|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Appearance and Personality
Ithi is described as "aged", with vines seemingly growing underneath her skin, out of her eyes, and down her face. She wears a Soulcasting fabrial on her hand that is powered by Stormlight contained in large emeralds. Like most Alethi Soulcasters, she is an ardent of the Vorin church.
During the Siege of Kholinar, Highmarshal Azure leads the Kholinar Wall Guard in defending the city against the Voidbringers. Food is very scarce in the city during the siege; the Voidbringers intentionally allow refugees from the surrounding areas to enter the city to drain its resources. Under normal circumstances, the city's Soulcasters would have been able to make Soulcast food to sustain the populace for quite some time, but the invading army controls Voidspren known as "screamers" that can detect most uses of Stormlight, including fabrials, and alert the Fused.
Kaladin notices that Azure seems to control an unusual amount of food, and even uses it to recruit people into her army. Azure eventually reveals a hidden series of chambers in the walls of the city. Azure enters the tunnels every night and cuts out blocks of stone with her Shardblade that Ithi and her sister Soulcast into food. They avoid detection by the screamers by lining the room with aluminum panels given to Azure by Hoid.
Ithi is skilled in the use of her Soulcaster fabrial. Although she and her sister are not powerful enough to feed the entire city, they are able to keep the entire Wall Guard supplied with plenty of food, with "some to spare". She shares the fabrial with her sister and they are therefore able to keep Soulcasting "nonstop".
Theories and Speculation
Ithi's skill with her Soulcaster and her "inhuman" appearance suggest that she may be a Soulcasting savant. Her sister is not seen in the text but presumably has a similar level of ability. The vines that appear to be growing inside of Ithi and her use of emeralds in her Soulcaster indicate that she accesses the Essence associated with Pailiah. Pailiah is also the patron of the Knights Radiant Order of Truthwatchers; this Order uses the Surge of Progression that can magically heal or grow organic material, which relates to Ithi's abilities.
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