Skaa rebellion

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Skaa rebellion
Leaders Marsh (formerly), Yeden
Era Final Empire
World of Origin Scadrial
Universe Cosmere

The skaa rebellion is the name given to the group of skaa opposing the Final Empire on Scadrial.


During the Final EmpireEdit

Before Yeden hired Kelsier's crew to raise an army for the rebellion, Marsh was their leader.[1] During that time the rebels hid runaways, planned burglaries, organized raids, and kidnapped minor nobles.[2][1] These rebels never expected to be able to overthrow the Final Empire, they just wanted to achieve something grand to give the skaa hope.[2]

During the thousand years of the Final Empire's existence, there had always been skaa rebels.[3] Around the year 700 FE they managed to gather seven thousand skaa and the end result was the Massacre of Tougier.[2] There has never been a successful massive revolt.[3]

Marsh gave up leadership of the skaa rebellion when Kelsier was sent to the Pits of Hathsin.[1] At that time there were about three hundred rebels in and around Luthadel and the Arguois caverns, including women and children.[3]

The skaa army gathering in the Arguois caverns

Towards the end of the Final Empire the rebellion was led by a skaa man named Yeden. Yeden hired Kelsier's crew to help overthrow the Lord Ruler and his empire,[2] and the crew played a vital role in the formation and running of the rebellion's armies during this time.

  • Breeze led a team of Soothers and Rioters to help recruit soldiers from the skaa workers.[4]
  • Ham, who had previous military experience, was in charge of training the new recruits and was the military commander of the rebellion until Yeden replaced him. [5]

The soldiers in the rebellion's army were hidden and trained in the Arguois caverns, near the Pits of Hathsin and the Homeland of the kandra.

Once Yeden replaced Ham, he led the rebellion on a premature strike against the empire's garrison at the city of Holstep. As they were returning from their victory there, the garrison from Valtroux City caught up with them and ambushed the skaa soldiers, slaughtering everyone.

Demoux and a small group of about 2,000 soldiers stayed behind in the caverns because they thought Yeden was "acting rashly". Even though this effectively removed the rebellion from Kelsier's plan, they were eventually smuggled into Luthadel to help overthrow the Luthadel Garrison.[6]

After the Final EmpireEdit

After the death of the Lord Ruler, Elend Venture became king of Luthadel and the Central Dominance. The veterans of the rebellion joined, and formed the backbone of Elend's army. They fought for Elend during the Siege of Luthadel which culminated in the Battle of Hathsin.[7]


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