Ymerek Stats, played by Jeremy Ortiz, was a character in my high school Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign that featured prominently as one of the five heroes who saved the world of Welstar in my novel, The Well of Stars. Ymerek’s name is a play on Jeremy with a few letters switched around.
Ymerek grew up as part of a Sephrani clan. He was gifted with a powerful singing voice, like all Sephrani from the Muspellheim Desert. Stricken with heatstroke, Ymerek returned to his tribe with illusions of godhood. To worship a deity was heresy, and Ymerek was made an outcast. When Laeron Draelian spoke of leaving the Muspellheim, Ymerek jumped at the chance. He quickly adapted to city life outside the desert, backstabbing his way to the top. That accomplished, he also managed to unearth the Unending Tome from its resting place in the Muspellheim.
Ymerek’s power grew. He rooted out an archmage and invaded his home in order to find the secret of immortality. The Unending Tome further harmed his already unbalanced mental state, and although Ymerek failed in achieving the secrets of immortality, the Tome and the other magical items he collected drove him utterly insane.
He harried Laeron and his companions for months, sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. He was especially fond of blowing things up, an attribute he soon became known for. His powers and insanity brought him to the attention of Loki.
Ymerek was put through several tests, and passed them all. His incredible luck was due, in part, to Loki’s blessing. When Ymerek emerged, he was imbued with wild magic. Ymerek’s favorite tactic was to cast a Wild Wish, wishing with magic that could not possibly control the wish effectively.
Way back when we played the semi-comical Castle Greyhawk setting, I had the opportunity to create my own monsters. So I decided to create a little cute squeaky hamster. When Ymerek, the group’s wild mage, picked it up to coo at it, I shrieked at the top of my lungs. Although I am known to shriek at the top of my lungs at random, I had a reason this time – it was the horrifying roar of the little hamster, which actually was a fire-breathing monstrosity. It nearly killed poor Ymerek, and Ymerek’s player nearly killed me for scaring the bejeezus out of him.
Eventually separating himself from the Unending Tome, Ymerek slowly regained some semblance of sanity. The power of his Wild Magic was unparalleled.
He eventually came into possession of a keep known later as God’s Eye Keep. It was a direct source of Loki’s power, as well as a beacon for a fleet of Argoi who would later invade Welstar. He shared it with Christopher Ashman and for a short time they used it as their base of operations until the unstable rifts in its dungeons caused them to abandon it. But in the end, it was love that was his downfall.
Ymerek fell in love. Enchanted by Autumn Hulthrush, a dryad, Ymerek escaped her embrace only to return years later. Unfortunately, Ymerek’s own magic would prove his undoing. During a battle with one of the Pentacate, Ymerek’s magic caused Boldor the Formless to fall in love with him. Bitter and angry that his love was not returned, Boldor held Autumn hostage during the Darkwar. Separated from her tree, she was slowly dying.
Ymerek reaction was extreme. He defeated Boldor by forcing him into the Positive Material Plane and Wild Wished Autumn’s tree back to life.
Ymerek sacrificed himself when five magical weapons were required to activate the five cages that held the five unicorns hostage over the Well of Stars. He Wild transformed himself into a magical staff, which was subsequently drained of all of his magical powers. The staff continued to grow into the Lerad, a huge tree that Ymerek, as his final act, Wild Wished back to life.
Legend has it that Ymerek still lives with Autumn in the Lerad. He will show himself when Welstar needs him.
You can read more about Ymerek in my novel, The Well of Stars, and on the Multi-User Dungeon, RetroMUD.