Nihil, properly called Zarytes, are a race of powerful beings that were created by the god Zaros through weaving the living essence of other races. There are four varieties of nihil, each created from a specific race and attuned to one of the four elements of the Ancient Magicks. They are fought as bosses on Freneskae during Fate of the Gods.
After the quest they can be unlocked as a Slayer assignment for 50 Slayer reward points. They drop the ingredients to create Summoning pouches for nihil familiars, which are some of the strongest combat familiars. After the quest, the nihils may be fought for their drops. They are aggressive unless the Shard of Zaros is equipped.
The nihil were created as part of Zaros' attempt to combat the infertility of the Ilujanka, also known as the Dragon Riders, by manipulating and weaving around their living essence. Zaros did not have enough power to manipulate their essence and restore their ability to procreate, so he returned to Freneskae to harvest energy from his creator, the elder god, Mah.
Once on Freneskae, Zaros reformed the essence of icyene, demons, aviansie and vampyres into the nihil, which he brought to life using Mah's energy; as an elder god's divinity was the only way to create life from nothingness. As he required Mah's energy to give life to the nihil, Zaros considered them and himself a failure, and he abandoned them on Freneskae. What happened to the nihil after this is largely unknown.
One of the nihil grew much quicker than the rest, which caught Zaros' attention. Zaros decided to give this nihil a fragment of his consciousness in order to prevent the remaining nihil from destroying her for being different. She learned quickly from Zaros and took the Infernal language name of Nex for herself. Nex proved to be one of Zaros' most powerful and loyal servants.
Like Nex, the Fallen Nihil is also larger than the nihil presently found on Freneskae. However, for Nex's growth to have been notable to Zaros, it is unlikely that all of the original nihil were this large. The Fallen Nihil may have grown as Nex did, or his increased size may be a result of unknown events prior to his appearance in service of the Queen of Ashes at the Birth by Fire event.
These nihil are found in the Pit (option 3 entering the World Gate tuned to Freneskae).
- Blood nihil special attack - damage heals
- Ice nihil special attack - freezes
- Shadow nihil special attack - shadow - 500 x 3 damage
- Smoke nihil special attack - smoke barrage - drains combat stats
- Zaros was to originally refer to the race as Zarytes, but chose nihil - meaning 'nothing' in Infernal - due to them 'meaning nothing to him'.
- According to Mod Rowley, nihil have adapted to survive on Freneskae after they were abandoned, likely by consuming muspah.
- For a while when fighting nihil in the Pit for combat/Slayer, four nihil initially spawned (all four types), and a glitch/bug in the game continually decreased the spawn rate of the nihil by one until no more nihil could be spawned. Jagex fixed this by adding more nihil to the Pit.
- ^ Zaros, "Freneskae", RuneScape. "I have pushed the limits of my own abilities, reforming the essence of other races into new beings... but to give them life required Mah's energy. As such, they are a failure, only proving of what I am incapable."
- ^ Zaros, "Freneskae", RuneScape. "One of these nihi - originally shunned - has fast outgrown the rest. I have chosen to uplift her. To do so, I had to implant a small sliver of my being. The irony of this is not lost on me. I am not proud of this, but to leave her as she was would have seen the other nihil destroy her. With her newfound sentience, she has named herself Nex in the old Infernal tongue. Her speed and capability for learning are astounding. Although Nex will prove useful in bringing unity to the world, this entire experiment has only gone to prove my unworthiness."
- ^ Mod Slayer. "Fate of the Gods - FAQ." 25 March 2014. Recent Game Updates Forums. Mod Rowley: "...Since being abandoned they have probably learned how to propagate...I can envisage nihil have learned to hunt muspah for their energy, in order to create more of themselves."