(3rd August 2004 - 3rd November 2004)
A Jezharrain sorcerer, son of a renegade survivor of Milas elite, Glaramir
was an embittered solitary exile cursed with the secret of the terrible
Tenth Art of magic when he wandered into the dungeons under Murnar's Manse
in Myrid and was trapped by the sorcerer Olodor.
Freed by an adventuring party, he remained with them largely out of
self-interest, only gradually realizing that their objectives and his
were more in tune than he'd expected. While Jezharrain have not
traditionally got on very well with other elves, the main core of
Glaramir's hatred was for the humans of Vaslavii's Skorryn empire, the
principal architects of the downfall of Milas and the Jezharrain.
It was in Olodor's workshop that Glaramir found the staff Alamir, one of the items that were
to change his life, and with it mastered the Tenth Art for the first
time, channelling his very life-stuff into greater magical power than
should have been possible. Shortly afterwards, he made his choice of
arcane specialty - demonolgy - and gained possession of Balek's Bane, a mighty artifact
sought across this part of Greyhawk.
Also while in the dungeons, they encountered a greater Devil
masquerading as a priest of Hofgar - in fact the priest of the village
Velsin and his comrades had defended so staunchly - and at the time
thought this merely an isolated abberation. They pressed on and
prevented the awakening of the snake god, in the course of which Vance
Dexton captured and became entwined with the snake dagger Beladran, and Agrias discovered the
lost Hand of Ishtar.
The all-elven group's attitude to humans hardened as time went on, and
they were delighted on their emergence from the underworld to discover
the Khulandir and other militant elves preparing an internecine war on
the humans, led by the Godchild of Andurien Willowstar and Demarak. All
were tempted to join this crusade, but Agrias the Assault Cleric was
instructed to seek the Iron River instead, and they headed west.
Crossing Talkhand, they made enemies of the local people with scarcely
any effort, and were pursued by mighty magi, unleashed devils, and
eventually entire armies. In another pivotal move, Glaramir tried his
hand at summoning for the first time. The magic was skewed by Balek's
Bane, and the demon that arrived was vastly more powerful than Glaramir
had banked on; only barely was he able to bind it, first to a blood-red
ruby and then to the staff Alamir.
The latter inspired pairing produced a fearsome magical item, dubbed Slayer by Glaramir in the absence
of a real name for the monster he'd brought from the Abyss.
Using Slayer, Beladran, the Hand of Ishtar and a mixture of
bloody violence and low cunning, .the group managed to escape Talkhand
and meet up with the Marraq Gellavar Narrakan, who led them to a
pool/gateway which he said Hofgar wanted them to unlock. Suspicious,
but not suspicious enough, Glaramir used Balek's Bane to break the
imprisoning magic laid on the pool, and free... Hofgar!
Apparently, Willowstar had imprisoned the Earth God for some
reason, Fulsomely grateful, the god, in His aspect of a wise, kindly
old man proceeded to ask another service of the elven companions; that
they disobey and decieve Willowstar, and steal the Godchild from the
elves and take him to Jezharrain. Hofgar said persuasively that the
elves couldn't possibly win as things were; only if another army were
raised in the south could the war succeed. He claimed that Balance must
The temptation was like a flaming sword inside Glarmir.
Without the dillemma of whether to break faith with Willowstar faced by
Agrias, he could see before him the victorious armies of an arisen
Jezharrain marching north to crush the Shortlives, with himself and the
Godchild at their head. Only a tiny cynical doubt remained. He asked
Hofgar if, seeing the God valued balance over all, he could be
comfortable with an overwhelming Elven victory; if he sought balance,
was He setting them up to fail? Hofgar's answer was rather weak and
evasive, and the red mist began to fade into distrust for the
All this time Agrias had been mulling this over, his ambitions
for the elven people warring with his faith in Willowstar. Finally,
without any warning, he launched an all-out attack on Hofgar, joined in
an instant by his comrades.
In a flash, the scene changed, and they were deep in Hell,
surrounded by diabolic-looking goats. The creature they faced changed,
and they saw him for what he was; the Lord of Hell himself. At first
they thought that the ArchDevil had been masquerading as Hofgar as an
imposter, but then the awful truth dawned. There was no Hofgar.
All this time, the kindly, quirky Earth God of Balance and Goats had
been a front for the Powers of Darkness.
Instantly, the elves realized that there would be no mercy.
Now they knew the great secret, 'Hofgar' would have to kill them all to
keep them from escaping and unmasking him to the world. With renewed
vigour, they assailed the devil-god, at first to little effect, but
once they realized his goat familiars were soaking up his wounds, they
attacked those instead and made headway.
'Hofgar' attempted to banish them back the Greyhawk, but the
furious anti-heroes resisted; two were flung out, leaving only
Glaramir, Vance Dexton and Agrias the Assault Cleric to face the false
God of the Balance. The battle raged, with all the companions
(including the banished two, returned through the power of Willowstar's
high priest) brought to the end of their reserves and the edge of
Confronted with defeat, Glaramir was offered the chance to
gain aid from the Bane of Balek
- at the price of Slayer's
destruction. Desperate, he broke the staff, feeding Slayer's essence to
the rapacious ring, and felt his powers refreshed, his spells restored
as if he'd never fought. Returning to the fray, he wove ever more
destructive magic to slaughter the daemon-goats that 'Hofgar' had
scattered his essence into, allowing Agrius to deal the final blow and
slay the imposter.
Hastily, Glaramir spelled a Pentacle into being, transporting
the survivors to the Abyss, and another to return them to Greyhawk, to
From there, the
party proceeded to meet Demarak and Willowstar's Godchild
Aliandir, and headed north towards Athalius to face a new threat. The
last remnant two hundred of the Asharoki race had blended
themselves with demonkind in a last desparate attempt at conquering the
rest of the world, and their leader, Ulgor Blackspear, had summoned
Axarthur, a terrible demon of plague to achieve this.
Glaramir and his comrades ambushed and slaughtered twenty of
the two hundred immediately, allowing Balek's
Bane to read the dying mind of an Asharoki warrior-mage, then
managed to bypass the rest where they waited in ambush in order to
strike directly at Axarthur.
Their first assault was beaten off with discouraging ease, and
Glaramir resorted to one of two Words of Power provided to him by Balek's Bane, summoning Saradar,
described by the ring as a demon so dangerous as to be suicide to
attempt binding. Saradar duly appeared, charged at Axarthur, attacked
him, and promptly dropped dead from having forgotten not to breathe
Axarthur's poisonous exudate.
Fire had been recommended as the best counter to Axarthur, so
Glaramir decided to summon a powerful demon from the abyssal Plane of
Fire to bolster the attack. Unfortunately, it got away from his
control, and dragged him onto the the Plane in revenge. Facing death or
worse, all Glaramir could do was to use the second Word of Power, one
which would compel Willowstar herself to come to his aid. Furious
beyond belief, the goddess did so, returning him scorched, naked, and
clutching Mlorgul to his
comrades. He was clearly in no condition to fight, so Agrius returned
them to a Willowstar temple in the Elenorian forest.
Here the priests reacted with hostility to Glaramir, and he
was unable to keep Agrius from learning what had happened. Confronted
with such a violation of his deity, Agrius instantly attacked Glaramir.
The Jezharrain put up a pretty good fight considering what he'd already
been through, and was aided by Hazdan Grarvin, but Vance Dexton sided
with Agrius (shooting Hazdan dead with a magical arrow created from
Gravin's first and only magical item), and Glaramir was killed.