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Siege of Kholinar
Part of the True Desolation
Date ~Jesishi to Nanachan 1174[citation needed]
Participants Adolin, Kaladin, Shallan Davar, Elhokar, Azure, Drehy, Skar, The Fused, Moash, Sah, Khen
Effects Alethkar lost to the Voidbringers; death of Elhokar; Adolin, Shallan, Kaladin, and Azure transported to Shadesmar
Region Kholin princedom
Location Kholinar
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Oathbringer
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The Siege of Kholinar and the ensuing battle inside Kholinar Palace are a major event in the True Desolation. The battle results in a Voidbringer victory and occupation of the city, as well as the death of King Elhokar.


Voidbringer forces have gathered outside of Kholinar, taking control of nearby villages and forcing the local populace into obedience while waiting for the rest of their hosts to arrive.


In the siege leading up to the main assault, the Voidbringers used various siege tactics to weaken and test the cities defenses. Upon the arrival of Moash's group, refugees were released by the Voidbringers in order to further encumber the besieged city which was already running low on food. In order to prevent communication with Urithiru and the other allied human forces, the Voidbringers deployed a variety of Voidspren referred to as Screamers to detect the use of fabrials within the city, particularly spanreeds. These spren can detect the use of fabrials and investiture within the city and upon detection emit their namesake scream to alert nearby scouting Fused. The Fused would then strike at the point to neutralize the source. The Fused were also shown to engage in raids on the city walls in order to gauge the city's defenses, which were primarily maintained by Highmarshal Azure and the Wall Guard.

Assault on the City[edit]


Battle of Kholinar Palace[edit]



With the King slain and the Voidbringers overwhelming the palace, the remainder of a despondent Kaladin's forces retreat to the Oathgate. Knowing that the Oathgate was the only way to escape, Shallan attempts to activate it against the warnings of the supposedly turncoat Unmade, Sja-Anat, who reveals to her that the Oathgate has been tampered with. Sja-Anat promises to try and not kill Shallan and her companions as the sabotaged Oathgate transports them to Shadesmar.

After the Radiants' narrow escape, the Voidbringers gain complete control over the city and cement their hold over the majority of Alethkar. However, during the battle the Bridge Four members Skar and Drehy managed to extricate Elhokar's son Gav from the chaos and flee the city undetected. They are later brought back to Urithiru with Kaladin's help.

Aesudan's fate after the battle is unknown, but Yelig-nar is later shown taking Meridas Amaram as its new host, with Odium mentioning that "the power consumed her".

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History of Roshar
Battle of Narak Siege of Kholinar Battle of Thaylen Field
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