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Five Scholars
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Warbreaker

The Five Scholars are a group of Returned[1] who study Awakening and BioChroma.[2] Their research leads to the ability to create Lifeless with only one Breath as well as the formulation of the Ichor-alcohol necessary to ensure their continued and efficient operation. At least some of the scholars are worldhoppers.[3]

One of the Five Scholars discovered a Command for creating Lifeless with one Breath. Before this, Lifeless required fifty Breaths to create, and so were expensive to make.[2] Yesteel discovered Ichor-alcohol, which allowed a Lifeless to continue functioning for a much longer period of time without mantainence.[2][4] The ability to create Lifeless so cheaply which would last a long time was one of the reasons for the Manywar.[2] Not to be outdone, Shashara discovered how to Awaken steel with a thousand Breaths, and with Vasher's help created Nightblood.[5] When the Manywar started, the Five Scholars split among the various factions, with lovers Vasher and Shashara on the side of Hallandren, then known as Hanald. This caused the different sides of the Manywar to have access to different Awakening knowledge and techniques.[2] Vasher created powerful Lifeless from Awakened bones incased in stone,[6] and used them to seize power away from the royal family, who fled to the mountains.[2] Denth tried to keep the peace between the various factions and stop the Manywar, but eventually joined his sister, Shashara, and Vasher.[7] Shashara used Nightblood in the Battle of Twilight Falls, and wanted to reveal the secret to creating more Awakened swords. Vasher was shocked by the destruction caused by one Awakened sword, and did not want others to be made. He and Shashara fought, and Vasher eventually killed Shashara with Nightblood.[8] Denth was furious, and wants Vasher to pay for killing his sister.[9] Vasher ended the Manywar by calling back his Lifeless.[2] Arsteel attempted to reconcile them, only for Vasher to kill him due to a misunderstanding.[10] Vasher eventually kills Denth as well.[11]


Relationships between the Five Scholars


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