|Eye Color||Light Green|
Highprince (pre-coronation), |
King of Alethkar
The Way of Kings, |
Words of Radiance (mentioned)
He had strong features: a square chin, a black beard with a hint of white, and pale green eyes.
He was said to have both the nature of command and getting what he wanted just from sheer expectation. His will was so great that he not only kept most of the Highprinces in line, but also loyal to him.
In his early life, Gavilar accomplished what seemed impossible by fighting alongside his brother, Dalinar, to force the other nine Highprinces of Alethkar to concede to his rule and crown him King.
The Alethi first encountered the Parshendi during his expedition into the Shattered Plains.
Toward the end of his life, Gavilar began behaving oddly for an Alethi Highprince, which was noticed by both his brother, Dalinar, and his daughter, Jasnah. He began following the Alethi Codes of War and became interested in a book thought to have been written by Nohadon called The Way of Kings.
He pleaded with Szeth to deliver his dying words:
|“||"Tell ... tell my brother ... he must find the most important words a man can say ... ".||”|
Szeth complied by writing the words in the King's own blood before fleeing. Jasnah later read them to Sadeas and Dalinar; the latter eventually discovered that the words are a quote from The Way of Kings.
Along with his final words, Gavilar gave Szeth a strange dark sphere, saying "Take this. They must not get it." According to Brandon, the dark light of the sphere is something different and distinct, and is related to a Shard.
The death of Gavilar greatly affected his brother, who was passed out and drunk at the time, therefore unable to come to his aid. This guilt, along with the Codes, later shape the man Dalinar becomes.
Choosing to murder Gavilar had been an act to affirm a decision of their ancestors, a decision that set them back to primitive levels. 
According to the Parshendi, the decision had been one of centuries ago, a decision that set them back to primitive levels.
|“||"We murdered his brother," Venli said. "We slaughtered King Gavilar on a night when he'd invited us into his home. That is not something the Alethi will forget, or forgive." ||”|
Many people have commented that Gavilar was not the just, kind and honorable man that everyone thought he was. Even Navani has made mention of this.
Due to comments made by the Parshendi that he was "going to bring back our gods" and the remarks made by Amaram, it might be supposed that Gavilar was a member of the Sons of Honor or was at least a strong ally of the group. Amaram thought at the end of Words of Radiance that Gavilar would be proud, implying that the late King was supportive of the goals of the Sons.
- Navani Kholin - Wife
- Jasnah Kholin - Daughter
- Elhokar Kholin - Son and heir; current King
- Aesudan Kholin - Daughter-in-law
- Unnamed child - Grandson (son of Elhokar and Aesudan)
- Dalinar Kholin - Brother
- Shshshsh - Sister-in-law (status unknown)
- Adolin Kholin - Nephew
- Renarin Kholin - Nephew