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Nicrosil (Feruchemy).svg
Power Flare and expend another person's Allomantic metals
Type External, Pushing, Enhancement
Misting Nicroburst
Power Store Investiture
Type Spiritual
Ferring Soulbearer
Power Steal Investiture
Type Spiritual
Universe Cosmere

Nicrosil is the external enhancement pushing metal. An Allomancer burning nicrosil is able to enhance the effects of another Allomancer's powers. Feruchemists can use nicrosil to store Investiture, and when used as a Hemalurgic spike, nicrosil steals Investiture. It is the paired alloy of chromium in the Metallic Arts. While the exact composition of Allomantic or Feruchemical nicrosil is unknown, real-world nicrosil is an alloy primarily of nickel, with some chromium and a small amount of silicon.

Allomantic Use[edit]

A nicrosil Misting is known as a Nicroburst. A Nicroburst burning nicrosil and touching another Allomancer will cause the latter's reserves of the metals that are currently burning to disappear and give a huge burst of power to the recipient.[1] This can cause issues with metals such as tin, where the mental overload can cause unconsciousness.

Boosting Investiture[edit]

A Nicroburst can also boost other forms of Investiture, such as Feruchemy, but only when the Feruchemist is tapping their metalmind.[2]

Feruchemical Use[edit]

A nicrosil Ferring is known as a Soulbearer. Nicrosil is used to store Investiture. This ability is not understood (even by those who utilize it).[1] A Soulbearer storing Investiture stores their ability to use their Investiture. Therefore, a Soulbearer could store their ability to use Feruchemy and another person tapping it would be turned into a temporary Feruchemist who has the ability to fill a metalmind (assuming the nicrosilmind was unkeyed).[3] Among other things, a nicrosilmind can be used to store the divine Breath of the Returned and the ability to use various surges of the Knights Radiant.[4] Filling a nicrosilmind as fast as possible hides a person from an Awakener's life sense.[5]

Hemalurgic Use[edit]

When used as a Hemalurgic spike, nicrosil steals Investiture.[6] This does not steal powers—the ability to use Invested Arts like Allomancy or sand mastery—but rather general Investiture, such as a piece of a person's soul or BioChromatic Breaths.[7][8]

If a Scadrian is stabbed with a spike Invested with stolen Investiture from another Scadrian, they may temporarily gain Allomantic powers.[7]



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