In the Shadow of Princes
Mako Kobayashi has been Golan Trevize’s lieutenant for over 30 years. Stroh Gendall may have a closer confidante, but no member of the Phoenix Order is more loyal to Golan than Kobayashi, who has willingly compromised his own moral principles on many occasions for the sake of service to Trevize’s will.
He wears a metal mask that covers part of his face to conceal a horrible burn he sustained during an unknown conflict early in Trevize’s reign as Golden Emperor. He has refused surgery to correct the scar and instead bears the wound and its macabre covering as a kind of personal emblem, a reminder of the grave personal cost that absolute devotion extracts from a man.