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Profession Artist
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Nenefra is an artist from Nalthis. His paintings have been seen at the Court of Gods, where they are usually burned after being offered to one of the Returned.[1] One of his paintings somehow found its way to Celebrant in Shadesmar.[2]


Kaladin saw one of Nenefra's works in Celebrant. Kaladin did not usually care for art, but his eye was drawn to a market stall displaying various works. Nenefra's painting was small, but Kaladin immediately noticed it, and was almost unable to look away from it. He thought he could make out nine shadows with a figure at the center. The Reacher selling the painting told Kaladin that each of Nenefra's masterworks appeared differently to different viewers. The spren said that the painting is a very rare find, although she did not reveal how this particular painting escaped burning and reached Shadesmar. She also considered three hundred broams of Stormlight a "minuscule" price for one of Nenefra's masterpieces, although the humans generally found the pricing in Celebrant "bizarre".[2]

Kaladin initially thought the painting looked sloppy, like someone had used a paint-covered knife to make wedges that formed general shapes. However, as he looked at it, the shapes appeared "beautiful". He wondered if the shadows were the Unmade, as visions from his mind began to overlap the shapes in the painting. He seemed to go into a trance-like state, and suddenly felt a strong desire to quickly reach Thaylen City. He finally looked away when Syl caused a disturbance behind him and Adolin came to find him.[2]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Nenefra's artwork appears to have some sort of power, or serve as a catalyst for some power, based on its effect on Kaladin. Kaladin was strangely drawn to the painting, and his perception of the champion with nine shadows and his need to reach Thaylen City seem to foretell the events of the Battle of Thaylen Field.[2] It is not clear if the painting's effects are related to its existence in the Cognitive Realm or to BioChromatic Breath, the Nalthian manifestation of Investiture.


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