Asheville, North Carolina
|“||I haven't used my magic since your mother died. I'll never use it again.||”|
–Alastair to Call, The Iron Trial
When he was young, Alastair went to the Magisterium under Master Rufus. He and the rest of Rufus's apprentices—namely Constantine, Jericho, Declan, and Sarah—were ranked at the top of their class and had the best marks during their Iron Trial, and the members became very good friends. Alastair became a promising metal mage during his training. Years after their graduation, Alastair and Sarah married and went on to have a son, Call.
Around a decade into the battle against the Constantine, now known as the Enemy of Death, Alastair participated in the Great Battle while, upon Rufus' insistence, Sarah and Call hid in La Rinconada, Peru. However, they realized their mistake when the Enemy that faced them and their young Makar champion, Verity Torres, turned out to be an imposter, Master Joseph. Alastair immediately returned to them, only to find Sarah and her brother, Declan, dead. Call was alive, with only a broken leg to take from the bloody battle against the Chaos-ridden.
Alastair had wanted to raise Call knowing about their past and Sarah's bravery, though this changed when he saw Sarah's dying message: "KILL THE CHILD." While not entirely sure, Alastair suspected what the message implied—that the Enemy of Death may somehow be Call. Despite this, Alastair decided not to kill him and took him away, making it seem as if Call had broken his leg as a baby and was at the hospital while Sarah was in the cave.
Call's Iron Trial
Alastair raised Call in North Carolina, where he opened an antique store on Main Street called "Now and Again" and became somewhat of a recluse. Alastair rarely told Call about Sarah, and not at all about magic. However, when Call first displayed the potential for magic, he told him that they were a family of magicians, and that magic is dangerous and destructive, hoping to discourage Call from developing further.
When Call turned twelve years old, then 35-year-old Alastair had no choice but to bring him to Virginia for the Iron Trial. Alastair prepared Call to intentionally fail the test, growing increasingly anxious and distressed as the day of the test approached.
On the day of the Iron Trial, they drove down to Virginia to the abandoned hangar that would be the site of the Trial. He waited as Call and the others took the tests, panicking briefly when Call got a perfect score for his first test. Call then lost points and ended up at the bottom of the rankings. Despite this, Alastair's former Master, Rufus, chose Call as his apprentice, enraging Alastair. Despite Alastair tried to object and take Call away, arguing that Rufus had killed enough of his family. After making a scene, Alastair was forcefully escorted out of the Trial site, but not before he managed to throw Semiramis at Call.
Eventually, Alastair contacted his son through letters. Call found Alastair, through the letters, suspiciously distant, and wondered if it was because he did not want other mages potentially reading their exchange, so Call snuck into Rufus's office and used his "miniature tornado" to contact Alastair. Alastair warned him that the magic Call is being taught was dangerous, and that he must get away from the Magisterium as soon as possible. This only infuriated Call, thinking it was because his father did not believe in him, and convinced him to further train and excel.
Race to the Gauntlet
Summer break after Call's Iron Year was awkward for the pair. Alastair continued to convince Call to drop out of the Magisterium and to get rid of Havoc, to no avail. Eventually, Call discovered bits of Alastair's plans with the Alkahest and became fearful, thinking Alastair was going to harm them. Call ran away, knocking Alastair, who had been trying to stop him, out with his magic along the way.
Alastair continued his search for the Alkahest. He set up a failed heist at the Collegium, knowing this would prompt the Assembly to have it transferred for safekeeping elsewhere, knowing it would make things easier for him, where he finally successfully got ahold of the gauntlet. News of the theft quickly spread, making Call scared, not realizing his father's true plans.
Alastair traveled to Constantine's tomb, coinciding with the arrival of Call and his classmates. He used the Alkahest to destroy Constantine's body. With the young students, they were taken back to the Magisterium and, after being put on trial, were celebrated when Call presented Constantine's decapitated head.
Alastair has gray eyes and tangly black hair now going gray at the sides. It has been noted that he looked like "Sherlock Holmes in the old BBC show."
- Alastair drives a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom. He uses his garage as his workroom. As Call put it, Alastair had an obsession with fixing broken things.. He also operates a grave on the outskirts of town, where he keeps his many broken cars.