The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Edki is a Guardian sent to assassinate Alabaster at Allia. He appears shirtless on the town’s boardwalk, ready to use the touch of his skin to turn Alabaster’s orogeny inward and destroy him. When Syenite reveals that she was the one who actually raised the obelisk from the harbor, Edki turns on her instead, first stabbing Alabaster with a specialized knife to negate his orogeny and taunting him for his foolishness. In her panic, Syenite draws power from the obelisk, presumably killing Edki along with destroying the entire city of Allia.

Edki Guardian Warrant Quotes in The Fifth Season

The The Fifth Season quotes below are all either spoken by Edki Guardian Warrant or refer to Edki Guardian Warrant. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Hierarchy, Oppression, and Prejudice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Orbit edition of The Fifth Season published in 2015.
Chapter 14 Quotes

She scrambles backward again, tries to get to her feet again, tries again to reach for power, and fails in all three efforts. Even if she could succeed, though—he’s a Guardian. It’s her duty to obey. It’s her duty to die, if he wills it.

This is not right.

“You need not understand,” he says, with perfect kindness. “You need do only one thing.” And then he lunges, aiming the poniard at her chest.

Related Characters: Edki Guardian Warrant (speaker), Essun/Damaya/Syenite
Page Number: 261
Explanation and Analysis:
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Edki Guardian Warrant Character Timeline in The Fifth Season

The timeline below shows where the character Edki Guardian Warrant appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14: Syenite breaks her toys
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Alabaster greets the Guardian, who jumps down from the railing and introduces himself as Edki Guardian Warrant. Edki knows both of their names, and comments on how busy they’ve been... (full context)
Hierarchy, Oppression, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Edki mentions Alabaster’s old Guardian, Leshet, and says that they have found her and need to... (full context)
Hierarchy, Oppression, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Freedom Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
Edki know draws another knife, this one long and thin and familiar to Syenite. She backs... (full context)
Hierarchy, Oppression, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
...they do is fundamentally immoral. Then her attention turns to the nearby garnet obelisk. With Edki’s knife still traveling toward her heart, Syenite sees Alabaster silently warn her against what she... (full context)
Chapter 16: Syen in the hidden land
Hierarchy, Oppression, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
History, Storytelling, and Knowledge Theme Icon
...Syenite’s hand hurts in memory of an old injury. She asks about the knife that Edki used to stab Alabaster, and Alabaster says that it was another Guardian specialty, designed to... (full context)