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Matt Mills

Is Tonk Fah a Ghost blood?

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Ok, I'm working through the Stormlight Archive again and I just got to the part in WoR when Shallan goes to the Ghostbloods for the first time, meeting Mraize. I have felt like something was connecting for me every time I read through this bit but couldn't put my finger on it, maybe because of how many other important characters are present in this scene, but the way the guard who lets Shallan in strikes me as resembling Tonk Fah very much. Consider that the guard is described as a very big man, who smiles at Shallan's joke, speaks with a surprisingly high voice, and comments on eating two breakfasts. He feels very much like how Tonk Fah is represented in Warbreaker. Thoughts?

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7 hours ago, Matt Mills said:

Ok, I'm working through the Stormlight Archive again and I just got to the part in WoR when Shallan goes to the Ghostbloods for the first time, meeting Mraize. I have felt like something was connecting for me every time I read through this bit but couldn't put my finger on it, maybe because of how many other important characters are present in this scene, but the way the guard who lets Shallan in strikes me as resembling Tonk Fah very much. Consider that the guard is described as a very big man, who smiles at Shallan's joke, speaks with a surprisingly high voice, and comments on eating two breakfasts. He feels very much like how Tonk Fah is represented in Warbreaker. Thoughts?

Did you mean this section of Ch 43?

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The door was opened by a darkeyed man the size of a boulder who had a beard trimmed like a Horneater’s. His hair did seem to have some red in it.

She resisted the urge to shuffle from one foot to the next as he looked her up and down. Finally, he opened the door all the way, motioning her in with thick fingers. She didn’t miss the large axe that leaned against the wall just next to him, illuminated by the single feeble Stormlight lamp—it looked like it only had a chip in it—on the wall.

Taking a deep breath, Shallan entered.

The place smelled moldy. She heard water dripping from somewhere farther inside, stormwater infallibly making its way from a leaking roof down, down, down to the ground floor. The guard did not speak as he led her along the hall. The floor was wood. There was something about walking on wood that made her feel as if she were going to fall through. It seemed to groan with every step. Good stone never did anything like that.

The guard nodded toward an opening in the wall, and Shallan stared into the blackness there. Steps. Down.

Storms, what am I doing?

Not being timid. That was what she was doing. Shallan glanced at the brutish guard and raised an eyebrow, forcing her voice to sound calm. “You really went all-out on the decor. How long did you have to look to find a den in the Shattered Plains that had a creepy staircase in it?”

The guard actually smiled. It didn’t make him look any less intimidating.

“The stairs aren’t going to collapse under me, are they?” Shallan asked.

“Is fine,” the guard said. His voice was surprisingly high pitched. “He did not collapse for me, and I had two breakfasts today.” He patted his stomach. “Go. They wait for you.”

She got out a sphere for light and started down the stairwell.

I don't recall Tonk Fah's voice ever being described in Warbreaker (and a quick search found nothing), but the idea has merit. His syntax matches a Horneater, but that could be disguise. I feel like the "two breakfasts" should be the bigger clue - but it only makes me think of the LotR movie (What about second breakfast?).

 

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