A long time ago, the Dactyl dragonkin Kerapac built a device capable of creating shadow anima using regular anima tapped directly from Gielinor's animasphere. However, this enraged the Elder Gods, who in response destroyed Orthen and enslaved the dragonkin, binding them to the Stone of Jas.
After restoring his laboratory using the Needle, Kerapac has been able to generate this substance by siphoning anima from the Nodon instead, knowing that tapping into the animasphere would alert the Elder Gods. This time, however, Kerapac had repurposed his machine to destroy the Elder Gods by feeding shadow anima into the animasphere and corrupting it.
According to Charos, when Guthix made the player the World Guardian, he also infused their soul with a carefully constructed enchantment of shadow anima, which is the reason that the gods cannot directly affect the player, as the shadow anima deters them.
Shadow anima was a main feature of the quest Desperate Measures, being used by Kerapac to protect himself and his laboratory from the Elder Gods. Since the player's soul is infused with shadow anima, they were able to enter Kerapac's lab and turn off the pylons and defeat the black stone dragon so that Kerapac could be defeated directly by the Elder Gods. Without this protection that only the player had, they would have been torn apart.
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- ^ Jas, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "The dragonkin is defended. He is shielded by the toxic substance...It is toxic. Anathema...It is the toxic substance. It destabilises and destroys. It is anathema to this universe and our design. It cannot be permitted to be created."
- ^ a b Charos, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "...it goes a long way to explaining your resistance to the power of the gods. As for all their terrible might, the power of the gods are ultimately applications of anima. This shadow anima, your shadow soul if I may, would be repellant to this energy shielding you from their influence."
- ^ Kerapac's tablet, written by Kerapac, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "I would prefer not to use my own kin in this way, but to tap directly into the animasphere would prematurely signal my presence to the roakin. I learned that lesson in the hardest way possible, and I will not make the same mistake a second time."
- ^ Kerapac's tablet, written by Kerapac, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "When I have accumulated enough anima from the Nodon, I can inject it into my device to create shadow anima, then feed that directly into the animasphere [...] Once the animasphere has been fully corrupted by the shadow anima, and the destroyers themselves destroyed, I will finally be free and have proven my superiority over the roakin."
- ^ Charos, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "...by infusing your soul with this reality destroying shadow anima, Guthix may have given you exactly the protection you need to save this world."
- ^ Charos, "Desperate Measures", RuneScape. "You know this lab is protected? Well it seems it's protected by this shadow anima. Which explains the lack of direct assistance from grandma Jas herself. Your average anima based lifeforms, like myself, Hannibus and even Thok here, we can't cross that barrier without being torn apart. But to you it'll be about as unpleasant as the heaviness of the air before a storm. You might feel a slight tingle, but otherwise you'll be fine. So by infusing your soul with this reality destroying shadow anima, Guthix may have given you exactly the protection you need to save this world. Which is very handy I think...I've used the resonances we've picked up from the measure and unlocked this door. Until you can shut down that shadow anima barrier, we can't come with you. But as soon as it's down, we'll be there."