Varrock Guard

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A typical member of the Guard.

The Varrock Guard, also known as the Varrock City Guard, is the primary military and police force of Varrock, the capital of Misthalin. The Guard's presence can be seen throughout the city, although its focus can mainly be found near areas of heavy traffic or in areas occupied by the city's nobility.

Unlike many cities such as Falador and East Ardougne, who depend largely on knights for protection, Varrock's military presence is expressed mainly through its guards. The city also maintains a number of other military forces, including an order of knights (the only known example of which is Sir Prysin), the Varrock Palace Secret Guard, and a group of trained warrior women.

Father Aereck in Lumbridge is using proceeds from the gravestones for Varrockian Guards' Widows & Orphans Fund, working to compensate the families of those soldiers lost while on duty.[1] The guards also face considerable pickpocketing, having their wages stolen by said adventurers on a frequent basis.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Varrock Guard participated in the defence of the city against Zemouregal's attempted invasion as well as during the averted battle with Vanescula's forces near Paterdomus. During the Elder Gods crisis godess Seren used her influence over King Roald to have him deploy the Varrock and Lumbridge Guard to Senntisten to watch over the eastern front and call for help in the event of imminent attack. This agitated Saradomin, who was not informed of this developments and considered the guardsmen unfit for that kind of fight.[3] The plan didn't work, as most of the guards stationed east of the cathedral were massacred by Croesus, an ancient fungus revived by Elder God Bik.[4]

Known members[edit | edit source]

Varrock[edit | edit source]

Aside from the many guards found patrolling Varrock, a number of specific guardsmen can also be found seeing to certain specific duties within the city.

Senntisten[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • Members of Varrock Guard (with the exception of border guards) were graphically updated.
  • patch 24 March 2014 (Update):
    • Varrock guards' waists no longer stretch in combat or during death.
  • patch 11 December 2013 (Update):
    • The Varrock guard idle animations have been tweaked.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • The Varrock Guards' armour will no longer show through their shields.
  • patch 29 May 2007 (Update):
    • Generic guards were replaced by guards with unique Varrock-themed equipment. The captain and the Trainee Guards were added to the game.
  • update 5 February 2001 (Update):
    • The number of guards was further increased.
  • update 30 January 2001 (Update):
    • Guards in Varrock now attempt to stop people fighting.
  • update 29 January 2001 (Update):
    • The number of guards was further increased.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the captain in Varrock Palace, the life expectancy of a guard is about 30 seconds.[5] This is a recurring reference to guards being killed by the players.
  • Jagex hinted that the numbers of the main Varrock guards are between 8,000 to 20,000, making it the dominant military force on Gielinor.[source needed]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Father Aereck, RuneScape. "Player: Can you change my gravestone now?
    Father Aereck: Certainly. All proceeds are donated to the Varrockian Guards' Widows & Orphans Fund."
  2. ^ Signpost (Varrock Palace), RuneScape. "Guards in the Varrock Palace are on full alert due to increasing levels of pickpocketing."
  3. ^ Seren, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Seren: That is why I have called auxiliaries from the Varrock and Lumbridge Guard to cover the east.
    Saradomin: What? When did this happen? Why was I not informed?
    Seren: Time. Transporting troops here is a lengthy process. We could ill afford the debate.
    Saradomin: Those troops are entirely unsuited for combat of this kind! King Roald would never-
    Seren: King Roald does as I ask him, Saradomin. And he was all too happy to do his part, as was every one of the troops.
    Saradomin: You...
    Seren: I assure you, Saradomin, I do not do this lightly. And the Graveyard has been quiet thus far. The troops will simply hold the fortifications, and call for help should attack be imminent."
  4. ^ Gorvek, "Croesus Front", RuneScape. "It's already massacred every defender on this front. If we don't drive it back, it will tear the cathedral to pieces."
  5. ^ Captain (Varrock Palace), RuneScape. "Does it worry you that the life expectancy of a guard is about 30 seconds?"