As revealed at the end of The Final Empire, Steel Inquisitors have 11 metal spikes driven into various parts of their bodies. It would seem that there would be a relatively way for a Mistborn to kill the Inquisitor by Pulling on one spike while Pushing on another. I base my question on the fact that while normal Allomancers are unable to manipulate metals embedded in other people, the Lord Ruler could so it is theoretically possible. Would this be a valid method assuming the above?

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    An inquisitor can be killed by physically yanking out the proper spike, so I don't see why removing it with Allomancy wouldn't. But the difficulty in removing large objects deeply embedded in a person is very high, so it's doubtful that it could be done without some huge enhancements, if at all.
    – Nolimon
    Sep 15, 2018 at 18:13
  • When did the Lord Ruler affect metal in someone's body? Sorry, it's been a bit since I read the series so I don't remember.
    – Paul
    Sep 16, 2018 at 0:43
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    At the end of book he Pulled Vin's earring off her ear.
    – Hoid
    Sep 16, 2018 at 5:11
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    Worth noting that Vin was also able to affect the metals pierced in The Lord Ruler (feurochemically charged too, but not hemalurgic AFAIK) when she took in the mists. I don't know if you've read Era 2 (Wax/Wayne series); but you see something similar there too.
    – JMac
    Sep 17, 2018 at 12:17

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They could be extracted with great Allomancy and it was intentional.

In later books (if I'm not wrong, in The Hero of Ages) it said that the Lord Ruler did that in order to keep the Inquisitors loyal to him. He designed them with Hemalurgy in a way that would make them vulnerable to his pulls/pushes. This way, they would live forever with the notion that their power came from him, and that he could kill them outright if they rebelled. I'm unable to find the exact passage, but maybe someone else can.

This is shown again when

Elend fights a steel Inquisitor in the Hero of Ages, and he discovers that the inquisitor had protected his central spike to avoid someone pulling on it (physically, at least).

This can be seen as Inquisitors trying to prevent the flaw they've been created with,

since at the time, with the Lord Ruler being dead, they weren't exactly "in check" anymore.

Generally, it's unlikely that anyone could push or pull on the spikes due to the nature of Allomancy. It is said that Allomantic powers have decreased over time (due to the power being passed down generation after generation, and "watered" down in the lineages) and we don't know if in the "golden era" of Allomancy it was possible.

The Lord Ruler was both an incredible Allomancer, and had a nice set of tricks up in his sleeve, so he could.

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    There are some events in Era 2 that bring up the possibility of someone having the power to do this again.
    – JMac
    Sep 17, 2018 at 12:12
  • I've only read the Alloy of Law, so I may have missed that. If you want to add, feel free
    – Liquid
    Sep 17, 2018 at 12:47
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    I don't want to add any spoilers, and it doesn't change anything you've said, so I don't think it really needs to be directly added. Just a little tidbit in case anyone may have forgot.
    – JMac
    Sep 17, 2018 at 12:54

The Lord Ruler could do it. But it's unlikely that anyone else could

Mistborn is part of an overarching structured universe of Sanderson's called the Cosmere. One of the major rules of how magics interact in the Cosmere is that objects that have been charged with magic are very difficult to affect with magic, and this resistance scales with the amount of magic in them. It probably won't surprise you to learn that the spikes that power Inquisitors are very magical.

It is still possible to affect them with magic, but it requires a great deal more power than normal. Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) for the Lord Ruler, he is a great deal more powerful than the average Allomancer, and he would be able to achieve the feat.

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