I know this. And this is exactly why I think that Nicrosil Investiture could be used to fuel Allomancy without the metal key. If you can only channel investiture through Allomancy in one way, having the power to draw investiture without the metal key (tapping the Nicrosilmind) should in theory shape it as Allomantic-Steel-Investiture (or whatever metal) because that's the only way your spiritweb knows how to use that power... does that make sense?
I get what you are saying. It could be correct. But personally from everything I've read I doubt it would convert for you like that. The investiture stored in a nicrosil mind is expressly generic. I don't think that the spiritual dna combined with raw investiture would be enough for them to use allomancy. I could be wrong there but I don't think you can cut out the key that easily.
I haven't heard that before, can I get the WoB link for that?
It is never expressly stated like that, that is a conclusion drawn from what Brandon has said. So may not be completely accurate. Can't find exact sources at the moment sorry =( will have to look up each part.
But basically from what I have gathered allomancy requires:
-a bit of preservation in the person, all scadrial natives have a bit of preservation and ruin in them
-the appropriate spiritual dna to use whichever power
-snapped into the power
-the appropriate metal to access preservation's power/to form a link with preservation's power
For a link to be formed with preservations power it seems logical that preservation's power must be present, hence the theory that at least a splinter of preservation would have to be on the world for allomancy to function there.
It was also confirmed at some point that each world has an effect on the magic system, in addition to the shards themselves. From everything we've seen (not sure if its technically confirmed) but it appears that the thing that the planet determines is what is used to create the link to the shard's power. In scadrials case that is Metal. On other worlds metal has no special use like that.