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8th May '17 6:33:00 PM Chal
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* VirginShaming: Inverted by Sazed, who has been a eunuch since soon after he was born and is thus physically incapable of having penetrative sex, but still ends up [[spoiler: in a romantic relationship with a woman... and ultimately turns out to be the real Hero of Ages]]. Also appears in Elend's backstory: [[spoiler:when he was young, his father took him to a skaa brothel to cement his "manhood". As per the law to prevent skaa/noble interbreeding, the girl was killed afterward. When Elend found this out, he refused to sleep with another skaa woman, unlike most nobles]].

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* VirginShaming: Inverted by Sazed, who has been a eunuch since soon after he was born and is thus physically incapable of having penetrative sex, but still ends up [[spoiler: in being a romantic relationship with a woman... and ultimately turns out to be critical part of the real Hero of Ages]].team that defeats the Lord Ruler]]. Also appears in Elend's backstory: [[spoiler:when he was young, his father took him to a skaa brothel to cement his "manhood". As per the law to prevent skaa/noble interbreeding, the girl was killed afterward. When Elend found this out, he refused to sleep with another skaa woman, unlike most nobles]].
2nd May '17 1:06:25 AM MadSpy
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hadn't the Lord Ruler proved to be able to use Allomancy in the metals inside Vin's body, [[spoiler: she'd never had thought possible to use it on his bracelets, and he wouldn't have lost his youth, power and life.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hadn't Had the Lord Ruler not proved to be himself able to use Allomancy in on the metals inside Vin's body, [[spoiler: she'd never had thought it possible to use it on his bracelets, and he wouldn't have lost his youth, power power, and life.]]
23rd Apr '17 12:36:10 PM Generality
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* ExtremeSpeculativeStratification: The Skaa are a SlaveRace who make up most of the population, live in slums, and are regularly abused if not casually murdered by the nobility, who regard them as subhuman.
22nd Apr '17 6:56:22 AM Bissek
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* HiddenInPlainSight: The shapeshifter inflitrating the Crew is disguised as [[spoiler:the member who everyone knew was a shapeshifter]].
17th Mar '17 2:38:40 PM rmctagg09
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* RegionalRedecoration: The world of Scadrial has had a couple, courtesy of an artifact that bestows the power of a [[PiecesOfGod Piece of God]] for a few seconds every millennium:
** In the Lord Ruler's Ascension, he [[spoiler: moved his home country's mountain ranges, just to hide the evidence of his Ascension, and]] raised the {{Mordor}}-esque volcanoes that cover his Empire in ash.
** [[spoiler: In the Final Ascension of Sazed, he fixes the damage the Lord Ruler caused the planet and creates a perfectly fertile river basin to nurture the new civilization.]]
9th Feb '17 10:14:53 AM Yinyang107
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** Hemalurgy in general, too. According to [[WordOfGod Sanderson's website]], the whole process would best be described as ripping out a bit of someone else's soul and stapling it onto your own. There's no possible way that's good for your long-term mental health.

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** Hemalurgy in general, too. According to [[WordOfGod Sanderson's website]], the The whole process would best be described as ripping out a bit of someone else's soul and stapling it onto your own. There's no possible way that's good for your long-term mental health.
9th Feb '17 9:55:50 AM Yinyang107
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* ProphecyTwist: And how! The Terris prophecy of the Hero of Ages uses a gender neutral pronoun to refer to the Hero, which Sazed takes to mean the Hero could be male ''or'' female, allowing for Vin to be the one. [[spoiler:It actually refers to Sazed himself, who as a eunuch since infancy is technically "gender neutral" himself.]]

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* ProphecyTwist: And how! The Terris prophecy of the Hero of Ages uses a gender neutral pronoun to refer to the Hero, which Sazed takes to mean the Hero could be male ''or'' female, allowing for Vin to be the one. [[spoiler:It actually refers to Sazed himself, who as a eunuch since infancy is technically "gender neutral" himself.]]
9th Feb '17 9:52:48 AM Yinyang107
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** "Lord Ruler!" -- Most people

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** "Lord Ruler!" -- Most peoplepeople (Including several of Kelsier's crew. The implications of swearing by the name of a man you intend to overthrow are bought up a couple times in the first book.)
7th Feb '17 1:34:35 AM Baeraad555
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* DystopiaIsHard: The Final Empire is an unusually sober depiction of an evil regime. Kelsier's original plan for overthrowing it hinges on the fact that for all that the Lord Ruler claims to be and is officially worshiped as a god, he still needs to have funds to pay his armies, and isn't capable of micromanaging everything himself but must grant some freedom to the nobles to run things.
3rd Feb '17 6:17:19 AM morenohijazo
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* GenerationalMagicDecline: The fact that fewer and fewer Allomancers are being born is of great concern, and even those being born aren't as powerful as they once were. Mistborn are even rarer.

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* GenerationalMagicDecline: The fact that fewer and fewer Allomancers are being born is of great concern, and even those being born aren't as powerful as they once were. Mistborn are even rarer. By the time of the sequel series, ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'', Mistborn are regarded as half-mythical, and even "full" Feruchemists seem to have disappeared. But interbreeding between Terrismen and others have lead to Twinborn, those with one Allomantic and one Feruchemical power.
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