Kaladin Meets Syl
Fan art by Dixon Leavitt
|Appears in||The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance|
Sylphrena, more commonly known by her nickname Syl, is a spren. She bonds with Kaladin in The Way of Kings.
When Syl first spoke to Kaladin, she took the form of a young woman, about a handspan tall, with an angular face and long flowing hair that faded to mist. She was formed of pale blues and whites and wore a flowing white dress that also faded to mist. However, her face, hands and feet were crisply distinct, and she had the bust and hips of a slender woman.
Although she glowed like an afterimage from looking at the sun, her form provided no real illumination.
Syl's figure blurs into a long white ribbon of blue-white light when she springs into the air, twisting and warping it like a strip of cloth caught in the wind.
This is her usual form, but she frequently takes others. She is normally only visible and audible to Kaladin. A few others, such as Rock, can see her, and others have seen her on occasion while Kaladin has been in action with his spear. She can also make herself seen by others, although she dislikes to do so.
Syl is playful and upbeat - very child-like at times - and enjoys playing pranks on people. She cares for Kaladin both as a person and a Radiant. It greatly worries her when he thinks of vengeance as she sees how it twists him.
While she wants him to do what is always right and honorable she knows that this can't always happen. Syl does all she can to make Kaladin smile and raise his spirits; she wants him to be happy and to see the man he once was - a hero in her eyes.
She greatly dislikes showing herself to others apart from Kaladin. She believes that she is articulate and intelligent and reminds Kaladin of this whenever she feels he forgets.
The Way of KingsEdit
While Syl's history is unknown, it is hinted that she was once either bonded to or close to a Windrunner given her knowledge of the Orders and understanding of Surgebinding powers. Further proof of this is given when Syl comments that she has helped kill before.
Syl began to follow Kaladin when he was a squadleader in the army of Amaram, but first came to his attention as an anonymous windspren when he was a slave in the caravan of Tvlakv. At first she played pranks, but then began to ask him questions; unusual behavior for a spren. After he was sent to Bridge Four, and she woke him from an exhausted, depressed stupor following his first bridge run, he asked her whether she had a name. She appeared surprised that she did indeed; that it was Sylphrena, and that she also had a nickname, Syl.
Her abilities seemed to increase as their association continued. There was a significant increase in her intelligence and understanding when he assumed the leadership of Bridge Four. Eventually he came to value her company as a friend. She often gives Kaladin advice, and comes up with many suggestions and ideas to help Kaladin with various decisions. So far, she has shown herself to be an indispensable companion to Kaladin, even saving his life.
Syl also acted as a guardian to Kaladin as he recovered from his time left to die out in a highstorm, protecting him from deathspren by wielding a radiant blade of light. This may indicate an ability to inflict harm to other spren or a protective ability given by the bond she has with Kaladin.
She admits that Kaladin's Surgebinding powers are intricately connected to her transformation into a more "human-like" spren. She also reveals that, unlike initially believed, she is not a windspren but an honorspren.
When Kaladin remarks on Dalinar's Shardblade, Syl demonstrates a clear dislike for the sword, stating that he is far better without it.
Words of RadianceEdit
Syl becomes increasingly more aware of her existence and purpose as an honorspren.
|“||"I am a god," Syl had said. "A little piece of one." ||”|
However, during highstorms, she becomes more spren-like.
After Kaladin breaks his oaths, Syl's bond with him becomes progressivly weaker until his fall into the chasm. Encouraged by the Stormfather, Kaladin believes that by forcing Syl to provide him with Stormlight during the fall, he killed her. However, when Kaladin stands up to Moash during the assassination attempt on Elhokar, Syl returns to him, claims him, and he speaks the Third Ideal of the Windrunners. In addition, she states that if Kaladin dies, she "goes stupid again". This serves as proof that she was once bonded to a Radiant, but he/she died (and did not break his/her oath) leaving Syl to become a pure honorspren again without truly dying like the spren of those Radiants that did break their oaths.
Syl can hover without wings. She has the ability to follow Kaladin's every step exactly while hovering, which has always amazed Kaladin.
With some difficulty, she is able to lift and carry light, small objects such as leaves.
Once Kaladin has spoken the Third Ideal of the Windrunners and the Words have been Accepted by the Stormfather, Syl is able to coalesce from silver mist in Kaladin's hand into a glowing, brilliant Shardblade with vivid blue light shining from the swirling patterns along its length.
|“||I bind things, Kaladin. I am honorspren. Spirit of oaths. Of promises. And of nobility.||”|
–Syl speaks to Kaladin while viewing the betrayal of Kholin's army. 
|“||I don't know, it just feels wrong to me. I hate it. I'm glad he got rid of it. Makes him a better man.||”|
–Syl to Kaladin about Dalinar's Shardblade.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Way of Kings, 2. Honor is Dead
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Words of Radiance, 33. Burdens
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 46. Child of Tanavast
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 87. The Riddens
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 43. The Wretch
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 6. Bridge Four
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 11. Droplets
- ↑ The Way of Kings, 38. Envisager
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 The Way of Kings, 67. Words
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The Way of Kings, 73. Trust
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Words of Radiance, 22. Lights In The Storm
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 62. The One Who Killed Promises
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 68. Bridges
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 69. Nothing
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 74. Striding The Storm
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Words of Radiance, 84. The One Who Saves