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King Maxim Maresh is the King of Arnes, husband of Emira Maresh, and father of Rhy and Kell.

Physical description[]

Maxim has dark skin, black hair, bright honey-coloured eyes, and a well-kept beard. He also has the sturdy build of a typical Arnesian.[1] As king, he is normally seen in royal robes and coats as well as rings and jewels.


Maxim is headstrong and strict and always puts the good of his people above himself. He has very definite ideas about right and wrong, and is more than prepared to make difficult choices for the good of many. Despite that, he has a kind side and loved his family dearly.

When was was younger, Maxim's ruthlessness and cunning in battle earned him the title of "The Steel Prince," something he never forgot, even in peace.


Early life[]

A Darker Shade of Magic[]

Birthday Preparations[]

Maxim studies a stack of official documents while he is having a late tea in the courtyard with Emira and Rhy and talking about Rhy's upcoming twentieth birthday. Rhy suggests to extend the festivities to a week and party extensively, but Maxim and Emira dismiss his suggestions.

When Kell returns from his trip to Grey London and joins them, Maxim asks him how his trip was and if he is well. Kell replies that his trip was longer than he would have liked and that he is well. Later, Kell and Rhy excuse themselves and leave Maxim and Emira alone in the courtyard.[1]

A Gathering of Shadows[]

A Conjuring of Light[]


Emira Maresh[]

Rhy Maresh[]

Kell Maresh[]



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Titles and styles[]

  • — March 1820: His Majesty The King


  • He has a deep voice.[1]

  • "Maxim" is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian name.[2] It is derived from the Latin name "Maximus" which means "greatest."[3]

  • References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Darker Shade of Magic, II: Red Royal, III
    2. Behind the Name — Maxim
    3. Behind the Name — Maximus


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