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ShatteredBefore Shattering
Seren
Seren (shattered)
Also known as Queen of Harmony[1]
Gender Female
Godhood tier 2[2]
Alignment Life, light, harmony and peace
Symbol Seren symbol
Colours Cyan
Adjective Serenist[3]
Examine A fragment of the spirit of the elven goddess Seren.
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Seren
Seren
Also known as Queen of Harmony[4]
Gender Female
Godhood tier 2[5]
Alignment Life, light, harmony and peace
Symbol Seren symbol
Colours Cyan
Adjective Serenist[6]
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Seren chathead

Seren (pronounced SEH-ren) is the crystalline goddess of the elves,[7] who currently remains in an incorporeal state after shattering herself into shards of crystal at the end of the Gielinorian God Wars. Seren is the divine aspect of light energy and of Gielinor's Anima Mundi according to the gnomes, although all transcendent gods have a degree of power over the Anima Mundi.[8] She is also responsible for teaching the Rituals of Rejuvenation and Enervation to the Mahjarrat tribe.

Seren, along with Zaros, was created by the Elder God Mah. Where Seren represents light energy, Zaros represents dark energy: this binds the two and compels them to each other when in close proximity. Seren is described by Zaros to be driven more by emotion, whilst Zaros by logical reasoning. She had a close relationship with the god of balance, Guthix, who brought her to Gielinor from Tarddiad during the First Age through the World Gate, along with the elves. They settled in Tirannwn and built the great city of Prifddinas which is the oldest surviving settlement on Gielinor.

BeliefsEdit

Seren is a pacifist, shying violence as much as she can.[9] She and Armadyl both share similar views in the fact that they both believe in the importance of peace, although Seren does not wish to be included in another war of gods and believes her followers should live as they choose, in a sanctuary away from the other gods. Whilst Seren believes in co-existence and that all of the gods and races of Gielinor have the capacity to share Gielinor in peace and harmony with one another[10], she shares Guthix's views of pacifism and the belief that gods should not interfere in the lives of mortals. Seren described herself as more of a protector than a god. A more unique trait is the value she places in union. Her views are expressed in the Cerddi, which includes the wish to survive "the hostile world" with the elven clans united.

She is affiliated with light and life[11][12] in addition to harmony and peace: teaching her followers to live at one with the world and to keep it's anima mundi replenished and bountiful.[13] Seren is described to be loving[14][15] and physically beautiful.[16]

Seren is present in all elven crystal, which symbolically represents the core views of Seren. Elven crystal's toughness is derived from Seren's unending devotion to her followers. Its balanced proportion highlights her amicable nature and its growth illustrates Seren's care for all things that grow.[17]

HistoryEdit

Main article: Seren/History

PrifddinasEdit

Statue of Seren

A statue depicting Seren in Prifddinas

A fragment of Seren is upstairs from the Tower of Voices by the Memoriam.

The fragment of Seren plays a dialogue when various items including the Shard of Zaros, any non-lucky and non-gold godsword, a dragon rider amulet, the Measure, any non-elder Divination energy, corrupted ore and the Enchanted Key are used on it.

  • The fragment of Seren will give the message, "The fragment of Seren seems lost in thought." if too many items are used with it in a certain period.
  • The title the Fractured is unlocked when a non-elder energy is used on the fragment of Seren.
  • The title the Corrupted is unlocked when using a Corrupted ore on the fragment of Seren.
  • The title Dark Elf is unlocked when you attempt to attack Seren with an unsheathed weapon while having the Clan Iorwerth cape equipped.
  • The title the Elfborne is unlocked when using either bread, a chocolate bar, or a bacon mound on the fragment of Seren, while having the other two items in the inventory.

FollowersEdit

There are currently three active areas of Seren worship, all of which are located within Tirannwn. The city of Prifddinas houses the majority of Seren altars in Gielinor. In addition, an altar dedicated to the goddess can also be found on Freneskae.

Seren worship has largely remained confined to Tirannwn as a result of Seren and the elves isolating themselves from the other gods and mortal races during the God Wars. The elves - led by King Baxtorian of the Cadarn Clan - were able to expand their influence eastwards into the human kingdom of Kandarin in the Fourth Age. However, this was short lived after the Iorwerth Clan seized control of the city of Prifddinas. The Cadarn were forced to abandon their holdings in Kandarin to respond to the Iorwerth threat and worship for the goddess of Seren did not take root in the kingdom.

Beyond the elven lands Seren's emissary, Endwyr, spreads the word of Seren in Port Sarim.

Ilfeen

The elves are among the most devoted followers of Seren

Below are a list of creatures which are affiliated with the Goddess of Seren.

RelationshipsEdit

MahEdit

Mah's face

Mah is an Elder God who was responsible for the creation of Seren and Zaros. Mah instilled both Zaros and Seren with a need to remain close to both her and each other. Following Zaros's depature from Freneskae, Seren opted to remain behind so to care for Mah. This was due to the fact that she felt obliged to do so and pitied Mah, whom she felt feared emotional isolation. Seren wished to leave Mah when she was stable enough to support herself, however Mah's nightmares intensified and the anima of Freneskae became scarce, forcing a broken-hearted Seren to teach the Mahjarrat tribes of the rituals of enervation and rejuvenation as a means of preventing Mah from ripping the planet apart and depart Freneskae, as she was powerless in helping Mah recover. Following her departure, Seren became aware that what Mah did to Zaros and herself was wrong, even though it felt right at the time.

ZarosEdit

Zaros (FoTG) chathead

Seren and Zaros were created by the Elder God Mah. They were made as companions for one another, sharing a strong interest in each other when in close proximity. Zaros is concealing when referring to Seren, and refuses to say much about her, but nevertheless, he is also somewhat protective of her, and is pleased with adventurers that serve her, hoping that they will protect her in exchange for her guidance.[18] Zaros knew from the moment he arrived on Gielinor that his old companion was present but avoided confronting her until he needed her help. Zaros then sent a reconnaissance party to Seren during the Second Age and stole the World Gate from her after she refused to help him.[19] Seren appears to believe that Zaros betrayed both her and Mah by abandoning them on Freneskae, yet she does not seem to hate him. She calls Zaros "monster, ungrateful child" when the Shard of Seren in Prifddinas is confronted with the Shard of Zaros, and claims they have nothing more to say to one another. However, when the Zamorak Godsword is used on the Shard of Seren, the first thing she says is "The sword of the betrayer! Usurper! You killed my sibling!", suggesting that she still cares about Zaros, despite his past actions. Her memories indicate that she sought revenge on Zamorak for removing Zaros from the world, yet did not act on such emotions.

Dark LordEdit

Dark Lord chathead

The Dark Lord is a mysterious entity whose identity was initially unknown. It is clear that the Dark Lord shares a connection to Seren as the thoughts of the Dark Lord seem to reflect those of Seren's in certain instances. They both share a deep interest in the elves, however, the Dark Lord is transfixed upon death. The Dark Lord appears to have shared many of Seren's experiences, such as Seren's first encounter with the elves and when Seren taught the elves how to chant crystal. In her desire to break the elves dependency on being of being in her presence, Seren and the Iorwerth developed a series of rituals using death energy in the Undergound Pass, leading to the Iorwerth became tied to the few "dark" impulses of Seren: this would later manifest itself with the Iorwerth abandoning Seren in favour of the Dark Lord. It is revealed in Plague's End that the Dark Lord is a dark manifestation of Seren, which Seren opposed and banished upon shattering - fearing the effect that the Dark Lord might have upon her followers whilst she was in an incorporeal state. She warned her followers of the dangers that the Dark Lord could bring upon them should it be released, so the elves imprisoned the Dark Lord in the Temple of Light. Despite this, the Iorwerth were tied to the Dark Lord who, under the influence of the Death Altar in the Temple of Light, became apathetic and purely consumed by a desire to witness death. This lead to the elven civil war.

GuthixEdit

Guthix chathead

Seren's relationship with Guthix was an extremely close one, as Guthix himself thought that "we grew close, and I had no intention of abandoning her." Seren enjoyed the company of Guthix and he would regularly visit her and the elves of Tarddiad. Despite growing wary of Guthix's powers, she chose to accept Guthix's proposal that she and her followers, the elves, join him on Gielinor. They shared similar views on balance and harmony. Seren's memories suggest that she began to develop feelings of affection towards Guthix after becoming aware that Guthix was not corrupted by increased power. After his departure Seren remained on Gielinor with her elves despite promising Guthix that she would join him in time. However, she honoured her word to him by isolating herself from the young gods. Her steadfast belief in non-interference would anger Zaros when the two finally confronted each other on Gielinor, resulting in him stealing the World Gate from her[20]. When Seren shattered after being forced to leave Gielinor by Guthix - who visited her last, Guthix thought she had left forever and wept for her.

Other godsEdit

The Shard of Seren appears to have had a passive to negative view of Armadyl, Bandos, Saradomin and Zamorak. Although it is apparent Seren is more favourable of Armadyl than Bandos, Saradomin, and Zamorak, it is also clear that she did not agree with his willingness to join the wars of other gods and then his anger towards their wrong-doings. According to the fragment of Seren in Prifddinas, Seren found Bandos to be a threat to Gielinor and believes his death to have had a positive impact on the world. She shares Zaros' view that Saradomin is self-righteous, however she also believes that his desire to rule, rather than nurture, makes him unworthy of further power. Despite this, the Shard of Seren's enmity towards Zamorak is far more prominent. This animosity between Seren and Zamorak began after Zamorak's betrayal of Zaros, whom Seren believed was dead. Despite this, Seren kept her promise to Guthix that she would not involve herself with the wars of other gods and opted to attune the anima of Tirannwn into a barrier, isolating the elves from the rest of Gielinor and the God Wars.

DialogueEdit

TriviaEdit

Crystal tree map diamond

Map of crystal tree locations, forming the symbol of Seren

  • Using certain items on Seren in Prifddinas unlocks various hidden titles.
  • Up until the release of Prifddinas there was one known altar to Seren found in the elven outpost of Lletya.
  • When the RuneScape-based game Armies of Gielinor was released on Jagex's Funorb website on 16 January 2009, the front page had stacked pillars depicting the followers and the symbols of the six gods whose followers players can control. Of those, only Menaphites (followers of Tumeken) and Seren were previously unknown.
  • Seren is the Welsh word for "star." This is the accepted meaning of her name, as nearly all other elven names are also in Welsh. This also ties into the lyrical music track Henceward! which states "Henceward come, to Seren star". Her name can also be derived from the word "serenity", a synonym for peace, which is Seren's alignment.
  • The locations where crystal trees can appear form a diamond similar to the symbol of Seren when connected.
  • The sign of life resembles the symbol of Seren.
  • The titles to Seren's memories in the Memoriam device found in Prifddinas are references to the Castlevania games.
  • Seren is the only major living deity who has remained present on Gielinor since arriving (with the exception of the Elder Gods): Seren was not bound by the Edicts of Guthix although remained on Gielinor as shards of crystal.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Player character, The Death of Chivalry, RuneScape. "Seren...queen of harmony..."
  2. ^ Mod Phoenix. "Q&A: The Death of Chivalry". 15 August 2013. Community Home Forums.
  3. ^ Mod Crow. Reddit Post by Mod Crow. 21:20, December 28, 2013 (UTC).*
  4. ^ Player, The Death of Chivalry, RuneScape. "Seren...queen of harmony..."
  5. ^ Mod Phoenix. "Q&A: The Death of Chivalry". 15 August 2013. Community Home Forums.
  6. ^ Mod Crow. Reddit Post by Mod Crow. 21:20, December 28, 2013 (UTC).*
  7. ^ Jagex. "Odd Gods", Question Who is your favourite deity in RuneScape?. 26 July 2010. RuneScape Polls.
  8. ^ Hazelmere, The Path of Glouphrie, RuneScape. "Elven magic revolves the power of Seren. Seren is the divine aspect of the anima mundi that the elves revere. They use their voices to charm those things connected to the anima. They call it chanting."
  9. ^ Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers". 27 June 2013. General Forums. "Seren is a pacifist because she believes that peace can only be achieved by segregating and living behind walls."
  10. ^ Brother Samwell, Missing, Presumed Death, RuneScape. "I vaguely remember the tale of their goddess, Seren. She was ridden with guilt, and shattered herself into thousands of crystals to always be with her followers. But she was supposed to believe the different races could live in peace. Why would an elf want to do this to us?"
  11. ^ Lady Meilyr, Plague's End, RuneScape. "You didn't give us magic! It was Seren, the goddess of light and life!"
  12. ^ Seren, Prifddinas, RuneScape. "...And if he can die...can I? His energy was derived from darkness and death, but mine springs from light and life..."
  13. ^ Book of the Gods/The Book of Seren, First Age, RuneScape. "...She taught us many things: how to shape the crystal with our voices; how to live at one with the world around us; to take only what we needed and to give back all that we could..."
  14. ^ Book of the Gods/The Book of Seren, RuneScape. "Our love for her was strong, and that love was given back to us a hundredfold...But her love for us was strong, and she chose to stay, promising the green god that she would join him in fullness of time."
  15. ^ Seren, Prifddinas, RuneScape. "It has been many years since I found my beloved elves and still each day feels like a gift."
  16. ^ The Memory, Player-owned port, RuneScape. "I don't know ANYTHING about Seren other than her name...and that she's really pretty!"
  17. ^ Elf hermit, Plague's End, RuneScape. "Do you really? Are you prepared, I wonder, to clear your mind of preconceptions and to truly listen? Seren is present in every elven crystal. Its hardness represents her unswerving faithfulness to the elves; its symmetry represents her harmonious nature; its growth represents her nurturing of all things that grow."
  18. ^ Zaros, Fate of the Gods, RuneScape. "I am pleased that you would seek her guidance and protection, and in turn protect her. However, that is all I am willing to say about Seren."
  19. ^ Char, "Book of Char", RuneScape. "He was curious of the activity of the 'goddess' Seren, hidden away in her crystalline city, and wished to send a party of the most trusted followers to scout the area, or so he claimed. When he told me, something seemed wrong, Zaros was troubled, I could feel it."
  20. ^ Zaros, Fate of the Gods, RuneScape. "Her time with Guthix has turned her head, and refuses to interfere with this world. It is all up to me. As such, I have seized control of a device from her that allows for near instantaneous travel throughout the universe, even between Gielinor and Freneskae, its two furthest points."

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