His name means "instruction".
Maithanet has blue eyes and blonde hair, though he dyed it black when he first took the office of Shriah.
What Came Before
According to the Mandate, Maithanet seemed to seize the position of Shriah almost out of nowhere. He quickly thwarted three separate plans to assassinate him. He also identified and purged a number of spies from rival factions.
The Darkness That Comes Before
Maithanet's plan to call a Holy War becomes known to the other factions, including the Mandate, who are not sure whether the target will be Sorcerers or the Fanim. They send Achamian to Sumna to learn the truth. Maithanet ultimately declares his Holy War against the Fanim, calling upon all Inrithi to join in a massive invasion of Kian to retake the holy city of Shimeh.
The Thousandfold Thought
The Judging Eye
The White Luck Warrior
- Encyclopedic Glossary, 'Maithanet'
- The Darkness That Comes Before, Chapter 3