|Weapon of Choice||Amulet, Sword|
|Goal||To avenge Layra's death|
|First Appearance||The Cloud Searchers|
Max Griffin was a former student of The Academy and successor of the Elf King. He was a powerful stonekeeper of the past. When his elf friend, Layra, died during a failed attempt to transport her family, Max became determined to wage war against his fellow humans. He died in the end of Escape from Lucien rejected by a disappointed Layra, with the blood of thousands staining his hands; his curse was fulfilled.
Early LifeEditMax's father, Roy always told him to stay away from Layra and her family. His father sentenced Layra's parents to Yarboro prison, suspecting they are spies for the elf king. However, Max secretly freed them and aided in their escape by boarding them onto an airship headed to Frontera, planning to meet them at a later and more peaceful time. A police airship spotted the escapees. The family's ship is shot down by the police ship for refusing to comply with its demands. Max, angered and distraught at the death Layra and her family, responds by blasting the other ship with the use of his stone and killing the four soldiers inside,.
As a result, the Guardian Council sentence Max to 50 years in the Ice Prison of Korthan, and before sending him away, ask if he had any last words to bid his farewell, to which he replies: "You will all regret this."
He later escapes prison by maneuvering past guards and crawling through passages. Mortally wounded, however, the snow proves to be almost impossible to overcome. His stone's voice appeares to him and offeres to help him, so long as he falls into submission, which he agrees to when the Voice points out he is going to die anyway. Eventually, he is able to use the stone's power to retain his youth and joins forces with Gulfen in order to avenge Layra's death.
Though at first Max appears to be helping Emily, his true goal is realized while testing for a spot in the Guardian Council at the Academy. He is shown to have betrayed the other stonekeepers, such as Ronin and Peirce, several times, but urges them to trust him and work together. It is later revealed that Max, using his powers, had created replicates of the deceased or illusions (Duncan, Ronin, Peirce, etc.) to take control of Cielis so that Emily would be tricked into helping him obtain the Mother Stone. Max tried to persuade Emily to join him in his plan to create a new guardian council, but she refused. Max then escaped with the Mother Stone, while dodging the amulet blasts from Trellis and Vigo as he headed into the elven helicopter.
Max Griffin, along with several elf troops, later stormed the Ice Prison of Korthan, leading the Elf King in a battle carriage. Per agreement between the two, Max freed Chronos, a mountain giant, in order to defeat the first stonekeepers. Max was given orders to begin their march in the city of Frontera and to annihilate the commoners. On his way to to decimate Lucien next, Max met up with the stonekeepers during airship travel, leading to a battle in the skies. At the climax of the battle, the combined blasts of Emily, Vigo, and Max, caused them to fall. An injured Max awakened somewhere in the mountains in a large crater caused by his fall, and with most of his bones broken. He comtemplated giving up, but his stone's voice coaxed him into beleiving that Layra would be disappointed if he gave up now and proceeded to mend his bones. Max apologized to Layra and Chronos flew off with him in hand.
Max later spoke with the Elf King, apologizing for his failure, and asked for a second chance. The Elf King reveled Max that he had heard Max's stone was guided by a voice and asked if this was true, to which Max denied. Max was then told that the traitor who had given this information would be executed, as the King saw this as a terrible offense to his best officer. Complimenting him, the King went on to say that Max would one day reveal his curse to him, but assured a visibly shocked and nervous Max that it was not time yet and promised to continue his work.
Death EditLater, Max flies off with Emily, Trellis, and Vigo Light into the Void in an attempt to take on the Voice. As they enter the Temple of Kings (located in Valcor), the Voice swirls in between the statues and appearedin front of them. Before Max can attack the Voice, he is strangled around the neck, but Emily commands it to release him. When the Voice speaks to him gratingly about his actions, a hallucination of Layra appears, with her mother and father. Max tells Layra that he tried to avenge her, and that everything he did was for her. Layra retorts that he had done it for himself, before disappearing. When Emily says this is something he has to let go of, Max tells her he should have died a long time ago. Max shouts to the Voice he is ready to go- and Max begins to age, losing his youthful features. Upon his death, he tells them to find Algos Island for Trellis, and to forgive his people, for they did not know that he is the King. By the time the stonekeepers had awakened, Max had been rendered a lifeless statue.
It should be noted that Max and the others were actually somewhat getting along, as they weren't trying to kill each other, as well as Max telling Trellis that he is in fact, the King, as well as Emily's obvious grief as Max's death.
Max is considerably taller than Emily, though shorter than her mother. His stone is blue, with a design similar to Emily's. he has black hair and blue eyes. His hair points up in 5+ tall spikes, and he often wears a cape, brown boots and a tunic. He seems a little older than Emily, about sixteen years old.
During the battle in the fifth book titled, 'Prince of the Elves', the end of his cape is tattered and seared.
Max is quite single-minded when he wants to achieve a goal, leading to him being quite ruthless, willing to put innocents in danger if it means he will get what he wants. His desire to avenge Layra, which is what influenced his decision to side with the Voice and the Elf King, is a prime example of this. He is also a skself beneath a benevolent, charming façade. He does come to realize that the Voice is evil, and so he allies with the Guardian council to destroy it, albeit by resorting to threatening their lives unless they do. When his motives are called into question by the Voice, who uses Layra's spirit to prove its point, he realizes that his obsessiveness had made him a monster. In the end, he dies filled with regret for what he had done, finally letting go of his desire for vengeance.
Powers and AbilitiesEditMax is shown to be an immensely skilled and powerful stonekeeper. As a child, he and Vigo had excelled above the other students in their training academy. When soldiers open fire on an airship intending to smuggle Layra and her family to the city of Gulfen, Max is able to detonate the ships and kill all of the soldiers inside, thus leading to his imprisonment.
Max has shown that he is able to animate stone replicates of the deceased and also create the illusion that they are alive.
Using the stone, he manages to inflict major damage on aircraft en route to Gulfen. The Voice of the stone is shown also mending his broken bones after he fell from the sky.
Even without using the stone, he is shown to have considerable strength, as demonstrated when he grabbed an elf subordinate and tossed him a great distance, supposedly killing him.
- Of the Elf King's subordinates, he is the longest to appear under his command thus far. Both Luger and Trellis chose to leave the King and join Emily Hayes.
- He and Emily have the same pattern on their Amulets.