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For information on Burthorpe prior to the 31 January 2012 update, see Burthorpe (historical).
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Burthorpe is a military principality north-west of Falador and north of Taverley and is currently the base of the Burthorpe Imperial Guard as well as the residence of Prince Anlaf. Burthorpe and Taverley are two of the only locations in Asgarnia that aren't controlled by the White knights. The Imperial Guard keep Burthorpe secure, and they are loyal to the royal line of Asgarnia, especially Crown Prince Anlaf. They are charged with maintaining and defending the wall which separates Burthorpe from the Troll Country.

The Troll Country is immediately north of Burthorpe, and due to that, the city has come under constant attacks, raids, and invasions by the Trolls, having led to the Burthorpe - Troll Country War. Death Plateau in particular seems a threat, as many heavily armed trolls have a permanent camp there. The Imperial Guard, with help of adventurers, has been taking measures to reduce this threat. Trolls are often seen invading the town, slaughtering families and soldiers alike. If the trolls were to overrun Burthorpe, Falador will use it as a reason to disband the Imperial Guard and the town would come under control of the White Knights. Commander Denulth considers the White Knights to be taking advantage of King Vallance, who he describes as "old and weak".

Burthorpe also borders the Wilderness, although the two are separated by the Forinthry Cliffs. Nevertheless, the town hosts a beacon in the Beacon Network. Adventurers are occasionally seen testing the beacons as part of the All Fired Up minigame.

Burthorpe, along with the neighbouring town of Taverley, features several skill tutors for all members' skills, as well as a few free-to-play skills providing low level training opportunities.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

All players[edit | edit source]

Members only[edit | edit source]

Notable features[edit | edit source]

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The gnome-run commerce hub
The feeding area of Burthorpe

Quests[edit | edit source]

The Residential area of Burthorpe

The following quests may be started in Burthorpe:

Shops[edit | edit source]

Gnome Shopkeeper's Armoury[edit | edit source]

Gnome Shopkeeper's Armoury (The general store icon) is for the most part a low level shop, however it is great for the newer players to get started on a good armour set. Located just south-west of the Burthorpe lodestone, this shop is very easy to find. Challenge Mistress Fara and a bank can be found right next to the shop to the north.

Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop[edit | edit source]

Carwen Essencebinder owns a Magical Rune Shop (The runecrafting tutor icon) just east of the Burthorpe lodestone. The shop is similar to Aubury's Rune shop in Varrock, with the exception of a free mind talisman.

Happy Heroes' H'emporium[edit | edit source]

Helemos is delighted to run the Happy Heroes' H'empoirium, being the only shop to sell a Dragon battleaxe, Off-hand dragon battleaxe, Dragon mace, and an Off-hand dragon mace. The requirement to access the shop is completion of the Heroes' Quest as it is on the first floor of the heroes' guild.

Gaius's Two-Handed Shop[edit | edit source]

Gaius's Two-Handed Shop (The sword shop icon) Gaius has a variety of two-handed swords ranging from bronze to adamant. You can find his shop to the north of the Burthorpe agility course.

Non-player characters (NPCs)[edit | edit source]

Civilian[edit | edit source]

Dead trolls within Burthorpe

Military[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 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Added a mini/worldmap icon to the kebbit hunter area west of Burthorpe.
  • patch 21 October 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue causing areas of Burthorpe to not play music.
  • patch 9 September 2019 (Update):
    • Removed a cart in Burthorpe which had undesirable interaction.
    • Added a one-time teleport of players who logged out in the upper level of moved Burthorpe buildings to the Burthorpe lodestone.
  • update 2 September 2019 (Update):
    • Burthorpe and Taverley are being made into more distinct places, and both have undergone a thorough spring cleaning to reduce visual clutter and make them less overwhelming for new players.
  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Added a full stop to a Burthorpe merchant's examine text.
  • patch 10 October 2016 (Update):
    • The Crablet sandpit has been removed from Burthorpe.
  • hotfix 10 October 2016 (Update):
    • Removed Classie from Burthorpe.
  • patch 8 February 2016 (Update):
    • Clan vexillums placed in the stands at the Clan Camp and Burthorpe will persist for 30 minutes unattended to advertise your clan while you play elsewhere.
    • The large clan flag in Burthorpe now cycles through the colours of the clans represented on the surrounding vexillum stands. You can see an overview of the clans represented by checking this flag.
  • patch 18 January 2016 (Update):
    • The large clan flag in Burthorpe now cycles through the colours of the clans represented on the surrounding vexillum stands. Players can see an overview of the clans represented by checking this flag.
  • patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
    • Several camera issues previously experienced when climbing up to the Burthorpe beacon have now been fixed.

The Jungle Hunt music track will no longer unlock in the wrong location.

  • patch 15 September 2014 (Update):
    • Some floating environment has been removed from the Burthorpe mines.
  • update 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • Burthorpe and Taverley have been opened up to free players, along with four related quests: Death Plateau, Druidic Ritual, Let Them Eat Pie, and Wolf Whistle.
  • update 31 January 2012 (Update):
    • This week sees the conversion of Burthorpe and Taverley into the Troll Warzone – a massive area rework designed to drop new members right into the thick of things.
  • patch 31 August 2011 (Update):
    • Hild's house is no longer partially sunk.
  • patch 14 June 2011 (Update):
    • Some height mapping has been smoothed out near the Slayer master’s house in Burthorpe.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A lot of the civilians in Burthorpe are named after characters from the epic poem Beowulf.
  • Burthorpe is tied with Varrock and Hemenster for having the most guilds of any city at two each.
  • It is not certain what religion Burthorpe has, but, according to Betrayal at Falador, its leader, Prince Anlaf, is Guthixian. He does build a secret Zamorakian altar, but this is likely due to The Sybil's influence over him at the time.
    • There is evidence for Saradominism, as a makeshift Saradominist church is found just south of the makeshift hospital. In addition, when saying goodbye to Commander Denulth he responds to the player with 'Saradomin be with you, friend'.
  • Despite the Imperial Guard of Burthorpe being called Imperial, neither the Kingdom of Asgarnia nor the Principality of Burthorpe is an empire.
  • Burthorpe and Taverley received a major overhaul on 31 January 2012. The towns were re-purposed to act as a tutorial area for new members. This update completely reshaped both towns.
    • Prior to the update, Turael could be found in Burthorpe, and the entrance to the Rogues' Den was located beneath Burthorpe's now-removed pub.
    • The Death Plateau quest used to include a coloured cannonball puzzle, but this was removed with the area and quest rework. Guards mention this in conversation.
  • In the alternate timeline where the player doesn't exist, a zombified Katrine states Burthorpe was overrun by trolls.