Raistlin Majere is a fictional character from the Dragonlance series of book created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Raistlin played an extensive role in the two main series of books, particularly in Dragonlance: Legends in which he was both primary protagonist and antagonist. He is brother to Caramon Majere and half-brother to his protective sister Kitiara uth Matar and a significant member of the Heroes of the Lance.
Born to a mother prone to trance-like fits and a woodcutter father, Raistlin inherited his mother's aptitude for magic. He undertook the arduous Test of Sorcery, which he passed but was cursed with golden skin, and hourglass eyes forced to see the effects of time on all things. His health was ruined, leaving him weak and subject to frequent bouts of coughing blood. Initially wearing the red robes of neutrality, as the first series progresses Raistlin's powers increase while his mood and actions darken, adopting the black robes of an evil wizard part-way through the War of the Lance. During Legends, Raistlin plans to move backwards in time to challenge the legendary wizard Fistandantilus and ultimately the evil goddess Takhisis to become a god himself.
Raistlin is intelligent, sly, manipulative and physically extremely weak, ruthless but holds to a code of conduct which repays all debts and protects those disadvantaged through no fault of their own. His relationship with his much stronger, better-liked and -natured twin brother Caramon is fraught with tensions as Caramon seeks to protect and shelter his weaker brother, while denying his cruelty and penchant for hurting any others while in pursuit of his goals.
Raistlin Majere was created by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman as one of several characters to be involved in an epic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign which they had written and designed. This was the beginning of the Dragonlance saga. Raistlin was given to one of the players, Terry Phillips, to play. As Margaret Weis describes in the Foreword of her prequel book, The Soulforge, Terry Phillips is the man responsible for much of Raistlin's sarcastic and caustic character, taking it to depths that neither she nor Hickman had ever imagined. Raistlin is also Margaret Weis's favorite character.
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