The great city is built amid formations of rock like fins rising from the stone. Noted for its symmetrical shape, the city's enormous fins are known as windblades and are unmistakable even from afar. They were enormous, curving spines of rock that cut through the city.
Beautifully lined with colorful strata on the sides, they curved, curled, rose, and fell unpredictably, like fish leaping from the ocean.
There were those who said that the Almighty had drawn the city in rock, scooping out sections of ground with his finger.
The rock took the shape of rolling hills and steeply sloping valleys, and when the stone was cut into, it exposed thousands of brilliant strata of red, white, yellow, and orange.
Kholinar was never sacked. It was one of the few eastern cities on Roshar that didn't suffer the fate other cities did in the chaos after the Hierocracy's fall. The palace had burned once, but that fire died out after consuming the eastern wing. It was called Rener's miracle: the arrival of a highstorm to put out a fire three hundred years prior.
In recent history it has become the Alethi capital city of Alethkar, after Gavilar Kholin and Dalinar Kholin had reunited Alethkar's warring Highprinces into a single Alethi Kingdom. Following the assassination of King Gavilar and the war that ensued, his son and now king, Elhokar, effectively relocated the center of power from Kholinar to the Shattered Plains.