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by User: Fyrebeam
Parents Dedelin, Mother
Siblings Ridger, Fafen, Siri
Abilities Awakener
Titles Princess of Idris
Nationality Idrian
World Nalthis
Featured In Warbreaker

Vivenna is an Awakener and eldest princess of Idris on Nalthis.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Described as beautiful by her sister Siri[1], Vivenna is the tallest of the Idrian princesses.[2] As a member of Idrian royalty, she is descended from a Returned and thus is capable of changing the color of her hair, with conscious effort or subconsciously to reflect her emotional state.[3] She is mentioned at being exceptionally good at this skill, and even her father Dedelin, the king himself, is surprised at her ability to stay so unemotional and keep her hair black.

In the beginning of the novel, Vivenna wears a simple grey dress and keeps her hair in a knot, due to her strict adherence to Idrian beliefs. She maintains a solid black color in her hair.[1] As the novel progresses and she finds herself in T'Telir, however, she begrudgingly begins wearing more colored and revealing dresses out of practicality. She cuts off her hair to sell it[4] and is never mentioned growing it back. By the end of the novel, she wears thick trousers, a tunic, and a vest, all different shades of blue, and carries a sword at her waist.[5] She is also mentioned to have lost, or at least does not bother with, the ability to keep her hair at one set colour, and mostly just lets it change to her feelings.

She began as a statuesque, uptight, judgmental, and devout adherent to Idrian dogma. After her experiences in T'Telir, however, Vivenna's worldview and personality are fundamentally changed, as exemplified in her choice to become an Awakener and travel with Vasher.


She is trained to be an Awakener by Vasher, and as part of the Idrian royal line, also has the ability to change her hair colour and length.[6]


Childhood and schooling[edit]

As the first daughter of the king of Idris, Dedelin, she was trained to marry the God King of Hallandren from a young age, as according to the peace treaty between their respective nations. At the age of twenty-two, she was to be sent to T'Telir to marry him. However, Dedelin's love for his first daughter caused him to instead send Siri, of whom he was less fond.[1]

In T'Telir[edit]

Vivenna left her home and attempted to rescue Siri from her marriage with Susebron.[7] After arriving in T'Telir, she looked for the Idrian's informant, Lemex. Instead, she met Denth and Tonk Fah, who were posing as mercenaries. They led her to Lemex, who had not advised her father that he was deathly ill. Before his death, Lemex transferred his Breath to Vivenna against her will, bringing her to the Third Heightening.[8] Lemex's mercenaries told that their contract with Lemex lasts and she was their new employer.[9] Unbeknownst to the princess, they had the ulterior motive of inciting conflict between Idrians and the Hallandren for their true employer, the Pahn Kahl scribe Bluefingers. With their "help", Vivenna spent many weeks in T'Telir inadvertently stirring the Idrian community into a rebellion against the Court of the Gods.[5]

Vivenna was later kidnapped by Vasher, who was seeking to prevent the mercenaries from realizing their goal, but escaped back to their safehouse, where she was exposed to the truth of her time with the mercenaries after seeing Parlin, Idrian soldiers, and various animals' corpses and encountering the mercenaries as they truly were.[10] Once again, Vivenna escaped to the streets, but not before losing many of her Breaths in a futile attempt to Awaken a cloak. On the run, she became a drab to avoid detection in the Idrian slums, where she was forced into poverty, but kept a shawl that held the Breath she still owned.Eventually, she was nearly captured by Denth's hires, but was rescued by Vasher.[11][12]

In unfamiliar situations, and with her worldview shattered, Vivenna decided to begin learning to Awaken from the grizzled Returned, learning much more quickly than most others due to her experiences as an Idrian royal. Vivenna and Vasher worked together to repair some of the damage she had caused in the company of Denth and Tonk Fah.

As events climaxed in the Court of the Returned, Vivenna took action and helped prevent the start of another Manywar. After reuniting with her sister, Vivenna chose to travel with Vasher and participate in his adventures, beginning with his investigation of Yesteel's return.[13]


  1. a b c Warbreaker chapter 1
  2. Warbreaker chapter 2
  3. Warbreaker chapter 51
  4. Warbreaker chapter 39
  5. a b Warbreaker chapter 43
  6. Warbreaker chapter 56
  7. Warbreaker chapter 9
  8. Warbreaker chapter 10
  9. Warbreaker chapter 13
  10. Warbreaker chapter 35
  11. Warbreaker chapter 37
  12. Warbreaker chapter 41
  13. Warbreaker epilogue
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