Mak s'Ahelas

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Mak s'Ahelas is the high mage of Rauven Tower on the splinter world of Dascen Elur. He is tall and wears black robes

He is the father of Talera s'Ahelas and the grandfather of both Arithon s'Ffalenn and Lysaer s'Ilessid. Mak is sparing in his praise of his apprentices, expecting them to think for themselves and achieve their own satisfaction, rather than living for the approval of others.


Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Peril's Gate.

After Talera's death, he was responsible for raising Arithon to adulthood, and training him in magecraft. When Arithon's talent emerged at the age of 3, Mak begins his apprenticeship early to allow the boy to control his gifts and his rage. The High Mage ordered Master Krael to treat Arithon like the older apprentices even with the risk of breaking him.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: Following Arithon's capture after the sea battle, Mak employs a farseer to learn of Arithon's condition. After learning that his grandson is being delivered to Amroth he vows to enact equal retribution upon Lysaer for any mishap that should befall Arithon. After the King of Amroth banishes Arithon through the Worldsend gate, Mak seems to arrange to have Lysaer kidnapped and delivered to the gate as well. Hints of this can be found when the kidnappers wonder whether they should steal Lysaer's jewels.[1]

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: While in Kewar Tunnel, Arithon learns from the spirit of Avar s'Ffalenn that Mak interceded in the feud between Amroth and Karthan, forcing peace. The mages of Rauven used grand conjury to lift Karthan out of poverty. Arithon also learns that Mak loved him but dared not show it at the risk of turning Arithon's grief into eventual cruelty.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5925: Arithon draws on a lesson from Mak s'Ahelas to regain self-control while a captive of the Koriathain and True Sect.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, p. 53 (US-Hardback)