Zamorak

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Zamorak (pronounced /zæməræk/ "ZÀ-mo-rack"[8]) is the god of chaos, personal ambitions, and change. Originating from the hazardous plane of Freneskae, he climbed through the ranks of the Zarosian Empire to become its highest-ranking general, before ascending into godhood himself after dethroning Zaros - a historic event that ended the Second Age and ushered in the Gielinorian God Wars. Throughout the Third Age, he and the other gods that remained battled over Gielinor, until Guthix woke from his slumber and banished the gods with the Edicts of Guthix. After the fall of the Edicts with Guthix's death, Zamorak was the second god to return to Gielinor after Saradomin.

While no formal institution that teaches his beliefs exist in the Sixth Age, there are disparate groups and factions such as the Cult of Hazeel, the ZMI, and the Kinshra that follow the god, if not his philosophy in its entirety. Many powerful Mahjarrat who survive to this day also claim allegiance to the god who once led them in revolt against the Empire.


History[edit | edit source]

Main article: Zamorak/History

Zamorak began his life as a Mahjarrat, a tribe of the race collectively known as Dreams of Mah[9]. Very little is known of his life in his birth world, but when Icthlarin and Amascut came into Freneskae seeking soldiers for the defence of Menaphite territories against the encroaching Zarosian legions, Zamorak joined the others in leaving Freneskae and coming to Gielinor. When the Mahjarrat turned against Menaphites near the end of the war, Zamorak followed the majority and joined Zaros as well.

As a Zarosian Mahjarrat, Zamorak was given the rank and authority of a legatus, commander of a whole legion[10]. His military prowess did not go unnoticed, and after an unspecified length of time passed, he was granted the rank of Legatus Maximus, the highest-ranking military commander in the Zarosian Empire. This was partly prompted by Azzanadra's own promotion as Pontifex Maximus, a role that oversaw the civil infrastructure of the burgeoning Empire[11].

Near the end of the Second Age, Zamorak planned and successfully executed a palace coup against the god Zaros, having attracted followers for his radical stance against what he saw was stagnation of an empire at the limit of its growth. Many of his associates in this coup were Mahjarrat, some of who missed the brutal but simple life of Freneskae where the strong ruled over the weak, and others who were disgruntled at what they felt was a rank beneath their station.[12] With the help of two Elder Artefacts - the Catalyst and the Siphon - he seemingly slew Zaros and ascended into divinity. This act of betrayal would mark the beginning of the end of the Zarosian Empire, as well as the beginning of millennia of warfare across Gielinor.

Ideology[edit | edit source]

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My philosophy is 'strength from chaos and adversity'. It is about improving oneself by overcoming obstacles.
— Zamorak

Zamorak espouses the belief that the strong must not be hindered by the weak. Trials and tribulations, he argues, act as filters against those too apathetic to fend for themselves, while others that step up to the new challenge become strengthened by it[13]. He is noted to be particularly egalitarian regarding the origin-species of an individual as long as he can perform; this trait is most visible in the form of his acceptance of General Viggora[14], the first human warrior to be raised to the rank of general in the Zarosian Empire. Likewise, Moia - considered a curiosity at best[15] and an abomination at worst by many of the Mahjarrat[16] - was allowed to rise to the position of Zamorak's lieutenant based on her personal accomplishments and the willingness to become malleable (morally and physically) for the sake of survival[17].

Followers of Zamorak[edit | edit source]

A chaos altar dedicated to Zamorak.
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Groups and races[edit | edit source]

Notable individuals[edit | edit source]

  • Agrith Naar - An ancient demon of the weather, disguised as Denath, a dark mage. He was killed by an adventurer.
  • Balfrug Kreeyath - A demon who played a large part of destroying Ullek. He is now a bodyguard of K'ril Tsutsaroth.
  • Bilrach - A Zamorakian Mahjarrat and right hand of Zamorak himself. He is extremely loyal to Zamorak and responsible for the creation of the dungeons under Daemonheim in order to attempt to bring Zamorak back prior to the events of the World Wakes.
  • Culinaromancer - A maniacal mage who draws his power from food. After attempting to kill the Secret Council of RuneScape, he was defeated and his head exploded.
  • Dark mage - A ZMI mage who keeps the abyssal rift open. He resides in the Abyss where he prevents the universe from imploding.
  • Delrith - An ancient demon who attacked Varrock, banished most recently by the same adventurer.
  • Enakhra - A fellow Mahjarrat who built a temple to Zamorak in the desert. She is known to have strong feelings for Zamorak.
  • General Khazard - A Mahjarrat native to Gielinor and raised by Hazeel. Revealed to be Zamorak's son in Children of Mah with Palkeera.
  • Hazeel - A Mahjarrat who helped Zamorak rebel against Zaros. Was defeated by Carnilleans, but the Cult of Hazeel has plans to return him.
  • Hreidmar - Leader of the Red Axe company, a Zamorakian company in the Dwarven Consortium. Defeated by the adventurer.
  • K'ril Tsutsaroth - One of Zamorak's most feared tools of destruction. He now resides in the God Wars Dungeon.
A Zamorakian altar in Varrock.
  • Lord Daquarius - Current Lord of the Kinshra.
  • Lord Iban - A former Black Knight and immensely powerful mage claiming to be the spiritual son of Zamorak. He had taken control of the Underground Pass but was killed by an adventurer hired by King Lathas.
  • Lord Milton - Lord of the Kinshra before Sulla, who declared war on Asgarnia, starting the Battle of North Falador. Assassinated by Sulla.
  • Lord Shadwell - Lord of the Kinshra before Milton, known for his aggressive and extremist actions.
  • Lord Sulla - Previous Lord of the Kinshra and initiator of the War of 164. He was killed in his attempt to escape Asgarnia.
  • Lord Valzin - Founder of the Kinshra and pivotal character in the foundation of Asgarnia itself.
  • Moia - A former student of Zamorak who now serves as general for Zamorak's armies.
  • Moldark - Zamorak's emissary in Edgeville.
  • Scorpius - A famous astronomer who has since become a ghost.
The legendary godsword with a Zamorakian hilt attached.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • Zamorak is no longer visible in the Black Knights' Fortress until The Death of Chivalry has been completed.
  • patch 15 February 2016 (Update):
    • Zamorak's model has been updated in Missing, Presumed Death, One of a Kind and Birthright of the Dwarves.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Zamorak icon in a player-owned house, showing his symbol facing downwards.
  • In most older content, Zamorak's symbol is oriented facing downwards instead of upwards. The current version of his symbol became more common over the years until it eventually became the only variant seen in new content.
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  • The version of Zamorak's symbol seen in some areas of the God Wars Dungeon is also significantly different from the symbols used elsewhere. The God Wars Dungeon graphical update removed most of these instances, but it can still be seen on the upper-right hand corner of the Frozen door and on the hilt of the replica Zamorak godsword.
  • There is a festival held in his honour by the werewolves.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Viggora, "The Curse of Zaros", RuneScape. "At that moment I was reminded for whom I fought, and why General Zamorak had earned his nickname 'the scourge' upon the battlefield..."
  2. ^ a b Poule Scryant, "The History of the Kinshra", RuneScape. "The orders of magi at that time contained many dark wizards, also followers of the Lord of Chaos and Death."
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Postbag 40 - "Transcript:Previously, in Dorgesh-Kaan.", Letter 2, by Idria. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  4. ^ Jagex. = news/god-wars-dungeon "God Wars Dungeon." 28 August 2007. RuneScape News.
  5. ^ a b Goblin book, RuneScape.
  6. ^ Jagex. "Military Forces of the Late Third Age, Military Organisation." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  7. ^ Jagex. = news/god-wars-dungeon "God Wars Dungeon." 28 August 2007. RuneScape News.
  8. ^ Jagex. Official lore livestream with Mods Mark and Osborne Official lore livestream, 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ Mod Jack. "Mahjarrat Race Name." 2 April 2014. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  10. ^ Jhallan's memory (book), written by Jhallan, RuneScape. "On Zamorak, Wahisietel, Hazeel, and Zemouregal he bestowed the rank of Legatus, the commander of a whole legion."
  11. ^ Jhallan's memory (book), written by Jhallan, RuneScape. "Some years later, when the humans occupant of the position died, Azzanadra was elevated to the rank of Pontifex Maximus and became the head of the church, and thus the second in command to the whole empire. To avoid conflict between his most favoured servants, Zaros also created the rank of Legatus Maximus and awarded it to Zamorak."
  12. ^ Enakhra's memory (book), written by Enakhra, RuneScape. "To Lucien he said: It is the destiny of every Mahjarrat to rule! You and many others languish as mere Tribunes."
  13. ^ The Book of Zamorak, written by Moia, page 14, RuneScape. "People become complacent and do not seek to better themselves. Achievement is defined by overcoming obstacles, and obstacles are only created through chaos and strife; through the unexpected."
  14. ^ Declaration of Viggora, written by General Viggora, page 7, 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. I remembered this."
  15. ^ Zemouregal, "Nadir", RuneScape. "Ah so it's the half-breed again. Lucien, you must share your methods with me; you know of my enchant for studying the ethology of mongrels like these."
  16. ^ Azzanadra, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "...my lord, did you know of this, this abomination?" Azzanadra to Zaros, when hearing about Moia's origin
  17. ^ The Book of Zamorak, written by Moia, page 16, RuneScape. "I was my father's servant, and knew not how to be otherwise, but now my lord has shown me. Under Lucien's rule I did as I was told; as a spy, or an unwilling jester, but never anything more than a pawn. In Daemonheim I found dangers that I had never anticipated, and power that I had been denied. In short, I encountered chaos and it forged me anew."