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Abilities Radiant squire for Order of Windrunners
Profession Bridgeman
Groups Bridge Thirteen, Sadeas army (formerly), Kholin army
Residence Urithiru
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Rial is a sergeant in Bridge Thirteen.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He is clean-shaven with dark brown hair, and Dalinar notes that he is a bit pale for an Alethi.[1] However, he is later referred to as having leathery, dark skin.[2][3]

He speaks with a slow Koron drawl that originates from central Alethkar near the Sunmaker Mountains.[1]

He has a habit of rolling a sphere across his knuckles; he also formally salutes Dalinar constantly.[1][2] He typically carries a flask of alcohol on his person.[2][4]

Navani considers him "greasy", but Dalinar likes him because he considers him similar to some of his friends from the "old days", likely referring to his time spent as a warlord.[2]


Rial's past is unknown, including the reason that he is part of a bridge crew.

Some time after the Battle of Narak, Rial and the rest of Bridge Thirteen are assigned to be bodyguards for the leadership in Urithiru after the members of Bridge Four become Kaladin's squires.[5] He quickly becomes friendly with Dalinar and at one point spikes his canteen with alcohol.[2] He guards Dalinar on the first trip to Thaylen City and is present during Dalinar's duel with Kdralk.[6] He later offers Dalinar some alcohol just prior to him being branded a heretic by the curates of the Holy Enclave.[4]

Rial is aware that Navani sent Dalinar a special timekeeping vambrace before Dalinar opens the package.[1]

Rial is not available to guard Dalinar during the Battle of Thaylen Field after Teft becomes a Knight Radiant and the members of Bridge Thirteen become his squires.[7]


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