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Kabsal portrait.jpg
Born ca. 1150[1]
Died 1173[2]
Profession Ardent
Religion Vorinism
Groups Ghostbloods
Devotary of Insight
Nationality Herdazian
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Kabsal is a member of the Ghostbloods under cover as an ardent in Kharbranth on Roshar.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He has a narrow face, shaven head, and a short squared beard. He has keen blue eyes. He is tall, lean, and "rather handsome." He is described as having a cultured tone, and speaks with a faint Herdazian accent.[1]


Sometime before 1174, Kabsal joined the Ghostbloods and went under cover as an ardent in the Palanaeum. He pretends to pursue romantic involvement with Shallan Davar during her time in Kharbranth with the goal of assassinating her mentor and teacher Jasnah Kholin, a well-known atheist.[4] Shallan at first suspects he is trying to convert Jasnah, and then later believes he seeks to prevent Shallan from becoming an atheist. He claims to have found proof of the Almighty's existence, which he demonstrates through cymatics by playing notes next to a metal plate with salt on it. As the notes are played the salt takes the shapes different cities from the Silver Kingdoms. Jasnah sees the demonstration, knows what Kabsal is doing, and asks him to make the shape of Urithiru. She is unwelcoming, claiming that is what Kabsal expects, and if she had been welcoming he would have been surprised and suspicious.[5]

He and Shallan share a passion for jam, and he often brings jam to the library where Jasnah and Shallan spend most of their time. When Shallan is in the hospital talking to Jasnah, he brings poisoned bread with jam as the antidote, knowing that Jasnah doesn't like jam and will only eat the bread. Jasnah discovers this, and soulcasts the bread. She also saves Shallan by soulcasting her blood to remove the poison from it.[4] Kabsal is not, in fact, an ardent, but instead a member of the Ghostbloods.[3] Kabsal is killed by the poison in the assassination attempt.[6]


  • He knows how to apply lacquer to a painting.[1]
  • He has been to Jah Keved on two occasions, and while he finds the food nice, he finds the people too respectful of ardents.[1]


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