Vajal the Dark was a member of the Shields of the Highland adventuring company in Tethyr in 1370 DR.[1]


Vajal was a Calishite man with dark, long hair and a well-trimmed bear.[1]


Vajal hailed from a village near the Forest of Mir like all his companions.[1]

On Uktar 8, 1370 DR,[2][1] the Shields of the Highland lost two of their members while guarding a caravan. Unexpected cold weather led to snow, and a band of fourteen gnolls were able to track them and attack them, killing two of them during the ensuing battle.[1]

At dusk two days later, Vajal and the other three survivors went to the Blue Badger Inn in the village of Toralth to grieve their loss. Vajal, despite complaints from the barkeep, constantly carved strange symbols into the wooden tabletops with his knife.[1] They found a bard in the tavern, calling himself Fylson Tarasp, and demanded that he compose a dirge for their two fallen friends. They had no idea that this man was actually a secret agent of the sea elf Gantar Kraok.[3]

Later that night, three dwarves, Bapar Ghalmrin, Odak Truesteel, and Soram Battlebellow, entered the tavern seeking the Sondarr Scepter and interrupting the ballad that Fylson was singing for Dumax. This greatly angered the Shields of the Highland. When Bramas Thorntree, another patron, accused some of the other patrons of stealing the scepter, Timor, Karr, and Vajal got up from their chairs and began throwing their beer mugs and swinging their chairs. Timor's mug struck the dwarf leader Bapar, and a tavern brawl was started when Soram stepped up to defend his prince. Bramas and his companions, the Company of the Anvil used this as an opportunity to escape with the scepter.[4]