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Related to Final Empire
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn

The nobles are a race of humans on Scadrial.[1]

Origin and Traits[edit]

When Rashek held the power of the Well of Ascension, he altered the biology of all humans so that they would be able to survive in a world of ash. At the same time, he also divided the population into two groups—the nobles and the skaa—with different physiological traits. As a result, in the times shortly after the Ascension of the Lord Ruler, the nobles were less fertile than the skaa, but were also generally taller, stronger, and more intelligent. These changes were slight, however, and had mostly disappeared as a result of interbreeding by the time of the Collapse.[1] After his Ascension, Rashek also gave beads of lerasium to the original nobles,[2] which is why only those with a noble ancestor could become Allomancers.[3]

Since the nine original Allomancers were already kings in Classical Scadrial,[2][4] it appears that the people Rashek turned into nobles were primarily of high social status even before his Ascension.


The life of the nobles is rife with secrecy and plotting. Almost all nobles are driven by gaining money, power, or social prestige.

All nobles are divided among different Houses. Each house has its own agenda and works towards its own betterment. Each house individually has its own political enemies and allies. Generally, leadership of a house is inherited.

Each house has different levels of power, a social hierarchy. They use Obligators as a means to prove they are trustworthy, for even unimportant matters, such as a meeting with friends.


The inner-city nobility, particularly those in Luthadel, hold a nightly circuit of balls in their Keeps. Vin attends a number of balls under the guise of Valette Renoux in order to spy on the nobility and spread some rumor and intrigue.[5]

Her first ball is at Keep Venture, where she meets Elend Venture.[6] She also spots her father, Lord Prelan Tevidian Tekiel.[7]

About a month later, Keep Elariel holds a ball at which Valette danced for the first time.[8]


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