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Arakor Nicodemus is a wizard of great power who long ago retired to Port Blacksand to lead the life of a recluse. Famed for being one of the Star Pupils of the Grand Wizard of Yore as well as for his many adventures before he moved to the "City of Thieves".

Early LifeEdit



Arakor Nicodemus was born on the 15th of Warming, probably in or around 214AC.[1] He was the son of a rich merchant from Fang. In around 229AC he began to learn his craft under the tutelage of the Grand Wizard of Yore, Vermithrax Moonchaser in the Forest of Yore. His two contemporaries were Pen Ty Kora and Gereth Yaztromo and together they became known as the "Star Pupils". Like his fellow Star Pupils, Nicodemus excelled in his studies and remained respectful of his master whilst avoiding the lure of dark magic that had the likes of Razaak. After fourteen years, the three Star Pupils completed their studies and left the safety of the Forest of Yore to begin practicing their skills for real.[2]

After YoreEdit

Upon leaving the school of wizardry, Nicodemus spent a number of years in the harsh Flatlands where he chose to live a life of hardship for a making his way to the eastern edge of the Moonstone Hills. His intention was to live as a classic adventurer, with the goal in mind of slowly making his way to the strange and exotic city of Zengis in Kaypong. It was at this time that the most famous of his many exploits occurred.[3]

The Shaman and the Dark OnesEdit

Whilst in the Moonstone Hills he came upon a village beset by the machinations of a shaman whose army of Orcs and Goblins had blighted their land and killed their livestock. Nicodemus disguised himself as a Man-Orc and infiltrated the shaman’s camp to find out that the shaman was planning a ritual to resurrect The Dark Ones. This was the name given to a trio of evil Human Necromancers who had threatened Allansia centuries before even the War of the Wizards. They had been defeated two powerful Elven sorcerers, and their ashes scattered in the Moonstone Hills. [Warding spells had been placed on the ground by the Elves preventing the resurrection of the Dark Ones by the normal means of spilling blood. The shaman had evidently found a different means to this end which involved moving the villagers off the land.

Nicodemus accompanied the Shaman’s forces to the ritual site and whilst the shaman was in the throes of the ritual, wailing in the tongue known as the Demon’s Voice, Nicodemus struck him down with a jagged-bladed sword, displaying combat prowess beyond his magical abilities. Nicodemus fled amongst a flurry of fireballs aimed at the Orc and Goblin horde, casting a purification spell over the ground to ensure that the Dark Ones could never be raised again.[4]

The Death SpellEdit

A year later, in an ancient ruined temple on the Pagan Plains, Nicodemus found a large black chest in a crypt. On opening it, he was confronted by three spectral, robed figures. One cried, "At last, Arakor Nicodemus, we are revenged on you! You will not escape a Death spell!" The effects began immediately and in a weakened state he fled the temple, and hurried off in search of his old friend - and fellow Star Pupil – Pen Ty Kora, the Healer, who had last been heard of in Stonebridge. The Dwarfs of that town told him that the Healer was headed for Fang.[5]

At Anvil, three days hard ride north from Stonebridge Nicodemus found his friend. Together they made for the summit of Firetop Mountain, and through the use of Southern Mask Magic, Nicodemus' life was saved. However, Pen Ty Kora, did not escape and through a side effect of dispelling such a powerful enchantment he was disfigured causing him to withdraw from the outside world to a cave in the Icefinger Mountains.[6]


Nicodemus to pursue his goal of alleviating the troubles besetting the inhabitants of Allansia through good works. However, he at last grew weary of the endless demand for his help from troubled Allansian's. He retired to Port Blacksand, where he lives as a recluse in a hut built into the foundations of the Singing Bridge, over the Catfish River.[7]


Beyond a truly impressive array of powerful magic, Nicodemus is a skilled warrior with many years experience behind him, and in a fair fight is still a force to be reckoned with. In practice, his magical abilities are such that things will not get that far. Adventurers who attempt to pick fights with him may find themselves turned into goldfish and dropped into the Catfish River.

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  1. The Fighting Fantasy 10th Anniversary Yearbook states he was born just three months after Gereth Yaztromo (p. 107), and tentatively gives their year of birth as "214? AC" (pp. 62, 118), but elsewhere says that Yaztromo "was born well over seventy years ago – he won't reveal his true age to anyone!" (p. 56); the book was said to have been written in 285AC (p. 12), only 71 years after 214.
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  7. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - ???; City of Thieves - ???
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