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Yael (pronounced: /ˈjɛlYAY-el[1]) was a general in the Hellriders of Elturel who became trapped in Avernus following Zariel's failed invasion of the Nine Hells.[2]

History[]

In the Year of the Bow, 1354 DR,[3] the rogue angel Zariel enlisted the aid of the Hellriders to mount an assault on Avernus itself in an attempt to end the Blood War between demons and devils. Yael was one of the three Hellrider generals participating in the assault, along with Olanthius and Haruman.[4]

When it became clear the Hellriders had lost the day in a most disastrous fashion, Zariel instead swore her fealty to Asmodeus in exchange for infernal legions she could use to prosecute the Blood War. Upon witnessing this betrayal, Yael and Lulu, Zariel's hollyphant companion, stole the Sword of Zariel and fled, hoping it could be used to redeem the fallen angel one day.[5] Fleeing, Yael and Lulu fought through a horde of demons under the command of Yeenoghu, but were able to escape—barely. The demon lord sent his pet, the horrifying Crokek'toeck, to chase after the pair. Just as Yeenoghu's pet was about to devour them, Yael plunged the Sword of Zariel into a stone while Lulu channeled all the holy power she could muster into it. A mighty fortress sprang into existence around the sword, shielding it from all evil: the Bleeding Citadel. Exhausted from the effort, Lulu fled, leaving Yael behind.[2]

As of the Year of Three Ships Sailing, 1492 DR,[note 1] Yael's ghost still guarded the Bleeding Citadel and the Sword of Zariel within.[6]

Relationships[]

Yael was considered Zariel's most loyal general.[4] She was well regarded by other Hellriders; Olanthius both respected and secretly adored her.[7]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. Canon material provides two distinct dates for the events described in Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: the adventure itself, described in chapters 1 through 5, takes place "fifty years" after 1444 DR (1494 DR), according to events mentioned in pages 7 and 47, while the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer describes the city as of 1492 DR (p. 159). It is possible that the designers made an approximation for "fifty years", even though it is stated in an infernal contract. The lead writer for Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus later confirmed that the adventure takes place in 1492 DR, and the sequel to the adventure, Baldur's Gate III, also claims that the current year is 1492 DR in multiple places.

Appearances[]

Adventures
Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  3. Jim Zub (February 2020). “Infernal Tides 2”. Infernal Tides #2 (IDW Publishing), p. 16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 7. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  5. Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  6. Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
  7. Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
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