Mr. Mordaut

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Mr. Mordaut is a very old, friendly and wise draconic professor, currently employed as the Professor of Unnatural History at the Varrock Museum. His office is located behind the door at the back of the stairs to the basement. He previously ran the Surprise Exam random event. He can be found in his office in the museum, the entrance to which is located on the back of the staircase of the lowest floor. Here he may be visited to discuss the history and nature of dragons and even the Dragonkin.

History[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

Mr. Mordaut was a creation of the Dactyl Dragonkin Taraket, who fused an egg from the Queen Black Dragon with that of a fairy dragon.[1] He was an attempt to create an intelligent dragon, most dragons being brutish, aggressive and unintelligent beasts. Mordaut was considered a failure by his creator, as, although he had the intelligence the Kin desired, he had none of the aggression, desire to harm others or power that makes a dragon a dragon. Even to this day, he is unable to muster anything more than a spit of dragonfire.[2] As such, Taraket discarded Mordaut.[3]

Mr. Mordaut in his classroom of students.

In his youth he attempted to prove his creators wrong, but after trying to eat his first adventurer, he spat them out, for it just felt wrong to him.[2] He has since become a 'cheegan,' only eating cheese and cheese-related products.[4] His failure to do what he was created for sparked an ambition in Mr. Mordaut to lead others to their destiny, so he became a teacher.[5] He taught a small classroom of students, most of them being non-human. One notable student of Mordaut is the demon butler Alathazdrar, who remarked that he was most "conflagratory and irascible to the younger students."

Life as teacher[edit | edit source]

As for the Mysterious Old Man: well, he approached me at one of his famous fondue parties, set up for potential inductees to his random event programme. Dr Jekyll and the Drunken Dwarf decided to hit the melted cheese early, I seem to remember. The Mysterious Old Man said my classroom was the ideal place to educate the adventurers of RuneScape and offered me an invitation to become his newest random event. I was most pleased to accept.
— Mr.Mordaut [6]
Mr Mordaut at his desk.

At some point in the Fifth Age, Mr Mordaut was approached by an individual known as the Mysterious Old Man, who was the leader of a large network of acquainted people who would occasionally host short activities for people's pleasure and distraction, although often against their will, collectively known as the random event programme. The two agreed that Mr Mordaut would subject anyone to be teleported to his classroom by the mysterious old man to a short IQ test, to be rewarded with some knowledge. These occurrences would become known as the Surprise Exam.

Mr. Mordaut was also one of the commentators during the Gielinor Games, a large sports event hosted in the summer of 169 of the Fifth Age, wherein various races participated. While commentating, he said dragons are especially fascinated with collecting things, and that he himself likes to collect rare coins. He mentioned that he possesses an Avarrocka Guinea coin, after which Tentacle, a fellow commentator, called him "dragon geek". At the Games, Mordaut could be heard making bad cheese jokes, attempting to "civilise" Thok and trying to have intelligent conversations with a zombie. He appears to have appreciated the experience, especially enjoying people tripping and falling at the cheese rolling race.

Professor of Unnatural History[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the Games, the mysterious old man went into retirement and the random event hosts disbanded, Mordaut amongst them. For reasons unknown, the dragon retired from teaching altogether and instead received employment at the Varrock Museum as the head of the Unnatural History department, providing much the same function as natural historians, but, where they focus on more ordinary creatures, Mordaut focuses on the more unusual species, such as mythical beasts and sentient plants.[7] He is an expert on the dragons and Dragonkin and is currently conducting research about the legendary dragon riders from the Second Age.

Due to his status as a dragon, he decided to leave the more social side of his job to his human counterparts. As such, he mainly keeps to himself and is most often found at his desk, which is located in a pocket dimension, surrounded with souvenirs from his teaching days. Despite his isolation, he enjoys his work. For example, he usually pretends to be an exhibit piece for the museum when young children accidentally stumble into his office, but occasionally gives a roar to scare them.[8] He also curates the museum's coin collection, with an Avarrocka Guinea being one of his most prized possessions.[9]

In One of a Kind, Mordaut found one of Hannibus' journals, believed that it would finally uncover the legendary Dragon Rider's hidden whereabouts. He recruited the World Guardian to assist in the task, which led them to freeing Hannibus from his stone prison.[10] They later assisted him in returning to Iaia, or returning to stasis to find a cure for his dying race with Kerapac's assistance. After the events, he may be spoken to about them, where he expresses his desire to see and speak with Hannibus, Kerapac and Therragorn sometime in the future.

In Curse of the Black Stone, the World Guardian visits Mr. Mordaut on translating a cypher Hannibus had found. Mordaut was able to translate it, but informed them that it was only part of a map and they would need to find the other pieces.[11] After recruiting the King Black Dragon into the strike force against The Ambassador, the World Guardian decided to pay a visit with Hannibus in tow. Mordaut was shocked and humbled by the Dragon Rider's presence, requesting a signature to commemorate the event.[12] Hannibus told Mordaut if he knew of any dragons who could help, which he sadly stated there were none. Before Hannibus could leave however, Mordaut told Hannibus that there was another dragon rider fighting for Zaros in the Heart of Gielinor.[13]Hannibus thanked Mordaut and promised to have a long, lengthy conversation with him once the Ambassador was stopped.

An Expedition[edit | edit source]

Following the threat of Kerapac's plans to destroy Gielinor to stop the Elder Gods, King Roald commissioned Mr. Mordaut to create a boat to sail to Fossil Island, believing that Kerapac may have fled there to begin the next phase of his plan. Mordaut was more than ecstatic and took the offer, knowing the previous foreman was completely incompetent due to his ten years of work leading all to failures and draining the museum's resources, even admitting that he was baffled with their performances. He promptly disgraced him in the process.

He acquired the services of Eva (for free) and began recruiting numerous adventurers to assist in the process of creating his boat to access the island. During the first three days, the adventurers helped tend and cut Eva's magical trees and reinforcing the boat's hull. On the third day, a furnace was added and supplied with ingots for adventurers to make rivets to reinforce the boat. On the sixth day, a boat engine and a workbench appeared to allow adventurers to tinker with the engine using their Invention skills or empower wards with their Magic skills to assist breaching the stormwall surrounding the island. On the ninth day, the boat was nearly completed, and all that was needed was to channel the crest with energy and sew some sails for the masts.

In return for the adventurers' services, Mordaut offered various rewards such as parts for the Varrock Agent Outfit, a flag resting emote, Mordaut Jr. and the Stormbreaker title. If Mordaut Jr. is inquired about, Mr. Mordaut tells them that the archaeologists unearthed the egg and it hatched, pleased that he was not Taraket's only unique creation. If the adventurer assisted Mordaut enough, he allowed Mordaut Jr. to travel with them to explore in his place, having missed his chance during his formative years.

Exploring Anachronia[edit | edit source]

With the barge completed, the adventurer led a small expedition to the island to set up a base camp. While exploring, they were ambushed by a pavosaurus rex, but escaped with the help of Irwinsson, who brought them to an abandoned temple as it was safe there.

The adventurer began assisting in the construction of the base camp, building a town hall. Upon its completion, Giles brought Mordaut along, who set up office in the newly constructed building. Mordaut was surprised with the island, as he had expected fossils, not living creatures. He summarized that something was wrong with the island, as they were far too north to sustain such viable life and decided to call the island Anachronia, the land out of time. He advised the adventurer to explore the island while they built up the camp, as it was too dangerous to explore unprepared.

The following takes place during Desperate Measures.

Mr. Mordaut temporarily abandoned the camp when Kerapac attempted to have it razed by sending a group of crazed dinosaurs. He returned once Kerapac was stopped.

The following takes place during Sins of the Father.

He later informed the World Guardian that the archaeologists had spotted what they believed to be Kerapac and requested they follow up on their lead to make sure Kerapac was not doing anything suspicious. The World Guardian investigated these claims and found an undamaged, hidden section of the laboratory in the volcano, but the Dragonkin that the archaeologists had spotted was actually Vicendithas, Kerapac's son.

Gaining Kudos[edit | edit source]

By talking to Mr. Mordaut about the Dragonkin and presenting your findings to him, you will be rewarded with further insight. The things you can talk to him about and their requirements for doing so are:

By providing information on all of them you will be rewarded with some Kudos and a dragonkin lamp for 25,000 Slayer experience.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Artwork of Mr. Mordaut examining a bot.
  • His name, Mordaut, may be a play on the word 'mordant', which means "Having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting".
  • Mr. Mordaut has a map of Karamja in his office, possibly due to the relation of the dragonkin to the Brimhaven Dungeon.
  • When approached in his office, and select the 'about your office' chat option, your character says, "I feel like it's bigger on the inside than on the outside". This is a reference to the popular British sci-fi TV programme Doctor Who, when people say the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
  • Mr. Mordaut has a small cameo in the message that appears for the first warning for players caught botting.
  • The emblem on the door leading to Mr. Mordaut's office occasionally changes colour and geometric shape, cycling through the doors that the player could exit through during the Surprise Exam random event.
  • His favorite cheese is Red Lumbridge.
  • During Breaking the Storm, when asked about the boat, Mr Mordaut repeats part of a reply that Curator Haig Halen gave in a Postbag from the Hedge letter.[14]
  • Mr. Mordaut was one of few characters with an official pre-release description for the Land Out of Time Update; his description is as follows: "Mr. Mordaut is an old but well educated dragon, unlike many of his brethren. He currently sits as the Professor of Unnatural History at the Varrock Museum, where others can benefit from his keen mind. His unique experience and insight makes him an ideal candidate to lead any expedition to the island."
  • Madromurt is an anagram of Mr. Mordaut.[15]
  • In the Orthen Archaeology Journal, Mordaut signs his name followed by "BLS, MPhil, OBE, DRaGOn", indicating he has a bachelor of library science or liberal studies and a master of philosophy. An OBE is a class of officer in the Order of the British Empire, a real life chivalric order, awarded to people who have made major contributions in their line of work. And the capitalisation in DRaGOn may indicate a doctorate of some kind.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "My creator's name was Taraket, who fused an egg from the queen with something called a fairy dragon. I was the result."
  2. ^ a b Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "My failure was that I went too far the other way. While my brethren were too aggressive, I had no aggression whatsoever; no desire to harm others. Where they had power, I had none. Even to this day, I can muster no more than a spit of dragonfire. So while I may possess the mental prowess the dragonkin desired from their progeny, I was barely even a dragon in my creator's eyes. I tried, in my youth, to prove the voice of those journals wrong, but after half-chewing my first adventurer I spat it out - it just felt wrong."
  3. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "I too am a creation of the dragonkin, though before I was old enough to comprehend the world, my creator had left. I never knew them. And I, too, was deemed a failure."
  4. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "I myself am cheegan. I only eat cheese and cheese-related products."
  5. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "'Those that can, do', so the saying goes. But I could not...and so I chose to become a teacher! I set out to lead others to their true destiny."
  6. ^ Jagex. Postbag 30 - "Transcript:A message from the wire.", Letter 2, by Mr Mordaut. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  7. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "I head the museum's Unnatural History department. I perform much the same function as the natural historians, but I focus on the more...unusual species. Mythical beasts, sentient plants, dimensional anomalies those sorts of things."
  8. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "There aren't many museum visitors who wouldn't flee for their lives upon coming face to face with a dragon! Mr. Mordaut: Not even one as erudite and cultured as I... When a visiting human child accidentally comes in here, I have to pretend I'm one of the displays in storage. Though I do occasionally 'spring to life' to give them a scare!"
  9. ^ Mr. Mordaut, RuneScape. "I also curate the museum's coin collection. I have an Avarrocka guinea, you know - very rare and valuable!"
  10. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "As you are aware, I have a deep interest in the history of dragonkind and have made it my mission to seek out as much information on our past as possible. During my recent investigations, I uncovered what may be the final journal of Hannibus, the Dragon Rider. I believe this journal entry could well be the secret to his current whereabouts. Could I interest you in helping me to investigate?"
  11. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "Curse of the Black Stone", RuneScape. "This seems to be some sort of map, though I cannot quite make it out. It's talking about a font of creation. Which knowing what I know of the dragonkin might well indicate one of their hidden laboratories... it seems this is only a part of the map."
  12. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "Curse of the Black Stone", RuneScape. " couldn't be...could it? A living, breathing, dragonrider, here in my little office? My good sir, it is an honour to meet you. Truly. Why I am giddy, where's a parchment, I really must get your signature."
  13. ^ Mr. Mordaut, "Curse of the Black Stone", RuneScape. "I'm sorry I can't think of any dragons with enough clarity to join you... but couldn't you get the other dragonrider to help you? I know she's rather...difficult, but she is your kin after all? There's a dragonrider general, fights for the forces of Zaros at the Heart."
  14. ^ Jagex. Postbag 43 - "Transcript:Postbag suffers from feature creep.", Letter 6, by Curator Haig Halen. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  15. ^ Mod Jack. RuneScape Discord (#lore-discussion). 1 October 2020. "this is why for the reveal that mr mordaut is actually a mahjarrat, I made sure to set that up well in advance [...] I did put a hint in game that he might be [...] the hint is ranagam [...] someone needed to write the letter and you know what it's like when you have a brilliant idea you just can't abandon"