Maksim is one of Alanna Mosvani's two Warders, the other being Ihvon. "The three of them have a complicated relationship built on love, sex and respect that welds them into a fearsome force in battle." Maksim is with the group of Aes Sedai who capture the false Dragon Logain Ablar.
Maksim and Ihvon are camped with the Aes Sedai after the capture of Logain Ablar. They have dinner with the other Warders and Nynaeve al'Meara, and Maksim is embracing Ihvon as Stepin is joking about Lan's history. Nynaeve says she found Lan by tracking him, and Maksim laughs, and saying that he likes her. When Nynaeve says that Warders are more fun than they look, Maksim jokes that he "looks fun", prompting a somewhat exasperated response from Ihvon. Nynaeve says that the Warders "serve" the Aes Sedai, and the group falls silent, with Stepin explaining that their bond is stronger than anything. Maksim says that they are proud to stand by the Aes Sedai. When Alanna joins Maksim and Ihvon, the three retire for the night.
When Logain's followers attack the Aes Sedai camp, Maksim and Ihvon stand by Alanna as they hold off the oncoming army to let the others return to the cave, as they realize that Logain must have broken free. As Alanna unleashes a massive attack of the One Power, Maksim and Ihvon battle many soldiers fighting for the False Dragon. The three return to the cave as Liandrin and the other sisters link to gentle Logain, and Maksim witnesses Alanna join the Aes Sedai in doing so.
Maksim attends the mass funeral held for Kerene Nagashi, the King of Ghealdan, and the other combatants. The group makes their way back to Tar Valon over a month with Logain kept on a leash, and returns to the White Tower. Maksim, Ihvon and Lan are with Stepin as he prepares to burn Kerene's Great Serpent ring. When Stepin relates the story of his difficult upbringing and meeting Kerene to the other Warders, Maksim jokingly tells him to stop whining, as his father tried to kill him when he was twelve. Stepin considers being bonded by Alanna in order to help the loss of Kerene and serving alongside Maksim and Ihvon, but struggles with the idea. Eventually, he commits suicide due to the great sense of depression induced by his Aes Sedai's death. Maksim attends Stepin's funeral with the other Warders and guests, dressed all in white.
When Alanna is called to the Hall of the Tower by the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche, Maksim and Ihvon are waiting for her outside after she and the others are dismissed. Maksim hands Alanna a pear after she exits.
Alanna, Ihvon, and Maksim are all lovers of one another. They have an extremely close relationship, and fight fiercely in battle together.
Maksim is a fair-skinned blond man with a beard.
Maksim is an expert with a spear and shield.
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- You Warders are more fun than you look.
- — 1.04 The Dragon RebornExcept me, of course. I look fun.
- The name "Makzim" in the books comes from Maksim Zhukov, a fan of The Wheel of Time. If the Warder Makzim from the novels inspired the new name, then this reader is the original namesake of Maksim's character.
- Maksim is one of the confirmed LGBT+ characters in The Wheel of Time.
Changes from the book series
In the book series, Alanna's second Warder is named (book spoilers!); showrunner Rafe Judkins responded to a fan question about the name change, confirming that it was because the name Owein sounds indistinguishable from Owyn, and stating that "if a name sounds literally exactly the same as someone else's we will change, but otherwise try to keep the same." There is another Warder in the book series similarly named (book spoilers!), which is perhaps where the new name is from.