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Halam Khal

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Halam Khal
Parents General Khal, Teshav
Siblings Aratin, Meleran
Abilities Shardbearer
Profession Captain in Kholin army
Groups Kholin army
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Captain Halam Khal is a lighteyed officer and Shardbearer in the Kholin army, and the eldest son of General Khal.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Little is known about Halam Khal's appearance. His eyes are light, either yellow or violet depending on which of his parents he takes after. Like all Alethi, he's tan. Even his kinsmen consider him tall.[2]

Khal is a dependable soldier. His father trusts him with his set of Shards, and often leaves him to act on his own, trusting - rightfully so - that the Captain will succeed.[3] Halam has been taught to always take on any challenge that arises, even if the opponent is his superior.[1] When not in battle, he's usually right by his father's side.[4]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Halam is a trained soldier with considerable skill. He's been present in most major engagements against the singers, and came out of them essentially unscathed.[3][4] He's also a trained Shardbearer, and though he does not have a Plate or Blade of his own, he's skilled in using his father's weapons.[3] It's possible, however, that General Khal ended up bestowing his own Plate on him, as following the Battle of Narak, Halam is seen wearing it far more often than his father is.[2]

As his father's eldest son, he's the heir to the Khal lands, if they still exist.[1]


Nothing is known of Halam Khal's early life, except that he was born to General Khal and Teshav. Like many Alethi brightlords, he joined the military, and by 1173 he reached the rank of a Captain.[5] He was a member of the war party led by Dalinar Kholin out onto the Shattered Plains to fight the Parshendi. He fought in the Battle of Narak along with the less-skilled armies on Highprince Roion's front. For this, his father lent him his own Shardplate and Shardblade.

Despite Captain Khal's best efforts, Roion's troops were routed by the Parshendi.[3] Trapped and nearly overwhelmed, Halam was rescued when Brightlady Navani's artifabrians put their moisture-attracting fabrials into action, allowing archers to give Khal and his men cover as they retreated. Captain Khal returned from the front on foot, bearing Teleb's Blade, which he had recovered from the other man's corpse.[6] He was sent to another part of the battlefield immediately upon his return.[7]

Halam survived the battle, and came to Urithiru along with the rest of his family.[1] At some point, the princess of Yezier began courting him, perhaps in hopes of tying her country to the Kholins and their military.[2] He and his father briefly visited Thaylen City, but before the Battle of Thaylen Field began, they transferred back to Urithiru to gather their soldiers, and were subsequently stuck there when the tower came under attack from the Fused. After that assault was pushed back, they led an Alethi relief force to aid Thaylen City.[4] The Captain survived that battle as well.[8]


  • Halam goes unnamed throughout the entirety of Words of Radiance, being referred to only as "Captain Khal".


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