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Biographical information
Glorious Genie of the Sultan Prince Razeem the Ribald
The Voice from the Socket
Gender Male
Family Unnamed sister
Unnamed wives
Behind the scenes information
Appears in MediEvil: Resurrection MediEvil: Resurrection

Al-Zalam (الظلام) was a powerful genie who was trapped inside the skull of Sir Daniel Fortesque by the evil sorcerer Zarok.


13th century

Al-Zalam was a mighty genie until a run-in with Zarok left him locked inside Daniel's skull. He was there when Sir Dan was killed and saw how cowardly he was in the final moments of his life. Al liked to remind people of his halcyon days often. For this reason, he harboured an enormous grudge against Zarok, which he had in common with Dan. Ultimately this shared purpose turned their uneasy alliance into something of a friendship.

14th century

During the events of 1386, Al-Zalam acted as a guide for Dan, dropping hints about the places that they visited, or providing Sir Dan with additional strategies. At first, these hints were simply anecdotal, funny or just plain strange; but as their adventure progressed, Al proved himself a useful sage and companion to Dan.

After Zarok's defeat, Al-Zalam was finally free to leave Dan's skull. Before parting ways with Dan, Al saved him from the collapsing Zarok's Lair and took him back to the crypt.


MediEvil: Resurrection

Al-Zalam is the game's hint system, along with the Information Gargoyles and books.

MediEvil (2019 remake)

While he doesn't appear physically, a stained glass window of him is seen in the Hilltop Mausoleum.  

Behind the scenes


Al-Zalam was originally created as a character for the 2003 MediEvil 3 Fate's Arrow concept pitch, where he would have helped Dan block the magic of the evil sorceress Kiyante.[1] His role in MediEvil: Resurrection as a sidekick is based on Morten the Earthworm from the original MediEvil.[2]


"Al-Zalam" is Arabic in origin, and translates to 'The Dark' or 'The Darkness'.


Reception to Al-Zalam's character was mixed from critics and overwhelmingly negative from fans of the series.[citation needed]



  • He and his kind are allergic to cats, at least according to dialogue.
  • He lost his sister at a carnival due to using her in a wager, though this may be a joke made by him.
    • He also had a (supposedly) very ugly first wife.
  • He was heard in the teaser trailer for the MediEvil remake, along with a gargoyle, Death and the witches.


  1. MediEvil 3: Fate’s Arrow on Unseen64.
  2. ProBoards Interview with Angelo Bod on MediEvil Boards. Published 16 June, 2013. Retrieved 7 November, 2014.


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