Straven

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Straven Enroy is one of the leaders of the Phoenix Gang, a notorious criminal gang operating in Varrock. He runs operations out of the VTAM Corporation headquarters, which serves as a legitimate front for their less-than-legitimate activities.[1][2] When asked for a job with the Corporation, he advises checking the jobs section of the Varrock Herald, where they advertise openings.[3] He is a master thief, and as such holds one of the master thief's armbands. According to the Varrock Census, he is a "Legitimate Businessman".

The gang has a rivalry with the Black Arm Gang. Previously, the two gangs were united, but infighting amongst the gang caused the shield of Arrav, which they had recently stolen from a museum, to become broken. Katrine and her underlings left to form the Black Arm Gang, taking what they could with them, including half of the shield, leaving the other half with the Phoenix Gang.[4]

Should Straven be asked about joining the gang, he will deny all knowledge and speak in hypotheticals, advising adventurers of what it would take to join the gang.[5] He requests an intel report from Jonny the beard, after which he welcomes them into the gang and provides them with access to the weapon store. Should they swap gangs, he calls them a dog[6] but gladly welcomes them back if they request to rejoin the gang.[7]

Members of his gang are after the candlesticks held by ScarFace Pete, calling them valuable.[8] He gives the adventurer a master thief's armband in a fit of generosity when they get the candlestick for him.[9]

In the alternate reality of New Varrock, he continues to lead the Phoenix Gang as a zombie. When Zemouregal took over the city, the mahjarrat came to him and demanded his half of the shield. Straven hid in the VTAM headquarters, and Zemouregal killed then zombified him.[10] Their phoenix mascot was later abducted by Lowe.[11] He tasks adventurers with recovering a phoenix egg. The zombified gang has several new members, such as Jonny the beard.

The V.T.A.M. sign.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Straven used to be attackable (with a combat level of 23). He attacked any player who is a member of the Black Arm Gang that talked to him. But after Varrock had its graphics updated, he became an unattackable NPC.
  • His claim of being a "legitimate businessman" is a reference to gangsters claiming to be legitimate businessmen in popular culture.
  • When you tell Straven that you have lost your "Master thief armband" on a Free-to-play server he will tell you that "This server isn't secure! Talk to me again on a members' server!", making him one of the few NPCs to break the fourth wall.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Baraek, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "The door at the end of there is the entrance to the Phoenix Gang. They're operating there under the name of the VTAM Corporation."
  2. ^ Straven, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "No, this is a legitimate business run by legitimate businessmen."
  3. ^ Straven, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "Get a copy of the Varrock Herald. If we have any positions right now, they'll be advertised in there."
  4. ^ Straven, "Dimension of Disaster: Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "Over thirty years ago, the Phoenix Gang were subject to infighting and the shield got broken in half. Shortly after the fight, some gang members decided they didn't want to be part of our gang any more. Katrine and her lackeys split of to form their own gang. The Black Arm Gang. On their way out, they looted what they could from us - which included one of the halves of the shield."
  5. ^ Straven, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "Obviously, I would have no idea about that. Although having said that, a rival gang of ours, er, theirs, called the Black Arm Gang is supposedly meeting a contact from Port Sarim today in the Blue Moon Inn. OBVIOUSLY I know NOTHING about the dealings of the Phoenix Gang, but I bet if SOMEBODY were to kill him and bring back his intelligence report, they would be considered loyal enough to join."
  6. ^ Straven, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "Black Arm dog! How dare you show your face?"
  7. ^ Straven, "Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "You have made the right decision. Welcome back to the most reputable VTAM corporation."
  8. ^ Straven, "Heroes' Quest", RuneScape. "Well, what some of the more aspiring thieves in our gang are working on right now is to steal some very valuable candlesticks from Scarface Pete – the pirate leader on Karamja."
  9. ^ Straven, "Heroes' Quest", RuneScape. "Hmm... I dunno... Aww, go on then. I suppose I'm in a generous mood today."
  10. ^ Katrine, "Dimension of Disaster: Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "But I died fighting, not quivering in a basement like that yellow-belly Straven."
  11. ^ Straven, "Dimension of Disaster: Shield of Arrav", RuneScape. "Bring back a phoenix eggling. We suspect Lowe, the bow seller east of New Varrock square, has stolen our phoenix."