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Missing, Presumed DeathThe Bird and the BeastDishonour among ThievesDesperate Times
Release15 October 2013 (Update)
Also calledBig High War God,[1] Lord of Battle,[2] Three-eyed Craven,[3] Da Boss Man[4]
RaceUnnamed (Kal-i-kra tribe)
LocationEmpyrean Citadel
OptionsTalk to, Examine
ExamineThe god of war.
Advanced data
NPC ID18506
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Bandos, often referred to as the Big High War God, was the god of war. A very powerful, manipulative and bloodthirsty entity, known for taking pleasure in conflict and slaughter, he demanded worship and unquestioned obedience. His followers' main trait is strength if not high numbers, generally at the cost of intelligence, making them valuable warriors who would listen to him blindly. He did not usually care if most of his armies were wiped out - he fought solely for the sake of battle and would enjoy the bloodshed, provided that he retained enough troops to fight for him, as was most evident during the God Wars. He could get extremely angry when things did not proceed as planned or when he was defied, as proven by his struggles to reclaim the Dorgeshuun goblin tribe for himself or his blind rage after the God Wars. The former made Bandos the overall main antagonist of the Cave Goblin quest series. Bandos was rather large and strong, as well as very intelligent, all contributing to his prowess in battle.

Having first set foot on Gielinor in the Second Age, he was the patron god of the brutish and unintelligent races such as goblins, trolls,[5] ogres, and orks, most of whom he took with him from their realm Yu'biusk, where he had crossbred them after taking over. Some followers, mostly goblins, refer to him as the Big High War God (with the exception of priests on holy days,[1] although goblins native to Gielinor do not take this rule to heart[6]). He was almost completely forgotten by the humans of Gielinor due to his disappearance after the God Wars until his battle against Armadyl in the early Sixth Age, which ended with his death.

The earliest mention of him is on Yu'biusk, where he arrived prior to Gielinor's Second Age and turned it into a hellish plane torn asunder by war. He brought some of his followers to Gielinor, where they participated in the God Wars, much to Bandos' pleasure. After being banished by Guthix at the end of the war, the furious god returned to Yu'biusk, which he completely destroyed in his rage. Afterwards, he turned his attention back to his remaining followers on Gielinor, and formed a plan to return. This plan nearly succeeded towards the end of the Fifth Age when Bandos possessed his 'Chosen Commander' and brought a powerful avatar of himself to the world, but it was thwarted, causing him to lose a considerable portion of his power. Several months after the death of Guthix, Bandos returned regardless of his previous loss, with the same intentions as before - to rule Gielinor by himself and invoke massive war.[7] He nearly immediately engaged in a large-scale battle with Armadyl, which he lost due to overconfidence, and the fact that he had lost massive amounts of power, resulting in his demise.

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Bandos speaks.

Deity info[edit | edit source]

SymbolBandos symbol.png
Ascended byKilling the god Jododu Otoku
Tier3 (before The Chosen Commander)
4 (after The Chosen Commander)[8]
Avatars and aspectsBandos avatar
ColoursBrown, teal, dark green, grey, orange

Personality and beliefs[edit | edit source]

The goblins are my creations. My PROPERTY! Their only purpose is to serve me! YOU HEAR ME, GOBLIN. I AM YOUR GOD!

Bandos was quite egotistic[9] and manipulative, as well as sadistic. Most beings who know of him, including other gods, viewed him as barbaric and brutish because of how he treated his followers, whom he viewed as disposable without remorse. Many of his followers are unintelligent and have been bred to follow him blindly from birth. Bandos found pleasure in his followers fighting in war scenarios set up by himself. He was an outright immoral god and enjoyed sending his followers into battles they could not win purely for his own amusement.[8]

Bandos desired Gielinor to be under his control for it to be torn by war until it would be rent asunder as a "monument to his glory". If a battle or war was impeded or went out of bounds, however, Bandos would get infuriated and attempt to restore his source of pleasure, however possible. Likewise, defiance would invoke the war god's rage, with him often going as far as to outright demand worship,[10] seeing that he considered his followers to be his rightful property.[11] However, when the player destroyed his avatar, he applauded them for being brave enough to stand up to him.[12] He has already demonstrated the former with the plane of Yu'biusk as well as his own homeworld, both eventually destroyed, and his goal for Gielinor was for it to be turned into a similar "playground" of perpetual warfare with him as the sole ruler.

Graardor's altar to Bandos.

Bandos was convinced that the strong deserve to rule over the weak, viewing himself as the only being strong enough to do so, having defeated his entire race in combat. According to him, power to reign only exists to those with the strength to possess it, namely himself. He has shown to believe that only the strong are allowed to think for themselves and the weak only serve to exist as mindless, living weapons for the strong. Bandos claimed that he would reward his followers if they became strong enough to capture his attention, as he did with General Graardor, Zarador, Davosi and Crush, whom he granted high positions in his army, although few have ever achieved this. Even though he did not care for the well-being of his weaker followers, seeing them as his rightful property, this obvious fact eluded almost all of them, with the exception of the Dorgeshuun goblin tribe. Bandos also enjoyed mocking gods and other beings he perceived to be weaker than himself, but held no grudges against beings that fairly defeated him in a fight.[13]

Bandos's philosophy can be seen by how he has treated the goblins. As the weakest of the Yu'biuskian races Bandos did not believe that they deserve to think for themselves. In fact it is a commandment in their holy book, which is filled with Bandosian propaganda. He viewed the goblins and other races as rightfully his and his attempt to reclaim the Dorgeshuun tribe was his effort to re-establish this authority. The defeat of his avatar in the Fifth Age angered him immensely and therefore he entered the battle with Armadyl upon his eventual return with too much determination and overconfidence, not realising that he had lost much of his power with the destruction of his pendant. This mistake ultimately led to his death.[14]

To other gods, Bandos appeared to be fully open about his beliefs and did not try to hide behind a façade of benevolence, although he had always deceived his followers, especially the weaker goblins. For instance, he told Grubfoot that he would send his 'Chosen Commander' to lead goblins into peace, planting false vision of a prosperous Yu'biusk in his dreams, when in actuality he planned to use her to create another war. He told Hopespear that fallen warriors would return to Yu'biusk, which is not only false, but Yu'biusk had also been completely destroyed by the time he made the claim. Nevertheless, he ironically viewed the other gods as hypocrites, stating that they were pretending to be something they were not.

When he gave Hopespear the false dream through his Pool of Visions in an effort to stop the Battle of the Plain of Mud, Bandos provided the goblins his holy commandments, which they still obey. These are as follows:

  • Not to run from battle. Cowards must die!
  • Not to show mercy. Merciful must die!
  • Not to doubt Big High War God. Doubters must die!
  • Not to make own plans. Thinkers must die!

Various aspects of Bandos' personality can be seen in the holidays instated by him, such as Bandos Is Great Day, the Mandatory Annual Axe-Fighting Tournament and Death of the Weak Week. Other holidays include Victory in Gu'tanoth Day and the Festival of the Fire-Raining Weapons.[15]

History[edit | edit source]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

Bandos was a skilled military strategist and warrior. As a mortal, he was able to conquer all other tribes on the continent they lived on.[16] As a god, he was capable of raining fire and summoning poisonous mists to kill off an army.[17] When he ascended, he survived a meteor storm that eradicated all other life on the planet within an hour.[18] Like most other gods, he was also capable of space travel.[19]

Followers[edit | edit source]

I am your god! I created you! YOU - WILL - WORSHIP - ME!
General Graardor, one of the last known ourgs. His massive strength and size made him a valued general in Bandos' army.

Bandos has one of the greatest populations of followers in all of Gielinor. Most of his followers are depicted as ugly and bad-tempered beings with low intelligence, although many of them are not inherently unintelligent, and many intelligent races have served him in the past. It is mainly their lack of mental acumen, dispersed numbers, and disorganisation which has prevented them from causing serious problems for most of the world. It is notable that Bandos actually bred a few of his followers for specific purposes. Some examples of this would be that he bred a special breed of ogres for jungle survival, now known as Jogres. He also bred Mogres, ogres adapted to surviving underwater. He has also attempted to recruit other races such as humans, dwarves and demons, but has only been marginally successful. His followers include:

Goblins[edit | edit source]

The goblins are my creations. My PROPERTY! Their only purpose is to serve me! YOU HEAR ME, GOBLIN. I AM YOUR GOD!
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The goblins make up the lowest ranks of Bandos' troops. Despite this, they are one of the more intelligent of the Bandosian races, although very few modern day goblins exhibit this intelligence, as their commandments tell them not to think for themselves.[20][21] Originally from the realm of Yu'biusk, Bandos took the goblins and made them into soldiers of war before engulfing their realm in battle. One of the twelve tribes, the Dorgeshuun, later defied him. The surface goblins eventually began fighting each other, but Bandos intervened when he saw how many goblins had died, remembering his mistakes on Yu'Biusk.[22] He gave the goblins the promise of sending a Chosen Commander, and later used this as part of his plan to reconquer the Dorgeshuun, but this failed. Goblins are small, green-skinned and hunchbacked. They use various weapons in combat.

Ogres[edit | edit source]

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The history of the ogres remains largely unknown, aside from the fact that they originated in Yu'biusk. They inhabit the Feldip Hills and are known to have enslaved the skavids, and attempted a genocide of the goblin race during the Feldip Hills Civil War. They are currently at war with Yanille. Ogres are large, fat and generally lacking mental acuity and forethought due to thousands of years of breeding by Bandos. Most of the male ogres live in their city of Gu'Tanoth in the north, while most of the female ogresses and ogre children live in Oo'glog in the south. Some ogres, such as those in Gu'Tanoth, are intelligent enough to speak perfect English, while others, such as Rantz, can't even pronounce the most basic words correctly. They usually don't wear clothes and eat rocks. They fight with clubs, maces or their hands, but they do seem to have powerful shamans which use magic. Variations include jungle ogres, marine ogres, skeletal ogres and zombie ogres.

Hobgoblins[edit | edit source]

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Hobgoblins appear to be a different breed of goblin. They have tusks, brown/green skin, and sometimes fight with spears. However, hobgoblins appear to be of lower intelligence than regular goblins, although there is a fairly intelligent hobgoblin geomancer in service of the Mahjarrat Bilrach, who keeps a diary of sorts and has built a shrine to Bandos. Hobgoblins are described as hardy but highly mobile guerrilla soldiers.[23]

General Bre'egth, the only known female ork and a powerful user of magic. She was in the service of the Fairy Mafia.

Orks[edit | edit source]

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Orks are brutal and aggressive, but slightly more intelligent, soldiers from Yu'biusk. They were some of Bandos' most valued soldiers during the God Wars. Armies of orks are known to exist at Ork's Rift. The notorious Fairy Mafia used these orks to take over Zanaris, but they were defeated when the Fairy Godfather was sucked into the rift and died. Some orks can still be found in the God Wars Dungeon today. Orks are dark green and often tusked. They seem to prefer large axes and maces and heavy plate armour and helms, although staves and bows are not unheard of.

Ourgs[edit | edit source]

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Ourgs are enormous ork-like giants - they were the single most powerful units in his army, but the God Wars and the subsequent wars on Yu'biusk drove them to near-extinction. The most prominent of the ourgs known to have survived are General Graardor, and Zarador, but there are a small handful of others. Ourgs are huge and yellow, not looking dissimilar from ogres. They seem to like wearing heavy armour and terrifying decorations such as skulls. Ourgs can use weapons, but the blow of their fists is enough to kill several troops. Ourgs are one of the more intelligent of Bandos' followers, with some individuals capable of inventing technology and speaking proper English.

Cyclopes and Cyclossi[edit | edit source]

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Cyclopes and cyclossi are large, one-eyed eaters of humans, native to the Wushanko Isles. Virtually nothing about them is known, except they originate from the island of Cyclosis. Currently, several cyclopes can be found in the Warriors' Guild, the God Wars Dungeon and one in Ardougne Zoo. Bandos presumably travelled to the Wushanko Isles to recruit them for use in the God Wars, although those outside the God Wars Dungeon have likely since forgotten him. Cyclopes are very tall and their body parts are disproportionate to each other; for example, their legs appear much smaller than would be expected with such a large torso. Cyclossi are described as cyclopes' 'big brothers' and these are often adorned with scary masks.

Trolls[edit | edit source]

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Trolls are the least intelligent of all races to follow Bandos.[5] They are the only known race to have followed Bandos not native to Yu'biusk, save the small group of humans and cyclopes.[8] Nowadays, any trace of their service to Bandos is nowhere to be found, for they do not worship him and have forgotten about his existence without him present in Gielinor to remind them. While they have a civilisation of sorts, it is incredibly primitive and they are not even familiar with inventions such as the wheel.[24] There are several kinds of trolls, mountain trolls being the most common. These look like rocky monsters and live in mountain communities. In addition, there are river, ice and sea trolls. Trolls are very bulky, but powerful, using large clubs or warhammers in battle. New-born trolls are named after the first thing they attempt to eat.

Other[edit | edit source]

Other followers of Bandos include some humans, as well as the extinct fayrgs and raurgs, who were a product of him crossbreeding ourgs with other Yu'biuskian species. Virtually nothing is known about the fayrgs and raurgs.

Some warbands in the Wilderness follow Bandos, but more as a way to fight for power and glory and not actual worshipping. Despite this, Bandos was known to have some human followers, who the other races generally viewed with disdain. Following Bandos' death to Armadyl during the Bird and the Beast, most of the human supporters were killed for weakening Bandos, though he had already been weakened before by an adventurer in the Fifth Age. The remaining human followers then plotted revenge on during the Kyzaj tournament, which was also foiled by the same adventurer.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the granite mace's examine text, Bandos's preferred weapon is the mace. He also wields a mace during the Origins of Gielinor video, as Bandos avatar and at his concept art. The vengeful god even states in his Ultimatum that "he should smash every Dorgeshuun goblin beneath his holy mace.", implying that the mace would be Bandos's weapon of choice in combat. This idea is further supported during the second World Event, when he wields his mace while sitting on his throne. In addition, Armadyl smashes Bandos's head with the mace, possibly to rub in the fact that he was defeated by his own weapon.
  • Bandos is voiced by Rob Rackstraw.[source needed] Bandos has the same voice actor as The Raptor.
  • Had Bandos survived to take part in Sliske's Endgame, his deal with Zaros would have been the return of Zanik.[25]
  • Bandos shares similarities with Gruumsh, the Orc god of war and slaughter from Dungeons & Dragons, who also lost his eye in a fight.
  • Bandos's mace resembles the blades of six Bandos godswords arranged at 60° angles from each other.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b High Priest (goblin), "Land of the Goblins", RuneScape. "Big High War God's true name not for normal goblin minds. But since you pass test, I tell you. His true name Bandos. That name that ogres call him, that orks call him. That name that goblin priests call him on holy days. But normal goblins, you must show respect. You only call him Big High War God."
  2. ^ Bandos, "Book of Bandos", RuneScape. "I, Bandos, your god, give you this message: (...) I am the Lord of Battle, (...)"
  3. ^ Ichi, "Eye for an Eye", RuneScape. "The cyclopes of old followed a warrior called Bandos, but these days he is mostly known among my people as the Three-eyed Craven."
  4. ^ Bertha, written by Thalmund, RuneScape. "Da Boss Man wants me to start production immediately. He has ideas for all kinds of nasty weapons. I'll get to it, I suppose. He's less likely to punish me than any of the goblins down here - Imcando master smiths are harder to replace, I guess."
  5. ^ a b Mod Crow. "Declare your allegiance!." 9 July 2013. (Archived from the original on 9 July 2013.) Community Home Forums.
  6. ^ Mod Slayer. "Slayer Update & WE2 Finale FAQ." 23 January 2014. (Archived from the original on 23 January 2014.) Recent Game Updates Forums.
  7. ^ Bandos avatar, "The Chosen Commander", RuneScape. "Once again I will be in direct command of the goblins and all my other races! I will set them against the other races and turn the whole of RuneScape into a monument to my glory!"
  8. ^ a b c Mod John A. "Gods ~ their Races and Species." 7 August 2013. (Archived from the original on 8 August 2013.) RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  9. ^ Bandos avatar, "The Chosen Commander", RuneScape. "Before I crush you, I shall explain my plan so that you can marvel at my brilliance."
  10. ^ Bandos avatar, "The Chosen Commander", RuneScape. "YOU - WILL - WORSHIP - ME!"
  11. ^ Bandos avatar, "The Chosen Commander", RuneScape. "The goblins and orks and ogres of this world are rightfully mine and I would not give them up!"
  12. ^ Bandos, "The Bird and the Beast", RuneScape. "Hah! Your victory should be commended. The gall to stand up to me is rare indeed."
  13. ^ Jagex. Above the Lore - episode 8: The World Gate Above the Lore podcast, 23 August 2013.
  14. ^ Zanik, "The Bird and the Beast", RuneScape. "Destroying the pendant also weakened him, more than he realised. He thought he was more powerful than Armadyl, but we brought him down to the same level. Most importantly, though, we made him angry. He was defeated, not just by another god, but by mortals, and that hurt him more than you can imagine. I don't think he was capable of backing down after that."
  15. ^ Jagex. Postbag 48 - "Transcript:Super Monkey Bauble", Letter 5, by Bandos. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  16. ^ Bandos's Memories, page 12, "The Mighty Fall", RuneScape. "The Hada-i-dar tribe are the last on the continent to fall, and Bandos slumps in their chieftain's throne, alone in the longhouse. Outside, he can hear his companions crashing through nearby houses, looting and pillaging. If he didn't need them, he would be rid of them. He has reached the end of the earth. What is next? To cross the great water and conquer whatever peoples lie on the other side?"
  17. ^ Bandos's Memories, page 16, "The Mighty Fall", RuneScape. "He rains fire on the survivors, killing half of them and sending the others scrambling over corpses to escape. He feels anger welling in him, stronger and more enduring than any he was capable of feeling as a mortal. Guthix had no right to deny him his property. Bandos raises a poisonous mist to finish off the last surviving combatants."
  18. ^ Bandos's Memories, page 24, "The Mighty Fall", RuneScape. "Bandos emerges from the ground just as the first meteorites strike the surface. All around him he sees destruction on a scale he had never imagined. Firestorms sweep the plains, followed by a choking black darkness as the sky fills with dust. It is glorious! Within an hour, he is the only living thing on the planet. Everything that he has conquered, everything that he has not, is dust."
  19. ^ Bandos's Memories, page 25, "The Mighty Fall", RuneScape. "He knows that it is time to leave this world. does this work?"
  20. ^ Zanik, "Goblin Village", RuneScape. "They are not as stupid as they look either. Some of them, like Grubfoot, are quite smart, but their god tells them thinking for themselves is wrong, so they don't."
  21. ^ Goblin, "Goblin book", RuneScape. "Not to make own plans. Thinkers must die!"
  22. ^ Mod John A. "Gods ~ their Races and Species." 7 August 2013. (Archived from the original on 8 August 2013.) RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  23. ^ Jagex. "History of the Goblins." "History of the Goblins." RuneScape Lores and Histories. *
  24. ^ Tentacle, "Gielinor Games", RuneScape. "A discussion between Tentacle and a troll."
  25. ^ Mod Jack. "Lore Corner - Answers!." 17 January 2017. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.