Skaa rebellion

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Skaa rebellion
Leaders Marsh (formerly), Yeden
Era Final Empire
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn Era 1

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


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 or kidnapped a minor Noble.[2][1] The 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 have always been skaa rebels.[3] Around the year 700 FE they managed to gather seven thousand skaa what resulted in the Massacre of Tougier.[2] A massive revolt has never been achieved.[3]

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

The Final Empire

The rebellion during Mistborn: The Final Empire was led by a skaa man named Yeden. Kelsier's crew was hired by the rebellion to overthrow the Final Empire[2] and the crew played a vital role in the formation and running of the rebellion's armies.

  • 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 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 prematurely 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 caves 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 Empire

After the death of the Lord Ruler, Elend Venture became king of Luthadel and the Central Dominance. The veterans of the rebellion formed the backbone of Elend's army during the Siege of Luthadel in Well of Ascension and the events in Hero of Ages, culminating in the Battle of Hathsin.[7]


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