|Appearances|| Diablo III (mentioned only)|
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (mentioned only)
Storm of Light (mentioned only)
The Orphan and the Jeweler (mentioned only)
Abd al-Hazir was a renowned gentleman, historian, and scholar. Hailing from Caldeum, he traveled all over Sanctuary, writing many tomes on the lands and peoples he encountered in his journey. However, his curiosity would prove to be his undoing, and he has since gone missing.
At some point, al-Hazir visited Xiansai. On his first day in the town of Zhou, he was robbed and left for dead, but managed to survive the experience. During his travels through the nation he crossed paths with Franklin Burroughs, who would stay his friend. He would later recount his experiences in the Xiansai Chronicles.
Departure from CaldeumEdit
A resident of Caldeum, al-Hazir was forced to look on as the city began its decline. In his mind, it began when nobles fleeing Kurast (the result of the carnage Mephisto unleashed) entered the city and demanded a place on its Trade Consortium Council. Caldeum's emperor was able to rectify the situation, but when the emperor became ill and his son took control of the throne, the decline continued.
Abd al-Hazir decided to leave the city and set out on a journey, to gather the world's knowledge together in one tome. While he was preparing, he received news that a dune thresher had killed a citizen just outside the city. Thus, he contacted his old friend Franklin Burroughs so that he could take part in his quest to rid Caldeum of the burrowing nightmare. Burroughs was reluctant at first, but al-Hazir could tell it was an act and soon, they headed out to find their foe.
Encounter with Burrowing DeathEdit
- Franklin Burroughs(src)
al-Hazir met Burroughs at dusk, at the sandy rocks that ringed that Tardin Wastes. There, Burroughs showed him the corpse of an unfortunate soul who had been attacked by a thresher, clinging to the rocks. It was a grisly sight and he was treated to more unpleasantness, as Burroughs used scavengers to lure the thresher out. The thresher's maw closed around them, but they ended up eating it apart from the inside, killing the thresher, but they themselves dying due to its digestive juices. A delighted Burroughs engaged in a lecture about the properties of dune threshers while al-Hazir nodded weakly and wondered when he could head home and crawl into bed.
al-Hazir headed east, entering the Torajan Jungles of Teganze. Translating ancient carvings, he learnt of the origins of the khazra and came into contact with the Umbaru themselves. He interacted with the people of the Tribe of the Five Hills, who were currently engaged in a ritual war with the tribes of the Seven Stones and Shrouded Valley. He learnt what he could of his beliefs and their culture, but due to the social upheaval they were experiencing, he had to leave.
Heading west, al-Hazir entered Khanduras, arriving at the town of New Tristram. He had heard the tales of the Darkening of Tristram at the hand of Diablo, but found the settlement that had grown near the old town's ruins to be quite dreary. He explored the ruins of old Tristram, but could not bring himself to enter the town's cathedral. He learnt what he could of the cathedral from an adventurer who had entered it two decades ago Before leaving the town, he was confronted by Deckard Cain, who told him of the tomes that lay within the cathedral. al-Hazir decided to take his word for it, for he had no intention of entering the structure.
The Festering WoodsEdit
al-Hazir traveled to Wortham, hoping to find a guide to take him into the Festering Woods so he could observe the Gnarled Walkers that inhabited it. However, the few people he encountered in the town were unwilling to answer his inquiries. As he wandered throughout the town, he noticed that the bridge that led into the woods had been destroyed. It was another point the townsfolk refused to elaborate on. He found it odd that only elderly people seemed to inhabit the village, with the exception of a beautiful young girl, whose father insisted that al-Hazir stay away from. He introduced himself as Pablo DeSoto, and told al-Hazir of the Festering Woods and the rationale behind its namesake. He blamed the woods' dark nature on the Priests of Rathma, and expressed the belief that they had played a role in the Darkening of Tristram as well. Unsure about the truth of the matter, al-Hazir found himself greatful that he hadn't found a guide to take him into the woods—they seemed better suited to those of a more adventurous temprement.
Bastion's Keep and IvgorodEdit
al-Hazir traveled to Bastion's Keep. Standing on the ramparts, he had come to see the legendary Barbarians of the north, but only beheld the Arreat Crater. He wrote on what he knew of the Barbarians, of their vigil, and of the destruction of their home. He reflected that if any Barbarians still lived, they would be without hope.
By the time al-Hazir reached Ivgorod, winter was starting to come. Taking refuge in a tavern, he encountered a Monk. al-Hazir gingerly approached the man and was welcomed. Food was provided, but al-Hazir touched little of it, as he was more intent on learning what he could of the Monk's life. The man told him of the Sahptev faith and of his fighting style, claiming that his mind and body were the weapons he used. These were 'weapons' that the Monk put to good use against some thugs who entered the tavern. The Monk easily defeated them, and revealed one of their number as a demon before killing it.
The Demon HuntersEdit
al-Hazir traveled to the edge of the Dreadlands. He later headed for the village of Bronn, but found that most of the buildings had been burnt to the ground, with bodies strewn everywhere. From the town's inn, gray-skinned creatures charged forth, intent on adding al-Hazir to their bodycount. Frozen in terror, al-Hazir let one of them grab him before he was saved by the Demon Hunter Valla. With her crossbows she laid waste to the demons. That night, she told al-Hazir about her life, how demons had laid waste to her village, and how she had survived and joined the Demon Hunters to take vengeance. Each and every Demon Hunter, she said, had a story like this.
al-Hazir returned to New Tristram. A few days out of town, he saw a falling star soaring across the sky. He could sense that something was wrong, and coming across a badly mangled traveler, his fears were confirmed. Before the man passed away, he referred to his killer as an "Unburied," and how he and his fellow guardsmen had succeeded in felling the beast.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Judging by his journal entries, al-Hazir was often quite dismissive of the more supernatural and spectacular aspects of Sanctuary and the Burning Hells, often dismissing tales of demons and monsters as fabrications and/or exaggerations. However, some threats he treated with due credit, such as the undead and that of uncontrolled use of magic.
- Abd al-Hazir's name is a possible reference to Abdul Alhazred from the Cthulhu Mythos. Both devote their lives studying the unseen forces at work in their respective worlds, and eventually met a gruesome end at the hands of those who they wanted to study.
- In Arabic, Abd al-Hazir roughly translates at "servant of the Omnipresent" or "servant of the Great presence".
- al-Hazir's view on the Burning Hells seems to differ in two journal entries. In one, he doubts the existence, or the 'theory' as he calls it, of the Burning Hells. Yet, in one of his later entries, namely that of the Fallen Ones, he is aware of the Burning Hells. This likely signifies that he learned of the Burning Hells in an encounter that is yet to be revealed in one of his entries, or is simply a mistake by Blizzard Entertainment.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Encounter with Burrowing Death (part 2)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Encounter with Burrowing Death (part 1)
- ↑ The Orphan and the Jeweler
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Caldeum
- ↑ Entry 9: Khazra
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Entry 13: Witch Doctor
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Entry 16: New Tristram
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Entry 17: Tristram Cathedral
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Gnarled Walkers
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: Barbarian
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: The Monk
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: The Demon Hunters
- ↑ Writings of Abd al-Hazir: The Unburied
- ↑ Records of Diablo III
- ↑ Entry 8: The Skeletal Undead
- ↑ Entry 7: The Wizard