Lumbridge Castle

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Lumbridge Castle is a castle located in Lumbridge and is the home of Duke Horacio. The courtyard enclosed by the outer walls features two decorative fountains and two statues, one of an ancient king and one of an ancient hero. A short flight of 3 steps joins this to the castle's front entrance. Another entrance is behind the castle.

It is often a busy place, as it is the location of a lodestone, and on death, it is one of the few places that you always have the option to respawn at, although members also have the option to respawn in Falador (after completing Recruitment Drive), in Camelot (after completing Knight Waves Training Grounds), or in the Soul Wars lobby (after completing Nomad's Requiem).

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

Lumbridge Castle, in one form or another, has existed for over 1,000 years. The first mention of Lumbridge can be traced back to the year 1100 of the Fourth Age, when the developing nation of Misthalin was largely uninhabited, except for the city of Avarrocka. At first, Lumbridge Castle was a small wooden fort, built solely to protect Misthalin from the many threats that still lived both outside and within it.

For hundreds of years, Lumbridge Castle was the only significant structure in the area, essentially making the castle the only thing in the then-unincorporated town of Lumbridge. This all changed in the year 1937, when King Claudius of Varrock granted the area to Polonius, the man who would soon become the first Duke of Lumbridge.

Re-development[edit | edit source]

Polonius, a vassal lord in the Misthalanian feudal system, established Lumbridge, expanding its borders beyond the wooden fortress. Polonius then ordered a bridge to be built over the River Lum, which would not only earn the town its name, but would also herald a new era of prosperity as commerce in areas such as Al Kharid and Entrana increased.

As Lumbridge became increasingly important, Polonius had the wooden fort destroyed and replaced with the much stronger Lumbridge Castle that exists today. Since then, Lumbridge Castle has housed the Dukes of Lumbridge, including the current duke, Horacio.

Modern history[edit | edit source]

The Dorgeshuun[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Lost Tribe and Death to the Dorgeshuun.

Recently, in the Year 169 of the Fifth Age, the Dorgeshuun cave goblins tunnelled into Lumbridge Castle's cellar by mistake. The Dorgeshuun, having hidden in the underground city of Dorgesh-Kaan since the cataclysmic God Wars, resealed the hole in an effort to continue their isolation.

The Dorgeshuun were seen, however, prompting an adventurer to re-establish contact with the long lost tribe. After much diplomatic effort, the Dorgeshuun signed a peace treaty with Duke Horacio, making Lumbridge Castle a portal of commerce between the surface and caves. The castle's advisor, Sigmund, outraged by the treaty, revealed himself to be a member of the extremist H.A.M. cult and was promptly exiled.

The Secret Council of Gielinor[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Recipe for Disaster.

Centuries ago, the Secret Council of Gielinor, a collection of influential individuals from all over Gielinor, was established. Inviting them to a feast in the castle's dining hall for their latest meeting, Horacio ordered his castle chef to prepare a feast.

The chef, however, accidentally used a recipe of the Culinaromancer, one of the castle's past chefs. The deceased Culinaromancer attacked the council during the meal. Only with the help of a skilled adventurer and Aris (using a time spell) was the Council saved and the Culinaromancer defeated.

The Lumbridge Guard[edit | edit source]

Duke Horacio, feeling the castle should be better protected, established the Lumbridge Guard, a small group of trained locals hired to protect the castle from potential enemies. Today they still serve loyally, although they have not been called to action for some time.

Partial Destruction and Rebuild[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Battle of Lumbridge and Lumbridge Rebuildathon.

Shortly after the start of the Sixth Age, a portal appeared in the woods behind the castle. Some weeks after it appeared, the god of chaos, Zamorak stepped through, and, seeing some of Guthix's divine energy in the ground, started firing spells at the ground in order to gain them.

Lumbridge Castle, devastated by the Battle of Lumbridge.

The onlookers who had come to see the portal quickly fled, and Zamorak was confronted by his rival, Saradomin. Saradomin attacked Zamorak, causing Zamorak to retaliate, and the huge amount of power they blasted at each-other caused a giant explosion, destroying much of the castle and forming a large crater outside.

The gods battled each-other for weeks, before Saradomin emerged victorious, causing both Zamorak and Saradomin to retreat, leaving the still-destroyed Lumbridge behind. Foreman George and his team of builders came to rebuild Lumbridge shortly after, and the Castle now looks much the same as it did before the battle.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Courtyard[edit | edit source]

Hans patrols the courtyard.

An open courtyard surrounds the castle. Hans continually walks clockwise around the courtyard, inspecting it. Nastroth can also be found within the courtyard, who will purchase any ancient artefacts you may have, and a Circus barker can be found flying about barking the location of the Circus. Jacquelyn is a low level Slayer master granting tasks that can be completed in or around Lumbridge. A few guard dogs and guardsmen used to be found wandering the grounds.

A tower with a portion of the outer wall is located behind the castle, separating it from the Lumbridge Crater. Before the Battle of Lumbridge the wall surrounded the castle fully, however afterwards openings to the north-west and sout-west were left, allowing access to the crater and the swamp, providing more convenient passage than the tower doors. Saradominist preacher can be found directly south of the tower, providing informations about the battle.

Lumbridge Castle gatehouse[edit | edit source]

Lumbridge Castle's gatehouse

The Lumbridge Castle's gatehouse is the front entrance to the Lumbridge Castle. Technically, it is part of the castle's walls. This gatehouse supports and controls a gate (the gate is not under a player's control) and contains two tower-like structures. The two structures in front of the castle can be climbed via interior stairs, leading to an area with two bronze pickaxe respawns. The structures each have three floors.

Two Wardsman used to be found atop the gatehouse, creating a magical shield around the castle in order to protect it, to try and prevent another event like the Battle of Lumbridge from occurring.

The gatehouse is a necessary place to complete Willow the Wisp of Smoke.

Ground floor[edit | edit source]

A view of the ground floor of the castle

The ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] consists of two rooms: the kitchen to the south adjoins the dining room to the north. The dining room contains various decorations, such as a long table, and many portraits.

The kitchen contains several water sources and a range. It is also home to the Cook, who is the starting point for two quests: Cook's Assistant (which players must complete to use the range) and Recipe for Disaster. The cook claims that his range burns food less often than other ranges.

The kitchen contains respawns for a bowl, pot, knife, and jug. Respawns for a mind rune and a bronze arrow are next to the south and north stairs, respectively.

First floor[edit | edit source]

A view of the first floor of the castle.

The 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of Lumbridge Castle contains two rooms. The northern room is Duke Horacio's bedroom, and players can find the Duke himself here. He provides a free anti-dragon shield to any player who has started the Dragon Slayer quest.

Before The Lost Tribe is completed, the Duke's advisor Sigmund may also be found in this room, and is the starting point of The Lost Tribe. (Note that after completion of The Lost Tribe, Sigmund can be found in the H.A.M. Hideout.)

The southern room contains a spinning wheel, as well as a bronze dagger respawn. The spinning wheel is one of the most popular (most used) spinning wheels in RuneScape due to its proximity to the 2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US] bank.

Second floor[edit | edit source]

The second floor of Lumbridge Castle.

The most notable feature on 2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US] is a bank, which used to house the only bank tutor. There is also a place where four logs respawn, which can be useful for beginner players training Firemaking or Fletching, or making a bit of money. A poll booth is located near the southern staircase.

Bank roof[edit | edit source]

A player raising the flag

As part of the Lumbridge and Al Kharid updates in July 2008, a 3rd floor[UK]4th floor[US] was added to the castle. It is the highest point in Lumbridge and also contains a flag that may be raised by anyone. Reaching the 3rd floor[UK]4th floor[US] and raising the flag are part of the beginner section of the Lumbridge Tasks, and players will automatically exclaim "All Hail the Duke!" and the flag would then be automatically lowered. To get to the 3rd floor[UK]4th floor[US] you must climb the ladder on the north side of the bank on the 2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US]. While raising the flag your first time you complete an achievement.

Cellar[edit | edit source]

A trapdoor in the kitchen leads down to the cellar. Before either the Recipe for Disaster or The Lost Tribe quests, the cellar has no use except for several respawns: a cabbage, some leather boots, a bucket, a knife, and a jug.

The crates here can be searched to further the "You will need to under-cook to solve this one" hard clue scroll.

In member's worlds, after Lost Tribe has been started, there is an entrance to the Dorgeshuun Mine, which connects to the Lumbridge Swamp Caves.

Also in member's worlds, after the first part of Recipe for Disaster has been partially completed, the Culinaromancer's Chest is visible. The chest serves as a partial-service bank; one's bank account may be accessed, but not the Grand Exchange or returned items. The chest is also a food store and an item store, with more items and greater quantities becoming available as more subquests are completed.

Personalities[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • ninja 20 September 2022 (Update):
    • Added missing blocking to walls in the tower south of Lumbridge Castle and the Champions' Guild.
  • patch 6 July 2020 (Update):
    • Added a new marker to direct players to Lumbridge Castle kitchen.
  • patch 8 May 2018 (Update):
    • We've done some masonry work on the walls at the back of Lumbridge castle to fix some unusual superfluous walls.
  • patch 30 April 2018 (Update):
    • Various graphical issues have been fixed around Lumbridge Castle.
    • Players no longer can kill cave goblins under Lumbridge castle through the wall with range.
  • ninja 30 April 2018 (Update):
    • A back door has been added to the kitchen within Lumbridge castle similar to Old School. This door will be open permanently.
  • patch 9 April 2018 (Update):
    • Removed force walk tile from the Lumbridge gatehouse.
  • patch 22 January 2018 (Update):
    • Some broken windows were fixed on the first floor of Lumbridge Castle.
  • ninja 13 November 2017 (Update):
    • Options to immediately climb to the top and bottom of Lumbridge Castle have been added to the stairs.
  • patch 18 July 2016 (Update):
    • Two rogue tiles in the Lumbridge courtyard have had blocking removed.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • Blocking has been added to the turrets around Lumbridge Castle wall.
  • patch 26 November 2013 (Update):
    • Force walk by the barrel at Lumbridge Castle's North east tower has been removed.
  • patch 25 September 2013 (Update):
    • The Cooking range in Lumbridge is no longer a model of a sink.
  • patch 17 June 2013 (Update):
    • Rats behind Lumbridge Castle now drop items as intended.
  • patch 4 June 2013 (Update):
    • The bank chest under Lumbridge Castle now has a 'collect' option for the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Lumbridge Cellar has got it's creepyness back!
  • patch 28 November 2011 (Update):
    • The walled off door at the back of Lumbridge Castle has now been opened up again.
  • patch 9 November 2010 (Update):
    • The Lost Tribe's Lumbridge cellar shortcut now has a left-click option to clear the rubble.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Added some new music to the upper floors of Lumbridge Castle.
    • Added fireplace sounds to the fireplace in Lumbridge Castle.
  • patch 17 September 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed the open bank booth at the top of Lumbridge Castle.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The southern spiral staircase of the castle goes anticlockwise (the same as the spiral stairs in Varrock Palace). In real life, spiral stairs in castles went clockwise as it was easier for swinging a sword (if you're right-handed, which most humans are) when defending the stairs from the top as it would not hit off the stone centre support, and the opposite applies for attackers from below.
  • The Lumbridge Castle can be seen in the Snowglobe from the 2007 Christmas event.