Sunmaker was the last Alethi king before Gavilar to unite the Highprinces. He began his quest to do so at the age of seventeen, and was responsible for casting down the Hierocracy. He inspired Gavilar, who revered him.
"Your campaign here has been impressive, Brightlord Kholin," Toh said. "One sees a glint of your ancestor in you, the great Sunmaker." "Hopefully," Gavilar noted, "my accomplishments won't be as ephemeral as his." "Ephemeral! He reforged Alethkar, Brightlord! You shouldn't speak so of one like him. You're his descendant, correct?" "We all are," Gavilar said. "House Kholin, House Sadeas ... all ten princedoms. Their founders were his sons, you know. So yes, signs of his touch are here - yet his empire didn't last even a single generation past his death. Leaves me wondering what was wrong with his vision, his planning, that his great empire broke apart so quickly."