Third Age

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The Third Age, also known as the Wartime Period[1] or the God Wars, is one of the six ages of Gielinor. The age lasted exactly 4508 years according to Reldo[1] and officially began when Zamorak, returning from his banishment as a god, began a war to retrieve the Stone of Jas which had been previously confiscated from him by Saradomin in the previous age. This war, also known as the God Wars, would span through the entire age and saw many significant events that shape the world even today, most dominated by war and the gods.

They only ended when Zamorak, cornered by Saradomin, Armadyl, and Bandos in Forinthry, used the Stone of Jas as a last ditch effort to save himself.[2] This would result in the whole of Forinthry being destroyed, scarring the land so harshly that nothing would ever grow. Meanwhile, the druids of Guthix had been attempting to end the war by waking the god of balance; four of them, Atrew, Thera, Ria and Rief, conducted a ritual that succeeded in doing so. Guthix, horrified and saddened deeply by the destruction he saw, slammed a giant blade into the middle of Forinthry (what is now known as the Wilderness Volcano) establishing the Edicts of Guthix. These edicts banished most current gods from Gielinor, and prevented new ones from coming to the planet so that nobody could destroy it further.

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Although many competing armies had their own calendars, the dominant calendar during this age according to Reldo was the Zamorakian Calendar, still in use today by Zamorakian Mahjarrat.[3] Zamorakians disagree whether to start the calendar based on when Zamorak ascended or when he returned from Infernus. Reldo opts for the former, putting the return of Zamorak and hence the start of the God Wars at year 17 or 19 of the Third Age.[4][5] Modern human Zamorakians rarely follow this calendar however, opting to use the local calendar.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "The Third Age (Wartime Period)
    Calendar: Zamorakian
    Length: 4508 years
    Epoch date in V: -6,649"
  2. ^ Zamorak, "Dishonour among Thieves", RuneScape. "...If I must meet my end, then each of you will meet yours!" , See: Transcript:Dishonour among Thieves#Memory of Forinthry
  3. ^ Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "The calendar of this period is the Zamorakian calendar. [...] Surviving Zamorakian Mahjarrat still use this calendar (with their choice of the epochs) and I believe the first system is the dominant calendar on the infernal planes from which demons emerge."
  4. ^ a b Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "[...] there are actually two disputed dates for the calendar's epoch, and Zamorakians are roughly divided half and half in which they use. The first system is based on the day Zamorak slew Zaros and ascended to godhood, while the second is based on the day he returned to Gielinor seventeen years later with an army of demons and began the God Wars. I have chosen the first of these two systems as the epoch on which to anchor the Third Age."
  5. ^ a b Zemouregal's memory, written by Zemouregal, RuneScape. "Nineteen years later, Zamorak returned to Gielinor [...]"
  6. ^ Reldo's ages seventeenth edition, written by Reldo, RuneScape. "Modern human worshippers of Zamorak tend not to use this calendar, instead using the local calendar."
  7. ^ a b Veilinius, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Let's cast our minds back to about five thousand years in the past. One happens to find oneself in command of the Order of the Temple of Zaros, but things aren't going so well for our chaps. [...] Saradomin is doing about the best and old Sucellus reckons it's on account of his crown. So he comes to me and he tells me to take the entire order of knights on a deep cover operation. Reckons if we can pinch the crown that'll put the Zarosians back on top again. [...] So our part of the plan, of course, goes off without a hitch. Absolutely smashing job. Obviously Saradomin is suspicious at first, but Zarosians are converting all over the empire and after we take out the Angel of Death our loyalty and usefulness are beyond question."
  8. ^ Ashuelot Reis, RuneScape. "Before the destruction of the city and his imprisonment, Azzanadra was working at Senntisten to reestablish contact with his master, but other Zarosian forces did not sleep. Many stayed in this area, trying to gain control of the area around the Mahjarrat ritual site, in an effort to gain the upper hand over their Zamorakian counterparts. The leader of these Zarosian forces was Nex, Zaros's most powerful weapon. [...] Although time wears down all things, Nex could not be stopped, only gaining in power the more it fought. Eventually, Saradominists managed to lure it into a series of icy caverns - the same in which we now stand. [...] After great effort and sacrifice, they managed to subdue the Zarosian forces and place them and Nex into a frozen, enchanted sleep. They promptly regrouped and created a massive temple to lock the beast within, the remains of which you see still scattered around today."