Pestilence, or 'Pest' as his friends call him, is one of the four riders, and one of the five founding members and the medic of The Horsemen clan. He was first mentioned in the 2011 Hallowe'en event and appeared in the 2018 Hallowe'en event.
Pestilence is ravaged by disease, which is held at bay by his werewolf physiology. Returning to his human form would kill him within seconds.
Pestilence and Death are not on good terms. Pestilence encountered a skilled adventurer destined for greatness and killed them out of anger at his own curse. This caused Death and Pestilence to fall out, as it was not that adventurer's time. Furthermore, Pestilence feels that Death refuses to help him, despite him coming to Death's aid when called. Death is wary of Pestilence due to the latter's anger issues, which he denies having.
The third floor of the Stronghold of Security is named after him.
Using the hints that Pestilence's favourite colour is white, and that he liked undead creatures, players had to help Beauty select a statue of a skeleton to build for him at Death's citadel during Deathcon II. According to Beauty, Pestilence wanted his statue built close to the citadel, but not next to Death's statue, though he did not say why.
Pestilence first appeared in the final week of the 2018 Hallowe'en event, where Death summoned him to assist in cleansing the chaotic rift. Pestilence sets up a cauldron of bile from which players may take a vial of bile. It can be equipped to deal with a seeker that may occasionally spawn.
Pestilence initial sketches
- ^ Pestilence, "2018 Hallowe'en event", RuneScape. "MORE IGNORANCE. Can you not see my skin rotting? Can you not see the plague that runs through me? If I were to turn to my human form, this disease will kill me in a mere seconds."
- ^ a b Death, "2018 Hallowe'en event", RuneScape. "Pestilence took someone before their time. They were a force, very much like yourself, where they were destined to do remarkable things for Gielinor. However, before that could come to pass they encountered Pestilence, where his vehemence for his own situation of eternal curse, compared to this individual, caused him to strike them down. It was not their time."
- ^ a b Pestilence, "2018 Hallowe'en event", RuneScape. "How could he think I have anger issues? How DARE he call me here, expecting to always help in HIS hour of need when he was NEVER there for me."
- ^ Death, "2018 Hallowe'en event", RuneScape. "Keep a safe distance from that one, World Guardian. I had hoped the years would have been kind to Pestilence, but it appears he's as angry as ever."