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A typical White Knight.

The White Knights of Falador are a monastic Saradominist paramilitary group, with strong ties to the Temple Knights of Saradomin. They can be found at the White Knights' Castle in Falador and at a small outpost in Rimmington.

History[edit | edit source]

There have been many white-armoured knights in service of Saradomin dating as far back as the Third Age, and many shared the name of White Knights.[1][2][3] [4]

The modern White Knights, The Knights of Falador, were founded after the God Wars[5], near the end of the Fourth Age, before the founding of Asgarnia.[6] The White Knights are known to have been involved in many historical events, including the Sea Slug Conflicts, the war against the Dark Wizards, and most notably the War of Unification, wherein they helped establish the Kingdom of Asgarnia in year 8 of the Fifth Age.

This conflict saw the White Knights fighting alongside the Kinshra Order to unite the 22 tribes of the Asgarn under King Raddallin and defend them from the monsters who threatened them. As thanks for their service, the King had a special sword commissioned for the Order's Grand Master, Sir Perior, proclaiming him the saviour of the city. Unfortunately, the conflicting ideals of the two factions of Knights gave rise to a bitter and bloody rivalry which persists to this day. This culminated in the exile of the Zamorakians from the Kingdom after the burning of the Wizards' Tower in year 70, at which point the Kinshra declared open war upon Asgarnia and denounced the legitimacy of Raddallin's rule.

In the following years, the White Knights defended Asgarnia through the Runecrafting Crusades, though their Imcando allies, to whom they had gifted a large stockpile of runes, were nearly all wiped out[7].

The Kinshra briefly formed an alliance with the Zamorakian mage Solus Dellagar in the year 161, and together attacked the Misthalanian settlement known then colloquially as Edgeville. The reason for this attack is unknown. The White Knights responded in defence of the settlement, and shortly thereafter Dellagar betrayed his allies and began attacking all present indiscriminately. The battle went on for several days, during which time the sky reportedly raged with all manner of colourful spectres. Rumours spread through nearby towns and mistrust of mages grew. Dellagar was finally disarmed and apprehended by the White Knights, though their code of conduct forbade them from killing an unarmed opponent and they could not guarantee his secure captivity.[8] Instead, Dellagar was permanently exiled. After the battle had concluded, a Fremennik scouting party from nearby Gunnarsgrun arrived and confirmed an estimate of somewhere between 800[9] and 2400 dead.[10] These events would infamously come to be known as the Edgeville incident.

By the year 162, King Vallance, the current King of Asgarnia, had fallen ill in his old age. With the King lacking the strength to stand and unable to perform his duties, Sir Amik Varze was quick to fill the power vacuum before the Kingdom could fall to instability,[11] though some considered this to be taking advantage.[12][13]

The Burthorpe Imperial Guard, under the direct command of the Crown Prince Anlaf, were unsure of this development as the White Knights now controlled the royal treasury and thus their funding, though their relationship remained stable and diplomatic. Their future support would be essential as the Kinshra had begun to sack various settlements across the northern Asgarnian region, a series of attacks that would eventually be known as the War of 164. Though Prince Anlaf had been manipulated by an agent of the Kinshra called the Sybil, who had sent him disturbing dreams which told him to turn to Zamorak and aid the Kinshra in their war, Anlaf continued his stance of diplomatic neutrality, to the outcry of Burthorpe's people. Lord Radebaugh and several other Imperial Guards would later disobey the Prince's orders and ride to the aid of the White Knights alongside Kara-Meir, Squire Theodore and a detachment of the Dwarven Black Guard. The war ended with a deciding siege of the capital, resulting in a phyrric victory for the allied Asgarnian forces.

With so many of their Order lost in the fighting, several Knights were sent abroad in an effort to replenish their numbers. This was apparently very successful as the Knights were able to come to the aid of their Misthalin allies in the year following the war. Their advantageous presence turned out to be a saving grace for Misthalin, as their Order proved vital in keeping the Kingdom safe during a very turbulent period. It was here that the Knights would assist King Roald in keeping the peace as rumours of the ill-fated prophecy of the the former High Priest Leo V spread dissent and hysteria among the populace. The Knights would also play a crucial role in quelling the Zamorakian Insurrection and putting an end to the brutish Inquisition of Saradomin. They would eventually stand in defence of the capital city Varrock against the forces of Morytania at the Second Battle of the Salve, where their efforts were once again pivotal.

At some point after this, the Order reevaluated their policies on admittance and allowed women to be Knighted[14]. They also gathered some number of airships, which they use in an effort to uphold the laws of various locations around the world.

Some time later, the White Knights launched their own series of attacks intending to capture various high-ranking Kinshra officers alive in a mission known as the Dawn Ascent. One such notable officer was the Knight Iban, who was said to have slain hundreds. He refused to surrender and was killed by Sir Owen Sonde with an arrow to the skull in the ensuing battle. Sir Owen was expelled from the White Knights for his dishonourable actions.

Recent activities[edit | edit source]

Throughout the events of the game, the White Knights can be observed in multiple circumstances.

  • In The Knight's Sword the player assists Squire Asrol in creating a replica sword for Sir Vyvin, with the help of the Imcando dwarf Thurgo.
  • In the Holy Grail the White Knights attempt to secure the Holy Grail for King Arthur, but are intercepted by a Black Knight Titan.
  • In Death Plateau Commander Denulth explains that the White Knights are considering cutting funding for the Imperial Guard in order to fund their own defence against the Kinshra.
  • In Recruitment Drive the player is inducted into the Temple Knights, meeting several White Knights along the way.
  • In Garden of Tranquillity the player takes the statue of Saradomin, sculpted by Copernicus Glyph, from Falador Square.
  • In Wanted! the player is deputised into the White Knights after Solus Dellagar returns to Asgarnia. They are sent on a mission to track him down and arrest him, validating their status as a Knight.
  • In The Slug Menace the player delves into the Temple of Zanash, constructed by the White Knights and Temple Knights following the Sea Slug Conflicts which was used to imprison Mother Mallum.
  • In King's Ransom the Kinshra aid the Sinclair children in seizing Camelot and capturing King Arthur, which they consider to be a direct victory over the White Knights.
  • The White Knights are involved in While Guthix Sleeps.
  • In A Void Dance the White Knights become aware of a covert attack by the Kinshra targeting the citizens of Falador. A warrant is issued for the arrest of Ali Tist, followed by an investigation.
  • In The Void Stares Back the White Knights attempt to retaliate before learning that the Kinshra have been double-crossed by Melville Grayzag. The Knights join the Knight Alliance of 169 to aid in his apprehension and help defeat the Pest Queen. Depending on the player's actions, Grayzag may be arrested by the White Knights and taken into custody.
  • In Salt in the Wound the player encounters several Risen Knights who had previously died during the Sea Slug Conflicts. Lady Eva Cashien takes great offence to this abuse of their remains, in line with her beliefs as a Saradominist.
  • The White Knights are involved in the Ritual of the Mahjarrat.
  • In Let Them Eat Pie Rolo the Stout takes advantage of the political differences between the Imperial Guard and the White Knights to turn a profit, at the expense of the refugees of the Burthorpe-Troll Country War.
  • In A Song from the Depths the White Knights set up a camp to defend Port Sarim and Rimmington from the Grotworm threat, under the command of Sir Rebrum. They suffer heavy casualties.
  • In What's Mine is Yours the player and Doric craft high quality weapons for the White Knights, his last remaining loyal customers. Doric's son Boric takes advantage of the Knights, attempting to topple his father's business.
  • The White Knights, led by Sir Vyvin, have been known to set out on airships in an effort to track down lawbreakers in the Heist minigame.
  • The White Knights were critical in the Battle of Hyu-Ji, wherein they defended the Sea Orphans from the Zamorakians and Purists at Tomlin the Missionary's request.
  • The White Knights were the main Saradominist combatants in the Battle of Lumbridge, fighting the forces of Zamorak and defending the town of Lumbridge under the command of the Icyene Padomenes. They were victorious.
  • In The Death of Chivalry, the player and Sir Owen are sent on a mission by Saradomin himself to retrieve the Wand of Resurrection, which the Kinshra had planned to use in an attack against Asgarnia. The Kinshra had recently raided several White Knight outposts, intending to capture Saradominists alive. After recovering the wand, Sir Owen was forced to go into hiding and Saradomin planned to use the wand to restore the Centaur race.
  • In Hero's Welcome the Dragonkin capture and interrogate a White Knight intending to discover Saradomin's "weakness". What this might have been remains unknown.
  • The White Knights once again defended Asgarnia against the Kinshra's Invasion of Falador. They were victorious, and turned the Kinshra back before they could take the Banner of King Raddallin.
  • In Kindred Spirits Sliske captures several White Knights and forces them to fight against Dharok the Wretched in an arena as part of his torturous trial. He also resurrects Commander Jaycliff, who died in the Crusade of Hallowvale as part of Guthan the Infested's trial.
  • In Sliske's Endgame, Saradomin appears before his faithful in Falador Castle. The White Knights can be found training with Padomenes in their castle and later accompany Saradomin through Sliske's Labyrinth, fighting for him against Zamorak.
  • In Evil Dave's Big Day Out David Karloff intends to gatecrash a strike team of White Knights planning an Assault on Zamorak's Stronghold by stealing the player's body. The ensuing battle results in heavy casualties on all sides.
  • In Desperate Times Sir Amik Varze appears on the Council of Seren representing the White Knights. He is able to offer the services of the Knights in Seren's plan, though conflicts of interest prevent them from seeing it through. They can later be seen discussing a recruitment strategy with King Roald.
  • In the Archaeology skill players may donate artifacts recovered from the Everlight to the White Knights' reliquary, managed by Sir Atcha, in exchange for a lock of hair from Dharok the Wretched's betrothed and a hat called Petasos as well as the usual Chronotes and Tetracompass pieces.
  • In Azzanadra's Quest, the player and the Zarosian Mahjarrat Trindine attempt to make contact with Saradomin, to inquire about using his crown as a means of locating Gielinor's Elder Halls. Father Frith explains that Saradomin cannot be called upon without explicit orders from Sir Amik, directing the player to speak with Sir Owen. This begins a sequence of events similar to One Small Favour, illustrating how the Order's rigid bureaucracy can be counterproductive. At the quest's climax, Saradomin performs a ceremony called the Accord of the Optimatoi, honoring both the White Knights and Temple Knights for protecting Gielinor's people. The Zarosians interrupt the ceremony by sounding the Frostenhorn, amplifying the effects of Zaros's loyalty aura and compelling the Temple Knights to turn on their White Knight allies. After a brief battle, Zaros appears and secures the crown before teleporting most of the Temple Knights away with him. The White Knights reaffirm their faith in Saradomin.

Current standing[edit | edit source]

The White Knights are arguably the most important political group in Asgarnia, as their leader, Sir Amik Varze, is the Lord Regent of the Kingdom, save the Principality of Burthorpe. They are said to stand against evil, being followers of Saradomin. However, the Knights are known not only for their honour and dedication to the truth but also for their zealousness, too eager to ensure that laws are upheld to the letter. Bob the Jagex Cat occasionally cautions players that the White Knights are more complicated than they seem.[15] Commander Denulth of the Imperial Guard also considers the White Knights to be taking advantage of King Vallance, who he describes as "old and weak".[13] The Knights often contest with the Imperial Guard over matters of jurisdiction.

The White Knights are allies of Misthalin as well as Asgarnia, and as such the King is able to grant White Knight squires full knighthood. This is rarely done and as such is considered to be a great honour upon the knight.

The White Knights live by a strict code of honour, and swear vows before Saradomin upon being knighted which disbar them from many secular or recreational activities or distractions, such as having children. However, they are allowed to drink alcohol and dance, unlike some of the other Saradominist monastic orders such as the Sisters of the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede. Their code of conduct also entails various other commitments, such as to always tell the truth or to fight honourably. The Knights are known to frequently bang their swords and shields together as a form of challenge, to draw the enemy's attention and ensure they are fully aware, as the White Knights eschew guerrilla attacks as dishonourable. This action can be preformed by the player using Sir Owen's shield.

Most White Knights join the Order at a very young age and spend the majority of their formative years training and studying both the ways of the Knights and the teachings of their church, ensuring that they are truly ready to accept the life-long commitment of Knighthood before they take their vows. In times of crisis however, the Order has been known to expedite this process either by temporarily deputising noteworthy volunteers or through conscripting the aid of young men across Asgarnia and Misthalin.

Players as White Knights[edit | edit source]

A male player wearing a white knight armour set.

Players become members of the Temple Knights, an ancient order with strong ties to the White Knights, after completing the Recruitment Drive quest. Additionally, completion of the quest Wanted! gives the player access to White Knight equipment contingent on rank in the order. Players' ranks within the order are different from the ranks suggested by the various tabard colours. This is because the ranks suggested by the tabard colours are earned by completing quests given out by the Temple Knights, such as Slug Menace, and do not increase your reputation with the White Knights. Players can increase their rank by killing Black Knights or Elite Black Knights, whereas killing White Knights will decrease the Player's rank.

Black Knights killed Player rank
<100 N/A
100–199 White Knight Novice
200–299 White Knight Peon
300–499 White Knight Page
500–799 White Knight Noble
800–1299 White Knight Adept
1,300+ White Knight Master

Upon entering the order, the player is automatically a White Knight Novice and is credited with 100 black knight kills. Thereafter, killing a regular Black Knight counts as one kill while killing an Elite Black Knight counts as 12 kills. Killing a white knight reduces the player's kill count by one and can result in the player being demoted in rank. Players can check their rank by clicking Wanted! in the Quest Journal control panel; the player's current rank is shown with the wording "I am currently a (Rank) white knight." Likewise players can check their black knight kills with quick-chat FS8.

When the player is promoted to a new rank, the game window displays the promotion: "Congratulations you are now a White Knight (Rank)." There is no announcement, however, for being demoted or being promoted again to a rank the player once held.

Knight rankings can be used to obtain White Knight equipment from Sir Vyvin at the White Knights' Castle in Falador. Each piece of equipment requires a specific knight ranking to buy, but not to wear.

If you kill enough White Knights, you will be demoted to "no rank" and Sir Vyvin will refuse to sell anything to you.

Achieving the White Knight Master rank is a requirement to trim the completionist cape and to obtain the master quest cape.

Members[edit | edit source]

Key figures[edit | edit source]

Name Play on word/phrase
Sir Perior† (former Grand Master of the Order) "Superior"
Sir Amik Varze (leader of the Order) "Ceramic vase"
Sir Vyvin (armourer) "Surviving"
Sir Renitee (herald) "Serenity"

Knights[edit | edit source]

Name Play on word/phrase
Sir Atcha "Sriracha"
Sir Fsup "Surf's up"
Commander Jaycliff N/A
Sir Ken Schism "Circumcision"
Sir Lection "Selection"
Sir Plyan Demand "Supply and demand"
Sir Tenlee "Certainly"
Tomlin (former) N/A
Sir Vant "Servant"
Sir Vile "Servile"
Sir Ving "Serving"
The Player (after Wanted!) N/A

Grotworm Lair[edit | edit source]

Name Play on word/phrase
Sir Loynst Ayke "Sirloin steak"
Sir Pent "Serpent"
Sir Rebrum "Cerebrum"
Sir Remony "Ceremony"
Sir Render "Surrender"
Sir Rial "Surreal"
Sir Rillic "Cyrillic"
Sir Rinch "Syringe"
Sir Rogate "Surrogate"
Sir Rownd "Surround"
Sir Ruppe "Syrup"
Sir Vey "Survey"

Unnamed[edit | edit source]

Novels[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Most of the White Knights and Temple Knights have names that are a play on words using the honorific Sir. For instance, there is "Sir Vyvin" (surviving) and "Sir Renitee" (serenity). Other members of the order without the honorific have similar names, like "Paul Cerlyn" (porcelain) and "Lady Table" (lay the table). In Azzanadra's Quest, it is revealed that the Chthonian Veilinius, the true identity of Sir Vey Lance, was responsible for the name puns.[16]
  • White Knights appeared as a unit of Saradomin in the FunOrb game Armies of Gielinor.
  • There are two statues of White Knights just outside the doors of the Legends' Guild. Who these men are and why their statues are here remains unknown.
  • In Postbag from the Hedge 13 Sir Amik claims the White Knights have employed the use of items as diverse as cabbages and redberry pies in the defence of the people of Asgarnia. He also states the Order has made great headway with their "goat-staring" techniques. These are likely references to the Knight's Sword, the now-removed Black Knights' Fortress quest, and the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats.
  • In Postbag from the Hedge 36 Fiara claims the White Knights had attempted to claim the Fist of Guthix site as a temple to Saradomin, explaining the four-pointed stars etched into the walls and the statues of Knights throughout the cavern.
  • In the Postbag from the Hedge 42[17], Lucien says '...the Black Knights have been more politically motivated of late by their ongoing persecution at the hands of those hypocrites, the White Knights, and their masters, the Temple Knights, whose machinations will only be to your detriment.'
  • The Spirit Scorpion familiar expresses that it would like to hold up a band of junior White Knights who are selling Gnome Crunchies.
  • In the Siege scenario of the now removed Mobilising Armies minigame, it was rumoured that the castle protected a rogue Knight who was exiled for treason against the King of Asgarnia. It is possible this may have been a White Knight.
  • During the Battle of Lumbridge, Duke Horacio asks for reinforcements from the White Knights: "Greetings. Duke Horatio has called for aid, and Falador has answered." This is a reference to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, where a similar conversation takes place between Aragorn and Theoden.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Sir Owen, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "The Temple Knights are an elite order of White Knights, founded by Saradomin himself in the Third Age. We are a covert division of the order [...]"
  2. ^ Evidenced by the existence of Commander Jaycliff, a White Knight killed by Guthan in the Third Age.
  3. ^ Evidenced by the existence of relief carvings on the tiles of the second ward placed around the Wand of Resurrection, seen during The Death of Chivalry, a pair of which are referred to as White Knights, by Sir Owen.
  4. ^ Mod Jack. RS3 Discord. "but this specific order are formally the Knights of Falador and have no direct relation to any white knights of the third age, who would in any case not be wearing medieval era plate armour". https://discord.com/channels/303835144073248770/474586781803741184/821491525049253899
  5. ^ Saradomin, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "He founded the Knights of the Temple, who in turn founded the Knights of Falador during my absence to serve in my stead. We used the Accord of the Optimatoi to welcome the Knights of the Temple into our fold when they had proved themselves beyond all question."
  6. ^ Squire Theodore. Betrayal at Falador, p. 124. "We were formed at the end of the Fourth Age, before the founding of Asgarnia as a nation under King Raddallin more than a hundred and fifty years ago."
  7. ^ A group of master smith dwarves, known as the Imcando, were some of the most unfortunate during this period. They had been given many fire and nature runes by the White Knights of Falador to help with their smithing by use of the Superheat Item spell. The invading Fremennik were not happy about all the spellcasting and launched many attacks, reducing the Imcando to a near extinction. The invading Fremennik met a fair amount of resistance and their numbers were reduced very significantly over the years.
  8. ^ Sir Amik Varze, "Wanted!", RuneScape. "Kill an unarmed foe? That is not the way of Saradomin, nor of the White Knights. As for imprisonment... Solus is a highly dangerous man not just because of his mastery of the magical arts, but for his uncanny resourcefulness. To tell you the truth, I fear that I would be unable to guarantee his captivity in any holding cell belonging to us..."
  9. ^ Church, T. S.. Betrayal at Falador, (5). Babel Interactive Ltd, 2008. "For two years, the king had been bedridden, and Sir Amik had made certain that the knights had filled the vacuum before instability could threaten."
  10. ^ Commorb v2, "Wanted!", RuneScape. "He earned the nickname 'Murder-mage' and 'Mad Solus' in the incident at Edgeville where he was eventually apprehended by one of our field teams, but not before the wilful[sic] slaughter of over 800 civilians, as well as an equal number of White and Black Knights."
  11. ^ Church, T. S.. Betrayal at Falador, (5). Babel Interactive Ltd, 2008. "For two years, the king had been bedridden, and Sir Amik had made certain that the knights had filled the vacuum before instability could threaten."
  12. ^ Varrock Museum display No. 33, RuneScape. "5th Age - yr 162-163 The old king of Asgarnia, King Vallance, falls very ill. The White Knights took advantage of this and began to take control of Falador and Asgarnia for themselves. Year 163, 5th Age - The White Knights declared that the Black knights were no longer to have any political power within Asgarnia. Lord Milton of the Kinshra immediately responds by declaring his Black Knights as being at a state of war with Falador. The two sides engaged in a big battle to the north of Falador—however, both sides were fairly evenly matched, and retreated to their fortresses to build up their forces and devise plans to crush the other, once and for all."
  13. ^ a b Commander Denulth, RuneScape. "You are right, citizen. The White Knights have taken advantage of the old and weak king. They control most of Asgarnia, including Falador, but they do not control Burthorpe!"
  14. ^ Squire Theodore. Betrayal at Falador, 127. "There has never been any woman in the order. It is not permittited, of that I am certain. What you ask for is simply impossible
  15. ^ Bob, RuneScape. "Well, those white knights are far more complicated than you might imagine. Not the ‘goodie goodies’ they claim to be. Just watch your back."
  16. ^ Veilinius, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "I started embedding puns into Asgarnian lineages. That took absolutely forever."
  17. ^ Postbag From the Hedge