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I’m still hoping one of the mods can reopen my old tarot thread in Mistborn. Until then... Please be aware that most of these cards were made four years ago. These cards are hypothetical tarot deck from Era 3 Mistborn: The Fool: Retaining it’s name from pre-Catascande Scadrial, it represents beginnings. Hence the Lord Mistborn heading from the World of Ash to the Anteverdant one. The Sovereign/The Fullborn (The Magician): This card was called the Mistborn in pre-Catascande Scadrial. Post-Catascande gave it the name Fullborn, and it has slowly transitioned toward being called the Sovereign. It represents Power and Manipulation. The Sovereign points to the four suits (Bands, Medallions, Spears and Metals or Spikes) representing his mastery of them. As the card becomes more strongly identified with The Sovereign, some interpreters have begun pairing it with the Survivor and creating unique meanings based upon the drawing of both cards. This has yet to become widely accepted, however. (If you know the RL history of this card you should know why Kelsier is so perfect for it.) The Misting (the Priestess): This card retains its name from pre-Catascande Scadrial. It represents Intuition and Secrecy. It is unclear when the cards began displaying Beldre, wife of the Lord Mistborn, but she is the most common portrait in modern tarot decks. (Do you have any idea how hard it is to substitute Lunar imagery because Scadrial doesn’t have a moon? Literally all I remember from making this card.) The Lady (The Empress): Also known as the High Lady. There is no mystery to Lady Alriane’s place on this card; her many discourses on a woman’s role in society have made her the perfect depiction of Feminity, represented by this card. The Lord Ruler (The Emperor): Pre-Catascande this card’s upright and reversed meanings were switched. Skaa readers traditionally swapped the meanings and today that is the accepted interpretation. It represents Domination and Authority. (Considering Scadrial’s history it made more sense for the meaning to be reversed.) The Obligator (The Hierophant): The Last Obligator adorns this card, as quickly became customary after the Catascande. This card represents Tradition and Government. The Lovers: Another card that retains its name, the Imperial pair represent Love. The Hound/The Guardian (The Chariot): Featuring the Guardian, the Hound card represents Determination and Self-restraint. Indications are that this card may have always featured a large dog of some sort. Strength: The Strength card is often misunderstood, as it does not refer to physical strength. Rather, it represents Integrity. The Kandra (The Hermit): Custom has it that this card features OreSeur, the Kandra who served the Survivor. It represents Introspection and Isolation. Fortune (Wheel of Fortune): Unsurprisingly, this card represents luck. Death/Ironeyes (Justice): Once known as the Inquisitor, this card was often referred to as ‘Death’ by both nobles and Skaa. So it’s not all that surprising that it became associated with Ironeyes. This card can be paired with The Survivor to create a unique trump pair known as The Brothers. In readings the two cards are said to symbolize familial relationships. Note that the Sovereign cannot pair with Ironeyes. As with the Lord Ruler, Skaa traditionally reversed the meanings of this card. However, this tradition has faded due to the card’s association with Ironeyes, who is viewed as a more just figure (albeit a terrifying one.) This card represents Law. Sacrifice (The Hanged Man): The Sacrifice card is an old one and it represents Insight. The Survivor (Death): This card has a fascinating history. The earliest versions call it Death, and it portrayed the Deepness. Pre-Catascande Nobles called this card the Deepness and portrayed it traditionally with dark swirls. Skaa were not taught religion in the Final Empire, so when the game made its way to them they - rather ironically - began referring to the card as The Mist. When the cards began being used for divination, this one came to represent Change. The Survivor quickly became associated with the Mists and no one can deny that he was - and is - a tremendous force of change. So it’s rather understandable that he became associated with this card. (In case anyone is confused: RL Tarot Decks have a Justice and Death card. Scadrians call the former Death and the latter the Survivor.)
robardin posted a topic in MistbornIn the scene from Shadows of Self where Wax goes into the museum/mausoleum ("musoleum?") in the Field of Rebirth, he passes through an open foyer "with its murals of the Originators. Hammond, the Lord Mistborn, Lady Truth, Wax's own ancestor Edgard Ladrian", whose familiar and accurately captured self-satisfied look made Wax want to punch him. The Originators depicted there, of course, would be the leaders of the remade world - primarily those of Kelsier's surviving crew, but also figures like Yomen and Ashweather Cett that Elend had recruited to lead his New Empire. There were not many women in that number. So who was "Lady Truth"? The Coppermind has no entry for such a name, and the Arcanum of WoBs have this where someone straight up asked Brandon this question, and got a RAFO (with the caveat that he said it is likely a case of "I know the answer to this, it's not a big secret, but I am not ready to just pin it down"). Maybe it's just me, but there is something just a tad chilling about a name like that. It seems... Stern and unforgiving. Like there's a bit of a dark story there to be told. The way I see it, unless she was someone who only rose to prominence after the Catacendre (a period we readers know very little about), Lady Truth would have to be one of the leading characters we saw survive in The Hero of Ages to be considered a peer of Hammond, Spook, and Breeze, and to have later earned that sobriquet. Which means either Allrianne or Beldre. Allrianne is in fact mentioned by that name elsewhere in Shadows of Self, when Marasi recalls that woman constables having to also be "ladylike" had a tradition "going back to the speeches of Lady Allriane Ladrian soon after the Catacendre". If Allrianne was involved with establishing the constabulary force, and maybe showed her tough side more openly than before, that could well earn her a name like "Lady Truth". But then, wouldn't Marasi the constable naturally think of her as "Lady Truth" rather than "Lady Allrianne Ladrian"? On the other hand, Beldre was a "pampered rich girl" in the Last Days of Urteau, seemingly unlikely to end up a "Lady Truth"; but with her marrying(?) Spook who would then become The Lord Mistborn, leading (ruling) their new world for a hundred years, she would have had plenty of time to grow and to change. And power, too. Add in the offhand WoB about Spook being "a stud" after the Final Ascension and fathering over a dozen children, combined with his long life and length of rule... Does that suggest him being a "player" who either set Beldre aside at some point, or simply had women on the side? Either of which could serve to harden Beldre.
So what started out as a typo (talking about how long inquisitors love live) nearly a year ago has brought me to this. Just in time for the Holiday, enjoy these Mistborn Valentines Day Cards! See all of my Valentine's Day Cards here. See a PDF of printable, foldable versions of these cards here. It was a lot of fun making these, and I will probably do some more in the future. Maybe some Stormlight Archives Valentines? We'll see! If you have any ideas, please send me an email and let me know.
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