This article relates to the history of Saradomin.
Early history[edit | edit source]
Before ascending, Saradomin was originally a justicar on Teragard. He had a family, including a wife and at least one daughter.[source needed] While tracking a criminal one day, he happened upon a cave that he claimed had never been explored by humans before. There, he found the Elder Crown, although this did not immediately cause his ascension to godhood. He used its powers to find other magical artefacts and with them, he reshaped Teragard by reforming its governments. Previously, Teragard was a world of many nations, with unending conflicts over territory. Saradomin ended this by choosing twelve magisters and teaching them his philosophy. Each was chosen to govern a different part of the world and through their governance, Saradomin claims that Teragard prospered in a golden age. Eventually, he states that he no longer needed the artefacts as the power became innate, and at this point he took his place as the god of Teragard.
Unbeknownst to Saradomin, sometime after he left Teragard, the Magisters he had appointed began using him in a twisted manner to control the people, and some of these families died out due to internal conflict between the Magisters. One of these Magisters, Oreb, eventually left Teragard in the Fourth Age;[source needed] Saradomin is currently unaware of his presence on Gielinor.
Jagex had stated he is one of the earliest gods to ascend, and is the current oldest living god. Afterward, Saradomin looked to other worlds and started introducing humans to new realms, making them a rather common species to encounter in the Multiverse. Saradomin does not have many known human followers that are known not to be native to Gielinor, though there is one known faction, that is known to come from Britain. It is unknown if Britain is part of the original human realm, or is part of one of the multiple realms humans live in.
Saradomin also highly favours the Icyene, a race of winged humanoids who are among his most faithful and devoted servants. They are also among his most powerful weapons of war. It is unknown when Saradomin first encountered the Icyene. However he has considerable influence on their homeworld, and it is often considered his bastion of power and home outside of Gielinor.
Naragi God Wars[edit | edit source]
|“||The ruin I brought to the Naragi is my greatest shame. Civilisations have risen and fallen, and still the actions of my past haunt me. And so they should, for regret begets wisdom, and I have much to regret.||”|
|— Saradomin on the Naragi.|
Sometime after Saradomin's ascent to godhood, he arrived to the Naragi realm via a portal in their city of Askroth. He was the first god to arrive on the realm, and was welcomed by Naragi diviners. Saradomin, thinking that his possession of the Elder Crown granted him the right to rule them, however, the Naragi refused. In a fit of rage, Saradomin grew to the size of a mountain and razed the city, being described as a "blue giant" by the terrified refugees. After this, he built a gigantic white fortress on Askroth's ruins and assembled an army and began to march it across the countryside. Guthix, who was a mortal at that time, took care of some of the refugees, and he and the rest of his race became terrified of Saradomin. Some of the Naragi created armies of their own in an attempt to fight off Saradomin, but they were unsuccessful. 
Other gods soon followed Saradomin to the realm. Saradomin, now regretting his actions, stayed and fought the newly arrived gods in an attempt to protect the Naragi. The first of these gods, a gigantic boar-like creature known as Tuska attacked Saradomin's fortress and the two gods dueled one another. The victor of this battle is unknown, but eventually, Saradomin had failed and left the realm altogether while Tuska and other gods such as Skargaroth remained. The Naragi God Wars would eventually leave the realm shattered and completely uninhabitable. The Naragi race would be driven to near extinction, with its sole survivor, Guthix, who had achieved godhood, leaving the realm and wandering the multiverse for centuries. Many thousands of years later, Guthix and Saradomin would cross paths again, under quite different circumstances.
Arrival on Gielinor[edit | edit source]
|“||Gielinor is a precious jewel in the looted treasury of the cosmos.||”|
Saradomin arrived on Gielinor in the First Age, arriving via a portal on the island of Entrana, a site the Law Altar was later built on. Upon Entrana, he came into contact with the Sleeper, a living statue created by the Elder Gods to warn about the consequences of using the Stone of Jas: incuring the wrath of the Dragonkin. Having learned of the Stone and the Dragonkin, Saradomin chose to submerge the Sleeper rather than heed its warnings, wishing the stone for himself.
Like many other gods at the time, began to conquer the land. Saradomin likely came to Gielinor in search of the many Elder god artefacts that resided on the planet. However he would come to develop a personal connection with the pristine plane, as can be seen by the quote above, and started to desire it for himself. Saradomin's biggest known settlement at that time was the country of Hallowvale. Its capital was a mighty city inhabited by Icyene and humans, which still exists today as the vampyre-controlled Sanguinesti Region.
At some point, Saradomin was involved in a war with Zaros, a god who ruled the largest empire in the entire Second Age. Near the end of the age, Zaros' Mahjarrat general Zamorak started to make plans to overthrow his master. Many of his fellow Mahjarrat sided with him, and Saradomin sent spies to Zamorak's base of operations in order to keep an eye on him.
When the Staff of Armadyl, an extremely powerful artefact owned by the god Armadyl, was taken by a Saradomin follower named Valdez, he wanted to take the artefact to Saradomin. However, through a series of unfortunate and accidental actions which some Saradominists played a role in, the staff fell into Zamorak's hands instead. With the power of the staff, Zamorak challenged Zaros in combat, which led to Zaros' banishment. Zamorak, who absorbed some of Zaros' power, was allegedly banished by Saradomin and the other gods for "killing one of their own". In truth, this was a fabrication by their followers; Zamorak was taken by Tsutsaroth demons to Infernus.
Gielinorian God Wars[edit | edit source]
After Zaros' banishment, many of his followers sided with Zamorak, and Saradomin quickly took the opportunity to confiscate the Stone of Jas from the banished Zamorak, placing it in a cave beneath Forinthry. Soon, however, Zamorak returned, and in an attempt to reclaim the Stone, he declared war on the other gods. Saradomin was one of the most active gods of the god wars, fighting against the armies of Zamorak, who turned into his worst enemy. Many Icyene left their home plane in order to fight for their god. Many humans aligned to Saradomin as well a faction of dwarves, who did not hide underground. In addition, Saradomin bought a goblin tribe from Bandos: the Saragorgak. Entrana remained in Saradomin's hands during the wars. Saradomin claimed most victories in the areas of modern-day Asgarnia and Misthalin.
The other gods, including Saradomin, wanted to conquer the lands Zaros once ruled. Many battles were held mainly in Forinthry; because of its many resources the gods wanted control over it. The remaining Zarosian settlements were destroyed or captured by Saradominists and Zamorakian forces, and they occasionally teamed up to get rid of Zarosians, such as during their imprisonment of Azzanadra, champion of Zaros, in Jaldraocht Pyramid. In the end, Senntisten and Ghorrock were the only settlements to survive the many attacks of Saradomin and Zamorak, making them the last Zarosian settlements of that time. Senntisten eventually fell after a joint effort between the Zamorakians and Saradominists to destroy it after Azzanadra's imprisonment, despite attempts of Wahisietel to make the Saradominists and Zamorakians fight each other and save the city. He failed and the once-capital of the Zarosian empire was evacuated and destroyed.
However, as much as Saradomin fought against Zamorak, he couldn't prevent him from claiming Hallowvale, then ruled by Queen Efaritay and her husband Ascertes, which eventually fell to the vampyre lord Drakan, backed by an army granted by Zamorak in exchange for helping him overthrow Zaros. Many Icyene, which were Saradomin's strongest tools of war, were wiped out during the battles. Due to this threat, Saradomin rallied even more Icyene to support the war effort, eventually meeting with an Icyene noble, Garlandia. He gave her the option of becoming a bombardier or grenadier in his forces, but she refused him, believing a more peaceful approach should be used. In response, Saradomin assembled the icyene in the courtyard and publicly ripped off Garlandia's wings, telling the Icyene that they had to fight to defend themselves or die. Garlandia claims that he had done so because she had hurt his pride.
In an effort to destroy Zamorak, Saradomin forged a fragile alliance with both Bandos and Armadyl to stop Zamorak for good. Saradomin gathered a last battalion to fight Zamorak's forces, and the aviantese of Armadyl were charged with the task of delivering the godsword to this army. But they were ambushed by Zamorak's forces while Saradomin's army was attacked as well. The aviantese retreated into a Saradominist temple which is today the God Wars Dungeon; Saradomin sent Commander Zilyana to help the aviantese, initially working with General Graardor and Kree'arra against K'ril Tsutsaroth and his forces. When Graardor attempted to seize the godsword for Bandos, Zilyana and Kree'arra were left to work together, before a series of unmentioned events turned the battle into a free-for-all for the godsword.
Due to this, several Saradominist priests abandoned his cause and were approached by a mysterious person who preached of Guthix. The priests began to worship Guthix, and soon instructed them to perform a ritual that would awaken Guthix himself. When the ritual was performed however, it instead awakened Nex, an ancient Zarosian commander who had been sealed with her army underneath the battlefield by Saradominist forces. Though not at full strength, Nex easily laid waste to the four gods' armies, and they worked together for this one time to seal her and her army before resuming their fight.
While Zilyana was fighting Saradomin's enemies once the battle for the godsword, Growler was severely injured and Zilyana decided not to take any more chances. Zilyana prayed for Saradomin's aid, who responded by creating three amulets bearing the symbols of his enemies. Zilyana initially destroyed the first batch, believing a heretic to have placed them there, but when they reappeared the next day, she realized Saradomin had sent them, albeit confused by their purpose. After Bree took the amulet bearing Armadyl's icon, Zilyana praised Saradomin for his wisdom after realising that these amulets could sway the wearer's thoughts, allowing Zilyana to counter any attack on her forces. This was only temporary however, as the enemy forces soon realized the true nature of these amulets.
At the climax of the God Wars, Zamorak seized the Stone of Jas, cornered by the three gods. Zamorak could not negotiate his way out of the situation due to Saradomin's hatred of him, and was forced to use its powers to kill them; Saradomin and the other gods survived, but the resulting misuse of the Stone annihilated Forinthry. After that, Guthix awoke from his slumber due to the booming and massive destruction above and immediately put an end to the God Wars. He took a gigantic sword, smashed it in the middle of Forinthry as a demonstration of his immense power and created his Edicts, magically-enforced laws which prevented the gods from entering Gielinor. Guthix was not able to banish all the gods automatically and at once, however, so he had to seek them all out individually. When Guthix approached Saradomin and asked him to leave, Saradomin initially refused. He believed that he was needed with his people, to keep them safe. But Saradomin realised that Guthix had grown stronger than him and knew he would be unable to challenge him yet. And so, rather than force Guthix's hand, Saradomin had the wisdom to teleport off Gielinor.
The gods could still slightly affect Gielinor while not being on it however. After being banished, Saradomin retreated to Hallow, where he focused on building his relationship with the Icyene, all the while looking for other ways back onto Gielinor.
The Death of Guthix[edit | edit source]
As soon as Guthix was killed by the Mahjarrat Sliske, the Edicts he had set in place were immediately shattered. Saradomin, sensing this, immediately made his way to Gielinor, and was the first god to return. Seeing the Zarosians around him, he forcefully teleported all of them back to their "hiding places". Zilyana gleefully showed him Guthix's corpse, but Saradomin silenced her, having respect for the fallen god due to their similar beliefs. He then noticed the adventurer, and asked them what they thought of him. He then tried to dismiss them, but found himself unable to do so due to Guthix's blessing, learning it from them. Depending on what they told him, Saradomin was either pleased, neutral or disappointed in their words. He then left with Zilyana to discuss future plans.
At that point, he significantly changed his appearance with new robes and new hair. Seeing that Elder Artefacts shape themselves to better suit their user, the Elder Crown also morphed into its current form.
Battle of Lumbridge[edit | edit source]
|“||Zamorak. I cannot allow you to continue.||”|
A few months after Guthix's death, a mysterious portal materialised in the forested area west of Lumbridge, drawing people from all across the world in their curiosity. Following several stages of development, the mystery of the portal was finally solved when, after millennia just outside of the world, Zamorak emerged - the second god to return to Gielinor - intent on harvesting the remnants of Guthix's power that had accumulated in the area. Saradomin, however, was able to sense his old foe's arrival, and quickly teleported to the site of all the commotion. Growing to enormous size, Saradomin vowed to stop his nemesis and harvest the remnants of Guthix's power for himself, prompting the two deities to clash for the first time in centuries.
The resulting battle obliterated the rest of the forest and caused some moderate damage to Lumbridge Castle, creating a massive crater in their place. But despite this devastation, it quickly became apparent to the two gods that they could not overcome one another. Determining that one would have to supplement their powers with the divine tears found in the newly-made crater for a victor to be found, Saradomin and Zamorak erected structures on their respective sides of the battlefield and summoned in human followers to battle each other for control of the tears, led by a general chosen by the gods themselves. As Zamorak teleported Moia, the Mahjarrat half-breed daughter of Lucien, Saradomin summoned an Icyenic commander known as Padomenes to aid his efforts. He also brought in many White Knights, having made a deal with their leader Sir Amik Varze to receive troops from him. Zamorak, on the other hand, called forth a battalion of Kinshra soldiers. With the first charge of their forces, the Battle of Lumbridge began.
Saradomin became locked in a struggle with Zamorak whilst his followers sought to strengthen him with the divine tears, so that he could defeat his rival.
In the end, Saradomin's followers prevailed in collecting more tears than the Zamorakians, thus allowing Saradomin to overpower and wound Zamorak. However, before a final victory could be had over the god of chaos, Moia teleported away with Zamorak. With no further use of the battlefield, Saradomin, now harnessing the power of Guthix's energy, teleported away presumably in pursuit of Zamorak. Both their followers peacefully dispersed soon after.
Obtaining the Wand of Resurrection[edit | edit source]
While fighting Zamorak at Lumbridge, Saradomin created a manifestation of himself at the Edgeville Monastery. Learning that the Kinshra have found an ancient weapon from the Third Age, he tasked Sir Owen and the World Guardian with finding the weapon and keeping it away from Kinshra hands.
Saradomin also goes on to explain that the events in the Naragi homeworld is his greatest shame. He was young and had just been blessed with great power, as he describes it, and in his arrogance, didn't believe that people would refuse to follow him. When the Naragi diviners angered him, he destroyed their city but regretted doing so afterwards, and tried to make amends by defending the Naragi from Tuska and Skargaroth, but was defeated. He says that he feels sorrow and regret over what happened there, and that not doing so would be unwise, for there is wisdom to be had in knowing when one has done wrong.
After retrieving the Wand of Resurrection and slaying Dawn, Saradomin himself appeared at the scene. The World Guardian attempted to revive Owen themselves, but the Wand did not work; Saradomin informed them that he had been revived once by Dawn, and that it would require the power of a god to do so a second time. Refusing to let one of his most loyal followers die in vain, he then asked them to give him the Wand.
If the World Guardian willingly gave Saradomin the Wand, Saradomin proceeded to use it on Owen, but because of his actions in the past, was deemed unworthy. Sir Owen claimed that he could hold the corruption within if he adhered to his god's teachings, despite admitting that he had an urge to destroy it. Saradomin proceeded to give Owen the Wand, regardless if he had used his blood or not, advising him to stay in hiding as the Temple Knights would try to hunt him down, and that he was placing a lot of trust in him by allowing him to keep it.
If the World Guardian attempted to withhold or destroy the Wand, Saradomin forcefully takes it from them and proceeds to use it on Owen. However in his fit of rage, he revived Owen with ill intentions, much to his horror. Saradomin dismissed Owen from the Temple Knights to protect both him and his people. He also kept the Wand, but told Owen that he would relinquish it to him should he not be fully corrupted in their next meeting.
Regardless, with the Wand acquired, he ordered Sir Owen to gather supplies for the journey to the centaur burial grounds.
Sliske's Grand Ascendancy[edit | edit source]
Saradomin was one of the gods who were invited to "Sliske's Grand Ascendancy" at the Empyrean Citadel, where Sliske claimed he would ascend to godhood. This was merely a ruse, however, and his true purpose of bringing the gods together was to announce that he would be holding a contest for the Stone of Jas, which he claimed to have obtained. He claimed he would give the Stone of Jas to the entity to kill the most gods. Saradomin was horrified at this, and warned Sliske that the Stone is not a toy, and would cause another God War. He, along with Zamorak, Bandos, and Armadyl teleported when Sliske released the Dragonkin Strisath, whom he had captured.
Sliske's Endgame[edit | edit source]
On 17 December 2016, an eclipse happened. Saradomin was the second god to reappear after it, and could be found on his throne in the White Knights' Castle in Falador. It was revealed that he has a daughter named Adrasteia, who had been kidnapped by a group known as the Obsidian Tribunal and held hostage in one of the many worlds they controlled. Prior to the eclipse, Nex was able to extract her and move her to her prison in the Temple of Lost Ancients, with Zaros hoping to use her as a bargaining chip in case Saradomin won the Stone of Jas from Sliske's game. Depending on whether or not Seren was completely restored by the World Guardian, her agents were able to rescue Adrasteia from Nex's grasp in order to use her for the same purpose while taking away Zaros' leverage.
Regardless of the final outcome, Adrasteia was ultimately returned safely and unharmed to Saradomin.
The Elder Gods[edit | edit source]
Saradomin learned about the threat of the Elder Gods soon after, but initially shrugged it off as he believed Seren's council would be able to deal with the issue. He travelled the multiverse to spread his influence to more races, but not before leaving a special ritual that would bring him back to Gielinor if his attention was required. Saradomin was soon recalled to Gielinor after the World Guardian summoned him through said ritual. Learning that the council was unable to make any progress, they asked him to use the crown.
Although Saradomin was persuaded to help their cause, he informed them that he could not assist as he had already tried what they were intending to do and failed. After Father Frith scolded them for wasting his time, Saradomin proceeded to scold him for believing that the Elder Gods were something that could be ignored, but admitted that he was a faithful follower. A short time after this meeting, he then attended a ceremony to give his blessing to his loyal followers by allowing them to touch his crown, only for the Temple Knights to suddenly betray him. Azzanadra and Trindine attempted to steal his crown by force, but failed as Saradomin's powers were far greater than the two Mahjarrat. Zaros then teleported in and demanded the crown from him. Saradomin, believing that Zaros' followers were outmatched, refused to do so, so Zaros simply forced the crown to him instead, explaining to a shocked Saradomin that unlike him, he was always divine and that the crown had always been his in the first place, only allowing Saradomin to keep it so he could keep a constant eye on it. Zaros and the Mahjarrat soon teleported the turncoats away.
Saradomin was frustrated that the castle had been seriously breached and denounced those who left as traitors, but praised the rest of the attendees as loyal followers. If the World Guardian did not warn him, he then spotted them and asked if they played a hand in the incident that occurred. Regardless, he allowed them to leave.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "I was a justicar on Teragard, one tasked with upholding and enforcing the law. I risked my life each day to preserve order and protect the innocent."
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "I watched each of my family line wither and die, and could do nothing to prevent the ravages of time... I barely recall the names of my parents or the colour of my wife's eyes."
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "Whilst hunting down a criminal, I discovered a cave that hadn't seen human life...ever. Within, I saw a golden circlet that called out to me, choosing me... The Crown led me to objects of power and importance, and these became my tools. With them, I began to slowly reshape Teragard into something greater."
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "We were disparate nations, spread across the world. When I ascended, I decided to rectify that. To bring an end to pointless conflicts over invisible territorial lines that serve no one. I created magisters...priests and teachers who were to act as my authority where I could not. They were learned individuals whom I would personally instruct on what lessons to teach others. I created twelve in total, each tasked with governing a different part of the world, and each given a mandate to improve humanity in line with my teachings. With the magisters in place, my people prospered, and entered a glorious age of enlightenment."
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "Over time, I discovered the tools were no longer necessary, and that I now wielded the power without them. Henceforth, my power grew and grew, and I took my rightful place as the god of Teragard."
- ^ Jagex. Official lore livestream with Mods Mark and Osborne Official lore livestream, 4 November 2012.
- ^ Jagex. Mod Osborne's Twitter account. 8 October 2013. (Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.) Mod Osborne: "Humans have an origin world. Saradomin made them prosper and took 'em to new worlds, so they're pretty widespread. Like rabbits"
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "I realised that there would be other worlds out there, worlds that needed guidance and order. I would not leave them forgotten."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "I was young and filled with a new and glorious power. I wore the Elder Crown, and thought it granted me the right to rule. In my arrogance, I did not anticipate the Naragi would refuse."
- ^ Guthix, "Guthixian Memories", RuneScape. "The great city of Askroth was no more. Terrified refugees spoke of a blue man the size of a mountain. The diviners had angered him, they said, and in that anger he had razed the city."
- ^ Guthix, "Guthixian Memories", RuneScape. "They pointed to a building on the horizon, built on the ruins of Askroth. The giant's army was marching downriver. Our cities were assembling armies of their own, but I didn’t see how they would stand a...."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "I sought to make amends, when the beast and the hunter brought violence of their own. I fought against them for the same reason that I now battle Zamorak... To protect you. To remove a threat."
- ^ Guthix, "Guthixian Memories", RuneScape. "At daybreak, a distant sound roused me. I dashed outside to witness a huge, tusked creature crashing upon the white fortress of the blue giant. The blue giant materialised and grappled with the beast. My heart cried out with hope. Perhaps, finally, this strange beast was our salvation...."
- ^ Guthix, "Guthixian Memories", RuneScape. "...the world ablaze, my neighbours dead all around. Even the blue giant had abandoned our world, leaving it to the strange beast"
- ^ Submerged Statue, "One of a Kind", RuneScape. "My task was to warn mortals not to use the Stone of Jas, and to tell of the terror that would come if it were used. Beware the Dragonkin! But when the younger so-called 'gods' came, one of them ignored my warning. He hid me beneaht the waves so others would not hear it, and turned my sibling of the circle away from me. He sought the stone for himself!" (Although the Sleeper's dialogue does not technically specify that the young god in question was Saradomin, this was confirmed in the One of a Kind FAQ.)
- ^ Mod Slayer. "One of a Kind FAQ." 13 March 2014. Recent Game Updates Forums.
- ^ Zemouregal's memory (book), written by Zemouregal, "Mahjarrat Memories", RuneScape. "They say that Zamorak was banished by the other gods for daring to strike down one of their number, but this is a lie put about by the minions of Saradomin and Armadyl. . . With the death of Zaros, the surviving loyalist Tsutsaroth sought direction from the victor as was their custom, and Thammaron gathered them around Zamorak's body, opening a portal to Infernus. Between them, the mighty demons were able to lift the new god, and they carried him out of Gielinor."
- ^ Above the Lore - Episode 5: Bigging up the Dwarves. 5 July 2013. Relevant information in the twenty-seventh minute.*
- ^ Sigmund the Merchant, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Everyone seems to imagine the edicts as some huge explosion of force, which is only partially correct. It is said it was more like a series of bans. The major antagonists were thrown out first. Then minor gods were ejected as they were found, ran for the hills or opted to leave."
- ^ Guthix, "Desperate Times", RuneScape. "The god of order and wisdom refused. His place with his people. He was needed here. I think he believed it. He wanted to see his people safe and to him. I was little more than child playing at being a god. He would have challenged me I think. But I had drunk deeply from the world and grown strong on the nectar of the elder gods. The god of wisdom knew better than to challenge me immediately." (Saradomin teleporting away is an animation following the dialogue)
- ^ Mod Crow. "Declare your allegiance!." 9 July 2013. Community Home Forums.
- ^ Mod Phoenix. "The Death of Chivalry - FAQ." 15 August 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
- ^ Mod Stu. "The Death of Chivalry." 8 August 2013. Future Game Updates Forums.