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Aladar
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Family
Children May
Ancestors Sadees[1]
Abilities Shardbearer
Titles Highprince of Alethkar (princedom), Highprince of Information
Residence Urithiru
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Aladar is a highprince of Alethkar on Roshar. His princedom is one of the northernmost in Alethkar, the symbol of which takes the shape of a chull.[2][3] His colors are white and dark green, and he commands one of the largest armies on the Shattered Plains.[4] His personal guard are called the Blackcaps.[5]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

I suspect [the other highprinces] are better at lying to themselves than I am.

—Aladar to Dalinar[4]

Aladar is short, slender, and dark skinned with a long neck; he is also bald, though he grows a thin mustache and a tuft of hair below the lip.[6][7] He is a skilled duelist.[8] He owns a full set of Shardplate and Shardblade, but they are normally lent to Highlord Mintez for battles and duels.[9] He prefers not to fight at the head of his army, instead leading tactically from a command tent.[6] He likes games of chance, and Jasnah considers him a good politician.[10] He is an honest man at his core and will eventually act on what he knows to be right.[4]

History[edit]

Aladar came into the position of highprince when Highprince Yenev was defeated in a duel by Torol Sadeas. After Yenev's death, Aladar was given control of his princedom due to his alliance with Gavilar.[11] Later, he and Sadeas began engaging in territory disputes.[8]

War of Reckoning[edit]

Aladar was, like the other highprinces of Alethkar, present on the Shattered Plains to uphold the Vengeance Pact by fighting in the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi, living in a warcamp that lay between those of Torol Sadeas and Dalinar Kholin. Around the time that Kaladin arrived on the Shattered Plains, Aladar began talking of taking a short vacation back to Alethkar.[12] As Dalinar started approaching the other highprinces, seeking an alliance in the interest of taking a stronger force against the Parshendi, Aladar refused him.[13]

Damnation. I hate that you’re so good at this.

—Aladar after Dalinar's tactics worked[6]

Like most of the highprinces, Aladar used armored troops to carry bridges on the Plains; however, as Sadeas had more and more success with using bridgemen as easy targets, Aladar and the others began copying his methods. After the new rules concerning plateau assaults and gemheart distribution took effect, Aladar went on plateau runs as commanded and reluctantly followed some tactical advice given to him by Dalinar. Despite this, Aladar again refused Dalinar's offer of alliance in the interest of keeping the favor of the other highprinces[6] and instead allied with Sadeas, albeit resignedly.[14]

He was present during the meeting of the highprinces after Szeth's first assassination attempt on Dalinar when Shallan finally made it to the Shattered Plains. His partnership with Sadeas at the meeting highlighted the stark division among the highprinces: Sadeas, Aladar, and Ruthar against Dalinar and Elhokar. Aladar voiced a worry that the Assassin in White would be back at the beginning of the conference. As the meeting continued, he complained about Elhokar seizing all the gemhearts until Dalinar cut him off by quoting a passage from The Way of Kings.[8] Dalinar finished the meeting with a pronouncement that he would shortly be winning Shards from all of the other highprinces, a threat that was first realized for Aladar when Adolin defeated Relis, Elit, Jakamav, and Abrobadar in the same duel; Abrobadar was a Shardbearer in Aladar's army.[15]

Sadeas, spiteful that Dalinar was making headway with his plans to rein in the highprinces, released annotated copies of Dalinar's visions at a later date during one of Elhokar's feasts. Though Aladar had previously been one of Dalinar's most forcefully outspoken opponents,[4] he appeared hesitant during one confrontation with Dalinar, almost as if he were going to say something before deciding not to.[7]

Battle of Narak[edit]

I came for myself, not Sadeas. I won’t betray you. Even if Alethkar can’t ever be what you want, we can at least crush the Parshendi and avenge old Gavilar. It’s just the right thing to do.

—Aladar assuring Dalinar of his sincerity[4]

Dalinar finalized his plans to take the war to the Parshendi, marching on Stormseat with the intention of ending the war and discovering Urithiru. He called for the other highprinces to join him and was astonished to see Aladar arrive as well as Sebarial and Roion. Aladar confessed to Dalinar that although he didn't share Dalinar's idealistic vision of a unified Alethkar, he realized that he at least wished the vision to be a possibility. He had finally seen through Sadeas' front to the scheming man he really was and was troubled to recognize that Sadeas wanted to control all of his supposed allies. Dalinar, relieved, agreed to place a measure of trust in him and outlined his plan for the expedition.[4]

On the way towards Narak, Aladar conferred with Roion, Renarin, and General Khal to finalize tactics for the assault while Dalinar interrogated Rlain.[16] They continued their plans over the next days, deciding to push all the way to the center of the Shattered Plains to threaten the very homes of the Parshendi.[17]

When the final confrontation came, Aladar was horrified at the sight of the Parshendi army with glowing red eyes. Dalinar told him bluntly that this was their chance to do what they could to stop another Desolation by defeating the voidbringers and finished off by telling him to "be a champion." His rousing message had the desired effect, stirring Aladar's resolve as he left to lead his army. As they engaged the Singers, Dalinar sent for reinforcements for Aladar's eastern flank and sent him a message to get through to the ones singing at all costs.[9] Aladar managed to kill the singing Parshendi on his plateau, but as a whole the army was too late to prevent them from summoning an Everstorm.[18] He oversaw his army's evacuation onto the Oathgate plateau, rejoicing over the fulfillment of the Vengeance Pact. Dalinar, however, couldn't feel anything but more worry, which dampened Aladar's mood. He and his army, together with the other survivors, were transported to Urithiru just in time to avoid the meeting of the Everstorm and the highstorm.[19]

Urithiru[edit]

What I saw on that battlefield ... those red eyes ... Sir, I’m with you. I will follow you to the ends of the storms themselves.

—Aladar to Dalinar[20]

After the Battle of Narak, the three surviving highprinces sent word back to the warcamps to summon everyone to Urithiru.[21] As they moved into the tower, Dalinar, Aladar, and Sebarial turned their attention to establishing Urithiru as a bastion of order in the world. Aladar was appointed Highprince of Information and tasked with policing the city.[20] His greatest challenge was keeping order in the Breakaway market, where tens of thousands of people bought and sold in a chaotic environment,[22] but he set up a policing station at a central dais and had at least a moderate measure of success imposing order.[23]

Aladar attended Dalinar and Navani's wedding at their invitation.[24] Later, when Vedekar Perel's corpse was found imitating Sadeas' manner of death, Dalinar gave Adolin charge over the investigation and sent him to Aladar to act as his liaison working alongside one of Aladar's policing teams.[25] Even after Sadeas' death and Amaram's elevation to highprince of the Sadeas princedom, there remained great tension between Aladar's soldiers and those of Sadeas.[26] In keeping with his staunch support of Dalinar, however, he sent word to Navani quietly requesting her seal to set Teft free when the lieutenant was brought before his magistrates on a charge of "public intoxication on firemoss."[27]

As Dalinar began reaching out to the other rulers in Roshar in order to unify the world against the voidbringers, he relied on having a team with him and included Aladar in his sessions talking to the other monarchs via spanreed. Aladar pointed out to Dalinar during his conversation with Queen Fen that Dalinar's knowledge of the Knights Radiant was valuable as a bargaining tool to compel people to work with him, advice that Dalinar took despite his desire to be totally transparent in his dealings with the monarchs.[28] At another of Dalinar's meetings, Aladar spoke up in defense of his assessment of the enemy's motives, and Highprince Ruthar cut him down rudely.[29]

Aladar, Dalinar, and Roion combined their forces in a plan to retake Kholinar, but even as their armies clustered on the Oathgate platform waiting to be transported from Urithiru to Kholinar, they received word via spanreed that the city had fallen and the group they had sent to the city had failed to unlock the Oathgate.[30]

After this failure, the leaders of Urithiru hosted the first meeting of monarchs in the tower. The various monarchs were at first unwilling to cede enough control to each other to work together; Aladar got riled up conversing with the Tashikki ambassador until Navani began doling out responsibilities predicated on each nation's strengths. After that, Aladar spoke up to offer Emul help in its defense against Tukar, something that he made good on in the coming weeks.[31][32]

They didn’t care that the Blackthorn was a heretic—or even whether he usurped the throne of Alethkar. They cared that he had a plan for dealing with the enemy, long-term.

—Navani appreciating Aladar, Sebarial, Hatham, and Bethab[27]

Because Dalinar's restored memories of his actions at Rathalas were so painful he retreated from the public for a while, four of the highprinces--including Aladar, Sebarial, Hatham, and Bethab, who sent his wife in his stead--approached Navani with their concerns. They discussed such problems as the infrastructure of the tower, the lack of supplies and labor, and the business of Dalinar becoming highking, all while making it clear that the heart of the problem was a doubt as to Dalinar's motives and capability. During the meeting, Navani was able to allay their concerns and restored Aladar's faith, especially, in Dalinar.[27]

Battle of Thaylen Field[edit]

Aladar led the meeting of monarchs in Dalinar's absence on the day Dalinar was recovered enough to attend. They discussed plans preparing for battle at Jah Keved until Dalinar realized that Odium's forces were instead going to attack Thaylen City.[33] The next meeting took place in Thaylen City itself, and Aladar was present to hear the various information leaks, including the translation of the Eila Stele, that sought to tear apart the coalition.[32]

When the Battle of Thaylen Field commenced, Aladar was still at Urithiru. He was able to counter the invading force of Parshendi along with Sebarial and Teft, the new Windrunner.[34] At the conclusion of the battle, he attended the conference that discussed tactics regarding the future.[35]

Notes[edit]

  1. Oathbringer chapter 19 #
  2. Map of Alethkar
  3. Oathbringer chapter 40 #
  4. a b c d e f Words of Radiance chapter 76 #
  5. Oathbringer chapter 46 #
  6. a b c d Words of Radiance chapter 8 #
  7. a b Words of Radiance chapter 67 #
  8. a b c Words of Radiance chapter 38 #
  9. a b Words of Radiance chapter 81 #
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 24 #
  11. Words of Radiance chapter 55 #
  12. The Way of Kings chapter 18 #
  13. The Way of Kings chapter 26 #
  14. Words of Radiance chapter 29 #
  15. Words of Radiance chapter 56 #
  16. Words of Radiance chapter 79 #
  17. Words of Radiance chapter 80 #
  18. Words of Radiance chapter 85 #
  19. Words of Radiance chapter 86 #
  20. a b Oathbringer chapter 2 #
  21. Words of Radiance chapter 87 #
  22. Oathbringer chapter 18 #
  23. Oathbringer chapter 29 #
  24. Oathbringer chapter 4 #
  25. Oathbringer chapter 9 #
  26. Oathbringer chapter 64 #
  27. a b c Oathbringer chapter 104 #
  28. Oathbringer chapter 12 #
  29. Oathbringer chapter 27 #
  30. Oathbringer chapter 86 #
  31. Oathbringer chapter 96 #
  32. a b Oathbringer chapter 111 #
  33. Oathbringer chapter 107 #
  34. Oathbringer chapter 120 #
  35. Oathbringer chapter 122 #
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