Unannounced phenomena

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Unannounced phenomena are various events in RuneScape that have at one time or another hinted to future updates.

Will o' the wisps[edit | edit source]

On the 29th of June 2004, prior to the introduction of fairy rings, will o' the wisps appeared at various points around RuneScape in all of the locations that the fairy rings would be placed.

Spirit of Summer teaser[edit | edit source]

On the 1st July 2008, voices could be heard within the eastern ruins of the Wilderness. They were a foreshadowing of the Spirit of Summer quest.

Prior to release, there was much speculation that it could be the third in the Curse of Zaros saga. The voices can only be heard by members.

Normally, these messages will appear simply as "Woo Woos", however, when wearing an amulet of ghostspeak, players can understand their meaning.

Normally, ghosts don't speak via the chatbox, the only other records of a similar phenomena are inside the Underground Pass, before Iban is killed, and in the two existing chapters of the Curse of Zaros saga, this is where this concept came from.

The ruins is where the ghostly pleas can be found.

All the possible phrases the voices say (to date):

  • Help...beast...killing family.
  • Please...can hear...help...slowly killing...all.
  • Devouring...soul.
  • Someone please...pain....away.
  • Out there...need...is devouring...pain...stops.
  • Hurry...stuck...agony...death.
  • Beast life...me and...need help.
  • Anyone...help...please.
  • Save...is dying...have much...left.

Hunt for Red Raktuber teaser[edit | edit source]

Main article: Submarine
A submarine's periscope.

On 27 May 2009, submarine periscopes could be occasionally seen surfacing in the water in the following locations:

The submarine was later featured in Hunt for Red Raktuber.

Kuradal[edit | edit source]

Kuradal spying on a player.

From 3 December 2009, Kuradal appeared in various Slayer-related locations, cast Stat Spy or Monster Examine on a player or monster in the area, then teleported away. She appeared at aberrant spectres, abyssal demons, bloodveld, blue dragons, dagannoth, dark beasts, gargoyles, green dragons, hellhounds, steel dragons and greater demons in Brimhaven Dungeon.

She took up a regular station in the Ancient Cavern on 8 December 2009.

Strange power[edit | edit source]

Main article: Strange power
A player being affected by the strange power.

On 23 January 2010, at approximately 19:48 UTC, a strange power was felt by all players online at the time. This had a massive effect on the community, with the RuneScape Forums being flooded by speculation of what it could be and its true purpose.

Later, Jagex confirmed that the strange power was a hint towards Daemonheim, stating, "The strange power that knocked players to their feet in early 2010 came from Daemonheim, or so the Fremennik believe. Their seers traced the source of the power to come from this point in the Wilderness, and they gathered dozens of warriors to explore Daemonheim's depths. Not everyone has come back, however."

It turns out the strange power was due to the death of the last Chelon-Mah, as confirmed by Bilrach during the quest Dishonour among Thieves. The same thing happens in the background during one of the cutscenes in The Ritual of the Mahjarrat, when Jhallan is killed by Lucien.

Frozen door[edit | edit source]

The frozen door was present in the God Wars Dungeon since its release, but on 20 December 2010 an "open" option and a rumbling effect was added. When trying to open the door, a voice threatened the player with the following phrases:

  • Mortals, only death awaits you here.
  • Release me and know despair.
  • Face me and know despair.
  • All those who oppose us will perish.
  • Give me the power of shadow!
  • My revenge will be great.
  • Face me and you will suffer.
  • You cannot imprison me forever.

The area was later revealed to be the Ancient Prison, the Zaros dungeon.

Kethsi / Ritual of the Mahjarrat Teaser[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kethsi
A mural of the Necrosyrte Dragonkin destroying Kethsi, which could be viewed upon arriving via the fairy ring.

On 14 June 2011, Kethsi was added as a fairy ring location in a hidden update. This allowed players to access the Isle of Sann by inputting the code: DIR, followed by AKS. Players could search a nearby pile of rubble in order to acquire the tetrahedron 4, which at this time did not yet have a use.

A few months later, on 14 September 2011, the Grandmaster quest Ritual of the Mahjarrat was released. This included a segment in which the player travelled to Kethsi, and made use of the tetrahedron. The release of the quest also allowed the player to explore more of the Isle of Sann.

Clan Citadel teasers[edit | edit source]

Main article: Falling rocks

On 2 July 2011, at roughly 19:03 UTC, large rocks fell from the sky, causing the screen to shake. The rocks remained in place for a few weeks until the release of Clan Citadels on 26 July 2011. Chickens started appearing around RuneScape after the update on 7 July 2011. The chickens had smoke covering them and disappear after approximately 10 seconds. Avalani also appeared at the Clan Camp throwing chickens into a portal. This is identical to the "Chicken" emote from the rock fragment reward from Cryptic Clue Fest III.

They appeared in the following locations:

Snowmen at Grand Exchange[edit | edit source]

Snow Mages at the Grand Exchange

On 18 December 2011, dozens of level 22 snow warriors, rangers, and mages appeared at the Grand Exchange. They dropped several snowballs on death and did not fight back.

Shadowed Figure[edit | edit source]

The figure teleporting away

On 18 February 2013, a Shadowed Figure could be seen around RuneScape before the release of The World Wakes.

He appeared at the following locations:

During The World Wakes, the Shadowed Figure was revealed to be Sliske.

Scopulus[edit | edit source]

On 24 June 2013, Jagex released scopuli, who appeared at the Grand Exchange, Falador and the borehole.

Tuska Comes[edit | edit source]

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As a preview to Tuska Comes, Tuska's face showed up, tinted the screen cyan and shook the screen. Players fell and were given the message " You sense something is not right, as if this could be the beginning of the end."

A crashed rock also landed south of Barbarian Village, where it could be mined for meteor shards. Eventually, it would vanish and a single Docile strange insect along with a horde of Strange insects attack the players would spawn. The docile strange insect could then be lured to the Airut located at the Piscatoris Hunter area where upon arrival, all Airut will begin to chant out Tuska's name.

The Lord of Vampyrium[edit | edit source]

Burgh de Rott, full of missing posters after the disappearances.

On 10 August 2015, and over the course of the following days, villagers began to disappear from Burgh de Rott. One villager, specific to each player, would go missing every day a player visited the village, having The Branches of Darkmeyer quest completed. Each time a villager disappeared a missing poster would appear; Amelia and Rory's dialogue about the Branches of Darkmeyer updated to note their disappearance. A total of 20 villagers disappeared from Burgh de Rott, leaving only Amelia, Rory, Aurel, Cornelius, Elisabeta and Radu behind.

  1. Teodor, Victor and Helena - Missing: Teodor - has he been harvested?
  2. Vasile - Missing: Vasile - last seen eating a rat.
  3. Catalina - Missing: Catalina - lost while playing hide and seek.
  4. Valeria - Missing: Valeria - gone, just like Gabriela and Marius.
  5. Sergiu - Missing: Sergiu - lost him, but found his missing shoe.
  6. Emilia - Missing: Emilia - it's unlikely she escaped to Misthalin.
  7. Luminata - Missing: Luminata - last seen eating a rat.
  8. Nicoleta - Missing: Nicoleta - out alone in the cold.
  9. Calin - Missing: Calin - gone, but not forgotten.
  10. Mihail - Missing: Mihail - where are you, Mihail?
  11. Ileana - Missing: Ileana - she owed me money.
  12. Sorin - Missing: Sorin - looking for new chess partner.
  13. Razvan - Missing: Razvan - rat population growing.
  14. Grigore - Missing: Grigore - last seen eating a rat.
  15. Ivan - Missing: Ivan - lost playing hide and seek.
  16. Luscion - Missing: Luscion - gone, but not forgotten.
  17. Simona - Missing: Simona - gone, but not forgotten.
  18. Florin - Missing: Florin. Wanted: Someone to throw tomatoes at strangers.

After 7 disappearances, Veliaf Hurtz gained new dialogue. Speaking with him, he'd reference the people who have disappeared from Burgh de Rott, and speak of rumours that Lord Lowerniel Drakan was poised to make his return.

Sliske's Endgame teaser[edit | edit source]

The prerelease for Sliske's Endgame, an eclipse skybox and a message in chat, was activated on 17 December 2016.[1][2] Players were also levitated and enveloped in a green light. However, the eclipse and its effects did not trigger for players that were in combat, in an instance, or in a cutscene.

The following messages also appeared once every 20 minutes, starting at 19:06 UTC from the top:

  • Armadyl demands justice!
  • Armadyl demands: Punish the wicked, defend the weak
  • Muggers and bandits have received justice.. Armadyl has returned.

After the third message, Armadyl returned to the top of his tower. The third message was repeated 4 minutes after being originally broadcast. It is unclear whether or not that was intentional. Further messages started appearing approximately every 10 minutes at 20:00 UTC, starting from the top:

  • Saradomin demands devotion at his altars.
  • Saradomin finds your lack of faith disturbing. Show him your devotion.
  • Saradomin applauds your faith. The god of wisdom has returned.

After the third message, Saradomin appeared at his throne in the altar room of the White Knights' Castle. Additionally, Commander Zilyana can also be found near the farming patch on the top of the castle, and Padomenes arrived in the castle courtyard, training several Saradominist crusaders. Messages began appearing approximately every 20 minutes at 20:30 UTC, starting from the top:

  • Zamorak demands chaos.
  • Zamorak, the god of chaos has returned.

After the second message, Zamorak appeared on his altar on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of the Black Knights' Fortress.

All three gods can be spoken to and each have dialogue relating to Sliske's Endgame. The eclipse appeared again at 21:00 UTC.[2] On free-to-play worlds, only Armadyl appeared and he could not be spoken to.

During a conversation in a friend chat it was revealed by Mod Shauny that the summoning conditions for each god were, in order, killing muggers and bandits, praying at an altar (specifically the White Knight's?) with the Devotion ability activated, and creating as well as consuming a Super Zamorak Brew.

Magister[edit | edit source]

Multiple teasers appeared for the Magister boss, appearing on 6, 7, and 11 June 2017. Additionally, mysterious obelisks appeared within Menaphos. Interacting with them grants a large amount of city reputation.

The final message that appeared on 11 June 2017 was also broadcasted globally.

RuneScape Mobile teaser[edit | edit source]

On 10 July 2017, there was a mysterious server-wide announcement that stated 7 days to go until the Announcement. It was unknown what this was referring to as no additional context was given. The message was also broadcasted on Old School RuneScape. Similar messages were tweeted on the social media accounts of Jagex employees that are working on both games.[3][4]

On 17 July 2017, RuneScape Mobile was announced.[5]

Sliske's Endgame replayability[edit | edit source]

A player experiencing a surge of power, during the Eclipse.

On 24 January 2018, players once again felt a surge of energy which triggered their World Guardian powers, raising them into the air and causing them to glow green for a short time. Immediately following, the sky eclipsed itself as it had during the Sliske's Endgame prerelease teaser. Mod Shauny later confirmed on Twitter[6] that the event was a teaser for the long-awaited Sliske's Endgame replayability.

Sliske's Endgame replayability was released on the 29 January.

Archaeology Pre-release[edit | edit source]

On the 25 March, as part of the Archaeology/Pre-release, Zaros activated the Mysterious monolith.

Beginning on the 18th of March 2020, a series of events unfolded in-game up until the release of Archaeology on the 30th of March.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. "Sliske's Endgame: Pre-release." 17 December 2016. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  2. ^ a b Mod Shauny. Sliske's Endgame: Pre-release. reddit.com. 17 December 2016. (Archived from the original on 1 June 2021.)
  3. ^ Jagex. Mod Osborne's Twitter account. 10 July 2017. (Archived from the original on 10 July 2017.)
  4. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 10 July 2017. (Archived from the original on 14 November 2020.)
  5. ^ Jagex. "RuneScape on Mobile – Coming Soon." RuneScape News.
  6. ^ Jagex. Mod Shauny's Twitter account. (Archived from the original on 28 October 2019.) Mod Shauny: "Just to clarify before speculation runs wild, yes the Eclipse stuff is related to Sliske's Endgame, the last time we ran it was before Endgame came out in 2016, so thought we'd run it again before Replayability comes out. Hope you enjoyed it as it came out of nowhere :D"