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Paalm
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by User: Therustyrobot
Aliases Bleeder, Lessie, Replar Innate
Species Kandra
World Scadrial
Featured In Mistborn Era 2
They dress in painted sequins. They drink wine. They laugh, and smile, and play, and dance, and eat, and quietly kill. All part of Harmony's plan. All actors on a stage. That's what you are too, Waxillium Ladrian. It's what all men are.
—Bleeder speaking in Wax's head for the first time.[1]

Paalm is a female kandra of the Third Generation. She chooses to go by Bleeder.[2] She was an agent of Harmony sent to protect Waxillium Ladrian in the Roughs, under the guise of a human woman, Lessie.[3]

She uses only a single spike at a time to avoid being under Harmony's influence.[2] She uses spikes of a metal unknown even to Harmony to grant herself Allomantic and Feruchemical powers.[4]

She colludes with the Set in order to execute a plot to free Elendel from Harmony's influence. She kills Winsting and Replar Innate as a part of this plan.

She commits suicide to avoid being taken control of by Harmony after being shot by Wax with a second Hemalurgic spike.[3]

History[edit]

The Final Empire[edit]

Paalm served the Lord Ruler directly. She was specifically reserved for his missions. She stopped rebellions and toppled kingdoms in his service, and became intimately familiar with the workings of Hemalurgy. She was utterly loyal to the Lord Ruler until the Final Ascension, when she switched her loyalties to Harmony, to the point of fanaticism.[5]

Lessie[edit]

At Harmony's direction, Paalm took the form of a human woman named Lessie in order to seek out and protect Wax in the Roughs.[3]

Wax first encountered Lessie at The Weeping Bull, where she was disguised as a dancer. He remarks later during their second encounter that she was very uncoordinated and wore a pink garter. Wax formally met her while hunting Granite Joe. She claimed to be hunting him as well but was actually in Granite Joe's employ. As Paalm was actually working to protect Wax at Harmony's behest, Lessie seemingly had a change of heart when Wax told her that he still thought her legs were pretty, and Lessie shot Granite Joe in the neck with her crossbow, killing him.[6]

After this time, Lessie became a law-woman alongside Wax. During their time together, the two became romantically involved and were eventually married.

While hunting Bloody Tan in his lair in the town of Feltrel, Lessie and Wax split up. At some point she is taken hostage. Wax attempts to shoot Bloody Tan who is using Lessie as a human shield but he pulls Lessie into the the path of Wax's bullet, making her take the shot to the head, seemingly killing her.[7]

As part of Harmony's plan, Wax moved back to Elendel, and Paalm's time as Lessie was over. Some time afterwards, she went on a murderous rampage and broke free of Harmony's influence, disobeying her contract with him.[2][5][3]

Bleeder[edit]

Paalm took the name Bleeder, and set about a plan to free the people of Elendel from Harmony's influence. At some point, she entered into an alliance with the Set to achieve her goals. She killed Idashwy with a spike in order to steal her Feruchemical power.[8][9][10]

Using her newly acquired power, Bleeder disrupts Winsting Innate's auction for his Senate vote, firing several shots at the guests to get them to begin attacking one another. She then enters Winsting's saferoom ahead of him; murdering him inside and cutting out his tongue in a symbolic gesture, removing Harmony's voice. As she leaves, she kills his bodyguards outside the saferoom.[6][11][12][8][13]

Bleeder impersonates Governor Replar Innate to rile up the people of Elendel. She impersonates a man named Johnst who blew up a dam, causing food shortages and economic instability. She impersonates Larkspur and kills Father Bin inside a church with spikes in his eyes -- another symbolic gesture, removing Harmony's eyes[13] -- to turn the Survivorists against the Pathians. When the people grow aggressive, she exposes the kandra who attempt to calm the violence, and pushes harder for violent rebellion against Innate. Exposing the kandra is symbolic for deafening Harmony, as they are his ears.

As Wax confronts her, she attempts to flee by use of a spike granting herself Allomantic steel. Wax gives chase, stopping her at the Eastbridge. In their confrontation there, Bleeder attempts to convince him that she was Lessie, finally succeeding when he shoots her with his Pathian earring, reforged as a bullet. Before Harmony can fully take control of her, she commits suicide.[13][14][15]

Abilities[edit]

As a kandra of the Third Generation, Paalm excels at creating bodies. Her considerable expertise comes from her history of service to the Lord Ruler, time spent crushing entire kingdoms and rebellions for him. She has also learned a great deal about Hemalurgy, learning how to grant herself Allomantic and Feruchemical abilities with spikes of an unknown metal. She is proficient with her stolen abilities, but seems to prefer to employ Feruchemical steel. She has the knowledge to create at least one new kind of Hemalurgic construct using only a single spike in their creation. She is able to hide herself from Harmony's sight by spiking herself with a material that is not of Harmony.[16][2][5][17]

Trivia[edit]

  • The name "Bleeder" is possibly derived from the doctors of antiquity, who would force patients to bleed profusely, in an effort to purge sickness and disease. This is comparable to Paalm's actions in Shadows of Self in which she causes great harm to Wax and the Basin in an effort to cleanse him and it of Harmony's control

Notes[edit]

  1. Shadows of Self chapter 9
  2. a b c d Shadows of Self chapter 7
  3. a b c d Shadows of Self chapter 26
  4. Shadows of Self epilogue
  5. a b c Shadows of Self chapter 13
  6. a b Shadows of Self prologue
  7. The Alloy of Law prologue
  8. a b Shadows of Self chapter 6
  9. Shadows of Self chapter 11
  10. Shadows of Self chapter 17
  11. Shadows of Self chapter 4
  12. Shadows of Self chapter 5
  13. a b c Shadows of Self chapter 23
  14. Shadows of Self chapter 24
  15. Shadows of Self chapter 25
  16. About Paalm's spike, is it that one specifically that allowed her to hide from Harmony?
    17th Shard forums - Oct 11th 2015
  17. Shadows of Self chapter 21
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