Shadow Breach

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Zaros abusing the Shadow Breach contained by the Codex with disastrous consequences.

The Shadow Breach is a phenomenon described by Guthix as one of the greatest threats to the universe and existence itself, on par with the Great Revision and the broken Needle.[1] It is a crack in the fabric of reality, beyond which lies Erebus. The breach emanates entropic energies that are harmful to Gielinor; in response to its threat, the Codex was built to seal it.[2]

During the Battle of the Monolith, Zaros opened the Codex in order to access the shadow breach and enter Erebus, carrying a vat of shadow anima to shield himself. Shortly after, shadow cacklers began to emerge from the breach, attacking everyone present. The breach also began to emit dark energies once more.[3] Azzanadra was eventually able to close it, but the backlash of energy forcibly ascended him to godhood.

By then, however, the shadow breach had unleashed enough shadow anima upon Gielinor that the Elder God eggs were stirred and brought to the verge of hatching. In order to prevent this, Azzanadra teleported the eggs to the ruins of Senntisten, causing a massive battle to break out in the buried city.

The shadow leviathan emerging from the Freneskae breach and attacking Jas.

According to Zaros, there is another shadow breach beyond Freneskae[2], which is later encountered during the Extinction quest. Seren references this breach as a "wild" version, although it had never appeared anywhere in Freneskae when she resided on the planet and believes that Zaros may have had a role in its unexplained appearance during the Sixth Age. This breach would be used by the World Guardian to lure a shadow leviathan to Freneskae, upon which it dragged Jas and Kerapac back into Erebus.

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  1. ^ Guthix, "Memory bud", RuneScape. "The forbidden secrets of this universe and beyond must be recorded while I still live, so that they can be metered out only when the time is right. The Great Revision. The Broken Needle. The Shadow Breach. If that knowledge is lost, all things shall end. Not just life. Not just the universe. Everything. Time and space, and life and death..."
  2. ^ a b Zaros, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "Zaros: This artefact - the Codex, which you call the Monolith - was not originally built as a repository of information. There are cracks in the skin of our reality. One here, and one beyond Freneskae. Shadow breaches. The Codex was made to seal this one, to protect Gielinor from the entropic energies that emerge. On the other side of the breach is another reality. A very different reality.
    Azzanadra: ...Erebus.
    Zaros: Yes. My destination."
  3. ^ Wahisietel, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "At last his plans had come to fruition. The Monolith lay undefended. With implacable will he forced it open, revealing the truth that lay at its heart - a tear in the fabric of our reality. Then he departed from this world, heedless of the devastation that would follow in his wake. From that same gateway came beings of pure shadow, and with them a torrent of dark energy. Left unchecked, it would choke our world. But the worst was still to come."