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

Physical descriptionEdit

Maxim had dark skin, black hair, a well-kept beard, and the sturdy build of a typical Arnesian. As king, he was normally seen in royal robes and coats as well as rings and jewels.


Maxim was shown to be headstrong and strict, always putting the good of his people above himself. He had very definite ideas about right and wrong, and was more than prepared to make difficult choices for the good of many. Despite that, he had 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.


A Darker Shade of MagicEdit

A Gathering of ShadowsEdit

A Conjuring of LightEdit


Emira MareshEdit

Rhy MareshEdit

Kell MareshEdit




"Maxim" is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian name.[1] It is derived from the Latin name "Maximus" which means "greatest."[2]


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