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Nex's voice
A voice in the God Wars Dungeon

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Saint Elspeth's Rasping Voice
Saint Elspeth deeming you worthy.

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Sliske's voice
Peter Marinker, the voice of Sliske, performing a line in Missing, Presumed Death.

Voice acting is a feature available in some areas of the game. Most often speech is used alongside text in the chatbox, such as when talking to an NPC, or the text that an NPC "says" above their head. The volume of it can be adjusted from the Audio Options screen.

It was first introduced in-game on 21 April 2010 in the update Slayer Challenges, when voices were added to the (former) tutorial, Unstable Foundations. You could hear Sir Vant, a goblin and several other NPCs talk, along with the player. The intent was to expand speech to a certain amount of the game based on how players reacted to the update.[1] The response to the voices in the tutorial were fairly positive.

Due to positive feedback from the community, Jagex implemented voices to the release of the member's tutorial. At the time of release, voices were only heard in cutscenes during the tutorial. However, at a later date, most of the NPC's found in the tutorial area were given a voice, which was the largest range of voices added at once. Among these added voices, two of the featured voices were those of the voice-acting contest winners, who were also the first members of the RuneScape community to feature in the game or in the official credits on the website. After that, a number of quests were voiced. However, due to increased development complexity, full voice acting has been largely halted on quests as of 2014.[2]

List of voice actors[edit | edit source]

Name Character name Biography External link
Alix Wilton Regan Ariane Alix Wilton Regan was born on January 26, 1986 in London, England. Alix Wilton Regan on IMDB
Ben Crowe Sir Owen Ben Crowe is an actor, known for Titanfall (2014), Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) and Ryse: Son of Rome (2013) Ben Crowe on IMDB
Stanley Townsend Saradomin Stanley Townsend was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Libertine (2004), Cars 2 (2011) and In the Name of the Father (1993). Stanley Townsend on IMDB
David Rintoul Zaros David Rintoul was born on November 29, 1948 in Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland as David Wilson. Known for Peppa Pig (2004), Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom (2009), Captain Pugwash (1998), and for playing Aerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2011). David Rintoul on IMDB
Dan Mersh Zamorak Dan Mersh was born on June 20, 1974 in Wimbledon, England. Dan Mersh on IMDB
Charlie Norfolk Lensig Charlie Norfolk is an actress, known for The Book of Unwritten Tales (2011), RuneScape (2001) and Driven (1998). Charlie Norfolk on IMDB
Peter Marinker Sliske Peter Marinker is known for his work on Event Horizon (1997), Love Actually (2003) and Judge Dredd (1995). Peter Marinker on IMDB
Statue of Death
Wizard Isidor
Toby Longworth Azzanadra Toby Longworth is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Four Lions (2010) and Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003). Toby Longworth on IMDB
Victoria Kruger Fern Victoria Kruger is an actress, known for Dragon Age II (2011), Trine 2 (2011) and Karma Magnet (2008). Victoria Kruger on IMDB
Johnathon Coote Hierophant Marius Jonathan Coote is an actor and director, known for Razor Blade Smile (1998), The Last Horror Movie (2003) and Weyback (2000). Johnathon Coote on IMDB
Charlotte More Lady of the Lake, The Charlotte Moore is an actress, known for Alfie (2004), Missed (2005) and Flight of the Swan (1992). Charlotte More on IMDB
Occultist, The
Owain Rhys Davies Goblin Owain Rhys Davies is an actor, known for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2011), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and RuneScape (2001). Owain Rhys Davies on IMDB
Michelle Deco Nurse Michelle Deco is an actress, known for Good Afternoon! (2013), Chingu 2 (2013) and RuneScape (2001). Michelle Deco on IMDB
Mod Michelle Jambon Mod Michelle is a former employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Liono Holstein Mod Liono is a former employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Chris L Kal'Ger the Warmonger Mod Chris L is a former employee of Jagex N/A
Mod Mark Ezekial Lovecraft Mod Mark is an employee of Jagex. N/A
Skald Ogson
Mod Osborne Yk'Lagor the Thunderous Mod Osborne is a former employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Raven Brassica Prime Mod Raven is a former employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Ana Commander Zilyana Mod Ana is a former employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Orion Ambassador, The Mod Orion is an employee of Jagex. N/A
Mod Slippers Bossy McBossFace Mod Slippers is an employee of Jagex. N/A
Falcon zb Soldier (Death Plateau) Falcon zb was the winner of a voice acting competition. N/A
Wounded Soldier
Trang Nguyen Trang Trang Nguyen is a real life member of the United for Wildlife campaign. United for Wildlife Young Conservationist Page
Mauricio Guerra Mauritzio Mauricio is a member of the United for Wildlife campaign. United for Wildlife Young Conservationist Page
Doug Cockle Solak, the Grove Guardian Doug Cockle is an actor known for playing Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015). Doug Cockle on IMDb
Viva Seifert Merethiel
Sally Orrock Orla Fairweather Sally Orrock on IMDb
Harriet Kershaw Villager Harriet Kershaw on IMDb
Giles Wood Masuta the Ascended Giles Wood on IMDb
Greg Jones Gorvek Greg Jones on IMDb
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus
Nick Ellsworth Varanus, the Keeper
Nico Lennon Armadyl Nico Lennon on IMDb
Kerry Shale Kerapac, the bound Kerry Shale on IMDb
Rob Rackstraw Bandos[source needed] Rob Rackstraw was born on October 31, 1965 in Sunderland, England. Rob Rackstraw on IMDB
Raptor, The
Miriam-Teak Lee Adrasteia Miriam-Teak Lee on IMDb

Update history[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

A Jagex Moderator comments on the use of voice-over
  • The player character is never voiced during any quest or activity, likely to preserve an idea of uniqueness. However, at one point players did have a voice during the Unstable Foundations tutorial (possibly exclusive to the instant demo), which changed depending if the character was male or female.
    • However, whenever the player is injured in the regular game, they make an audible sound of pain. Additionally, the character yells out when using some abilities. They will also exclaim during the Taskmaster emote, saying "HA!". This was voiced by Mod Moltare for male characters and Mod Faye for female characters.
  • In early 2011, a poll was released to see if players would like voice chat for players to allow them to communicate with other players over a microphone. Although the results were mostly positive, no info has been heard about this actually being implemented into the game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Look Who's Talking. (Archived from the original on 30 April 2010.)
  2. ^ Mod Raven. PLEASE! PLEASE!! Make children of mah a voice acted quest I BEG YOU!!!! 🙏 fate of the gods was SO good and the voice acting made is so immersive! Plus I absolutely love zaros, azzanadra and sliskes voices! PLEASE make this quest voice acted :D. Reddit. 4 November 2016. (Archived from the original on 4 March 2023.) Mod Raven: "[As great as voice acting is, it is so much more expensive. Dialogue would have to have been finished and then they would have to get the voice actors in.] You're thinking of "expensive" in the wrong way. It's not about the money, it's about the COST in the following terms:-
    The time taken to write the quest. Voice acting would cut several elements of the quest. It's existence would diminish dialogue, remove gameplay, remove bonus lore and in all likelihood remove a reward or two.
    Ability to adjust and update the quest. To voice act we would have to write the dialogue first and not be able to adjust it. This sounds fine until some strange code weirdness means that we have to remove one element of the quest and now we cannot adjust the dialogue to account for it.
    Creativity. Anyone who has worked on a story or a game has realised that a great chunk of the "special stuff" comes further along development. It's about refining and improving the content. VO prevents this as, again, it must all be done up front.