The Unkalaki, commonly refered to as Horneaters, are a race of people that live in the Horneater Peaks, a range of high mountains located within - but independent of - Jah Keved. The Unkalaki have no Shardblades, but many attempts have been made to acquire one, by way of dueling a Shardbearer.[1]


They have a distinct language and customs, and refer disparagingly to the Vorin peoples of Jah Keved and Alethkar as airsick lowlanders, attributing their oddness to having too much air to breathe. They eat the horns and shells of the creatures they catch as well as the meat, and thus are commonly referred to as Horneaters by others.


According to Rock, the Unkalaki way to settle arguments is not by fighting but by drinking and singing until one or the other involved gives up.[2]


Unkalaki occupations are traditionally determined at birth. The first two sons in a household are to help produce things like food. The third son is allowed to choose a craft. The fourth son (or below) - the tuanalikina - is fit to be a soldier and meant for war.*[3][1]


Unkalaki names are poems. For example, Rock's Unkalaki name is Numuhukumakiaki'aialunamor; it is a poem about a rock his father found before he was born.[4]


Rock believes that chull head is very good to eat; that it is the best part of a chull.[3] An accomplished cook, he prepares stew for the members of Bridge Four on a nightly basis.


Horneater lager is so strong that it melts cups.[5] Horneater white is a clear liquid fermented from an unknown substance. Upon swallowing it, there is a burning that follows, and a warming inside one's body. According to Veil, it is even fouler tasting than Veden saph.[6]


  • Alaii'iku - Rock indicates that he is this, then questions the airsickness lowlanders whether there is anything proper that they know.[4]
  • Ali'i'kamura - With regard to protecting their crew, Rock indicates that perhaps Bridge Four's current endeavor will be safe due to this Unkalaki deity.[7]
  • Kaluk'i'iki - According to Rock, only a woman can be thusly defined, but not a wife.[7]
  • Mafa'liki - Referring to those spren "who always follow," Rock bows his head reverently to Syl, then makes a gesture with his hand, touching his shoulders and then his forehead.[4]
  • Tuanalikina - The fourth son (or below) is fit to be a soldier and meant for war.[3][1]


  • Ali'i'kamura - "With ali'i'kamura to protect, perhaps it will be safe. " [7]
  • Kali'kalin - "Oh, Kali'kalin's ghost," Rock muttered.[8]

Notable PeopleEdit

*Rock is the most prominent member of this race to appear in the story thus far and he is a third son.[3]


It has been confirmed by Peter Ahlstrom that the Horneaters use a different year number than the Alethi. How the number differs has not yet been specified.[9]


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