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The Gorajo (pronounced "gore-AH-ho"[1]) are a mysterious race of magical humanoid creatures from the Spirit Plane. The gorajo were accidentally released into Gielinor by Bilrach, a powerful member of the Mahjarrat tribe, who was opening portals to aid him in his excavation and protection of Daemonheim. He originally tried to convert them to his cause but they were appalled by his harsh ways and use of dark magicks such as necromancy and sought to defeat him.[2][3]

They are primarily encountered by players while progressing through Daemonheim in the Dungeoneering skill, but gorajo are found outside of Daemonheim as well, and even as far as the Eastern Lands.[4][5]

Appearance and powers[edit | edit source]

The gorajo appear like fairly short humans with varying skintones, stretching from pale blue to a hue of orange. Some gorajo, who later become stormbringers, are born with strong magical ability and can perform magic without the use of runes.[6] Stormbringers and Skinweavers possess the power of levitation (much like the members of the Lunar Clan). They also appear to have a heightened sense of things, and can feel magic energy in the air.

According to hoardstalkers, gorajo cannot die in their spirit form, but if they "die" in Daemonheim, they must stay on their plane for a week in order to fully recover.[7]

They have curved, goat-like horns protruding from their heads, solid white eyes, three-fingered hands with claws, hooves in place of feet, and a lizard-like tail. Horns of male gorajo appear to curl backwards and around more, the higher the tier, whereas female horns only grow upwards the higher the tier. Their horn shape may be a modelled on that of the Cape Buffalo, the males having larger horns joined at the centre to form a "boss" used for butting heads, the females lacking this. Most animals' horns continue to grow throughout their lives; this is true of gorajo too (assuming that they ascend in tier with age).

Society[edit | edit source]

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The few gorajo in Daemonheim reveal a little about their race's past. In gorajian culture, they are not given names, and instead go by titles or "paths" such as skinweaver, hoardstalker and worldbearer. These reflect their occupation or skills in life.[8] The skinweavers accompany groups of warrior gorajo to recover their wounds.[9] The hoardstalkers scavenge for materials, create weapons for the gorajo and protect their assets from the ramokee.[10] The worldbearers "carry" the burden of the other gorajo and are essentially servants.[11][12] Their warriors are, as in human society, split into three sects: magic users, rangers, and warriors, called Stormbringers, Deathslingers and Bloodragers, respectively.

Each sect also had their own tiers, there are 12 in total, namely: Cub, Little, Naïve, Keen, Brave, Brah, Naabe, Wise, Adept, Sachem, and Challem.[13]

According to The Exile, there was another path called an "Endbringer," but the gorajo abandoned that path for unknown reasons.[14]

The gorajo mention that there are other inhabitants on their plane as well. One example are the nustukh, which are creatures who the gorajo praise as they believe them to be the reincarnations of their greatest leaders.[15] Another example are gulegas, which the gorajo claim to have fought against for generations and thus have become particularly adept at combatting.[16] Other inhabitants of the Spirit Plane include sinkholes, triple-bellied wolfloks, and honovi.[10][17][18][19]

The gorajo believe heavily in reincarnation.[20][21][15] Perhaps because of this they abhor necromancy and those who practice it[2], referring to necromancers as "Deathmakers".[22]

Ramokee[edit | edit source]

According to the Gorajo hoardstalkers, the ramokee are gorajo who have been exiled and live outside of the clan. Lacking specialisations like the gorajo, they often "have a harder time surviving in the wildlands among the sinkholes and wolfloks." In order to survive outside the tribe, they steal tools from the gorajo, benefiting from their hard work.[23][24] Like the gorajo, the Ramokee also live in tribes, and their children become ramokee as well.[25]

Language[edit | edit source]

While they also speak the common language of Gielinor, the gorajo use a number of their own words in speech too. The gorajo appear to be based on certain aspects of varied Native American cultures. For example, "Sachem" means chieftain in the Algonquin language, while "naabe" means "people" in Ojibwe (who are also known as the Anishinaabe). "Brave" is also a term used by some tribes for a warrior, albeit an outdated one. Gorajo may also be a reference to the Navajo people, and ramokee may be a reference to the Cherokee.

Notable Gorajo[edit | edit source]

Summoning familiars[edit | edit source]

The Summoning familiars in Dungeoneering are all spirit forms of the gorajo race.[26]

The melee gorajo are called "Bloodragers", rangers are called "Deathslingers", mages are called "Stormbringers", beasts of burden are called "Worldbearers", foragers are called "Hoardstalkers", and healers are called "Skinweavers". They have a prefix to their name that is related to their tier. For example, a tier 10 healer is called a Sachem skinweaver, whereas a tier 1 beast of burden is called a Cub worldbearer.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Pronunciation Guide. RuneScape Game Guide. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 25 February 2012.) "Gorajo ... Pronunciation gore-AH-ho"
  2. ^ a b Mysterious chronicle (part 21), written by Bilrach, RuneScape. "One of my portals malfunctioned and a race of troublesome creatures crept through without me noticing. They refer to themselves as the gorajo and they maneuvered against me from the very start; their culture despises the reanimation of the dead and the summoning of demons, it seems."
  3. ^ Stormbringer, RuneScape. "The gorajo's greatest duty is to hinder the one who created this place. The bloodragers and the skinweavers would not say it, but the sachem agrees with me: the job of disposing of Daemonheim's creator is too much for humankind. The gorajo must intervene."
  4. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "I have heard rumours of a ramokee trading in The Hook region."
  5. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "I have heard rumours that [my brother] fled to the east. I believe he is working in The Scythe region."
  6. ^ Stormbringer, RuneScape. "We have no runes, but some of us are born with currents of magic rippling over our bodies. Such is the power generated by a stormbringer that we render our mothers blind and infertile during childbirth."
  7. ^ Hoardstalker, RuneScape. "Although we do not die in our spirit form, we must rest for a week due to our spirit wounds, so others would have to perform my role for me."
  8. ^ Skinweaver, RuneScape. "Our actions are what define us, and my actions will always be that of a skinweaver. So am I defined... Everything we do is for the clan. If a problem arises, a role will be required, not an individual. The individual has no place among the gorajo. Please do not take it as rudeness, but I cannot understand how your world functions with names and individuals, naabe."
  9. ^ Skinweaver, RuneScape. "[Skinweavers] are healers of livestock, crops and other gorajo."
  10. ^ a b Hoardstalker, RuneScape. "[Hoardstalkers] must protect the tools from those who would take them... ramokee live outside of the clan fringes. They do not specialise as we do, and often have a harder time surviving in the wildlands among the sinkholes and wolfloks. So, they come to steal from our hoards, to benefit from our hard work."
  11. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "I am a worldbearer. I carry the burdens of others."
  12. ^ Worldbearer, RuneScape. "The worldbearers are the legs and back of the gorajo; we bear the provisions, tents and tools from one destination to another. And when the gorajo are not moving, the worldbearers prepare and serve the food... The clan sees the worldbearer as the nurturing mother wolf: proudly defending her pack while carrying the food and delivering it to her pups."
  13. ^ Jagex. Above the Lore - episode 8: The World Gate Above the Lore podcast, 23 August 2013.
  14. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "He told me it was my new role, that I should join him as an 'Endbringer'. We do not use that role anymore - it is one the gorajo have long abandoned."
  15. ^ a b Skinweaver, RuneScape. "I helped to heal a nustukh: a creature as big as three floors of this place. The nustukh do not benefit the gorajo in any way, but they are the reincarnations of our greatest leaders. They have great significance to our people."
  16. ^ Gulega missive, written by Sachem bloodrager, RuneScape. "We, the gorajo, have adapted and evolved to fight the gulega for longer than our histories: we know where to stab and where to squeeze. Yet, Bilrach ambles into our world and brings in the gulega... For once, in the long back-and-forth between the gorajo and the gulega, we are on the same side working against a common enemy. Our ancestors would marvel that this was ever possible."
  17. ^ Deathslinger, RuneScape. "[Sinkholes] are huge and flat, shaped something like an open palm. They burrow beneath the ground, and then fold themselves into a fist, storing the land and people within them to be digested when required."
  18. ^ Stormbringer, RuneScape. "A drah-gon? Is that like the triple-bellied wolflok?... [Twenty-feet high, firebreathing,] seven heads? Large bellows on its sides, pumping out acid?"
  19. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "The honovi is a gentle creature, but is said to have an inner strength. It treads lightly on the world so as not to disturb it, but fiercely protects its own if endangered."
  20. ^ Worldbearer, RuneScape. "When a worldbearer is put to rest, they are stripped of all belongings, to be reincarnated as a creature without burden: a sparrowhawk or a wildcat, perhaps. Although we face trials in this life, our next is free and joyful."
  21. ^ Hoardstalker, RuneScape. "It makes me want to put down my tools and reincarnate as a bloodrager."
  22. ^ Hooved mage, "Nadir (saga)", RuneScape. "You, Deathmaker. Stand still." — A Ramokee stormbringer addressing Moia while in the guise of Necrolord Yudura.
  23. ^ Hoardstalker, RuneScape. "We gorajo are often plagued by the ramokee: gorajo who have been exiled from the clans. These ramokee live outside of the clan fringes. They do not specialise as we do, and often have a harder time surviving in the wildlands among the sinkholes and wolfloks. So, they come to steal from our hoards, to benefit from our hard work."
  24. ^ Worldbearer, RuneScape. "Grrrr! Although my role is to carry - and I carry for you now - I like it as much as I like your stale odour. Can we press on before I do something that I will get exiled for?"
  25. ^ The Exile, RuneScape. "My parents could have been gorajo or ramokee. It does not matter. I was found and taken in by a ramokee skinweaver, and she became my challem. She was proud of her ramokee heritage and often would sing of it.... My new tribe lived deeper within Daemonheim than any other tribe."
  26. ^ Deathslinger, RuneScape. "As I fight by your side, I lie in a spirit wake with many other gorajo who are in this dungeon. Skinweavers oversee us in the wake and worldbearers feed us."