Khriss Bota

Fan art by botanicaxu[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Taldainian
Nationality Taldainian
Gender Female
Status Alive
Abilities Worldhopper
Appears in The Bands of Mourning, Mistborn: Secret History, White Sand, Arcanum Unbounded

Khriss is one of the lead characters in the original, unpublished White Sand. She's a scholar who stumbles upon a much larger universe than she had bargained for. She is the most knowledgeable individual about just what is going on in the cosmere; more than Hoid, more than Nazh.[1] Khriss concerns herself only with the workings of Investiture and the finer details of each world's magic system.

Khriss is also the employer of Nazh.[2] She is from the world Taldain,[3] and has spent a good portion of her life on the Dayside there.[4]

Khriss has been confirmed as the writer of the Ars Arcanum in each cosmere novel, and, within Arcanum Unbounded, Khriss has an introduction to several cosmere worlds, plus a map of several solar systems within the cosmere.[5]

Khriss is not a member of the 17th Shard group.


On Roshar, Khriss would mistakenly be taken to be of Makabaki origin because she is dark-skinned.[6] She has brown eyes and wears her hair in braids.[7]

While on Dayside of Taldain, Khriss wears a pair of dark, heavy sunglasses as she is unused to the sunlight there. She also wears a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun from her face.[8]

Kelsier observed her and thought she might've been Terris. He based this on her skin tone, though she certainly wasn't wearing Terris clothing. She wore a sturdy brown dress, with a large leather girdle around the waist, and wore her hair woven into tiny braids.[9]


Khriss is a university-educated scholar and is extremely inquisitive. She seeks to understand and find scientific explanations for all that she can.



Duchess Khrissalla was betrothed to Gevaldin - or Gevin, as he tells people to call him in informal settings[10] - who was Prince of Elis, now deceased. Ultimately, she came to Dayside because of him and his beliefs in the supposed Sand Mages there.

She is a Worldhopper, originally also from the country of Elis on the Darkside of the Shardworld Taldain. Initially unaware of the world beyond her native Darkside, she embarked upon a journey to the Dayside to find those mythical Sand Mages purported to exist by her formerly betrothed.[11]

She discovers on the Lightside that Kenton, whom she'd met previously,[12] is now the Lord Mastrell of the Sand Masters (or Mages, as she's previously referred to them).[13]


Khriss and Nazh were discovered by Kelsier in the Cognitive Realm of Scadrial. The pair enlightened Kelsier on how the events on Scadrial had an effect on the cosmere. They remained quite vague as to why they were there, or about other events elsewhere in the cosmere that are unrelated to the current conflict, which is the demise Scadrial through its Shards.[14]

Khriss is very curious to see said demise, stating that she'd never seen such in person, but that past deaths were different. That they were each a single, stunning event, the god's power shattered and dispersed. Further, she states that this is more like a strangulation, whereas the others were more like a beheading. She thinks it should be very instructive, but that as much as she would like to witness the death of a Shard, she doesn't dare risk doing so from up close.[15]

She and Nazh left abruptly after Kelsier told them of his meeting with Drifter.[16]


Khriss - along with Nazh and Guyn - resides in this place within the Cognitive Realm.[17] It is possible that Silverlight is the place that is not a cosmere world where many Worldhoppers reside where there also is a Shard.[18]

Additionally, Khriss was responsible, in part, for the founding of Silverlight University there.[19]



As the author of multiple Ars Arcana, Khriss has expressed that Hemalurgy, being primarily concerned with things of the Spiritual Realm, is of great interest to her. She thinks it to be of great interest to the Cosmere as well. She also thinks that there are great possibilities for its use.[20]

Further, she expresses a specific interest in the ability of Metalborn on Scadrial - with the ability to access both Allomancy and Feruchemy - as the mixing of different types of Investiture has curious effects. She references what has happened on Roshar - two powers, combined, often have an almost chemical reaction - and instead of getting out what one put in, one gets something new. Still, she notes, the effects on Scadrial are more subtle than they are when mixing Surges on Roshar. Even so, she is convinced that each unique combination also creates something distinctive; not just two powers, but two powers ... and an effect.[21]

Khriss is convinced that without the Lord Ruler's oppression of technology on Scadrial, the world would have eclipsed all others in scientific learning and progress - all on its own, without the interaction between societies enjoyed by the inhabitants of Silverlight.[22]

Further, she is convinced from her studies that the world itself did not exist before its Shards arrived in the system. That they picked a star with no relevant worlds in orbit, specifically choosing the location because it was empty, so they could place there whatever they wished.[23]

Khriss would challenge one to identify another world, save only Roshar, where one can find such strength of Investiture so commonly in the hands of mortals.[24]

She could fill volumes with her thoughts on Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy. However, she maintains that the one of these with the largest potential impact on the cosmere is Hemalurgy. Useable by anyone with the right knowledge, she says this dangerous creation has proven to warp sols regardless of world or Investiture, creating false Connections that no Shard designed or intended.[25]


Khriss believes that the very landscape itself on Sel has become Invested to the point that it has a growing self-awareness, in a way unseen on other worlds in the cosmere. She doesn't know how this happened, or what the ramifications will be.[26]

She's begun to wonder if something greater is happening on Sel than they, at Silverlight University, have guessed. Something with origins lost in time.[27]

She believes that there is a link between entities known as seons and skaze and the puzzle of Sel's nature.[28]


As a Worldhopper, Khriss is able to be on Scadrial at the moment of Preservation's demise. She and Nazh claimed Preservation was dying a slow death, the first they'd seen without a shattering.[29]

"I’m very curious to see," Khriss said. "I’ve never viewed it in person, and the past deaths were different. They were each a single, stunning event, the god’s power shattered and dispersed. This is more like a strangulation, while those were like a beheading. This should be very instructive."

–Khriss to Kelsier[30]

She is well aware of the manner in which other Shards were shattered, but it seems she was not on each their Shardworlds at the time to witness each their demises.[31]

Cosmere AppearancesEdit

  • In The Bands of Mourning, Khriss is the woman who questions Wax on his abilities at the ball in New Seran on Scadrial. She stole a dance with him and asked him questions about his powers and how they related to physics. She was also mentioned in a broadsheet ad, which informed people who hear talking tools to contact Khriss and Nazh. [32]
  • In Secret History, and as indicated above, Khriss is on Scadrial with Nazh at the moment of Preservation's demise.[33]
  • In White Sand, on the world Taldain, Khriss is a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own. The weak Sand Master, Kenton, forges an unlikely partnership with her.[34]


Since spren are intimately tied to Surges on Roshar, Khriss and the ardent Geranid would likely get along.