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Natam

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Natam
Abilities Radiant squire for Order of Windrunners
Groups Bridge Four, Sadeas army (formerly), Kholin army
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Natam is a longtime member of Bridge Four on Roshar.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He has a long face.[1] While serving as a bridgeman, he was somber and withdrawn, and rarely spoke.[2] After the liberation of Bridge Four, he became far more outgoing and jocular.[2] He expresses loyalty to Kaladin and his comrades-in-arms.[3][4]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Natam is presumably skilled with a spear, as he and Leyten hold morning practice sessions to train Bridge Four's new recruits; Kaladin suggests that Shen train with them.[5]

As a Windrunner squire, he is able to breathe in Stormlight when Kaladin is nearby. This gives him some magical abilities, including healing and the power of flight using Basic Lashings.[4]

History[edit]

Natam was once a farmer, and he spoke with a rural Alethi accent.[2] It is unknown how he came to serve in Torol Sadeas's bridge crews.

Natam was present in the early days of Kaladin's time in the bridge crews. When Kaladin got Gaz to assign Bridge Four stone-gathering duty so they could covertly search for knobweed, he tried to engage with Natam, who was putting forth minimal effort. Natam did not want to speak to Kaladin and seemed ambivalent about the changes that were occurring, and Kaladin realized that he needed to give the bridgemen something to live for besides simply surviving.[1] After some time training with Kaladin, Natam began to see value in his leadership.[3] He was presumably present with the rest of Bridge Four when Kaladin was judged by the Stormfather and was subsequently a fixture in Bridge Four.

He became trained with the spear, and was among the bridgemen who served as the honor guard for the Kholin family. He and Mart were assigned to guard Navani on the night that King Elhokar nearly fell off his balcony in a suspected assassination attempt.[6] He helped save Elhokar, and was the first person to inform Kaladin about what had happened.[6][2] Kaladin asked Natam more questions about that night while they were training to ride horses with Jenet.[2] Natam remembered seeing Moash on the balcony,[2] which was one of the clues that led Kaladin to confront Moash about his involvement in the assassination plot.[7]

Natam presumably participated in the Battle of Narak and was present in the city after humans captured it from the listeners. He was among the members of Bridge Four that discussed using their Windrunner squire abilities before expressing unease about Renarin learning how to read.[4]

Trivia[edit]

  • Natam is a cameo for a friend of Brandon's named Nathan Goodrich.[8] In a Reddit AMA, Nathan mentioned that he was in Brandon's reading group at BYU[9] and joked that his name had to be changed because "Nathan" is too symmetrical for a Vorin society.[10]

Notes[edit]

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