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Titles Twenty-Fourth
Aliases Nikli
Skills Impersonation and disguise
Species Sleepless
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Nikliasorm, also known as Nikli, is a Dysian Aimian living on Roshar.[1] It is at least 400 years old, though it is young for its species.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

While in its human form, Nikli takes on the appearance of a Makabaki man with white tattoos on its face and arms to cover the spaces between its hordelings.[3]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Nikli is known among all the Sleepless swarms as being the most skilled at impersonating humans. It is one of the few Sleepless that has eye hordelings that are actually functional. This allows it to more realistically imitate humans than other Sleepless, who use prop eyes, since its sight lines actually line up with its eyes.[1]


Nikli is the youngest of the Dysian Aimians currently on Roshar. It was the twenty fourth swarm to Separate, only doing so after the scouring.[1]

After the discovery of the First Dreams, Nikli was sent by the Sleepless who guarded Akinah to be Rysn's personal servant so it could ensure that the Ancient Guardian was being cared for. Additionally, since they suspected that she might soon travel to Aimia, Nikli was instructed to attempt to stop her from reaching the island.[4] Initially, Nikli would overzealously try to assist Rysn in everything she did,[3] but it soon realized that she preferred being independant and doing things herself.[5]

When Rysn arrived at Urithiru Nikli told the master-servant who greeted them that she preferred using her own chair but Rysn corrected it, saying that the porters knew the city better than she did, and had Nikli bring the chair in case she needed it later.[5]

At some point between their trip to Urithiru and departing on the journey to Aimia Nikli hired an assistant, Plamry,[6] to help it perform its duties. Nikli and Plamry carried Rysn and her baggage aboard the Wandersail and carried her around the ship as she required it. Sometime before they departed, Nikli poisoned Screech, the Wandersail's skyeel mascot, in an attempt to frighten the crew so they would abort their mission.[4] After Nikli put Rysn in her new chair on the quarterdeck, it told her that it thought that the captain and the crew did not trust her. Nikli tried to suggest that they delay the trip so they could find a more suitable crew, but Rysn brushed its concerns aside, saying that they were good men chosen by Vstim and they had been training with the ship since it was built. When Rysn found out that Screech had died she told the crew that anyone who wanted could stay behind without penalty, placating the crew and foiling Nikli's plot. After Rysn found out why Drlwan resented her so much she had a philosophical discussion with Nikli about how sometimes you had to accept an imperfect solution for an imperfect world. Kstled returned to them and reported that although the ship's cook, Nlan, was among the sailors who accepted her offer, Cord would be able to take her place.[7] This put another kink into Nikli's plans,[4] and they set sail.[7]


The Sleepless[edit]

Nikli is regarded by the Sleepless, particularly Yelamaiszin, as a valuable perspective, despite its youth, because of its greater understanding of humans.[1]


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