Mikhail Stepanovich is one of the Great Husbands of Irina Ivanovna, Velikomat of Matriarchate of Periaslavl. He as born in Medved Oblast in 1559 to Pavel Filipovich, a dal'stolnik to Olga Sergeiovna, and Sofia Volkhovna, a noted charodej.
Mikhail learned diplomacy and an understanding of symbols from his parents, though he possessed no significant magical talent of his own. However, he was already seen as a promising diplomat long before Irina chose to marry him. His skills with diplomacy, along with his understanding of strategy, meant he was often on Periaslavl's borders, especially that of the Kreisens.
Mikhail Stepanovich, deemed the wisest as well as the oldest, smiled broadly. Those visiting from the oblasts bordering the Kreisens cheered for him, recognizing decades of tireless work trying to keep the border relatively peaceful.
- I Am a Wondrous Thing