Drawing by Isaac Stewart
|Aliases||Ash, Shalash'Elin, Pom|
|Title(s)||Herald Of Beauty|
|Occupation||Herald of the Almighty|
The Way of Kings (mentioned), |
Words of Radiance (mentioned),
Shalash - called Ash amongst her fellows and Shalash'Elin in modern Vorin Alethkar - is one of the ten Heralds of the Almighty, and the daughter of Jezrien. She is associated with the number Shash, the essence Blood, and the divine attributes Creativity and Honesty. She is the patron Herald of the order of Knights Radiant known as Lightweavers.
Prior to his assassination of King Gavilar, Szeth passes by statues of the Heralds within the palace in Kholinar, but the image of Shalash is conspicuously missing. In Words of Radiance, Lift notices a painting with one of the Herald's faces scratched out in the Bronze Palace in Azir. (This is related to Baxil's later experience with his cousin, Av, and his "mistress", who destroys specific art pieces.)
Ash appears at the Battle of Thaylen Field with Taln. Although Taln becomes lucid right before the battle, he and Ash do not participate. Readers later learn that Taln reverted back to his catatonic, mumbling self during the battle.
As Jezrien, King of Heralds, is killed by Moash, Ash and Taln feel his death.
She has dark skin and long black hair. Her eyes are a faint violet, so faint as to be almost white, and lack epicanthic folds. She is also described as being tall and lean, as well as exceptionally beautiful.
- Brandon confirmed that Shalash appears in The Way of Kings.
- When asked outright whether Baxil's mistress is, in fact, Shalash, Brandon replied, RAFO.
- Brandon has since confirmed Shalash is indeed the mistress.
- Pom is actually Shalash.
- After listening to something Nightblood had to say, Szeth determines that "Shashara" (from Warbreaker, who created the Awakened sword alongside her then husband, Vasher), sounds like Shalash, the eastern name for the Herald "Shush-daughter-God," the Shin name her. Brandon, however, has indicated that this isn't significant.
- The Way of Kings, Prologue - To Kill
- Words of Radiance, Inter9.
- Oathbringer, 117. Champion With Nine Shadows
- Oathbringer, 121. Ideals
- Skyward Pre-Release AMA, 10/4/18
- The Way of Kings, Inter7.
- Shalash in TWoK
- 12/6/16 book signing, Orem, UT
- Oathbringer, Inter8.
- Oathbringer, 92. Water Warm As Blood