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"I have heard tales of you, though we never met. It is an honor."

The Necromancer after meeting Zayl(src)

Zayl is a Necromancer. He carries the undead skull of Humbart Wessel in his pouch for company and for aid in times of need, along with an ivory dagger crafted from Trag'Oul sealed to Zayl's soul. Zayl would later go on to become one of the first of Tyrael's reformed Horadrim.

BiographyEdit

The Kingdom of ShadowEdit

Zayl was first introduced in "The Kingdom of Shadow" as a support role or secondary character. Though there is a significant amount of character development throughout the novel/book, he is often seen from the point of view of the protagonist.

Moon of the SpiderEdit

In Moon of the Spider, Zayl is the main character, and much more information about his character is released from his own perspective. Zayl does not seem to have a personal connection to Trag'Oul, as Mendeln in the Sin War trilogy. He is also shown to have a compassionate/emotional side behind his cold exterior.

Storm of LightEdit

After Tyrael took on the mantle of the Aspect of Wisdom, he soon discovered the High Heavens were being quickly influenced by the corruptive essence of the Black Soulstone. With his fellows archangels standing against him, Tyrael sought to hide the Black Soulstone on Sanctuary. To this end he went about reforming the Horadrim, selecting various mages, warriors and scholars for the task of stealing the Soulstone and hiding it from both Heaven and Hell. Zayl was one of the first of this renewed Horadric Order, and would provide critical support in the raid on Heaven. Not only would he forge a satchel strong enough to contain the corruptive influence of the Black Soulstone, but he also awakened his hidden nephalem powers and saved fellow Horadrim, Jacob of Staalbreak, though Zayl would lose an arm in the process. After the heroic efforts of the Horadrim, Tyrael relieved Zayl and the others so they might recuperate from their injuries and the influences of the Black Soulstone.[1]

Reaper of SoulsEdit

"I am Zayl, a necromancer who seeks to maintain the balance."

Zayl(src)
Zayl

Zayl in the Blood Marsh

Zayl entered the Blood Marsh after he sensed a deep imbalance within the area. He came to heal the land. He was encountered by the Nephalem, as the Reapers launched their assault on Sanctuary. Zayl told the Nephalem about how he helped steal the Black Soulstone from Heaven, but wasn't in the Tomb of Rakkis when Malthael came to obtain the artifact. Humbart Wessel stated that Malthael wouldn't have succeeded if Zayl was there, but Zayl just told him to be quiet. He told the Nephalem of his goals, and they told him of their own goal to slay Adria. He told the Nephalem that if she was slain, it would take time for equilibrium to be restored.[2]

In-gameEdit

Zayl appears as an NPC randomly in the Blood Marsh or Path of the Drowned in Act V of Diablo III. He usually has only one dialogue option, "The Bog," but has another option when playing as a Wizard with Lorath Nahr as a companion. His arm appears intact, despite the loss of it in Storm of Light.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Storm of Light
  2. Diablo III, Act V
Diablo III NPCs
Act I
Adenah the Curio Vendor
Alaric
Arghus the Collector
Beleaguered Farmer
Brother Malachi the Healer
Bron the Barkeep
Captain Rumford
Crazed Hermit
Deckard Cain
Ghost of the Cow King
Ghostly Woman
Karyna
Kyr the Weaponsmith
Leah
Lloigor the Crazed
Marko
Mayor Holus
Mira Eamon
Nek the Brawler
Queen Asylla
Radek the Fence
Rodger the Alchemist
Sasha
Tashun the Miner
The Ferryman
Tyrael
Vendel the Armorsmith
Verrall
Virgil
Wandering Tinker
Warriv
Willa Rathe
Wounded Man
Act II
Adria
Aleran
Asheara
Caliem
Captain Davyd
Ghaine the Healer
Hakan II
Iron Wolf Jarulf
Javad the Merchant
Kadim
Larra
Leah
Lieutenant Vachem
Lugo the Miner
Mia
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Sadeir the Innkeeper
Silmak the Fence
Squirt the Peddler
Thadar
Tilnean the Collector
Tyrael
Zaven the Alchemist
Zoltun Kulle
Act III
Adria
Andreus the Healer
Botulph the Miner
Drian
Former Mayor Holus
Garell the Quartermaster
Halmin the Alchemist
Hansen Haile
Ironsmith Maldonado
Leah
Lieutenant Clyfton
Lieutenant Lavail
Lieutenant Merityn
Litton the Fence
Marta
Messenger Martyns
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Private Mattius
Sergeant Burroughs
Sergeant Dalen
Sergeant Pale
Tyrael
Vidar the Collector
Act IV
Andreus the Healer
Auriel
Botulph the Miner
Garell the Quartermaster
Itherael
Litton the Fence
Nek the Brawler
Tyrael
Act V
Captain Vonn
Clara
Derric
Diadra the Scholar
Emily
Elayne
Enkasi
General Torion
Guardian
Halbu
Halissa
Imperius
Isendra
Ivy
Jamella
Kyla
Lorath Nahr
Master Crusader
Master Necromancer Ordan
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Patriarch Anisim
Powell the Miner
Sergeant Samuels
Sophia
Tyrael
Zayl (Humbart Wessel)
Adventure Mode
Abd al-Hazir
Dane Bright
Daivin the Adventurer
High Cleric
Kadala
King Kanai
Lorath Nahr
Orek
Quentin Sharpe
Skular
The Crazed Man
Tyrael
Urshi
Artisans
Covetous Shen
Haedrig Eamon
Myriam Jahzia
Zoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)

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