Macros the Black is a fictional character in Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga and Serpentwar Saga series of books. He is a magician who lived on Sorcerer's Isle, a small island surrounded by treacherous currents and many rocks.
Macros the Black is probably one of the most powerful and knowledgeable magicians in Midkemia. He is not restricted to one path of magic (Greater Path or Lesser Path) but is a follower of all paths. He acted as a mentor to Pug. Details of his life are revealed throughout the series and he recites an autobiography to Pug and Tomas in A Darkness at Sethanon. He claimed to have been born on a distant planet and to have lived for time immemorial. In fact, though no names are given, the story told gives the impression that he was born on our own Earth at the time of the Fall of The Roman Empire, and that he was the son of the Wandering Jew and of a woman from Roman Britain - which would place the events of the Riftwar books far in our future.
In the Serpentwar Saga, though, this autobiography was revealed as a lie. He was born in The Empire of Kesh and is said to be around 500 years old in Rage of a Demon King.
He has one daughter, Miranda, with a woman who would later become the Emerald Queen of Novindus.
... they discover that the leader of the resistance, known as the Gardener, is none other than Macros the Black ... Macros however retains few of his memories as punishment by the gods for his hubris in attempting to become the new God of Magic ... previous books are the lost ten thousand gods of the Dasati, whom Pug and Macros must save ...
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