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Tonk Fah

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Tonk Fah
Groups Denth's crew
Nationality Pahn Kahl
World Nalthis
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Warbreaker

"I like cutting off toes"

— Tonk Fah to Denth and Vivenna[1]

Tonk Fah is a Pahn Kahl[2] mercenary on Nalthis.[3]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Superficially Tonk Fah can appear to be a funny, somewhat simple, but good-natured mercenary, who likes to nap and eat.[4][2]

In reality, he is a sociopath and works with Denth as a thug. He is "large of girth" and carries a cudgel strapped to his back.[5]

He keeps a succession of exotic pets, which he secretly tortures and kills when the urge takes him. It took Denth a large effort to have him re-focus his attention to animals instead of humans.[6]


When Vivenna arrives in T'Telir Tonk Fah and his companion Denth intercept her as she travels to find Lemex the Idrian spymaster in the town. He helps convince her with his casual, somewhat jovial style that he is a simplistic and misunderstood mercenary. He appears to be eager to please and quite diligent in carrying out orders. He helped guard Vivenna while she met with Idrian slum lords and helped ransack Lemex's home in search of his valuables and plans.[7]

After Parlin dies, Vivenna escapes into the streets. At first she attempts to awaken Tonk Fah's cloak but due to a bad command this does not work, and she instead uses Clod's lifeless command as a distraction. While starving on the streets, Vivenna sees that the first soup kitchen she goes to is being watched by Tonk Fah from across the street, and thus she avoids going to any of soup kitchens even while on the verge of death.[8]

After Vivenna sneaks into the Court of the Gods in order to help free Vasher with the guidance of Nightblood, she comes across Denth torturing Vasher, with Tonk Fah idly sleeping with his back against the wall. Vivenna uses an Awakened rope to strangle Tonk Fah, which distracts Denth as he moves to help Tonk Fah escape the binding.

While Tonk Fah keeps an eye on her during the duel between Denth and Vasher, she realizes that he was still wearing the same cloak she had placed her BioChromatic Breath into. She uses this for a distraction against Denth.[3]

After Denth is killed by Vasher, Tonk Fah takes his money and escapes with Jewels[9]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Tonk Fah is a capable warrior and extremely strong. He took on five Lifeless when fleeing the raid and even incapacitated two as they were trying to kill Vivenna.[10] Both of these abilities seem to be enhanced by his great size.


He is in a mercenary band with Denth and Jewels.

Tonk Fah temporarily pretended to be employed by and allies with Vivenna. In reality he was in the employ of Bluefingers.


Don't make important people angry unless you're getting paid by people who are even more powerful.

— Tonk Fah to Vivenna[11]


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