Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Status Alive
Physical Description
Hair Color Shaved
Occupation Ardent
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Kadash is one of the foremost among Dalinar's ardents[1] with whom Adolin discusses his father's visions. He believes, just as the early priests of the Hierocracy fabricated their prophesies, that Dalinar is fabricating his visions or unconsciously making them up from dark times in his past.[2]

He also believes religion is romantic.[2]

Like all ardents, Kadash is technically a slave. However, he has risen far in the ardentia despite his change in Calling.


He is lighteyed and is described as being a tall man in his later years with a shaved head and a square beard, with a history in the military that left him a twisting scar around his head. He wears the standard grey robes of the ardentia.[1]


Kadash was originally one of Dalinar's elites, thirty-four years ago. He was a hardened soldier who had encountered something vile,[3] and who was injured in a horrific accident in battle at the Rift.[citation needed]

Later, he became an ardent and rejects Dalinar's assertion that God is dead.[3]

Further, Kadash refuses Dalinar's request to unite he and Navani in marriage. Aligned with Vorin tradition, Kadash considers Navani to be Dalinar's sister, due to her relationship to Dalinar as his sister-in-law because she was married to Dalinar's brother, Gavilar.[3]

He is aghast that Dalinar insists that a spren (i.e., the Stormfather) would bless the union between he and Navani.[3]

"A spren? You expect us to accept the authority of a spren?"

"A remnant of the Almighty."

"Dalinar, that's blasphemy," Kadash said, voice pained.[3]


  • Dalinar Kholin - Dalinar is an old friend, but the memories of what he and Dalinar did together as soldiers haunt him. He appreciates the man Dalinar has become, but doesn't appreciate being reminded of the man Dalinar once was.[3]