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Meridas Amaram
Amaram

Fan art by Botanicaxu[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Shardbearer
Social Information
Title(s) Brightlord, Highmarshal, Son of Honor
Family Brightlord Roshone (distant cousin)
Occupation Soldier
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance

Meridas Amaram is an Alethi Brightlord of the third dahn. He is a Highmarshal in service of Highprince Sadeas,[1] in command of defending the princedom borders, while the King and Sadeas are away fighting on the Shattered Plains to fulfill the Vengeance Pact. He is a close friend of Dalinar Kholin. His standard is a burgundy field blazoned with a dark green glyphpair shaped like a whitespine with tusks upraised. Merem and khakh, honor and determination.[2]

Amaram's war recruitment effort brought him to Hearthstone, where the citylord, Roshone - Amaram's distant cousin - conscripted several locals, among them young Tien and Kaladin. Amaram promised Tien's father, Lirin, to place his son in a position as a messenger until he grew older.[3] Amaram betrayed Lirin as Tien was killed in his only battle soon after his conscription.[4]

Amaram later betrayed Kaladin, after being saved by him from an enemy Shardbearer (i.e., Helaran Davar). He had the surviving members of Kaladin's squad killed, stole the Shardplate and Shardblade that Kaladin had won, then branded Kaladin's forehead and sold him into slavery.[5][6]

Amaram is viewed as different and more honorable than other lighteyes. His betrayal is a major factor in Kaladin's rage at all lighteyes.

After having become a Shardbearer, Amaram made his way to the Shattered Plains. He arrives shortly after the battle at the Tower, and is greeted by his old friend, Dalinar.[6] He rides a fine warhorse of Shin stock; the hulking breed used to pull heavy carts. It looks like a pony next to Dalinar's Ryshadium, Gallant.[7]

AppearanceEdit

He is tall with a square face and angular nose. He dresses fashionably, wearing lighteyed outfits of modern design.[8]

PersonalityEdit

Sadeas claims that he knows Amaram for the ruthless bastard that he really is. Amaram agrees with Sadeas's assessment of him.[9] Amaram is a murderer, a liar, and a thief who’s willing to do very slimy things to accomplish his goals, but he also calmly sticks to what he believes in and is willing to take the consequences. When his duplicity is revealed, he acknowledges what he's done, he explains why he's done it, and he coolly bows out. Still, he thinks of himself as a hero.[7]

CharacteristicsEdit

Amaram's citizenship level entitles him to his own domain within his liege's warcamp. He is a traditionalist, and even the uniforms of his forces reflect this. His manor flies his own banner, and he has his own military force occupying buildings near his warcamp. His colors - burgundy and forest green - delineate his sphere of influence.[8]





Warning Book Spoiler: Significant plot details follow.





Shattered PlainsEdit

Amaram's BetrayalEdit

Amaram's betrayal is revealed by Kaladin to Dalinar,[10] who says he'll look into the matter, needing proof. However, Dalinar believes Amaram to be the only general in Sadeas's princedom with any real leadership ability. He believes him to be one of the best men he knows, stating that his honor is spotless and that he'd never known him to take undue advantage of an opponent in a duel, despite cases when it would've been acceptable.[10]

Amaram's ManorEdit

Amaram's manor is relatively small - two stories, with a handful of rooms on each floor. Perhaps, previously a tavern, and temporary; stacked piles of crembrick and stone nearby indicate that grander building is planned.[8]

Directed by the Ghostbloods to infiltrate Amaram's manor, Veil (i.e., Shallan) disguises herself, talks her way inside with a ruse, then gains access via Pattern to Amaram's secret room. There, she finds maps of the Shattered Plains, marked with notes about the Parshendi and their knowledge of the Voidbringers, along with references to Urithiru, which Amaram believes can be reached through Stormseat at the center of the Shattered Plains.[11] The notes are made using the Stormwarden script, a form of glyphs adapted by Stormwardens into a more complete writing system. Given the extent of her observation, Shallan determines that exposing Amaram as a Stormwarden would damage his reputation.[8]

Amaram's Personal GuardEdit

Amaram's personal guard includes about 50 men. Most of these soldiers have been recruited from Sadeas's lands and are sworn to him.[8]

A Son without HonorEdit

Though he does not have any Surgebinding abilities, Amaram is proclaimed by Dalinar to be the first new Knight Radiant.[12] He wears a cloak of yellow-gold with the symbol of the Knights Radiant on it's back.[13]

During Adolin's duel with Relis, Elit, Abrobadar, and Jakamav, Dalinar asks Amaram to step into the arena to help his son. Instead, Amaram does nothing, ignoring his friend's son in need.[13]

When Dalinar confronts Amaram about knowing Kaladin ... and taking Kaladin's Blade and Plate from him, then killing his men, Amaram states that Kaladin bears the correct slave brand for one having served in his army, but characterizes Kaladin as touched in the head or starved for attention, stating that Kaladin's allegations are preposterous. Dalinar responds with a revelation: [7]

"A few weeks ago," Dalinar said, "I received two special visitors in camp. One was a trusted servant who had come from Kholinar in secret, bringing a precious cargo. The other was that cargo: a madman who had arrived at the gates of Kholinar carrying a Shardblade."

Amaram paled and stepped back, hand going to his side.

"I told my servant," Dalinar said calmly, "to go drinking with your personal guard - he knew many of them - and talk of a treasure that the madman had said had been hidden for years outside the warcamp. By my order, he then placed the madman's Shardblade in a nearby cavern. After that, we waited." [7]

Looking at Amaram's hand, Kaladin thinks that Amaram is summoning his Shardblade, but white mist coalesced in Dalinar's fingers and his own Shardblade appeared, the tip to Amaram's throat. A Blade then formed in Amaram's hand a second too late.[7]

"I thought," Dalinar said, "that if you had been willing to murder for one Blade, you'd be willing to lie for a second. And so, after I knew you'd sneaked in to see the madman on your own, I asked you to investigate his claims for me. I gave your conscience plenty of time to come clean, out of respect for our friendship. When you told me you'd found nothing - but in fact you had actually recovered the Shardblade - I knew the truth." [7]

Amaram confesses, saying he would do it again. Believing that the Voidbringers will soon return, he says he wants to have practiced, accomplished Shardbearers to face them. He then apologizes to Kaladin, honestly believing that he had done right by killing Kaladin's men so that greater goals could be accomplished. Dalinar then accuses Amaram: [7]

"You are guilty of murder - of killing men for personal wealth." [7]

He demands that Amaram remove his cloak, indicating that Amaram is no Radiant. Amaram does so, dropping it, then walks away, his reputation broken.[7]

Ultimately, Amaram is a murderer, a liar, and a thief who’s willing to do very slimy things to accomplish his goals, but he also calmly sticks to what he believes in and is willing to take the consequences. When his duplicity is revealed,[7] he acknowledges what he did, he explains why he did it, and he coolly gives up his position as leader of the Radiants. No desperate excuses, no further attempts to hide the truth, no empty promises to reform. He’s made a choice about what his goals are and what his principles will be, and now he is firmly and calmly sticking to that choice and accepting its painful consequences.

Sons of HonorEdit

By the end of Words of Radiance, it has become known that Amaram is connected to a group known as the Sons of Honor, who, not knowing about the broken Oathpact, believe that if they can precipitate the return of the Voidbringers - a crisis - it will bring the Heralds back as well. Their primary motivation for this seems to be bringing power and political influence back to the Vorin church.[14]

Following the creation of the Everstorm, Amaram writes a letter in glyphs to Restares:

I can only conclude ... that we have been successful, Restares. The reports from Dalinar's army indicate that Voidbringers were not only spotted, but fought. Red eyes, ancient powers. They have apparently unleashed a new storm upon this world.

... I do not exult in this success ... . Lives will be lost. It has ever been our burden as Sons of Honor. To return the Heralds, to return the domination of the Church, we had to put the world into a crisis.

That crisis we now have, a terrible one. The Heralds will return. How can they not, with the problems we now face? But many will die. So very many. Nalan send that it is worth the loss. Regardless, I will have more information soon. When I next write you, I hope to do so from Urithiru.[14]

Rescuing HeraldsEdit

In effort to "free" Taln from Dalinar's temple complex, Amaram sliced into the wall of the monastery with his appropriated Shardblade. He referred to Taln as "The Great One".[14]

Amaram assumed Taln was insane, that Dalinar thought him a murderer, and then regretted that he'd not killed Kaladin when he'd had the chance.[14]

Amaram also referred to Taln as "Great Prince". He foolishly expected that all Heralds would appear to be Alethi, rather than dark-skinned. He also assumed that Taln's dark eyes were a disguise.[14]

In his attempt to remove Taln from the temple complex, Amaram is attacked by Iyatil with her blow darts. Taln intercepts the darts by grabbing them from within their projection. Amaram was targeted by Iyatil because his maps and possible attempts to find lost Urithiru appear to be in conflict with the plans of the Ghostbloods.[14]

Amaram attempted to summon his Blade, but was too slow. He chased after the purpetrator, looked back toward the Herald for his safety, and was startled to find the Herald standing tall. He then brought Taln to his coach.[14]

ReferencesEdit

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