|Behind the scenes|
Quentin Makepeace is a playwright in the Magician British Empire. His plays include Swans of Araby and From Wapping to Westminster. Throughout the series, he plays a small, if not insignificant part in the affairs of the series, until the end of the third book, Ptolemy's Gate, where he is revealed to be the true Mastermind behind every conspiracy that had ocurred over the past 7 years. He had the idea for the large pentacle that would bring about the coming of Ramuthra in the Lovelace Conspiracy, and had his subordinate Clem Hopkins suggest the use of a Golem to the police chief, Henry Duvall, in the Golem Affair.
In the final book, he brings about his own personal conspiracy, taking the entire upper echelons of the government hostage, and attempted to use his band of fellow conspirators to take their place. Utilising a method of summoning spirits directly into magician bodies, Makepeace summoned the higher entity, the spirit Lord Nouda, into himself, and was subsequently killed when it crushed his mind. It then used his body to rampage across London before being destroyed by a Nathaniel/Bartimaeus hybrid utilising the Staff of Gladstone.
He was described as short and round, redheaded and wore fancy, green (excessively frilly according to Bartimaeus) clothing. He was a flamboyant, dramatic, friendly and arrogant on the outside. This was all a façade however. Beneath his friendly demeanor was a sadistic, powerful mastermind who was willing to make his plans work by any means necessary.