|Born||c. ? 1147[fn 1]|
|Died||Ish 1172 - killed by Lin|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Appearance and Personality
She is the youngest daughter of Brightlord Gevelmar. House Gevelmar is rural and not particularly notable. As a member of the nobility, she has some disdain for those of lower dahn. She is generally non-threatening, but is capable of significant anger.
Shortly after Shallan's mother died, her father married Malise and she moved into the Davar estate in Valam princedom. Around that time, the Davar family was going broke, the oldest son Helaran had deserted the family, and Lin was increasingly unstable, often throwing things at his servants or beating them severely. Over the next few years, Lin's sanity seemed to gradually decline despite the discovery of valuable quarries on Davar lands.
Malise initially accepted Lin's story that Shallan's mother was killed by her lover in a murder-suicide, but later questioned whether this was true after Lin began battering her. When Lin later ordered Rin to assassinate Lin's own son Helaran, Malise vehemently protested. Lin became enraged and beat her, breaking her arm and imprisoning her in her room. Shallan tried to arrange for Balat and Malise to escape the house, but shortly before the planned escape, Malise revealed the plan and Lin killed her with blows to the head. Balat confronted Lin, but Lin severely injured him and attempted to attack Eylita. However, Malise's death prompted Shallan to give Lin wine poisoned with blackbane, which incapacitated him. Shallan was forced to kill Lin and the family discovered the broken Davar soulcaster, setting events into motion that resulted in Shallan seeking an apprenticeship with Jasnah Kholin.
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. Approximately six months after her marriage to Lin, Wikim notes that Malise cries every other night. Lin beats Malise, scaring off one of Shallan's tutors named Hasheh. Lin's behavior causes multiple tutors to quit, and Malise is stuck looking for replacements. As things devolve in the Davar household, Malise regrets the marriage. 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.
Malise oversees Shallan's studies despite her own lack of education. Since the Davars cannot retain tutors, Malise wants to teach Shallan, but she is not equipped to do so; her family ignored education like many rural Veden houses. She is able to read women's script but has little knowledge about history or other subjects. Like Shallan's brothers, Malise harbors some resentment that Shallan is the only one in the family who avoids Lin's wrath. Shallan feels like she barely knows her stepmother despite years of living together, but does feel protective of her.