Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Female
Status Alive
Physical Description
Hair Color Shaved
Occupation Ardent
Appears in Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Rushu is an ardent and one of the Kholin scholars. She is critical of the glyphs - Sixty-two days. Death follows - that have been etched upon the the wall of Dalinar's room in the palace on the Shattered Plains.[1]

Look at the sloppy lines! The improper symmetry. Whoever did this is not practiced with drawing glyphs.[1]

She attempts to intercept Navani with a report on the glyphs on their way to the test of a fabrial to protect Alethi soldiers within a circular wooden tower, the platform of which is seemingly unsupported in the air, but she is rebuffed.[2]

Rushu asked why a Shardblade can be summoned and dismissed even if it's gemstone has gone dun.[citation needed]

Given her concern, artifabrians are back to knowing absolutely nothing about how Shardblades were crafted. It seems the gemstone's purpose is only used in initially bonding the Blade - something the Knights Radiant didn't need to do.[3]


Rushu is young, with long, lush eyelashes, button-like lips and delicate features.[1][2]


Rushu questions why the Almighty gave beards to men but not to women. Further, she questions why, in Vorin society, that it is considered feminine for women to have long hair, thinking it should be a more masculine trait.[2]


Due to her attractive appearance, Rushu joined the ardentia to escape the advances of men. Even so, male ardents always want to work with her. Fortunately, she is brilliant.[2] Navani confirms that Rushu is good at what she does, but that she's a little oblivious sometimes. Conversely, she states that Rushu knows handwriting better than anyone, indicating that it's one of Rushu's many areas of interest.[1]

Rushu is one of several ardents (along with Kadash and Ladent) to reject uniting Dalinar and Navani in marriage.[3]