by Isaac Stewart
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Like all Alethi princes, the Kholins are descended from the Sunmaker Sadees. The title of the Kholin Highprince has been held by 34 generations. However, they did not begun their expansion until around roughly 1139, when Gavilar and Dalinar Kholin led a conquest against the other Highprinces of Alethkar, eventually consolidating the whole nation into a kingdom in the year 1148.  
Gavilar Kholin took the Alethi crown, and married Navani, siring Jasnah and Elhokar, while Dalinar, as his younger brother, married Evi and had Adolin and Renarin with her. Following Gavilar's assassination in 1167, Elhokar, as the sole male heir, succeeded the throne. Some time before his father's death, he had married Aesudan and had a single son, Gavinor in the early years of the War of Reckoning.
In 1173, during the War of Reckoning, Navani attempted to court Dalinar, picking up their mutual interest in each other from their younger days, that had only been allowed to lapse because Dalinar had stepped aside in favour of Gavilar. Their courtship was frowned upon by the ardentia but nevertheless maintained and culminated in them being married in Urithiru by the Stormfather, as no ardent was willing to perform the rites. Afterwards, Dalinar was titled a highking, giving up his claim to the princedom and making Adolin the Kholin highprince.
The siege of Kholinar claimed the life of Elhokar at the hands of Moash, but his child and heir, Gavinor, was rescued by Skar and Drehy. Around the time of Elhokar's death, his wife perished as well, being consumed by the power of Yelig-nar, with whom she had entered a bond shortly before and proved unable to control the overwhelming power of the Unmade within her.
When Shallan Davar becomes Jasnah's ward, in order to protect Shallan's family from their creditors and political adversaries, Jasnah orchestrates a causal betrothal between her ward and Adolin. This eventually culminated in their marriage after the battle of Thaylen Field.
House Kholin glyph
by Isaac Stewart