|Status||Deceased (stung to death)|
|“||This will come as no surprise to you. We spoke of this the last time. But I have decided that enough is enough. I'm an old man, I want to retire to my castle in Vienna. Invisible Sword will be your greatest achievement, I am sure but I no longer have the heart for it. It is time for me to step down. You must go ahead without me||”|
—Max Grendel attempting to retire from the board of Scorpia
Max Grendel is a minor antagonist in Scorpia.
He was a SCORPIA executive.
He has an eye problem which causes his eyes to be permanently teary. He has two grandchildren named Hans and Rudi who were about the age of Alex Rider, and in his old age, it is said that he has grown sentimental. He did not want to let SCORPIA kill his grandchildren. When he quits SCORPIA, Julia Rothman presents him with an executive briefcase as a retirement gift. However, once Grendel opens it, dozens of sand coloured scorpions (Parabetheus spieces) are released. His heart gave up before the neurotoxins killed him.
|Alex Rider • Alan Blunt • Tulip Jones • Jack Starbright • Julia Rothman • Nile|
|Other Key Characters|
|Graham Adair • Smithers • Mark Kellner • George Adair • Tom Harris • Jerry Harris • Harold Liebermann|