|“||I am War! I am Power! I am Bandos, the rightful god of all goblins, and through this puppet commander, I shall become god of all RuneScape!||”|
— Bandos through Zanik
|Also known as||Big High War God|
|Colours||Brown, Green, Grey, Black|
Bandos, also known as the Big High War God and uncommonly referred to as the Sky Goblin by the goblins[god of war. Bandos is large, extremely powerful, very aggressive, egoistic and manipulative. Bandos, having first set foot on Gielinor in the middle of the Gielinorian God Wars, is the god of most races of the least intelligence such as goblins, ogres, and orks, though Bandos himself is of greater intellect. Some followers, mostly goblins, refer to him as the Big High War God (with the exception of priests on holy days). Until recently, Bandos was almost completely forgotten by the humans of Gielinor due to his disappearance after the God Wars. Bandos is rather large and strong, this fearsome appearance contributing to his prowess in battle.], (although Bandos is not actually a goblin) is the
Bandos is very powerful, known for defeating many large armies by himself. His followers' main trait is strength if not high numbers, at the cost of intelligence, making them valuable warriors for Bandos. Bandos' previously neglected followers listen to him blindly, making him very capable of using them as pawns. Bandos does not usually care if most of his armies are wiped out - he fights solely for the sake of battle. He may get extremely angry when everything doesn't go as he wants it to or when he is defied, as was evident in his struggles to reclaim the Dorgeshuun goblin tribe for himself.
Arriving to GielinorEdit
Much of Bandos' early history, including how he ascended to godhood, remains unknown. Considering his alignment, it is entirely possible that he, in a similar way to Tuska, travelled between dimensions, looking for opportunities to fight. It seems he has no permanent following, as he had to acquire one when he arrived to Gielinor. This arrival took place after the beginning of the Gielinorian God Wars in the early Third Age.
Bandos was one of the most active fighters in the God Wars. When he arrived during the wars, he, according to goblin religion, attempted to recruit many of the world's races to fight for him. The dwarves, demons, elves, aviantese, and humans, among others, all refused, as they had already aligned themselves to the many other gods who arrived to fight. Eventually, Bandos managed to recruit a number of followers, mainly consisting of various unintelligent, but numerous and war-like, races. He travelled to the prosperous realm of Yu'biusk where he promised the peaceful goblins living there strength and victory in battle, and as such the goblins all left the realm in Bandos' service. He taught them metalwork and combat and the goblins became Bandos' most numerous soldiers. Yu'biusk was large and marshy, with massive mushrooms and other strange plants and structures covering the surface; overall, it was rich and fertile. After Bandos forced the goblins to come with him to Gielinor, training them in the ways of combat and ultimately turning them into brutal and violent warriors, Yu'biusk was destroyed by the war god; the once rich land was charred black, covered in craters and poisoned sludge. By the end of Bandos' reign, it had become completely uninhabitable. The goblins never knew this; they fought for Bandos on Gielinor at the promise of returning to Yu'biusk upon death.
Bandos divided the goblins in twelve tribes and organised them. These tribes were the Thorobshuun, Ekeleshuun, Garagorshuun, Idithuun, Rekeshuun, Narogoshuun, Drogokishuun, Dorgeshuun, Huzamogaarb, Horogothgar, Saragorgak and the Yurkolgokh. Bandos then proceeded to gather more followers; the hobgoblins, ogres and orks aligned to him. These he cross-bred, creating fearsome monstrosities such as ourgs, raurgs and fayrgs. He led the ogres as they conquered the area of the Feldip Hills, where they established their settlement Gu'tanoth and brutally enslaved the peaceful skavid race. At some point, Bandos also gained a relatively small number of human followers. Bandos ordered his troops to worship him. They built large structures in his honour. Only one of these, a throne room containing a battalion of statues and a massive throne upon which Bandos sat, remains today.
At one point, an ourg named Graardor became chief of his tribe after Bandos had encouraged him to challenge the previous chief in a dream. As Graardor fought and won more and more battles, Bandos came to him once more and told him to go to a nearby town. This town Graardor raided and he used the large piles of gold he found to bribe the goblins into following him. Soon, Graardor had control over most of the goblin tribes. When his money began to deplete, however, the goblins abandoned Graardor and he had to sell his armies to other gods to avoid defeat. He prayed to Bandos for aid, but this aid did not come. General Graardor was still one of the most powerful Bandosians and owned massive armies. Thus Bandos had stopped supporting him, knowing that he was able to hold his own.
Involvement in the WarsEdit
During the God Wars, Bandos seemed to fight for the mere sake of battle. His allegiance was ever-shifting, his sole desire to revel in the bloodshed that threatened to destroy the world. While at times he fought alone, he is known to have entered alliances with Armadyl and Saradomin. This was merely so that he could win certain battles and, once these were over, he quickly turned against them. Forinthry was one of the main sites where armies of Bandos battled, adding to the chaos and confusion of Saradomin and Zamorak's forces, who were destroying the remnants of Zaros' empire there. Little of Bandos' major battles is known. Only his involvement in the Battle for the Godsword has been revealed. When a flock of aviantese were transporting the newly forged godsword through the mountains of the Troll Country, they were ambushed by Zamorakian demons and a battle ensued. When he got ear of this, Bandos sent forth an army of Rekeshuun goblins, ogres, orks and others, led by Graardor, to claim the sword in his name. As the battle grew between Bandosians, Armadylians, Zamorakians and Saradominists near the Temple of Lost Ancients, the Zarosian Mahjarrat Sliske tricked a group of Saradominists into opening the Ancient Prison, releasing Nex and her armies. As Nex was too powerful to defeat, Bandos temporarily aligned with the other factions to re-imprison her and participated in the ritual to freeze and seal the door. Bandos received one part of the key and entrusted it to a highly-ranked soldier. The battle for the godsword then continued and Bandos' forces would fight valiantly. Eventually, a mysterious spell froze the entire dungeon and the combatants within. Only near the end of the Fifth Age, millennia later, did tectonic activity thaw them out. They fight over the godsword still, oblivious to time.
The goblins were the lowliest of Bandos' army, used primarily as skirmishers or scouts. Typically, vast numbers of goblins were sent into battle ahead of the ogres and orks as a means of weakening and disorganising the foe, or, in some cases, "checking the water". The twelve tribes each had their own generals. These rose to power through combat, each slaying his successor in order to receive his rank. Bandos, unlike what his soldiers thought of their Big High War God, did not care for his lower soldiers. Often, the goblins were sent to their death to battles Bandos knew they had no chance of winning. On other occasions, different tribes would turn against each other when they were either sold into service by Bandos, such as was the case with the Huzamogaarb and Saragorgak, whom he sold to Zamorak and Saradomin respectively, or were simply put into combat for Bandos' personal amusement. By the end of the wars, millions of goblins had died, the ourgs, fayrgs and raurgs had become extinct (except for Graardor, who was frozen in the God Wars Dungeon) and the orks had greatly diminished in number, virtually none to be found on Gielinor today.
When the God Wars came to an end and the Edicts of Guthix were put in place, Bandos left Gielinor, although he still has a small but ever-growing group of followers. Some goblins say he left for new plans; others say he left because he was scared and could not make some of his followers fight. Neither of this is true, as Bandos had been banished along with all the other gods.
Conflicts with the DorgeshuunEdit
In the thiry-third or thirty-fourth century of the Third Age, in the last millennium of the God Wars, the Dorgeshuun tribe began to develop a resistance against Bandos, realising how terribly he treated them. This was strengthened when Bandos decided to discard the Dorgeshuun as unnecessary force. For reasons unknown, but most likely out of callousness or sadism, Bandos sent the Dorgeshuun forth into what would be their last battle. The forces of the enemy, whoever it was, greatly outnumbered and overpowered the Dorgeshuun and the goblins realised they would all be slaughtered. This order proved enough for the tribe to completely defy the Big High War God. Under General Bloodfist's leadership, the Dorgeshuun ignored Bandos' order and moved to what are currently the Lumbridge Swamps. They discovered a large fissure in the ground and, not awaiting what Bandos would do next, marched inside.
Bandos was enraged by this act of defiance. When he saw Bloodfist stand on the surface nearby the fissure, after the rest of the tribe had already entered, he unleashed his full power upon the general. Bloodfist was obliterated in less than a second, and the force of the hit made the very earth quake. The weak grounds surrounding the fissure collapsed and the Dorgeshuun were trapped inside. The Dorgeshuun knew there was no way back and thus, led by Lieutenant Strongaxe, they explored the caves further and built a massive tunnel network. Eventually, they found a cavern large enough to built a civilisation and there, determined on never dealing with any gods again, they built their city of Dorgesh-Kaan. The tribe had not yet lost their combative nature that Bandos had given them, however. One occasion, while exploring, a goblin party stumbled upon the Tears of Guthix cavern, where they saw Juna, a snake who is a guardian of Guthix. Initially curious, they quickly charged at her with raised weapons, and thus Juna swoop them into the chasm with her tail. Such encounters were extremely rare, however, and would not take place often.
Soon, the Dorgeshuun would grow acquainted to their new environment. They adapted entirely to a life beneath the surface, both biologically and socially. They established a Council to lead the city and their society flourished. Aside from a brutal civil war, peace would rest over the Dorgeshuun and they would not hear from Bandos for centuries.
The Chosen CommanderEdit
While the Dorgeshuun lived prosperously underground, the surface goblin tribes' lives became increasingly difficult. Food and resources began to deplete and the goblins lost territory to other upcoming races, such as gnomes and humans, who were superior in all fields. As would occur many times in history, such as later during the Battle of Atarisundri in 1950 of the Fourth Age, the goblins were driven back, unable to reconquer areas. Around the middle of the Fourth Age, tensions increased between the tribes. Tribes without sufficient food attacked those that had food. Eventually, the eleven remaining goblin tribes gathered in central Kandarin and a large battle erupted.
The battle lasted several days and, due to constant rainfall, the battlefield became increasingly muddy, thus earning the Battle of Plain of Mud its name. Bandos watched the battle and enjoyed it immensely, until he saw that the goblins were slaughtering each other so greatly, that soon, the race would be extinct. Given that Bandos had already killed off all remaining inhabitants of Yu'Biusk, the war god swiftly interfered. This action would also enable him to reconquer the Dorgeshuun tribe for himself later, and thus he executed his idea.
He picked a goblin at random; Hopespear of the Narogoshuun tribe, since he was impedimented from interfering directly by the Edicts of Guthix. Bandos visited Hopespear in a dream and spoke to him. He told the goblin to stop the fight and spoke of his "Chosen Commander", whom he would one day send to lead the goblins to victory over the whole world. This was not true, since it was only a trick of Bandos to be able to manipulate the goblins later and to make sure not all goblins were killed, so that they could fight each other for his fun in the future. However, Hopespear obviously believed him and proclaimed his 'vision' to all the other goblins. As Bandos had planned, the battle immediately stopped and the goblins cooperatively build a temple for the Big High War God. The muddy ground caused the temple to sink into the ground though, and it remains underground today. Bandos, through Hopespear, also placed his commandments upon the goblins to make sure they would follow him blindly. The commandments were to fight mercilessly ("Merciful must die!"), to always fight in Bandos' name and to never doubt Bandos ("Thinkers must die!"). The holy goblin book was written in name of Hopespear, the prophet, and some of the goblin tribes gradually began to merge. Goblin high priests following Hopespear would always tell their followers of the prophecy and of the promised return to Yu'biusk. The latter, of course, never took place.
Reclaiming the DorgeshuunEdit
Throughout the Fifth Age, minor tectonic activity began. While usually unnoticeable on the surface, these supposedly minor earthquakes occasionally caused trouble for the Dorgeshuun. On one such occasion, in 169, a Dorgeshuun explorer accidentally mined a hole through the wall of the cellar of Lumbridge Castle. Although it was quickly patched, the "cave goblin" had already been seen. Sigmund, the advisor to Duke Horacio of Lumbrige and a fanatic member of Humans Against Monsters, a cult that strives to "cleanse" the world of "unpure races", i.e. non-humans, saw the event as an opportunity to persuade the Duke to declare war on the "monsters from beneath". He stole silverware from the Duke and blamed it on the cave goblins, convincing him to declare war. However, due to the efforts of an adventurer, the Duke found out about Sigmund's real plans and fired him. Sigmund left to the H.A.M. Hideout, making it his life goal to wipe out the Dorgeshuun. The Duke then established a peace treaty with Ur-tag, head of the Dorgeshuun Council, and trade began between the Dorgeshuun and the "surface dwellers".
Some time later, the adventurer was contacted by the council and appointed to guide the first Dorgeshuun to step foot on the surface world for thousands of years: Zanik. It was likely coincidence that Zanik of all goblins was chosen, for she had been born with a small mark of Bandos on her head. She had received this mark when drinking from the tears of Guthix one day. It is most likely that Bandos had picked her as his 'Chosen Commander'. Zanik was unaware of this, however, and knew little of Bandos, if anything at all. After some exploring of Lumbridge and meeting the brutish surface goblins, Zanik insisted on going to the H.A.M. base (disguised in their pink apparel). In the base, they overheard a plot being made by Sigmund, H.A.M. leader Johanhus Ulsbrecht, the deacon and another high-ranked member. Sigmund had prepared machinery in the cellar of the Lumbridge watermill and would use it to drill his way up and flood Dorgesh-Kaan. While eavesdropping, the adventurer and Zanik were caught. The former was simply thrown out of the base, but once Sigmund found out Zanik was a cave goblin, he had her beaten up severely. When the adventurer returned to the base and discovered Zanik's body, she was dead. They took her body to Juna, an acquaintance of Zanik's. Juna allowed them to use the tears of Guthix to revive Zanik, for she felt that the goblin's destiny had not been fulfilled yet. When using the tears on Zanik, she was suspended into the air and was suddenly resurrected. The symbol on her head had also begun to glow. The trio believed Guthix had allowed Zanik to live to fulfill whatever destiny she had, but this was not the case. In reality, it had been Bandos who revived Zanik to make sure he could use her as his Chosen Commander to fulfill his plans. Zanik and the adventurer then went to Sigmund's drill, killed his lackeys and fought the ex-advisor himself until his ring of life saved him before disabling the drill. The adventurer was given access to Dorgesh-Kaan as a reward.
Later, when Dorgesh-Kaan and Keldagrim began the project of building a train service between the two underground cities, the adventurer and Zanik went to help with the excavation. There they found ancient goblin artefacts - weapons the Dorgeshuun used when they had only just abandoned the surface world. They found an ancient mace and went to the Goblin Village to have it identified by Generals Wartface and Bentnoze. After a conversation, Grubfoot, a small goblin serving as a lackey for the generals (who also has special magical powers, but keeps these secret from everyone, for goblins are not allowed to use them by the commandments), recognised Zanik as the Chosen Commander and had her give a speech for the Thorobshuun and Garagorshuun in the village. She told the story of the God Wars, the Dorgeshuun's ancestry and the evil War God, but the surface goblins simply began to cheer unstoppably about Bandos and thought Zanik a fake goblin for defying him. At that point, two H.A.M. snipers assassinated the village. The goblins scattered and hid in their houses, while the adventurer dispatched of them. As the assassins died, Sigmund appeared and captured Zanik, threatening to kill her. He abducted the goblin and tied her to the railway tracks of the recently finished train, hoping the kill would initiate a war between the goblins and dwarves. The adventurer rescued her though and defeated Sigmund. At least, he teleported away with his ring again.
While Zanik returned to Dorgesh-Kaan, having become close friends with the adventurer, Bandos commenced phase two of his plan. He created a dream for Grubfoot. The dream was a vision of Yu'biusk how it used to be before Bandos had his way with it. In Yu'biusk stood Zanik, there to lead all goblins to victory and Grubfoot understood her to be Zanik. An overexcited Grubfoot made his way to Dorgesh-Kaan and informed Zanik and the adventurer of his dream. He revealed the location of the Plain of Mud Goblin Temple and advised them to go there to find out how to reach Yu'biusk. Transmogrifying into a goblin, the adventurer entered after Zanik, only to find out she had been placed in jail because she couldn't answer any of the high priest's questions about goblin religion. The adventurer freed her and then opened the door to the crypts of the former high priests, for the current one could not help him. The adventurer summoned and asked each of the former goblin priests but they all said that death was dark and they never went to the promised land of Yu'biusk. The oldest priest buried there, Strongbones, told of its legend, but could not help more. With the assistance of Oldak, a brilliant Dorgeshuun scientist and mage, a fairy ring connection to Yu'biusk was established, although the portal was very weak. The trio went through to discover the atrocities that had occurred in the once so prosper realm. Bandos had turned it into an utter wasteland filled only with barren rocks, craters and toxic waste. The adventurer and Zanik went on to seek a form of life and discovered an ornamental box with Bandos' symbol on it. Upon opening it, Bandos' power sucked Zanik into the box and she disappeared. Oldak demanded that the adventurer return instantly, otherwise the portal would shut down permanently. Thus, the duo returned, without Zanik.
Meanwhile, Zanik appeared in Bandos' throne room. She balanced on the statues there to get onto Bandos' throne. There, she found a pendant and put it on. She didn't know Bandos had put most of his godly power into that pendant, and was now able to enter the mind of his Chosen Commander, and control her actions and thoughts. Zanik got off the statue and approached the other end of the room. The legion of statues stepped aside for her to pass through and kneeled before her. She entered the portal and appeared in Dorgesh-Kaan to witness a fight between the adventurer and someone else.
Bandos' plan had ultimately succeeded; he had given Grubfoot the fake dream of Zanik leading the goblins back to Yu'biusk, for him an idyllic view of the Chosen Commander and the Big High War God, in order to ensure that Zanik would find access to the realm, so that she could be transported to Bandos' throne room and, most importantly, get hold of the pendant.
Possession of the Chosen CommanderEdit
|“||Your rebellion has provoked my righteous anger. I should smash every Dorgeshuun goblin beneath my holy mace. I should make your caves collapse and wipe all memory of you from the face of the world.||”|
— Part of Bandos' ultimatum
Concurrently, the H.A.M. had sent an agent disguised as merchant to poison the young Dorgeshuun goblins in the nursery. The adventurer teamed up with Undak, Captain of the Guard, to find the agent and apprehend him. Walton, the agent, proceeded to blind Undak and attack the adventurer, but was defeated by them, with the help of Zanik, who had appeared. Walton was taken to the council, where it was decided that he, like all human criminals, had to be sent to the surface to be tried. Zanik, influenced by the pendant, strongly disagreed and left angrily.
As Undak escorted Walton out of the city, the latter was assassinated by Zanik, who fled to the dark caves south of the city. An arrest was warranted, but the adventurer found Zanik first and convinced her to face the council. The council, although acknowledging her heroic actions in the past, decided that she was not above the law and they banned Zanik from Dorgesh-Kaan. Meanwhile, the adventurer was sent to the H.A.M. base to investigate, only to find out Sigmund had left the organisation with a splinter group, intent on exterminating the Dorgeshuun. The group were stationed in the cellar of Mill Road Mill near East Ardougne, where they had captured Grubfoot.
While the adventurer rescued Grubfoot from Sigmund and his cronies, Bandos' grip on Zanik's mind tightened. She made her way to the Goblin Temple and spoke to all goblins there to rise against the humans and fight in the name of the Big High War God. She was met with eager enthusiasm and gathered a small army of goblins, including the high priest, to join her. As Bandos possessed her more and more, cyan armour features began to develop around her body. Bandos decided to enact his plan to conquer not only the Dorgeshuun, but the entirety of Gielinor, by reasserting his authority over his followers, and amassing them into a mighty army. His goal was to use the Goblins, specifically the Dorgeshuun tribe, as his heralds. By using the peaceful Dorgeshuun for his warlike purposes, he hoped to punish them for abandoning his cause in the God Wars.
As the adventurer and Grubfoot were about to escape the base, Zanik and the goblins from the temple stormed in and assaulted the H.A.M. members. Sigmund attempted to escape, but the adventurer confronted him and a duel ensued, with Zanik joining in. As he was low on health, his ring of life was about to save him again, but Zanik cut off his hand in cold blood. Sigmund stated that he'd rather die than live in a world ruled by goblins and Zanik stabbed him, ending his life. Bandos then commanded her to kill the adventurer as well, and a fight began between the two friends. The adventurer defeated Zanik, but the pendant allowed her to regenerate fully without leaving a scratch. The skirmish continued, while the other goblin and H.A.M. forces were diminishing, and the adventurer eventually managed to get Zanik to fight against the possession. Zanik then removed the pendant from her neck and threw it away.
Bandos' Ultimatum and DemiseEdit
|“||YOU - WILL - WORSHIP - ME!||”|
It was found by the curious high priest, who hung the pendant around his neck. His inferior mind was immediately taken by Bandos right away. The war god commented that he had no more need of his Chosen Commander and left the cave, causing a cave-in. Zanik and the adventurer teleported to safety, although they passed through Juna's cave first, the snake commenting that Zanik still had her destiny to fulfill and that's the only reason why Guthix had supposedly resurrected her (although it had been Bandos, of course). Meanwhile, the high priest, now fully transformed into an avatar of Bandos, stormed into Dorgesh-Kaan and smashed the police that were trying to stop it. The avatar smashed an obelisk into the ground, containing Bandos' ultimatum and left before it could do any more damage. The goblin scribe immediately began to translate the alien markings when the adventurer and the exiled Zanik arrived and were summoned to the concil.
The Dorgeshuun Council was in utter panic when the translation of the text arrived. In summary, it read that Bandos gave the Dorgeshuun a final chance to rejoin him and fight to the death. Otherwise, he would return and have his avatar destroy Dorgesh-Kaan and finish with the goblins what he had started with General Bloodfists. Some councillors wanted to flee, others wanted to retreat deeper into the caves and others still were simply arguing in fear. Zanik reinforced them with courage, stating that the Dorgeshuun had been defying the War God for years and that this final resistance would crown their defiance. She said that the councillors remarked that the Dorgeshuun could not fight Bandos and win, but discarded that statement, saying that "Perhaps you're half right; perhaps we can't win. But we can fight." A moment of silence followed and Ur-tag agreed to fight Bandos against all odds. After final preparations were made, including Oldak modifying Zanik's crossbow to slay gods, Zanik and the adventurer approached the portal to Bandos' throne room and went through.
The avatar of Bandos was waiting for them and commented how he was the rightful owner of all goblins and had the right to use them in any way he pleased. He was angry at Zanik for abandoning her priviliged position as his Chosen Commander and proceeded to attack her. Zanik fought valiantly, but was losing the battle. With the adventurer's help, the avatar was weakened sufficiently for Zanik's modified crossbow to eliminate him, but a smash of the avatar's mace hit the individual parts off the crossbow and the avatar simply regenerated. Zanik had no means of defending herself and, while the adventurer was dealing with the statues attacking him during the collecting of the crossbow parts, she was hit unconscious by the avatar, who then began to attack the adventurer. The latter managed to re-assemble the crossbow parts and fired a surge of magical energy at the weakened avatar, breaking Bandos' ties to Gielinor and destroying his avatar and the priest in the process. He then woke up Zanik, who smashed Bandos' pendant, marking the end of his attempt to conquer Gielinor. As most of the god's power had been put into the pendant, the god was enraged, but severely weakened. With the pendant destroyed, and most of Bandos' power with it, it currently seems unlikely that Bandos will be able to rebuild his strength for another assault in the foreseeable future. Back in Dorgesh-Kaan, the adventurer and Zanik were declared outright heroes.
Only months after aforementioned events, the cave where Guthix had retreated to after the God Wars was discovered by an archaeologist. After this discovery, armies of many gods stormed inside to attempt to kill Guthix, abolish his Edicts and allow their respective god to return to Gielinor. Amongst these was General Graardor, who had left the God Wars Dungeon with a small legion of followers to slay Guthix, intent on returning Bandos to the world, so that he could fight in wars once more.
Graardor and his posse attempted to get into the main chamber and were the first to penetrate one of the storage wings. The Bandosians, however, were not very intelligent and were stopped from advancing by the adventurer, who had become a Guardian of Guthix, the druid Thaerisk Cemphier and the fairy Chaeldar, all part of the Guthixian faction that was there to save their god. Graardor battled the adventurer valiantly, but eventually had to admit defeat and retreated out of the cave.
Soon after, the Zarosians had arrived and an argument had started, the devious Mahjarrat Sliske broke into Guthix's chamber and slew the god using the staff of Armadyl. Thus, although not by Bandosian hand, the path was cleared for Bandos to return and re-commence his plans. Saradomin teleported into the cave shortly after the kill and stated that the other gods would soon follow, likely referring to Bandos as well. The War God is currently planning his return
In Goblin religion, it is believed that Bandos will one day send the "Chosen Commander" to Gielinor, who will then lead the goblins to victory over the rest of the world, while some, such as Grubfoot, believe the Chosen Commander will bring peace to the goblin race. The Dorgeshuun goblin Zanik was the Commander. This was, however, a scam made up by Bandos to avoid his goblins becoming extinct at the Battle of the Plain of Mud. Most goblins deem Zanik a "fake" commander for not fulfilling her destiny and still wait for the real one. The Goblins are also expected to follow a series of commandments that detail Bandos' demands. The commands were given at a battle with goblins. They fought the 'Beardy-Short-People', (Dwarves), here, as well as the evils of the 'God of Dark Flame', Zamorak. They are, as follows:
- Not to run from battle. Cowards must die!
- Not to show mercy. Merciful must die!
- Not to doubt Big High War God. Doubters must die!
- Not to make own plans. Thinkers must die!"
Whether or not these exact commandments are followed by Bandos' other followers is unknown, although they likely follow similar rules. The Bandosian religion puts great value on war, strength, and subservience to Bandos.
Goblins are also not allowed to use Bandos' real name. They must say "Bigh High War God" to show respect. Only on holy days to (high) priests use the name 'Bandos'. Ogres and orks are free to say Bandos any time, however.
As of the revelation of Bandos' real goals with the Dorgeshuun when he created his avatar, Grubfoot became aware of the gods evilness. This, however, did not break his faith. The goblin simply believes that that was a pseudo-Bandos and that the real Big High War God is good-hearted to goblins, still waiting for this non-existent Bandos to arrive. Grubfoot has, of course, always been different.
Bandos has one of the greatest populations of followers in all of RuneScape. Most of his followers are depicted as ugly and bad-tempered beings with low intelligence. It is mainly their stupidity, dispersed numbers, and disorganisation which prevented them from causing serious problems for the rest of the world. It is notable that Bandos actually bred a few of his followers for specific purposes. For example, he bred a special breed of ogres for jungle survival, now known as Jogres. He also bred Mogres, ogres adapted to surviving underwater. Prior to recruiting the goblins, he attempted to recruit the dwarves and demons, but was unsuccessful. His followers include:
The goblins make up the lowest ranks of Bandos' troops. Originally from the realm of Yu'biusk, Bandos took the goblins and made them into soldiers of war before destroying their realm. One of the twelve tribes, the Dorgeshuun later defied him. The surface goblins eventually began fighting each other, but Bandos stopped them at the false premise of a Chosen Commander. He later used this scam to attempt to reconquer the Dorgeshuun, but this failed. Goblins are small, green-skinned and hunchbacked. They use various weapons in combat.
The history of the ogres remains largely unknown. They inhabit the Feldip Hills and are known to have enslaved the skavids. They are currently at war with Yanille. The female ogresses and ogre children left Gu'tanoth and established Oo'glog in the south. Ogres are large, fat and stupid. They usually don't wear clothes and eat rock. They fight with clubs, maces or their hands, but they do seem to have powerful shamen which use magic. Variations include jungle ogres, marine ogres, skeletal ogres and zombie ogres.
Very little of hobgoblins is known except that they are likely a different form of goblin. They have tusks and a brown skin and sometimes fight with spears. Hobgoblins appear to be of lower intelligence than regular goblins. However, there is a fairly intelligent hobgoblin geomancer in service of the Mahjarrat Bilrach, who keeps a diary of sorts and has built a shrine to Bandos. Hobgoblins are described as hardy but highly mobile guerrilla soldiers.
Orks are brutal and aggressive, but slightly more intelligent, soldiers. They were some of the most valued soldiers during the God Wars, but they seem to have all died out. Armies of orks are known to exist at Orks Rift. The notorious Fairy Mafia used these orks to take over Zanaris, but they were defeated when the Fairy Godfather was sucked into the rift and died. Some orks can still be found in the God Wars Dungeon today. Orks are dark green and often tusked. They seem to prefer large axes and maces and heavy plate armour and helms.
Ourgs are the result of Bandos cross breedings. They were the single most powerful units in his army, but they were extinct during the God Wars. Only one, General Graardor, has survived. Ourgs are huge and presumably green as well. They seem to like wearing heavy armour and terrifying decorations such as skulls. Ourgs can use weapons, but the blow of their fists is enough to kill several men.
Cyclopes and cyclossi are large, one-eyed eaters of humans, native to the Wushanko Isles. Virtually nothing about them is known, except they originate from the island of Cyclosis. Currently, several cyclopes can be found in the Warriors' Guild, the God Wars Dungeon and one in Ardougne Zoo. How they came into Bandos' services is a mystery. Cyclopes are very tall and their body parts are disproportionate to each other; for example, their legs appear much small than would be excepted with such a large torso. Cyclossi are described as cyclopes 'big brothers' and these are often adorned with scary masks.
- Bandos is also the name of an island in the Indian Ocean.
- There is a gravestone which bears the Bandos symbol. This type can be purchased only from Blasidar in Keldagrim, the dwarven capital city.
- According to Bandos's Ultimatum, Bandos' preferred weapon is the mace.
- During The Chosen Commander, in the boss battle against the Bandos Avatar, while he explains his plans to the player and Zanik, he refers to Guthix as "the evil Guthix", and the God Wars as "the Great War".
- In the Origins of Gielinor video, Bandos is shown fighting Saradomin and on Bandos' right shoulder is the symbol of Varrock, a golden shield with two black swords crossing each other. This is strange because Varrock was not founded until the Fourth Age though it's possible that Bandos' territory was where Varrock currently is. This could however be coincidental.
- ^ Goblin Scribe, "Dorgesh-Kaan", RuneScape. "Each general succeeded the last by defeating him in combat." *
- ^ Goblin symbol book, RuneScape. "The legends also speak of goblins fighting against goblins during the wars, so it is likely that gods other than their creators used them as footsoldiers." *
- ^ Juna, "Tears of Guthix cavern", RuneScape. "Not after the start of my vigil a party of goblins happened on my cave. They were the ugly brutes of the gods' armies, but their armour bore a faded patch where the symbol of a god had been removed. They looked around hesitantly, squinting in the light of crude torches, but as soon as they saw me they raised their spears and charged. No one may access the Tears of Guthix by force. I sent them tumbling into the chasm." *
- ^ a b c d Mod John A. "The World Wakes contradiction". 18-03-2013. Recent Game Updates Forums. Mod John A responds to player-asked inquiries about the Dorgeshuun quest series.
- ^ Zanik, "The Chosen Commander", RuneScape. *
- ^ Goblin high priest, "Land of the Goblins", RuneScape. "Big High War God’s true name not for normal goblin minds. But since you pass test, I tell you. His true name Bandos. That name that ogres call him, that orks call him. That name that goblin priests call him on holy days. But normal goblins, you must show respect. You only call him Big High War God." *