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This article is about the fictional history inside the game. For history and development of the RuneScape game itself, see RuneScape#History and development.

This timeline briefly chronicles, in rough chronological order, the history of the multiverse and its inhabitants, most prominently Gielinor. Six distinct ages are known, which span roughly 12,000 years and begin with the discovery of Gielinor by the god Guthix - the events before that are also documented where possible, but an exact time cannot be given.

Please note that, for practical reasons, the descriptions given here are very brief. As such, it is recommended to visit the articles listed in the last column for more detailed documentation.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Pre-First Age[edit | edit source]

First Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: First Age

The First Age, or the Age of Creation, was the dawn of Gielinor. It began when Guthix discovered Gielinor, the last, perfect creation of the Elder Gods. Overwhelmed by its beauty, he created portals to bring peaceful races that could live in balance with themselves and the world. The First Age was roughly 4,000 years long and ended when Guthix descended into his first slumber.

Second Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: Second Age

The Second Age was the dawn of empires in Gielinor and saw the arrival of many gods, in search of power, territory, followers, or a place to live. Those races that were created or brought to Gielinor in the First Age now began to create nomadic settlements, travelling as the hunt and climate dictated. At the same time, it was also an era of great strides, seeing massive kingdoms that have not been rivalled since. The Second Age lasted roughly 2,000 years.

Third Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: Third Age

The Third Age, more often known as the God Wars, were a time of constant war and turmoil. Lasting roughly 4,000 years long, the God Wars saw the reshaping of Gielinor. The gods, still able to directly interact with the world, caused destruction that had not been seen before or since - initially to defeat Zamorak, though the war soon escalated to a millennia-long hellhole of massive battle which lead to millions if not billions of casualties, god and mortal, extinction of races, destruction of cities and even outright annihilation of entire civilisations. Little survived the Wars, leaving details of the period sketchy at best.

Fourth Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fourth Age

The Fourth Age, the first to pass with no direct divine interaction, saw the surviving races beginning to recuperate from the God Wars and flourish amongst the world. Many kingdoms were founded during this age and humans became the dominant race on Gielinor.

Fifth Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fifth Age

The very short Fifth Age was a time of amazing strides for the human race, granting many humans dominance throughout central Gielinor largely due to the discovery of runecrafting at the end of the Fourth Age, earning it its title of Age of Man. Positive advances in humanity's lifestyle included military, technological, theological, philosophical, political, and economic strides. The final year of the age was arguably the most dramatic one in history, with numerous important events taking place. The age abruptly ended with the death of Guthix.

Sixth Age[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sixth Age

The Sixth Age is the current age of Gielinor, beginning with the death of Guthix and subsequent return of various gods to Gielinor.

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  1. ^ Jagex. Above the Lore Episode 10 - Missing Presumed Death Mod Osborne : "There are... five [Elder Gods]. They are all in various states of... stuff." (27:50) Above the Lore podcast, 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers." 27 June 2013. General Forums.
  3. ^ TokHaar-Hok, "TzKot-Zo", RuneScape.
  4. ^ a b Jagex. The Origins of Gielinor. 10:50, September 8, 2013 (UTC).*
  5. ^ a b c d Guthix, "Guthixian memories", RuneScape.
  6. ^ Kerapac, "Dragonkin journal", RuneScape.
  7. ^ Laura, "Meeting History", RuneScape. "I think he just wanted us to be aware that he existed and to give us some understanding in those first days. He spoke a lot about balance and encouraging us to live in harmony with our surroundings – to feel free to use our environment, but not to abuse it. It seems that he had not created this world, and spoke of ‘elder gods’ that existed in a time before he could remember, of this he said little."
  8. ^ Prifddinas' history, "Lletya", RuneScape.
  9. ^ Jack, "Meeting History", RuneScape. "Many spells have been discovered and we keep finding different types of runes. 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."
  10. ^ Jack, "Meeting History", RuneScape. "Yes, [Guthix]’s created countless numbers of [runes], storing them all over the place, so, soon after their discovery, the world was dubbed RuneScape. We were initially calling it Gielinor, but, like many things of importance, different people call it by different names."
  11. ^ Jagex. Above the Lore Episode 10 - Missing Presumed Death Mod Osborne Above the Lore podcast, 23 September 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d Mod John A. "Gods ~ their Races and Species." 7 August 2013. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  13. ^ Vorago, "Borehole", RuneScape. "I remember taking shape at one point in my past, using the power of the earth to destroy. I was defeated by a powerful weapon. I have it. I may be stopped but not destroyed, I will simply reform in new earth once more."
  14. ^ TzHaar-Mej-Jeh, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape.
  15. ^ Guthix, "The World Wakes", RuneScape. "The mortal races began to worship me. They built shrines to me, made sacrifices. They waited on my every word. It pained me deeply to see myself becoming what I had always loathed. They should not have been living beneath me, serving me. I wanted them to be free, balanced, to make their own decisions. Knowing my presence was thwarting my efforts, I withdrew into the earth, to sleep. I hoped I would be forgotten over the ages."
  16. ^ a b Jagex. "Twice Burnt." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  17. ^ a b Jagex. "Tumeken's Dream." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  18. ^ Mod Crow. "Declare your allegiance!." 9 July 2013. Community Home Forums.
  19. ^ Queen Senliten, "Missing My Mummy", RuneScape. "That vile creature Zaros and his minions. Ever plotting in the dark lands of Morytania[sic]. During my reign, we defeated him temporarily with the aid of the Stern Judges. Icthlarin be praised for his strength and wisdom. [...] Like many of the servants of the gods, and indeed like the newcomer gods worshiped by most of the North, the Stern Judges were not native to this world. Icthlarin, in his wisdom, foresaw that he would need servants to do his bidding among mortals. He thus transported the faceless ones to these lands."
  20. ^ Gram Kobold, "The Book of Sliske", RuneScape.
  21. ^ Azzanadra, RuneScape. "Be aware, mortal, there could be as many as a hundred of us still upon this world, with dozens more returned from other realms, but equally there could be as few as ten, each as mighty as one of your armies."
  22. ^ Neite, "A Tail of Two Cats", RuneScape. "The Devourer was so in love with death and destruction that she even started destroying her own worshippers. We tolerated this until she even started to destroy her own temples and clergy. [...] The last of her priestesses gathered and cursed her. Unfortunately she also cast a spell of her own, condemning us to an eternity of walin RuneScape in her form. [...] We cursed her so her name would be forgotten, that any corporeal body she adopted would soon cast her out and never again would she gather willing worshippers."
  23. ^ Crystal Singing for Beginners, "Lletya", RuneScape.
  24. ^ Histories of the Hallowland, "Paterdomus", RuneScape. "It is also claimed that the peoples named the land ‘Hallowvale’ after [Queen Efaritay], though there is no true record of this."
  25. ^ Viggora, "Declaration of Viggora", RuneScape. "I hoped that this would let humans deal as equals with our lord's demon and Mahjarrat forces. But most of them still saw humans as nothing more than feeble apes. Even though humans had become our lord's most reliable strategists and engineers, the other generals treated me with disdain. I resolved to show them that humans were more than our lord's pets. I designed and built a vast fortress for myself naming it Viggora's Fortress. It towered high above the green lands; from the top I could look to the north-west and see half of Forinthry on a clear day. It was strong in its construction and cunning in its design, but also beautiful in its craftsmanship. Before my lord's other generals, I declared that my fortress was a testament to the talents of humankind in the service of our lord. The other generals sneered at it, sneered at me sitting on my throne; sneered at the human race for trying to stand tall and attempt such a mighty work. They dubbed it Viggora's Folly, and called it a testament to my idiocy."
  26. ^ Valdez, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  27. ^ Rennard, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  28. ^ Kharrim, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  29. ^ Char, "The Firemaker's Curse", RuneScape.
  30. ^ Lennissa, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  31. ^ Dhalak, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  32. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape.
  33. ^ Mod Jack. "How Did Zaros Trip?." 19 August 2013. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  34. ^ Mod Emilee. "Game Update FAQ - 14/09/11." September 2011. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  35. ^ Ashuelot Reis, "Ancient Prison", RuneScape.
  36. ^ a b Histories of the Hallowland, "Paterdomus", RuneScape.
  37. ^ Meiyerditch miner, "Meiyerditch Mine", RuneScape.
  38. ^ The Arzinian Being of Bordanzan, "Dwarven mines", RuneScape.
  39. ^ Fern, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape.
  40. ^ Ashuelot Reis, "Ancient Prison", RuneScape. "Following Zaros's downfall in the Second Age, Azzanadra, the Mahjarrat-general of Zarosian forces, was defeated by the armies of Zamorak and Saradomin. He was driven back and imprisoned in the great pyramid of Jaldraocht."
  41. ^ Jagex. "The Fall of Six." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  42. ^ Legend of the Brothers, "Barrows", RuneScape.
  43. ^ a b Goblin scribe, "Dorgesh-Kaan", RuneScape.
  44. ^ Jagex. "The Chasm of Lights." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  45. ^ Dagroda, "The Book of Zaros", RuneScape.
  46. ^ Display case 44, "Varrock Museum - Ground Floor", RuneScape. "A battered and bent coin with Zamorakian markings. It bears the word 'Senntisten', which we believe to be the original name of the city, Saranthium, before it was rebuilt by those loyal to Saradomin. Partial numbers on the coin would indicate that it is from the year 3740, presumably from the 3rd Age."
  47. ^ Display case 20, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  48. ^ Bob the Cat, "A Tail of Two Cats", RuneScape.
  49. ^ Kaqemeex, "Druidic Ritual", RuneScape. "The first Druids of Guthix built many stone circles across these lands over eight hundred years ago."
  50. ^ Display case 8, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  51. ^ Display case 29, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  52. ^ The Tale of Scorpius, "Observatory", RuneScape.
  53. ^ Bandos, "The Book of Bandos", RuneScape.
  54. ^ Ocellus Virius, "History of the Order", RuneScape.
  55. ^ Settlement of the East, "Lletya", RuneScape.
  56. ^ Exploration of the Eastern Realm, "Lletya", RuneScape.
  57. ^ Display case 34, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  58. ^ a b Zemouregal, "Notes (k-z)", RuneScape.
  59. ^ Display case 24, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  60. ^ a b c Jagex. "The Legend of Arrav." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  61. ^ Jagex. Postbag 20 - "Transcript:Tales from earlier ages", Letter 5. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  62. ^ Goblin, "The Book of the Big High War God", RuneScape.
  63. ^ Mod John A. "The World Wakes contradiction." 18 March 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  64. ^ Keorgius Feryis, "The Sleeping Seven", RuneScape.
  65. ^ Display case 23, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  66. ^ Lamistard, "The Curse of Arrav", RuneScape.
  67. ^ Phoenix, "Phoenix Lair", RuneScape.
  68. ^ Bilrach, "Chronicles of Bilrach", RuneScape.
  69. ^ Meike, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape.
  70. ^ Hugi, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape.
  71. ^ Lucien, "Nadir", RuneScape.
  72. ^ Savant, "The Slug Menace", RuneScape.
  73. ^ Summer Bonde, "Spirit of Summer", RuneScape.
  74. ^ Display case 15, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  75. ^ Hazelmere the Ethereal, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", RuneScape.
  76. ^ The Great Divide, "Lletya", RuneScape.
  77. ^ Book on Baxtorian, "Baxtorian Falls Tourist Centre", RuneScape.
  78. ^ Display case 6, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  79. ^ Herbi Flax, "Diary of Herbi Flax", RuneScape.
  80. ^ a b Murray Tucwall, "Carnillean history", RuneScape.
  81. ^ Display case 7, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  82. ^ Ariane, "Rune Mysteries", RuneScape.
  83. ^ Display case 11, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  84. ^ Display case 17, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Year 12
    Scorpius, the early 4th Age astrologer, used this machine (in the Observatory, which he designed) to track the stars and predict the future, gaining dark knowledge. The plans for his machine were lost in the early 4th Age. In the early 5th Age they were rediscovered and from these plans the Observatory was restored."
  85. ^ a b Jagex. "Eulogy for a Forgotten Hero." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  86. ^ Grüfeld Bach, "Demon Slayer", RuneScape. "Delrith is a dark and powerful demon. This is not the first time he has entered our world. 150 years ago, my ancestor battled Delrith, and banished him back to the dark place he came from."
  87. ^ Dracs Melrose, "History and Tenets of the Void Knights", RuneScape. "It is now five years since that night: in my dreams I saw the eye of Guthix fall on me – a warning of a future threat given – and was told that I must act. The extinct knights must rise again, I heard; reform the Void Knights. A threat to equilibrium approaches and the pacifism of the druids must be balanced by a military order. (..) By Guthix’s will were my mind and tongue made greater, that I swiftly raised followers to me to serve under the black, white and grey armour of the Void Knights. Now we await our great purpose and work as the Void Knights of the Third Age did, to promote balance and meditation across the kingdoms until Valluta stands in defence of the world."
  88. ^ Boyce Khael, "History and Tenets of the Void Knights", RuneScape. "Since the 98th year of this, the Fifth Age of Gielinor, we have remained quiet in Taverley. The King of Falador was overly heedful of the Church of Saradomin in limiting our influence to the Taverley surrounds. Even the White Knights and the Kinshra (often referred to by commoners simply as ‘Black Knights’), in concert with my predecessor, could not change his mind."
  89. ^ Display case 10, "Varrock Museum - Second Floor", RuneScape.
  90. ^ Display case 32, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  91. ^ Display case 5, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  92. ^ Display case 1, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  93. ^ Chieftain Gunthor, "Gunnar's Ground", RuneScape.
  94. ^ Bolrie, "The Path of Glouphrie", RuneScape. "And, so, the reign of the most famous Gnome King came to an end. And while most gnomes mourned, Argenthorg and I started to plan separately. The King is dead, long live...who? And so the electioneering began."
  95. ^ Spirit Advisor, "The Path of Glouphrie", RuneScape. "My waters tell me that a dangerous and charismatic warrior called Khazard now leads the humans to the north. He will bring disaster to the gnomes. (...) Attack the humans now, while they are still weak. When you defeat Khazard, you will be a hero - and when Healthorg passes on - which will be soon - you will stand for election."
  96. ^ TzHaar-Mej-Kol, "TokTz-Ket-Dill", RuneScape.
  97. ^ Temple Knights, "Commorb dossier", RuneScape.
  98. ^ Sin'keth Magis, "Sin'keth's diary", RuneScape.
  99. ^ The Fall of the Dagon'hai, "Varrock Palace", RuneScape.
  100. ^ Display case 3, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape.
  101. ^ Drozal, "Drozal's Journal", RuneScape.
  102. ^ Scroll, "Making History", RuneScape.
  103. ^ Party Pete, "Party Pete's Bumper Book of Games", RuneScape. "This word-guessing game was invented by Mad King Narras of Ardougne in order to encourage literacy among his subjects. Today it is played with an effigy rather than a real person, and it makes an amusing distraction for one or more players."
  104. ^ Ambassador Jabari, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "This situation is untenable and you know it. The peace between our kingdoms is shaky at best."
  105. ^ Display case 9, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Year 132
    King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table arrive on RuneScape in the year 132 of the 5th Age. Legend says they will return to Britain in its time of greatest need, so they're passing their time on RuneScape until then. King Ulthas saw them as good and rightful men who would do much good in the world, and granted them a large area of land to set up a new Camelot in north-east Kandarin."
  106. ^ Display case 47, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Year 136
    King Ulthas of Ardougne dies from an accidental arrow shot while out on a hunting expedition. Ardougne is left to his 2 sons, Tyras and Lathas who decide to split the city between them."
  107. ^ Carla, RuneScape. ""You could say that... I've heard reports that half of West Ardougne is infected! Many have lost friends and family...""
  108. ^ Jagex. "A Call to ARMS." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  109. ^ Guildmaster, "Dragon Slayer", RuneScape. "One of their adventurers went too far, however. He descended into the volcano in the centre of Crandor and woke the dragon Elvarg. He must have fought valiantly against the dragon because they say that, to this day, she has a scar down her side, but the dragon still won the fight. She emerged and laid waste to the whole of Crandor with her fire breath! Some refugees managed to escape in fishing boats. They landed on the coast, north of Rimmington, and set up camp but the dragon followed them and burned the camp to the ground. Out of all the people of Crandor there were only three survivors: a trio of wizards who used magic to escape. Their names were Thalzar, Lozar and Melzar."
  110. ^ Display case 18, "Varrock Museum - First Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Year 143 The Phoenix Gang had a big fight amongst themselves and the Shield of Arrav was broken in half as a result. Shortly afterwards, some gang members decided they didn't want to be part of the Phoenix gang anymore, so split off to form the Black Arm Gang. On their way out they looted what treasures they could, which included one of the halves of the shield. The phoenix and Black Arm gangs became bitter rivals, a rivalry that lasts to this day."
  111. ^ Melville Grayzag, "The Void Stares Back", RuneScape. "And yet those petty fools at the Wizards' Tower failed to see my greatness. They rejected my research, mocked my imps...well, I turned to something a little larger instead. I stumbled upon the stories of the Valluta and I knew I could use it to prove my theories. After that it was easy. I practised for a while by opening portals on the deserted islands in the south seas..."
  112. ^ Boyce Khael, "History and Tenets of the Void Knights", RuneScape. "From the southern seas come reports of invaders - strange ravening beasts of unknown provenance – and from the first report it was clear that this is the moment. The shadowy threat Melrose saw has revealed itself. I am as sure of this as if Guthix himself appeared before me and told me himself. Young Commodore Matthias, my newest commodore, agrees; we must prepare to move the bulk of our forces to meet this threat. He will lead them, for I must remain in Taverley to meet the political demands of this course of action."
  113. ^ Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers." 27 June 2013. General Forums.
  114. ^ Dossier on Solus Dellagar, "Wanted!", RuneScape. "He was first brought to our attention as a possible threat in the infamous zombie attack of Varrock masterminded by the Mahjarrat Lucien, but did not serve a particularly key role."
  115. ^ Display case 26, "Varrock Museum - Second Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Year 154
    A strange undead necromancer leads an army of undead out of the Wilderness in an attack upon Varrock. Misthalin is strong enough and still has enough runes that the attack is defeated fairly quickly."
  116. ^ a b Tom S. Church. Betrayal at Falador, (418). Babel Interactive Ltd., 2008.
  117. ^ Commander Veldaban, "Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf", RuneScape. "It was a few years ago. The trolls had been attacking our miners, so the Supreme Commander sent a Black Guard regiment to deal with them. I was just a lieutenant at the time. Our commanding officer was Colonel Grimsson. (...) We had to attack a position where the trolls were entrenched. The trolls rained rocks down on us from behind cover, and attacked from side-tunnels and pits. We lost hundreds of men. There were bodies everywhere, and the smell of blood was… I wish I could forget it. Colonel Grimsson led the charge. He burst through the barricades that the trolls had set up, and I saw him in combat with the troll general. We took the cavern, but Grimsson kept hacking at the trolls as they fled. He was screaming like a demon and his whole face was covered in blood from a wound to his forehead. Then the trolls were gone, but Grimsson didn’t stop fighting. He attacked anyone who came near him. He wounded several soldiers."
  118. ^ Dossier on Solus Dellagar, "Wanted!", RuneScape. "He earned the nickname 'Murder-mage' and 'Mad Solus' in the incident at Edgeville where he was eventually apprehended by one of our field teams, but not before the wilful[sic] slaughter of over 800 civilians, as well as an equal number of White and Black Knights."
  119. ^ Display case 33, "Varrock Museum - Second Floor", RuneScape. "5th Age - Years 162-163
    The old king of Asgarnia, King Vallance, falls very ill. The White Knights took advantage of this and began to take control of Falador and Asgarnia for themselves.
    Year 163, 5th Age - The White Knights declared that the Black knights were no longer to have any political power within Asgarnia. Lord Milton of the Kinshra immediately responds by declaring his Black Knights as being at a state of war with Falador. The two sides engaged in a big battle to the north of Falador - however, both sides were fairly evenly matched, and retreated to their fortresses to build up their forces and devise plans to crush the other, once and for all."
  120. ^ Tom S. Church. Return to Canifis (English) pp. 560. Titan Books. 25 March 2011.*
  121. ^ a b Tom S. Church. Legacy of Blood (English) pp. 467. Titan Books. 6 June 2012.*
  122. ^ Sliske, "Sliske's Ramblings", RuneScape. "Day one of the Sixth Age [...] I have used the Siphon to slay one of the most powerful beings to walk Gielinor. The great Guthix, felled by my hand, by my whim... by my destiny."
  123. ^ Memstix, "Tribute to Guthix", RuneScape.
  124. ^ Biehn, "The Book of the Godless", RuneScape.
  125. ^ Mod Emilee. "Wilderness Warbands - FAQ." 26 March 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  126. ^ Sliske, "Sliske's Ramblings", RuneScape. "Day one hundred and thirteen of the Sixth Age [...] Zamorak, the great betrayer, has returned, arriving in Lumbridge with a theatrical flourish that I confess great envy to. Then immediately he was met by the only man to wear blue skin with arrogance, the mighty Saradomin. The two of them blasted Lumbridge apart within moments and have just been locked screaming at each other for the past few hours."
  127. ^ Sliske, "Sliske's Ramblings", RuneScape. "Day one hundred and eighty-ish of the Sixth Age [...] I've been laughing so much about Zamorak's beat down by the hands of the great blue Saradomin. I mean he didn't even come close, it seems that practically none of Gielinor's population sided with him. I suppose it's a testament to Saradomin's spectacular propaganda department."
  128. ^ Orla Fairweather, "Draynor Village", RuneScape.
  129. ^ Sliske, "Sliske's Ramblings", RuneScape. "Day two hundred and something of the Sixth Age
    Two more of them at it now. Bandos and Armadyl of all people. I hadn't expected the big bird to get involved in this whole conflict, but here he is building a weapon of mass destruction."

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