Rise of the Consortium

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The Rise of the Consortium[1] was a historical time period in the history of Keldagrim, lasting less than 500 years.[2] It began with the death of King Alvis, the last king of the Era of Kings, in 1626 of the Fourth Age.[3][4] It is unknown when it ended, but it is followed by the Era of Prosperity.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Trade Octagon, the principal trade zone of the Consortium.

The Consortium, a group of mining companies established to serve the monarchy, was founded during the reign of King Alvis, the last king of the previous era. Over time, the power of the Consortium grew so much that it eclipsed the power of the king.[5] Upon his death, with no official heir, the rule of Keldagrim was handed over to the Consortium, completely consolidating it as the governing body of the city and beginning the Rise of the Consortium era.[6][1]

Almost nothing is known about this era, but the rule of the Consortium heralded the Era of Prosperity.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c Librarian, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "You'll find books dating from many different eras as well. Such as the Era of Kings, the Rise of the Consortium and the Era of Prosperity, our current era."
  2. ^ The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "Five hundred years have passed since the rule of King Alvis, saviour of Keldagrim, victim of his own intentions."
  3. ^ The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "Five hundred years have passed since the rule of King Alvis, saviour of Keldagrim, victim of his own intentions."
  4. ^ The Giant Dwarf quest was released in 2005. Going by Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, if the in-game time progresses in real time, the events of the quest would have occurred in 174 V (2020 → 189 V; 2005 → 174 V). We know the Era of Kings ended 500 years before 174 V. 500 - 174 = 326. If we subtract 326 from 1952, the length of the Fourth Age according to Reldo, we get 1626. Without making any assumptions, the end date varies between 1621 IV and 1634 IV (the events of The Giant Dwarf occur between 169 V and 182 V).
  5. ^ The Giant Dwarf, RuneScape. "He founded the Consortium: the gathering of mining companies that were to serve the monarchy. But eventually the monarchy came to serve the Consortium. By the time of his death, the monarchy was all but abolished."
  6. ^ Meike, "King of the Dwarves", RuneScape. "Alvis never remarried. He handed rule of the city over to the Consortium after his death."