Battle of Lumbridge

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 This is not to be confused with Battle of East Lumbridge.
 Date Place Saradomin and Zamorak, locked in battle. 1, Sixth Age Lumbridge Undetermined Saradominist sages, rangers, sentries, crusaders, minelayers, rogues, medics, sharpshooters, gatherers, centaur champions, prideleaders, colossi, adventurers Zamorakian warlocks, snipers, sentries, footsoldiers, minelayers, rogues, medics, sharpshooters, gatherers, demon champion, butcher demon, siege beast, adventurers Saradomin, Padomenes, Sir Amik Varze Zamorak, Moia, Lord Daquarius Rennard Thousands of White Knights, two centaurs, two lions, two golems Thousands of Black Knights, one lesser demon, one butcher demon, one behemoth Numerous Saradominist combatants Numerous Zamorakian combatants Assassination of Guthix Incumbent

The Battle of Lumbridge is a ten-week world event that takes place alongside the beginning of the Sixth Age and the dawn of RuneScape 3. It started on 22 July 2013. The battle is waged between the god of order, Saradomin, and the god of chaos, Zamorak, and occurs in Lumbridge between the area which was the Lumbridge Swamp and west of the Lumbridge Castle. The battle features weekly choices made by the players which will define its outcome and course of action. It was stated by Jagex as having an "ultimate outcome [which] will set the course for RuneScape’s future."[1]. The event is set to end on 29 September 2013, at the end of tenth week.

History

Some time after Guthix was assassinated and the Edicts of Guthix were abolished, a large portal appeared west of Lumbridge Castle. People flocked to this portal, all speculating as to what the portal was, and what would come through it, although most agreed that its appearance had something to do with a god. As time went by, the portal grew bigger, and more people flocked to it.

Weeks after the portal first appeared, it finally opened, and Zamorak stepped through it. Seeing cracks of green energy in the ground, power left after Guthix's death, Zamorak started attacking the ground in an attempt to get it, causing onlookers to flee. At this point Zamorak was shot in the back by Saradomin, and at once the two began fighting. Firing beams of energy at each other, they caused a huge explosion, damaging much of the nearby Lumbridge, and forming a large crater, with more of Guthix's power seeping out of the ground.

They both created a camp at the edge of the battlefield, and Zamorak summoned his general Moia and some Black Knights, while Saradomin summoned his general Padomenes and summoned some White Knights, which charged at each other, beginning the battle. The gods tasked their followers with collecting fragments of Guthix's power, in the form of divine tears, which were found all over the crater, to increase their power and overwhelm the opposing god.

Players' role in the battle

Aligning with a faction

With Zamorak and Saradomin both struggling to gain control of the power left by Guthix, they require the aid of adventurers to help them gain the upper hand. Players may choose which god they wish to follow, and head to either the Saradominist or the Zamorakian camp after confirming with the Recruitment Officer of wanting to help. The Recruitment Officer will give the player a token representing the side the player wishes to help. If the player wishes to change sides, they may speak to Kara-Meir located near the Lumbridge lodestone at any time[2].

Players can help by collecting divine tears to help fuel their god's power and help them gain the upper hand. Tears can be collected in two ways, either through combat or skilling.

Divine tears

After joining one of the gods, players will be given a token depending on what god they chose (i.e Zamorakian token or Saradominist token). The token improves through depositing divine tears to the chosen god (and receiving renown for doing so), starting off at bronze then silver, gold, runite and dragon. Tokens give a small boost to the amount of divine tears you collect. Gold, Runite and Dragon tokens even reduce damage taken from the other gods forces by a small amount. Tokens also change the amount of XP earned while skilling or fighting on the battlefield.

For resource gathering skills, the experience gained is:
$XP = (10 + \mathrm{SkillLevel}) \cdot \mathrm{TokenModifier}$
For combat, the experience gained is:
$XP = (3 + \mathrm{SkillLevelOfCombatStyle}) \cdot \mathrm{TokenModifier}$
and an additional of 10 XP and another 2.5 constitution XP
where the modifier for a bronze token is 1.4, for a silver token is 1.6, gold is 1.8, runite 2.0, and dragon 2.4.

Tears can be earned from combat both on and off the battlefield. Players may attack the enemy faction's NPC reinforcements, and upon defeating them tears will appear in inventory. If players die during battle, they will receive the game message "A comrade helps you off the battlefield." and will respawn in their faction's camp. They will not lose any items in their inventory (including divine tears), and will not leave behind a gravestone. Players may also receive tears as drops from charm-dropping creatures slain outside the battlefield. Obtaining tears outside the battlefield can be switched off via the battle interface.

Tears can also be earned from skilling, both on and off the battlefield. On the battlefield are mining, woodcutting, and fishing spots. There is no skill requirement to do this, and players collecting tears on the battlefield will not be attacked by enemy soldiers, save for aggressive Saradominist and Zamorakian sharpshooters. These sources will become depleted for a short amount of time, even when no players are collecting tears from them. Tears can also be earned by skilling outside the battlefield, in a similar way to how anagogic orts are collected. Tears are awarded from skilling surprisingly frequently, and a player can quickly collect a substantial amount of tears from skilling activities such as farming, fishing, herblore, hunting, mining, runecrafting, and woodcutting. The players skill levels (and utilised tools and equipment) used to obtain these tears also have no effect on the rate at which they are collected (both on or off the battlefield).

Getting tears on the battlefield, either from combat or skilling, starts from a multiplier of 4 (for free players) or 5 (for members)[3]. As more tears are collected, the multiplier decreases down to zero, so as to prevent a player in exceeding the daily maximum divine tears collection limit. The tear multiplier is restored every day at midnight (UTC). Previously, there was a bug where the multiplier was not restored but this has since been fixed[3].

The multiplier displayed in the battlefield HUD is rounded to the nearest integer; i.e. your multiplier has a constantly decreasing fractional part that is not displayed. As the player cannot have non-integer amounts of an item, this is handled differently. At most times, the fractional part is ignored; however, at amounts that are (invisibly) closer to the next integer, tear gathering can show the fractional part. For example, at a newly changed 4x multiplier, you may notice tears are harvested in a pattern such as 4, 4, 4, 5. The additional tears bonus from tokens cannot entirely account for such a regular interval. More definitively, the opposite can occur at a 5x multiplier with a pattern such as 5, 5, 5, 4.

Free players can harvest up to 1,320 divine tears a day, while members can harvest 3,000[1]. While mining a divine shard, a message might be displayed saying players have reached a 'weekly limit' of divine tears gathered, however this would not stop them from actually collecting divine tears by other methods. It is also still possible to mine another divine shard, but it may require several tries. The following table shows the tear multiplier when players gather a certain amount of tears in a day.

After the voting in week 8, the rate of divine tears gained in the battlefield was increased by 5%. On the final week of the battle, the daily limit on divine tears was increased to 4,500 for members[4], and 1,920 for free players.

Multiplier Tears (Week 1–9) Tears (Week 10)
x5 0 – 1,259 0 - 2,059
x4 0 – 209 1,260 – 1,889 0 - 309 2,060 - 2,889
x3 210 – 629 1,890 – 2,309 310 - 949 2,890 - 3,509
x2 630 – 989 2,310 – 2,669 950 - ??? 3,510 - 4,069
x1 990 – 1,319 2,670 – 2,999 ??? - 1,919 4,070 - 4,499
x0 1,320 3,000 1,920 4,500

Once divine tears are collected, they have to be deposited at the collection point located in each of the faction's camp. If the player switches between factions, the contribution to the previous faction is reset.

Contribution Equivalence Use
Renown 1 tear = 1 renown Used to purchase rewards and consumables (see Rewards for more information)
Faction point 10 tears = 1 point Increases the faction's score
Votes 10 tears = 1 vote Used for voting specific buffs and reinforcements

The Duke's Dilemma (m)

The Duke's Dilemma is a weekly player-choice event during the Battle of Lumbridge. Lumbridge was very badly damaged by the battle, and Duke Horacio is currently working on rebuilding the city. Each week he asks players to vote on how to allocate the town's emergency resources toward dealing with various situations pertaining to this goal. The Duke has a total of 160,000 coins to use for rebuilding. The situation will change periodically through the world event. Players will be limited later on in the event by the amount of money they have spent. Voting can be done by either speaking to Duke Horacio, using the right-click option "Manage-Crisis", or by accessing the lectern in his room.

Regardless of which option the player chooses, they will be rewarded with an amount of bonus experience for voting, which players can add to a skill of their choosing (e.g. "The Duke grants you an XP bonus. This will be used up as you earn XP in this skill."). Members will earn double experience as you earn experience in the skill, until the XP bonus from Duke Horacio decreases to zero. The remaining bonus experience can be checked by hovering over the chosen skill in the skills menu. Several of these bonuses are bugged though, fishing for example.

The first two weeks were available to all players: free players and members. However, starting at week 3, the voting changed to require membership. The Duke's Dilemma ended in week 8 when the remaining treasury was exhausted to buy food for the citizens of Lumbridge.

Buffs and reinforcements

Every week throughout the event, players can spend their votes accumulated through contributing divine tears. Votes are used to decide the outcome of chosen buffs and reinforcements for the following week. Votes not spent in the previous week will carry over to the following week.

Buffs provide a boost to the faction (such as more damage to the enemy, or less damage from the enemy), and the chosen buff will be displayed in the battle HUD. Reinforcements to the battlefield will be in the form of more powerful enemies providing additional benefits to the faction.

The voting officially ended at the beginning of week 10.

Switching factions

Players who wish to switch factions can do so by talking to Kara-Meir. Players will lose their god token (Zamorakian token or Saradominist token), accumulated renown, and votes. However, players will retain in their inventory all battle-related items (i.e. divine tears, sacred metal fragments, warpriest armour, etc.), and will still be able to use unlocked emotes and titles.

Kept upon switching Lost upon switching
• God token prior to switch
• Accumulated renown
• Votes (both used/unused)
• Token Rank
• Contribution

Events

Random events

From time to time, random events will occur on the battlefield. Messages appear as a drop down from the battlefield score HUD, and as game text in the chatbox when they occur. It is possible for two different events to happen at the same time, even two different node events such as the sacred metal nodes and yellow nodes.

Event Text Description
Obelisks Saradomin's obelisks are charging with a deadly energy. Zamorak's obelisks are charging with a deadly energy. The obelisks around the battlefield glow and have a blue or red symbol at their base. Standing in the symbol will cause people of opposing factions to take large, fast damage.
God's curse Saradomin curses the followers of Zamorak, decreasing their might for a short while. Zamorak curses the followers of Saradomin, decreasing their might for a short while. You will deal 10–15% less damage to enemies for three minutes.
God's blessing Saradomin has blessed his followers, decreasing their damage taken for a short while. Zamorak empowers his followers, decreasing their damage taken for a short while. You take 15% less damage from enemies for three minutes.
God power surge Saradomin's blessing infuses his followers. Zamorak's zealous hatred infuses his followers with a singular purpose. You will gather divine tears at an increased rate for a short time.
Thieves Saradomin's rogues have joined the battle to steal resources from Zamorak's forces. Zamorak's forces storm the field to steal resources from Saradomin. Thieves pickpocket enemies for divine tears. You can kill them for additional tears.
Minelayers Saradomin's sapper has joined the battle. Zamorak's sapper has joined the battle. Drops landmines until killed. The bombs deal a large amount of damage when placed on the floor and can hit both parties. Killing them gives some mines as a drop for your own use.
Healers Saradomin's healers have joined the battle. Zamorak's healers have joined the battle. Multiple healers will enter the battlefield. They will attempt to heal their companions, and if attacked, will fight using magical attacks. You can kill them for extra tears.
Sharpshooters Saradomin's sharpshooters have joined the conflict. Zamorak's sharpshooters have joined the conflict. Sharpshooters will spawn attacking the other god's minions. They are also aggressive to players of opposing factions, unlike other units.
Devout followers Saradomin has sent out a devout follower to gather resources for him. Zamorak has sent out a devout follower to gather resources for his army. The followers will attempt to gather resources for the god they follow. You can kill them for extra tears.
Neutral
Falling rocks Rocks are falling from the sky. Avoid them! Small rocks will rain down, before a boulder falls. The boulder will hit 1/3 of maximum health to those standing under it, and can then be mined for divine shards, which are worth 30 divine tears. Though you can only have one shard at a time, it may be quickly deposited before mining more and repeating. Enemies may be lured to where rocks are falling for an instant kill.
Unstable nodes Several resource gathering points have become unstable. Be careful! Certain resource gathering points will turn orange or yellow. Gathering from yellow points yields triple tears. Orange points will instantly damage you for 10% of your maximum life total and no resources can be gathered from them.
Sacred metal fragments Several resource points have turned to sacred metal. Certain resource gathering points will turn grey. Gathering from grey points will let you collect sacred metal fragments. There is also a chance of obtaining weapon parts from the metal nodes.
Guthix's life force Some residual energy from Guthix's life force has seeped out onto the battlefield. A green gas will appear upon the battlefield. Running through this gas provides a random player buff, one of the four drinks' effects. For 30 seconds, all killing grants an extra 15% more divine tears. Note that the green gas may only be seen in HTML5, not Java. Nevertheless, despite it being invisible, one still gets a buff if walking through gas.

Jagex Moderator clones

Main article: JMod clone

Occasionally, clones of Jagex mods will appear on the battlefield, fighting for the god that mod supports. While they have different appearances and use different combat styles, they all provide a healing aura to nearby followers, and boost the speed at which divine tears are gathered.

Players can attack the clones, and the clones' level scale to the level of players that attack them. The clones can be healed for 10 divine tears by right-clicking them and selecting the heal option. The clones are not aggressive towards players as they target other JMods first, then NPCs. They do not charge to the other side of the field.

The clones always drop a sizable amount of divine tears, and have the potential to drop several joke items (such as off-white partyhats and really rotten potatoes) which will vanish if a player attempts to take them.

Progress of the battle

• By the second day of the event, there had been over 20 million votes cast in the battle[5]. The hi-scores showed that players who aligned themselves with Saradomin had fewer points than those who followed Zamorak, although Saradomin had a greater number of followers as compared to Zamorak.
• By the end of day four, Saradomin's lead had extended to over 9 million. The followers of Zamorak had collected more tears per person, but Saradomin had at least twice as many followers. Saradomin's lead had increased in absolute terms, but had decreased as a proportion of the total accumulated.
• By the end of week 1, Saradomin had extended his lead over Zamorak, but the rate of tears collected had declined in comparison to Zamorak[6].
• At the end of week 2, Saradomin maintained a small lead, but was very slowly losing percentage points as an effect of the law of large numbers. Both factions had their damage buffed by 10%.
• At the beginning of week 4, the Zamorakian lesser demon champion and the Saradominist centaur champion joined the battle. In response to this, quartermasters on both factions opened up access to the Tier 2 rewards from their stores[7].
• During week 4, the crater became more unstable, increasing the frequency of unstable node events. Sacred metal fragments became available from grey nodes[7].
• At the beginning of week 6, a second Saradominist champion joined Saradomin's cause, fighting alongside the first Saradominist champion. Meanwhile, the Zamorakian champion became 50% more powerful[8].
• At the beginning of week 7, quartermasters on both factions opened up access to the Tier 3 rewards. Also, icyenic and infernal weapon overrides were added to free-to-play during this week.
• The beginning of week 8 saw the entry of both factions' elite units: two Saradominist prideleaders and one Zamorakian butcher demon.
• During week 8, the frequency of sacred metal fragment drops from silver nodes and enemies increased[9].
• At the beginning of week 9, a buff went into effect for both sides for an increase in the number of tears gained on the battlefield by 5%.
• At the beginning of week 10, both quartermasters had reduced their costs of rewards by 5%. In addition, the Zamorakian siege beast and Saradominist colossus joined the battle for their respective factions. The divine tears cap became 4,500 for members as opposed to 3,000[4], and 1,980 for non-members as opposed to 1,320.
• During week 10, the drop rates of titles increased, and the quantities and drop rates of sacred metal fragments increased[4].
Week Percentage (as of 23:59 UTC)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 22 July
23 July
(−4.70%)
24 July
(−3.85%)
25 July
(−2.23%)
26 July
(−1.27%)
27 July
(−0.75%)
28 July
(−3.26%)
2 29 July
(+2.22%)
30 July
(−0.40%)
31 July
(−0.33%)
1 August
(−0.25%)
2 August
(−0.22%)
3 August
(−0.30%)
4 August
(−0.006%)
3 5 August
(−0.14%)
6 August
(−0.12%)
7 August
(−0.11%)
8 August
(−0.08%)
9 August
(−0.07%)
10 August
(−0.06%)
11 August
(−0.05%)
4 12 August
(−0.13%)
13 August
(−0.08%)
14 August
(−0.06%)
15 August
(−0.05%)
16 August
(−0.04%)
17 August
(−0.03%)
18 August
(−0.02%)
5 19 August
(−0.013%)
20 August
(−0.038%)
21 August
(−0.013%)
22 August
(−0.032%)
23 August
(−0.030%)
24 August
(−0.023%)
25 August
(−0.036%)
6 26 August
(−0.032%)
27 August
(−0.038%)
28 August
(−0.035%)
29 August
(−0.042%)
30 August
(−0.042%)
31 August
(−0.026%)
1 September
(−0.035%)
7 2 September
(−0.095%)
3 September
(−0.091%)
4 September
(−0.074%)
5 September
(−0.070%)
6 September
(−0.066%)
7 September
(−0.064%)
8 September
(−0.066%)
8 9 September
(−0.068%)
10 September
(−0.036%)
11 September
(−0.058%)
12 September
(−0.069%)
13 September
(−0.061%)
14 September
(−0.053%)
15 September
(−0.065%)
9 16 September
(−0.063%)
17 September
(−0.048%)
18 September
(−0.058%)
19 September
(−0.054%)
20 September
(−0.060%)
21 September
(−0.034%)
22 September
(−0.035%)
10 23 September
(−0.053%)
24 September
(−0.056%)
25 September
(−0.048%)
26 September 27 September 28 September 29 September

Outcome of the battle

• Many buildings were destroyed in the battle that Duke Horacio needed to accomodate people into different houses or make refugee shelters.
• Numerous NPCs received new dialogue relating to the Battle of Lumbridge.
• New voice-acted NPCs were added to inform players of the battle:

Rewards

Divine tears can be collected both on and off the battlefield, from both skilling and combat. These are turned in at the god camps in exchange for renown, which can be used to purchase a variety of rewards. Over the course of the 10-week event, tier 2 rewards were unlocked at the beginning of week 4, and tier 3 rewards were unlocked at the beginning of week 7. Costs of rewards dropped by 5% on both factions at the beginning of week 10.

Renown-based rewards will still be available for a short period after the event[4].

Trivia

• As of week 9 of the battle, there is a glitch where spending votes causes your contribution (and hiscore) to be reduced by the same amount.
• At the beginning of week 9, after the activation of the buff increasing the tear gather rate by 5%, there was a bug that showed the wrong modifier in the interface. The correct modifier was still used for the tears gained. This was patched shortly afterwards.

References

1. ^ a b The RuneScape Team. "RuneScape 3 Arrives July 22nd 2013". RuneScape News.
2. ^ The RuneScape Team. "RuneScape 3 Now Live". 22 July 2013. RuneScape News.
3. ^ a b Mod Michelle. "Patch Notes - 13/08/2013". RuneScape News.
4. ^ a b c d Mod MMG. "An Important Message from Mod MMG - In Other News". 25 September 2013. RuneScape News.
5. ^ Mod Pips. "RuneScape 3 First Impressions". 24 July 2013. RuneScape News.
6. ^ Mod Moltare. "The Battle of Lumbridge - One Week In". 29 July 2013. RuneScape News.
7. ^ a b Mod Moltare. "The Battle of Lumbridge - Week 4". 13 August 2013. RuneScape News.
8. ^ Mod Raven. "The Battle of Lumbridge - Week 6". 29 August 2013. RuneScape News.
9. ^ Jagex. "Daemonheim Task Set - In Other News". 10 September 2013. RuneScape News.