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V (true name unknown, but has gone by a variety of names) was a Fremennik seer who discovered the Stone of Jas and the art of Runecrafting in the First or Second Age, and thereafter founded the Moon Clan.[2][3] Some time after this, he ascended to godhood via slaying "at least one evil god". Though this is speculation on the part of the Moon Clan, it fits with his alignment and has previously been demonstrated possible by Guthix and Zamorak for a mortal to ascend by harnessing an elder artefact against a god. In this case, V ascended because of the Stone of Jas.

He is mentioned in The Basics of Magics, appears in a flashback during While Guthix Sleeps, is briefly mentioned by Sliske after Fate of the Gods, and plays a prominent role in the Hero's Welcome quest, in which he is killed by the Dragonkin.

History[edit | edit source]

Discovering the Stone of Jas[edit | edit source]

V------ touching the Stone of Jas

V was born stunted and weak,[4] noticably shorter than most Fremennik. Eventually he became a seer, and is said to have used his gifts to guide and teach the rest of his people.[5] One day, likely during the first or second age, he stumbled on the Stone of Jas in the Lunar Isle mine. Upon touching the stone, V was endowed with godlike power, albeit not enough to ascend,[6] and grew to normal height. The stone was then "instantly removed by those powers who walk a higher astral path", leaving behind what would later be dubbed rune essence.[7]

Becoming a Hero[edit | edit source]

According to the Fremennik's songs and sagas, shortly after touching the stone, V returned to his people with a warning: he had spotted a giant basilisk on the shore that was nearing their encampment. Being nomadic at the time, many of the fremennik wished to leave, but V rallied the people and mustered a force to fight it. They polished their shields so that the basilisk's deadly gaze would be turned against it, and when it retched in pain from its own reflection, V dealt the killing blow with his halberd. The basilisks offspring were then herded into a nearby cave. This was considered V's first act of true heroism and the Fremennik later wrote a ballad about it called the Ballad of the Basilisk. [8]

Since then, V grew to become the Fremennik's greatest hero.

Runecrafting[edit | edit source]

Although he never found the Stone of Jas again, touching it had unlocked something in V's mind.[7] V soon discovered that the rocks where the stone was found had become the rune essence, and that he could change them into "the elements of the universe itself" by focusing his mind on them. He and some other Fremennik then went and created a large number of altars at places of power around the world, starting with the Astral Altar. These altars could be used to create runes, which were previously only available in the limited quantities that Guthix gave out. With these runestones, V taught his people simple magics of air and water - things that would help them in their nomadic lifestyle. At some point, V founded the Moon Clan. He managed to maintain the peace between them and the rest of the Fremennik for as long as he was on Gielinor.

Ascending to godhood and the The God Wars[edit | edit source]

At some point, V fully ascended to godhood, which the Moon Clan posit could be due to slaying an evil god.

As a god, V defended the Fremennik through the outbreak of the God Wars. Although he was not nearly as powerful as the other gods, nor were the Fremennik as numerous as their followers, his presence on the battlefield inspired them to fight harder than ever before. This made the other gods eventually give up trying to conquer them. When the God Wars came to the end and Guthix created his edicts, V asked Guthix to stay a little longer, so that he could say goodbye to his people. Because he had not been a conqueror like the other gods, Guthix acquiesced.[9] Inspired by Marimbo, V held a massive goodbye party dedicated to the feats of heroism he would accomplish away from home,[10] after which he left Gielinor willingly.

Removed from Gielinor[edit | edit source]

In the absence of V, many Fremennik began to disagree on the subject of runecrafting. Some Fremennik believed that since runes were a gift from the gods, crafting them was blasphemy, while others believed that they should craft runes and use magic to better themselves. This eventually caused a split between the two factions, with the Moon Clan going to Lunar Isle after the other Fremennik turned violent. V, although far away from Gielinor, saw his people turn on themselves and wept.[11] In the 5th age, the Fremennik destroyed the entrances to the rune altars, rendering the Moon Clan unable to runecraft, but their isolation on Lunar Isle and continued practice of magic eventually led to the Moon Clan surpassing the need to use runes to practice magic.[12]

Removed from Gielinor, V travelled the universe. He never settled down in one place for long, fearing becoming a tyrant like the other gods, and instead hopped from plane to plane, performing feats of heroism or inspiring others to be heroes themselves. He saw many worlds touched by the gods, some adequate, some oppressive, and some ruined by the likes of Bandos, Tuska, the Queen of Ashes, and Xau-Tak. He also met others like him, around half a dozen "hero-gods" who upon achieving godhood had used their powers to become champions or heroes.

Return to Gielinor[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Hero's Welcome.

V returned to Gielinor in the Sixth Age as part of the Hero's Welcome quest. In this quest he is welcomed in Rellekka by the Fremenniks and their brethren from the Moon Clan after some help from the player. While he arrives he wants to give oxen meat to the people but something goes wrong and strange, live meat appears instead. After this he quickly leaves out of embarrassment, but before he does he asks Alfrick the Planner if he can bring the player to his island after the feast. The player complies and talks with him in a cave on the island and helps him regain some strength by finding duplicates of various objects on the island. Despite this, his strength continues to leak and then the Dragonkin attack him. During this attack Sakirth uses the Elder Mirror on the player, and V pushes the player out of the way to save them, and his remaining energy is transferred to Tarshak, killing V.

V's corpse

His corpse is left and when the player returns to the cave later on during the quest, there will be an altar dedicated to him in the room where his belongings were found earlier. After the quest his emissary, Hannu, Emissary of V, will also be there.

According to Alfrick the Planner, after his death he reports a large amount of visitors coming to the shrine, mainly members of the Godless and goblins. His legacy continues even after death as the goblins seem to be awed by his values.

Names[edit | edit source]

V's true name is unknown, as V is merely a childhood nickname and what he preferred to be called. According to V, he went by a variety of names during his life. When he appears in While Guthix Sleeps, his name differs from player to player, from a set list. He is referred to as V------ in the Moonclan manual.

Below is a list of the names he may appear with in While Guthix Sleeps.

  • Vasador
  • Valator
  • Vaasdor
  • Varosad
  • Verisad
  • Vudisor
  • Vlatoad
  • Vedolas
  • Vundiar
  • Versita
  • Vislota
  • Vanjuta
  • Ventura
  • Velothi
  • Verogo

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Concept art of V
  • V is most likely inspired by the gods of Norse mythology, in particular Odin.
  • During Hero's Welcome, players can speak to V to learn about some of his adventures in the alternate planes:
    • One of his stories mentions that he defeated a lava demon for which a wizard took the credit, possibly referencing The Lord of The Rings, in which Gandalf the Grey holds off the Balrog, a fire demon.
    • Another of V's stories asks the player "what kind of 'ultimate' monster has a heart OUTSIDE its chest", which could be a reference to the Tyrant creature from the Resident Evil games series, specifically the T-002 in the original Resident Evil which the antagonist Wesker views as the ultimate life form.
    • He mentions a plane whereby he gets bored of the mention of a "power level", possibly referencing the Dragon Ball universe.
    • He talks about someone that he should have known was up to no good, with his "would you kindly" this and "would you kindly" that, a reference to the first Bioshock game.
    • He mentions someone named Steed, and not knowing what he was avenging. This is likely a reference to the character John Steed from the British spy series, The Avengers.
    • He talks about fighting giant insects with a lizard king, likely a Godzilla reference with V in the role of Jet Jaguar.
    • He also mentions having told someone that he comes from the land of ice and snow, giving the person inspiration for a song, likely a reference to Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song.
    • He mentions leaving before finding out the result of a union between a frog and a pig, a likely reference to The Muppets' Miss Piggy and Kermit.
    • He mentions a "minstrel and his ninja sidekick" with a "concert afterwards", a reference to the musical comedy duo Ninja Sex Party.
    • Yet another story makes reference to Super Mario 64 and receiving cake after defeating Bowser.
    • Another story makes a sideways reference to Jagex's "on-hold" game Stellar Dawn, specifically the Pliigi race.
    • One story has the quoted line "I guess this is a case of... divine intervention." and mentions a person fiddling with their eyeglasses. This is possibly a reference to Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami.
    • He bids a were-giant goodbye and watches him walk away into the sunset. Likely a reference to The Hulk.
    • A man he mentions in his stories is most likely a reference to Sherlock Holmes, lighting his pipe and saying "he'd known EXACTLY who I was from the start," with the addition that he didn't need V's help to find the killer.
    • He mentions that a man in a scarf stole his spare helmet and disappeared in a magical outhouse. This is a reference to Doctor Who, specifically the Fourth Doctor.
    • V claims he had to feign death after a sneaky coward floated under a bridge and stabbed him in the foot. This might be a reference to a famous Viking berserker from The Battle of Stamford Bridge who supposedly held back the English army and killed 40 men, until an English soldier floated under the bridge and stabbed him through the planks with a long spear.
  • In Ballad of the Basilisk it references V using a shield and a halberd at the same time. Since halberds are normally two-handed weapons this makes V along with Vannaka and Thok capable of wielding two-handed weapons in a single hand.
  • Winter's Eye was regarded as V's favorite flower, since he had planted it around the cairn he had built for his friend Knut who had died fighting dagannoth with him.[13]
  • Several of his possible names are references. Velothi may be a reference to a historical figure from the series The Elder Scrolls - Veloth, an elven prophet who led his followers to a new land following a cultural schism, and whose name was given to the Velothi Mountains which form the border of the territory they claimed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Jack. "Lore Corner - Answers!." 17 January 2017. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  2. ^ Quest journal, "While Guthix Sleeps", RuneScape. "One of the first of the Fremennik tribe touched the Stone and it changed them drastically...this is how they became the Lunar mages."
  3. ^ Baba Yaga, "Lunar Diplomacy", RuneScape. "Our ancient leader, who first discovered the rune essence mine here on Lunar Isle, travelled far and wide searching for more places of power."
  4. ^ V, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "I was born stunted and weak"
  5. ^ Freya Lune, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Before he even had the power of a god he used his gifts as a seer to guide and teach."
  6. ^ Freya Lune, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Well, he became of god-like power when he touched the stone. (...) From what little we know about such things, it is likely he used his power to slay at least one evil god to truly ascend."
  7. ^ a b Unknown, "Moonclan Manual", RuneScape. "The stone was clearly not of this world, and the mere touch of it unlocked something within the mind of V-------. As we know, the stone was instantly removed by those powers who walk a higher Astral Path than ourselves, but its very existence showed V------- possibilities that had never occurred to our kind before."
  8. ^ Olaf the Bard, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "I know a little about V's early life, as it was passed down in songs and sagas. Shortly after V gained power from touching the Fist of Guthix, he returned to us with a warning. A giant basilisk had been seen sunning itself on the shore, and it was heading towards our encampment. Given our nomadic nature at the time many people wanted to pack up and flee. But doing so would mean we could not return here for fear of the monster. V rejected this idea. He rallied the bravest men and women, who equipped themselves with shields made from polished steel to deflect the monster's gaze. Although many brave souls died in the struggle, V was able to strike the death blow and slay the creature. Its brood were herded into caves nearby. This allowed us to return to this coastline unafraid, and also was his first act of true heroism."
  9. ^ Sigmund the Merchant, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "I can tell you what I know about V, which is that he stayed with us for ages. He defended us during the opening parts of the god wars, to such a degree that the other gods stopped trying to attack us. Make no mistake, they were far more powerful and had more followers, but V's presence made every Fremennik fight like a warrior of legend. I know that he remained with us until shortly after the Third Age and the creation of the edicts. I believe he managed to parley with Guthix to stay long enough to say goodbye. (...) Because V had not tried to take over the world like the others, he got his chance to leave us properly."
  10. ^ Manni the Reveller, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "V came in and said he didn't want a sad send off. Apparently he'd heard of some monkey-goddess having a joy-filled celebration even though she was leaving and decided to do something like that. So instead the Fremennik had a huge victory feast; and V said it was dedicated to all the good deeds and heroism he'd get up to while away from home"
  11. ^ V, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Even far removed from my home I wept to see you turn upon yourselves"
  12. ^ Baba Yaga, "Lunar Diplomacy", RuneScape. "They destroyed only the entrances to the altars, for the altars themselves were on a different plane, but they were successful in wiping out our ability to create runes. That ability has only recently been rediscovered on the mainland, so I hear. Our people were left isolated on Lunar Isle but we used it to our advantage. Our control over Magic advanced beyond the need for runes and all knowledge of the altar locations passed from memory."
  13. ^ Swensen the Navigator, "Hero's Welcome", RuneScape. "Once, V and his companion Knut were fighting daggermouths in a flooded cavern. V prevailed, obviously, but when he turned he found Knut had been killed defending his back against another wave of the foul creatures. He constructed a cairn for his friend who had sacrificed so much for him, and caused Winter's Eye plants to flower around it. Ever since then people have considered Winter's Eye to be a favourite flower of V's."