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Arclo Narrates the Stormlight Covers

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I may not be the first to mention this, but I have somewhat of a theory concerning a certain Dysian Aimian character we meet in Edgedancer. This almost feels stupid to mention, because of how obvious it feels, but I'll say it anyway:

I believe that Arclo, the Sleepless Dysian Aimian who Lift met, is the one who is speaking on the back covers of The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. This is evidenced by the reader of the covers making indirect references to the main characters of the series, i.e. "The Liar" (Shallan), "The Surgeon" (Kaladin), "The Highprince" (Dalinar), and "The Assassin" (Szeth). He refers to them as the "four who we watch". Arclo says something very similar to that to Lift when talking to her about being a Radiant. Also, the back cover of The Way of Kings begins with the words "I long for the days before the Last Desolation". To me, that sounds like the tone of a person who was alive before the Last Desolation and has happy memories of it. In Edgedancer, Arclo talks to Lift about having known and befriended ancient Knights Radiant, as well as refers to the time before the Last Desolation of being wonderful, honorable days.

Arclo speaks the words and speaks with even the same tone as the reader of the back covers, leading me to believe that the ancient Sleepless who goes by Arclo is the one speaking the back covers of the Stormlight Archive. What do you all think?

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I believe this is already widely accepted :) Good catch.

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It's confirmed that Sleepless are writing the texts that are featured as cover blurbs of Stormlight Archive:

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Who writes these perspectives? [Talking about the blurbs on the back of Stormlight books I assume?] (yeah presumably)

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Those are the Sleepless, the Aimians.

But we don't know whether it's Arclo. I'd say it's not specifically him as he says that it's the others who are "watching the four" while he also pays attention to Lift, for example.

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