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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
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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.[7]

Anachronia was developed by Mods Daze, Erator, and Ramen. It was QA'ed by Mods Cel and Shrew.[8] Mods BakingaZ and NicePants made the concept art. Mods Ian, Surma, and Slippers worked on the audio.[9]

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.[10] 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, players will be brought to the Anachronia base camp. A lodestone is located at the base camp that can be unlocked using materials after completing a tutorial with Giles. Accessing the base camp also allows the slayer cape's perk to teleport to Laniakea.

Until the lodestone is created, players only have three methods to reach Anachronia: using the Stormbreaker, teleporting to Laniakea with the slayer cape's perk, or using the Anachronia Teleport spell if a Totem of the Abyss is planted and active.

Notable features[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

There are 21 achievements in this subcategory (showing 21).

In addition, there is a miniquest achievement: Helping Laniakea

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.[12] In the 2014 March VIP Q&A, Mod Osborne commented again that Fossil Island was not being worked on.[13] At RuneFest 2015 Fossil Island was mentioned as a potential contender for an upcoming RuneLabs poll to add a new in-game area.[14] However the poll, which took place in December 2015, was won by The Arc.[15]

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

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]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • 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]

  • 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.
  • 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. TheFiveO1's Twitter account. 18 June 2019. TheFiveO1: "The island has no reqs, but: "Adventurers looking to follow the storyline over future updates require just three skills (Mining, Smithing, and Divination) to be level 50 or above, along with the completion of two quests: The Needle Skips and You Are It.""
  8. ^ Jagex. Mod Shauny's Twitter account. 27 June 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 October 2019.)
  9. ^ Content Showcase: Land Out of Time (Lore, Art , Audio). 25 June 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Totem guide
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Mod MattHe. Q&A: March VIP Answers. 7 March 2014.*
  14. ^ RuneScape - RuneFest 2015 - Updates of 2016. 15 October 2015.*
  15. ^ Avernic. Eastern Lands. RuneLabs. 17 December 2015.*