|Native to||Reshi Sea|
|Featured In||Words of Radiance|
Appearance and Personality
Like other Tai-na, Relu-na has grown to extraordinary size due to a spren bond related to her gemheart that allows her body to defy the laws of physics. Tai-na are able to grow larger than terrestrial greatshells due to their aquatic habitat, although they technically could survive on land. One of Relu-na's eyes is described as a "the size of a house" and it is situated more than fifty feet from the top of her head. Rysn believes that Relu-na is as large as a town. She is referred to as female by Gu.
Relu-na's shell has the appearance of a mountainous island jutting out from the ocean with no beach. She is not immediately identifiable as a living being, but when she moves it becomes easier to see that she has legs. She has stony skin covered with an array of plant life including moss, trees, shalebark, and rockbuds. The plants grow as thick as a jungle or forest over most of the shell, but relatively few plants grow on the head. The shell has protrusions near the waterline that are used as docks by the residents of the island; stairs have also been cut into the shell. The sea is unusually warm near Relu-na and Rysn compares the water to that of the Purelake.
The Tai-na are sentient, and the Reshi people believe that they are also sapient and capable of decision-making. Gu mentions that when two Tai-na approach each other, they decide what will happen next - a war, or something "good". In an attempt to gain the trust of the natives, Rysn climbs down a rope and attempts to address Relu-na directly, but falls when the rope snaps. Vstim later tells her that the island's spren saved her life. Rysn says she was trying to gain respect after Vstim and Talik repeatedly insisted that Relu-na places a great deal of value on boldness; after her bold yet reckless act, the island somehow gifts her a larkin.
The residents of the island often refer to the Tai-na as gods, and they believe that they live to serve and please Relu-na. Many of the inhabitants are somewhat carefree and spend much of their time swimming or high diving, usually in the nude. Some residents are combative, but in both battle and trade they are prone to posturing. The island has soldiers and a king (who may be of either gender) who lead them in skirmishes against other islands. Vstim notes that people from other parts of Roshar who want to lead simple lives sometimes migrate to the Tai-na, and are only allowed to stay if they give all of their possessions to the king. The islanders are not primitive, but do not have a great deal of contact with the outside world, and will therefore only trade with those that they respect and trust to be fair. Some Reshi travel to other parts of Roshar for education and training.
- Axies the Collector visits Relu-na as part of his ongoing spren research. Axies believes that the Tai-na may have a unique type of spren (sometimes referred to as the "souls" of the islands). However, the inhabitants do not like to discuss this subject, and they bind his feet and hang him upside-down.
- OdysseyCon 2016
— Arcanum - 2016-04-08#
- Salt Lake ComicCon FanX 2016
— Arcanum - 2016-03-26#
- Words of Radiance Seattle signing
— Arcanum - 2014-03-08#
- Oathbringer chapter 99 #
- Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
— Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
- Words of Radiance interlude I-3 #
- Oathbringer interlude I-13 #
- /r/books AMA 2015
— Arcanum - 2015-05-29#
- The Way of Kings interlude I-5 #
It has yet to be reviewed.