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Parents Lirin, Hesina
Siblings Kaladin
Born 1155[Citation needed]
Died 1168[1]
Profession Conscripted into Amaram's army
Birthplace Hearthstone
Nationality Alethi
World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Tien is Kaladin's younger brother.[2]

In Hearthstone, he is apprenticed to a carpenter named Ral as he does not have the stomach to become an assistant to his father. Tien habitually makes intricate carvings, and is distracted from the more "useful" work easily.[3]

He is pressed into Brightlord Amaram's army by Brightlord Roshone when he is thirteen. Amaram promises his parents that Tien will be a messenger,[3] but he is later put on the battlefield when there is a shortage of regular soldiers. Without any training and unable to use a spear correctly, Tien is killed by an enemy lighteyes officer four months after being drafted.[1] Although he progresses into his teens throughout The Way of Kings, he always seemed to act childishly. For Kaladin, he was a beacon of light during the harder days of life in Hearthstone; specifically during the Weeping. He has a knack for finding stones and finding something special in them. In many ways, this symbolizes his youthful characteristics and his way of finding the best in people. His death on the battlefield shook Kaladin greatly, and Kaladin still grieves his death every day.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He has a mix of unruly brown and black hair, and is small for his age.[2][3] He has a fixation with rocks, and always seems to find beauty in them.[expand]


He is born 2 years after Kaladin.[Citation needed][expand]


  1. a b The Way of Kings chapter 46
  2. a b The Way of Kings chapter 16
  3. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 44
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