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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

You are an interesting experience, my friend, one in which I’m honored to participate.

—Ym to his spren[1]

Ym is an Iriali cobbler, who owns his own shop, on Roshar. He provides free shoes to street urchins who need them, asking only that they tell him their stories in return.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

"You're really gonna give me a pair of shoes," the urchin said. "For nothin’ ?"
"Nothing but your story... Because, you and I are One."

—Ym to an urchin boy[1]

He wears spectacles.

Ym is a kind and selfless man. 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. He is religious and follows the Iriali god known as the One. His religious beliefs influence how he runs his business and as such he does not charge for the shoes he makes, instead asking for his customers to share their life experiences with him.

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Ym is a Surgebinder and has bonded a mistspren. As such, he has access to the Surge of Progression and to the Surge of Illumination.[2]

Wyndle implied that the cultivationspren considered bonding Ym, which would have allowed him access to the Surges of Progression and Abrasion.[3]


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 was killed by Nale in his attempt of stopping the True Desolation by killing Radiants.[1]


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