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Teft
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Teft
Fan art by Pines[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Surgebinding (Windrunner Squire)
Physical Description
Hair Color White-salted
Eye Color Brown
Social Information
Title(s) Bridge Four Sergeant
Occupation Envisager (formerly),
Bridgeman (formerly),
Squire
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Teft is a bridgeman in Bridge Four. He was one of the first people to help Kaladin.

AppearanceEdit

He is a grizzled[1] older man with drooping cheeks, brown eyes, and close-cropped white-salted hair. He has a neatly trimmed, short, grey beard.[2] He does not have a slave mark.

PersonalityEdit

Teft is a gruff man. He is considered grouchy by others but he simply states he just "has a low threshold for stupidity".[3] Due to his painful past, he is a private man who respects the privacy of others, as is evidenced when he does not want to talk about his past or know the pasts of others (i.e., not pushing Kaladin to explain more about his past).[2]

Teft has a fondness for using the Horneater (Unkalaki) people in his curses (e.g., "Smells worse than a Horneater's boots ... " or " ... darker than a Horneater's stomach our situation is ... ").[1][2] He also constantly uses Kalak (Kelek) as a curse.

"Kelek's breath," Teft cursed. "Darker than a Horneater's stomach, our situation is. She'll see us dead, Kaladin."

–Teft referring to Hashal[2]

In acknowledging that he is old, but not necessarily wise as a result, Teft states that it proves he has experience in staying alive.[2]

CharacteristicsEdit

According to Kaladin, Teft likes to exaggerate.[4]

Teft is addicted to firemoss.* As such, he loathes himself, feels that he is broken, and he makes himself sick.[5][6]

He is now bonded with an unnamed honorspren.**[5][6]

BeliefsEdit

To Teft, having money is dangerous.[5]

HistoryEdit

When he was young, he and his parents were part of a secret sect that awaited the return of the Knights Radiant, called the Envisagers. However, the sect used extreme methods to try to force Surgebinding to reawaken.[7][8]

Disturbed and worried, he went to the authority hoping to stop these methods. However, everyone apart from him was executed. He'd turned his family in as heretics, even though they'd been right all along.[7][5]

He believes that there might yet be others but does not know how to contact them. He told Kaladin that he left when he was just a youth.[7]

Sometime later he married, but his wife had died.[4]

He joined the army sometime in the past, rising to sergeant. Later, he became a bridgeman, during which time he committed a crime for which he was punished by being sent to Bridge Four.[citation needed]

He'd gone to the moss at the urgings of other men in his squad in Sadeas's army.[5]

Bridge FourEdit

The Way of KingsEdit

Teft is the first to recognize that Kaladin has special abilities linked with Stormlight that allows him to heal quickly, but he keeps this quiet. Teft discovered that Kaladin could use Stormlight when he placed 3 diamond spheres in Kaladin's hand while he was recovering from injuries sustained while being strung up in a highstorm.  Kaladin was healed slightly and the spheres became dun.[2]

Words of RadianceEdit

Teft trains some of the men in the other bridge crews, but acknowledges that they have a long way to go. He realizes that something more is needed; some way to inspire them.[9]

OathbringerEdit

*The first month in Dalinar's employ, Teft had been able to resist his addiction for the most part. But he had money again, after so long as a bridgeman.[5]

Still, he'd functioned, only mossing an evening here, an evening there. But he'd needed the moss to deal with the monsters of darkness in the tower at Urithiru, including one that had looked just like himself.[5]

**When his honorspren reminds him that he'd spoken oaths, Teft thinks that these were foolish, stupid oaths, spoken when he'd hoped that being Radiant would remove his cravings for firemoss.[5]

Teft remembers long ago that the firemoss had done more to him - he remembers euphoria, nights spent in a dizzy, wonderful daze, where everything around him seemed to make sense. These days, he needs the moss to feel normal.[5]

It isn't euphoria he craves anymore; it's the mere capacity to keep on going. The moss washes away his burdens.[5]

He was hauled before Aladar's magistrates for public intoxication on firemoss. Aladar had quietly requested Navani's seal to free him.[10]

Knights RadiantEdit

As a squire to a Windrunner, Teft must also speak the Immortal Words of the Knights Radiant, which are a set of rules by which Radiants live. The First Ideal, identical for all orders of Radiants, is used as their motto. Each of the Radiant orders then had an additional number of Ideals that were unique to each Order. For the Squires, these Ideals are as follows:

The First Ideal - Known as the Ideal of Radiance.

"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination."[11]

Teft's Ideal - Also known as an Ideal of Protection.

"I will protect those I hate. Even if the one I hate most is myself."[6]

ReferencesEdit

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