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The world gate icon for Tarddiad
Tarddiad's world gate.

Tarddiad (/tɑːrˈð.æd/ tar-THEE-add) is the original homeworld of the Elves. It was the first world visited by Seren after tending to Mah on Freneskae. She was enamoured by the Elven culture and stayed with them, teaching them the art of crystal singing.

The landscape of Tarddiad is described by the World Gate as "a world covered entirely by trees." The plane also includes various crystalline features. Tarddiad is visited using the World Gate during The Light Within, and remains accessible afterwards. During the quest, the player must collect 50 Tarddian crystals to reconstruct Seren by defeating Crystal Shapeshifters and/or collecting crystal fragments for Angof.

Solid crystals, branching crystals, and floating crystals can be harvested to gain crystal fragments, which can be traded with Angof for Tarddian crystals at a 3:1 ratio. Alternatively, the Crystal Shapeshifters can be fought to obtain Tarddian crystals directly. These can be used to buy both crystal armour and its attuned version. 750 Tarddian crystals are required for the basic version, and 4900 Tarddian crystals are required for the attuned set, which can both be bought from Angof's Crystal Armour Shop.

Hidden around Tarddiad are three journals that fill in some backstory about Seren's arrival on Tarddiad. East of the World Gate, on the west side of the stairs near the southernmost ruins, is a crystal formation that can be searched for the Dusty Tarddian Journal. In the northwest area is a large boulder inside a house that can be searched for the Ancient Tarddian Journal. Northeast of that, next to the river, is a bush that can be searched for the Weathered Tarddian Journal.

History[edit | edit source]

Early History[edit | edit source]

At some point after the Naragi God Wars, Guthix visited this realm. He befriended Seren and invited her to bring the elves to Gielinor.[1]

The Cywir Clan, along with other elves who could not travel, remained behind on Tarddiad. Seren, who mourned Ceidwad's death, inexplicably linked the elves to her while trying to find a way to prolong the elves' lifespan. This caused the elves on Tarddiad to slowly die from what they called the "Sickness" due to their distance from Seren.

The elves soon discovered that the crystals still held part of Seren's essence. Using a variant of the Song of Creation, they imbued them onto their bodies to repress these feelings and found that they could manipulate their bodies. Initially seen as a blessing as they believed it to herald the dawn of a new age, the elves soon discovered that they soon had a craving for more of these crystals. Many of these elves became insane and began to attack anything in sight, but there were still some who were barely able to maintain their sanity, one of these communities being led by Angof.

Elven society on the planet has since collapsed into a state of anarchy, with groups of elves roaming through the planet in search for the crystals.

Rediscovery[edit | edit source]

The World Gate was sealed and would not be re-discovered until the Sixth Age, after the World Guardian found it while helping restore Zaros. Following the World Gate's reopening, the elves of Prifddinas took notice of this. When the city of Prifddinas began to shake, they decided to use the discovered World Gate to lead them to Tarddiad, though they warned the World Guardian to be careful as no one knew what was waiting there.

The World Guardian used the coordinates from Iestin to enter Tarddiad, where they were immediately attacked by one of the insane inhabitants. Exploring further, they soon discovered a more sane elf who introduced herself as Angof. Angof assisted the World Guardian in obtaining filler crystal for Seren.

Following the rediscovery of elves in Tarddiad, the Prifddinas elves are unsure of what to do with them. Angof believes that her kind are beyond redemption, Iestin hints at the suggestion of an invasion should the elves decide to return to Tarddiad, and Morvran believes that the Tarddiadan elves should be put out of their misery, considering it to be a kindness.

During Sliske's Endgame Armadyl approaches Seren and offers her an alliance. Armadyl had learnt what became of the elves who remained on Tarddiad and wished to help, believing that his aviansie from Abbinah had the medical skills to ease their condition. Armadyl hoped that the elves and the aviansie could share the world in a mutually beneficial alliance.

It is later revealed that Armadyl had indeed travelled to Tarddiad with some aviansie physicians in an effort to help the Tarddian elves as well as to escape the dangerous Abbinah.

Getting There[edit | edit source]

Map[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • patch 21 September 2015 (Update):
    • Fade-out has been added to the Tarddiad combat music.
  • patch 7 September 2015 (Update):
    • Added some blocking to a bush on Tarddiad.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tarddiad means "Origin" or "Source" in Welsh.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Unknown author, The Book of Seren, RuneScape. "The dawning of our race was a timeless period, so rapt were we with our home and our goddess, but all changed when the green god - Guthix - visited our world. He invited us to join him on a journey to a perfect world."