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Amphora These containers were primarily used to store goods for transport, both liquids and solids. Wine was the most common good stored within them.
Spear of Annihilation The fully restored legendary Spear of Annihilation. Speculation is rife at the Archaeology Guild that this might be the weapon Bandos used to ascend to godhood; however, there is no good evidence to support this.
Zaros effigy Finally, we have discovered an icon of the Empty Lord himself. No such icons have been discovered at the Varrock Dig Site, so we are lucky with how well preserved Kharid-et is.
Venator light crossbow The venator light crossbow was built for fast reloading to couple with the hit-and-run tactics that Zarosian scouts seemingly employed.
High priest mitre This mitre would have been worn by a particularly devout follower of Bandos, or the Big High War God as site manager Zanik informs us he was also known as.
Horogothgar cooking pot Zanik tells us the Horogothgar were infamous for eating their defeated enemies, including other goblins. Tellingly, the inside of this pot still holds an unpleasant lingering smell to it.
Kal-i-kra warhorn A nosorog appears to have been the original owner of this warhorn, which would have been used in the heat of battle for commanders to communicate orders to their soldiers.
Kal-i-kra chieftain crown The Kal-i-kra, our site manager informs us, was a tribe of beings from which Bandos originated. This crown would have been worn by the tribe's chieftain.
Yurkolgokh stink grenade What a strange contraption! Remnants of malachite and traces of water were found in two brittle clay chambers. It appears this was a thrown weapon that would shatter on impact and create a toxic cloud.
Garagorshuun anchor We are unsure if this anchor was a wielded weapon or simply used in the typical way. Staining around the walls of the Crucible suggest it may have been purposefully flooded for special events.
Drogokishuun hook sword These vicious swords have a hooked end, presumably for pulling enemies closer or sweeping shields out of the way, to open victims up to a follow up attack.
High priest orb While more of a ritual item, this orb, with a small Kyzaj symbol atop it, could have been used to channel magic spells.
Ogre Kyzaj axe Considering the size, this hand axe-like weapon (that was styled after Bandos's 'Kyzaj' symbol) was likely wielded by larger creatures such as ogres.
Ork cleaver sword This sword, while seemingly crude with its notched edge, is actually finely crafted and balanced. The bronze it is made from seems impressively strong, even when compared to iron or steel.
'Da Boss Man' sculpture A hand-sculpted icon of Bandos, made with clay. The work is unrefined, but the end result is remarkably accurate to descriptions of the god Bandos.
Kal-i-kra mace Every side of this weapon has a different implement - a spike on top, a flat hammer surface, a bladed edge, a pick-like head and a 'tenderiser'. The team have dubbed it the 'switch army mace'.
Rekeshuun war tether This strange contraption seems nothing more than a framework for chaining up to four goblins together. The metal bars are rigid and sharpened.
'Forged in War' sculpture The Kyzaj shape of this crude clay sculpture is evident. It looks to be the same size as a recess in the back of the throne sat looking over the Crucible...
Thorobshuun battle standard Each goblin tribe has its own symbol, rituals and customs. This Thorobshuun battle standard perhaps suggests this tribe was particularly martial.
Hobgoblin mansticker A rather simple sword, that seems best suited for skewering opponents.
Huzamogaarb chaos crown Parts of this crown appear to share iconography with artefacts discovered at one of our other digs. This headgear was likely worn by a goblin tribe sold to the god Zamorak.
Beastkeeper helm This helm is fashioned to look like an enraged beast of some kind, and is made with natural materials.
Narogoshuun 'Hob-da-Gob' ball A heavy rubber ball covered in spikes suggests the 'game' that was played with it was a dangerous one.
Idithuun horn ring Given where these were found, the team can only speculate that these rings were placed over the horn of a nosorog. They come in different sizes and colours that seem to stack in a pleasing pattern.
Ceremonial plume Perhaps made to mimic certain bird plumage, this flamboyant headgear certainly attracts attention.
'Disorder' painting It is hard to know what this abstract painting is trying to depict. Black is the most abundant colour, but there is vibrancy on display, and while chaotic in style, patterns also emerge.
Crest of Dagon This is a highly unusual find, suggesting Star Lodge hides sinister secrets. The eye-like design of this crest is very unnerving.
Hookah pipe Hookah pipes were often used in communal smoking dens, where groups of revellers could smoke flavoured tobaccos. The design of this pipe is almost hypnotic.
Opulent wine goblet Found in Star Lodge, this wine goblet is certainly extravagant. It is suggestive of the wealth of the clientele that the lodge saw fit to entertain.
'The Pride of Padosan' painting This painting appears to depict a much-loved Dominion Games medallist, but the scene itself is quite melancholy, perhaps in an attempt to convey humility or hubris. It's hard to tell.
Nightguard shield The Nightguard comprised of aviansie with better night vision and stealth capabilities. They were Stormguard's primary raiding force.
Quintessence counter Quintessence, according to some of Howl's notes found by our teams, was very hard to come by, hence the invention of this device to help track it down.
High priest crozier A ritual sceptre would have been the primary use for this crozier, but it could have also substituted as a magic wand of sorts.
Dorgeshuun spear From what our consultant, Zanik, has imparted, the Dorgeshuun tribe splintered from Bandos in mid-Third Age. That spears of their tribal design are still found at the Warforge is curious...
Toy glider A children's carved wooden toy in the shape of some sort of glider, but with some bird-like stylings to it also.
Peacocking parasol Fashion is abundant at Stormguard, which is odd given its purpose, but even inventors need to relax. Given how windy it is there, this parasol was likely more for show than function.
Ikovian gerege Gerege is an aviansie word much like 'pass'. These small metal ingots were used to communicate a person's rank or station, and could be used to gain access to secure areas.
Avian song-egg player What an unusual find! This strange device plays back recorded sound from things call 'song eggs'. The audio is emitted from stylised baby birds sat in a nest.
Ourg megahitter The name of this weapon loosely translates as 'mega hitter', or so our cave goblin researchers tell us. You wouldn't think glass fragments sandwiched between two wooden boards would be so deadly, but put it in an ourg's hands...
'Nosorog!' sculpture Nosorog are seemingly large, bulky quadrupeds with a giant horn on their snout. Research suggests these animals were brought here from another world, for goblins to survive against in the Crucible arena.
Saragorgak star crown Considering most goblin headgear is constructed from reclaimed materials, these well-constructed and decorative crowns stand out. They sport a design reminiscent of Saradominist symbology.
Centurion's dress sword On closer inspection, this is clearly just a replica of a centurion's dress sword, used for training prospective guild members. It makes sense not to entrust fragile, age-old artefacts to inexperienced hands. Still, it's a very good replica.
Venator dagger Venators acted as scouts, hunters and spies for the Zarosian Army, so travelled light, hence why they carried these daggers as standard issue arms.
'Pandemonium' tapestry Movario informs us that Pandemonium is an alternate name for the Infernal Realms, the home of demonkind. The tapestry named for it is quite striking.
'Solem in Umbra' painting This painting appears to depict a battle between Zaros himself and Tumeken, the leader of the Menaphite pantheon. The title roughly translate[sic] to 'Shadow of the Sun'.
'Prima Legio' painting This painting of the First Legion upon arrival on Gielinor, depicted here locked into combat with the divine hydra, Loarnab. Early evidence suggests this first legion was commanded by Duke Nemesis the Inescapable, a demon from Infernus.
'Consensus ad Idem' painting This painting appears to depict the primary meeting between Zaros and the Mahjarrat. This would have been a pivotal moment in the Zarosian-Kharidian War, something inhabitants of this fort likely partook in.
Ourg tower/goblin cower shield The team are not clear if this was a standard size shield (proportionally, for an ourg) or an oversized shield for goblins to cower behind. Considering Bandos, it was probably both.
Branding iron The design of this branding iron seems both familiar and not. Despite where this was discovered, it appears to have been used to mark cult members, so they could identify each other in public.
Chaos Elemental trophy There are lots of trophies found at the Source, though this one was likely not on display in Star Lodge proper, given how alien and strange it looks.
Chaos star Researchers have so far been unable to determine what the style of this metallic design is supposed to depict, but functionally it acts as dampener for chaotic energies.
Greater demon mask Members of the Order of Dis supposedly wore these masks during sacrificial rituals and other cult duties, to hide their identities. This greater demon mask would likely have been for hyeraphs.
Hellfire haladie Haladies are unwieldy weapons without significant strength behind them. This example has three blades pointing in different directions, giving lots of offensive and defensive options.
Hellfire katar Sometimes colloquially referred to as a 'punching dagger', demon warriors would have worn these in pairs and put their considerable strength behind each stabbing punch.
Hellfire zaghnal While it may look more like a tool, the zaghnal was effectively a pickaxe design refined into an effective armour-piercing weapon, though is technically classified as a warhammer.
Imp mask Members of the Order of Dis supposedly wore these masks during sacrificial rituals and other cult duties, to hide their identities. This imp mask would likely have been for neophytes.
Larupia trophy Whoever collected trophies here clearly travelled far and wide to have bagged a larupia, given they are primarily found in the area now known as the Feldip Hills.
Lesser demon mask Members of the Order of Dis supposedly wore these masks during sacrificial rituals and other cult duties, to hide their identities. This lesser demon mask would likely have been for acolytes.
Lion trophy Lions were understood to have been introduced to Gielinor by Saradomin, or at least most frequently fought alongside the icyene.
'Lust' metal sculpture While abstract, the research consensus is that this metallic sculpture represents two interwined lovers. This was likely an ornament on display within Star Lodge, perhaps suggesting something about the lodge.
Manacles There is little to say about these manacles other than to comment on where they were discovered, that being in the Dungeon of Disorder's 'guest quarters'.
Order of Dis robes The Order of Dis cult we've discovered were the seedy underbelly of Star Lodge. It is unknown whether the 'Dis robes' word play was intentionally knowing or just an unfortunate coincidence.
'Possession' metal sculpture The theme of this metal sculpture appears to be either control or possession. One figure seems to be manipulating the other.
Ritual dagger This wickedly snaking blade was most likely used for ritual sacrifices, likely upon the altar within the Dungeon of Disorder.
She-wolf trophy Why specifically a she-wolf was hunted is lost on the research team, however the trophies found where this one was come across as some sort of subtle warning.
Spiked dog collar While the team have dubbed this a dog collar, it's clearly for a very large dog. Considering where it was found, the research team has suggested it was for a hellhound.
'The Lake of Fire' painting This painting is title [sic] the Lake of Fire, suggesting this may be an abstract image of lava. Is this a depiction of the Source or somewhere else?
'Torment' metal sculpture This abstract metal sculpture evokes two figures, one seemingly tormenting the other. It's very unnerving, yet still pleasingly aesthetic.
Trishula This trident-like tool, made from this area's hellfire metal, has been nicknamed the 'devil fork'. Perhaps demons used it to herd prisoners about the Source.
Tsutsaroth helm Tsutsaroth demons typically wear very little armour, and don't really need to make their visage more fearsome.
Tsutsaroth pauldron Demons are not particularly well known for wearing armour, so why they would choose to protect their shoulders specifically is both odd and unknown.
Tsutsaroth piercing There is much speculation as to where this piercing may have been placed by the tsutsaroth that wore it. Perhaps it was a mark of rank or achievement?
Tsutsaroth urumi Urumi are an archaic type of whip, this one constructed from razor-thin hellfire metal. They were as dangerous to the wielder as any target. A weapon of terror.
Virius trophy Another trophy not for public display. Virii, also sometimes known as blood reavers, are the chthonian equivalent of hellhounds.
Ancient globe Even as early as the Second Age, inhabitants of Gielinor knew it was a spheroid planet rather than a flat dimensional plane. The Zarosian Empire placed a strong emphasis on educating its citizens.
Ancient magic tablet Whatever wordings or symbols once resided on this magical tablet have long since eroded, making its magic inert. There's now no telling what effect this tablet might have had.
Ancient timepiece An early form of watch, more akin to a portable sundial. Something like this would still have been quite effective and accurate.
'Animate Dead' spell scroll The remaining legible text on this scroll suggests the spell written upon it was necromantic in nature.
Battle plans These plans seem to capture the moment in time that led up the battle that caused Kharid-et to fall. It's likely this plan was concocted by the praetorians stationed here at the time.
Ceremonial mace Even members of the Zarosian clergy carried weapons, though it seems this mace was primarily for ceremonial uses.
'Exsanguinate' spell scroll This grisly little spell appears to steal the life force of an enemy and transfer it back to the caster.
'Incite Fear' spell scroll From what we can make out, this spell's use appears to have been to freeze its target in place and/or cause them to rout.
Legatus Maximus figurine A sculpture of Zamorak. Most samples we find of these are smashed beyond our ability to restore them. Presumably, the inhabitants had more pressing matters than desecrating such idols, and also little time to do so.
Legatus pendant These pendants were carried by certain ranking members of the Zarosian military, as well as the custodians of this fort's carcerem. They effectively acted as passes into areas of high security.
Legionary gladius The standard arms of a Zarosian legionary. While only a short sword, at the time it was the superior metal in comparison to other armies, and likely proved effective in combination with the standard shield.
Legionary square shield The standard defensive attire of an imperial legionary, the rank of file of the Zarosian military. Research suggests a cohort would lock shields in various formations when facing opposing armies.
Necromantic focus This book - the Orconomicom, aka the Book of Orcus - was used as a magical focus primarily by praetorian guards, but seemingly some of Kharid-et's pontifex also owned copies. It primarily focuses on necromancy.
Pontifex censer This censer was likely used in various religious ceremonies to scent the air. Residue within might suggest they occasionally carried hallucinogenic compounds.
Pontifex crozier This crozier is an example of what leaders within the Zarosian priesthood would have carried to show their rank within the church. This one is a relatively mundane example, no doubt from a lowlier member of the church.
Pontifex Maximus figurine Dr Nabanik has identified this figure as a Mahjarrat called Azzanadra, the presumed leader of the Church of Zaros. The strange antennae on the head are found on many pontifex robes.
Pontifex mitre Mitres such as this would likely only have been worn by those highest in the Zarosian papacy, most notably the Pontifex Maximus, though how they fit them over the antennae is unclear.
Pontifex signet ring These signet rings were used only by high-ranking members of the Church of Zaros, in order to access secure areas of the fort.
Portable phylactery Our research suggests the praetorians carried these as weapons, each containing a demon soul. Once thrown at a group of enemies, the demon would steal a host and set upon the rest. The slang term for them was 'diabolus'.
Praetorian hood The hood of a set of praetorian robes. It's very heavy and well armoured, which is unusual for most modern magic users. They include a covering for the face, presumably for the sake of anonymity.
Praetorian robes While doubling up as religious robing, this gear's primary uses was as heavy protection for praetorians - warrior mages of the Zarosian Secret Police. It suggests their work was dangerous.
Praetorian staff The standard praetorian staff appears to include a small censer, though for what reason is currently not known. We have made some finds that suggest a more ornate and powerful version of this magical staff existed.
Primis Elementis standard The term 'primis elementis' roughly translates to 'primordial elements'. We believe these totems were carried by each legion or cohort as a battle standard, and the loss of one was a source of great shame for a legion.
'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll While incomplete, we can tell this scroll would have caused a cloud of thick smoke to be conjured, though the smoke's effect is unknown.
Vigorem vial These glass vials appear to simply be an earlier form of potion container, though there isn't enough trace of whatever it once may have contained to identify it.
Zarosian ewer Ewers such as this were primarily used to store water making them incredibly valuable at this fort. This area was not desert at the time in which it operated, but was likely incredibly humid.
Zarosian stein This tankard has a built-in lid, likely in order to keep the contents from contamination by insects and particulates. Some of those we've found contain trace elements of alcoholic beverages.
Zarosian training dummy This dummy, likely used to drill legionaries within the castra, are fashioned after what appear to be chthonian demons. Being the chthonians were also citizens of the Zarosian Empire, this styling comes across as an odd choice.
Ceremonial unicorn ornament This ostentatious ornament appears to wrap around a unicorn's horn. It is very beautifully crafted and adorned with small gemstones.
Ceremonial unicorn saddle This ceremonial saddle suggests that unicorns were at least sometimes ridden. It seems unlikely that the icyene would use them as mounts, nor centaurs or lions, so it remains a mystery as to who might have done so.
Decorative vase That this vase remained decently intact enough to be restored is testament to the craftmanship that went into it. It was likely hand-made in Everlight's oikoi studios, from the local keramos clay.
Dominarian device This strange device, at least partly clockwork, has no immediately obvious mechanical use. It has stumped our researchers. It is, however, incredibly intricate and well beyond what was thought possible at the time.
Dominion discus This bizarre and intricate device is something of a mystery. Study suggests that it might be clockwork in construction, but what purpose it may have served is lost on us.
Dominion javelin While javelins such as this may have proved somewhat effective in martial combat, their primary use appears to have been in certain Dominion Games events. Likely they were used to showcase accuracy over long distances.
Bronze Dominion medal This bronze medal appears to have been awarded to third place participants of the Dominion Games. These metal choices seem to be the source of our own more modern competitive sporting events.
Silver Dominion medal This silver medal appears to have been awarded to second place participants of the Dominion Games. These metal choices seem to be the source of our own more modern competitive sporting events.
Dominion pelte shield These wicker pelte shields appear to have been used in sparring, perhaps during certain Dominion Games events. It would have been completely ineffective in actual combat.
Dominion torch This artefact appears to be a variant of the most commonly hallowed lanterns, and channelled the magic of Everlight into an ever-living flame. It was presumably used as part of the Dominion Games.
Everlight harp This stringed instrument, also known as a lyre, has turtle shell as part of its construction. Sea turtles have been spotted swimming off the coast by our archaeologists.
Everlight trumpet While this instrument has a very simple construction, it is beautifully crafted and still carries a pleasing note.
Everlight violin The more intricate of the instruments found at Everlight, this violin would have taken a lot of practice to master.
Fishing trident This artefact suggests that icyene of old ate fish, which makes sense being they lived on the coast.
Folded-arm figurine (female) This stylised idol of a female icyene has its arms folded, presumably in some sort of reverential pose to the god Saradomin.
Folded-arm figurine (male) This stylised idol of a male icyene has its arms folded, presumably in some sort of reverential pose to the god Saradomin.
'Frying pan' What these artefacts were actually named or used for is not something we've been able to discover so far, beyond their use in funerary practices. Vanescula came up with the term 'frying pan'.
Hallowed lantern These lanterns could purportedly carry a spark of Everlight's magical power within them, providing a constant source of light. Unfortunately, we have had to substitute a simple candle in place of the magic.
Patera bowl Evidence suggests these bowls were primarily used for cleaning activities such as the washing of hands and wings. Residues suggest the water within them was scented with flower petals.
Kantharos cup The design of this cup is striking and distinctive and, though faded, depicts a scene on its side. The image on this cup looks to depict the light atop the main structure at Everlight.
Kopis dagger Researchers wonder what use the icyene could have had for a dagger, considering they could fly and strike from a distance. Perhaps it was more of a tool than a weapon.
Kontos lance The lance appears to be far less common a weapon for the icyene that the spear, likely because it would have required more specialised training to wield effectively, but also many of the examples we have found are on the ornate side.
Doru spear The spear was the primary armament of standard icyene troops, giving them both versatility and range, making great use of their ability to fly.
Xiphos short sword Short swords such as this would primarily have been wielded by the hetairoi, icyene knights from noble families. While effective, they were a less dependable weapon for more martial forces, not taking advantage of the icyene's ability to fly.
'Hallowed Be the Everlight' painting This painting seems to depict an aerial view of Everlight, showing the landmass more clearly than we can make out beneath the surface of the water now.
'The Lord of Light' painting Here is a painting that depicts the god Saradomin in a particularly flattering image. The halo, or 'glory', behind his head denotes his divine stature.
Rod of Asclepius Asclepius appears to be a figure from early icyene culture, according to research. There is some connection with him being a renowned healer or surgeon. This rod - a snake or worm twisted around a spindle - is also connected with medicine.
'The Enlightened Soul' scroll Translations of this scroll mark it out as a series of steps to achieve 'enlightenment'. Saradomin is namechecked frequently, but other words stand out, such as nectar and ambrosia.
'The Eudoxian Elements' tablet Markings on this stone tablet depict some fundamentals of mathematics, in particular geometry, algebra and references to something called the 'golden ratio'.
Tetracompass (unpowered) The origins of this artefact are unclear, but it appears to incorporate elements from the four main factions that fought in the God Wars. There also appears to be trace elements of a fifth faction, which brings into question the 'tetra' naming.
Aviansie dreamcoat This multi-coloured coat is very vibrant and distinctive. It perhaps suggests a connection between the aviansie and colourful mating displays by many types of bird.
Blackfire lance This weapon is not unlike other lances our archaeologists have discovered, but attached to it is a device akin to a cannon barrel. At best this would provide a single shot.
Chuluu stone Research teams have pored over Howl's notes and believe this so-called chuluu stone's uses were as wide-ranging as an ingredient in alchemy spells and in producing healing potions.
Flat cap Perhaps less fashionable than other artefacts discovered at Stormguard, but perhaps more practical, especially if worn while flying around in the strong winds here.
Golem heart Golem technology is a process mostly lost to those of us in the current age. It appears golem production was at its height during the Third Age, and at Stormguard Citadel especially so.
Golem instruction The instructions discovered with (or still being used by) golems that survive to the current day tend to be paper based. This device seems mechanical in nature. How strange.
Keshik drum Music appears to have been very popular with the aviansie, even given what the site this was discovered at was used for.
Morin khuur This odd stringed instrument produces a very distinct and pleasing sound. The head of it appears to depict some sort of animal, though it's unclear as to which.
Hawkeye lens multi-vision scope At first glance, this device appears like a regular spyglass, but multiple pieces of coloured glass can be bent in front of the lens letting the user see things the naked eye cannot.
Night owl flight goggles Aviansie do not typically have need to wear goggles while flying, according to site manager Gee'ka, but these goggles allow anyone to have superior vision in low light and even in the dark.
Stormguard gerege Where the Ikovian gerege allowed us access to Stormguard Citadel itself, this Stormguard gerege may allow us passage into the site's more sensitive and secure areas.
Prototype godbow It appears Howl attempted to make various weapons from aetherium, before settling on the godsword. Though aetherium is light, perhaps it was not suitable to make a decent bow.
Prototype godstaff Aetherium alloy also works as a conduit for magical energies, so this godstaff seems a better approach than a bow, but presumably the more direct connection of a sword was more effective.
Prototype godsword Here it is - a prototype version of the now legendary godsword. This weapon was constructed by the advanced alloy known as aetherium, smithed by the aviansie inventor Howl himself.
Prototype gravimeter The team are unsure entirely what the purpose of this device was, but it seems to have a reaction to the gravitational core holding the destroyed remnants of Stormguard together.
Talon-3 razor wing While an upgrade for the wingsuit, to provide some combat utility, we've advised against our archaeologists from applying them to their own wingsuits until we know more.
Dayguard shield The Dayguard were one of the two tribes that helped to protect Stormguard from a direct assault (though there is no evidence that such an assault was ever made).
Songbird recorder This device share some similarities with another device found at Stormguard, though seems to be more for recording sounds than playing them back, and in a much small form.
Spherical astrolabe This three-dimensional astrolabe is a map of the heavens. Considering other artefacts discovered at Stormguard, this was likely used to keep track of various cosmic occurrences.
Toy war golem This children's toy appears to depict an Armadylean golem, according to Gee'ka, but its proportions suggest a much larger variant than any she has seen before.
Ekeleshuun blinder mask How strange! This oversized mask appears to be poking fun at the god Armadyl. Worn by goblins in the arena no doubt to amuse Bandos. Researchers are looking to see if any other gods were ridiculed by these big head masks.
Centurion's seal This seal contains innate magic allowing wielders to pass through Kharid-et's protective barrier. It would have been used by the fort's soldiers and scouting parties to quickly and easily return into the safety of the fort.
Wingsuit v1 This set of artificial wings was originally created as a prosthetic for injured aviansie, but work just as well at giving flight to the flightless, albeit only nearby Stormguard Citadel's gravitational core.
Gladiator helmet The colosseum was a great spectacle in the empire and one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Gladiators could find themselves elevated from criminals to beloved heroes. Few survived to enjoy the adulation for long.
Dragonkin device The design of this artefact is aesthetically pleasing. Its colour soothing, the rhytmic thrum it gives off relaxing, and its multifaceted shape hypnotic. Extensive study of it caused observers to fall into a deep sleep and have vivid dreams.
Dragonkin tablet This stone tablet appears akin to those discovered from other eras, albeit much older. However, strange glowing glyphs have been seen to appear on it, floating above the tablet's surface, when exposed to certain local external stimuli.
Ceremonial dragonkin device The design of this artefact is aesthetically pleasing. Its colour soothing, the rhythmic thrum it gives off relaxing, and its multifaceted shape hypnotic. Extensive study of it caused observers to fall into a deep sleep and have vivid dreams.
Ceremonial dragonkin tablet This stone tablet appears akin to those discovered from other eras, albeit much older. However, strange glowing glyphs have been seen to appear on it, floating above the tablet's surface, when exposed to certain local external stimuli.
Death mask The team are not yet sure what factor determines if a dragonkin is interred in a coffin or cremated with their ashes stored in urns. Those interred, however, have these orgone-decorated stone masks placed over their faces.
Dragon burner This piece of scientific equipment generates a controlled flame for heating flasks. The little dragon head motif at the top makes it look like it is breathing out the fire - an interesting decorative detail not often seen with dragonkin artefacts.
Dragon scalpel Compared to scalpels used by other races, this one looks relatively grim and nasty - almost akin to an implement of torture - but given how hardy dragonkin are thought to be, it's likely necessary to pierce and cut their tough hides.
Dragonkin calendar This calendar doesn't appear to correspond with any current or known calendars, which makes sense given dragonkin civilisation predates our history. Researchers are trying to interpret it, looking for any doomsday prophecies.
Dragonkin staff While not a weapon, this ceremonial staff could certainly still be used as one. It appears that, even in death, the dragonkin are prepared for a fight. They must have been through a lot as a species, and still yet survive.
Gold dish 'Dish' is a loose term for this contraption, which is predominantly made of gold. It is certainly not for storing fruit in, nor serving food. There appears to be a space for one of these atop the 'giant' golden pyramid in Xolo City.
Kilaya We've been unable to determine the meaning of the term 'kilaya', though we know this is what they are called from journals among other grave goods. It's akin to a four-bladed spike or dagger, but appears to be ceremonial.
'Raksha' idol We call this an idol, but given the scale of the surrounding environment, it stands more as a statue within this model city. It seems to depict a particular nasty rex dinosaur. The team hope the real one was just as small.
Lingam stone This smooth egg-shaped stone has a carving on it, though there is still speculation as to what it depicts. The competing theories are that it is either two dragonkin hands drawing in cosmic power or two dragonkin beneath a waterfall.
Master control Elements of the design of this device suggest a similar function to dragonkin 'effigies', but also blends in elements of the 'pylons' occasionally discovered inside Orthen ruins. It appears that this device can be worn on the head.
Meditation pipe The team believe the word 'meditation' to be somewhat euphemistic, going by analysis on the residues found in examples of these pipes. Indeed, one researcher's 'detailed analysis' had them seeing dancing pink dragons for a time.
Orthenglass flask This flask, made almost entirely of orthenglass save for a small amount of dragon metal around the neck, has a very distinctive shape. Within some of those discovered, we have been able to take samples of ages-old potions.
Pasaha A translation for the word 'pasaha' still eludes us, but it is clear to see this is some sort of lasso. Given where it was found, this was likely used for the trapping and corralling of dinosaurs, and then also as some kind of leash.
Personal totem Due to the totems some visitors to Anachronia have been discovering, it is speculated that this portable variant contained a small mote of the power that their larger cousins contain. It certainly shares some similar aesthetic designs.
Protective goggles These goggles are clearly designed to fit a dragonkin head (we tested their fit on Mr Mordaut, who is the closest model we have). He informed us that the orgone-tinted glass ever-so-slightly corrected his long-sightedness.
Ritual bell Given the dragonkin propensity for long bouts of hibernation, it is theorised that interred kin were left with these bells, in case they were wrongfully presumed deceased. Waking up from a nap inside of a tomb would be quite traumatic.
Vazara We are unsure what the purpose of these vazara artefacts is beyond ceremonial. It presents as a club-like weapon, and has detailing that suggests it being both indestructible and unstoppable, but what if two vazara were to clash...?
Xolo hard hat This tiny (presumably) mining helmet has odd design elements, such as a vertical fluting at the rear and what seem to be eye holes towards the front. It appears to be made from reclaimed dragon metal, decorated with gold.
Xolo pickaxe The team can only but presume these small tools were used as pickaxes by very small creatures. While there is only the one gold rock found in Xolo City, it would have been a relative motherlode to such a tiny people.
Xolo shield This shield has a striking motif on its front, which looks to be a stylised salamander head with its tongue out (or perhaps spitting fire?). From the back, it seems to be at least partially constructed from a set of protective goggles.
Xolo spear As with other Xolo artefacts, this spear also seems to have elements reclaimed from dragonkin objects. In this case, the base is a dragon scalpel, but it has been reshaped and then decorated with a gaudy amount of gold.
Singing bowl These bowls typically contain a 'striker', which would have been run around the rim of the bowl to create a pleasing vibration - this being the 'singing' aspect. It would predominantly have been used in meditative practices.
Model chariot The demon drawn chariot races of Senntisten were a marvel to behold. Mighty demons would drag a human or vampyre chariot rider across the skies of the city in magnificent races against other teams. It was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the city.
Inquisitor's ceremonial mask The sinister mask of the Inquisitor was designed purely to hide their features. The mouth was sealed shut to imply the silent power of the Inquisition as well as their oath to secrecy.
Inquisitor's ceremonial armour This armour would be used for secret ceremonies among the Inquisition or when members would need to gather, such as in the Inquisition office. They incorporated slightly strange proportions to try and disguise the species of the wearer so that as much anonymity as possible could be maintained.
'The Serpent's Fall' carving This image depicts the fall of Loarnab, one of the most popular religious stories in the empire. It clearly shows Zaros's triumph over the hydra god.
Funerary urn of miasma These urns were used by the ancient priests of Senntisten in funeral rites. Miasma would be used to symbolically guide the spirit to Erebus as the miasma would create a trail the spirit could follow.
Funerary urn of smoke Urns empowered with the ancient magick of smoke would be used as a marker for the deceased. Placed at their grave for days after their passing, anyone would be able to look in the air and see a trail of smoke indicating a life lost.
Funerary urn of blood The blood of the dead was collected in these funerary urns as a reminder of the life lost. The urns would then be magically infused so that the blood could remain as a constant source of ancient magick creating a lasting legacy for the deceased.
Funerary urn of ice The urn of ice would be used in ancient Senntisten funerals to chill and thus preserve the body of the deceased. The body would be frozen by the magic and the urn would keep it cold and holding back the ravages of decay.
Funerary urn of shadow Shadow urns were used in Senntisten funerals to obscure the deceased's soul from dark spirits on the journey to Erebus.
Infula robes These robes were worn by the members of the church as a sign of their religious purity. They would be immaculately maintained and washed in a mixture of perfumes giving them a distinct aroma.
Hand of the Ancients A strange sculpture representing the ancient elements. The hand of ancients was placed in the homes of citizens to ward off bad spirits that might try and sneak inside to cause mischief.
Gladiator sword Gladiators would be armed with two weapons, a sword and a net. Over time a gladiator would favour a particular sword and many would give their swords names to terrify their opponents and impress the crowds.
Apex cap The apex cap was worn by the Zarosian priesthood in Senntisten. The strange shape of the cap represents the tendrils that Zaros used to defeat the hydra deity Loarnab.
Curse tablet Magicians in the empire would create curse tablets. Sheets of metal on which the name of an enemy would be inscribed. The tablet was then buried in a graveyard so that dark spirits would know the name of the target.
Decorative amphora Citizens would use intricate and beautifully decorated amphoras to display their wealth and status. Many would display religious lessons or parables as a further sign of the citizen's devotion.
Loarnab rod This rod was worn by physicians around the empire as a symbol of their craft. Not only did it demonstrate their healing skills, by referencing Loarnab's unnatural powers of regeneration, but also served as a reminder that anything can be overcome.
Inquisitor's seal Due to their secretive nature it was necessary for the members of the Inquisition to have an official badge of office in cases of mistaken identity. These badges were subtly enchanted so that they would be impossible to forge.