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.
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.
Later in the book, Call used Master Rufus' "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. When it is revealed at the end of the book that Call houses the soul of Constantine Madden, the reader is meant to understand that Alastair was warning Call because he was afraid that his son would be drawn in by magic and become evil.
During summer break after Call's Iron Year, Alastair found Call in the basement, having just seen the drawings of the Alkahest and Havoc chained up. Alastair revealed that he knew Call was Constantine Madden, and he told Call about his history with Constantine. Call told his father that he was about to run away, and Alastair tried to stop him. Call attacked him with magic, which threw him against a wall and knocked him unconscious.
During the climax of The Copper Gauntlet, Alastair appeared in Constantine's tomb, accompanied by Master Joseph. He used the Alkahest to destroy Constantine's body and fled with Aaron, Call, Jasper and Tamara, returning with them to the Magisterium.
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.