Viggora

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General Viggora was once a powerful and vicious human warrior of the late Second Age. He was one of the few Zarosian generals, and the only of them to be human. He built the Slayer Tower, a massive and dark tower of Morytania that holds many horrific beasts that require a special technique in order to be slain. Despite being a Zarosian general during the Second Age, he eventually stopped following Zaros, and became a follower of Zamorak, who was another Zarosian general at that time.[1] He assaulted Zaros' castle with Zamorak, who was trying to become a god by overcoming Zaros. He watched Zamorak surprisingly defeat the Empty Lord and almost ascend to godhood as a result. However, when Zaros fell, Zaros cursed all those who played a role in Zamorak's plot, and, since Viggora was human and had a much shorter lifespan than the others, the curse was stronger on him, turning him into an invisible ghost for the rest of eternity. Since the other Zamorakians were alive much longer and had longer lifespans still, the curse of Zaros had a much less harmful effect on them and it is unknown what these effects even were. Viggora can be found in three locations: the Slayer Tower, Rogues' Castle and Edgeville Dungeon. In order to see him and talk to him players must wear the Ring of visibility and a Ghostspeak amulet or its variants.

Viggora is the final NPC that players must speak to in The Curse of Zaros miniquest, and explains much of the story of Zamorak's betrayal of Zaros.

In Dishonour among Thieves, Viggora serves as a spy for Zamorak, using his invisibility to locate the Stone of Jas within Sliske's hideout. Zamorak praises Viggora for being such a faithful servant and expresses that he wishes he could break the curse on Viggora.

Location[edit | edit source]

Viggora can be found in only one of the following locations that varies between players:

In order to see him and talk to him players must wear the Ring of visibility and a Ghostspeak amulet or its variants.

Background[edit | edit source]

Viggora's Throne in his Tower in Morytania.

Viggora was, for much of his early life, a warrior, and quickly became the chief of his tribe. He and his tribe were approached by Zaros, who according to Viggora had no human soldiers (or at least no human generals) at that time. Zaros claimed to see their true potential and promised that he would make them a mighty race under him if they bowed down to him and fought in his armies.[2] The Mahjarrat and demon forces in Zaros army treated Viggora, who had achieved the rank of Legatus, with disdain. This made Viggora resolve to show the other generals what humans were capable of, and built the Slayer Tower.[3] Despite this, the other generals mocked him even more, and in turn, Viggora intended to make the Slayer Tower even larger. Although he had many plans, he soon returned one day to find the tower sinking into the swamp, with the dungeons being flooded, which completely humiliated him, and he abandoned the tower.

The only Zarosian general that didn't mock Viggora was Zamorak, one of the most powerful Mahjarrat and the Legatus Maximus of Zaros at that time.[4] Despite having served The Empty Lord for many years, Zaros had not kept his promise, which made Viggora transfer his allegiance to Zamorak instead, who was planning to overthrow his master.[5]

At the time of Zamorak's betrayal, the majority of his followers, or at least his closest warriors, were either Mahjarrat, vampyres, demons and Dragon Riders. Viggora remembers with pride that he was considered equal to the other magical races that made up the bulk of the army, and says "I remember Lucien, who struggled to lift a blade.", and believes that in some ways he was even more powerful than them.

Involvement in the betrayal[edit | edit source]

Once the Staff of Armadyl had passed into the possession of Zamorak, through a series of events involving the other cursed ghosts (Valdez, Rennard, Kharrim, Lennissa and Dhalak), Zamorak and his most trusted generals (namely Hazeel, Viggora, Drakan, Thammaron, and Zemouregal) went forward to Zaros' castle, under the pretense that they were there to discuss battle plans, and there they engaged Zaros in battle.[6] Viggora and the others kept his legion of bodyguards, for whom they were more than a match, at bay while Zamorak flanked Zaros and plunged the Staff of Armadyl into his back. This enraged and weakened Zaros, but did not kill him, and he retaliated, managing to impale Zamorak upon the Staff along with himself.[7] After that, some of Zaros' power was transferred to Zamorak, nearly turning him into a god. After that, Zamorak seemed to have become much more real, and Zaros slowly faded away, cursing all that played a role in the betrayal, including Viggora, and Zamorak eventually attained Godhood by using the Stone of Jas, which later led to the God Wars and the Third Age.[8]

Roaming the World[edit | edit source]

Cursed by Zaros to wander the world as a ghost, Viggora appeared to have gone mad over the passage of time, having been unable to see and speak to anyone for thousands of years, but witnessed numerous events, such as the God Wars.


The following takes place during The Curse of Zaros.

Eventually during year 169 of the Fifth Age, a human adventurer encountered Viggora, after having been directed by Dhalak while learning more about Zamorak's betrayal. Viggora, like the other humans involved in the betrayal, were shocked and surprised that someone could see and hear them. Due to his time wandering in the Shadow Realm as a cursed ghost however, he initially mistook them as a random stranger, only to learn that they were here about the curse.

Much to his anger however, the adventurer had no means to break the curse, and demanded that they tell him how they knew of his name. Upon hearing that Dhalak was the one who mentioned him, Viggora was delighted to see the weak-willed mage was cursed alongside him. [9]

From this, Viggora was able to correctly deduce that Valdez, Rennard, Kharrim and Lennissa were also cursed alongside him and Dhalak. The adventurer was surprised by his guess, as it was completely correct. Viggora was delighted that they too had also been cursed, his mood lifting significantly, and he allowed them to ask any question they wanted. [10]

He told them about Zamorak's betrayal, and how he had been more affected by the curse compared to the other races due to their magical nature. In return for having some company and learning about the fates of the other humans involved, he gave them his cloak in gratitude, hoping that it would bring them luck in battle. The adventurer was curious as to how the curse would be broken, which Viggora suggested that either the Empty Lord return or die, though he stated that he would rather be cursed than live under his rule again. He was surprised the adventurer did not know who the Empty Lord was, so he simply told them that the Empty Lord was Zaros.

A Heist[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Dishonour among Thieves.

When Zamorak returned to Gielinor and was defeated by Saradomin during the Battle of Lumbridge, he retreated to his hideout underneath Daemonheim, provided by Bilrach. Zamorak learned of the Stone's location and intended to take it back, requesting the World Guardian to find and recruit members of the strike force that he needed to pull off such a task.

Once everyone was assembled, Zamorak began to rally his assembled team, just as Moia informed him that she had sensed Viggora had returned. Zamorak then ordered General Khazard to open a window into the Shadow Realm, so that all present could see him. Zamorak lamented the fact that he was cursed, but Viggora stated that with his return, the curse over him was broken, allowing him to think clearly for himself.[11] Viggora informed the group of where the Stone of Jas was located, warning them of the various traps Sliske had put in place. Zamorak thanked him for his service, stating that if he could, he would give his life back, wishing the group luck as the mirror closed, hiding him from view once again.

Following the attempted heist, Viggora learned of the events from the adventurer who had visited him before. He was disappointed that Sliske got away with the Stone, but was pleased to learn that Zamorak had managed to siphon some power. He decided to liaise with the others, believing that they would need his services.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Viggora building the Slayer Tower was first mentioned during The Curse of Zaros, but only gained significance when it was reworked in 2013.
  • Viggora erroneously states that Zaros had no humans in his service when he was recruited, Zaros has had humans in his army before, most notably Torva, Virtus and Pernix, the latter serving in the army at the same time as Viggora, all three were led by the Legatus Nex. Notably, the Pontifex Maximus before Azzanadra was human, and humans made up much of Zaros's early forces and were the original inhabitants of Senntisten. It is then likely that humans had simply lost prominence by the late Second Age.
  • This NPC is one of the few NPCs that still uses old RuneScape 2 animations and model size.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. "Twice Burnt." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  2. ^ Viggora, "Declaration of Viggora", RuneScape. "My tribe came to know our lord. He had no humans in his service at the time, but he claimed to see our potential. He promised us that if we took him as our god, and fought in his armies, and bowed down in worship to him, he would make us a mighty race under him."
  3. ^ Viggora, "Declaration of Viggora", RuneScape. "I resolved to show them that humans were more than our lord's pets. I designed and built a vast fortress for myself naming it Viggora's Fortress. It towered high above the green lands; from the top I could look to the north-west and see half of Forinthry on a clear day. It was strong in its construction and cunning in its design, but also beautiful in its craftsmanship. Before my lord's other generals, I declared that my fortress was a testament to the talents of humankind in the service of our lord."
  4. ^ Viggora, "Declaration of Viggora", RuneScape. "The other generals sneered at it, sneered at me sitting on my throne; sneered at the human race for trying to stand tall and attempt such a mighty work. They dubbed it Viggora's Folly, and called it a testament to my idiocy. Only one of the generals remained silent, a Mahjarrat warrior known as Zamorak the Scourge. Zamorak did not mock me or my fortress."
  5. ^ Viggora, "Declaration of Viggora", RuneScape. "Zamorak, the one general who did not mock me or my race, has likewise grown tired of serving our lord, and is gathering an alliance of his own. I shall offer him my sword; henceforth, General Viggora's army of humans fights for Zamorak, not the Lord of Empty Promises."
  6. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "We made our way to the castle, under the pretence that we had war plans against Saradomin and the other deities to discuss."
  7. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "While we distracted the Empty Lord with our feints and attacks, and kept his bodyguards busy, Lord Zamorak outflanked him, unsheathed the staff and plunged it into his back!... but the Empty Lords hand wrapped tightly around Zamoraks throat, Lord Zamorak, kicking and screaming defiantly and radiant in his anger until the very last, plunged towards the Empty Lord, who... fell in such a way so that the staff plunged deeper into his body, but also impaled Lord Zamorak with it at the same time."
  8. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "And as [the Empty Lord] faded, it seemed though... It almost seemed as though Zamorak became more real, more solid than he had been before... And as the Empty Lord faded from this world completely, I heard a voice, almost a whisper upon the wind, cursing all who had helped Zamorak in his victory."
  9. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "Ha! So the weak-willed mage was cursed along with me? Well now, that is an interesting turn of events..."
  10. ^ Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "Then am I to assume that Valdez, Rennard, Kharrim and Lennissa were also cursed along with me? Ha ha ha! Oh, the curse cut deeper than I had previously thought! Stranger, this news has brought me a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreary millennia! Please, ask any question you wish!"
  11. ^ Viggora, "Dishonour among Thieves", RuneScape. "Zamorak's return broke the curse that was laid upon me. I may be confined to this realm but my mind is my own, at last."