History[edit | edit source]
They were discovered by the Nodon hunter Varanus when the dragonkin were beginning to settle in Gielinor. At the time he was working with an Aughra mystic and taxonomist, Skeka, who named them after him. While at first they proved to be wild and aggressive, Varanus was eventually able to tame them, using a hunting pack of varanusaurs to assist him when he tracked larger prey.
One varanusaur in particular, an hypnotic dinosaur, bonded with Varanus to the point that it not only felt comfortable in his presence, but regularly had Varanus give it belly scratches; a stark contrast to their usually vicious nature. When Varanus captured the Raksha and was in turned poisoned by it in a last act of spite, he allegedly succumbed to his wounds and was interred in a crypt that would come to bear his name. Because of the friendship that had formed between them, Varanus bequeathed his pet hypnotic dinosaur to Skeka, who allowed it to roam freely in her outpost and occasionally studied it. One day she took it to visit the crypt of its former master, upon which it laid down next to his tomb and refused to leave.
After Kerapac used the Needle during the Sixth Age to bring a past version of Anachronia forward in time, human explorers sent by the Varrock Museum set foot upon the island for the first time in recorded history. This version of Anachronia was filled with wild flora and fauna the likes of which humans had never seen before, varanusaurs among them. They proved so fierce that only experienced slayers could hope to face them in combat and survive. Eventually, however, the humans were able to raise varanusaur hatchlings in a small farm off the west coast of Anachronia, with Laniakea, a Slayer Master, gaining interest in buying them off any farmer who would sell them to her.
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References[edit | edit source]
- ^ On Varanusaurs, written by Varanus, RuneScape. "While I hunt alone, I am also working alongside an Aughra mystic - 'Skeka' is her name, or so she has been dubbed by my kin. She is supporting my work by studying the various flora and fauna of this place, providing taxonomies for my discoveries, which in turn leads to a refinement in my approaches. Take the varanusaurs, for instance, named for my discovery of the family. Her naming, not mine, for I seek not recognition."
- ^ On Varanusaurs, written by Varanus, RuneScape. "As such, I now have a stable of these varanusaurs to use as a hunting pack when tracking larger quarry."
- ^ On Varanusaurs, written by Varanus, RuneScape. "One in particular has developed a bond of loyalty with me. I am not one for sentiment but have even given this hypnotic dinosaur a name. It feels so comfortable with me that it sometimes splays on its back, seeking rubs of its stomach area. If it only knew how easily I could use my talons to eviscerate its soft underbelly... Why does it do such a thing to a potential predator? They are truly an inferior animal yet, somehow, I have grown accustomed to having them around, and give this named one tummy scratches whenever it lays supine before me."
- ^ Next of Kin, written by Kranon, RuneScape. "He provided the various samples that she analysed, and she in return gave him information that improved his techniques, and through working together they had formed a strong bond of friendship. To that end, Varanus bequeathed to her ownership of his pet hypnotic dinosaur."
- ^ Next of Kin, written by Kranon, RuneScape. "The other day, she took it to visit its former master, newly interred in his crypt - the first built on this world. [...] When Skeka returned to the outpost, however, the dinosaur was not with her. She says it refused to leave Varanus's tomb, just laid down next to it...so she left it there."