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Ancestors Sadees[1]
Died Killed by the Ghostbloods[2]
Titles Highprince of Alethkar
Groups Sons of Honor[3]
Residence The Alethi warcamps
Nationality Alethi
Homeworld Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Introduced In The Way of Kings

Highprince Thanadal is a highprince of Alethkar.[4] His princedom is in central Alethkar,[5] and his colors are red and brown.[6] Thanadal's army has one full Shardbearer, Brightlord Resi, who carries a set of Shards passed down by the royal line and usually given to a warrior who is also given the title of Royal Defender. His army also contains three other men who have either Plate or Blade; Thanadal himself has neither.[7]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Thanadal is an oily man,[8] and one Sadeas views as having both the motivation and the audacity to be able to hire assassins against Elhokar.[9]


While out on the Shattered Plains during the War of Reckoning, Thanadal refused to discuss the issue of a joint plateau assault with Dalinar, sending a messenger declining the possibility without even meeting him in person.[6] Because he began to be vocal about Dalinar's faults, Adolin invited Resi to a duel and defeated him, quietly countering the accusations.[7] Later, Adolin dueled Salinor Eved, another of Thanadal's Shardbearers, and won his Blade in a particularly brutal manner during Dalinar's campaign to win the other highprinces' Shards.[10]

After the Battle of Narak and the following settling of the tower city of Urithiru, most of the Alethi highprinces moved across the Shattered Plains with their war camps in tow. When they vacated the craters they had occupied as well as the surrounding land and resources, they left them for Highprinces Thanadal and Vamah, who had decided not to make the move.[11] Thanadal took advantage of the opportunity to build himself a virtual kingdom of his own in the area.[12] The political implications of Thanadal's refusal to join the others in Urithiru with regards to its subsequent rising power is uncertain. However, Highprince of Commerce Turinad Sebarial worried over Thanadal's continued seizure of Alethi resources on the Shattered Plains,[12] and Aladar expressed worry to Dalinar that without Thanadal's forces joining those at Urithiru, their armies would be too weak to establish Urithiru as the bastion of order he had envisioned.[11]

Thanadal was a member of the Sons of Honor.[3] During the year following the Battle of Thaylen Field he had rose up their ranks and became aware of the group's secrets. The Ghostbloods ultimately assassinated him despite him trying to negotiate.[3]

The Kholins used to think that Ialai Sadeas was the one who ordered Highprinces Vamah and Thanadal to be assassinated.[2] But, moments from her death, Ialai told Shallan that the Ghostbloods were the ones who actually assassinated the two Highprinces.[3]


  • Thanadal never actually appears on-screen and is never described in the books.


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