|Born||c. ? 1147|
|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 marries Malise. 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. Over the next few years, Lin's sanity seems to gradually decline despite the discovery of valuable quarries on Davar lands.
She initially accepts Lin's story that Shallan's mother was killed by her lover in a murder-suicide, but later questions whether this is true after Lin orders Rin to assassinate Helaran. She argues with Lin; he severely beats her and imprisons her in her room. Shallan tries to arrange for Balat and Malise to escape the house. Shortly before the planned escape, Malise reveals the plan and Lin kills her with blows to the head. 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. Shallan is forced to kill Lin and the family discovers the broken Davar soulcaster, setting events into motion that result 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. 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. Malise wants to teach Shallan, but is not equipped to do so, as many of the rural Veden houses ignore education. 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.
- Shallan was born in 1156, and Malise is noted as being "less than ten years older" than Shallan in Words of Radiance chapter 45
- Words of Radiance chapter 73 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 61 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 45 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 39 #
- 17th Shard Forum Q&A
— Arcanum - 2012-09-26#
- The Way of Kings chapter 5 #
- Words of Radiance chapter 65 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 7 #