Torol Sadeas

Fan art by ex-m[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Born 1123
Died 1174
Physical Description
Hair Color Black
Social Information
Title(s) Brightlord,
Highprince of Information (resigned)
Family Ialai Sadeas (wife)
Occupation Highprince
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Torol Sadeas was a highprince of Alethkar. The symbol of House Sadeas is a yellow glyphpair in the shape of a tower and a hammer on a field of deep green.


Unstylized version of Sadeas's Glyph


If Sadeas belittled something, he instinctively wanted to stand up for it.[1]


As a youth, Sadeas had been gangly. As a young soldier, he looked far older than he should and was red-faced. Still, he was resplendent in golden yellow Shardplate.[2]

He was always a model of fashion, his armor painted, his helm ornamented with a completely different metallic pattern than he had worn a previous time. One such helm was shaped like a stylized sunburst and looked almost like a crown.[1]

He usually wore a characteristic smirk when he was pleased with how a plot was going.[1]

He was described as having a bulbous face and curly, black hair; his complexion ruddy, his nose too red, with fine veins visible in his cheeks. He had the arms of a soldier, but wore frivolous outfits which were nevertheless fashionable (e.g.: dark slacks trimmed with green silk, open short coats over stiff matching shirts).[3]

Sadeas hated how his body felt outside of Shardplate, and he hated more how he looked; his loss of youthfulness troubled him.[4]


Jasnah noted that he is not to be trusted.[5]


Uniting AlethkarEdit

Sadeas was formerly friends with Gavilar and Dalinar in their youth, fighting alongside them in battles to unite Alethkar. He had also joined Gavilar in the political side of their conquest, often scheming with his wife to gain allies and get rid of those that would be problematic to their plans.[6] In fact, it was Sadeas who suggested that Dalinar marry for the benefits of an alliance or even Shards.[7]. This resulted in the marriage between Dalinar and Evi and the acquisition of her Shardplate.[6] He was also loyal to Gavilar as king and had no desire in taking that position.[8].

He fought alongside Gavilar and Dalinar during their assault on the Rift against Brightlord Tanalan. Against the original plan, Gavilar and Dalinar rushed ahead of the armies for a solitary assault on the walls. Sadeas wanted to avoid this type of assault as it would risk themselves and their Shards. [7]. Nevertheless, he joined them as they destroyed the catapults and ballistae that would have slowed down their armies. A few hours later they successfully captured the city and Dalinar acquired Tanalan's Shardblade, Oathbringer, much to ire of Sadeas who wanted the Blade for himself.[7].

Twenty-two years later Sadeas was commanded by King Gavilar to join Dalinar in quelling a rebellion[9] at the Rift that had started eleven years earlier.[10] The decision by Dalinar to spare Tanalan's son during the first assault was biting back at them. Gavilar had wanted to use politics to ease the tension but as civil war loomed, military action became necessary. The plan was for Sadeas to attack from the east and Dalinar from the west.[11].

Before the assault Sadeas became the subject of a rebel plan to assassinate Dalinar. They claimed that Sadeas was delivering supplies and weapons to the rebels by caravan. Scout reports by traitorous scouts supported the claims and when Dalinar went to check one of these caravans, he found himself swept away by a landslide. Sadeas, upon hearing of Dalinar's supposed death, decided to take action against the city to avenge him. When Dalinar miraculously returned, Sadeas advised that they needed to strike fear into any potential rebels. They had taken too long in quelling the rebellion and the country thought them to be weak. They needed to punish every single rebel in the city. Dalinar agreed.[12].

They burned the city and its inhabitants to the ground with the help of an incredible amount of Soulcast oil. Unfortunately, Evi Kholin died with the city, burned alive by the hand of her husband. Unbeknownst to both Sadeas and Dalinar, she had come to the city to plead with the rebels.[8]

Sadeas and Dalinar were publicly censured by the king for the loss of the city. He would later be responsible for spinning a story about what had happened. The rebels had forced their hand by killing Evi Kholin and it was unfortunate that the city had caught fire during the fighting.[13]. There is some contradiction between this and what Adolin had heard: that Sadeas himself burned the city in retribution for the death of Evi.[14]

When Szeth came to assassinate Gavilar, Sadeas acted as a decoy to lure Szeth away, but failed.[15] Because of this failure, and also because Dalinar was drunk when this happened, Sadeas and Dalinar had an antagonistic relationship.

Post Gavilar's DeathEdit

Sadeas was present at the holy internment of Gavilar, along with King Elhokar, the highprinces, and other important people. When Elhokar called for vengeance against the Parshendi, he was the first of the highprinces to swear himself to it. [16]

Sadeas's battle tactics in the war against the Parshendi were noted as especially cruel, but also effective, as he had won many skirmishes which resulted in a lot of gemhearts won from the crystalized chasmfiends. Early on in The Way of Kings, Sadeas was often revealed to be handing out veiled slurs at Dalinar or, in Kaladin's viewpoint, crossing Bridge Four's bridge.

After Elhokar was nearly killed by a chasmfiend (if not for Dalinar),[17] Sadeas called Renarin "useless", prompting Dalinar to ask him if he had truly said so; such an insult would demand Dalinar attack Sadeas in a duel, thereby shattering the Vengeance Pact. Sadeas checked himself, and said that he hadn't said as much, and they both decided not to let their hatred get in the way of Elhokar's reign again. Days or weeks later, Sadeas approached Elhokar and gained the position of Highprince of Information,[18] giving him reign over the investigation of a broken strap on Elhokar's saddle during the chasmfiend hunt, putting Dalinar in the spotlight.

Dalinar later approached him, having no alternative, to carry out a joint-plateau assault; a new strategy designed to better confront the Parshendi.[1] Sadeas agreed and began to win more gemhearts faster and with more Parshendi causlualties. When the Parshendi began to bring their second armies, he was nearly killed, yet was saved by Dalinar. He appeared to befriend Dalinar again, and asked Dalinar to read The Way of Kings to him, despite the following:

"That book ruined Gavilar. Now it's doing the same to you. You've listened to those stories so much they've got your head full of false ideals. Nobody ever really lived the way the Codes claim."

–Sadeas to Dalinar[1]

Later, Dalinar and Sadeas combined forces again for a joint assault at the Tower. While there, Sadeas left with his men and bridges, supposedly to let Dalinar perish, along with his bridge crew. Dalinar was eventually saved by Kaladin and his bridgemen, who returned to the scene having recognized the situation.[19][20][21]

When Dalinar returned to the warcamps with Bridge Four, he confronted Sadeas. Dalinar wound up exchanging his Shardblade with Sadeas for all of Sadeas's bridgemen.[22]

Shattered PlainsEdit

Sadeas continued to play cold-war style against Dalinar, refusing to meet him in open combat, however trying his hardest to undermine him, and make him appear a madman in front of the rest of the Alethi Nobility.


Shallan observed and did not care for Sadeas's warcamp. She smelled the stink of its air, its desperation.[23]

The scent of sweat, of cheap drink, and of crem that had not been cleaned off the streets. That all churned above roads that were poorly lit.[23]

Here, people loped along in packs. The men who wear uniforms wore them with unbuttoned jackets and wrinkled trousers. The taverns spit forth rackets. The women who idled in front of some indicated that not all were taverns. Blatantly so.[23]

Sadeas's preferred slaves were men and women with branded foreheads, who scurried about with backs bowed and shoulders slumped.[23]


Once the warcamps relocate to Urithiru, Sadeas is soon killed by Adolin after telling him that he planned to continue working against Dalinar.[24]

He was fifty-one years old.


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