Ayelerach

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Greyhawk Character
Ayelerach
Homeland Domain of Greyhawk
Gender Male
Race Human
Age
Class Cleric, fighter, and/or paladin
Alignment Lawful Good

Ayelerach, in the original Lake Geneva Greyhawk campaign, was a companion of Erac's Cousin. With him, Ayelerach inadvertently helped free the demon prince Fraz-Urb'luu from his imprisonment by Zagig Yragerne.

The 1st edition Monster Manual II refers to Ayelerach as a cleric, but other sources call him a fighter (9th level at the time of his encounter with Fraz-Urb'luu) or a paladin.

Description

As a "name level" PC, Ayelerach was a landowner whose barony provided him with considerable riches.

Relationships

Ayelerach was an adventuring companion of Erac's Cousin (played by Ernie Gygax) and a rival of the Monk with No Name, who was played by Terry Kuntz.

History

During an adventure in Castle Greyhawk (Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk places this event in 562 CY), Ayelerach and Erac's Cousin encountered the bas-relief in which Fraz-Urb'luu had been imprisoned. Ayelerach was unable to detect the evil of the Demon Prince of Deception, so he believed the fiend's honeyed words when they assured him that he was an imprisoned being of good. Following Fraz-Urb'luu's instructions, the pair traveled to a maze in a deeper level of the dungeon, where they slew a werebear who was protecting the scroll that would set the demon free. Ayelerach read the scroll, and the newly emancipated Fraz-Urb'luu dragged them into the Abyss, rewarding them for their aid by enslaving them. In the course of events, Ayelerach's two-handed + 5 Holy Avenger sword and Erac's Cousin's twin vorpal blades were turned to unmagical scrap.

Eventually both characters escaped the Abyss and returned to the Prime Material Plane. Erac's Cousin, bitter at his deity for failing to save him from the demon prince, turned from Law and Good to the worship of Baalzebul. There is no indication that Ayelerach followed his companion into evil. However, if he fell from good, it would explain why he was referred to as a fighter by Rob Kuntz, as this would have caused him to lose his paladin status.

Aylerach was also involved in a rivalry with the Monk with No Name, who was envious of the fighter's lands and riches. The monk ruined and defiled Aylerach's fief in order to extort him of 25,000 gp. After several failed attempts to capture or kill the monk, the no-named character made off with his loot.

Creative Origins

Ayelerach was played by A. Mark Ratner, who also played Neb Rentar. According to Gary Gygax in his "Up on a Soapbox" column for Dragon Magazine #320, Ratner's original Ayelerach (named "Eylerach" in the article) was a paladin.

However, in the same column in Dragon #308, Ayelerach (spelled that way) was called a fighter by Robert J. Kuntz, who co-DMed the campaign with Gygax. Kuntz claimed the same thing in the Oerth Journal #5.

It is possible that Ayelerach and Eylerach were actually different characters, but Kuntz credits Ayelerach with the same adventure involving Fraz-Urb'luu that Gygax credits Eylerach with.

Bibliography

  • Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1983.
  • -----. "Up on a Soapbox." Dragon #320. Paizo Publishing, 2004.

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