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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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Why is there no sex in Brandon Sanderson's books?

I've read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series, and I noticed that there are hardly any (if any) references to sexual activity between characters. I find that the author paints ...
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In Mistborn, why can metal in people's bodies be affected by Allomancy sometimes?

In the first Mistborn novel, it's explained that one key rule of Allomancy is that it can't affect metal in or attached to other people's bodies. However, in The Hero of Ages, Vin seems to be able to ...
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What do Boxings look like in Era 2?

In the Final Empire, coins were called "Boxings" because they had Kredik Shaw on the back, the "box" the Lord Ruler lived in. However, the Final Empire fell about 345 years before Era 2, yet they ...
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What does “Blarek” mean?

In chapter 9 of The Alloy of Law, Wayne apparently curses with the word “Blarek.” Is this fictional slang, or is it some random mythological figure or something (like how “Ruin” is a curse) on ...
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How is it determined what Allomantic power is taken?

In The Hero of Ages, it is said that How is it determined which of these is stolen?
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Did they have mistcloaks before the Lord Ruler took over?

In Era 1 of the Mistborn series, some Allomancers wear mistcloaks. Vin, Kelsier, and Zane all wear them at times and they seem to have a consistent design. Did they exist before the Lord Ruler?
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Did the mist only affect Allomancers?

In The Hero of Ages, it is revealed that So, if they were trying to do this, were they only affecting Allomancers, or were they indiscriminately doing this to random people?
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Why couldn't Ruin hear these characters talking?

In The Hero of Ages, there is a scene where However, Ruin doesn't seem to try to get it until quite a while later, after many troops have moved there, and keeps doing what it had been far away. In ...
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Can burning tin physically damage the senses of Allomancers?

In The Final Empire, burning tin is frequently described as making one’s senses strong enough to make them squint, cover their ears, etc. Can it physically hurt their ears and eyes?
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What are noblemen’s dueling canes for?

In The Final Empire, noblemen are mentioned frequently to have “dueling canes” on them. What were these used for? Were they just canes, or did noblemen use them in duels, as the name suggests?
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Can shard metal be affected by Allomancy?

Can a shard blade or shard plate be affected by Allomancy and/or be burned or have attributes stored in it?
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Could Nightblood eat away at metal minds?

Using nicrosil or gold metalminds could you draw Nightblood?
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What do the symbols in Mistborn mean?

In Mistborn books one and two (and likely others, haven't read more than the first part of the second one so far), there are symbols at the beginnings of all the chapters. They resemble the ones in ...
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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 ...
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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 ...