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Type Animal
Native to Aimia
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Larkin are highly valued small flying crustacean animals native to Aimia on Roshar. They have been a critically endangered species since the scouring of Aimia.[1]

Appearance and Anatomy[edit]

The size of a larkin ranges between the size of a hand and a small melon.[1] They are somewhat similar to cremlings in appearance, although, unlike the cremlings' crabbish face, the larkin have a small face, like that of an axehound, with a snout, mouth, and shimmering eyes of solid silver, as well as wings that folded out of their backs. Their wings are strong enough that they can fly, at least in small distances.[2][3][1]

The most outstanding feature of a larkin is its ability to suck Stormlight out of a Surgebinder at will. The Stormlight can be seen streaming from the Surgebinder towards the larkin's mouth as it is drinking in the Stormlight.[3] Larkins can also eat Stormlight that has been stored in gems and drain the Voidlight from a Fused.[4] After absorbing a large amount of Stormlight Rysn notes that her Larkin looks a little bigger. Since Larkins feed on Investiture, they are incapable of pushing Stormlight into people.[5]


The larkin are associated with the Knights Radiant, though the specifics of their connection remain a mystery.[6] One effect of this connection is possibly that Surgebinders can sense a larkin's mood.[3]

Notable Examples[edit]

  • Elhokar Kholin has the corpse of a larkin trapped inside a block of crystal to use as a paperweight in his conference room in the Pinnacle.[7]
  • Rysn was given a live larkin by the Tai-na, Relu-na.[2] She names it Chiri-Chiri.[4]
  • Nale used one to drain Lift of Stormlight while attempting to capture her.[3]
  • Kaza briefly encounters a creature that fits the description of a larkin in its native Aimia.[8]


  • Brandon and Issac sometimes refer to them as "dragon bugs."[9]


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