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Leyten by Jamie Knierim


Bridge Four[edit]

Leyten was an apprentice armorer prior to becoming a bridgemen. The armor of a lighteyes broke, allowing an arrow to hit in the shoulder, and the blame fell on Leyten. As a result, he was demoted to work on the bridge crews.[1]

On the first bridge run after Kaladin's promotion to bridgeleader, Leyten dropped after taking two arrow wounds in his shoulder and the opposite arm. Another arrow grazed his stomach and his left leg was trampled by a horse. Teft and Rock carried Leyten to Kaladin, who insisted on treating his wounds. Leyten fell unconscious and Kaladin feared he wouldn’t make it. However, Kaladin pulled the arrows free from his arms and cauterized the wounds. He splinted Leyten’s leg using the arrow shafts and cauterized that wound as well, saving the man’s life. The crew brought him back to the barracks by tying him to the top of their bridge while they ran and then quickly untying him before the army crossed.[2] Leyten’s wounds soon became infected, causing Kaladin to enlist Rock and Teft to help collect knobweed sap for its antiseptic qualities. The knobweed sap worked because Leyten was up and about, though he initially had a lot of trouble walking due to his crushed leg.[3][4][5]

Leyten’s condition continued to improve, even joining the rest of Bridge Four in the chasms for spear training and harvesting.[6] After the success of using the Parshendi carapace armor, Leyten was tasked with crafting additional sets of armor for every man in Bridge Four.[1] He expertly crafted armor to fit on their current leather jerkins and caps, along with arm and shin guards to match. Leyten insisted on ornamenting the helms with ridges and cuts, as well as cutting the breastplates and guards in toothlike patterns.[7]

Dalinar's Army (1173—)[edit]

After the Battle of the Tower, Leyten joined Dalinar’s army along with the rest of the bridgemen.[8] He continued working on armor, fixing issues as gear arrived from the quartermaster.[9] He also assisted in guarding the various members of the Kholin family.[10] In the mornings, Leyten trained with Natam and a few others. When Kaladin gave Shen a spear, he encouraged the parshmen to train with Leyten and Natam, who were willing to teach him.[11] When Renarin joined Bridge Four, Leyten helped teach him how to carry a bridge.[12] Leyten was one of the bridgemen who was guarding Dalinar when Rlain surrendered himself to the Alethi.[13] He survived the Everstorm and the preceding battle.[14]

During one of their patrols of Urithiru after the Everstorm, Leyten and Peet discovered something strange hidden between two planter boxes, stuck in the stone floor. The pair sent Lyn to retrieve Dalinar, who arrived and Leyten led him to where they found Oathbringer. They surmised the killer must have dropped it out the window after murdering Sadeas. Leyten, along with the four other bridgemen, accompanied Dalinar as he walked back into the tower to return the blade to Ialai Sadeas. After a heated discussion with Amaram, Dalinar asked Leyten and the others to leave him. They hesitated, but eventually retreated.[15] During Kaladin’s absence, Leyten struggled to keep up with the requisition orders, a fact that Sigzil points out to the captain upon his return.[16]