Biographical information
Race Parshendi
Gender Female
Status Alive
Abilities Nimbleform
Family Mother, Eshonai (sister)
Occupation Scholar
Appears in Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Venli is the sister of Eshonai . She is one of the leading Parshendi scholars and performs this task while in nimbleform, as methods for attaining scholarform have been lost.

Her mother seems to suffer from some kind of dementia.[1]


She is described as "a slender woman with a thin face, her marbling delicate swirling patterns of red and white". She has long, waist-length hair with strands of deep red tied in three places.

Her eyes, in the right light, have a violet cast to them.[2]


Her once-mate is Demid. Venli and her once-mate remain close, though their time as mates produced no children.[1]


Venli has held nimbleform for over three years, which is "as long as [they'd] known of the form". She is first described as being curious and slightly mocking of Eshonai's enthusiasm in pursuing peace with the humans. She suspects the humans possess Surgebinders after Eshonai's fight with Kaladin, and uses this as her defense for pursuing a new form she discovered called stormform.

Venli believes that if she can bond with a stormspren that, at the least, the Parshendi will have an entirely new form from which to choose; at the greatest, they will have power to control the storms and tap their energy. If the Five give her permission, she will do this personally.[1]

She tricks her sister into assuming stormform, removing the final roadblock to pursuing a full aggressive war with the humans, knowing that Eshonai would be unable to control her violent urges.