The Iorwerth Clan is one of the eight elven clans that inhabit Tirannwn. Their former leader, Warmaster Lord Iorwerth, is the initiator of the Elven Civil War due to conquering Prifddinas and seizing the Tower of Voices and the Grand Library, denying access to the city to non-Iorwerth elves. The civil war, which has caused the deaths of thousands of elves, is the reason for the Iorwerth Clan being regarded as an enemy to elven society. Although they were initially followers of Seren, the loyalty of the Iorwerths swayed to the Dark Lord (the death aspect of Seren) under the leadership of the former Lord Iorwerth.
They are skilled melee fighters and have a long tradition of slayers. They are located south west of the Tower of Voices in Prifddinas, off the southern path.
At least one other elven family, the Edern, are under auspices of the Iorwerth Clan.
History[edit | edit source]
Like the other seven clans, the Iorwerths arrived to Gielinor with the crystal goddess Seren in the First Age. There, each clan aided in the construction of Prifddinas from elven crystal and received its own crystal tower connected to the Tower of Voices in one eighth of the city.
Throughout the Second and Third Ages, Tirannwn remained a safe haven as the territories east of the Galarpos Mountains suffered greatly during the God Wars, mostly due to Seren's guidance and the efforts of the Cadarn Clan, who defended the lands. At the end of the God Wars, Seren was forced to leave Gielinor by Guthix, so she shattered herself instead, due to the "curse" she had placed on them. After the Break Out, the militant Cadarn Clan departed from Tirannwn to escape their isolation and build an empire east of the Galarpos.
With most of the military gone, the Iorwerth Clan, led by Lord Iorwerth, conquered Prifddinas at an unknown point during the Fourth Age. According to Iestern, they did this because with both Seren and Cadarn Clan gone, and they wanted to prove to the other clans what they were capable of as they desired to return to Tarddiad. However, as the years passed, they lost their way and began to fanatically raise the Dark Lord. Many elves died and the remaining clans had to flee into the forest of Isafdar to escape death, with one notable settlement, Lletya, still existing today as a new elven settlement following the war's conclusion.
In 1930, the Cadarn Clan found out about the civil war due to the report from Adwr, a scout who was sent into Tirannwn as a result of the Great Divide. King Baxtorian Cadarn launched a campaign to liberate Tirannwn and oust the Iorwerths from power. His efforts culminated in the Battle of Prifddinas in 1934 or '35, which saw his defeat. The Cadarn Clan retreated to their eastern kingdom only to find it ravaged. Baxtorian "buried himself beneath a waterfall" in grief of his lost wife, and the leaderless Cadarn ventured back to Tirannwn as elven rebels.
The Iorwerths maintained their grip over the elven lands, even though Prifddinas was been reverted to crystal seed form by its Elders. They formed the Prifddinas Death Guard to search for the Temple of Light, where it housed an ancient death altar, which had enough death energy to bring the Dark Lord back to life. During this time, they also made an alliance with King Lathas of East Ardougne, though they intended to discard him once their plans were fulfilled. King Lathas "quarantined" West Ardougne under the pretence of a plague so the Death Guard could kidnap West Ardougne's citizens as slaves to excavate the Temple of Light.
In 169 of the Fifth Age, a human adventurer affiliated with the elven rebels reactivated the safeguards in the Temple of Light, preventing anyone from entering the temple for the next thousand years. Despite this, there was a backdoor into the temple created by Thorgel through the Underground Pass, but because there had been a fierce battle that left many dead in those caves, the Death Guard were fearful of returning there and remained unaware of it. This forced Lord Iorwerth to find another source of death energy to keep their plans on track. He let Essyllt, the actual Head Mourner, decide how to create the required energy. Essyllt planned to herd the population of West Ardougne into a cavern and collapse it to give them a quick, merciful death, though his plan was stopped by the same adventurer who managed to start a revolution. As a result, the Iorwerth were thrown out of West Ardougne and forced to retreat.
It is also shown that Lord Iorwerth had Iestern try to find a way to reconstruct Prifddinas without the other seven elders. If successful, he would make his version of Prifddinas an Iorwerth-only settlement, and all non-Iorwerth elves would be treated as second-class citizens.
The adventurer later managed to convince General Hining, Tyras' second-in-command, to launch an attack to distract the Iorwerth while the Prifddinas elders (and Iestern) attempted to regrow the city. Hining agreed to the adventurer's plan, mainly to be free from the Iorwerth and to return to Ardougne. Hining and the rest of Tyras' army attacked the Iorwerth, buying the adventurer needed time to enact the other part of their plan. While the elders attempted to regrow the city, the Dark Lord appeared and attempted to kill the adventurer. He summoned Lord Iorwerth and killed him for his energy, but it was not enough and the Dark Lord was eventually killed.
With the war over, the Iorwerth surrendered. As there was no current Lord/Lady due to the Dark Lord having killed the previous Lord Iorwerth, Morvran was second in line due to being related to him. Morvran did not accept the position though, as both he and the other clans felt that they needed a more moderate choice, and eventually decided on Iestern. Though many Iorwerth found it an unusual choice, especially the hardliners, Iestern was accepted by the majority; the hardliners were kept in place by Morvran.
As of now, the current Iorwerth are attempting to find peace with their fellow clans after having oppressed them for so long. Progress is being made though, as Baxtorian himself states that they have redeemed themselves a bit.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The Iorwerth Clan are most infamous for their conquering of Prifddinas and the murders of thousands of elves in the Elven Civil War and subsequent conflicts. Aside from that, they appear to be a powerful military force, having defeated the Cadarn Clan, who are considered to be superior to them. However, the Iorwerth did have allies to support them, which gave them an upper hand against the Cadarn Clan. They were allied with King Lathas, using his bitterness over sharing his throne with his brother to gain control over West Ardougne. They followed Seren before switching allegiance to an entity known as the Dark Lord, revealed to be a corrupted, death-obsessed shard of Seren. Enemies include King Tyras Ardignas and his army, the other seven elven clans (most notably the Cadarn Clan).
Iorwerths are clad in sturdy but versatile dark, forest green armour with pointed headwear and broad, pointy shoulderpads. Their boots and bodies are partially brown, however. Elfs from Iorwerth Clan favour melee combat, and many are skilled in the art of slaying. Following the start of the elven civil war, the Iorwerth included trackers and scouts to supplement their army.
Though the Iorwerths hold immense pride in the army as they form its bulk, Arianwyn claims that it is the Cadarn who do most of the work with their surgical strikes.
Features of the clan district[edit | edit source]
- Iorwerth workers to pickpocket at 91 Thieving can be found scattered around the district.
- Iorwerth scouts and Iorwerth guards to fight against can be found scattered around the district.
- The Iorwerth herald can be found within the clan tower, and sells the Clan Iorwerth cape.
- Morvran, a slayer master requiring at least 85 Slayer and a combat level of 120 can be found in the north-eastern part of the district. Morvran assigns the same tasks Kuradal assigns, with some unpopular tasks removed (such as living rock creatures) and the addition of elves. He can also extend the number of creatures assigned and can assign his Hall of Fame challenge.
- Completing 8 dark beast tasks assigned by Morvran will unlock the "of the Iorwerth" title.
- Rush of Blood, a weekly D&D run by Morvran where the player must survive endless waves of monsters for ten minutes, can be accessed by going down the cage next to Morvran. It includes four difficulty levels with different requirements for each difficulty. This D&D unlocks a number of titles.
- You can obtain a one-time Slayer XP lamp worth 50,000 Slayer XP by completing wave 20 in any difficulty on a trial or reward run of Rush of Blood.
- A small obelisk to recharge Summoning points can be found next to Morvran.
- The Iorwerth Manor is found in the south-western part of the district, which contains Iestin Edern and a number of features:
- A crystal chest with an improved drop table in comparison to the chest in Taverley.
- An altar that recharges prayer points and gives a persistent boost to Attack, Strength, and Defence while in Prifddinas. Once the player leaves Prifddinas, the following notice is received: "Your boost from the Clan Iorwerth altar has been reset."
Known Iorwerth elves[edit | edit source]
- Iestin Edern (current leader)
- Lord Iorwerth †
- Lady Iorwerth †
- Nissyen Edern †
- Elf warriors
- Morvran, the nephew of the deceased Lord Iorwerth, currently a Slayer Master
- Essyllt, known as Head mourner prior to the release of Prifddinas († if the player kills him)
- Fake head mourner
- Elf tracker
- Elven city guard
- Deathguard captain
- Mayor of Prifddinas
- Starving elf
- Iorwerth guard
- Iorwerth herald
- Iorwerth scout
- Iorwerth worker
Update history[edit | edit source]
- ninja 28 September 2015 (Update):
- Drops are no longer hidden by the environment in Cadarn and Iorwerth.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Iorwerth is a common Welsh surname which translates to "Fair lord" or "Handsome lord".
- The capturing of Prifddinas by the Iorwerth Clan could be a reference to the capturing and unification of Wales, particularly Gwynedd, in the early 13th century. This conquest by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, also known as Llywelyn Fawr.
- Upon the release of the first batch of Prifddinas, the Iorwerth clan had the most title unlocks.