Al-Zalam was a mighty genie until a run-in with Zarok left him locked inside Daniel's skull. He likes to remind people of his halcyon days often. For this reason, he harbours an enormous grudge against Zarok, which he has in common with Dan. Ultimately this shared purpose can turn their uneasy alliance into something of a friendship.
During the events of 1386, Al-Zalam acts as a guide for Dan, dropping hints about the places that they visit, or providing Sir Dan with additional strategies. At first, these hints are simply anecdotal, funny or just plain strange; but as their adventure progresses, Al proves himself a useful sage and companion to Dan.
Behind the scenes
Al-Zalam was originally created as a character for the 2003 MediEvil 3 Fate's Arrow concept pitch, where he would have helped Dan block the magic of the evil sorceress Kiyante. His role in MediEvil: Resurrection as a sidekick is based on Morten the Earthworm from the original MediEvil.
- "Al-Zalam" is Arabic in origin, and translates to 'The Dark' or 'The Darkness'.
- He and his kind are allergic to cats, at least according to dialogue.
- He was there when Daniel was killed and saw how cowardly he was in life.
- He lost his sister at a carnival due to using her in a wager, though this may be a joke made by him.
- He also had a (supposedly) very ugly first wife.
- Reception to Al-Zalam's character was mixed from critics and overwhelmingly negative from fans of the series.
- He was heard in the teaser trailer for the MediEvil remaster, along with a gargoyle, Death and the witches.
- While he doesn't appear physically, a stained glass window of him is seen in the Hilltop Mausoleum.