Hannibus

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Hannibus Eterra is the last of the Ilujanka that Zaros brought to Gielinor from his homeworld of Iaia. He is also the father of Vindicta and ancestor of Sharrigan.

History[edit | edit source]

He came to Gielinor sometime during the Second Age. During this time, he rode the dragon Shakorexis, also known as the King Black Dragon. Sometime during his service as a Dragon Rider, he had a romantic relationship with Morvannon, resulting in an egg. Morvannon was eventually killed by hellhounds led by the Twin Furies, though neither Hannibus and the Furies were aware of the egg. The egg would later be tended by Morvannon's mount Gorvek and would be named Vindicta. After Zamorak's ascension and subsequent disappearance after "killing" Zaros, both sides labelled the Dragon Riders as traitors and hunted them down. Hannibus had avoided his pursuers and resided in the cave that Zaros brought them through with his mount. Hannibus desired to return to Iaia by any means, but was unable to do so.

After the conflict ended, Enakhra started to hunt him down so she could deliver him as a present to Zamorak.[1] Not wanting to endanger Shakorexis, Hannibus left him and searched for another hiding spot. Although he was eventually captured, Enakhra was unable to bring him to Zamorak.[2] Eventually Hannibus was found by Robert the Strong and was brought to his library in Burthorpe for further study.[3] Robert searched for a way to reanimate Hannibus but was unable to before he died.

In the Sixth Age, Mr. Mordaut, seeking more information about the origin of dragons, asked an adventurer to find Robert's library and talk to Hannibus. The adventurer reanimated Hannibus and convinced him that he should go back to his homeworld. Hannibus was interested with the Dragonkin and travelled around Gielinor to speak with several dragons, including the Queen Black Dragon and several mysterious statues. While they did not provide a clear answer, Hannibus eventually realised that his former mount would be able to help him.

With the aid of Hannibus' former mount, the King Black Dragon, they track down Therragorn, a white dragon who has the ability to travel between worlds. Unfortunately, while attempting to fly back to Iaia, an unknown fireball shot Therragorn down, badly wounding Hannibus. When the adventurer woke up, Kerapac extorted them into helping him by stating that he would not save Hannibus if they did not comply. The adventurer complied and helped Kerapac, who upheld his end of the deal by healing Hannibus.

Kerapac told Hannibus that he may have the capability to fix the Ilujanka's fertility problem, but it may take many decades and that it was not guaranteed.[4] Kerapac promised, however, that Hannibus would be kept in stasis.[5]

While thinking this over, Therragorn returned, having flown to Iaia and brought back one of Hannibus's descendants, Sharrigan. Sharrigan tried to convince Hannibus to come back to Iaia where the Ilujanka have accepted their fate and he can die with his kind.[6] Hannibus asked for the adventurer's help in choosing, with their choice deciding whether he went with Kerapac or Sharrigan.

If Hannibus left with Sharrigan, Kerapac later tracked him down and brought him back to Gielinor, claiming to have made progress in solving their infertility. Kerapac then disappeared, leaving Hannibus to look through his old notes in the abandoned lab. The World Guardian came across Hannibus, who was trying to piece together a map. The pair managed to repair the map, which Hannibus recognised as having a crude form of dragon language written on it. He translated it as leading to the adamant dragon dungeon. When the pair reached the dungeon, they found several dead adamant dragons and a sole adamant dragon, driven mad by pain and grief. They found a metallic object in one of the smelters. Hannibus calmed the adamant dragon, allowing her to speak through him about the losses of her children and grandchildren. After getting her to heat the object, they cooled it and broke it on a stone dragon head, which showed a map leading back to Kerapac's lab.

They returned to the lab and spoke with an effigy, who informed them about the dragonkin statues which had been placed in the lab recently. The World Guardian pressed various switches contained within these statues to unlock a magical portal to Kethsi, where Kerapac was giving a speech to various other dragonkin. When they left, the World Guardian talked to Kerapac who bade them to search the abandoned Dragonkin Laboratory so he could talk with Hannibus in peace.

Hannibus joined the war council formed to combat the threat posed by the Ambassador. His base was heavily fortified, including cannons which would destroy any land or sea based attack, so Hannibus proposed an aerial draconic attack. He travelled with the World Guardian to Shakorexis's lair and recruited his former mount to their cause. Shakorexis was unable to locate any other dragons, however, so they went to speak with Mr. Mordaut. Mr. Mordaut was ecstatic to meet Hannibus and asked for his signature, claiming dragons considered the ilujanka to be heroes for their calming effect. Mr. Mordaut was unable to locate any other lucid dragons but suggested Hannibus talk to the other dragonrider, which confused Hannibus as he believed himself to be the only dragonrider on Gielinor. They travelled to the Heart of Gielinor and met Vindicta. She claimed to be the only ilujanka on Gielinor and called her kin on Iaia cowards. Vindicta revealed her past and her parentage, naming Hannibus as her sire. He introduced himself and she denied they had any bond. Despite this, both of them were happy to have found the other. Vindicta and Gorvek joined the strike force, lending their aid in destroying the Ambassador's defences alongside Hannibus and Shakorexis.

In Dimension of Disaster, the petrified Hannibus can be found in Zemouregal's treasure room.

In The Needle Skips, Hannibus is one the characters that manifests from a book belonging to Primrose that were enchanted by her father, Joss.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Hannibus, "Hannibus Hunted", RuneScape. "The witch Enakhra is still hunting me... It is worse knowing that she has taken it upon herself to collect trophies for Zamorak, in the form of petrified foes."
  2. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "I have been researching Enakhra's exploits and there are references to such a statue as tribute for Zamorak, but she was never able to deliver it."
  3. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "I found documents that speak of Robert the Strong finding a strange, lifelike statue of an unknown species."
  4. ^ Kerapac, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "If you submit yourself to my study, then I believe there is a slim chance - within a few decades - that I may be able to provide a cure."
  5. ^ Kerapac, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "I will store you in stasis, so the passing of time will mean nothing to you."
  6. ^ Sharrigan, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "It is time you were with us - your people - in our final days... The Ilujanka have embraced our destiny, we are ready for the next life, great grandfather."