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Drawing by Isaac Stewart
Biographical information
Race Herald
Gender Female
Status Alive
Abilities Surgebinding
Social Information
Aliases Ash, Shalash'Elin, Pom
Title(s) Herald Of Beauty
Family Jezrien (father)
Occupation Herald of the Almighty
Appears in 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.[1] 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.[1]  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.)[2]

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.[citation needed]

As Jezrien, King of Heralds, is killed by Moash, Ash and Taln feel his death.[citation needed]

Prior to the True Desolation, she was traveling the world destroying any depiction of herself she could find.[3] Currently, she's likely in Urithiru.[4]

Endpaper for Oathbringer by Dan dos Santos


According to Brandon, Shalash would be seen as Azish.[5]

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.[6]

In recent years, she tends to wear practical clothing over anything particularly feminine. She carries around a thin-bladed sword, though it's not a Shardblade.[6]


Shalash also known as Ash
Fan art by Petar Penev[1]

  • Brandon confirmed that Shalash appears in The Way of Kings.[7]
  • When asked outright whether Baxil's mistress is, in fact, Shalash, Brandon replied, RAFO.[8]
  • Brandon has since confirmed Shalash is indeed the mistress.[9]
  • Pom is actually Shalash.[10]
  • 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.[11] Brandon, however, has indicated that this isn't significant.[12]