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Av

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Av
Relatives Baxil (cousin)
Profession Thief
Nationality Emuli
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Av is an Emuli thief on Roshar who is hired by Shalash.[1][2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He has the characteristic dark skin and hair of the Makabaki people. He is taller than his cousin Baxil.[1]

Av is a confident man who gets mildly annoyed by his jumpy, timid cousin. He carries a large sword in a sheath slung over his shoulder. He is somewhat surly, and maintains a nonchalant attitude in stressful situations.[1]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Av is presumably a relatively skilled thief, since Shalash was willing to hire him. Their small team is able to avoid detection even in heavily guarded buildings. He likely has some experience with swordfighting.[1]

History[edit]

Av and Baxil were hired by Shalash[2] to assist her in infiltrating homes and palaces with the goal of destroying artwork, particularly artwork that depicted her. They were not aware of her true identity and simply referred to her as "mistress"; they noticed that she did not seem to fit in with typical Rosharan ethnicities, and Av assumed that she was of mixed heritage. Baxil was infatuated with her, but Av simply saw her as a well-paying, if dangerous, employer.[1]

During the break-ins, Shalash prohibited Baxil and Av from stealing anything. Av primarily served as a lookout and a guard while Baxil assisted Shalash as she performed acts of vandalism. Av and Baxil helped Shalash break into the palace of Ashno of Sages, who was said to be one of the richest and holiest men in Emul.[1] The pair may have also been present during Shalash's destruction of artwork in other places, such as the Bronze Palace in Azimir[3] and King Gavilar's palace in Kholinar.[4]

Av was knowledgeable regarding the boons and curses of the Nightwatcher. His parents and several brothers had all visited the Valley. Av told Baxil that the Nightwatcher did not try to trick you or twist your words, despite rumors to that effect. She simply used the Old Magic to give you the boon that she felt you deserved, accompanied by a curse that could not be predicted. His family had generally regretted their visits, except his father. His father's boon had been valuable cloth that allowed the family to survive a lurnip famine; his curse was viewing the world upside-down, but he was able to get used to it. Based on his family's experiences, Av did not plan to visit the Valley himself.[1]

Notes[edit]

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