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Final Empire
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Capital Luthadel
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn Era 1
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The Final Empire was the major state on Scadrial for over 1000 years.[citation needed]

History[edit]

As the Deepness gained strength and caused more problems, Alendi, considered to be the Hero of Ages, conquered the world then traveled to the Well of Ascension, ostensibly to defeat the Deepness. When Alendi's travelling party was almost at their destination, Rashek killed Alendi and entered the Well of Ascension in his place. During his Ascension, Rashek used to power to remake the world and create a number of new species including the mistwraiths. He also used his power fundamentally alter the planet's location and ecology even changing the humans that populated it into skaa or nobles.[1][2]

After returning from the Well of Ascension, Rashek impersonated Alendi,[3] and bribed several monarchs into supporting him by giving them beads of lerasium.[4] He then conquered, killed, or suborned his remaining rivals, and founded the Final Empire, proclaiming himself the Lord Ruler. He ruled over his empire for another millennium.[citation needed]

As the Lord Ruler, Rashek built a stable and self-sustaining empire. No dissent was tolerated, not even from nobility, and all religions except his Steel Ministry were banned. The last religion to keep fighting, the Valla, was destroyed in the late fifth century of his rule.[5]

Kelsier's crew planned the Skaa rebellion, resulting in the fall of the Final Empire. The empire fractured into several competing kingdoms, but eventually consolidated under Elend Venture's New Empire.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

The Final Empire consisted of several Dominances:

The lands surrounding the Central Dominance, which held the capital, Luthadel, contained the seven Ashmounts; Tyrian, Zerinah, Faleast, Doriel, Morag, Kalling and Torinost. These seven mountains spewed ash into Scadrial's atmosphere, cooling the world down. This was the Lord Ruler's solution to his alterations of the planet's orbit.[citation needed]

Canals were used extensively, as the ash built up quickly away from civilization.[citation needed]

Culture[edit]

The Lord Ruler suppressed most technological advances, killing everyone who discovered gunpowder and the knowledge associated with it.[6] He did allow some advances such as the implementation of canneries, allowing for the easy storage of food.[citation needed] The currency includes Boxings and Clips.[citation needed]

The Final Empire had somewhere around 100 million followers. A couple million of those lived in Luthadel.[7]

Military[edit]

The empire had a standing army around Luthadel including a number of garrisons. The Luthadel Garrison consisted of twenty thousand troops, mostly skaa, and many of the smaller towns in the Central Dominance had smaller Garrisons of their own, such as Valtroux and Holstep.[citation needed] There is also a substantial army of koloss who can be under the control of the Lord Ruler or a remote Inquisitor. The Canton of Inquisition itself is trained to have formidable warriors, each member more than capable of overcoming any target. Presumably the openly Mistborn and Misting Nobles can be required to form a militia under the Lord Ruler's command at any point. The Noble houses themselves operate guardsmen, militias and armies when necessary. In addition to this the Lord Ruler can field any of the kandra as covert operatives with the ability to accurately imitate and replace any target whose skeleton is available.[citation needed]

Social Caste[edit]

The descendants of the people who originally supported the Lord Ruler during his rise to power are now the nobility of the Final Empire.[citation needed] The Lord Ruler and his allies had access to beads of lerasium, and gained Allomantic powers. Because of this, certain nobles gain the use of Allomancy. There is a wide range of nobles, from the high houses to the impoverished, but even the lowest noble is still higher than the highest skaa.[citation needed]

Skaa descend from people who did not support the Lord Ruler. When he ascended, the skaa were changed so they were more fertile. Skaa cannot become Allomancers unless they have noble blood recently in their lineage. Skaa are essentially slaves, property for nobles to exchange between them. The best-off skaa will be craftsmen or tradesmen. Them and their families will live in relative comfort, but this happens very rarely for skaa.[citation needed]

Government[edit]

The Steel Ministry and its obligators are the main bureaucracy for the Final Empire. Despite officially being a religious institution, in reality the Steel Ministry was based on the bureaucratic mercantile system of the Hallant.[8] The main purpose of this bureaucracy was to monitor the noble houses who engaged in financial activity under this system.[9][10] The noble houses themselves were primarily financial organizations in nature. They also maintained The Lord Ruler's empire from their manors.[9][expand]

Atium Economy[edit]

The atium economy acts as one of the many ways the Lord Ruler takes a firm hold on the Final Empire. Its scarcity, along with its godly Allomantical power, makes atium an extremely valuable currency; a small bead being proportional to the cost of living for a skaa over several years. Compared to other precious but practically useless metals, however, it does have one practical use in Allomancy.[citation needed]

Mining[edit]

The only place atium can be mined is at the Pits of Hathsin, where skaa criminals are sent to work as punishment for their crimes until death. A noble house is in charge of the profitable mining camp, with House Venture being the last House to oversee the operation before the destruction of the mine. The fact that atium is mined here is kept top-secret. Not a single prisoner has escaped before Kelsier, hence his nickname "the Survivor of Hathsin".[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

A portion of the atium mined at the Pits of Hathsin is secretly transported to Luthadel by the Canton of Resource, mixed into and disguised as Ministry funds. Since metal coins radiate powerful light in the Cognitive Realm, the atium beads, when mixed with other coins, can be transported safely without being discovered by Ruin.[11]

Kandra[edit]

Kandra are known to only accept atium for their service. Their "contract", purchased with steep prices, provides the Kandra's absolute loyalty and their powerful imitating skills. However, the fulfilling of Contracts actually has another purpose. All the atium they earn is brought to their Homeland where it is stockpiled in a metal vault, the Trust. They do this on account of their First Contract with the Lord Ruler. For atium is condensed power of Ruin, by storing it in a place where Ruin has no influence, they deny him access to a part of his power.[citation needed]

Allomancy[edit]

With enough atium, a Mistborn with its future-seeing ability is almost invincible. At the time of the Final Empire, the only known way to counter it is to have more atium than your opponent. The result of an atium match is almost always fatal for the one with less amount of atium. Therefore, it is essential for the Noble Houses, especially the Great Houses with one or more Mistborn, to maintain a steady supply of atium. The atium has to be bought from the Lord Ruler with very high prices. Usually, the uncertainty of who has the more atium forms a balance of terror, making none of the sides dare to start burning atium.[citation needed]

Lord Ruler[edit]

The Lord Ruler Compounds atium to gain access to near-infinite amount of youthfulness. As he ages, he needs more and more atium to remain youthful.[12] It is unknown how much atium he eventually needs to consume at the last years of the Final Empire.

Notes[edit]

History of Scadrial
Ascension of the Lord Ruler Final Empire Collapse
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