Awal was the ancient name of Bahrain. In the story Awal was part of the murdering Sanguis gang. He fatally stabbed Shamal’s brother Samun and as punishment he was buried alive adjacent to Shamal under the Tree of Life. His discontented hate festered over the ages and he awoke in present day Bahrain the same time as Shamal. His aversion was however so strong that he felt no remorse for ancient or modern creatures. All he wanted was revenge and immortality.