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Malise Gevelmar

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Malise Gevelmar
House Davar
Spouse Lin Davar
Children Helaran, Balat, Wikim, Jushu, Shallan (stepchildren)
Parents Brightlord Gevelmar
Born c. ? 1147[1]
Died Ish 1172 - killed by Lin[2]
Religion Vorinism
Residence Jah Keved
Nationality Veden
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Malise Gevelmar is a lighteyes from Jah Keved on Roshar. She was the second wife of Lin Davar and the stepmother of his children, including Shallan.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Malise is short and plump.[3] She has "buttonlike features" and black hair with blonde streaks.[4]

She is the youngest daughter of Brightlord Gevelmar.[5] House Gevelmar is rural and not particularly notable.[6] As a member of the nobility, she has some disdain for those of lower dahn.[5] She is generally non-threatening, but is capable of significant anger.[3]

History[edit]

Shortly after Shallan's mother died, her father marries Malise.[7] She moves into the Davar estate in Valam princedom. Around this time, the Davar family is going broke, the oldest son Helaran has deserted the family, and Lin is increasingly unstable, often throwing things at his servants or beating them severely.[5] Over the next few years, Lin's sanity seems to gradually decline despite the discovery of valuable quarries on Davar lands.[2]

She initially accepts Lin's story that Shallan's mother was killed by her lover in a murder-suicide,[5] but later questions whether this is true after Lin orders Rin to assassinate Helaran.[3] She argues with Lin; he severely beats her and imprisons her in her room.[8] Shallan tries to arrange for Balat and Malise to escape the house.[8] Shortly before the planned escape, Malise reveals the plan and Lin kills her with blows to the head.[2] Balat confronts Lin, but Lin severely injures him and attempts to attack Eylita. However, Malise's death prompts Shallan to give Lin wine poisoned with blackbane, which incapacitates him.[2] Shallan is forced to kill Lin and the family discovers the broken Davar soulcaster,[2] setting events into motion that result in Shallan seeking an apprenticeship with Jasnah Kholin.

Relationships[edit]

Lin Davar[edit]

Malise is sent to marry Lin by her father in an arranged marriage, and they are married less than a month after meeting each other.[5] Approximately six months after her marriage to Lin, Wikim notes that Malise cries every other night.[4] As things devolve in the Davar household, Malise regrets the marriage.[8] She tells Shallan that there is a "beast" inside Lin and that he cannot let things go. She believes he will ultimately kill the entire family.[8]

Shallan Davar[edit]

Malise oversees Shallan's studies despite her own lack of education.[8] Malise wants to teach Shallan, but is not equipped to do so, as many of the rural Veden houses ignore education.[9] Like Shallan's brothers, Malise harbors some resentment that Shallan is the only one in the family who avoids Lin's wrath.[8] Shallan feels like she barely knows her stepmother despite years of living together, but does feel protective of her.[8]

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