Elend Venture

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Elend Venture
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House Venture
Spouse Vin
Parents Straff, Mother
Siblings Zane
Born 1000 FE
Died 1025 FE
Abilities Mistborn
Titles King of the Central Dominance (formerly)[1]
High Emperor of the New Empire[2]
Last Emperor[3]
Groups Kelsier's crew, Venture army
Residence Luthadel
Ethnicity Noble
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn Era 1

Elend Venture is an idealistic young noble and later, a Mistborn from the Final Empire on Scadrial. Alongside Vin and the remnants of Kelsier's crew, he forms the New Empire and helps to save the world from its destruction at Ruin's hands by uniting as many people as possible, using Seers to burn the vast atium cache known as the Trust, and allowing Marsh to kill him during the Battle of Hathsin, giving Vin the drive to kill Ruin.

Appearance and Personality

"His suit wasn't the finest she had seen, nor was his vest as bright as most. Both coat and shirt seemed to fit too loosely, and his hair was just a bit disheveled." [4] Elend's early life was spent rebelling against his father and the court in quiet ways. Fashion called for tight-fitting suits and neat grooming, so Elend contrived to look slightly sloppy. An idealist and dreamer who wanted to study and debate philosophy and law in preparation for his ascension to his House's title, with the idea of being able to get the Houses to band together and apply some pressure on the Lord Ruler to change some things. When Kelsier's crew overthrows the Lord Ruler, Elend realizes a long-foreseen successful skaa rebellion has arrived, and takes steps to curtail the violence, showing a surprising amount of bravery. He tried to put his ideals into law, but his own slightly lackadaisical manner worked against him. With some guidance and advice, Elend sharpened up his appearance and refined his mannerism to be more regal, putting forth an image as respectable as his character actually was.

After becoming the Emperor, Elend went from being an idealist to realizing that sometimes harsh measures and force are required to save someone who doesn't know better. He felt guilty at the erosion of his ideals, and felt sometimes to be a hypocrite in his moments of self-doubt, but he trusted himself to pick the best course in the crisis they were in.

Attributes and Abilities

Despite being born to a noble house, Elend was not born with any allomancy. When he was a child, his father Straff had him beaten with the purposed of causing him to snap, but he was unable to demonstrate any powers. After nearly dying from the mist spirit's knife wound while releasing Ruin from the Well of Ascension, Elend burns a lerasium bead, and develops Allomantic powers that have not been weakened by interbreeding. As a result of the purity of his allomancy, his Mistborn abilities are incredibly powerful. In addition to his allomantic abilities, Elend is incredibly intelligent, and while studying under Tindwyl becomes very charismatic as well.[expand]


He was the only legitimate son of Straff Venture, and heir to House Venture. When he was a child, he was beaten to near death to determine whether he was an Allomancer or not. His father made him sleep with a skaa woman in a brothel to make him a "real man."[5] He was later horrified to learn that the woman would be executed to prevent half-breed children[6]. Throughout his childhood, he was known for disobeying his father purposely to get a response out of him. This included ignoring guests at parties, and disobeying his father's orders. Elend was predominately a scholar and was well versed in many areas including politics and history. He is extremely idealistic and meets with a group of other idealistic nobles after balls to discuss contraband philosophy.

The Collapse

At the time of the Collapse, Elend is 21 years old.[7] He meets Vin at a ball in Keep Venture, and begins a casual friendship with her when he finds her in the space where he usually reads[4]. Elend continues to attend balls and often sits with Vin and reads at her table. He eventually begins to court her.

Elend is saved by Vin from Shan Elariel's assassination attempt[8], but believes Vin to be a spy for another noble house and refuses to speak with her. He later discovers that she is in fact a skaa and tries to find her.

He is saved from being killed by an Inquisitor by Kelsier who protects him for Vin[9]. Elend eventually mounts a rescue for Vin in Kredik Shaw, where she has been imprisoned, only to find that Sazed has already released her[10].

The Siege of Luthadel

The Luthadel Assembly

After the Fall of the Lord Ruler, Elend is made king over the Luthadel Assembly. He attempts to introduce all the political ideas he has formulated from his studies and meeting with other nobles over the years. His rule is destabilized when Straff Venture and Ashweather Cett besiege Luthadel in the hopes of securing the atium cache that they believe to be hidden there. During the siege, he is deposed as king by the Luthadel Assembly, under a clause he wrote himself[11]. Elend begins to receive training from Tindwyl in how to be a more effective leader, which allows him to effectively try to be re-elected as king. However, he loses the vote to Penrod.

The Battle of Luthadel

Sazed and the rest of Kelsier's crew convince Elend and Vin to leave Luthadel in order to seek the Well of Ascension[12]. While they travel north towards the Terris Mountains with Spook, they realise the truth, that their friends had lied in order to get them out of the city and save their lives. Elend and Vin come across Jastes Lekal fleeing Luthadel because his koloss army had turned on him. Elend beheads Jastes for leading the koloss army to Luthadel and then leaving them to attack the city[13]. Upon their return, Vin defeats the armies, forcing them to swear fealty to Elend as the emperor of the New Empire[14].

The Well of Ascension

While searching for the Well of Ascension beneath Kredik Shaw, Elend is attacked by the mist spirit in an attempt to get Vin to use the power from the Well to save him, but she chooses to release the power, inadvertently releasing Ruin in the process[15]. Following this, the mist spirit directs Vin to the last remaining bead of lerasium at the Well, and she uses it to save his life, transforming him into a Mistborn and allowing him to burn pewter[16].

The New Empire

The Siege of Fadrex City

Elend and Vin decide to take their armies and besiege Fadrex City in the hopes of gaining the contents of their atium stores[17]. They take many koloss soldiers whose control they had previously wrenched from several Inquisitors. While in Fadrex, He and Vin attended balls thrown by the proposed king, Aradan Yomen[2]. Late in the siege, he and Vin lose control of their koloss, leading to the koloss wreaking havoc on their soldiers, before running off into the night[18]. After this happens, Yomen allows Elend into Fadrex and seems to seek his help due to the disappearance of the mists, but Elend leaves Fadrex shortly after these events transpire, taking with him some atium Yomen gives him [19].

The Battle of Hathsin

Elend eventually realises the meaning of the pattern of the mist-sickness which snaps allomancers, and also discovers the Seers in his army were those who were sick the longest. He uses this knowledge to lead the Seers in battle against the koloss armies under Ruin's control, depleting all of the Atium stored in the kandra Trust. He fuels the last of his Atium with duralumin, seeing the ultimate outcome of his actions. With the knowledge gained from this, he allows Marsh to kill him, giving Vin the drive to attack Ruin directly[20], resulting in both of their deaths and Sazed's Final Ascension[21].


  • Elend means misery in German, but this wasn't intentional.[22]
  • He has viewpoints in all three books, but is only a primary character in the second and third.


Preceded by
Title established
King of the Central Dominance
1021 FE to 1023 FE
Succeeded by
Ferson Penrod
Preceded by
Title established
High Emperor of the New Empire
1024 FE to 1025 FE
Succeeded by
Title abolished
  1. The Well of Ascension chapter 13 #
  2. a b The Hero of Ages chapter 30 #
  3. The Alloy of Law chapter 10 #
  4. a b The Final Empire chapter 12 #
  5. The Final Empire chapter 28 #
  6. The Final Empire chapter 23 #
  7. The Final Empire chapter 18 #
  8. The Final Empire chapter 30 #
  9. The Final Empire chapter 33 #
  10. The Final Empire chapter 37 #
  11. The Well of Ascension chapter 27 #
  12. The Well of Ascension chapter 49 #
  13. The Well of Ascension chapter 51 #
  14. The Well of Ascension chapter 55 #
  15. The Well of Ascension chapter 58 #
  16. The Well of Ascension chapter 59 #
  17. The Hero of Ages chapter 5 #
  18. The Hero of Ages chapter 73 #
  19. The Hero of Ages chapter 74 #
  20. The Hero of Ages chapter 81 #
  21. The Hero of Ages chapter 82 #
  22. Mistborn: The Final Empire Annotations
    Arcanum - 2006-11-17#
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