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|Abilities||Avatar of Autonomy|
|Featured In||Mistborn Era 2|
”She looked down at the small spike in her hands, and heard a name from a year ago, spoken by Miles Hundredlives as he died. The name of a god from the old days... Who, or what, was Trell?—Marasi begins researching Trell in earnest
Trell is the avatar of Autonomy. Harmony appears to use a vast, red haze around Scadrial to represent the intrusion of another Shard when meeting with Waxillium Ladrian, and Wax described a sensation of "dread and destruction" choking him upon observing it. The appearance of red suggests that the entity is co-opting or corrupting the Investiture of another Shard.
The onset of Trell's activity in the Scadrian System is uncertain, though the spread of Trellism, particularly among the Set, suggests Trell may have been quietly influencing events on Scadrial for at least several decades. Beyond Trellism, the first overt evidence of Trell's involvement came in the form of a mysterious spike used by Paalm to hide from Harmony's sight. According to Harmony, Trell had surrounded the planet of Scadrial and was laying siege to Harmony's defenses sometime around 340 PC.
A silvery metal with distinctive, dark red spots is associated with Trell. This metal has been utilized as a Hemalurgic spike in several ways. First and foremost is the strange way that such a spike blinds Harmony to the recipient of the spike. Additionally, the spike may also be used to steal mysterious attributes previously unknown to the kandra. MeLaan theorized that Paalm was able to utilize stolen Allomancy and Feruchemy by means of these attributes. Lastly, the use of such a spike in Rian appeared to cause, if nothing else, a level of psychological distress. It is possible that Miles was spiked with this metal as well, before he died.
”You are fools! One day, the men of gold and red, bearers of the final metal, will come to you. And you will be ruled by them. Worship. Worship Trell and wait ...—Miles Dagouter's last words
Followers of Trellism appear to trace the religion's roots to Trelagism as it is described in the Words of Founding. The extent to which these religions are related is unclear, as the two religions share no apparent similarities beyond the name of their god. Adherents of Trellism believe in a deity named Trell, whom they consider to be their creator in some capacity. At least some among them appear to believe in an apocalyptic prophecy which claims that "men of gold and red, bearers of the final metal" will arrive and rule over the people of Elendel, and perhaps all of Scadrial.
Miles Dagouter encouraged people to actively worship Trell, though the details on how Trell is worshiped are unknown. Miles believed that Trell created him "to see wrongs righted" and that the religion's teachings proved he was "special" in some way. It is unclear to what extent Miles' beliefs concerning social justice are held in common among other members of the religion. It is likely that some kernel of these ideas is pervasive in Trellism, given some relations to the philosophies of Paalm and Edwarn Ladrian.
Despite the religion's mention in the Words of Founding, it is relatively unknown among the general population of northern Scadrial. Marasi Colms had a difficult time researching the religion, with few people willing to speak openly about their knowledge. Several members of the Set, in both high and low positions, are followers of Trellism, and the organization itself may exist for the purpose of serving Trell. Presumed followers of Trellism have been seen both swearing by and giving thanks to Trell.
Red-eyed "Faceless Immortals" appear to work on behalf of Trell, and have been known to visit followers of Trell on occasion. Paalm also appears to be an agent of Trell, though neither Paalm or the red-eyed Faceless Immortals show any signs of being adherents of Trellism.
Brandon's plans for Trell in future books were not outlined until after he finished writing the original Mistborn trilogy. As the Mistborn Era 2 books were not planned at the time, it comes as no surprise that Trell will have a much more prominent role in the Mistborn Era 3 trilogy.
- The Lost Metal chapter 19#
- Shadows of Self epilogue#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 11#
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 28#
- Oathbringer San Diego signing
— Arcanum - 2017-11-14#
- Oathbringer signing Portland
— Arcanum - 2017-11-16#
- Oathbringer San Francisco signing
— Arcanum - 2017-11-15#
- Skyward Seattle signing
— Arcanum - 2018-11-10#
- Dark Talent release party
— Arcanum - 2016-09-06#
- Shadows of Self San Diego signing
— Arcanum - 2015-10-08#
- Shadows of Self chapter 9#
- The Alloy of Law Annotations
— Arcanum - 2015-11-30#
- The Bands of Mourning epilogue#
- The Alloy of Law epilogue#
- Holiday signing
— Arcanum - 2015-12-12#
- The Alloy of Law chapter 15#
- Shadows of Self chapter 20#
- Shadows of Self chapter 17#
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 3#
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 29#
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 15#
- Kraków signing
— Arcanum - 2017-03-21#
- Idaho Falls signing
— Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
|Mistborn Era 2|
The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal
|Characters||Waxillium Ladrian · Wayne · Marasi Colms · Steris Harms · MeLaan · Miles Dagouter · Ranette · Edwarn Ladrian · Bleeder · Claude Aradel · Telsin Ladrian|
|Places||Elendel · Elendel Basin · Roughs · New Seran · Bilming · Malwish Consortium|
|Culture||Survivorism · The Path · Sliverism · Trellism|
|Organizations||The Set · The Vanishers · The Ghostbloods|
|Broadsheets||The Elendel Daily · The House Record · The New Ascendancy · The Two Seasons|
|Era 1 books||Mistborn: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages |
(The Eleventh Metal · Mistborn: Secret History)
|Era 2 books||The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal |
(Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania)
|Shards||Preservation · Ruin · Harmony|
|History||Classical Scadrial · Final Empire · Catacendre · Elendel · Southern Scadrian|
|Magic||Metallic Arts (Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy) · Metalborn · Mistborn · Misting · Savant · Ferring · Twinborn · Compounding · Atium · Lerasium · Harmonium · Trellium|
|Other Media||Mistborn Adventure Game · Mistborn: Birthright · Mistborn film · Mistborn: House War|