The Needle

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The Needle is an Elder Artefact which featured heavily in the spin-off game Runescape: Idle Adventures, where it was prominently used by its main character. It was first mentioned in RuneScape by Jas during Sliske's Endgame, and first appeared in-game during The Needle Skips quest located in a desolate forest west of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.

Function[edit | edit source]

According to Saradomin, the Needle can be used to unravel Time itself, creating Threads of Time out of concentrated anima from that reset timeline. These threads can then be woven back into the tapestry of existence, growing fate itself. These rewoven threads can then be used to create more of themselves as the anima of the world is once again increased in this reset timeline. This creates a cycle where the world's anima gradually and purposefully restores and improves itself with each reset.

The Threads of Time can also be bound with the corrupting influence on the world caused by undead monsters. As these threads are woven back into the tapestry, the corrupting influence is permanently removed from the world.

Guthix describes a hypothetical broken Needle as one of the major threats to the universe and existence. The Great Revision and Shadow Breach[1] are the other existential threats listed by Guthix.

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

As one of the Elder Artefacts the Needle was created by the Elder Gods and used to shape their creations. It was one of the artefacts discarded on Gielinor as the Elder Gods went to sleep. The Needle was discovered by Guthix, when he descended upon Gielinor and found numerous Elder Artefacts.

Little else is known about the Needle's early history. It hasn't been known to have been in possession of any god or mortal. The first modern account of the Needle is by Megan, who is shown the Needle by its guardian Gail in the late Fifth Age. Apparently the Needle had gone completely unnoticed as it is sitting atop a hill in plain view, possibly thanks to its mundane appearance, that makes it look nothing less than a peculiar rock.

The Needle Skips[edit | edit source]

The Needle plays a prominent role during The Needle Skips quest, resembling a stone monolith as opposed to a sewing needle. During the quest, the player must use a shard of the needle to visit the past memories of a family living west of Piscatoris to gradually uncover the mystery over a body frozen in time. The shard allows more memories to be unlocked by searching for keywords from the story and allows the player to visit multiple instances of the area affected by the needle.

During the quest, Megan asks Gail to use the Needle to reverse time by 30 days to prevent her daughter Primrose from dying due to illness. The Needle would affect all beings and its surrounding environment not within close proximity to the Needle itself, leaving those close to it unaffected and retaining all their existing memories. After using this ability, the Needle requires time to pass naturally as it draws power from the anima mundi to be able to rewind time again. While the Needle can be used to rewind time further than 30 days, doing so causes the user to be permanently bonded to the elder artefact, resulting in physical transformation and a loss of all memories prior to its use, as shown by Primrose becoming Gail after rewinding time 3 years. Furthermore, the Needle can also be used to indefinitely pause and restart time by saying the pausing phrase "Wenla".

As the Needle's appearance and abilities differ between Runescape: Idle Adventures and The Needle Skips, it is unknown if these objects are different, the same or connected in any way.

Desperate Times[edit | edit source]

The Needle is a prominent plot point in the quest Desperate Times, where the dragonkin Kerapac requests the help of Thok, Charos, and the World Guardian to attempt to use its power to cut off the energy supply from the Elder Gods. After trying to harness its energy and summoning temporal instabilities, he asks for Charos' help in creating an esoteric device for use in manipulating the Needle. When Kerapac tries to use this device, Gail attacks the group, defeating Thok and Charos quickly, and battling Kerapac, who then sends the world guardian into a spatial-temporal rift through the Needle. The World Guardian has to complete a series of anima-redirecting puzzles to direct anima away from Gail and into Kerapac. After three successful redirections, Kerapac stabs the Needle with the staff of Armadyl and keys its energies into himself, making the needle respond to his whims. Gail's powers and memories from the Needle are stripped away and she is transformed back into Primrose permanently. Kerapac then teleports the Needle to Orthen before flying off there himself, empowered by the Artefact.

Desperate Measures[edit | edit source]

After Kerapac seized the Needle, he stored it in his Laboratory on Anachronia while preparing to use his shadow anima device to poison Gielinor's animasphere, and by extension the Elder Gods, with the substance. He formed a connection with the Needle and used it to shield himself from all physical harm when confronted by the World Guardian, Thok, Charos, and Hannibus. In an effort to allow the group to stop Kerapac, the World Guardian used Seren to gain an audience with Jas and ask for the Elder God's help. While direct intervention on the part of Jas to retrieve the Needle would result in untold destruction to both Anachronia and Gielinor, an unacceptable solution to the World Guardian, Jas did provide the World Guardian with the Eye of Jas so they could "disrupt" this connection. After the World Guardian and Charos used the Measure to find a way into Kerapac's laboratory, the World Guardian confronted Kerapac and used the Eye of Jas on him. This mutated Kerapac's connection to the Needle and enslaved both him and the remaining Nodon Dragonkin in hibernation on the island to protect the Needle as Kerapac was the Needle's guardian, and he had used the Nodon's anima to support it. Finally, enraged at Kerapac's assassination attempt, the Elder God Ful erupted through the Anachronia volcano, destroying Kerapac's laboratory. It is currently in possession of Kerapac.

War[edit | edit source]

After binding Kerapac and the Nodon to her service, Jas ordered him to lead her armies into Senntisten to reclaim the eggs stolen by Azzanadra. Jas gave him the Needle, alongside the Siphon and Mirror to help him in his task. Kerapac would use the Needle to create time-threads in his attempt to kill the World Guardian, but despite his mastery over the Needle, Kerapac was defeated. The Needle remains in Senntisten.

Runescape: Idle Adventures[edit | edit source]

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The Needle, like all other Elder Artefacts, were created by the Elder Gods to be used as tools in their attempt to create the perfect world Gielinor. After the creation of Gielinor, the Elder Gods started their slumber below the surface of the world, awaiting the next great revision.

Buried within the heart of the White Wolf Mountain, the Needle was among the majority of the artefacts that were left behind on Gielinor.

After the mortals and the young gods arrived in the First and Second Ages, many of these artefacts were found and claimed. However, the Needle remained undiscovered throughout most of Gielinor's history. The god Saradomin was the only one able to sense its presence on Gielinor, thanks to the properties of the Elder Crown, but he was never able to find it.

After Guthix's death at the beginning of the Sixth Age, the Anima Mundi of Gielinor destabilised. The conflicts of the gods that followed caused many wounds to appear in the world in the form of energy rifts.

This caused the Needle to create an avatar. Not knowing who they were, they travelled around Draynor village, Lumbridge and Falador. Helping people with their problems, and teaching them new skills before eventually being drawn to White Wolf Mountain.

There, they were greeted by Saradomin, who discovered the location of the Needle when it created its avatar. He observes as the protagonist obtains the Needle and first uses it to unravel time, and explains his theory of the Needle's function. He then asks them to help him and his followers by removing the corrupting influence of the undead, and to increase the strength of the White Knights.

Image of the Needle in Kerapac's laboratory on Orthen.

Sally continues to wield the Needle, increasing and healing the world's anima by helping the people of various cities.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 6 September 2021 (Update):
    • The Needle in the Colosseum in Senntisten can now be examined.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Guthix, "Memory bud", RuneScape. "The forbidden secrets of this universe and beyond must be recorded while I still live, so that they can be metered out only when the time is right. The Great Revision. The Broken Needle. The Shadow Breach. If that knowledge is lost, all things shall end. Not just life. Not just the universe. Everything. Time and space, and life and death..."