|Died||Tanat ? 1167|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Appearance and Personality
After Shallan began manifesting Surgebinding abilities at the age of eleven, her mother and an associate attempted to kill Shallan.[fn 1] They arrived at the Davar estate and argued with Lin, and Shallan's mother referred to her as "one of them". Lin and the associate scuffled; Lin injured the man with a knife that Shallan's mother then grabbed as the two men grappled. She attacked Shallan, but Shallan's bonded Cryptic, Testament, manifested as a Shardblade that Shallan used in self-defense to kill her mother.
Lin, who had witnessed what happened, locked the Blade in a box and Shallan later abandoned her spren. Lin took the blame for his wife's death and publicly claimed that he had killed his wife and her lover in a jealous rage. Keeping the secret of these events in order to protect Shallan presumably contributed to Lin's dangerous instability and the eventual fall of House Davar. The Davar children also developed mental health issues related to their mother's death and their father's subsequent rage, including Balat's fascination with death and Jushu's gambling addiction. In particular, Shallan's mental health was strongly affected by the guilt of killing her mother, leading to the suppression of many of her childhood memories. When she met Hoid at the Middlefest Fair in 1170, she allowed herself to briefly picture her life if her mother had still been alive, remembering her mother's voice and believing that she would have taught her philosophy and drawing.