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|Abilities||Radiant squire for Order of Windrunners|
|Groups||Bridge Thirteen, Sadeas army (formerly), Kholin army|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Appearance and Personality
Attributes and Abilities
Rial was a member of Bridge Thirteen when they became Teft's Windrunner squires. Rial and the rest of the crew presumably gained limited Surgebinding abilities when they are within thirty miles of Teft, including healing powers and flight through the use of Basic Lashings.
Rial's past is unknown, including the reason that he was part of a bridge crew.
Some time after the Battle of Narak, Rial and the rest of Bridge Thirteen were assigned to be bodyguards for the leadership in Urithiru after the members of Bridge Four became Kaladin's squires. He quickly became friendly with Dalinar and at one point spiked his canteen with alcohol. He guarded Dalinar on his first trip to Thaylen City and was present during Dalinar's duel with Kdralk. He later offered Dalinar some alcohol just prior to him being branded a heretic by the curates of the Holy Enclave.
- Rial's unusual accent and behavior, inconsistent appearance, mysterious past, and sudden proximity to Dalinar have led some readers to speculate that he is not a simple Alethi bridgeman and may be a Worldhopper. However, Brandon Sanderson has RAFO’d questions about him.
- Both of these scenes are from Dalinar's point of view, but he makes no mention of this seeming change in appearance.