Second Al Kharid-Menaphos War

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The Second Al Kharid-Menaphos War was a series of conflicts between Al Kharid and Menaphos instigated by the Pharaoh of Menaphos following his corruption by Amascut. The Pharaoh had ended the previous war and tried to right the wrong of his forebearers, but his call for aid from the gods lead to Amascut taking control of him. At some point following his corruption, the Pharaoh cut support to the rest of the desert, ended all trade, shut the city off from the rest of the world, and then shortly afterwards declared war.[1] [2] It is suspected that the war was engineered by Amascut for the sole purpose of obtaining the Kharid-Ib from Al Kharid.[1]

At some point before the year 169 of the 5th age, the war ended, and Menaphos and Al-Kharid were left with an unstable treaty.

However, despite the fact that the war was officially over, hostilities between the two cities remained high. Even today, the people of Al Kharid would not be welcome in Menaphos and vice versa.[3][4] The peace between the two is described as 'shaky' and either polis would attempt to profit from political unrest in the other if the chance arose.[5]

In 169, Amascut kidnapped Prince Ali Mirza of Al Kharid and sent an ambassador from Menaphos, Jabari, to kill Ali's father Emir Shah so that the nation would be forced to pay the ransom she demanded: the Kharid-ib. Otherwise, the leaderless emirate would be conquered by Menaphos and the war rekindled. Although Shah did die and the Kharid-ib was lost to Amascut, the prince was rescued by an adventurer, Ozan and Leela, and succeeded his father as emir. As Jabari was acting on Amascut's orders, the actual involvement of Menaphos and the pharaoh is unknown. The "ambassador's" claim that he was acting as a peace envoy for the pharaoh therefore remains open to doubt. Over the course of that same year, Scabaras and Apmeken both returned to the desert, and the latter's senses were restored, as was the desert monkey colony.

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  1. ^ a b Osman, "Jack of Spades", RuneScape. ". In contrast, her son, the current Pharaoh, started out as a just and kind ruler, righting many of the sins of his mother. It has only been within the last decade or so that this has seemingly changed. He withdrew support for the other desert settlements, cut off trade agreements with Al Kharid and closed the city's gates. Not soon after, he declared war on us. With recent events - Emir Shah's death, the prince's kidnapping - it appears to me that his intent was to claim ownership of the Kharid-ib, but Emir Ali fully suspects Amascut in that regard."
  2. ^ Pharaoh, "Phite Club", RuneScape. "I haven't been in full control of my actions for a long time. When I first became Pharaoh, I just wanted to undo the damage my bloodline had caused. I knew I couldn't do it alone and asked the gods for their blessing. Now I see the only god to answer my call was Amascut. She saw fit to turn me into this abomination and send Jabari - he who has done nothing but blur the boundaries between good and evil, to cloud my thoughts and my judgement. Her corruptions have riddled my body and mind for years." Confession
  3. ^ Osman, "Contact!", RuneScape. "Technically, yes, but that doesn’t mean that bad blood will instantly run good. 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."
  4. ^ Ambassador Jabari, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "And your ‘people’ had best steer clear of Menaphos, if they value their lives."
  5. ^ Ambassador Jabari, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "This situation is untenable and you know it. The peace between our kingdoms is shaky at best. Between the emir’s illness and the prince going missing, you need to establish some stability here."