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Words of Radiance, Oathbringer
The term Nan appears to be a title for the oldest son, since - before his death or disappearance - his older brother, Helaran, was titled Nan. He and his sister were largely exempt from his father's brutal temper, as his older and younger brothers were not.
Nan Balat suffers from an injury that left him with a limp and constant pain. His injury requires him to walk with a cane, and there is no information on what the cause or accident was. He enjoys the act of killing small animals such as cremlings. He has been raising axehounds since he was young. After exchanging letters (presumably romantic ones) with Eylita, Balat's sadistic tendencies wane. Shallan attributes his change of heart to his blossoming romance with Eylita.
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By the end of Words of Radiance, Nan Balat is twenty-four years old.