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Oreb, the Magister of House Charron, is a necromancer from the human home world of Teragard and a solo Slayer boss. He may be found in the First Gate of the Grim Underworld, accessible from the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon. Unlike the other inhabitants of the dungeon, a feather of Ma'at is not required to kill him. Killing the Magister rewards 450 reputation towards your aligned district.

To fight the Magister, level 115 Slayer and a key to the Crossing is required. Although the Slayer requirement may be boosted, unlike the Legiones, the boost must be maintained for the duration of the encounter. The soul obelisk inside the dungeon must then be activated to summon him. Keys can be obtained by killing the inhabitants of the dungeon (including himself) or by buying them from the Grand Exchange, costing 414,219 coins. The key is consumed when beginning the fight and will not be returned on death if the Magister wins, behaving in a similar manner to ascension keystones.

Killing the Magister is a possible Soul Reaper assignment. The assigned number of kills can vary between 3 to 14.

The Magister is one of the bosses required to unlock the title [Name] the Reaper. Obtaining the five books that can be dropped by the Magister as well as other inhabitants of the dungeon is a requirement for the master quest cape. The bobblehead pet dropped by the Magister is a requirement for the Final Boss [Name] title.

Acquiring at least one of each of his unique drops is a requirement for the [Name] of the Crossing title.

Oreb also appears in The Shadow Reef Elite Dungeon as a miniboss, in the form of Oreb, the Magister.

History[edit | edit source]

Oreb was originally the magister of House Charron on Teragard and at one point authored a book known as The Divine Delusion. Fascinated with the subject of the soul, he speculated in his book that it had little to do with divinity and that it may be possible to transplant a soul from one host into another.

At some point in or before the Fifth Age, he was apparently exiled from Teragard and arrived in Gielinor, where he took in Nomad as his pupil, teaching him about the nature of souls. Nomad eventually betrayed and supposedly killed him, using his new understanding of souls to bolster his own power. Due to his own knowledge on souls, Oreb survived, reviving himself via phylactery.

Oreb is "killed" by Nomad.

Memories of him appear during the Tales of Nomad miniquest. In the first master memory, he appears as my first master and is shown tutoring Nomad in the Ourania Cave. In the first betrayal memory, he is shown being stabbed by Nomad in his temple.

After being betrayed by Nomad, Oreb eventually found himself in Menaphos. From there, he began his own experiments on souls, and gave his thoughts on both Amascut and Icthlarin; fascinated with the former's corruption, although disappointed by the fact that it weakened the souls he acquired. He felt a sort of kinship with the latter, sensing an ancient guilt and wondered if the god was aware of the power that was around him. While working, he also discovered machinery that could split a being's soul while they were still alive, and fragments of a divine soul, speculating that one could send proxies all around the world to obtain memories before combining them into one entity if the method could be perfected.

In his last journal, he learned of terrible events in the past; though upset with how messy the magic was, he realised that he could achieve a goal he thought impossible thousands of years ago. He also interpreted the arrival of a particular adventurer as a success for his experiments, and although he was slain by the said individual, he revived himself with a phylactery.

Sometime after this, Oreb was visited by The Ambassador who offered to bring him back to Teragard and restore his house. Oreb was naturally inclined to accept, since it was his House, but was surprised that it somehow knew of his origins.[1] The only cost to him was to supply the Ambassador with souls, something which he could easily achieve. Oreb was also intrigued with the Ambassador's origins, as its soul was something that he had never seen before in his life.[2] Oreb departed to Ulthven Kreath, knowing that his former pupil was about to make his move.[3] There, he provided the Ambassador with ten thousand souls, ripped from the afterlife.[4]

During his stay, he met Lady Himiko, who he initially believed to be a manipulator due to his lack of faith.[5] The two wrote a series of letters to each other regarding the security of the dungeon. Oreb was aware that there was a spy in her ranks[6], though Himiko refused to believe that.[7] Oreb pointed out that the wards were intentionally flawed, allowing the World Guardian access into the inner sanctums.[8] Himiko did not respond, so Oreb wrote to the Ambassador, warning him not to underestimate the World Guardian, as they had slain him numerous times.[9] His warning was heeded, as the Ambassador created the Crassian Leviathan in anticipation of their arrival.[10] Despite this, the Leviathan was unable to stop the World Guardian, who proceeded to infiltrate the underwater temple. Oreb attempted to stop the World Guardian, but was slain by them during the attack. He eventually revived himself with a phylactery, though his plans were ruined as the Ambassador was slain shortly afterwards.

The following takes place during Succession.

Oreb later returned to his chambers when he was confronted by Vengeance, as Bilrach deemed his knowledge on soul magic essential for his plan. Oreb immediately took note of the warrior's darkness and rage, but she refused to let him study her and demanded that he give the knowledge her master sought. Oreb, confident in his skills, refused and warned her to leave, but she instead took it as a challenge and fought him, easily overpowering him. He promptly yielded and was forced to give his knowledge to Jerrod.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

The Magister has several special abilities, one of which consists of activating a soul obelisk that drains the player's Constitution level, which affects both the amount of life points food can heal when eaten in addition to the player's maximum life points.

Although he counts for a Soul devourer assignment and awards Slayer experience upon defeat, the slayer helmet does not apply its damage and accuracy buffs against the Magister even if the player has a soul devourer assignment, to balance out the corruption mechanic. However, Tuska's Wrath will still behave as it normally does on a Slayer assignment.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Charms[edit | edit source]

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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Increased to 1/100 when carrying a Sophanem slayer dungeon drop enhancer.[12]
  2. ^ Has a drop rate of 1/1,000 with a threshold of 200.
  3. ^ Improved to 1/17 with tier 4 luck.
  4. ^ a b c d e The books are dropped in order, and the next book is guaranteed upon reading the previous book.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster and skilling action outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

There were several teasers hinting towards the Magister in the weeks before its release. Most of them have taken the form of in-game messages which were triggered as a result of the players' actions as a community.[13]

After several teaser message broadcasts, more activities were unlocked for players to engage with within Menaphos that allowed city reputation to be gained in ways beyond the traditional method of training skills within the city. These activities took the form of repeatable events that could be completed numerous times a day for reputation, and are still currently available to be completed for city reputation.

Date Teaser
6 June 2017 The continued desecration of the caverns below Menaphos and Sophanem have caused a flux of corrupted soul energy.
The Magister has become aware of your presence.
7 June 2017 Strange reverberations are causing the earth below Menaphos and Sophanem to groan.
The corruption and soul energies under the desert are becoming increasingly unstable.
Soul obelisks began spawning in Menaphos.

The desert sands tremble with the undulating cry of countless despairing souls.
Mysterious obelisks have started appearing in the streets of Menaphos.

11 June 2017 The sands around Menaphos tremble with the sound of a million frantic footsteps.
Something is stirring below the surface...
12 June 2017 A wave of apprehension sweeps across Menaphos as the skittering hum of the sands begins to grow louder.
Whatever stirs the desert is fast approaching.
Corrupted scarabs began spawning in Menaphos.

The streets of Menaphos fall victim to a plague of displaced scarab beetles from the corrupted caverns below.
Something is driving them to the surface.

The Magister was originally planned for release on 26 June 2017, but this date was pushed back to 3 July 2017 to allow for further testing and addition of more quality of life improvements for Menaphos.[14]

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!
* update 7 November 2022 (Update):
    • Herb drops replaced with their seeds instead.
  • patch 4 May 2020 (Update):
    • Runite stone spirits have been replaced by banite stone spirits.
  • patch 18 March 2019 (Update):
    • Voice Over has been added to The Magister boss fight.
  • patch 2 October 2017 (Update):
    • The Magister can now phase while stunned.
    • The Magister's defence has been slightly reduced, and base hit chance against him increased.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • The Magister will now cast Freedom when affected by stuns.
  • patch 17 July 2017 (Update):
    • The phylactery drop rate from the Magister has been made slightly lower, but the individual scripture drop rates have been adjusted to give a minimum of 5 and a larger average.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • An issue that was preventing The Magister from taking damage in his final phase has been resolved.
    • Defeating The Magister will now correctly display kills on the Adventurer's Log.
  • hotfix 3 July 2017 (Update):
    • Some leftover debug text formerly displayed when kicking a mine during The Magister encounter has been removed.
    • The Magister's Slayer XP has been fixed.
    • The Magister's lore books now appear in a player-owned house bookcase correctly.
    • Super restore potions now restore life points by 25% of the usual amount instead of 50% in The Magister encounters.
    • The Minister pet now displays the owner's Magister kills instead of the examiner's kills.
  • hotfix 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • Players will no longer receive a message saying that they have no keys to fight the Magister with when going through the boss portal.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the Magister
  • Upon release, there was a bug where the Magister gave 50,000 slayer experience upon defeating him. This was unintentional and quickly hotfixed on the same day, reducing it to 8,000.
  • Oreb is a Hebrew name appearing in the Old Testament meaning "raven". Notably, the Magister was first referenced in content developed by Mod Raven.
  • Charron, the name of the Magister's house, is a possible reference to Charon, a figure in Greek mythology who carries souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron.
  • The title "Magister", when translated idiomatically from Latin, means "Master", an honorific title often used to address individuals of high social status, such as teachers.[15]
  • The Magister is one of five monsters who can lower the player's maximum life points, the others being Barrelchest Mk II, Kal'gerion demons in the Shadow Reef, Yor'Ger the Deceiver, and TzKal-Zuk.
  • It was possible to Quick Chat Magister kills before the boss was actually released.
  • He is referred to as High Magister Oreb by Lucifurr, who claims to have been his apprentice.[16]
  • Upon release, there was a rare bug that caused the Magister to become immune to most forms of damage at low health, forcing the player to kill him off with weapon poison. He could still attack and damage players, but was incapable of using abilities. This was fixed on 10 July 2017.
  • The Magister was given the ability to use Freedom against stuns with the 23 July 2017 update. Prior to this, he would only use Freedom if he was bound.
  • The Magister was given several updates due to player complaints on 2 October 2017:
    • His overall defence was lowered; his general defence level lowered and affinities raised to make hitting him easier.
    • He is now able to phase whilst stunned.
  • Oreb and his former pupil Nomad physically resemble each other somewhat, as both have bright green eyes, bald heads and greyish skin tone. This could be because both are necromancers who have used soul obelisks to unnaturally prolong their lives. In addition to this, their combat levels (699, 799, and 899) are similar to each other.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 15,388 kills.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by 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. This offer naturally appeals but what impresses me the most is that it would know to make such an offer. There are few who know of House Charron, let alone would care to restore it. Fewer still would know my connection to it for it has been many centuries since I last walked on Teragard. But this creature, this Ambassador, simply appeared to me and offered me this bargain."
  2. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "This Ambassador presents quite the intriguing specimen. It is clearly powerful and deeply devoted to its nameless deity, but it is also clearly dead. And yet not. It is not the animated remains of the living, I am certain enough of that, yet it is most certainly not alive. 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. Really quite remarkable. The implications are fascinating and I confess I would love to know more."
  3. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "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? How can I refuse?"
  4. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "Ten thousand souls have been drawn from the afterlife, courtesy of our Teragardian ally, and forged into great blades with which to cut away at the walls of this universe."
  5. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "I am impressed with the work you have done to craft such a magnificent faux religious order and persuading them to be so fanatical to an obviously fantastical cause."
  6. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "P.S You are aware there is a spy in your order, I trust?"
  7. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by Lady Himiko, RuneScape. "There are no spies in the order. You are mistaken."
  8. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "No? So your wards are intentionally flawed? I wonder if you would care to explain the reasoning behind that. What advantage is there in allowing the World Guardian a direct entry to your inner sanctums?"
  9. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Magister, RuneScape. "Dear my lord Ambassador,
    You have been discovered. There is a traitor in the Aminishians and they have tipped off the World Guardian. I urge you caution, the World Guardian is powerful and more dangerous than any soul I have encountered so far. They have slain me many times and will do so again before the ritual is complete. They are warded by the dead god Guthix in a way I do not yet understand. They will be immune to your subtle manipulations and it will take more power than you expect to destroy them. Do not underestimate them.
    Oreb, Magister of House Charron"
  10. ^ Umbral Diplomacy, written by The Ambassador, RuneScape. "The World Guardian? I wonder, if this means Player. I have dreamt of that name for centuries, a nightmare that warps even my dreams and turns my deepest prayers into curses. Warnings, perhaps, from my lord. To not be complacent? To not give in to the brash overconfidence of my people? I shall prepare then. I shall summon a leviathan and I shall bestow upon it the blessings of my lord. Taraket shall raise an undead army and I shall prepare all of my followers to stand against them should they arrive.
    The ritual will not fail."
  11. ^ a b c d Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 27 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  12. ^ Mod Sova. Can a JMod clarify the exact function of the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon (Key to the Crossing) Enhancer?. r/RuneScape subreddit. 27 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 16:00, 27 February 2019 (UTC).) "on task: 1/75 -> 1/60; off task: 1/400 -> 1/395; Also increases the chance to get a key back from killing the magister 1/128 -> 1/100"
  13. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. (Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.)
  14. ^ Jagex. "Magister Arrives Monday | Month Ahead Postponed." 30 June 2017. RuneScape News.
  15. ^ William Whittaker; the University of Notre Dame. Magister. 2017-06-07.*
  16. ^ Lucifurr, RuneScape. "I who was apprenticed to the High Magister Oreb, master of souls."
  17. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. Reddit. 2 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 25 January 2019.) Mod Shauny: "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"
  18. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 20 Boss Killers by Monster (Data: 13th December 2018). Reddit. 8 January 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "[link to a spreadsheet]"