He was a grand questioner of YISUN. Unlike Yisun’s other disciple, Pree Ashma, he had no hunger in his heart for dominion of the universe, but a miserly scrutiny and a heart of iron nails. He was not an aspirant for royalty, and thereby attained it through little effort.
Virtually nothing is known of his youth, if he had such a thing in the first place. Being a god, it's possible Hansa came into existence as venerable and world-weary as he's always been.
He was a frequent companion of YISUN, who was fond of him because of his scrutinous nature and iron will. Hansa figures in several of YISUN's teachings recorded in the Psalms, including the lie of the giant and the ant, the lie of the iron plum, the lie of the water house and the lie of the small light.
Hansa had a long and worn pipe which he always kept with him and would eventually lead to his annihilation. Since he was royalty, he knew this, and kept it close to him as a reminder of his circular death.
He lived in a house of black iron nails with his daughter Prim, whom he put harshly to constant housework - that said, he seems to have cared about her enough to recount YISUN's teaching to her. He was widely reknowned all around the Wheel as a great sage and a wise advisor. Therefore, he had many visitors that stumbled often drunkenly and usually brazenly across the black threshold of his high hall, wisdom seekers and old friends, pilgrims and warriors clad in brass, those that had come to seek his counsel or those that had come seeking revenge.
The accounts of Hansa's death are paradoxical - two alternate narratives are presented.
According to the other, Hansa was slain in a drunken rage by the god Akaroth during lunisnight celebrations, when Hansa, caught in a heated philosophical fugue, committed the violation of letting his pipe smoke rise and befoul the all-wind that permeated that house and nourished the ways of the void. Afterwards, Akaroth's retainers, acting without the knowledge of their lord, demolished Hansa's estate, slaughtered his servants, and tormented his daughter Prim in retaliation. Prim embarked on an agonizing journey to find a proper burial place for her father, but the now-dead Hansa constantly berated her for choosing improper resting places. Eventually Prim cut herself free from the burden of Hansa's servitude and attained Royalty, leading to Hansa's body being swallowed into the Road.
- In Broken Worlds, Hansa is the patron deity of the Master class.
- Hansa's paradoxical death may be a reference to his status as Royalty, as a true sovereign isn't deterred by things such as death.
- Alternatively, it may be in reference to a verse in Book I of the Psalms: "Only an idiot cannot place his absolute certainty in paradoxes. The divine suicide is a perfect paradox. A man cannot exist without paradox – that is the full of it."