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Wayne
Wayne hatted smile.jpg
Born ~310s PC[1]
Abilities Bloodmaker & Slider twinborn
Aliases Maxil,[1] Abrigain[2]
Residence Elendel
Ethnicity Terris
World Scadrial
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Mistborn Era 2

The ways of Wayne are mysterious and incomprehensible. What he giveth, he can draw back unto himself. And lo, let it be written and pondered.

—Wayne[3]

Wayne is a Twinborn on Scadrial; a Slider and a Bloodmaker.

He is a friend and colleague of Waxillium Ladrian. He lived in the Roughs and worked with Wax to keep law and order. He traveled to Elendel to help investigate the Vanishers and attempted to convince Wax to return to the Roughs as a lawman.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Wax was a right good fellow, but there were a lot of things he didn't understand. Women for one. Hats for another

—Wayne[4]

Wayne is of average height, lean and muscular, with a round, sharp-chinned face.[5][6] At the time of the hunt for the Vanishers he was about 30 years old.[7] He prefers to dress in Roughs clothing with a duster coat. He has an affinity for hats, which he says are essential to completing his elaborate disguises. He cannot grow a "proper" beard.[8]

He has an easygoing personality and is often seen manipulating his accent and style of speech depending on who he is with. He and Wax often exchange witty banter when together.

Wayne has little to no concept of boundaries and an almost pathological need to prove that he's not a bad person.[9] He is deeply troubled and has PTSD,[10] and did not cope well with the isolation he faced in the Roughs.[9] Wayne also has a problem with kleptomania. This is seen in his multiple episodes of "trading" items of different value and then making up convoluted reasons for why this "trade" is acceptable.[citation needed]

Attributes & Abilities[edit]

Wayne is both a Ferring and a Misting, making him a Twinborn. He is both a Bloodmaker and a Slider.

Bloodmaker[edit]

As a Bloodmaker, Wayne can store health in his goldminds at the price of being unwell. He can tap into his stores later to heal wounds. As long as Wayne has an adequate storage of health, he can recover from any wounds that aren't immediately lethal, such as curing poison, regrowing fingers, and surviving bullet wounds. He prefers to fill his metalminds all at once by spending weeks sick in bed instead of traveling around while slightly sick. He often stores health whenever he has a hangover as he is going to have a horrible time of it anyway.[11][12]

Slider[edit]

As a Slider, Wayne can burn bendalloy to form a "speed bubble" around himself, speeding up time for anyone inside it.[1] Once the bubble is made it cannot be moved, and Wayne can move about freely inside it, but if he leaves it, it will disappear. Anything moving from one side to the other, like a bullet, will be slightly thrown off course by the edge of the bubble. Using one nugget of bendalloy Wayne can compress two minutes of time into approximately fifteen external seconds. Wayne often used speed bubbles to converse in private, change in to a disguise or engage in a fight uninterrupted.

Fighting[edit]

Wayne's preferred method of fighting is to move in close to one opponent, create a speed bubble, and use his dueling canes for a close quarters one on one. After beating his opponent he will drop the bubble and leap to the next one, starting the process over again. He seems adept at fighting, even against men with guns, though he does get shot on occasion, making his healing abilities extremely useful during combat.[13]

Disguises[edit]

He had beggar costumes, constable costumes, and old lady costumes. A fellow needed to be able to blend in with his surroundings.[14]

—Wayne

Wayne is talented at disguising himself using various costumes and voices, and has been able to pose as various races, ages, and genders. He is a master at picking up accents and considers it the only thing he is allowed to steal. Even when living in the Roughs he made trips into the city for the purpose of picking up new accents. With the right hat and accent Wayne can easily disguise himself well enough to trick criminals or policemen into thinking he is one of them.[15][16] He is known to be a method actor often thinking like the person he is disguised as. MeLaan says that he is 'Wasted as a human' when referring to his talent for accents.[17]

History[edit]

Some mistakes though, you can’t fix by being sorry. Can’t fix them no matter what you do.

—Wayne[11]

Wayne's father was a Feruchemist, and Wayne was aware of his abilities by the time he was 16, but never had access to any bendalloy or gold. Wayne had a natural talent for grabbing things without meaning to, and with encouragement from some friends he starting pick pocketing, and eventually robbed a man at gunpoint.[11] He accidentally killed the man, and was easily caught by the local lawman Jon Deadfinger. At the trial he found out that the man he killed had been a bookkeeper, charity worker, and father of three. Wax saved Wayne from being hanged, though the details of how are unknown. Ever since the two have worked together almost like a sheriff and deputy, becoming famous enough to be taught about in University. As a reaction to the death of the bookkeeper, Wayne is unable to hold a gun without his hands shaking, preferring to use dueling canes instead. He also sends half of the money he makes to the man's widow to help pay for her kids, one of whom was able to go to university. He visits Allriandre, the eldest child, at the University on the first day of every month to give her "blood money," but she has not forgiven him.[12]

Wayne spent much of his early adulthood as Wax’s partner, initially preforming smaller tasks like keeping an eye on Wax’s horse[18], though eventually became more adept at fighting, and fought alongside Wax.[citation needed]

Investigating the Vanishers[edit]

Kidnapping people… well, there’s something goin’ on here. I’m gonna find out what it is. With or without you.

—Wayne to Wax about the Vanishers[1]

With Wax's return to the city, Wayne was left in charge of Weathering, a small town out in the Roughs, appearing now on the trail of the Vanishers; an infamous gang of thieves renowned for their bizarre theatrics and efficiency.[1] Wayne went to Elendel to meet up with Wayne again, intruding on a meeting with Jackstom Harms and posing as Wax’s uncle. He tells Wax in private about the Vanishers, trying to convince Wax to go after them.[1]

Wax attended the Yomen-Ostlin wedding dinner, and Wayne went there disguised as a waiter.[13] The Vanishers attacked, and Wax and Wayne were forced to fight. Together they manage to quell the Vanisher attack, the survivors fleeing, carrying off Steris. In addition, the bandit leader Tarson took Wayne’s lucky hat, infuriating Wayne.[19]

Wayne infiltrated the Fourth Octant Constabulary, disguised as a constable, and interrogated a few of the captured Vanishers, pretending to be a Vanisher himself. Using his skill with accents and acting, he managed to find out the location of one of the Vanisher hideouts.[15] Wayne met with Wax and Marasi at Wax’s mansion, and Wax’s butler tries to assassinate them, using a bomb. Wayne used his abilities as a Slider to give them time to react, and Wax used his feruchemy to allow them to escape the blast by falling through the floor. Wayne used himself as a human shield, able to heal himself using his own feruchemy.[5] Using the information that Wayne had gathered, they investigated the Vanisher hideout. Though it was empty, Wayne found a cigar box that pointed them to Miles Dagouter.[11]

While on a train ride to the Outer Estates, Miles attacked their train and Wax managed to fight him off.[20] They visited Ranette for help, though Wayne received a cold reception, Ranette threatening to shoot them. Wayne bribed Ranette into letting them in, using an aluminum gun he’d stolen from the investigation scene at the wedding. Wax laid out a plan, and Wayne stole some shipping manifests.[3] Later, at a train station, Wayne disguised himself as an old lady to discover more information about the Breaknaught, a heavily protected train designed to withstand attacks from the Vanishers. Wayne and some others caused some chaos, faking an attack. Wayne used the chaos to throw a “wounded” Wax into the train car, then proceeded to lock the door.[2]

Wayne and Marasi watched the train from a hillside one evening, and observed how the Vanishers pulled off their robberies, by using a piece of machinery to swap out the train car.[21] While Wax attacked from within the train car, Wayne and Marasi followed to the Vanisher hideout to provide assistance. Wayne got into the thick of the fighting at the hideout alongside Wax, while Marasi acted as a sniper from above.[22]

Towards the end of the fighting Tarson took Marasi hostage, Wayne threw up a speed bubble for Wax, who managed to pull off a near impossible shot to kill Tarson. Wax then had a close quarters fight with Miles, Marasi discreetly burning cadmium to give Wayne time to go alert the constabulary. The constables arrived in time, and managed to capture Miles through sheer numbers.[23]

Chasing the Marksman[edit]

Some time after Miles’ capture, Wayne found Wax and told him the Marksman was on the move. They got in a motorcar with Marasi, and Wax then chased after the Marksman using Steelpushes. Wayne followed behind with Marasi, and the Marksman subsequently escaped into the slums.[6] While Marasi and Wax went to go interrogate people, Wayne used his acting skill to join in with a group of men living in the slums. He followed one of the men to where Marks was hiding. He attacked the building and apprehended Marks. They were attacked as they left the slums, and Marks was shot and killed.[4]

Chasing Bleeder[edit]

Wax investigated a series of bodies at Lord Winsting’s manor, where a series of people were killed by a Steelrunner. Knowing that he’d likely need it soon, Wayne began storing up health. Wax wanted Wayne to got to The Village, but Wayne had to preform a special task he always did on the first of the month. He went to Elendel University, sneaking in to meet with Allriandre, the daughter of the man he killed. He offered her the usual monthly stipend that he gives her, and she showed him the picture of her father, forcing him to once again recite his crimes. She once again told him that he isn’t forgiven, and Wayne left.[12] Wayne and Wax visited the home of Idashwy, a known Terris Steelrunner. They found her dead with a hole in her chest. Wax and Wayne determined that the killer used Hemalurgy to steel Idashwy’s Steelrunner abilities.[24]

Wayne and Steris went to Lady ZoBell's party, but were turned away by the bouncer. Wayne used his bend alloy to determine that they were on a list of people to be kept out of the party, a petty move by the governor’s bodyguard. Wayne decided to act the part of Professor Hanlanaze, a mathematics professor, to get into the party with Marasi as his assistant. A colleague later recognized him, and he threw up a speed bubble while Marasi figured out how to respond to him. Wayne bluffed the man into a hasty retreat and concentrated on eating again.[14] At the party a young woman came up to him and slapped him, saying that he stole an invention from her now-destitute father. Wax found a suspicious server and chased him, Wayne tackling the man. He escaped, and Wayne stayed behind to protect the governor while Wax chased after him.[25] Wayne conducted an impersonation of the party staff, and concluded that the server Wax chased was not Bleeder, as the choice of impersonating a new waiter that nobody liked was too obvious.[26]

Wayne went to the temple of the Common Man, a location of a very loose religion revolving around Breeze and heavily involving alcohol. The temple was a bar, and many people in the place were morose or angry. Wayne cheered up everyone there by improving their beverages, and met MeLaan. They got off well, having a belching contest before Wax arrived and interrupted them. MeLaan filled them in on more details about Bleeder, saying that they needed to take out her spike, either manually or with a serum inside of a syringe that MeLaan gave to Wax.[27] While Wax investigated Bleeder’s trail of clues, Wayne stayed to guard Governor Replar Innate, later joined by MeLaan.[28] Wayne bonded more with MeLaan during their time guarding Innate, coaching her on her accents.[17]

Rioting in Elendel[edit]

Wayne went out into the streets to blend in with an angry mob surrounding a Survivorist priest, but Bleeder used a syringe to reveal the priest as a Kandra. Someone in the crowd recognized Wayne, and he was forced to flee the scene.[29] Upon returning to Innate’s manor, he heard Innate speaking and realized that the accent was off, revealing that he was Bleeder. [30] Wayne investigated but got too close to the window, and Bleeder spotted him. She attacked him, getting his metal minds off, drugging him, and stashing him in the closet.

Wax later found him and rescued him before chasing off after Bleeder for the final time.[31] Marasi decided that MeLaan should pose as the governor and give a speech to appease the rioting people of Elendel.[32] Due to his wound from Bleeder’s attack, Wayne stayed onstage near MeLaan in case things went wrong.[33] The speech didn’t work and the people began to riot. They stopped however, when Aradel put MeLaan under arrest for corruption. Aradel took control of the city, turning the crowds to his side.[34]

Death of Bleeder[edit]

After Wax returned from his chase of Bleeder, having killed her and found out that she had been Lessie all along, Wayne tried to help his friend with his grief at having killed his wife a second time. He saw the daughter of Remmingtel Tarcsel, the girl who slapped him at ZoBell’s party when he had pretended to be Hanlanaze. He talked to her, recognizing her father as the true inventor of the incandescent lightbulb, and offered her venture capital to help her fund her and her father’s inventions, to her extreme delight.[35]

Search for the Bands[edit]

Wayne saved MeLaan's life by recovering her spikes from Telsin, who had previously removed them. Haggard from grief due to MeLaan's predicament and the alleged death of Waxillium, Wayne used Wax's shotgun on Telsin, knowing that her gold metalminds would heal her. It is unclear if Wayne's surmounting of his gun-phobia was temporary or not.

Relationships[edit]

Wax[edit]

You’re a bizzare pair, you know.

—Marasi to Wax[3]

Wax is Wayne’s best friend and partner. Wayne acts as Wax’s deputy. They have an easygoing relationship, and they often engage in banter. Wax was the one who saved Wayne when he was about to be hung for murder, for which Wayne owes Wax a debt of gratitude.[36] They have gone on countless adventures together, and have formed a strong friendship and trust. Though Wax laughs at most of Wayne’s jokes, he also wishes Wayne would not meddle in his personal life, such as disparaging Steris.

MeLaan[edit]

Wayne has a very close relationship with MeLaan, and is attracted to her easy-going manner and free spirit.[27] MeLaan admires Wayne’s skill with accents, and Wayne gives her pointers from time to time. Over time they grow quite close, and Wayne seems not the least bit perturbed about having a romantic relationship with her, despite her immense age and her being a Kandra. Their relationship becomes apparent when Wax finds them making out in a luggage compartment. Wayne’s romantic inclinations towards MeLaan are what causes him to break off his pursuit of Ranette.[37] When Telsin takes MeLaan’s spikes, turning her into a mistwraith, Wayne manages to shoot Telsin, recover the spikes, and save MeLaan.[38]

Marasi[edit]

You’re important. You help out a lot! Plus, you smell nice, and not all bloody n’ stuff.

—Wayne[39]

At first, Wayne has no understanding of personal boundaries around Marasi. He often harasses her, and makes rude or inappropriate comments about her in her presence. Marasi is embarrassed easily by any romantic or sexual topic, which encourages Wayne, who makes her the target of several jokes. After a time, Wayne eventually becomes a better friend to Marasi, and their relationship improves. Despite his joking manner, he is still able to have several meaningful conversations with Marasi, and offers encouragement to Marasi amidst her self-doubt.[39] Even so, Marasi occasionally has to reign Wayne in a little when they work together, often acting as the voice of reason.[40]

Ranette[edit]

Nah. She’s just angry. That’s how she shows affection.

—Wayne[3]

Wayne often flirts with Ranette, but is continually met with hostility or indifference. Wayne doesn’t seem to care about how much he annoys Ranette, and often calls her “honey” or “darling”. Ranette despises Wayne, and has shot him on four separate occasions.[3] Wayne eventually tells Ranette he is no longer interested in her, a decision largely impacted by a conversation with Merasi and his developing relationship with MeLaan, and Ranette is grateful and relieved at the news.

Quotes[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Wayne has a last name he could use, if he wanted.[41]
  • If he had joined the Knights Radiant, he would most likely have been in the Order of Edgedancers. Most of the Orders would look very strangely upon Wayne.[42]
  • There will be in-world comic books in Mistborn Era 3 based off of him and Wax.[43]
  • Wayne was originally going to be a haberdasher.[44]
  • Wayne collected eighty different kinds of beer bottles at one point.[45]

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d e f The Alloy of Law chapter 2#
  2. a b The Alloy of Law chapter 16#
  3. a b c d e The Alloy of Law chapter 14#
  4. a b Shadows of Self chapter 3#
  5. a b The Alloy of Law chapter 9#
  6. a b Shadows of Self chapter 2#
  7. The Alloy of Law chapter 4#
  8. The Bands of Mourning chapter 23#
  9. a b General Reddit 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-12-21#
  10. Shadows of Self signing San Diego
    Arcanum - 2015-10-08#
  11. a b c d The Alloy of Law chapter 10#
  12. a b c Shadows of Self chapter 5#
  13. a b The Alloy of Law chapter 5#
  14. a b Shadows of Self chapter 9#
  15. a b The Alloy of Law chapter 8#
  16. The Bands of Mourning prologue#
  17. a b Shadows of Self chapter 19#
  18. Shadows of Self prologue#
  19. The Alloy of Law chapter 6#
  20. The Alloy of Law chapter 13#
  21. The Alloy of Law chapter 17#
  22. The Alloy of Law chapter 18#
  23. The Alloy of Law chapter 19#
  24. Shadows of Self chapter 6#
  25. Shadows of Self chapter 10#
  26. Shadows of Self chapter 12#
  27. a b Shadows of Self chapter 13#
  28. Shadows of Self chapter 17#
  29. Shadows of Self chapter 20#
  30. Shadows of Self chapter 21#
  31. Shadows of Self chapter 22#
  32. Shadows of Self chapter 23#
  33. Shadows of Self chapter 24#
  34. Shadows of Self chapter 26#
  35. Shadows of Self epilogue#
  36. The Final Empire chapter 10#
  37. The Bands of Mourning chapter 9#
  38. The Bands of Mourning chapter 29#
  39. a b The Bands of Mourning chapter 6#
  40. The Bands of Mourning chapter 11#
  41. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-05#
  42. Skyward San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-07#
  43. Idaho Falls signing
    Arcanum - 2018-12-29#
  44. FanX 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-09-07#
  45. Shadows of Self chapter 18#
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