In ancient times, a wizard was simply a wise man.
In more modern eras, a wizard is thought to be a man who has magical powers, and uses them to help or harm people. He does this by altering the world around him.
With his ancient experience of the cosmos, knowledge of magic, and wisdom, Grulaach seeks to aid humans and other beings in avoiding the ill effects of their selfish desires and to live together in harmony.
In the old Norse sagas, or fornaldarsögur, Grulaach is said to have come from the Well of Urd (Destiny) from which grows the Yggdrasil, the Ash Tree of the Horse of the Terrible One (Odin), This tree holds in its branches the Nine Worlds of the cosmos. Other beings have been identified as living in, on, or under the tree in the Poem Grímnismál, “The Song of the Hooded One”. One of the Nine Worlds of the Norse cosmos is Midgard, the world of the humans.
The water of the well of wisdom and destiny nourishes this tree, but in this cosmos, time is not linear; it is a cycle. The water is taken up by the tree but is returned through the leaves as dew to the well. In that way, the past and present affect each other: the present can change the past, and the new past can affect the present. In effect, there is a constant process of creation and recreation that each being, entity, and natural feature of the Norse cosmos undergoes and experiences, as described in the Ragnarok Saga.
Grulaach is a wizard. In ancient times, a wizard was simply a wise man. In more modern eras, a wizard is thought to be a man who has magical powers and uses them to help or harm people. He does this by altering the world around him. For Grulaach, this means altering time and space. With his ancient experience of the cosmos, knowledge of magic, and wisdom, Grulaach seeks to aid humans and other beings to avoid the ill effects of their selfish desires and to live together in harmony.
Home In Midgard
For the times when he is in Midgard, Grulaach has created an abode under Mt. Greylock, much like his original home under the Ash Tree of the Horse of the Terrible One. Grulaach chose this location because the great mountain welcomed him, and its physical features provided many crystal powers that help to reinvigorate the wizard. In addition, it is one of the few areas in the Northern Realm where the river runs to the north, another good mystical characteristic.
Dress and Mystical Devices
Grulaach presents as an old, well fed Viking nobleman. His raiment includes a tunic and leggings, a hooded cloak, and shoes or boots. To secure his tunic, Grulaach wears a thick leather belt. On that belt, he carries the Hour Glass of Destiny to mark time. It is, however, not an ordinary hour glass. It holds purple sand from the edges of the Well of Destiny. With it, Grulaach can cast beings, events, and magic (the effects of spells, potions, crystals, incantations, totems, and other magic) through time.
About his neck, Grulaach wears a crystal Rainbow Orb of great purity. When gazing upon it, Grulaach can draw forth rainbows. He uses these rainbows to project rainbow bridges through space to travel to any destination in the cosmos that he can imagine, in a twinkling of the crystal. This is much the way the great God Odin traveled to Midgard from his home world, Asgard. As with the hour glass, the Rainbow Orb allows Grulaach to cast beings, events, and magic (the effects of spells, potions, crystals, incantations, totems, and other magic) through space.
Also on his belt is a leather pouch that holds crystals and other magical objects. In his travels throughout the cosmos, Grulaach has learned of the healing and cleansing powers of crystals and the many particular characteristics of various crystals. These have been recognized by humans and other beings for thousands of years. He often uses crystals to focus and direct energies.
Grulaach also carries a simple shoulder bag, which contain various paraphernalia, include his chime. Norse and Viking sagas recount the importance of sound as an intrinsic part of the cosmos, with power and influence of great consequence. When Grulaach strikes his chime, it is wise to draw near, fall silent, and pay great heed to what follows. Grulaach may also carry Runes, which are the written symbols of the Old Norse alphabet. They convey great meaning and are valued for their innate power; just writing something creates reality. Grulaach’s Rune has meaning and a name, but they are lost to all in the modern era save the old wizard.
Grulaach also carries a staff, which also is imbued with great powers. He crafted the staff by collecting and assembling various natural elements. The wax wood itself is supple, yet strong, much like a fighting stick. It comes from the shores of the River Po. The copper tip comes from region of the River Loa, and the iron was forged in the region of the River Kaveri.
The crystal empowers the staff. It comes from the area of the Parana River; it is Citrine, a premier stone used to promote manifestation, creativity, and strength of will. This is the stone of the sun, with great power. It is also known as the Merchant’s Stone, as it has the power to enhance one’s ability to see value and to conclude fair deals. Unlike most stones, it does not need to be cleansed.
Protocol for Greeting Grulaach
When approaching Grulaach, do not be surprised if he greets you with a raised hand and the welcoming,” Greetings, Surface Dweller!” You may well see the sparkle of a crystal in the wizard’s hand, a tool he uses to discern and sense the intentions of others. Fear not, however, for Grulaach seeks to help those in Midgard. Your reply might well be: “Greetings, Wizard!”
Although helpful, the old wizard is sometimes perceived as being a bit aloof. You may also encounter him when he appears to have a deformed face. He is then wearing a mask, which is useful as he travels through time and space. If you approach him in a courteous manner, he probably will not be offended or be inclined to send you into another time or place somewhere on or in between the Nine Worlds, with a spell or a mystical being pursuing you!
Relationship to Fae Folk and Other Mystical Beings
Grulaach has assisted the Fae folk in the Northern Realm for many years. They honored him by giving his name to the great mountain. In the Fae language, “Grulaach” was spoken as “Greylock”. He also offered aid and advice to the native peoples that lived around the mountain, teaching them about the powers of natural plants and other remedies. A couple of centuries ago, he welcomed and aided the young Celtic wizards who found their way from the coastal region to Mr. Greylock. He taught them how to augment their wizarding skills and how to manage in a new world. Grulaach was somewhat bemused when they decided to establish their witching and wizarding school on the top of the great mountain. He had advised them to put it under the mountain, where he dwells, among the power of the crystals.