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This article covers content from MediEvil: Resurrection, an apocryphal retelling of MediEvil.

Al-Zalam (الظلام) was a powerful genie who was trapped inside the skull of Sir Daniel Fortesque by the evil sorcerer Zarok.

Story

Background

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.

MediEvil: Resurrection

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.

After Zarok's defeat, Al-Zalam is finally free to leave Dan's skull. Before parting ways with Dan, Al saves him from the collapsing Zarok's Lair and takes him back to the crypt.

Behind the scenes

Development

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.[1] His role in MediEvil: Resurrection as a sidekick is based on Morten the Earthworm from the original MediEvil.[2]

Gallery

Trivia

Al-Zalam Mausoleum Window

Al-Zalam on a mausoleum window.

Etymology

  • "Al-Zalam" is Arabic in origin, and translates to 'The Dark' or 'The Darkness'.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.  

References

  1. MediEvil 3: Fate’s Arrow on Unseen64.
  2. Proboards Interview with Angelo Bod on MediEvil Boards. Published 16 June, 2013. Retrieved 7 November, 2014.
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