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Jaks
Died Battle of the Tower, Tanatashev 1173[1]
Profession Bridgeman
Groups Bridge Four, Sadeas army
Residence The Alethi warcamps
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Earless Jaks was a member of Bridge Four on Roshar.[2] He was killed during the Battle of the Tower.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Like many of the other Bridge Four members, Earless Jaks did not take kindly to Kaladin’s leadership at first, and was openly hostile towards him.[2][3] He gained respect for Kaladin over time, becoming a willing part of the team.[4]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Jaks had some level of artistic ability, as he was chosen to paint designs on carapace armor designed by Leyten.[4]

History[edit]

It is not known how Jaks became a bridgeman or how he lost his ears—in fact, it is not clear if he was actually earless, or if it was just a nickname.

When Kaladin got the squad assigned to stone gathering duty (while secretly gathering knobweed sap), Earless Jaks approached him with Dunny, towing a wooden sled bearing a large stone. As they loaded the boulder into the wagon, Earless Jaks scowled at Kaladin. When Kaladin complimented him, Earless Jaks just glared at him and stalked off.[2] His contempt for Kaladin continued during chasm duty, joining in when Sigzil and Moash gibed the bridgeleader.[3]

He cares about looking important. Even if he was in the army, I’ll bet he spent his days cleaning out latrines.

—Earless Jaks taunting Kaladin during chasm duty[3]

After Kaladin performed an advanced kata, Earless Jaks was presumably among the bridgemen who gained a newfound respect for Kaladin.[3] He questioned Kaladin's plan to escape the warcamps, but was presumably among the bridgemen who agreed to learn how to fight after realizing that there was no good alternative.[3] After Bridge Four secured Parshendi carapaces and Leyten fashioned armor from them, Earless Jaks purchased blue and white paint and drew designs on the new armor.[4]

Jaks died in the Battle of the Tower alongside Malop and Narm.[1] Kaladin lamented that he couldn’t save the three of them, although he tried his best to focus on the fact that the others had survived.[5]

Kaladin remembered him along with Malop, Beld, Pedin, Rod, Mart, Goshel, Nalma, Dallet and the squad, and Tien while trying to say the Fourth Ideal of the Windrunners.[6]

Notes[edit]

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