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Kranon, The Ambassador is a warped Dragonkin who is the primary cause of the corruption found within all of the elite dungeons. With a type of black stone used to corrupt others, he has managed to influence a number of groups across Gielinor into assisting him in performing a ritual that will summon Xau-Tak.[1] He is the final boss of the third elite dungeon, The Shadow Reef.

History[edit | edit source]

Arrival on Gielinor[edit | edit source]

Kranon was a Syrtes Dragonkin, later known as the Necrosyrtes.[2] He was a priest and poet who was obsessed with an ancient story he had been told prior to The Great Revision from his grandmother regarding a black pebble.[3]

Like the other Dragonkin, he escaped the Elder Gods' destruction by hiding in the far corners of the Abyss, where he and the rest of his kin settled on Gielinor. Kranon performed various clerical duties before being reassigned to the Aughra mystic Skeka. He reviewed Skeka's notes about her experiments on the local fauna, which he had been tasked to review and teach to incoming Dragonkin colonists.

Following Varanus' death, Kranon composed a poem in his honour, which comforted Skeka. Over time, Kranon noted that Skeka's discoveries were granting them a better quality of life, but she herself was acting suspicious. He reported this to his elder, who told him to monitor her actions, which he did by placing a recording device in the outpost's pylon that would activate when Skeka used it. He did not like having to betray her trust, but it had been an order from his elder. However he stated that if she found out, he would talk to her about it first.

At some point, Kranon visited Raksha's prison, where it imparted a hateful vision upon him. Unlike the rest of the dragonkin, Kranon found the vision to be a religious inspiration. It would end up becoming the source of his heresy.[4][5]

Kerapac's meddling with Gielinor's anima in an attempt to empower the Dragonkin with his device caused the Elder Gods to appear and level their cities in response, before Jas bound them to her Stone. Kranon eventually realised the truth and cursed Kerapac for his actions, stating that the Syrtes' idea was superior to the Dactyls'.[6] He then recalled Skeka's research and realised that there may be other beings equal or superior to the Elder Gods. He believed that by pleading to them, they would lift the curse Jas had placed on them.[7]

The ritual[edit | edit source]

Seeking a way to free the Dragonkin from their curse, Kranon recalled the story he had heard: one character in the story was offered a chance to take the black pebble, which he did, and he was never spoken of again in the story. Kranon interpreted this to mean the black pebble meant freedom.[8]He studied numerous other similar stories and eventually arrived at the conclusion that a certain ritual, the details of which he found within the stories, would save the Dragonkin.[9] Many of Kranon's fellow Dragonkin, including Kerapac, ridiculed this idea, dismissing him as an old priest obsessed with forgotten stories and pebbles; they instead turned to science and experimentation for a solution. However, because of the desperation of the dragonkin council and how the ritual apparently did not require any unethical experimentation, Kranon gained enough support from the other Dragonkin to carry out the ritual.[10][11] He travelled to Ulthven Kreath with Taraket, his old friend, and a number of other Dragonkin to perform it.

The ritual backfired, and the temple sank into the sea. Other than Kranon, all participants were presumed dead in the disaster. Kranon encountered a mysterious entity who warped him and severed his link to the Stone of Jas. After the entity cut a line down Kranon's chest, he removed his own heart and lungs, knowing that he would not need them anymore, before placing a portion of the entity's power in his own soul.[12] After returning to Gielinor, Kranon resolved to summon the entity and unleash it upon the world by preparing the same ritual again, now with the knowledge to perform it correctly. He also revived Taraket, teaching him necromancy.[13]

Recruiting for allies[edit | edit source]

Searching for allies to his cause, Kranon managed to forge an alliance with Masuta the Ascended, after manipulating Lady Himiko with a vision which she easily believed due to the beliefs of the Acolytes of Seiryu. The former members of the sect immediately restrained Seiryu and subjected it to the corrupting black stone. Centuries later, Seiryu would be freed by adventurers who were tasked with investigating the temple by Bryll Thoksdottir.

At some point, he became aware of Zaros and his control over the elements of shadow and blood. Kranon dismissed Zaros as less of a threat, believing Xau-Tak to be more powerful.[14]

The disruption caused by Kranon during and after the ritual attempt made him greatly disliked by the Dactyl, who attempted to create a dragon to seal or destroy him by using the same black stone material in its creation.[15][16] Kranon did not play a role with the events of the Dragonkin Laboratory.

Sometime after this, he met Oreb, who specialized in acquiring souls. Kranon promised to restore Oreb's position on Teragard if he provided him with souls, and the former Magister agreed because few knew of his past, and the apparent cheapness of the deal.[17] Kranon's soul caught Oreb's attention, due to its unique traits that he had never seen before in his work.[18]

Kranon also encountered the Obsidian Tribunal, who sent three agents to assist him with the ritual. Kranon distrusted the Tribunal, believing that they harboured ulterior motives, but ultimately decided they were useful enough and worked with them.[19] He also made shaky alliances with Yor'Ger the Deceiver, the leader of a group of demons who wished to take Xau-Tak's power for themselves so they could reclaim Infernus[20], and Quetzathog, the leader of a group of Mwanu who wished to reclaim Jermyn, their homeworld.[21]

Downfall[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Curse of the Black Stone.

Eventually, Kranon's plans almost came to fruition with numerous allies who converged at Ulthven Kreath: Oreb, the Acolytes of Seiryu, and his other followers. Bryll, who had a web of informants cautioning her that the world was in danger, tasked the World Guardian with stopping the threat. After the World Guardian defeated the black stone dragon, Kranon confronted Madame Shih at her hideout on Goshima, who adamantly refused to join him after witnessing untold horrors by Rabid Jack. Kranon believed that she refused to join because of her allies, and promptly killed them all with a massive blast of energy. Madame Shih's prowess with warding magics protected her and the World Guardian from the attack. Madame Shih then attempted to confront Kranon alone, but was captured and subjected to more horrors.

During this time, the World Guardian had recruited many allies of their own to oppose Kranon. The Ambassador had amassed numerous cannons, along with the allies he had acquired: Crassians, the Acolytes of Seiryu, House Charron, the Mwanu, Kal'gerion demons and numerous undead summoned by Taraket and other necromancers. Oreb warned Kranon that the World Guardian would intervene soon; in response, Kranon summoned a leviathan, blessed it with Xau-Tak's powers, and had Taraket summon an undead army to defend the Shadow Reef. The cannons were quickly destroyed by the Dragon Riders Hannibus and Vindicta, allowing the World Guardian to enter the sea. When they confronted the leviathan, Kranon made a brief appearance, taunting them before departing to the ritual site.

Despite the efforts of Kranon’s allies, they were all slain and the World Guardian confronted him at the ritual site. Kranon battled them with powers granted by Xau-Tak, including mists of corruption, explosive black holes, energy beams, and powerful explosions, eventually summoning numerous ritual keepers to assist him. At this point, Seiryu arrived, healing the World Guardian and destroying the crassian ritual keepers, incensing Kranon. Kranon accused Seiryu of shunning his true destiny and protecting a "mediocre" world.[22] Kranon then unleashed numerous black hands and subdued Seiryu with a massive blast of energy before refocusing his attention on the World Guardian and their allies. He attempted to heal himself by channeling energy from the hands, but despite his efforts, he was ultimately defeated. In his dying breath, the Ambassador told the World Guardian and their allies that his death would mean little and that Xau-Tak's arrival was inevitable.[23]

Drops[edit | edit source]

In addition to bones, one main drop and one secondary drop are rolled after The Ambassador is defeated. The size of the team when the fight starts affects the quantity of the common rewards and the rarity of crossbow parts.

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Main drop[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c Drop rate is 1/55 (solo encounters; 180/10,000), 1/111 (duo encounters; 90/10,000) or 1/167 (trio encounters; 60/10,000). Random part dropped first, then the next roll on this table guarantees one of the other two pieces. Duplicated parts act as if they were non-existent, so if a player obtained a doubled stock as their first part, then they would obtain another stock after getting a limb and mechanism drop. Using a Hazelmere's signet ring does not have a chance to double items.
  2. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/300 (solo encounters), 1/1000 (duo encounters), or 1/1,500 (trio encounters), with a threshold of 60 for solo encounters, 200 for duo and 300 for trio encounters (combined solo and group killcount). Example: If a player were to have 101 group and 144 solo (combined 245), it would be 4 thresholds for solo, 1 threshold for duo and 0 thresholds for trio.

Secondary drop[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b The player must have completed the Temple of Aminishi, followed by the Dragonkin Laboratory, and finally the Shadow Reef in consecutive order to receive an elite chest. All three Elite Dungeons must be done in Normal Mode, but it does not matter if they are completed solo or in a group. There is a 1/15 chance of receiving an ultra elite chest instead.

Additionally, a reward from the generic Shadow Reef drop table will be given. The following table has a 3/20 chance to get rolled on for boss monsters and mini-bosses, and a 1/50 chance for other monsters when holding a Lucky charm (Shadow Reef)[d 1]:

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Jagex. Mod Sponge's Twitter account. 28 Feb 2022. (Archived from the original on 16 April 2022.)
  2. ^ There is a 1% chance this will be upgraded to a sealed clue scroll (master).

If the above table is not rolled, a reward from the following table is given:

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

The Ambassador speaks in:

Works[edit | edit source]

Mentioned[edit | edit source]

Transcripts The Ambassador is mentioned in:

Gallery[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!
  • ninja 14 March 2022 (Update):.
    • The drop rate of unique items across Elite Dungeon modes has been increased to give a unified drop rate per clear:
      • Eldritch crossbow pieces from the Ambassador (per player).
        • Solo - 180/10,000 (unchanged).
        • Duo - 60/10,000 becomes 90/10,000.
        • Trio - 38/10,000 becomes 60/10,000.
  • patch 20 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Both God Wars Dungeon 2 and Elite Dungeon bosses now award more Reaper points and Slayer XP when killed in challenge/hard mode.
  • patch 15 April 2019 (Update):
    • Overall value of rewards increased, along with set drop rates for solo, duo and trio encounters for eldritch crossbow pieces.
  • patch 8 April 2019 (Update):
    • The Ambassador's taunt messages will no longer override his chat in his final phase so it's easier to tell who he has targeted with his portal attack.
    • Unstable black holes can no longer spawn underneath the Ambassador.
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • It is now easier to see where the barrier will appear during the Ambassador encounter.
  • hotfix 4 March 2019 (Update):
    • The Ambassador's drop table has been slightly buffed. This change also notes the rune salvage drops.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to 14 March 2022, the drop rates for the Eldritch crossbow pieces were 1/55, 1/167, 1/255 in solo, duo and trio respectively.
  • Like Xau-Tak itself, the Ambassador's appearance draws heavy inspiration from the works of writer H. P. Lovecraft.
  • The concept of the Ambassador as a boss was first mentioned at RuneFest 2016. It was initially described as a solo boss fight, but following player feedback Jagex were considering allowing between 1-5 players into the fight.[28] As the final boss of the Shadow Reef elite dungeon, he eventually did end up being a fight for 1-3 players.
  • When successfully defeated by a player, the following message is displayed in the player's RuneMetrics event log: "I killed Kranon the Ambassador, the undead dragonkin harbinger of Xau-Tak."
  • A few days after release, Kranon's energy beam attack was changed so it is now always used as Kranon's next attack once he reaches 650,000 life points in response to players being able to skip the attack with high enough DPS. A few days after this change, players' time records were removed. However, the forced mechanic can be skipped if he reaches 550,000 health before he can start the attack.
  • The Ambassador is voiced by Mod Orion.[29]
  • According to the tactics in the Ambassador's Beasts profile, the unstable black holes are energy portals from Erebus.[30]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ RuneScape Winter Reveals (RuneFest 2018). 6 October 2018.*
  2. ^ Pain! It! Black!, written by Kranon, RuneScape. "Kranon, Syrtes cleric"
  3. ^ Kranon's Ancient Journal, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape.
  4. ^ Zaros, "Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (miniquest)", RuneScape. "To the priest Kranon, it was a religious inspiration, the source of his heresy."
  5. ^ The Keeper, RuneScape. "When agitated, Raksha broadcasts hateful visions. I remember one priest, Kranon, was quite touched by the experience. He claimed that it had religious significance to him, though I cannot imagine what."
  6. ^ Pain! It! Black!, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "Curse you, Kerapac! Pariah! Your selfish desire to dominate has led to OUR undoing! I cannot...this pain is unbearable! My creed's plan was the path to take. If we had just been allowed to approach the elders, entreat with them! Now it is too late. The elder gods will never see us as anything but tools!"
  7. ^ Pain! It! Black!, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "I will find others to entreat with! I've heard the rumours! The shadow! Skeka's cosmic research! It all links! There are other beings out there. Equals of the roakin. Betters. I will find them and implore for them to free us!"
  8. ^ Kranon's Ancient Journal, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "Vokun found a way out of our story and into his own. We don't tell his story because it is now indisputably his. He is free."
  9. ^ Kranon's Ancient Journal, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "The stone. That black pebble. That is the answer, and while the scientists and alchemists look to the future to find a solution, I look to the past. I look to our old religions, to our old stories, and I know the answer is there."
  10. ^ Kranon's Ancient Journal, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "...I am looking for pebbles. The others ignore me. They tell me that I'm a foolish old priest obsessed with old forgotten stories. They tell me that the answer lies in new discoveries. In alchemy and magic. They believe that they can break the chains by pouring molten metal over children. Or by tearing off the limbs of criminals and test subjects."
  11. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "Kerapac objects, of course. As do some of the remaining council. But we've lost too many to fight amongst ourselves. The longer we wait, the more we lose to the great conflict. We simply cannot wait any longer. We must act now. They tell me that it's dark magic. That there is something wrong about it. But they are just upset because the solution comes from faith, not from their science. I ask you, does this ritual require the torture of children? Does it require the sacrifice of sentient life? No. Unlike their science, this ritual is bloodless, this ritual is pure. Just faith and music, what purer indication of merciful intent?"
  12. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "I felt His presence in the shadows. He reached out a hand forged of black stone and He tore the chains from my soul. Then He laid the hand upon my heart and cut a line down my chest. It should have hurt, but there was no pain, only purpose. I reached inside my own chest and I pulled free my heart, for I did not need it. I took out my lungs, because I was no longer bound to the air. I placed inside me a piece of his world, because only then can I truly be free."
  13. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "Taraket is already with me. My old friend. He too has been blessed by His generosity and we have both been granted the vastness of the oceans where we might gather a new flock. Together, we shall explore the stars and seek out those who can be brought out of the light."
  14. ^ The Ambassador, "The Shadow Reef", RuneScape. "I am acquainted with the magicks of shadow and blood. His tendrils reach further."
  15. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Kerapac, "Dragonkin Laboratory", RuneScape. "Skekkin Kranon is the rak to it. Roake rak. Phalaks will aid me. The boy will come too. Chen on Kranon. Rath on Kranon. We'll seal him, or destroy him. And the roake. More draekeun for this purpose. We'll start prototyping soon, discard veks, try more, discard the veks. V E K K R A N O N!"
  16. ^ Dragonkin research, written by Phalaks, "Dragonkin Laboratory", RuneScape. "The shipment of kreath takla has arrived. It might be that we fight fire with fire while Vicendithas raises one of his old projects again. When they are sufficiently progressed I would like to see the difference in temperament and ability when my example compares to his."
  17. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by Oreb, the Magister, RuneScape. "But perhaps most remarkable is the offer it gave to me. Reforge House Charron and reclaim my place as one of the Magister lords of my home. The terms? So simple. All it needed were souls - souls as power, souls as batteries for a ritual in a long forgotten ruin. I have many spares and my apprentice will make his move soon enough that there will be many more broken pieces to take advantage of. To restore my house and only in exchange for such simple sorceries?"
  18. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by Oreb, the Magister, RuneScape. "This is fascinating enough already to pique my interest, but what is perhaps most intriguing of all is the soul. The soul is bright and booming, a wonderful example of something that has lived and lived well. But what's most intriguing is that there is a hole in the soul's pattern. Souls are like liquid: any damage done to them eventually flows back together into a cohesive form, perhaps with some scarring, but complete again. But this soul, it's as though a piece of the soul is missing and an emptiness has filled it, preventing it from reforging."
  19. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "So, the Tribunal has sent its agents to assist me. There is obviously more at work here, for the Tribunal has always believed itself above my methods. I am not part of their scheming. I have no desires to bend my knee to Agnes or her agents. This is my world and I will not grant them a foothold. Still, they are useful. Their power adds to the ritual and I can draw upon the Tribunal's strength to give me that final edge I need to break the walls of our prison."
  20. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by Yor'Ger the Deceiver, RuneScape. "This is humiliating. To be brought to this, to be bargaining with these disgusting, fallen things. My Avernic shell itches and crawls, and a fire burns deep in its belly. I long to be rid of it, but I must endure. Perhaps this Kranon can succeed where we failed. If he does so, we will take the power of the hundred-handed one for ourselves, and use it to reclaim our rightful homeworld."
  21. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by Quetzathog, RuneScape. "The Ambassador has promised us vengeance and a chance for our people to rise again and reclaim the world that was taken from us. We are to be his fists, his claws and the teeth that rend the enemy apart, and we are to be the might from which Tezcasathla will draw upon to anchor himself to our world. It is right that we are the strength. Right that we are the might. For we are mwanu and we know nothing of weakness."
  22. ^ The Ambassador, "The Shadow Reef", RuneScape. "You! Pathetic worm, you could have been magnificent. Must you fight so hard to reduce all the world to mediocrity?"
  23. ^ The Ambassador, "The Shadow Reef", RuneScape. "All you have done is bought yourself a few moments of respite. But soon his gaze will fall upon this world. His arrival is inevitable. And you will not be able to save them..."
  24. ^ a b c This Week In RuneScape: Combat Cleanup Strike. 14 March 2022. (Archived from the original on 14 March 2022.)
  25. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. 10 October 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Orion: "Futon has 245 kills: You have a 4x higher chance to receive the pet on solo mode. You have not yet reached the threshold on group mode."
  26. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. 10 October 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Orion: "Correct. We're VERY happy that our systems allow us to re-use the previous elite dungeon code for new ones."
  27. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. 17 May 2019. (Archived from the original on 17 May 2019.)
  28. ^ Jagex. Mod Ollie's Twitter account. 20 September 2016. (Archived from the original on 20 September 2016.) Mod Ollie: "After your feedback on the boss announcement we have decided to remove the 'solo' limitation. We may consider anywhere from 1-5 players."
  29. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. 27 June 2020. (Archived from the original on 8 July 2020.) Mod Orion: "[Question: when's your voice acting debut?] I'm literally the Ambassador"
  30. ^ Beasts, RuneScape. "The Ambassador will occasionally conjure unstable energy portals from Erebus."