|Abilities||Nimbleform, Envoyform, etc.|
|Family||Mother, Eshonai (sister)|
|Appears in||Words of Radiance, Oathbringer|
Her mother seems to suffer from some kind of dementia.
She is described as "a slender woman with a thin face, her marbling delicate swirling patterns of red and white". She has long, waist-length hair with strands of deep red tied in three places.
Her eyes, in the right light, have a violet cast to them.
Venli believes that if she can bond with a stormspren that, at the least, the Parshendi will have an entirely new form from which to choose; at the greatest, they will have power to control the storms and tap their energy. If the Five give her permission, she will do this personally.
Venli has held nimbleform for over three years, which is "as long as [they'd] known of the form". She is first described as being curious and slightly mocking of Eshonai's enthusiasm in pursuing peace with the humans. She suspects the humans possess Surgebinders after Eshonai's fight with Kaladin, and uses this as her defense for pursuing a new form she discovered called stormform.
She tricks her sister into assuming stormform, removing the final roadblock to pursuing a full aggressive war with the humans, knowing that Eshonai would be unable to control her violent urges.
Venli is done with a life spent wasting away under human oppression. Never again will she be trapped, impotent. With this new power, she will always be able to fight back.
Ulim declares that she has been chosen, that she's special, but that she must embrace the power. Welcome it. That she has to want it, or the powers will not be able to take a place in her gemhearts.
She is now in the process of bonding with Timbre, despite that she was initially reluctant to do so, thinking that the better sister with whom to bond had died. Still, Venli starts interacting with Timbre more after she learns that she's able to communicate with the spren through listener rhythms. This is why she named her Timbre.
Venli seems to be on her way to becoming a Willshaper, given that after witnessing the confrontation between Dalinar and Odium at the Battle of Thaylen Field, Venli states the First Ideal of the Knights Radiant and begins the process of becoming one such.