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Osman is the current Pharaoh of Menaphos and former Spy Master of Al Kharid.[2] He is a member of the Secret Council of Gielinor, representing Al Kharid. He can be found inside of the palace in Al Kharid. He cannot be accessed until the player completes Stolen Hearts. After Our Man in the North, he disappears until 'Phite Club, where he appears at the start and the end of the quest before becoming inaccessible. He is a descendent of Senliten through her son Osmumten.[3]

He used to be good friends with a Sorceress in southern Al Kharid though their relationship has soured to the point where she refuses to give him the sq'irks she grows, which he has a particular fondness for.[4] He rewards players who get him sq'irkjuice from the Sorceress's Garden with Thieving experience.

He will sell replacement Keris daggers for a fee of 20,000 coins. If the player did not take the dagger from the corpse of the scarab he will provide it for free once.

History[edit | edit source]

Osman moved to Al Kharid at some point prior to Year 169 of the Fifth Age with his daughter Leela as the Head of the Palace Guard. He had a reputation for being strict and disciplinarian.[5] He caught a local thief, Ozan, in the treasure vault of Al Kharid, supposedly in the act of stealing the Kharid-ib.[1] He banished Ozan, threatening to arrest him if he ever returned.[6] He also had Khnum expelled from the Palace Guard.[7]

He began gathering historical records of any quality, especially those involving, regardless of their worth or state, in a bid to prove his heritage.[8] He used Simon Templeton as a salesman, but discontinued the arrangement when Simon grew suspicious. This caused the two men to have a mutual distrust of one another.[9][10]

In Year 169, Ali Mirza, son of Emir Shah and heir to Al Kharid, went missing. Osman was ordered to find him. He caught Ozan and an adventurer in the treasure vault and brought them before the Emir when they claimed to have information about Prince Ali. The Emir died in front of them, though Osman did not blame either of the thieves for it. He lifted Ozan's exile, allowing him to be an Al Kharid citizen again.

He later called Ozan and the adventurer to the treasure vault and did not give them instructions on how to obtain the true Kharid-ib nor did he tell them how to use it to find Prince Ali. When the Kharid-ib was lost to Amascut, he was forced to exile Ozan again.

Osman later went to Sophanem after being convinced by the adventurer and Maisa, one of his agents. He snuck into the city then the underground tunnels which collapsed while he was in them. He came to the adventurer's aid, helping them with the scarab that had attacked and possibly taking the dagger used to weaken it.

When Leela attempted to aid some monkeys with returning to the desert, Osman tracked his daughter down to Uzer Mastaba and berated her for abandoning her post for work he deemed unimportant and causing him embarrassment.

During the latest meeting of the Secret Council of Gielinor, he was kidnapped by Evil Bob and taken to ScapeRune and so wasn't present when the Culinaromancer was freed.

Osman, bottom row fourth from the left.

When the Pharaoh of Menaphos made a request for the resumption of trade between their cities, Osman was suspicious about the invitation and wanted to send spies to gather information. Emir Ali refused his request. Osman privately spoke with Ali's chosen envoy, the adventurer who had previously rescued the prince, and warned them to stay on their guard. He also requested they use their time in the city to search for books relating to the lineage of the city's pharaohs.

He returned again to Senliten's tomb, this time berating his daughter for her attempts to help crocodiles. They argued over whose plan to save Menaphos was better and he stormed out.

The adventurer managed to locate the book Osman sought and took it to Senliten and Leela. They revealed Osman's intent - to prove his ancestry as Senliten's descendent and claim his rightful position as the Pharaoh as Menaphos. The adventurer handed over the book right as Ambassador Jabari incapacitated the Kharidian guards and walked into the Al Kharid palace. Jabari revealed that Osman had been vital in Emir Ali's kidnapping before running. The adventurer went to deal with Jabari while Ali dealt with Osman. Osman pleaded his intentions, claiming he had been trying to bring peace to the entire region by positioning himself to take over Menaphos then strike a deal with Al Kharid and that he had plans in place to ensure Ali's safety. Ali, furious, declared Osman a traitor, stripping him of his position as spymaster and exiling him while stating that he wanted Osman executed. Osman left, asking that Ali one day forgive him.

He spent some time with Senliten, gathering information. He snuck in Menaphos then used this information to gather allies, such as Grand Vizier Ehsan for a planned coup. He had the adventurer convince each faction leader, convincing them that Osman would be more peaceful and benevolent than the current Pharaoh, then had the adventurer march upon the Golden Palace to convince the Pharaoh to step aside. The Pharaoh was less than willing, stating that he was ruler by divine choice, attacking the adventurer. Once he was defeated, the four faction leaders arrived, each with plans for the Pharaoh: imprisonment, slavery, exile and death. Osman came in seconds after the Pharaoh's fate was decided and executed him, declaring it his right. He then took on the role of Pharaoh, leader of Menaphos, and dismissed the adventurer.

Historical role[edit | edit source]

Osman played a minor role in the quest Prince Ali Rescue. He directed the player towards his daughter Leela, who had tracked the kidnapped Prince Ali to a jail cell just outside Draynor Village. He turned a key print into a bronze key, which was then used to rescue the prince.

Personality[edit | edit source]

In this game, you have to be prepared for anything.

Osman, Diamond in the Rough

Osman is very distrustful, acting against his enemies and having plans on how to defeat his allies.[11] He places heavy worth on his role as spymaster, to the extent that others consider him obsessive.[12] He is considered to be manipulative, especially when it comes to his agents,[13] and considers people to be expendable.[14] He also threatens those who do not do as he wishes.[15] His controlling nature, willingness to do whatever is necessary to achieve his aims and constant suspicions have greatly strained his relationship with his daughter Leela.[16][17] This may be due to corruption caused by Amascut.[18]

He harbours a great distrust of Menaphos and the Pharaoh, believing them to be a threat.[19] He believes them capable of kidnapping[20], slavery and warmongering.[21] He has also compared the Menaphites' nature to that of the hostile Scabarites beneath Sophanem in a letter to his agent Kaleef.[22] He considers any opportunity to agitate Menaphos to be a good one.[23][24] His actions mean that Menaphos have good reason to get hold of him.[25] Despite his feelings towards the political side of the city, he cares for the people of Menaphos, believing he is capable of making their lives better.[26][27]

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Osman's voice
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The Pharaoh Pharaoh of Menaphos Incumbent

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Transcripts Osman is the author or co-author of:

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!
  • patch 26 October 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where a door opened before Osman and the guards walked into a room.
  • patch 3 July 2017 (Update):
    • Blue boxing has been added to Osman on the roof of the Al-Kharid palace during Jack of Spades.
  • patch 8 February 2016 (Update):
    • Osman no longer uses the player's walk animation during the Contact! quest.
  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • Some labelling issues with Osman have been fixed which were causing him to stretch and bend wildly.
  • patch 28 January 2013 (Update):
    • Some labelling issues with Osman which were causing him to stretch and bend wildly have been fixed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Osman
  • Osman was supposed to be involved in Recipe for Disaster as another person for the player to save, but delays in implementing the quest prevented this. Instead, he is abducted by Evil Bob as part of a Random event.[28]
  • Although Osman is the Pharaoh, he does not seem to get any new uniform, and retains the same uniform he used beforehand. This is likely an oversight by Jagex, or cut content.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Jagex. "The Rising Sun - Ozan's Tale." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  2. ^ "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "His name is Osman, he is Al Kharid's Spymaster – he will be in the palace."
  3. ^ Senliten, "Our Man in the North", RuneScape. "And finally, only once he has acknowledged these two points, that I can tell him what he needs to make his claim. That being the name of my grandchild, who was smuggled out to safety as my son died - the ancestor whom he can draw back to such that he might prove his royalty."
  4. ^ Osman, RuneScape. "There is a sorceress near the south-eastern edge of Al Kharid who grows them. Once upon a time, we considered each other friends."
  5. ^ Jagex. "The Rising Sun - Ozan's Tale." RuneScape Lores and Histories. Khnum "There’s a new Head of the Palace Guard. Osman’s his name...breath worse than an ugthanki, and twice as mean to boot. He’d not think twice about lopping off a little thief’s hands, not even one as young as...how old are you these days?"
  6. ^ Ozan, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "I'm not exactly welcome in Al Kharid these days, either. Osman would slap me in irons as soon as he caught sight of me."
  7. ^ Khnum, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "That night you snuck into the palace... they blamed me for letting you in! I was disgraced. Turfed out after twenty years of loyal service... all thanks to an impetuous boy's curiosity."
  8. ^ Leela, "Our Man in the North", RuneScape. "My father has you delivering proof of our ancestry. If he were able to connect us with Senliten through official records, he could challenge the current Pharaoh's rule."
  9. ^ Simon Templeton, RuneScape. "Well, it's not that Osman - I can tell ya that much. Don't be having dealings with him; he's a slippery customer."
  10. ^ Osman, "Contact!", RuneScape. "Well, that particular grave robber is stuck out in the desert with no real hope of escape because of his greed."
  11. ^ Jagex. Osman. Jagex. "Osman doesn’t trust anyone. Not even a begrudging, earned trust. He assumes the worst of everyone and plans accordingly, sabotaging his enemies and developing failsafes for his allies."*
  12. ^ Leela, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "He is not my master. Sometimes he is too wrapped up in his world of espionage and betrayal to see the desert for the sand."
  13. ^ Leela, "Diamond in the Rough", RuneScape. "No, you manipulated him into doing what YOU wanted. Just like you do with your agents! Just like you do with me!"
  14. ^ Osman, "Diamond in the Rough", RuneScape. "Ozan knew what was at stake. He chose his path and must take responsibility for his actions. Perhaps if his thieving skills were as good as he thinks, he'd have brought the diamond back with you."
  15. ^ Osman, "'Phite Club", RuneScape. "Have you ever been hunted by an ex-spymaster? I assure you, it is as pleasant as it is ephemeral. I will hunt you through this life and the next, pursuing your every walking second until you find it within your desiccated peach pit of a heart to help your brothers and sisters in need. Righteousness, money and torture are all great motivators. I will use my considerable proclivities for that holy trinity to make sure you do the right thing."
  16. ^ RuneScape.
  17. ^ Leela, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "I am not an agent who will follow you blindly anymore."
  18. ^ Senliten, "Our Man in the North", RuneScape. "One, that Leela and I fully suspect now that Amascut was behind my son's downfall, as a means of corrupting the god Het - he being our pantheon's god of strength. Two, that I fear Osman himself is an extension of this plot. He is walking a dangerous path alone, and he must stop before it is too late."
  19. ^ Osman, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "I ask only for what must be done. Else, Al Kharid will fall to the tyrant of Menaphos."
  20. ^ Osman, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "Not missing, kidnapped! This was a deliberate act. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Menaphos was behind it."
  21. ^ Osman, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "No, it's just warmongering and slavery these days, isn't it?"
  22. ^ Osman, "Parchment (Contact!)", RuneScape. "They're about as welcoming as the Menaphites only slightly better looking."
  23. ^ Osman, "Contact!", RuneScape. "I've had my people instigate a bit of civil unrest. Officially our cities may be at peace, but I have some old scores to settle first."
  24. ^ Player, "Contact!", RuneScape. "I have it, if Al Kharid were to help Sophanem with its troublesome neighbour Menaphos, it could drive a wedge between the two cities."
  25. ^ Osman, RuneScape. "As spymaster of Al Kharid, I've been responsible for many a dark deed. The Menaphites would find it difficult not to try to punish me or extract certain delicate information out of me if I managed to fall into their arms."
  26. ^ Osman, "'Phite Club", RuneScape. "I know that these people - my people - deserve better than the depravity they dwell within, and I believe you are the one who can help us change that, if you are so inclined."
  27. ^ Osman, "'Phite Club", RuneScape. "There's a long, dark shadow cast by the Grand Pyramid and it devours this entire city. Any murmurings of dissent are met with brutal force, and I cannot allow its citizens to cower beneath its darkness any longer."
  28. ^ MrNyarlathotep. [Reminiscing On] Runescape, 2003-2007. NeoGAF. 20 June 2015. (Archived from the original on 2017-08-11.)