The following is commentary, written by Brandon, about one of the chapters of MISTBORN: THE WELL OF ASCENSION. If you haven’t read this book, know that the following will contain major spoilers. We suggest reading the sample chapters from book one instead. You can also go to this book’s introduction or go to the main annotations page to access all annotations for all books. For those who have read some of MISTBORN 2, any spoilers for the ending of this book will be hidden, so as long as you’ve read up to this chapter, you should be all right.
I debated how to have the crew react to the koloss threat. It seemed that having them get worked up about it would be out of character. They all know there’s little they can do at the moment–the koloss are too far away to be a pertinent threat, and the other armies have them boxed in.
I eventually realized that the crew might see the koloss as an advantage. They are an opportunistic group, and have been feeling overwhelmed by events. Any change in the status could end up being an advantage to them.
So it is that twenty-thousand monsters marching on their city gets dismissed almost as easily as Sazed’s warnings about the mists. The crew members aren’t fools, but they are pragmatists. They have enough to worry about at the moment. More nebulous threats will wait.
Breeze’s real name is Ladrian–I believe I mentioned it back in book one as well. He gets annoyed when he hears it, however, because it is a reminder that he’s really a full-blooded nobleman. The “Lord” Sazed uses is even more of a reminder.
He wishes he could have left his name behind, discarding it. He sees himself as “Breeze” and has for a long time. However, he used Ladrian a few times earlier during his career, and it’s never left him.
These are all things, of course, that we won’t have time to talk about in the actual text of the book. So, you get them here instead.