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Children Eshonai, Venli
Species Singer
Residence Narak
Nationality Listener
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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We need to remember what we passed through to get here. We need to take care not to forget ourselves.

—Jaxlim to Venli on learning all stanzas to perfection[1]

Jaxlim[1] is a listener who lives on the Shattered Plains on Roshar. She is the mother of Eshonai and Venli and has the important role of Keeper of Songs.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

At a younger age, Jaxlim projected Confidence, even when doing something as simple as weaving. Her complex skin pattern of wavy red and black lines was among the most beautiful in the camp—like true marbled stone.[1] She was strong, with a fit and powerful body.[1] There was something amazing about her Jaxlim’s voice. It wasn’t powerful or bold, but it was like a knife—thin, sharp, almost liquid.[1]

At an old age, Jaxlim has still a solid build, although she sometimes seems frail.[3] She has a neat round face, and wears her hair strands in a braid tied with a ribbon given to her by Eshonai.[3] She prefers workform and stays in that form even as new ones are discovered, believing that her people should not place value on any particular form in order to avoid social stratification.[3] She once had one of the best memories in the city.[3] She sings often and has a calming, sonorous voice.[3] She had some conflicts with Eshonai while raising her, but Eshonai always respected her.[3]



Jaxlim was a Keeper of Songs, possibly the most important job in the family. She was not required to have any other job but learn and pass the knowledge, but she always sought to keep busy. She said working her hands kept her body strong, while going over songs worked her mind.[1] She had trained both her daughters the songs, but Eshonai had given up and so she focused on Venli. Jaxlim was the one taking to the Five the option of finding warform and spoke on behalf of her daughter to support the research.[1] Shortly after the listeners and the humans started to meet, her memory started to fail. At the beginning it was only forgetting some parts of the stanzas, something that had never happened before.[2] In the beginning, only Venli really knew about this, and Jaxlim started to send people to her for reciting the songs.[2] It was in part her sickness what urged Venli to find and use warform. Because each form changes the mind somehow, they were hoping it would save her mother’s mind. On the other hand, Jaxlim seemed to be getting worse by the day, making her sickness obvious to everyone, and she agreed with Venli’s plan to try the new form.[4] Eshonai was the one who accompanied her into the storm to try the form. The lifespren, however, seemed not to be interested on someone her age, she couldn’t attune the needed rhythms and was unable to transform. Jaxlim did enjoy the experience and was happy for a little while.[5] But the sickness progressed fast. As it got worse, Jaxlim did feel sad and cried for her own loss. Venli was there by her side. [6] She would then suffer from episodes where she would believe Eshonai and Venli were young children.[6]

War of Reckoning (1167 - 1174)[edit]

She could be seen in her shack on the outskirts of Narak tending to her shalebark gardens.[3] She appeared to be senile, as she did not always recognize her daughter and sometimes seemed to hallucinate.[3] Eshonai said that she had not heard wise words from her mother in years.[3] Jaxlim could sometimes remember some of the old songs.[3] Eshonai asked her about the Listeners leaving the "dark home" and her mother sang a song to a Rhythm of Remembrance that revealed tidbits of Parshendi history.[3] Eshonai's mother saved some maps of the former kingdom of Natanatan that Eshonai made in her youth, and she gave them to Eshonai.[3] She was rounded up with the Parshendi who refused to adopt Stormform when Eshonai began to take control of Narak. She escaped into the chasms with Thude and the rest of the dissenters.[7]

After the “True Desolation”[edit]

After the Everstorm the listeners with whom Jaxlim had escaped with did manage to survive. And they hid on some chasms. When Venli returned to the remnants of the listeners, Jaxlim had lost all ability to recognize her daughter.[8] However, Venli held out hope that a Radiant bond could still heal her mother's mental afflictions.[8]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Her people were the First-Rhythm family, and had a noble heritage. Jaxlim is one of the few who knew all the Songs of the Listeners. She taught them to her daughers Eshonai and Venli. With her knowledge of Songs of Making Paper she and helped Eshonai to perfection the technique, making her daughter the first scout to map the place.[1]


“Daring was the challenge made,” Mother sang, “when the Last Legion abandoned thought and power in exchange for freedom. They risked forgetting all. And so songs they composed, a hundred stories to tell, to remember. I tell them to you, and you will tell them to your children, until the forms are again discovered.”

—Jaxlim to Eshonai[3]

The old songs recounted by Jaxlim include information about the Parshendi that is not widely known. According to her songs, the Listeners, then known as the Last Legion, were warriors who were sent to fight in a shattered nation. The people were not free, because the Forms of Power had been forced upon them, bending them to the will of their gods. During a storm, the Last Legion decided to abandon the dark home and adopt a form that would allow them to escape the influence of the gods. They knew this form would cause them to lose most of their mental faculties, so they composed songs to try and preserve their history. They decided to spread out into small tribes to avoid conflict.[3]



Thank you! For reminding me, of what I am practicing to become.

—Venli to Jaxlim after listening to her sing[1]

Jaxlim spent many hours helping Venli to learn all the stanzas of the Listener’s songs to perfection. Venli used to get annoyed at being corrected, but did respect her mother.[1] She also supported her daughter on finding new forms and pushed her when she thought she was being too afraid of failure.[1] Jaxlim also suggested Venli to learn the human language.[2] Venli was with her throughout all the progression of her sickness and even wearing her new forms, it broke her heart. Venli was there by her side right until her transformation to stormform.[6] When they reunited, Venli felt joy and hope on her becoming a Radiant and healing her mind It was this bond and selflessness that helped Venli reach her next radiant ideal.[8]


When young, Jaxlim taught Eshonai the Songs of the Listeners. The latter, however, was more interested on explorations and gave up on becoming a keeper or songs.[1]

Eshonai has a bold heart. She merely needs to learn that her family is more important than counting the number of hills outside the camp

—Jaxlim to Venli on Eshonai[1]

Before meeting the humans, Jaxlim didn’t think much of her work as scout, calling it silly and calling her unreliable and prone to fancy. But after the discovery she spoke of her daughter in praise and with respect.[9][5]


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