Author: Atarah al'Norahn
Machir is a powerful Domani nobleman.
He is supposed to be following Ituralde in the attempts to reunite the nation of Arad Doman, but King Alsalam has been sending orders to him and other Domani nobles that send them in different directions. Ituralde is confused as to why Alsalam would do such a thing.
(Reference: Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue)