Zu (Sel)

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Zu (Sel)
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Profession Soldier
Nationality Striker
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Emperor's Soul

Zu is a Striker from Mulla'dil in the Rose Empire on Sel. He is the captain of the guard in the Rose Palace.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Zu is a young, tall man with a lean musculature and pale skin. He has dark hair which he keeps styled, indicating that he does not usually wear a helmet.[1] He has wide lips.[2]

He is an ambitious man who fancies himself bound for important things in the future.[1] He is simpleminded but very useful when the arbiters need someone killed.[3] He is uncomfortable with Forgery.[4]


Zu was one of the guards ordered to bring Wan ShaiLu before the five arbiters of the Heritage Faction after she was captured.[1] He showed a great dislike for Shai, promising that he would eventually kill her;[1] he felt insecure about his failure to apprehend her when she stole from the Rose Palace.[5] After Shai learned that Emperor Ashravan was comatose, Zu was assigned to oversee the security of her room. He was the only Striker who knew of Ashravan's injury and the deal that the arbiters struck with Shai to create an Essence Mark that would revive him.[6] He personally guarded the arbiters that came to visit Shai's room.[4][3]

Once Shai completed her work on the emperor's soul, Zu came into her room, dismissed the guards inside, then tried to kill her.[2] He managed to wound Shai with his sword, but he then fell through the floor due to a trap previously set by Shai, injuring his forehead and falling unconscious.[2] When he woke up, he went to the Bloodsealer employed by the arbiters and they managed to track Shai again using the blood on his sword. However, Shai easily bested Zu in combat using her Shaizan Essence Mark, breaking his wrist and six of his ribs. He was amazed at her ability.[2] She stole his tall, white, Gurish warhorse during her escape from the palace; it was worth more than a small house in some parts of the Rose Empire.[1][7]


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