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Died Killed by Nale, 1173[1]
Abilities Truthwatcher
Profession Cobbler
Nationality Iriali
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Ym was an Iriali on Roshar. He owned a cobbler shop. He provided free shoes to street urchins who need them, asking only that they tell him their stories in return.[1]


In his youth, he lived on the streets although he was apparently born to a family of means. He unwittingly killed a woman. He was told to deliver a bottle of wine to a woman and that the vintage was a message she would recognize. The wine, however, was poisoned and the woman died. Regretful of his actions, Ym went on to live a life free of crime. Eventually, he opened up a cobbler shop where he would often make shoes for the street urchins.

He is killed by Nale.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

He wears spectacles.

Ym is a kind and selfless man. He never charges money for the shoes he makes. Unlike some of his colleagues, he prefers to make the wooden forms of his shoes by himself. He thinks since it has been done that way for centuries, there is probably a good reason for it. He heals the urchins that come to his shop, comforts them and makes sure they have a good pair of shoes.

Religious Belief
He believes, long ago, there was only one being which he simply calls One. One knew everything but had experienced nothing. And so One became Many in order to experience all things. As each experience is different, it brings completeness to One. Eventually, all will be gathered back in when the sum of land is attained and they will once again become One. Every person is a different mind of a single being experiencing different lives. As Many, they need ignorance. Each fragment of the One’s mind has its own body with different passions and inclinations. They exist in variety to experience all kinds of thought. That means some people must know and others must not. Just like some people must be rich and others poor. This is why he is interested in collecting other people's experiences. It is likely that this belief is the same one spread by Arclo.

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Ym was a Surgebinder. He had access to the Surge of Progression and to the Surge of Illumination. As such, he had the ability of the order of Knights Radiant associated with Pailiah (i.e. Truthwatchers).[2]


You are an interesting experience, my friend, one in which I’m honored to participate.
—Ym to his spren
Because, you and I are One.
—Ym to an urchin


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