The History of the Realm of RuneScape is briefly described by Reldo, the librarian of Varrock and by Solus Teppleton in the Histories Index at www.runescape.com. From the Runescape main page, click on "read stories and letters" this will take you to the Library of Varrock. Then click on "Lores and Histories" which will allow you to go to "A Brief History of RuneScape". Here you can read a brief history of RuneScape by Solus Teppleton, describing the Five Ages of RuneScape.
I believe we should all seriously consider doing as Solus Teppleton asks of us: "I would urge any fellow historians interested in expanding upon this brief history I have produced to spend time with them (the barbarians) and learn their ways, for they are the people we used to be, and the people we might be still if the runestones had not been discovered."
I have dedicated my life to a research and study of the history of our world. It is important that more historians help to fill in the many gaps, in our knowledge of the various Heroes & Heroines, Kings and Queens and the Great Leaders whose deeds have changed RuneScape and who would otherwise be forgotten. For it is truly said - "Only those who honour the past, can hope to gain honour for themselves in the future."
This is the story of how I discovered the Prophesy of Merlin, while adventuring in the Far North.
An Asgarnian Adventure
I have just barely survived the journey back from the far North to bring you this momentous news. There I met the Grand Shaman of the barbarians, an ancient Barbarian with flowing white locks and beard. He claimed to be 354 years old and introduced me to his descendents who were his 12th generation grandchildren. He was keeper of the oral histories and I stayed with him for eighteen months and learned much of the history of the five ages.
As I was getting ready to leave and return to Varrock, he asked me to undertake the ceremony of brotherhood with him. This involved many sacred and dangerous rites which I have vowed to keep secret. It was only after I had survived the rites of brotherhood and proven I was truly an intertwined part of his immortal soul, that he finally allowed me to know the deepest secret kept by the Grand Shamans since the end of the Third Age.
He told me of the legends of The High King and of his Arch Mage Merlinaeus (often shortened to Merlin). He told me that in his youth he had undertaken a dangerous journey as was customary to prove your worth and become a Shaman. He had travelled the fabled route to Zanaris where he had sought out the last known dwelling place of Merlinaeus, a cave high up on Mount Olympus. After fruitlessly searching the mountain for three months, he finally had a dream in which he saw the first ray of sunshine come through the clouds and light up a triangular rock. He saw an old man place his right hand on that rock and say some words in an ancient tongue and the rock moved aside.
When he awoke he searched the mountainside for the triangular rock and found it on the sixth day. He camped there and early the next morning saw that there were clouds obscuring the sun. As he watched one ray of sunshine came through the clouds and lit up the rock. Quickly he placed his right hand on the rock, at first nothing happened. He spoke the words from his dream and then the rock began moving aside to reveal the entrance to a system of large caves in the mountain.
He would not tell me of all of the wonders which he found therein but he did tell me of the Prophesy of Merlinaeus which he found carved into the Mountainside inside the entrance to the caves. He showed me the prophesy which he had written on a dragon hide scroll. He allowed me to copy it and I have brought my hide back with me to donate to the Library of Varrock for Reldo to examine and consider. I have reproduced it here for all scholars and historians to read in the hope that the wise may gain understanding from it.
THE PROPHESY OF MERLINAEUS (Arch Magus - Leader of the Magi)
The High King led the Noble Knights of the Ring
Gloriously they challenged the terrible forces of the battling Gods
Through heroic feats they succeeded in bringing the Third Age to an end
However this called for the ultimate sacrifice from The High King
Against his Knights utmost protestations, he gave himself up to the Gods
Hear me closely for I, Merlinaeus, have had a vision of great portent;
When the dark clouds of chaos threaten anarchy and war
Then shall He return from Zanaris, to lead once more
On Mount Olympus, The High King shall arise anew as
The one long foretold - the “Once and Forever King”
Many shall not recognize him as The High King,
The gods shall banish his name and those of common blood shall mock
But the descendents of the Noble Knights of the Ring
In their hearts shall know him, his Imagas will stir them deeply
Once more, the Knights shall pledge their undying allegiance
The High King shall lead his Knights to Glories Legendary
Towards the Sixth Age, when mankind shall transcend the corporeal
His new Order shall challenge the Tyrants on unimagined new planes
Who as ever, shall deny the hard won rights of Mankind
Their hard fought victories shall truly begin the Age of the Mind.