|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”Yes, I see this interpretation of the headboard—we must push the Blackthorn so hard that he collapses. But we’ll need secrets to use against him.
Appearance & Personality
Adrotagia is an old Kharbranthian woman. In terms of physical appearance she has been described as having green eyes and exhibiting various aging-related conditions such as liver spots, large eye bags, and wispy, silvery hair.
Despite Adrotagia's age, she is still keen-minded enough to handle her various scholarly duties, including doing research to help interpret and decipher the puzzles of the Diagram. As one Taravangian's most trusted advisors, she is one of the few people who knows of the king's fluctuating intelligence and even attempts to measure it, plotting a graph proving his random level of intelligence follows a normal distribution curve.
Adrotagia also presumably helps with interpreting the Death Rattles, which were used to augment the Diagram. She keeps in contact with Joshor and Dova, who collect these Death Rattles. Adrotagia also keeps track of the various Unmade on Roshar like Moelach (for the Death Rattles) and Nergaoul.
As a scholar who is also an unbeliever, Adrotagia disapproves of people relying on faith rather than evidence. She still somehow retains the Vorin practice of burning glyphwards, which she does each morning for her deceased husband.
She shows ruthlessness in seeing the goals of the Diagram achieved even when they involve murder, showing little regard for Taravangian's pangs of conscience whenever he was having a day of low intelligence but high compassion. Despite this, Adrotagia still follows some sort of moral compass. She even once objected to the idea of killing innocent children, calling Taravangian a monster for ordering so during one of his extremely intelligent but conceited days.
Adrotagia grew up as a close personal friend of Taravangian, presumably in Kharbranth. She refers to the king by his boyhood nickname of Vargo and he calls her Adro, even as adults. At some point, Adrotagia was married but was later widowed. Taravangian's childhood friend became the head of his scholars and scribes, as well as an important collaborator in implementing the plans he laid out in the Diagram.
Along with Mrall, she accompanied Taravangian to Jah Keved in the wake of that country's civil war. The three of them went among the Veden soldiers, comforting them. There, Szeth confronted Taravangian about the Surgebinding he had seen Kaladin perform in the Alethi warcamps. Taravangian found it unfortunate that the assassin had seen Adrotagia, as he did not want Szeth to be aware of her in case he turned against his master.
Adrotagia and other Diagram members went with Taravangian to Urithiru when the king decided to join the Bondsmith Dalinar's coalition against the Voidbringers. There, she attended both the meetings of coalition scholars and (as Taravangian's head scribe) the meetings of coalition monarchs.
All the while, behind their backs, she and the rest of the Diagram members were conspiring to have Dalinar replaced by Taravangian as the leader of the coalition. They failed to achieve this goal, and Taravangian confessed part of their plans to Dalinar shortly after the Bondsmith emerged victorious in the Battle of Thaylen Field despite the Diagram's betrayal.
- Oathbringer interlude I-5 #
- Words of Radiance interlude I-14 #
- Oathbringer chapter 24 #
- Oathbringer chapter 107 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 85 epigraph #
- Words of Radiance chapter 87 epigraph #
- Oathbringer chapter 122 #
- Oathbringer chapter 44 #
- Oathbringer chapter 96 #
- Oathbringer chapter 111 #
- Oathbringer chapter 121 #
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