Ahmad Iban Fadlan, the main character of The Thirteenth Warrior, by Michael Crichton was chosen as Baghdad’s ambassador to the King of Bulgars in 922 A. D. As Ahmad traveled north from Baghdad, he encountered a company of Viking Northmen, and this proved the catalyst for numerous adventures. While Ahmad was greeting the Northmen, an old, numinous woman approached the camp and enlightened the Vikings that bear-like creatures were attacking the kingdom of Rothgar in
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his prayers foreshadowed his actions. Just before the final encounter with the beast men, Ahmad fell to his knees in the torrential rain and cried to God for mercy. As the beast men advanced on the town, Ahmad was spiritually revitalized and transformed into a furious and uncontrolled being prepared to kill or be killed. God’s presence in Ahmad gave him his life force and the divine power to conquer immense and limitless odds.