The Hero is the protagonist and player character in Sierra On-Line's Quest for Glory series of role-playing/graphic adventure games. During the character creation process, the player is given the opportunity to name him (or to not name him, in which case his name defaults to "Unknown Hero") as he is intended to be a character of the player's own creation. Several names have been given to him in strategy guides and official documents where a screenshot reveals the respective player's choice. An official strategy guide and walkthrough (written by Paula Spiese with Lori and Corey Cole), mentions the name Devon Aidendale as the name of the hero. In the games themselves he is usually referred to by one of his titles, such as "Hero of Spielburg" or, later on, "Prince of Shapeir".
Apart of the name, the player has the option of the Hero's class. Initially the Hero can be Fighter, Magic User/Wizard or Thief while in the sequels he can advance to Paladin.
Coming from the town Willowsby, prior to Quest for Glory I : So You Want to Be a Hero, he completed his Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School course, and left his Eastern homeland to become a hero. He arrived at Spielburg just before an avalanche of snow blocked the only exit, and helped find both the Baron's lost children and drove Baba Yaga from the valley, earning him the title of "Hero of Spielburg". After that, he restored peace to the twin cities of Shapeir and Raseir and was adopted as prince by Sultan Harun al-Rashid. Later he eliminated the demon threat in Tarna, freed the soul of Erana, stopped the summoning of Avoozl, became the king of Silmaria (there is also the option to refuse the throne when offered), and was married (either Elsa von Spielburg, Katrina, Erana, or Nawar depending on the player's class).
Abdulla Doo, son of Ali, grandson of Hasan, was a master merchant of the desert city of Shapeir. Unfortunately, Abdulla was robbed by brigands while traveling to the Valley of Spielburg. He was taken in by his friends Shameen and Shema, a pair of Kattas from Shapeir. After the Hero defeated the brigands, Shameen, Shema and Abdulla bring the hero back to Shapeir on Abdulla's magic carpet.
In the second game, Abdulla once again spends his time in the company of Shameen and Shema in the new Kattas Tale Inn in Shapeir, and he provides the Hero with information that helps him in his quest to defeat the Elementals. Upon their arrival in the city, he gave his magic carpet to the Sultan as a gift, and the Sultan rewarded him by making him wealthier than even Abudlla could have imagined.
Abdulla is portrayed as an honorable, compassionate merchant with a strong love for food. He is also somewhat narcissistic, but cares very deeply for his friends.
Ad Avis is an evil wizard who was the primary antagonist in the second and fourth installments of the series. He is the primary nemesis of the main character.
In the back story given for him in Trial by Fire and Shadows of Darkness, he was a powerful wizard who served a mysterious Dark Master - ultimately revealed to be the vampire Katrina. He served for seventy years, all the while awaiting the fulfillment of a prophecy regarding the return of the evil Djinn Iblis. Ad Avis spent most of his seven decades serving Katrina honing the magical ability to hypnotize and control other men, knowing he would need a "hero" to be used as his pawn to bring the prophecy about.
Some time before the events of the first game, he deposed the Emir of the city of Raseir (transforming him into a saurus) and put the Emir's weak, cowardly brother on the throne as his puppet. He installed his loyal henchman, Khaveen, as captain of the city guard. Not long afterward, he caused the magical fountain of the city to dry up, devastating the city, and Khaveen drove out most of the Katta who lived there. Ad Avis has the new Emir impose open slavery and forces all the women to remain in doors and covered with a veil. When the Sultan of Shapier (Rasier's twin city) sent an army to investigate, a fierce sand storm prevented them from reaching the city.
By the beginning of Trial by Fire, Rasier has become almost completely deserted. Those who remain live under the iron grip of Khaveen and his ruthless guards. Ad Avis remains largely out of sight, not wanting to draw the attention of other spellcasters in the world. He uses his immense powers to create a magical shroud over Rasier, preventing any magic user from using their abilities to see the city from afar. It is implied he does not allow anyone who even knows his name to remain free long. He has also mastered the ability to polymorph humans into animals and other fantastic creatures. In addition to the Emir, he transforms his apprentice, Al Scurva, into a strange creature and leaves him to die in a cage in the desert. It is when the Hero restores Al Scurva that Ad Avis first becomes truly aware of the Hero. After the Hero arrives in Rasier, Ad Avis has him arrested after a couple of days. When the Hero quickly escapes Khaveen's dungeon, Ad Avis finds him in the city and hypnotizes him into serving his will. Going out to the Forbidden City of Suleiman, Ad Avis forces the Hero to enter the lost city and retrieve the statue that contains the evil Djinn Iblis. Ad Avis leaves the Hero to die in the city once he has Iblis, but unfortunately did not properly read the prophecy he sought to take advantage of. He dies when the Hero knocks him from a tower where he is attempting to summon the demon Iblis. His body vanishes without a trace.
In Quest for Glory III: Wages of War during an introductory flashback, it is noted by Aziza that Ad Avis' death released an enormous amount of magical energy, which was felt by powerful magic users worldwide. This release actually widened the World Gate in Tarna, allowing a Demon Wizard to enter Glorianna and setting into motion the events of the game. At the very end of the game, Ad Avis and the Dark Master use their considerable power to try and summon the Hero to them.
In the fourth game, Ad Avis has been resurrected as a vampire in Mordavia. The Hero learns that, years ago, Katrina defeated Ad Avis in a duel and then bit him. Ad Avis was infected by her vampire bite, and so, after he was killed by the Hero, he became a nosferatu in Katrina's service. According to the mythology of the game, Ad Avis cannot harm Katrina unless she harms him first, since he is in effect her vampire descendant. Katrina seeks to summon the Hero as part of her bid to awaken the Dark One, Avoozl, a powerful entity that will plunge the world into eternal darkness (thus relieving them of the need to retreat to their coffins during the day). Unfortunately, due to the powerful influence of the Dark One's Cave in Mordavia, the Hero does not arrive in their spell circle but rather in the Cave itself. Katrina decides to manipulate the Hero, recognizing that he may need his free will to help her retrieve the rituals needed to awaken Avoozl. Ad Avis constantly argues with her, insisting that the Hero cannot be trusted and that he will have his revenge on them both. He unsuccessfully tries to trick the Hero into killing Katrina.
During the ceremony to summon Avoozl, Ad Avis (aware of Katrina's feelings for the Hero) attacks the hero in a calculated attempt to destroy both his enemies; Katrina then attacks Ad Avis and allows him to engage her in battle. Ad Avis then goads Katrina into sacrificing herself by putting herself between the Hero and Ad Avis, resulting in her death by Avoozl. However, his arrogance proves his undoing and the Hero, with the help of Erana's Staff, finishes him once and for all.
Ad Avis is depicted as a very powerful wizard in both of his appearances. In the second game, he creates four elementals to attack the city of Shapier; he also employs a spell that can transform people into a creature that reflects their inner soul. In both games, he possesses a hypnotic gaze. He is also portrayed as a misogynist who deeply resents Katrina's domination. Mayzun, a character in the second game, describes him as having a "snake's eyes" and says he hates "all women." As a vampire, his disposition was ever more sour, and he is reviled by anyone he meets, including the humble Gatekeeper and the Goon Guards in Katrina's castle.
He is named in honor of Trial by Fire's creative director Bill Davis.
In Quest for Glory I, an Antwerp is a strange bouncing gelatinous blob-like creature that seems to have horns, a walrus-like mouth and two sets of eyes. The creature's rubber-like body makes it very difficult (and humorous) to defeat. When angered it is known to bounce high in the air and then plummet downwards in an attempt to squash its enemy. Strangely enough, when an Antwerp's body is finally punctured by a weapon, they have been known to split into many smaller and cuter baby Antwerps. The Guild-master in the town of Spielburg, Wolfgang Abenteuer, claims that he and Sheriff Schultz Meistersson prevented the Valley of Spielburg from being overrun by Antwerps with the help of Two Guys from Andromeda. His proof is a mounted Antwerp head on the wall of the Adventurer's Guild Hall in the Town of Spielburg.
In Quest for Glory IV, Dr. Cranium's mansion contains a number of Antwerps he acquired when he visited Spielburg. The hero has to catch one of them in a T.R.A.P. by baiting it with Avocado and using it to obtain a key to Dr. Cranium's lab.
In a vision of the Dark One rising (and if the Hero fails and the Dark One actually does rise) Avoozl is as large as a mountain with a head reminiscent of an alien from the Hollywood film Alien, although its elongation is not quite as profound, a pair of huge, bat-like wings and a somewhat human-shaped torso and arms, although the torso tapers and ends at the waist and as such it lacks any legs. Its entire body is black. The nature and appearance of Avoozl are reminiscent of, and obviously inspired by, the Lovecraft Mythos and the macabre and evil gods within it.
Avoozl was worshipped by a cult which resided in Mordavia around fifty years before Shadows of Darkness takes place, having arrived from an undisclosed location. The cultists constructed a monastery in the town of Mordavia where they worshipped Avoozl and presumably prepared to summon it into their reality. The cultists seemed to think that their actions would not only bring Avoozl into existence, but would also grant them immortality. The summoning of Avoozl was to be achieved by the performing of rituals, apparently magical in nature, that were designed to prepare a summoning cave for Avoozl's spirit. Each of the seven rituals would call a corresponding part of Avoozl. In the order in which they were to be performed, the rituals were: Mouth Ritual, Bone Ritual, Blood Ritual, Breath Ritual, Sense Ritual, Heart Ritual and Essence Ritual.
The cultists very nearly succeeded in their task. They were already at the Dark One's cave when they were met by an army led by the paladin Piotyr and the Archmage Erana. During the battle, the cultists underwent a transformation which gave them partial immortality (in that while they could be killed they did not die of natural causes) but also horribly disfigured them. Their physical appearance became reminiscent of insects and squid. In those forms they were known as Chernovy Wizards and were powerful spellcasters. The summoning ritual had been performed and Avoozl's incarnation was imminent. To stop Avoozl from entering the world, Erana engaged Avoozl's soul in battle. Although she succeeded in stopping Avoozl from fully entering the world, she was killed in the process and her soul was trapped inside the Dark One's cave in a large crystalline structure. Avoozl was also trapped, but it was trapped between dimensions, not fully in one world or the other, which is what caused the leakage of dark magic into the valley. Thus, a stalemate was reached between Erana and Avoozl, both trapped by the other. The crazed and transformed cultists screamed and ran at the brink of their victory. All that Piotyr found of Erana was her staff, which he placed in a natural rock formation near the gates of the town of Mordavia, and which from that time magically protected the town.
Aziza is a powerful sorceress living in the city of Shapeir, and appears in the second installment, Trial by Fire. Aziza values honor and good manners, and provides the hero with background information and clues toward solving several major puzzles in the game such as defeating the four elementals that attack the city. Rakeesh's son, Shakra, apprenticed as a wizard under her tutelage.
Aziza appears briefly at the beginning of the third game, Wages of War, to pass on a request from Kreesha for the hero and Rakeesh to travel to Tarna without delay, and deliver the troubling news that Ad Avis's body was not found after he fell from his tower. It should also be noted that Aziza is a real stickler for etiquette and good manners.
Baba Yaga in Quest for Glory I is directly patterned after the Baba Yaga of European folklore. Known for her chicken-legged hut, she is an Ogress and serves as the villain of the first game and a minor character of the fourth.
Baba Yaga is originally from Surria, a "big land to the east" of Mordavia. When she first arrived in Spielburg, the Baron tried to force her to leave by sending a contingent of his guards to her hut. After quickly killing the guards, she put a curse on the Baron that led to the death of his wife and the disappearance and transformation of their son and daughter. The evil witch has a fondness for turning wandering heroes into frogs, and using them to run errands for her (such as retrieving Mandrake root from graveyards at midnight). The Hero drives her away by reversing her own spell on her, transforming her into a frog.
After the Hero forces her to leave Spielburg, she eventually gets herself transformed back from a frog. The tale spreads far and wide, however. One day she is in the audience where a gnome named Punny Bones makes a series of jokes about it (causing her to promptly curse him into losing his sense of humor). She decides to go to Mordavia, a small valley filled with a lot of dark magic because of the presence of the Dark One's Cave. Not long after her arrival, the Hero turns up in the valley. Baba Yaga first plans on eating the Hero, but quickly forgets about revenge when she realizes she can use him to fetch her an Elderberry Pie.
Described as a "very jealous and miserly woman" by the Gypsies of the fourth game, Baba Yaga actually assists the Hero in tracking down one of the Dark One's rituals. She lives with her pet bat and spider (Bats and Scarlett); and her chicken legged hut is always guarded by Bonehead, a talking skull. In order to access Baba Yaga's hut in both games, the Hero must give him something he wants: an eye in the first game, and a hat in the fourth.
Baronet Barnard von Spielburg appears in the first installment, So You Want to Be a Hero. Approximately 5 years before the events of the first game, Barnard went out hunting and happened upon a Kobold magic user's cave. When told to leave, the Baronet told the Kobold that he was "heir to the lands and all within" and ordered the creature to bow down, whereupon the Kobold transformed the Baronet into a bear. As further punishment, he was bound with a magical chain and starved into attacking and eating any further intruders. This transformation was unknown to the Baron and his people, as only Barnard's horse returned to the castle, covered in claw marks. His disappearance was presumed to be a part of the Ogress Baba Yaga's curse, and the Baron became a recluse in his despair.
Barnard was later freed from his enchantment by the Hero, but was reluctant to show thanks for the deed, even at the urging of his grateful father. He announced his plans to unite his father's soldiers and drive the brigands from the valley to claim the title of Hero for himself, but his words never became actions.
Shortly after the events of So You Want to Be a Hero, Barnard's sister Elsa von Spielburg defeated the remaining brigands and attained the title of Hero, while Stefan von Spielburg retired and left the throne to Barnard. In Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire, Elsa angrily describes her brother's refusal to acknowledge her accomplishments and attempts to marry her off to a nearby nobleman. Elsa's friend Toro describes Barnard as a "dumb boss, bad boss", but the new Baron's effect on Spielburg is ultimately never explored in the series.
Bruno first appears in Quest for Glory I : So You Want to Be a Hero as an untrustworthy seller of information. He wears a cloak, possesses the talents of a thief, and shows extreme skill with poisoned daggers. He can be found during certain days outside the town gates. He will sell information to the Hero, but some of his answers are untruthful. He responds to the Thief Sign and is a member of the Thieves' Guild; it is implied that he is the spy for the brigands about whom the Chief Thief is furious.
Bruno plays an important background role in the events of So You Want to Be a Hero as a co-conspirator against Elsa von Spielburg. Bruno leaves crumpled notes from his brigand accomplice Brutus in the Aces and Eights Tavern, and a meeting between these two in the forest can be spied upon for crucial information. Bruno planned to allow the Hero to distract brigand leader Elsa in order to kill her. His plans were foiled when the Hero removed the enchantment from Elsa, rather than fighting her. After the events of So You Want to Be a Hero, Elsa drove the leaderless brigands from the valley of Spielburg and was declared a Hero, leaving Bruno without a band of thieves to lead or the brigands' many treasures to plunder.
He plays a final and more deadly role in Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire as a hired assassin, although he reveals his identity only at his death. He can be found in the city at certain times in the Dead Parrot Inn and the Thieves' Guild, where he will speak to the Hero in a glaringly hateful manner. In addition to the pay received for the murder of the former King of Silmaria and other marks, he eagerly seeks personal revenge on the Hero and Elsa for ruining his plans in Spielburg.
In the fifth game, Dragon Fire, the hero can visit a grove on the island of Delos that is home to seven dryads. By giving each a gift of water from the Hippocrene stream, he can dance with them. If the hero is a wizard, they thank him with a branch of magical wood which he can use to create a magical staff.
Elsa von Spielburg first appeared in Quest for Glory I : So You Want to Be a Hero and later appeared in Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire. After her father Baron Stefan von Spielburg was cursed by the Ogress Baba Yaga, eight year-old Elsa was abducted from the castle grounds by a winged creature (which was presumably a servant of Baba Yaga or possibly her pet "Bats"), after which she was enchanted (given spells of protection and magical amnesia) by the Ogress. By means unexplained in the game, Elsa then somehow came to be raised by the brigands of Spielburg Valley, where she grew to become the Brigand Leader with no awareness of her past. Her trusted friend and the Baron's jester Yorick eventually found her, but being unable to release her from Baba Yaga's spell, he chose to remain at her side as her Warlock. She was freed by the playable Hero when he threw a Dispel Potion upon her, breaking Baba Yaga's spell and restoring her memory.
In Dragon Fire, the player learned that she and Toro, her minotaur bodyguard and childhood friend from her Brigand days, left Spielburg because her arrogant brother, Barnard von Spielburg, had assumed the throne upon their father's retirement and did not approve of her adventuring. She competed with the Hero during the trials to become King (or Queen) of Silmaria. She lived in an island palace owned by Minos, who was secretly behind the plot to assassinate the King of Silmaria, the Hero, his allies, and the other prospectives in the trials. After Minos' treachery was revealed, she sided with the Hero against him. Elsa eventually becomes King of Silmaria, if the Hero does not claim the title himself. She was one of the four possible brides of the Hero, particularly if the Hero was an honorable Fighter or Thief.
In the fourth game, the trapped spirit of Erana communicates with the Hero in his dreams when he sleeps in her enchanted garden or beside her staff in the town. Later, he obtains the staff and uses it to restore life to a vampire child. If the Hero is a Wizard, he battles other faeries for the right to keep the staff. Erana finally appears at the end of the game, when the Hero frees her spirit from its crystal prison.
In the fifth game in the series, the Hero is given the opportunity to sacrifice a portion of his life force to restore either Erana or Katrina to life. Either one is a potential bride for the Hero, and will assist him in his quest. Erana is particularly suited to an honorable Wizard or Paladin.
However, she is prone to sacrificing herself during the battle with Dragon in the fifth game, unless Hero explicitly wooes her giving some appropriate presents.
Erasmus is a powerful, friendly and somewhat eccentric wizard that helps the player in his quests. Always with his rat familiar Fenrus, both provide some comic relief with witty comments and bad jokes. In the first adventure Erasmus lives in the Valley of Spielburg high atop Zauberberg Mountain in a strange purple house, guarded by a gargoyle who will test the player with three questions (a parody of the Gorge of Eternal Peril scene of Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Sitting in his high tower, he loves to tell pun-laden jokes and engage in the game of Mage's Maze, and is known to associate with other magic users in the valley such as Baba Yaga, Zara, and Henry the Hermit.
In the second game, he can sponsor a magic user to the Wizard's Institute of Technocery, turning the Hero into a fully accredited Wizard.
In the fourth game, Erasmus attempts to locate the Hero using his crystal ball, but the dark magic in Mordavia (or perhaps merely Erasmus's own shortcomings as a wizard) prevent him from getting a clear "signal." He can be heard occasionally conversing with Fenris about the problem while the Hero tries to sleep. At the end of the game, he summons the Hero to Silmaria, setting up the fifth game.
In Dragon Fire, he sponsors the Hero in the Rites of Rulership, which will allow the Hero to earn the title of King of Silmaria. He explains that the former King was assassinated and the kingdom has been invaded--a situation desperately calling for a hero to aid the land. Erasmus is later poisoned, but he and the other victims of the mysterious poisoner are cured by the Hero with the assistance of Julanar and Salim Nafs.
His name is probably an allusion to Erasmus, the Dutch humanist.
Fenrus or Fenris is the rat Familiar of the Wizard Erasmus in the Quest for Glory universe. He is a known member of RABID (Rodents Against Boring Idiosyncratic Discrimination). He is himself a Wizard, leading to the recurring joke about Erasmus being his Familiar.
Fenris has appeared in four out of five Quest for Glory games, first in Hero's Quest I: So You Want to Be a Hero. Through magical communication with Erasmus, Fenris can also be heard joking in Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire (when the player is a magic-using character) and Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness. Finally, Fenris again appeared in Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire.
Henry the Hermit lives alone in a cave upon a rocky ledge near the Flying Falls in the Valley of Speilburg. He is a magician, master cribbage player and source of information on all topics. Henry loves to talk and is known to be friends with the great wizard Erasmus, Erasmus's familiar Fenrus, and the mysterious Brigand Warlock. Henry can be quite ruthless when crossed, but otherwise is very friendly and always offers guests to 'hit the hay' in his glowing moss covered cave.
Julanar was first mentioned in the second installment, Trial by Fire. Julanar's story is told if the hero asks the sorceress Aziza. In a culture where women were treated as property, Julanar was an independent soul who defied tradition and became a healer. She was tricked by a bandit into traveling out of her home city to heal his stricken brother, but she was captured by the bandit and his fellows. Julanar managed to escape and hearing her cries for help, a passing genie turned her into a tree. The hero helps Julanar regain fragments of her humanity throughout the quest, and in return she gifts him with the magical Fruit of Compassion. He is told that true love is the only thing that can bring Julanar back to life.
In the third game, Wages of War, the hero meets an apothecary named Salim Nafs who has had dreams about Julanar. The hero tells Salim about his experiences helping her, and Salim vows to travel to Shapeir and find the girl of his dreams. For setting them up, Salim gives the hero several expensive magic-dispelling potions for free. In the final Quest for Glory game, the hero meets Salim again, operating Silmaria's apothecary with the assistance of his wife, Julanar. She is extremely grateful for his help in bringing her back to life and heals the hero whenever he enters their shop while wounded.
The woman known only as Katrina was a character who appeared in the fourth Quest for Glory computer game, Shadows of Darkness. The Hero first meets her at the (literal) mouth of the cave where he arrives after being teleported to the land of Mordavia. She later meets him several times at the gates of the nearby village after nightfall, or the castle where the local noble lives, flirting with him.
Katrina turns out to be a vampire residing in the Castle abandoned long ago by its previous owners, and the "Dark Master" of Ad Avis, the villain of the second game in the series. She manipulates the Hero into finding the various rituals that will bring the Dark One Avoozl back to life. Her goal is to use Avoozl to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Despite her sinister intentions, Katrina is depicted as a sympathetic and deeply lonely character; the Hero learns at one point that she has abducted a child from the village, Tanya, because she longs to have a daughter of her own. Katrina becomes furious when the Hero later rescues Tanya and returns the child to her real parents. During the finale of the game, Katrina realizes that she does have genuine affection for the Hero, and she sacrifices her un-life to save him from an attack by Ad Avis - well according to the plan of the latter. In Shadows of Darkness, Katrina was voiced by Jennifer Hale.
In the last game of the series, Dragon Fire, one of the Hero's quests takes him to the Greek Underworld. There, he is given the chance to give up a portion of his life force to bring Katrina or Erana back to life. If revived, Katrina takes up residence on the island of Zante. Although no longer a vampire after her resurrection, Katrina still feels unused to daylight and casts a spell over the island to make it always night. Learning that the Dragon of Doom is rising she urges the Hero to flee the islands lest he become just another of its victims. Ultimately she assists the Hero in his desperate battle against the Dragon of Doom that is threatening the land of Silmaria (and she causes a great deal of damage to the Dragon, showing how tremendous her magical powers are). Katrina is a potential bride for the Hero in Dragon Fire, and is most suited to a wizard or a warrior (not paladin) character, but the game must be patched before she can be successfully wooed.
The Kobold Magic User was a reclusive strange creature with glowing eyes, ragged clothes and a hunger for what appeared to be strange mushrooms. He lived deep within a cave in the Valley of Spielburg, often guarded by a large Ogre. He used powerful magic to cast the force bolt spell, hid his valuables with invisibility and explosive spells, and even transformed the Baronet Barnard Von Spielburg into a bear. The Kobold Magic User was a known menace in the Valley of Spielburg and the Baron Stefan Von Spielburg was happy to be rid of him upon the return of his son. In order to retrieve the key that would break the Baronet's enchantment, the hero had the choice to either sneakily steal from the sleeping Kobold, kill him and take it, or "fetch" it magically. Although the hero is rewarded for his valiant efforts, the Baronet may have been more pleasant as a bear.
Kreesha is a liontaur and the wife of Rakeesh in the third game. Kreesha also has two children, her daughter Reeshaka who is a soldier and Shakra, who is also a wizard and operates a magic store in the kingdom of Silmaria. She is a powerful wizard, and serves on the governing council of the city of Tarna. Her home is where a wizard character can practice his spells without losing Honor points, and once the wizard finds a stalk of magical wood she assists him in a ritual which transforms it into a magical staff for him.
Kreesha is mentioned in the final game of the series, Dragon Fire. She has taken on an apprentice, which prevents her from traveling to Silmaria and helping her family see the kingdom through the time of upheaval. Kreesha is an anagram of Rakeesh.
Meeps resemble walking pom-pons. They have two limbs that serve as both arms and legs which are strong enough to lift the heavy rocks they use as doors. Attached to their limbs are hands with three fingers and an opposable thumb. Meeps are covered in bright colored fur which can be used by the Healer to make dispel potions. Most of the meeps are either purple or blue with the exception of one green meep.
The meeps enjoy visitors and bounce up and down out of their holes while balancing their rock doors on their heads to get a better look. They are all too shy to talk with strangers with the exception of the green meep. Assuming the green meep’s personality is characteristic of all meeps, meeps are upbeat, carefree and friendly creatures. As shown in the game, meeps live in a meadow on the western outskirts of the Spielburg Valley. They make their homes in tunnels or burrows underneath rocks which they use as doors to avoid danger and bad weather. It is not clear if the Meeps have individual burrows or if their homes are connected underground. It is unknown if there are other meeps in Spielburg.
Nawar was seen again, and more prominently, in the final series game, Dragon Fire. She was working at the Dead Parrot Inn owned by Senior Ferrari with her friend from the Emir's harem, Budar. Nawar works as a dancer and hostess for a dagger-throwing minigame. She is one of four potential brides for the hero, and is intended for a thief, although the guard at the door fancies her for himself.
When the cult of the Dark One tried to summon Avoozl into this realm of existence, Piotyr and the mage Erana led an army against the cult members in order to stop their ritual. The battle was nearly lost until Erana sacrificed herself to stop the summoning of Avoozl. Piotyr would be the only person to leave the cave of the Dark One alive. He brought the Staff of Erana with him, and planted it in the town square of Mordavia. A garden of flowers sprung up around it instantaneously.
To make sure that no one would ever try to summon Avoozl again, Piotyr decided to seek out the seven rituals of the Dark One so that he could destroy them. He was killed by a Wraith in the forest soon thereafter. When Piotyr died, he left behind his fiancée pregnant with his child. The citizens of Mordavia did not realize the Paladin had died on a noble quest and assumed that Piotyr had fled from his responsibility. When the child was born, the unmarried mother was cast out of her family in dishonor.
Hero then can bring back Piotyr's sword to Burgomeister, proving that the Paladin actually died honourably, and didn't just run away. This knowledge gives Dmitri Ivanov a great deal of relief, as the honour of his family is thus restored.
Rasha Rakeesh Sah Tarna is a liontaur: a centaur-like creature with the torso and arms of a human and the hindquarters, head and claws of a lion. He is also a Paladin: a warrior who gains mystical powers from his great honor. He first introduces the Hero to the concept of honor and becomes his guide in the ways of the Paladin in the city of Shapeir.
He is a former ruler of his homeland of Tarna. While he was king, Rakeesh led the liontaurs to victory over an invading army of Demons, but he suffered a permanent injury to one of his hind legs in the process. After vanquishing the Demons, he forfeited the throne in favour of his proud brother Rajah Sah Tarna. (The relationship between the two brothers is rather strained, though they profess to respect each other; in Quest for Glory III, Rajah is seen to scoff at Rakeesh's paladinhood and desire to help humanity.)
After leaving Tarna, Rakeesh traveled to Gaza on a quest to hunt down any remaining Demons in the world. In one of the city's bazaars, he was mistaken for a monster by the locals and nearly killed, but he was saved from the mob by a female Paladin who later became his mentor (this backstory is established during an optional conversation segment in Quest for Glory III). Throughout his subsequent career as a Paladin, Rakeesh's duties often took him far away from his magic-using wife Kreesha Mar Asha and his homeland.
In Quest for Glory II, the Hero and Rakeesh meet after they are both summoned to the desert city of Shapeir to deal with a crisis in Shapeir's sister city, Rasier. In Shapeir, Rakeesh helps run the Adventurers' Guild with his friend Uhura, the Simbani warrior woman; he also valiantly but unsuccessfully battles an Earth Elemental that attacks the city.
After the Hero saves Shapeir and Raseir, Rakeesh and Uhura return to Tarna with the Hero in Quest for Glory III; their mission is to prevent a war that is brewing between their two peoples and the shape-shifting Leopardmen. The Hero, Rakeesh and their allies vanquish a Demon Wizard who is inciting the war, and in the process rescue Rakeesh's daughter Reeshaka from the Demon's clutches.
In Quest for Glory V, the Hero arrives in Silmaria, where Rakeesh is helping to oversee the Rites of Rulership that will determine the land's next king. There the Hero meets Rakeesh's son, Shakra, who runs the local magic shop. During the Rites, Rakeesh is poisoned by an assassin, but he is revived thanks to the Hero's efforts and the talents of Salim the dendropheliac apothecary.
Throughout his various appearances in the games, Rakeesh demonstrates mystical abilities connected to his status as a Paladin. In Quest for Glory II, he has the ability to make his magical sword, Soulforge, burst into flame. In Quest for Glory III, he uses magical powers to heal his daughter's injuries and, somewhat more mysteriously, has the ability to disintegrate an entire mound of rubble through apparent force of will. Though a formidable fighter, Rakeesh rarely engages in combat during the games, partly because he is a pacifist and partly because his advanced age and his leg injury hamper his fighting abilities. Rakeesh is portrayed one of the Hero's closest friends.
Salim Nafs, the herbalist in Tarna, resembles Corey Cole. When he heard the story of Julanar, a woman turned to tree and to whom the Hero had restored her faith in humanity, he left for Shapeir and completed her transformation back into a woman by giving her the only thing the Hero couldn't: love. Both moved to Silmaria to run the apothecary there. They assisted the Hero in his quest to become the King of Silmaria, as well as cared for his allies Shakra and Erasmus after they were drugged, and helped him create an antidote for the poison of the assassin who had killed the previous King. With this, the Hero was able to defeat the assassin and save the lives of not just his ally Rakeesh, but his own as well.
Shameen and Shema are a husband-and-wife pair of a cat-like race of humanoid desert-dwelling people known as Kattas. Shameen and Shema fled to Spielburg in search of a hero after Ad Avis took control of a city named Raseir in their homeland. In the Town of Spielburg, Shameen set up the Hero's Tale Inn complete with great food, cozy beds and the atmosphere of his homeland in Shapeir. Shameen was the innkeeper, and Shema cooked and served food. Unfortunately the Kattas' friend, the trader Abdulla Doo, was robbed by brigands upon his arrival in Spielburg.
After the Hero defeated the brigands, Shameen, Shema and Abdulla Doo brought him back to Shapeir on Abdullah's magic carpet. In the second game, after returning to their homeland, Shameen set up the Katta's Tail Inn in his home city of Shapeir, with both reprising their roles from the previous Inn while also entertaining the guests with Shema's dancing, which had been mentioned in the previous game. Additional entertainment in the inn was also provided by the poet, Omar. Shema is mentioned in Quest for Glory III: Wages of War in a note she asks the hero to deliver to a relative who lives in Tarna.
Uhura first appears in Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire, and later in Quest for Glory III: Wages of War. Her name is likely a reference to Star Trek's Uhura Character.
Uhura is a female Simbani warrior, whom The Hero first encounters as the Adventurer's Guild Master and trainer in Shapeir. Desiring a child of her own, she left her native village, because according to Simbani custom, she was not allowed to be both a warrior and a wife. So Uhura ventured to Shapeir so that she could have a child out of wedlock and still return to her home village as a mother, yet remain an unmarried warrior. She and her son Simba accompany her good friend Rakeesh and the Hero back to Tarna at the beginning of Quest for Glory III: Wages of War. She meets up with the Hero again in the Simbani Village and helps prepare him for his own initiation as a Simbani Warrior by teaching him spear throwing and on the balance beam. Lastly she encounters the Hero one last time helping him out against the Demon Wizard along with Rakeesh, Manu, Reeshaka, Yesufu, Johari and Harami.
Quest for Glory I : So You Want to Be a Hero
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness
Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire