Old Chapps

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Old Chapps
Died Killed by Nightblood[1]
Profession Fisherman
Residence T'Telir
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Warbreaker

Old Chapps is a slightly insane fisherman who lives in the Idrian dock slums[2][1] in T'Telir on Nalthis.[3][4] He has lived in Hallandren at least since he was a teenager.[5]


He did his fishing during the night to avoid paying a tariff. He was occasionally hired by slumlords in the city to weigh down bodies and drop them in the bay.[3] In his youth he sold out his mother out of desire for her apartment, framing her for a theft. He was feebleminded and did not realize that he would subsequently become responsible for paying rent; he still lived in the apartment.[5] After his mother died in prison, Chapps tied rocks to her feet and left her body in the bay.[5]

While fishing one night, he heard a voice in his mind that directed him to a spot on the water. He didn't think anything of it as the sea often "talked" to him. The voice commanded him to drop his net in a specific location; when he pulled it up, he found a black sword in a silver sheath entangled in the net. The sword was able to easily influence Chapps's unstable mind and it asked him if he wanted to destroy evil.[4][3] Chapps took the sword onshore and cleaned it up.[3][1] Vivenna later found Nightblood in a tenement (likely Chapps's apartment) alongside multiple corpses, including that of Chapps.[1]


  • Brandon cites Old Chapps as an example of an unexpected viewpoint character with a unique voice. He enjoys writing them and tries to include a few in each of his books.[4]


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