The Unmade are a mysterious group of odious spren on Roshar. Religion and lore speak of them vaguely at best, tending to simplistically conflate them into a single evil entity. While they are traditionally depicted as personifications of destruction, they are also shown to be individuals. Nevertheless, they have been confirmed to be Splinters of Odium. Odium splintered himself and created the Unmade to be his influence on Roshar. It is through the Unmade that Odium may be able to influence people in how they think or act.
It has been confirmed that the Unmade can be bonded, as is evidenced by Aesudan's bond with Yelig-nar. In her commentary in the following epigraph from The Way of Kings, it can be seen that Jasnah once believed the Unmade to be fabrications of folklore:
|“||Yelig-nar, called Blightwind, was one that could speak like a man, though often his voice was accompanied by the wails of those he consumed.||”|
–The Unmade were obviously fabrications of folklore. Curiously, most were not considered individuals, but instead personifications of kinds of destruction. This quote is from Traxil, line 33, considered a primary source, though I doubt its authenticity.
One confirmed member of this group is Yelig-nar, or Blightwind. He was referenced in one of Dalinar's visions, when he met with Nohadon. (Yelig-nar had broken into Nohadon's chancery and slaughtered all of Nohadon's wordsmen.)
Also known as the Heart of the Revel, Ashertmarn is an inky black, massive, inhumanly shaped heart that grows veins from the ground. Ashertmarn's influence includes incredible indulgence, which eventually leads to mindless excess. Ashertmarn was last seen in Kholinar protecting its Oathgate. It eventually fled after it interacted with Shallan.
Sja-anat, or The Taker of Secrets, is an entity which, once it touches another spren, that spren acts strangely; it doesn't act like it should. Glys has been corrupted by Sja-anat.
The source of the dark aura in Urithiru is due to the presence of Re-Shepir. Also known as the Midnight Mother, Re-Shepir appears as an inky specter encountered by Shallan, Adolin, Renarin, and a few members of Bridge Four in the bowels of Urithiru.
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In Oathbringer, Dalinar speaks of the Midnight Mother being in the tower at Urithiru and wonders if the other eight Unmade are somewhere nearby. (This occurs during his vision to meet with the queen of Thaylenah.)
Knowing now that there are nine Unmade might also explain the nine shadows for Odium's champion.
In Words of Radiance, upon learning of an animal that speaks, young Shallan declares, "A Voidbringer!" "You'll bring the eyes of the Unmade upon us." The merchant to whom she is speaking responds, "These things live all over Shinovar, young lady. If their speech drew the Unmade, the entire country would be cursed!"
Brandon has said that it's possible that Unmade influence and existence would extend beyond Roshar.
Q&A with BrandonEdit
Q. Are the Unmade and the Stormfather the same "class" of being?
A. Technically no, but they are on a similar level. It is a good analogy.
Q. The last Unmade, the one that's hypothesized to [be] Dai-Gonarthis. It looks suspiciously to me like Cusicesh, because of the feeling of being drained, because it's a large spren ... . Is there something to that or is the feeling just because Cusicesh is a large spren?
A. I'm gonna RAFO.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Words of Radiance, Inter14.
- ↑ Oathbringer, 62. Research
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Way of Kings, 45. Shadesmar
- ↑ Unmade
- ↑ Odium's influence ...
- ↑ JordanCon, 4/23/16
- ↑ Nahel bond?
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Oathbringer, 84. The One Who Can Save
- ↑ Oathbringer, 90. Reborn
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 60. That Which We Cannot Have
- ↑ Oathbringer, 78. The Revel
- ↑ Oathbringer, 80. Oblivious
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 4. Taker Of Secrets
- ↑ Oathbringer, 29. No Backing Down
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 67. Words
- ↑ Oathbringer, 113. The Thing Men Do Best
- ↑ Oathbringer, 25. The Girl Who Looked Up
- ↑ Unmade numbers ...
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 45. Middlefest
- ↑ Influence ...
- ↑ Unmade & Stormfather
- ↑ JordanCon, 4/23/16
- ↑ Book signing, Chicago, IL, 11/21/17