Of the Mistborn Series, I am still listening to the first audio book. But I think this question won't be answered by me reading further:

Kelsier is told (I forget whom by) that she has a slither of Brass she uses to sooth people, hidden in a glove or sleeve. How is this possible (burning on only skin contact)? Allomantic powers come from ingesting flakes, and 'burning' them (in the stomach).

What is she doing? Has she previously swallowed the standard flakes, and these are rumours?

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    Hoid is the informant that mentions this tidbit to Kelsier: "She always carries a thin envelope of shaved brass in her right glove."
    – JW8
    Dec 7, 2012 at 1:31
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    Also, brass isn't used to soothe. It's used to riot. I was extremely confused when I read this. Simply a typo. The book should have said zinc.
    – user23126
    Feb 22, 2014 at 3:23
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    @BFay, have you read our tour? You should know this isn't mike a forum with lots of discussion. This is question and answer site. Also, regardless: mistborn.wikia.com/wiki/Brass you have your metals mixed up.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Feb 22, 2014 at 7:33

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It's a question of storage :-) Most Mistborn store their phials of metals on belt loops or in pouches; she stores her up her sleeve, that's all.

  • Doesn't she need to ingest it to use the powers?
    – AncientSwordRage
    May 7, 2012 at 21:35
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    @Pureferret Yes; presumably she yawns (or takes a drink, or anything that brings her hand to her mouth), deposits the brass, and swallows it. It's much more subtle than carrying around a phial and drinking from it.
    – Tacroy
    May 7, 2012 at 21:40

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