He was gravely wounded in battle with the lyrinx, Ryll and begged to die, but at Nish's request Irisis Stirm saved his life, Jal-Nish becomes bitter and twisted (more so) after this. Jal-Nish is an adversary of Scrutator Xervish Flydd and when the Scrutator is temporarily suspended, Jal-Nish gain's the rank of Acting-Scrutator and later of Scrutator. He is a minor-mancer who's Art is alchymical in nature. He discovers the Tears of the Node and bolsters his Art immensely during a battle with the lyrinx, to gain position to the Council of Scrutators. He fails and is believed to have been eaten by the lyrinx, but returns after the war and takes control of the world. He has mastered the tears, making him unbeatable. Jal-Nish then takes upon himself the title of God-Emperor.
Once on the losing end of a battle with the lyrinx Ryll, Jal-Nish's inner evil was finally reflected by his outer form. Irisis was forced to cut off one of his arms, as the bone was shattered. His once proud nose became a huge crater in the middle of his face and his left eye, a hole with veins protruding from it. Three claw marks mar the left side of his face and pus filled blisters develop there. Jal-Nish's mouth is no-longer capable of closing and green slime constantly forms there. After his mutulation, Jal-Nish wears a platinum mask over the left side of his face to conceal the horror. There is no way with the Secret Art to restore Jal-Nish to his former glory, even with the distilled Tears of the Node.
Nish tries desperately to discover the whereabouts of Tiaan, who escaped from the breeding-factory she was wrongly detained in, but fails. Jal-Nish arrives, as Nish is returning from such a mission from the mine, at the manufactory. He is most displeased and together with Fyn-Mah investigates the matters at hand.
Jal-Nish is horrified when Nish is almost killed in an attack, by the lyrinx, on the manufactory and see's the usefulness of Irisis who saves him. He then introduces Irisis to Ullii, a hypersensitive woman capable of seeing the Secret Art in all its forms in a mental lattice. He instructs Irisis, who then gains the aid of Nish, to find a way to track Tiaan with Ullii.
Ullii succeeds in discovering the whereabouts of Tiaan and Jal-Nish puts together a small force to recover her. Irisis, Ullii, Nish and Fyn-Mah accompany the Perquisitor and his force on a hazardous mission that ends at a lyrinx settlement on a great ice plateau. A great battle is fought with all the soldiers of the force dying and Jal-Nish being maimed by Ryll in a battle to rescue Tiaan from him.
Ryll escapes with Tiaan, but Jal-Nish is gravely wounded. He beg's for death, but Nish can't bear to allow him to die and begs Irisis to save him. Irisis amputates Jal-Nish's arm and his grievous face-wounds are tended too. He never forgives Irisis and has a thirst for her blood ever after. Jal-Nish is sedated and sent back to his home in the capital of Einunar.