"For now, all you need to know is that I'm a whisper of reason in this howling pit of insanity."

Vanasha is a character and potential ally in Horizon Zero Dawn. She is encountered during the main quest and plays a role in the Carja Civil War.


Vanasha is a Carja spy on a mission to convince the Dowager Queen Nasadi and her son, Sun-King Avad's half-brother, Itamen to defect from the Shadow Carja capital of Sunfall and return to Meridian. Undercover, she has managed to become Nasadi's handmaiden.

Despite spending the previous two years embedded deep within the Citadel, she is fiercely loyal to Avad and his progressive rule, as many of her actions would suggest.

Vanasha is an elite agent who spent many years training under the revered Carja Spymaster Blameless Marad.[1]


Because she is well-trained as a spy, it is difficult for Vanasha to display her authentic personality.[1] She comes across as a flirtatious and cunning woman, but her upbringing may have played a role in the formation of her deviant character. It is likely that her hatred for the bigoted ways of the Shadow Carja is a result of her upbringing, as she was the daughter of a servant family that was treated terribly at the hands of their powerful noble owners.[1]

She has a soft spot for Itamen, admitting to feeling delighted when he made her a Strider out of matchsticks (despite the poor quality of the build).

Associated Quests

Traitor's Bounty

Vanasha serves as the quest-giver for Traitor's Bounty: she will find Aloy in the Citadel while High Priest Bahavas declares the bounty on Uthid's head. She warns Aloy that Uthid is innocent, and to meet her by the green tent in Shadowside.

Aloy arrives while Vanasha gives food to some of the orphans. While Vanasha doesn't reveal her allegiances, she advises Aloy to search for Uthid on the Greenclimb, telling her to check for the three dead trees marking the start of the trail. While Aloy goes to the Greenclimb, Vanasha gets rid of Yun's Shunned, one of the three mercenary groups hired to hunt Uthid, and arranges passage for Uthid to Meridian. To Vanasha's delight, Aloy and Uthid survive the other mercenaries, and Bahavas meets his demise at Uthid's hands.

With Bahavas gone, Vanasha sees the opportunity to smuggle Itamen and Nasadi out of Sunfall. She asks that Aloy speak with Three-Toed Huadiv by the Branded Shore to ensure that the escape path has been cleared.

Queen's Gambit

The Looming Shadow




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Horizon Zero Dawn Strategy Guide (Collector's Ed.), p.604. Future Press, 2017.
Carja Characters
Carja Tribe Members Sun-Court Avad - HishavanFW - Irid - Itamen - Jahamin - Marad - Namman - Nasadi
Guards Balahn - Firiv - Janeva - Lakhir - Walid - Zaid
Hunters Lodge Ahsis - Aidaba - Bashad - Greatrun Keeper - Havash - Ligan - Malesh - Palaved - Spurflints Keeper - Sun Furrows Keeper - Talanah - Tarkas - Tufanah - Valleymeet Keeper
Merchants Cantarah - Eclectic Collectibles Merchant - Kudiv - Machine Resources Merchant - Studious Palas
Tribe Daradi - Dirid - Elida - Enasha - FurahniFW - Gavan - Gulahni - Hashiv - Three-Toe Huadiv - Ilsadi - Keadi - Kindiv - Lahavis - Lubavad - Marzavid - Nasan - Nil (formerly) - Omas - Quarry Foreman - Ranaman - Smiling Ranin - Ravan - Ravan's Steward - RhavidFW - Rokasha - RuwasFW - Shahavad - Uthid - Vanasha - Vashad
Shadow Carja Tribe Members Abas - Atral - Bahavas - Dekamin (defected) - Ghaliv - Helis - Shianah - Shivin - Tarav - Uthid (formerly) - Yusis
Lore Amavad - Aram - Araman - Basadid - Hivas - Iriv - Jiran - Juwadan - Kadaman - Khuvadin - Marzid - Nahasis - Ranan - Sadahin - Zavarad