King Roald Remanis III, more commonly known simply as King Roald, is the current ruler of the prosperous kingdom of Misthalin. His residence is within Varrock Palace, where the Varrock Palace Secret Guard work to keep him safe. He is located in the south-east side of the Palace on the ground floor. King Roald's examine text in Runescape Classic calls him King Roald VIII, although he is the third. He is notable for being one of the least controversial kings, as he is a very straightforward, stable ruler.
King Roald is the son of King Roald II, a monarch most famous for his efforts to reclaim the Shield of Arrav from the Phoenix Gang. Although little is currently known of King Roald's early history, he is known to have had a pampered upbringing, learning to read from the Palace's librarian, Reldo.
Roald became king of Misthalin in year 150[source needed] of the Fifth age, when his father died. The Census of Varrock from year 160 states his profession to be 'Our glorious king', and Roald was not married when the Census was written. In fact no Ellamaria appears in the whole census, implying she did not live in Varrock before then. Roald is said by Phileas to be "a good friend" of Duke Horacio, but is not a member of the Lumbridge Secret Council.
There are certain groups that feel Roald is weak in the face of the Church of Saradomin, and others that would go so far as to see him assassinated. His hesitance in matters such as the recent conflicts with Morytania have earned him many enemies. However, it is a time of turmoil for the king, what with recent activities in the Wilderness, and the ever-growing threat of war with the east, it is no surprise he has been struggling. To combat these threats, the king opened the Beacon Network, which players can help out with in the All Fired Up quest and corresponding minigame, not daring to wage open war against Morytania lest the world once again erupts into a second God War.
During What Lies Below, Roald is possessed by Surok in an attempt to reclaim Varrock for the Dagon'hai. Fortunately, Rat Burgiss, who persuaded an adventurer to investigate, and Zaff, the adventurer breaks Roald free of his spell.
During Priest in Peril, Roald asks the adventurer to bring him the current status of Drezel, a good friend and monk who is the caretaker of the Paterdomus temple. When "Drezel" tells them to kill the dog down stairs and return to Roald after the task is done, he becomes enraged, telling them the dog protects them from any Morytanian threats, saying that they should be executed but allows them to correct their mistake.
During Darkness of Hallowvale, the same adventurer spots werewolves across the River Salve in Misthalin territory. After they are knocked unconscious by them, the werewolves decide to leave them behind, otherwise it would look suspicious and instead take a passerby who was with them. The adventurer tells Roald of the news, who is shocked and concerned for the well-being of the humans in Morytania. He offers to send mercenaries into Morytania to avoid breaking the Edicts of Guthix.
During The Lord of Vampyrium, after the adventurer watches Vanescula kill Safalaan after killing Lord Drakan, and Vanescula says she can invade Misthalin as Iceyene blood flows through her, Drezel suggests they tell Roald of the news. Initially delighted that Drakan is no more, he begins to become upset after hearing the vyres can breach the Salve and invade Misthalin. Roald becomes more concerned after hearing from both his adviser and the adventurer about werewolves crossing the Salve and the Saradominist/Zamorakian splinter group. He decides to ignore the Edicts and sends a group to Paterdomus, stating that they cannot invade as their army is not what it used to be. Before leaving, he tells them they can be their spy incase war breaks out due to their accomplishments in Morytania.
Lady Elizabeth was revealed in the Return to Canifis novel as a woman that King Roald was engaged to be wed. She was also the first victim of the Wyrd. After witnessing her murder first hand during a hunting trip, King Roald never truly recovered, his anger only fueling his hatred towards the evils of Morytania. He hid her murder from his people, informing them she had passed away from an unspecified illness, possibly the plague. It wasn't until the people of Varrock demanded he hold parliament with them about the recent Wyrd attacks that had been covered up by the Society of Owls that he told his people of her true fate.
His first true wife, Ellamaria started off as a mere peasant. She too lost family to the Wyrd, and appeared to Sir Theodore several times, harassing him about allowing the Society of Owls to cover up the Wyrd's attacks. At the Midsummer's Eve Festival, Sir Theodore recognises Ellamaria, dressed in attire outside her class, approaching the King, whereby he orders her to be detained, believing her to be a threat. When the King holds parliament with the people to discuss the recent Wyrd attacks, she is brought forward as a representative of the people of Varrock due to her peasant status. Eventually, after Ebenezer falls ill to the Wyrd attack, it is revealed that Ellamaria had been set free, and sometimes tended to Ebenezer whilst he slept. During these times, it is also revealed that King Roald often visited to check on Ebenezer's condition, although many suspected it was purely to see Ellamaria.
It is said that Lady Elizabeth bears a striking resemblance to Queen Ellamaria, and had a fondness for wearing the colour yellow, as is reflected in Varrock's flag.
During the Return to Canifis novel, it is revealed that one of King Roald's ancestors, Tenebra, the eldest of The Five Princes of Misthalin is still alive, now as a Vampyre Lord. As such, it is his son, Gar'rth's birthright to reclaim the throne of Misthalin. However Tenebra was later killed with the help of the Sunspear by Kara-Meir and Gar'rth and Gar'rth was later exiled from the kingdom leaving the throne once again fully in Roald's hands!
King Roald mentions Kara-Meir if you talk to him. He says she made an unwise choice in withholding important information about a friend. He is presumably talking about the novel Return to Canifis.
When doing a treasure trail, you may have to talk to him to obtain a challenge scroll. He is referred to as "lark in dog." He asks how many bookcases are in Varrock castle's library, and the answer is 24.
King Roald is somewhat shorter than player characters, as well as Ellamaria.
King Roald's chat head wears a similarly shaped crown as Queen Ellamaria even though they are not the same shape.
After Mod Timbo removed a tree near the Varrock West Bank, players petitioned for the tree to return. A sapling was planted at the location of the former tree, with a fence and a signpost near it. Examining the post will say "Protected by order of King Roald."