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Ethnicity Darksider
World Taldain
Universe Cosmere
Featured In White Sand
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Cynder is a professor and a linguist from Darkside on Taldain.

Personality and Appearance[edit]

Cynder has dark skin and a balding head. He wears a blue cloak over a vest and tie. He frequently squabbles with Jon Acron over inconsequential matters.


But this isn’t Darkside, Jon. It’s a new culture, one in the process of blending. I wouldn’t be surprised to find a contact language developing--a pidgin between Dynastic and Lossandin.


Professor Cynder traveled to Dayside with Khrissalla, Baon, and Jon Acron. He and Acron were fascinated with the cultural and linguistic differences of Dayside. When they were passing through Ker Kedasha he was barely able to understand some of a speech delivered by the A'Kar.[2]

After losing their guide and running out of water, Cynder and Baon found Kenton and helped revive him.[2] When he and the travelling party were ambushed by Kerztian warriors on their way to Kezare, Cynder was shot in the arm by a zinkall arrow.

Upon arriving in Kezare the group discovered Lonzare, the Darksider section of the city. Cynder was thrilled by the mixing of Darkside and Lossandin culture. He suspected that a pidgin between Dynastic and Lossandin could be developing among the people living there.

The lock on Cynder's luggage malfunctioned and was repaired by Khriss as she sought meetings with the Taishin.


Cynder and Jon Acron's speech bubbles are occasionally misattributed, particularly when they converse with one another. Noting the clothing of the speaker and context of the quote is required to catch these mistakes.[3]


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