A few people have asked me where my twitter handle “Ailuah” comes from and what it means. I know it has no connection to my name or my blog so it was probably a bad choice at the time. When I chose a handle I just took a name I sometimes use for online sites and never thought much about it.
Ailuah is the name of a character from a story by B.A. Rolls in “Sword and sorceress V”, an anthology edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The story is called “Cholin of Carnel”. Cholin is out for revenge for the murder of his family and seeks the help of a powerful demon. The demon gives him a female demon out of his entourage called Ailuah as a sort of familiar spirit to help in his endeavour. In the course of events it turns out that not only Cholin can take revenge, but Ailuah as well. It’s my favourite story in this anthology and found Ailuah a great character because she was nothing like what you’d expect a demon to be.