|Full name:||Alexander T. Strike|
Magisterium in Luray, Virginia (former)
Alexander "Alex" T. Strike is a former student at the Magisterium, an apprentice under Master Rockmaple who occasionally assisted Master Rufus. He is an adept air mage and is said to be one of the best students in his class. He has also already earned at least two affinity stones: one for using fire to dispel an elemental, and another for using air magic to create an illusion.
Alex was raised by his Assemblyman father, Augustus Strike. He was rather old and passed away sometime after remarrying Anastasia Tarquin, Alex's stepmother. It is unclear what happened to his mother.
Joining the Enemy
Alex was an apprentice of Master Rockmaple at the Magisterium. Alex had always been a talented air mage. For this, in his Copper Year, Alex was recruited by Master Joseph for his plans. He began training under him, along with Joseph's son, Drew. Joseph became like a father to him—while his own had gone old—and Drew like a brother. Because of the extra lessons he had with the Walthers, Alex even became good enough to become Rufus's assistant.
During the time Master Rufus took on apprentices, Alex often ran into them while doing tasks for Rufus. Alex was also quite popular as he was the air mage who does the movie illusions at the Magisterium's Gallery.
During the summer, Alex and Kimiya Rajavi were dating. He spent the summer at the house of the Rajavi family, and the couple attended parties together with the rest of her family. Alex even bonded and sometimes played tennis with the Makar Aaron Stewart when he wasn't distracted by Kimiya.
After Alex's stepmother opposed the Assembly proposal of Kimiya's parents, the Rajavis vindictively took it out on him and suggested that he and Kimiya take a break from each other for the year. Alex was devastated that Kimiya didn't stick up for them and ended their relationship.
Once school began again, Alex continued his time helping and learning, as what an apprentice and student would do. When the time came, Alex gave Callum crucial information about Alastair that ended up with Callum, Tamara, Aaron and Jasper to going off on their own mission to bring back the Alkahest.
Alex used this as an opportunity to send the elemental Automotones after the four, trying to kill Call, who had in turn been involved with the death of Drew. It failed, and also attracted the notice of the Assembly and the masters, who realized that there was a spy in their midst.
Gaining power over chaos
Thinking that Call—or Constantine himself—was undeserving of the power he had, Alex stole the Alkahest from Master Joseph. He reconfigured it so he could use it to steal chaos magic from its target and give it to the wearer, him. His plan had been to kill Call and take Aaron's power. However, the two boys wanted to defend each other or die together, and when Tamara pushed Call out of the Alkahest's way, Alex ended up taking Aaron's magic and, consequently killed him in the process.
Alex is tall and has curly brown hair. Later, upon becoming Devoured, he appears to be wearing black robe of darkness, and the silver mask became permanently attached to his face. This description is sometimes contradicted in The Golden Tower, most notably on the cover.