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As my hamfisted barbarian (who is in fact, a warrior and a gentleman) bashes his way around Diablo 3, I frequently find the writings of the Abd al-Hazir gentleman. He seems to know a lot about monsters. Who is he, and what is his story?

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He is awesome

Abd al-Hazir is a lore enthusiast and adventurer, scribing about a lot of his experiences in the world of Sanctuary. He is used as a tool for Blizzard to describe Diablo lore on the official Diablo III webpage.

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The Writings of Abd al-Hazir are well known in the civilised parts of Sanctuary. They seem to both be named works as well as a collection of entries, such as a diary.

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Abd al-Hazir is a renowned gentleman, historian, and scholar. He has recently taken up the unprecedented task of investigating, researching, and compiling information about the unique locales and denizens of our world. All the character classes, monsters and locations are introduced in the official site as parts of his journal.

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Abd al-Hazir's writings are composed of 42 entries, each one detailing a monster, a location or a class. One description for his writings is: These pages host a collection of writings about this world known as Sanctuary; they are intended for readers who, like the author, are steeped in the arcane traditions. They paint a vivid picture of some of the foulest, most accursed places and creatures you may encounter on your travels. May the knowledge contained within guide you through the darkness that lies ahead...

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Quill Fiend

Dear Reader,

I am Abd al-Hazir, adventurer, scholar, and researcher. I share my knowledge of this incredible world and its creatures through my insightful missives, often at grave risk to myself. Why, I was recently in Khanduras, where my tents were ransacked by vicious quill fiends! I was able to beat them off with a shoe, but a less bold man would've been fared for worse.

Abd al-Hazir

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Ha! A Blizard!! –  Joachim Sauer May 24 '12 at 8:11

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