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|Died||Occupation of Urithiru, 1175|
|Titles||Battalionlord in the Kholin army|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
”We will carve a hole to the basement steps, then fight down and clear a path for the queen. By the blood of our fathers!—Teofil
Appearance and Personality
Unlike other Alethi soldiers, Teofil has no problem taking orders from a woman. He spent years taking orders from inexperienced lighteyes and recognizes that Navani is knowledgeable regarding military strategy. He is levelheaded, pragmatic, and strategic, and can make quick decisions.
Attributes and Abilities
Teofil is a brave and capable military leader. He has confidence in his soldiers, but is also realistic about their chances against superior foes.
He has spent time fighting Regals and Fused and has a good understanding of their capabilities with Voidlight. He is also aware that they have weaknesses that can be exploited. He knows of Szeth and the power of Nightblood.
Teofil had recently come to Urithiru after fighting on the front lines in southern Alethkar when the singer siege began. He immediately attempted to mobilize troops, but the coalition forces had been surprised and were quickly overrun. He soon learned that the singers were using the Oathgates, that Radiant powers and fabrials were not working, and that Tshadr, the only non-Radiant Shardbearer in the tower, had been killed. Despite these setbacks, he attempted to hold some of the lower floors by stationing troops at the stairwells.
”Brightness, if there's a chance to turn this tide right now, I think we need to take it. We lose the tower, and … well, it will be a disaster for the war. If there is even a possibility you can wake the Radiants, I’ll risk everyone we have on that chance.—Teofil, to Navani
By the time Navani arrived to the coalition command center in the map room, Teofil was the only battalionlord and the ranking officer present. Navani sought his advice as she was deciding how to approach the situation without any Radiants. He informed her that the troops in the tower were brave but not among the army's best, and suggested that surrender would be 'distasteful' but a better option than attempting to fight Regals and Fused. When Navani informed him that there was a chance they could recapture the tower using the crystal pillar in the basement, he agreed that the risk of attacking was worth it. Teofil quickly came up with a plan to distract the Fused while simultaneously making a final push through the first floor and into the basement.
Teofil successfully organized a push through the first floor, using a fake retreat and lightning rods to bait and kill a number of Regals. His force was able to reach the basement and strategically defend against the Fused and Regals that were there, including Heavenly Ones and Deepest Ones, using water to disrupt the lightning of the Regals. Venli and even Raboniel were amazed at the organization and tenacity of the humans despite their strategic disadvantage as they attempted to descend a narrow staircase. The group continued to suffer losses, but about fifty men still remained as they approached the basement floor. However, Lezian arrived and used his powers to break up the coalition formation. A group of Regals then regained their lightning powers and blew a hole in the staircase; Teofil and several other men fell to their death as they made a last-ditch attempt to reach the pillar. The rest of the human soldiers were then quickly killed.
Navani learned of Teofil's death from the Sibling and knew that any chance to retake the tower was lost. Venli, who had secretly been rooting for the humans, thought about seeing them die whenever she looked at the stairs, which were hastily repaired with scaffolding.
- Teofil is a cameo for author and professor Mark Teofil Skarstedt. He is the father of Ethan Skarstedt, a friend of Brandon's who is the inspiration for Skar. Like Ethan, Mark has a military background.