Kami-shima

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Kami-shima is an island in The Shield and the largest island of the Wushanko Isles. It is unlocked on the player-owned ports map after the final trio voyage between the Tengu, the Exile, and the Memory and can be briefly visited during Once Upon a Time in Gielinor: Finale quest.

History[edit | edit source]

In a period of time before the Time of the Dragonkin and the First Age, known as the Time of the Colossi, a powerful nexus of anima existed on Kami-shima. Animals infused with the energies from the nexus became the colossi, gaining power and, in time, intelligence. In the process of exploring their new identity, four colossi originating from Kami-shima, Seiryu the Azure Serpent, Byakko the White Tiger, Suzaku the Vermillion Bird and Genbu the Black Tortoise, became inspired by the beliefs of nearby humans and took the roles of the elemental Wushanko Guardians to give their divinity a purpose.[1]

The island was kept secret and hidden by the Gu in order to protect the sea creatures that originated from it. It was shrouded in protective wards and surrounded by a barrier of anima, which is also believed to be responsible for the lack of interference from the gods in the region, acting similarly to the Edicts of Guthix.[2]

During the Sixth Age Davosi, former Bandosian head diviner, devised a plan to create a weapon, Scarecrow, able to kill the World Guardian. He used the energy of the sea creatures to power it but to finish his plan he sought Kami-shima and its energy to power the device, willing to drain the entire island of anima.[3][4] Three adventurers who the World Guardian met in their port, Honovi, the Exile, Kami, the Memory and Sojobo and Shanao, the Tengu, learned of Davosi's plans and the existence of Kami-shima. Though the seasingers were unwilling to reveal what the name means, despite being scared of Davosi, the trio learned of the island from the Gu, who reluctantly shared their knowledge, convinced by the Kami's kinship with the sea creatures.[5][6] The adventurers devised a battle plan, but prevented the portmaster from getting involved and risking their life. With the support of the seasingers, who faced Davosi's fleet, and the Gu warriors on land the trio faced the diviner.[7] The island itself aided the defenders, sending shi-guardian lions to help.[8] Davosi was defeated and the weapon destroyed, with Kami returning most of the anima back to the island. However some of the energy stayed with her and connected all three adventurers to the island, making them its guardians. It also reinvigorated Shanao.[9]

At some point in the future, a group of criminals known as Tiger's Claw, were trying to seize the foo lions to make supposed homeopathic medicine. Relomia teamed up with the three guardians and Kami's pet lion, Fraji, to convince the island's spirits to crate an anima guardian to protect the lions. However Kami died when trying to solve the puzzle opening the door in the Sanctuary of the Four Winds leading to the heart of the island and appeared in the Closure's study. In order to help Relomia be a better protector and to save their friends, the World Guardian entered the memory of Kami-shima and showed Relomia how to use the strengths of each ally to overcome the threat and undo their untimely deaths.[10][11]

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  • patch 31 January 2022 (Update):
    • The Kami-shima sanctuary was visible from The Arc world map. This was unintended and has now been fixed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 'Kami' (神) means 'god' and 'spirit' in Japanese; 'shima' (島) means 'island'.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Colossi & the time of colossi, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "The second group are the Wushanko Guardians, a group of colossi who are little known on the mainland. They originate from an island known as Kami-shima, a powerful nexus which created many colossi before the First Age. The story as I have been able to piece it together is that four of these creatures, exploring their identities and newfound intelligence, identified themselves with the myths of the humans living nearby and took on the role of elemental guardians as a way to find purpose in their divinity and intelligence."
  2. ^ The Memory, "Transcript:Gu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain", RuneScape. "The Memory: Kami-shima is an island - a hidden island in The Shield! It's where all the sea creatures come from - it's their source!
    The Tengu: The island is shrouded in protective wards, and surrounded by a barrier of anima. The Gu sought to keep its existence hidden, to protect the sea creatures.
    Player: Hmm... Maybe this explains some of why there are no gods in this part of the world.
    The Memory: Yes, it is protected! By the world itself!"
  3. ^ The Exile, "Transcript:Gu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain", RuneScape. "The Exile: It gets worse. Kakashi is proudly telling his troops that he has divined the location of Kami-shima. He plans to use it as a power source for his weapon.
    The Memory: That's crazy! He'd drain the entire island just to build a weapon?"
  4. ^ The Exile, "Transcript:Gu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain", RuneScape. "Player: Who? Who is his target?
    The Exile: You, challem. He intends to kill you.
    The Tengu: Why all this trouble just to kill one man/woman?
    The Memory: Because he/she's the World Guardian!"
  5. ^ The Tengu, "Transcript:Lament of the Sea", RuneScape. "The seasingers mentioned another word when talking of Kakashi - 'Kami-shima'. They were scared, but they would not tell us who or what it was."
  6. ^ The Memory, "Transcript:Gu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain", RuneScape. "Player: How was your audience with the Gu?
    The Memory: They heard our pleas and, though they were reluctant to impart this information, they told us about Kami-shima.
    The Tengu: This one was most convincing. They saw the shared kinship between her and the sea creatures."
  7. ^ The Exile, "Transcript:Guardians of the World (voyage)", RuneScape. "Player: My captains have discovered Kami-shima, at the furthest edge of The Shield. If they didn't know how to divine its location, they'd never have found it.
    The Memory: We will have aid of the seasingers - they can keep Kakashi's fleet occupied while we land on the island.
    The Tengu: And the Gu will send their warriors to fight beside us on the island."
  8. ^ The Exile, "Transcript:Guardians of the World (voyage)", RuneScape. "The Tengu:It was a true battle of legend! We fought on sea, on land...in the skies!
    The Memory: The island itself came alive to aid us! Before our eyes sprang into being strange creatures to protect us, and to fight Kakashi and his mercenaries!
    The Tengu: I know of these creatures from Gu folklore - they are shi-guardian lions! They were ferocious. Kakashi never stood a chance - his death was a great victory for justice!"
  9. ^ The Exile, "Transcript:Guardians of the World (voyage)", RuneScape. "Player: The weapon?
    The Memory: Destroyed! I managed to return its energy back into the island, but...some of it stayed with me. It's connected us all to Kami-shima.
    Player: What does that mean?
    The Tengu: The island has made us its guardians! Just being there has reinvigorated Shanao! He feels as spry as a young bird of eighty again! You should have seen him soar!"
  10. ^ Relomia, "Once Upon a Time in Gielinor: Finale", RuneScape. "Welcome to Kami-shima Island! Well, my memory of it, at least. I teamed up with these three to help defeat the Tiger's Claw, a bunch of organised criminals who are trying to harvest foo lions to make homeopathic 'medicine'."
  11. ^ Relomia, "Once Upon a Time in Gielinor: Finale", RuneScape. "We were working to, er, create a new anima guardian to defend them, or something."