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Profession Squadleader in Amaram's army
Groups Amaram's army
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Gotta do what you can to stay alive, son. Turn a liability into an advantage whenever you can. Remember that, if you live.

—Varth to Kaladin[1]

Varth is a squadleader in Brightlord Meridas Amaram's army.[1]

Appearance & Personality[edit]

Varth is a lean, thoughtful-looking man with keen eyes.[1]

Varth is a selfish but practical man.[1] His ultimate philosophy is to do whatever is necessary to keep himself alive.[2] He will allow others to die if it helps himself.[1] Varth is also always looking for a way to turn a liability into an advantage, like he did with Tien and the other messenger boys.


Squadleader in Amaram's Army[edit]

Varth served as a squadleader in Brightlord Sheler's company within Amaram's army[1] when it fought in a variety of small border conflicts with Highprince Torol Sadeas's rival highprinces, as well as the Reshi Isles and the nation of Jah Keved.[3] During one battle, Varth's squad was in need of reinforcements, so a messenger boy, Tien, and two other young boys were sent to him.[1] Tien and his companions knew little of combat, so Varth placed them front and center in his squad's formation. Varth was ordered by a messenger from Amaram to defend against attacks from the east. When the enemy troops reached them, Varth's squad pulled back, leaving Tien and his companions alone at the front, where they were swiftly slaughtered. They broke the momentum of the enemy's charge though, allowing Varth's squad to defeat them.

Kaladin Stormblessed, Tien's brother, reached Varth and his squad moments later and confronted Varth about leaving Tien and the other boys exposed.[1] Varth explained that he does whatever is necessary to keep himself alive, and advises Kaladin to learn to do the same. He then retreats to a more fortified position. It is unknown if Varth survived the battle.


Varth's words are often recalled by Kaladin later in his life,[4] although he strongly disagrees with Varth's principles.[2] Kaladin was driven for many years by a desire for power in order to exact vengeance on Varth and the men of his squad for sacrificing Tien.[5]


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