The book Last Riders, dropped by the King Black Dragon, gives the greatest insight into this race. Written by Hannibus, last of the Dragon Riders, it details how they originated from another world, where they knew only peace, and lived alongside creatures similar to dragons known as gurhs, which they helped find food for in return for being allowed to ride them, so as to plough their fields. However, they had somehow become infertile and were at risk of dying out.
Just as things seemed desperate, however, they were approached in their settlement by Zaros himself, in the form of a shadowy man. Zaros offered them a cure for their infertility; all they had to do was accompany him from their world to his. Faced with such a prospect, such new hope, they accepted, and followed the Empty Lord through a portal to Gielinor, a world much different to their own.
It was in this world that the race developed an affinity with dragons, the closest animals to the gurhs that they had left behind. They were able to tame the creatures, and ride them. They also had to quickly learn concepts that were redundant in their old world: combat, war, betrayal, loyalty and lies, with loyalty coming easiest to them, doing as Zaros commanded in the hope he would reward them with offspring. Despite it being a novelty to them, war also proved to be one of their strengths, and they began to be feared by Zaros' enemies, by whom they were dubbed the name by which they are most known: the Dragon Riders.
However, as time wore on, the Empty Lord did not gift them as he had promised, telling them to wait until after the war, despite their petitions. Ultimately the Dragon Riders, who once numbered in the dozens, were reduced and diminished to but a handful of five: Hannibus, Morvannon, Apropos, Balustan and Ablenkian. At this time Zamorak, Zaros' finest general, offered to fulfill Zaros's promise on one condition; that two of their remaining five join him as personal bodyguards. They agreed, with Morvannon and Apropos agreed to join Zamorak.
After a week since this event, Zamorak - through the events narrated in the Curse of Zaros miniquest - acquired the Staff of Armadyl; a weapon which was believed to have enough power to kill Zaros himself. And so Morvannon and Apropos returned with this news, suggesting that the five of them should ride with Zamorak; however, Balustan and Ablenkian disagreed, believing it unwise to betray the Empty Lord, who promised to end their fertility after the war - if they warned him of the plot, surely they would reward them. Only Hannibus maintained a neutral stance, thinking that either action could lead to their extinction.
In the end, both Zaros and Zamorak disappeared - though the latter eventually returned - and the remaining Dragon Riders were branded traitors by both factions, Zamorakian and Zarosian. One by one, they were hunted, until only Hannibus remained, and was able to return to the cave wherein his race had been brought to the world, his dragon still at his side. What happened to Hannibus after this is unknown. His dragon however lived on, and eventually became infamous as the King Black Dragon.
- Hannibus - last known Dragon Rider, companion of the King Black Dragon; fate unknown, likely died from age.
- Morvannon - defected to Zamorak; devoured by Zamorak's helldogs
- Apropos - defected to Zamorak; killed by Zamorak's vampyre allies
- Balustan - remained loyal to Zaros; torn apart by Zarosian ripper demons
- Ablenkian - remained loyal to Zaros; torn apart by Zarosian ripper demons
- The name of their race isn't in fact 'Dragon rider', the name of their race is unknown, they started to be known as Dragon Riders in the Second Age, when they started to ride dragons.
Known Dragon Riders