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Siblings Llarimar
Relatives Tatara
Died Sacrificed his divine Breath to heal Susebron[1]
Abilities Returned, Cognitive Shadow
Titles Lightsong the Bold, Lord of Heroes, Lightsong the Brave[2], God of Bravery
Aliases Stennimar
Residence T'Telir
Nationality Hallandren
Homeworld Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Introduced In Warbreaker

All of this, because I couldn't figure out how to die.


Lightsong the Bold, or Stennimar, is a Returned revered as the God of Bravery by the people of Hallandren on Nalthis.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

I need to give something back. Even if it's something useless.

—Lightsong, to himself[3]

As a Returned, Lightsong appears as the ideal specimen of human beauty. Standing at over seven feet tall, he has black hair, chiseled features, and golden tan skin.[4] His colors as the God of Bravery are red and gold, which are used for all of his outfits, as well as those of his priests and servants.[5][4]

Lightsong doubts his own divinity, and deliberately tries to undermine his own image. He frequently mocks himself, calling himself useless and redundant. He acts apathetic and lazy, and shows little to no interest in the debates between the priests regarding the governance of Hallandren.[6][4]

Despite all of this, Lightsong has a kind and good-hearted nature that shows through in his actions. His mockery, though sarcastic, is never cruel or hurtful. He is also one of the few gods of the time that is known to listen to every one of his petitions, and review every piece of art and poetry that is sent to him as an offering. As a result, Lightsong actually has the most followers of any of the gods, and is highly respected by most of his fellow gods, a fact that he finds disheartening.[7]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

As a Returned, Lightsong has a divine Breath which gives him the benefits of being on the Fifth Heightening. This includes:

  • Aura Recognition - allows him to assess the number of Breaths a person possesses.
  • Perfect Pitch
  • Perfect Color Recognition - allows him to instantly and instinctively determine exact shades of colors and their hue harmonics.
  • Perfect Life Sense - allows him to sense people around him.
  • Agelessness - makes him immune to most toxins and physical ailments, as well as making him functionally immortal.

Lightsong is one of the Returned with the duty and responsibility of holding the security phrases to control ten thousand Lifeless, a quarter of Hallandren's army.[3]

He is an able investigator, a skill that carries over from his life as an investigative accountant before he Returned. More skills that he learned as a mortal and retained after he Returned are mathematics, sketching, juggling, and a knowledge of sailing terms.[8]

He is also very skilled at the game of tarachin, even though he has no idea how to play and chooses spheres at random.[9]


Before Returning[edit]

Before being Returned, Lightsong was an accountant named Stennimar who was often employed to discover fraud or embezzlement by looking through ledgers to find discrepancies. Stennimar and his niece Tatara would often go sailing as it was a hobby of his brother, Llarimar. During one of the excursions, they borrowed the boat Red Panther and set sail, and encountered a terrible storm. In the chaos, a massive wave swept Tatara overboard and into the raging waters. Stennimar leaped into the ocean and managed to tie her to a rope despite barely knowing how to swim. While he managed to save Tatara's life, Stennimar was unable to save his own life and drowned in the depths. After his death, Endowment granted Stennimar a vision of war and destruction. He was offered a choice to Return and prevent this from happening, which he took.[1] His Return restored the faith of his older brother, Llarimar, who became Lightsong's high priest.[10][1]

After Returning[edit]

taking his weekly Breath from a child in order to continue living.

I've spent most of my Returned life just lounging about, but then the moment someone is killed, I leap out of bed and can't resist poking around. Doesn't that sound suspicious to you?


Lightsong's attitude at the time of his returning was one of indolence.[12] After meeting Calmseer and starting a relationship of mutual respect turned physical with her, he gains a drive to become the god everyone expected him to be and gives up his lazy ways. This backfires when he fails miserably, leaving his followers dissatisfied and the other gods mocking him for being a hypocrite. He blames his failure on the other gods who would not take his new attitude seriously, and reverts back to his languorous ways with a newly sharpened wit which he let loose with as much vengeance as he could muster. Nobody was offended by his verbal jabs, and instead took it as natural that he act in such a way; and so he perpetuated this attitude.[13]

At the time of the Pahn Kahl rebellion Lightsong had been Returned for five years, and was one of the younger divinities in the Court of Gods.[3] As the God of Bravery, he held the commands to control ten thousand Lifeless warriors in the Hallandren army.

As the potential war with Idris drew closer, Lightsong found himself to be in a position of responsibility, one that he did not desire. Blushweaver was attempting to consolidate control of Hallandren's Lifeless armies under her command, and was actively trying to recruit Lightsong to her side.[14] Throughout this time, Lightsong was having dreams of destruction and the capital city of T'Telir burning.[9]

As Lightsong attempted to distract himself from his visions, a murder of one of Mercystar's servants caught his attention. Lightsong was surprised to find himself interested in the murder, and to discover that he was actually good at investigation.[11] Believing himself to be a detective or constable in his previous life, Lightsong made an effort to begin discovering more about himself and his past.[8]

When Blushweaver managed to obtain control of Hopefinder's and Mercystar's Lifeless warriors[8], Lightsong gave his own security phrase to Allmother, in the hopes that she would oppose Blushweaver's call to war. Allmother surprised him by giving him the security phrase to her Lifeless. Unable to shirk his responsibility any longer, Lightsong took command of Allmother's Lifeless, giving himself control of half of Hallandren's army.[15][16] When the vote was called to go to war with Idris, Lightsong walked away without casting his vote.

You were a scribe, and you were one of the best men I'd ever known. You were my brother.

—Llarimar to Lightsong[10]

On the night of the Pahn Kahl rebellion, Lightsong and Llarimar entered the tunnel complex under Mercystar's palace, where he stumbled upon Blushweaver being held captive by Pahn Kahl scribes disguised as priests. Convinced that he was previously an investigator and a skilled swordsman, Lightsong attacked the Pahn Kahl, only to discover that he did not know how to fight. After being captured and thrown into cages, Llarimar finally lost his patience with Lightsong, shouting at him and telling him that he had actually been an accountant, not a detective. The Pahn Kahl demanded his security phrase, and slit Blushweaver's throat when he refused. Horrified, Lightsong gave them his phrase when they threatened to do the same to Llarimar.[17]

When the Pahn Kahl prepared to execute Susebron, Lightsong remembered the moment of his death, and the vision of the future he had been granted. Realizing that this is what he had been sent back for, Lightsong sacrificed his life to heal Susebron, restoring his tongue. Susebron, now able to Awaken, overpowered his captors and was able to prevent the war from taking place.[1]


With Llarimar


Lightsong's high priest, Llarimar was also Lightsong's older brother, although Lightsong forgot that fact when he Returned. Llarimar maintains a calm persona, even when confronted with Lightsong's foolish behavior, such as calling him "Scoot." A true believer, Llarimar even educates Lightsong on his own religion and offers encouragement when Lightsong is feeling despondent.[5]


In his early Returned life, Lightsong had a close relationship with Calmseer, with whom he was rumoured to have slept. Lightsong regards some of the Gods of this period, including Calmseer and Brighthue, as very honorable; he remembers them with reverence, saying they are far better and greater than the later Gods.[18]


His most notable relationship at the time of the Pahn Kahl rebellion is with Blushweaver, who is in love with him. Whilst their conversations are highly flirtatious, their relationship never becomes physical in nature, despite Blushweaver's attempts. Even though Lightsong admires and cares for Blushweaver, he opposes her desire for war with Idris.


After realizing that Siri is a naive young woman and not a cunning spy sent by Idris, Lightsong takes pity on her and gives her advice on dealing with the politics of the Court of Gods. Siri thinks of him as the best of the Returned Gods in the court at the time, and comes to rely on him even though he advises her not to.[4]


Not a god, but a scribe. A silly little scribe who was allowed to play god for a few years! A coward.

—Lightsong about himself[10]

You are a god. To me, at least. It doesn’t matter how easily you can be killed, how much Breath you have, or how you look. It has to do with who you are and what you mean.

—Llarimar to Lightsong[10]

So far this day I have discovered several disturbing and redefining elements of my soul which are slowly restructuring the very nature of my existence. Other than that, it was uneventful. You?

—Lightsong to Siri[4]

I've tried for years to corrupt him. Never seems to work. I can't even get him to acknowledge the theological paradox it causes when I try to tempt him to do evil.

—Lightsong, talking about Llarimar[4]

You're the one that makes us laugh, even while you insult us. Can't you see what that does? Can't you see how you've inadvertently set yourself above everyone else? You didn't do it intentionally, Lightsong, and that's what makes it work so well. In a city of frivolity, you're the only one who's shown any measure of wisdom.


By the Colors... I am a god.

—Lightsong just before healing Susebron[1]


  • The sword Brandon gave to his wife Emily at their wedding is called Lightsong.[19]
  • The relationship between Lightsong and Llarimar is a parallel to the relationship between Siri and Vivenna.[20]
  • Lightsong was designed as a character that could fit in an Oscar Wilde play.[21]


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