|Release date||19 December 2016 (Update)|
|Quest NPC||Sliske's Endgame |
|Location||Southern Kharidian Desert|
|Examine||Behold, the elder god Jas, whose arms crafted the world from clay. You feel disturbingly like an ant staring at the heel of a boot.|
|Alignment||Sand, air and progression|
|Avatars and aspects||Echo of Jas, Voice of Jas|
|Colours||White and cream|
|Infobox • Talk page|
Jas is the oldest and most powerful of the Elder Gods, the ancient beings responsible for the creation of the universe, including Gielinor itself. She is described by a TokHaar-Hok as "time, and so time passes. She is sand, and so there is desert." It has been said that the Elder Gods do not specifically represent an element or aspect, but Jas is most aligned with progression and time, and also has an association with sand and air. In addition to the roles she played in shaping the universe, Jas is specifically responsible for creating almost all of the Elder Artefacts using the Stone of Jas, the Catalyst, the first artefact and the one that "most purely expressed her power," and one that has played a prominent role in Gielinor's history.
History[edit | edit source]
Early History[edit | edit source]
Jas and the others were born on Freneskae and enacted The Great Revision in which they consumed the anima of all other planets apart from the one they were born in to replenish themselves. Mah was thought stillborn by the others, forcing Jas to create the Stone of Jas in an attempt to duplicate Mah's power as they left Freneskae to create and destroy planets. The Stone of Jas was created by Jas from one of her own eggs; in doing so, she forfeited her own existence starting at the next cycle of the universe. Normally the Elder Gods work together to create planets, but because Mah was no longer with them, the Elder Gods temporarily went their own ways to relearn what was lost to them.[source needed]
Initially believing that there was no life at all, Jas and the others unknowingly destroyed the dragonkin homeworld. The dragonkin survivors fled to Orthen, with one of them, Kerapac, desiring revenge on the Elder Gods for destroying their homeworld. He created a device that generated shadow anima, which is highly toxic to the Elder Gods. This in turn alerted the Elder Gods of the danger he posed. Jas personally appeared and destroyed Orthen and the other dragonkin cities in response. Seeing mortal life for the first time, and that they desired her kind's power, she bound the Dragonkin to the Stone, so that they would no longer desire it.
The Elder Gods shaped many worlds throughout the universe, each time improving their designs with the assistance of the Elder Artefacts, including the Elder Kiln. After creating Gielinor, meant to be their final and most perfect creation, the Elder Gods "lay down upon their perfect world" and "[spoke] no more [to the TokHaar-Hok]." This suggests that the Elder Gods did not depart from Gielinor after creating it, but instead remain on it. Her Elder chronicle is found on the Ullek cliffs, suggesting that she is either underneath or is the Ullek cliffs.
Awakening[edit | edit source]
In Heart of Stone the player visits the Ullek cliffs again, and meets with JasKra, Jas's mouthpiece, whom the World Guardian and Kipple convince that they are not working with Xenia by displaying a series of memories to it proving this point. At the end of this quest, the Prehistoric abyssal declares that Jas, along with the other Elder Gods on Gielinor (Ful, Bik and Wen), are beginning to wake up due to Xenia draining Gielinor's anima into the abyss.
Due to her awakening, Sliske eventually discovers her and manages to bargain a deal with her. Jas informed Sliske about additional details about the Staff of Armadyl, which she considered quite useful. Sliske had used its connection to find the Stone, though she became impatient and asked him if the Catalyst (the Stone of Jas) would bring "them" (the gods). Sliske affirmed this, as it was like a siren song, but Jas did not care and simply told him to make it happen.
In Sliske's Endgame, Sliske created a massive labyrinth which began draining divinity from the gods as soon as they stepped inside. Unaware that the Elder Gods had awoken, the gods simply believed it to be one of Sliske's tricks. Upon defeating Sliske, the World Guardian soon found themselves in an unknown cavern with Zaros and Seren, Mah's divine creations. Somehow able to sense that the World Guardian would not be able to withstand her voice if she talked normally, she created small sand beings to serve as temporary mouthpieces.
Zaros requested that they make him one of them, showing them Mah's elder core as proof of her demise, but Jas refused, as he could not create life. Zaros believed that the nihil were enough, but Jas reiterated this by stating that he had to create life from nothing, which she believed meant herself and the other Elder Gods, much to Zaros's anger as both he and Seren left.
Jas soon focused her attention on the World Guardian, asking them why they killed her agent. Given a large variety of responses, mainly those related to violence, Jas concluded that mortal life was unexpected and dangerous, deciding to ask her sisters if life should exist. The World Guardian was alarmed by this, as their awakening would destroy Gielinor, but Jas reassured them that they would not physically do so, instead telepathically communing with each other. She then gave them an ultimatum of her own; prove mortal life deserved to exist, or she and her sisters would fully awaken and destroy Gielinor.
The World Guardian, knowing of Jas' influence on Gielinor, wished to ask her several questions, but Jas stated that she would only answer one. If asked about the Elder Artefacts, she told them about the other Elder Artefacts that were unknown to the inhabitants of Gielinor - the Codex, the Template, the Hammer and the Needle, of which the Codex and Needle were discovered sometime later. If asked about what she thought of the others, she saw Zaros as a child, Seren as something that could be more, the lesser gods as harmless, the Dragonkin as a mistake, and the destruction of her Stone as her sacrifice. If asked about why life such as humans existed, Jas stated that she did not know.
After answering their question, Jas dismissed them, reminding them of her ultimatum.
Another Visit[edit | edit source]
Following Kerapac's betrayal of the group to destroy Gielinor to prevent the Elder Gods from ever awakening, Seren requested an audience with Jas, who granted it. Jas met with the World Guardian, revealing that she and the others knew of Kerapac's attempt to kill them with shadow anima. They did not act immediately however, as physical intervention would cause massive destruction to Anachronia, which the World Guardian did not want.
Jas informed the World Guardian that shadow anima is harmful to her and her sisters, and they could not tolerate his production of it. The World Guardian offered to help, prompting Jas to give them the Eye of Jas so that she and the others could arrive when the time was right. The World Guardian put a stop to Kerapac's plans. With enough shadow anima gone, Jas soon arrived and was able to disrupt the Needle, before manipulating it to serve her will, which in turn resulted in her re-enslaving Kerapac and the Nodon.
Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]
Like the other Elder Gods, Jas can create life and entire planets out of sacred clay. In addition, she created several Elder Artefacts, which themselves are powerful enough to cause mortals to ascend to godhood. After devouring the Anima Mundi of a perfect world, she can destroy every other planet in every other plane in existence, an event which is known as the Great Revision. She appears to be capable of manipulating her size, ranging from dwarfing possibly an entire galaxy and planets, to being equal in size to Gielinor, and to being merely hundreds of times larger than a human.
She is capable of binding entire species to Elder Artefacts. Additionally, she can manipulate their pain receptors and increase their reflexes, speed, and magical aptitude with the amount of pain they feel; this was done to the Dragonkin race to better defend the Stone of Jas.
She can teleport other beings to and away from her presence against their will, which is how she summoned the World Guardian before her and dismissed them after their conversation was over, overpowering Guthix's blessing against god magic. She was also capable of killing the World Guardian in an instant after being insulted, atomising them.Additionally, Jas speaking using her own voice would obliterate Zaros, Seren, and the World Guardian, which is why it was necessary for her to create Voices of Jas to ensure that any communication could occur.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Jas (centre), creating planets with Ful and Bik
The Kra of Jas.
Sliske speaking to Jas.
Voice of Jas concept art.
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 4 August 2014 (Update):
- The While Guthix Sleeps Quest journal no longer refers to Jas as male god.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Jas' name may be derived from "JAS", which is a real-life acronym for Java Application Server, the application that drives RuneScape's game engine.
- In the fifth Postbag from the Hedge, the letter from the Chaos Elemental reads "Chaos Soahc, Jas. Hello?"
- Jas' attributes of being "Time" and "Sand" may be a reference to the "Sands of Time", a mythical representation of the eternal passing of time.
- Jas was previously referred to as male, being referred to as "His" and "He" in the Dragonkin journals and While Guthix Sleeps. However, all references thereafter referred to her as female. All references to Jas being were later retconned to refer to Jas as female.
- Jas' hexagon symbol is a reference to her hierarchy among the five Elder Gods, with each of her younger sisters having symbols with a side less depending on their age and power.
- Jas is also a member of the Ravensworn, as stated by her in replays of Sliske's Endgame.
- When a Hardcore Iron Man dies from Jas the broadcast will read that the player has died from "insulting the elder god Jas".
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ a b "The Origins of Gielinor" (an official motion comic).*
- ^ a b Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers." 27 June 2013. General Forums.
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Brink of Extinction", RuneScape. "Jas is time, and so time passes. She is sand, and so there is desert."
- ^ Stone of Jas plug, "Aquarium", RuneScape. "The cycle of gods looked about them and saw regression, not progress. The decision was made by the wisest: an egg would be hardened and removed from the cycle. Its power would herald a new era."
- ^ Mod Raven. "Dev Question Responses Q1." 22 March 2017. Gold Premier 2017 Forums.
Question: During the final moments of the quest we meet Jas, and I was wondering about her design in relation to the Stone itself. We are told she created it, but was it PART of her? Her design just screams that the stone was a literal part of her because it looks like she's covered in many Stones of Jas.
Mod Raven: The Stone of Jas was her egg. So in some ways it's about as much a part of yourself as you can give up. With the design of Jas we wanted to reference the concept of Time, in her physical form. So we focused on features such as the constant rotation of her arms and the flowing sand (as in the sands of an hourglass). We also wanted to give her a decidedly alien appearance, to show how utterly removed from mortal life the elder gods are.Lost reference
- ^ Jas, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "[The Stone of Jas] is lost
It is no longer necessary
- ^ RuneScape Lore Q&A (from RuneFest 2016).*
- ^ Voice of Jas, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "The function of the binding was to protect the Catalyst. We linked their pain receptors to the usage of the Catalyst. We are aware that mortal life is motivated by these impulses. As the pain impulses increased we also amplified their other neurological functions. This resulted in increased reflexes, speed, magical aptitude. Combined and directed this served as an efficient system."
- ^ "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "You shiver, as you remember an alternative life where you were shattered into atoms by the fury of one of the creators of the universe."
- ^ From the examine text of a Voice of Jas: "An entity created to speak for the elder god Jas as her voice would obliterate us."
- ^ Jagex. Mod Rowley's Twitter account. 26 March 2014. (Archived from the original on 26 March 2014.) Mod Rowley: "Left to right it's Ful, Jas, Bik (and Wen not pictured)"
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|† denotes gods that are deceased; ๏ denotes gods part of the Menaphite Pantheon; ‡ denotes gods part of the Karamjan Pantheon|
|Part 4 of the Sliske quest series|
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