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Seren (with Eluned) chathead
Seren
Seren (with Eluned)
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]
Quest NPC? The Light Within
Examine Seren, goddess of the elves.
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Seren (without Eluned) chathead
Seren
Seren (without Eluned)
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]
Quest NPC? The Light Within
Examine Seren, goddess of the elves.
[view][talk]
Seren chathead
Seren
Seren
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]
Quest NPC? Fate of the Gods
Plague's End
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Seren (shattered) chathead
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]
Quest NPC? Plague's End
The Light Within
Examine A fragment of the spirit of the elven goddess Seren.
[view][talk]

Seren (pronounced SEH-ren) is the crystalline goddess of the elves,[4] who formerly existed in a fractured state after shattering herself into shards of crystal at the end of the Gielinorian God Wars. As part of the Light Within quest Seren was reformed in the Sixth Age through the Song of Restoration, with elements of her physical body being combined with elven crystal farmed on the elven homeplane of Tarddiad. 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.[5] 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

"Guthix was right, Gielinor is better off without its gods. I will not leave you, not again, but I will not lead you."

Seren is a pacifist, shying violence as much as she can.[6] 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. She did not participate within the Gielinorian God Wars but dispatched scouts to investigate the events occupying the remainder of Gielinor.[7] Whilst she once believed 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[8] she now shares Guthix's view that gods should not interfere in the lives of mortals. Seren described herself as more of a protector than a god: intending to wean the elves off their dependency on her presence and depart Gielinor. 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[9][10] in addition to harmony and peace: teaching her followers to live at one with the world and to keep its anima mundi replenished and bountiful.[11] Seren is described to be loving[12][13] and physically beautiful.[14]

With her return in the Sixth Age, Seren has established that she no longer wishes to preside over her followers by instead allowing her followers to govern over her actions. She has informed the Clan Elders of her intentions to shut herself away from the elves in the Tower of Voices so to break their dependency upon her presence whilst also attending to the threat of the Elder Gods and the Great Revision.[15] These are views which Guthix shared, with Seren recognising that the Elder Gods should be kept asleep indefinitely by attentively controlling the anima mundi whilst keeping it replenished and bountiful.[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

Prior to The Light Within, 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.

If you completed The Light Within then you simply need to speak to Seren with the required items.

  • The Lord of the Wait title is currently unavailable to unlock as Seren is no longer a fragment.

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 was, in many ways, both my mother and my child. She dreamed me into existence so that Zaros would not leave her."
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

"You misunderstand me brother. I cannot stand with you, but I will stand against you. As long as I live, I will stop you from becoming an Elder god."
Zaros (FoTG) chathead

Seren and Zaros were created by the Elder God Mah. Zaros was a controlling character on Freneskae according to Seren, and attempted to manipulate and control everything around him. They were made as companions for one another, sharing a strong interest in each other when in close proximity so to bind them to Mah. As time wore on Zaros and Seren became disillusioned by the emotions which Mah had manufactured between them.[19] Zaros informed Seren of his intentions to abandon Mah on Freneskae, whose life no longer merited his care according to him, and invited Seren to join him in exploring the Multiverse and ascending to Elder Godhood. Zaros believed in empowering himself to create the "perfect universe" as was his "birthright" yet Seren argued that such actions threatened existence itself as it could inadvertantly awaken the Elder Gods and bring forth the Great Revision.[20] Believing that mortals should live their own lives, rather than by being controlled by divine beings, Seren told Zaros that she would spend the entirety of her life opposing him from achieving his goal to ascend.[21][22] In the Second Age, 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.[23]

The relationship between the two remains complex. Whilst Zaros is concealing when referring to Seren, and refuses to say much about her, he is nevertheless pleased if the player chooses to serve her, hoping that they will protect her in exchange for her guidance.[24] Seren remains opposed to Zaros and distrusts him deeply, according to Seren "they are not on the best of terms", however by being her brother she still has feelings of affection towards him.[25][26]

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. As part of the Light Within the player has the opportunity to incorporate the crystalline remains of the Dark Lord, found in the Grand Library, as part of Seren.

GuthixEdit

"Love is a mortal word, with mortal restrictions. We were more."
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.[27] 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. After reforming in the Sixth Age, Seren remains in mourning over the death of Guthix,[28] who she still holds feelings of affection for. Seren does not resent the Edicts which he enforced upon her and the other younger gods, and instead intends to isolate herself from the presence of the elves to break their dependency upon her, believing that Gielinor should be free of the influence of the gods as Guthix did. [29]

Other godsEdit

Seren believes that whilst Saradomin is both arrogant and misguided, he genuinely has noble intentions. Despite this, she believes that in harnessing power for himself and remaining ignorant of others he does not effectively act upon his own ideals, but instead strays from them.[30] Her opinion of Armadyl is that he was naive in fighting for the wars of the other gods in the past and being manipulated by said gods: this remains a recent memory to Seren and so she has a limited understanding of Armadyl's character in the Sixth Age.[31] She believes that the death of Bandos has had a positive effect on the world at large as he was a tyrannical god who threatened the existence of many worlds in a pursuit of honour and prestige.[32] Seren has no positive feelings towards Zamorak who was responsible for removing her sibling, Zaros, from the world.[33] In the past she harboured feelings of resentment towards Zamorak yet chose not to act upon those feelings but instead remain true to her promise to Guthix and her pacifist ideals.[34] Seren is on good terms with Brassica Prime as she sees him as a caretaker of the anima mundi, despite his comical and insane nature.[35] Brassica Prime would often have various discussions with Seren's shards regarding the properties of cabbage, mistaking her silence for immersion and fascination.[36] Seren is infuriated at the Mahjarrat Sliske who is responsible for the death of her close companion, Guthix. She reminds the player that she remains a pacifist although states "But if I meet him ... I will remind him how light can burn."[37]

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. ^ a b c d Player character, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "Seren...queen of harmony..."
  2. ^ a b c d Mod Phoenix. "Q&A: The Death of Chivalry". 15 August 2013. Community Home Forums.
  3. ^ a b c d Mod Crow. Reddit Post by Mod Crow. 21:20, December 28, 2013 (UTC).*
  4. ^ Jagex. "Odd Gods", Question Who is your favourite deity in RuneScape?. 26 July 2010. RuneScape Polls.
  5. ^ 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."
  6. ^ 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."
  7. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "For the most part I stayed well away from it. I knew that Zamorak had not truly destroyed Zaros, so I curtailed my wrath. I had promised Guthix a peaceful world, after all. As the fighting grew more widespread, I sent a few scouts to investigate..."
  8. ^ 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?"
  9. ^ Lady Meilyr, Plague's End, RuneScape. "You didn't give us magic! It was Seren, the goddess of light and life!"
  10. ^ 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..."
  11. ^ 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..."
  12. ^ 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."
  13. ^ Seren, Prifddinas, RuneScape. "It has been many years since I found my beloved elves and still each day feels like a gift."
  14. ^ The Memory, Player-owned port, RuneScape. "I don't know ANYTHING about Seren other than her name...and that she's really pretty!"
  15. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "Now, I shall withdraw from the elves. It is time that I found a way to remove their dependence on me. I shall remain here, in this tower, out of the way and reflect on the choices that has led to this situation. Since the danger of the elder gods is here and ever present, I shall consider them too."
  16. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "In the past I would have said they couldn't, but now ... Guthix felt that if he could carefully control the flow of Anima Mundi, he could keep the elder gods docile and the world thriving. It wasn't until the younger gods interfered with his plans that this changed. I have no answer now, but perhaps I can find one. Come see me when you learn more about the elder gods, perhaps together we can find a solution."
  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. ^ Angof, Tarddiad, RuneScape. "It's strange. I should hate her for abandoning us. But I don't. All I feel is a profound sadness that she is not with me. Odd, isn't it?"
  19. ^ Zaros, [[Zaros was compelled to be in love with me, just as his nature compelled loyalty in me. But it was a hollow feeling and to each of us it felt like chains holding us against our will. Love is as deadly an emotion as it is a wondrous one. Just as it can bring people together, it can also lead to unbearable pain and a complete loss of self. I do not blame him for wanting to escape that. But he wanted more than escape, he wanted to ascend. Zaros tries to control everything around him. He tried to control me, even as I unconsciously controlled him. Power as great as he wishes to attain, should not go to someone like that.]], RuneScape.
  20. ^ Zaros, The Light Within, RuneScape. "I will find these Elder gods and I will claim my birthright. I will become as they and then I will make this universe ... perfect. Will you come with me, dear sister?"
  21. ^ Seren, The Light Within, RuneScape. "You misunderstand me brother. I cannot stand with you, but I will stand against you. As long as I live, I will stop you from becoming an Elder god."
  22. ^ Seren, The Light Within, RuneScape. "Or [in doing so we would] become [the universe's] end"
  23. ^ 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."
  24. ^ 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."
  25. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "Zaros always has an agenda. He must always be in control. I believe that everyone should govern their own actions. So, no, I suppose we are not on the best of terms."
  26. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "I distrust, despise and sometimes even hate my brother Zaros. But I also love him. Whatever comes between us, whatever trails we face, he is the only brother I will ever have. So forgive me if I dislike someone trying to take him from me."
  27. ^ 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."
  28. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "No ... please. To me it was like he died yesterday. It's still too painful to discuss."
  29. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "That word is too small to describe what we had ... I left Tarddiad for him ... I shattered myself rather than bare his disappointment in me. Love is a mortal word, with mortal restrictions. We were more."
  30. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "Saradomin means well. Even back in the time of the god wars, he genuinely believed he was doing what was best for Gielinor. Misguided, perhaps. Arrogant, certainly. But there is a genuine sense of duty in his actions. That said, his zeal and inability to recognise the wisdom of others, has meant that he has fallen more and more from his path. He can be redeemed, I believe, but that is more your choice than mine."
  31. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "You forget, my consciousness has been shattered and spread apart from itself. The Armadyl I remember is a naive idealist who is easily led astray by the machinations of older gods. But time is the ultimate catalyst for change and the Armadyl of today is likely quite different."
  32. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "A dead god and one who's death I do not mourn. He was a tyrant and a monster, who only wished to see everything bloodied and burnt. He would have burned countless worlds to ash in his pursuit of mindless 'glory'."
  33. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "He who tried to kill my brother. I have no positive words for him."
  34. ^ Memoriam crystals, Tower of Voices, RuneScape.
  35. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "Yes, I suppose he does. But remember that he sees the world through the eyes of a cabbage. Plants have different priorities to the rest of us. In his own way he tends to the anima mundi, helping to keep it healthy and bountiful."
  36. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "In his own, insane, little way. It's why we remain friends. I have memories of him chatting away to the pieces of me across the world. Of course he didn't understand that I was incomplete and took my silence to be deep rapture in his bizarre monologue. There are only so many different ways to hear about how delicious a cabbage is before you start going mad from boredom."
  37. ^ Seren, Tower of Voices, RuneScape. "I will not discuss the man who murdered my ... my Guthix. I have been a pacifist. Refusing to turn my power to destruction ... But if I meet him ... I will remind him how light can burn."

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