Agent 333 is correct. As Brandon described it, Hemalurgy functions by ripping out a piece of a person's soul and essentially "stapling" it to the recipient. I tend to think of it as the Spiritual Realm's version of body modification. Just like how tattoos and facelifts aren't passed on genetically, neither are traits gained through Hemalurgy. (NOTE that this is my take on it. We have no information confirming that Hemalurgically granted traits are passed on outside of divine intervention.)
Actually, this came up in the recent reddit conversation. I had always understood Hemalurgy as actually altering the recipients spiritual DNA. See question #7 below.http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy_Bookclub/comments/oji9u/the_alloy_of_law_qa_with_brandon_sanderson/
I've got some questions. Spoilers!
Why on earth does Marsh have a Feruchemical Atium Spike? You've said that Ironeyes is in fact Marsh. Did Ruin spike someone for him? Or did Sazed grant him the power?
Is it significant that Miles said that the "men of gold and red" would come and rule. Is there a connection between this and the "gold and red" cigar box that Miles keeps The Suit's comings and goings on?
How long before WoK is Alloy of Law? I heard somewhere that it's a hundred years, but I don't think that's right.
A little safer question- Why did you not have Waxillium fall for Marasi? Why stick with the contract with Steris?
Does the general population know about Nicrosil and Chromium?
Then I have one or two Original Trilogy questions.
Six. TenSoon wonders, and I wonder too- How can Kandra think and be sentient without Brains? Doesn't the body need a physical coordinator to relay between the Physical and Cognitive realm? Or do the spikes do a good enough job with that?Seven. You've said that Inquisitors could have children. Would those children have a better chance at being Allomancers compared to if they had the kids before they were Inquisitors?
Thank you so much Brandon! I love your books. They have such great characters, incredible plot lines and such intricate world building. And "You're Welcome"? Priceless.
EDIT-8. I almost forgot! If you burn Nicrosil, will it deplete Feruchemial Storages? Or just Allomantic?
[–]mistborn 6 points 15 days ago
1) Dead inquisitors Vin killed. Some were granted the spike for reasons I haven't spoken of yet.
2) This is all very significant.
3) I intended them to be happening roughly close to one another, with WOK slightly before.
4) Marasi, as she was in Alloy of Law, was just plain wrong for Wax. As I write books, I allow my characters to grow more free-form (while my setting and plot are outlined in detail.) In writing the book, I felt that a Marasi hook-up at the end would not only be wrong for the character, but wrong for the story. If I do direct sequels (which I probably will) perhaps things will change.
5) Yes, though they are like this world's version of advanced physics in our world. They've heard of them, but many an average person might be hard-pressed to say exactly what they do.
6) I imagine Kandra having a non-centralized nervous system, with brain power spread through their bodies. Well, non-centralized is probably the wrong way to say it. They have lobes of thought and memory attached to muscles here and there, and don't have a single 'brain.' They certainly have brain-like material, though.7) Yes, but there also could be...complications.