I was somewhat surprised on rereading through the first Mistborn trilogy to find, in reference to Spook's given name of Lestibournes:

Lestibournes. Lefting I'm born.

Street slang for "I've been abandoned."

I hadn't remembered this at all (despite remembering the scene it's in), so I'm not sure what else I missed. I know Lestibournes is the name he gave Clubs when Clubs "bought" and rescued him from the plantation and took him to Luthadel. I know Spook is the name Kelsier gave him, ostensibly because he found Lestibournes too hard to say (or maybe because Kelsier knew exactly what his chosen name meant), and Spook stuck with that nickname for the most part after that.

Are there any references at all to his original name, the one he left behind? Failing that, is there any word from the author?


firstRainbowRose (17 October 2008)

I have a rather simple question. What was Spook's real name? He gives a easternese slang term that becomes his name, then he goes by his Kelsier-given nick. So, what was his birth name? (Yes, I wonder about random things like that.)

Brandon Sanderson (20 October 2008)

Jedal. After his father.

Which is the reason why Spook didn't like using it.
from https://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=727#67

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  • Is there a better source for that than a fan forum? Anyone can say anything there, after all—presumably Brandon Sanderson got this piece of information from somewhere to begin with. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 16 '16 at 6:43
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Sadly, I can't find a better source, although he does reveal information that only the author would know, which has since been revealed by the author or published (names of the final metals, fact that hemalurgy isn't dead, a bit about the afterlife etc.) so I feel reasonably confident that this really was Brandon Sanderson – Mithrandir24601 Apr 16 '16 at 12:42
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Theoryland is a bit more than just a fan forum. It's the go-to resource for all Word of God information on the Wheel of Time, Mistborn, etc. books. A great collection of interviews. And since Brandon Sanderson is the author, he didn't need to "g[e]t this piece of information from somewhere" :-) +1 to Mithrandir for a nice find! – Rand al'Thor Apr 16 '16 at 13:21
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    @Randal'Thor I have to admit I've never heard of_Mistborn_, so I'd missed that Brandon Sanderson was the author. If I'd looked a bit closer, I would probably have realised that he's the one answering all the questions there, not just another user on a site. Mea culpa! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 16 '16 at 15:52

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