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Moash
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Family
Ancestors Ana, Da (grandparents)
Abilities Shardbearer
Windrunner (through Jezrien's Honorblade)
Aliases Vyre
Groups Sadeas army (formerly)
Bridge Four (formerly)
Kholin army (formerly)
Diagram (formerly)
Voidbringers
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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He couldn't be blamed. He was a product of his culture.

—Moash about himself[1]

Moash, also known as Vyre, is an Alethi man on Roshar. Originally a bridgeman in Bridge Four,[2] he becomes a soldier and bodyguard under Kaladin; eventually, he betrays Bridge Four and switches sides to the Diagram, then the Fused, serving them as a slave, warrior and assassin. He's the current holder of Jezrien's Honorblade.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Moash is lean, though strong, with a narrow face and brown hair speckled with black.[3][2][4] He's born darkeyes, with brown eyes which turn tan after he receives a full set of Shards.[5]

Moash is vindictive and largely opposed to any sort of order, though once he does warm up to someone, he gets attached extremely quickly.[2][3] Once he joins a group, he's friendly and amicable, and often the driving force behind their more relaxing, off-duty activities.[6] He values his friendships, and tries to salvage them when he can; this being said, his friendships are rather selfish, and he's not above emotional blackmail to get what he wants without feeling obligated to offer anything in return.[7][8] He's eager to gain power, and very starry-eyed over those who do have it.[9] At the same time, he's highly suspicious of those above him in the social order.[10] He has a strong sense of justice, though it only comes forth on some occassions.[1]

On the other hand, Moash has very little sense of responsibility; to him, nothing is ever his fault, and his decisions, to his eyes, are always motivated by some external factor, whether it be actions of other people or the society at large.[1] He does have some moments of insight when he acknowledges that what he did was wrong; however, those become more and more rare as he becomes involved in the Fused army.[11][12]

His need to get revenge, first on Elhokar, then on all lighteyes, consumes him and pushes him further and further away from friends and into the waiting arms of the Voidbringers, even as he claims to still be following his ideals.[13] Eventually, as he gives in completely, he seems to lose any drive altogether, feeling no emotions even as he accomplishes his vengeance. At this point, he's a full devotee of the Fused and Odium's philosophy, seeking out passion and obeying their orders.[14][15] Although he continues to care for Kaladin, he thinks that suicide is the only way, short of joining Odium, that Kaladin can be happy, and also cares more about proving that he is right and Kaladin is wrong, instead of caring about his past friendships.[16]

Abilities and Attributes[edit]

Moash is a skilled spearman, enough so to kill a Fused when surprised. For a time, he also has a set of Shardblade and Shardplate, and though he does have some training with them, he's not particularly good with them and still defaults to the spear when his life is on the line.[17] Eventually, he's given Jezrien's Honorblade, granting him control over the Surges of Gravitation and Adhesion. He appears to be natural at using it, as it takes him no time at all to drink in Stormlight and use Lashings.[15]

He's also a decent spear teacher and commander, able to effectively train a group of singers before the attack on Kholinar.[12]

History[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Both of Moash's parents died when he was a child. He was raised by his grandparents, who both worked as silversmiths in Kholinar.[18] It was his grandfather who named him. Later, Moash would discover that he has the same name as an ancient singer of some renown[19], although it is unknown whether his grandfather was aware of this, or how he came up with that name.[19]

Moash chose not to enter the family business, preferring jobs that involved traveling. While he was working on a caravan for a few months, his grandparents became victims in the Roshone Affair that led to them dying while incarcerated in the palace dungeons. Moash ultimately blamed Elhokar Kholin, who was then a royal prince but would later become the king of Alethkar, for their deaths.[18]

Bridge Four[edit]

Moash joined the war assuming he would be made a spearman but ended up in Bridge Four.[20] When Bridge Four started training down in the chasms, Moash was one of the first who changed into a fighting man.[21] Later, on the bridgerun where Dunny died, Moash probably saved Kaladin's life by keeping him from reaching Dunny's body and later told Kaladin that he was wrong about him.[22]

When Adolin tried to give Kaladin the gift of Shardblade and Shardplate, Kaladin instead gave them to Moash, thereby making him a lighteyes in rank[23]. His eyes started to lighten a week after[5], though he still did not consider himself lighteyes.

Attempted Regicide and Desertion[edit]

Moash became involved in a plot with Graves to assassinate King Elhokar Kholin, which was ultimately thwarted by Kaladin. Moash took his Plate and Blade and fled the warcamps with Graves after their failed attempt.[11]

They head out into the wilderness with a caravan of stolen goods. Graves intended to introduce Moash to the Diagram, hoping that bringing back a full Shardbearer could compensate for his plan's failure. A short while into the trip, they were attacked by a group of Fused. Graves was killed, and Moash attempted to fight with his Shardblade, but deemed it too unwieldy. He got hold of a spear and was able to kill one of the Fused.

Upon seeing this, the other Fused considered Moash to have enough "passion" to earn their respect, and gave him the choice between death and slavery. He chose slavery, gave up his Shards and his other weapons, and went with them.[17]

Servant of the Fused[edit]

As a slave, he pulled supply sledges across the country. On one of his routes, he saw a group of singers pulling sledges like the other slaves. He stood up for the group, gaining more respect among the Fused and the singers.[1] Eventually, he joined the assault on Kholinar as a warrior for the Fused's army.

In Kholinar, he and his singer companions fought with Kholinar's Wall Guard. At the climax of the fight, Moash found his way to King Elhokar, and stabbed him through the chest. He then stabbed the king again in the eye, just before Elhokar could finish swearing the First Ideal. His vengeance fulfilled, he looked up to see Kaladin, who was in Kholinar with the king on a mission to save the city. Moash saluted his former captain, who had frozen in shock at what happened, and left.[13]

Following the siege, he was put to work as a laborer clearing out the debris. There he was approached by a Fused, Hnanan, who gave him a bright golden knife with a sapphire attached to it. The Fused then sent him to assassinate the Herald Jezrien, whom he killed with the knife.[14] Some time after the successful assassination, the Fused, Leshwi, offered Moash Jezrien's Honorblade as well as a new identity. He accepted, took the singer name Vyre, which meant He Who Quiets, and used the Honorblade to join the Fused in the air.[15]

A year later, Moash took part in the Fused assault on Hearthstone, where he murdered Roshone in front of Kaladin, who went into a state of battle shock. Moash then attempted to persuade Kaladin to commit suicide. He was stopped by Renarin, who showed Moash a vision of the man he could have been had he not betrayed Bridge Four, causing Moash to panic and flee.[24]

In Kholinar, he sat in on a session of the Nine, where he warns them that Kaladin will foil their plan to occupy Urithiru.[25] Later, he was approached by Odium, who intended to break Kaladin and questioned Moash on the best ways of tormenting his former captain.[26]

The Occupation of Urithiru[edit]

"I am unchained."

And yet, you think so often of Kaladin.

"I am … mostly unchained."

—Moash speaking with Odium[26]

During the occupation of Urithiru, Vyre used his Honorblade to operate the Oathgate between Kholinar and the tower for the Fused.[27] When the uprising to take Urithiru back began, he set a trap for Kaladin in his family's clinic, but the trap was instead sprung by Teft and Lift. Moash injured Lift, then used a raysium dagger to permanently kill Teft's spren, Phendorana, before killing Teft.[28][29] He handed Lirin to the Fused as insurance against Kaladin, ordering them to kill Lirin in front of his son should Kaladin fight back.[30]

Moash then descended to the basement of Urithiru to kill Queen Navani. Nearly succeeding, he was ambushed by an injured Raboniel, which gave Navani time to bond the Sibling. After restoring the tower, she used its Light to incapacitate Moash, who turned to flee.[31] When he recovered, he found that he was blind.[32]

Trivia[edit]

  • Though Moash's name is similar to Moshe Feder (Brandon's editor) it is not actually a cameo.[33]
  • Moash's eye color is initially (and erroneously) written as dark green in The Way of Kings. In Words of Radiance, his eyes are said to be brown. Peter Ahlstrom has confirmed that Moash's eyes are brown and that the first book is incorrect.[34]

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d Oathbringer chapter 48 #
  2. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 14 #
  3. a b The Way of Kings chapter 30 #
  4. The Way of Kings chapter 64 #
  5. a b Words of Radiance chapter 77 #
  6. Words of Radiance chapter 46 #
  7. Words of Radiance chapter 83 #
  8. Words of Radiance chapter 56 #
  9. The Way of Kings chapter 73 #
  10. Words of Radiance chapter 2 #
  11. a b Words of Radiance chapter 87 #
  12. a b Oathbringer chapter 51 #
  13. a b Oathbringer chapter 84 #
  14. a b Oathbringer chapter 121 #
  15. a b c Oathbringer chapter 122 #
  16. Arcanum entry 14165
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  17. a b Oathbringer chapter 43 #
  18. a b Words of Radiance chapter 44 #
  19. a b Oathbringer chapter 54 #
  20. The Way of Kings chapter 46 #
  21. The Way of Kings chapter 49 #
  22. The Way of Kings chapter 53 #
  23. Words of Radiance chapter 66 #
  24. Rhythm of War chapter 8 #
  25. Rhythm of War chapter 14 #
  26. a b Rhythm of War interlude I-4 #
  27. Rhythm of War chapter 41 #
  28. Rhythm of War chapter 103 #
  29. Rhythm of War chapter 104 #
  30. Rhythm of War chapter 105 #
  31. Rhythm of War chapter 110 #
  32. Rhythm of War chapter 111 #
  33. Stormlight Three Update #3
    Arcanum - 2016-07-05#
  34. Words of Radiance typos
    17th Shard forums - 2014-09-25#
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