Battle for the Ritual Site

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The Battle for the Ritual Site is the unofficial name given to a large battle in the North that took place in the second millennium of the Gielinorian God Wars.[1] It broke out when a Saradominist army attacked that of the monstrous general Nex, who was aiming to secure the Mahjarrat ritual site in the name of Zaros. Though outnumbered, the Zarosian forces were more powerful than the Saradominist ones.[2]

The Temple of Lost Ancients, erected after the battle.

Eventually, however, Nex and her army were lured into an icy cave because she was deemed undefeatable and the Zarosians were locked inside the prison, ending the battle. Afterwards, the Temple of Lost Ancients was built over it to mark Saradomin's victory.[2]

Over three millennia later, the area would become the site of the Battle for the Godsword and Nex would be released from her prison due to the involvement of the Zarosian Mahjarrat Sliske before being imprisoned once more by a joint effort of four warring gods. In 169 of the Fifth Age, tectonic activity caused the temple, which had been frozen by the Guthixian mage Aeternam during the god of balance's campaign to end the God Wars, to thaw, once again unlocking the Ancient Prison.

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  1. ^ Veilinius, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Let's cast our minds back to about five thousand years in the past. One happens to find oneself in command of the Order of the Temple of Zaros, but things aren't going so well for our chaps. [...] Saradomin is doing about the best and old Sucellus reckons it's on account of his crown. So he comes to me and he tells me to take the entire order of knights on a deep cover operation. Reckons if we can pinch the crown that'll put the Zarosians back on top again. [...] So our part of the plan, of course, goes off without a hitch. Absolutely smashing job. Obviously Saradomin is suspicious at first, but Zarosians are converting all over the empire and after we take out the Angel of Death our loyalty and usefulness are beyond question."
  2. ^ a b Ashuelot Reis, RuneScape. "Before the destruction of the city and his imprisonment, Azzanadra was working at Senntisten to reestablish contact with his master, but other Zarosian forces did not sleep. Many stayed in this area, trying to gain control of the area around the Mahjarrat ritual site, in an effort to gain the upper hand over their Zamorakian counterparts. The leader of these Zarosian forces was Nex, Zaros's most powerful weapon. [...] Although time wears down all things, Nex could not be stopped, only gaining in power the more it fought. Eventually, Saradominists managed to lure it into a series of icy caverns - the same in which we now stand. [...] After great effort and sacrifice, they managed to subdue the Zarosian forces and place them and Nex into a frozen, enchanted sleep. They promptly regrouped and created a massive temple to lock the beast within, the remains of which you see still scattered around today."