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In "The Final Empire", how was Kelsier's plan supposed to work?

I've just started reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and I think I have some misunderstandings about Kelsier's plan. At the first meeting of the crew in Camon's safehouse Kelsier says: &...
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When do we learn that Sazed shaves his head?

I have recently started reading The Well of Ascension. Chapter 4 says: Sazed still kept his head shaved, after the manner of the station he had served in for the first forty-some years of his life. ...
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What books did Elend read that we know of?

I'm asking titles and conveniently the themes of each book. Does anyone know if there exists a list somewhere that someone might have created? Asking for a friend
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How did Inquisitors know about Vin's parentage?

Since they found out that Vin was a mistborn, they must have known at least one of her parents was an allomancer. However, in the throne hall when the Lord Ruler and Inquisitors faced Vin at least ...
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How did Shan Elariel know about the books Elend was reading?

When Vin first encounters lady Shan at one of the balls, she spots Elariel's servant trying to find something at Vin's table, where Elend had left his books earlier. But how could Shan know he was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What was Spook's real name?

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 ...
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What season was it during the Siege of Luthadel?

I'm pretty sure I'm just having trouble finding a quote, but I can't figure out what season it's supposed to be at the start of the Siege of Luthadel. It seems like the siege ends in the winter, due ...
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Who were the two men Vin saw when she burned the 11th metal?

When Vin burned the 11th metal when first confronting the Lord Ruler in The Final Empire, she saw two men. I read the trilogy and I don't remember any reference of them later in The Well of Ascension ...
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Mist in Mistborn series

In the Mistborn trilogy, and the new Wax and Wayne novels, their seems to be a sense of increase in power in the mist. Does the mist actually increase the allomantic powers?
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Inquisitors and Kandra

In Mistborn: The Final Empire, Kelsier's crew are holding their first major planning session. Breeze wonders why Kelsier can't send the fake Lord Renoux to the parties: "Well, that should be easy," ...
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Mistborn- Why make money out of metal?

My partner recently listened to the Mistborn Trilogy on tape, and I missed most of it, so forgive me if this question has an obvious answer. Most nobles carry as little metal as possible out of fear ...
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What actually happened to Preservation?

Spoilers for book three of the Mistborn original trilogy:
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How does or doesn't the physics of Mistborn mesh with Newtonian physics?

In the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, it is mentioned a few times that if you push some thing that's lighter than you, it will be pushed away, while if you try to push something heavier than ...
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Does Elend Venture ever identify his rescuer?

In Mistborn: The Final Empire, an assassination attempt against Elend Venture was stopped. His father, Straff Venture, dismissed these rumors: Some of the guards claim there was a third Mistborn, ...
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How much can a feruchemist store in a metal mind?

I'm just about to finish the second Mistborn book, and I'm wondering: Is the amount he stores in them going to be limited? If so is it related to the efficiency of the feruchemist? The it size of the ...
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Has someone put together the story of 'The Hero of Ages'?

In the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, the chapters are inter-cut with snippets about the hero of ages and his quest. I've been listening in with Audible to the stories, but I honestly think I'd ...
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What is the fate of the Koloss?

At the end of the third book in the Mistborn series, there is no definitive statement about the fate of the koloss. The author's own commentary/annotation notes: One hint from The Alloy of Law is ...
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How do the inheritance of Allomantic powers work?

In "Mistborn: The Final Empire," Kelsier mentions that Allomancers have either only one power or all of them. While I can understand that Mistings only have a single power, why the binary choice of ...
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How can Shan Elariel burn brass in her glove?

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 ...
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Where does Vin get her metal from?

From the very beginning of the first Mistborn book Vin is able to use 'Luck' on people, a power she derives from burning metals she has ingested. The question is, before she is aware of the nature of ...
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How are Aluminium objects made in the first Mistborn Trilogy?

In the third mistborn book the main characters get their hands on some Aluminium from a set of cutlery from a noble's house. It is stated that is is incredibly rare and valuable, much more so than ...
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In "The Final Empire", why does Clubs not stay in the initial meeting?

In The Final Empire, book 1 of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, the crew have an initial meeting to decide who's "in". Part-way through this meeting, Clubs storms out, only to return later and ...
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