Era of Kings

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The Era of Kings,[1] also known as the Age of Kings or the Golden Age,[2] was a historical time period in the history of Keldagrim, lasting more than 1600 years.[3][4] Keldagrim was originally ruled by the Council of the Elder Magi, but the monarchy was established soon after. The Era of Kings is estimated to have ended in year 1626 of the Fourth Age.[4][5] It is known as a dark age, although the exact reason is unknown.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

The statue of King Alvis, the last king of the Era of Kings.

In the Third Age, during the God Wars, Zamorak cursed the dwarves, causing them to slowly transform into chaos dwarves, to expand his army and use against the other gods' armies. Saradomin shielded his Imcando dwarves from the curse.[7] The wizards of Keldagrim found and enacted a remedy which would dispel the effects of the curse, at the cost of losing the ability to use magic. This affected all Keldagrim dwarves.[8] Those not shielded by Saradomin or the Keldagrim wizards, such as small surface communities, were claimed by the curse and joined Zamorak's army.[9]

The Council of the Elder Magi believed that with the loss of dwarven magic, the city would plunge into chaos, and the council, stripped of its magic, would not be competent enough to preserve the city and lead it into the future. They believed that an absolute monarch would be able to restore order and, as such, in their final resolution, instilled Captain Gozdaron as the first king of Keldagrim, marking the beginning of the Era of Kings.[10]

Around the middle of the era, the records chamber was built.[11] Previous to this, not much had been recorded about dwarven history. As such, most history books begin dwarven history with this era, and in popular culture, King Gozdaron is seen as a semi-mythical figure, anointed by Guthix himself.[12]

The last king of this era was King Alvis. During his reign, he founded the Consortium, a group of mining companies established to serve the monarchy. Over time, the power of the Consortium grew so much that it eclipsed the power of the king.[13]

During childbirth, King Alvis's wife passed away. The Consortium's doctor hid the child away and told King Alvis that his son had died as well. His identity was sealed in the records chamber and the door to the chamber was replaced.[14][11] As he never remarried and he had no other children, King Alvis had no official heir and so handed the rule of Keldagrim over to the Consortium upon his death. Alvis's son was adopted by the director of The Red Axe, then a small mining company, and is the ancestor of Hreidmar.[15][16]

With the death of King Alvis, the Era of Kings ended and the Rise of the Consortium era began.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Librarian, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "You'll find books dating from many different eras as well. Such as the Era of Kings, the Rise of the Consortium and the Era of Prosperity, our current era."
  2. ^ Hreidmar, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "It is time to go back to the Golden Age! The Age of Kings!"
  3. ^ Postie Pete, RuneScape. "They even stayed down there for 1000 years or more, in a time they call 'The age of Kings'."
  4. ^ a b The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "Five hundred years have passed since the rule of King Alvis, saviour of Keldagrim, victim of his own intentions."
  5. ^ The Giant Dwarf quest was released in 2005. Going by Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, if the in-game time progresses in real time, the events of the quest would have occurred in 174 V (2020 → 189 V; 2005 → 174 V). We know the Era of Kings ended 500 years before 174 V. 500 - 174 = 326. If we subtract 326 from 1952, the length of the Fourth Age according to Reldo, we get 1626. Without making any assumptions, the end date varies between 1621 IV and 1634 IV (the events of The Giant Dwarf occur between 169 V and 182 V).
  6. ^ The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "Now the Kings in Keldagrim are but a distant memory, with only the statue of King Alvis to remind the people of the old days. The dark days."
  7. ^ Azdaran document, written by Azdaran, "Birthright of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "The dark god Zamorak has corrupted the magic that Guthix placed in our blood, such that all dwarves will slowly transform into twisted abominations. Saradomin has protected his Imcando dwarves from the curse, but our god is sleeping and cannot help us. The city is already falling as chaos dwarves run amok in the streets."
  8. ^ Azdaran document, written by Azdaran, "Birthright of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Our greatest wizards have found a remedy, but at a terrible cost: all Keldagrim dwarves will permanently lose their ability to work magic. The curse will remain dormant in our blood, but - starved of magical power - it will not take effect."
  9. ^ Librarian, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Thanks to the elders to Keldagrim, the only chaos dwarves he gained were from the small surface communities not protected by Keldagrim or Saradomin. A substantial army, but not what he wanted."
  10. ^ Azdaran document, written by Azdaran, "Birthright of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "This is the last resolution of the Council of the Elder Magi of Keldagrim. [...] The sudden end of dwarven magic will throw our city into chaos almost as dire as that which Zamorak hopes to cause. Without magical farms, we will starve; without magical lights, we will be blind. No band of petty councilors can preserve this city through its darkest days - only a king. We will therefore use the last of our authority to install Captain Gozdaron as absolute ruler, and pray that he will quickly win the inevitable civil war and bring order to the city."
  11. ^ a b Librarian, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "The records chamber itself dates back to the middle of the Era of Kings, but the current door was built by the Consortium during the reign of Alvis, the last king."
  12. ^ Librarian, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Most of our history books start with the Era of Kings, and are necessarily vague about the early years of that era. In popular imagination, King Gozdaron is a semi-mythical figure, anointed by Guthix himself. Until you found this document, we had no idea how he really became the first king. We knew that Keldagrim was built by magic-using dwarves, but we knew nothing about their society."
  13. ^ The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "He founded the Consortium: the gathering of mining companies that were to serve the monarchy. But eventually the monarchy came to serve the Consortium. By the time of his death, the monarchy was all but abolished."
  14. ^ Meike, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "The way this paper ages, the records must have been writen around the time of King Alvis, and any tampering since then would be visible."
  15. ^ Meike, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Alvis never remarried. He handed rule of the city over to the Consortium after his death. [...] But if these records are correct there was a conspiracy. The baby survived. The Consortium's doctor hid the child and told King Alvis that he was dead. The young prince was adopted by the otherwise childless director of what was then a small, obscure mining company: the Red Axe."
  16. ^ Meike, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Hreidmar is a direct male descendant of the last king of Keldagrim."