Al Kharid–Menaphos War

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The Al Kharid–Menaphos War was a series of conflicts between the emirate of Al Kharid, located at the northern fringes of the Kharidian Desert, and the great city Menaphos in the far south. The war lasted for centuries and is said to have resulted from the Menaphites' attempts to expand their territory northwards.[1]

The exact details of the war are unavailable. The campaigns of conquest have been fairly unsuccessful, not least due to the harsh climate in the desert, which makes it difficult for large armies to travel the great distance between Al Kharid and Menaphos.[2]

The four demigods of the Menaphite Pantheon - Apmeken, Crondis, Het and Scabaras - constantly attempted to end the war and bring peace to the desert.[3] In 119 of the Fifth Age, the Apmekian Pharaoh of Menaphos, a young, progressive leader, finally made peace with Al Kharid so that the desert civilisations could prosper once more.[4]

Upon discovering that the war, and thus the destruction, had ended, Amascut, the Devourer, became enraged and, after dealing with the Pharaoh, hunted down Apmeken, the most active deity in the attempts to make peace. After a brief battle in which Amascut easily bested her opponent, she cursed Apmeken, depriving her of her senses, a fate that also befell her main followers, the desert monkeys.[5] Furthermore, the Devourer used Apmeken's sight, speech and hearing to create three simian demons - Ayuni, Leeuni and Eruni respectively - who proceeded to slaughter the desert monkeys. Without their senses to aid them, most of the monkeys were killed - only three, Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru, are known to have escaped to Ape Atoll.[6] Following these events, Apmeken went into hiding.

The Pharaoh who had brokered the peace between Menaphos and Al Kharid would himself be corrupted by Amascut, and eventually instigate the Second Al Kharid-Menaphos War.

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  1. ^ Osman, "Contact!", RuneScape. "Our two kingdoms were at war with one another for centuries. They tried to expand their kingdom northwards many times over the years, but we held them off."
  2. ^ Osman, "Contact!", RuneScape. "The desert is a great equalizer. It’s very difficult to move large armies about in it, particularly if you don’t have ready access to water."
  3. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "However, unbeknownst to Amascut, Apmeken and some of the lesser deities worked to bring peace to the long-warring desert. Slowly, they patched the ill-feeling between Al Kharid and Menaphos."
  4. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "Fifty years ago, the progressive young Pharaoh of Menaphos proposed an alliance of Al Kharid, in the hopes of bringing prosperity to the desert. He was a worshipper of Apmeken."
  5. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "Amascut was furious. Without war there could be no destruction on the scale that she desired. She cured the pharaoh and hunted down Apmeken. They fought a battle in the dunes of the desert. It did not last long; Apmeken was no fighter. Amascut could not destroy the lesser god, but she could curse her, so she stole Amascut’s sight, hearing, and speech. Perhaps we were caught in the boundaries of the curse, or perhaps we suffered in sympathy; I don’t know, but many of us desert monkeys lost our senses."
  6. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "Yes, but Amascut was not satisfied with merely incapacitating us. She took Apmeken’s stolen senses and, from them, forged three foul creatures – Leeuni, Ayuni and Eruni – setting them upon the monkey population. Perhaps, if we’d had our senses, more of us would have survived. My brothers and I were able to escape by helping one another. After travelling to Karamja, we heard about Ape Atoll and set off for it. As far as I know, we were the only ones to survive the massacre."