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Died Battle of the Tower, 1173[1]
Titles Head of the Cobalt Guard
Profession Soldier
Groups Cobalt Guard
Residence The Alethi warcamps
Nationality Alethi
Homeworld Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Introduced In The Way of Kings

Niter is the head of the Cobalt Guard in Alethkar on Roshar during the War of Reckoning.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Niter is a tan-skinned lighteyes, and he wears a short black beard.[2] He presumably wears the dark blue uniform of the Cobalt Guard.[3] He is naturally suspicious, although Dalinar notes that this is not a bad trait in a bodyguard. He is excited by the prospect of watching a Shardbearer in action.[2] Zahel thought of him as a good man.[1]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Although Niter is lighteyed, he is of a low dahn. He served the Cobalt Guard for years, presumably working his way up to become their captain.[2] He is personally acquainted with the leadership of House Kholin on the Shattered Plains including Dalinar and Adolin, who hold him in high regard.[2][4] He is also friends with Zahel and likely worked with him often due to the Cobalt Guard's training in swordsmanship.[1][3]


It is not known when Niter became head of the Cobalt Guard, but he was part of the group for a number of years.[2] The Guard was well-run under his leadership; the members were exceptionally brave and loyal.[5][6]

He was present when the Kholins received a messenger from Highprince Thanadal declining a meeting with Dalinar. Niter personally helped intercept the messenger and had the Cobalt Guard clear a space around Dalinar and Adolin so that they could discuss the message. Dalinar then asked Niter to retrieve his Shardhammer and Niter seemed to think that he was going to do something impressive with it. Dalinar thought Niter would probably be disappointed since he planned to use the hammer to dig a latrine ditch.[2]

Prior to the Battle of the Tower, Niter and the Cobalt Guard helped Adolin prepare for the battle. They brought him his Ryshadium, Sureblood.[7] Niter presumably died during the battle, as most of the Cobalt Guardsmen were killed fighting alongside Dalinar and Adolin after Sadeas's betrayal.[7] Zahel later said that he died keeping the Kholin men alive.[1]

Niter was succeeded as head of the Cobalt Guard by Kaladin,[1] who had great respect for the Guard and integrated the few surviving members with Bridge Four.[6]

Dalinar mentioned that Niter was among the few people he would have trusted to investigate the murders of Torol Sadeas and Vedekar Perel in Urithiru if he were still alive.[4]


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Head of the Cobalt Guard
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