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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2006, 10:47:49 PM »
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but cannot affect anything external, such as emotions.  That's really the main advantage Alchemy has.

Alchemy? You mean "Allomancy"? But, yeah, Allomancy can affect external things but the *other* big advantage is if you have the metal, you can burn it at any time, you needn't store it up like with Feruchemy (as Archon and Tink mentioned).

That said, it's dang hard to choose! I think I'd have to go with Feruchemy, though. I mean, I could ace every test I ever had to take. I could memorize my favorite novels and never have to refer to Chicago or the dictionary again! whoo-hoo! But, best of all, I would store all those extra pounds away and just throw the metal out! I can't say how completely amazing that would be!
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2006, 01:31:45 AM »
I don't know why but i'd rather be an Allomancer.  They can do several different things that i love, such as Atium... or can Feruchemists use Atium?
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2006, 02:52:23 AM »
I would venture to say they can't use atium the way Allomancers can. How can you store up visions of the future? You could store up history though, like gold.

I'm sticking with Allomancy!
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2006, 09:31:51 AM »
It is specifically stated that the feruchemist can dump it all at once. and even if burning is instantaneous, if I've stored enough speed, I can have that knife in your neck before the thought processes have even registered what's going to happen and told your body to move.

and, hooray for you for pushing a coin against the thing thrown at you. If it's heavier than you, you're just going to push yourself away.


As for hanging up in the air, a) your atium won't last forever, either, and assuming I'll be using up my resources while I cant' reach you is foolish. b) I can find what metal you're pushing on and move it, probably causing you to crash into things. "Oh, you're pushing on this nail? How about I rip it out with stored strength and toss it over there so you go flying in that other direction."

Allomancers can do quite a lot, but trust me, even when they do stand up to a feruchemist, it won't be nearly so one-sided as you seem to think.

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« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2006, 11:34:16 AM »
Now I'm imagining barracks full of blind, deaf, comatose, feruchemist soldiers,  tied down to the beds so they don't float away, just waiting to be called upon.
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2006, 12:02:40 PM »
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I would venture to say they can't use atium the way Allomancers can. How can you store up visions of the future? You could store up history though, like gold.

I'm sticking with Allomancy!


Atium is actually the metal the Lord Ruler used to store up age.
For those who are at an unfair disadvantage, the known properties of Feruchemy (via the glossary to book two) are:


Iron:    
Stores Physical Weight

Steel:  
Stores Physical Speed

Tin:      
Stores Senses (One sense per tinmind)

Pewter:
Stores Physical Strength

Brass:
Stores Warmth

Zinc:
Stores Mental Speed

Copper:
Stores Memories

Bronze:
Stores Wakefulness

Atium:
Stores Age

Malatium:
UNKNOWN

Gold:
Stores Health

Electrum:
UNKNOWN
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2006, 02:42:53 PM »
I don't think you mentioned the age-bracelets were atium. Did anyone ever find these atium bracelets? There would be a lot there to use! Or would they be useless to anyone else because they had some age/youth in them?
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2006, 04:23:05 PM »
I forgot about them, honestly, when I did the first draft of book two.  They're now mentioned in the rewrite.
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2006, 04:51:50 PM »
So Allomancers can see a bit in advance, but feruchemists are 10x more powerful.  Even if you could see what was going to happen, they could have so much speed stored up that you wouldn't even be able to react.  
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2006, 05:28:31 PM »
Now that's an interesting thought... I think I'm going to have to chew on it for awhile. I'm not totally convinced that super speed-of-light would be better than a few seconds of foresight.

Thanks for the notes brandon. :) Didn't know the names malatium and electrum either!
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2006, 05:32:06 PM »
Now i'm even more excited (If possible) For Mistborn 2 and 3.   I know this lucky guy who works at Waldenbooks who already has them.    :'(

But anyways.  I still think that Mistborns are cooler in attitude and their awesome cloaks, but now i'm convinced that Feruchemists are much more powerful.  But If you can get to one while they're weak and storing energy, then you can kill them.
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2006, 05:44:32 PM »
Don't forget the whole eunuch thing.
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2006, 12:21:39 AM »
That's true. I don't think that's a trade-off I'd be willing to make.

Which reminds me, are all stewards, inquisitors and obligators men?
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2006, 12:25:15 AM »
There are female Keepers.
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Re: Mistborn: Allomancy or Feruchemy? [ SPOILER ]
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2006, 10:38:44 AM »
Lots of Female Keepers (one of the main characters in book two is one), no female Inquisitors or obligators (since the Lord Ruler was pretty much in charge of who got to do both.)  However, there weren't actually hard fast rules, so I could see a determined woman ending up in the Steel Ministry if she put her mind to it.

Also possible, for role playing reasons, for a Feruchemist to end up not a eunuch.  There would have to be a very good reason, though.  (The Keepers kept him hidden, or perhaps he's a half-Terrisman, living in the underground.)
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