Grawl was an evil warlock, who was born before the fall of the
Empire in 883 GUE, was known as one of the most powerful warlocks ever
to appear in Quendor. The source of Grawl's sorcery may have been the
demon Jeearr. Whether
this very powerful warlock was consciously aware of it or not, Jeearr
possessed him for a great deal of time. His magical abilities included
casting lightning bolts and enormous balls of fire, conjurering fierce
monsters, polymorphing victims into newts, and adept with wands capable
of turning targets into beetles which he proceeded to easily crush
beneath his heel.
the last days befor the fall, Syovar's wife Lorena was killed by this
warlock. Grawl also cast a powerful spell upon Syovar’s only son,
This spell transformed him into a hideously ugly creature, thereafter
called Grum, and then the warlock exiled him to a cavern which was
later called the Cavern of Doom, where he lived for many years in
complete isolation. Anyone that looked upon him was instantly turned to
stone. While the spell did not force him to remain in the cavern, he
stayed by his own will so that no one could behold his ugliness and the
onlooker be turned to stone.
In the years following the fall of
the Empire, Grawl was but an incredibly small old man. Though
shriveled, wrinkled, and stooped, he was still mighty and terrible,
speaking in a powerful and malevolent voice that belied his innocent
appearance. He always dressed in a robe of midnight blue with a
comical-looking pointed cap decorated with stars atop his head.
made his home in a large stone hut within the Cavern of Doom region.
The entire first floor was one large room with a small wooden table and
some chairs. The cellar of his hut was a workroom filled with scrolls
of parchment, a stuffed owl, rack of wands, and bottles of liquid and
powder. Though evil, he was friendly enough to leave a warning for any
stray adventurers who might wander inside, informing that any who
disturbed his possessions would be punished.
Grawl had made a
pact with Leblong. The great warlock had agreed to dispose of Leblong's
treacherous twin brother Berlong, in exchange that the dragon would
guard a specific nearby cavern for the warlock, disposing of all
trespassers for the next thousand years. This dragon refused to break
the oath at all costs.
the beginning of the reign of Syovar the Strong, Bivotar and Juranda,
who were seeking to remove the curse of the Cavern of Doom, wandered
into Grawl's hut by accident. The foolish Bivotar disobeyed Grawl's
warnings, robbing him of a NITFOL scroll. When the warlock discovered
that his workshop had been ransacked, he sought out to destroy the two
adventurers. He was unable to find them, but was even more anxious to
get revenge when he discovered that the same two adventurers had
rescued Logrumethar from the Cavern of Doom and broken the curse upon
It was Jeearr, who plucked Bivotar and Juranda in an
enormous magical hand, and deposited them within the walls of Grawl's
ancient castle. When word was received by Syovar that his beloved
Bivotar and Juranda were captured within the warlock's castle, Syovar
had a plan for rescue. He set out for the castle with the elves,
Max and Fred. Wanting the elves to
be placed in the dungeon where Bivotar and Juranda were, Syovar
Max and Fred alone into the enchanted woods surrounding the castle.
Intentionally without any magical protection, the two were captured by
While Bivotar and Juranda were being rescued by the elves, a heated
magical battle between Syovar and Grawl took place outside the castle.
Lightning bolts flashed from Grawl’s arms and
exploded harmlessly off Syovar’s invisible shield. A huge monster was
by Syovar in response—it had venomous fangs as long as a man’s arm. As
monster leapt for Grawl, the evil warlock conjured an ever fiercer
devoured Syovar’s. Walls of fire leapt across the castle, then it was
over. When the flames dispersed, Grawl was dead. But the warlock did
not die before he was able to inflict terrible burns upon the king. (It
was later admitted that Logrumethar, that while Grawl was powerful,
they never dreamed thathe could put up such a determined struggle.)
Jeearr was frustrated at the death of his servant, and in revenge,
struck Syovar with some terrible illness.