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Mraize

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Mraize
Mraize.jpg
Abilities Worldhopper[1]
Groups Ghostbloods
Residence Urithiru [citation needed]
Nationality Thaylen [2]
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Morality is as ephemeral as the changing weather.

—Mraize[3]

Mraize is a member of the Ghostbloods on Roshar. He is a worldhopper[1] and might be in possession of Tears of Edgli, among other artifacts. His name is unknown, as the term "Mraize" is a title, not a name. He corrects Shallan when she attempts to call him 'Brightlord.' Shallan mentions that the title is not Vorin in origin, and difficult to pronounce. As he also refers to Iyatil as his babsk, a Thaylen title, it is evidenced that he is from Thaylenah.[4][2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

The truth destroys more people than it saves.

—Mraize to Shallan[5]

Mraize has jet black hair and light violet eyes. His face and hands are both covered in scars, including one which crosses his cheek vertically and deforms his upper lip. He is almost always sharply dressed in fine suits, wearing white the first time Shallan Davar meets him. He wears a golden signet ring on his middle finger with the three-diamond symbol of the Ghostbloods.

Mraize has a refined air which seems to conflict with his scarred appearance. He usually speaks quietly and calmly, with an accent Shallan cannot recognize. Despite his cultured manner, he is not always serious, growing warm and friendly when Shallan has impressed him. Something about him reminds Shallan of Hoid when she first sees him, though she quickly denies any resemblance when he turns toward her.[4]

He seems to be a hunter, possessing trophies from several notable animals in Roshar on display in his hideout, including a whitespine tusk, a Santhid skull and gemhearts from greatshells. He also speaks with disdain of Tyn's supposed fear of meeting with him, stating that the apparent cowardice shows she is acting like "prey", and refers to Amaram as his current prey.[4]

Despite his occasional likeable air, he has no problem with killing, or even letting his allies attempt to kill someone he is interested in, as he gives the other Ghostbloods permission to attempt to assassinate Shallan before she becomes a full member. He mentions he likes to learn the local weapons of cultures he wants to understand. He makes use of a blowgun with poisoned darts which is apparently a Parshendi hunting weapon.[6] He also speaks of torturing Shallan for information as "fun."[4]

He refers to the Parshendi as the Listeners, one of few in the warcamps to do so.[3]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Mraize is a worldhopper. He doesn't seem to have magical abilities. His power resides on his knowledge and possessions. Among his possesions he has a "green chicken" which is known to be an Aviar.[7] He also has white sand from Taldain[8] and a stick with weird scripts. He is also believed to have Tears of Edgli.[citation needed] Much of these possesions and knowledge were gained outside of Roshar.[citation needed]

His knowledge gives him the capacity to blackmail, persuade and manipulate which is what makes him, as leader of the Ghostbloods, so dangerous.[disputed]

History[edit]

The Shattered Plains[edit]

Mraize, as leader of the Ghostbloods, seemed to report to Master Thaidakar.[6] He was confirmed to be behind the assassination attempt on Jasnah Kholin that took place on the Wind's Pleasure. He had sent a hunter, Tyn, to execute the task. When he sent a spanreed message to Tyn, Shallan, who had killed her, intercepted it and decided to go meet him herself, disguised as Veil. When they met, Shallan kept the pretense of Tyn being alive and managed to get Mraize to trust her with a task. She was to break into Amaram's manor and find the secrets he kept and report them back. Shallan agreed and manages to escape without being followed.[4]

After that, he was also confirmed to have surveilled the site to supervise the task. He was pleased when he saw Veil again; he initially thought she had not completed her task, but she delivered maps and some texts from Amaram. He was also amazed with her drawing skills and deduced that she had killed Tyn. Mraize offered her the opportunity to be part of the organization, but explicitly said that she was not in yet, and that killing people within the organization was not encouraged at all. On her way out, she decided not to take the coach and hid; she later found that they had killed her coachman during a failed attempt on her life.[6]

The second task Mraize asked of Veil (Shallan) was to get information from a madman inside Dalinar’s warcamp, as well as confirm his allegiance. He was aware that Gavilar had learned some information of an extraordinary nature. After Shallan managed to complete her task and deliver information on the madman, who was later revealed to be the Herald Talenel, Mraize accepted her into the Ghostbloods. He also said that “the truth destroys more people than it saves”.[5]

Urithiru[edit]

During the Battle of Narak, Mraize discovered Shallan's true identity. He confronted her days later in Urithiru, stating his belief that she was "herself" when she was Veil. He explained that he had her brothers in custody and would deliver them as reward for her services, but wanted to continue working with her. He revealed deep knowledge of the Davar family and confirmed that they owed him a Soulcaster.[9]

Shortly after, he found a position in the inner circle of Ialai Sadeas to keep a close eye on her as she had interests of her own, without allegiances to other humans or listeners.[3] He was seen wearing a Sadeas uniform,[3] and was likely the scarred guardsman that carried Ialai's chair to the first meeting of the Kholin coalition, defying Navani's order that each participant should carry their own chair.[10]

Though his whereabouts and end goals were often unclear, he continued to request more tasks of Shallan. The first was to secure Urithiru and to hunt the source of darkness and expunge it.[3] Mraize promised information on Helaran in exchange for the first task,[3] and later complied. He let her know that Helaran was a Skybreaker acolyte who probably went to kill Amaram on their behalf.[11] On the day of Shallan's wedding, he sent her brothers to her with a note, stating that they were her wedding gift, and that he was giving her an additional reward for completing her task in Urithiru; he reduced her family's debt owed from the destruction of the Soulcaster. The note also explained Shallan's next task: to find the Unmade who seemed willing to break from Odium and persuade her to join the Ghostbloods.[12]

He also plotted a trap for the Herald Shalash by attracting her with the masterpiece of the Oilsworn. When she came to destroy it, he let her know the location of Talenel.[13]

Relationships[edit]

Shallan Davar
Mraize is Shallan's superior within the Ghostbloods, and he gives her most of her missions for that organization. However, Shallan sees him as an enemy who she needs to work against, and that she only does as he asks in order to discover more about him. Mraize originally knows her by the codename "Veil," and sees her as a valuable and competent asset with many skills. He often calls her "little knife" when speaking with her. By the time the Alethi are starting to occupy Urithiru after its rediscovery, he has discovered her true identity, but simply believes this makes her more valuable, should he be able to convince her to continue working with the Ghostbloods.
Iyatil
At first glance, Iyatil seems to be one of Mraize's lackeys, and a fellow Ghostbloods member, or perhaps his second-in-command. She is the one who follows Shallan while Mraize is investigating her, and presumably reports back to him. However, with Shallan, Iyatil mentions that he is her student, not her master, making her a viable candidate for his babsk.[14]
Restares
Mraize speaks of him as an enemy of the Ghostbloods. Considering that Amaram reports to Restares, it is likely that he is the leader of the Sons of Honor and are opposed to Ghostblood causes.[6]
Thaidakar
Mraize refers to him as Master Thaidakar, and sends the information Shallan manages to get from Amaram to him. Possibly a superior within the Ghostbloods or an unaffiliated ally.[6]
Taravangian
While Mraize and Taravangian do not interact, Adrotagia, one of Taravangian's companions, makes a note on the Diagram wondering if a section of it refers to Mraize. Mraize seems to be speaking of Taravangian when he says "I'm not worried about that one. The old fool sows chaos, but does not reach for the power offered by opportunity. He hides in his insignificant city, listening to its songs, thinking he plays in world events. He has no idea. His is not the position of the hunter."[6]

Trivia[edit]

  • He owns a white tree branch-like thing that comes from Yolen. It is stored at his treasure room.[15]

Notes[edit]

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