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Baon
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Abilities Sand master,[1] Worldhopper
Aliases Vao, Blunt
Profession soldier
Groups Seventeenth Shard, Dynasty[2]
Ethnicity Darksider
Nationality Iiarian
World Taldain
Universe Cosmere
Featured In White Sand, The Stormlight Archive

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

Cynder to Baon.[3]

Baon is a soldier from Iiaria on the Darkside of Taldain.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Baon has a "brutish frame" and is a skilled fighter. He is perceptive and speaks eloquently.[3]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Baon has the ability to worldhop,[4] as well as the ability to use sand mastery.[1]

He is a skilled soldier and marksman. He is less sensitive to the sunlight of Dayside than other Darksiders and, unlike them, does not wear sunglasses to protect his eyes from the glare of the sun.[3] He is very perceptive and skilled at reading body language.[5]

He is a gifted sailor.[6]

History[edit]

On Taldain[edit]

Baon was sent by Skathan to Dayside to investigate whether the sand masters posed a threat to the Dynasty.[7] Khrissalla hired Baon to guard her on her trip to Dayside to find prince Gevalden and the Sand Mages he was looking for. Baon went on the journey to Dayside with both of these purposes equally in mind.[7]

When Captain Deral and his lieutenant attempted to sell their party to the Dynastic[8] border patrol, Baon killed both of them to ensure that their escaped safely. He took Deral's pistols for himself thinking that no one would notice them for what they were.[2]

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

—Baon[3]

When their group was running low on water and found Kenton, Baon spoke to him in Dynastic, somehow detecting that he was being understood. At Baon's prodding Kenton showed them how to get water from the dorim vines. Kenton then guided Baon and his companions to Kezare. When their group was attacked by Kerztian warrior-priests, Baon used one of his pistols to kill two of the warriors and scare the rest of them away. When they arrived in Kezare the group parted ways with Kenton, who went to the Diem, and headed for the Darksider quarter, Lonzare.[5]

N'Teese, for a ten lak fee, brought the group to meet with Loaten. Baon tried to join Khriss in her meeting with the man, but the guards at the door would not let him through. Khriss told him that it was fine and entered. When Khriss was leaving the office, Baon caught a glimpse of Loaten through the door and recognized him for who he was, a traitor to the Dynasty. He immediately pulled out his pistol and made to attack him, Khriss calmed him down, and the group made a hasty exit.[9]

Baon accompanied Khriss as she attempted to meet with the Taishin, searching for information on Gevin. After being stonewalled by all of the other Taishin, they went to the Diem where they found the new acting Lord Mastrell, Kenton.[10] Baon accompanied Khriss when she returned to meet with the Lord Merchant and Lady Judge again on Kenton's behalf. Afterwards they meet with Nilto, who gives Khriss Gavin's pistol, and they return to Lonzare.[11]

Jon Acron came to Khriss to profess concerns about Baon's trustworthiness, citing inconsistencies in the version of the events surrounding the death of Deral and his lieutenant that Baon had told them, but Khriss brushed off his concerns saying that Baon wouldn't lie to her.[11]

When Khriss and Kenton were assaulted by yet another group of Kerztian assassins, Baon reacted quickly, pulling his charge out of harm's way. He tried to draw his pistols and join the fight, but an assassin noticed him and kicked him, knocking him to the ground. Kenton used his sand to pick up Baon's pistols from where they had fallen and use them against his opponents. Baon recovered in time to kill his assailant by stabbing him through his heart with his side knife. After the fight Khriss and Baon go to the Diem to help Kenton search for the missing tribute money.[12]

Someday, Duchess, you will need to learn how to judge people, and not faces or titles

—Baon to Khriss.[13]

Back in Lonzare Khriss and Baon have a discussion about Skathan's powers. Afterwards he accompanies her to Delius' party and then retires to the servants tent to wait for her.[12]

The next day, while he was cleaning his pistols, Khriss confronted Baon about the incident with Deral. Baon admitted to having killed the captain and his lieutenant, and admitted to have been sent to Elis by the Dynasty. Without saying what his mission was, Baon took his pistols and left.[2]

Soon after his departure Khriss began to miss his company and help, and regretted sending him away so hastily, without giving him a chance to explain himself.[14]

Later, Khriss confronted Nilto at the docks loudly calling to him by his true name, Gevin. Acron, revealing himself as an assassin sent by Skathan to find and kill the missing prince, pulled out a pistol and moved to shoot Gevin. Baon reappeared then, and pushed a crate of fruit down onto Acron from atop a tall stack of crates, knocking the man to the ground. While he was talking to Khriss, Acron recovered and still on the ground, fired his gun at Baon, grazing him on his arm. After Khriss killed Acron, Baon explained that while he was indeed an agent of the Dynasty, his mission did not conflict with his obligation to guard Khriss, and so he was able to fulfill both of them. He explained that his mission, which was to investigate the threat the sand masters posed to the Dynasty, was complete, since in fact they had discovered that the magic could not be used on Darkside. Khriss asked him to retake his position as her guard and he agreed. Later at the Diem, Baon explained how he killed Deral to protect them from being betrayed to the border patrol.[7]

Baon traveled with Khriss to Lraezare when she was chasing Vey with Kenton and Delius.[15] When they were attacked by assassins on their journey back to Kezare, Baon was locked below decks with Ais, and was unable to join the fight. After Aarik intervened, joining the fight with ferocity and skill, Baon expressed surprise that the man was hiding skill. He helped Ais put the bodies of the assassins on a boat which their ship towed back to Kezare.[6]

Merely surprised, Duchess. Merely surprised.

—Baon after mastering sand for the first time.[1]

The group went to the Tower to search for the missing Lord General, Raagent. They found Raagent's corpse in the Tower's cellar, where he had been tortured to death by Sharezan.[6] On the way back to the Diem Baon theorized to Kenton that it was suspicious that one of his strongest supporters was murdered the day before the Taishin were to vote on the fate of the Diem. Kenton responded that he didn't think the Kerztians would do such a thing, but Baon maintained that if he was in their place it was what he would do.[16]

The next day he watched Kenton's duel with Drile together with Khriss at the Diem. When Khriss was distraught about how Kenton was being dominated by Drile Baon told her that she must not interfere as Kenton chose this fight with bravery and she must not take it away from him.[16]

Two weeks later Baon, Khriss, and Cynder set sail for Elis, taking Dirin and three barrels of Invested sand with them. During the journey, at Khriss' prodding, Baon tries to master sand and to his surprise, succeeds.[1]

On Roshar[edit]

Blunt was the nickname Ishikk assigned to Baon when he was hunting for Hoid at the Purelake on Roshar with other members of The Seventeenth Shard.[17] He was described as tall and broad-shouldered, but lean and muscled, with hair that was short and dark. Ishikk believed that the name he provided, Vao, was a false name. Baon was accompanied by Galladon and Demoux.[18][19] Baon joined The Seventeenth Shard sometime after the events of White Sand.[20] 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.

Trivia[edit]

  • Long before the concept of the cosmere was developed, Baon appeared as Doram in the first story Brandon ever wrote.[21]
  • Baon was previously called Bowen before the linguistics of Taldain were worked out.[22]
  • Brandon once said that Baon was not Invested.[20] It is unclear whether this has changed, or if being able to master sand does not count as being Invested.

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d White Sand Volume 3 chapter 6 #
  2. a b c White Sand Volume 2 chapter 6 #
  3. a b c d White Sand Volume 1 chapter 3 #
  4. Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-06-11#
  5. a b White Sand Volume 1 chapter 4 #
  6. a b c White Sand Volume 3 chapter 4 #
  7. a b c White Sand Volume 3 chapter 2 #
  8. Only stated explicitly in the prose.
  9. White Sand Volume 1 chapter 5 #
  10. White Sand Volume 1 chapter 6 #
  11. a b White Sand Volume 2 chapter 2 #
  12. a b White Sand Volume 2 chapter 5 #
  13. White Sand Volume 2 chapter 1 #
  14. White Sand Volume 3 chapter 1 #
  15. White Sand Volume 3 chapter 3 #
  16. a b White Sand Volume 3 chapter 5 #
  17. The Way of Kings interlude I-1 #
  18. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-08-04#
  19. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-12-15#
  20. a b Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  21. It's Here
    Brandon's website - 2010-8-31#
  22. Salt Lake City signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-29#
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