Basic vampire abilities
Alistair is an English solitary nomadic vampire and a friend of sort of Carlisle. He is gifted with a unique tracking ability that allows him to track animate beings at a greater distance than most vampires can.
Alistair grew up in England during the turbulent reign of Edward II, considered the weakest of the Plantagenet kings. Alistair's father was one of the barons who continually fought against the King's attempts to limit the power of the British Peerage. Throughout Alistair's youth, his father and older brother were embroiled in conspiracy after conspiracy as they tried to protect the rights of aristocracy and to gain a place of preeminence over the other barons.
He lived quietly at the family's country estate with his mother and sisters. He had no interest in his father's schemes, preferred to hunt for sport and was considered one of the greatest hunters in the county, if not the greatest. Also an avid falconer, keeping many birds and training them being his favorite pursuit.
His father secretly formed an alliance with two other barons after the banishment of the king's favorite counselor. Alistair's brother was supposed to get a place in the counselor's position. However, after multiple betrayals on all sides, his brother was implicated in a plot to overthrow the king, and he and a few others were executed for treason. The charges were falsely created by another powerful aristocrat with an agenda that differed from Alistair's father's. His father became increasingly distrustful of the other barons and eventually became obsessed with vengeance and sought aid of the darkest forces of the occult while the rest of his family completely withdrew from society. Alistair planned to take care of his sisters if they remained unmarried and his two year old nephew for his brother's fatal mistake. One night, Alistair's father brought him into the secret tunnels of London, where many minor aristocrats were gathered. His father had planned to set him on the throne of England and swore Alistair would be the next Charlemagne. Shortly after explaining this plan, a man called Astaroth, whose true name was George, arrived. He didn't know that Astaroth was a vampire who had agreed to change Alistair into a vampire under his father's wishes. After giving him a few pointers, he bit Alistair.
When his transformation was complete, Alistair slaughtered a couple of prisoners captured for him to feed on. After he was satiated, his father entered the cellar to explain the upcoming steps of becoming a vampire, but Alistair was too furious to listen and shoved him out of the way, accidentally killing him. He escaped the tunnels and ran back home, only to find his entire family gone. In a burst of insight, he realized that his father had given his mother and sisters to Astaroth in exchange for his immortality. However, he didn't realize that his nephew was the only one who lived since George refused to kill children and sold him to a noble family. Totally devastated, he tried to seek comfort with the falcons, but they flew away in fear. Alistair left civilization that night and avoided all contact with humans, except when he hunted only those that were sinister (which included his father and brother), and mistrusted everyone and everything that had to do with authority figures with a sense of paranoia.
During the 1380's, Alastair came across Alva. He met Carlisle Cullen in the 17th century, and though they didn't talk much, Carlisle managed to make him respond a little bit before he left. From that point forward, they became friends of sorts, though Alistair could only stand a visit once a century or two.
Alistair first appears in Breaking Dawn. He agrees to be a witness for Renesmee and the Cullens, but only grudgingly. He keeps to himself through the month of waiting, mostly staying in the attic which is his 'favorite place to sulk'.
Alistair participates in some of the Cullens' meetings with their allies, and witnesses Bella's training from a tree. He notes that their efforts have begun to give him a small glimmer of hope, but it all dashes when he sees Bella packing for Renesmee, and wishes them good luck before departing for his own survival. Despite his act, however, Alistair states that he cares too much for Carlisle to switch allegiance for self-preservation, choosing therefore to flee instead.
- "When I became a vampire, I accidentally killed my father in rage after feeding on a couple of prisoners. I returned to home to see if the rest of my family, but I soon discovered that my father had given my family to my creator in exchange for my immortality. But I never realized that my nephew, who was given as well, survived since my creator didn't take pleasure in killing children and had him sold to a noble family. I was devastated and tried to seek comfort with the falcons, but they flew away in fear."
- —Alistair explaing his story to Bella and Seth[src]
He appeared again in Rising Dawn when he came back to Forks to meet with . When he arrived, he noticed that Carlisle was with Gabriel and his creator. Alistair was disappointed and immediately turned away. George went after him and had a small chat with him. Alistair refused to forgive George for what he did to his family, but George immediately reveals the truth. Alistair was surprised to learn that his nephew lived and that his bloodline continued when George met a descendant in the year 2002. Alistair finally understood what his creator meant and that he's changed.
Preparing for war against the Volturi, Alistair agreed to fight and spent some time in the attic when he had a conversation with Bella and Seth Clearwater. Alistair explained his story about what happened in the past.
Alistair is tall and slender with scruffy dark blond hair and a beard. He also has red vampire eyes from feeding on human blood. His looks appear more territorial than most vampires due to his misanthropic and paranoid nature.
He is described as having a misanthropic personality due to his last experiences as a human that twisted him. Alistair is deeply mistrustful of all authority and counts Carlisle as his closest acquaintance and Gabriel as his closest asset. However, he can't stand to visit Carlisle and his family more than once a century. Alistair can't stand large crowds for too long, and remains socially awkward around any contact.
As a human, he was skilled in hunting and preferred to be around his pet falcons than people. After he became a vampire, however, the falcons grew terrified of him and flew away, leaving him alone. After that, he only kept to himself and shunned all contact with vampires and humans (except when he was feeding). He was offered a place inside the British Coven several times, but declined every invitation. Gabriel found a new respect for Alastair after the first time they met, knowing that he would not back down his decisions.
Powers and Abilities: Tracking sense
- Main Article: Tracking Sense
- "Alistair was a tracker, though not nearly as precise and efficient as Demetri. Alistair just felt an elusive pull toward whatever he was seeking. But that pull would be enough to tell him which direction to run - the opposite direction from Demetri."
- ―Explanation on Alistair's gift
Alistair's ability falls into the tracking category; he feels an elusive gravitational pull towards the target he chooses. However, his power is less efficient as it takes time for him to determine his target's location and he may never be able to catch up if the target is on the move. The one difference his power has from other more pronounced trackers is his ability to track an inanimate object, even places. The "trail" he senses is described as addictive to follow, but he is able to ignore the pull if he wants to.