he isn't the person everyone else thinks he is.)
Further, he believes that men do well learning many different skills ... but that they also do well using what the gods have given them.
According to Rock, any chef worth his spoons learns to talk, because cooking is an art - and art is subjective. One man could love an ice sculpture while another thought it boring. It's the same with food and drink. It does not make the food broken, or the person broken, to not be liked.
Rock is able to see spren whether they choose to be seen by him. He apologizes to the spren in the chasm where he and members of Bridge Four are practicing with Kaladin's abilities, naming those spren, mafah'liki. He claims that he is alaii'iku ... that he can see spren while others cannot. He believes this is due to the others' status as airsick lowlanders; that the air below the Horneater Peaks makes their brains stop working correctly. He is one of the few people, so far, who can see Kaladin's honorspren, Syl, as he was born with this ability.
Rock is an accomplished cook, barber and archer. His role in Bridge Four is as someone whom Kaladin and the entire bridgecrew rely upon to feed them each night. Rock believes that chull head is very good to eat; that it is the best part of a chull.
As a barber, Rock's hand is smooth and careful. He shaves the beards of any amongst the men who want it with a deft touch. Because of Rock's gift, the men have neatly-trimmed beards or clean-shaven faces ... even bald heads.
Despite his skill with archery, he refuses to fight,* and claims that they don't fight among the Unkalaki, and instead have drinking competitions to settle disputes.
Even so, Rock has been determined by Kaladin to have had training as a wrestler.
Rock is a third son of the Unkalaki people, and therefore one who cannot be wasted in battle. Amongst the Unkalaki, the fourth son or below - the tuanalikina - is fit to be a soldier.
He'd always been a cook, since he could toddle up a step stool to a counter and stick his fingers in sticky dough nearby where his mother hummed and gave him her careful instructions.
So, he followed his nuatoma (i.e., Kef'ha) to the Shattered Plains to kill a Shardbearer so his nuatoma (hence, the Unkalaki people as a whole), could have a set of Shardplate. His nuatoma decided to challenge Highprince Sadeas, by whom he was defeated, thereby leaving the remaining Unkalaki in Sadeas's service. Rock was originally used as Sadeas's cook, but was promptly sent to the bridgecrews after Rock decided to use chull dung to cook an array of dishes for Sadeas's pleasure.
|“||"Wait," Teft said. "You put chull dung in Highprince Sadeas's soup?" "Er, yes," Rock said. "Actually, I put this thing in his bread too. And used it as a garnish on the pork steak. And made a chutney out of it for the buttered garams."||”|
|“||"On top, is water. Beneath, is not. Is something else. Water of life. The place of the gods. This thing is true. I have met a god myself."||”|
The Way of KingsEdit
Rock immediately fell into obedience with Kaladin and accepted him as their bridgeleader, because when it was his turn at the front (which means sure death), Kaladin took Rock's place and gave Rock the relatively safe position at the back.
Words of RadianceEdit
Kaladin later names him a lieutenant and quartermaster for the food for the thousands.
Kaladin tells Rock that he needs him to train cooks for the other barracks because he wants them to be self-sufficient.
Rock is the non-combatant cook of Bridge Four, who creates stews for them. He is often accompanied by Huio, whom he has told to add lazbo to the other bins of shiki, as Huio himself had initially presumed to do to one bin.
Assembling on a plateau to his left, Rock then sees strong gods, their focus the practicing bridgemen and hopefuls.
Soon thereafter, Rock's family is found on the Plains. After greeting them all, when his wife asks him what happened to him, he wonders just how he can explain that the man she'd always said was so strong had wished to die. Had been a coward, had given up, near the end.
Much later, after Amaram had ingested a gem that held the Unmade, Yelig-nar, Rock killed him with a Shardbow,* impaling Amaram twice; once in the mouth and a second time in his 'gemheart'. Rock considers what he'd done to be an oath broken, despite it having saved Kaladin's life.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Way of Kings, 21. Why Men Lie
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Oathbringer, 37. The Last Time We March
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Words of Radiance, 46. Patriots
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Way of Kings, 14. Payday
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Way of Kings, 17. A Bloody, Red Sunset
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Way of Kings, 40. Eyes of Red and Blue
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Way of Kings, 46. Child of Tanavast
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Words of Radiance, 5. Ideals
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 87. The Riddens
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Words of Radiance, 2. Bridge Four
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Words of Radiance, 12. Hero
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 27. Chasm Duty
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Way of Kings, 23. Many Uses
- ↑ Oathbringer, 120. The Spear That Would Not Break
- ↑ Oathbringer, 121. Ideals
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 83. Time's Illusion