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Spouse Vivenna's mother
Children Vivenna, Ridger, Fafen, Siri
Relatives Denth[1], Shashara
Ancestors Vo
Abilities Royal Locks
Titles King of Idris
Residence Bevalis
Nationality Idrian
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Warbreaker

My friend, I must admit a weakness in myself. I will never be able to send Vivenna to be a hostage in that dragon’s nest of a city.

—Dedelin's confession to Lemex via letter[2]

Dedelin is the king of Idris on Nalthis.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

I didn't do it based on personal preference, no matter what people may think. I did what will be best for Idris when this war comes.

—Dedelin to Vivenna[4]

Described as old,[5] Dedelin wears simple, austere clothing despite being the King of Idris. He has the Royal Locks and usually keeps his hair black, though his control of his emotions is imperfect and sometimes a tinge of the red of anger or the white of fear will appear.[3]

He worships Austre, God of Colors, and considers the God King and the other Returned abominations. In accordance with these beliefs he considers Awakening and the owning of Breath other than one's own wrong.[3]

He is an astute ruler and capable of putting the good of his kingdom before his own personal wishes and beliefs: he sends his daughter to honor the treaty with Hallandren, and he funds the purchasing of Breaths despite his Austrism-given convictions. He is also shown to be thoughtful and decisive as he ponders over the political and military implications of the treaty and seeks council; however, once his mind is made up, he acts decisively and cannot be persuaded to renege on his position. He is also a man of passion, however controlled, as seen in his streaks of red anger and the way he allows his love of Vivenna to dictate his response to the treaty.[3]


More than twenty years before the events of the Pahn Kahl rebellion, Dedelin made a treaty with the Hallandren Court to keep it from invading Idris. This treaty said that he must send his daughter to marry the God King of Hallandren when Vivenna reached her twenty-second birthday. But although she was raised, educated, and trained for this purpose, he could not bring himself to let her go and decided to send Siri instead.[3]

Prior to the time when he sent Siri to T'Telir, Dedelin sent Lemex there as his spymaster. He agreed to send Lemex funds to purchase Breath in order to further his role as an information source, unaware that Lemex was already embezzling money from him.[2]


Dedelin's children are Vivenna, Ridger, Fafen, and Siri.


Dedelin hesitates to send Vivenna to Hallandren, and though he thinks that he is doing the best thing for Idris, he still has biases and does love Vivenna more.[6] Early on he remarks that Vivenna is twice as devout as he is and has far more control over her hair than he does. [3] This is a clear example of the way Dedelin treats Vivenna differently than Siri, which in turn affects both his and Vivenna's relationship with the youngest royal.


Siri's perception of herself is based around the way Dedelin views Vivenna, and how he praises her control, the total opposite of Siri [3] This also affects Siri's relationship with Vivenna, since she thinks that she can never live up to her sister, and she doesn't care that she doesn't in some ways. Siri's remark about nobody doing anything better than Vivenna shows that. [4] She's sarcastic about her actions and their implications, contradicts Dedelin constantly, unlike Vivenna.

His chief friend and military adviser is General Yarda.


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