Elder Crown

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The crown as it appeared before the Sixth Age.
Saradomin, the most active user of the crown.

The Elder Crown,[1] also known as the Locator,[2] the Crown of Saradomin[3] or the Crown Archival,[4] is an Elder God artefact that has the unique ability to enable its user to locate other Elder Artefacts anywhere in the Multiverse, but it also enables users of other Elder Artefacts to locate the crown and its user. This makes it both useful and, as most gods seem to want to collect Elder Artefacts, dangerous, similar to other Elder Artefacts.[5] It was one of the earliest artefacts to be discarded by the Elder Gods, for they no longer saw the necessity in locating them.[6]

The crown, through the ages, has been essentially used exclusively by Saradomin, one of the oldest of the young gods. It has been in his possession since even before the Naragi God Wars,[7] which took place before the First Age of Gielinor. Because of the crown's unique ability, it seems to be of extreme importance to Saradomin. Since the crown can also be located and is very desired, Saradomin has had numerous conflicts with other deities in order to hold it.

With the crown, Saradomin hunts other artefacts, and he managed to steal the Stone of Jas from Zamorak just before the Gielinorian God Wars. When Zamorak returned from his banishment, having ascended to godhood, he attempted to reclaim the stone and declared war on Saradomin.[8]

The crown is only able to locate the plane an artefact resides on, not the exact location.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

The Locator was one of the Elder artefacts that was not discarded on Gielinor.[source needed] It was eventually found and claimed by Saradomin in a cave on Teragard while he was chasing a criminal. Its ability led him to an unknown number of other elder artefacts, which all gradually caused him to ascend to godhood.[10] It is later claimed by Zaros that he has "allowed" Saradomin to retain possession of the Locator, in order to ensure that Zaros would always know its current location.[11]

The Cartalian Heresy[edit | edit source]

At some point during the God Wars, Saradomin is believed to have temporarily lost the Locator in a location known as Cartalia. As a result of this, he allegedly lost a significant portion of his power, although he was able to reobtain both the locator and his lost power with it. The limited information surrounding this event has been compiled into a book known as The Cartalian Heresy, though certain present-day scholars such as Wizard Valina appear to doubt some of its claims, in particular the claim that Saradomin would be significantly weakened if he were to lose the Locator again.[12]

Forceful requisition[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Azzanadra's Quest and Battle of the Monolith (miniquest).

During the Sixth Age, Zaros began to enact his plan with the Elder Gods. The Locator was one of the items he needed to do so, and he tasked Azzanadra and Trindine with reclaiming it from Saradomin. Although the two Mahjarrat confronted him during a commencement ceremony at the White Castle's courtyard, they were unable to complete the task. Zaros then teleported in and forcefully took it from Saradomin, seeing it as his by birthright. During the Battle of the Monolith Zaros opened the Codex, an Elder artefact sealing the Shadow Breach leading into the Erebus. He entered the monolith and took the Locator with him as a means of navigating that place.[13]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The symbol in the middle of the crown is identical to Saradomin's symbol and it's likely that Saradomin adopted this symbol as his own, just like Armadyl's followers attributed the symbol on top of the Staff of Armadyl to him, and Bandos adopted the shape of the Kyzaj as his.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "I wore the Elder Crown, and thought it granted me the right to rule."
  2. ^ TzHaar-Ga'al-Kot, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape.
    • Player: What's the Locator?
    • TzHaar-Ga'al-Kot: Tool of the masters. Used to locate other tools.
  3. ^ Wizard Valina, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "[...] Saradomin was a human before he discovered a powerful magical artefact, the Crown of Saradomin, which turned him into a god."
  4. ^ Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers." 27 June 2013. General Forums.
  5. ^ Mod Osborne. "Lore Q&A with Mod Osborne." 18 March 2013. RuneScape Forums.
  6. ^ Jagex. Official lore livestream with Mod Osborne Official lore livestream, 2 August 2013.
  7. ^ Guthixian memory, "Tribute to Guthix", RuneScape. "One [artefact] was worn by Saradomin: the blue giant. It had drawn Tuska and Skargaroth to our...my world. The crown located other artefacts, but it would - in turn - attract those who kept them..."
  8. ^ Mod Emilee. "Game Update FAQ - 14/09/11." September 2011. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  9. ^ Jagex. Mod Osborne's Twitter account. 8 October 2013. (Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.) Mod Osborne: "As a note, the Crown can find a planet with elder artefacts on - that's its limit."
  10. ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "[...]whilst hunting down a criminal, I discovered a cave that hadn't seen human life...ever. Within, I saw a golden circlet that called out to me, choosing me. This was the Crown and I knew without hesitation that it was made for me. That I had been chosen. My apotheosis did not happen overnight. The Crown led me to objects of power and importance, and these became my tools. With them, I began to slowly reshape Teragard into something greater."
  11. ^ Zaros, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "The crown is my birthright, young pretender. Until this point I have had no need for it. I allowed you to safeguard it for me, ensuring that I never lost track of its exact position. My plans now require the crown. Return it."
  12. ^ Wizard Valina, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape.
    • Wizard Valina: Ah! Well it just so happens that I'm a bit of an expert in that field. 'The Cartalian Heresy' is a research volume that investigates a story about Saradomin dating to the Third Age. As is well known, Saradomin was a human before he discovered a powerful magical artefact, the Crown of Saradomin, which turned him into a god. Supposedly, during the Third Age he mislaid his crown temporarily in the province of Cartalia, and lost most of his power, before he was able to reclaim both. Most records of this event have been lost - some say intentionally destroyed - but 'The Cartalian Heresy' pieces together the scant documentary evidence that remains.
    • Player: So you're saying that if Saradomin is separated from his crown, he loses his power?
    • Wizard Valina: Oh no no, I very much doubt it. But that's what some people seem to have seem to have believed in the distant past.
  13. ^ Zaros, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "What I seek cannot be found in this universe, and so I go in search of another. I have the apparatus I require - the material to shield myself, a tool to guide me in that place, and an offering for those who rule there. All that remains is to use the knowledge I have gleamed to open the way."