The TokHaar (meaning Sacred-Rock in the TzHaar language) were an ancient race of rock and lava creatures and the avatars of the Elder Kiln, one of the 12 Elder Artefacts, itself created by the elder god Ful. The TokHaar are not individuals; they are a single hive-mind existing within the sacred lava of the Kiln. This mind simply incarnates into different obsidian bodies to perform different functions. Removed from the Kiln, some TokHaar developed individuality and became the Tzhaar. Because the TokHaar were created to help build Gielinor itself, they and the TzHaar predate the arrival of humans and all other sentient species.
Like the TzHaar, the TokHaar love combat and spend their free time fighting. Unlike the TzHaar, who pass their memories down from eggs, the TokHaar are simply reborn in the lava with their memories intact if destroyed in the kiln. Those killed outside of the kiln remain permanently dead, so the TokHaar are rarely, if ever, seen outside of the safety of their home.
History[edit | edit source]
Creation[edit | edit source]
The TokHaar were created when the sacred lava of the kiln entered contact with sacred clay. According to a TokHaar-Hok, the TokHaar were forged in the Elder Kiln by their masters to build the mountains of Gielinor. The TokHaar-Xil were built to dig up the earth and rock, the TokHaar-Mej to blast the earth into a size the TokHaar-Ket could lift, and the TokHaar-Hur to craft the sediment into cliff-faces and slopes. The TokHaar were responsible for creating hundreds if not thousands of planets, improving with each creation they made. Their last masterpiece was Gielinor, of which they also made the planet's Elder Halls.
When their work was done, they built a great mountain around the Kiln and remained inside "to await further instruction". However, some chose to remain within the mountain, outside the Kiln, tunnelling through it to create cities and mazes. Those that did so have become the TzHaar. The TokHaar dislike the TzHaar for this, believing it is weak, unnatural and against their true purpose. The TokHaar did not take any action at the time, as they saw no point in killing their own kin. They simply waited inside the Kiln, fighting and watching as other beings stumbled and fell inside to the lava, their memories becoming one with the TokHaar.
The First Champion[edit | edit source]
During the Second Age, a human gladiator named Zuk earned his freedom from the Zarosian Empire yet despite his freedom, he longed for battle. Learning of the Elder Kiln, he traveled to it and fought the TokHaar. The TokHaar could not defeat Zuk, making him the first outsider to defeat them. For his victory, Zuk claimed the Kiln for his own and presumably learned of Ful from the TokHaar. The TokHaar gave Zuk the title "TzKal", or champion of the fire. In close proximity to the Elder Kiln for centuries, Zuk ascended into demigod status.
A Fruitless Search[edit | edit source]
During the God Wars, when Zamorak sought to expand his influence, his servant Perjour attempted to locate the Elder Kiln and recruit the TokHaar to his cause. Perjour failed, however, as he was attacked and repelled by a guardian at the Kiln's entrance; though he was able to flee, he sustained heavy injuries and succumbed to his wounds days later. Even if he had survived, the TokHaar would have refused to aid Zamorak, as they saw the lesser gods as false pretenders. Zuk heard of the war waging on the surface and asked the TokHaar to assist, but they were not interested in fighting a war not their own. The TokHaar appear to have forgotten Zuk over time as he was bound into the Kiln by Bandos.
A Plot and Rediscovery[edit | edit source]
Around year 169 of the Fifth Age, the TokHaar sabotaged the TzKot-Zo to cool the volcano down and hopefully force the TzHaar back to the Kiln as one. The TzHaar did not return as expected, since most had forgotten about their origins and were very stubborn to change. Their eggs began hatching as Ga'al, an unexpected anomaly. A human adventurer, given one Ga'al, was asked by the TzHaar-Mejs to search for the Elder Kiln, believing it was their only hope. They found the Kiln and fought off many TokHaar. Their strength impressed Hok, who saw them as another outsider that had caught the interest of the TokHaar.
The volcano continued to rapidly cool, but the TzHaar were still unwilling to leave. The adventurer discovered that the cooling of the volcano was a plot by the TokHaar to force the TzHaar into the kiln. After defeating Hok, he promised to leave the TzHaar alone as long as he and his brethren could continue fighting the adventurer, which they accepted.
Unity[edit | edit source]
With the return of Ful, the TokHaar rejoiced upon hearing the singing of their creator once more. This time, Hok returned to the city to appeal to their ancient duties, but many of the TzHaar refused to return to the kiln.
Double-edged Obsidian Sword[edit | edit source]
After Zaros opened the Codex, allowing shadow cacklers to emerge from the Shadow Breach, the forces present attempted to contain them with little success. Seeing that they were being slowly outnumbered, the World Guardian suggested requesting the TokHaar for assistance, under the reasoning that they would help defend the very world they helped build.
Meeting in the Kiln, Hok was able to detect traces of shadow anima on the World Guardian and immediately realized something was afoot. The World Guardian quickly explained the situation and requested that the TokHaar lend their strength to fight off the interlopers. Hok was unable to provide an immediate answer however, as he did not know if the Elder Gods had given the TokHaar a protocol that would instruct them to do so. Seeing that Hok was taking too long to answer, the World Guardian decided to return to the Varrock Dig Site. In the end, and much to everyone's surprise, the TokHaar emerged from beneath the earth to help repel the invaders, effectively evening the odds in favour of the allied forces.
After Azzanadra sealed the Codex, he was transformed into a god for doing so. The TokHaar looked at the destruction the surface dwellers had caused by opening the Codex and saw the land tainted by shadow anima. Unaware that it was Zaros, a divine creation of Mah that had done so. The Elders, being in an observation state, deemed mortal life unworthy and Ful ordered the TokHaar to attack their former allies. They attempted to destroy the Codex, but were repelled by the forces present.
Despite their betrayal, the TokHaar were unable to prevail. Taking immense losses, Hok ordered the TokHaar to gather what Tokkul they could to restore in the Elder Kiln, knowing that they would need their strength for the battles ahead.
Becoming the TzekHaar[edit | edit source]
For their failure in battle, Ful ordered them remade in the Kiln once more, turning into the TzekHaar.
Types of TokHaar[edit | edit source]
|Name||Level||Life points||Attack style||Max hit||Weakness|
|547 (ranged) 547 (melee)||Crush|
~20% of max life points (special)
1,094 (Magic and Ranged)
Ranged tentacles: Slash
Magic tentacles: Thrown
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Wandering Ga'al (miniquest)", RuneScape. "In time, Ful created the Elder Kiln: an artefact that manufactures living implements. At the site of the last few worlds, she planted the Elder Kiln beneath the surface. Sacred lava flowed through sacred clay. The TokHaar awoke. Forged by the Elder Kiln, we worked to fulfil our masters' plan."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "We are... the TokHaar. We were forged to build the mountains of Gielinor... although Gielinor had a different name then. We were forged in this Kiln by our masters."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "We were their tools... their mountain builders. They built the Xil to dig up the earth and rock... the Mej to blast it into a size that the Kets could carry... and the Hur to craft the sediment into cliff-faces and slopes."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Wandering Ga'al (miniquest)", RuneScape. "The TokHaar improved with each attempt, becoming more effective instruments of the masters. We laboured. We obeyed. We served our great purpose. It was glorious."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Yes, we built the elder halls. Why do you ask?"
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "When our work was done, we built a great mountain around this Kiln and returned to live within it... to await further instruction. Or, at least... some of us did."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "Some of us stayed behind in the mountain. [...] They call themselves the TzHaar now. They chose to live within the mountain we had built. They tunnelled through it to build their great cities... undermining our great purpose."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "It is... unnatural... to live outside of our Kiln. When we are destroyed... we are reforged by the Kiln. Our memories stay as one. The TzHaar have become so... weak. They pass on their memories through sordidly laying eggs... letting the sacred lava pass from one to another so wastefully. In the end, they become what they call 'TokKul', often neglecting to pass on their knowledge. Their memories going to waste... not returning to the sacred lava. They have forgotten their great purpose. And... why? To build cities of waste... shrines of disrespect to our great cause... to our purpose."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "We have been practicing our skills against one another; honing our strength in anticipation of our master's return. Combat... is our great pleasure."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "On occasion, creatures... like you... have wandered into our home. Below your feet flows the lava of creation... those who fall into it surrender their shape, memories and language... They become one with the TokHaar... Many beasts from the surrounding caves have been submerged in our Kiln. They pollute our resolve... but there are certain advantages... we learn from them."
- ^ Journal of Perjour, written by Perjour, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "Exciting news: the golem-like TzHaar speak of an ancient kiln that heats their city. Assuming this isn't just folklore, this could be the forgotten Elder Kiln. I have not been as excited about a discovery for a very long time. While my interest is largely academic, this potential power excites me. Zamorak could forge an army out of bare rock if this is truly the Elder Kiln."
- ^ Journal of Perjour, written by Perjour, "The Elder Kiln", RuneScape. "The brute guarding the entrance attacked with surprising speed. My legs are broken in several places and I fear that my body is ruined. Somehow, I have managed to drag myself back across chasms to relative safety. Relative, as long as these rock creatures cannot smell my blood. [...] I grow weak and am now unable to move. I shall die here in these caves alone, much like Char. The irony has not been lost on me."
- ^ Ga'al-Xox, "The Brink of Extinction", RuneScape. "This outlet is the mouth of a circulation conduit intended to channel the sacred lava from the Kiln around the TzHaar City. The TokHaar shut off the conduit, and are responsible for the cooling of the volcano."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Brink of Extinction", RuneScape. "The TzHaar no longer remember their true purpose, and abhor change. By cutting off their supply of heat, we hoped to force the TzHaar to action."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Brink of Extinction", RuneScape. "We only expected the TzHaar eggs to be stillborn, forcing the TzHaar to seek out the Kiln or perish. The Ga'al are an anomaly that we did not anticipate."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "The Brink of Extinction", RuneScape. "I shall forge this Ga'al a second time, on one condition... My minions shall evermore engage in glorious battle with this human, this surface dweller who vanquished us in combat. We shall learn this technique, hone our skills, and probe his defences for weakness."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Ful swims in the sacred lava once more. We surround her, sing with her. Can you not hear her voice?"
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "The masters have returned. We must serve their will. [...] The time of the TzHaar is over. Now is the time for unity."
- ^ TzHaar-Mej-Jeh, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Our answer is unchanged, TokHaar. [...] You ask too much. You ask us to surrender our individuality, our identity."
- ^ TzHaar-Mej-Jeh, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Player: You don't want to join the TokHaar?
TzHaar-Mej-Jeh: It is difficult. I do understand what the TokHaar are saying. The TzHaar have no purpose. We have lived and died in these caves since the dawn of this world. Why? For what purpose? We live, we learn, we lay our egg, we die, we forget. We were created for a purpose. To serve the masters. To have purpose again... it is something I do feel a need for. But the cost is so high. To surrender my identity completely. To no longer be an individual."
- ^ Player character, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "Ful made them to build Gielinor. They're powerful warriors. They even fight each other for fun in their Fight Kiln. They would want to protect their work, I reckon."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "...You smell of anathema. We can feel it. What have you done?"
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "Player: Well?
TokHaar-Hok: We are searching.
Player: For what?
TokHaar-Hok: The correct protocol. The Masters will have told us what to do..."
- ^ Seren, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Ful was watching. She will send more then TokHaar this time."
- ^ Wahisietel, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "In the aftermath of the devastation, the TokHaar looked at what the witless surface dwellers had done to their world. Everything would have to be dismantled, starting with their former allies. But the worst was still to come."
- ^ TokHaar-Hok, "Battle of the Monolith (miniquest)", RuneScape. "Hmm. Too many lost. Gather the Tokkul! We must return to the lava. The masters need all our strength for the fight to come."