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Questions tagged [mistborn]

Mistborn is a series of books by Brandon Sanderson, with a unique system of magic based on metal. The books detail the protagonists' struggles against the Lord Ruler and the Final Empire and their subsequent fight to prevent the end of their world. Always use in conjunction with the [cosmere] tag.

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Can Allomancers Soothe or Riot themselves?

In Mistborn, can Allomancers burn zinc and brass to Riot or Soothe their own emotions, such as to calm down if scared or cause a fight-or-flight reaction to trigger adrenaline?
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Are Shardblades “God Metal”?

We know that the "God Metals" in Mistborn are investiture from Shards in physical form. We also know that Shardblades are Spren, which are basically sentient investiture, manifesting in the physical ...
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Can Allomancers see metal behind themselves?

The blue lines that iron and steel Mistings see point towards nearby metal objects whenever an Allomancer is burning one of the two metals. They can see these lines even when they close their eyes. ...
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Where does the extra power come from in Compounding? [duplicate]

I understand the basics of Allomancy and Feruchemy, but I'm unsure of how exactly the powers support each other so well. Namely: where does the EXTRA investiture come from when Compounding? How is it ...
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Can Hemalurgy affect other Investiture?

Is it possible to use a Hemalurgic spike to affect people with other Investiture, like stealing someone's Breaths for example?
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Why can anyone burn Lerasium but not Atium?

At the Well of Ascension, after the mist spirit (Preservation) stabs Elend, he saves himself by ingesting the last bead of metal at the Well which transforms him into a full Mistborn. As revealed ...
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Why were Tensoon and Zane necessary?

Towards the end of the Mistborn Trilogy, we learn that because of the Hemulargic spikes they possess. In The Well of Ascension, we go through the entire plot seeing how Zane's insanity led to him ...
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Does Compounding with Duralumin boost the final amount of Feruchemical charge?

We know that burning a metal with Duralumin burns away all of the metal in one burst. Does doing so with Feruchemically charged metal result in a more powerful Compounding, or just result in the power ...
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Does Duralumin's power vary based on how much of the other metal you have?

A Mistborn burning metal and Duralumin gets a burst of power and uses all of the metal he has. Does the size of the burst change based on the amount of the other metal ingested (i.e. would swallowing ...
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How is Marsh still alive?

In the second Mistborn series, Marsh, aka Ironeyes, is still alive. But it explicitly states in the first series that Inquisitors do die of old age. So how is he still alive?
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What are the Feruchemical abilities of the “God Metals” and their alloys?

There are two "God Metals"; Lerasium and Atium and they each have an alloy. What attributes can they store with Feruchemy?
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What happens if a Twinborn Compounds a Coppermind

In the Mistborn universe Compounding takes place when a Twinborn burns a Feruchemical storage, greatly increasing the Feruchemical power within. Now this works simply for most stores like health, ...
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How were Feruchemists not affected by Ruin on account of the earrings they wore? [duplicate]

As noted many times in the Mistborn trilogy (I can't remember any exact text), Feruchemists used to keep Metalminds on their bodies - including earrings - to store Feruchemical attributes. It was ...
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Since when is a Feruchemist able to only have one power?

Based on the first Mistborn trilogy, it seems that unlike Allomancy, if you were a Feruchemist, you were able to use a Metalmind made of any metal. However, in the Wax Wayne trilogy, it is clear that ...
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Where does Koloss skin come from?

As Koloss grow, their skin goes from super loose to stretching and breaking. It was a creature of smaller size—perhaps six feet tall. It was man-shaped, with two arms and legs, though its neck was ...
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Proposed method for killing a Steel Inquisitor?

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 ...
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What happened to all Mistborn during/after the fall of the Final Empire?

During The Final Empire the Mistborn were described as rare, but not THAT rare. Each great house was supposed to have some. Elariel sent two just to kill Elend. The guard were "used to" seeing ...
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The concept of hell and heaven in the Mistborn series?

Kelsier says: Bloody hell! Is there any mention of heaven and hell besides from this in the Mistborn series? Do people in the Final Empire believe that they might go to hell? What about the ...
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Did Reen know that Vin was an Allomancer?

It would seem that others in her crew figured it out: Vin frowned. “Camon was an Allomancer?” Kelsier shook his head. “He must have admitted to something heinous during his torture.” Kelsier ...
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What counts as an “emotion” that can be Soothed or Rioted?

There are many examples in all of the Mistborn novels of Allomancers using brass and zinc to Soothe and Riot emotions. Most of the time, these emotions are clearly definable as emotions: hope, anger, ...
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Which eye spike did Marsh lose?

We know Vin removed one of Marsh's eye spikes just before she ascended. Marsh watched limply as Vin fell to her knees. Shaking, she reached for one of his eye-spikes. There was nothing he ...
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What book is Wayne reading?

What book is the following based off of? I believe that Sanderson based it off a real book since the last book Wayne reads (or at least described) is a fairly obvious reference to Watership Down. ...
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Who’s dragging Elend down here?

In a charming broadsheet issued around the time of The Alloy of Law, one can find an advertisement for an opera apparently based on Vin and Elend’s adventures. They seem to have reimagined it as an ...
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How was Zane convinced to give himself a piercing?

Brandon has explained that Zane acquired his Hemalurgic spike by piercing himself: Zane spiked himself. It was…a very twisted and messy process. Note that Ruin tries to get Spook to do something ...
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Does Metal have to be Hemalurgically charged for Ruin to control someone?

We have several examples of Hemalurgic spikes being used to control or manipulate a being: Kandra Inquisitors Koloss Vin Penrod Spook However, Spook's letter in The Hero of Ages reads: Vin, ...
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How is this conversation possible?

"Kill him!" God yelled. "You hate him! He kept you in squalor, forcing you to fight for your survival as a child." He made me strong, Zane thought. "Then use that strength to kill him!" ...
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Wasing the saying of speaking the what?

At one point, the crew starts speaking in eastern street slang (known as High Imperial in later Mistborn eras) to annoy Breeze. Aside from Dockson who is speaking gibberish, do we know what they are ...
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How are copper mistings discovered?

In the Mistborn series, we know that an occasional Skaa will have some sort of allomantic power, and I assume that either they are discovered by a bronze seeker or their power is self evident. Copper ...
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How was Renoux discovered?

In The Final Empire, after Kelsier and Vin go to meet up with Marsh for the second time since he joined the Ministry, they get to the rendezvous to find what they believe to be evidence that Once ...
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How was Sazed both of these things?

In Hero of Ages, TenSoon states that Sazed is the At the end of the book, however, it is revealed that Technically Considering that both parts of the prophecy are quite distinct and apparently ...
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How does Steel Pushing & Iron Pulling work in Mistborn Series?

I am a newbie in the Mistborn series, I am reading the first book (The Final Empire) and I have 150-200 pages left. I am really confused about the concept of moving through air using "Steel Pushing ...
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Which Mistborn Era 2 nobles are descended from Mistborn Era 1 characters?

As with Wax being a descendant of Breeze, which families in Mistborn Era 2 can trace lineage back to characters from Mistborn Era 1?
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Were the mists actually a threat?

In The Well of Ascension, the second Mistborn book by Brandon Sanderson, the heroes piece together the events that led to the rise of the Lord Ruler and discover that he took the power at the Well in ...
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Why does Marsh burn tin in the dark?

This question contains spoilers for the first part of the Mistborn trilogy (and maybe minor spoilers for the second part, not sure). You've been warned. At the end of chapter 69 of The Hero of Ages ...
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Why does only Allik worship allomancers?

Allik makes a big deal of worshiping Allomancers, giving them a different title every time, etc. I assumed this was a cultural thing since they don't have many Allomancers. But the others from his ...
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How should kandra's names be pronounced?

Almost all of the kandra we meet (and I am halfway through Shadows of Self right now, so please no spoilers!) have names with capital letters in the middle of them such as TenSoon, OreSeur, etc. How ...
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Why is Odium the most dangerous shard?

In the Stormlight archive, Honour describes Odium as "the most dangerous of the 16". However, Ruin from the Mistborn destroys multiple settlements for no reason at all, and this is before he ...
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Is blacksmithing through Allomancy possible?

My real question can be broken down into these two parts: Is it possible for Lurchers and Coinshots to push/pull specific parts of one metal object? Or, to make it easier, two metal objects welded (...
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Why don't Mistborn and Mistings get drunk/poisoned because of the alcohol?

Note: I have read only the original trilogy and Alloy of Law so far. Let me explain. Here's a quote from The Final Empire: Dockson rolled his eyes. "The vial is filled with an alcohol solution ...
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What happened to the kandra, koloss, and Marsh in the end?

Towards the end of book 3 of the Mistborn trilogy, The Hero of Ages, what happens to the last of the Lord Ruler's Hemalurgic creations? There are the few kandra, such as KanPaar, who There are the ...
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How much of the Bloody Tan scenario was manipulated?

In the very first chapter of the Wax and Wayne series of Mistborn novels, Waxillium Ladrian, self-styled gentleman lawman of the Roughs, is hunting down Bloody Tan, a serial killer of some renown. ...
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How many religions did we see Sazed preach?

Throughout the first two books in the Mistborn series - and even once or twice in the third, if I recall correctly - Sazed, the scholar of historical religions, will occasionally tell other ...
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Why does Sazed say that there are only 2 metals left to discover? (Mistborn spoilers)

At the end of The Hero of Ages, Sazed said, in his letter to Spook: There are still two metals that nobody knows about. You might want to poke about and see if you can figure out what they are. I ...
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What are the circumstances behind the owner of the memory in the coin in Bands of Mouning?

Some relevant links to build context: Marsh Kelsier's appearences after death OreSeur TenSoon The Bands of mourning Mistborn: Secret History I have not yet read mistborn secret history, but read ...
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Who can see Preservation?

Warning: untagged spoilers from The Hero of Ages, book 3 in the Mistborn trilogy, may follow. It has been established that only those with Hemalurgic spikes can see and hear the god Ruin: Spook and ...
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Why was Vin the one chosen to infiltrate the nobility?

In the first Mistborn book, The Final Empire, one part of the crew's mission to overthrow the Lord Ruler and the Final Empire involves infiltrating the nobility. The crewmember chosen to do this is ...
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How did the Lord Ruler do this?

Having just finished the Mistborn Secret History it seems to be made clear that Yet it is also made clear in the Bands of Mourning that The question is, how exactly has he done this when it ...
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When did Vin and the others find out that the creature in the Well of Ascension was Ruin?

I just started reading The Hero of Ages and I noticed that from a certain point Vin and other characters were mentioning Ruin by its name. Maybe I missed it, but I can't recall them ever finding out ...
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In the original Mistborn Trilogy, Why didn't anyone notice that Aluminium was not affected by Allomancy?

In the original trilogy, Kelsier was an expert Pusher/Puller (Coinshot/Lurcher), however nowhere its mentioned that there exists a metal which can't be pushed or pulled. Especially since Kelsier did ...
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Do we see a victim of Hemalurgy who isn't killed?

Someone took notes from an interview with Brandon Sanderson: One does not have to kill someone with Hemalurgy to charge a spike, but it rips off a large part of the soul. The person would not be ...