Ardougne

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For the eastern part, see East Ardougne.
For the western part, see West Ardougne.
Symbol of Ardougne

Ardougne (/ɑːrˈdɔɪn/ (🔊listen) ar-DOYN)[1][2][3] is the capital city of the kingdom of Kandarin since the year 98 of the Fifth Age. It was under the rule of King Ulthas Ardignas until he died in the year 136 in the Fifth Age, after which his sons, Tyras and Lathas, divided it into the two sections; West Ardougne and East Ardougne due to the rivalry between them.[4] King Tyras eventually left on a crusade to the elven lands in the west, abandoning West Ardougne to a terrible plague. The city of Ardougne is named after the River Dougne, upon which it is located.

West Ardougne is accessed during Plague City and the subsequent quests of the elf quest series, which havily features both parts of the city. Following Plague's End both cities are governed by King Thoros, Lathas's cousin.

City info[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Multiple sources establish the official pronunciation as "Arr-doyn", including the pronunciation guide on the RuneScape website,[1] Andrew Gower,[2] and issue 35 of Postbag from the Hedge.[3]

According to the Meeting History quest (released on 5 August 2008[7]), it is pronounced "Ar-doy-in." When speaking with Laura from Meeting History, she asks what Ardougne is, but her speech is transcribed as "Ardoin". This gives insight into how to correctly pronounce Ardougne. This is most likely just a simple term that Jagex has used to make the storyline more enjoyable, and it is still pronounced the same way.

The final confirmation is given during Carnillean Rising, wherein a number of voiced NPCs pronounce Ardougne as Ahhdoyn.

Eli Bacon's voiceover mispronounces it as "Arr-doug-nee" during Bringing Home the Bacon; however, this may be the result of an attempted country dialect.

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 22 June 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed height map issue between Ardougne Monastery and Tower of life.
  • patch 8 June 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed a floating well south of Ardougne.
  • patch 1 April 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed gold bar textures in Ardougne south bank.
  • patch 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • A tree near Ardougne mill has been fixed so it no longer loses its canopy when remove roofs setting is applied.
  • patch 21 November 2016 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to walk on the lava south-west of Ardougne.
  • patch 20 October 2014 (Update):
    • Books no longer stick through the floor in an Ardougne house.
    • Some missing polygons on the statues outside of the Ardougne Monastery have been added back in.
    • Experts have restored a damaged painting in the Handlemort estate in Ardougne.
  • patch 13 November 2013 (Update):
    • An Ardougne archer now draws back his bow string to fire arrows instead of the bow limbs.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • Several force-walk tiles north of Ardougne have been removed.
  • patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
    • The gate to the farmers field north of Ardougne has been realigned.
    • The painting in a house on the south-west of Ardougne no longer clips with the wall.
  • patch 2 April 2013 (Update):
    • A tile of underlay that was covering a ladder in Ardougne has been removed.
  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • The Ardougne fountain has been given a newer water animation.
  • patch 10 May 2012 (Update):
    • Some trees north of Ardougne have had their blocking corrected.
  • patch 31 August 2011 (Update):
    • A roof in Ardougne has been made level with the other roofs.
  • patch 13 May 2010 (Update):
    • Added the two missing sides to a crate in Ardougne.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Reworked a bit of mapping near Ardougne where the ground was overly spiky.
  • patch 26 October 2009 (Update):
    • Updated some ore rocks around Ardougne.
  • update 1 July 2008 (Update):
    • The graphics for Ardougne have been reworked.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The city being named after its river may be inspired by the real-life city of Cambridge, the home-town of Jagex, which is located upon the river Cam.
  • In the Spanish language worlds, the name of the city is hispanicised to Ardoña.
  • The divide between the east and west halves of the city may be inspired by the division of Berlin after World War II, at first administratively and later by the Berlin Wall.
  • The name may be a reference to Ardoyne, a city in Northern Ireland, with the same pronounciation.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Pronunciation Guide. Game Guide. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 2012-02-25.) "Phrase Ardougne ... Pronunciation arr-DOYN"
  2. ^ a b Jagex. Andrew Gower's Twitter account. 19 March 2015. (Archived from the original on 19 March 2015.) Andrew Gower: "arr doy nnnn (where doy rhymes with boy)"
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Postbag 35 - "Transcript:But how do you pruh-nounce Rell-doh?", Letter 4, by Reldo. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  4. ^ Transcript:Display case (number 47), "Varrock Museum", RuneScape. "5th Age - yr 136
    King Ulthas of Ardougne dies from an accidental arrow shot while out on a hunting expedition. Ardougne is left to his 2 sons, Tyras and Lathas who decide to split the city between them."
  5. ^ Kangai Mau, "Tribal Totem", RuneScape. "Lord Handlemort is an Ardougnese explorer."
  6. ^ Mourner, "Plague City", RuneScape. "Any West Ardougnians which cross the wall must be detained and disposed of safely."
  7. ^ Jagex. "Meeting History." 5 August 2008. RuneScape News.