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Mraize
Mraize

Fan art by Botanicaxu[1]

Biographical information
Ethnicity Thaylen[1]
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Worldhopper[2]
Physical Description
Hair Color Jet-Black
Eye Color Light Violet
Social Information
Aliases Mraize
Occupation Ghostblood
Appears in Words of Radiance


Mraize is a member of the Ghostbloods on Roshar who appears, at first, to be a leader within the organization. (It is later revealed by Iyatil that he is her student.[3])

He is pursued by Shallan, who hoped to infiltrate the secret society, due to both her father's and Brother Kabsal's involvement within it. Mraize tests Shallan (as Veil, by which name she chooses to be known within his circle of influence) by setting her to the task (supposedly, through her mistress, Tyn) of breaking into Amaram's manor to investigate therein and learn his hidden secrets.[4]

Physical AppearanceEdit

Mraize is described as being straight-backed, with jet-black hair, light violet eyes, and a scarred face (old wounds including a scar which runs down his cheek and deforms his upper lip). Initially, he reminds Shallan of what she remembers of her childhood encounter with Hoid.[4] The messenger with the smiling eyes, the enigma who knew so much.[4]

While Hoid had been dressed all in black, Mraize wears all white. While Mraize looks refined, his face and hands tell of battle, killing and strife. Shallan cannot place his accent.[4]

The right hand of Mraize is scarred, the fingers crooked, as if they had been broken and badly re-set.  However, on his middle finger, he wears a signet ring that bears the same symbol that Jasnah had drawn; that Lin Davar's steward, Luesh, had carried; and, that Brother Kabsal had tattooed on his body.[4]

BeliefsEdit

Mraize believes that in learning the local weapons of a people, one can truly come to understand them.[5]

"The way men kill one another says far more about a culture than any scholar's ethnography." [5]

KnowledgeEdit

Mraize seems to know more about such subversives as Thaidakar, Restares, Taravangian, and their respective groups and activities, than anyone else (save the possibility of Iyatil).[5]

AccoutrementsEdit

Mraize possesses an attracting fabrial, powered by a smokestone, to draw smoke through his chimney.  He also makes use of a blowgun with poisoned darts (apparently a Parshendi hunting weapon) during Shallan's initial meeting with him, ostensibly to unsettle her.[4]

Additionally, within Mraize's chambers are several enormous, un-infused gemhearts, which could possibly be from the Tai-na; vaguely recognizable shells; a tusk, probably from a whitespine; an eye socket that looks like it might've belonged to a santhid; a vial of pale sand from the world, Taldain, and the unpublished novel, White Sand - invested because it is pale; a couple of thick hairpins, which might be Hemalurgic spikes; a lock of golden hair, which could be from one of several locations: the Iri have golden hair, and some consider it lucky; on Sel, royal individuals both in Elantris and The Emperor’s Soul have golden hair; and then on Nalthis, the lock of golden hair could be Royal Locks - locks from Warbreaker. There is also the branch of a tree with writing on it, potentially from Yolen, which makes a certain amount of sense, but could possibly be the petrified bone of a Dahkor monk (from Sel/Elantris): there is evidence in Words of Radiance of Shallan (semi-intentionally?) assuming that some bones in the chasms are actually branches, and it is known that Dahkor bones are a) deformed and b) have writing on them; a silver knife, possibly from Threnody (Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell) as a silver knife is invaluable there; an odd flower preserved in solution - probably the flower known as the Tears of Edgli from Nalthis/Warbreaker, which are related to Endowment (they give the best dyes, thus being very helpful in Awakening); a chunk of delicate, flaky, pale pink crystal, possibly from Aether of Night, another unpublished novel which Brandon doesn't intend to publish. So, most of these seem to be Invested, or at least capable of being Invested.[4][6]

ConfrontationEdit

After meeting with Shallan (as Veil) in the Unclaimed Hills, whereupon she delivered to him her drawings of the interior of Amaram's manor, Mraize realizes that Shallan has killed Tyn. In voicing his approval and offering her the chance to join the Ghostbloods, he concurrently indicates to those others with him that they are given leave to kill Shallan. After leaving, Shallan hides in an Illusion, and later finds that her carriage was put to the torch, killing the driver and his parshmen.[5]

Later, Mraize revealed that he knew Veil's true identity by placing an invitation for "Shallan Davar" in Urithiru. He stood inside the tower, twisted and scarred, yet refined in his gentleman's clothing.[7] He has guessed at the true nature of her powers, and wondered whether others will be able to do so. He also reveals that her family home was destroyed in the Veden succession war and her brothers were in Ghostblood custody. To her surprise, he invites her again to join the Ghostbloods, promising that her brothers will be safely brought to her no matter her answer, and saying that her status as a Knight Radiant does not contradict their goals.[7]

LeverageEdit

Given the demise of Shallan's family's standing, Mraize informs Shallan that he holds her brothers - Nan Balat, Wikim and Jushu - as leverage for her continued participation within the Ghostbloods.[7]

"Your house is no more," Mraize said. "Your family's grounds seized by a passing army. I rescued your brothers from the chaos of the succession war, and am bringing them here. Your family, however, does owe me a debt. One Soulcaster. Broken." [7]

Nevertheless, rather than blackmail Shallan, Mraize chooses to gift her with her family, indicating that he has mentioned her debt so that it finds purchase within her mind.[7]

"You don't know who we are. You don't know what we're trying to accomplish. You don't know much of anything at all, Veil. Why did your father join us? Why did your brother seek out the Skybreakers? I have done some research, you see. I have answers for you." [7]
"I will give you time to consider. You seem to think that your newfound place among the Radiants makes you unfit for our numbers, but I see it differently, as does my babsk. Let Shallan Davar be a Radiant, conformist and noble. Let Veil come to us. ... And let her find truth." [7]

NotesEdit

From the Words of Radiance: Epigraphs ...

But who is the wanderer, the wild piece, the one who makes no sense? I glimpse at his implications, and the world opens to me. I shy back. Impossible. Is it?

–From the Diagram, West Wall Psalm of Wonders: paragraph 8 (Note by Adrotagia: Could this refer to Mraize?) [8]

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