by Ben McSweeney
|Featured In||Mistborn Era 2|
Waxillium Ladrian, Wax for short, is a Twinborn and High Lord of House Ladrian on Scadrial. He lived as a lawman for twenty years in the Roughs, but returned to Elendel to become High Lord of his House when his uncle allegedly died in some sort of carriage accident. Wax's sister, Telsin, is also presumed dead from the same accident.
His Terris name is Asinthew.
Wax's best friend is Wayne, a fellow lawman from the Roughs. Wax helped Wayne turn his life around after Wayne accidentally shot and killed a man while trying to steal from him.
After returning to Elendel, Wax reluctantly decides to court and marry Steris, in a mutual agreement to benefit both their houses. Eventually, he becomes attracted to her and fascinated by her idiosyncrasies, leading them to fall in love and marry for emotional reasons, not financial ones.
- 1 Appearance and Personality
- 2 History
- 3 Attributes and Abilities
- 4 Notes
Appearance and Personality
Wax has muttonchops and likes wearing a mistcoat. He also prefers "Roughs" attire to Elendel fashion, seen in his wearing of Dusters and Roughs-style hats.
Wax is mistrustful of noble society, disliking their internal politics that he calls "the games." He admires the simplicity of the Roughs, where arguments are solved quickly and easily, compared to in Elendel, where the houses hide their true intentions.
An image from the House Record
Waxillium is a descendent of Edgard Ladrian and Allrianne Cett. He is of mixed hertiage;Terris on his mothers side and Noble on his fathers side , he is said to have more Terris blood than most.
Living in the Village
At the age of 15, Wax spent a year living in the village. With the option to stay if he wished. During his last months in the village, he would encounter Forch, a Twinborn Terris boy who committed arson. Wax investigated the crime and brought his evidence to the attention of the constables. But this was ultimately disregarded by his grandmother who insisted that the Terris people manage themselves and their criminals.  Wax unintentionally spotted Forch later that night and believed he was going to commit arson again. Investigating further, Wax unknowingly stumbled upon Forch attempting to dissect a living boy he had kidnapped.
Despite being heavily outmatched by another Twinborn. Wax ultimately killed Forch in self defense, rescuing the child.
Early years in the Roughs
In his early years in the Roughs, Wax developed an image of himself as a "Gentleman Bounty Hunter", although initially incompetent and unfamiliar with his Twinborn abilities, he would eventually hone them. He pro-actively worked with other law enforcers in the area, eventually working with Jon Deadfinger and finding a 17 year old Wayne, who he would ultimately spare from execution and turn his life around to become a lawman.
During a bounty claim on Granite Joe, he would encounter Lessie.  A woman he would fall in love with and eventually marry.
Late years in the Roughs and the return to Elendel
After the reported death of his uncle, Wax was implored to return to Elendel and manage his house. Initially ignoring this request, he would hunt Bloody Tan as his last bounty. After Bloody Tan held Lessie hostage, Waxillium accidentally shot her. With nothing left for him in the Roughs, he would return to Elendel.
In his early months in Elendel, Wax would frequently leave social functions and explore the city in the mists. Eventually he would intervene in a shootout. Believing he heard a whimpering from a woman, Wax froze during the gunfight. Coming to the conclusion that he was no longer capable of being a lawman with his irrelevance becoming more apparent with the city constabulary, Wax ultimately gave up his old life.
Attributes and Abilities
Waxillium is a Crasher; a Coinshot and Skimmer Twinborn. The combination of these abilities makes Waxillium a particularly dangerous individual, since the strength of a Steelpush is largely dependent on the mass of the Allomancer.
Waxillium is an extremely skilled Coinshot. Perhaps the biggest mark of his mastery is his ability to regulate the strength of his Steelpushes. Generally, Allomancers find it to hard to maintain a fine control over their Steelpushes, so instead most opt to regulate the length of the time of them. Levitating without bobbing up and down, for example, requires extreme discipline that few Allomancers can achieve; most use short bursts of Steelpushes, fall down, then Push again. Waxillium is able to apply enough pressure on a small metal rod to make it stick to the side of a table without moving the table itself with ease.
Wax also uses his ability to form a defensive bubble around himself that doesn't affect his own metal items but Pushes bullets coming at him off course slightly; to enhance the velocity of his bullets, Pushing them after being shot to force them through an opponents cover; and to travel in the air, in combination with his Skimmer ability to regulate his mass. Wax doesn't appear to use the most obvious ability of a Coinshot very often, as he had to be reminded that he could launch a bullet without a gun, although he always uses steel for his third vest button as an extra metal reserve or to use as a weapon in emergencies.
Waxillium prefers Stagin's whiskey in his Allomantic vials. Steris prefers to use cod-liver oil in the vials that she prepares for Wax.
”Whiskey is bad for you, Lord Waxillium. A wife must look out for her husband’s health.— Steris
As a Skimmer, using iron metalminds, Wax can store his weight at the cost of being lighter than normal, and tap the storage to become heavier. Wax constantly stores his weight to make him about a three quarters of his normal weight, making him lighter on his feet. He also uses this ability to navigate vertically in combination with steelpushing and a shotgun. Wax doesn't tap in to his weight very often, preferring to store it to be lighter, as a result, the sheer amount of weight he can tap in to allows him to quite easily fall straight through a floor with no effort.
Waxillium has an earring with a slight Hemalurgic charge. It is unknown what type of charge it is. The earring is a feature of Pathism, adherents to the religion often wear metal earrings while praying. This enables Harmony to communicate directly with him. It was given to him by the kandra MeLaan.
Wax is a talented marksman, preferring to use two guns at once. He has been shown to shoot a bullet that was put off course by the speed bubble of a Slider, scoring a lethal shot as a result. However, due to a traumatic misfire that resulted in the death of a loved one, Wax developed a nervousness when facing a hostage situation.
Wax also practices basic metallurgy as a hobby and is shown to be a talented investigator.
| Preceded by
| Head of House Ladrian
|| Succeeded by |
- Shadows of Self chapter 5
- Shadows of Self chapter 6
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 0
- Shadows of Self chapter 8
- Shadows of Self chapter 0
- The Alloy of Law chapter 1
- The Well of Ascension chapter 17
- The Alloy of Law chapter 5
- The Alloy of Law prologue
- The Alloy of Law chapter 19
- The Alloy of Law chapter 9
- Annotation for The Alloy of Law chapter 11
- The Bands of Mourning chapter 7
- The Alloy of Law chapter 3
- Who gave Wax the earring?
— Theoryland - Nov 19th, 2011
| Mistborn Era 2|
The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal
|Characters||Waxillium Ladrian · Wayne · Marasi Colms · Miles Dagouter · Steris Harms · Ranette · Edwarn Ladrian · MeLaan · Bleeder · Claude Aradel · Telsin Ladrian|
|Places||Elendel · Elendel Basin · Roughs · New Seran|
|Organizations||The Set · The Vanishers · The Nightstreet Gang|
|Other||High Imperial · The Allomantic Agreement of '94|
|Era 1 books||Mistborn: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages · (Mistborn: Secret History · The Eleventh Metal)|
|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 · Ettmetal|
|Other Media||Mistborn Adventure Game · Mistborn: Birthright · Mistborn film · Mistborn: House War|