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MeLaan

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MeLaan
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Family
Parents TenSoon
Born Seventh Generation
Aliases Milan
Species Kandra
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn

"Here's a tip, kid. Save the wisecracks until your foe is dead. Like this. See how easy it is?" She kicked the corpse in the face.

— MeLaan[1]

MeLaan is a kandra of the Seventh Generation.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Pre Catacendre[edit]

MeLaan was the only kandra raised by TenSoon and is considered his adopted daughter/little sister.[3][4] She has a hero-worship crush on him, inspired by his gruffness and his adventurousness, which makes TenSoon somewhat uncomfortable.[5] MeLaan wears a willowy True Body made of wood. Its form is unnatural and exaggerated, as are many of the True Bodies of her generation.[6]

Post Catacendre[edit]

Melaan often takes the form of a very tall (several inches taller than the notably tall Waxillium) and very busty woman named Milan. This True Body is made of a green crystal. However, she also has several others, including one that is ostensibly designed for combat. The skeleton underneath is revealed to be made entirely of aluminum, with many useful implements hidden inside including a reinforced compartment for storage of the part of her that stores her consciousness, needles for stitching wounds, and a set of picks for opening locks. This metal body is very durable (A Feruchemist Brute punched her in the face and the hand essentially exploded).

Notably, her personality is much more free spirited than most Kandra, and she gets along very well with Wayne, engaging in belching contests on occasion. She is also more lax about following the First Contract than other Kandra, and is willing to kill humans if she has to.

History[edit]

Pre Catacendre[edit]

MeLaan attends TenSoon's judgement trial. After he is publicly imprisoned, she approaches him and offers to help him escape. She also offers to retrieve the Blessing of Potency he took from OreSeur. She believes his claim that Vin is the Lord Ruler's heir, and that the kandra's First Contract has been transferred to her. She takes the changes in the outside world –- the mists that remain during the day and constant ashfall -– as signs and proof.

When TenSoon refuses to rebel against the First and Second Generations, she accuses him of abandoning his people. She is present at his sentencing, after which he escaped.

After KanPaar revolts against the first generation and imprisons Sazed, TenSoon returns to the Kandra Homeland. He finds Sazed has been taken prisoner with the help of MeLaan. MeLaan then fetches the keys to release the first generation, as well as bones for them to inhabit.[7]

Post Catacendre[edit]

She is the kandra who gives Waxillium Ladrian his earring.[8]

MeLaan once again meets Wax at Lady ZoBell's party. She introduces herself as Milan, a slight mispronunciation of her real name. After seeming to flirt with Wax, she walks away.

After the party, she saves Wax from the Set agents who had ambushed him. She reveals that she is a kandra sent by Harmony to help him.[1]

Later, she meets Wax, Wayne, and Marasi at a tavern. She goes on to help them on their quest to defeat Bleeder. MeLaan impersonates one of Governor Replar Innate's guards and saves Wax from bleeder after the rouge kandra reveals herself. [9]

With bleeder unmasked and on the run MeLaan attempts to impersonate Governor Innate in her stead with the intent of placating the angry crowed. While the crowed believes the ruse MeLaan's natural inclinations to mimicry move her away from the speech that Marasi planed and she ends of inflaming instead of calming everyone. Before a riot can break out Aradel intervenes. He arrests MeLaan and gains the support of the gathered citizenry by promising them justice.[10]

MeLaan did not know about the true identity of Bleeder and was told only afterward. However she firmly believed that Harmony had done the right thing in not informing Wax of the true identity of his antagonist. After the defeat of Bleeder she continues to impersonate Governor Innate "hanging" herself in her cell so that she does not have to falsely testify in a court of law.[11]

MeLaan agrees to accompany Wax, Marasi, Wayne and Steris on their mission to New Seran in the hope of curing ReLuur's insanity by restoring his spike.[12] Reluur was injured looking into myths about The Bands of Mourning. MeLaan is later found topless with Wayne on the trip.[13]

When they arrive in the city MeLaan shocks several of them by turning into a man indicating that she is comfortable as either sex.[14] MeLaan aids Wax and Steris at Kelesina Shores's ball helping Wax escape from the scene after he is framed for Kelesina's murder.[15] After escaping she travels with the party to the crashed Brunstell where she and Marasi find ReLuur's spike and liberate Allik Neverfar. Together the three of them reconvene with Wax and Wayne and escape on one of the Blrunstell's miniships called Wilg although Marasi is injured in the escape. MeLaan is able to graft a piece of Marasi's own flesh onto her wound to heal her.[16] After retrieving Steris they go to the second site to retrieve the Bands of Mourning. MeLaan's invulnerability proves critical in reaching the temple where they are supposedly stored as she is able to survive the damage of the many traps the sovereign left behind.[17] However she is immobilized by Sequence on reaching the temple and looses her spikes reverting to a mistwraith.[18] After the battle for the Bands MeLaan's spike is returned by Wayne and her self is restored.[19] The Bands are left in her keeping to keep them from being used for political purposes or conquest.[20]

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