Lord Lowerniel Vergidiyad Drakan (pronounced /ləʊɜːniːl vɜːɡɪdɪjəd drəkʰaːn/) is the overarching antagonist of the Myreque quest series, serving as the unseen overarching antagonist in the first five quests of the series, the main antagonist of the sixth quest and the posthumous overarching antagonist of the seventh and final quest.
He was the vampyric overlord and conqueror of the majority of the Morytania region. Drakan has adopted many titles to assert his authority, amongst them Prince of the Blood and Regent of the Sanguine Fields. He has also been referred to as His-Dark-Self and The Dark Lord. One of the most powerful vampyres to have ever set foot on Gielinor, he has, since the Second Age, been an active force in various military operations, having been allied to both Zaros and Zamorak.
Lord Drakan's age is unknown, but the first accounts of his existence date back to the early Second Age, making him at least 8,000 years old. The enigmatic nature of the vampyric race leaves his origins in question, but it is known that he was brought to Gielinor from the realm of Vampyrium by Zaros, the god of control. The exact details of this realm are a mystery, however.
After arriving, Drakan allied himself with Zaros, who deployed his demonic, vampyric and human legions to establish a large empire in an attempt to stop the other present gods' warring. Although he likely served Zaros for more than a thousand years, Drakan did not wish for the vampyres to make peace and he aided the Mahjarrat Zamorak in his rebellion against their master, leading to Zamorak's ascension to godhood and Zaros' departure from the world. Soon afterwards, Drakan commenced an invasion of the eastern nation of Hallowvale during the Third Age. While the exact motives for this are unknown, it is known that, in exchange for his assistance in the rebellion, Zamorak had permitted the vampyre to do so.
Drakan conquered Hallowvale, overwhelming its human and Icyenic inhabitants, and renamed the region Morytania, transforming its capital into a blood-farming ghetto and corrupting the entire land. His reign has been marred by violence, including, amongst countless others, the Fall of Hallowvale, the Misthalin - Morytania War, the Morytania Campaign, and the Sanguinesti Liberation War. Additionally, his actions indirectly led to the Zamorakian Insurrection following the War of 164, although he was not involved with that, unlike his sister Vanescula and the vampyre noble Tenebra.
As of 169 of the fifth age, Drakan was killed on the roof of his castle by an adventurer, who recently secured the help of The Myreque and Vanescula herself. The Myreque and their allies have caused the deaths of many vampyres, including Dessous, Vanstrom Klause and Lowerniel's two brothers, Draynor and Ranis.
Despite his immense importance to both ancient and modern history, Drakan has managed to remain unseen by the public eye during much of his reign until The Lord of Vampyrium.
A portrait of Drakan's siblings Ranis
; Lowerniel himself is not present, although the moon is believed to bear his visage.
Drakan's family encompasses the whole of House Drakan. Since establishing Morytania, Drakan has made his family name an inherent title to rulership of the nation, spawning at times a limited version of feudalism. For example, the werewolf village Canifis is governed by Lord Malak, a high-ranked vampyre noble. Given the size of House Drakan, Lowerniel seems to have, or has had, a sizeable direct family. However, what exactly entails a blood relationship between vampyres might be more complicated than for other races.
Drakan's only known siblings are Draynor, Ranis, and Vanescula. Count Draynor enjoyed relative prosperity in Morytania until the Misthalin-Morytania War. During the war, Draynor was cast out "for his cowardice," leaving him in Misthalin in a weakened state, along with his servant Ruantun. In the Fifth Age, he was slain by an adventurer, while Ranis was killed by Vanescula, who was working with the same adventurer and the Myreque. This latter event, coupled with the death of Vanstrom Klause, invoked Lowerniel's rage. Lowerniel finally met his end by the hands of the Myreque Lieutenant.
Lord Drakan is faced in the Lord of Vampyrium, using abilities such as blood bombs (which can be avoided by running away from Lord Drakan), firing a red orb (which can be avoided by shielding yourself with the help of Safalaan), and transforming into a cloud of smoke (which like the blood bombs, can be avoided by running away from Lord Drakan).
Drakan with his wings ripped off his back
A detailed version of his portrait
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- Lord Drakan, like Count Draynor and most vampires depicted in modern culture, displays many similarities to the fictional vampire Count Dracula, the antagonist in the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. Apart from their similar behaviour and physical traits, their names' beginning syllables, "Drak" and "Drac", are phonetically identical.
- According to the Cryptic Clue Fest IV of the Diamond Jubilee, Drakan has hidden himself from public view due to him enjoying the Twilight book series and being unable to face anyone since. This was only a non-canon joke, however.
- His combat level 666 is most likely a reference to the "Number of the Beast".
- Drakan has the fourth highest combat level of any quest boss, surpassed only by Nomad, and Gregorovic. He is also the highest-levelled vampyre, beating the previous record holder, the level 424 Vanescula.
- During The Lord of Vampyrium and River of Blood, it is suggested that Drakan once had possession of the Stone of Jas.
- According to Vanescula, Lord Drakan is far more powerful than Vanstrom Klause. This is true to a certain extent, as his combat level is drastically higher.
- His design appears to be inspired by Kain, from the Legacy of Kain series.
- According to the Wise Old Man, the ring of charos would be ineffective against Lord Drakan. Considering he was able to see past the Myreque's disguises, this may very well be true.
- ^ Jagex. Postbag 40 - "Transcript:Previously, in Dorgesh-Kaan.", Letter 5, by Vanstrom Klause. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
- ^ Zaros, "Fate of the Gods", RuneScape. "They carve out territories and scar the land with their petty skirmishes. They must be taught obedience. As a child of the creators, I feel it is my duty to bring these young gods to heel. [...] To this end, I have brought my own lower races to this world. If the young gods will not heed my words or recognise my divinity, then they will be made to listen."
- ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "So anyway, Lord Zamorak and his trusted compatriots, namely myself, Hazeel, Drakan, Thammaron and Zemouregal made plans to overthrow our lord using the god-weapon, and by pledging allegiance to Zamorak as our master, were each to be given a large piece of land as our own in return."
- ^ Jagex. "The Fall of Six." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
- ^ Drakan's Bloodline, Official RuneScape Website.
- ^ T.S. Church. Return to Canifis, (547). Titan Books, 2011.
- ^ Jagex. Postbag 19 - "Transcript:The vampyres explain themselves", Letter 4, by Solomon Lamescus. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.