- "A young girl brave enough to defy the Chandrian, but still terrified of making her mother angry."
- ―Kvothe, of Nina
Nina has mousy brown hair and pale skin, with two spots of color high on each cheek. She has expressive eyes, which go from hollow and dark when fearful, to bright and beautiful when she's content.
She is shy and often anxious. She fears that the Chandrian, who she believes are demons, will harm her for the information that she possesses. She has had some education, as she can read, but has spent her life in the small village where she was born, and therefore both her speech and worldly knowledge lack refinement. She is a devout believer in Tehlinism. She has some skill as a painter, and helps her mother to glaze pottery.
In the Chronicle
Kvothe was introduced to Nina shortly after he asked the townspeople of Trebon for information regarding the artifact that was discovered on the Mauthen Farm. She informed Kvothe that Mauthen's youngest son, Jimmy, had briefly shown her a vase, and describes some of the figures that were painted on it:
"There was a woman holding a broken sword, and a man next to a dead tree, and another man with a dog biting his leg [...] one with white hair and black eyes [...] There was one with no face, just a hood with nothing inside. There was a mirror by his feet and there was a bunch of moons over him. You know, full moon, half moon, sliver moon. And there was a woman [....] with some of her clothes off.”She then expresses her fear that the Chandrian will harm her, like they had the people at the Mauthen wedding. To assuage her fear, Kvothe gives her a piece of metal from an unfinished sympathy lamp, preforms a chant, and informs her that it's an amulet which can protect her from demons.
Kvothe encountered Nina again a year later, when she sought him out at the University. She informed him that she had been having vivid dreams about the pictures on the vase, and believed it to be a sign from God. So using pages that she took from theBook of the Path, she painted what she saw in her dreams and gave it to Kvothe. Her painting only showed three of the eight figures present on the vase - Cinder, Haliax, and a member of the Ciridae - but even so, Kvothe considers this painting to be invaluable.