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Anachronia
Release date 8 July 2019 (Update)
Kingdom Anachronia
Members area Yes
Main music On Safer Ground
Leader Unknown edit
Teleportation Lodestone Network, The Stormbreaker or using Slayer skillcape perks to Laniakea
Features
Bank map icon.png 1 Altar map icon.png
Anachronia map.png

Anachronia, also known as Fossil Island or The Land Out of Time, is a prehistoric-style jungle island located north-east of Daemonheim.

The island features the player-built base camp, an activity called Big Game Hunter, a weekly Distraction and Diversion called Herby Werby, an island-wide Agility Course, 8 new Slayer monsters requiring Slayer level ranging from 90 to 114 (consisting of plants and dinosaurs), a new Slayer master requiring 120 Combat and 90 Slayer, and continuation of the story where the Desperate Times quest left off.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

There are no requirements to access the island.

History[edit | edit source]

General remembrance and most understanding of the island has been all but lost through both the ravages of time and the inequitable distribution of its raw primordial power. However, the Dragonkin once resided in a city on Anachronia called Orthen, or "First City" in human language.[7] It is unknown whether the dinosaurs, vile blooms, and ancient zygomites that inhabit the island were created by the Dragonkin or had lived there prior to their arrival. The water appears to possess special properties, as stated by various zygomites and a journal found on the island. There were also small clusters of other smaller animals, such as jadinkos and grenwalls. The Dragonkin eventually abandoned Orthen for unknown reasons.

During the Fifth Age, the Varrock Museum learned of Anachronia and called it Fossil Island, believing that an island so far up in the north would be devoid of life. They attempted to construct numerous boats to reach the island, but each one ended in failure.

During the Sixth Age, Irwinsson learned of the island through his fellow Varrock Museum friend Brodie and set sail, though he ended up shipwrecked with amnesia after he attempted to go through the stormwall surrounding the island. King Roald, believing Kerapac may have fled to the island to begin his plan to rid Gielinor of all life to stop the Elder Gods, immediately ordered the construction of a new boat, overseen by Mr. Mordaut and assisted by numerous adventurers. The boat was eventually completed and, utilising many skills, the boat managed to breach the stormwall safely.

The adventurer set off with a small expedition force to explore the island, coming upon the bones of several massive creatures. As they continued exploring, they encountered a massive creature which ambushed them, but they were saved by Irwinsson, who brought them to the ruins in the centre of the island that was safe from the natural fauna. The archaeologists began setting up a base camp from the ruins to both protect themselves and unlock new opportunities. Mr. Mordaut eventually arrived on the island himself, and, noting that island was so far north that such vibrant life should not exist on the island, renamed Fossil Island as Anachronia, the Land out of Time.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Anachronia's base camp

Travelling to Anachronia for the first time requires the player to use The Stormbreaker, the ship built during the Breaking the Storm event, which is located at the Varrock Dig Site. Players will be shown a cutscene the first time they travel to the island and will have to guide a group of NPCs, including an archaeologist, Laniakea, and two guards, through the island.

After traversing through the island for the first time, the methods to get there are:

Notable features[edit | edit source]

Base Camp[edit | edit source]

Main article: Base camp

After arriving on Anachronia, the player can establish a base camp and upgrade it with resources that you can assign workers to find. These upgrades can grant many passive effects that are useful in both Anachronia and the rest of Gielinor.

Players can also build a lodestone at the Base camp to connect Anachronia to the Lodestone Network.

Anachronia Agility Course[edit | edit source]

Anachronia is a large island, and the player can travel around the island quicker by using the Anachronia Agility Course. The course is split up into seven sections, requiring anywhere from level 30 to 85 Agility to complete. As you traverse the course, there is a chance to gain one of several different totem pieces, or codex pages which can be used to create either the Double Surge or Double Escape codex and unlock two new abilities. The player can also make tradeable versions of these codices to sell to others.

Totems[edit | edit source]

Main article: Totem

While adventuring around Anachronia, the player can find various totem pieces. There are seven totems in total, each made of three different pieces. After finding all three pieces for one totem, the player can place it in one of three totem spots on Anachronia. The player can then activate the totem to gain one of eight different effects.

Hunter[edit | edit source]

Anachronia came with several new additions to Hunter. While Hunting on Anachronia, players can earn Hunter marks to spend at Irwinsson's Hunter Mark Shop for rewards. Irwinsson is also the starting point for the Father and Son miniquest. In addition, if players find and return the Compass arrow to Irwinsson, they can complete the A New Direction achievement.

Players can also hunt previously-added creatures on Anachronia in a simpler manner than before. Butterflies such as Ruby harvests and Black warlock (Hunter)s can be continously caught and released by the player for AFK experience if being caught barehanded.

Players can also catch several jadinkos here without the need to build special habitats such as at Herblore Habitat. Common, Shadow, Igenous, Amphibious, Diseased, and Carrion jadinkos can all be found in areas around Anachronia, and can be caught with just a Marasamaw plant. In addition, the player can also catch Cannibal, Aquatic, Camouflaged, and Draconic jadinkos here, but will need to bring a Juju hunter potion to catch them (the required secondary ingredient to catch these jadinkos is at each habitat already). Hunting jadinkos can also give the player a chance at finding a jadinko to raise at the Player-owned farm.

Jadinkos found on Anachronia require a Hunter level 10 higher than their Herblore Habitat variants.

There are other Hunting methods available as well. Players can find grenwalls north-east of the pavosaurus rex clearing or south-east of the scimitops clearing.Pawyas can be found in the south-western ruins. South of the pawyas, players can find yellow salamanders. Golden warblers can be found next to the Anachronia canyon mine (five spawns), or south of the Anachronia western ruins mine.

Big Game Hunter[edit | edit source]

Main article: Big Game Hunter

Big Game Hunter is a new method of training Hunter that players can start after reaching level 75 Hunter and level 55 Slayer. In several spots on Anachronia, dinosaurs can be found. In this activity, the player must bait and hunt these dinosaurs using boss-like mechanics, and being careful not to get caught. Hunting these dinosaurs can also give the player a chance at receiving a dinosaur for the Player-owned farm.

Dinosaur Hunter Slayer Bait Hunter Experience Slayer Experience
Arcane apoterrasaur icon.png Arcane apoterrasaur 75 55 Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sharkRaw shark 6,000 800
Scimitops icon.png Scimitops 75 55 Raw sailfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sailfishRaw sailfish 6,000 800
Bagrada rex icon.png Bagrada rex 75 55 Raw manta ray.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw manta rayRaw manta ray 6,000 800
Spicati apoterrasaur icon.png Spicati apoterrasaur 80 60 Raw bagrada rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw bagrada rex meatRaw bagrada rex meat 12,000 2,050
Asciatops icon.png Asciatops 85 65 Raw arcane apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw arcane apoterrasaur meatRaw arcane apoterrasaur meat 12,000 2,050
Corbicula rex icon.png Corbicula rex 90 70 Raw scimitops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw scimitops meatRaw scimitops meat 12,000 2,050
Oculi apoterrasaur icon.png Oculi apoterrasaur 94 74 Raw asciatops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw asciatops meatRaw asciatops meat 21,000 3,800
Malletops icon.png Malletops 95 75 Raw corbicula rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw corbicula rex meatRaw corbicula rex meat 21,000 3,800
Pavosaurus rex icon.png Pavosaurus rex 96 76 Raw spicati apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw spicati apoterrasaur meatRaw spicati apoterrasaur meat 21,000 3,800

Slayer[edit | edit source]

Laniakea is a new Slayer Master that can be found on Anachronia. Players can receive tasks from her if they have level 90 Slayer and 120 combat. Laniakea is the only Slayer Master that can assign cluster tasks, which are Slayer tasks of a category of monsters, allowing players greater freedom over which monster they want to kill. For example, she can assign to kill dragons, and the player can complete the task with whatever dragon they want. She also assigns a miniquest, Helping Laniakea, where the player must help her find a strong enough poison to help her protect the base camp against Anachronia's stronger monsters.

Dinosaurs and Vile blooms are also two new categories of high-level Slayer monsters featuring new mechanics, and they can be found spread out all over Anachronia. Slaying the dinosaurs can also give the player a chance at receiving a dinosaur for the Player-owned farm.

Herby Werby[edit | edit source]

Main article: Herby Werby

Herby Werby, a new Distraction & Diversion, can be played once every week. The player must aid Anachronia's ancient zygomites in destroying corrupted flora in their cavern. The player can earn Herblore and Firemaking experience, and earn several rewards, such as a bag that holds grimy herbs, two totem pieces, and a new pet.

Farming and Herblore[edit | edit source]

A cactus patch can be found near the northern totem location, after the player constructs it with 12 magic logs. Goob will help look after the player's crops.

Ranch Out of Time can be accessed through the mystical tree on the west coast of Anachronia.

Players can also find arbuck seeds exclusively on Anachronia. These can be used to grow arbuck herbs, which are used in several new potions, such as the Stamina potion, Extended super antifire potion, Aggroverload, and Powerburst of overkill.

Overgrown idol[edit | edit source]

Main article: Overgrown idol

Just as in Karamja, Anachronia has two overgrown idols which players can help clear at level 81 Woodcutting. Clearing the overgrowth will reward the player with a Totem of Navigation base and one of several different temporary Woodcutting boosts.

Fishing and Mining[edit | edit source]

There are two new areas that players can fish at. They can cage, net, and harpoon fish north of the Ripper dinosaurs in the south-east of the island, or they can cage, harpoon, lure, and bait around the Spirit grove in the middle of the island.

There are also four new mining sites:

Archaeology[edit | edit source]

Anachronia has an excavation site on the north side of the island that contains four material cache (orthenglass) nodes. Orthenglass is a level 20 Archaeology material.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Players can complete several achievements on Anachronia such as for building the base camp buildings.

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Promotional art

Anachronia was previously known as Fossil Island, also known as Kudos Island. Mentions of the island first appeared in the game after an update to Varrock Museum in 2007. The island was spoken of by the Museum's curator, Haig Halen, who mentions that reaching the yet-unexplored island is one of Varrock Museum's projects. A canal barge was under construction in the northern part of the Varrock Dig Site, overseen by the barge foreman, and claimed to be used to travel to the island via the River Salve. Obtaining 100 museum kudos was to be required to participate in the expedition.

Fossil Island was mentioned in a lore livestream in October 2012 as a massive project that had been talked about for years but which was not currently being developed. Mod Mark suggested that Fossil Island would be home to one of the Dragonkin.[8] In the 2014 March VIP Q&A, Mod Osborne commented again that Fossil Island was not being worked on.[9] At RuneFest 2015 Fossil Island was mentioned as a potential contender for an upcoming RuneLabs poll to add a new in-game area.[10] However the poll, which took place in December 2015, was won by The Arc.[11]

Anachronia was announced on 21 May 2019 as the "big summer update of 2019."[4]

Anachronia was developed by Mods Daze, Erator, and Ramen. It was QA'ed by Mods Cel and Shrew.[12] Mods BakingaZ and NicePants made the concept art. Mods Ian, Surma, and Slippers worked on the audio.[13]

Release[edit | edit source]

Anachronia's release was promoted by the login screen by introducing a new background titled The Land Out of Time, and playing excerpts of the music tracks heard on the island: Untamed Horizons, On Safer Ground, Discover, Adagio for Anachronia, and Laniakea's Journey.

Event noticeboards could be used to teleport to The Stormbreaker in Varrock Dig Site, while royal messengers could be found at some of the lodestones, handing out royal messages and offering to take players to the boat.

Music[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • update 1 June 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed a tree on Anachronia that appeared to have a floating canopy.
  • patch 3 February 2020 (Update):
    • Updated the mining skill guide to include Anachronia mining locations for various ores.
  • patch 20 January 2020 (Update):
    • Content creators, rejoice! You can now get up close and personal to those absolute units in Anachronia before they get camera shy and disappear.
  • patch 13 January 2020 (Update):
    • There are now no options present when examining a zygomite that is in the ground.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • A broken square of water has been fixed on Anachronia.
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • The world map view of Anachronia has been tweaked slightly to better represent the terrain.
    • Blocking has been added to a rock on Anachronia.
    • Minor tweaks have been made to resolve issues regarding lighting on newer assets in areas such as Anachronia.
    • Fixed some typos across Anachronia.
    • Filled in a hole in the terrain by the Herby Werby DnD entrance on Anachronia.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Upon unlocking the island with the tour group atop the mountain, a cut scene ensues with one of the hunters, quoting "When you see dinosaurs, do what we do; run" which is from the Matrix where Cypher tells Neo, "if you see an agent, do what we do; run".
  • Fossil Island was referenced in the 2014 April Fools event. It could be seen as a destination reachable at level 120 Sailing.
  • The name "Anachronia" comes from the word "anachronism", which in turn comes from the Greek ana- meaning "backward" or "previous", and khronus meaning "time". This relates to the island's alternate name "The Land Out of Time".
  • The overall concept of the Land Out of Time seems to be heavily based on the concepts of multiple similar science fiction media such as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel "The Lost World", or the 1974 NBC Network television series "Land of the Lost"; both of which involve groups of people that are, by either design or circumstance, transported to strange lands where prehistoric flora and fauna exist.
  • On the far east side of the island there is a pool shrine overlooked by a dragonkin statue. Observing the statue yields the following: "There is an inscription at the base of the statue written in the dragonkin language. You make out the word 'Orthen' which you believe to mean 'first city'."
  • Attempting to import a save where the player is on Anachronia on the Weapon Diversity Beta teleports you in Lumbridge as that area doesn't exist in this version of the game.
  • Assuming 0% interest over the initial 200 days, Satipo's loan has a daily interest rate of 2.3415696% over the 365 days that elapsed since the message in a bottle was written.
  • The examine text of the hermit crabs near the landing site of The Stormbreaker reference the 1993 movie Jurassic Park (film) line by Jeff Goldblum, "Life, uh, finds a way."
  • The names of the various buried Zygomites reference many television shows such as Rick and Morty, The Big Bang Theory, Ed, Edd n Eddy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy and others.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ RuneScape Month Ahead (June 2019) - Comp Cape Rework, Weapon Diversity, Summer Special. 7 June 2019.*
  2. ^ RuneScape's Land Out of Time - Slayer Skilling & Agility Course. 17 June 2019.*
  3. ^ RuneScape - Land Out of Time - The Story of Anachronia. 24 June 2019.*
  4. ^ a b Jagex. "Summer Update Revealed." 21 May 2019. RuneScape News.
  5. ^ RuneScape Cinematics - Desperate Times Outro. 16 May 2017.*
  6. ^ RuneScape Brings You 'The Land Out of Time'. 22 May 2019.*
  7. ^ Jagex. RuneFest Day 2! - Twitch. 5 October 2019. "Anachronia isn't Orthen, but Orthen is on Anachronia. Orthen is a city on Anachronia." During the Lore Q&A section at RuneFest 2019.*
  8. ^ Jagex. Official lore livestream with Mods Mark and Osborne : "Fossil Island will have lots of fossils on it, and is where one of the dragonkin is." (at 07:49) Official lore livestream, 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ Mod MattHe. Q&A: March VIP Answers. 7 March 2014.*
  10. ^ RuneScape - RuneFest 2015 - Updates of 2016. 15 October 2015.*
  11. ^ Avernic. Eastern Lands. RuneLabs. 17 December 2015.*
  12. ^ Jagex. Mod Shauny's Twitter account. 27 June 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 October 2019.)
  13. ^ Content Showcase: Land Out of Time (Lore, Art , Audio). 25 June 2019.*