The Lopen, |
Bridge Four Assistant Quartermaster
Punio (cousin), Chilinko (uncle), Unnamed woman (mother), |
|Appears in||The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance|
Lopen is a Herdazian bridgeman in Bridge Four. Unable to carry bridges, he makes himself useful to his bridge crew by carrying waterskins for them on bridge runs and aiding in the surgery and post-battle first-aid delivered by Kaladin. He apparently has many cousins that can be called on to do favors.
Lopen has only one arm, is a slender man, and is startlingly easy to lift.
|“|| "You're a very special kind of weird, Lopen."
"Of course I am, gon. There's only one of me." 
Lopen is also extremely humorous and can deliberately sound obtuse in order to get a rise out of another. He can talk rings about most men who demean Herdazians, about whom are most of his jokes. He finds those jokes extra funny. First and foremost, he claims that he is an expert on one-armed Herdazian jokes.
Even though he is a Herdazian and, technically, a practitioner of Vorinism (albeit a brand unique to Herdaz), Lopen doesn't seem to be bothered by a man writing. He is excited by the potential that the absorption of Stormlight offers Kaladin (recorded by Sigzil in glyphs) as members of Bridge Four conduct experiments with Kaladin's abilities.
At the end of Words of Radiance, Lopen becomes able to absorb Stormlight, making him a Surgebinder, though it has not yet been revealed to which Order of the Knights Radiant he belongs (or if, in fact, he does belong). It might simply be that he has absorbed Stormlight through Kaladin's influence. Even so, the result is that he is able to regrow his missing limb.
According to Teft, other members of Bridge Four have also absorbed Stormlight. Lopen's Surgebinding, along with that of the others, is likely linked to Kaladin in some way.
It is possible that Lopen is one of Kaladin's squires. As stated in Words of Radiance, there were 16 Windrunners, though each had a considerable number of squires, meaning Kaladin's squires likely include the members of Bridge Four.
Throughout Words of Radiance, a number of Lopen's cousins appear to join Bridge Four. The first to be noticed by Kaladin is Punio.
After the assassination attempt on King Elhokar, Kaladin had the King removed to the home of Lopen's uncle in Little Herdaz - technically in Highprince Sebarial's warcamp - where Lopen's mother also resides, as do two of his strongest cousins.
|“||"Ha! Hey, Chilinko, come back here, I need to stick you to the wall!"||”|
– Lopen to his uncle, after he sucked in Stormlight
It was asked of Brandon on Facebook why Kaladin retains his slave brands even after his transformation. Brandon responded that it depends on how Kaladin envisions himself. Given this, it can be extrapolated that Lopen is particularly stubborn about just how he "should be".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Words of Radiance, 12. Hero
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 40. Eyes of Red and Blue
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Words of Radiance, 76. The Hidden Blade
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 46. Child of Tanavast
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Words of Radiance, 87. The Riddens
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 22. Lights In The Storm
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 82. For Glory Lit
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 84. The One Who Saves