|Featured In||Mistborn Era 2|
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. They believe in a deity named named Trell.
Trelagists believed that night was sacred and daylight was profane. During the night, Trelagists were able to see the Thousand Eyes of Trell (the stars) watching over them, but during the day, Nalt, jealous of the worship given to his brother, would shine his single eye (the sun) on the land, blocking Trelagists from seeing Trell's eyes.
One can speculate that their religious observances, if they had any, were at their height during the winter months, and summer months may have contained many petitions to Trell or attempts to ward off Nalt's jealousy. (See "Geography", below.)
Before the Final Empire eradicated Trelagism, it was practiced primarily by a people known as the Nelazan. Little is known about the Nelazan themselves, but they were described by Sazed as being a "determined people", and that they mapped out the entire night sky. (Likely, it was only the northern sky and not the entire sky; see "Geography", below.) Since the stars were considered to be Trell's eyes, it is possible that the Nelazan did not name the stars in a manner that other cultures might, but rather gave stars — or constellations — names related to attributes associated with Trell.
The Nelazan were likely located far to the north of Scadrial, close to or just south of its equivalent of the Arctic Circle. It was noted by Sazed that their winters had few hours of daylight, and their summers had few hours of darkness. Had the Nelazan lived on or north of Scadrial's Arctic Circle, their winters would have had at least one day of total darkness, and their summers would have at least one day of total daylight.
Trelagism may have diverged from its original beliefs since the end of the Final Empire. Miles Dagouter and Edwarn Ladrian have been the only self-proclaimed adherents to the belief so far encountered, and Edwarn Ladrian doesn't talk of his beliefs much (only once), so the apparent divergence could simply be a personal opinion of Miles Dagouter, or even his interpretation of beliefs that have yet to be revealed to the reader.
Miles claimed to worship Trell and believed that Trell created mankind, but made no comments regarding the Thousand Eyes or Nalt's eye, or even expressed a dislike of daylight. In addition, he held the beliefs that the ruling class should be made up exclusively of twinborn — a concept that might be unimaginable to the Nelazan — and that Trell had made men like him specially to right wrongs in the world. Whether or not he was a Trelagist is not clear; he referred to his religion as "Trellism", rather than "Trelagism", but he did name his god as "Trell". Miles also claimed, as he was being executed, that "the men of gold and red, bearers of the final metal, will come". It is unknown if this was a personal belief, or a tenet of Trellism.
The Set are agents of Trell. Edwarn Ladrian brags of the Set having Faceless Immortals of their own. One of these tells Edwarn that Scadrial has become too dangerous, and that Trell intends to destroy it instead of using the Set to rule it. He also says Edwarn will be allowed to serve in another Realm, perhaps indicating that Trell's followers are Worldhoppers, or at least aware of the different Realms.
- We meet a character named Trell in White Sands vol. 2. The religion presented by Sazed to Vin in Mistborn suggests that this may be Trell's origin.
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