by Isaac Stewart
|Ethnicity||Aimian (Dysian & Siah)|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Aimia was one of the Silver Kingdoms of Roshar that survived the Desolations. As far as can be gleened, Aimia existed for most of the Era of Solitude. It was an island kingdom separated from the main continent by the Aimian Sea. The Scouring of Aimia happened according to Axies happened not long ago, and the remaining Aimians are now rare. It has been long enough for myths and stories about the Aimians to have spread to the general population.
Aimia consists of one large island and several smaller islands off the west coast of Shinovar. Separated from the main continent by the Aimian Sea the islands have been inaccessible since the Scouring of Aimia. Now Aimia is dangerous to approach, with sailors talking of strange winds and storms that seek out ships. One of the islands is called Akinah this island is now surrounded by large Soulcast stone spikes. The island at one time was the home of a grand city.
Many of the animals that are native to the area of Aimia are different from many of the other animals on the Roshar. Unlike Shin animals Aimian animals fit into the ecosystem of Roshar but have exceptional features that make them distinct from other creatures. lanceryn known for their large Gemhearts and the larkin known for directly ingesting Stormlight.
Aside from being immortal, both Aimian races have the ability to magically modify their bodies, but to different extents. Siah Aimians, who are characterized by deep blue nails and eyes, have been known to sculpt their bodies to temporarily suppress their senses (e.g. to avoid smelling foul odors), produce tattoo-like markings on their skin, or heal from injuries. They also cast shadows in the wrong direction. On the other hand, Dysian Aimians (who call themselves the Sleepless) can do even more extreme modifications because their body is made up of many cremling-like creatures called hordelings that they breed to perform whatever function that they need. These hordelings can separate from the main body to act as remote agents and can also be used as backup minds to store memories. At least one Dysian Amian may have fought in the Aharietiam, as Dalinar Kholin notices a heap of burned corpses of some variety of strange cremlings. For which side they may have fought, if at all this part of the vision depicts the remains of a Sleepless, is, however, unknown at this point.
Hidden Dysian Amians
- Unknown Aimian
- The Way of Kings interlude I-5
- The Way of Kings chapter 36
- So, those things on the inside cover of WoK. Crabwasps, or crabdragons?
— 17th Shard forums - 26 September 2012#
- The Way of Kings chapter 54
- Are there non-humans on Roshar?
— Theoryland - 2012-09-29#
- Interesting note on Axies
— 17th Shard forums - 2013-12-17#
- Edgedancer chapter 18
- Is this the term the Dysians use to refer to their species
— 17th Shard forums - 2016-11-22#
- Brandon on Amians
— Theoryland - 2016-12-06#