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Zahel
Vasher With NightBlood
Vasher with Nightblood
Fan art by Castaguer93[4]
Biographical information
Race Returned[1]
Ethnicity Idrian[2]
Nationality Unknown
Gender Male
Status Alive
Abilities Awakener, Worldhopper,
Spren sense, life sense
Physical Description
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Social Information
Aliases Zahel, Vasher, Kalad, Strifelover, Peacegiver the Blessed, Talaxin or Tax, Warbreaker the Peaceful
Title(s) Sword Master, Scholar (as in one of the Five Scholars)[3]
Family Shashara (wife, deceased),
Denth (brother-in-law, deceased)
Occupation Ardent
Appears in Warbreaker, Words of Radiance

Sword Master Zahel is an ardent, yet a reclusive warrior who teaches both Adolin Kholin and Renarin Kholin[4] - plus Kaladin - how to use a Shardblade. He is also the Worldhopper, Vasher, from Nalthis.[5]

AppearanceEdit

Vasher is described as a big man with a scraggly, half-scrub, half-beard, not too long, but not too trimmed either. He wears torn, ragged clothing, patched in places, nothing bright ... but nothing really dark either. Just kind of bland ... yet clean nonetheless. (Vasher has the resources to get new clothing, yet he chooses to wear worn and tattered clothing instead.)[6]

His voice is deep, thick, often quiet, gruff, and accented ... and he has a well-muscled, rather hairy torso.[7]

PersonalityEdit

Zahel is a man of two personalities: one, " ... a grouchy swordsman who has a soft spot for kids who are in over their heads," and two, " ... a very grouchy swordsman who finds everyone and everything utterly contemptible." Nevertheless, he hates 'beating up' those younger than himself. This makes him feel like a bully.[8]

Zahel is a reluctant instructor. While ostensibly an ardent, he is not devout and does not appear to consider himself a member of the ardentia. He has respect for those whom he finds to be humble and with whom it is easy for him to work.

He misses his home but hates reminders of it; he makes many comments on how old he is and how that can easily put him in a bad mood.[9]

On numerous occasions, Zahel has used metaphors and expressions centering around colors[9] (color being one of the limitations to power in Warbreaker) and flowers (potentially referencing the Tears of Edgli: flowers from which are produced dyes in Warbreaker), generally confusing other characters with whom he interacts.

As Vasher, he admits that he doesn't have an ability with words. That he doesn't really like people. He has trouble talking to them as he gets frustrated and snaps at them. He realizes that this doesn't make him very popular, but he doesn't lie to them. Neither does he have connections with important people.[10]

Vasher has been determined to be rough, brutal, and that he has a terrible temper ... but he is a good man.[11]

For a man who holds a king's fortune in Breaths, Vasher is surprisingly frugal. He is also a solitary person. There is no guile in him and he wears no false mask.[12]

BiographyEdit

Vasher

Fan art by Botanicaxu[2]

Zahel has been confirmed to be native to the world, Nalthis. He appears in Warbreaker with the name Vasher, but is otherwise known by the nickname "Tax" for Talaxin. During the height of his power, Vasher only managed to Awaken metal on a few select occasions.[13]

Prior to the events in Warbreaker, Vasher knew that he'd been away from Nalthis for far too long. However, he'd also known that there was no way he would've come back sooner. He'd betrayed his closest friend (Denth) and killed the woman (Shashara - his wife and Denth's sister) who loved him.[14]

In Warbreaker, he is questioned by guards who wonder if he is some kind of nobleman ... who then confiscate his Awakened sword known as Nightblood ... completely unaware of the consequences of doing so ... though Vasher knows.[15]

Later, Vasher absorbs the Breaths of the rebel, Vahr, and subsequently kills him with an Awakened scarf.[16]

According to Denth, there are no coincidences where Vasher is concerned.[17]

Vasher has accomplished more in his life than a hundred men, and has done more for the good of all people than they will ever appreciate.[18]

AbilitiesEdit

Vasher is in possession of a lot of Breath, yet knows well how to hide this; he stores Breath in his clothing[19] where it can't be sensed by those also possessing the First Heightening.[20] He is able to perform three Commands in one Awakening, which is a difficult task for some, but for him it is as simple as blinking.[21]

ScholarshipEdit

Awakening is something that Vasher has done for a very, very long time ... yet he always has trouble trying to explain it to someone else. Even so, he is relaxed and conversational as he gets into the topic.[22]

BeliefsEdit

Vasher believes that when one duels or fights, one can't let anger control oneself. He also believes that a warrior is supposed to be calm. (This is why he's never been that good a duelist.) Further, he believes that BioChroma can keep a man alive a long time.[23]

NightbloodEdit

Nightblood was created by Vasher and his wife, Shashara. Later, and with cause, Vasher used Nightblood to slay Shashara.[24]

Nightblood is the sword that is given to Szeth, by Nale, at the end of Words of Radiance.[25] Zahel has yet to encounter Szeth with the sword.

ReturnedEdit

Vasher DB

Vasher
Fan art by Dominik Broniek[3]

After Lightsong granted Susebron - the God King - his Breaths and Vasher then encountered him, Vasher closed his eyes, didn't speak, didn't use his Breath or make a Command, yet suddenly started to glow ... and with an aura that made colors brighter. Subsequently, Vasher increased in size, opened his eyes, and adjusted the wrap at his waist to make room for his growth. His chest became more firm and the scruffy beard on his face retreated, leaving him clean-shaven. His hair turned golden and he seemed divine. Susebron dropped to one knee and addressed Vasher as his lord. Shortly thereafter, Vasher revealed that he was both Kalad and Peacegiver. Later, he expressed that he couldn't remember the time before he Returned, but that the name he'd been given was Warbreaker the Peaceful.[26]

ArdentiaEdit

Zahel has been slumming it on Roshar for quite some time, because on this world he can get something(?) quite easily that is much harder to get where he came from. His knowledge of the Cosmere is demonstrated by his use of the term investiture when describing the highstorms of Roshar.[citation needed]

Zahel becomes Renarin's weapons master as he teaches the members of Bridge Four how to fight Shardblades. In training Renarin how to move in Shardplate, Zahel instructs him to jump off the roof of one of the training ground buildings. Once Renarin has completed this task, Zahel tells him to do it again. "This time, fall headfirst!"[4]

SpeculationEdit

Might Zahel try to reclaim Nightblood from Szeth? It seems likely that Zahel is going to be tracking him down, then confronting Szeth. Will it be an epic clash of swordsmanship between the Assassin in White and the swordmaster who trained Adolin, one of the greatest duelists in history?

But then, when he - Zahel - gets there it might not be going to be that at all; Szeth might just be a bystander.

It might just be an emotional clash between a broken, ancient man and his twisted progeny, his child, his creation that he literally breathed life into, that he loves and hates and blames for the death of his lover but still longs to hear the voice of.[27]

ReferencesEdit

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