Infernus

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A tapestry named after the demon homeworld: Pandemonium

Infernus, also known as Pandemonium, or the Infernal Dimensions,[Notes 1] is the homeworld of the various demonic races. It is described as a world more like Freneskae than Gielinor, made of jagged rocks and liquid fire.[2] The largest city on Infernus is called Dis, which is ruled by the Tsutsaroth demon Gree'gar.[3]

At the centre of Infernus is an eternal fire called the Heart of Dis or the Heart of Pandemonium. All Avernic demons are spawned from the Heart and return to it upon death. Occasionally, multiple demons may spawn from the fire sharing a single soul.[4][3][5] Smoke demons are the demons living closest to the Heart, with a strong affinity for the element of smoke.[6]

Infernus is briefly visited during Aftermath, as a quick stop between the Zamorakian Undercity and the Wilderness Crater, where Zamorak is fought. The soil of Infernus is sufficient enough to make ultracompost in lieu of dragon manure.

History[edit | edit source]

Infernus has been ruled by three different "demon" species throughout its history: the Infernals, the Chthonians, and the Avernic. The native demons of Infernus are the Avernic, who spawn from its heart.

Infernal rule[edit | edit source]

No more than 60,000 years ago,[7] a group of dragonkin of the Aughra faction, led by Kal'Ger, transferred their consciousnesses into Avernic bodies and became known as Infernals.[8] The Infernals conquered Infernus and enslaved the local Avernic, ruling for an undetermined length of time as 'undisputed masters' of the planet. They are the first known rulers of the planet.[2]

Chthonian rule[edit | edit source]

At some point, the Chthonians came from Erebus and invaded Infernus. They were there long enough for generations of Chthonians to be born, including Hostilius and Cacus.[9][10] The Chthonians were subjugated by the Infernals until they rebelled and overthrew them.[2] Many Infernals were killed, although some managed to escape into the Abyss.[11][12] The Chthonians also devoured each other in the power struggle, absorbing each others' knowledge and power. Over a long time, Hostilius ate each of its elders and amassed enough power to became the ruler of the planet. Hostilius then created an ordered society, with a complex bureaucracy and many different rules and laws. The most powerful Chthonians from the rebellion were given positions of status, such as a dukedom, if they supported Hostilius' new laws. Notably, Hostilius outlawed cannibalism. Simultaneously, the punishment for many crimes was to be eaten. Consequently, legal trickery was encouraged and largely took the place of open warfare. In practice, the system concentrated more power to those already in power.[9][11][13][14]

The Avernic remained slaves under the Chthonians, as their biology made the Chthonians unable to devour them.[2]

It was during Hostilius' reign that Zaros arrived, attempting to barter with Hostilius. He offered the Chthonians the secrets of travelling between worlds to devour whole new races - in return for twelve legions of demons. Hostilius drew up a Magically Binding Contract to seal the deal, but in the fine legalese of the document included a clause that stated the loyalty of these twelve legions would remain with the eldest of the signatories, who Hostilius believed to be himself. Zaros noticed the clause when reviewing the contract - but allowed it to go through. Hostilius barked with triumph - however, Zaros revealed to the assembled demons of his own origins; aeons ago, in a time that predated their race. The humbled Hostilius pledged to Zaros his twelve mightiest dukes and their legions.[11] Little did he know that in doing so he had unwittingly sown the seeds of his own eventual downfall.

Avernic rule[edit | edit source]

Zamorak battles Hostilius on Infernus.
A portal in Thammaron's throne room, likely part of the dimensions

Living amongst the comparably weak humans of Gielinor was somewhat of a luxury, as in their eyes even the lowly Avernic were mighty beings amongst the elite of society. These Avernic started to develop rebellious ideas, unbeknownst to their distant Chthonian masters. The Mahjarrat Zamorak used this to sway many of the Avernic to his side - though only two demons pledged outright allegiance, both members of the Tsutsaroth subspecies.[2] When Zamorak defeated his master Zaros, he returned to Infernus and helped the Avernic triumph over their tyrannical Chthonian masters[2] - a task that took him nineteen years.[15] By the time he was done, all Chthonian demons were either destroyed, or exiled to the Abyss.[2]

During the quest The Golem, players travel to a realm where the Elder-Demon Thammaron once resided, and where he eventually launched a final assault on the city of Uzer in the Kharidian Desert in what would be later referred to as the Battle of Uzer, an important conflict in the God Wars, during the Kharidian Desert Campaign by Zamorak. The small space, which appears to be Thammaron's throne room, may have been part of an abandoned fortress in one of the Infernal Dimensions.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • World gate icon I.png The icon for Infernus, as seen on the World Gate.
    • The player can see Infernus through the World Gate, describing it as a 'Many twisted planes filled with fire'.
  • The word 'infernus' is a Latin adjective meaning "of the low (regions)".[18]
  • 'Infernus' is possibly a reference to The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, in which Dante's depiction of hell, Inferno, also has multiple layers.
  • The name 'Chthonian' may have been derived from the word 'Chthonic', which describes something pertaining to the underworld.
  • The name 'Avernic' may have been derived from the classical idea of Lake Avernus - a poisonous lake said to be connected to Infernal Realms.
  • Anya (a possible personality given to an item with the Talking perk) claims to be from Infernus, also stating that she was the 'HDBIC'.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ This name ostensibly comes from the idea it consists of multiple planes stacked on top of each other.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. December 12, 2017. (Archived from the original on 30 October 2019.) Mod Stu: "Bear in mind that there's also coterminous planes, incorporeal planes, multi-dimensional planes like the shadow realm. Infernus consists of multiple planes stacked on top of each other, for example. Also, there can be and usually are multiple worlds on the same plane."
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Palkeera's memory, written by Palkeera, "Mahjarrat Memories (miniquest)", RuneScape.
  3. ^ a b Avernic book, written by Relenor, "Demon Slayer", RuneScape. "The largest city on Pandemonium is called Dis, and the city is ruled by a massive Elder Demon know in their infernal tongue as Gree'gar Tsutsaroth. [...] I sought out other sources of information on demons - or the Avernic, as I now knew them. [...] The heart of Pandemonium is an eternal, burning fire. From fire all demons are born, and to the fire they shall return. The flame of Pandemonium burns within each demon, sustaining their vile thirst for destruction."
  4. ^ Inquisition Profiles, written by Sliske, "City of Senntisten", RuneScape. "They are, of course, a rare anomaly: a 'difficult birth' from the Heart of Dis that sees a single soul split into multiple physical forms."
  5. ^ Commander's log page 3, written by Livia Drusilla, "Decimation (achievement)", RuneScape. "it tried to destroy its physical form so that the demon soul within could return to the Heart of Pandemonium." (Used as proper name)
  6. ^ The Promised Gift, written by Zaros, RuneScape. "Smoke demons are amongst the most inscrutable of demons, close in nature and in location to the heart of their world, and a powerful embodiment of that element."
  7. ^ Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, "Lore Hunter", RuneScape. "We know that the dragonkin calendar counted dates from the construction of Orthen. Based on astronomical observations recovered from its ruins, I believe this to be approximately 60,000 years before the present" (The Aughra dragonkin came from Orthen)
  8. ^ "Twilight of the Gods", RuneScape. "Dahaka:Merely his dead shell. Kalger was unsatisfied with his lot in the Abyss. He gathered followers - Yorga, Dagon, and the others - and they projected again, into the bodies of demons.
    Yk'lagor: We ruled Infernus! They called us Infernals!
    Dahaka: The Chthonians drove them out, and so they returned to us in the abyss. When Zamorak captured Infernus, the Chthonians were exiled in turn."
  9. ^ a b Scions of Erebus, RuneScape. "It is we who are the scions of Erebus. Heirs to its majesty. Granted, there are none of us now who still remember it, save perhaps for Ocularis. [...] Even Hostilius itself was born on Infernus, long after our exile and subsequent invasion of the world of smoke. During the Autocrat's long road to total domination, each of its elders were devoured in turn, and perhaps some vestige of their memory lingers on within its twitching corpse."
  10. ^ The Account of Aesa Fellsdottir (Part 1), written by Aesa Fellsdottir, "Barbarian Assault/Rewards", RuneScape. "Long ago, in a time so distant I cannot grasp the notion of it, he was spawned in a noxious puddle by an unremembered, muculent sire. [...] In their own, vile tongue they named him Cacus."
  11. ^ a b c Sliske's memory, written by Sliske, "Mahjarrat Memories (miniquest)", RuneScape.
  12. ^ Dahaka, "Twilight of the Gods", RuneScape. "The Chthonians drove them out, and so they returned to us in the abyss."
  13. ^ The Account of Aesa Fellsdottir (Part 1), written by Aesa Fellsdottir, "Barbarian Assault/Rewards", RuneScape. "In return for acceding to and supporting this law, Cacus and those as powerful as he were granted high station in a devilish hierarchy that spanned their world. Cacus was made a duke among monsters, and ruled - for a time - over the demons he made into slaves"
  14. ^ Zaros, "Fate of the Gods", RuneScape. "within the strictures of demonic law, cannibalism was outlawed. Tellingly, the punishment for many crimes was to be eaten. Thus those in power grew ever more knowledgeable and vast."
  15. ^ Zemouregal, "Zemouregal's memory", RuneScape.
  16. ^ Mod Mike. "Skypouncer vs. Blazehound." 17 December 2012. General Forums.
  17. ^ Alathazdrar, RuneScape. "For millennia I have served and waited on the mighty Demon Lords of the Infernal Dimensions."
  18. ^ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/infernus