Phalaks

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Phalaks is a Dactyl Dragonkin and a former student of Kerapac, responsible for creating the King Black Dragon and his successor, Verak Lith.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Like the rest of the Dragonkin, Phalaks survived The Great Revision by hiding in the Abyss, and was subsequently bound to the Stone of Jas afterwards.

Phalaks originally created the King Black Dragon in an attempt to replicate Kerapac's project that saw the creation of the first dragon. While the King was smaller, weaker and less intelligent than the Queen, Kerapac believed that this area was worth investigating and had the two breed.[2] This was a failure, but Kerapac restrained himself from killing Phalak's creation, releasing it into the wilds.[3]

Dragonkin Laboratory[edit | edit source]

Some time after this, Kerapac invited Phalaks back to work for him along with his son Vicendithas in order to create a dragon strong enough to seal or destroy Kranon.[4] Phalaks suggested harnessing the power of the white dragons to accomplish this, with Kerapac accepting his proposal.[5][6] Working with Vicendithas, they manage to create a prototype for a new breed of dragon. It provided mixed results, however, and eventually it was driven mad by its own power.[7][8]

Vicendithas does not trust Phalaks, describing him as "damnable" and a "lying snake".[9][10] Phalaks in turn does not like Vicendithas, being dismissive of his ethics.[11]

Moving on from this small setback, Phalaks returned to an older project: a successor to his original creation. Since it had been completed before their arrival to their laboratory, he requested to be allowed to continue its development in order to accelerate its growth and toughness.[12]

The dragon, Verak Lith became stronger and more ferocious, but it had one critical flaw: it was unable to reproduce. Any eggs that it fertilised, the hatchlings would burn themselves due to their unceasing rage and over-advanced flame-sacs. Phalaks only learned of this after Kerapac insisted that Verak Lith attempt to reproduce, which much to his chagrin led to thousands of dragon eggs going to waste. From Phalaks' point of view, Kerapac had destroyed his work. He resigned from the project and parted ways with Kerapac after this, apparently on bad terms, as he recalled Kerapac spearing a student in the throat for no apparent reason and did not want to share that fate.[13][14] Phalaks returned to his own laboratory near Kerapac's greatest creation in order to continue studying her, gaining vital information.[15] His lab was kept safe despite recent human activity during the Fifth Age, as the entrance was sealed tight; his only worry were grotworms that were roaming the area.

Discovery[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Hero's Welcome.

The corrupted Dragonkin Tarshak came to Phalaks seeking help after he absorbed V's energy through the Elder Mirror, tearing open the entrance to his laboratory. Phalaks initially disbelieved his story, trying to send him off to Kerapac to mend their relationship.[16] Tarshak was able to sense a human's presence due to his mutations, and Phalaks was surprised that Tarshak was telling the truth. However, the situation escalated, prompting him to throw a poisoned dragonbane dart at Tarshak in an attempt to defuse it. To his surprise, Tarshak survived the assassination attempt, but was driven off by the human, who then proceeded to ask him several questions. Phalaks deduced that Tarshak probably went back to his "sanctum" in Brimhaven Dungeon.[17]

He later contacted Kerapac, who also brought fellow Dactyl Silkath to study Tarshak's body, but soon became involved in an argument with the Necrosyrtes, although he collected some samples after the scuffle.

Working with the Abomination's tissue, he discovered that on a cellular level, the muscle and bone were integrated that the bone could flex like muscles, and that it was resistant to age and decay. He believed that it would create interesting products, but his attempts to find a needle and thread for the tissue failed. Upon returning to Tarshak's sanctum, he found numerous humans mining banite ore, capturing several of them for further experiments. He also noted that the Abomination was still "alive", as it retained most of its bodily functions, and also discovered that it was capable of minor regeneration. Phalaks intended to graft a head to the body to give it mobility and control, though his attempts were not successful.[18]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 13 July 2015 (Update):
    • A typo in Phalak's chat has been fixed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Phalaks, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "I am Phalaks, creator of the King Black Dragon and his brood. Once I was a student of one of the greatest of the Dactyl's creationists. But now I work alone."
  2. ^ Third dragonkin journal, written by Kerapac, RuneScape. "Others have started to take note of the project in their moments of sanity. Good. One even tried to copy me, and created his own creature - it is considerably smaller, weaker, and less intelligent than mine, but it has three heads. Despite its weakness, this creature may be useful for breeding with mine. I must know what potential their progeny has."
  3. ^ Fourth dragonkin journal, written by Kerapac, RuneScape. "A hundred years have passed. The project is a failure. Our creations have only managed to produce weak, broken, bestial offspring. They are weak, these less-than-dragonkin, these...dragons.[...] I want to slaughter them all, these dragons, along with their Queen and King. Yet the part of me that clings to sanity reminds me that they may prove to be useful later on. I can...barely restrain myself. I have released the King into the wilds."
  4. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Kerapac, RuneScape. "Skekkin Kranon is the rak to it. Roake rak. Phalaks will aid me. The boy will come too. Chen on Kranon. Rath on Kranon. We'll seal him, or destroy him."
  5. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "Kerapac's white dragons seem like the obvious candidate to reverse the ritual. By harnessing and converting their power we might be able to close the passages between worlds instead and then develop that to deal with this chasm to the other side."
  6. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Kerapac, RuneScape. "Phalaks's proposal accepted. The most durable subject chosen and relocated. You will both begin work immediately. Explore & exhaust all avenues in abyssal-space research here."
  7. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "This prototype is providing mixed results. Giving it the dimension-warping abilities we need to study is making it more aware of itself, and its power puts it in a state of confusion.[...] We have, together, dubbed them 'pthencaraun draekun'." "Pthencaraun Draekeun" translates to "celestial dragon" in the dragonkin language.
  8. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "Subject has deteriorated into a maddened state. I believe it to have been the overload from its multi-dimensional viewpoints and its own self-awareness. It will soon be too dangerous to keep, it phases across who knows where of its own volition."
  9. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Vicendithas, RuneScape. "Kerapac invites me back to work for him and has already brought the damnable Phalaks. Grr, no matter. Perhaps this is a chance to work towards mending the relationship with my father."
  10. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Vicendithas, RuneScape. "Phalaks will claim I released it in compassion but he is a lying snake that can't keep a grasp on his own projects."
  11. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "Vicendithas's ethics are slowing us down. He knows it is destined for termination soon and we may not have time for delays. I've dismissed him to transplanting successful traits to others."
  12. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "Verak Lith was a complete project before we arrived, and my Verak Kreath Draekun pales in comparison as a destructive force. H O W E V E R. Should we wish to take this problem head on by force I wish to continue its development in a toughness acceleration personal project."
  13. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, RuneScape. "Verak Lith was not made to reproduce! You insisted and now we've wasted thousands of eggs fertilising them only to have the hatchlings physically burn themselves out with unceasing rage and over-advanced flame-sacs. I'm so angry, rage consumes me beyond any curse, that you would destroy my work after insisting on being so careful with your own toys. V E R T E N T I S! I'm leaving, Kerapac. Keep my masterpiece, let it be a reminder of what you instill in others."
  14. ^ Phalaks, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "A perfectionist whose mind burned every moment with the fire of our curse is not someone you wish to be near for long. I once saw Kerapac spear another of his students in the throat for an issue so minor that I cannot even recall what triggered it. I had no intention of sharing such a fate."
  15. ^ Phalaks, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Besides, it is quite close to my teacher's greatest creation. Studying it in situ has given me a great deal of interesting information."
  16. ^ Phalaks, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Besides, handing you over to Kerapac may soothe the ill feeling between us. If anyone can find out what you are now, it'll be him."
  17. ^ Phalaks, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "He once maintained a study beneath the area your type calls 'Brimhaven'. It was near the throwback metal dragons, if I recall correctly."
  18. ^ Phalaks' experiment log, written by Phalaks, RuneScape.