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Died ? 1173[citation needed]
Abilities Shardbearer
Titles King of Jah Keved
Nationality Veden
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Hanavanar is the king of Jah Keved.[1] He is assassinated by Szeth[2] on the orders[3] of King Taravangian of Kharbranth in order to cause political instability.[4]

Hanavanar is on fairly good terms with the rulers of Alethkar, good enough that Shallan believed that if her theft of Jasnah's Soulcaster was discovered, he would have turned House Davar over to the Alethi for execution.[1]


Hanavanar wears a square, brown, beard, and a prominent nose.[2] A thick man, he has a wide waist and shoulders.


Hanavanar is a rather clever man, smart enough to realize that he could be a potential target for Szeth, after three of the Veden highprinces are murdered. He is also wily enough to keep his Shardblade a secret, although some rumors manage to get out. However, he severely underestimates Szeth's abilities, arrogantly assuming that he, two Shardbearers, and guards wielding half-shards are enough to defeat Szeth. He also grows frustrated easily, swearing at his men when they fail to kill Szeth quickly. Hanavanar also seems not to value the lives of his subjects and peers above his own; he sets a trap for an assassin known for committing massacres during a dinner party.


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