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Druids are largely pacifist followers of Guthix. They are a peaceful organisation with a love of nature, notable for their expertise in Summoning, Herblore, and potion-making. They are usually seen wearing clothes that are green, white, or brown and sometimes have sickles and herb pouches hanging on their robes. Certain druids, such as Kaqemeex, are recognised as "high druids",[1] but druids do not actually have a formal leader or hierarchy; they are all considered equal in the eyes of Guthix. Instead, they rule by consensus, and any order issued by someone like Kaqemeex will only be followed if they agree to it.[2] They own a stone circle for the worship of Guthix in their village of Taverley, and they once had one south of Varrock but it was overrun by dark wizards wishing to summon Delrith, who have long-since defiled it. A group of druids is sometimes referred to as a coven.[3]

Druids represent one of the oldest religious traditions on Gielinor, with roots stretching back to the First Age. They descend from the first followers of Guthix, who approached the god directly to discuss his philosophy.[4] They were also some of the earliest masters of magic. Discovering runestones granted by Guthix, druids became known as the first wizards. [5]

History[edit | edit source]

in the First Age, many of the humans Guthix had brought with him to Gielinor began to inquire him about his philosophy. Even though Guthix disavowed worship, he allowed them to approach him and they participated in rigorous debate. This group of people became the first druids.[4] After Guthix granted runestones to the mortal races, some began to group spells together in spellbooks and the druids started wearing robes and pointy hats, becoming known as wizards.[5] Notable druids from this period include Snix and Snax, favourites of Guthix himself,[4] and Misalionar.

Following the destruction of Forinthry in the Third Age, the druids Ria, Atrew, Rief and Thera performed a ritual to untether Guthix from the anima mundi and wake him,[6] precipitating the end of the God Wars and the banishment of the other gods. Those same druids would join Aeternam in becoming the Balance Elemental, guardian of the Stone of Jas.[7]

In the first two centuries of the 4th age, the druids constructed Stone Circles across Gielinor.[8]

At some point, a druid named Urval was exiled from the druidic order and formed a splinter sect of druids known as chaos druids, who preach that Zamorak and Guthix are the same entity.

Beliefs and Practices[edit | edit source]

Although Guthix himself eschewed worship, modern druids have not necessarily always been aware of this or Guthix's true nature.

Traditionally, the druids have worshipped Guthix as an entity which both created and inhabits the world. He was viewed as existing within everything in nature and as vital to the continued balance of the world.[9] [10] Following the end of the God Wars, it was believed Guthix established a precarious religious balance for the world, and that if a second god wars were to erupt, he would remake the entire world in anger, wiping it clean of civilization.[9]

Since the assassination of Guthix, however, current members of the order of druids headed by Kaqemeex, based in Taverley, choose to honour, but not to worship, Guthix, and to spread his word and teaching of balance, harmony, and freedom from the gods in his absence. Although they are aware of Sliske's murder of Guthix, those who remain committed to the order have taken a vow not to seek revenge for Guthix's death. Some former druids who disagreed with this principle, such as Biehn, left the druidic order, with Kaqemeex's blessing.

The druids employ a Guthixian calendar dated from the year Guthix went to sleep after the God Wars. This calendar is particularly notable for being used as the basis for dating the "Fourth Age" period. Although to most humans, using the Asgarnian calendar forming the basis of the "Fifth Age" period, the year is 189, to the druids it would be the year 2,141 A.G.S (After Guthix Slept). [11]

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Critics of the druids claim that they are too oblivious to the affairs of the wider world[12] and that their belief in balance makes them unwilling to act against evil.[13] However, many druids do choose to fight against injustice, and the druid Thaerisk Cemphier argues that if the balance of the world were at risk, the druids would defend it to their dying breath if necessary. Nevertheless, many of the older members of the order remain cautious.[12] In response, Thaerisk founded the Crux Eqal for druids wishing to take a more active role in defending the world.

Their houses contain many natural things.

Notable druids[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Transcripts Druid speaks in:

Update history[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On 15 January 2008, all druids received a graphical update coinciding with the release of Summoning and the quest Wolf Whistle, which can be started in Taverley.
  • On 31 January 2012, druids received a second graphical update coinciding with release of the Troll Warzone tutorial, which also made them unattackable.
  • The Hallowed/Unhallowed robe rewards from the 2012 Hallowe'en event were designed around the robes the Druids wear.
  • They appear to be wearing a silver sickle on their body or in their hands.
  • Many of them have punning names ending in x, which could be a reference to the popular Asterix comics. Those comics featured Gauls, including some druids, with their names all ending on "-ix".

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Kaquemeex, "The World Wakes", RuneScape. "I am one of the high druids residing in Taverley. My particular expertise lies in herblore, but I also guide new druids on their journey, connecting them more closely to Guthix."
  2. ^ Kaqemeex, "Druidic Ritual", RuneScape. "We druids do not believe in the concept of a 'head priest' as such. We are all equally skilled and of equal importance in the eyes of Guthix. (...) In the end, if I issue an order it will be obeyed only if my peers feel that it is a worthy order to follow."
  3. ^ T.S. Church. Betrayal at Falador, (39). Titan Books, 2008. Kindle Edition
  4. ^ a b c Druid (echo), written by Guthix, "Memorial to Guthix", RuneScape.
  5. ^ a b Jack, "Meeting History", RuneScape. "When I was a kid, some druids discovered runes, apparently created by Guthix himself, for us to use. (...) Researchers have even started writing what they call 'spellbooks' – grouping together different types and categories of spells. The druids are becoming more commonly known as wizards, and are choosing to wear robes and pointy hats."
  6. ^ Sword of Edicts (echo), written by Guthix, "Memorial to Guthix", RuneScape.
  7. ^ Balance Elemental (echo), written by Guthix, "Memorial to Guthix", RuneScape.
  8. ^ Transcript:Display_case_(number_8), RuneScape.
  9. ^ a b "Darkness of Hallowvale", RuneScape. "However, his followers, the druids of Taverley, and other creatures located around the world, believe him to lie in slumber. They also believe that Guthix made the world, and according to their history, Guthix was said to have evicted the remaining gods from the world during the god wars . . . According to Guthixian followers, when all the gods were banished, a sort of religious balance was created which needs to be maintained. The followers of Guthix have said that if a second war of the gods were to begin, Guthix would be so angry that he would remake the world, destroying civilisation as we know it."
  10. ^ Kaqemeex, "Druidic Ritual", RuneScape. "His existence is vital to this world. He is the god of balance, and nature. He exists in the trees, and the flowers, the water and the rocks. He is everywhere. His purpose is to ensure balance in everything in this world, and as such we worship him."
  11. ^ Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "Modern Guthixian Length: 1952 years Epoch date in V: -2,141 (...) The calendar for this period is the current Guthixian calendar, as still used today by druids, Guardians and his other followers. They label this calendar as 'A.G.S.' for 'After Guthix Slept'."
  12. ^ a b Thaerisk, "While Guthix sleeps", RuneScape. "Some druids do defend the weak and fight against oppression, though*. (...) The elder druids within Taverley are cautious about the larger issues that need attention. (...) I feel that many of my fellow druids are a bit too absorbed in local matters and should look at the larger picture. (...) Don't get me wrong, I am sure that the druids of Gielinor would fight to the last drop of blood if the situation requires it. They're not afraid of using the power of Guthix to fight for balance in the world." *First sentence said by Player, rest by Thaerisk
  13. ^ "Copernicus Glyph", RuneScape. "They make it sound very noble, but to me it's just a way out of making difficult decisions. There's a saying, I seem to recall, about evil winning simply because good men do nothing."