Wyrms are ancient creatures that were somewhat similar to the dragons of today, but are endangered from several thousand years ago due to heavy involvement in the God Wars. Wyrms were far stronger than dragons, as a single wyrm was capable of destroying massive cities and wiping out entire armies, making them invaluable assets to those able to tame them.
When telling the story of the Tears of Guthix, the Guardian of Guthix Juna provides the only mention of these creatures: "The colossal Wyrms, of whom today's dragons are a pale reflection, turned all the sky to fire, while on the ground armies of foot soldiers, goblins and trolls and humans, filled the valleys and plains with blood".
Variants[edit | edit source]
Numerous variants of wyrms exist in both Gielinor and in other worlds. They are not all necessarily related, either. One variant of 'wyrm' seems to be an archaic spelling of 'worm' such as Strykewyrms, whilst another seems to reference the serpent-dragons of the Third Age.
- Fire-breathing, colossal Wyrms which went extinct during the God Wars, as mentioned by Juna.
- The deepest parts of the Shadow Realm hold the shadow leviathan, a wyrm described as being large enough to wrap around whole worlds.
- Vampyrium is home to the leechwyrm, which grows to enormous sizes and were dangerous threats to even the vampyres.
- There are at least five known types of wyrms on Gielinor.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Wyrms, from the Old English word meaning "serpent", are legendary dragons in European mythology.
- Wyrms are possibly based on sandworms from Frank Herbert's novel Dune, backed up by the fact that they were hard to control, could decimate entire cities, and required highly skilled people to ride them.