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Born 980s FE[1]
Died 1024 FE[2]
Groups Kelsier's crew, Venture army
Residence Luthadel
Ethnicity Skaa
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn Era 1

Dockson is a member of Kelsier's crew on Scadrial. He performs as Kelsier's right-hand man and the two have been friends for a long time, working together to topple The Lord Ruler. Dockson is the only non-Allomancer amongst the crew.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Dockson has a squarish face, which Kelsier observes is well-suited to his moderately stocky build. He has black hair and sports a short half-beard, the Scadrian term for a goatee.[3] Since he "first put forth whiskers some twenty years before," we can assume Dockson is middle-aged by the events of Mistborn. He often wears clothing of noble origin. Both Sazed and Vin feel noble suits fit him better than the others in the crew.[1][4]

Dockson also has a rivalry with Ham and it is why they spend so little time conversing with each other in the books. They tend to get on each other's nerves in their brief interactions when they're either formulating a plan or arguing. Neither speak about it much but when they have a goal to work towards and stay focused they can keep going[5].


As a plantation skaa, he had watched Lord Devinshae rape and kill his girlfriend, Kareien. The following evening, Dockson escaped from the plantation.[6]

He is responsible for keeping the crew operational, demonstrating aptitude for organization and administration. Most often he tries to direct Kelsier and the others but allows himself to joke with the other members from time to time. He is quite diligent in his duties to ensure the crew has everything they need to remain functioning and is sometimes quite stern.

After Kelsier's death, however, his mirth vanishes. Despite this, his role as administrator never falters. He does not get along with Elend since he thinks Kelsier wouldn't approve of Elend ruling, and his own conscious desire to distance himself from a truth about himself: admitting to himself that Elend feels guilty for the acts of the nobility would mean Dox has to confront his own atrocities towards the nobility.

During a scene where Vin is trying to determine if Dockson is the spy, he discloses to her more of himself that shows his regret for the way he's become. He feels he is a man who has gotten what he wanted, but realizes he shouldn't have desired it so badly.[7]

Dockson meets his death with a sword in hand during the koloss invasion in The Well of Ascension. Seeing his impending end, he offers himself a little redemption and remarks that had things been different -- had they turned on the nobility as he had wanted to in The Final Empire -- then he and others would be no better than beasts. He believes that they had done the right thing after all.[8][2]


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