|Release date||31 May 2005 (Update)|
|Quest item?||Lost Tribe|
|High Alch||0 coins|
|Low Alch||0 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Examine||A book about the ancient goblin tribes.|
The Goblin symbol book, or A History of the Goblin Race, is part of the Lost Tribe quest. It has some symbols in it that help in the navigation of the maze of tunnels leading to the Dorgeshuun's mine.
It's found in the Varrock Library, and after doing the quest, the book is reobtainable from the shelves in a house. Once the quest is finished, it can again be retrieved from the Varrock Library, the north bookcase on the west wall.
Goblin tradition holds that their race was created by a war-god in order to fight a war against other gods.
The legends also speak of goblins fighting against goblins during the wars, referring to the fact that Bandos sold some goblin tribes to other gods.
Although goblins are still warlike, in earlier ages they were more organised than they are now, specially since they were under the direct command of the gods and their commanders.
This is corroborated by finds unearthed at various archaeological sites, including the large excavation east of Varrock.
Armour and weapons have been found, obviously made to fit goblins but far more well-made than their current equipment.
Almost every piece of ancient goblin equipment has a number of symbols on it, and by correlating these symbols with the sketchy records that survive from the Third Age it has been possible to identify twelve distinct goblin tribes or regiments.
The separate identities of the tribes have long since dissolved and no goblins remember the symbols, although their generals may still recognise the ancient tribal names.
- In the book, the god of the Goblins is never mentioned by name, but simply referred to as the Big High War God This is because it´s a holy name and only ones worthy may use it. This was reavealed by the High priest of Goblins during the Land of the Goblins quest.
- The goblins has twelve tribes, just like the twelve tribes of Israel in the Jewish tradition. This is echoed by The Chosen Commander, which can be a reference to Jewish being the Chosen People of mankind.