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Descendants Granddaughter
Aliases Vargo
Nationality Kharbranthian
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Taravangian is the king of Kharbranth.[1]

He is popular among many for providing free access to city hospitals funded by an entrance fee to the Palanaeum.[2] He is known to visit the hospitals on a weekly basis.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Taravangian is elderly, with a wispy white beard. He has pale grey eyes and an open, kindly face.[4] He lives with perpetual aches in his body, and has other symptoms of old age although he is relatively fit for his age.



He was childhood friends with Adrotagia and his nickname was Vargo.[5]

Visiting the Nightwatcher[edit]

Taravangian once went to go visit the Nightwatcher and received a curse and boon from the Old Magic. As a result he wakes up every morning with a fluctuation in intelligence, sometimes resulting in a genius and sometimes an idiot. He is most often average and the probability of him being more or less intelligent decreases the more extreme the case (following standard deviation percentages of a bell curve). Every morning he takes an intelligence test that he devised for himself on intelligent days. The test takes the better part of an hour and is made up of mathematical problems. A trio of stormwardens consult regarding his answers and decide his intelligence for the day. The stormwardens as well as Mrall, his head bodyguard, also decide if he is fit to rule and what restrictions he will be subject too. He is restricted to his room on both his worst and best of days because during both he tends to make irrational regulation. He also tends to be more compassionate the less intelligent he is.

Taravangian worshipped only one god now. It was the man he had been on that day.

He had some connection with Gavilar and spoke with him the night of his assassination. Gavilar confided in him that he has seen visions of the Almighty and that the Almighty is now dead. Gavilar also insisted that the world would need to be united if men are to survive-which Taravangian took very seriously. Because he knows that the Almighty is dead he does not trust gods or religion anymore. He claims to only put his trust in himself and his pure genius.

I am the monster who will save this world.

Taravangian has surprising knowledge of the Shin and the Shin language, which is rare outside of Shinovar.[6] He also knows women's script. He has also solved Fabrisan's Conundrum.

Secret activity[edit]

Taravangian runs a secret hospital hidden in his palace filled with hundreds of beds for the terminally ill or the poor and forgotten who will not be missed. The patients are slowly killed by draining their blood so the [6] Silent Gatherers[7] can record cryptic supernatural sentences spoken in the seconds before death by some of the victims.[8] Through these Death Rattles, Taravangian hopes to gain information about the True Desolation in order to prepare for it.

Taravangian gains possession of Szeth's Oathstone[9] and orders Szeth to kill a number of world leaders, including Hanavanar, the king of Jah Keved, as well as various other highprinces of Jah Keved. Taravangian claims that these murders are necessary for future stability, which will be needed when the True Desolation comes.[6] After Szeth's death and subsequent revival, his spiritual bonds are severed and he is thus no longer bound to Taravangian and the Oathstone.


Preceded by
King of Jah Keved
Succeeded by
  1. The Way of Kings chapter 3
  2. The Way of Kings chapter 7
  3. The Way of Kings chapter 48
  4. The Way of Kings chapter 5
  5. Words of Radiance interlude I-14
  6. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 71
  7. The Way of Kings endnote
  8. Death Delirium Quotes
  9. The Way of Kings interlude I-6
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