Dagon the Gatekeeper

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Dagon the Gatekeeper is an Infernal demon found at the bottom of the Infernal Source Dig Site.

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

Dagon was originally an Aughra Dragonkin who, in order to escape the pain from the curse of Jas, projected his consciousness into a native from the Abyss. After an indeterminate period of being trapped in the Abyss, Dagon and several of his fellow Aughra rallied behind Kalger and projected themselves into the bodies of demons, where they initially ruled Infernus as the Infernals until they were overthrown by the Chthonians.[1] Dagon and his fellow Infernals then returned to the Abyss.[2]

Imprisonment and rediscovery[edit | edit source]

Dagon languished in the Abyss for untold amounts of time until he was summoned by Duchess Philippa Wharton, whereupon he signed a contract with the Order of Dis. Only after the contract was signed, Dagon realised that he had been tricked[3]; although he could not leave the Infernal Source, he was locked in place with a "Hydra Gate" to prevent him from going on a rampage. He disliked the cult, seeing them as fanatical and was especially disgusted at the human sacrifices performed in his name.[4] The portal leading to him was also enchanted that only those with a chaos star could visit him. Dagon had thirteen gargoyle attendants called the Malebranche.

Eventually, the Order of Dis collapsed during the Third Age after Zamorak's use of the Stone of Jas buried the Star Lodge inn.[5] Dagon and his attendants would be stuck in the Infernal Source for thousands of years, alone and angry. He correctly assumed that the Order had gone defunct after not being visited for many years.[6]

He would eventually be rediscovered during the Sixth Age when the Infernal Source was discovered. When the World Guardian met Dagon, he realised that they were not part of the Order and requested that they free him from the Hydra Gate. He stated that he would reward them for their efforts and that in order to break the contract, the Source would have to fall into "enemy" hands and he would finally be able return to Infernus.[7]

After being freed from the Hydra Gate, Dagon thanked the World Guardian for their services. He was genuinely surprised when they believed that he would try to betray them upon being freed, in which he stated that Infernals kept their promises, vowing to bring back honour among his own kind.[8] He then offered a pact to them, which granted them the secrets of binding demons to do their bidding; there were no other requests tied to the contract, as he viewed his freedom from Wharton's deception as sufficient payment.[9]

As a last request, he asked them to bring him two newly refurbished hellfire katars, since his own had dulled with the passage of time. Upon doing so, he rewarded them with The Rings of Razulei, after which he remained in the Source for further "preparations".[10]

Dagon as seen in the ending cutscene of the Infernal Source Dig Site.

Current activities[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Twilight of the Gods.

Upon catching up with the rest of his kin, Dagon infiltrated Infernus where he reported large numbers of demons leaving the planet towards an unknown destination, which was Gielinor as Zamorak launched his own invasion.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Dagon the Gatekeeper speaks in:

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dagon's epithet of "the Gatekeeper" may be a reference to the 1984 film Ghostbusters, where the demonic demigod Zuul was referred to as "the Gatekeeper", and along with Vinz Clortho "the Keymaster", served the arriving apocalyptic deity Gozer the Gozerian.
  • Dagon's imprisonment in the Hydra Gate may be a reference to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, wherein two deities named Dagon and Hydra are often associated with one another, particularly in The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "Twilight of the Gods", RuneScape. "Dahaka: Kalger was unsatisfied with his lot in the Abyss. He gathered followers - Yorga, Dagon, and the others - and they projected again, into the bodies of demons.
    Yk'lagor: We ruled Infernus! They called us Infernals!"
  2. ^ Dahaka, "Twilight of the Gods", RuneScape. "The Chthonians drove them out, and so they returned to us in the abyss."
  3. ^ Dagon the Gatekeeper, "Dagon Bye", RuneScape. "I was tricked into a contract by Duchess Wharton so many years ago, and have hated this place ever since."
  4. ^ Founder's journal page 3, written by Philippa Wharton, "Eyes in Their Stars", RuneScape. "At night we play our part and entertain the masses. We take only the lost and lonely, the forgotten few. Then only during the day do we 'encourage' them to accept a gift from the Source. Those that do are free to leave us and spread our word abroad. Those that do not, well...as they say, there is always a choice, not that I would consider Dagon a choice. Though Dagon claims he despises this use for him, his contract decrees it and he will do as I say."
  5. ^ Movario, RuneScape. "The Jolly Boar is built atop an older building called Star Lodge. My research leads me to believe it was buried by fallout from the Forinthry explosion."
  6. ^ Dagon the Gatekeeper, RuneScape. "Good, that confirms they have fallen. I had assumed as much, given the lack of contact for over two millennia. That and, if the Order were still around, they would have stopped you reaching this place."
  7. ^ Dagon the Gatekeeper, "Dagon Bye", RuneScape. "While not a prisoner, I am literally unable to leave so long as my contract stands. However, if my contract were to be voided in some way... It states that I may only break my contract if this place falls into enemy hands, in order to help protect its secrets. [...] If you achieve my aims, you would banish me from this place, but in turn I would owe you a debt, should you value such a thing. This place, you see, is a portal to Infernus. It is the bridge that demons transversed many millennia ago to fight in the wars of gods. Once my contract is voided, it decrees I return to my home there. There is enough residual energy left for one more return trip."
  8. ^ Dagon the Gatekeeper, RuneScape. "Dagon the Gatekeeper: You...you have done it! I am free! After all of these centuries alone, trapped in this damnable place.
    Player: And now this is the part where you betray me, right? I am the 'enemy of Dagon', yes? That's how this usually goes...
    Dagon the Gatekeeper: What? No! Infernals are demons of their word. I do not know the events of history since the Duchess tricked me into this contract, but is it so bad as to make humans cynical of the integrity of my kind?
    Player: Oh! Er, well, most demons I meet are pretty aggressive, and a number have tricked me. Maybe not outright lying, though. I guess do know a few that are friendly.
    Dagon the Gatekeeper:Well, this is a sorry state of affairs. You can rest assured this will not stand. Now that my contract is void, I shall seek to instil some honour among my kind once more. I still likely have some contracts and friends in Pandemonium, and I intend to remove the tarnish of my kind's reputation."
  9. ^ Movario, RuneScape. "There are no further costs to you either. 'This contract is for services already rendered.' For freeing Dagon and thus breaking his old contract, it will grant you this boon on an ongoing basis."
  10. ^ Dagon the Gatekeeper, RuneScape. "Player: Why are you still here, Dagon?
    Dagon the Gatekeeper: I am preparing.
    Player: Yeah. It's interesting to me that 'preparing' looks a great bit like sitting on your as-
    Dagon the Gatekeeper: Dare not finish that thought. I shall leave when I am ready to do so, and not a moment before."