PhantomMonstrosity wrote:When the game came out initially, they gave away a free mistborn novella/short story collection (not by Brandon) called "house of ashes", and it's really poorly written.
Epically bad. One guy had the job of finding a way to explain what all the Allomantic metals do, but in a subtle and smooth way within a story.
The plot he went with is that pamphlets explaining the Allomantic metals are handed out, and the rest of the chapter is what's in the pamphlets.
EDIT: Sorry for the double post.
The thing is, he was so close
to a good idea.
Put in the pamplets, have them be poorly written and inaccurate, then add ministry commentary
. That way you'd get across that skaa are mostly illiterate, that the city skaa aren't really that in-touch with plantation conditions, that allomancy is poorly-understood by skaa, and that the Finale Empire is an oppressive bureaucratic regime which actually knows how the magic works.
For example, do something like this:
"Atium makes nobles invincible, it is addictive like streetspice so they all want it. They make it by putting the blood of the most hated skaa rebels into a furnace and smelting it into metal." While this is, of course, utter nonsense, it still strikes too close to the truth. Instruct Lord Venture to discipline the troops he has guarding the Pits of Hathsim.
The addiction misconception is most common in the Northern Dominance. The source of the pamphlet is likely located in or around the Venture Estate.
Basically a bunch of texts from different skaa sources, all with different misconceptions tied together by an obligator making notes on them in red ink. Then have the last set be written by kelsier, as instructions on how to kill various types of allomancers. Final page has a big blood splatter on it, and Kelsier writes a little witty comment in the obligator's blood.
aTiUm, The GreaTesT meTaL
Atium is the basis of the economy of the Final Empire, and the most powerful
of all Allomantic metals. It allows the burner to see into the future for a short pe-riod of time. Burners of Atium, or Seers, see what a person may do in the coming
moments. In battle, this means perfect refl exes, perfect defense, and the ability to
attack preemptively where a person will be in a moment. It is the metal that gives
noble houses their power, and allows the Lord Ruler to maintain control.
Atium is the cause and source of all of our misery and bondage. Every day for
a thousand years, skaa men and women have been worked to death in the Pits of
Hathsin and other such torture chambers. Our survival has been contingent upon
fi nding these foul rocks, and we have supported the Lord Ruler’s vile regime with
our blood and souls. We have paid for this Atium a thousand times over, and now
we will take it from him.
Allomancy is the Lord Ruler’s way of separating his elites from his slaves.
We have stolen the power from him, and will fi ght to the death to keep it. Through
our misting and mistborn brothers and sisters, and the techniques in this pamphlet,
the skaa rebellion will undermine and destroy the Final Empire once and for all.
Be strong, and we will prevail.