Vicendithas

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Vicendithas (/vɪsɛndθæs/ Vih-sen-dee-thass)[1] is a Dactyl dragonkin, the eldest living son of Kerapac, and the elder brother of Diddykin. He is the indirect creator of the gemstone dragons.

History[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Vicendithas is a clone of his father, Kerapac, who considered him to be his "son". He is one of the last surviving subjects from his father's cloning project, Project Phoenix. Project Phoenix was an attempt by Kerapac to duplicate himself, using knowledge he had attained from the creation of dragons. The goal of the project is believed to have been to circumvent Jas' curse and overcome the dragonkin's infertility,[2][3] although the project may have begun even before the dragonkin were cursed.[3] Vicendithas was preceded by a long list of clones all sharing his name. Many of them were stillborn or malformed and disposed of by being lowered into magma. Others died later.[2] Ultimately, Kerapac considered the project a failure.[3]

Creating gemstone dragons[edit | edit source]

His scribblings show some of his past and the unstable relationship he has with his father. When he asked for room in his father's fortress for experimentation, he was given the basement, much to his annoyance. He stole a vial of his father's blood and a white dragon egg to conduct his first experiment, with Kerapac pinning the blame on Forcae when he found they were missing.[4]

With the vial of blood and the egg, he infused it with elven crystal and created a crystalline dragon, calling it his own "daughter". The dragon offspring impressed him as he noted her quick maturity and intelligence growth. He put her in an observation area that is now the present-day edimmu resource dungeon. One day, he was shocked when he found the dragon had matured into an adolescent with six eggs that she inseminated herself. He had hoped for the eggs to hatch into crystalline dragons but was surprised when the eggs hatched into a new species of dragon. The offspring were embedded with onyx, hydrix, and an unknown gem that had never been found before. He decided to call the unknown substance "dragonstone" in honour of his daughter.[5]

Eventually, Kerapac came down and saw the dragon and her offspring. He was impressed by her ability to change sexes at will and demanded to have it along with a few eggs. Vicendithas viewed this equal to dissecting and refused. Fearing for both his creation and her offspring, whom he had come to see as family, he opted to hide them from Kerapac. He hid her offspring in an ancient cavern with precious stones and personally hid his daughter in a location that only he knows of, adamantly refusing to let Kerapac have her.[6]

The Dragonkin Laboratory[edit | edit source]

Despite being disappointed in his son's actions, Kerapac invited Vicendithas to work for him along with Phalaks in order to create a dragon strong enough to seal or destroy Kranon. Vicendithas looked forward to this as an opportunity to mend his relationship with his father but found to his disappointment that Kerapac had not changed since the last time they had met.[7][8]

Unlike the other dragonkin who treated their creations as mere tools for research, Vicendithas is more partial to the dragons, being the only one to show sentiment, much to the disapproval of his peers. He believes that if they had been treated with respect, their results would not have been disappointing.[9] He named the first celestial dragon, giving it the name Astellarn.[10] He had intended to euthanise her when she returned to the laboratory to end her suffering [11] but was unable to do so as Kerapac had sealed it after one of his experiments went out of control.

Sliske's Endgame[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Sliske's Endgame.

Vicendithas participated in Sliske's Endgame as part of his father's entourage alongside Esskon, Skalekith, Torkuss, and Kalethax. They attempted to sabotage the game with little success, doing minor structural damage to some walls within the maze.

Curse of the Black Stone[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Curse of the Black Stone.

Vicendithas was present for his father's speech on Mount Firewake on Kethsi after the dragonkin had been freed from their curse.

Desperate Times[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Desperate Times.
Vicendithas confronts his father.

In one of Kerapac's memories during Desperate Times, Vicendithas is seen arguing with him, inquiring about the veracity of Orthen's existence. Upon learning that his father intends to sacrifice Gielinor's anima to permanently put the Elder Gods to sleep at the cost of all life on the planet, Vicendithas voiced his opposition to the plan.[12]

Effigy Incubator[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Sins of the Father.

Shortly after Kerapac's plan failed, the archaeologists in Anachronia reported seeing Kerapac near the ruins of his laboratory, which led to Mr. Mordaut asking the World Guardian to investigate these claims. Finding an unexplored room inside the volcano, the World Guardian met Vicendithas instead, who was attempting to continue his father's work to cure the Ilujanka's infertility. He explained that although his father had made great headway, ultimately he was distracted by his obsession with the curse and killing the Elder Gods, something which he implied occurred very often.[13]

Despite the World Guardian binding his father to serve the Elder Gods once again, Vicendithas was pleased that they stopped him, as he had taken a liking to Gielinor.[14] Vicendithas explained that he needed assistance in operating the Effigy Incubator, but could not find any as none of his fellow Dactyl were on speaking terms with him after it was revealed that Kerapac had caused the curse, and even before this revelation, had been shunned by his fellow researchers due to his father.[15] The World Guardian offered their assistance to Vicendithas, who was initially amused but eventually agreed, seeing that it could make a powerful statement to the other Dactyl.[16]

The World Guardian helped Vicendithas create a number of effigies, which held only small fragments of the information he needed. As they continued working, Vicendithas examined the effigies and drew knowledge that his father had kept hidden. Through this, he hypothesied that the Ilujanka were suffering due to their inefficiency in absorbing anima[17], and also learned of his own creation by Kerapac as a clone. Initially shocked at this revelation, he eventually came to the conclusion that he was superior to his creator, seeing how Kerapac had failed in all of his endeavours, while he himself had been successful with his own work.[18]

Vicendithas soon spoke with the Ilujanka on Gielinor and Iaia. He was impressed with how they both accepted their fate and were surprisingly hopeful for a better future.[19] Three young Ilujanka volunteered to be his test subjects. Before starting, he would investigate to see if the template Kerapac used to create him would be suitable on them, and had warned them beforehand that the success and their safety were not guaranteed. Despite the warning, they still insisted, prompting Vicendithas to remark that they were quite brave and he admired them for that.[20]

One of the subjects, a weaver named Etuya, eventually died due to complications from the serum he administered to them. Etuya braved on despite knowing she would die to not scare the other two who were taking part. He noted her courage and compared it to the stoic Dragonkin of old, and that her sacrifice had inspired others to take her place and cause.[21] Her sacrifice also allowed him to quickly remove the dangerous variables from his serum, and that he would be able to find a cure faster as the younger Ilujanka left their home world.[22]

Eventually, Kerapac paid a visit to his son, and was unhappy to learn how, unlike himself, Vicendithas had not been shackled by the Elder Gods. Vicendithas laughed at this, though he was not proud of it, still seeing Kerapac as the closest thing he had to a father and admitting that no one deserved Kerapac's fate.[23] Vicendithas also revealed to his father that he had learned all about Project Phoenix; Kerapac did not attempt to deny it and simply shrugged, much to the disappointent of Vicendithas, who compared his apathy and disregard for sapient life to that of the Elder Gods themselves.[24]

At some point, Vicendithas reached a dead end with his research. Deciding that his serum alone would not be enough of a solution, he returned to Iaia in order to study its environment once more. Once there, he realised that its anima was not pure like he had assumed before: it was sterile. It could only pick up resonances from non-sapient flora and fauna, while everything else had been filtered out. While he was amazed by the fact, he acknowledged that, while it went a long way towards explaining the Ilujanka's infertility, such a thing did not simply happen.[25]

Vicendithas' research and tests eventually culminated in the two remaining subjects laying a cluster of eggs. While it remained unknown if the eggs would hatch, the subjects insisted that if they did, they would name one in honour of him. He humbly denied the request, as he did not want to pass his father's name down, and suggested they name one of them after Etuya for her sacrifice. He thanked the World Guardian for their assistance, believing that they had potentially changed the fate of the Ilujanka. He continued to help them with the Effigy Incubator, while looking to reclaim his own destiny and step out of his father's shadow, believing that eventually Kerapac would be under his.

Elder God Wars[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Extinction.

After Seren fled with the Elder God eggs in tow, Hannibus suggested to the World Guardian they ask Vicendithas for help as he was developing an ambient anima measurer. Vicendithas was surprised to meet the World Guardian again and was updated on the war efforts. He also confirmed that he was making a device, but needed the Elder Crown, believing that Saradomin was still holding it. He was instead surprised to learn that it had been taken from him by Zaros and thus accepted the Measure as a substitute before joining the group to help search for Seren. During the search, Hannibus attempted to help Vicendithas mend his relationship with his father, but Vicendithas bluntly replied that he had no interest and that it was none of his concern. On the way, they were intercepted by Kerapac but escaped each time until the World Guardian convinced him to defy Jas during their encounter on Kethsi.

Vicendithas would later witness the World Guardian unleash a shadow leviathan to drag both Jas and his father into Erebus. When an echo emerged from the broken Needle, neither father nor son apologised to each other, although Vicendithas stated that he would be better than him. When Seren took the eggs to Iaia in order to hatch them there, Vicendithas explained the situation to the Ilujanka elder and helped evacuate as many Ilujanka as possible. After the world's destruction, due to the World Guardian taking some shards of the Needle with them, Vicendithas later used the measurements acquired from the shard, alongside the Measure and Nodon dream hibernation technology to create a dream realm of Iaia. He showed it to Hannibus, who was delighted and offered him a place in their family, which he humbly accepted.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Transcripts Vicendithas is the author or co-author of:

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Original Vicendithas model was released in December 2016 with the release of Sliske's Endgame. It was identical to the model used by Sakirth. An updated model using the new dragonkin style was released in September 2020 with the release of Effigy Incubator and at some point all his appearances in quests have been updated as well.

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 3 May 2022 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue causing Vincendithas' chathead to shrink after choosing the additional rewards dialogue option.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Raven's Twitter account. 5 April 2022. (Archived from the original on 5 April 2022.) Mod Raven: "[How do you pronounce 'Vicendithas'?] Vih-Sen-Dee-Thass"
  2. ^ a b Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "I am Project Phoenix. In a desperate attempt to escape the curse, my father . . . sought to recreate...himself . . . He copied himself. Using the techniques he had developed from creating dragons. He created clones, his goal was to litter the world with Kerapacs. Most died, of course. In his memories I see myself burning again and again, as he lowers malformed corpses of myself into magma. Some survived, only to die later. So father continued his experiment . . . my father is too indifferent to even give me a different name. Always I am Vicendithas." Chapter 6
  3. ^ a b c Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "What I do know is that this isn't a recent project. It seems like this is something he's been working on long ago. Perhaps even before my people became cursed. He does, however, consider it a failure. He was looking for some way to transcend the curse and the limitations of the dragonkin. Apparently to overcome our own fertility issues." Chapter 5
  4. ^ Vicendithas, "Vicendithas' Scribblings", RuneScape. "I heard Kerapac screeching that his vial of blood and his egg had been stolen; of course, Forcae was to blame! The air turns blue when his name is brought up around Kerapac, as such I wasn't even a suspect."
  5. ^ "Vicendithas' Scribblings", RuneScape. "Hydrix, Onyx and a new... strange, beautiful purple stone that I am yet to discover in the natural wild; by discovery I will name it 'dragonstone' after it's perfect mother."
  6. ^ Vicendithas, "Vicendithas' Scribblings", RuneScape. "But my child, my perfect first born I have taken her with me. Only I know where I have taken her. I will not allow Kerapac to find her..."
  7. ^ Vicendithas, "Dragonkin research", RuneScape. "Kerapac invites me back to work for him and has already brought the damnable Phalaks. Grr, no matter. Perhaps this is a chance to work towards mending the relationship with my father."
  8. ^ Vicendithas, "Dragonkin research", RuneScape. "Father has not changed. He treats his creations as badly as ever, as tools for advancement only."
  9. ^ Vicendithas, "Dragonkin research", RuneScape. "He continues his old sanitised practices to create a strong, bestial monster and gets a weakened runt of a being, the stone-implants only acting as a wound upon it, blunting the creature's life. I feel really sorry for it. My child, which I have raised with love and care is flourishing. Her crystals hum and she glows with strength."
  10. ^ Vicendithas, "Dragonkin research", RuneScape. "I am doing my best to care for this one whilst we conduct our research. I've named her Astellarn, though the others won't use the moniker. 'You're a fool to nurture sentiment on a research subject', is what they said. Short-sighted fools."
  11. ^ Vicendithas, "Dragonkin research", RuneScape. "Phalaks will claim I released it in compassion but he is a lying snake that can't keep a grasp on his own projects. Worry not, Astellarn will return when she finds herself too lost, here is all she knows as home. And don't worry, I know I must euthanise her once she does return, to end her suffering if nothing else. A little kindness might stop those around you from fighting against you or running away. You should learn this, Kerapac, if only that you might save some of your precious time."
  12. ^ Vicendithas, "Desperate Times", RuneScape. "I found your notes father. You can't do this!
    Kerapac: Of course I can. I must. For the good of all kin.
    Vicendithas: And what of the others? Everyone on this planet will die!
    Kerapac: There is always sacrifice in war. Always casualties. But they breed quickly these races. The ones offworld will replace their numbers soon enough. To save all life in the universe, the lives of one world is a fair trade. We can no longer be chained by useless morality. It is time for this war to end, once and for all."
  13. ^ Vicendithas, "Sins of the Father", RuneScape. "I am here to finish what my father should have finished years ago. I am here to save a dying people. My father once made an offer to the ilujanka to heal them and allow their race to flourish again. I believe he made remarkable headway, but then, like so often happens, he was distracted by the curse and he abandoned his project to focus on destroying the stone."
  14. ^ Vicendithas, "Sins of the Father", RuneScape. "My father's single minded obsession was always going to lead to something like this. At least he lives, which means there is always the possibility of his freedom. And that he failed to destroy all life on the planet is a rather pleasant side effect. I like this world."
  15. ^ Vicendithas, "Sins of the Father", RuneScape. "My father had a great deal of influence and respect in the Dactyl, as you may have guessed. So when he shunned me, the other Dactyl followed suit. And now of course I am doubly cursed. Because after my father's disaster with the Needle and his Shadow Anima machine, I am shunned because I am related to him."
  16. ^ Vicendithas, "Sins of the Father", RuneScape. "Oh, now wouldn't that be poetic. Me working with the person who enslaved my own father. You're serious? Hrmm. It would definitely make quite the statement and I could use the assistance. Very well World Guardian, let's make this work. I imagine we can both benefit from this machine after all."
  17. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "It appears that the ilujanka are incredibly inefficient at absorbing anima. From what my father could determine they only take in a tiny fraction of anima from what they consume and barely any ambient anima is absorbed. This goes a long way to explain why they would be suffering fertility issues. As a species they are just... inefficient." — Chapter 2
  18. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "My father wanted to create himself, but instead I created myself and I am a superior version of the template. My father is a failure in many ways. He failed to destroy the elder gods, despite everyone pointing out what a stupid plan it was. He failed to create dragons without the flaws of the kin. I have been more successful there than him. And I will be more successful again." — Chapter 7
  19. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "I have spoken with the ilujanka of Iaia and the pioneers that have visited Gielinor. They are a remarkable people. Strangely hopeful and at peace with their terrible lot in life." — Chapter 8
  20. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "However, despite their initial reticence, I was able to convince some of the younger ones to embrace my research. I have three young subjects willing to be studied. It will be a long process, but I am hopeful. I shall investigate whether the techniques that created me, can be used to modify their own biological template. There are risks and I have made them very clear. I cannot promise a solution and I cannot promise their safety as test subjects. Still, they bravely submit themselves for the good of their people. I admire them." — Chapter 8
  21. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "One of the test subjects didn't make it. Her name was Etuya, she was a weaver. The serum batch I gave her had an unintended consequence and rather than improve her ability to absorb anima, it poisoned her blood. She must have been in such pain, but she never showed it. She didn't want the others to get frightened, didn't want us to stop. Such bravery. The ilujanka are small and gentle looking, but they have the stoic souls of the dragonkin I swear. You would think her death would make it harder to get subjects? But no. Her sacrifice has caused others to take up her cause and her place." — Chapter 9
  22. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "Still, her death was not for nought. Whilst tragic, she has highlighted the elements that will cause more harm than good and the deadly variables reduce as a result. [...] Yet, as they leave the world with anima too pure to nourish them, it will make it easier for me to find the cure for their condition. We should never forget Etuya, her sacrifice gives them all hope." — Chapter 9
  23. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "My father came to visit me today. [...] I do not think he was happy to see that I too was not afflicted. After all, was I not his own flesh and blood? I laughed in his face. I am not proud of myself. Kerapac may have created me from blood and sorcery, but he is still the closest thing I will ever have to a father. [...] Hate him as I do, none deserve his fate." — Chapter 10
  24. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "I told my father that I knew what Project Phoenix was. That I had learned his secret. He simply shrugged. He did not deny it, nor seemingly consider it as consequential. I wanted to rage at him, to enter into a shouting match that would make these walls tremble. But he simply did not care enough to do so. As I said before, he and the roakin are more alike than he would like to admit." — Chapter 10
  25. ^ Vicendithas, "Effigy Incubator", RuneScape. "I had reached a dead end in my research. My serum shows some limited benefit, but it is insufficient to be a solution. So it was then when I decided I needed to study Iaia again, to learn what secrets the environment held. And I was wrong. The anima of the planet isn't pure, it's pristine. Or more accurately, it's been sterilised. It was still picking up the resonance of the planet, the non-sapient flora and fauna still flavoured it. But it was as though all other impurities were somehow filtered out. That just doesn't happen. I have no idea what could make a world like that. But it goes a long way to explaining the ilujanka condition. A world of pristine anima, what a remarkable thing." — Chapter 11