User:Amovist/Strange man theory

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It is possible that the Strange Old Man is actually Sliske, as he knows the following, which normal humans don't know:

Additionally, Mahjarrat can live for extremely long, and Sliske is a Mahjarrat, so that might explain why he knows Jennica Bonde, and has seen what happened during The Fall of Six.

The fact that he looks like a human is because "Sliske has particularly strong shapeshifting capabilities"(according to Zemouregal)

About the time he is there already:

  • his examine: Wonder how long he's been here...
  • he says "I have been expecting your arrival since before you were born."

What other people said[edit | edit source]

Sliske is most likely involved in that the Barrows brothers are now spirits, and Sliske has strong powers over shadows. Eblis said he apparently disappeared into hiding[1], but humans don't know as much about Mahjarrat as themselves, so Azzanadra is more reliable. He said "Sliske does not hide"[2] so that does most likely mean he is in disguise. That way, he will make humans (like Eblis) think he is hiding, but Mahjarrat can still feel he isn't.

Azzanadra describes Sliske as "Sliske the serpent-tongued, who delves the shadows"[3]. Serpent-tongued might hint to his gibberish talking, "delving" might mean digging, which he is doing at Barrows, and the shadows might mean the spirits of the Barrows brothers, or that Morytania is a shadowy place.

He also said "Sliske is one whose actions can be seen each and every day in the smallest of this world's details."[2]This might mean the Barrows armour gained from the activity, or maybe he invented the Shadow spells and that has some impact on the current game, but most likely it is because he has done things in the God Wars of which the effects still can be seen every day.(not very sure about what it means)

Furthermore he says "Sliske himself did not kill his Barrows toys, but it was the power he granted them that sealed their fate."[4]which means he is connected to the Barrows brothers, and gave them their special powers. The fact he is connected to the barrows brothers is more evidence the Strange Old Man is Sliske as the SOM is at Barrows now, and the fact he gave them their special powers is a good explaination why he is there.

After I sent Jagex' postbag a mail, they didn't place my mail but someone else's in the postbag. This might mean i placed too many facts in the mail and that Jagex thought "wow, he knows too much, and we don't wanna confirm this because then all surprises are spoiled. The mail is included on this page:

ROTM[edit | edit source]

In the official video for the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest, you can see all Mahjarrat teleport away from the location they have been before the Ritual. As you can see, Sliske teleports away from the Barrows. This makes it very likely he was at the Barrows before the Ritual, and as the only person who is at the Barrows is the Strange Old Man, this makes it even more likely Sliske is the Strange Old Man.

In the official FAQ for the quest, Mod Srowley said

“What is Sliske's disguise? Is he the Strange Old Man or someone else?”

Mod Srowley: Sliske is Sliske, he doesn't need a disguise. He hides in the fact, he could be behind you right now!

Mod Srowley

This statement goes against something Azzanadra said "Sliske does not hide"[2], while Mod Srowley says "He hides in the shadows". These statements can not both be true, so I just assume the fellow Mahjarrat is right, and the JMod is trying to keep things mysterious, so Sliske is likely not hiding.
Also, Srowley does not directly say "Sliske is not the Strange Old Man", so his answer does not make my theory invalid.

References[edit | edit source]

Dialogue of the SOM[edit | edit source]

  • Dig, dig, dig.


  • Pst, wanna hear a secret?
    • Sure!
  • They're not normal!


  • What? I didn't ask for a book!


  • Knock knock.
    • Who's there?
  • A big scary monster HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    • Okay...


    • What's wrong?
  • *repeats*
    • I'll leave you to it then...

Jennica's ring[edit | edit source]

When wearing Jennica's ring (Summer's End completed) says:

  • The... ring... Jennica...
    • How do you know about Jennica?
  • Jennica... dig, dig, dig... dig...
    • Dig?
(after this, he will say one of his normal phrases as above)

During The Temple of Senntisten[edit | edit source]

NOTE:This dialogue is obtained after Dr Nabanik (Azzanadra) gives you the task to retrieve the Barrows icon, and before you actually do it.

  • At last, the time comes. I have been expecting your arrival since before you were born.
    • You're not speaking gibberish any more, what is going on?
  • After all this time, I'm not of the 'It will wait another day' school of thought. You can ask our employer what is going on. For now, get into the Barrows, show the brothers who is boss and recover the icon. They will not hand it over without a good beating though, so batter the lot of them, to be sure.
    • Right, but I always thought you were just some mad old bloke with a spade obsession.
  • I do my best to look useless; if only they knew the truth, it would chill their hearts. Anyway, who knows who is listening? I'd best get back to what I do for now. *One of his normal phrases.

This dialogue is received after you have obtained the Icon, but before you return it:

  • Hello.
    • You have it! Oh, the master will be delighted.

Two options. Option One:

  • Are you talking about the icon I got from the Barrows?
    • Indeed, indeed! Run to him, run as fast as you can!
  • Run back to Azzanadra? Why?
    • No reason, I just like to make people run places. And how they run! You have to get the voice right, though.
  • I see.
    • It can get a bit lonely here, I suppose. Still, there's always digging!

Option Two:

  • Do you know where I can get a spade?
    • Ohh...I can sell you one. But spades are precious, yes. It will cost you..ah...50,000 gold pieces.
  • 50,000? For a spade?
    • Yes, spades are precious. I like you, though, and I get lonely dig-digging all day. Yes, I'll discount it for you. Let's say...4 gold pieces.

*Option to buy*

  • Now we dig together!

Video[edit | edit source]

I made a video with the evidence in it. Here it is:

Original video

  1. ^ Eblis: - Postbag from the hedge
  2. ^ a b c Azzanadra: - Postbag from the hedge
  3. ^ Azzanadra: - Postbag from the hedge
  4. ^ Azzanadra: - Postbag from the hedge

Let's see

Let's see if the Strange Old Man IS Sliske. I made this theory June 22, 2010

Do you think the Strange Old Man is Sliske?
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