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Abilities Sand master,[1] Worldhopper
Aliases Vao, Blunt
Groups Seventeenth Shard
Ethnicity Darksider
World Taldain
Universe Cosmere
Featured In White Sand, The Stormlight Archive
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Baon is a soldier from the Darkside of Taldain.[2] He has a "brutish frame" and is a skilled fighter, but he speaks eloquently and proves to be very perceptive.[3]

You know a lot about war, dear man. Of course, that’s what you’re paid for!

—Cynder to Baon[4]


On Taldain[edit]

Baon travelled with Khrissalla, Cynder, and Jon Acron to Dayside. Cynder stated that Baon knows a lot about war.[4] He carried multiple pistols and proved to be a proficient fighter as his group traveled to Kezare with Kenton.[5] He followed Khriss everywhere and took orders from her, appearing to be her guard. When Baon recognized Loaten he drew his gun and asserted that the man is a traitor before Khriss commanded him to stand down.[6]

There’s something they don’t teach you in your university, duchess—the unlearned aren’t as stupid as you think.


On Roshar[edit]

Blunt was the nickname Ishikk assigned to Baon as he was hunting for Hoid at the Purelake on Roshar.[7] He was tall and broad-shouldered, but lean and muscled, with hair that was short and dark. Ishikk believes the name he provided, Vao, is a false name, though it could be that Baon provided his actual name. Baon was accompanied by Galladon and Demoux.[8][9] It seems likely that he is a member of the Seventeenth Shard, and if so it is possible that his master is the recipient of The Letter.[10]

Baon wondered if there was something to the abilities that the Purelakers ascribed to their fish, but Galladon thought he had a tendency to believe in superstition. Baon also spoke Selan well.


Baon had the ability to worldhop,[11] and had the build and attitude of a soldier.[7] He also has the ability to use sand mastery.[1]


  • Long before the concept of the Cosmere was developed, Baon appeared as Doram in the first story Brandon ever wrote.[12]
  • Baon was also previously called Bowen before the linguistics of Taldain were worked out.[2]


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